Julian Assange to join writers festival
Bendigo Weekly
Julian Assange is set to join Bendigo Weekly-backed Bendigo Writers Festival in celebrating its fifth birthday this year with a huge program across the weekend of August 12-14. Some of the highlights for 2016 include Julian Assange, live via videolink from London and will be interviewed by ..
01-Jun-2016
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Cox defends mining review role
Sharon Kemp
A KEY Bendigo environmental review committee (ERC) is in disarray after former City of Greater Bendigo mayor and councillor Peter Cox was told an independent facilitator would be installed because meetings were dysfunctional and disrespectful. Tuesday’s stormy ERC meeting was the last ..
27-May-2016
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Call out for mall police
Sharon Kemp
SOLUTIONS for Hargreaves Mall have swung between dismantling it and giving police officers hand-held cameras to film incidents of anti-social behaviour. At the City of Greater Bendigo meeting on Wednesday night, councillor Lisa Ruffell represented mall traders scared and fed up w..
27-May-2016
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Faith in city's great future
Bendigo Weekly
By Margaret O’Rourke Chief Executive Officer Aspire Cultural and Charitable Foundation It is 2020 and I’m driving north into Bendigo along the High Street Boulevard. The Sacred Heart Cathedral with its established Aspire Precinct comes into view. I never tire of this glor..
27-May-2016
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Independent calls for change
Bendigo Weekly
INDEPENDENT candidate for the seat of Bendigo, Anita Donlon, has described the electorate as a train wreck in need of major change. Ms Donlon said that as Australia heads towards the July 2 election, all that voters were seeing was the “same old” from the major parties. &ldqu..
27-May-2016
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Mixed responses to drug problem
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO saw the polarising effect of the game-changing drug ice this week. Federal Liberal candidate Megan Purcell has committed to coordinating a community response of police, primary health providers, sporting groups, schools and business if she wins the July 2 election. In Bendigo to ..
27-May-2016
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Call for CBD strategy
Bendigo Weekly
THE City of Greater Bendigo’s central business district needs a visionary long-term strategy, according to Whipstick ward councillor Lisa Ruffell. “Gone are the days when the CBD was the hub. We have Lansell Square which is fully loaded, Strathfieldsaye and Strath Hill/Village whic..
24-Apr-2015
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Ruffell set to leave council
Christine McGinn
Lisa Ruffell is planning to stand down from the City of Greater Bendigo council. The Whipstick ward councillor exclusively told the Weekly that she would not run at the November 2016 local government elections, but until then would continue to work for the community. “I have not lost..
17-Apr-2015
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Cyclone aid is at hand
Dianne Dempsey
Enterprising schoolgirl Zahlia Burrill-Grinton has decided to do as much as she can for the communities of Vanuatu who have been affected by the recent cyclone Pam. Having visited Vanuatu on holiday with her mum last October, Zahlia was upset and worried about the local people she had met over..
10-Apr-2015
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Focus on long term
Joel Peterson
Bendigo Spirit chairman Greg Bickley is adamant the club will survive despite the coaching furore that has engulfed the organisation in recent weeks. The club’s board and head coach Bernie Harrower have been locked in a stalemate as to whether Harrower will coach next season, but the clu..
10-Apr-2015
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CVGT staff face change
Christine McGinn
A NEW federal government job employment service is expected to leave 40 local CVGT Australia workers without a job. The not-for-profit organisation has lost nine Victorian contracts to deliver the former federal government’s employment and jobseeking program, Job Services Australia (JSA)..
10-Apr-2015
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Vision of the region
Bendigo Weekly
Participants in the 2015 Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program were engaged in two days of activities recently as part of a Vision of the Region theme. Learning how to get their messages across via various forms of the media, participants were interested in the behind the scenes action at..
10-Apr-2015
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Bendigo Wealth launched
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has announced the launch of Bendigo Wealth, a new wealth management division that will leverage off the bank’s high brand recognition and leading customer satisfaction ranking. Managing director Mike Hirst said as the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has grow..
11-Apr-2011
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Regional Growth Fund passes first test
Bendigo Weekly
Communities in regional and rural Victoria will soon have access to a $1 billion fund that supports growth and encourages development, following the passage of the Regional Growth Fund Act through the Victorian Parliament last night. Deputy Premier and Regional and Rural Development Minister..
08-Apr-2011
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Government moves to close flood insurance loopholes
People should know exactly what is, and what is not, covered under their insurance policies, according to a new consultation paper announced today at a public meeting in Ipswich by Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten. "It seems like a simple proposition. If you have an insurance policy, you sho..
06-Apr-2011
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RATES ON HOLD
CENTRAL Victorian home owners can breathe easy - at least for the time being, after today's Reserve Bank decision to leave interest rates on hold. Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens' statement follows: At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 4...
05-Apr-2011
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Regional Rail Link gets green light
Bendigo Weekly
The Regional Rail Link project will go ahead, although politicians continue to bicker about who is responsible for ensuring the dedicated track is built. Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the project had been placed under a review due a shortfall in funding which he said was ..
05-Apr-2011
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State government trials new level crossing warning system
Bendigo Weekly
THE state government has conducted a trial of an innovative level crossing warning system to prevent collisions between trains and road vehicles, which has been hailed as an Australian first. Between 2001 and 2009, 120 people were killed and 172 injured in vehicle crashes involving collisio..
01-Apr-2011
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Current Issue

Luke Million: a tribute to Arnold
Ben Cameron
It was only made for “a bit of fun” but Luke Million’s Arnold has brought tongue-in-cheek disco back to the masses. Adelaide's Million aka Luke Godson says the song evolved into a tribute to the Austrian Oak, who’s been a big part of his life. “It was really..
29-Mar-2012
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Bendigo Folk Club helps put Mick Thomas on the right path
Ben Cameron
The Bendigo Folk Club has done it’s little bit to clear a new path for music legend Mick Thomas. Thomas played an intimate gig under the Queen Elizabeth Oval grandstand late in 2010, to around 80 people, but it left a lasting impression. “It’s probably the most importan..
28-Mar-2012
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Giving the gift of music
Ben Cameron
A brave Elmore woman has honoured her late husband by giving the gift of music. A few weeks ago the Bendigo Weekly reported Eileen Burke’s desire to donate her late husband Roy’s drum kit to a worthy home. And after receiving a stack of requests for the drums, Eileen has fina..
28-Mar-2012
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Avoca Music Festival
Bendigo Weekly
MICK GRIFFIN The Avoca Music Festival held over the weekend of March 23 to 25 brought together a unique line-up of independent musical acts from fields as diverse as Gospel, Zydeco, Rock, Blues, Country and even Jug Band. Held at the Avoca Racecourse, the festival was a no frills..
27-Mar-2012
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Forever Young: Trevor Young's long journey back
Ben Cameron
Former Cold Chisel drummer and one time Coloured Ball, Trevor Young, is all about love, inspiration and keeping your life bullsh*t-proof; the kind of wisdom you’d expect from a well travelled muso, with almost 50 years in the music business behind him. “Love is the only thing th..
27-Mar-2012
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Bluejuice: crazy good therapy
Ben Cameron
Music’s not about the fame and the fans for Bluejuice’s Jake Stone, it runs a little deeper than that. It’s all about therapy, for a bloke who needs to express his own shortcomings publicly, while dressed in a full length canary yellow body suit, if possible. “I&r..
26-Mar-2012
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It’s tee time
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Golf Club’s Annual Spring Tournament will tee off next week which will see a fantastic week of golf action. The tournament will start on Monday with a Ladies 4BBB which will see the week cater for everyone. Tuesday will see the ladies again play with a 18 hole stroke event befo..
16-Oct-2015
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A new look Spirit
Joel Peterson
Amid an offseason of change for the Bendigo Spirit, one thing has not wavered. The club has embraced a new coach, new players and a new off-court vision, but has lost no desire to win a third Women’s National Basketball League championship. In previous years you could pencil the Sp..
09-Oct-2015
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Team steps up training
Joel Peterson
A La Trobe University researcher is embracing world leading player-tracking technology in a bid to help the Bendigo Spirit gain a competitive edge. The Spirit’s season starts today, but exercise and sports physiology PhD candidate Craig Staunton was recently appointed as the team&rsquo..
09-Oct-2015
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Dellavadova in star run
Bendigo Weekly
Basketball star Matthew Dellavedova has capped a sensational basketball season with the Cleveland Cavaliers by being named the Bendigo Weekly Prime 7 backed Sports Star of the Month for June. Maryborough born Dellavedova is a former Bendigo Braves player who during the American NBA season he..
09-Oct-2015
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Rider on the edge
Joel Peterson
Jack Haig’s strong 2015 season continued last week when he was the top Australian finisher in the mens under-23 road race at the UCI World Championships in Virginia. The Bendigo cycling ace finished 13th in a bumper field, with the race taken out by Frenchman Kevin Ledanois ahead of It..
01-Oct-2015
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BBA scores sponsor
Joel Peterson
With record team entries for the upcoming summer season, now is a good time to be involved with the Bendigo Basketball Association. Along with over 430 teams, local business Interact Us has jumped on board, becoming the association’s new domestic competitions sponsor for two years. ..
01-Oct-2015
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Space for praise
As a region, we have a proud history of successful innovation. From Gillies Pies to the Sunshine Harvester. In time, hopefully we can add the Bendigo Chill Out Space to that list of great ideas. The BCOS has been in operation since late last year, but on Saturday night, the Bendigo Weekly thr..
10-Jun-2011
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Welfare issue not to be taken lightly
‘’I’d rather go broke than see cattle treated that way.’’ Ten simple words from one northern Australian farmer entangled in one of the biggest scandals to envelop Australian agriculture for years. As I drove home from work the other night listening to the radio, I c..
10-Jun-2011
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Glanville on the big white wedding
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10-Jun-2011
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Letters to the editor
Label no accident in climate debate The label “denier” is a loaded word. It has added weight because of the term “holocaust denier”. This is no accident; those on the pro-carbon tax team know that and use the term “climate change denier” or “skepti..
10-Jun-2011
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Changing the political climate
Carbon, or more precisely, whether or not we should have a tax on carbon, is one of the central issues of our time. True believers of the carbon economy say without it, we are doomed to fail both the environment and the generations to come. The detractors say we risk untold damage to our economy..
03-Jun-2011
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Program’s net worth
We marvel at how quickly young people pick up new technology and run with it, accessing information that was, in the past, locked away and only available to those in the know. The downside of the information revolution is that this access is not always monitored. Along with new ways to bully an..
03-Jun-2011
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This week's top ten
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 8. Only T..
01-Apr-2011
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Pick of the week - Those who came after
Those Who Come After Elisabeth Holdsworth Picador Elisabeth Holdsworth came to Australia as a child, and worked most of her life in the public service. In 2007, her essay, “For Those Who Come After”, won the ABR-Calibre Prize. In that essay, she described the difficulty she had ..
31-Mar-2011
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Malouf finalist for 2011 Man Booker International Prize
Australia’s most distinguished writer, David Malouf, is on the list of finalists for this year’s Man Booker International Prize. The list, announced by chair of judges Rick Gekoski Noterday, includes contoversial fantasy writer Philip Pullman, veteran American Philip Roth and Iindian s..
30-Mar-2011
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Shaun Tan wins international award
Australia’s most celebrated children’s book illustrator/writer Shaun Tan has added one of the world’s most lucrative prizes to his list of awards. Tan will receive the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, worth approximately $760,000, in Sweden at the end of May. The judges ca..
29-Mar-2011
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This week's top 10
1. Batavia Peter Fitzsimons 2. Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals Jamie Oliver 3. Saturday Big Tent Wedding Pary Alexander McCall-Smith 4. Wise Man’s Fear Bk2 Kingkiller Chronicle Patrick Rothfuss 5. Letters & Numbers 2 SBS 6. Letters & Numbers SBS 7. Daughters-in-Law Joanna Tro..
25-Mar-2011
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Book Pick of the Week; Alpha Monsters
I couldn’t be prouder right now of our great friend Crikey – you can call him Chris Kennett – as this weekend his very first children’s story Alpha Monsters is being launched. Chris is actually a great poet but only those of us who are lucky enough to be on his Christmas c..
25-Mar-2011
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