Marilyn goes pink for breast cancer research
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of the world’s most iconic and enduring personalities has gone pink to show her support for breast cancer awareness and this weekend’s Mother’s Day Classic. The towering eight metre sculpture of Marilyn Monroe will continue to show her support for such a worthy cause un..
06-May-2016
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Deputy leader wants NBN in Bendigo
Sharon Kemp
REGIONAL unemployment and National Broadband Network connection are looming as the local issues Labor will try to push to centre stage in the upcoming 2016 election. In Bendigo to attend a fundraising dinner for incumbent MP Lisa Chesters, deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek said NBN wo..
06-May-2016
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Living within our means
Sharon Kemp
THE federal budget relies on central Victorians looking at the national economic picture rather than their own comfort. Treasurer Scott Morrison’s first budget, released just before an election, at first sight fails to hand out sweeteners for votes, and Liberal candidate for Bendigo Me..
06-May-2016
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Major opposition parties cry foul on Budget
Sharon Kemp
The 2016 federal budget leaves smokers, schools, the Bendigo Tennis Association, the RSL Memorial Hall and Aspire Foundation with cause to consider their future. Bendigo’s unemployed youth and more than 2000 small businesses, on the other hand, can look forward to a boost, the latter t..
06-May-2016
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Chapman quits race
Sharon Kemp
ELISE Chapman has cited health reasons for stepping down this week as One Nation’s senate candidate in Bendigo for the 2016 Federal election. Ms Chapman, a City of Greater Bendigo councillor, in part blamed the council for her poor health. She declined to talk about the specific na..
29-Apr-2016
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View from the top of town
Sharon Kemp
There is more than meets the eye when you are building residential apartments in Bendigo, but it is all about the eye when you get to the top. The residential and commercial building project at 111 Mitchell Street has a rare perspective of unobstructed views west from the top of Mitchell St ..
29-Apr-2016
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A prize school
Bendigo Weekly
SPRING Gully Primary School has won a major prize aimed at supporting and promoting health in local schools as part of this year’s Bendigo Weekly/Prime 7 Sports Star of the Year Awards. The Bendigo Health-sponsored Healthy Schools awards are also a great way to showcase the steps being..
18-Mar-2016
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Time to remember
Bendigo Weekly
A SAD time in Australia’s history will be marked on Sunday, as Bendigo remembers those who died at Sandakan. The service at 11am honours all servicemen who either returned to their home country or lost their lives while prisoners of war at Sandakan and Kuching in North Borneo or on the..
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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Rattle for food
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigonians are urged to dig deep this long weekend to support Foodshare’s Million Meals in March campaign, designed to raise awareness of chronic food poverty. Federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters will lead a team of tin rattlers raising money for Foodshare on Sunday and Monday. ..
11-Mar-2016
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Hatters ready for the relay
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s annual relay for life will kick off at La Trobe University’s athletics track in Flora Hill on Friday, April 15. The event celebrates cancer survivors and honours those lost to the disease while fundraising to support medical research and support services for those under..
11-Mar-2016
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Farmyard boost for Benetas residents
Bendigo Weekly
A hands-on animals initiative visited an Eaglehawk aged care home on Monday. Animals on the Move is a touring barnyard experience and has become a popular addition to the Benetas St Laurence Court Eaglehawk lifestyle calendar. The opportunity to spend time with animals up close, feeding ..
11-Mar-2016
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Fake $100 bills
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are urging shopkeepers to remain alert as $100 counterfeit notes are being presented across Bendigo. A woman is known to have attempted to use the counterfeit money twice to buy items of little value, leave with the purchased items and keep the authentic money. Police said the notes ..
19-May-2015
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Near miss
Bendigo Weekly
EMERGENCY services were called to Bendigo Airport this morning after smoke began bellowing from a light aircraft. The pilot conducted the air traffic control before safely descending to the runway. Paramedics checked the three occupants, who were cleared from injury...
19-May-2015
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Three-injured in crash
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are investigating a crash in California Gully after three men were taken to hospital this morning. Officers were on routine patrol when they saw a car with no registration plates just before 3am. Bendigo police attempted to intercept the vehicle but the driver refused to pull over so t..
19-May-2015
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Cars collide in Kennington
Bendigo Weekly
By BRIDGETTE BARRY-MURPHY Three cars collided on Sternberg Street in Kennington just after 4pm today. A Ford Falcon ute ran into the rear of a Holden Commodore pushing it into a van. The driver of the first vehicle, a van, is believed to have driven off. ..
11-May-2015
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Eaglehawk man blows 0.217
Christine McGinn
An Eaglehawk man was caught driving more than four times over the legal blood-alcohol limit last night. The 59-year old man was seen driving at 30 kilometres an hour on the 50km/h Victoria Street in Eaglehawk at 7.50pm. The man hesitated to take off when the lights changed from red to green, ..
05-May-2015
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Police call for witnesses
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for witnesses after a local man was hospitalised with a serious head injury. Antony James Woodward walked into the One Tree Hill Hotel on Retreat Road in Spring Gully on Friday April 10 about 2.45pm. Workers at the hotel, who know Anto..
20-Apr-2015
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ALT-J put on a show to remember
Bendigo Weekly
By CAITLYN PETRIE SUNDAY evening saw thousands flock to Rod Laver Arena to see immensely talented UK group alt-J. With a handful of Brit Award nominations, a Grammy nomination and a recent stint at Australia’s summer festivals, the British quartet are playing their bi..
15-May-2015
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Moo music for the fans
Christine McGinn
THERE is nothing that entices Melburnians and locals to party in the “country” quite as much as Groovin the Moo. The all-day event brought some of the biggest names in international and local music together last Saturday. But for the 12 Melburnians that ventured up the Calder F..
08-May-2015
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Story of honour
Bendigo Weekly
Barely a week has passed since the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings and already the media has turned its attention to other tragic happenings throughout the world. So many times we listened to the words “Lest we forget”, and yet, we did forget. We forgot the indigenou..
01-May-2015
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Back with the blues
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival will present five exciting young acts to warm up the boardwalk at The Exchange tonight, on the eve of this year’s Bendigo edition of Groovin The Moo. The line-up consists of singer/songwriters in their teens and 20s and smashes the stereotype that B..
01-May-2015
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All star show for Doug
Steve Kendall
THE Doug Anthony All Stars have broken loose from their shackles and are on a gentlemans’ tour. They have sporadic gigs over the next few months including Bendigo’s Capital on May 15. Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson join forces with their mentor, Paul “Flacko” Livin..
23-Apr-2015
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Ballet at the Capital
Bendigo Weekly
THE Moscow Ballet travels to Bendigo with its spectacular masterpiece and ballet’s most loved fairytale, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty. The great success of Russian theatre is undoubtedly classical ballet and the highly-acclaimed and respected Moscow Ballet La Classique was esta..
17-Apr-2015
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East set for big one
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO East’s quest for back-to-back Bendigo Pennant Bowls titles goes on the line on Sunday, when the Magpies come up against Bendigo in the division one grand final. Bendigo East has remained atop the table for the better part of the season, taking all before them, and enjoyed a wee..
11-Mar-2016
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Bulls in control of ULCA decider
Joel Peterson
THE Bridgewater Bulls are closing in on the first cricket premiership in the local region, when they take a commanding advantage into the final day of the Upper Loddon Cricket Association grand final tomorrow. The reigning ULCA premiers built a huge lead against Wedderburn Band Cricket C..
11-Mar-2016
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Annette in top gear
Joel Peterson
WORLD track champion Annette Edmondson headlines an elite field of cyclists competing in the Bendigo International Madison carnival this weekend when she lines up in Saturday’s Innes Motors Women’s Madison. The 2015 world champ comes to Bendigo fresh off a courageous fifth in the..
11-Mar-2016
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Gully's grand hopes
Joel Peterson
AFTER an outstanding turnaround this season, Spring Gully is dreaming of grand final glory when it takes on United at JG Edwards Oval this weekend – and has an off-field culture shake up to thank for it. The Crows finished second last in the 2014/15 season but with some heady recruitin..
11-Mar-2016
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Tigers ready to roar
Joel Peterson
THE Emu Valley Cricket Association’s form side in the second half of the season, United will aim to take its second flag in three years in this weekend’s grand final. United claimed the top prize in 2013/14, and is well-placed to do so again after defeating Maiden Gully to sew up..
11-Mar-2016
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BDCA finals to kick off with a bang
Joel Peterson
REVENGE will be on the mind of Strathdale Maristians this weekend when the Bendigo District Cricket Association’s reigning premier meets White Hills in its semi final clash at All Seasons Oval. Last time they met, in the second last round of home and away matches, White Hills bested th..
11-Mar-2016
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Cats still roaming
Steve Kendall
LOVE them or hate them, one thing’s for sure about cats, they know how to hunt and wander. On the plus side, cats kill mice, rabbits and rats, but they will also kill native wildlife in alarming numbers, spray, howl and roam. When the City of Greater Bendigo council introduced a cat ..
23-Jan-2015
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Sharing the culture
Dianne Dempsey
When Sylvia Pham came to Bendigo in January 2014, the imperative was to educate her daughters Kelly 16, and Alyssa 12, in a congenial city and have the experience of an Anglo Saxon culture. She describes her husband Lucas Lai as a “fly in, fly out” father as he continues to sup..
13-Jan-2015
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A Christmas wish: good mental health for everyone
Bendigo Weekly
Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett has written his Christmas wish-list, outlining how all Australians can promote good mental health over the festive season. “Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it can be lonely and stressful for some people, potentially triggering symptoms of depr..
19-Dec-2014
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Sisters in on the act
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Bendigo South East Secondary College were in an ugly mood for their production this week, but their version of Cinderella had a happy ending. Months of hard work came to fruition for more than 100 Bendigo South East Secondary College students and staff this week, with the debu..
21-Nov-2014
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Sustainabilty group holds forum
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Sustainability Group’s climate election forum on Tuesday evening at St Paul’s hall attracted a audience keen to hear presentations from the Liberal, Labor, Greens and Sex Party candidates. The need for climate action was explained by James Wight of Precariousclimate...
12-Nov-2014
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Ron’s back for lunch
Steve Kendall
WITH the dust barely settled on last year’s Blokes Biggest Ever Lunch it’s back, and so is Ron Iddles. Mr Iddles was guest speaker last year, and a controversial talk on his role as a police homicide sergeant drew national media attention. Organiser Keith Sutherland has invited..
31-Oct-2014
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BOOMING
Rosemary Sorensen
Central Victoria will boom on the back of the introduction of a carbon tax in Australia, according to a prominent Bendigo company director. “The carbon tax has already had a positive impact on what we’re doing,” Australian Turntable Company and Eco Villages Wo..
20-Oct-2011
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TRUCK CONTRACT DELAYED
Bendigo Weekly
IT looks like no decision will be made on Thales’ bid for the lucrative LAND 121 Phase 4 defence contract before Christmas. Under questioning from Bendigo-based Nationals Senrator Bridget McKenzie, Defence Materiel Organisation acting chief executive officer confirmed the decision, del..
20-Oct-2011
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Wireless the way
Anthony Radford
BENDIGONIANS are connecting to the internet via their wireless devices in astonishing numbers. With smart phones, tablets and wireless internet connection technology taking off, locals are going along for the ride. Data used by locals through Telstra’s 3G netw..
30-Sep-2011
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Electric car man is well switched on
Rosemary Sorensen
When his electric car business in New South Wales kept coming up against political speed-humps, Ross Blade looked south. His battles to make the Blade Electron Australia’s home-grown car for the future continue, but the Castlemaine-based teacher-turned-innovator is determined n..
22-Sep-2011
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Fairfax Media books $401 million loss
Anthony Radford
Fairfax Media Limited has reported a loss of $400.9 million for the past financial year. The company says the result represents a decrease of 1.8 per cent on last year and is ''slightly above market consensus''. Shares in Fairfax Media, publishers of the Bendigo Advertiser, surged..
26-Aug-2011
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Bendigo law firms to merge
Anthony Radford
In the classic progression of blending old with new, Michelle O‟Sullivan Law will merge with Cohen Johanson Douglas from Monday. Both Michelle O‟Sullivan and Dennis Johanson said they were looking forward to the merger and the support it will offer to both themselves and their clients ..
26-Aug-2011
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More gold for Salute Olivia
Bendigo Weekly
Regional producers are back in the winner’s circle this week with Boort olive growers Marlies and Peter Eicher of Salute Olivia named the top performing Victorian producer in the table olives category at the recent Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards. This year, the Eichers took home gold, silv..
12-Sep-2013
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Cheers for Sangria
Vicki Harrington
After months of planning, renovating and recruiting, owners Gary and Ann-Maree Davis are excited to announce the opening of their Sangria Spanish Tapas Bar on Friday, September 13. Earlier this week they took time off from the last-minute preparations to introduce their team. Head chef Pa..
06-Sep-2013
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Growth plan
Vicki Harrington
Teachers, educators and community members representing 35 local schools and early childhood services across Greater Bendigo came together last Thursday for the Kids Growing Food Forum. The event was for people to learn practical information and share ideas on what it takes to develop and create ..
29-Aug-2013
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Food security
Bendigo Weekly
Stories of the hardships and heartbreak Victorian farmers, growers and producers are suffering are rife at the moment. One group prepared to do something about their situation is the the Goulburn Valley Food Cooperative group. Les Cameron, chairman of the GVFC said: “We started on this jou..
22-Aug-2013
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Paddock to the plate
Bendigo Weekly
St Francis in the Fields school’s environmental sustainability program continues to expand in droves with their pig population going from just two sows a year ago to reaching double figures this year. “Our students work with all of our farm animals as daily feeders and cleaning out th..
16-Aug-2013
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Cooks and the kids
Bendigo Weekly
Our local schools’ love affair with food continues with the sixth episode of Cooks and Kids set to air next Wednesday night on Bendigo IPTV. In this final episode, the winning teams from each heat come together to compete for the title of winners for 2013. Students from Lightning Reef Prim..
15-Aug-2013
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The troubles revisited
Dianne Dempsey
As far as publishing goes, local writers are increasingly doing it for themselves. Against the Wind by James O’Brien is in part a memoir set in Dublin and England and an historical record of the troubles. O’Brien’s long held view is that it was necessary to remove the gun from..
19-Sep-2014
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Murder by the book
Bendigo Weekly
What Came Before By Anna George Viking $29.99 When Dave and Elle meet, an instant and dynamic romance begins. They both revel in what Elle describes as Limerence – the euphoria of romantic attraction – and dream of long term plans. But Elle is a romantic comedy script wr..
12-Sep-2014
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A Bendigo tale
Bendigo Weekly
Girls in our Town is the first novel from author Dianne Dempsey. Ms Dempsey launched her debut novel at the 2014 Bendigo Writers Festival a very apt venue with the story based in Bendigo. Ms Dempsey knows her way around the literary world having worked as a freelance journalist, scriptwriter..
22-Aug-2014
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Book sales indicate a top writers festival
Bendigo Weekly
ONE fair indication of a successful writers festival is that the books go flying out the door. For Harry Hart and his staff from Dymocks who were set up in the Capital Theatre last weekend, those books had wings. “Our sales were up by 40 per cent from last year’s festival,” ..
15-Aug-2014
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Festival has a way with words
Bendigo Weekly
Next week, the Calder has a new name – it’s the Way with Words. Writers and readers from near and far will be heading to Bendigo, to take part in the third annual Bendigo Writers Festival, and The Capital is busy with last-minute preparations. Kirsten Krauth is one of the C..
01-Aug-2014
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Electrifying from the first page
Dianne Dempsey
The Neighbour By Julie Proudfoot Xoum Publishing Bendigo writer Julie Proudfoot’s debut novel won the Seizure literary journal’s Viva La Novella Prize earlier this year. And it is quickly apparent why the novel has distinguished itself. The Neighbour is assured, co..
28-Jul-2014
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