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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.

September, 2019

Baaka water commission bid

Originally published: Monday, 30th September, 2019

The Barkindji Native Title Group Corporation has proposed a new multi-agency, decision-making leadership body to better connect government and Traditional Owner groups along the Darling/Baaka River.

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Tracking animal road deaths

Originally published: Monday, 30th September, 2019

Drivers are being urged to slow down, stop the car and take a photo of dead animals on or beside the road.

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MP in rehab push

Originally published: Monday, 30th September, 2019

Local state MP Roy Butler has called on the state government to establish more residential rehabilitation centres across the Far West.

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The Battle of Morton Boolka

Originally published: Monday, 30th September, 2019

The Menindee Lakes Water Saving Project does not address the impact it will have on the natural environment, including ancient Aboriginal sites and Golden Perch, a local grazier says.

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Adams deputy mayor

Originally published: Saturday, 28th September, 2019

Councillor Christine Adams was voted in as Deputy Mayor for the remainder of the current Council’s tenure.

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Centre’s bid for revamp

Originally published: Saturday, 28th September, 2019

The Broken Hill Centre for Community is preparing an application for a government grant of more than $500,000 to help develop the centre.

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Everyone’s a winner, especially Far West

Originally published: Saturday, 28th September, 2019

Rugby League flourished as eight teams from the Far West, Dubbo, Mildura and Melbourne came together for the 2019 Menindee Yabbies Knockout.

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Report into hospital medical services

Originally published: Saturday, 28th September, 2019

The new General Manager of the Broken Hill Health Service has sought to reassure the community that proper health care workplace processes and responses to staff concerns are in place, and being adhered to, at the local hospital.

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Sign wars

Originally published: Friday, 27th September, 2019

An ugly dispute over a welcome sign took a bizarre twist yesterday when City Council declared it did not own it.

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Old beauty bound for Ivanhoe

Originally published: Friday, 27th September, 2019

This 1970 Mercedes Benz 1418 is making its way to the Ivanhoe Truck, Tractor, Car and Bike Show next weekend.

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A step in the right direction

Originally published: Friday, 27th September, 2019

Ground-level climate change action is just as important as any national action, according to a local farmer and activist.

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New cop of the north

Originally published: Friday, 27th September, 2019

Tibooburra has a new cop in town after Senior Constable Vicki Shipley decided to move from Wollongong to the remote village.

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75th anniversary

Originally published: Thursday, 26th September, 2019

President Bill Graham with a plaque to mark the 75th anniversary of the Legion of Ex-Servicemen and Women.

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Golden couple celebrate

Originally published: Thursday, 26th September, 2019

Lyn and Geoff Bennetts will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Friday, September 27. The pair have had five decades worth of love and hardships and everything in between and family still remains the number one thing in their lives.

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SA slow off mark

Originally published: Thursday, 26th September, 2019

Despite a strong bowling performance by Sam Betts, especially in game two of her side’s 2019-2020 Women’s National Cricket League competition and some good top order batting, the South Australian Scorpions have recorded two losses from their opening games.

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River dance rises in the West

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th September, 2019

Large corroborees not seen in living memory will be held along the Darling next week to show the world how Australia treats its rivers.

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Pubs goes barmy over parmi nod

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th September, 2019

Chefs and staff at the Tydvil Hotel are “parmi partying it up” after being nominated for Best Parmi in NSW.

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Sammy set for big summer

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th September, 2019

All-rounder Sam Betts took three wickets at a cost of just nine runs from fours overs, including a maiden at the start of the final SA Scorpions trial game against Victoria on Friday at the Park 25 oval in the centre of Adelaide. 

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Playing in the Hill

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th September, 2019

A photo taken in Broken Hill was a finalist in the Australian Life photography competition.

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Zumba class to help Firies’ MND climb

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th September, 2019

A special YMCA Zumba class will be held at the end of October to raise funds for the firefighters that are doing the MND climb.

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Riverina Bishop visits Broken Hill and local Anglican Church

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th September, 2019

Broken Hill’s Anglican Church has welcomed the new Bishop of Riverina, Donald Kirk, who visited the city last weekend. 

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Record entries for film festival

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th September, 2019

The AGL Perfect Light Film Festival is coming back to Broken Hill on the first weekend in November. 

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Pro Hart sculptures come back to life

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th September, 2019

A Pro Hart sculpture across the road from the Wyman Street Gallery has had its true colours restored with the sculpture representing Galena crystals given a yellow coat of paint. 

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Panthers pounce

Originally published: Monday, 23rd September, 2019

The A grade soccer grand final was promised to be a cracker, and it didn’t disappoint with a high-scoring, back-and-forth, fiery game seeing West crowned Premiers after extra time.

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20th anniversary

Originally published: Monday, 23rd September, 2019

Foundation Broken Hill will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Saturday  October 12 during a gala event to be held at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

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Ferry’s faces closure

Originally published: Monday, 23rd September, 2019

Saturday marked the 31st anniversary of the opening of Ferry’s in its current location at 341 Argent Street. 

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Put roo on your plate

Originally published: Monday, 23rd September, 2019

More awareness around recipes and the health benefits of kangaroo meat could help put the dish on menus across Australia.

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An almighty thriller

Originally published: Monday, 23rd September, 2019

A thrilling, intense, back-and-forth game saw the Alma Women’s team beat West 12-11 on penalties, with both sides rallying well when the game looked like it was slipping away from them.

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Captain’s kick wins match

Originally published: Monday, 23rd September, 2019

It was a tight, tough game in the B grade soccer final, with Alma prevailing over West 1-0 with a superb strike from the Goats’ captain Samuel Harrap.

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Read all about it

Originally published: Saturday, 21st September, 2019

Copies of a newspaper about the destructive consequences of the Murray-Darling Basin’s management hit the streets yesterday and “tens of thousands” of people will get theirs next week.

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Journey to the past

Originally published: Saturday, 21st September, 2019

Three women from Sydney have embarked on an adventure in Broken Hill in search of their family’s history.

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Expect a cracker

Originally published: Saturday, 21st September, 2019

West and St Joes will battle it out in the A Grade grand final today in what should be an absolute cracker of a match. 

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Huge five years

Originally published: Saturday, 21st September, 2019

It’s been a big five years since the inception of Pink October with over $300,000 being raised for Breast Cancer support in the city.

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GF evenly poised

Originally published: Saturday, 21st September, 2019

Alma and West go up against each other in the B Grade soccer final today, in what’s promising to be a “fiery, close one”.

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Panthers take on Goats

Originally published: Saturday, 21st September, 2019

West and Alma will be battling it out in the Women’s soccer grand final today, in what should be a fantastic game of speed, skill and strength.

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Chamber resurrection to help businesses

Originally published: Friday, 20th September, 2019

The Chamber of Commerce is set to reopen thanks to the hard work of local groups.

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Chucking a big lap

Originally published: Friday, 20th September, 2019

An 80-year-old car and two men enjoying a lap around the state - what an adventure.

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‘Death gap’ motion fails in parliament

Originally published: Friday, 20th September, 2019

A motion to acknowledge a “rural health crisis” in NSW was shut down and flipped in NSW Parliament yesterday.

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White Cliffs water drama

Originally published: Friday, 20th September, 2019

The use of a White Cliffs storage tank has divided opinion in the town, with one resident sending a petition to the local council to leave its water for recreational use while another backs plans to use water from it to help bitumise local roads. 

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City folk bring gifts

Originally published: Thursday, 19th September, 2019

Members of South-West Sydney’s Probus Club of Narellan visited Broken Hill and the Far West, and two of their own, Linda Lord and Jeanette Jackson, decided to do something for the pastoralists in dire need of water.

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Shooters back palliative care

Originally published: Thursday, 19th September, 2019

During August the Broken Hill Field and Game Association conducted its annual charity shoot, with money raised donated to the Broken Hill Palliative Care Service. 

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Top-notch judges set for two-day workshop

Originally published: Thursday, 19th September, 2019

The Broken Hill Cake Decorators have been able to secure the services of the Silver City Show’s cake decorating judges to hold a two-day workshop.

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Working life in the Silver City

Originally published: Thursday, 19th September, 2019

Currently, Year 10 students from Willyama High School are spread across town for work experience.

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Honouring Pro

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th September, 2019

Pro Hart has been further immortalised in Broken Hill with Airport Road officially being renamed to honour the late artist.

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St Joes head into the Grand Final

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th September, 2019

St Joes beat Celtic in a hard fought, extra-time thriller in the soccer semi-final on the weekend, the winning goal scored in the final 10 minutes.

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Clinicians speak out

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th September, 2019

Former clinicians at Broken Hill Hospital have shed further light on what they describe as a hospital with cultural problems at the management level, among other concerns.

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Country star to perform at Silverton

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th September, 2019

Country singer Sara Storer will be out at Silverton again next month to perform for the NSW Landcare and Local Land Services conference.

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Ambassador in the Hill

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th September, 2019

Diana Nelson, Australia’s Ambassador to Peru, has been in the city to talk to local organisations, as well as community and business groups, about developing connections with the South American country. 

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Over 3000 at Heel Festival

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th September, 2019

More than 3000 people attended the big three days of the Broken Heel Festival which wrapped up yesterday.

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Vintage treasure rolls in

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th September, 2019

Two long distance adventurers are about to roll into the city in a 1937 Riley Lynx.

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Protecting our native BH animals

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th September, 2019

Kevin Hughes is well-known for his bravery when as a pilot he saved a woman who was caught on the side of his plane when attempting to skydive.

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Give Lead Ted a run

Originally published: Monday, 16th September, 2019

Morgan Street kindergarten students were taught about lead awareness after taking part in the new LeadSmart School Education Program.

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Inquest into teen’s death

Originally published: Monday, 16th September, 2019

An inquest has been called into the death of Broken Hill teenager Alex Braes whose shocking case received national media attention last week after it aired on ABC’s Four Corners.

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Fine outback art show

Originally published: Monday, 16th September, 2019

West Darling Arts will soon be displaying pastel paintings by people from Tibooburra and district.

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Netballers in spring carnival

Originally published: Monday, 16th September, 2019

Broken Hill will be well represented in Mildura next weekend when 26 youngsters will play at the Mildura Spring Netball Carnival. 

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All hail the Queen

Originally published: Monday, 16th September, 2019

Broken Heel Festival-goers were treated to an incredible night with Kings Cross legend Carlotta stealing the show.

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Elderly man forced to watch robbery

Originally published: Saturday, 14th September, 2019

An immobile elderly man had to watch his home get ransacked when two men invaded his Morgan Street home about 2.15am yesterday.

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Boys star on court

Originally published: Saturday, 14th September, 2019

Broken Hill High School has a team of up-and-coming netball stars on their hands, year 10 boys who will be competing in the state finals this month. 

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Darlings on the Darling

Originally published: Saturday, 14th September, 2019

Friends of the Earth has once again joined with the LGBTI and drag communities to raise awareness about the state of the Darling River with a trip out to Menindee yesterday, and a visit to Broken Heel today.

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Take a big drag

Originally published: Saturday, 14th September, 2019

This Year’s Drag in Drag street parade has a new group walking in an attempt to highlight the importance of LGBTIQ+ and diversity.

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‘Halve’ allocations

Originally published: Friday, 13th September, 2019

The desperation being felt as rivers run dry, fish die by the millions and towns run out of water and income should not distract us from the original cause of the problem, says a former water manager for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. 

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Under eight minutes

Originally published: Friday, 13th September, 2019

The annual Perfect Light Film Festival is fast approaching and they’re calling for filmmakers to submit their entries.

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The wide comb woolshed wars

Originally published: Friday, 13th September, 2019

In April 1983, a group of Broken Hill men travelled to Mutooroo Station to attack shearers for not taking part in a strike about wide shearing combs. 

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60 wonderful years

Originally published: Thursday, 12th September, 2019

Shirley and Pat Ryan were joined in marriage 60 years ago today in 1959 at the All Saints Church in Piper Street. 

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Teeing off for a good cause

Originally published: Thursday, 12th September, 2019

The annual Ronald McDonald House Charities golf day is on Sunday to help the team of Broken Hill cyclists with their fundraising for the Ronald McDonald House Ride for Sick Kids. 

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Farewell, Fish

Originally published: Thursday, 12th September, 2019

Locals watched on as Murray Cod and Golden Perch were shocked and caught during a fish rescue on the Darling River yesterday as NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries branch rolled out an electro fishing boat into drying pools south of Menindee’s Weir 32. 

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A day of support

Originally published: Thursday, 12th September, 2019

At 11am today several services will host an ‘R U OK?’ day event in the Town Square.

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Preparations underway for basketball season

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th September, 2019

With the start of the 2019/20 Broken Hill basketball season still a month away, there is action aplenty at the RK Sanderson Stadium.

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List gets longer

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th September, 2019

The waiting list for locals to get into Eureka’s Shorty O’Neil Village continues to grow.

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Panthers snatch thrilling victory

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th September, 2019

Celtic narrowly beat Alma while West won a thriller against St Joes in the final round of regular-season soccer.

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Potters settle into the main drag

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th September, 2019

After firing up for months, the Broken Hill Potters Society are ready to unveil their latest exhibition. 

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Money on your wrist

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th September, 2019

The Broken Heel Festival is looking to phase out cash and cards after shipping in new electronic wristbands.

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Hospital accused of cover-up after death of teenager

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th September, 2019

A report last night into the death of a fit, young man at the Broken Hill Hospital alleged that hospital management tried to cover up its negligence.

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Journo walks the scene in bizarre coincidence

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th September, 2019

The Four Corners journalist covering the Alex Braes story was forced to go to the Broken Hill Hospital’s emergency department with similar symptoms as the local teenager.

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Summer deadline for emergency response

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th September, 2019

A range of emergency measures identified by Professor Robert Vertessy would be in place before summer, Federal Minister for Water Resources David Littleproud said yesterday.

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MPs call for more resources, staff

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th September, 2019

Local state MP Roy Butler and NSW Shadow Health Minister Ryan Park have called for greater resources and staffing in the state’s rural and regional hospitals following shocking revelations about Broken Hill Hospital in ABC’s Four Corners program.

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Roo beauty

Originally published: Monday, 9th September, 2019

South proved to be the dominant team on Saturday with goal-kicking accuracy, pressure and hitting their marks to win by 20 points over North.

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West women win first

Originally published: Monday, 9th September, 2019

The West Women’s football team secured their first premiership win on Saturday with strength and determination.

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Charli’s fine eye

Originally published: Monday, 9th September, 2019

The Life and Light in the Western Region Photo Competition has helped highlight some great photographers across the Far West, none more so than 18-year-old Charli Smith from White Cliffs.

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South Reserves too good

Originally published: Monday, 9th September, 2019

A determined West couldn’t keep a strong South side from steamrolling them in the Reserves match-up - the Roos won by 38 points.

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The Joy of dance

Originally published: Monday, 9th September, 2019

Parents and students helped Joy Baldwin celebrate 68 years as a dance teacher on Saturday.

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Close and hard game in reserves

Originally published: Saturday, 7th September, 2019

South are going in as favourites for the Reserves final but West could give them a run for their money.

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Too close to call

Originally published: Saturday, 7th September, 2019

Locals will be getting a sense of familiarity running into the AFL Broken Hill league grand final this afternoon.

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West hungry for the win

Originally published: Saturday, 7th September, 2019

South are aiming for their third women’s premiership while the Westies are hungry for their first flag, as these two top tier teams do battle in today’s grand final. 

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Camera on Heels

Originally published: Saturday, 7th September, 2019

Photographer Robert Knapman will be travelling to the city for the Broken Heel Festival to take portrait photos for a project called ‘Behind the Scenes’.

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Golden anniversary

Originally published: Friday, 6th September, 2019

Despite being married for 50 years, Rita and Michael Bruggy said there was no secret to success.

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Anger builds on the Murray River

Originally published: Friday, 6th September, 2019

An effigy of the federal water minister, David Littleproud, was stuffed into a toilet bowl and thrown into the Murray River during a rally by thousands of farmers and citizens at Tocumwal yesterday.

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It’s time we did something

Originally published: Friday, 6th September, 2019

Inspired by grazier Rob McBride selling Wyoming Station, Helen McAfee has begun fundraising to take legal action for the Darling River.

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Federal royal commission call gets louder

Originally published: Friday, 6th September, 2019

Tens of thousands of city people will this month learn a lot more about the crisis and the “shonky business” in the Murray-Darling Basin when a free, full-colour newspaper appears in their letterbox.

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Heaven sent

Originally published: Thursday, 5th September, 2019

More hay has rolled in for graziers after Farmers Across Borders trucked 210 bales into the Far West.

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Kelsie’s a science star

Originally published: Thursday, 5th September, 2019

Kelsie Mitchell has become the thirtieth Broken Hill High School student to be chosen to attend the National Youth Science Forum, which will take place early next year.

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NSW Labor chief visits

Originally published: Thursday, 5th September, 2019

The state of the Darling River had to be seen to be believed and it was time the NSW Premier took a look and accepted the recommendations to fix it, the Opposition leader said yesterday.

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Helping hand for Legacy

Originally published: Thursday, 5th September, 2019

If you’re out and about tomorrow, be sure to pick up something to support Legacy.

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Fire drama

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th September, 2019

Fire has gutted a woman’s house while police were searching for a man alleged to have assaulted her. 

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Panthers on top

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th September, 2019

Celtic beat St Joes before West thumped Alma in the penultimate round of local soccer on the weekend.

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Renters covered

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th September, 2019

Local real estate agents are working their way around the new municipal tip barcode system.

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Overdoses skyrocket

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th September, 2019

The number of Australians dying from unintentional drug overdoses has skyrocketed by almost 38 per cent over the last decade, according to a report released last week.

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Grazier selling land for Darling legal action

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd September, 2019

Grazier Rob McBride is selling his Wyoming Station in order to pursue legal action to save the Darling River. 

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Report on Darling “wrong”, used for “smear campaign”: Water Minister

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd September, 2019

Over-extraction of water upstream had not put the Darling River into drought and “hard-working Australian families” had been damaged by a report that found it had, the NSW Minister for Water, Melinda Pavey, said yesterday.

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Silver City Show prepping all go

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd September, 2019

Silver City Show Secretary John Ralph said preparations were going well and the only change would be the absence of a printed show book. 

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Works begin at Jube

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd September, 2019

Demolition work began at the Jubilee Oval yesterday for its major redevelopment.  

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Purcell takes the double

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd September, 2019

The dynamic on-baller for South, Marc Purcell, scooped up the Lionel Johnston Medal and the Mail Medal at last night’s awards ceremony.

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Three generations in workshop

Originally published: Monday, 2nd September, 2019

Chevarli Lloyde has been welcomed as K&J Crash Repairs’ newest apprentice, completing three generations of Lloydes at the workshop.

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Experienced Dogs slay tough Robins

Originally published: Monday, 2nd September, 2019

The Bulldogs proved their worth in Saturday’s preliminary final with a 26-point win over the Robins to progress to the grand final. 

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Five of the best

Originally published: Monday, 2nd September, 2019

Five local up and coming footballers have been selected in teams for the GWS Giants Academy for their respective age groups to play in the 2019 AFL NSW/ACT Joss State Zone Trials in Albury. 

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Menindee Mission reunion

Originally published: Monday, 2nd September, 2019

A reunion for those who lived on the Old Menindee Mission is set for the middle of September, exactly 70 years after it closed. 

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