New kinder on the way for Strathfieldsaye
Sharon Kemp
EIGHT years after consultation began, Strathfieldsaye will get a new kindergarten and the old facility will be demolished to make way for a carpark as part of a $4 million overhaul of the Club Court precinct. At Wednesday night’s meeting, City of Greater Bendigo councillors awarded a $..
17-Feb-2017
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Council code concern
Sharon Kemp
A SLIGHTLY revised councillor code of conduct was ratified this week by City of Greater Bendigo as earlier version was being challenged in a VCAT tribunal. Former councillor Elise Chapman is asking the tribunal to review a 2015 decision by a conduct panel that she breached the code of conduc..
17-Feb-2017
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More jobs to go at bank
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has warned of more redundancies after reporting a reduction of 107 full-time positions in the past six months. Managing director Mike Hirst said cuts to the official cash interest rate by the Reserve Bank of Australia in May and August had reduced the margin the ban..
17-Feb-2017
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Chapman defends tweet
Sharon Kemp
IN a case that will have organisations scurrying to review their social media policy, a VCAT tribunal in Bendigo heard this week former City of Greater Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman believed she was tweeting as a private citizen when she sent to a resident a picture of children with mutilated ..
17-Feb-2017
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V/Line looks into collision
Bendigo Weekly
INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into a collision between a train and four-wheel-drive at Big Hill that saw services to Bendigo dramatically affected over the past two days. A V/Line VLocity train headed toward Epsom collided with the abandoned car on Wednesday afternoon, causing massive servic..
17-Feb-2017
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High spirits following stadium deal
Joel Peterson
AFTER years of uncertainty, the future of the Bendigo Spirit, and national level sport in Bendigo, is finally secure. Related: Coach calls for WNBL cap (http://www.bendigoweekly.com.au/news/coach-calls-for-wnbl-cap) The Spirit and Bendigo Stadium Limited yesterday announced an agreeme..
17-Feb-2017
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Taxi protests come to Bendigo
Sharon Kemp
VICTORIAN taxi drivers brought their grievances to the electoral office of Bendigo East MP Jacinta Allan for the second time this year but the Transport Minister was in Melbourne. Protestors, led by the Transport Action Group, claimed the state government’s buyback price of $100,000 pe..
20-Feb-2017
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Bangarra covers new terrain
Bendigo Weekly
Bangarra Theatre dancers took time out on Wednesday, ahead of their performance of Terrain: A hymn to country. Terrain is a work exploring the fundamental connection between Aboriginal people and the land. Choreographed in 2012 by Frances Rings, Terrain originated on Arabunna land, in..
17-Feb-2017
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Changes ahead for diocese
Peter Kennedy
THE Diocese of Sandhurst has introduced a raft of changes in response to findings handed down by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that the diocese had the second worst rate of offending of all Australian dioceses. In a broad-ranging and in-depth intervi..
10-Feb-2017
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Gold win for mine
Sharon Kemp
AFTER a decade of steady production, the Fosterville Gold Mine on Bendigo’s doorstep has hit the jackpot, intercepting some of the richest gold mineralisation in the world. At just more than a kilometre below the surface, the rock sample that a drilling rig recovered this month reco..
03-Feb-2017
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Dream becomes reality
Bendigo Weekly
THE biggest project in Bendigo’s history is up and running. All patients have been moved and the enormous task of running the facility starts here. This is stage one, with more stages on the horizon, but if the first instalment is anything to go by, the hospital when complete will be the ..
27-Jan-2017
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Less than a day before the move
Sharon Kemp
THERE is the occasional worker carrying a tube of sealant, but ahead of tomorrow’s one-day move of patients into the new $630 million Bendigo Hospital, most working there are health professionals readying themselves at their stations. Tomorrow the move will be managed from three comman..
23-Jan-2017
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Marong Cup riders saddle up
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Jockey Club will host its first major race day of 2017 this weekend when the annual Marong Cup takes over the track tomorrow. The popular event doubles as a fundraiser for local catholic primary schools and is billed as one of the best family days out in central Victoria. Th..
16-Feb-2017
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Awards in sight for young guns
Bendigo Weekly
SOME of Bendigo region’s most promising sporting talent will be recognised as part of the Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year inaugural scholarships program to be unveiled at this year’s awards night. Set for Friday, February 24 at the All Seasons Quality Resort, the awards ..
09-Feb-2017
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A sporting chance
Bendigo Weekly
The Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year awards continue to recognise the region’s many elite athletes, with a diverse field of contenders lining up for this year’s overall honour. NBA championship winning basketballer Matthew Dellavedova, world champion lawn bowler Aaron Wil..
02-Feb-2017
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Fire service medal for Bill
Bendigo Weekly
After more than 70 years in the CFA, Kangaroo Flat’s William “Bill” Bowery has certainly gained the respect of his peers. Mr Bowery joined the Kangaroo Flat Fire Brigade in 1945 and since that day has never looked back. “I’ve got a picture book full of amazi..
26-Jan-2017
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When the black dog bites
Dianne Dempsey
An extremely exciting exhibition is on display at the La Trobe Art Institute in View Street. Daniel Butterworth’s When the Dog Bites consists of nine self-portraits which depict the primary emotion of depression. But Butterworth doesn’t describe the works as self-portraits..
19-Jan-2017
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Scots return for a day of fun
Bendigo Weekly
Neil Clark will have the biggest birthday bash of his half-century living in Australia when he acts as chieftain for Bendigo’s Scots Day Out in Rosalind Park on Saturday, February 11. The Bendigo Visitor Information Centre tour guide was announced as chieftain for Victoria’s larg..
12-Jan-2017
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Forging a bond
Bendigo Weekly
CHRISTMAS dinner for members in Bendigo marked the last meeting of the last Victorian branch of the Welding Technology Institute of Australia. With some money left in the bank, the members voted to donate the more than $650 to prostate cancer research. The dinner marked the end of 43 ye..
16-Feb-2017
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Project gathers speed
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO is three months away from being able to land a 75-seat passenger aircraft, and a step closer to attracting a domestic carrier. The new 1.6 kilometre runway at the Bendigo airport has passed all checks by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and was commissioned at noon on Wednesday. ..
10-Feb-2017
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Courts face change
Sharon Kemp
HEIGHTENED security and fresh calls for improvements to the Bendigo Law Courts coincided with the beginning of the legal year this week. Speeches to mark the new legal year focused on increased use and expectations on the court system in Bendigo as the population grows, making increasingly n..
03-Feb-2017
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Pat on the back for service
Sharon Kemp
CLIFF Richards’ Medal of the Order of Australia is an honour, says the 15-year president of the Bendigo District RSL. But “just a simple ‘well done mate’, and a pat on the back, I’ll take that,” Mr Richards said. After 40 years of service to Australian..
26-Jan-2017
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Peter's back on the air
Dianne Dempsey
The newly appointed president of 105 LifeFM, Peter Stanton, said he’s extremely happy to be working in radio once more. “I was invited onto the board for 12 months and then in November 2016 elected president.” he said. Broadcasting 24 hours a day, 105.1 LifeFM, is a not..
19-Jan-2017
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Skye's back in Bendigo
Sam Kane
NOT many recently graduated doctors can say they started their career in a new multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art hospital. But, that’s exactly what’s happening for Bendigo’s Skye Kinder – a name well known to locals, and now one of Bendigo Health’s ne..
13-Jan-2017
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Night moves
Simon Wooldridge
It seems only a few weeks ago that the last guitar riffs of another explosive Travis Bowlin set pretty much rounded-out proceedings at the sixth Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival. That November weekend saw the most successful festival to date with around 17,000 punters soaking up the s..
17-Feb-2017
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Philharmonia returns
Bendigo Weekly
After several successful European tours in 2015 and 2016 the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne is coming back to Bendigo with a powerful new programme. “Classical music the world over” is the motto of the orchestra. The ensemble’s Jens Kehling said it is irrelevant for th..
17-Feb-2017
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Home based release
Bendigo Weekly
Mariah McCarthy and Georgia Delves are returning to their rural roots in Bendigo to release their single Judgement Call. Collectively known as Deer Prudence, the pair released their debut single Sam’s Lament at the tail end of last year, with their new single taken from their forthcomi..
17-Feb-2017
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Rattlin' good fun at the Schaller
Bendigo Weekly
Need an excuse to enjoy some craft beers, local produce and great live music? On Saturday the Schaller Studio and The Pantry will be hosting another fun-filled, sunny Saturday session. Nibble and sip your way through the afternoon, soaking up the sun and raucous rhythm and blues music..
17-Feb-2017
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Songbirds hit the road
Sharon Kemp
A 15-year long friendship and numerous credits on each other’s albums have prompted two of Australia’s most celebrated musicians to go on the road together. Former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning and country singer/songwriter Kasey Chambers started the 10-date tour Sooner o..
09-Feb-2017
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Golden Vine gets the blues
Simon Wooldridge
Geoff Achison is Australian blues royalty. The internationally-renowned guitarist, who spent his early years in Malmsbury, has just embarked on a lengthy tour that also takes in the UK and US. Bendigo’s Golden Vine, tomorrow night, is gig number six of a scheduled 52 which also s..
09-Feb-2017
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Spirit aim to finish on a high
Joel Peterson
AFTER a big week off-court, the Bendigo Spirit are hoping they can finish their season off with a bang in the competition’s final regular season round this weekend. The Spirit were eliminated from playoffs last weekend with a 25-point loss to Canberra that included a 24-4 mauling in th..
17-Feb-2017
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Hucker eyes winning form
Joel Peterson
THE challenging terrain and conditions of Malaysia will be the stage for the first international race of Robbie Hucker’s year, when the Bendigo cyclist and his IsoWhey Sports Swisse Wellness teammates compete at the Tour of Langkawi next week. The Bendigo cyclist and Cloud Copy Click B..
17-Feb-2017
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Vics roll on at national champs
Bendigo Weekly
VICTORIA has been the dominant power in the opening days of the Basketball Australia Under-20 and Ivor Burge Championships held at Bendigo Stadium this week. None of the four Victorian sides had been beaten through the first four days of competition, with the Victorian men knocking off New S..
17-Feb-2017
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Spirit future secured
Joel Peterson
THE future of the Bendigo Spirit has been assured with the club and Bendigo Stadium Limited coming to a partnership agreement that will see the Spirit join with Bendigo's basketball organisations under the one roof. A deal was announced today to secure the future of the club, and will involv..
16-Feb-2017
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Coach calls for WNBL cap
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Spirit coach Simon Pritchard has implored the Women’s National Basketball League to act in order to ensure the survival of its clubs as the Spirit yet again faces an uncertain future. The Spirit is again being forced to assess its options as it continues to survive very much on..
10-Feb-2017
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Locals shine on AFLW debut
Joel Peterson
IT had the feel of suburban footy of old, but the atmosphere and game itself on Friday night at Princes Park was exciting to so many because it was something new. As the AFL Women’s era got under way among the hype and, in some cases, hyperbole, the contest itself was overshadowed by t..
10-Feb-2017
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A haven for success
Sharon Kemp
MICHELLE Marschall has a long-term plan to become a maternal health nurse, raise her three-year-old son in her own home, without help from support agencies. The 25-year-old didn’t always have a plan, not when she was couch surfing with a baby or living in her car for a two-week stretch..
16-Feb-2017
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Winning ways of Winefride
Dianne Dempsey
The first thing people want to ask centenarian Winefride Lucy King is what is the secret to her long life? Mrs King’s response is that she has always walked everywhere (having never driven a car) has never had a drink or smoked but as for swearing, well that’s another story. ..
09-Feb-2017
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Star movies are a way of life
Bendigo Weekly
In the trailer for the 1988 film Cinema Paradiso the voiceover states; “In this town, the movies are more than just entertainment. They’re a way of life.” Star Cinema business manager Martin Myles reckons the line for this Italian masterpiece could well have been written a..
02-Feb-2017
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Wheelchair a winner
Bendigo Weekly
Gerard Smith’s mobility has been improved considerably with the aid of a custom built wheelchair. Benetas St Laurence Court resident Mr Smith, who served in the armed forces, is unable to walk due to a complex medical condition and needs a wheel chair to mobilise. He and his wife..
26-Jan-2017
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The big move nears
Bendigo Weekly
IT is just a few days until Bendigo Health moves into the new world class Bendigo Hospital, with patient move day planned for Tuesday. Bendigo Health Board Chair, Bob Cameron, said excitement was building as the move to the new hospital gets closer. “Many months of planning and pr..
19-Jan-2017
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RSPCA cuts fees to help cats find homes
Bendigo Weekly
RSPCA Bendigo is waiving the $120 adoption fee for cats for four days next week to give its many cats a better chance of a brighter future. The No Fee for Felines promotion applies to all cats four months and over and runs from Thursday, January 19 to Sunday, January 22. RSPCA Vict..
12-Jan-2017
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Switch to the future
Bendigo Weekly
AS the first 10,000 Bendigo homes connect to the National Broadband Network, visitors to a display home in Strathfieldsaye can get a glimpse of the future already here. It is a digital set up that allows the home owner to control remotely by an app the cameras, power points, door locks and ligh..
16-Feb-2017
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Strong focus
Joel Peterson
LOCAL strength and conditioning coach Todd Jarratt will learn from some of the best when he heads to prestigious American university Stanford on an internship next year. Mr Jarratt has been working with Epsom-based The Human Mechanics for just over a year and recently landed a job with top Q..
09-Feb-2017
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Vet clinic set for city growth
Bendigo Weekly
A PLANNING permit has been granted for the development of a new vet clinic in Spring Gully, adding another clinic to the multitude of new animal care services starting up in Bendigo. What will be named the Spring Gully Animal Hospital is being built on the corner of Spring Gully Road and Bu..
02-Feb-2017
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Bright future for Meghan
Bendigo Weekly
Eaglehawk student Meghan Frederick is bucking the trend in the male-dominated world of science, technology, engineering and maths. Women hold fewer than one in five senior researcher positions in Australian universities and research institutes, and account for just a quarter of the STEM work..
26-Jan-2017
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High life for Jordan
Sharon Kemp
JORDAN Lees hadn’t realised until last August he had already done the bulk of the research he needed to start his own business UpDown Desk which launched in Bendigo on January 1. Mr Lees, a physiotherapist and law graduate working as an occupational health consultant, was sourcing for ..
20-Jan-2017
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Empowering Eaglehawk
Bendigo Weekly
Empowering Eaglehawk is a hugely successful community enterprise. Evidence of this success is the development of the Eaglehawk Canterbury Park Precinct facilities over the past 10 years. The latest project in the pipeline is a state-of-the-art playground which will include a flying f..
12-Jan-2017
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No comical event
Bendigo Weekly
The next Bendigo Record Comic and Toy Fair is coming up on March 12. The event will be at the Bendigo Expo Centre, at the Bendigo Showgrounds and promises to be a mix for fans of the comic world. Organiser Peter Pascoe said attendees attempted a world record at the last event for the..
16-Feb-2017
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Club lights up a new home
Bendigo Weekly
TECHNOLOGY is all around us, but have you ever wondered just how it works? Well, the Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club is giving you the chance to find out, and the club has a brand new location stocked full of technological marvels. From electronic dice to solar-powered creepy..
09-Feb-2017
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Words from a master
Bendigo Weekly
JAZZ vocalist Vince Jones visited Bendigo on Tuesday to share his experience in the music industry and his love of Van Morrison’s music with students from Bendigo South East Secondary College’s Academy of Creative Arts. Even though the students didn’t officially return un..
02-Feb-2017
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Top night for sport
Bendigo Weekly
The 2017 Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year awards will be announced in just four weeks’ time, with preparations for the gala event continuing. Sports Star’s prestigious honour roll includes Olympic, world and Commonwealth champions, as well as stars such as reigning Sports..
26-Jan-2017
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Harness training on offer
Bendigo Weekly
IF you see yourself as working in the harness racing industry, your chances have been fast tracked. The Harness Racing Training Centre Bendigo will be offering students a range of industry training programs and qualifications this year. There is government funding available for eligible ..
19-Jan-2017
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Future bright for community pool
Sam Kane
SLATED with potential closure again during 2016, the Golden Square Community Pool is instead fighting back, this week recording their highest half-season patronage to date. Nearly 6900 swimmers have taken a dip since the November 19 opening, an increase of 1441 patrons on the same time last ..
12-Jan-2017
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Island intrigue
Rosalea Ryan
Inheriting property on a previously unfamiliar North Sea island has never been part of Englishwoman Emma’s grand life plan. When great-aunt Freda bequeaths her estate to Emma, the 30-something insurance clerk’s unremarkable day-to-day existence in Newcastle is unexpectedly disrup..
17-Feb-2017
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Living the boyhood dream
Rosalea Ryan
Some athletes have a fascinating story to tell but aren’t natural storytellers. Others can communicate beautifully but don’t necessarily have much out of the ordinary to share. And then there’s Cadel Evans: son, father, friend, idol and almost certainly Australia’s gr..
09-Feb-2017
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Betrayal in Venice
Rosalea Ryan
Once part of a fishing dynasty, Innocenzo now sails alone, one brother dead, drowned when strafed in an Allied air raid, the other dead to him as a result of having enticed Cenzo’s wife into an affair that ultimately cost the young woman her life. To their mother, however, Cenzo is the..
02-Feb-2017
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A family tale
Dianne Dempsey
Everyone has a book in them so they say and in some instances, it’s best to leave that book right where it belongs. But in John Jeffrey’s case his book was well worth the writing. Starting with his background as a typical working class Aussie who was into “football, fr..
26-Jan-2017
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Stormy times
Rosalea Ryan
New York has barely recovered from the second-costliest hurricane ever to strike the US. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across Staten Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.Now, just a couple of weeks short of five years later, it’s mid September 2017 and an equally intimidatin..
19-Jan-2017
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Liar, liar...
Rosalea Ryan
It is deep winter in Iceland: a bleak, gloomy season when the region’s few hours of daylight are marred by unpredictable blizzards, roaring Arctic gales and impenetrable, all-enveloping fog. Over the course of roughly a week in late January, in the south-west of the country a series o..
12-Jan-2017
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