Bendigo Mag Summer 14-15
Cash grab
Anthony Radford
BENDIGO’S incoming mayor wants to wrest control of the city’s finances away from its executive office. Fed up with increases in operating expenditure and staff benefits he says are too high, Greater Bendigo mayor-elect Peter Cox believes it is time things are changed. Under th..
08-Nov-2014
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Comment: Building a better Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
The Hon. Denis Napthine, Premier of Victoria The election on November 29 is about choice, trust and good decisions. It’s about who the people of Bendigo can trust to manage taxpayer’s money wisely so we have the financial firepower to provide the facilities, services an..
07-Nov-2014
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Fears for education jobs
Christine McGinn
Fifteen academic staff are feared to be cut from La Trobe University’s Facility of Education. The National Tertiary Education Union said the university’s restructure would cut these jobs, as education went increasingly online. The NTEU said the university’s emphasis on lifti..
07-Nov-2014
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Labor’s animal instinct
Christine McGinn
A NEW agricultural hub will be built at Bendigo TAFE’s Charleston Road campus if Labor wins this month’s state election. Labor has promised to build stage one of Bendigo TAFE’s proposed Department of Environment and Animal Studies. The $7.8 million plan will enable Bendig..
07-Nov-2014
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Kinder cash splash
Steve Kendall
Seven Bendigo kindergartens will be in the money post-election with nearly $400,000 allocated for improvements. Labor MPs Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards hopped back in the sandpit with some preschoolers on Wednesday to announce the city-wide boost. Mrs Edwards said the funding put the ..
07-Nov-2014
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BLOCKHEADS IN BENDIGO
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s Jimmy Possum is hosting The Block today at its new Junortoun showroom. A channel nine spokesperson said The Block were filming an episode at Pratts Park Road showroom. “We are in Bendigo today filming an episode for The Block to be aired next year..
06-Nov-2014
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ILLEGAL FIREARMS TARGETED
Christine McGinn
Police are on the hunt to remove all illegal firearms from circulation. The Australasian Operation Unification, targets the criminal use of firearms. Bendigo Police Senior Sergeant Troy Hargadon said the operation was targeted at the removal of illegal weapons from communities and promote..
17-Jun-2014
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Police ask for help
Christine McGinn
Bendigo Police are eager to speak to a number of people following incidents earlier this year. Eyewatch Bendigo Police Service Area’s facebook page is calling on locals to help identify the following people to assist them in their enquiries. Leading Senior Constable Sally Dunl..
16-Jun-2014
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Car collides with tree
Christine McGinn
A person has collided their vehicle with a tree on the Northern Highway on Thursday afternoon. The single-vehicle incident occurred about 4.15pm in Toolleen. An ambulance vehicle is at the scene with a MICA vehicle and a medical helicopter en route. Police are also attending to the inci..
12-Jun-2014
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Two knives and a gun
Christine McGinn
An imitation firearm and two knives were found on Wednesday afternoon in a vehicle in Eaglehawk. Three men, aged in their 20s, were parked on the side of Sailors Gully Road about 4.30pm when a passer-by noticed a weapon. Police were called to the area about 430pm and conducted a drive-by of t..
12-Jun-2014
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Hospital staff assault
Christine McGinn
A Bendigo hospital staff member was assaulted this morning on the Havlin Street campus. A 20 year girl is believed to have conducted a minor assault against the staff member at the site's carpark, home to the Youth Physiatric Unit. Bendigo Police Acting Sergeant Shannon Joyce said police were..
11-Jun-2014
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Murder charge
Bendigo Weekly
A man has been charged with murder after the death of a Raywood man on Tuesday night. Police have recovered a firearm believed to be involved in the incident. Police were called to a property on Bridgewater-Raywood Rd just after 7pm after an alleged altercation. Maxwell John Pain was..
10-Jun-2014
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Three chords and the truth
Steve Kendall
Lee Kernaghan is one of Australia’s most prolific music artists with two million records sold. Add to that 28 Golden Guitars, 33 number one singles and you see the calibre of the man. Twenty years after the release of his first album, The Outback Club, Lee is back with his new release Be..
17-May-2013
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Plum role for Thelma
Steve Kendall
IT is not often you hear a voice with the clarity and style of Thelma Plum. This Brisbane singer has a distinctive Australian sound which stands out from the rest. At 18, Thelma has made the big step in to the music scene and it’s now her career. Brave perhaps, but something tells me..
10-May-2013
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Call for Slim Dusty day
Bendigo Weekly
Some of the biggest names in Australia have got behind an industry led campaign to have an Aussie icon’s legacy celebrated on June 13 by officially recognising the day as National Slim Dusty Day. Music historian Glenn A Baker said “Slim Dusty Day is a day to celebrate our musical he..
08-May-2013
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Laura’s a real treat
Steve Kendall
TAKE one peek at Laura Imbruglia’s promotional material and you can see she can laugh at herself. It’s a trait she likes to see in other performers too. Dressed up and quirky, Laura insists this all stops when it comes to songwriting. “I take it seriously,” she said..
03-May-2013
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Ghostly stories
Steve Kendall
AS a child, Deborah Conway was a reluctant public performer. That’s changed, and the all-grown-up singer now has 30-plus years of stage work behind her and is still enjoying it, even tasting a touch of nerves at the start of a tour. This tour includes Castlemaine on March 30. The new..
22-Mar-2013
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EMPIRE Strikes Crown
Christine McGinn
Spiegelworld’s notorious fun house, EMPIRE has brought Melbourne to its feet with its unique theatrobatic blend of burlesque, circus and sexual comedy on opening night. The EMPIRE VIP opening night on March 20 saw Australian A-Listers and Spiegel enthusiasts celebrate its arrival follow..
21-Mar-2013
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Lavey back on the team
Joel Peterson
Another piece of the Bendigo Bank Spirit puzzle has fallen into place for season 2014-15, with rising star Tessa Lavey re-committing to the club this week for the next two years. Lavey, currently playing with the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence, came to the club last season after s..
18-Jul-2014
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Multicultural round kicks off
Bendigo Weekly
AFL Central Victoria’s multicultural round activities kicked off today, with a football and netball clinic for school students at North Bendigo Recreation reserve. Primary and secondary school children from across Bendigo picked up the skills of AFL today from former Port Adelaide and ..
17-Jul-2014
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Captain fantastic
Joel Peterson
Bendigo Bank Braves captain Chris Hogan can only remember going to one Braves game when he was growing up playing junior basketball in Braves colours. He was around 16 at the time, and one thing stood out to him above all else: the play of Braves legend David Flint. Since his playing day..
11-Jul-2014
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Spirit signing blitz continues
Joel Peterson
One of the rising stars of Australian Women's basketball is back in Bendigo Spirit colours for two more years. Sunbury's Sara Blicavs has re-signed with the team for the 2014/15 and 15/16 Women's National Basketball League seasons. Blicavs has a wealth of international experience at only..
08-Jul-2014
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Dempster misses out on tour top 10 in London
Joel Peterson
Zak Dempster's encouraging Tour de France start has continued, with the Bendigonian finishing 11th in the third stage of the biggest cycling race in the world overnight. Stage three saw riders travel 155km from Cambridge to London, after the race started in Yorkshire on Saturday. A two-m..
08-Jul-2014
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BFL stars make representative squad
Joel Peterson
Four Bendigo Football League players remain in contention to line up in the AFL Victoria Community Cup this Saturday. Gisborne ruckman Tom Waters, in-form Eaglehawk on-baller Brodie Filo, Golden Square centre half-back Jonathon Coe and teammate Jack Geary have been picked in a preliminary AF..
07-Jul-2014
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The crew behind the dragon
Bendigo Weekly
Cutting the edge of a dragon is a tricky business. “We’ve spent many hours of overtime,” manufacturing manager at Kattle Gear Nick Vowles said. “This kind of work is a lot harder than making cattle yards.” Mr Vowles and his workers Clinton Smith and Mark..
08-Mar-2013
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Fever for the festival
Bendigo Weekly
By CHRISTINE McGINN Bendigo will go mad celebrating the Madhatter’s Tea Party at this year’s 42nd annual celebration of the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival. The community is encouraged to join in the festival fun between March 13 and 24 with activites for young and old inspired..
22-Feb-2013
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Thinking caps on to fire up the dragon
Bendigo Weekly
GREATER Bendigo council needs your help to name the new Red Dragon that will soon roar into Hargreaves Mall. Last year, children across the municipality voted to install the Red Dragon Play Space in the mall and now the giant dragon needs a name. The Name the Dragon competition opened this week ..
14-Feb-2013
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Ribbon for a cause
Steve Kendall
Seven years ago Bendigo business owner Lisa Smith was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in both ovaries. “I am one of the fortunate one in three to survive this silent deadly killer,” she said. Only by chance though – it was detected early during a pregnancy ultrasound in ..
08-Feb-2013
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Jessica out of the box
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Health has named this year’s Kelly Weire Memorial winner. The award commemorates the achievements of the late Kelly Weire, who died in a plane crash in Papua New Guinea in August, 2009. Kelly was an occupational therapist who embraced every opportunity with passion and de..
08-Feb-2013
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Day at the races set to be a winne
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of the biggest race days on the Bendigo calendar will be held tomorrow and, as usual, it will be a popular family affair. The Marong Cup will be held at the Bendigo Jockey Club, with gates opening at 11am. The Marong Cup is not just about the horses, with a spectacular family day also the hi..
07-Feb-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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Do Mother’s Day a little differently
Bendigo Weekly
Today’s mums probably don’t consider fluffy slippers and flannelette PJs appropriate or “cool” gifts on their special day anymore. So why not consider some less traditional ways to warm her heart, and feet. Start with an early morning walk (or run, if she’s up for it)..
25-Apr-2013
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Flour power
Vicki Harrington
The expanding foodie precinct in Bath Lane is about to welcome another newcomer, – a bakery with a difference. The New Freedom Gluten-Free Bakery is on track to open later this month after a major facelift to the former tile shop on the corner of Short Street and Bath Lane. It wil..
18-Apr-2013
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Pick of the summer
Bendigo Weekly
By Dianne Dempsey Something new, something old, something borrowed, something blue: my summer reading Something new: The Dinner Herman Koch Text, $29.99 This is the first time the popular Dutch writer, Herman Koch, has been published in Australia and you can quickly..
10-Jan-2013
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Pick of the week - Eucalypts
Bendigo Weekly
Eucalypts John Wrigley and Murray Fagg Allen and Unwin, $39.99 IF it’s all just gum trees to you, this book is not going to set your heart racing. But if you find yourself entranced by the way bark shreds off tree trunks to reveal creamy tender patterns beneath, or deli..
21-Dec-2012
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Pick of the week - The Casual Vacancy
Bendigo Weekly
The Casual Vacancy J K Rowling Little, Brown, $39.99 THIS adult novel by JK Rowling reminds me of DH Lawrence and his major preoccupations of class and relationships. Little, it seems has changed in England or within the insecurities and ambitions of its citizens. The Casual Va..
13-Dec-2012
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Pick of the week - The Black Box
Bendigo Weekly
The Black Box Michael Connelly Allen and Unwin, $32.99 Somewhere, someone clever is writing a thesis on why “cold case” became the hot topic for crime fiction. Michael Connelly’s latest takes his always-about-to-retire cop Harry Bosch back a couple of decades to the ..
06-Dec-2012
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Picks of the year
Bendigo Weekly
Fiction: The Daughters of Mars Tom Keneally Vintage $24.99 Life seen from the vantage point of a patient’s bedside is often acute, terrifying and fascinating. In The Daughters of Mars two Australian sisters are nursing on the Red Cross hospital ship Archimedes as it patrols ..
29-Nov-2012
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Man is an island
Bendigo Weekly
Montebello, Robert Drewe Penguin, $29.99 Robert Drewe was a schoolboy in 1956 when the British detonated their third and largest atomic bomb off the west coast of Australia. Because the award-winning journalist-turned-novelist is “islomaniacal” – a lover of islands &nd..
22-Nov-2012
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