Road blitz nets drivers
Joel Peterson
SPEEDING was the most common offence among central Victorian motorists during a 24-day police blitz on driver behaviour. A total of 164 speeding offences were recorded during Operation Roadwise, which ran from December 15 to January 7. Police doubled down on efforts to enforce driver beh..
12-Jan-2018
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Labor push for TAFEs
Sharon Kemp
A DECADE of reform in vocational education had failed and a federal Labor government will do a complete U-turn on TAFEs, including in Bendigo, according to local MP Lisa Chesters. This is despite the trend away from traditional apprenticeships and courses in favour of single subject educatio..
12-Jan-2018
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Codeine restriction may be a real pain
Bendigo Weekly
THE move to make all codeine-containing medicine available only through prescription may hurt people in regional areas more because they suffer a lack of choices in pain management. Pene Wood, a lecturer in clinical pharmacy at LaTrobe University in Bendigo, said where there were public sect..
12-Jan-2018
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New on the job
Sharon Kemp
WITH eight years of training already under their belt, 40 junior doctors will start medical specialty training at Bendigo Health where senior medical staff hope they will stay. For Nadishi Athulathmuali, the placement at the hospital is more than the opportunity to be taught and mentored by ..
12-Jan-2018
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High alert for fire threat
Joel Peterson
FIRE authorities are on high alert and the national energy regulator is expecting significant strain on Victoria’s power network as the state prepares to endure a summer scorcher tomorrow. The mercury is tipped to reach 42 degrees, after a forecast maximum of 36 degrees today. S..
05-Jan-2018
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Tackling the road toll
Bendigo Weekly
THE state government has joined Victoria Police and the Transport Accident Commission in an appeal to motorists and other road users to slow down and take more care in a bid to reduce the number of lives lost on the roads in 2018. The state’s provisional road toll for 2017 stands at 25..
05-Jan-2018
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Familiar face waving from a different home
Sharon Kemp
Jack Fitzpatrick is recognisable as the friendly face who waved to passing drivers for 25 years from the front window of his Creeth Street home. So well known is Mr Fitzpatrick, after he disappeared from the window, drivers stopped at his house and asked family members if the man in ..
07-Dec-2017
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Tree tradition continues
Bendigo Weekly
The great Y Service Club Christmas Tree Sale is now on. One of the best aspects of Christmas for families is picking out the Christmas tree. And every year the YMCA raises money for up to 20 charities by selling “real live” trees to the public. Colin Lambie said he was a..
30-Nov-2017
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Uncle Brien recognised on honour roll
Bendigo Weekly
UNCLE Brien Nelson has been included on this year’s Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll recognising his profound contribution to his community. Mr Nelson is a Jaara Elder who life’s work included efforts to reconnect younger Aboriginal people to their culture and language. In hi..
23-Nov-2017
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O'Rourke back in the top job
Bendigo Weekly
MARGARET O’Rourke was installed on Tuesday for a second term as mayor, and councillor Jennifer Alden as her deputy. The pair will preside in a year that has the potential to offer Bendigo opportunities in the lead-up to a state election. A select committee into regional development..
17-Nov-2017
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Stepping out of isolation
Dianne Dempsey
Meet Jim, a four-year-old labrador and his much loved friend, Penny Williams. Brought together through the auspices of a pilot study conducted by La Trobe University researchers, the two companions have enjoyed regular walks together, all in the name of science. La Trobe’s Living w..
17-Nov-2017
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Group calls for Manus men
Bendigo Weekly
MEMBERS of the Loddon Mallee Regional Advisory Council are formally requesting to resettle within the region up to 300 refugees and asylum seekers from Manus Island. At the inaugural meeting of the council, Victorian Multicultural Commission chairperson Helen Kapalos said council members ask..
17-Nov-2017
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New role as a celebrant
Sharon Kemp
There is a peculiar crossover in the skill sets for dentists and marriage celebrants, and in the explanation there is a great deal of hope. Because the most nervous a person can be is probably before they go to the dentist, or on their wedding day. The person who can calm them, and then ..
30-Nov-2017
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Mayor to chair Regional Cities in critical year
Sharon Kemp
A BENDIGO representative will chair a peak regional Victorian board through the 2018 State election. City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke was last night elected for a 12-month term to chair Regional Cities Victoria, on the same day Premier Daniel Andrews unveiled a regional ..
24-Nov-2017
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Homes needed ahead of kitten influx
Bendigo Weekly
THERE are 44 cats looking for homes at the RSPCA in Bendigo, and you can help. Across the state the RSPCA is attempting to find forever homes for 200 before Sunday. This is to make room for the thousands of homeless kittens that will soon start arriving. Cat adoption fees will be re..
23-Nov-2017
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Mural adds a bright view
Bendigo Weekly
View Street‘s charm has been enhanced by the addition of a mural created by one of the street’s traders, Kane Barri. To discover the mural you have to go to View Lane which runs parallel to View Street and off Mackenzie Street. The mural, painted by Kane Barri, the owner of ..
17-Nov-2017
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Stage is set for blues
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO singer Sherri Parry kicked launched the seventh Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival in fine style yesterday morning, kicking off the weekend in the Hargreaves Mall. If you’re a blues fan or not, there is plenty to see and do, with 140 acts performing across 50 venues, including sh..
09-Nov-2017
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Twice as nice
Bendigo Weekly
Mother of five-week-old twins Katrina Dawborn laughed and said sleep is vastly overrated anyway. Katrina estimates that’s she’s getting about two to three hours sleep a night and when she can, an afternoon nap. “On the whole I felt quite relieved, William and James are ..
02-Nov-2017
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The sound of the season
Bendigo Weekly
CANTERBURY Park will come alive with the sound of Christmas this weekend as the Eaglehawk community hosts its annual carols event. The event is run by the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival and is held in the gardens each year. Organisers are looking forward to a bumper e..
07-Dec-2017
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Videos on track for reading win
Bendigo Weekly
A series of educational videos supporting adults to encourage a love of reading in their children has been produced as part of the 2017 Bendigo Writers Festival. The five videos feature story-teller Narelle Stone and are designed to give parents confidence to read to their children and insp..
30-Nov-2017
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One stop for two services
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’s health and legal services are blazing a trail in regional Victoria, creating a partnership that allows vulnerable residents to access help for both challenges in one place. In opening the new headquarters of Bendigo Community Health Services and Arc Justice this week, the ser..
23-Nov-2017
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Quilty set for Bendigo
Peter Kennedy
Bendigo Art Gallery will host the acclaimed Another Day in Paradise exhibition of artworks by Bali Nine member Muyuran Sukumaran and leading Australian artists Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Megan Cope, Jagath Dheerasekara, Khaled Sabsabi, and Matthew Sleeth in July 2018. The exhibition responds ..
17-Nov-2017
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Students have driving ambition
Bendigo Weekly
SIXTEEN Eaglehawk Secondary College students have had a hands-on experience in the motor industry as part of the Smith Family’s Work Inspiration Program. The aim of the Bendigo program was to encourage more females to think about entering non-traditional jobs through a two-day workshop..
17-Nov-2017
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Beating addiction
Sharon Kemp
RECOVERING from drug or alcohol addiction is as tough as it gets but worth every sober minute. The rolling positive impact is felt for generations of Australians to come, according to the leader and recent graduates of a Bendigo rehab program. Three graduates of Transformations, the Conn..
10-Nov-2017
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One night - one gig
Simon Wooldridge
Nothing that unusual about a band putting out a live album. TJ and Son are doing just that, early next year. But they’re taking a bold, and quite different approach. Not only is their forthcoming live album their debut, but it will be recorded on one night, at one gig – at t..
01-Dec-2017
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Changing seasons with the MSO
Bendigo Weekly
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is bringing its finest players and a gorgeous repertoire to Bendigo for an evening of classical music tomorrow. In his final concert with the MSO, concertmaster Eoin Andersen invites you to enjoy some of his favourite works celebrating the changing of the sea..
01-Dec-2017
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The word is out
Bendigo Weekly
Formed less than 12 months ago, The Write Stuff has attracted hundreds of central Victorians to its spoken word events this year. An event on Sunday will be the collective’s last event for 2017. It all happens at Bendigo’s MusicMan, 264 Hargreaves Street, from 3pm. &ldquo..
23-Nov-2017
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Songs they're singing
Simon Wooldridge
Tomorrow night, Saturday, sees a welcome return to Bendigo for folk-roots songstresses Alanna and Alicia. The twin sisters, now based in Melbourne, launch new album, Songs I’m Singing With Me, at The Old Church on the Hill. They’ll be joined by special guest, Enda Kenny &nda..
23-Nov-2017
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The War of Ideas
Simon Wooldridge
Fronted by singer-songwriter Trevor Petrie, The War of Ideas is a Bendigo-based indie-folk-rock five piece. They recently released their second EP, The Beauty of Solitude. “First EP kind of, really,” Petrie told the Weekly. “The previous incarnation of the band wa..
17-Nov-2017
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Beating the drum
Bendigo Weekly
Lily and the Drum return to Bendigo tonight to perform at Allies Hotel in Myers Flat. The duo has been visiting the Bendigo area to perform their brand of bluesy roots rock and soul on numerous occasions over the past four years. “We performed some of our very first shows in the re..
17-Nov-2017
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Junior Braves hit the ground running
Joel Peterson
A HOST of talented young basketballers will represent Bendigo at two upcoming talent camps. The group of 21 players will compete at the Southern Cross Challenge and Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup. Bendigo has a proud history of sending rising stars to the competitions, which ar..
12-Jan-2018
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A final surprise in T20 competition
Joel Peterson
THEY have won a combined three first XI matches this season, but White Hills and Bendigo United have again proven that red ball success rarely translates to cricket’s shortest format. The two unlikely sides will do battle in next Wednesday’s Bendigo District Cricket Association T..
12-Jan-2018
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Wilson to lead games charge
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO lawn bowler Aaron Wilson will lead Australia’s charge in the singles at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Wilson has been selected to lead the singles and team up with Brett Wilkie to defend their world title in the pairs. Wilson is also a world champion in the..
12-Jan-2018
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Emily skates to success
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL ice hockey star Emily Davis-Tope is again impressing on the international stage, leading Australia at the under-18 world championships campaign in Poland. The 16-year-old Bendigo product is captain of the Australian squad for the championships, which began last week in Katowice. It..
12-Jan-2018
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Jason's memory rides on
Joel Peterson
THERE will be far more than just a green and gold jersey at stake this weekend for the strong contingent of Bendigo cyclists competing in the Cycling Australia Road National Championships. As much as they will be riding to win, they will be also riding in memory of a fellow cyclist, local an..
05-Jan-2018
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Change afoot for Spirit
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Spirit coach Simon Pritchard is preaching patience after a painful season for the WNBL club came to an end last week. Despite recording a late win over Dandenong to take their season tally to four, Bendigo finished last on the table of the league’s eight clubs, its first wooden..
05-Jan-2018
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Drive to donate
Bendigo Weekly
Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has launched her Christmas Donation Drive. This year, Ms Chesters is supporting the Uniting Care Bendigo Emergency Relief Assistant Centres in Kangaroo Flat and Forest Street. The Emergency Relief Assistant Centres assist several thousand local pe..
30-Nov-2017
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School in spotlight
Bendigo Weekly
THE past 12 months at Strathfieldsaye Primary School has exemplified the benefits of the Bendigo Health-backed Healthy Schools competition. Strathfieldsaye took second prize in the 2016/17 period, presented in conjunction with the Bendigo Sports Star of the Year awards. With the $1000 in..
23-Nov-2017
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Time to swap
Bendigo Weekly
THE National Swap Meet is back in Bendigo, marking 42 years of bits and bargains. This weekend will be a mass of all things car related, with enthusiasts and collectors looking for that all-important part. There is plenty to see and do with more than 1700 sites of auto, motorcycle engine..
17-Nov-2017
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Top spot for Phoenix presenter
Bendigo Weekly
Phoenix FM presenter Dawn Delaney hit a high note in broadcasting last week when her show was voted best new program. World Music Safari – Sounds From Other Lands is a weekly two-hour radio program presented each Sunday from 11am. The award was announced by the Community Broadc..
17-Nov-2017
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Wear your loudest shirt
Bendigo Weekly
The Australian Hearing Bus is out and about in Hargreaves Mall on Monday. It’s your big chance to wear your loudest and brightest clothes and have a free hearing check, what’s more the event supports deaf children. There will be a raffle competition and the Lions Club of Bend..
09-Nov-2017
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Service moved
Bendigo Weekly
There is a change to the location of the Bendigo Remembrance service. Due to the renovations under way at the Soldiers Memorial Institute on Pall Mall and the Bendigo Fountain adjacent to the Cenotaph, this year’s service will be held at the Bendigo District RSL Complex, 73-75 Hav..
02-Nov-2017
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Pathways in medicine
Bendigo Weekly
Tim Chimunda thinks ADHD traits can be put to good use and as the new director of the north-west Victoria regional medical training hub, he’s out to prove it. To his work as an intensive care specialist at Bendigo Health, he adds a family, a full agenda of networking and study, and hi..
23-Nov-2017
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Spanning the gap
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL engineering prowess has built the 65-metre-long footbridge across Arnold Street that will be one of the most prominent features of the Bendigo hospital when it is installed next Friday. Bendigo Engineering Services and other city-based firms have worked on the bridge at BES’s Kan..
17-Nov-2017
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Tony has pride in his work
Sharon Kemp
TONY Mertz has a once-removed relationship with the Hawkei that Thales is making for the Australian Defence Force. At the Eaglehawk Recycling Centre, his job is to break down the wooden crates in which parts for the expensive and high-tech protective vehicle arrive at the Bendigo factory. ..
17-Nov-2017
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Move along to save
Bendigo Weekly
New Real Estate Institute of Victoria data reveals regional buyers can save more than $350,000 by buying a home in the next town along the train line. Significant savings of more than $170,000 were also possible for those who purchased a home in Kangaroo Flat ($293,375) instead of the previo..
17-Nov-2017
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Top shiraz uncorked
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s best shiraz has been decided and it’s the 2015 Burnt Acre shiraz that was the clear winner. The general public got their chance to become professional wine judges during Bendigo Uncorked Week, sampling from 16 shiraz varieties submitted by wineries from across the Bendi..
09-Nov-2017
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New push for carers
Sharon Kemp
REGISTERED and patient care assistants at Bupa Aged Care in Bendigo stopped work on Tuesday in a bid to improve staffing ratios, wages and conditions nationally for the company’s care workers. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation organiser Loretta Marchesi said union members wou..
02-Nov-2017
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Bishop retires
Bendigo Weekly
THE Anglican Bishop of Bendigo Andrew Curnow AM will conclude his time in office next month. After more than 14 years, Bishop Curnow will lay up his pastoral staff in St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday, December 2. Bishop Curnow has been the head of the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo sin..
23-Nov-2017
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Poll call to end citizenship crisis
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO MP Lisa Chesters says she will meet the December 1 deadline for declaring any dual citizenship set this week. Both sides of federal politics came to an agreement on Monday to compel all MPs to confirm their citizenship status by the start of next month. The federal Labor member s..
17-Nov-2017
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Cadel makes his mark
Peter Kennedy
The 2011 Tour de France winner and four-time Olympian Cadel Evans AM enthralled local cyclists, business and civic leaders during a number of guest appearances in Bendigo on Wednesday. Evans was in Bendigo to promote the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race to cycling enthusiasts throughout reg..
09-Nov-2017
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Work on at QEO
Bendigo Weekly
WORKS on spectator facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Oval are gathering momentum, with design work completed for the new kiosk and redeveloped entry to Bendigo’s iconic oval. Shade shelters were constructed this year at the city end of the oval, and work has begun to install concrete b..
02-Nov-2017
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Top event leads to gymnastics return
Bendigo Weekly
FOLLOWING a record-breaking event in 2017, Gymnastics Australia’s Aerobics Gymnastics Championships will return to Bendigo next year. Ulumbarra Theatre has hosted the event for the past three years, but next May it will call the new Bendigo Stadium home. This year’s event saw..
26-Oct-2017
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Sports star win for Dusty
Bendigo Weekly
THERE was hardly anything Dustin Martin didn’t win in September, so of course it was only natural the Richmond champion added a Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year award to his ever-growing trophy cabinet. As Richmond stormed to a surprise AFL flag that set long-suffering Tigers f..
19-Oct-2017
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Silence is not always golden
Sharon Kemp
On public transport, it’s generally expected that passengers will keep to themselves: that they will behave discreetly, mind their own business and not interfere in the conversations of those around them. Sometimes, however, the worst thing a fellow traveller can do is to do nothing at..
23-Nov-2017
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Puzzle over nurse
Dianne Dempsey
Among the 52 women, children and one boy who are buried together in the St Aidans gravesite at the Remembrance Park, Quarry Hill, lies the remains of Jean Lowrie – a World War I nurse. Her story particularly intrigued local historian Murray Poustie who feels he has run into a roadbloc..
23-Nov-2017
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Temporary island home
Rosalea Ryan
Gevaar Island, 40 kilometres due west of tiny Shoalhaven on the West Australian coast, is an isolated, largely inhospitable place at the best of times. In the off season, when the fishermen whose huts are the only sign of civilisation among the rocks rarely leave port on the mainland, it&rs..
17-Nov-2017
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Happily ever after?
Rosalea Ryan
One week. Seven days. Surely change can’t happen so quickly as to completely overturn someone’s sedate, settled life in such a short time span – or can it? High school English teacher Casper Gray enjoys the type of steady contentment his still-single childhood mate Luke cov..
09-Nov-2017
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Bonding backfires
Rosalea Ryan
Corporate retreat. It’s a term almost guaranteed to set off a shiver of fear in all but the most upwardly mobile, single-mindedly ambitious go-getting employee. For accounting clerk Beth McKenzie few things could be less inviting than the prospect of spending four days “team buil..
02-Nov-2017
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Templar history targeted
Rosalea Ryan
Tucked away in the southwestern corner of France is one of the world’s most impressive collections of prehistoric art. The départment of Dordogne is known in international circles for a trio of drawcards: more than 1500 castles, abundant black truffles and the 600-plus irreplac..
26-Oct-2017
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