Nanga Gnulle preserved
Sharon Kemp
THE architecturally-designed mud-brick residence at the high profile former wedding venue Nanga Gnulle is set to be preserved among a proposed subdivision on the 1.9-hectare site in Strathdale but supporters are worried its heritage value will be lost. Cathy Spencer, who is behind the push t..
18-Aug-2017
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Screen a big win for racing
Bendigo Weekly
THE state government will help fund a giant screen at the Bendigo racecourse which will provide racegoers with uninterrupted views of all the on-course action. Racing minister Martin Pakula visited Bendigo Racecourse yesterday to confirm more than $160,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry ..
18-Aug-2017
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Trust a cash plus for bank
Joel Peterson
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank managing director Mike Hirst says a profit increase of more than four per cent is due to solid levels of customer trust and improved efficiency. The bank announced a $418.3 million cash profit on Monday, up 4.2 per cent on the previous financial year. It led to shar..
18-Aug-2017
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Change for Wellsford
Sharon Kemp
FIREWOOD harvesting in the Wellsford State Forest may be banned after the City of Greater Bendigo advocated that the land be changed to a national park. The 15-year battle to conserve Wellsford forest, extending north-east of Bendigo from the outskirts of its suburbs, will be influenced by t..
18-Aug-2017
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True blue push for awareness
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S Hargreaves Mall turned a shade of blue yesterday to raise awareness of prostate cancer and this year’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch community fundraiser. Coinciding with the 100-day countdown to the lunch with special guest Danny Green, a group of cancer survivors and a su..
18-Aug-2017
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Bendigo Health sacks Mulder
Sharon Kemp
IN a stunning development in Bendigo Health’s investigation of John Mulder, chairman Bob Cameron and fellow directors yesterday sacked the chief executive without declaring the grounds for his dismissal. The move left room for Mr Mulder to reiterate his position that he had done nothin..
11-Aug-2017
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New head for multicultural service
Bendigo Weekly
INCOMING Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services executive officer Kate McInnes acknowledges the organisation she will lead has developed a large profile in recent years. With a four-month handover, Ms McInnes will be introduced to the different agencies she will work with by outgoing executi..
11-May-2017
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Brighter look for Bath Lane
Bendigo Weekly
Work started this week on a bold new public art work that will bring both colour and life to the Bath Lane shopping precinct. The Bendigo Bank and City of Greater Bendigo council have engaged Daisylegs, a design team specialising in murals and custom wall graphics lead by Jamie Edwar..
04-May-2017
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Exhibition reveals the inside story
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Bendigo are being given an exciting opportunity to learn about skeletons and how the body works, as part of a free exhibition at Bendigo hospital. The display includes information on sports injury prevention, the evolution of joint replacement, developments in the treatment of ..
27-Apr-2017
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Shortfall claimed
Bendigo Weekly
DEPUTY opposition leader Tanya Plibersek was impressed with Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s facilities when she toured the school this week, making her all the more concerned about possible funding shortfalls. Ms Plibersek toured the Ulumbarra Theatre and the school’s trade tr..
20-Apr-2017
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Rotary show is picture perfect
Bendigo Weekly
THE Rotary Club of Bendigo will present the 2017 Easter Art Show in the stunning surrounds of the Bendigo Town Hall from tonight. For the 49th consecutive year, the club is proud to offer this iconic event to the people of Bendigo, with tonight’s official opening also marking the start..
13-Apr-2017
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Clarification re Bendigo Health
Bendigo Weekly
A report in last week’s edition of the Bendigo Weekly included reference to the Bendigo Health annual report from 2011/12 which stated that the governance and remuneration committee (a board sub-committee), had included just two independent directors during the 2011/12 financial year..
07-Apr-2017
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Maddison makes the cut
Bendigo Weekly
Shaving your locks at 16 is no mean feat but Bendigo Senior Secondary College student Maddison Schultz braved the razor for this year’s World’s Greatest Shave. The annual event attracts hundreds of participants each year and raises money and awareness for families facing blood ca..
06-Apr-2017
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Doctors strike a chord
Bendigo Weekly
A symphony orchestra made up of more than 80 doctors from around the country will perform its first ever Bendigo concert at Ulumbarra Theatre this Month. Event organiser and Bendigo-based orthopaedic surgical specialist, Travis Perera, said the event was a unique national assembly of talente..
30-Mar-2017
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Festival of cultures
Sharon Kemp
THE Bendigo Fesitval of Cultures has expanded from one day a year to more than a week of the multicultural events suggesting, as it states, diversity is becoming mainstream. Or at least interest in diversity has become the norm. The Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services drives the even..
23-Mar-2017
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Muslim workshop attracts protest
Sharon Kemp
The first community workshop offering a 90-minute insight into lives of local Muslims drew more than a dozen anti-mosque protestors in Bendigo, and after them and in smaller numbers, a group of young women advocating tolerance. On McCrae Street, opposite Bendigo TAFE, protestors claiming ..
20-Mar-2017
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Alissa jumps into new role at Discovery
Bendigo Weekly
The Discovery Science and Technology Centre has a new science communicator. Alissa Van Soest has joined the team and her skills and abilities will help Discovery meet its key objective of inspiring scientific curiosity. The role also helps guide students onto a path towards science, tec..
16-Mar-2017
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Nine gears up for news service
Bendigo Weekly
FAMILIAR and fresh faces will combine in a new TV news service in Victoria. Nine Local News bulletins will hit the screens on March 14, as the national broadcaster steps back into local news following its alignment with Southern Cross Austereo. Well-known Bendigo journalist Sarah Lawren..
03-Mar-2017
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Word is out about Write Stuff
Bendigo Weekly
The Write Stuff, a collective of central Victorian-based writers, will come together this weekend in Bendigo for their second spoken word event. The Write Stuff #2 will take place on the ground level of MusicMan, 264 Hargreaves Street Bendigo on Sunday, starting at 3pm. It will run u..
20-Apr-2017
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Gem club meet a top day for rock fans
Bendigo Weekly
You can see the many facets of the Bendigo Gem Club at their open day on Saturday. The club’s Nathan Wingrave says he hoped the day, which runs from 10am to 2pm, would attract more members and help the community understand the services on offer. This includes faceting, casting, ca..
13-Apr-2017
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Golf game a winner
Bendigo Weekly
Business leaders throughout Bendigo and beyond will take the time to play golf today to transform the life of a child living with an autism spectrum disorder. Righteous Pups Australia’s Jo Baker said we live in a hustle-and-bustle age. “Most people feel like there is simply ..
06-Apr-2017
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Discover how the human body works
Bendigo Weekly
What’s the most complicated machine on earth? And here’s a hint – you are one of them. With their Fully Sick school holiday program, Discovery Science and Technology Centre will help you learn about your body, how illness affects us and how doctors can test our health. ..
30-Mar-2017
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Egg hunt makes a difference
Bendigo Weekly
Oden and Zander Goudie can’t wait to get among the fun and the sweet treats at the Vision Australia Easter Egg Hunt at the Bendigo Easter Festival on Good Friday. They already have tickets – and you can get yours now before they sell out, and support the work to enable people wit..
23-Mar-2017
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Students ready for a gala Carnivale
Bendigo Weekly
Lightning Reef Primary School has entered the Eaglehawk Gala Parade on Saturday as part of the annual Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival. The school hasn’t entered the festival for several years but this year will have more than 90 students and 13 staff members participating in the co..
16-Mar-2017
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Songbook in Bendigo
Steve Kendall
Beccy Cole and Adam Harvey have individually carved out their places at the forefront of Australian country music for almost two decades and each has a list of awards, top selling albums and plenty of fans. They are joining forces and coming to the Ulumbarra Theatre this month to perform a ..
07-Jul-2017
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Frenzal Rhomb to hit MusicMan
Simon Wooldridge
Frenzal Rhomb, out on the road promoting new album Hi-Vis High Tea, rock-up at Bendigo’s MusicMan on Thursday, July 27. A sedate, gentle, recital kind-of-evening seems unlikely. The new album, their ninth studio record in a 25-year career, clocks-in at a very punk rock 20 tracks i..
07-Jul-2017
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Dave O'Neil is comedy gold
Bendigo Weekly
Goldmines Comedy is back for July with Dave O’Neil as the headline act on Thursday. The night is being held from 8pm at the Goldmines Hotel, 49-57, Marong Road. Tickets are $10 on the door and for that you will be entertained by Melbourne and local comedians. O’Neil is A..
07-Jul-2017
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Isaiah has a homecoming
Bendigo Weekly
With a population of just more than 5000 people, Moama is hardly the kind of place you expect to find a superstar. Well, no one told Isaiah Firebrace that. In the past two years, the teen has transformed from a small town singer with big dreams, to one of Australia’s most successful ar..
29-Jun-2017
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Jess aims for the Skye
Simon Wooldridge
There’s something of the young PJ Harvey about Warrnambool’s Jess Skye, who plays her first-ever Bendigo gig at MusicMan tomorrow night, Saturday, July 1. The indie-folk-blues singer joins a formidable line-up which includes Kerr’s Cur, Midweek Blues, Stone Djoser, Dead Lur..
29-Jun-2017
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Matt back for blues showcase
Bendigo Weekly
Artists are preparing for the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival’s winter showcase. This will be at the Golden Vine Hotel on Sunday, July 16 with performances from visiting and local artists alike. Now in its seventh year, the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival continues t..
22-Jun-2017
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Thunder eyes top prize
Joel Peterson
A BIG weekend awaits the Bendigo Thunder Football Club with its senior side entering finals and its reserves contesting the first ever Northern Country Women’s League grand final. The Thunder’s seniors will be aiming to bounce back from their first Northern Football League loss o..
11-Aug-2017
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Ban stands as BFNL appeal dismissed
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Football Netball League succeeded in making a strong statement in regards to the treatment of umpires this week but it had no such luck appealing the three-game suspension handed down to Pascale Craig by the tribunal. The Sandhurst midfielder was sanctioned at an independent trib..
11-Aug-2017
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Trip of a lifetime for City stars
Joel Peterson
Eight junior players from Bendigo City FC have been selected to tour Japan next week with Football Federation Victoria’s Regional Boys Representative Squad. Under-12 player Mac Hilson, under-13 players Edward Harrison and Kaidyn Tucker and under-14 players Darcy McRostie, Ruben White..
11-Aug-2017
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A debut to remember
Joel Peterson
IF it’s possible for a reputation to be enhanced after two championships, two grand final MVPs, two all-star appearances a defensive player of the year award and five straight club MVPs, it happened for Kelsey Griffin this week. While the Australian Opals fell agonisingly short of Wome..
04-Aug-2017
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Spots open at academy
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Academy of Sport is calling on kayaking hopefuls to test their skills in its Toward Olympic Hopes Kayak program. The program has been immensely successful with coach Tony Misson currently overseas with a national team, as is gun paddler Maddie Batters. Batters has recently b..
04-Aug-2017
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Rivals meet in QEO showdown
Bendigo Weekly
SOUTH Bendigo and Sandhurst’s clash at the QEO on Saturday has the traditional rivalry plus plenty of extra meaning as the two sides vie for a Bendigo Football Netball League finals spot. Both sides have been decimated by injuries after making promising starts to the season, Sandhurst&..
04-Aug-2017
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Revive and survive
Bendigo Weekly
CENTRAL Victorians have been urged to slow down, stick to the speed limit and take regular breaks throughout the Easter holidays. With drowsy driving a factor in one-in-10 road deaths, Easter is a particularly dangerous time with thousands of Victorians driving to holiday destinations, ofte..
13-Apr-2017
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Firefighters have winning ways
Bendigo Weekly
Two Bendigo firefighters have won gold at the 2017 Police and Emergency Services Games in Melbourne. Forest Fire Management Victoria district support officer Beth Miley and CFA firefighter Tegan Bubb competed in the Crossfit Women’s Pairs event last week. “Crossfit is a hi..
06-Apr-2017
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No hands creativity
Bendigo Weekly
Since 2002 CreateAbility has given people with disabilities the opportunity to express themselves on the meaningful platform art provides. From humble beginnings, CreateAbility has emerged as an integral part of the lives of those who participate to a Bendigo arts company exporting art pro..
30-Mar-2017
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Relay for Life on to a winner
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Relay for Life steps out again this weekend, and the fundraising is already off to a good start. The event runs from this evening until Saturday afternoon. Relay For Life’s Ayden Shaw said the committee has done a remarkable job for the 18th relay. “The supp..
23-Mar-2017
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School top at health
Bendigo Weekly
SPECIMEN Hill Primary School’s win in the Bendigo Health-backed Healthiest Schools award makes its motto, “our children’s future in the very best of hands”, all the more fitting. A range of health promotion activities and a focus on families, not just students, saw..
16-Mar-2017
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Growing on success
Bendigo Weekly
GROWING interest and two especially talented local gardeners are helping Long Gully’s community garden thrive. The garden has been tucked away in Energetic Street for 14 years, and run in conjunction with the Long Gully Neighbourhood Centre. Recent times have seen the project go f..
02-Mar-2017
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Trustees branch out
Bendigo Weekly
MELBOURNE-BASED Equity Trustees acquired its first regional trustee portfolio last week when the regulator finalised the $5 million purchase of Sandhurst Trustees’ estates business from Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. And Equity can see more business in Victoria’s central region given..
06-Apr-2017
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Colour on the menu
Bendigo Weekly
MR DIMPLES and Hackney Hockney have more than interesting names in common, they are both featured mural artists at a burger restaurant. Boris Murgers in View Street has some pretty impressive wall art, and its main wall has some David Hockney-inspired work by Hackney. “I was born ..
30-Mar-2017
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Trivia night a winner
Bendigo Weekly
One of the most fun and rewarding quiz nights of the year will be held on Good Friday in aid of the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal. Bendigo Real Estate staff are selling tickets for this year’s quiz night which includes a charity auction to be conducted by BRE principal, Damien..
24-Mar-2017
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Tender out for design
Bendigo Weekly
THE first step in the design process for the new-look Bendigo and Eaglehawk railway stations has been completed. The projects, worth a combined $15.8 million, have gone out to tender. Upgrades to Bendigo station will include lifts and an improved overpass between platforms one and two t..
16-Mar-2017
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Bold for change
Bendigo Weekly
Celebrations to mark International Women’s Day will continue today in Bendigo. On Wednesday, the actual day of recognition, it was at breakfast at Women’s Health Loddon Mallee in Mundy Street that women and men shared stories about the achievements of Bendigo women. Executive..
10-Mar-2017
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Shop fix from retail doctor
Sharon Kemp
RETAIL doctor Brian Walker won’t formulate a complete cure for Bendigo’s inner city retail ailments, but he has some prescriptions for traders. Create a retail environment that encapsulates the uniqueness of Bendigo, he advises, and do it as a team. Think about shopping precin..
02-Mar-2017
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New look for Napier
Sharon Kemp
THE future upgrade of Napier Street to a dual carriageway has created business interest in the northern side of Bendigo. There are at least four applications before the City of Greater Bendigo to establish new businesses or upgrade existing concerns. Under $30 million VicRoads plans, N..
30-Mar-2017
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Radio winners
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL radio station Bendigo’s Fresh FM has added another award to its impressive sporting history, taking out the Women’s National Basketball League award for Best Radio Coverage. The station has covered the Spirit since its inception into the league, and broadcast all of the clu..
23-Mar-2017
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Bollywood in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Ever wanted to see real live Bollywood dance in action? Here’s your opportunity. The Singh Sisters are bringing Bollywood dance to Bendigo Library in celebration of Cultural Diversity Week. The Singh Sisters have travelled around the world performing Bollywood dance, which..
16-Mar-2017
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Tourism the focus of new guide
Bendigo Weekly
THIS year’s Bendigo and Heathcote Region Official Visitor Guides were launched on Monday. City of Greater Bendigo council’s tourism manager Kathryn Mackenzie said the two handy sized guides are a fantastic resource designed to showcase the best local attractions, shopping and din..
02-Mar-2017
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Goods galore at the recycle store
Bendigo Weekly
SAVINGS in fees and care for the environment motivate people to use the Eaglehawk Recycle Shop’s recovery centre rather than the Eaglehawk landfill. The centre, which has been operating for 23 years at the entrance of the landfill, also provides jobs and a cheap location for second ha..
23-Feb-2017
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No comical event
Bendigo Weekly
The next Bendigo Record Comic and Toy Fair is coming up on March 12. The event will be at the Bendigo Expo Centre, at the Bendigo Showgrounds and promises to be a mix for fans of the comic world. Organiser Peter Pascoe said attendees attempted a world record at the last event for the..
16-Feb-2017
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Fair time to buy books
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Easter Book Fair is back this weekend. This is your annual chance to stock up on a year’s worth of books to keep you well read, at good prices too. It’s not only books either, you’ll find magazines, records, CDs and DVDs. This year the club has donated $..
13-Apr-2017
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Road No Good
Rosalea Ryan
When a well-travelled, energetic young middle-class New Zealander arrives in Luganville, Vanuatu, she sees immediately that it’s more than merely her street – the literally named Road No Good – that’s in need of improvement. Deployed to the country’s sec..
13-Apr-2017
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Recreation gone wrong
Rosalea Ryan
It has all the makings of a leisurely couple of weeks of sightseeing by day and sipping wine around a campfire at dusk – either that or a tension-filled nightmare in which four 30-somethings snap and snarl at each other as the ceaseless forced proximity sets tempers alight. When two co..
06-Apr-2017
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Questions asked
Dianne Dempsey
Marlene Gunn’s memoir is an elegy and a cry of pain for the death of her beautiful son Billy Gunn. Billy was handsome, smart, a Bendigo boy originally from Mildura, and he died at just 32 years old in 2001. More pertinently, her book is also an investigation into the circumstance..
30-Mar-2017
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Family torn apart
Rosalea Ryan
Berlin, 1939: With her blue eyes, blonde hair and smooth creamy skin, Hannah Rosenthal is the physical epitome of all that is truly German – in every way but one. Hannah’s parents, Max and Alma, are German Jews. Even as an image of Hannah circulates on the cover of a Nazi propaga..
23-Mar-2017
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Supportive sisterhood
Rosalea Ryan
Three women, one sadness: an apparently terminal prognosis delivered to an ovarian cancer patient whose mother died years earlier of the same disease. When 40-year-old Alice is first told of her condition she is paralysed by shock, unable to contemplate the effect her likely death will have ..
16-Mar-2017
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