Regional rail pain

THIS week’s state government announcement of a brand new era of fast rail for regional Victoria offered a lot of hope and potential, until the realisation it’s actually a plan for Ballarat and Geelong. The government’s plan is exciting for commuters in both Geelong...

Rail offers hope

SEVEN weeks out from what is expected to be a closely-fought state election, and the contest suddenly got a lot more interesting this week. The announcement of a $19 billion plan by the state opposition to dramatically transform rail services throughout regional...

Think positive

IN just over eight weeks’ time, Victorians will go to the polls to determine who will lead our state for the subsequent four years. This year’s election comes at a time when our confidence and trust in politics at every level is at its lowest ebb, but it’s also...

Mayoral vote vital

CITY of Greater Bendigo councillors are facing one of their most crucial votes as the battle to determine who will lead their group for the next 12 months slowly unfolds. One thing seems certain – this contest will be as intriguing as any in recent years. The next...

Mental health help

THIS week there has been a significant focus on issues surrounding the mental health and wellbeing of Australia’s 25-plus million residents, highlighted by yesterday’s RUOK? Day, and that’s a good thing. Our mental health report card makes for some sobering and...

Policy reboot plea

“We live in a time when the salacious and the negative trumps the productive.” These are the honest and forthright words of a senior state government minister to an assembled gathering of regional newspaper executives in Melbourne this week, but they are also a...

We must get it right

WHILE Melbourne continues to boom, and the state government feeds billions of dollars into supporting our state capital’s frenzied population growth, we cannot afford to ignore the needs of regional Victoria or the risks of a two-paced economy. At a time when billions...

Healthy future

BENDIGO’S brand new, world class hospital will celebrate its official opening today. The hospital is a tribute and acknowledgement to a generation of planners, consortium partners, medical experts, the community, and yes, even governments who have all had a say and a...

The right trade

AUSTRALIA and by definition Bendigo, is suffering from a shortage of skilled tradespeople. In an understandable aspiration by parents, children are being pushed into so-called white collar professions at the expense of the hands-on roles. Traditional trades, such as...



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