New CEO for Bendigo Health
Sharon Kemp
PETER Faulkner has been appointed as Bendigo Health’s new chief executive after acting in the role for almost a year. Mr Faulkner stepped into the role after John Mulder stood aside in February and was later fired following an Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission..
15-Dec-2017
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Get set for a scorcher
Joel Peterson
THIS week’s hot, dry weather has prompted a warning from emergency services that recent rain does not mean an easing of the fire risk over summer. While recent widespread rainfall has delayed the onset of fire conditions in much of the state, new growth of grass increases the r..
15-Dec-2017
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Schools in head limbo
Joel Peterson
LEADERSHIP uncertainty at two Bendigo schools will roll on into next year, with interim principals remaining in place for term one. But both schools remain confident it will not affect their students, many of whom will today receive their VCE results. Bendigo Senior Secon..
15-Dec-2017
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End of the road for the auxiliary
Sharon Kemp
IN 90 years of raising money for Bendigo Health’s children’s ward, the volunteer members of the Child and Adolescent Auxiliary are responsible for thousands of dollars of medical equipment and necessities such as nappies and pyjamas purchased to help young patients. But t..
15-Dec-2017
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Parking woe almost stalls Aspire plan
Sharon Kemp
EXASPERATION about the lack of parking around Sacred Heart Cathedral has almost derailed the proposed $10 million Aspire interfaith precinct. But the City of Greater Bendigo council has added a two-hour time limit to free parking spaces used by CBD workers. The time limit..
15-Dec-2017
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Museum funding reinforced
Bendigo Weekly
THE Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum in Bendigo has received a further cash boost with a federal government grant. Veterans affairs minister Dan Tehan this week announced three projects commemorating Australia’s wartime history would share in more than $185,000 of gr..
15-Dec-2017
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Sky's the limit for winning aerialists
Bendigo Weekly
TWO young performers had their efforts recognised last week at the Victorian Music Theatre Guild Awards. The girls are part of the Z Fit Studios Circus program, with Isla Devers performing on aerial hoop and aerial hammock and Remy Cugura performing on aerial silks and aerial hammoc..
14-Dec-2017
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Familiar face waving from a different home
Sharon Kemp
Jack Fitzpatrick is recognisable as the friendly face who waved to passing drivers for 25 years from the front window of his Creeth Street home. So well known is Mr Fitzpatrick, after he disappeared from the window, drivers stopped at his house and asked family members if the man in ..
07-Dec-2017
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Tree tradition continues
Bendigo Weekly
The great Y Service Club Christmas Tree Sale is now on. One of the best aspects of Christmas for families is picking out the Christmas tree. And every year the YMCA raises money for up to 20 charities by selling “real live” trees to the public. Colin Lambie said he was a..
30-Nov-2017
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Uncle Brien recognised on honour roll
Bendigo Weekly
UNCLE Brien Nelson has been included on this year’s Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll recognising his profound contribution to his community. Mr Nelson is a Jaara Elder who life’s work included efforts to reconnect younger Aboriginal people to their culture and language. In hi..
23-Nov-2017
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O'Rourke back in the top job
Bendigo Weekly
MARGARET O’Rourke was installed on Tuesday for a second term as mayor, and councillor Jennifer Alden as her deputy. The pair will preside in a year that has the potential to offer Bendigo opportunities in the lead-up to a state election. A select committee into regional development..
17-Nov-2017
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Stepping out of isolation
Dianne Dempsey
Meet Jim, a four-year-old labrador and his much loved friend, Penny Williams. Brought together through the auspices of a pilot study conducted by La Trobe University researchers, the two companions have enjoyed regular walks together, all in the name of science. La Trobe’s Living w..
17-Nov-2017
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New plan brewing in Bendigo
Sharon Kemp
BROOKES is already making beer in Bendigo, but the brewer wants people to be able to experience being in a brewery while sampling the product or eating lunch. In a first for Bendigo, Brookes Beer owner Doug Brooke has plans to build on Matchett Drive in East Bendigo what amounts to a..
14-Dec-2017
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Governor tours local factories
Bendigo Weekly
VICTORIAN governor Linda Dessau has seen the high-tech sights of two of Bendigo’s largest employers. Ms Dessau toured the two major defence manufacturers in Bendigo, Thales and Australian Defence Apparel, this week. Along with husband Anthony Howard QC, Ms Dessau to..
07-Dec-2017
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New role as a celebrant
Sharon Kemp
There is a peculiar crossover in the skill sets for dentists and marriage celebrants, and in the explanation there is a great deal of hope. Because the most nervous a person can be is probably before they go to the dentist, or on their wedding day. The person who can calm them, and then ..
30-Nov-2017
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Mayor to chair Regional Cities in critical year
Sharon Kemp
A BENDIGO representative will chair a peak regional Victorian board through the 2018 State election. City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke was last night elected for a 12-month term to chair Regional Cities Victoria, on the same day Premier Daniel Andrews unveiled a regional ..
24-Nov-2017
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Homes needed ahead of kitten influx
Bendigo Weekly
THERE are 44 cats looking for homes at the RSPCA in Bendigo, and you can help. Across the state the RSPCA is attempting to find forever homes for 200 before Sunday. This is to make room for the thousands of homeless kittens that will soon start arriving. Cat adoption fees will be re..
23-Nov-2017
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Mural adds a bright view
Bendigo Weekly
View Street‘s charm has been enhanced by the addition of a mural created by one of the street’s traders, Kane Barri. To discover the mural you have to go to View Lane which runs parallel to View Street and off Mackenzie Street. The mural, painted by Kane Barri, the owner of ..
17-Nov-2017
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Katherine takes a final bow
Joel Peterson
THE leader of the community campaign to save Bendigo’s Discovery Science and Technology Centre, Katherine Legge, has stepped down after 17 years of involvement with the education facility. Dr Legge has twice been the leader of the centre’s board, with which she has been i..
14-Dec-2017
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Itching for an open day
Bendigo Weekly
Itchy Palms Gardens in Mandurang is having an open day this weekend. The property is owned by Paul and Judy Sens and the name Itchy Palms was derived from Judy’s love of palm trees and kurrajongs with their itchy seed pods. The now 2.4-hectare property was bought i..
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The sound of the season
Bendigo Weekly
CANTERBURY Park will come alive with the sound of Christmas this weekend as the Eaglehawk community hosts its annual carols event. The event is run by the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival and is held in the gardens each year. Organisers are looking forward to a bumper e..
07-Dec-2017
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Videos on track for reading win
Bendigo Weekly
A series of educational videos supporting adults to encourage a love of reading in their children has been produced as part of the 2017 Bendigo Writers Festival. The five videos feature story-teller Narelle Stone and are designed to give parents confidence to read to their children and insp..
30-Nov-2017
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One stop for two services
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’s health and legal services are blazing a trail in regional Victoria, creating a partnership that allows vulnerable residents to access help for both challenges in one place. In opening the new headquarters of Bendigo Community Health Services and Arc Justice this week, the ser..
23-Nov-2017
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Quilty set for Bendigo
Peter Kennedy
Bendigo Art Gallery will host the acclaimed Another Day in Paradise exhibition of artworks by Bali Nine member Muyuran Sukumaran and leading Australian artists Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Megan Cope, Jagath Dheerasekara, Khaled Sabsabi, and Matthew Sleeth in July 2018. The exhibition responds ..
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Revengers return
Simon Wooldridge
Christmas comes sandwiched between two big Saturday nights at CBD alternative music venue MusicMan. Saturday, December 30 sees a very welcome return to the live arena for local punk rockers, The Revengers. It’s been nearly a year since their last gig. “Everybo..
14-Dec-2017
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Festival season rocks
Simon Wooldridge
LIVE music-wise, there isn’t much time to pause for breath in the lead-up to Christmas. The festive season kicks off in style tonight – Friday, December 8, with Anglo-Welsh-Australian outfit, Iffy Pop, putting Ashes squabbles aside to deliver an eclectic mix of covers &n..
07-Dec-2017
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Working the Vine
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne duo This Way North will be returning to Bendigo on Friday, December 15 at the Golden Vine Hotel. With a powerful alt-pop-rock sound, This Way North are two-piece drum and guitar featuring Cat Leahy and Leisha Jungalwalla. Their new track Make It Work was recor..
07-Dec-2017
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One night - one gig
Simon Wooldridge
Nothing that unusual about a band putting out a live album. TJ and Son are doing just that, early next year. But they’re taking a bold, and quite different approach. Not only is their forthcoming live album their debut, but it will be recorded on one night, at one gig – at t..
01-Dec-2017
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Changing seasons with the MSO
Bendigo Weekly
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is bringing its finest players and a gorgeous repertoire to Bendigo for an evening of classical music tomorrow. In his final concert with the MSO, concertmaster Eoin Andersen invites you to enjoy some of his favourite works celebrating the changing of the sea..
01-Dec-2017
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The word is out
Bendigo Weekly
Formed less than 12 months ago, The Write Stuff has attracted hundreds of central Victorians to its spoken word events this year. An event on Sunday will be the collective’s last event for 2017. It all happens at Bendigo’s MusicMan, 264 Hargreaves Street, from 3pm. &ldquo..
23-Nov-2017
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Hawks to host season opener
Joel Peterson
A SIMPLIFIED Bendigo Football Netball League fixture has been released, continuing the competition’s move away from Friday and Sunday football. The BFNL season will start on April 14, and includes just one Sunday match – the indigenous round game between Maryborough and Kyneton i..
15-Dec-2017
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Leon serves up a new role
Joel Peterson
YOU don’t have to look very hard to see the legacy Leon Retallick leaves at the Bendigo Tennis Association. After a 17-year involvement in Bendigo tennis, Retallick is next week leaving his post as executive officer at the BTA to take up a role with specialist sports surfacing company ..
15-Dec-2017
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Tons of runs in T20 action
Joel Peterson
SWASHBUCKLING centuries to Andrew Chalkley and Brayden Stepien have put their respective sides on the cusp of a Bendigo District Cricket Association T20 grand final berth. Tuesday night’s matches were vastly differing contests across four grounds, but the masterful batting of the Strat..
15-Dec-2017
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New book honours BDCA's best
Joel Peterson
CRICKET is a sport steeped in history, a fact no more evident than when the Ashes are on and a sport is divided by battle lines drawn more than a century ago. The history of cricket in Bendigo is just as extensive, and has been chronicled in a book released this week. Local cricket histo..
15-Dec-2017
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Redbacks hit form in EVCA
Joel Peterson
SPRING Gully is chasing a bounce back performance this week when it takes on Mandurang while West Bendigo will look to continue its splendid form in the final weekend of Emu Valley Cricket Association games before the Christmas break. The Crows were dealt their first loss of the season by U..
15-Dec-2017
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Games goal in sight
Joel Peterson
LAWN bowler Aaron Wilson’s outstanding form over the past two seasons has seen him rewarded with the top honour in international competition – Commonwealth Games selection. The 2016/17 Bendigo Sports Star of the Year winner was this week announced as part of the 17-strong Austral..
08-Dec-2017
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Gift run a real treat
Bendigo Weekly
Every year, State Trustees’ Bendigo regional office hosts a charity Christmas run. It is an annual initiative established by one of the employees, Karyn Clarke, she has been organising every campaign since the office opened in 2012. This year the generous people o..
14-Dec-2017
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Grant to a good home
Bendigo Weekly
The announcement this week of a housing grant of almost $300,000 was welcomed by the not-for-profit organisation, Amicus. The grant will be used by Amicus to build a fully accessible, two-bedroom unit providing much-needed, affordable housing for people with a disability. ..
07-Dec-2017
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Drive to donate
Bendigo Weekly
Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has launched her Christmas Donation Drive. This year, Ms Chesters is supporting the Uniting Care Bendigo Emergency Relief Assistant Centres in Kangaroo Flat and Forest Street. The Emergency Relief Assistant Centres assist several thousand local pe..
30-Nov-2017
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School in spotlight
Bendigo Weekly
THE past 12 months at Strathfieldsaye Primary School has exemplified the benefits of the Bendigo Health-backed Healthy Schools competition. Strathfieldsaye took second prize in the 2016/17 period, presented in conjunction with the Bendigo Sports Star of the Year awards. With the $1000 in..
23-Nov-2017
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Time to swap
Bendigo Weekly
THE National Swap Meet is back in Bendigo, marking 42 years of bits and bargains. This weekend will be a mass of all things car related, with enthusiasts and collectors looking for that all-important part. There is plenty to see and do with more than 1700 sites of auto, motorcycle engine..
17-Nov-2017
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Top spot for Phoenix presenter
Bendigo Weekly
Phoenix FM presenter Dawn Delaney hit a high note in broadcasting last week when her show was voted best new program. World Music Safari – Sounds From Other Lands is a weekly two-hour radio program presented each Sunday from 11am. The award was announced by the Community Broadc..
17-Nov-2017
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Conductor for the future
Sharon Kemp
A BENDIGO-based engineering firm has developed and tested the power lines it believes will replace conductors in Victoria and be used for the next 50 years. A team of engineers in Groundline Engineering’s Bendigo office has developed conductors that will not start bush fires. ..
14-Dec-2017
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Steps to a healthy future
Bendigo Weekly
A simple walk after eating could play a big role in controlling diabetes and heart disease according to new research to come out of Bendigo. La Trobe University PhD researcher Philip Shambrook has discovered a 30-minute walk taken 30 minutes after eating is just as effective as a hig..
07-Dec-2017
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New spot booked
Bendigo Weekly
After operating for 15 years, Dymocks is the last major bookshop in Bendigo left standing – secondhand bookshops aside. “It’s important that we’re still here,” Dymocks manager Harry Hart said. “As well as the general public, we service the schools and..
30-Nov-2017
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Pathways in medicine
Bendigo Weekly
Tim Chimunda thinks ADHD traits can be put to good use and as the new director of the north-west Victoria regional medical training hub, he’s out to prove it. To his work as an intensive care specialist at Bendigo Health, he adds a family, a full agenda of networking and study, and hi..
23-Nov-2017
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Spanning the gap
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL engineering prowess has built the 65-metre-long footbridge across Arnold Street that will be one of the most prominent features of the Bendigo hospital when it is installed next Friday. Bendigo Engineering Services and other city-based firms have worked on the bridge at BES’s Kan..
17-Nov-2017
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Tony has pride in his work
Sharon Kemp
TONY Mertz has a once-removed relationship with the Hawkei that Thales is making for the Australian Defence Force. At the Eaglehawk Recycling Centre, his job is to break down the wooden crates in which parts for the expensive and high-tech protective vehicle arrive at the Bendigo factory. ..
17-Nov-2017
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How Bendigo fares
Bendigo Weekly
AS Bendigo residents consider creating a ratepayers’ group, new data on the City of Greater Bendigo shows fewer of us than the state average visit outdoor swimming pools and reclaim our runaway pets. Yet he costs of these services are below those of other councils. ..
14-Dec-2017
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Living the high life
Steve Kendall
PILOT Lochie Tremain-Hill was destined for a life in the air, his family owned a helicopter company. “It was inevitable really,” he said. Now well into his career he’s based in Bendigo in preparation for the fire season. Mr Tremain-Hill has b..
07-Dec-2017
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Fountain has a new lease of life
Sharon Kemp
A $350,000 facelift sounds expensive, but not when it is preserving a priceless fountain that carries a replacement value of $2.8 million Alexandra Fountion that graces Charing Cross could never be replaced but it needs to be maintained in order to hold that value. ..
01-Dec-2017
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Bishop retires
Bendigo Weekly
THE Anglican Bishop of Bendigo Andrew Curnow AM will conclude his time in office next month. After more than 14 years, Bishop Curnow will lay up his pastoral staff in St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday, December 2. Bishop Curnow has been the head of the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo sin..
23-Nov-2017
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Poll call to end citizenship crisis
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO MP Lisa Chesters says she will meet the December 1 deadline for declaring any dual citizenship set this week. Both sides of federal politics came to an agreement on Monday to compel all MPs to confirm their citizenship status by the start of next month. The federal Labor member s..
17-Nov-2017
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Cadel makes his mark
Peter Kennedy
The 2011 Tour de France winner and four-time Olympian Cadel Evans AM enthralled local cyclists, business and civic leaders during a number of guest appearances in Bendigo on Wednesday. Evans was in Bendigo to promote the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race to cycling enthusiasts throughout reg..
09-Nov-2017
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Chilling clues
Rosalea Ryan
Still deeply shell-shocked in the wake of interviewing a genocidal Rwandan teacher, journalist Nora Sand decides to distract herself from reality with a couple of minutes of retail therapy. In the sleepy surroundings of a small seaside village it’s impossible to know the ramifi..
14-Dec-2017
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Sardinian Seachange
Bendigo Weekly
Newly graduated from design college but with no immediate job prospects, Faye Forrester is both surprised and delighted to receive an invitation to housesit for an old school friend and her Italian husband in Sardinia. Perhaps a few days of visiting Charolotte and Fabio’s tiny ..
07-Dec-2017
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Best of Bendigo in music
Bendigo Weekly
Music Town showcases Bendigo’s vibrant, growing and diverse music scene – from international artists like The Davidson Brothers and Cosmic Psychos, to Bendigo Chorale, to rising young talents Bill Barber and Sherri Parry. This new book features more than 120 bands and artists &nd..
30-Nov-2017
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Silence is not always golden
Sharon Kemp
On public transport, it’s generally expected that passengers will keep to themselves: that they will behave discreetly, mind their own business and not interfere in the conversations of those around them. Sometimes, however, the worst thing a fellow traveller can do is to do nothing at..
23-Nov-2017
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Puzzle over nurse
Dianne Dempsey
Among the 52 women, children and one boy who are buried together in the St Aidans gravesite at the Remembrance Park, Quarry Hill, lies the remains of Jean Lowrie – a World War I nurse. Her story particularly intrigued local historian Murray Poustie who feels he has run into a roadbloc..
23-Nov-2017
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Temporary island home
Rosalea Ryan
Gevaar Island, 40 kilometres due west of tiny Shoalhaven on the West Australian coast, is an isolated, largely inhospitable place at the best of times. In the off season, when the fishermen whose huts are the only sign of civilisation among the rocks rarely leave port on the mainland, it&rs..
17-Nov-2017
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