Cameras pull in the cash
Sharon Kemp
THE new red light camera at McIvor Road and Reservoir Road is set to be a cash cow for the Victorian government after logging more than $35,000 in fines in six weeks. The Strathdale camera was activated on February 13, and in the 47 days to March 31 it clocked an average of three infringemen..
25-Aug-2017
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No to Wellington pokies
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Stadium Limited’s application to install 44 gaming machines in the Wellington at the Botanical Gardens hotel has been refused for its potential to attract problem gamblers and a lack of evidence the move would benefit the community. The Victorian Commission of Gambling and Liq..
25-Aug-2017
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Rain on the way
Joel Peterson
THE Bureau of Meteorology has revised its spring outlook, and it has a decidedly more optimistic view in terms of rainfall for much of Victoria. Bendigo has already seen above average rainfall for August, following on from a similarly wet July. Like farmers in the region, water storages ..
25-Aug-2017
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On track for Wallan plan
Sharon Kemp
COMMUNITY feedback on the proposed extension of the O’Keefe Rail Trail to Wallan is due to be released within weeks. The Mitchell Shire Council is processing the feedback it received during a public consultation campaign earlier this year. The proposal is to extend the rail trail w..
25-Aug-2017
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Golden tales of taverns
Dianne Dempsey
The latest Post Office Gallery exhibition is bound to slake your thirst. It used to be said of Bendigo and Eaglehawk there was a pub on every corner and while the veracity of this statement may be questionable, there’s no doubt the early pioneers liked a drop or three. In a place ..
24-Aug-2017
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Leech family upset by name choice
Sharon Kemp
THE family of Bendigo’s only Olympic gold medallist Faith Leech say they would not support the use of her name for anything other than the main $31 million aquatic facility being built in Kangaroo Flat. And the Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise raising $1 million towards t..
18-Aug-2017
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Rochelle the class of Victoria
Bendigo Weekly
Kalianna School’s Rochelle Curnow came out top of the class week with a prestigious award from the Principals Association of Specialist Schools. Ms Curnow took out the Most Outstanding Primary School Teacher Award by leading her school in the development of a structured learning enviro..
24-Nov-2016
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Hashtag closes its doors
Peter Kennedy
ONE of Bendigo’s highest profile hospitality venues has closed its doors and entered into external administration, with the loss of more than 20 jobs. The Platform Bar Pty Ltd, trading as Hashtag, occupied a prominent corner position in the recently established Kennington Village shopp..
18-Nov-2016
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A promise of respect
Sharon Kemp
INCOMING mayor Margaret O’Rourke will share leadership of the City of Greater Bendigo council for the first time with a deputy mayor, reflecting the growing size of the municipality. Rod Fyffe was voted on Tuesday night into the deputy role, defeating George Flack and James Williams wh..
11-Nov-2016
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Investing in divesting
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’S Centre for Non-Violence (CNV) has become the first community sector organisation to commit to divesting in fossil fuels. Chief executive Margaret Augerinos said women were disproportionately impacted by climate change and the centre, which supported gender equality, should no..
07-Nov-2016
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Candidates sign on for long haul
Sharon Kemp
HUMBLE, diverse, unified and respectful were the words spoken most often as nine councillors-elect made their first speeches at the official declaration of the poll this week. Many had just met each other – only two of nine had served as councillors in the previous term that was charac..
04-Nov-2016
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Beautiful world of textiles
Sharon Kemp
TEXTILE designers Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson are strong advocates for indigenous artists, having also been inspired by the Australian landscape. Kee and Jackson say they want to see more of the rise in confidence of young Aboriginal artists and superstars, like Jessica Mauboy. In Bendig..
27-Oct-2016
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Maiden Gully brings Shrek to stage
Bendigo Weekly
PRODUCING and performing Shrek the Musical Jr at Ulumbarra Theatre is a major feat for more than 500 Maiden Gully Primary School students, an achievement they carried out by half. The school divided students according to sports houses and combining two of them, performed the musical in conse..
08-Sep-2016
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Scroll turns new page
Sharon Kemp
RURAL Australians for Refugee’s Jan Govett is evoking the red ribbon petition in 1853 that led to the Eureka Stockade to send a message to Canberra. She had the idea of making a scroll, having it signed by Australian councils that welcome refugees into their municipalities, sending it..
02-Sep-2016
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Festival hard to beat
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO hosted a range of musical events this week as Orchestra Victoria’s Bendigo festival returned to the city for the second year. A range of performances showcasing theåç orchestral talents were on show from locations as diverse and varied as Elmore Memorial Hall to th..
26-Aug-2016
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Young gun wins monthly prize
Bendigo Weekly
FOLLOWING two world championship wins, Bendigo shooter Laura Woolley has taken out the Bendigo Weekly/Prime 7 Bendigo Sports Star of the Year nomination for July. Woolley travelled with cousin and fellow top shooter Emma Cox to Ireland for the world clay target championships at Esker Shootin..
19-Aug-2016
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Maticevski dressed for success
Dianne Dempsey
Given that the Bendigo Art Gallery has a well established reputation for hosting world class fashion exhibitions, it’s more than appropriate that Toni Maticevski should use our gallery to stage the first solo exhibition of his work. Gallery curator Leanne Fitzgibbon said the gallery has ha..
12-Aug-2016
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Lights, action in Huntly
Bendigo Weekly
THE new Huntly pedestrian crossing was given the green light this week as member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan joined local children to make the first crossing. “More than 8650 cars and trucks drive on the Midland Highway every day, which makes crossing the road difficult and dangerou..
04-Aug-2016
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Forum focusses on early intervention
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW unit at Bendigo Health that was the subject of a forum this week will allow mothers to be treated while their babies are with them. The annual forum was titles “The Earliest Intervention” and focussed on young parents and their babies, with around 100 people from areas suc..
08-Sep-2016
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It's all about the music, man
Sharon Kemp
MUSICMan Megastore owner Paul Tzountzourkas has given every kind of band a place to play for five years and they are repaying him with support as he battles financial hardship and possible closure. The corner Hargreaves Street venue is holding a Do or Die concert series on Friday, September ..
08-Sep-2016
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A cause close to home
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS at Bendigo Special Developmental School are getting into the swing of finals football this week, donning the attire of their favourite AFL or local side for its annual Footy Colours Day. The school has held the event since 1996, and in recent years has raised money and awareness for..
01-Sep-2016
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Work without barriers
Sharon Kemp
SIMON Flavelle just got his licence – on Independence Day, he says with a smirk – and life is about to get sweeter for the Bendigo hospitality worker. Jennifer Gamble has career ambitions and, like Mr Flavelle, she is set to achieve them after receiving the support she needed to..
25-Aug-2016
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Historic march returns
Sharon Kemp
It was a peaceful protest march, multicultural and put Bendigo at the centre of democratic action in Australia. In 1853, an estimated 10,000 miners and supporters marched in protest to an extortionate mining licence fee of 30 shillings a month. They wanted it scrapped but compromised at ..
18-Aug-2016
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Food in the hub
Bendigo Weekly
Australian food and fibre producers and industry experts from around the world met in Bendigo this week for the first Australian Community Food Hubs Conference and Local Food Economies Tour. The conference explored how the methods of leading international food hubs can be adapted and applied..
12-Aug-2016
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The dark side
Simon Wooldridge
Emerging from the darker corners of Collingwood in 2011, punk-sludge three-piece Batpiss is finally making the long-awaited trip up the Calder to Bendigo on Friday, April 7. They’re touring currently, promoting new single Weatherboard Man – something of a departure from the disti..
30-Mar-2017
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A comic opera
Joel Peterson
COMBINING comedy, opera and football seems like a recipe for grand final day entertainment so strange that not even the AFL could dream it up. In actual fact, it provides the genesis for Colin Lane and David Hobson’s new show, In Tails, which they will present at the Capital theatre ne..
23-Mar-2017
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Jagger plays three city gigs
Simon Wooldridge
The name Jagger will no doubt ring a bell for music fans of all ages. This weekend sees Chris Jagger, Mick’s younger brother, visit Bendigo to play three gigs. Remarkably, these gigs are Jagger’s only Australian dates. He plays at the Handle Bar in Mitchell Street toni..
23-Mar-2017
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Vine return for Lang
Simon Wooldridge
Jeff Lang has fond memories of the Golden Vine. “I used to come and play in the corner of the front bar at the Golden Vine in the early days, before the back room was set up as a venue,” he said “They were fun shows, everyone pretty close to you. I wrote the song Raven..
16-Mar-2017
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MusicSlam at the Musicman
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo’s Musicman has for many years catered for the more alternative, edgier, fringier, less commercial acts on the live music circuit. But the CBD venue mixes it up from time to time. In recent weeks, a disco covers act, Brooklyn’s Finest, has graced the stage and just t..
10-Mar-2017
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Waifs mark 25 years with Bendigo visit
Sharon Kemp
THE fans of enduring folk rock band The Waifs have a reputation, according to vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Vikki Thorn, of being among the most loyal in the music industry. So, last year and ahead of their upcoming 25th anniversary tour, the trio of Thorn, sister Donna Simpson and Josh..
02-Mar-2017
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Ban stands as BFNL appeal dismissed
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Football Netball League succeeded in making a strong statement in regards to the treatment of umpires this week but it had no such luck appealing the three-game suspension handed down to Pascale Craig by the tribunal. The Sandhurst midfielder was sanctioned at an independent trib..
11-Aug-2017
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Trip of a lifetime for City stars
Joel Peterson
Eight junior players from Bendigo City FC have been selected to tour Japan next week with Football Federation Victoria’s Regional Boys Representative Squad. Under-12 player Mac Hilson, under-13 players Edward Harrison and Kaidyn Tucker and under-14 players Darcy McRostie, Ruben White..
11-Aug-2017
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A debut to remember
Joel Peterson
IF it’s possible for a reputation to be enhanced after two championships, two grand final MVPs, two all-star appearances a defensive player of the year award and five straight club MVPs, it happened for Kelsey Griffin this week. While the Australian Opals fell agonisingly short of Wome..
04-Aug-2017
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Spots open at academy
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Academy of Sport is calling on kayaking hopefuls to test their skills in its Toward Olympic Hopes Kayak program. The program has been immensely successful with coach Tony Misson currently overseas with a national team, as is gun paddler Maddie Batters. Batters has recently b..
04-Aug-2017
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Rivals meet in QEO showdown
Bendigo Weekly
SOUTH Bendigo and Sandhurst’s clash at the QEO on Saturday has the traditional rivalry plus plenty of extra meaning as the two sides vie for a Bendigo Football Netball League finals spot. Both sides have been decimated by injuries after making promising starts to the season, Sandhurst&..
04-Aug-2017
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Haig caps top week for local riders
Bendigo Weekly
JACK Haig has turned a promising start to the week into a simple brilliant finish, winning the sixth stage of the Tour of Poland overnight. The Bendigo product attacked from a reduced front group inside the final 20 kilometres and opened up a 50-second gap to claim his first professional vic..
04-Aug-2017
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The right track
Bendigo Weekly
THREE Girton Grammar students have been selected from 400 applicants across Victoria to take part in a University of Melbourne program designed to attract and sustain female secondary school students in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Medicine) subjects. The Girlpower in STEM..
21-Jul-2016
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Jacinta makes her mark
Bendigo Weekly
REAL estate business owner Jacinta McIvor was one of six women to receive the inaugural Bendigo Women’s Community Achievement Awards last Saturday. Still coming to terms with her achievement Mrs McIvor said she was overwhelmed by the award. “I have to say I cried when I found..
14-Jul-2016
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University on show
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS and faculty members from La Trobe University welcomed secondary school students from around Victoria this week. About 300 students from years 10 to 12 took part in lectures, workshops and Q&A sessions at the Bendigo Campus to find out what really happens after leaving secondary..
07-Jul-2016
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Spider orchids have a new home
Bendigo Weekly
So fragile and endangered is the yellow-lipped spider orchid, a reintroduction program limited the number of volunteers who could be involved in planting 110 of the species in the Kooyoora State Park near Inglewood last weekend. Only three of the plants were known to grow in the park and sur..
24-Jun-2016
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Win for footy club
Bendigo Weekly
Maiden Gully Junior Football Club has scored a win, receiving a community sector grant from the federal government. The grants aim to make the work of volunteers easier, safer and more enjoyable. Visiting the club to announce their grant, Liberal candidate for Bendigo Megan Purcell sai..
17-Jun-2016
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The shared passion
Dianne Dempsey
Wherever we turn there are TV cooking shows, cooking books, celebrity chefs, restaurants, pop-up restaurants and take-away restaurants. Apparently it’s the food that is taken away, not the restaurant. There is fast food, slow food, organic food, vegan food, local food, international f..
10-Jun-2016
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Customers the focus
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER eight years in real estate Gavin Butler has opened up a business in his own right. The former hospital chief executive and accountant is now trading as Gavin Butler Real Estate with the aim of giving a personal service. “Despite being in management, I have always been passion..
12-Aug-2016
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Show me the money
Bendigo Weekly
Local small businesses can now locate available grants and funding via a custom made search tool called the Bendigo Funding Finder. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Peter Jeffery said, in what is an Australian-first, the economic development unit has partnered with the GrantGuru websi..
04-Aug-2016
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Better small business
Bendigo Weekly
THE 2016 Bendigo Small Business Festival kicked off with 25 events on Wednesday. The festival is part of Small Business Festival Victoria which features more than 450 free or low cost events throughout Victoria during August. The Bendigo Small Business Festival is supported by the City..
28-Jul-2016
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Soup collection a winter warmer
Bendigo Weekly
Jenny’s Early Learning Centres in Bendigo have donated 1100 cans of soup for the homeless. Chef Dean Bennett said the centres were overwhelmed with the response from parents and staff. “All of us wanted to do something to help the homeless,” Dean said. Haven; Home,..
21-Jul-2016
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NBN reach increases
Bendigo Weekly
THE NBN is firing up in parts of Greater Bendigo as residents and businesses can now access high-speed broadband using fixed wireless technology. More than 800 additional homes and businesses in areas including Eppalock, Goornong, and Huntly North have access to the NBN, opening up a range ..
14-Jul-2016
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A helping hand
Dianne Dempsey
It was three years ago that Jeremy Forbes attended the funeral of a fellow tradie who died under tragic circumstances. “It was a terrible day and a few of us looked at each other and said, ’who’s next do you think?’” he said. ”It wasn’t th..
07-Jul-2016
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Aid for Lifeline
Bendigo Weekly
Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee has teamed up with La Trobe University and Strategem Community Foundation to help address the increasing demand for crisis services in the region. The three organisations are supporting an information session aimed at recruiting volunteers for Lifeline&rs..
21-Jul-2016
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Villa estate a step closer
Dianne Dempsey
Fortuna Villa Estate, which is to be built on the periphery of the historic Fortuna Villa, is close to final approval. “There are certain conditions that have to be complied with and once that happens building will be able to start,” Mr Banks said. Over the past 12 months the..
14-Jul-2016
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Best beginnings
Bendigo Weekly
NEW parents have an extra helping hand thanks to a fresh video initiative. Bendigo Health has launched a DVD aimed at helping new parents understand and gain confidence with their exciting role. The Best Beginnings DVD continues the work of the Best Beginnings group. The group prov..
08-Jul-2016
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Plan change
Bendigo Weekly
PLANNING minister Richard Wynne has approved changes to the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme to help protect and enhance heritage buildings and reduce permit requirements for owners. Developed by council staff, the changes mean that minor planning matters will no longer require a planning per..
17-Jun-2016
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Chrysler fans gear up for a big weekend
Bendigo Weekly
As the Queen’s Birthday long weekend approaches the Central Victorian Chrysler Club are preparing for Chryslers, Valiants, Dodges, Plymouths and DeSotos to descend on Bendigo for the 10th Annual Midstate Mopars show and shine. With nine successful years behind them, Midstate Mopars is ..
10-Jun-2016
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Appy days for Vahland fans
Bendigo Weekly
Architect William Charles Vahland was a definitive character in Bendigo’s history and now his grand designs are open 24/7 in virtual form to the public in the city. The City of Greater Bendigo this week launched an app that once downloaded will send an alert, a location guide and infor..
03-Jun-2016
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Much ado about Indira
Dianne Dempsey
One of the ways the horrors of the nightly news was made palatable for us was through the persona of news presenter Indira Naidoo. Ms Naidoo presented the SBS News’ inaugural Late News in the late 1990s. During this time she covered the independence struggle in East Timor, the cou..
29-Jul-2016
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Riding the storm in Zimbabwe
Rosalea Ryan
If there’s one animal that symbolises Africa more than any other, it’s the elephant, yet within our lifetime, researchers predict, the last wild herds of this species will most likely disappear. One of the most vulnerable elephant populations is in Zimbabwe, a country whose chronic s..
28-Jul-2016
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Mystery in the north
Rosalea Ryan
First came a dead rabbit, then a dead teenaged girl. Now, more than 20 years later, three more bodies have surfaced in Luke Hadler’s immediate orbit: wife Karen, son Billy and Hadler himself, each one killed outright by a shotgun blast. Initially it appears to be the all-too-common collaps..
21-Jul-2016
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Playing in the dark
Bendigo Weekly
Shades: shades of truth, shades of virtue, shades of evil – shades in all their incarnations run as a central theme through The Toymaker. Juxtaposing the horrors of World War II’s Auschwitz death camp with matter-of-fact 21st-century consumerism in outer Melbourne, novelist Liam Piep..
14-Jul-2016
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Secrets of the forest
Steve Kendall
Black Fleur Ferris Random House, $19.99 Ebony Marshall has a nickname around town, Black. It’s part to do with her name, but there’s a more sinister reason. Everyone says she is bad. Death seems to follow in her wake, and her reputation i..
07-Jul-2016
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Roadtrip of Discovery
Rosalea Ryan
AT the age of 19 Tara Winkler travels to Cambodia for the first time as an add-on to a roadtrip centred primarily on Thailand and Laos. It turns out to be a confronting experience. In one of the lesser-known Cambodian cities she encounters apparently parentless children cramped together in s..
24-Jun-2016
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