Sports clubs ramp up child protection
Sharon Kemp
LOCAL junior football clubs are starting the season placing unprecedented checks on child safety. This includes limiting off-field contact between adults and players aged younger than 18, appointing a child safety officer and asking new coaches why they want to be involved in junio..
05-May-2017
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Safety change hits volunteers
Sharon Kemp
THE biggest challenge for junior sporting clubs preparing to meet the new child safety standards was making all volunteers, parents and employees aware the requirements applied to them as well as the coach. David Huxtable, the general manager of Basketball Victoria Country, s..
05-May-2017
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Ambulance Victoria welcomes a new response
Bendigo Weekly
Ambulance Victoria has made a commitment to change and adapt to meet community expectations. On Monday the organisation launched the Ambulance Victoria Consumer and Community Engagement Plan: Working Together with our Community 2017-2019. Ambulance Victoria chair Ken Lay..
05-May-2017
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EPA moves on Hopley
Bendigo Weekly
A BENDIGO company is facing 66 charges relating to alleged breaches of the Environment Protection Act between 2013 and 2015 at White Hills. Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has charged Hopley Recycling Pty Ltd (Hopley Recycling) and two of its directors. ..
05-May-2017
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NDIS rolls out in Loddon
Sharon Kemp
VICTORIA’S disabilities minister Martin Foley has described the National Disability Insurance Scheme as bringing about the greatest social change since Medicare. “If we get it right, we will change so many people’s lives for the better,” he said. In..
05-May-2017
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Mixed budget result for Bendigo
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO will share in funding to improve community safety, rail infrastructure, schools, business incentive and housing affordability in the 2017-18 budget. But the city has missed out on a big-ticket project designed to create jobs in regional centres losing out in the trans..
05-May-2017
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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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Hitting the right note at St Paul's
Bendigo Weekly
St Paul’s Cathedral is capturing attention as a performance venue as audiences get a look inside following a six-year refurbishment. The rebuilding work bolstered the cathedral’s structure and added a central octagonal dais which can retract to flat floor to create space for p..
15-Jul-2016
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Show's over as team takes a bow
Dianne Dempsey
The Marilyn Monroe exhibition finished last weekend to capacity crowd numbers. “Many people, especially locals, leave their visit to the last minute,” Bendigo Art Gallery director Karen Quinlan said. She estimated more than 5000 visitors went through the gallery over the wee..
15-Jul-2016
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Chef cooks up art gift
Bendigo Weekly
ARTIST and celebrity chef, Peter Russell-Clarke, has donated one of his paintings to the Golden Dragon Museum. The painting entitled Friendship depicts the combination of a Chinese Dragon and a Kangaroo, illustrating the rich cultural history between both cultures. Members of the Bendigo..
15-Jul-2016
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Second spot for Purcell
Bendigo Weekly
LIBERAL candidate Megan Purcell would not rule out running again as a federal candidate but yesterday she was confident the Coalition would be able to form a minority government. Ms Purcell was reluctant to rerun within 12 months if neither party could win a vote of confidence in the House o..
08-Jul-2016
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Big Fill to the rescue
Steve Kendall
MANY CFA volunteers have a had a busy few weeks, and Big Fill was there with them. Malmsbury CFA's Big Fill is basically a big pump and engine on the back of a V8 Landcruiser, but he can make all the difference when it comes to water supply. "He'll pump 2000 litres a minute if he has to,..
23-Feb-2014
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Home loss hard to believe
Christine McGinn
MAREE Stockdale and George Stirling lost everything on Black Saturday except each other. Cooped inside their home, oblivious to the heat, the Maiden Gully couple were unaware of the danger surrounding them. Mr Stirling was asleep on the couch and Ms Stockdale was on her computer before sh..
07-Feb-2014
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Community is prepared
Christine McGinn
WHILE the front of the fire blazed, Bendigo’s head honcho was feverishly working with emergency services to keep his community informed of the dangers that lay ahead. Greater Bendigo council chief executive officer Craig Niemann was new to the job. Ironically, council had been plann..
01-Feb-2014
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Community spirit saved the day
Christine McGinn
WHILE the fires scorched our city on Black Saturday, Bendigo’s community spirit was in full force. The mercury hit 45.3 on February 7, 2009, Victoria’s hottest day. Bendigo Police senior sergeant Craig Gaffee was on duty that afternoon, leading the local police team. &ldquo..
24-Jan-2014
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Family life rebuilt
Christine McGinn
FEBRUARY 9 will mark five years since Bendigo’s greatest natural disaster. One man died and 58 homes were destroyed in the Bendigo Black Saturday fire. As the anniversary looms, Bendigo will remember the utter devastation and the heroic acts it inspired. In the coming weeks, the Bend..
17-Jan-2014
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The head of the fire
Christine McGinn
NEXT month will mark five years since Bendigo’s greatest natural disaster. One man died and 58 homes were destroyed in the Bendigo Black Saturday fire on February 7, 2009. As the anniversary looms, Bendigo will remember the utter devastation and the heroic acts it inspired. In the co..
11-Jan-2014
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Forbesy tells his tale
Bendigo Weekly
SOME of Australia’s greatest sporting names were in Bendigo yesterday to celebrate the launch of book about life and times of an ever greater living legend – John Forbes OAM. Mr Forbes, or “Forbesy” as he is known to his many friends around the world, was born in a ti..
08-Apr-2016
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McIvor Road faces closure
Bendigo Weekly
The capacity of arterial roads leading into Bendigo from the city’s growing eastern communities will be tested as of Monday when McIvor Road is closed for six weeks. Sharp population growth in the sleeper community of Strathfieldsaye has created traffic nightmares for commuters working..
01-Apr-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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Pilot Emma aims high
Bendigo Weekly
All over the world women are taking to the skies during March, and Bendigo is no exception. The initiative is aiming to raise awareness of aviation opportunities available to females of all ages while celebrating the accomplishments of past and present women of aviation. The Bendigo Fly..
24-Mar-2016
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Booster for nurses
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Health nurses Erin Ray and Alishia Stratford are the recipients of the Intensive Care Unit Auxiliary scholarships for 2016. The auxiliary has donated $5000 for two critical care course scholarships to provide assistance with the cost of postgraduate studies. Intensive and cor..
18-Mar-2016
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Brighter days for Amelia
Dianne Dempsey
It’s not every day you get a good news story like this one. Fifteen months ago Amelia McCrohan was a very sick little girl. Suffering from cystic fibrosis, her liver was failing and she was facing the long-term prospect of a lung transplant. As they watched their daughter’..
11-Mar-2016
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Boy and Bear head regional
Joel Peterson
WHEN you’re a group as big as Boy and Bear, you play in all kinds of venues, from pubs and clubs to stadium shows and sold out festivals. Despite having seen a wide variety of places, the band’s Tim Hart says that regional shows still have a unique quality. Lucky, because he and..
15-Sep-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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Pioneers ready for TAC Cup kick off
Joel Peterson
MORE depth and a focus on contested football will be key in the Bendigo Pioneers campaign for 2017 according to first-year coach Rick Coburn. Coburn has spent the summer settling into the role after starting in December and has hit the ground running getting to know his group and forming bon..
24-Mar-2017
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Cobras, Goers bask in flag glory
Joel Peterson
GOLDEN Gully broke through for its first Emu Valley Cricket Association division one premiership yesterday. It was not the only premiership decided on a big weekend in sport, with Bendigo claiming the spoils in a thrilling Bendigo pennant bowls grand final against Bendigo East. A grand f..
20-Mar-2017
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A Golden opportunity
Joel Peterson
GOLDEN Gully has a chance to realise a dream 17 years in the making this weekend when it faces Mandurang in the 2016/17 Emu Valley Cricket Association division one grand final at Ewing Park. The Cobras entered the league in 2000 and have largely been starved of success, winning just a single..
17-Mar-2017
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Déjà-Roo for BUCCs
Joel Peterson
KANGAROO Flat and Bendigo United will play for the second time in as many games when a fascinating Bendigo District Cricket Association finals series begins on Saturday. The Roos and Redbacks meet again – this time at Dower Park – while Eaglehawk hosts Strathdale Maristians in..
17-Mar-2017
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Footy highlights weekend feast
Joel Peterson
THE long weekend saw Bendigo play host to a feast of sport across several codes. The biggest event for the week was at the QEO, where 8399 fans flocked to see Essendon take on Geelong in the AFL’s JLT Community Series. Fittingly, the Cats got the cream after erasing a 40-point half..
17-Mar-2017
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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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Sun smart for power
Bendigo Weekly
Killians Walk has a brighter outlook following the installation of an epic 30 kilowatt solar system. Comprising 120 individual solar panels the system will meet much of the power needs for the building. Owner’s Corporation representative, Albert Cassar said the decision to install..
22-Jan-2016
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Gardens set to grow
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Northern District Community Enterprise (BNDCE) has contributed $20,000 towards the new Garden for the Future at Bendigo Botanic Gardens. The BNDCE is providing the funding through its community investment grants program. It will go towards new barbecue and picnic facilities at th..
15-Jan-2016
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Theatre's place in history
Dianne Dempsey
That the first live theatre was built in Bendigo in 1854 says much about our universal need for entertainment and leisure time. The Theatre Royal, a large three-storey building, quickly arose amongst the dust and rumblings of the goldrush on the present site of the Shamrock Hotel. Clare ..
08-Jan-2016
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Smooth sailing for refuge
Bendigo Weekly
Who would have thought that a fishing boat would have been the vessel to contribute towards the building of a family violence refuge in Bendigo? Quite an unlikely combination, but that’s exactly what the Rotary Club of Bendigo South has recently done. Rotary Club members and frie..
31-Dec-2015
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Toy run to benefit fire victims
Laura Hurley
BENDIGONIANS have dug deep and are donating toys for those who have lost their homes along the Great Ocean Road. Over 100 houses have been destroyed in bushfires in Wye River and Separation Creek since Christmas Day, spurring one Bendigo teenager to organise a toy drive for toys to donate to..
31-Dec-2015
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Harmonious win for Abhishek
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo resident Abhishek Awasthi has been recognised for actively supporting cultural diversity and making an impact on promoting community harmony. Mr Awasthi received the Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence 2015 Ambassador Award at Government House. Bendigo mayor F..
18-Dec-2015
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BBC backs Hunt to lead the way
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO Business Council will offer its own leadership program in 2016. The Rob Hunt Transformational Leadership Development Program was launched on Tuesday by Mr Hunt, who says he will play a supporting role by complementing other learnings, and passing on the benefits of his many experienc..
04-Dec-2015
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Grants boost for community groups
Bendigo Weekly
The Community Foundation for Central Victoria presented its annual grants last Tuesday at the newly refurbished Morley Johnson building. Guest speaker Baillieu Myer acknowledged the benefits of philanthropy for sponsors and benefactors. More than $20,000 in grants was awarded to six orga..
27-Nov-2015
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Marking 25 years
Bendigo Weekly
WITH 25 years in business, real estate agent Darryn Mawby is still as keen as ever. After working with another company, the then 28-year-old Mr Mawby went it alone because he wanted to run the business the way he wanted to, with a more personal approach. Mr Mawby set up business at 70 Mi..
20-Nov-2015
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Early learning celebrates
Bendigo Weekly
STAFF and children had cause to celebrate yesterday as Jenny’s Early Learning Centre at the Bendigo Hospital cut the cake for its first birthday. According to Jenny’s Early Learning Centre’s Darren Reid, celebrating such a milestone is a terrific opportunity to reflect back..
13-Nov-2015
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New manager for PHN
Bendigo Weekly
MURRAY Primary Health Network has appointed Janice Radrekusa as regional manager for the central Victoria region. Murray PHN chief executive officer Matt Jones said the appointment fills the critical role of managing operations and staff that service the central Victoria region for the orga..
06-Nov-2015
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Rebuild on the way
Bendigo Weekly
THE future is looking bright at Epsom Primary School, after is was announced last week that architects E+ have been appointed to design the $5.7 million rebuild of the school. Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan visited the school last Friday to make the announcement, and said students and..
06-Nov-2015
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Food Fossicking at Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
Michel’s Fine Biscuits have released their Christmas shortbread All Stars and award winning fruit mince pies. Available from Favourite Flavours, Mitchell St, Bendigo or head to www.michelsfinebiscuits.com.au • Indulge Chocolates have a variety of delicious hand crafted gifts, made us..
05-Dec-2014
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Fossicking for Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
The Food Fossickers network of Central Victoria is encouraging families and businesses to purchase locally grown produce and edible gifts this Christmas, in support of the region’s local producers, retailers and restaurants. Food Fossickers president Sonia Anthony said that it was of ..
28-Nov-2014
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It’s time for tarts
Marika McMahon
Now that the hats have been packed away and the fake tan is fading, spring racing is over and automatically my mind turns to the next big event on the calendar – Christmas. It used to be that there were a few things you could set your clock to regarding the arrival of Christmas in Bend..
14-Nov-2014
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Season of mangoes
Marika McMahon
Well it has happened. One of my favourite events of the year, this week I have had my first mango of the season. Yes, I paid a small fortune for it. Yes it was a bit tart around the edges but it was a great taste of things to come. I love mangoes. They are annoying with that stone that see..
24-Oct-2014
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Pelmeni pick up
Marika McMahon
So, busy term four is upon us, won’t be long now until the calendar fills with end of year events and “we must catch up before Christmas”. It already looks like there are many weeks with more than a few nights out. Time then to unleash a secret weapon of feeding the tro..
10-Oct-2014
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Spring is in the air
Marika McMahon
There seems to have been a very quick transition from bare tree to blossom to luscious green leaves on the tree outside my window. Like that, the warmer days are upon us – what a great time to think about all that warm weather Food Fossicking you can do around Bendigo. A great way t..
03-Oct-2014
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Murder she wrote?
Rosalea Ryan
Killing Monica Candace Bushnell Little, Brown $29.99 Sex and the City rebooted this new novel is definitely not. That said, SATC and Lipstick Jungle author Candace Bushnell’s latest New York City saga is entertaining escapism into a world few mere mort..
26-Feb-2016
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A tribute to the hottest climes
Rosalea Ryan
What a difference a handful of decades makes. When Ranulph Fiennes began his career as a young soldier seconded from the British army to Oman, he found himself fighting with the Sultan’s forces to defend Muslims from Marxist rebels in the country’s southern-most province, Dhofar...
19-Feb-2016
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Call is out for young writers
Dianne Dempsey
The Bendigo Writers Festival is continuing its tradition of publishing writers, this year announcing the introduction of a second writing award, specifically for young writers. The 2016 Vox Bendigo Book: Young Writers Anthology is open to school students from years three to 11. The them..
19-Feb-2016
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Paris from the dark side
Rosalea Ryan
Five Nights in Paris John Baxter Harper Perennial $24.99 Setting out to write a fresh, engaging guide to Paris is not for the faint-hearted. Paris is, after all, the most visited city on earth, and many of those visitors end up writing in one way or another ..
12-Feb-2016
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Raining on the Cape
Rosalea Ryan
When talented but enigmatic musician Ned Chisholm drops out of mainstream life and into the rainforested hinterland of far north Queensland, declaring he’s unable to return home to attend a ceremony in his late father’s honour, his younger sister is determined to find a w..
05-Feb-2016
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Playing the name gane
Rosalea Ryan
Who knew Coppernook was a “small weatherboard cottage attached to a country police station”, Pimpinbudgie was another word for “celebrity agent” and Damboring was a descriptor for “any TV program fronted by a former presenter of Top Gear”? Well, not reall..
29-Jan-2016
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