POOL MAKES A SPLASH
Christine McGinn
Back after a successful summer season, the Golden Square Community Pool will make its grand re-opening tomorrow. Locals can dive into pool as it reopens for the 2014-2015 season with free swimming from 10am to 8pm. Swimmers can grab a bite with a $2 sausage sizzle to raise funds for the pool ..
28-Nov-2014
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PUSH FOR SUNDAY TRADE
Bendigo Weekly
SUNDAY trade in Bendigo’s central business district lacks the desired buzz and vibrancy locals and tourists are craving, says one of Greater Bendigo’s highest profile directors. City Futures director Stan Liacos said the key to improving the city’s tourism and vibrancy was ha..
28-Nov-2014
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WATER WORRY
Joel Peterson
WATER authorities have played down concerns over plummeting levels at central Victoria’s largest storage, as forecasts grow of strengthening El Niño conditions this summer. Lake Eppalock has dropped to just under 60 per cent of its capacity over the past two weeks, as delivery of ..
28-Nov-2014
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LABOR PROMISES YOUTH PATHWAYS
Christine McGinn
Labor is hoping to create manufacturing industry pathways for students under a $450,000 vocational education promise. Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan has promised $300,000 for Career Horizons and $150,000 for Passions and Pathways if re-elected on Saturday. The funding, promised over th..
26-Nov-2014
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POLICE TARGET ICE DEALERS
Christine McGinn
Police are clamping down on the illegal ice trade across the Central Goldfields with a joint Crime Stoppers campaign. The two-week initiative, Dob in a Dealer, aims to stop the impact of methamphetamines on the community. The campaign runs across the Greater Bendigo, Campaspe, Macedon Rang..
24-Nov-2014
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MISSING BENDIGO BOY
Bendigo Weekly
Local police are currently searching for a missing 14-year-old Strathfieldsaye boy. Brandon Norton, who has autism, was last seen 10pm on Sunday night at his home on Sullivans Road. Police has have described as Caucasian, 160cm tall, slim build with short brown hair. He was last seen wea..
24-Nov-2014
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Colour is life
Dianne Dempsey
Sudesh Tiwari from India was all smiles yesterday as he participated in a series of portraits taken by photographer Sharon Greenaway. Sharon was going around the world as she started her series of colourful portraits of individuals in national costume. The portraits are in preparation for..
28-Nov-2014
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Labor opens cellar door
Christine McGinn
Labor wants to showcase regional Victoria’s wineries’ finest drops under a $1 million election promise. Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan announced the planned funding at Balgownie Estate in Maiden Gully this week. Labor wants to increase cellar door visits and grow internatio..
24-Nov-2014
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Looking to the future
Bendigo Weekly
Locals are encouraged to actively have their say on Greater Bendigo’s transport strategy plans. Mayor Peter Cox is calling on locals to give feedback on the Connecting Greater Bendigo: Integrated Transport and Land Use Strategy. Cr Cox said the strategy would help shape the city’s..
21-Nov-2014
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Pro-lifers target Labor
Dianne Dempsey
Along with several other Labor Party candidates who supported the 2008 Abortion Law Reform Act, member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan has again been targeted by the Right to Life Australia organisation. Leaflets authorised by Right to Life Australia have been dropped into letter boxes in Ms..
21-Nov-2014
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For those without a voice
Bendigo Weekly
FRESH-FACED and bursting with energy, Lola Currie is stepping into the political ring to give voice to those without. Animal Justice Party Northern Victoria Upper House’s first candidate, Ms Currie is fighting to ensure animals‘ welfare. “It is very exciting, it’s a..
21-Nov-2014
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Ambos on warpath
Christine McGinn
AMBULANCE officers and Liberal candidates are engaged in a stand-off after an alleged refusal to discuss local issues. Local paramedic Brett Adie said Bendigo’s Liberal party candidates had refused to meet to discuss the day-to-day issues members are facing. “Our concern is th..
21-Nov-2014
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Last chance to donate a toy
Bendigo Weekly
SATURDAY, November 29 is your last chance to donate to a toy run. Hairem Scarem's Annual Toy Run is on again this year. "Help us put joy in the hearts of children by donating toys to those in need at Christmas," owner Emily Gartside said. "You can donate toys by dropping them off at..
28-Nov-2014
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LEADFOOT LANGDON PULLED UP
Bendigo Weekly
Ordinarily stories like this wouldn't see the light of day, but hey, it's an election campaign. Liberal Party Bendigo West candidate Michael Langdon was pulled over and fined for speeding today. Mr Langdon was traveling to Heathcote when police clocked him at 120 kilometres an hour in a ..
13-Nov-2014
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Clicking the cracking
Christine McGinn
Bendigo has been hit with thunderstorms and lightning overnight. The lighting first struck about 11.30pm on Sunday night, cracking down on homes across the municipality. Local photographer, Xavier White caught the natural incident on camera. The striking photograph was taken at Lake..
27-Oct-2014
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Soliciting seat selfies
Bendigo Weekly
It may not be popular, but one local Bendigonian is trying to make sure the city's new $30,000 seat becomes even more famous. The Bendigo Weekly revealed three weeks ago Greater Bendigo council had spent $30,000 on a new seat for the corner of Mitchell and Hargreaves streets. (http://www.ben..
29-Sep-2014
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Chooka keys his way - video
Bendigo Weekly
Putting on a show, Chooka Parker isn’t a stranger to the bright lights. Australia's Got Talent finalist and pianist, Chooka, was busking in Hargreaves Mall this afternoon purely “for the love of music”. “There has been quite a few people around giving me applause and s..
10-Sep-2014
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Kate DeAraugo loses 60kg
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo girl and Australian Idol winner Kate DeAraugo has battled the bulge and shed almost half her body weight. Tipping the scales at 125 kilograms, her heaviest, Ms DeAraugo has dropped 60 kilograms with the help of a gastric sleeve. Seventy-five per cent of her stomach was cut out d..
09-Sep-2014
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Police ramp up efforts
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Police set up three preliminary breath tests on Eaglehawk Road today. The PBTs are part of the state-wide annual Operation RAID which focuses on removing all drink and drug drivers from our roads now until December 7. A police spokesperson said there would be a high visible presenc..
21-Nov-2014
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FIRES BLAZES OUT OF CONTROL
Bendigo Weekly
CFA were called to an "out of control" bushfire in Ravenswood on Sunday evening. Four CFA vehicles attended the small grass and scrub fire on Old Coach Road about 7pm. Duty officer Bruce Quarrier said the CFA controlled the fire within 30 minutes. Locals are reminded fire restrictions ..
17-Nov-2014
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ANOTHER RAVENSWOOD INCIDENT
Bendigo Weekly
A 35 year old Golden Square man collided with a tree on the Calder Highway this morning. The man veered off the road, just before the Calder Alternative Highway, about 6.45am. Bendigo Police Sergeant Tony Kekich said they were investigating the possibility of fatigue. The man was taken ..
14-Nov-2014
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Police cork alcohol thefts
Bendigo Weekly
Plain-clothed and uniformed police officers will patrol local liquor stores in a bid to reduce alcohol thefts. Bendigo's liquor stores and police are working together to prevent and catch crime in the community. Sergeant Led Ladner said an operation had been running for two months, with very ..
13-Nov-2014
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Ute smashes into drain
Christine McGinn
A Ford Falcon came off the road in Maiden Gully this afternoon. The car was travelling North-East on Wicks Roads when a kangaroo appeared. The car came off the road into a concrete drain, missing the marsupial about 12.50pm. The driver, aged in his 40s, was not injured but the car was t..
12-Nov-2014
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Fire in Eaglehawk
Bendigo Weekly
CFA responded to a grass fire in Eaglehawk this morning. The Howard Street blaze on the side of the road happened about 10am. An acre of grass was burnt during the incident. CFA were able to control and put out the fire. Victoria Police are currently investigating the cause of the ..
12-Nov-2014
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Current Issue
Property Guide

Comics have the local touch
Steve Kendall
BENDIGO comedians will be in good company next Thursday. The Shamrock Comedy club is running an all-Bendigo open mic bracket alongside Lawrence Mooney and Chris Franklin. When Mick Neven started The Shamrock Comedy Club, he made it clear that is was a space for anyone in the Bendigo area w..
28-Nov-2014
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Morrison’s magic
Bendigo Weekly
Two weeks of celebrations will mark the opening of the new Ulumbarra Theatre at the end of April next year, and world-renowned multi-instrumentalist James Morrison will be one of many famous faces to grace the new stage. Morrison, Australia’s most dynamic jazz trumpeter, will perform a..
21-Nov-2014
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Blues and Roots – AMAZING
Bendigo Weekly
By KAREN CORR FIVE years ago Bendigo's live music scene was dead. Now due to the vision and passion and commitment of Colin Thompson, Bendigo's live music scene has been revitalised. This weekend my family and I got to experience the results of the hard work and dedication of Bendi..
10-Nov-2014
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No time to be blue
Bendigo Weekly
Shop ‘til you drop, dance like no one is watching or celebrate great local produce this Saturday. Bendigo’s city centre will play host to a range of great community events including the Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Bendigo Community Farmers Market, Uniquely Bendigo –..
07-Nov-2014
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Blues and Roots Festival program
Bendigo Weekly
Line up and program here (http://www.bendigobluesandroots.com.au/lineup.php) Australian Blues legend Chris Wilson is coming to Bendigo as part of this year’s Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival. The multi-instrumentalist – who has been a part of some of Austra..
02-Oct-2014
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Take a journey
Christine McGinn
EARNESTLY confessing his life’s travels, Steve Smyth is making international tracks and is heading straight to Bendigo. Off the back of a new album, Exits, Smyth will embark on a national tour, stopping in Bendigo on October 3. Woven with a chilling honesty and an electrified sense o..
26-Sep-2014
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Tournament a winner
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Tennis Association tasted success once again at the Tennis Australia Newcombe Medal night on Monday, taking out the inaugural award for Most Outstanding Australian Ranking Points Tournament. The award was presented to the BTA for its delivery of the McDonalds Bendigo Classic. The t..
28-Nov-2014
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In the frame for GreenEDGE
Joel Peterson
Jack Haig took a big step in his burgeoning cycling career last week, when it was announced that the 21-year-old Bendigo rider would join Orica GreenEDGE in 2016. Orica is Australia’s only UCI WorldTour team, and home to some of the country’s top talent including Simon Gerrans, Luk..
28-Nov-2014
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Only the best
Joel Peterson
To the outsider, it would seem that Kelsey Griffin saves her best basketball for when the Townsville Fire come to town. Griffin turned in another masterful performance in a WNBL classic last Saturday night, pouring in 24 points and pulling down nine rebounds as the Spirit defeated the Fire in ..
28-Nov-2014
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On par for top career
Joel Peterson
Even when he was at primary school, Lucas Herbert always wanted to play sport with the big kids. Last week, instead of the game being schoolyard cricket with the grade sixes, the golfing sensation was in the mix with the likes of Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy at the Australian Masters. Herb..
28-Nov-2014
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Gabe has reason to celebrate
Joel Peterson
If you had told Gabe Richards three years ago that by her 30th birthday she would be a WNBL all-star, have two championships and a world championships bronze medal, her response would have been fairly straightforward. “I would have told you that you were joking.” All jokes as..
21-Nov-2014
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Haig's competitive edge
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo young gun Jack Haig has landed a contract with the biggest team in Australian cycling. The 21-year-old has signed with Australia's only UCI WorldTour team, Orica GreenEDGE. The former national mountain biking champion and National Road Series winner's signing was announced today ..
20-Nov-2014
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Sisters in on the act
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Bendigo South East Secondary College were in an ugly mood for their production this week, but their version of Cinderella had a happy ending. Months of hard work came to fruition for more than 100 Bendigo South East Secondary College students and staff this week, with the debu..
21-Nov-2014
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Sustainabilty group holds forum
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Sustainability Group’s climate election forum on Tuesday evening at St Paul’s hall attracted a audience keen to hear presentations from the Liberal, Labor, Greens and Sex Party candidates. The need for climate action was explained by James Wight of Precariousclimate...
12-Nov-2014
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Ron’s back for lunch
Steve Kendall
WITH the dust barely settled on last year’s Blokes Biggest Ever Lunch it’s back, and so is Ron Iddles. Mr Iddles was guest speaker last year, and a controversial talk on his role as a police homicide sergeant drew national media attention. Organiser Keith Sutherland has invited..
31-Oct-2014
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It’s a celebration
Bendigo Weekly
LATE October usually results in a few odd-looking characters around Bendigo streets, as local Year 12 students celebrate the end of their studies. This year was no exception, with Bendigo Senior Secondary College and Catholic College Bendigo celebrating the end of the regular school year in st..
24-Oct-2014
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ATKINSON MAKES HONOUR ROLL
Bendigo Weekly
Aboriginal elder and Vietnam veteran Graham Atkinson will be recognised for his inclusion on the Indigenous Honour Roll tonight. Greater Bendigo council will honour Mr Atkinson at a ceremony tonight at 6.30pm. Mr Atkinson has been inducted for his active involvement in community and for assi..
22-Oct-2014
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POVERTY ON THE RISE
Christine McGinn
People living in poverty should be heard not blamed says a local community leader. Saint Vincent De Paul Society Bendigo regional council president Tony Spurling said instead of blaming people from their poverty, we should listen and learn how to help them. “If we are to reverse the tre..
14-Oct-2014
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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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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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Fossicking for Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
The Food Fossickers network of Central Victoria is encouraging families and businesses to purchase locally grown produce and edible gifts this Christmas, in support of the region’s local producers, retailers and restaurants. Food Fossickers president Sonia Anthony said that it was of ..
28-Nov-2014
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It’s time for tarts
Marika McMahon
Now that the hats have been packed away and the fake tan is fading, spring racing is over and automatically my mind turns to the next big event on the calendar – Christmas. It used to be that there were a few things you could set your clock to regarding the arrival of Christmas in Bend..
14-Nov-2014
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Season of mangoes
Marika McMahon
Well it has happened. One of my favourite events of the year, this week I have had my first mango of the season. Yes, I paid a small fortune for it. Yes it was a bit tart around the edges but it was a great taste of things to come. I love mangoes. They are annoying with that stone that see..
24-Oct-2014
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Pelmeni pick up
Marika McMahon
So, busy term four is upon us, won’t be long now until the calendar fills with end of year events and “we must catch up before Christmas”. It already looks like there are many weeks with more than a few nights out. Time then to unleash a secret weapon of feeding the tro..
10-Oct-2014
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Spring is in the air
Marika McMahon
There seems to have been a very quick transition from bare tree to blossom to luscious green leaves on the tree outside my window. Like that, the warmer days are upon us – what a great time to think about all that warm weather Food Fossicking you can do around Bendigo. A great way t..
03-Oct-2014
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A challenge
Marika McMahon
There’s a thing doing the rounds of facebook at the moment where people are nominated not to pour ice over their head, but rather to nominate the 10 books that have influenced them the most. Of course, my mind turned to food and I started thinking about the cookbooks that influenced me the m..
26-Sep-2014
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The Church with a Chimney
Dianne Dempsey
The value of local history, and implied that of the local historian, is often underestimated. A knowledge of our ancestors and they work they did is intrinsically important to us. This local history impacts upon us in terms of public and private buildings, public and private services and mo..
28-Nov-2014
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Courage in time of war
Dianne Dempsey
Nancy Wake Peter Fitzsimons HarperCollins (2001) War is in the air, at least in terms of civic events and publications. The books are coming out thick and fast regarding the anniversary of the Anzacs. While plenty of focus is on the men who fought, apart from the nursing fraternity,..
21-Nov-2014
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The First Lot
Dianne Dempsey
The First Lot 7th Battalion. The first men of the Bendigo district to volunteer for service in the First World War Larna Malone. We had driven the Turks back three miles and had followed them up, when ‘I stopped one’. I was lying behind a small bush when I got hit in the sid..
14-Nov-2014
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The Undertaker's Wife
Bendigo Weekly
The Undertaker’s Wife Val Case $15 What does a life model think about while posing for many hours in front of budding Rembrandts? For Castlemaine’s Val Case, much of the time has been spent transporting herself into the pages of her first novel, The Undertaker&rs..
07-Nov-2014
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Book review
Bendigo Weekly
Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead Rebecca James Allen and Unwin $19.99 Cooper Bartholomew falls to his death from a cliff, and in the opening scene, he tells us from beyond the grave, “I never imagined I would die like this”. When Cooper’s girlfriend, Libby, is tol..
31-Oct-2014
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A love of rural romance
Dianne Dempsey
Tours by authors are not uncommon but when the writer lives four hours south-east of Perth, then you have to be impressed by the distance travelled. Visiting Dymocks bookstore in Bendigo last week and the Bendigo Weekly office, Fiona Palmer, along with her publicist from Penguin, was clearly ..
24-Oct-2014
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