Calls continue for medical training
Sharon Kemp
THE proposed Murray Darling medical school would require a training facility to be built near the Bendigo Hospital, according to La Trobe University vice-chancellor John Dewar. Despite missing out on promises of funding in the lead-up to the federal election, proponents La Trobe..
03-Jun-2016
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Healthy future planned
Sharon Kemp
FUNDING will end for some of the City of Greater Bendigo’s community health initiatives on June 30 just as promising results were being delivered. Bendigo Health will take over management of the Healthy Together Bendigo program as of July 1 but some of the initiatives, including the Re..
03-Jun-2016
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Drug drivers on the rise
Sharon Kemp
A BENDIGO educator who provides drink and drug driving training in prisons said 50 per cent of program trainees were in the course for drug driving, and the number driving under the influence of methylamphetamine was on the rise. Mary Cuskelly, program facilitator for private sector service..
03-Jun-2016
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Bureau says rain is on the way
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S unusually warm autumn will become a cool and wet winter, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. The bureau’s latest El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) index confirmed the end of El Niño, with outlooks suggesting little chance of a return to El Ni&n..
03-Jun-2016
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Clean up opportunity missed
Sharon Kemp
A MEMBER of the Bendigo District Environment Council has described the transfer of a mining license to GBM Gold as missing the one opportunity to clean up Bendigo. Simon Perrin has defended the chairman of the Environmental Review Committee, City of Greater Bendigo councillor Peter Cox, who ..
03-Jun-2016
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Thumbs up for the stadium
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Stadium’s revamped $2.5 million netball precinct has won the stamp of approval from minister for sport John Eren during a visit to the complex this week. Deputy premier James Merlino was also in town on Wednesday to announce that Bendigo’s Garden Gully Hockey Complex ..
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Council's state budget hopes
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo mayor Peter Cox has high hopes for the city's share in next Tuesday's state government budget. “This is really the first big opportunity for the new government to start honouring the commitments it made at the last election. The Council looks forwar..
01-May-2015
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Chesters secures defence coup
Bendigo Weekly
JAPANESE Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defence Kenji Harada has given Bendigo his seal of military manufacturing approval this week. Mr Harada visited the Bendigo Thales factory on Thursday to explore the premises and see first-hand how the Bushmasters were made. Member for Bendigo Lisa Ches..
01-May-2015
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Scary moments for Bendigo pair
Christine McGinn
A BENDIGO couple have survived one of the worst earthquakes in Nepal’s history. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the tiny nation last Saturday, causing catastrophic damage. Bendigo-based labourer Jim Watson and local graduate paramedic Kayla Bennett were in Asia as part of their fi..
01-May-2015
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Chicken firm cracks big time
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO-based Hazeldene’s will launch a new national poultry line in Coles next week. The local company’s private label products will be on the shelves on Wednesday in five Australian states. Managing Director John Hazeldene said it was a “momentous occasion” for the ..
29-Apr-2015
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Kinders push for 15 hours
Bendigo Weekly
By CHRISTINE McGINN Kindergarten fees could double if the federal government stops funding 15 hours of kinder says a local expert. Loddon Mallee Preschool Association chief executive Phil Hocking said the federal government needed to commit funds for the additional five hours beyond 201..
24-Apr-2015
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Residents have a say on transport
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S proposed commuter rail service and new bus network will be shaped by the community in consultation sessions to be held over the next month. Labor members for Bendigo East and West, Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards, announced the consultation sessions for the Bendigo Metro Rail..
24-Apr-2015
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Telstra celebrates AFL win
TELSTRA says AFL fans and Telstra customers are the winners in the new agreement between the AFL and Telstra with all matches, from the first bounce to the final siren, available live to the Telstra T-Box and to mobile phones and tablets connected to the Telstra Next G® network from 2012. ..
28-Apr-2011
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Inflation fears for family budgets
FEDERAL government data released this week shows that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.6 per cent in the March quarter. The increase is up from 0.4 per cent in the December quarter, and shows the impact of the summer’s floods and Cyclone Yasi. Of more concern, however, is hea..
28-Apr-2011
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State finances in the spotlight
Bendigo Weekly
THE Baillieu government has given its strongest warning yet that Victorians should prepare themselves for a tough State Budget. Treasurer Kim Wells is due to hand down his first Budget next Tuesday, and today he released the interim report of the Independent Review of State Finances, which ..
27-Apr-2011
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$21 million in flood aid for Lower Loddon
Bendigo Weekly
THE state government has announced a voluntary acquisition package it says will help irrigators on the Lower Loddon floodplain recover and protect the region from future flooding. Water, Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh announced the $12 million voluntary buyback schem..
27-Apr-2011
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Suspended sentences axed from May 1
Bendigo Weekly
Suspended sentences for serious crimes will be abolished in Victoria from May 1. Attorney-General Robert Clark said the Governor had set 1 May as the date for the commencement of the relevant provisions, following the passage by Parliament of the Sentencing Further Amendment Act 2011. ..
20-Apr-2011
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Victorian government suspends water trading
Bendigo Weekly
The state government has temporarily suspended some water allocation trade to protect next season’s allocations to Victorian water entitlement holders on the Murray system. Minister for Water Peter Walsh today announced an immediate suspension on water allocation trade from New South W..
13-Apr-2011
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Music tickets too expensive say most Aussies
Bendigo Weekly
It probably won't surprise many but most Aussies think ticket prices are too steep, according to ticketing organisation, Eventbrite. A recent survey of 1000 Australians by Eventbrite has found that a little over half of Australians attended live music performances in the last 12 months, and ..
04-Apr-2012
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Jeff Raglus: Three Pairs for the price of one
Bendigo Weekly
MICK GRIFFIN Multi-talented musician and visual artist Jeff Raglus is on a roll at present. An exhibition of his artwork opened on Saturday, March 30 in Daylesford (1 Camp street) which will run until April 23, and on the music front there is a new CD in the offering from Victor..
04-Apr-2012
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Hoodoo Gurus: rock dinosaurs
Ben Cameron
The Hoodoo Gurus don’t mind being perceived as rock dinosaurs. At least they’re still out and about, and in lead singer Dave Faulkner’s eyes, it’s not so much a criticism of the band, but a testament to three decades of durability in the most fickle of industr..
04-Apr-2012
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Emmy Bryce: an indie jewel
Bendigo Weekly
Emmy Bryce is shining very brightly as one of indie pop's prize jewels. A breath of fresh air, Bryce's cheerful brand of 90s influenced alt-pop is imbued with a joy that is earning her many admirers, a legion of fans and some serious attention. Bryce has joined forces with fellow indie ..
02-Apr-2012
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King of the North: hard yards pay off
Ben Cameron
It’s not every day your side project manages to earn a Cold Chisel support, but that’s the pulling power of Melbourne’s Andrew Higgs. When he’s not fronting his main gig, the Andrew Higgs Band, there's his other, lesser known outfit, King of the North, who are startin..
02-Apr-2012
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Grand Perceptor make Groovin the Moo bill
Ben Cameron
Bendigo's terror rock specialists Grand Perceptor will be gracing the Groovin the Moo stage in 2012 after Triple J named them as one of the local bands to represent the region at this year's festival. They follow in the footsteps of The Bride Stripped Back who played GTM last year, alongside..
29-Mar-2012
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Ben's title push
Joel Peterson
HE has done everything but coach a national title-winning side with the Bendigo Braves, but that isn’t stopping Ben Harvey from returning to the club for another title tilt. Harvey signed on for a seventh South East Australian Basketball League season as the Braves’ coach this we..
06-Nov-2015
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Gai's cup win
Joel Peterson
WHILE Gai Waterhouse’s win with The Offer in Wednesday’s $300,000 Jayco Bendigo Cup is far from her biggest moment in racing, you would hardly have known it. As she made her way to the mounting yard post-race, Waterhouse was positively beaming, giving connections the thumbs up an..
30-Oct-2015
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Spirit coach upbeat
Joel Peterson
LAST weekend wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Bendigo Spirit, but that doesn’t worry coach Simon Pritchard. The Spirit head west for a WNBL double header this weekend as the side tackles Perth and Adelaide. The team endured a trying weekend in round three, belted by Dandenon..
30-Oct-2015
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Cricket's bush bash
Joel Peterson
Victorian Premier Cricket will hit Bendigo this weekend, with two day-night games to be held at the Queen Elizabeth Oval as part of the league’s Bush Bash round. Bendigo held the first Premier Cricket regional clash in 1993 and 55 venues have followed suit, but this weekend marks a fir..
23-Oct-2015
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Support rolls in for tennis
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Tennis Association’s support for wheelchair athletes is “what you dream about” according to wheelchair tennis legend Danni Di Toro. The BTA is gearing up to host the Australian National Wheelchair Championships for the first time from Friday, November..
23-Oct-2015
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Debutant rides on high
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Spirit debutant Ashleigh ‘Splash’ Spencer, has made an immediate impression from limited opportunities during last weekend’s WNBL season opening away trip to Queensland. The Spirit went down to the highly fancied South East Queensland Stars 80 – 63, before stu..
16-Oct-2015
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Facing the facts on change
Anthony Radford
JULIA Gillard is on a mission which many believe to be mission impossible, but just how she plans to lead Australia to becoming a carbon economy is about to be laid bare. The Prime Minister’s best efforts to convince the nation she has the plan to tackle climate change in a way that minimise..
08-Jul-2011
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Wedding memorable moment winner
Anthony Radford
Rosena and Ron McFadzean are this week's winners of The Puddler Restaurant and Bar $100 voucher for sharing their most memorable wedding moment with us. Married on January 31, 1976, Rosena recalls the look on her Scottish mother-in-law's face when the piper began to play. What was meant to be a..
07-Jul-2011
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Walkout: Opinion piece by Anthony Radford
WHAT happened at Monday night’s City of Greater Bendigo council meeting was a crisis on, just like the controversial project it was debating, many levels. Firstly, and obviously, internally. Eaglehawk Ward councillor Peter Cox’s decision to walk out of the meeting before a vote o..
27-Jun-2011
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Kinder commotion
THE State Government has confirmed what Bendigo preschools have been warning for months – there will not be enough places for four-year-olds within two years if a reform to increase the hours of attendance begins in 2013. The Federal Government wants to increase the hours of preschool..
24-Jun-2011
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We’re planning ahead
IN the years after the Goldrush, Bendigo was a terrible place to live. Central Victoria, and the entire state, could not cope with the large population growth. There were obvious infrastructure shortfalls, such as housing, health, water, sewerage and services. However, there was also major soc..
17-Jun-2011
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There’s still life in the book
LABOR Senator and Small Business Minister Nick Sherry has had a week he’d probably rather forget following his extraordinary gaffe about the number of small bookshops that would exist in Australia in five years time. In case you missed it, Senator Sherry reckons there will be none. And he&rs..
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This week's top ten - April15
1. Land of Painted Caves Bk6 Earth’s Children Jean M Auel 2. Sing You Home Jodi Picoult 3. Live Wire Harlan Coben 4. Batavia Peter Fitzsimons 5. Those in Peril Wilbur Smith 6. Happiest Refugee Anh Do 7. Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals Jamie Oliver 8. Only Time Will Tell Jeffrey Arc..
14-Apr-2011
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2011 Barbara Jefferis Award
A novel about “women’s experience beyond official documents” has won this year’s $35,000 Barbara Jefferis Award. G. L. Osborne’s Come Inside was chosen from a shortlist of five to receive the award for a book that depicts women in a positive way. Osborne’s nov..
12-Apr-2011
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Chinese Ancestral Shrines in Victoria
A NEW booklet about Chinese ancestral shrines sheds light on the rituals of people who played a vital role in Bendigo’s history. Chinese Ancestral Shrines in Victoria Carol Holsworth Published by the Friends of the Bendigo Cemeteries Inc. Printed by the Bendigo Uniting Care Print S..
08-Apr-2011
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Pick of the week: Chasing Odysseus
Chasing Odysseus S.D. Gentill Pantera Press, $19.95 “So much depends on which side of the wall you stand,” S.D. Gentill (aka Sulari Gentill) says about her first young adult novel, Chasing Odysseus. It’s a slightly different take on the idea of “point of view&rdqu..
08-Apr-2011
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This week's top 10
1. Sing You Home Jodi Picoult 2. Batavia Peter Fitzsimons 3. Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals Jamie Oliver 4. Wise Man’s Fear Bk 2 Kingkiller Chronicle Patrick Rothfuss 5. Letters & Numbers 2 SBS 6. Letters & Numbers 1 SBS 7. Letters & Numbers 3 SBS..
07-Apr-2011
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Books will not die
Books will not die; they will just become more or less expensive, according to writer Joshua Kim. In this week’s Inside Higher Ed, Kim writes that, in the future, "Books made of paper will need to be either really beautiful and offer a superior tactile experience, or they will need to..
04-Apr-2011
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