Marong still in play
Sharon Kemp
THE Marong farmers at the centre of the land acquisition fight for an industrial park have at least two years before the City of Greater Bendigo makes any move to compulsorily buy their land. The Carter family could be excused for thinking their decade-long battle with the council was over i..
01-Jul-2016
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Metro fail
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S long-awaited $2 million Metro Rail network becomes a reality on Monday, but stage one of the project falls short of providing a reliable commuter service. The state government project delivers 14 weekday services at Epsom station, as well as an extra service from Eaglehawk..
24-Jun-2016
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Bendigo on early vote high
Sharon Kemp
THE electorate of Bendigo has one of the highest incidence of early polling in the nation, with more voters polling than any seat in Melbourne, potentially as a result of “impulse voting”. Seven days after prepolling opened, more than 7200 votes have been cast at only two polling..
24-Jun-2016
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Bendigo Thunder on fire
Joel Peterson
WHEN you’re undefeated and atop the ladder, slotting one of the most promising young key forwards going around is a luxury few teams can dream of. For the Bendigo Thunder, the addition of Bella Ayre proved just that. Ayre is as good a personification of the female football pathway ..
24-Jun-2016
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TAFE lockdown after gun scare
Sharon Kemp
A Bendigo TAFE student faces charges for firearm offences after wielding a replica handgun with his face covered while filming a for an assessment on Tuesday. Bendigo police yesterday were preparing to interview the students and the tafe was hosing down the incident which traumatised some st..
24-Jun-2016
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Worn track impacts sport
Peter Kennedy
ONE of Bendigo’s most prized sporting assets is in dire need of a major overhaul and could lose its international accreditation if urgent repair works are not completed soon. The La Trobe University Bendigo Athletics Centre track was constructed in 2000, and the facility has hosted maj..
24-Jun-2016
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Focus on nurses for Mother's Day Classic
Bendigo Weekly
NURSES have the opportunity to swap their scrubs for pink wigs and shirts at the Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic, Australia’s largest breast cancer fundraiser, on Sunday, May 8. On Mother’s Day, more than 100,000 Australians will walk or run to help fund breast cance..
01-Apr-2016
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Door open for input
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo wants input from the community as part of the development of a new township planning document for Marong. The Marong Township Structure Plan will help guide future land rezoning and the development of road networks, open space and facilities. It will also form the..
01-Apr-2016
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Uniting Church returns to auction
Sharon Kemp
The on-again, off-again auction of Golden Square’s historic Uniting Church is back on again, scheduled for the end of April, this time as a stand-along building separate from the adjoining manse that sold last year. But the 163-year-old church continues to attract controversy over its ..
31-Mar-2016
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For the environment
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 100 people attended last Friday’s Bendigo Sustainability Awards to acknowledge local champions of the environment and community. Guest speaker Phillip Johnson wowed the audience with images of his garden designs, including his Best in Show garden at the 2013 Chelsea Flower Sh..
24-Mar-2016
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Bendigo's guide to all good things
Bendigo Weekly
IT’S the pocket guide to all things retail and hospitality in Greater Bendigo and the surrounding region. It’s also the much anticipated 2016/17 Bendigo Dining and Shopping Guide, just released in time for Easter, school holidays and the hugely successful Marilyn Monroe exhibitio..
24-Mar-2016
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Corvettes paint the town red
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Easter Festival plays host to the 28th National Corvette Convention this weekend with plenty of US muscle cars on show. Corvettes of Melbourne and Vic Vettes have banded together to bring their special cars and members to the city for a Show and Shine on Saturday. But you ar..
24-Mar-2016
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Eureka Climb a tall order for Jo
Bendigo Weekly
The race to the top of Melbourne’s tallest building is on again. More than 2500 climbers are set to climb to the Eureka Skydeck on Sunday, November 15 to raise money for charities Whitelion and Interplast. Local resident Jo Rose, along with many others, will be entering again thi..
06-Nov-2015
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Minibeasts move in to Discovery
Laura Hurley
CREEPY crawly critters could soon be coming to the Discovery Centre, with the centre waiting for the go ahead for a $13,000 Stronger Communities Grant application submitted to the federal government. Discovery staff were joined by federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters this wee..
05-Nov-2015
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Fresh talent on show
Bendigo Weekly
For many the blues genre conjures up images of world-weary bluesmen with beaten guitars and a hard-luck story to tell. But at the 2015 Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival a new crop of fresh talent are taking up the touch and proving youth is no barrier to producing the fervent lyrics and..
30-Oct-2015
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On the road for MND
Bendigo Weekly
AFL legend Neale Daniher was in Bendigo this week as part of his Daniher’s Drive initiative. The event will include 50 teams taking part in a drive around Victoria, including many of the ex footballer’s family and his past football team mates and players. The event runs from..
09-Oct-2015
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Festival a bestseller
Bendigo Weekly
The final analysis of this year’s spectacularly successful Bendigo Writers Festival has revealed that ticket sales doubled in 2015, with a strong program attracting increased audiences. “There were more than 3000 tickets sold to people attending sessions across the weekend,&rdquo..
25-Sep-2015
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Fresh fruit fun
Bendigo Weekly
TWO months into the Fresh Fruit Friday initiative, thousands of local school children are continuing to enjoy the benefits, and the taste, of fresh fruit supplied by the program. Set up by the Eaglehawk-based McKern Foundation, in partnership with JL King & Co., Porter Davis, Adroit, Blu..
18-Sep-2015
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Flick on to Star
Steve Kendall
WITH the flick of a switch an exuberant bundle of energy hits the air. Star FM’s presenter from 10am to 3pm weekdays is a lively enthusiastic woman who works to the mantra of “fake it until you make it”. This ensures, even on a rare down day Felicity Eva makes you believe she..
26-Jun-2015
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Music at the old church
Steve Kendall
A triple treat awaits at The Old Church on the Hill on Saturday as three magnificent talents take to the stage. They are all artists who made a splash at last year’s Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival and who will be back to impress again. “Shannon Bourne is one of the most..
19-Jun-2015
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Colourful edge to Geraldine
Dianne Dempsey
There is quite naturally an awful lot of sitting around and reading and talking by writers at writers’ festivals, but cabaret artist and writer extraordinaire Geraldine Quinn, gets on her hind legs and sings, dances; and as well delivers some great riffs. The theme of her latest produ..
12-Jun-2015
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Mayhem and music
Steve Kendall
Holidays On Ice is a decade-long collaboration between Angie Hart of Frente, Dean Manning and Stella Mozgawa. Hart and Manning are coming to Bendigo for the final show of their Hat and Hall Tour playing the Old Church On The Hill, Quarry Hill. The show starts at 6.30pm on Saturday with a..
12-Jun-2015
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Reece returns
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
REECE Mastin is returning to Bendigo on June 19 as part of his new Rebel and Reason tour. Reece will play at the Capital with a new-look show introducing an edgier sound. “It’s a bit of a new band and we’ve got a new set list. We’ve structured it a bit differentl..
05-Jun-2015
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Kitty Flanagan- taking life seriously?
Christine McGinn
KITTY Flanagan is hitting the road for her third national tour with Bendigo set to experience her self-confessed “best show yet”. Packed with plenty of laughs, stupid voices and hard laughs, Kitty says the SERIOUSLY?! tour is sure to please regional fans. “I think it&rs..
29-May-2015
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Spirit sign Canadian international
Bendigo Weekly
Canadian international Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe is the latest recruit for the Bendigo Spirit ahead of the club’s 2016/17 WNBL campaign. The 25-year-old Canadian was confirmed as the club’s latest signing this morning, and adds a defensive presence in the frontcourt alongside recent s..
31-May-2016
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Stadium set for grand prix
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Stadium is gearing up to host a weekend of world class volleyball, when the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix hits town on Friday. The 2016 edition of the annual series begins this week, with Bendigo hosting the pool B3 round between Australia, Columbia, Cuba and Croatia. The comp..
31-May-2016
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O'Neill to lead Thunder
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Thunder has ended its search for a coach, with Cherie O’Neill to permanently take the reins of the undefeated Victorian Women’s Football League club. As revealed by the Weekly yesterday, the club held what it called an “extraordinary meeting” on Wednesday ..
27-May-2016
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Big day for top umps
Joel Peterson
TIME flies when you’re having fun, and for 999 games as an umpire Dean Goodridge has done just that. The Bendigo Umpires Association whistleblower takes to Canterbury Park this Saturday for game 1000, having umpired with a raft of leagues after taking it up in Melbourne’s eastern..
27-May-2016
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Around and around we go
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Football Netball League’s interleague merry-go-round is set to roll on in 2017, after a fourth straight win over Gippsland on Saturday led to another likely meeting with Ballarat next year. The Bendigo side of 23 played some sparkling football, and the enthusiasm of the you..
27-May-2016
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BBA reaches its Peak
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Stadium complex is getting a new look, and so are the stadium’s staff thanks to a partnership with Peak Sport Australia. The company has struck a deal with the Bendigo Basketball Association to be the uniform partner of the BBA, for Braves senior and junior teams, BBA staff..
27-May-2016
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Prepare for a classic
Bendigo Weekly
The Mother’s Day Classic is now just eight weeks away, so it’s time to brush off those runners because it’s going to be a great event for the whole family to get involved in. There will be fun, fitness and family time while supporting a great cause in raising funds for br..
20-Mar-2015
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Top awards for equine nurses
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo vet nurse Clare Wheatley has earned two major awards at the Wangaratta GoTAFE Animal Studies graduation ceremony. Bendigo Equine Hospital vet and practice co-owner Sarah Jalim said the equine hospital had two nurses graduate on the night with their Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursi..
13-Mar-2015
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Opinion
Bendigo Weekly
By LISA CHESTERS Federal Member for Bendigo Respect is a word that can only be demonstrated by one’s behaviour. This is behaviour we teach children from an early age: respect each other as you wish to be respected yourself. I believe it is why some many of us have been left angr..
06-Mar-2015
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Pop in to be part of Mary's show
Steve Kendall
MAGICAL people are wanted to perform in the new Ulumbarra Theatre in a new production of Mary Poppins. The Bendigo Theatre Company (BTC) is looking for Mary, Bert, Jane and Michael, as well as more than 30 further cast members and ensemble players. Auditions are being held on Friday, March 2..
06-Mar-2015
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Dianne Dempsey
“Perhaps someday the poor will find it in their hearts to forgive you. For it is more blessed to give than to receive, and it is also a lot easier.” St Vincent de Paul It is Tuesday morning and the money has run out. In fact it ran out last week, but what is more urgent now is tha..
27-Feb-2015
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Farewell to state's first woman priest
Dianne Dempsey
That the Anglican Church now allows women to become priests is a well known fact; but what is a lesser known fact is that the first woman to become a priest in Victoria hailed from Bendigo and was an Old Girtonian. The Reverend Elizabeth Alfred passed away earlier this month on February 2, ju..
20-Feb-2015
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Jobs go at Sleep City
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO'S Sleep City and Everyday Living store at the Rocklea Homemaker Centre at Kangaroo Flat has closed its doors and six staff have been made redundant. Administrators of the store's parent company Furniture and Bedding Concepts, PwC announced the closure as p[art pf the ongoing wind-do..
16-Apr-2012
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NBN means business
Bendigo Weekly
THE announcement of the National Broadband Network was greeted almost universally with relief and optimism around the city. Over the next few weeks, the Bendigo Weekly will look at the reactions across the city’s big and small business, education and health sectors to find out what it means ..
05-Apr-2012
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Bank introduces IT cadetship
Bendigo Weekly
FIVE Information Technology enthusiasts have embarked on the first day of a five-year cadetship, which will see them study at La Trobe University while working at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. The cadets are part of a wider program which has offered a further four cadets places at Bendigo IT, Integr..
21-Mar-2012
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Bendigo Bank comfortable despite downturn
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has announced a six-montlhy result that "should provide comfort" to customers, despite a 66 per cent downturn in net profit. The Half Year Report for the six months ending December 31, 2011, shows an after tax statutory profit of $57.9 million, down from $..
20-Feb-2012
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Tom follows in the family tradition
Bendigo Weekly
TOM Maher has spent most of his life dealing with land in one form or another – now he is selling it. Using all the experience and qualifications, Mr Maher has opened his own agency – Maher Real Estate. “I have the expertise and contacts for residential and rural land, includin..
17-Feb-2012
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The Bendigo hikes rates
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Bank has lifted its residential variable home loan interest rate by a whopping .15 per cent, higher than ANZ of Wesptac, a week before it unveils its interim profit announcement. The ANZ and Westpac were chastised for lifting their rates .1 and .06 percentage points in the past f..
13-Feb-2012
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Local food industry insider
Bendigo Weekly
Ever wanted to know what the story is behind that dish you order all the time? Why your favourite restaurant chooses certain ingredients? What’s going to be the next big thing on the Bendigo food scene? What’s something new you should add to your repertoire? Ma..
31-Oct-2013
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Meet the maker
Vicki Harrington
McIvor Farm Foods Belinda and Jason Hagan must be a marriage made in pig heaven. Thanks to a mutual friend, the pig fanciers were introduced several years ago and have been hamming it up ever since. Belinda, who hailed from Geelong, studied agricultural science specialising in animal nut..
25-Oct-2013
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Culinary questions
Bendigo Weekly
Our first food related questions answered by chef Sonia Anthony. Send your questions to foodfossickers@bendigoweekly.com.au Q: What is the best way to get the crackling on pork crisp and crunchy? A: The key is to remove any excess liquid/moisture with a paper towel. Use sea salt flak..
24-Oct-2013
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Mexican Craving
Vicki Harrington
MasterChef 2012 finalist Ben Milbourne put his love of Mexican cooking to the test during his time on the cooking show and has now taken it to another level with his book Mexican Craving due for release next week. With his modern twist on the traditional food, easy-to-follow directions and plenty ..
24-Oct-2013
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Unhealthy health foods
Bendigo Weekly
Dr Megan Kruger, chiropractor with n8 health, looks at some of the worst food offenders . . . You might be surprised to learn your favorite go-to healthy snack is doing you more harm than good. With so many foods now being marketed as health foods it can be difficult to know which are and whi..
24-Oct-2013
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Food Fossickers Calendar of events
Vicki Harrington
We kick this section off this week with details of the annual 100 Mile Regional Producers seasonal event presented by Public Inn, Castlemaine. The former lunch event has a new twist on the emerging paddock-to-plate concept and will see participating regional artisan food and beverage producers pre..
17-Oct-2013
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Summer reading
Dianne Dempsey
For many readers, holidays are a time for catching up on that pile of books that have accumulated on the bedside table. But this Christmas I struggled in my quest to find that magical book which would transport me far from away Bendigo’s relentless days of heat. Part of the problem I ..
23-Jan-2015
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Kindling a future for a paper book
Julie Proudfoot
Has all the talk about e-books superseding paper books died down now? I think it has. I’m a big fan of e-books, I bought my first e-reader in 1998. It was 40 millimetres thick, and too heavy to hold. I’d drop it on my face every five minutes. I think I’ve permanentl..
16-Jan-2015
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Weaving the story
Sam Kane
When only three-years old Maggie Jackson and her family set sail from Ireland for Australia. She says in her charming book she knew even then they would be encountering an unknown lifestyle. A Woven Cloth of Life tells the rich story of family, and the love which can be created through..
09-Jan-2015
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Short stories shine light
Dianne Dempsey
To the surprise and delight of the many people involved in the inaugural Quality Living Options Short Story Prize 2014, the winner was local visual artist, Pauline Mathrick. Her story, Room with a View was a stand out for the judges. Names were not attached to the 47 entries stories whic..
10-Dec-2014
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The Church with a Chimney
Dianne Dempsey
The value of local history, and implied that of the local historian, is often underestimated. A knowledge of our ancestors and they work they did is intrinsically important to us. This local history impacts upon us in terms of public and private buildings, public and private services and mo..
28-Nov-2014
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Courage in time of war
Dianne Dempsey
Nancy Wake Peter Fitzsimons HarperCollins (2001) War is in the air, at least in terms of civic events and publications. The books are coming out thick and fast regarding the anniversary of the Anzacs. While plenty of focus is on the men who fought, apart from the nursing fraternity,..
21-Nov-2014
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