Agencies suffering from shortage
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO is becoming a food desert with greater access to fast or unhealthy food than nutritious fare, a problem extending also to people who ask for emergency relief. The city is marked by the statistic that more than one in 10 of its residents is classified as food insecure, which means the..
16-Jun-2017
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In the IBAC spotlight
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Kangan Institute and Victorian regional rail operator V/Line will come under scrutiny as part of an Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission investigation into alleged corrupt conduct at the companies. IBAC, the same body investigating charges of corruption at Bendigo Healt..
16-Jun-2017
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High speed a problem
Joel Peterson
POLICE are reminding motorists to be mindful of their behaviour behind the wheel after impounding two cars in Bendigo and detecting a range of traffic offences across the long weekend. Statewide, 8300 traffic offences and 800 crime offences were detected during the four-day Operation Rega..
16-Jun-2017
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New push to interest voters
Sharon Kemp
DISCARD postal voting and reinvigorate discussion about the provision of council services are two suggestions offered by a prominent Bendigo political scientist to get voters interested in local government elections. The 2016 poll showed low voter turnout was prevalent across Victoria, with ..
16-Jun-2017
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Work the perfect medicine
Joel Peterson
MOST people dread going to work on a Monday. For John Lindsay it is just about the highlight of his week. Mr Lindsay will clock on for his final shift at Arnold Street Pharmacy on Monday after what he estimates is more than 55 years of experience in the industry. For more than 24 years a..
16-Jun-2017
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School funding row hits new low
Sharon Kemp
THE debate around education funding turned personal this week after Catholic school leaders called out Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie for ignoring them. Failing to attend a meeting and tour of St Liborius’ Catholic Parish Primary School in Eaglehawk but organising and attending a m..
09-Jun-2017
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Fi jams are the sweetest fundraisers
Sharon Kemp
FIONA Macdonald has a fundraising financial year that ends every year with Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. So seriously does she take raising money for cancer research, Ms Macdonald takes two weeks of annual leave every year to prepare for the morning tea, and to rec..
18-May-2017
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New head for multicultural service
Bendigo Weekly
INCOMING Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services executive officer Kate McInnes acknowledges the organisation she will lead has developed a large profile in recent years. With a four-month handover, Ms McInnes will be introduced to the different agencies she will work with by outgoing executi..
11-May-2017
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Brighter look for Bath Lane
Bendigo Weekly
Work started this week on a bold new public art work that will bring both colour and life to the Bath Lane shopping precinct. The Bendigo Bank and City of Greater Bendigo council have engaged Daisylegs, a design team specialising in murals and custom wall graphics lead by Jamie Edwar..
04-May-2017
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Exhibition reveals the inside story
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Bendigo are being given an exciting opportunity to learn about skeletons and how the body works, as part of a free exhibition at Bendigo hospital. The display includes information on sports injury prevention, the evolution of joint replacement, developments in the treatment of ..
27-Apr-2017
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Shortfall claimed
Bendigo Weekly
DEPUTY opposition leader Tanya Plibersek was impressed with Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s facilities when she toured the school this week, making her all the more concerned about possible funding shortfalls. Ms Plibersek toured the Ulumbarra Theatre and the school’s trade tr..
20-Apr-2017
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Rotary show is picture perfect
Bendigo Weekly
THE Rotary Club of Bendigo will present the 2017 Easter Art Show in the stunning surrounds of the Bendigo Town Hall from tonight. For the 49th consecutive year, the club is proud to offer this iconic event to the people of Bendigo, with tonight’s official opening also marking the start..
13-Apr-2017
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Tourism boss out in shock job loss
Dianne Dempsey
In what she described as a shock announcement, tourism executive manager Kathryn Mackenzie has lost her position with the City of Greater Bendigo. Ms Mackenzie said news of her redundancy came as a total surprise, particularly as it came on the heels of the Australian Tourism Awards announce..
12-May-2017
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Orange day for SES
Bendigo Weekly
ALL Australians are being encouraged to wear orange in a united show of thanks for the work done and commitment shown by SES volunteers. The Victorian State Emergency Service will be having its annual Wear Orange Wednesday on May 10. SES media team leader Robin Neller said the idea..
04-May-2017
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Lane open for cycle art
Bendigo Weekly
Chancery Lane businesses are seeking submissions from artists to create a significant laneway artwork celebrating Bendigo’s cycling culture. The artwork is part of Bike Bendigo’s La Trobe University Project and will include installation of bicycle parking in the laneway. It..
27-Apr-2017
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Tractors at new show
Bendigo Weekly
THERE is a new event with real pulling power in Bendigo this month. Historic tractors and machinery fans will gather at the Prince of Wales Show Grounds on April 29 and 30 for a new swap meet. The show will include complete examples and restored or unrestored machines and parts for those..
20-Apr-2017
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MP adds to dragon collection
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’s federal MP has weighed into the Golden Dragon Museum’s new dragon campaign by buying a scale. The Golden Dragon Museum recently launched a funding campaign to raise $250,000 to restore the ageing Sun Loong and $500,000 to buy a new dragon, Dai Gum Loong. Lisa Cheste..
13-Apr-2017
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Maddison makes the cut
Bendigo Weekly
Shaving your locks at 16 is no mean feat but Bendigo Senior Secondary College student Maddison Schultz braved the razor for this year’s World’s Greatest Shave. The annual event attracts hundreds of participants each year and raises money and awareness for families facing blood ca..
06-Apr-2017
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Birds are on show
Bendigo Weekly
BIRD fanciers are all of a twitter and ready to flock to an event this weekend. The Bendigo Bird Expo and sale is on at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre on Saturday between 11am and 2pm. There will be a wide variety of both native and exotic birds for sale and display. So..
11-May-2017
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Challenge to aid research
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo riders have set off to ride an epic 900 kilometres this week in support of the inaugural Type 1 Challenge. The challenge is led by three cyclists living with Type 1 Diabetes, the group includes representatives from Telstra, Bendigo Bank, Byte, Channel Nine, Delta Group, HERE ..
04-May-2017
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W-Class rebuilt
Bendigo Weekly
Another historic W-Class tram is on its way back to Melbourne after being restored to its former glory by a dedicated team of Bendigo Tramways staff and volunteers. Minister for Public Transport and local member Jacinta Allan visited the Bendigo Tramways Depot and Workshop on Wednesday to se..
27-Apr-2017
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Word is out about Write Stuff
Bendigo Weekly
The Write Stuff, a collective of central Victorian-based writers, will come together this weekend in Bendigo for their second spoken word event. The Write Stuff #2 will take place on the ground level of MusicMan, 264 Hargreaves Street Bendigo on Sunday, starting at 3pm. It will run u..
20-Apr-2017
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Gem club meet a top day for rock fans
Bendigo Weekly
You can see the many facets of the Bendigo Gem Club at their open day on Saturday. The club’s Nathan Wingrave says he hoped the day, which runs from 10am to 2pm, would attract more members and help the community understand the services on offer. This includes faceting, casting, ca..
13-Apr-2017
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Golf game a winner
Bendigo Weekly
Business leaders throughout Bendigo and beyond will take the time to play golf today to transform the life of a child living with an autism spectrum disorder. Righteous Pups Australia’s Jo Baker said we live in a hustle-and-bustle age. “Most people feel like there is simply ..
06-Apr-2017
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Husky on the road
Joel Peterson
If someone you don’t know and have just met invites you to their basement, you’d have every reason to be the slightest bit hesitant. For Melbourne duo Husky, saying yes turned out to be the right decision, and one that kick started the process for their new album Punchbuzz. ..
08-Jun-2017
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Jack in back in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Television and theatre star Jack Charles is coming to Bendigo later this month. Jack will speak at Bendigo library about his life experiences with Cate Mercer, editor and publisher of national health and wellbeing magazine The Art of Healing. Jack has been convicted 22 times for burgla..
08-Jun-2017
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Vipers in the Golden Vine
Simon Wooldridge
A Colonel Vipers Whipstick Band gig is unlike many other gigs you’ll go to this year, or perhaps in this lifetime. The Vipers have been entertaining and confounding gig-goers since 1994. They’re set to do that confounding-entertaining thing again at the Golden Vine on Satur..
08-Jun-2017
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Be afraid, be very afraid
Dianne Dempsey
The tradition of combining horror and art is a long, and eerily fruitful one. Witness the work of Goya, Hogarth or Dickens and in more contemporary times that of Poppy Z Bright and Mark Danielewski. Adding fuel to this genre is the actor and playwright Nick Ravenswood, who has written a ser..
01-Jun-2017
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Broadway and jazz mixed
Bendigo Weekly
Jazz meets Broadway represents a unique opportunity to see many of the greatest songs from Broadway and Hollywood musicals. The show will be performed in the Engine Room at The Capital Theatre in View St Bendigo. It will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday, June 17. The 90-minute conc..
01-Jun-2017
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June and beyond
Simon Wooldridge
You probably need a spreadsheet, or app, or old-fashioned personal assistant if you really want to keep up with what’s happening locally, live music-wise these days. The next couple of months looks frenetic. A quick scan of venue websites and artists’ social media posts offe..
01-Jun-2017
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Junior rivals go for gold
Bendigo Weekly
TRADITIONAL foes Bendigo and Ballarat will square off once again in interleague football this weekend, with the Bendigo Junior Football League getting its chance to make amends for Bendigo’s AFL Victoria Community Championships defeat. Bendigo and Ballarat’s junior football leagu..
16-Jun-2017
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Bendigo divers turning heads
Joel Peterson
It’s another freezing Monday night in Bendigo, cold enough that you can see your every breath on the way in to the Mundy Street YMCA Stadium. This is a far cry from the indoor complexes of major cities, but for the Bendigo Divers between April and September, after the pools close, a qu..
09-Jun-2017
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City struggle continues
Joel Peterson
AMID a desperate fight to avoid relegation, Bendigo City FC has had a quiet transfer period among a flurry of signings from other Victorian National Premier League clubs. City’s fate looks all but sealed, the side sitting last in the NPL2 West with just one point from 17 games and a go..
09-Jun-2017
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Serving up a winning event
Bendigo Weekly
TABLE tennis players from across the state will hit Bendigo this weekend for the annual Victorian Country Championships tournament. Hundreds of competitors will descend on the Victoria Street table tennis and badminton stadium for the three days of competition. The annual event is the bi..
09-Jun-2017
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Focus on football future
Joel Peterson
THE rapid growth in female football in recent seasons has sparked a long-term strategy to be drawn up by a new AFL Central Victoria working group to address the future needs of the sport. The strategy will guide the sport’s growth between 2018 to 2021 and include planning for an AFL Ce..
02-Jun-2017
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Blazers bounce back from tough weekend
Bendigo Weekly
IT was a mixed weekend for the CV Blazers hockey sides on home turf at Garden Gully in round six of Hockey Victoria’s state league. The women’s Blazers celebrated club legend Sally Anderson’s 250th game but could not take the points in the reserves contest going down 5-3 to..
02-Jun-2017
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Weeroona walk for dog lovers
Bendigo Weekly
It’s time for dog lovers to register for the biggest event on the canine calendar, the RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk. Once again Lake Weeroona is the place to be with your dog on Sunday, May 21. After 22 years, Million Paws Walk remains RSPCA’s biggest annual fundraising ev..
11-May-2017
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Make a healthy investment for mum
Bendigo Weekly
It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer. It is the most common life-threatening cancer facing Australian women with 44 Australians diagnosed and seve..
08-May-2017
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Welsh choir a plus for funds
Bendigo Weekly
One of Australia’s most versatile entertainers, Silvie Paladino will feature with the Victoria Welsh Choir later this year. The Rotary Club of Bendigo South and the City of Greater Bendigo council will join to raise funds for technical equipment for Ulumbarra Theatre. ..
04-May-2017
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Remembering those who fell
Bendigo Weekly
DESPITE an ominously wet eve, Anzac Day in Bendigo was a mostly dry affair for those who attended. Numbers at the dawn ceremony were comparable to previous events with most braving the risk of rain. Earlier in the week, BSE College held its pre-Anzac Day Commemorative Service and studen..
27-Apr-2017
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Roman baths revealed
Bendigo Weekly
THE latest chapter in the rejuvenation of one of Bendigo’s finest heritage assets was played out at Villa Fortuna on Wednesday afternoon. Before a small crowd of family, friends, tradespeople and the media, Fortuna owner Paul Banks announced the official completion of the villa’s..
20-Apr-2017
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Fans gear up for Street Rods
Joel Peterson
Bendigo will host the 23rd Australian Street Rod Federation Nationals this weekend. Street rodding is a family sport that will bring close to 15,000 participants and spectators to Bendigo over the Easter weekend. The event will be held at Prince of Wales Show Grounds this and more than ..
13-Apr-2017
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Lansell goes to panel
Bendigo Weekly
PLANS for a 104-lot subdivision in East Bendigo could be headed for an independent panel, after the City of Greater Bendigo received 101 submissions regarding the project. The Lansell Crest development which proponent Blue Bondi Pty Ltd wants to establish on a vacant site off Lansell Street,..
11-May-2017
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Kindy learns about art
Bendigo Weekly
Over the past month, Kindergarten students at Jenny’s Early Learning Centre have been learning about art. They have visited the Schaller Studio to learn more about the paintings of namesake Mark Schaller, as well as visits to the Bendigo Pottery and the Bendigo Art Gallery. ..
04-May-2017
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Marketplace joins a classic
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Marketplace is backing this year’s Mother’s Day Classic by raising awareness of the event itself and encouraging registrations and fundraising for the cause. The centre is working with the local Mother’s Day Classic committee to promote the Sunday, May 14 event whi..
27-Apr-2017
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A new way to check
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW website gives added resources for property seekers. Developed in Melbourne over two years, off the back of the government’s initiative to foster innovation through open source data, Landchecker is a free tool available to anyone looking to do their due diligence on a property or ..
13-Apr-2017
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Charity house a haven
Bendigo Weekly
The Charity House, a year in the making, has been sold. The buyers, a young family, will be moving into their new house next week. The house racked up $100,000 in profit to go towards an education program for Sidney Myer Haven. The haven is an earn or learn living program which..
06-Apr-2017
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Trustees branch out
Bendigo Weekly
MELBOURNE-BASED Equity Trustees acquired its first regional trustee portfolio last week when the regulator finalised the $5 million purchase of Sandhurst Trustees’ estates business from Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. And Equity can see more business in Victoria’s central region given..
06-Apr-2017
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Expanding our justice knowledge
Bendigo Weekly
Talking Justice returns to the Ulumbarra Theatre for Law Week 2017. This year’s event on May 19 and 20 brings some of Australia’s most distinguished writers, lawyers, activists and commentators to Bendigo to tackle what are sometimes referred to as wicked problems, vexing social..
11-May-2017
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App trial to ease parking pain
Bendigo Weekly
A new online parking payment system is being trialled to allow residents to more easily pay for their parking. The trial, which began on Monday, will apply to two specific all-day carparks, the Market Street and Myers Street car parks. The system is called PayStay..
04-May-2017
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Stage two work starts
Bendigo Weekly
WORK started this week at Bendigo Hospital to begin demolition of the Kurmala building. Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan took to the tools and hopped on board a backhoe to start off the process. The stage two works of the Bendigo Hospital Project will also include the demolition o..
27-Apr-2017
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New look for blood donors
Steve Kendall
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has a surprise in store for Bendigo’s blood donors with the service yesterday announcing a half a million dollar refurbishment to the Bendigo Blood Donor Centre. The refurbishment will see a substantial reconfiguration of the centre providing a mo..
20-Apr-2017
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No cross words over art
Bendigo Weekly
A CONTROVERSIAL art installation in the grounds of St Paul’s Cathedral has taken aim at the federal government’s policies on asylum seekers. Dean of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, the Very Reverend John Roundhill told ABC Radio yesterday that the three crucifixes erected ear..
13-Apr-2017
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Cat-price pets to ease feline overflow
Bendigo Weekly
RSPCA Victoria is at capacity and will be reducing its cat adoption fees to $39 for four days this week in an attempt to find homes for 400 felines. Adoption fees are usually $120, but until Sunday, you can adopt a cat, aged four months or more, for $39 from the Bendigo centre. Kit..
06-Apr-2017
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Breaking free of the herd
Rosalea Ryan
Thirty-six-year-old Camilla Stacey is confident, frank, fulfilled and secure in her choices to not have children, to eschew emotional relationships with men and to speak her mind daily via the immensely successful blog HowItIs.com. In the eyes of her half a million readers Cam is an idol; t..
11-May-2017
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Fast-talking flashbacks
Rosalea Ryan
SHE’S played Craig T Nelson’s daughter, Alexis Bledel’s mother, David Sutcliffe’s wife, Ray Romano’s fiancée and her real-life boyfriend’s sister in a Hollywood career that has rarely allowed more than a moment’s downtime. Fans..
04-May-2017
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Behind the beach facade
Rosalea Ryan
Ned has done the unthinkable: squandered his severely disabled sister’s entire insurance payout. It was an investment that should have supported Angela for the rest of her life, challenging though that existence is, but now the funds are gone – swallowed up by a childhood friend..
27-Apr-2017
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Torn in two
Rosalea Ryan
All Fall Down Cassandra Austin Penguin, $29.99 As if a typical tiny country town doesn’t have enough social divisions separating its people, now Mulukuk’s only bridge has collapsed, severing the sole physical link that once connected the dusty opal-mining communit..
20-Apr-2017
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Fair time to buy books
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Easter Book Fair is back this weekend. This is your annual chance to stock up on a year’s worth of books to keep you well read, at good prices too. It’s not only books either, you’ll find magazines, records, CDs and DVDs. This year the club has donated $..
13-Apr-2017
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Road No Good
Rosalea Ryan
When a well-travelled, energetic young middle-class New Zealander arrives in Luganville, Vanuatu, she sees immediately that it’s more than merely her street – the literally named Road No Good – that’s in need of improvement. Deployed to the country’s sec..
13-Apr-2017
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