Campaigners rally for the yes vote
Sharon Kemp
MARRIAGE equality campaigners are calling for a protest rally at next Wednesday’s council meeting as the City of Greater Bendigo maintains its neutral position on the matter. Organisers of the survey supporting marriage equality want a sign the council will support its LGBTIQ residents..
15-Sep-2017
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Blooms add to city's colour
Bendigo Weekly
SPRING may not have been in the air yesterday, but it was certainly in Rosalind Park. The tulips have bloomed, adding a welcome splash of colour to the city ahead of warmer months to come...
15-Sep-2017
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Wellington plan booted
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Stadium Limited’s bid to put 44 new pokies in its leased White Hills hotel has suffered a further blow with City of Greater Bendigo planning officers recommending councillors refuse the permit for redevelopment. The council relied on a report it tabled at its June meeting that ..
15-Sep-2017
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Traditional owners appoint manager
Sharon Kemp
THE traditional owners of six parks including the Greater Bendigo National Park have appointed a land manager and want to hear the views of community before forming a joint management plan. The Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board are holding an open house event focusing on the Gr..
15-Sep-2017
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Epsom growth on way
Sharon Kemp
A NEW gym, cafe, shops, office space and a car wash are set to accommodate the growing northern corridor of Bendigo if City of Greater Bendigo councillors vote for an expansion of the Epsom shopping centre. The development would complete the final form of the broader shopping precinct which ..
15-Sep-2017
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Water storage high as spills continue
Joel Peterson
CENTRAL Victorian water storages are likely to continue spilling in coming months after entering at the highest levels in years. Coliban Water’s three biggest reservoirs are full or close to, Upper Coliban and Lauriston reservoirs are already spilling, while Lauriston is only 2.5 per c..
15-Sep-2017
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BSE hits a creative high note
Bendigo Weekly
THREE of Bendigo’s talented young performers experienced first-hand what it’s like to open a gig at bustling city venue. Bendigo South East College’s Mannix Harrington and alumni Erin Mannix and Tom Hadlow, who were supported by teacher Stephen Briggs, were part of the line..
23-Feb-2017
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Taxi protests come to Bendigo
Sharon Kemp
VICTORIAN taxi drivers brought their grievances to the electoral office of Bendigo East MP Jacinta Allan for the second time this year but the Transport Minister was in Melbourne. Protestors, led by the Transport Action Group, claimed the state government’s buyback price of $100,000 pe..
20-Feb-2017
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Bangarra covers new terrain
Bendigo Weekly
Bangarra Theatre dancers took time out on Wednesday, ahead of their performance of Terrain: A hymn to country. Terrain is a work exploring the fundamental connection between Aboriginal people and the land. Choreographed in 2012 by Frances Rings, Terrain originated on Arabunna land, in..
17-Feb-2017
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Changes ahead for diocese
Peter Kennedy
THE Diocese of Sandhurst has introduced a raft of changes in response to findings handed down by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that the diocese had the second worst rate of offending of all Australian dioceses. In a broad-ranging and in-depth intervi..
10-Feb-2017
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Gold win for mine
Sharon Kemp
AFTER a decade of steady production, the Fosterville Gold Mine on Bendigo’s doorstep has hit the jackpot, intercepting some of the richest gold mineralisation in the world. At just more than a kilometre below the surface, the rock sample that a drilling rig recovered this month reco..
03-Feb-2017
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Dream becomes reality
Bendigo Weekly
THE biggest project in Bendigo’s history is up and running. All patients have been moved and the enormous task of running the facility starts here. This is stage one, with more stages on the horizon, but if the first instalment is anything to go by, the hospital when complete will be the ..
27-Jan-2017
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Power of the sun
Bendigo Weekly
AN energy saving idea is another step in the growth of solar power. The Community Foundation for Central Victoria is investing in Bendigo Heritage Attractions by installing a 50-kilowatt solar PV installation on the Bendigo Trams Depot roof. The foundation will buy the photovoltaic (PV) ..
01-Dec-2016
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Cool clutch bags prize
Bendigo Weekly
Suzanne Carroll has beaten tough competition and has been announced winner of the Regional Pitchfest in Bendigo on Wednesday. The event was held at The Engine Room where the top five finalists presented their big innovative ideas to a live audience. A panel of judges..
24-Nov-2016
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Council to trial digital bike port
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo is using its own staff as guinea pigs to try out a digital bike parking scheme that one day could be rolled out to the public. The idea behind Cycleport is that staff members ride a bike to appointments, rather than booking out a car. It is also an experiment ..
18-Nov-2016
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Liacos is gallery chairman
Sharon Kemp
THE challenge for the Bendigo Art Gallery will be to keep raising the bar for regional galleries, says the new chairman of the gallery board, Stan Liacos. “You should never be complacent, this community has brought the gallery to great heights but you cannot take your eye off the ball,..
17-Nov-2016
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Time to remember
Bendigo Weekly
ACROSS Australia today one minute of silence will be observed at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month. Remembrance Day provides many opportunities for veterans and families to seek links to their heritage and to ensure the ideals of peace and freedom gained by the supreme sacrifice is neve..
10-Nov-2016
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Trams on hair line
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s heritage trams are taking the Movember challenge this year and will be decked out with some magnificent moustaches throughout the month in order to fundraise for men’s health issues. “Men’s health is important to us at the tramways as we have a bunch of guys..
03-Nov-2016
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Stepping up for Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
IF you have been walking or driving along Myers Street this month, you may have noticed an ever growing array of baskets hanging on the fence beneath the statue of Captain Cook. Each of the baskets has contained a giveaway or surprise as part of the church’s Advent-ure calendar. Homema..
21-Dec-2016
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Time to spread cheer
Sharon Kemp
IT will be a tough Christmas for some Bendigo families, according to federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters, who cites a 75-year high in inequality and the highest ever recorded underemployment in Australia. Ms Chesters has called on Bendigonians to help support local families this Christm..
16-Dec-2016
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Summer Reading
Bendigo Weekly
Children are invited to explore super heroes and their villainous counterparts at Goldfields Libraries these school holidays in the annual Summer Reading Club. Last year the Summer Reading Club was a huge success with more than 48,000 children reading more than 333,000 books across Australia..
16-Dec-2016
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Hot fuzz cops a cash win
Bendigo Weekly
LOOKS like mo’s are back in fashion at Bendigo Police station, at least until today. Nineteen officers signed up for the pledge with the sole aim of raising money to change the face of mens’ health. The team have modestly named themselves Hot Fuzz, and are fundraising for the..
01-Dec-2016
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Prevention the main aim
Bendigo Weekly
AN initiative to raise funds to support local grass-roots violence prevention programs and projects launched this week. Equity Prevents Violence is appealing to the public to help them reach their $18,000 fundraising goal for the year. The group is a partnership between Community Found..
24-Nov-2016
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Pool action heats up
Bendigo Weekly
Pools across Greater Bendigo are opening for the summer season. Brennan Park, Kangaroo Flat, Heathcote and Marong pools will open on Sunday. Golden Square and White Hills pools will open on Saturday November 26, followed by Elmore and Goornong Pools on Saturday December 3 and Raywood poo..
17-Nov-2016
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Current Issue
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Vipers in the Golden Vine
Simon Wooldridge
A Colonel Vipers Whipstick Band gig is unlike many other gigs you’ll go to this year, or perhaps in this lifetime. The Vipers have been entertaining and confounding gig-goers since 1994. They’re set to do that confounding-entertaining thing again at the Golden Vine on Satur..
08-Jun-2017
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Be afraid, be very afraid
Dianne Dempsey
The tradition of combining horror and art is a long, and eerily fruitful one. Witness the work of Goya, Hogarth or Dickens and in more contemporary times that of Poppy Z Bright and Mark Danielewski. Adding fuel to this genre is the actor and playwright Nick Ravenswood, who has written a ser..
01-Jun-2017
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Broadway and jazz mixed
Bendigo Weekly
Jazz meets Broadway represents a unique opportunity to see many of the greatest songs from Broadway and Hollywood musicals. The show will be performed in the Engine Room at The Capital Theatre in View St Bendigo. It will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday, June 17. The 90-minute conc..
01-Jun-2017
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June and beyond
Simon Wooldridge
You probably need a spreadsheet, or app, or old-fashioned personal assistant if you really want to keep up with what’s happening locally, live music-wise these days. The next couple of months looks frenetic. A quick scan of venue websites and artists’ social media posts offe..
01-Jun-2017
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Calvert on the tram
Bendigo Weekly
The Blues Tram is set to roll again on Saturday May 27 with two very talented singer-songwriters on board. Hailey Calvert and Luke Watt will entertain and charm passengers on a vintage restored W Class tram as it traverses the Bendigo CBD. From Queensland, soulful powerhouse Hailey Calv..
26-May-2017
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Bash out music
Simon Wooldridge
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 27 is MusicMan’s annual Birthday Bash party. The Bendigo CBD rock venue will host 20 bands and artists from early afternoon. The bash will be a two-pronged aural assault on two floors. The line-up includes Demonic Cowboys, Moustache Ant, and A Day of Storms fro..
26-May-2017
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Decisive clash in title chase
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Amateur Soccer League title race comes to a head this weekend, with the winner of Saturday’s vital clash between Eaglehawk and Shepparton South assured of the 2017 championship trophy. That’s, of course, assuming there is a winner. Shepparton South sits one point ..
08-Sep-2017
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Brave set for super contest
Bendigo Weekly
MAY the best team win has long been a very sporting attitude towards grand finals, but Bendigo Lady Braves coach Jonathan Goodman thinks playing as a team may be the intangible element critical to his side’s South East Australian Basketball League final. The Lady Braves face the Geelon..
01-Sep-2017
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Hockey sticking around
Bendigo Weekly
TRANS-Tasman rivalry will hit Bendigo in November when international hockey makes its return to the city. The national men’s team, the Kookaburras, will play New Zealand in two International Festival of Hockey tests on November 5 and 6, while the Hockeyroos will also be in town to play..
01-Sep-2017
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Storm rolls into finals
Bendigo Weekly
THE scintillating recent form of Strathfieldsaye has the Storm primed to break its duck against Golden Square when the sides square off in Saturday’s night’s Bendigo Football Netball League qualifying final. Since losing to Eaglehawk in round 12, the Storm has won each of its six..
01-Sep-2017
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Braves have title drive
Joel Peterson
CONFERENCE finals haven’t been kind to the Bendigo Lady Braves in recent years, but they have the chance to change all that tomorrow night. Bendigo hosts Launceston in the South East Australian Basketball League’s south conference semi final, with a SEABL grand final spot on the ..
25-Aug-2017
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Thunder's chance for redemption
Joel Peterson
THE fire from last year’s grand final defeat still burns for the Bendigo Thunder, who are keen to make amends in this weekend’s Northern Football League women’s grand final. Not only are they trying to avenge last year’s grand final loss, but also a loss from a fortni..
25-Aug-2017
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Grants for volunteers
Sharon Kemp
Federal grants are an important source of funding for volunteer-run community groups. As the latest round opens for applications, Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters is urging central Victorian groups to apply. The grants, from $1000 to $5000, can be used to buy equipment or training, or help vo..
17-Nov-2016
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Angel pilots needed
Bendigo Weekly
Angel Flight Australia is on a recruitment drive to find volunteer pilots and drivers in Bendigo. The group provides flights and drives for country people to attend their city medical appointments. The charity coordinates non-emergency flights to help country people trying to deal wi..
10-Nov-2016
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Fruit tops 1000kg
Bendigo Weekly
THE McKern Foundation backed Fresh Fruit Fridays initiative has reached an important milestone, with organisers confirming the supply of up to 1000 kilograms of fruit to local schools each week. Since the program’s inception in May 2015, the tally of schools throughout central and nort..
03-Nov-2016
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Filipino Fiesta a fundraiser for community
Bendigo Weekly
A Filipino Fiesta in Hargreaves Mall next month is all for a good cause, supporting communities destroyed by a typhoon three years ago. On November 8, 2013, the strongest typhoon ever recorded made its landfall in the Visayas region of central Philippines. Within hours, Typhoon Haiyan, ..
27-Oct-2016
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Martyn program is just the job
Bendigo Weekly
The Year 8 Martyn Program students at Catholic College Bendigo have gone public with the projects they have developed around their personal skills and passions. From dressmaking and woodwork to hand-made bikes, computers, sheep shearing, films, stories and more – it was all on show fo..
20-Oct-2016
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Garden trees for the chop
Bendigo Weekly
TWENTY-FOUR diseased Italian pencil pine trees will be removed from the entry promenade at the Bendigo Botanic Gardens, White Hills in coming weeks. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Debbie Wood said the trees which were planted in 2000 are suffering from cypress canker – a funga..
13-Oct-2016
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Bendigo suffers from a vet shortage
Sharon Kemp
A SPECIALIST veterinary recruitment website shows the demand for qualified vets is higher in Bendigo than in any other regional city. The ads are all for existing veterinary practices in Bendigo but the city can also expect an influx of new clinics with Petstock looking to open a space at i..
08-Dec-2016
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Business leads the way on lighting
Bendigo Weekly
A BENDIGO business is doing its bit to light up for Christmas. For the past couple of year Wills Street Eyecare has decorated their business, a heritage house, with Christmas lights. The response from neighbours and patients was so positive, that this year they’ve invited the who..
01-Dec-2016
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Special agents
Bendigo Weekly
TRAVEL agents Angela and John Meek have cruised to victory as Independent Travel Group’s agent of the year for Victoria. The couple own Bendigo Travel and Cruise Centre in Hargreaves Street which has a team of six who have combined experience in excess of 130 years. The award recog..
24-Nov-2016
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Wood art in time for Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
HERE’s something different for Christmas. Two Bendigo women are launching a product inspired by their walks in the bush. Their handmade Christmas trees are made from sticks found in and around Bendigo collected, prepared, cut, drilled, and assembled by Trudy Allsopp and Linda, nei..
17-Nov-2016
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Bendigo on the web
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW website is placing Bendigo front and centre on the internet. Bendigo entrepreneurs Dale Harris and Bryley Savage have created an online platform to find local products, so you can buy directly from the maker, or buy from your local store. “We all want to support local busines..
10-Nov-2016
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TAFE on course to learn
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo TAFE is kicking off a new suite of hospitality, tourism and events courses. The courses will provide Bendigo learners with local access to training, work placements, industry networking and pathways to career opportunities. Bendigo TAFE’s chief executive Trevor Schwenke ..
03-Nov-2016
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Blood bank tips a race for donations
Bendigo Weekly
WITH the Bendigo Cup over for another year the Australian Red Cross Blood Service is concerned the race that stops the nation could also stop vital blood donations. The Bendigo Blood Donor Centre needs more donors to roll up their sleeves until November 2 with more than 50 appointments still..
27-Oct-2016
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Night of vintage glamour
Bendigo Weekly
YOU can step back in time with the Eaglehawk Community House with their vintage fashion parade at the end of this month. MC for the evening will be Kerry Lorenz, who recently starred as Judy Garland in the fabulous musical Boy from Oz. Kerry featured dresses from Lyn Asling’s Pan..
20-Oct-2016
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100 years at BSE
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO South East will host a Centenary Celebration Day on Saturday to recognise the 100 year history of the college. The aim is to reconnect past staff and students, demonstrate development of the facilities and build the BSE alumni for the years to come. In August 1916, the first sch..
20-Oct-2016
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Upgrade for track
Joel Peterson
WITH the Bendigo line out of action until the end of October, V/Line is taking the opportunity to complete $46 million of works on the Bendigo rail corridor. Work including replacement of level crossings is under way on the lines through to Swan Hill and Echuca, with major work at Taradale o..
14-Oct-2016
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Music on the move
Bendigo Weekly
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was in Bendigo this week for a performance at Ulumbarra Theatre Ahead of their performance, musicians from the orchestra will took part in workshops with schools in the area including Lockwood Primary School. As the MSO loves Bendigo so much, the musician..
06-Oct-2016
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TAFE gears up
Bendigo Weekly
Automotive students from Bendigo and its surrounds can look forward to a whole new training experience at Bendigo TAFE Charleston Road campus. On October 12, upgraded automotive facilities featuring across-the-board improvements will be unveiled for the first time. Students and industry..
28-Sep-2016
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Change of pace
Rosalea Ryan
Falling Jane Green Macmillan, $29.99 Emma Montague isn’t looking for a boyfriend, and she certainly isn’t looking for a ready-made school-aged son. Yet in the process of renting an unfashionably dated beachfront cottage in sleepy Westport, Connecticut, she finds ..
24-Nov-2016
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Nordic noir trilogy continues
Rosalea Ryan
ICELAND is reeling. Still struggling in the wake of the 2008 financial crash, the country has been struck by a second, equally unexpected blow: the 2010 volcanic eruption and subsequent rumblings of Eyjafjallajökull. An ash cloud is enveloping Reykjavík, polluting the city’s air. ..
17-Nov-2016
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Romance in the Riverina
Rosalea Ryan
COLLEGE student Cindy is nursing a broken heart for the first time. Rather than propose as expected, her boyfriend of two years has just prioritised Harvard law school ahead of their relationship, leaving Cindy mortified and alone, the only unattached member of her southern California group of f..
10-Nov-2016
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Island intrigue
Rosalea Ryan
A 10-year-old boy is missing, a family is grieving and a tiny, isolated community on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean is being torn apart by suspicion and blame. Five years ago Max Wheeler disappeared while having an overnight camping adventure alone on Priest’s Island, a speck of private la..
03-Nov-2016
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All paths cross in Rome
Rosalea Ryan
Septuagenarian British sisters-in-law Lizzie and Constance are in Rome on a mission: to scatter Henry’s ashes into the River Tiber. American Alec and Australian Meg are equally focused – in their case, on finding the elusive source of a specific blue tile for their unhappy marital ho..
27-Oct-2016
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Relationships tested
Rosalea Ryan
ASK anybody outside southern Africa to name a famous Botswanan and almost invariably they will respond with “that Precious woman – you know, the one in the book”. Much of the world knows little about day-to-day happenings in Botswana yet millions of readers are relatively familiar ..
20-Oct-2016
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