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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, 2021

Tara leaves a lasting legacy

Originally published: Wednesday, 31st March, 2021

The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery is in the market for a new manager following the departure of the highly regarded Tara Callaghan last week. 

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Tribute a packed house

Originally published: Wednesday, 31st March, 2021

A full house greeted the performers at the final event commemorating the centenary of the death of Percy Brookfield at the Railway Museum on Saturday night. 

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Football and family

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th March, 2021

Taylor Walker was honoured in the opening game of the Adelaide Crows 2021 season, by leading his club into battle with his former co-captain and current leader Rory Sloane. 

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Big Field for Maltese night

Originally published: Friday, 26th March, 2021

Tonight at the trots honours the Maltese Community with the biggest fields in Broken Hill this season, the racing is sure to be competitive with winners hard to pick.

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Dream location for festival

Originally published: Friday, 26th March, 2021

The story goes that Wake In Fright director Ted Kotcheff commented when making the film here in Broken Hill way back in 1971 that the “Light was perfect.” 

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Furry support gets wag of approval

Originally published: Friday, 26th March, 2021

This week Broken Hill High School welcomed two new additions to their support and welfare team.

The two Groodle puppies, Cooper and Banjo, are undergoing training to be sure they will be up to the task of supporting students.

Broken Hill High School Principal, Ross Mackay said they have been in the process of researching and organising these support dogs for over a year now.

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Linked to the Great man

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd March, 2021

Coming to Broken Hill has been on Robert Brookfield’s bucket list for several years and despite several attempts to get here he seemed to be getting consistently thwarted by circumstances beyond his control.

Overbooked trains in 2018, Covid in 2019. And when his flight to Broken Hill on Monday morning got caught up in the storms battering the east coast it looked like he might have been going to miss out again.

“I don’t think I’ve ever experienced turbulence like it. The pilot did 4 circuits of Dubbo and at one point it looked like we were going to turn round and go back to Sydney.”

For one of the few Australian relatives of Percy Brookfield it would have been another missed chance but a faultless final approach in to Dubbo, a refuel and a less bumpy ride to Broken Hill has meant that he’s finally made it and along with author Paul Adams, Robert will be a guest of honour at several events commemorating the death of his “Great, great, great uncle” throughout the week.

Robert’s Great, Great, Great grandparents Samuel and Grace Brookfield were Percy’s grandparents. Grace and Samuel had 7 children. One was Roberts Great grandfather also a Samuel and another was Cuthbert, Percy’s father.

Cuthbert was a modest grocer in Liverpool and together with his wife Jane they had 7 children. Jane sadly died when young Percy was only 13 and Cuthbert, perhaps thinking of his 7 children married again relatively quickly. For Percy, it may just have been a little too soon.

“I can’t prove it but I think that’s why he went to sea so young. Cuthbert remarried less than 12 months after Jane’s death to Martha. Maybe he thought Cuthbert had married too soon. And off he went around the world.Twice!”

Robert has done quite a bit of research on Percy in the latter years, a continuing interest in Brookfield that began at a relatively young age.

“Dad introduced me to Percy’s story as a little boy about 6 or 8. We’ve always known about Percy and what a great

contribution he made. It’s something that the family has always been pretty proud of in our quiet way”.

And somehow the story of Brookfield’s exploits seems to have followed him, or at least kept popping up in his life when he has least expected it.

The first was not long after he had joined the Water Board as a young man and commenced night school at Footscray Tafe.

“I was in the library looking for something else when I saw a book on the shelf “Silver Sin and Sixpenny Ale” and I noticed it was about Broken Hill so I thought I’d open it up and have a look and when I did there was a picture of Percy. I thought to myself “Wow, that’s my Great uncle. Grand great uncle I think the term is.”

He borrowed the book, read it and had his appetite whet. He then read Giles Roper’s ‘Labor’s Titan.

“I read it again on the plane coming up. You have a different appreciation when you’re a bit older. You look at things a little differently. You can’t help but admire the man. The way he stood for his principles. And what he did he did without a lot of fanfare. Often it was behind the scenes. He was just trying to help people.”

Talking to Robert you are struck by the humility of this particular Brookfield, so much so that you wonder whether it’s not a family trait. Beginning as a junior clerk on the floor at the Melbourne Water Corporation over the years Robert rose to become General Manager of Corporate Services. A classic corporate rags to riches tale, without the riches.

“I was a 37 year overnight success.”

Unionism was a part of his story too. He became a shop steward and was even fired once for calling a stop work over unsafe conditions.

“I was just trying to do my bit to keep people safe. I was reinstated the next day. But I enjoyed it. Being able as a young man to have a discussion with the head of the corpo- ration and have it on equal terms.”

Like Grand Great Uncle like nephew it would seem.

Robert has had a cook’s tour of Broken Hill since he arrived and you can’t seem to wipe the smile off his face.

“I’m just so glad I finally got here.”

And you can meet Robert along with author Paul Adams on Thursday evening at the Broken Hill Cemetery where they will both be unveiling a plaque to commemorate the centenary of Percy’s death.

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Magpies ready to fly

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd March, 2021

The Central Football Club are ready to head in a new direction, up; under the leadership of Jordan Gilby as captain.

Gilby was set to step into the role of the club's leader in 2020 but much to his dis- appointment the season was cancelled.

Therefore 2021 is technically his second year in charge but rst to actually take to the eld as captain.

"Last year was my rst time but we ob- viously didn't get to play so this year is the rst real time and hopefully we can come away and do something with it," he said.

"I'm not going to lie I'm not the best player in the world but the club needed a leader and I saw myself as a bit of a voice so that's probably the main this, probably a bit of direction on the eld more than anything."

James Moran is the vice-captain and Gilby said he will help bring voice and direction.

"He's exactly the same basically, just that direction that we sort of lack because we're sort of an inexperienced side in some ways.

"He's probably more inclined to be in a position were I'm not going to be, so he can be a voice whether it's down back or forward, we just need them in like set roles."

Former coach, Jarred Paull and young- ster Josh Hanford complete the leadership group.

"Josh is obviously a lot younger than all of us so he's the future and if we can sort of instil into him now that he is going to be a leader in the future then it boosts his con dence a little bit.

"Jarred obviously being our A Grade coach last year, he's going to be a tre- mendous asset on the eld and he already knows most of the players and to be such a

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Big smiles for the rain

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd March, 2021

While the rain has wreaked havoc further east of the New South Wales, it has been a welcome blessing closer to home with many towns in the Far West receiving a fair drop.

Broken Hill experienced a consistent drip of rain throughout Monday March 22 with 12.6 millimetres of rain falling from 9am according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Menindee received a sizeable amount of rain with a total of 17.0 mil- limetres falling over the town. While Wilcannia had rain which began from Sunday evening (March 21) at around 7pm until early hours of the morning on Tuesday (March 23) for a total of 27.2 millimetres of rainfall.

White Cliffs had a collective 31.0 millimetres in the early days of this week beginning at 6pm on Sunday evening, continuing through until late Monday night.

It was Tibooburra though who were the luckiest with over 100 mil- limetres of rain falling. From mid-morning on Sunday March 21 the township gradually received a total of 103.0 millimetres of rain, which continued to fall until the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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Fee cut helps farmers

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd March, 2021

The waiving of Local Land Services rates has been welcomed by pastoralists and politicans.

The NSW Government has once again waived Local Land Services (LLS) rates for 2021, as farmers across the Barwon region work towards drought recovery.

NSW Nationals Upper House MP, Sam Farraway said the region’s farmers have been doing it tough over the past three years, and while conditions have improved significantly, drought recovery does not happen overnight.

The Pastoralists’ Association of West Darling welcomed the news.

“Waiving Local Land Services rates is in line with drought support recommenda- tions from the Pastoralistsí Association,” Association Councillor Lachlan Gall said.

“Waiving rates is a good way to deliver a drought relief to drought affected pastoral- ists, as every pastoral business will receive this benefit on a fair and equitable basis.”

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Truth farewells newshound

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd March, 2021

After 22 years of outstanding news reporting, journalist Craig Brealey has retired from the Barrier Daily Truth. 

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Jack’s golden path

Originally published: Saturday, 13th March, 2021

Young local, Jack Dickson is on the path of completing the Duke of Edinburgh International Award Gold level.  

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Workshops to reap the benefits

Originally published: Saturday, 13th March, 2021

People living with disability and their carers have the opportunity to participate in free workshops to help utilise their funding.

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Dogs make it a dynasty

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th March, 2021

North 8/173 (Howard 69, Tidball 20, Rhodes 3/30) defeated Central 100 all out (Smith 24, Johnson 4/23, Vella 3/32) by 73 runs.

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An exhibition of two parts

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th March, 2021

Willyama Art Society’s exhibition, Diptych is now showing at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery. 

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Oil and gas concerns

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th March, 2021

State government consultations over opening up the Far West to oil and gas exploration have left graziers concerned and anxious. 

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Mountain Bike Club junior event

Originally published: Saturday, 6th March, 2021

The first ‘Junior Only Event’ of 2021 was held last weekend, with perfect weather conditions for riding. 

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Sally’s stellar career

Originally published: Saturday, 6th March, 2021

After four decades with the ANZ Bank, Sally Prince has wrapped up her career at the local branch.

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Get the band back together

Originally published: Saturday, 6th March, 2021

The Cameron Pipe Band are looking for new members to join and help get the band back piping through the local streets. 

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Focus on sport and mental health

Originally published: Saturday, 6th March, 2021

NRL top try-scorer for three years in a row, Nathan Blacklock will be travelling around the Far West for rugby and mental health. 

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Local school boost

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd March, 2021

Three local schools are set to benefit from the NSW Government’s Regional Renewal Program, with $6 million in funding allocated to 23 schools within the Barwon Electorate. 

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Magpies advance to grand final

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd March, 2021

In what was perhaps a slight upset result, Central defeated their more fancied opponent West.

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Man-made impacts

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd March, 2021

Local artist Kathy Graham’s exhibition ‘Anthropocene’ illustrates human impact and the affects our activity is having on the environment. 

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