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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.

March, 2020

STOP PRESS

Originally published: Saturday, 28th March, 2020

Barrier Daily Truth will suspend daily printing operations from Saturday.

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Sartori rises to challenge

Originally published: Saturday, 28th March, 2020

2016 

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Far West barrier proposal

Originally published: Friday, 27th March, 2020

Councillor Tom Kennedy would like to see Broken Hill, Wilcannia and Menindee isolated from the rest of NSW to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Don’t block it, just use TP

Originally published: Friday, 27th March, 2020

With toilet paper flying off the supermarket shelves, a local plumber has reminded the community not to flush similar items down the toilet if you’re out of toilet paper

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Learning never stops

Originally published: Friday, 27th March, 2020

Morgan Street Public School set up stalls in front of the school for families to pick up learning packs for students. 

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Team Of The Decade

Originally published: Friday, 27th March, 2020

To celebrate the past decade of cricket in the Silver City, after discussions with a variety of local officials and plenty of research and observations, I have selected my Silver City cricket “Team of the Decade”, 2010-2020, to complement the football side, picked last year. 

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Message from Tabby

Originally published: Thursday, 26th March, 2020

Broken Hill Vet Guillaume ‘Tabby” Tabuteau isn’t taking any chances with his clinic in Rakow Street.

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Meals centre food gift a ‘godsend’

Originally published: Thursday, 26th March, 2020

The St Vincent de Paul Society Broken Hill’s Bishop Fox Meals Centre has been on a rollercoaster ride thanks to the coronavirus. 

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Mulga keeps eye on food supply

Originally published: Thursday, 26th March, 2020

The Mulga Hill Tavern is concerned about possible food shortages as they help feed 120 locals through a home-care service.

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Rare beauty returns

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th March, 2020

Birdlife is returning to Menindee with the water and amongst it all is a migratory species that has been rarely seen in NSW for years.

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No problem with food supplies

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th March, 2020

Food is still coming into Broken Hill with locals advised not to panic.

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Surviving is the business

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th March, 2020

A meeting of Broken Hill’s small businesses has been postponed due to changes from the government regarding COVID-19 measures.

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Health service arrangements

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th March, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Broken Hill Health Service has implemented new visitation arrangements for the hospital and across its wards and departments.

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Park and Pick-up

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th March, 2020

As local businesses call on their more creative side to find ways to keep trading, and at the same time keep services going for the people of Broken Hill, Gloria Jean’s is taking their customers on a journey back in time, fifties style.

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MP moves to avert cross-border chaos

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th March, 2020

Barwon MP Roy Butler has sought to reassure the community that essential supplies and medical transfers will continue to occur across the NSW-SA state borders, while the state government makes plans around the issues.

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Y shuts its doors for now

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th March, 2020

The YMCA Integrated Wellness Centre and Regional Aquatic Centre closed at midday yesterday and will remain so under the government’s new rules.

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One last game of bingo

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th March, 2020

The Musicians Club shut at midday yesterday after opening to allow one last bingo game for their regulars.

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Secret messages of the despatch riders

Originally published: Monday, 23rd March, 2020

In World Wars I and II top secret messages were hand-delivered by a serviceman or woman on a motorbike. Known as despatch riders, each was armed with a pistol because the enemy knew what they carried in their saddlebags.

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Round one gets off

Originally published: Monday, 23rd March, 2020

Twelve months ago Taylor Walker led the Crows onto South Australia’s premier sporting ground, Adelaide Oval in front of 50,180 passionate supporters in a round one clash against Hawthorn.

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Right thing to do

Originally published: Monday, 23rd March, 2020

Gladys Berejiklian and the State Government’s decision to move to a more comprehensive shutdown in NSW, allowing for only essential services to operate, is the right thing to do.

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Meat is the new toilet paper

Originally published: Saturday, 21st March, 2020

Like a swarm of ants, panic buyers are sweeping through the shops and scurrying home to hoard their bounty.

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SA Cricket’s Silver Bullet

Originally published: Saturday, 21st March, 2020

Without a Sheffield Shield triumph since 1995-96 and nearly 10 years since the last one-day victory at Adelaide Oval against Tasmania, it can be easily argued that South Australian cricket and specifically the SA Redbacks are back to square one, in the doldrums.

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The new pub test

Originally published: Saturday, 21st March, 2020

The Broken Hill Pub (BHP) is implementing an unprecedented measure to ensure the safety and well-being of their patrons in the current public health climate.

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Enjoy the food and the space

Originally published: Saturday, 21st March, 2020

Every restaurant in Broken Hill is now an exclusive club, especially now with a federal government announcement late yesterday afternoon about restrictions on gatherings in indoor spaces.

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Keep informed, and be vigilant

Originally published: Friday, 20th March, 2020

A number of important issues in relation to COVID-19 and the Far West Local Health District’s preparedness for it has been outlined by the district’s CEO Umit Agis.

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Groceries mean business

Originally published: Friday, 20th March, 2020

A cafe owner is asking people not to judge shoppers because they may be buying goods for their customers.

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Package lifts Rex

Originally published: Friday, 20th March, 2020

Rex Airlines has been saved from collapse after a $715 million relief package was announced for the Australian aviation industry.

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Final siren sounds on tribunal chief

Originally published: Friday, 20th March, 2020

All football tribunals have to deal with testy players but few outside of Broken Hill would have had one bring a cloven-hoofed animal to a hearing to make a point.

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Important message from Outback Pharmacies

Originally published: Thursday, 19th March, 2020

To the customers, friends and family of Outback Pharmacies, the community of Broken Hill and the Far West. Please take the time to read this long, but important statement.

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Get your bike out

Originally published: Thursday, 19th March, 2020

This Saturday, the Broken Hill Speedway Club is hosting a free come and try day.

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Southern Cross Care dealing with risk

Originally published: Thursday, 19th March, 2020

Southern Cross Care Broken Hill has sought to reassure residents, staff and the community that appropriate measures have been put in place at the local nursing homes to deal with COVID-19.

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We are ready

Originally published: Thursday, 19th March, 2020

The Far West Local Health District (FWLHD) say they’ve got in place the right plans to deal with COVID-19, while also confirming no positive tests of the virus across the district as of yesterday afternoon.

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ANZAC Service off

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th March, 2020

Broken Hill will be without an ANZAC Day service this year due to ongoing COVID19 fears. 

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Local football postponed

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th March, 2020

Late yesterday afternoon the AFL announced that all community football associations would be postponed until May 31 2020. 

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Borrow books from home

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th March, 2020

You can still borrow all your favourite books without having to leave the house; thanks to the range of eBooks available with your free library membership.

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Bruce’s big plans

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th March, 2020

Bruce Duncan has big plans for his extended timeframe of work as the Western Wild Dog Coordinator and is planning to take on some projects that have never been done before. 

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Bruce gears up for rally in style

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th March, 2020

Bruce Lord has taken his 1940 Chrysler Plymouth on a spin around town in the lead-up to the 50th Anniversary Bushman’s Rally. 

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Coronavirus plays havoc with Hillites' travel plans

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th March, 2020

Helloworld Broken Hill has been inundated with cancellations of holidays after the announcement of mandatory self-quarantine after any overseas trips.

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Stone’s takes Coronavirus precautions

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th March, 2020

A local cafe has started to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19 by reducing their menu and preparing frozen meals.

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Museum needs volunteers

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th March, 2020

The Sulphide Street Railway and Historical Museum is in the process of recording data for thousands of items and needs more volunteers to help.

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Thrills and spills at St Patrick’s

Originally published: Monday, 16th March, 2020

Punters witnessed a race and track record in the Outback Cup on Saturday, but the 55th annual St Patrick’s meeting belonged to trainer Nathan Hobson and jockey Madison Lloyd, who teamed up to win five out of the eight races.

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Fashions impress judges

Originally published: Monday, 16th March, 2020

The judges were impressed with the quality of entrants at this year’s St Pat’s Fashions of the Field with Yvette Pomroy taking the main prize for the second year in a row.

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Horse racing gods smile on jockey

Originally published: Monday, 16th March, 2020

Outback Cup-winning jockey Rhonda Mangan was on a high after a track record-breaking win on Fulton Street at the 55th annual St Patrick’s race meeting on Saturday.

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Team Hobson wins the day

Originally published: Monday, 16th March, 2020

Trainer Nathan Hobson and his team hit the finish line in the most races at St Patrick’s on Saturday with an impressive five-out-of-eight scorecard.

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Wilcannia protests

Originally published: Saturday, 14th March, 2020

In Wilcannia yesterday people camped on the bridge or stood in the shade of the trees beside while at either end traffic was stopped on the Barrier Highway.

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Radford family creates The Hub

Originally published: Saturday, 14th March, 2020

The St Patrick’s Race Club is launching its new addition to the race day - ‘The Hub’.

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Green light for St Pat’s

Originally published: Saturday, 14th March, 2020

St Pat’s will still be taking place today after a ban on non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people was announced to be starting on Monday in response to coronavirus.

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Wonder horse

Originally published: Saturday, 14th March, 2020

Elect to Rock smashed the opposition to win the coveted Rocky Baker Memorial Pacing Cup at the Memorial Oval Paceway last night.

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Rocky Baker night

Originally published: Friday, 13th March, 2020

The Carbine Chemicals Carnival of Cups is set to take place tonight at Memorial Oval, with the son of the late-Hillite Rocky Baker highlighting what’s set to be a great family-friendly night.

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Water rush brings Menindee to life

Originally published: Friday, 13th March, 2020

With flows finally making their way into Menindee, residents say they’re starting to see birdlife and tourism return to the town.

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Horseman follows nose to the Hill

Originally published: Friday, 13th March, 2020

Raised riding horses, stockman Allan ‘Saddletramp’ Carne has made it to Broken Hill on his way through Australia. 

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Bridge shut today

Originally published: Friday, 13th March, 2020

The blockade of the bridge at Wilcannia and protests elsewhere should show the government that the west was determined to save the Darling/Baaka, said an organiser of today’s protest.

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Menindee rejoices

Originally published: Thursday, 12th March, 2020

Fresh flows have reached Menindee where residents were lining up in wait.

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Swimming for a good cause

Originally published: Thursday, 12th March, 2020

YMCA staff members are taking to the pool this month to participate in Reach Out’s Laps for Life Challenge, raising funds and awareness for the mental health of young people. 

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Moore’s celebrate big 60

Originally published: Thursday, 12th March, 2020

Claire and Ronald Moore were married 60 years ago today and are looking forward to celebrating their diamond jubilee. 

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Independent MP challenges government over water plans

Originally published: Thursday, 12th March, 2020

Controversial water sharing plans for the lower Darling River will not be audited nor even reviewed for up to 17 years, according to documents released under Freedom of Information laws.

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River flowing but blockade still on

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th March, 2020

The river is flowing in Wilcannia but that will not stop the bridge from being blockaded on Friday, Aboriginal Elder David Bates said yesterday.

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Big season ahead for GWS’s Isaac

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th March, 2020

Former local Isaac Cumming has put in the hard yards over preseason and is ready to prove he’s worthy of a permanent spot in GWS’s top twenty-two. 

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NBN on the way

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th March, 2020

Broken Hill is set to be connected to the NBN in May with faster speeds and the reduction of internet blackspots which plague the city.

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Demand rolls on

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th March, 2020

Most local supermarkets are running low on dunny roll due to the high demand for it. 

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Lakes flow imminent

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th March, 2020

The river is high and rising at Wilcannia and the flows should reach Menindee within days, according to Water NSW. 

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City pound refuses to accept strays

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th March, 2020

A call to fund a desexing program for cats has been positively received, but local advocates are now worried it may be too late as stray cats aren’t being taken off the street.

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Ready to lend a hand

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th March, 2020

The Broken Hill Stroke Support Group is looking for new members and carers who may need support and some social fun.

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Water register ‘terrifies’ Nats

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th March, 2020

The tactics being employed by the NSW Government to delay the establishment of a register of water owners showed how scared it was, MP Helen Dalton said yesterday.

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‘Immoral’ trade

Originally published: Monday, 9th March, 2020

The Anglican and Catholic churches have weighed into the water debate, declaring the trading of water for personal gain as “immoral”.

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Vella stellar in Dog’s day

Originally published: Monday, 9th March, 2020

All-rounder Jordan Vella pulled off two spectacular catches to give the North Cricket Club the swagger it needed to overpower Central in the BDCL A Grade grand final at the Alma Oval on Saturday.

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Baaka Cultural Centre begins to take shape

Originally published: Monday, 9th March, 2020

The concept designs for the Baaka Cultural Centre are edging closer to completion with Wilcannia locals happy with the process.

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Waiting for green

Originally published: Monday, 9th March, 2020

Wildlife rescue group RRANA say they haven’t yet seen any impact on local wildlife from the recent rains and are holding out for growth of vegetation.

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I’ve got this

Originally published: Saturday, 7th March, 2020

Broken Hillites seem undecided as to whether they’re buying into the toilet paper crisis sweeping Australia, but Foodland’s David McLeod has the situation under control.

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Transfer station causing problems

Originally published: Saturday, 7th March, 2020

The new Waste Transfer Station is up and running at the tip but there are some concerns from residents after they found out rubbish will have to be lifted over a barrier.

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Heavyweight clash

Originally published: Saturday, 7th March, 2020

Grand Final action at the Alma will see the reigning back-to-back champions North, go up against this year’s minor premiers Central.

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Pumping in Bourke

Originally published: Saturday, 7th March, 2020

Irrigators at Bourke are being allowed to pump from the Darling River.

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Woman of the year

Originally published: Friday, 6th March, 2020

Mia Degoumois of Packsaddle is the 2020 Barwon Local Woman of the Year.

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Book us in, Minister

Originally published: Friday, 6th March, 2020

The NSW Government is being pressed to hold meetings about the future of the Darling River and Menindee Lakes locally, not hundreds of kilometres from the river itself.

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Arboretum art

Originally published: Friday, 6th March, 2020

Two sculptures that were a year in the making have been installed at the Riddiford Arboretum.

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Wilcannia’s wet, next stop Menindee Lakes

Originally published: Friday, 6th March, 2020

A flowing Darling/Baaka has finally made its way to Wilcannia with locals watching eagerly as water came into town yesterday while Menindee gears up for the river’s water to reach them soon.

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Heaven sent

Originally published: Thursday, 5th March, 2020

The Far West and surrounding regions have welcomed good rainfall over the last few days which, combined with flowing rivers, is providing some much needed water for the outback.

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Tug-O-War, anyone?

Originally published: Thursday, 5th March, 2020

One lucky sports club could walk away with $1,000 in prize money at a Tug-O-War competition in Silverton.

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Tourism campaign launch

Originally published: Thursday, 5th March, 2020

The Destination NSW team was in the city this week to launch the ‘It’s Out There’ campaign about Broken Hill and the Central Darling Shire.

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Side-hustler Emma onto a good thing

Originally published: Thursday, 5th March, 2020

Emma Fenton works full-time for the Outback Mobile Resource Unit, but has joined the ranks of many other young entrepreneurs and created her own ‘side-hustle’.

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Golden race

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th March, 2020

If you fancy dressing up in funky costumes and making a dash for cash, then the Leprechaun Novelty Race will hit the spot at the St Pat’s races.

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Declin Spain-bound for soccer

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th March, 2020

Local soccer talent Declin West is travelling to Spain this month to represent Australia. 

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Ad campaign shines spotlight on locals and region

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th March, 2020

A new AGL ad campaign that highlights some of the regions it operates in has featured two born-and-bred Broken Hill women, Kacee Milnes and Amy Wood, who work at the Silverton Wind Farm. 

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Imperial push continues

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th March, 2020

The decommissioning of Imperial Lakes won’t dampen any plans to turn it into a recreational area.

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Purcell leads Roos again

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd March, 2020

The reigning premiers of the Broken Hill Football League will once again be captained by Marc Purcell, in his third season as South’s man in charge. 

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Here she comes

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd March, 2020

A flowing Darling/Baaka will reach Wilcannia and Menindee very soon and Broken Hill local Kerry Turley has captured the moment when water arrived at Trevallyn Station on Sunday.

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Blue Tree visits outback

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd March, 2020

A Holden Special Vehicle had a pit stop yesterday and attracted the attention of police and passers by alike in Argent Street.

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New lights at Jubilee

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd March, 2020

Four new light towers, worth over $600,000, have gone up around the Jubilee Oval as part of its redevelopment.

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Stroke of good news helps save the day

Originally published: Monday, 2nd March, 2020

Broken Hill’s June-Marie Bennett has received a whole new batch of Stroke Awareness merchandise after the Stroke Foundation read about her recent episode.

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Pack Dogs in GF

Originally published: Monday, 2nd March, 2020

The North Cricket Club will take on Central in the Barrier District Cricket League A Grade grand final next week after dispatching South in the semi-final at the Alma Oval on Saturday.

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On top of the world

Originally published: Monday, 2nd March, 2020

The beauty of the Arctic, and the freedom one experiences while exploring it, is being highlighted in a new exhibition at the Regional Art Gallery

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Inquiry into embargoes

Originally published: Monday, 2nd March, 2020

The lifting of the embargoes on floodplain harvesting and pumping in the NSW Northern Basin last month is to be examined by a Parliamentary Inquiry.

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