Editorial Comment

Search for truth
Bendigo Weekly
THE federal government’s mail out to all registered voters of the marriage equality survey forms is now well underway, with many central Victorians having already completed their forms and having their say on the issue. Whilst we can continue to bicker about the need for a postal surve..
15-Sep-2017
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Vote, don't vilify
Bendigo Weekly
THIS week’s successful prosecution of three opponents to the proposed Bendigo mosque has been a long time coming, and sends a powerful message to the entire community about the need for tolerance, respect and understanding. It’s not a claim to fame anyone wants to be proud of, bu..
07-Sep-2017
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Time to give back
Bendigo Weekly
THE new Bendigo hospital has been treating patients from through central and northern Victoria for more than seven months now, but the push to provide more much needed and potentially lifesaving equipment will step up a gear from next week. Thanks to the incredible generosity of some of our ..
31-Aug-2017
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Rewriting history
Bendigo Weekly
IN the rush to be politically correct, the obvious is sometimes missed. In Charlottesville, Virginia this month, a woman was killed while protesting against a white supremacy rally. The rally in itself was protesting the suggested removal of a statue of the commander of the Confederate f..
24-Aug-2017
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Time for Faith
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo council finds itself in a pickle over the decision to provisionally name Bendigo’s much-anticipated indoor aquatic and wellbeing centre the Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre. One of the difficulties governments of all persuasions face is that no matter how har..
18-Aug-2017
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Equality and respect
Bendigo Weekly
The level of frustration Australian voters share with their elected representatives has arguably never been greater. Paradoxically, this comes at a stage in our nation’s history when the need for true leadership and vision has never been greater. As the world continues to tumble tu..
11-Aug-2017
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Building momentum
Bendigo Weekly
IN about 15 months’ time, Victorians will head to the polls to elect their next state government. And after a decade of boom time for Bendigo that started with construction of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank headquarters in the heart of the city and was bookended by the new Bendigo Hospi..
04-Aug-2017
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Making the most
Bendigo Weekly
FOR almost all of its proud history, Bendigo has been a city that’s made the most of an opportunity when it was presented. Australia’s first provincial stock exchange was established on Pall Mall about 150 years ago to capitalise on the extraordinary riches and excitement that wa..
28-Jul-2017
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The right move
Bendigo Weekly
MAYOR Margaret’s O’Rourke’s call for Bendigo to become a government hub in today’s Weekly is bang on the mark. Our city is centrally placed with existing and planned infrastructure ready to take us into the next century. Population growth in our area is welcome an..
20-Jul-2017
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Water paramount
Bendigo Weekly
THE society of today needs to accept responsibility for tomorrow and for the citizens of tomorrow, and with that, the impacts of our ever changing climate. When it comes to future water security, the need for a reliable water supply, as part of a balanced and sensible approach to achieving s..
13-Jul-2017
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Opportunities on the rise
Bendigo Weekly
For some time now, discussion of the rural health workforce has been fixated on the fact that we aren’t graduating enough doctors with a passion for the country. And a decade or so ago, that was probably true. At a time when rural training opportunities were minimal and at best conside..
07-Jul-2017
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The Weekly at 20
Bendigo Weekly
A moment of indulgence dear readers, if we may. This week, the Bendigo Weekly celebrates the 20th anniversary of its founding, way back on July 4, 1997, when a group of local real estate agents and one equally forward thinking local business man and councillor banded together a small crew to..
07-Jul-2017
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Dragon unites us
Bendigo Weekly
THE community campaign for a new Imperial Dragon is an important one for Bendigo and for our city’s reputation. Bendigo residents are well used to the massive crowds that line the city streets at Easter each year as the magnificence of our city’s rich Chinese heritage parades by,..
30-Jun-2017
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It's your chance
Bendigo Weekly
In coming weeks, the Weekly plans to introduce to its readership a new feature, and one every reader has the chance to be part of. One of the greatest strengths of any community is the diversity of opinion that exists within it. One of our greatest obligations is to respect these opinion..
23-Jun-2017
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Best at local level
Bendigo Weekly
Each year when the Order of Australia recipients are announced, I’m sure there are a few of us who take a glimpse down the list to see whether or not we have received a gong. Of course if one were to be honoured with an award, official protocols deem that one would have been notified b..
15-Jun-2017
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Reality check
Bendigo Weekly
Yet another reminder of the need for regional Australians to do more to lift the overall standards of health in our community emerged this week with the release of yet another study highlighting the increasing gap in health standards between the city and the country. The latest edition of th..
08-Jun-2017
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Hopes for Hawkei
Bendigo Weekly
It’s been a rocky road to today’s promising position for the Hawkei armoured military vehicle. Those of us who have been witness to the journey will recall the battle almost a decade ago to have the Hawkei even considered a future option for the Australian army. Hawkei has c..
02-Jun-2017
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Tough choices
Bendigo Weekly
It’s not easy being a politician right now, but it’s arguably never been more important to be a good one. Our elected leaders are not simply there to be popular or to simply do what people might want. The more important thing to do is to do what is right, and sometimes, that..
25-May-2017
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Options for housing
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of the City of Greater Bendigo’s Residential Housing Strategy’s key planks faces a litmus test after councillors this week voted to send an amendment to the city’s Planning Scheme to an independent panel. Plans for a medium-density housing development on a vacant East B..
19-May-2017
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Budget winners
Bendigo Weekly
THIS week’s federal budget offered many more surprises than most of us expected, and the government’s rat cunning and craftsmanship will likely reward it at the next few Newspolls. In a budget that offers more of the traditional Labor themes of investments in education and health..
12-May-2017
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