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Tables tennis serves up a first
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo will host an international sporting first, allowing able-bodied and para table tennis competitors will compete in an international first, an integrated event in Bendigo. Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum today gave $20,000 towards the International Table Tennis Federation Oc..
24-Oct-2014
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Spring Gully unites for $100,000
Bendigo Weekly
Spring Gully United Soccer Club will kick goals today with $100,000 being announced to upgrade and extend the pavillion. The tired Spring Gully Recreation Reserve pavillion was awarded funding under the State Government’s Community Facility Funding Program. “With demand for lo..
24-Oct-2014
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KALIANNA CASH
Anthony Radford
EDUCATION has taken a front-row seat in the Bendigo state election race, with the State Government promising $4.8 million to redevelop Kalianna Special School, if re-elected. The Bendigo Weekly revealed in May the school was desperate for funds to fix its rundown buildings. The school is run..
24-Oct-2014
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Eyes on the prize
Bendigo Weekly
This year’s Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival will have one very special act, when the winner of the Lazenby Young Blues Guitarist Award takes to the stage. The inaugural award, set up in memory of Bendigo musician, business leader and youth campaigner Phil Lazenby, will be hotly ..
24-Oct-2014
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Human rights top agenda
Bendigo Weekly
Human rights will be the talk of the town at an upcoming forum in Bendigo. Greater Bendigo council will host a human rights forum on November 11 at the Bendigo Town Hall. ABC Central Victoria’s Jonathan Ridnell will host the free event running from 1.15 to 3.15pm. Australian Race ..
23-Oct-2014
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Man charged with shooting deaths
Bendigo Weekly
The 63-year old Wedderburn man, Ian Francis Jamieson, has been charged with three counts of murder following the triple-fatality. Three people, from the same family, are dead after a four-hour siege near Wedderburn on Wednesday night. The two men and one woman were found dead on adjoini..
22-Oct-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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Woman injured in accident
Christine McGinn
A woman was taken to hospital this morning after a single vehicle accident on Crusoe Road. The woman was taken to Bendigo Hospital with a right-arm injury but no other people were injured in the incident. The black four-wheel drive was traveling from Lockwood South to Kangaroo Flat ab..
10-Jun-2014
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Ravenswood hotel blaze
Bendigo Weekly
Investigations are underway to find the cause of last night's fire at the former Junction Hotel in Ravenswood. About 18 fire crews, including specialist equipment vehicles, attacked the fire, with reports the roof has collapsed. North-bound traffic on the Calder Freeway was ..
09-Jun-2014
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Agents robbed
Bendigo Weekly
Three Bendigo real estate agencies were broken into overnight. Thieves broke into Doug Lougoon for Real Estate at 37 Will St, McKean McGregor Real State at 5 Wills St and Mawby Property at 105 Mitchell St. Police said cash was stolen during the burglaries and they believe the robberies a..
06-Jun-2014
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CAR AND TRUCK COLLIDE - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
A car and truck collided in Strathfieldsaye this afternoon. A medium sized truck and a smaller sedan collided on the Tannery Lane and Guys Hill Road intersection about 12.20pm. Three ambulance units, State Emergency Service, police and Country Fire Authority members a..
05-Jun-2014
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TRUCK TAKES WRONG TURN ON CALDER
Christine McGinn
A b-double truck has taken a wrong right turn onto the Calder Freeway this morning. The vehicle traveling on the Calder Alternative Highway, towards Melbourne, made an immediate right turn onto the northbound side. A police spokesperson said the truck had not crossed the highway before m..
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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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New album from Egan twins
Steve Kendall
BENDIGO twins Alanna and Alicia Egan have put the final touches to their album Twinlines and have taken it on the road. It’s their third album of original folky/jazz/roots songs and they gave it a first airing at five performances at Port Fairy Folk Festival. The album has been re..
08-Mar-2013
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Touchdown in Bendigo
Joel Peterson
Bendigo landed yet another major sports event last week, with the announcement that Tom Flood Sports Centre will hold the 2014 Gridiron Victoria Vic Bowl on August 30. The Vic Bowl decides the division one and two champions of the Gridiron Victoria season, with both games to be played on the..
27-Jun-2014
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Dempster lining up in Le Tour
Joel Peterson
Bendigo cyclist Zak Dempster will become the first Bendigonian to tackle the world's biggest cycling event, when he rides in this year's Tour de France. Dempster is part of the 9-man NetApp Endura team selected for the event, running from July 5 to 27. The 26-year-old, originally from Ca..
26-Jun-2014
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Spirit's tax slug
Joel Peterson
The financial gains the Bendigo Bank Spirit made over the club's two WNBL championship-winning seasons have been effectively wiped out. The club has been hit with a tax assessment bill dating back to the club's foundation years, putting the club back to square one. “We have just co..
26-Jun-2014
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Gold's final siren
Joel Peterson
It has been a club with no place to call home, no place to hang a team photo, seemingly no place within the Bendigo football community, and at the end of the year the Bendigo Gold will be no longer. The club made the decision this week not to renew its licence for the 2015 VFL season, meaning..
25-Jun-2014
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Gridiron champs come to city
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo has secured another significant sporting event. The TGI Friday Vic Bowl gridiron match will be held at the Tom Flood Sports Centre on August 30. The Vic Bowl is the Division One championship game played between the two best teams in the state. The program will also feature ..
20-Jun-2014
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Bendigo plays host
Joel Peterson
IN another basketball coup for Bendigo, the Bendigo Stadium will host the 2014 and 2015 Women’s National Basketball League Spring Shield tournments. The annual pre-season tournament has been held in Dandenong the past two years and will see all eight WNBL teams make the trip to Bendigo t..
20-Jun-2014
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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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In honour of Ivan
Bendigo Weekly
Next month sees the start of a series of concerts at the Sacred Heart Cathedral. The memorial concerts are in honour of Father Ivan Page who died last year. Father Ivan had a great love of the arts, history and music, and concerts in his honour are an considered an excellent way to remembe..
01-Feb-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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Life’s a cakewalk for Julie-Anne
Bendigo Weekly
Late last month, Bendigo’s growing reputation as a foodie haven was given a boost with the opening of Cakewalk, a specialist cake shop offering custom designed and decorated cakes or cupcakes and hot and cold drinks. Excited owner Julie-Anne Valentine gave us an insight into the sweet life. ..
11-Apr-2013
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Picnic in the park
Bendigo Weekly
Autumn is the perfect time for a picnic and where better to enjoy an outdoor feast than in Bendigo’s beautiful Rosalind Park. To coincide with the park’s transition to it’s colorful best, the Bendigo Community Farmer’s Market committee is planning a picnic to celebrate the ..
04-Apr-2013
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Bakers have hot buns
Bendigo Weekly
Easter without hot cross buns is like Christmas without turkey. And these days you can practically have them with your left-over Christmas turkey as they appear on the supermarket shelves earlier every year. Not surprising then, that Australians consume about 70 million of them every Easter. ..
21-Mar-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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How to write a best seller
Bendigo Weekly
The Secret Keeper Kate Morton Allen & Urwin, $35 A highly respected and well known book publisher once told me that people always underestimate how difficult it is to write popular fiction. To illustrate her point she said that over her many years in publishing there has been ..
15-Nov-2012
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