CITY CELEBRATES ARCHITECT
Nick Atyeo
Next year marks a century since the death of former City of Sandhurst councillor, freemason and acclaimed architect William Charles Vahland. Bendigo’s Alexandra Fountain, Town Hall, Capital Theatre and the Anne Caudle Centre were all designed by Vahland who is credited with designing aro..
19-Dec-2014
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PARKING CHOKES PLAN
Bendigo Weekly
THE Rosalind Park Reserve masterplan and management framework was almost kicked to the kerb at this week’s council meeting. Councillors were divided on the plans with parking concerns sparking a long debate before it was finally approved. Cr James Williams, heading the park’s refer..
19-Dec-2014
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AUSTRALIA POST IN SPOTLIGHT
Christine McGinn
LIGHT will be shone on Australia Post in a Senate Inquiry recommended review into their performance and operations with Licensed Post Offices. The Federal Upper House recommended a thorough examination of the organisation in September with the organisation taking action this week. The Sen..
19-Dec-2014
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BENDIGO'S SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP
Bendigo Weekly
Squash and racquetball players will be treated the inaugural Bendigo International Squash Championship Squash and Racquetball Victoria,has partenered with the City of Greater Bendigo and the Bendigo Squash Club to run the tournament. The championship will be held at the Barnard Street courts..
18-Dec-2014
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CHINESE ARCHWAY TO BE REMOVED
Bendigo Weekly
THE ornate Chinese Precinct archway will be removed after the City of Greater Bendigo deemed the structure unsafe. The archway’s structural integrity “poses too great a risk” to be retained due to dry rot and termites and will dismantled. Director of Planni..
18-Dec-2014
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AUSTRALIA'S FIRST SAINT BROKEN
Christine McGinn
Sacred Heart Cathedral’s statue of Australia’s first saint Mary MacKillop was damaged over the weekend. The right hand glass pane, about 2 centimetres thick has been smashed with an “implement”. Sergeant Damian Keegan said the statue was damaged some time between 3.30p..
15-Dec-2014
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Bendigo Mag Summer 14-15
Betty steps back to her wedding
Sam Kane
FIFTY-SEVEN years ago, in 1957, Betty Frowde walked down the isle in her handmade wedding dress. Even though times have changed, and we’re in 2014 – that didn’t stop Mrs Frowde from dusting off the gown and once again slipping into it, and reminiscing about her wedding day. ..
19-Dec-2014
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Airport upgrade high on the list
Bendigo Weekly
THE business case developed to support a federal funding bid for the Bendigo airport claims an upgraded Bendigo Airport would inject $34.9M into the local economy and create 84 full-time equivalent jobs. The business case argues the upgrade is needed because Bendigo Airport is a declining faci..
19-Dec-2014
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Toxic water near surface
Christine McGinn
THE city’s toxic groundwater is expected to overflow to the surface with discharge expected as early as next month. The City of Greater Bendigo is calling on the State Government to allow Woodvale evaporation ponds to become the short-term solution. The Bendigo Weekly revealed last mont..
19-Dec-2014
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Results worth waiting for
Nick Atyeo
Girton captain Thomas Duke romps in with ATAR of 99.95 Year 12 Girton Grammar student and school captain, Thomas Duke, has achieved a perfect ATAR score of 99.95 giving him the highest ATAR Score possible for this year’s VCE Headmaster of Bendigo’s Girton Grammar Schoo..
19-Dec-2014
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Park takes on new look
Bendigo Weekly
AVID sports fans and athletes will be able to use Canterbury Park’s state-of-the-art sports hub early next year. Most of the new buildings are ready for action with carpet installed in the multi-use pavilion, while granite pavers are being laid, and kerb and channel work is nearly finish..
19-Dec-2014
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Rethink your waste plan
Bendigo Weekly
RECYCLE your waste is the message from Bendigo’s mayor. Councillor Peter Cox is encouraging residents to band together and organise for staff from the Eaglehawk Eco Centre to come and collect materials that can be reused or recycled. Cr Cox said staff at the Eco Centre will collect the ..
19-Dec-2014
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Last chance to donate a toy
Bendigo Weekly
SATURDAY, November 29 is your last chance to donate to a toy run. Hairem Scarem's Annual Toy Run is on again this year. "Help us put joy in the hearts of children by donating toys to those in need at Christmas," owner Emily Gartside said. "You can donate toys by dropping them off at..
28-Nov-2014
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LEADFOOT LANGDON PULLED UP
Bendigo Weekly
Ordinarily stories like this wouldn't see the light of day, but hey, it's an election campaign. Liberal Party Bendigo West candidate Michael Langdon was pulled over and fined for speeding today. Mr Langdon was traveling to Heathcote when police clocked him at 120 kilometres an hour in a ..
13-Nov-2014
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Clicking the cracking
Christine McGinn
Bendigo has been hit with thunderstorms and lightning overnight. The lighting first struck about 11.30pm on Sunday night, cracking down on homes across the municipality. Local photographer, Xavier White caught the natural incident on camera. The striking photograph was taken at Lake..
27-Oct-2014
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Soliciting seat selfies
Bendigo Weekly
It may not be popular, but one local Bendigonian is trying to make sure the city's new $30,000 seat becomes even more famous. The Bendigo Weekly revealed three weeks ago Greater Bendigo council had spent $30,000 on a new seat for the corner of Mitchell and Hargreaves streets. (http://www.ben..
29-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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Police chase car
Christine McGinn
A dark coloured BMW coupe has captured police attention overnight and this morning for erratic driving. Bendigo Police and the BMW were in a car pursuit last night but it was terminated after a few minutes. The BMW was later spotted driving erratically and at high speeds down Lily and chum st..
16-Dec-2014
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East Bendigo collision
Christine McGinn
A male motorcyclist was taken to Bendigo hospital this morning after colliding with a ute. The man, aged in his 20s suffered head, wrist and pelvic issues from the East Bendigo incident. The man was transported to the Alfred Hospital in a stable condition for further treatment. Police a..
08-Dec-2014
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Missing bike
Bendigo Weekly
A Spring Gully Primary School student had his bike taken from the bike racks last night. The grade one student left the bike there overnight after forgetting he rode to school and then walked home. The bike is believed to be a Giant branded bike in white, black and blue. Anyone who..
04-Dec-2014
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Drug offences soar
Christine McGinn
Bendigo has recorded a 73 per cent rise in drug offences on the year to October to September 2014. According to the latest Victoria Police crime statistics, about 600 drug offences were recorded between October and September this year, compared to 334 this time last year. Crime against the pr..
01-Dec-2014
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Police target ice dealers
Christine McGinn
Police are clamping down on the illegal ice trade across the Central Goldfields with a joint Crime Stoppers campaign. The two-week initiative, Dob in a Dealer, aims to stop the impact of methamphetamines on the community. The campaign runs across the Greater Bendigo, Campaspe, Macedon Rang..
24-Nov-2014
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Police ramp up efforts
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Police set up three preliminary breath tests on Eaglehawk Road today. The PBTs are part of the state-wide annual Operation RAID which focuses on removing all drink and drug drivers from our roads now until December 7. A police spokesperson said there would be a high visible presenc..
21-Nov-2014
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Current Issue
Property Guide

Bendigo EP launch for Hailey
Bendigo Weekly
BLUES Festival favourite, and all-round nice girl Hailey Calvert has chosen Bendigo as the launch site for her new EP. The blonde haired girl with a booming blues voice often causes the audience to double take, but there is no mistaking the candour and sincerity in her lyrics. Blues Festival..
05-Dec-2014
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Comics have the local touch
Steve Kendall
BENDIGO comedians will be in good company next Thursday. The Shamrock Comedy club is running an all-Bendigo open mic bracket alongside Lawrence Mooney and Chris Franklin. When Mick Neven started The Shamrock Comedy Club, he made it clear that is was a space for anyone in the Bendigo area w..
28-Nov-2014
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Morrison’s magic
Bendigo Weekly
Two weeks of celebrations will mark the opening of the new Ulumbarra Theatre at the end of April next year, and world-renowned multi-instrumentalist James Morrison will be one of many famous faces to grace the new stage. Morrison, Australia’s most dynamic jazz trumpeter, will perform a..
21-Nov-2014
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Blues and Roots – AMAZING
Bendigo Weekly
By KAREN CORR FIVE years ago Bendigo's live music scene was dead. Now due to the vision and passion and commitment of Colin Thompson, Bendigo's live music scene has been revitalised. This weekend my family and I got to experience the results of the hard work and dedication of Bendi..
10-Nov-2014
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No time to be blue
Bendigo Weekly
Shop ‘til you drop, dance like no one is watching or celebrate great local produce this Saturday. Bendigo’s city centre will play host to a range of great community events including the Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Bendigo Community Farmers Market, Uniquely Bendigo –..
07-Nov-2014
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Blues and Roots Festival program
Bendigo Weekly
Line up and program here (http://www.bendigobluesandroots.com.au/lineup.php) Australian Blues legend Chris Wilson is coming to Bendigo as part of this year’s Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival. The multi-instrumentalist – who has been a part of some of Austra..
02-Oct-2014
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FC changes afoot
Joel Peterson
Big changes are on the way for the re-named Bendigo City FC, but its aim to grow the game of soccer in Bendigo will be exactly the same. Bendigo City took over the licence for Bendigo’s National Premier Leagues Victoria team this year, after the side competed as FC Bendigo in the NPL&rsq..
19-Dec-2014
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World class
Joel Peterson
Bendigonians had the chance to get up close and personal with one of the biggest prizes in world sport on Tuesday, when the ICC Cricket World Cup Tour came to the Queen Elizabeth Oval. Hundreds of people made their way to the ground to be part of the tour, that will have visited 65 locations b..
19-Dec-2014
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Gully on top
Joel Peterson
Golden Gully heads into day two of its Emu Valley Cricket Association clash with Maiden Gully in a dominant position, having claimed first innings points at Cal Gully Oval on Saturday. The Cobras skittled the visitors for 109, with Shane Rabbitt top-scoring with 33 as Brad Webster ripped throu..
19-Dec-2014
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Fired up for the Flames
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Spirit will look to take momentum into its upcoming Christmas break, when it faces the Sydney Uni Flames tonight at the Bendigo Stadium. Sydney has been one of the Women’s National Basketball League’s biggest improvers this season, but the Spirit got the better of the F..
19-Dec-2014
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A NEW DAWN
Joel Peterson
Elyse Penaluna has been here before. After undergoing a knee reconstruction to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in 2011, the Spirit centre and former Australian Opal battled a long road back to the WNBL. Persistent injury issues while playing with Bulleen in the 2012/13 season ..
12-Dec-2014
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Snell's stellar showing
Joel Peterson
A record-breaking performance from Belinda Snell led Bendigo Spirit to an 85-74 win over Sydney Uni tonight in round eight of the Women's National Basketball League. The game saw Bendigo's franchise record for points in a single game by an individual eclipsed, with the shooting display Snell..
05-Dec-2014
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A Christmas wish: good mental health for everyone
Bendigo Weekly
Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett has written his Christmas wish-list, outlining how all Australians can promote good mental health over the festive season. “Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it can be lonely and stressful for some people, potentially triggering symptoms of depr..
19-Dec-2014
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Sisters in on the act
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Bendigo South East Secondary College were in an ugly mood for their production this week, but their version of Cinderella had a happy ending. Months of hard work came to fruition for more than 100 Bendigo South East Secondary College students and staff this week, with the debu..
21-Nov-2014
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Sustainabilty group holds forum
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Sustainability Group’s climate election forum on Tuesday evening at St Paul’s hall attracted a audience keen to hear presentations from the Liberal, Labor, Greens and Sex Party candidates. The need for climate action was explained by James Wight of Precariousclimate...
12-Nov-2014
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Ron’s back for lunch
Steve Kendall
WITH the dust barely settled on last year’s Blokes Biggest Ever Lunch it’s back, and so is Ron Iddles. Mr Iddles was guest speaker last year, and a controversial talk on his role as a police homicide sergeant drew national media attention. Organiser Keith Sutherland has invited..
31-Oct-2014
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It’s a celebration
Bendigo Weekly
LATE October usually results in a few odd-looking characters around Bendigo streets, as local Year 12 students celebrate the end of their studies. This year was no exception, with Bendigo Senior Secondary College and Catholic College Bendigo celebrating the end of the regular school year in st..
24-Oct-2014
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ATKINSON MAKES HONOUR ROLL
Bendigo Weekly
Aboriginal elder and Vietnam veteran Graham Atkinson will be recognised for his inclusion on the Indigenous Honour Roll tonight. Greater Bendigo council will honour Mr Atkinson at a ceremony tonight at 6.30pm. Mr Atkinson has been inducted for his active involvement in community and for assi..
22-Oct-2014
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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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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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Safety first with food
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO developer Jared Marwood has developed an application to help with food safety programs for small to medium Class 2 Retail and Food Service Businesses. Cook Safe allows food premises to easily create their food safety program. By answering a set of questions, Cook Safe sets up a Food..
19-Dec-2014
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Tarts raise money
Bendigo Weekly
Food Fossickers restaurant member Masons of Bendigo is baking up a storm to spread some Christmas spirit with an old fashioned cake drive, raising funds for the Bendigo Community Farmers Market. Restaurant owner and pastry chef Sonia Anthony has donated both her time and talent to bake the a..
12-Dec-2014
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Food Fossicking at Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
Michel’s Fine Biscuits have released their Christmas shortbread All Stars and award winning fruit mince pies. Available from Favourite Flavours, Mitchell St, Bendigo or head to www.michelsfinebiscuits.com.au • Indulge Chocolates have a variety of delicious hand crafted gifts, made us..
05-Dec-2014
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Fossicking for Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
The Food Fossickers network of Central Victoria is encouraging families and businesses to purchase locally grown produce and edible gifts this Christmas, in support of the region’s local producers, retailers and restaurants. Food Fossickers president Sonia Anthony said that it was of ..
28-Nov-2014
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It’s time for tarts
Marika McMahon
Now that the hats have been packed away and the fake tan is fading, spring racing is over and automatically my mind turns to the next big event on the calendar – Christmas. It used to be that there were a few things you could set your clock to regarding the arrival of Christmas in Bend..
14-Nov-2014
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Season of mangoes
Marika McMahon
Well it has happened. One of my favourite events of the year, this week I have had my first mango of the season. Yes, I paid a small fortune for it. Yes it was a bit tart around the edges but it was a great taste of things to come. I love mangoes. They are annoying with that stone that see..
24-Oct-2014
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Short stories shine light
Dianne Dempsey
To the surprise and delight of the many people involved in the inaugural Quality Living Options Short Story Prize 2014, the winner was local visual artist, Pauline Mathrick. Her story, Room with a View was a stand out for the judges. Names were not attached to the 47 entries stories whic..
10-Dec-2014
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The Church with a Chimney
Dianne Dempsey
The value of local history, and implied that of the local historian, is often underestimated. A knowledge of our ancestors and they work they did is intrinsically important to us. This local history impacts upon us in terms of public and private buildings, public and private services and mo..
28-Nov-2014
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Courage in time of war
Dianne Dempsey
Nancy Wake Peter Fitzsimons HarperCollins (2001) War is in the air, at least in terms of civic events and publications. The books are coming out thick and fast regarding the anniversary of the Anzacs. While plenty of focus is on the men who fought, apart from the nursing fraternity,..
21-Nov-2014
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The First Lot
Dianne Dempsey
The First Lot 7th Battalion. The first men of the Bendigo district to volunteer for service in the First World War Larna Malone. We had driven the Turks back three miles and had followed them up, when ‘I stopped one’. I was lying behind a small bush when I got hit in the sid..
14-Nov-2014
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The Undertaker's Wife
Bendigo Weekly
The Undertaker’s Wife Val Case $15 What does a life model think about while posing for many hours in front of budding Rembrandts? For Castlemaine’s Val Case, much of the time has been spent transporting herself into the pages of her first novel, The Undertaker&rs..
07-Nov-2014
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Book review
Bendigo Weekly
Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead Rebecca James Allen and Unwin $19.99 Cooper Bartholomew falls to his death from a cliff, and in the opening scene, he tells us from beyond the grave, “I never imagined I would die like this”. When Cooper’s girlfriend, Libby, is tol..
31-Oct-2014
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