CENTRE HAS FUNDS PLAN
Christine McGinn
A CROWD-FUNDING campaign to finance the Discovery Centre’s operational costs and long-term future has gone live. The Discovery Science and Technology Centre launched its Save Discovery campaign today to raise $30,000 in 30 days. Acting manager Kate Barnard said contributors would r..
03-Jul-2015
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AMICUS BIDS TO CLOSE GAP
Christine McGinn
A LEADING disability service provider has pipe dreams to build and develop affordable housing. Amicus Inc wants to transform its North Bendigo site into housing to help address the unmet local demand for people with a disability. Executive officer Ann-Marie Davis said there was a limited..
03-Jul-2015
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A BIG DEAL
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO Bank chairman Robert Johanson has used this week’s 20th anniversary of the former building society becoming a bank to reflect on the organisation’s increasing importance to the local region. Mr Johanson said while this week’s anniversary marked the change from a ..
03-Jul-2015
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ICE ACTION FOR FAMILIES
Christine McGinn
A NEW family support program will be developed in the Loddon Mallee region as part of the national Ice Action Plan. Bendigo Community Health Services (BCHS) will receive $200,000 over the next four years from the state government to expand its support services for families affected by ice. ..
03-Jul-2015
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MOSQUE DELAY DISAPPOINTS COUNCIL
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo is disappointed objectors to the mosque made a claim of bias against VCAT’s president and deputy president. Planning and Development director Prue Mansfield said it threatened to delay a decision on the proposed development. “This is a matter for V..
02-Jul-2015
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BUSHMASTERS GO DUTCH
Bendigo Weekly
TWELVE new Bendigo-made Bushmasters have gone into production to be sent to the Netherlands. The Ministry of Defence ordered the vehicles to strengthen their defence capacity. The Dutch customer purchased 86 Bushmasters between 2006 and 2009, and new order will be delivered by mid-2016...
01-Jul-2015
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Locals brainstorm housing solutions
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL disability service providers are working together to develop a long-term solution to Bendigo’s unmet affordable housing demand. More than 25 individuals and organisations met at Haven; Home, Safe today to share ideas and develop a road-map for appropriate disability housing option..
03-Jul-2015
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The right time to buy
Bendigo Weekly
FOR anyone wondering when is the right time to buy real estate – the answer is likely now. That’s the view of Tweed Sutherland First National’s Darryn O’Keefe, who says now is the best time in a number of years (for those who are in a position to do so) to purchase properti..
03-Jul-2015
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Bendigo Weekly reaches a milestone
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Weekly celebrates its 18th birthday this week. Managing editor Peter Kennedy paid tribute to the dedicated team that worked together to produce Bendigo’s most popular and most read newspaper each week, and to all those who have worked on the paper since its inception on July..
03-Jul-2015
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Galaxy swirls for young artist Troy
Dianne Dempsey
Shortlisted for this year’s Victorian Indigenous Art Awards, Troy Firebrace followed an intriguing pathway to find success. When he was at Shepparton High School, Troy had heaps of fun in class drawing designs that he would use as the basis of his tattoos. “The tattoos..
03-Jul-2015
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Dry July
Bendigo Weekly
Following unprecedented success in 2014, Bendigo Health has entered Dry July for the third year. Dry July is an online fundraising campaign which encourages participants to go booze free for the 31 days in July. The campaign raises funds for adults living with cancer and all funds raised for ..
03-Jul-2015
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Bendigo ups spend on mental health
Christine McGinn
BENDIGO Health has poured $77.6 million into its mental health services in the past two financial years, more than any other large regional health service provider. According to the state government’s 2014-15 health policy and funding guidelines, Bendigo Health Care Group spent a sixth o..
03-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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Remembering 240 days at Gallipoli
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is marking the 240 days Australian and New Zealand soldiers were at Gallipoli. The nightly 6pm service is being held on the RSL Hall forecourt in Pall Mall with the Last Post sounded. Laments are played in reflection as two large steel poppies are progressively filled with red popp..
01-May-2015
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Ditch the myths
Bendigo Weekly
IT seems inevitable that even I must throw in my 10 cents worth on the Gallipoli landings. I have nothing but respect for those who volunteered and served, but much scorn needs to be thrown on those who documented the deeds at the time, and later in some cases. Newspaper reports were heavi..
24-Apr-2015
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Meet and greet the police
Christine McGinn
LOCALS eager to join the police force will have the chance to meet and greet with professionals in the job today. Victoria Police are encouraging people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to join the organisation hosting a stall in Hargreaves Mall as part of today’s Harmony Day celebrati..
19-Mar-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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Eaglehawk man blows 0.217
Christine McGinn
An Eaglehawk man was caught driving more than four times over the legal blood-alcohol limit last night. The 59-year old man was seen driving at 30 kilometres an hour on the 50km/h Victoria Street in Eaglehawk at 7.50pm. The man hesitated to take off when the lights changed from red to green, ..
05-May-2015
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Police call for witnesses
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for witnesses after a local man was hospitalised with a serious head injury. Antony James Woodward walked into the One Tree Hill Hotel on Retreat Road in Spring Gully on Friday April 10 about 2.45pm. Workers at the hotel, who know Anto..
20-Apr-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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Flick on to Star
Steve Kendall
WITH the flick of a switch an exuberant bundle of energy hits the air. Star FM’s presenter from 10am to 3pm weekdays is a lively enthusiastic woman who works to the mantra of “fake it until you make it”. This ensures, even on a rare down day Felicity Eva makes you believe she..
26-Jun-2015
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Music at the old church
Steve Kendall
A triple treat awaits at The Old Church on the Hill on Saturday as three magnificent talents take to the stage. They are all artists who made a splash at last year’s Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival and who will be back to impress again. “Shannon Bourne is one of the most..
19-Jun-2015
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Colourful edge to Geraldine
Dianne Dempsey
There is quite naturally an awful lot of sitting around and reading and talking by writers at writers’ festivals, but cabaret artist and writer extraordinaire Geraldine Quinn, gets on her hind legs and sings, dances; and as well delivers some great riffs. The theme of her latest produ..
12-Jun-2015
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Mayhem and music
Steve Kendall
Holidays On Ice is a decade-long collaboration between Angie Hart of Frente, Dean Manning and Stella Mozgawa. Hart and Manning are coming to Bendigo for the final show of their Hat and Hall Tour playing the Old Church On The Hill, Quarry Hill. The show starts at 6.30pm on Saturday with a..
12-Jun-2015
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Reece returns
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
REECE Mastin is returning to Bendigo on June 19 as part of his new Rebel and Reason tour. Reece will play at the Capital with a new-look show introducing an edgier sound. “It’s a bit of a new band and we’ve got a new set list. We’ve structured it a bit differentl..
05-Jun-2015
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Sun Devil has Bendigo Spirit
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Spirit landed its first big recruit before the 2015/16 season, signing Arizona State University centre Joy Burke this week. The former Sun Devil joins the club on a one-year deal, having also played professionally in Denmark after leaving Tempe. Burke will give the Spir..
03-Jul-2015
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Tennis on the table
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO will play host to another top-class table tennis event next year, at a location with a difference. The City of Greater Bendigo has added some drama to the sport, staging the 2016 ITTF Oceania Olympic qualifiers at Ulumbarra Theatre. The event will run at the same time as the 20..
03-Jul-2015
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Braves’ big boost
Joel Peterson
THE Champions IGA Bendigo Lady Braves’ playoff hopes have been given a huge lift – figuratively and literally – with Australian Opals centre Elyse Penaluna signing with the club this week. After a disappointing start to the season, Penaluna will play a crucial role as the Lad..
03-Jul-2015
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Racked and ready
Joel Peterson
AUSTRALIAN snooker star Neil Robertson is back in Bendigo determined not to let the Australian Snooker Goldfields Open title slip through his grasp again. Robertson’s campaign for an elusive victory in Bendigo begins on Tuesday, after two straight runner-up finishes to Marco Fu in 2013 a..
26-Jun-2015
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Tennis set up
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Tennis Association has netted a record number of entrants for its upcoming winter junior and senior tournaments. The Bendigo Bank winter junior and senior Australian money tournament will be held from June 29 to July 3, with seven different categories up for grabs from the new und..
19-Jun-2015
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Zak gears up for Tour
Joel Peterson
HE made history last year with an impressive Tour de France debut, and Zak Dempster is aiming to repeat the dose when the world’s biggest race is held next month. Dempster was named in an extended squad of 13 for the race, which will be cut back to nine by his Bora-Argon 18 team next wee..
19-Jun-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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Plan ahead for the great Victorian ride
Bendigo Weekly
REGISTRATIONS for the 2015 RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride are now open. The largest multi-day bike ride in the southern hemisphere is expected to attract more than 3500 riders. This year’s main ride will showcase 540 kilometres of the Goldfields countryside over nine days. S..
12-Jun-2015
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Mural makes a mark
Bendigo Weekly
Local artist David Snowdon has started a mural on the south entrance of Bendigo Marketplace under the guidance of renowned artist Scottie Neoh, AKA Bonsai. Bonsai has completed works for Melbourne Central, Red Bull and the John Butler Trio and will be assisting Mr Snowdon in the installation ..
11-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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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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Biography event cancelled
Dianne Dempsey
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15-May-2015
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Images of the war
Dianne Dempsey
Unlike Gallipoli, there are relatively few images of Australian soldiers on the Western Front. While soldiers took cameras with them to Gallipoli they were forbidden to take them to France and Belgium. The British had decreed that only official photographs were allowed. This remarkable book..
24-Apr-2015
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Lifetime in fine art
Dianne Dempsey
Notebooks Betty Churcher Published 2011 With the recent news of Betty Churcher’s death at the age of 84, it is apposite to revisit probably her most poignant book. Betty Churcher was director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia and director of the National Gallery of..
02-Apr-2015
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