Chapman quits race
Sharon Kemp
ELISE Chapman has cited health reasons for stepping down this week as One Nation’s senate candidate in Bendigo for the 2016 Federal election. Ms Chapman, a City of Greater Bendigo councillor, in part blamed the council for her poor health. She declined to talk about the specific na..
29-Apr-2016
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View from the top of town
Sharon Kemp
There is more than meets the eye when you are building residential apartments in Bendigo, but it is all about the eye when you get to the top. The residential and commercial building project at 111 Mitchell Street has a rare perspective of unobstructed views west from the top of Mitchell St ..
29-Apr-2016
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More Federal cash for schools
Sharon Kemp
FEDERAL member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters wants to see funding for Bendigo schools and community services returned to this year’s Budget, and certainty returned to the process of National Stronger Regions funding. Ms Chesters said she had been told by Bendigo organisations that had acti..
29-Apr-2016
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Splash out for groundwater
Bendigo Weekly
More than $14 million to pump groundwater from under Bendigo will give certainty to one of the city’s iconic tourist attractions and investigate a permanent fix. The Central Deborah Gold Mine has been pumping groundwater containing salts and trace metals since modern mining ceased near..
29-Apr-2016
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Transport growth on agenda
Sharon Kemp
THE Victorian government has directed money at fixing or expanding transport services making it easier for central Victorian industry and residents to travel locally and to Melbourne. The 2016-17 Victorian State Budget released this week suggests Premier Daniel Andrews has listened to reg..
29-Apr-2016
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Autumn rainfall on the horizon
Joel Peterson
LOCAL farmers, and perhaps the odd gardener or two, may see a glimmer of hope when they next look skyward hoping for rain. After 12 of the past 13 months delivered less than average rainfall in Bendigo, the bureau of meteorology is forecasting a La Niña weather system could develop i..
22-Apr-2016
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Dancer's in the spotlight
Bendigo Weekly
FOUR classically trained ballet students from Bendigo’s performing arts and gymnastics academy have been accepted into the Victorian State Ballet’s performances of Don Quixote. Anna Bergin, Kiara Nickson, Thalia Kumlin and Jacob Weare all aged between 14 and 15 years are will be..
29-Apr-2016
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Reunion for Anastasia
Bendigo Weekly
ANASTASIA Maher survived a horrendous act of domestic violence more than 130 years ago which became the catalyst for a family reunion in Bendigo. Her great-great-granddaughter Lyndal Simmonds was born in Bendigo but it was from her Adelaide home that she started to investigate her family his..
29-Apr-2016
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Operation plus at new hospital
Bendigo Weekly
So extensive is the new Bendigo Hospital, interventional suite senior manager Sasha Vedelsby has a 10-kilometre area of responsbility if she were to walk every corridor and into every room under her charge. Dr Vedelsby and general surgeon Manny Cao toured the construction site that within ei..
29-Apr-2016
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A fitting memorial
Bendigo Weekly
For many years Dorothy Selina Hocking cut rather a dash about town. As the proprietress of Selina’s Salon she would never dream of being seen in public without being dressed to the nines and her hair coiffured. Dorothy’s husband, Arthur Hocking, was a World War II hero. With..
22-Apr-2016
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Auctions a positive high
Bendigo Weekly
Three auctions for three sales equals a massive vote in confidence for Bendigo’s commercial real estate market. That’s the feedback from local real estate firms Tweed Sutherland First National and Dungey Carter Ketterer following three high profile auctions in the Bendigo central..
22-Apr-2016
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Sundial back in spotlight
Bendigo Weekly
The Mackay Sundial first erected in 1930 as a tribute to the then president of the Red Cross Society has been reinstated after a 26-year absence. The sundial was originally outside the Soldier’s Memorial Hall in Pall Mall in recognition of Mary Henderson Mackay, a prominent Bendigo re..
22-Apr-2016
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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
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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
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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
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Good golly miss Molly
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO is becoming familiar with the whole Hollywood scene at the moment, and now there’s another taste. Molly Ringwald is coming to town, and will be performing at the Ulumbarra Theatre on Thursday, June 9. Ringwald is a star who kicked of her film career in the 1980s, but before..
01-Apr-2016
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Fresh a winner
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO radio station 101.5 Fresh FM has scooped a major media award, claiming the Women’s National Basketball League’s Best Radio Coverage award for the 2015/16 season. The station has covered the Bendigo Spirit since its inception into the league, and has called all Spirit home..
24-Mar-2016
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Feline hard done by
Steve Kendall
Tommy was eating Nina’s food, and it had to stop. Nina is our slinky black cat, and Tommy is the neighbourhood wanderer. He’s not a feral so I imagine he just runs around from house to house eating where he can. It seems like a cat thing to do. Anyway, I caught him tuckin..
18-Mar-2016
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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
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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
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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
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McIvor Road faces closure
Bendigo Weekly
The capacity of arterial roads leading into Bendigo from the city’s growing eastern communities will be tested as of Monday when McIvor Road is closed for six weeks. Sharp population growth in the sleeper community of Strathfieldsaye has created traffic nightmares for commuters working..
01-Apr-2016
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Pilot Emma aims high
Bendigo Weekly
All over the world women are taking to the skies during March, and Bendigo is no exception. The initiative is aiming to raise awareness of aviation opportunities available to females of all ages while celebrating the accomplishments of past and present women of aviation. The Bendigo Fly..
24-Mar-2016
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Booster for nurses
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Health nurses Erin Ray and Alishia Stratford are the recipients of the Intensive Care Unit Auxiliary scholarships for 2016. The auxiliary has donated $5000 for two critical care course scholarships to provide assistance with the cost of postgraduate studies. Intensive and cor..
18-Mar-2016
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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
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GROOVIN THE MOO TICKETS WON
Bendigo Weekly
Winners are @kateoxx @TrixyKT and @laurouting..
13-Apr-2016
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Rhinos are smokin'
Simon Wooldridge
The re-shaped Smoke Stack Rhino make a welcome return to Bendigo tonight, Friday, at the Golden Vine. With Dave Sirianni joining the band on lead vocals and guitar in early 2015, the Smoke Stack Rhino Mark II sound now embraces wider influences including Delta blues, Chicago blues, 1960s psy..
08-Apr-2016
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All ages gig at MusicMan
Simon Wooldridge
MusicMan, in Hargreaves Street, will be rolling out a welcoming sticky carpet for young gig-goers and aspiring moshers on Sunday, April 10 with a six-band, all ages show. It promises to be a fun earbuds-in day for some young folks experiencing live music in this iconic Bendigo venue for the ..
01-Apr-2016
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Discussions in Dunolly
Bendigo Weekly
Who said there’s nothing to do in the country? Author Gideon Haigh will be speaking at the historic Court House in Dunolly, Sunday, May 22. Presented by the Bendigo Writers Festival and the Victoria Law Foundation, Gideon will be talking about his new book, Certain Admissions. Ce..
24-Mar-2016
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Blues on a bender
Bendigo Weekly
Blues heavyweight Geoff Achison is no stranger to the Bendigo music scene, he’s been up the Calder more times than he can count, but this weekend will mark his first time in town for our famous Easter Festival. Don’t expect to see him running in the Dragon Mile or braving the car..
24-Mar-2016
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Pioneers set for Sunday showdown
Joel Peterson
A MAJOR opportunity for a second win awaits the Bendigo Pioneers this weekend when they travel to Ballarat to take on North Ballarat Rebels on Sunday. Bendigo (1-3) heads to Eureka Stadium to meet the Rebels (also 1-3) after a narrow loss to Oakleigh under lights at the QEO last Friday. ..
29-Apr-2016
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Thunder rolls on
Joel Peterson
THEY may be without a coach and a president on the eve of the Victorian Women’s Football League season, but Bendigo Thunder star Emma Grant is confident her team will be ready to roll on Sunday when the side meets Port Melbourne in their season opener. The Thunder was thrown into turmo..
29-Apr-2016
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By George, it's tough
Joel Peterson
CAPTAINING a struggling young side is not a challenge that George Mcheileh expected when came to Bendigo, but it is one that he is taking in his stride. Thrust into the role in only his second season with the club, the 22-year-old has one of the toughest jobs going around. He has always ..
29-Apr-2016
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Opals dream over
Joel Peterson
KELSEY Griffin’s Olympic dream is over, but the Bendigo Spirit linchpin is determined to represent her new home country in coming years. Griffin was cut from the Opals squad this week after participating in recent camps with the squad in Canberra and Gosford. She missed out on bein..
22-Apr-2016
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Bendigo's interleague basket case
Joel Peterson
IF the Bendigo Football Netball League is serious about interleague competition, it has a funny way of showing it. As the Weekly went to print yesterday, exactly one month out from the May 21 clash against Gippsland, the league had still not appointed a senior football coach. An announce..
22-Apr-2016
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Medal splash
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO divers Abby Rowley and Kiara Field starred at the recent Australian Age Diving Championships at Sydney’s Olympic Aquatic Stadium. The pair, coach Heather Tyter and their families made the trip north for the four-day event last week and came back with plenty of medal..
22-Apr-2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Sarah adds some colour
Steve Kendall
Sarah Boulton creates abstract impressions with ink and acrylic on linen, canvas and paper and has been showing her work since the late 1990s. The Melbourne artist moved to Castlemaine in 2000, and it’s there her art will be shown next. The Gov Cafe at the Old Castlemaine Gaol is d..
26-Feb-2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Counting calories
Dianne Dempsey
The answer to every slimmer’s dream was revealed a few weeks ago when a new restaurant opened in Bendigo. The restaurant owners Terri and Phil Gadsen-Brown have developed a unique concept in hospitality. Well aware that there are many health-conscious people who are opting for ..
29-Jan-2016
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Fitness growth for athletes
Bendigo Weekly
THERE are big things ahead for The Human Mechanics Wellness Centre in Epsom. The new wellness centre opened to large crowds last weekend, with director Arj Perera confident the momentum will continue. “So Epsom and Huntly have really embraced what we’re doing... the feedback ..
22-Jan-2016
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Basque in the laneway
Bendigo Weekly
Quirky hole in the wall laneway coffee shop El Gordo is set to further enhance Bendigo’s dynamic laneway, Chancery Lane. Husband and wife chef team Chad and Haley Aldred took ownership of the venue two weeks ago, and are already injecting their vision of an authentic and vibrant Spanis..
18-Sep-2015
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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Presley’s last love story
Rosalea Ryan
Elvis & Ginger Ginger Alden Berkley, $27.99 To much of the world Priscilla Beaulieu was the one true love of Elvis Presley’s life. In reality, however, that marriage held together for just a short of five years, and several other significant g..
01-Apr-2016
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Shane’s spicy menu
Rosalea Ryan
Spice Journey Shane Delia Murdoch Books $49.99 T HREE kitchen ingredients say “Easter” in Australian like no other: seafood, lamb and chocolate. This year a plethora of fresh takes on that trio is offered in Spice Journey, the printed acc..
24-Mar-2016
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