Fire danger period starts

SPRING rain has failed to delay the early start of fire restrictions in District 02 which includes Bendigo. The Country Fire Authority has declared the fire danger period will start from 1am on Monday, at the same time in the Campaspe and Loddon shire council areas....

Leach bids for seat in parliament

NEWLY announced Bendigo East candidate Helen Leach has wasted no time criticising incumbent MP Jacinta Allan for Labor’s performance across four policy areas. Ms Leach, a former City of Greater Bendigo councillor, has been endorsed to run for the Democratic Labour...

Labor plan excludes Bendigo

LABOR has released its own fast rail plan in a sign faster commuter times are resonating with voters, but Bendigo has been left out of the incumbent government’s latest plans. Instead, public transport minister Jacinta Allan, who holds her Bendigo East seat by a...

Greens promise to eradicate weeds

THE Victorian Greens want to establish an invasive species management authority independent of existing land management and land use organisations. In a state election promise, the party wants to roll into the authority all policies and programs relating to invasive...

Warning over fire threat

A HOT and dry lead in to summer has made parts of Victoria “as dry as a chip” and bush fire responders are gearing up for a long, hard season, according to the Country Fire Authority. Forest Fire Management Victoria has had little time to conduct planned burns before...

Deputy PM pushes decentralisation

DEPUTY prime minister and Nationals leader Michael McCormack was in Bendigo yesterday afternoon to spruik the coalition’s decentralisation election focus ahead of state and federal polls. He is arguably the highest profile politician to visit Bendigo since his...

Stretch on kinder spots

BENDIGO has enough kinder places to give all three year olds at least five hours of tuition a week within three years, but double the number of places will have to be created in the next decade. Enrolments have fallen because unsubsidised three year old programs are...

Greens in bid to ban pokies

THE Greens want to give councils the power to get rid of the pokies altogether in their local government area under a proposal to phase out every machine within the next decade. As part of an election promise, the party is planning to offer incentives to venues who...

Boost in hospital staff

BENDIGO Health will employ 170 more health workers this financial year to meet increased demand from consistent transfers to Bendigo Hospital by the air ambulance since August. Executive director of clinical operations Robyn Lindsay said the hospital was managing...



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