COUNCIL FACES TOUGH CALLS
Peter Kennedy
CITY of Greater Bendigo chief executive officer Craig Niemann has spoken out about the challenges the organisation faces as it wrestles with the expected impacts of a state government cap on rates and the loss of indexation on Federal Assistance Grants, balanced against plans for a $30 million i..
28-Feb-2015
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SIGN OF THE TIMES
Christine McGinn
City of Greater Bendigo mayor Peter Cox will make comment about Lockwood ward councillor Elise Chapman's recent actions at tomorrow's general meeting. Cr Cox and Cr Chapman met this afternoon and have agreed not to make any public comment until the 6pm meeting at the Bendigo town hall...
27-Feb-2015
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SCHOOL CALL FOR POOL
Bendigo Weekly
FOUR Kangaroo Flat schools are pushing the City of Greater Bendigo to build the Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic and Leisure and Wellbeing centre. Despite the City of Greater Bendigo previously listing it as their number one priority, council is reconsidering the need for the development. Kan..
27-Feb-2015
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SECOND CHANCE ON BUSES
Joel Peterson
Local residents will get another chance to have their say on Bendigo’s proposed bus network after the initial Public Transport Victoria plan drew the ire of network commuters. An initial round of community consultations with PTV was held in December, with residents from across Bendigo la..
27-Feb-2015
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FUNDRAISER FOR ETHAN
Dianne Dempsey
It’s hot and Ethan, 12, and Lochie, 10, are sheltering in the shade of a tree at Lake Weeroona with their mother Angela Taylor. We’ve come to talk about Ethan and the fundraiser Angela and her friend Carolyn O’Sullivan are organising. Ethan suffers from severe autism and mu..
21-Feb-2015
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POOL PLAY
Bendigo Weekly
THE City of Greater Bendigo is going back to the drawing board in a bid to convert plans for a state of the art aquatic facility at Kangaroo Flat to reality. The Bendigo Weekly understands a comprehensive business case analysis for both a 25 metre pool and the already adopted 50 metre option w..
21-Feb-2015
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Locals help improve city
Bendigo Weekly
A RANDOM survey of 3000 locals will help to improve the City of Greater Bendigo’s service provision. The sample was chosen from a pool of 30,000 people who had contacted the council in the past 12 months. Chief Executive Officer Craig Niemann said the survey would help council to impr..
04-Mar-2015
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Councillor says festival has faded
Christine McGinn
EPPALOCK ward councillor Helen Leach says after recent changes, the Bendigo Easter Festival has lost its way. “I am very disappointed in the direction it seems to be going, it seems to have lost its grunt,” she said. Despite attempting to resign from the Bendigo Easter Festival ad..
27-Feb-2015
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Market of opportunity
Dianne Dempsey
When arriving at Melbourne International Airport from China in 2002, university student Jacky Zheng was naturally enough incredibly excited. “What would Melbourne look like?” he asked himself. “What would the university look like? The houses?” “The man who picked ..
27-Feb-2015
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Festival fees force out traders
Christine McGinn
RETAILERS and food van operators say they are being priced out of the Bendigo Easter Festival with “exorbitant” fees. Traders, who requested to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal, told the Weekly they would not operate at the festival due to increased costs and unforeseen condit..
20-Feb-2015
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Penalty rates hit business
Christine McGinn
TRADERS say they will be hit hard by Easter Sunday public holiday penalty rates as they battle with an already difficult environment. The state government fulfilled its election commitment this week, making the religious holiday and AFL grand final day public holidays. Shamrock Hotel owner Ji..
20-Feb-2015
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Boom time for auctions
Bendigo Weekly
THERE are auctions aplenty over the coming week, as local agents continue their build up from the traditional Christmas break. DCK Real Estate has a solid cream brick veneer home at 13 Maple Street, Golden Square to auction from 12pm today, Friday February 20. In a great position just a block ..
20-Feb-2015
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Dianne Dempsey
“Perhaps someday the poor will find it in their hearts to forgive you. For it is more blessed to give than to receive, and it is also a lot easier.” St Vincent de Paul It is Tuesday morning and the money has run out. In fact it ran out last week, but what is more urgent now is tha..
27-Feb-2015
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Walking for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
Walking with a cause, Sylvia and Kelly Phan are pulling on their runners to tackle the 60 kilometre Peter MacCallum walk to end women’s cancers. The local women are pulling on their trainers in support of cancer research to help find a cure. “We both need to raise $2000 each in or..
06-Feb-2015
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A night to remember
Nick Atyeo
Students and staff of Flora Hill High from the late 1970s can relive memories of school life at the Class of 76 to 79 Reunion - with a fun night of catching up with former students at the Exchange Restaurant, early next month. Ex-student and Flora Hill High cross-country champion, Leonnie Tre..
16-Jan-2015
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Skiers aim for the top
Christine McGinn
Riding the wave of success, three disabled men have their sights sets to waterski for Australia this September. Local Jason Sleep is gearing up to compete and coach his team to victory at the waterski world championships in Sacramento this year. Paraplegic and double amputee Mr Sleep said the..
09-Jan-2015
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Last chance to donate a toy
Bendigo Weekly
SATURDAY, November 29 is your last chance to donate to a toy run. Hairem Scarem's Annual Toy Run is on again this year. "Help us put joy in the hearts of children by donating toys to those in need at Christmas," owner Emily Gartside said. "You can donate toys by dropping them off at..
28-Nov-2014
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LEADFOOT LANGDON PULLED UP
Bendigo Weekly
Ordinarily stories like this wouldn't see the light of day, but hey, it's an election campaign. Liberal Party Bendigo West candidate Michael Langdon was pulled over and fined for speeding today. Mr Langdon was traveling to Heathcote when police clocked him at 120 kilometres an hour in a ..
13-Nov-2014
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White Hills alleged assault
Bendigo Weekly
A 19 year old man was allegedly assaulted in the early hours of Sunday in White Hills. Three Caucasian men, believed to be in their 20s, approached the man and had a short conversation with him. The men are believed to have punched the 19 year old before he fell to the ground and is believe..
02-Mar-2015
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Police hunt stolen items
Christine McGinn
A BACKPACK filled with $2500 worth of electronic goods was stolen from Bendigo Marketplace yesterday. A man was eating his lunch in the food court when he placed his backpack on the ground. The backpack had an iPad, laptop and a Samsung Galaxy X5 zipped inside. The incident occurred ..
20-Feb-2015
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East Bendigo unit fire
Bendigo Weekly
An East Bendigo home has been ruined in a fire this morning. Police and CFA are currently investigating the cause of the fire. The incident occurred on Lloyd Street in a vacant home. No one was injured during the incident. ..
20-Feb-2015
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Fatal crash in Eaglehawk
Bendigo Weekly
AN 88-year-old woman died after being hit riding her mobility scooter on Monday afternoon. The woman was riding her scooter along High Street in Eaglehawk about 2.50pm. The woman started crossing Napier Street when a Ford sedan, turning right, hit the woman. The driver, a 71-year-old Ma..
17-Feb-2015
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Water police crackdown
Bendigo Weekly
WATERWAY users will be the target of a police crackdown to ensure compliance on safety regulations this weekend. The Victorian Water Police will be ensuring water safety, focused on broken down boats, unregistered vessels, search operations, and irresponsible driving. Police issued the warnin..
23-Jan-2015
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Police on the beat
Christine McGinn
POLICE are on the hunt for information about a robbery at the Long Gully Post Office on Saturday. A man wearing a balaclava entered the store, when they first opened, and fled with a quantity of cash. No weapon was sighted and no one was believed to be injured. A police spokesperson sai..
19-Jan-2015
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Singer Sultan bites journo
Dianne Dempsey
Dan Sultan is coming to town, or rather close to town anyway, he’ll be appearing at Castlemaine’s Theatre Royale on March 7 which is a good enough reason to talk to one of Australia’s most exciting young performers. Sultan is a songwriter as well, and his work clearly shows..
27-Feb-2015
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Bendigo groovers buy all tix
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is the first of Groovin the Moo’s six show national tour to sell out in 2015. “Thanks Bendigo, we love being in your part of Australia and we’re really looking forward to this year’s line up playing to another sold out audience,” Cattleyard Promotions&rsqu..
12-Feb-2015
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Alt-J takes on Australia
Bendigo Weekly
BACKING up a stellar year on the charts, British trio Alt-J are packing their bags for their biggest Australian tour. Their debut album, This Is All Yours, secured three places in the top 30 of Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown in January. Despite having anything but their Left Hand Free..
06-Feb-2015
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Ball Park moo
Joel Peterson
After what lead singer Sam Cromack decribes as a “hectic” 2014, Brisbane’s Ball Park Music will be returning to Groovin The Moo when it comes to the Bendigo Showgrounds in May. The five-piece, beloved by many for their undeniably catchy and relatable tunes, launched their t..
06-Feb-2015
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Havea good time at the Vine
Bendigo Weekly
Joel and Dave Havea play the Golden Vine Hotel on Thursday, February 5. Joel who is back from overseas brings a really brand of soulful pop and dancy flavoured music to town. He is touring with his brother Dave. He has family in Bendigo, but lives and plays in Germany. This gig is..
29-Jan-2015
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Blues back on the move
Bendigo Weekly
Two very special young singer-songwriters will usher the Blues Tram into 2015. Jazz/folk songstress Eva McGowan and explosively soulful Josh Cashman will deliver two fresh and inventive sets of original music on Saturday. Blues and roots maestro Colin Thompson is keen to make the event bu..
21-Jan-2015
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Spirit on the brink
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Spirit coach Bernie Harrower has called on his side to bring the intensity it sorely lacked in the first week of finals, when it plays Sydney Uni in a do-or-die clash on Sunday. Harrower was left disappointed after the Spirit were comprehensively beaten by Townsville last Sunday, los..
27-Feb-2015
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Spirit torched by Fire
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Spirit will have to win their way through to the Women’s National Basketball League grand final next week after being thumped by Townsville today in the league’s major semi-final. The Fire will host the 2014/15 decider after they took a comprehensive 82-63 win a..
22-Feb-2015
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Meyer edges out rivals
Joel Peterson
West Australian Cameron Meyer made it two Jayco Herald Sun Tour stage wins in two years for Orica-GreenEDGE on the streets of Bendigo, as stage one of the race finished in Pall Mall today. Meyer, a multiple world champion on the track, showed just how powerful he is, outlasting Kiwi national..
05-Feb-2015
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Tour in town
Joel Peterson
Bendigo is set to welcome back Australia’s oldest stage race next week, when it hosts a stage finish and start of the 2015 Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Stage one of the race finishes in the heart of town on Thursday, with stage two getting under way from the Tom Flood Sports centre the followi..
30-Jan-2015
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Haig's great white hopes
Joel Peterson
Despite an interrupted start to 2015, Jack Haig is not ruling out his chances of defending his white jersey at this week's Tour Down Under. The 17th edition of the event gets underway in Adelaide tonight with the People's Choice Classic around the Adelaide Parklands precinct. Speaking to t..
18-Jan-2015
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Spirit fires up
Joel Peterson
After a disappointing end to 2014, the Bendigo Spirit is hoping that 2015 will start with a bang when the two-time defending champions take on West Coast on Saturday. The Spirit finished before the Christmas break with a home loss to Sydney Uni, after beating the Flames two weeks earlier awa..
02-Jan-2015
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Dianne Dempsey
“Perhaps someday the poor will find it in their hearts to forgive you. For it is more blessed to give than to receive, and it is also a lot easier.” St Vincent de Paul It is Tuesday morning and the money has run out. In fact it ran out last week, but what is more urgent now is tha..
27-Feb-2015
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Farewell to state's first woman priest
Dianne Dempsey
That the Anglican Church now allows women to become priests is a well known fact; but what is a lesser known fact is that the first woman to become a priest in Victoria hailed from Bendigo and was an Old Girtonian. The Reverend Elizabeth Alfred passed away earlier this month on February 2, ju..
20-Feb-2015
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Grandmothers raise detention awareness
Dianne Dempsey
It is a long way from Bendigo to Darwin, but the children who are kept in detention centres in Australia’s top end are kept close by - in the hearts of Bendigo’ grandmothers and their friends. Almost 60 people gathered on the steps of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral this mont..
18-Feb-2015
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Roll up for netball
Bendigo Weekly
This Sunday, the Bendigo Northern Flames Junior Netball Club will host their inaugural player registration day. It will run from 10am until noon at the netball courts at the Epsom Recreation Reserve, Epsom, with the opportunity for children to also participate in some free netball activitie..
06-Feb-2015
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Girls wanna have 50s fun
Steve Kendall
THE 1950s was the era of rock ‘n’ roll and great cars, and of course the bombshells. Two Bendigo waitresses have taken history in hand and spend a lot of their time dressing and living the 50s dream, and this Valentine’s Day will be representing our city in Ballarat. Go..
30-Jan-2015
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Cats still roaming
Steve Kendall
LOVE them or hate them, one thing’s for sure about cats, they know how to hunt and wander. On the plus side, cats kill mice, rabbits and rats, but they will also kill native wildlife in alarming numbers, spray, howl and roam. When the City of Greater Bendigo council introduced a cat ..
23-Jan-2015
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Amy’s tree change
Bendigo Weekly
In December last year Amy Moylan made the tree change from Melbourne to Bendigo to take up her new role as hotel manager at The Schaller Studio. Since leaving the city with her fiancé and two dogs she has not looked back, with the thriving art and culinary scene captivating her. ..
13-Feb-2015
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Sundays fun days at Schaller
Bendigo Weekly
A free barbecue will be one part of Open Studio Sundays at the Schaller Studio. The community event is the brainchild of hotel manager Amy Moylan and will be held every Sunday from January 11 until February 22. Ms Moylan was keen to find the very best local food offering to be included ..
09-Jan-2015
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Imagine opening a winner
Steve Kendall
VILLAWOOD’S Imagine estate opening in Strathfieldsaye last weekend was a real community offering. Apart from the open homes on view, the 2000 people who attended munched through 70 kilograms of sausages 30kg of onions and 70 loaves of bread. Villawood’s marketing manager Jenn..
16-Oct-2014
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Woolworths hits the right spot
Bendigo Weekly
It’s been a mere two weeks since its opening, but Woolworths Kennington is already a hit with locals. Twenty thousand customers have passed through the doors since August 27, and store manager Adam Hutton said customer response has been good. “A lot of customers have come throu..
05-Sep-2014
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Woolworths to open August 27
Bendigo Weekly
The suburb of Kennington continues to grow with the opening of a new Woolworths supermarket. Opening Wednesday, August 27, store manager Adam Hutton said the supermarket will provide the expanding community with an opportunity to access a range of services. “The new store provides o..
22-Aug-2014
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Printing the future for Keech
Christine McGinn
Keech Australia has launched a new subsidiary company, with unparallelled 3D advanced manufacturing technology in the region. Keech 3D Advanced Manufacturing is leading the pack in regional Victoria, with the region’s largest 3D format printer. The local company was launched today, show..
03-Jul-2014
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Head to the Hatter
Bendigo Weekly
After the overwhelming sell-out success of last year’s inaugural event, Food Fossickers Picnic with The Mad Hatter will return on March 15 with even more regional food, wine and fun. The event returns to the recently redeveloped Bendigo Botanic Gardens, providing ticket holders with an..
06-Feb-2015
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Cheers for beers
Bendigo Weekly
Australia Day is synonymous with lamb chops, a barbecue and a beer, but it would surprise most that the beer they are drinking is not Australian owned. While the stereotype would suggest we all chug down a VB, Bendigo Beer’s Trev Birks is urging everyone to think before they drink. &ld..
23-Jan-2015
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Safety first with food
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO developer Jared Marwood has developed an application to help with food safety programs for small to medium Class 2 Retail and Food Service Businesses. Cook Safe allows food premises to easily create their food safety program. By answering a set of questions, Cook Safe sets up a Food..
19-Dec-2014
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Tarts raise money
Bendigo Weekly
Food Fossickers restaurant member Masons of Bendigo is baking up a storm to spread some Christmas spirit with an old fashioned cake drive, raising funds for the Bendigo Community Farmers Market. Restaurant owner and pastry chef Sonia Anthony has donated both her time and talent to bake the a..
12-Dec-2014
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Food Fossicking at Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
Michel’s Fine Biscuits have released their Christmas shortbread All Stars and award winning fruit mince pies. Available from Favourite Flavours, Mitchell St, Bendigo or head to www.michelsfinebiscuits.com.au • Indulge Chocolates have a variety of delicious hand crafted gifts, made us..
05-Dec-2014
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Fossicking for Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
The Food Fossickers network of Central Victoria is encouraging families and businesses to purchase locally grown produce and edible gifts this Christmas, in support of the region’s local producers, retailers and restaurants. Food Fossickers president Sonia Anthony said that it was of ..
28-Nov-2014
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Remember our nurses
Dianne Dempsey
Remember our Nurses: The service and sacrifice of Bendigo nurses in World War One Murray Poustie Murray Poustie’s book on the Bendigo nurses of World War I is quite a revelation. During the ANZAC centenary most of our attention has been focused on the men who fought ove..
20-Feb-2015
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Ruth, or is it Barbara?
Dianne Dempsey
We lost PD James last November and it was disarming to learn a few weeks ago that the other doyen of mystery writers, Ruth Rendell, has suffered a major stroke and remains critically ill. Like P D James, Rendell was not only prolific but a reliably good read and like James she combined murde..
13-Feb-2015
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Mockingbird revisited
Dianne Dempsey
Discovering that a new novel will be published by Harper Lee is equivalent to discovering the existence of an unknown brother or sister. Lee’s first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was published in 1962 and has since garnered millions of adoring fans. Time after time it has been identifie..
06-Feb-2015
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Writing with Alice Pung
Dianne Dempsey
One of the special events coming to the Bendigo library is an author talk and writing workshop with Alice Pung on Monday, February 2. The daughter of Cambodian refugees who survived the Khmer Rouge, Ms Pung’s previous books were both autobiographical. This, her latest book, is a novel fo..
30-Jan-2015
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Summer reading
Dianne Dempsey
For many readers, holidays are a time for catching up on that pile of books that have accumulated on the bedside table. But this Christmas I struggled in my quest to find that magical book which would transport me far from away Bendigo’s relentless days of heat. Part of the problem I ..
23-Jan-2015
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Kindling a future for a paper book
Julie Proudfoot
Has all the talk about e-books superseding paper books died down now? I think it has. I’m a big fan of e-books, I bought my first e-reader in 1998. It was 40 millimetres thick, and too heavy to hold. I’d drop it on my face every five minutes. I think I’ve permanentl..
16-Jan-2015
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