Yes we can
Sharon Kemp
Support for same sex marriage is greater in central Victoria than nationally, but amid cheers and congratulations there was an underlying bitterness that the decision had been left to a voluntary postal survey. At Trades Hall about 100 LGBTQI people and supporters gathered on Wednesday to he..
17-Nov-2017
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Managing the flood
Joel Peterson
PLANNING changes to better manage flood risk were adopted by City of Greater Bendigo councillors on Wednesday night. The flood overlay changes were among of a number of items up for debate, and one of three that drew the opposition of councillor Julie Hoskin. Of the opening three agenda ..
17-Nov-2017
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On the crest of success
Bendigo Weekly
THE contentious Lansell Crest development has been pushed ahead by City of Greater Bendigo councillors after lengthy debate at Wednesday’s council meeting. Council endorsed a change to a planning scheme, lifting a cap on the number of dwellings that can be constructed at the East Bendi..
17-Nov-2017
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New pharmacy for CBD
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’s central business district will get another discount pharmacy, but in the process lose another store in Hargreaves Mall because of the lack of passing trade. Chemist Discount Centre is preparing to start trading at 7 Queen Street by the end of this week. It is a rebranding..
17-Nov-2017
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Time to prepare
Joel Peterson
MONDAY marks the official start of the fire danger period in much of central Victoria, including the City of Greater Bendigo, prompting a reminder for residents to prepare for summer. Among the areas for which Monday marks the period’s official start are the Bendigo municipality, as we..
17-Nov-2017
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Waste turns to a profit
Sharon Kemp
Creativity helps when it comes to running a not-for-profit recycling yard because a lot of the time you are dealing with stuff that nobody wants or even thinks about, such as packaging. Think cardboard, plastic and polystyrene. Think gas bottles. But when your mandate is to employ people..
17-Nov-2017
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O'Rourke back in the top job
Bendigo Weekly
MARGARET O’Rourke was installed on Tuesday for a second term as mayor, and councillor Jennifer Alden as her deputy. The pair will preside in a year that has the potential to offer Bendigo opportunities in the lead-up to a state election. A select committee into regional development..
17-Nov-2017
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Stepping out of isolation
Dianne Dempsey
Meet Jim, a four-year-old labrador and his much loved friend, Penny Williams. Brought together through the auspices of a pilot study conducted by La Trobe University researchers, the two companions have enjoyed regular walks together, all in the name of science. La Trobe’s Living w..
17-Nov-2017
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Group calls for Manus men
Bendigo Weekly
MEMBERS of the Loddon Mallee Regional Advisory Council are formally requesting to resettle within the region up to 300 refugees and asylum seekers from Manus Island. At the inaugural meeting of the council, Victorian Multicultural Commission chairperson Helen Kapalos said council members ask..
17-Nov-2017
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Locals lend a hand for classic
Bendigo Weekly
How do you convince local riders to pay to cycle on roads they use for free? This was one of the biggest questions for the Bendigo Cycling Classic organising committee. It seems the answer lay in the ability to offer a ride where all of the entry fees were donated to charity. Bendig..
17-Nov-2017
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Sharing the knowledge
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo-based Monash University medical students have been recognised for their voluntary contribution to the Smith Family’s senior secondary tutoring program this year. The program provides Smith Family scholarship students in years 11 and 12 with homework support and ultimately aims..
17-Nov-2017
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Star turns the spotlight on Bendigo
Dianne Dempsey
A touch of glamour came to town on Wednesday when Hollywood actress Jane Seymour visited the Edith Head exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery. After completing her commitments amidst the merry go round of the Melbourne Cup, Seymour was keen to make the most of her free time in Australia and ..
09-Nov-2017
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Mural adds a bright view
Bendigo Weekly
View Street‘s charm has been enhanced by the addition of a mural created by one of the street’s traders, Kane Barri. To discover the mural you have to go to View Lane which runs parallel to View Street and off Mackenzie Street. The mural, painted by Kane Barri, the owner of ..
17-Nov-2017
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Stage is set for blues
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO singer Sherri Parry kicked launched the seventh Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival in fine style yesterday morning, kicking off the weekend in the Hargreaves Mall. If you’re a blues fan or not, there is plenty to see and do, with 140 acts performing across 50 venues, including sh..
09-Nov-2017
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Twice as nice
Bendigo Weekly
Mother of five-week-old twins Katrina Dawborn laughed and said sleep is vastly overrated anyway. Katrina estimates that’s she’s getting about two to three hours sleep a night and when she can, an afternoon nap. “On the whole I felt quite relieved, William and James are ..
02-Nov-2017
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Brighter future for aspiring citizens
Bendigo Weekly
THE Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services groups has voiced its approval of the rejection of the proposed citizenship bill in the senate last Wednesday. The bill, as it stood, would have increased the waiting times for permanent residents before they could apply for citizenship from one yea..
26-Oct-2017
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Step up for health
Bendigo Weekly
Lightning Reef Primary School was chosen from more than 800 schools to have a pair of shoes donated to each student as part of the Walk to School program. Students decorated their shoes on Monday as part of a new element of Walk to School, where schools are encouraged to decorate shoes, bike..
19-Oct-2017
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Vision Australia offers another view
Sharon Kemp
IF Vision Australia’s Chris Edwards had his way, he would ask designers of the touch screen to try a new virtual reality experience that simulates the four most common eye conditions. Mr Edwards, the organisation’s strategic partners manager who has almost no vision, said the vir..
12-Oct-2017
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Quilty set for Bendigo
Peter Kennedy
Bendigo Art Gallery will host the acclaimed Another Day in Paradise exhibition of artworks by Bali Nine member Muyuran Sukumaran and leading Australian artists Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Megan Cope, Jagath Dheerasekara, Khaled Sabsabi, and Matthew Sleeth in July 2018. The exhibition responds ..
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Students have driving ambition
Bendigo Weekly
SIXTEEN Eaglehawk Secondary College students have had a hands-on experience in the motor industry as part of the Smith Family’s Work Inspiration Program. The aim of the Bendigo program was to encourage more females to think about entering non-traditional jobs through a two-day workshop..
17-Nov-2017
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Beating addiction
Sharon Kemp
RECOVERING from drug or alcohol addiction is as tough as it gets but worth every sober minute. The rolling positive impact is felt for generations of Australians to come, according to the leader and recent graduates of a Bendigo rehab program. Three graduates of Transformations, the Conn..
10-Nov-2017
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Time to order the dragon
Sharon Kemp
GOLDEN Dragon Museum’s bid to raise $750,000 has ended like a firecracker, suddenly and with an element of surprise. Independent senator Derryn Hinch and Liberal colleague Jane Hume visited the museum yesterday and committed $250,000 from the federal government. The donation took t..
02-Nov-2017
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Artist's work a reminder of country
Dianne Dempsey
Black Soil is the first solo exhibition of artist Arkeria Rose Armstrong. But while she has been thrilled with the response to her Dudley House exhibition, the 28-year-old already hit the high spots when she was invited to create a solo exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Gallery in Rotterdam. ..
26-Oct-2017
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Art adds a bright new look to YMCA House
Bendigo Weekly
A unique piece of indigenous public art was unveiled last Thursday on the exterior of YMCA House in Lyttleton Terrace. A smoking ceremony and welcome to country by the Dja Dja Wurrung took place as part of the unveiling. The mural created by artist Troy Firebrace also features designs fr..
19-Oct-2017
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The War of Ideas
Simon Wooldridge
Fronted by singer-songwriter Trevor Petrie, The War of Ideas is a Bendigo-based indie-folk-rock five piece. They recently released their second EP, The Beauty of Solitude. “First EP kind of, really,” Petrie told the Weekly. “The previous incarnation of the band wa..
17-Nov-2017
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Beating the drum
Bendigo Weekly
Lily and the Drum return to Bendigo tonight to perform at Allies Hotel in Myers Flat. The duo has been visiting the Bendigo area to perform their brand of bluesy roots rock and soul on numerous occasions over the past four years. “We performed some of our very first shows in the re..
17-Nov-2017
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Dorothy heads to Oz
Bendigo Weekly
Within a few short days the curtain will rise on The Wizard of Oz at Ulumbarra Theatre. More than 80 students from Bendigo South East College have spent many months rehearsing popular songs and scenes, including Follow the Yellow Brick Road, Over the Rainbow, We’re Off to See the Wizar..
17-Nov-2017
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Blues and roots kicks off
Simon Wooldridge
Phil Manning is an Australian blues icon. This weekend, Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival punters will get the opportunity to see Manning play an intimate Sunday afternoon set on the iconic Blues Tram. Manning, who has been performing for more than 50 years, was a member of early 1..
09-Nov-2017
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Magic mix for festival seven
Simon Wooldridge
This year’s Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival showcases a diverse mix of local, national, and international talent. Twenty thousand punters are expected at this year’s festival – the seventh – will be treated to a mix of blues, folk, country, rock and world music..
02-Nov-2017
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Harry heads to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Fresh from a stint up and down the east coast throughout 2016/17 Harry Coulson’s Blue Dogs are bringing their ruckus to the Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival. While the earlier album Harry Coulson’s Rain Dogs was an engaging set of jazz instrumentals, the new album Harry Coulson&..
02-Nov-2017
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Braves focus in on youth
Joel Peterson
NEW Bendigo Lady Braves coach Megan Moody has been put in charge of a key part of the new era of basketball in Bendigo. Moody is, remarkably, the first female coach to take the reins at the club since it began in 1990. Related: Changes for Lady Braves (http://www.bendigoweekly.com.au/new..
17-Nov-2017
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Changes on the way for Lady Braves
Joel Peterson
MEGAN Moody’s appointment as Bendigo Lady Braves coach seems the surest sign yet of a shake-up of Bendigo basketball. And while the clear focus on player development suits Moody’s strengths as a coach, the new direction is being driven from the top down. With the Spirit and L..
17-Nov-2017
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Lynx missing for struggling Spirit
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Spirit will tonight need to recapture the offensive magic they showed last time they hosted Perth Lynx after a horror weekend. Bendigo plays Perth tonight at Bendigo Stadium before facing Dandenong on Sunday as part of the WNBL’s cluster round, where every team will hit the..
17-Nov-2017
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AFL CV to oversee new league
Bendigo Weekly
IN yet another footballing first, AFL Central Victoria will oversee a standalone women’s football competition next year. The decision comes after the female football advisory committee running the Northern Country Women’s League decided to split the league. The NCWL staged it..
17-Nov-2017
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Redbacks aim high
Joel Peterson
WEST Bendigo faces a tough ask to build on the first win of its Emu Valley Cricket Association campaign when it hosts the in-form United. The Redbacks opened their account with a dominant performance against bottom side Marong. The reliable Trav O’Connell and Ben Henson led the way..
17-Nov-2017
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Pro Tour heads into the finals Arina
Joel Peterson
NUMBER one seed Arina Rodionova has withstood a stern test on her way to the quarter finals of the Bendigo International Pro Tour tournament. A clearly frustrated Rodionova was pushed by Astra Sharma before prevailing 6-4, 7-5 in an hour and 20 minutes. Rodionova’s domination on se..
10-Nov-2017
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Time to swap
Bendigo Weekly
THE National Swap Meet is back in Bendigo, marking 42 years of bits and bargains. This weekend will be a mass of all things car related, with enthusiasts and collectors looking for that all-important part. There is plenty to see and do with more than 1700 sites of auto, motorcycle engine..
17-Nov-2017
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Top spot for Phoenix presenter
Bendigo Weekly
Phoenix FM presenter Dawn Delaney hit a high note in broadcasting last week when her show was voted best new program. World Music Safari – Sounds From Other Lands is a weekly two-hour radio program presented each Sunday from 11am. The award was announced by the Community Broadc..
17-Nov-2017
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Wear your loudest shirt
Bendigo Weekly
The Australian Hearing Bus is out and about in Hargreaves Mall on Monday. It’s your big chance to wear your loudest and brightest clothes and have a free hearing check, what’s more the event supports deaf children. There will be a raffle competition and the Lions Club of Bend..
09-Nov-2017
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Service moved
Bendigo Weekly
There is a change to the location of the Bendigo Remembrance service. Due to the renovations under way at the Soldiers Memorial Institute on Pall Mall and the Bendigo Fountain adjacent to the Cenotaph, this year’s service will be held at the Bendigo District RSL Complex, 73-75 Hav..
02-Nov-2017
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The end of schooling
Bendigo Weekly
Hundreds of Bendigo students celebrated the end of 13 years of schooling this week at two major events hosted by Bendigo Senior Secondary College. On Wednesday students, staff and families gathered at the Ulumbarra Theatre to mark the end of students’ secondary school..
26-Oct-2017
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Water activities for wise students
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL school students learned about the importance of being water wise this week at a series of National Water Week activities. From health benefits to the creatures that live in water, all manners of subjects were covered by a range of organisations who know full well the importance of w..
19-Oct-2017
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Spanning the gap
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL engineering prowess has built the 65-metre-long footbridge across Arnold Street that will be one of the most prominent features of the Bendigo hospital when it is installed next Friday. Bendigo Engineering Services and other city-based firms have worked on the bridge at BES’s Kan..
17-Nov-2017
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Tony has pride in his work
Sharon Kemp
TONY Mertz has a once-removed relationship with the Hawkei that Thales is making for the Australian Defence Force. At the Eaglehawk Recycling Centre, his job is to break down the wooden crates in which parts for the expensive and high-tech protective vehicle arrive at the Bendigo factory. ..
17-Nov-2017
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Move along to save
Bendigo Weekly
New Real Estate Institute of Victoria data reveals regional buyers can save more than $350,000 by buying a home in the next town along the train line. Significant savings of more than $170,000 were also possible for those who purchased a home in Kangaroo Flat ($293,375) instead of the previo..
17-Nov-2017
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Top shiraz uncorked
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s best shiraz has been decided and it’s the 2015 Burnt Acre shiraz that was the clear winner. The general public got their chance to become professional wine judges during Bendigo Uncorked Week, sampling from 16 shiraz varieties submitted by wineries from across the Bendi..
09-Nov-2017
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New push for carers
Sharon Kemp
REGISTERED and patient care assistants at Bupa Aged Care in Bendigo stopped work on Tuesday in a bid to improve staffing ratios, wages and conditions nationally for the company’s care workers. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation organiser Loretta Marchesi said union members wou..
02-Nov-2017
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Branching out with Oak
Bendigo Weekly
With a four-week deadline and an idea in the back of her mind, Kimberly Furness created something quite spectacular. Mrs Furness always had a passion for writing and sharing other peoples stories, which led her to create her first issue of Oak Magazine. “I’m just so happy w..
26-Oct-2017
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Poll call to end citizenship crisis
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO MP Lisa Chesters says she will meet the December 1 deadline for declaring any dual citizenship set this week. Both sides of federal politics came to an agreement on Monday to compel all MPs to confirm their citizenship status by the start of next month. The federal Labor member s..
17-Nov-2017
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Cadel makes his mark
Peter Kennedy
The 2011 Tour de France winner and four-time Olympian Cadel Evans AM enthralled local cyclists, business and civic leaders during a number of guest appearances in Bendigo on Wednesday. Evans was in Bendigo to promote the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race to cycling enthusiasts throughout reg..
09-Nov-2017
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Work on at QEO
Bendigo Weekly
WORKS on spectator facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Oval are gathering momentum, with design work completed for the new kiosk and redeveloped entry to Bendigo’s iconic oval. Shade shelters were constructed this year at the city end of the oval, and work has begun to install concrete b..
02-Nov-2017
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Top event leads to gymnastics return
Bendigo Weekly
FOLLOWING a record-breaking event in 2017, Gymnastics Australia’s Aerobics Gymnastics Championships will return to Bendigo next year. Ulumbarra Theatre has hosted the event for the past three years, but next May it will call the new Bendigo Stadium home. This year’s event saw..
26-Oct-2017
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Sports star win for Dusty
Bendigo Weekly
THERE was hardly anything Dustin Martin didn’t win in September, so of course it was only natural the Richmond champion added a Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year award to his ever-growing trophy cabinet. As Richmond stormed to a surprise AFL flag that set long-suffering Tigers f..
19-Oct-2017
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Sim puts in a marathon effort
Peter Kennedy
THIS weekend, Bendigo’s Jason Sim will put himself through hell in search of the heaven that comes with being able to say you completed Hawaii’s Kona Ironman, the ultimate one day test of endurance and toughness in world sport. He’s not the only Bendigo athlete taking part ..
12-Oct-2017
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Temporary island home
Rosalea Ryan
Gevaar Island, 40 kilometres due west of tiny Shoalhaven on the West Australian coast, is an isolated, largely inhospitable place at the best of times. In the off season, when the fishermen whose huts are the only sign of civilisation among the rocks rarely leave port on the mainland, it&rs..
17-Nov-2017
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Happily ever after?
Rosalea Ryan
One week. Seven days. Surely change can’t happen so quickly as to completely overturn someone’s sedate, settled life in such a short time span – or can it? High school English teacher Casper Gray enjoys the type of steady contentment his still-single childhood mate Luke cov..
09-Nov-2017
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Bonding backfires
Rosalea Ryan
Corporate retreat. It’s a term almost guaranteed to set off a shiver of fear in all but the most upwardly mobile, single-mindedly ambitious go-getting employee. For accounting clerk Beth McKenzie few things could be less inviting than the prospect of spending four days “team buil..
02-Nov-2017
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Templar history targeted
Rosalea Ryan
Tucked away in the southwestern corner of France is one of the world’s most impressive collections of prehistoric art. The départment of Dordogne is known in international circles for a trio of drawcards: more than 1500 castles, abundant black truffles and the 600-plus irreplac..
26-Oct-2017
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Family at war
Rosalea Ryan
WHEN Anglo-Australians think of World War II battle zones, the natural tendency is to list only those in which our own servicemen fought: Southeast Asia, the Pacific, North Africa, Western Europe. The unimaginable destruction that occurred as Hitler’s army swept across Eastern Europe ..
19-Oct-2017
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Our home-grown writer
Dianne Dempsey
Bendigo writer Kaye Dobbie, has been published in many languages and countries including the US and Germany. “The Germans love my books,” Kaye said, clearly bemused. “They’ve really taken off there.” Sitting in the dining room of her charming Quarry Hill ho..
12-Oct-2017
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