IN THIS EDITION:
* A former Cotton Grower of the Year and his right-hand man have faced court charged with defrauding a Queensland government irrigation scheme of more than $20 million. The scheme was intended to improve farmers’ water efficiency and return water to the Murray-Darling Basin.
* The Civic Centre’s potential to be a cashless facility was put to the test at Friday’s Civic Ball, with staff reporting good results. Council encouraged attendees to pay by card or mobile device on the night to take advantage of Paywave, Applepay, Androidpay and Samsungpay facilities that were installed at the centre as part of the recent refurbishment.
* The Broken Hill Outback Letterbox Library will receive a “100 per cent funding increase” as part of new state-wide funds for public libraries. The service, which delivers library materials to people in the outback, is getting the money as part of a $60 million government investment to expand the collections, extend services and carry out upgrades of all public libraries.
* Arias in the Outback, with Brad Cooper and Clarissa Spata, returns to the Silverton Hotel this Saturday evening. Details Page 4.