Stage is set for a king
Bendigo Weekly
There is a double delight on tonight at Victory Christian College. Hot on the heels of the show last night, students are performing two shows this evening. The Jungle Book Junior kicks off at 6.30pm, with The King and I following at 7.30pm. VCC is at 6 Kairn Road, Strathdale and tick..
27-Oct-2017
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Push for city to focus on core business
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO is facing a shortfall of $194 million in revenue over 10 years as a result of rate capping. The figure is based on revenue the City of Greater Bendigo has forecast it needs to implement the full high level concept of being the world’s most liveable community. But the Victor..
27-Oct-2017
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Maternal care in focus
Sharon Kemp
MENTAL health, substance abuse and domestic violence are the three most urgent influences on maternal health and perinatal care for mothers and their babies, a state government parliamentary committee heard in Bendigo this week. City of Greater Bendigo Maternal Child Health clinical coordina..
27-Oct-2017
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Corruption risk spotted
Sharon Kemp
THE sheer scale of Victoria’s public health sector and the low number of complaints to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission means the watchdog is only just developing an awareness of potential corruption risks. Singling out the health sector for an examination of corr..
27-Oct-2017
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New move on land shortage
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’S dearth of available industrial land has surprised even the city’s top strategic planner, but it will be up to councillors how quickly they want to pursue the remedy that council is counting on, the Marong Business Park. The 313 hectares of land earmarked by the City of ..
27-Oct-2017
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Night buses head to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
LATE-NIGHT buses will operate from regional centres to Melbourne as the Victorian government continues to aim to give commuters more access to weekend services. Buses have been operating between Melbourne and regional Victoria on weekends since 2015 and have seen solid patronage growth over ..
26-Oct-2017
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Boost for homeless services
Bendigo Weekly
HAVEN Home Safe has received more than $5 million in state government funds to build and buy homes in Bendigo, Echuca, Geelong and Mildura, and provide support to the occupants of the properties. It is the first money to flow to a regional project after an initial round of $25m to house the ..
17-Aug-2017
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Budgie breeder reaches new heights
Sharon Kemp
ROBIN Kirby brings the same competitive spirit to budgerigar breeding and exhibition that made him a national champion in the adrenaline-charged sport of drag racing. The Lockwood resident was an Australian champion drag racer more than 15 years ago when the sport outshone all other motor sp..
11-Aug-2017
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More than halfway to new dragon - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
THE Victorian government has boosted by $250,000 the community fundraising account to buy a new Chinese dragon, taking the amount raised so far to more than $430,000. With Premier Daniel Andrews, tourism minister John Eren and Bendigo MPs Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards, the Chinese ..
04-Aug-2017
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Funds boost for dragon
Bendigo Weekly
THE community campaign for a new Chinese dragon will receive a significant boost today, with the state government expected to pledge $250,000 towards replacing Sun Loong. Premier Daniel Andrews and Tourism minister John Eren are scheduled to join local members Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards..
04-Aug-2017
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A very timely reminder
Bendigo Weekly
THE answer to Vala Iannuzzelli’s persistent health symptoms came in the form of a letter from a gas heater repair company. Ms Iannuzzelli had not had an easy year, so when she thought she was having a stroke three weeks ago and blacked out in the early hours of the morning, she put it ..
27-Jul-2017
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Ladson says it's time to talk
Joel Peterson
HAWTHORN premiership player and Golden Square premiership coach Rick Ladson has called on families, community groups and local sporting clubs to make mental health part of their regular conversations. Ladson was a part of Hawthorn’s 2008 flag triumph before returning to local football ..
21-Jul-2017
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Orchestra travels to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Orchestra Victoria is in town this week with its Bendigo Festival and On the mOVe! Education program. More than 80 of the state’s top musicians are presenting a program of chamber music concerts, education programs and pop-up performances, culminating in a full orchestra performance..
20-Jul-2017
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Help for pet project
Sharon Kemp
A $50,000 state government grant will allow Bendigo Animal Welfare and Community Services to build 12 new enclosures and desex and check the health of about 100 cats. BAWCS president Debbie Edwards said she was pleased to have won the grant, which served to care for animals as well as their ..
13-Jul-2017
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Grant backs senior activity
Bendigo Weekly
Victorian seniors from the Karen community in Bendigo will be further encouraged to get involved and stay active in their communities, as the recipients of a state government grant. The Karen Culture and Social Support Foundation received a $5000 grant for a project that will include cooking..
07-Jul-2017
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Composer Caitlin takes the prize
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENT Caitlin Buchan has won a spot to have her music composition performed nationally at concert venues. The 15-year-old from Bendigo South East Secondary College is one of eight, selected from more than 100 entries in the 2017-18 Fanfare Competition. All students will work with indu..
29-Jun-2017
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Rations for a cause
Dianne Dempsey
Rice and water, rice and lentils and just for a change – rice and oil – these are the three meals that Kylie Kent was allowed yesterday as part of her participation in the Act for Peace Ration Challenge. The ration challenge invites people to stick to a diet of ..
22-Jun-2017
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No to plastic bags
Bendigo Weekly
A COUNCIL waste truck is spreading the word as a large mobile billboard to remind the community not to put plastic bags in their recycling or organics bins. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Craig Lloyd said plastic bags are one of the main items that contaminate the recycling and orga..
15-Jun-2017
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GREATER launches live
Sharon Kemp
A MAJOR health prevention strategy called GREATER, born in Bendigo after federal government funding dried up for Healthy Together programs, has gone live online. But the initiatives, which pivot around improving alarming rates of obesity, are already being seen in the community. From S..
11-Aug-2017
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Music showcase hits the right note
Bendigo Weekly
Next week will see some impressive evidence of the success of the Girton Grammar School music program. Over two nights on August 8 and 9, more than 600 students from the Junior and Senior Schools will take to the Ulumbarra stage in a vocal and instrumental showcase, likely to be the largest ..
03-Aug-2017
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Good life on show for Bendigo Writers Festival
Bendigo Weekly
Take the elegant spaces of Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre, add in some of central Victoria’s finest providores, create a day-long program brimming with ideas and interesting people – and you’ve got the Bendigo Writers Festival’s Good Life Sunday event. The festival..
27-Jul-2017
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Students learn about work
Bendigo Weekly
THE first group of work experience students started at the Bendigo centre this month. This year’s program will see 50 students from 10 Bendigo schools participate in this hands on workplace learning experience at the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank between July and November this year. Th..
20-Jul-2017
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Behind the scenes at the gallery
Bendigo Weekly
IF you’ve ever wondered how galleries go about selecting and installing the works on display, here’s an opportunity to try it out for yourself. The project, named Insert Title, is a fun, hands-on opportunity for people of all ages to experience the world of galleries. At the La T..
13-Jul-2017
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Culture on course
Bendigo Weekly
The 2018 Regional Centre for Culture initiative is another step closer, with the appointment of two renowned producers who will work with the region’s creative community to shape the year-long program. State member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards welcomed Jo Porter and Elizabeth Walsh a..
07-Jul-2017
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The Rhythms of Ireland
Bendigo Weekly
THE stage production The Rhythms of Ireland is in Bendigo next month. The elite company of dancers is bringing their worldwide 10th Year Anniversary Tour to Australian stages. This production has been seen by more than two-million people worldwide amassing an unsurpassed reputation. ..
14-Sep-2017
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Chords for cancer
Simon Wooldridge
The shock of a cancer diagnosis and a family’s passion for music have led to a special fundraiser event at the Golden Vine this coming Sunday, September 10. Chords for Cancer will raise funds to support music therapy rehabilitation at Bendigo Health’s cancer centre. Dan Parr..
07-Sep-2017
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Midweek Blues at the Vine
Simon Wooldridge
Last Days of May is a polished debut album from Bendigo blues-rock outfit Midweek Blues. The five-piece will launch the album next Friday, September 8 at the Golden Vine. They got together in 2014 with little more than a midweek blues jam in mind. “The plan was to get togethe..
31-Aug-2017
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Choir in harmony with star
Bendigo Weekly
THE Victoria Welsh Choir and musical theatre star Silvie Paladino will Spring into Song on Sunday, September 10. There is nothing quite like the sound of male voices singing together and The Victoria Welsh Choir is no exception as they perform their captivating and sometimes humo..
31-Aug-2017
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Aussie Bee Gees
Bendigo Weekly
THE Australian Bee Gees Show are digging out their flares and dusting off their platform shoes for a show in Bendigo. The Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary tour is a fitting tribute and a celebration of the music of the brothers Gibb. This new show will be presented in two parts and..
24-Aug-2017
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Music the best therapy
Simon Wooldridge
The world would be a better place if everyone sang, or played ukulele. It’s a Friday morning in a busy CBD café. Pete Gavin looks up from his coffee. Over the next hour his philosophy about music’s role in our lives becomes clear; it’s about community. Gavin..
24-Aug-2017
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South leads the way
Bendigo Weekly
SOUTH Bendigo skipper Ryan Tainton has strengthened his grip on the title of the premier skip in Bendigo bowls, leading South to an undefeated start to its 2017/18 campaign. South has easily accounted for Bendigo and Inglewood in its first two matches, winning by a cumulative 49 shots. T..
03-Nov-2017
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Qewy storms home to win cup
Joel Peterson
The powerful Godoplhin stable has won its second Jayco Bendigo Cup in as many years. Potential Melbourne Cup runner Qewy produced a brilliant turn of foot and took out the 2400-metre feature race ahead of Kiwia. It was a battle of two horses that actively targeted the race, Godolphin hop..
01-Nov-2017
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Spirit slump to last with loss
Joel Peterson
A FLAT Bendigo Spirit hit the bottom of the Women's National Basketball League table tonight after a 79-66 loss to the Adelaide Lightning. With Spirit import Betnijah Laney ruled out pre-game due to injury, the Lightning opened the match with a 6-0 run that forced Simon Pritchard into a time..
27-Oct-2017
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Inconsistency hits home
Joel Peterson
If there are two things you need to be successful this Women’s National Basketball League season they are consistency and resiliency. One trait is something the Bendigo Spirit has shown in spades, the other they are still searching for. Bendigo is 1-4 after five matches and has pla..
27-Oct-2017
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Kiwia joins Qewy for cup
Joel Peterson
INTERNATIONAL stable Godolphin will attempt to wrest the Jayco Bendigo Çup away from owner, race sponsor and former local Gerry Ryan when top hopes Qewy and Kiwia line up in Wednesday’s $300,000 Jayco Bendigo Cup. Both camps have had success at the Nursery of Champions in recent..
27-Oct-2017
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Cricket turns pink for a cause
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO cricket will turn pink this weekend in what is an Australian-first trial of Kookaburra’s pink test match ball in a regional competition. The pink ball will be used in all Bendigo District Cricket Association first XI contests as part of a pink stumps round, including the clash ..
27-Oct-2017
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Waving the flag
Bendigo Weekly
It was a proud moment on Monday for mother and son Clarencia and Berio Charley. Along with 52 other people from Myanmar, Thailand, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Britain, China, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, the Philippines, Vietnam and Micronesia, they were made Australian citizen..
20-Jul-2017
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Grants boost for NDIS plan
Bendigo Weekly
The Information, Linkages and Capacity Building grants are part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and aim to help people with a disability become better connected to their communities. La Trobe University and the City of Greater Bendigo council have received a combined $332,000 of ..
13-Jul-2017
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Heather marks 50 years
Bendigo Weekly
During this year’s National Diabetes Week, Heather Chalmers of Marong will be awarded with Diabetes Victoria’s Kellion Victory Medal for having survived more than 50 years of living with type one diabetes. Less than 100 years ago, type one diabetes was a death sentence: half of t..
07-Jul-2017
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A 90-year game
Bendigo Weekly
The Golden Square Croquet Club was formed 90 years ago because traditionally women weren’t allowed to play bowls. While they couldn’t play with the men, the women started up the croquet club. This observation was made by club member Caroline Smith who along with her colleagu..
29-Jun-2017
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Camp for coding
Bendigo Weekly
School children in Bendigo will have the chance to learn the language of computers by taking part in a course designed to teach them how to build their own app. Code Camp is coming to the city, and for three days during the school holidays, children will have the chance to meet new friends ..
22-Jun-2017
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Legend spreads the safety word
Bendigo Weekly
Hawthorn football legend Peter Knights is at a special breakfast on Tuesday to discuss leadership and learn about important occupational health and safety changes. The event, which is being brought to the region by WorkSafe Victoria, will also discuss WorkSafe’s new strategy to work mo..
15-Jun-2017
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Art the right prescription
Bendigo Weekly
WORKS are on show at St John Of God Bendigo Hospital’s 11th edition of its annual art exhibition. The exhibition is run each year to raise funds for the hospital auxiliary, in which new equipment is then purchased for various wards of the hospital. Artists whose works are on displa..
03-Aug-2017
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Small business is a big deal
Bendigo Weekly
THE launch of the Bendigo Small Business Festival this week is an indication that the sector is as strong as ever in central Victoria. Small businesses from the region were invited to the launch on Wednesday at the Capital to learn about what to expect and what opportunities will be availabl..
27-Jul-2017
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A seamless transition
Dianne Dempsey
The couple behind Jimmy Possum furniture, Margot and Alan Splading, have re-invented themselves as the creators of a particular line in women’s fashion, Mimi The Label. They’re selling their owner-designed pieces online and through their shop which arguably is in the most promin..
20-Jul-2017
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Mapping out the past
Sharon Kemp
DOUG Stone has trudged through central Victoria’s goldfields more times than he can remember in more than 40 years of mapping, and he says he sees in the region the value of an undying interest in gold. The appeal that central Victoria still holds for prospectors continues to fill car..
20-Jul-2017
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Failure a positive
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Inventor Awards program will celebrate the positives of failure as part of an event to be held at the Ulumbarra Theatre next week. Bendigo Inventor Awards committee chairman Paul Chapman said everyone has failed at something – a test; a relationship; a job interview, but fa..
13-Jul-2017
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Cash rate still on hold
Bendigo Weekly
As anticipated, the Reserve Bank of Australia left the official cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent on Tuesday. “Our forecast remains that there will be no further reduction to the Official Cash Rate in 2017,” HIA principal economist Tim Reardon said. “Comments issued ..
07-Jul-2017
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Radio station on track to win
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO-based community radio station Phoenix FM is in the running for two national broadcasting awards. The station’s Dawn Delaney earned a nomination for her World Music Safari – Sounds From Other Lands program and the station is also a finalist for the Community Broadcasting A..
13-Jul-2017
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Three-minute thesis
Bendigo Weekly
Researchers presented a host of ground-breaking work at a three-minute thesis presentation on Tuesday. Eight La Trobe University research candidates in health-related fields were challenged to describe their research to colleagues and lecturers in the tiny timeframe. Academic and organis..
07-Jul-2017
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A hundred years of child care
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S maternal and child health nurses had a special celebration of the centenary of MCH services in Victoria. City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke attended the event and said the first Baby Health Centre opened in Melbourne in June 1917 as a way to help prevent in..
29-Jun-2017
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Tiarna has a talent
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is a treasure chest of unknown young artists, musicians and photographers all awaiting their turn to shine. They want to acquire the well-deserved credit that will only occur from their hard work and resilience. There is something to be said about the diversity and talent of suc..
22-Jun-2017
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A colourful life
Dianne Dempsey
When a precocious youth living in her hometown of Slough, England, Jenny Valentish self-published a fanzine, Slapper: The Groupie’s Guide to Gropable Bands. It gives you a fair idea of where her interests lay in those days. Since coming to Australia from England several years ago V..
15-Jun-2017
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Cars fit for a Queen
Bendigo Weekly
As the Queen’s Birthday long weekend approaches the Central Victorian Chrysler Club is preparing for Chryslers, Valiants, Dodges, Plymouths and Desotos to descend on Bendigo. It’s the 11th Annual Midstate Mopars show and shine and with 10 successful years behind them, Midstate Mo..
08-Jun-2017
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Lifestyle lessons for Woofers
Rosalea Ryan
Where better to experience small-acreage self-sufficiency first-hand than in Italy: a country famed for its sun-ripened produce, luscious artisanal cheeses, plump piquant smallgoods and hearty pastas and breads? It’s this reasoning that motivates a family of four Australians to pack th..
27-Jul-2017
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The season for murder
Rosalea Ryan
A post-workday river cruise. A drug-spiked cocktail. A gossip-fuelling altercation between two of the host company’s top executives. Eleanor Brennan’s first taste of a Parker and Lane corporate Christmas party is one nobody at the book publishing house will ever forget. Elean..
20-Jul-2017
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Capitol offence
Rosalea Ryan
Amos Decker is all too familiar with loss. First went his social graces, his tolerance and his ability to empathise, wrenched from him in an instant by a near-fatal football concussion that left in their place a photographic memory and an abnormally heightened awareness of death. The ath..
13-Jul-2017
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Malik's identity politics
Bendigo Weekly
The violence, anger and confusion that dominate so much of the news and debate about multiculturalism and immigration are all about identity politics, according to Kenan Malik. “Different minority groups, whether African Americans, indigenous Australians, Muslims or gays, are seen as p..
07-Jul-2017
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Weighing up their options
Rosalea Ryan
Four women, one challenge: to lose unwanted weight. In all four cases obesity is an issue – but is it the root of the quartet’s problems or merely a scapegoat, deftly deflecting attention away from the truly dysfunctional aspects of unhappy lives? While pregnant, Kat ate for ..
29-Jun-2017
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Dawe to pastures new
Dianne Dempsey
Bryan Dawe says he is waiting for more time to pass so he can spend time thinking about and grieving for his much loved friend and colleague, John Clarke. Since Clarke passed away in April, Dawe has been involved in both private and public events memorialising his mate but now he is looking ..
22-Jun-2017
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