Editorial Comment

Home grown joy
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO is well on the way to becoming a destination for all things food, wine, culture and class, if recent events are anything to go by. That is, unless like a lot of us, you consider we’re already there. In the past couple of weeks some of the city’s leading tourism icons,..
02-Dec-2016
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The Uncle Lenny Bill
Bendigo Weekly
By Michael Smith Australia’s Constitution and defence legislation does not require the government to gain parliamentary approval before going to war or deploying forces overseas. Some Prime Ministers don’t even consult Cabinet. Major General John Cantwell, who was h..
25-Nov-2016
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A job well done
Bendigo Weekly
THIS week’s front page story tells the tale of the most expensive and arguably most important building developments in our city’s relatively short but eventful history. The world class $630 million Bendigo Hospital will be as good a medical facility as any other in a city of Bend..
25-Nov-2016
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Push for regions
Peter Kennedy
EARLIER this week a relatively low profile federal government minister made a speech to the Sydney Institute spruiking the need for greater investment in and a greater focus on regional Australia, something most central Victorian’s would wholeheartedly agree with. Senator Matt Canavan ..
18-Nov-2016
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A period of growth
Bendigo Weekly
Our new councillors have been officially installed and early next week, Eppalock Ward councillor Marg O’Rourke will be formally elected mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo, an outcome few would have predicted just a month or two ago. Cr O’Rourke will lead a team charged with rep..
10-Nov-2016
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Positive change
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO residents have had their say and elected to turf five of the seven former City of Greater Bendigo councillors and look at other options as to who should be their next elected representatives. There’s an old saying that says the voters never get it wrong in such matters, but tha..
03-Nov-2016
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A new approach
Bendigo Weekly
Within days, the makeup of the next City of Greater Bendigo council will be known as the final votes are tallied and the complicated task of working out who will be among the lucky nine is finalised. There can be no mistaking the incoming council faces some significant challenges. They n..
27-Oct-2016
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Picking up the pieces
Bendigo Weekly
THE saga surrounding the future of disability services provider Radius continues to unfold as more details emerge about the exact circumstances the organisation finds itself in. In all of this, there needs to be a two-pronged approach to future actions as administrators look to salvage somet..
20-Oct-2016
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Election looms
Bendigo Weekly
TWO of Greater Bendigo’s nine elected councillors attended their final ordinary meeting this week, having already announced plans not to contest their positions at this month’s local government elections. The other seven councillors now face an election to determine whether they ..
13-Oct-2016
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Vote wisely
Bendigo Weekly
IT IS a major concern when any candidate, let alone seemingly a bunch of them across all three wards, bases a significant part of their push to become a councillor on something that happened in the past, that cannot be undone, that has every legal right to exist and which council has no right to..
07-Oct-2016
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The brutal truth
Bendigo Weekly
A hideous thing is Graham. Squat, yet hulking. Hooded features and an extremely thick neck. Graham was built to withstand just about anything – especially a serious car crash. Graham is also the face of another world first Transport Accident Commission road safety initiative, ..
29-Sep-2016
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Value your vote
Bendigo Weekly
A RECORD field of 32 candidates is now hard at work, looking to cement one of the nine positions on the next City of Greater Bendigo council, to be elected on October 22. The group appears as diverse as it is large – a 50 per cent increase on 2012’s then record of 21 ..
23-Sep-2016
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Attention to safety
Bendigo Weekly
Most Australians only ever see the end result of what can and sometimes go wrong on our roads, when a car crashes into a tree, or when it rolls, or maybe collides with another vehicle or some other equally terrible scenario. The reality is the vast majority of crashes need not happen and sho..
15-Sep-2016
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Healthy changes
Bendigo Weekly
IT might not be by design, but this week marks the beginning of the thank yous and farewells for outgoing councillors and council officers as Bendigo counts down to the October elections. Firstly, we say thank you to outgoing councillors Rod Campbell and Lisa Ruffell, two former mayors who h..
09-Sep-2016
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Green light, alright
Bendigo Weekly
IT’S probably the single greatest change to the way we all manage our household waste and recyclable materials, and it starts next week. The introduction of the green organics bin collection service has not been without its issues, but it is a necessary and welcome innovation for our c..
02-Sep-2016
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Gold rush rolls on
Bendigo Weekly
THE $630 million Bendigo Hospital project continues to roll on towards an expected, and highly anticipated completion date of just under five months’ time. Meanwhile, details continue to emerge around the scale of the economic impact the building, its workforce and the many associated ..
26-Aug-2016
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Familiar balancing act
Bendigo Weekly
Balancing the expectations of the community with the reality of the municipality’s budget is not a new thing for Greater Bendigo, but it’s definitely got more zing to it these days. Roughly three years after it started and more than four years since the murmurings calling for it ..
19-Aug-2016
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Council election countdown looms
Bendigo Weekly
THERE are 10 weeks to go before the next group of City of Greater Bendigo councillors are elected, and it seems certain voters will have a record field of candidates from which to choose who they want to represent them through until 2020. The Weekly estimates as many as 25 candidates have al..
12-Aug-2016
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The green machine
Bendigo Weekly
How green is my refuse? That’s the question households will be asking themselves as the much anticipated organics collection service nears its introduction acroå√ss Greater Bendigo from next month. This is not a waste collection service, but it is a resource collection ..
05-Aug-2016
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A sporting chance
Bendigo Weekly
It’s time. That’s the call from a united group of stakeholders associated with plans for the overdue redevelopment of Bendigo’s Nolan Street tennis complex. And it is difficult to argue with those calls, given the strength of existing funding commitments and the history..
29-Jul-2016
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