Bendigo Health sacks Mulder
Sharon Kemp
IN a stunning development in Bendigo Health’s investigation of John Mulder, chairman Bob Cameron and fellow directors yesterday sacked the chief executive without declaring the grounds for his dismissal. The move left room for Mr Mulder to reiterate his position that he had done nothin..
11-Aug-2017
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More cash for dragon
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S four community enterprises have teamed up to back the wider community campaign in support of the Sun Loong 750 campaign for a new Chinese dragon. Strathfieldsaye Community Enterprise chair Catherine Wilby yesterday said the Bendigo and Northern District, Strathfieldsaye, Kang..
11-Aug-2017
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Festival of the fabulous
Dianne Dempsey
This is the sixth Bendigo Writers Festival and it seems the event has always been part of our cultural calendar, such is the general acceptance and joy we gain from this event. The festival’s reputation has far exceeded regional boundaries, with visitors and participants drawn ..
11-Aug-2017
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Pool on agenda
Bendigo Weekly
THE $31 million aquatic centre under construction in Kangaroo Flat will be named the Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre and the learn-to-swim pool after Olympic gold medallist Faith Leech if City of Greater Bendigo councillors agree next Wednesday. The proposed names are subject to public consu..
11-Aug-2017
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V/Line fails to impress
Joel Peterson
THE operational performance of V/Line has been slammed by a Victorian Auditor General’s report that says the operator has failed to meet community expectations despite improvements to infrastructure and timetable changes. In fact, performance on the northern corridor (Bendigo, Swan Hil..
11-Aug-2017
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Bendigo Club bids for pokies
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Club has lodged an application for an additional 16 electronic gaming machines. General manager Adrian McMahon said the additional gaming machines would allow the club to expand its community support. “Adding these machines will allow the c..
11-Aug-2017
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New angle on an old game
Sharon Kemp
TABLE tennis has never looked as fun as it does when Bendigo champion Des Knight sets up his game Gossimo. And Mr Knight says inventing the game is never more satisfying than when the players are having fun. Six years in the making, the game has just been released and he and his business..
14-Jul-2017
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Organic liners on way
Bendigo Weekly
More than 38,000 households in Bendigo and Marong will soon receive a new 12-month supply of compostable caddy liners to use in their kitchen caddy to collect food waste for their organics bin. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Craig Lloyd said while the new caddy liners are supplied b..
07-Jul-2017
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Bank raises interest rates
Sharon Kemp
A day after being named Victoria’s corporate citizen of the year, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has lifted interest rates out of sync with the Reserve Bank of Australia. RBA governor Phillip Lowe kept cash rates on hold, but Australia’s banks continue to tweak rates to benefit owner-..
07-Jul-2017
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Aiming for change
Bendigo Weekly
Climate change, land degradation, community wellbeing, food production, obesity, and inclusion are complex issues that are often addressed individually. Understanding the overlap, and that solutions are more effectively addressed collaboratively, has led several organisations in..
07-Jul-2017
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Indigenous language the focus
Sharon Kemp
INDIGENOUS language is not lost, says Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation chairman Trent Nelson. “It is just sitting there waiting for our young people to reclaim it,” he told the audience at the flag raising ceremony marking NAIDOC week. The theme of this year&rsquo..
07-Jul-2017
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Students and staff go around the world
Bendigo Weekly
Victory Christian College was the place to be this week as they held a special fun event. Wacky Wednesday takes place every year on the last Wednesday of term two, and each year there is a different theme. The school’s Shelly Seales said it’s a fun day for staff and students..
29-Jun-2017
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Help for pet project
Sharon Kemp
A $50,000 state government grant will allow Bendigo Animal Welfare and Community Services to build 12 new enclosures and desex and check the health of about 100 cats. BAWCS president Debbie Edwards said she was pleased to have won the grant, which served to care for animals as well as their ..
13-Jul-2017
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Grant backs senior activity
Bendigo Weekly
Victorian seniors from the Karen community in Bendigo will be further encouraged to get involved and stay active in their communities, as the recipients of a state government grant. The Karen Culture and Social Support Foundation received a $5000 grant for a project that will include cooking..
07-Jul-2017
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Composer Caitlin takes the prize
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENT Caitlin Buchan has won a spot to have her music composition performed nationally at concert venues. The 15-year-old from Bendigo South East Secondary College is one of eight, selected from more than 100 entries in the 2017-18 Fanfare Competition. All students will work with indu..
29-Jun-2017
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Rations for a cause
Dianne Dempsey
Rice and water, rice and lentils and just for a change – rice and oil – these are the three meals that Kylie Kent was allowed yesterday as part of her participation in the Act for Peace Ration Challenge. The ration challenge invites people to stick to a diet of ..
22-Jun-2017
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No to plastic bags
Bendigo Weekly
A COUNCIL waste truck is spreading the word as a large mobile billboard to remind the community not to put plastic bags in their recycling or organics bins. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Craig Lloyd said plastic bags are one of the main items that contaminate the recycling and orga..
15-Jun-2017
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Gallery offers a new view of Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW exhibition at the Post Office Gallery offers a bird’s-eye view of Bendigo. Vantage point: aerial views of Bendigo features 12 large scale reproductions of aerial views of Bendigo taken by Charles Pratt as well as three original glass plate negatives from the collection of the Sta..
08-Jun-2017
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Behind the scenes at the gallery
Bendigo Weekly
IF you’ve ever wondered how galleries go about selecting and installing the works on display, here’s an opportunity to try it out for yourself. The project, named Insert Title, is a fun, hands-on opportunity for people of all ages to experience the world of galleries. At the La T..
13-Jul-2017
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Culture on course
Bendigo Weekly
The 2018 Regional Centre for Culture initiative is another step closer, with the appointment of two renowned producers who will work with the region’s creative community to shape the year-long program. State member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards welcomed Jo Porter and Elizabeth Walsh a..
07-Jul-2017
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Donations a welcome plus for dragon
Bendigo Weekly
The community campaign to raise more than $750,000 to help fund a new Imperial Dragon has received a significant boost. The Guy family yesterday donated $50,000 to the Sun Loong 750 campaign, while Strategem Community Foundation, which is supported by local financial services firm Strategem,..
29-Jun-2017
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Prize winner's connection to country
Bendigo Weekly
It was a unanimous decision by the judges of this year’s Arthur Guy Memorial Art Prize to confer the coveted award to Northern Territory artist Margaret Loy Pula. The panel said her minimalist work Anatye (bush potato) 2016 stood out for its vivid impact and demonstrable connection to ..
22-Jun-2017
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La Trobe's art on display at gallery
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 100 artworks are on display at the Bendigo Art Gallery in a new exhibit entitled Revealing Identity: The Collections of La Trobe University. La Trobe Art Institute’s Kent Wilson and his team had the daunting task of sifting through the core collection of some 8000 works,..
15-Jun-2017
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Hospital upgrade complete
Bendigo Weekly
The $40 million upgrade on St John of God Bendigo Hospital is officially open for business. An opening and blessing of the redevelopment was held in the hospital’s atrium on Tuesday. St John of God Health care trustees and group CEO attended to participate in the blessing by the..
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Capture those starry, starry nights
Bendigo Weekly
EVER wanted to capture your own images of a galaxy far, far away? Well, the Bendigo District Astronomical Society is inviting the public to participate in a presentation from astrophotographer Richard Tatti next Wednesday. Richard is the founder of Nightscape Images and has been a keen w..
27-Jul-2017
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Blues Maestro on the hill
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo holds good memories for Australian blues icon Lloyd Spiegel. “Bendigo was the first place I ever went outside of Melbourne to play, when I was 11. At that age, it felt like a ‘tour’.” Spiegel told the Weekly. He reckons he’s now played here about 50 tim..
27-Jul-2017
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Ritzy show at Ulumbarra
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER playing to sold-out crowds in the UK, musical Puttin’ On The Ritz is coming to Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre in September as part of a huge national tour. The show is set in the golden age of Hollywood where melody, rhythm and dance was king. The Australian version adds R..
27-Jul-2017
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Fountaineer adds a local touch
Joel Peterson
FROM its name to its songwriting, Bendigo band Fountaineer takes no shortage of inspiration from the city in which it was formed. The group’s debut record, Greater City, Greater Love, displays that fact proudly and it has caught the attention of plenty around the musical world. ..
20-Jul-2017
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Rockin' with a magic touch
Simon Wooldridge
With their stand-up double bass, 1950s outfits and rousing renditions of the likes of Wake Up Little Suzie and Great Balls of Fire, the Magic 8-Balls have been getting central Victorian rock ‘n’ rollers to their feet for nearly three years now. The trio, Darren Howell (vocals, gu..
20-Jul-2017
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Time to laugh
Bendigo Weekly
A new comedy night is up and running in Bendigo. The fourth Thursday of each month will bring nationally recognised headliners and MCs to the Old Church on the Hill, with new and established Bendigo comedians in support. On Thursday the headliner will be Danielle Walker, 2016 winner of ..
20-Jul-2017
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Hamilton to make Grand Tour debut
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S Chris Hamilton will make his Grand Tour debut at this month’s Vuelta a España. Team Sunweb confirmed its lineup last night, including the 22-year-old for his first tilt at one of the major stage races in world cycling. He will ride alongside Tour ..
11-Aug-2017
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Cup fever hits town
Bendigo Weekly
INTERNATIONAL football comes to Golden Square’s Wade Street Oval tonight when India hosts Pakistan in an AFL International Cup grudge match. The matches form round three of the triennial competition, with both sides losing their opening two games in division two. Both teams played on W..
11-Aug-2017
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Thunder eyes top prize
Joel Peterson
A BIG weekend awaits the Bendigo Thunder Football Club with its senior side entering finals and its reserves contesting the first ever Northern Country Women’s League grand final. The Thunder’s seniors will be aiming to bounce back from their first Northern Football League loss o..
11-Aug-2017
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Ban stands as BFNL appeal dismissed
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Football Netball League succeeded in making a strong statement in regards to the treatment of umpires this week but it had no such luck appealing the three-game suspension handed down to Pascale Craig by the tribunal. The Sandhurst midfielder was sanctioned at an independent trib..
11-Aug-2017
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Trip of a lifetime for City stars
Joel Peterson
Eight junior players from Bendigo City FC have been selected to tour Japan next week with Football Federation Victoria’s Regional Boys Representative Squad. Under-12 player Mac Hilson, under-13 players Edward Harrison and Kaidyn Tucker and under-14 players Darcy McRostie, Ruben White..
11-Aug-2017
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A debut to remember
Joel Peterson
IF it’s possible for a reputation to be enhanced after two championships, two grand final MVPs, two all-star appearances a defensive player of the year award and five straight club MVPs, it happened for Kelsey Griffin this week. While the Australian Opals fell agonisingly short of Wome..
04-Aug-2017
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Heather marks 50 years
Bendigo Weekly
During this year’s National Diabetes Week, Heather Chalmers of Marong will be awarded with Diabetes Victoria’s Kellion Victory Medal for having survived more than 50 years of living with type one diabetes. Less than 100 years ago, type one diabetes was a death sentence: half of t..
07-Jul-2017
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A 90-year game
Bendigo Weekly
The Golden Square Croquet Club was formed 90 years ago because traditionally women weren’t allowed to play bowls. While they couldn’t play with the men, the women started up the croquet club. This observation was made by club member Caroline Smith who along with her colleagu..
29-Jun-2017
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Camp for coding
Bendigo Weekly
School children in Bendigo will have the chance to learn the language of computers by taking part in a course designed to teach them how to build their own app. Code Camp is coming to the city, and for three days during the school holidays, children will have the chance to meet new friends ..
22-Jun-2017
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Legend spreads the safety word
Bendigo Weekly
Hawthorn football legend Peter Knights is at a special breakfast on Tuesday to discuss leadership and learn about important occupational health and safety changes. The event, which is being brought to the region by WorkSafe Victoria, will also discuss WorkSafe’s new strategy to work mo..
15-Jun-2017
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Wine for the long weekend
Bendigo Weekly
The annual Heathcote on Show festival is on this weekend. It’s the time of year when the Heathcote wineries and traders come together to celebrate and show off the region’s many great wineries, fine restaurants and pubs and Heathcote’s many historic and natural attractions...
08-Jun-2017
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Sustainability awards on offer
Bendigo Weekly
Josh Byrne is the guest speaker at the Bendigo Sustainable Awards presentation evening on World Environment Day, June 5. Mr Byrne is a sustainability practitioner and communicator well known for his work on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program. He has a unique and integrated approa..
01-Jun-2017
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Failure a positive
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Inventor Awards program will celebrate the positives of failure as part of an event to be held at the Ulumbarra Theatre next week. Bendigo Inventor Awards committee chairman Paul Chapman said everyone has failed at something – a test; a relationship; a job interview, but fa..
13-Jul-2017
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Cash rate still on hold
Bendigo Weekly
As anticipated, the Reserve Bank of Australia left the official cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent on Tuesday. “Our forecast remains that there will be no further reduction to the Official Cash Rate in 2017,” HIA principal economist Tim Reardon said. “Comments issued ..
07-Jul-2017
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Long time between shows
Bendigo Weekly
Friends Sue Llewelyn and Iain Stewart are delighted to once more have a joint exhibition together in View Street. “The last time we did this was 24 years ago in the National Trust building (now the Wine Bank) and we had our children running around creating havoc,” Stewart said, &..
29-Jun-2017
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Moving in a digital era
Sharon Kemp
TWELVE of Bendigo Health’s professionals can now call themselves digital health pioneers. Last week, Bendigo Health contributed the dozen certified health informaticians to Australia’s small skill pool of about 270. And it became the first health organisation to produce of a ..
22-Jun-2017
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Door open for trade training
Sharon Kemp
AFTER four years of consecutive falls in apprenticeship numbers, there are opportunities in traditional trades and traineeships, according to a Bendigo vocational training specialist. But Apprenticeships Matter regional manager Ivan Crisp said not only were most local secondary students unaw..
15-Jun-2017
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Setting the standard
Bendigo Weekly
THE Eaglehawk Recycle Shop has been awarded the top honour at this year’s Bendigo Sustainability Awards. This is the fifth year of these awards and Eaglehawk Recycle Shop was selected from six individual awards categories as the overall winner. Organisers say the shop reduces the..
08-Jun-2017
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Three-minute thesis
Bendigo Weekly
Researchers presented a host of ground-breaking work at a three-minute thesis presentation on Tuesday. Eight La Trobe University research candidates in health-related fields were challenged to describe their research to colleagues and lecturers in the tiny timeframe. Academic and organis..
07-Jul-2017
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A hundred years of child care
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S maternal and child health nurses had a special celebration of the centenary of MCH services in Victoria. City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke attended the event and said the first Baby Health Centre opened in Melbourne in June 1917 as a way to help prevent in..
29-Jun-2017
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Tiarna has a talent
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is a treasure chest of unknown young artists, musicians and photographers all awaiting their turn to shine. They want to acquire the well-deserved credit that will only occur from their hard work and resilience. There is something to be said about the diversity and talent of suc..
22-Jun-2017
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A colourful life
Dianne Dempsey
When a precocious youth living in her hometown of Slough, England, Jenny Valentish self-published a fanzine, Slapper: The Groupie’s Guide to Gropable Bands. It gives you a fair idea of where her interests lay in those days. Since coming to Australia from England several years ago V..
15-Jun-2017
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Cars fit for a Queen
Bendigo Weekly
As the Queen’s Birthday long weekend approaches the Central Victorian Chrysler Club is preparing for Chryslers, Valiants, Dodges, Plymouths and Desotos to descend on Bendigo. It’s the 11th Annual Midstate Mopars show and shine and with 10 successful years behind them, Midstate Mo..
08-Jun-2017
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Heads up for show
Bendigo Weekly
A large slice of Hollywood history will arrive in Bendigo in September with an exhibition honouring the life and work of multiple Academy Award-winning costume designer Edith Head. Edith Head is considered the most significant costume designer in the history of cinema. In her 50-year ca..
01-Jun-2017
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Capitol offence
Rosalea Ryan
Amos Decker is all too familiar with loss. First went his social graces, his tolerance and his ability to empathise, wrenched from him in an instant by a near-fatal football concussion that left in their place a photographic memory and an abnormally heightened awareness of death. The ath..
13-Jul-2017
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Malik's identity politics
Bendigo Weekly
The violence, anger and confusion that dominate so much of the news and debate about multiculturalism and immigration are all about identity politics, according to Kenan Malik. “Different minority groups, whether African Americans, indigenous Australians, Muslims or gays, are seen as p..
07-Jul-2017
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Weighing up their options
Rosalea Ryan
Four women, one challenge: to lose unwanted weight. In all four cases obesity is an issue – but is it the root of the quartet’s problems or merely a scapegoat, deftly deflecting attention away from the truly dysfunctional aspects of unhappy lives? While pregnant, Kat ate for ..
29-Jun-2017
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Dawe to pastures new
Dianne Dempsey
Bryan Dawe says he is waiting for more time to pass so he can spend time thinking about and grieving for his much loved friend and colleague, John Clarke. Since Clarke passed away in April, Dawe has been involved in both private and public events memorialising his mate but now he is looking ..
22-Jun-2017
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Convict sleuths probe death
Rosalea Ryan
If there’s one thing even more engrossing than a carefully-researched historical novel with the name “Thomas Keneally” on the cover, it’s one crafted by Keneally in partnership with his daughter Meg. One of Australia’s most prolific and successful authors, Kenea..
15-Jun-2017
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High-seas histrionics
Rosalea Ryan
ON an ocean liner bound for the far side of the world, everyone’s running away from something – or so it’s safe to assume, considering that perfectly contented, secure individuals rarely uproot themselves from a successful, established life in order to start afresh. When Li..
08-Jun-2017
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