Billboards too big for Bendigo

TWO proposed billboards are “too flaming big” for Bendigo and risk Americanising the city, according to City of Greater Bendigo councillor James Williams. Cr Williams was talking about a 10-metre-high, nine-metre-long electronic sign proposed to be built on High...

Lapsley steps down from role

FORMER Bendigo firefighter Craig Lapsley has resigned as Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner. In a statement released earlier this week, Emergency Services minister James Merlino acknowledged and thanked Mr Lapsley for his contribution to the role he...

Crime and Cleeves

Three female writers who will be appearing at this weekend’s festival – crime writer Ann Cleeves, agriculture journalist Carey Gillam and fashion designer Alannah Hill – may at first glance be coming to their trade from different angles, however the one sure quality...

Greens candidate in push for action

IN 30 minutes on Wednesday night, Bendigo West Greens candidate Laurie Whelan collected a large bag full of recyclable drink containers from rubbish bins in the CBD and in the gutter. Yesterday morning, he tipped the bag on the front verge of the office of his...

Helping hand for farmers

BENDIGO vet nurse Millie Hawkins is working for a cause. She raising funds for Aussie Helpers, a charity that gives back directly to Australian farming families. It’s a critical time, with farmers battling what is regarded as one of the worst drought we have seen in...

Voice your view

For 45 years Bendigo’s trams have delivered a tour via an online recorded commentary, but now the question is being asked whether the tour would be better delivered in person and the Bendigo Tramways are calling on the community to help trial the idea. The trial...

Crute puts in the boot

FOR all his softspokeness, the newly contracted Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Jimmy “The Brute” Crute speaks plainly about the coward’s punch. “If you hit someone, if you even start a fight for no reason, you are the scum of the earth,” Crute said, echoing...

Good news on social housing

MORE social housing constructed in Bendigo means 28 fewer people will be sleeping rough. A $2.8 million state government grant will help build 16 units, eight in North Bendigo on Lobb Street and eight on Somerville Street in Flora Hill, available for rent at less than...

A different view

LA TROBE University students have used an Australian first model to show Bendigo Creek in a new light and the project has provided some surprising insights. The City of Greater Bendigo has lauded the project that asked students rather than councillors to get community...



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