New shelters continue QEO progress
Bendigo Weekly
With the majority of the project finished in 2011, a long-awaited element of the redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Oval is under way. The first handful of several shelter structures are being constructed at the ground, but will not be finished for some months. The works are the first ..
09-Jun-2017
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Channel to be restored
Bendigo Weekly
SECTIONS of an historic water channel between Bendigo and Malmsbury are being renewed during winter ahead of hot weather when water flows will be required again for farming. The Coliban main channel renewal program is a $4.6 million project designed to restore the open gravity channel built ..
09-Jun-2017
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Bank shares take a tumble
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has again been the victim of timing, this week changing the way it treats gains and losses relating to its Homesafe product. The bank chose to announce the change as fears circle about a downturn in property prices in Melbourne and Sydney where the product finds its..
09-Jun-2017
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Under their spell
Bendigo Weekly
It was described as revolutionary when it first hit the stage in 1971 and Catholic College students have this week put their own spin on a smash-hit musical in their performances of Godspell. The school’s year nine students took to the stage at Ulumburra Theatre over the past two days..
09-Jun-2017
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Bid to regain Gonski
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO school principals can budget for the next four years to include programs that help their disadvantaged students, but they are unlikely to see a rise in the state government’s equity funding. While visiting Specimen Hill Primary School, education minister James Merlino said the ..
02-Jun-2017
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Pharmacy to open 24 hours
Sharon Kemp
THE late night trip to the emergency department may become a trip to the pharmacy if Bendigo’s first supercare pharmacy proves successful. As of July 1, the Bendigo UFS Pharmacy in View Street will be open 24 hours a day and offer a nurse practitioner service from 6pm to 10pm every ..
02-Jun-2017
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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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People like me
Bendigo Weekly
By Skye Kinder Growing up in Bendigo, I knew it would be difficult to attend medical school. I went to a local public school, and I was the first in my family to go to university. I had a passion for rural health that I wanted to pursue, and I wasn’t entirely sure how to do tha..
01-Apr-2016
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Step up for the Million Paws Walk
Bendigo Weekly
RSPCA’S Million Paws Walk organisers are hoping a record 2200 paws will pad around Lake Weerona during this year’s fundraiser on Sunday, May 15. If you know your maths, that‘s 550 dogs assuming most have four legs, and will be a record participation for Bendigo. The fun..
01-Apr-2016
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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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Red rebels gear up for a rebellion
Bendigo Weekly
Although it happened well over 160 years ago the Red Ribbon Rebellion was a turning point in Bendigo’s colourful gold rush history. Originally held in 1853, this peaceful protest march was directed against the payment of what the diggers called a tax – a licence fee for the right..
10-Aug-2015
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Rifle alight
Bendigo Weekly
ABOUT 120 Rifle Brigade Hotel patrons were evacuated on Friday night after a fire started in the chimney. Five CFA appliances including a specialised ladder vehicles were called to the fire about 10.30pm. CFA senior station officer Darren Eenjes said residue had built up in the flue of t..
06-Jul-2015
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Search for missing Craigieburn man
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are searching for a 35-year-old Craigieburn man in the Knowsley State Forest this morning. Chris Lieutier was last seen riding a red quad bike in the forest near Axedale near McIvor Highway after 2.30pm on Sunday. Police are concerned for Mr Lieutier’s welfare as he has cere..
06-Jul-2015
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Fake $100 bills
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are urging shopkeepers to remain alert as $100 counterfeit notes are being presented across Bendigo. A woman is known to have attempted to use the counterfeit money twice to buy items of little value, leave with the purchased items and keep the authentic money. Police said the notes ..
19-May-2015
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Near miss
Bendigo Weekly
EMERGENCY services were called to Bendigo Airport this morning after smoke began bellowing from a light aircraft. The pilot conducted the air traffic control before safely descending to the runway. Paramedics checked the three occupants, who were cleared from injury...
19-May-2015
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Bendigo set to rock
Bendigo Weekly
2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for music in Bendigo with international artists, Cat Power, Jason Isbell and Sarah Blasko all set to visit the region. Georgia-born singer/songwriter Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) will be the first to perform in Bendigo at the Capital Theatre on Fe..
31-Dec-2015
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Newstead plays host to a live music festival
Bendigo Weekly
Remember to pencil in the Newstead Live Music Festival in January, to hear a variety of Australian and international artists for four days of concerts and workshops in historic Newstead. Festival goers will have a choice of six stages, two cafes, two hotels and the Trobadour wine tent to ch..
18-Dec-2015
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Party at the Bridge
Bendigo Weekly
THE Xmas Ale Street Party is a three-day free event and kicks at noon today at the Bridge Hotel. The venue is ideally situated for this hot weekend with plenty of shade as well as tents and marquees. “The highlight of the weekend will be the music which kicks off at 5.30pm on Frid..
18-Dec-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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Kick off for new programs
Bendigo Weekly
THE revamped Bendigo Amateur Soccer league begins its 2017 season tomorrow with a raft of new programs in place across senior and junior levels. The BASL has joined forces with several out-of-town clubs and expanded to an 11-team competition, with Swan Hill not fielding a team. Shepparto..
31-Mar-2017
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LVFNL set for a start
Joel Peterson
CALIVIL United and Mitiamo will meet in an opening round blockbuster when the 2017 Loddon Valley Football Netball League season kicks off on Saturday. The LVFNL is the first of the local leagues to get its season under way and mark the official start of the local football season. Reig..
31-Mar-2017
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Long-time foes meet again
Joel Peterson
IF the recent form of Eaglehawk and Bendigo United is anything to go by, this weekend’s Bendigo District Cricket Association grand final will be a high-octane affair. Both clubs ripped through their semi final adversaries – BUCCs rolling Kangaroo Flat in less than a day while Eag..
24-Mar-2017
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Braves back for more
Joel Peterson
SATURDAY hails the arrival of a new season for the Bendigo Braves, but the team’s goal has not changed. Following a drought-breaking SEABL title in 2016, the Braves have reloaded for another run. They, and the Bendigo Lady Braves, kick start their season on Saturday against Dandeno..
24-Mar-2017
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Lady Braves banking on youth
Joel Peterson
AN underprepared Bendigo Lady Braves side will be thrown straight into the SEABL’s deep end when it faces reigning champion Dandenong on Saturday. The Lady Braves do not have an import on their roster and were embarrassingly thumped to the tune of 20 points in a practice match a fortni..
24-Mar-2017
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Epic event in the Gully
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Mountain Bike Club’s signature event for 2017 will hail the start of a new era for one of the fastest growing organisations in local sport. Spring Gully’s Muldoon Reserve will host the Golden Triangle Epic event for the first time this weekend. The reserve is set..
24-Mar-2017
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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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Ron’s back for lunch
Steve Kendall
WITH the dust barely settled on last year’s Blokes Biggest Ever Lunch it’s back, and so is Ron Iddles. Mr Iddles was guest speaker last year, and a controversial talk on his role as a police homicide sergeant drew national media attention. Organiser Keith Sutherland has invited..
31-Oct-2014
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It’s a celebration
Bendigo Weekly
LATE October usually results in a few odd-looking characters around Bendigo streets, as local Year 12 students celebrate the end of their studies. This year was no exception, with Bendigo Senior Secondary College and Catholic College Bendigo celebrating the end of the regular school year in st..
24-Oct-2014
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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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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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Fairfax Media books $401 million loss
Anthony Radford
Fairfax Media Limited has reported a loss of $400.9 million for the past financial year. The company says the result represents a decrease of 1.8 per cent on last year and is ''slightly above market consensus''. Shares in Fairfax Media, publishers of the Bendigo Advertiser, surged..
26-Aug-2011
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Bendigo law firms to merge
Anthony Radford
In the classic progression of blending old with new, Michelle O‟Sullivan Law will merge with Cohen Johanson Douglas from Monday. Both Michelle O‟Sullivan and Dennis Johanson said they were looking forward to the merger and the support it will offer to both themselves and their clients ..
26-Aug-2011
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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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Cooks and the kids
Bendigo Weekly
Our local schools’ love affair with food continues with the sixth episode of Cooks and Kids set to air next Wednesday night on Bendigo IPTV. In this final episode, the winning teams from each heat come together to compete for the title of winners for 2013. Students from Lightning Reef Prim..
15-Aug-2013
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Cooks and Kids make gnocchi
Bendigo Weekly
Making beetroot gnocchi with Sonia of Masons Bendigo After we put on our aprons we listened to Sonia from Masons for our first instructions. The first instruction was easily done but when it came to squeezing the potatoes through the rice squeezer we had some difficulty. It was fun when w..
09-Aug-2013
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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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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..
22-Aug-2014
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Book sales indicate a top writers festival
Bendigo Weekly
ONE fair indication of a successful writers festival is that the books go flying out the door. For Harry Hart and his staff from Dymocks who were set up in the Capital Theatre last weekend, those books had wings. “Our sales were up by 40 per cent from last year’s festival,” ..
15-Aug-2014
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Festival has a way with words
Bendigo Weekly
Next week, the Calder has a new name – it’s the Way with Words. Writers and readers from near and far will be heading to Bendigo, to take part in the third annual Bendigo Writers Festival, and The Capital is busy with last-minute preparations. Kirsten Krauth is one of the C..
01-Aug-2014
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Electrifying from the first page
Dianne Dempsey
The Neighbour By Julie Proudfoot Xoum Publishing Bendigo writer Julie Proudfoot’s debut novel won the Seizure literary journal’s Viva La Novella Prize earlier this year. And it is quickly apparent why the novel has distinguished itself. The Neighbour is assured, co..
28-Jul-2014
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Arts grant a festival plus
Bendigo Weekly
The Australia Council for the Arts has given the Bendigo Writers Festival a $10,000 seal of approval. The festival was awarded funding in the recent literature funding round to help with the costs of bringing writers to the three-day event. “This is an enormous boost for such a new f..
25-Jul-2014
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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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