Mulder temporarily stands aside
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Hospital’s opening honeymoon finished abruptly this week, when the man who oversaw the $630 million project temporarily stood aside from his role under a veil of secrecy. Bendigo Health chief executive John Mulder, one of the city’s highest paid executives, notified staff..
10-Feb-2017
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Eye on the weather
Bendigo Weekly
AS the mercury soared into the 40s yesterday, plenty of locals cooled off at Bendigo pools. Lifeguards like Jaryd will be watching on, with the heat to continue into the weekend...
10-Feb-2017
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School review to balance distribution
Sharon Kemp
ZONING for junior secondary colleges in Bendigo could be enforced under the review of the Bendigo Education Plan after Australian Education Union members raised concerns with education minister James Merlino about equal distribution of resources. Mr Merlino has announced a review of the pla..
03-Feb-2017
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The first day
Bendigo Weekly
CAMP Hill Primary School teacher Melissa Gleisner told her class of prep students their alphabet sounds were so good, she thought they may have already gone to school. But yesterday was the very first day of their school journey, an exciting time for students such as Bendigo twins Otis..
03-Feb-2017
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Schools face funding dilemma
Sharon Kemp
AS students return to school, educators face another year of funding uncertainty ahead of the run-out at the end of 2017 of funding under the needs-based Gonski model. What will replace the model is anyone’s guess, but Bendigo Senior Secondary College principal Dale Pearce would like t..
03-Feb-2017
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Nanga Gnulle support grows
Sharon Kemp
CITY of Greater Bendigo councillors will decide if the former Nanga Gnulle conference centre and gardens are demolished to make way for a 15-lot subdivision after the proposal attracted 63 objections. A report on the application will be prepared for council to consider at an ordinary counci..
03-Feb-2017
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Sue puts her feet up
Bendigo Weekly
CARER Sue Gray is finally calling it a day. She has been working in family day care in Eaglehawk for 31 years and estimates she has looked after up to 60 children in her time. Before Family Day Care, Sue worked in the catering department at Bendigo’s St John of God Hospital for 28 ..
01-Apr-2016
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Focus on nurses for Mother's Day Classic
Bendigo Weekly
NURSES have the opportunity to swap their scrubs for pink wigs and shirts at the Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic, Australia’s largest breast cancer fundraiser, on Sunday, May 8. On Mother’s Day, more than 100,000 Australians will walk or run to help fund breast cance..
01-Apr-2016
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Door open for input
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo wants input from the community as part of the development of a new township planning document for Marong. The Marong Township Structure Plan will help guide future land rezoning and the development of road networks, open space and facilities. It will also form the..
01-Apr-2016
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Uniting Church returns to auction
Sharon Kemp
The on-again, off-again auction of Golden Square’s historic Uniting Church is back on again, scheduled for the end of April, this time as a stand-along building separate from the adjoining manse that sold last year. But the 163-year-old church continues to attract controversy over its ..
31-Mar-2016
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For the environment
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 100 people attended last Friday’s Bendigo Sustainability Awards to acknowledge local champions of the environment and community. Guest speaker Phillip Johnson wowed the audience with images of his garden designs, including his Best in Show garden at the 2013 Chelsea Flower Sh..
24-Mar-2016
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Bendigo's guide to all good things
Bendigo Weekly
IT’S the pocket guide to all things retail and hospitality in Greater Bendigo and the surrounding region. It’s also the much anticipated 2016/17 Bendigo Dining and Shopping Guide, just released in time for Easter, school holidays and the hugely successful Marilyn Monroe exhibitio..
24-Mar-2016
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Three-injured in crash
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are investigating a crash in California Gully after three men were taken to hospital this morning. Officers were on routine patrol when they saw a car with no registration plates just before 3am. Bendigo police attempted to intercept the vehicle but the driver refused to pull over so t..
19-May-2015
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Cars collide in Kennington
Bendigo Weekly
By BRIDGETTE BARRY-MURPHY Three cars collided on Sternberg Street in Kennington just after 4pm today. A Ford Falcon ute ran into the rear of a Holden Commodore pushing it into a van. The driver of the first vehicle, a van, is believed to have driven off. ..
11-May-2015
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Eaglehawk man blows 0.217
Christine McGinn
An Eaglehawk man was caught driving more than four times over the legal blood-alcohol limit last night. The 59-year old man was seen driving at 30 kilometres an hour on the 50km/h Victoria Street in Eaglehawk at 7.50pm. The man hesitated to take off when the lights changed from red to green, ..
05-May-2015
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Police call for witnesses
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for witnesses after a local man was hospitalised with a serious head injury. Antony James Woodward walked into the One Tree Hill Hotel on Retreat Road in Spring Gully on Friday April 10 about 2.45pm. Workers at the hotel, who know Anto..
20-Apr-2015
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Local man faces 12 charges
Bendigo Weekly
A 32-year-old Bendigo man will appear in court next month for possessing a handgun and other drug offences. A local police searched a vehicle parked in the Lake Weeroona carpark about 11.30pm on Tuesday night. Officers found an imitation hand gun made from a galvanised pipe with and capable o..
08-Apr-2015
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Kangaroo Flat unit burglary
Bendigo Weekly
A Kangaroo Flat unit, under construction, was burgled over the Labour Day long weekend. The unit, located on the corner of Short and Lansell streets, in a block of units had a large quantity of building supplies and tradesman’s equipment stolen between Friday afternoon and Sunday afterno..
10-Mar-2015
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Bank on your music success
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne Music Bank is calling on Bendigo musicians and bands to submit an original song for a chance to win the ultimate kick-starter pack for a career in music. This is a chance for local musos to break into the music industry. The winner will receive a toolkit for success, comprisi..
07-Aug-2015
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Bands set to battle
Bendigo Weekly
It’s time to plug in your amplifier and switch on the microphone – the FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands competition is back for 2015. The event takes place today at St Andrew’s Hall in Myers Street, Bendigo. Ten local acts have registered for the annual event, which ..
31-Jul-2015
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David Bowie uncovered
Bendigo Weekly
David Bowie is forever changing and always ahead of his time. After deciding to do a school project on him, I soon discovered that I was fascinated by both Bowie’s music and his image – something that never stayed the same. Being 15, I am often questioned about this fascination..
24-Jul-2015
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Colleen's back in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO girl Colleen Hewett will perform her Black & White tour to her hometown this October. Legendary Ms Hewett will take to the Ulumbarra Theatre stage to share her chart-topping new album, Black and White. “I’m so excited to be going home,” she said. ..
17-Jul-2015
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The return of Cass
Bendigo Weekly
BY MAT CHURCHILL Performing a song with a plea to sober up at a pub named The Drunken Poet may not immediately endear you with patrons. But Cassie Ward and Bianca Maes, who form the talented duo Cass are discovering a rich vein of new opportunities and new fans since their move fr..
17-Jul-2015
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Clean sweep for Mary
Dianne Dempsey
Sitting in the audience of the matinee performance Mary Poppins last Saturday, I was as equally enchanted by the transfixed expressions of the children as with the actual production itself. Around me were hundreds of children (and adults) who for the first time had the experience of seein..
17-Jul-2015
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Locals score top footy awards
Joel Peterson
WHILE she wasn’t even the coach of the Bendigo Thunder at the start of the season, Cherie O’Neill ended it as the best coach of women’s football in the state after winning AFL Victoria’s female coach of the year award last week. The Thunder coach was joined on t..
18-Nov-2016
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Spirit out to limit Lynx
Joel Peterson
THE Women’s National Basketball League’s top two sides will do battle tonight when Perth hosts the Bendigo Spirit in round seven of the 2016/17 competition. The Lynx are the only team that the Spirit has not faced yet, and sit outright top of the ladder after crushing Adela..
18-Nov-2016
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Tayla hits the top flight
Joel Peterson
SHE is no stranger to making breakthroughs with the ball, but for seven months Tayla Vlaeminck had to keep the biggest breakthrough in her promising cricket career a secret. As she walked out of her year 12 chemistry exam on Tuesday and checked her phone, she quickly discovered the sec..
11-Nov-2016
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Coaches to receive tips from the best
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL football and netball coaches will have a chance to learn from some of the best in the business later this month at a conference conducted by AFL Central Victoria and La Trobe University. Carlton assistant Dale Amos will lead a group of Blues coaches at the event, while Melbourne ..
11-Nov-2016
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Gerrans heads top crit field
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of Australia’s premier road cyclists, Orica BikeExchange’s Simon Gerrans, will line up in Harcourt on Friday night as part of a star-studded local field for the 2016 Maap Tour de Bress Criterium. Gerrans is a former Tour de France yellow jersey wearer and stage winner, ..
11-Nov-2016
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Spirit turn pink for rivalry clash
Joel Peterson
THEY are in red-hot form, and the Bendigo Spirit will sport new pink jerseys this weekend in support of the OTIS Foundation when they tackle arch-rivals Townsville at Bendigo Stadium. Bendigo has won its last three games, including a win over Townsville in Queensland, and sits atop the ta..
11-Nov-2016
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ATKINSON MAKES HONOUR ROLL
Bendigo Weekly
Aboriginal elder and Vietnam veteran Graham Atkinson will be recognised for his inclusion on the Indigenous Honour Roll tonight. Greater Bendigo council will honour Mr Atkinson at a ceremony tonight at 6.30pm. Mr Atkinson has been inducted for his active involvement in community and for assi..
22-Oct-2014
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POVERTY ON THE RISE
Christine McGinn
People living in poverty should be heard not blamed says a local community leader. Saint Vincent De Paul Society Bendigo regional council president Tony Spurling said instead of blaming people from their poverty, we should listen and learn how to help them. “If we are to reverse the tre..
14-Oct-2014
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Support a cause
Sam Kane
THE Poppet Head’s been covered, Lake Weeroona’s been plastered, and the QEO transformed. What’s the next well known landmark to receive a make-over? Local women are hoping to cover both inside and outside of one of Bendigo’s most recognisable features – and they n..
03-Oct-2014
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Dilemma for caring mother
Dianne Dempsey
They sit at the dining table together, comrades in arms. Worn out warriors of a hard life. David Lyon is 52. His mother Joan Lyon 83. Mrs Lyon is very ill and very worried. David was born with an intellectual disability and needs constant care. “When David was 39 he became physical..
24-Sep-2014
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Blokes ready for lunch
Steve Kendall
Planning for this year’s Blokes Biggest Ever Lunch is well on the way with more than 250 tickets sold. Organiser Keith Sutherland said the event goes from strength to strength. “Our special guest is Jason McCartney who is a Bali bombing survivor and ex North Melbourne and Colli..
12-Sep-2014
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Fete a great day
Bendigo Weekly
Gumboots will be flung, lobbed and chucked far and wide in a throwing competition as part of the fun activities taking place at St Therese’s Primary School fete this Sunday. Principal Matthew Mann said the fete is the most important fundraising event on the school calendar and a great..
14-Aug-2014
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Unity Mining books $5.3 million loss
Anthony Radford
UNITY Mining has announced a loss of more than $5.3 million for the year ended June 30. In a statement released this morning, the company said it had recorded a gross profit of $9.0 million from revenue of $80.5 million, and that the net loss of $5.3 million included $5.1M of non..
26-Aug-2011
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Committee for Bendigo - throwing down the gauntlet
Anthony Radford
LAST week’s column on the consideration or otherwise of the need to establish a Committee for Bendigo drew a strong response from readers, and while not all our feedback was positive, it was all welcome. Confirmation the board of Coliban Water has discussed the need for an advocacy gro..
26-Aug-2011
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Property plus
Anthony Radford
BENDIGO Property Plus is really going places. Husband and wife team Nathan and Jane Diss started up the real estate business about 14 months ago, and are going from strength to strength. While residential real estate is their bread and butter, the company is moving into property management and w..
26-Aug-2011
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Energy assessments help small business cut costs
Anthony Radford
CENTRAL Victorian businesses have been encouraged to take control of their energy bills as part of a pilot program offering energy assessments launched in Bendigo today. The Central Victorian Solar City initiative aims to help businesses better manage and control their rising energy costs as pa..
22-Aug-2011
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Bendigo Bank profit soars
Anthony Radford
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has announced an after tax profit of $342.1 million for the 12-months ending 30 June 2011, a rise of more than 41 per cent on the previous year. Cash earnings were $336.2m, representing cash earnings per share of 92.3 cents, an increase of 10.8 per cent on the prio..
08-Aug-2011
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Rural Bank and Australia Post propose joint venture
Anthony Radford
Banking in rural and regional Australia has been given a boost by a new proposal by Australia Post and Rural Bank to join forces and distribute banking services via regional and rural post offices. Rural Bank is owned by the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. Australia Post and Rura..
02-Aug-2011
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Cooking up history
Bendigo Weekly
The Presbyterian Women’s Missionary Union Cookbook is the oldest book of its kind still in production in Victoria and will have its 114th yearly edition published later this year. With more than 500,000 copies printed since 1904, it was generally the first cookbook young Australian women use..
08-Aug-2013
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Cafe culture still flourishing
Bendigo Weekly
IN May the Weekly reported Bendigo’s coffee shops and cafes were bursting at the seams and obviously the trend is continuing. Elisha Jeffery opened her cafe, Percy and Percy, eight months ago and is amazed at the outcome. “I’m overwhelmed,” she said. “I opened the..
01-Aug-2013
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Double winners
Bendigo Weekly
The Boardwalk Bendigo is justifiably proud of two of their young staff. Nathan Mitchell, sous chef, and Darcy Hamilton, second year apprentice, recently competed in the Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat Awards Victorian state final in Melbourne and came home with the silver medal. The award is dedi..
25-Jul-2013
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Food, fibre and fashion
Bendigo Weekly
This weekend will a big one for farming, fibre, food and fashion with the 136th annual Australian Sheep and Wool Show incorporating the Festival of Lamb and Women in Wool. The action kicks off at the Bendigo Exhibition centre today and the first food event each day is a live Youth Challenge Cook o..
18-Jul-2013
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Cheers for new Bendigo brewery
Vicki Harrington
Bendigo’s burgeoning food and produce scene welcomed another newcomer this week with the launch of Brookes Beer. Melburnians Doug Brooke and partner Melissa Church specifically chose Bendigo for their new venture. “We were looking for a place to set up our brewery and discovere..
05-Jul-2013
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Olé olé
Bendigo Weekly
It has been 12 months in the making and it is almost here – Bendigo’s newest dining experience. Putting the finishing touches on their new venture, Sangria Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant, owners Gary and Ann-Maree Davis are counting the days to the opening of their new eatery. They..
27-Jun-2013
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The future of writing makes a top topic
Bendigo Weekly
THE future of writing takes centre stage at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival, with everything from freedom of speech to how to create a blog on the August 8 to 10 program. A heavyweight lineup of experienced journalists take part in the headline session, Not Drowning, Adapting, whi..
18-Jul-2014
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Flags waving to herald a gathering of writers
Bendigo Weekly
THE flags went up at the top of View Street this week, in preparation for the third Bendigo Writers Festival across the weekend of August 8 to 10. The banners feature the festival’s new look, with a bright and bold identity to match the busy, lively program. Designed by Bendigo&rsquo..
11-Jul-2014
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Support the team
Bendigo Weekly
They are the first people many writers and guests get to see, their friendly efficiency the epitome of the kind of event Bendigo Writers Festival aims to be. The small army of volunteers who help make the festival run smoothly is gearing up again to prepare for the August 8 to 10 weekend. ..
04-Jul-2014
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World of work
Dianne Dempsey
Jeanette Purkis will be launching her new book The Wonderful World of Work in Bendigo, this Saturday, June 21. She will also be presenting a talk on autism and employment for the community from the perspective of someone living with autism. Jeanette Purkis is also the author of Findin..
20-Jun-2014
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Early sessions booked out
Bendigo Weekly
THIS year’s Bendigo Writers Festival Schools Day program is looking like a winner with some sessions already booked out. Teachers have responded enthusiastically to the early release of the Friday, August 8 program, Texts Mark the Spot, which includes popular writers such as Andrew McGah..
13-Jun-2014
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Book festival delivers
Bendigo Weekly
TWO of Australia’s most admired and controversial writers will be headline guests at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival. Blanche d’Alpuget is the Friday, August 8 evening keynote speaker, and will talk about her eventful life, her marriage to former Prime Minister Bob Haw..
30-May-2014
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