Editorial Comment

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
4.33
No
0
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
2.33
No
0
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
2.24
No
0
Budget on target
CITY of Greater Bendigo mayor Rod Fyffe and his Merry Men (and woman) have delivered a new kind of budget, that has both positives and negatives. The above reference to Robin Hood touches on council’s new way of paying for the projects that are needed, and there are two positives in this. ..
26-May-2011
4.47
No
0
A footy deal for netball, too
EARLIER this month, the AFL heralded a new $1.25 billion deal for the game’s broadcast rights, a deal that set in motion a string of claims and demands from players eager to secure a bigger slice of the pie. No one should deny players, who are more akin to modern day warriors than athletes, ..
26-May-2011
4.43
No
0
Low point in broadcasting
THANKS for coming Neil. Bendigo gained very little from this week’s whistle-stop tour by high profile journalist Neil Mitchell. But we could end up losing a lot. Mr Mitchell broadcast his top rating 3AW program live from the Hargreaves Mall in the Bendigo CBD, a place he has described as..
20-May-2011
3.4
No
0
Progress on go slow
THERE is a saying that goes something like this: The wheels of progress tuen slowly. Never has that been as true as in the two stories covered on page one and three of today’s Bendigo Weekly. The much-needed refurbishment of the Bendigo Courts, and the solution to the Mitchell Street bus c..
19-May-2011
3.41
No
0
Time to champion Bendigo
THE death of the Bendigo Traders Association marketing levy should be cause for alarm – not celebration. One only has to look at what our neighbours and rivals in Ballarat are doing to unite and promote their city to see why we need to do more to help ourselves. Ballarat has successfully c..
13-May-2011
2.59
No
0
Slices of the pie
THE battle for dwindling government funding is one most councils and community groups face almost every day. Whether it be federal and state governments shifting costs onto councils, or non-profit groups pushing for urgent upgrades of facilities, there is only so much in the funding pie. The Cit..
13-May-2011
2.57
No
1
Editorial- Line in the sand
As far as first budgets go, this was as safe and predictable as you would expect from a first term government still coming to grips with the fact it is now the party in power. Regional Victoria looks to have done particularly well out of Treasurer Kim Wells’ first effort to balance ..
06-May-2011
1am
No
0
Budget football time
IF November’s state election was anything to go by, next week’s state budget should be a doozy for Bendigo, but don’t expect too much. There are a number of projects earmarked in the city for funding, with the Bendigo hospital leading the way. Anything short of $15 million f..
29-Apr-2011
3.50
No
0
On the right road for safety
LAST weekend I took some time off to travel back to my parents’ place in northern New South Wales for their 50th wedding anniversary. It was, by any measure, a great weekend, save for the broken windscreen we copped on the long drive home. Driving along the highway travelling north towards..
21-Apr-2011
3.15
No
0
Fuelling a good time
THERE is something special about Bendigo at Easter. While some choose this weekend as a good opportunity to go somewhere else, many will stay behind and enjoy what the city has to offer. And there is so much to offer. If you can’t find something cheap, fun and worthwhile to do this weekend..
21-Apr-2011
3.14
No
0
Getting in on the act
Don’t get too excited just yet, we were told this week as City of Greater Bendigo council unveiled the proposal for a 1000-seat theatre. With funding still to be secured at state and federal level, there’s a chance the state-of-the-art facility won’t go ahead. But if it does ..
15-Apr-2011
3.53
No
0
Clearing the way ahead
THERE’S been a lot of talk and online chatter this week about the draft Bendigo Road Transport Strategy and its likely impacts upon the community. In itself, that’s a good thing – the whole idea of releasing a draft strategy is for people to have the chance to have a say. And the..
15-Apr-2011
3.49
No
0
Changing focus
WHEN it comes to Bendigo’s youth, St Luke’s CEO Dave Pugh knows what he is talking about. He knows what the real issues are and can see through the hysteria created by recent CBD incidents. When he says the problems are not a major concern and the community should be focussing on oth..
08-Apr-2011
4.30
No
0
What’s in a number? A lot
IT’S very easy to throw numbers around like they mean as much or as little as you want them to, and to most people 5.1 per cent would not seem like a lot. But here’s a few examples of some of the 5.1 per centers that impact upon our lives. In Victoria, fruit and vegie prices rose an ..
08-Apr-2011
4.25
No
0
Honesty needed
WHAT’S in a number? Plenty it seems, especially when it comes to law and order, a pressure point with voters and politicians alike, especially in the lead up to a state election. This week, the State Government announced details of the first round of allocations of the extra 1600 police it p..
31-Mar-2011
3.11
No
0
Ponting should be punted
RICKY Ponting finally stood down as captain of the Australian cricket team this week, but the timing of his announcement has cost him some of the applause and acknowledgement he deserved. He averages just over 53 with the bat in test cricket, a monumental achievement in any era, but has not enjoye..
31-Mar-2011
3.08
No
0
No time to waste
WHAT to do with the amount of heavy vehicles coming through Charing Cross and Bendigo’s CBD has been an issue that has plagued city leaders for decades. For more than 30 years councils, roads authorities and politicians have tried to come up with a solution. Three decades ago they had a pr..
24-Mar-2011
3.35
No
0