SMALLER HOMES NEEDED
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of regional Australia’s most respected planning experts says housing affordability is an issue in Bendigo, and it’s likely to pose more problems in the years ahead. Trevor Budge AM, is the City Strategy manager for the City of Greater Bendigo, and has presided on planning pane..
26-Jun-2015
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POOL PARTY
Christine McGinn
DIVISIONS among City of Greater Bendigo councillors once again surfaced this week over the Kangaroo Flat 50-metre pool debate. Five councillors voted in favour of a recommendation for a 50m pool at the proposed Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic Leisure and Wellbeing Centre. Councillors Ba..
26-Jun-2015
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COUNCIL TO REDUCE RATES
Christine McGinn
The rate rise increase is set to drop to 4.75 per cent in the 2015/16 final City of Greater Bendigo budget. Councillors will vote at this week’s council meeting to reduce rates to 4.75 per cent, the first time in the city’s history rates have been changed between draft and fina..
22-Jun-2015
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MP FEARS PENSION CUTS
Christine McGinn
HUNDREDS of locals will have their part-pensions cut under new federal government changes says Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters. Ms Chesters said about 330,000 low income pensioners in Australia will have their pensions cut including 90,0000 who will lose it entirely. “..
19-Jun-2015
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THUMBS DOWN FOR COUNCIL
Peter Kennedy
COMMUNITY perceptions of the City of Greater Bendigo have fallen over the past 12 months, according to the annual Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey results released yesterday. Chief executive officer Craig Niemann said the results were a mixed bag, however the overall performance..
19-Jun-2015
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LONG GAME
Christine McGinn
THE state government has stared down the City of Greater Bendigo over plans to fund a 50-metre indoor pool as part of the 2015/16 council budget due to be adopted next week. Uncertainty about the size of the pool, to be included as part of the Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic Leisure and Wellbe..
19-Jun-2015
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Bendigo's youth shame as teen crime rate soars
MORE than 10 per cent of crime across Victoria committed by 15 to 17 year olds in 2009-10 was committed by Bendigo youth. That’s one of the key findings of a State Government report which paints a troubled picture of Bendigo’s at-risk youth. The Department of Education and Ea..
30-Jun-2015
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Walsh to announce funding for new sheep shed
VICTORIAN Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh is expected to announce $2 million in funding for Bendigo’s biggest shed this afternoon. Mr Walsh will visit the Bendigo Exhibition Centre at Prince of Wales Showgrounds. The government promised $2 million for a new exhibition space next t..
30-Jun-2015
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La Trobe looking to the future
Christine McGinn
VISIONARY plans for La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus were revealed this week. The campus will be transformed and renewed in the next 15 years with short, medium and long-term plans for development. MGS Architects’ June report found the university needed to develop key par..
26-Jun-2015
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Groups at odds over pool decision
Christine McGinn
Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise has won its battle for a 50-metre pool in the new aquatic centre on Browning Street. KFCE president Jack Lyons said the City of Greater Bendigo councillors’ decision to build a 50m pool was terrific. “We were not pushing for the demoliti..
26-Jun-2015
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Cathedral restoration moves on
Christine McGinn
ST Paul’s Anglican Cathedral has taken another step towards its full restoration. The missing wooden floor has been laid and a predella has risen, ready for the altar to be placed above. Bishop Andrew Curnow said he could finally see the restoration’s end in sight and was ..
26-Jun-2015
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Water still a worry
Christine McGinn
AN interim solution to Greater Bendigo’s rising groundwater problem is just days away. Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said the solution was to be finalised by the end of June. Ms Edwards met with both chairs of the government and engineering taskforce last Tuesday to discuss..
26-Jun-2015
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Experience Floyd at the Capital
Bendigo Weekly
Experience Floyd is an 11 piece band of talented musicians from Adelaide who are dedicated to one goal, to authentically replicate the brilliant sights and sounds of arguably one of the world’s greatest progressive rock bands of all time. What’s more students from California Gully ..
26-Jun-2015
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The happiest refugee
Dianne Dempsey
While in Bendigo later this month Anh Do is looking forward to exploring Bendigo’s streets and by-ways. But more than that he is looking forward to being alone. “I am actually different to my stage persona, I really do like being alone. The other thing is that I have four kids at ..
19-Jun-2015
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Helping hand for Vanuatu
Bendigo Weekly
Vanuatu has a special place in the heart of Victory Christian College, so when Cyclone Pam devastated the area the school was quick to respond. In the week following the cyclone, students held a number of fundraisers including a Cent-A-Line where students were encouraged to bring any loose ch..
08-May-2015
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Remembering 240 days at Gallipoli
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is marking the 240 days Australian and New Zealand soldiers were at Gallipoli. The nightly 6pm service is being held on the RSL Hall forecourt in Pall Mall with the Last Post sounded. Laments are played in reflection as two large steel poppies are progressively filled with red popp..
01-May-2015
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Ditch the myths
Bendigo Weekly
IT seems inevitable that even I must throw in my 10 cents worth on the Gallipoli landings. I have nothing but respect for those who volunteered and served, but much scorn needs to be thrown on those who documented the deeds at the time, and later in some cases. Newspaper reports were heavi..
24-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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Fake $100 bills
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are urging shopkeepers to remain alert as $100 counterfeit notes are being presented across Bendigo. A woman is known to have attempted to use the counterfeit money twice to buy items of little value, leave with the purchased items and keep the authentic money. Police said the notes ..
19-May-2015
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Near miss
Bendigo Weekly
EMERGENCY services were called to Bendigo Airport this morning after smoke began bellowing from a light aircraft. The pilot conducted the air traffic control before safely descending to the runway. Paramedics checked the three occupants, who were cleared from injury...
19-May-2015
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Three-injured in crash
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are investigating a crash in California Gully after three men were taken to hospital this morning. Officers were on routine patrol when they saw a car with no registration plates just before 3am. Bendigo police attempted to intercept the vehicle but the driver refused to pull over so t..
19-May-2015
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Cars collide in Kennington
Bendigo Weekly
By BRIDGETTE BARRY-MURPHY Three cars collided on Sternberg Street in Kennington just after 4pm today. A Ford Falcon ute ran into the rear of a Holden Commodore pushing it into a van. The driver of the first vehicle, a van, is believed to have driven off. ..
11-May-2015
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Eaglehawk man blows 0.217
Christine McGinn
An Eaglehawk man was caught driving more than four times over the legal blood-alcohol limit last night. The 59-year old man was seen driving at 30 kilometres an hour on the 50km/h Victoria Street in Eaglehawk at 7.50pm. The man hesitated to take off when the lights changed from red to green, ..
05-May-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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Current Issue
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Flick on to Star
Steve Kendall
WITH the flick of a switch an exuberant bundle of energy hits the air. Star FM’s presenter from 10am to 3pm weekdays is a lively enthusiastic woman who works to the mantra of “fake it until you make it”. This ensures, even on a rare down day Felicity Eva makes you believe she..
26-Jun-2015
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Music at the old church
Steve Kendall
A triple treat awaits at The Old Church on the Hill on Saturday as three magnificent talents take to the stage. They are all artists who made a splash at last year’s Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival and who will be back to impress again. “Shannon Bourne is one of the most..
19-Jun-2015
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Colourful edge to Geraldine
Dianne Dempsey
There is quite naturally an awful lot of sitting around and reading and talking by writers at writers’ festivals, but cabaret artist and writer extraordinaire Geraldine Quinn, gets on her hind legs and sings, dances; and as well delivers some great riffs. The theme of her latest produ..
12-Jun-2015
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Mayhem and music
Steve Kendall
Holidays On Ice is a decade-long collaboration between Angie Hart of Frente, Dean Manning and Stella Mozgawa. Hart and Manning are coming to Bendigo for the final show of their Hat and Hall Tour playing the Old Church On The Hill, Quarry Hill. The show starts at 6.30pm on Saturday with a..
12-Jun-2015
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Reece returns
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
REECE Mastin is returning to Bendigo on June 19 as part of his new Rebel and Reason tour. Reece will play at the Capital with a new-look show introducing an edgier sound. “It’s a bit of a new band and we’ve got a new set list. We’ve structured it a bit differentl..
05-Jun-2015
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Kitty Flanagan- taking life seriously?
Christine McGinn
KITTY Flanagan is hitting the road for her third national tour with Bendigo set to experience her self-confessed “best show yet”. Packed with plenty of laughs, stupid voices and hard laughs, Kitty says the SERIOUSLY?! tour is sure to please regional fans. “I think it&rs..
29-May-2015
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Racked and ready
Joel Peterson
AUSTRALIAN snooker star Neil Robertson is back in Bendigo determined not to let the Australian Snooker Goldfields Open title slip through his grasp again. Robertson’s campaign for an elusive victory in Bendigo begins on Tuesday, after two straight runner-up finishes to Marco Fu in 2013 a..
26-Jun-2015
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Tennis set up
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Tennis Association has netted a record number of entrants for its upcoming winter junior and senior tournaments. The Bendigo Bank winter junior and senior Australian money tournament will be held from June 29 to July 3, with seven different categories up for grabs from the new und..
19-Jun-2015
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Zak gears up for Tour
Joel Peterson
HE made history last year with an impressive Tour de France debut, and Zak Dempster is aiming to repeat the dose when the world’s biggest race is held next month. Dempster was named in an extended squad of 13 for the race, which will be cut back to nine by his Bora-Argon 18 team next wee..
19-Jun-2015
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City's calamitous collapse
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO City has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in its clash with Melbourne City tonight, going down 2-3 in a wild finish at Epsom Huntly Reserve. In a second half that had more twists and turns than the average theme park rollercoaster, Bendigo led 2-1 after 87 minutes and looked ..
16-Jun-2015
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Storming for ten
Joel Peterson
DESPITE being undefeated as the club turns into the second half of the season, the big tests don’t stop coming for the Strathfieldsaye Storm. After grinding out a win over a determined South Bendigo on Monday, the Storm ventures into the second half of the Bendigo Football League season..
12-Jun-2015
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Bendigo players are top of the table
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO District Table Tennis Association enjoyed a successful weekend at the recent Victorian Country Table Tennis Championships at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Competing over the long weekend, the BDTTA’s D3-grade team of Isaac, Xavier and Paul Green and Alex O’Shea took..
12-Jun-2015
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End of an era for Drew
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of Bendigo’s most respected and popular real estate agents has announced his retirement from an industry he has been part of for more than 39 years. Dungey Carter Ketterer director Drew Cahill joined the former Billings Cahill firm, based on View Point back in May 1976 before the busines..
26-Jun-2015
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School backs Discovery
Christine McGinn
GRADE three and four students at Quarry Hill Primary School have put pen to paper to save the Discovery Centre open. Colourful signs and handwritten messages addressed to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan are hanging on the walls of the school to keep the Discovery Centre. Grade four..
19-Jun-2015
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Snap the moment
Christine McGinn
LOOKING through the eyes of a person with autism, a new photographic initiative is set to flourish. The Eye Beauty disposable art exhibition will display the photos of 50 participating photographers who will capture their images with disposable cameras. “My idea is simple, give a d..
12-Jun-2015
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Plan ahead for the great Victorian ride
Bendigo Weekly
REGISTRATIONS for the 2015 RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride are now open. The largest multi-day bike ride in the southern hemisphere is expected to attract more than 3500 riders. This year’s main ride will showcase 540 kilometres of the Goldfields countryside over nine days. S..
12-Jun-2015
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Mural makes a mark
Bendigo Weekly
Local artist David Snowdon has started a mural on the south entrance of Bendigo Marketplace under the guidance of renowned artist Scottie Neoh, AKA Bonsai. Bonsai has completed works for Melbourne Central, Red Bull and the John Butler Trio and will be assisting Mr Snowdon in the installation ..
11-Jun-2015
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Festival to flourish
Bendigo Weekly
Satirist John Clarke and artist John Wolseley will team up for the closing event at Bendigo Writers Festival this year. The two friends, who share a love of nature and art, will be on stage at The Capital Theatre on Sunday August 9. “John Wolseley’s current exhibition at the ..
05-Jun-2015
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Schaller adds boom
Bendigo Weekly
THE Schaller Studio is celebrating its first birthday and tourism appeal within the Greater Bendigo community. Designed as the Art Series Hotel Group’s first property outside of Melbourne, the Schaller features the largest collection of works by Australian namesake Mark Schaller. Mor..
26-Jun-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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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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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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Vine romance
Dianne Dempsey
Put a vigneron and a chef together, mix with stories, erudition and Graeme Leith’s memoir of Passing Clouds, and you have one of the best sessions at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival. Conducted by Keith Sutherland, the session will no doubt cover the rich and passionate lives o..
26-Jun-2015
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A song of Scotland
Bendigo Weekly
A Scots Quair, A Trilogy By Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Polygon At the time of its publication A Scots Quair was considered by many publishers to be too hot to handle, not only because of its unabashed political agenda but because it was deeply sensual. Lewis Grassic Gibbon is the pseudonym ..
29-May-2015
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Biography event cancelled
Dianne Dempsey
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15-May-2015
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Images of the war
Dianne Dempsey
Unlike Gallipoli, there are relatively few images of Australian soldiers on the Western Front. While soldiers took cameras with them to Gallipoli they were forbidden to take them to France and Belgium. The British had decreed that only official photographs were allowed. This remarkable book..
24-Apr-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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