Mental health help

THIS week there has been a significant focus on issues surrounding the mental health and wellbeing of Australia’s 25-plus million residents, highlighted by yesterday’s RUOK? Day, and that’s a good thing. Our mental health report card makes for some sobering and...

Policy reboot plea

“We live in a time when the salacious and the negative trumps the productive.” These are the honest and forthright words of a senior state government minister to an assembled gathering of regional newspaper executives in Melbourne this week, but they are also a...

We must get it right

WHILE Melbourne continues to boom, and the state government feeds billions of dollars into supporting our state capital’s frenzied population growth, we cannot afford to ignore the needs of regional Victoria or the risks of a two-paced economy. At a time when billions...

Healthy future

BENDIGO’S brand new, world class hospital will celebrate its official opening today. The hospital is a tribute and acknowledgement to a generation of planners, consortium partners, medical experts, the community, and yes, even governments who have all had a say and a...

The right trade

AUSTRALIA and by definition Bendigo, is suffering from a shortage of skilled tradespeople. In an understandable aspiration by parents, children are being pushed into so-called white collar professions at the expense of the hands-on roles. Traditional trades, such as...

Race for votes looms

In just under four months’ time, voters will choose who they want to represent them in the next Victorian parliament. The election on Saturday, November 24 shapes as being one of the most closely fought tussles for some time, with recent polls predicting whichever...

Gift keeps giving

WE have a saying in the newsroom, the gift that keeps on giving. It’s in reference to those stories and subjects that resurface every now and again and return to the public eye. In the high turnaround days of a 24-hour news cycle, it’s handy to have a familiar tale to...

Marong park parked

On one hand, it’s easy to understand how and why the City of Greater Bendigo would be so disappointed at this week’s announcement by planning minister Richard Wynne that the much anticipated, but highly controversial Marong Business Park would not proceed. To be...

Sale of the century

THE potential sale of one of the most strategically important retail sites in Bendigo and the subsequent development of a multi-storey hotel and retail complex over the site is one of the most exciting opportunities for the Bendigo central business district in many...



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