Cash break a winner for tennis complex
Joel Peterson
FOLLOWING a five-year wait, the Bendigo Tennis Association can proceed with the full $6.5 million redevelopment of its Nolan Street complex. Work is expected to begin on the new clubrooms and showcourt precinct on November 2, almost 31 years to the day since the clubrooms were officially ope..
07-Oct-2016
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Candidates in favour of improvement
Sharon Kemp
HARGREAVES Mall is likely to stay as it is for the next four years, with continued attempts to encourage visitors to the shopping precinct. The clear majority of 25 responding Greater Bendigo candidates to a Bendigo Weekly survey have said they want to retain and improve Hargreaves Mall. ..
07-Oct-2016
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View from above
Sharon Kemp
LAKE Eppalock and Bendigo’s historic city centre are expected to attract heavy drone traffic this summer, just as Melbourne’s beaches are likely to be illegally inundated. But operators have been warned to fly according to the rules ahead of what is expected to be a big buy up o..
07-Oct-2016
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Bendigo unemployment tumbles
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO is at the peak of an eight-year construction boom that is creating so many jobs, unemployment has halved in a year. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures put August 2016 unemployment at 3.9 per cent in Bendigo, half of what it was last year, as $750 million in projects under constr..
29-Sep-2016
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Countdown to the vote
Sharon Kemp
VOTERS can expect to receive ballot papers in the post as early as next week for the City of Greater Bendigo elections. Candidates are expecting many voters will fill in and return the paper soon after it is delivered, even though they have until October 21 to vote. The timing of electio..
29-Sep-2016
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More rain on the way
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S wettest September since 1979 is forecast to be even more so as the month draws to a close, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting up to 75 millimetres of rain into early next week. A rapidly developing low pressure system was expected to push into the state overnight, bri..
29-Sep-2016
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Healthy School
Operation plus at new hospital
Bendigo Weekly
So extensive is the new Bendigo Hospital, interventional suite senior manager Sasha Vedelsby has a 10-kilometre area of responsbility if she were to walk every corridor and into every room under her charge. Dr Vedelsby and general surgeon Manny Cao toured the construction site that within ei..
29-Apr-2016
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A fitting memorial
Bendigo Weekly
For many years Dorothy Selina Hocking cut rather a dash about town. As the proprietress of Selina’s Salon she would never dream of being seen in public without being dressed to the nines and her hair coiffured. Dorothy’s husband, Arthur Hocking, was a World War II hero. With..
22-Apr-2016
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Auctions a positive high
Bendigo Weekly
Three auctions for three sales equals a massive vote in confidence for Bendigo’s commercial real estate market. That’s the feedback from local real estate firms Tweed Sutherland First National and Dungey Carter Ketterer following three high profile auctions in the Bendigo central..
22-Apr-2016
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Sundial back in spotlight
Bendigo Weekly
The Mackay Sundial first erected in 1930 as a tribute to the then president of the Red Cross Society has been reinstated after a 26-year absence. The sundial was originally outside the Soldier’s Memorial Hall in Pall Mall in recognition of Mary Henderson Mackay, a prominent Bendigo re..
22-Apr-2016
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Engineering the future but respecting the past
Sharon Kemp
What stirs a former mayor, the youngest in Bendigo at the time, and now an award-winning Melbourne-based engineer, when he revisits the goldfields city? Chris Stoltz says the heritage heart of Bendigo tweaks his heartstrings, particularly the grand trio of buildings on Pall Mall – the ..
22-Apr-2016
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Raising funds for Kangaroo Flat centre
Bendigo Weekly
THE fundraising partnership of Bendigo Community Health Services and Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise is set to benefit residents and businesses wishing to donate to the Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre. The legal status of the BCHS means the donations will be tax ded..
22-Apr-2016
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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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Books chart Chinese link
Dianne Dempsey
Local historian Leigh McKinnon believes visitors to the Golden Dragon Museum have no idea of the many micro-communities of Chinese that were spread across the region. “People who have been buying our book Places Associated with Bendigo’s Historic Chinese Community have assumed t..
04-Dec-2015
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Dedication pays off for artist
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER a year of dedication, an exhibition featuring the work of Karen Annett-Thomas has opened at the Bendigo Art Gallery. The exhibition titled Out of Winter, is part of the gallery’s Going Solo initiative which gives contemporary artists living in central Victoria the opportunity to..
04-Dec-2015
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Festival fever
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 200 local retailers and businesses will take to the streets on December 5, when Bendigo’s inaugural Street Festival kicks off. Festival goers are being encouraged to “shop, explore, learn, taste and play” throughout central Bendigo’s different precincts, and..
27-Nov-2015
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Motorcyclists back on the toy run
Bendigo Weekly
Members of the Allies Motorcycle Club of Bendigo are again busy organising the annual Bendigo Motorcycle Toy Run, to be held Saturday, December 5. Previous toy runs have resulted in more than $50,000 of Christmas cheer being distributed to families in need throughout the community. Orga..
27-Nov-2015
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Institute renewed
Bendigo Weekly
THE California Gully Mechanics Institute is sporting a new look following a $240,000 upgrade. The building in School Street, California Gully dates back to 1853 and is owned by the City of Greater Bendigo council and managed and used by the Rotary Club of Eaglehawk. Council’s Andy ..
27-Nov-2015
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British India tours
Joel Peterson
There is no doubt that British India has come a long way since releasing Guillotine in 2007. The band’s first album was brash and bold, and subsequent releases followed a similar theme as the Melbourne band showed all the exuberance of youth in its music. So when the band’s l..
01-Oct-2015
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Midnight plus four
Joel Peterson
Being awake in the early hours of the morning, for most, is a struggle. So why then would anyone work exclusively between the hours of 12am and 4am? According to Sam Bentley, lead singer of Melbourne band The Paper Kites, “because it seemed like a good idea at the time”. ..
25-Sep-2015
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'Best yet' blues
Bendigo Weekly
An old stager headlines the newest stage for Bendigo’s ever‐growing Blues and Roots Music Festival when Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows rock Ulumburra Theatre on Saturday, November 7. Australian rock royalty, the Sorrows will share the bill with Backsliders and Hat Fitz and Cara as..
11-Sep-2015
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Gang of Youths on tap
Joel Peterson
Sydney rockers Gang Of Youths showcased why their first album debuted at number five on the ARIA charts earlier this year when they played Bendigo’s Taphouse last Thursday. The high-energy gig came after the group played a secret show from their mammoth tour bus as part of the future l..
04-Sep-2015
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Colleen comes home
Bendigo Weekly
In art, in film and, especially in music, you want to be moved. Once in a while, you hear a voice strike so deeply into your heart and mind, that you are transported to another world. A world of feeling and memory and imagination. Colleen Hewett’s voice does that. It may sound..
28-Aug-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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Rivalry fires up on biggest stage
Joel Peterson
DEPENDING on who you talk to, Bendigo and Mount Gambier either have a healthy respect for one another or it is perhaps a little more heated than either side is letting on. The Pioneers have been the side that has dominated the SEABL the past two seasons, but Bendigo has owned this year&rsquo..
09-Sep-2016
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Pioneers prove no easy task
Bendigo Weekly
MOUNT Gambier is a side that knows what big game pressure is all about. The Pioneers have won the last two SEABL titles, and have always come through in big games. They endured a chippy encounter against Hobart last week, in which two Pioneers players and Hobart coach Anthony Stewart wer..
09-Sep-2016
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Young Borough keeping things simple
Joel Peterson
IT isn’t often that you will hear a coach say that worrying less about results is a direct catalyst for getting them, but that has been the case for Eaglehawk and Luke Monaghan this year. Written off by many at the start of the Bendigo Football Netball League season, the Hawks endured ..
08-Sep-2016
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It’s time to be Brave
Joel Peterson
THE stakes may be higher but the preparation remains exactly the same for the Bendigo Braves ahead of Saturday night’s SEABL east conference final against Nunawading at Bendigo Stadium. The Braves won the right to host the game with a dominant performance against Brisbane two weeks ago..
02-Sep-2016
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Blazers sides battle on
Bendigo Weekly
FOUR of the five Central Vic Blazers sides will line up in finals this weekend in Hockey Victoria competitions. The Blazers’ Vic league two, women’s Vic league one, women’s Vic league one reserve and under-16 mixed pennant sides are all still in the finals. The men&rsqu..
02-Sep-2016
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Hamilton signs with Giant
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S Chris Hamilton has translated a brilliant 2016 season into a three-year professional deal with World Tour cycling team Giant-Alpecin for 2017. Hamilton won the national under-23 championship in January before going on to perform strongly at the Tour Down Under and Herald Sun ..
02-Sep-2016
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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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Plan ahead for the great Victorian ride
Bendigo Weekly
REGISTRATIONS for the 2015 RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride are now open. The largest multi-day bike ride in the southern hemisphere is expected to attract more than 3500 riders. This year’s main ride will showcase 540 kilometres of the Goldfields countryside over nine days. S..
12-Jun-2015
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Mural makes a mark
Bendigo Weekly
Local artist David Snowdon has started a mural on the south entrance of Bendigo Marketplace under the guidance of renowned artist Scottie Neoh, AKA Bonsai. Bonsai has completed works for Melbourne Central, Red Bull and the John Butler Trio and will be assisting Mr Snowdon in the installation ..
11-Jun-2015
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Festival to flourish
Bendigo Weekly
Satirist John Clarke and artist John Wolseley will team up for the closing event at Bendigo Writers Festival this year. The two friends, who share a love of nature and art, will be on stage at The Capital Theatre on Sunday August 9. “John Wolseley’s current exhibition at the ..
05-Jun-2015
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Bendigo knitters reach out
Dianne Dempsey
A perfect match has been made between the mothers of East Timor and Bendigo knitters. When a baby in East Timor receives their first immunisation, a knitted set is provided to the family. Each set contains a blanket, tiny wool hat, singlet, top and long socks for new-born babies. ..
05-Jun-2015
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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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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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Business council spreads the word
Bendigo Weekly
By Rosemary Sorensen Bendigo Business Council is stepping out, taking its message to the wider community. “Our membership and our sponsorship is growing,” executive officer Patrick Falconer said. “What our membership is telling us is they want us to be strong in advocacy. &..
31-May-2013
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Industry talks highlight export
Bendigo Weekly
From top-end technology to food and wine businesses, trade and its export potential was on the agenda when Kelvin Thomson came to Bendigo today. The Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Federal Member for Wills is in town to talk to local industry as part of a Trade Outreach Program. Wi..
31-May-2013
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Uni alliance aims for medical school
Bendigo Weekly
By Rosemary Sorensen An alliance with another university is the first step towards the creation of a medical school at La Trobe University Bendigo. Vice-Chancellor John Dewar announced the Murray-Darling partnership with Charles Sturt University, a regional-based university with campuses through..
30-May-2013
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Supermarket showdown
Anthony Radford
GREATER Bendigo council will vote on a report that recommends against a planned Woolworths supermarket for Strathfieldsaye, as an independent report details the financial concern of the project. The Woolworths plan on Club Court will go before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in J..
24-May-2013
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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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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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Mad hatters unite
Marika McMahon
A touch of crispness in the air and rolling grey skies overhead failed to dampen the enthusiasm of a sell out crowd at Bendigo’s final event for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Food Fossickers Mad Hatters picnic. The rejuvenated Botanic Gardens was the perfect spot for this showcas..
17-Mar-2014
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Mad as a hatter
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s Masons, The Woodhouse and The Brougham Arms will be joined by Castlemaine’s Public INN and Heathcote’s The Willow Room to compete for your patronage at the Bendigo Botanic Gardens this Sunday. The dishes are only $8 and don’t worry there will be a spirited amo..
14-Mar-2014
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Mussel mania
Marika McMahon
Whatever your weekend has in store, you need to make sure you kick off Saturday with a visit to the Bendigo Community Farmers Market. The footprint of the market is expanding this week, so there will be a few additional stalls for us to explore, including a mussel seller. So often I hear..
07-Mar-2014
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Cheese please
Marika McMahon
It’s a lot of fun thinking about locally-produced food and sharing it with you. And it’s been great to chat about the local restaurants and food scene. I love it when people approach me in the street following up something from this page. But there’s a gaping hole in this dis..
28-Feb-2014
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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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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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Memoirs in the award spotlight
Dianne Dempsey
The National Biography Award is Australia’s pre-eminent prize for biographical writing and memoirs. Since its inception the National Biography Award has been a champion of quality biographies. The six books on this year’s shortlist are: Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My F..
17-Jul-2015
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Cutting out the risk
Steve Kendall
RISK is scary. Not for any other reason than how easily a 15-year-old girl is lured into the fantasy world of online love. She thinks it’s love. This novel for young adults hooked me from page one, and I am way beyond young adult. It’s not about online dating or romance, it&rsq..
02-Jul-2015
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Vine romance
Dianne Dempsey
Put a vigneron and a chef together, mix with stories, erudition and Graeme Leith’s memoir of Passing Clouds, and you have one of the best sessions at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival. Conducted by Keith Sutherland, the session will no doubt cover the rich and passionate lives o..
26-Jun-2015
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A song of Scotland
Bendigo Weekly
A Scots Quair, A Trilogy By Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Polygon At the time of its publication A Scots Quair was considered by many publishers to be too hot to handle, not only because of its unabashed political agenda but because it was deeply sensual. Lewis Grassic Gibbon is the pseudonym ..
29-May-2015
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Biography event cancelled
Dianne Dempsey
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15-May-2015
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