Cox defends mining review role
Sharon Kemp
A KEY Bendigo environmental review committee (ERC) is in disarray after former City of Greater Bendigo mayor and councillor Peter Cox was told an independent facilitator would be installed because meetings were dysfunctional and disrespectful. Tuesday’s stormy ERC meeting was the last ..
27-May-2016
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Call out for mall police
Sharon Kemp
SOLUTIONS for Hargreaves Mall have swung between dismantling it and giving police officers hand-held cameras to film incidents of anti-social behaviour. At the City of Greater Bendigo meeting on Wednesday night, councillor Lisa Ruffell represented mall traders scared and fed up w..
27-May-2016
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Faith in city's great future
Bendigo Weekly
By Margaret O’Rourke Chief Executive Officer Aspire Cultural and Charitable Foundation It is 2020 and I’m driving north into Bendigo along the High Street Boulevard. The Sacred Heart Cathedral with its established Aspire Precinct comes into view. I never tire of this glor..
27-May-2016
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Independent calls for change
Bendigo Weekly
INDEPENDENT candidate for the seat of Bendigo, Anita Donlon, has described the electorate as a train wreck in need of major change. Ms Donlon said that as Australia heads towards the July 2 election, all that voters were seeing was the “same old” from the major parties. &ldqu..
27-May-2016
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Mixed responses to drug problem
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO saw the polarising effect of the game-changing drug ice this week. Federal Liberal candidate Megan Purcell has committed to coordinating a community response of police, primary health providers, sporting groups, schools and business if she wins the July 2 election. In Bendigo to ..
27-May-2016
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Labor backs Bendigo projects
Sharon Kemp
LABOR has committed $3.7 million in campaign pledges to two Bendigo projects with applications already submitted to the federal government’s National Stronger Regions Fund. Labor’s move represents a challenge to the Liberal Party to either match funding or offer support to o..
27-May-2016
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Bgo Photos
Crash fear repeated
Bendigo Weekly
IS this the most car battered property in Bendigo? Four cars in 14 years have crashed into this Kangaroo Flat yard while attempting to navigate the Olympic Parade, Lockwood Road and Helm Street roundabout and tenant Steve Boxall wants protection before someone gets hurt. Early on Wednesd..
27-May-2016
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Refurbished St Paul's open
Bendigo Weekly
After seven long years St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Myers Street, is open for worship and welcome. More than $2.5 million dollars, including a grant of $750,000 from the state government, have allowed for major restoration and refurbishment. Dean of the cathedral, the Very ..
27-May-2016
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Extra colour at festival
Bendigo Weekly
While the annual the Festival of Light held at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion is a rich swirl of colours, motion and people, visitors are invited to keep their eyes open for the unique peace flags created by the school children of central Victoria. Inspired by Miami artist JL Vasile..
27-May-2016
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Students sample the future
Bendigo Weekly
Catholic College student Thomas Houlden had a taste of his future at the 2016 National Youth Science Forum. The forum is a program for students heading into Year 12 and held every year at the Australian National University. This program aims to give students an insight into what is mean..
27-May-2016
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Grave matter in Eaglehawk
Dianne Dempsey
Local historian Bev Hanson believes the womenfolk of Eaglehawk have been insulted. As a volunteer of 23 years of Remembrance Parks Central Victoria Mrs Hanson cannot understand the logic of naming an area at the Eaglehawk cemetery in honour of Anne Caudle, a woman who has no connection wit..
27-May-2016
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Nude food scheme a hit at school
Bendigo Weekly
LITTER can mar a beautiful and environmentally-conscious school such as St Francis of the Fields in Strathfieldsaye, so students were encouraged to pack nude, or unprocessed, food for lunch, the type of food that isn’t wrapped. To show students the school was serious, it removed the bi..
20-May-2016
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Supper club arrives
Dianne Dempsey
We’re getting so sophisticated in Bendigo the late night entertainment scene could justifiably be described as louche. The venue for the latest excursion into late night entertainment is the Ulumbara Theatre which will be hosting a series of Supper Clubs. Supper clubs are synonymou..
27-May-2016
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Barnaby milks Coles call
Sharon Kemp
National Party leader Barnaby Joyce has taken credit for Coles’ 20 cent per litre milk fund in response to the dairy crisis in regional Victoria. In Bendigo on Wednesday night to introduce local National Party candidate Andy Maddison, Mr Joyce said he had asked northern Victorian farme..
20-May-2016
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Fitness for dog and owner
Bendigo Weekly
THERE’s a new way to get healthy in Bendigo and it’s got legs. Four of them. Turns out your dog also makes for the ultimate workout companion. That’s according to personal trainer and owner of fitbitch Hayley Morcom. Ms Morcom recently launched the dog-inclusive o..
13-May-2016
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Beehive to open this year
Sharon Kemp
As work starts on reshaping the 140-year-old former Bendigo Mining Exchange, the commissioned architect has confirmed the building’s ground floor will open by the end of the year housing food, beverage and lifestyle retailers and potentially a fresh produce market. Work will continue o..
06-May-2016
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Jason joins the Green machine
Bendigo Weekly
Aussie Rules footballer, LGBTIQ and mental health advocate, and Greens candidate for Higgins Jason Ball joined the Greens Federal candidate for Bendigo, Rosemary Glaisher, for an afternoon of door knocking in Quarry Hill last Sunday. “It was an honour as well as a lot of fun having h..
29-Apr-2016
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Upgrade on memorial wants list
Steve Kendall
THE RSL Soldiers Memorial Institute in Pall Mall is set for a major upgrade if funding can be raised. Bendigo District RSL president Cliff Richards and City of Greater Bendigo mayor Rod Fyffe launched a public fundraising campaign to upgrade and redevelop the institute on Wednesday. The..
22-Apr-2016
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Angela is top class at plain speaking
Bendigo Weekly
BSSC student Angela Stevens has won the regional final of the VCAA Plain English Speaking Awards held at Girton Grammar on Monday evening. BSSC PESA coordinator David van Es said it was a spectacular effort by Angela to win the regional final. “Against formidable opposition she d..
27-May-2016
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Greens aim for growth
Sharon Kemp
THE Greens have opened a campaign office in the heart of Bendigo. It’s the first time the party has established an office in the city, with local branch members deciding last year to become more visible in the 2016 election, according to candidate Rosemary Glaisher. As of Tuesday, ..
20-May-2016
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Discovering the depths
Bendigo Weekly
A groundbreaking STEM initiative exploring deep-sea biology, geology, and archaeology in the Eastern Pacific now has a link to Bendigo. Rachel Rayner from Discovery Science and Technology Centre has been selected as a 2016 lead science communication fellow and will sail aboard Exploration Ve..
13-May-2016
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Bendigo Vision 2020
Bendigo Weekly
Unlike many cities, Bendigo was not started with a vision of place but one of purpose – Gold. Pop up tent suburbs, no sustainable water source, an instant population of tens of thousands in a cultural melting pot. Shortly after gold was found here in December 1851, Bendigo had a population..
06-May-2016
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Call is out for Red Shield help
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo community is being encouraged to volunteer a few hours of their time to collect for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock Weekend on May 28 and 29. The Salvation Army’s captain Craig Wood, said Bendigo has always given generously to the Red Shield Appea..
29-Apr-2016
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Karl’s great moments in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Dr Karl was in Bendigo on Monday to present his favourite take on science. He toured the Discovery Centre ahead of a show at the Capital. Dr Karl is famous for making science accessible to all ages, and his Great Moments in Science show celebrates all sides of science; from sublime momen..
22-Apr-2016
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Current Issue
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Family takes to the stage
Bendigo Weekly
Tickets are now on sale for the musical comedy The Addams Family, brought to you by the Bendigo Theatre Company. The company will be bringing innovative state-of the-art digital projection – the likes of which are seen on professional stages around the world – a first for the com..
27-May-2016
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Bendigo’s hidden treasure
Simon Wooldridge
"I’m a great believer in the power of positivity.” It’s a Friday morning and I’m at Rock Pride Music talking to Albert Skipper – Skip as he is known to hundreds of Bendigonians. On polite nodding terms with Skip for some time I was looking forward to a prop..
20-May-2016
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Something different
Simon Wooldridge
We wanted to do something completely different, and this really is,” enthuses Four Lions’ Shann Lions over coffee at a busy Bendigo CBD café. “I’ll write the songs on Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25. We’ll record on the Sunday. They’ll be master..
13-May-2016
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Groovin wrap
Simon Wooldridge
Last Saturday, at two thirds of the way into autumn, it was interesting to see a pale orange glow emanating from so many tanned GTM punters. This year’s GTM was Bendigo’s eighth and another 15,000-odd sell-out. It’s a brave festival organiser who puts on such an eclec..
06-May-2016
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Bell plays Billyroy’s
Simon Wooldridge
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 7 sees Frank Bell launch his debut single White Horse at Billyroy’s BluesBar. It’s a swampy, gutsy dirty blues number with a contrasting acoustic folk number, Riverside, on the B-side. Both are Frank Bell originals. The ubiquitous Bill Barber produce..
06-May-2016
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Busy time in Bendigo
Simon Wooldridge
It’s going to be pause-for-breath time for gig-goers in Bendigo this weekend. In addition to the massive festival-party-show that is Groovin’ the Moo, there’s a bunch of gigs this weekend to suit the most varied of tastes. Tonight, Friday, April 29 Josh Cashman is back..
29-Apr-2016
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O'Neill to lead Thunder
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Thunder has ended its search for a coach, with Cherie O’Neill to permanently take the reins of the undefeated Victorian Women’s Football League club. As revealed by the Weekly yesterday, the club held what it called an “extraordinary meeting” on Wednesday ..
27-May-2016
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Big day for top umps
Joel Peterson
TIME flies when you’re having fun, and for 999 games as an umpire Dean Goodridge has done just that. The Bendigo Umpires Association whistleblower takes to Canterbury Park this Saturday for game 1000, having umpired with a raft of leagues after taking it up in Melbourne’s eastern..
27-May-2016
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Around and around we go
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Football Netball League’s interleague merry-go-round is set to roll on in 2017, after a fourth straight win over Gippsland on Saturday led to another likely meeting with Ballarat next year. The Bendigo side of 23 played some sparkling football, and the enthusiasm of the you..
27-May-2016
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BBA reaches its Peak
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Stadium complex is getting a new look, and so are the stadium’s staff thanks to a partnership with Peak Sport Australia. The company has struck a deal with the Bendigo Basketball Association to be the uniform partner of the BBA, for Braves senior and junior teams, BBA staff..
27-May-2016
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Thunder shores up key roles
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Thunder has ended its search for a coach, with Cherie O’Neill to take the reins of the club. The club held an extraordinary meeting last night, attended by AFL Central Victoria’s Paul Hamilton among others, to resolve the uncertainty regarding its governance and coach..
26-May-2016
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Braves need to refocus
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Braves big man Matt Andronicos says the team needs to refocus after suffering a third defeat of the 2016 SEABL season yesterday. The Braves thumped a lowly Melbourne 88-69 on Saturday night before being beaten by Dandenong 87-91 yesterday in a high-intensity, physical contest. Be..
23-May-2016
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Fun features for fifth festival
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Writers Festival will reveal its program for this year’s blockbuster event next week, with anticipation already building. Festival director Rosemary Sorensen told the Weekly to expect an even more star-studded line up with a couple of surprises and innovations. “This ..
27-May-2016
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Hands up to help
Bendigo Weekly
VOLUNTEERS have been recognised for their labours at morning teas throughout the week. The City of Greater Bendigo toasted its 580 volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week. The week runs until today, with the theme Give Happy, Live Happy. The council held a volunteers morning te..
13-May-2016
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Call out for food
Steve Kendall
UNITINGCARE Bendigo is calling on locals to raid their food pantry in a bid to help record numbers of people who are struggling with the rising cost of living. It comes after an increasing number of families, singles, children, welfare recipients and the elderly are turning to the communi..
22-Apr-2016
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Challenge in the right hands
Bendigo Weekly
A GROUP of 10 Bendigo residents has embarked upon a corporate challenge aimed at improving their general health and wellbeing. The group includes local real estate agents, publicans, marketing managers, public relations professionals, and company directors, as well as the Weekly’s Pete..
18-Mar-2016
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Banking on Sam
Bendigo Weekly
Catholic College 2015 Dux Samuel McCormick has received another title to add to his belt, this time named as a recipient of the prestigious Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship, one of 15 awarded out of 660 applicants Australia-wide. The scholarship is given out to exceptionally-high aca..
11-Mar-2016
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Police on the ball for culture festival
Bendigo Weekly
One of the most enjoyable events of the Festival of Cultures is the soccer match held between local Karen youth and members of the Bendigo Police. Senior Sergeant John Dalton of Bendigo Police said that this year his colleagues really have to lift their game. “We were defeated 40-0..
04-Mar-2016
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Caravan show under cover
Bendigo Weekly
THE Caravan Camping and Leisure Roadshow has moved indoors for winter, but it still offers the same choice. The show features caravans, campers and four wheel drives and is aimed at those with outdoor leisure in mind. This is an all under cover show, with more than 200 leading brand new..
26-May-2016
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Minister backs local apparel
Sharon Kemp
DEFENCE minister Marise Payne has emphasised the export potential of Thales’ Bendigo-made Hawkei military vehicle during a visit to the company’s production facility in Junortoun with Liberal candidate Megan Purcell. Labor and Liberal are playing tug of war over credit for the $1..
20-May-2016
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Grill’d cooks up tasty fundraiser
Steve Kendall
THis year there’s an extra reason to be part of Grill’d Bendigo’s fundraiser. Now at its sixth event, the burger firm will be running its biggest community fundraising event ever. If $15,000 is raised, Grill’d founder Simon Crowe will match every dollar with a per..
13-May-2016
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Jobs win with new store
Bendigo Weekly
ALDI Epsom opened this week with a fanfare. The store will provide the community with award-winning grocery products and popular biweekly special buys, together with fresh fruit, vegetables and bread delivered daily. “Epsom residents can discover the Aldi difference,” a spok..
15-Apr-2016
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Recruiting call for firefighters
Bendigo Weekly
With recruitment applications about to close, CFA is urging those considering a career as a full-time, paid firefighter to get their applications in as quickly as possible. The recruitment drive is the result of a Victorian Government promise to recruit an additional 350 åpaid firef..
07-Apr-2016
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Bill's a winner at Eaglehawk UFS
Bendigo Weekly
UFS Eaglehawk Car winner Bill with Jason Shay, Jane Hall, Jeff Gook and Chris Romano. Bill won the his new Hyundai after shopping at Eaglehawk UFS Dispensary..
11-Mar-2016
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A taste of the region
Bendigo Weekly
Join the Bendigo wine region on July 4 and 5 to discover the mystery and romance of winemaking with exclusive barrel tasting sessions at participating wineries. Like eating cherries from the tree or bread just out of the oven, the Barrel Tasting weekend offers the ability to taste wine right f..
19-Jun-2015
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Sharing cooking secrets
Bendigo Weekly
A VARIETY of hands-on specialist cooking classes will be hosted by the Country Women’s Association of Victoria on Saturday May 30 when they visit Bendigo for their state conference. The CWA will be sharing their cooking knowledge and secrets throughout three masterclasses including making sp..
15-May-2015
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Wagyu in a showcase
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo steakhouse restaurant The Woodhouse will present a six course regional wagyu beef showcase dinner on May 21. It’s a special event featured in the Australian Financial Review Top 500 best restaurants awards program. Finalists have been invited to present an event during May, ..
24-Apr-2015
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New business benefits all
Bendigo Weekly
Not-for-profit regional food network Food Fossickers is working to implement a sustainable income stream which will bring increased financial benefit to local food producers, retailers and restaurants. The initiative will see the creation of a local food “picnic-pack” which will ..
17-Apr-2015
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Matt on the move
Bendigo Weekly
Celebrated chef and Victorian Farmers Market ambassador Matt Wilkinson will undertake activities with both the Bendigo Community Farmers Market and Central Victoria’s Food Fossickers Network this weekend. Mr Wilkinson has worked previously at Melbourne’s Vue de Monde and Circa befo..
10-Apr-2015
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Fossick for taste treats
Bendigo Weekly
Exploring the local food offerings can still be easy during the Bendigo Easter Festival and public holidays, with a variety of different venues, producers and events available from Good Friday through until Easter Monday. While some venues will only deliver limited trading times due to the f..
02-Apr-2015
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Memoir of a life in turmoil
Rosalea Ryan
Leaving Before the Rains Come Alexandra Fuller Vintage $22.99 GROWING up in the backblocks of rural Zambia, surrounded by the turmoil and terror of Rhodesia’s civil wars and the constant uncertainty of post-colonialism, life is never dull for Alexandra Fuller...
26-May-2016
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Waxing lyrical in Brazil
Rosalea Ryan
In Brazil Fran Bryson Scribe $32.99 With anticipation of this year’s Olympics now on everyone’s lips it’s hardly surprising that the games’ host, Brazil, is attracting more than its usual share of international attention. Through a series o..
20-May-2016
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The other ship
Rosalea Ryan
The Midnight Watch David Dyer Penguin $32.99 A crystal-clear, moonless night, an iceberg and not one but two ships steaming at full speed into danger: they’re as thrilling a combination of ingredients as any writer could dare to dream up. The plot to..
13-May-2016
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Reflections on a trek
Rosalea Ryan
A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino Portugués John Brierley Findhorn Press Ltd US$25.99 Its title is somewhat self-deprecating in the case of this newly updated,17th-edition guidebook: in actual fact it describes in almost-literally-step-by-step detail not ..
29-Apr-2016
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When the ink runs dry
Rosalea Ryan
Final Chapters Jim Bernhard Skyhorse Publishing $19 Authors often deal with death as a subject in their creative efforts but how much is recorded – when the pen is laid down one last time or the keyboard falls silent – of an individual writer’s own demise? I..
22-Apr-2016
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Nine lives in limbo
Rosalea Ryan
City of Thorns Ben Rawlence, Portobello $35 Dreams – however distant – of resettlement abroad fuel the sometimes-heartbreaking hopes of residents trapped in the scorchingly hot, desolate limbo of the world’s biggest refugee camp: a combinatio..
15-Apr-2016
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