Drug ban impacts
Sharon Kemp
THE fallout from the criminalisation of synthetic drugs will be known within a month when stockpiles bought before the legal changes have run out. Bendigo Community Health Services workers are reminding users that support is available if they are distressed about changes to the availability ..
10-Nov-2017
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Deborah mine aims to be a tourist hub
Steve Kendall
A $6 million expansion of the Central Deborah Mine site has been unveiled as a major part of cementing its position as one of Bendigo’s premier attractions. The new master plan proposes a major upgrade to the experiences offered on the mine’s surface as well as a city by night tr..
10-Nov-2017
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Green light for Aspire
Sharon Kemp
BIG ticket items including a new religious precinct and a landmark medium-density housing development in Bendigo will come before City of Greater Bendigo councillors next week, both with recommendations for approval. Council officers have also recommended a final approval for a contentious u..
10-Nov-2017
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Firefighters have a new role
Joel Peterson
FIREFIGHTERS in Bendigo this week joined regional colleagues in an initiative that aims to better coordinate regional emergency responses. Bendigo CFA firefighters have undergone first aid and CPR training and will now act as emergency medical responders, providing a first line of call to em..
10-Nov-2017
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Telstra stump up NBN refund
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO residents are likely to be among the Telstra customers eligible for compensation after the broadband retailer conceded it may have made false or misleading representations about NBN speeds it could deliver. Telstra has agreed to make amends to 42,000 customers who signed up to contra..
10-Nov-2017
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Battle for heritage site
Sharon Kemp
AN action group advocating for the former Nanga Gnulle wants heritage protection assured for the 45-year-old Alistair Knox-designed house before the City of Greater Bendigo makes any decision about the development of land surrounding the historic house. But the council insists it is trying t..
10-Nov-2017
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New look for memorial as donations flow in
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo District RSL’s Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Building Appeal hopes to raise $250,000 to assist with building works and re-establishment of the building. The museum is being returned to its original colour as part of a $4.5 revitalisation project currently und..
02-Nov-2017
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Hats top off a fascinating career
Bendigo Weekly
Local designer Alysha Elliott has dedicated herself to hat design and millinery since she studied fashion design and technology at Bendigo Senior Secondary College. Now 22, Alysha later graduated from her studies in fashion design at RMIT. At the same time, she completed internships at s..
26-Oct-2017
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Baton bearers named
Bendigo Weekly
A GROUP of 18 locals from sporting organisations and community groups will be part of the Queen’s Baton relay when it comes to Bendigo in February ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games. Organisers announced the local baton bearers this week, with Dennis O’Hoy AM and Otis ..
19-Oct-2017
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Mayoral race down to Marg or Matt
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo mayoral contest shapes as a two-way battle, with the city’s next leader set to be chosen on Monday. Eppalock ward councillor Margaret O’Rourke will make Bendigo council history if she is voted in next week to wear the mayoral robes for back-to-back ter..
13-Oct-2017
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Project uplift for Octobra
Bendigo Weekly
Bra bins have popped up around Bendigo this month as part of Octobra, which involves collecting old and unused bras to send to women in developing countries. Bra bins are available at locations including Fernwood Fitness, Professionals Bendigo and the Bendigo Weekly. Organiser and Profes..
05-Oct-2017
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Refugees have extra support
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Community Health Services has confirmed it will continue providing support for refugee families. After the initiation of the humanitarian settlement service program in 2010, settlement services team manager Martine Street said the future of refugees in Bendigo looks bright. &ldqu..
27-Sep-2017
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Lake Weeroona plays host to sailboats
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Yacht Club’s Sailability program was in full swing this week under sunny skies at Lake Weeroona. The program is run by the club, the Cairn Curran Sailing Club and Sports Focus and gives people from disadvantaged backgrounds or those with a disability the opportunity to hit ..
05-Oct-2017
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Supply for the boomers
Sharon Kemp
Hip and knee replacements and kitchen do-overs will be good future prospects for business in Bendigo, according to demographer Bernard Salt. Mr Salt was the guest speaker at a breakfast in Bendigo this week, referring to a growing demand among baby boomers newly in receipt of a superannuatio..
27-Sep-2017
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Flower show grows
Bendigo Weekly
This year’s Bendigo Australian Flower Show promises to be bigger than ever following the huge response last year when more than 700 people visited. The show has moved both venue and timing – three weeks later into spring which means visitors can expect to see a raft of different ..
21-Sep-2017
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Festival time for south Indian community
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s emerging south Indian community will be celebrating the traditional Harvest Festival, Onam, in Bendigo on Sunday at the St Liborius Hall, Eaglehawk. The event this year will be the biggest to be held in Bendigo and will be a showcase of traditional folk songs, dances and per..
14-Sep-2017
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Banding together for Ava
Bendigo Weekly
A group of musicians have banded together to ease the way for a Bendigo girl. Christmas Eve 2016 was a memorable day for a local family, but for all the wrong reasons, and a child ended up in hospital. Ava Maryella Marland had an accident with the family dog, resulting in significant da..
07-Sep-2017
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Leader of the field
Joel Peterson
FOR Bendigo Jockey Club track manager Bernard Hopkins, watching a Lloyd Williams galloper go around the Bendigo track is all part of a day’s work. But it’s what goes into that day’s work that is the reason owners and trainers like Williams choose Bendigo when working their ..
31-Aug-2017
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150 years at Violet Street
Bendigo Weekly
THERE have been plenty of students pass through Violet Street Primary School, 150 years’ worth in fact. The school is celebrating with an open afternoon on Saturday, October 21. The event will run from 1pm until 5pm. It all kick off with the opening ceremony, followed by a welc..
12-Oct-2017
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City to host polio meet
Bendigo Weekly
Polio survivors will gather in Bendigo to address the importance of mental health, as part of Polio Day 2017. The event on October 21 will be held in Bendigo for the first time in more than 10 years and will be hosted by Polio Network Victoria and supported by the City of Greater Bendigo. ..
05-Oct-2017
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Back in business
Sam Kane
FIVE years on from near permanent closure and decommissioning, the Golden Square pool is continuing to defy the odds, with its volunteers this week making last minute improvements ahead of their November 18 opening. The pool, which has seen more than 52,000 patrons enter since its 2013 grand..
27-Sep-2017
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Photos from a new viewpoint
Bendigo Weekly
LOOKING through the eyes of a person with autism is an opportunity worth seeing. A Bendigo Autistic Advocacy and Support Service photographic exhibition at Dudley House opening tomorrow and running for two weeks is a gallery of the images that fascinate the city’s autistic community. ..
21-Sep-2017
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Mutual assistant a foodshare win
Sharon Kemp
JULIE Clarke is happier to accept emergency food supplies when she know she can return the help. The Long Gully resident will sign up to be a part of a pilot emergency food program getting under way on October 11 that will ask food recipients to run the program. Ms Clarke believes it wil..
15-Sep-2017
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Students focus on wellbeing
Bendigo Weekly
One of Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s biggest weeks in the calendar kicked off on Monday. Wellbeing Week is five days packed with activities to make students and staff feel better about themselves, both emotionally and physically. VCAL Market Day on Wednesday was a highly-anti..
07-Sep-2017
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Cruise into the blues
Simon Wooldridge
The seventh Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival is just two weeks away. An exciting, diverse weekend of music is in store for the 20,000 punters expected. More than 140 artists – nearly half of them Bendigo festival debutants – will perform in more than 50 venues, rangin..
26-Oct-2017
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Your chance to be remarkable
Bendigo Weekly
beStella is presenting be Remarkable, an evening of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs featuring celebrated thought leader Lorraine Murphy. Join beStella and Lorraine at Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre on Monday from 6pm. Ms Murphy is the founder of The Remarkables Group – ..
19-Oct-2017
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Return of the Sleepy West
Simon Wooldridge
IT’S been a long time between Bendigo gigs for local blues-alt-country five-piece, Sleepy West. “Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival last year – so two weeks shy of a year which is crazy,” front man Joel English told the Weekly. “To be honest, this year..
12-Oct-2017
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Debut for Kerr's Cur
Simon Wooldridge
Three years of song writing, rehearsing and heavy gigging reaches a landmark for Kerr’s Cur next week with the release of their eponymous debut album. Kerr’s Cur showcases the broad-ranging influences of the Bendigo-based indie garage band’s front man, Mr D. It’s his..
06-Oct-2017
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Tim Rogers in town
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne Theatre Company’s production What Rhymes with Cars and Girls is playing in Bendigo this Friday. Commissioned by MTC, the show weaves together the poetic songs from Tim Rogers’ debut solo album, with words by award-winning playwright Aidan Fennessy. MTC artistic dire..
27-Sep-2017
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Walker on the road
Bendigo Weekly
Benny Walker releases his new EP this month and is playing at the Old Church on the Hill next month. Winner of the Best Aboriginal Act of the Year at 2016’s The Age Music Victoria Awards, Yorta Yorta singer/songwriter Walker is the real deal. His lyrics and epic tales of love and..
27-Sep-2017
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Spirit's crucial next step
Joel Peterson
KELSEY Griffin’s season-ending hip injury is about as big an injury hit as any of the Women’s National Basketball League’s team could absorb. But the injury and Griffin’s subsequent surgery this week should kickstart the process of the club looking at who its next lon..
10-Nov-2017
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Hockey an events hit
Joel Peterson
HOCKEY has become the latest international level sport to sing Bendigo’s praises as a regional events destination. The city’s capacity and continued want to host major sporting events has shone through once more in the past month, with international rugby, tennis and hockey all l..
10-Nov-2017
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Dragons face Suns' challenge
Joel Peterson
SANDHURST has a power of work to do on day two of its clash with Strathdale Maristians if it is to stay in touch with the BDCA’s top four. The Suns topped 300 for the third time in as many matches, newly-promoted opener Linton Jacobs leading the way with 86. The opening partnership..
10-Nov-2017
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Crone shines in season finale
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO duo Sam Crome and Robbie Hucker have finished their seasons in style at the Tour of Hainan. Often seen training together on the road of Bendigo, the IsoWhey Sports duo again contributed to more team success for the red-hot Australian-based outfit. The team tackled the Tour of Hai..
10-Nov-2017
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Spirit burned by Flames
Joel Peterson
If it was a sign of what's to come without Kelsey Griffin, the remainder of the Women's National Basketball Season could be a long one for the Bendigo Spirit. The Spirit were thumped 105-75 in Bendigo tonight by top side Sydney Uni Flames, outscored by 27 points after half time. After a ..
09-Nov-2017
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Kookaburras complete sweep as Roos roll over US
Joel Peterson
Australia has completed a clean sweep of its International Festival of Hockey matches in Bendigo, with the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos both securing victories this evening. The Kookaburras finalised their double against New Zealand, winning 2-0 before the Hockeyroos defeated the USA by the sa..
06-Nov-2017
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Microchip your pet
Bendigo Weekly
LOST pets are easier to find if they have a microchip, and one Bendigo store is stepping up to help. PETstock is having a microchip blitz on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22. The initiative aims to keep pets out of pounds by offering affordable and accessible microchipping for ju..
12-Oct-2017
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The two-person family
Bendigo Weekly
By Grace Evans A sudden revelation is what led Bendigo’s Kathy Waddington to self publish her first book, Parent and Child. After months of collating ideas and having an introduction written, Ms Waddington found herself beginning the start of her very own single parenting guide. ..
05-Oct-2017
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Culture at kindy
Bendigo Weekly
To celebrate the many different varieties of cultures, and values, shared by the families at the South Bendigo Kindergarten, the children attending have been discussing indigenous culture. The kindergarten has been working on a beautiful mural featuring hand prints, family flags and the s..
27-Sep-2017
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Learning law
Bendigo Weekly
HER Honour Judge Patrick conducted four sessions with Bendigo Senior Secondary College legal studies students during her latest County Court circuit. Judge Patrick is one of 12 judges who take part in the Victoria Law Foundation’s law talks program. After addressing the students an..
21-Sep-2017
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Event aims to make changes
Bendigo Weekly
A free community event next week is offering a chance to hear from people who are actively involved in making a change and will provide an opportunity for others to have a go too. Outside the Square – Creating Our Future is taking place on Thursday. E..
14-Sep-2017
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Winning spell for school
Bendigo Weekly
EAGLEHAWK Secondary College’s year nine students have spelled out their intentions for literacy learning, winning a major competition. For the second year running, the school excelled at the Word Mania competition, run by online-based program Literacy Planet. The competition sees ..
07-Sep-2017
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Cab bonanza as new firms move in
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO taxi passengers will have more choices as taxi company 13CABS prepares to introduce 10 new cars to the city by Christmas. The Melbourne-based company announced its arrival yesterday, as ride-sharing service Uber prepares to establish its fleet in Bendigo by late October. Uber has..
19-Oct-2017
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Legally Blonde and ready to roll
Bendigo Weekly
The cast of Bendigo Theatre Company's latest production, Legally Blonde, will be performing at Ulumbarra Theatre next week. Since the show was cast in May, the cast and crew have been rehearsing a minimum of 10 hours per week for the Broadway musical, based on the 2001 novel by Amanda Brown,..
13-Oct-2017
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A sporting chance
Joel Peterson
AS the timber flooring was being installed in the new Bendigo Stadium this week, CEO Nathan O’Neill was hoping the foundation he and the organisation’s new executive team can lay is just as solid. O’Neill was appointed CEO on Monday after spending more than six months in t..
05-Oct-2017
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Smashing time
Bendigo Weekly
Discovery’s annual membership drive is under way, and it’s never been a better time to show your support for your local science and technology centre. Manager Jonathan Ridnell said a family membership costs $2 a week, and provides a range of benefits. “It gives unlimite..
27-Sep-2017
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Design in the running
Bendigo Weekly
THE designer of the new hospital is in line for some high-powered recognition. Exemplar Health Partnership has been announced as a finalist in the large business category for this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards. It’s for building the new Bendigo Hospital to stat..
22-Sep-2017
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Watching flocks by night
Bendigo Weekly
Many people would be quite horrified to find two large dogs wandering among their flock of hens, but not the owner or hens of a boutique free range egg farm. The Big Egg is located a few kilometres from Eaglehawk and the business, recently established by Bruce Bloemhoff, is the realisation o..
21-Sep-2017
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Festival of the Moon
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Chinese Association will host its Annual Harvest Moon Festival on Saturday. The event will be held at the Dai Gum San Chinese precinct from 2pm. Family activities start with a lantern making workshop at the Golden Dragon Museum followed by a Chinese dance workshop at 3pm. ..
05-Oct-2017
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Second storey caps off hall
Bendigo Weekly
IT takes an awful lot of concrete in a major build, but the RSL Memorial Hall has topped off its extension in epic style with the second level slab now complete. The $4.5 million redevelopment is under construction, with the 1919 building undergoing a full restoration. Scaffolding has be..
27-Sep-2017
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New on the board
Bendigo Weekly
Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services has made three new appointments to its board of directors. The new directors, Ben Shue, Dave Hughes and Esther Ryan, come with decades of experience across the business and community sectors and are from Chinese, Welsh and Spanish backgrounds, respecti..
21-Sep-2017
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Edith Head and Hollywood
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Art Gallery curator Tansy Curtin found herself in Hollywood heaven not so long ago when she was invited to peruse the famous Paramount Pictures costumes collection. Inspired by the designs of Hollywood legend Edith Head, Ms Curtin was on a mission to select a number of her costumes f..
14-Sep-2017
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Stepping out for the ball in the mall
Bendigo Weekly
Preparations are in full swing for next month’s Ball in the Mall event with debutante couples stepping to dance training this week. The event is in its second year and gives 10 young couples the opportunity to participate in a debutante ball held in Hargreaves Mall on October 27. T..
07-Sep-2017
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A peaceful protest
Bendigo Weekly
THE Red Ribbon Rebellion returned to Bendigo this week, to mark the anniversary of the original event in 1853. The Bendigo Historical Society arranges the annual re-enactment annually to celebrate and remember what was a critical turning point in Bendigo’s gold rush history. This p..
31-Aug-2017
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Loved ones lost
Rosalea Ryan
When eight-year-old Lycke Höök vanishes from a neighbourhood tennis complex in Stockholm, Sweden, it’s not only members of the little girl’s immediate family who are traumatised. For TV news crime reporter Ellen Tamm, Lycke’s unexplained disappearance unleashes st..
06-Oct-2017
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Stepping forward
Bendigo Weekly
Charmed by The Rosie Project? You are going to love Two Steps Forward. And if you have ever day-dreamed about walking the Camino across the top of Spain, then here’s the novel that may just have you packing your bags and setting off. Written by Anne Buist (Medea’s Curse, Dan..
27-Sep-2017
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High seas hell
Rosalea Ryan
It has the makings of an extraordinary, all-expenses-paid, first-class indulgence: a five-day northern lights cruise to the Arctic tip of Norway aboard a lavishly appointed vessel so exclusive it carries no more than a dozen handpicked passengers. Not surprisingly, British travel writer Laur..
21-Sep-2017
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Stepping into the breach
Rosalea Ryan
Longhope in January 1945 is a district largely devoid of men. Anyone fit enough to fight is doing so, called away to defend their king and country against the Axis powers. Five years of war have stripped the remote northern New South Wales farming community of its traditional workforce. ..
14-Sep-2017
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One funeral, two deaths
Rosalea Ryan
Barely have the remains of Shetland native Magnus Tait been lowered into their grave when the soil beneath the party of mourners begins to shudder. Heavy winter rain has destabilised the hillside, prompting a sizeable slab of earth to slither across open sheep-grazing pasture and into the s..
07-Sep-2017
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Synagogue revealed
Dianne Dempsey
THE latest publication of the Bendigo Historical Society, Jewish Worship in Bendigo (Sandhurst), is about something that no longer exists – the former Jewish synagogue. Subtitled An Overview of Religious observation 1853-2017 Terence Davidson’s primary concern is with the histor..
31-Aug-2017
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