Education under review
Sharon Kemp
THE Bendigo Education Plan will be reviewed this year and a new plan set for the next decade of public secondary education as enrolment figures show the model has swung out of balance with one junior secondary college almost three times the size of any of the other three colleges. At the ..
26-Jan-2017
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$1 million reward for information about 49-year-old Bendigo case
Sharon Kemp
POLICE believe someone in Bendigo has information about the disappearance of two teenagers in California Gully 49 years ago. Up to $1 million is being offered for information about Maureen Braddy, who was 16, and her 17-year-old friend Allan Whyte who were last seen leaving a YMCA dance in M..
23-Jan-2017
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New warning from Crime Stoppers
Sharon Kemp
THE heat can create opportunities of the worse kind, according to Crime Stoppers. Residents are being advised to report unsafe behaviour that could lead to a fire being lit. They are also asked to be on the look out for any suspicious solicitation by tradespeople. Crime Stoppers Vict..
20-Jan-2017
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Anxiety over debt errors
Sharon Kemp
ROBERT is still demoralised by the six weeks he spent correcting debt collectors about a $2500 Centrelink debt he was told before Christmas he owed. He said he had almost come to the end of the paperwork after discovering himself the error was due to a name change of a former employer. ..
20-Jan-2017
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Volunteers are citizen winners
Sam Kane
VOLUNTEER Garth Keech and refugee activist Khayshie Tilak Ramesh have this week been named as Bendigo’s Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year for 2017 – a call neither were expecting from mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke. “It was pretty stunning... I was a little bit sho..
20-Jan-2017
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No easy fix for caravan park land
Sharon Kemp
THE question of what will replace the Central City Caravan Park after more than 90 permanent residents are kicked out has become more urgent with the revelation three quarters of the land is subject to flooding and is zoned for special tourism use. North Central Catchment Management Autho..
20-Jan-2017
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Tyler takes his role to heart
Bendigo Weekly
Kissing three to four girls is going to be the highlight of the production for Oklahoma cast member and aspiring actor Tyson Peautagitama. Nexus Bendigo Youth Theatre will be performing Oklahoma from July 21 at The Capital Theatre, with four shows and a cast of 63 they hope the show will be..
01-Jul-2016
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Change to help jobless
Sharon Kemp
CONVERTING 40 casual Centrelink positions to full time work would fix waiting times for clients and provide job security for workers, according to Labor candidate Lisa Chesters. Ms Chesters announced the initiative as she finished the second last week of campaigning in Bendigo. The incum..
01-Jul-2016
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Labour of love
Dianne Dempsey
Two friends, Helen Garner and Arnold Zable, will be brought together at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival discussing the “sheer bloody labour” of writing. “I think nobody but another writer understands the labour involved in writing,” Zable..
30-Jun-2016
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Life FM appeals to listeners
Bendigo Weekly
AS Bendigo radio station Life FM prepared to launch its twice-annual appeal, it tax deductability status came through. And as general manager Gaelle Broad worried this week about falling behind the $30,000 fund raising target, a listener called in with a $2000 donation. Life FM has grown..
24-Jun-2016
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Jobless welcome new work promises
Bendigo Weekly
BOTH major political parties are promising jobs growth if elected, and to some, it’s none too soon. Bendigo jobseekers Jack Surplice 20, and Aiden Wellard 18, have experienced the same troubles when it comes to finding part-time work in the area – there is none. Jack is stud..
24-Jun-2016
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Schools reward their best
Bendigo Weekly
YOUNG people from across the Sandhurst Diocese attended the Bishop Joe Grech Youth Scholarship lunch at the Catholic Education Office in Bendigo on Wednesday. Catholic Education Sandhurst director Paul Desmond said although the scholarship had been awarded since 2011 this was only the second..
24-Jun-2016
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Home loss hard to believe
Christine McGinn
MAREE Stockdale and George Stirling lost everything on Black Saturday except each other. Cooped inside their home, oblivious to the heat, the Maiden Gully couple were unaware of the danger surrounding them. Mr Stirling was asleep on the couch and Ms Stockdale was on her computer before sh..
07-Feb-2014
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Community is prepared
Christine McGinn
WHILE the front of the fire blazed, Bendigo’s head honcho was feverishly working with emergency services to keep his community informed of the dangers that lay ahead. Greater Bendigo council chief executive officer Craig Niemann was new to the job. Ironically, council had been plann..
01-Feb-2014
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Community spirit saved the day
Christine McGinn
WHILE the fires scorched our city on Black Saturday, Bendigo’s community spirit was in full force. The mercury hit 45.3 on February 7, 2009, Victoria’s hottest day. Bendigo Police senior sergeant Craig Gaffee was on duty that afternoon, leading the local police team. &ldquo..
24-Jan-2014
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Family life rebuilt
Christine McGinn
FEBRUARY 9 will mark five years since Bendigo’s greatest natural disaster. One man died and 58 homes were destroyed in the Bendigo Black Saturday fire. As the anniversary looms, Bendigo will remember the utter devastation and the heroic acts it inspired. In the coming weeks, the Bend..
17-Jan-2014
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The head of the fire
Christine McGinn
NEXT month will mark five years since Bendigo’s greatest natural disaster. One man died and 58 homes were destroyed in the Bendigo Black Saturday fire on February 7, 2009. As the anniversary looms, Bendigo will remember the utter devastation and the heroic acts it inspired. In the co..
11-Jan-2014
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Forbesy tells his tale
Bendigo Weekly
SOME of Australia’s greatest sporting names were in Bendigo yesterday to celebrate the launch of book about life and times of an ever greater living legend – John Forbes OAM. Mr Forbes, or “Forbesy” as he is known to his many friends around the world, was born in a ti..
08-Apr-2016
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McIvor Road faces closure
Bendigo Weekly
The capacity of arterial roads leading into Bendigo from the city’s growing eastern communities will be tested as of Monday when McIvor Road is closed for six weeks. Sharp population growth in the sleeper community of Strathfieldsaye has created traffic nightmares for commuters working..
01-Apr-2016
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Good golly miss Molly
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO is becoming familiar with the whole Hollywood scene at the moment, and now there’s another taste. Molly Ringwald is coming to town, and will be performing at the Ulumbarra Theatre on Thursday, June 9 Ringwald is a star who kicked of her film career in the 1980s, but before ..
01-Apr-2016
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Pilot Emma aims high
Bendigo Weekly
All over the world women are taking to the skies during March, and Bendigo is no exception. The initiative is aiming to raise awareness of aviation opportunities available to females of all ages while celebrating the accomplishments of past and present women of aviation. The Bendigo Fly..
24-Mar-2016
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Booster for nurses
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Health nurses Erin Ray and Alishia Stratford are the recipients of the Intensive Care Unit Auxiliary scholarships for 2016. The auxiliary has donated $5000 for two critical care course scholarships to provide assistance with the cost of postgraduate studies. Intensive and cor..
18-Mar-2016
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Brighter days for Amelia
Dianne Dempsey
It’s not every day you get a good news story like this one. Fifteen months ago Amelia McCrohan was a very sick little girl. Suffering from cystic fibrosis, her liver was failing and she was facing the long-term prospect of a lung transplant. As they watched their daughter’..
11-Mar-2016
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Something different
Simon Wooldridge
We wanted to do something completely different, and this really is,” enthuses Four Lions’ Shann Lions over coffee at a busy Bendigo CBD café. “I’ll write the songs on Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25. We’ll record on the Sunday. They’ll be master..
13-May-2016
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Groovin wrap
Simon Wooldridge
Last Saturday, at two thirds of the way into autumn, it was interesting to see a pale orange glow emanating from so many tanned GTM punters. This year’s GTM was Bendigo’s eighth and another 15,000-odd sell-out. It’s a brave festival organiser who puts on such an eclec..
06-May-2016
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Bell plays Billyroy’s
Simon Wooldridge
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 7 sees Frank Bell launch his debut single White Horse at Billyroy’s BluesBar. It’s a swampy, gutsy dirty blues number with a contrasting acoustic folk number, Riverside, on the B-side. Both are Frank Bell originals. The ubiquitous Bill Barber produce..
06-May-2016
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Busy time in Bendigo
Simon Wooldridge
It’s going to be pause-for-breath time for gig-goers in Bendigo this weekend. In addition to the massive festival-party-show that is Groovin’ the Moo, there’s a bunch of gigs this weekend to suit the most varied of tastes. Tonight, Friday, April 29 Josh Cashman is back..
29-Apr-2016
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GROOVIN THE MOO TICKETS WON
Bendigo Weekly
Winners are @kateoxx @TrixyKT and @laurouting..
13-Apr-2016
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Rhinos are smokin'
Simon Wooldridge
The re-shaped Smoke Stack Rhino make a welcome return to Bendigo tonight, Friday, at the Golden Vine. With Dave Sirianni joining the band on lead vocals and guitar in early 2015, the Smoke Stack Rhino Mark II sound now embraces wider influences including Delta blues, Chicago blues, 1960s psy..
08-Apr-2016
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Maiden sporting venture at Marist
Joel Peterson
MAIDEN Gully is set to undergo a sporting revolution, with senior football games to be played at Marist College as early as 2017 and Bendigo District Cricket Association action in future years. They will be joined at Marist by the Maiden Gully Cricket Club, which will seek to enter its jun..
09-Dec-2016
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Dogs go top with key triumph
Bendigo Weekly
GOLDEN Square’s Scott Trollope produced an inspired performance to lead his side to a crucial T20 win over Sandhurst in the latest round of the Bendigo District Crcket Association competition on Tuesday. Trollope claimed 3/21 with the ball before opening the batting and smashing 89 off..
09-Dec-2016
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Second world title win for Wilson
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO lawn bowler Aaron Wilson has added to his spectacular 2016 with a second world championship title. Wilson won an under-25 singles title on the Gold Coast in April and this week claimed the World Pairs Championship alongside Brett Wilkie in New Zealand. The pair led from the start..
09-Dec-2016
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Braves reload for title defence
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Braves are gearing up for the South East Australian Basketball League title defence with the signing of two pieces for the 2017 season, but could be without at least three championship players. Matt Andronicos returns at the starting centre position, while the club has signed Ade..
09-Dec-2016
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QEO to host country clash
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S Queen Elizabeth Oval will host AFL football next year when Essendon and Geelong meet on March 12 as part of the AFL’s rebranded JLT Community Series. The QEO missed out on a preseason fixture last year, but will next year host the second last game of the AFL’s pre..
08-Dec-2016
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Spirit up for Rangers showdown
Joel Peterson
DESPITE not having lost to Dandenong at home since 2010, Bendigo Spirit coach Simon Pritchard doesn’t think his side completely has the measure of the Rangers as the WNBL’s top two sides get set to renew their rivalry on Sunday. Both games between the Spirit and Rangers thi..
02-Dec-2016
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Theatre's place in history
Dianne Dempsey
That the first live theatre was built in Bendigo in 1854 says much about our universal need for entertainment and leisure time. The Theatre Royal, a large three-storey building, quickly arose amongst the dust and rumblings of the goldrush on the present site of the Shamrock Hotel. Clare ..
08-Jan-2016
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Smooth sailing for refuge
Bendigo Weekly
Who would have thought that a fishing boat would have been the vessel to contribute towards the building of a family violence refuge in Bendigo? Quite an unlikely combination, but that’s exactly what the Rotary Club of Bendigo South has recently done. Rotary Club members and frie..
31-Dec-2015
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Toy run to benefit fire victims
Laura Hurley
BENDIGONIANS have dug deep and are donating toys for those who have lost their homes along the Great Ocean Road. Over 100 houses have been destroyed in bushfires in Wye River and Separation Creek since Christmas Day, spurring one Bendigo teenager to organise a toy drive for toys to donate to..
31-Dec-2015
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Harmonious win for Abhishek
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo resident Abhishek Awasthi has been recognised for actively supporting cultural diversity and making an impact on promoting community harmony. Mr Awasthi received the Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence 2015 Ambassador Award at Government House. Bendigo mayor F..
18-Dec-2015
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Care at Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
WHEN you’re driving around looking at Christmas lights during the festive season, have you ever wondered about the fire danger associated with the spreading of Christmas cheer? Do you anxiously wait for the houses to spontaneously combust? People are being urged to avoid overloading po..
11-Dec-2015
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A life under the waves
Bendigo Weekly
La Trobe University Bendigo graduate Midshipman Chris Jenkins, is on track to become part of an elite navy team that wears dolphins as a badge of distinction. He was appointed as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy six months ago and this week graduated from the New Entry Officer Course ..
11-Dec-2015
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Grants boost for community groups
Bendigo Weekly
The Community Foundation for Central Victoria presented its annual grants last Tuesday at the newly refurbished Morley Johnson building. Guest speaker Baillieu Myer acknowledged the benefits of philanthropy for sponsors and benefactors. More than $20,000 in grants was awarded to six orga..
27-Nov-2015
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Marking 25 years
Bendigo Weekly
WITH 25 years in business, real estate agent Darryn Mawby is still as keen as ever. After working with another company, the then 28-year-old Mr Mawby went it alone because he wanted to run the business the way he wanted to, with a more personal approach. Mr Mawby set up business at 70 Mi..
20-Nov-2015
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Early learning celebrates
Bendigo Weekly
STAFF and children had cause to celebrate yesterday as Jenny’s Early Learning Centre at the Bendigo Hospital cut the cake for its first birthday. According to Jenny’s Early Learning Centre’s Darren Reid, celebrating such a milestone is a terrific opportunity to reflect back..
13-Nov-2015
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New manager for PHN
Bendigo Weekly
MURRAY Primary Health Network has appointed Janice Radrekusa as regional manager for the central Victoria region. Murray PHN chief executive officer Matt Jones said the appointment fills the critical role of managing operations and staff that service the central Victoria region for the orga..
06-Nov-2015
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Rebuild on the way
Bendigo Weekly
THE future is looking bright at Epsom Primary School, after is was announced last week that architects E+ have been appointed to design the $5.7 million rebuild of the school. Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan visited the school last Friday to make the announcement, and said students and..
06-Nov-2015
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Hospital takes another step forward
Bendigo Weekly
STATE member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards this week unveiled the world-class cancer facilities currently under construction as part of the Bendigo Hospital Project. The new cancer centre brings together radiotherapy, oncology and outpatient services within an integrated space, providing b..
06-Nov-2015
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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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Season of mangoes
Marika McMahon
Well it has happened. One of my favourite events of the year, this week I have had my first mango of the season. Yes, I paid a small fortune for it. Yes it was a bit tart around the edges but it was a great taste of things to come. I love mangoes. They are annoying with that stone that see..
24-Oct-2014
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Pelmeni pick up
Marika McMahon
So, busy term four is upon us, won’t be long now until the calendar fills with end of year events and “we must catch up before Christmas”. It already looks like there are many weeks with more than a few nights out. Time then to unleash a secret weapon of feeding the tro..
10-Oct-2014
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Spring is in the air
Marika McMahon
There seems to have been a very quick transition from bare tree to blossom to luscious green leaves on the tree outside my window. Like that, the warmer days are upon us – what a great time to think about all that warm weather Food Fossicking you can do around Bendigo. A great way t..
03-Oct-2014
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A tribute to the hottest climes
Rosalea Ryan
What a difference a handful of decades makes. When Ranulph Fiennes began his career as a young soldier seconded from the British army to Oman, he found himself fighting with the Sultan’s forces to defend Muslims from Marxist rebels in the country’s southern-most province, Dhofar...
19-Feb-2016
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Call is out for young writers
Dianne Dempsey
The Bendigo Writers Festival is continuing its tradition of publishing writers, this year announcing the introduction of a second writing award, specifically for young writers. The 2016 Vox Bendigo Book: Young Writers Anthology is open to school students from years three to 11. The them..
19-Feb-2016
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Paris from the dark side
Rosalea Ryan
Five Nights in Paris John Baxter Harper Perennial $24.99 Setting out to write a fresh, engaging guide to Paris is not for the faint-hearted. Paris is, after all, the most visited city on earth, and many of those visitors end up writing in one way or another ..
12-Feb-2016
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Raining on the Cape
Rosalea Ryan
When talented but enigmatic musician Ned Chisholm drops out of mainstream life and into the rainforested hinterland of far north Queensland, declaring he’s unable to return home to attend a ceremony in his late father’s honour, his younger sister is determined to find a w..
05-Feb-2016
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Playing the name gane
Rosalea Ryan
Who knew Coppernook was a “small weatherboard cottage attached to a country police station”, Pimpinbudgie was another word for “celebrity agent” and Damboring was a descriptor for “any TV program fronted by a former presenter of Top Gear”? Well, not reall..
29-Jan-2016
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Mulga Bill rides again
Dianne Dempsey
Banjo Paterson’s ode to Mulga Bill is much-loved in Eaglehawk, the town’s name forever immortalised in the famous bush verse. However, that was 1896, and this is now. So Eaglehawk is on the hunt for its next big literary mention. This year the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Fest..
22-Jan-2016
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