Mulder maintains innocent stance
Sharon Kemp
A DEFIANT Bendigo Health chief executive John Mulder says he is looking forward to the completion of a Bendigo Health board investigation into his behaviour. It is three months since Mr Mulder stood aside, during which he has collected more than $100,000 in wages and benefits. In a state..
19-May-2017
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CEO loss but stadium still on track
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Stadium Limited chief executive Jason Wallace has resigned. Mr Wallace’s departure comes as the business works to deliver a $22 million-dollar expansion of its West Bendigo arena and upgrade a second property that will provide a new source of income from pokies. Chairman Br..
19-May-2017
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Housing site causes row
Sharon Kemp
AFTER attracting more than 100 objections, a medium-density housing development in East Bendigo will test the resolve of City of Greater Bendigo councillors on its compact city strategy. The council has marked the 2.6 hectares of land, bordered by Lansell and Lloyd streets and subject to Lan..
19-May-2017
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Council consistent on cottage
Sharon Kemp
A BATTLE has erupted over a dilapidated miner’s cottage on Marong Road that the City of Greater Bendigo wants to save because of its alignment to the road. The cottage described as “not a quick fixer upper” is deemed significant because it sets askew on the block to..
19-May-2017
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Bats have right to stay
Sharon Kemp
BATS swarming in Rosalind Park are likely to stay until spring and the City of Greater Bendigo faces fines of up to $7 million and imprisonment if it tries to move them on. Responding to a question at Wednesday night’s council meeting, mayor Margaret O’Rourke said the bats were a..
19-May-2017
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Course with a cause
Bendigo Weekly
Norma Tauiliili is visiting Bendigo from Samoa as part of a three-month agricultural scholarship. The Rotary Club of Bendigo is hosting Norma and she has gained experience on a number of properties in the Bendigo region and has started a certificate course at Bendigo TAFE. Norma works fo..
19-May-2017
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Rotary show is picture perfect
Bendigo Weekly
THE Rotary Club of Bendigo will present the 2017 Easter Art Show in the stunning surrounds of the Bendigo Town Hall from tonight. For the 49th consecutive year, the club is proud to offer this iconic event to the people of Bendigo, with tonight’s official opening also marking the start..
13-Apr-2017
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Clarification re Bendigo Health
Bendigo Weekly
A report in last week’s edition of the Bendigo Weekly included reference to the Bendigo Health annual report from 2011/12 which stated that the governance and remuneration committee (a board sub-committee), had included just two independent directors during the 2011/12 financial year..
07-Apr-2017
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Developers launch Fortuna homes
Sharon Kemp
FORTUNA Villa Estate is the latest of Bendigo’s medium-density housing prospects, on the market as of tomorrow after two years in the planning and designed to appeal to homebuyers who want to live near a piece of gold-era history. The Bendigo consortium which bought the 2.8 hectares of..
07-Apr-2017
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Lack of oversight from hospital board
Sharon Kemp
THE board of Bendigo Health failed to have the appropriate oversight on executive remuneration when chief executive John Mulder was allegedly receiving tax benefits as part of his salary by renting a house from his wife. The board may have breached Government Sector Executive Remuneration Pa..
31-Mar-2017
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Bush's has the right stuff
Sharon Kemp
CHANGING with the times is critical to the longevity of local business Bush’s Produce, the longest running in Bendigo in the same building, according to store manager Frank Webb. “Albert Bush would have rolled in his grave if he knew people would pay $10 to give their dog a squir..
30-Mar-2017
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VCAT finds Elise Chapman guilty of misconduct
Sharon Kemp
FORMER City of Greater Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman was guilty of misconduct in giving voice to ugly and unjustified stereotyping of Muslims in Bendigo when she tweeted a picture depicting genital mutilation, according to a VCAT vice president. In a 22-page finding handed down yesterday,..
24-Mar-2017
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MP adds to dragon collection
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’s federal MP has weighed into the Golden Dragon Museum’s new dragon campaign by buying a scale. The Golden Dragon Museum recently launched a funding campaign to raise $250,000 to restore the ageing Sun Loong and $500,000 to buy a new dragon, Dai Gum Loong. Lisa Cheste..
13-Apr-2017
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Maddison makes the cut
Bendigo Weekly
Shaving your locks at 16 is no mean feat but Bendigo Senior Secondary College student Maddison Schultz braved the razor for this year’s World’s Greatest Shave. The annual event attracts hundreds of participants each year and raises money and awareness for families facing blood ca..
06-Apr-2017
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Doctors strike a chord
Bendigo Weekly
A symphony orchestra made up of more than 80 doctors from around the country will perform its first ever Bendigo concert at Ulumbarra Theatre this Month. Event organiser and Bendigo-based orthopaedic surgical specialist, Travis Perera, said the event was a unique national assembly of talente..
30-Mar-2017
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Festival of cultures
Sharon Kemp
THE Bendigo Fesitval of Cultures has expanded from one day a year to more than a week of the multicultural events suggesting, as it states, diversity is becoming mainstream. Or at least interest in diversity has become the norm. The Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services drives the even..
23-Mar-2017
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Muslim workshop attracts protest
Sharon Kemp
The first community workshop offering a 90-minute insight into lives of local Muslims drew more than a dozen anti-mosque protestors in Bendigo, and after them and in smaller numbers, a group of young women advocating tolerance. On McCrae Street, opposite Bendigo TAFE, protestors claiming ..
20-Mar-2017
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Alissa jumps into new role at Discovery
Bendigo Weekly
The Discovery Science and Technology Centre has a new science communicator. Alissa Van Soest has joined the team and her skills and abilities will help Discovery meet its key objective of inspiring scientific curiosity. The role also helps guide students onto a path towards science, tec..
16-Mar-2017
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Gem club meet a top day for rock fans
Bendigo Weekly
You can see the many facets of the Bendigo Gem Club at their open day on Saturday. The club’s Nathan Wingrave says he hoped the day, which runs from 10am to 2pm, would attract more members and help the community understand the services on offer. This includes faceting, casting, ca..
13-Apr-2017
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Golf game a winner
Bendigo Weekly
Business leaders throughout Bendigo and beyond will take the time to play golf today to transform the life of a child living with an autism spectrum disorder. Righteous Pups Australia’s Jo Baker said we live in a hustle-and-bustle age. “Most people feel like there is simply ..
06-Apr-2017
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Discover how the human body works
Bendigo Weekly
What’s the most complicated machine on earth? And here’s a hint – you are one of them. With their Fully Sick school holiday program, Discovery Science and Technology Centre will help you learn about your body, how illness affects us and how doctors can test our health. ..
30-Mar-2017
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Egg hunt makes a difference
Bendigo Weekly
Oden and Zander Goudie can’t wait to get among the fun and the sweet treats at the Vision Australia Easter Egg Hunt at the Bendigo Easter Festival on Good Friday. They already have tickets – and you can get yours now before they sell out, and support the work to enable people wit..
23-Mar-2017
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Students ready for a gala Carnivale
Bendigo Weekly
Lightning Reef Primary School has entered the Eaglehawk Gala Parade on Saturday as part of the annual Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival. The school hasn’t entered the festival for several years but this year will have more than 90 students and 13 staff members participating in the co..
16-Mar-2017
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Bright spark in industry
Joel Peterson
Apprentice electrician Alecia Allaway is doing her bit for International Women’s Day. She’s making her mark in the industry and is now employed by Laser Electrical Bendigo. With her family’s support, 18-year-old Miss Allaway spent a week handing out resumes to local ele..
10-Mar-2017
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Guitar man
Simon Wooldridge
Keith MacQueen is a busy man in Bendigo musical circles. Away from his role as secretary of the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, MacQueen plays guitar in four local bands – popular covers group The John Grossman Project, alt-country outfit Four Lions, heavy blues combo Swamp Monst..
11-May-2017
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Moovin in the groove
Simon Wooldridge
An outdoor touring regional festival at the end of autumn? On paper, it doesn’t immediately sound like a potentially successful commercial venture. Now in its 13th year though (ninth year in Bendigo), Groovin The Moo is a raging success. The Bendigo leg is a sell-out;..
04-May-2017
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Courtney as Cline
Steve Kendall
Always…Patsy Cline is a tribute to the country singer who died in a plane crash in 1963, and it’s coming to Bendigo in June. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-ton..
27-Apr-2017
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Ethanol reborn
Simon Wooldridge
Guitarist Tyson Hodges is all set for the hugely-anticipated Ethanol reunion gig at the Golden Vine tomorrow. “We’ve played the Vine so many times over the years. It’s the perfect place for us to slip back into the groove,” he said. For many Bendigonians the name..
27-Apr-2017
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Kerr’s Cur cometh
Simon Wooldridge
IT’s a busy few months for Kerr’s Cur, the Bendigo-based garage-indie outfit. Launching double A-side single Whipy / What’s Going On? sees the trio embark on a Victoria-wide tour, which includes a stop-off at the Golden Vine, this Saturday, April 22. The single comes fr..
20-Apr-2017
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Tune in for the break
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo has a big weekend of music in store to complement the city’s other Easter festivities. The Easter Blues Bender features more than 20 artists at venues across the city from Thursday evening through until Sunday. There are daytime family-friendly events in Rosalind Park and ..
13-Apr-2017
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Club grant is a home run
Bendigo Weekly
FALCONS Baseball Club and Marong Football netball Club are among the local recipients of some much-needed sports funding. Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards announced the funding this week, which will enable the clubs to purchase some new equipment. The funds are part of the Sporting Club Gra..
19-May-2017
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Harrington shoots for AFLW
Bendigo Weekly
BASKETBALLER Kerryn Harrington’s long-time adoration for the Carlton Football Club meant that when the offer to switch codes and become a blue was put to her, it made it that bit easier. The Bendigo Spirit point guard was announced as the club’s newest rookie signing on Tuesday, ..
19-May-2017
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South has the Wright focus
Joel Peterson
ITS finals aspirations aside, South Bendigo is heading into the two most important weeks of its 2017 campaign over the next fortnight. The Bloods host Kyneton at Harry Trott Oval tomorrow, where the club’s new netball courts will be officially opened. The following weekend, the cl..
19-May-2017
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High hopes for blue and gold
Joel Peterson
IF you want to get out of the quagmire that is the AFL Victoria Community Championships rankings system, at some point, something has to give. For six years, Bendigo has bounced between playing Ballarat and Gippsland in interleague competition, never able to break through for a win over t..
12-May-2017
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Young guns line up in under-18 clash
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S under-18 coach Jason Stevens is confident his side has what it takes to make a winning return to interleague play. The BFNL did not take a side to Gippsland last year, and when it last met Ballarat it was comfortably defeated by a side led by current Richmond live..
12-May-2017
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Netball returns to interleague schedule
Bendigo Weekly
A YOUNG side will carry Bendigo’s interleague netball hopes when it takes on Ballarat on Saturday. Bendigo did not field a netball side at an interleague level last season, forgoing the trip to Gippsland and targeting the Netball Victoria-run association championships instead. This..
12-May-2017
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Roman baths revealed
Bendigo Weekly
THE latest chapter in the rejuvenation of one of Bendigo’s finest heritage assets was played out at Villa Fortuna on Wednesday afternoon. Before a small crowd of family, friends, tradespeople and the media, Fortuna owner Paul Banks announced the official completion of the villa’s..
20-Apr-2017
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Fans gear up for Street Rods
Joel Peterson
Bendigo will host the 23rd Australian Street Rod Federation Nationals this weekend. Street rodding is a family sport that will bring close to 15,000 participants and spectators to Bendigo over the Easter weekend. The event will be held at Prince of Wales Show Grounds this and more than ..
13-Apr-2017
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Revive and survive
Bendigo Weekly
CENTRAL Victorians have been urged to slow down, stick to the speed limit and take regular breaks throughout the Easter holidays. With drowsy driving a factor in one-in-10 road deaths, Easter is a particularly dangerous time with thousands of Victorians driving to holiday destinations, ofte..
13-Apr-2017
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Firefighters have winning ways
Bendigo Weekly
Two Bendigo firefighters have won gold at the 2017 Police and Emergency Services Games in Melbourne. Forest Fire Management Victoria district support officer Beth Miley and CFA firefighter Tegan Bubb competed in the Crossfit Women’s Pairs event last week. “Crossfit is a hi..
06-Apr-2017
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No hands creativity
Bendigo Weekly
Since 2002 CreateAbility has given people with disabilities the opportunity to express themselves on the meaningful platform art provides. From humble beginnings, CreateAbility has emerged as an integral part of the lives of those who participate to a Bendigo arts company exporting art pro..
30-Mar-2017
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Relay for Life on to a winner
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Relay for Life steps out again this weekend, and the fundraising is already off to a good start. The event runs from this evening until Saturday afternoon. Relay For Life’s Ayden Shaw said the committee has done a remarkable job for the 18th relay. “The supp..
23-Mar-2017
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Charity house a haven
Bendigo Weekly
The Charity House, a year in the making, has been sold. The buyers, a young family, will be moving into their new house next week. The house racked up $100,000 in profit to go towards an education program for Sidney Myer Haven. The haven is an earn or learn living program which..
06-Apr-2017
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Trustees branch out
Bendigo Weekly
MELBOURNE-BASED Equity Trustees acquired its first regional trustee portfolio last week when the regulator finalised the $5 million purchase of Sandhurst Trustees’ estates business from Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. And Equity can see more business in Victoria’s central region given..
06-Apr-2017
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Colour on the menu
Bendigo Weekly
MR DIMPLES and Hackney Hockney have more than interesting names in common, they are both featured mural artists at a burger restaurant. Boris Murgers in View Street has some pretty impressive wall art, and its main wall has some David Hockney-inspired work by Hackney. “I was born ..
30-Mar-2017
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Trivia night a winner
Bendigo Weekly
One of the most fun and rewarding quiz nights of the year will be held on Good Friday in aid of the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal. Bendigo Real Estate staff are selling tickets for this year’s quiz night which includes a charity auction to be conducted by BRE principal, Damien..
24-Mar-2017
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Tender out for design
Bendigo Weekly
THE first step in the design process for the new-look Bendigo and Eaglehawk railway stations has been completed. The projects, worth a combined $15.8 million, have gone out to tender. Upgrades to Bendigo station will include lifts and an improved overpass between platforms one and two t..
16-Mar-2017
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Bold for change
Bendigo Weekly
Celebrations to mark International Women’s Day will continue today in Bendigo. On Wednesday, the actual day of recognition, it was at breakfast at Women’s Health Loddon Mallee in Mundy Street that women and men shared stories about the achievements of Bendigo women. Executive..
10-Mar-2017
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No cross words over art
Bendigo Weekly
A CONTROVERSIAL art installation in the grounds of St Paul’s Cathedral has taken aim at the federal government’s policies on asylum seekers. Dean of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, the Very Reverend John Roundhill told ABC Radio yesterday that the three crucifixes erected ear..
13-Apr-2017
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Cat-price pets to ease feline overflow
Bendigo Weekly
RSPCA Victoria is at capacity and will be reducing its cat adoption fees to $39 for four days this week in an attempt to find homes for 400 felines. Adoption fees are usually $120, but until Sunday, you can adopt a cat, aged four months or more, for $39 from the Bendigo centre. Kit..
06-Apr-2017
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New look for Napier
Sharon Kemp
THE future upgrade of Napier Street to a dual carriageway has created business interest in the northern side of Bendigo. There are at least four applications before the City of Greater Bendigo to establish new businesses or upgrade existing concerns. Under $30 million VicRoads plans, N..
30-Mar-2017
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Radio winners
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL radio station Bendigo’s Fresh FM has added another award to its impressive sporting history, taking out the Women’s National Basketball League award for Best Radio Coverage. The station has covered the Spirit since its inception into the league, and broadcast all of the clu..
23-Mar-2017
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Bollywood in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Ever wanted to see real live Bollywood dance in action? Here’s your opportunity. The Singh Sisters are bringing Bollywood dance to Bendigo Library in celebration of Cultural Diversity Week. The Singh Sisters have travelled around the world performing Bollywood dance, which..
16-Mar-2017
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Tourism the focus of new guide
Bendigo Weekly
THIS year’s Bendigo and Heathcote Region Official Visitor Guides were launched on Monday. City of Greater Bendigo council’s tourism manager Kathryn Mackenzie said the two handy sized guides are a fantastic resource designed to showcase the best local attractions, shopping and din..
02-Mar-2017
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Fair time to buy books
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Easter Book Fair is back this weekend. This is your annual chance to stock up on a year’s worth of books to keep you well read, at good prices too. It’s not only books either, you’ll find magazines, records, CDs and DVDs. This year the club has donated $..
13-Apr-2017
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Road No Good
Rosalea Ryan
When a well-travelled, energetic young middle-class New Zealander arrives in Luganville, Vanuatu, she sees immediately that it’s more than merely her street – the literally named Road No Good – that’s in need of improvement. Deployed to the country’s sec..
13-Apr-2017
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Recreation gone wrong
Rosalea Ryan
It has all the makings of a leisurely couple of weeks of sightseeing by day and sipping wine around a campfire at dusk – either that or a tension-filled nightmare in which four 30-somethings snap and snarl at each other as the ceaseless forced proximity sets tempers alight. When two co..
06-Apr-2017
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Questions asked
Dianne Dempsey
Marlene Gunn’s memoir is an elegy and a cry of pain for the death of her beautiful son Billy Gunn. Billy was handsome, smart, a Bendigo boy originally from Mildura, and he died at just 32 years old in 2001. More pertinently, her book is also an investigation into the circumstance..
30-Mar-2017
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Family torn apart
Rosalea Ryan
Berlin, 1939: With her blue eyes, blonde hair and smooth creamy skin, Hannah Rosenthal is the physical epitome of all that is truly German – in every way but one. Hannah’s parents, Max and Alma, are German Jews. Even as an image of Hannah circulates on the cover of a Nazi propaga..
23-Mar-2017
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Supportive sisterhood
Rosalea Ryan
Three women, one sadness: an apparently terminal prognosis delivered to an ovarian cancer patient whose mother died years earlier of the same disease. When 40-year-old Alice is first told of her condition she is paralysed by shock, unable to contemplate the effect her likely death will have ..
16-Mar-2017
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