Chesters claims NBN ‘messed up’
Bendigo Weekly
Federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters yesterday said comments made by NBN Co management at this week’s Senate estimates confirmed the federal government had “really messed up” the roll out of the National Broadband Network. Ms Chesters said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbul..
12-Feb-2016
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Arsonist hunt heats up
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE have appealed for anyone with information regarding at least 11 suspicious fires in the Eaglehawk area to come forward. Since Australia Day, fires have been reported at the Future Employment Opportunities premises, St Liborius primary school, and in local grasslands and rubbish bins. ..
12-Feb-2016
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V/Line apologises over poor service
Joel Peterson
V/LINE has been forced to apologise to commuters for its performance during January, with the ongoing train saga engulfing the state government tipped to roll on. The Bendigo line has been one of the hardest hit by the ongoing maintenance issues with V/Line’s Vlocity fleet, with only 6..
12-Feb-2016
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Scots tartan adds colour
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s reputation as major event destination is being embraced by Australia’s Scottish community with visitors from across the nation expected at tomorrow’s Scots Day Out in Rosalind Park. Dancers from Cairns will be among entrants in the Central Victorian Highland Danci..
12-Feb-2016
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Keech aims for submarine work
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO is in line for a jobs boost if a local manufacturer scores a components contract for Australia’s new submarines. Keech 3D produces complex training equipment, unmanned vehicles and end use plastic parts made from durable thermoplastic materials using 3D printing technology. ..
12-Feb-2016
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‘Grave fears’ for woman
Peter Kennedy
POLICE yesterday continued to hold grave fears for the safety of a Kangaroo Flat woman missing for more than three weeks. Samantha Kelly was last seen in the vicinity of the Kangaroo Flat shopping precinct on Wednesday, January 20, at about 3.20pm. There have been a number of unconfirme..
12-Feb-2016
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Changes upset bus users
Joel Peterson
A LACK of accessibility to bus services in several suburbs has been bemoaned by commuters as one of several problems with the new Bendigo bus network. When released late last year it was trumpeted that the new network would increase accessibility across the city, however many commuters are s..
12-Feb-2016
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Leading the way at La Trobe
Bendigo Weekly
Student leaders from five La Trobe University campuses converged on Bendigo this week for the first Student Leadership Conference. Many of the university’s students gathered to learn how best to represent their peers in 2016. La Trobe Student Union general manager Peter Hughes said..
05-Feb-2016
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Snap up a selfie with Marilyn
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO likes it hot, following the unveiling of an eight-metre high Marilyn Monroe sculpture in Rosalind Park on Tuesday. The 15-tonne sculpture, by Seward Johnson, was transported from the USA and has been installed in Bendigo for the Bendigo Art Gallery’s Marilyn Monroe exhibitio..
05-Feb-2016
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LIBERALS CHOOSE PURCELL
Peter Kennedy
MALDON resident Megan Purcell has been confirmed as the endorsed Liberal Party candidate for the seat of Bendigo at the next federal election. Ms Purcell is a communications consultant, Army Reserve member and a contestant on reality TV show The Farmer Wants a Wife. The 32-year-old al..
04-Feb-2016
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Trains stall, buses on
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S long-awaited new bus network hits the streets on Sunday but the Bendigo Metro Rail project remains in a holding pattern. The two projects have been developed side-by-side to maximise connectivity between rain and bus services, however the state government&rsq..
29-Jan-2016
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Marilyn to hit new heights
Bendigo Weekly
In a coup for Bendigo Art Gallery, Seward Johnson’s iconic eight metre sculpture of Marilyn Monroe will be positioned in the heart of Bendigo next week. The installation will take about three days to complete and will begin on Monday. Johnson’s statue repre..
29-Jan-2016
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Up and running
Bendigo Weekly
WITH just two weeks to go, preparations for this year’s Sports Star of the Year gala awards night are in full swing. The Bendigo Weekly/Prime7 backed awards program has recognised northern and central Victoria’s best athletes for more than 50 years, and remains the longest runni..
12-Feb-2016
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Stars of their sport
Joel Peterson
RISING cycling star Chris Hamilton and kayak ace Maddie Batters had stellar starts to the new year, leading them to take out the January award nominations for the Bendigo Weekly/Prime 7-backed Bendigo Sports Star of the Year. Both took out national titles during the month, Hamilt..
05-Feb-2016
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Interfaith council spreads the word
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Interfaith Council is partnering the Daybreak Centre of Spirituality to bring Spirituality by the Lake to Bendigo. The event will take place on Sunday, February 21, from 1.30pm to 4pm, at the Rowing Pavilion, Lake Weeroona. Speakers from five faith traditi..
05-Feb-2016
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Group is wheely fun
Bendigo Weekly
FreeWheeling Fun is a grassroots group that breathes life into pre-loved bikes for everyday use for anyone who needs one. They also help people learn basic bicycle maintenance skills and run community rides. They are at the The Good Loaf Bakery’s shed from 3pm to 5pm, Wedn..
05-Feb-2016
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Scots game has a new feel
Bendigo Weekly
A traditional Scottish children’s street game will be given a contemporary touch at Scots Day Out in Rosalind Park on Saturday, February 13. Kerbieball has been played for centuries by generations of Scots, players pitting their ball skills and reflexes in daily games fille..
29-Jan-2016
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A classical visit
Bendigo Weekly
After several successful European tours Chamber Philharmonia Cologne is coming back to Australia, including Bendigo. Classical music the world over is the motto of the philharmonia. The group said it is irrelevant for their musicians whether they are playing in a little village church, ..
29-Jan-2016
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Sculpture set for hospital
Dianne Dempsey
Acknowledging the place of public art in great cities, member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards this week announced the artist whose sculpture will be commissioned for the new Bendigo Hospital. When the announcement was made at the Bendigo Art Gallery, the winning entrant, Sydney ar..
05-Feb-2016
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A sustainable outlook
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL organisation Foodshare is nominating for a Sustainability Award. Foodshare collects food from organisations that have overproduction or excess and distribute it to local charities and schools as well as other agencies. It is only two years old yet has 53 volunte..
05-Feb-2016
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Tom takes the oath
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo local Tom Cobden has risen taken the first step to becoming an Army Officer through the Royal Military College, Duntroon. On January 19 the 21-year-old took his official oath during an appointment ceremony at the Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre before departing for RMC in ..
29-Jan-2016
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Stories of the war
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW Bendigo history group is part of a worldwide association with more than 7000 members. The Western Front Association Central Victoria Branch has been active in the Castlemaine area for the past two years and has now moved to Bendigo, with its first meeting next week. Chairman ..
29-Jan-2016
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Revolving restaurants
Dianne Dempsey
There are moves afoot in the Bendigo hospitality industry with the recent sale of La Piazza Wine Bar and Restaurant. Renowned Bendigo restaurateur Carlo Barri has sold La Piazza to James Masters and Nick Clarke, saying that after working in hospitality for some 40 years he was “sick of..
22-Jan-2016
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Andrew Southall - Will these do, Mr Hockney?
Dianne Dempsey
When you get past a certain point, you start to accept the fact that you are aging, you throw your hands in the air; there is nothing you can do about it. “When I started doing these self-portraits I started to embrace my aging face and document it,” Andrew Southall said. S..
22-Jan-2016
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Midweek Blues at the weekend
Simon Wooldridge
Midweek Blues, a five-piece Bendigo outfit, is starting to build some serious momentum on the local live scene. Hailing from various corners of Victoria but now all settled in Bendigo, Mick Sheahan, Jayd Ingles, John Northfield, Steve Osborne and Paul Robins have comfortably transitioned fr..
12-Feb-2016
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Sisters are doing it
Steve Kendall
The McClymonts will be in Bendigo in July as one of 10 live dates celebrating 10 years of hits. Since releasing their self-titled debut EP in 2006, Brooke, Sam and Mollie have produced 19 charting singles, gold albums, multiple awards and sold out shows across Australia and the..
05-Feb-2016
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New focus for Missy Higgins
Laura Hurley
AWARD winning singer-songwriter Missy Higgins will be heading to Echuca next month when she headlines the Riverboats Music Festival. Following the release of her fourth album Oz in 2014, the ARIA-award winning artist has been focussing on motherhood after she gave birth to a baby boy in Janu..
29-Jan-2016
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Doc White aims to make you feel better
Bendigo Weekly
Tonight see blues heavyweights Doc White and the Andy Phillips Duo at Billyroy’s Blues Bar, for an A-list double-header. Doc White, one of a very small select group of blues mandolinists in the world, kicks off proceedings at 7.30pm. Speaking from his Dandenong Ranges home he gave..
29-Jan-2016
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Abbie comes to play
Bendigo Weekly
Singer-songwriter Abbie Cardwell takes up a residency of sorts in Bendigo this weekend. The popular performer’s unique mix of banjo, guitar, ukulele and harmonica can be experienced in four very different settings tonight and tomorrow. Drawing on influences ranging from Americana..
22-Jan-2016
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Newstead, the place to be seen
Bendigo Weekly
ONLY a few days to go before a small town between Castlemaine and Maryborough again hosts its much anticipated music festival. Newstead Live 2016 will see the small Pyrenees Highway town double or treble its population as the town puts on concerts, workshops, Morris dancers, a festival choi..
15-Jan-2016
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Finals in balance
Joel Peterson
THE equation is simple – for the Bendigo Spirit to make finals, the team must keep winning. The result, as the past two weeks have shown, does not come quite so easily. After being in the box seat for a finals spot only a matter of weeks ago, Bendigo now faces an uphill battle to make ..
12-Feb-2016
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BUCCS in the hunt
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO United appears poised to break into the Bendigo District Cricket Association top four after setting Kangaroo Flat 323 for victory on day two of their clash at N8Health Oval on Saturday. The Redbacks were in early trouble on day one after Adam Burns and Brent Hamblin struc..
12-Feb-2016
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Students fired up for triathlon
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO South East College students Jack Meade and Mitchell O’Neill are back at school and working hard, both in and out of class. The talented duo have been selected in the 13 to 14-year-old Victorian Schools Triathlon team to head to Hervey Bay from April 18 to 21, bas..
05-Feb-2016
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Gym backs the Thunder
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Thunder will be fighting fit when the Victorian Womens Football League season rolls around thanks to a new partnership announced this week. The Thunder have joined forces with local business It’s Her Gym, with the Mollison Street centre becoming the club’s new trainin..
05-Feb-2016
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Spirit star's injury blow
Bendigo Weekly
THE biggest test of the Bendigo Spirit’s season got significantly bigger this week, with Kelsey Griffin ruled out of Sunday’s round 16 clash with reigning champions Townsville Fire at Bendigo Stadium. Griffin suffered a hamstring injury in the third quarter of Bendigo..
05-Feb-2016
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Spirit downed by Rangers
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Spirit’s WNBL finals chances took a hit tonight with a 74-82 loss to Dandenong. The win gives the Rangers a critical season series advantage over the Spirit, having won two of the three clashes between the sides this season. Dandenong controlled the contest ..
30-Jan-2016
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New face of the art world
Dianne Dempsey
The recent appointment of a new arts curator to the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum has highlighted the changing profile of Victoria’s only independent gallery. Formerly the curator of the Deakin University art collection and gallery, Emma Busowsky Cox says she is exc..
12-Feb-2016
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Chinese New Year to go off with a bang at Bendigo Library
Bendigo Weekly
In classic Bendigo style, the Central Victorian Lion Team and Fu Wa Team will delight with a noisy and spectacular traditional welcome inside the library. The performance is from 5.30-6pm and is not to be missed. Visitors are invited to stay on after the performance to help create B..
08-Feb-2016
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Blue-green algae blooms in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Routine monitoring has detected high levels of potentially toxic blue-green algae at Lake Neangar and Kennington Reservoir. Blue-green algae occur naturally and can be dangerous to humans and animals. Characteristic signs of algae contact are skin rashes or itchiness, sore eyes, ear..
29-Jan-2016
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Sun smart for power
Bendigo Weekly
Killians Walk has a brighter outlook following the installation of an epic 30 kilowatt solar system. Comprising 120 individual solar panels the system will meet much of the power needs for the building. Owner’s Corporation representative, Albert Cassar said the decision to install..
22-Jan-2016
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Gardens set to grow
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Northern District Community Enterprise (BNDCE) has contributed $20,000 towards the new Garden for the Future at Bendigo Botanic Gardens. The BNDCE is providing the funding through its community investment grants program. It will go towards new barbecue and picnic facilities at th..
15-Jan-2016
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Theatre's place in history
Dianne Dempsey
That the first live theatre was built in Bendigo in 1854 says much about our universal need for entertainment and leisure time. The Theatre Royal, a large three-storey building, quickly arose amongst the dust and rumblings of the goldrush on the present site of the Shamrock Hotel. Clare ..
08-Jan-2016
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Counting calories
Dianne Dempsey
The answer to every slimmer’s dream was revealed a few weeks ago when a new restaurant opened in Bendigo. The restaurant owners Terri and Phil Gadsen-Brown have developed a unique concept in hospitality. Well aware that there are many health-conscious people who are opting for ..
29-Jan-2016
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Fitness growth for athletes
Bendigo Weekly
THERE are big things ahead for The Human Mechanics Wellness Centre in Epsom. The new wellness centre opened to large crowds last weekend, with director Arj Perera confident the momentum will continue. “So Epsom and Huntly have really embraced what we’re doing... the feedback ..
22-Jan-2016
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Bakery ready to roll
Laura Hurley
BENDIGO will soon be home to its first drive through bakery. The Newmarket Hotel and Bakery is getting ready to open its doors on Monday, with owner Karen Lyons excited to bring the drive through bakery and restaurant to the city. The hotel, located on Charleston Road, has been refurbish..
08-Jan-2016
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Made in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Maker’s Crib has set up shop at the Schaller Studio. The crib is a new initiative by Shona O’Brien who started Bendigo’s Trove Maker’s Market. The crib is passionate about sharing Bendigo’s hand-crafted local talents and creatives. Ranging fr..
18-Dec-2015
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Driven by new sport
Bendigo Weekly
St Peters Primary School hosted a special sports clinic last Tuesday when Poyser Holden representatives presented the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative with a cheque for $10,000. Former AFL star and coach, Danny Frawley, ran a sports clinic for the children after hosting the pr..
11-Dec-2015
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BBC backs Hunt to lead the way
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO Business Council will offer its own leadership program in 2016. The Rob Hunt Transformational Leadership Development Program was launched on Tuesday by Mr Hunt, who says he will play a supporting role by complementing other learnings, and passing on the benefits of his many experienc..
04-Dec-2015
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Good food month is here
Bendigo Weekly
As Good Food Month begins across Victoria on November 1, local and visiting foodies will find a varied menu of delicious events in Bendigo, catering for all tastes and budgets. Melbourne Cup Champagne Degustation Luncheon – Tuesday, November 3. Rocks on Rosalind will be hosti..
30-Oct-2015
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Basque in the laneway
Bendigo Weekly
Quirky hole in the wall laneway coffee shop El Gordo is set to further enhance Bendigo’s dynamic laneway, Chancery Lane. Husband and wife chef team Chad and Haley Aldred took ownership of the venue two weeks ago, and are already injecting their vision of an authentic and vibrant Spanis..
18-Sep-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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Paris from the dark side
Rosalea Ryan
Five Nights in Paris John Baxter Harper Perennial $24.99 Setting out to write a fresh, engaging guide to Paris is not for the faint-hearted. Paris is, after all, the most visited city on earth, and many of those visitors end up writing in one way or another ..
12-Feb-2016
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Raining on the Cape
Rosalea Ryan
When talented but enigmatic musician Ned Chisholm drops out of mainstream life and into the rainforested hinterland of far north Queensland, declaring he’s unable to return home to attend a ceremony in his late father’s honour, his younger sister is determined to find a w..
05-Feb-2016
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Playing the name gane
Rosalea Ryan
Who knew Coppernook was a “small weatherboard cottage attached to a country police station”, Pimpinbudgie was another word for “celebrity agent” and Damboring was a descriptor for “any TV program fronted by a former presenter of Top Gear”? Well, not reall..
29-Jan-2016
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Mulga Bill rides again
Dianne Dempsey
Banjo Paterson’s ode to Mulga Bill is much-loved in Eaglehawk, the town’s name forever immortalised in the famous bush verse. However, that was 1896, and this is now. So Eaglehawk is on the hunt for its next big literary mention. This year the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Fest..
22-Jan-2016
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Fast-paced action from Africa
Rosalea Ryan
FEW Australian authors write as convincingly on the subject of southern Africa as does reporter, press secretary, public relations consultant and soldier Tony Park. This should come as no surprise, however, given that Park has homes both in Sydney and adjoining South Africa’s Kruger N..
15-Jan-2016
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Local radio guru airs new book
Bendigo Weekly
Ian Braybrook, a well known broadcaster around the Bendigo region, has recently published a lively book about his experiences in community radio. In all he spent 35 years working at 3CCC, KLFM and WMAFM. Bush Wireless tells his story and gives a rare insight into the comings and goings of c..
08-Jan-2016
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