MAYOR CALLS FOR SHUFFLE
Christine McGinn
CITY of Greater Bendigo mayor Peter Cox has called for the current powers and position of the chief executive officer to be reviewed. Cr Cox said the position of CEO held too much power, leaving the councillors’ ability to influence decisions severely limited. “The CEO can empl..
30-Jan-2015
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REBUILDING
Dianne Dempsey
When Paul Gray’s wife Kerri, affectionately known as Kez, died on March 11, 2011 from breast cancer, she was 38. The tragedy was even more poignant as she left behind her two much loved children, Emily who was then 11 and Darcy, eight. While Mr Gray was heart broken, before his wif..
30-Jan-2015
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TWO HONOURED ON AUSTRALIA DAY
Bendigo Weekly
MAURICE Sharkey OAM has been awarded the Order of Australia medal for service to the community of Bendigo, and to local government. Alongside many other duties Mr Sharkey has been the chairman, Radius Disability Services, since 2012 and was the chairman advisory board of the B-central youth ce..
26-Jan-2015
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THUMBS UP FOR A TOP DAY
Bendigo Weekly
It’s time to light the barbecue and gather together with family and friends to celebrate Australia Day 2015 on Monday. A number of community groups have planned a range of official Australia Day celebrations across Greater Bendigo at Lake Weeroona, Axedale, Eaglehawk, Huntly, Strathfi..
26-Jan-2015
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Boost for child health
Bendigo Weekly
GREATER Bendigo councillors approved a child health medical centre in North Bendigo at this week’s council meeting. The heritage-significant home on the 2913 square metre Anderson Street site will be extended for use for the Central Victorian Child Health centre. The centre will oper..
23-Jan-2015
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PROUD AND HAPPY
Dianne Dempsey
When Bhupinder Singh became an Australian citizen last year he was proud and filled with happiness. “My family and our friends all went out to dinner to celebrate with me that night,” he said. “I first came to Australia in 2007 and have been studying and working here eve..
23-Jan-2015
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Locals have their say
Bendigo Weekly
LOCALS are invited to an information forum about the City of Greater Bendigo’s progress towards the Independent Review recommendations. Cr Peter Cox said the forum gave residents an opportunity to have their say on the council’s response to the 2013 review and its 69 recommendatio..
30-Jan-2015
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Push on for rate cut
Bendigo Weekly
TWO key housing bodies have joined the chorus of industry commentators pushing for a cut in official interest rates in February. The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) and the Housing Industry Association (HIA) this week both claimed that the decline in the annual rate of inflation rein..
30-Jan-2015
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Traders on a roll
Christine McGinn
TWENTY-EIGHT tobacco retailers have passed a City of Greater Bendigo test to refuse the sale of tobacco to minors. Council’s latest round of the Tobacco Test Purchasing program saw no retailers sell tobacco to minors. Council undertakes tobacco test purchasing on behalf of the Depar..
30-Jan-2015
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Call for green committee members
Bendigo Weekly
City of Greater Bendigo wants to hear from locals eager to join council’s new Sustainability and Environment Advisory Committee. Councillors voted to replace the Natural Environmental Advisory Committee and the Environmental Taskforce with the new SEAC at this week’s council meeti..
23-Jan-2015
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Huntly bus row ramps up
Steve Kendall
HUNTLY residents aim to put a stop to bus route changes in their area. Public Transport Victoria has rolled out the proposed changes and the consultation period has closed, but that has not stopped the residents planning action. Next Thursday, concerned bus users are encouraged to attend a..
23-Jan-2015
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Build starts hit a high
Bendigo Weekly
BUILDING activity figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics this month show that more dwellings were started in the September quarter than in any quarter since records began in the mid-1980s. The Housing Industry Association (HIA), said the figures show that detached dwelling c..
23-Jan-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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Last chance to donate a toy
Bendigo Weekly
SATURDAY, November 29 is your last chance to donate to a toy run. Hairem Scarem's Annual Toy Run is on again this year. "Help us put joy in the hearts of children by donating toys to those in need at Christmas," owner Emily Gartside said. "You can donate toys by dropping them off at..
28-Nov-2014
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LEADFOOT LANGDON PULLED UP
Bendigo Weekly
Ordinarily stories like this wouldn't see the light of day, but hey, it's an election campaign. Liberal Party Bendigo West candidate Michael Langdon was pulled over and fined for speeding today. Mr Langdon was traveling to Heathcote when police clocked him at 120 kilometres an hour in a ..
13-Nov-2014
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Clicking the cracking
Christine McGinn
Bendigo has been hit with thunderstorms and lightning overnight. The lighting first struck about 11.30pm on Sunday night, cracking down on homes across the municipality. Local photographer, Xavier White caught the natural incident on camera. The striking photograph was taken at Lake..
27-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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Water police crackdown
Bendigo Weekly
WATERWAY users will be the target of a police crackdown to ensure compliance on safety regulations this weekend. The Victorian Water Police will be ensuring water safety, focused on broken down boats, unregistered vessels, search operations, and irresponsible driving. Police issued the warnin..
23-Jan-2015
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Police on the beat
Christine McGinn
POLICE are on the hunt for information about a robbery at the Long Gully Post Office on Saturday. A man wearing a balaclava entered the store, when they first opened, and fled with a quantity of cash. No weapon was sighted and no one was believed to be injured. A police spokesperson sai..
19-Jan-2015
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Kennington fatality
Bendigo Weekly
A man in his 20s died in a single-vehicle incident in Kennington this morning. Police officers believe the man was driving south-west on Townsend Street about 5.30am. A police spokesperson said the driver lost control of the Holden ute which left the road and crashed into a tree. Police..
16-Jan-2015
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Long Gully house fire
Bendigo Weekly
A Long Gully house caught fire early this morning. The Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit are investigating the incident on Energetic Street. The Arson Squad from Melbourne is expected to arrive later today. More to come...
06-Jan-2015
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Offenders caught out
Bendigo Weekly
A 48 year old man has been arrested for breaking and entering into a Bendigo house early this morning. A male occupant of the house disturbed the offender in the kitchen and held him down until police arrived. It is believed two children were also inside the home at the time of the incid..
05-Jan-2015
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Police chase car
Christine McGinn
A dark coloured BMW coupe has captured police attention overnight and this morning for erratic driving. Bendigo Police and the BMW were in a car pursuit last night but it was terminated after a few minutes. The BMW was later spotted driving erratically and at high speeds down Lily and chum st..
16-Dec-2014
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Havea good time at the Vine
Bendigo Weekly
Joel and Dave Havea play the Golden Vine Hotel on Thursday, February 5. Joel who is back from overseas brings a really brand of soulful pop and dancy flavoured music to town. He is touring with his brother Dave. He has family in Bendigo, but lives and plays in Germany. This gig is..
29-Jan-2015
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Blues back on the move
Bendigo Weekly
Two very special young singer-songwriters will usher the Blues Tram into 2015. Jazz/folk songstress Eva McGowan and explosively soulful Josh Cashman will deliver two fresh and inventive sets of original music on Saturday. Blues and roots maestro Colin Thompson is keen to make the event bu..
21-Jan-2015
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Dream tour for Egans
Steve Kendall
MUSICAL sisters Alana and Alicia Egan are fulfilling a dream with a newly announced tour of North America The Bendigo-raised pair are regulars on the music circuit here and in Melbourne, but are stretching their wings and heading stateside. They sang at the Folk Alliance National Conferenc..
16-Jan-2015
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The highs and lows of Falls
Christine McGinn
BRAVING the elements and the compost toilets, The Falls Festival 2014 was a fiesta of music, food and campsite shenanigans. Cramming five days of festival fun into this space would not be fair to the ample artists, organisers and vendors piling into the festival. Thousands of festival reve..
09-Jan-2015
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Long touring road
Bendigo Weekly
Every inch of me is always itching unless I’m on a stage, sings front man Wil Wagner on the opening tracks to The Smith Street Band’s new record, Throw Me In The River. Barely resting since having spent November touring the country the band has announced their first tour of 2015,..
09-Jan-2015
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Bendigo EP launch for Hailey
Bendigo Weekly
BLUES Festival favourite, and all-round nice girl Hailey Calvert has chosen Bendigo as the launch site for her new EP. The blonde haired girl with a booming blues voice often causes the audience to double take, but there is no mistaking the candour and sincerity in her lyrics. Blues Festival..
05-Dec-2014
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Tour in town
Joel Peterson
Bendigo is set to welcome back Australia’s oldest stage race next week, when it hosts a stage finish and start of the 2015 Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Stage one of the race finishes in the heart of town on Thursday, with stage two getting under way from the Tom Flood Sports centre the followi..
30-Jan-2015
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Haig's great white hopes
Joel Peterson
Despite an interrupted start to 2015, Jack Haig is not ruling out his chances of defending his white jersey at this week's Tour Down Under. The 17th edition of the event gets underway in Adelaide tonight with the People's Choice Classic around the Adelaide Parklands precinct. Speaking to t..
18-Jan-2015
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Spirit fires up
Joel Peterson
After a disappointing end to 2014, the Bendigo Spirit is hoping that 2015 will start with a bang when the two-time defending champions take on West Coast on Saturday. The Spirit finished before the Christmas break with a home loss to Sydney Uni, after beating the Flames two weeks earlier awa..
02-Jan-2015
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FC changes afoot
Joel Peterson
Big changes are on the way for the re-named Bendigo City FC, but its aim to grow the game of soccer in Bendigo will be exactly the same. Bendigo City took over the licence for Bendigo’s National Premier Leagues Victoria team this year, after the side competed as FC Bendigo in the NPL&rsq..
19-Dec-2014
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World class
Joel Peterson
Bendigonians had the chance to get up close and personal with one of the biggest prizes in world sport on Tuesday, when the ICC Cricket World Cup Tour came to the Queen Elizabeth Oval. Hundreds of people made their way to the ground to be part of the tour, that will have visited 65 locations b..
19-Dec-2014
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Gully on top
Joel Peterson
Golden Gully heads into day two of its Emu Valley Cricket Association clash with Maiden Gully in a dominant position, having claimed first innings points at Cal Gully Oval on Saturday. The Cobras skittled the visitors for 109, with Shane Rabbitt top-scoring with 33 as Brad Webster ripped throu..
19-Dec-2014
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Girls wanna have 50s fun
Steve Kendall
THE 1950s was the era of rock ‘n’ roll and great cars, and of course the bombshells. Two Bendigo waitresses have taken history in hand and spend a lot of their time dressing and living the 50s dream, and this Valentine’s Day will be representing our city in Ballarat. Go..
30-Jan-2015
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Cats still roaming
Steve Kendall
LOVE them or hate them, one thing’s for sure about cats, they know how to hunt and wander. On the plus side, cats kill mice, rabbits and rats, but they will also kill native wildlife in alarming numbers, spray, howl and roam. When the City of Greater Bendigo council introduced a cat ..
23-Jan-2015
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Sharing the culture
Dianne Dempsey
When Sylvia Pham came to Bendigo in January 2014, the imperative was to educate her daughters Kelly 16, and Alyssa 12, in a congenial city and have the experience of an Anglo Saxon culture. She describes her husband Lucas Lai as a “fly in, fly out” father as he continues to sup..
13-Jan-2015
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A Christmas wish: good mental health for everyone
Bendigo Weekly
Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett has written his Christmas wish-list, outlining how all Australians can promote good mental health over the festive season. “Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it can be lonely and stressful for some people, potentially triggering symptoms of depr..
19-Dec-2014
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Sisters in on the act
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Bendigo South East Secondary College were in an ugly mood for their production this week, but their version of Cinderella had a happy ending. Months of hard work came to fruition for more than 100 Bendigo South East Secondary College students and staff this week, with the debu..
21-Nov-2014
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Sustainabilty group holds forum
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Sustainability Group’s climate election forum on Tuesday evening at St Paul’s hall attracted a audience keen to hear presentations from the Liberal, Labor, Greens and Sex Party candidates. The need for climate action was explained by James Wight of Precariousclimate...
12-Nov-2014
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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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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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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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Safety first with food
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO developer Jared Marwood has developed an application to help with food safety programs for small to medium Class 2 Retail and Food Service Businesses. Cook Safe allows food premises to easily create their food safety program. By answering a set of questions, Cook Safe sets up a Food..
19-Dec-2014
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Tarts raise money
Bendigo Weekly
Food Fossickers restaurant member Masons of Bendigo is baking up a storm to spread some Christmas spirit with an old fashioned cake drive, raising funds for the Bendigo Community Farmers Market. Restaurant owner and pastry chef Sonia Anthony has donated both her time and talent to bake the a..
12-Dec-2014
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Food Fossicking at Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
Michel’s Fine Biscuits have released their Christmas shortbread All Stars and award winning fruit mince pies. Available from Favourite Flavours, Mitchell St, Bendigo or head to www.michelsfinebiscuits.com.au • Indulge Chocolates have a variety of delicious hand crafted gifts, made us..
05-Dec-2014
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Fossicking for Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
The Food Fossickers network of Central Victoria is encouraging families and businesses to purchase locally grown produce and edible gifts this Christmas, in support of the region’s local producers, retailers and restaurants. Food Fossickers president Sonia Anthony said that it was of ..
28-Nov-2014
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It’s time for tarts
Marika McMahon
Now that the hats have been packed away and the fake tan is fading, spring racing is over and automatically my mind turns to the next big event on the calendar – Christmas. It used to be that there were a few things you could set your clock to regarding the arrival of Christmas in Bend..
14-Nov-2014
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Writing with Alice Pung
Dianne Dempsey
One of the special events coming to the Bendigo library is an author talk and writing workshop with Alice Pung on Monday, February 2. The daughter of Cambodian refugees who survived the Khmer Rouge, Ms Pung’s previous books were both autobiographical. This, her latest book, is a novel fo..
30-Jan-2015
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Summer reading
Dianne Dempsey
For many readers, holidays are a time for catching up on that pile of books that have accumulated on the bedside table. But this Christmas I struggled in my quest to find that magical book which would transport me far from away Bendigo’s relentless days of heat. Part of the problem I ..
23-Jan-2015
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Kindling a future for a paper book
Julie Proudfoot
Has all the talk about e-books superseding paper books died down now? I think it has. I’m a big fan of e-books, I bought my first e-reader in 1998. It was 40 millimetres thick, and too heavy to hold. I’d drop it on my face every five minutes. I think I’ve permanentl..
16-Jan-2015
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Weaving the story
Sam Kane
When only three-years old Maggie Jackson and her family set sail from Ireland for Australia. She says in her charming book she knew even then they would be encountering an unknown lifestyle. A Woven Cloth of Life tells the rich story of family, and the love which can be created through..
09-Jan-2015
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Short stories shine light
Dianne Dempsey
To the surprise and delight of the many people involved in the inaugural Quality Living Options Short Story Prize 2014, the winner was local visual artist, Pauline Mathrick. Her story, Room with a View was a stand out for the judges. Names were not attached to the 47 entries stories whic..
10-Dec-2014
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The Church with a Chimney
Dianne Dempsey
The value of local history, and implied that of the local historian, is often underestimated. A knowledge of our ancestors and they work they did is intrinsically important to us. This local history impacts upon us in terms of public and private buildings, public and private services and mo..
28-Nov-2014
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