Agreeing to grow
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW agreement to improve the quality of life for Bendigo citizens was signed yesterday. The City of Greater Bendigo council formed a memorandum of understanding with the Global Smart City and Community Coalition. The plan is to research, develop and evaluate solutions to problems impa..
10-Mar-2017
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Development decisions to test council
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO councillors will face two critical development decisions this year that will determine its support of two of key planning strategies. City of Greater Bendigo’s strategic planning scheme has advocated for more infill development, and higher density development that creates oppor..
10-Mar-2017
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She said yes. Congratulations Alex and Annaliese
Bendigo Weekly
ALEX Kharoofa called on Cora the pup to help him seal the deal with his partner, and best friend, Annaliese Barty. He asked the Weekly to lend a hand too, with Alex using our front page to propose. He said he, and Cora, would do anything for Annaliese – even if it embarrassed them b..
03-Mar-2017
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Police urge major step-up in security
Sharon Kemp
POLICE say Bendigo is losing its innocence at the hands of criminals who understand our laid-back rural ways can lead us to leave our houses unlocked and our keys in unlocked vehicles. Superindendent Darren Franks this week pleaded with the public to think beyond the inconvenience of having ..
03-Mar-2017
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Drier weather predicted
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bureau of Meteorology is warning of a possible return to El Niño-like conditions following a summer that was in line with Bendigo’s long-term averages. Bureau of Meteorology data shows that the mercury rose to at least 38 degrees on just three occasions over summer. Ben..
03-Mar-2017
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Short-term fix for water
Sharon Kemp
THE go ahead was given this week for the $27 million temporary fix of rising groundwater in Bendigo and it could provide a solution for unremediated evaporation ponds at Woodvale. But it may take more than a year before groundwater levels are low enough to eliminate the rotten egg smell that..
03-Mar-2017
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Change to help jobless
Sharon Kemp
CONVERTING 40 casual Centrelink positions to full time work would fix waiting times for clients and provide job security for workers, according to Labor candidate Lisa Chesters. Ms Chesters announced the initiative as she finished the second last week of campaigning in Bendigo. The incum..
01-Jul-2016
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Labour of love
Dianne Dempsey
Two friends, Helen Garner and Arnold Zable, will be brought together at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival discussing the “sheer bloody labour” of writing. “I think nobody but another writer understands the labour involved in writing,” Zable..
30-Jun-2016
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Life FM appeals to listeners
Bendigo Weekly
AS Bendigo radio station Life FM prepared to launch its twice-annual appeal, it tax deductability status came through. And as general manager Gaelle Broad worried this week about falling behind the $30,000 fund raising target, a listener called in with a $2000 donation. Life FM has grown..
24-Jun-2016
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Jobless welcome new work promises
Bendigo Weekly
BOTH major political parties are promising jobs growth if elected, and to some, it’s none too soon. Bendigo jobseekers Jack Surplice 20, and Aiden Wellard 18, have experienced the same troubles when it comes to finding part-time work in the area – there is none. Jack is stud..
24-Jun-2016
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Schools reward their best
Bendigo Weekly
YOUNG people from across the Sandhurst Diocese attended the Bishop Joe Grech Youth Scholarship lunch at the Catholic Education Office in Bendigo on Wednesday. Catholic Education Sandhurst director Paul Desmond said although the scholarship had been awarded since 2011 this was only the second..
24-Jun-2016
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Delly's Cavs take famous NBA title win
Bendigo Weekly
MATTHEW Dellavedova achieved another milestone in his already remarkable basketball career this week, becoming just the sixth Australian to win an NBA championship. The Bendigo Weekly/Prime7 2016 Sports Star of the Year award winner’s Cleveland Cavaliers took out the title with a win i..
24-Jun-2016
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Family life rebuilt
Christine McGinn
FEBRUARY 9 will mark five years since Bendigo’s greatest natural disaster. One man died and 58 homes were destroyed in the Bendigo Black Saturday fire. As the anniversary looms, Bendigo will remember the utter devastation and the heroic acts it inspired. In the coming weeks, the Bend..
17-Jan-2014
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The head of the fire
Christine McGinn
NEXT month will mark five years since Bendigo’s greatest natural disaster. One man died and 58 homes were destroyed in the Bendigo Black Saturday fire on February 7, 2009. As the anniversary looms, Bendigo will remember the utter devastation and the heroic acts it inspired. In the co..
11-Jan-2014
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Pilot Emma aims high
Bendigo Weekly
All over the world women are taking to the skies during March, and Bendigo is no exception. The initiative is aiming to raise awareness of aviation opportunities available to females of all ages while celebrating the accomplishments of past and present women of aviation. The Bendigo Fly..
24-Mar-2016
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Booster for nurses
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Health nurses Erin Ray and Alishia Stratford are the recipients of the Intensive Care Unit Auxiliary scholarships for 2016. The auxiliary has donated $5000 for two critical care course scholarships to provide assistance with the cost of postgraduate studies. Intensive and cor..
18-Mar-2016
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Brighter days for Amelia
Dianne Dempsey
It’s not every day you get a good news story like this one. Fifteen months ago Amelia McCrohan was a very sick little girl. Suffering from cystic fibrosis, her liver was failing and she was facing the long-term prospect of a lung transplant. As they watched their daughter’..
11-Mar-2016
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Rebecca’s ready to roll
Bendigo Weekly
To manage increasing demand for volunteers at local events, St John Bendigo is calling on locals to put their hand up to give back to their local community by signing up as first aiders. The organisation is well known for its green-clad volunteers attending community events, natural disaste..
04-Mar-2016
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A teal moment
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO women gathered at the Town Hall on Wednesday to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Bendigo’s Biggest Afternoon Teal was a fundraiser with the added goal of making people think more about their health. Bendigo for Ovarian Cancer committee member and Ovarian Cancer Ambassador..
26-Feb-2016
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Doris has a new day
Bendigo Weekly
By Christine Allan Melinda Schneider will bring her vibrant homage to Doris Day, Melinda Does Doris - A Tribute to Doris Day, to the Capital Theatre on Thursday. While many will be familiar with Schneider’s extensive country music song-writing and recording care..
19-Feb-2016
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Brothers3 together at the Capital
Bendigo Weekly
Following their country hit Brothers Never Part, Brothers3 continue their work on reshaping Australian modern country music. Now the X Factor 2015 favourites are coming to Bendigo on June 24. The trio will perform their two-hour all-ages performance highlighting songs from their new album, ..
03-Jun-2016
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Family takes to the stage
Bendigo Weekly
Tickets are now on sale for the musical comedy The Addams Family, brought to you by the Bendigo Theatre Company. The company will be bringing innovative state-of the-art digital projection – the likes of which are seen on professional stages around the world – a first for the com..
27-May-2016
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Bendigo’s hidden treasure
Simon Wooldridge
"I’m a great believer in the power of positivity.” It’s a Friday morning and I’m at Rock Pride Music talking to Albert Skipper – Skip as he is known to hundreds of Bendigonians. On polite nodding terms with Skip for some time I was looking forward to a prop..
20-May-2016
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Something different
Simon Wooldridge
We wanted to do something completely different, and this really is,” enthuses Four Lions’ Shann Lions over coffee at a busy Bendigo CBD café. “I’ll write the songs on Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25. We’ll record on the Sunday. They’ll be master..
13-May-2016
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Groovin wrap
Simon Wooldridge
Last Saturday, at two thirds of the way into autumn, it was interesting to see a pale orange glow emanating from so many tanned GTM punters. This year’s GTM was Bendigo’s eighth and another 15,000-odd sell-out. It’s a brave festival organiser who puts on such an eclec..
06-May-2016
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Bell plays Billyroy’s
Simon Wooldridge
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 7 sees Frank Bell launch his debut single White Horse at Billyroy’s BluesBar. It’s a swampy, gutsy dirty blues number with a contrasting acoustic folk number, Riverside, on the B-side. Both are Frank Bell originals. The ubiquitous Bill Barber produce..
06-May-2016
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Pacing Cup lures top field
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Harness Racing Club will host one of the biggest events on its calendar next Friday when the 2017 group two Petstock Bendigo Pacing Cup. Some of the state’s best horses have won the race in years past including last year’s winner Lennytheshark, currently o..
10-Feb-2017
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Fire lit under Spirit's playoff push
Joel Peterson
SUNDAY’s matchup between the Bendigo Spirit and Townsville Fire could all but decide fourth spot in the Women’s National Basketball League season and the home side is hoping for a bumper crowd to support its playoff push. The Spirit have thrown open the doors to the Bendigo Stadi..
03-Feb-2017
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Heavyweight showdown in BDCA
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO District cricket’s top four sides each have an opportunity to cement a finals spot when round 11 of the BDCA begins on Saturday. All four are coming off wins last weekend, Kangaroo Flat scoring the most impressive with a gutsy performance over a sloppy Bendigo outfit that let c..
03-Feb-2017
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History in the making
Joel Peterson
THE long and nervous wait to the start of the AFL Women’s competition is almost over for five Bendigo footballers, whose sides meet tonight in the league’s historic opening match. Carlton and Collingwood, the teams that feature all five Bendigo Thunder players on their lists, cla..
03-Feb-2017
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Match of the year
Sam Kane
FOR Bendigo Spirit Coach Simon Pritchard, tomorrow night’s home clash against the Melbourne Boomers is the team’s biggest game of the year. It comes following the Spirit’s disappointing weekend on the road, going down by 20 points against the Townsville Fire last Friday, be..
27-Jan-2017
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Jones in the cycling hub
Sam Kane
BRENTON Jones is one of the cycling world’s rising stars, however, throughout January, he and his JLT Condor team members have used Bendigo as a primary training ground in the lead up to their upcoming races. The UK based JLT Condor 10-member squad includes the likes of three-time O..
27-Jan-2017
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Smooth sailing for refuge
Bendigo Weekly
Who would have thought that a fishing boat would have been the vessel to contribute towards the building of a family violence refuge in Bendigo? Quite an unlikely combination, but that’s exactly what the Rotary Club of Bendigo South has recently done. Rotary Club members and frie..
31-Dec-2015
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Toy run to benefit fire victims
Laura Hurley
BENDIGONIANS have dug deep and are donating toys for those who have lost their homes along the Great Ocean Road. Over 100 houses have been destroyed in bushfires in Wye River and Separation Creek since Christmas Day, spurring one Bendigo teenager to organise a toy drive for toys to donate to..
31-Dec-2015
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Harmonious win for Abhishek
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo resident Abhishek Awasthi has been recognised for actively supporting cultural diversity and making an impact on promoting community harmony. Mr Awasthi received the Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence 2015 Ambassador Award at Government House. Bendigo mayor F..
18-Dec-2015
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Care at Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
WHEN you’re driving around looking at Christmas lights during the festive season, have you ever wondered about the fire danger associated with the spreading of Christmas cheer? Do you anxiously wait for the houses to spontaneously combust? People are being urged to avoid overloading po..
11-Dec-2015
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A life under the waves
Bendigo Weekly
La Trobe University Bendigo graduate Midshipman Chris Jenkins, is on track to become part of an elite navy team that wears dolphins as a badge of distinction. He was appointed as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy six months ago and this week graduated from the New Entry Officer Course ..
11-Dec-2015
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Weave jam alert
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is on board the One Million Stars to End Violence project, an international weaving project by Australian artist and weaver Maryann Talia Pau. The aim is to end violence by bringing people together across the world to weave one million stars for a grand display in Queensland in 2018..
11-Dec-2015
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New manager for PHN
Bendigo Weekly
MURRAY Primary Health Network has appointed Janice Radrekusa as regional manager for the central Victoria region. Murray PHN chief executive officer Matt Jones said the appointment fills the critical role of managing operations and staff that service the central Victoria region for the orga..
06-Nov-2015
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Rebuild on the way
Bendigo Weekly
THE future is looking bright at Epsom Primary School, after is was announced last week that architects E+ have been appointed to design the $5.7 million rebuild of the school. Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan visited the school last Friday to make the announcement, and said students and..
06-Nov-2015
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Hospital takes another step forward
Bendigo Weekly
STATE member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards this week unveiled the world-class cancer facilities currently under construction as part of the Bendigo Hospital Project. The new cancer centre brings together radiotherapy, oncology and outpatient services within an integrated space, providing b..
06-Nov-2015
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Real estate joins forces
Bendigo Weekly
STAFF from Barry Plant Bendigo and The Professionals Bendigo have put professional rivalry aside for the moment and teamed up to sell four brand new townhouses in Flora Hill, all profits from which will be donated to charity. The agents will also donate a portion of their sellers’ fee..
05-Nov-2015
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Oktoberfest brewing to be a top day
Bendigo Weekly
Beers and sausages will be the order of the day this Oktoberfest. The Rifle in View Street is presenting this year’s German and European-styled event on Saturday, October 31. To attend the event, you will need a ticket for $30 which includes a half-litre stein full of your choice..
23-Oct-2015
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Eat. Shop. Drink
Laura Hurley
CHRISTMAS is just around the corner, and following the success of last month’s Eat. Shop. Drink. Bendigo campaign, federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters is partnering up with the City of Greater Bendigo to encourage people to continue to shop and eat local throughout the silly season. ..
16-Oct-2015
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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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Time for a picnic
Bendigo Weekly
Local produce champions Food Fossickers is once again bringing together the restaurants and food producers from Central Victoria to create a unique regional feast, this time at the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival. Food Fossickers will present a regional picnic hamper which is available for..
19-Sep-2014
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Good food shouldn’t be seen as a luxury
Marika McMahon
The pleasure of a night out at one of the quality restaurants in Bendigo is an investment – an investment in experiencing new flavours, new techniques, new ingredients. An investment in spending time with family and friends. An investment in taking time out of busy times to be toget..
12-Sep-2014
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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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