CONDUCT BACK ON AGENDA
Laura Hurley
OLD tensions flared at the City of Greater Bendigo’s first council meeting for 2016 on Wednesday night, as councillors again voted on matters regarding Code of Conduct breaches. Council voted in favour being represented as a group rather than as individuals at councillor Elise Chapman&..
22-Jan-2016
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LIBERALS SET TO CHOOSE
Peter Kennedy
THE Liberal Party will have a choice of three candidates when delegates meet in Bendigo on February 2 for a pre-selection convention. The party’s Federal Electorate Committee chair and former Victorian Upper House MP, Amanda Millar this week confirmed public relations and community dev..
22-Jan-2016
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AIRPORT CONTRACT AWARDED
Laura Hurley
TWO major infrastructure projects took significant steps forward at Wednesday night’s City of Greater Bendigo council meeting, after two multi-million dollar contracts were awarded. The first $12 million contract was awarded to BMD Constructions Pty Ltd for the upgrade of the Bendigo A..
22-Jan-2016
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WINE COUP
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of central Victoria’s biggest wine festivals will return to Bendigo this year, following an absence of more than a decade where it was held in Castlemaine. The popular Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival, traditionally run over the Easter weekend at the Castlemaine Botanical ..
15-Jan-2016
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MORE TRAINS ON TRACK
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO commuters will benefit from two additional rail services each day during peak travel periods. Public transport minister Jacinta Allan and member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards yesterday announced revised train and bus timetables for Bendigo, effective January 31. A new morning se..
15-Jan-2016
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AGENCIES UNDER PRESSURE
Laura Hurley
BACK to school costs are putting rising pressure on local relief agencies, according to federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters. Visiting the Uniting Care Emergency Relief Centre earlier this week, Ms Chesters said rising back to school costs “should be an election issue” with t..
15-Jan-2016
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Stamp duty a 'burden'
Bendigo Weekly
THE Housing Industry Association claims few things have as detrimental an impact as stamp duty on household finances. During November, the typical stamp duty bill nationally rose to $19,045 from $17,653 in June, an increase of 7.9 per cent. The cost of stamp duty is equivalent to almost..
11-Dec-2015
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Hazeldene's shells out for solar
Bendigo Weekly
The installation of solar panels at Hazeldene Chicken Farm’s Bedrock Farm is a step towards achieving the company’s mission of producing a quality product using a clean, green and environmentally sound process. One shed at the RSPCA-accredited farm is now capped by 25..
11-Dec-2015
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Blokes lunch has a sixth success
Bendigo Weekly
ALMOST 400 men attended last Friday’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch held at the Ulumbarra Theatre. Event spokesman Keith Sutherland said the event was a huge success, with guests enjoying a barbecue lunch in two outside courtyards before they were seated in the stunning foyer of the new th..
04-Dec-2015
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Council director set for new challenge
Peter Kennedy
CITY of Greater Bendigo city futures director Stan Liacos has won praise for a decade of service and achievement for the local community. Chief executive officer Craig Niemann announced Mr Liacos’ resignation on Wednesday, following confirmation Mr Liacos had accepted the position o..
04-Dec-2015
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Striking the balance on pets
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW local law on animal keeping is out for public comment. The City of Greater Bendigo council seeks to protect both the welfare of animals and the amenity of the municipality. At last week’s meeting the council resolved to release the amended Keeping of Animals Local Law no. 2 f..
04-Dec-2015
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Recycling a bin winner
Bendigo Weekly
HOUSEHOLDS that are participating in the City of Greater Bendigo’s trial organic waste kerbside collection service will receive surveys to provide feedback on their experience. More than 2800 households from Kennington, Strathdale, White Hills, East Bendigo and North Bendigo are par..
04-Dec-2015
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Foodie feedback
Bendigo Weekly
After a big and appreciative audience and a day visiting some local producers, topped off by a superb dinner – gourmet farmer Matthew Evans left Bendigo well and truly impressed after the Bendigo Writers Festival. ”I must say I was shocked at the crowd and the love in the room. V..
21-Aug-2015
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Film stars stalk in to the city
Laura Hurley
He terrified audiences as Mick Taylor in Wolf Creek, and now seminal Australian actor John Jarratt has turned his hand to directing in a new dark comedy, StalkHer, due out in cinemas later this month. Visiting Bendigo on Tuesday with co-star Kaarin Fairfax, the pair are embarking on a natio..
14-Aug-2015
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Make the choice and act
Bendigo Weekly
• One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people. • Australia is a world leader for successful transplant outcomes. • Around 1500 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists at any one time. • In 2014, 1117 Australians received ..
24-Jul-2015
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Swansong for Weekly’s Scoop
Steve Kendall
THERE are plenty of good things I could say about my colleague Christine “Scoop” McGinn, but let’s hold back for a minute. I cannot get past her total lack of singing skill. While I have to admit it’s not a prerequisite for a journalist to be able to warble, when th..
17-Jul-2015
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See the light at Discovery
Bendigo Weekly
IT’S been in the news for other reasons, but Bendigo’s Discovery Science and Technology Centre has also had plenty going on these school holidays. The team has delved into the darker side of science with brand new shows and workshops which highlight the International Year of Light...
09-Jul-2015
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Experience Floyd at the Capital
Bendigo Weekly
Experience Floyd is an 11 piece band of talented musicians from Adelaide who are dedicated to one goal, to authentically replicate the brilliant sights and sounds of arguably one of the world’s greatest progressive rock bands of all time. What’s more students from California Gully ..
26-Jun-2015
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Water police crackdown
Bendigo Weekly
WATERWAY users will be the target of a police crackdown to ensure compliance on safety regulations this weekend. The Victorian Water Police will be ensuring water safety, focused on broken down boats, unregistered vessels, search operations, and irresponsible driving. Police issued the warnin..
23-Jan-2015
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Police on the beat
Christine McGinn
POLICE are on the hunt for information about a robbery at the Long Gully Post Office on Saturday. A man wearing a balaclava entered the store, when they first opened, and fled with a quantity of cash. No weapon was sighted and no one was believed to be injured. A police spokesperson sai..
19-Jan-2015
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Kennington fatality
Bendigo Weekly
A man in his 20s died in a single-vehicle incident in Kennington this morning. Police officers believe the man was driving south-west on Townsend Street about 5.30am. A police spokesperson said the driver lost control of the Holden ute which left the road and crashed into a tree. Police..
16-Jan-2015
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Long Gully house fire
Bendigo Weekly
A Long Gully house caught fire early this morning. The Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit are investigating the incident on Energetic Street. The Arson Squad from Melbourne is expected to arrive later today. More to come...
06-Jan-2015
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Offenders caught out
Bendigo Weekly
A 48 year old man has been arrested for breaking and entering into a Bendigo house early this morning. A male occupant of the house disturbed the offender in the kitchen and held him down until police arrived. It is believed two children were also inside the home at the time of the incid..
05-Jan-2015
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Police chase car
Christine McGinn
A dark coloured BMW coupe has captured police attention overnight and this morning for erratic driving. Bendigo Police and the BMW were in a car pursuit last night but it was terminated after a few minutes. The BMW was later spotted driving erratically and at high speeds down Lily and chum st..
16-Dec-2014
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Havea good time at the Vine
Bendigo Weekly
Joel and Dave Havea play the Golden Vine Hotel on Thursday, February 5. Joel who is back from overseas brings a really brand of soulful pop and dancy flavoured music to town. He is touring with his brother Dave. He has family in Bendigo, but lives and plays in Germany. This gig is..
29-Jan-2015
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Blues back on the move
Bendigo Weekly
Two very special young singer-songwriters will usher the Blues Tram into 2015. Jazz/folk songstress Eva McGowan and explosively soulful Josh Cashman will deliver two fresh and inventive sets of original music on Saturday. Blues and roots maestro Colin Thompson is keen to make the event bu..
21-Jan-2015
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Dream tour for Egans
Steve Kendall
MUSICAL sisters Alana and Alicia Egan are fulfilling a dream with a newly announced tour of North America The Bendigo-raised pair are regulars on the music circuit here and in Melbourne, but are stretching their wings and heading stateside. They sang at the Folk Alliance National Conferenc..
16-Jan-2015
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The highs and lows of Falls
Christine McGinn
BRAVING the elements and the compost toilets, The Falls Festival 2014 was a fiesta of music, food and campsite shenanigans. Cramming five days of festival fun into this space would not be fair to the ample artists, organisers and vendors piling into the festival. Thousands of festival reve..
09-Jan-2015
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Long touring road
Bendigo Weekly
Every inch of me is always itching unless I’m on a stage, sings front man Wil Wagner on the opening tracks to The Smith Street Band’s new record, Throw Me In The River. Barely resting since having spent November touring the country the band has announced their first tour of 2015,..
09-Jan-2015
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Bendigo EP launch for Hailey
Bendigo Weekly
BLUES Festival favourite, and all-round nice girl Hailey Calvert has chosen Bendigo as the launch site for her new EP. The blonde haired girl with a booming blues voice often causes the audience to double take, but there is no mistaking the candour and sincerity in her lyrics. Blues Festival..
05-Dec-2014
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Gai's cup win
Joel Peterson
WHILE Gai Waterhouse’s win with The Offer in Wednesday’s $300,000 Jayco Bendigo Cup is far from her biggest moment in racing, you would hardly have known it. As she made her way to the mounting yard post-race, Waterhouse was positively beaming, giving connections the thumbs up an..
30-Oct-2015
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Spirit coach upbeat
Joel Peterson
LAST weekend wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Bendigo Spirit, but that doesn’t worry coach Simon Pritchard. The Spirit head west for a WNBL double header this weekend as the side tackles Perth and Adelaide. The team endured a trying weekend in round three, belted by Dandenon..
30-Oct-2015
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Cricket's bush bash
Joel Peterson
Victorian Premier Cricket will hit Bendigo this weekend, with two day-night games to be held at the Queen Elizabeth Oval as part of the league’s Bush Bash round. Bendigo held the first Premier Cricket regional clash in 1993 and 55 venues have followed suit, but this weekend marks a fir..
23-Oct-2015
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Support rolls in for tennis
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Tennis Association’s support for wheelchair athletes is “what you dream about” according to wheelchair tennis legend Danni Di Toro. The BTA is gearing up to host the Australian National Wheelchair Championships for the first time from Friday, November..
23-Oct-2015
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Debutant rides on high
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Spirit debutant Ashleigh ‘Splash’ Spencer, has made an immediate impression from limited opportunities during last weekend’s WNBL season opening away trip to Queensland. The Spirit went down to the highly fancied South East Queensland Stars 80 – 63, before stu..
16-Oct-2015
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It’s tee time
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Golf Club’s Annual Spring Tournament will tee off next week which will see a fantastic week of golf action. The tournament will start on Monday with a Ladies 4BBB which will see the week cater for everyone. Tuesday will see the ladies again play with a 18 hole stroke event befo..
16-Oct-2015
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POVERTY ON THE RISE
Christine McGinn
People living in poverty should be heard not blamed says a local community leader. Saint Vincent De Paul Society Bendigo regional council president Tony Spurling said instead of blaming people from their poverty, we should listen and learn how to help them. “If we are to reverse the tre..
14-Oct-2014
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Support a cause
Sam Kane
THE Poppet Head’s been covered, Lake Weeroona’s been plastered, and the QEO transformed. What’s the next well known landmark to receive a make-over? Local women are hoping to cover both inside and outside of one of Bendigo’s most recognisable features – and they n..
03-Oct-2014
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Dilemma for caring mother
Dianne Dempsey
They sit at the dining table together, comrades in arms. Worn out warriors of a hard life. David Lyon is 52. His mother Joan Lyon 83. Mrs Lyon is very ill and very worried. David was born with an intellectual disability and needs constant care. “When David was 39 he became physical..
24-Sep-2014
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Blokes ready for lunch
Steve Kendall
Planning for this year’s Blokes Biggest Ever Lunch is well on the way with more than 250 tickets sold. Organiser Keith Sutherland said the event goes from strength to strength. “Our special guest is Jason McCartney who is a Bali bombing survivor and ex North Melbourne and Colli..
12-Sep-2014
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Fete a great day
Bendigo Weekly
Gumboots will be flung, lobbed and chucked far and wide in a throwing competition as part of the fun activities taking place at St Therese’s Primary School fete this Sunday. Principal Matthew Mann said the fete is the most important fundraising event on the school calendar and a great..
14-Aug-2014
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Family seeks hero recognition
Steve Kendall
THE quiet back road of Gaskell Street, Eaglehawk has a story behind it. It’s named after William Gaskell from Eaglehawk, an Australian soldier who earned the Military Medal during an action in New Guinea in November 1942. His niece Jenny Gaskell thinks he deserves a bit more recogn..
08-Aug-2014
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Property plus
Anthony Radford
BENDIGO Property Plus is really going places. Husband and wife team Nathan and Jane Diss started up the real estate business about 14 months ago, and are going from strength to strength. While residential real estate is their bread and butter, the company is moving into property management and w..
26-Aug-2011
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Energy assessments help small business cut costs
Anthony Radford
CENTRAL Victorian businesses have been encouraged to take control of their energy bills as part of a pilot program offering energy assessments launched in Bendigo today. The Central Victorian Solar City initiative aims to help businesses better manage and control their rising energy costs as pa..
22-Aug-2011
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Bendigo Bank profit soars
Anthony Radford
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has announced an after tax profit of $342.1 million for the 12-months ending 30 June 2011, a rise of more than 41 per cent on the previous year. Cash earnings were $336.2m, representing cash earnings per share of 92.3 cents, an increase of 10.8 per cent on the prio..
08-Aug-2011
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Rural Bank and Australia Post propose joint venture
Anthony Radford
Banking in rural and regional Australia has been given a boost by a new proposal by Australia Post and Rural Bank to join forces and distribute banking services via regional and rural post offices. Rural Bank is owned by the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. Australia Post and Rura..
02-Aug-2011
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Blooming support for CFA
Anthony Radford
A new firestar rose has bloomed to support the CFA in honour of those involved with Black Saturday. Due to the success of Firestar Rose, Firestar Phoenix was created as part of the series with the symbol of hope and renewal. The rose is named after the mythical bird phoenix t..
19-Jul-2011
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Kevin Gibbins Field to open this weekend
Anthony Radford
Bendigo residents have been invited to attend this weekend's opening of a world class soccer pitch dedicated to the memory of former councillor, Kevin Gibbins. Mr Gibbins was a former Councillor for North West Plains who passed away suddenly on April 9, 2010. Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr ..
13-Jul-2011
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Cooking up history
Bendigo Weekly
The Presbyterian Women’s Missionary Union Cookbook is the oldest book of its kind still in production in Victoria and will have its 114th yearly edition published later this year. With more than 500,000 copies printed since 1904, it was generally the first cookbook young Australian women use..
08-Aug-2013
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Cafe culture still flourishing
Bendigo Weekly
IN May the Weekly reported Bendigo’s coffee shops and cafes were bursting at the seams and obviously the trend is continuing. Elisha Jeffery opened her cafe, Percy and Percy, eight months ago and is amazed at the outcome. “I’m overwhelmed,” she said. “I opened the..
01-Aug-2013
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Double winners
Bendigo Weekly
The Boardwalk Bendigo is justifiably proud of two of their young staff. Nathan Mitchell, sous chef, and Darcy Hamilton, second year apprentice, recently competed in the Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat Awards Victorian state final in Melbourne and came home with the silver medal. The award is dedi..
25-Jul-2013
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Food, fibre and fashion
Bendigo Weekly
This weekend will a big one for farming, fibre, food and fashion with the 136th annual Australian Sheep and Wool Show incorporating the Festival of Lamb and Women in Wool. The action kicks off at the Bendigo Exhibition centre today and the first food event each day is a live Youth Challenge Cook o..
18-Jul-2013
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Cheers for new Bendigo brewery
Vicki Harrington
Bendigo’s burgeoning food and produce scene welcomed another newcomer this week with the launch of Brookes Beer. Melburnians Doug Brooke and partner Melissa Church specifically chose Bendigo for their new venture. “We were looking for a place to set up our brewery and discovere..
05-Jul-2013
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Olé olé
Bendigo Weekly
It has been 12 months in the making and it is almost here – Bendigo’s newest dining experience. Putting the finishing touches on their new venture, Sangria Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant, owners Gary and Ann-Maree Davis are counting the days to the opening of their new eatery. They..
27-Jun-2013
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Support the team
Bendigo Weekly
They are the first people many writers and guests get to see, their friendly efficiency the epitome of the kind of event Bendigo Writers Festival aims to be. The small army of volunteers who help make the festival run smoothly is gearing up again to prepare for the August 8 to 10 weekend. ..
04-Jul-2014
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World of work
Dianne Dempsey
Jeanette Purkis will be launching her new book The Wonderful World of Work in Bendigo, this Saturday, June 21. She will also be presenting a talk on autism and employment for the community from the perspective of someone living with autism. Jeanette Purkis is also the author of Findin..
20-Jun-2014
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Early sessions booked out
Bendigo Weekly
THIS year’s Bendigo Writers Festival Schools Day program is looking like a winner with some sessions already booked out. Teachers have responded enthusiastically to the early release of the Friday, August 8 program, Texts Mark the Spot, which includes popular writers such as Andrew McGah..
13-Jun-2014
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Book festival delivers
Bendigo Weekly
TWO of Australia’s most admired and controversial writers will be headline guests at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival. Blanche d’Alpuget is the Friday, August 8 evening keynote speaker, and will talk about her eventful life, her marriage to former Prime Minister Bob Haw..
30-May-2014
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The return of a gift
Vanessa Hughes
Craven by Melanie Casey Pantera Press $29.99 Australian crime writer Melanie Casey has followed up her debut novel, Hindsight, with Craven, the second in what promises to be an ongoing supernatural crime series featuring reluctant psychic Cass Lehman. Cass’ psychic gift enables..
30-May-2014
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Book a spot for the festival
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo's big, friendly winter get-together for writers and readers will launch next month, with highlights from the August 8 to 10 weekend to be announced on June 2. “We’re very close now to finalising what is another unashamedly inviting program,” Bendigo Writers Festival..
23-May-2014
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