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...

Cash for a cause

AT this time of year we barely think of the Country Fire Authority. It’s minus one celsius in the morning, and it’s the time for bonfires. But give it a few months and the CFA will be back in our minds. This vast army, staffed with many volunteers, works to keep us...

More and less

NONE of us want to pay any more than we have to for the services and facilities provided by local government, but not a single council could admit to being a fan of the state government imposed cap on council rates. There are no votes in it for councillors – no one...

Uni freeze not cool

Recent reports of a freeze in federal government funding for undergraduate places within the university sector are frustrating, especially for regionally based universities who look set to bear the brunt of the government’s latest move. Short changing education...

A new start?

MOST Australians – in fact roughly two-thirds of us, support an increase in this most basic of allowances provided by government that the roughly $570 per fortnight Newstart payment provided to eligible Australians. In fact it would seem to be the Australian thing to...

Bank on change

THE banking industry Royal Commission has uncovered some extremely poor behaviours from within the powerful sector, and despite the government’s initial hesitance to support such a move, the exposé is turning out to hopefully be a good thing. Day after day, national...

A sporting chance

THE City of Greater Bendigo will tick of the completion of another big project this weekend, when it celebrates the official opening of the extended new-look Bendigo Stadium. The completion of the $23.65 million project may well signal the end of a major redevelopment...

Ride of sadness

LARGE numbers of cyclists will gather in Epsom tomorrow morning for a ride with a difference, one where sadness and solemnity rules over the usual jubilation and joy associated with the privilege of riding a bike. This year’s Ride of Silence is the first since last...



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