Fire authority to investigate incident
Sharon Kemp
THE Eaglehawk CFA captain suspended for his alleged involvement in the manhandling of a young female volunteer has sought legal advice as the authority prepares to begin an investigation of the incident. A source close to captain Hayden Allen said the men involved in the incident cap..
08-Dec-2017
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Future plan for gasworks
Peter Kennedy
A contaminated industrial site in a prime location close to Lake Weeroona could be transformed into a centrepiece for education, conferences and accommodation as part of a report to be considered by the City of Greater Bendigo. The historic Bendigo Gasworks site has been largely dorm..
08-Dec-2017
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An emphasis on respect
Sharon Kemp
IT is not easy to measure the strategies to open our eyes to gender inequality. But Women’s Health Loddon Mallee executive officer Tricia Currie is certain that once seen, gender inequality cannot be unseen. She said that means working slowly but comprehensively to ..
08-Dec-2017
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Chief relief as Niemann reappointed
Sharon Kemp
CRAIG Niemann will sign another five-year contract as chief executive of the City of Greater Bendigo after beating out 50 other candidates who also wanted the job. After mayor Margaret O’Rourke announced his provisional appointment, he said he still has a fresh perspective and ..
08-Dec-2017
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Pool name battle rolls on
Sharon Kemp
CONTROVERSY surrounding the naming of the near-complete aquatic centre at Kangaroo Flat refuses to go away as City of Greater Bendigo councillors seek to rename the historic Bendigo aquatic centre after the Olympian Faith Leech, the name which was expected to adorn the new centre. Co..
08-Dec-2017
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Safety takes to the skies
Bendigo Weekly
A RATHER uncommon and very large visitor has dropped in on Kennington Primary School as part of Water Safety Week. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter, usually seen patrolling coastline, made a journey to several schools in northern Victoria to highlight the importance of water safety. ..
08-Dec-2017
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Familiar face waving from a different home
Sharon Kemp
Jack Fitzpatrick is recognisable as the friendly face who waved to passing drivers for 25 years from the front window of his Creeth Street home. So well known is Mr Fitzpatrick, after he disappeared from the window, drivers stopped at his house and asked family members if the man in ..
07-Dec-2017
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Tree tradition continues
Bendigo Weekly
The great Y Service Club Christmas Tree Sale is now on. One of the best aspects of Christmas for families is picking out the Christmas tree. And every year the YMCA raises money for up to 20 charities by selling “real live” trees to the public. Colin Lambie said he was a..
30-Nov-2017
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Uncle Brien recognised on honour roll
Bendigo Weekly
UNCLE Brien Nelson has been included on this year’s Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll recognising his profound contribution to his community. Mr Nelson is a Jaara Elder who life’s work included efforts to reconnect younger Aboriginal people to their culture and language. In hi..
23-Nov-2017
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O'Rourke back in the top job
Bendigo Weekly
MARGARET O’Rourke was installed on Tuesday for a second term as mayor, and councillor Jennifer Alden as her deputy. The pair will preside in a year that has the potential to offer Bendigo opportunities in the lead-up to a state election. A select committee into regional development..
17-Nov-2017
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Stepping out of isolation
Dianne Dempsey
Meet Jim, a four-year-old labrador and his much loved friend, Penny Williams. Brought together through the auspices of a pilot study conducted by La Trobe University researchers, the two companions have enjoyed regular walks together, all in the name of science. La Trobe’s Living w..
17-Nov-2017
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Group calls for Manus men
Bendigo Weekly
MEMBERS of the Loddon Mallee Regional Advisory Council are formally requesting to resettle within the region up to 300 refugees and asylum seekers from Manus Island. At the inaugural meeting of the council, Victorian Multicultural Commission chairperson Helen Kapalos said council members ask..
17-Nov-2017
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Governor tours local factories
Bendigo Weekly
VICTORIAN governor Linda Dessau has seen the high-tech sights of two of Bendigo’s largest employers. Ms Dessau toured the two major defence manufacturers in Bendigo, Thales and Australian Defence Apparel, this week. Along with husband Anthony Howard QC, Ms Dessau to..
07-Dec-2017
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New role as a celebrant
Sharon Kemp
There is a peculiar crossover in the skill sets for dentists and marriage celebrants, and in the explanation there is a great deal of hope. Because the most nervous a person can be is probably before they go to the dentist, or on their wedding day. The person who can calm them, and then ..
30-Nov-2017
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Mayor to chair Regional Cities in critical year
Sharon Kemp
A BENDIGO representative will chair a peak regional Victorian board through the 2018 State election. City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke was last night elected for a 12-month term to chair Regional Cities Victoria, on the same day Premier Daniel Andrews unveiled a regional ..
24-Nov-2017
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Homes needed ahead of kitten influx
Bendigo Weekly
THERE are 44 cats looking for homes at the RSPCA in Bendigo, and you can help. Across the state the RSPCA is attempting to find forever homes for 200 before Sunday. This is to make room for the thousands of homeless kittens that will soon start arriving. Cat adoption fees will be re..
23-Nov-2017
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Mural adds a bright view
Bendigo Weekly
View Street‘s charm has been enhanced by the addition of a mural created by one of the street’s traders, Kane Barri. To discover the mural you have to go to View Lane which runs parallel to View Street and off Mackenzie Street. The mural, painted by Kane Barri, the owner of ..
17-Nov-2017
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Stage is set for blues
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO singer Sherri Parry kicked launched the seventh Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival in fine style yesterday morning, kicking off the weekend in the Hargreaves Mall. If you’re a blues fan or not, there is plenty to see and do, with 140 acts performing across 50 venues, including sh..
09-Nov-2017
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The sound of the season
Bendigo Weekly
CANTERBURY Park will come alive with the sound of Christmas this weekend as the Eaglehawk community hosts its annual carols event. The event is run by the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival and is held in the gardens each year. Organisers are looking forward to a bumper e..
07-Dec-2017
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Videos on track for reading win
Bendigo Weekly
A series of educational videos supporting adults to encourage a love of reading in their children has been produced as part of the 2017 Bendigo Writers Festival. The five videos feature story-teller Narelle Stone and are designed to give parents confidence to read to their children and insp..
30-Nov-2017
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One stop for two services
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’s health and legal services are blazing a trail in regional Victoria, creating a partnership that allows vulnerable residents to access help for both challenges in one place. In opening the new headquarters of Bendigo Community Health Services and Arc Justice this week, the ser..
23-Nov-2017
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Quilty set for Bendigo
Peter Kennedy
Bendigo Art Gallery will host the acclaimed Another Day in Paradise exhibition of artworks by Bali Nine member Muyuran Sukumaran and leading Australian artists Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Megan Cope, Jagath Dheerasekara, Khaled Sabsabi, and Matthew Sleeth in July 2018. The exhibition responds ..
17-Nov-2017
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Students have driving ambition
Bendigo Weekly
SIXTEEN Eaglehawk Secondary College students have had a hands-on experience in the motor industry as part of the Smith Family’s Work Inspiration Program. The aim of the Bendigo program was to encourage more females to think about entering non-traditional jobs through a two-day workshop..
17-Nov-2017
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Beating addiction
Sharon Kemp
RECOVERING from drug or alcohol addiction is as tough as it gets but worth every sober minute. The rolling positive impact is felt for generations of Australians to come, according to the leader and recent graduates of a Bendigo rehab program. Three graduates of Transformations, the Conn..
10-Nov-2017
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Festival season rocks
Simon Wooldridge
LIVE music-wise, there isn’t much time to pause for breath in the lead-up to Christmas. The festive season kicks off in style tonight – Friday, December 8, with Anglo-Welsh-Australian outfit, Iffy Pop, putting Ashes squabbles aside to deliver an eclectic mix of covers &n..
07-Dec-2017
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Working the Vine
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne duo This Way North will be returning to Bendigo on Friday, December 15 at the Golden Vine Hotel. With a powerful alt-pop-rock sound, This Way North are two-piece drum and guitar featuring Cat Leahy and Leisha Jungalwalla. Their new track Make It Work was recor..
07-Dec-2017
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One night - one gig
Simon Wooldridge
Nothing that unusual about a band putting out a live album. TJ and Son are doing just that, early next year. But they’re taking a bold, and quite different approach. Not only is their forthcoming live album their debut, but it will be recorded on one night, at one gig – at t..
01-Dec-2017
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Changing seasons with the MSO
Bendigo Weekly
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is bringing its finest players and a gorgeous repertoire to Bendigo for an evening of classical music tomorrow. In his final concert with the MSO, concertmaster Eoin Andersen invites you to enjoy some of his favourite works celebrating the changing of the sea..
01-Dec-2017
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The word is out
Bendigo Weekly
Formed less than 12 months ago, The Write Stuff has attracted hundreds of central Victorians to its spoken word events this year. An event on Sunday will be the collective’s last event for 2017. It all happens at Bendigo’s MusicMan, 264 Hargreaves Street, from 3pm. &ldquo..
23-Nov-2017
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Songs they're singing
Simon Wooldridge
Tomorrow night, Saturday, sees a welcome return to Bendigo for folk-roots songstresses Alanna and Alicia. The twin sisters, now based in Melbourne, launch new album, Songs I’m Singing With Me, at The Old Church on the Hill. They’ll be joined by special guest, Enda Kenny &nda..
23-Nov-2017
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Games goal in sight
Joel Peterson
LAWN bowler Aaron Wilson’s outstanding form over the past two seasons has seen him rewarded with the top honour in international competition – Commonwealth Games selection. The 2016/17 Bendigo Sports Star of the Year winner was this week announced as part of the 17-strong Austral..
08-Dec-2017
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Kendle rekindles Braves flame
Joel Peterson
THEY trained Tuesdays and Thursdays and played on weekends, but Monday nights might have been the most important part of the Bendigo Braves’ 2016 championship season. The club’s on-court success was in no small part due to strong team chemistry, the bonds of which were forged at ..
08-Dec-2017
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Herbert has drive to win
Joel Peterson
LUCAS Herbert is very much the determined sort. He has been widely touted as one of the next big things in Australian golf, but he is as focussed on not letting the sport rule his life as he is on being successful in it. Growing up he hoped to be the next captain of the Western Bulldogs ..
08-Dec-2017
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Forward thinking for Spirit
Bendigo Weekly
WITH eight games remaining in the WNBL season and the team resigned to a fate that doesn’t include playoffs, the time has come for the Bendigo Spirit to cast an eye toward the future. Bendigo played Melbourne last night before it faces up to Townsville at home on Saturday night, but th..
08-Dec-2017
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Junior T20 comp a hit
Bendigo Weekly
THE new under-16 Twenty20 competition being trialled by the Bendigo District Cricket Association is proving a hit with young cricketers. The BDCA has 10 teams competing in the 20-over-a-side series on Tuesday night, which essentially serves as a substitute training session for many teams. ..
07-Dec-2017
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Rising to the test
Joel Peterson
A LOT is about to change in the life of Robbie Hucker. The 27-year-old wrapped his season with the Australian IsoWhey Sports team last month with a 10th-placed finish at the Tour of Hainan, bringing to an end a busy campaign. Most would expect the ensuing months to be filled with rest an..
01-Dec-2017
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Grant to a good home
Bendigo Weekly
The announcement this week of a housing grant of almost $300,000 was welcomed by the not-for-profit organisation, Amicus. The grant will be used by Amicus to build a fully accessible, two-bedroom unit providing much-needed, affordable housing for people with a disability. ..
07-Dec-2017
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Drive to donate
Bendigo Weekly
Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has launched her Christmas Donation Drive. This year, Ms Chesters is supporting the Uniting Care Bendigo Emergency Relief Assistant Centres in Kangaroo Flat and Forest Street. The Emergency Relief Assistant Centres assist several thousand local pe..
30-Nov-2017
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School in spotlight
Bendigo Weekly
THE past 12 months at Strathfieldsaye Primary School has exemplified the benefits of the Bendigo Health-backed Healthy Schools competition. Strathfieldsaye took second prize in the 2016/17 period, presented in conjunction with the Bendigo Sports Star of the Year awards. With the $1000 in..
23-Nov-2017
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Time to swap
Bendigo Weekly
THE National Swap Meet is back in Bendigo, marking 42 years of bits and bargains. This weekend will be a mass of all things car related, with enthusiasts and collectors looking for that all-important part. There is plenty to see and do with more than 1700 sites of auto, motorcycle engine..
17-Nov-2017
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Top spot for Phoenix presenter
Bendigo Weekly
Phoenix FM presenter Dawn Delaney hit a high note in broadcasting last week when her show was voted best new program. World Music Safari – Sounds From Other Lands is a weekly two-hour radio program presented each Sunday from 11am. The award was announced by the Community Broadc..
17-Nov-2017
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Wear your loudest shirt
Bendigo Weekly
The Australian Hearing Bus is out and about in Hargreaves Mall on Monday. It’s your big chance to wear your loudest and brightest clothes and have a free hearing check, what’s more the event supports deaf children. There will be a raffle competition and the Lions Club of Bend..
09-Nov-2017
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Steps to a healthy future
Bendigo Weekly
A simple walk after eating could play a big role in controlling diabetes and heart disease according to new research to come out of Bendigo. La Trobe University PhD researcher Philip Shambrook has discovered a 30-minute walk taken 30 minutes after eating is just as effective as a hig..
07-Dec-2017
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New spot booked
Bendigo Weekly
After operating for 15 years, Dymocks is the last major bookshop in Bendigo left standing – secondhand bookshops aside. “It’s important that we’re still here,” Dymocks manager Harry Hart said. “As well as the general public, we service the schools and..
30-Nov-2017
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Pathways in medicine
Bendigo Weekly
Tim Chimunda thinks ADHD traits can be put to good use and as the new director of the north-west Victoria regional medical training hub, he’s out to prove it. To his work as an intensive care specialist at Bendigo Health, he adds a family, a full agenda of networking and study, and hi..
23-Nov-2017
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Spanning the gap
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL engineering prowess has built the 65-metre-long footbridge across Arnold Street that will be one of the most prominent features of the Bendigo hospital when it is installed next Friday. Bendigo Engineering Services and other city-based firms have worked on the bridge at BES’s Kan..
17-Nov-2017
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Tony has pride in his work
Sharon Kemp
TONY Mertz has a once-removed relationship with the Hawkei that Thales is making for the Australian Defence Force. At the Eaglehawk Recycling Centre, his job is to break down the wooden crates in which parts for the expensive and high-tech protective vehicle arrive at the Bendigo factory. ..
17-Nov-2017
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Move along to save
Bendigo Weekly
New Real Estate Institute of Victoria data reveals regional buyers can save more than $350,000 by buying a home in the next town along the train line. Significant savings of more than $170,000 were also possible for those who purchased a home in Kangaroo Flat ($293,375) instead of the previo..
17-Nov-2017
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Living the high life
Steve Kendall
PILOT Lochie Tremain-Hill was destined for a life in the air, his family owned a helicopter company. “It was inevitable really,” he said. Now well into his career he’s based in Bendigo in preparation for the fire season. Mr Tremain-Hill has b..
07-Dec-2017
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Fountain has a new lease of life
Sharon Kemp
A $350,000 facelift sounds expensive, but not when it is preserving a priceless fountain that carries a replacement value of $2.8 million Alexandra Fountion that graces Charing Cross could never be replaced but it needs to be maintained in order to hold that value. ..
01-Dec-2017
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Bishop retires
Bendigo Weekly
THE Anglican Bishop of Bendigo Andrew Curnow AM will conclude his time in office next month. After more than 14 years, Bishop Curnow will lay up his pastoral staff in St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday, December 2. Bishop Curnow has been the head of the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo sin..
23-Nov-2017
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Poll call to end citizenship crisis
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO MP Lisa Chesters says she will meet the December 1 deadline for declaring any dual citizenship set this week. Both sides of federal politics came to an agreement on Monday to compel all MPs to confirm their citizenship status by the start of next month. The federal Labor member s..
17-Nov-2017
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Cadel makes his mark
Peter Kennedy
The 2011 Tour de France winner and four-time Olympian Cadel Evans AM enthralled local cyclists, business and civic leaders during a number of guest appearances in Bendigo on Wednesday. Evans was in Bendigo to promote the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race to cycling enthusiasts throughout reg..
09-Nov-2017
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Work on at QEO
Bendigo Weekly
WORKS on spectator facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Oval are gathering momentum, with design work completed for the new kiosk and redeveloped entry to Bendigo’s iconic oval. Shade shelters were constructed this year at the city end of the oval, and work has begun to install concrete b..
02-Nov-2017
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Sardinian Seachange
Bendigo Weekly
Newly graduated from design college but with no immediate job prospects, Faye Forrester is both surprised and delighted to receive an invitation to housesit for an old school friend and her Italian husband in Sardinia. Perhaps a few days of visiting Charolotte and Fabio’s tiny ..
07-Dec-2017
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Best of Bendigo in music
Bendigo Weekly
Music Town showcases Bendigo’s vibrant, growing and diverse music scene – from international artists like The Davidson Brothers and Cosmic Psychos, to Bendigo Chorale, to rising young talents Bill Barber and Sherri Parry. This new book features more than 120 bands and artists &nd..
30-Nov-2017
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Silence is not always golden
Sharon Kemp
On public transport, it’s generally expected that passengers will keep to themselves: that they will behave discreetly, mind their own business and not interfere in the conversations of those around them. Sometimes, however, the worst thing a fellow traveller can do is to do nothing at..
23-Nov-2017
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Puzzle over nurse
Dianne Dempsey
Among the 52 women, children and one boy who are buried together in the St Aidans gravesite at the Remembrance Park, Quarry Hill, lies the remains of Jean Lowrie – a World War I nurse. Her story particularly intrigued local historian Murray Poustie who feels he has run into a roadbloc..
23-Nov-2017
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Temporary island home
Rosalea Ryan
Gevaar Island, 40 kilometres due west of tiny Shoalhaven on the West Australian coast, is an isolated, largely inhospitable place at the best of times. In the off season, when the fishermen whose huts are the only sign of civilisation among the rocks rarely leave port on the mainland, it&rs..
17-Nov-2017
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Happily ever after?
Rosalea Ryan
One week. Seven days. Surely change can’t happen so quickly as to completely overturn someone’s sedate, settled life in such a short time span – or can it? High school English teacher Casper Gray enjoys the type of steady contentment his still-single childhood mate Luke cov..
09-Nov-2017
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