War veteran recognised posthumously in Bendigo - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
CHRISTOPHER and Tracey Cross accepted in Bendigo on Friday a posthumous service award for their father who served in World War II. Mr Cross nominated his father Ernest Sydney Cross who served mostly in Papua New Guinea. Mr Cross is one of the first in the Bendigo electorate to be recogni..
28-Jul-2017
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Energy costs threaten industry boom
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’S biggest manufacturers will spend $250 million expanding their businesses over the next three years leading to a 10 per cent increase in jobs, but are calling for cheaper energy to remain competitive. Two multi-million-dollar contracts that will boost manufacturing in Bendi..
28-Jul-2017
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Mosque plans approved
Sharon Kemp
CONSTRUCTION of Bendigo’s first mosque will get underway within weeks as the Australian Islamic Mission seeks to avoid having to extend its planning permit. The City of Greater Bendigo has given the green light to the mission’s development plans for a mosque in East Bendigo, whic..
28-Jul-2017
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Balance the key in new timetable
Bendigo Weekly
STRIKING a balance between a record number of services and managing congestion on the network will be a challenge that V/Line faces when its new timetables come into effect on August 27. But minister for public transport Jacinta Allan maintains that the overwhelming majority of feedback from..
28-Jul-2017
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GBM sells Kangaroo Flat gold plant
Bendigo Weekly
GBM Gold has agreed to sell its processing plant at Kangaroo Flat for $6.2 million which will be shipped to West Africa in a year’s time. The Bendigo-based gold company will use $2m of the sale proceeds to pay down the money it owes Unity Mining for the purchase of the Bendigo gold pro..
28-Jul-2017
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Jane aims to give back
Bendigo Weekly
MONDAY represents far more than just a birthday for Strathfieldsaye’s Jane Clymo. It will be a day spent with family and friends, and being thankful that she is still here to celebrate it. Two years ago, Jane was gravely ill and in desperate need of a liver transplant after being d..
28-Jul-2017
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A very timely reminder
Bendigo Weekly
THE answer to Vala Iannuzzelli’s persistent health symptoms came in the form of a letter from a gas heater repair company. Ms Iannuzzelli had not had an easy year, so when she thought she was having a stroke three weeks ago and blacked out in the early hours of the morning, she put it ..
27-Jul-2017
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Ladson says it's time to talk
Joel Peterson
HAWTHORN premiership player and Golden Square premiership coach Rick Ladson has called on families, community groups and local sporting clubs to make mental health part of their regular conversations. Ladson was a part of Hawthorn’s 2008 flag triumph before returning to local football ..
21-Jul-2017
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New angle on an old game
Sharon Kemp
TABLE tennis has never looked as fun as it does when Bendigo champion Des Knight sets up his game Gossimo. And Mr Knight says inventing the game is never more satisfying than when the players are having fun. Six years in the making, the game has just been released and he and his business..
14-Jul-2017
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Organic liners on way
Bendigo Weekly
More than 38,000 households in Bendigo and Marong will soon receive a new 12-month supply of compostable caddy liners to use in their kitchen caddy to collect food waste for their organics bin. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Craig Lloyd said while the new caddy liners are supplied b..
07-Jul-2017
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Bank raises interest rates
Sharon Kemp
A day after being named Victoria’s corporate citizen of the year, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has lifted interest rates out of sync with the Reserve Bank of Australia. RBA governor Phillip Lowe kept cash rates on hold, but Australia’s banks continue to tweak rates to benefit owner-..
07-Jul-2017
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Aiming for change
Bendigo Weekly
Climate change, land degradation, community wellbeing, food production, obesity, and inclusion are complex issues that are often addressed individually. Understanding the overlap, and that solutions are more effectively addressed collaboratively, has led several organisations in..
07-Jul-2017
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Council to advertise CEO position
Bendigo Weekly
THE contract of City of Greater Bendigo chief executive Craig Niemann will be advertised when it expires in December in line with sound business practice, not as a reflection of his performance, according to mayor Margaret O’Rourke. Mr Niemann has served in the positi..
28-Jul-2017
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Digging deep for the community
Bendigo Weekly
VIOLET Street Primary School’s students and staff will be making a difference in the Ironbark community when they participate in Schools Tree Day today. Grades five and six students from Violet Street are planting and maintaining the space at Ironbark Gully today as part of Schools Tre..
27-Jul-2017
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Orchestra travels to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Orchestra Victoria is in town this week with its Bendigo Festival and On the mOVe! Education program. More than 80 of the state’s top musicians are presenting a program of chamber music concerts, education programs and pop-up performances, culminating in a full orchestra performance..
20-Jul-2017
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Help for pet project
Sharon Kemp
A $50,000 state government grant will allow Bendigo Animal Welfare and Community Services to build 12 new enclosures and desex and check the health of about 100 cats. BAWCS president Debbie Edwards said she was pleased to have won the grant, which served to care for animals as well as their ..
13-Jul-2017
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Grant backs senior activity
Bendigo Weekly
Victorian seniors from the Karen community in Bendigo will be further encouraged to get involved and stay active in their communities, as the recipients of a state government grant. The Karen Culture and Social Support Foundation received a $5000 grant for a project that will include cooking..
07-Jul-2017
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Composer Caitlin takes the prize
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENT Caitlin Buchan has won a spot to have her music composition performed nationally at concert venues. The 15-year-old from Bendigo South East Secondary College is one of eight, selected from more than 100 entries in the 2017-18 Fanfare Competition. All students will work with indu..
29-Jun-2017
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Good life on show for Bendigo Writers Festival
Bendigo Weekly
Take the elegant spaces of Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre, add in some of central Victoria’s finest providores, create a day-long program brimming with ideas and interesting people – and you’ve got the Bendigo Writers Festival’s Good Life Sunday event. The festival..
27-Jul-2017
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Students learn about work
Bendigo Weekly
THE first group of work experience students started at the Bendigo centre this month. This year’s program will see 50 students from 10 Bendigo schools participate in this hands on workplace learning experience at the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank between July and November this year. Th..
20-Jul-2017
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Behind the scenes at the gallery
Bendigo Weekly
IF you’ve ever wondered how galleries go about selecting and installing the works on display, here’s an opportunity to try it out for yourself. The project, named Insert Title, is a fun, hands-on opportunity for people of all ages to experience the world of galleries. At the La T..
13-Jul-2017
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Culture on course
Bendigo Weekly
The 2018 Regional Centre for Culture initiative is another step closer, with the appointment of two renowned producers who will work with the region’s creative community to shape the year-long program. State member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards welcomed Jo Porter and Elizabeth Walsh a..
07-Jul-2017
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Donations a welcome plus for dragon
Bendigo Weekly
The community campaign to raise more than $750,000 to help fund a new Imperial Dragon has received a significant boost. The Guy family yesterday donated $50,000 to the Sun Loong 750 campaign, while Strategem Community Foundation, which is supported by local financial services firm Strategem,..
29-Jun-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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Capture those starry, starry nights
Bendigo Weekly
EVER wanted to capture your own images of a galaxy far, far away? Well, the Bendigo District Astronomical Society is inviting the public to participate in a presentation from astrophotographer Richard Tatti next Wednesday. Richard is the founder of Nightscape Images and has been a keen w..
27-Jul-2017
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Blues Maestro on the hill
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo holds good memories for Australian blues icon Lloyd Spiegel. “Bendigo was the first place I ever went outside of Melbourne to play, when I was 11. At that age, it felt like a ‘tour’.” Spiegel told the Weekly. He reckons he’s now played here about 50 tim..
27-Jul-2017
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Ritzy show at Ulumbarra
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER playing to sold-out crowds in the UK, musical Puttin’ On The Ritz is coming to Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre in September as part of a huge national tour. The show is set in the golden age of Hollywood where melody, rhythm and dance was king. The Australian version adds R..
27-Jul-2017
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Fountaineer adds a local touch
Joel Peterson
FROM its name to its songwriting, Bendigo band Fountaineer takes no shortage of inspiration from the city in which it was formed. The group’s debut record, Greater City, Greater Love, displays that fact proudly and it has caught the attention of plenty around the musical world. ..
20-Jul-2017
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Rockin' with a magic touch
Simon Wooldridge
With their stand-up double bass, 1950s outfits and rousing renditions of the likes of Wake Up Little Suzie and Great Balls of Fire, the Magic 8-Balls have been getting central Victorian rock ‘n’ rollers to their feet for nearly three years now. The trio, Darren Howell (vocals, gu..
20-Jul-2017
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Time to laugh
Bendigo Weekly
A new comedy night is up and running in Bendigo. The fourth Thursday of each month will bring nationally recognised headliners and MCs to the Old Church on the Hill, with new and established Bendigo comedians in support. On Thursday the headliner will be Danielle Walker, 2016 winner of ..
20-Jul-2017
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Hawks fly into top spot
Bendigo Weekly
AT the end of 2016 Eaglehawk was the absolute flavour of the month in Bendigo football, the team everyone was predicting to be the next big thing. The Hawks roared home and made the finals after being 3-6 after nine rounds and then proceeded to make their way to a preliminary final where the..
28-Jul-2017
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Spirit hit the road to start WNBL season
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Spirit will start its WNBL campaign with two away games as the new-look league undergoes major changes to its draw. The 21-game season is compressed into 13 rounds between October and the end of December, with finals in January. One of the main drivers for the change of timin..
28-Jul-2017
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Braves' playoff hopes on the line
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Braves and Lady Braves face what is unquestionably the biggest night in both of their seasons tomorrow as the sides jostle for SEABL postseason position with a fortnight of action remaining. Both sides host playoff challengers at Bendigo Stadium, the Lady Braves hoping to lock up..
28-Jul-2017
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Spirit guard returns
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Spirit guard Ashleigh Karaitiana says she is looking forward to returning for a second season with the Bendigo Spirit after a strong debut campaign. Karaitiana started several games during season 2016/17 after starting in a reserve role. She scored a season-high 17 points against..
21-Jul-2017
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Miners make Vic Country grade
Bendigo Weekly
FOUR Bendigo Fighting Miners players have been selected in the Victorian Country Barbarians side that will play a pair of tour matches later this month. It continued the good news for the side, which thumped Maroondah at home at the weekend. The Barbarians are selected from the best that..
21-Jul-2017
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Female football kicking on
Bendigo Weekly
AFL Central Victoria will celebrate female football on Sunday with an event at the Queen Elizabeth Oval. The event aims to bring the community together to celebrate and promote the success of regional AFLW football, inspiring others to become involved in Australia’s fastest growing spo..
21-Jul-2017
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Ranger to the rescue
Bendigo Weekly
PARKS Victoria ranger Lachie Badura came to the rescue last week when he found a young joey inside its mother’s pouch on the edge of a road through Bendigo Regional Park. Sadly, the mother had been killed by a car. Mr Badura removed the joey from the pouch and arranged to get it to..
27-Jul-2017
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Waving the flag
Bendigo Weekly
It was a proud moment on Monday for mother and son Clarencia and Berio Charley. Along with 52 other people from Myanmar, Thailand, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Britain, China, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, the Philippines, Vietnam and Micronesia, they were made Australian citizen..
20-Jul-2017
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Grants boost for NDIS plan
Bendigo Weekly
The Information, Linkages and Capacity Building grants are part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and aim to help people with a disability become better connected to their communities. La Trobe University and the City of Greater Bendigo council have received a combined $332,000 of ..
13-Jul-2017
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Heather marks 50 years
Bendigo Weekly
During this year’s National Diabetes Week, Heather Chalmers of Marong will be awarded with Diabetes Victoria’s Kellion Victory Medal for having survived more than 50 years of living with type one diabetes. Less than 100 years ago, type one diabetes was a death sentence: half of t..
07-Jul-2017
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A 90-year game
Bendigo Weekly
The Golden Square Croquet Club was formed 90 years ago because traditionally women weren’t allowed to play bowls. While they couldn’t play with the men, the women started up the croquet club. This observation was made by club member Caroline Smith who along with her colleagu..
29-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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Small business is a big deal
Bendigo Weekly
THE launch of the Bendigo Small Business Festival this week is an indication that the sector is as strong as ever in central Victoria. Small businesses from the region were invited to the launch on Wednesday at the Capital to learn about what to expect and what opportunities will be availabl..
27-Jul-2017
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A seamless transition
Dianne Dempsey
The couple behind Jimmy Possum furniture, Margot and Alan Splading, have re-invented themselves as the creators of a particular line in women’s fashion, Mimi The Label. They’re selling their owner-designed pieces online and through their shop which arguably is in the most promin..
20-Jul-2017
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Mapping out the past
Sharon Kemp
DOUG Stone has trudged through central Victoria’s goldfields more times than he can remember in more than 40 years of mapping, and he says he sees in the region the value of an undying interest in gold. The appeal that central Victoria still holds for prospectors continues to fill car..
20-Jul-2017
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Failure a positive
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Inventor Awards program will celebrate the positives of failure as part of an event to be held at the Ulumbarra Theatre next week. Bendigo Inventor Awards committee chairman Paul Chapman said everyone has failed at something – a test; a relationship; a job interview, but fa..
13-Jul-2017
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Cash rate still on hold
Bendigo Weekly
As anticipated, the Reserve Bank of Australia left the official cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent on Tuesday. “Our forecast remains that there will be no further reduction to the Official Cash Rate in 2017,” HIA principal economist Tim Reardon said. “Comments issued ..
07-Jul-2017
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Long time between shows
Bendigo Weekly
Friends Sue Llewelyn and Iain Stewart are delighted to once more have a joint exhibition together in View Street. “The last time we did this was 24 years ago in the National Trust building (now the Wine Bank) and we had our children running around creating havoc,” Stewart said, &..
29-Jun-2017
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Wine, food and history uncorked
Bendigo Weekly
WHILE spring blossoms in Bendigo, a new event will showcase the best of the city’s heritage buildings while giving people the chance to enjoy the region’s best wine. Bendigo Uncorked Week is a new addition to Bendigo’s spring calendar and provides 10 days of food, wine and ..
27-Jul-2017
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Naked man seen in Bendigo
Dianne Dempsey
Author Robert Gott once had a crazy idea – what if you took illustrations from those old-fashioned Boy’s Own style books, and changed one of the characters? What if, instead of a striped blazer and flannel trousers, the hero was naked? He tried it, it was hilarious, and thus beg..
20-Jul-2017
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Radio station on track to win
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO-based community radio station Phoenix FM is in the running for two national broadcasting awards. The station’s Dawn Delaney earned a nomination for her World Music Safari – Sounds From Other Lands program and the station is also a finalist for the Community Broadcasting A..
13-Jul-2017
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Three-minute thesis
Bendigo Weekly
Researchers presented a host of ground-breaking work at a three-minute thesis presentation on Tuesday. Eight La Trobe University research candidates in health-related fields were challenged to describe their research to colleagues and lecturers in the tiny timeframe. Academic and organis..
07-Jul-2017
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A hundred years of child care
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S maternal and child health nurses had a special celebration of the centenary of MCH services in Victoria. City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke attended the event and said the first Baby Health Centre opened in Melbourne in June 1917 as a way to help prevent in..
29-Jun-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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Lifestyle lessons for Woofers
Rosalea Ryan
Where better to experience small-acreage self-sufficiency first-hand than in Italy: a country famed for its sun-ripened produce, luscious artisanal cheeses, plump piquant smallgoods and hearty pastas and breads? It’s this reasoning that motivates a family of four Australians to pack th..
27-Jul-2017
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The season for murder
Rosalea Ryan
A post-workday river cruise. A drug-spiked cocktail. A gossip-fuelling altercation between two of the host company’s top executives. Eleanor Brennan’s first taste of a Parker and Lane corporate Christmas party is one nobody at the book publishing house will ever forget. Elean..
20-Jul-2017
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Capitol offence
Rosalea Ryan
Amos Decker is all too familiar with loss. First went his social graces, his tolerance and his ability to empathise, wrenched from him in an instant by a near-fatal football concussion that left in their place a photographic memory and an abnormally heightened awareness of death. The ath..
13-Jul-2017
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Malik's identity politics
Bendigo Weekly
The violence, anger and confusion that dominate so much of the news and debate about multiculturalism and immigration are all about identity politics, according to Kenan Malik. “Different minority groups, whether African Americans, indigenous Australians, Muslims or gays, are seen as p..
07-Jul-2017
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Weighing up their options
Rosalea Ryan
Four women, one challenge: to lose unwanted weight. In all four cases obesity is an issue – but is it the root of the quartet’s problems or merely a scapegoat, deftly deflecting attention away from the truly dysfunctional aspects of unhappy lives? While pregnant, Kat ate for ..
29-Jun-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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