Myer in shopping mire
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’s name was absent from Myer’s future strategy update to investors yesterday at a time when the city’s central business district, in which Myer opened its first store, could use some good news. Instead, Myer chief executive Richard Umbers issued a sharp warning that ..
03-Nov-2017
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Ready for export
Sharon Kemp
COLLABORATION between governments was essential to secure defence contracts in Europe, according to the vice president of strategy at Thales which builds the protected mobility Hawkei vehicles in Bendigo. Gary Dawson was referring to a visit by defence industry minister Christopher Pyne to W..
03-Nov-2017
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Bank's window to growth
Sharon Kemp
THE shake up in Australia’s banking market could provide Bendigo and Adelaide Bank with growth opportunities like those that drove the roll out of community banks in regional Australia in the 1990s. Talking to shareholders at the annual general meeting on Tuesday, managing director Mik..
03-Nov-2017
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Response times improve
Joel Peterson
Emergency response times in Bendigo are meeting the standards set by operators, but those at the head of the state’s fire and ambulance bodies believe there is scope to improve the services. Figures released this week by the CFA showed that crews in Bendigo were meeting the targets of ..
03-Nov-2017
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Trams in Mo-tion
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo's heritage trams are taking the Movember challenge and will be decked out with some magnificent moustaches to raise awareness about men's health issues. "With a predominately male workforce, men's health is important to us at Bendigo Tramways," manager Luke Jenkins said. "All of ..
03-Nov-2017
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Stage is set for a king
Bendigo Weekly
There is a double delight on tonight at Victory Christian College. Hot on the heels of the show last night, students are performing two shows this evening. The Jungle Book Junior kicks off at 6.30pm, with The King and I following at 7.30pm. VCC is at 6 Kairn Road, Strathdale and tick..
27-Oct-2017
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Annaliese says yes to proposal
Joel Peterson
IT’S fair to say that when Annaliese Barty picked up the Bendigo Weekly last Friday, she got quite the surprise. Her boyfriend of almost four years, and now fiancé, Alex Kharoofa, handed the paper to her just before she left for work on Friday morning. Low and behold there ..
09-Mar-2017
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Friends rally for Karlee's cause
Sharon Kemp
KARLEE THORPE was on the front page of the Bendigo Weekly two years ago, having survived breast cancer but still not well enough to run in the Mother’s Day Classic for which she was a story of inspiration. Two years later and after a period of good health, the mother of two has fallen ..
03-Mar-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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Art works in the lane
Bendigo Weekly
Things just got a whole lot more colourful at the multi-storey car park end of Chancery Lane with a series of fantastic new art works by local artists now on display. The art works are diverse in both style and genre and are already attracting attention and admiration from members of the com..
08-Dec-2016
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Golden Square burn close to home
Sharon Kemp
A 23 hectare planned burn underway in Golden Square will help neutralise Bendigo's highest fire danger risk in the urban area, according to Forest Fire Management Victoria. Fire management crews started the planned burn this morning north of the Specimen Hill channel which is east of Olympic..
02-Dec-2016
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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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Mall a top spot for summer
Bendigo Weekly
Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained over the summer break? Then head down to Hargreaves Mall on Thursday for a Summer School Holiday Fun Day. There will be a water play inflatable jumping castle and slide for some warm weather fun. Children who aren’t keen on gett..
05-Jan-2017
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Food for those in need
Bendigo Weekly
A TIMELY trip has brought some Christmas cheer to Bendigo. Willing Older Workers provides practical and emotional support to workers who are over 50 and either unemployed or underemployed. Recently they received grants to buy a van and a refrigerated trailer which they took to St Andrew&..
21-Dec-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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Husky on the road
Joel Peterson
If someone you don’t know and have just met invites you to their basement, you’d have every reason to be the slightest bit hesitant. For Melbourne duo Husky, saying yes turned out to be the right decision, and one that kick started the process for their new album Punchbuzz. ..
08-Jun-2017
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Jack in back in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Television and theatre star Jack Charles is coming to Bendigo later this month. Jack will speak at Bendigo library about his life experiences with Cate Mercer, editor and publisher of national health and wellbeing magazine The Art of Healing. Jack has been convicted 22 times for burgla..
08-Jun-2017
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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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Cricket turns pink for a cause
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO cricket will turn pink this weekend in what is an Australian-first trial of Kookaburra’s pink test match ball in a regional competition. The pink ball will be used in all Bendigo District Cricket Association first XI contests as part of a pink stumps round, including the clash ..
27-Oct-2017
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City's events roll on
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO enjoyed a bumper assortment of sport across both local and international-level competitions last weekend. The Australian and New Zealand rugby sevens sides kicked things off with their five-match series at Epsom Huntly Reserve the highlight of the weekend. Australia took game one..
27-Oct-2017
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Umpires have new sponsor appeal
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo District Cricket Umpires Association continues to grow as the summer of cricket gets into full swing. THE BDCUA serves all Bendigo District Cricket Association first, second and third XI games, as well as under-18 matches. The association also has support from its major spons..
27-Oct-2017
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World class sevens skill on show
Bendigo Weekly
AUSTRALIA’S rugby sevens side will be eyeing trans-Tasman revenge in its five-match series against world champions New Zealand in Bendigo. The two nations kicked off their sevens series last night at Epsom Huntly Reserve, with two games to be played today and two more tomorrow. The..
20-Oct-2017
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Eagles unveil Mitrovic as new coach
Joel Peterson
NEW Maiden Gully YCW Eagles coach Wayne Mitrovic says the opportunity to be involved in building the club’s identity was a key factor in luring him to the role. The former Sandhurst captain has previously coached Macorna and been a part of a flag at Wycheproof before returning to the D..
20-Oct-2017
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Spirit hit the road after big win
Bendigo Weekly
OTHER Bendigo Spirit home games may not follow the same script, but the Spirit’s outburst in their first home game provided enough offensive fireworks to last a season. Against a Perth side that simply fell apart both in system and application, Bendigo ran riot in the third quarter of ..
20-Oct-2017
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Bendigo's golden tale
Bendigo Weekly
THERE are key themes running through the non-fiction books of historical writer James Lerk – gold, Bendigo and the precious results of his enduring search for hidden stories. Mr Lerk, who also writes a regular column for the Bendigo Weekly, positions these hitherto undiscovered titbits for..
24-Nov-2016
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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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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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