Call for road slow down
Joel Peterson
POSSIBLE reductions in speed limits on country roads will be the focus of work from Victoria Police after the results of Operation Nexus were handed down yesterday. Victoria Police’s deputy assistant commissioner Doug Fryer expressed disappointment in the behaviour of drivers over 13 d..
28-Apr-2017
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Legal aid cuts reversed
Sharon Kemp
CUTS to legal aid services in central Victoria were halted when Attorney-General George Brandis announced this week the government would restore funding to community legal services. Arc Justice, which operates the Loddon Campaspe community legal centre in Bendigo and another in Shepparton, h..
28-Apr-2017
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Dry winter looms after wet April
Joel Peterson
DESPITE the wettest April on record, central Victorians can still expect a dry winter according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Bendigo has recorded 113.2 millimetres of rainfall so far this month, the most ever recorded at the Bendigo airport weather station and the city’s wettest since..
28-Apr-2017
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Beehive work to start
Sharon Kemp
IN what will be a major boost for city traders, the first stage of restoration work on the former Bendigo Mining Exchange will begin within months. After delays that have forced the owners to renegotiate a variation to the works contract with the City of Greater Bendigo, project spokesman Gr..
28-Apr-2017
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Aspire lodges planning application
Sharon Kemp
THE Aspire Foundation has lodged a planning application with the City of Greater Bendigo to build Australia’s first faith-based tourist precinct, and will continue to lobby the federal government for funding. The foundation developing the precinct to be built at the base of the Sacred ..
28-Apr-2017
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Hard work rewarded for La Trobe graduates
Bendigo Weekly
ALMOST 800 graduands had their few minutes of fame on stage at the Ulumburra Theatre this week. Surinderjeet Saini, pictured, was one of the students who gathered with family and friends to celebrate their years of study in a wide range of courses, from dentistry to outdoor education, busin..
28-Apr-2017
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Tyler takes his role to heart
Bendigo Weekly
Kissing three to four girls is going to be the highlight of the production for Oklahoma cast member and aspiring actor Tyson Peautagitama. Nexus Bendigo Youth Theatre will be performing Oklahoma from July 21 at The Capital Theatre, with four shows and a cast of 63 they hope the show will be..
01-Jul-2016
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Change to help jobless
Sharon Kemp
CONVERTING 40 casual Centrelink positions to full time work would fix waiting times for clients and provide job security for workers, according to Labor candidate Lisa Chesters. Ms Chesters announced the initiative as she finished the second last week of campaigning in Bendigo. The incum..
01-Jul-2016
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Labour of love
Dianne Dempsey
Two friends, Helen Garner and Arnold Zable, will be brought together at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival discussing the “sheer bloody labour” of writing. “I think nobody but another writer understands the labour involved in writing,” Zable..
30-Jun-2016
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Life FM appeals to listeners
Bendigo Weekly
AS Bendigo radio station Life FM prepared to launch its twice-annual appeal, it tax deductability status came through. And as general manager Gaelle Broad worried this week about falling behind the $30,000 fund raising target, a listener called in with a $2000 donation. Life FM has grown..
24-Jun-2016
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Jobless welcome new work promises
Bendigo Weekly
BOTH major political parties are promising jobs growth if elected, and to some, it’s none too soon. Bendigo jobseekers Jack Surplice 20, and Aiden Wellard 18, have experienced the same troubles when it comes to finding part-time work in the area – there is none. Jack is stud..
24-Jun-2016
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Schools reward their best
Bendigo Weekly
YOUNG people from across the Sandhurst Diocese attended the Bishop Joe Grech Youth Scholarship lunch at the Catholic Education Office in Bendigo on Wednesday. Catholic Education Sandhurst director Paul Desmond said although the scholarship had been awarded since 2011 this was only the second..
24-Jun-2016
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Rebecca’s ready to roll
Bendigo Weekly
To manage increasing demand for volunteers at local events, St John Bendigo is calling on locals to put their hand up to give back to their local community by signing up as first aiders. The organisation is well known for its green-clad volunteers attending community events, natural disaste..
04-Mar-2016
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A teal moment
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO women gathered at the Town Hall on Wednesday to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Bendigo’s Biggest Afternoon Teal was a fundraiser with the added goal of making people think more about their health. Bendigo for Ovarian Cancer committee member and Ovarian Cancer Ambassador..
26-Feb-2016
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Doris has a new day
Bendigo Weekly
By Christine Allan Melinda Schneider will bring her vibrant homage to Doris Day, Melinda Does Doris - A Tribute to Doris Day, to the Capital Theatre on Thursday. While many will be familiar with Schneider’s extensive country music song-writing and recording care..
19-Feb-2016
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Sculpture set for hospital
Dianne Dempsey
Acknowledging the place of public art in great cities, member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards this week announced the artist whose sculpture will be commissioned for the new Bendigo Hospital. When the announcement was made at the Bendigo Art Gallery, the winning entrant, Sydney ar..
05-Feb-2016
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A sustainable outlook
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL organisation Foodshare is nominating for a Sustainability Award. Foodshare collects food from organisations that have overproduction or excess and distribute it to local charities and schools as well as other agencies. It is only two years old yet has 53 volunte..
05-Feb-2016
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Tom takes the oath
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo local Tom Cobden has risen taken the first step to becoming an Army Officer through the Royal Military College, Duntroon. On January 19 the 21-year-old took his official oath during an appointment ceremony at the Melbourne Defence Force Recruiting Centre before departing for RMC in ..
29-Jan-2016
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Dancing with imagination
Bendigo Weekly
The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires is one of the world’s leading tango companies. With sell-out performances across the globe over the past 11 years and a YouTube audience in excess of 19 million people worldwide, German Cornejo’s choreography and vision seems to have captured th..
12-Aug-2016
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A shot in the dark
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo rockers Black Aces have done it the hard way – five years of gigging around Australia before releasing their debut album earlier this year. Shot In The Dark charted at 17 on the iTunes Rock charts. Classic Rock, Rock Hard France, and Powerplay magazines all praised the album. Thum..
04-Aug-2016
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A musical mix
Bendigo Weekly
There’s a veritable smorgasbord of musical talent hitting Bendigo over the next few weekends. Tonight, Friday, July 29 at the Gold Dust Lounge, beneath the Shamrock Hotel, the immense talent that is Lloyd Spiegel will grace a Bendigo stage for the first time since late last year. He&r..
28-Jul-2016
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Sisters in song
Bendigo Weekly
THE McClymonts are fired up to play Ulumbarra on Saturday. Since releasing their self-titled debut EP in 2006, Brooke, Sam and Mollie have gone on to amass 19 charting singles, gold albums, multiple awards and sold out shows across Australia and the US. Brooke said the songs they’..
21-Jul-2016
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Walker on the way
Simon Wooldridge
Benny Walker is no stranger to Bendigo. He’s played at so many of our local venues over the years he can probably find them quicker than a taxi driver. After an uncharacteristically long absence from VIC 3550 though, the indigenous troubadour from Echuca will be back on Saturday, July 23 t..
15-Jul-2016
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Showcase for the blues
Simon Wooldridge
This year’s second Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival Showcase event boasts an 18 act line-up with some familiar faces gracing the two stages. It all starts at noon on Sunday, July, 17 at the Golden Vine. The Mojo Corner have a mid-afternoon garden stage slot. And they’re l..
07-Jul-2016
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Roos continue their winning ways
Bendigo Weekly
KANGAROO Flat has been crowned Victoria’s inaugural league challenge winners after a brilliant showing last weekend. The BFNL A-grade premiers of 2016, the Roos defeated Drouin in Sunday’s final 22-20. The tournament was the first that Netball Victoria has run, and invited pr..
17-Mar-2017
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Building on success
Bendigo Weekly
REIGNING Bendigo Football Netball League senior premier Sandhurst has joined forces with Metricon in a deal that will see the Queen Elizabeth Oval re-named for three years. Sandhurst football and netball home games from season 2017 will be played at Metricon QEO in a major partnership betwee..
17-Mar-2017
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Braves gear up for title defence
Joel Peterson
THINGS are kicking into gear for the Bendigo Braves, but not quite everything has gone to plan for the reigning South East Australian Basketball League champions. Import Dyami Starks and Australian guard Adam Doyle arrived in town recently and are training with the club, but the Braves are s..
10-Mar-2017
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Thunder joins forces with Tigers
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Thunder will have players train with Richmond and play selected games at Punt Road Oval under a new partnership with the powerful AFL club. Tigers president Peggy O’Neal and Thunder coach Cherie O’Neill announced the deal on Channel Nine last Sunday. It was broker..
10-Mar-2017
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Four for finals fight
Joel Peterson
A FIERCELY-contested Emu Valley Cricket Association finals series kicks off this weekend. The 2016/17 grand final will, for the sixth straight year, feature one of top side United and Mandurang, who play at Ewing Park, while the weekend’s other game sees second-placed Golden Gully up a..
10-Mar-2017
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Bulls close in on three-peat
Joel Peterson
THE Bridgewater Bulls are closing in on a hat-trick of Upper Loddon Cricket Association premierships, heading into tomorrow’s final day of the ULCA grand final against Kingower in a dominant position. The Bulls cracked 309 batting first at Bridgewater on day one, with Josh Hann and Jay..
10-Mar-2017
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Care at Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
WHEN you’re driving around looking at Christmas lights during the festive season, have you ever wondered about the fire danger associated with the spreading of Christmas cheer? Do you anxiously wait for the houses to spontaneously combust? People are being urged to avoid overloading po..
11-Dec-2015
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A life under the waves
Bendigo Weekly
La Trobe University Bendigo graduate Midshipman Chris Jenkins, is on track to become part of an elite navy team that wears dolphins as a badge of distinction. He was appointed as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy six months ago and this week graduated from the New Entry Officer Course ..
11-Dec-2015
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Weave jam alert
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is on board the One Million Stars to End Violence project, an international weaving project by Australian artist and weaver Maryann Talia Pau. The aim is to end violence by bringing people together across the world to weave one million stars for a grand display in Queensland in 2018..
11-Dec-2015
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Time to five at the tree
Bendigo Weekly
RESIDENTS have the chance to give to families in need this Christmas at a Christmas Community Giving Tree. Hume & Iser Home Timber and Hardware in conjunction with Victoria Police and CatholicCare Sandhurst are inviting people to visit the Hume & Iser store to place a gift under thei..
04-Dec-2015
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A letter to Santa
Bendigo Weekly
AS Santa, Mrs Claus and their little helpers begin to prepare for their big trip down under from the North Pole, central Victorian children are being reminded to start writing their letters to the man in red. For the second year in a row children will be welcome to put their letters in Sant..
04-Dec-2015
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Climate change in focus
Bendigo Weekly
Five hundred people marched in Bendigo on Friday to call for climate action. The event, run by the Bendigo Sustainability Group, Caritas Australia, and other community groups, was one of more than 2000 marches held throughout 150 countries in the lead up to the United Nations climate summit..
04-Dec-2015
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Hospital takes another step forward
Bendigo Weekly
STATE member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards this week unveiled the world-class cancer facilities currently under construction as part of the Bendigo Hospital Project. The new cancer centre brings together radiotherapy, oncology and outpatient services within an integrated space, providing b..
06-Nov-2015
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Real estate joins forces
Bendigo Weekly
STAFF from Barry Plant Bendigo and The Professionals Bendigo have put professional rivalry aside for the moment and teamed up to sell four brand new townhouses in Flora Hill, all profits from which will be donated to charity. The agents will also donate a portion of their sellers’ fee..
05-Nov-2015
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Oktoberfest brewing to be a top day
Bendigo Weekly
Beers and sausages will be the order of the day this Oktoberfest. The Rifle in View Street is presenting this year’s German and European-styled event on Saturday, October 31. To attend the event, you will need a ticket for $30 which includes a half-litre stein full of your choice..
23-Oct-2015
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Eat. Shop. Drink
Laura Hurley
CHRISTMAS is just around the corner, and following the success of last month’s Eat. Shop. Drink. Bendigo campaign, federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters is partnering up with the City of Greater Bendigo to encourage people to continue to shop and eat local throughout the silly season. ..
16-Oct-2015
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New venue pumped up
Laura Hurley
The Botanical Hotel is under new management – Bendigo Stadium is now at the helm of the iconic White Hills venue and is set to open its doors in two weeks. Renamed The Wellington at Botanical Gardens, the venue has undergone major renovations and will feature a family restaurant, sport..
01-Oct-2015
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Dine out the The McIvor
Steve Kendall
I dragged a crowd out for a beer the other day because I heard there’s a new tipple in town. Matilda Bay’s Lazy Yak is doing the rounds in bottles, but it’s only on tap at limited bars in town. One of those bars is The McIvor Restaurant and Bar at 54 McIvor Road, Kennington..
21-Aug-2015
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A challenge
Marika McMahon
There’s a thing doing the rounds of facebook at the moment where people are nominated not to pour ice over their head, but rather to nominate the 10 books that have influenced them the most. Of course, my mind turned to food and I started thinking about the cookbooks that influenced me the m..
26-Sep-2014
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Time for a picnic
Bendigo Weekly
Local produce champions Food Fossickers is once again bringing together the restaurants and food producers from Central Victoria to create a unique regional feast, this time at the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival. Food Fossickers will present a regional picnic hamper which is available for..
19-Sep-2014
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Good food shouldn’t be seen as a luxury
Marika McMahon
The pleasure of a night out at one of the quality restaurants in Bendigo is an investment – an investment in experiencing new flavours, new techniques, new ingredients. An investment in spending time with family and friends. An investment in taking time out of busy times to be toget..
12-Sep-2014
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Cooking the book
Marika McMahon
The joy of gathering with friends over food (and a couple of nice drinks) has long been known. As life gets busier and we spend too much time interacting with each other just by social media rather than in real life we can be at risk of losing the opportunity to break bread together. But ..
05-Sep-2014
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Fresh pickings
Marika McMahon
There is much excitement in the air out Kennington way with the opening this week of the new Woolworths and accompanying retail shops. It has been much talked about on the sidelines at soccer and basketball as families plot a new place to shop in Bendigo. On Sunday afternoon we had a stick..
29-Aug-2014
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Hop out for beer food
Marika McMahon
The ever changing landscape of Bendigo food world continues to evolve. There’s a few new places and a few new events. Did you drive along Pall Mall last Saturday and think there was some hipster convention in town? Sure there were a lot of beards, a lot of crochet beanies but they we..
22-Aug-2014
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Mulga Bill rides again
Dianne Dempsey
Banjo Paterson’s ode to Mulga Bill is much-loved in Eaglehawk, the town’s name forever immortalised in the famous bush verse. However, that was 1896, and this is now. So Eaglehawk is on the hunt for its next big literary mention. This year the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Fest..
22-Jan-2016
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Fast-paced action from Africa
Rosalea Ryan
FEW Australian authors write as convincingly on the subject of southern Africa as does reporter, press secretary, public relations consultant and soldier Tony Park. This should come as no surprise, however, given that Park has homes both in Sydney and adjoining South Africa’s Kruger N..
15-Jan-2016
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Local radio guru airs new book
Bendigo Weekly
Ian Braybrook, a well known broadcaster around the Bendigo region, has recently published a lively book about his experiences in community radio. In all he spent 35 years working at 3CCC, KLFM and WMAFM. Bush Wireless tells his story and gives a rare insight into the comings and goings of c..
08-Jan-2016
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Letters on Bond
Bendigo Weekly
To tens of millions of fans James Bond is a suave, invincible Hollywood spy with a cultured British accent, an eye for a beautiful woman and an unerring ability to hunt out anyone who threatens the security of the West. Well before the arrival of the big-screen version, however, Bond was bo..
31-Dec-2015
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Emperor in exile
Bendigo Weekly
Two hundred years and two months ago, a momentous (and, to that point, unimaginably preposterous) event occurred on a pinprick of rock in the south Atlantic Ocean: dethroned French emperor Napoléon Bonaparte – the Great Ogre, the Tyrant, who had rampaged across Europe and already es..
11-Dec-2015
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Reaching his goal
Bendigo Weekly
Growing up in Sydney, Tim Cahill had one aim in life: to play professional soccer. At the time he imagined that would be, at best, with one of the country’s top domestic sides. The four-year-old with tears streaming down his cheeks as he lined up for his first game could not have imagi..
04-Dec-2015
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