Fabulous fundraiser
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO residents have been encouraged to get behind the annual Good Friday trivia fundraiser. Organiser Danielle Roberts says the event will be hosted by local mums who hold the cause close to their hearts and want to be able to give back to the Royal Children’s Hospital. &ldqu..
07-Apr-2017
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Health board appoints independent investigator
Sharon Kemp
THE board of Bendigo Health has appointed an independent investigator to examine the conduct of chief executive John Mulder. The board’s own composition may be subject to change after the release of recommendations of a ministerial board advisory council set up after the report into ba..
31-Mar-2017
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Doing it for Kath
Bendigo Weekly
As organisers gear up for another Mother’s Day Classic, one of Bendigo’s most successful teams is preparing to take to the track without its namesake. For the past four years, Team Kath has taken out awards for highest fundraising, but sadly this year it will be without its inspi..
31-Mar-2017
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College faces audit
Sharon Kemp
THE Department of Education and Training is conducting a full financial audit of Bendigo South East College, according to a letter obtained by the Bendigo Weekly. A department spokesperson yesterday confirmed acting principal Dale Pearce, on loan from Bendigo Senior Secondary, would continue..
31-Mar-2017
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Plan for traffic flow fix
Sharon Kemp
THE five-way roundabout at Williamson Street is failing during morning peak hour traffic and will be in need of traffic lights or a major route modification in the near future. The City of Greater Bendigo has earmarked the intersection which is the convergence of Williamson, Sternberg, Towns..
31-Mar-2017
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Dragon funding raised by MP
Bendigo Weekly
FEDERAL Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has spoken in parliament about the Bendigo Chinese Association’s campaign for a new dragon to replace an ageing Sun Loong. Speaking in the final week of parliament before Easter and the federal budget, Ms Chesters this week said while many Aust..
31-Mar-2017
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Options for living quality
Dianne Dempsey
While there are always charities seeking donations, one local group in particular has struck former newsreader David Johnston with the poignancy of its plight. Quality Living Options (QLO) has been campaigning for funding for five years and last year asked Mr Johnston to participate in a vid..
15-Apr-2016
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Crew mates keep Mary on an even keel
Sharon Kemp
MARY McDougall was first diagnosed with breast cancer when her youngest of three daughters was 18 months old. In that way life has of throwing the best and worst at some of us, the well-known Bendigo teacher has seen her youngest daughter’s 18th birthday... and is fighting cancer for ..
08-Apr-2016
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Learning how you can help
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Maubisse Friendship Committee is looking for sponsors to continue its highly successful Scholarship Program at the St Inacio de Loyola High School. The school was launched almost a year ago. The BMFC is also asking for donations of garden tools to assist a new Agricultural S..
08-Apr-2016
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Grading stalled
Bendigo Weekly
DROUGHT-LIKE conditions are severely impacting on the City of Greater Bendigo’s unsealed roads grading program. Works manager Rachelle Quattrocchi said the council is responsible for grading over 1600 kilometres of gravel roads throughout the municipality. “Unfortunately due ..
08-Apr-2016
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Fitness the winner
Bendigo Weekly
THE results are in from the inaugural TKO Fitness corporate challenge, with participants achieving some incredible results from their four weeks of training under the watchful eyes of Ryan and Jo Jeffrey. Mr Jeffrey said the dozen local identities that put themselves through the program achi..
08-Apr-2016
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Green vision for Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale joined around 30 local business and community leaders at a forum on Saturday afternoon to discuss the Greens’ vision for Bendigo. “Bendigo is a community that has an opportunity to thrive in helping Australia shift to a low-pollution ec..
07-Apr-2016
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On the road for MND
Bendigo Weekly
AFL legend Neale Daniher was in Bendigo this week as part of his Daniher’s Drive initiative. The event will include 50 teams taking part in a drive around Victoria, including many of the ex footballer’s family and his past football team mates and players. The event runs from..
09-Oct-2015
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Festival a bestseller
Bendigo Weekly
The final analysis of this year’s spectacularly successful Bendigo Writers Festival has revealed that ticket sales doubled in 2015, with a strong program attracting increased audiences. “There were more than 3000 tickets sold to people attending sessions across the weekend,&rdquo..
25-Sep-2015
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Fresh fruit fun
Bendigo Weekly
TWO months into the Fresh Fruit Friday initiative, thousands of local school children are continuing to enjoy the benefits, and the taste, of fresh fruit supplied by the program. Set up by the Eaglehawk-based McKern Foundation, in partnership with JL King & Co., Porter Davis, Adroit, Blu..
18-Sep-2015
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New home for Radius
Laura Hurley
The Morley Johnson Building will soon become the heart of Radius Disability Services, with a number of enterprises expected to have set up shop on the ground floor by the end of October. Billies and Birdies cafe and the Rags and Riches retail outlet will form part of Morley’s Emporium,..
11-Sep-2015
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Days on the market fall
Bendigo Weekly
There are a number of market indicators which chart the state wide, and local, performance of the property sector. This includes the average length of time that homes in each town or city take to sell, known as median days on market. The latest REIV data shows a number of regional towns acr..
28-Aug-2015
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Collectors back on show
Steve Kendall
THE Annual Arms and Collectables Show returns next weekend. It’s a timely reminder as a winner from last year returns with his antique clocks. Les Lewis from Strathfieldsaye has a fascinating collection, what’s more, as well as collecting them he is also talented enough to b..
14-Aug-2015
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Nashville comes to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
One of Australia’s finest bluegrass guitarists, Bendigo’s own Jacob McGuffie, will bring the sweet sounds of Nashville to one of the city’s premier music venues tonight. McGuffie, who has also emerged as a member of the multi award winning (Golden Guitar) Davidson Brothers ..
11-Dec-2015
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Dancing queens rejoice
Nick Atyeo
Time to find the knee-high boots, and jump-suits for the long awaited return of Abbamania when the Ultimate ABBA Show presents Dancing Queen 40th Anniversary Tour, which will thrill young and old audiences alike. Originally released in August 1976, the lead single Dancing Queen was on ABBA&..
27-Nov-2015
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Blasko tours with new album
Joel Peterson
SARAH Blasko is bringing her new album, Eternal Return, to Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre next April. Blasko has become a force on the Australian music scene, her honest lyrics and refreshing melodies earning her plenty of fans. Her latest album is a contrast from previous efforts, th..
20-Nov-2015
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Festival a huge hit
Bendigo Weekly
The 2015 Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival attracted record numbers of music lovers to venues all over Bendigo last weekend, and generated over $2 million for the local economy. An estimated 15,000 people packed bars, parks, halls, roof tops, laneways, balconies and cafes for the four-d..
13-Nov-2015
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Florence in the mood
Bendigo Weekly
Florence and the Machine were back in Melbourne this week as part of their How Big Tour, delivering a mix of old favourites and material from their latest studio album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. And Florence was beautiful, delivering a theatrical performance which had the crowd in the..
13-Nov-2015
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Ink in the art remix
Bendigo Weekly
The joy of having the Bendigo Art Gallery in our midst is that we are privy to the latest national exhibitions. A case in point is Ink Remix, a fascinating collection of work from artists of mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Curated by Sophie McIntyre, the works are a reflection of..
06-Nov-2015
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Bright road for Hamo
Joel Peterson
HONING his racecraft more than getting results is Chris Hamilton’s focus in his first year in the professional UCI World Tour peloton. The 21-year-old Bendigo cyclist is coming off a breakout 2016 where he was crowned national under-23 road race champion, finished 14th at the Santos..
20-Jan-2017
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Bowe's stars align
Joel Peterson
TUESDAY night was one that Bendigo teenager and leg spin prospect Liam Bowe won’t forget in a hurry. The Sandhurst Cricket Club product made his debut with the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League against the Adelaide Strikers, in front of 40,000 fans at the MCG in a must-win game fo..
13-Jan-2017
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Spirit set for bounce back game
Joel Peterson
How do you come back from that? That was the question posed to Bendigo Spirit coach Simon Pritchard this week after a horror road trip to Perth as the Spirit resumed its WNBL campaign after the Christmas break. Bendigo was thumped by 41 points, the biggest loss in the club’s 10-yea..
13-Jan-2017
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Roos, Redbacks meet in T20 final
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO United will play Kangaroo Flat in Wednesday’s Bendigo District Cricket Association Twenty20 grand final after the Redbacks scored a dominant win over Strathfieldsaye in the lone game played on Tuesday night. With clashes between White Hills and Eaglehawk, the Roos and Sandhurst..
13-Jan-2017
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Local riders in the thick of the action
Joel Peterson
CENTRAL Victorian aces Robbie Hucker, Lachlan Norris and Peta Mullens were among the local hopes that made strong starts to their 2017 campaigns last weekend with strong displays at the Cycling Australia Road National Championships in Ballarat. Hucker and Norris finished eighth and ninth in ..
13-Jan-2017
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Teams roll up for Country Week
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO will be abuzz with cricket next week as the annual Bendigo Country Week tournament is held at grounds across the region. Sides from the Murray Valley, Northern Districts, Gisborne and District, Ferntree Gully and District, Goulburn Murray and Emu Valley associations will battle it ou..
13-Jan-2017
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Girls wanna have 50s fun
Steve Kendall
THE 1950s was the era of rock ‘n’ roll and great cars, and of course the bombshells. Two Bendigo waitresses have taken history in hand and spend a lot of their time dressing and living the 50s dream, and this Valentine’s Day will be representing our city in Ballarat. Go..
30-Jan-2015
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Cats still roaming
Steve Kendall
LOVE them or hate them, one thing’s for sure about cats, they know how to hunt and wander. On the plus side, cats kill mice, rabbits and rats, but they will also kill native wildlife in alarming numbers, spray, howl and roam. When the City of Greater Bendigo council introduced a cat ..
23-Jan-2015
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Sharing the culture
Dianne Dempsey
When Sylvia Pham came to Bendigo in January 2014, the imperative was to educate her daughters Kelly 16, and Alyssa 12, in a congenial city and have the experience of an Anglo Saxon culture. She describes her husband Lucas Lai as a “fly in, fly out” father as he continues to sup..
13-Jan-2015
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A Christmas wish: good mental health for everyone
Bendigo Weekly
Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett has written his Christmas wish-list, outlining how all Australians can promote good mental health over the festive season. “Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it can be lonely and stressful for some people, potentially triggering symptoms of depr..
19-Dec-2014
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Sisters in on the act
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Bendigo South East Secondary College were in an ugly mood for their production this week, but their version of Cinderella had a happy ending. Months of hard work came to fruition for more than 100 Bendigo South East Secondary College students and staff this week, with the debu..
21-Nov-2014
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Sustainabilty group holds forum
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Sustainability Group’s climate election forum on Tuesday evening at St Paul’s hall attracted a audience keen to hear presentations from the Liberal, Labor, Greens and Sex Party candidates. The need for climate action was explained by James Wight of Precariousclimate...
12-Nov-2014
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City can light the way
Ben Cameron
Bendigo can be a national leader in the changing world of energy production, green-conscious City if Greater Bendigo councillor Keith Reynard said this week. Cr Reynard, also the chairman of the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance, said energy production would change significantly in..
18-Nov-2011
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Go with the flow
Rosemary Sorensen
Water – a dry topic, you’d think. But the new chairman of Coliban Water sets to explaining the corporation and its objectives with a zeal that is infectious. Bubbling like a spring creek, Andrew Cairns takes to the topic enthusiastically. That’s not..
20-Oct-2011
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BOOMING
Rosemary Sorensen
Central Victoria will boom on the back of the introduction of a carbon tax in Australia, according to a prominent Bendigo company director. “The carbon tax has already had a positive impact on what we’re doing,” Australian Turntable Company and Eco Villages Wo..
20-Oct-2011
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TRUCK CONTRACT DELAYED
Bendigo Weekly
IT looks like no decision will be made on Thales’ bid for the lucrative LAND 121 Phase 4 defence contract before Christmas. Under questioning from Bendigo-based Nationals Senrator Bridget McKenzie, Defence Materiel Organisation acting chief executive officer confirmed the decision, del..
20-Oct-2011
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Wireless the way
Anthony Radford
BENDIGONIANS are connecting to the internet via their wireless devices in astonishing numbers. With smart phones, tablets and wireless internet connection technology taking off, locals are going along for the ride. Data used by locals through Telstra’s 3G netw..
30-Sep-2011
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Electric car man is well switched on
Rosemary Sorensen
When his electric car business in New South Wales kept coming up against political speed-humps, Ross Blade looked south. His battles to make the Blade Electron Australia’s home-grown car for the future continue, but the Castlemaine-based teacher-turned-innovator is determined n..
22-Sep-2011
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Moving feasts
Bendigo Weekly
Thanks to a unique composting network between a local restaurant and Bendigo’s Peppergreen Farm, one man’s kitchen scraps now become another’s fresh produce, so to speak. Originally a Chinese market garden until the 1950s, the farm became a plant nursery and is now a community pa..
19-Sep-2013
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More gold for Salute Olivia
Bendigo Weekly
Regional producers are back in the winner’s circle this week with Boort olive growers Marlies and Peter Eicher of Salute Olivia named the top performing Victorian producer in the table olives category at the recent Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards. This year, the Eichers took home gold, silv..
12-Sep-2013
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Cheers for Sangria
Vicki Harrington
After months of planning, renovating and recruiting, owners Gary and Ann-Maree Davis are excited to announce the opening of their Sangria Spanish Tapas Bar on Friday, September 13. Earlier this week they took time off from the last-minute preparations to introduce their team. Head chef Pa..
06-Sep-2013
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Growth plan
Vicki Harrington
Teachers, educators and community members representing 35 local schools and early childhood services across Greater Bendigo came together last Thursday for the Kids Growing Food Forum. The event was for people to learn practical information and share ideas on what it takes to develop and create ..
29-Aug-2013
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Food security
Bendigo Weekly
Stories of the hardships and heartbreak Victorian farmers, growers and producers are suffering are rife at the moment. One group prepared to do something about their situation is the the Goulburn Valley Food Cooperative group. Les Cameron, chairman of the GVFC said: “We started on this jou..
22-Aug-2013
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Paddock to the plate
Bendigo Weekly
St Francis in the Fields school’s environmental sustainability program continues to expand in droves with their pig population going from just two sows a year ago to reaching double figures this year. “Our students work with all of our farm animals as daily feeders and cleaning out th..
16-Aug-2013
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Book review
Bendigo Weekly
Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead Rebecca James Allen and Unwin $19.99 Cooper Bartholomew falls to his death from a cliff, and in the opening scene, he tells us from beyond the grave, “I never imagined I would die like this”. When Cooper’s girlfriend, Libby, is tol..
31-Oct-2014
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A love of rural romance
Dianne Dempsey
Tours by authors are not uncommon but when the writer lives four hours south-east of Perth, then you have to be impressed by the distance travelled. Visiting Dymocks bookstore in Bendigo last week and the Bendigo Weekly office, Fiona Palmer, along with her publicist from Penguin, was clearly ..
24-Oct-2014
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Gallipoli Eyewitness
Bendigo Weekly
Review by WAYNE PROUDFOOT Gallipoli Eyewitness The diaries and photographs of Lieutenant Gerald Moore Gibson by Robert Gibson and Steve Kendall “The whole earth is ploughed by the exploding shells and the holes are filled with water, and if ..
26-Sep-2014
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The troubles revisited
Dianne Dempsey
As far as publishing goes, local writers are increasingly doing it for themselves. Against the Wind by James O’Brien is in part a memoir set in Dublin and England and an historical record of the troubles. O’Brien’s long held view is that it was necessary to remove the gun from..
19-Sep-2014
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Murder by the book
Bendigo Weekly
What Came Before By Anna George Viking $29.99 When Dave and Elle meet, an instant and dynamic romance begins. They both revel in what Elle describes as Limerence – the euphoria of romantic attraction – and dream of long term plans. But Elle is a romantic comedy script wr..
12-Sep-2014
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A Bendigo tale
Bendigo Weekly
Girls in our Town is the first novel from author Dianne Dempsey. Ms Dempsey launched her debut novel at the 2014 Bendigo Writers Festival a very apt venue with the story based in Bendigo. Ms Dempsey knows her way around the literary world having worked as a freelance journalist, scriptwriter..
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