Park resident heads for VCAT
Sharon Kemp
TONY Pumpa is vowing to stay on at his home at the Central City Caravan Park despite a 12-month notice to vacate, and is taking the landowner and the caravan park owner to VCAT. The retired safety consultant has lived at the park for more than 16 years and claims he has neither a fixed no..
20-Jan-2017
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Aspire to kick off precinct plan
Bendigo Weekly
SUPPORTERS of the proposed $15 million Aspire Precinct to be established at the foot of Bendigo’s iconic Sacred Heart Cathedral have vowed to forge ahead, despite the project failing so far to secure federal government funding. Planning works are almost complete, with preliminary works..
13-Jan-2017
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Bendigo trains least punctual
Joel Peterson
V/LINE hopes to continue to improve punctuality on the Bendigo line after figures released this week showed the punctuality of Bendigo line services in 2016 was well below the 92 per cent target and the worst of V/Line’s three main regional commuter lines. Just 83.4 per cent of service..
13-Jan-2017
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NBN starts to roll out
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 3700 homes and businesses in urban areas of Bendigo can now connect to the NBN as work on Australia’s biggest infrastructure project continues to roll out across the city.NBN Victorian spokesman Michael Moore said work to connect a further 33,000 remaining premises was un..
13-Jan-2017
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When time stood still
Dianne Dempsey
Bendigo citizens who have wished that time could stand still had their dream come true on Monday when the former Bendigo Post Office clock stopped. For more than 24 hours the time was 5.10 and we were given an extra day of life. But the man in charge of time in Bendigo, Stephen Young, cl..
13-Jan-2017
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Junior doctors start next stage of their career
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Health has welcomed 40 new junior doctors, who start their 12-month internship by going through orientation this week. Chief medical officer Humsha Naidoo said that it was great to see so many medical graduates opting to further their training here in Bendigo. “Working a..
13-Jan-2017
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Delly's Cavs take famous NBA title win
Bendigo Weekly
MATTHEW Dellavedova achieved another milestone in his already remarkable basketball career this week, becoming just the sixth Australian to win an NBA championship. The Bendigo Weekly/Prime7 2016 Sports Star of the Year award winner’s Cleveland Cavaliers took out the title with a win i..
24-Jun-2016
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Best butchers aim to snag a win
Bendigo Weekly
Butchers from the region had an opportunity to enter their best and wurst gourmet sausages, hams, kabana and bacon in the Sausage King competition yesterday. By tasting and scoring the different varieties entered, chefs from local businesses were tasked with forking out the award to the bes..
23-Jun-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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Rebecca’s ready to roll
Bendigo Weekly
To manage increasing demand for volunteers at local events, St John Bendigo is calling on locals to put their hand up to give back to their local community by signing up as first aiders. The organisation is well known for its green-clad volunteers attending community events, natural disaste..
04-Mar-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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All ages gig at MusicMan
Simon Wooldridge
MusicMan, in Hargreaves Street, will be rolling out a welcoming sticky carpet for young gig-goers and aspiring moshers on Sunday, April 10 with a six-band, all ages show. It promises to be a fun earbuds-in day for some young folks experiencing live music in this iconic Bendigo venue for the ..
01-Apr-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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Dragons flying in BDCA
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO District Cricket Association ladder leader Sandhurst will not be going into its clash with bottom side Huntly North Epsom expecting anything other than a good run for its money, according to captain-coach Craig Howard. After a bright start last season, Sandhurst has again raced..
02-Dec-2016
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Sedgwick rams home early season form
Bendigo Weekly
SEDGWICK’S Rick Ladson is confident that the red hot form of his side can continue as the Rams head their final game before the Christmas break against West Bendigo. The Rams have quietly made an undefeated start to the season, but turned up the noise with a blistering batting pe..
02-Dec-2016
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Hockey test series proves a big hit
Joel Peterson
AUSTRALIA may only have drawn its two-test international hockey series with India in Bendigo, but the Kookaburras are hoping they are back in town before long. Bumper crowds at the Garden Gully Hockey Complex were treated to a first-class spectacle between two of the best sides in the ..
02-Dec-2016
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Coburn to lead Pioneers
Joel Peterson
FORMER South Bendigo coach and AFL Central Victoria football development manager Rick Coburn has been announced as the new coach of the Bendigo Pioneers. Coburn has been instrumental in the formation of the AFL Central Victoria football academies, and forming the local arm of the Australian ..
01-Dec-2016
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Kookaburras close test series with victory
Joel Peterson
THE message pregame was to "find a way" and the Australia Kookaburras did just that as they won the second and final International Festival of Hockey test in Bendigo tonight. Rebounding after a 3-2 loss last night, the Kookaburras were far cleaner in front of goal in tonight's clash at Bendi..
30-Nov-2016
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India takes first hockey test in Bendigo
Joel Peterson
INDIA withstood a late flurry from Australia to run out winners in the first of their two International Festival of Hockey tests at Bendigo's Garden Gully Reserve tonight. In a physical, attacking affair India made better of their chances on goal than a wasteful Australian outfit, clinical f..
29-Nov-2016
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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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Deer Prudence a winner
Bendigo Weekly
In leaps and bounds, folk duo Deer Prudence, a.k.a Mariah McCarthy and Georgia Delves are starting to make a name for themselves. The duo, who first started writing songs together during their music classes at Catholic College Bendigo, have since gone on to study in Melbourne at Collarts wh..
04-Dec-2015
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White ribbons show support for cause
Bendigo Weekly
MORE THAN 800 people marched in solidarity against family and domestic violence in Bendigo on Wednesday. The day marked White Ribbon Day, with school students, the army, emergency services and community groups all participating in the march. Federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters took ..
27-Nov-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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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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Fresh pickings
Marika McMahon
There is much excitement in the air out Kennington way with the opening this week of the new Woolworths and accompanying retail shops. It has been much talked about on the sidelines at soccer and basketball as families plot a new place to shop in Bendigo. On Sunday afternoon we had a stick..
29-Aug-2014
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Hop out for beer food
Marika McMahon
The ever changing landscape of Bendigo food world continues to evolve. There’s a few new places and a few new events. Did you drive along Pall Mall last Saturday and think there was some hipster convention in town? Sure there were a lot of beards, a lot of crochet beanies but they we..
22-Aug-2014
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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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Reaching his goal
Bendigo Weekly
Growing up in Sydney, Tim Cahill had one aim in life: to play professional soccer. At the time he imagined that would be, at best, with one of the country’s top domestic sides. The four-year-old with tears streaming down his cheeks as he lined up for his first game could not have imagi..
04-Dec-2015
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Stories from the 'front
Rosalea Ryan
POINT a police detective turned investigative journalist in the direction of Australia’s docklands and the material unearthed is likely to make for a juicy – if not entirely family-friendly – dossier. That’s precisely what Duncan McNab has produced in Waterfront, a th..
27-Nov-2015
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