MP calls for end to rebate freeze
Sharon Kemp
ONLY four general practitioner clinics in Bendigo bulk bill every patient including non-concession patients, Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters told federal parliament this week. Responding to a bill that will amend the pharmaceutical benefits scheme, Ms Chesters told the House of Representatives that..
24-Mar-2017
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Mayor says call police on beggars
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO mayor Margaret O’Rourke has implored people to ring police and report anyone who asks for money on the street. Cr O’Rourke told the public gallery at Wednesday night’s council meeting she believed many people ignored begging. She said Victoria Police had told h..
17-Mar-2017
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Borough leads on inclusion
Bendigo Weekly
Ten Eaglehawk businesses have signed up to improve their accessibility for people with a disability as part of the Inclusive Towns project. It helps business improve their communication, physical environment and awareness of disability among staff. As part of the project, officers visit..
17-Mar-2017
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Forum fires up for smart city future
Bendigo Weekly
A SMART cities forum on Wednesday set about rallying innovators to advance Bendigo’s intelligent infrastructure. The half-day Intelligent Communities 2017 forum was designed to align with the federal government’s focus on initiatives through its Smart Cities Plan, and focused on..
17-Mar-2017
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Times hit by crash
Bendigo Weekly
ANOTHER month of substandard performance results is a reminder of the network-wide impact of incidents such as the train that collided with an abandoned four-wheel-drive at Kangaroo Flat last month, according to V/Line. V/Line again failed to meet performance targets on the Bendigo line, des..
17-Mar-2017
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Patients of the old wing
Sharon Kemp
THEY could be called the ghost patients of Bendigo Health. When most patients were moved into the new $630 million hospital on January 24, a group, including David Page, was left behind to receive treatment in a fourth-floor ward of the now otherwise empty Stewart Street building. Not even a v..
17-Mar-2017
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Friends rally for Karlee's cause
Sharon Kemp
KARLEE THORPE was on the front page of the Bendigo Weekly two years ago, having survived breast cancer but still not well enough to run in the Mother’s Day Classic for which she was a story of inspiration. Two years later and after a period of good health, the mother of two has fallen ..
03-Mar-2017
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BSE hits a creative high note
Bendigo Weekly
THREE of Bendigo’s talented young performers experienced first-hand what it’s like to open a gig at bustling city venue. Bendigo South East College’s Mannix Harrington and alumni Erin Mannix and Tom Hadlow, who were supported by teacher Stephen Briggs, were part of the line..
23-Feb-2017
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Taxi protests come to Bendigo
Sharon Kemp
VICTORIAN taxi drivers brought their grievances to the electoral office of Bendigo East MP Jacinta Allan for the second time this year but the Transport Minister was in Melbourne. Protestors, led by the Transport Action Group, claimed the state government’s buyback price of $100,000 pe..
20-Feb-2017
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Bangarra covers new terrain
Bendigo Weekly
Bangarra Theatre dancers took time out on Wednesday, ahead of their performance of Terrain: A hymn to country. Terrain is a work exploring the fundamental connection between Aboriginal people and the land. Choreographed in 2012 by Frances Rings, Terrain originated on Arabunna land, in..
17-Feb-2017
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Changes ahead for diocese
Peter Kennedy
THE Diocese of Sandhurst has introduced a raft of changes in response to findings handed down by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that the diocese had the second worst rate of offending of all Australian dioceses. In a broad-ranging and in-depth intervi..
10-Feb-2017
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Gold win for mine
Sharon Kemp
AFTER a decade of steady production, the Fosterville Gold Mine on Bendigo’s doorstep has hit the jackpot, intercepting some of the richest gold mineralisation in the world. At just more than a kilometre below the surface, the rock sample that a drilling rig recovered this month reco..
03-Feb-2017
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Awards in sight for young guns
Bendigo Weekly
SOME of Bendigo region’s most promising sporting talent will be recognised as part of the Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year inaugural scholarships program to be unveiled at this year’s awards night. Set for Friday, February 24 at the All Seasons Quality Resort, the awards ..
09-Feb-2017
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A sporting chance
Bendigo Weekly
The Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year awards continue to recognise the region’s many elite athletes, with a diverse field of contenders lining up for this year’s overall honour. NBA championship winning basketballer Matthew Dellavedova, world champion lawn bowler Aaron Wil..
02-Feb-2017
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Fire service medal for Bill
Bendigo Weekly
After more than 70 years in the CFA, Kangaroo Flat’s William “Bill” Bowery has certainly gained the respect of his peers. Mr Bowery joined the Kangaroo Flat Fire Brigade in 1945 and since that day has never looked back. “I’ve got a picture book full of amazi..
26-Jan-2017
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When the black dog bites
Dianne Dempsey
An extremely exciting exhibition is on display at the La Trobe Art Institute in View Street. Daniel Butterworth’s When the Dog Bites consists of nine self-portraits which depict the primary emotion of depression. But Butterworth doesn’t describe the works as self-portraits..
19-Jan-2017
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Scots return for a day of fun
Bendigo Weekly
Neil Clark will have the biggest birthday bash of his half-century living in Australia when he acts as chieftain for Bendigo’s Scots Day Out in Rosalind Park on Saturday, February 11. The Bendigo Visitor Information Centre tour guide was announced as chieftain for Victoria’s larg..
12-Jan-2017
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Chill out in the heat
Bendigo Weekly
We know when it’s hot: we can feel it. But what is heat? How do we cool down? These school holidays Discovery Science and Technology Centre will be presenting fun and engaging activities to make sure you and the family get the science of keeping cool. At noon and 2pm, t..
05-Jan-2017
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Baby number eight couldn't wait
Sharon Kemp
NEWBORN Octavia Aggett was a surprise to her parents at the beginning as child number eight, and again as she was being born. Mum Stacey didn’t quite make it to Bendigo Hospital before the baby girl decided to join the world. Dad Daniel parked the family car at the entrance of the..
23-Feb-2017
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Forging a bond
Bendigo Weekly
CHRISTMAS dinner for members in Bendigo marked the last meeting of the last Victorian branch of the Welding Technology Institute of Australia. With some money left in the bank, the members voted to donate the more than $650 to prostate cancer research. The dinner marked the end of 43 ye..
16-Feb-2017
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Project gathers speed
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO is three months away from being able to land a 75-seat passenger aircraft, and a step closer to attracting a domestic carrier. The new 1.6 kilometre runway at the Bendigo airport has passed all checks by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and was commissioned at noon on Wednesday. ..
10-Feb-2017
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Courts face change
Sharon Kemp
HEIGHTENED security and fresh calls for improvements to the Bendigo Law Courts coincided with the beginning of the legal year this week. Speeches to mark the new legal year focused on increased use and expectations on the court system in Bendigo as the population grows, making increasingly n..
03-Feb-2017
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Pat on the back for service
Sharon Kemp
CLIFF Richards’ Medal of the Order of Australia is an honour, says the 15-year president of the Bendigo District RSL. But “just a simple ‘well done mate’, and a pat on the back, I’ll take that,” Mr Richards said. After 40 years of service to Australian..
26-Jan-2017
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Peter's back on the air
Dianne Dempsey
The newly appointed president of 105 LifeFM, Peter Stanton, said he’s extremely happy to be working in radio once more. “I was invited onto the board for 12 months and then in November 2016 elected president.” he said. Broadcasting 24 hours a day, 105.1 LifeFM, is a not..
19-Jan-2017
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Playing the greats
Simon Wooldridge
THE term “legend” gets over-used in popular music. Eric Clapton though, is one of a handful of stars who genuinely carries that label. Tomorrow night, a group of Bendigo musicians will come together for a special Eric Clapton and Allman Brothers Band tribute show at the Golden V..
23-Feb-2017
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Night moves
Simon Wooldridge
It seems only a few weeks ago that the last guitar riffs of another explosive Travis Bowlin set pretty much rounded-out proceedings at the sixth Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival. That November weekend saw the most successful festival to date with around 17,000 punters soaking up the s..
17-Feb-2017
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Philharmonia returns
Bendigo Weekly
After several successful European tours in 2015 and 2016 the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne is coming back to Bendigo with a powerful new programme. “Classical music the world over” is the motto of the orchestra. The ensemble’s Jens Kehling said it is irrelevant for th..
17-Feb-2017
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Home based release
Bendigo Weekly
Mariah McCarthy and Georgia Delves are returning to their rural roots in Bendigo to release their single Judgement Call. Collectively known as Deer Prudence, the pair released their debut single Sam’s Lament at the tail end of last year, with their new single taken from their forthcomi..
17-Feb-2017
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Rattlin' good fun at the Schaller
Bendigo Weekly
Need an excuse to enjoy some craft beers, local produce and great live music? On Saturday the Schaller Studio and The Pantry will be hosting another fun-filled, sunny Saturday session. Nibble and sip your way through the afternoon, soaking up the sun and raucous rhythm and blues music..
17-Feb-2017
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Songbirds hit the road
Sharon Kemp
A 15-year long friendship and numerous credits on each other’s albums have prompted two of Australia’s most celebrated musicians to go on the road together. Former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning and country singer/songwriter Kasey Chambers started the 10-date tour Sooner o..
09-Feb-2017
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A Golden opportunity
Joel Peterson
GOLDEN Gully has a chance to realise a dream 17 years in the making this weekend when it faces Mandurang in the 2016/17 Emu Valley Cricket Association division one grand final at Ewing Park. The Cobras entered the league in 2000 and have largely been starved of success, winning just a single..
17-Mar-2017
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Déjà-Roo for BUCCs
Joel Peterson
KANGAROO Flat and Bendigo United will play for the second time in as many games when a fascinating Bendigo District Cricket Association finals series begins on Saturday. The Roos and Redbacks meet again – this time at Dower Park – while Eaglehawk hosts Strathdale Maristians in..
17-Mar-2017
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Footy highlights weekend feast
Joel Peterson
THE long weekend saw Bendigo play host to a feast of sport across several codes. The biggest event for the week was at the QEO, where 8399 fans flocked to see Essendon take on Geelong in the AFL’s JLT Community Series. Fittingly, the Cats got the cream after erasing a 40-point half..
17-Mar-2017
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Rivals meet in bowls decider
Joel Peterson
FOR the third straight season, Bendigo will meet Bendigo East in Sunday’s Bendigo Pennant Bowls division one grand final. East won through to the final in a thrilling clash with South Bendigo that went down to the final end, and will meet Bendigo in a rematch of the semi-fi..
17-Mar-2017
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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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Star movies are a way of life
Bendigo Weekly
In the trailer for the 1988 film Cinema Paradiso the voiceover states; “In this town, the movies are more than just entertainment. They’re a way of life.” Star Cinema business manager Martin Myles reckons the line for this Italian masterpiece could well have been written a..
02-Feb-2017
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Wheelchair a winner
Bendigo Weekly
Gerard Smith’s mobility has been improved considerably with the aid of a custom built wheelchair. Benetas St Laurence Court resident Mr Smith, who served in the armed forces, is unable to walk due to a complex medical condition and needs a wheel chair to mobilise. He and his wife..
26-Jan-2017
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The big move nears
Bendigo Weekly
IT is just a few days until Bendigo Health moves into the new world class Bendigo Hospital, with patient move day planned for Tuesday. Bendigo Health Board Chair, Bob Cameron, said excitement was building as the move to the new hospital gets closer. “Many months of planning and pr..
19-Jan-2017
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RSPCA cuts fees to help cats find homes
Bendigo Weekly
RSPCA Bendigo is waiving the $120 adoption fee for cats for four days next week to give its many cats a better chance of a brighter future. The No Fee for Felines promotion applies to all cats four months and over and runs from Thursday, January 19 to Sunday, January 22. RSPCA Vict..
12-Jan-2017
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Precious Ruby a hospital gem
Bendigo Weekly
Therapy dog Ruby is lifting the spirits of patients at St John of God Bendigo Hospital. Ruby visits patients each Thursday afternoon in the rehab unit to offer pet therapy for those who wish to spend time with her. Delta Therapy Dogs volunteer, and Ruby’s owner, Julian..
05-Jan-2017
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Call out for blood
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo needs more than 120 blood donations between Christmas and the new year in order to prevent a shortage of blood products vital to the treatment of cancer patients. Bendigo donors are among the millions of busy Australians taking time for Christmas shopping and holidays, leading to a w..
21-Dec-2016
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Switch to the future
Bendigo Weekly
AS the first 10,000 Bendigo homes connect to the National Broadband Network, visitors to a display home in Strathfieldsaye can get a glimpse of the future already here. It is a digital set up that allows the home owner to control remotely by an app the cameras, power points, door locks and ligh..
16-Feb-2017
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Strong focus
Joel Peterson
LOCAL strength and conditioning coach Todd Jarratt will learn from some of the best when he heads to prestigious American university Stanford on an internship next year. Mr Jarratt has been working with Epsom-based The Human Mechanics for just over a year and recently landed a job with top Q..
09-Feb-2017
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Vet clinic set for city growth
Bendigo Weekly
A PLANNING permit has been granted for the development of a new vet clinic in Spring Gully, adding another clinic to the multitude of new animal care services starting up in Bendigo. What will be named the Spring Gully Animal Hospital is being built on the corner of Spring Gully Road and Bu..
02-Feb-2017
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Bright future for Meghan
Bendigo Weekly
Eaglehawk student Meghan Frederick is bucking the trend in the male-dominated world of science, technology, engineering and maths. Women hold fewer than one in five senior researcher positions in Australian universities and research institutes, and account for just a quarter of the STEM work..
26-Jan-2017
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High life for Jordan
Sharon Kemp
JORDAN Lees hadn’t realised until last August he had already done the bulk of the research he needed to start his own business UpDown Desk which launched in Bendigo on January 1. Mr Lees, a physiotherapist and law graduate working as an occupational health consultant, was sourcing for ..
20-Jan-2017
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Empowering Eaglehawk
Bendigo Weekly
Empowering Eaglehawk is a hugely successful community enterprise. Evidence of this success is the development of the Eaglehawk Canterbury Park Precinct facilities over the past 10 years. The latest project in the pipeline is a state-of-the-art playground which will include a flying f..
12-Jan-2017
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Words from a master
Bendigo Weekly
JAZZ vocalist Vince Jones visited Bendigo on Tuesday to share his experience in the music industry and his love of Van Morrison’s music with students from Bendigo South East Secondary College’s Academy of Creative Arts. Even though the students didn’t officially return un..
02-Feb-2017
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Top night for sport
Bendigo Weekly
The 2017 Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year awards will be announced in just four weeks’ time, with preparations for the gala event continuing. Sports Star’s prestigious honour roll includes Olympic, world and Commonwealth champions, as well as stars such as reigning Sports..
26-Jan-2017
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Harness training on offer
Bendigo Weekly
IF you see yourself as working in the harness racing industry, your chances have been fast tracked. The Harness Racing Training Centre Bendigo will be offering students a range of industry training programs and qualifications this year. There is government funding available for eligible ..
19-Jan-2017
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Future bright for community pool
Sam Kane
SLATED with potential closure again during 2016, the Golden Square Community Pool is instead fighting back, this week recording their highest half-season patronage to date. Nearly 6900 swimmers have taken a dip since the November 19 opening, an increase of 1441 patrons on the same time last ..
12-Jan-2017
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Health the main issue
Sharon Kemp
VICKY Mason will watch out for vulnerable groups in Bendigo in her new role as the City of Greater Bendigo’s director of health and wellbeing. “I think that is the role I need to play, and as the economy changes, I think the numbers (of economically disadvantaged residents) migh..
05-Jan-2017
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Compost makes the garden grow
Bendigo Weekly
A community garden in Somerville Street, Flora Hill is set to thrive after receiving a load of rich compost made from the council’s organic waste collections. The Bendigo Sustainability Group has set up the garden to showcase sustainable living and help educate members of the public on..
21-Dec-2016
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Betrayal in Venice
Rosalea Ryan
Once part of a fishing dynasty, Innocenzo now sails alone, one brother dead, drowned when strafed in an Allied air raid, the other dead to him as a result of having enticed Cenzo’s wife into an affair that ultimately cost the young woman her life. To their mother, however, Cenzo is the..
02-Feb-2017
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A family tale
Dianne Dempsey
Everyone has a book in them so they say and in some instances, it’s best to leave that book right where it belongs. But in John Jeffrey’s case his book was well worth the writing. Starting with his background as a typical working class Aussie who was into “football, fr..
26-Jan-2017
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Stormy times
Rosalea Ryan
New York has barely recovered from the second-costliest hurricane ever to strike the US. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across Staten Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.Now, just a couple of weeks short of five years later, it’s mid September 2017 and an equally intimidatin..
19-Jan-2017
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Liar, liar...
Rosalea Ryan
It is deep winter in Iceland: a bleak, gloomy season when the region’s few hours of daylight are marred by unpredictable blizzards, roaring Arctic gales and impenetrable, all-enveloping fog. Over the course of roughly a week in late January, in the south-west of the country a series o..
12-Jan-2017
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Time right for telling all
Rosalea Ryan
More often than not the story of an affair lasting only a handful of months between two no-name actors 40 years earlier would remain unremarkable and untold; it would certainly not be material on which to base a potentially best-selling book. Yet by the time Carrie Fisher rediscovered three..
05-Jan-2017
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Year round lunches
Bendigo Weekly
A Bendigo resident, primary school teacher and a vegetarian who has become famous with her Instagram account has launched her first book – My Vegetarian Lunchbox. Renae Westley’s online photos about her vegetarian lunches have more than 60,000 followers. Working with local b..
21-Dec-2016
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