Push for jobs hub
Peter Kennedy
EIGHT work sites located across the City of Greater Bendigo could be brought under the one roof for the first time as part of a proposal for a government jobs hub that could reinvigorate the heart of Bendigo. Planning to co-locate a raft of government agencies and council operations is well..
04-Aug-2017
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Flood Eye data removed
Sharon Kemp
AS it fixes errors, a state government department has removed 85 per cent of the data it had published online for the public to use as information about Bendigo’s flood plain. In late July the North Central Catchment Management Authority removed all but the information pertaining to a ..
04-Aug-2017
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Rail contract on track
Sharon Kemp
A BENDIGO engineering firm has won a $26.2 million contract to build 882 bogie frames for Melbourne’s new metro rail fleet that will come on line in mid-2019. Hofmann Engineering will add 30 workers to its Bendigo workforce to complete the five year contract at its North Bendigo worksh..
04-Aug-2017
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Amnesty target gets results
Steve Kendall
THE National Firearms Amnesty has already had results in Bendigo, with a number of illegally-held weapons being handed in to a licensed gun dealer. In the past two weeks alone, one Bendigo store has had half a dozen handguns handed in, as well as at least two automatic rifles. Included i..
04-Aug-2017
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Recycling plan rolled out
Sharon Kemp
RESIDENTS could see their recycling bins picked up more often than general rubbish bins as the City of Greater Bendigo grapples with how to turn around an embarrassingly low recycling rate that is sending reusables to landfill. A council audit of waste showed two thirds of rubbish found in r..
03-Aug-2017
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War veteran recognised posthumously in Bendigo - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
CHRISTOPHER and Tracey Cross accepted in Bendigo on Friday a posthumous service award for their father who served in World War II. Mr Cross nominated his father Ernest Sydney Cross who served mostly in Papua New Guinea. Mr Cross is one of the first in the Bendigo electorate to be recogni..
28-Jul-2017
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Shaft a water option
Sharon Kemp
A cement cap on a 150-year-old mine shaft at Specimen Hill was dug up this week to see if the workings will support equipment to pump contaminated groundwater rising under Bendigo at a rate of 30 centimetres a day. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning wants to use the Spec..
20-May-2016
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CBD impresses planning guru
Sharon Kemp
PALL Mall would benefit from having more pedestrian access but Chicago-based main street planning specialist Matt Wagner was impressed by the vibrancy of Bendigo’s CBD. Vice president of Revitalization Programs for the US National Main Street Center, Dr Wagner also told City of Greater..
13-May-2016
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Time to talk justice
Sharon Kemp
FOR people who have felt excluded, or not, from social justice debates swirling in our community, they are invited to Bendigo next weekend to listen in and contribute to panel discussions with the likes of Julian Burnside and Paris Aristotle. The Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre has or..
13-May-2016
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Jaclyn earns a prize
Bendigo Weekly
Occupational therapist Jaclyn Long is the recipient of this year’s Kelly Weire Memorial Award. Sponsored by the Weire family, the Kelly Weire Memorial Award commemorates the achievements of the late Kelly Weire, who died in a plane crash in Papua New Guinea in August 2009. Kelly w..
13-May-2016
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Lights for Edwards Road
Bendigo Weekly
The state government has fast tracked the proposed upgrade to one of Bendigo’s most notorious intersections. Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards yesterday confirmed the government would spend $750,000 on installing new traffic lights at the Edwards Road and the Calder Highway at Maiden Gully..
06-May-2016
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Reno Rumble for a good cause
Bendigo Weekly
FANS of the popular Reno Rumble reality show will this weekend get the chance to visit the home made over by contestants on the show for Bendigo’s Johns family. The Johns family will open their stunning new-look home to the public for one day only, tomorrow Saturday, May 7. Beccky ..
06-May-2016
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Books chart Chinese link
Dianne Dempsey
Local historian Leigh McKinnon believes visitors to the Golden Dragon Museum have no idea of the many micro-communities of Chinese that were spread across the region. “People who have been buying our book Places Associated with Bendigo’s Historic Chinese Community have assumed t..
04-Dec-2015
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Dedication pays off for artist
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER a year of dedication, an exhibition featuring the work of Karen Annett-Thomas has opened at the Bendigo Art Gallery. The exhibition titled Out of Winter, is part of the gallery’s Going Solo initiative which gives contemporary artists living in central Victoria the opportunity to..
04-Dec-2015
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Festival fever
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 200 local retailers and businesses will take to the streets on December 5, when Bendigo’s inaugural Street Festival kicks off. Festival goers are being encouraged to “shop, explore, learn, taste and play” throughout central Bendigo’s different precincts, and..
27-Nov-2015
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Motorcyclists back on the toy run
Bendigo Weekly
Members of the Allies Motorcycle Club of Bendigo are again busy organising the annual Bendigo Motorcycle Toy Run, to be held Saturday, December 5. Previous toy runs have resulted in more than $50,000 of Christmas cheer being distributed to families in need throughout the community. Orga..
27-Nov-2015
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Institute renewed
Bendigo Weekly
THE California Gully Mechanics Institute is sporting a new look following a $240,000 upgrade. The building in School Street, California Gully dates back to 1853 and is owned by the City of Greater Bendigo council and managed and used by the Rotary Club of Eaglehawk. Council’s Andy ..
27-Nov-2015
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Weekly brings home the awards
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Weekly managing editor Peter Kennedy has paid tribute to the paper’s staff after the Weekly collected three major accolades at the annual Victorian Country Press Association awards held at San Remo. The Weekly was named winner of the award for journalism and overall newspaper e..
20-Nov-2015
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Busy time in Bendigo
Simon Wooldridge
It’s going to be pause-for-breath time for gig-goers in Bendigo this weekend. In addition to the massive festival-party-show that is Groovin’ the Moo, there’s a bunch of gigs this weekend to suit the most varied of tastes. Tonight, Friday, April 29 Josh Cashman is back..
29-Apr-2016
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GROOVIN THE MOO TICKETS WON
Bendigo Weekly
Winners are @kateoxx @TrixyKT and @laurouting..
13-Apr-2016
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Rhinos are smokin'
Simon Wooldridge
The re-shaped Smoke Stack Rhino make a welcome return to Bendigo tonight, Friday, at the Golden Vine. With Dave Sirianni joining the band on lead vocals and guitar in early 2015, the Smoke Stack Rhino Mark II sound now embraces wider influences including Delta blues, Chicago blues, 1960s psy..
08-Apr-2016
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All ages gig at MusicMan
Simon Wooldridge
MusicMan, in Hargreaves Street, will be rolling out a welcoming sticky carpet for young gig-goers and aspiring moshers on Sunday, April 10 with a six-band, all ages show. It promises to be a fun earbuds-in day for some young folks experiencing live music in this iconic Bendigo venue for the ..
01-Apr-2016
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Discussions in Dunolly
Bendigo Weekly
Who said there’s nothing to do in the country? Author Gideon Haigh will be speaking at the historic Court House in Dunolly, Sunday, May 22. Presented by the Bendigo Writers Festival and the Victoria Law Foundation, Gideon will be talking about his new book, Certain Admissions. Ce..
24-Mar-2016
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Blues on a bender
Bendigo Weekly
Blues heavyweight Geoff Achison is no stranger to the Bendigo music scene, he’s been up the Calder more times than he can count, but this weekend will mark his first time in town for our famous Easter Festival. Don’t expect to see him running in the Dragon Mile or braving the car..
24-Mar-2016
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Junior rivals go for gold
Bendigo Weekly
TRADITIONAL foes Bendigo and Ballarat will square off once again in interleague football this weekend, with the Bendigo Junior Football League getting its chance to make amends for Bendigo’s AFL Victoria Community Championships defeat. Bendigo and Ballarat’s junior football leagu..
16-Jun-2017
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Bendigo divers turning heads
Joel Peterson
It’s another freezing Monday night in Bendigo, cold enough that you can see your every breath on the way in to the Mundy Street YMCA Stadium. This is a far cry from the indoor complexes of major cities, but for the Bendigo Divers between April and September, after the pools close, a qu..
09-Jun-2017
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City struggle continues
Joel Peterson
AMID a desperate fight to avoid relegation, Bendigo City FC has had a quiet transfer period among a flurry of signings from other Victorian National Premier League clubs. City’s fate looks all but sealed, the side sitting last in the NPL2 West with just one point from 17 games and a go..
09-Jun-2017
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Serving up a winning event
Bendigo Weekly
TABLE tennis players from across the state will hit Bendigo this weekend for the annual Victorian Country Championships tournament. Hundreds of competitors will descend on the Victoria Street table tennis and badminton stadium for the three days of competition. The annual event is the bi..
09-Jun-2017
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Focus on football future
Joel Peterson
THE rapid growth in female football in recent seasons has sparked a long-term strategy to be drawn up by a new AFL Central Victoria working group to address the future needs of the sport. The strategy will guide the sport’s growth between 2018 to 2021 and include planning for an AFL Ce..
02-Jun-2017
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Blazers bounce back from tough weekend
Bendigo Weekly
IT was a mixed weekend for the CV Blazers hockey sides on home turf at Garden Gully in round six of Hockey Victoria’s state league. The women’s Blazers celebrated club legend Sally Anderson’s 250th game but could not take the points in the reserves contest going down 5-3 to..
02-Jun-2017
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Music of support
Dianne Dempsey
Mick Lloyd is a no-nonsense self-employed builder. He’s tough, a man’s man, but every so often the burden he and his family carry around weighs him down. And the enormity of the disease his sons live with sends him into despair. It’s called Niemann Pick Disease Type C. It&rs..
29-May-2015
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A familiar voice
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
RADIO veteran Johnathan Ridnell, squirms at the realisation he is in his 28th year at ABC Radio. Ridnell currently holds the position of regional content manager in Bendigo after previous stints in Adelaide, Horsham and Mt Gambier. His successful career began at the Adelaide rural department..
22-May-2015
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Zara’s heartfelt fundraising effort
Dianne Dempsey
FUNDRAISING in the Bendigo region is not an uncommon occurrence, whether it be for cancer sufferers or charitable institutions. But when the Weekly received a hand written letter from 12-year-old Zara Smith telling us she wanted to raise $20,000 for the Heart Foundation she really made an impact. ..
15-May-2015
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Crunch time
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
Victorian Girl Guides will be out in droves for the next month, celebrating National Biscuit Day, which will be held tomorrow. The organisation is expecting to sell 570,000 packets of biscuits in the 57th year of the Australia-wide fundraiser. All profits made will go to funding local, n..
15-May-2015
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Shannon in the running for award
Bendigo Weekly
Youth worker Shannon Ryan has been nominated for the 2015 Ricci Marks Indigenous Achiever Award. The Victorian Government provides the award to encourage young Aboriginal people to pursue their goals and aspirations. Ms Ryan contributes to the Dja Dja Wurrung people and the Bendigo region as ..
08-May-2015
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Sea for yourself
Steve Kendall
Rachel Rayner from Bendigo’s Discovery Science and Technology Centre has been selected as a 2015 Science Communication Fellow and will sail aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus during its 2015 expedition. Ms Rayner will join the Corps of Exploration aboard the ship in June as they explore..
05-May-2015
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Supermarket showdown
Anthony Radford
GREATER Bendigo council will vote on a report that recommends against a planned Woolworths supermarket for Strathfieldsaye, as an independent report details the financial concern of the project. The Woolworths plan on Club Court will go before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in J..
24-May-2013
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Cleared for take off
Rosemary Sorensen
The closure of the childcare centre is the first step towards re-establishing a functioning terminal at Bendigo Airport. “As the airport has continued to gather momentum and in the context of the redevelopment plans it was clear we needed to reclaim the building,” Greater Bendigo..
08-Feb-2013
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Bendigo’s silent night
Anthony Radford
Greater Bendigo council has admitted this year’s Christmas tree light-up event was cancelled to save money. On November 30, council announced the event would not go ahead because of “an unfortunate lack of sponsorship and fundraising support”. The event went ahead afte..
14-Dec-2012
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Fortuna tender opens
Rosemary Sorensen
Bendigo's grandest property has gone on the market as "marvellous opportunity … with exciting potential". Fortuna Villa has been in limbo since discussions for a potential "priority sale" involving the state government and Greater Bendigo council failed last year. The..
01-Nov-2012
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DESIGN EXPERTS WINS MAJOR AWARD
Bendigo Weekly
Design Experts of BENDIGO has won the prestigious Regional Development Victoria Business Achievement Award in the 2012 Regional Achievement and Community Awards. Design Experts won the Award from a strong field of nominees and was one of eight category winners announced on Saturday night 13th Octobe..
17-Oct-2012
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Strathfieldsaye supermarket plan
Rosemary Sorensen
Plans to develop a shopping plaza at Strathfieldsaye include a supermarket and retail outlets on a site next to the primary school. Consulting firm Urbis lodged the application with the City of Greater Bendigo council on behalf of David Fein and Maverston Properties. The site at 2 Club C..
17-Sep-2012
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Back to Mexico
Marika McMahon
The secret to a home made Mexican fiesta is to make sure you have an array of accompaniments. A bit of tomato, lime juice and coriander is all you need for a fresh salsa. If you can’t be bothered flinging that together, Bendigo Wholefoods has some great salsas. It’s also worth havin..
17-Jan-2014
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Wahaca’s magic
Bendigo Weekly
Whether it’s a hard day at the beach, the pool, the lake or the office in January, cooking dinner will probably be the last thing you want to do. When you’ve got that feeling this summer, a great fallback is the impressive Mexican section at Bendigo Wholefoods. The ongoing succ..
10-Jan-2014
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Travel tricks
Bendigo Weekly
By MARIKA McMAHON With some cracking weather this summer, hopefully you are getting to hit the beach or river for some time away. There’s some local food produce you need to make sure you pack for the trip away, whether that is to show off Central Victoria to friends and famil..
03-Jan-2014
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Anneka comes to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
FOOD editor, cooking teacher, home economist and author of Bake Eat Love, Anneka Manning is in Bendigo for three very special public events, at Edwards Greengrocer, Deli & Café, Strathfieldsaye. The founder of popular bake school and online baking community BakeClub – and pa..
11-Dec-2013
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Time to grab a gift
Bendigo Weekly
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and you’re probably making 100 lists and checking them twice. When doing that don’t forget local foods are a wonderful option for gifts. This week Food Fossickers points you in the direction of some great and interesting foo..
29-Nov-2013
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Herb heroes
Bendigo Weekly
One of the reasons behind the Food Fossickers page is to showcase what fabulous food products we have in the Bendigo area, demonstrate how they are used in local restaurants and encourage you to try them at home. A hero of the local food scene has to be B & B Basil. I’ve seen thei..
22-Nov-2013
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Images of the war
Dianne Dempsey
Unlike Gallipoli, there are relatively few images of Australian soldiers on the Western Front. While soldiers took cameras with them to Gallipoli they were forbidden to take them to France and Belgium. The British had decreed that only official photographs were allowed. This remarkable book..
24-Apr-2015
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Lifetime in fine art
Dianne Dempsey
Notebooks Betty Churcher Published 2011 With the recent news of Betty Churcher’s death at the age of 84, it is apposite to revisit probably her most poignant book. Betty Churcher was director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia and director of the National Gallery of..
02-Apr-2015
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Tales from the front
Dianne Dempsey
Between the Dances Jacqueline Dinan Serving their country as nurses, farmhands, munitions workers or members of the Defence forces, Australian women made an outstanding contribution to World War II. In this engaging book Jacqueline Dinan highlights stories told by over 300 women or t..
27-Mar-2015
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All things Irish
Dianne Dempsey
It was St Patrick’s day this week and sure and begorrah a couple of Irish themed titles have come across the desk. From the Bru to the Borough Dan O’Riordan Local writer Dan O’Riordan has written his self-published, heart-felt memoir of growing up in Ireland an..
20-Mar-2015
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Fine start to a life of books
Bendigo Weekly
My reading habits as a child were very much informed by my parents. My primary and secondary schools (I’m talking the dark ages here) didn’t even come to libraries. So every week Dad pushed aside the tools in his ute and took his three children to the public library. I really liked ..
12-Mar-2015
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Remember our nurses
Dianne Dempsey
Remember our Nurses: The service and sacrifice of Bendigo nurses in World War One Murray Poustie Murray Poustie’s book on the Bendigo nurses of World War I is quite a revelation. During the ANZAC centenary most of our attention has been focused on the men who fought ove..
20-Feb-2015
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