Bendigo's new view for Easter
Sharon Kemp
IT has been hailed as a labyrinth like no other and will be installed in Rosalind Park for most of April enabling visitors to see a different side of themselves. Art installation the House of Mirrors has toured festivals around Australia and it may upstage the parade during this year’s..
24-Feb-2017
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China visit a trade win
Sharon Kemp
GIANT Chinese restaurant chain Liuyishou Hot Pot has already toured Bendigo, so city officials including mayor Margaret O’Rourke and business leaders returned the favour this week. The Bendigo delegation visited a restaurant in Shanghai and talked to a supplier of beef to the chain. ..
24-Feb-2017
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New kinder on the way for Strathfieldsaye
Sharon Kemp
EIGHT years after consultation began, Strathfieldsaye will get a new kindergarten and the old facility will be demolished to make way for a carpark as part of a $4 million overhaul of the Club Court precinct. At Wednesday night’s meeting, City of Greater Bendigo councillors awarded a $..
17-Feb-2017
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Council code concern
Sharon Kemp
A SLIGHTLY revised councillor code of conduct was ratified this week by City of Greater Bendigo as earlier version was being challenged in a VCAT tribunal. Former councillor Elise Chapman is asking the tribunal to review a 2015 decision by a conduct panel that she breached the code of conduc..
17-Feb-2017
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More jobs to go at bank
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has warned of more redundancies after reporting a reduction of 107 full-time positions in the past six months. Managing director Mike Hirst said cuts to the official cash interest rate by the Reserve Bank of Australia in May and August had reduced the margin the ban..
17-Feb-2017
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Chapman defends tweet
Sharon Kemp
IN a case that will have organisations scurrying to review their social media policy, a VCAT tribunal in Bendigo heard this week former City of Greater Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman believed she was tweeting as a private citizen when she sent to a resident a picture of children with mutilated ..
17-Feb-2017
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Park music a hot start
Bendigo Weekly
EASTER celebrations will kick off tonight with a free music event in Rosalind Park from 6pm to 10pm featuring Perth band Tired Lion and supporting local bands. This free night of music in Rosalind Park is presented by the City of Greater Bendigo’s FReeZA youth events team, Mic Up Produ..
24-Mar-2016
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Jodie has her own moment
Dianne Dempsey
When the City of Greater Bendigo invited its citizens to recreate Marilyn Monroe’s famous pose from the Seven Year Itch, Jodie Wiegard couldn’t resist the opportunity. As production manager of clothing at the Morley Emporium, Jodie works in design and clothes production. &..
24-Mar-2016
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Top end selling well
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of Bendigo’s most historic homes has been sold. Lansellstowe, built by George Lansell for one of his sons in 1913, is a three-storey ornate mansion, located at 60 Barkly Terrace in one of the city’s most sought after areas. Tweed Sutherland First National managing directo..
18-Mar-2016
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Foo Dongs reunited after auction chase
Bendigo Weekly
It was with some excitement that the director of the Golden Dragon Museum Anita Jack found a rare Foo Dong, or lion dog, for sale in the Theodore Bruce auction catalogue last month. “I was reading their ad in The Age and nearly choked on my coffee,” she laughed. “I real..
18-Mar-2016
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Weekly has a new journo
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Weekly is pleased to welcome to the newsroom a journalist with more than two decades’ reporting and teaching experience, Sharon Kemp. Sharon served her cadetship 20 years ago at the WA daily tabloid the Kalgoorlie Miner where she specialised in mining news. At The West..
18-Mar-2016
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A prize school
Bendigo Weekly
SPRING Gully Primary School has won a major prize aimed at supporting and promoting health in local schools as part of this year’s Bendigo Weekly/Prime 7 Sports Star of the Year Awards. The Bendigo Health-sponsored Healthy Schools awards are also a great way to showcase the steps being..
18-Mar-2016
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Police hunt stolen items
Christine McGinn
A BACKPACK filled with $2500 worth of electronic goods was stolen from Bendigo Marketplace yesterday. A man was eating his lunch in the food court when he placed his backpack on the ground. The backpack had an iPad, laptop and a Samsung Galaxy X5 zipped inside. The incident occurred ..
20-Feb-2015
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East Bendigo unit fire
Bendigo Weekly
An East Bendigo home has been ruined in a fire this morning. Police and CFA are currently investigating the cause of the fire. The incident occurred on Lloyd Street in a vacant home. No one was injured during the incident. ..
20-Feb-2015
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Fatal crash in Eaglehawk
Bendigo Weekly
AN 88-year-old woman died after being hit riding her mobility scooter on Monday afternoon. The woman was riding her scooter along High Street in Eaglehawk about 2.50pm. The woman started crossing Napier Street when a Ford sedan, turning right, hit the woman. The driver, a 71-year-old Ma..
17-Feb-2015
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Water police crackdown
Bendigo Weekly
WATERWAY users will be the target of a police crackdown to ensure compliance on safety regulations this weekend. The Victorian Water Police will be ensuring water safety, focused on broken down boats, unregistered vessels, search operations, and irresponsible driving. Police issued the warnin..
23-Jan-2015
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Police on the beat
Christine McGinn
POLICE are on the hunt for information about a robbery at the Long Gully Post Office on Saturday. A man wearing a balaclava entered the store, when they first opened, and fled with a quantity of cash. No weapon was sighted and no one was believed to be injured. A police spokesperson sai..
19-Jan-2015
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Kennington fatality
Bendigo Weekly
A man in his 20s died in a single-vehicle incident in Kennington this morning. Police officers believe the man was driving south-west on Townsend Street about 5.30am. A police spokesperson said the driver lost control of the Holden ute which left the road and crashed into a tree. Police..
16-Jan-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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Floyd experienced
Nick Atyeo
Hundreds of appreciative music fans enjoyed an evening of familiar guitar riffs from the combined brilliance of Pink Floyd with Adelaide-based Experience Floyd, last Friday at Bendigo’s Capital Theatre. Experience Floyd’s eight musicians and three female backing vocalists kept t..
10-Jul-2015
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TV journo aims for top spot
Steve Kendall
IT’S easy to imagine the school-aged Sarah Lawrence pretending to be a TV journalist in front of the mirror. It has certainly been on her wish list since those days, and the dream has come true. After stints on iPTV and Prime7, Lawrence is one of three Bendigo-based journalists for..
03-Jul-2015
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Flick on to Star
Steve Kendall
WITH the flick of a switch an exuberant bundle of energy hits the air. Star FM’s presenter from 10am to 3pm weekdays is a lively enthusiastic woman who works to the mantra of “fake it until you make it”. This ensures, even on a rare down day Felicity Eva makes you believe she..
26-Jun-2015
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Rain plays havoc with T20 fxtures
Joel Peterson
ROUND three of the Bendigo District Cricket Association’s Twenty20 competition was brought to a halt by rain on Tuesday night. The scheduled games between Eaglehawk and Golden Square at Canterbury Park and Strathdale Maristians hosting Bendigo United were both called off due to s..
25-Nov-2016
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Spirit showing the way
Joel Peterson
IN a Women’s National Basketball League competition that looks as even as any in recent years, the Bendigo Spirit are stamping themselves in the early going as a legitimate championship contender. The Spirit are atop the WNBL table after seven rounds with a 7-3 record, half a gam..
25-Nov-2016
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Caitlin is flying high
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO netballer Caitlin Thwaites is confident a move home to Victoria for the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball season will continue her rise in Australian netball. Thwaites chased greater opportunity after spending the early years of her career in Melbourne, playing for six years with..
25-Nov-2016
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Kelsey reflects on milestone
Joel Peterson
GIVEN all of Kelsey Griffin’s unprecedented success with the Bendigo Spirit, it is easy to forget that she arrived almost by accident. Griffin suits up for her 100th WNBL game tonight in Perth, but no one could have imagined she would become the long-term face of the club when sh..
18-Nov-2016
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Rangas lead the way against Cobras
Bendigo Weekly
MANDURANG is in the box seat to claim a win over Golden Gully as round four of Emu Valley cricket heads into its second day. Mandurang turned in a trademark performance with the bat on day one, making 246 against an in-form Cobras bowling lineup. Openers Matt Giri and Phil Be..
18-Nov-2016
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Roos bound into top spot
Joel Peterson
KANGAROO Flat’s early Bendigo District Cricket Association form has surprised plenty, but not skipper Brent Hamblin. Perennial slow starters, the Roos have bolted out of the blocks to be undefeated after their opening three games. Their latest win came away from home a..
18-Nov-2016
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Harrowing stories from Royal Commission
Bendigo Weekly
The Royal Commission into Institutionalised Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released the second volume of its Interim Report. Volume two deals with the personal stories of some of the victims who have had private sessions with the Commission. Here is one story (names have been chang..
28-Jul-2014
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Market moves on food waste
Anthony Radford
THE Bendigo Community Farmers Market will be hosting an initiative to cut food waste this Saturday. The idea is to share simple ways to help residents stop wasting food and in turn boost their family budget. Greater Bendigo council Waste Services manager Simon Clay said in 2010 a Sustainab..
11-Jul-2014
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Bosom Buddies are back
Steve Kendall
NOT content with raising $42,000, the Bosom Buddies are stepping up their game. The team of 14 walkers are setting off again next year on a 60 kilometre repeat in a bid to pull in more cash. They have some serious extra backing this year. “Brikkitta from D-Club has come on boar..
04-Jul-2014
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Bella goes to great lengths
Steve Kendall
A LONG Gully youngster is making a practical input for cancer care. Eight-year-old Bella Lightburn is cutting off her waist-length hair for Pantene’s beautiful lengths campaign. Her hair will be made into a wig for a cancer sufferer. Bella also will be raising money for Camp Qualit..
13-Jun-2014
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Heads up on foxes
Christine McGinn
HUNTERS have recorded a milestone, bringing in more than 40,000 fox scalps to the local Epsom collection station. Greater Bendigo and surrounds’ hunters have fired up to participate in the State Government’s bounty scheme to reduce numbers of wild foxes. More than 1100 fox scal..
06-Jun-2014
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Cubby house a community effort
Bendigo Weekly
The children of the Golden Square Kindergarten celebrated the opening of their new purpose-built cubby house recently, with the help of a special guest. The building of the cubby was made possible thanks to a grant from the Kangaroo Flat and District Community Enterprise and sponsorship from..
23-May-2014
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DEFENCE COMPANY SOLD
Anthony Radford
ONE of Bendigo's most well-known and successful companies has been sold to overseas interests. Australian Defence Apparel, which has a manufacturing plant in East Bendigo, has been making clothes and uniforms for police, emergency services and Australia's Defence Force for 99 years. The co..
11-Jul-2011
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Bank's new director - video
Anthony Radford
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has announced the appointment of former Ericsson chief executive officer Jacqueline Hey to its Board of Directors. Ms Hey was previously CEO of Ericsson in the UK and in Australia. She worked with Ericsson for more than 20 years in finance, marketing, sales and l..
06-Jul-2011
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Making sense of business
Life-changing was how the graduates described the Grow Your Business program. “Finding the support for local business, and to be given the chance to survive is a gift,” Sharon Carlson of twenty 2, a cafe in Williamson Street, said. “It gave us a chance to complete a bus..
06-May-2011
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Cooking, kids and TV
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo community’s love affair with food is about to extend to the younger members with a local cooking competition currently being filmed and set to air on Bendigo IPTV in July. The competition is funded by School Focussed Youth Service, a Department of Education and Early Childhood De..
06-Jun-2013
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Giant pumpkin chainsaw massacre
Bendigo Weekly
Several Atlantic Giant pumpkins have been awaiting their fate in the front window of Bush’s Produce Store in Williamson Street since being entered in Bendigo’s Biggest Pumpkin Competition back in April. Held in conjunction with the Bendigo All Breed’s Goat and Chrysanthemum Show,..
30-May-2013
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Smashing pumpkins
Bendigo Weekly
Growing competition-worthy giant pumpkins is becoming a lucrative affair, if you can withstand the fickle nature of the hobby. If you can grow a vegetable garden, you have the skill to grow a prize-winning pumpkin. With the right preparation and strategy and a bit of good luck, next year you migh..
23-May-2013
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Bread and wine
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16-May-2013
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The art of chocolate
Vicki Harrington
Transforming chocolate into edible art is Sue Schrieber’s passion. A passion she has taken to another level with the opening of her own small business, Choclartiste. When she’s not tempering chocolate in her compact studio, Sue is a lab technician at La Trobe Bendigo’s School ..
09-May-2013
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Dig in at the Trentham Spudfest
Bendigo Weekly
Excitement is building in Trentham in the lead up to the annual Great Trentham Spudfest to be held on Saturday, May 18. Once again the spudlight will shine on Trentham with a festival full of fun, food and music. Quarry Street Reserve will be transformed into “Spud Hub” with hot potato..
02-May-2013
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Book a spot for the festival
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo's big, friendly winter get-together for writers and readers will launch next month, with highlights from the August 8 to 10 weekend to be announced on June 2. “We’re very close now to finalising what is another unashamedly inviting program,” Bendigo Writers Festival..
23-May-2014
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Living with the problem
Bendigo Weekly
The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the true story of a life lost in thought By David Adam Picador, $32.99 This is not intended as a self-help book,” states David Adam, regarding his exploration of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, The Man Who Couldn’t Stop. Adam has..
09-May-2014
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New discoveries
Vanessa Hughes
To the Goldfields! by Rachel Tonkin Walker Books $16.95 It’s October 1, 1852 when nine-year-old James, his mother and siblings set out from Melbourne to join James’ father at the Forest Reach goldfields. After days slogging through thick bush, sticking with a group of other..
02-May-2014
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Lions led by donkeys
Steve Kendall
It has often been said about World War I that it was a case of lions led by donkeys. The bravest of the brave sent against impossible odds by generals away from the front. With the hindsight of history it seems to be in so many cases quite correct. The books written today use that hindsigh..
24-Apr-2014
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Book review
Vanessa Hughes
The Winter Bride by Anne Gracie Penguin Australia, $24.99 For readers who love Jane Austen but have harboured a secret desire for a little more kissing and a tad more scandal, Australian author Anne Gracie’s The Winter Bride will provide all those unfulfilled needs. This delicious..
11-Apr-2014
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Review
Vanessa Hughes
Cassandra Kerry Greenwood Delphic Women Trilogy: Book 2 Clan Destine Press RRP $27 A distinct departure from her well-known Phryne Fisher novels, Cassandra is Australian author Kerry Greenwood’s second book in her Delphic Women series. A re-imagining of the events leading up to ..
04-Apr-2014
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