First look at Bendigo Stadium
Bendigo Weekly
Touring the 4000-seat arena under construction at Bendigo Stadium, the floor is laid and the seats are in place, but work is yet to be complete on the internal fit out. But a virtual reality tour through a pair of 3D goggles shows off a completed stadium to sell to potential clients, be they..
13-Oct-2017
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Pool is Gurri Wanyarra
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo has refused to change its mind on calling the new Kangaroo Flat aquatic centre the indigenous name Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre despite 56 of 63 submissions objecting to the title that was the unanimous choice of councillors. Most objectors during the 30-day co..
13-Oct-2017
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City prime for GovHub
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO could be well placed to become the headquarters of a government department in finance, health or education after members of a federal government select committee said they were envious of the city’s transport links and regarded business and service development here as best practice..
13-Oct-2017
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Regional education forum stirs up a row
Joel Peterson
BOTH sides of government have traded barbs over the state of education in regional areas after a forum in Bendigo this week. Several school principals joined Nationals senator for northern Victoria Bridget McKenzie at the Capital Theatre to discuss the state of education in remote and region..
13-Oct-2017
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An eye on the future
Sharon Kemp
IT requires more than 30 years of work, but council has identified new schools, a better airport and TAFE, more student housing and an upgrade to Bendigo Creek as infrastructure that is required to accommodate a population of more than 200,000. Council has released a Plan Greater Bendigo dra..
13-Oct-2017
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City set for flood warning
Sharon Kemp
A FLASH flood warning system will be investigated for residents along the upper length of Bendigo Creek as part of a broader regional flood management plan. The warning system could be as sophisticated as a text message alert during severe weather, but its exact form will be decided after co..
13-Oct-2017
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Rehearsing for the big day
Bendigo Weekly
The Forever Young community rock choir is in full rehearsal mode for their annual concert at the Ulumbarra Theatre. They are working hard with the Girton rock band The Riffs and the Senior String Orchestra, to produce a memorable musical event. The choir will perform alongside Australian..
07-Sep-2017
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Jeff marks an end to years of service
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of the Bendigo Bank’s longest serving employees will retire today, bringing an end to 51 years of his service with a smile and outstanding commitment to customer service. Born and bred in Bendigo, Jeff Ruff started behind the counter at the then Sandhurst Building Society in 1966, ..
31-Aug-2017
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The serious message behind underwear
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Prostate Cancer Support Group has used the old Bendigo Bank headquarters as a clothesline for its giant undies ahead of a busy three months for the group’s members. The pair of underpants pictured on the banner is a symbol for the message the group strives to put in men&rsq..
25-Aug-2017
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Fundraiser fun ahead of grand final
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Thunder geared up for their Northern Football League grand final with a fundraising lunch this week. Federal Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters hosted the lunch at the Exchange this week, featuring women’s football ambassador Susan Alberti AC. Bendigo plays Diamond Creek on Sunda..
24-Aug-2017
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Boost for homeless services
Bendigo Weekly
HAVEN Home Safe has received more than $5 million in state government funds to build and buy homes in Bendigo, Echuca, Geelong and Mildura, and provide support to the occupants of the properties. It is the first money to flow to a regional project after an initial round of $25m to house the ..
17-Aug-2017
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Budgie breeder reaches new heights
Sharon Kemp
ROBIN Kirby brings the same competitive spirit to budgerigar breeding and exhibition that made him a national champion in the adrenaline-charged sport of drag racing. The Lockwood resident was an Australian champion drag racer more than 15 years ago when the sport outshone all other motor sp..
11-Aug-2017
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Banding together for Ava
Bendigo Weekly
A group of musicians have banded together to ease the way for a Bendigo girl. Christmas Eve 2016 was a memorable day for a local family, but for all the wrong reasons, and a child ended up in hospital. Ava Maryella Marland had an accident with the family dog, resulting in significant da..
07-Sep-2017
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Leader of the field
Joel Peterson
FOR Bendigo Jockey Club track manager Bernard Hopkins, watching a Lloyd Williams galloper go around the Bendigo track is all part of a day’s work. But it’s what goes into that day’s work that is the reason owners and trainers like Williams choose Bendigo when working their ..
31-Aug-2017
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The Legacy continues
Bendigo Weekly
For close to a century, Australian veterans have honoured the pledge made by the original Anzacs to care for the “missus and kids” of their fallen comrades who risked everything. What is often forgotten is that for each serving Australian who risks everything – a family ..
24-Aug-2017
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Activity the goal
Bendigo Weekly
A LOCAL group is spruiking the benefits of students walking or riding to school, something many local school children miss out on. The Active Travel Healthy Kids Community Network is presenting a free a workshop to help school communities support their children to walk and ride to school mo..
17-Aug-2017
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Sam the Story Tram returns
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER the success of last year, Sam the Story Tram has again hit the tracks in Bendigo this week. It is a part of the Bendigo Writers Festival for all ages, with school-aged children and adults alike sharing in songs, stories and rhymes. Led by tram conductor and storyteller Narelle Ston..
10-Aug-2017
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Balance in the force
Sharon Kemp
DESPITE women being a part of the Victoria police force for a century, it was only 30 years ago that female officers were able to carry a firearm on their hip, not in their handbag. And only a few years before that they were allowed to wear trousers. For Margaret Singe and Leesa Johnson,..
03-Aug-2017
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Students focus on wellbeing
Bendigo Weekly
One of Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s biggest weeks in the calendar kicked off on Monday. Wellbeing Week is five days packed with activities to make students and staff feel better about themselves, both emotionally and physically. VCAL Market Day on Wednesday was a highly-anti..
07-Sep-2017
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First flow in groundwater solution
Bendigo Weekly
THE first water has flowed from beneath Bendigo, through decontamination in Eaglehawk and through pipes into brine ponds in Epsom as part of the State Government’s $29 million interim measure to control contaminated groundwater threatening to inundate the city. Bendigo MP Maree Edwards..
01-Sep-2017
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Blowing away the competition
Bendigo Weekly
A BENDIGO school has managed a clean sweep at the Victorian School Music Festival. Girton Grammar School music students in the wind symphony, senior concert band, Girton singers and junior performance choir have been awarded gold. The festival is a prestigious event held each year at a v..
31-Aug-2017
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Think FAST when talking health
Bendigo Weekly
THE state-wide launch of National Stroke Week came to Bendigo yesterday, with residents urged to learn the four key signs of a stroke. Running from September 4 to 10, National Stroke Week raises awareness about the signs of and effects of stroke. City of Greater Bendigo councillor Jennif..
31-Aug-2017
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Mixed works show another side to art
Bendigo Weekly
A new exhibition bringing together fine couture, photography and jewellery is now showing at the Living Arts Space in the Bendigo Visitor Centre. Perceptions showcases the diverse works of three artists and designers from the Bendigo region and runs until November 12. The artists that ar..
24-Aug-2017
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Spread the word on liver health
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Health and Bendigo Community Health Services hosted a luncheon this week focussing on liver health and hepatitis. Members of the local Karen community attended the education session and luncheon which follows World Hepatitis Day that took place in late July. Those invited range..
17-Aug-2017
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Continuation for the Lions
Simon Wooldridge
Shann Lions said he like his band to try things a bit different. He’s just back from two weeks in Bali; fresh, energised and keen to talk about Four Lions’ new album, Golden Triangle, which will be launched at True Brew on Saturday, October 7. Golden Triangle carries on &nda..
27-Sep-2017
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Forever young
Bendigo Weekly
Australian rock legend Mark Seymour, lead singer of one of Australia’s most seminal bands, Hunters and Collectors, is totally attuned to the ethos of community choirs. Supporting the annual Forever Young concert at the Ulumbarra Theatre last Tuesday he provided a unique inj..
21-Sep-2017
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DIGG on the tram
Bendigo Weekly
The Blues Tram rolls again this coming Saturday. It will be a bitter-sweet affair for young Bendigo band DIGG. It’s the trio’s Blues Tram debut, but it’s also their farewell performance as a band. DIGG is a blues and folk outfit comprising sisters Gemma and Izzy Goldsm..
14-Sep-2017
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Back to their roots
Bendigo Weekly
NEXT weekend sees an afternoon of musical entertainment of the old style, with a three-act show full of traditional music, blues, Americana, roots, gospel and original songs, featuring Dave Diprose, Savannah Rose and Moonshine Coalition. Diprose is an exceptional Delta blues style player ble..
14-Sep-2017
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A runaway success
Bendigo Weekly
A new project from Kelsie Rimmer, best known for her appearances on The Voice Australia, is coming to the region. The Melbourne based singer/songwriter and producer performing as SONA is presenting her debut EP Runaway. As part of her tour, SONA is playing the Marong Family Hotel and th..
14-Sep-2017
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The Rhythms of Ireland
Bendigo Weekly
THE stage production The Rhythms of Ireland is in Bendigo next month. The elite company of dancers is bringing their worldwide 10th Year Anniversary Tour to Australian stages. This production has been seen by more than two-million people worldwide amassing an unsurpassed reputation. ..
14-Sep-2017
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Young prospects hopeful ahead of AFLW draft
Bendigo Weekly
YOUNG guns Tiahna Cochrane and Reni Hicks will lead the local contingent of AFLW hopefuls into next week’s 2017 draft. Both tested themselves against the crop of potential draftees at last week’s AFL Women’s combine, including Melbourne Uni star Monique Conti, Diamond Creek..
13-Oct-2017
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Batting powers hit early form
Bendigo Weekly
A HEAVYWEIGHT clash between Sedgwick and United headlines this week’s second round of the Emu Valley Cricket Association season. Both finallists from last year, the Rams and Tigers each scored comfortable wins in round one and meet at Axis Employment Oval (Club Court) on Saturday. ..
13-Oct-2017
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Roos roll in BDCA round one
Bendigo Weekly
SANDHURST may have surprised reigning premiers Eaglehawk on the first weekend of the Bendigo District Cricket Association, but it will have to repeat the dose against another imposing attack when it meets Kangaroo Flat tomorrow. The Dragons were one of several sides to score an upset win las..
13-Oct-2017
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South too good for Hawks in final
Bendigo Weekly
NEWCOMER Shepparton South has taken an important piece of silverware in its debut Bendigo Amateur Soccer League campaign, thwarting Eaglehawk’s bid for a title double. In a tense grand final at Epsom Huntly Reserve on Sunday, South ran the game out far stronger than a visibly tired Eag..
13-Oct-2017
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Small ball Spirit have big season hopes
Bendigo Weekly
HEADING into a Women’s National Basketball League season that has a distinctly different feel about it, no side exemplifies different quite like the Bendigo Spirit. Not necessarily in terms of offseason roster changes, but both the on-court structures of Bendigo are set to vary greatly..
06-Oct-2017
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Contenders aplenty in WNBL
Bendigo Weekly
THE new-look Women’s National Basketball League will present new challenges for both players and coaches when it kicks off this weekend. Despite teams playing three fewer games this season, the far more condensed nature of the campaign means player management and scouting will be all t..
06-Oct-2017
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Winning spell for school
Bendigo Weekly
EAGLEHAWK Secondary College’s year nine students have spelled out their intentions for literacy learning, winning a major competition. For the second year running, the school excelled at the Word Mania competition, run by online-based program Literacy Planet. The competition sees ..
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Clinic a boost for kids
Bendigo Weekly
A REGULAR clinic forå local children with cerebral palsy has been established by Bendigo Health. This allows children to receive their botulinum neurotoxin treatment closer to home, and reduces the need to travel. The clinic is part of the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Servi..
31-Aug-2017
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Secure the farm
Bendigo Weekly
A Farm Security Expo was held in Bendigo this week to explore proactive measures to improve security and safety. The expo at the Bendigo Stadium gave members of the farming community the chance to come together to discuss a range of issues which affect them. In the 12 months leading up ..
24-Aug-2017
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Volunteer to help the Red Cross
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Red Cross Emergency Service is on the lookout for volunteers and will be holding sessions next weekend. There are more than 7000 volunteers across Australia, supporting individuals and communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters. Local v..
17-Aug-2017
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Good start for Kalianna
Bendigo Weekly
THE redevelopment of Kalianna School is a step closer after a contractor for the $15.6 million project was confirmed this week. Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards visited the school on Monday and announced that Colbrico Pty Ltd will carry out the construction of the project. The schoo..
10-Aug-2017
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Outlook forecasts dry end to winter
Bendigo Weekly
Sights like this are commonplace in late winter and spring, but those hoping for rain to help crops and gardens may not find relief in coming months. Bendigo recorded higher-than-average rainfall in July, but the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest outlook predicts below a..
03-Aug-2017
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A day in the life
Bendigo Weekly
Chief engineer at Thales Australia Mark Brennan spent the day at Bendigo Senior Secondary College on Thursday, experiencing a day in the life of college principal Linda Lyons. Mr Brennan is chair of the Bendigo Manufacturing Group – 17 companies that form an advisory panel to council. ..
14-Sep-2017
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Garden club cleans up
Bendigo Weekly
WITHIN six months, the land on which Bendigo’s Central City Caravan Park now sits will be cleared of all plants but the trees. So Bendigo Garden Club members have beaten the bulldozer and in the process helped to start the clean up. About a dozen members worked at..
07-Sep-2017
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Tourism on track
Bendigo Weekly
The 21st edition of the Experience Culture Victoria brochure highlights the immense depth and quality of cultural experiences on offer in the Bendigo region and right across the state. Launching the 2017/18 edition of the booklet, Cultural Tourism Victoria’s Carrie Donaldson said regio..
31-Aug-2017
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Expo means small business
Bendigo Weekly
Local small business operators have banded together to present the first ever microbusiness pop-up expo at Bendigo library. Businesses will be set up across the ground floor of the library showcasing their wares. “Many microbusinesses operate from home or in premises without sho..
24-Aug-2017
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Early learning centre sets the standard
Bendigo Weekly
Jenny’s Early Learning Centre in Strathfieldsaye has been recognised as the first in greater Bendigo to achieve health promoting service status through completion of all six benchmarks of anachievement program. The program, delivered by Cancer Council Victoria and supported by the Vict..
17-Aug-2017
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Planning ahead
Bendigo Weekly
According to the Foundation for Young Australians the average young person will have 17 different jobs over five careers in their lifetime. It will also take on average 4.7 years to transition from full-time education to full-time work. The City of Greater Bendigo, La Trobe University a..
10-Aug-2017
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Stepping out for the ball in the mall
Bendigo Weekly
Preparations are in full swing for next month’s Ball in the Mall event with debutante couples stepping to dance training this week. The event is in its second year and gives 10 young couples the opportunity to participate in a debutante ball held in Hargreaves Mall on October 27. T..
07-Sep-2017
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A peaceful protest
Bendigo Weekly
THE Red Ribbon Rebellion returned to Bendigo this week, to mark the anniversary of the original event in 1853. The Bendigo Historical Society arranges the annual re-enactment annually to celebrate and remember what was a critical turning point in Bendigo’s gold rush history. This p..
31-Aug-2017
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Open day at the uni
Bendigo Weekly
See what university is really like at La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus open day from 10am to 3pm on Sunday. Step inside world-class facilities, meet inspiring academics and get a feel for uni life. Plus, design, create and plant your own virtual tree via the Living Landscap..
24-Aug-2017
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Centre discovers potential
Bendigo Weekly
SCIENCE Week proved a week of innovation and celebration at Discovery Centre Bendigo this week. The centre scored a $55,000 state government grant to upgrade equipment and held events celebrating all things science throughout this week. The grant gives some of Bendigo’s brightest y..
17-Aug-2017
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Cypress trees face the chop
Sharon Kemp
A CONTEMPORARY Inge King statue and new deciduous trees will replace nine cypress canker trees, most in poor condition, that form an arch in front of the historic Bendigo Art Gallery building. The City of Greater Bendigo has provided a heritage impact statement for the proposed work because ..
11-Aug-2017
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New tram tells the city's oldest story
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW addition to Bendigo’s talking tram fleet telling the story of the city’s indigenous history hit the tracks this week. Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Bendigo Heritage Attractions have partnered to create the new themed tram, which went into service this wee..
03-Aug-2017
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One funeral, two deaths
Rosalea Ryan
Barely have the remains of Shetland native Magnus Tait been lowered into their grave when the soil beneath the party of mourners begins to shudder. Heavy winter rain has destabilised the hillside, prompting a sizeable slab of earth to slither across open sheep-grazing pasture and into the s..
07-Sep-2017
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Synagogue revealed
Dianne Dempsey
THE latest publication of the Bendigo Historical Society, Jewish Worship in Bendigo (Sandhurst), is about something that no longer exists – the former Jewish synagogue. Subtitled An Overview of Religious observation 1853-2017 Terence Davidson’s primary concern is with the histor..
31-Aug-2017
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Thirst for Faroese blood
Rosalea Ryan
IT’S not every day that a novel set in one of the world’s least-known archipelagos, the Faroe Islands, appears in print. Even rarer is a book that delivers both a spine-tingling plot and at the same time an insightful, informative and entertaining glimpse into the psyche of the ..
31-Aug-2017
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Teen tragedy
Rosalea Ryan
Scoring, binge-drinking, skipping school and wrestling with negative self-image and mortality converge in this midwest American equivalent of Puberty Blues, set both during narrator Cat’s teenage years on the shores of the Great Lakes and almost two decades later in modern-day New York. ..
24-Aug-2017
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Fitzgerald fiasco
Rosalea Ryan
Amid the chaos of a reported late-night mass shooting, with fire alarms squealing and campus security personnel preoccupied, Princeton University loses one of its most valuable assets: the original handwritten manuscripts of four of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous stories, spirited away ..
17-Aug-2017
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Home town tales
Bendigo Weekly
MUSINGS and thoughts of things past are always popular in Bendigo, and writer and artist Geoff Hocking has it down to a fine art. Mr Hocking has been writing and illustrating Bendigo Memories for 10 years in the Bendigo Magazine and has now published a book with some of those works. &ldq..
10-Aug-2017
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