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Cricket plague continues in 'wild west'

Thursday, 17th March, 2011

PLAGUE: Thousands of crickets were yesterday washed down from the walls of Centro Westside, left to drown in this pit. PLAGUE: Thousands of crickets were yesterday washed down from the walls of Centro Westside, left to drown in this pit.

Broken Hill's insect plague, which is becoming an increasingly sinister problem, has grabbed headlines across the country.

News Limited journalist Jack Marx has reported from Broken Hill that; "There's a deathly stench in the wind that blows down the main street of Broken Hill, though nobody is sure if it's the insects or vermin. It's probably both."

In his personal account, published on News Limited's "Perth Now" website, Marx reports that "...crickets have stormed the town from the desert, wreaking havoc on the local businesses ..." and that "...the smell - a cadaverous cocktail of wet fur and rotting shell - is at its worst around Trades Hall".

Marx also regales his readers with a yarn from an anonymous local, reporting;

"One local girl, a tough, pretty 30-something with guns, dogs and something of a bunker mentality, believes the biblical infestations are part of a larger apocalypse, the earthquakes, tsunamis and plagues all related to a doomsday foretold long ago".

It seems that Broken Hill's variegated reputation with the capital city-based media as a "wild west" outpost continues to march on as well - just like the insect plague.

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