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News archive

This is an archive containing every news story ever posted on the BDT website. If you’re looking for a specific article, try the search box at the top right hand side of this page. Otherwise you can just browse the archive by selecting a year and month below.

January, 2019

Hayden rolls back into city

Originally published: Thursday, 31st January, 2019

New company to Broken Hill, HJS Painting and Decorating, are currently on the lookout for an apprentice.

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Businesses donate something cool

Originally published: Thursday, 31st January, 2019

A new freezer has been generously donated to the PCYC by the local McDonald’s and Harvey Norman.

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Art chief position wide open

Originally published: Thursday, 31st January, 2019

West Darling Arts are currently looking for a new Executive Director, a position that involves a lot of community interaction and experience running a small or not-for-profit business.

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Memorial concert: Can you help?

Originally published: Thursday, 31st January, 2019

Over the last few months a small but dedicated committee has been working hard behind the scenes to plan a memorial concert for Nessie Osten OA, who passed away in September last year. 

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Senator flies over Queensland dams

Originally published: Thursday, 31st January, 2019

While the Darling River is left to die, water flows in its tributaries in Queensland and the vast dams of the cotton farms are full, according to federal senator Rex Patrick.

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Hopes high for good year

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th January, 2019

Numbers are low but spirits are definitely high in hopes of another successful year in the Broken Hill housing market.

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Ready for new challenge

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th January, 2019

Fourteen years of memories will last Steve and Kyla Vine a lifetime, they say, after they made a decision to close their business Baker’s Delight.

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PCYC water balloon fundraiser

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th January, 2019

A local PCYC fundraiser to support youths who’ve left school early or are disengaged from it has begun this week, and it involves a fair few water bombs.

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Minister speaks with the locals

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th January, 2019

It was distressing to see thousands upon thousands of dead fish carpeting the Darling River at Menindee but the only solution was a big fresh flow and none was available, NSW Regional Water Minister Niall Blair said yesterday. 

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More fish die as drinking water delivered

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th January, 2019

An emotional and moving Australia Day Ceremony took place at the Civic Centre on Saturday as locals gathered for an early morning barbecue and flag-raising, followed by speeches and award announcements.

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Robbers on the loose

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th January, 2019

Two daring robberies - one involving a child - and an aggravated burglary were three major incidents during a mini crime spree in Broken Hill over the Australia Day long weekend.

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Hay train hits Cobar

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th January, 2019

Mateship is well and truly alive with much-needed hay delivered to drought-stricken farmers near Cobar this weekend.

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Better to win than be lucky

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th January, 2019

A small but vocal crowd was on hand to see veteran local trotter Bettatobelucky take out the Paewai Shearing Mile Sprint on a warm and windy night at the Memorial Oval Paceway on Saturday.

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Intense backyard fire

Originally published: Saturday, 26th January, 2019

A fire during yesterday’s scorching heat claimed two caravans, a truck, a sidecar and a heap of spare parts in the backyard of a Wilson Street home.

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Ella is the best

Originally published: Saturday, 26th January, 2019

Eight-year-old Ella Lee will be taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave this year, and as she gears up for the fundraising event she and her family are asking community members to help out if they can. 

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Loves BH, will travel

Originally published: Saturday, 26th January, 2019

The Liverpool Shire Council will be treated to an address by local Josephine Peter for their Australia Day Ceremony today.

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Hinton, Butcher set for national stage

Originally published: Saturday, 26th January, 2019

Local basketballers Ava Hinton and Meg Butcher have been rewarded with representative selection following a strong showing for South Australia in the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup last week.

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Volunteers rally to help thirsty townships

Originally published: Saturday, 26th January, 2019

Three trucks and a ute pulling a trailer will arrive in Menindee this weekend with a cargo of something that government seems incapable of providing - fresh water.

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The Family ‘Doughie’

Originally published: Friday, 25th January, 2019

Three generations of the local Visser family, who all worked on the Zinc Mine, can thank McLeod’s Bakery for a nickname that’s stuck with them for years.

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Reverse pumping working

Originally published: Friday, 25th January, 2019

Fish are gathering in their thousands to breathe aerated water from reversed pumps in the Darling River at Menindee but more of the breathing points were needed, according to the Darling River Action Group (DRAG).

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Lord Humungus, we salute you

Originally published: Friday, 25th January, 2019

In a few weeks, Mad Max fans from all around the wasteland will descend on Broken Hill for the 2019 Mad Max Silverton Collective. Jim ‘The Tank’ Dorsey, aka The Lord Humungus, tells the BDT what it means to be a true Mad Max Fan.

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United in making our city better

Originally published: Friday, 25th January, 2019

State MP Kevin Humphries was in the city to announce over $900,000 of funding.

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Water meeting fail

Originally published: Thursday, 24th January, 2019

A Sydney meeting between Far West mayors has left them discouraged after the Regional Water Minister didn’t attend, even though he stated he wouldn’t be available.

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Earth joins water fight

Originally published: Thursday, 24th January, 2019

A campaigner for the grassroots environmental organisation Friends of the Earth has called the water situation in Menindee and along the Darling River an “absolute catastrophe” following her trip out to Far West communities during the past week.

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Rental pain

Originally published: Thursday, 24th January, 2019

Landlord Jennifer Carter has returned to Broken Hill to fix up her rental property after it was completely trashed by a Broken Hill tenant.

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Pool is cool for the hot and bothered

Originally published: Thursday, 24th January, 2019

At this point in summer, it’s possible that we Australians have forgotten what winter even feels like, thanks to the relentless heat.

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Masked mates having ball

Originally published: Thursday, 24th January, 2019

Usually, emergency service workers are easily recognisable in their uniforms but at this year’s Emergency Services Charity Ball they won’t be as easy to identify, because they’ll all be wearing masks.

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A good plan already exists, so let’s get on with it

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019

THE recent catastrophic collapse of Darling River fish communities is truly heartbreaking. As fingers continue to be pointed in all directions, two questions bubble to the top of my mind: can this system recover? And, if so, how?

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Message for us all

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019

After travelling in an electric car for 1000 days and relying on the kindness of others, Wiebe Wakker isn’t homesick but is loving all the adventures.

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Candidates tour river

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019

Barwon candidate Roy Butler is travelling out with MDBA whistle-blower Bill Johnson to look into the science around the Darling River.

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Final days for Nachiappan Surgery mural

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019

The ill-fated mural on the wall of Nachiappan’s Surgery in the Town Square is due to be painted over this weekend.

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OAM milestone

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019

Ray Mitchell, understood to be the first Hillite awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), is this year celebrating 40 years since he received the prestigious honour. 

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Bookmaker goes distance

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019

Doug Carroll is continuing to make history as NSW’s oldest bookmaker after 67 years on the books.

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Apprenticeship up for grabs

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019

Those who love tinkering with cars and are ready to make a career out of it are being urged to apply for the apprentice spray painter position at Far West Auto.

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Mildura backs Lakes

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019

“Close Cubbie not Menindee”, those are the words from Mildura Independent MP Ali Cupper who has taken on the fight to rescue the Menindee Lakes and river system.

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Lake Cawndilla turns into death trap

Originally published: Monday, 21st January, 2019

Golden perch and cod aren’t the only animals dying out at Menindee, with muddy patches near Lake Cawndilla trapping and killing kangaroos, sheep and goats.

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BH tourism ‘won’t take hit’

Originally published: Monday, 21st January, 2019

Tourism in Broken Hill would largely remain unaffected after the decimation of Menindee’s native fishing population, a local tourism operator says.

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Two more in saddle for sick kids’ ride

Originally published: Monday, 21st January, 2019

Two more locals are joining an elite group to take part in a 1000-kilometre ride for charity. 

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Robins hold on

Originally published: Monday, 21st January, 2019

The Robins were first to bat on an Alma pitch that had improved considerably to bat on from the early game but the early loss of Daniel Milne (0) put them under pressure.

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North T20 champs

Originally published: Monday, 21st January, 2019

In what turned out to be an unofficial T20 final, a strong bowling effort set up a hard-fought four-wicket win for the North Bulldogs at the Alma Oval on Saturday morning.

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Labor plan to save the Darling River

Originally published: Saturday, 19th January, 2019

NSW Opposition Leader Michael Daley announced his party would not decommission the Menindee Lakes, if elected, and says they have developed a plan to save the Barwon-Darling river system.

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New report points finger at management

Originally published: Saturday, 19th January, 2019

A report released today by the Australia Institute says further questions need to be asked about why the Menindee Lakes were drained.

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Roos take on top Dogs

Originally published: Saturday, 19th January, 2019

After an extended break over the Christmas and New Year holidays, as well as last week being called off due to the extreme heat, local cricket gets back underway today at the Alma Oval.

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Central and West in fight for finals spot

Originally published: Saturday, 19th January, 2019

West and Central are locked in a battle for third spot and today’s T20 match up at the Alma Oval is of utmost importance as finals draw closer.

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Media ‘disappointing’

Originally published: Saturday, 19th January, 2019

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries isn’t into the “blame game” but was disappointed with the media coverage on the recent fish kills in Menindee.

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Records tumble

Originally published: Friday, 18th January, 2019

With summer in full swing, the days of heat are endless with hardly any relief at night. 

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Staff rally to provide fresh water to drink

Originally published: Friday, 18th January, 2019

Coles Broken Hill have started a water drive to assist those in the Darling River region without access to fresh drinking water. 

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Vicki celebrates 40 years

Originally published: Friday, 18th January, 2019

Vicki McCoy, Administration Manager at Broken Hill Toyota, celebrated 40 years at the company yesterday.

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HEAT IS ON

Originally published: Thursday, 17th January, 2019

Packsaddle is getting water trucked in and Tibooburra is getting good use of their main pool as temperatures continue to skyrocket in the Far West.

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Woman’s body found

Originally published: Thursday, 17th January, 2019

Heartbreak for the family of missing grandmother Marilyn Grubb after a body was found yesterday about 40km north of Broken Hill.

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Menindee lads jump to save the fish

Originally published: Thursday, 17th January, 2019

Two of Menindee’s youngsters were more than willing to get their hands dirty and do their part to help with the deteriorating state of the Darling River. 

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Helping hand

Originally published: Thursday, 17th January, 2019

Caring for animals that are sick, injured or orphaned is no easy task, just ask volunteers of a local animal welfare group.

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Community gutted

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th January, 2019

A day of action will be held on March 3 after the NSW Aboriginal Land Council travelled to Menindee.

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Moving forward

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th January, 2019

The Menindee Regional Tourist Association is floating ideas to help the township recover from devastating mass fish deaths in the Darling River.

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No clues in search for mum

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th January, 2019

Police called off land and air search operations for missing grandmother Marilyn Grubb on Monday.

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Talk to the animals

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th January, 2019

Puppies, kittens and new friends; oh my, with all that who wouldn’t want to volunteer at the Broken Hill RSPCA?

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Aerator plan

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th January, 2019

The NSW Government will support aeration work to minimise the risk of further fish kills across the state, but for some it is “too little, too late”.

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Science probe call

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th January, 2019

An independent scientific investigation is needed into the devastation of the Darling River and how it can be restored, a Federal Labor MP said yesterday.

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Fisheries issued warning in 2012

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th January, 2019

Confidential documents show the NSW State Government was warned about an environmental catastrophe, such as the one now happening in the Darling River at Menindee.

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Restock doubt

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th January, 2019

By Emily McInerney

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Massive journey

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th January, 2019

Shane Mann has returned home after spending 432 days working as an expedition mechanic on Casey Station in Antarctica.

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Massive clean-up

Originally published: Monday, 14th January, 2019

A contractor will begin cleaning up the putrid Darling River of hundreds of thousands of dead native fish tomorrow.

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Menindee wants action

Originally published: Monday, 14th January, 2019

Now is the time for politicians to prove they are ready to be in power and take charge of the Menindee Lakes system to ensure its survival, say Menindee locals.

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Species under threat

Originally published: Monday, 14th January, 2019

The recent fish kills could see species of native fish wiped out of local populations, according to a Melbourne University specialist in fish ecology.

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Youth space ready for action

Originally published: Monday, 14th January, 2019

The YMCA Young Leaders group has moved into the Youth Hub and spent a busy morning setting up the new space last week.

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Despair as pipeline test justifies flows

Originally published: Saturday, 12th January, 2019

The Menindee Lakes system’s heart only beats once a day, a local advocate has said, adding that WaterNSW is now “robbing Peter to pay Paul” by releasing what little flows are left from Lake Wetherell.

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Broken Hill, prepare to bake

Originally published: Saturday, 12th January, 2019

Another heatwave will roll into the city today, the second of the summer.

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Touring pollies not sincere: MP

Originally published: Saturday, 12th January, 2019

The Far West’s Federal Member Mark Coulton praised the NSW Water Minister for touring the Menindee fish kill disaster zone this week, but suggested other politicians who made the effort were not sincere.

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Triple title winner

Originally published: Saturday, 12th January, 2019

Brian Casey completed a stellar year in target shooting last year, picking up three A grade titles in three different disciplines.

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Candidate out of race

Originally published: Friday, 11th January, 2019

The Greens candidate for the Federal seat of Parkes, local Ability Links worker Natasha Bearman, has decided to drop out of the electoral race.

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River advocates rise

Originally published: Friday, 11th January, 2019

More politicians have hit Menindee after hundreds of thousands of native fish perished in a toxic Darling River last weekend.

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Labor inquiry pledge

Originally published: Friday, 11th January, 2019

The NSW opposition wants a special commission of inquiry into the state’s water management after a mass fish death event in the Darling River system.

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Ground zero

Originally published: Thursday, 10th January, 2019

Minister orders fish restock plan

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Former council worker blasts roadwork crew

Originally published: Thursday, 10th January, 2019

A former City Council road supervisor says he was shocked by poor road works along the pipeline route in Broken Hill, but the contractors say they are coming back to fix it.

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Cool runnings

Originally published: Thursday, 10th January, 2019

In this Broken Hill heat, it’s safe to assume that there are many air conditioning units around town doing some hard work over the summer months, much like those that sell and install them.

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Girls beat boys

Originally published: Thursday, 10th January, 2019

Babies are regularly quite a popular topic of conversation, especially when it includes how many have been born in Broken Hill in previous years, including the most popular names among them. 

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Hunt for oil and gas

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th January, 2019

Gas and oil seems to be fool’s gold in the Far West, but only because of a lack of exploration.

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Water use worry

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th January, 2019

The death toll of fish continues to climb in Menindee and now locals are concerned with the quality of water.

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FISH KILL ANGER

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th January, 2019

Independent NSW MP Jeremy Buckingham labelled the continued demise of the river system “utter bullshit” and added that national media attention about it was insubstantial.

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Phyllis flies to 90

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th January, 2019

Phyllis Files celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and family yesterday as she recalled memories of growing up in Broken Hill, of working on the family property in Hazel Dell as an adult, and a childhood that highlighted plenty of athletic ability and promise.

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Search continues for missing mum

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th January, 2019

The search for Marilyn Grubb continues as more family members travel to Broken Hill to look for her.

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Fish death toll rises

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th January, 2019

Hundreds of thousands of native fish are now dead in the Darling River after the weekend’s fish kill, according to the NSW Regional Water Minister’s office.

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Old river beauties perish

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th January, 2019

Murray Cod more than 100 centimetres in length will be given to the Department of Fisheries after Sunday’s fish kill at the Menindee weir pool.

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Living Desert vision

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th January, 2019

A former city councillor believes the city should redevelop the Living Desert into an eco-village, and create an artist Hall of Fame. 

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Silver City experience

Originally published: Monday, 7th January, 2019

Tourists Casa Rinaldi and Isaac Astill decided to swing past Broken Hill last week on their way back to Sydney from Yankalilla, SA.

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Graziers want share of record-breaking rains

Originally published: Monday, 7th January, 2019

Water is making its way into a major tributary of the Darling River from the record-breaking rainfall in northern Queensland and a local grazier says irrigators should not be allowed to take it all.

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Massive kill up the river

Originally published: Monday, 7th January, 2019

Menindee woke to another massive fish kill along the Darling River yesterday morning, the second environmental disaster in the “womb” of the Murray-Darling Basin in less than a month.

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Driver smashes through fence

Originally published: Monday, 7th January, 2019

A learner driver accidentally ploughed through a fence and hit the house next to Kentucky Fried Chicken in Lane Street just after 6pm yesterday.

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Anyone But Nats

Originally published: Saturday, 5th January, 2019

By their actions shall you judge them, and the Nationals stand condemned for what they have done to the Darling River, says a former candidate for the local seat of Barwon.

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Jim retires, but still has plenty to do

Originally published: Saturday, 5th January, 2019

LEHMAN Brothers was started by Jim’s uncle Fred Lehman and has been running since 1937, remaining in the Lehman family for over several generations.

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How to beat the heat

Originally published: Saturday, 5th January, 2019

A local doctor is encouraging residents to take it easy to avoid getting sick.

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Missing mum’s family unites

Originally published: Saturday, 5th January, 2019

The children of missing local Marilyn Grubb united at the Broken Hill airport yesterday evening to continue the search for their mother.

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McLeod’s delves into past-ies

Originally published: Friday, 4th January, 2019

A mixture of the old and new will soon be on display at Old McLeod’s Bakery on Chapple Street, with work currently underway to provide the well-known establishment some extra character. 

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Ten days above 100°F

Originally published: Friday, 4th January, 2019

Broken Hill has had maximum temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 days straight. 

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Baldwin’s in big fuel price drop

Originally published: Friday, 4th January, 2019

Petrol prices at one local petrol station have plummeted to the lowest price Broken Hill has seen for months. 

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Trenaman stars on debut

Originally published: Friday, 4th January, 2019

Former local Rachel Trenaman made a successful Women’s Big Bash League debut when her team Sydney Thunder knocked off the ladder-leading Sixers on Wednesday.

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Help find Mum

Originally published: Thursday, 3rd January, 2019

The distraught family of a missing local woman believe she has been to her home in Broken Hill, but hasn’t been heard from or seen since.

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Community centre well connected

Originally published: Thursday, 3rd January, 2019

Finding a computer to work, study or play games on just got a lot easier at the South Community Centre, thanks a donation from the W2BH Pipeline delivery team.

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Rain crucial in 2019

Originally published: Thursday, 3rd January, 2019

The New Year has brought a hopeful sign to the north west of the state after Tibooburra received 2.2mm of rain in two days.

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When milk went to pigs, and pubs to the dogs

Originally published: Thursday, 3rd January, 2019

We’re having a heatwave, but imagine it without air-conditioners and not being able to get a milkshake or a beer, even a hot one.

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Cool hotspots

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019

The prolonged heat has kept people indoors in the city during the festive season, but there are still a few places to visit.

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Labor could take Barwon: Candidate

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019

Labor Barwon candidate Darriea Turley has been listening to the electorate’s concerns and aims to utilise that feedback to secure a seat in NSW parliament. 

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Holiday life

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019

Eight-year-old Jhy Johnstone is making the most of his school holidays, enjoying them while they last.

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Fears for welfare of missing woman

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019

A missing woman has not been sighted since she left an outback property near Broken Hill on Sunday morning, despite a widespread social media campaign to locate her.

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