Council for the people
Peter Kennedy
This weekend marks the six month anniversary of local government elections that saw an unprecedented level of change in the makeup of the City of Greater Bendigo council, and the subsequent election of business woman Margaret O’Rourke as mayor. Cr O’Rourke is warm, generous wi..
21-Apr-2017
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Budget spend reflects rate cap
Joel Peterson
A STRIPPED-back City of Greater Bendigo budget for 2017/18 with significantly less large capital works projects than previous years could be a sign of what’s to come under a rate-capping environment. The council released its proposed budget on Wednesday, and it was passed unanimously a..
21-Apr-2017
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CEO confident on works
Joel Peterson
WHILE this year’s budget may lack the major projects of recent years, CEO Craig Niemann remains confident that council can continue to deliver large-scale projects to meet community needs. After a record $99.3m was spent on capital works last year, the two per cent rate cap had seen co..
21-Apr-2017
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Positive plan passed
Joel Peterson
THE lofty ambition of making Bendigo the world’s most liveable community is the clearly-stated goal of the new City of Greater Bendigo Community Plan. The community plan, formerly known as the council plan, was unanimously passed at Wednesday’s council meeting, with every council..
21-Apr-2017
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Blow-ins boost bats
Joel Peterson
ROSALIND Park is again aflutter with bats, which have drastically increased in numbers in recent weeks. Councillor Yvonne Wrigglesworth said at Wednesday’s council meeting that several residents had raised the issue with her on social media after being in the park over the Easter weeke..
21-Apr-2017
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New childhood hub for Strathfieldsaye
Sharon Kemp
CONSTRUCTION work had already begun at the $2.7 million Strathfieldsaye Early Childhood hub when City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke and Bendigo East MP Jacinta Allan arrived to turn the first sod last Friday. Instead, visitors were able to watch work on the pro..
13-Apr-2017
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Shortfall claimed
Bendigo Weekly
DEPUTY opposition leader Tanya Plibersek was impressed with Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s facilities when she toured the school this week, making her all the more concerned about possible funding shortfalls. Ms Plibersek toured the Ulumbarra Theatre and the school’s trade tr..
20-Apr-2017
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Rotary show is picture perfect
Bendigo Weekly
THE Rotary Club of Bendigo will present the 2017 Easter Art Show in the stunning surrounds of the Bendigo Town Hall from tonight. For the 49th consecutive year, the club is proud to offer this iconic event to the people of Bendigo, with tonight’s official opening also marking the start..
13-Apr-2017
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Clarification re Bendigo Health
Bendigo Weekly
A report in last week’s edition of the Bendigo Weekly included reference to the Bendigo Health annual report from 2011/12 which stated that the governance and remuneration committee (a board sub-committee), had included just two independent directors during the 2011/12 financial year..
07-Apr-2017
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Developers launch Fortuna homes
Sharon Kemp
FORTUNA Villa Estate is the latest of Bendigo’s medium-density housing prospects, on the market as of tomorrow after two years in the planning and designed to appeal to homebuyers who want to live near a piece of gold-era history. The Bendigo consortium which bought the 2.8 hectares of..
07-Apr-2017
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Lack of oversight from hospital board
Sharon Kemp
THE board of Bendigo Health failed to have the appropriate oversight on executive remuneration when chief executive John Mulder was allegedly receiving tax benefits as part of his salary by renting a house from his wife. The board may have breached Government Sector Executive Remuneration Pa..
31-Mar-2017
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Bush's has the right stuff
Sharon Kemp
CHANGING with the times is critical to the longevity of local business Bush’s Produce, the longest running in Bendigo in the same building, according to store manager Frank Webb. “Albert Bush would have rolled in his grave if he knew people would pay $10 to give their dog a squir..
30-Mar-2017
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Tractors at new show
Bendigo Weekly
THERE is a new event with real pulling power in Bendigo this month. Historic tractors and machinery fans will gather at the Prince of Wales Show Grounds on April 29 and 30 for a new swap meet. The show will include complete examples and restored or unrestored machines and parts for those..
20-Apr-2017
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MP adds to dragon collection
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’s federal MP has weighed into the Golden Dragon Museum’s new dragon campaign by buying a scale. The Golden Dragon Museum recently launched a funding campaign to raise $250,000 to restore the ageing Sun Loong and $500,000 to buy a new dragon, Dai Gum Loong. Lisa Cheste..
13-Apr-2017
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Maddison makes the cut
Bendigo Weekly
Shaving your locks at 16 is no mean feat but Bendigo Senior Secondary College student Maddison Schultz braved the razor for this year’s World’s Greatest Shave. The annual event attracts hundreds of participants each year and raises money and awareness for families facing blood ca..
06-Apr-2017
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Doctors strike a chord
Bendigo Weekly
A symphony orchestra made up of more than 80 doctors from around the country will perform its first ever Bendigo concert at Ulumbarra Theatre this Month. Event organiser and Bendigo-based orthopaedic surgical specialist, Travis Perera, said the event was a unique national assembly of talente..
30-Mar-2017
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Festival of cultures
Sharon Kemp
THE Bendigo Fesitval of Cultures has expanded from one day a year to more than a week of the multicultural events suggesting, as it states, diversity is becoming mainstream. Or at least interest in diversity has become the norm. The Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services drives the even..
23-Mar-2017
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Muslim workshop attracts protest
Sharon Kemp
The first community workshop offering a 90-minute insight into lives of local Muslims drew more than a dozen anti-mosque protestors in Bendigo, and after them and in smaller numbers, a group of young women advocating tolerance. On McCrae Street, opposite Bendigo TAFE, protestors claiming ..
20-Mar-2017
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Word is out about Write Stuff
Bendigo Weekly
The Write Stuff, a collective of central Victorian-based writers, will come together this weekend in Bendigo for their second spoken word event. The Write Stuff #2 will take place on the ground level of MusicMan, 264 Hargreaves Street Bendigo on Sunday, starting at 3pm. It will run u..
20-Apr-2017
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Gem club meet a top day for rock fans
Bendigo Weekly
You can see the many facets of the Bendigo Gem Club at their open day on Saturday. The club’s Nathan Wingrave says he hoped the day, which runs from 10am to 2pm, would attract more members and help the community understand the services on offer. This includes faceting, casting, ca..
13-Apr-2017
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Golf game a winner
Bendigo Weekly
Business leaders throughout Bendigo and beyond will take the time to play golf today to transform the life of a child living with an autism spectrum disorder. Righteous Pups Australia’s Jo Baker said we live in a hustle-and-bustle age. “Most people feel like there is simply ..
06-Apr-2017
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Discover how the human body works
Bendigo Weekly
What’s the most complicated machine on earth? And here’s a hint – you are one of them. With their Fully Sick school holiday program, Discovery Science and Technology Centre will help you learn about your body, how illness affects us and how doctors can test our health. ..
30-Mar-2017
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Egg hunt makes a difference
Bendigo Weekly
Oden and Zander Goudie can’t wait to get among the fun and the sweet treats at the Vision Australia Easter Egg Hunt at the Bendigo Easter Festival on Good Friday. They already have tickets – and you can get yours now before they sell out, and support the work to enable people wit..
23-Mar-2017
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Students ready for a gala Carnivale
Bendigo Weekly
Lightning Reef Primary School has entered the Eaglehawk Gala Parade on Saturday as part of the annual Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival. The school hasn’t entered the festival for several years but this year will have more than 90 students and 13 staff members participating in the co..
16-Mar-2017
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Kerr’s Cur cometh
Simon Wooldridge
IT’s a busy few months for Kerr’s Cur, the Bendigo-based garage-indie outfit. Launching double A-side single Whipy / What’s Going On? sees the trio embark on a Victoria-wide tour, which includes a stop-off at the Golden Vine, this Saturday, April 22. The single comes fr..
20-Apr-2017
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Tune in for the break
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo has a big weekend of music in store to complement the city’s other Easter festivities. The Easter Blues Bender features more than 20 artists at venues across the city from Thursday evening through until Sunday. There are daytime family-friendly events in Rosalind Park and ..
13-Apr-2017
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Ali's a suitable girl
Simon Wooldridge
Ali Barter arrives in Bendigo next week on the back of glowing plaudits for her recent debut album, A Suitable Girl. She plays at the Star Bar on Thursday, April, 13. Barter’s sound isn’t easy to define. Think pop meets grunge with dance elements, and then throw-in some 199..
06-Apr-2017
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Nitro Circus is on the way
Bendigo Weekly
Nitro Circus is hitting Bendigo on April 8, and it’s the 260th showing of the event that has sold more than three million tickets across 26 countries. The Regional Rampage Tour is already aiming to smash records and reach new heights. The organisers say 12 semi-trailers will trav..
30-Mar-2017
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The dark side
Simon Wooldridge
Emerging from the darker corners of Collingwood in 2011, punk-sludge three-piece Batpiss is finally making the long-awaited trip up the Calder to Bendigo on Friday, April 7. They’re touring currently, promoting new single Weatherboard Man – something of a departure from the disti..
30-Mar-2017
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A comic opera
Joel Peterson
COMBINING comedy, opera and football seems like a recipe for grand final day entertainment so strange that not even the AFL could dream it up. In actual fact, it provides the genesis for Colin Lane and David Hobson’s new show, In Tails, which they will present at the Capital theatre ne..
23-Mar-2017
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Thunder set to roll
Joel Peterson
A NEW-look Bendigo Thunder will tackle a new challenge on Sunday when the club begins its first season in the new Northern Football league’s women’s competition against Darebin Falcons. The Thunder has been shuffled to one of the metropolitan leagues in AFL Victoria’s restr..
21-Apr-2017
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Junior games kick off
Bendigo Weekly
THOUSANDS of junior footballers will hit fields around central Victoria this weekend as the Bendigo Junior Football League season kicks off with grading matches. A record 149 teams will be in BJFL competitions, including the new under-15 girls age group. A new club has also joined the le..
21-Apr-2017
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New home for Hawks
Joel Peterson
EAGLEHAWK will christen its new Canterbury Park clubrooms this weekend when it hosts Kangaroo Flat in round two of the Bendigo Football Netball League season. The clubrooms have been a year in the making for the Hawks and marks the biggest and most visible stage of council’s Canterbury..
21-Apr-2017
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Grand final rivals square off again
Joel Peterson
ANOTHER wide-open season is expected in the BFNL’s A-grade netball, with a host of clubs aiming to chase down reigning premier Kangaroo Flat. Golden Square is first on the docket for the Roos tomorrow at 3.20pm, the Dogs undergoing a host of changes in the offseason. ..
13-Apr-2017
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Mixed bag for Pioneers
Joel Peterson
IT was an up-and-down weekend for the Bendigo Pioneers’ TAC Cup sides in games held in Bendigo last week. The Pioneers’ girls side had its first win of the new TAC Cup Girls competition on Friday, but on Saturday the Pioneers squandered several opportunities as Gippsland booted n..
13-Apr-2017
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Season fires up
Bendigo Weekly
ANY notion of a premiership hangover at Sandhurst has been met with a determined preseason effort that has the defending premiers ready to go in round one. The Dragons meet Strathfieldsaye on Saturday, the third straight season the sides have met in what is becoming an opening week tradition..
13-Apr-2017
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Roman baths revealed
Bendigo Weekly
THE latest chapter in the rejuvenation of one of Bendigo’s finest heritage assets was played out at Villa Fortuna on Wednesday afternoon. Before a small crowd of family, friends, tradespeople and the media, Fortuna owner Paul Banks announced the official completion of the villa’s..
20-Apr-2017
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Fans gear up for Street Rods
Joel Peterson
Bendigo will host the 23rd Australian Street Rod Federation Nationals this weekend. Street rodding is a family sport that will bring close to 15,000 participants and spectators to Bendigo over the Easter weekend. The event will be held at Prince of Wales Show Grounds this and more than ..
13-Apr-2017
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Revive and survive
Bendigo Weekly
CENTRAL Victorians have been urged to slow down, stick to the speed limit and take regular breaks throughout the Easter holidays. With drowsy driving a factor in one-in-10 road deaths, Easter is a particularly dangerous time with thousands of Victorians driving to holiday destinations, ofte..
13-Apr-2017
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Firefighters have winning ways
Bendigo Weekly
Two Bendigo firefighters have won gold at the 2017 Police and Emergency Services Games in Melbourne. Forest Fire Management Victoria district support officer Beth Miley and CFA firefighter Tegan Bubb competed in the Crossfit Women’s Pairs event last week. “Crossfit is a hi..
06-Apr-2017
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No hands creativity
Bendigo Weekly
Since 2002 CreateAbility has given people with disabilities the opportunity to express themselves on the meaningful platform art provides. From humble beginnings, CreateAbility has emerged as an integral part of the lives of those who participate to a Bendigo arts company exporting art pro..
30-Mar-2017
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Relay for Life on to a winner
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Relay for Life steps out again this weekend, and the fundraising is already off to a good start. The event runs from this evening until Saturday afternoon. Relay For Life’s Ayden Shaw said the committee has done a remarkable job for the 18th relay. “The supp..
23-Mar-2017
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A new way to check
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW website gives added resources for property seekers. Developed in Melbourne over two years, off the back of the government’s initiative to foster innovation through open source data, Landchecker is a free tool available to anyone looking to do their due diligence on a property or ..
13-Apr-2017
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Charity house a haven
Bendigo Weekly
The Charity House, a year in the making, has been sold. The buyers, a young family, will be moving into their new house next week. The house racked up $100,000 in profit to go towards an education program for Sidney Myer Haven. The haven is an earn or learn living program which..
06-Apr-2017
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Trustees branch out
Bendigo Weekly
MELBOURNE-BASED Equity Trustees acquired its first regional trustee portfolio last week when the regulator finalised the $5 million purchase of Sandhurst Trustees’ estates business from Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. And Equity can see more business in Victoria’s central region given..
06-Apr-2017
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Colour on the menu
Bendigo Weekly
MR DIMPLES and Hackney Hockney have more than interesting names in common, they are both featured mural artists at a burger restaurant. Boris Murgers in View Street has some pretty impressive wall art, and its main wall has some David Hockney-inspired work by Hackney. “I was born ..
30-Mar-2017
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Trivia night a winner
Bendigo Weekly
One of the most fun and rewarding quiz nights of the year will be held on Good Friday in aid of the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal. Bendigo Real Estate staff are selling tickets for this year’s quiz night which includes a charity auction to be conducted by BRE principal, Damien..
24-Mar-2017
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Tender out for design
Bendigo Weekly
THE first step in the design process for the new-look Bendigo and Eaglehawk railway stations has been completed. The projects, worth a combined $15.8 million, have gone out to tender. Upgrades to Bendigo station will include lifts and an improved overpass between platforms one and two t..
16-Mar-2017
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New look for blood donors
Steve Kendall
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has a surprise in store for Bendigo’s blood donors with the service yesterday announcing a half a million dollar refurbishment to the Bendigo Blood Donor Centre. The refurbishment will see a substantial reconfiguration of the centre providing a mo..
20-Apr-2017
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No cross words over art
Bendigo Weekly
A CONTROVERSIAL art installation in the grounds of St Paul’s Cathedral has taken aim at the federal government’s policies on asylum seekers. Dean of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, the Very Reverend John Roundhill told ABC Radio yesterday that the three crucifixes erected ear..
13-Apr-2017
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Cat-price pets to ease feline overflow
Bendigo Weekly
RSPCA Victoria is at capacity and will be reducing its cat adoption fees to $39 for four days this week in an attempt to find homes for 400 felines. Adoption fees are usually $120, but until Sunday, you can adopt a cat, aged four months or more, for $39 from the Bendigo centre. Kit..
06-Apr-2017
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New look for Napier
Sharon Kemp
THE future upgrade of Napier Street to a dual carriageway has created business interest in the northern side of Bendigo. There are at least four applications before the City of Greater Bendigo to establish new businesses or upgrade existing concerns. Under $30 million VicRoads plans, N..
30-Mar-2017
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Radio winners
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL radio station Bendigo’s Fresh FM has added another award to its impressive sporting history, taking out the Women’s National Basketball League award for Best Radio Coverage. The station has covered the Spirit since its inception into the league, and broadcast all of the clu..
23-Mar-2017
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Bollywood in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Ever wanted to see real live Bollywood dance in action? Here’s your opportunity. The Singh Sisters are bringing Bollywood dance to Bendigo Library in celebration of Cultural Diversity Week. The Singh Sisters have travelled around the world performing Bollywood dance, which..
16-Mar-2017
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Torn in two
Rosalea Ryan
All Fall Down Cassandra Austin Penguin, $29.99 As if a typical tiny country town doesn’t have enough social divisions separating its people, now Mulukuk’s only bridge has collapsed, severing the sole physical link that once connected the dusty opal-mining communit..
20-Apr-2017
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Fair time to buy books
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Easter Book Fair is back this weekend. This is your annual chance to stock up on a year’s worth of books to keep you well read, at good prices too. It’s not only books either, you’ll find magazines, records, CDs and DVDs. This year the club has donated $..
13-Apr-2017
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Road No Good
Rosalea Ryan
When a well-travelled, energetic young middle-class New Zealander arrives in Luganville, Vanuatu, she sees immediately that it’s more than merely her street – the literally named Road No Good – that’s in need of improvement. Deployed to the country’s sec..
13-Apr-2017
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Recreation gone wrong
Rosalea Ryan
It has all the makings of a leisurely couple of weeks of sightseeing by day and sipping wine around a campfire at dusk – either that or a tension-filled nightmare in which four 30-somethings snap and snarl at each other as the ceaseless forced proximity sets tempers alight. When two co..
06-Apr-2017
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Questions asked
Dianne Dempsey
Marlene Gunn’s memoir is an elegy and a cry of pain for the death of her beautiful son Billy Gunn. Billy was handsome, smart, a Bendigo boy originally from Mildura, and he died at just 32 years old in 2001. More pertinently, her book is also an investigation into the circumstance..
30-Mar-2017
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Family torn apart
Rosalea Ryan
Berlin, 1939: With her blue eyes, blonde hair and smooth creamy skin, Hannah Rosenthal is the physical epitome of all that is truly German – in every way but one. Hannah’s parents, Max and Alma, are German Jews. Even as an image of Hannah circulates on the cover of a Nazi propaga..
23-Mar-2017
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