Drone flyers risk fines
Sharon Kemp
IF the drone in this photograph had dropped onto people or traffic at Charing Cross over which it was flying, the operator admitted he would have made a run for it. “But they would probably get me anyway with the technology these days,” he told the Bendigo Weekly. The Civil ..
22-Jul-2016
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Citizens' jury up and running
Sharon Kemp
THE 25-member citizens’ jury creating the City of Greater Bendigo’s next four-year plan is diverse but serious about the job ahead of them, according to three of its members. Rod, Veronica and Michael attended the first meeting of the jury in early July, and will spend another 23..
22-Jul-2016
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Rush for diversity plan
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo is desperate to rectify its status as the only large Victorian council without cultural and diversity inclusion guidelines. It has given residents only 19 days to comment on a draft plan that took a year to coordinate and write, and was first mentioned in 2013 and..
22-Jul-2016
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Waste a problem
Sharon Kemp
WASTE is becoming the flashpoint issue that could divide future City of Greater Bendigo councillors as the council introduces its organics pick up service and continues to grapple with increasing dumping costs and diminishing landfill. On Wednesday night, councillor Helen Leach attempted to ..
22-Jul-2016
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State government joins RSL funding
Bendigo Weekly
THE Soldiers’ Memorial Institute has received a final funding commitment from state, federal and local benefactors. The City of Greater Bendigo has welcomed a $1.5 million state government contribution towards the project, which follows a commitment of $1.7m from the federal governm..
22-Jul-2016
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Greyhound industry works to improve
Bendigo Weekly
THE Victorian greyhound racing community is united in reproach of a minority within the sport that has brought the industry into disrepute. In light of the recent decision by the New South Wales state government to outlaw greyhound racing, members and enthusiasts believe that the decisi..
21-Jul-2016
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Bendigo's youth shame as teen crime rate soars
MORE than 10 per cent of crime across Victoria committed by 15 to 17 year olds in 2009-10 was committed by Bendigo youth. That’s one of the key findings of a State Government report which paints a troubled picture of Bendigo’s at-risk youth. The Department of Education and Ea..
30-Jun-2015
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Walsh to announce funding for new sheep shed
VICTORIAN Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh is expected to announce $2 million in funding for Bendigo’s biggest shed this afternoon. Mr Walsh will visit the Bendigo Exhibition Centre at Prince of Wales Showgrounds. The government promised $2 million for a new exhibition space next t..
30-Jun-2015
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La Trobe looking to the future
Christine McGinn
VISIONARY plans for La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus were revealed this week. The campus will be transformed and renewed in the next 15 years with short, medium and long-term plans for development. MGS Architects’ June report found the university needed to develop key par..
26-Jun-2015
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Groups at odds over pool decision
Christine McGinn
Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise has won its battle for a 50-metre pool in the new aquatic centre on Browning Street. KFCE president Jack Lyons said the City of Greater Bendigo councillors’ decision to build a 50m pool was terrific. “We were not pushing for the demoliti..
26-Jun-2015
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Cathedral restoration moves on
Christine McGinn
ST Paul’s Anglican Cathedral has taken another step towards its full restoration. The missing wooden floor has been laid and a predella has risen, ready for the altar to be placed above. Bishop Andrew Curnow said he could finally see the restoration’s end in sight and was ..
26-Jun-2015
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Water still a worry
Christine McGinn
AN interim solution to Greater Bendigo’s rising groundwater problem is just days away. Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said the solution was to be finalised by the end of June. Ms Edwards met with both chairs of the government and engineering taskforce last Tuesday to discuss..
26-Jun-2015
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Biofuels industry gets $500,000 boost
Bendigo Weekly
The state government has announced details of a $500,000 investment in the biofuels industry near Echuca. Deputy Premier and Regional and Rural Development minister Peter Ryan and Member for Rodney Paul Weller joined government and industry representatives in Lower Moira to officially announ..
05-Oct-2011
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Government defends Fire Action Week timing
Bendigo Weekly
The state government has defended the timing of this year's Fire Action Week after coming in for criticism from the opposition. A spokesperson for Bushfire Response Minister Peter Ryan said the timing of Fire Action Week had been determined in conjunction with Victoria’s fire agencies ..
03-Oct-2011
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Interest rates status quo - again
Bendigo Weekly
Home owners have been spared further financial pain, with the Reserve Bank board again agreeing to leave the official cash rate unchanged. At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 4.75 per cent. Governor Glenn Stevens said conditions in global financia..
03-Oct-2011
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VFF says levy the answer to fire services funding
Bendigo Weekly
The Victorian Farmers Federation wants fire services to be funded by a levy on building value. VFF president Andrew Broad said the VFF’s response to the State Government’s Fire Services Property Levy Options Paper outlines how a charge on building value is the fairest way to fun..
03-Oct-2011
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Opposition fury over bushfire map 'omissions'
Bendigo Weekly
The state opposition says regional Victorians living in fire-prone communities have been put at risk due to confusing and inconsistent maps issued by the Baillieu Government. Visiting California Gully Primary School with Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards, Shadow Bushfire Response ministe..
02-Oct-2011
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Victorian government celebrates record fish restocking program
Bendigo Weekly
The Victorian Government is celebrating the release of a record more than two million native fish into Victorian lakes and rivers to improve inland angling opportunities for recreational fishers. Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh was at Lake Eildon today to help releas..
28-Sep-2011
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The Rubens lay it down
Bendigo Weekly
By Jarvis Holt, YO Bendigo Indie rock band The Rubens have exploded on the music scene, receiving raving accolades. The three brothers and a mate formed their band in 2011. After gaining attention from Triple J Unearthed and placing 57th on Triple J’s Hottest 100 with the tr..
13-Dec-2012
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From sorrow something grows
Bendigo Weekly
Catherine Shields big photographic work is, she says, about the role of photography and how we record our lives. But beneath that surface, it's also about despair and hurt, disappointment and heartbreak, all the turmoil that follows the wrench of loss. Deeply personal, Ms Shields work is..
07-Dec-2012
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Anne of the airwaves
Steve Kendall
HOT on the heels of the Contribution to Indigenous Broadcasting Award, presenter Anne Conway is back on the air. The community broadcaster was back at the helm of the studio for her Monday program The Fur Children Show. Such diversity of programming is what gives Phoenix FM its strength..
29-Nov-2012
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Bringing the music home
Steve Kendall
THE Sacred Heart Cathedral will be alive with the sound of music on Sunday. Songs to Remember is a fundraiser for the Doxa School in Bendigo and Bendigo’s own Alana Conway has arranged the event and will perform. The show will also feature the talents of Mark Vincent and Robert Ga..
22-Nov-2012
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Date set for Groovin the Moo 2013
Bendigo Weekly
Grab your diaries and phones and book in May 4. Groovin the Moo is back in Bendigo. Sure to provide a day of memories, Groovin the Moo is a sell-out event every year, details to follow...
20-Nov-2012
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Blues on the rise
Bendigo Weekly
By MICK GRIFFIN The second Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival had everything in its favour. A superlative musical line-up, brilliant spring sunshine, a host of great venues, magnificent location and lots of smiling faces throughout four days of glorious musical euphoria. From the official Thu..
15-Nov-2012
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Storm still the ones to beat
Joel Peterson
THIS season in the Bendigo Football Netball League’s senior football competition promises to be as close as any in recent memory. After the league saw undefeated champions in both senior football and A-grade netball last year, the flag race in both competitions is wide open in season 2..
15-Apr-2016
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Jess shines on debut
Joel Peterson
JESS Rennie never expected to even hit the court in her Bendigo Lady Braves debut, let alone play a major role in a thrilling win over Ballarat. However when she was given her chance to impress by Lady Braves coach Jonathan Goodman last Friday night, that is exactly what the sharpshooting 15..
08-Apr-2016
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Finals aim locked in
Joel Peterson
FINALS hopefuls Marong and Newbridge will go toe-to-toe in round one of the Loddon Valley Football Netball League this weekend at Riverside Oval. The Panthers and Maroons have both undergone some serious changes ahead of 2016, including Damian Lock taking the reins at Malone Park. Matt D..
08-Apr-2016
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Tough start for Pios
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Pioneers’ 2016 campaign began last Saturday and Bendigo Weekly sports journalist Joel Peterson went behind the scenes to take in a game day with the club TEN minutes before the first bounce of the season, there is a nervous quietness in the Bendigo Pioneers&rsquo..
07-Apr-2016
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Braves find the right mix
Joel Peterson
A STRONG preseason, new recruits and a handy complement of returning players have coach Ben Harvey and the Bendigo Braves believing this could finally be the year they are title bound. The Braves and Lady Braves both hit the road tonight to tip their respective South East Australian Basketba..
01-Apr-2016
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Super suns extend dynasty
Joel Peterson
STRATHDALE Maristians secured back-to-back Bendigo District Cricket Association flags in yet another thrilling grand final finish, defeating Eaglehawk by seven runs last Sunday. The Suns made 9/233 on day one, recovering from 4/52 led by Ben DeAraugo (56) and Taylor-Walsh medallist Andrew Ho..
24-Mar-2016
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Riding out
Bendigo Weekly
FOUR local horse enthusiasts are preparing themselves for a very important ride. Leanne Taig, Judi Ludeman, Kylie Morrison and Kristy Arnold are gearing up to join the Horse Ride for Cancer next month. The ride will begin in Mildura on August 12 and end at Queensland’s Redland Bay..
27-Jul-2012
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Health for men
Bendigo Weekly
Men should have regular health checks, but they are well-known for finding any excuse not to go to see their doctor. Regular medical check-ups help you stay healthy and may pick up early warning signs of disease or illness. Heart disease, diabetes and some cancers can often be picked up in the..
28-Jun-2012
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Take the plunge with a check up
Steve Kendall
LAST week I wrote a column in the Weekly about heading off for the prostate exam. It was light-hearted for the sake of the column, but in reality it’s something all men should be aware of. The Better Health Channel tells us around 25 per cent of men aged 55 years and over have a prostatic ..
28-Jun-2012
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Patient steps to recovery
Bendigo Weekly
SUE Nerlekar was fit and active before she had breast cancer. So when she found she couldn’t walk more than a few steps after she had completed her cancer treatment in late 2010, she wondered if she would ever walk “like I used to before”. “I felt depressed that I could ..
22-Jun-2012
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Coat drive adds warmth
Bendigo Weekly
How many coats do you have in the wardrobe that don’t fit, are last season or perhaps just not your style anymore? And how many of them will stay in your wardrobe all winter? Those extra coats, jackets and blankets that you have just lying around your home could be a big help to s..
15-Jun-2012
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Fresh offerings from supermarket
Bendigo Weekly
SUPERMARKETS are making the news of late, and Coles’ McIvor Road store is no exception. The store unveiled its new market-style layout this week, following extensive renovations that have brought 10 new jobs with it. Coles McIvor Road manager Dennis Klemke said staff can now come i..
08-Jun-2012
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It’s spudtacular
WHEN the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Trentham was badly damaged by fire six years ago, it was more than the local drinking hole that took the hit. “The whole town died off,” shop-owner Jacinta Carboon says. “It became a sleepy hollow.” Spud to the rescue. A couple of locals dec..
29-Apr-2011
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Market matters
BY Rosemary Sorensen The Victorian Farmers Markets Association should go regional, if it is to remain relevant, according to one Goldfields market organiser. “If they are going to grow into a professional association, they have to have regional branches,” Castlemaine Farmers Marke..
08-Apr-2011
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Markets’ future on the agenda
Farmers’ markets across Victoria, which have benefitted from start-up funding, will continue to be boosted if recommendations to the State Government are accepted. Before the election at the end of last year, a government committee inquiry into farmers markets recommended the continuation of..
30-Mar-2011
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Peckish for alpaca?
You know the joke about a zebra being a horse designed by a committee; well an alpaca may well be a camel designed by an aesthete. Or a goat (apologies to Brenda and Paul at Capricorn Cottage) designed by a hygienist. Here is a list – admittedly supplied by someone who breeds these extraordi..
24-Mar-2011
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True brew
With Rosemary Sorenson Science is good, says brewer Chris Haren, but knowing how to tinker with the machinery is much better. Once a boilermaker, with stints in various other trades, Haren has now landed his dream job. He is brewing beer at the Tooborac Hotel, on the Northern Highway south..
23-Mar-2011
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REFRAIN POETRY FILE: Memoirs of a Consenting Victim
Bendigo Weekly
Memoirs Of A Consenting Victim by Tru Dowling This is the time she aches for breaks given rules for bidden for the time it tick tick tick tick ticks ticks ticked him off the list the gist was to recognize realign the white lies, blow flies of his owl brown e..
06-Dec-2011
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Bookclub news Dec 2
Bendigo Weekly
Where do you go after Harry Potter? Daniel Radcliffe showed he is serious about developing his career as an actor by playing in a small-budget film made in Australia and based on the novel by Michael Noonan. Now, apparently, at 22 Radcliffe is preparing to take on a role that is as different fro..
02-Dec-2011
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Calling all readers!
Rosemary Sorensen
IS there anybody out there? A couple of weeks back a newcomer to Bendigo contacted us at the Weekly because she has heard about our Bookclub. She had moved from another Australian city, where she had been a member of a different kind of bookclub, the reading group kind which meets regularly at a..
25-Nov-2011
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Book Club Pick of the Week: Ship Kings
Rosemary Sorensen
Ship Kings Andrew McGahan Allen and Unwin, $22.99 A SEA shanty with a mythical whirlpool at its heart. Miles Franklin-award winning author, Andrew McGahan, has continued on his merry way, working through every genre known to readers, by embarking on a four-book fantasy series. The Coming ..
18-Nov-2011
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Pick of the week: The Drop
Rosemary Sorensen
The Drop Michael Connelly Allen & Unwin, $32.95 You know you’re in good hands with a new Michael Connelly, the Florida-based crime writer, author of a couple of dozen novels, one a year since he started in 1992. His new one, The Drop, is another Harry Bo..
10-Nov-2011
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REFRAIN: poetry file "Cicadas" by Ross Donlon
Bendigo Weekly
Cicadas They came to us from far away their older selves left like suitcases by the door. we crunched them as we trod to school or crushed the shells to crystal when summer broke above the small backyards and ..
08-Nov-2011
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