GARRETT BOOKS INTO BENDIGO
Peter Kennedy
Bendigo Writers Festival is building on the success of this year’s event by hosting authors on tour with popular new books. The first BWF Bookmark event will be on October 17, when Midnight Oil frontman turned politician Peter Garrett will talk about his memoir, Big Blue Sky. He w..
25-Sep-2015
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LA TROBE IN $50M REVAMP
Laura Hurley
La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus is set for a $50 million makeover as part of a rejuvenation project announced on Wednesday. Vice chancellor John Dewar said around $50m would be spent at the Bendigo campus over five years, with a new dedicated engineering building and a new bus int..
25-Sep-2015
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LONG ROAD AHEAD FOR NDIS
Laura Hurley
Disability service providers have welcomed an announcement giving a starting date for the National Disability Insurance Scheme in central Victoria, but say there is a long road ahead before the region is ready. Last week Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters and Victorian premier Daniel A..
25-Sep-2015
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PREMIER SIGNS OFF ON NDIS
Steve Kendall
Federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters MP met Victorian Labor Premier Daniel Andrews at Parliament House in Canberra this week for the signing of a historic agreement. The bilateral agreement with the Federal Government is the first step of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (N..
18-Sep-2015
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HOLIDAY TRADE A FIZZER
Laura Hurley
Businesses around Bendigo could be feeling the pinch on October 2, following the decision by the state government to introduce a public holiday the Friday preceding the AFL grand final. Some retail, tourism and hospitality businesses have said they will shut their doors on the Friday, saying..
18-Sep-2015
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NURSES BACK RATIO CHANGE
Laura Hurley
Local nurses have welcomed a promise from the state government to introduce legislation to guarantee a minimum nurse-to-patient ratio as set out in current enterprise agreements. Victorian premier Daniel Andrews and health minister Jill Hennessy made the announcement last month, saying that ..
18-Sep-2015
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Property Guide
Family violence fix a top focus for Labor
Bendigo Weekly
Funding for family violence services was top of the agenda when Shadow Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus QC, joined Lisa Chesters and Chris Sedgman, acting executive officer of the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre for a tour of the Magistrates’ Courts in Bendigo yesterday. Ms Cheste..
31-Jul-2015
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Home starts still on a high
Bendigo Weekly
THE Housing Industry Association has released information pointing to a peak in new home starts, which it expects to remain at a very high level in 2015/16. HIA chief economist Harley Dale said it’s likely that new dwelling commencements peaked at a record level of 215,000 in the financi..
31-Jul-2015
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Strategy for homes
Bendigo Weekly
An eight-day hearing into a planning scheme amendment to allow for the implementation of the Greater Bendigo Residential Strategy began this week. The hearings are being conducted by an independent panel appointed by the planning minister, with 67 submissions to be considered, including 27 ..
24-Jul-2015
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Help out at the tree plant day
Joel Peterson
Members of the community are invited to come along and help plant 4000 native plants alongside the Bendigo Creek as part of National Tree Day. The City of Greater Bendigo is holding a community tree planting along the Bendigo Creek in White Hills to celebrate the 20th National Tree Day betw..
24-Jul-2015
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Shorten at the show
Steve Kendall
OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten was among thousands of visitors to the Australian Sheep and Wool show last weekend. Mr Shorten seemed to have forgotten the trials of recent weeks politically to spend time with his family. “It was great to spend the day in Bendigo at the Australian Sh..
24-Jul-2015
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Collection offers support to art
Dianne Dempsey
Once upon a time there were the Medicis, the Visconti, the Sforza, patrons of the arts who underwrote the Italian Renaissance. In contemporary Australia their equivalent is represented by individuals such as Arthur Guy, Harold Mitchell and on a regional level, Rod Fyffe. The uniqu..
17-Jul-2015
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Favourite rides around Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Grab your bike and cycling mates and tick off these favourite local rides. Short rides Start at the north end of Lake Weeroona near the rowing sheds and cross Weeroona Avenue to head down the Bendigo Creek trail. It’s a slightly downhill, fully sealed five kilometres to Howard Street Ep..
06-Mar-2015
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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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Walking for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
Walking with a cause, Sylvia and Kelly Phan are pulling on their runners to tackle the 60 kilometre Peter MacCallum walk to end women’s cancers. The local women are pulling on their trainers in support of cancer research to help find a cure. “We both need to raise $2000 each in or..
06-Feb-2015
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A night to remember
Nick Atyeo
Students and staff of Flora Hill High from the late 1970s can relive memories of school life at the Class of 76 to 79 Reunion - with a fun night of catching up with former students at the Exchange Restaurant, early next month. Ex-student and Flora Hill High cross-country champion, Leonnie Tre..
16-Jan-2015
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Skiers aim for the top
Christine McGinn
Riding the wave of success, three disabled men have their sights sets to waterski for Australia this September. Local Jason Sleep is gearing up to compete and coach his team to victory at the waterski world championships in Sacramento this year. Paraplegic and double amputee Mr Sleep said the..
09-Jan-2015
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Last chance to donate a toy
Bendigo Weekly
SATURDAY, November 29 is your last chance to donate to a toy run. Hairem Scarem's Annual Toy Run is on again this year. "Help us put joy in the hearts of children by donating toys to those in need at Christmas," owner Emily Gartside said. "You can donate toys by dropping them off at..
28-Nov-2014
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Police ramp up efforts
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Police set up three preliminary breath tests on Eaglehawk Road today. The PBTs are part of the state-wide annual Operation RAID which focuses on removing all drink and drug drivers from our roads now until December 7. A police spokesperson said there would be a high visible presenc..
21-Nov-2014
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FIRES BLAZES OUT OF CONTROL
Bendigo Weekly
CFA were called to an "out of control" bushfire in Ravenswood on Sunday evening. Four CFA vehicles attended the small grass and scrub fire on Old Coach Road about 7pm. Duty officer Bruce Quarrier said the CFA controlled the fire within 30 minutes. Locals are reminded fire restrictions ..
17-Nov-2014
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ANOTHER RAVENSWOOD INCIDENT
Bendigo Weekly
A 35 year old Golden Square man collided with a tree on the Calder Highway this morning. The man veered off the road, just before the Calder Alternative Highway, about 6.45am. Bendigo Police Sergeant Tony Kekich said they were investigating the possibility of fatigue. The man was taken ..
14-Nov-2014
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Police cork alcohol thefts
Bendigo Weekly
Plain-clothed and uniformed police officers will patrol local liquor stores in a bid to reduce alcohol thefts. Bendigo's liquor stores and police are working together to prevent and catch crime in the community. Sergeant Led Ladner said an operation had been running for two months, with very ..
13-Nov-2014
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Ute smashes into drain
Christine McGinn
A Ford Falcon came off the road in Maiden Gully this afternoon. The car was travelling North-East on Wicks Roads when a kangaroo appeared. The car came off the road into a concrete drain, missing the marsupial about 12.50pm. The driver, aged in his 40s, was not injured but the car was t..
12-Nov-2014
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Fire in Eaglehawk
Bendigo Weekly
CFA responded to a grass fire in Eaglehawk this morning. The Howard Street blaze on the side of the road happened about 10am. An acre of grass was burnt during the incident. CFA were able to control and put out the fire. Victoria Police are currently investigating the cause of the ..
12-Nov-2014
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Ella calls for a song
Steve Kendall
Aria award winner and former front of Killing Heidi Ella Hooper is putting her name and judging talents behind The Melbourne Music Bank, a competition for regional music acts. The competition encourages musicians and bands from Victoria to enter. Entrants must submit an original song that ..
15-Aug-2014
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Killick takes stage
Christine McGinn
Cracking a joke or 12, stand-up comedian Bev Killick will take to the stage this September. With two decades of live performance up her sleeve, Bev will take her brash and bold humour to the Shamrock Hotel on September 4. Known for her work on Kath and Kim, Fat Pizza and even “Busting O..
14-Aug-2014
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A night to remember
Bendigo Weekly
SISTERS Doll are three brothers who aim to possess their audience with the power of live performance. They are at the Music Man Bendigo on August 16 with Path of Destruction, so be ready for some noise. Sisters Doll kick-started in 2010 jamming in their back shed with a passion, love and d..
08-Aug-2014
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Many strings to her bow
Steve Kendall
VIOLINIST Stephanie Eldridge now calls Bendigo home. But her passion for accessible music performance and education has enabled her to travel all across Australia. She performs nationally and teaches strings at seven schools across Bendigo and Melbourne, and is an educator with the philan..
01-Aug-2014
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Vance Joy dreams away
Bendigo Weekly
Triple J hottest 100's 2014 winner Vance Joy is set to release his new album on September 5. For his only Australian performance before the end of the year, Vance Joy will launch the album, Dream Your Life Away, in Melbourne. In recent weeks, Vance Joy released Mess Is Mine, the lead s..
31-Jul-2014
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Second album gives Steve a reason to party
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo's Steve Lane and the Autocrats introduced themselves in 2011 with their debut album The Romance Of Communication. Now they are back with their second album, Birds Taking Flight. To celebrate this the band is on tour, including Castlemaine. For this tour, Steve’s son Kai Lane U&rs..
26-Jul-2014
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Sore end to tour
Joel Peterson
ZAK Dempster is determined not to let his Tour de France define his 2015 season, after he was forced to withdraw from his second participation in the great race last week. Dempster tells the Weekly in an exclusive column (http://www.bendigoweekly.com.au/news/zak-adds-perspective-to-tour-exit..
24-Jul-2015
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Zak adds perspective to tour exit
Bendigo Weekly
I like to think I have the perspective to understand that sport is only sport in the end. In the grand scheme of things the result doesn’t actually matter. I’ve come to understand that although winning races is what I dream of, I used to link it pretty closely to whether I was co..
24-Jul-2015
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Join the family
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Spirit fans have had a pre-season win, with the club unveiling heavily reduced membership packages this week ahead of the 2015/16 season. Reductions of at least $50 are on offer across the range of memberships the club offers. The new membership packages are about getting as many..
23-Jul-2015
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Serious intent
Joel Peterson
HE may be a self-confessed joker off the court, but when he hits the hardwood Tony Lewis is as intense and serious as they come. It is that intensity that not only won him the South East Australian Basketball League Most Valuable Player award last season, but has seen him become the driving fo..
17-Jul-2015
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Calivil marks 125 years
Joel Peterson
CALIVIL United Football Netball Club is gearing up for one of the biggest weekends in its history, when the club celebrates its 125th anniversary next Saturday. The Loddon Valley Football league side has been extremely successful over the journey, and will take on arch rivals Mitiamo in what..
10-Jul-2015
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Gala time for footy
Joel Peterson
COUNTRY Victoria’s best footballers will take their skills to the Queen Elizabeth Oval on Saturday when AFL Victoria Country takes on the Victorian Amateurs for the bi-annual Brian Molony Cup. Vic Country will take on the VAFA in three matches – with under-19s kicking..
09-Jul-2015
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Market moves on food waste
Anthony Radford
THE Bendigo Community Farmers Market will be hosting an initiative to cut food waste this Saturday. The idea is to share simple ways to help residents stop wasting food and in turn boost their family budget. Greater Bendigo council Waste Services manager Simon Clay said in 2010 a Sustainab..
11-Jul-2014
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Bosom Buddies are back
Steve Kendall
NOT content with raising $42,000, the Bosom Buddies are stepping up their game. The team of 14 walkers are setting off again next year on a 60 kilometre repeat in a bid to pull in more cash. They have some serious extra backing this year. “Brikkitta from D-Club has come on boar..
04-Jul-2014
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Bella goes to great lengths
Steve Kendall
A LONG Gully youngster is making a practical input for cancer care. Eight-year-old Bella Lightburn is cutting off her waist-length hair for Pantene’s beautiful lengths campaign. Her hair will be made into a wig for a cancer sufferer. Bella also will be raising money for Camp Qualit..
13-Jun-2014
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Heads up on foxes
Christine McGinn
HUNTERS have recorded a milestone, bringing in more than 40,000 fox scalps to the local Epsom collection station. Greater Bendigo and surrounds’ hunters have fired up to participate in the State Government’s bounty scheme to reduce numbers of wild foxes. More than 1100 fox scal..
06-Jun-2014
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Cubby house a community effort
Bendigo Weekly
The children of the Golden Square Kindergarten celebrated the opening of their new purpose-built cubby house recently, with the help of a special guest. The building of the cubby was made possible thanks to a grant from the Kangaroo Flat and District Community Enterprise and sponsorship from..
23-May-2014
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Having a ball
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo council has revealed details of its annual mayoral ball. Mayor Barry Lyons and wife Betty have invited the community to take part in the July 5 event at the Town Hall. Cr Lyons said he looked forward to celebrating Bendigo at its finest. “Betty and I look forwa..
23-May-2014
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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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DEFENCE COMPANY SOLD
Anthony Radford
ONE of Bendigo's most well-known and successful companies has been sold to overseas interests. Australian Defence Apparel, which has a manufacturing plant in East Bendigo, has been making clothes and uniforms for police, emergency services and Australia's Defence Force for 99 years. The co..
11-Jul-2011
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Bank's new director - video
Anthony Radford
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has announced the appointment of former Ericsson chief executive officer Jacqueline Hey to its Board of Directors. Ms Hey was previously CEO of Ericsson in the UK and in Australia. She worked with Ericsson for more than 20 years in finance, marketing, sales and l..
06-Jul-2011
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Making sense of business
Life-changing was how the graduates described the Grow Your Business program. “Finding the support for local business, and to be given the chance to survive is a gift,” Sharon Carlson of twenty 2, a cafe in Williamson Street, said. “It gave us a chance to complete a bus..
06-May-2011
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Cooks and Kids make gnocchi
Bendigo Weekly
Making beetroot gnocchi with Sonia of Masons Bendigo After we put on our aprons we listened to Sonia from Masons for our first instructions. The first instruction was easily done but when it came to squeezing the potatoes through the rice squeezer we had some difficulty. It was fun when w..
09-Aug-2013
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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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Youngsters have the first look at festival
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S youngest readers will be the first to get a glimpse of what’s in store for this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival. Teachers at schools across the city will receive notices next week announcing two award-winning writers who will take part in Schools Day on Friday, Augu..
07-Mar-2014
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Salon survival
Dianne Dempsey
The stereotypical book club consists of a group of women of a very certain age who meet on a regular basis. They usually read The Broken Shore by Peter Temple, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak over a glass of wine and some cheese. When my friend and I d..
28-Feb-2014
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A coming of age
Vanessa Hughes
The Lost Child by Suzanne McCourt The Text Publishing Company $29.99 “You weren’t really wanted,” a classmate tells young Sylvie Meehan, in Suzanne McCourt’s The Lost Child. “My mother says they only had you because they were trying to save a breaking marria..
21-Feb-2014
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The value of every moment
Vanessa Hughes
Inside Trader by Ronald “Trader” Faulkner. Scribe. Published February 2014 RRP $35 When a friend suggested to Ronald “Trader” Faulkner that he write an autobiography his reaction was: “What would be the point? Who would be interested in an ageing actor fro..
07-Feb-2014
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A clue to the puzzle
Vanessa Hughes
Cluetopia by David Astle Allen & Unwin, $29.99 Cluetopia, David Astle’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the invention of the crossword, is written in Astle’s engaging and conversational style. Astle explores the crossword’s history from its birth in 1913, when..
31-Jan-2014
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Floods of praise
Vanessa Hughes
Floodline Kathryn Heyman Allen & Unwin, Paperback $29.99 On the eve of its annual gay Mardi Gras the town of Horneville is destroyed by a flood. Mikey Brown, founding member of Pentecostal church NuDay and host of its cable show, Shopping for Jesus, embarks on a mission of mercy with..
17-Jan-2014
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