COUNCIL WALKOUT
Bendigo Weekly
Three Greater Bendigo councillors walked out of tonight's meeting after a heated debate about the former White Hills landfill site. During discussion about one of the last items in the agenda, councillors Peter Cox, Elise Chapman and Helen Leach walked out. The trio was arguing to bring ..
30-Jul-2014
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BASHED OVER A CAR PARK
Bendigo Weekly
A man sufffered head, arm and leg injuries after an assault on Holdsworth Road this afternoon. The man in his 20s, was taken to Bendigo hospital in a “serious but stable condition” after being hit by a piece of wood, believed to be an axe handle. Police say the incident occurre..
30-Jul-2014
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VICIOUS DOG SURRENDERED
Bendigo Weekly
A vicious dog attack victim has spoken publicly, crying, as she recounted the incident in North Bendigo on Monday evening. Eaglehawk resident Liza-Jane Purtill, aged 44, was attacked outside Bendigo hospital about 6pm. Ms Purtill said she was putting things in her car, after visiting ..
29-Jul-2014
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WATER FLOWS FROM EPPALOCK
Bendigo Weekly
Water is again flowing out of Lake Eppalock. The North Central Catchment Management Authority has started releasing its allocated environmental flow into the Campaspe River. For the next 14 days water will flow from the lake as part of the North Centra; CMA's Campaspe Environmental Ent..
29-Jul-2014
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NATS WILL NOT STAND IN BENDIGO
Bendigo Weekly
The National Party will not run a candidate in either Bendigo seat in the November state election. The revelations could be a major boost to the Labor Party. National state director Jenny Hammett said the party did not have any current intentions to run. “We don’t envisage t..
29-Jul-2014
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What's the Bendigo Buzz?
Bendigo Weekly
What's the Bendigo Buzz? It's news, but not as you know it. We give you a mixture of the odd, the sublime and the newsworthy, all presented in a new way. Enjoy by clicking here. (http://www.bendigoweekly.com.au/state-news/)..
28-Feb-2014
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Works start on sex assault MDC
Bendigo Weekly
Construction has started on a $6.7 million purpose-built centre for sexual assault victims today. The mutli-disciplinary centre will house the Victoria Police sexual assault unit, child protection and sexual assault counselling services. Abused children and women will be able to access all ..
30-Jul-2014
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Celebrating the end of Ramadan - video
Christine McGinn
Muslims have gathered to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr today, after sighting the moon, to mark the end of the holiest month, Ramadan. About 200 Muslims and non-Muslims gathered together to celebrate the breaking of fast, give thanks for their blessings and share gifts. Bendigo Islamic Association mem..
28-Jul-2014
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Australia's-first wearable transaction - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank will today claim an Australian technology first – a financial transaction enacted by a wearable device. Chief executive of Bendigo subsidiary Community Telco Australia, David Joss, will use his Samsung Gear 2 smart watch to buy an afternoon tea in a transacti..
28-Jul-2014
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Our new super stadium
Joel Peterson
In a major step forward for one of Bendigo’s biggest projects, the draft master plan for the Bendigo Stadium redevelopment has been released. A 14-point plan for works is included in the draft master plan that will go before Greater Bendigo councillors on Wednesday night. ..
28-Jul-2014
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Car parks in the gun
Christine McGinn
Greater Bendigo councillor Peter Cox will move a motion at Wednesday's meeting to stop work on an additional 69 carparks in the Rosiland Park precinct. The additional car parks are designed to meet the needs of the Ulumbarra Theatre located next to Bendigo Senior Secondary College. See t..
28-Jul-2014
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Foodies are appy
Bendigo Weekly
Food connoisseurs and hungry visitors will be chuffed with a new food and wine app. Bendigo Regional Tourism are launching the Bendigo Region Food and Wine Fossicking app today at the Sutton Grange Winery. BRT chair Paula Nixon said many producers, cafes and restaurants in the region were res..
28-Jul-2014
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Light of way
Bendigo Weekly
We've seen a lot of odd things at the Bendigo Weekly over the years, but this one is up there. Weekly photographer Andrew Perryman was out and about this week when he came across this obstacle on Condon St at Strathdale. While all of the other streetlights along the road have been realig..
28-Jul-2014
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Roo wouldn't believe it
Bendigo Weekly
A loyal Bendigo Weekly reader had an interesting drive to work this morning. Driving through Mosquito Creek, the reader, whose name is, aptly, Miles, came across a kangaroo. Now that is not unusual for the area, or the region. According to AAMI, Bendigo drivers have submitted more cl..
17-Jul-2014
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Comments from those fighting back
Bendigo Weekly
Locals have hit back at media coverage painting Bendigo in a bad light as a result of Wednesday night's mosque meeting. Local resident Damian Wells had enough, and started a petition to fight back. Below are just some of the comments from petitioners who put their name to the cause. ..
20-Jun-2014
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More parking you won't believe
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo's fascination with poor car parking continues. One of our most popular Bendigo Buzz segments this year has been highlighting some of our city's worst parkers. We continue that this week. Our Bendigo Weekly readers and staff have been on the lookout for those taking shortcuts ..
20-Jun-2014
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Bendigo's most dangerous intersections
Bendigo Weekly
These are Bendigo's busiest and most dangerous intersections. About 172,500 cars, trucks and buses past through these intersections each weekday. That equates to more than 45 million weekday vehicle movements each year. Over the pat five years, there has been 55 casualty accide..
19-May-2014
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44 of Bendigo's best tatts
Bendigo Weekly
Here is more proof Bendigo is home to some very talented artists. While their work may not ever hang in the art gallery, it will probably be seen by more people than will ever walk through the doors of the city's cultural hub. Bendigo's tattooists are a very talented bunch. Bel..
09-May-2014
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BASHED OVER A CAR PARK
Bendigo Weekly
A man sufffered head, arm and leg injuries after an assault on Holdsworth Road this afternoon. The man in his 20s, was taken to Bendigo hospital in a “serious but stable condition” after being hit by a piece of wood, believed to be an axe handle. Police say the incident occurre..
30-Jul-2014
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Police hunt stolen firearms
Bendigo Weekly
Firearms are also continuing to be stolen from properties across the region. Bendigo Police are asking locals to regularly check their firearms and make sure they are appropriately secured. A 0.22 caliber riffle was stolen from a Romsey property over the weekend. Inspector Michael Talbo..
30-Jul-2014
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CBD arrest
Bendigo Weekly
Police have arrested a 17 year old male in possession of a weapon in the Bendigo CBD this morning. Police arrested a dark-haired man about 11.40am after a fight with a group of five men. Police spoke with other youths involved in the incident outside of Officeworks in Hargreaves M..
29-Jul-2014
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Police seek a very Hungry Jack
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Police are calling on locals to help identify the man pictured below. The Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit wants to speak with the man, believed to be able to help their investigation into a theft from a motor car. The theft and use of credit cards stolen from the vehicle occurred..
26-Jul-2014
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Eaglehawk fire death
Bendigo Weekly
A man has died at a house in Eaglehawk tonight. Bendigo Police detectives have described the death as not suspicious, but the Homicide Squad has been called as a precaution. Police are yet to confirm the circumstances of the death but it is believed there was bonfire at t..
18-Jul-2014
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CAR HITS HOUSE - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
A 25 year old male crashed a car through a fence in Quarry Hill yesterday. A white Holden Commodore crashed through the front fence and hit the brick Harkness St house about 2pm. Police searched for the man in relation to the incident in the nearby area. The man was taken into custody i..
14-Jul-2014
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Second album gives Steve a reason to party
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo's Steve Lane and the Autocrats introduced themselves in 2011 with their debut album The Romance Of Communication. Now they are back with their second album, Birds Taking Flight. To celebrate this the band is on tour, including Castlemaine. For this tour, Steve’s son Kai Lane U&rs..
26-Jul-2014
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Bluegrass in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Kristy Cox is living for the moment. Not only is it the title for her new album, but it is an indicator of her lifestyle. Along the road to glory, Kristy spent some time in Bendigo honing some of her already well-formed talents. It led to a more pronounced bluegrass leaning, which is c..
26-Jul-2014
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Heart and soul
Bendigo Weekly
At Last – The Etta James Story is a two-hour narrative concert starring Vika Bull. Etta has been recognised as bridging the gap between rhythm and blues, rock and roll to pop. During a long career Etta influenced a vast array of artists from a variety of genres and musical styles i..
11-Jul-2014
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Bec is golden
Bendigo Weekly
Bec Laughton is at the Golden Vine tonight. Bec is an extraordinary talent and she and her band will be putting on an explosive show for any and all Bendigonians who come out for it. Bec Laughton has been working her way into the hearts and earholes of soul, R&B and pop lovers for a ..
04-Jul-2014
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Play time
Steve Kendall
IT is a good bet you’ll see Justine Clarke everywhere you look over the next few weeks. Season two of the ABC’s Time of Our Lives premieres on June 26 at 8.30pm, and Justine brings her children’s show I am a... to the Capital Theatre on July 5 at 11am. Justine actively c..
20-Jun-2014
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Skip at the ’maine event
Steve Kendall
THE LOST HEART SIRENS play Castlemaine tonight, and as a double treat Steve Lane and the Autocrats are playing too. Albert Skipper, Skip, is frontman for the Sirens. In many guises, Skip continues to make music, be it as solo artist Bert, or with a band. With his work now on iTunes this pr..
12-Jun-2014
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Stadium to host schools futsal titles
Joel Peterson
Hundreds of fleet-footed Futsal players will head to Bendigo in late September for the 2014 Australian Schools Futsal Championships. The indoor soccer tournament will be held in both Bendigo and Ballarat from September 28 - August 3, with age groups from under-10 to under-19 boys and girls c..
30-Jul-2014
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Opals guard remains with Spirit
Bendigo Weekly
Australian Opals guard Kelly Wilson has reaffirmed her loyalty to Bendigo Bank Spirit's quest for a third WNBL title, signing on with the team for two more seasons. The dependable Wilson is a former league rookie of the year and has broken through into the Opals team off the back of her stel..
29-Jul-2014
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RARE BFL MEDAL UP FOR AUCTION
Bendigo Weekly
A rare Bendigo Football League Premiership medal is being auctioned. Melbourne auction company Mossgreen is auctioning the rare 1925 South Bendigo premiership medal. The 9ct gold football-shaped medal with chain is engraved with ‘H.M. Leggo Trophy, Bendigo League, Premiers 1925, Wo..
29-Jul-2014
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Our new super stadium
Joel Peterson
In a major step forward for one of Bendigo’s biggest projects, the draft master plan for the Bendigo Stadium redevelopment has been released. A 14-point plan for works is included in the draft master plan that will go before Greater Bendigo councillors on Wednesday night. ..
28-Jul-2014
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O'SHEA WINS GOLD
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo cyclist Glenn O’Shea has won gold at the Commonwealth Games. O’Shea was part of the Australian pursuit team that defeated England. O’Shea spoke to Channel 10 after the win. “Its pretty special,” he said. “We all grew up watching the Com..
25-Jul-2014
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Spirit re-sign exciting young guard
Joel Peterson
Week by week, Bendigo Bank Spirit’s quest for a third consecutive Women’s National Basketball League championship continues to build momentum. After announcing the re-signing of young point guard Tessa Lavey last week, the club announced today it has secured t..
23-Jul-2014
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Harrowing stories from Royal Commission
Bendigo Weekly
The Royal Commission into Institutionalised Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released the second volume of its Interim Report. Volume two deals with the personal stories of some of the victims who have had private sessions with the Commission. Here is one story (names have been chang..
28-Jul-2014
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Market moves on food waste
Anthony Radford
THE Bendigo Community Farmers Market will be hosting an initiative to cut food waste this Saturday. The idea is to share simple ways to help residents stop wasting food and in turn boost their family budget. Greater Bendigo council Waste Services manager Simon Clay said in 2010 a Sustainab..
11-Jul-2014
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Bosom Buddies are back
Steve Kendall
NOT content with raising $42,000, the Bosom Buddies are stepping up their game. The team of 14 walkers are setting off again next year on a 60 kilometre repeat in a bid to pull in more cash. They have some serious extra backing this year. “Brikkitta from D-Club has come on boar..
04-Jul-2014
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Bella goes to great lengths
Steve Kendall
A LONG Gully youngster is making a practical input for cancer care. Eight-year-old Bella Lightburn is cutting off her waist-length hair for Pantene’s beautiful lengths campaign. Her hair will be made into a wig for a cancer sufferer. Bella also will be raising money for Camp Qualit..
13-Jun-2014
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Heads up on foxes
Christine McGinn
HUNTERS have recorded a milestone, bringing in more than 40,000 fox scalps to the local Epsom collection station. Greater Bendigo and surrounds’ hunters have fired up to participate in the State Government’s bounty scheme to reduce numbers of wild foxes. More than 1100 fox scal..
06-Jun-2014
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Cubby house a community effort
Bendigo Weekly
The children of the Golden Square Kindergarten celebrated the opening of their new purpose-built cubby house recently, with the help of a special guest. The building of the cubby was made possible thanks to a grant from the Kangaroo Flat and District Community Enterprise and sponsorship from..
23-May-2014
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Printing the future for Keech
Christine McGinn
Keech Australia has launched a new subsidiary company, with unparallelled 3D advanced manufacturing technology in the region. Keech 3D Advanced Manufacturing is leading the pack in regional Victoria, with the region’s largest 3D format printer. The local company was launched today, show..
03-Jul-2014
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Stewarts' partner is your partner
Bendigo Weekly
Stewarts has announced their new suite of services thanks to a new relationship with Partners Wealth Group. The latest in the practise’s innovative take on business services for the Bendigo region, the PWG relationship means Stewarts can now offer investment management and wealth creatio..
08-May-2014
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Upgrade for internet
Bendigo Weekly
Many residents and businesses in Bendigo can now experience faster internet speeds on their ADSL service following infrastructure upgrades in the local area. For many of Bendigo’s local residents and businesses, the internet boost will give access to ser..
02-May-2014
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Waste wood has a colourful future
Steve Kendall
WHAT is big and red and eats pallets? The answer comes in the form of a mighty beast called Rotochopper. The machine has a few uses, but the main one being employed at Epsom Sand and Soil is turning industrial wood waste into mulch. Epsom Sand and Soil takes receipt of pallets from local b..
21-Feb-2014
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Bank head bemoans inequity
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank managing director Mike Hirst has told investors Australia’s financial sector is an uneven playing field. Speaking at the company’s Anual General Meeting in Bendigo this week, Mr Hirst welcomed the Federal Government’s financial services inquiry. Mr Hir..
01-Nov-2013
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Training for a digital future
Christine McGinn
More than 500 local businesses will take advantage of the $285,000 digital boost to better communicate with the community. iBendigo Loddon Mallee Group, launched this week, promised to deliver 50 training courses and 180 one-on-one digital training sessions across the next two years. iBendigo ch..
27-Sep-2013
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Le tour de Bendigo
Marika McMahon
With our nights dominated by the beautiful vistas of France, I present Le Tour de Bendigo. First stop: Café Roubaix in Queen St – adjacent to the cycle shop. Of course, with a name like that it promises great things for both the cycling and French fan. Decorated with all sorts o..
25-Jul-2014
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Festival of the Lamb
Marika McMahon
This weekend will see a migration of driz-a-bones and RM Williams to Bendigo for the Australian Sheep and Wool Show at the Bendigo Showgrounds. I love sheep. Childhood years spent helping Pa out on the farm with the occasional hand-rearing of a pet lamb meant I was indoctrinated early int..
18-Jul-2014
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Book for the cafe
Marika McMahon
While it seems half the world is tripping off to sunnier climates, a school holiday at home gives us the chance to check out some local eating spots that are not on our usual rotation. Getting up and out of pyjamas early saw us lining up to enter the transformed Bendigo library as it opene..
11-Jul-2014
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Churros a treat
Marika McMahon
Maybe it’s the thought of warmer climates, maybe it’s the World Cup, but I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about ways of eating that are different to ours. All of those things have led me to Spanish food in the past couple of weeks. First it was a lunch at Sangria ..
04-Jul-2014
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Food of all nations
Marika McMahon
Events of the past week have caused lots to ponder multicultural Bendigo. Of course my pondering has turned to food. The story of food in Bendigo reflects the way our city has grown. Mum loves to tell the story that when she was first married in the late 60s gourmet cooking in suburban Gol..
27-Jun-2014
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Spain in the rain
Marika McMahon
A drizzly wet Sunday, kids cooped up inside all day but relief is on the horizon with a party invitation, one of those parties at an indoor play centre. This wasn’t an occasion where you stand round watching kids consume lukewarm sausage rolls. Sure there was party food, play and ludic..
20-Jun-2014
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Electrifying from the first page
Dianne Dempsey
The Neighbour By Julie Proudfoot Xoum Publishing Bendigo writer Julie Proudfoot’s debut novel won the Seizure literary journal’s Viva La Novella Prize earlier this year. And it is quickly apparent why the novel has distinguished itself. The Neighbour is assured, co..
28-Jul-2014
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Arts grant a festival plus
Bendigo Weekly
The Australia Council for the Arts has given the Bendigo Writers Festival a $10,000 seal of approval. The festival was awarded funding in the recent literature funding round to help with the costs of bringing writers to the three-day event. “This is an enormous boost for such a new f..
25-Jul-2014
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The future of writing makes a top topic
Bendigo Weekly
THE future of writing takes centre stage at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival, with everything from freedom of speech to how to create a blog on the August 8 to 10 program. A heavyweight lineup of experienced journalists take part in the headline session, Not Drowning, Adapting, whi..
18-Jul-2014
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Flags waving to herald a gathering of writers
Bendigo Weekly
THE flags went up at the top of View Street this week, in preparation for the third Bendigo Writers Festival across the weekend of August 8 to 10. The banners feature the festival’s new look, with a bright and bold identity to match the busy, lively program. Designed by Bendigo&rsquo..
11-Jul-2014
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Support the team
Bendigo Weekly
They are the first people many writers and guests get to see, their friendly efficiency the epitome of the kind of event Bendigo Writers Festival aims to be. The small army of volunteers who help make the festival run smoothly is gearing up again to prepare for the August 8 to 10 weekend. ..
04-Jul-2014
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World of work
Dianne Dempsey
Jeanette Purkis will be launching her new book The Wonderful World of Work in Bendigo, this Saturday, June 21. She will also be presenting a talk on autism and employment for the community from the perspective of someone living with autism. Jeanette Purkis is also the author of Findin..
20-Jun-2014
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Bendigo Writers Fest