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...

Race for votes looms

In just under four months’ time, voters will choose who they want to represent them in the next Victorian parliament. The election on Saturday, November 24 shapes as being one of the most closely fought tussles for some time, with recent polls predicting whichever...

Gift keeps giving

WE have a saying in the newsroom, the gift that keeps on giving. It’s in reference to those stories and subjects that resurface every now and again and return to the public eye. In the high turnaround days of a 24-hour news cycle, it’s handy to have a familiar tale to...

Marong park parked

On one hand, it’s easy to understand how and why the City of Greater Bendigo would be so disappointed at this week’s announcement by planning minister Richard Wynne that the much anticipated, but highly controversial Marong Business Park would not proceed. To be...

Sale of the century

THE potential sale of one of the most strategically important retail sites in Bendigo and the subsequent development of a multi-storey hotel and retail complex over the site is one of the most exciting opportunities for the Bendigo central business district in many...

Cash for a cause

AT this time of year we barely think of the Country Fire Authority. It’s minus one celsius in the morning, and it’s the time for bonfires. But give it a few months and the CFA will be back in our minds. This vast army, staffed with many volunteers, works to keep us...

More and less

NONE of us want to pay any more than we have to for the services and facilities provided by local government, but not a single council could admit to being a fan of the state government imposed cap on council rates. There are no votes in it for councillors – no one...

Uni freeze not cool

Recent reports of a freeze in federal government funding for undergraduate places within the university sector are frustrating, especially for regionally based universities who look set to bear the brunt of the government’s latest move. Short changing education...



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