Black spot funding promised
Bendigo Weekly
A Federal election commitment of $4.1 million from the Coalition to fix local road black spots throughout central Victoria has been welcomed by mayor Rod Fyffe. If the Coalition were re-elected $2.872m would be spent in Greater Bendigo. The Minister for Infrast..
03-Jun-2016
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Assange on the way
Peter Kennedy
Julian Assange will join the Bendigo Writers Festival in celebrating its fifth birthday in August when he appears in a live video link interview with La Trobe University academic professor Robert Manne. The controversial WikiLeaks founder remains a subject of much fascination around the worl..
03-Jun-2016
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Industry needs price change
Peter Kennedy
THE head of a local supermarket group has called for changes in the besieged dairy industry as a means of ensuring its future survival. Executive chairman of Champions IGA group Brendon Goddard is a former auditor and accountant, who also used to run a dairy farm of 270 cows. Mr Goddard ..
03-Jun-2016
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Calls continue for medical training
Sharon Kemp
THE proposed Murray Darling medical school would require a training facility to be built near the Bendigo Hospital, according to La Trobe University vice-chancellor John Dewar. Despite missing out on promises of funding in the lead-up to the federal election, proponents La Trobe..
03-Jun-2016
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Healthy future planned
Sharon Kemp
FUNDING will end for some of the City of Greater Bendigo’s community health initiatives on June 30 just as promising results were being delivered. Bendigo Health will take over management of the Healthy Together Bendigo program as of July 1 but some of the initiatives, including the Re..
03-Jun-2016
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Drug drivers on the rise
Sharon Kemp
A BENDIGO educator who provides drink and drug driving training in prisons said 50 per cent of program trainees were in the course for drug driving, and the number driving under the influence of methylamphetamine was on the rise. Mary Cuskelly, program facilitator for private sector service..
03-Jun-2016
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Property Guide
Park music a hot start
Bendigo Weekly
EASTER celebrations will kick off tonight with a free music event in Rosalind Park from 6pm to 10pm featuring Perth band Tired Lion and supporting local bands. This free night of music in Rosalind Park is presented by the City of Greater Bendigo’s FReeZA youth events team, Mic Up Produ..
24-Mar-2016
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Jodie has her own moment
Dianne Dempsey
When the City of Greater Bendigo invited its citizens to recreate Marilyn Monroe’s famous pose from the Seven Year Itch, Jodie Wiegard couldn’t resist the opportunity. As production manager of clothing at the Morley Emporium, Jodie works in design and clothes production. &..
24-Mar-2016
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Top end selling well
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of Bendigo’s most historic homes has been sold. Lansellstowe, built by George Lansell for one of his sons in 1913, is a three-storey ornate mansion, located at 60 Barkly Terrace in one of the city’s most sought after areas. Tweed Sutherland First National managing directo..
18-Mar-2016
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Foo Dongs reunited after auction chase
Bendigo Weekly
It was with some excitement that the director of the Golden Dragon Museum Anita Jack found a rare Foo Dong, or lion dog, for sale in the Theodore Bruce auction catalogue last month. “I was reading their ad in The Age and nearly choked on my coffee,” she laughed. “I real..
18-Mar-2016
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Weekly has a new journo
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Weekly is pleased to welcome to the newsroom a journalist with more than two decades’ reporting and teaching experience, Sharon Kemp. Sharon served her cadetship 20 years ago at the WA daily tabloid the Kalgoorlie Miner where she specialised in mining news. At The West..
18-Mar-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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Days on the market fall
Bendigo Weekly
There are a number of market indicators which chart the state wide, and local, performance of the property sector. This includes the average length of time that homes in each town or city take to sell, known as median days on market. The latest REIV data shows a number of regional towns acr..
28-Aug-2015
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Collectors back on show
Steve Kendall
THE Annual Arms and Collectables Show returns next weekend. It’s a timely reminder as a winner from last year returns with his antique clocks. Les Lewis from Strathfieldsaye has a fascinating collection, what’s more, as well as collecting them he is also talented enough to b..
14-Aug-2015
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Red rebels gear up for a rebellion
Bendigo Weekly
Although it happened well over 160 years ago the Red Ribbon Rebellion was a turning point in Bendigo’s colourful gold rush history. Originally held in 1853, this peaceful protest march was directed against the payment of what the diggers called a tax – a licence fee for the right..
10-Aug-2015
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Rifle alight
Bendigo Weekly
ABOUT 120 Rifle Brigade Hotel patrons were evacuated on Friday night after a fire started in the chimney. Five CFA appliances including a specialised ladder vehicles were called to the fire about 10.30pm. CFA senior station officer Darren Eenjes said residue had built up in the flue of t..
06-Jul-2015
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Search for missing Craigieburn man
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are searching for a 35-year-old Craigieburn man in the Knowsley State Forest this morning. Chris Lieutier was last seen riding a red quad bike in the forest near Axedale near McIvor Highway after 2.30pm on Sunday. Police are concerned for Mr Lieutier’s welfare as he has cere..
06-Jul-2015
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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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Current Issue

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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Rocker’s tour set to roll on
Christine McGinn
HEADING back on the road, five-time ARIA winner Ian Moss is embarking on a solo regional tour. One of Australia’s most iconic musicians, Moss is taking his distinctive vocals on a solo, Six Strings Classics Tour, this May to July. Moss will be performing all the classic hits from his Si..
29-May-2015
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Birth of a new OZ musicial
Dianne Dempsey
It was a tense moment for Bendigo last Saturday when the curtain went up on its first home grown professional production – Ned. And it was quite an opening scene. Superimposed over the centre of the performance space was a ghostly and terrible spectre – a hologram of Ned Kelly&rsq..
29-May-2015
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Surrender to the music
Bendigo Weekly
RISING Aboriginal singer and songwriter Dewayne Everettsmith is headed to Bendigo tomorrow. Having grown up listening to American artists Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles, Everettsmith says being Aboriginal doesn’t really influence his music. “Being Aboriginal is something I was ..
22-May-2015
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Walking with Wilhelm
Bendigo Weekly
Let us imagine how Wilhelm Charles Vahland would react were he to emerge like Dr Who from his Tardis on top of the Rosalind Park poppet head? To gaze about on a clear day, then descend and explore the city he and a few colleagues created during the decades of phenomenal wealth from the 1850s ..
22-May-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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Braves off to a flying start
Joel Peterson
DEFENCE has been the difference so far this season for the Bendigo Braves. The Braves have won their past five games since losing against Mount Gambier in their second match and are 6-1 through seven games, holding the mantle as the SEABL’s best defensive team. Bendigo’s&rsqu..
06-May-2016
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Spirit star says farewell
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Spirit coach Simon Pritchard has described team captain Kelly Wilson's departure as a shock and a huge loss for the club. The club was informed of Wilson's intention to move on last night, and is now chasing an import guard to replace the two-time WNBL champion. "I was shocked, a..
05-May-2016
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Pioneers set for Sunday showdown
Joel Peterson
A MAJOR opportunity for a second win awaits the Bendigo Pioneers this weekend when they travel to Ballarat to take on North Ballarat Rebels on Sunday. Bendigo (1-3) heads to Eureka Stadium to meet the Rebels (also 1-3) after a narrow loss to Oakleigh under lights at the QEO last Friday. ..
29-Apr-2016
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Thunder rolls on
Joel Peterson
THEY may be without a coach and a president on the eve of the Victorian Women’s Football League season, but Bendigo Thunder star Emma Grant is confident her team will be ready to roll on Sunday when the side meets Port Melbourne in their season opener. The Thunder was thrown into turmo..
29-Apr-2016
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By George, it's tough
Joel Peterson
CAPTAINING a struggling young side is not a challenge that George Mcheileh expected when came to Bendigo, but it is one that he is taking in his stride. Thrust into the role in only his second season with the club, the 22-year-old has one of the toughest jobs going around. He has always ..
29-Apr-2016
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Opals dream over
Joel Peterson
KELSEY Griffin’s Olympic dream is over, but the Bendigo Spirit linchpin is determined to represent her new home country in coming years. Griffin was cut from the Opals squad this week after participating in recent camps with the squad in Canberra and Gosford. She missed out on bein..
22-Apr-2016
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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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Grandmothers raise detention awareness
Dianne Dempsey
It is a long way from Bendigo to Darwin, but the children who are kept in detention centres in Australia’s top end are kept close by - in the hearts of Bendigo’ grandmothers and their friends. Almost 60 people gathered on the steps of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral this mont..
18-Feb-2015
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Roll up for netball
Bendigo Weekly
This Sunday, the Bendigo Northern Flames Junior Netball Club will host their inaugural player registration day. It will run from 10am until noon at the netball courts at the Epsom Recreation Reserve, Epsom, with the opportunity for children to also participate in some free netball activitie..
06-Feb-2015
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Girls wanna have 50s fun
Steve Kendall
THE 1950s was the era of rock ‘n’ roll and great cars, and of course the bombshells. Two Bendigo waitresses have taken history in hand and spend a lot of their time dressing and living the 50s dream, and this Valentine’s Day will be representing our city in Ballarat. Go..
30-Jan-2015
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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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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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BANK CUTS RATES
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Bank has announced it will reduce its variable home loan rates by 0.25 per cent, passing on Tuesday's Reserve Bank rate cut in full. Managing director Mike Hirst said the bank’s pricing decisions aimed to strike a balance between the interests of all stakeholders – its..
09-Dec-2011
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Bank steps up
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has joined the ranks of Australia’s A-rated banks following an upgrade announced by Standard and Poor’s. S and P’s decision to raise the bank’s long-term rating from BBB+ to A– means the bank is now rated A by all three of the world&rsq..
06-Dec-2011
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City can light the way
Ben Cameron
Bendigo can be a national leader in the changing world of energy production, green-conscious City if Greater Bendigo councillor Keith Reynard said this week. Cr Reynard, also the chairman of the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance, said energy production would change significantly in..
18-Nov-2011
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Go with the flow
Rosemary Sorensen
Water – a dry topic, you’d think. But the new chairman of Coliban Water sets to explaining the corporation and its objectives with a zeal that is infectious. Bubbling like a spring creek, Andrew Cairns takes to the topic enthusiastically. That’s not..
20-Oct-2011
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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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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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Food Fossickers back in season
Vicki Harrington
Food Fossickers is a member-based network of passionate food industry individuals and businesses united in their passion for seeing delicious, nutritious, great quality and seasonal, local food on local plates. Food Fossickers is an incorporated association with big dreams to help achieve their vi..
17-Oct-2013
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Gluten off the menu
Bendigo Weekly
A SOLD out crowd poured into Bendigo to talk all things gluten-free on Sunday. Bendigo hosted Coeliac Victoria’s annual regional conference, drawing a crowd from across the region, to discover the health benefits of a gluten-free lifestyle. Coeliac disease affects one in 70 Australians. ..
10-Oct-2013
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High Street style in Heathcote
Bendigo Weekly
City folks, Judy and Peter Maine have ditched their desk jobs in the big smoke to open up a country homewares store in the old Top Hat building in humble Heathcote. Their dream shop, Rutherford&Maine, became a reality last week after weeks of preparation. “We basically gutted, stripped..
27-Sep-2013
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Bendigo on show
Vicki Harrington
Since 1995 the winemakers of Bendigo have been running a unique moveable feast event to showcase the best of Bendigo. Held annually on the second weekend of October, this year’s Bendigo Wealth Heritage Uncorked will be on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13. Participants can spend..
26-Sep-2013
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Moving feasts
Bendigo Weekly
Thanks to a unique composting network between a local restaurant and Bendigo’s Peppergreen Farm, one man’s kitchen scraps now become another’s fresh produce, so to speak. Originally a Chinese market garden until the 1950s, the farm became a plant nursery and is now a community pa..
19-Sep-2013
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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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The First Lot
Dianne Dempsey
The First Lot 7th Battalion. The first men of the Bendigo district to volunteer for service in the First World War Larna Malone. We had driven the Turks back three miles and had followed them up, when ‘I stopped one’. I was lying behind a small bush when I got hit in the sid..
14-Nov-2014
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The Undertaker's Wife
Bendigo Weekly
The Undertaker’s Wife Val Case $15 What does a life model think about while posing for many hours in front of budding Rembrandts? For Castlemaine’s Val Case, much of the time has been spent transporting herself into the pages of her first novel, The Undertaker&rs..
07-Nov-2014
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Book review
Bendigo Weekly
Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead Rebecca James Allen and Unwin $19.99 Cooper Bartholomew falls to his death from a cliff, and in the opening scene, he tells us from beyond the grave, “I never imagined I would die like this”. When Cooper’s girlfriend, Libby, is tol..
31-Oct-2014
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A love of rural romance
Dianne Dempsey
Tours by authors are not uncommon but when the writer lives four hours south-east of Perth, then you have to be impressed by the distance travelled. Visiting Dymocks bookstore in Bendigo last week and the Bendigo Weekly office, Fiona Palmer, along with her publicist from Penguin, was clearly ..
24-Oct-2014
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