Clans support Australia Day change
Sharon Kemp
A LOCAL government push to change the date of Australia Day has won support from the Bendigo chairman of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation. Corporation chairman Rodney Carter said Australia could create its own date on which to celebrate a national day, one that had no connect..
30-Jun-2017
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Census provides Bendigo picture
Sharon Kemp
THE 2016 Census will yield statistical reports for years to come but the raw data released this week shows us Bendigo is slightly older than the average Australian, less likely to be married and more likely to define ourselves as having no religion. The newest data shows Bendigo’s popu..
30-Jun-2017
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NBN progress slammed
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO has become the latest political battleground over national broadband as the city waits to hear it is to receive a smart city deal from the federal governments. NBNCo, charged with the broadband rollout, has announced offerings in the past two weeks that promise more than the fibre to..
30-Jun-2017
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Evaporation pond woes continue
Sharon Kemp
COMMUNITY pressure to bring forward the rehabilitation of the Woodvale Evaporation ponds may have backfired with question marks over the cost to rehabilitate the land used by successive mining companies to treat groundwater. A copy of a closure plan given to the Bendigo Weekly outlines that ..
30-Jun-2017
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Green machine heads up the biggest lunch
Bendigo Weekly
World champion boxer Danny Green will be the headline act at this year’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch in Bendigo. Green is the only Australian boxer to win four world titles, and the health and fitness advocate is expected to attract a huge crowd to the Friday, November 24 prostate cancer..
30-Jun-2017
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Harris Scarfe to open in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of Australia’s oldest department stores plans to open in Bendigo. Harris Scarfe dates back more than 160 years, and the company has approximately 60 stores across Australia, with a focus on manchester, homewares and fashions. The proposed Bendigo store adds to other regional V..
23-Jun-2017
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Pharmacy students in at the sharp end
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s fourth year pharmacy students at La Trobe university will be the first in Victoria to learn how to immunise patients. The training program is being offered in response to the state government’s new legislation, enabling registered pharmacists to immunise. Up until ..
22-Sep-2016
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It's show time
Bendigo Weekly
The 2016 Bendigo Agricultural Show is fast approaching with entries for the various categories closing in the coming weeks. Whether you are the top lamington cook, the best fruit cake maker, or the number one scone master chef, you need to get your delectable medal winners into the contest...
22-Sep-2016
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Reflecting on time well spent
Sharon Kemp
RETIRING councillor Rod Campbell wants voters to enquire about the motivation of candidates they intend to vote for at the upcoming City of Greater Bendigo elections. As the two-term councillor and former mayor counts down to his retirement, he contemplates the council’s work of the re..
15-Sep-2016
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The Lab comes to life
Dianne Dempsey
Tireless advocate for autistic and neurodiverse children and teenagers, Beck Kelly, is thrilled to introduce two significant programs. The Lab Bendigo is a computer group aimed at autistic and neurodiverse children and teenagers aged between 8 and 17 years. The second program is “I..
08-Sep-2016
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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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Courtesy for trams
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo mayor Rod Fyffe has joined forces with Bendigo’s tram drivers to appeal to all road users to show courtesy and understanding when crossing paths with oncoming trams. As Bendigo’s roads become busier, tram drivers are reporting having to wait for up to 10 traffic light cyc..
24-Jun-2016
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Award for O'Hoy
Bendigo Weekly
Passionate Bendigo historian Dennis O’Hoy was made a member of the Order of Australia this week for his great contributions to local history and education. Mr O’Hoy spent 40 years working in education at the Bendigo campus of La Trobe University, where he was head of the School ..
17-Jun-2016
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Water the focus for schools
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Huntly Primary School were up the creek this week on a special excursion. They were busy for a few hours at the Bendigo Creek in Huntly with the Northern Bendigo Landcare Group. The activities were designed to help the students explore and understand key river or creek heal..
17-Jun-2016
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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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Diversity in art on show
Bendigo Weekly
One of the highlights of NAIDOC Week is the Knuldoorong Art Exhibition which will be held this year at Dudley House in View Street. The exhibition showcases the work of a diverse group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Aboriginal artist Samantha James will be exhibiting he..
01-Jul-2016
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New at the top
Bendigo Weekly
THE stately Fortuna Villa will host this weekend’s historic Rotary Club of Bendigo changeover dinner, with prominent business identity Glenn Reilly set to take the reins. Mr Reilly is a second generation Rotarian, and takes over from outgoing president Larrie Winzar. “It&rsq..
17-Jun-2016
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Nationals draw top spot on ballot
Sharon Kemp
A BALL draw has determined the four mainstream political parties running in Bendigo will fill the top five positions on ballot paper when voting for the Federal election begins on Tuesday. Significantly, the two second tier parties - the Nationals and the Australia Greens - will fill the top..
10-Jun-2016
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Sporting win for clubs
Bendigo Weekly
TWELVE Central Victorian sports and recreation clubs can kit up after winning grants in the latest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants. The grants are a traditional source of funding for local clubs and this year they shared in almost $1 million given out statewide. The Bendigo..
10-Jun-2016
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Safety first for cyclists
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo will complete works at one of the city centre’s busiest roundabouts in an effort to make it safer for cyclists. City of Greater Bendigo Engineering and Public Space Manager Brett Martini said work on the Williamson Street/Mollison Street roundabout included ..
03-Jun-2016
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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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A modern classic
Simon Wooldridge
With 12 explosive tracks coming in at a Ramonesesque 27½ minutes, Clowns’ 2013 debut album I’m Not Right is a modern punk rock classic. They followed it up two years later with the rapturously received Bad Blood – similar enough to cement their credentials as Melbour..
19-Jan-2017
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This way to the Vine
Simon Wooldridge
I was talking up This Way North a few evenings ago, but stalled when asked to categorise their sound. “They’re a bit rocky,” I said, “and there are elements of dance in there. A bit funky. Soul. And even a kind of a hint of world music in parts.” However ..
12-Jan-2017
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Morris is no minor
Simon Wooldridge
Forever associated with the 1960s psychedelic classic The Real Thing, Russell Morris’s career stretches back more than 50 years> Variously described as both legend and icon, he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2008. Morris makes a very welcome return to Bendigo on Frid..
05-Jan-2017
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The year that was
Simon Wooldridge
You won’t find “vibranter” in the dictionary, however it perfectly describes what happened to the Bendigo music scene this year; a vibrant scene got vibranter. There were many 2016 highlights for me. But I’ll start with Groovin The Moo. Well it wasn’t actually ..
21-Dec-2016
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Party on all levels
Bendigo Weekly
MusicMan doesn’t do things by halves. Tomorrow’s Christmas party features 29 acts over 12 hours on three levels. As well as being a lot of fun it’ll be a test of endurance for even the hardiest gig-goer. Tomorrow though, sees a more varied line-up than usual at th..
16-Dec-2016
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Roll on Riverboats
Simon Wooldridge
A weekend on the river in Echuca over a late summer weekend is appealing enough on its own. Add-in an eclectic mix of some of Australia’s leading musical performers and you have a very enticing weekend in store. The Hoodoo Gurus join James Reyne, Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen in headlin..
08-Dec-2016
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Work to do for Lady Braves
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Lady Braves coach Jonathan Goodman says his team needs to vastly improve its effort and attitude when it tackles a busy weekend schedule in round eight of the SEABL season. The Lady Braves suffered a disappointing loss in overtime against Sydney Uni last week. The Lady Braves sho..
19-May-2017
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Griffin returns to Spirit
Joel Peterson
Unfinished business is the driving factor behind Kelsey Griffin’s return to the Bendigo Spirit for season 2017/18. Griffin will be back in Spirit colours next season and is the second player to commit, following the club announcing the signing of Nadeen Payne. While the club has be..
19-May-2017
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Club grant is a home run
Bendigo Weekly
FALCONS Baseball Club and Marong Football netball Club are among the local recipients of some much-needed sports funding. Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards announced the funding this week, which will enable the clubs to purchase some new equipment. The funds are part of the Sporting Club Gra..
19-May-2017
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Harrington shoots for AFLW
Bendigo Weekly
BASKETBALLER Kerryn Harrington’s long-time adoration for the Carlton Football Club meant that when the offer to switch codes and become a blue was put to her, it made it that bit easier. The Bendigo Spirit point guard was announced as the club’s newest rookie signing on Tuesday, ..
19-May-2017
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South has the Wright focus
Joel Peterson
ITS finals aspirations aside, South Bendigo is heading into the two most important weeks of its 2017 campaign over the next fortnight. The Bloods host Kyneton at Harry Trott Oval tomorrow, where the club’s new netball courts will be officially opened. The following weekend, the cl..
19-May-2017
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High hopes for blue and gold
Joel Peterson
IF you want to get out of the quagmire that is the AFL Victoria Community Championships rankings system, at some point, something has to give. For six years, Bendigo has bounced between playing Ballarat and Gippsland in interleague competition, never able to break through for a win over t..
12-May-2017
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Banking on Sam
Bendigo Weekly
Catholic College 2015 Dux Samuel McCormick has received another title to add to his belt, this time named as a recipient of the prestigious Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship, one of 15 awarded out of 660 applicants Australia-wide. The scholarship is given out to exceptionally-high aca..
11-Mar-2016
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Police on the ball for culture festival
Bendigo Weekly
One of the most enjoyable events of the Festival of Cultures is the soccer match held between local Karen youth and members of the Bendigo Police. Senior Sergeant John Dalton of Bendigo Police said that this year his colleagues really have to lift their game. “We were defeated 40-0..
04-Mar-2016
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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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Jobs win with new store
Bendigo Weekly
ALDI Epsom opened this week with a fanfare. The store will provide the community with award-winning grocery products and popular biweekly special buys, together with fresh fruit, vegetables and bread delivered daily. “Epsom residents can discover the Aldi difference,” a spok..
15-Apr-2016
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Recruiting call for firefighters
Bendigo Weekly
With recruitment applications about to close, CFA is urging those considering a career as a full-time, paid firefighter to get their applications in as quickly as possible. The recruitment drive is the result of a Victorian Government promise to recruit an additional 350 åpaid firef..
07-Apr-2016
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Bill's a winner at Eaglehawk UFS
Bendigo Weekly
UFS Eaglehawk Car winner Bill with Jason Shay, Jane Hall, Jeff Gook and Chris Romano. Bill won the his new Hyundai after shopping at Eaglehawk UFS Dispensary..
11-Mar-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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New business benefits all
Bendigo Weekly
Not-for-profit regional food network Food Fossickers is working to implement a sustainable income stream which will bring increased financial benefit to local food producers, retailers and restaurants. The initiative will see the creation of a local food “picnic-pack” which will ..
17-Apr-2015
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Matt on the move
Bendigo Weekly
Celebrated chef and Victorian Farmers Market ambassador Matt Wilkinson will undertake activities with both the Bendigo Community Farmers Market and Central Victoria’s Food Fossickers Network this weekend. Mr Wilkinson has worked previously at Melbourne’s Vue de Monde and Circa befo..
10-Apr-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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The other ship
Rosalea Ryan
The Midnight Watch David Dyer Penguin $32.99 A crystal-clear, moonless night, an iceberg and not one but two ships steaming at full speed into danger: they’re as thrilling a combination of ingredients as any writer could dare to dream up. The plot to..
13-May-2016
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Reflections on a trek
Rosalea Ryan
A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino Portugués John Brierley Findhorn Press Ltd US$25.99 Its title is somewhat self-deprecating in the case of this newly updated,17th-edition guidebook: in actual fact it describes in almost-literally-step-by-step detail not ..
29-Apr-2016
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When the ink runs dry
Rosalea Ryan
Final Chapters Jim Bernhard Skyhorse Publishing $19 Authors often deal with death as a subject in their creative efforts but how much is recorded – when the pen is laid down one last time or the keyboard falls silent – of an individual writer’s own demise? I..
22-Apr-2016
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Nine lives in limbo
Rosalea Ryan
City of Thorns Ben Rawlence, Portobello $35 Dreams – however distant – of resettlement abroad fuel the sometimes-heartbreaking hopes of residents trapped in the scorchingly hot, desolate limbo of the world’s biggest refugee camp: a combinatio..
15-Apr-2016
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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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