Changes as staff move on
Sharon Kemp
THE exodus from the City of Greater Bendigo is almost over with executive manager Peter Davies to officiate at his last council meeting next month. The Bendigo Weekly reported in late May the council faced losing more than 180 years of collective municipal experience after a management level..
21-Jul-2017
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Cooking top of the fire risk list
Joel Peterson
COOKING is the leading cause of preventable house fires in Bendigo, according to CFA figures released this week. The CFA and MFB released a joint report into preventable fires across the state with the kitchen the number one hotspot for incidents. Statewide, 42 per cent of preventable fi..
21-Jul-2017
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New life for old hotel
Sharon Kemp
QUARRY Hill is set to get a new food and hospitality hub after a redevelopment proposal for the former Mount Edgecombe Hotel was approved by City of Greater Bendigo councillors this week. The refurbished hotel, which harks back to 1885, will be home to a food and drink premises including a r..
21-Jul-2017
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A look at power from waste
Sharon Kemp
CONTROVERSIAL waste-to-energy technology is slated to be investigated for the Loddon Mallee region this financial year but signs are the option to generate power from waste may still be a long time in the future. The 10-year waste management plan released by the state government contains ver..
21-Jul-2017
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Discover the Inside Story
Bendigo Weekly
NEXT month the Bendigo Blue Ribbon Branch will be hosting their annual Inside Story fundraising event. Two senior and highly regarded police officers will provide the inside story relating to high profile cases. Blue Ribbon branch president Sergeant Margaret Singe said this year’s ..
21-Jul-2017
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Future dry: Coliban plans for water demand
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S demand for water may more than double in the next 50 years and $100 million could be invested to upgrade the Goldfields Superpipe under a Coliban Water plan for the future requirements of its system. Coliban Water’s 2017 Urban Water Strategy says a rapidly growing popul..
14-Jul-2017
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Past conduct bites new council
Sharon Kemp
POOR conduct continues to shadow the new City of Greater Bendigo council with an independent arbiter’s report ruling this month on bullying and harrassment claims made about behaviour during meetings in January, April and May this year. The rulings involve current councillor James Will..
09-Dec-2016
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Precinct provides early gift for college
Joel Peterson
MARIST College is readying to open an $8 million Christmas present, with the school’s multi-use community and sports facility to be complete before the end of the year. The project is joint-funded by Marist and the City of Greater Bendigo, and will be used by the school and community u..
09-Dec-2016
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Light up time for Christmas tree
Bendigo Weekly
The annual Summer in the Parks will kick off tonight with the lighting of the Christmas tree family event in Rosalind Park. The Summer in the Parks Program features a range of free or low cost events during December, January and February. Parks and reserves across Greater Bendigo will co..
02-Dec-2016
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Golden Square burn cancelled
Bendigo Weekly
A PREDICTED wind change that would push smoke over the Australia vs India hockey international test match has forced the cancellation of a planned burn in Golden Square. But fine weather conditions mean burns in Huntly and Rushworth are scheduled to proceed and one in Kangaroo Flat is alread..
30-Nov-2016
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Smoke alert issued for planned burns
Sharon Kemp
A smoke alert has been issued for parts of Kangaroo Flat, Huntly, Rushworth and Golden Square tomorrow as fires are lit to reduce fuel loads before summer. If weather is fine as forecast, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning are carrying out planned burns at Specimen Hill ..
29-Nov-2016
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Rochelle the class of Victoria
Bendigo Weekly
Kalianna School’s Rochelle Curnow came out top of the class week with a prestigious award from the Principals Association of Specialist Schools. Ms Curnow took out the Most Outstanding Primary School Teacher Award by leading her school in the development of a structured learning enviro..
24-Nov-2016
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Sound science
Bendigo Weekly
Discovery Science and Technology Centre is celebrating the inaugural Design and Technology Week to recognise the making and problem solving skills of Bendigo. Students had the opportunity to take part in fun and creative activities while exploring the role that design and technology plays in..
13-Oct-2016
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Pumped up for fire sale
Bendigo Weekly
NOW is your chance to clear some clutter and help your local volunteer firefighters at the same time. Why not donate your unwanted items to the Golden Square Fire Brigade’s Annual Fire Sale? Captain Tim McNeilly said the Fire Sale will take place on Saturday, October 22 from 8am at..
06-Oct-2016
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Lighting up the theatre
Bendigo Weekly
When audiences in Bendigo are dazzled by performances at the Capital and Ulumbarra Theatres they may be surprised to discover that the lighting design has been created and executed by Catholic College Bendigo student Ian Scott. Ian comes from a creative family. His parents Anita and Tim have al..
28-Sep-2016
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Fit for the job
Bendigo Weekly
PHIL Carman is an athlete who as a footy player never really achieved the greatness of his immense potential, but his life-long commitment to fitness continues to serve him well. The 66 year old former Collingwood, Melbourne, Essendon and North Melbourne star played 100 games of Australian R..
23-Sep-2016
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Goldie walks out with Spirit
Bendigo Weekly
Mischievous mascot Goldie the Wonder Dog is joining the Bendigo Spirit over the summer holidays. The public face of the City of Greater Bendigo’s child-friendly city will be the club’s first ever mascot. “Children throughout the municipality love Goldie, and we reckon S..
22-Sep-2016
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Heritage for friends
Bendigo Weekly
A Heritage tour walk sets off on Sunday to raise funds for education scholarships and development works in Timor Leste. The Bendigo Maubisse Friendship Committee is behind the event and tour organiser Rod Flavell said it’s a great opportunity to experience some of Bendigo’s wonde..
22-Sep-2016
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Golden axe winner at the show
Bendigo Weekly
Doncaster’s Laurence O’Toole, who recently won the Grand Aggregate Trophy at the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show Woodchop Championships for the second year in a row, will be one of the main competitors at the Bendigo Show woodchop competition. The champion woodchopper claimed the covet..
20-Oct-2016
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Students in step with exercise
Bendigo Weekly
Teachers and students at St Joseph’s School, Quarry Hill have been stepping out for an early walk as part of Walk to School month. Walk to School month is a free, easy and fun way for children to be active this month. Victorian primary students are encouraged to walk, ride or scoo..
13-Oct-2016
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New chapter for pups
Bendigo Weekly
Researchers from La Trobe University recently joined with Bendigo not-for-profit organisation Righteous Pups Australia, discovering that engaging in structured activities with a carefully trained dog can help children learn. As part of a four-week study, seven highly-trained labradors were ..
06-Oct-2016
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Walk to a cure
Bendigo Weekly
THERE will a poignant message for people who attend a juvenile diabetes Walk to Cure Diabetes in Bendigo on Sunday, November 13. Stacey and Glen Caddy want to use the story of their daughter Sienna to raise awareness about the symptoms of type 1 diabetes and what makes it different to type 2..
28-Sep-2016
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Futsal in a league of its own
Bendigo Weekly
NINE futsal teams made up of friends and family always makes for fierce rivalry. So it was with Bendigo’s Karen community, who divided into teams for the third annual multicultural youth futsal tournament last weekend and cheered as loud as they could at the Flora Hill indoor sports ..
22-Sep-2016
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Aid for the islands
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO health educator Anne Hepner jumped at her daughter Milly’s suggestion to return to the Solomon Islands after 20 years for a month of volunteer health work. After two decades, the family retains connections in the South Pacific nation who have helped identify what is needed in ..
22-Sep-2016
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Ali's a suitable girl
Simon Wooldridge
Ali Barter arrives in Bendigo next week on the back of glowing plaudits for her recent debut album, A Suitable Girl. She plays at the Star Bar on Thursday, April, 13. Barter’s sound isn’t easy to define. Think pop meets grunge with dance elements, and then throw-in some 199..
06-Apr-2017
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Nitro Circus is on the way
Bendigo Weekly
Nitro Circus is hitting Bendigo on April 8, and it’s the 260th showing of the event that has sold more than three million tickets across 26 countries. The Regional Rampage Tour is already aiming to smash records and reach new heights. The organisers say 12 semi-trailers will trav..
30-Mar-2017
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The dark side
Simon Wooldridge
Emerging from the darker corners of Collingwood in 2011, punk-sludge three-piece Batpiss is finally making the long-awaited trip up the Calder to Bendigo on Friday, April 7. They’re touring currently, promoting new single Weatherboard Man – something of a departure from the disti..
30-Mar-2017
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A comic opera
Joel Peterson
COMBINING comedy, opera and football seems like a recipe for grand final day entertainment so strange that not even the AFL could dream it up. In actual fact, it provides the genesis for Colin Lane and David Hobson’s new show, In Tails, which they will present at the Capital theatre ne..
23-Mar-2017
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Jagger plays three city gigs
Simon Wooldridge
The name Jagger will no doubt ring a bell for music fans of all ages. This weekend sees Chris Jagger, Mick’s younger brother, visit Bendigo to play three gigs. Remarkably, these gigs are Jagger’s only Australian dates. He plays at the Handle Bar in Mitchell Street toni..
23-Mar-2017
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Vine return for Lang
Simon Wooldridge
Jeff Lang has fond memories of the Golden Vine. “I used to come and play in the corner of the front bar at the Golden Vine in the early days, before the back room was set up as a venue,” he said “They were fun shows, everyone pretty close to you. I wrote the song Raven..
16-Mar-2017
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Strong BSSC romps into footy final
Bendigo Weekly
A RAMPANT Bendigo Senior Secondary College has won through to the final of the prestigious School Sport Victoria premier league football final after demolishing Hallam Senior College by 49 points on Wednesday. The BSSC side pulled away from their opponents in the final quar..
22-Jun-2017
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Spinners take the bronze
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO’S Jontee Brown has won a world championship bronze medal as part of the Australian Spinners under-23 wheelchair basketball team. The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation championships were held in Canada earlier this month, culminating in the finals played out last we..
22-Jun-2017
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Mixed Spirit
Joel Peterson
A NEW-LOOK Bendigo Spirit will hit the floor in the Women’s National Basketball League this season, and the changes are not confined to just the club’s playing roster. The club announced its fourth signing, WNBA point guard Rachel Banham, early this week. While Banham will li..
16-Jun-2017
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Brave new identity
Joel Peterson
THEY spent the start of the season searching for an identity and three consecutive wins have the Bendigo Braves confident they’ve found their groove. The Braves were dogged by injuries and unavailability in the early part of the season and limped out of the blocks, going 4-6 through 10..
16-Jun-2017
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Young stars shine
Bendigo Weekly
THE best young players from Bendigo City and Bendigo Amateur Soccer League sides will put their skills to the test on Friday night at Epsom Huntly Reserve. The BASL’s development squad sides will play against City’s youth squads, headlined by a BASL under-21 squad taking on City&..
16-Jun-2017
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Junior rivals go for gold
Bendigo Weekly
TRADITIONAL foes Bendigo and Ballarat will square off once again in interleague football this weekend, with the Bendigo Junior Football League getting its chance to make amends for Bendigo’s AFL Victoria Community Championships defeat. Bendigo and Ballarat’s junior football leagu..
16-Jun-2017
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Believe picnic sets up again
Bendigo Weekly
THE second annual Believe in Bendigo family picnic day will be held in Bendigo’s Civic Gardens on Friday, September 30. Organisers say Bendigo showed the world its true colour one year ago when more than 3000 people turned the gardens into a showcase of diversity and unity, and took a ..
15-Sep-2016
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Kits for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
Students from Catholic College, Crusoe College, Girton Grammar and Bendigo Senior Secondary College worked hard over the past week to begin the assembly of Zonta birthing kits. Zonta is now inviting community volunteers to help its members assemble the kits this Saturday, September 10, from ..
08-Sep-2016
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Ken opens doors for a good cause
Dianne Dempsey
For many years now Eaglehawk residents Ken and Muriel Maes have been opening their garden for display in order to raise money for the lepers of Nepal. Despite a common misapprehension that leprosy is now a defunct disease, there are still many people, particularly in the third world who stil..
02-Sep-2016
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Hitting the mark
Bendigo Weekly
EVERYTHING from clocks to Victoria Crosses will be on show this weekend at the Golden City Collectors’ Association’s 33rd Arms and Collectables Show. Held at Major League Multisports in Golden Square across the weekend, the show will have over 200 exhibitors from far and wide dis..
25-Aug-2016
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Fun for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
It’s been a busy week for students at St Monica’s Primary School in Kangaroo Flat. An early burst of spring weather on Monday provided an ideal backdrop for the school’s athletics carnival, while on Tuesday the focus returned to the school’s Jaara Centre for a present..
18-Aug-2016
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Call out for bright sparks
Bendigo Weekly
The Discovery Centre is giving people the opportunity to have some light bulb moments of their own in National Science Week. The auditorium is being transformed to give people a fun, science experience. The activities will begin on Tuesday with the auditorium being turned into an in..
12-Aug-2016
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Care for carers
Bendigo Weekly
Anglicare Victoria was one of 134 worthwhile causes to have a helping hand from Lendlease employees last week, as part of its annual community day. On Thursday, around 20 Lendlease employees and subcontractors from the Bendigo Hospital project converged on an Anglicare Victoria residence. ..
22-Sep-2016
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Goodbye Possums
Dianne Dempsey
While Jimmy Possum has arguably been one of Australia’s most successful regional businesses, its owners, Margot and Alan Spalding, came to the realisation earlier this year that enough was enough. “Alan had been diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago and we thought he had ..
15-Sep-2016
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The who behind Hoo-gah
Bendigo Weekly
When Bendigo chef Gina Trivolo recently opened a cafe in Mitchell Street her parents reminded her she was following a family tradition. “My grandfather had a greengrocer’s in Mitchell Street (where the TAB is today) for many years, but sadly his shop went the way of a lot of small bu..
08-Sep-2016
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Fresh market for exports
Peter Kennedy
Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm is taking its fresh chicken products to more of the world by expanding its export business into the lucrative Hong Kong market. After years of selling frozen products to Hong Kong, the Philippines, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, Hazeldene’s is now ..
02-Sep-2016
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NBN rollout lines up Bendigo suburbs
Sharon Kemp
SOME Bendigo residents can start to shop for retail packages for broadband internet as NBN Co constructs the first node cabinets in the city, starting in East Bendigo. The progress is a welcome development for businesses who have been waiting for the rollout to increase internet speed commen..
01-Sep-2016
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Project taking off
Sharon Kemp
THE first plane will land on the new Bendigo Airport runway in February if the $15 million redevelopment remains on track but it is unlikely to be a passenger flight that will make the inaugural landing. Less than six months out from completion, the City of Greater Bendigo is working to conv..
25-Aug-2016
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Mall renewal a long way off
Sharon Kemp
IT may take many years and failures before Bendigo has a mall people want to visit the spend time in. Victorian parliamentary secretary for justice Ben Carroll told the Bendigo safe communities forum it can take decades to reduce crime and reinvigorate a public area, such as a mall. Depa..
02-Sep-2016
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CBD the centre of attention
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO’S central business district could be on the verge of a new period of growth and change, underpinned by recognition of its major assets and appropriate infill development. City of Greater Bendigo consultant architect Don Goldsworthy OAM told an audience at the Bendigo Writers Fe..
02-Sep-2016
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A Guest collection
Dianne Dempsey
Former Family Court judge and Olympic rower, Paul Guest QC, grew up with artists and has an abiding respect for their work, a respect and appreciation which is reflected in the paintings from his private art collection currently hanging in the Bendigo Art Gallery. “I appreciate that th..
25-Aug-2016
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Waiting patiently
Sharon Kemp
ST JOHN of God Bendigo Hospital is only months from unveiling its $41 million redevelopment, the results of which patients are already enjoying. With the Bendigo Hospital also closing in on its completion date, St John of God chief executive Darren Rogers said Bendigo was positioned to perm..
18-Aug-2016
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Open day for La Trobe
Bendigo Weekly
La Trobe University’s Open Day on Sunday aims to be an action-packed day of tours, displays, demonstrations, food and entertainment. Held from 10am to 3pm at La Trobe’s Flora Hill campus, the event will have welcome marquees, free food, expo sites and demonstrations – plus ..
12-Aug-2016
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Terry hits the road for firies
Bendigo Weekly
CFA firefighter Terry Heafield is riding around Victoria on a 2500 kilometre bike ride as part of his Don’t Do It Alone Campaign. He aims to raise awareness of post traumatic stress disorder and mental health issues among firefighters in Victoria. Mr Heafield will be visiting 43 fi..
04-Aug-2016
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Adventure on the high rivers
Rosalea Ryan
Take two adventurous Englishmen, a desire to float clear across Europe and an assortment of watercraft, conventional and otherwise. The result? The offspring of this rare blending is a highly entertaining travel memoir that is in equal measure informative, instructional and hilarious. When c..
15-Sep-2016
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Reel-life
Rosalea Ryan
THINK Sex and the City for the average lonely, directionless suburban woman: abundant sass, bawdy humour and a generous dose of outrageous sexual misadventure but without the extravagances of Manolos, Cosmopolitans and a Manhattan bachelorette pad all apparently paid for by a couple of hours’ ..
08-Sep-2016
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Camel riding
Rosalea Ryan
Reptile collector, camel expert, big-cat doctor, gazelle wrangler, antiques aficionado, father of five: Alex Tinson juggles disparate roles in balancing his career as a veterinarian and researcher with his pride in heading up a happily blended Australian-Emirati family. Raised on Sydney’s ..
02-Sep-2016
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Wild ride through the worst of zones
Bendigo Weekly
DEATH, disasters, destruction, disease: Peter Stefanovic has endured the worst imaginable circumstances in some of the world’s most dangerous places in the course of his employment as a television news journalist. In a sensitive yet self-deprecatingly humorous professional memoir, Stefanov..
25-Aug-2016
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A picture of art spaces
Dianne Dempsey
With maps and pens at the ready, local writer Lauren Mitchell and photographers Amy Doak and Brendan McCarthy went on a mission to find and capture the intriguing artists’ studios that lie hidden in and around the Bendigo district. The resultant book, Artist Spaces of the Victorian Gol..
18-Aug-2016
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Rights and wrongs at the festival
Dianne Dempsey
Wordsmith David Astle has been attending writers festivals for many years now and he’s a great fan. He loves festivals when things go well and he especially loves them when they go wrong. “Writing can be a solitary business and stories are made to be shared,” he said. &..
12-Aug-2016
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