Local News

O'Rourke back in the top job
Bendigo Weekly
MARGARET O’Rourke was installed on Tuesday for a second term as mayor, and councillor Jennifer Alden as her deputy. The pair will preside in a year that has the potential to offer Bendigo opportunities in the lead-up to a state election. A select committee into regional development..
17-Nov-2017
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Stepping out of isolation
Dianne Dempsey
Meet Jim, a four-year-old labrador and his much loved friend, Penny Williams. Brought together through the auspices of a pilot study conducted by La Trobe University researchers, the two companions have enjoyed regular walks together, all in the name of science. La Trobe’s Living w..
17-Nov-2017
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Group calls for Manus men
Bendigo Weekly
MEMBERS of the Loddon Mallee Regional Advisory Council are formally requesting to resettle within the region up to 300 refugees and asylum seekers from Manus Island. At the inaugural meeting of the council, Victorian Multicultural Commission chairperson Helen Kapalos said council members ask..
17-Nov-2017
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Locals lend a hand for classic
Bendigo Weekly
How do you convince local riders to pay to cycle on roads they use for free? This was one of the biggest questions for the Bendigo Cycling Classic organising committee. It seems the answer lay in the ability to offer a ride where all of the entry fees were donated to charity. Bendig..
17-Nov-2017
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Sharing the knowledge
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo-based Monash University medical students have been recognised for their voluntary contribution to the Smith Family’s senior secondary tutoring program this year. The program provides Smith Family scholarship students in years 11 and 12 with homework support and ultimately aims..
17-Nov-2017
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Star turns the spotlight on Bendigo
Dianne Dempsey
A touch of glamour came to town on Wednesday when Hollywood actress Jane Seymour visited the Edith Head exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery. After completing her commitments amidst the merry go round of the Melbourne Cup, Seymour was keen to make the most of her free time in Australia and ..
09-Nov-2017
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New look for memorial as donations flow in
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo District RSL’s Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Building Appeal hopes to raise $250,000 to assist with building works and re-establishment of the building. The museum is being returned to its original colour as part of a $4.5 revitalisation project currently und..
02-Nov-2017
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Hats top off a fascinating career
Bendigo Weekly
Local designer Alysha Elliott has dedicated herself to hat design and millinery since she studied fashion design and technology at Bendigo Senior Secondary College. Now 22, Alysha later graduated from her studies in fashion design at RMIT. At the same time, she completed internships at s..
26-Oct-2017
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Baton bearers named
Bendigo Weekly
A GROUP of 18 locals from sporting organisations and community groups will be part of the Queen’s Baton relay when it comes to Bendigo in February ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games. Organisers announced the local baton bearers this week, with Dennis O’Hoy AM and Otis ..
19-Oct-2017
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Mayoral race down to Marg or Matt
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo mayoral contest shapes as a two-way battle, with the city’s next leader set to be chosen on Monday. Eppalock ward councillor Margaret O’Rourke will make Bendigo council history if she is voted in next week to wear the mayoral robes for back-to-back ter..
13-Oct-2017
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Project uplift for Octobra
Bendigo Weekly
Bra bins have popped up around Bendigo this month as part of Octobra, which involves collecting old and unused bras to send to women in developing countries. Bra bins are available at locations including Fernwood Fitness, Professionals Bendigo and the Bendigo Weekly. Organiser and Profes..
05-Oct-2017
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Refugees have extra support
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Community Health Services has confirmed it will continue providing support for refugee families. After the initiation of the humanitarian settlement service program in 2010, settlement services team manager Martine Street said the future of refugees in Bendigo looks bright. &ldqu..
27-Sep-2017
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Bendigo baby boom makes for a busy month
Bendigo Weekly
BABIES tend to be born when they are good and ready, and a record number of 147 babies sought to greet the new world at Bendigo Hospital in August. On three separate days last month, nine newborns entered the world. August 11, 25 and 28 are likely to be big birthday dates forever more in..
21-Sep-2017
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Lost lives reclaimed
Dianne Dempsey
Earlier this year Len Williams took a walk to a forgotten grave site at Remembrance Park Central Victoria. It was 5pm and cold, the same time of day when the first woman from St Aidan’s was buried there by the Good Shepherd Sisters. “She was Catherine Darcy, 26 years old, a..
15-Sep-2017
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Rehearsing for the big day
Bendigo Weekly
The Forever Young community rock choir is in full rehearsal mode for their annual concert at the Ulumbarra Theatre. They are working hard with the Girton rock band The Riffs and the Senior String Orchestra, to produce a memorable musical event. The choir will perform alongside Australian..
07-Sep-2017
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Jeff marks an end to years of service
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of the Bendigo Bank’s longest serving employees will retire today, bringing an end to 51 years of his service with a smile and outstanding commitment to customer service. Born and bred in Bendigo, Jeff Ruff started behind the counter at the then Sandhurst Building Society in 1966, ..
31-Aug-2017
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The serious message behind underwear
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Prostate Cancer Support Group has used the old Bendigo Bank headquarters as a clothesline for its giant undies ahead of a busy three months for the group’s members. The pair of underpants pictured on the banner is a symbol for the message the group strives to put in men&rsq..
25-Aug-2017
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Fundraiser fun ahead of grand final
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Thunder geared up for their Northern Football League grand final with a fundraising lunch this week. Federal Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters hosted the lunch at the Exchange this week, featuring women’s football ambassador Susan Alberti AC. Bendigo plays Diamond Creek on Sunda..
24-Aug-2017
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Boost for homeless services
Bendigo Weekly
HAVEN Home Safe has received more than $5 million in state government funds to build and buy homes in Bendigo, Echuca, Geelong and Mildura, and provide support to the occupants of the properties. It is the first money to flow to a regional project after an initial round of $25m to house the ..
17-Aug-2017
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Budgie breeder reaches new heights
Sharon Kemp
ROBIN Kirby brings the same competitive spirit to budgerigar breeding and exhibition that made him a national champion in the adrenaline-charged sport of drag racing. The Lockwood resident was an Australian champion drag racer more than 15 years ago when the sport outshone all other motor sp..
11-Aug-2017
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