COUNCIL GIVES MH17 SYMPATHY
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo council gave their condolences to the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 victims and their families today. Mayor Barry Lyons signed the condolence book and encouraged locals to do the same. “This is a tragic event and you cannot help but be moved by this senseless act and t..
22-Jul-2014
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POLICE EARN TOP PRIZE
Christine McGinn
Sixty-three western region Victoria Police officers were awarded for their dedication and long-service to the comunity today. Bendigo Police Sergeant Peter Beaman was awarded for his 40 years service in the force at the Capital Theatre. Bendigo Police Inspector Brad Dixon was awarded with the..
22-Jul-2014
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OUR HOUSE PRICES ON TOP
Christine McGinn
Greater Bendigo has topped the housing-price growth list for Victoria’s main regional cities. Latest Real Estate Institute of Victoria data has revealed a 7.9 per cent jump in the city's median house price in the year to the end June. Greater Geelong recorded at 6.7 per cent jump, Gr..
21-Jul-2014
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GREENS RUN FOR BENDIGO WEST
Bendigo Weekly
A former Labor member John Brownstein is running in the state election as a Greens candidate in Bendigo West. Mr Brownstein will run for the marginal Labor seat of Bendigo West in this year’s November election. He joined the Labor party in 2007 and hoped to be preselected for the ..
21-Jul-2014
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CHESTERS' OPENS NEW DOORS
Christine McGinn
Eaglehawk North Primary School student leaders officially unveiled Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters’ refurbished office today. Student Elliot Wellard stole the show, acknowledging the importance of politics in a democratic society. “Government is for the purpose of deve..
21-Jul-2014
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RACISM: IT STOPS WITH ME
Christine McGinn
More than 300 Bendigonians came out in force today in a bid to stamp out racism. Greater Bendigo council hosted the event, “Racism. It Stops With Me” as part of a national anti-racism campaign which promotes a multicultural and tolerant society. Bendigo Islamic As..
19-Jul-2014
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Art Series Hotel
Right track
Anthony Radford
PLANS are being put in place to have a suburban train network in Bendigo within a decade. The latest round of Greater Bendigo council’s Integrated Transport and Land Use Strategy, and its recently-released draft Economic Development Strategy, have both highlighted the plan. The succe..
19-Jul-2014
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Shops sold on extra hours
Christine McGinn
CAFES, restaurants and businesses could open their doors longer under Greater Bendigo council’s vision for “visitor-friendly” trading hours. Council’s draft Economic Development Strategy 2014-2020 wants more businesses to cater to the increasing local and visitor demand..
19-Jul-2014
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Lay backs mosque
Bendigo Weekly
VICTORIA Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay has criticised the anti-Muslim sentiment in the Bendigo mosque debate. In recognising the contribution of Muslims to Victoria, and to mark Ramadan, Commissioner Lay singled out the mosque debate. “I am proud to be part of the Victorian commu..
19-Jul-2014
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New pavilion on show - VIDEO
Christine McGinn
Bendigo’s newest $3.38 million pavilion is open for business, hosting the Australian Wool and Sheep Show this weekend. Deputy Premier Peter Ryan opened the new Bendigo Events and Exhibition Complex at the Prince of Wales Showgrounds today. Mr Ryan lead rams into the official launch of t..
18-Jul-2014
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Sounds recording makes history
Steve Kendall
One of the earliest surviving sound recordings made in Australia was recorded in Bendigo. The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in Canberra has a wax cylinder which was recorded in Bendigo about 1904. The two-minute recording is of Albert Henry Randall, secretary of the Quarry H..
18-Jul-2014
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Home and picket fence
Bendigo Weekly
Sutherland Property will offer a three bedroom period home in Drought Street for auction on Saturday morning. The renovated weatherboard property is in one of Bendigo’s most idyllic locations, close to the CBD, Rosalind Park, View Street, local schools and the hospital precinct. The h..
18-Jul-2014
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Roo wouldn't believe it
Bendigo Weekly
A loyal Bendigo Weekly reader had an interesting drive to work this morning. Driving through Mosquito Creek, the reader, whose name is, aptly, Miles, came across a kangaroo. Now that is not unusual for the area, or the region. According to AAMI, Bendigo drivers have submitted more cl..
17-Jul-2014
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Comments from those fighting back
Bendigo Weekly
Locals have hit back at media coverage painting Bendigo in a bad light as a result of Wednesday night's mosque meeting. Local resident Damian Wells had enough, and started a petition to fight back. Below are just some of the comments from petitioners who put their name to the cause. ..
20-Jun-2014
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More parking you won't believe
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo's fascination with poor car parking continues. One of our most popular Bendigo Buzz segments this year has been highlighting some of our city's worst parkers. We continue that this week. Our Bendigo Weekly readers and staff have been on the lookout for those taking shortcuts ..
20-Jun-2014
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Bendigo's most dangerous intersections
Bendigo Weekly
These are Bendigo's busiest and most dangerous intersections. About 172,500 cars, trucks and buses past through these intersections each weekday. That equates to more than 45 million weekday vehicle movements each year. Over the pat five years, there has been 55 casualty accide..
19-May-2014
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44 of Bendigo's best tatts
Bendigo Weekly
Here is more proof Bendigo is home to some very talented artists. While their work may not ever hang in the art gallery, it will probably be seen by more people than will ever walk through the doors of the city's cultural hub. Bendigo's tattooists are a very talented bunch. Bel..
09-May-2014
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5 buildings that deserve nicknames
Bendigo Weekly
Australians like giving their buildings and structures nicknames. It gives a sense of familiarity as well as appreciation. There's the Coathanger and the nearby Nuns in a Scrum in Sydney. Melbourne has its Big Cheese Stick and Jeff's Shed and Brisbane has the Gotham Tower. It's n..
24-Apr-2014
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Eaglehawk fire death
Bendigo Weekly
A man has died at a house in Eaglehawk tonight. Bendigo Police detectives have described the death as not suspicious, but the Homicide Squad has been called as a precaution. Police are yet to confirm the circumstances of the death but it is believed there was bonfire at t..
18-Jul-2014
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CAR HITS HOUSE - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
A 25 year old male crashed a car through a fence in Quarry Hill yesterday. A white Holden Commodore crashed through the front fence and hit the brick Harkness St house about 2pm. Police searched for the man in relation to the incident in the nearby area. The man was taken into custody i..
14-Jul-2014
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Man dies in crash
Bendigo Weekly
A 33-year old Cranbourne North man has died in a car crash at Myola this morning. Leading Senior Constable Paul Turner said police were investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal crash. “Investigators believe that the car was traveling north on the Northern Highway around 6.4..
10-Jul-2014
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Two cars collide in Golden Square
Bendigo Weekly
Two cars collided in Golden Square this afternoon. The incident occurred on Marong and Happy Valley roads about 4.45pm. Bendigo Police Sergeant Jason Burke said it was a minor car crash but one vehicle was leaking fuel. Both drivers were treated and assessed for shock at the sc..
09-Jul-2014
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Jewellery worth $30,000 missing
Bendigo Weekly
A New South Wales woman has lost $30,000 worth of antique jewellery in Marong. The woman was travelling from a border town to Melbourne for her chronically ill daughter’s treatment with the seven pieces of jewellery. The woman took the jewellery to Melbourne for quotes for work and clea..
09-Jul-2014
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Crash closes highway - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
A motor home crashed near Goornong on Tuesday afternoon, closing the Midland Highway. No one was trapped in the accident, which occurred just before 3pm. The accident occurred about two kilometres north of the Bendigo-Murchinson Road intersection. The road was reopened in both..
08-Jul-2014
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Heart and soul
Bendigo Weekly
At Last – The Etta James Story is a two-hour narrative concert starring Vika Bull. Etta has been recognised as bridging the gap between rhythm and blues, rock and roll to pop. During a long career Etta influenced a vast array of artists from a variety of genres and musical styles i..
11-Jul-2014
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Bec is golden
Bendigo Weekly
Bec Laughton is at the Golden Vine tonight. Bec is an extraordinary talent and she and her band will be putting on an explosive show for any and all Bendigonians who come out for it. Bec Laughton has been working her way into the hearts and earholes of soul, R&B and pop lovers for a ..
04-Jul-2014
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Play time
Steve Kendall
IT is a good bet you’ll see Justine Clarke everywhere you look over the next few weeks. Season two of the ABC’s Time of Our Lives premieres on June 26 at 8.30pm, and Justine brings her children’s show I am a... to the Capital Theatre on July 5 at 11am. Justine actively c..
20-Jun-2014
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Skip at the ’maine event
Steve Kendall
THE LOST HEART SIRENS play Castlemaine tonight, and as a double treat Steve Lane and the Autocrats are playing too. Albert Skipper, Skip, is frontman for the Sirens. In many guises, Skip continues to make music, be it as solo artist Bert, or with a band. With his work now on iTunes this pr..
12-Jun-2014
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Time to shout
Bendigo Weekly
HERE is one for the rock and rollers. Now is your chance to relive the glory days of the swinging 60s as the Capital marks the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Australia’s Johnny O’Keefe and his massive hit Shout. The single was released in 1964 and continues to be an anthem tod..
06-Jun-2014
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Hughes is Pointless
Christine McGinn
BACK on the stand-up comedy circuit, Dave Hughes is taking the stage in Bendigo. Stand-up comedian Hughesy has come back from a television and radio hiatus, to the world of stand-up with a desire to get out of meetings. “I was doing radio and TV every day so that’s at least f..
30-May-2014
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Lavey to make debut Opals tour
Joel Peterson
It is fair to say Bendigo Spirit point guard Tessa Lavey has had an enjoyable last seven days. A week after re-signing with the Bendigo Spirit for two years, Lavey was today announced in the Australian Opals team that will tour Japan from tomorrow. Despite struggling to get court time be..
21-Jul-2014
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Lavey back on the team
Joel Peterson
Another piece of the Bendigo Bank Spirit puzzle has fallen into place for season 2014-15, with rising star Tessa Lavey re-committing to the club this week for the next two years. Lavey, currently playing with the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence, came to the club last season after s..
18-Jul-2014
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Multicultural round kicks off
Bendigo Weekly
AFL Central Victoria’s multicultural round activities kicked off today, with a football and netball clinic for school students at North Bendigo Recreation reserve. Primary and secondary school children from across Bendigo picked up the skills of AFL today from former Port Adelaide and ..
17-Jul-2014
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Captain fantastic
Joel Peterson
Bendigo Bank Braves captain Chris Hogan can only remember going to one Braves game when he was growing up playing junior basketball in Braves colours. He was around 16 at the time, and one thing stood out to him above all else: the play of Braves legend David Flint. Since his playing day..
11-Jul-2014
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Spirit signing blitz continues
Joel Peterson
One of the rising stars of Australian Women's basketball is back in Bendigo Spirit colours for two more years. Sunbury's Sara Blicavs has re-signed with the team for the 2014/15 and 15/16 Women's National Basketball League seasons. Blicavs has a wealth of international experience at only..
08-Jul-2014
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Dempster misses out on tour top 10 in London
Joel Peterson
Zak Dempster's encouraging Tour de France start has continued, with the Bendigonian finishing 11th in the third stage of the biggest cycling race in the world overnight. Stage three saw riders travel 155km from Cambridge to London, after the race started in Yorkshire on Saturday. A two-m..
08-Jul-2014
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Market moves on food waste
Anthony Radford
THE Bendigo Community Farmers Market will be hosting an initiative to cut food waste this Saturday. The idea is to share simple ways to help residents stop wasting food and in turn boost their family budget. Greater Bendigo council Waste Services manager Simon Clay said in 2010 a Sustainab..
11-Jul-2014
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Bosom Buddies are back
Steve Kendall
NOT content with raising $42,000, the Bosom Buddies are stepping up their game. The team of 14 walkers are setting off again next year on a 60 kilometre repeat in a bid to pull in more cash. They have some serious extra backing this year. “Brikkitta from D-Club has come on boar..
04-Jul-2014
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Bella goes to great lengths
Steve Kendall
A LONG Gully youngster is making a practical input for cancer care. Eight-year-old Bella Lightburn is cutting off her waist-length hair for Pantene’s beautiful lengths campaign. Her hair will be made into a wig for a cancer sufferer. Bella also will be raising money for Camp Qualit..
13-Jun-2014
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Heads up on foxes
Christine McGinn
HUNTERS have recorded a milestone, bringing in more than 40,000 fox scalps to the local Epsom collection station. Greater Bendigo and surrounds’ hunters have fired up to participate in the State Government’s bounty scheme to reduce numbers of wild foxes. More than 1100 fox scal..
06-Jun-2014
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Cubby house a community effort
Bendigo Weekly
The children of the Golden Square Kindergarten celebrated the opening of their new purpose-built cubby house recently, with the help of a special guest. The building of the cubby was made possible thanks to a grant from the Kangaroo Flat and District Community Enterprise and sponsorship from..
23-May-2014
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Having a ball
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo council has revealed details of its annual mayoral ball. Mayor Barry Lyons and wife Betty have invited the community to take part in the July 5 event at the Town Hall. Cr Lyons said he looked forward to celebrating Bendigo at its finest. “Betty and I look forwa..
23-May-2014
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Printing the future for Keech
Christine McGinn
Keech Australia has launched a new subsidiary company, with unparallelled 3D advanced manufacturing technology in the region. Keech 3D Advanced Manufacturing is leading the pack in regional Victoria, with the region’s largest 3D format printer. The local company was launched today, show..
03-Jul-2014
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Stewarts' partner is your partner
Bendigo Weekly
Stewarts has announced their new suite of services thanks to a new relationship with Partners Wealth Group. The latest in the practise’s innovative take on business services for the Bendigo region, the PWG relationship means Stewarts can now offer investment management and wealth creatio..
08-May-2014
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Upgrade for internet
Bendigo Weekly
Many residents and businesses in Bendigo can now experience faster internet speeds on their ADSL service following infrastructure upgrades in the local area. For many of Bendigo’s local residents and businesses, the internet boost will give access to ser..
02-May-2014
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Waste wood has a colourful future
Steve Kendall
WHAT is big and red and eats pallets? The answer comes in the form of a mighty beast called Rotochopper. The machine has a few uses, but the main one being employed at Epsom Sand and Soil is turning industrial wood waste into mulch. Epsom Sand and Soil takes receipt of pallets from local b..
21-Feb-2014
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Bank head bemoans inequity
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank managing director Mike Hirst has told investors Australia’s financial sector is an uneven playing field. Speaking at the company’s Anual General Meeting in Bendigo this week, Mr Hirst welcomed the Federal Government’s financial services inquiry. Mr Hir..
01-Nov-2013
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Training for a digital future
Christine McGinn
More than 500 local businesses will take advantage of the $285,000 digital boost to better communicate with the community. iBendigo Loddon Mallee Group, launched this week, promised to deliver 50 training courses and 180 one-on-one digital training sessions across the next two years. iBendigo ch..
27-Sep-2013
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Festival of the Lamb
Marika McMahon
This weekend will see a migration of driz-a-bones and RM Williams to Bendigo for the Australian Sheep and Wool Show at the Bendigo Showgrounds. I love sheep. Childhood years spent helping Pa out on the farm with the occasional hand-rearing of a pet lamb meant I was indoctrinated early int..
18-Jul-2014
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Book for the cafe
Marika McMahon
While it seems half the world is tripping off to sunnier climates, a school holiday at home gives us the chance to check out some local eating spots that are not on our usual rotation. Getting up and out of pyjamas early saw us lining up to enter the transformed Bendigo library as it opene..
11-Jul-2014
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Churros a treat
Marika McMahon
Maybe it’s the thought of warmer climates, maybe it’s the World Cup, but I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about ways of eating that are different to ours. All of those things have led me to Spanish food in the past couple of weeks. First it was a lunch at Sangria ..
04-Jul-2014
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Food of all nations
Marika McMahon
Events of the past week have caused lots to ponder multicultural Bendigo. Of course my pondering has turned to food. The story of food in Bendigo reflects the way our city has grown. Mum loves to tell the story that when she was first married in the late 60s gourmet cooking in suburban Gol..
27-Jun-2014
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Spain in the rain
Marika McMahon
A drizzly wet Sunday, kids cooped up inside all day but relief is on the horizon with a party invitation, one of those parties at an indoor play centre. This wasn’t an occasion where you stand round watching kids consume lukewarm sausage rolls. Sure there was party food, play and ludic..
20-Jun-2014
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Farmers markets saved the farm
Bendigo Weekly
Spring Creek Organics are a perfect example of what the Bendigo Community Farmers Market is always saying: that shopping at farmers markets benefits our local farmers, and keeps quality, fresh produce from disappearing from our supply chain. Stallholders David and Lisa Tatman started a small..
12-Jun-2014
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The future of writing makes a top topic
Bendigo Weekly
THE future of writing takes centre stage at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival, with everything from freedom of speech to how to create a blog on the August 8 to 10 program. A heavyweight lineup of experienced journalists take part in the headline session, Not Drowning, Adapting, whi..
18-Jul-2014
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Flags waving to herald a gathering of writers
Bendigo Weekly
THE flags went up at the top of View Street this week, in preparation for the third Bendigo Writers Festival across the weekend of August 8 to 10. The banners feature the festival’s new look, with a bright and bold identity to match the busy, lively program. Designed by Bendigo&rsquo..
11-Jul-2014
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Support the team
Bendigo Weekly
They are the first people many writers and guests get to see, their friendly efficiency the epitome of the kind of event Bendigo Writers Festival aims to be. The small army of volunteers who help make the festival run smoothly is gearing up again to prepare for the August 8 to 10 weekend. ..
04-Jul-2014
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World of work
Dianne Dempsey
Jeanette Purkis will be launching her new book The Wonderful World of Work in Bendigo, this Saturday, June 21. She will also be presenting a talk on autism and employment for the community from the perspective of someone living with autism. Jeanette Purkis is also the author of Findin..
20-Jun-2014
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Early sessions booked out
Bendigo Weekly
THIS year’s Bendigo Writers Festival Schools Day program is looking like a winner with some sessions already booked out. Teachers have responded enthusiastically to the early release of the Friday, August 8 program, Texts Mark the Spot, which includes popular writers such as Andrew McGah..
13-Jun-2014
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Book festival delivers
Bendigo Weekly
TWO of Australia’s most admired and controversial writers will be headline guests at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival. Blanche d’Alpuget is the Friday, August 8 evening keynote speaker, and will talk about her eventful life, her marriage to former Prime Minister Bob Haw..
30-May-2014
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Bendigo TAFE Open Day 2014