High fire risk for Central Victoria
Bendigo Weekly
CENTRAL Victoria will once again be at increased risk of grassfire this season, with late spring drying offering the potential to escalate bushfire behaviour in forested areas in late summer. The region is among those at the highest risk level, in both grass and bush areas. The Souther..
02-Sep-2016
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Organics rollout hits home
Sharon Kemp
THE environmental benefits of separating organic waste will be undeniable, according to the City of Greater Bendigo, and the gains could be calculable by Christmas. As the council prepares to begin its organics pick-up service on Monday, the manager of the project has described the city as b..
02-Sep-2016
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Culture plan opens another council rift
Sharon Kemp
THE issue of local multiculturalism continues to divide and infuriate City of Greater Bendigo councillors as two among them refuse to accept the city has a role in making new ethnically-diverse residents feel welcome. Councillors Helen Leach and Elise Chapman acknowledged during heated de..
02-Sep-2016
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Women show the way
Sharon Kemp
DON’T sweat the small stuff, have the courage to be kind, get involved if you see something that concerns you. These are messages three prominent Australian woman had for 145 Bendigo female secondary school students during the annual Women showing the Way forum. Nurse and West Aust..
02-Sep-2016
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Fresh take on water
Peter Kennedy
ONE of Victoria’s most respected strategic planners wants Greater Bendigo to embrace potable recycled water as a means of ensuring the city’s future water security. Greater Bendigo strategy manager Associate Professor Trevor Budge was made a member of the General Division of the ..
26-Aug-2016
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Top panel at refugee conference
Bendigo Weekly
THE Rural Australians for Refugees group will host a national refugee advocacy conference in Bendigo next weekend. The two day event, to be held on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4, will bring together members of Rural Australians for Refugees groups from across Australia. ..
26-Aug-2016
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Walk the walk for guide dogs group
Bendigo Weekly
A walk at Lake Weeroona on Sunday is fundraising to fetch funds for furry heroes. Bendigo residents together with Guide Dogs Victoria will host an event for local dogs and their owners to raise much needed funds for the organisation and celebrate life-changing guide dog partnerships across t..
15-Apr-2016
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Chris fights back
Joel Peterson
TWO weeks after he was knocked off his bike on a training ride, Chris Hamilton is working towards regaining the form that led his meteoric rise at the start of 2016. The 20-year-old cyclist couldn’t help but win at the start of the year, earning a Bendigo Sports Star of the Year nomina..
15-Apr-2016
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Museum growth plan
Dianne Dempsey
THE Bendigo Chinese Association has launched its latest strategic plan which calls for the development of a new building to house its ever-growing collection. Bendigo Chinese Association museum president Charles Lougoon was joined by Bendigo Chinese Association executive member Doug Lougoon ..
15-Apr-2016
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Hucker top of the list
Bendigo Weekly
FOLLOWING the biggest win of his young cycling career, Robbie Hucker’s Tour of Taiwan triumph secured him the Bendigo Weekly/Prime7 Sports Star of the Year award for March. Hucker made the switch from Drapac Professional Cycling to the Avanti IsoWhey Sports team in the summer, and the ..
15-Apr-2016
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St Monica's gears up for fete
Bendigo Weekly
IT is sure to be fun day at St Monica’s on Sunday at their annual fete, which is being held at the school in Kangaroo Flat, between 11am and 3pm. “We have many activities for the kids, dodgem cars, laser tag, jumping castle and a sheep shearing demonstration,” coordinator..
15-Apr-2016
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Options for living quality
Dianne Dempsey
While there are always charities seeking donations, one local group in particular has struck former newsreader David Johnston with the poignancy of its plight. Quality Living Options (QLO) has been campaigning for funding for five years and last year asked Mr Johnston to participate in a vid..
15-Apr-2016
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Weekly brings home the awards
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Weekly managing editor Peter Kennedy has paid tribute to the paper’s staff after the Weekly collected three major accolades at the annual Victorian Country Press Association awards held at San Remo. The Weekly was named winner of the award for journalism and overall newspaper e..
20-Nov-2015
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Bonnie at 100
Bendigo Weekly
By BRYLIE HARRIS THERE is no secret to becoming a centenarian according to local woman, Bonnie Reidy who celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday. Born on November 18, 1915 in Rushworth, Mrs Reidy spent her childhood on a farm where she milked the cows, churned butter and had to ..
20-Nov-2015
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Women ride on
Bendigo Weekly
IF you’re keen to try your hand at cycling, the Central Victorian Veterans Cycling Club women’s skill session and come ‘n’ try event might be for you. Running this Wednesday at the Emu Creek Hall from 5.45pm, the event is open to any woman over 30 who rides a road bik..
20-Nov-2015
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Spirit of Anzac head to city
Bendigo Weekly
The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience comes to Bendigo this month. It is the key event in the Commonwealth’s commemorations and will visit 23 locations around Australia over the next 20 months. The Australian Government, the Australian War Memorial and the Department of Defence ..
20-Nov-2015
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Students gear up for trial
Bendigo Weekly
Catholic College Bendigo students from years seven to 12 have been busy preparing for the 25th running of the RACV Energy Breakthrough in Maryborough. The secondary teams events started today, with presentations and design and construction each adding 25 per cent to their overall score. ..
20-Nov-2015
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Liberated Leunig
Dianne Dempsey
Michael Leunig now spends his time between Melbourne and the north-east of Victoria, but he lived in the Daylesford district for many years and as such is familiar with Bendigo, a city of which he is very fond. “Of course I’ve heard about the anti-mosque agitation that has occurr..
13-Nov-2015
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Blues tram returns
Bendigo Weekly
This Saturday at 2pm the Blues Tram will roll again. On board and playing to please will be Luke Watt and Cass. Make the most of your Saturday afternoon in picturesque Bendigo by riding the rails on a vintage tram while incredibly talented and engaging musicians entertain you. Watt ..
21-Aug-2015
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Tales of the high life
Steve Kendall
Michael Veitch’s life-long obsession with the aircraft of World War II led him to conclude that every single person who flew, or flew in them, has at least one extraordinary story to tell. With most of these veterans at least in their 80s, he knew that it was a matter of urgency to find ..
14-Aug-2015
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Bank on your music success
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne Music Bank is calling on Bendigo musicians and bands to submit an original song for a chance to win the ultimate kick-starter pack for a career in music. This is a chance for local musos to break into the music industry. The winner will receive a toolkit for success, comprisi..
07-Aug-2015
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Bands set to battle
Bendigo Weekly
It’s time to plug in your amplifier and switch on the microphone – the FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands competition is back for 2015. The event takes place today at St Andrew’s Hall in Myers Street, Bendigo. Ten local acts have registered for the annual event, which ..
31-Jul-2015
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David Bowie uncovered
Bendigo Weekly
David Bowie is forever changing and always ahead of his time. After deciding to do a school project on him, I soon discovered that I was fascinated by both Bowie’s music and his image – something that never stayed the same. Being 15, I am often questioned about this fascination..
24-Jul-2015
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Colleen's back in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO girl Colleen Hewett will perform her Black & White tour to her hometown this October. Legendary Ms Hewett will take to the Ulumbarra Theatre stage to share her chart-topping new album, Black and White. “I’m so excited to be going home,” she said. ..
17-Jul-2015
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That finals feeling
Joel Peterson
IF there is a buzz around town this week it probably isn’t because people are excited about getting their new bins, but it could be because footy finals are upon us. It seems like the season started just weeks ago, but already four teams in the Heathcote District Football League have p..
12-Aug-2016
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Fitzpatrick to lead BFNL
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Football League has acted swiftly in finding an interleague coach for 2017, reappointing this year's victorious coach Brett Fitzpatrick. The former Sandhurst and Castlemaine coach led Bendigo to an impressive victory over Gippsland at Warragul in May and was today confirmed as th..
10-Aug-2016
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Finals race set for grandstand finish
Joel Peterson
THE Loddon Valley Football Netball League’s senior football finals race is set for a thrilling climax as the competition heads into this weekend’s penultimate round. Top spot is settled, with Bridgewater holding a firm grip on the position, and only the Mean Machine, second place..
05-Aug-2016
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Watson shares knowledge with academy
Joel Peterson
IT ended in disappointing fashion, but the 2016 ANZ Championship season was a breakout one for Chloe Watson. The Melbourne Vixens defender earned a spot in the team’s defensive rotation following the departure of club legend Bianca Chatfield as the side returned to finals in the last s..
05-Aug-2016
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Blazing a trail to promotion
Joel Peterson
THE CV Blazers are eyeing promotion after the side used a red-hot middle of the season to catapult themselves into the top three in Hockey Victoria’s Vic League Two competition. The Blazers have won five of their past six games to sit third heading into a clash with St Bede’s at ..
05-Aug-2016
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Coach excited about new look Spirit
Joel Peterson
WITH the Women's National Basketball League season a little over two months away, Bendigo Spirit coach Simon Pritchard is upbeat about the roster the club has put together for its 2016 campaign. The season will be the Spirit's tenth in the Women's National Basketball League, and Pritchard's ..
01-Aug-2016
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Country pub helping out
Bendigo Weekly
NEWBRIDGE Hotel publican Terry Lofkin is hosting a fundraiser to raise funds for youth homelessness services in central Victoria. Mr Lofkin will host a fundraiser for local homelessness service provider, St Luke’s, at his pub on Sunday June 7. Together with his wife Diane, Mr Lofkin was..
29-May-2015
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Music of support
Dianne Dempsey
Mick Lloyd is a no-nonsense self-employed builder. He’s tough, a man’s man, but every so often the burden he and his family carry around weighs him down. And the enormity of the disease his sons live with sends him into despair. It’s called Niemann Pick Disease Type C. It&rs..
29-May-2015
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A familiar voice
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
RADIO veteran Johnathan Ridnell, squirms at the realisation he is in his 28th year at ABC Radio. Ridnell currently holds the position of regional content manager in Bendigo after previous stints in Adelaide, Horsham and Mt Gambier. His successful career began at the Adelaide rural department..
22-May-2015
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Zara’s heartfelt fundraising effort
Dianne Dempsey
FUNDRAISING in the Bendigo region is not an uncommon occurrence, whether it be for cancer sufferers or charitable institutions. But when the Weekly received a hand written letter from 12-year-old Zara Smith telling us she wanted to raise $20,000 for the Heart Foundation she really made an impact. ..
15-May-2015
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Crunch time
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
Victorian Girl Guides will be out in droves for the next month, celebrating National Biscuit Day, which will be held tomorrow. The organisation is expecting to sell 570,000 packets of biscuits in the 57th year of the Australia-wide fundraiser. All profits made will go to funding local, n..
15-May-2015
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Shannon in the running for award
Bendigo Weekly
Youth worker Shannon Ryan has been nominated for the 2015 Ricci Marks Indigenous Achiever Award. The Victorian Government provides the award to encourage young Aboriginal people to pursue their goals and aspirations. Ms Ryan contributes to the Dja Dja Wurrung people and the Bendigo region as ..
08-May-2015
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Cleared for take off
Rosemary Sorensen
The closure of the childcare centre is the first step towards re-establishing a functioning terminal at Bendigo Airport. “As the airport has continued to gather momentum and in the context of the redevelopment plans it was clear we needed to reclaim the building,” Greater Bendigo..
08-Feb-2013
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Bendigo’s silent night
Anthony Radford
Greater Bendigo council has admitted this year’s Christmas tree light-up event was cancelled to save money. On November 30, council announced the event would not go ahead because of “an unfortunate lack of sponsorship and fundraising support”. The event went ahead afte..
14-Dec-2012
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Fortuna tender opens
Rosemary Sorensen
Bendigo's grandest property has gone on the market as "marvellous opportunity … with exciting potential". Fortuna Villa has been in limbo since discussions for a potential "priority sale" involving the state government and Greater Bendigo council failed last year. The..
01-Nov-2012
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DESIGN EXPERTS WINS MAJOR AWARD
Bendigo Weekly
Design Experts of BENDIGO has won the prestigious Regional Development Victoria Business Achievement Award in the 2012 Regional Achievement and Community Awards. Design Experts won the Award from a strong field of nominees and was one of eight category winners announced on Saturday night 13th Octobe..
17-Oct-2012
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Strathfieldsaye supermarket plan
Rosemary Sorensen
Plans to develop a shopping plaza at Strathfieldsaye include a supermarket and retail outlets on a site next to the primary school. Consulting firm Urbis lodged the application with the City of Greater Bendigo council on behalf of David Fein and Maverston Properties. The site at 2 Club C..
17-Sep-2012
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Run For Dad Fun Run results
Bendigo Weekly
Run For Dad Fun Run in conjunction with the Keith Huddle Memorial Eaglehawk to Bendigo Road race Sunday 2nd September Race Place FirstName LastName EventCategory Time 1 Brady ..
03-Sep-2012
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Tomato time in the kitchen
Marika McMahon
If you landed in Bendigo from outer space this time of year, you could be forgiven for thinking you had landed in the midst of a cult. A cult where secret information and closely guarded recipes are exchanged, the cult of the tomato. As the ferocious heat of summer starts to subside and ther..
21-Feb-2014
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At the local
Marika McMahon
When you live with a pub at the end of the street, some nights it’s awfully hard to resist the urge not to cook and head to the counter instead. When your local is the Brougham Arms, that doesn’t mean a menu of pub standards. Instead we are blessed to have within walking distance ..
14-Feb-2014
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Beat the heat
Bendigo Weekly
It’s too hot to eat. It’s definitely too hot to cook. Yet, you know you need to eat more than frozen grapes. Clever shopping is part of the solution. I’ve been dropping the fruit and veg order into Norm Quin at Quin’s Bluebird fruitshop in Mitchell Street on Friday ..
07-Feb-2014
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Food Fossickers
Marika McMahon
THE heatwaves are made a tad more bearable for many locals by some fairly constant imbibing from the extensive collection of frozen delights at Favourite Flavours. There was more than a few queries popping up on my Facebook feed, “Does anyone know what time Favourite Flavours is open unt..
31-Jan-2014
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Weekend wonder
Marika McMahon
We Bendigonians know that our town is punching well above its weight in the food stakes but this will be clear to all given the amazing Bendigo events scheduled for this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The Bendigo part of the world’s longest lunch, under the trees in Ros..
24-Jan-2014
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Back to Mexico
Marika McMahon
The secret to a home made Mexican fiesta is to make sure you have an array of accompaniments. A bit of tomato, lime juice and coriander is all you need for a fresh salsa. If you can’t be bothered flinging that together, Bendigo Wholefoods has some great salsas. It’s also worth havin..
17-Jan-2014
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Biography event cancelled
Dianne Dempsey
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15-May-2015
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Images of the war
Dianne Dempsey
Unlike Gallipoli, there are relatively few images of Australian soldiers on the Western Front. While soldiers took cameras with them to Gallipoli they were forbidden to take them to France and Belgium. The British had decreed that only official photographs were allowed. This remarkable book..
24-Apr-2015
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Lifetime in fine art
Dianne Dempsey
Notebooks Betty Churcher Published 2011 With the recent news of Betty Churcher’s death at the age of 84, it is apposite to revisit probably her most poignant book. Betty Churcher was director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia and director of the National Gallery of..
02-Apr-2015
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Tales from the front
Dianne Dempsey
Between the Dances Jacqueline Dinan Serving their country as nurses, farmhands, munitions workers or members of the Defence forces, Australian women made an outstanding contribution to World War II. In this engaging book Jacqueline Dinan highlights stories told by over 300 women or t..
27-Mar-2015
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All things Irish
Dianne Dempsey
It was St Patrick’s day this week and sure and begorrah a couple of Irish themed titles have come across the desk. From the Bru to the Borough Dan O’Riordan Local writer Dan O’Riordan has written his self-published, heart-felt memoir of growing up in Ireland an..
20-Mar-2015
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Fine start to a life of books
Bendigo Weekly
My reading habits as a child were very much informed by my parents. My primary and secondary schools (I’m talking the dark ages here) didn’t even come to libraries. So every week Dad pushed aside the tools in his ute and took his three children to the public library. I really liked ..
12-Mar-2015
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