VIETMAN SECURES ADA JOBS
Christine McGinn
Bendigo workers have lost the right to make the first part of the new Australia’s military combat uniform to Vietnam. Defence Minister David Johnston announced Australian Defence Apparel won the first contract of a $170 million tender to re-fit the country’s soldiers in August. ..
18-Sep-2014
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BUILD THE CAR PARK: BSSC
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Senior Secondary College has called for a car park to be built under the city’s lawn tennis courts in Rosalind Park. As part of its submission to the park’s masterplan process, the BSSC council believes more provision should be made for parking. “No provision is..
17-Sep-2014
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Accident caught on dashboard cam
Bendigo Weekly
An alleged hit and run at St John of God Hospital has been captured on a dashboard camera. Bendigo man Tony Smith said a "Good Samaritan" captured footage of another car side-swiping his in the hospital's car park on Tuesday. Mr Smith said the driver did not leave a note, and threatened ..
16-Sep-2014
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COUNCIL FALLS SHORT
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo council failed 10 of its own 12 performance measures for 2013-14. The council’s annual Performance Statement was tabled at last week’s ordinary meeting. It lists the council’s strategic indicators and activities and targets in those areas. Council fa..
16-Sep-2014
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YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT DOUBLES
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s youth unemployment has reached crisis point according to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan. Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show Bendigo’s youth unemployment has averaged 22.8 per cent over the last three month. The ABS stats show our youth unemplo..
16-Sep-2014
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Rates nearly double in 10 years
Anthony Radford
BENDIGO ratepayers are being slugged almost twice as much for their council rates as they were a decade ago. As part of a campaign leading up to next month’s Anti-Poverty Week, the Bendigo Weekly has compared Greater Bendigo council budgets 10 years apart. The 2005-06 council budget sa..
13-Sep-2014
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Defence work may head OS
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW defence contract awarded to Australian Defence Apparel last week may be delivered offshore, not in Bendigo. An Australian defence source and spokesperson for the Defence Minister David Johnston told The Weekly the low-carriage vests and backpacks could be made at ADA’s premises in..
18-Sep-2014
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Bendigo shows manufacturing strength
Christine McGinn
Bendigo's manufacturing sector is struggling to compete on a global scale according to the Australian Industry Group. Ai Group regional manager Jim Dannock said most businesses, except a few strong players, were strangled by global competition. “Manufacturing in Bendigo is fragile;..
17-Sep-2014
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Deadly Yakka upskills Aboriginals
Christine McGinn
Employment program, Deadly Yakka, will improve training and work-skills for local Aboriginal people. Matchworks launched its initiative on Monday, to address a gap in employment skills for the Aboriginal community. Dja Dja Wurrung clans Aboriginal Corporation deputy chair Trent Nelson said it..
16-Sep-2014
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Plibersek: Budget hurts women- VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
Women are the hardest hit under the Federal Government’s budget says Deputy Opposition leader Tanya Plibersek. Quoting figures from the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, Ms Plibersek said women were more disadvantaged under the budget than men. She said women would be l..
15-Sep-2014
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High praise for CFA
Christine McGinn
Bendigo Country Fire Authority members have been honored for their courageous efforts to put out the Hazelwood Coal Mine fire. Fire and Rescue NSW Chief Superintendent Malcolm Connellan visited the station to give thanks for their efforts and joint working relationship. “The Hazelwo..
15-Sep-2014
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200 students aspire to La Trobe
Christine McGinn
Two hundred local year 12 students have been offered early entry into their chosen course at La Trobe University next year. Despite exams starting next month and offers coming out in January, they were offered early entry through the ASPIRE program today. Community youth leaders and people en..
15-Sep-2014
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Chooka keys his way - video
Bendigo Weekly
Putting on a show, Chooka Parker isn’t a stranger to the bright lights. Australia's Got Talent finalist and pianist, Chooka, was busking in Hargreaves Mall this afternoon purely “for the love of music”. “There has been quite a few people around giving me applause and s..
10-Sep-2014
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Kate DeAraugo loses 60kg
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo girl and Australian Idol winner Kate DeAraugo has battled the bulge and shed almost half her body weight. Tipping the scales at 125 kilograms, her heaviest, Ms DeAraugo has dropped 60 kilograms with the help of a gastric sleeve. Seventy-five per cent of her stomach was cut out d..
09-Sep-2014
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34 fun pics of the Lady Braves
Bendigo Weekly
The Lady Braves are, arguably, one of Bendigo's best sporting teams. As far as consistency goes, the Lady Braves deliver year in, year out. And this season is no different. The team plays in yet another conference final on Saturday night, this time against Hobart. ..
05-Sep-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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Driver made 'poor decision'
Christine McGinn
An unlicenced driver was caught driving five children, who were not wearing seat-belts, this morning. The 47 year old woman was caught driving a Ford sedan in White Hills at 9am. Four children were seated on the back seat, unrestrained, with a 6 year old child on sitting on the floor behind t..
17-Sep-2014
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Asleep at the wheel
Christine McGinn
A 28 year old Boort man was found asleep at the wheel in Campbells Creek early this morning. Police said the man was drug-affected after finding him at the wheel, his vehicle facing the wrong direction, on the Loddon Valley Highway at 3am. Police searched the vehicle and found 10 grams of can..
17-Sep-2014
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Police need your help
Bendigo Weekly
Police want to speak with the man pictured below. He is believed to be able to assist police with their inquiries into an incident at Lansell Plaza Safeway on August, 23. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. The two men below are al..
17-Sep-2014
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Beacon Lighting catches fire
Christine McGinn
An electrical fault has sparked a fire at Kangaroo Flat's Beacon Lighting store this evening. A Country Fire Authority spokesperson said the fault started in the power-board but did not believe it was due to faulty wiring. "There is smoke damage which has spread a little into..
12-Sep-2014
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Drivers caught out
Christine McGinn
Police are busy on the roads this morning, with a highly visible officer presence catching crime. Drivers are warned to check their speeds and take care on the roads today. Police will be patrolling the Calder Freeway, in Macedon as part of an operation today. A strong po..
12-Sep-2014
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CRASH AT OUR WORST CORNER - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
A 35 year old woman was knocked off her motorbike at Bendigo's most dangerous intersection this morning. The woman was driving along McIvor Rd, when she was involved in an accident with a man, from Seymour, driving a maroon Falcon. Police said the man was turning right from McIvor Rd to ..
12-Sep-2014
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Showcase for the festival
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Blues and Roots final Artist Showcase and Fundraiser event for 2014 promises to be a top day for all the family. It’s all set to take place at The Big Hill Vineyard on September 21. Festival director Colin Thompson said brilliant artists are volunteering their time and..
12-Sep-2014
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Messages from beyond
Christine McGinn
BRINGING messages of love and healing, internationally renowned spirit medium Charmaine Wilson has the answers. Touring nationally, Ms Wilson is packing her bags to share messages from loved ones to help those left behind through their suffering. In a one show only event, the Mystical Mess..
05-Sep-2014
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Caring notes
Bendigo Weekly
A classical concert will be held to raise awareness and funds for the Fight Cancer Foundation. The Fight Cancer Fundraiser Concert brings together classical musicians from around Bendigo, for an afternoon performance of classical music. Event organiser, Pamela Jackson, said the concert engag..
29-Aug-2014
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Jo Jo and Lucie all set for the church
Steve Kendall
THE Bendigo Blues and Roots team is firing up for summer, but in the meantime continues to run concerts in the lead up. This Sunday there’s an opportunity to enjoy the incredible vocals, musicianship and song-writing of two of Australia’s best, Jojo Smith and Lucie Thorne. &ldq..
21-Aug-2014
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Ella calls for a song
Steve Kendall
Aria award winner and former front of Killing Heidi Ella Hooper is putting her name and judging talents behind The Melbourne Music Bank, a competition for regional music acts. The competition encourages musicians and bands from Victoria to enter. Entrants must submit an original song that ..
15-Aug-2014
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Killick takes stage
Christine McGinn
Cracking a joke or 12, stand-up comedian Bev Killick will take to the stage this September. With two decades of live performance up her sleeve, Bev will take her brash and bold humour to the Shamrock Hotel on September 4. Known for her work on Kath and Kim, Fat Pizza and even “Busting O..
14-Aug-2014
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Lady Braves miss out
Joel Peterson
According to Bendigo Lady Braves coach Jonathan Goodman, it was the one that got away, a three-point loss on a shot within the last two seconds of overtime, that denied his side a shot at an SEABL title. One-time Bendigo Spirit recruit Kathleen Scheer provided the dagger, that saw Hobart throu..
12-Sep-2014
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Spirit for the Opals
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Spirit will provide both the youngest and oldest members of the Australian Opals team for next month’s FIBA World Championship for Women. Both 21-year-old point guard Tessa Lavey and 33-year-old recruit Belinda Snell have been selected in coach Brendan Joyce’s final 12-..
12-Sep-2014
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Spirit stars on top of the world
Joel Peterson
Bendigo Spirit's Belinda Snell and Tessa Lavey have both been named in the final 12-player Australian Opals squad for this month's FIBA World Championships in Turkey. The squad was announced by coach Brendan Joyce today, with Lavey the biggest surprise inclusion of the team. The 21-year-..
10-Sep-2014
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Pork forks out
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Spirit this week announced a new naming rights sponsor, with Australian Pork jumping on board with the back-to-back WNBL champions. The company was this week announced as the new naming rights sponsor of the Spirit, to be known as the Australian Pork Bendigo Spirit in season 2014-1..
05-Sep-2014
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Melbourne City shines under Bendigo lights
Bendigo Weekly
In front of around 2000 fans at Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve, A-League side Melbourne City took a 4-0 win in a pre-season exhibition match against FC Bendigo last night. It was a spirited performance from the hosts, who conceded two goals in the game's final 10 minutes despite a strong ef..
03-Sep-2014
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SPIRIT SCORES NAMING SPONSOR
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Spirit has a new naming sponsor, with Australian Pork jumping on board with the back-to-back WNBL champions. The company was this week announced as the new naming rights sponsor of the Spirit, to be known as the Australian Pork Bendigo Spirit in season 2014/15. Sp..
03-Sep-2014
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Blokes ready for lunch
Steve Kendall
Planning for this year’s Blokes Biggest Ever Lunch is well on the way with more than 250 tickets sold. Organiser Keith Sutherland said the event goes from strength to strength. “Our special guest is Jason McCartney who is a Bali bombing survivor and ex North Melbourne and Colli..
12-Sep-2014
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Fete a great day
Bendigo Weekly
Gumboots will be flung, lobbed and chucked far and wide in a throwing competition as part of the fun activities taking place at St Therese’s Primary School fete this Sunday. Principal Matthew Mann said the fete is the most important fundraising event on the school calendar and a great..
14-Aug-2014
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Family seeks hero recognition
Steve Kendall
THE quiet back road of Gaskell Street, Eaglehawk has a story behind it. It’s named after William Gaskell from Eaglehawk, an Australian soldier who earned the Military Medal during an action in New Guinea in November 1942. His niece Jenny Gaskell thinks he deserves a bit more recogn..
08-Aug-2014
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Festival has a way with words
Bendigo Weekly
Next week, the Calder has a new name – it’s the Way with Words. Writers and readers from near and far will be heading to Bendigo, to take part in the third annual Bendigo Writers Festival, and The Capital is busy with last-minute preparations. Kirsten Krauth is one of the C..
01-Aug-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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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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Woolworths to open August 27
Bendigo Weekly
The suburb of Kennington continues to grow with the opening of a new Woolworths supermarket. Opening Wednesday, August 27, store manager Adam Hutton said the supermarket will provide the expanding community with an opportunity to access a range of services. “The new store provides o..
22-Aug-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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Good food shouldn’t be seen as a luxury
Marika McMahon
The pleasure of a night out at one of the quality restaurants in Bendigo is an investment – an investment in experiencing new flavours, new techniques, new ingredients. An investment in spending time with family and friends. An investment in taking time out of busy times to be toget..
12-Sep-2014
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Cooking the book
Marika McMahon
The joy of gathering with friends over food (and a couple of nice drinks) has long been known. As life gets busier and we spend too much time interacting with each other just by social media rather than in real life we can be at risk of losing the opportunity to break bread together. But ..
05-Sep-2014
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Fresh pickings
Marika McMahon
There is much excitement in the air out Kennington way with the opening this week of the new Woolworths and accompanying retail shops. It has been much talked about on the sidelines at soccer and basketball as families plot a new place to shop in Bendigo. On Sunday afternoon we had a stick..
29-Aug-2014
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Hop out for beer food
Marika McMahon
The ever changing landscape of Bendigo food world continues to evolve. There’s a few new places and a few new events. Did you drive along Pall Mall last Saturday and think there was some hipster convention in town? Sure there were a lot of beards, a lot of crochet beanies but they we..
22-Aug-2014
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Demand prompts new restaurant
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s Mexican Kitchen Restaurant opened a new diner, Mexi, in Strath Hill shopping centre on Monday. “We had to open a new store because of the high demand for it,” co-owner Bill Sherman said. Mexi is slightly different to the Mexican Kitchen Restaurant and is regar..
15-Aug-2014
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Something to salivate about
Bendigo Weekly
Trying out craft beers can be a hard call, but somebody has got to do it. Bendigo on the Hop will be held on Saturday, August 16 from 11am to 6pm. It’s a movable feast which is being hosted by 10 venues around the CBD. As well as local and national beers you can taste local produce and music...
08-Aug-2014
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Murder by the book
Bendigo Weekly
What Came Before By Anna George Viking $29.99 When Dave and Elle meet, an instant and dynamic romance begins. They both revel in what Elle describes as Limerence – the euphoria of romantic attraction – and dream of long term plans. But Elle is a romantic comedy script wr..
12-Sep-2014
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A Bendigo tale
Bendigo Weekly
Girls in our Town is the first novel from author Dianne Dempsey. Ms Dempsey launched her debut novel at the 2014 Bendigo Writers Festival a very apt venue with the story based in Bendigo. Ms Dempsey knows her way around the literary world having worked as a freelance journalist, scriptwriter..
22-Aug-2014
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Book sales indicate a top writers festival
Bendigo Weekly
ONE fair indication of a successful writers festival is that the books go flying out the door. For Harry Hart and his staff from Dymocks who were set up in the Capital Theatre last weekend, those books had wings. “Our sales were up by 40 per cent from last year’s festival,” ..
15-Aug-2014
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Festival has a way with words
Bendigo Weekly
Next week, the Calder has a new name – it’s the Way with Words. Writers and readers from near and far will be heading to Bendigo, to take part in the third annual Bendigo Writers Festival, and The Capital is busy with last-minute preparations. Kirsten Krauth is one of the C..
01-Aug-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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