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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.

December, 2019

Party time

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st December, 2019

Council’s big party in the party will be ramping up for the New Year’s Eve celebrations tonight.

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Achievers pass on HSC advice

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st December, 2019

Broken Hill High School’s Distinguished Achievers have passed on some advice for the coming Year 12 cohort.

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Locals step up against drought

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st December, 2019

A young couple are taking the next 12 months to help drought affected farmers across Australia.

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Clubs prepare for NYE celebrations

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st December, 2019

As we say goodbye to the year that was 2019, Broken Hillites with the rest of the world will prepare to kick off the 20’s. 

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Bring in the Defence Force

Originally published: Monday, 30th December, 2019

Barwon MP Roy Butler has renewed calls for the federal government to deploy defence force personnel to help devastated farmers in his drought-ravaged electorate.

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Flying Doctors of the decade

Originally published: Monday, 30th December, 2019

The RFDS will be capping off the decade on a high after providing 30,000 healthcare clinics to rural areas.

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Tydvil distillery takes step closer

Originally published: Monday, 30th December, 2019

Progress on the Tydvil distillery continues, with the development application sent to Council and publican Eric Hanna hopeful it’ll be up and running by early 2021 for the Tydvil’s 130th anniversary.

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Police confiscate toy gun

Originally published: Monday, 30th December, 2019

Police confiscated a “toy gun” from a Broken Hill man, 48, yesterday because it looked like an assault rifle.

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Introducing Georgia

Originally published: Saturday, 28th December, 2019

Kirk (left) and Abby Fenton (right) with Georgia (1), and Abby’s younger siblings Nate (9) and Grace (9) McInerney.

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Time of Hope

Originally published: Saturday, 28th December, 2019

The number of people celebrating Christmas in a church this year rose in the Silver City, and some church leaders believe they were seeking hope after a tough year for many.

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Water mystery solved

Originally published: Saturday, 28th December, 2019

Tibooburra residents had to resort to “minimal” water use last week after it appeared they were losing an unusually high volume of water.

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Hot streak to end year

Originally published: Saturday, 28th December, 2019

Broken Hill has seen some intense heat over this past week of festivities.

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When we stood as one

Originally published: Friday, 27th December, 2019

In December 100 years ago the mine workers of Broken Hill were seven months into the longest strike in Australia’s history

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Paddy’s poster ready to roll

Originally published: Friday, 27th December, 2019

The Far West’s self-titled “Emu Man” has designed next year’s St Pat’s poster and is ready to get it out across Australia.

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New Screen chief ready to step up

Originally published: Friday, 27th December, 2019

Annette Herd is the new Chair of Screen Broken Hill.

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Desperate times for wildlife

Originally published: Friday, 27th December, 2019

RRANA and their kangaroos in care are desperate, due to the inability to release the animals back into their natural habitat.

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Cool plants for hot weather

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th December, 2019

Barkley Hill Plants Centre’s owner, Tayla Cuffe, shares her tips on keeping plants cool as temperatures rise. 

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Menindee’s scorchers taking their toll

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th December, 2019

Water use in Menindee has almost doubled in this heatwave and the local supplier is asking people to cut back wherever they can.

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Stay safe and hydrated

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th December, 2019

NSW Ambulance has warned that high temperatures could cause serious health problems because it is harder to cope or cool down. 

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Merry Christmas

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th December, 2019

from the BDT

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Brightest hour

Originally published: Monday, 23rd December, 2019

A Christmas star in the shape of woman shone brightly over Packsaddle Roadhouse on Friday night.

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Council’s year in review

Originally published: Monday, 23rd December, 2019

The sign saga has been such a big issue for the past few months, I had almost forgotten about the other big issues City Council faced in 2019.

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Smoke, fire, music

Originally published: Monday, 23rd December, 2019

It had all the hallmarks of a good story - a truck fire in the middle of nowhere, and the Chantoozies.

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Cassie’s up there on Christmas Day

Originally published: Monday, 23rd December, 2019

Royal Flying Doctor Service Flight Nurse, Cassie Badger will be working on the most magical day of the year, but for her it’s just another day on the job. 

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Pickers battle scorching heat

Originally published: Saturday, 21st December, 2019

At his block on the river at Menindee yesterday, Steve Howse, his family and hired helpers were picking what they hope will not be the last of his crop of the famous Menindee Seedless grapes.

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Eighty for Christmas

Originally published: Saturday, 21st December, 2019

Not everything will be shut on Christmas Day - the Junction Hotel has 80 customers booked in for their Christmas lunch. 

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High achievers plan gap year

Originally published: Saturday, 21st December, 2019

Two of Willyama High School’s Distinguished Achievers will be looking forward to a break after a busy study period.

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Hot car time bomb

Originally published: Saturday, 21st December, 2019

With temperatures soaring, the reminder to keep kids heat-safe has never been more important with the local police and KidSafe NSW reminding locals to never lock young ones in the car.

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Traffic flowing back over bridge

Originally published: Friday, 20th December, 2019

Bunnerungee Bridge on the Silver City Highway over the Great Darling Anabranch has been re-opened to traffic.

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Eye machine upgrade

Originally published: Friday, 20th December, 2019

An upgraded non-invasive diagnostic eye machine at the Broken Hill Health Service will ensure the highest level of eye care continues to be delivered here.

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Goodboy Cowboy ropes in money

Originally published: Friday, 20th December, 2019

Horse owner Darren Pollard is a very happy man as his finest horse ‘Goodboy Cowboy’ excels at Tabcorp Park, Melton.

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Smoke descends on Hill

Originally published: Friday, 20th December, 2019

Bushfire smoke from the east coast blew into Broken Hill yesterday.

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Letcher’s cricket journey continues

Originally published: Thursday, 19th December, 2019

Having just returned from a week of cricket at the 2019 SACA Under 16s Country Cup, Katie Letcher played for the North Broken Hill Cricket Club A grade in the communities Twenty20 competition last Saturday.

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New officers on the beat

Originally published: Thursday, 19th December, 2019

Zoe Ferris and Jessica Seary are two of the newest recruits to the local Barrier District police force.

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Well-fed Deggy now on a diet

Originally published: Thursday, 19th December, 2019

One of Silverton’s donkeys has fallen ill because visitors are feeding him too much food.

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Local retail Christmas rush

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th December, 2019

Christmas trade in the city is booming and several businesses are being rushed off their feet.

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Tanvi’s top tier results

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th December, 2019

Willyama High School student Tanvi Singh has received the highest ATAR results with a mark of 99.1 and three band 6 scores.

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Fit Together graduates

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th December, 2019

Broken Hill PCYC has celebrated eight of their graduates who completed the 10- week ‘Fit Together’ program this year. 

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Locals providing vehicles

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th December, 2019

Lodestone Equities will be rolling out in locally-bought vehicles as they move into the second stage of their Olary Magnetite Iron Ore Project.

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Clinician fires back

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th December, 2019

A former clinician at Broken Hill Hospital has shot back at remarks made by Far West Local Health District (FWLHD) Chairman Andrew Refshauge about a review of the hospital and the death of a local teenager which helped initiate it.

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Heat in the Hill

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th December, 2019

Temperatures are set to soar over the week and locals are being reminded to keep an eye out for their elderly neighbours.

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Plenty of time to build up a thirst

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th December, 2019

A young man has been locked out of all licensed premises for two years under the first multi-venue ban ever issued in Broken Hill.

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Hack delivers for Outbacks

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th December, 2019

At Woodville Oval on Sunday, the SA Outbacks had a final hit out of the 2020 Australian Country Cricket Championships in Toowoomba in early January. 

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Fish need to be protected

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th December, 2019

With the temperatures shooting up, little water, and blue-green algae infestations, a Menindee local has reminded everyone to not fish in the aerated spots around the township where native fish are trying to survive.

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North consistency holds sway over improving Pies

Originally published: Monday, 16th December, 2019

A more consistent batting effort with less dismissals proved to be the difference between the North Cricket Club’s women’s team and the Central Cricket Club’s team, who showed rapid signs of improvement in their game at the Norm Fox Sports Complex on Friday night.

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Two Attards not enough

Originally published: Monday, 16th December, 2019

The Bulldogs pulled off a thrilling win against the Robins at the Alma Oval on Saturday, despite a powerful batting display by the Attard brothers.

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Cool-hand Lukes ready to relax

Originally published: Monday, 16th December, 2019

The Black Lion Inn is on the market as owners Geoff and Leonie Luke are ready to take a step back.

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Christmas cheer

Originally published: Monday, 16th December, 2019

Carols by Candlelight had its 40th anniversary last night with a great turnout of locals coming out to Sturt Park to enjoy a wonderfully festive afternoon and night.

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T20 action at Alma

Originally published: Saturday, 14th December, 2019

Round 9 of the BDCL kicks off Saturday with a double header at the Alma Oval. It is the final round before the break as teams scramble for last minute points before Christmas.

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Light vandals

Originally published: Saturday, 14th December, 2019

Vandals have struck a Christmas light display twice in two weeks.

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Never again

Originally published: Saturday, 14th December, 2019

The Far West Local Health District’s (FWLHD) Chairman has responded to concerns about a local teenager’s death at Broken Hill Hospital in 2017 by saying that the proper workplace processes have been put in place to make sure cases like that never happen again.

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Pub makeover set to dazzle

Originally published: Saturday, 14th December, 2019

The new Broken Hill Pub is looking to open its doors next month.

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Choir in your home

Originally published: Saturday, 14th December, 2019

2DRY FM will be broadcasting a live performance for the first time after they recorded the recent BH Philharmonic Choir’s Concert “Just the Two of Us”. 

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Fielding sets up another win

Originally published: Friday, 13th December, 2019

North have won their second straight game at the Alma Oval with a three-wicket win over ladder leaders Central.

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Christos relinquishes Patton Street throne

Originally published: Friday, 13th December, 2019

Patton Street favourite Christos Niarros will be feeling a mixture of emotions today when he closes the doors for the last time at the South Newsagency. 

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John calls time

Originally published: Friday, 13th December, 2019

After 32 years in real estate, John Bent will be retiring on Friday.

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Kangaroos to set the bar higher

Originally published: Thursday, 12th December, 2019

Easily the most successful team in recent history of the Broken Hill Football League, the South Football Club have named their coaches for the 2020 season and, despite all their success, they’re still aiming to improve. 

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Plan your spending

Originally published: Thursday, 12th December, 2019

Even though Christmas is almost over, it is important to remember to financially plan for the summer holidays as many Aussies struggle to make ends meet.

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Firies ‘Playing with Fire’

Originally published: Thursday, 12th December, 2019

Firefighters of the silver screen meet firefighters of the Silver City this Friday night as the local heroes host a fundraiser at the Silver City Cinema. 

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Art Gallery policy causes concern

Originally published: Thursday, 12th December, 2019

A decision to place the Regional Art Gallery’s draft policy on public exhibition has been deferred after concerns were raised around the sale of valuable assets from the city’s collection.

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Katie keeps at SA Country Cup

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th December, 2019

In the SA Under 16s Country Cup being held in suburban Adelaide this week, North Cricket Club’s Katie Letcher is keeping wicket for the Murray Districts Barrier team.

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Water runner fights on for the Far West

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th December, 2019

With the drought, little water in the rivers and higher temperatures on the way everyone is hoping for the best. 

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Let them eat cake

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th December, 2019

As well as preparing for their Christmas stall, the Broken Hill Cake Decorators have worked hard to make 90 Christmas cakes for Meals on Wheels.

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One Nation senator in Menindee

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th December, 2019

Senator Malcolm Roberts will be in Menindee tomorrow and is inviting people to meet him at Maidens Hotel.

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Menindee weir pool ‘lowest in history'

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th December, 2019

A mud bank obstructing flows into Menindee’s weir pool and a red alert for blue-green algae in Lake Wetherell are bad signs for summer in the township.

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Topspins are the tops

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th December, 2019

The Topspins have capped off a strong spring tennis season by winning Thursday’s A-Grade Grand Final.

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Epiroc donates to swim initiative

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th December, 2019

Epiroc RDT Broken Hill wanted to donate funds to a worthy cause and when they heard about the YMCA Swim Ability Program they thought it would be the perfect recipient.

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NSW given the legal green light to leave Basin Plan

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th December, 2019

The NSW Water Minister said yesterday that legal advice on leaving the Murray-Darling Basin Plan had been sought but that exploring other options in collaboration with the other states would take precedence.

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Classy effort

Originally published: Monday, 9th December, 2019

One of the highlights of the city’s social calendar did not disappoint on Saturday, with thousands turning out for Broken Hill’s Christmas Pageant.

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Join the union show

Originally published: Monday, 9th December, 2019

The United We Stand heritage theatre show highlighting Broken Hill’s early union history has been granted $50,000.

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Bulldog openers do the damage

Originally published: Monday, 9th December, 2019

North cruised home to grab the points in the first T20 match of the weekend at the Alma Oval, despite a five-wicket haul by Magpie paceman Tristen Smith.

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Dual name proposal for river

Originally published: Monday, 9th December, 2019

An application to rename the Darling River has created confusion over traditional spelling and tension between Aboriginal elders. 

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Katie’s rewriting the record books

Originally published: Saturday, 7th December, 2019

Katie Letcher has cricket in her blood. She’s loved to bat and bowl since she was as young as five years old, and last weekend she made history in becoming the first female to play in A Grade Broken Hill cricket. 

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From the Silver City to the Middle East

Originally published: Saturday, 7th December, 2019

Former Hillite and army serviceman Paul Manoel is back in the city visiting family, a world away from the overseas work he’s doing.

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Popular goodies

Originally published: Saturday, 7th December, 2019

The popular ‘Cake Decorators and Friends Christmas Stall’ is gearing up for a big week.

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Police prang

Originally published: Friday, 6th December, 2019

An out-of-control police car mounted a kerb in Williams Street and smashed into a brick fence just after 10am yesterday.

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Finals for Sammy and the Scorchers

Originally published: Friday, 6th December, 2019

Continuing the theme of “festival weekends”, the WBBL|05 final series will be played this weekend with all four teams heading up to Brisbane to decide the champion in this successful first stand alone summer for women’s Twenty20 cricket in Australia. 

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Pageant Princess ready

Originally published: Friday, 6th December, 2019

Arliah Pearce will be treated like royalty for a day on Saturday after being crowned this year’s Pageant Princess.

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Partnership remains strong

Originally published: Friday, 6th December, 2019

The Lions Club and Far West Auto have once again donated Christmas cakes to St Vincent de Paul so that families in need can have a brighter Christmas.

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Fowls on the run

Originally published: Thursday, 5th December, 2019

Little Topar Roadhouse put out an amber alert via their Facebook page yesterday in hopes of finding their two guinea fowls.

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AusGold hangs on

Originally published: Thursday, 5th December, 2019

Sally Zou’s AusGold Mining Group has avoided being wound up after a Deed of Company Arrangement (DOCA) was voted for by a majority of creditors on Monday.

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Challenge accepted

Originally published: Thursday, 5th December, 2019

One track, 24-hours - that’s the challenge that a group of locals have taken up to help raise funds for Type 1 diabetes.

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Toy time

Originally published: Thursday, 5th December, 2019

Nine-month-old Ahren Pryor sits among some of the super toys underneath BDT’s Christmas Appeal tree after her mum made a wonderful donation.

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Photographer for markets

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th December, 2019

The Broken Hill Community Markets are hosting their final event for the year with their Twilight Markets after the annual Christmas Pageant. 

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Volunteers fly out

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th December, 2019

Volunteers with Far West Local Health District will tomorrow be winging their way on a flight to Sydney for the 2019 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

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Meds list ‘important’

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th December, 2019

The Broken Hill Health Council is urging everyone to be prepared with a list of all their current medications if they need to go into hospital.

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Kelsie wins two in row

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th December, 2019

Broken Hill High School’s Kelsie Mitchell has won the Lions Youth of the Year competition, her second in a row.

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Clontarf roll out

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd December, 2019

Broken Hill Clontarf Academy students rolled out some “green carpet” yesterday to help patch up Jubilee Oval with fresh turf. 

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BHRAG wins IMAGINE award

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd December, 2019

The work of the city’s art gallery and museum staff has won significant recognition at the Museums and Galleries NSW awards at the Powerhouse Museum on Friday night.

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Farmers drive message home

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd December, 2019

A massive convoy of farmers rolled into Canberra yesterday to push for the axing of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and to express their frustration at the way water is being managed throughout the river system.

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Scholarships up for grabs

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd December, 2019

Applications for two very generous scholarships intended for local high school students are now open, and the sponsors would like to see more boys apply.

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Sad development in outback search

Originally published: Monday, 2nd December, 2019

Queensland Police said they located the body of a man on a property outside of Maxwelton at around 11am yesterday morning.

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Auskickers growing

Originally published: Monday, 2nd December, 2019

Railwaytown Public School students spent a day in the sun during their fourth and last Auskick training session of Term 4. 

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Robinson College CEO steps down

Originally published: Monday, 2nd December, 2019

After three years as CEO of Robinson College, Tracey Dodimead will be taking a step in a new direction, but her drive for the college remains.

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Underground grunt for miner

Originally published: Monday, 2nd December, 2019

Cavpower Broken Hill celebrated the construction of two underground mining loaders with a good old sausage sizzle.

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