PETITION CALLS FOR RATES CAP
Christine McGinn
About 550 ratepayers have signed a petition against Greater Bendigo council’s rate hike to six per cent, each year, for the next two years. Ratepayers are furious at council for the rates rise increase deemed excessive and crippling to many local people. The petition requests councillor..
21-Oct-2014
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More planned burns today
Bendigo Weekly
Eaglehawk and Jackass flat residents are being warned to expect smoke with burns planned for today. The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and CFA said four burns would take place, weather permitting; Eaglehawk– Lester St: 21.5 hectare fuel reduction burn, 1..
21-Oct-2014
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RELIGIOUS ARRESTS IN CBD
Bendigo Weekly
Nine religious leaders expect to be charged after being arrested in dramatic scenes in Hargreaves Mall today. The leaders were handcuffed and placed in divvy vans after refusing to leave Senator Bridget McKenzie's office today's while protesting against the Federal Government's asylum seeker..
21-Oct-2014
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When Borough vikings mobbed Gough
Bendigo Weekly
While Australia mourns the loss of Gough Whitlam, Bendigo will long remember his influence on the city. Despite Labor's David Kennedy being the only Labor MP to lose his seat in the 1972 election, thanks mostly to the local catholic bishop, Bendigo has fond memories of the Whitlam year. ..
21-Oct-2014
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BSSC upgrade promised
Bendigo Weekly
The Labor Party has promised a $6 million upgrade of Bendigo Senior Secondary College if elected. Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and Bendigo West Maree Edwards made the announcement at the school this morning. The plan involves removing the school’s remaining portables and re..
21-Oct-2014
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Bendigo skills push
Bendigo Weekly
A new State Coalition Government skills initiative is aiming to help Bendigo capitalise on employment opportunities in growing industries. Higher Education and Skills Minister Nick Wakeling announced the Bendigo Skills Inititative at the Bendigo Kangan Institute today. “The Coalition G..
21-Oct-2014
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Is Walk Bendigo back?
Bendigo Weekly
New plans to give pedestrians the right-of-way on the city's busiest street are eerily similar to the failed Walk Bendigo plan. Walk Bendigo, a plan to make significant CBD streets shared zones, was ditched in 2010 after significant community anger. Greater Bendigo council's Integrated T..
20-Oct-2014
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Costello's thankyou tour
Bendigo Weekly
World Vision chief executive Tim Costello will come to Bendigo next Friday night to give thanks for local support to the organisation. Bendio is the fourth destination on Mr Costello’s tour across regional Victoria. “We have many long term supporters in country Victoria so the tou..
20-Oct-2014
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Policy sets agenda
Christine McGinn
Greater Bendigo council will consider a number of big policy items at this Wednesday’s meeting. Councillors will vote on the fate of the proposed Marong Business Park to rezone it from farming to a comprehensive development zone. The councillors have been recommended to ask for Planning..
20-Oct-2014
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Anti-duck shooters attack Allan
Christine McGinn
Coalition Against Duck Shooting campaign director Laurie Levy says the Victorian Labor Party supports animal cruelty. “Animal cruelty cannot be accepted in this day and day. It is to Labor, they still accept it in Victoria,” Mr Levy said. “They are extremely backward and don..
20-Oct-2014
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FIRIES HIT 'FIERCE' BLAZE HARD
Bendigo Weekly
Hard work from CFA and Department of Environment and Primary Industries crews quickly controlled a bushfire north of Bendigo today. The five-hectare fire in the Whipstick Forest was reported just after 1pm, with a column of dark smoke clear from across Bendigo. "The fire was located ea..
19-Oct-2014
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Epsom Aldi planned
Christine McGinn
A $10 million expansion is planned for Epsom Village. Plans lodged with Greater Bendigo council will see an Aldi supermarket, a smaller retailer and childcare centre built on the site. Facing the internal carpark, the 1590-square-metre Aldi will open its doors from 8.30am to 8pm weekdays, ..
18-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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34 fun pics of the Lady Braves
Bendigo Weekly
The Lady Braves are, arguably, one of Bendigo's best sporting teams. As far as consistency goes, the Lady Braves deliver year in, year out. And this season is no different. The team plays in yet another conference final on Saturday night, this time against Hobart. ..
05-Sep-2014
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Light of way
Bendigo Weekly
We've seen a lot of odd things at the Bendigo Weekly over the years, but this one is up there. Weekly photographer Andrew Perryman was out and about this week when he came across this obstacle on Condon St at Strathdale. While all of the other streetlights along the road have been realig..
28-Jul-2014
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Roo wouldn't believe it
Bendigo Weekly
A loyal Bendigo Weekly reader had an interesting drive to work this morning. Driving through Mosquito Creek, the reader, whose name is, aptly, Miles, came across a kangaroo. Now that is not unusual for the area, or the region. According to AAMI, Bendigo drivers have submitted more cl..
17-Jul-2014
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Man injured in Ironbark
Bendigo Weekly
A man in his 30s, has suffered a leg injury after an incident in Ironbark this afternoon. The man has been taken to Bendigo hospital after ambulance officers attended to him on the scene. Five police cars attended the incident at Happy Vally Road, just before 5pm. ..
20-Oct-2014
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Officer caught over the limit
Bendigo Weekly
An off-duty police officer was caught drink- driving this morning. The leading senior constable recorded a 0.052 blood alcohol level after a routine intercept in Bendigo this morning. The male officer was intercepted in Marks Street about 3.30am. The officer was issued a penalty notice..
20-Oct-2014
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Police move for health
Christine McGinn
A healthy mind and an active body is at the heart of Bendigo police's health and wellbeing day on Wednesday. About 150 Bendigo police members will participate in the day, walking students to school, or taking a fitness class in the gym in the centre. About 10 members, will roll up their sleev..
17-Oct-2014
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Police serve theft warning
Christine McGinn
Bendigo Police are calling for witnesses or victims of a series of thefts from motor vehicles on Sunday morning. A 17 year old teenager and a 32 year old man were arrested and charged for robbery, assault and three counts of thefts from motor vehicles. The Caucasian teenager was wearing a bla..
15-Oct-2014
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Police need your help
Bendigo Weekly
Police want to speak with this woman. She is believed to be able to assist police with their inquiries into an incident at Bendigo Coles Liquorland on September 8. Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000...
14-Oct-2014
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Police catch $1000 petrol thefts
Christine McGinn
A 47 year old Bendigo woman will be charged with numerous petrol and number plate thefts. The woman is believed to have committed multiple thefts over a seven-month period, with a value totaling more than $1000. The woman has been interviewed following a police investigation. Acting In..
14-Oct-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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Take a journey
Christine McGinn
EARNESTLY confessing his life’s travels, Steve Smyth is making international tracks and is heading straight to Bendigo. Off the back of a new album, Exits, Smyth will embark on a national tour, stopping in Bendigo on October 3. Woven with a chilling honesty and an electrified sense o..
26-Sep-2014
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Showcase for the festival
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Blues and Roots final Artist Showcase and Fundraiser event for 2014 promises to be a top day for all the family. It’s all set to take place at The Big Hill Vineyard on September 21. Festival director Colin Thompson said brilliant artists are volunteering their time and..
12-Sep-2014
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Messages from beyond
Christine McGinn
BRINGING messages of love and healing, internationally renowned spirit medium Charmaine Wilson has the answers. Touring nationally, Ms Wilson is packing her bags to share messages from loved ones to help those left behind through their suffering. In a one show only event, the Mystical Mess..
05-Sep-2014
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Caring notes
Bendigo Weekly
A classical concert will be held to raise awareness and funds for the Fight Cancer Foundation. The Fight Cancer Fundraiser Concert brings together classical musicians from around Bendigo, for an afternoon performance of classical music. Event organiser, Pamela Jackson, said the concert engag..
29-Aug-2014
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Jo Jo and Lucie all set for the church
Steve Kendall
THE Bendigo Blues and Roots team is firing up for summer, but in the meantime continues to run concerts in the lead up. This Sunday there’s an opportunity to enjoy the incredible vocals, musicianship and song-writing of two of Australia’s best, Jojo Smith and Lucie Thorne. &ldq..
21-Aug-2014
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BENDIGO BOWLS SCORES FUNDING
Christine McGinn
Bendigo Bowls Club will be refreshed under a 50/50 funding grant from the State Government. Under the Local Facilities for Local Club Program, the club will receive $53,750 to improve for new floodlighting today. As a trade, the community will give their own time to restore the bowling green&..
17-Oct-2014
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Three of the best - video
Joel Peterson
Bendigo Spirit coach Bernie Harrower has just about done it all in 21 years of coaching basketball. He won five championships with the Bendigo Lady Braves in 13 years at the helm, in 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2007. Entering his eighth year of coaching the Spirit, he has won two titles, bo..
17-Oct-2014
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HARROWER PLAYS ON - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo's best ever athlete, Kristi Harrower, will grace the city with one more year of her talent. The point guard told the Bendigo Spirit on Thursday night she wants to pull on the blue and gold for one more season. The pocket rocket was waiting to see how she recovered from this week'..
16-Oct-2014
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Storm signs gun midfielder
Joel Peterson
Strath Storm has added a third member of the Geary family to its premiership winning mix. Kallen Geary, the brother of club captain Shannon and fellow premiership player Daniel, has signed with the reigning premiers for the 2015 Bendigo Football Netball League season. The highly credenti..
15-Oct-2014
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Cash plus for netball - VIDEO
Christine McGinn
South Bendigo Football Netball Club received a $100,000 boost to upgrade their netball and tennis courts today. Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum will announce the funding this morning at the Harry Trott Oval in Kennington. Mr Drum said funding was from the Community Facility Fund..
10-Oct-2014
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Bronzed heroes return
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Spirit’s Gabe Richards, Belinda Snell and Tessa Lavey returned to Bendigo this week with bronze medals from the recent FIBA World Championships for Women in Turkey. The Spirit trio, along with their Australian Opals teammates, claimed the third-placed playoff with a thumping 30..
10-Oct-2014
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POVERTY ON THE RISE
Christine McGinn
People living in poverty should be heard not blamed says a local community leader. Saint Vincent De Paul Society Bendigo regional council president Tony Spurling said instead of blaming people from their poverty, we should listen and learn how to help them. “If we are to reverse the tre..
14-Oct-2014
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Support a cause
Sam Kane
THE Poppet Head’s been covered, Lake Weeroona’s been plastered, and the QEO transformed. What’s the next well known landmark to receive a make-over? Local women are hoping to cover both inside and outside of one of Bendigo’s most recognisable features – and they n..
03-Oct-2014
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Dilemma for caring mother
Dianne Dempsey
They sit at the dining table together, comrades in arms. Worn out warriors of a hard life. David Lyon is 52. His mother Joan Lyon 83. Mrs Lyon is very ill and very worried. David was born with an intellectual disability and needs constant care. “When David was 39 he became physical..
24-Sep-2014
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Blokes ready for lunch
Steve Kendall
Planning for this year’s Blokes Biggest Ever Lunch is well on the way with more than 250 tickets sold. Organiser Keith Sutherland said the event goes from strength to strength. “Our special guest is Jason McCartney who is a Bali bombing survivor and ex North Melbourne and Colli..
12-Sep-2014
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Fete a great day
Bendigo Weekly
Gumboots will be flung, lobbed and chucked far and wide in a throwing competition as part of the fun activities taking place at St Therese’s Primary School fete this Sunday. Principal Matthew Mann said the fete is the most important fundraising event on the school calendar and a great..
14-Aug-2014
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Family seeks hero recognition
Steve Kendall
THE quiet back road of Gaskell Street, Eaglehawk has a story behind it. It’s named after William Gaskell from Eaglehawk, an Australian soldier who earned the Military Medal during an action in New Guinea in November 1942. His niece Jenny Gaskell thinks he deserves a bit more recogn..
08-Aug-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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Pelmeni pick up
Marika McMahon
So, busy term four is upon us, won’t be long now until the calendar fills with end of year events and “we must catch up before Christmas”. It already looks like there are many weeks with more than a few nights out. Time then to unleash a secret weapon of feeding the tro..
10-Oct-2014
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Spring is in the air
Marika McMahon
There seems to have been a very quick transition from bare tree to blossom to luscious green leaves on the tree outside my window. Like that, the warmer days are upon us – what a great time to think about all that warm weather Food Fossicking you can do around Bendigo. A great way t..
03-Oct-2014
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A challenge
Marika McMahon
There’s a thing doing the rounds of facebook at the moment where people are nominated not to pour ice over their head, but rather to nominate the 10 books that have influenced them the most. Of course, my mind turned to food and I started thinking about the cookbooks that influenced me the m..
26-Sep-2014
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Time for a picnic
Bendigo Weekly
Local produce champions Food Fossickers is once again bringing together the restaurants and food producers from Central Victoria to create a unique regional feast, this time at the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival. Food Fossickers will present a regional picnic hamper which is available for..
19-Sep-2014
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Good food shouldn’t be seen as a luxury
Marika McMahon
The pleasure of a night out at one of the quality restaurants in Bendigo is an investment – an investment in experiencing new flavours, new techniques, new ingredients. An investment in spending time with family and friends. An investment in taking time out of busy times to be toget..
12-Sep-2014
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Cooking the book
Marika McMahon
The joy of gathering with friends over food (and a couple of nice drinks) has long been known. As life gets busier and we spend too much time interacting with each other just by social media rather than in real life we can be at risk of losing the opportunity to break bread together. But ..
05-Sep-2014
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Gallipoli Eyewitness
Bendigo Weekly
Review by WAYNE PROUDFOOT Gallipoli Eyewitness The diaries and photographs of Lieutenant Gerald Moore Gibson by Robert Gibson and Steve Kendall “The whole earth is ploughed by the exploding shells and the holes are filled with water, and if ..
26-Sep-2014
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The troubles revisited
Dianne Dempsey
As far as publishing goes, local writers are increasingly doing it for themselves. Against the Wind by James O’Brien is in part a memoir set in Dublin and England and an historical record of the troubles. O’Brien’s long held view is that it was necessary to remove the gun from..
19-Sep-2014
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Murder by the book
Bendigo Weekly
What Came Before By Anna George Viking $29.99 When Dave and Elle meet, an instant and dynamic romance begins. They both revel in what Elle describes as Limerence – the euphoria of romantic attraction – and dream of long term plans. But Elle is a romantic comedy script wr..
12-Sep-2014
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A Bendigo tale
Bendigo Weekly
Girls in our Town is the first novel from author Dianne Dempsey. Ms Dempsey launched her debut novel at the 2014 Bendigo Writers Festival a very apt venue with the story based in Bendigo. Ms Dempsey knows her way around the literary world having worked as a freelance journalist, scriptwriter..
22-Aug-2014
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Book sales indicate a top writers festival
Bendigo Weekly
ONE fair indication of a successful writers festival is that the books go flying out the door. For Harry Hart and his staff from Dymocks who were set up in the Capital Theatre last weekend, those books had wings. “Our sales were up by 40 per cent from last year’s festival,” ..
15-Aug-2014
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Festival has a way with words
Bendigo Weekly
Next week, the Calder has a new name – it’s the Way with Words. Writers and readers from near and far will be heading to Bendigo, to take part in the third annual Bendigo Writers Festival, and The Capital is busy with last-minute preparations. Kirsten Krauth is one of the C..
01-Aug-2014
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