ROADBLOCKS ANGER TRADERS
Laura Hurley
Businesses in Bendigo’s CBD have expressed frustration at roadblocks placed around the city centre last Friday night in preparation for the weekend’s rallies. Victoria Police consulted with business owners in the affected areas, and warned them the blocks would be put in place on..
04-Sep-2015
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FOREST SUPPORT GROWS
Peter Kennedy
The City of Greater Bendigo remains supportive of the push for the state government to consider adding the iconic Wellsford Forest to the Greater Bendigo National Park. Council last year supported a motion requesting the government reassess the conservation status and land category for the ..
04-Sep-2015
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CALL FOR POISON PROBE
Laura Hurley
The Bendigo and District Environment Council is calling for a royal commission into the levels of arsenic in drinking tanks and soil at properties in Woodvale. Results from a study commissioned Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning (DEWLP) that were released last month found th..
04-Sep-2015
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SHOP LOCAL
Laura Hurley
Bendigo residents have been encouraged to shop and eat local this weekend as a show of support for traders impacted by last weekend’s opposing rallies that disrupted business in the CBD. The rallies attracted more than 650 people to the city centre, with about 350 police brought in fro..
03-Sep-2015
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DREAM BIG
Joel Peterson
Railway stations at Huntly, Lansell Square, Maiden Gully, Marong Business Park and the Bendigo Showgrounds could be constructed in a bold new plan from the City of Greater Bendigo. Council’s Integrated Transport and Land Use Strategy was released on Monday, designed to influence the wa..
28-Aug-2015
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DREAM DOUBLE DEAL SEALED
Peter Kennedy
One of Bendigo’s most iconic rural properties and one of the city’s most popular cafe businesses have been sold in a multi-million dollar double deal steeped in history and hospitality. Built in the 1850s, Ravenswood Homestead is often billed as the birthplace of Bendigo, wh..
28-Aug-2015
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Springing in to sales
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL agents have wasted no time in launching into what’s expected to be a busy spring selling season for property in the Bendigo region. Six auctions are scheduled for this weekend, including a three-bedroom cream brick home set on half an acre at 110 Lockwood Road, Kangaroo Flat (Twe..
04-Sep-2015
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Push on for free buses
Joel Peterson
A free public transport zone in Bendigo’s CBD could give access to Bendigo Hospital, shopping precincts and tourist destinations under the City of Greater Bendigo’s Integrated Transport and Land Use Strategy. ITLUS recommends the city continue previous discussions with Public Tra..
28-Aug-2015
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Walk for Parkinson's
Laura Hurley
Put on your walking shoes – a local Parkinson’s peer support group is hosting a Walk in the Park around Lake Weeroona on Sunday August 30. It will be the group’s inaugural Walk in the Park event in Bendigo, and members are hopeful a good crowd in their first year. Gr..
21-Aug-2015
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Go ahead for airport upgrade
Bendigo Weekly
THE City of Greater Bendigo hopes work on a major $15 million redevelopment of the Bendigo airport will start later this year, after state planning minister Richard Wynne yesterday gave the green light for works to proceed. Bendigo Airport Advisory Committee chair, councillor James Williams ..
14-Aug-2015
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VACANT LAND IN SIGHTS
Peter Kennedy
The City of Greater Bendigo has identified three key vacant parcels of land as potential medium density housing meccas. The Residential Strategy recognises land at Chum Street opposite Fortuna, the former Coliban Water depot in Golden Square and surplus land owned by La Trobe University on O..
14-Aug-2015
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End of life top of agenda
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo health experts have called for a community approach to end of life care, saying that planning for palliative care needs to take place well before patients present at hospital. Speaking on Wednesday as part of a series of regional hearings for a parliamentary inquiry into end of life ..
14-Aug-2015
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In memory of Arthur
Dianne Dempsey
There is a beautiful marriage which has been going on since 2003 between the Bendigo Art Gallery and the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize. Held every two years, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize is Australia’s richest open painting prize, awarding a generous acquisitive cash pr..
04-Sep-2015
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Comics have a fair day
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Record Comic and Toy Fair is coming to town next month. The stage will be set at the Bendigo Showgrounds on September 20 for traders and dealers from local, state and interstate. More than 1000 people attended the bi-annual event which started last year. Organiser of this..
28-Aug-2015
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Foodie feedback
Bendigo Weekly
After a big and appreciative audience and a day visiting some local producers, topped off by a superb dinner – gourmet farmer Matthew Evans left Bendigo well and truly impressed after the Bendigo Writers Festival. ”I must say I was shocked at the crowd and the love in the room. V..
21-Aug-2015
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Film stars stalk in to the city
Laura Hurley
He terrified audiences as Mick Taylor in Wolf Creek, and now seminal Australian actor John Jarratt has turned his hand to directing in a new dark comedy, StalkHer, due out in cinemas later this month. Visiting Bendigo on Tuesday with co-star Kaarin Fairfax, the pair are embarking on a natio..
14-Aug-2015
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Make the choice and act
Bendigo Weekly
• One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people. • Australia is a world leader for successful transplant outcomes. • Around 1500 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists at any one time. • In 2014, 1117 Australians received ..
24-Jul-2015
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Swansong for Weekly’s Scoop
Steve Kendall
THERE are plenty of good things I could say about my colleague Christine “Scoop” McGinn, but let’s hold back for a minute. I cannot get past her total lack of singing skill. While I have to admit it’s not a prerequisite for a journalist to be able to warble, when th..
17-Jul-2015
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Days on the market fall
Bendigo Weekly
There are a number of market indicators which chart the state wide, and local, performance of the property sector. This includes the average length of time that homes in each town or city take to sell, known as median days on market. The latest REIV data shows a number of regional towns acr..
28-Aug-2015
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Collectors back on show
Steve Kendall
THE Annual Arms and Collectables Show returns next weekend. It’s a timely reminder as a winner from last year returns with his antique clocks. Les Lewis from Strathfieldsaye has a fascinating collection, what’s more, as well as collecting them he is also talented enough to b..
14-Aug-2015
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Red rebels gear up for a rebellion
Bendigo Weekly
Although it happened well over 160 years ago the Red Ribbon Rebellion was a turning point in Bendigo’s colourful gold rush history. Originally held in 1853, this peaceful protest march was directed against the payment of what the diggers called a tax – a licence fee for the right..
10-Aug-2015
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Rifle alight
Bendigo Weekly
ABOUT 120 Rifle Brigade Hotel patrons were evacuated on Friday night after a fire started in the chimney. Five CFA appliances including a specialised ladder vehicles were called to the fire about 10.30pm. CFA senior station officer Darren Eenjes said residue had built up in the flue of t..
06-Jul-2015
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Search for missing Craigieburn man
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are searching for a 35-year-old Craigieburn man in the Knowsley State Forest this morning. Chris Lieutier was last seen riding a red quad bike in the forest near Axedale near McIvor Highway after 2.30pm on Sunday. Police are concerned for Mr Lieutier’s welfare as he has cere..
06-Jul-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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Current Issue
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Gang of Youths on tap
Joel Peterson
Sydney rockers Gang Of Youths showcased why their first album debuted at number five on the ARIA charts earlier this year when they played Bendigo’s Taphouse last Thursday. The high-energy gig came after the group played a secret show from their mammoth tour bus as part of the future l..
04-Sep-2015
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Colleen comes home
Bendigo Weekly
In art, in film and, especially in music, you want to be moved. Once in a while, you hear a voice strike so deeply into your heart and mind, that you are transported to another world. A world of feeling and memory and imagination. Colleen Hewett’s voice does that. It may sound..
28-Aug-2015
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Blues tram returns
Bendigo Weekly
This Saturday at 2pm the Blues Tram will roll again. On board and playing to please will be Luke Watt and Cass. Make the most of your Saturday afternoon in picturesque Bendigo by riding the rails on a vintage tram while incredibly talented and engaging musicians entertain you. Watt ..
21-Aug-2015
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Tales of the high life
Steve Kendall
Michael Veitch’s life-long obsession with the aircraft of World War II led him to conclude that every single person who flew, or flew in them, has at least one extraordinary story to tell. With most of these veterans at least in their 80s, he knew that it was a matter of urgency to find ..
14-Aug-2015
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Bank on your music success
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne Music Bank is calling on Bendigo musicians and bands to submit an original song for a chance to win the ultimate kick-starter pack for a career in music. This is a chance for local musos to break into the music industry. The winner will receive a toolkit for success, comprisi..
07-Aug-2015
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Bands set to battle
Bendigo Weekly
It’s time to plug in your amplifier and switch on the microphone – the FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands competition is back for 2015. The event takes place today at St Andrew’s Hall in Myers Street, Bendigo. Ten local acts have registered for the annual event, which ..
31-Jul-2015
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Mitiamo up for a fight
Joel Peterson
AFTER progressing all the way from an elimination final, Mitiamo coach Denis Grinton believes his side is not simply making up the numbers when it tackles a rampant Bridgewater in the Loddon Valley Football League grand final at Newbridge on Saturday. Mitiamo has played some brilliant footba..
04-Sep-2015
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Tigers roar into finals
Joel Peterson
THE Kyneton Tigers will run out on the Queen Elizabeth Oval in a senior final for the first time in 12 years on Sunday, and Tigers coach Luke Beattie says his side can’t wait for the challenge. The Tigers will tackle Eaglehawk in an elimination final from 2.20pm on Sunday, with Golden ..
04-Sep-2015
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Braves confident
Joel Peterson
Four minutes. That was all that separated Mount Gambier and the Bendigo Braves last time they met. A four-minute stretch at the end of the SEABL south conference semi final two weeks ago in which the Pioneers reeled off a 14-0 run and took complete control of a game that was in the balan..
04-Sep-2015
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Classic hits the road
Joel Peterson
Bendigo cycling’s biggest one-day classic will hit the roads of Emu Creek this Sunday, when a bumper field of 101 riders contests the annual Rob Vernon Memorial. The race was taken out by Blackburn’s Brendan Cahill last year, and will again be contested with senior riders joining..
28-Aug-2015
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Braves step up
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Braves face a do or die clash this Saturday night against North West Tasmania as the side aims to keep its South East Australian Basketball League title hopes alive. The Braves headed to Mount Gambier last week and were beaten by 17 points, but late lapses cost the Braves dear..
28-Aug-2015
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Points system on track
Joel Peterson
A statewide community football points system will go ahead next season according to AFL Victoria. AFL Victoria's Community Club Sustainability Program was launched last year, and included the plans for a points system to be introduced in 2016 and a salary cap in 2017. The system has been..
24-Aug-2015
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The road to recovery
Bendigo Weekly
On April 6, 2008, Massie Knight and his family’s worlds changed forever. The loving, energetic and stubborn father was revived three times after a single motorcycle accident. Massie lost control of his motorbike at 100 kilometres per hour, hit a roadside culvert, became airborne..
07-Aug-2015
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Pathways to the future
Bendigo Weekly
By Robert Stephenson Head of Campus, La Trobe University, Bendigo As a community, there are many things that we need to do to ensure that our region continues to develop and to remain economically and culturally vibrant. Increasing aspiration and participation in higher education is vital..
27-Jul-2015
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Reflections of life in Australia's golden age
Bendigo Weekly
One of this year’s guests is the eminent historian, Graeme Davison, whose latest book marks a distinct departure from his much praised histories such as The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne and Car Wars. After responding to a growing itch to explore his own family history, he has c..
10-Jul-2015
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Bright future
Christine McGinn
A HIDDEN gem in the heart of Bendigo has been revealed in plans to transform an unused space into a modern, outdoor bar. The local joint venture, Handle Bar, will tap into the vacant courtyard behind Get Naked Espresso Bar on Mitchell Street, and create a grassroots outdoor bar. ..
03-Jul-2015
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End of an era for Drew
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of Bendigo’s most respected and popular real estate agents has announced his retirement from an industry he has been part of for more than 39 years. Dungey Carter Ketterer director Drew Cahill joined the former Billings Cahill firm, based on View Point back in May 1976 before the busines..
26-Jun-2015
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School backs Discovery
Christine McGinn
GRADE three and four students at Quarry Hill Primary School have put pen to paper to save the Discovery Centre open. Colourful signs and handwritten messages addressed to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan are hanging on the walls of the school to keep the Discovery Centre. Grade four..
19-Jun-2015
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Dine out the The McIvor
Steve Kendall
I dragged a crowd out for a beer the other day because I heard there’s a new tipple in town. Matilda Bay’s Lazy Yak is doing the rounds in bottles, but it’s only on tap at limited bars in town. One of those bars is The McIvor Restaurant and Bar at 54 McIvor Road, Kennington..
21-Aug-2015
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VACANT LAND IN SIGHTS
Peter Kennedy
The City of Greater Bendigo has identified three key vacant parcels of land as potential medium density housing meccas. The Residential Strategy recognises land at Chum Street opposite Fortuna, the former Coliban Water depot in Golden Square and surplus land owned by La Trobe University on O..
14-Aug-2015
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ASIC moves on land bank schemes
Bendigo Weekly
ASIC has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against companies associated with Jamie McIntyre and the 21st Century Group in relation to their promotion and sale of interests to investors in five land banking schemes, including one on the outskirts of Bendigo. ASIC alleges..
10-Aug-2015
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Bendigo Bank profit soars
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has announced an after tax statutory profit of $423.9 million for the 12 months ending June 30. Underlying cash earnings at Australia's fifth largest bank were $432.4 million, a 13.1 percent increase on the prior corresponding period. Managing Director Mike Hi..
10-Aug-2015
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Schaller adds boom
Bendigo Weekly
THE Schaller Studio is celebrating its first birthday and tourism appeal within the Greater Bendigo community. Designed as the Art Series Hotel Group’s first property outside of Melbourne, the Schaller features the largest collection of works by Australian namesake Mark Schaller. Mor..
26-Jun-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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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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True tales from the air crew
Bendigo Weekly
If ever there was a “boys’ own adventure” story for men of all ages, Heroes of the Skies by comedian, newspaper columnist ,TV host and aircraft enthusiast Michael Veitch is it. Veitch’s compilation is the result of detailed and intimate interviews with 20 previously u..
04-Sep-2015
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Polished tale from the past
Bendigo Weekly
World traveller and TV presenter Adam Ford’s life is anything but shabby, contrary to his memoir’s cheeky play on words. In his autobiography English-born Ford revisits his earliest schoolboy encounter with the field of science that would one day become both his livelihood and hi..
28-Aug-2015
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Delicious diary delights
Bendigo Weekly
Given that stories of expats settling in rural France are a dime a dozen in the English-speaking world, is there really room for yet another “I-moved-to-Provence-and-kept-a-diary” memoir? When said book is as well-written, revealing and informative as this one, the answer is unreserv..
21-Aug-2015
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Success story
Bendigo Weekly
Organisers have hailed last weekend’s Bendigo Writers Festival an outstanding success with record crowds taking part in the three-day event based in the city’s arts precinct. More than 6100 people flocked to the fourth BWF, including about 2500 students who took part in the annua..
14-Aug-2015
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Exploring Africa the tough way
Bendigo Weekly
There’s a reason even the most adventurous expeditioners don’t usually attempt to walk the length of the world’s longest river – in fact, there are multiple reasons, all exceedingly sound, as army-officer-turned-explorer Levison Wood knew when he fixed his sights on doing..
14-Aug-2015
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Text marks the spot
Bendigo Weekly
What do John Marsden, Alice Pung, Hazel Edwards and one fat wombat have in common? They’re all on the program for Text Marks the Spot, the free schools day as part of the Bendigo Writers Festival. La Trobe University creative writing lecturer Sue Gillett said the event was an oppor..
04-Aug-2015
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