Union claims denied
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of central Victoria’s largest employers has hit back at claims it had engaged in unlawful practices involving contractors and employees. In a statement released yesterday, management of Lockwood-based Hazeldene’s said the company was appalled at what is said was “con..
26-Feb-2016
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Leach puts hat in ring for council
Bendigo Weekly
EPPALOCK Ward councillor Helen Leach has confirmed she will contest this year’s City of Greater Bendigo council elections. Cr Leach was elected to council in October 2012 as one of three councillors representing Eppalock Ward. “I have gained enormous satisfaction from represe..
26-Feb-2016
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MP bids for defence jobs
Steve Kendall
Federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters says she will step in to secure more local manufacturing jobs in the wake of yesterday’s government Defence White Paper release. Ms Chesters has welcomed the federal governments’ continued commitment to the Bendigo manufactured Hawkei Ligh..
26-Feb-2016
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Waste back on agenda
Peter Kennedy
THE City of Greater Bendigo will move one step closer to the introduction of a municipality-wide organics collection service at next week’s council meeting, with councillors set to debate how the new service will operate. Council wants to implement the organics collection service durin..
26-Feb-2016
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Marking 100 years
Steve Kendall
It is 100 years since military history was made in Bendigo with the formation of the 38th Battalion. The battalion was formed on March 1, 1916 at a camp on the Epsom Racecourse. The 38th Battalion’s involvement in the war in Europe was of special significance to the community and ..
26-Feb-2016
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Flack back for council bid
Bendigo Weekly
PROMINENT businessman, benefactor and community stalwart George Flack has thrown his hat into the ring for this year’s City of Greater Bendigo council elections. Mr Flack this week confirmed he would again be a candidate for election in the Eppalock Ward, having been narrowly defeated ..
19-Feb-2016
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Free trips to ease passengers' woe
Bendigo Weekly
VLINE passengers will be able to travel on the network for free next week as part of efforts to improve perceptions of the embattled transport operator. In a statement released late Wednesday, Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said she had been advised of V/Line’s failure to ade..
22-Jan-2016
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Bendigo's best take on top citizen roles
Bendigo Weekly
YESTERDAY City of Greater Bendigo mayor Rod Fyffe announced musician Valerie Broad OAM and volunteer Breanna Thomas as the 2016 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year. Ms Broad was named Citizen of the Year for her contribution to music education and volunteering, after serving as the Bendigo..
22-Jan-2016
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Call is out for Easter volunteers
Bendigo Weekly
THE City of Greater Bendigo has put out a call for volunteers for this year’s Easter festival, set to take place from March 25 to 28. Around 80 volunteers aged 15 and over are need ed to assist with a wide variety of roles, including parade assistants, community stage assistants and st..
22-Jan-2016
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Forum for NBN
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO residents have been invited to meet with shadow Communications Minister Jason Clare to talk about the region’s internet connectivity issues and the impact of delays to the National Broadband Network. “Bendigo is in the midst of a telecommunications crisis. I hear daily fr..
22-Jan-2016
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Connecting the regions
Bendigo Weekly
Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford has chaired the first meeting of the rural and regional committee, which the government says will give Victoria’s regions a direct pathway into government decision-making. Meeting in Bendigo with the two other members of the committee, Employ..
15-Jan-2016
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Clans gather for Scots Day Out
Bendigo Weekly
NEXT month’s Scots Day Out community celebration is shaping up to be the best in the event’s short but rich history. Organisers this week unveiled Bendigo’s new Scottish tartan as the city prepares to welcome visitors from across Australia and overseas for the major free co..
15-Jan-2016
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History unearthed in home
Laura Hurley
A small piece of Bendigo’s history was uncovered this week, with an archeological dig currently underway at a cottage located in central Bendigo. The cottage dates back to the 1860s, with a report on the property by firm Minerva Heritage revealing unique features and prompting Heritage..
18-Sep-2015
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Reade the right man for Belmont
Bendigo Weekly
Former City of Greater Bendigo councillor James Reade has taken over one of inner-suburban Bendigo’s most popular watering holes. The youngest person to be elected to the City of Greater Bendigo council, Mr Reade is now proud publican of Kennington’s Belmont Hotel. Armed wit..
11-Sep-2015
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In memory of Arthur
Dianne Dempsey
There is a beautiful marriage which has been going on since 2003 between the Bendigo Art Gallery and the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize. Held every two years, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize is Australia’s richest open painting prize, awarding a generous acquisitive cash pr..
04-Sep-2015
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Comics have a fair day
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Record Comic and Toy Fair is coming to town next month. The stage will be set at the Bendigo Showgrounds on September 20 for traders and dealers from local, state and interstate. More than 1000 people attended the bi-annual event which started last year. Organiser of this..
28-Aug-2015
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Foodie feedback
Bendigo Weekly
After a big and appreciative audience and a day visiting some local producers, topped off by a superb dinner – gourmet farmer Matthew Evans left Bendigo well and truly impressed after the Bendigo Writers Festival. ”I must say I was shocked at the crowd and the love in the room. V..
21-Aug-2015
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Film stars stalk in to the city
Laura Hurley
He terrified audiences as Mick Taylor in Wolf Creek, and now seminal Australian actor John Jarratt has turned his hand to directing in a new dark comedy, StalkHer, due out in cinemas later this month. Visiting Bendigo on Tuesday with co-star Kaarin Fairfax, the pair are embarking on a natio..
14-Aug-2015
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White Hills alleged assault
Bendigo Weekly
A 19 year old man was allegedly assaulted in the early hours of Sunday in White Hills. Three Caucasian men, believed to be in their 20s, approached the man and had a short conversation with him. The men are believed to have punched the 19 year old before he fell to the ground and is believe..
02-Mar-2015
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Police hunt stolen items
Christine McGinn
A BACKPACK filled with $2500 worth of electronic goods was stolen from Bendigo Marketplace yesterday. A man was eating his lunch in the food court when he placed his backpack on the ground. The backpack had an iPad, laptop and a Samsung Galaxy X5 zipped inside. The incident occurred ..
20-Feb-2015
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East Bendigo unit fire
Bendigo Weekly
An East Bendigo home has been ruined in a fire this morning. Police and CFA are currently investigating the cause of the fire. The incident occurred on Lloyd Street in a vacant home. No one was injured during the incident. ..
20-Feb-2015
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Fatal crash in Eaglehawk
Bendigo Weekly
AN 88-year-old woman died after being hit riding her mobility scooter on Monday afternoon. The woman was riding her scooter along High Street in Eaglehawk about 2.50pm. The woman started crossing Napier Street when a Ford sedan, turning right, hit the woman. The driver, a 71-year-old Ma..
17-Feb-2015
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Water police crackdown
Bendigo Weekly
WATERWAY users will be the target of a police crackdown to ensure compliance on safety regulations this weekend. The Victorian Water Police will be ensuring water safety, focused on broken down boats, unregistered vessels, search operations, and irresponsible driving. Police issued the warnin..
23-Jan-2015
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Police on the beat
Christine McGinn
POLICE are on the hunt for information about a robbery at the Long Gully Post Office on Saturday. A man wearing a balaclava entered the store, when they first opened, and fled with a quantity of cash. No weapon was sighted and no one was believed to be injured. A police spokesperson sai..
19-Jan-2015
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Current Issue
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The road to Troy
Steve Kendall
WITH a practised ease Troy Cassar-Daley turns on the charm, but to be honest I think it’s already there. No pretence. He’s been on a punishing schedule this week ahead of his tour which includes Bendigo on May 7. I caught up with Cassar-Daley in the kitchen at ABC Central Victo..
13-Mar-2015
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Singer Sultan bites journo
Dianne Dempsey
Dan Sultan is coming to town, or rather close to town anyway, he’ll be appearing at Castlemaine’s Theatre Royale on March 7 which is a good enough reason to talk to one of Australia’s most exciting young performers. Sultan is a songwriter as well, and his work clearly shows..
27-Feb-2015
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Bendigo groovers buy all tix
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is the first of Groovin the Moo’s six show national tour to sell out in 2015. “Thanks Bendigo, we love being in your part of Australia and we’re really looking forward to this year’s line up playing to another sold out audience,” Cattleyard Promotions&rsqu..
12-Feb-2015
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Alt-J takes on Australia
Bendigo Weekly
BACKING up a stellar year on the charts, British trio Alt-J are packing their bags for their biggest Australian tour. Their debut album, This Is All Yours, secured three places in the top 30 of Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown in January. Despite having anything but their Left Hand Free..
06-Feb-2015
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Ball Park moo
Joel Peterson
After what lead singer Sam Cromack decribes as a “hectic” 2014, Brisbane’s Ball Park Music will be returning to Groovin The Moo when it comes to the Bendigo Showgrounds in May. The five-piece, beloved by many for their undeniably catchy and relatable tunes, launched their t..
06-Feb-2015
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Havea good time at the Vine
Bendigo Weekly
Joel and Dave Havea play the Golden Vine Hotel on Thursday, February 5. Joel who is back from overseas brings a really brand of soulful pop and dancy flavoured music to town. He is touring with his brother Dave. He has family in Bendigo, but lives and plays in Germany. This gig is..
29-Jan-2015
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Probert signs back with the Braves
Joel Peterson
KEVIN Probert is set to crack a major milestone in season 2016 with the Bendigo Bank Braves, after the club announced this week he would return to the fold for another SEABL campaign. Probert has played 239 SEABL games in Braves colours and will break through the 250 game barrier in season 2..
18-Dec-2015
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Murphy's milestone
Joel Peterson
ON the eve of his 200th division one game, Marong’s Richard Murphy says as long as he can still move he’ll keep playing the game he loves. Murphy chalks up the milestone in the Panthers’ Emu Valley Cricket Association clash with Golden Gully this weekend, further adding to ..
11-Dec-2015
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Stellar weekend has Spirit soaring
Bendigo Weekly
THEY are the WNBL’s in-form team, but the Bendigo Spirit are keeping things in check heading into a revenge clash with Melbourne on Saturday. Bendigo took two huge road wins in Queensland last weekend to improve to 11-5 on the season and move up to third on the ladder, riding a le..
11-Dec-2015
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Kelly makes it 300
Joel Peterson
To get to 300 games in any sport, you need a fair degree of luck along with countless hours of dedication and, of course, considerable skill. Bendigo Spirit guard Kelly Wilson has had plenty of good fortune in her career, especially in the form of the people she has shared her basketball jou..
11-Dec-2015
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Snell in top form
Joel Peterson
ON the eve of her 250th WNBL game, Belinda Snell proved she still has plenty left in the tank to push for selection in next year’s Rio Olympic squad. The Bendigo Spirit star turned in a vintage performance with 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals in Bendigo’s ..
04-Dec-2015
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The young guns
Joel Peterson
HAVING won more games after five rounds than it did all of last season, it is clear that Sandhurst Cricket Club’s strategy to build through its youth is paying dividends. The Dragons had been stuck in the doldrums of the Bendigo District Cricket Association, recording only one finals a..
04-Dec-2015
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It’s a celebration
Bendigo Weekly
LATE October usually results in a few odd-looking characters around Bendigo streets, as local Year 12 students celebrate the end of their studies. This year was no exception, with Bendigo Senior Secondary College and Catholic College Bendigo celebrating the end of the regular school year in st..
24-Oct-2014
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ATKINSON MAKES HONOUR ROLL
Bendigo Weekly
Aboriginal elder and Vietnam veteran Graham Atkinson will be recognised for his inclusion on the Indigenous Honour Roll tonight. Greater Bendigo council will honour Mr Atkinson at a ceremony tonight at 6.30pm. Mr Atkinson has been inducted for his active involvement in community and for assi..
22-Oct-2014
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POVERTY ON THE RISE
Christine McGinn
People living in poverty should be heard not blamed says a local community leader. Saint Vincent De Paul Society Bendigo regional council president Tony Spurling said instead of blaming people from their poverty, we should listen and learn how to help them. “If we are to reverse the tre..
14-Oct-2014
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Support a cause
Sam Kane
THE Poppet Head’s been covered, Lake Weeroona’s been plastered, and the QEO transformed. What’s the next well known landmark to receive a make-over? Local women are hoping to cover both inside and outside of one of Bendigo’s most recognisable features – and they n..
03-Oct-2014
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Dilemma for caring mother
Dianne Dempsey
They sit at the dining table together, comrades in arms. Worn out warriors of a hard life. David Lyon is 52. His mother Joan Lyon 83. Mrs Lyon is very ill and very worried. David was born with an intellectual disability and needs constant care. “When David was 39 he became physical..
24-Sep-2014
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Blokes ready for lunch
Steve Kendall
Planning for this year’s Blokes Biggest Ever Lunch is well on the way with more than 250 tickets sold. Organiser Keith Sutherland said the event goes from strength to strength. “Our special guest is Jason McCartney who is a Bali bombing survivor and ex North Melbourne and Colli..
12-Sep-2014
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Bendigo law firms to merge
Anthony Radford
In the classic progression of blending old with new, Michelle O‟Sullivan Law will merge with Cohen Johanson Douglas from Monday. Both Michelle O‟Sullivan and Dennis Johanson said they were looking forward to the merger and the support it will offer to both themselves and their clients ..
26-Aug-2011
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Unity Mining books $5.3 million loss
Anthony Radford
UNITY Mining has announced a loss of more than $5.3 million for the year ended June 30. In a statement released this morning, the company said it had recorded a gross profit of $9.0 million from revenue of $80.5 million, and that the net loss of $5.3 million included $5.1M of non..
26-Aug-2011
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Committee for Bendigo - throwing down the gauntlet
Anthony Radford
LAST week’s column on the consideration or otherwise of the need to establish a Committee for Bendigo drew a strong response from readers, and while not all our feedback was positive, it was all welcome. Confirmation the board of Coliban Water has discussed the need for an advocacy gro..
26-Aug-2011
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Property plus
Anthony Radford
BENDIGO Property Plus is really going places. Husband and wife team Nathan and Jane Diss started up the real estate business about 14 months ago, and are going from strength to strength. While residential real estate is their bread and butter, the company is moving into property management and w..
26-Aug-2011
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Energy assessments help small business cut costs
Anthony Radford
CENTRAL Victorian businesses have been encouraged to take control of their energy bills as part of a pilot program offering energy assessments launched in Bendigo today. The Central Victorian Solar City initiative aims to help businesses better manage and control their rising energy costs as pa..
22-Aug-2011
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Bendigo Bank profit soars
Anthony Radford
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has announced an after tax profit of $342.1 million for the 12-months ending 30 June 2011, a rise of more than 41 per cent on the previous year. Cash earnings were $336.2m, representing cash earnings per share of 92.3 cents, an increase of 10.8 per cent on the prio..
08-Aug-2011
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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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Olé olé
Bendigo Weekly
It has been 12 months in the making and it is almost here – Bendigo’s newest dining experience. Putting the finishing touches on their new venture, Sangria Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant, owners Gary and Ann-Maree Davis are counting the days to the opening of their new eatery. They..
27-Jun-2013
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Take it slow
Bendigo Weekly
How often do you enjoy an extended meal with family and friends? In the spirit of a very slow and traditional Italian feast, Castlemaine’s Public INN will host the second annual Lungo Pranzo, literally, long lunch on Sunday, June 30 from noon. Event creator, restaurant owner and father of ..
20-Jun-2013
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Arts grant a festival plus
Bendigo Weekly
The Australia Council for the Arts has given the Bendigo Writers Festival a $10,000 seal of approval. The festival was awarded funding in the recent literature funding round to help with the costs of bringing writers to the three-day event. “This is an enormous boost for such a new f..
25-Jul-2014
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The future of writing makes a top topic
Bendigo Weekly
THE future of writing takes centre stage at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival, with everything from freedom of speech to how to create a blog on the August 8 to 10 program. A heavyweight lineup of experienced journalists take part in the headline session, Not Drowning, Adapting, whi..
18-Jul-2014
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Flags waving to herald a gathering of writers
Bendigo Weekly
THE flags went up at the top of View Street this week, in preparation for the third Bendigo Writers Festival across the weekend of August 8 to 10. The banners feature the festival’s new look, with a bright and bold identity to match the busy, lively program. Designed by Bendigo&rsquo..
11-Jul-2014
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Support the team
Bendigo Weekly
They are the first people many writers and guests get to see, their friendly efficiency the epitome of the kind of event Bendigo Writers Festival aims to be. The small army of volunteers who help make the festival run smoothly is gearing up again to prepare for the August 8 to 10 weekend. ..
04-Jul-2014
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World of work
Dianne Dempsey
Jeanette Purkis will be launching her new book The Wonderful World of Work in Bendigo, this Saturday, June 21. She will also be presenting a talk on autism and employment for the community from the perspective of someone living with autism. Jeanette Purkis is also the author of Findin..
20-Jun-2014
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Early sessions booked out
Bendigo Weekly
THIS year’s Bendigo Writers Festival Schools Day program is looking like a winner with some sessions already booked out. Teachers have responded enthusiastically to the early release of the Friday, August 8 program, Texts Mark the Spot, which includes popular writers such as Andrew McGah..
13-Jun-2014
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