WATER BOSS PULLS PLUG
Bendigo Weekly
The man at the helm of the North Central Catchment Management Authority, Damian Wells, is moving up stream. The outgoing chief executive officer has accepted a new role as the Environment Protection Authority’s executive director. Mr Wells served as NCCMA’s CEO for more than six ..
06-Feb-2015
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MAYOR CALLS FOR SHUFFLE
Christine McGinn
CITY of Greater Bendigo mayor Peter Cox has called for the current powers and position of the chief executive officer to be reviewed. Cr Cox said the position of CEO held too much power, leaving the councillors’ ability to influence decisions severely limited. “The CEO can empl..
30-Jan-2015
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REBUILDING
Dianne Dempsey
When Paul Gray’s wife Kerri, affectionately known as Kez, died on March 11, 2011 from breast cancer, she was 38. The tragedy was even more poignant as she left behind her two much loved children, Emily who was then 11 and Darcy, eight. While Mr Gray was heart broken, before his wif..
30-Jan-2015
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Boost for child health
Bendigo Weekly
GREATER Bendigo councillors approved a child health medical centre in North Bendigo at this week’s council meeting. The heritage-significant home on the 2913 square metre Anderson Street site will be extended for use for the Central Victorian Child Health centre. The centre will oper..
23-Jan-2015
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PROUD AND HAPPY
Dianne Dempsey
When Bhupinder Singh became an Australian citizen last year he was proud and filled with happiness. “My family and our friends all went out to dinner to celebrate with me that night,” he said. “I first came to Australia in 2007 and have been studying and working here eve..
23-Jan-2015
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FAIR SHARE
Christine McGinn
IN an historic arrangement, Marist College Bendigo (MCB) has joined forces with the City of Greater Bendigo to develop $8 million worth of shared facilities. Under a six-year funding agreement the two will equally share the cost of the recreation and community facilities. Plans reveal a ..
23-Jan-2015
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Netball returns to Canterbury Park
Joel Peterson
EAGLEHAWK Football Netball Club will finally have use of its new netball courts at Canterbury Park this weekend, almost two months after their scheduled completion. The Weekly understands the courts had been deemed “unsafe”, due to fencing being too close to the court boundary an..
15-May-2015
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Roads funds to double
Christine McGinn
GREATER Bendigo’s roads and small businesses are set to the benefit from this year’s federal government 2015/16 budget. Local roads are expected to be upgraded and repaired as part of the additional $350 million in the Roads to Recovery program budget. Member for Bendigo Lisa Ches..
15-May-2015
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Boost in budget
Bendigo Weekly
THE Housing Industry Association has welcomed this week’s federal budget release as a means to lift business and consumer confidence. In a statement released this week, the HIA said a key element of the budget is the $5.5 billion growing jobs and small business package. With a barra..
15-May-2015
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Caring for kids
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
CATHOLIC College Bendigo students have created activity bags for children at Bendigo hospital as part of their community service class project. Charlton Bendigo Bank and Toyworld have both gotten behind the initiative by supplying toys, bags and colouring books. CCB Student Kelsey Waldron ..
15-May-2015
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Mona's smiling on
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
Mona Benbow celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends on Wednesday. To mark the milestone, Ms Benbow was presented with a cricket bat, and had her photo added to the centennial wall. The loyal Geelong supporter said she was thrilled to see everyone at the presentation. &ldqu..
15-May-2015
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Federal funding to benefit local projects
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
The City of Greater Bendigo will be allocated $150,000 to put towards local infrastructure projects as part of the federal budget announcements. The grant is part of the new “Stronger Communities Fund” which involves the distribution of $45 million to all electorates in Australi..
12-May-2015
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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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CAR COLLIDES WITH TREE - VIDEO
Christine McGinn
A woman was taken to hospital after a car collided with a tree on Specimen Hill Road on Tuesday about 10.50am. The passenger, in her 20s, was taken to Bendigo hospital in a stable condition. Two young females were in the vehicle at the time. A witness said o..
05-Aug-2014
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Long Gully crime scene
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Investigation Team detectives were called up to investigate an alleged sexual assault on Sunday night. Sergeant Mick McCrann said police responded to an alleged sexual assault at 7pm on Sunday night on Cuneen Street. He said t..
04-Aug-2014
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Charge over road rage incident
Bendigo Weekly
A MAN aged 30 has been charged on summons after allegedly bashing a man after a road rage incident on Wednesday. The male victim sufffered head, arm and leg injuries after an alleged assault on Holdsworth Road about 2.40pm. The man in his 20s, was taken to Bendigo hospital in a “serious..
30-Jul-2014
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Annie and Bern
Steve Kendall
Annie and Bern are channelling the wit and romance of 1960s Britain. That’s a big call for the Melbourne-based duo, but they seem to be able to pull it off. Annie is Ann-Maree McKee who placed an ad in Beat magazine 12 years ago. Enter Bern, the guitarist, and through a variety of..
29-Nov-2013
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Showcase at the Golden Vine
Steve Kendall
An eight-hour extravaganza across two stages, the Rock in the Vines showcase will highlight local talent at the Golden Vine Hotel on Sunday. Bendigo’s own John Lingard, who made it to the grand final of the Telstra Road to Discovery in Tamworth in January is one of those performing. ..
22-Nov-2013
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Four day blues
Bendigo Weekly
Thousands of people packed the city’s live music venues last weekend to celebrate the four-day blues extravaganza that is Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival. Festival director Colin Thompson said crowds had enjoyed 250-plus performances from more than 100 acts, at 20 different venu..
15-Nov-2013
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Hailey sings the blues
Steve Kendall
WRAPPED in overcoat and scarf, singer Hailey Calvert showed her Brisbane roots as she sang the blues. WA-born of Victorian family, she made the trip from Queensland to feature in some sets at the Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival. Around 400 people were in Rosalind Park on Saturday aftern..
11-Nov-2013
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Ladies got the blues
Bendigo Weekly
A bevy of beautiful female voices will be front and centre at a special showcase as part of this weekend’s Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival. “Ladies got the Blues” will be held at the Rifle Brigade Hotel on Sunday, November 10, featuring an all-star line-up of local a..
08-Nov-2013
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Blues and Roots festival lineup
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival has secured the internationally-acclaimed Foghorn Stringband all the way from the US, as well as Australian blues and roots favourites Geoff Achison, Lloyd Spiegel, Sal Kimber & the Rollin Wheel, and many more. Running from November 7 to 10, 2013, t..
16-Oct-2013
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Haig's competitive edge
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo young gun Jack Haig has landed a contract with the biggest team in Australian cycling. The 21-year-old has signed with Australia's only UCI WorldTour team, Orica GreenEDGE. The former national mountain biking champion and National Road Series winner's signing was announced today ..
20-Nov-2014
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A dozen of the best - Spirit TV
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Spirit will try to extend its unbeaten streak over Dandenong to 12 consecutive games this Sunday, when the two sides meet on the Rangers’ home floor in round five of the 2014-15 season. The Spirit have defeated the Rangers in their past 11 clashes dating back to November, 2..
14-Nov-2014
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Tennis action continues
Bendigo Weekly
A strong field of 32 top female tennis players took to the courts at the Bendigo Bank Tennis Complex for this week’s William Loud Bendigo International ProTour #1 Tournament. Main draw action started on Tuesday, with four matches being played, before a further 12 were held on Wednesday..
07-Nov-2014
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All set for Bendigo international
Bendigo Weekly
Top seed Eri Hozumi will take on Australian Monique Adamczak in the opening main draw round of the William Loud Bendigo International ProTour tournament, beginning tomorrow. The tournament is a part of the Bendigo Festival Of Tennis, which got underway at the Bendigo Bank Tennis Comple..
03-Nov-2014
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A THUMPING WIN - SPIRIT TV
Bendigo Weekly
The Australian Pork Bendigo Spirit have had a busy start to the WNBL season. After dropping the first game by three points against the Townsville Fire, they fought back to beat the University of Canberra Capitals 67-60 in their first home game. That match also saw the unfurling to the Sp..
01-Nov-2014
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Emu Creek fight back to win
Bendigo Weekly
Centuries to Simon Marwood and Daniel Chamberlain capped off a dominant display with the bat for Emu Creek, who staged a remarkable fightback to easily beat Axe Creek in round two of the Emu Valley Cricket Association season. Heading into the day’s play at 3/8, the visitors fell to 4/2..
01-Nov-2014
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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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Last chance to sign up
Bendigo Weekly
Will women take the prize again? Tomorrow (Saturday) is the last chance to register and weigh-in for Bendigo’s Biggest Winner. By registering, you gain 12 weeks of special offers from Bendigo businesses, support to lose weight and eat well, and the chance to win $1000 first prize for..
12-Sep-2013
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Weight loss style
Bendigo Weekly
FOR the first time in its four-year history, Bendigo’s Biggest Winner participants have the chance to win a makeover to go with their healthier self. Business owners of Shed 7 Hairdressing for Men and Coco Hair Lounge in View Street, Nina Bice and Kevin Harding, have donated a makeover for t..
29-Aug-2013
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Fete aims to refit your home
Bendigo Weekly
A home renovation prize valued at nearly $3000 is up for grabs at this year’s school fete at St Therese’s Primary School. School principal Matthew Mann said the lucky winner of first prize will receive a fantastic renovation package for their home if their $2 raffle ticket is drawn. ..
15-Aug-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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Women lead way
Bendigo Weekly
In the Miles Franklin Literary Award has not only announced an all-woman shortlist, they are also running a “Miles of Reading Challenge” for tweet-reviews of those novels. To be announced on June 19, the $60,000 prize was set up from the estate of Stella Ma..
09-May-2013
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Tattoo time
Bendigo Weekly
Newstead starts the winter, and Bendigo brings it to an end. While the announcement is imminent of who is coming to The Capital in August for Bendigo Writers Festival, this weekend Newstead Short Story Tattoo has a packed program on offer. Director Neil Boyack explains this three-day event as..
02-May-2013
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A winding path to Leunig
Bendigo Weekly
One of Michael Leunig’s favourite quotes is by the influential child psychologist Donald Winnicott, who said artists are torn by an “inherent dilemma”. They have, Winnicott said, an “urgent need to communicate and the still more urgent need not to be found”. Despite..
26-Apr-2013
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Pick of the week - BOOTCAMP
Bendigo Weekly
By Rosemary Sorensen Stacey Logan returned briefly to Bendigo earlier this month, to let people know about her books. Now in her 30s, the former Camp Hill Primary and Catholic College student has been beavering away at writing since leaving school. She admits her first efforts were “of v..
18-Apr-2013
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A bold failure
Bendigo Weekly
The Childhood of Jesus JM Coetzee Text, $34.95 Fables can work, if they have humanity within them, not just signposts to morality. Whether or not JM Coetzee’s latest novel, The Childhood of Jesus, works for you will depend on your willingness to go along with the absurdity ..
11-Apr-2013
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Books in the picture
Bendigo Weekly
Glenda Millard’s Lightning Jack, illustrated by Patricia Mullins, is on the shortlist for picture books at this year’s Children’s Book Council Book of the Year awards. The Bendigo writer talked about the book at last year’s Bendigo Writers Festival, and took young students ..
11-Apr-2013
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