Hitting back at bigotry
Christine McGinn
SHADOW Multicultural minister Michelle Rowland has taken a stand against the knee-jerk bigotry shown towards minority cultures in Bendigo. During her first tour of the city, Ms Rowland met with cultural groups to show her support for diversity and inclusion. Ms Rowland said a small group ..
17-Apr-2015
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Pool backflip ‘disappointing’
Christine McGinn
FORMER City of Greater Bendigo mayor Lisa Ruffell said this week the pool backflip in council’s draft 2015/16 budget was disappointing. Cr Ruffell said it was concerning that the proposed Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic Leisure and Wellbeing Centre had been reduced from a 50 metre to 2..
17-Apr-2015
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FYFFE LEAVES ART GALLERY BOARD
Christine McGinn
AVID Bendigo Art Gallery supporter councillor Rod Fyffe has stood down from his duties as the board’s community representative. City of Greater Bendigo Cr Fyffe found that his appointment on the art gallery board conflicted with his ability to participate or vote on council matters rela..
10-Apr-2015
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PUSH IS ON FOR AGED CARE SUPPORT
Christine McGinn
A LOCAL aged care advocate is pushing for a one-stop aged care service information centre in Bendigo. Leading Aged Services Australia volunteer of the year Ruth Hosking said the city needs an impartial centre to help clients navigate the system and its available services. “There is a s..
10-Apr-2015
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POLICE PRAISE DRIVERS
Christine McGinn
POLICE have praised motorists for their safe driving on central Victoria’s roads this Easter long-weekend. Bendigo Police Highway Patrol Senior Sergeant Mark Edwards said Operation Crossroads had been successful across the region. “The number one thing is that no one died, this is..
07-Apr-2015
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Harrower era over
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Spirit's Harrower era is officially over. Bernie Harrower, who has coached the club for its first eight years in the Women's National Basketball League, will not coach the team next season. The club released a statement this afternoon saying that Harrower had rejected an offe..
02-Apr-2015
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Kidney care vital
Bendigo Weekly
RENAL Dialysis patient Vin DeAraugo is urging the community to take care of their bodies and reduce their risk of kidney disease. Without any warning, Mr DeAraugo’s kidneys began shutting down at age 79. “With one in three Australians at risk of kidney disease, everyone needs to..
29-May-2015
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Woman trapped in car crash
Christine McGinn
A WOMAN remains trapped after a two car collision in Ravenswood South this morning. The collision occurred at the Fogartys Gap Road and Calder Highway intersection just after 9am. An ambulance spokesperson said the trapped woman was suffering non-life threatening injuries and would..
28-May-2015
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Greater Bendigo gains sister city
Bendigo Weekly
THE CITY of Greater Bendigo council has formalised its relationship with Haimen Municipal People’s Government. Nine delegates from Haimen are visiting Bendigo today to sign an agreement to become a sister city relationship to Bendigo. The relationship was developed after former Mayor B..
22-May-2015
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Strategy on the move
Bendigo Weekly
THE state government has confirmed community consultation on Victoria’s first ever long-term strategy for regional public transport will kick off in June. The Regional Network Development Plan will set out priorities for regional public transport services, infrastructure and investment ..
22-May-2015
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Top marks for Shannon
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
BENDIGO local Shannon Ryan has been recognised for her contribution to the community by winning the 2015 Ricci Marks Award. The 24-year-old youth worker receives the award in light of her work for the benefit of the Dja Dja Wurrung people and the Bendigo region. Blending her passions in..
22-May-2015
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Foodshare providing promise
Dianne Dempsey
While the Weekly has been profiling individual welfare and church agencies which provide meals and food to people in need, Foodshare is the central organisation which acts as a wholesale distributor to those agencies. Foodshare’s operations manager Ray Butler said a significant indicato..
22-May-2015
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Guns seized in raid
Bendigo Weekly
Police have charged a man after 139 firearms were seized from a property in Myers Flat over the weekend. Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit detectives joined uniform members to execute a search warrant at the rural property on Saturday morning and found the firearms. Members seized 37 long a..
25-Aug-2014
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Ravenswood South collision
Christine McGinn
Two cars have collided at the Ravenswood Rest Stop this afternoon. Three police units and ambulance are attending to the Ravenswood South incident. Traffic is still flowing in either direction of the Calder Freeway. More to come...
14-Aug-2014
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Arrested in the city's bowels
Christine McGinn
An 18 year old man, who faced the Bendigo Magistrates' Court today in relation to an assault, allegedly ran from police custody into the bowels of the CBD. Police said the man allegedly ran from the court house into the Bendigo Creek and a sewer pipe.. Police arrested and hand-cuffed th..
13-Aug-2014
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100 cannabis plants seized
Christine McGinn
One hundred cannabis plants have been seized after a raid on a Flora Hill home this morning. The Central Victorian Response Unit raided a Somerville Street home at 8.40am. Sergant Mick Peckham said they raided the "crop house" "Each room in the interior of the house was set up to grow..
13-Aug-2014
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Police on Bull
Bendigo Weekly
Police are attending to an incident in Bull Street this afternoon. Two men, who were believed to be drunk, were seen causing a disruption at midday. One man is speaking with police while the other, is believed to have left the scene. Police are attending to the incident and a Greater Be..
13-Aug-2014
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ANOTHER CAR INTO A SHOP
Bendigo Weekly
Another elderly driver has driven into a Bendigo shop on High Street this morning. An 83 year old Kangaroo Flat woman accidentally reversed her Toyota Camry into the Australia Post shop in Kangaroo Flat at 11.35am. Bendigo Police Sergeant Mick McCrann said the driver then panicked, and drove o..
08-Aug-2014
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Hip hop Bliss is back
Christine McGinn
BLISS N ESO are hitting up Bendigo, in a sold-out national tour set to take stage in May this year. The three piece Australian hip-hop band will show their lyrical genius and musical stylings to live outdoor shows in their headline tour across April to May. Riding the wave of success, Blis..
14-Mar-2014
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Feeler revisited
Steve Kendall
IN the 10 years since Feeler was released, Pete Murray has produced three more albums. None, perhaps have had the impact of this first CD for Sony. Over the years he has been revisiting Feeler and decided to record some of the tracks with an orchestra, this led to the whole album being re-re..
10-Mar-2014
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A vine time for rock at the Rifle
Bendigo Weekly
THE Rifle Brigade Hotel plays host to Rock in Vines this Sunday. Festival director Steve Saxton said the big day was getting close. “We are committed to delivering this and other events for Bendigo, its music-loving public, and the talented local artists who have been such great sup..
06-Mar-2014
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An Avent to attend
Steve Kendall
THE elegantly named Ma Petite has an equally beautiful real name. Indiana Avent was born in Melbourne but raised in Castlemaine, so every return is like a homecoming. Avent said she didn’t appreciate it much as a child but sees it now for what it is. “An artistic town with a gr..
21-Feb-2014
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Boy, bear, Bendigo
Christine McGinn
BOY and Bear will embark on a 30-day regional Australia tour after playing sold out shows in the UK and a Europe and US tour. Bassist David Symes said it was an exciting time for the band, especially off the back of a two month Oz tour. “We are really excited to jump overseas and ta..
21-Feb-2014
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Presley is in the building
Bendigo Weekly
Memphis-born Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis, has announced the she’ll be performing in Bendigo with her five-piece band. This is the first time she has toured Australia in eight years. The tour – which Presley will be taking around the world – comes off the back of her l..
07-Feb-2014
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Stars on track
Joel Peterson
INTERNATIONAL cycling stars and locals alike will take to the Tom Flood Sports Centre velodrome on Sunday night to do battle in the 44th McCaig Daikin Bendigo International Madison. A star-studded field will line up in the 200-lap epic, including past winners Christian Grassman and Leif Lamp..
06-Mar-2015
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Spirit on the brink
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Spirit coach Bernie Harrower has called on his side to bring the intensity it sorely lacked in the first week of finals, when it plays Sydney Uni in a do-or-die clash on Sunday. Harrower was left disappointed after the Spirit were comprehensively beaten by Townsville last Sunday, los..
27-Feb-2015
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Spirit torched by Fire
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Spirit will have to win their way through to the Women’s National Basketball League grand final next week after being thumped by Townsville today in the league’s major semi-final. The Fire will host the 2014/15 decider after they took a comprehensive 82-63 win a..
22-Feb-2015
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Meyer edges out rivals
Joel Peterson
West Australian Cameron Meyer made it two Jayco Herald Sun Tour stage wins in two years for Orica-GreenEDGE on the streets of Bendigo, as stage one of the race finished in Pall Mall today. Meyer, a multiple world champion on the track, showed just how powerful he is, outlasting Kiwi national..
05-Feb-2015
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Tour in town
Joel Peterson
Bendigo is set to welcome back Australia’s oldest stage race next week, when it hosts a stage finish and start of the 2015 Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Stage one of the race finishes in the heart of town on Thursday, with stage two getting under way from the Tom Flood Sports centre the followi..
30-Jan-2015
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Haig's great white hopes
Joel Peterson
Despite an interrupted start to 2015, Jack Haig is not ruling out his chances of defending his white jersey at this week's Tour Down Under. The 17th edition of the event gets underway in Adelaide tonight with the People's Choice Classic around the Adelaide Parklands precinct. Speaking to t..
18-Jan-2015
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Vet backs James
Bendigo Weekly
A BENDIGO family hoping to ease the way for their son with the help of a Righteous Pup has had help from a new quarter. James Ford has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. With this in mind, the Bendigo Animal Hospital has grabbed the lead and is offering the public the chance to sup..
10-Oct-2013
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Wholefoods for weight loss
Bendigo Weekly
Wholefoods are foods in their natural state, un-tampered with and unprocessed. These foods are nutrient dense, and provide the body with all the nutrition it needs. They include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and fresh organic meats and eggs. When you eat a ..
04-Oct-2013
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Mark of 20 years
Bendigo Weekly
Twenty years on and the success of a Salvation Army employment and training program has been marked at a gathering. The program’s focus was on developing strengths in young people while working practically with computers and in woodwork. In 1993, the newly-named Shout Employment ..
27-Sep-2013
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Back the winners
Bendigo Weekly
TWELVE couples are planning to be best at the Glass Slipper Ball, and it’s all in a good cause. What’s more the Bendigo Weekly is putting its might behind two teams. Ken and Sharon Marchingo and Keith and Karen Sutherland are strutting their stuff and one pair is sure to take the pri..
20-Sep-2013
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Operation Chill in action
Christine McGinn
Victoria Police’s Operation Chill is in full force today as 25 additional State Highway Patrol vehicles arrive to reduce road trauma. Marked and unmarked cars from Melbourne are assisting in the Thursday to Sunday road-user sting across September. Operation Chill is und..
13-Sep-2013
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Amicus marks a milestone
Bendigo Weekly
By CHRISTINE McGINN LEADING local disability service Amicus Group will celebrate its 25th birthday on October 8 as part of Senior’s Week. Dance performances, zumba, a free barbecue, healthy living information and cake will mark the local organisation’s milestone. Amicus cares fo..
13-Sep-2013
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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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Festival to tackle the elephant in the room
Bendigo Weekly
It’s not much spoken about, but more and more writers are now tackling, in various ways, the question, “what’s normal?”. Stress, anxiety, depression: these have become a “normal” part of our everyday conversation, barely thought about when our grandparents..
28-Jun-2013
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Songwriters have a say
Rosemary Sorensen
Singer songwriter Shane Howard has backed the Bendigo Writers Festival’s inclusion of songwriting in this year’s program. “I am happy to take part in a panel of writers, alongside booksellers and journalists, and hopefully to strike a blow for the art of songwriting to be ta..
21-Jun-2013
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Sharing the word around
Rosemary Sorensen
it’s called a Kitap ve Oyuncak Kumbarasi. Turkey has installed in various town squares what looks like a giant piggy bank, for books and toys (which is the rough translation of the Kumbarasi). They look like the giant collection bins, the kind you see outside op-shops, often with rubbish ..
14-Jun-2013
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Festival spot for Lisa
Bendigo Weekly
By Rosemary Sorensen One of Australia’s most admired actors will take part in this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival. Lisa McCune will be joined by producer and director Gus Howard, and children’s book author Christine Harris, for a session about turning a book into film. Ms Mc..
07-Jun-2013
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Pick of the week
Bendigo Weekly
The Promise The Town That Never Forgets Derek Guille One Day Hill, $24.99 In the small French town of Villers-Bretonneux in 1918, after two terrible battles, the Australian Imperial Force finally defeated the Germans. But the price they paid was terrible – more than 1200 ..
06-Jun-2013
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Short and sweet
Bendigo Weekly
Ur ananthamurthy, Aharon Appelfeld, Lydia Davis, Intizar Husain, Yan Lianke – these are not household names, but maybe they should be. Since it was added to the Man Booker, the Man Booker International Prize has sort of taken over from the Nobel Prize for Literature by winkling out writers w..
31-May-2013
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