Opinion

Call out for blood
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo needs more than 120 blood donations between Christmas and the new year in order to prevent a shortage of blood products vital to the treatment of cancer patients. Bendigo donors are among the millions of busy Australians taking time for Christmas shopping and holidays, leading to a w..
21-Dec-2016
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Virtual views are a technical reality
Bendigo Weekly
A group of older people from the Bendigo region have embarked on a research project to explore the role that virtual reality technology can play in encouraging healthy ageing. Over a series of workshops, which started this week and continue throughout 2017, a group of up to 15 people aged 70..
16-Dec-2016
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Team is fire ready
Bendigo Weekly
A CREW from Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises has helped with fire control during the planned burning season, skills that employees hope to use during traditional burning of land at Mt Barker near Harcourt, and other sites. Crew leader Ian Bentley led a team employed by Forest Fire Management Vict..
08-Dec-2016
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In memory of mates
Bendigo Weekly
VIETNAM veteran Rob Eade is a man on a new mission. He is riding around Australia laying flags at memorials in memory of Australians killed in the war. The Remembrance Ride Oz has taken Mr Eade on a trek from Cessnock, New South Wales via all points of the compass. “I was in..
01-Dec-2016
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Bendigo's golden tale
Bendigo Weekly
THERE are key themes running through the non-fiction books of historical writer James Lerk – gold, Bendigo and the precious results of his enduring search for hidden stories. Mr Lerk, who also writes a regular column for the Bendigo Weekly, positions these hitherto undiscovered titbits for..
24-Nov-2016
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Grants for volunteers
Sharon Kemp
Federal grants are an important source of funding for volunteer-run community groups. As the latest round opens for applications, Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters is urging central Victorian groups to apply. The grants, from $1000 to $5000, can be used to buy equipment or training, or help vo..
17-Nov-2016
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Angel pilots needed
Bendigo Weekly
Angel Flight Australia is on a recruitment drive to find volunteer pilots and drivers in Bendigo. The group provides flights and drives for country people to attend their city medical appointments. The charity coordinates non-emergency flights to help country people trying to deal wi..
10-Nov-2016
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Fruit tops 1000kg
Bendigo Weekly
THE McKern Foundation backed Fresh Fruit Fridays initiative has reached an important milestone, with organisers confirming the supply of up to 1000 kilograms of fruit to local schools each week. Since the program’s inception in May 2015, the tally of schools throughout central and nort..
03-Nov-2016
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Filipino Fiesta a fundraiser for community
Bendigo Weekly
A Filipino Fiesta in Hargreaves Mall next month is all for a good cause, supporting communities destroyed by a typhoon three years ago. On November 8, 2013, the strongest typhoon ever recorded made its landfall in the Visayas region of central Philippines. Within hours, Typhoon Haiyan, ..
27-Oct-2016
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Martyn program is just the job
Bendigo Weekly
The Year 8 Martyn Program students at Catholic College Bendigo have gone public with the projects they have developed around their personal skills and passions. From dressmaking and woodwork to hand-made bikes, computers, sheep shearing, films, stories and more – it was all on show fo..
20-Oct-2016
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Garden trees for the chop
Bendigo Weekly
TWENTY-FOUR diseased Italian pencil pine trees will be removed from the entry promenade at the Bendigo Botanic Gardens, White Hills in coming weeks. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Debbie Wood said the trees which were planted in 2000 are suffering from cypress canker – a funga..
13-Oct-2016
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Bloke lunch a goer
Bendigo Weekly
PREPARATIONS for this year’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch are in full swing, with this year’s event to be held on Friday, November 18 at Ulumbarra Theatre from 12 noon. The Bendigo Weekly-backed event starts with the traditional outdoor barbecue lunch, before guests move inside to ..
06-Oct-2016
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Towel a fundraiser
Bendigo Weekly
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Bendigo is being asked to get on board with a fundraising appeal to help those living with the insidious disease. The so called Little Blue Towel might not seem like much, but each packet sold will help those diagnosed with breast cancer spend tim..
06-Oct-2016
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The long goodbye
Dianne Dempsey
The long goodbye is the name often given to that cruellest of diseases, Alzheimer’s. And it’s a name to which Narelle Williams can easily relate. “My father retired at 65 years of age and was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s when he was 67,” she ..
28-Sep-2016
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Reunion on court
Bendigo Weekly
GERRI Stevens and Jean Frost remember being at the meeting that formed the Bendigo Married Ladies Netball Association 40 years ago, and such are the connections they have made, they have played ever since. The association is now called Bendigo Midweek Ladies Netball, and is calling for all p..
22-Sep-2016
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Believe picnic sets up again
Bendigo Weekly
THE second annual Believe in Bendigo family picnic day will be held in Bendigo’s Civic Gardens on Friday, September 30. Organisers say Bendigo showed the world its true colour one year ago when more than 3000 people turned the gardens into a showcase of diversity and unity, and took a ..
15-Sep-2016
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Kits for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
Students from Catholic College, Crusoe College, Girton Grammar and Bendigo Senior Secondary College worked hard over the past week to begin the assembly of Zonta birthing kits. Zonta is now inviting community volunteers to help its members assemble the kits this Saturday, September 10, from ..
08-Sep-2016
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Ken opens doors for a good cause
Dianne Dempsey
For many years now Eaglehawk residents Ken and Muriel Maes have been opening their garden for display in order to raise money for the lepers of Nepal. Despite a common misapprehension that leprosy is now a defunct disease, there are still many people, particularly in the third world who stil..
02-Sep-2016
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Hitting the mark
Bendigo Weekly
EVERYTHING from clocks to Victoria Crosses will be on show this weekend at the Golden City Collectors’ Association’s 33rd Arms and Collectables Show. Held at Major League Multisports in Golden Square across the weekend, the show will have over 200 exhibitors from far and wide dis..
25-Aug-2016
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Fun for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
It’s been a busy week for students at St Monica’s Primary School in Kangaroo Flat. An early burst of spring weather on Monday provided an ideal backdrop for the school’s athletics carnival, while on Tuesday the focus returned to the school’s Jaara Centre for a present..
18-Aug-2016
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