Ex hospital CEO defends his tenure
Sharon Kemp
FORMER Bendigo Health chief executive John Mulder has defended corruption detection systems that operated at the hospital under his watch, claiming only one department had problems which were exploited by only one dishonest employee. Mr Mulder’s statement follows the response of Bendig..
20-Oct-2017
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Pool input has no impact
Sharon Kemp
RESIDENTS were welcome to contribute their suggestions, but it was not always possible to deliver on them. This was City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke’s message to hundreds of residents who wrote to council preferring a tribute to Faith Leech over the council suggest..
20-Oct-2017
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Fire teams' plan
Joel Peterson
A DRY winter in central Victoria is being described by fire authorities as a double-edged sword as preparations for the fire danger period ramp up. A briefing of the region’s firefighters and emergency services was held on Tuesday to outline fuel conditions and strategies to mitigate a..
20-Oct-2017
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Stop, go woes in works slow down
Bendigo Weekly
MOTORISTS can expect lane closures and plenty of banked-up traffic over coming weeks as VicRoads begin works on one of Bendigo’s busiest intersections. Traffic lights at Charing Cross – the intersection of View and Mitchell streets and Pall Mall – are being rewired, causing..
20-Oct-2017
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Band together for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo's Jemille McKenzie wants locals to show their support for young people experiencing cancer and band together on National Bandanna Day next Friday. The 21-year-old CanTeen member, whose sister Sinead died from cancer in 2010, is keen to raise awareness of the organisation's biggest fu..
20-Oct-2017
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O'Rourke back as mayor
Sharon Kemp
FOUR councillors nominated to be the mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo but Margaret O’Rourke emerged from Monday’s meeting as the choice and will serve a record second consecutive term in a year that includes a state election. Deputy mayor elect is Lockwood ward councillor Jen..
20-Oct-2017
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Baton bearers named
Bendigo Weekly
A GROUP of 18 locals from sporting organisations and community groups will be part of the Queen’s Baton relay when it comes to Bendigo in February ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games. Organisers announced the local baton bearers this week, with Dennis O’Hoy AM and Otis ..
19-Oct-2017
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Mayoral race down to Marg or Matt
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo mayoral contest shapes as a two-way battle, with the city’s next leader set to be chosen on Monday. Eppalock ward councillor Margaret O’Rourke will make Bendigo council history if she is voted in next week to wear the mayoral robes for back-to-back ter..
13-Oct-2017
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Project uplift for Octobra
Bendigo Weekly
Bra bins have popped up around Bendigo this month as part of Octobra, which involves collecting old and unused bras to send to women in developing countries. Bra bins are available at locations including Fernwood Fitness, Professionals Bendigo and the Bendigo Weekly. Organiser and Profes..
05-Oct-2017
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Refugees have extra support
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Community Health Services has confirmed it will continue providing support for refugee families. After the initiation of the humanitarian settlement service program in 2010, settlement services team manager Martine Street said the future of refugees in Bendigo looks bright. &ldqu..
27-Sep-2017
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Bendigo baby boom makes for a busy month
Bendigo Weekly
BABIES tend to be born when they are good and ready, and a record number of 147 babies sought to greet the new world at Bendigo Hospital in August. On three separate days last month, nine newborns entered the world. August 11, 25 and 28 are likely to be big birthday dates forever more in..
21-Sep-2017
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Lost lives reclaimed
Dianne Dempsey
Earlier this year Len Williams took a walk to a forgotten grave site at Remembrance Park Central Victoria. It was 5pm and cold, the same time of day when the first woman from St Aidan’s was buried there by the Good Shepherd Sisters. “She was Catherine Darcy, 26 years old, a..
15-Sep-2017
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Step up for health
Bendigo Weekly
Lightning Reef Primary School was chosen from more than 800 schools to have a pair of shoes donated to each student as part of the Walk to School program. Students decorated their shoes on Monday as part of a new element of Walk to School, where schools are encouraged to decorate shoes, bike..
19-Oct-2017
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Vision Australia offers another view
Sharon Kemp
IF Vision Australia’s Chris Edwards had his way, he would ask designers of the touch screen to try a new virtual reality experience that simulates the four most common eye conditions. Mr Edwards, the organisation’s strategic partners manager who has almost no vision, said the vir..
12-Oct-2017
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Lake Weeroona plays host to sailboats
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Yacht Club’s Sailability program was in full swing this week under sunny skies at Lake Weeroona. The program is run by the club, the Cairn Curran Sailing Club and Sports Focus and gives people from disadvantaged backgrounds or those with a disability the opportunity to hit ..
05-Oct-2017
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Supply for the boomers
Sharon Kemp
Hip and knee replacements and kitchen do-overs will be good future prospects for business in Bendigo, according to demographer Bernard Salt. Mr Salt was the guest speaker at a breakfast in Bendigo this week, referring to a growing demand among baby boomers newly in receipt of a superannuatio..
27-Sep-2017
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Flower show grows
Bendigo Weekly
This year’s Bendigo Australian Flower Show promises to be bigger than ever following the huge response last year when more than 700 people visited. The show has moved both venue and timing – three weeks later into spring which means visitors can expect to see a raft of different ..
21-Sep-2017
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Festival time for south Indian community
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s emerging south Indian community will be celebrating the traditional Harvest Festival, Onam, in Bendigo on Sunday at the St Liborius Hall, Eaglehawk. The event this year will be the biggest to be held in Bendigo and will be a showcase of traditional folk songs, dances and per..
14-Sep-2017
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Art adds a bright new look to YMCA House
Bendigo Weekly
A unique piece of indigenous public art was unveiled last Thursday on the exterior of YMCA House in Lyttleton Terrace. A smoking ceremony and welcome to country by the Dja Dja Wurrung took place as part of the unveiling. The mural created by artist Troy Firebrace also features designs fr..
19-Oct-2017
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150 years at Violet Street
Bendigo Weekly
THERE have been plenty of students pass through Violet Street Primary School, 150 years’ worth in fact. The school is celebrating with an open afternoon on Saturday, October 21. The event will run from 1pm until 5pm. It all kick off with the opening ceremony, followed by a welc..
12-Oct-2017
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City to host polio meet
Bendigo Weekly
Polio survivors will gather in Bendigo to address the importance of mental health, as part of Polio Day 2017. The event on October 21 will be held in Bendigo for the first time in more than 10 years and will be hosted by Polio Network Victoria and supported by the City of Greater Bendigo. ..
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Back in business
Sam Kane
FIVE years on from near permanent closure and decommissioning, the Golden Square pool is continuing to defy the odds, with its volunteers this week making last minute improvements ahead of their November 18 opening. The pool, which has seen more than 52,000 patrons enter since its 2013 grand..
27-Sep-2017
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Photos from a new viewpoint
Bendigo Weekly
LOOKING through the eyes of a person with autism is an opportunity worth seeing. A Bendigo Autistic Advocacy and Support Service photographic exhibition at Dudley House opening tomorrow and running for two weeks is a gallery of the images that fascinate the city’s autistic community. ..
21-Sep-2017
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Mutual assistant a foodshare win
Sharon Kemp
JULIE Clarke is happier to accept emergency food supplies when she know she can return the help. The Long Gully resident will sign up to be a part of a pilot emergency food program getting under way on October 11 that will ask food recipients to run the program. Ms Clarke believes it wil..
15-Sep-2017
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Your chance to be remarkable
Bendigo Weekly
beStella is presenting be Remarkable, an evening of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs featuring celebrated thought leader Lorraine Murphy. Join beStella and Lorraine at Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre on Monday from 6pm. Ms Murphy is the founder of The Remarkables Group – ..
19-Oct-2017
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Return of the Sleepy West
Simon Wooldridge
IT’S been a long time between Bendigo gigs for local blues-alt-country five-piece, Sleepy West. “Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival last year – so two weeks shy of a year which is crazy,” front man Joel English told the Weekly. “To be honest, this year..
12-Oct-2017
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Debut for Kerr's Cur
Simon Wooldridge
Three years of song writing, rehearsing and heavy gigging reaches a landmark for Kerr’s Cur next week with the release of their eponymous debut album. Kerr’s Cur showcases the broad-ranging influences of the Bendigo-based indie garage band’s front man, Mr D. It’s his..
06-Oct-2017
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Tim Rogers in town
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne Theatre Company’s production What Rhymes with Cars and Girls is playing in Bendigo this Friday. Commissioned by MTC, the show weaves together the poetic songs from Tim Rogers’ debut solo album, with words by award-winning playwright Aidan Fennessy. MTC artistic dire..
27-Sep-2017
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Walker on the road
Bendigo Weekly
Benny Walker releases his new EP this month and is playing at the Old Church on the Hill next month. Winner of the Best Aboriginal Act of the Year at 2016’s The Age Music Victoria Awards, Yorta Yorta singer/songwriter Walker is the real deal. His lyrics and epic tales of love and..
27-Sep-2017
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Boy from the bush
Bendigo Weekly
IT is 25 years since Lee Kernaghan introduced us to Boys From the Bush, and he’s coming to Bendigo in November to celebrate. The 36-time Golden Guitar winner is celebrating the silver anniversary of his ARIA award winning debut album, Outback Club and on his biggest tour. The tour ..
27-Sep-2017
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World class sevens skill on show
Bendigo Weekly
AUSTRALIA’S rugby sevens side will be eyeing trans-Tasman revenge in its five-match series against world champions New Zealand in Bendigo. The two nations kicked off their sevens series last night at Epsom Huntly Reserve, with two games to be played today and two more tomorrow. The..
20-Oct-2017
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Eagles unveil Mitrovic as new coach
Joel Peterson
NEW Maiden Gully YCW Eagles coach Wayne Mitrovic says the opportunity to be involved in building the club’s identity was a key factor in luring him to the role. The former Sandhurst captain has previously coached Macorna and been a part of a flag at Wycheproof before returning to the D..
20-Oct-2017
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Spirit hit the road after big win
Bendigo Weekly
OTHER Bendigo Spirit home games may not follow the same script, but the Spirit’s outburst in their first home game provided enough offensive fireworks to last a season. Against a Perth side that simply fell apart both in system and application, Bendigo ran riot in the third quarter of ..
20-Oct-2017
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Champions of the track lining up
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW event will form part of the Bendigo and District Cycling Club’s 2017/18 track calendar when the summer season starts next week. For the first time, riders will have the chance to line up for the Champion of Champions title. The new race will be a 1600-metre wheelrace, with a ..
20-Oct-2017
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Flat Spirit aim for bounce back
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Spirit coach Simon Pritchard wants his side to make a statement in its first home game tomorrow afternoon. Disappointed with his side’s opening night performance against Canberra, Pritchard expects a far better showing against Melbourne tonight and against Perth tomorrow aftern..
13-Oct-2017
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Tayla shines on debut
Joel Peterson
TAYLA Vlaeminck stands at the top of her mark and takes a deep breath – a very deep breath. Having not played a competitive match in 712 days, Vlaeminck was about to run in and bowl her first ball in Victorian colours in the Women’s National Cricket League last Friday. Just t..
13-Oct-2017
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Water activities for wise students
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL school students learned about the importance of being water wise this week at a series of National Water Week activities. From health benefits to the creatures that live in water, all manners of subjects were covered by a range of organisations who know full well the importance of w..
19-Oct-2017
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Microchip your pet
Bendigo Weekly
LOST pets are easier to find if they have a microchip, and one Bendigo store is stepping up to help. PETstock is having a microchip blitz on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22. The initiative aims to keep pets out of pounds by offering affordable and accessible microchipping for ju..
12-Oct-2017
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The two-person family
Bendigo Weekly
By Grace Evans A sudden revelation is what led Bendigo’s Kathy Waddington to self publish her first book, Parent and Child. After months of collating ideas and having an introduction written, Ms Waddington found herself beginning the start of her very own single parenting guide. ..
05-Oct-2017
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Culture at kindy
Bendigo Weekly
To celebrate the many different varieties of cultures, and values, shared by the families at the South Bendigo Kindergarten, the children attending have been discussing indigenous culture. The kindergarten has been working on a beautiful mural featuring hand prints, family flags and the s..
27-Sep-2017
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Learning law
Bendigo Weekly
HER Honour Judge Patrick conducted four sessions with Bendigo Senior Secondary College legal studies students during her latest County Court circuit. Judge Patrick is one of 12 judges who take part in the Victoria Law Foundation’s law talks program. After addressing the students an..
21-Sep-2017
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Event aims to make changes
Bendigo Weekly
A free community event next week is offering a chance to hear from people who are actively involved in making a change and will provide an opportunity for others to have a go too. Outside the Square – Creating Our Future is taking place on Thursday. E..
14-Sep-2017
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Cab bonanza as new firms move in
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO taxi passengers will have more choices as taxi company 13CABS prepares to introduce 10 new cars to the city by Christmas. The Melbourne-based company announced its arrival yesterday, as ride-sharing service Uber prepares to establish its fleet in Bendigo by late October. Uber has..
19-Oct-2017
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Legally Blonde and ready to roll
Bendigo Weekly
The cast of Bendigo Theatre Company's latest production, Legally Blonde, will be performing at Ulumbarra Theatre next week. Since the show was cast in May, the cast and crew have been rehearsing a minimum of 10 hours per week for the Broadway musical, based on the 2001 novel by Amanda Brown,..
13-Oct-2017
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A sporting chance
Joel Peterson
AS the timber flooring was being installed in the new Bendigo Stadium this week, CEO Nathan O’Neill was hoping the foundation he and the organisation’s new executive team can lay is just as solid. O’Neill was appointed CEO on Monday after spending more than six months in t..
05-Oct-2017
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Smashing time
Bendigo Weekly
Discovery’s annual membership drive is under way, and it’s never been a better time to show your support for your local science and technology centre. Manager Jonathan Ridnell said a family membership costs $2 a week, and provides a range of benefits. “It gives unlimite..
27-Sep-2017
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Design in the running
Bendigo Weekly
THE designer of the new hospital is in line for some high-powered recognition. Exemplar Health Partnership has been announced as a finalist in the large business category for this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards. It’s for building the new Bendigo Hospital to stat..
22-Sep-2017
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Watching flocks by night
Bendigo Weekly
Many people would be quite horrified to find two large dogs wandering among their flock of hens, but not the owner or hens of a boutique free range egg farm. The Big Egg is located a few kilometres from Eaglehawk and the business, recently established by Bruce Bloemhoff, is the realisation o..
21-Sep-2017
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Sports star win for Dusty
Bendigo Weekly
THERE was hardly anything Dustin Martin didn’t win in September, so of course it was only natural the Richmond champion added a Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year award to his ever-growing trophy cabinet. As Richmond stormed to a surprise AFL flag that set long-suffering Tigers f..
19-Oct-2017
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Sim puts in a marathon effort
Peter Kennedy
THIS weekend, Bendigo’s Jason Sim will put himself through hell in search of the heaven that comes with being able to say you completed Hawaii’s Kona Ironman, the ultimate one day test of endurance and toughness in world sport. He’s not the only Bendigo athlete taking part ..
12-Oct-2017
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Festival of the Moon
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Chinese Association will host its Annual Harvest Moon Festival on Saturday. The event will be held at the Dai Gum San Chinese precinct from 2pm. Family activities start with a lantern making workshop at the Golden Dragon Museum followed by a Chinese dance workshop at 3pm. ..
05-Oct-2017
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Second storey caps off hall
Bendigo Weekly
IT takes an awful lot of concrete in a major build, but the RSL Memorial Hall has topped off its extension in epic style with the second level slab now complete. The $4.5 million redevelopment is under construction, with the 1919 building undergoing a full restoration. Scaffolding has be..
27-Sep-2017
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New on the board
Bendigo Weekly
Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services has made three new appointments to its board of directors. The new directors, Ben Shue, Dave Hughes and Esther Ryan, come with decades of experience across the business and community sectors and are from Chinese, Welsh and Spanish backgrounds, respecti..
21-Sep-2017
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Edith Head and Hollywood
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Art Gallery curator Tansy Curtin found herself in Hollywood heaven not so long ago when she was invited to peruse the famous Paramount Pictures costumes collection. Inspired by the designs of Hollywood legend Edith Head, Ms Curtin was on a mission to select a number of her costumes f..
14-Sep-2017
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Family at war
Rosalea Ryan
WHEN Anglo-Australians think of World War II battle zones, the natural tendency is to list only those in which our own servicemen fought: Southeast Asia, the Pacific, North Africa, Western Europe. The unimaginable destruction that occurred as Hitler’s army swept across Eastern Europe ..
19-Oct-2017
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Our home-grown writer
Dianne Dempsey
Bendigo writer Kaye Dobbie, has been published in many languages and countries including the US and Germany. “The Germans love my books,” Kaye said, clearly bemused. “They’ve really taken off there.” Sitting in the dining room of her charming Quarry Hill ho..
12-Oct-2017
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Loved ones lost
Rosalea Ryan
When eight-year-old Lycke Höök vanishes from a neighbourhood tennis complex in Stockholm, Sweden, it’s not only members of the little girl’s immediate family who are traumatised. For TV news crime reporter Ellen Tamm, Lycke’s unexplained disappearance unleashes st..
06-Oct-2017
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Stepping forward
Bendigo Weekly
Charmed by The Rosie Project? You are going to love Two Steps Forward. And if you have ever day-dreamed about walking the Camino across the top of Spain, then here’s the novel that may just have you packing your bags and setting off. Written by Anne Buist (Medea’s Curse, Dan..
27-Sep-2017
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High seas hell
Rosalea Ryan
It has the makings of an extraordinary, all-expenses-paid, first-class indulgence: a five-day northern lights cruise to the Arctic tip of Norway aboard a lavishly appointed vessel so exclusive it carries no more than a dozen handpicked passengers. Not surprisingly, British travel writer Laur..
21-Sep-2017
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Stepping into the breach
Rosalea Ryan
Longhope in January 1945 is a district largely devoid of men. Anyone fit enough to fight is doing so, called away to defend their king and country against the Axis powers. Five years of war have stripped the remote northern New South Wales farming community of its traditional workforce. ..
14-Sep-2017
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