Pollies have mixed views on first year
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO MP Lisa Chesters has marked the Coalition government’s past 12 months in office as a list of failures, but Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie claims the government’s focus has been to grow the nation’s economic base to create jobs, all the while managing the senate cro..
07-Jul-2017
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NBNco aims to improve
Sharon Kemp
NBNCo will bring community consultation specialists to Bendigo following complaints by local residents and businesses about lower speeds than they are paying for in packages promoted by broadband retailers. The government-owned broadband wholesaler will begin next quarter a road show that w..
07-Jul-2017
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Branson backs Sun Loong 750
Bendigo Weekly
WEDNESDAY morning’s ceremony to celebrate the first direct flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong may well have been Virgin Australia’s media event, but it turned out to be Bendigo’s morning. Billionaire Sir Richard Branson employed one of Bendigo’s much loved Chinese dra..
07-Jul-2017
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Spend falls on Bendigo's pokies
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’S electronic gaming machines losses are continuing to decline, despite an increase in the number of poker machines installed at 11 venues across the city. Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation data to the end of May shows gamblers in Bendigo splurged more than..
07-Jul-2017
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CEO's misconduct allegations aired
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Health chief executive John Mulder has heard the allegations of the hospital board after a four month investigation sparked by an anti-corruption watchdog report. The report in March accused Mr Mulder of misconduct. Mr Mulder was interviewed by lawyers representing Bendigo Healt..
30-Jun-2017
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Clans support Australia Day change
Sharon Kemp
A LOCAL government push to change the date of Australia Day has won support from the Bendigo chairman of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation. Corporation chairman Rodney Carter said Australia could create its own date on which to celebrate a national day, one that had no connect..
30-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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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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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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A captaincy conundrum
Joel Peterson
BEFORE last Saturday, Brett Fitzpatrick’s decision as to who would captain Bendigo in interleague was as simple as this: Is Jack Geary playing? Unfortunately, the answer to that question after last weekend is no, and leaves the Bendigo coach with a conundrum as to who will lead the ..
05-May-2017
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Pios face huge test
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Pioneers coach Rick Coburn is confident a first home win is not far away as his side readies to host reigning premier Sandringham on Sunday. Since a victory against Greater Western Victoria Rebels a month ago, Bendigo has dropped its past three games, all at the Queen Elizabeth Oval...
05-May-2017
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Grants go to good sports
Bendigo Weekly
A HOST of talented young locals have been given a helping hand in the form of sporting grants from federal Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters. The grants were presented to athletes from across sports and codes on Wednesday at the Bendigo Badminton and Table Tennis Complex. Athlet..
05-May-2017
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High hopes for Braves
Joel Peterson
A RETURN to a full-strength side is the boost that coach Ben Harvey hopes can kick start the Bendigo Braves’ campaign when Bendigo hosts Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence squad tonight. Bendigo has gone 3-3 as it battles injury to key personnel, but that record belies t..
28-Apr-2017
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Options aplenty in BFL squad
Joel Peterson
VERSATILITY and youth will be the two main traits of Bendigo’s interleague side to take on Ballarat next month. The BFL squad had its first training session on Wednesday at Castlemaine, with 25 of the 58 players named in attendance. While that number seems light on, Fitzpatrick sai..
28-Apr-2017
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WNBL on new screens
Joel Peterson
A RETURN to television is the first step in revitalising the Women’s National Basketball League, and now it is up to clubs and the league itself to capitalise on the opportunity. Broadcaster Fox Sports will televise at least one game live per week and has pushed the league to shorten i..
28-Apr-2017
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ..
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