An early parade
Bendigo Weekly
Uniting AgeWell’s Strath-Haven Community held their own Easter parade on Tuesday, complete with shoe box floats designed and created by residents, staff and volunteers. Many at Strath-Haven had been working hard creating unique and colourful floats to be part of the parade. Coordin..
13-Apr-2017
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Trains off track on times
Joel Peterson
V/LINE has endured another month of poor performance across the regional rail network, again failing to meet targets on the Bendigo line. Punctuality of Bendigo line services dipped to 81.8 per cent, down from 83 per cent in February. Less than 96 per cent of Bendigo services were del..
13-Apr-2017
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Fair society backs the dragon appeal
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Easter Fair Society has thrown its support behind the community push for a new Chinese dragon. Established in 1871, the organisation is due celebrate its 150th milestone in 2020, but yesterday announced its support for the Dai Gum Loong – A New Dragon for Bendigo appeal, do..
13-Apr-2017
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House of mirrors a haunting maze
Dianne Dempsey
The latest installation in Bendigo’s Rosalind Park is a macabre and haunting maze that is the House of Mirrors. Presented by Bendigo Art Gallery’s director Karen Quinlan and designed by artists Keith Courtney and Christian Wagstaff, the installation was originally created for Hob..
07-Apr-2017
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Changes to impact staff
Bendigo Weekly
THE City of Greater Bendigo is pushing ahead with a revised staffing structure expected to lead to the loss of some positions. The review, led by chief executive officer Craig Niemann will lead to a reduction of five managerial positions across the organisation, but the Bendigo Weekly unders..
07-Apr-2017
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Legal group calls for support, not cuts
Sharon Kemp
THE Labor Party has promised upon election to reinstate funding to community legal services operating in Bendigo and Shepparton that are the last resort representation for many family violence survivors. But ARC Justice which runs the community legal services in Bendigo and Shepparton is cal..
07-Apr-2017
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Hospital to create 1000 new jobs
Sharon Kemp
Bendigo Health will employ an additional 220 people in the first 12 months after the $630 million hospital opens, and up to 1000 extra staff in its first decade of operation. State government top-up funding of $32.17m to Bendigo Health’s 2016-17 operating budget allows the hospital to ..
26-Aug-2016
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Election numbers on way up
Sharon Kemp
CANDIDATES in this year’s council elections are likely to number well over 30 for the City of Greater Bendigo’s three wards. Two months out from the October 22 elections, as constituents turn their minds to voting issues, 26 candidates have already said they will run for the nin..
19-Aug-2016
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Gregson takes on councillors
Sharon Kemp
THE seeming inability of City of Greater Bendigo councillors to act respectfully has forced a brain drain from executive offices at Lyttleton Terrace, according to former councillor Wayne Gregson who this week announced his nomination for another four-year stint. Mr Gregson served as a counc..
12-Aug-2016
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O'Rourke in the running
Bendigo Weekly
Experienced community and business leader Margaret O’Rourke plans to throw her hat into the ring as an Eppalock Ward candidate in October’s City of Greater Bendigo council elections. Born and raised in Bendigo before embarking a career with Telstra took her around Australia, the ..
05-Aug-2016
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New pool work starts
Bendigo Weekly
THE new Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre is taking shape and this week saw community and local, state and federal government officials lined up to turn over the ceremonial sod at the site. The centre could be finished by the end of next year if all goes to plan. City o..
29-Jul-2016
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Bins on the move
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 40,000 new organics bins will start to roll out on Monday. Households in the urban Bendigo and Marong areas are part of the City of Greater Bendigo council’s new fortnightly organics collection service which kicks off on September 5, 2016. Council’s Natasza Purser s..
22-Jul-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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Scientific future mapped out
Bendigo Weekly
Students Maya Mann and Ruby Stone are two of 48 science students selected to take part in a national residential science conference to take place at Brisbane University in July. The Girton Grammar School year 11s were selected from applicants all over Australia, making them eligible to take..
10-Jun-2016
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Marilyn's birthday splash
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S towering eight metre sculpture of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe was this week given a spruce up to commemorate her 90th birthday. Bendigo CFA brigade members washed the Seward Johnson sculpture Forever Marilyn on Wednesday, before Victorian Tourism and Major Events Minister J..
03-Jun-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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A golden opportunity for investors
Bendigo Weekly
KENNINGTON 173 St Aidans Road Ellis Nuttall Real Estate Jayde Neate 5442 8111/0407 437 184 Price $250,000 Exceptional land value alone, this renovator is in the best location for investment development and would be an ideal townhouse site (STCA). It has loads of potential for d..
26-Jun-2014
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Amazing footage from Gisborne fire
Bendigo Weekly
Remarkable footage from Mount Macedon CFA firefighters show the February 9 Gisborne fire up close. ..
27-Feb-2014
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Safety first for cyclists
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo will complete works at one of the city centre’s busiest roundabouts in an effort to make it safer for cyclists. City of Greater Bendigo Engineering and Public Space Manager Brett Martini said work on the Williamson Street/Mollison Street roundabout included ..
03-Jun-2016
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Angela is top class at plain speaking
Bendigo Weekly
BSSC student Angela Stevens has won the regional final of the VCAA Plain English Speaking Awards held at Girton Grammar on Monday evening. BSSC PESA coordinator David van Es said it was a spectacular effort by Angela to win the regional final. “Against formidable opposition she d..
27-May-2016
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Greens aim for growth
Sharon Kemp
THE Greens have opened a campaign office in the heart of Bendigo. It’s the first time the party has established an office in the city, with local branch members deciding last year to become more visible in the 2016 election, according to candidate Rosemary Glaisher. As of Tuesday, ..
20-May-2016
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Discovering the depths
Bendigo Weekly
A groundbreaking STEM initiative exploring deep-sea biology, geology, and archaeology in the Eastern Pacific now has a link to Bendigo. Rachel Rayner from Discovery Science and Technology Centre has been selected as a 2016 lead science communication fellow and will sail aboard Exploration Ve..
13-May-2016
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Bendigo Vision 2020
Bendigo Weekly
Unlike many cities, Bendigo was not started with a vision of place but one of purpose – Gold. Pop up tent suburbs, no sustainable water source, an instant population of tens of thousands in a cultural melting pot. Shortly after gold was found here in December 1851, Bendigo had a population..
06-May-2016
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Call is out for Red Shield help
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo community is being encouraged to volunteer a few hours of their time to collect for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock Weekend on May 28 and 29. The Salvation Army’s captain Craig Wood, said Bendigo has always given generously to the Red Shield Appea..
29-Apr-2016
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Royals in town
Simon Wooldridge
MUSICMAN is hosting “rock royalty” twice next week when the respective King Of The North and King Parrot tours hit Bendigo on Thursday and Saturday. Both bands visit central Victoria shortly before embarking on lengthy European adventures. King Of The North’s second album,..
08-Sep-2016
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Where the Lions roar
Bendigo Weekly
Four Lions’ new album Vahland comes from some pretty dark places. You’ve Ruined All My Favourite Songs captures the overall tone. “There are songs you introduce to someone in a relationship that you can’t listen to when it’s over. Not a positive association!&r..
02-Sep-2016
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Sweet sounds at the Gold Dust
Bendigo Weekly
A MISSION to play covers that other bands leave alone spurred the formation of Bendigo’s Sweet Disposition Band. The band’s four members – lead singer Sina Fonua, Chris Davey, Paul and drummer Pete – had all previously been playing in other bands, notching up a combined 2..
02-Sep-2016
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20 strings
Simon Wooldridge
Harry Manx brings his Australian tour to Bendigo’s Capital Theatre on Wednesday, September, 14. Described as an “essential link” between western and eastern music, Harry Manx’s unique sound blends the blues and classical Indian ragas. Manx’s signature instrume..
25-Aug-2016
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Planting the seed
Simon Wooldridge
I wouldn’t mind being a fly on the wall in their house when there’s a jam going on,” someone once said as we watched Andrew Watts and his sons Kane and Sam onstage at a Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival showcase event. Years of practice, jamming and doing the hard yards co..
19-Aug-2016
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Dancing with imagination
Bendigo Weekly
The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires is one of the world’s leading tango companies. With sell-out performances across the globe over the past 11 years and a YouTube audience in excess of 19 million people worldwide, German Cornejo’s choreography and vision seems to have captured th..
12-Aug-2016
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Rivals meet in bowls decider
Joel Peterson
FOR the third straight season, Bendigo will meet Bendigo East in Sunday’s Bendigo Pennant Bowls division one grand final. East won through to the final in a thrilling clash with South Bendigo that went down to the final end, and will meet Bendigo in a rematch of the semi-fi..
17-Mar-2017
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Roos continue their winning ways
Bendigo Weekly
KANGAROO Flat has been crowned Victoria’s inaugural league challenge winners after a brilliant showing last weekend. The BFNL A-grade premiers of 2016, the Roos defeated Drouin in Sunday’s final 22-20. The tournament was the first that Netball Victoria has run, and invited pr..
17-Mar-2017
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Building on success
Bendigo Weekly
REIGNING Bendigo Football Netball League senior premier Sandhurst has joined forces with Metricon in a deal that will see the Queen Elizabeth Oval re-named for three years. Sandhurst football and netball home games from season 2017 will be played at Metricon QEO in a major partnership betwee..
17-Mar-2017
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Braves gear up for title defence
Joel Peterson
THINGS are kicking into gear for the Bendigo Braves, but not quite everything has gone to plan for the reigning South East Australian Basketball League champions. Import Dyami Starks and Australian guard Adam Doyle arrived in town recently and are training with the club, but the Braves are s..
10-Mar-2017
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Thunder joins forces with Tigers
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Thunder will have players train with Richmond and play selected games at Punt Road Oval under a new partnership with the powerful AFL club. Tigers president Peggy O’Neal and Thunder coach Cherie O’Neill announced the deal on Channel Nine last Sunday. It was broker..
10-Mar-2017
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Four for finals fight
Joel Peterson
A FIERCELY-contested Emu Valley Cricket Association finals series kicks off this weekend. The 2016/17 grand final will, for the sixth straight year, feature one of top side United and Mandurang, who play at Ewing Park, while the weekend’s other game sees second-placed Golden Gully up a..
10-Mar-2017
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Police on the ball for culture festival
Bendigo Weekly
One of the most enjoyable events of the Festival of Cultures is the soccer match held between local Karen youth and members of the Bendigo Police. Senior Sergeant John Dalton of Bendigo Police said that this year his colleagues really have to lift their game. “We were defeated 40-0..
04-Mar-2016
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Sporting best gather for awards
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 200 guests will be on hand tonight for the announcement of the 51st Sports Star of the Year awards, to be held at Bendigo’s All Seasons Quality Resort. The Bendigo Weekly – Prime7 backed awards have attracted finalists in a diverse array of sports including basketball, ..
26-Feb-2016
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Sarah adds some colour
Steve Kendall
Sarah Boulton creates abstract impressions with ink and acrylic on linen, canvas and paper and has been showing her work since the late 1990s. The Melbourne artist moved to Castlemaine in 2000, and it’s there her art will be shown next. The Gov Cafe at the Old Castlemaine Gaol is d..
26-Feb-2016
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Fox is a special arrival
Steve Kendall
Fox Hamilton Hugh Roberts entered the world on a pretty important day for Australia. We reached a population milestone of 24 million, at about 12.50am on Tuesday, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and Fox clocked in a few hours later making him pretty close to being citizen ..
19-Feb-2016
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New face of the art world
Dianne Dempsey
The recent appointment of a new arts curator to the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum has highlighted the changing profile of Victoria’s only independent gallery. Formerly the curator of the Deakin University art collection and gallery, Emma Busowsky Cox says she is exc..
12-Feb-2016
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Chinese New Year to go off with a bang at Bendigo Library
Bendigo Weekly
In classic Bendigo style, the Central Victorian Lion Team and Fu Wa Team will delight with a noisy and spectacular traditional welcome inside the library. The performance is from 5.30-6pm and is not to be missed. Visitors are invited to stay on after the performance to help create B..
08-Feb-2016
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Growth plan develops
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo is working on an Urban Design Framework for the Strathfieldsaye Town Centre to guide future development as the town grows and doubles in population over the next few years. Council’s Trevor Budge said the UDF will establish the form and layout of the town c..
11-Mar-2016
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Counting calories
Dianne Dempsey
The answer to every slimmer’s dream was revealed a few weeks ago when a new restaurant opened in Bendigo. The restaurant owners Terri and Phil Gadsen-Brown have developed a unique concept in hospitality. Well aware that there are many health-conscious people who are opting for ..
29-Jan-2016
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Fitness growth for athletes
Bendigo Weekly
THERE are big things ahead for The Human Mechanics Wellness Centre in Epsom. The new wellness centre opened to large crowds last weekend, with director Arj Perera confident the momentum will continue. “So Epsom and Huntly have really embraced what we’re doing... the feedback ..
22-Jan-2016
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Bakery ready to roll
Laura Hurley
BENDIGO will soon be home to its first drive through bakery. The Newmarket Hotel and Bakery is getting ready to open its doors on Monday, with owner Karen Lyons excited to bring the drive through bakery and restaurant to the city. The hotel, located on Charleston Road, has been refurbish..
08-Jan-2016
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Made in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Maker’s Crib has set up shop at the Schaller Studio. The crib is a new initiative by Shona O’Brien who started Bendigo’s Trove Maker’s Market. The crib is passionate about sharing Bendigo’s hand-crafted local talents and creatives. Ranging fr..
18-Dec-2015
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Driven by new sport
Bendigo Weekly
St Peters Primary School hosted a special sports clinic last Tuesday when Poyser Holden representatives presented the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative with a cheque for $10,000. Former AFL star and coach, Danny Frawley, ran a sports clinic for the children after hosting the pr..
11-Dec-2015
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Matt on the move
Bendigo Weekly
Celebrated chef and Victorian Farmers Market ambassador Matt Wilkinson will undertake activities with both the Bendigo Community Farmers Market and Central Victoria’s Food Fossickers Network this weekend. Mr Wilkinson has worked previously at Melbourne’s Vue de Monde and Circa befo..
10-Apr-2015
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Fossick for taste treats
Bendigo Weekly
Exploring the local food offerings can still be easy during the Bendigo Easter Festival and public holidays, with a variety of different venues, producers and events available from Good Friday through until Easter Monday. While some venues will only deliver limited trading times due to the f..
02-Apr-2015
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Free food for all
Dianne Dempsey
In the late summer and early autumn while fruit trees are burgeoning, the glut of food can make for a challenge. There are only so many apple pies and jars of jam you can make. The solution to what to do with excess food has been taken on by a group of locals who have embraced a movement whi..
20-Mar-2015
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Head to the Hatter
Bendigo Weekly
After the overwhelming sell-out success of last year’s inaugural event, Food Fossickers Picnic with The Mad Hatter will return on March 15 with even more regional food, wine and fun. The event returns to the recently redeveloped Bendigo Botanic Gardens, providing ticket holders with an..
06-Feb-2015
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Cheers for beers
Bendigo Weekly
Australia Day is synonymous with lamb chops, a barbecue and a beer, but it would surprise most that the beer they are drinking is not Australian owned. While the stereotype would suggest we all chug down a VB, Bendigo Beer’s Trev Birks is urging everyone to think before they drink. &ld..
23-Jan-2015
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Safety first with food
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO developer Jared Marwood has developed an application to help with food safety programs for small to medium Class 2 Retail and Food Service Businesses. Cook Safe allows food premises to easily create their food safety program. By answering a set of questions, Cook Safe sets up a Food..
19-Dec-2014
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Nine lives in limbo
Rosalea Ryan
City of Thorns Ben Rawlence, Portobello $35 Dreams – however distant – of resettlement abroad fuel the sometimes-heartbreaking hopes of residents trapped in the scorchingly hot, desolate limbo of the world’s biggest refugee camp: a combinatio..
15-Apr-2016
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Hebridean mystery
Rosalea Ryan
The Ice Twins SK Tremayne Harper Collins, £7.99 Twin girls: snowy-blonde, blue-eyed, six years old and absolutely identical in every way – so much so that not even the most advanced DNA testing can tell them apart. Then comes tragedy f..
08-Apr-2016
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Presley’s last love story
Rosalea Ryan
Elvis & Ginger Ginger Alden Berkley, $27.99 To much of the world Priscilla Beaulieu was the one true love of Elvis Presley’s life. In reality, however, that marriage held together for just a short of five years, and several other significant g..
01-Apr-2016
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Shane’s spicy menu
Rosalea Ryan
Spice Journey Shane Delia Murdoch Books $49.99 T HREE kitchen ingredients say “Easter” in Australian like no other: seafood, lamb and chocolate. This year a plethora of fresh takes on that trio is offered in Spice Journey, the printed acc..
24-Mar-2016
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High rise heartaches
Rosalea Ryan
The Expatriates Janice YK Lee, Little, Brown $29.99 In the claustrophobic city that is high-rise Hong Kong, expatriates’ lives inevitably intersect. The men do business with each other, and the women – the “trailing spouses”, almost uniformly onc..
18-Mar-2016
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Catalogue to keep
Bendigo Weekly
For decades to come Bendigonians will remember the time when history’s most famous blonde occupied their city – and the current Bendigo Art Gallery exhibition’s accompanying commemorative catalogue is an exceptional keepsake for reading now and then passing down to future gener..
11-Mar-2016
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