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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Census provides Bendigo picture
Sharon Kemp
THE 2016 Census will yield statistical reports for years to come but the raw data released this week shows us Bendigo is slightly older than the average Australian, less likely to be married and more likely to define ourselves as having no religion. The newest data shows Bendigo’s popu..
30-Jun-2017
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NBN progress slammed
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO has become the latest political battleground over national broadband as the city waits to hear it is to receive a smart city deal from the federal governments. NBNCo, charged with the broadband rollout, has announced offerings in the past two weeks that promise more than the fibre to..
30-Jun-2017
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Evaporation pond woes continue
Sharon Kemp
COMMUNITY pressure to bring forward the rehabilitation of the Woodvale Evaporation ponds may have backfired with question marks over the cost to rehabilitate the land used by successive mining companies to treat groundwater. A copy of a closure plan given to the Bendigo Weekly outlines that ..
30-Jun-2017
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Green machine heads up the biggest lunch
Bendigo Weekly
World champion boxer Danny Green will be the headline act at this year’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch in Bendigo. Green is the only Australian boxer to win four world titles, and the health and fitness advocate is expected to attract a huge crowd to the Friday, November 24 prostate cancer..
30-Jun-2017
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Rotary show is picture perfect
Bendigo Weekly
THE Rotary Club of Bendigo will present the 2017 Easter Art Show in the stunning surrounds of the Bendigo Town Hall from tonight. For the 49th consecutive year, the club is proud to offer this iconic event to the people of Bendigo, with tonight’s official opening also marking the start..
13-Apr-2017
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Clarification re Bendigo Health
Bendigo Weekly
A report in last week’s edition of the Bendigo Weekly included reference to the Bendigo Health annual report from 2011/12 which stated that the governance and remuneration committee (a board sub-committee), had included just two independent directors during the 2011/12 financial year..
07-Apr-2017
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Developers launch Fortuna homes
Sharon Kemp
FORTUNA Villa Estate is the latest of Bendigo’s medium-density housing prospects, on the market as of tomorrow after two years in the planning and designed to appeal to homebuyers who want to live near a piece of gold-era history. The Bendigo consortium which bought the 2.8 hectares of..
07-Apr-2017
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Lack of oversight from hospital board
Sharon Kemp
THE board of Bendigo Health failed to have the appropriate oversight on executive remuneration when chief executive John Mulder was allegedly receiving tax benefits as part of his salary by renting a house from his wife. The board may have breached Government Sector Executive Remuneration Pa..
31-Mar-2017
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Bush's has the right stuff
Sharon Kemp
CHANGING with the times is critical to the longevity of local business Bush’s Produce, the longest running in Bendigo in the same building, according to store manager Frank Webb. “Albert Bush would have rolled in his grave if he knew people would pay $10 to give their dog a squir..
30-Mar-2017
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VCAT finds Elise Chapman guilty of misconduct
Sharon Kemp
FORMER City of Greater Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman was guilty of misconduct in giving voice to ugly and unjustified stereotyping of Muslims in Bendigo when she tweeted a picture depicting genital mutilation, according to a VCAT vice president. In a 22-page finding handed down yesterday,..
24-Mar-2017
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Muslim workshop attracts protest
Sharon Kemp
The first community workshop offering a 90-minute insight into lives of local Muslims drew more than a dozen anti-mosque protestors in Bendigo, and after them and in smaller numbers, a group of young women advocating tolerance. On McCrae Street, opposite Bendigo TAFE, protestors claiming ..
20-Mar-2017
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Alissa jumps into new role at Discovery
Bendigo Weekly
The Discovery Science and Technology Centre has a new science communicator. Alissa Van Soest has joined the team and her skills and abilities will help Discovery meet its key objective of inspiring scientific curiosity. The role also helps guide students onto a path towards science, tec..
16-Mar-2017
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Nine gears up for news service
Bendigo Weekly
FAMILIAR and fresh faces will combine in a new TV news service in Victoria. Nine Local News bulletins will hit the screens on March 14, as the national broadcaster steps back into local news following its alignment with Southern Cross Austereo. Well-known Bendigo journalist Sarah Lawren..
03-Mar-2017
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O Week a winner for new students
Bendigo Weekly
LA TROBE University had a packed week of events to see in the academic year and welcome its new students. Orientation Week was a chance for students to get to know the campus, their lecturers and each other ahead of hitting the books. Head of campus Rob Stephenson said with almost 60 pe..
23-Feb-2017
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Marong Cup riders saddle up
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Jockey Club will host its first major race day of 2017 this weekend when the annual Marong Cup takes over the track tomorrow. The popular event doubles as a fundraiser for local catholic primary schools and is billed as one of the best family days out in central Victoria. Th..
16-Feb-2017
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Awards in sight for young guns
Bendigo Weekly
SOME of Bendigo region’s most promising sporting talent will be recognised as part of the Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year inaugural scholarships program to be unveiled at this year’s awards night. Set for Friday, February 24 at the All Seasons Quality Resort, the awards ..
09-Feb-2017
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Students ready for a gala Carnivale
Bendigo Weekly
Lightning Reef Primary School has entered the Eaglehawk Gala Parade on Saturday as part of the annual Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival. The school hasn’t entered the festival for several years but this year will have more than 90 students and 13 staff members participating in the co..
16-Mar-2017
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Bright spark in industry
Joel Peterson
Apprentice electrician Alecia Allaway is doing her bit for International Women’s Day. She’s making her mark in the industry and is now employed by Laser Electrical Bendigo. With her family’s support, 18-year-old Miss Allaway spent a week handing out resumes to local ele..
10-Mar-2017
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Care for a pup
Sharon Kemp
SEEING eye dog Clayton returned to his puppyhood home of Vision Australia in Bendigo, and revelled in company of his first carer Carlia Rix for the first time since he completed formal training. In unusual circumstances, Clayton’s handler Kate Watkins also works for Vision Australia, m..
09-Mar-2017
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Aaron bowls a winner
Bendigo Weekly
LAWN bowler Aaron Wilson wants to represent Australia at next year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as the next milestone in his already illustrious career. The 25-year-old was a popular winner of the 52nd Cloud Copy Click Bendigo Sports Star of the Year Award announced last Friday, fol..
06-Mar-2017
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Be bold for women on international day
Bendigo Weekly
THE ANZ Bank pays its full time female employees $500 extra in superannuation per year in an attempt to close the financial gap between men and women. Launching the announcement of this year’s International Women’s Day breakfast in Bendigo, ANZ business bank manager Kylie Ovenden..
02-Mar-2017
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Baby number eight couldn't wait
Sharon Kemp
NEWBORN Octavia Aggett was a surprise to her parents at the beginning as child number eight, and again as she was being born. Mum Stacey didn’t quite make it to Bendigo Hospital before the baby girl decided to join the world. Dad Daniel parked the family car at the entrance of the..
23-Feb-2017
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Current Issue

Vipers in the Golden Vine
Simon Wooldridge
A Colonel Vipers Whipstick Band gig is unlike many other gigs you’ll go to this year, or perhaps in this lifetime. The Vipers have been entertaining and confounding gig-goers since 1994. They’re set to do that confounding-entertaining thing again at the Golden Vine on Satur..
08-Jun-2017
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Be afraid, be very afraid
Dianne Dempsey
The tradition of combining horror and art is a long, and eerily fruitful one. Witness the work of Goya, Hogarth or Dickens and in more contemporary times that of Poppy Z Bright and Mark Danielewski. Adding fuel to this genre is the actor and playwright Nick Ravenswood, who has written a ser..
01-Jun-2017
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Broadway and jazz mixed
Bendigo Weekly
Jazz meets Broadway represents a unique opportunity to see many of the greatest songs from Broadway and Hollywood musicals. The show will be performed in the Engine Room at The Capital Theatre in View St Bendigo. It will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday, June 17. The 90-minute conc..
01-Jun-2017
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June and beyond
Simon Wooldridge
You probably need a spreadsheet, or app, or old-fashioned personal assistant if you really want to keep up with what’s happening locally, live music-wise these days. The next couple of months looks frenetic. A quick scan of venue websites and artists’ social media posts offe..
01-Jun-2017
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Calvert on the tram
Bendigo Weekly
The Blues Tram is set to roll again on Saturday May 27 with two very talented singer-songwriters on board. Hailey Calvert and Luke Watt will entertain and charm passengers on a vintage restored W Class tram as it traverses the Bendigo CBD. From Queensland, soulful powerhouse Hailey Calv..
26-May-2017
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Bash out music
Simon Wooldridge
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 27 is MusicMan’s annual Birthday Bash party. The Bendigo CBD rock venue will host 20 bands and artists from early afternoon. The bash will be a two-pronged aural assault on two floors. The line-up includes Demonic Cowboys, Moustache Ant, and A Day of Storms fro..
26-May-2017
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Brave new identity
Joel Peterson
THEY spent the start of the season searching for an identity and three consecutive wins have the Bendigo Braves confident they’ve found their groove. The Braves were dogged by injuries and unavailability in the early part of the season and limped out of the blocks, going 4-6 through 10..
16-Jun-2017
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Young stars shine
Bendigo Weekly
THE best young players from Bendigo City and Bendigo Amateur Soccer League sides will put their skills to the test on Friday night at Epsom Huntly Reserve. The BASL’s development squad sides will play against City’s youth squads, headlined by a BASL under-21 squad taking on City&..
16-Jun-2017
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Junior rivals go for gold
Bendigo Weekly
TRADITIONAL foes Bendigo and Ballarat will square off once again in interleague football this weekend, with the Bendigo Junior Football League getting its chance to make amends for Bendigo’s AFL Victoria Community Championships defeat. Bendigo and Ballarat’s junior football leagu..
16-Jun-2017
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Bendigo divers turning heads
Joel Peterson
It’s another freezing Monday night in Bendigo, cold enough that you can see your every breath on the way in to the Mundy Street YMCA Stadium. This is a far cry from the indoor complexes of major cities, but for the Bendigo Divers between April and September, after the pools close, a qu..
09-Jun-2017
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City struggle continues
Joel Peterson
AMID a desperate fight to avoid relegation, Bendigo City FC has had a quiet transfer period among a flurry of signings from other Victorian National Premier League clubs. City’s fate looks all but sealed, the side sitting last in the NPL2 West with just one point from 17 games and a go..
09-Jun-2017
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Serving up a winning event
Bendigo Weekly
TABLE tennis players from across the state will hit Bendigo this weekend for the annual Victorian Country Championships tournament. Hundreds of competitors will descend on the Victoria Street table tennis and badminton stadium for the three days of competition. The annual event is the bi..
09-Jun-2017
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No hands creativity
Bendigo Weekly
Since 2002 CreateAbility has given people with disabilities the opportunity to express themselves on the meaningful platform art provides. From humble beginnings, CreateAbility has emerged as an integral part of the lives of those who participate to a Bendigo arts company exporting art pro..
30-Mar-2017
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Relay for Life on to a winner
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Relay for Life steps out again this weekend, and the fundraising is already off to a good start. The event runs from this evening until Saturday afternoon. Relay For Life’s Ayden Shaw said the committee has done a remarkable job for the 18th relay. “The supp..
23-Mar-2017
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School top at health
Bendigo Weekly
SPECIMEN Hill Primary School’s win in the Bendigo Health-backed Healthiest Schools award makes its motto, “our children’s future in the very best of hands”, all the more fitting. A range of health promotion activities and a focus on families, not just students, saw..
16-Mar-2017
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Growing on success
Bendigo Weekly
GROWING interest and two especially talented local gardeners are helping Long Gully’s community garden thrive. The garden has been tucked away in Energetic Street for 14 years, and run in conjunction with the Long Gully Neighbourhood Centre. Recent times have seen the project go f..
02-Mar-2017
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Riding for a good cause
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL real estate agent Paul Dalton plans to ride his bike for 24 hours around the Tom Flood Sports Centre velodrome next weekend in support of the McGrath Foundation Mr Dalton will be raising money to fund McGrath breast care nurses in communities right across Australia and increase breast ..
24-Feb-2017
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A haven for success
Sharon Kemp
MICHELLE Marschall has a long-term plan to become a maternal health nurse, raise her three-year-old son in her own home, without help from support agencies. The 25-year-old didn’t always have a plan, not when she was couch surfing with a baby or living in her car for a two-week stretch..
16-Feb-2017
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Trivia night a winner
Bendigo Weekly
One of the most fun and rewarding quiz nights of the year will be held on Good Friday in aid of the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal. Bendigo Real Estate staff are selling tickets for this year’s quiz night which includes a charity auction to be conducted by BRE principal, Damien..
24-Mar-2017
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Tender out for design
Bendigo Weekly
THE first step in the design process for the new-look Bendigo and Eaglehawk railway stations has been completed. The projects, worth a combined $15.8 million, have gone out to tender. Upgrades to Bendigo station will include lifts and an improved overpass between platforms one and two t..
16-Mar-2017
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Bold for change
Bendigo Weekly
Celebrations to mark International Women’s Day will continue today in Bendigo. On Wednesday, the actual day of recognition, it was at breakfast at Women’s Health Loddon Mallee in Mundy Street that women and men shared stories about the achievements of Bendigo women. Executive..
10-Mar-2017
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Shop fix from retail doctor
Sharon Kemp
RETAIL doctor Brian Walker won’t formulate a complete cure for Bendigo’s inner city retail ailments, but he has some prescriptions for traders. Create a retail environment that encapsulates the uniqueness of Bendigo, he advises, and do it as a team. Think about shopping precin..
02-Mar-2017
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The story of a family business
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW book charts the history of one of Bendigo’s oldest stores. Written by Mike Butcher, The Hume and Iser Story puts together the nuts and bolts of an important community tale that covers five generations. Chairman Chris Iser said the book has been researched and written to pre..
23-Feb-2017
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Backing for cycling series
Bendigo Weekly
CYCLING ace Brendan Schultz is the raging favourite to take out the Bendigo and District Cycling Club aggregate series next Thursday night. Schultz is in career best form in the lead up to next month’s Bendigo International Madison track event, and the popular TASR rider has been train..
23-Feb-2017
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Bollywood in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Ever wanted to see real live Bollywood dance in action? Here’s your opportunity. The Singh Sisters are bringing Bollywood dance to Bendigo Library in celebration of Cultural Diversity Week. The Singh Sisters have travelled around the world performing Bollywood dance, which..
16-Mar-2017
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Tourism the focus of new guide
Bendigo Weekly
THIS year’s Bendigo and Heathcote Region Official Visitor Guides were launched on Monday. City of Greater Bendigo council’s tourism manager Kathryn Mackenzie said the two handy sized guides are a fantastic resource designed to showcase the best local attractions, shopping and din..
02-Mar-2017
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Goods galore at the recycle store
Bendigo Weekly
SAVINGS in fees and care for the environment motivate people to use the Eaglehawk Recycle Shop’s recovery centre rather than the Eaglehawk landfill. The centre, which has been operating for 23 years at the entrance of the landfill, also provides jobs and a cheap location for second ha..
23-Feb-2017
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No comical event
Bendigo Weekly
The next Bendigo Record Comic and Toy Fair is coming up on March 12. The event will be at the Bendigo Expo Centre, at the Bendigo Showgrounds and promises to be a mix for fans of the comic world. Organiser Peter Pascoe said attendees attempted a world record at the last event for the..
16-Feb-2017
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Club lights up a new home
Bendigo Weekly
TECHNOLOGY is all around us, but have you ever wondered just how it works? Well, the Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club is giving you the chance to find out, and the club has a brand new location stocked full of technological marvels. From electronic dice to solar-powered creepy..
09-Feb-2017
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Words from a master
Bendigo Weekly
JAZZ vocalist Vince Jones visited Bendigo on Tuesday to share his experience in the music industry and his love of Van Morrison’s music with students from Bendigo South East Secondary College’s Academy of Creative Arts. Even though the students didn’t officially return un..
02-Feb-2017
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Family torn apart
Rosalea Ryan
Berlin, 1939: With her blue eyes, blonde hair and smooth creamy skin, Hannah Rosenthal is the physical epitome of all that is truly German – in every way but one. Hannah’s parents, Max and Alma, are German Jews. Even as an image of Hannah circulates on the cover of a Nazi propaga..
23-Mar-2017
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Supportive sisterhood
Rosalea Ryan
Three women, one sadness: an apparently terminal prognosis delivered to an ovarian cancer patient whose mother died years earlier of the same disease. When 40-year-old Alice is first told of her condition she is paralysed by shock, unable to contemplate the effect her likely death will have ..
16-Mar-2017
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Three-way tussle
Rosalea Ryan
IN the midst of a tug-of-war for possession, a portrait goes missing, spirited away in the heat of a bitter custody battle between the subject’s husband and her painter-turned-lover in 1970s Frankfurt. The situation is complex: enchanting Irene Adler is the wife of powerful industriali..
02-Mar-2017
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Survival against the odds
Rosalea Ryan
Shanghai, in the early decades of the 20th century, is a city very much divided, if not strictly along geographic lines then socially at least – Chinese, British, French, with further divisions within each ethnic group. Jialing is barely seven years old when her mother leaves their sma..
23-Feb-2017
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Island intrigue
Rosalea Ryan
Inheriting property on a previously unfamiliar North Sea island has never been part of Englishwoman Emma’s grand life plan. When great-aunt Freda bequeaths her estate to Emma, the 30-something insurance clerk’s unremarkable day-to-day existence in Newcastle is unexpectedly disrup..
17-Feb-2017
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Living the boyhood dream
Rosalea Ryan
Some athletes have a fascinating story to tell but aren’t natural storytellers. Others can communicate beautifully but don’t necessarily have much out of the ordinary to share. And then there’s Cadel Evans: son, father, friend, idol and almost certainly Australia’s gr..
09-Feb-2017
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