Harris Scarfe to open in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of Australia’s oldest department stores plans to open in Bendigo. Harris Scarfe dates back more than 160 years, and the company has approximately 60 stores across Australia, with a focus on manchester, homewares and fashions. The proposed Bendigo store adds to other regional V..
23-Jun-2017
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Liacos leaves board
Sharon Kemp
STAN Liacos has stepped down as chairman of the Bendigo Art Gallery board, citing time constraints relating to work and family life. A spokesperson for the gallery said the recent past chair Gordon McKern had resumed the role until the position was filled at the next annual general meeting. ..
23-Jun-2017
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Venue to fight for pokies despite opposition
Sharon Kemp
AN application to install 44 gaming machines at The Wellington at Botanical Gardens Hotel has provoked strong reaction from City of Greater Bendigo councillors who voted to oppose the proposal. They have yet to decide if they will voice their protest at a Victorian Commission for Gaming and ..
23-Jun-2017
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Ready to be a Smart City
Sharon Kemp
THE federal government is expected to announce three new Smart City deals in the coming weeks, and City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke is hoping Bendigo will be among them. Cr O’Rourke and chief executive Craig Niemann attended the National General Assembly of Local G..
23-Jun-2017
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Capital spending halved
Sharon Kemp
A LEANER budget than in previous years was approved by City of Greater Bendigo on Wednesday night, with capital spending almost halved from the previous year. Cr Rod Fyffe described the 2017-18 budget as “a responsible budget” in view of the constraints on the council’s rev..
23-Jun-2017
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Festival by the book
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Writers Festival chairman Rod Fyffe was the first to see the program for this year’s festival, but don’t worry, your copy is in this issue of the Bendigo Weekly. Now in its sixth year, this writers festival brings the best of the literary world to Bendigo over the weekend..
23-Jun-2017
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Students revitalise Annie's tale
Bendigo Weekly
St Liborius Catholic Primary School was abuzz this week as students prepared to perform the musical Annie Jr. A full dress rehearsal took place on Wednesday as students honed their acting, singing and dancing skills in preparation for the two performances which took place at the Liborius Ce..
22-Jun-2017
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Time to move on
Bendigo Weekly
WITH only a few ibis left on Lake Weeroona after breeding season, work has begun to scare the remaining birds off one of two islands. The City of Greater Bendigo has a work permit from the Department of Environmental, Land, Water and Planning to “scare only” the ibis which are pr..
19-Jun-2017
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Blood donor hits a special milestone
Bendigo Weekly
This week is National Blood Donor Week and it’s when the Australian Red Cross Blood Service says a special thank you to all the donating legends. Their generous donations support the one in three Australians who will need donated blood in their lifetime. One donor who deserves a sp..
15-Jun-2017
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Road changes impact winery
Bendigo Weekly
WHILE work on the $86 million Calder Highway interchange at Ravenswood is continuing, one local business has taken a major hit due to a loss of customers attributed to the ongoing roadworks. Killiecrankie Wines owner John Monteath this week said cellar door sales had plummeted by about 80 pe..
09-Jun-2017
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Writers festival reveals line up
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Writers Festival was launched on Wednesday evening announcing the festival is changing, but also staying the same. The festival will feature new events and venues, plus international guests and an impressive line-up of Australian writers. Festival director Rosemary Sorensen s..
01-Jun-2017
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Julia nets a winner with her heritage koi
Steve Kendall
A design that is influenced by Chinese heritage will be featured in a new temporary public art project installed on the Bendigo Town Hall forecourt. The artwork at the intersection of Hargreaves and Bull Streets features eight, four metre long koi fish and is the design of local artist Juli..
25-May-2017
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Rations for a cause
Dianne Dempsey
Rice and water, rice and lentils and just for a change – rice and oil – these are the three meals that Kylie Kent was allowed yesterday as part of her participation in the Act for Peace Ration Challenge. The ration challenge invites people to stick to a diet of ..
22-Jun-2017
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No to plastic bags
Bendigo Weekly
A COUNCIL waste truck is spreading the word as a large mobile billboard to remind the community not to put plastic bags in their recycling or organics bins. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Craig Lloyd said plastic bags are one of the main items that contaminate the recycling and orga..
15-Jun-2017
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Gallery offers a new view of Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW exhibition at the Post Office Gallery offers a bird’s-eye view of Bendigo. Vantage point: aerial views of Bendigo features 12 large scale reproductions of aerial views of Bendigo taken by Charles Pratt as well as three original glass plate negatives from the collection of the Sta..
08-Jun-2017
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AFL in class
Bendigo Weekly
CENTRAL Victorian school students picked up some footy tips from the elite level this week as Melbourne Football Club players headed up the Calder for a series of school visits. Demons players dropped into schools across the region, joined by local clubs to run footy clinics and speak to stu..
01-Jun-2017
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Police watch mall
Bendigo Weekly
TRANSIT police from Melbourne spent two afternoons this week patrolling bus stops at Bendigo train station and Hargreaves Mall. Bendigo police inspector Shane Brundell said the city-based officers would return for unannounced visits in coming months. The stronger police presence coincide..
25-May-2017
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Traditional burn a true milestone
Sharon Kemp
WHEN Rhys Cooper talks about the time it took to introduce traditional burning as a permanent fire management tool, he is not talking about the three years that went into planning so it would become reality in Victoria. He is talking about the more than 150 years since white settleme..
18-May-2017
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Prize winner's connection to country
Bendigo Weekly
It was a unanimous decision by the judges of this year’s Arthur Guy Memorial Art Prize to confer the coveted award to Northern Territory artist Margaret Loy Pula. The panel said her minimalist work Anatye (bush potato) 2016 stood out for its vivid impact and demonstrable connection to ..
22-Jun-2017
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La Trobe's art on display at gallery
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 100 artworks are on display at the Bendigo Art Gallery in a new exhibit entitled Revealing Identity: The Collections of La Trobe University. La Trobe Art Institute’s Kent Wilson and his team had the daunting task of sifting through the core collection of some 8000 works,..
15-Jun-2017
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Hospital upgrade complete
Bendigo Weekly
The $40 million upgrade on St John of God Bendigo Hospital is officially open for business. An opening and blessing of the redevelopment was held in the hospital’s atrium on Tuesday. St John of God Health care trustees and group CEO attended to participate in the blessing by the..
08-Jun-2017
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Second chance for Mia
Steve Kendall
MIA the border collie has had a second chance and there’s a fundraiser to help the good work continue. The former puppy farm dog had been confined to cages until she ended up at the McIvor Road Vet Clinic. She was far from well and had damage to both hips. Enter Estelle and Kei..
01-Jun-2017
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True brew Fi hits her tea target
Bendigo Weekly
Amid the hum of hundreds of people enjoying morning tea, Fiona Macdonald was confident she had served cups to the more than 350 people she hoped to, and raised more than $8000. Ms Macdonald, with four biggest morning teas under her belt, offered more than just a hot drink and a scone to peop..
25-May-2017
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A coat fit for a community drive
Bendigo Weekly
Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has donated the red coat made famous during the 2016 election campaign to launch the 2017 Bendigo Community Coat Drive. Bendigo Community Health Services chief executive Kim Sykes said the donation was a great start to the 2017 coat drive which looked..
18-May-2017
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Current Issue

Matt back for blues showcase
Bendigo Weekly
Artists are preparing for the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival’s winter showcase. This will be at the Golden Vine Hotel on Sunday, July 16 with performances from visiting and local artists alike. Now in its seventh year, the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival continues t..
22-Jun-2017
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Spinsters return
Simon Wooldridge
The Barren Spinsters went down a storm at their first Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival last year. The Canberra-based rock-blues duo are making a welcome return to central Victoria over the weekend of July 14-16. Front man Brendon Houlahan (vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica, keys &nd..
22-Jun-2017
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Riverdance Eclipsed
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne’s Anthony Street is living a double life; by day he gets his hands dirty as a demolition worker, by night he is lighting up the stage as lead dancer for Celtic Illusion and soon, his newest stage show Eclipse comes to Bendigo. In a story not unlike that of Billy Elliot, Stree..
22-Jun-2017
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Seymour guest stars with choir
Bendigo Weekly
Australian rock legend Mark Seymour, lead singer of one of Australia’s most seminal bands, Hunters and Collectors, will make a special guest appearance at the annual Forever Young community rock choir concert at the Ulumbarra Theatre. Mark Seymour will take to the stage with Bendigo&r..
22-Jun-2017
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Everlys and Buddy
Bendigo Weekly
The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly are together in concert. Bet you never thought you’d see that happening. The magical sounds of The Everly Brothers come alive again with Australia’s very own Robertson Brothers, one of Australia’s leading vocal groups. They are best ..
15-Jun-2017
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Two days of sonic disturbance
Simon Wooldridge
Central Victorian experimental sounds collective undue noise celebrates its 15th birthday next weekend, with Sonic Disturbance – a special two-day event at the Old Fire Station in View Street, Bendigo. “It’s a great opportunity to get local experimental people together,&rdq..
15-Jun-2017
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Haig climbs to rare form on European peaks
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO cycling ace Jack Haig continues to make his mark on the world stage with the young Orica-Scott rider recording outstanding results in both the recent Criterium de Dauphine and Tour of Slovenia. Haig finished third in the Tour of Slovenia after jostling with some of the world’s ..
22-Jun-2017
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Strong BSSC romps into footy final
Bendigo Weekly
A RAMPANT Bendigo Senior Secondary College has won through to the final of the prestigious School Sport Victoria premier league football final after demolishing Hallam Senior College by 49 points on Wednesday. The BSSC side pulled away from their opponents in the final quar..
22-Jun-2017
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Spinners take the bronze
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO’S Jontee Brown has won a world championship bronze medal as part of the Australian Spinners under-23 wheelchair basketball team. The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation championships were held in Canada earlier this month, culminating in the finals played out last we..
22-Jun-2017
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Mixed Spirit
Joel Peterson
A NEW-LOOK Bendigo Spirit will hit the floor in the Women’s National Basketball League this season, and the changes are not confined to just the club’s playing roster. The club announced its fourth signing, WNBA point guard Rachel Banham, early this week. While Banham will li..
16-Jun-2017
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Brave new identity
Joel Peterson
THEY spent the start of the season searching for an identity and three consecutive wins have the Bendigo Braves confident they’ve found their groove. The Braves were dogged by injuries and unavailability in the early part of the season and limped out of the blocks, going 4-6 through 10..
16-Jun-2017
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Young stars shine
Bendigo Weekly
THE best young players from Bendigo City and Bendigo Amateur Soccer League sides will put their skills to the test on Friday night at Epsom Huntly Reserve. The BASL’s development squad sides will play against City’s youth squads, headlined by a BASL under-21 squad taking on City&..
16-Jun-2017
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Camp for coding
Bendigo Weekly
School children in Bendigo will have the chance to learn the language of computers by taking part in a course designed to teach them how to build their own app. Code Camp is coming to the city, and for three days during the school holidays, children will have the chance to meet new friends ..
22-Jun-2017
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Legend spreads the safety word
Bendigo Weekly
Hawthorn football legend Peter Knights is at a special breakfast on Tuesday to discuss leadership and learn about important occupational health and safety changes. The event, which is being brought to the region by WorkSafe Victoria, will also discuss WorkSafe’s new strategy to work mo..
15-Jun-2017
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Wine for the long weekend
Bendigo Weekly
The annual Heathcote on Show festival is on this weekend. It’s the time of year when the Heathcote wineries and traders come together to celebrate and show off the region’s many great wineries, fine restaurants and pubs and Heathcote’s many historic and natural attractions...
08-Jun-2017
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Sustainability awards on offer
Bendigo Weekly
Josh Byrne is the guest speaker at the Bendigo Sustainable Awards presentation evening on World Environment Day, June 5. Mr Byrne is a sustainability practitioner and communicator well known for his work on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program. He has a unique and integrated approa..
01-Jun-2017
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Playing sport with disability
Bendigo Weekly
A GROUP of 10 local students with a disability yesterday hosted an all-abilities sports day for primary school students to raise awareness of what it’s like to live and play sport with a disability. The group is comprised of members from Kalianna School and Bendigo Senior Secondary Col..
25-May-2017
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Awards launched to aid sustainability
Bendigo Weekly
New research by Sustainability Victoria shows that more than 90 per cent of Victorians want environmental projects to tackle climate change. Sustainability Victoria’s Stan Krpan said the premier’s Sustainability Awards provided a channel for just that. “One of the great..
18-May-2017
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Moving in a digital era
Sharon Kemp
TWELVE of Bendigo Health’s professionals can now call themselves digital health pioneers. Last week, Bendigo Health contributed the dozen certified health informaticians to Australia’s small skill pool of about 270. And it became the first health organisation to produce of a ..
22-Jun-2017
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Door open for trade training
Sharon Kemp
AFTER four years of consecutive falls in apprenticeship numbers, there are opportunities in traditional trades and traineeships, according to a Bendigo vocational training specialist. But Apprenticeships Matter regional manager Ivan Crisp said not only were most local secondary students unaw..
15-Jun-2017
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Setting the standard
Bendigo Weekly
THE Eaglehawk Recycle Shop has been awarded the top honour at this year’s Bendigo Sustainability Awards. This is the fifth year of these awards and Eaglehawk Recycle Shop was selected from six individual awards categories as the overall winner. Organisers say the shop reduces the..
08-Jun-2017
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Milestone for exchange
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Livestock Exchange in Wallenjoe Road Huntly is celebrating its 20 year anniversary. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Bernie O’Sullivan said the livestock exchange is one of Victoria’s premier livestock selling facilities. It was constructed at a cost of $5..
01-Jun-2017
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Students spread the word
Bendigo Weekly
Monash Rural Health hosted a student-led careers day in Bendigo, which attracted 25 medical and dental students from Monash University, La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne keen to hear about rural opportunities. The seminar, organised by student rural health clubs at the th..
25-May-2017
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Future in healthy food
Bendigo Weekly
CUSTOMERS say they want healthier foods in the island bins and at the end of aisles, according to the customer survey that accompanied the pilot study of the effects of drawing shoppers’ attention to healthier products. The pilot study, carried out in three Champions IGA supermarkets i..
18-May-2017
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Tiarna has a talent
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is a treasure chest of unknown young artists, musicians and photographers all awaiting their turn to shine. They want to acquire the well-deserved credit that will only occur from their hard work and resilience. There is something to be said about the diversity and talent of suc..
22-Jun-2017
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A colourful life
Dianne Dempsey
When a precocious youth living in her hometown of Slough, England, Jenny Valentish self-published a fanzine, Slapper: The Groupie’s Guide to Gropable Bands. It gives you a fair idea of where her interests lay in those days. Since coming to Australia from England several years ago V..
15-Jun-2017
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Cars fit for a Queen
Bendigo Weekly
As the Queen’s Birthday long weekend approaches the Central Victorian Chrysler Club is preparing for Chryslers, Valiants, Dodges, Plymouths and Desotos to descend on Bendigo. It’s the 11th Annual Midstate Mopars show and shine and with 10 successful years behind them, Midstate Mo..
08-Jun-2017
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Heads up for show
Bendigo Weekly
A large slice of Hollywood history will arrive in Bendigo in September with an exhibition honouring the life and work of multiple Academy Award-winning costume designer Edith Head. Edith Head is considered the most significant costume designer in the history of cinema. In her 50-year ca..
01-Jun-2017
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Solar power a school hit
Bendigo Weekly
St Francis of the Fields Primary School has teamed up with More Australian Solar Homes and The Hub Foundation to install solar panels. St Francis of the Fields is one of the largest primary schools in the region with just over 550 students. The school sits ..
25-May-2017
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Share the repair
Bendigo Weekly
What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike when the wheels get out of line? Or with a sweater full of moth holes? Toss it? No way. A group of locals have organised the first Repair Café in Bendigo on Saturday at the Good Loaf Cafe from 10am until 2pm. Various volunteer ..
18-May-2017
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Dawe to pastures new
Dianne Dempsey
Bryan Dawe says he is waiting for more time to pass so he can spend time thinking about and grieving for his much loved friend and colleague, John Clarke. Since Clarke passed away in April, Dawe has been involved in both private and public events memorialising his mate but now he is looking ..
22-Jun-2017
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Convict sleuths probe death
Rosalea Ryan
If there’s one thing even more engrossing than a carefully-researched historical novel with the name “Thomas Keneally” on the cover, it’s one crafted by Keneally in partnership with his daughter Meg. One of Australia’s most prolific and successful authors, Kenea..
15-Jun-2017
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High-seas histrionics
Rosalea Ryan
ON an ocean liner bound for the far side of the world, everyone’s running away from something – or so it’s safe to assume, considering that perfectly contented, secure individuals rarely uproot themselves from a successful, established life in order to start afresh. When Li..
08-Jun-2017
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Tales of life's journey
Dianne Dempsey
With this is her second book Sally Van Gent has established herself as a valuable contributor to the Australian literary scene. As with her first book, Clay Gully, which described the trials and tribulations of setting up a heritage apple orchard in Bendigo, Van Gent has the admirable skill ..
01-Jun-2017
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Story of a matriarch
Rosalea Ryan
Ellen Quinn is barely 18 years-of-age when she falls under the spell of emancipated convict John ‘Red’ Kelly, 30. Ellen’s family have been in Australia for almost a decade, having emigrated from the northern tip of Ireland as free settlers shortly before the potato famine ..
25-May-2017
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Island life and death
Rosalea Ryan
Long-time residents say that “incomers” moving to Sanday, one of the outermost of the scattered Orkney islands off the north-east corner of Scotland, are generally running away from something. Mike Jones is no exception – so when traces of a human skeleton are unearthed from th..
19-May-2017
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