Metro fail
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S long-awaited $2 million Metro Rail network becomes a reality on Monday, but stage one of the project falls short of providing a reliable commuter service. The state government project delivers 14 weekday services at Epsom station, as well as an extra service from Eaglehawk..
24-Jun-2016
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Bendigo on early vote high
Sharon Kemp
THE electorate of Bendigo has one of the highest incidence of early polling in the nation, with more voters polling than any seat in Melbourne, potentially as a result of “impulse voting”. Seven days after prepolling opened, more than 7200 votes have been cast at only two polling..
24-Jun-2016
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Bendigo Thunder on fire
Joel Peterson
WHEN you’re undefeated and atop the ladder, slotting one of the most promising young key forwards going around is a luxury few teams can dream of. For the Bendigo Thunder, the addition of Bella Ayre proved just that. Ayre is as good a personification of the female football pathway ..
24-Jun-2016
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TAFE lockdown after gun scare
Sharon Kemp
A Bendigo TAFE student faces charges for firearm offences after wielding a replica handgun with his face covered while filming a for an assessment on Tuesday. Bendigo police yesterday were preparing to interview the students and the tafe was hosing down the incident which traumatised some st..
24-Jun-2016
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Worn track impacts sport
Peter Kennedy
ONE of Bendigo’s most prized sporting assets is in dire need of a major overhaul and could lose its international accreditation if urgent repair works are not completed soon. The La Trobe University Bendigo Athletics Centre track was constructed in 2000, and the facility has hosted maj..
24-Jun-2016
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Coalition push for lake
Sharon Kemp
LAKE Eppalock would not need to be full but at 40 per cent capacity, and no lower than 40 per cent, to help businesses make a living from visitors to the central Victorian lake, according to Axedale Tavern owner Gary Van Wynen. Mr Van Wynen and Save Lake Eppalock group members met with envir..
24-Jun-2016
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Life FM appeals to listeners
Bendigo Weekly
AS Bendigo radio station Life FM prepared to launch its twice-annual appeal, it tax deductability status came through. And as general manager Gaelle Broad worried this week about falling behind the $30,000 fund raising target, a listener called in with a $2000 donation. Life FM has grown..
24-Jun-2016
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Jobless welcome new work promises
Bendigo Weekly
BOTH major political parties are promising jobs growth if elected, and to some, it’s none too soon. Bendigo jobseekers Jack Surplice 20, and Aiden Wellard 18, have experienced the same troubles when it comes to finding part-time work in the area – there is none. Jack is stud..
24-Jun-2016
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Schools reward their best
Bendigo Weekly
YOUNG people from across the Sandhurst Diocese attended the Bishop Joe Grech Youth Scholarship lunch at the Catholic Education Office in Bendigo on Wednesday. Catholic Education Sandhurst director Paul Desmond said although the scholarship had been awarded since 2011 this was only the second..
24-Jun-2016
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Delly's Cavs take famous NBA title win
Bendigo Weekly
MATTHEW Dellavedova achieved another milestone in his already remarkable basketball career this week, becoming just the sixth Australian to win an NBA championship. The Bendigo Weekly/Prime7 2016 Sports Star of the Year award winner’s Cleveland Cavaliers took out the title with a win i..
24-Jun-2016
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Best butchers aim to snag a win
Bendigo Weekly
Butchers from the region had an opportunity to enter their best and wurst gourmet sausages, hams, kabana and bacon in the Sausage King competition yesterday. By tasting and scoring the different varieties entered, chefs from local businesses were tasked with forking out the award to the bes..
23-Jun-2016
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Religion should unite says writer
Bendigo Weekly
Religion is often blamed for many of the wars and conflicts in the world. Yet religion, as interpreted by the Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick, is transformed into an agency for community building, personal as well as spiritual maturing, and for peace. “Religion should not divide but..
17-Jun-2016
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Courtesy for trams
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo mayor Rod Fyffe has joined forces with Bendigo’s tram drivers to appeal to all road users to show courtesy and understanding when crossing paths with oncoming trams. As Bendigo’s roads become busier, tram drivers are reporting having to wait for up to 10 traffic light cyc..
24-Jun-2016
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Award for O'Hoy
Bendigo Weekly
Passionate Bendigo historian Dennis O’Hoy was made a member of the Order of Australia this week for his great contributions to local history and education. Mr O’Hoy spent 40 years working in education at the Bendigo campus of La Trobe University, where he was head of the School ..
17-Jun-2016
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Water the focus for schools
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Huntly Primary School were up the creek this week on a special excursion. They were busy for a few hours at the Bendigo Creek in Huntly with the Northern Bendigo Landcare Group. The activities were designed to help the students explore and understand key river or creek heal..
17-Jun-2016
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Scientific future mapped out
Bendigo Weekly
Students Maya Mann and Ruby Stone are two of 48 science students selected to take part in a national residential science conference to take place at Brisbane University in July. The Girton Grammar School year 11s were selected from applicants all over Australia, making them eligible to take..
10-Jun-2016
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Marilyn's birthday splash
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S towering eight metre sculpture of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe was this week given a spruce up to commemorate her 90th birthday. Bendigo CFA brigade members washed the Seward Johnson sculpture Forever Marilyn on Wednesday, before Victorian Tourism and Major Events Minister J..
03-Jun-2016
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Good golly miss Molly
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO is becoming familiar with the whole Hollywood scene at the moment, and now there’s another taste. Molly Ringwald is coming to town, and will be performing at the Ulumbarra Theatre on Thursday, June 9 Ringwald is a star who kicked of her film career in the 1980s, but before ..
01-Apr-2016
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New at the top
Bendigo Weekly
THE stately Fortuna Villa will host this weekend’s historic Rotary Club of Bendigo changeover dinner, with prominent business identity Glenn Reilly set to take the reins. Mr Reilly is a second generation Rotarian, and takes over from outgoing president Larrie Winzar. “It&rsq..
17-Jun-2016
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Nationals draw top spot on ballot
Sharon Kemp
A BALL draw has determined the four mainstream political parties running in Bendigo will fill the top five positions on ballot paper when voting for the Federal election begins on Tuesday. Significantly, the two second tier parties - the Nationals and the Australia Greens - will fill the top..
10-Jun-2016
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Sporting win for clubs
Bendigo Weekly
TWELVE Central Victorian sports and recreation clubs can kit up after winning grants in the latest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants. The grants are a traditional source of funding for local clubs and this year they shared in almost $1 million given out statewide. The Bendigo..
10-Jun-2016
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Safety first for cyclists
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo will complete works at one of the city centre’s busiest roundabouts in an effort to make it safer for cyclists. City of Greater Bendigo Engineering and Public Space Manager Brett Martini said work on the Williamson Street/Mollison Street roundabout included ..
03-Jun-2016
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Angela is top class at plain speaking
Bendigo Weekly
BSSC student Angela Stevens has won the regional final of the VCAA Plain English Speaking Awards held at Girton Grammar on Monday evening. BSSC PESA coordinator David van Es said it was a spectacular effort by Angela to win the regional final. “Against formidable opposition she d..
27-May-2016
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Greens aim for growth
Sharon Kemp
THE Greens have opened a campaign office in the heart of Bendigo. It’s the first time the party has established an office in the city, with local branch members deciding last year to become more visible in the 2016 election, according to candidate Rosemary Glaisher. As of Tuesday, ..
20-May-2016
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Dami’s road from Eurovison to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
By Natasha MacFarlane THERE has been no slowing down for Dami Im since her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Dami’s hugely successful performance of her song Sound of Silence came in at number two in the final point score tally, pushing her even further into the E..
24-Jun-2016
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Vote 1 for Kerr’s Cur
Simon Wooldridge
ELECTION day, Saturday, July, 2 is just about the perfect day for local indie band Kerr’s Cur to showcase tracks from their forthcoming debut album, Vote 1, Kerr’s Cur, at Bendigo’s Musicman. “We’re very excited about playing on Election Day. It’s like t..
24-Jun-2016
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Slam time a musical hit
Simon Wooldridge
Music Slam #7 at Musicman was absolutely pumping with hundreds of alternative music fans over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. I caught 15 of the 90 bands on two of the three days. Cameron Holmes and the Blues Dudes kicked off my Friday evening with their distinctive brand of he..
17-Jun-2016
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Step out for a night with Giselle
Bendigo Weekly
The Australian Ballet Regional Tour will perform Giselle at the Ulumbarra Theatre in July. Giselle has enthralled audiences since its creation in 1841, with its heartbreaking love story, famous mad scene, sea of ghostly white tutus and impressive display of ballet technique. The lead role ..
03-Jun-2016
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Dead Lurkers at the slam
Simon Wooldridge
The phrase highly original gets bandied around quite a bit – sometimes without much justification. Sometimes though, it’s spot-on. In the case of Bendigo alternative outfit Dead Lurkers it’s very much the latter. Elements of punk, psychobilly, alt-garage-indie and rock and r..
03-Jun-2016
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Brothers3 together at the Capital
Bendigo Weekly
Following their country hit Brothers Never Part, Brothers3 continue their work on reshaping Australian modern country music. Now the X Factor 2015 favourites are coming to Bendigo on June 24. The trio will perform their two-hour all-ages performance highlighting songs from their new album, ..
03-Jun-2016
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Kobe's big move pays dividends
Joel Peterson
IN the last three years, football has taken Kobe Mutch everywhere from South Africa to Florida and even to the hallowed turf of the MCG on grand final day. Even with all the glitz and glamour of Florida and the theatre of AFL grand final day, his most important journey may have been one of t..
24-Jun-2016
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BTA serves up award winning event
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Tennis Association’s award-winning Bendigo Bank Winter Junior and Australian Money Tournament kicks off on Monday. The joint event is the BTA’s biggest of the year and will see 385 participants in action at the Nolan Street courts from Monday, June 27 to Friday, July ..
24-Jun-2016
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Stars line up for association titles
Joel Peterson
KANGAROO Flat’s Karly Elvey will lead the Bendigo Football Netball League in this weekend’s Netball Victoria Association Championships in Melbourne on Sunday. Bendigo finished third in the corresponding event last year and takes a balanced squad to the State Netball and Hockey Ce..
23-Jun-2016
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Academy sides building strength
Bendigo Weekly
AFL Central Victoria academy players have been busy picking up tips from some top coaches ahead of a busy schedule of matches over the coming weeks. The Bendigo Junior Football League’s interleague sides take on Ballarat this Saturday for the annual Goldfields Trophy at Str..
17-Jun-2016
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Spirit bolsters backcourt
Bendigo Weekly
TWO more pieces of the puzzle have come together for the Bendigo Spirit, with import guard Blake Dietrick joining Heather Oliver in signing with the club for the 2016/17 Women’s National Basketball League season. Spirit mainstay Oliver’s signature was announced by the club last w..
17-Jun-2016
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BASL front runners collide
Bendigo Weekly
EPSOM sits atop the table in both the men’s and women’s championship competitions after three rounds of the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League season. After kicking off the year taking out the men’s inter league cup, the Scorpions are undefeated through their opening two games i..
17-Jun-2016
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Spider orchids have a new home
Bendigo Weekly
So fragile and endangered is the yellow-lipped spider orchid, a reintroduction program limited the number of volunteers who could be involved in planting 110 of the species in the Kooyoora State Park near Inglewood last weekend. Only three of the plants were known to grow in the park and sur..
24-Jun-2016
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Win for footy club
Bendigo Weekly
Maiden Gully Junior Football Club has scored a win, receiving a community sector grant from the federal government. The grants aim to make the work of volunteers easier, safer and more enjoyable. Visiting the club to announce their grant, Liberal candidate for Bendigo Megan Purcell sai..
17-Jun-2016
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The shared passion
Dianne Dempsey
Wherever we turn there are TV cooking shows, cooking books, celebrity chefs, restaurants, pop-up restaurants and take-away restaurants. Apparently it’s the food that is taken away, not the restaurant. There is fast food, slow food, organic food, vegan food, local food, international f..
10-Jun-2016
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Fun features for fifth festival
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Writers Festival will reveal its program for this year’s blockbuster event next week, with anticipation already building. Festival director Rosemary Sorensen told the Weekly to expect an even more star-studded line up with a couple of surprises and innovations. “This ..
27-May-2016
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Hands up to help
Bendigo Weekly
VOLUNTEERS have been recognised for their labours at morning teas throughout the week. The City of Greater Bendigo toasted its 580 volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week. The week runs until today, with the theme Give Happy, Live Happy. The council held a volunteers morning te..
13-May-2016
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Call out for food
Steve Kendall
UNITINGCARE Bendigo is calling on locals to raid their food pantry in a bid to help record numbers of people who are struggling with the rising cost of living. It comes after an increasing number of families, singles, children, welfare recipients and the elderly are turning to the communi..
22-Apr-2016
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Labor backs rail company
Sharon Kemp
LABOR has announced two manufacturing support initiatives in Bendigo designed to protect regional jobs. Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters said a national procurement strategy would secure work for a local rail manufacturing industry that people thought was lost. At the East Bendigo workshop of ra..
17-Jun-2016
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Rail upgrade adds worker flexibility
Sharon Kemp
MORE frequent and reliable trains could encourage businesses to relocate to Bendigo as well as make rail commuting to Melbourne easier for central Victorians. La Trobe University senior lecturer in community planning Andrew Butt said most of the data collected showed more people commute t..
10-Jun-2016
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Caravan show under cover
Bendigo Weekly
THE Caravan Camping and Leisure Roadshow has moved indoors for winter, but it still offers the same choice. The show features caravans, campers and four wheel drives and is aimed at those with outdoor leisure in mind. This is an all under cover show, with more than 200 leading brand new..
26-May-2016
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Minister backs local apparel
Sharon Kemp
DEFENCE minister Marise Payne has emphasised the export potential of Thales’ Bendigo-made Hawkei military vehicle during a visit to the company’s production facility in Junortoun with Liberal candidate Megan Purcell. Labor and Liberal are playing tug of war over credit for the $1..
20-May-2016
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Grill’d cooks up tasty fundraiser
Steve Kendall
THis year there’s an extra reason to be part of Grill’d Bendigo’s fundraiser. Now at its sixth event, the burger firm will be running its biggest community fundraising event ever. If $15,000 is raised, Grill’d founder Simon Crowe will match every dollar with a per..
13-May-2016
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Jobs win with new store
Bendigo Weekly
ALDI Epsom opened this week with a fanfare. The store will provide the community with award-winning grocery products and popular biweekly special buys, together with fresh fruit, vegetables and bread delivered daily. “Epsom residents can discover the Aldi difference,” a spok..
15-Apr-2016
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Plan change
Bendigo Weekly
PLANNING minister Richard Wynne has approved changes to the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme to help protect and enhance heritage buildings and reduce permit requirements for owners. Developed by council staff, the changes mean that minor planning matters will no longer require a planning per..
17-Jun-2016
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Chrysler fans gear up for a big weekend
Bendigo Weekly
As the Queen’s Birthday long weekend approaches the Central Victorian Chrysler Club are preparing for Chryslers, Valiants, Dodges, Plymouths and DeSotos to descend on Bendigo for the 10th Annual Midstate Mopars show and shine. With nine successful years behind them, Midstate Mopars is ..
10-Jun-2016
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Appy days for Vahland fans
Bendigo Weekly
Architect William Charles Vahland was a definitive character in Bendigo’s history and now his grand designs are open 24/7 in virtual form to the public in the city. The City of Greater Bendigo this week launched an app that once downloaded will send an alert, a location guide and infor..
03-Jun-2016
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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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Roadtrip of Discovery
Rosalea Ryan
AT the age of 19 Tara Winkler travels to Cambodia for the first time as an add-on to a roadtrip centred primarily on Thailand and Laos. It turns out to be a confronting experience. In one of the lesser-known Cambodian cities she encounters apparently parentless children cramped together in s..
24-Jun-2016
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Reading on track
Rosalea Ryan
FORTY-NINE individual train journeys covering almost 36,000 kilometres through 22 countries on five continents – surely there must be a story or two worth telling in all that? There’s an entire book, in fact, presented in colourful, bewitching and often-humorous fashion by Britis..
17-Jun-2016
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The food of life
Rosalea Ryan
The Umbrian Supper Club Marlena de Blasi Allen & Unwin $29.99 TAKE five women, one rustic makeshift kitchen and one shared weekly meal. Blend with tenderness, add a liberal pinch or two of understanding and season generously with love. This is the do..
03-Jun-2016
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Memoir of a life in turmoil
Rosalea Ryan
Leaving Before the Rains Come Alexandra Fuller Vintage $22.99 GROWING up in the backblocks of rural Zambia, surrounded by the turmoil and terror of Rhodesia’s civil wars and the constant uncertainty of post-colonialism, life is never dull for Alexandra Fuller...
26-May-2016
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Waxing lyrical in Brazil
Rosalea Ryan
In Brazil Fran Bryson Scribe $32.99 With anticipation of this year’s Olympics now on everyone’s lips it’s hardly surprising that the games’ host, Brazil, is attracting more than its usual share of international attention. Through a series o..
20-May-2016
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The other ship
Rosalea Ryan
The Midnight Watch David Dyer Penguin $32.99 A crystal-clear, moonless night, an iceberg and not one but two ships steaming at full speed into danger: they’re as thrilling a combination of ingredients as any writer could dare to dream up. The plot to..
13-May-2016
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JTA safety