Hospital gears up for shift
Sharon Kemp
CENTRAL Victoria’s largest and most expensive development project is technically complete and ahead of schedule, but Bendigo Health says it will use the next month to bed down the move across the road into the new $630 million Bendigo hospital. Patients and their families will ge..
25-Nov-2016
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Mines aim for change
Sharon Kemp
A fractious history may lead to councillors no longer chairing the environmental review committees that oversee remediation plans of mining companies operating in the region. At least one company, GBM Gold, owners of a licence over the Bendigo goldfield, has called for other nominations for ..
25-Nov-2016
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Retreat opening a cause for fun
Bendigo Weekly
A MILLION-dollar home offering respite to breast cancer sufferers and their families will officially open its doors tomorrow. Kez’s Hideaway is the OTIS Foundation’s newest breast cancer retreat, built in partnership with builder Paul Gray, in memory of his wife Kerri who passed ..
25-Nov-2016
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Fire aid from 000
Sharon Kemp
INTENSE bushfire fronts like those on Black Saturday are difficult to track, according to researchers looking to offer real time emergency information. Researchers from RMIT used triple zero calls made in Victoria’s hot spots including Bendigo on February 7, 2009 and showed the locatio..
25-Nov-2016
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Council meets for a new term
Sharon Kemp
MARGARET O’Rourke was officially installed as City of Greater Bendigo mayor on Tuesday and chaired her first council meeting less than 24 hours later. Deputy mayor and Bendigo’s most recent mayor, Rod Fyffe, on occasion reminded Cr O’Rourke and councillors of protocol, but ..
18-Nov-2016
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Hawkei in service
Bendigo Weekly
THE final two of a batch of 10 Bendigo-produced Hawkeis were delivered to the Australian Defence Force this week. The Hawkei protected vehicle project rolled off the Thales production line with the 10 being the first in an order for 1100. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne a..
18-Nov-2016
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Interchange unveiled
Bendigo Weekly
HARGREAVES Mall’s new bus interchange was unveiled this week, but the $300,000 project’s real time service information is not yet in action. The construction was completed this week, but the brand new real time screens, known as Passenger Information Displays (PID) simply display..
01-Apr-2016
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NBN technology takes golden leap
Bendigo Weekly
IN a huge turnaround of recent timeline predictions, Bendigo is heading into the NBN future with the help of some old technology. The former poppet heads of Bendigo’s golden past will become the bases for masts and equipment for the National Broadband Network, finally bringing high spe..
01-Apr-2016
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Sue puts her feet up
Bendigo Weekly
CARER Sue Gray is finally calling it a day. She has been working in family day care in Eaglehawk for 31 years and estimates she has looked after up to 60 children in her time. Before Family Day Care, Sue worked in the catering department at Bendigo’s St John of God Hospital for 28 ..
01-Apr-2016
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Focus on nurses for Mother's Day Classic
Bendigo Weekly
NURSES have the opportunity to swap their scrubs for pink wigs and shirts at the Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic, Australia’s largest breast cancer fundraiser, on Sunday, May 8. On Mother’s Day, more than 100,000 Australians will walk or run to help fund breast cance..
01-Apr-2016
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Door open for input
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo wants input from the community as part of the development of a new township planning document for Marong. The Marong Township Structure Plan will help guide future land rezoning and the development of road networks, open space and facilities. It will also form the..
01-Apr-2016
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Uniting Church returns to auction
Sharon Kemp
The on-again, off-again auction of Golden Square’s historic Uniting Church is back on again, scheduled for the end of April, this time as a stand-along building separate from the adjoining manse that sold last year. But the 163-year-old church continues to attract controversy over its ..
31-Mar-2016
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Collectors back on show
Steve Kendall
THE Annual Arms and Collectables Show returns next weekend. It’s a timely reminder as a winner from last year returns with his antique clocks. Les Lewis from Strathfieldsaye has a fascinating collection, what’s more, as well as collecting them he is also talented enough to b..
14-Aug-2015
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Red rebels gear up for a rebellion
Bendigo Weekly
Although it happened well over 160 years ago the Red Ribbon Rebellion was a turning point in Bendigo’s colourful gold rush history. Originally held in 1853, this peaceful protest march was directed against the payment of what the diggers called a tax – a licence fee for the right..
10-Aug-2015
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Rifle alight
Bendigo Weekly
ABOUT 120 Rifle Brigade Hotel patrons were evacuated on Friday night after a fire started in the chimney. Five CFA appliances including a specialised ladder vehicles were called to the fire about 10.30pm. CFA senior station officer Darren Eenjes said residue had built up in the flue of t..
06-Jul-2015
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Search for missing Craigieburn man
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are searching for a 35-year-old Craigieburn man in the Knowsley State Forest this morning. Chris Lieutier was last seen riding a red quad bike in the forest near Axedale near McIvor Highway after 2.30pm on Sunday. Police are concerned for Mr Lieutier’s welfare as he has cere..
06-Jul-2015
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Fake $100 bills
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are urging shopkeepers to remain alert as $100 counterfeit notes are being presented across Bendigo. A woman is known to have attempted to use the counterfeit money twice to buy items of little value, leave with the purchased items and keep the authentic money. Police said the notes ..
19-May-2015
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Near miss
Bendigo Weekly
EMERGENCY services were called to Bendigo Airport this morning after smoke began bellowing from a light aircraft. The pilot conducted the air traffic control before safely descending to the runway. Paramedics checked the three occupants, who were cleared from injury...
19-May-2015
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Reece returns
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
REECE Mastin is returning to Bendigo on June 19 as part of his new Rebel and Reason tour. Reece will play at the Capital with a new-look show introducing an edgier sound. “It’s a bit of a new band and we’ve got a new set list. We’ve structured it a bit differentl..
05-Jun-2015
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Kitty Flanagan- taking life seriously?
Christine McGinn
KITTY Flanagan is hitting the road for her third national tour with Bendigo set to experience her self-confessed “best show yet”. Packed with plenty of laughs, stupid voices and hard laughs, Kitty says the SERIOUSLY?! tour is sure to please regional fans. “I think it&rs..
29-May-2015
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Rocker’s tour set to roll on
Christine McGinn
HEADING back on the road, five-time ARIA winner Ian Moss is embarking on a solo regional tour. One of Australia’s most iconic musicians, Moss is taking his distinctive vocals on a solo, Six Strings Classics Tour, this May to July. Moss will be performing all the classic hits from his Si..
29-May-2015
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Birth of a new OZ musicial
Dianne Dempsey
It was a tense moment for Bendigo last Saturday when the curtain went up on its first home grown professional production – Ned. And it was quite an opening scene. Superimposed over the centre of the performance space was a ghostly and terrible spectre – a hologram of Ned Kelly&rsq..
29-May-2015
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Surrender to the music
Bendigo Weekly
RISING Aboriginal singer and songwriter Dewayne Everettsmith is headed to Bendigo tomorrow. Having grown up listening to American artists Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles, Everettsmith says being Aboriginal doesn’t really influence his music. “Being Aboriginal is something I was ..
22-May-2015
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Walking with Wilhelm
Bendigo Weekly
Let us imagine how Wilhelm Charles Vahland would react were he to emerge like Dr Who from his Tardis on top of the Rosalind Park poppet head? To gaze about on a clear day, then descend and explore the city he and a few colleagues created during the decades of phenomenal wealth from the 1850s ..
22-May-2015
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Off-field change for Thunder
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Thunder has undergone yet another off-field shake-up, as the club prepares its assault for the 2017 Victorian Women’s Football League season. The Thunder is readying to field a second team in a lower grade next season, adding valuable depth and a development squad alongside..
07-Oct-2016
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Young Braves shine at nationals
Bendigo Weekly
A TEAM of Bendigo’s best under-14 basketballers came within a whisker of a national title on Saturday, when they lost a thrilling under-14 Club Championship grand final in Newcastle. The Bendigo U14 team won their way through to the final at the national titles, which were jointly host..
07-Oct-2016
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Spirit start with a difference
Joel Peterson
Bendigo Spirit will debut three new starters when the team meets Adelaide in its WNBL season opener on Saturday night. Gabe Richards will not be a part of the starting five after a disjointed start to the preseason due to her netball commitments, while import Blake Dietrick will also come on..
06-Oct-2016
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Spirit sticking to process
Joel Peterson
PROCESS has been the buzzword of the Bendigo Spirit’s offseason, and that theme will continue as the team heads into its final preseason hitout on Friday. While the club has gone 2-0 heading into its final game before the start of the Women’s National Basketball League season, Be..
29-Sep-2016
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Square's grand return
Joel Peterson
AT three-quarter time last week, it looked as though Golden Square’s indifferent finals series was going to catch up with them and see the Bulldogs bundled out of finals. Square trailed Eaglehawk by 16 points going into the final term of their preliminary final clash, and the upstart B..
23-Sep-2016
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Rested Roos ready for grand final test
Joel Peterson
KANGAROO Flat will be out to stop Golden Square’s quest for back-to-back A-grade netball flags in it tracks when the sides meet in the showcase netball game on Saturday. The build up for both sides could not have been less similar, with Kangaroo Flat a picture of stability for the bett..
23-Sep-2016
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A Christmas wish: good mental health for everyone
Bendigo Weekly
Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett has written his Christmas wish-list, outlining how all Australians can promote good mental health over the festive season. “Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it can be lonely and stressful for some people, potentially triggering symptoms of depr..
19-Dec-2014
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Sisters in on the act
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Bendigo South East Secondary College were in an ugly mood for their production this week, but their version of Cinderella had a happy ending. Months of hard work came to fruition for more than 100 Bendigo South East Secondary College students and staff this week, with the debu..
21-Nov-2014
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Sustainabilty group holds forum
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Sustainability Group’s climate election forum on Tuesday evening at St Paul’s hall attracted a audience keen to hear presentations from the Liberal, Labor, Greens and Sex Party candidates. The need for climate action was explained by James Wight of Precariousclimate...
12-Nov-2014
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Ron’s back for lunch
Steve Kendall
WITH the dust barely settled on last year’s Blokes Biggest Ever Lunch it’s back, and so is Ron Iddles. Mr Iddles was guest speaker last year, and a controversial talk on his role as a police homicide sergeant drew national media attention. Organiser Keith Sutherland has invited..
31-Oct-2014
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It’s a celebration
Bendigo Weekly
LATE October usually results in a few odd-looking characters around Bendigo streets, as local Year 12 students celebrate the end of their studies. This year was no exception, with Bendigo Senior Secondary College and Catholic College Bendigo celebrating the end of the regular school year in st..
24-Oct-2014
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ATKINSON MAKES HONOUR ROLL
Bendigo Weekly
Aboriginal elder and Vietnam veteran Graham Atkinson will be recognised for his inclusion on the Indigenous Honour Roll tonight. Greater Bendigo council will honour Mr Atkinson at a ceremony tonight at 6.30pm. Mr Atkinson has been inducted for his active involvement in community and for assi..
22-Oct-2014
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TRUCK CONTRACT DELAYED
Bendigo Weekly
IT looks like no decision will be made on Thales’ bid for the lucrative LAND 121 Phase 4 defence contract before Christmas. Under questioning from Bendigo-based Nationals Senrator Bridget McKenzie, Defence Materiel Organisation acting chief executive officer confirmed the decision, del..
20-Oct-2011
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Wireless the way
Anthony Radford
BENDIGONIANS are connecting to the internet via their wireless devices in astonishing numbers. With smart phones, tablets and wireless internet connection technology taking off, locals are going along for the ride. Data used by locals through Telstra’s 3G netw..
30-Sep-2011
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Electric car man is well switched on
Rosemary Sorensen
When his electric car business in New South Wales kept coming up against political speed-humps, Ross Blade looked south. His battles to make the Blade Electron Australia’s home-grown car for the future continue, but the Castlemaine-based teacher-turned-innovator is determined n..
22-Sep-2011
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Fairfax Media books $401 million loss
Anthony Radford
Fairfax Media Limited has reported a loss of $400.9 million for the past financial year. The company says the result represents a decrease of 1.8 per cent on last year and is ''slightly above market consensus''. Shares in Fairfax Media, publishers of the Bendigo Advertiser, surged..
26-Aug-2011
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Bendigo law firms to merge
Anthony Radford
In the classic progression of blending old with new, Michelle O‟Sullivan Law will merge with Cohen Johanson Douglas from Monday. Both Michelle O‟Sullivan and Dennis Johanson said they were looking forward to the merger and the support it will offer to both themselves and their clients ..
26-Aug-2011
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Unity Mining books $5.3 million loss
Anthony Radford
UNITY Mining has announced a loss of more than $5.3 million for the year ended June 30. In a statement released this morning, the company said it had recorded a gross profit of $9.0 million from revenue of $80.5 million, and that the net loss of $5.3 million included $5.1M of non..
26-Aug-2011
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Cheers for Sangria
Vicki Harrington
After months of planning, renovating and recruiting, owners Gary and Ann-Maree Davis are excited to announce the opening of their Sangria Spanish Tapas Bar on Friday, September 13. Earlier this week they took time off from the last-minute preparations to introduce their team. Head chef Pa..
06-Sep-2013
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Growth plan
Vicki Harrington
Teachers, educators and community members representing 35 local schools and early childhood services across Greater Bendigo came together last Thursday for the Kids Growing Food Forum. The event was for people to learn practical information and share ideas on what it takes to develop and create ..
29-Aug-2013
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Food security
Bendigo Weekly
Stories of the hardships and heartbreak Victorian farmers, growers and producers are suffering are rife at the moment. One group prepared to do something about their situation is the the Goulburn Valley Food Cooperative group. Les Cameron, chairman of the GVFC said: “We started on this jou..
22-Aug-2013
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Paddock to the plate
Bendigo Weekly
St Francis in the Fields school’s environmental sustainability program continues to expand in droves with their pig population going from just two sows a year ago to reaching double figures this year. “Our students work with all of our farm animals as daily feeders and cleaning out th..
16-Aug-2013
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Cooks and the kids
Bendigo Weekly
Our local schools’ love affair with food continues with the sixth episode of Cooks and Kids set to air next Wednesday night on Bendigo IPTV. In this final episode, the winning teams from each heat come together to compete for the title of winners for 2013. Students from Lightning Reef Prim..
15-Aug-2013
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Cooks and Kids make gnocchi
Bendigo Weekly
Making beetroot gnocchi with Sonia of Masons Bendigo After we put on our aprons we listened to Sonia from Masons for our first instructions. The first instruction was easily done but when it came to squeezing the potatoes through the rice squeezer we had some difficulty. It was fun when w..
09-Aug-2013
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Murder by the book
Bendigo Weekly
What Came Before By Anna George Viking $29.99 When Dave and Elle meet, an instant and dynamic romance begins. They both revel in what Elle describes as Limerence – the euphoria of romantic attraction – and dream of long term plans. But Elle is a romantic comedy script wr..
12-Sep-2014
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A Bendigo tale
Bendigo Weekly
Girls in our Town is the first novel from author Dianne Dempsey. Ms Dempsey launched her debut novel at the 2014 Bendigo Writers Festival a very apt venue with the story based in Bendigo. Ms Dempsey knows her way around the literary world having worked as a freelance journalist, scriptwriter..
22-Aug-2014
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Book sales indicate a top writers festival
Bendigo Weekly
ONE fair indication of a successful writers festival is that the books go flying out the door. For Harry Hart and his staff from Dymocks who were set up in the Capital Theatre last weekend, those books had wings. “Our sales were up by 40 per cent from last year’s festival,” ..
15-Aug-2014
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Festival has a way with words
Bendigo Weekly
Next week, the Calder has a new name – it’s the Way with Words. Writers and readers from near and far will be heading to Bendigo, to take part in the third annual Bendigo Writers Festival, and The Capital is busy with last-minute preparations. Kirsten Krauth is one of the C..
01-Aug-2014
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Electrifying from the first page
Dianne Dempsey
The Neighbour By Julie Proudfoot Xoum Publishing Bendigo writer Julie Proudfoot’s debut novel won the Seizure literary journal’s Viva La Novella Prize earlier this year. And it is quickly apparent why the novel has distinguished itself. The Neighbour is assured, co..
28-Jul-2014
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Arts grant a festival plus
Bendigo Weekly
The Australia Council for the Arts has given the Bendigo Writers Festival a $10,000 seal of approval. The festival was awarded funding in the recent literature funding round to help with the costs of bringing writers to the three-day event. “This is an enormous boost for such a new f..
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