Greenhouse gas up
Bendigo Weekly
The total greenhouse gas emissions of the City of Greater Bendigo have risen by 37 per cent over the past five years, according to a key report that provides an overview of all projects, programs and new initiatives undertaken or supported by the council during the last financial year. The ..
02-Dec-2016
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Warning over high grassfire risk
Bendigo Weekly
CENTRAL Victorians face a significant grassfire risk this summer as extensive spring growth continues to dry out, creating high fuel loads and dangerous conditions across the region. The state’s highest risk will be across western and central Victoria in both grass and bush areas. ..
02-Dec-2016
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Scar trees find new home
Bendigo Weekly
The story behind the two centuries-old Central Victorian scar trees that once stood proud at Ravenswood will unfold in coming weeks, but this week the magnificent 10 and 12-metre high markers were lifted into place at the site of their new home, Ulumbarra Theatre...
02-Dec-2016
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Sign of healthier times
Sharon Kemp
In an Australian first, three central Victorian supermarkets have verified that promoting healthier options in store will lead to more customers buying healthier food. The research, a collaboration between Deakin University’s Global Obesity Centre, the Champions IGA chain and the ..
02-Dec-2016
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Bendigo shines at tourism awards
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo took out three major awards at the 2016 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards last week in Melbourne. The City of Greater Bendigo council won the Destination Marketing category while Masons of Bendigo won the Restaurant and Catering category and Bendigo Tramways won the category for Cultur..
01-Dec-2016
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The state of our health
Sharon Kemp
A HEALTH picture has emerged of Bendigo as a city that cycles more, thinks it’s okay to get occasionally drunk more, trusts its neighbours more and is involved in more organised sport than the average Victorian. A survey of Bendigo residents in 2015 allows VicHealth to pull together da..
25-Nov-2016
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Light up time for Christmas tree
Bendigo Weekly
The annual Summer in the Parks will kick off tonight with the lighting of the Christmas tree family event in Rosalind Park. The Summer in the Parks Program features a range of free or low cost events during December, January and February. Parks and reserves across Greater Bendigo will co..
02-Dec-2016
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Golden Square burn cancelled
Bendigo Weekly
A PREDICTED wind change that would push smoke over the Australia vs India hockey international test match has forced the cancellation of a planned burn in Golden Square. But fine weather conditions mean burns in Huntly and Rushworth are scheduled to proceed and one in Kangaroo Flat is alread..
30-Nov-2016
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Smoke alert issued for planned burns
Sharon Kemp
A smoke alert has been issued for parts of Kangaroo Flat, Huntly, Rushworth and Golden Square tomorrow as fires are lit to reduce fuel loads before summer. If weather is fine as forecast, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning are carrying out planned burns at Specimen Hill ..
29-Nov-2016
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Rochelle the class of Victoria
Bendigo Weekly
Kalianna School’s Rochelle Curnow came out top of the class week with a prestigious award from the Principals Association of Specialist Schools. Ms Curnow took out the Most Outstanding Primary School Teacher Award by leading her school in the development of a structured learning enviro..
24-Nov-2016
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Hashtag closes its doors
Peter Kennedy
ONE of Bendigo’s highest profile hospitality venues has closed its doors and entered into external administration, with the loss of more than 20 jobs. The Platform Bar Pty Ltd, trading as Hashtag, occupied a prominent corner position in the recently established Kennington Village shopp..
18-Nov-2016
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A promise of respect
Sharon Kemp
INCOMING mayor Margaret O’Rourke will share leadership of the City of Greater Bendigo council for the first time with a deputy mayor, reflecting the growing size of the municipality. Rod Fyffe was voted on Tuesday night into the deputy role, defeating George Flack and James Williams wh..
11-Nov-2016
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Golden Square burn close to home
Sharon Kemp
A 23 hectare planned burn underway in Golden Square will help neutralise Bendigo's highest fire danger risk in the urban area, according to Forest Fire Management Victoria. Fire management crews started the planned burn this morning north of the Specimen Hill channel which is east of Olympic..
02-Dec-2016
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Power of the sun
Bendigo Weekly
AN energy saving idea is another step in the growth of solar power. The Community Foundation for Central Victoria is investing in Bendigo Heritage Attractions by installing a 50-kilowatt solar PV installation on the Bendigo Trams Depot roof. The foundation will buy the photovoltaic (PV) ..
01-Dec-2016
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Cool clutch bags prize
Bendigo Weekly
Suzanne Carroll has beaten tough competition and has been announced winner of the Regional Pitchfest in Bendigo on Wednesday. The event was held at The Engine Room where the top five finalists presented their big innovative ideas to a live audience. A panel of judges..
24-Nov-2016
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Council to trial digital bike port
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo is using its own staff as guinea pigs to try out a digital bike parking scheme that one day could be rolled out to the public. The idea behind Cycleport is that staff members ride a bike to appointments, rather than booking out a car. It is also an experiment ..
18-Nov-2016
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Liacos is gallery chairman
Sharon Kemp
THE challenge for the Bendigo Art Gallery will be to keep raising the bar for regional galleries, says the new chairman of the gallery board, Stan Liacos. “You should never be complacent, this community has brought the gallery to great heights but you cannot take your eye off the ball,..
17-Nov-2016
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Time to remember
Bendigo Weekly
ACROSS Australia today one minute of silence will be observed at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month. Remembrance Day provides many opportunities for veterans and families to seek links to their heritage and to ensure the ideals of peace and freedom gained by the supreme sacrifice is neve..
10-Nov-2016
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Hot fuzz cops a cash win
Bendigo Weekly
LOOKS like mo’s are back in fashion at Bendigo Police station, at least until today. Nineteen officers signed up for the pledge with the sole aim of raising money to change the face of mens’ health. The team have modestly named themselves Hot Fuzz, and are fundraising for the..
01-Dec-2016
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Prevention the main aim
Bendigo Weekly
AN initiative to raise funds to support local grass-roots violence prevention programs and projects launched this week. Equity Prevents Violence is appealing to the public to help them reach their $18,000 fundraising goal for the year. The group is a partnership between Community Found..
24-Nov-2016
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Pool action heats up
Bendigo Weekly
Pools across Greater Bendigo are opening for the summer season. Brennan Park, Kangaroo Flat, Heathcote and Marong pools will open on Sunday. Golden Square and White Hills pools will open on Saturday November 26, followed by Elmore and Goornong Pools on Saturday December 3 and Raywood poo..
17-Nov-2016
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Walk for Beccky
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo walkers will unite on Sunday to raise funds for kidney health research and to remember one of their own, Beccky Johns. Beccky died in November last year from complications associated with kidney disease. Beccky’s mum Sue, dad Paul and sister Tara, have invited everyone in ..
10-Nov-2016
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Drama at the cinema
Bendigo Weekly
A new feature film by two Victorian sisters, Sophie and Dominique Mathisen, is coming to Bendigo this month. Drama, set entirely in Paris and London, celebrates the value of friendships that often outlast the relationships with those that share our beds. “These days you are less like..
02-Nov-2016
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School highlights good mental health
Bendigo Weekly
Weeroona College Bendigo focused on mental health this week with the help of Livin. Livin is a registered charity, non-profit organisation that was founded to wipe out the stigma on mental illness and raise awareness for suicide prevention. The week included presentations to the school ..
27-Oct-2016
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Cooler than playing sport
Simon Wooldridge
An interesting night of alt-indie-rock is set to unfold next Saturday, December 10 at the Golden Vine when the Dead Lurkers, The Psychouts, and Starman Dives come together for a one night residency. The Dead Lurkers’ offbeat psychobilly-garage-punk ruminations on 19th century Australian li..
02-Dec-2016
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One off from Ruteger
Simon Wooldridge
Ruteger is a name to conjure up good memories for Bendigonians of a certain vintage. The band formed in 1997 and blazed a power-pop-rock trail for several years before splitting in 2005, citing “musical differences”. Ruteger toured with the tag-line “the coolest thing to ..
24-Nov-2016
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The return of Josh
Simon Wooldridge
Josh Rennie-Hynes makes a quick and very welcome return to the city after his recent Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival performances. Rennie-Hynes’ extensive Australian and New Zealand tour, promoting second album Furthermore, stops off at Billyroy’s Blues Bar, beneath the Goldmi..
17-Nov-2016
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Best of the Bendigo blues
Simon Wooldridge
THE resounding verdict on the sixth Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival which took over the city last weekend is Best Ever. Spring finally arrived and a definite spring in the step was evident among 15,000 festival-goers. The festival showcased not only 170 acts, but Bendigo at its finest. ..
10-Nov-2016
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Choirs in harmony
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne-based chamber choir Polyphonic Voices will join forces in November with the internationally award-winning Adelaide Chamber Singers and some of Melbourne’s finest instrumentalists and talented vocal soloists for performances of Gabriel Faur&ea..
03-Nov-2016
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Never and the Black Swamp
Simon Wooldridge
Nestled-in quietly among the bustle that will be the sixth Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival is a cracker of a gig at Musicman. It will be anything but quiet when The Black Swamp and Never hit Bendigo on Saturday, November 5. Queensland’s The Black Swamp bunkered down at the star..
27-Oct-2016
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Spirit up for Rangers showdown
Joel Peterson
DESPITE not having lost to Dandenong at home since 2010, Bendigo Spirit coach Simon Pritchard doesn’t think his side completely has the measure of the Rangers as the WNBL’s top two sides get set to renew their rivalry on Sunday. Both games between the Spirit and Rangers thi..
02-Dec-2016
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Dragons flying in BDCA
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO District Cricket Association ladder leader Sandhurst will not be going into its clash with bottom side Huntly North Epsom expecting anything other than a good run for its money, according to captain-coach Craig Howard. After a bright start last season, Sandhurst has again raced..
02-Dec-2016
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Sedgwick rams home early season form
Bendigo Weekly
SEDGWICK’S Rick Ladson is confident that the red hot form of his side can continue as the Rams head their final game before the Christmas break against West Bendigo. The Rams have quietly made an undefeated start to the season, but turned up the noise with a blistering batting pe..
02-Dec-2016
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Hockey test series proves a big hit
Joel Peterson
AUSTRALIA may only have drawn its two-test international hockey series with India in Bendigo, but the Kookaburras are hoping they are back in town before long. Bumper crowds at the Garden Gully Hockey Complex were treated to a first-class spectacle between two of the best sides in the ..
02-Dec-2016
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Coburn to lead Pioneers
Joel Peterson
FORMER South Bendigo coach and AFL Central Victoria football development manager Rick Coburn has been announced as the new coach of the Bendigo Pioneers. Coburn has been instrumental in the formation of the AFL Central Victoria football academies, and forming the local arm of the Australian ..
01-Dec-2016
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Kookaburras close test series with victory
Joel Peterson
THE message pregame was to "find a way" and the Australia Kookaburras did just that as they won the second and final International Festival of Hockey test in Bendigo tonight. Rebounding after a 3-2 loss last night, the Kookaburras were far cleaner in front of goal in tonight's clash at Bendi..
30-Nov-2016
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In memory of mates
Bendigo Weekly
VIETNAM veteran Rob Eade is a man on a new mission. He is riding around Australia laying flags at memorials in memory of Australians killed in the war. The Remembrance Ride Oz has taken Mr Eade on a trek from Cessnock, New South Wales via all points of the compass. “I was in..
01-Dec-2016
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Bendigo's golden tale
Bendigo Weekly
THERE are key themes running through the non-fiction books of historical writer James Lerk – gold, Bendigo and the precious results of his enduring search for hidden stories. Mr Lerk, who also writes a regular column for the Bendigo Weekly, positions these hitherto undiscovered titbits for..
24-Nov-2016
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Grants for volunteers
Sharon Kemp
Federal grants are an important source of funding for volunteer-run community groups. As the latest round opens for applications, Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters is urging central Victorian groups to apply. The grants, from $1000 to $5000, can be used to buy equipment or training, or help vo..
17-Nov-2016
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Angel pilots needed
Bendigo Weekly
Angel Flight Australia is on a recruitment drive to find volunteer pilots and drivers in Bendigo. The group provides flights and drives for country people to attend their city medical appointments. The charity coordinates non-emergency flights to help country people trying to deal wi..
10-Nov-2016
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Fruit tops 1000kg
Bendigo Weekly
THE McKern Foundation backed Fresh Fruit Fridays initiative has reached an important milestone, with organisers confirming the supply of up to 1000 kilograms of fruit to local schools each week. Since the program’s inception in May 2015, the tally of schools throughout central and nort..
03-Nov-2016
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Filipino Fiesta a fundraiser for community
Bendigo Weekly
A Filipino Fiesta in Hargreaves Mall next month is all for a good cause, supporting communities destroyed by a typhoon three years ago. On November 8, 2013, the strongest typhoon ever recorded made its landfall in the Visayas region of central Philippines. Within hours, Typhoon Haiyan, ..
27-Oct-2016
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Business leads the way on lighting
Bendigo Weekly
A BENDIGO business is doing its bit to light up for Christmas. For the past couple of year Wills Street Eyecare has decorated their business, a heritage house, with Christmas lights. The response from neighbours and patients was so positive, that this year they’ve invited the who..
01-Dec-2016
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Special agents
Bendigo Weekly
TRAVEL agents Angela and John Meek have cruised to victory as Independent Travel Group’s agent of the year for Victoria. The couple own Bendigo Travel and Cruise Centre in Hargreaves Street which has a team of six who have combined experience in excess of 130 years. The award recog..
24-Nov-2016
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Wood art in time for Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
HERE’s something different for Christmas. Two Bendigo women are launching a product inspired by their walks in the bush. Their handmade Christmas trees are made from sticks found in and around Bendigo collected, prepared, cut, drilled, and assembled by Trudy Allsopp and Linda, nei..
17-Nov-2016
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Bendigo on the web
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW website is placing Bendigo front and centre on the internet. Bendigo entrepreneurs Dale Harris and Bryley Savage have created an online platform to find local products, so you can buy directly from the maker, or buy from your local store. “We all want to support local busines..
10-Nov-2016
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TAFE on course to learn
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo TAFE is kicking off a new suite of hospitality, tourism and events courses. The courses will provide Bendigo learners with local access to training, work placements, industry networking and pathways to career opportunities. Bendigo TAFE’s chief executive Trevor Schwenke ..
03-Nov-2016
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Surgery a lifesaver
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Health has implanted the first polymer stent that reabsorbs into the body and completely disappears after two years. The cardiology unit at Bendigo Hospital has used metal stents since the device became part of the mainstream treatment of heart disease, but the metal version stays in..
27-Oct-2016
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Stadium steeled for solid future
Sharon Kemp
THE arrival of 40 tonnes of steel at Bendigo Stadium means construction work that has been at ground level is suddenly taking on the shape of the new building. The stadium is still a year away from opening and has been hampered by wet weather during winter and spring. But the framework f..
01-Dec-2016
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TAFE to upgrade
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO TAFE will offer upgraded facilities and new courses in the sectors of health and community, and food and fibre from 2018 thanks to more than $25 million in state government funding. As health sector job opportunities increase in line with the new Bendigo hospital, TAFE will upgrade t..
24-Nov-2016
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The best of bikes
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo will host Australia’s first Cycling Innovation Showcase. The event on Thursday, Friday and Saturday next week will feature a range of cycling manufacturers and designers, guest speakers and demonstrations of cutting edge cycling-related technology and development. On Satu..
17-Nov-2016
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Top points for ballerina Tiahna
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO student Tiahna Agnoletto has proved hard work can get good results. The 16-year-old will be off to the Queensland Ballet School next year after being chosen as one of the lucky few who auditioned across Australia and New Zealand for a position at this prestigious school. Tiahna h..
10-Nov-2016
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Hop on board
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW group is set to operate on Crusoe Reservoir, offering a healthy outlet for women. Surfing Victoria and VicHealth have pooled resources to relaunch Coasting: Stand Up Paddleboarding for women, a program designed to get more females active over the summer, with a three-session program in..
03-Nov-2016
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Blood bank tips a race for donations
Bendigo Weekly
WITH the Bendigo Cup over for another year the Australian Red Cross Blood Service is concerned the race that stops the nation could also stop vital blood donations. The Bendigo Blood Donor Centre needs more donors to roll up their sleeves until November 2 with more than 50 appointments still..
27-Oct-2016
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A fresh view
Rosalea Ryan
BRITT-MARIE is not the type of woman to put a coffee cup down without using a coaster, not does she eat pizza straight from its box. Britt-Marie is proper, attentive, precise, correct – “normal”, in other words. To less particular people, however, Britt-Marie could be descr..
02-Dec-2016
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Change of pace
Rosalea Ryan
Falling Jane Green Macmillan, $29.99 Emma Montague isn’t looking for a boyfriend, and she certainly isn’t looking for a ready-made school-aged son. Yet in the process of renting an unfashionably dated beachfront cottage in sleepy Westport, Connecticut, she finds ..
24-Nov-2016
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Nordic noir trilogy continues
Rosalea Ryan
ICELAND is reeling. Still struggling in the wake of the 2008 financial crash, the country has been struck by a second, equally unexpected blow: the 2010 volcanic eruption and subsequent rumblings of Eyjafjallajökull. An ash cloud is enveloping Reykjavík, polluting the city’s air. ..
17-Nov-2016
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Romance in the Riverina
Rosalea Ryan
COLLEGE student Cindy is nursing a broken heart for the first time. Rather than propose as expected, her boyfriend of two years has just prioritised Harvard law school ahead of their relationship, leaving Cindy mortified and alone, the only unattached member of her southern California group of f..
10-Nov-2016
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Island intrigue
Rosalea Ryan
A 10-year-old boy is missing, a family is grieving and a tiny, isolated community on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean is being torn apart by suspicion and blame. Five years ago Max Wheeler disappeared while having an overnight camping adventure alone on Priest’s Island, a speck of private la..
03-Nov-2016
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All paths cross in Rome
Rosalea Ryan
Septuagenarian British sisters-in-law Lizzie and Constance are in Rome on a mission: to scatter Henry’s ashes into the River Tiber. American Alec and Australian Meg are equally focused – in their case, on finding the elusive source of a specific blue tile for their unhappy marital ho..
27-Oct-2016
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