Planner aims to fix mall issue with short-let stores
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’s central business district has won a champion as its retailers suffer from persistent criticism about lack of patronage. Traders and the candidates of both major political parties argued this week about the effect of anti-social behaviour on businesses in Hargreaves Mall. ..
20-May-2016
Yes
0
Yes
Golf club plans to sell
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Golf Club has warned it would not wait for the City of Greater Bendigo to rezone land north-west of Maiden Gully before it is sold to a developer. The club wants to build a championship golf course in Bendigo which it argues would draw major tourism dollars, but it needs to sell off the ..
20-May-2016
No
0
No
Girton denies sexual discrimination
Bendigo Weekly
GIRTON Grammar headmaster Matthew Maruff has denied that the school discriminated against a former school captain Angus McCormack when the deputy headmaster allegedly asked him to leave a Foundation Day event because of the way he was dressed. Mr McCormack posted a picture on Facebook and as..
13-May-2016
No
1
No
Mining row deepens
Sharon Kemp
THE war over mining in Bendigo appears to have intensified with community members of an Environmental Review Committee seeking greater powers to view the financial documents of new owner GBM Gold. Victorian resources minister Lily D’Ambrosio attempted this week to find some middle grou..
13-May-2016
No
0
No
Balgownie Estate sold to Hong Kong investor
Sharon Kemp
THE estate that pioneered Bendigo’s modern wine industry has been sold to a Hong Kong-based investor linked with a Chinese technology business investing in central Victoria’s thriving tourism sector. Balgownie Estate, including vineyards on 33 hectares and two-room ac..
13-May-2016
No
0
Yes
Leach attacks school plan
Sharon Kemp
CITY of Greater Bendigo councillor Helen Leach has supported Bendigo’s four secondary schools for not signing up to the Safe Schools anti-bullying campaign, as she continues her attack on the coalition that created the campaign. Cr Leach has sent copies of articles written 35 years ago..
13-May-2016
No
1
No
Bgo Photos
Nude food scheme a hit at school
Bendigo Weekly
LITTER can mar a beautiful and environmentally-conscious school such as St Francis of the Fields in Strathfieldsaye, so students were encouraged to pack nude, or unprocessed, food for lunch, the type of food that isn’t wrapped. To show students the school was serious, it removed the bi..
20-May-2016
No
0
No
National focus on reading for youngsters
Bendigo Weekly
Young families will be joining in the fun of National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday. The same book will be read to children across Australia at the same time. This year’s selected book is I Got this Hat by Kate and Jol Temple, a playful picture book about hats of all shapes..
20-May-2016
No
0
No
Paint with purpose
Bendigo Weekly
ARTIST Bridget Keena looks forward to the opportunity to take her paintings out of the studio and hang them for viewing. “It is not always easy to show my larger works,” she said. Ms Keena will have a big wall at her disposal at Dudley House next weekend during a joint Zonta ..
20-May-2016
No
0
No
Rosie embraces the role of crusader
Dianne Dempsey
Rosie Batty is famous for all the wrong reasons. No performer or politician, she is the mother of a murdered child. Her beautiful boy, 11-year-old Luke, was murdered by his father in February 2014. Luke was having at hit at the nets after cricket practice with his dad when dad tur..
20-May-2016
No
0
No
Shaft a water option
Sharon Kemp
A cement cap on a 150-year-old mine shaft at Specimen Hill was dug up this week to see if the workings will support equipment to pump contaminated groundwater rising under Bendigo at a rate of 30 centimetres a day. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning wants to use the Spec..
20-May-2016
No
0
No
CBD impresses planning guru
Sharon Kemp
PALL Mall would benefit from having more pedestrian access but Chicago-based main street planning specialist Matt Wagner was impressed by the vibrancy of Bendigo’s CBD. Vice president of Revitalization Programs for the US National Main Street Center, Dr Wagner also told City of Greater..
13-May-2016
No
0
No
Barnaby milks Coles call
Sharon Kemp
National Party leader Barnaby Joyce has taken credit for Coles’ 20 cent per litre milk fund in response to the dairy crisis in regional Victoria. In Bendigo on Wednesday night to introduce local National Party candidate Andy Maddison, Mr Joyce said he had asked northern Victorian farme..
20-May-2016
No
0
No
Fitness for dog and owner
Bendigo Weekly
THERE’s a new way to get healthy in Bendigo and it’s got legs. Four of them. Turns out your dog also makes for the ultimate workout companion. That’s according to personal trainer and owner of fitbitch Hayley Morcom. Ms Morcom recently launched the dog-inclusive o..
13-May-2016
No
0
No
Beehive to open this year
Sharon Kemp
As work starts on reshaping the 140-year-old former Bendigo Mining Exchange, the commissioned architect has confirmed the building’s ground floor will open by the end of the year housing food, beverage and lifestyle retailers and potentially a fresh produce market. Work will continue o..
06-May-2016
No
0
No
Jason joins the Green machine
Bendigo Weekly
Aussie Rules footballer, LGBTIQ and mental health advocate, and Greens candidate for Higgins Jason Ball joined the Greens Federal candidate for Bendigo, Rosemary Glaisher, for an afternoon of door knocking in Quarry Hill last Sunday. “It was an honour as well as a lot of fun having h..
29-Apr-2016
No
0
No
Upgrade on memorial wants list
Steve Kendall
THE RSL Soldiers Memorial Institute in Pall Mall is set for a major upgrade if funding can be raised. Bendigo District RSL president Cliff Richards and City of Greater Bendigo mayor Rod Fyffe launched a public fundraising campaign to upgrade and redevelop the institute on Wednesday. The..
22-Apr-2016
No
0
No
Building on art skills
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Hospital Project has been busy with extra works of a different kind this month. That’s because project consortium Exemplar Health has encouraged the children at Jenny’s Early Learning Centre to don their smocks and enjoy the process of art-making. It’s all ..
08-Apr-2016
No
0
No
Greens aim for growth
Sharon Kemp
THE Greens have opened a campaign office in the heart of Bendigo. It’s the first time the party has established an office in the city, with local branch members deciding last year to become more visible in the 2016 election, according to candidate Rosemary Glaisher. As of Tuesday, ..
20-May-2016
No
0
No
Discovering the depths
Bendigo Weekly
A groundbreaking STEM initiative exploring deep-sea biology, geology, and archaeology in the Eastern Pacific now has a link to Bendigo. Rachel Rayner from Discovery Science and Technology Centre has been selected as a 2016 lead science communication fellow and will sail aboard Exploration Ve..
13-May-2016
No
0
No
Bendigo Vision 2020
Bendigo Weekly
Unlike many cities, Bendigo was not started with a vision of place but one of purpose – Gold. Pop up tent suburbs, no sustainable water source, an instant population of tens of thousands in a cultural melting pot. Shortly after gold was found here in December 1851, Bendigo had a population..
06-May-2016
No
0
No
Call is out for Red Shield help
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo community is being encouraged to volunteer a few hours of their time to collect for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock Weekend on May 28 and 29. The Salvation Army’s captain Craig Wood, said Bendigo has always given generously to the Red Shield Appea..
29-Apr-2016
No
0
No
Karl’s great moments in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Dr Karl was in Bendigo on Monday to present his favourite take on science. He toured the Discovery Centre ahead of a show at the Capital. Dr Karl is famous for making science accessible to all ages, and his Great Moments in Science show celebrates all sides of science; from sublime momen..
22-Apr-2016
No
0
No
Forbesy tells his tale
Bendigo Weekly
SOME of Australia’s greatest sporting names were in Bendigo yesterday to celebrate the launch of book about life and times of an ever greater living legend – John Forbes OAM. Mr Forbes, or “Forbesy” as he is known to his many friends around the world, was born in a ti..
08-Apr-2016
No
0
No
Current Issue
Property Guide

Bendigo’s hidden treasure
Simon Wooldridge
"I’m a great believer in the power of positivity.” It’s a Friday morning and I’m at Rock Pride Music talking to Albert Skipper – Skip as he is known to hundreds of Bendigonians. On polite nodding terms with Skip for some time I was looking forward to a prop..
20-May-2016
No
0
No
Something different
Simon Wooldridge
We wanted to do something completely different, and this really is,” enthuses Four Lions’ Shann Lions over coffee at a busy Bendigo CBD café. “I’ll write the songs on Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25. We’ll record on the Sunday. They’ll be master..
13-May-2016
No
0
No
Groovin wrap
Simon Wooldridge
Last Saturday, at two thirds of the way into autumn, it was interesting to see a pale orange glow emanating from so many tanned GTM punters. This year’s GTM was Bendigo’s eighth and another 15,000-odd sell-out. It’s a brave festival organiser who puts on such an eclec..
06-May-2016
No
0
No
Bell plays Billyroy’s
Simon Wooldridge
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 7 sees Frank Bell launch his debut single White Horse at Billyroy’s BluesBar. It’s a swampy, gutsy dirty blues number with a contrasting acoustic folk number, Riverside, on the B-side. Both are Frank Bell originals. The ubiquitous Bill Barber produce..
06-May-2016
No
0
No
Busy time in Bendigo
Simon Wooldridge
It’s going to be pause-for-breath time for gig-goers in Bendigo this weekend. In addition to the massive festival-party-show that is Groovin’ the Moo, there’s a bunch of gigs this weekend to suit the most varied of tastes. Tonight, Friday, April 29 Josh Cashman is back..
29-Apr-2016
No
0
No
GROOVIN THE MOO TICKETS WON
Bendigo Weekly
Winners are @kateoxx @TrixyKT and @laurouting..
13-Apr-2016
No
0
No
Braves need to refocus
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Braves big man Matt Andronicos says the team needs to refocus after suffering a third defeat of the 2016 SEABL season yesterday. The Braves thumped a lowly Melbourne 88-69 on Saturday night before being beaten by Dandenong 87-91 yesterday in a high-intensity, physical contest. Be..
23-May-2016
No
0
No
Heathcote hits the road
Bendigo Weekly
A YOUNG Heathcote District Football League side will travel to Ocean Grove on Saturday to take on Bellarine FL in its AFL Victoria Community Championships game. HDFL coach Rick Coburn has opted for youth, with eight players under 23 in the squad. Leitchville Gunbower’s Jackson McEw..
20-May-2016
No
0
No
Guns commit to BFNL
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Football Netball League has finalised its open netball association championships squad. The championships will be held in Melbourne on June 26, with five clubs represented in the BFNL’s 10-player open squad. Sandhurst’s Betty Thomson medallist Heather Oliver is jo..
20-May-2016
No
0
Yes
Red, blue and right?
Joel Peterson
GIPPSLAND League coach Steve Hazelman believes he finally has the squad to knock over Bendigo in interleague competition. Gippsland has lost to Bendigo in each of the three meetings between the leagues since 2010, but all of those games have been at the Queen Elizabeth Oval. This year, w..
20-May-2016
No
0
No
City lands national events double
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO will play host to two more national sporting events this year. After the Weekly last week revealed the region would host the Cycling Australia National Junior Road Championships in September, the City of Greater Bendigo announced it has secured two more national-level events this we..
20-May-2016
No
0
Yes
Kids up for clash
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Football League coach Brett Fitzpatrick hopes the enthusiasm of 12 interleague debutants proves infectious when his side makes the trek to Warragul for Saturday’s AFL Victoria Community Championships clash. Bendigo will again be captained by Jack Geary and while the list of pla..
19-May-2016
No
0
Yes
Hands up to help
Bendigo Weekly
VOLUNTEERS have been recognised for their labours at morning teas throughout the week. The City of Greater Bendigo toasted its 580 volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week. The week runs until today, with the theme Give Happy, Live Happy. The council held a volunteers morning te..
13-May-2016
No
0
No
Call out for food
Steve Kendall
UNITINGCARE Bendigo is calling on locals to raid their food pantry in a bid to help record numbers of people who are struggling with the rising cost of living. It comes after an increasing number of families, singles, children, welfare recipients and the elderly are turning to the communi..
22-Apr-2016
No
0
No
Challenge in the right hands
Bendigo Weekly
A GROUP of 10 Bendigo residents has embarked upon a corporate challenge aimed at improving their general health and wellbeing. The group includes local real estate agents, publicans, marketing managers, public relations professionals, and company directors, as well as the Weekly’s Pete..
18-Mar-2016
No
0
No
Banking on Sam
Bendigo Weekly
Catholic College 2015 Dux Samuel McCormick has received another title to add to his belt, this time named as a recipient of the prestigious Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship, one of 15 awarded out of 660 applicants Australia-wide. The scholarship is given out to exceptionally-high aca..
11-Mar-2016
No
0
No
Police on the ball for culture festival
Bendigo Weekly
One of the most enjoyable events of the Festival of Cultures is the soccer match held between local Karen youth and members of the Bendigo Police. Senior Sergeant John Dalton of Bendigo Police said that this year his colleagues really have to lift their game. “We were defeated 40-0..
04-Mar-2016
No
0
No
Sporting best gather for awards
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 200 guests will be on hand tonight for the announcement of the 51st Sports Star of the Year awards, to be held at Bendigo’s All Seasons Quality Resort. The Bendigo Weekly – Prime7 backed awards have attracted finalists in a diverse array of sports including basketball, ..
26-Feb-2016
No
0
No
Minister backs local apparel
Sharon Kemp
DEFENCE minister Marise Payne has emphasised the export potential of Thales’ Bendigo-made Hawkei military vehicle during a visit to the company’s production facility in Junortoun with Liberal candidate Megan Purcell. Labor and Liberal are playing tug of war over credit for the $1..
20-May-2016
No
0
No
Grill’d cooks up tasty fundraiser
Steve Kendall
THis year there’s an extra reason to be part of Grill’d Bendigo’s fundraiser. Now at its sixth event, the burger firm will be running its biggest community fundraising event ever. If $15,000 is raised, Grill’d founder Simon Crowe will match every dollar with a per..
13-May-2016
No
0
No
Jobs win with new store
Bendigo Weekly
ALDI Epsom opened this week with a fanfare. The store will provide the community with award-winning grocery products and popular biweekly special buys, together with fresh fruit, vegetables and bread delivered daily. “Epsom residents can discover the Aldi difference,” a spok..
15-Apr-2016
No
0
No
Recruiting call for firefighters
Bendigo Weekly
With recruitment applications about to close, CFA is urging those considering a career as a full-time, paid firefighter to get their applications in as quickly as possible. The recruitment drive is the result of a Victorian Government promise to recruit an additional 350 åpaid firef..
07-Apr-2016
No
0
No
Bill's a winner at Eaglehawk UFS
Bendigo Weekly
UFS Eaglehawk Car winner Bill with Jason Shay, Jane Hall, Jeff Gook and Chris Romano. Bill won the his new Hyundai after shopping at Eaglehawk UFS Dispensary..
11-Mar-2016
No
0
No
Growth plan develops
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo is working on an Urban Design Framework for the Strathfieldsaye Town Centre to guide future development as the town grows and doubles in population over the next few years. Council’s Trevor Budge said the UDF will establish the form and layout of the town c..
11-Mar-2016
No
0
No
A taste of the region
Bendigo Weekly
Join the Bendigo wine region on July 4 and 5 to discover the mystery and romance of winemaking with exclusive barrel tasting sessions at participating wineries. Like eating cherries from the tree or bread just out of the oven, the Barrel Tasting weekend offers the ability to taste wine right f..
19-Jun-2015
No
0
No
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
No
0
No
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
No
0
No
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
No
0
No
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
No
0
No
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
No
0
No
Waxing lyrical in Brazil
Rosalea Ryan
In Brazil Fran Bryson Scribe $32.99 With anticipation of this year’s Olympics now on everyone’s lips it’s hardly surprising that the games’ host, Brazil, is attracting more than its usual share of international attention. Through a series o..
20-May-2016
No
0
No
The other ship
Rosalea Ryan
The Midnight Watch David Dyer Penguin $32.99 A crystal-clear, moonless night, an iceberg and not one but two ships steaming at full speed into danger: they’re as thrilling a combination of ingredients as any writer could dare to dream up. The plot to..
13-May-2016
No
0
No
Reflections on a trek
Rosalea Ryan
A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino Portugués John Brierley Findhorn Press Ltd US$25.99 Its title is somewhat self-deprecating in the case of this newly updated,17th-edition guidebook: in actual fact it describes in almost-literally-step-by-step detail not ..
29-Apr-2016
No
0
No
When the ink runs dry
Rosalea Ryan
Final Chapters Jim Bernhard Skyhorse Publishing $19 Authors often deal with death as a subject in their creative efforts but how much is recorded – when the pen is laid down one last time or the keyboard falls silent – of an individual writer’s own demise? I..
22-Apr-2016
No
0
No
Nine lives in limbo
Rosalea Ryan
City of Thorns Ben Rawlence, Portobello $35 Dreams – however distant – of resettlement abroad fuel the sometimes-heartbreaking hopes of residents trapped in the scorchingly hot, desolate limbo of the world’s biggest refugee camp: a combinatio..
15-Apr-2016
No
0
No
Hebridean mystery
Rosalea Ryan
The Ice Twins SK Tremayne Harper Collins, £7.99 Twin girls: snowy-blonde, blue-eyed, six years old and absolutely identical in every way – so much so that not even the most advanced DNA testing can tell them apart. Then comes tragedy f..
08-Apr-2016
No
0
No
TLPB-Android
JTA safety