From dry to wet
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S driest June since records began was met with a wet start to July, but what was welcome rain for many is not expected to last. Just 2.2 millimetres of rain fell in Bendigo during June, the city’s driest month since record keeping began at Bendigo Prison in 18..
07-Jul-2017
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Secrecy cloaks mine reworking
Sharon Kemp
A 20-year veteran of the environmental review committee overseeing mining rehabilitation in Bendigo has described community consultation as the worst it has ever been, shrouded in secrecy and conducted without dignity. Mary Markey is a community representative for Kangaroo Flat and has decid..
07-Jul-2017
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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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Julia nets a winner with her heritage koi
Steve Kendall
A design that is influenced by Chinese heritage will be featured in a new temporary public art project installed on the Bendigo Town Hall forecourt. The artwork at the intersection of Hargreaves and Bull Streets features eight, four metre long koi fish and is the design of local artist Juli..
25-May-2017
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Fi jams are the sweetest fundraisers
Sharon Kemp
FIONA Macdonald has a fundraising financial year that ends every year with Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. So seriously does she take raising money for cancer research, Ms Macdonald takes two weeks of annual leave every year to prepare for the morning tea, and to rec..
18-May-2017
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New head for multicultural service
Bendigo Weekly
INCOMING Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services executive officer Kate McInnes acknowledges the organisation she will lead has developed a large profile in recent years. With a four-month handover, Ms McInnes will be introduced to the different agencies she will work with by outgoing executi..
11-May-2017
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Brighter look for Bath Lane
Bendigo Weekly
Work started this week on a bold new public art work that will bring both colour and life to the Bath Lane shopping precinct. The Bendigo Bank and City of Greater Bendigo council have engaged Daisylegs, a design team specialising in murals and custom wall graphics lead by Jamie Edwar..
04-May-2017
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Exhibition reveals the inside story
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Bendigo are being given an exciting opportunity to learn about skeletons and how the body works, as part of a free exhibition at Bendigo hospital. The display includes information on sports injury prevention, the evolution of joint replacement, developments in the treatment of ..
27-Apr-2017
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Shortfall claimed
Bendigo Weekly
DEPUTY opposition leader Tanya Plibersek was impressed with Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s facilities when she toured the school this week, making her all the more concerned about possible funding shortfalls. Ms Plibersek toured the Ulumbarra Theatre and the school’s trade tr..
20-Apr-2017
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Lane open for cycle art
Bendigo Weekly
Chancery Lane businesses are seeking submissions from artists to create a significant laneway artwork celebrating Bendigo’s cycling culture. The artwork is part of Bike Bendigo’s La Trobe University Project and will include installation of bicycle parking in the laneway. It..
27-Apr-2017
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Tractors at new show
Bendigo Weekly
THERE is a new event with real pulling power in Bendigo this month. Historic tractors and machinery fans will gather at the Prince of Wales Show Grounds on April 29 and 30 for a new swap meet. The show will include complete examples and restored or unrestored machines and parts for those..
20-Apr-2017
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MP adds to dragon collection
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’s federal MP has weighed into the Golden Dragon Museum’s new dragon campaign by buying a scale. The Golden Dragon Museum recently launched a funding campaign to raise $250,000 to restore the ageing Sun Loong and $500,000 to buy a new dragon, Dai Gum Loong. Lisa Cheste..
13-Apr-2017
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Maddison makes the cut
Bendigo Weekly
Shaving your locks at 16 is no mean feat but Bendigo Senior Secondary College student Maddison Schultz braved the razor for this year’s World’s Greatest Shave. The annual event attracts hundreds of participants each year and raises money and awareness for families facing blood ca..
06-Apr-2017
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Doctors strike a chord
Bendigo Weekly
A symphony orchestra made up of more than 80 doctors from around the country will perform its first ever Bendigo concert at Ulumbarra Theatre this Month. Event organiser and Bendigo-based orthopaedic surgical specialist, Travis Perera, said the event was a unique national assembly of talente..
30-Mar-2017
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Festival of cultures
Sharon Kemp
THE Bendigo Fesitval of Cultures has expanded from one day a year to more than a week of the multicultural events suggesting, as it states, diversity is becoming mainstream. Or at least interest in diversity has become the norm. The Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services drives the even..
23-Mar-2017
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W-Class rebuilt
Bendigo Weekly
Another historic W-Class tram is on its way back to Melbourne after being restored to its former glory by a dedicated team of Bendigo Tramways staff and volunteers. Minister for Public Transport and local member Jacinta Allan visited the Bendigo Tramways Depot and Workshop on Wednesday to se..
27-Apr-2017
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Word is out about Write Stuff
Bendigo Weekly
The Write Stuff, a collective of central Victorian-based writers, will come together this weekend in Bendigo for their second spoken word event. The Write Stuff #2 will take place on the ground level of MusicMan, 264 Hargreaves Street Bendigo on Sunday, starting at 3pm. It will run u..
20-Apr-2017
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Gem club meet a top day for rock fans
Bendigo Weekly
You can see the many facets of the Bendigo Gem Club at their open day on Saturday. The club’s Nathan Wingrave says he hoped the day, which runs from 10am to 2pm, would attract more members and help the community understand the services on offer. This includes faceting, casting, ca..
13-Apr-2017
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Golf game a winner
Bendigo Weekly
Business leaders throughout Bendigo and beyond will take the time to play golf today to transform the life of a child living with an autism spectrum disorder. Righteous Pups Australia’s Jo Baker said we live in a hustle-and-bustle age. “Most people feel like there is simply ..
06-Apr-2017
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Discover how the human body works
Bendigo Weekly
What’s the most complicated machine on earth? And here’s a hint – you are one of them. With their Fully Sick school holiday program, Discovery Science and Technology Centre will help you learn about your body, how illness affects us and how doctors can test our health. ..
30-Mar-2017
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Egg hunt makes a difference
Bendigo Weekly
Oden and Zander Goudie can’t wait to get among the fun and the sweet treats at the Vision Australia Easter Egg Hunt at the Bendigo Easter Festival on Good Friday. They already have tickets – and you can get yours now before they sell out, and support the work to enable people wit..
23-Mar-2017
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Riverdance Eclipsed
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne’s Anthony Street is living a double life; by day he gets his hands dirty as a demolition worker, by night he is lighting up the stage as lead dancer for Celtic Illusion and soon, his newest stage show Eclipse comes to Bendigo. In a story not unlike that of Billy Elliot, Stree..
22-Jun-2017
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Seymour guest stars with choir
Bendigo Weekly
Australian rock legend Mark Seymour, lead singer of one of Australia’s most seminal bands, Hunters and Collectors, will make a special guest appearance at the annual Forever Young community rock choir concert at the Ulumbarra Theatre. Mark Seymour will take to the stage with Bendigo&r..
22-Jun-2017
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Everlys and Buddy
Bendigo Weekly
The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly are together in concert. Bet you never thought you’d see that happening. The magical sounds of The Everly Brothers come alive again with Australia’s very own Robertson Brothers, one of Australia’s leading vocal groups. They are best ..
15-Jun-2017
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Two days of sonic disturbance
Simon Wooldridge
Central Victorian experimental sounds collective undue noise celebrates its 15th birthday next weekend, with Sonic Disturbance – a special two-day event at the Old Fire Station in View Street, Bendigo. “It’s a great opportunity to get local experimental people together,&rdq..
15-Jun-2017
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Husky on the road
Joel Peterson
If someone you don’t know and have just met invites you to their basement, you’d have every reason to be the slightest bit hesitant. For Melbourne duo Husky, saying yes turned out to be the right decision, and one that kick started the process for their new album Punchbuzz. ..
08-Jun-2017
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Jack in back in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Television and theatre star Jack Charles is coming to Bendigo later this month. Jack will speak at Bendigo library about his life experiences with Cate Mercer, editor and publisher of national health and wellbeing magazine The Art of Healing. Jack has been convicted 22 times for burgla..
08-Jun-2017
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Tough time for Braves
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO Braves coach Ben Harvey has called on his players to treat every game like it’s their last one, as the team battles inconsistency and injuries in a frustrating 2017 South East Australian Basketball League season. The Braves are fourth on the South Conference ladder, but a disap..
29-Jun-2017
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Victory in the desert
Peter Kennedy
THE harsh central Australian desert provided a stunning backdrop to competitors in the gruelling Finke Desert race staged earlier this month near Alice Springs. The iconic off-road, multi-terrain two day event draws more than 600 starters from across Australia each year, for the annual race ..
29-Jun-2017
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Haig climbs to rare form on European peaks
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO cycling ace Jack Haig continues to make his mark on the world stage with the young Orica-Scott rider recording outstanding results in both the recent Criterium de Dauphine and Tour of Slovenia. Haig finished third in the Tour of Slovenia after jostling with some of the world’s ..
22-Jun-2017
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Strong BSSC romps into footy final
Bendigo Weekly
A RAMPANT Bendigo Senior Secondary College has won through to the final of the prestigious School Sport Victoria premier league football final after demolishing Hallam Senior College by 49 points on Wednesday. The BSSC side pulled away from their opponents in the final quar..
22-Jun-2017
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Spinners take the bronze
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO’S Jontee Brown has won a world championship bronze medal as part of the Australian Spinners under-23 wheelchair basketball team. The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation championships were held in Canada earlier this month, culminating in the finals played out last we..
22-Jun-2017
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Mixed Spirit
Joel Peterson
A NEW-LOOK Bendigo Spirit will hit the floor in the Women’s National Basketball League this season, and the changes are not confined to just the club’s playing roster. The club announced its fourth signing, WNBA point guard Rachel Banham, early this week. While Banham will li..
16-Jun-2017
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Welsh choir a plus for funds
Bendigo Weekly
One of Australia’s most versatile entertainers, Silvie Paladino will feature with the Victoria Welsh Choir later this year. The Rotary Club of Bendigo South and the City of Greater Bendigo council will join to raise funds for technical equipment for Ulumbarra Theatre. ..
04-May-2017
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Remembering those who fell
Bendigo Weekly
DESPITE an ominously wet eve, Anzac Day in Bendigo was a mostly dry affair for those who attended. Numbers at the dawn ceremony were comparable to previous events with most braving the risk of rain. Earlier in the week, BSE College held its pre-Anzac Day Commemorative Service and studen..
27-Apr-2017
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Roman baths revealed
Bendigo Weekly
THE latest chapter in the rejuvenation of one of Bendigo’s finest heritage assets was played out at Villa Fortuna on Wednesday afternoon. Before a small crowd of family, friends, tradespeople and the media, Fortuna owner Paul Banks announced the official completion of the villa’s..
20-Apr-2017
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Fans gear up for Street Rods
Joel Peterson
Bendigo will host the 23rd Australian Street Rod Federation Nationals this weekend. Street rodding is a family sport that will bring close to 15,000 participants and spectators to Bendigo over the Easter weekend. The event will be held at Prince of Wales Show Grounds this and more than ..
13-Apr-2017
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Revive and survive
Bendigo Weekly
CENTRAL Victorians have been urged to slow down, stick to the speed limit and take regular breaks throughout the Easter holidays. With drowsy driving a factor in one-in-10 road deaths, Easter is a particularly dangerous time with thousands of Victorians driving to holiday destinations, ofte..
13-Apr-2017
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Firefighters have winning ways
Bendigo Weekly
Two Bendigo firefighters have won gold at the 2017 Police and Emergency Services Games in Melbourne. Forest Fire Management Victoria district support officer Beth Miley and CFA firefighter Tegan Bubb competed in the Crossfit Women’s Pairs event last week. “Crossfit is a hi..
06-Apr-2017
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Kindy learns about art
Bendigo Weekly
Over the past month, Kindergarten students at Jenny’s Early Learning Centre have been learning about art. They have visited the Schaller Studio to learn more about the paintings of namesake Mark Schaller, as well as visits to the Bendigo Pottery and the Bendigo Art Gallery. ..
04-May-2017
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Marketplace joins a classic
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Marketplace is backing this year’s Mother’s Day Classic by raising awareness of the event itself and encouraging registrations and fundraising for the cause. The centre is working with the local Mother’s Day Classic committee to promote the Sunday, May 14 event whi..
27-Apr-2017
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A new way to check
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW website gives added resources for property seekers. Developed in Melbourne over two years, off the back of the government’s initiative to foster innovation through open source data, Landchecker is a free tool available to anyone looking to do their due diligence on a property or ..
13-Apr-2017
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Charity house a haven
Bendigo Weekly
The Charity House, a year in the making, has been sold. The buyers, a young family, will be moving into their new house next week. The house racked up $100,000 in profit to go towards an education program for Sidney Myer Haven. The haven is an earn or learn living program which..
06-Apr-2017
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Trustees branch out
Bendigo Weekly
MELBOURNE-BASED Equity Trustees acquired its first regional trustee portfolio last week when the regulator finalised the $5 million purchase of Sandhurst Trustees’ estates business from Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. And Equity can see more business in Victoria’s central region given..
06-Apr-2017
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Colour on the menu
Bendigo Weekly
MR DIMPLES and Hackney Hockney have more than interesting names in common, they are both featured mural artists at a burger restaurant. Boris Murgers in View Street has some pretty impressive wall art, and its main wall has some David Hockney-inspired work by Hackney. “I was born ..
30-Mar-2017
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Stage two work starts
Bendigo Weekly
WORK started this week at Bendigo Hospital to begin demolition of the Kurmala building. Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan took to the tools and hopped on board a backhoe to start off the process. The stage two works of the Bendigo Hospital Project will also include the demolition o..
27-Apr-2017
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New look for blood donors
Steve Kendall
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has a surprise in store for Bendigo’s blood donors with the service yesterday announcing a half a million dollar refurbishment to the Bendigo Blood Donor Centre. The refurbishment will see a substantial reconfiguration of the centre providing a mo..
20-Apr-2017
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No cross words over art
Bendigo Weekly
A CONTROVERSIAL art installation in the grounds of St Paul’s Cathedral has taken aim at the federal government’s policies on asylum seekers. Dean of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, the Very Reverend John Roundhill told ABC Radio yesterday that the three crucifixes erected ear..
13-Apr-2017
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Cat-price pets to ease feline overflow
Bendigo Weekly
RSPCA Victoria is at capacity and will be reducing its cat adoption fees to $39 for four days this week in an attempt to find homes for 400 felines. Adoption fees are usually $120, but until Sunday, you can adopt a cat, aged four months or more, for $39 from the Bendigo centre. Kit..
06-Apr-2017
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New look for Napier
Sharon Kemp
THE future upgrade of Napier Street to a dual carriageway has created business interest in the northern side of Bendigo. There are at least four applications before the City of Greater Bendigo to establish new businesses or upgrade existing concerns. Under $30 million VicRoads plans, N..
30-Mar-2017
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Radio winners
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL radio station Bendigo’s Fresh FM has added another award to its impressive sporting history, taking out the Women’s National Basketball League award for Best Radio Coverage. The station has covered the Spirit since its inception into the league, and broadcast all of the clu..
23-Mar-2017
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Behind the beach facade
Rosalea Ryan
Ned has done the unthinkable: squandered his severely disabled sister’s entire insurance payout. It was an investment that should have supported Angela for the rest of her life, challenging though that existence is, but now the funds are gone – swallowed up by a childhood friend..
27-Apr-2017
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Torn in two
Rosalea Ryan
All Fall Down Cassandra Austin Penguin, $29.99 As if a typical tiny country town doesn’t have enough social divisions separating its people, now Mulukuk’s only bridge has collapsed, severing the sole physical link that once connected the dusty opal-mining communit..
20-Apr-2017
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Fair time to buy books
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Easter Book Fair is back this weekend. This is your annual chance to stock up on a year’s worth of books to keep you well read, at good prices too. It’s not only books either, you’ll find magazines, records, CDs and DVDs. This year the club has donated $..
13-Apr-2017
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Road No Good
Rosalea Ryan
When a well-travelled, energetic young middle-class New Zealander arrives in Luganville, Vanuatu, she sees immediately that it’s more than merely her street – the literally named Road No Good – that’s in need of improvement. Deployed to the country’s sec..
13-Apr-2017
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Recreation gone wrong
Rosalea Ryan
It has all the makings of a leisurely couple of weeks of sightseeing by day and sipping wine around a campfire at dusk – either that or a tension-filled nightmare in which four 30-somethings snap and snarl at each other as the ceaseless forced proximity sets tempers alight. When two co..
06-Apr-2017
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Questions asked
Dianne Dempsey
Marlene Gunn’s memoir is an elegy and a cry of pain for the death of her beautiful son Billy Gunn. Billy was handsome, smart, a Bendigo boy originally from Mildura, and he died at just 32 years old in 2001. More pertinently, her book is also an investigation into the circumstance..
30-Mar-2017
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