An ABBAsolutely fabulous night
Sharon Kemp
IF you can’t get enough of ABBA musical theatre, the stars of the first Australian Mamma Mia stage production, Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy, are bringing their own interpretation to Bendigo. But if you think ABBAsolutely Fabulous is an ABBA tribute show, or a version of Mamma Mia,..
04-Aug-2017
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Push for jobs hub
Peter Kennedy
EIGHT work sites located across the City of Greater Bendigo could be brought under the one roof for the first time as part of a proposal for a government jobs hub that could reinvigorate the heart of Bendigo. Planning to co-locate a raft of government agencies and council operations is well..
04-Aug-2017
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Flood Eye data removed
Sharon Kemp
AS it fixes errors, a state government department has removed 85 per cent of the data it had published online for the public to use as information about Bendigo’s flood plain. In late July the North Central Catchment Management Authority removed all but the information pertaining to a ..
04-Aug-2017
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Rail contract on track
Sharon Kemp
A BENDIGO engineering firm has won a $26.2 million contract to build 882 bogie frames for Melbourne’s new metro rail fleet that will come on line in mid-2019. Hofmann Engineering will add 30 workers to its Bendigo workforce to complete the five year contract at its North Bendigo worksh..
04-Aug-2017
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Amnesty target gets results
Steve Kendall
THE National Firearms Amnesty has already had results in Bendigo, with a number of illegally-held weapons being handed in to a licensed gun dealer. In the past two weeks alone, one Bendigo store has had half a dozen handguns handed in, as well as at least two automatic rifles. Included i..
04-Aug-2017
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Recycling plan rolled out
Sharon Kemp
RESIDENTS could see their recycling bins picked up more often than general rubbish bins as the City of Greater Bendigo grapples with how to turn around an embarrassingly low recycling rate that is sending reusables to landfill. A council audit of waste showed two thirds of rubbish found in r..
03-Aug-2017
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Ruby signs off on a lifetime of work
Joel Peterson
IN her time in the industry, there isn’t much that Strath Village IGA’s Ruby Walker hasn’t seen or heard. An eventful 22 years at the Strath Village store draw to a close today, as Ruby greets her last customers and makes her last sale after spending 35 years in supermarket..
01-Sep-2016
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Hospital to create 1000 new jobs
Sharon Kemp
Bendigo Health will employ an additional 220 people in the first 12 months after the $630 million hospital opens, and up to 1000 extra staff in its first decade of operation. State government top-up funding of $32.17m to Bendigo Health’s 2016-17 operating budget allows the hospital to ..
26-Aug-2016
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Election numbers on way up
Sharon Kemp
CANDIDATES in this year’s council elections are likely to number well over 30 for the City of Greater Bendigo’s three wards. Two months out from the October 22 elections, as constituents turn their minds to voting issues, 26 candidates have already said they will run for the nin..
19-Aug-2016
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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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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 ..
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Morris is no minor
Simon Wooldridge
Forever associated with the 1960s psychedelic classic The Real Thing, Russell Morris’s career stretches back more than 50 years> Variously described as both legend and icon, he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2008. Morris makes a very welcome return to Bendigo on Frid..
05-Jan-2017
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The year that was
Simon Wooldridge
You won’t find “vibranter” in the dictionary, however it perfectly describes what happened to the Bendigo music scene this year; a vibrant scene got vibranter. There were many 2016 highlights for me. But I’ll start with Groovin The Moo. Well it wasn’t actually ..
21-Dec-2016
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Party on all levels
Bendigo Weekly
MusicMan doesn’t do things by halves. Tomorrow’s Christmas party features 29 acts over 12 hours on three levels. As well as being a lot of fun it’ll be a test of endurance for even the hardiest gig-goer. Tomorrow though, sees a more varied line-up than usual at th..
16-Dec-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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Making a run at history
Bendigo Weekly
SOME of Australia’s best greyhounds will be out to deny Aston Bolero a piece of history when the field jumps in tonight’s 425-metre group two Bendigo Cup. The Seona Thompson-trained Aston Bolero will line up in an attempt to be the first competitor in the race’s 60-year his..
07-Jul-2017
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BFNL trio earn rep honours
Joel Peterson
FOR the second straight season, Golden Square star Jack Geary has enhanced his reputation as one of the best footballers at community level in the state. Geary will captain Victoria Country in their clash with the Victorian Amateur Football Association on Saturday, playing alongside Sandhurs..
07-Jul-2017
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Thunder maintains winning form
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Thunder’s unbeaten run in the Northern Women’s Football League continued last weekend with a dominant display against VU Western Spurs. Billed as a top of the table clash played out on the Queen Elizabeth Oval, the Thunder stamped its authority on th..
29-Jun-2017
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Tough time for Braves
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO Braves coach Ben Harvey has called on his players to treat every game like it’s their last one, as the team battles inconsistency and injuries in a frustrating 2017 South East Australian Basketball League season. The Braves are fourth on the South Conference ladder, but a disap..
29-Jun-2017
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Victory in the desert
Peter Kennedy
THE harsh central Australian desert provided a stunning backdrop to competitors in the gruelling Finke Desert race staged earlier this month near Alice Springs. The iconic off-road, multi-terrain two day event draws more than 600 starters from across Australia each year, for the annual race ..
29-Jun-2017
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Haig climbs to rare form on European peaks
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO cycling ace Jack Haig continues to make his mark on the world stage with the young Orica-Scott rider recording outstanding results in both the recent Criterium de Dauphine and Tour of Slovenia. Haig finished third in the Tour of Slovenia after jostling with some of the world’s ..
22-Jun-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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Made in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Maker’s Crib has set up shop at the Schaller Studio. The crib is a new initiative by Shona O’Brien who started Bendigo’s Trove Maker’s Market. The crib is passionate about sharing Bendigo’s hand-crafted local talents and creatives. Ranging fr..
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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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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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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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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