Scar trees find new home
Bendigo Weekly
The story behind the two centuries-old Central Victorian scar trees that once stood proud at Ravenswood will unfold in coming weeks, but this week the magnificent 10 and 12-metre high markers were lifted into place at the site of their new home, Ulumbarra Theatre...
02-Dec-2016
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Sign of healthier times
Sharon Kemp
In an Australian first, three central Victorian supermarkets have verified that promoting healthier options in store will lead to more customers buying healthier food. The research, a collaboration between Deakin University’s Global Obesity Centre, the Champions IGA chain and the ..
02-Dec-2016
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Bendigo shines at tourism awards
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo took out three major awards at the 2016 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards last week in Melbourne. The City of Greater Bendigo council won the Destination Marketing category while Masons of Bendigo won the Restaurant and Catering category and Bendigo Tramways won the category for Cultur..
01-Dec-2016
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The state of our health
Sharon Kemp
A HEALTH picture has emerged of Bendigo as a city that cycles more, thinks it’s okay to get occasionally drunk more, trusts its neighbours more and is involved in more organised sport than the average Victorian. A survey of Bendigo residents in 2015 allows VicHealth to pull together da..
25-Nov-2016
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New timetable shows a boost for rail
Joel Peterson
A NEW timetable early next year will see 80 more V/Line services per week hit the state’s rails, but Public Transport minister Jacinta Allan is confident more trains doesn’t mean more delays. Ms Allan and Public Transport Victoria CEO Jeroen Weimar announced the changes this week..
25-Nov-2016
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Hospital gears up for shift
Sharon Kemp
CENTRAL Victoria’s largest and most expensive development project is technically complete and ahead of schedule, but Bendigo Health says it will use the next month to bed down the move across the road into the new $630 million Bendigo hospital. Patients and their families will ge..
25-Nov-2016
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Shorten at the show
Steve Kendall
OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten was among thousands of visitors to the Australian Sheep and Wool show last weekend. Mr Shorten seemed to have forgotten the trials of recent weeks politically to spend time with his family. “It was great to spend the day in Bendigo at the Australian Sh..
24-Jul-2015
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Collection offers support to art
Dianne Dempsey
Once upon a time there were the Medicis, the Visconti, the Sforza, patrons of the arts who underwrote the Italian Renaissance. In contemporary Australia their equivalent is represented by individuals such as Arthur Guy, Harold Mitchell and on a regional level, Rod Fyffe. The uniqu..
17-Jul-2015
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Home starts on rebound
Bendigo Weekly
Latest figures confirm the number of new home starts rebounded in the March quarter of 2015. Housing Industry Association economist Geordan Murray said the strong result for the March 2015 quarter was the second highest level for any quarter on record. “This latest result was consiste..
17-Jul-2015
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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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$50,000 cash and firearms seized
Bendigo Weekly
A 22 year old man has been arrested after more than $50,000 in cash and firearms were seized yesterday. Bendigo Police executed a warrant at a 22 year old man's home in Moray Crescent, North Bendigo after 3pm. Senior Constable Melissa Seach said a number of firearms, pen pistol, drugs, ..
23-May-2014
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Man sought after thefts
Christine McGinn
Police are calling on locals to help identity a man. He entered Chemist Warehouse on Mitchell Street on April 14 and allegedly placed $512.64 worth of shaving products into a blue bag. Police said the man left the store without paying for the items. A staff member approached the man ..
23-May-2014
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Metal Mosh arrest
Christine McGinn
A Kangaroo Flat man, aged 31, was this week arrested for an burglary at Metal Mosh. A large amount of property including a safe and cash were taken from the commercial business in April. The man has been bailed to appear at the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on July 12. Police were..
23-May-2014
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Car thefts warning
Christine McGinn
Motorists are being warned that thefts from vehicles are still occurring. Acting Sergeant Mark Bell said people were still not locking their cars, and were leaving valuables plainly in sight. Acting Sgt Bell reminded motorists to look before they leave to reduce all opportunistic thefts...
23-May-2014
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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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Welcome Fire from Wendy
Steve Kendall
FOR the past two years, Wendy Matthews has been working on her new album. The Welcome Fire is released today and Wendy said she was pleased to be able to take the time to do it properly. From her home base in the north coast of New South Wales where she lives with her dog, Wendy has been ..
22-Aug-2013
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Hailey on the move
Bendigo Weekly
Scores of Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival fans are set to be moved yet again with the famous Blues Tram taking a ‘soulful’ turn for its latest voyage on Saturday. On board will be the slightly foreign and the very familiar – emerging folk and blues songstress Hail..
16-Aug-2013
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Keeping a legend alive
Steve Kendall
IT’S a tough act to follow, but Max Pellicano is giving it a fair go. Elvis to the Max brings the stage image of Elvis Presley back to life, 36 years after his death. Elvis was, and is still, known as the King of rock and roll, sometimes just the King, and has music still has the sam..
02-Aug-2013
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Country mix at the club
Bendigo Weekly
COUNTRY music fans have good reason to celebrate in Bendigo as a Taste of Tamworth comes to town. The show, featuring Travis Sinclair, Carter & Carter and Jayne Denham is all set for the The Bendigo Club on August 4. Travis Sinclair was born into a trucking family in the Albury area and has ..
26-Jul-2013
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Prior engagement
Bendigo Weekly
By STEVE KENDALL THIRTY years is a long time in any industry, but Marina Prior has taken it in her stride. She been named as one of Australia’s 100 Entertainers of the Century and is coming to Bendigo in November. Marina has been singing since she was a child, and first picked up a g..
26-Jul-2013
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Cavalia rides into Melbourne
Christine McGinn
Cavalia took reign in Melbourne last night as more than 2000 spectators watched the dynamic and unrivalled performance straddled between equestrian showmanship and aerobatic performance. Cavalia’s opening night in Melbourne under the grand White Big Top, 10-storey high- boasting a 50 met..
25-Jul-2013
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Dogs, Dragons square off
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Football League finals race could be all but decided by Saturday evening after a pivotal round 14 of matches is completed. At the Queen Elizabeth Oval, top spot and premiership favouritism are up for grabs when Sandhurst hosts Golden Square and Canterbury Park hosts a clash that ..
29-Jul-2016
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Wet pitches cause fixture chaos
Bendigo Weekly
SODDEN pitches are causing fixturing headaches for the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League but council says there is little that can be done to alleviate the problem. Eppalock ward council election candidate Yvonne Wrigglesworth claimed that several pitches around the area were unplayable due to p..
29-Jul-2016
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Club legends in town
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Braves will welcome former players, officials and supporters to Bendigo Stadium this weekend, including some of the biggest names in the club’s vaunted history. The past players function comes after the Braves and Lady Braves enjoyed one of the best weekends of their respec..
29-Jul-2016
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Kendle signing a masterstroke
Bendigo Weekly
RECRUITING imports hasn’t always gone smoothly for the Bendigo Braves, but the club has struck gold with Jeremy Kendle. As a host of former Braves champions, including perhaps the team’s all-time best player in David Johnson, ready themselves to head to Bendigo Stadium for a past..
29-Jul-2016
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Woolley fires at worlds
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO clay target shooters Laura Woolley and Emma Cox are the region’s newest world champions after brilliant performances at last week’s International Clay Target Shooting Federation world championships in Ireland. Shooting in the DTL (down the line) discipline, Woolley, a 201..
29-Jul-2016
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Title focus locked in
Joel Peterson
ONE side is flying on top of the pops and the other is fighting for its finals life, but the last month of the South East Australian Basketball League will prove vital for both the Bendigo Braves and Lady Braves. The Braves are the SEABL’s best team and sit on top of the east conferenc..
22-Jul-2016
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Lizzie lends a hand to save orangutans
Steve Kendall
IT is a long way to the Sumatran rainforest, but a Bendigo student has helped bring it a lot closer. Camp Hill Primary School Year 4 student Lizzie Monteith found out all about the plight of orangutans during a trip to Bali. After a day spent with some of the red-haired great apes Lizzi..
13-Sep-2012
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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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BABIES: A VERY SPECIAL WORLD FOOD EVENT
To coincide with our screening of Babies, the Star Cinema invites you to a global culinary feast. Enjoy a set three-course menu prepared by the team from Bendigo Wholefoods. The slow-cooked global feast will feature food from local producers including Erindale Farm and the Good Loaf. ..
19-May-2011
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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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Kids’ fest inspires creativity
Rosemary Sorensen
When Lisa D’Onofrio rolled up her sleeves and threw herself into organising a Children’s Literature Festival in Castlemaine, she hoped for a decent turn-up. It had taken all her persuasive powers, a bucket-load of patience, truck-loads of time and an enormous pile of energy to make it ..
16-Feb-2012
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More dirt from a local author
Rosemary Sorensen
Huntly author Katrina Nannestad thinks of herself as a “closet writer”, not much given to chatting while she’s actually in the process of story-making. Talking to the children who read her books, however, is something she loves to do. “I’m really private when I&rsqu..
10-Feb-2012
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Little doses of Dickens
Rosemary Sorensen
On February 7, 200 years ago, Charles John Huffam Dickens was born. To celebrate this event, Bendigo Library (5.30pm, phone 5449 2781) is hosting a kind of Little Dickens; dramatised readings from a half-dozen of the novels by Castlemaine actors Bev Geldard and Michael Treloar. Bev say..
02-Feb-2012
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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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