STRATH STORMS HOME
Bendigo Weekly
Too much firepower up forward has led Strathfieldsaye to its first Bendigo Football Netball League senior football premiership. The Storm kicked 12 goals to four in the second half, to run out winners 20.18.138 to Sandhurst 12.11.83. Storm's dynamic forward duo of Sam Mildren and Steven ..
20-Sep-2014
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McCLURE SACKED
Anthony Radford
FORMER mayor Daryl McClure has been sacked from the Rosalind Park Reference Group for giving the park masterplan to the Bendigo Weekly. Mr McClure has been a strong advocate for, and protector of, the park, for his entire public life. The former state member of parliament acknowledges he ..
20-Sep-2014
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CFA SEARCHES FOR NEW SHED
Christine McGinn
THE Country Fire Authority is scoping out a new site for the Golden Square brigade, to be bought this financial year. Two blocks of at least 5000 square metres are being considered in Golden Square for the CFA to build a purpose-built facility. Station captain Paul Davis met with CFA officia..
20-Sep-2014
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NEW FRAME FOR CITY
Christine McGinn
PLANS have been lodged for a $6.5 million apartment and commercial complex on one of Bendigo’s most prominent CBD sites. The planned four-storey commercial and residential development on the former Poyser Motors High St site is set to frame the city’s CBD entrance. Fourteen ser..
19-Sep-2014
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DARE THE MAYOR
Bendigo Weekly
FANCY Greater Bendigo mayor Barry Lyons hosting your child’s next fairy party, flipping a few hundred burgers, or busking in the Hargreaves Mall? Maybe he could do a stint volunteering at the hospital, sweep up at a hairdressing salon, answer the phones at your office, or join a water ae..
19-Sep-2014
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TENNIS SERVED $2.4M BOOST
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Tennis Complex has secured $2.4 million towards its redevelopment. Today’s announcement, aids the $5.2m redevelopment for a showcourt and a new Community and Event Operations Centre. Sport and Recreation Minister Damian Drum will pledge the funding, to further encourage Bendi..
18-Sep-2014
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'La Trobe staff under perform'
Christine McGinn
The National Tertiary Education Union has slammed La Trobe University for its restructure. The NTEU claims the university’s vice chancellor John Dewar said a tight budget forced jobs cuts and the organisational restructure. According to the NTEU, staff and students were told a third of ..
19-Sep-2014
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HISTORIC HOME'S $1.2M SALE
Christine McGinn
One of Bendigo’s CBD biggest homes sold for $1.2 million this morning. The 14-bedroom, tri-level Forest Street home, features more than 41 square metres of living space including two kitchens. St Lukes Anglicare formerly used the historic home for thirteen offices, even used as student..
19-Sep-2014
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Go-slow plan for Marong
Bendigo Weekly
THE State Government will announce new speed-zone signs for Marong today. Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell and Liberal Bendigo West candidate Michael Langdon will make the announcement in the town this morning. The $60,000 funding announcement will see new electronic variable scho..
19-Sep-2014
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Council dig deeps for Mitchell St
Christine McGinn
After Mitchell Street’s $3.8 million upgrade, ratepayers are baffled about what has taken a year. Under the road, Greater Bendigo council ripped up 750 metres of old and damaged drainage pipes and 41 drainage pits. Council replaced the pipes with 1.3 kilometres of new storm water pipe, ..
18-Sep-2014
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Build the car park: BSSC
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Senior Secondary College has called for a car park to be built under the city’s lawn tennis courts in Rosalind Park. As part of its submission to the park’s masterplan process, the BSSC council believes more provision should be made for parking. “No provision is..
17-Sep-2014
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Bendigo shows manufacturing strength
Christine McGinn
Bendigo's manufacturing sector is struggling to compete on a global scale according to the Australian Industry Group. Ai Group regional manager Jim Dannock said most businesses, except a few strong players, were strangled by global competition. “Manufacturing in Bendigo is fragile;..
17-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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Comments from those fighting back
Bendigo Weekly
Locals have hit back at media coverage painting Bendigo in a bad light as a result of Wednesday night's mosque meeting. Local resident Damian Wells had enough, and started a petition to fight back. Below are just some of the comments from petitioners who put their name to the cause. ..
20-Jun-2014
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Police on driver's trail
Christine McGinn
Police will be riding trail bikes to catch drivers on their mobile phones or not wearing seatbelts in the CBD this week. The fluoro orange bikes arrived from Melbourne last week and will be in use for another week. Leading Senior Constable Todd Deary said police were targeting the CBD and sur..
19-Sep-2014
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Driver made 'poor decision'
Christine McGinn
An unlicenced driver was caught driving five children, who were not wearing seat-belts, this morning. The 47 year old woman was caught driving a Ford sedan in White Hills at 9am. Four children were seated on the back seat, unrestrained, with a 6 year old child on sitting on the floor behind t..
17-Sep-2014
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Asleep at the wheel
Christine McGinn
A 28 year old Boort man was found asleep at the wheel in Campbells Creek early this morning. Police said the man was drug-affected after finding him at the wheel, his vehicle facing the wrong direction, on the Loddon Valley Highway at 3am. Police searched the vehicle and found 10 grams of can..
17-Sep-2014
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Police need your help
Bendigo Weekly
Police want to speak with the man pictured below. He is believed to be able to assist police with their inquiries into an incident at Lansell Plaza Safeway on August, 23. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. The two men below are al..
17-Sep-2014
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Accident caught on dashboard cam
Bendigo Weekly
An alleged hit and run at St John of God Hospital has been captured on a dashboard camera. Bendigo man Tony Smith said a "Good Samaritan" captured footage of another car side-swiping his in the hospital's car park on Tuesday. Mr Smith said the driver did not leave a note, and threatened ..
16-Sep-2014
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Beacon Lighting catches fire
Christine McGinn
An electrical fault has sparked a fire at Kangaroo Flat's Beacon Lighting store this evening. A Country Fire Authority spokesperson said the fault started in the power-board but did not believe it was due to faulty wiring. "There is smoke damage which has spread a little into..
12-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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Ella calls for a song
Steve Kendall
Aria award winner and former front of Killing Heidi Ella Hooper is putting her name and judging talents behind The Melbourne Music Bank, a competition for regional music acts. The competition encourages musicians and bands from Victoria to enter. Entrants must submit an original song that ..
15-Aug-2014
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Killick takes stage
Christine McGinn
Cracking a joke or 12, stand-up comedian Bev Killick will take to the stage this September. With two decades of live performance up her sleeve, Bev will take her brash and bold humour to the Shamrock Hotel on September 4. Known for her work on Kath and Kim, Fat Pizza and even “Busting O..
14-Aug-2014
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The big decider
Joel Peterson
Grand final redemption is the goal for Strathfieldsaye Storm this weekend, when the 2013 runners-up take on Sandhurst in Saturday’s Bendigo Football Netball League senior football decider. The Storm and Dragons have been the two best sides in 2014, and one of the two has sat on top of ..
19-Sep-2014
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Golden finish planned
Joel Peterson
Golden Square is aiming for a fairytale finish to its sensational finals run, when it takes on Kangaroo Flat in Saturday’s BFNL A-Grade netball grand final. The Bulldogs won through from an elimination final to get to the decider, upsetting reigning premiers Gisborne and third-placed K..
18-Sep-2014
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Calisthenics team steps into town
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo will put on a show, hosting six Calisthenics Victorian State Championship competitions next year. The competition spans across four days and will be held in the city’s brand new Ulumbarra Theatre. Greater Bendigo council have joint forces with Calisthenics Victorian help support..
18-Sep-2014
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Lady Braves miss out
Joel Peterson
According to Bendigo Lady Braves coach Jonathan Goodman, it was the one that got away, a three-point loss on a shot within the last two seconds of overtime, that denied his side a shot at an SEABL title. One-time Bendigo Spirit recruit Kathleen Scheer provided the dagger, that saw Hobart throu..
12-Sep-2014
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Spirit for the Opals
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Spirit will provide both the youngest and oldest members of the Australian Opals team for next month’s FIBA World Championship for Women. Both 21-year-old point guard Tessa Lavey and 33-year-old recruit Belinda Snell have been selected in coach Brendan Joyce’s final 12-..
12-Sep-2014
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Spirit stars on top of the world
Joel Peterson
Bendigo Spirit's Belinda Snell and Tessa Lavey have both been named in the final 12-player Australian Opals squad for this month's FIBA World Championships in Turkey. The squad was announced by coach Brendan Joyce today, with Lavey the biggest surprise inclusion of the team. The 21-year-..
10-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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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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Harrowing stories from Royal Commission
Bendigo Weekly
The Royal Commission into Institutionalised Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released the second volume of its Interim Report. Volume two deals with the personal stories of some of the victims who have had private sessions with the Commission. Here is one story (names have been chang..
28-Jul-2014
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Market moves on food waste
Anthony Radford
THE Bendigo Community Farmers Market will be hosting an initiative to cut food waste this Saturday. The idea is to share simple ways to help residents stop wasting food and in turn boost their family budget. Greater Bendigo council Waste Services manager Simon Clay said in 2010 a Sustainab..
11-Jul-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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Waste wood has a colourful future
Steve Kendall
WHAT is big and red and eats pallets? The answer comes in the form of a mighty beast called Rotochopper. The machine has a few uses, but the main one being employed at Epsom Sand and Soil is turning industrial wood waste into mulch. Epsom Sand and Soil takes receipt of pallets from local b..
21-Feb-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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Fresh pickings
Marika McMahon
There is much excitement in the air out Kennington way with the opening this week of the new Woolworths and accompanying retail shops. It has been much talked about on the sidelines at soccer and basketball as families plot a new place to shop in Bendigo. On Sunday afternoon we had a stick..
29-Aug-2014
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Hop out for beer food
Marika McMahon
The ever changing landscape of Bendigo food world continues to evolve. There’s a few new places and a few new events. Did you drive along Pall Mall last Saturday and think there was some hipster convention in town? Sure there were a lot of beards, a lot of crochet beanies but they we..
22-Aug-2014
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Demand prompts new restaurant
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s Mexican Kitchen Restaurant opened a new diner, Mexi, in Strath Hill shopping centre on Monday. “We had to open a new store because of the high demand for it,” co-owner Bill Sherman said. Mexi is slightly different to the Mexican Kitchen Restaurant and is regar..
15-Aug-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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Electrifying from the first page
Dianne Dempsey
The Neighbour By Julie Proudfoot Xoum Publishing Bendigo writer Julie Proudfoot’s debut novel won the Seizure literary journal’s Viva La Novella Prize earlier this year. And it is quickly apparent why the novel has distinguished itself. The Neighbour is assured, co..
28-Jul-2014
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