Arts grant a festival plus
Bendigo Weekly
The Australia Council for the Arts has given the Bendigo Writers Festival a $10,000 seal of approval. The festival was awarded funding in the recent literature funding round to help with the costs of bringing writers to the three-day event. “This is an enormous boost for such a new f..
25-Jul-2014
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TAFE'S $450,000 BUSINESS CASE
Bendigo Weekly
The State Government has given $150,000 to Bendigo Kangan Institute’s McCrae Street campus business case and strategic plan. Member for Northern Victoria Damian Drum said the institute was contributing $300,000 to the project. “The Coalition Government is investing $64 million int..
25-Jul-2014
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O'SHEA WINS GOLD
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo cyclist Glenn O’Shea has won gold at the Commonwealth Games. O’Shea was part of the Australian pursuit team that defeated England. O’Shea spoke to Channel 10 after the win. “Its pretty special,” he said. “We all grew up watching the Com..
25-Jul-2014
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EPSOM REBUILD PROMISED - VIDEO
Christine McGinn
Epsom Primary School will be completely rebuilt if the Labor Party is elected at November's state election. Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews announced $5.7 million for the rebuild today. Students and teachers will be the beneficiaries of improved educational facilities and vibrant teachi..
25-Jul-2014
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CALL TO HALT CAR PARK PUSH
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo council is being urged to stop works aimed at expanding the city’s car parking into Rosalind Park. Preliminary work has begun on building 69 new car parks at the end of the Tom Flood Centre behind the Golden Dragon Museum. The car parks are part of the planning perm..
23-Jul-2014
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Our house prices on top
Christine McGinn
Greater Bendigo has topped the housing-price growth list for Victoria’s main regional cities. Latest Real Estate Institute of Victoria data has revealed a 7.9 per cent jump in the city's median house price in the year to the end June. Greater Geelong recorded at 6.7 per cent jump, Gr..
21-Jul-2014
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Run For Dad goes from strength to strength
Bendigo Weekly
St John of God Allied Health staff are pulling on their runners to join the third annual Father’s Day Run for Dad. The Allied Health team is ramping up the competition, egging on other organisations to make a team, wear matching tops and try to beat them. The fundraising 6.8 kilome..
25-Jul-2014
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Brain injury has city focus
Christine McGinn
The dangers of alcohol-fuelled violence and assaults will be a hot topic next month. For the first time, Bendigo will host the Acquired Brain Injury National Conference, on August 11 and 12. The conference coincides with the National Brain Injury Awareness Week. Two out of every three p..
25-Jul-2014
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Bendigo on a statewide high
Christine McGinn
Greater Bendigo has topped the housing-price growth list for Victoria’s main regional cities. Latest Real Estate Institute of Victoria data revealed a 7.9 per cent jump in the city’s median house price in the year to the end of June. Greater Geelong recorded at 6.7 per cent jump, ..
25-Jul-2014
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Team to muscle in
Christine McGinn
St John of God Allied Health staff are pulling on their runners to join the third annual Father’s Day Run for Dad. The Allied Health team is ramping up the competition, egging on other organisations to make a team, wear matching tops and try to beat them. The fundraising 6.8 kilometre r..
25-Jul-2014
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Council gives MH17 sympathy
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo council gave their condolences to the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 victims and their families today. Mayor Barry Lyons signed the condolence book and encouraged locals to do the same. “This is a tragic event and you cannot help but be moved by this senseless act and t..
22-Jul-2014
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Police earn top awards
Christine McGinn
Sixty-three western region Victoria Police officers were awarded for their dedication and long-service to the comunity today. Bendigo Police Sergeant Peter Beaman was awarded for his 40 years service in the force at the Capital Theatre. Bendigo Police Inspector Brad Dixon was awarded with the..
22-Jul-2014
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Roo wouldn't believe it
Bendigo Weekly
A loyal Bendigo Weekly reader had an interesting drive to work this morning. Driving through Mosquito Creek, the reader, whose name is, aptly, Miles, came across a kangaroo. Now that is not unusual for the area, or the region. According to AAMI, Bendigo drivers have submitted more cl..
17-Jul-2014
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Comments from those fighting back
Bendigo Weekly
Locals have hit back at media coverage painting Bendigo in a bad light as a result of Wednesday night's mosque meeting. Local resident Damian Wells had enough, and started a petition to fight back. Below are just some of the comments from petitioners who put their name to the cause. ..
20-Jun-2014
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More parking you won't believe
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo's fascination with poor car parking continues. One of our most popular Bendigo Buzz segments this year has been highlighting some of our city's worst parkers. We continue that this week. Our Bendigo Weekly readers and staff have been on the lookout for those taking shortcuts ..
20-Jun-2014
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Bendigo's most dangerous intersections
Bendigo Weekly
These are Bendigo's busiest and most dangerous intersections. About 172,500 cars, trucks and buses past through these intersections each weekday. That equates to more than 45 million weekday vehicle movements each year. Over the pat five years, there has been 55 casualty accide..
19-May-2014
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44 of Bendigo's best tatts
Bendigo Weekly
Here is more proof Bendigo is home to some very talented artists. While their work may not ever hang in the art gallery, it will probably be seen by more people than will ever walk through the doors of the city's cultural hub. Bendigo's tattooists are a very talented bunch. Bel..
09-May-2014
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5 buildings that deserve nicknames
Bendigo Weekly
Australians like giving their buildings and structures nicknames. It gives a sense of familiarity as well as appreciation. There's the Coathanger and the nearby Nuns in a Scrum in Sydney. Melbourne has its Big Cheese Stick and Jeff's Shed and Brisbane has the Gotham Tower. It's n..
24-Apr-2014
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Eaglehawk fire death
Bendigo Weekly
A man has died at a house in Eaglehawk tonight. Bendigo Police detectives have described the death as not suspicious, but the Homicide Squad has been called as a precaution. Police are yet to confirm the circumstances of the death but it is believed there was bonfire at t..
18-Jul-2014
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CAR HITS HOUSE - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
A 25 year old male crashed a car through a fence in Quarry Hill yesterday. A white Holden Commodore crashed through the front fence and hit the brick Harkness St house about 2pm. Police searched for the man in relation to the incident in the nearby area. The man was taken into custody i..
14-Jul-2014
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Man dies in crash
Bendigo Weekly
A 33-year old Cranbourne North man has died in a car crash at Myola this morning. Leading Senior Constable Paul Turner said police were investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal crash. “Investigators believe that the car was traveling north on the Northern Highway around 6.4..
10-Jul-2014
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Two cars collide in Golden Square
Bendigo Weekly
Two cars collided in Golden Square this afternoon. The incident occurred on Marong and Happy Valley roads about 4.45pm. Bendigo Police Sergeant Jason Burke said it was a minor car crash but one vehicle was leaking fuel. Both drivers were treated and assessed for shock at the sc..
09-Jul-2014
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Jewellery worth $30,000 missing
Bendigo Weekly
A New South Wales woman has lost $30,000 worth of antique jewellery in Marong. The woman was travelling from a border town to Melbourne for her chronically ill daughter’s treatment with the seven pieces of jewellery. The woman took the jewellery to Melbourne for quotes for work and clea..
09-Jul-2014
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Crash closes highway - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
A motor home crashed near Goornong on Tuesday afternoon, closing the Midland Highway. No one was trapped in the accident, which occurred just before 3pm. The accident occurred about two kilometres north of the Bendigo-Murchinson Road intersection. The road was reopened in both..
08-Jul-2014
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Heart and soul
Bendigo Weekly
At Last – The Etta James Story is a two-hour narrative concert starring Vika Bull. Etta has been recognised as bridging the gap between rhythm and blues, rock and roll to pop. During a long career Etta influenced a vast array of artists from a variety of genres and musical styles i..
11-Jul-2014
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Bec is golden
Bendigo Weekly
Bec Laughton is at the Golden Vine tonight. Bec is an extraordinary talent and she and her band will be putting on an explosive show for any and all Bendigonians who come out for it. Bec Laughton has been working her way into the hearts and earholes of soul, R&B and pop lovers for a ..
04-Jul-2014
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Play time
Steve Kendall
IT is a good bet you’ll see Justine Clarke everywhere you look over the next few weeks. Season two of the ABC’s Time of Our Lives premieres on June 26 at 8.30pm, and Justine brings her children’s show I am a... to the Capital Theatre on July 5 at 11am. Justine actively c..
20-Jun-2014
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Skip at the ’maine event
Steve Kendall
THE LOST HEART SIRENS play Castlemaine tonight, and as a double treat Steve Lane and the Autocrats are playing too. Albert Skipper, Skip, is frontman for the Sirens. In many guises, Skip continues to make music, be it as solo artist Bert, or with a band. With his work now on iTunes this pr..
12-Jun-2014
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Time to shout
Bendigo Weekly
HERE is one for the rock and rollers. Now is your chance to relive the glory days of the swinging 60s as the Capital marks the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Australia’s Johnny O’Keefe and his massive hit Shout. The single was released in 1964 and continues to be an anthem tod..
06-Jun-2014
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Hughes is Pointless
Christine McGinn
BACK on the stand-up comedy circuit, Dave Hughes is taking the stage in Bendigo. Stand-up comedian Hughesy has come back from a television and radio hiatus, to the world of stand-up with a desire to get out of meetings. “I was doing radio and TV every day so that’s at least f..
30-May-2014
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O'SHEA WINS GOLD
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo cyclist Glenn O’Shea has won gold at the Commonwealth Games. O’Shea was part of the Australian pursuit team that defeated England. O’Shea spoke to Channel 10 after the win. “Its pretty special,” he said. “We all grew up watching the Com..
25-Jul-2014
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Spirit re-sign exciting young guard
Joel Peterson
Week by week, Bendigo Bank Spirit’s quest for a third consecutive Women’s National Basketball League championship continues to build momentum. After announcing the re-signing of young point guard Tessa Lavey last week, the club announced today it has secured t..
23-Jul-2014
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Lavey to make debut Opals tour
Joel Peterson
It is fair to say Bendigo Spirit point guard Tessa Lavey has had an enjoyable last seven days. A week after re-signing with the Bendigo Spirit for two years, Lavey was today announced in the Australian Opals team that will tour Japan from tomorrow. Despite struggling to get court time be..
21-Jul-2014
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Lavey back on the team
Joel Peterson
Another piece of the Bendigo Bank Spirit puzzle has fallen into place for season 2014-15, with rising star Tessa Lavey re-committing to the club this week for the next two years. Lavey, currently playing with the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence, came to the club last season after s..
18-Jul-2014
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Multicultural round kicks off
Bendigo Weekly
AFL Central Victoria’s multicultural round activities kicked off today, with a football and netball clinic for school students at North Bendigo Recreation reserve. Primary and secondary school children from across Bendigo picked up the skills of AFL today from former Port Adelaide and ..
17-Jul-2014
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Captain fantastic
Joel Peterson
Bendigo Bank Braves captain Chris Hogan can only remember going to one Braves game when he was growing up playing junior basketball in Braves colours. He was around 16 at the time, and one thing stood out to him above all else: the play of Braves legend David Flint. Since his playing day..
11-Jul-2014
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Market moves on food waste
Anthony Radford
THE Bendigo Community Farmers Market will be hosting an initiative to cut food waste this Saturday. The idea is to share simple ways to help residents stop wasting food and in turn boost their family budget. Greater Bendigo council Waste Services manager Simon Clay said in 2010 a Sustainab..
11-Jul-2014
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Bosom Buddies are back
Steve Kendall
NOT content with raising $42,000, the Bosom Buddies are stepping up their game. The team of 14 walkers are setting off again next year on a 60 kilometre repeat in a bid to pull in more cash. They have some serious extra backing this year. “Brikkitta from D-Club has come on boar..
04-Jul-2014
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Bella goes to great lengths
Steve Kendall
A LONG Gully youngster is making a practical input for cancer care. Eight-year-old Bella Lightburn is cutting off her waist-length hair for Pantene’s beautiful lengths campaign. Her hair will be made into a wig for a cancer sufferer. Bella also will be raising money for Camp Qualit..
13-Jun-2014
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Heads up on foxes
Christine McGinn
HUNTERS have recorded a milestone, bringing in more than 40,000 fox scalps to the local Epsom collection station. Greater Bendigo and surrounds’ hunters have fired up to participate in the State Government’s bounty scheme to reduce numbers of wild foxes. More than 1100 fox scal..
06-Jun-2014
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Cubby house a community effort
Bendigo Weekly
The children of the Golden Square Kindergarten celebrated the opening of their new purpose-built cubby house recently, with the help of a special guest. The building of the cubby was made possible thanks to a grant from the Kangaroo Flat and District Community Enterprise and sponsorship from..
23-May-2014
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Having a ball
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo council has revealed details of its annual mayoral ball. Mayor Barry Lyons and wife Betty have invited the community to take part in the July 5 event at the Town Hall. Cr Lyons said he looked forward to celebrating Bendigo at its finest. “Betty and I look forwa..
23-May-2014
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Printing the future for Keech
Christine McGinn
Keech Australia has launched a new subsidiary company, with unparallelled 3D advanced manufacturing technology in the region. Keech 3D Advanced Manufacturing is leading the pack in regional Victoria, with the region’s largest 3D format printer. The local company was launched today, show..
03-Jul-2014
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Stewarts' partner is your partner
Bendigo Weekly
Stewarts has announced their new suite of services thanks to a new relationship with Partners Wealth Group. The latest in the practise’s innovative take on business services for the Bendigo region, the PWG relationship means Stewarts can now offer investment management and wealth creatio..
08-May-2014
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Upgrade for internet
Bendigo Weekly
Many residents and businesses in Bendigo can now experience faster internet speeds on their ADSL service following infrastructure upgrades in the local area. For many of Bendigo’s local residents and businesses, the internet boost will give access to ser..
02-May-2014
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Waste wood has a colourful future
Steve Kendall
WHAT is big and red and eats pallets? The answer comes in the form of a mighty beast called Rotochopper. The machine has a few uses, but the main one being employed at Epsom Sand and Soil is turning industrial wood waste into mulch. Epsom Sand and Soil takes receipt of pallets from local b..
21-Feb-2014
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Bank head bemoans inequity
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank managing director Mike Hirst has told investors Australia’s financial sector is an uneven playing field. Speaking at the company’s Anual General Meeting in Bendigo this week, Mr Hirst welcomed the Federal Government’s financial services inquiry. Mr Hir..
01-Nov-2013
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Training for a digital future
Christine McGinn
More than 500 local businesses will take advantage of the $285,000 digital boost to better communicate with the community. iBendigo Loddon Mallee Group, launched this week, promised to deliver 50 training courses and 180 one-on-one digital training sessions across the next two years. iBendigo ch..
27-Sep-2013
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Le tour de Bendigo
Marika McMahon
With our nights dominated by the beautiful vistas of France, I present Le Tour de Bendigo. First stop: Café Roubaix in Queen St – adjacent to the cycle shop. Of course, with a name like that it promises great things for both the cycling and French fan. Decorated with all sorts o..
25-Jul-2014
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Festival of the Lamb
Marika McMahon
This weekend will see a migration of driz-a-bones and RM Williams to Bendigo for the Australian Sheep and Wool Show at the Bendigo Showgrounds. I love sheep. Childhood years spent helping Pa out on the farm with the occasional hand-rearing of a pet lamb meant I was indoctrinated early int..
18-Jul-2014
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Book for the cafe
Marika McMahon
While it seems half the world is tripping off to sunnier climates, a school holiday at home gives us the chance to check out some local eating spots that are not on our usual rotation. Getting up and out of pyjamas early saw us lining up to enter the transformed Bendigo library as it opene..
11-Jul-2014
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Churros a treat
Marika McMahon
Maybe it’s the thought of warmer climates, maybe it’s the World Cup, but I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about ways of eating that are different to ours. All of those things have led me to Spanish food in the past couple of weeks. First it was a lunch at Sangria ..
04-Jul-2014
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Food of all nations
Marika McMahon
Events of the past week have caused lots to ponder multicultural Bendigo. Of course my pondering has turned to food. The story of food in Bendigo reflects the way our city has grown. Mum loves to tell the story that when she was first married in the late 60s gourmet cooking in suburban Gol..
27-Jun-2014
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Spain in the rain
Marika McMahon
A drizzly wet Sunday, kids cooped up inside all day but relief is on the horizon with a party invitation, one of those parties at an indoor play centre. This wasn’t an occasion where you stand round watching kids consume lukewarm sausage rolls. Sure there was party food, play and ludic..
20-Jun-2014
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Arts grant a festival plus
Bendigo Weekly
The Australia Council for the Arts has given the Bendigo Writers Festival a $10,000 seal of approval. The festival was awarded funding in the recent literature funding round to help with the costs of bringing writers to the three-day event. “This is an enormous boost for such a new f..
25-Jul-2014
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The future of writing makes a top topic
Bendigo Weekly
THE future of writing takes centre stage at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival, with everything from freedom of speech to how to create a blog on the August 8 to 10 program. A heavyweight lineup of experienced journalists take part in the headline session, Not Drowning, Adapting, whi..
18-Jul-2014
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Flags waving to herald a gathering of writers
Bendigo Weekly
THE flags went up at the top of View Street this week, in preparation for the third Bendigo Writers Festival across the weekend of August 8 to 10. The banners feature the festival’s new look, with a bright and bold identity to match the busy, lively program. Designed by Bendigo&rsquo..
11-Jul-2014
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Support the team
Bendigo Weekly
They are the first people many writers and guests get to see, their friendly efficiency the epitome of the kind of event Bendigo Writers Festival aims to be. The small army of volunteers who help make the festival run smoothly is gearing up again to prepare for the August 8 to 10 weekend. ..
04-Jul-2014
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World of work
Dianne Dempsey
Jeanette Purkis will be launching her new book The Wonderful World of Work in Bendigo, this Saturday, June 21. She will also be presenting a talk on autism and employment for the community from the perspective of someone living with autism. Jeanette Purkis is also the author of Findin..
20-Jun-2014
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Early sessions booked out
Bendigo Weekly
THIS year’s Bendigo Writers Festival Schools Day program is looking like a winner with some sessions already booked out. Teachers have responded enthusiastically to the early release of the Friday, August 8 program, Texts Mark the Spot, which includes popular writers such as Andrew McGah..
13-Jun-2014
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Bendigo TAFE Open Day 2014