Review on the buses
Joel Peterson
A REVIEW into Bendigo’s bus network will begin in the coming months as operators and the state government look to whether the system is meeting the needs of patrons after a year in service. The network was overhauled at the end of January, 2016, in the biggest changes to bus transport ..
24-Feb-2017
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Bendigo's new view for Easter
Sharon Kemp
IT has been hailed as a labyrinth like no other and will be installed in Rosalind Park for most of April enabling visitors to see a different side of themselves. Art installation the House of Mirrors has toured festivals around Australia and it may upstage the parade during this year’s..
24-Feb-2017
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China visit a trade win
Sharon Kemp
GIANT Chinese restaurant chain Liuyishou Hot Pot has already toured Bendigo, so city officials including mayor Margaret O’Rourke and business leaders returned the favour this week. The Bendigo delegation visited a restaurant in Shanghai and talked to a supplier of beef to the chain. ..
24-Feb-2017
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New kinder on the way for Strathfieldsaye
Sharon Kemp
EIGHT years after consultation began, Strathfieldsaye will get a new kindergarten and the old facility will be demolished to make way for a carpark as part of a $4 million overhaul of the Club Court precinct. At Wednesday night’s meeting, City of Greater Bendigo councillors awarded a $..
17-Feb-2017
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Council code concern
Sharon Kemp
A SLIGHTLY revised councillor code of conduct was ratified this week by City of Greater Bendigo as earlier version was being challenged in a VCAT tribunal. Former councillor Elise Chapman is asking the tribunal to review a 2015 decision by a conduct panel that she breached the code of conduc..
17-Feb-2017
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More jobs to go at bank
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has warned of more redundancies after reporting a reduction of 107 full-time positions in the past six months. Managing director Mike Hirst said cuts to the official cash interest rate by the Reserve Bank of Australia in May and August had reduced the margin the ban..
17-Feb-2017
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Party priorities aired
Sharon Kemp
Nationals party candidate Andy Maddison lists in order of importance, jobs, water and drug use as priorities for the Bendigo electorate. The three issues, he says, resonate strongest with voters he has talked to in the weeks since he was introduced as a candidate by Nationals leader Barnaby ..
10-Jun-2016
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Reviver site ready for the long weekend
Bendigo Weekly
WITH the long weekend looming, the Marong Driver Reviver site is up and running. New research indicates 26 per cent of Victorian drivers are putting lives at risk by driving three and a half hours or more without taking a break, and the driver reviver aims to cut that risk. The site will..
10-Jun-2016
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Push on for women's sport
Joel Peterson
FEDERAL member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters is calling on the coalition to back Labor’s commitment to boost funding to the ABC, allowing it to reinstate its broadcasts of women’s sport including the Women’s National Basketball League. The ABC televised the league for decades b..
03-Jun-2016
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Net win for cricket
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Cricket Club has had a great result with funding for a training nets upgrade. Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards said the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund was giving communities all over Victoria the state-of-the-art sport and recreation facilities promised by the government. The ..
03-Jun-2016
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Grants win for a pet project
Bendigo Weekly
Community groups had a lift when CVGT Australia rewarded applicants of the 2016 community grants program. CVGT Australia Board chairman, Rosalie Lake said the company’s board takes great pride in its support of community projects through the community grants program. ”We do t..
03-Jun-2016
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VicRoads' shares road concern
Sharon Kemp
VicRoads has sympathised with the Kangaroo Flat tenant whose fenced yard has been crashed into four times in 14 years after cars have lost control on the Olympic Parade/Lockwood Road/Helm Street roundabout. Tenant Steve Boxall said he was concerned for the safety of his grandchildren playing..
03-Jun-2016
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Liacos looks to the future
Peter Kennedy
STAN Liacos is a graduate from the Peter Seamer and John McLean school of leadership. He commands and gets loyalty, and his staff has always wanted to go that extra mile for him, possibly because they believe in Stan, and possibly because he makes them believe in themselves. When Liacos..
22-Jan-2016
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Ultimate frisbee catching on
Bendigo Weekly
THE inaugural season of Victorian Ultimate Frisbee is drawing to a close, with the final two rounds to be played at the Epsom Huntly reserve this Saturday, January 16, from 11am. Described as a cross between American football and netball, the non-contact sport prioritises fun as much as ski..
15-Jan-2016
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Green bikes benefit all
Bendigo Weekly
Ben Shue and Kieran Moroni sat down for a coffee on Ride to Work Day for a chat about cycling. They were thinking about all the bikes sitting under people’s houses and in sheds or about to go to the tip, what they could do with these bikes and how to get more people out cycling. As..
15-Jan-2016
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Historical aim
Laura Hurley
THE Bendigo Clay Target Club will celebrate a massive milestone on Australia Day, with the club’s 160th anniversary sure to hit its target. After he conducted research on the history of gun clubs around Bendigo, president Glenn Woodhatch said the club held a strong claim to..
15-Jan-2016
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ANZAC tribute in town
Dianne Dempsey
Local actor, writer, and singer/musician Geoffrey Graham will present his one man show in Bendigo next week. He premiered his production, Voices of War: An ANZAC Story, in Tamworth last year and says it was warmly received by audiences. Geoffrey looks at WWI from the perspective of a va..
08-Jan-2016
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Green is the go
Bendigo Weekly
A past winner of the Bendigo Sustainability Group Sustainability Awards has encouraged local businesses with a commitment to the environment to consider entering this year’s awards. MSD Animal Health was the winner of the Business and Innovation Category in the 2013 Bendigo Sustainabil..
08-Jan-2016
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Music’s fine on Highway 79
Simon Wooldridge
Almost a late night footnote on the extensive Easter Blues Bender program is a new name on the Bendigo music scene, Highway 79. Good Friday at the Golden Vine sees the first public performance of this long-time-coming collaboration between Rattlin’ Bones Blackwood and Colin Thompson. ..
24-Mar-2016
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Barber and Bell together at the Vine
Simon Wooldridge
Two of Bendigo’s finest young talents will be belting out their bluesiest, rockingest best tomorrow night, Saturday, March 19, at the Golden Vine. Young guns Bill Barber and Frank Bell will set-up camp on a very special night for Barber when he launches his debut album, Thanks For You..
18-Mar-2016
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Moo lineup set to impress
Bendigo Weekly
TICKETS for Bendigo’s Groovin the Moo have sold out, but those with tickets have plenty to look forward to on April 30. Dylan Joel, equal parts poet, producer and lyricist. Ivan Ooze, possibly the only rapper who has borrowed his alias from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. ..
17-Mar-2016
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Rebecca the bees knees
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo born Rebecca Moore has just taken the lead role of Rona Peretti in Vic Theatre Company’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This is playing at the Southbank Theatre as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year. Since leaving Bendig..
17-Mar-2016
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Four Lions back Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
The rise and rise of Bendigo-based alt country outfit Four Lions matches the city’s growing reputation as a music hub. “Bendigo, I think, could be the Seattle of Victoria,” says songwriter and front man Shann Lions. “I would love Four Lions to be a band our town..
11-Mar-2016
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Jack will be Groovin with the kids
Joel Peterson
LOCAL band Jack And The Kids will feature alongside some of music’s biggest names at this year’s Groovin The Moo concert in Bendigo. The four-piece indie outfit was this week announced as the winners of the Triple J Unearthed competition for the sold out Bendigo leg of the festiv..
11-Mar-2016
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Roos, Redbacks meet in T20 final
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO United will play Kangaroo Flat in Wednesday’s Bendigo District Cricket Association Twenty20 grand final after the Redbacks scored a dominant win over Strathfieldsaye in the lone game played on Tuesday night. With clashes between White Hills and Eaglehawk, the Roos and Sandhurst..
13-Jan-2017
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Local riders in the thick of the action
Joel Peterson
CENTRAL Victorian aces Robbie Hucker, Lachlan Norris and Peta Mullens were among the local hopes that made strong starts to their 2017 campaigns last weekend with strong displays at the Cycling Australia Road National Championships in Ballarat. Hucker and Norris finished eighth and ninth in ..
13-Jan-2017
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Teams roll up for Country Week
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO will be abuzz with cricket next week as the annual Bendigo Country Week tournament is held at grounds across the region. Sides from the Murray Valley, Northern Districts, Gisborne and District, Ferntree Gully and District, Goulburn Murray and Emu Valley associations will battle it ou..
13-Jan-2017
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Aiming for glory
Joel Peterson
A LOCAL contingent of nine riders will chase national glory at this week’s Cycling Australia National Road Championships in Ballarat. The action started on Wednesday night with former national champions Peta Mullens and Chris Hamilton in action in the women’s and men’s crit..
06-Jan-2017
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Big year ahead in local sport
Joel Peterson
With the new year come plenty of resolutions, and while most have to do with calories, gym memberships or plans for a Romanian rock climbing holiday, there are several local sports clubs for which 2017 is an important year. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the clubs and organis..
06-Jan-2017
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Vital stretch looms for Spirit
Joel Peterson
A WELL-TIMED midseason break has Bendigo Spirit fresh and ready heading into what looms as the most important three-week stretch of its Women’s National Basketball League season. Bendigo travels to Perth for a clash with the Lynx on Saturday night after a two-week break over the Christ..
06-Jan-2017
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No worries
Bendigo Weekly
Each day people of all ages have to deal with what local author Tanya Balcke depicts as a purple monster which sometimes sits on your shoulder – worry. Her children’s book, I Have a Worry addresses the issue of anxiety or “worry” in young people and aims to make sens..
27-Nov-2015
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Lila wins a new car
Bendigo Weekly
To celebrate the recent opening of Lansell Square, the centre invited shoppers to enter the “Drive away in a brand new car” campaign. It was the chance to win either a Nissan Micra ST or a Holden Barina Spark, thanks to Poyser Motor Group. To participate in the campaign, Lans..
20-Nov-2015
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Business scoops the hot prize
Bendigo Weekly
QUALITY coffee in Bendigo has received recognition again this year, with Custom Coffees winning two medals at the Golden Bean Awards. This year marks the fourth running that the business has won in the decaffeinated latte category with their fairtrade organic cascadia decaf. The medals..
20-Nov-2015
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Booming Borough
Bendigo Weekly
NEW retail and businesses are being encouraged to move to Eaglehawk while protecting the special character of the town centre. A planning scheme amendment, currently on public exhibition, will enable the implementation of the Eaglehawk Structure Plan, adopted by the City of Greater Bendigo c..
13-Nov-2015
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Parents need a hand
Bendigo Weekly
If you’ve discovered you’re pregnant with twins or even more, it can be a shock. But help and support is available locally through an information session offered by the Bendigo Multiple Births Association. Rebecca Phillips from Bendigo she and her husband found out their fir..
06-Nov-2015
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Progress for parks
Bendigo Weekly
Public spaces are on the agenda with the council working on a big picture plan for the areas in Bendigo. The Greater Bendigo Public Space Plan will look at how the parks, creek corridors, sports grounds, public land and key streets of the city can contribute to the liveability of Bendigo and..
06-Nov-2015
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New leaf on the Vine
Bendigo Weekly
A transformation of Bendigo’s popular Golden Vine Hotel is well under way with a new management structure providing a new lease of life. “I’m excited that Mick Coates, an experienced musician, is at the helm at the Golden Vine,” Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival..
13-Mar-2015
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Amy’s tree change
Bendigo Weekly
In December last year Amy Moylan made the tree change from Melbourne to Bendigo to take up her new role as hotel manager at The Schaller Studio. Since leaving the city with her fiancé and two dogs she has not looked back, with the thriving art and culinary scene captivating her. ..
13-Feb-2015
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Sundays fun days at Schaller
Bendigo Weekly
A free barbecue will be one part of Open Studio Sundays at the Schaller Studio. The community event is the brainchild of hotel manager Amy Moylan and will be held every Sunday from January 11 until February 22. Ms Moylan was keen to find the very best local food offering to be included ..
09-Jan-2015
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Imagine opening a winner
Steve Kendall
VILLAWOOD’S Imagine estate opening in Strathfieldsaye last weekend was a real community offering. Apart from the open homes on view, the 2000 people who attended munched through 70 kilograms of sausages 30kg of onions and 70 loaves of bread. Villawood’s marketing manager Jenn..
16-Oct-2014
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Woolworths hits the right spot
Bendigo Weekly
It’s been a mere two weeks since its opening, but Woolworths Kennington is already a hit with locals. Twenty thousand customers have passed through the doors since August 27, and store manager Adam Hutton said customer response has been good. “A lot of customers have come throu..
05-Sep-2014
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Woolworths to open August 27
Bendigo Weekly
The suburb of Kennington continues to grow with the opening of a new Woolworths supermarket. Opening Wednesday, August 27, store manager Adam Hutton said the supermarket will provide the expanding community with an opportunity to access a range of services. “The new store provides o..
22-Aug-2014
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Le tour de Bendigo
Marika McMahon
With our nights dominated by the beautiful vistas of France, I present Le Tour de Bendigo. First stop: Café Roubaix in Queen St – adjacent to the cycle shop. Of course, with a name like that it promises great things for both the cycling and French fan. Decorated with all sorts o..
25-Jul-2014
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Festival of the Lamb
Marika McMahon
This weekend will see a migration of driz-a-bones and RM Williams to Bendigo for the Australian Sheep and Wool Show at the Bendigo Showgrounds. I love sheep. Childhood years spent helping Pa out on the farm with the occasional hand-rearing of a pet lamb meant I was indoctrinated early int..
18-Jul-2014
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Book for the cafe
Marika McMahon
While it seems half the world is tripping off to sunnier climates, a school holiday at home gives us the chance to check out some local eating spots that are not on our usual rotation. Getting up and out of pyjamas early saw us lining up to enter the transformed Bendigo library as it opene..
11-Jul-2014
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Churros a treat
Marika McMahon
Maybe it’s the thought of warmer climates, maybe it’s the World Cup, but I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about ways of eating that are different to ours. All of those things have led me to Spanish food in the past couple of weeks. First it was a lunch at Sangria ..
04-Jul-2014
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Food of all nations
Marika McMahon
Events of the past week have caused lots to ponder multicultural Bendigo. Of course my pondering has turned to food. The story of food in Bendigo reflects the way our city has grown. Mum loves to tell the story that when she was first married in the late 60s gourmet cooking in suburban Gol..
27-Jun-2014
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Spain in the rain
Marika McMahon
A drizzly wet Sunday, kids cooped up inside all day but relief is on the horizon with a party invitation, one of those parties at an indoor play centre. This wasn’t an occasion where you stand round watching kids consume lukewarm sausage rolls. Sure there was party food, play and ludic..
20-Jun-2014
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Family ties in knots
Rosalea Ryan
FAMILIAL rivalry has for many years been a best-selling theme built on bad blood and outlandish behaviour in the cattle country of the south-western United States. Look no further than the Colbys and Carringtons of Dynasty and the Ewings and Barnes of Dallas for examples of scheming and dece..
13-Nov-2015
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Sweet treats
Rosalea Ryan
THE average Australian might not be able to break bread with Canberra politicians in the style of Annabel Crabb but, thanks to journalist and foodie Crabb’s new publishing collaboration, anyone can enjoy the sweet treats that star in her ABC TV interview series Kitchen Cabinet. For Spe..
06-Nov-2015
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Review: Jinx
Rosalea Ryan
Jinx Hugh McGinlay Threekookaburras $22 TIS the season for impractical headwear so it seems appropriate that the fictitious heroine of homegrown Melbourne novel Jinx should be a milliner. One-time police investigator Catherine Kint – burned out by constant job pressure..
30-Oct-2015
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Last Days of the Bus Club
Rosalea Ryan
Last Days of the Bus Club By Chris Stewart EVER wondered what became of the original Genesis drummer? No, not Phil Collins – the gangly youth who kept the beat for the rock band long before it found both Collins and world-wide recording fame. Having left the bright lig..
23-Oct-2015
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The Sting
Rosalea Ryan
The Sting Kate Kyriacou If there’s one book that every Australian adult should read (and every child should be told about at an appropriate time), it’s The Sting. This is both a fascinating step-by-step account of the genius that eventually tripped up one of the country..
16-Oct-2015
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A Death in Summer
Bendigo Weekly
A Death in Summer Leonie Hall Equilibrium books $25.95 Some retirees play bowls, other tennis or they spend their leisure time doing craft work, but for Eaglehawk writer Leonie Hall, writing is her greatest pleasure. With several novels completed and short stories published ..
09-Oct-2015
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