ROBYN'S GIFT
Peter Kennedy
LAST year, the organs of 378 donors provided hope, opportunity and the chance at a better life for 1117 seriously ill Australians. Last month, Bendigo woman Robyn Miles became an organ and tissue donor. An aneurysm followed by two devastating strokes had left the 62-year-old gravely ill, and w..
24-Jul-2015
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NED NUDE NOT RUDE
Dianne Dempsey
Local artist and teacher Amber Sansom contacted the Weekly last Monday in high dudgeon. Ms Sansom was indignant and her message loud and clear. There was blatant censorship at work within the art department at La Trobe University. As well as contacting the Weekly Ms Samson took to the airwav..
24-Jul-2015
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ESSAYS TO HONOUR DENNIS
Bendigo Weekly
HISTORIANS of Bendigo have a golden opportunity to learn more, with the launch of a new book An Angel by the Water. It’s a collection of essays in honour of Dennis O’Hoy, and covers gold mining, Australian and international potters and pottery, tertiary education, Bendigo tramway..
24-Jul-2015
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DEFENCE MINISTER VISITS ADA
Bendigo Weekly
DEFENCE minister Kevin Andrews visited Australian Defence Apparel in Bendigo on Thursday afternoon. ADA is a clothing manufacturer with more than 100 years experience in providing garments for a variety of clients and situations including frontline combat, hard and soft armour, ceremonial dr..
23-Jul-2015
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DUMP PERMIT REFUSED
Christine McGinn
THE City of Greater Bendigo councillors have refused to grant Hopley Recycling a temporary permit to use the former White Hills tip site. Councillors voted against a permit for the Powell Street site, instead referring to the matter to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal at th..
17-Jul-2015
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FINISHING SCHOOL FOR VILLA
Christine McGinn
THERE is a new education facility expected to open its doors at the historic Fortuna Villa – a finishing school. Specialising in etiquette, manners and social politeness, owner Paul Banks said the school was still in the development phase. The school would offer classes to youth and men..
17-Jul-2015
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Strategy for homes
Bendigo Weekly
An eight-day hearing into a planning scheme amendment to allow for the implementation of the Greater Bendigo Residential Strategy began this week. The hearings are being conducted by an independent panel appointed by the planning minister, with 67 submissions to be considered, including 27 ..
24-Jul-2015
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Help out at the tree plant day
Joel Peterson
Members of the community are invited to come along and help plant 4000 native plants alongside the Bendigo Creek as part of National Tree Day. The City of Greater Bendigo is holding a community tree planting along the Bendigo Creek in White Hills to celebrate the 20th National Tree Day betw..
24-Jul-2015
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Shorten at the show
Steve Kendall
OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten was among thousands of visitors to the Australian Sheep and Wool show last weekend. Mr Shorten seemed to have forgotten the trials of recent weeks politically to spend time with his family. “It was great to spend the day in Bendigo at the Australian Sh..
24-Jul-2015
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Collection offers support to art
Dianne Dempsey
Once upon a time there were the Medicis, the Visconti, the Sforza, patrons of the arts who underwrote the Italian Renaissance. In contemporary Australia their equivalent is represented by individuals such as Arthur Guy, Harold Mitchell and on a regional level, Rod Fyffe. The uniqu..
17-Jul-2015
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Home starts on rebound
Bendigo Weekly
Latest figures confirm the number of new home starts rebounded in the March quarter of 2015. Housing Industry Association economist Geordan Murray said the strong result for the March 2015 quarter was the second highest level for any quarter on record. “This latest result was consiste..
17-Jul-2015
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Bendigo's bitter cold snap
Bendigo Weekly
Shivering while out and about in Bendigo yesterday? Chances are you weren't the only one. The city endured its coldest day in over 17 years yesterday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. The bureau's Bendigo Airport site recorded a maximum temperature of 7.1 degrees at 11.12am yester..
15-Jul-2015
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Make the choice and act
Bendigo Weekly
• One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people. • Australia is a world leader for successful transplant outcomes. • Around 1500 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists at any one time. • In 2014, 1117 Australians received ..
24-Jul-2015
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Swansong for Weekly’s Scoop
Steve Kendall
THERE are plenty of good things I could say about my colleague Christine “Scoop” McGinn, but let’s hold back for a minute. I cannot get past her total lack of singing skill. While I have to admit it’s not a prerequisite for a journalist to be able to warble, when th..
17-Jul-2015
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See the light at Discovery
Bendigo Weekly
IT’S been in the news for other reasons, but Bendigo’s Discovery Science and Technology Centre has also had plenty going on these school holidays. The team has delved into the darker side of science with brand new shows and workshops which highlight the International Year of Light...
09-Jul-2015
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Experience Floyd at the Capital
Bendigo Weekly
Experience Floyd is an 11 piece band of talented musicians from Adelaide who are dedicated to one goal, to authentically replicate the brilliant sights and sounds of arguably one of the world’s greatest progressive rock bands of all time. What’s more students from California Gully ..
26-Jun-2015
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The happiest refugee
Dianne Dempsey
While in Bendigo later this month Anh Do is looking forward to exploring Bendigo’s streets and by-ways. But more than that he is looking forward to being alone. “I am actually different to my stage persona, I really do like being alone. The other thing is that I have four kids at ..
19-Jun-2015
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Helping hand for Vanuatu
Bendigo Weekly
Vanuatu has a special place in the heart of Victory Christian College, so when Cyclone Pam devastated the area the school was quick to respond. In the week following the cyclone, students held a number of fundraisers including a Cent-A-Line where students were encouraged to bring any loose ch..
08-May-2015
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Rifle alight
Bendigo Weekly
ABOUT 120 Rifle Brigade Hotel patrons were evacuated on Friday night after a fire started in the chimney. Five CFA appliances including a specialised ladder vehicles were called to the fire about 10.30pm. CFA senior station officer Darren Eenjes said residue had built up in the flue of t..
06-Jul-2015
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Search for missing Craigieburn man
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are searching for a 35-year-old Craigieburn man in the Knowsley State Forest this morning. Chris Lieutier was last seen riding a red quad bike in the forest near Axedale near McIvor Highway after 2.30pm on Sunday. Police are concerned for Mr Lieutier’s welfare as he has cere..
06-Jul-2015
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Fake $100 bills
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are urging shopkeepers to remain alert as $100 counterfeit notes are being presented across Bendigo. A woman is known to have attempted to use the counterfeit money twice to buy items of little value, leave with the purchased items and keep the authentic money. Police said the notes ..
19-May-2015
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Near miss
Bendigo Weekly
EMERGENCY services were called to Bendigo Airport this morning after smoke began bellowing from a light aircraft. The pilot conducted the air traffic control before safely descending to the runway. Paramedics checked the three occupants, who were cleared from injury...
19-May-2015
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Three-injured in crash
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are investigating a crash in California Gully after three men were taken to hospital this morning. Officers were on routine patrol when they saw a car with no registration plates just before 3am. Bendigo police attempted to intercept the vehicle but the driver refused to pull over so t..
19-May-2015
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Cars collide in Kennington
Bendigo Weekly
By BRIDGETTE BARRY-MURPHY Three cars collided on Sternberg Street in Kennington just after 4pm today. A Ford Falcon ute ran into the rear of a Holden Commodore pushing it into a van. The driver of the first vehicle, a van, is believed to have driven off. ..
11-May-2015
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David Bowie uncovered
Bendigo Weekly
David Bowie is forever changing and always ahead of his time. After deciding to do a school project on him, I soon discovered that I was fascinated by both Bowie’s music and his image – something that never stayed the same. Being 15, I am often questioned about this fascination..
24-Jul-2015
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Colleen's back in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO girl Colleen Hewett will perform her Black & White tour to her hometown this October. Legendary Ms Hewett will take to the Ulumbarra Theatre stage to share her chart-topping new album, Black and White. “I’m so excited to be going home,” she said. ..
17-Jul-2015
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The return of Cass
Bendigo Weekly
BY MAT CHURCHILL Performing a song with a plea to sober up at a pub named The Drunken Poet may not immediately endear you with patrons. But Cassie Ward and Bianca Maes, who form the talented duo Cass are discovering a rich vein of new opportunities and new fans since their move fr..
17-Jul-2015
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Clean sweep for Mary
Dianne Dempsey
Sitting in the audience of the matinee performance Mary Poppins last Saturday, I was as equally enchanted by the transfixed expressions of the children as with the actual production itself. Around me were hundreds of children (and adults) who for the first time had the experience of seein..
17-Jul-2015
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Floyd experienced
Nick Atyeo
Hundreds of appreciative music fans enjoyed an evening of familiar guitar riffs from the combined brilliance of Pink Floyd with Adelaide-based Experience Floyd, last Friday at Bendigo’s Capital Theatre. Experience Floyd’s eight musicians and three female backing vocalists kept t..
10-Jul-2015
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TV journo aims for top spot
Steve Kendall
IT’S easy to imagine the school-aged Sarah Lawrence pretending to be a TV journalist in front of the mirror. It has certainly been on her wish list since those days, and the dream has come true. After stints on iPTV and Prime7, Lawrence is one of three Bendigo-based journalists for..
03-Jul-2015
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Adamson out as Tigers coach
Joel Peterson
The Kyneton Tigers and senior football coach Mark Adamson have parted ways on the eve of a possible first finals campaign for the club since 2003. The club announced the decision via a statement on its website tonight, saying Adamson had not met the standards required to be a leader. Lu..
28-Jul-2015
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Hillies in finals push
Joel Peterson
WHITE HILLS coach Shaun Makepeace is sick of his side being simply competitive. Sitting comfortably inside the Heathcote District Football League’s top five, Makepeace laid down the challenge to the Demons this week saying close enough is not good enough. The Demons will get a chan..
24-Jul-2015
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Sore end to tour
Joel Peterson
ZAK Dempster is determined not to let his Tour de France define his 2015 season, after he was forced to withdraw from his second participation in the great race last week. Dempster tells the Weekly in an exclusive column (http://www.bendigoweekly.com.au/news/zak-adds-perspective-to-tour-exit..
24-Jul-2015
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Zak adds perspective to tour exit
Bendigo Weekly
I like to think I have the perspective to understand that sport is only sport in the end. In the grand scheme of things the result doesn’t actually matter. I’ve come to understand that although winning races is what I dream of, I used to link it pretty closely to whether I was co..
24-Jul-2015
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Join the family
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Spirit fans have had a pre-season win, with the club unveiling heavily reduced membership packages this week ahead of the 2015/16 season. Reductions of at least $50 are on offer across the range of memberships the club offers. The new membership packages are about getting as many..
23-Jul-2015
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Serious intent
Joel Peterson
HE may be a self-confessed joker off the court, but when he hits the hardwood Tony Lewis is as intense and serious as they come. It is that intensity that not only won him the South East Australian Basketball League Most Valuable Player award last season, but has seen him become the driving fo..
17-Jul-2015
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Pathways to the future
Bendigo Weekly
By Robert Stephenson Head of Campus, La Trobe University, Bendigo As a community, there are many things that we need to do to ensure that our region continues to develop and to remain economically and culturally vibrant. Increasing aspiration and participation in higher education is vital..
27-Jul-2015
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Reflections of life in Australia's golden age
Bendigo Weekly
One of this year’s guests is the eminent historian, Graeme Davison, whose latest book marks a distinct departure from his much praised histories such as The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne and Car Wars. After responding to a growing itch to explore his own family history, he has c..
10-Jul-2015
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Bright future
Christine McGinn
A HIDDEN gem in the heart of Bendigo has been revealed in plans to transform an unused space into a modern, outdoor bar. The local joint venture, Handle Bar, will tap into the vacant courtyard behind Get Naked Espresso Bar on Mitchell Street, and create a grassroots outdoor bar. ..
03-Jul-2015
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End of an era for Drew
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of Bendigo’s most respected and popular real estate agents has announced his retirement from an industry he has been part of for more than 39 years. Dungey Carter Ketterer director Drew Cahill joined the former Billings Cahill firm, based on View Point back in May 1976 before the busines..
26-Jun-2015
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School backs Discovery
Christine McGinn
GRADE three and four students at Quarry Hill Primary School have put pen to paper to save the Discovery Centre open. Colourful signs and handwritten messages addressed to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan are hanging on the walls of the school to keep the Discovery Centre. Grade four..
19-Jun-2015
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Snap the moment
Christine McGinn
LOOKING through the eyes of a person with autism, a new photographic initiative is set to flourish. The Eye Beauty disposable art exhibition will display the photos of 50 participating photographers who will capture their images with disposable cameras. “My idea is simple, give a d..
12-Jun-2015
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Schaller adds boom
Bendigo Weekly
THE Schaller Studio is celebrating its first birthday and tourism appeal within the Greater Bendigo community. Designed as the Art Series Hotel Group’s first property outside of Melbourne, the Schaller features the largest collection of works by Australian namesake Mark Schaller. Mor..
26-Jun-2015
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New leaf on the Vine
Bendigo Weekly
A transformation of Bendigo’s popular Golden Vine Hotel is well under way with a new management structure providing a new lease of life. “I’m excited that Mick Coates, an experienced musician, is at the helm at the Golden Vine,” Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival..
13-Mar-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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A taste of the region
Bendigo Weekly
Join the Bendigo wine region on July 4 and 5 to discover the mystery and romance of winemaking with exclusive barrel tasting sessions at participating wineries. Like eating cherries from the tree or bread just out of the oven, the Barrel Tasting weekend offers the ability to taste wine right f..
19-Jun-2015
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Sharing cooking secrets
Bendigo Weekly
A VARIETY of hands-on specialist cooking classes will be hosted by the Country Women’s Association of Victoria on Saturday May 30 when they visit Bendigo for their state conference. The CWA will be sharing their cooking knowledge and secrets throughout three masterclasses including making sp..
15-May-2015
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Wagyu in a showcase
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo steakhouse restaurant The Woodhouse will present a six course regional wagyu beef showcase dinner on May 21. It’s a special event featured in the Australian Financial Review Top 500 best restaurants awards program. Finalists have been invited to present an event during May, ..
24-Apr-2015
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New business benefits all
Bendigo Weekly
Not-for-profit regional food network Food Fossickers is working to implement a sustainable income stream which will bring increased financial benefit to local food producers, retailers and restaurants. The initiative will see the creation of a local food “picnic-pack” which will ..
17-Apr-2015
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Matt on the move
Bendigo Weekly
Celebrated chef and Victorian Farmers Market ambassador Matt Wilkinson will undertake activities with both the Bendigo Community Farmers Market and Central Victoria’s Food Fossickers Network this weekend. Mr Wilkinson has worked previously at Melbourne’s Vue de Monde and Circa befo..
10-Apr-2015
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Fossick for taste treats
Bendigo Weekly
Exploring the local food offerings can still be easy during the Bendigo Easter Festival and public holidays, with a variety of different venues, producers and events available from Good Friday through until Easter Monday. While some venues will only deliver limited trading times due to the f..
02-Apr-2015
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A MEMOIR OF SHY TIMES
Dianne Dempsey
Musician, broadcaster, journalist and teacher Sian Prior has hit the road. After spending the past four years working on her memoir Shy, and turning 50, she has given herself three months long service leave and with the aid of a campervan she’s currently a free-agent. The memoir, writt..
24-Jul-2015
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Festival hunts the good life
Bendigo Weekly
Former Greens Senator Bob Brown, internationally renowned commentator Tariq Ali, gourmet farmer Matthew Evans and more than 130 authors, essayists, philosophers, publishers, food writers and poets will come together for the 2015 Bendigo Writers Festival. They aim to explore what it means,..
17-Jul-2015
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Memoirs in the award spotlight
Dianne Dempsey
The National Biography Award is Australia’s pre-eminent prize for biographical writing and memoirs. Since its inception the National Biography Award has been a champion of quality biographies. The six books on this year’s shortlist are: Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My F..
17-Jul-2015
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Cutting out the risk
Steve Kendall
RISK is scary. Not for any other reason than how easily a 15-year-old girl is lured into the fantasy world of online love. She thinks it’s love. This novel for young adults hooked me from page one, and I am way beyond young adult. It’s not about online dating or romance, it&rsq..
02-Jul-2015
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Vine romance
Dianne Dempsey
Put a vigneron and a chef together, mix with stories, erudition and Graeme Leith’s memoir of Passing Clouds, and you have one of the best sessions at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival. Conducted by Keith Sutherland, the session will no doubt cover the rich and passionate lives o..
26-Jun-2015
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A song of Scotland
Bendigo Weekly
A Scots Quair, A Trilogy By Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Polygon At the time of its publication A Scots Quair was considered by many publishers to be too hot to handle, not only because of its unabashed political agenda but because it was deeply sensual. Lewis Grassic Gibbon is the pseudonym ..
29-May-2015
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