Bendigo steps into supply hub plan
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’S energy sector leaders want to be part of the search for power generation sources for energy reserves as half of local businesses invest in renewable energy. Preliminary results from a council study show a tipping point in local energy supply, with more people employed in the ..
08-Sep-2017
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Housing on agenda
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO MP Lisa Chesters has called on nervous local real estate agents to talk to her about Labor’s proposal to alter negative gearing as a major report was released giving weight to a prolonged housing affordability crisis. Labor was spruiking its housing policy in Bendigo last week ..
08-Sep-2017
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Pension row brews
Steve Kendall
A RENEWED call to raise the retirement age to 70 has drawn a swift response from Bendigo’s MP. The pension age will gradually increase by six-month increments from 67 years to 70 every two years starting in 2025. Shadow sssistant minister for Workplace Relations Lisa Chesters said..
08-Sep-2017
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Bats on move
Bendigo Weekly
THREE quarters of Rosalind Park’s grey-headed flying foxes population have departed for other places after 12,000 made the space a safe haven during winter. But the City of Greater Bendigo council will still implement a management plan for the 2700 bats that remain at the park, and for..
08-Sep-2017
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Sporting growth prompts reserves
Joel Peterson
New recreation reserves at Strathfieldsaye and Maiden Gully could be built as sporting bodies and councils plan for future needs. The growing population of Bendigo had prompted several priorities in AFL Central Victoria’s recently-announced Regional Strategy. It lists a host of pri..
08-Sep-2017
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The science of sound on show
Bendigo Weekly
Marist Brass Band will prove there’s art in science and Discovery Science and Technology Centre will demonstrate there is science in art at a joint performance on Saturday. Like any visit to Discovery, don’t expect to just sit back and listen. Visitors can find out how the instr..
01-Sep-2017
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Candidates sign on for long haul
Sharon Kemp
HUMBLE, diverse, unified and respectful were the words spoken most often as nine councillors-elect made their first speeches at the official declaration of the poll this week. Many had just met each other – only two of nine had served as councillors in the previous term that was charac..
04-Nov-2016
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Beautiful world of textiles
Sharon Kemp
TEXTILE designers Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson are strong advocates for indigenous artists, having also been inspired by the Australian landscape. Kee and Jackson say they want to see more of the rise in confidence of young Aboriginal artists and superstars, like Jessica Mauboy. In Bendig..
27-Oct-2016
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Tulip bulb bonanza for Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
THERE was no tiptoeing through the tulips on Tuesday as the annual dig up took place in Rosalind Park. Competition was fierce, with barely a patch left empty of keen bulb grabbers. With the used bulbs selling at $5 a bag, business was brisk, with some hunters unable to even find a bag to..
27-Oct-2016
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Len's lamingtons are legendary
Sharon Kemp
BAKING lamingtons worthy of winning a prize in the Bendigo Agricultural Show is not the only motivation for 80-year-old Len Stone in his second year of competitive cooking. Mr Stone also wants competition, of which there was none in the open lamington division last year. So he talked to ..
20-Oct-2016
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Dean John in the running
Bendigo Weekly
St Paul’s Cathedral Dean John Roundhill is running in the 21-kilometre event at the Bendigo Bank 2016 Bendigo Fun Run and will be back in time for church. The Captain Cook statue in the cathedral’s grounds is dressed in support of the Bendigo Fun Run on Sunday, October 30, and wh..
14-Oct-2016
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Protestors demand banks cut fossil fuel funding
Bendigo Weekly
Local artist and musician Dean Stanton felt compelled while busking in Hargreaves Mall to cut up his Commonwealth Bank card in support of protestors who want the bank to stop investing in fossil fuels. Mr Stanton then walked into the branch and asked that his bank account be closed. La T..
07-Oct-2016
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Young gun wins monthly prize
Bendigo Weekly
FOLLOWING two world championship wins, Bendigo shooter Laura Woolley has taken out the Bendigo Weekly/Prime 7 Bendigo Sports Star of the Year nomination for July. Woolley travelled with cousin and fellow top shooter Emma Cox to Ireland for the world clay target championships at Esker Shootin..
19-Aug-2016
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Maticevski dressed for success
Dianne Dempsey
Given that the Bendigo Art Gallery has a well established reputation for hosting world class fashion exhibitions, it’s more than appropriate that Toni Maticevski should use our gallery to stage the first solo exhibition of his work. Gallery curator Leanne Fitzgibbon said the gallery has ha..
12-Aug-2016
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Lights, action in Huntly
Bendigo Weekly
THE new Huntly pedestrian crossing was given the green light this week as member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan joined local children to make the first crossing. “More than 8650 cars and trucks drive on the Midland Highway every day, which makes crossing the road difficult and dangerou..
04-Aug-2016
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All set for tennis growth
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO will boast the best tennis facility in Australia outside of Melbourne when the Nolan Street Tennis Complex redevelopment is complete, according to state sport minister John Eren. Plans for the $6.1 million, two-stage development were launched this week, as the Victorian government, t..
29-Jul-2016
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Delly in the running
Bendigo Weekly
MATTHEW Dellavedova is in the running to win back-to-back Bendigo Weekly/Prime 7 Bendigo Sports Star of the Year gongs after becoming Australia’s latest NBA champion last month. Dellavedova was named the monthly winner for June after his now former side, the Cleveland Cavaliers, marche..
22-Jul-2016
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Book a spot at the fringe festival
Bendigo Weekly
The Write on the Fringe festival is back this year with a full programme of literary fun and quirky happenings. It’s all scheduled to take place at the Bendigo Library from August 5 to 13, and the program is out now. This is the third year of the festival, which features a diverse ..
15-Jul-2016
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Historic march returns
Sharon Kemp
It was a peaceful protest march, multicultural and put Bendigo at the centre of democratic action in Australia. In 1853, an estimated 10,000 miners and supporters marched in protest to an extortionate mining licence fee of 30 shillings a month. They wanted it scrapped but compromised at ..
18-Aug-2016
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Food in the hub
Bendigo Weekly
Australian food and fibre producers and industry experts from around the world met in Bendigo this week for the first Australian Community Food Hubs Conference and Local Food Economies Tour. The conference explored how the methods of leading international food hubs can be adapted and applied..
12-Aug-2016
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Kindy marks 60 years
Bendigo Weekly
South Bendigo Kindergarten will be celebrating their 60th anniversary next weekend. Past and present students, families and staff are welcome to come together to plant a tree, bury a time capsule and celebrate the kindergarten’s 60-year contribution to the Bendigo community. The ce..
04-Aug-2016
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Library adds new chapter to school story
Bendigo Weekly
Several years ago Comet Hill and North Bendigo primary schools combined to become Lightning Reef Primary School, but there was no space for a library. Books were stored in classrooms all over the school, but all that has changed. The school now has the space, and many hours have been sp..
29-Jul-2016
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Dog parks a win for dogs
Sharon Kemp
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22-Jul-2016
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Book a real winner
Sharon Kemp
IT is a testament to the fascinating life story of John Forbes, and his generosity, that the man described as the “most famous non-famous” person can sell so many books, he is able to donate $6000 to two local causes. Mr Forbes said he was told he could not make money out of publ..
15-Jul-2016
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Jagger plays three city gigs
Simon Wooldridge
The name Jagger will no doubt ring a bell for music fans of all ages. This weekend sees Chris Jagger, Mick’s younger brother, visit Bendigo to play three gigs. Remarkably, these gigs are Jagger’s only Australian dates. He plays at the Handle Bar in Mitchell Street toni..
23-Mar-2017
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Vine return for Lang
Simon Wooldridge
Jeff Lang has fond memories of the Golden Vine. “I used to come and play in the corner of the front bar at the Golden Vine in the early days, before the back room was set up as a venue,” he said “They were fun shows, everyone pretty close to you. I wrote the song Raven..
16-Mar-2017
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MusicSlam at the Musicman
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo’s Musicman has for many years catered for the more alternative, edgier, fringier, less commercial acts on the live music circuit. But the CBD venue mixes it up from time to time. In recent weeks, a disco covers act, Brooklyn’s Finest, has graced the stage and just t..
10-Mar-2017
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Waifs mark 25 years with Bendigo visit
Sharon Kemp
THE fans of enduring folk rock band The Waifs have a reputation, according to vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Vikki Thorn, of being among the most loyal in the music industry. So, last year and ahead of their upcoming 25th anniversary tour, the trio of Thorn, sister Donna Simpson and Josh..
02-Mar-2017
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Music mix for March
Simon Wooldridge
MARCH is going to be another exciting month for live music in Bendigo. Scanning the online what’s on and events pages, it’s shaping up to be pretty busy, with many highlights. Tomorrow, Saturday, March 4, sees two regular musical visitors to Bendigo join forces for a doubl..
02-Mar-2017
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Playing the greats
Simon Wooldridge
THE term “legend” gets over-used in popular music. Eric Clapton though, is one of a handful of stars who genuinely carries that label. Tomorrow night, a group of Bendigo musicians will come together for a special Eric Clapton and Allman Brothers Band tribute show at the Golden V..
23-Feb-2017
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Thunder strikes NCWL flag glory
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Thunder have been crowned the inaugural Northern Country Women’s League premiers after a dominant grand final performance capped a tremendous first season for the side. It was the first year in which the Thunder has fielded a reserves team, feeding into its senior side comp..
18-Aug-2017
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HDFL finals take off
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL rivals Huntly and White Hills will step up to the finals plate this weekend when they meet in the Heathcote District Football League’s elimination final. The Hawks have turned their season around after a horror start, while White Hills started strongly and has lost five of its pa..
18-Aug-2017
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Young trio joins the Spirit
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Spirit has rounded out its roster for season 2017/18, announcing its three development players. Bendigo’s Jess Rennie returns for another season on the development roster after a strong campaign with the Bendigo Lady Braves. The sharpshooter did not hit the court last y..
18-Aug-2017
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Hamilton to make Grand Tour debut
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S Chris Hamilton will make his Grand Tour debut at this month’s Vuelta a España. Team Sunweb confirmed its lineup last night, including the 22-year-old for his first tilt at one of the major stage races in world cycling. He will ride alongside Tour ..
11-Aug-2017
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Cup fever hits town
Bendigo Weekly
INTERNATIONAL football comes to Golden Square’s Wade Street Oval tonight when India hosts Pakistan in an AFL International Cup grudge match. The matches form round three of the triennial competition, with both sides losing their opening two games in division two. Both teams played on W..
11-Aug-2017
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Thunder eyes top prize
Joel Peterson
A BIG weekend awaits the Bendigo Thunder Football Club with its senior side entering finals and its reserves contesting the first ever Northern Country Women’s League grand final. The Thunder’s seniors will be aiming to bounce back from their first Northern Football League loss o..
11-Aug-2017
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Win for footy club
Bendigo Weekly
Maiden Gully Junior Football Club has scored a win, receiving a community sector grant from the federal government. The grants aim to make the work of volunteers easier, safer and more enjoyable. Visiting the club to announce their grant, Liberal candidate for Bendigo Megan Purcell sai..
17-Jun-2016
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The shared passion
Dianne Dempsey
Wherever we turn there are TV cooking shows, cooking books, celebrity chefs, restaurants, pop-up restaurants and take-away restaurants. Apparently it’s the food that is taken away, not the restaurant. There is fast food, slow food, organic food, vegan food, local food, international f..
10-Jun-2016
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Fun features for fifth festival
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Writers Festival will reveal its program for this year’s blockbuster event next week, with anticipation already building. Festival director Rosemary Sorensen told the Weekly to expect an even more star-studded line up with a couple of surprises and innovations. “This ..
27-May-2016
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Hands up to help
Bendigo Weekly
VOLUNTEERS have been recognised for their labours at morning teas throughout the week. The City of Greater Bendigo toasted its 580 volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week. The week runs until today, with the theme Give Happy, Live Happy. The council held a volunteers morning te..
13-May-2016
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Call out for food
Steve Kendall
UNITINGCARE Bendigo is calling on locals to raid their food pantry in a bid to help record numbers of people who are struggling with the rising cost of living. It comes after an increasing number of families, singles, children, welfare recipients and the elderly are turning to the communi..
22-Apr-2016
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Challenge in the right hands
Bendigo Weekly
A GROUP of 10 Bendigo residents has embarked upon a corporate challenge aimed at improving their general health and wellbeing. The group includes local real estate agents, publicans, marketing managers, public relations professionals, and company directors, as well as the Weekly’s Pete..
18-Mar-2016
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NBN reach increases
Bendigo Weekly
THE NBN is firing up in parts of Greater Bendigo as residents and businesses can now access high-speed broadband using fixed wireless technology. More than 800 additional homes and businesses in areas including Eppalock, Goornong, and Huntly North have access to the NBN, opening up a range ..
14-Jul-2016
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A helping hand
Dianne Dempsey
It was three years ago that Jeremy Forbes attended the funeral of a fellow tradie who died under tragic circumstances. “It was a terrible day and a few of us looked at each other and said, ’who’s next do you think?’” he said. ”It wasn’t th..
07-Jul-2016
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Labor backs rail company
Sharon Kemp
LABOR has announced two manufacturing support initiatives in Bendigo designed to protect regional jobs. Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters said a national procurement strategy would secure work for a local rail manufacturing industry that people thought was lost. At the East Bendigo workshop of ra..
17-Jun-2016
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Rail upgrade adds worker flexibility
Sharon Kemp
MORE frequent and reliable trains could encourage businesses to relocate to Bendigo as well as make rail commuting to Melbourne easier for central Victorians. La Trobe University senior lecturer in community planning Andrew Butt said most of the data collected showed more people commute t..
10-Jun-2016
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Caravan show under cover
Bendigo Weekly
THE Caravan Camping and Leisure Roadshow has moved indoors for winter, but it still offers the same choice. The show features caravans, campers and four wheel drives and is aimed at those with outdoor leisure in mind. This is an all under cover show, with more than 200 leading brand new..
26-May-2016
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Minister backs local apparel
Sharon Kemp
DEFENCE minister Marise Payne has emphasised the export potential of Thales’ Bendigo-made Hawkei military vehicle during a visit to the company’s production facility in Junortoun with Liberal candidate Megan Purcell. Labor and Liberal are playing tug of war over credit for the $1..
20-May-2016
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Chrysler fans gear up for a big weekend
Bendigo Weekly
As the Queen’s Birthday long weekend approaches the Central Victorian Chrysler Club are preparing for Chryslers, Valiants, Dodges, Plymouths and DeSotos to descend on Bendigo for the 10th Annual Midstate Mopars show and shine. With nine successful years behind them, Midstate Mopars is ..
10-Jun-2016
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Appy days for Vahland fans
Bendigo Weekly
Architect William Charles Vahland was a definitive character in Bendigo’s history and now his grand designs are open 24/7 in virtual form to the public in the city. The City of Greater Bendigo this week launched an app that once downloaded will send an alert, a location guide and infor..
03-Jun-2016
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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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Secrets of the forest
Steve Kendall
Black Fleur Ferris Random House, $19.99 Ebony Marshall has a nickname around town, Black. It’s part to do with her name, but there’s a more sinister reason. Everyone says she is bad. Death seems to follow in her wake, and her reputation i..
07-Jul-2016
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Roadtrip of Discovery
Rosalea Ryan
AT the age of 19 Tara Winkler travels to Cambodia for the first time as an add-on to a roadtrip centred primarily on Thailand and Laos. It turns out to be a confronting experience. In one of the lesser-known Cambodian cities she encounters apparently parentless children cramped together in s..
24-Jun-2016
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Reading on track
Rosalea Ryan
FORTY-NINE individual train journeys covering almost 36,000 kilometres through 22 countries on five continents – surely there must be a story or two worth telling in all that? There’s an entire book, in fact, presented in colourful, bewitching and often-humorous fashion by Britis..
17-Jun-2016
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The food of life
Rosalea Ryan
The Umbrian Supper Club Marlena de Blasi Allen & Unwin $29.99 TAKE five women, one rustic makeshift kitchen and one shared weekly meal. Blend with tenderness, add a liberal pinch or two of understanding and season generously with love. This is the do..
03-Jun-2016
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Memoir of a life in turmoil
Rosalea Ryan
Leaving Before the Rains Come Alexandra Fuller Vintage $22.99 GROWING up in the backblocks of rural Zambia, surrounded by the turmoil and terror of Rhodesia’s civil wars and the constant uncertainty of post-colonialism, life is never dull for Alexandra Fuller...
26-May-2016
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Waxing lyrical in Brazil
Rosalea Ryan
In Brazil Fran Bryson Scribe $32.99 With anticipation of this year’s Olympics now on everyone’s lips it’s hardly surprising that the games’ host, Brazil, is attracting more than its usual share of international attention. Through a series o..
20-May-2016
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