FURY OVER POOL CUT
Bendigo Weekly
The Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise group says it is disappointed, but not surprised at the City of Greater Bendigo’s decision to opt for a 25-metre pool as part of the Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic Leisure and Wellness Centre project. In a statement released on Wednesday, KFCE pr..
17-Apr-2015
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TAKE FIVE
Peter Kennedy
THE City of Greater Bendigo has released its draft 2015/16 budget, which calls for a five per cent lift in rates and would deliver a 25-metre indoor pool facility at Kangaroo Flat. The forecast rates rise is the lowest for five years. Mayor Peter Cox confirmed on Wednesday that Council int..
17-Apr-2015
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Hitting back at bigotry
Christine McGinn
SHADOW Multicultural minister Michelle Rowland has taken a stand against the knee-jerk bigotry shown towards minority cultures in Bendigo. During her first tour of the city, Ms Rowland met with cultural groups to show her support for diversity and inclusion. Ms Rowland said a small group ..
17-Apr-2015
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Pool backflip ‘disappointing’
Christine McGinn
FORMER City of Greater Bendigo mayor Lisa Ruffell said this week the pool backflip in council’s draft 2015/16 budget was disappointing. Cr Ruffell said it was concerning that the proposed Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic Leisure and Wellbeing Centre had been reduced from a 50 metre to 2..
17-Apr-2015
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FYFFE LEAVES ART GALLERY BOARD
Christine McGinn
AVID Bendigo Art Gallery supporter councillor Rod Fyffe has stood down from his duties as the board’s community representative. City of Greater Bendigo Cr Fyffe found that his appointment on the art gallery board conflicted with his ability to participate or vote on council matters rela..
10-Apr-2015
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PUSH IS ON FOR AGED CARE SUPPORT
Christine McGinn
A LOCAL aged care advocate is pushing for a one-stop aged care service information centre in Bendigo. Leading Aged Services Australia volunteer of the year Ruth Hosking said the city needs an impartial centre to help clients navigate the system and its available services. “There is a s..
10-Apr-2015
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Ruffell set to leave council
Christine McGinn
Lisa Ruffell is planning to stand down from the City of Greater Bendigo council. The Whipstick ward councillor exclusively told the Weekly that she would not run at the November 2016 local government elections, but until then would continue to work for the community. “I have not lost..
17-Apr-2015
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Cyclone aid is at hand
Dianne Dempsey
Enterprising schoolgirl Zahlia Burrill-Grinton has decided to do as much as she can for the communities of Vanuatu who have been affected by the recent cyclone Pam. Having visited Vanuatu on holiday with her mum last October, Zahlia was upset and worried about the local people she had met over..
10-Apr-2015
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Focus on long term
Joel Peterson
Bendigo Spirit chairman Greg Bickley is adamant the club will survive despite the coaching furore that has engulfed the organisation in recent weeks. The club’s board and head coach Bernie Harrower have been locked in a stalemate as to whether Harrower will coach next season, but the clu..
10-Apr-2015
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CVGT staff face change
Christine McGinn
A NEW federal government job employment service is expected to leave 40 local CVGT Australia workers without a job. The not-for-profit organisation has lost nine Victorian contracts to deliver the former federal government’s employment and jobseeking program, Job Services Australia (JSA)..
10-Apr-2015
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Vision of the region
Bendigo Weekly
Participants in the 2015 Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program were engaged in two days of activities recently as part of a Vision of the Region theme. Learning how to get their messages across via various forms of the media, participants were interested in the behind the scenes action at..
10-Apr-2015
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Low rates benefit buyers
Bendigo Weekly
Managing Director of DCK Robert Ketterer said that Tuesday’s decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia to maintain the current interest rate would have positive implications for buyers interested in the Bendigo housing market. The RBA announced it would be leaving the interest rates unc..
10-Apr-2015
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Meet and greet the police
Christine McGinn
LOCALS eager to join the police force will have the chance to meet and greet with professionals in the job today. Victoria Police are encouraging people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to join the organisation hosting a stall in Hargreaves Mall as part of today’s Harmony Day celebrati..
19-Mar-2015
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Favourite rides around Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Grab your bike and cycling mates and tick off these favourite local rides. Short rides Start at the north end of Lake Weeroona near the rowing sheds and cross Weeroona Avenue to head down the Bendigo Creek trail. It’s a slightly downhill, fully sealed five kilometres to Howard Street Ep..
06-Mar-2015
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Dianne Dempsey
“Perhaps someday the poor will find it in their hearts to forgive you. For it is more blessed to give than to receive, and it is also a lot easier.” St Vincent de Paul It is Tuesday morning and the money has run out. In fact it ran out last week, but what is more urgent now is tha..
27-Feb-2015
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Walking for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
Walking with a cause, Sylvia and Kelly Phan are pulling on their runners to tackle the 60 kilometre Peter MacCallum walk to end women’s cancers. The local women are pulling on their trainers in support of cancer research to help find a cure. “We both need to raise $2000 each in or..
06-Feb-2015
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A night to remember
Nick Atyeo
Students and staff of Flora Hill High from the late 1970s can relive memories of school life at the Class of 76 to 79 Reunion - with a fun night of catching up with former students at the Exchange Restaurant, early next month. Ex-student and Flora Hill High cross-country champion, Leonnie Tre..
16-Jan-2015
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Skiers aim for the top
Christine McGinn
Riding the wave of success, three disabled men have their sights sets to waterski for Australia this September. Local Jason Sleep is gearing up to compete and coach his team to victory at the waterski world championships in Sacramento this year. Paraplegic and double amputee Mr Sleep said the..
09-Jan-2015
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Police call for witnesses
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for witnesses after a local man was hospitalised with a serious head injury. Antony James Woodward walked into the One Tree Hill Hotel on Retreat Road in Spring Gully on Friday April 10 about 2.45pm. Workers at the hotel, who know Anto..
20-Apr-2015
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Local man faces 12 charges
Bendigo Weekly
A 32-year-old Bendigo man will appear in court next month for possessing a handgun and other drug offences. A local police searched a vehicle parked in the Lake Weeroona carpark about 11.30pm on Tuesday night. Officers found an imitation hand gun made from a galvanised pipe with and capable o..
08-Apr-2015
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Kangaroo Flat unit burglary
Bendigo Weekly
A Kangaroo Flat unit, under construction, was burgled over the Labour Day long weekend. The unit, located on the corner of Short and Lansell streets, in a block of units had a large quantity of building supplies and tradesman’s equipment stolen between Friday afternoon and Sunday afterno..
10-Mar-2015
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White Hills alleged assault
Bendigo Weekly
A 19 year old man was allegedly assaulted in the early hours of Sunday in White Hills. Three Caucasian men, believed to be in their 20s, approached the man and had a short conversation with him. The men are believed to have punched the 19 year old before he fell to the ground and is believe..
02-Mar-2015
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Police hunt stolen items
Christine McGinn
A BACKPACK filled with $2500 worth of electronic goods was stolen from Bendigo Marketplace yesterday. A man was eating his lunch in the food court when he placed his backpack on the ground. The backpack had an iPad, laptop and a Samsung Galaxy X5 zipped inside. The incident occurred ..
20-Feb-2015
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East Bendigo unit fire
Bendigo Weekly
An East Bendigo home has been ruined in a fire this morning. Police and CFA are currently investigating the cause of the fire. The incident occurred on Lloyd Street in a vacant home. No one was injured during the incident. ..
20-Feb-2015
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Ballet at the Capital
Bendigo Weekly
THE Moscow Ballet travels to Bendigo with its spectacular masterpiece and ballet’s most loved fairytale, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty. The great success of Russian theatre is undoubtedly classical ballet and the highly-acclaimed and respected Moscow Ballet La Classique was esta..
17-Apr-2015
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Ulumbarra concert for Augie March
Bendigo Weekly
Augie March is back from a six-year hiatus. The band has also quietly been creating a fifth studio album, Havens Dumb, in Hobart and Melbourne over the past three years. What’s more, the band plays the Ulumbarra Theatre next week. The band’s return to the live stage came..
10-Apr-2015
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Ward off on new track
Sam Kane
Musician Pat Ward has added another accomplishment to his growing list of achievements, with the release of his debut EP, Moonlight. The 16-year-old spent parts of last year recording the EP. He said his new music tells stories of emotion, incorporating captivating phrases and diverse instrum..
10-Apr-2015
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Howlin’ Wolf
Christine McGinn
WHEN Wolfmother take to the stage in Bendigo next month, lead vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale will have his band with him. Stockdale, with his sidekicks – bassist and keyboard player Ian Peres and drummer Vin Steele – will play tracks from their latest album New Crown at Gr..
27-Mar-2015
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Jessica and the koto
Bendigo Weekly
WE are in for a musical treat next week, when Marta Pacek returns and The Jessica Stuart Few comes too. They’re co-headlining their first Australian tour together, Pacek teaming up with the Canadian Stuart. If you have never witnessed a Japanese traditional 13-stringed floor harp instru..
20-Mar-2015
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Kingswood rocks out
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne rockers Kingswood played a packed show at Bendigo’s Black Swan Hotel last night. The energetic four-piece, on their Microscopic Wars album tour, played to plenty of their central Victorian fans. The group enjoyed a monster 2014, enjoying their album’s su..
13-Mar-2015
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BFNL interleague squad named
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Football Netball League has today named its initial training squad of 70 for this year's interleague clash with Ballarat on May 23. The training squad features players from every club, led by 14 representatives from reigning premiers and current ladder leaders Strathfieldsaye, 11..
21-Apr-2015
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Fang goes bang
Joel Peterson
TRIPLE Olympian William Henzell and defending Women’s champion Lay Jian Fang continued their dominant run at Bendigo Stadium, taking out the weekend’s K-Sports 2015 ITTF-Oceania Cup. The first ever international table tennis event to integrate able-bodied and para table tennis, the..
17-Apr-2015
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Cyclone no barrier
Joel Peterson
THE Oceania region’s best table tennis players will converge on Bendigo this weekend for the annual ITTF Oceania Cup and Championships at Bendigo Stadium. The event will be held in Bendigo for the third and final time, and has this year added the Para Table Tennis Championships for the f..
10-Apr-2015
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Coach lines up for title
Joel Peterson
After coming so close to a title both of the past two years, Bendigo Lady Braves coach Jonathan Goodman is hoping his side can make the leap to SEABL champions this season. The Lady Braves were SEABL runners up in 2013 before losing in the conference final last season, but a star-studded lineu..
10-Apr-2015
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Braves mark 30 years
Joel Peterson
A BOLSTERED Bendigo Bank Braves side is looking to celebrate the club’s 30th anniversary this season in the best way possible, by claiming an elusive South East Australian Basketball League title. The Braves missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 2004 and faced uncerta..
10-Apr-2015
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In for the high jump
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO YMCA divers will head to the Australian Age Championships next week full of confidence after being backed by federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters this week. Chesters came out to support the team during a training session at the Bendigo Aquatic Centre on Monday before they head to..
02-Apr-2015
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Karlee fights back
Bendigo Weekly
Karlee Thorpe isn’t sure if she will be able to run or walk the four kilometres in this year’s Mother’s Day Classic but of this one thing she is sure – she is so happy she will be there. Sixteen months ago Karlee was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. T..
17-Apr-2015
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Training time is running out
Bendigo Weekly
The Mothers Day Classic is now just over three weeks away, but there’s still plenty of time to get active and start training ahead of the big day. The annual event requires you to walk or run around a four kilometre or eight km course at Strathdale’s Beischer Park in support of..
10-Apr-2015
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How can he be back from the dead?
Bendigo Weekly
By Gordon Lingard Rector at St Luke’s White Hills and St Clements Anglican Huntly This is what Easter is ultimately about and what makes Easter so different. Isn’t it? A man, who claims to be God, (which is different in itself) comes back to life. Not something that&rsq..
02-Apr-2015
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Prepare for a classic
Bendigo Weekly
The Mother’s Day Classic is now just eight weeks away, so it’s time to brush off those runners because it’s going to be a great event for the whole family to get involved in. There will be fun, fitness and family time while supporting a great cause in raising funds for br..
20-Mar-2015
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Top awards for equine nurses
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo vet nurse Clare Wheatley has earned two major awards at the Wangaratta GoTAFE Animal Studies graduation ceremony. Bendigo Equine Hospital vet and practice co-owner Sarah Jalim said the equine hospital had two nurses graduate on the night with their Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursi..
13-Mar-2015
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Opinion
Bendigo Weekly
By LISA CHESTERS Federal Member for Bendigo Respect is a word that can only be demonstrated by one’s behaviour. This is behaviour we teach children from an early age: respect each other as you wish to be respected yourself. I believe it is why some many of us have been left angr..
06-Mar-2015
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New leaf on the Vine
Bendigo Weekly
A transformation of Bendigo’s popular Golden Vine Hotel is well under way with a new management structure providing a new lease of life. “I’m excited that Mick Coates, an experienced musician, is at the helm at the Golden Vine,” Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival..
13-Mar-2015
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Amy’s tree change
Bendigo Weekly
In December last year Amy Moylan made the tree change from Melbourne to Bendigo to take up her new role as hotel manager at The Schaller Studio. Since leaving the city with her fiancé and two dogs she has not looked back, with the thriving art and culinary scene captivating her. ..
13-Feb-2015
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Sundays fun days at Schaller
Bendigo Weekly
A free barbecue will be one part of Open Studio Sundays at the Schaller Studio. The community event is the brainchild of hotel manager Amy Moylan and will be held every Sunday from January 11 until February 22. Ms Moylan was keen to find the very best local food offering to be included ..
09-Jan-2015
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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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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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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
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Free food for all
Dianne Dempsey
In the late summer and early autumn while fruit trees are burgeoning, the glut of food can make for a challenge. There are only so many apple pies and jars of jam you can make. The solution to what to do with excess food has been taken on by a group of locals who have embraced a movement whi..
20-Mar-2015
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Head to the Hatter
Bendigo Weekly
After the overwhelming sell-out success of last year’s inaugural event, Food Fossickers Picnic with The Mad Hatter will return on March 15 with even more regional food, wine and fun. The event returns to the recently redeveloped Bendigo Botanic Gardens, providing ticket holders with an..
06-Feb-2015
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Cheers for beers
Bendigo Weekly
Australia Day is synonymous with lamb chops, a barbecue and a beer, but it would surprise most that the beer they are drinking is not Australian owned. While the stereotype would suggest we all chug down a VB, Bendigo Beer’s Trev Birks is urging everyone to think before they drink. &ld..
23-Jan-2015
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Lifetime in fine art
Dianne Dempsey
Notebooks Betty Churcher Published 2011 With the recent news of Betty Churcher’s death at the age of 84, it is apposite to revisit probably her most poignant book. Betty Churcher was director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia and director of the National Gallery of..
02-Apr-2015
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Tales from the front
Dianne Dempsey
Between the Dances Jacqueline Dinan Serving their country as nurses, farmhands, munitions workers or members of the Defence forces, Australian women made an outstanding contribution to World War II. In this engaging book Jacqueline Dinan highlights stories told by over 300 women or t..
27-Mar-2015
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All things Irish
Dianne Dempsey
It was St Patrick’s day this week and sure and begorrah a couple of Irish themed titles have come across the desk. From the Bru to the Borough Dan O’Riordan Local writer Dan O’Riordan has written his self-published, heart-felt memoir of growing up in Ireland an..
20-Mar-2015
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Fine start to a life of books
Bendigo Weekly
My reading habits as a child were very much informed by my parents. My primary and secondary schools (I’m talking the dark ages here) didn’t even come to libraries. So every week Dad pushed aside the tools in his ute and took his three children to the public library. I really liked ..
12-Mar-2015
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Remember our nurses
Dianne Dempsey
Remember our Nurses: The service and sacrifice of Bendigo nurses in World War One Murray Poustie Murray Poustie’s book on the Bendigo nurses of World War I is quite a revelation. During the ANZAC centenary most of our attention has been focused on the men who fought ove..
20-Feb-2015
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Ruth, or is it Barbara?
Dianne Dempsey
We lost PD James last November and it was disarming to learn a few weeks ago that the other doyen of mystery writers, Ruth Rendell, has suffered a major stroke and remains critically ill. Like P D James, Rendell was not only prolific but a reliably good read and like James she combined murde..
13-Feb-2015
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