Bendigo Mag Summer 14-15
City hosts multi-faith council
Christine McGinn
Bendigo was the first regional city to host the Victoria Police’s Multi-Faith Council today. The council made a decisive move to make its first stop, outside of Melbourne, to our city yesterday. Esteemed leaders of faith and ethnic diversity gathered at the Bendigo Police station to dis..
04-Dec-2014
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Andrews moves on ambos
Bendigo Weekly
PREMIER-elect Daniel Andrews has promised to end the Code Red ambulance campaign with moves to ensure their conditions. Mr Andrews announced on Monday his first act would end the long-running dispute between paramedics and the Coalition Government. Mr Andrews has called for Ambulance Victoria..
02-Dec-2014
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Bickley concedes
Christine McGinn
Liberal candidate for Bendigo East Greg Bickley conceded defeat this afternoon. Mr Bickley gave his congratulations to Labor’s Jacinta Allan on her re-election to the seat. "I have just telephoned Jacinta Allan to congratulate her on retaining the seat of Bendigo East. Almost 40 per ..
01-Dec-2014
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POST OFFICE THEFT - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
Police were called to an alleged theft at the Bendigo East post office this afternoon. Acting Sergeant Byron Hanson said police were called to the incident about 2.45pm. Police want to speak to a 50 year old man with a medium build regarding the alleged theft. ..
01-Dec-2014
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Housing tops agenda
Christine McGinn
Greater Bendigo council will table several big ticket items at this Wednesday’s meeting. The city’s Housing Needs Analysis will also be on the table with 53.9 per cent of local rental properties considered affordable. The report compares our housing affordability to other non-metr..
01-Dec-2014
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Police target drivers
Christine McGinn
Drug and alcohol-affected drivers were the target of police efforts this weekend. More than 1500 preliminary breath tests and 31 preliminary oral fluid tests were conducted on our roads this weekend. A 28 year old Bendigo man recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.085 and was fined $443. ..
01-Dec-2014
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Man dies in crash
Bendigo Weekly
A 33-year old Cranbourne North man has died in a car crash at Myola this morning. Leading Senior Constable Paul Turner said police were investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal crash. “Investigators believe that the car was traveling north on the Northern Highway around 6.4..
10-Jul-2014
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Two cars collide in Golden Square
Bendigo Weekly
Two cars collided in Golden Square this afternoon. The incident occurred on Marong and Happy Valley roads about 4.45pm. Bendigo Police Sergeant Jason Burke said it was a minor car crash but one vehicle was leaking fuel. Both drivers were treated and assessed for shock at the sc..
09-Jul-2014
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Jewellery worth $30,000 missing
Bendigo Weekly
A New South Wales woman has lost $30,000 worth of antique jewellery in Marong. The woman was travelling from a border town to Melbourne for her chronically ill daughter’s treatment with the seven pieces of jewellery. The woman took the jewellery to Melbourne for quotes for work and clea..
09-Jul-2014
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Crash closes highway - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
A motor home crashed near Goornong on Tuesday afternoon, closing the Midland Highway. No one was trapped in the accident, which occurred just before 3pm. The accident occurred about two kilometres north of the Bendigo-Murchinson Road intersection. The road was reopened in both..
08-Jul-2014
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Flora Hill knife drama
Bendigo Weekly
A woman was taken into police custody and interviewed after being found with a knife. Bendigo Police picked up the woman on Edwards Rd in Flora Hill about 3.45pm today. The blonde woman was carrying the knife as she walked towards the ambulance station. Bendigo Police have ..
07-Jul-2014
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Local rescued from Mt Bogong
Bendigo Weekly
A North Bendigo man is one of two people who were rescued from Victoria’s highest mountain One man remains at Mount Beauty hospital and the other has been released. Police spent the night searching for the 35 year old North Bendigo man and a 33 year old Box Hill man after the bushwal..
06-Jul-2014
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Geoff sings the blues
Bendigo Weekly
Following on from his sold out Blues Tram performance of last weekend, Geoff Achison, Australia’s patron saint of the Blues, is set to perform a rare free-entry show, in the recently refurbished beer-garden of the Hotel Shamrock. Geoff will be the headline act at this year’s Bend..
04-Jul-2013
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Blasko out of hiding
Steve Kendall
SARAH BLASKO spends a lot of time in quiet, solo reflection.Self-imposed and productive, this singer says she has become comfortable with the situation. That’s not to say Sarah does not enjoy the limelight and is touring regional Australia on the back of a European and metropolitan Austr..
28-Jun-2013
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Josh back on the tram
Bendigo Weekly
The next Blues tram takes off on Saturday, June 29, with Geoff Achison and Josh Owen playing. The Blues Tram is now into its second year of running. Such is the success of the event they have to use a bigger tram. Organiser Julius Portai is confident the event will grow. “Perf..
21-Jun-2013
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Awakening King Kong
Christine McGinn
King Kong is a theatrical production of colliding creativity; majestic puppetry and a dismissible storyline. Weighing over one tonne, King Kong, is the creative vision of developers, Global Creatures, defying the rules of puppetry. Armed with 10 on-stage puppeteers and 15 industrial serv..
18-Jun-2013
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Something was great
Bendigo Weekly
THE not-so-secret Something for Kate guerilla gig drew a solid mix of fans and media into the Bendigo Centre on Wednesday. Something for Kate performed in the dry, competing with the sound of the city and the rain. The four-piece played five tracks with snare, acoustic bass and guitar and the ci..
14-Jun-2013
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Sarah Blasko to play Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Sarah Blasko is playing the Capital, Bendigo on July 31. After spending time in Paris, supporting the release of her album and performing throughout Europe, she has returned to Australia for the tour. Accompanied by her long time band, Sarah will travel to regional Australia. She will also b..
06-Jun-2013
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Opals guard remains with Spirit
Bendigo Weekly
Australian Opals guard Kelly Wilson has reaffirmed her loyalty to Bendigo Bank Spirit's quest for a third WNBL title, signing on with the team for two more seasons. The dependable Wilson is a former league rookie of the year and has broken through into the Opals team off the back of her stel..
29-Jul-2014
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RARE BFL MEDAL UP FOR AUCTION
Bendigo Weekly
A rare Bendigo Football League Premiership medal is being auctioned. Melbourne auction company Mossgreen is auctioning the rare 1925 South Bendigo premiership medal. The 9ct gold football-shaped medal with chain is engraved with ‘H.M. Leggo Trophy, Bendigo League, Premiers 1925, Wo..
29-Jul-2014
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Our new super stadium
Joel Peterson
In a major step forward for one of Bendigo’s biggest projects, the draft master plan for the Bendigo Stadium redevelopment has been released. A 14-point plan for works is included in the draft master plan that will go before Greater Bendigo councillors on Wednesday night. ..
28-Jul-2014
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O'SHEA WINS GOLD
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo cyclist Glenn O’Shea has won gold at the Commonwealth Games. O’Shea was part of the Australian pursuit team that defeated England. O’Shea spoke to Channel 10 after the win. “Its pretty special,” he said. “We all grew up watching the Com..
25-Jul-2014
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Spirit re-sign exciting young guard
Joel Peterson
Week by week, Bendigo Bank Spirit’s quest for a third consecutive Women’s National Basketball League championship continues to build momentum. After announcing the re-signing of young point guard Tessa Lavey last week, the club announced today it has secured t..
23-Jul-2014
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Lavey to make debut Opals tour
Joel Peterson
It is fair to say Bendigo Spirit point guard Tessa Lavey has had an enjoyable last seven days. A week after re-signing with the Bendigo Spirit for two years, Lavey was today announced in the Australian Opals team that will tour Japan from tomorrow. Despite struggling to get court time be..
21-Jul-2014
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Fun run for two
Bendigo Weekly
By Vicki Harrington Fun runs and walks are renowned for raising incredible amounts of funds for various charities, but the benefits can reach much further. At the beginning of this year, Courtney Jones made a conscious decision to change her life. “I set a goal in January to do anything ..
02-May-2013
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A mother’s love
Bendigo Weekly
By VICKI HARRINGTON Most of us have enjoyed our mother’s love directly but do we ever know how far-reaching that love can be? Norma and Ivan Barrett are retirees living a gentle, self-suffucient life on their little farm at Majorca, near Maryborough. They raised four daughters who hav..
25-Apr-2013
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Zero by 2030
Vicki Harrington
Imagine an Australia with zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030. Sounds remarkable and perhaps hard to realise, but this is the main aim of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The NBCF is the leading community-funded organisation in Australia raising money for research into the prev..
18-Apr-2013
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In the running
Bendigo Weekly
By VICKI HARRINGTON Every week a new headline appears attacking the increasing size and inactivity of many of our school-aged children. It is encouraging to find someone has taken the next step and done something about it. The Bluearth Foundation was founded by Australian businessman ..
11-Apr-2013
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Vigilance pays off
Bendigo Weekly
By VICKI HARRINGTON Breast cancer is not discriminatory and not just an issue for older women. Kathryn Wright is proof breast cancer can occur at any age and vigilance does pay off. A week before Christmas last year, Kathryn and husband Michael were about to depart on a dream holiday to J..
04-Apr-2013
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Five years in the pink
Vicki Harrington
It’s time to register for the fifth Bendigo Mother’s Day Classic to be held on Sunday, May 12 at Strathdale Park, Reservoir Road, Strathdale. Online registrations are already open at www.mothersdayclassic.com.au – choose the Bendigo event from the regional drop-down list. ..
27-Mar-2013
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Cooking, kids and TV
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo community’s love affair with food is about to extend to the younger members with a local cooking competition currently being filmed and set to air on Bendigo IPTV in July. The competition is funded by School Focussed Youth Service, a Department of Education and Early Childhood De..
06-Jun-2013
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Giant pumpkin chainsaw massacre
Bendigo Weekly
Several Atlantic Giant pumpkins have been awaiting their fate in the front window of Bush’s Produce Store in Williamson Street since being entered in Bendigo’s Biggest Pumpkin Competition back in April. Held in conjunction with the Bendigo All Breed’s Goat and Chrysanthemum Show,..
30-May-2013
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Smashing pumpkins
Bendigo Weekly
Growing competition-worthy giant pumpkins is becoming a lucrative affair, if you can withstand the fickle nature of the hobby. If you can grow a vegetable garden, you have the skill to grow a prize-winning pumpkin. With the right preparation and strategy and a bit of good luck, next year you migh..
23-May-2013
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Bread and wine
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16-May-2013
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The art of chocolate
Vicki Harrington
Transforming chocolate into edible art is Sue Schrieber’s passion. A passion she has taken to another level with the opening of her own small business, Choclartiste. When she’s not tempering chocolate in her compact studio, Sue is a lab technician at La Trobe Bendigo’s School ..
09-May-2013
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Dig in at the Trentham Spudfest
Bendigo Weekly
Excitement is building in Trentham in the lead up to the annual Great Trentham Spudfest to be held on Saturday, May 18. Once again the spudlight will shine on Trentham with a festival full of fun, food and music. Quarry Street Reserve will be transformed into “Spud Hub” with hot potato..
02-May-2013
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Power of voice
Dianne Dempsey
Floundering by Romy Ash Text, $35 Tom and his older brother Jordy are virtually kidnapped after school by Loretta, their no-good, smokin’, drinkin’, drug-taking mum. It’s been 12 months since Loretta has left the boys in their grandmother’s care and she&rsqu..
07-Mar-2013
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A prize for women
Bendigo Weekly
Back in the days when literary matters were debated with a hostility worthy of a footy grand final, “women’s writing” was, for a while, the burning issue. In 1986, writer Gerard Windsor declared that women writers receive special treatment in Australia, favoured ahead of their ma..
28-Feb-2013
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Art of a forceful woman
Bendigo Weekly
A M E Bale: Her Art and Life Peter Perry Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, $60 To say that “Alice Marian Ellen Bale is one of Australia’s most significant painters of flowers” may not sound like grand praise. But this beautifully produced book by Cas..
21-Feb-2013
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The Good Soldier
Bendigo Weekly
If and when we get to see the BBC’s Parade’s End here, this will probably be the first time many Australian readers have come across Ford Madox Ford. Parade’s End was a trilogy, based on Madox Ford’s life, particularly the period he spent living with Australian artist Stell..
14-Feb-2013
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A book of her own
Bendigo Weekly
It was a series of coincidences that brought Mary Pomfret to Bendigo. But once here, she found her writing voice. Ms Pomfret will launch her first book this month, a small collection of linked prose pieces called Writing in Virginia’s Shadow. Published by a little innovative company call..
08-Feb-2013
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Learning to love Don
Rosemary Sorensen
Graeme Simsion has pulled off a tricky challenge in his first novel. First - the author. According to his publisher, Text, he's a computer programmer who founded a consulting business in 1982, which he sold in 1999. He is also a wine importer and an antique dealer, and was, until recentl..
01-Feb-2013
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