Council plays name game

A CFA volunteer should get precedence over a high achieving bank chief executive when it comes to naming places in Bendigo, argued two City of Greater Bendigo councillors. They were considering a draft policy designed to take the ad hoc nature out of imposing...

Fortuna’s five-star future

PLANS have been revealed for a five star hotel and conference centre at Bendigo’s historic Fortuna Villa. Owner Paul Banks said the proposed Fortuna Villa Hotel will be a 24/7 à la carte five star hotel and conference centre, accommodation for more than 100 people,...

Councillors position for mayoral run

AN unprecedented third consecutive term as mayor for Margaret O’Rourke could be disrupted by the ambitions of Whipstick councillor Andrea Metcalf. Cr Metcalf has City of Greater Bendigo councillors on notice that she is considering nominating for roles of mayor and...

Aged-care sector in the spotlight

THE announcement of a Royal Commission into aged care has highlighted systemic problems in the care sector and raised concerns for the health and wellbeing of residents in aged care facilities. Elder Rights Advocacy worker Debra Nicholl said there were many facilities...

Millenials in our sights

BENDIGO is on a race against other regional cities to attract millenials priced out of living in Melbourne and Sydney, according to a consultant starting the public discussion about the city’s new parking strategy. Sydney-based principal urban strategist Steven...

Former principal gears up for fight

A DAMNING report into the conduct of former Bendigo South East College principal Ernie Fleming that the Victorian government had hoped would end two lengthy rumour-ridden investigations, has emboldened the former school leader to continue fighting. Mr Fleming has...

VCAT ruling speeds up planning

A PROPOSAL to build a large housing estate in Huntly will come before the City of Greater Bendigo next week, earlier than the council expected. It’s due to a VCAT case instigated by the developer because the former had failed to determine the application in the...

Schools on the win list

STATE Labor is ramping up its election run, with promises of school funding if re-elected. Bendigo East MP Jacinta Allan this week announced Labor would invest $4.6 million to transform old classrooms and facilities at White Hills Primary School to bring students and...

Garage sale adds intrigue to GovHub plans

A PRIME parcel land in the heart of the city’s civic precinct has been put up for sale at the same time as plans progress for Bendigo’s proposed $90 million GovHub project on an adjacent site. Land that once housed the historic Doherty’s Garage has come onto the...



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