Call for pool to stay
Sharon Kemp
THE Golden Square swimming pool should have its lease extended by at least a year to see how attendance is affected by the new $31 million Kangaroo Flat aquatic centre, according to City of Greater Bendigo councillor Barry Lyons. Representatives of the pool’s volunteer committee of man..
16-Sep-2016
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Major boost for leisure centre
Sharon Kemp
THE $1 million community contribution to the Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre has reached the halfway mark after the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club chipped in $100,000. The donation will give the sports club the right to put its name to the centre’s 50-metre pool. Th..
16-Sep-2016
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Rail woes roll on
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO train passengers were again left frustrated by the state’s worst levels of punctuality among V/Line’s main commuter services last month. According to Public Transport Victoria performance data, punctuality on the Bendigo line was just 86.5 per cent, a dip of nearly four p..
16-Sep-2016
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Eppalock surges to 75 per cent
Peter Kennedy
WATER levels at Lake Eppalock soared more than 20 per cent in 24 hours at the height of this week’s spring downpour, raising concerns the storage could spill if another significant rain event occurs in the catchment in coming weeks. Storage levels rose on the back of record September r..
16-Sep-2016
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Pool operators caught off guard
Sharon Kemp
VOLUNTEERS operating the Golden Square swimming pool may again fight to keep the Maple Street facility open despite the City of Greater Bendigo’s three-year plan to close it. In what amounts to a communication breakdown between council and the pool’s management committee, presid..
09-Sep-2016
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Dummies shown red card
Sharon Kemp
LAST minute changes that will disallow how-to-vote cards in ballot packs hope to stop dummy candidates, but critics say it will benefit incumbent councillors who already have a profile and candidates with the most to spend on advertising. In Greater Bendigo, there is already a field of 11 ca..
09-Sep-2016
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Bendigo's bitter cold snap
Bendigo Weekly
Shivering while out and about in Bendigo yesterday? Chances are you weren't the only one. The city endured its coldest day in over 17 years yesterday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. The bureau's Bendigo Airport site recorded a maximum temperature of 7.1 degrees at 11.12am yester..
15-Jul-2015
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Hazeldene's holds firm
Peter Kennedy
ONE of central Victoria’s largest private employers has rejected claims the company has an over-reliance on temporary work visa employees that is squeezing locals out of the workforce. Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm last month voluntarily presented at the public hearing of a Senate inqu..
10-Jul-2015
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Groundwater fix still in balance
Christine McGinn
AN interim solution to Bendigo’s toxic rising groundwater still remains unknown after missing the June 30 deadline. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has proposed five transition options to be used for the next two to three years. Three options include drawin..
10-Jul-2015
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Locals brainstorm housing solutions
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL disability service providers are working together to develop a long-term solution to Bendigo’s unmet affordable housing demand. More than 25 individuals and organisations met at Haven; Home, Safe today to share ideas and develop a road-map for appropriate disability housing option..
03-Jul-2015
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The right time to buy
Bendigo Weekly
FOR anyone wondering when is the right time to buy real estate – the answer is likely now. That’s the view of Tweed Sutherland First National’s Darryn O’Keefe, who says now is the best time in a number of years (for those who are in a position to do so) to purchase properti..
03-Jul-2015
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Bendigo Weekly reaches a milestone
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Weekly celebrates its 18th birthday this week. Managing editor Peter Kennedy paid tribute to the dedicated team that worked together to produce Bendigo’s most popular and most read newspaper each week, and to all those who have worked on the paper since its inception on July..
03-Jul-2015
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Flora Hill house fire
Christine McGinn
A Flora Hill home was damaged by this afternoon. Three Country Fire Authority units were called to the house fire, on the corner of Somerville Street and Raymond Avenue, at 2.40pm A CFA spokesperson said the fire started in the front room but the cause was unknown. The house has suf..
20-May-2014
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Bendigo rallies around fire victims - video
Bendigo Weekly
Locals are rallying to fundraise for the Trenfield family who lost their Ascot family home yesterday. Lucky to survive, the family of seven's home caught fire on Sunday morning which saw Country Fire Authority crews attend. Running for two weeks, the ..
18-May-2014
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Tougher mobile phone restrictions
Christine McGinn
Drivers caught using their mobile phone will face tougher penalties beginning today. Motorists who break the rules will be stung with a $433 fine and four demerit point loss. The new restrictions are up from the previous $289 fine and three demerit point loss. One t..
25-Nov-2013
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Government acts on sex abuse
Bendigo Weekly
A multi-disciplinary centre in Bendigo will "improve responses to sexual assualt". One of four centres announced in the Victorian Coalition Government's 2012-13 budget today, the Bendigo centre will include Victoria Police, child protection authorities, and specialised counselling services...
01-May-2012
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New Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police appointed
Bendigo Weekly
Premier Ted Baillieu and Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan today announced the appointment of Ken Lay as the new Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police. “The Victorian Coalition Government through an independent selection panel conducted a broad sear..
13-Nov-2011
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Lifeline for carers
Anthony Radford
A BENDIGO family who cannot find respite for their severely autistic teenager have welcomed a State Government plan to fund new services. In October 2009, the Bendigo Weekly published an emotional letter from Carolyn and Mick O’Sullivan. The O’Sullivan family had just been t..
20-Oct-2011
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A Break for Kate
Bendigo Weekly
THE Golden Vine plays host to special fundraiser on Saturday. The event has been arranged for a woman who received an injury, which will require a lengthy and expensive recovery and medical equipment. The event, A Break for Kate, will be held at The Golden Vine Hotel, from 12.30pm to 11pm..
29-May-2013
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Wolfmother plays the Golden Vine
Bendigo Weekly
Wolfmother made the trip to Bendigo last Friday to play the Golden Vine ..
28-May-2013
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A real taste of Ireland
Bendigo Weekly
Foster and Allen are returning to Bendigo next month Mick Foster and Tony Allen have been performing together for more than 30 years, and this will be their 17th trip to Australia. They have been performing their blend of easy listening and folk music all over the world and their record sa..
24-May-2013
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Three chords and the truth
Steve Kendall
Lee Kernaghan is one of Australia’s most prolific music artists with two million records sold. Add to that 28 Golden Guitars, 33 number one singles and you see the calibre of the man. Twenty years after the release of his first album, The Outback Club, Lee is back with his new release Be..
17-May-2013
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Plum role for Thelma
Steve Kendall
IT is not often you hear a voice with the clarity and style of Thelma Plum. This Brisbane singer has a distinctive Australian sound which stands out from the rest. At 18, Thelma has made the big step in to the music scene and it’s now her career. Brave perhaps, but something tells me..
10-May-2013
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Call for Slim Dusty day
Bendigo Weekly
Some of the biggest names in Australia have got behind an industry led campaign to have an Aussie icon’s legacy celebrated on June 13 by officially recognising the day as National Slim Dusty Day. Music historian Glenn A Baker said “Slim Dusty Day is a day to celebrate our musical he..
08-May-2013
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Big day for top umps
Joel Peterson
TIME flies when you’re having fun, and for 999 games as an umpire Dean Goodridge has done just that. The Bendigo Umpires Association whistleblower takes to Canterbury Park this Saturday for game 1000, having umpired with a raft of leagues after taking it up in Melbourne’s eastern..
27-May-2016
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Around and around we go
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Football Netball League’s interleague merry-go-round is set to roll on in 2017, after a fourth straight win over Gippsland on Saturday led to another likely meeting with Ballarat next year. The Bendigo side of 23 played some sparkling football, and the enthusiasm of the you..
27-May-2016
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BBA reaches its Peak
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Stadium complex is getting a new look, and so are the stadium’s staff thanks to a partnership with Peak Sport Australia. The company has struck a deal with the Bendigo Basketball Association to be the uniform partner of the BBA, for Braves senior and junior teams, BBA staff..
27-May-2016
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Thunder shores up key roles
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Thunder has ended its search for a coach, with Cherie O’Neill to take the reins of the club. The club held an extraordinary meeting last night, attended by AFL Central Victoria’s Paul Hamilton among others, to resolve the uncertainty regarding its governance and coach..
26-May-2016
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Braves need to refocus
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Braves big man Matt Andronicos says the team needs to refocus after suffering a third defeat of the 2016 SEABL season yesterday. The Braves thumped a lowly Melbourne 88-69 on Saturday night before being beaten by Dandenong 87-91 yesterday in a high-intensity, physical contest. Be..
23-May-2016
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Heathcote hits the road
Bendigo Weekly
A YOUNG Heathcote District Football League side will travel to Ocean Grove on Saturday to take on Bellarine FL in its AFL Victoria Community Championships game. HDFL coach Rick Coburn has opted for youth, with eight players under 23 in the squad. Leitchville Gunbower’s Jackson McEw..
20-May-2016
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Plan to make Bendigo new music centre
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo can build on its musical traditions, according to a composer who is planning an audacious new festival for the city. "Bendigo is a perfect location and an incredibly musical city," David Chisholm said this week. "I've moved here to tell people we do have the capacity, and sometim..
07-Sep-2012
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Continuing the valuable legacy
Steve Kendall
LEGACY Week starts on Sunday, so now is the time to support the valuable work the organisation does. Legacy supports widows and dependents of deceased ex-service veterans, and now is you chance to help them by buying a Legacy badge. The badges are available in a variety of values, but no..
31-Aug-2012
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Art work with no barriers on show
Bendigo Weekly
MAHATMA Gandhi said: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” That has inspired three Girton Grammar students to put on an art exhibition aimed at raising awareness of issues that need changing. The Be the Change exhibition is on at Dudley House until Sunday. I..
31-Aug-2012
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Telstra Foundation commits $8 million to partnership with The Alannah and Madeline Foundation
Bendigo Weekly
The Hon. Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia, today launched an $8million, multi-year partnership between the Telstra Foundation and The Alannah and Madeline Foundation to develop and deliver eSmart Libraries across Australia – one of the most significant community cybersafety ..
27-Aug-2012
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Heart of the matter
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO businesses are coming together later this month to show support and raise money for HeartKids. HeartKids is an organisation that provides support for families with a Heart Child (congenital or acquired) and provides research grants and builds awareness in communities. Bendigo ..
17-Aug-2012
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Applause for the truth
Bendigo Weekly
Last weekend I had the honour of being part of the first ever Bendigo Writers Festival and interviewing award-winning author and former political advisor, Don Watson. As an academic historian, Watson wrote three books about Australian history before accepting an offer to become Paul Keating’..
16-Aug-2012
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Nuts in season
Last week's Weekly highlighted a new industry in the region, walnut growing. Related to the pecan, the walnut is thought to have originated in China or Persia -- the Persians are said to have used them as currency. Walnuts grow on trees and have a green outer husk, which splits open to reveal..
18-May-2011
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Food allergy is no longer the odd one out!
New research into food allergy in Australia has alarmingly revealed that 1 in every 10 children is now food allergic. This year during Food Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW) May 16th – 21st Anaphylaxis Australia aims to reach those who don’t have food allergies. “We want ..
18-May-2011
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Farmers Markets correction
Our report announcing the funding of Victorian Farmers Markets Association for a further four years said the $2million over four years allocated in this year's budget is a 50 per cent decrease on the inaugural funding. This is not correct. VFMA's Sarah Robins says the market funding is good ne..
13-May-2011
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Beefing up beef
While National Beef caters mostly for those in the know, organisers are hoping it may develop into Bendigo’s major food event. “We have mostly commercial and industry people, not just the tyre-kickers,” secretary Rod Bowles said. “But because it’s free admittance, a..
13-May-2011
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The giant pumpkin seed giveaway
Update: Peter's pumpkin seeds are almost dried and ready to send out so watch your mailboxes. And watch this website for details of a Giant Pumpkin growing competition being planned for autumn 2012. We have been inundated with requests for pumpkin seeds following our story about Eag..
13-May-2011
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Nut result for Bendigo
Slowly, steadily, deliciously, a new industry is establishing itself in central Victoria, with huge potential. “We are focussing on the domestic market first,” Strathfieldsaye walnut grower Colin Jack said. “But there is also a great opportunity for exporting to the Japanese an..
12-May-2011
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Pick of the week - There but for the
Rosemary Sorensen
This is one of those books you have to go back to the beginning to read, once you’ve finished it. The first short chapter is very weird, so it’s important not to let it put you off. But once you’re in to this rather black comedy, it’s both enjoyable and thought-provoki..
26-Jan-2012
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Pick of the week - A visit from the Goon Squad
Rosemary Sorensen
Jennifer Egan A Visit from the Goon Squad Constable and Robinson, $19.99 THE way writers such as Jennifer Egan go about their novels may just be a reason that the paper book will not be entirely replaced by the ebook. While you can whip through Egan’s fast, funny, bol..
20-Jan-2012
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Pick of the week
Bendigo Weekly
Keeper Of The Light Diane Chamberlain Harlequin, $29.99 Don’t be fooled that this is your average love story. Dr Olivia Simon is a dedicated doctor with experience in a large and busy hospital. She has been persuaded to come to a smaller town by her husband, Pau..
12-Jan-2012
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Pick of the week: The Seamstress
Bendigo Weekly
The Seamstress Maria Duenas Picador, $32.99 If you’re a reader who likes a touch of history with your fiction, this epic novel, set in Madrid, Morocco and Lisbon will be right up your alley. It’s 1935 in Madrid when we first meet Sira Quiroga, a young seamstress raised by her si..
06-Jan-2012
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Season for a read
Rosemary Sorensen
Troubling as the arrival of ebooks is for books and publishing, there has never been a better time for reading. Where once people who live in the country had only a fraction of the access city people have to both new publications and old, now, we are linked in to libraries, bookshops and publisher..
16-Dec-2011
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Best books
Bendigo Weekly
We asked Bendigo Weekly bookclubbers to send us the titles of books they have enjoyed this year. Most are new, some are classics... Ape House by Sara Gruen: the follow-up to Water for Elephants, about a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab The Art of Fielding by Chad Har..
08-Dec-2011
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