Recycle fix for dumpers
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO locals love being part of the city in the forest, but local and state authorities pay more than $180,000 a year cleaning up the waste we throw in our common backyard. If they took just the smallest effort, says Eaglehawk Recycle Shop manager Peter Buck, the cost would be reduced for..
12-May-2017
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Budget impacts on city
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO will compete for funding earmarked for Australian regional centres in a suite of federal budget initiatives aim at shoring up the broader rural voting base for the government. But the big ticket $8.4 billion Inland Rail project that Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce wants us t..
12-May-2017
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Supermarket leads world in health study
Sharon Kemp
Australian-first research into the effects of the promotion of healthy food in supermarkets will be conducted in Bendigo and is likely to have international impact, according to lead researcher Adrian Cameron. With a $550,000 grant from the National Health and Medical Research Counci..
12-May-2017
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Think pink on Sunday
Staff Reporter
BENDIGO Marketplace has turned pink in support of breast cancer research and this weekend’s Mother’s Day Classic fun run event. Retail outlets throughout the complex were encouraged to show their support for breast cancer research this week, with shop windows a se..
12-May-2017
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Stories to improve literacy
Sharon Kemp
IT is as simple as it gets: you want a child to read, give her a library. In Bendigo in the year since it was launched, 260 families have started a library thanks to a program called Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Organisers hope to reach more families through the separate Lit..
11-May-2017
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Persistence pays off for Kalianna
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO West MP Maree Edwards gets mentioned a lot in connection to funding for Kalianna Special School, $10.1 million from this state budget which makes up the final amount that will complete a much-needed upgrade for the Nolan Street campus. After announcing the funding to an assembly of c..
05-May-2017
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Property Guide
Training to understand needs of disabled
Sharon Kemp
Victorians who have difficulty communicating have trained V/Line front line and PTV call centre staff to understand them, making the train operator the first in the world with the accreditation. It has been a three-year process training more than 800 staff members, but V/Line chief executive..
02-Sep-2016
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Ruby signs off on a lifetime of work
Joel Peterson
IN her time in the industry, there isn’t much that Strath Village IGA’s Ruby Walker hasn’t seen or heard. An eventful 22 years at the Strath Village store draw to a close today, as Ruby greets her last customers and makes her last sale after spending 35 years in supermarket..
01-Sep-2016
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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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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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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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Karl’s great moments in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Dr Karl was in Bendigo on Monday to present his favourite take on science. He toured the Discovery Centre ahead of a show at the Capital. Dr Karl is famous for making science accessible to all ages, and his Great Moments in Science show celebrates all sides of science; from sublime momen..
22-Apr-2016
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Never and the Black Swamp
Simon Wooldridge
Nestled-in quietly among the bustle that will be the sixth Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival is a cracker of a gig at Musicman. It will be anything but quiet when The Black Swamp and Never hit Bendigo on Saturday, November 5. Queensland’s The Black Swamp bunkered down at the star..
27-Oct-2016
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The next step
Simon Wooldridge
Sherri Parry is a Bendigo singer-songwriter who takes a traditional approach to the creative process. “Everything I write gets hand-written into a small book. It makes the song feel more authentic,” she said. Parry’s next big step in an already impressive career is the lau..
20-Oct-2016
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Boogie with Catfish
Simon Wooldridge
The countdown to Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival number six continues. You’d have to think hard to come up with a more evocative name than Catfish Voodoo for a high energy, low-down boogie Chicago blues band. The Melbourne-based five-piece will be making their festival debut nex..
13-Oct-2016
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International feel to festival
Simon Wooldridge
It’s only a few weekends until the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival takes over the city. Now in its sixth year, we’re going to see 170 artists play at 40-odd venues over the first weekend in November. There’ll be some be some familiar faces, like the inimitable Greg..
06-Oct-2016
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Trio back at the Vine
Simon Wooldridge
It’s been over two and a half years since we played at the Golden Vine,” says Tyson Hodges. “I’m really looking forward to playing there again with this band. Some of my favourite gig memories are from that pub.” The Tyson Hodges Trio (TH3) will break that long..
28-Sep-2016
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Do or Die for Musicman
Simon Wooldridge
It’s billed as “Do Or Die”. Next week’s Musicman fundraiser festival features more than 60 bands. More acts are being added as the event – originally planned for Friday and Saturday – spills into a third day. The troubled CBD venue’s financial..
22-Sep-2016
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Kick off for new programs
Bendigo Weekly
THE revamped Bendigo Amateur Soccer league begins its 2017 season tomorrow with a raft of new programs in place across senior and junior levels. The BASL has joined forces with several out-of-town clubs and expanded to an 11-team competition, with Swan Hill not fielding a team. Shepparto..
31-Mar-2017
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LVFNL set for a start
Joel Peterson
CALIVIL United and Mitiamo will meet in an opening round blockbuster when the 2017 Loddon Valley Football Netball League season kicks off on Saturday. The LVFNL is the first of the local leagues to get its season under way and mark the official start of the local football season. Reig..
31-Mar-2017
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Long-time foes meet again
Joel Peterson
IF the recent form of Eaglehawk and Bendigo United is anything to go by, this weekend’s Bendigo District Cricket Association grand final will be a high-octane affair. Both clubs ripped through their semi final adversaries – BUCCs rolling Kangaroo Flat in less than a day while Eag..
24-Mar-2017
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Braves back for more
Joel Peterson
SATURDAY hails the arrival of a new season for the Bendigo Braves, but the team’s goal has not changed. Following a drought-breaking SEABL title in 2016, the Braves have reloaded for another run. They, and the Bendigo Lady Braves, kick start their season on Saturday against Dandeno..
24-Mar-2017
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Lady Braves banking on youth
Joel Peterson
AN underprepared Bendigo Lady Braves side will be thrown straight into the SEABL’s deep end when it faces reigning champion Dandenong on Saturday. The Lady Braves do not have an import on their roster and were embarrassingly thumped to the tune of 20 points in a practice match a fortni..
24-Mar-2017
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Epic event in the Gully
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Mountain Bike Club’s signature event for 2017 will hail the start of a new era for one of the fastest growing organisations in local sport. Spring Gully’s Muldoon Reserve will host the Golden Triangle Epic event for the first time this weekend. The reserve is set..
24-Mar-2017
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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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Blue-green algae blooms in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Routine monitoring has detected high levels of potentially toxic blue-green algae at Lake Neangar and Kennington Reservoir. Blue-green algae occur naturally and can be dangerous to humans and animals. Characteristic signs of algae contact are skin rashes or itchiness, sore eyes, ear..
29-Jan-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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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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Tarts raise money
Bendigo Weekly
Food Fossickers restaurant member Masons of Bendigo is baking up a storm to spread some Christmas spirit with an old fashioned cake drive, raising funds for the Bendigo Community Farmers Market. Restaurant owner and pastry chef Sonia Anthony has donated both her time and talent to bake the a..
12-Dec-2014
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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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Simply Scandinavian
Rosalea Ryan
Ice Ulla-Lena Lundberg Allen & Unwin $22.99 Life is at once bizarrely complicated and unnervingly simple in the Örlands, a Swedish-speaking cluster on the outskirts of the Åland Islands. Scattered midway between Stockholm and the Finnish ..
04-Mar-2016
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