Harris Scarfe to open in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of Australia’s oldest department stores plans to open in Bendigo. Harris Scarfe dates back more than 160 years, and the company has approximately 60 stores across Australia, with a focus on manchester, homewares and fashions. The proposed Bendigo store adds to other regional V..
23-Jun-2017
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Liacos leaves board
Sharon Kemp
STAN Liacos has stepped down as chairman of the Bendigo Art Gallery board, citing time constraints relating to work and family life. A spokesperson for the gallery said the recent past chair Gordon McKern had resumed the role until the position was filled at the next annual general meeting. ..
23-Jun-2017
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Venue to fight for pokies despite opposition
Sharon Kemp
AN application to install 44 gaming machines at The Wellington at Botanical Gardens Hotel has provoked strong reaction from City of Greater Bendigo councillors who voted to oppose the proposal. They have yet to decide if they will voice their protest at a Victorian Commission for Gaming and ..
23-Jun-2017
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Ready to be a Smart City
Sharon Kemp
THE federal government is expected to announce three new Smart City deals in the coming weeks, and City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke is hoping Bendigo will be among them. Cr O’Rourke and chief executive Craig Niemann attended the National General Assembly of Local G..
23-Jun-2017
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Capital spending halved
Sharon Kemp
A LEANER budget than in previous years was approved by City of Greater Bendigo on Wednesday night, with capital spending almost halved from the previous year. Cr Rod Fyffe described the 2017-18 budget as “a responsible budget” in view of the constraints on the council’s rev..
23-Jun-2017
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Festival by the book
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Writers Festival chairman Rod Fyffe was the first to see the program for this year’s festival, but don’t worry, your copy is in this issue of the Bendigo Weekly. Now in its sixth year, this writers festival brings the best of the literary world to Bendigo over the weekend..
23-Jun-2017
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Property Guide
Police warning after drug deaths
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Police are investigating three separate deaths in the past fortnight they suspect are heroin overdoses and not coincidental. Superintendent Darren Franks yesterday issued a warning to be careful about using illicit drugs given the user may not know what is mixed with the drug. ..
17-Mar-2017
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A healthy future for BDAC
Sharon Kemp
IT is set out to look after the health of indigenous Bendigonians, and is deliberately set in the city’s forest. Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative opened its $5.7 million health and community centre on Prouses Road on Wednesday, and celebrated by remembering the origins of th..
16-Mar-2017
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Discount for dog de-sexing
Bendigo Weekly
Discount dog de-sexing vouchers will be available from council offices from Tuesday. There are 150 vouchers available which will save a dog owner $40 on the normal cost of having their pet de-sexed. The vouchers will be available on a first come, first served basis from the City of Great..
10-Mar-2017
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Algae is back
Bendigo Weekly
high levels of potentially toxic blue-green algae have been discovered at Lake Weeroona and Lake Tom Thumb. Blue-green algae also remain present in other lakes across greater Bendigo. Blue-green algae occur naturally and can be dangerous to humans and animals. Contact with algae ca..
10-Mar-2017
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Annaliese says yes to proposal
Joel Peterson
IT’S fair to say that when Annaliese Barty picked up the Bendigo Weekly last Friday, she got quite the surprise. Her boyfriend of almost four years, and now fiancé, Alex Kharoofa, handed the paper to her just before she left for work on Friday morning. Low and behold there ..
09-Mar-2017
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Friends rally for Karlee's cause
Sharon Kemp
KARLEE THORPE was on the front page of the Bendigo Weekly two years ago, having survived breast cancer but still not well enough to run in the Mother’s Day Classic for which she was a story of inspiration. Two years later and after a period of good health, the mother of two has fallen ..
03-Mar-2017
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A sporting chance
Bendigo Weekly
The Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year awards continue to recognise the region’s many elite athletes, with a diverse field of contenders lining up for this year’s overall honour. NBA championship winning basketballer Matthew Dellavedova, world champion lawn bowler Aaron Wil..
02-Feb-2017
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Fire service medal for Bill
Bendigo Weekly
After more than 70 years in the CFA, Kangaroo Flat’s William “Bill” Bowery has certainly gained the respect of his peers. Mr Bowery joined the Kangaroo Flat Fire Brigade in 1945 and since that day has never looked back. “I’ve got a picture book full of amazi..
26-Jan-2017
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When the black dog bites
Dianne Dempsey
An extremely exciting exhibition is on display at the La Trobe Art Institute in View Street. Daniel Butterworth’s When the Dog Bites consists of nine self-portraits which depict the primary emotion of depression. But Butterworth doesn’t describe the works as self-portraits..
19-Jan-2017
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Scots return for a day of fun
Bendigo Weekly
Neil Clark will have the biggest birthday bash of his half-century living in Australia when he acts as chieftain for Bendigo’s Scots Day Out in Rosalind Park on Saturday, February 11. The Bendigo Visitor Information Centre tour guide was announced as chieftain for Victoria’s larg..
12-Jan-2017
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Chill out in the heat
Bendigo Weekly
We know when it’s hot: we can feel it. But what is heat? How do we cool down? These school holidays Discovery Science and Technology Centre will be presenting fun and engaging activities to make sure you and the family get the science of keeping cool. At noon and 2pm, t..
05-Jan-2017
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Street stall a growth industry
Bendigo Weekly
Rather than sitting around shaking an empty money box, Ella and Lugh Fraser decided to raise money by setting up a street stall. The two Bendigo children are raising money in order to buy Christmas presents for their family. And this is no lemonade stall either. With her mother&rsq..
21-Dec-2016
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Forging a bond
Bendigo Weekly
CHRISTMAS dinner for members in Bendigo marked the last meeting of the last Victorian branch of the Welding Technology Institute of Australia. With some money left in the bank, the members voted to donate the more than $650 to prostate cancer research. The dinner marked the end of 43 ye..
16-Feb-2017
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Project gathers speed
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO is three months away from being able to land a 75-seat passenger aircraft, and a step closer to attracting a domestic carrier. The new 1.6 kilometre runway at the Bendigo airport has passed all checks by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and was commissioned at noon on Wednesday. ..
10-Feb-2017
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Courts face change
Sharon Kemp
HEIGHTENED security and fresh calls for improvements to the Bendigo Law Courts coincided with the beginning of the legal year this week. Speeches to mark the new legal year focused on increased use and expectations on the court system in Bendigo as the population grows, making increasingly n..
03-Feb-2017
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Pat on the back for service
Sharon Kemp
CLIFF Richards’ Medal of the Order of Australia is an honour, says the 15-year president of the Bendigo District RSL. But “just a simple ‘well done mate’, and a pat on the back, I’ll take that,” Mr Richards said. After 40 years of service to Australian..
26-Jan-2017
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Peter's back on the air
Dianne Dempsey
The newly appointed president of 105 LifeFM, Peter Stanton, said he’s extremely happy to be working in radio once more. “I was invited onto the board for 12 months and then in November 2016 elected president.” he said. Broadcasting 24 hours a day, 105.1 LifeFM, is a not..
19-Jan-2017
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Skye's back in Bendigo
Sam Kane
NOT many recently graduated doctors can say they started their career in a new multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art hospital. But, that’s exactly what’s happening for Bendigo’s Skye Kinder – a name well known to locals, and now one of Bendigo Health’s ne..
13-Jan-2017
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Current Issue

The party man returns
Simon Wooldridge
Aussie music icon Mick Thomas hits Bendigo’s Capital Theatre this coming Sunday, May 21. The former Weddings Parties Anything front man is in town with his band The Roving Commission on one leg of a lengthy nationwide tour. It’s a tour with a difference though. Thomas wi..
19-May-2017
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Concert at your fingertips
Bendigo Weekly
It was three years in the making but the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Virtual show is a masterpiece. The musicians spent a day at Fox Studios, but they were not making a movie, they were meticulously recording and filming their parts in the orchestra to be brought together for the s..
19-May-2017
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Musos at the church
Bendigo Weekly
JO JO SMITH is one of Australia’s greatest musical treasures, a sexagenarian pocket-rocket, soul-singing, groove-driving tour de force and 2017 marks her 50th year in the biz. To celebrate this extraordinary, generous life of music-making, Jo Jo is hitting the road with friends and mu..
11-May-2017
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Youth group takes on the phantom
Bendigo Weekly
THE Phantom of the Opera is coming to Bendigo. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is being staged by Nexus BYT. Nexus is a regional youth theatre that auditions youth from Bendigo and surrounding areas from year seven to VCE to perform in theatre. In the past, Nexus has performed prod..
11-May-2017
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Guitar man
Simon Wooldridge
Keith MacQueen is a busy man in Bendigo musical circles. Away from his role as secretary of the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, MacQueen plays guitar in four local bands – popular covers group The John Grossman Project, alt-country outfit Four Lions, heavy blues combo Swamp Monst..
11-May-2017
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Moovin in the groove
Simon Wooldridge
An outdoor touring regional festival at the end of autumn? On paper, it doesn’t immediately sound like a potentially successful commercial venture. Now in its 13th year though (ninth year in Bendigo), Groovin The Moo is a raging success. The Bendigo leg is a sell-out;..
04-May-2017
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Focus on football future
Joel Peterson
THE rapid growth in female football in recent seasons has sparked a long-term strategy to be drawn up by a new AFL Central Victoria working group to address the future needs of the sport. The strategy will guide the sport’s growth between 2018 to 2021 and include planning for an AFL Ce..
02-Jun-2017
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Blazers bounce back from tough weekend
Bendigo Weekly
IT was a mixed weekend for the CV Blazers hockey sides on home turf at Garden Gully in round six of Hockey Victoria’s state league. The women’s Blazers celebrated club legend Sally Anderson’s 250th game but could not take the points in the reserves contest going down 5-3 to..
02-Jun-2017
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Miners hold on for thrilling win
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Fighting Miners face up to one of the toughest tests in Victorian Rugby Union this weekend, playing unbeaten competition leader Eltham after scoring a famous win last weekend. Bendigo hung on by the narrowest of margins, 32-31, in a thrilling encounter against second-placed Kiwi ..
02-Jun-2017
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Spirit land first import
Joel Peterson
NEW Bendigo Spirit signing Betnijah Laney will provide plenty of toughness and defence, two things that will be required in spades this WNBL season. As the league gets bigger, the Spirit have brought in the former Rutgers University star to add some size and physicality to its wing rotation...
02-Jun-2017
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Success rolls on for Jontee
Joel Peterson
At the time, it was just a small piece of advice from a family member. “Maybe you should play wheelchair basketball.” Just over a year later, that decision has taken Bendigo’s Jontee Brown across the country and, next week, to Canada. His story is a perfect example ..
02-Jun-2017
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Dream start for Thunder
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Thunder are heading toward a testing month in their Northern Football League Women’s campaign but coach Cherie O’Neill does not want her side to look ahead any further than its clash with Kew on Sunday. Not only is she aiming to keep any signs of complacency away, but..
26-May-2017
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Winning ways of Winefride
Dianne Dempsey
The first thing people want to ask centenarian Winefride Lucy King is what is the secret to her long life? Mrs King’s response is that she has always walked everywhere (having never driven a car) has never had a drink or smoked but as for swearing, well that’s another story. ..
09-Feb-2017
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Star movies are a way of life
Bendigo Weekly
In the trailer for the 1988 film Cinema Paradiso the voiceover states; “In this town, the movies are more than just entertainment. They’re a way of life.” Star Cinema business manager Martin Myles reckons the line for this Italian masterpiece could well have been written a..
02-Feb-2017
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Wheelchair a winner
Bendigo Weekly
Gerard Smith’s mobility has been improved considerably with the aid of a custom built wheelchair. Benetas St Laurence Court resident Mr Smith, who served in the armed forces, is unable to walk due to a complex medical condition and needs a wheel chair to mobilise. He and his wife..
26-Jan-2017
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The big move nears
Bendigo Weekly
IT is just a few days until Bendigo Health moves into the new world class Bendigo Hospital, with patient move day planned for Tuesday. Bendigo Health Board Chair, Bob Cameron, said excitement was building as the move to the new hospital gets closer. “Many months of planning and pr..
19-Jan-2017
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RSPCA cuts fees to help cats find homes
Bendigo Weekly
RSPCA Bendigo is waiving the $120 adoption fee for cats for four days next week to give its many cats a better chance of a brighter future. The No Fee for Felines promotion applies to all cats four months and over and runs from Thursday, January 19 to Sunday, January 22. RSPCA Vict..
12-Jan-2017
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Precious Ruby a hospital gem
Bendigo Weekly
Therapy dog Ruby is lifting the spirits of patients at St John of God Bendigo Hospital. Ruby visits patients each Thursday afternoon in the rehab unit to offer pet therapy for those who wish to spend time with her. Delta Therapy Dogs volunteer, and Ruby’s owner, Julian..
05-Jan-2017
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Switch to the future
Bendigo Weekly
AS the first 10,000 Bendigo homes connect to the National Broadband Network, visitors to a display home in Strathfieldsaye can get a glimpse of the future already here. It is a digital set up that allows the home owner to control remotely by an app the cameras, power points, door locks and ligh..
16-Feb-2017
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Strong focus
Joel Peterson
LOCAL strength and conditioning coach Todd Jarratt will learn from some of the best when he heads to prestigious American university Stanford on an internship next year. Mr Jarratt has been working with Epsom-based The Human Mechanics for just over a year and recently landed a job with top Q..
09-Feb-2017
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Vet clinic set for city growth
Bendigo Weekly
A PLANNING permit has been granted for the development of a new vet clinic in Spring Gully, adding another clinic to the multitude of new animal care services starting up in Bendigo. What will be named the Spring Gully Animal Hospital is being built on the corner of Spring Gully Road and Bu..
02-Feb-2017
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Bright future for Meghan
Bendigo Weekly
Eaglehawk student Meghan Frederick is bucking the trend in the male-dominated world of science, technology, engineering and maths. Women hold fewer than one in five senior researcher positions in Australian universities and research institutes, and account for just a quarter of the STEM work..
26-Jan-2017
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High life for Jordan
Sharon Kemp
JORDAN Lees hadn’t realised until last August he had already done the bulk of the research he needed to start his own business UpDown Desk which launched in Bendigo on January 1. Mr Lees, a physiotherapist and law graduate working as an occupational health consultant, was sourcing for ..
20-Jan-2017
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Empowering Eaglehawk
Bendigo Weekly
Empowering Eaglehawk is a hugely successful community enterprise. Evidence of this success is the development of the Eaglehawk Canterbury Park Precinct facilities over the past 10 years. The latest project in the pipeline is a state-of-the-art playground which will include a flying f..
12-Jan-2017
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Top night for sport
Bendigo Weekly
The 2017 Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year awards will be announced in just four weeks’ time, with preparations for the gala event continuing. Sports Star’s prestigious honour roll includes Olympic, world and Commonwealth champions, as well as stars such as reigning Sports..
26-Jan-2017
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Harness training on offer
Bendigo Weekly
IF you see yourself as working in the harness racing industry, your chances have been fast tracked. The Harness Racing Training Centre Bendigo will be offering students a range of industry training programs and qualifications this year. There is government funding available for eligible ..
19-Jan-2017
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Future bright for community pool
Sam Kane
SLATED with potential closure again during 2016, the Golden Square Community Pool is instead fighting back, this week recording their highest half-season patronage to date. Nearly 6900 swimmers have taken a dip since the November 19 opening, an increase of 1441 patrons on the same time last ..
12-Jan-2017
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Health the main issue
Sharon Kemp
VICKY Mason will watch out for vulnerable groups in Bendigo in her new role as the City of Greater Bendigo’s director of health and wellbeing. “I think that is the role I need to play, and as the economy changes, I think the numbers (of economically disadvantaged residents) migh..
05-Jan-2017
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Compost makes the garden grow
Bendigo Weekly
A community garden in Somerville Street, Flora Hill is set to thrive after receiving a load of rich compost made from the council’s organic waste collections. The Bendigo Sustainability Group has set up the garden to showcase sustainable living and help educate members of the public on..
21-Dec-2016
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Trouble spot action
Sharon Kemp
YEARS of community meetings, letters to politicians and protests by school children have yielded a result for Strathfieldsaye residents in the form of traffic lights at a notoriously dangerous intersection near the local primary school. And a leading campaigner for the crossing says she is h..
16-Dec-2016
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Betrayal in Venice
Rosalea Ryan
Once part of a fishing dynasty, Innocenzo now sails alone, one brother dead, drowned when strafed in an Allied air raid, the other dead to him as a result of having enticed Cenzo’s wife into an affair that ultimately cost the young woman her life. To their mother, however, Cenzo is the..
02-Feb-2017
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A family tale
Dianne Dempsey
Everyone has a book in them so they say and in some instances, it’s best to leave that book right where it belongs. But in John Jeffrey’s case his book was well worth the writing. Starting with his background as a typical working class Aussie who was into “football, fr..
26-Jan-2017
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Stormy times
Rosalea Ryan
New York has barely recovered from the second-costliest hurricane ever to strike the US. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across Staten Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.Now, just a couple of weeks short of five years later, it’s mid September 2017 and an equally intimidatin..
19-Jan-2017
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Liar, liar...
Rosalea Ryan
It is deep winter in Iceland: a bleak, gloomy season when the region’s few hours of daylight are marred by unpredictable blizzards, roaring Arctic gales and impenetrable, all-enveloping fog. Over the course of roughly a week in late January, in the south-west of the country a series o..
12-Jan-2017
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Time right for telling all
Rosalea Ryan
More often than not the story of an affair lasting only a handful of months between two no-name actors 40 years earlier would remain unremarkable and untold; it would certainly not be material on which to base a potentially best-selling book. Yet by the time Carrie Fisher rediscovered three..
05-Jan-2017
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Year round lunches
Bendigo Weekly
A Bendigo resident, primary school teacher and a vegetarian who has become famous with her Instagram account has launched her first book – My Vegetarian Lunchbox. Renae Westley’s online photos about her vegetarian lunches have more than 60,000 followers. Working with local b..
21-Dec-2016
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