Non-compliance allegations "daunting": Chapman
Bendigo Weekly
EMBATTLED City of Greater Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman has described her potential disqualification over compliance with the Code of Conduct authorisation process as an unsettling and daunting experience. The Lockwood Ward councillor was inundated with messages from suppor..
19-Aug-2016
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Festival hits new high
Bendigo Weekly
After five years, Bendigo has built a writers festival that has a strong identity and a growing reputation. Bendigo Writers Festival arts director Rosemary Sorenson said organisers estimated seat numbers have increased by over 50 per cent with some 15,000 tickets sold this year. “T..
19-Aug-2016
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Volunteer fight not over
Sharon Kemp
SEDGEWICK Country Fire Authority captain Brendan Dreschler is tired of CFA volunteers being used as political footballs in the ongoing dispute with the state government over career firefighters’ pay deal. “We just want to get in and do our job,” Mr Dreschler said this week,..
19-Aug-2016
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Review drives council changes
Sharon Kemp
THE independent review continues to divide City of Greater Bendigo councillors because of its $2.3 million cost but chief executive Craig Niemann said this week it had delivered more than $4.3m in net savings in three years and made council business more efficient. But the review will not an..
19-Aug-2016
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Council deadline looms
Sharon Kemp
CITY of Greater Bendigo residents have until next Friday to enrol to vote ahead of October’s local government elections. In four week’s time, candidates must have nominated for the ballot – September 20 at noon is the deadline for nominations. Candidates have 32 days of..
19-Aug-2016
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Grease is the word for CCB students
Bendigo Weekly
Ulumbarra Theatre has been transformed into Rydell High as Catholic College Year Nine students performGrease, through until tomorrow...
19-Aug-2016
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Election numbers on way up
Sharon Kemp
CANDIDATES in this year’s council elections are likely to number well over 30 for the City of Greater Bendigo’s three wards. Two months out from the October 22 elections, as constituents turn their minds to voting issues, 26 candidates have already said they will run for the nin..
19-Aug-2016
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Gregson takes on councillors
Sharon Kemp
THE seeming inability of City of Greater Bendigo councillors to act respectfully has forced a brain drain from executive offices at Lyttleton Terrace, according to former councillor Wayne Gregson who this week announced his nomination for another four-year stint. Mr Gregson served as a counc..
12-Aug-2016
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O'Rourke in the running
Bendigo Weekly
Experienced community and business leader Margaret O’Rourke plans to throw her hat into the ring as an Eppalock Ward candidate in October’s City of Greater Bendigo council elections. Born and raised in Bendigo before embarking a career with Telstra took her around Australia, the ..
05-Aug-2016
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New pool work starts
Bendigo Weekly
THE new Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre is taking shape and this week saw community and local, state and federal government officials lined up to turn over the ceremonial sod at the site. The centre could be finished by the end of next year if all goes to plan. City o..
29-Jul-2016
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Bins on the move
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 40,000 new organics bins will start to roll out on Monday. Households in the urban Bendigo and Marong areas are part of the City of Greater Bendigo council’s new fortnightly organics collection service which kicks off on September 5, 2016. Council’s Natasza Purser s..
22-Jul-2016
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Hitting the right note at St Paul's
Bendigo Weekly
St Paul’s Cathedral is capturing attention as a performance venue as audiences get a look inside following a six-year refurbishment. The rebuilding work bolstered the cathedral’s structure and added a central octagonal dais which can retract to flat floor to create space for p..
15-Jul-2016
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Young gun wins monthly prize
Bendigo Weekly
FOLLOWING two world championship wins, Bendigo shooter Laura Woolley has taken out the Bendigo Weekly/Prime 7 Bendigo Sports Star of the Year nomination for July. Woolley travelled with cousin and fellow top shooter Emma Cox to Ireland for the world clay target championships at Esker Shootin..
19-Aug-2016
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Maticevski dressed for success
Dianne Dempsey
Given that the Bendigo Art Gallery has a well established reputation for hosting world class fashion exhibitions, it’s more than appropriate that Toni Maticevski should use our gallery to stage the first solo exhibition of his work. Gallery curator Leanne Fitzgibbon said the gallery has ha..
12-Aug-2016
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Lights, action in Huntly
Bendigo Weekly
THE new Huntly pedestrian crossing was given the green light this week as member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan joined local children to make the first crossing. “More than 8650 cars and trucks drive on the Midland Highway every day, which makes crossing the road difficult and dangerou..
04-Aug-2016
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All set for tennis growth
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO will boast the best tennis facility in Australia outside of Melbourne when the Nolan Street Tennis Complex redevelopment is complete, according to state sport minister John Eren. Plans for the $6.1 million, two-stage development were launched this week, as the Victorian government, t..
29-Jul-2016
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Delly in the running
Bendigo Weekly
MATTHEW Dellavedova is in the running to win back-to-back Bendigo Weekly/Prime 7 Bendigo Sports Star of the Year gongs after becoming Australia’s latest NBA champion last month. Dellavedova was named the monthly winner for June after his now former side, the Cleveland Cavaliers, marche..
22-Jul-2016
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Book a spot at the fringe festival
Bendigo Weekly
The Write on the Fringe festival is back this year with a full programme of literary fun and quirky happenings. It’s all scheduled to take place at the Bendigo Library from August 5 to 13, and the program is out now. This is the third year of the festival, which features a diverse ..
15-Jul-2016
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Historic march returns
Sharon Kemp
It was a peaceful protest march, multicultural and put Bendigo at the centre of democratic action in Australia. In 1853, an estimated 10,000 miners and supporters marched in protest to an extortionate mining licence fee of 30 shillings a month. They wanted it scrapped but compromised at ..
18-Aug-2016
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Food in the hub
Bendigo Weekly
Australian food and fibre producers and industry experts from around the world met in Bendigo this week for the first Australian Community Food Hubs Conference and Local Food Economies Tour. The conference explored how the methods of leading international food hubs can be adapted and applied..
12-Aug-2016
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Kindy marks 60 years
Bendigo Weekly
South Bendigo Kindergarten will be celebrating their 60th anniversary next weekend. Past and present students, families and staff are welcome to come together to plant a tree, bury a time capsule and celebrate the kindergarten’s 60-year contribution to the Bendigo community. The ce..
04-Aug-2016
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Library adds new chapter to school story
Bendigo Weekly
Several years ago Comet Hill and North Bendigo primary schools combined to become Lightning Reef Primary School, but there was no space for a library. Books were stored in classrooms all over the school, but all that has changed. The school now has the space, and many hours have been sp..
29-Jul-2016
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Dog parks a win for dogs
Sharon Kemp
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22-Jul-2016
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Book a real winner
Sharon Kemp
IT is a testament to the fascinating life story of John Forbes, and his generosity, that the man described as the “most famous non-famous” person can sell so many books, he is able to donate $6000 to two local causes. Mr Forbes said he was told he could not make money out of publ..
15-Jul-2016
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Current Issue

Planting the seed
Simon Wooldridge
I wouldn’t mind being a fly on the wall in their house when there’s a jam going on,” someone once said as we watched Andrew Watts and his sons Kane and Sam onstage at a Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival showcase event. Years of practice, jamming and doing the hard yards co..
19-Aug-2016
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Dancing with imagination
Bendigo Weekly
The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires is one of the world’s leading tango companies. With sell-out performances across the globe over the past 11 years and a YouTube audience in excess of 19 million people worldwide, German Cornejo’s choreography and vision seems to have captured th..
12-Aug-2016
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A shot in the dark
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo rockers Black Aces have done it the hard way – five years of gigging around Australia before releasing their debut album earlier this year. Shot In The Dark charted at 17 on the iTunes Rock charts. Classic Rock, Rock Hard France, and Powerplay magazines all praised the album. Thum..
04-Aug-2016
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A musical mix
Bendigo Weekly
There’s a veritable smorgasbord of musical talent hitting Bendigo over the next few weekends. Tonight, Friday, July 29 at the Gold Dust Lounge, beneath the Shamrock Hotel, the immense talent that is Lloyd Spiegel will grace a Bendigo stage for the first time since late last year. He&r..
28-Jul-2016
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Sisters in song
Bendigo Weekly
THE McClymonts are fired up to play Ulumbarra on Saturday. Since releasing their self-titled debut EP in 2006, Brooke, Sam and Mollie have gone on to amass 19 charting singles, gold albums, multiple awards and sold out shows across Australia and the US. Brooke said the songs they’..
21-Jul-2016
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Walker on the way
Simon Wooldridge
Benny Walker is no stranger to Bendigo. He’s played at so many of our local venues over the years he can probably find them quicker than a taxi driver. After an uncharacteristically long absence from VIC 3550 though, the indigenous troubadour from Echuca will be back on Saturday, July 23 t..
15-Jul-2016
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Playoff battle begins
Joel Peterson
ONE side is a raging title favourite, the other an underdog that had to scrap just to make the postseason. But when the Bendigo Braves and Lady Braves play their opening South East Australian Basketball League playoff matches on Saturday night, the mission for both will be the same – ..
19-Aug-2016
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Junior comps reach fever pitch
Bendigo Weekly
THE region’s top junior footballers are following their senior counterparts and gearing up for finals as the Bendigo Junior Football League season heads into its last round of home and away matches this weekend. Several finals races are up for grabs heading into the final weekend of th..
19-Aug-2016
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Crome shines in tour
Joel Peterson
SAM Crome continued yet another standout season for the Avanti IsoWhey Sports team, taking out the Tour of the Great South Coast. Crome took the overall title after Sunday’s sixth and final stage in Portland, claiming victory by 11 seconds over Ben Hill of the Lakes Oil team. &ldqu..
19-Aug-2016
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Finals for young Dogs
Joel Peterson
PYRAMID Hill coach Brad Fawcett is confident his side is not simply making up the numbers in the Loddon Valley Football Netball League finals when the Dogs play Marong in a do-or-die clash on Sunday. The Dogs found themselves equal with Newbridge on points with two games left in the season a..
19-Aug-2016
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North aims for repeat dose
Joel Peterson
A GOOD hard look at themselves midseason was just what North Bendigo needed to spur themselves on toward their flag defence according to coach Rob Bennett. The Dogs are in form reminiscent of the same stage last year as they head into a rematch of last weekend’s clash with Huntly in Sa..
12-Aug-2016
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No place like home
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Spirit has been handed a dream start to the Women’s National Basketball League season, with the club’s first three games at home. In a first for the club, Bendigo plays Adelaide, Dandenong and Sydney in consecutive weeks from Saturday, October 8 to start the 2016/17 c..
12-Aug-2016
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Fun for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
It’s been a busy week for students at St Monica’s Primary School in Kangaroo Flat. An early burst of spring weather on Monday provided an ideal backdrop for the school’s athletics carnival, while on Tuesday the focus returned to the school’s Jaara Centre for a present..
18-Aug-2016
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Call out for bright sparks
Bendigo Weekly
The Discovery Centre is giving people the opportunity to have some light bulb moments of their own in National Science Week. The auditorium is being transformed to give people a fun, science experience. The activities will begin on Tuesday with the auditorium being turned into an in..
12-Aug-2016
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Skip to the beat
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s Karen students are finding music the perfect bridge between school and the broader community. The students, many from refugee backgrounds, spend an hour each week in the studio of Bendigo musician and founder of Rock Pride Music Albert “Skip&..
04-Aug-2016
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Breast care is needed
Dianne Dempsey
Unfortunately the prospect of breast cancer continues to haunt many women. According to the program manager of Bendigo BreastScreen, Elisa Alford, one in eight women will be affected by the condition. On the other hand agencies such as BreastScreen Victoria have been set up to specifical..
28-Jul-2016
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The right track
Bendigo Weekly
THREE Girton Grammar students have been selected from 400 applicants across Victoria to take part in a University of Melbourne program designed to attract and sustain female secondary school students in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Medicine) subjects. The Girlpower in STEM..
21-Jul-2016
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Jacinta makes her mark
Bendigo Weekly
REAL estate business owner Jacinta McIvor was one of six women to receive the inaugural Bendigo Women’s Community Achievement Awards last Saturday. Still coming to terms with her achievement Mrs McIvor said she was overwhelmed by the award. “I have to say I cried when I found..
14-Jul-2016
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International interest in Amicus
Sharon Kemp
AMICUS is getting international attention for the way it delivers services to people with disabilities. This week saw a visit from two professionals in the Canadian sector of disability services, and next February, a flow of people will come from the United Kingdom, the United States, South ..
18-Aug-2016
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Customers the focus
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER eight years in real estate Gavin Butler has opened up a business in his own right. The former hospital chief executive and accountant is now trading as Gavin Butler Real Estate with the aim of giving a personal service. “Despite being in management, I have always been passion..
12-Aug-2016
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Show me the money
Bendigo Weekly
Local small businesses can now locate available grants and funding via a custom made search tool called the Bendigo Funding Finder. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Peter Jeffery said, in what is an Australian-first, the economic development unit has partnered with the GrantGuru websi..
04-Aug-2016
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Better small business
Bendigo Weekly
THE 2016 Bendigo Small Business Festival kicked off with 25 events on Wednesday. The festival is part of Small Business Festival Victoria which features more than 450 free or low cost events throughout Victoria during August. The Bendigo Small Business Festival is supported by the City..
28-Jul-2016
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Soup collection a winter warmer
Bendigo Weekly
Jenny’s Early Learning Centres in Bendigo have donated 1100 cans of soup for the homeless. Chef Dean Bennett said the centres were overwhelmed with the response from parents and staff. “All of us wanted to do something to help the homeless,” Dean said. Haven; Home,..
21-Jul-2016
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NBN reach increases
Bendigo Weekly
THE NBN is firing up in parts of Greater Bendigo as residents and businesses can now access high-speed broadband using fixed wireless technology. More than 800 additional homes and businesses in areas including Eppalock, Goornong, and Huntly North have access to the NBN, opening up a range ..
14-Jul-2016
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Waiting patiently
Sharon Kemp
ST JOHN of God Bendigo Hospital is only months from unveiling its $41 million redevelopment, the results of which patients are already enjoying. With the Bendigo Hospital also closing in on its completion date, St John of God chief executive Darren Rogers said Bendigo was positioned to perm..
18-Aug-2016
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Open day for La Trobe
Bendigo Weekly
La Trobe University’s Open Day on Sunday aims to be an action-packed day of tours, displays, demonstrations, food and entertainment. Held from 10am to 3pm at La Trobe’s Flora Hill campus, the event will have welcome marquees, free food, expo sites and demonstrations – plus ..
12-Aug-2016
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Terry hits the road for firies
Bendigo Weekly
CFA firefighter Terry Heafield is riding around Victoria on a 2500 kilometre bike ride as part of his Don’t Do It Alone Campaign. He aims to raise awareness of post traumatic stress disorder and mental health issues among firefighters in Victoria. Mr Heafield will be visiting 43 fi..
04-Aug-2016
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Artists capture moments in time
Bendigo Weekly
A BENDIGO art group has been at it again, but this time to capture a moment in time – through art – in a journal. The cARTel journal is a snapshot of some of Bendigo’s creative minds, bound together through donations from local artists, a local stationer and local bookbinde..
04-Aug-2016
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Solar group powers up for Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
The campaign for More Australian Solar Homes, or MASH, is spreading to Bendigo. MASH, a community solar bulk-buy organised by the not-for-profit Hub Foundation, started in Castlemaine two years ago and has installed almost 500 solar power systems in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges sh..
28-Jul-2016
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Healthy booster
Bendigo Weekly
SIX young women have had a helping hand in their health careers this week. An innovative health day was held this week in Bendigo attended by Aboriginal girls, and six received scholarships. Weenthunga Health Network’s Stephanie Armstrong said the purpose was to support young Abori..
21-Jul-2016
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A picture of art spaces
Dianne Dempsey
With maps and pens at the ready, local writer Lauren Mitchell and photographers Amy Doak and Brendan McCarthy went on a mission to find and capture the intriguing artists’ studios that lie hidden in and around the Bendigo district. The resultant book, Artist Spaces of the Victorian Gol..
18-Aug-2016
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Rights and wrongs at the festival
Dianne Dempsey
Wordsmith David Astle has been attending writers festivals for many years now and he’s a great fan. He loves festivals when things go well and he especially loves them when they go wrong. “Writing can be a solitary business and stories are made to be shared,” he said. &..
12-Aug-2016
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Nurses at the front
Rosalea Ryan
As the civilian casualties kept coming, their bodies shredded, Janet Glasson remained on her feet – for up to 32 hours in a single shift at times. Theatre nurse Glasson was on duty at Long Xuyen hospital in January 1968 when the North Vietnamese launched one of the major campaigns of ..
12-Aug-2016
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A change of direction
Rosalea Ryan
Out of the Ice Ann Turner Simon & Schuster $29.99 Dr Laura Alvarado has just completed a long, dreary over-winter stay in Antarctica and is looking forward to spending a few weeks in leafy inner Melbourne when word of a new opportunity arrives. Rather than speeding ..
04-Aug-2016
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Much ado about Indira
Dianne Dempsey
One of the ways the horrors of the nightly news was made palatable for us was through the persona of news presenter Indira Naidoo. Ms Naidoo presented the SBS News’ inaugural Late News in the late 1990s. During this time she covered the independence struggle in East Timor, the cou..
29-Jul-2016
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Riding the storm in Zimbabwe
Rosalea Ryan
If there’s one animal that symbolises Africa more than any other, it’s the elephant, yet within our lifetime, researchers predict, the last wild herds of this species will most likely disappear. One of the most vulnerable elephant populations is in Zimbabwe, a country whose chronic s..
28-Jul-2016
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