Two years of delay on Napier Street
Sharon Kemp
ROAD travel north of Bendigo will suffer disruptions for the next two years and travellers have been urged to take extra time as the city’s biggest ever road project got under way on Napier Street this week. Simultaneously, residents and businesses affected by the $30 million upgrade d..
21-Jul-2017
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Changes as staff move on
Sharon Kemp
THE exodus from the City of Greater Bendigo is almost over with executive manager Peter Davies to officiate at his last council meeting next month. The Bendigo Weekly reported in late May the council faced losing more than 180 years of collective municipal experience after a management level..
21-Jul-2017
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Cooking top of the fire risk list
Joel Peterson
COOKING is the leading cause of preventable house fires in Bendigo, according to CFA figures released this week. The CFA and MFB released a joint report into preventable fires across the state with the kitchen the number one hotspot for incidents. Statewide, 42 per cent of preventable fi..
21-Jul-2017
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New life for old hotel
Sharon Kemp
QUARRY Hill is set to get a new food and hospitality hub after a redevelopment proposal for the former Mount Edgecombe Hotel was approved by City of Greater Bendigo councillors this week. The refurbished hotel, which harks back to 1885, will be home to a food and drink premises including a r..
21-Jul-2017
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A look at power from waste
Sharon Kemp
CONTROVERSIAL waste-to-energy technology is slated to be investigated for the Loddon Mallee region this financial year but signs are the option to generate power from waste may still be a long time in the future. The 10-year waste management plan released by the state government contains ver..
21-Jul-2017
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Discover the Inside Story
Bendigo Weekly
NEXT month the Bendigo Blue Ribbon Branch will be hosting their annual Inside Story fundraising event. Two senior and highly regarded police officers will provide the inside story relating to high profile cases. Blue Ribbon branch president Sergeant Margaret Singe said this year’s ..
21-Jul-2017
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Ladson says it's time to talk
Joel Peterson
HAWTHORN premiership player and Golden Square premiership coach Rick Ladson has called on families, community groups and local sporting clubs to make mental health part of their regular conversations. Ladson was a part of Hawthorn’s 2008 flag triumph before returning to local football ..
21-Jul-2017
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New angle on an old game
Sharon Kemp
TABLE tennis has never looked as fun as it does when Bendigo champion Des Knight sets up his game Gossimo. And Mr Knight says inventing the game is never more satisfying than when the players are having fun. Six years in the making, the game has just been released and he and his business..
14-Jul-2017
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Organic liners on way
Bendigo Weekly
More than 38,000 households in Bendigo and Marong will soon receive a new 12-month supply of compostable caddy liners to use in their kitchen caddy to collect food waste for their organics bin. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Craig Lloyd said while the new caddy liners are supplied b..
07-Jul-2017
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Bank raises interest rates
Sharon Kemp
A day after being named Victoria’s corporate citizen of the year, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has lifted interest rates out of sync with the Reserve Bank of Australia. RBA governor Phillip Lowe kept cash rates on hold, but Australia’s banks continue to tweak rates to benefit owner-..
07-Jul-2017
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Aiming for change
Bendigo Weekly
Climate change, land degradation, community wellbeing, food production, obesity, and inclusion are complex issues that are often addressed individually. Understanding the overlap, and that solutions are more effectively addressed collaboratively, has led several organisations in..
07-Jul-2017
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Indigenous language the focus
Sharon Kemp
INDIGENOUS language is not lost, says Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation chairman Trent Nelson. “It is just sitting there waiting for our young people to reclaim it,” he told the audience at the flag raising ceremony marking NAIDOC week. The theme of this year&rsquo..
07-Jul-2017
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Orchestra travels to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Orchestra Victoria is in town this week with its Bendigo Festival and On the mOVe! Education program. More than 80 of the state’s top musicians are presenting a program of chamber music concerts, education programs and pop-up performances, culminating in a full orchestra performance..
20-Jul-2017
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Help for pet project
Sharon Kemp
A $50,000 state government grant will allow Bendigo Animal Welfare and Community Services to build 12 new enclosures and desex and check the health of about 100 cats. BAWCS president Debbie Edwards said she was pleased to have won the grant, which served to care for animals as well as their ..
13-Jul-2017
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Grant backs senior activity
Bendigo Weekly
Victorian seniors from the Karen community in Bendigo will be further encouraged to get involved and stay active in their communities, as the recipients of a state government grant. The Karen Culture and Social Support Foundation received a $5000 grant for a project that will include cooking..
07-Jul-2017
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Composer Caitlin takes the prize
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENT Caitlin Buchan has won a spot to have her music composition performed nationally at concert venues. The 15-year-old from Bendigo South East Secondary College is one of eight, selected from more than 100 entries in the 2017-18 Fanfare Competition. All students will work with indu..
29-Jun-2017
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Rations for a cause
Dianne Dempsey
Rice and water, rice and lentils and just for a change – rice and oil – these are the three meals that Kylie Kent was allowed yesterday as part of her participation in the Act for Peace Ration Challenge. The ration challenge invites people to stick to a diet of ..
22-Jun-2017
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No to plastic bags
Bendigo Weekly
A COUNCIL waste truck is spreading the word as a large mobile billboard to remind the community not to put plastic bags in their recycling or organics bins. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Craig Lloyd said plastic bags are one of the main items that contaminate the recycling and orga..
15-Jun-2017
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Students learn about work
Bendigo Weekly
THE first group of work experience students started at the Bendigo centre this month. This year’s program will see 50 students from 10 Bendigo schools participate in this hands on workplace learning experience at the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank between July and November this year. Th..
20-Jul-2017
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Behind the scenes at the gallery
Bendigo Weekly
IF you’ve ever wondered how galleries go about selecting and installing the works on display, here’s an opportunity to try it out for yourself. The project, named Insert Title, is a fun, hands-on opportunity for people of all ages to experience the world of galleries. At the La T..
13-Jul-2017
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Culture on course
Bendigo Weekly
The 2018 Regional Centre for Culture initiative is another step closer, with the appointment of two renowned producers who will work with the region’s creative community to shape the year-long program. State member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards welcomed Jo Porter and Elizabeth Walsh a..
07-Jul-2017
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Donations a welcome plus for dragon
Bendigo Weekly
The community campaign to raise more than $750,000 to help fund a new Imperial Dragon has received a significant boost. The Guy family yesterday donated $50,000 to the Sun Loong 750 campaign, while Strategem Community Foundation, which is supported by local financial services firm Strategem,..
29-Jun-2017
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Prize winner's connection to country
Bendigo Weekly
It was a unanimous decision by the judges of this year’s Arthur Guy Memorial Art Prize to confer the coveted award to Northern Territory artist Margaret Loy Pula. The panel said her minimalist work Anatye (bush potato) 2016 stood out for its vivid impact and demonstrable connection to ..
22-Jun-2017
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La Trobe's art on display at gallery
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 100 artworks are on display at the Bendigo Art Gallery in a new exhibit entitled Revealing Identity: The Collections of La Trobe University. La Trobe Art Institute’s Kent Wilson and his team had the daunting task of sifting through the core collection of some 8000 works,..
15-Jun-2017
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Fountaineer adds a local touch
Joel Peterson
FROM its name to its songwriting, Bendigo band Fountaineer takes no shortage of inspiration from the city in which it was formed. The group’s debut record, Greater City, Greater Love, displays that fact proudly and it has caught the attention of plenty around the musical world. ..
20-Jul-2017
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Rockin' with a magic touch
Simon Wooldridge
With their stand-up double bass, 1950s outfits and rousing renditions of the likes of Wake Up Little Suzie and Great Balls of Fire, the Magic 8-Balls have been getting central Victorian rock ‘n’ rollers to their feet for nearly three years now. The trio, Darren Howell (vocals, gu..
20-Jul-2017
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Time to laugh
Bendigo Weekly
A new comedy night is up and running in Bendigo. The fourth Thursday of each month will bring nationally recognised headliners and MCs to the Old Church on the Hill, with new and established Bendigo comedians in support. On Thursday the headliner will be Danielle Walker, 2016 winner of ..
20-Jul-2017
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Meg Mac at the Capital
Joel Peterson
AFTER shooting to prominence with rave reviews, Meg Mac will tour later this year in support of her first album, Low Blows. She will bring the distinctive, booming vocals heard on the album, out today, to Bendigo on Sunday, September 10 when she plays the Capital Theatre. The former Trip..
13-Jul-2017
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Golden blues
Simon Wooldridge
Cameron James Henderson is one of 16 acts set to play at the Blues and Roots Winter Showcase at the Golden Vine on Sunday, July 16. Eight hours of music over two stages also sees Catfish Voodoo, Tasha Zappala, and Matt Katsis line up alongside local favourites Bill Barber, William Alexander..
13-Jul-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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Spirit guard returns
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Spirit guard Ashleigh Karaitiana says she is looking forward to returning for a second season with the Bendigo Spirit after a strong debut campaign. Karaitiana started several games during season 2016/17 after starting in a reserve role. She scored a season-high 17 points against..
21-Jul-2017
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Miners make Vic Country grade
Bendigo Weekly
FOUR Bendigo Fighting Miners players have been selected in the Victorian Country Barbarians side that will play a pair of tour matches later this month. It continued the good news for the side, which thumped Maroondah at home at the weekend. The Barbarians are selected from the best that..
21-Jul-2017
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Female football kicking on
Bendigo Weekly
AFL Central Victoria will celebrate female football on Sunday with an event at the Queen Elizabeth Oval. The event aims to bring the community together to celebrate and promote the success of regional AFLW football, inspiring others to become involved in Australia’s fastest growing spo..
21-Jul-2017
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Locals shine for Vic Country side
Bendigo Weekly
VICTORIA Country’s bid for gold at the Basketball Australia under-16 championships has fallen agonisingly short, beaten by Vic Metro in a thrilling final. Bendigo’s Piper Dunlop starred for Vic Country, recording three double-doubles and averaging 13 points and nine rebounds per ..
21-Jul-2017
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Kelsey set to shine in Opals colours
Joel Peterson
WHEN she pulls on the green and gold colours of Australia at this month’s FIBA Asia Cup, Kelsey Griffin will achieve a goal that up until recently she never could have dreamed of. Of course, no aspiring basketballer growing up in Alaska would have representing Australia on their mind. ..
14-Jul-2017
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Dragons aim to tame Bulldogs
Joel Peterson
A CLASH between Golden Square and Sandhurst highlights a pivotal round of the Bendigo Football Netball League A-grade campaign. As they resume after the bye neither side will be at full strength heading into their second meeting of the year. Both sides have lost just one game this seaso..
14-Jul-2017
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Waving the flag
Bendigo Weekly
It was a proud moment on Monday for mother and son Clarencia and Berio Charley. Along with 52 other people from Myanmar, Thailand, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Britain, China, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, the Philippines, Vietnam and Micronesia, they were made Australian citizen..
20-Jul-2017
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Grants boost for NDIS plan
Bendigo Weekly
The Information, Linkages and Capacity Building grants are part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and aim to help people with a disability become better connected to their communities. La Trobe University and the City of Greater Bendigo council have received a combined $332,000 of ..
13-Jul-2017
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Heather marks 50 years
Bendigo Weekly
During this year’s National Diabetes Week, Heather Chalmers of Marong will be awarded with Diabetes Victoria’s Kellion Victory Medal for having survived more than 50 years of living with type one diabetes. Less than 100 years ago, type one diabetes was a death sentence: half of t..
07-Jul-2017
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A 90-year game
Bendigo Weekly
The Golden Square Croquet Club was formed 90 years ago because traditionally women weren’t allowed to play bowls. While they couldn’t play with the men, the women started up the croquet club. This observation was made by club member Caroline Smith who along with her colleagu..
29-Jun-2017
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Camp for coding
Bendigo Weekly
School children in Bendigo will have the chance to learn the language of computers by taking part in a course designed to teach them how to build their own app. Code Camp is coming to the city, and for three days during the school holidays, children will have the chance to meet new friends ..
22-Jun-2017
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Legend spreads the safety word
Bendigo Weekly
Hawthorn football legend Peter Knights is at a special breakfast on Tuesday to discuss leadership and learn about important occupational health and safety changes. The event, which is being brought to the region by WorkSafe Victoria, will also discuss WorkSafe’s new strategy to work mo..
15-Jun-2017
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A seamless transition
Dianne Dempsey
The couple behind Jimmy Possum furniture, Margot and Alan Splading, have re-invented themselves as the creators of a particular line in women’s fashion, Mimi The Label. They’re selling their owner-designed pieces online and through their shop which arguably is in the most promin..
20-Jul-2017
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Mapping out the past
Sharon Kemp
DOUG Stone has trudged through central Victoria’s goldfields more times than he can remember in more than 40 years of mapping, and he says he sees in the region the value of an undying interest in gold. The appeal that central Victoria still holds for prospectors continues to fill car..
20-Jul-2017
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Failure a positive
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Inventor Awards program will celebrate the positives of failure as part of an event to be held at the Ulumbarra Theatre next week. Bendigo Inventor Awards committee chairman Paul Chapman said everyone has failed at something – a test; a relationship; a job interview, but fa..
13-Jul-2017
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Cash rate still on hold
Bendigo Weekly
As anticipated, the Reserve Bank of Australia left the official cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent on Tuesday. “Our forecast remains that there will be no further reduction to the Official Cash Rate in 2017,” HIA principal economist Tim Reardon said. “Comments issued ..
07-Jul-2017
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Long time between shows
Bendigo Weekly
Friends Sue Llewelyn and Iain Stewart are delighted to once more have a joint exhibition together in View Street. “The last time we did this was 24 years ago in the National Trust building (now the Wine Bank) and we had our children running around creating havoc,” Stewart said, &..
29-Jun-2017
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Moving in a digital era
Sharon Kemp
TWELVE of Bendigo Health’s professionals can now call themselves digital health pioneers. Last week, Bendigo Health contributed the dozen certified health informaticians to Australia’s small skill pool of about 270. And it became the first health organisation to produce of a ..
22-Jun-2017
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Naked man seen in Bendigo
Dianne Dempsey
Author Robert Gott once had a crazy idea – what if you took illustrations from those old-fashioned Boy’s Own style books, and changed one of the characters? What if, instead of a striped blazer and flannel trousers, the hero was naked? He tried it, it was hilarious, and thus beg..
20-Jul-2017
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Radio station on track to win
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO-based community radio station Phoenix FM is in the running for two national broadcasting awards. The station’s Dawn Delaney earned a nomination for her World Music Safari – Sounds From Other Lands program and the station is also a finalist for the Community Broadcasting A..
13-Jul-2017
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Three-minute thesis
Bendigo Weekly
Researchers presented a host of ground-breaking work at a three-minute thesis presentation on Tuesday. Eight La Trobe University research candidates in health-related fields were challenged to describe their research to colleagues and lecturers in the tiny timeframe. Academic and organis..
07-Jul-2017
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A hundred years of child care
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S maternal and child health nurses had a special celebration of the centenary of MCH services in Victoria. City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke attended the event and said the first Baby Health Centre opened in Melbourne in June 1917 as a way to help prevent in..
29-Jun-2017
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Tiarna has a talent
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is a treasure chest of unknown young artists, musicians and photographers all awaiting their turn to shine. They want to acquire the well-deserved credit that will only occur from their hard work and resilience. There is something to be said about the diversity and talent of suc..
22-Jun-2017
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A colourful life
Dianne Dempsey
When a precocious youth living in her hometown of Slough, England, Jenny Valentish self-published a fanzine, Slapper: The Groupie’s Guide to Gropable Bands. It gives you a fair idea of where her interests lay in those days. Since coming to Australia from England several years ago V..
15-Jun-2017
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The season for murder
Rosalea Ryan
A post-workday river cruise. A drug-spiked cocktail. A gossip-fuelling altercation between two of the host company’s top executives. Eleanor Brennan’s first taste of a Parker and Lane corporate Christmas party is one nobody at the book publishing house will ever forget. Elean..
20-Jul-2017
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Capitol offence
Rosalea Ryan
Amos Decker is all too familiar with loss. First went his social graces, his tolerance and his ability to empathise, wrenched from him in an instant by a near-fatal football concussion that left in their place a photographic memory and an abnormally heightened awareness of death. The ath..
13-Jul-2017
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Malik's identity politics
Bendigo Weekly
The violence, anger and confusion that dominate so much of the news and debate about multiculturalism and immigration are all about identity politics, according to Kenan Malik. “Different minority groups, whether African Americans, indigenous Australians, Muslims or gays, are seen as p..
07-Jul-2017
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Weighing up their options
Rosalea Ryan
Four women, one challenge: to lose unwanted weight. In all four cases obesity is an issue – but is it the root of the quartet’s problems or merely a scapegoat, deftly deflecting attention away from the truly dysfunctional aspects of unhappy lives? While pregnant, Kat ate for ..
29-Jun-2017
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Dawe to pastures new
Dianne Dempsey
Bryan Dawe says he is waiting for more time to pass so he can spend time thinking about and grieving for his much loved friend and colleague, John Clarke. Since Clarke passed away in April, Dawe has been involved in both private and public events memorialising his mate but now he is looking ..
22-Jun-2017
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Convict sleuths probe death
Rosalea Ryan
If there’s one thing even more engrossing than a carefully-researched historical novel with the name “Thomas Keneally” on the cover, it’s one crafted by Keneally in partnership with his daughter Meg. One of Australia’s most prolific and successful authors, Kenea..
15-Jun-2017
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