COLIBAN PRICE HIKE
Joel Peterson
WHILE water storages around Bendigo continue to fall in the face of an impending El Nino, Coliban Water bills continue to rise by some of the highest rates in the country. According to the Bureau of Meteorology’s National Water Performance Report, Coliban customers were hit with a 13 pe..
29-May-2015
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COUNCIL BACKS RATES CAP
Peter Kennedy
GREATER Bendigo councillors have backed a submission to the Essential Services Commission over the state government’s proposal to cap council rates from 2016/17. Speaking at Wednesday night’s council meeting, Councillor Rod Campbell said there was acceptance that there will be rat..
29-May-2015
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BUS PLAN ARRIVES ON TIME
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’s proposed bus network has undergone an overhaul, as the second round of community consultation sessions are conducted. PTV’s original plan, released in November last year, featured 13 routes with all the current Bendigo bus route numbers changed. The number of route..
29-May-2015
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MARY'S BID TO FLY HIGH
Dianne Dempsey
There have been many stunts Cr Rod Fyffe has performed over the years. In the name of a good cause he’s dressed up as a Smurf, as a particularly scary Easter Bunny and even worn his undies on the outside of his pants, but hitching a ride in a crane is probably a first. On this occasion ..
29-May-2015
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DEAD DRY
Christine McGinn
ONE of Bendigo’s most respected environmentalists says the Greater Bendigo National Park is dying, the damage irreversible. Long-time conservationist Stuart Fraser said the burning of large areas of forest surrounding Bendigo for fire mitigation purposes, together with the drying trend,..
29-May-2015
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STRATEGY ON THE MOVE
Bendigo Weekly
THE state government has confirmed community consultation on Victoria’s first ever long-term strategy for regional public transport will kick off in June. The Regional Network Development Plan will set out priorities for regional public transport services, infrastructure and investment ..
22-May-2015
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City Futures receives council support
Peter Kennedy
MORE than 93 per cent of submissions lodged over whether the City of Greater Bendigo’s City Futures directorate should be retained, have backed the status quo. Councillors voted this week to support the directorate in its present format, in response to a key recommendation raised in the..
29-May-2015
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Emergency plan for floodwater
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29-May-2015
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Local wines on show
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
More than 100 international wine buyers and journalists were treated to the best of Bendigo’s wine region this week. As an initiative by the Bendigo Winegrowers Association and the Victorian government, the event aimed to raise the profile of the region’s wineries. Representatives..
29-May-2015
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Sister cities sign up
Bendigo Weekly
THE CITY of Greater Bendigo council has formalised its relationship with Haimen Municipal People’s Government. Nine delegates from Haimen visited Bendigo last Friday to sign an agreement to become a sister city relationship to Bendigo. The relationship was developed after former mayor ..
29-May-2015
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REIV lunch a real winner
Peter Kennedy
MORE than 20 past and present real estate identities from across the region attended last week’s Real Estate Institute of Victoria Bendigo Chapter annual lunch at the Bridge Hotel. The event, sponsored by the Bendigo Weekly and the REIV, acknowledges agents who have served as office bearers ..
29-May-2015
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Macular awareness in full view
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
Local resident Jeff Barber struggles to see the 30 kangaroos in his front paddock. Diagnosed 10 years ago with macular degeneration disease, the 66-year-old has impaired central vision and has trouble identifying colours. The disease involves the macula, located at the back of the eye, brea..
29-May-2015
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Helping hand for Vanuatu
Bendigo Weekly
Vanuatu has a special place in the heart of Victory Christian College, so when Cyclone Pam devastated the area the school was quick to respond. In the week following the cyclone, students held a number of fundraisers including a Cent-A-Line where students were encouraged to bring any loose ch..
08-May-2015
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Remembering 240 days at Gallipoli
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is marking the 240 days Australian and New Zealand soldiers were at Gallipoli. The nightly 6pm service is being held on the RSL Hall forecourt in Pall Mall with the Last Post sounded. Laments are played in reflection as two large steel poppies are progressively filled with red popp..
01-May-2015
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Ditch the myths
Bendigo Weekly
IT seems inevitable that even I must throw in my 10 cents worth on the Gallipoli landings. I have nothing but respect for those who volunteered and served, but much scorn needs to be thrown on those who documented the deeds at the time, and later in some cases. Newspaper reports were heavi..
24-Apr-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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Fake $100 bills
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are urging shopkeepers to remain alert as $100 counterfeit notes are being presented across Bendigo. A woman is known to have attempted to use the counterfeit money twice to buy items of little value, leave with the purchased items and keep the authentic money. Police said the notes ..
19-May-2015
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Near miss
Bendigo Weekly
EMERGENCY services were called to Bendigo Airport this morning after smoke began bellowing from a light aircraft. The pilot conducted the air traffic control before safely descending to the runway. Paramedics checked the three occupants, who were cleared from injury...
19-May-2015
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Three-injured in crash
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are investigating a crash in California Gully after three men were taken to hospital this morning. Officers were on routine patrol when they saw a car with no registration plates just before 3am. Bendigo police attempted to intercept the vehicle but the driver refused to pull over so t..
19-May-2015
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Cars collide in Kennington
Bendigo Weekly
By BRIDGETTE BARRY-MURPHY Three cars collided on Sternberg Street in Kennington just after 4pm today. A Ford Falcon ute ran into the rear of a Holden Commodore pushing it into a van. The driver of the first vehicle, a van, is believed to have driven off. ..
11-May-2015
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Eaglehawk man blows 0.217
Christine McGinn
An Eaglehawk man was caught driving more than four times over the legal blood-alcohol limit last night. The 59-year old man was seen driving at 30 kilometres an hour on the 50km/h Victoria Street in Eaglehawk at 7.50pm. The man hesitated to take off when the lights changed from red to green, ..
05-May-2015
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Police call for witnesses
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for witnesses after a local man was hospitalised with a serious head injury. Antony James Woodward walked into the One Tree Hill Hotel on Retreat Road in Spring Gully on Friday April 10 about 2.45pm. Workers at the hotel, who know Anto..
20-Apr-2015
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Current Issue
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Kitty Flanagan- taking life seriously?
Christine McGinn
KITTY Flanagan is hitting the road for her third national tour with Bendigo set to experience her self-confessed “best show yet”. Packed with plenty of laughs, stupid voices and hard laughs, Kitty says the SERIOUSLY?! tour is sure to please regional fans. “I think it&rs..
29-May-2015
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Rocker’s tour set to roll on
Christine McGinn
HEADING back on the road, five-time ARIA winner Ian Moss is embarking on a solo regional tour. One of Australia’s most iconic musicians, Moss is taking his distinctive vocals on a solo, Six Strings Classics Tour, this May to July. Moss will be performing all the classic hits from his Si..
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Birth of a new OZ musicial
Dianne Dempsey
It was a tense moment for Bendigo last Saturday when the curtain went up on its first home grown professional production – Ned. And it was quite an opening scene. Superimposed over the centre of the performance space was a ghostly and terrible spectre – a hologram of Ned Kelly&rsq..
29-May-2015
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Surrender to the music
Bendigo Weekly
RISING Aboriginal singer and songwriter Dewayne Everettsmith is headed to Bendigo tomorrow. Having grown up listening to American artists Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles, Everettsmith says being Aboriginal doesn’t really influence his music. “Being Aboriginal is something I was ..
22-May-2015
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Walking with Wilhelm
Bendigo Weekly
Let us imagine how Wilhelm Charles Vahland would react were he to emerge like Dr Who from his Tardis on top of the Rosalind Park poppet head? To gaze about on a clear day, then descend and explore the city he and a few colleagues created during the decades of phenomenal wealth from the 1850s ..
22-May-2015
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ALT-J put on a show to remember
Bendigo Weekly
By CAITLYN PETRIE SUNDAY evening saw thousands flock to Rod Laver Arena to see immensely talented UK group alt-J. With a handful of Brit Award nominations, a Grammy nomination and a recent stint at Australia’s summer festivals, the British quartet are playing their bi..
15-May-2015
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City returns to winning form
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO City made a much welcomed return to the winners list on the road last weekend, getting the better of Kingston City in National Premier Leagues Victoria action. The side has won just one of its past seven games going into the match, but came away with a much-needed 2-0 win. Riley ..
29-May-2015
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Miners chasing hat-trick
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Fighting Miners notched consecutive victories for the first time this season on Saturday with a 12-point win over Melbourne Chargers. It was the club’s first away win of the season, coming after yet another slow start. While the Miners had the upper hand throughout, the..
29-May-2015
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Thunder strikes winning form
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
BENDIGO Thunder is in a significantly different position to this time last year. After battling through a winless 2014 season, the Victorian Womens Football League club is heading in the right direction on and off the field. Moving from the state’s premier division down to division one..
29-May-2015
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A chance to shine
Joel Peterson
DEFENSIVE pressure will be key if Sandhurst is to cement second place on the Bendigo Football Netball League table when the Dragons clash with Golden Square on Saturday. The second-placed Dragons head to Wade Street in red-hot form after demolishing Gisborne before the interleague bye, while ..
29-May-2015
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Top teams face off
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
A TOP of the table clash between Golden Square and Sandhurst A-grade netball sides will decide who remains undefeated going into round nine. Golden Square is sitting on top of the ladder, two points ahead of Sandhurst who drew with Gisborne last round. The last time the teams met was in roun..
29-May-2015
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Arch rivals reignite fight
Joel Peterson
GOLDEN Square’s Jack Geary will once again lead the Bendigo Football League into battle this weekend when the blue and golds travel to take on arch rivals Ballarat at Eastern Oval. Geary will captain the interleague side for the second consecutive season under second-year coach Rick ..
22-May-2015
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Country pub helping out
Bendigo Weekly
NEWBRIDGE Hotel publican Terry Lofkin is hosting a fundraiser to raise funds for youth homelessness services in central Victoria. Mr Lofkin will host a fundraiser for local homelessness service provider, St Luke’s, at his pub on Sunday June 7. Together with his wife Diane, Mr Lofkin was..
29-May-2015
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Music of support
Dianne Dempsey
Mick Lloyd is a no-nonsense self-employed builder. He’s tough, a man’s man, but every so often the burden he and his family carry around weighs him down. And the enormity of the disease his sons live with sends him into despair. It’s called Niemann Pick Disease Type C. It&rs..
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A familiar voice
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
RADIO veteran Johnathan Ridnell, squirms at the realisation he is in his 28th year at ABC Radio. Ridnell currently holds the position of regional content manager in Bendigo after previous stints in Adelaide, Horsham and Mt Gambier. His successful career began at the Adelaide rural department..
22-May-2015
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Zara’s heartfelt fundraising effort
Dianne Dempsey
FUNDRAISING in the Bendigo region is not an uncommon occurrence, whether it be for cancer sufferers or charitable institutions. But when the Weekly received a hand written letter from 12-year-old Zara Smith telling us she wanted to raise $20,000 for the Heart Foundation she really made an impact. ..
15-May-2015
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Crunch time
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
Victorian Girl Guides will be out in droves for the next month, celebrating National Biscuit Day, which will be held tomorrow. The organisation is expecting to sell 570,000 packets of biscuits in the 57th year of the Australia-wide fundraiser. All profits made will go to funding local, n..
15-May-2015
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Shannon in the running for award
Bendigo Weekly
Youth worker Shannon Ryan has been nominated for the 2015 Ricci Marks Indigenous Achiever Award. The Victorian Government provides the award to encourage young Aboriginal people to pursue their goals and aspirations. Ms Ryan contributes to the Dja Dja Wurrung people and the Bendigo region as ..
08-May-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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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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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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A song of Scotland
Bendigo Weekly
A Scots Quair, A Trilogy By Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Polygon At the time of its publication A Scots Quair was considered by many publishers to be too hot to handle, not only because of its unabashed political agenda but because it was deeply sensual. Lewis Grassic Gibbon is the pseudonym ..
29-May-2015
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Biography event cancelled
Dianne Dempsey
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15-May-2015
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Images of the war
Dianne Dempsey
Unlike Gallipoli, there are relatively few images of Australian soldiers on the Western Front. While soldiers took cameras with them to Gallipoli they were forbidden to take them to France and Belgium. The British had decreed that only official photographs were allowed. This remarkable book..
24-Apr-2015
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Lifetime in fine art
Dianne Dempsey
Notebooks Betty Churcher Published 2011 With the recent news of Betty Churcher’s death at the age of 84, it is apposite to revisit probably her most poignant book. Betty Churcher was director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia and director of the National Gallery of..
02-Apr-2015
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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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