Bendigo Mag Summer 14-15
Betty steps back to her wedding
Sam Kane
FIFTY-SEVEN years ago, in 1957, Betty Frowde walked down the isle in her handmade wedding dress. Even though times have changed, and we’re in 2014 – that didn’t stop Mrs Frowde from dusting off the gown and once again slipping into it, and reminiscing about her wedding day. ..
19-Dec-2014
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Airport upgrade high on the list
Bendigo Weekly
THE business case developed to support a federal funding bid for the Bendigo airport claims an upgraded Bendigo Airport would inject $34.9M into the local economy and create 84 full-time equivalent jobs. The business case argues the upgrade is needed because Bendigo Airport is a declining faci..
19-Dec-2014
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Toxic water near surface
Christine McGinn
THE city’s toxic groundwater is expected to overflow to the surface with discharge expected as early as next month. The City of Greater Bendigo is calling on the State Government to allow Woodvale evaporation ponds to become the short-term solution. The Bendigo Weekly revealed last mont..
19-Dec-2014
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Results worth waiting for
Nick Atyeo
Girton captain Thomas Duke romps in with ATAR of 99.95 Year 12 Girton Grammar student and school captain, Thomas Duke, has achieved a perfect ATAR score of 99.95 giving him the highest ATAR Score possible for this year’s VCE Headmaster of Bendigo’s Girton Grammar Schoo..
19-Dec-2014
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Park takes on new look
Bendigo Weekly
AVID sports fans and athletes will be able to use Canterbury Park’s state-of-the-art sports hub early next year. Most of the new buildings are ready for action with carpet installed in the multi-use pavilion, while granite pavers are being laid, and kerb and channel work is nearly finish..
19-Dec-2014
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Rethink your waste plan
Bendigo Weekly
RECYCLE your waste is the message from Bendigo’s mayor. Councillor Peter Cox is encouraging residents to band together and organise for staff from the Eaglehawk Eco Centre to come and collect materials that can be reused or recycled. Cr Cox said staff at the Eco Centre will collect the ..
19-Dec-2014
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Eaglehawk fire death
Bendigo Weekly
A man has died at a house in Eaglehawk tonight. Bendigo Police detectives have described the death as not suspicious, but the Homicide Squad has been called as a precaution. Police are yet to confirm the circumstances of the death but it is believed there was bonfire at t..
18-Jul-2014
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CAR HITS HOUSE - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
A 25 year old male crashed a car through a fence in Quarry Hill yesterday. A white Holden Commodore crashed through the front fence and hit the brick Harkness St house about 2pm. Police searched for the man in relation to the incident in the nearby area. The man was taken into custody i..
14-Jul-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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Harlots on stage with plenty of soul
Bendigo Weekly
THE Harlots are a mix of pop and garage. The Harlots sting like the new wave and burn like soul. Swelling dance floors and stage tents with their sultry brand of ego‐rock since late 2010, the Melbourne sextet draws on the diverse musical inspirations of its members to produce an urbane, siniste..
18-Jul-2013
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Rocking for radio
Bendigo Weekly
By PAULA HUBERT Eight of Bendigo’s best rock bands will share the stage in support of a local community radio station’s first rock event. Phoenix FM’s fundraiser this Sunday at the Newmarket Hotel will include performances from Path of Destruction, Rabid Zulu, Lowpoint, Made..
18-Jul-2013
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Melody sings about life
Steve Kendall
THERE is another bright sparkle in the music scene by the name of Melody Pool. This 21-year-old from Kurri Kurri in NSW has spent the past few years working primarily as a supporting musician on her local circuit. She used crowd-funding to get her to Nashville and to record and produce he..
12-Jul-2013
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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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Ready to bounce
Joel Peterson
After copping a 103-point drubbing at the hands of Newbridge last week, Marong senior coach Gorey Gregg believes his side can bounce back when it meets the Maroons again in Sunday’s Loddon Valley Football League elimination final. Marong could only manage two goals in last week’s c..
22-Aug-2014
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Spirit signs fan favourite
Bendigo Weekly
She has never been the flashiest player, but Jane Chalmers knows how to put a smile on the faces of Bendigo Spirit fans. The high-energy 31-year-old point guard has played with the Spirit in every season since the club’s inception into the Women’s National Basketball Leag..
20-Aug-2014
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Stringer in tip-top form
Joel Peterson
Western Bulldogs young gun Jake Stringer credits a stint in the VFL as well as time spent in the backline as major players in the form that earned him the round 20 AFL Rising Star nomination. The former Bendigo Pioneer, taken at pick five in the 2012 AFL Draft, has been in a rich vein of form ..
15-Aug-2014
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Thunder looks to the bigger picture
Joel Peterson
As the club comes to the end of an undoubtedly difficult 2014 season, Bendigo Thunder coach Russell Jeffrey says the team’s results this year are irrelevant in terms of its future. The Thunder is anchored at the bottom of the Victorian Women’s Football League premier division table..
15-Aug-2014
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Drum gives sporting grants - VIDEO
Christine McGinn
Sporting clubs will be kicking goals with a new State Government sporting organisation grants program. Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum launched the government’s $1 million Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program today. Mr Drum visited Woodbury Bowling Club in Strathdale t..
15-Aug-2014
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International flavour at QEO
Joel Peterson
The Queen Elizabeth Oval will welcome the AFL International Cup on Saturday night, when Ireland and Nauru do battle at the home of country football. The International Cup is a tournament held every three years between nations to see which country is the best exponent of the Australian game. ..
15-Aug-2014
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Take a break on the SES
Bendigo Weekly
WITH the message “Stop, Revive, Survive”, the SES is aiming to cut the holiday road toll. SES Marong, along with the local Lions Club, are operating driver reviver again for the Queen’s Birthday weekend at the Marong unit, 16 Calder Alternative Highway Marong. All the tea and ..
07-Jun-2013
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Heathcote on show
Bendigo Weekly
The Heathcote Wine Region is renowned as one of the best Shiraz growing regions in Australia. As well as premium Australian Shiraz, the famous ancient red Cambrian soils of Heathcote produce outstanding examples of sangiovese, tempranillo, petit verdot, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and in white wine..
30-May-2013
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In the pink
Bendigo Weekly
By VICKI HARRINGTON About 2200 people gathered at Strathdale Park on Mother’s Day to help raise funds for breast cancer research. The event was part of the Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic, a national event held across 74 locations around Australia. The amount of money rais..
16-May-2013
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Record crowd for the Classic
Bendigo Weekly
Organisers are thrilled with the turnout for yesterday's 2013 Bendigo Mother's Day Classic. A record 2,000 people took part, many of them dressed in their best pink outfits. Committee member and major sponsor, Fernwood franchisee, Ben Cook said, "It is pleasing to see so many people tak..
13-May-2013
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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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Fishy business
Bendigo Weekly
Fresh fish. We know it is good for us, and we happily order it at restaurants, but how often do we actually cook our own from scratch? Many cooks are reluctant or scared to cook fresh fish at home. Excuses range from the smell, the price, the bones, too many varieties to choose from, it has a hea..
13-Jun-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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Pick of the week; Life After Life
Bendigo Weekly
Life After Life Kate Atkinson Doubleday, $32.95 It will very much depend on what kind of reader you are, and why you read books, whether you rate Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. She is one of those writers who defies definitions. When the discussion about the novel comes up ag..
04-Apr-2013
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Pick of the week - Into the woods
Bendigo Weekly
Into the Woods Anna Krien Black Inc, $19.95 Melbourne writer, Anna Krien, hit the ground running with her first book, Into the Woods. She went to Tasmania, gonzo-style, and immersed herself in the people and politics behind the battle for old-growth forests in Tasmania. The resulting b..
22-Mar-2013
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On the longlist
Anthony Radford
Once upon a time, there were shortlists, a bit of a gap, then a winner was announced. Now, no self-respecting prize does without a longlist; so ubiquitous are they, some prizes, such as the new Stella prize for women writers, do without a shortlist altogether. This week, the British equivalent o..
14-Mar-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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