Ex hospital CEO defends his tenure
Sharon Kemp
FORMER Bendigo Health chief executive John Mulder has defended corruption detection systems that operated at the hospital under his watch, claiming only one department had problems which were exploited by only one dishonest employee. Mr Mulder’s statement follows the response of Bendig..
20-Oct-2017
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Pool input has no impact
Sharon Kemp
RESIDENTS were welcome to contribute their suggestions, but it was not always possible to deliver on them. This was City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke’s message to hundreds of residents who wrote to council preferring a tribute to Faith Leech over the council suggest..
20-Oct-2017
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Fire teams' plan
Joel Peterson
A DRY winter in central Victoria is being described by fire authorities as a double-edged sword as preparations for the fire danger period ramp up. A briefing of the region’s firefighters and emergency services was held on Tuesday to outline fuel conditions and strategies to mitigate a..
20-Oct-2017
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Stop, go woes in works slow down
Bendigo Weekly
MOTORISTS can expect lane closures and plenty of banked-up traffic over coming weeks as VicRoads begin works on one of Bendigo’s busiest intersections. Traffic lights at Charing Cross – the intersection of View and Mitchell streets and Pall Mall – are being rewired, causing..
20-Oct-2017
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Band together for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo's Jemille McKenzie wants locals to show their support for young people experiencing cancer and band together on National Bandanna Day next Friday. The 21-year-old CanTeen member, whose sister Sinead died from cancer in 2010, is keen to raise awareness of the organisation's biggest fu..
20-Oct-2017
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O'Rourke back as mayor
Sharon Kemp
FOUR councillors nominated to be the mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo but Margaret O’Rourke emerged from Monday’s meeting as the choice and will serve a record second consecutive term in a year that includes a state election. Deputy mayor elect is Lockwood ward councillor Jen..
20-Oct-2017
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New angle on an old game
Sharon Kemp
TABLE tennis has never looked as fun as it does when Bendigo champion Des Knight sets up his game Gossimo. And Mr Knight says inventing the game is never more satisfying than when the players are having fun. Six years in the making, the game has just been released and he and his business..
14-Jul-2017
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Organic liners on way
Bendigo Weekly
More than 38,000 households in Bendigo and Marong will soon receive a new 12-month supply of compostable caddy liners to use in their kitchen caddy to collect food waste for their organics bin. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Craig Lloyd said while the new caddy liners are supplied b..
07-Jul-2017
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Bank raises interest rates
Sharon Kemp
A day after being named Victoria’s corporate citizen of the year, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has lifted interest rates out of sync with the Reserve Bank of Australia. RBA governor Phillip Lowe kept cash rates on hold, but Australia’s banks continue to tweak rates to benefit owner-..
07-Jul-2017
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Aiming for change
Bendigo Weekly
Climate change, land degradation, community wellbeing, food production, obesity, and inclusion are complex issues that are often addressed individually. Understanding the overlap, and that solutions are more effectively addressed collaboratively, has led several organisations in..
07-Jul-2017
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Indigenous language the focus
Sharon Kemp
INDIGENOUS language is not lost, says Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation chairman Trent Nelson. “It is just sitting there waiting for our young people to reclaim it,” he told the audience at the flag raising ceremony marking NAIDOC week. The theme of this year&rsquo..
07-Jul-2017
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Students and staff go around the world
Bendigo Weekly
Victory Christian College was the place to be this week as they held a special fun event. Wacky Wednesday takes place every year on the last Wednesday of term two, and each year there is a different theme. The school’s Shelly Seales said it’s a fun day for staff and students..
29-Jun-2017
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Gallery offers a new view of Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW exhibition at the Post Office Gallery offers a bird’s-eye view of Bendigo. Vantage point: aerial views of Bendigo features 12 large scale reproductions of aerial views of Bendigo taken by Charles Pratt as well as three original glass plate negatives from the collection of the Sta..
08-Jun-2017
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AFL in class
Bendigo Weekly
CENTRAL Victorian school students picked up some footy tips from the elite level this week as Melbourne Football Club players headed up the Calder for a series of school visits. Demons players dropped into schools across the region, joined by local clubs to run footy clinics and speak to stu..
01-Jun-2017
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Police watch mall
Bendigo Weekly
TRANSIT police from Melbourne spent two afternoons this week patrolling bus stops at Bendigo train station and Hargreaves Mall. Bendigo police inspector Shane Brundell said the city-based officers would return for unannounced visits in coming months. The stronger police presence coincide..
25-May-2017
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Traditional burn a true milestone
Sharon Kemp
WHEN Rhys Cooper talks about the time it took to introduce traditional burning as a permanent fire management tool, he is not talking about the three years that went into planning so it would become reality in Victoria. He is talking about the more than 150 years since white settleme..
18-May-2017
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Tourism boss out in shock job loss
Dianne Dempsey
In what she described as a shock announcement, tourism executive manager Kathryn Mackenzie has lost her position with the City of Greater Bendigo. Ms Mackenzie said news of her redundancy came as a total surprise, particularly as it came on the heels of the Australian Tourism Awards announce..
12-May-2017
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Orange day for SES
Bendigo Weekly
ALL Australians are being encouraged to wear orange in a united show of thanks for the work done and commitment shown by SES volunteers. The Victorian State Emergency Service will be having its annual Wear Orange Wednesday on May 10. SES media team leader Robin Neller said the idea..
04-May-2017
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Donations a welcome plus for dragon
Bendigo Weekly
The community campaign to raise more than $750,000 to help fund a new Imperial Dragon has received a significant boost. The Guy family yesterday donated $50,000 to the Sun Loong 750 campaign, while Strategem Community Foundation, which is supported by local financial services firm Strategem,..
29-Jun-2017
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Prize winner's connection to country
Bendigo Weekly
It was a unanimous decision by the judges of this year’s Arthur Guy Memorial Art Prize to confer the coveted award to Northern Territory artist Margaret Loy Pula. The panel said her minimalist work Anatye (bush potato) 2016 stood out for its vivid impact and demonstrable connection to ..
22-Jun-2017
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La Trobe's art on display at gallery
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 100 artworks are on display at the Bendigo Art Gallery in a new exhibit entitled Revealing Identity: The Collections of La Trobe University. La Trobe Art Institute’s Kent Wilson and his team had the daunting task of sifting through the core collection of some 8000 works,..
15-Jun-2017
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Hospital upgrade complete
Bendigo Weekly
The $40 million upgrade on St John of God Bendigo Hospital is officially open for business. An opening and blessing of the redevelopment was held in the hospital’s atrium on Tuesday. St John of God Health care trustees and group CEO attended to participate in the blessing by the..
08-Jun-2017
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Second chance for Mia
Steve Kendall
MIA the border collie has had a second chance and there’s a fundraiser to help the good work continue. The former puppy farm dog had been confined to cages until she ended up at the McIvor Road Vet Clinic. She was far from well and had damage to both hips. Enter Estelle and Kei..
01-Jun-2017
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True brew Fi hits her tea target
Bendigo Weekly
Amid the hum of hundreds of people enjoying morning tea, Fiona Macdonald was confident she had served cups to the more than 350 people she hoped to, and raised more than $8000. Ms Macdonald, with four biggest morning teas under her belt, offered more than just a hot drink and a scone to peop..
25-May-2017
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Adele and Amy in Bloom
Bendigo Weekly
If you didn’t get enough of Adele when she was in Australia earlier this year, never fear, the next best thing is in Bendigo tonight. Amanda Canzurlo – aka Bloom – brings to you the songs of two amazing artists... Adele and Amy Winehouse. Amanda brings her soulful voca..
24-Aug-2017
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Fresh sound on tour
Bendigo Weekly
Byron Bay singer-songwriter Pete Murray is performing at Ulumbarra Theatre on Wednesday. It’s part of a tour for his sixth studio album Camacho. Murray has more than one million album sales to his name, and is the quiet achiever of Australian music. Determined to shake things..
17-Aug-2017
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Khan plus Lily and King
Simon Wooldridge
Next Saturday, August 26 sees two exciting, but hugely contrasting, gigs in Bendigo. Melbourne rock three-piece Khan are in town at MusicMan to promote Break Off Your Shells, the first single off their forthcoming debut album. They’ve had a busy 18 months or so, which has seen them..
17-Aug-2017
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Music masters
Sharon Kemp
FOR Tex, Don and Charlie, the motivation for their third album in 24 years came from performing together on stage in the intervening years... Don Walker for only one song per set and singing through the phone. On August 26, the band described commonly as an Australian supergroup and comprisi..
17-Aug-2017
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Music and other art
Simon Wooldridge
Rock ‘n’ roll, beer, art and tattoos are not entirely unfamiliar bedfellows. Bringing them together is perhaps quite obvious, but seemingly rare. But that’s exactly what the Sailor Jerry Origins of Originals touring exhibition is doing. After stops in Brisbane, Ne..
10-Aug-2017
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Cake on the road
Bendigo Weekly
My Friend the Chocolate Cake have hit the road on the back of the release of their newest album, The Revival Meeting.M Playing at the Theatre Royal, Castlemaine on Friday, August 18, triple ARIA winners MFTCC combine genres, images, instruments and lyrics rarely found in much of today’..
10-Aug-2017
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City's events roll on
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO enjoyed a bumper assortment of sport across both local and international-level competitions last weekend. The Australian and New Zealand rugby sevens sides kicked things off with their five-match series at Epsom Huntly Reserve the highlight of the weekend. Australia took game one..
27-Oct-2017
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Umpires have new sponsor appeal
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo District Cricket Umpires Association continues to grow as the summer of cricket gets into full swing. THE BDCUA serves all Bendigo District Cricket Association first, second and third XI games, as well as under-18 matches. The association also has support from its major spons..
27-Oct-2017
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World class sevens skill on show
Bendigo Weekly
AUSTRALIA’S rugby sevens side will be eyeing trans-Tasman revenge in its five-match series against world champions New Zealand in Bendigo. The two nations kicked off their sevens series last night at Epsom Huntly Reserve, with two games to be played today and two more tomorrow. The..
20-Oct-2017
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Eagles unveil Mitrovic as new coach
Joel Peterson
NEW Maiden Gully YCW Eagles coach Wayne Mitrovic says the opportunity to be involved in building the club’s identity was a key factor in luring him to the role. The former Sandhurst captain has previously coached Macorna and been a part of a flag at Wycheproof before returning to the D..
20-Oct-2017
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Spirit hit the road after big win
Bendigo Weekly
OTHER Bendigo Spirit home games may not follow the same script, but the Spirit’s outburst in their first home game provided enough offensive fireworks to last a season. Against a Perth side that simply fell apart both in system and application, Bendigo ran riot in the third quarter of ..
20-Oct-2017
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Champions of the track lining up
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW event will form part of the Bendigo and District Cycling Club’s 2017/18 track calendar when the summer season starts next week. For the first time, riders will have the chance to line up for the Champion of Champions title. The new race will be a 1600-metre wheelrace, with a ..
20-Oct-2017
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Wine for the long weekend
Bendigo Weekly
The annual Heathcote on Show festival is on this weekend. It’s the time of year when the Heathcote wineries and traders come together to celebrate and show off the region’s many great wineries, fine restaurants and pubs and Heathcote’s many historic and natural attractions...
08-Jun-2017
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Sustainability awards on offer
Bendigo Weekly
Josh Byrne is the guest speaker at the Bendigo Sustainable Awards presentation evening on World Environment Day, June 5. Mr Byrne is a sustainability practitioner and communicator well known for his work on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program. He has a unique and integrated approa..
01-Jun-2017
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Playing sport with disability
Bendigo Weekly
A GROUP of 10 local students with a disability yesterday hosted an all-abilities sports day for primary school students to raise awareness of what it’s like to live and play sport with a disability. The group is comprised of members from Kalianna School and Bendigo Senior Secondary Col..
25-May-2017
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Awards launched to aid sustainability
Bendigo Weekly
New research by Sustainability Victoria shows that more than 90 per cent of Victorians want environmental projects to tackle climate change. Sustainability Victoria’s Stan Krpan said the premier’s Sustainability Awards provided a channel for just that. “One of the great..
18-May-2017
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Weeroona walk for dog lovers
Bendigo Weekly
It’s time for dog lovers to register for the biggest event on the canine calendar, the RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk. Once again Lake Weeroona is the place to be with your dog on Sunday, May 21. After 22 years, Million Paws Walk remains RSPCA’s biggest annual fundraising ev..
11-May-2017
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Make a healthy investment for mum
Bendigo Weekly
It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer. It is the most common life-threatening cancer facing Australian women with 44 Australians diagnosed and seve..
08-May-2017
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Long time between shows
Bendigo Weekly
Friends Sue Llewelyn and Iain Stewart are delighted to once more have a joint exhibition together in View Street. “The last time we did this was 24 years ago in the National Trust building (now the Wine Bank) and we had our children running around creating havoc,” Stewart said, &..
29-Jun-2017
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Moving in a digital era
Sharon Kemp
TWELVE of Bendigo Health’s professionals can now call themselves digital health pioneers. Last week, Bendigo Health contributed the dozen certified health informaticians to Australia’s small skill pool of about 270. And it became the first health organisation to produce of a ..
22-Jun-2017
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Door open for trade training
Sharon Kemp
AFTER four years of consecutive falls in apprenticeship numbers, there are opportunities in traditional trades and traineeships, according to a Bendigo vocational training specialist. But Apprenticeships Matter regional manager Ivan Crisp said not only were most local secondary students unaw..
15-Jun-2017
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Setting the standard
Bendigo Weekly
THE Eaglehawk Recycle Shop has been awarded the top honour at this year’s Bendigo Sustainability Awards. This is the fifth year of these awards and Eaglehawk Recycle Shop was selected from six individual awards categories as the overall winner. Organisers say the shop reduces the..
08-Jun-2017
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Milestone for exchange
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Livestock Exchange in Wallenjoe Road Huntly is celebrating its 20 year anniversary. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Bernie O’Sullivan said the livestock exchange is one of Victoria’s premier livestock selling facilities. It was constructed at a cost of $5..
01-Jun-2017
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Students spread the word
Bendigo Weekly
Monash Rural Health hosted a student-led careers day in Bendigo, which attracted 25 medical and dental students from Monash University, La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne keen to hear about rural opportunities. The seminar, organised by student rural health clubs at the th..
25-May-2017
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Heads up for show
Bendigo Weekly
A large slice of Hollywood history will arrive in Bendigo in September with an exhibition honouring the life and work of multiple Academy Award-winning costume designer Edith Head. Edith Head is considered the most significant costume designer in the history of cinema. In her 50-year ca..
01-Jun-2017
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Solar power a school hit
Bendigo Weekly
St Francis of the Fields Primary School has teamed up with More Australian Solar Homes and The Hub Foundation to install solar panels. St Francis of the Fields is one of the largest primary schools in the region with just over 550 students. The school sits ..
25-May-2017
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Share the repair
Bendigo Weekly
What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike when the wheels get out of line? Or with a sweater full of moth holes? Toss it? No way. A group of locals have organised the first Repair Café in Bendigo on Saturday at the Good Loaf Cafe from 10am until 2pm. Various volunteer ..
18-May-2017
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Expanding our justice knowledge
Bendigo Weekly
Talking Justice returns to the Ulumbarra Theatre for Law Week 2017. This year’s event on May 19 and 20 brings some of Australia’s most distinguished writers, lawyers, activists and commentators to Bendigo to tackle what are sometimes referred to as wicked problems, vexing social..
11-May-2017
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App trial to ease parking pain
Bendigo Weekly
A new online parking payment system is being trialled to allow residents to more easily pay for their parking. The trial, which began on Monday, will apply to two specific all-day carparks, the Market Street and Myers Street car parks. The system is called PayStay..
04-May-2017
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Stage two work starts
Bendigo Weekly
WORK started this week at Bendigo Hospital to begin demolition of the Kurmala building. Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan took to the tools and hopped on board a backhoe to start off the process. The stage two works of the Bendigo Hospital Project will also include the demolition o..
27-Apr-2017
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Convict sleuths probe death
Rosalea Ryan
If there’s one thing even more engrossing than a carefully-researched historical novel with the name “Thomas Keneally” on the cover, it’s one crafted by Keneally in partnership with his daughter Meg. One of Australia’s most prolific and successful authors, Kenea..
15-Jun-2017
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High-seas histrionics
Rosalea Ryan
ON an ocean liner bound for the far side of the world, everyone’s running away from something – or so it’s safe to assume, considering that perfectly contented, secure individuals rarely uproot themselves from a successful, established life in order to start afresh. When Li..
08-Jun-2017
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Tales of life's journey
Dianne Dempsey
With this is her second book Sally Van Gent has established herself as a valuable contributor to the Australian literary scene. As with her first book, Clay Gully, which described the trials and tribulations of setting up a heritage apple orchard in Bendigo, Van Gent has the admirable skill ..
01-Jun-2017
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Story of a matriarch
Rosalea Ryan
Ellen Quinn is barely 18 years-of-age when she falls under the spell of emancipated convict John ‘Red’ Kelly, 30. Ellen’s family have been in Australia for almost a decade, having emigrated from the northern tip of Ireland as free settlers shortly before the potato famine ..
25-May-2017
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Island life and death
Rosalea Ryan
Long-time residents say that “incomers” moving to Sanday, one of the outermost of the scattered Orkney islands off the north-east corner of Scotland, are generally running away from something. Mike Jones is no exception – so when traces of a human skeleton are unearthed from th..
19-May-2017
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Breaking free of the herd
Rosalea Ryan
Thirty-six-year-old Camilla Stacey is confident, frank, fulfilled and secure in her choices to not have children, to eschew emotional relationships with men and to speak her mind daily via the immensely successful blog HowItIs.com. In the eyes of her half a million readers Cam is an idol; t..
11-May-2017
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