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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.

October, 2019

Legal fees bite into budget

Originally published: Thursday, 31st October, 2019

Council are operating at a $4 million deficit, after its first Quarterly Budget review, the bulk of which is made up of additional legal expenses.

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Eleventh-hour save for Silverlea

Originally published: Thursday, 31st October, 2019

Silverlea will be granted its emergency funding soon, Federal MP Mark Coulton said yesterday.

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Re-establish rock weirs in river

Originally published: Thursday, 31st October, 2019

Replacing the ancient Aboriginal rock weirs in the Darling River was such a sensible idea, said local MP Roy Butler, that he was surprised when the State Government rejected it.

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All Souls Day service

Originally published: Thursday, 31st October, 2019

The Anglican Church will conduct an All Souls Day service on Saturday at the St James Church.

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Exhibition explores local surrounds

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th October, 2019

Blue Mountains artists Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig have returned to Broken Hill to present their ‘The Terrestrial Scene’ exhibition tomorrow which features video footage taken in the Rasp Mine. 

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Murray River forest saved not destroyed: Commonwealth Envronmental Water Holder

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th October, 2019

The Barmah-Millewa red gum forest on the Murray River was not being destroyed but saved, according to the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, Jody Swirpek.

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Kate cuts through

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th October, 2019

Grazier Kate McBride well and truly brought the government’s inaction on water mismanagement to the nation’s attention on ABC’s Q&A program on Monday night.

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Isaiah performing in Broken Hill

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th October, 2019

Everyone will be treated to an open-air concert by X-Factor winner, Isaiah Firebrace, in Sturt Park tomorrow.

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Arias in the Outback should go on ‘Forever’

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th October, 2019

Opera Australia tenor Brad Cooper was back at the elegantly decorated Silverton Hotel on Saturday night for his fifth annual “Arias in the Outback” spectacular, this time treating his faithful followers to the magnificent marriage of tenor and baritone.

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‘Environmental Madness’

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th October, 2019

Clayton Barr, the NSW Shadow Minister for Water, says the changes proposed for the Menindee Lakes amount to environmental vandalism.

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Roll in your floats for Christmas Pageant

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th October, 2019

There is just one month left to lodge nominations for the 2019 Christmas Pageant and after party.

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Local Lions Club tests kids’ vision

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th October, 2019

The Lions Club of Broken Hill set up shop at North Public School yesterday to screen students for vision impairment that many would not have known they had. 

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Clever old fellow outdoes his rivals

Originally published: Monday, 28th October, 2019

Swan Hill trainer Con Kelly has won the Silver City Cup for the second time with his 10-year-old bay gelding, Clever Boy.

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Comanche pilots buzz in for a flying holiday

Originally published: Monday, 28th October, 2019

Sixteeen Piper Comanche aeroplanes landed at the airport last week for an International Comanche Society “fly away” visit to Broken Hill. 

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Stray dog run-around

Originally published: Monday, 28th October, 2019

Confusion between City Council and the Broken Hill Veterinary Clinic has left one local business holding a stray dog. 

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Darling disaster reaches world

Originally published: Monday, 28th October, 2019

Big corroborees held along the Darling River this month to show the world the extent of the destruction have accomplished their aim.

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Ivanhoe kids to get away from it all

Originally published: Saturday, 26th October, 2019

Most of Ivanhoe Central School’s 27 students will be climbing on a bus this morning for an eight-day trip to Uluru.

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Trevor’s a ‘Nature Astronomy’ star

Originally published: Saturday, 26th October, 2019

Broken Hill astronomer Trevor Barry has for a third time, had his work included in an academic paper published in the prestigious science journal “Nature Astronomy”. 

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Road still closed

Originally published: Saturday, 26th October, 2019

The Silver City Highway from Wentworth to Broken Hill will remain closed over the weekend but it looks like all the horses will make it to the Silver City Cup meeting today.

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Bessie Williams turns 100

Originally published: Saturday, 26th October, 2019

Bessie Williams, who celebrates her 100th birthday today, has reminisced about the good times and the bad, but overall she feels she’s had a fortunate life. 

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Dodgeball moves to Mondays

Originally published: Friday, 25th October, 2019

Dodgeball will be moving from Thursday nights to Monday nights next week, in a shake-up designed to avoid clashes with other sports and get more people trying out the game. Organiser Daniel Cassidy-Fitzpatrick, who used to play in the national dodgeball team, said games would also be moving from six vs six affairs to three vs three.

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Free sport clinics for local children

Originally published: Friday, 25th October, 2019

Impact Centre’s three-day ‘Beyond the Gainline’ event starts today when sports go to Wilcannia and Broken Hill tomorrow and Sunday. 

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Locals win Preservation Award

Originally published: Friday, 25th October, 2019

John and Christina McConville drove back to town last month on a high after wining the Preservation Award at the “Bay to Birdwood” rally. 

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Justice delayed

Originally published: Friday, 25th October, 2019

A former hospital employee who had to endure being put on trial for murder when she should never have been charged is still being made to suffer.

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From ‘Rocktober’ to renovations

Originally published: Thursday, 24th October, 2019

Thanks to the popularity of “Rocktober”, the Musicians Club has been able to start some overdue renovations.

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Consider the poor kangaroo in drought

Originally published: Thursday, 24th October, 2019

Kangaroo numbers have risen alarmingly on grazing properties in the drought but land management and animal welfare must be given equal consideration, says Fiona Garland from the Kangaroo Management Taskforce.

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B-Grade season tight

Originally published: Thursday, 24th October, 2019

The local cricket season got underway last Saturday, and the B-Grade competition looks like being an exciting one with plenty of talent on show.  

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Outback Astronomy shoots for awards

Originally published: Thursday, 24th October, 2019

Broken Hill’s Outback Astronomy are finalists in the NSW Tourism Awards.

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Top-shot Terry’s 50 years out West

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019

Terry Brewer has been recognised for his 50 years as a member of a local rifle club with the presentation of a special badge and an award last weekend. 

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Memorial Scholarship for budding musician

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019

Applications for a scholarship named in memory of one of the city’s best known musicians, Nessie Osten, are now open.

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Importance of land management

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019

The importance of proper land management in maintaining vegetative ground cover, and how that helps protect the land from erosion, is set to be discussed during a presentation today at the 2019 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services conference.

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Burkies raffling holiday

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019

Burke Ward is raffling a Gold Coast holiday to help fundraise for their school, but they need to sell a lot more tickets.

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Socceroo and top players for clinics

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd October, 2019

Former Socceroo, Gerry Gomez, will be back in Broken Hill this weekend to run soccer coaching clinics along with players from the North West Sydney (NWS) Koalas women’s team.

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Mineral Club show

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd October, 2019

The Broken Hill Mineral Club will be hosting another collector’s event tomorrow with Peter Beckwith from Kristallen bringing 2,500 specimens with him for display and sale.

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Landcare conference to assist locals

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd October, 2019

The 2019 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference begins today, and with the three-day event taking place in Broken Hill, organisers have highlighted the importance of the region as well as attendees connecting with other Landcarers from across the state.  

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Tickled pink

Originally published: Monday, 21st October, 2019

The Broken Hill Breast Cancer Support Group is very grateful for the support they have received in October so far.

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High risk hurdle

Originally published: Monday, 21st October, 2019

A past risk assessment of the Imperial Lakes labelled it “high risk” but a number of officials are working to change that.

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Outback treat

Originally published: Monday, 21st October, 2019

Popular tenor, and a regular visitor to Broken Hill, Bradley Cooper will be back again this weekend for a performance at the Silverton Hotel.

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Cricket swings into action

Originally published: Monday, 21st October, 2019

The cricket season has started with North winning over West and Central beating South.

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YMCA goes pink for Breast Cancer

Originally published: Saturday, 19th October, 2019

The YMCA will be hosting a pink tournament for Breast Cancer research today and having some fun while they’re doing it.

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Cricket opener

Originally published: Saturday, 19th October, 2019

The local cricket season begins today with the A grade competition shaping up to be a cracker.

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Mums say it’s not Thyme to go

Originally published: Saturday, 19th October, 2019

A group of concerned mothers have started a petition to ensure Thyme on Argent doesn’t close this weekend.

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Honesty is the best policy

Originally published: Saturday, 19th October, 2019

Government water authorities lost a lot of faith with the public when they persisted in denying that fish could have died recently in the water at Lake Pamamaroo, the NSW Shadow Water Minister, Clayton Barr, said yesterday.

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Market remains strong

Originally published: Friday, 18th October, 2019

The local housing market remains strong, say local real estate agents, with affordable prices, rate cuts, and adequate supply working in the city’s favour. 

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GO TARNEE

Originally published: Friday, 18th October, 2019

It’s no secret that former local Tarnee Tester is one of the finest footballers to come from Broken Hill, and she could be about to make her mark on the big stage as she has been nominated for the 2019 NAB AFL Women’s Draft.

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Miner in pink streak

Originally published: Friday, 18th October, 2019

Perilya had got into the spirit of Pink October by painting two of their vehicles pink.

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Campbell bound for parliament

Originally published: Friday, 18th October, 2019

YMCA Young Leader Campbell Quintrell has been invited to attend the Children’s Week Parliament next week in Sydney. 

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Proposal gains traction

Originally published: Thursday, 17th October, 2019

“Our meeting is a forum to bring community individuals (and) government department representatives together to speak about the health of the river,” said Mr Hardman.

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Zianna signs premier deal

Originally published: Thursday, 17th October, 2019

Netballer Zianna Chesterfield has been recruited by a Premier League club in Adelaide.

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AWFUL TRUTH

Originally published: Thursday, 17th October, 2019

NSW Government claims that no fish could have died in Lake Pamamaroo last week because the lake had been dry for a month are false.

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Karrie shows her HeART

Originally published: Thursday, 17th October, 2019

Desert meets the coast in a majority of works featured in Karrie Lannstrom’s exhibition, Ocean Dreaming in the HeART of the Hill. 

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Imperial hope

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th October, 2019

A move to reopen the Imperial Lake has taken a step forward after councillors met with our state MP.

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Encore performance to raise hub funds

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th October, 2019

‘Locusts’, filmed in Broken Hill, is about to be shown again at the Silver City Cinema for its official cinematic release. 

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Oldies, but goodies

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th October, 2019

The Broken Hill Historical Society is hoping to end the year with a bang and involve more of the younger generation in learning about the history of our city.

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Boomerang bonanza

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th October, 2019

In preparation for the NSW Landcare and Local Land Services conference, 300 Boomerang Bags have been purchased from the CWA to help reduce wastage.

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BDT bakers hit the ovens

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th October, 2019

The BDT’s Pink October cake stall is on tomorrow in the front foyer of the Truth office.

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I love my job

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th October, 2019

Karen Wilmore has been awarded Best and Less Store Manager of the Year.

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Olivia’s mission

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th October, 2019

Lymphoma hit close to home for the Hart family when Olivia’s father was diagnosed, so now she is doing her part to raise funds and awareness to fight it. 

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Always time for pudding

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th October, 2019

More than 2,000 Christmas puddings have been prepared, cooked, wrapped and are hanging ready to be sold, thanks to the hard work of the RFDS Women’s Auxiliary.

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Cadets leading the way

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th October, 2019

Ten local St John Ambulance members have participated in State First Aid Competitions at the State Cadet Camp.

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Take a bow, Mrs Thirsty

Originally published: Monday, 14th October, 2019

We’ve all secretly wondered what it would be like to live the life of a rock star, but, and be honest, have you ever given any consideration to what it would be like to be a rock star’s mother? I asked Thirsty Merc frontman’s mother, Christina, after the legendary Aussie rock band’s highly anticipated show at the Musicians Club on Friday night.

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All about the fun

Originally published: Monday, 14th October, 2019

At the Nanua gymkhana this weekend you’ll see just as many horses as you would at a normal bush race meeting, it’s just that they won’t be jumping from the starting gates.

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More dams of shallow words

Originally published: Monday, 14th October, 2019

Our political leaders are grandstanding about the need for more dams to save us from drought. But plenty have been built and the trouble is that none of them will return water to the rivers.

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Driver pulls half ton

Originally published: Monday, 14th October, 2019

With nearly 50 years of train driving experience, Geoff Tweedie has looked back at his career and recalled the vast distances he’s travelled, the loads he’s had to carry and how his love of trains at an early age inspired him to become a train driver.

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Underground dream

Originally published: Saturday, 12th October, 2019

The best scones in Broken Hill don’t come from the city, but from a mine off the beaten track 

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Of Art and Life

Originally published: Saturday, 12th October, 2019

Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast’s 30th Art Exhibition is an exciting opportunity for artists to display and share their creative works with the local community. 

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Labor stalwart recognised

Originally published: Saturday, 12th October, 2019

After almost 20 years’ service to the local Labor Party, Les McQuillan has been honoured with a McKell Award.

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Not fair

Originally published: Saturday, 12th October, 2019

The co-founder of mining company Havilah Resources has laid out his reasons for why he voted against a proposed $100m investment into the company, a day after Havilah’s two independent non-executive directors resigned.

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Back-to-back

Originally published: Friday, 11th October, 2019

Father and son duo Kerry and Lachlan Turley have smashed the opposition at an off-road racing buggy championship in South Australia.

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Ten cents will do it

Originally published: Friday, 11th October, 2019

There will be goodies galore and a lot of fun to be had at the Broken Hill Quota Club’s annual 10-cent auction.

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Army honours Broken Hill nurse

Originally published: Friday, 11th October, 2019

The largest Army barracks in Brisbane has been named in honour of Vivian Bullwinkel, the Broken Hill Hospital nurse who survived a massacre in World War II and went on to serve with distinction during and after the war.

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Author to visit markets

Originally published: Friday, 11th October, 2019

“Don Tweedie Fighting Bandsman’s Last Stand”, is a story of courage, determination, heroism, faith, love and mateship throughout World War II.

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You too can be a high flyer

Originally published: Thursday, 10th October, 2019

The Broken Hill Model Flying Club is offering free lessons - they provide all the equipment and expertise, all you have to do is rock up.

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Rocktober rocks on

Originally published: Thursday, 10th October, 2019

Thirsty Merc will be rocking out at the Musicians Club tomorrow night as part of the club’s Rocktober events.

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Calendar for a goldie

Originally published: Thursday, 10th October, 2019

Outback Pharmacies will be giving away 2020 calendars for a gold coin with funds raised going to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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Robbie’s low-light lessons

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th October, 2019

Sculptor and photographer Robbie Rowlands is about to give lessons in low-light photography at the Riddiford Arboretum.

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Flying Doctors, Aus Post team up for local coin hunt

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th October, 2019

The RFDS Broken Hill Community Open Day on Monday was a huge success.

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New water manager finds much to like

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th October, 2019

The city’s new water chief says quality water and quality staff should make his job a little easier in this terrible drought.

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Cup preparations well in hand

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th October, 2019

The Silver City Racing Club committee and volunteers have begun preparing the track for the big cup meeting this month.

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Kids back in action

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th October, 2019

Railwaytown Public School students have received some wonderful community support after bales of cans and bottles were stolen last week.

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Race day success

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th October, 2019

Pooncarie battled against the odds to pull off another successful race meeting on Saturday.

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Free and confidential service

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th October, 2019

A free and confidential sexual health service has been set up at Headspace after a successful partnership with Clinic 9.

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Aussie quoit champs

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th October, 2019

About 150 packed into the West Football Club for the 73rd annual Australian Rope Quoits Championships on the weekend.

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Corroboree on the river

Originally published: Saturday, 5th October, 2019

A magical night on the dry lake bed of Lake Pamamaroo officially closed the Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroboree Festival this week.

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Shorty’s ladies go pink

Originally published: Saturday, 5th October, 2019

The residents of Shorty O’Neil village have “got their pink on”.

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Shire loses vote

Originally published: Saturday, 5th October, 2019

Postponing elections in the Central Darling Shire for another four years was an “outrage against democracy”, according to Local Government NSW. 

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Cricket on backfoot as women come out

Originally published: Saturday, 5th October, 2019

The Barrier District Cricket League will investigate all options for extra cricket pitches, but it may be too late for the coming season.

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On the money

Originally published: Friday, 4th October, 2019

Veldt Station is now on the new $20 banknote with the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia flying over head.

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Change of pace

Originally published: Friday, 4th October, 2019

Nearly every year the Pooncarie Cup meeting is run on the same day as the AFL Grand Final, but not this time, and organisers are expecting a big crowd and pleasant weather tomorrow.

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You can write if you want to

Originally published: Friday, 4th October, 2019

Budding writers are being invited to gather their thoughts and set them down for the chance of winning a cash prize.

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Put your health first

Originally published: Friday, 4th October, 2019

Hearing Australia is urging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women of all ages to celebrate the sounds they love by taking time to think about their hearing health.

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Tackling problem gambling

Originally published: Thursday, 3rd October, 2019

CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes has conducted a series of positive workshops and events to raise awareness of and tackle problem gambling as poker machine revenue is predicted to soar to $9 billion a year by 2029 in NSW.

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New director for for health service

Originally published: Thursday, 3rd October, 2019

The Far West Local Health District has another new person on the executive.

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Magic machines set to glisten

Originally published: Thursday, 3rd October, 2019

Prizes are lined up and ready to roll out for lucky winners at this year’s Past and Present Auto Show.

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Bearded love

Originally published: Thursday, 3rd October, 2019

How you can help our little friends

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Fish fail

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019

About 25 Murray Cod that were moved last month from the Darling River in an effort to save them have been found dead.

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Windfarm powers up

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019

The $450 million Silverton Windfarm is providing energy to Broken Hill following the completion of construction and commissioning of the 58 turbines, AGL Project Director Adam Mackett said.

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Kids cleaned out

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019

Recyclable items worth $300 have been stolen from the Railwaytown Public School after students spent all year collecting them.

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Master Jesters for Games

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019

This is the 15th year the Jesters Master’s Softball team will be travelling to compete after coming away with the bronze last time.

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New skate park ‘bigger and better’

Originally published: Tuesday, 1st October, 2019

City Council has committed $350,000 for a new skate park and is hoping to attract more funding to make it even better. 

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Dinomania to the Demo

Originally published: Tuesday, 1st October, 2019

Local kids had a “rawr-some” surprise yesterday afternoon with a visit from Toby the T-Rex and Razor the Raptor dressed in an homage to Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

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Veterans’ golf week in Hill

Originally published: Tuesday, 1st October, 2019

NSW Veteran Association Golfers had a very successful week on the green, with big scores coming across the board. 

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Pink October in full bloom once again

Originally published: Tuesday, 1st October, 2019

This year Impact Gym has come on board to support the month and help paint the town pink.

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Silverlea cash comes through

Originally published: Tuesday, 1st October, 2019

Silverlea will get to celebrate its 60th anniversary next year after news yesterday that its long-awaited emergency funding had been approved and was on its way.

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