Tractor factor a pull for show
Bendigo Weekly
The swap meet is on this weekend with a special focus that has real pulling power. It’s 60 years since two major tractor manufacturers merged to become Massey Ferguson, so tractors are very much to the fore. There are more than 1700 sites and the event attracts mo..
11-Nov-2016
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End of the road for caravan park
Sharon Kemp
More than 90 residents, most elderly and supported, will lose their homes after the Melbourne owner of land occupied by the City Central Caravan Park asked the leaseholders to close their business and remove all buildings, cabins and vans by March 2018. Christine and John Norman ..
11-Nov-2016
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Road work accelerates - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
MAJOR highway infrastructure will be lifted into place today, as construction continues on the Ravenswood Interchange The six 60-tonne beams form part of a bridge that will take Bendigo-bound traffic across Bullock Creek in work that has had bipartisan support at state and federal level. ..
04-Nov-2016
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Tech school a step closer
Bendigo Weekly
Two significant milestones in the development of Bendigo’s Tech School have paved the way for success. The Bendigo Tech School Strategic Charter has been assigned and Vincent Chrisp has been appointed to design the high-tech learning centre. The signing establishes the Bendigo Tech..
04-Nov-2016
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Candidates line up for mayoral role
Sharon Kemp
NEW councillors will choose between change and experience when they vote to elect the next City of Greater Bendigo mayor on November 15. James Williams, one of only two councillors re-elected, has nominated for the role, and Bendigo’s most recent mayor Rod Fyffe says he is again consid..
04-Nov-2016
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Plan ahead for NBN rollout
Bendigo Weekly
RESIDENTS will have 18 months to transfer to the national broadband network once they are notified that it is ready for service. For some residents, that notification will come as early as January as wholesaler nbnCo rolls out the network throughout the city. State corporate affairs mana..
04-Nov-2016
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Jaclyn earns a prize
Bendigo Weekly
Occupational therapist Jaclyn Long is the recipient of this year’s Kelly Weire Memorial Award. Sponsored by the Weire family, the Kelly Weire Memorial Award commemorates the achievements of the late Kelly Weire, who died in a plane crash in Papua New Guinea in August 2009. Kelly w..
13-May-2016
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Lights for Edwards Road
Bendigo Weekly
The state government has fast tracked the proposed upgrade to one of Bendigo’s most notorious intersections. Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards yesterday confirmed the government would spend $750,000 on installing new traffic lights at the Edwards Road and the Calder Highway at Maiden Gully..
06-May-2016
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Reno Rumble for a good cause
Bendigo Weekly
FANS of the popular Reno Rumble reality show will this weekend get the chance to visit the home made over by contestants on the show for Bendigo’s Johns family. The Johns family will open their stunning new-look home to the public for one day only, tomorrow Saturday, May 7. Beccky ..
06-May-2016
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NBN remains hot topic
Sharon Kemp
THE development of Greater Bendigo’s first digital strategy to take advantage of the NBN and completion of the Marong Precinct Structure Plan are among the key priorities of the updated 2016-17 City of Greater Bendigo Council Plan released for comment this week. Under the L..
06-May-2016
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Legend on second run
Bendigo Weekly
THE life and times of one of the region’s most enduring and popular personalities is proving to be a winner. Forbesy: The John Forbes Story celebrates the generosity and community spirit of John Forbes OAM, the former media and sports marketing executive who never forgot his country..
06-May-2016
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Dancers in the spotlight
Bendigo Weekly
FOUR classically trained ballet students from Bendigo’s performing arts and gymnastics academy have been accepted into the Victorian State Ballet’s performances of Don Quixote. Anna Bergin, Kiara Nickson, Thalia Kumlin and Jacob Weare all aged between 14 and 15 years are will be..
29-Apr-2016
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Change for the band
Bendigo Weekly
DECEMBER is always busy for Bendigo’s Marist Brass Band – even more so this year with a name change also added into the mix. After decades of being known as the Marist Brothers Band, the name of the award wining brass band has changed to Marist Brass Band – with members fee..
11-Dec-2015
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Camp Hill a sustainability winner
Bendigo Weekly
When you walk through the edible garden at Camp Hill Primary School it is easy to see the time, effort and enthusiasm that lead the school to be the winners of the education category in the 2016 Bendigo Sustainability Awards. Bendigo Sustainability Group president Chris Weir said Camp Hi..
11-Dec-2015
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History of the RSL
Bendigo Weekly
A new book charting the history of the Returned and Services League in Bendigo was launched this week. A Century of Service, The Events, People and Places that shaped the RSL in Bendigo 1915 – 2015 was written by Bendigo District RSL member and historian, Murray Poustie. Bendigo wa..
04-Dec-2015
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Bikes roll into Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo has welcomed more than 3500 participants in the 2015 RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride this week. The cyclists arrived in Bendigo on Wednesday and set up camp at the North Bendigo Oval in Atkins Street. Today the ride heads to Heathcote for the night followed by Castlemaine..
04-Dec-2015
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Campaigner says thanks for help
Bendigo Weekly
THE spearhead of the campaign to save the Kangaroo Flat Leisure Centre has thanked the community for its support, following last week’s commencement of demolition works at the site. Don McKinnon expressed his gratitude towards those who threw their support behind the two ye..
04-Dec-2015
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Emma learns to fly
Laura Hurley
THE sky is the limit for the Bendigo Flying Club, after club member Emma Blackford became the first female recipient of the Anthony Gobels Memorial Flying Scholarship during the club’s 50th birthday celebration last month. Emma, a year 11 student at Girton Grammar School, said she had ..
04-Dec-2015
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Festival a huge hit
Bendigo Weekly
The 2015 Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival attracted record numbers of music lovers to venues all over Bendigo last weekend, and generated over $2 million for the local economy. An estimated 15,000 people packed bars, parks, halls, roof tops, laneways, balconies and cafes for the four-d..
13-Nov-2015
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Florence in the mood
Bendigo Weekly
Florence and the Machine were back in Melbourne this week as part of their How Big Tour, delivering a mix of old favourites and material from their latest studio album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. And Florence was beautiful, delivering a theatrical performance which had the crowd in the..
13-Nov-2015
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Ink in the art remix
Bendigo Weekly
The joy of having the Bendigo Art Gallery in our midst is that we are privy to the latest national exhibitions. A case in point is Ink Remix, a fascinating collection of work from artists of mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Curated by Sophie McIntyre, the works are a reflection of..
06-Nov-2015
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Footy Show on the road to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL fans of the Footy Show will be granted a first hand experience when the program’s stars come to Bendigo on Sunday November 15. These include regular panel members Garry Lyon, Sam Newman, Billy Brownless and news breaker Damian Barrett in addition to three time AFL premiership for..
06-Nov-2015
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Stringybark blues
Bendigo Weekly
Stringybark McDowell, covered in tats and dreadlocks and his trademark tophat, is travelling far from home for gigs these days. Formerly based in Geelong, McDowell’s now living way out in South Australia’s Riverland area. “There are no gigs out where I am because people..
06-Nov-2015
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Paper Kites on high
Joel Peterson
Following on from the successes of their second album twelvefour, Melbourne band The Paper Kites played Castlemaine’s Theatre Royal last Thursday. The group’s laid-back vibes meshed perfectly with the intimate setting, with lead singer Sam Bentley’s heartfelt lyrics soaked ..
30-Oct-2015
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Off-field change for Thunder
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Thunder has undergone yet another off-field shake-up, as the club prepares its assault for the 2017 Victorian Women’s Football League season. The Thunder is readying to field a second team in a lower grade next season, adding valuable depth and a development squad alongside..
07-Oct-2016
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Young Braves shine at nationals
Bendigo Weekly
A TEAM of Bendigo’s best under-14 basketballers came within a whisker of a national title on Saturday, when they lost a thrilling under-14 Club Championship grand final in Newcastle. The Bendigo U14 team won their way through to the final at the national titles, which were jointly host..
07-Oct-2016
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Spirit start with a difference
Joel Peterson
Bendigo Spirit will debut three new starters when the team meets Adelaide in its WNBL season opener on Saturday night. Gabe Richards will not be a part of the starting five after a disjointed start to the preseason due to her netball commitments, while import Blake Dietrick will also come on..
06-Oct-2016
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Spirit sticking to process
Joel Peterson
PROCESS has been the buzzword of the Bendigo Spirit’s offseason, and that theme will continue as the team heads into its final preseason hitout on Friday. While the club has gone 2-0 heading into its final game before the start of the Women’s National Basketball League season, Be..
29-Sep-2016
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Square's grand return
Joel Peterson
AT three-quarter time last week, it looked as though Golden Square’s indifferent finals series was going to catch up with them and see the Bulldogs bundled out of finals. Square trailed Eaglehawk by 16 points going into the final term of their preliminary final clash, and the upstart B..
23-Sep-2016
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Rested Roos ready for grand final test
Joel Peterson
KANGAROO Flat will be out to stop Golden Square’s quest for back-to-back A-grade netball flags in it tracks when the sides meet in the showcase netball game on Saturday. The build up for both sides could not have been less similar, with Kangaroo Flat a picture of stability for the bett..
23-Sep-2016
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Pathways to the future
Bendigo Weekly
By Robert Stephenson Head of Campus, La Trobe University, Bendigo As a community, there are many things that we need to do to ensure that our region continues to develop and to remain economically and culturally vibrant. Increasing aspiration and participation in higher education is vital..
27-Jul-2015
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Reflections of life in Australia's golden age
Bendigo Weekly
One of this year’s guests is the eminent historian, Graeme Davison, whose latest book marks a distinct departure from his much praised histories such as The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne and Car Wars. After responding to a growing itch to explore his own family history, he has c..
10-Jul-2015
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Bright future
Christine McGinn
A HIDDEN gem in the heart of Bendigo has been revealed in plans to transform an unused space into a modern, outdoor bar. The local joint venture, Handle Bar, will tap into the vacant courtyard behind Get Naked Espresso Bar on Mitchell Street, and create a grassroots outdoor bar. ..
03-Jul-2015
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End of an era for Drew
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of Bendigo’s most respected and popular real estate agents has announced his retirement from an industry he has been part of for more than 39 years. Dungey Carter Ketterer director Drew Cahill joined the former Billings Cahill firm, based on View Point back in May 1976 before the busines..
26-Jun-2015
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School backs Discovery
Christine McGinn
GRADE three and four students at Quarry Hill Primary School have put pen to paper to save the Discovery Centre open. Colourful signs and handwritten messages addressed to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan are hanging on the walls of the school to keep the Discovery Centre. Grade four..
19-Jun-2015
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Snap the moment
Christine McGinn
LOOKING through the eyes of a person with autism, a new photographic initiative is set to flourish. The Eye Beauty disposable art exhibition will display the photos of 50 participating photographers who will capture their images with disposable cameras. “My idea is simple, give a d..
12-Jun-2015
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Budget 2013 - all the details
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo council has delivered a responsible draft budget that balances the need for growth against the need for efficiency. The budget includes a six per cent rates rise, $59.9million of capital works, $15.3m for drainage and the cutting in half of the municipal charge. Here is every..
05-Jun-2013
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Airport growth continues
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s new $1.5 million state-of-the-art aviation facility was officially opened today with the new MyJet headquarters to secure jobs and stimulate further investment at Bendigo Airport. Premier and Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine joined MyJet Managing Director Chris Ric..
31-May-2013
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Day zero for hospital - video
Anthony Radford
“TODAY is day zero.” With those words, Health Minister David Davis begins the biggest construction project in Bendigo’s history. Mr Davis announced this morning that the State Government has officially signed the contracts with the Exemplar Consortium, including developers Lend..
31-May-2013
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Role switch a matter of principal
Bendigo Weekly
Next Thursday a Weeroona College Bendigo student will switch places with the principal for a day. Students from all over Australia are being given the chance to take on the top job at their school – for a day – as part of a campaign to raise the profile and appreciation of school leade..
31-May-2013
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Back in the business
Bendigo Weekly
TWO of the best-known names in Bendigo real estate are making a welcome return to the industry. Four years after “retiring” Keith Sutherland and wife Karen are stepping back into the bling. With a combined experience of 50 years in the industry, the couple are starting up Sutherland ..
31-May-2013
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Idle prime land set for rethink
Rosemary Sorensen
The Victorian government is still backing the ambitious Central Victorian Innovation Park at Flora Hill, despite no new action on the site for the past decade. Greater Bendigo council is also eyeing off the well-situated land, opposite the university and alongside Strath Village retail precinc..
31-May-2013
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Perfect buns
Marika McMahon
Last week we talked about hot cross buns.This year I have taken it up a notch though, I’m intent on perfecting my own homebaked hot cross buns. In years gone past when I’ve attempted this, it has led to groans from the family and an Easter spent cleaning up flour from every nook a..
17-Apr-2014
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Fruity goodness time
Marika McMahon
I t’S the time of year when a woman’s thoughts turn to…the spicy fruity goodness of hot cross buns. Since New Year’s Day those six packs have sat in the supermarkets willing me to take them home, heated them up and smother them in butter. I have stood firm this ye..
11-Apr-2014
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Free cooking classes
Bendigo Weekly
Take a cooking class at this Saturday's Bendigo Community Farmers Market. Paul Pitcher, executive chef and owner of Bendigo restaurant The Woodhouse, is the demonstration chef this month and will be showing market attendees how to cook some of the local produce and smoke their own foods. U..
10-Apr-2014
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High time for high tea
Dianne Dempsey
Imagine this: champagne, delicious sandwiches, cakes, scones, tea and coffee. The grand tradition of Sunday High Tea is being revitalised by the Borough Club and is proving to be exceedingly popular with people who enjoy an opportunity to sit back and soak up some luxury. “High Tea is ..
04-Apr-2014
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Call me crackers
Marika McMahon
S ometimes you forget what great food businesses are in our own backyard, one that is worth remembering is Michel’s fine biscuits from Castlemaine. I could remind you of what a great business and employer they are; what a lovely person Michel is; what a great promoter of Central Victoria..
28-Mar-2014
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A golden opportunity awaits
Bendigo Weekly
GOLDEN GULLY 45 Golden Gully Road CR Martin Real Estate Melissa Thatcher 5440 7000/0408 298 873 Price $330,000 From CR Martin Real Estate comes the opportunity to buy a sizeable property in a surprise location. On Golden Gully Road the property is zoned for low-density living ..
21-Mar-2014
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Success story
Bendigo Weekly
Organisers have hailed last weekend’s Bendigo Writers Festival an outstanding success with record crowds taking part in the three-day event based in the city’s arts precinct. More than 6100 people flocked to the fourth BWF, including about 2500 students who took part in the annua..
14-Aug-2015
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Exploring Africa the tough way
Bendigo Weekly
There’s a reason even the most adventurous expeditioners don’t usually attempt to walk the length of the world’s longest river – in fact, there are multiple reasons, all exceedingly sound, as army-officer-turned-explorer Levison Wood knew when he fixed his sights on doing..
14-Aug-2015
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Text marks the spot
Bendigo Weekly
What do John Marsden, Alice Pung, Hazel Edwards and one fat wombat have in common? They’re all on the program for Text Marks the Spot, the free schools day as part of the Bendigo Writers Festival. La Trobe University creative writing lecturer Sue Gillett said the event was an oppor..
04-Aug-2015
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Book a date for festival
Bendigo Weekly
ORGANISERS of the 2015 Bendigo Writers Festival have built on the experiences of previous festivals in 2012, 2013 and 2014 to ensure this year’s event is better still. Feedback from previous festivals has highlighted areas where an already great festival can become even better, with n..
31-Jul-2015
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A MEMOIR OF SHY TIMES
Dianne Dempsey
Musician, broadcaster, journalist and teacher Sian Prior has hit the road. After spending the past four years working on her memoir Shy, and turning 50, she has given herself three months long service leave and with the aid of a campervan she’s currently a free-agent. The memoir, writt..
24-Jul-2015
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Festival hunts the good life
Bendigo Weekly
Former Greens Senator Bob Brown, internationally renowned commentator Tariq Ali, gourmet farmer Matthew Evans and more than 130 authors, essayists, philosophers, publishers, food writers and poets will come together for the 2015 Bendigo Writers Festival. They aim to explore what it means,..
17-Jul-2015
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