Search on for top staff
Peter Kennedy
THE City of Greater Bendigo’s search for two new directors to form part of a new look executive has gone national. The organisation is seeking a Presentation and Assets director and another for the Strategy and Growth portfolio, via an advertising process that started last weekend. ..
29-Jul-2016
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Good news on water levels
Joel Peterson
WATER storages in central Victoria are on the up and are expected to continue to rise with above average rainfall predicted through until the end of September. Bendigo had recorded 86.4 millimetres of rain this month at the time of going to print, the city’s wettest month since June 20..
29-Jul-2016
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Clean up in pipeline
Sharon Kemp
COLIBAN Water will soon call for tenders from companies to collect and dispose of arsenic and metals-laced sludge that it is the waste product of Bendigo’s groundwater, and to start pipeline construction. The water authority this week started the process of public consultation featurin..
29-Jul-2016
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New push for tourism boost
Sharon Kemp
DESPITE the profile of some of Victoria’s regional attractions, the challenge remains to get international and interstate visitors to travel outside Melbourne, and to spend money there. But the newly appointed chief executive of Visit Victoria, Peter Bingeman, said one of his first pri..
29-Jul-2016
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Police give the inside story
Dianne Dempsey
The Bendigo branch of the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation is presenting one of its Inside Story events on Thursday. The foundation was set up to honour police officers who have fallen in the line of duty. As a way of remembering the police officers, money raised is given to charit..
29-Jul-2016
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More medium density housing on its way
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO residents have been told to prepare for an influx of medium density housing projects across the city that are expected to be built to cater for the growing number of one- and two-person households. MGS Architects director and architect Eli Giannini said medium density ..
28-Jul-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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Show's over as team takes a bow
Dianne Dempsey
The Marilyn Monroe exhibition finished last weekend to capacity crowd numbers. “Many people, especially locals, leave their visit to the last minute,” Bendigo Art Gallery director Karen Quinlan said. She estimated more than 5000 visitors went through the gallery over the wee..
15-Jul-2016
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Chef cooks up art gift
Bendigo Weekly
ARTIST and celebrity chef, Peter Russell-Clarke, has donated one of his paintings to the Golden Dragon Museum. The painting entitled Friendship depicts the combination of a Chinese Dragon and a Kangaroo, illustrating the rich cultural history between both cultures. Members of the Bendigo..
15-Jul-2016
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Second spot for Purcell
Bendigo Weekly
LIBERAL candidate Megan Purcell would not rule out running again as a federal candidate but yesterday she was confident the Coalition would be able to form a minority government. Ms Purcell was reluctant to rerun within 12 months if neither party could win a vote of confidence in the House o..
08-Jul-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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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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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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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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Diversity in art on show
Bendigo Weekly
One of the highlights of NAIDOC Week is the Knuldoorong Art Exhibition which will be held this year at Dudley House in View Street. The exhibition showcases the work of a diverse group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Aboriginal artist Samantha James will be exhibiting he..
01-Jul-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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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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Showcase for the blues
Simon Wooldridge
This year’s second Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival Showcase event boasts an 18 act line-up with some familiar faces gracing the two stages. It all starts at noon on Sunday, July, 17 at the Golden Vine. The Mojo Corner have a mid-afternoon garden stage slot. And they’re l..
07-Jul-2016
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Fun-filled party with the band
Simon Wooldridge
THEY’RE busy boys, The Bennies. Just back from a European tour, in the middle of their second major Australia tour of the year and off to Europe again in October. They’re playing at Musicman in Bendigo on Sunday, July, 3. For the uninitiated, a Bennies gig is essentially a noisy,..
01-Jul-2016
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Hughsey's on the road
Bendigo Weekly
COMEDIAN Dave Hughes says he knows the joys of growing up in country Victoria and it helps when playing to regional audiences. Hughesy certainly gets his easy-going humour from his Warnambool origins, and is returning to Bendigo on August 27 with his new show Sweet at the Ulumbarra Theatre. ..
30-Jun-2016
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Dogs, Dragons square off
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Football League finals race could be all but decided by Saturday evening after a pivotal round 14 of matches is completed. At the Queen Elizabeth Oval, top spot and premiership favouritism are up for grabs when Sandhurst hosts Golden Square and Canterbury Park hosts a clash that ..
29-Jul-2016
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Wet pitches cause fixture chaos
Bendigo Weekly
SODDEN pitches are causing fixturing headaches for the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League but council says there is little that can be done to alleviate the problem. Eppalock ward council election candidate Yvonne Wrigglesworth claimed that several pitches around the area were unplayable due to p..
29-Jul-2016
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Club legends in town
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Braves will welcome former players, officials and supporters to Bendigo Stadium this weekend, including some of the biggest names in the club’s vaunted history. The past players function comes after the Braves and Lady Braves enjoyed one of the best weekends of their respec..
29-Jul-2016
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Kendle signing a masterstroke
Bendigo Weekly
RECRUITING imports hasn’t always gone smoothly for the Bendigo Braves, but the club has struck gold with Jeremy Kendle. As a host of former Braves champions, including perhaps the team’s all-time best player in David Johnson, ready themselves to head to Bendigo Stadium for a past..
29-Jul-2016
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Woolley fires at worlds
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO clay target shooters Laura Woolley and Emma Cox are the region’s newest world champions after brilliant performances at last week’s International Clay Target Shooting Federation world championships in Ireland. Shooting in the DTL (down the line) discipline, Woolley, a 201..
29-Jul-2016
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Title focus locked in
Joel Peterson
ONE side is flying on top of the pops and the other is fighting for its finals life, but the last month of the South East Australian Basketball League will prove vital for both the Bendigo Braves and Lady Braves. The Braves are the SEABL’s best team and sit on top of the east conferenc..
22-Jul-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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University on show
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS and faculty members from La Trobe University welcomed secondary school students from around Victoria this week. About 300 students from years 10 to 12 took part in lectures, workshops and Q&A sessions at the Bendigo Campus to find out what really happens after leaving secondary..
07-Jul-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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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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A helping hand
Dianne Dempsey
It was three years ago that Jeremy Forbes attended the funeral of a fellow tradie who died under tragic circumstances. “It was a terrible day and a few of us looked at each other and said, ’who’s next do you think?’” he said. ”It wasn’t th..
07-Jul-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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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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Aid for Lifeline
Bendigo Weekly
Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee has teamed up with La Trobe University and Strategem Community Foundation to help address the increasing demand for crisis services in the region. The three organisations are supporting an information session aimed at recruiting volunteers for Lifeline&rs..
21-Jul-2016
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Villa estate a step closer
Dianne Dempsey
Fortuna Villa Estate, which is to be built on the periphery of the historic Fortuna Villa, is close to final approval. “There are certain conditions that have to be complied with and once that happens building will be able to start,” Mr Banks said. Over the past 12 months the..
14-Jul-2016
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Best beginnings
Bendigo Weekly
NEW parents have an extra helping hand thanks to a fresh video initiative. Bendigo Health has launched a DVD aimed at helping new parents understand and gain confidence with their exciting role. The Best Beginnings DVD continues the work of the Best Beginnings group. The group prov..
08-Jul-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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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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Mystery in the north
Rosalea Ryan
First came a dead rabbit, then a dead teenaged girl. Now, more than 20 years later, three more bodies have surfaced in Luke Hadler’s immediate orbit: wife Karen, son Billy and Hadler himself, each one killed outright by a shotgun blast. Initially it appears to be the all-too-common collaps..
21-Jul-2016
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Playing in the dark
Bendigo Weekly
Shades: shades of truth, shades of virtue, shades of evil – shades in all their incarnations run as a central theme through The Toymaker. Juxtaposing the horrors of World War II’s Auschwitz death camp with matter-of-fact 21st-century consumerism in outer Melbourne, novelist Liam Piep..
14-Jul-2016
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Secrets of the forest
Steve Kendall
Black Fleur Ferris Random House, $19.99 Ebony Marshall has a nickname around town, Black. It’s part to do with her name, but there’s a more sinister reason. Everyone says she is bad. Death seems to follow in her wake, and her reputation i..
07-Jul-2016
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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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