James makes a splash
Bendigo Weekly
KAYAKING ace James Humphry has only been paddling for two years but is already one of the sport's rising stars. He recently cemented that status, named the Bendigo Academy of Sport's Athlete of the Year. ..
26-May-2017
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Rating drop hits banks
Peter Kennedy
Just when regional banks thought they might have had something of a win over their much larger counterparts courtesy of the federal budget, along comes a credit rating downgrade by ratings agency Standard and Poor’s. That’s the grim reality Bendigo and Adelaide Bank managing dire..
26-May-2017
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Council change hits management jobs
Sharon Kemp
CITY of Greater Bendigo faces losing more than 180 years of collective municipal experience after a management level restructure recast 26 roles into 21 and 10 long-term managers were asked to accept a redundancy, reapply for their job or ask to be redeployed. Chief executive Craig Niemann t..
26-May-2017
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Human story of addiction
Sharon Kemp
OVERDOSES from prescription drugs are a hidden epidemic, rarely heard about until they claim the life of a celebrity such as actor Heath Ledger. Yet, Bendigo pharmaceutical students heard this week they are responsible for more deaths in Victoria than road accidents. Health advocates als..
26-May-2017
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Aquatic centre on track
Bendigo Weekly
THE community fundraising campaign for Kangaroo Flat’s new $31 million aquatic centre is keeping pace with the construction of the centre on Browning Street. The Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise, charged with coordinating fundraising, has reported having raised close to $600,000 towa..
26-May-2017
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Mulder maintains innocent stance
Sharon Kemp
A DEFIANT Bendigo Health chief executive John Mulder says he is looking forward to the completion of a Bendigo Health board investigation into his behaviour. It is three months since Mr Mulder stood aside, during which he has collected more than $100,000 in wages and benefits. In a state..
19-May-2017
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Property Guide
Beautiful world of textiles
Sharon Kemp
TEXTILE designers Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson are strong advocates for indigenous artists, having also been inspired by the Australian landscape. Kee and Jackson say they want to see more of the rise in confidence of young Aboriginal artists and superstars, like Jessica Mauboy. In Bendig..
27-Oct-2016
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Tulip bulb bonanza for Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
THERE was no tiptoeing through the tulips on Tuesday as the annual dig up took place in Rosalind Park. Competition was fierce, with barely a patch left empty of keen bulb grabbers. With the used bulbs selling at $5 a bag, business was brisk, with some hunters unable to even find a bag to..
27-Oct-2016
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Len's lamingtons are legendary
Sharon Kemp
BAKING lamingtons worthy of winning a prize in the Bendigo Agricultural Show is not the only motivation for 80-year-old Len Stone in his second year of competitive cooking. Mr Stone also wants competition, of which there was none in the open lamington division last year. So he talked to ..
20-Oct-2016
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Dean John in the running
Bendigo Weekly
St Paul’s Cathedral Dean John Roundhill is running in the 21-kilometre event at the Bendigo Bank 2016 Bendigo Fun Run and will be back in time for church. The Captain Cook statue in the cathedral’s grounds is dressed in support of the Bendigo Fun Run on Sunday, October 30, and wh..
14-Oct-2016
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Protestors demand banks cut fossil fuel funding
Bendigo Weekly
Local artist and musician Dean Stanton felt compelled while busking in Hargreaves Mall to cut up his Commonwealth Bank card in support of protestors who want the bank to stop investing in fossil fuels. Mr Stanton then walked into the branch and asked that his bank account be closed. La T..
07-Oct-2016
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Graham at the gallery
Bendigo Weekly
GRAHAM looks vulnerable, but the sculpture commissioned by the Transport Accident Commission as an educational tool has all the human biological features necessary to withstand road trauma. The other contradiction is that Graham is made of fibreglass, steel and silicone, and yet he looks dis..
06-Oct-2016
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Kids programmed to perform
Bendigo Weekly
DOJOS are mostly associated with martial arts and mystery, but a new type is opening in Bendigo to teach young locals some very valuable skills. CoderDojo is a volunteer-led program operating worldwide that aims to teach young people skills in computer programming that are becoming ever more..
08-Sep-2016
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Maiden Gully brings Shrek to stage
Bendigo Weekly
PRODUCING and performing Shrek the Musical Jr at Ulumbarra Theatre is a major feat for more than 500 Maiden Gully Primary School students, an achievement they carried out by half. The school divided students according to sports houses and combining two of them, performed the musical in conse..
08-Sep-2016
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Scroll turns new page
Sharon Kemp
RURAL Australians for Refugee’s Jan Govett is evoking the red ribbon petition in 1853 that led to the Eureka Stockade to send a message to Canberra. She had the idea of making a scroll, having it signed by Australian councils that welcome refugees into their municipalities, sending it..
02-Sep-2016
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Festival hard to beat
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO hosted a range of musical events this week as Orchestra Victoria’s Bendigo festival returned to the city for the second year. A range of performances showcasing theåç orchestral talents were on show from locations as diverse and varied as Elmore Memorial Hall to th..
26-Aug-2016
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Young gun wins monthly prize
Bendigo Weekly
FOLLOWING two world championship wins, Bendigo shooter Laura Woolley has taken out the Bendigo Weekly/Prime 7 Bendigo Sports Star of the Year nomination for July. Woolley travelled with cousin and fellow top shooter Emma Cox to Ireland for the world clay target championships at Esker Shootin..
19-Aug-2016
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Maticevski dressed for success
Dianne Dempsey
Given that the Bendigo Art Gallery has a well established reputation for hosting world class fashion exhibitions, it’s more than appropriate that Toni Maticevski should use our gallery to stage the first solo exhibition of his work. Gallery curator Leanne Fitzgibbon said the gallery has ha..
12-Aug-2016
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Work without barriers
Sharon Kemp
SIMON Flavelle just got his licence – on Independence Day, he says with a smirk – and life is about to get sweeter for the Bendigo hospitality worker. Jennifer Gamble has career ambitions and, like Mr Flavelle, she is set to achieve them after receiving the support she needed to..
25-Aug-2016
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Historic march returns
Sharon Kemp
It was a peaceful protest march, multicultural and put Bendigo at the centre of democratic action in Australia. In 1853, an estimated 10,000 miners and supporters marched in protest to an extortionate mining licence fee of 30 shillings a month. They wanted it scrapped but compromised at ..
18-Aug-2016
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Food in the hub
Bendigo Weekly
Australian food and fibre producers and industry experts from around the world met in Bendigo this week for the first Australian Community Food Hubs Conference and Local Food Economies Tour. The conference explored how the methods of leading international food hubs can be adapted and applied..
12-Aug-2016
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Kindy marks 60 years
Bendigo Weekly
South Bendigo Kindergarten will be celebrating their 60th anniversary next weekend. Past and present students, families and staff are welcome to come together to plant a tree, bury a time capsule and celebrate the kindergarten’s 60-year contribution to the Bendigo community. The ce..
04-Aug-2016
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Library adds new chapter to school story
Bendigo Weekly
Several years ago Comet Hill and North Bendigo primary schools combined to become Lightning Reef Primary School, but there was no space for a library. Books were stored in classrooms all over the school, but all that has changed. The school now has the space, and many hours have been sp..
29-Jul-2016
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Dog parks a win for dogs
Sharon Kemp
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22-Jul-2016
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Current Issue
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Music in the park
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo’s massive Summer in the Parks program continues with the Music in the Park concerts every Friday evening through February. The series of free concerts takes in Strathdale, Eaglehawk and White Hills before wrapping up in Rosalind Park on February 24. First up, next Friday, ..
26-Jan-2017
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A modern classic
Simon Wooldridge
With 12 explosive tracks coming in at a Ramonesesque 27½ minutes, Clowns’ 2013 debut album I’m Not Right is a modern punk rock classic. They followed it up two years later with the rapturously received Bad Blood – similar enough to cement their credentials as Melbour..
19-Jan-2017
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This way to the Vine
Simon Wooldridge
I was talking up This Way North a few evenings ago, but stalled when asked to categorise their sound. “They’re a bit rocky,” I said, “and there are elements of dance in there. A bit funky. Soul. And even a kind of a hint of world music in parts.” However ..
12-Jan-2017
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Morris is no minor
Simon Wooldridge
Forever associated with the 1960s psychedelic classic The Real Thing, Russell Morris’s career stretches back more than 50 years> Variously described as both legend and icon, he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2008. Morris makes a very welcome return to Bendigo on Frid..
05-Jan-2017
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The year that was
Simon Wooldridge
You won’t find “vibranter” in the dictionary, however it perfectly describes what happened to the Bendigo music scene this year; a vibrant scene got vibranter. There were many 2016 highlights for me. But I’ll start with Groovin The Moo. Well it wasn’t actually ..
21-Dec-2016
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Party on all levels
Bendigo Weekly
MusicMan doesn’t do things by halves. Tomorrow’s Christmas party features 29 acts over 12 hours on three levels. As well as being a lot of fun it’ll be a test of endurance for even the hardiest gig-goer. Tomorrow though, sees a more varied line-up than usual at th..
16-Dec-2016
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Junior games kick off
Bendigo Weekly
THOUSANDS of junior footballers will hit fields around central Victoria this weekend as the Bendigo Junior Football League season kicks off with grading matches. A record 149 teams will be in BJFL competitions, including the new under-15 girls age group. A new club has also joined the le..
21-Apr-2017
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New home for Hawks
Joel Peterson
EAGLEHAWK will christen its new Canterbury Park clubrooms this weekend when it hosts Kangaroo Flat in round two of the Bendigo Football Netball League season. The clubrooms have been a year in the making for the Hawks and marks the biggest and most visible stage of council’s Canterbury..
21-Apr-2017
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Grand final rivals square off again
Joel Peterson
ANOTHER wide-open season is expected in the BFNL’s A-grade netball, with a host of clubs aiming to chase down reigning premier Kangaroo Flat. Golden Square is first on the docket for the Roos tomorrow at 3.20pm, the Dogs undergoing a host of changes in the offseason. ..
13-Apr-2017
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Mixed bag for Pioneers
Joel Peterson
IT was an up-and-down weekend for the Bendigo Pioneers’ TAC Cup sides in games held in Bendigo last week. The Pioneers’ girls side had its first win of the new TAC Cup Girls competition on Friday, but on Saturday the Pioneers squandered several opportunities as Gippsland booted n..
13-Apr-2017
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Season fires up
Bendigo Weekly
ANY notion of a premiership hangover at Sandhurst has been met with a determined preseason effort that has the defending premiers ready to go in round one. The Dragons meet Strathfieldsaye on Saturday, the third straight season the sides have met in what is becoming an opening week tradition..
13-Apr-2017
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Thunder sets sights on state league
Joel Peterson
AFTER three years in state football wilderness, Bendigo could once again have a VFL side in coming years – this time in the VFL Women’s competition. The Bendigo Thunder has set its sights on the league in the long term, and could receive some help from its partnership with the Ri..
07-Apr-2017
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The right track
Bendigo Weekly
THREE Girton Grammar students have been selected from 400 applicants across Victoria to take part in a University of Melbourne program designed to attract and sustain female secondary school students in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Medicine) subjects. The Girlpower in STEM..
21-Jul-2016
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Jacinta makes her mark
Bendigo Weekly
REAL estate business owner Jacinta McIvor was one of six women to receive the inaugural Bendigo Women’s Community Achievement Awards last Saturday. Still coming to terms with her achievement Mrs McIvor said she was overwhelmed by the award. “I have to say I cried when I found..
14-Jul-2016
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University on show
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS and faculty members from La Trobe University welcomed secondary school students from around Victoria this week. About 300 students from years 10 to 12 took part in lectures, workshops and Q&A sessions at the Bendigo Campus to find out what really happens after leaving secondary..
07-Jul-2016
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Spider orchids have a new home
Bendigo Weekly
So fragile and endangered is the yellow-lipped spider orchid, a reintroduction program limited the number of volunteers who could be involved in planting 110 of the species in the Kooyoora State Park near Inglewood last weekend. Only three of the plants were known to grow in the park and sur..
24-Jun-2016
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Win for footy club
Bendigo Weekly
Maiden Gully Junior Football Club has scored a win, receiving a community sector grant from the federal government. The grants aim to make the work of volunteers easier, safer and more enjoyable. Visiting the club to announce their grant, Liberal candidate for Bendigo Megan Purcell sai..
17-Jun-2016
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The shared passion
Dianne Dempsey
Wherever we turn there are TV cooking shows, cooking books, celebrity chefs, restaurants, pop-up restaurants and take-away restaurants. Apparently it’s the food that is taken away, not the restaurant. There is fast food, slow food, organic food, vegan food, local food, international f..
10-Jun-2016
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Better small business
Bendigo Weekly
THE 2016 Bendigo Small Business Festival kicked off with 25 events on Wednesday. The festival is part of Small Business Festival Victoria which features more than 450 free or low cost events throughout Victoria during August. The Bendigo Small Business Festival is supported by the City..
28-Jul-2016
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Soup collection a winter warmer
Bendigo Weekly
Jenny’s Early Learning Centres in Bendigo have donated 1100 cans of soup for the homeless. Chef Dean Bennett said the centres were overwhelmed with the response from parents and staff. “All of us wanted to do something to help the homeless,” Dean said. Haven; Home,..
21-Jul-2016
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NBN reach increases
Bendigo Weekly
THE NBN is firing up in parts of Greater Bendigo as residents and businesses can now access high-speed broadband using fixed wireless technology. More than 800 additional homes and businesses in areas including Eppalock, Goornong, and Huntly North have access to the NBN, opening up a range ..
14-Jul-2016
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A helping hand
Dianne Dempsey
It was three years ago that Jeremy Forbes attended the funeral of a fellow tradie who died under tragic circumstances. “It was a terrible day and a few of us looked at each other and said, ’who’s next do you think?’” he said. ”It wasn’t th..
07-Jul-2016
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Labor backs rail company
Sharon Kemp
LABOR has announced two manufacturing support initiatives in Bendigo designed to protect regional jobs. Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters said a national procurement strategy would secure work for a local rail manufacturing industry that people thought was lost. At the East Bendigo workshop of ra..
17-Jun-2016
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Rail upgrade adds worker flexibility
Sharon Kemp
MORE frequent and reliable trains could encourage businesses to relocate to Bendigo as well as make rail commuting to Melbourne easier for central Victorians. La Trobe University senior lecturer in community planning Andrew Butt said most of the data collected showed more people commute t..
10-Jun-2016
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Healthy booster
Bendigo Weekly
SIX young women have had a helping hand in their health careers this week. An innovative health day was held this week in Bendigo attended by Aboriginal girls, and six received scholarships. Weenthunga Health Network’s Stephanie Armstrong said the purpose was to support young Abori..
21-Jul-2016
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Aid for Lifeline
Bendigo Weekly
Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee has teamed up with La Trobe University and Strategem Community Foundation to help address the increasing demand for crisis services in the region. The three organisations are supporting an information session aimed at recruiting volunteers for Lifeline&rs..
21-Jul-2016
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Villa estate a step closer
Dianne Dempsey
Fortuna Villa Estate, which is to be built on the periphery of the historic Fortuna Villa, is close to final approval. “There are certain conditions that have to be complied with and once that happens building will be able to start,” Mr Banks said. Over the past 12 months the..
14-Jul-2016
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Best beginnings
Bendigo Weekly
NEW parents have an extra helping hand thanks to a fresh video initiative. Bendigo Health has launched a DVD aimed at helping new parents understand and gain confidence with their exciting role. The Best Beginnings DVD continues the work of the Best Beginnings group. The group prov..
08-Jul-2016
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Plan change
Bendigo Weekly
PLANNING minister Richard Wynne has approved changes to the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme to help protect and enhance heritage buildings and reduce permit requirements for owners. Developed by council staff, the changes mean that minor planning matters will no longer require a planning per..
17-Jun-2016
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Chrysler fans gear up for a big weekend
Bendigo Weekly
As the Queen’s Birthday long weekend approaches the Central Victorian Chrysler Club are preparing for Chryslers, Valiants, Dodges, Plymouths and DeSotos to descend on Bendigo for the 10th Annual Midstate Mopars show and shine. With nine successful years behind them, Midstate Mopars is ..
10-Jun-2016
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Mystery in the north
Rosalea Ryan
First came a dead rabbit, then a dead teenaged girl. Now, more than 20 years later, three more bodies have surfaced in Luke Hadler’s immediate orbit: wife Karen, son Billy and Hadler himself, each one killed outright by a shotgun blast. Initially it appears to be the all-too-common collaps..
21-Jul-2016
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Playing in the dark
Bendigo Weekly
Shades: shades of truth, shades of virtue, shades of evil – shades in all their incarnations run as a central theme through The Toymaker. Juxtaposing the horrors of World War II’s Auschwitz death camp with matter-of-fact 21st-century consumerism in outer Melbourne, novelist Liam Piep..
14-Jul-2016
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Secrets of the forest
Steve Kendall
Black Fleur Ferris Random House, $19.99 Ebony Marshall has a nickname around town, Black. It’s part to do with her name, but there’s a more sinister reason. Everyone says she is bad. Death seems to follow in her wake, and her reputation i..
07-Jul-2016
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Roadtrip of Discovery
Rosalea Ryan
AT the age of 19 Tara Winkler travels to Cambodia for the first time as an add-on to a roadtrip centred primarily on Thailand and Laos. It turns out to be a confronting experience. In one of the lesser-known Cambodian cities she encounters apparently parentless children cramped together in s..
24-Jun-2016
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Reading on track
Rosalea Ryan
FORTY-NINE individual train journeys covering almost 36,000 kilometres through 22 countries on five continents – surely there must be a story or two worth telling in all that? There’s an entire book, in fact, presented in colourful, bewitching and often-humorous fashion by Britis..
17-Jun-2016
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The food of life
Rosalea Ryan
The Umbrian Supper Club Marlena de Blasi Allen & Unwin $29.99 TAKE five women, one rustic makeshift kitchen and one shared weekly meal. Blend with tenderness, add a liberal pinch or two of understanding and season generously with love. This is the do..
03-Jun-2016
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