Thumbs up for higher density housing
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’s deliberate move towards higher density housing took a major step forward this week when an independent panel recommended the cap on housing be lifted at Lansell Crest. The move clears the way for a 104-residence proposal on 2.6 hectares in Bendigo East. City of Greater ..
03-Nov-2017
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Myer in shopping mire
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’s name was absent from Myer’s future strategy update to investors yesterday at a time when the city’s central business district, in which Myer opened its first store, could use some good news. Instead, Myer chief executive Richard Umbers issued a sharp warning that ..
03-Nov-2017
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Ready for export
Sharon Kemp
COLLABORATION between governments was essential to secure defence contracts in Europe, according to the vice president of strategy at Thales which builds the protected mobility Hawkei vehicles in Bendigo. Gary Dawson was referring to a visit by defence industry minister Christopher Pyne to W..
03-Nov-2017
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Bank's window to growth
Sharon Kemp
THE shake up in Australia’s banking market could provide Bendigo and Adelaide Bank with growth opportunities like those that drove the roll out of community banks in regional Australia in the 1990s. Talking to shareholders at the annual general meeting on Tuesday, managing director Mik..
03-Nov-2017
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Response times improve
Joel Peterson
Emergency response times in Bendigo are meeting the standards set by operators, but those at the head of the state’s fire and ambulance bodies believe there is scope to improve the services. Figures released this week by the CFA showed that crews in Bendigo were meeting the targets of ..
03-Nov-2017
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Trams in Mo-tion
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo's heritage trams are taking the Movember challenge and will be decked out with some magnificent moustaches to raise awareness about men's health issues. "With a predominately male workforce, men's health is important to us at Bendigo Tramways," manager Luke Jenkins said. "All of ..
03-Nov-2017
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Bendigo baby boom makes for a busy month
Bendigo Weekly
BABIES tend to be born when they are good and ready, and a record number of 147 babies sought to greet the new world at Bendigo Hospital in August. On three separate days last month, nine newborns entered the world. August 11, 25 and 28 are likely to be big birthday dates forever more in..
21-Sep-2017
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Lost lives reclaimed
Dianne Dempsey
Earlier this year Len Williams took a walk to a forgotten grave site at Remembrance Park Central Victoria. It was 5pm and cold, the same time of day when the first woman from St Aidan’s was buried there by the Good Shepherd Sisters. “She was Catherine Darcy, 26 years old, a..
15-Sep-2017
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Rehearsing for the big day
Bendigo Weekly
The Forever Young community rock choir is in full rehearsal mode for their annual concert at the Ulumbarra Theatre. They are working hard with the Girton rock band The Riffs and the Senior String Orchestra, to produce a memorable musical event. The choir will perform alongside Australian..
07-Sep-2017
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Jeff marks an end to years of service
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of the Bendigo Bank’s longest serving employees will retire today, bringing an end to 51 years of his service with a smile and outstanding commitment to customer service. Born and bred in Bendigo, Jeff Ruff started behind the counter at the then Sandhurst Building Society in 1966, ..
31-Aug-2017
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The serious message behind underwear
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Prostate Cancer Support Group has used the old Bendigo Bank headquarters as a clothesline for its giant undies ahead of a busy three months for the group’s members. The pair of underpants pictured on the banner is a symbol for the message the group strives to put in men&rsq..
25-Aug-2017
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Fundraiser fun ahead of grand final
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Thunder geared up for their Northern Football League grand final with a fundraising lunch this week. Federal Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters hosted the lunch at the Exchange this week, featuring women’s football ambassador Susan Alberti AC. Bendigo plays Diamond Creek on Sunda..
24-Aug-2017
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The Legacy continues
Bendigo Weekly
For close to a century, Australian veterans have honoured the pledge made by the original Anzacs to care for the “missus and kids” of their fallen comrades who risked everything. What is often forgotten is that for each serving Australian who risks everything – a family ..
24-Aug-2017
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Activity the goal
Bendigo Weekly
A LOCAL group is spruiking the benefits of students walking or riding to school, something many local school children miss out on. The Active Travel Healthy Kids Community Network is presenting a free a workshop to help school communities support their children to walk and ride to school mo..
17-Aug-2017
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Sam the Story Tram returns
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER the success of last year, Sam the Story Tram has again hit the tracks in Bendigo this week. It is a part of the Bendigo Writers Festival for all ages, with school-aged children and adults alike sharing in songs, stories and rhymes. Led by tram conductor and storyteller Narelle Ston..
10-Aug-2017
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Balance in the force
Sharon Kemp
DESPITE women being a part of the Victoria police force for a century, it was only 30 years ago that female officers were able to carry a firearm on their hip, not in their handbag. And only a few years before that they were allowed to wear trousers. For Margaret Singe and Leesa Johnson,..
03-Aug-2017
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Council to advertise CEO position
Bendigo Weekly
THE contract of City of Greater Bendigo chief executive Craig Niemann will be advertised when it expires in December in line with sound business practice, not as a reflection of his performance, according to mayor Margaret O’Rourke. Mr Niemann has served in the positi..
28-Jul-2017
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Digging deep for the community
Bendigo Weekly
VIOLET Street Primary School’s students and staff will be making a difference in the Ironbark community when they participate in Schools Tree Day today. Grades five and six students from Violet Street are planting and maintaining the space at Ironbark Gully today as part of Schools Tre..
27-Jul-2017
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First flow in groundwater solution
Bendigo Weekly
THE first water has flowed from beneath Bendigo, through decontamination in Eaglehawk and through pipes into brine ponds in Epsom as part of the State Government’s $29 million interim measure to control contaminated groundwater threatening to inundate the city. Bendigo MP Maree Edwards..
01-Sep-2017
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Blowing away the competition
Bendigo Weekly
A BENDIGO school has managed a clean sweep at the Victorian School Music Festival. Girton Grammar School music students in the wind symphony, senior concert band, Girton singers and junior performance choir have been awarded gold. The festival is a prestigious event held each year at a v..
31-Aug-2017
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Think FAST when talking health
Bendigo Weekly
THE state-wide launch of National Stroke Week came to Bendigo yesterday, with residents urged to learn the four key signs of a stroke. Running from September 4 to 10, National Stroke Week raises awareness about the signs of and effects of stroke. City of Greater Bendigo councillor Jennif..
31-Aug-2017
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Mixed works show another side to art
Bendigo Weekly
A new exhibition bringing together fine couture, photography and jewellery is now showing at the Living Arts Space in the Bendigo Visitor Centre. Perceptions showcases the diverse works of three artists and designers from the Bendigo region and runs until November 12. The artists that ar..
24-Aug-2017
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Spread the word on liver health
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Health and Bendigo Community Health Services hosted a luncheon this week focussing on liver health and hepatitis. Members of the local Karen community attended the education session and luncheon which follows World Hepatitis Day that took place in late July. Those invited range..
17-Aug-2017
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Vic on target for militaria collectibles fair
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO collector Vic Lane has stories about the items that slipped through his fingers. But the retired production manager and owner of Allen and Lane Guns has a room full of collectibles including weapons, medals, newspapers, books and photos to show for his life time of collecting. Ah..
17-Aug-2017
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Boy from the bush
Bendigo Weekly
IT is 25 years since Lee Kernaghan introduced us to Boys From the Bush, and he’s coming to Bendigo in November to celebrate. The 36-time Golden Guitar winner is celebrating the silver anniversary of his ARIA award winning debut album, Outback Club and on his biggest tour. The tour ..
27-Sep-2017
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Continuation for the Lions
Simon Wooldridge
Shann Lions said he like his band to try things a bit different. He’s just back from two weeks in Bali; fresh, energised and keen to talk about Four Lions’ new album, Golden Triangle, which will be launched at True Brew on Saturday, October 7. Golden Triangle carries on &nda..
27-Sep-2017
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Forever young
Bendigo Weekly
Australian rock legend Mark Seymour, lead singer of one of Australia’s most seminal bands, Hunters and Collectors, is totally attuned to the ethos of community choirs. Supporting the annual Forever Young concert at the Ulumbarra Theatre last Tuesday he provided a unique inj..
21-Sep-2017
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DIGG on the tram
Bendigo Weekly
The Blues Tram rolls again this coming Saturday. It will be a bitter-sweet affair for young Bendigo band DIGG. It’s the trio’s Blues Tram debut, but it’s also their farewell performance as a band. DIGG is a blues and folk outfit comprising sisters Gemma and Izzy Goldsm..
14-Sep-2017
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Back to their roots
Bendigo Weekly
NEXT weekend sees an afternoon of musical entertainment of the old style, with a three-act show full of traditional music, blues, Americana, roots, gospel and original songs, featuring Dave Diprose, Savannah Rose and Moonshine Coalition. Diprose is an exceptional Delta blues style player ble..
14-Sep-2017
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A runaway success
Bendigo Weekly
A new project from Kelsie Rimmer, best known for her appearances on The Voice Australia, is coming to the region. The Melbourne based singer/songwriter and producer performing as SONA is presenting her debut EP Runaway. As part of her tour, SONA is playing the Marong Family Hotel and th..
14-Sep-2017
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Kookaburras hit winning form
Joel Peterson
Australia has opened its International Festival of Hockey campaign in Bendigo with a convincing 4-0 win over New Zealand. With three debutants in the lineup, the hosts handled the Kiwi side easily, led by two goals from Jeremy Hayward and a manful showing from goalkeeper Tristan Clemon..
05-Nov-2017
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Spirit withstand dramatic finish for second win
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Spirit have withstood scoring just three points in the third quarter to win their second game of the WNBL season tonight in dramatic fashion. Bendigo defeated Melbourne 71-66 in a game that saw three players foul out and the two teams trade buckets down the stretch. The Spiri..
04-Nov-2017
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Spirit focus on strong start
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Spirit coach Simon Pritchard maintains he has the right starting five but that it simply must be more focussed when the Spirit host Melbourne tomorrow night. Bendigo’s past three starts to matches have been bordering on indefensible, as have opposition offences in the early par..
03-Nov-2017
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Hockey hits town
Bendigo Weekly
INTERNATIONAL hockey will once again hit Bendigo this weekend as four of the world’s top international teams line up when the 2017 International Festival of Hockey starts on Sunday. The two-day event will see three matches played in Bendigo featuring both of the Australian national ..
03-Nov-2017
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Tussle on for top spot
Joel Peterson
EARLY-season surprises Bendigo and White Hills will fight out top spot on the Bendigo District Cricket Association table when they meet in round four of the 2017/18 season. The teams enter the clash occupying the top positions on the table, Bendigo undefeated after producing an impressive bo..
03-Nov-2017
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Crows flying in EVCA
Bendigo Weekly
SPRING Gully remains the Emu Valley Cricket Association’s lone undefeated team as the league shifts gears to its opening round of two-day games this weekend. Following four one-day rounds to open the season, teams will be tested in the traditional two-day formal starting to..
03-Nov-2017
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Clinic a boost for kids
Bendigo Weekly
A REGULAR clinic forå local children with cerebral palsy has been established by Bendigo Health. This allows children to receive their botulinum neurotoxin treatment closer to home, and reduces the need to travel. The clinic is part of the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Servi..
31-Aug-2017
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Secure the farm
Bendigo Weekly
A Farm Security Expo was held in Bendigo this week to explore proactive measures to improve security and safety. The expo at the Bendigo Stadium gave members of the farming community the chance to come together to discuss a range of issues which affect them. In the 12 months leading up ..
24-Aug-2017
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Volunteer to help the Red Cross
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Red Cross Emergency Service is on the lookout for volunteers and will be holding sessions next weekend. There are more than 7000 volunteers across Australia, supporting individuals and communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters. Local v..
17-Aug-2017
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Good start for Kalianna
Bendigo Weekly
THE redevelopment of Kalianna School is a step closer after a contractor for the $15.6 million project was confirmed this week. Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards visited the school on Monday and announced that Colbrico Pty Ltd will carry out the construction of the project. The schoo..
10-Aug-2017
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Outlook forecasts dry end to winter
Bendigo Weekly
Sights like this are commonplace in late winter and spring, but those hoping for rain to help crops and gardens may not find relief in coming months. Bendigo recorded higher-than-average rainfall in July, but the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest outlook predicts below a..
03-Aug-2017
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Ranger to the rescue
Bendigo Weekly
PARKS Victoria ranger Lachie Badura came to the rescue last week when he found a young joey inside its mother’s pouch on the edge of a road through Bendigo Regional Park. Sadly, the mother had been killed by a car. Mr Badura removed the joey from the pouch and arranged to get it to..
27-Jul-2017
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A day in the life
Bendigo Weekly
Chief engineer at Thales Australia Mark Brennan spent the day at Bendigo Senior Secondary College on Thursday, experiencing a day in the life of college principal Linda Lyons. Mr Brennan is chair of the Bendigo Manufacturing Group – 17 companies that form an advisory panel to council. ..
14-Sep-2017
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Garden club cleans up
Bendigo Weekly
WITHIN six months, the land on which Bendigo’s Central City Caravan Park now sits will be cleared of all plants but the trees. So Bendigo Garden Club members have beaten the bulldozer and in the process helped to start the clean up. About a dozen members worked at..
07-Sep-2017
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Tourism on track
Bendigo Weekly
The 21st edition of the Experience Culture Victoria brochure highlights the immense depth and quality of cultural experiences on offer in the Bendigo region and right across the state. Launching the 2017/18 edition of the booklet, Cultural Tourism Victoria’s Carrie Donaldson said regio..
31-Aug-2017
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Expo means small business
Bendigo Weekly
Local small business operators have banded together to present the first ever microbusiness pop-up expo at Bendigo library. Businesses will be set up across the ground floor of the library showcasing their wares. “Many microbusinesses operate from home or in premises without sho..
24-Aug-2017
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Early learning centre sets the standard
Bendigo Weekly
Jenny’s Early Learning Centre in Strathfieldsaye has been recognised as the first in greater Bendigo to achieve health promoting service status through completion of all six benchmarks of anachievement program. The program, delivered by Cancer Council Victoria and supported by the Vict..
17-Aug-2017
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Planning ahead
Bendigo Weekly
According to the Foundation for Young Australians the average young person will have 17 different jobs over five careers in their lifetime. It will also take on average 4.7 years to transition from full-time education to full-time work. The City of Greater Bendigo, La Trobe University a..
10-Aug-2017
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Open day at the uni
Bendigo Weekly
See what university is really like at La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus open day from 10am to 3pm on Sunday. Step inside world-class facilities, meet inspiring academics and get a feel for uni life. Plus, design, create and plant your own virtual tree via the Living Landscap..
24-Aug-2017
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Centre discovers potential
Bendigo Weekly
SCIENCE Week proved a week of innovation and celebration at Discovery Centre Bendigo this week. The centre scored a $55,000 state government grant to upgrade equipment and held events celebrating all things science throughout this week. The grant gives some of Bendigo’s brightest y..
17-Aug-2017
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Cypress trees face the chop
Sharon Kemp
A CONTEMPORARY Inge King statue and new deciduous trees will replace nine cypress canker trees, most in poor condition, that form an arch in front of the historic Bendigo Art Gallery building. The City of Greater Bendigo has provided a heritage impact statement for the proposed work because ..
11-Aug-2017
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New tram tells the city's oldest story
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW addition to Bendigo’s talking tram fleet telling the story of the city’s indigenous history hit the tracks this week. Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Bendigo Heritage Attractions have partnered to create the new themed tram, which went into service this wee..
03-Aug-2017
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Wine, food and history uncorked
Bendigo Weekly
WHILE spring blossoms in Bendigo, a new event will showcase the best of the city’s heritage buildings while giving people the chance to enjoy the region’s best wine. Bendigo Uncorked Week is a new addition to Bendigo’s spring calendar and provides 10 days of food, wine and ..
27-Jul-2017
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Naked man seen in Bendigo
Dianne Dempsey
Author Robert Gott once had a crazy idea – what if you took illustrations from those old-fashioned Boy’s Own style books, and changed one of the characters? What if, instead of a striped blazer and flannel trousers, the hero was naked? He tried it, it was hilarious, and thus beg..
20-Jul-2017
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Thirst for Faroese blood
Rosalea Ryan
IT’S not every day that a novel set in one of the world’s least-known archipelagos, the Faroe Islands, appears in print. Even rarer is a book that delivers both a spine-tingling plot and at the same time an insightful, informative and entertaining glimpse into the psyche of the ..
31-Aug-2017
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Teen tragedy
Rosalea Ryan
Scoring, binge-drinking, skipping school and wrestling with negative self-image and mortality converge in this midwest American equivalent of Puberty Blues, set both during narrator Cat’s teenage years on the shores of the Great Lakes and almost two decades later in modern-day New York. ..
24-Aug-2017
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Fitzgerald fiasco
Rosalea Ryan
Amid the chaos of a reported late-night mass shooting, with fire alarms squealing and campus security personnel preoccupied, Princeton University loses one of its most valuable assets: the original handwritten manuscripts of four of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous stories, spirited away ..
17-Aug-2017
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Home town tales
Bendigo Weekly
MUSINGS and thoughts of things past are always popular in Bendigo, and writer and artist Geoff Hocking has it down to a fine art. Mr Hocking has been writing and illustrating Bendigo Memories for 10 years in the Bendigo Magazine and has now published a book with some of those works. &ldq..
10-Aug-2017
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Animal attraction
Rosalea Ryan
FINDING an intelligent, attractive, available man in Melbourne isn’t easy, as crime-scene-investigator-turned-milliner Catherine Kint well knows. Finding an intelligent, attractive, available man who won’t, the morning after their first night together, allow himself to be mauled..
10-Aug-2017
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Cold War heats up
Rosalea Ryan
Vnukovo VIP airport, 1961: New York-based publisher Simon Weeks has just touched down in the United Soviet Socialist Republic, granted permission by the KGB to pay a brief visit to his brother and sister-in-law in Moscow, where the once-mainstream American couple now lives by choice behind Cold ..
03-Aug-2017
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