Planning ahead for dry
Joel Peterson
Lessons learned from the millennium drought will guide Coliban Water’s future planning, according to its raw water supply manager Steve Healy. Coliban’s Urban Water Strategy lists some of the key objectives for the organisation arising from the drought, which saw water supplies d..
14-Jul-2017
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Rent hit for park owners
Sharon Kemp
FIVE months before the Central City Caravan Park farewells its last visitor, the park is already showing signs of vacancy but the landlord continues to increase the rent. About two thirds of the park’s 90-odd long-term residents have already left, selling or taking their transportable ..
14-Jul-2017
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V/Line slides back
Joel Peterson
FOLLOWING some recent gains, on-time running of Bendigo line trains took a dive last month with almost one in every six services arriving late. Punctuality of services on the Bendigo line in June was 84.3 per cent, down from May’s figure of 87.1 per cent. That came despite punctual..
14-Jul-2017
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Bendigo to ease metro woe
Bendigo Weekly
REGIONAL cities such as Bendigo have been urged to seek a greater role in alleviating the population pressures facing Greater Melbourne, with new Census data highlighting disparities in the state’s population growth. The 2016 census data shows Victoria’s 10 largest regional citie..
14-Jul-2017
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Green light expected
Sharon Kemp
A NEW 173-lot subdivision in Strathfieldsaye and a reconfiguration of the former Mt Edgecombe Hotel in Quarry Hill into a food and hospitality hub have been recommended as plans worthy of a nod. City of Greater Bendigo councillors are set to approve both at next Wednesday’s meeting des..
14-Jul-2017
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From dry to wet
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S driest June since records began was met with a wet start to July, but what was welcome rain for many is not expected to last. Just 2.2 millimetres of rain fell in Bendigo during June, the city’s driest month since record keeping began at Bendigo Prison in 18..
07-Jul-2017
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Gregson takes on councillors
Sharon Kemp
THE seeming inability of City of Greater Bendigo councillors to act respectfully has forced a brain drain from executive offices at Lyttleton Terrace, according to former councillor Wayne Gregson who this week announced his nomination for another four-year stint. Mr Gregson served as a counc..
12-Aug-2016
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O'Rourke in the running
Bendigo Weekly
Experienced community and business leader Margaret O’Rourke plans to throw her hat into the ring as an Eppalock Ward candidate in October’s City of Greater Bendigo council elections. Born and raised in Bendigo before embarking a career with Telstra took her around Australia, the ..
05-Aug-2016
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New pool work starts
Bendigo Weekly
THE new Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre is taking shape and this week saw community and local, state and federal government officials lined up to turn over the ceremonial sod at the site. The centre could be finished by the end of next year if all goes to plan. City o..
29-Jul-2016
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Bins on the move
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 40,000 new organics bins will start to roll out on Monday. Households in the urban Bendigo and Marong areas are part of the City of Greater Bendigo council’s new fortnightly organics collection service which kicks off on September 5, 2016. Council’s Natasza Purser s..
22-Jul-2016
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Hitting the right note at St Paul's
Bendigo Weekly
St Paul’s Cathedral is capturing attention as a performance venue as audiences get a look inside following a six-year refurbishment. The rebuilding work bolstered the cathedral’s structure and added a central octagonal dais which can retract to flat floor to create space for p..
15-Jul-2016
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Show's over as team takes a bow
Dianne Dempsey
The Marilyn Monroe exhibition finished last weekend to capacity crowd numbers. “Many people, especially locals, leave their visit to the last minute,” Bendigo Art Gallery director Karen Quinlan said. She estimated more than 5000 visitors went through the gallery over the wee..
15-Jul-2016
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Big Fill to the rescue
Steve Kendall
MANY CFA volunteers have a had a busy few weeks, and Big Fill was there with them. Malmsbury CFA's Big Fill is basically a big pump and engine on the back of a V8 Landcruiser, but he can make all the difference when it comes to water supply. "He'll pump 2000 litres a minute if he has to,..
23-Feb-2014
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Home loss hard to believe
Christine McGinn
MAREE Stockdale and George Stirling lost everything on Black Saturday except each other. Cooped inside their home, oblivious to the heat, the Maiden Gully couple were unaware of the danger surrounding them. Mr Stirling was asleep on the couch and Ms Stockdale was on her computer before sh..
07-Feb-2014
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Community is prepared
Christine McGinn
WHILE the front of the fire blazed, Bendigo’s head honcho was feverishly working with emergency services to keep his community informed of the dangers that lay ahead. Greater Bendigo council chief executive officer Craig Niemann was new to the job. Ironically, council had been plann..
01-Feb-2014
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Community spirit saved the day
Christine McGinn
WHILE the fires scorched our city on Black Saturday, Bendigo’s community spirit was in full force. The mercury hit 45.3 on February 7, 2009, Victoria’s hottest day. Bendigo Police senior sergeant Craig Gaffee was on duty that afternoon, leading the local police team. &ldquo..
24-Jan-2014
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Family life rebuilt
Christine McGinn
FEBRUARY 9 will mark five years since Bendigo’s greatest natural disaster. One man died and 58 homes were destroyed in the Bendigo Black Saturday fire. As the anniversary looms, Bendigo will remember the utter devastation and the heroic acts it inspired. In the coming weeks, the Bend..
17-Jan-2014
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The head of the fire
Christine McGinn
NEXT month will mark five years since Bendigo’s greatest natural disaster. One man died and 58 homes were destroyed in the Bendigo Black Saturday fire on February 7, 2009. As the anniversary looms, Bendigo will remember the utter devastation and the heroic acts it inspired. In the co..
11-Jan-2014
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Bendigo Vision 2020
Bendigo Weekly
Unlike many cities, Bendigo was not started with a vision of place but one of purpose – Gold. Pop up tent suburbs, no sustainable water source, an instant population of tens of thousands in a cultural melting pot. Shortly after gold was found here in December 1851, Bendigo had a population..
06-May-2016
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Call is out for Red Shield help
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo community is being encouraged to volunteer a few hours of their time to collect for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock Weekend on May 28 and 29. The Salvation Army’s captain Craig Wood, said Bendigo has always given generously to the Red Shield Appea..
29-Apr-2016
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Karl’s great moments in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Dr Karl was in Bendigo on Monday to present his favourite take on science. He toured the Discovery Centre ahead of a show at the Capital. Dr Karl is famous for making science accessible to all ages, and his Great Moments in Science show celebrates all sides of science; from sublime momen..
22-Apr-2016
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Forbesy tells his tale
Bendigo Weekly
SOME of Australia’s greatest sporting names were in Bendigo yesterday to celebrate the launch of book about life and times of an ever greater living legend – John Forbes OAM. Mr Forbes, or “Forbesy” as he is known to his many friends around the world, was born in a ti..
08-Apr-2016
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McIvor Road faces closure
Bendigo Weekly
The capacity of arterial roads leading into Bendigo from the city’s growing eastern communities will be tested as of Monday when McIvor Road is closed for six weeks. Sharp population growth in the sleeper community of Strathfieldsaye has created traffic nightmares for commuters working..
01-Apr-2016
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Good golly miss Molly
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO is becoming familiar with the whole Hollywood scene at the moment, and now there’s another taste. Molly Ringwald is coming to town, and will be performing at the Ulumbarra Theatre on Thursday, June 9 Ringwald is a star who kicked of her film career in the 1980s, but before ..
01-Apr-2016
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Roll on Riverboats
Simon Wooldridge
A weekend on the river in Echuca over a late summer weekend is appealing enough on its own. Add-in an eclectic mix of some of Australia’s leading musical performers and you have a very enticing weekend in store. The Hoodoo Gurus join James Reyne, Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen in headlin..
08-Dec-2016
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Cooler than playing sport
Simon Wooldridge
An interesting night of alt-indie-rock is set to unfold next Saturday, December 10 at the Golden Vine when the Dead Lurkers, The Psychouts, and Starman Dives come together for a one night residency. The Dead Lurkers’ offbeat psychobilly-garage-punk ruminations on 19th century Australian li..
02-Dec-2016
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One off from Ruteger
Simon Wooldridge
Ruteger is a name to conjure up good memories for Bendigonians of a certain vintage. The band formed in 1997 and blazed a power-pop-rock trail for several years before splitting in 2005, citing “musical differences”. Ruteger toured with the tag-line “the coolest thing to ..
24-Nov-2016
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The return of Josh
Simon Wooldridge
Josh Rennie-Hynes makes a quick and very welcome return to the city after his recent Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival performances. Rennie-Hynes’ extensive Australian and New Zealand tour, promoting second album Furthermore, stops off at Billyroy’s Blues Bar, beneath the Goldmi..
17-Nov-2016
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Best of the Bendigo blues
Simon Wooldridge
THE resounding verdict on the sixth Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival which took over the city last weekend is Best Ever. Spring finally arrived and a definite spring in the step was evident among 15,000 festival-goers. The festival showcased not only 170 acts, but Bendigo at its finest. ..
10-Nov-2016
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Choirs in harmony
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne-based chamber choir Polyphonic Voices will join forces in November with the internationally award-winning Adelaide Chamber Singers and some of Melbourne’s finest instrumentalists and talented vocal soloists for performances of Gabriel Faur&ea..
03-Nov-2016
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Dream start for Thunder
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Thunder are heading toward a testing month in their Northern Football League Women’s campaign but coach Cherie O’Neill does not want her side to look ahead any further than its clash with Kew on Sunday. Not only is she aiming to keep any signs of complacency away, but..
26-May-2017
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James takes top honour
Bendigo Weekly
PADDLER James Humphry’s remarkable success has seen him rise through the ranks of kayaking in Australia and claim the Bendigo Academy of Sport’s athlete of the year award. Taking up the sport less than two years ago, Humphry has rapidly become one of the best paddlers at his age ..
26-May-2017
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Clubs embrace indigenous round
Joel Peterson
EAGLEHAWK and Gisborne will don specially-designed jumpers and netball dresses for Sunday’s Bendigo Football Netball League indigenous round showcase game. Run by the league in conjunction with Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, the clubs will play for the fourth annual Wir..
26-May-2017
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BJFL's best ready for challenge
Bendigo Weekly
BRAGGING rights will be on the line this Sunday when Bendigo and Shepparton’s best junior footballers clash in the 2017 La Trobe University Challenge at Strathfieldsaye. The challenge is the junior equivalent of senior interleague and is now in its sixth year. The Bendigo Junior Fo..
26-May-2017
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Work to do for Lady Braves
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Lady Braves coach Jonathan Goodman says his team needs to vastly improve its effort and attitude when it tackles a busy weekend schedule in round eight of the SEABL season. The Lady Braves suffered a disappointing loss in overtime against Sydney Uni last week. The Lady Braves sho..
19-May-2017
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Griffin returns to Spirit
Joel Peterson
Unfinished business is the driving factor behind Kelsey Griffin’s return to the Bendigo Spirit for season 2017/18. Griffin will be back in Spirit colours next season and is the second player to commit, following the club announcing the signing of Nadeen Payne. While the club has be..
19-May-2017
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Sun smart for power
Bendigo Weekly
Killians Walk has a brighter outlook following the installation of an epic 30 kilowatt solar system. Comprising 120 individual solar panels the system will meet much of the power needs for the building. Owner’s Corporation representative, Albert Cassar said the decision to install..
22-Jan-2016
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Gardens set to grow
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Northern District Community Enterprise (BNDCE) has contributed $20,000 towards the new Garden for the Future at Bendigo Botanic Gardens. The BNDCE is providing the funding through its community investment grants program. It will go towards new barbecue and picnic facilities at th..
15-Jan-2016
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Theatre's place in history
Dianne Dempsey
That the first live theatre was built in Bendigo in 1854 says much about our universal need for entertainment and leisure time. The Theatre Royal, a large three-storey building, quickly arose amongst the dust and rumblings of the goldrush on the present site of the Shamrock Hotel. Clare ..
08-Jan-2016
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Smooth sailing for refuge
Bendigo Weekly
Who would have thought that a fishing boat would have been the vessel to contribute towards the building of a family violence refuge in Bendigo? Quite an unlikely combination, but that’s exactly what the Rotary Club of Bendigo South has recently done. Rotary Club members and frie..
31-Dec-2015
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Toy run to benefit fire victims
Laura Hurley
BENDIGONIANS have dug deep and are donating toys for those who have lost their homes along the Great Ocean Road. Over 100 houses have been destroyed in bushfires in Wye River and Separation Creek since Christmas Day, spurring one Bendigo teenager to organise a toy drive for toys to donate to..
31-Dec-2015
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Harmonious win for Abhishek
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo resident Abhishek Awasthi has been recognised for actively supporting cultural diversity and making an impact on promoting community harmony. Mr Awasthi received the Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence 2015 Ambassador Award at Government House. Bendigo mayor F..
18-Dec-2015
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Driven by new sport
Bendigo Weekly
St Peters Primary School hosted a special sports clinic last Tuesday when Poyser Holden representatives presented the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative with a cheque for $10,000. Former AFL star and coach, Danny Frawley, ran a sports clinic for the children after hosting the pr..
11-Dec-2015
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BBC backs Hunt to lead the way
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO Business Council will offer its own leadership program in 2016. The Rob Hunt Transformational Leadership Development Program was launched on Tuesday by Mr Hunt, who says he will play a supporting role by complementing other learnings, and passing on the benefits of his many experienc..
04-Dec-2015
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Grants boost for community groups
Bendigo Weekly
The Community Foundation for Central Victoria presented its annual grants last Tuesday at the newly refurbished Morley Johnson building. Guest speaker Baillieu Myer acknowledged the benefits of philanthropy for sponsors and benefactors. More than $20,000 in grants was awarded to six orga..
27-Nov-2015
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Marking 25 years
Bendigo Weekly
WITH 25 years in business, real estate agent Darryn Mawby is still as keen as ever. After working with another company, the then 28-year-old Mr Mawby went it alone because he wanted to run the business the way he wanted to, with a more personal approach. Mr Mawby set up business at 70 Mi..
20-Nov-2015
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Early learning celebrates
Bendigo Weekly
STAFF and children had cause to celebrate yesterday as Jenny’s Early Learning Centre at the Bendigo Hospital cut the cake for its first birthday. According to Jenny’s Early Learning Centre’s Darren Reid, celebrating such a milestone is a terrific opportunity to reflect back..
13-Nov-2015
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New manager for PHN
Bendigo Weekly
MURRAY Primary Health Network has appointed Janice Radrekusa as regional manager for the central Victoria region. Murray PHN chief executive officer Matt Jones said the appointment fills the critical role of managing operations and staff that service the central Victoria region for the orga..
06-Nov-2015
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Food Fossicking at Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
Michel’s Fine Biscuits have released their Christmas shortbread All Stars and award winning fruit mince pies. Available from Favourite Flavours, Mitchell St, Bendigo or head to www.michelsfinebiscuits.com.au • Indulge Chocolates have a variety of delicious hand crafted gifts, made us..
05-Dec-2014
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Fossicking for Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
The Food Fossickers network of Central Victoria is encouraging families and businesses to purchase locally grown produce and edible gifts this Christmas, in support of the region’s local producers, retailers and restaurants. Food Fossickers president Sonia Anthony said that it was of ..
28-Nov-2014
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It’s time for tarts
Marika McMahon
Now that the hats have been packed away and the fake tan is fading, spring racing is over and automatically my mind turns to the next big event on the calendar – Christmas. It used to be that there were a few things you could set your clock to regarding the arrival of Christmas in Bend..
14-Nov-2014
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Season of mangoes
Marika McMahon
Well it has happened. One of my favourite events of the year, this week I have had my first mango of the season. Yes, I paid a small fortune for it. Yes it was a bit tart around the edges but it was a great taste of things to come. I love mangoes. They are annoying with that stone that see..
24-Oct-2014
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Pelmeni pick up
Marika McMahon
So, busy term four is upon us, won’t be long now until the calendar fills with end of year events and “we must catch up before Christmas”. It already looks like there are many weeks with more than a few nights out. Time then to unleash a secret weapon of feeding the tro..
10-Oct-2014
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Spring is in the air
Marika McMahon
There seems to have been a very quick transition from bare tree to blossom to luscious green leaves on the tree outside my window. Like that, the warmer days are upon us – what a great time to think about all that warm weather Food Fossicking you can do around Bendigo. A great way t..
03-Oct-2014
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Catalogue to keep
Bendigo Weekly
For decades to come Bendigonians will remember the time when history’s most famous blonde occupied their city – and the current Bendigo Art Gallery exhibition’s accompanying commemorative catalogue is an exceptional keepsake for reading now and then passing down to future gener..
11-Mar-2016
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Simply Scandinavian
Rosalea Ryan
Ice Ulla-Lena Lundberg Allen & Unwin $22.99 Life is at once bizarrely complicated and unnervingly simple in the Örlands, a Swedish-speaking cluster on the outskirts of the Åland Islands. Scattered midway between Stockholm and the Finnish ..
04-Mar-2016
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Murder she wrote?
Rosalea Ryan
Killing Monica Candace Bushnell Little, Brown $29.99 Sex and the City rebooted this new novel is definitely not. That said, SATC and Lipstick Jungle author Candace Bushnell’s latest New York City saga is entertaining escapism into a world few mere mort..
26-Feb-2016
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A tribute to the hottest climes
Rosalea Ryan
What a difference a handful of decades makes. When Ranulph Fiennes began his career as a young soldier seconded from the British army to Oman, he found himself fighting with the Sultan’s forces to defend Muslims from Marxist rebels in the country’s southern-most province, Dhofar...
19-Feb-2016
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Call is out for young writers
Dianne Dempsey
The Bendigo Writers Festival is continuing its tradition of publishing writers, this year announcing the introduction of a second writing award, specifically for young writers. The 2016 Vox Bendigo Book: Young Writers Anthology is open to school students from years three to 11. The them..
19-Feb-2016
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Paris from the dark side
Rosalea Ryan
Five Nights in Paris John Baxter Harper Perennial $24.99 Setting out to write a fresh, engaging guide to Paris is not for the faint-hearted. Paris is, after all, the most visited city on earth, and many of those visitors end up writing in one way or another ..
12-Feb-2016
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