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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Planning ahead for dry
Joel Peterson
Lessons learned from the millennium drought will guide Coliban Water’s future planning, according to its raw water supply manager Steve Healy. Coliban’s Urban Water Strategy lists some of the key objectives for the organisation arising from the drought, which saw water supplies d..
14-Jul-2017
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Rent hit for park owners
Sharon Kemp
FIVE months before the Central City Caravan Park farewells its last visitor, the park is already showing signs of vacancy but the landlord continues to increase the rent. About two thirds of the park’s 90-odd long-term residents have already left, selling or taking their transportable ..
14-Jul-2017
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V/Line slides back
Joel Peterson
FOLLOWING some recent gains, on-time running of Bendigo line trains took a dive last month with almost one in every six services arriving late. Punctuality of services on the Bendigo line in June was 84.3 per cent, down from May’s figure of 87.1 per cent. That came despite punctual..
14-Jul-2017
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Bendigo to ease metro woe
Bendigo Weekly
REGIONAL cities such as Bendigo have been urged to seek a greater role in alleviating the population pressures facing Greater Melbourne, with new Census data highlighting disparities in the state’s population growth. The 2016 census data shows Victoria’s 10 largest regional citie..
14-Jul-2017
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Green light expected
Sharon Kemp
A NEW 173-lot subdivision in Strathfieldsaye and a reconfiguration of the former Mt Edgecombe Hotel in Quarry Hill into a food and hospitality hub have been recommended as plans worthy of a nod. City of Greater Bendigo councillors are set to approve both at next Wednesday’s meeting des..
14-Jul-2017
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Students and staff go around the world
Bendigo Weekly
Victory Christian College was the place to be this week as they held a special fun event. Wacky Wednesday takes place every year on the last Wednesday of term two, and each year there is a different theme. The school’s Shelly Seales said it’s a fun day for staff and students..
29-Jun-2017
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Students revitalise Annie's tale
Bendigo Weekly
St Liborius Catholic Primary School was abuzz this week as students prepared to perform the musical Annie Jr. A full dress rehearsal took place on Wednesday as students honed their acting, singing and dancing skills in preparation for the two performances which took place at the Liborius Ce..
22-Jun-2017
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Time to move on
Bendigo Weekly
WITH only a few ibis left on Lake Weeroona after breeding season, work has begun to scare the remaining birds off one of two islands. The City of Greater Bendigo has a work permit from the Department of Environmental, Land, Water and Planning to “scare only” the ibis which are pr..
19-Jun-2017
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Blood donor hits a special milestone
Bendigo Weekly
This week is National Blood Donor Week and it’s when the Australian Red Cross Blood Service says a special thank you to all the donating legends. Their generous donations support the one in three Australians who will need donated blood in their lifetime. One donor who deserves a sp..
15-Jun-2017
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Road changes impact winery
Bendigo Weekly
WHILE work on the $86 million Calder Highway interchange at Ravenswood is continuing, one local business has taken a major hit due to a loss of customers attributed to the ongoing roadworks. Killiecrankie Wines owner John Monteath this week said cellar door sales had plummeted by about 80 pe..
09-Jun-2017
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Writers festival reveals line up
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Writers Festival was launched on Wednesday evening announcing the festival is changing, but also staying the same. The festival will feature new events and venues, plus international guests and an impressive line-up of Australian writers. Festival director Rosemary Sorensen s..
01-Jun-2017
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Gallery offers a new view of Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW exhibition at the Post Office Gallery offers a bird’s-eye view of Bendigo. Vantage point: aerial views of Bendigo features 12 large scale reproductions of aerial views of Bendigo taken by Charles Pratt as well as three original glass plate negatives from the collection of the Sta..
08-Jun-2017
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AFL in class
Bendigo Weekly
CENTRAL Victorian school students picked up some footy tips from the elite level this week as Melbourne Football Club players headed up the Calder for a series of school visits. Demons players dropped into schools across the region, joined by local clubs to run footy clinics and speak to stu..
01-Jun-2017
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Police watch mall
Bendigo Weekly
TRANSIT police from Melbourne spent two afternoons this week patrolling bus stops at Bendigo train station and Hargreaves Mall. Bendigo police inspector Shane Brundell said the city-based officers would return for unannounced visits in coming months. The stronger police presence coincide..
25-May-2017
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Traditional burn a true milestone
Sharon Kemp
WHEN Rhys Cooper talks about the time it took to introduce traditional burning as a permanent fire management tool, he is not talking about the three years that went into planning so it would become reality in Victoria. He is talking about the more than 150 years since white settleme..
18-May-2017
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Tourism boss out in shock job loss
Dianne Dempsey
In what she described as a shock announcement, tourism executive manager Kathryn Mackenzie has lost her position with the City of Greater Bendigo. Ms Mackenzie said news of her redundancy came as a total surprise, particularly as it came on the heels of the Australian Tourism Awards announce..
12-May-2017
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Orange day for SES
Bendigo Weekly
ALL Australians are being encouraged to wear orange in a united show of thanks for the work done and commitment shown by SES volunteers. The Victorian State Emergency Service will be having its annual Wear Orange Wednesday on May 10. SES media team leader Robin Neller said the idea..
04-May-2017
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Hospital upgrade complete
Bendigo Weekly
The $40 million upgrade on St John of God Bendigo Hospital is officially open for business. An opening and blessing of the redevelopment was held in the hospital’s atrium on Tuesday. St John of God Health care trustees and group CEO attended to participate in the blessing by the..
08-Jun-2017
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Second chance for Mia
Steve Kendall
MIA the border collie has had a second chance and there’s a fundraiser to help the good work continue. The former puppy farm dog had been confined to cages until she ended up at the McIvor Road Vet Clinic. She was far from well and had damage to both hips. Enter Estelle and Kei..
01-Jun-2017
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True brew Fi hits her tea target
Bendigo Weekly
Amid the hum of hundreds of people enjoying morning tea, Fiona Macdonald was confident she had served cups to the more than 350 people she hoped to, and raised more than $8000. Ms Macdonald, with four biggest morning teas under her belt, offered more than just a hot drink and a scone to peop..
25-May-2017
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A coat fit for a community drive
Bendigo Weekly
Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has donated the red coat made famous during the 2016 election campaign to launch the 2017 Bendigo Community Coat Drive. Bendigo Community Health Services chief executive Kim Sykes said the donation was a great start to the 2017 coat drive which looked..
18-May-2017
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Birds are on show
Bendigo Weekly
BIRD fanciers are all of a twitter and ready to flock to an event this weekend. The Bendigo Bird Expo and sale is on at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre on Saturday between 11am and 2pm. There will be a wide variety of both native and exotic birds for sale and display. So..
11-May-2017
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Challenge to aid research
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo riders have set off to ride an epic 900 kilometres this week in support of the inaugural Type 1 Challenge. The challenge is led by three cyclists living with Type 1 Diabetes, the group includes representatives from Telstra, Bendigo Bank, Byte, Channel Nine, Delta Group, HERE ..
04-May-2017
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Frenzal Rhomb to hit MusicMan
Simon Wooldridge
Frenzal Rhomb, out on the road promoting new album Hi-Vis High Tea, rock-up at Bendigo’s MusicMan on Thursday, July 27. A sedate, gentle, recital kind-of-evening seems unlikely. The new album, their ninth studio record in a 25-year career, clocks-in at a very punk rock 20 tracks i..
07-Jul-2017
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Dave O'Neil is comedy gold
Bendigo Weekly
Goldmines Comedy is back for July with Dave O’Neil as the headline act on Thursday. The night is being held from 8pm at the Goldmines Hotel, 49-57, Marong Road. Tickets are $10 on the door and for that you will be entertained by Melbourne and local comedians. O’Neil is A..
07-Jul-2017
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Isaiah has a homecoming
Bendigo Weekly
With a population of just more than 5000 people, Moama is hardly the kind of place you expect to find a superstar. Well, no one told Isaiah Firebrace that. In the past two years, the teen has transformed from a small town singer with big dreams, to one of Australia’s most successful ar..
29-Jun-2017
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Jess aims for the Skye
Simon Wooldridge
There’s something of the young PJ Harvey about Warrnambool’s Jess Skye, who plays her first-ever Bendigo gig at MusicMan tomorrow night, Saturday, July 1. The indie-folk-blues singer joins a formidable line-up which includes Kerr’s Cur, Midweek Blues, Stone Djoser, Dead Lur..
29-Jun-2017
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Matt back for blues showcase
Bendigo Weekly
Artists are preparing for the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival’s winter showcase. This will be at the Golden Vine Hotel on Sunday, July 16 with performances from visiting and local artists alike. Now in its seventh year, the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival continues t..
22-Jun-2017
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Spinsters return
Simon Wooldridge
The Barren Spinsters went down a storm at their first Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival last year. The Canberra-based rock-blues duo are making a welcome return to central Victoria over the weekend of July 14-16. Front man Brendon Houlahan (vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica, keys &nd..
22-Jun-2017
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Lady Braves look for mental edge
Joel Peterson
It was just one of “those” games. That’s the attitude of the Bendigo Lady Braves as they head into a tough double header this weekend, casting aside last weekend’s loss to Canberra as a blip in an otherwise impressive season. The Lady Braves and Braves spent their..
14-Jul-2017
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Tips from top talent
Bendigo Weekly
SOME of the region’s promising young cricketers received tips from top coaches this week as part of Cricket Victoria’s Diamonds in the Bush program. The sessions, run through the July school holidays, allow the players the opportunity to learn from some of the state’s best...
14-Jul-2017
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Legend lends a hand
Joel Peterson
AFL games record holder Brent Harvey says the rapid rise of women’s football is as big a change as he has seen in his time in the game. The North Melbourne champion was in Bendigo this week at a Toyota Good For Footy event held in conjunction with the Bendigo Thunder’s training s..
07-Jul-2017
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Making a run at history
Bendigo Weekly
SOME of Australia’s best greyhounds will be out to deny Aston Bolero a piece of history when the field jumps in tonight’s 425-metre group two Bendigo Cup. The Seona Thompson-trained Aston Bolero will line up in an attempt to be the first competitor in the race’s 60-year his..
07-Jul-2017
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BFNL trio earn rep honours
Joel Peterson
FOR the second straight season, Golden Square star Jack Geary has enhanced his reputation as one of the best footballers at community level in the state. Geary will captain Victoria Country in their clash with the Victorian Amateur Football Association on Saturday, playing alongside Sandhurs..
07-Jul-2017
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Thunder maintains winning form
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Thunder’s unbeaten run in the Northern Women’s Football League continued last weekend with a dominant display against VU Western Spurs. Billed as a top of the table clash played out on the Queen Elizabeth Oval, the Thunder stamped its authority on th..
29-Jun-2017
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Wine for the long weekend
Bendigo Weekly
The annual Heathcote on Show festival is on this weekend. It’s the time of year when the Heathcote wineries and traders come together to celebrate and show off the region’s many great wineries, fine restaurants and pubs and Heathcote’s many historic and natural attractions...
08-Jun-2017
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Sustainability awards on offer
Bendigo Weekly
Josh Byrne is the guest speaker at the Bendigo Sustainable Awards presentation evening on World Environment Day, June 5. Mr Byrne is a sustainability practitioner and communicator well known for his work on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program. He has a unique and integrated approa..
01-Jun-2017
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Playing sport with disability
Bendigo Weekly
A GROUP of 10 local students with a disability yesterday hosted an all-abilities sports day for primary school students to raise awareness of what it’s like to live and play sport with a disability. The group is comprised of members from Kalianna School and Bendigo Senior Secondary Col..
25-May-2017
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Awards launched to aid sustainability
Bendigo Weekly
New research by Sustainability Victoria shows that more than 90 per cent of Victorians want environmental projects to tackle climate change. Sustainability Victoria’s Stan Krpan said the premier’s Sustainability Awards provided a channel for just that. “One of the great..
18-May-2017
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Weeroona walk for dog lovers
Bendigo Weekly
It’s time for dog lovers to register for the biggest event on the canine calendar, the RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk. Once again Lake Weeroona is the place to be with your dog on Sunday, May 21. After 22 years, Million Paws Walk remains RSPCA’s biggest annual fundraising ev..
11-May-2017
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Make a healthy investment for mum
Bendigo Weekly
It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer. It is the most common life-threatening cancer facing Australian women with 44 Australians diagnosed and seve..
08-May-2017
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Door open for trade training
Sharon Kemp
AFTER four years of consecutive falls in apprenticeship numbers, there are opportunities in traditional trades and traineeships, according to a Bendigo vocational training specialist. But Apprenticeships Matter regional manager Ivan Crisp said not only were most local secondary students unaw..
15-Jun-2017
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Setting the standard
Bendigo Weekly
THE Eaglehawk Recycle Shop has been awarded the top honour at this year’s Bendigo Sustainability Awards. This is the fifth year of these awards and Eaglehawk Recycle Shop was selected from six individual awards categories as the overall winner. Organisers say the shop reduces the..
08-Jun-2017
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Milestone for exchange
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Livestock Exchange in Wallenjoe Road Huntly is celebrating its 20 year anniversary. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Bernie O’Sullivan said the livestock exchange is one of Victoria’s premier livestock selling facilities. It was constructed at a cost of $5..
01-Jun-2017
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Students spread the word
Bendigo Weekly
Monash Rural Health hosted a student-led careers day in Bendigo, which attracted 25 medical and dental students from Monash University, La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne keen to hear about rural opportunities. The seminar, organised by student rural health clubs at the th..
25-May-2017
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Future in healthy food
Bendigo Weekly
CUSTOMERS say they want healthier foods in the island bins and at the end of aisles, according to the customer survey that accompanied the pilot study of the effects of drawing shoppers’ attention to healthier products. The pilot study, carried out in three Champions IGA supermarkets i..
18-May-2017
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Lansell goes to panel
Bendigo Weekly
PLANS for a 104-lot subdivision in East Bendigo could be headed for an independent panel, after the City of Greater Bendigo received 101 submissions regarding the project. The Lansell Crest development which proponent Blue Bondi Pty Ltd wants to establish on a vacant site off Lansell Street,..
11-May-2017
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Cars fit for a Queen
Bendigo Weekly
As the Queen’s Birthday long weekend approaches the Central Victorian Chrysler Club is preparing for Chryslers, Valiants, Dodges, Plymouths and Desotos to descend on Bendigo. It’s the 11th Annual Midstate Mopars show and shine and with 10 successful years behind them, Midstate Mo..
08-Jun-2017
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Heads up for show
Bendigo Weekly
A large slice of Hollywood history will arrive in Bendigo in September with an exhibition honouring the life and work of multiple Academy Award-winning costume designer Edith Head. Edith Head is considered the most significant costume designer in the history of cinema. In her 50-year ca..
01-Jun-2017
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Solar power a school hit
Bendigo Weekly
St Francis of the Fields Primary School has teamed up with More Australian Solar Homes and The Hub Foundation to install solar panels. St Francis of the Fields is one of the largest primary schools in the region with just over 550 students. The school sits ..
25-May-2017
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Share the repair
Bendigo Weekly
What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike when the wheels get out of line? Or with a sweater full of moth holes? Toss it? No way. A group of locals have organised the first Repair Café in Bendigo on Saturday at the Good Loaf Cafe from 10am until 2pm. Various volunteer ..
18-May-2017
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Expanding our justice knowledge
Bendigo Weekly
Talking Justice returns to the Ulumbarra Theatre for Law Week 2017. This year’s event on May 19 and 20 brings some of Australia’s most distinguished writers, lawyers, activists and commentators to Bendigo to tackle what are sometimes referred to as wicked problems, vexing social..
11-May-2017
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App trial to ease parking pain
Bendigo Weekly
A new online parking payment system is being trialled to allow residents to more easily pay for their parking. The trial, which began on Monday, will apply to two specific all-day carparks, the Market Street and Myers Street car parks. The system is called PayStay..
04-May-2017
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High-seas histrionics
Rosalea Ryan
ON an ocean liner bound for the far side of the world, everyone’s running away from something – or so it’s safe to assume, considering that perfectly contented, secure individuals rarely uproot themselves from a successful, established life in order to start afresh. When Li..
08-Jun-2017
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Tales of life's journey
Dianne Dempsey
With this is her second book Sally Van Gent has established herself as a valuable contributor to the Australian literary scene. As with her first book, Clay Gully, which described the trials and tribulations of setting up a heritage apple orchard in Bendigo, Van Gent has the admirable skill ..
01-Jun-2017
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Story of a matriarch
Rosalea Ryan
Ellen Quinn is barely 18 years-of-age when she falls under the spell of emancipated convict John ‘Red’ Kelly, 30. Ellen’s family have been in Australia for almost a decade, having emigrated from the northern tip of Ireland as free settlers shortly before the potato famine ..
25-May-2017
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Island life and death
Rosalea Ryan
Long-time residents say that “incomers” moving to Sanday, one of the outermost of the scattered Orkney islands off the north-east corner of Scotland, are generally running away from something. Mike Jones is no exception – so when traces of a human skeleton are unearthed from th..
19-May-2017
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Breaking free of the herd
Rosalea Ryan
Thirty-six-year-old Camilla Stacey is confident, frank, fulfilled and secure in her choices to not have children, to eschew emotional relationships with men and to speak her mind daily via the immensely successful blog HowItIs.com. In the eyes of her half a million readers Cam is an idol; t..
11-May-2017
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Fast-talking flashbacks
Rosalea Ryan
SHE’S played Craig T Nelson’s daughter, Alexis Bledel’s mother, David Sutcliffe’s wife, Ray Romano’s fiancée and her real-life boyfriend’s sister in a Hollywood career that has rarely allowed more than a moment’s downtime. Fans..
04-May-2017
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