Push for city to focus on core business
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO is facing a shortfall of $194 million in revenue over 10 years as a result of rate capping. The figure is based on revenue the City of Greater Bendigo has forecast it needs to implement the full high level concept of being the world’s most liveable community. But the Victor..
27-Oct-2017
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Maternal care in focus
Sharon Kemp
MENTAL health, substance abuse and domestic violence are the three most urgent influences on maternal health and perinatal care for mothers and their babies, a state government parliamentary committee heard in Bendigo this week. City of Greater Bendigo Maternal Child Health clinical coordina..
27-Oct-2017
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Corruption risk spotted
Sharon Kemp
THE sheer scale of Victoria’s public health sector and the low number of complaints to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission means the watchdog is only just developing an awareness of potential corruption risks. Singling out the health sector for an examination of corr..
27-Oct-2017
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New move on land shortage
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’S dearth of available industrial land has surprised even the city’s top strategic planner, but it will be up to councillors how quickly they want to pursue the remedy that council is counting on, the Marong Business Park. The 313 hectares of land earmarked by the City of ..
27-Oct-2017
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Night buses head to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
LATE-NIGHT buses will operate from regional centres to Melbourne as the Victorian government continues to aim to give commuters more access to weekend services. Buses have been operating between Melbourne and regional Victoria on weekends since 2015 and have seen solid patronage growth over ..
26-Oct-2017
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Ex hospital CEO defends his tenure
Sharon Kemp
FORMER Bendigo Health chief executive John Mulder has defended corruption detection systems that operated at the hospital under his watch, claiming only one department had problems which were exploited by only one dishonest employee. Mr Mulder’s statement follows the response of Bendig..
20-Oct-2017
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Gold win for mine
Sharon Kemp
AFTER a decade of steady production, the Fosterville Gold Mine on Bendigo’s doorstep has hit the jackpot, intercepting some of the richest gold mineralisation in the world. At just more than a kilometre below the surface, the rock sample that a drilling rig recovered this month reco..
03-Feb-2017
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Dream becomes reality
Bendigo Weekly
THE biggest project in Bendigo’s history is up and running. All patients have been moved and the enormous task of running the facility starts here. This is stage one, with more stages on the horizon, but if the first instalment is anything to go by, the hospital when complete will be the ..
27-Jan-2017
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Less than a day before the move
Sharon Kemp
THERE is the occasional worker carrying a tube of sealant, but ahead of tomorrow’s one-day move of patients into the new $630 million Bendigo Hospital, most working there are health professionals readying themselves at their stations. Tomorrow the move will be managed from three comman..
23-Jan-2017
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Bendigo firm backs sports star
Bendigo Weekly
Australia’s longest running community based sporting awards has a new backer, following this week’s announcement Bendigo-based digital solutions company Cloud Copy Click had thrown its support behind the awards. Bendigo Weekly managing editor and Sports Star of the Year committee..
20-Jan-2017
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Family fights for property
Sharon Kemp
THE daughters of the family who built the Nanga Gnulle estate in Strathdale are appealing to Bendigo residents to object to developers’ plans to bulldoze the two-hectare property and build 15 houses. Cathy Spencer and Jacquie Anderson’s parents built the estate containing a home desi..
13-Jan-2017
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Ibis influx raises a stink
Sharon Kemp
ASK people at Lake Weeroona their impression of Bendigo’s most popular recreation place, they will likely tell you it stinks. But nothing will be done about the protected Australian white ibis that have taken over two small islands on the western side of the lake for at least a month ..
06-Jan-2017
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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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Trams on hair line
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s heritage trams are taking the Movember challenge this year and will be decked out with some magnificent moustaches throughout the month in order to fundraise for men’s health issues. “Men’s health is important to us at the tramways as we have a bunch of guys..
03-Nov-2016
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Sustainability on to a winner
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Sustainability Group has won the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award in this year’s awards for its diverse region-wide work in sustainability. The group is a community organisation that brings together a diverse range of people with a shared interest in sustainable l..
27-Oct-2016
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Scottish society meets in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
MEMBERS of the Clan MacGillivray Society Australia will welcome their new commander from Scotland at its 40th Anniversary Gathering in Bendigo this month. Iain MacGillivray from the Highlands community of Tain recently received approval from the office of the Lord Lyon to fill the role of cl..
27-Oct-2016
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Musical meet
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO youngsters were in tune with Indonesian music at a cultural day performance on Wednesday. At St Therese’s School, Kennington the students learn Indonesian from rep through to year six. Every two years the school hosts a cultural day where the children delve further into t..
20-Oct-2016
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Sound science
Bendigo Weekly
Discovery Science and Technology Centre is celebrating the inaugural Design and Technology Week to recognise the making and problem solving skills of Bendigo. Students had the opportunity to take part in fun and creative activities while exploring the role that design and technology plays in..
13-Oct-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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Radio group rides
Bendigo Weekly
A local group is hopping into the saddle to raise some much-needed cash. The Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club, Pedal Radio Group, is taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge during October to fight kids’ cancer. Their goal is to ride 2000 kilometres t..
20-Oct-2016
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Calvert on the tram
Bendigo Weekly
The Blues Tram is set to roll again on Saturday May 27 with two very talented singer-songwriters on board. Hailey Calvert and Luke Watt will entertain and charm passengers on a vintage restored W Class tram as it traverses the Bendigo CBD. From Queensland, soulful powerhouse Hailey Calv..
26-May-2017
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Bash out music
Simon Wooldridge
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 27 is MusicMan’s annual Birthday Bash party. The Bendigo CBD rock venue will host 20 bands and artists from early afternoon. The bash will be a two-pronged aural assault on two floors. The line-up includes Demonic Cowboys, Moustache Ant, and A Day of Storms fro..
26-May-2017
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The party man returns
Simon Wooldridge
Aussie music icon Mick Thomas hits Bendigo’s Capital Theatre this coming Sunday, May 21. The former Weddings Parties Anything front man is in town with his band The Roving Commission on one leg of a lengthy nationwide tour. It’s a tour with a difference though. Thomas wi..
19-May-2017
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Concert at your fingertips
Bendigo Weekly
It was three years in the making but the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Virtual show is a masterpiece. The musicians spent a day at Fox Studios, but they were not making a movie, they were meticulously recording and filming their parts in the orchestra to be brought together for the s..
19-May-2017
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Musos at the church
Bendigo Weekly
JO JO SMITH is one of Australia’s greatest musical treasures, a sexagenarian pocket-rocket, soul-singing, groove-driving tour de force and 2017 marks her 50th year in the biz. To celebrate this extraordinary, generous life of music-making, Jo Jo is hitting the road with friends and mu..
11-May-2017
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Youth group takes on the phantom
Bendigo Weekly
THE Phantom of the Opera is coming to Bendigo. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is being staged by Nexus BYT. Nexus is a regional youth theatre that auditions youth from Bendigo and surrounding areas from year seven to VCE to perform in theatre. In the past, Nexus has performed prod..
11-May-2017
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Champions of the track lining up
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW event will form part of the Bendigo and District Cycling Club’s 2017/18 track calendar when the summer season starts next week. For the first time, riders will have the chance to line up for the Champion of Champions title. The new race will be a 1600-metre wheelrace, with a ..
20-Oct-2017
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Flat Spirit aim for bounce back
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Spirit coach Simon Pritchard wants his side to make a statement in its first home game tomorrow afternoon. Disappointed with his side’s opening night performance against Canberra, Pritchard expects a far better showing against Melbourne tonight and against Perth tomorrow aftern..
13-Oct-2017
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Tayla shines on debut
Joel Peterson
TAYLA Vlaeminck stands at the top of her mark and takes a deep breath – a very deep breath. Having not played a competitive match in 712 days, Vlaeminck was about to run in and bowl her first ball in Victorian colours in the Women’s National Cricket League last Friday. Just t..
13-Oct-2017
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Young prospects hopeful ahead of AFLW draft
Bendigo Weekly
YOUNG guns Tiahna Cochrane and Reni Hicks will lead the local contingent of AFLW hopefuls into next week’s 2017 draft. Both tested themselves against the crop of potential draftees at last week’s AFL Women’s combine, including Melbourne Uni star Monique Conti, Diamond Creek..
13-Oct-2017
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Batting powers hit early form
Bendigo Weekly
A HEAVYWEIGHT clash between Sedgwick and United headlines this week’s second round of the Emu Valley Cricket Association season. Both finallists from last year, the Rams and Tigers each scored comfortable wins in round one and meet at Axis Employment Oval (Club Court) on Saturday. ..
13-Oct-2017
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Roos roll in BDCA round one
Bendigo Weekly
SANDHURST may have surprised reigning premiers Eaglehawk on the first weekend of the Bendigo District Cricket Association, but it will have to repeat the dose against another imposing attack when it meets Kangaroo Flat tomorrow. The Dragons were one of several sides to score an upset win las..
13-Oct-2017
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Garden trees for the chop
Bendigo Weekly
TWENTY-FOUR diseased Italian pencil pine trees will be removed from the entry promenade at the Bendigo Botanic Gardens, White Hills in coming weeks. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Debbie Wood said the trees which were planted in 2000 are suffering from cypress canker – a funga..
13-Oct-2016
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Bloke lunch a goer
Bendigo Weekly
PREPARATIONS for this year’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch are in full swing, with this year’s event to be held on Friday, November 18 at Ulumbarra Theatre from 12 noon. The Bendigo Weekly-backed event starts with the traditional outdoor barbecue lunch, before guests move inside to ..
06-Oct-2016
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Towel a fundraiser
Bendigo Weekly
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Bendigo is being asked to get on board with a fundraising appeal to help those living with the insidious disease. The so called Little Blue Towel might not seem like much, but each packet sold will help those diagnosed with breast cancer spend tim..
06-Oct-2016
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The long goodbye
Dianne Dempsey
The long goodbye is the name often given to that cruellest of diseases, Alzheimer’s. And it’s a name to which Narelle Williams can easily relate. “My father retired at 65 years of age and was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s when he was 67,” she ..
28-Sep-2016
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Reunion on court
Bendigo Weekly
GERRI Stevens and Jean Frost remember being at the meeting that formed the Bendigo Married Ladies Netball Association 40 years ago, and such are the connections they have made, they have played ever since. The association is now called Bendigo Midweek Ladies Netball, and is calling for all p..
22-Sep-2016
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Believe picnic sets up again
Bendigo Weekly
THE second annual Believe in Bendigo family picnic day will be held in Bendigo’s Civic Gardens on Friday, September 30. Organisers say Bendigo showed the world its true colour one year ago when more than 3000 people turned the gardens into a showcase of diversity and unity, and took a ..
15-Sep-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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New PEAK for Sports Star
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO based PEAK Sport Australia is one of the founding sponsors of a new scholarship program aimed at helping emerging athletes from central and northern Victoria further their sporting careers. The scholarship program is an initiative of the Bendigo Sports Star Awards committee. PEAK..
20-Oct-2016
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Set for the show
Bendigo Weekly
EAGLEHAWK primary school students have been getting their hands dirty for the Bendigo Agricutural Show. Held over two days, Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, the event has encouraged the school to make wheelbarrow gardens. They are no ordinary gardens though, p..
13-Oct-2016
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Bank buys in to WA home loans
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has bought $1.4 billion of home loans in Western Australia, and added 6000 new customers to its existing 1.5 million. The bank this week reassured investors the mortgages it bought from the WA government-owned Keystart Housing Scheme Trust, which typically lent to f..
06-Oct-2016
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Telco ramps up for city
Sharon Kemp
OPTUS want to be considered a viable mobile phone competitor to Telstra and is spending $3.5 million and building seven new towers around Bendigo to gain the credible coverage. The telecommunications company is spending the same amount in Ballarat as it moves to capture greater market share ..
28-Sep-2016
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Care for carers
Bendigo Weekly
Anglicare Victoria was one of 134 worthwhile causes to have a helping hand from Lendlease employees last week, as part of its annual community day. On Thursday, around 20 Lendlease employees and subcontractors from the Bendigo Hospital project converged on an Anglicare Victoria residence. ..
22-Sep-2016
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Villa has a new outlook
Bendigo Weekly
George Lansell had a lot of gold, hence a lot of money, but the Quartz King passed away in 1906 having never finished his pride and joy in the historic Fortuna Villa. Fortuna was constructed in 1856 with several extensions over the years, but the final external finishing touches..
22-Sep-2016
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Project goes to a new level
Sharon Kemp
AS fast as St John of God Bendigo hospital refurbishes its new and existing wings, the new wards fill. The hospital has completed the upper two levels of its new building and is part way through refurbishing the existing wing. The $41 million initial redeve..
15-Sep-2016
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Drawn to the mall
Bendigo Weekly
THERE is one more Eltham Copper Butterfly in the Bendigo region, but you’re unlikely to see it in the garden at home any time soon. Pavement artist Ulla Taylor this week put the finishing touches on a chalk drawing of the rare butterfly to tie in with 2016 National Threatened Species D..
08-Sep-2016
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Mall renewal a long way off
Sharon Kemp
IT may take many years and failures before Bendigo has a mall people want to visit the spend time in. Victorian parliamentary secretary for justice Ben Carroll told the Bendigo safe communities forum it can take decades to reduce crime and reinvigorate a public area, such as a mall. Depa..
02-Sep-2016
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CBD the centre of attention
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO’S central business district could be on the verge of a new period of growth and change, underpinned by recognition of its major assets and appropriate infill development. City of Greater Bendigo consultant architect Don Goldsworthy OAM told an audience at the Bendigo Writers Fe..
02-Sep-2016
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A Guest collection
Dianne Dempsey
Former Family Court judge and Olympic rower, Paul Guest QC, grew up with artists and has an abiding respect for their work, a respect and appreciation which is reflected in the paintings from his private art collection currently hanging in the Bendigo Art Gallery. “I appreciate that th..
25-Aug-2016
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Travel tales
Rosalea Ryan
MANCHESTER native Georgia is intelligent, successful and happily in love. Her relationships are solid; her career is booming. This has not always been the case. Only 12 months ago Georgia was suffering from a bout of severely wounded pride, cut adrift by a two-timing fiancé and left emoti..
13-Oct-2016
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Wrong place, right time
Rosalea Ryan
WHEN I have a class reunion kind of thing, we just have a beer; we don’t, like, tackle terrorists or anything. The voice is unmistakable: Barack Obama. It’s late August 2015 and, huddled over an iPhone in northern France, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler are being congratulated by t..
06-Oct-2016
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Bovine beauties
Rosalea Ryan
Long, wide, curly, straight or curved: the horns adorning the cattle that feature in photographer-writer Daniel Naudé’s dramatically handsome coffee-table book are as spectacular and distinctive as hairstyles or gowns at any red-carpet event. South African Naudé captures with..
28-Sep-2016
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Paper chase
Rosalea Ryan
Interested in data? It’s February 2015 and in Germany investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer is presented with what quickly becomes the most daunting yet satisfying challenge of his media career. Obermeyer is at home one evening when an email arrives from an anonymous correspondent. ..
22-Sep-2016
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Adventure on the high rivers
Rosalea Ryan
Take two adventurous Englishmen, a desire to float clear across Europe and an assortment of watercraft, conventional and otherwise. The result? The offspring of this rare blending is a highly entertaining travel memoir that is in equal measure informative, instructional and hilarious. When c..
15-Sep-2016
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Reel-life
Rosalea Ryan
THINK Sex and the City for the average lonely, directionless suburban woman: abundant sass, bawdy humour and a generous dose of outrageous sexual misadventure but without the extravagances of Manolos, Cosmopolitans and a Manhattan bachelorette pad all apparently paid for by a couple of hours’ ..
08-Sep-2016
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