Water bills to drop over the next five years

CENTRAL Victorian water bills will drop for the first time since the millennium drought after the state regulator handed down Coliban Water’s pricing structure for the next five years. The Esssential Services Commission this week released its final decision on...

Row over bike trails

PLANS for more than 50 kilometres of mountain bike trails near Bendigo have attracted warnings from environmental groups about disrupting sensitive habitat, flora and fauna including phascogales. But the City of Greater Bendigo and the Bendigo Mountain Bike Club, the...

Ravenswood Run sold

ONE of the region’s most historic and prized properties has been sold. After a long campaign stretching back to last November’s auction by local agents McKean McGregor, Ravenswood Homestead, located at 4912 Calder Highway, Ravenswood, has been sold by agents Jellis...

Airport link push

A BUSINESS case outlining the feasibility of a rail link to Melbourne Airport is expected to be delivered by September and public transport minister Jacinta Allan will push for it to include regional connections. Ms Allan and federal minister for urban infrastructure...

Seeking the solutions in Canberra

SOLUTIONS rather than new projects made up the bulk of advocacy for City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke and chief executive Craig Niemann in Canberra last week. The pair spoke to the advisers of government and opposition leaders, and attended the last...

Rezoning hikes farm land value

THE Marong farmland at the centre of a compulsory acquisition controversy has tripled in value by being rezoned for comprehensive development as part of the City of Greater Bendigo’s bid to build a business park, according to mayor Margaret O’Rourke. Owners of the...

Waste problem dries up

BENDIGO’s busiest CBD property developer is relying on large scale organic waste dehydration technology in the absence of a council collection, to deal with 200 kilograms of green waste a week. Scott Jackman, who built the multi-storey, mixed-use 111 Mitchell street...

Mobile funding signalled

CONNECTIVITY to internet and mobile services is as important to regional Australians as roads and infrastructure, according to deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie. Senator McKenzie joined Nationals candidate for Bendigo East Gaelle Broad yesterday to double down...

Warning for drones

DRONE operators will have to be aware now the new Bendigo Health helipad is the landing site for emergency helicopters. The issue of an exclusion area around the helipad did not come up at a community forum hosted by Bendigo Health and hospital builder Exemplar Health...


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