Changes as staff move on
Sharon Kemp
THE exodus from the City of Greater Bendigo is almost over with executive manager Peter Davies to officiate at his last council meeting next month. The Bendigo Weekly reported in late May the council faced losing more than 180 years of collective municipal experience after a management level..
21-Jul-2017
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Cooking top of the fire risk list
Joel Peterson
COOKING is the leading cause of preventable house fires in Bendigo, according to CFA figures released this week. The CFA and MFB released a joint report into preventable fires across the state with the kitchen the number one hotspot for incidents. Statewide, 42 per cent of preventable fi..
21-Jul-2017
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New life for old hotel
Sharon Kemp
QUARRY Hill is set to get a new food and hospitality hub after a redevelopment proposal for the former Mount Edgecombe Hotel was approved by City of Greater Bendigo councillors this week. The refurbished hotel, which harks back to 1885, will be home to a food and drink premises including a r..
21-Jul-2017
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A look at power from waste
Sharon Kemp
CONTROVERSIAL waste-to-energy technology is slated to be investigated for the Loddon Mallee region this financial year but signs are the option to generate power from waste may still be a long time in the future. The 10-year waste management plan released by the state government contains ver..
21-Jul-2017
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Discover the Inside Story
Bendigo Weekly
NEXT month the Bendigo Blue Ribbon Branch will be hosting their annual Inside Story fundraising event. Two senior and highly regarded police officers will provide the inside story relating to high profile cases. Blue Ribbon branch president Sergeant Margaret Singe said this year’s ..
21-Jul-2017
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Future dry: Coliban plans for water demand
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S demand for water may more than double in the next 50 years and $100 million could be invested to upgrade the Goldfields Superpipe under a Coliban Water plan for the future requirements of its system. Coliban Water’s 2017 Urban Water Strategy says a rapidly growing popul..
14-Jul-2017
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Reflecting on time well spent
Sharon Kemp
RETIRING councillor Rod Campbell wants voters to enquire about the motivation of candidates they intend to vote for at the upcoming City of Greater Bendigo elections. As the two-term councillor and former mayor counts down to his retirement, he contemplates the council’s work of the re..
15-Sep-2016
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The Lab comes to life
Dianne Dempsey
Tireless advocate for autistic and neurodiverse children and teenagers, Beck Kelly, is thrilled to introduce two significant programs. The Lab Bendigo is a computer group aimed at autistic and neurodiverse children and teenagers aged between 8 and 17 years. The second program is “I..
08-Sep-2016
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Training to understand needs of disabled
Sharon Kemp
Victorians who have difficulty communicating have trained V/Line front line and PTV call centre staff to understand them, making the train operator the first in the world with the accreditation. It has been a three-year process training more than 800 staff members, but V/Line chief executive..
02-Sep-2016
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Ruby signs off on a lifetime of work
Joel Peterson
IN her time in the industry, there isn’t much that Strath Village IGA’s Ruby Walker hasn’t seen or heard. An eventful 22 years at the Strath Village store draw to a close today, as Ruby greets her last customers and makes her last sale after spending 35 years in supermarket..
01-Sep-2016
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Hospital to create 1000 new jobs
Sharon Kemp
Bendigo Health will employ an additional 220 people in the first 12 months after the $630 million hospital opens, and up to 1000 extra staff in its first decade of operation. State government top-up funding of $32.17m to Bendigo Health’s 2016-17 operating budget allows the hospital to ..
26-Aug-2016
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Election numbers on way up
Sharon Kemp
CANDIDATES in this year’s council elections are likely to number well over 30 for the City of Greater Bendigo’s three wards. Two months out from the October 22 elections, as constituents turn their minds to voting issues, 26 candidates have already said they will run for the nin..
19-Aug-2016
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Water the focus for schools
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Huntly Primary School were up the creek this week on a special excursion. They were busy for a few hours at the Bendigo Creek in Huntly with the Northern Bendigo Landcare Group. The activities were designed to help the students explore and understand key river or creek heal..
17-Jun-2016
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Scientific future mapped out
Bendigo Weekly
Students Maya Mann and Ruby Stone are two of 48 science students selected to take part in a national residential science conference to take place at Brisbane University in July. The Girton Grammar School year 11s were selected from applicants all over Australia, making them eligible to take..
10-Jun-2016
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Marilyn's birthday splash
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S towering eight metre sculpture of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe was this week given a spruce up to commemorate her 90th birthday. Bendigo CFA brigade members washed the Seward Johnson sculpture Forever Marilyn on Wednesday, before Victorian Tourism and Major Events Minister J..
03-Jun-2016
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Good golly miss Molly
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO is becoming familiar with the whole Hollywood scene at the moment, and now there’s another taste. Molly Ringwald is coming to town, and will be performing at the Ulumbarra Theatre on Thursday, June 9 Ringwald is a star who kicked of her film career in the 1980s, but before ..
01-Apr-2016
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A golden opportunity for investors
Bendigo Weekly
KENNINGTON 173 St Aidans Road Ellis Nuttall Real Estate Jayde Neate 5442 8111/0407 437 184 Price $250,000 Exceptional land value alone, this renovator is in the best location for investment development and would be an ideal townhouse site (STCA). It has loads of potential for d..
26-Jun-2014
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Amazing footage from Gisborne fire
Bendigo Weekly
Remarkable footage from Mount Macedon CFA firefighters show the February 9 Gisborne fire up close. ..
27-Feb-2014
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Nationals draw top spot on ballot
Sharon Kemp
A BALL draw has determined the four mainstream political parties running in Bendigo will fill the top five positions on ballot paper when voting for the Federal election begins on Tuesday. Significantly, the two second tier parties - the Nationals and the Australia Greens - will fill the top..
10-Jun-2016
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Sporting win for clubs
Bendigo Weekly
TWELVE Central Victorian sports and recreation clubs can kit up after winning grants in the latest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants. The grants are a traditional source of funding for local clubs and this year they shared in almost $1 million given out statewide. The Bendigo..
10-Jun-2016
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Safety first for cyclists
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo will complete works at one of the city centre’s busiest roundabouts in an effort to make it safer for cyclists. City of Greater Bendigo Engineering and Public Space Manager Brett Martini said work on the Williamson Street/Mollison Street roundabout included ..
03-Jun-2016
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Angela is top class at plain speaking
Bendigo Weekly
BSSC student Angela Stevens has won the regional final of the VCAA Plain English Speaking Awards held at Girton Grammar on Monday evening. BSSC PESA coordinator David van Es said it was a spectacular effort by Angela to win the regional final. “Against formidable opposition she d..
27-May-2016
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Greens aim for growth
Sharon Kemp
THE Greens have opened a campaign office in the heart of Bendigo. It’s the first time the party has established an office in the city, with local branch members deciding last year to become more visible in the 2016 election, according to candidate Rosemary Glaisher. As of Tuesday, ..
20-May-2016
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Discovering the depths
Bendigo Weekly
A groundbreaking STEM initiative exploring deep-sea biology, geology, and archaeology in the Eastern Pacific now has a link to Bendigo. Rachel Rayner from Discovery Science and Technology Centre has been selected as a 2016 lead science communication fellow and will sail aboard Exploration Ve..
13-May-2016
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Music in the park
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo’s massive Summer in the Parks program continues with the Music in the Park concerts every Friday evening through February. The series of free concerts takes in Strathdale, Eaglehawk and White Hills before wrapping up in Rosalind Park on February 24. First up, next Friday, ..
26-Jan-2017
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A modern classic
Simon Wooldridge
With 12 explosive tracks coming in at a Ramonesesque 27½ minutes, Clowns’ 2013 debut album I’m Not Right is a modern punk rock classic. They followed it up two years later with the rapturously received Bad Blood – similar enough to cement their credentials as Melbour..
19-Jan-2017
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This way to the Vine
Simon Wooldridge
I was talking up This Way North a few evenings ago, but stalled when asked to categorise their sound. “They’re a bit rocky,” I said, “and there are elements of dance in there. A bit funky. Soul. And even a kind of a hint of world music in parts.” However ..
12-Jan-2017
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Morris is no minor
Simon Wooldridge
Forever associated with the 1960s psychedelic classic The Real Thing, Russell Morris’s career stretches back more than 50 years> Variously described as both legend and icon, he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2008. Morris makes a very welcome return to Bendigo on Frid..
05-Jan-2017
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The year that was
Simon Wooldridge
You won’t find “vibranter” in the dictionary, however it perfectly describes what happened to the Bendigo music scene this year; a vibrant scene got vibranter. There were many 2016 highlights for me. But I’ll start with Groovin The Moo. Well it wasn’t actually ..
21-Dec-2016
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Party on all levels
Bendigo Weekly
MusicMan doesn’t do things by halves. Tomorrow’s Christmas party features 29 acts over 12 hours on three levels. As well as being a lot of fun it’ll be a test of endurance for even the hardiest gig-goer. Tomorrow though, sees a more varied line-up than usual at th..
16-Dec-2016
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Serving up a winning event
Bendigo Weekly
TABLE tennis players from across the state will hit Bendigo this weekend for the annual Victorian Country Championships tournament. Hundreds of competitors will descend on the Victoria Street table tennis and badminton stadium for the three days of competition. The annual event is the bi..
09-Jun-2017
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Focus on football future
Joel Peterson
THE rapid growth in female football in recent seasons has sparked a long-term strategy to be drawn up by a new AFL Central Victoria working group to address the future needs of the sport. The strategy will guide the sport’s growth between 2018 to 2021 and include planning for an AFL Ce..
02-Jun-2017
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Blazers bounce back from tough weekend
Bendigo Weekly
IT was a mixed weekend for the CV Blazers hockey sides on home turf at Garden Gully in round six of Hockey Victoria’s state league. The women’s Blazers celebrated club legend Sally Anderson’s 250th game but could not take the points in the reserves contest going down 5-3 to..
02-Jun-2017
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Miners hold on for thrilling win
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Fighting Miners face up to one of the toughest tests in Victorian Rugby Union this weekend, playing unbeaten competition leader Eltham after scoring a famous win last weekend. Bendigo hung on by the narrowest of margins, 32-31, in a thrilling encounter against second-placed Kiwi ..
02-Jun-2017
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Spirit land first import
Joel Peterson
NEW Bendigo Spirit signing Betnijah Laney will provide plenty of toughness and defence, two things that will be required in spades this WNBL season. As the league gets bigger, the Spirit have brought in the former Rutgers University star to add some size and physicality to its wing rotation...
02-Jun-2017
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Success rolls on for Jontee
Joel Peterson
At the time, it was just a small piece of advice from a family member. “Maybe you should play wheelchair basketball.” Just over a year later, that decision has taken Bendigo’s Jontee Brown across the country and, next week, to Canada. His story is a perfect example ..
02-Jun-2017
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Sporting best gather for awards
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 200 guests will be on hand tonight for the announcement of the 51st Sports Star of the Year awards, to be held at Bendigo’s All Seasons Quality Resort. The Bendigo Weekly – Prime7 backed awards have attracted finalists in a diverse array of sports including basketball, ..
26-Feb-2016
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Sarah adds some colour
Steve Kendall
Sarah Boulton creates abstract impressions with ink and acrylic on linen, canvas and paper and has been showing her work since the late 1990s. The Melbourne artist moved to Castlemaine in 2000, and it’s there her art will be shown next. The Gov Cafe at the Old Castlemaine Gaol is d..
26-Feb-2016
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Fox is a special arrival
Steve Kendall
Fox Hamilton Hugh Roberts entered the world on a pretty important day for Australia. We reached a population milestone of 24 million, at about 12.50am on Tuesday, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and Fox clocked in a few hours later making him pretty close to being citizen ..
19-Feb-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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Bill's a winner at Eaglehawk UFS
Bendigo Weekly
UFS Eaglehawk Car winner Bill with Jason Shay, Jane Hall, Jeff Gook and Chris Romano. Bill won the his new Hyundai after shopping at Eaglehawk UFS Dispensary..
11-Mar-2016
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Growth plan develops
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo is working on an Urban Design Framework for the Strathfieldsaye Town Centre to guide future development as the town grows and doubles in population over the next few years. Council’s Trevor Budge said the UDF will establish the form and layout of the town c..
11-Mar-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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Fossick for taste treats
Bendigo Weekly
Exploring the local food offerings can still be easy during the Bendigo Easter Festival and public holidays, with a variety of different venues, producers and events available from Good Friday through until Easter Monday. While some venues will only deliver limited trading times due to the f..
02-Apr-2015
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Free food for all
Dianne Dempsey
In the late summer and early autumn while fruit trees are burgeoning, the glut of food can make for a challenge. There are only so many apple pies and jars of jam you can make. The solution to what to do with excess food has been taken on by a group of locals who have embraced a movement whi..
20-Mar-2015
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Head to the Hatter
Bendigo Weekly
After the overwhelming sell-out success of last year’s inaugural event, Food Fossickers Picnic with The Mad Hatter will return on March 15 with even more regional food, wine and fun. The event returns to the recently redeveloped Bendigo Botanic Gardens, providing ticket holders with an..
06-Feb-2015
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Cheers for beers
Bendigo Weekly
Australia Day is synonymous with lamb chops, a barbecue and a beer, but it would surprise most that the beer they are drinking is not Australian owned. While the stereotype would suggest we all chug down a VB, Bendigo Beer’s Trev Birks is urging everyone to think before they drink. &ld..
23-Jan-2015
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Safety first with food
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO developer Jared Marwood has developed an application to help with food safety programs for small to medium Class 2 Retail and Food Service Businesses. Cook Safe allows food premises to easily create their food safety program. By answering a set of questions, Cook Safe sets up a Food..
19-Dec-2014
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Tarts raise money
Bendigo Weekly
Food Fossickers restaurant member Masons of Bendigo is baking up a storm to spread some Christmas spirit with an old fashioned cake drive, raising funds for the Bendigo Community Farmers Market. Restaurant owner and pastry chef Sonia Anthony has donated both her time and talent to bake the a..
12-Dec-2014
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When the ink runs dry
Rosalea Ryan
Final Chapters Jim Bernhard Skyhorse Publishing $19 Authors often deal with death as a subject in their creative efforts but how much is recorded – when the pen is laid down one last time or the keyboard falls silent – of an individual writer’s own demise? I..
22-Apr-2016
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Nine lives in limbo
Rosalea Ryan
City of Thorns Ben Rawlence, Portobello $35 Dreams – however distant – of resettlement abroad fuel the sometimes-heartbreaking hopes of residents trapped in the scorchingly hot, desolate limbo of the world’s biggest refugee camp: a combinatio..
15-Apr-2016
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Hebridean mystery
Rosalea Ryan
The Ice Twins SK Tremayne Harper Collins, £7.99 Twin girls: snowy-blonde, blue-eyed, six years old and absolutely identical in every way – so much so that not even the most advanced DNA testing can tell them apart. Then comes tragedy f..
08-Apr-2016
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Presley’s last love story
Rosalea Ryan
Elvis & Ginger Ginger Alden Berkley, $27.99 To much of the world Priscilla Beaulieu was the one true love of Elvis Presley’s life. In reality, however, that marriage held together for just a short of five years, and several other significant g..
01-Apr-2016
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Shane’s spicy menu
Rosalea Ryan
Spice Journey Shane Delia Murdoch Books $49.99 T HREE kitchen ingredients say “Easter” in Australian like no other: seafood, lamb and chocolate. This year a plethora of fresh takes on that trio is offered in Spice Journey, the printed acc..
24-Mar-2016
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High rise heartaches
Rosalea Ryan
The Expatriates Janice YK Lee, Little, Brown $29.99 In the claustrophobic city that is high-rise Hong Kong, expatriates’ lives inevitably intersect. The men do business with each other, and the women – the “trailing spouses”, almost uniformly onc..
18-Mar-2016
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