CITY UNITED
Christine McGinn
THE City of Greater Bendigo’s City Futures Directorate can never operate as a self-sufficient entity, according to a council-commissioned report. Councillors were divided on the need to separate parts of the directorate, which includes tourism, major events and economic development, into..
27-Mar-2015
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HARD LINE ON VIOLENCE
Dianne Dempsey
A SPECIAL squad of six police officers are dedicated to stopping family violence. While they work hand in hand with other agencies in central Victoria such as the Centre for Non Violence and the Department of Human Services, the Central Victoria Family Violence Team is basically working ..
27-Mar-2015
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POKIE GAMBLE PAYS OFF
Christine McGinn
Twenty additional poker machines will be slotted into Golden Square’s Foundry Hotel complex to fund a redevelopment of the venue. City of Greater Bendigo councillors have approved plans for the introduction of the Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs), to pave the way for 15 serviced apartme..
27-Mar-2015
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COUNCILLORS IN SPOTLIGHT
Christine McGinn
A PETITION has called for yet another independent review into the City of Greater Bendigo council’s conduct. Julie Hoskin approached the councillor’s table twice this week to hand Cr Helen Leach the petition calling for an investigation into their handling of eight matters. The pe..
27-Mar-2015
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A LIFE WELL LIVED
Peter Kennedy
A thanksgiving service to honour the outstanding life of one of Bendigo’s most respected leaders will be held in the Bendigo Town Hall on Monday from 2pm. Daryl McClure passed away on the weekend, aged 68. The former councillor, mayor, state politician and proud community advoc..
20-Mar-2015
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BUSHMASTERS JAMAICA BOUND
Steve Kendall
Three Bushmasters were handed to the Jamaica Defence Force this week at Thales. The three are the first of 12 ordered and all are troop carrier variants equipped with Thales’s SOTAS M2 communication system. A senior Jamaican delegation was on hand to inspect the first three yesterday. ..
19-Mar-2015
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Bendigo Mag Summer 14-15
Adding colour to Ned Kelly
Dianne Dempsey
Whether you see Ned Kelly as our very own Robin Hood or dismiss him as a murdering thug, a visit to the Bendigo Art Gallery’s “Imagining Ned” will still provide an exciting and at times moving experience. The focus of the exhibition, Ned Kelly’s armour is among the most..
27-Mar-2015
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Mikado magic
Bendigo Weekly
Japanese experience takes centre stage this weekend. Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, was first performed at the Savoy Theatre in London in 1885, but now it’s in Bendigo. Having delighted audiences for more than a century, it has inevitably spawned a number of imitations and has..
27-Mar-2015
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A new study in animal care
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo TAFE is now running animal studies and veterinary nursing courses – the first time these courses have been offered in central Victoria. Bendigo TAFE will offer Certificate II and III in Animal Studies and Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. The courses have been positively rec..
27-Mar-2015
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Marist College opens
Bendigo Weekly
Marist College Bendigo will be officially opened and blessed at a ceremony beginning at 11.30am today. The first building of the Maiden Gully school accommodates Years 7 and 8 will be named the Montagne Centre, and will be opened by Brother Michael Green FMS, the National Director of Marist Sc..
27-Mar-2015
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City says farewell
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 430 people packed into Bendigo’s historic Town Hall on Monday afternoon to celebrate the extraordinary life and achievements of former mayor Daryl McClure. Mr McClure’s place in this city’s proud history is assured, thanks largely to his efforts to protect, preser..
27-Mar-2015
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Girton students survive fall
Bendigo Weekly
A MINIBUS of year nine Girton Grammar students have had a rocky start to their compulsory hike. The bus went down an embankment en route to their five-day camp in Falls Creek yesterday afternoon. Girton Grammar School headmaster Matthew Maruff said no one had been injured in the incident. ..
24-Mar-2015
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Meet and greet the police
Christine McGinn
LOCALS eager to join the police force will have the chance to meet and greet with professionals in the job today. Victoria Police are encouraging people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to join the organisation hosting a stall in Hargreaves Mall as part of today’s Harmony Day celebrati..
19-Mar-2015
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Favourite rides around Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Grab your bike and cycling mates and tick off these favourite local rides. Short rides Start at the north end of Lake Weeroona near the rowing sheds and cross Weeroona Avenue to head down the Bendigo Creek trail. It’s a slightly downhill, fully sealed five kilometres to Howard Street Ep..
06-Mar-2015
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Dianne Dempsey
“Perhaps someday the poor will find it in their hearts to forgive you. For it is more blessed to give than to receive, and it is also a lot easier.” St Vincent de Paul It is Tuesday morning and the money has run out. In fact it ran out last week, but what is more urgent now is tha..
27-Feb-2015
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Walking for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
Walking with a cause, Sylvia and Kelly Phan are pulling on their runners to tackle the 60 kilometre Peter MacCallum walk to end women’s cancers. The local women are pulling on their trainers in support of cancer research to help find a cure. “We both need to raise $2000 each in or..
06-Feb-2015
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A night to remember
Nick Atyeo
Students and staff of Flora Hill High from the late 1970s can relive memories of school life at the Class of 76 to 79 Reunion - with a fun night of catching up with former students at the Exchange Restaurant, early next month. Ex-student and Flora Hill High cross-country champion, Leonnie Tre..
16-Jan-2015
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Skiers aim for the top
Christine McGinn
Riding the wave of success, three disabled men have their sights sets to waterski for Australia this September. Local Jason Sleep is gearing up to compete and coach his team to victory at the waterski world championships in Sacramento this year. Paraplegic and double amputee Mr Sleep said the..
09-Jan-2015
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Kangaroo Flat unit burglary
Bendigo Weekly
A Kangaroo Flat unit, under construction, was burgled over the Labour Day long weekend. The unit, located on the corner of Short and Lansell streets, in a block of units had a large quantity of building supplies and tradesman’s equipment stolen between Friday afternoon and Sunday afterno..
10-Mar-2015
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White Hills alleged assault
Bendigo Weekly
A 19 year old man was allegedly assaulted in the early hours of Sunday in White Hills. Three Caucasian men, believed to be in their 20s, approached the man and had a short conversation with him. The men are believed to have punched the 19 year old before he fell to the ground and is believe..
02-Mar-2015
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Police hunt stolen items
Christine McGinn
A BACKPACK filled with $2500 worth of electronic goods was stolen from Bendigo Marketplace yesterday. A man was eating his lunch in the food court when he placed his backpack on the ground. The backpack had an iPad, laptop and a Samsung Galaxy X5 zipped inside. The incident occurred ..
20-Feb-2015
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East Bendigo unit fire
Bendigo Weekly
An East Bendigo home has been ruined in a fire this morning. Police and CFA are currently investigating the cause of the fire. The incident occurred on Lloyd Street in a vacant home. No one was injured during the incident. ..
20-Feb-2015
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Fatal crash in Eaglehawk
Bendigo Weekly
AN 88-year-old woman died after being hit riding her mobility scooter on Monday afternoon. The woman was riding her scooter along High Street in Eaglehawk about 2.50pm. The woman started crossing Napier Street when a Ford sedan, turning right, hit the woman. The driver, a 71-year-old Ma..
17-Feb-2015
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Water police crackdown
Bendigo Weekly
WATERWAY users will be the target of a police crackdown to ensure compliance on safety regulations this weekend. The Victorian Water Police will be ensuring water safety, focused on broken down boats, unregistered vessels, search operations, and irresponsible driving. Police issued the warnin..
23-Jan-2015
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Howlin’ Wolf
Christine McGinn
WHEN Wolfmother take to the stage in Bendigo next month, lead vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale will have his band with him. Stockdale, with his sidekicks – bassist and keyboard player Ian Peres and drummer Vin Steele – will play tracks from their latest album New Crown at Gr..
27-Mar-2015
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Jessica and the koto
Bendigo Weekly
WE are in for a musical treat next week, when Marta Pacek returns and The Jessica Stuart Few comes too. They’re co-headlining their first Australian tour together, Pacek teaming up with the Canadian Stuart. If you have never witnessed a Japanese traditional 13-stringed floor harp instru..
20-Mar-2015
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The road to Troy
Steve Kendall
WITH a practised ease Troy Cassar-Daley turns on the charm, but to be honest I think it’s already there. No pretence. He’s been on a punishing schedule this week ahead of his tour which includes Bendigo on May 7. I caught up with Cassar-Daley in the kitchen at ABC Central Victo..
13-Mar-2015
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Singer Sultan bites journo
Dianne Dempsey
Dan Sultan is coming to town, or rather close to town anyway, he’ll be appearing at Castlemaine’s Theatre Royale on March 7 which is a good enough reason to talk to one of Australia’s most exciting young performers. Sultan is a songwriter as well, and his work clearly shows..
27-Feb-2015
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Bendigo groovers buy all tix
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is the first of Groovin the Moo’s six show national tour to sell out in 2015. “Thanks Bendigo, we love being in your part of Australia and we’re really looking forward to this year’s line up playing to another sold out audience,” Cattleyard Promotions&rsqu..
12-Feb-2015
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Alt-J takes on Australia
Bendigo Weekly
BACKING up a stellar year on the charts, British trio Alt-J are packing their bags for their biggest Australian tour. Their debut album, This Is All Yours, secured three places in the top 30 of Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown in January. Despite having anything but their Left Hand Free..
06-Feb-2015
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Unbeaten run for champions
Joel Peterson
Mandurang completed an undefeated Emu Valley Cricket Association season on Sunday, claiming the 2014/15 premiership in a thrilling finish against Sedgwick. With Sedgwick’s Matt Dwyer on 98 not out and the Rams at 6/162 chasing 188, the Rams looked like they would get home to claim a maid..
27-Mar-2015
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Pioneers ramp up
Joel Peterson
Bendigo Pioneers coach Brett Henderson wants his side to be more competitive in season 2015, as the club embarks on its TAC Cup season opener this weekend. The Pioneers take on Murray Bushrangers at Benalla in Henderson’s first game in charge of the club. Off-field the team is also emba..
27-Mar-2015
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Mandurang, Maristians crowned local cricket premiers
Joel Peterson
A truly remarkable day in Bendigo cricket has seen Mandurang and Strathdale Maristians crowned premiers in the Emu Valley and Bendigo District Cricket Associations, respectively. At Spring Gully Oval, Mandurang completed an undefeated season defeating Sedgwick to win the 2014/15 Emu Valley C..
22-Mar-2015
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Shield glory
Joel Peterson
WHEN Mandurang and Sedgwick meet in this weekend’s Emu Valley Cricket Association grand final, both sides will have very different chances at history. Mandurang could complete an elusive undefeated season with a win, while Sedgwick is still searching for its first EVCA flag in its first ..
20-Mar-2015
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Jets and Suns burning for a win
Joel Peterson
AFTER one grand final appearance in its time in the Bendigo District Cricket Association Strathfieldsaye will be hoping history repeats itself when the Jets take on Strathdale Maristians in this weekend’s BDCA grand final. The Jets and the Suns will do battle at Kangaroo Flat’s N8 H..
20-Mar-2015
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Bendigo steps up attack
Joel Peterson
A HAT-TRICK of wins is on the cards for Bendigo City FC this weekend when it returns to National Premier Leagues Victoria action with a tilt against Ballarat Red Devils on Friday night. After its first NPL win against Bulleen a fortnight ago, City backed up with a thrilling FFA Cup win agains..
20-Mar-2015
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Prepare for a classic
Bendigo Weekly
The Mother’s Day Classic is now just eight weeks away, so it’s time to brush off those runners because it’s going to be a great event for the whole family to get involved in. There will be fun, fitness and family time while supporting a great cause in raising funds for br..
20-Mar-2015
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Top awards for equine nurses
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo vet nurse Clare Wheatley has earned two major awards at the Wangaratta GoTAFE Animal Studies graduation ceremony. Bendigo Equine Hospital vet and practice co-owner Sarah Jalim said the equine hospital had two nurses graduate on the night with their Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursi..
13-Mar-2015
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Opinion
Bendigo Weekly
By LISA CHESTERS Federal Member for Bendigo Respect is a word that can only be demonstrated by one’s behaviour. This is behaviour we teach children from an early age: respect each other as you wish to be respected yourself. I believe it is why some many of us have been left angr..
06-Mar-2015
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Pop in to be part of Mary's show
Steve Kendall
MAGICAL people are wanted to perform in the new Ulumbarra Theatre in a new production of Mary Poppins. The Bendigo Theatre Company (BTC) is looking for Mary, Bert, Jane and Michael, as well as more than 30 further cast members and ensemble players. Auditions are being held on Friday, March 2..
06-Mar-2015
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Dianne Dempsey
“Perhaps someday the poor will find it in their hearts to forgive you. For it is more blessed to give than to receive, and it is also a lot easier.” St Vincent de Paul It is Tuesday morning and the money has run out. In fact it ran out last week, but what is more urgent now is tha..
27-Feb-2015
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Farewell to state's first woman priest
Dianne Dempsey
That the Anglican Church now allows women to become priests is a well known fact; but what is a lesser known fact is that the first woman to become a priest in Victoria hailed from Bendigo and was an Old Girtonian. The Reverend Elizabeth Alfred passed away earlier this month on February 2, ju..
20-Feb-2015
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New leaf on the Vine
Bendigo Weekly
A transformation of Bendigo’s popular Golden Vine Hotel is well under way with a new management structure providing a new lease of life. “I’m excited that Mick Coates, an experienced musician, is at the helm at the Golden Vine,” Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival..
13-Mar-2015
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Amy’s tree change
Bendigo Weekly
In December last year Amy Moylan made the tree change from Melbourne to Bendigo to take up her new role as hotel manager at The Schaller Studio. Since leaving the city with her fiancé and two dogs she has not looked back, with the thriving art and culinary scene captivating her. ..
13-Feb-2015
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Sundays fun days at Schaller
Bendigo Weekly
A free barbecue will be one part of Open Studio Sundays at the Schaller Studio. The community event is the brainchild of hotel manager Amy Moylan and will be held every Sunday from January 11 until February 22. Ms Moylan was keen to find the very best local food offering to be included ..
09-Jan-2015
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Imagine opening a winner
Steve Kendall
VILLAWOOD’S Imagine estate opening in Strathfieldsaye last weekend was a real community offering. Apart from the open homes on view, the 2000 people who attended munched through 70 kilograms of sausages 30kg of onions and 70 loaves of bread. Villawood’s marketing manager Jenn..
16-Oct-2014
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Woolworths hits the right spot
Bendigo Weekly
It’s been a mere two weeks since its opening, but Woolworths Kennington is already a hit with locals. Twenty thousand customers have passed through the doors since August 27, and store manager Adam Hutton said customer response has been good. “A lot of customers have come throu..
05-Sep-2014
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Woolworths to open August 27
Bendigo Weekly
The suburb of Kennington continues to grow with the opening of a new Woolworths supermarket. Opening Wednesday, August 27, store manager Adam Hutton said the supermarket will provide the expanding community with an opportunity to access a range of services. “The new store provides o..
22-Aug-2014
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Free food for all
Dianne Dempsey
In the late summer and early autumn while fruit trees are burgeoning, the glut of food can make for a challenge. There are only so many apple pies and jars of jam you can make. The solution to what to do with excess food has been taken on by a group of locals who have embraced a movement whi..
20-Mar-2015
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Head to the Hatter
Bendigo Weekly
After the overwhelming sell-out success of last year’s inaugural event, Food Fossickers Picnic with The Mad Hatter will return on March 15 with even more regional food, wine and fun. The event returns to the recently redeveloped Bendigo Botanic Gardens, providing ticket holders with an..
06-Feb-2015
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Cheers for beers
Bendigo Weekly
Australia Day is synonymous with lamb chops, a barbecue and a beer, but it would surprise most that the beer they are drinking is not Australian owned. While the stereotype would suggest we all chug down a VB, Bendigo Beer’s Trev Birks is urging everyone to think before they drink. &ld..
23-Jan-2015
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Safety first with food
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO developer Jared Marwood has developed an application to help with food safety programs for small to medium Class 2 Retail and Food Service Businesses. Cook Safe allows food premises to easily create their food safety program. By answering a set of questions, Cook Safe sets up a Food..
19-Dec-2014
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Tarts raise money
Bendigo Weekly
Food Fossickers restaurant member Masons of Bendigo is baking up a storm to spread some Christmas spirit with an old fashioned cake drive, raising funds for the Bendigo Community Farmers Market. Restaurant owner and pastry chef Sonia Anthony has donated both her time and talent to bake the a..
12-Dec-2014
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Food Fossicking at Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
Michel’s Fine Biscuits have released their Christmas shortbread All Stars and award winning fruit mince pies. Available from Favourite Flavours, Mitchell St, Bendigo or head to www.michelsfinebiscuits.com.au • Indulge Chocolates have a variety of delicious hand crafted gifts, made us..
05-Dec-2014
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Tales from the front
Dianne Dempsey
Between the Dances Jacqueline Dinan Serving their country as nurses, farmhands, munitions workers or members of the Defence forces, Australian women made an outstanding contribution to World War II. In this engaging book Jacqueline Dinan highlights stories told by over 300 women or t..
27-Mar-2015
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All things Irish
Dianne Dempsey
It was St Patrick’s day this week and sure and begorrah a couple of Irish themed titles have come across the desk. From the Bru to the Borough Dan O’Riordan Local writer Dan O’Riordan has written his self-published, heart-felt memoir of growing up in Ireland an..
20-Mar-2015
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Fine start to a life of books
Bendigo Weekly
My reading habits as a child were very much informed by my parents. My primary and secondary schools (I’m talking the dark ages here) didn’t even come to libraries. So every week Dad pushed aside the tools in his ute and took his three children to the public library. I really liked ..
12-Mar-2015
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Remember our nurses
Dianne Dempsey
Remember our Nurses: The service and sacrifice of Bendigo nurses in World War One Murray Poustie Murray Poustie’s book on the Bendigo nurses of World War I is quite a revelation. During the ANZAC centenary most of our attention has been focused on the men who fought ove..
20-Feb-2015
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Ruth, or is it Barbara?
Dianne Dempsey
We lost PD James last November and it was disarming to learn a few weeks ago that the other doyen of mystery writers, Ruth Rendell, has suffered a major stroke and remains critically ill. Like P D James, Rendell was not only prolific but a reliably good read and like James she combined murde..
13-Feb-2015
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Mockingbird revisited
Dianne Dempsey
Discovering that a new novel will be published by Harper Lee is equivalent to discovering the existence of an unknown brother or sister. Lee’s first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was published in 1962 and has since garnered millions of adoring fans. Time after time it has been identifie..
06-Feb-2015
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