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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.

February, 2020

David Vs Goliath

Originally published: Saturday, 29th February, 2020

Then there were three. The regular season rounds of the BDCL are now over as we look towards the last two weekends of local cricket.

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Bells pops up in Sydney

Originally published: Saturday, 29th February, 2020

More than 200 travel and lifestyle media gurus have been given a taste of Broken Hill with a special ‘pop-up bar’.

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Exhibition explores colonialism

Originally published: Saturday, 29th February, 2020

An exhibition exploring colonisation, our own belief systems and the iconography surrounding that has just opened at the Regional Art Gallery.

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‘Amazing’ art awards night

Originally published: Saturday, 29th February, 2020

The 10th edition of the Maari Ma Indigenous Art Awards took place last night with about 800 locals coming out to see a fantastic showcase of Indigenous art, music, jewellery and culture.

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Nats on board

Originally published: Friday, 28th February, 2020

A petition calling for a federal Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin’s management and a bill to establish a national register of water owners has been supported by the NSW National party.

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Message to lure tourists

Originally published: Friday, 28th February, 2020

A new tourism campaign is encouraging people to get to Broken Hill and Central Darling Shire with the slogan “It’s Out There”.

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GM’s performance 'above satisfactory'

Originally published: Friday, 28th February, 2020

General Manager James Roncon’s performance in the last 12 months has been deemed ‘above satisfactory’ by City Council.

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Perfect mix of health and culture

Originally published: Friday, 28th February, 2020

Maari Ma launched their Kiila Laana Program yesterday, a rebrand of their Tackling Indigenous Smoking program.

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Two of our best off to top start

Originally published: Thursday, 27th February, 2020

Two youngsters have received a $5,000 grant to help with their future studies.

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Maari Ma renews war on smoking

Originally published: Thursday, 27th February, 2020

Associate Professor Renee Bittoun visited Broken Hill yesterday to host education sessions with Maari Ma Health Professionals, as well as promote the launch of the Kiila Laana Program. 

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The rise of BABY WAZZA

Originally published: Thursday, 27th February, 2020

After struggling to survive, a calf named Wazza, born at the agriculture plot at Broken Hill High School this year, is out of the woods for now.

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Blockade goes national

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th February, 2020

A day after the local plan to block the Wilcannia bridge was announced, public support has been flooding in from around the nation, organisers said yesterday.

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Program to save the city’s trees sought by councillor

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th February, 2020

A notice of motion to water more of the city’s trees has already be taken on by residents keen to preserve their nature strips.

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DTB goes out with a bang

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th February, 2020

Dan ter Braak left a lasting impression on the NBHCC with one of the best individual games seen in Broken Hill for a long time in his final game for the club.

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Silver City to be shown at Mardi Gras

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th February, 2020

Broken Hill will be broadcast live to the world through a Mardi Gras Parade Party at the one and only Palace Hotel this weekend. 

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Net, set, go!

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th February, 2020

The Broken Hill Netball Association is hosting a Net Set Go Come and Try Night for children who have an interest in learning the basics of the game. 

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Dan’s blistering last hurrah

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th February, 2020

An all-round masterclass performance by Dan Ter Braak in perhaps his last game of local cricket saw North beat South by 118 runs on Sunday.

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Revolt on the river

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th February, 2020

The bridge over the Darling River at Wilcannia will be blockaded next month and will stay closed unless the government stops breaking the law that puts people before irrigators, an organiser of the protest said yesterday.

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Airport kiosk upgrade

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th February, 2020

After receiving no successful tenders for the airport kiosk, Council is looking to set aside money for an upgrade.

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Silver City rallies behind the Harts

Originally published: Monday, 24th February, 2020

The grave of iconic Australian artist Pro Hart has been vandalised in the Broken Hill cemetery by way of a chemical thrown onto the black granite slab, as was discovered Saturday morning.

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Lions help lift BH basketball

Originally published: Monday, 24th February, 2020

Central Districts Lions outclassed the Broken Hill Broncos with a massive 106 points to 25 victory in an exhibition clash at the R.K. Sanderson Basketball Stadium on Saturday night.

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The Indian turns 50

Originally published: Monday, 24th February, 2020

Fifty years ago today people all over Broken Hill were excitedly preparing for a momentous occasion.

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Maalste rips heart from Robins’ chest

Originally published: Monday, 24th February, 2020

Central speedster Michael Maalste ripped through the West attack in the first Barrier District Cricket League clash on Saturday, snaring five wickets and catapulting the Magpies into the grand final.

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Charleville hope

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd February, 2020

The Warrego River could provide crucial flows for Darling River communities as 50 to 100mm are forecasted to fall over Charleville, Queensland.

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Pay rise snub

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd February, 2020

Hospital employees have received a win with a back pay in laundry allowance, but the Ministry of Health is still withholding pay increases.

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Miners’ Memorial $9m funding bid

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd February, 2020

The Miners’ Memorial site could feature a mining interpretative tour with display machinery if a joint $9.2m funding bid by Crown Lands and City Council is approved by the state government.

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Down to the wire

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd February, 2020

Game one sees Central take on West - a game crucial for two reasons.

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‘Out of the Ashes’ Bushfire Fundraiser

Originally published: Friday, 21st February, 2020

A fundraiser to support families affected by the bushfires on Kangaroos Island is set to take place tomorrow afternoon.

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Broncos set to buck Central Districts

Originally published: Friday, 21st February, 2020

An exhibition match between the Broken Hill Broncos basketball team and Adelaide’s Central Districts will take place here this weekend in what should be a cracker of a game.

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Newspaper farewells front office fave

Originally published: Friday, 21st February, 2020

After almost 21 years a familiar and friendly face of the Barrier Daily Truth, Cherie Carroll has worked her last day in the office. 

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Silverton a wasteland

Originally published: Friday, 21st February, 2020

Lack of rain, loose topsoil and constant winds during the drought have turned Silverton into a dusty wasteland. 

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World record butterfly challenge

Originally published: Thursday, 20th February, 2020

The Silver City Swim Club is one of eight swimming clubs throughout Australia hosting the 2020 World Record Butterfly Relay Attempt in memory of terrorist victim and swimmer, Kirsty Boden. 

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Last straw

Originally published: Thursday, 20th February, 2020

“Red hot anger” in Menindee about the NSW Government letting upstream irrigators take flood waters promised to the Darling River was the last straw for the town’s tourism body.

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Menindee waits for Easter gift

Originally published: Thursday, 20th February, 2020

Fresh flows should arrive at Menindee just as the tourist season begins, says Menindee Tourism Association chairman, Rob Gregory.

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St Pat’s office off to great start

Originally published: Thursday, 20th February, 2020

There are just three weeks until the 55th annual St Pat’s Race Meet and preparations are well underway for Broken Hill’s biggest day of the year. 

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Local Holdens roar on

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th February, 2020

With imminent end of the Holden car, Silver City Motors Dealer Principal, Anthony Lind, has assured locals they need not worry about their vehicles - they’ll remain in safe hands. 

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Green new look for Argent St

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th February, 2020

Argent Street traders are banding together to ‘Paint the Town Green’ ahead of the ever popular St Pat’s race in a bid to get locals to shop locally for the event. 

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FWLHD welcomes 2020 nurse grads

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th February, 2020

A record 30 new registered nurses and midwifery graduates have been welcomed to the Far West Local Health District. 

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Ex-local writes hit song on bushfires

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th February, 2020

Former local Lyndsie Storer has released song that she wrote during the bushfires and it has hit number five on the singer/songwriter charts.

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Arts tourism valuable to Broken Hill

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th February, 2020

If statistics are anything to go by, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery is pulling its weight when it comes to boosting tourism, with a reported 14,000 non-local tourists going through its doors in the last financial year.

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Graziers get gift-card help

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th February, 2020

One hundred Far West Proud vouchers have been donated by the Barrier Social Democratic Club to help our drought-stricken graziers. 

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West victorious in women’s grand final

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th February, 2020

The West Cricket Club has taken out the inaugural Barrier District Cricket League’s Women’s Grand Final held at the Norm Fox Sports Complex on Sunday morning.

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Bushwalker spots stolen car in regeneration area

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th February, 2020

A bushwalker has managed to make one local very happy after finding her stolen car in the regeneration area. 

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Vozlic supreme in Silver City

Originally published: Monday, 17th February, 2020

If you put your money on Andrew Vozlic at the Rocky Baker Memorial Paceway on Saturday night, chances are you would have walked away with a bit of money in your pocket for the rest for the night.

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Few runs on lush Alma deck

Originally published: Monday, 17th February, 2020

The North Cricket Club continues to firm as favourites to win this year’s flag after smashing West by eight wickets at the Alma Oval on Saturday.

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Willyama High wins partnership award

Originally published: Monday, 17th February, 2020

Willyama High School has won the Aboriginal Education School Community Partnership Award at the NSW Department of Education Wudhagaragarra Awards.

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Alfred takes on Hill

Originally published: Monday, 17th February, 2020

Alfred Welsh has been welcomed by the Silver City Scorpions - and has already begun training players after moving to Broken Hill.

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Silent Book Club a novel idea

Originally published: Saturday, 15th February, 2020

Silent Book Clubs are taking the world by storm, and now Broken Hill has been swept up in the movement.

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Crucial round

Originally published: Saturday, 15th February, 2020

Top of the table North takes on last-place West in the BDCL on Saturday at the Alma Oval.

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Basin Plan benefits in 20 years

Originally published: Saturday, 15th February, 2020

It could be 20 years before the benefits of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan flowed into the Darling River, Phillip Glyde, the Chief Executive of the MDBA, has told a meeting in Menindee.

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All the right moves

Originally published: Saturday, 15th February, 2020

Maari Ma dietitians accompanied locals to Woolworths for Smart Eating Week, an annual week of health awareness created by the Dietitians Association of Australia.

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Indyanna ready for Tasmania

Originally published: Friday, 14th February, 2020

Indyanna Kooyman is going places in the world of soccer and her next destination is Tasmania. 

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Waste Station opens soon

Originally published: Friday, 14th February, 2020

City Council’s new Waste Transfer Station will open next week.

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Golden time to buy home

Originally published: Friday, 14th February, 2020

The opportunity for first home buyers to jump into the market has never been better, according to a local real estate agent.

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Valentine’s Day is here

Originally published: Friday, 14th February, 2020

Jake Dawes and Amanda Simmons will be celebrating their seventh Valentine’s Day and the first as a married couple today. 

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Juniors set

Originally published: Thursday, 13th February, 2020

Harrison (left) and Hamish Finch are gearing up for the start of the Broken Hill Junior Tennis competition on Saturday night.

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Trust broken in Menindee

Originally published: Thursday, 13th February, 2020

Menindee locals and even ex-locals who have been doing their best to supply the town with water and keep the fish alive have angrily condemned the NSW Government for letting irrigators take the floodwaters in the north.

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Civic orchestra ready for 2020

Originally published: Thursday, 13th February, 2020

The Broken Hill Civic Orchestra has bounded into 2020 with a variety of concerts planned. 

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Local tribute honouring servicemen and women

Originally published: Thursday, 13th February, 2020

A tribute to all servicemen and women will be held on Sunday.

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Tarnee’s taking it to the limit

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th February, 2020

A dream came true over the weekend when Tarnee Tester became Broken Hill’s first AFLW player. 

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No river, no talks

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th February, 2020

Aboriginal people on the Darling River have withdrawn from negotiations about the controversial Menindee Lakes project until there is water in the river again.

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City Council showcases new pound

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th February, 2020

Local media took a tour through the city’s new animal shelter yesterday ahead of its official opening on February 21.

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Free program for local health

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th February, 2020

The YMCA us starting a new free program to ensure locals are living an active lifestyle. 

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Barrier boys fought hard

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th February, 2020

The bottom-place finish by the Murray Districts Barrier (MDB) side actually belies their performance over the first three days of the 2020 SACA Senior Country Cricket Championships in Adelaide. 

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Calling all writers

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th February, 2020

The deadline for entering in the Under the Silver Tree Writing Competition is fast approaching and writers have until March 1 to get their entries in.

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Nature pioneers mark centenary

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th February, 2020

This month, the Barrier Field Naturalists’ Club will celebrate 100 years of continuous community service and caring for our natural environment.

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Palliative Care receives funds

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th February, 2020

Palliative Care patients, families and carers will soon benefit from refurbishment of the Broken Hill Hospital thanks to a $395,000 boost from the NSW Government. 

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Bushman’s Rally hits 50

Originally published: Monday, 10th February, 2020

The 50th anniversary of the Bushman’s Rally is being held over the Easter long weekend and vintage car enthusiasts are encouraged to enter.

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Health service overhaul

Originally published: Monday, 10th February, 2020

The new CEO of the Far West Local Health District has said accountability, governance and innovation were among the areas he’d be focusing on.

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Australia Day Awards benefit Broken Hill

Originally published: Monday, 10th February, 2020

The inclusion of three Broken Hillites in the national 2020 Australia Day Awards has real potential to benefit the city, according to one of the recipients, John Lynch OAM. 

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Strong innings from Nicholas secures win

Originally published: Monday, 10th February, 2020

In a great back-and-forth contest at the Alma Oval on Saturday, South managed to beat West in the final over with the Roos’ Paul Nicholas scoring a vital 63 runs to help his side to victory.

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Expect a keen contest

Originally published: Saturday, 8th February, 2020

Round 13 in the BDCL will see two vital clashes - one for survival, the other for top spot.

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Patrick promotes Silver City

Originally published: Saturday, 8th February, 2020

A German ex-patriate spent the Christmas holidays in his homeland promoting the Silver City to tourism operators.

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Boost from new doctors

Originally published: Saturday, 8th February, 2020

Three new doctors have arrived in the city and will boost a local practice.

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Levels still low

Originally published: Saturday, 8th February, 2020

Broken Hill has become entirely reliant on the Wentworth pipeline due to lack of water in the Umberumberka and Stephens Creek reservoirs. 

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City keeps its Dimmeys

Originally published: Friday, 7th February, 2020

The local Dimmeys store is set to remain open.

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Don’t wait - get into Futsal

Originally published: Friday, 7th February, 2020

The Broken Hill Futsal season is about to start again, and organisers are encouraging everyone to get their team nominations forms in tonight at the indoor court or over the weekend via email.

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Astronomy sees rain

Originally published: Friday, 7th February, 2020

While Broken Hill stayed dry, Travis and Linda Nadge were yesterday afternoon celebrating a quick drenching at their Outback Astronomy just a few kilometres from town.

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Hamish sheds the dreads

Originally published: Friday, 7th February, 2020

After four years of dedication to a hair-do that literally grew on him, Hamish Wood has only a few weeks left with his dreadlocks until he shaves them off to raise money for Type 1 Diabetes. 

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Four in rep action

Originally published: Thursday, 6th February, 2020

Four of the leading cricketers from Broken Hill - Tobias Hack, Jordan Vella, Sheldon Hall and Thomas Carruthers - are a part of the Murray Districts Barrier (MDB) representative team for the 95th annual SACA Senior Country Cup cricket championships currently being held in suburban Adelaide.

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Two win scholarships

Originally published: Thursday, 6th February, 2020

Shae McQuillan and Caitlyn Bloomfield are this year’s Y’s Men’s and Silver City Workingmen’s Club scholarship winners.

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Women unite for good cause

Originally published: Thursday, 6th February, 2020

Broken Hill women are banding together to bring awareness to the “insidious” disease that is ovarian cancer.

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Locals return from Sidecar champs with silverware

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th February, 2020

Rick Howse and Adam Commons will be home soon with second place trophies from the 2020 Australasian Sidecar Championships in New Zealand. 

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FAST thinking is a lifesaver

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th February, 2020

A bookmark about stroke has helped a local woman recognise the illness in herself.

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Be cautious: Nachiappan

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th February, 2020

Taking precautions against flu-like illnesses is the best way to target the Coronavirus “hysteria”, according to a local doctor.

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Development application for city Cultural Hub

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th February, 2020

City Council has lodged its development application to the Joint Regional Planning Panel for the city’s Cultural Hub.

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Lights out at Jubilee

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th February, 2020

Volunteer workers cut down the six floodlights at the Jubilee Oval during renovations yesterday. 

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Madeline’s shooting off to Space School

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th February, 2020

Broken Hill High student Madeline Evans has been selected as the Australian Female Ambassador for this year’s United Space School Program.

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Financial Centre changes hands

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th February, 2020

Neville and Wayne Spencer have sold the Argent Street Financial Centre to Simon Heuzenroeder of Elders Insurance, bringing to an end their 30-year ownership of the historic building.

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Library bags for students in need

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th February, 2020

More than 450 library bags for local primary school students have been created in the last two years to help give children a head start for the school year.

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Davey dangerous

Originally published: Monday, 3rd February, 2020

Bulldog paceman Tom Davey skittled the Roos during a dusty T20 match at the Alma Oval on Saturday, picking up a five-wicket haul.

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Vozlic triple

Originally published: Monday, 3rd February, 2020

The opening night of the Broken Hill Harness Racing season was a battle between two drivers - Cassie Robinson and Andrew Vozlic - with the latter taking the honours in the last race of the night.

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Firie enjoying BH

Originally published: Monday, 3rd February, 2020

Broken Hill Fire Station’s Station Officer Dale Gillespie was last week presented with a National Medal for 15 years of service with Fire and Rescue NSW. 

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Roo prices jump

Originally published: Monday, 3rd February, 2020

The Pastoralists’ Association of West Darling (PAWD) and a local kangaroo shooter have welcomed a move by Macro Meats to up the price of roo meat, but the roo shooter has said drought and non-commercial harvesting has been hurting business.

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Helen calls it a day

Originally published: Saturday, 1st February, 2020

Helen Stephens will be taking some time for herself after almost three decades with Australian Unity.

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Spin for a good cause

Originally published: Saturday, 1st February, 2020

The YMCA will be hosting a spin class fundraiser for the riders heading off on a 24-hour ride.

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Library’s window dressing

Originally published: Saturday, 1st February, 2020

The City Library windows have been decorated with pictures of the past to promote the Broken Hill Heritage Festival.

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Heat on Roos, Robins

Originally published: Saturday, 1st February, 2020

South take on North at the Alma Oval today at 10am in a match which may be reduced to a T20 due to the BDCL heat policy.

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