Bendigo unemployment tumbles
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO is at the peak of an eight-year construction boom that is creating so many jobs, unemployment has halved in a year. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures put August 2016 unemployment at 3.9 per cent in Bendigo, half of what it was last year, as $750 million in projects under constr..
29-Sep-2016
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Countdown to the vote
Sharon Kemp
VOTERS can expect to receive ballot papers in the post as early as next week for the City of Greater Bendigo elections. Candidates are expecting many voters will fill in and return the paper soon after it is delivered, even though they have until October 21 to vote. The timing of electio..
29-Sep-2016
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More rain on the way
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S wettest September since 1979 is forecast to be even more so as the month draws to a close, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting up to 75 millimetres of rain into early next week. A rapidly developing low pressure system was expected to push into the state overnight, bri..
29-Sep-2016
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Compact city a health win
Sharon Kemp
URBAN design that encouraged walking or cycling reduced cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, according to Melbourne-led international research published in the medical journal, The Lancet. City of Greater Bendigo has adopted a compact city strategy with a plan for 10-minute neighbourh..
29-Sep-2016
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Health cost in focus
Sharon Kemp
MEDICARE is 30 years old, unwieldy and needed reform before restrictions and the rebate freeze halted bulk billing and made smaller regional medical clinics unviable, Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters heard this week. As Ms Chesters gathers evidence from local practitioners and patients to take to Ca..
29-Sep-2016
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A vision for the community
Dianne Dempsey
The Bendigo Islamic Community Centre will be the most open Islamic facility in Australia, if not the world, according to its architect. Speaking at Saturday night’s Community Thank you Dinner, architect Asher Greenwood said the East Bendigo facility will be one of a kind. “It..
29-Sep-2016
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Pyne looks over Hawkei
Sharon Kemp
THALES is pitching for work in the construction of Land 400 armoured fighting vehicles even though it has been knocked out as a contender for the multi-billion-dollar contract. Defence industry minister Christopher Pyne today toured Thales’ Bendigo operations including two ..
29-Sep-2016
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Award a good start
Bendigo Weekly
An early learning and care centre in Kangaroo Flat has won a national award for going above and beyond to increase family participation, which is having a profound and positive impact in the community. Goodstart Kangaroo Flat, which supports a number of vulnerable families and cares for 150 ..
28-Sep-2016
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Pharmacy students in at the sharp end
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s fourth year pharmacy students at La Trobe university will be the first in Victoria to learn how to immunise patients. The training program is being offered in response to the state government’s new legislation, enabling registered pharmacists to immunise. Up until ..
22-Sep-2016
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It's show time
Bendigo Weekly
The 2016 Bendigo Agricultural Show is fast approaching with entries for the various categories closing in the coming weeks. Whether you are the top lamington cook, the best fruit cake maker, or the number one scone master chef, you need to get your delectable medal winners into the contest...
22-Sep-2016
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Reflecting on time well spent
Sharon Kemp
RETIRING councillor Rod Campbell wants voters to enquire about the motivation of candidates they intend to vote for at the upcoming City of Greater Bendigo elections. As the two-term councillor and former mayor counts down to his retirement, he contemplates the council’s work of the re..
15-Sep-2016
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The Lab comes to life
Dianne Dempsey
Tireless advocate for autistic and neurodiverse children and teenagers, Beck Kelly, is thrilled to introduce two significant programs. The Lab Bendigo is a computer group aimed at autistic and neurodiverse children and teenagers aged between 8 and 17 years. The second program is “I..
08-Sep-2016
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Lighting up the theatre
Bendigo Weekly
When audiences in Bendigo are dazzled by performances at the Capital and Ulumbarra Theatres they may be surprised to discover that the lighting design has been created and executed by Catholic College Bendigo student Ian Scott. Ian comes from a creative family. His parents Anita and Tim have al..
28-Sep-2016
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Fit for the job
Bendigo Weekly
PHIL Carman is an athlete who as a footy player never really achieved the greatness of his immense potential, but his life-long commitment to fitness continues to serve him well. The 66 year old former Collingwood, Melbourne, Essendon and North Melbourne star played 100 games of Australian R..
23-Sep-2016
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Goldie walks out with Spirit
Bendigo Weekly
Mischievous mascot Goldie the Wonder Dog is joining the Bendigo Spirit over the summer holidays. The public face of the City of Greater Bendigo’s child-friendly city will be the club’s first ever mascot. “Children throughout the municipality love Goldie, and we reckon S..
22-Sep-2016
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Heritage for friends
Bendigo Weekly
A Heritage tour walk sets off on Sunday to raise funds for education scholarships and development works in Timor Leste. The Bendigo Maubisse Friendship Committee is behind the event and tour organiser Rod Flavell said it’s a great opportunity to experience some of Bendigo’s wonde..
22-Sep-2016
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Ken dives in to help remote community
Sharon Kemp
A KEY figure in the first round fight to save the Golden Square swimming pool, Ken Hamilton is using the pool maintenance skills he gained at Maple Street to bolster an Aboriginal community 100km south of Uluru. This time, in a fortnight, Mr Hamilton will be on his way to the Amata communit..
15-Sep-2016
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Kids all smiles for walking to school
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS at Eaglehawk North Primary School will be among those across the state lacing up their runners and walking to school next month to increase their levels of physical activity. Next month is Walk To School month, an initiative supported by VicHealth to try to arrest the dramatic decli..
08-Sep-2016
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Walk to a cure
Bendigo Weekly
THERE will a poignant message for people who attend a juvenile diabetes Walk to Cure Diabetes in Bendigo on Sunday, November 13. Stacey and Glen Caddy want to use the story of their daughter Sienna to raise awareness about the symptoms of type 1 diabetes and what makes it different to type 2..
28-Sep-2016
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Futsal in a league of its own
Bendigo Weekly
NINE futsal teams made up of friends and family always makes for fierce rivalry. So it was with Bendigo’s Karen community, who divided into teams for the third annual multicultural youth futsal tournament last weekend and cheered as loud as they could at the Flora Hill indoor sports ..
22-Sep-2016
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Aid for the islands
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO health educator Anne Hepner jumped at her daughter Milly’s suggestion to return to the Solomon Islands after 20 years for a month of volunteer health work. After two decades, the family retains connections in the South Pacific nation who have helped identify what is needed in ..
22-Sep-2016
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Sounds like a good idea for the holidays
Bendigo Weekly
What is sound? How does it work? Can sound travel in space? And why are some sounds happy, and some sounds hideous? This school holidays Discovery Science and Technology Centre Bendigo is presenting fun and entertaining activities to make sure you and the family get a positive vibe about so..
22-Sep-2016
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Kevin lands prime honour
Sharon Kemp
WHEN judoka Kevin Prime competes, he thinks not what he is missing, but what he’s got that his opponent has not. The answer is no lower left arm. After a farming accident when he was 15-years-old, Mr Prime started judo as “something I could hang my hat on.” More th..
15-Sep-2016
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Forum focusses on early intervention
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW unit at Bendigo Health that was the subject of a forum this week will allow mothers to be treated while their babies are with them. The annual forum was titles “The Earliest Intervention” and focussed on young parents and their babies, with around 100 people from areas suc..
08-Sep-2016
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Trio back at the Vine
Simon Wooldridge
It’s been over two and a half years since we played at the Golden Vine,” says Tyson Hodges. “I’m really looking forward to playing there again with this band. Some of my favourite gig memories are from that pub.” The Tyson Hodges Trio (TH3) will break that long..
28-Sep-2016
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Do or Die for Musicman
Simon Wooldridge
It’s billed as “Do Or Die”. Next week’s Musicman fundraiser festival features more than 60 bands. More acts are being added as the event – originally planned for Friday and Saturday – spills into a third day. The troubled CBD venue’s financial..
22-Sep-2016
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Boy and Bear head regional
Joel Peterson
WHEN you’re a group as big as Boy and Bear, you play in all kinds of venues, from pubs and clubs to stadium shows and sold out festivals. Despite having seen a wide variety of places, the band’s Tim Hart says that regional shows still have a unique quality. Lucky, because he and..
15-Sep-2016
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Royals in town
Simon Wooldridge
MUSICMAN is hosting “rock royalty” twice next week when the respective King Of The North and King Parrot tours hit Bendigo on Thursday and Saturday. Both bands visit central Victoria shortly before embarking on lengthy European adventures. King Of The North’s second album,..
08-Sep-2016
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Where the Lions roar
Bendigo Weekly
Four Lions’ new album Vahland comes from some pretty dark places. You’ve Ruined All My Favourite Songs captures the overall tone. “There are songs you introduce to someone in a relationship that you can’t listen to when it’s over. Not a positive association!&r..
02-Sep-2016
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Sweet sounds at the Gold Dust
Bendigo Weekly
A MISSION to play covers that other bands leave alone spurred the formation of Bendigo’s Sweet Disposition Band. The band’s four members – lead singer Sina Fonua, Chris Davey, Paul and drummer Pete – had all previously been playing in other bands, notching up a combined 2..
02-Sep-2016
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Spirit sticking to process
Joel Peterson
PROCESS has been the buzzword of the Bendigo Spirit’s offseason, and that theme will continue as the team heads into its final preseason hitout on Friday. While the club has gone 2-0 heading into its final game before the start of the Women’s National Basketball League season, Be..
29-Sep-2016
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Square's grand return
Joel Peterson
AT three-quarter time last week, it looked as though Golden Square’s indifferent finals series was going to catch up with them and see the Bulldogs bundled out of finals. Square trailed Eaglehawk by 16 points going into the final term of their preliminary final clash, and the upstart B..
23-Sep-2016
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Rested Roos ready for grand final test
Joel Peterson
KANGAROO Flat will be out to stop Golden Square’s quest for back-to-back A-grade netball flags in it tracks when the sides meet in the showcase netball game on Saturday. The build up for both sides could not have been less similar, with Kangaroo Flat a picture of stability for the bett..
23-Sep-2016
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Set for a classic
Bendigo Weekly
THE stars will line up when the Bendigo District Cycling Club holds its annual Rob Vernon Memorial on Sunday. Recent Tour of the Great South Coast winner Sam Crome, Tour of Taiwan champion Robbie Hucker, Jason Lea, national under-23 champion Chris Hamilton and National Road Series winner Joe..
23-Sep-2016
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Spirit impress in opener
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Spirit coach Simon Pritchard expects new recruit Blake Dietrick to fit in with his side seamlessly as the Spirit head into their second preseason match tomorrow. The Spirit takes on 2015/16 finallist Dandenong in Werribee, the first of two games against the Rangers before the start o..
23-Sep-2016
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The best of the best in 2016
Joel Peterson
GOLDEN Square co-captain Jack Geary leads the way in the Bendigo Weekly's Bendigo Football League 2016 Team of the Year. The Bulldogs lead the way with six players in the side, ahead of grand final combatants Sandhurst with four. Eaglehawk coach Luke Monaghan was named coach of the year ..
22-Sep-2016
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The long goodbye
Dianne Dempsey
The long goodbye is the name often given to that cruellest of diseases, Alzheimer’s. And it’s a name to which Narelle Williams can easily relate. “My father retired at 65 years of age and was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s when he was 67,” she ..
28-Sep-2016
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Reunion on court
Bendigo Weekly
GERRI Stevens and Jean Frost remember being at the meeting that formed the Bendigo Married Ladies Netball Association 40 years ago, and such are the connections they have made, they have played ever since. The association is now called Bendigo Midweek Ladies Netball, and is calling for all p..
22-Sep-2016
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Believe picnic sets up again
Bendigo Weekly
THE second annual Believe in Bendigo family picnic day will be held in Bendigo’s Civic Gardens on Friday, September 30. Organisers say Bendigo showed the world its true colour one year ago when more than 3000 people turned the gardens into a showcase of diversity and unity, and took a ..
15-Sep-2016
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Kits for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
Students from Catholic College, Crusoe College, Girton Grammar and Bendigo Senior Secondary College worked hard over the past week to begin the assembly of Zonta birthing kits. Zonta is now inviting community volunteers to help its members assemble the kits this Saturday, September 10, from ..
08-Sep-2016
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Ken opens doors for a good cause
Dianne Dempsey
For many years now Eaglehawk residents Ken and Muriel Maes have been opening their garden for display in order to raise money for the lepers of Nepal. Despite a common misapprehension that leprosy is now a defunct disease, there are still many people, particularly in the third world who stil..
02-Sep-2016
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Hitting the mark
Bendigo Weekly
EVERYTHING from clocks to Victoria Crosses will be on show this weekend at the Golden City Collectors’ Association’s 33rd Arms and Collectables Show. Held at Major League Multisports in Golden Square across the weekend, the show will have over 200 exhibitors from far and wide dis..
25-Aug-2016
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Telco ramps up for city
Sharon Kemp
OPTUS want to be considered a viable mobile phone competitor to Telstra and is spending $3.5 million and building seven new towers around Bendigo to gain the credible coverage. The telecommunications company is spending the same amount in Ballarat as it moves to capture greater market share ..
28-Sep-2016
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Care for carers
Bendigo Weekly
Anglicare Victoria was one of 134 worthwhile causes to have a helping hand from Lendlease employees last week, as part of its annual community day. On Thursday, around 20 Lendlease employees and subcontractors from the Bendigo Hospital project converged on an Anglicare Victoria residence. ..
22-Sep-2016
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Goodbye Possums
Dianne Dempsey
While Jimmy Possum has arguably been one of Australia’s most successful regional businesses, its owners, Margot and Alan Spalding, came to the realisation earlier this year that enough was enough. “Alan had been diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago and we thought he had ..
15-Sep-2016
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The who behind Hoo-gah
Bendigo Weekly
When Bendigo chef Gina Trivolo recently opened a cafe in Mitchell Street her parents reminded her she was following a family tradition. “My grandfather had a greengrocer’s in Mitchell Street (where the TAB is today) for many years, but sadly his shop went the way of a lot of small bu..
08-Sep-2016
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Fresh market for exports
Peter Kennedy
Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm is taking its fresh chicken products to more of the world by expanding its export business into the lucrative Hong Kong market. After years of selling frozen products to Hong Kong, the Philippines, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, Hazeldene’s is now ..
02-Sep-2016
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NBN rollout lines up Bendigo suburbs
Sharon Kemp
SOME Bendigo residents can start to shop for retail packages for broadband internet as NBN Co constructs the first node cabinets in the city, starting in East Bendigo. The progress is a welcome development for businesses who have been waiting for the rollout to increase internet speed commen..
01-Sep-2016
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TAFE gears up
Bendigo Weekly
Automotive students from Bendigo and its surrounds can look forward to a whole new training experience at Bendigo TAFE Charleston Road campus. On October 12, upgraded automotive facilities featuring across-the-board improvements will be unveiled for the first time. Students and industry..
28-Sep-2016
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Villa has a new outlook
Bendigo Weekly
George Lansell had a lot of gold, hence a lot of money, but the Quartz King passed away in 1906 having never finished his pride and joy in the historic Fortuna Villa. Fortuna was constructed in 1856 with several extensions over the years, but the final external finishing touches..
22-Sep-2016
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Project goes to a new level
Sharon Kemp
AS fast as St John of God Bendigo hospital refurbishes its new and existing wings, the new wards fill. The hospital has completed the upper two levels of its new building and is part way through refurbishing the existing wing. The $41 million initial redeve..
15-Sep-2016
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Drawn to the mall
Bendigo Weekly
THERE is one more Eltham Copper Butterfly in the Bendigo region, but you’re unlikely to see it in the garden at home any time soon. Pavement artist Ulla Taylor this week put the finishing touches on a chalk drawing of the rare butterfly to tie in with 2016 National Threatened Species D..
08-Sep-2016
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Mall renewal a long way off
Sharon Kemp
IT may take many years and failures before Bendigo has a mall people want to visit the spend time in. Victorian parliamentary secretary for justice Ben Carroll told the Bendigo safe communities forum it can take decades to reduce crime and reinvigorate a public area, such as a mall. Depa..
02-Sep-2016
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CBD the centre of attention
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO’S central business district could be on the verge of a new period of growth and change, underpinned by recognition of its major assets and appropriate infill development. City of Greater Bendigo consultant architect Don Goldsworthy OAM told an audience at the Bendigo Writers Fe..
02-Sep-2016
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Bovine beauties
Rosalea Ryan
Long, wide, curly, straight or curved: the horns adorning the cattle that feature in photographer-writer Daniel Naudé’s dramatically handsome coffee-table book are as spectacular and distinctive as hairstyles or gowns at any red-carpet event. South African Naudé captures with..
28-Sep-2016
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Paper chase
Rosalea Ryan
Interested in data? It’s February 2015 and in Germany investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer is presented with what quickly becomes the most daunting yet satisfying challenge of his media career. Obermeyer is at home one evening when an email arrives from an anonymous correspondent. ..
22-Sep-2016
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Adventure on the high rivers
Rosalea Ryan
Take two adventurous Englishmen, a desire to float clear across Europe and an assortment of watercraft, conventional and otherwise. The result? The offspring of this rare blending is a highly entertaining travel memoir that is in equal measure informative, instructional and hilarious. When c..
15-Sep-2016
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Reel-life
Rosalea Ryan
THINK Sex and the City for the average lonely, directionless suburban woman: abundant sass, bawdy humour and a generous dose of outrageous sexual misadventure but without the extravagances of Manolos, Cosmopolitans and a Manhattan bachelorette pad all apparently paid for by a couple of hours’ ..
08-Sep-2016
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Camel riding
Rosalea Ryan
Reptile collector, camel expert, big-cat doctor, gazelle wrangler, antiques aficionado, father of five: Alex Tinson juggles disparate roles in balancing his career as a veterinarian and researcher with his pride in heading up a happily blended Australian-Emirati family. Raised on Sydney’s ..
02-Sep-2016
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Wild ride through the worst of zones
Bendigo Weekly
DEATH, disasters, destruction, disease: Peter Stefanovic has endured the worst imaginable circumstances in some of the world’s most dangerous places in the course of his employment as a television news journalist. In a sensitive yet self-deprecatingly humorous professional memoir, Stefanov..
25-Aug-2016
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