STRATEGY ON THE MOVE
Bendigo Weekly
THE state government has confirmed community consultation on Victoria’s first ever long-term strategy for regional public transport will kick off in June. The Regional Network Development Plan will set out priorities for regional public transport services, infrastructure and investment ..
22-May-2015
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PUSH TO RETAIN CENTRE
Christine McGinn
NEW plans reveal a modernised and upgraded facade for the existing Kangaroo Flat Community Leisure Centre. KFCLC committee have proposed plans to refresh the Browning Street centre, costing up to $400,000. But the committee want the City of Greater Bendigo to dip into its purse to revitalise ..
22-May-2015
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FAT FREEZE
Christine McGinn
FUNDING for a world-class preventative health initiative in Victoria has been cut while Greater Bendigo residents’ waistlines continue to expand. The Healthy Together Victoria initiative was developed with Commonwealth funding as part of the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive ..
22-May-2015
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NED KELLY COMES TO LIFE - PHOTOS
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Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre will play host to the world premiere of NED - The Musical from tonight, with six shows set to challenge perceptions of one of Australia’s most notorius and possible misunderstood characters...
22-May-2015
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CITY SETTING A HEALTHY TASK
Christine McGinn
THE health of Greater Bendigo residents is in the spotlight as the city makes tracks to get active. Active and Healthy Communities manager Pat Jess said health should be at the heart of the city’s service delivery. “It is not only the city’s responsibility. It is really..
22-May-2015
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WORKING TO SAVE CENTRE
Christine McGinn
STILL fearful, the Kangaroo Flat Community Leisure Centre Committee (KFCLCC) are fighting again to save the Browning Street centre from demolition. The centre’s fate remains in jeopardy as plans for the new multi-million-dollar aquatic centre are being finalised. The City of Greate..
15-May-2015
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Greater Bendigo gains sister city
Bendigo Weekly
THE CITY of Greater Bendigo council has formalised its relationship with Haimen Municipal People’s Government. Nine delegates from Haimen are visiting Bendigo today to sign an agreement to become a sister city relationship to Bendigo. The relationship was developed after former Mayor B..
22-May-2015
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Top marks for Shannon
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
BENDIGO local Shannon Ryan has been recognised for her contribution to the community by winning the 2015 Ricci Marks Award. The 24-year-old youth worker receives the award in light of her work for the benefit of the Dja Dja Wurrung people and the Bendigo region. Blending her passions in..
22-May-2015
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Foodshare providing promise
Dianne Dempsey
While the Weekly has been profiling individual welfare and church agencies which provide meals and food to people in need, Foodshare is the central organisation which acts as a wholesale distributor to those agencies. Foodshare’s operations manager Ray Butler said a significant indicato..
22-May-2015
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Homes for local youth
Christine McGinn
AN INCREASING amount of local youth are in desperate need of a home, says a leading community agency. St Luke’s is calling for willing locals to house young people, aged 15 to 19, in their spare room to get them off the streets. The Board Provider Program helps young people find suitabl..
22-May-2015
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Boosting business
Dianne Dempsey
Founder and owner of the Business Referral Initiative (BRI), Paul Edmonds, says that his networking organisation is bringing a lot of business to Bendigo. Set up some 18 months ago, the BRI is a great way for business owners to get together, network and come to mutually profitable arrangement..
22-May-2015
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Classics displayed for good cause
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
THE eighth annual classic vehicle display will be held at the Bendigo showgrounds next weekend. Locals are encouraged to bring along their historic vehicles, bikes, trucks, tractors and stationary engines to showcase. Event organiser Neil Athorn says the proceeds of the event will go to the..
22-May-2015
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Helping hand for Vanuatu
Bendigo Weekly
Vanuatu has a special place in the heart of Victory Christian College, so when Cyclone Pam devastated the area the school was quick to respond. In the week following the cyclone, students held a number of fundraisers including a Cent-A-Line where students were encouraged to bring any loose ch..
08-May-2015
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Remembering 240 days at Gallipoli
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is marking the 240 days Australian and New Zealand soldiers were at Gallipoli. The nightly 6pm service is being held on the RSL Hall forecourt in Pall Mall with the Last Post sounded. Laments are played in reflection as two large steel poppies are progressively filled with red popp..
01-May-2015
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Ditch the myths
Bendigo Weekly
IT seems inevitable that even I must throw in my 10 cents worth on the Gallipoli landings. I have nothing but respect for those who volunteered and served, but much scorn needs to be thrown on those who documented the deeds at the time, and later in some cases. Newspaper reports were heavi..
24-Apr-2015
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Meet and greet the police
Christine McGinn
LOCALS eager to join the police force will have the chance to meet and greet with professionals in the job today. Victoria Police are encouraging people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to join the organisation hosting a stall in Hargreaves Mall as part of today’s Harmony Day celebrati..
19-Mar-2015
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Favourite rides around Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Grab your bike and cycling mates and tick off these favourite local rides. Short rides Start at the north end of Lake Weeroona near the rowing sheds and cross Weeroona Avenue to head down the Bendigo Creek trail. It’s a slightly downhill, fully sealed five kilometres to Howard Street Ep..
06-Mar-2015
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Dianne Dempsey
“Perhaps someday the poor will find it in their hearts to forgive you. For it is more blessed to give than to receive, and it is also a lot easier.” St Vincent de Paul It is Tuesday morning and the money has run out. In fact it ran out last week, but what is more urgent now is tha..
27-Feb-2015
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Fake $100 bills
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are urging shopkeepers to remain alert as $100 counterfeit notes are being presented across Bendigo. A woman is known to have attempted to use the counterfeit money twice to buy items of little value, leave with the purchased items and keep the authentic money. Police said the notes ..
19-May-2015
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Near miss
Bendigo Weekly
EMERGENCY services were called to Bendigo Airport this morning after smoke began bellowing from a light aircraft. The pilot conducted the air traffic control before safely descending to the runway. Paramedics checked the three occupants, who were cleared from injury...
19-May-2015
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Three-injured in crash
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are investigating a crash in California Gully after three men were taken to hospital this morning. Officers were on routine patrol when they saw a car with no registration plates just before 3am. Bendigo police attempted to intercept the vehicle but the driver refused to pull over so t..
19-May-2015
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Cars collide in Kennington
Bendigo Weekly
By BRIDGETTE BARRY-MURPHY Three cars collided on Sternberg Street in Kennington just after 4pm today. A Ford Falcon ute ran into the rear of a Holden Commodore pushing it into a van. The driver of the first vehicle, a van, is believed to have driven off. ..
11-May-2015
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Eaglehawk man blows 0.217
Christine McGinn
An Eaglehawk man was caught driving more than four times over the legal blood-alcohol limit last night. The 59-year old man was seen driving at 30 kilometres an hour on the 50km/h Victoria Street in Eaglehawk at 7.50pm. The man hesitated to take off when the lights changed from red to green, ..
05-May-2015
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Police call for witnesses
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for witnesses after a local man was hospitalised with a serious head injury. Antony James Woodward walked into the One Tree Hill Hotel on Retreat Road in Spring Gully on Friday April 10 about 2.45pm. Workers at the hotel, who know Anto..
20-Apr-2015
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Surrender to the music
Bendigo Weekly
RISING Aboriginal singer and songwriter Dewayne Everettsmith is headed to Bendigo tomorrow. Having grown up listening to American artists Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles, Everettsmith says being Aboriginal doesn’t really influence his music. “Being Aboriginal is something I was ..
22-May-2015
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Walking with Wilhelm
Bendigo Weekly
Let us imagine how Wilhelm Charles Vahland would react were he to emerge like Dr Who from his Tardis on top of the Rosalind Park poppet head? To gaze about on a clear day, then descend and explore the city he and a few colleagues created during the decades of phenomenal wealth from the 1850s ..
22-May-2015
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ALT-J put on a show to remember
Bendigo Weekly
By CAITLYN PETRIE SUNDAY evening saw thousands flock to Rod Laver Arena to see immensely talented UK group alt-J. With a handful of Brit Award nominations, a Grammy nomination and a recent stint at Australia’s summer festivals, the British quartet are playing their bi..
15-May-2015
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Moo music for the fans
Christine McGinn
THERE is nothing that entices Melburnians and locals to party in the “country” quite as much as Groovin the Moo. The all-day event brought some of the biggest names in international and local music together last Saturday. But for the 12 Melburnians that ventured up the Calder F..
08-May-2015
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Story of honour
Bendigo Weekly
Barely a week has passed since the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings and already the media has turned its attention to other tragic happenings throughout the world. So many times we listened to the words “Lest we forget”, and yet, we did forget. We forgot the indigenou..
01-May-2015
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Back with the blues
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival will present five exciting young acts to warm up the boardwalk at The Exchange tonight, on the eve of this year’s Bendigo edition of Groovin The Moo. The line-up consists of singer/songwriters in their teens and 20s and smashes the stereotype that B..
01-May-2015
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Arch rivals reignite fight
Joel Peterson
GOLDEN Square’s Jack Geary will once again lead the Bendigo Football League into battle this weekend when the blue and golds travel to take on arch rivals Ballarat at Eastern Oval. Geary will captain the interleague side for the second consecutive season under second-year coach Rick ..
22-May-2015
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Bendigo netballers up for test
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
BENDIGO will put out its strongest interleague netball side in years according to coach Melissa Ryan. Arch rivals Ballarat will host the Bendigo Football Netball League open and 17-and-under netball teams this Saturday at Eastern Oval. “We know we’ve got a good team there, so..
22-May-2015
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Blue, Gold and battle ready
Bendigo Weekly
INTERLEAGUE action will also be at Bendigo’s Queen Elizabeth Oval on Saturday, with a double-header of quality football and netball lined up. The Heathcote District Football League will tackle the Central Murray, and Loddon Valley Takes on Alberton in the two senior clashes to be played..
22-May-2015
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Snooker stars returning
Joel Peterson
THE world’s top snooker players will descend on Bendigo once more next month for the 2015 Australian Snooker Goldfields Open. The tournament, in Bendigo for the fifth year, will feature 11 of the world’s top 15 ranked players and runs from June 29 to July 5 at Bendigo Stadium. The..
22-May-2015
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Snell sets sights on Rio
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
BENDIGO Spirit’s Belinda Snell is gearing up for a third Olympics campaign. This week the veteran took off with the Australian Opals squad on a European tour which will shape selection for the 2016 Rio Olympics. A third of the 18-player Opals squad was on the Spirit roster last season, ..
22-May-2015
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Miners fighting for a win
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Fighting Miners will aim for consecutive wins for the first time this season on Saturday when the side takes on Melbourne Chargers at Prahran. The Miners have started the season with three wins and two losses, but their form has been remarkably inconsistent. The three wins th..
22-May-2015
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A familiar voice
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
RADIO veteran Johnathan Ridnell, squirms at the realisation he is in his 28th year at ABC Radio. Ridnell currently holds the position of regional content manager in Bendigo after previous stints in Adelaide, Horsham and Mt Gambier. His successful career began at the Adelaide rural department..
22-May-2015
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Zara’s heartfelt fundraising effort
Dianne Dempsey
FUNDRAISING in the Bendigo region is not an uncommon occurrence, whether it be for cancer sufferers or charitable institutions. But when the Weekly received a hand written letter from 12-year-old Zara Smith telling us she wanted to raise $20,000 for the Heart Foundation she really made an impact. ..
15-May-2015
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Crunch time
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
Victorian Girl Guides will be out in droves for the next month, celebrating National Biscuit Day, which will be held tomorrow. The organisation is expecting to sell 570,000 packets of biscuits in the 57th year of the Australia-wide fundraiser. All profits made will go to funding local, n..
15-May-2015
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Shannon in the running for award
Bendigo Weekly
Youth worker Shannon Ryan has been nominated for the 2015 Ricci Marks Indigenous Achiever Award. The Victorian Government provides the award to encourage young Aboriginal people to pursue their goals and aspirations. Ms Ryan contributes to the Dja Dja Wurrung people and the Bendigo region as ..
08-May-2015
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Sea for yourself
Steve Kendall
Rachel Rayner from Bendigo’s Discovery Science and Technology Centre has been selected as a 2015 Science Communication Fellow and will sail aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus during its 2015 expedition. Ms Rayner will join the Corps of Exploration aboard the ship in June as they explore..
05-May-2015
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Anzac services and marches
Bendigo Weekly
Anzac Eve 6.30pm: Field of Commemoration unveiling – Queen Victoria Gardens/Soldiers Memorial Institute. Anzac Day Saturday, April 25 The 100th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli. Bendigo 5.45am: March from the Soldiers Memorial Institute, Pa..
24-Apr-2015
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New leaf on the Vine
Bendigo Weekly
A transformation of Bendigo’s popular Golden Vine Hotel is well under way with a new management structure providing a new lease of life. “I’m excited that Mick Coates, an experienced musician, is at the helm at the Golden Vine,” Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival..
13-Mar-2015
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Amy’s tree change
Bendigo Weekly
In December last year Amy Moylan made the tree change from Melbourne to Bendigo to take up her new role as hotel manager at The Schaller Studio. Since leaving the city with her fiancé and two dogs she has not looked back, with the thriving art and culinary scene captivating her. ..
13-Feb-2015
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Sundays fun days at Schaller
Bendigo Weekly
A free barbecue will be one part of Open Studio Sundays at the Schaller Studio. The community event is the brainchild of hotel manager Amy Moylan and will be held every Sunday from January 11 until February 22. Ms Moylan was keen to find the very best local food offering to be included ..
09-Jan-2015
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Imagine opening a winner
Steve Kendall
VILLAWOOD’S Imagine estate opening in Strathfieldsaye last weekend was a real community offering. Apart from the open homes on view, the 2000 people who attended munched through 70 kilograms of sausages 30kg of onions and 70 loaves of bread. Villawood’s marketing manager Jenn..
16-Oct-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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Sharing cooking secrets
Bendigo Weekly
A VARIETY of hands-on specialist cooking classes will be hosted by the Country Women’s Association of Victoria on Saturday May 30 when they visit Bendigo for their state conference. The CWA will be sharing their cooking knowledge and secrets throughout three masterclasses including making sp..
15-May-2015
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Wagyu in a showcase
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo steakhouse restaurant The Woodhouse will present a six course regional wagyu beef showcase dinner on May 21. It’s a special event featured in the Australian Financial Review Top 500 best restaurants awards program. Finalists have been invited to present an event during May, ..
24-Apr-2015
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New business benefits all
Bendigo Weekly
Not-for-profit regional food network Food Fossickers is working to implement a sustainable income stream which will bring increased financial benefit to local food producers, retailers and restaurants. The initiative will see the creation of a local food “picnic-pack” which will ..
17-Apr-2015
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Matt on the move
Bendigo Weekly
Celebrated chef and Victorian Farmers Market ambassador Matt Wilkinson will undertake activities with both the Bendigo Community Farmers Market and Central Victoria’s Food Fossickers Network this weekend. Mr Wilkinson has worked previously at Melbourne’s Vue de Monde and Circa befo..
10-Apr-2015
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Fossick for taste treats
Bendigo Weekly
Exploring the local food offerings can still be easy during the Bendigo Easter Festival and public holidays, with a variety of different venues, producers and events available from Good Friday through until Easter Monday. While some venues will only deliver limited trading times due to the f..
02-Apr-2015
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Free food for all
Dianne Dempsey
In the late summer and early autumn while fruit trees are burgeoning, the glut of food can make for a challenge. There are only so many apple pies and jars of jam you can make. The solution to what to do with excess food has been taken on by a group of locals who have embraced a movement whi..
20-Mar-2015
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Biography event cancelled
Dianne Dempsey
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15-May-2015
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Images of the war
Dianne Dempsey
Unlike Gallipoli, there are relatively few images of Australian soldiers on the Western Front. While soldiers took cameras with them to Gallipoli they were forbidden to take them to France and Belgium. The British had decreed that only official photographs were allowed. This remarkable book..
24-Apr-2015
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Lifetime in fine art
Dianne Dempsey
Notebooks Betty Churcher Published 2011 With the recent news of Betty Churcher’s death at the age of 84, it is apposite to revisit probably her most poignant book. Betty Churcher was director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia and director of the National Gallery of..
02-Apr-2015
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Tales from the front
Dianne Dempsey
Between the Dances Jacqueline Dinan Serving their country as nurses, farmhands, munitions workers or members of the Defence forces, Australian women made an outstanding contribution to World War II. In this engaging book Jacqueline Dinan highlights stories told by over 300 women or t..
27-Mar-2015
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All things Irish
Dianne Dempsey
It was St Patrick’s day this week and sure and begorrah a couple of Irish themed titles have come across the desk. From the Bru to the Borough Dan O’Riordan Local writer Dan O’Riordan has written his self-published, heart-felt memoir of growing up in Ireland an..
20-Mar-2015
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Fine start to a life of books
Bendigo Weekly
My reading habits as a child were very much informed by my parents. My primary and secondary schools (I’m talking the dark ages here) didn’t even come to libraries. So every week Dad pushed aside the tools in his ute and took his three children to the public library. I really liked ..
12-Mar-2015
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