Major boost for leisure centre
Sharon Kemp
THE $1 million community contribution to the Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre has reached the halfway mark after the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club chipped in $100,000. The donation will give the sports club the right to put its name to the centre’s 50-metre pool. Th..
16-Sep-2016
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Rail woes roll on
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO train passengers were again left frustrated by the state’s worst levels of punctuality among V/Line’s main commuter services last month. According to Public Transport Victoria performance data, punctuality on the Bendigo line was just 86.5 per cent, a dip of nearly four p..
16-Sep-2016
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Eppalock surges to 75 per cent
Peter Kennedy
WATER levels at Lake Eppalock soared more than 20 per cent in 24 hours at the height of this week’s spring downpour, raising concerns the storage could spill if another significant rain event occurs in the catchment in coming weeks. Storage levels rose on the back of record September r..
16-Sep-2016
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Pool operators caught off guard
Sharon Kemp
VOLUNTEERS operating the Golden Square swimming pool may again fight to keep the Maple Street facility open despite the City of Greater Bendigo’s three-year plan to close it. In what amounts to a communication breakdown between council and the pool’s management committee, presid..
09-Sep-2016
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Dummies shown red card
Sharon Kemp
LAST minute changes that will disallow how-to-vote cards in ballot packs hope to stop dummy candidates, but critics say it will benefit incumbent councillors who already have a profile and candidates with the most to spend on advertising. In Greater Bendigo, there is already a field of 11 ca..
09-Sep-2016
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Council loses key figures
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo is reeling from the imminent exit of two key figures in the council’s recent history, planning and development director Prue Mansfield and long-serving councillor Rod Campbell. Councillors were notified at Wednesday night’s regular forum that Ms Mansfi..
09-Sep-2016
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A chance to speak
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
FEDERAL member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters says she is relishing the opportunity to engage with the Bendigo community as she enters the second half of her term as Bendigo’s first female federal MP. Ms Chesters has maintained a strong focus on early childhood learning, education reform, heal..
22-May-2015
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Planned burns for Murray Goldfields
Bendigo Weekly
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have planned burns for the Murray Goldfields region next week. The planned burns will be carried out on Sunday and Mondya, weather conditions permitting, at three locations: Kotta Grassland (West Paddock): 90 hectare ecolo..
15-May-2015
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Netball returns to Canterbury Park
Joel Peterson
EAGLEHAWK Football Netball Club will finally have use of its new netball courts at Canterbury Park this weekend, almost two months after their scheduled completion. The Weekly understands the courts had been deemed “unsafe”, due to fencing being too close to the court boundary an..
15-May-2015
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Roads funds to double
Christine McGinn
GREATER Bendigo’s roads and small businesses are set to the benefit from this year’s federal government 2015/16 budget. Local roads are expected to be upgraded and repaired as part of the additional $350 million in the Roads to Recovery program budget. Member for Bendigo Lisa Ches..
15-May-2015
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Boost in budget
Bendigo Weekly
THE Housing Industry Association has welcomed this week’s federal budget release as a means to lift business and consumer confidence. In a statement released this week, the HIA said a key element of the budget is the $5.5 billion growing jobs and small business package. With a barra..
15-May-2015
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Caring for kids
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
CATHOLIC College Bendigo students have created activity bags for children at Bendigo hospital as part of their community service class project. Charlton Bendigo Bank and Toyworld have both gotten behind the initiative by supplying toys, bags and colouring books. CCB Student Kelsey Waldron ..
15-May-2015
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More cash for flood recovery
Bendigo Weekly
THE City of Greater Bendigo is one of 10 flood affected councils to receive an additional $50,000 in flood recovery assistance funding. Deputy Premier and Regional and Rural Development Minister Peter Ryan made the announcement today in Charlton. Mr Ryan also said more than 100 communi..
20-May-2011
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Regional communities deluge grants program
MORE than 300 applications for projects seeking more than one billion dollars in federal funding have been lodged as part of the first round of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF). Regional Australia minister Simon Crean said up to $100 million was available for Round One applicat..
19-May-2011
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First Home Owner Grant fraudsters face jail
Bendigo Weekly
The state government will introduce tough new penalties including a maximum 12 month jail term for individuals who submit fraudulent First Home Owner Grant applications. Treasurer Kim Wells said the government was committed to stamping out fraudulent claims for the grants which assist first ..
19-May-2011
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Bendigo conference explores homelessness
Bendigo Weekly
HOUSING Minister Wendy Lovell has opened the Family Reconciliation Mediation Program annual statewide conference in Bendigo, which will raise awareness of the impacts of trauma on young people who have experienced homelessness. One of the main aims of the conference is to prevent young peopl..
19-May-2011
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Fire Services Levy one step closer to abolition
Bendigo Weekly
The state government has taken another step towards the introduction of a fairer, more equitable system to fund fire services in Victoria. Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said a new property based levy would replace the Fire Services Levy (FSL), which should have been scrapped by the former ..
16-May-2011
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Funding announced for community halls
Bendigo Weekly
COMMUNITY halls are the centrepiece of a major new statewide arts program, Home is Where the Hall is, launched in Dunkeld over the weekend by Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu. Mr Baillieu said Home is Where the Hall is – a Regional Arts Victoria initiative – ..
16-May-2011
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Dewar's school is in
Ben Cameron
Bendigo’s own school of rock and tuition, Dewar’s Music School, will showcase some talented local kids who can hold a tune, at Hargreaves Mall this Saturday. The school, alongside the City of Greater Bendigo, are hoping to transform the mall into a music hub for emerging talent, ..
10-May-2012
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Trevor Crump mixes it with the best
Bendigo Weekly
MICK GRIFFIN Enjoying a prolific musical career spanning four decades, British bass player Trevor Crump now resides in Australia and continues to build upon an incredible resume that now sees him in the band Forever Young; a band that boasts some of the country’s finest..
10-May-2012
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The Gig Guide (May 11-13)
Bendigo Weekly
Friday May 11 Newmarket Hotel – Forever Young with support from Zac Camm from 9pm. $10. Golden Vine Hotel – Made In China from 9pm. $5 Theatre Royal Castlemaine – James Morrison with support from Broderick Smith, Maggie Jackson, Ray Lindstrom Band and Judy Warren fr..
10-May-2012
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The Getaway Plan return to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
The Getaway Plan will return to Bendigo on Friday, June 1 to perform at the Park Road Hall in the Tom Flood Sports precinct, supported by Melbourne rockers Redcoats and Sydney based group, Glass Towers. Mic Up Productions member Jamila Rothacker said MUP are excited to bring the bands to..
10-May-2012
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Groovin the Moo 2012
Ben Cameron
Despite the abundance of hip hop and dance, Groovin the Moo remains an indie-fest at heart, so it’s probably no surprise Matt Corby owned Bendigo’s own big day out. For a few minutes at least, anyway. Corby’s performance of uber hit Brother was right up there as far as fest..
07-May-2012
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Grand Perceptor's grand perceptions
Ben Cameron
Bendigo’s Grand Perceptor of Mick Fitt, Deano Stanton and Sparrow were keen to opine back stage after delivering their debut set at Groovin the Moo. BEN CAMERON spoke to the local terror rock officianados near the VIP dunnies, for an informative and entertaining chat. BEN: So h..
07-May-2012
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By George, it's tough
Joel Peterson
CAPTAINING a struggling young side is not a challenge that George Mcheileh expected when came to Bendigo, but it is one that he is taking in his stride. Thrust into the role in only his second season with the club, the 22-year-old has one of the toughest jobs going around. He has always ..
29-Apr-2016
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Opals dream over
Joel Peterson
KELSEY Griffin’s Olympic dream is over, but the Bendigo Spirit linchpin is determined to represent her new home country in coming years. Griffin was cut from the Opals squad this week after participating in recent camps with the squad in Canberra and Gosford. She missed out on bein..
22-Apr-2016
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Bendigo's interleague basket case
Joel Peterson
IF the Bendigo Football Netball League is serious about interleague competition, it has a funny way of showing it. As the Weekly went to print yesterday, exactly one month out from the May 21 clash against Gippsland, the league had still not appointed a senior football coach. An announce..
22-Apr-2016
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Medal splash
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO divers Abby Rowley and Kiara Field starred at the recent Australian Age Diving Championships at Sydney’s Olympic Aquatic Stadium. The pair, coach Heather Tyter and their families made the trip north for the four-day event last week and came back with plenty of medal..
22-Apr-2016
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Victorian call-up for Crone
Joel Peterson
XAVIER Crone’s meteoric rise through the cricketing ranks continued this week, named as a rookie in the Victorian Bushrangers squad for 2016/17. The talented 18-year-old quickly impressed in his first full season in Premier Cricket with Carlton, taking 31 wickets in 13 games of firsts ..
21-Apr-2016
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Locals in bowls first
Bendigo Weekly
SEVERAL Bendigo bowlers made history on the weekend as the Bendigo Campaspe bowls region won its first Women’s Region Sides Championships at Murray Downs last weekend. The championship featured teams comprised of the state’s best female bowlers from the 16 Victorian bowls regions..
15-Apr-2016
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Smallest cuts hurt the most
Anthony Radford
Our public libraries are an unlikely battleground for an emerging conflict, but that’s exactly what they have become after a State Government decision to slash its funding of library services across the state by 1.35 per cent. And while the exact amount of the extra burden does not seem lik..
29-Jul-2011
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Glanville on the wedding dress exhibition
Anthony Radford
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29-Jul-2011
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Double booking turns into a win
Anthony Radford
Our wedding-day photo competition comes to a close today, but there are more opportunities for Bendigo Weekly readers to win, with the opening of the White Wedding Dress exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery. The many entries in our Win a Second Honeymoon Competition indicates weddings have change..
29-Jul-2011
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Free talk at the library on Friday
Anthony Radford
Prominent Bendigo artist John Wolseley and writer Barry Hill will be at the Bendigo Library, this Friday July 29, from 5pm, for a free talk about their new book, Lines for Birds. Birds, trees, the way a lizard moves through leaf litter, the formation of clouds – and how all these things are ..
25-Jul-2011
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Biggest Winner returns
Anthony Radford
The Biggest Winner is back. The weight loss challenge organised by St John of God Hospital, with a $1000 first prize, caught the imagination of Bendigo people last year. More than 100 people lost a combined 281.6 kilogram, reduced their blood pressure and dropped a total of 821.4 centimetres off a..
22-Jul-2011
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Blueprint for success
Anthony Radford
An Eaglehawk initiative aims to put the corner shop back on the map If the Hub can pull off their plans to create an up-to-date equivalent of the good old-fashioned corner grocery store in their Eaglehawk premises, it may become a blueprint for similar enterprises across the state. “We&..
22-Jul-2011
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Review: Cupcake by Charise Meride
Cupcake Author / Illustrator: Charise Mericle Harper Disney / Hyperion (Scholastic Australia), $24.99 Suggested Readership: 4 – 6 years The shaping of self-concept is presented with heart by Charise Mericle in her book, Cupcake - A Journey to Special. A new ..
06-May-2011
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Pick of the week
Caleb's Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks (HarperCollins) Geraldine Brooks has long been interested in fleshing out the bones of history. Moving from reporting to a kind of reportage, her first books were about the lives of the people she interviewed in her role as a foreign correspondent, and ..
06-May-2011
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The value of a good book is priceless
THE grand book, with gold lettering and heavy paper, is not always the collectable people imagine. “Those with high expectations sometimes have to be let down gently,” bookseller Trefor John says. “A book that reeks of importance is not always so, and something can be unassumi..
29-Apr-2011
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Tassie takes the Vogels
A story that focuses on the violence of settler society in 19th century Australia has won the revamped Vogel's Literary Award. Tasmanian-based Rohan Wilson's novel The Roving Party was announced last night as the winner, and simultaneously released by Allen & Unwin as a paperback and in e-..
28-Apr-2011
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Vogels goes digital
The Vogels prize for an unpublished novelist under 35 is going digital. Tonight, this year's winner of the prize, administered by Allen & Unwin, will be announced by Tim Winton and made available immediately as an ebook. The prize has introduced writers such as Winton, Kate Grenville a..
27-Apr-2011
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Austen in Bendigo
Jane Austen fans and devotees of the Regency era happily got more than they bargained for when they attended the booked-out performance “Getting Dressed with Jane” at the Goldfields Library on April 19. Actor Lise Rodgers shared some of Jane Austen’s love ..
26-Apr-2011
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