Park resident heads for VCAT
Sharon Kemp
TONY Pumpa is vowing to stay on at his home at the Central City Caravan Park despite a 12-month notice to vacate, and is taking the landowner and the caravan park owner to VCAT. The retired safety consultant has lived at the park for more than 16 years and claims he has neither a fixed no..
20-Jan-2017
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Aspire to kick off precinct plan
Bendigo Weekly
SUPPORTERS of the proposed $15 million Aspire Precinct to be established at the foot of Bendigo’s iconic Sacred Heart Cathedral have vowed to forge ahead, despite the project failing so far to secure federal government funding. Planning works are almost complete, with preliminary works..
13-Jan-2017
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Bendigo trains least punctual
Joel Peterson
V/LINE hopes to continue to improve punctuality on the Bendigo line after figures released this week showed the punctuality of Bendigo line services in 2016 was well below the 92 per cent target and the worst of V/Line’s three main regional commuter lines. Just 83.4 per cent of service..
13-Jan-2017
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NBN starts to roll out
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 3700 homes and businesses in urban areas of Bendigo can now connect to the NBN as work on Australia’s biggest infrastructure project continues to roll out across the city.NBN Victorian spokesman Michael Moore said work to connect a further 33,000 remaining premises was un..
13-Jan-2017
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When time stood still
Dianne Dempsey
Bendigo citizens who have wished that time could stand still had their dream come true on Monday when the former Bendigo Post Office clock stopped. For more than 24 hours the time was 5.10 and we were given an extra day of life. But the man in charge of time in Bendigo, Stephen Young, cl..
13-Jan-2017
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Junior doctors start next stage of their career
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Health has welcomed 40 new junior doctors, who start their 12-month internship by going through orientation this week. Chief medical officer Humsha Naidoo said that it was great to see so many medical graduates opting to further their training here in Bendigo. “Working a..
13-Jan-2017
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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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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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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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Divas back on stage
Bendigo Weekly
Diva Demolition lead singer Kylie Cowling is excited to be coming home to Bendigo this Sunday to perform songs from the band’s debut album at the Newmarket Hotel. It rounds off a remarkable 12 months for bass player Kylie and guitarist Sherree Newton, who used to play together in all-fe..
30-Aug-2013
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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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Rivalry fires up on biggest stage
Joel Peterson
DEPENDING on who you talk to, Bendigo and Mount Gambier either have a healthy respect for one another or it is perhaps a little more heated than either side is letting on. The Pioneers have been the side that has dominated the SEABL the past two seasons, but Bendigo has owned this year&rsquo..
09-Sep-2016
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Pioneers prove no easy task
Bendigo Weekly
MOUNT Gambier is a side that knows what big game pressure is all about. The Pioneers have won the last two SEABL titles, and have always come through in big games. They endured a chippy encounter against Hobart last week, in which two Pioneers players and Hobart coach Anthony Stewart wer..
09-Sep-2016
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Young Borough keeping things simple
Joel Peterson
IT isn’t often that you will hear a coach say that worrying less about results is a direct catalyst for getting them, but that has been the case for Eaglehawk and Luke Monaghan this year. Written off by many at the start of the Bendigo Football Netball League season, the Hawks endured ..
08-Sep-2016
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It’s time to be Brave
Joel Peterson
THE stakes may be higher but the preparation remains exactly the same for the Bendigo Braves ahead of Saturday night’s SEABL east conference final against Nunawading at Bendigo Stadium. The Braves won the right to host the game with a dominant performance against Brisbane two weeks ago..
02-Sep-2016
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Blazers sides battle on
Bendigo Weekly
FOUR of the five Central Vic Blazers sides will line up in finals this weekend in Hockey Victoria competitions. The Blazers’ Vic league two, women’s Vic league one, women’s Vic league one reserve and under-16 mixed pennant sides are all still in the finals. The men&rsqu..
02-Sep-2016
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Hamilton signs with Giant
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S Chris Hamilton has translated a brilliant 2016 season into a three-year professional deal with World Tour cycling team Giant-Alpecin for 2017. Hamilton won the national under-23 championship in January before going on to perform strongly at the Tour Down Under and Herald Sun ..
02-Sep-2016
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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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Get fit for free
Bendigo Weekly
EXERCISE is going to play an important role in helping Bendigo’s Biggest Winner participants lose weight and become more healthy. That is why Lifestyle Fitness is offering three months free gym membership to any participants who have not used the gym in Bath Lane before. Owner Brikitta Dan..
09-Aug-2012
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Tune in to festival
Bendigo Weekly
By Rosemary Sorensen it’s the written word that’s top of the list for the inaugural Bendigo Writers Festival, but there are strings attached. Dennis O’Keeffe will be strumming his guitar as he explains how Waltzing Matilda came into being. The Egan sisters, Alanna and Alicia,..
02-Aug-2012
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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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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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Peter has a top crop
Beware the triffid pumpkin, it could take over your backyard. Eaglehawk gardener Peter Tharle was given one pumpkin seed by a friend last year, planted it, and the result was a crop of giants. “I’ve never seen them like this,” Peter said. “Someone told me it&r..
06-May-2011
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Market support to continue
Funding for the Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association will continue, with the state government allocating $2million over the next four years in this week’s budget. While this is a 50 per cent cut on the first grant made four years ago, the Association has welcomed the announceme..
05-May-2011
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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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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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Now is the time for poet
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO poet Tru Dowling says it feels a little strange finally to see her poems gathered in a classy chapbook, her name on the cover, the poems sitting firm and final on the white page. But it was always going to happen. “I feel like I can’t not write poetry,” Tru says. &ldquo..
08-Dec-2011
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