Napier feedback needed
Sharon Kemp
FINAL concept designs for the Napier Street upgrade addresses most concerns of local shop owners, pedestrians and residents, according to VicRoads. But parking may be a sticking point for those who wanted to retain on-street parking. Community information sessions are under way to get th..
09-Dec-2016
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Hospital use on a high
Sharon Kemp
MURRAY Primary Health Network is imagining a regional Victoria that would not spend 71,500 days in hospital beds every year if hospitalisation for preventable illness was avoided. Murray PHN has released its first report having formed as one of six federal government health networks in Victo..
09-Dec-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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Greenhouse gas up
Bendigo Weekly
The total greenhouse gas emissions of the City of Greater Bendigo have risen by 37 per cent over the past five years, according to a key report that provides an overview of all projects, programs and new initiatives undertaken or supported by the council during the last financial year. The ..
02-Dec-2016
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Warning over high grassfire risk
Bendigo Weekly
CENTRAL Victorians face a significant grassfire risk this summer as extensive spring growth continues to dry out, creating high fuel loads and dangerous conditions across the region. The state’s highest risk will be across western and central Victoria in both grass and bush areas. ..
02-Dec-2016
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Scar trees find new home
Bendigo Weekly
The story behind the two centuries-old Central Victorian scar trees that once stood proud at Ravenswood will unfold in coming weeks, but this week the magnificent 10 and 12-metre high markers were lifted into place at the site of their new home, Ulumbarra Theatre...
02-Dec-2016
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Religion should unite says writer
Bendigo Weekly
Religion is often blamed for many of the wars and conflicts in the world. Yet religion, as interpreted by the Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick, is transformed into an agency for community building, personal as well as spiritual maturing, and for peace. “Religion should not divide but..
17-Jun-2016
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Family First has cash focus
Bendigo Weekly
FAMILY First candidate Alan Howard opposes changing the Marriage Act to include same sex couples, but would agree to a union that was enshrined in law. Mr Howard offered this view voluntarily during an interview which for the most part focussed on the issue he believes is the most important ..
17-Jun-2016
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Sun sets on Sun Loong soon
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Chinese Association members will travel to Hong Kong next week to meet three traditional dragon makers with the aim of having a new imperial dragon created to retire the deteriorating Sun Loong. Golden Dragon Museum general manager Anita Jack was reluctant to confirm Sun Loong, the l..
17-Jun-2016
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Water the focus for schools
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Huntly Primary School were up the creek this week on a special excursion. They were busy for a few hours at the Bendigo Creek in Huntly with the Northern Bendigo Landcare Group. The activities were designed to help the students explore and understand key river or creek heal..
17-Jun-2016
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Hot spot for early voting
Sharon Kemp
THE Australian Electoral Commission is preparing a disused shop near the Golden Square Hotel at 337 High Street as a second early polling station to open next Tuesday as expectations mount as many as 45,000 votes could be cast in the Bendigo electorate before the July 2 election poll date. L..
10-Jun-2016
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Party priorities aired
Sharon Kemp
Nationals party candidate Andy Maddison lists in order of importance, jobs, water and drug use as priorities for the Bendigo electorate. The three issues, he says, resonate strongest with voters he has talked to in the weeks since he was introduced as a candidate by Nationals leader Barnaby ..
10-Jun-2016
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A teal moment
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO women gathered at the Town Hall on Wednesday to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Bendigo’s Biggest Afternoon Teal was a fundraiser with the added goal of making people think more about their health. Bendigo for Ovarian Cancer committee member and Ovarian Cancer Ambassador..
26-Feb-2016
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Doris has a new day
Bendigo Weekly
By Christine Allan Melinda Schneider will bring her vibrant homage to Doris Day, Melinda Does Doris - A Tribute to Doris Day, to the Capital Theatre on Thursday. While many will be familiar with Schneider’s extensive country music song-writing and recording care..
19-Feb-2016
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Sculpture set for hospital
Dianne Dempsey
Acknowledging the place of public art in great cities, member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards this week announced the artist whose sculpture will be commissioned for the new Bendigo Hospital. When the announcement was made at the Bendigo Art Gallery, the winning entrant, Sydney ar..
05-Feb-2016
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A sustainable outlook
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL organisation Foodshare is nominating for a Sustainability Award. Foodshare collects food from organisations that have overproduction or excess and distribute it to local charities and schools as well as other agencies. It is only two years old yet has 53 volunte..
05-Feb-2016
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Tom takes the oath
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo local Tom Cobden has risen taken the first step to becoming an Army Officer through the Royal Military College, Duntroon. On January 19 the 21-year-old took his official oath during an appointment ceremony at the Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre before departing for RMC in ..
29-Jan-2016
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Stories of the war
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW Bendigo history group is part of a worldwide association with more than 7000 members. The Western Front Association Central Victoria Branch has been active in the Castlemaine area for the past two years and has now moved to Bendigo, with its first meeting next week. Chairman ..
29-Jan-2016
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Discussions in Dunolly
Bendigo Weekly
Who said there’s nothing to do in the country? Author Gideon Haigh will be speaking at the historic Court House in Dunolly, Sunday, May 22. Presented by the Bendigo Writers Festival and the Victoria Law Foundation, Gideon will be talking about his new book, Certain Admissions. Ce..
24-Mar-2016
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Blues on a bender
Bendigo Weekly
Blues heavyweight Geoff Achison is no stranger to the Bendigo music scene, he’s been up the Calder more times than he can count, but this weekend will mark his first time in town for our famous Easter Festival. Don’t expect to see him running in the Dragon Mile or braving the car..
24-Mar-2016
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Music’s fine on Highway 79
Simon Wooldridge
Almost a late night footnote on the extensive Easter Blues Bender program is a new name on the Bendigo music scene, Highway 79. Good Friday at the Golden Vine sees the first public performance of this long-time-coming collaboration between Rattlin’ Bones Blackwood and Colin Thompson. ..
24-Mar-2016
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Barber and Bell together at the Vine
Simon Wooldridge
Two of Bendigo’s finest young talents will be belting out their bluesiest, rockingest best tomorrow night, Saturday, March 19, at the Golden Vine. Young guns Bill Barber and Frank Bell will set-up camp on a very special night for Barber when he launches his debut album, Thanks For You..
18-Mar-2016
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Moo lineup set to impress
Bendigo Weekly
TICKETS for Bendigo’s Groovin the Moo have sold out, but those with tickets have plenty to look forward to on April 30. Dylan Joel, equal parts poet, producer and lyricist. Ivan Ooze, possibly the only rapper who has borrowed his alias from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. ..
17-Mar-2016
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Rebecca the bees knees
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo born Rebecca Moore has just taken the lead role of Rona Peretti in Vic Theatre Company’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This is playing at the Southbank Theatre as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year. Since leaving Bendig..
17-Mar-2016
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Spirit turn pink for rivalry clash
Joel Peterson
THEY are in red-hot form, and the Bendigo Spirit will sport new pink jerseys this weekend in support of the OTIS Foundation when they tackle arch-rivals Townsville at Bendigo Stadium. Bendigo has won its last three games, including a win over Townsville in Queensland, and sits atop the ta..
11-Nov-2016
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Building on footy growth
Joel Peterson
WOMEN’S football in Victoria will have a vastly different look next year, after AFL Victoria announced it would decentralise its operations of the Victorian Women’s Football League and set up community women’s competitions across the state. It comes almost a week after th..
11-Nov-2016
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Spirit back on track ahead of Caps clash
Joel Peterson
IT has been hard to gauge just where the Bendigo Spirit is at in the opening weeks of the Women’s National Basketball League season, but if last weekend is any indication they may be the competition’s team to beat. Bendigo had just about as good a weekend as you could hope for in t..
04-Nov-2016
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Big tests for top trio
Bendigo Weekly
THEY have been long touted as the competition’s up-and-coming sides and Bendigo, Sandhurst and Kangaroo Flat are living up to the hype after two weeks of Bendigo District Cricket Association action. All three sides recorded impressive wins to move to 2-0 after two rounds of action, the ..
04-Nov-2016
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Upset brewing in EVCA
Bendigo Weekly
WEST Bendigo is a chance of producing a major upset when it heads into day two of its Emu Valley Cricket Association clash with United tomorrow. The Redbacks were tipped by many to struggle again after finishing bottom last season and were thumped by Mandurang last round, but are just three..
03-Nov-2016
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Ozaki on song as event heats up
Joel Peterson
THE stage was set for a dream first round matchup for organisers and fans alike, but the highly-anticipated duel between number one seed Risa Ozaki and comeback kid Ash Barty did not eventuate at the Bendigo International Pro Tour tournament on Wednesday. Barty drew herself to face the top seed ..
28-Oct-2016
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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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Weave jam alert
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is on board the One Million Stars to End Violence project, an international weaving project by Australian artist and weaver Maryann Talia Pau. The aim is to end violence by bringing people together across the world to weave one million stars for a grand display in Queensland in 2018..
11-Dec-2015
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Time to five at the tree
Bendigo Weekly
RESIDENTS have the chance to give to families in need this Christmas at a Christmas Community Giving Tree. Hume & Iser Home Timber and Hardware in conjunction with Victoria Police and CatholicCare Sandhurst are inviting people to visit the Hume & Iser store to place a gift under thei..
04-Dec-2015
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A letter to Santa
Bendigo Weekly
AS Santa, Mrs Claus and their little helpers begin to prepare for their big trip down under from the North Pole, central Victorian children are being reminded to start writing their letters to the man in red. For the second year in a row children will be welcome to put their letters in Sant..
04-Dec-2015
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Climate change in focus
Bendigo Weekly
Five hundred people marched in Bendigo on Friday to call for climate action. The event, run by the Bendigo Sustainability Group, Caritas Australia, and other community groups, was one of more than 2000 marches held throughout 150 countries in the lead up to the United Nations climate summit..
04-Dec-2015
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Real estate joins forces
Bendigo Weekly
STAFF from Barry Plant Bendigo and The Professionals Bendigo have put professional rivalry aside for the moment and teamed up to sell four brand new townhouses in Flora Hill, all profits from which will be donated to charity. The agents will also donate a portion of their sellers’ fee..
05-Nov-2015
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Oktoberfest brewing to be a top day
Bendigo Weekly
Beers and sausages will be the order of the day this Oktoberfest. The Rifle in View Street is presenting this year’s German and European-styled event on Saturday, October 31. To attend the event, you will need a ticket for $30 which includes a half-litre stein full of your choice..
23-Oct-2015
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Eat. Shop. Drink
Laura Hurley
CHRISTMAS is just around the corner, and following the success of last month’s Eat. Shop. Drink. Bendigo campaign, federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters is partnering up with the City of Greater Bendigo to encourage people to continue to shop and eat local throughout the silly season. ..
16-Oct-2015
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New venue pumped up
Laura Hurley
The Botanical Hotel is under new management – Bendigo Stadium is now at the helm of the iconic White Hills venue and is set to open its doors in two weeks. Renamed The Wellington at Botanical Gardens, the venue has undergone major renovations and will feature a family restaurant, sport..
01-Oct-2015
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Dine out the The McIvor
Steve Kendall
I dragged a crowd out for a beer the other day because I heard there’s a new tipple in town. Matilda Bay’s Lazy Yak is doing the rounds in bottles, but it’s only on tap at limited bars in town. One of those bars is The McIvor Restaurant and Bar at 54 McIvor Road, Kennington..
21-Aug-2015
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VACANT LAND IN SIGHTS
Peter Kennedy
The City of Greater Bendigo has identified three key vacant parcels of land as potential medium density housing meccas. The Residential Strategy recognises land at Chum Street opposite Fortuna, the former Coliban Water depot in Golden Square and surplus land owned by La Trobe University on O..
14-Aug-2015
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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 challenge
Marika McMahon
There’s a thing doing the rounds of facebook at the moment where people are nominated not to pour ice over their head, but rather to nominate the 10 books that have influenced them the most. Of course, my mind turned to food and I started thinking about the cookbooks that influenced me the m..
26-Sep-2014
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Time for a picnic
Bendigo Weekly
Local produce champions Food Fossickers is once again bringing together the restaurants and food producers from Central Victoria to create a unique regional feast, this time at the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival. Food Fossickers will present a regional picnic hamper which is available for..
19-Sep-2014
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Good food shouldn’t be seen as a luxury
Marika McMahon
The pleasure of a night out at one of the quality restaurants in Bendigo is an investment – an investment in experiencing new flavours, new techniques, new ingredients. An investment in spending time with family and friends. An investment in taking time out of busy times to be toget..
12-Sep-2014
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Cooking the book
Marika McMahon
The joy of gathering with friends over food (and a couple of nice drinks) has long been known. As life gets busier and we spend too much time interacting with each other just by social media rather than in real life we can be at risk of losing the opportunity to break bread together. But ..
05-Sep-2014
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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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Fast-paced action from Africa
Rosalea Ryan
FEW Australian authors write as convincingly on the subject of southern Africa as does reporter, press secretary, public relations consultant and soldier Tony Park. This should come as no surprise, however, given that Park has homes both in Sydney and adjoining South Africa’s Kruger N..
15-Jan-2016
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Local radio guru airs new book
Bendigo Weekly
Ian Braybrook, a well known broadcaster around the Bendigo region, has recently published a lively book about his experiences in community radio. In all he spent 35 years working at 3CCC, KLFM and WMAFM. Bush Wireless tells his story and gives a rare insight into the comings and goings of c..
08-Jan-2016
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Letters on Bond
Bendigo Weekly
To tens of millions of fans James Bond is a suave, invincible Hollywood spy with a cultured British accent, an eye for a beautiful woman and an unerring ability to hunt out anyone who threatens the security of the West. Well before the arrival of the big-screen version, however, Bond was bo..
31-Dec-2015
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Emperor in exile
Bendigo Weekly
Two hundred years and two months ago, a momentous (and, to that point, unimaginably preposterous) event occurred on a pinprick of rock in the south Atlantic Ocean: dethroned French emperor Napoléon Bonaparte – the Great Ogre, the Tyrant, who had rampaged across Europe and already es..
11-Dec-2015
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