Deluge set to sweep region
Joel Peterson
CENTRAL Victoria has been placed on flood watch as one of the most serious and powerful rain events in the past 30 years threatens to unleash up to 150 millimetres of rain on the region across the weekend. One of the warmest Novembers on record is expected to today give way to a wet start to..
01-Dec-2017
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Star turn to keep films on screen
Bendigo Weekly
The Star Cinema has launched its Bums on Seats campaign to help keep its doors open. The campaign will run until the end of January and aims to raise $30,000 towards meeting the running costs of the not-for-profit community organisation. Business manager Martin Myles said the organisatio..
01-Dec-2017
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Doctors in short supply
Sharon Kemp
A PERFECT storm of events has created a doctor shortage in Bendigo that could rival the medical vacuum that led to the campaign 10 years ago to recruit overseas trained doctors. Healthworks chief executive Alan Hall wants once again to be able to recruit from overseas, claiming he has failed..
01-Dec-2017
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Busy year sees changes to board
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO HEALTH has made changes to its board in the wake of a tumultous year that saw the sacking of chief executive John Mulder and the release of the Duckett report prompted by the tragic deaths of seven babies at the Bacchus Marsh Hospital in 2013 and 2014. Bendigo Health has released its..
01-Dec-2017
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Call out to form ratepayers group
Sharon Kemp
GEELONG has just formed a ratepayers group, it is probably too late for the Central Goldfields, and now Bendigo is being asked if it wants to organise an association to monitor the performance of the City of Greater Bendigo. Ratepayers Victoria Inc, based in Melbourne and affiliated with mor..
01-Dec-2017
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Changes loom for voters
Joel Peterson
THE federal seat of Bendigo could be caught in the middle of a changing political map as parties and the public make submissions to the Australian Electoral Commission’s electoral redistribution. The change was called for by the Australian Electoral Commissioner after Victoria exceeded..
01-Dec-2017
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Locals lend a hand for classic
Bendigo Weekly
How do you convince local riders to pay to cycle on roads they use for free? This was one of the biggest questions for the Bendigo Cycling Classic organising committee. It seems the answer lay in the ability to offer a ride where all of the entry fees were donated to charity. Bendig..
17-Nov-2017
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Sharing the knowledge
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo-based Monash University medical students have been recognised for their voluntary contribution to the Smith Family’s senior secondary tutoring program this year. The program provides Smith Family scholarship students in years 11 and 12 with homework support and ultimately aims..
17-Nov-2017
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Star turns the spotlight on Bendigo
Dianne Dempsey
A touch of glamour came to town on Wednesday when Hollywood actress Jane Seymour visited the Edith Head exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery. After completing her commitments amidst the merry go round of the Melbourne Cup, Seymour was keen to make the most of her free time in Australia and ..
09-Nov-2017
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New look for memorial as donations flow in
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo District RSL’s Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Building Appeal hopes to raise $250,000 to assist with building works and re-establishment of the building. The museum is being returned to its original colour as part of a $4.5 revitalisation project currently und..
02-Nov-2017
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Hats top off a fascinating career
Bendigo Weekly
Local designer Alysha Elliott has dedicated herself to hat design and millinery since she studied fashion design and technology at Bendigo Senior Secondary College. Now 22, Alysha later graduated from her studies in fashion design at RMIT. At the same time, she completed internships at s..
26-Oct-2017
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Baton bearers named
Bendigo Weekly
A GROUP of 18 locals from sporting organisations and community groups will be part of the Queen’s Baton relay when it comes to Bendigo in February ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games. Organisers announced the local baton bearers this week, with Dennis O’Hoy AM and Otis ..
19-Oct-2017
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Twice as nice
Bendigo Weekly
Mother of five-week-old twins Katrina Dawborn laughed and said sleep is vastly overrated anyway. Katrina estimates that’s she’s getting about two to three hours sleep a night and when she can, an afternoon nap. “On the whole I felt quite relieved, William and James are ..
02-Nov-2017
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Brighter future for aspiring citizens
Bendigo Weekly
THE Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services groups has voiced its approval of the rejection of the proposed citizenship bill in the senate last Wednesday. The bill, as it stood, would have increased the waiting times for permanent residents before they could apply for citizenship from one yea..
26-Oct-2017
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Step up for health
Bendigo Weekly
Lightning Reef Primary School was chosen from more than 800 schools to have a pair of shoes donated to each student as part of the Walk to School program. Students decorated their shoes on Monday as part of a new element of Walk to School, where schools are encouraged to decorate shoes, bike..
19-Oct-2017
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Vision Australia offers another view
Sharon Kemp
IF Vision Australia’s Chris Edwards had his way, he would ask designers of the touch screen to try a new virtual reality experience that simulates the four most common eye conditions. Mr Edwards, the organisation’s strategic partners manager who has almost no vision, said the vir..
12-Oct-2017
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Lake Weeroona plays host to sailboats
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Yacht Club’s Sailability program was in full swing this week under sunny skies at Lake Weeroona. The program is run by the club, the Cairn Curran Sailing Club and Sports Focus and gives people from disadvantaged backgrounds or those with a disability the opportunity to hit ..
05-Oct-2017
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Supply for the boomers
Sharon Kemp
Hip and knee replacements and kitchen do-overs will be good future prospects for business in Bendigo, according to demographer Bernard Salt. Mr Salt was the guest speaker at a breakfast in Bendigo this week, referring to a growing demand among baby boomers newly in receipt of a superannuatio..
27-Sep-2017
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Time to order the dragon
Sharon Kemp
GOLDEN Dragon Museum’s bid to raise $750,000 has ended like a firecracker, suddenly and with an element of surprise. Independent senator Derryn Hinch and Liberal colleague Jane Hume visited the museum yesterday and committed $250,000 from the federal government. The donation took t..
02-Nov-2017
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Artist's work a reminder of country
Dianne Dempsey
Black Soil is the first solo exhibition of artist Arkeria Rose Armstrong. But while she has been thrilled with the response to her Dudley House exhibition, the 28-year-old already hit the high spots when she was invited to create a solo exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Gallery in Rotterdam. ..
26-Oct-2017
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Art adds a bright new look to YMCA House
Bendigo Weekly
A unique piece of indigenous public art was unveiled last Thursday on the exterior of YMCA House in Lyttleton Terrace. A smoking ceremony and welcome to country by the Dja Dja Wurrung took place as part of the unveiling. The mural created by artist Troy Firebrace also features designs fr..
19-Oct-2017
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150 years at Violet Street
Bendigo Weekly
THERE have been plenty of students pass through Violet Street Primary School, 150 years’ worth in fact. The school is celebrating with an open afternoon on Saturday, October 21. The event will run from 1pm until 5pm. It all kick off with the opening ceremony, followed by a welc..
12-Oct-2017
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City to host polio meet
Bendigo Weekly
Polio survivors will gather in Bendigo to address the importance of mental health, as part of Polio Day 2017. The event on October 21 will be held in Bendigo for the first time in more than 10 years and will be hosted by Polio Network Victoria and supported by the City of Greater Bendigo. ..
05-Oct-2017
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Back in business
Sam Kane
FIVE years on from near permanent closure and decommissioning, the Golden Square pool is continuing to defy the odds, with its volunteers this week making last minute improvements ahead of their November 18 opening. The pool, which has seen more than 52,000 patrons enter since its 2013 grand..
27-Sep-2017
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The War of Ideas
Simon Wooldridge
Fronted by singer-songwriter Trevor Petrie, The War of Ideas is a Bendigo-based indie-folk-rock five piece. They recently released their second EP, The Beauty of Solitude. “First EP kind of, really,” Petrie told the Weekly. “The previous incarnation of the band wa..
17-Nov-2017
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Beating the drum
Bendigo Weekly
Lily and the Drum return to Bendigo tonight to perform at Allies Hotel in Myers Flat. The duo has been visiting the Bendigo area to perform their brand of bluesy roots rock and soul on numerous occasions over the past four years. “We performed some of our very first shows in the re..
17-Nov-2017
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Dorothy heads to Oz
Bendigo Weekly
Within a few short days the curtain will rise on The Wizard of Oz at Ulumbarra Theatre. More than 80 students from Bendigo South East College have spent many months rehearsing popular songs and scenes, including Follow the Yellow Brick Road, Over the Rainbow, We’re Off to See the Wizar..
17-Nov-2017
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Blues and roots kicks off
Simon Wooldridge
Phil Manning is an Australian blues icon. This weekend, Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival punters will get the opportunity to see Manning play an intimate Sunday afternoon set on the iconic Blues Tram. Manning, who has been performing for more than 50 years, was a member of early 1..
09-Nov-2017
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Magic mix for festival seven
Simon Wooldridge
This year’s Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival showcases a diverse mix of local, national, and international talent. Twenty thousand punters are expected at this year’s festival – the seventh – will be treated to a mix of blues, folk, country, rock and world music..
02-Nov-2017
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Harry heads to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Fresh from a stint up and down the east coast throughout 2016/17 Harry Coulson’s Blue Dogs are bringing their ruckus to the Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival. While the earlier album Harry Coulson’s Rain Dogs was an engaging set of jazz instrumentals, the new album Harry Coulson&..
02-Nov-2017
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Redbacks roll while Suns scorch in T20
Joel Peterson
A STUNNING performance from marquee signing Nick Ross has kept Bendigo United’s red-hot run of Twenty20 form alive. The Redbacks played Huntly North Epsom in round three of games in the Bendigo District Cricket Association’s T20 competition on Tuesday night. The Redbacks were..
01-Dec-2017
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Spirit of the game
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Spirit has been served a timely reminder of how good winning feels. But point guard Rachel Banham says sometimes it’s nice to play for more than just the win column. This week sees the Spirit play one of its marquee fixtures on the WNBL calendar, the annual OTIS Foundat..
01-Dec-2017
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Pioneers hoping for draft success
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Pioneers are hopeful a handful of young guns will be picked up in tonight’s AFL National Draft. Bendigo has Paddy Dow in contention for the number one overall selection, though most pundits predict Brisbane is likely to select either Cameron Rayner first overall. Pionee..
24-Nov-2017
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Griffin stays positive
Joel Peterson
KELSEY Griffin admits she’s a bad spectator. Unfortunately for the Bendigo Spirit captain, it’s something she has to get used to. Ruled out for the season after having surgery for the second time in a year, Griffin is trying to make an experience that no player wants to have ..
24-Nov-2017
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School boasts top trio
Joel Peterson
YOU’D struggle to find many prouder school principals than Paul Wilkinson. Most schools are abuzz when even one student represents their state in any sport. Imagine having three headed to the Pacific Schools Games. In diver Kiara Field and Bendigo East Swimming Club duo Emily a..
24-Nov-2017
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Cricket associations join forces
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo District and Emu Valley cricket associations are joining forces with police to stamp out domestic violence. In a rare alignment of the two associations, this weekend will see players in A-grade and division one games across the two leagues take a pledge in support of White Ribbon..
24-Nov-2017
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Service moved
Bendigo Weekly
There is a change to the location of the Bendigo Remembrance service. Due to the renovations under way at the Soldiers Memorial Institute on Pall Mall and the Bendigo Fountain adjacent to the Cenotaph, this year’s service will be held at the Bendigo District RSL Complex, 73-75 Hav..
02-Nov-2017
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The end of schooling
Bendigo Weekly
Hundreds of Bendigo students celebrated the end of 13 years of schooling this week at two major events hosted by Bendigo Senior Secondary College. On Wednesday students, staff and families gathered at the Ulumbarra Theatre to mark the end of students’ secondary school..
26-Oct-2017
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Water activities for wise students
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL school students learned about the importance of being water wise this week at a series of National Water Week activities. From health benefits to the creatures that live in water, all manners of subjects were covered by a range of organisations who know full well the importance of w..
19-Oct-2017
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Microchip your pet
Bendigo Weekly
LOST pets are easier to find if they have a microchip, and one Bendigo store is stepping up to help. PETstock is having a microchip blitz on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22. The initiative aims to keep pets out of pounds by offering affordable and accessible microchipping for ju..
12-Oct-2017
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The two-person family
Bendigo Weekly
By Grace Evans A sudden revelation is what led Bendigo’s Kathy Waddington to self publish her first book, Parent and Child. After months of collating ideas and having an introduction written, Ms Waddington found herself beginning the start of her very own single parenting guide. ..
05-Oct-2017
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Culture at kindy
Bendigo Weekly
To celebrate the many different varieties of cultures, and values, shared by the families at the South Bendigo Kindergarten, the children attending have been discussing indigenous culture. The kindergarten has been working on a beautiful mural featuring hand prints, family flags and the s..
27-Sep-2017
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Top shiraz uncorked
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s best shiraz has been decided and it’s the 2015 Burnt Acre shiraz that was the clear winner. The general public got their chance to become professional wine judges during Bendigo Uncorked Week, sampling from 16 shiraz varieties submitted by wineries from across the Bendi..
09-Nov-2017
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New push for carers
Sharon Kemp
REGISTERED and patient care assistants at Bupa Aged Care in Bendigo stopped work on Tuesday in a bid to improve staffing ratios, wages and conditions nationally for the company’s care workers. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation organiser Loretta Marchesi said union members wou..
02-Nov-2017
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Branching out with Oak
Bendigo Weekly
With a four-week deadline and an idea in the back of her mind, Kimberly Furness created something quite spectacular. Mrs Furness always had a passion for writing and sharing other peoples stories, which led her to create her first issue of Oak Magazine. “I’m just so happy w..
26-Oct-2017
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Cab bonanza as new firms move in
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO taxi passengers will have more choices as taxi company 13CABS prepares to introduce 10 new cars to the city by Christmas. The Melbourne-based company announced its arrival yesterday, as ride-sharing service Uber prepares to establish its fleet in Bendigo by late October. Uber has..
19-Oct-2017
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Legally Blonde and ready to roll
Bendigo Weekly
The cast of Bendigo Theatre Company's latest production, Legally Blonde, will be performing at Ulumbarra Theatre next week. Since the show was cast in May, the cast and crew have been rehearsing a minimum of 10 hours per week for the Broadway musical, based on the 2001 novel by Amanda Brown,..
13-Oct-2017
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A sporting chance
Joel Peterson
AS the timber flooring was being installed in the new Bendigo Stadium this week, CEO Nathan O’Neill was hoping the foundation he and the organisation’s new executive team can lay is just as solid. O’Neill was appointed CEO on Monday after spending more than six months in t..
05-Oct-2017
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Top event leads to gymnastics return
Bendigo Weekly
FOLLOWING a record-breaking event in 2017, Gymnastics Australia’s Aerobics Gymnastics Championships will return to Bendigo next year. Ulumbarra Theatre has hosted the event for the past three years, but next May it will call the new Bendigo Stadium home. This year’s event saw..
26-Oct-2017
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Sports star win for Dusty
Bendigo Weekly
THERE was hardly anything Dustin Martin didn’t win in September, so of course it was only natural the Richmond champion added a Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year award to his ever-growing trophy cabinet. As Richmond stormed to a surprise AFL flag that set long-suffering Tigers f..
19-Oct-2017
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Sim puts in a marathon effort
Peter Kennedy
THIS weekend, Bendigo’s Jason Sim will put himself through hell in search of the heaven that comes with being able to say you completed Hawaii’s Kona Ironman, the ultimate one day test of endurance and toughness in world sport. He’s not the only Bendigo athlete taking part ..
12-Oct-2017
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Festival of the Moon
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Chinese Association will host its Annual Harvest Moon Festival on Saturday. The event will be held at the Dai Gum San Chinese precinct from 2pm. Family activities start with a lantern making workshop at the Golden Dragon Museum followed by a Chinese dance workshop at 3pm. ..
05-Oct-2017
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Second storey caps off hall
Bendigo Weekly
IT takes an awful lot of concrete in a major build, but the RSL Memorial Hall has topped off its extension in epic style with the second level slab now complete. The $4.5 million redevelopment is under construction, with the 1919 building undergoing a full restoration. Scaffolding has be..
27-Sep-2017
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New on the board
Bendigo Weekly
Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services has made three new appointments to its board of directors. The new directors, Ben Shue, Dave Hughes and Esther Ryan, come with decades of experience across the business and community sectors and are from Chinese, Welsh and Spanish backgrounds, respecti..
21-Sep-2017
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Bonding backfires
Rosalea Ryan
Corporate retreat. It’s a term almost guaranteed to set off a shiver of fear in all but the most upwardly mobile, single-mindedly ambitious go-getting employee. For accounting clerk Beth McKenzie few things could be less inviting than the prospect of spending four days “team buil..
02-Nov-2017
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Templar history targeted
Rosalea Ryan
Tucked away in the southwestern corner of France is one of the world’s most impressive collections of prehistoric art. The départment of Dordogne is known in international circles for a trio of drawcards: more than 1500 castles, abundant black truffles and the 600-plus irreplac..
26-Oct-2017
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Family at war
Rosalea Ryan
WHEN Anglo-Australians think of World War II battle zones, the natural tendency is to list only those in which our own servicemen fought: Southeast Asia, the Pacific, North Africa, Western Europe. The unimaginable destruction that occurred as Hitler’s army swept across Eastern Europe ..
19-Oct-2017
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Our home-grown writer
Dianne Dempsey
Bendigo writer Kaye Dobbie, has been published in many languages and countries including the US and Germany. “The Germans love my books,” Kaye said, clearly bemused. “They’ve really taken off there.” Sitting in the dining room of her charming Quarry Hill ho..
12-Oct-2017
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Loved ones lost
Rosalea Ryan
When eight-year-old Lycke Höök vanishes from a neighbourhood tennis complex in Stockholm, Sweden, it’s not only members of the little girl’s immediate family who are traumatised. For TV news crime reporter Ellen Tamm, Lycke’s unexplained disappearance unleashes st..
06-Oct-2017
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Stepping forward
Bendigo Weekly
Charmed by The Rosie Project? You are going to love Two Steps Forward. And if you have ever day-dreamed about walking the Camino across the top of Spain, then here’s the novel that may just have you packing your bags and setting off. Written by Anne Buist (Medea’s Curse, Dan..
27-Sep-2017
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