Changes as staff move on
Sharon Kemp
THE exodus from the City of Greater Bendigo is almost over with executive manager Peter Davies to officiate at his last council meeting next month. The Bendigo Weekly reported in late May the council faced losing more than 180 years of collective municipal experience after a management level..
21-Jul-2017
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Cooking top of the fire risk list
Joel Peterson
COOKING is the leading cause of preventable house fires in Bendigo, according to CFA figures released this week. The CFA and MFB released a joint report into preventable fires across the state with the kitchen the number one hotspot for incidents. Statewide, 42 per cent of preventable fi..
21-Jul-2017
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New life for old hotel
Sharon Kemp
QUARRY Hill is set to get a new food and hospitality hub after a redevelopment proposal for the former Mount Edgecombe Hotel was approved by City of Greater Bendigo councillors this week. The refurbished hotel, which harks back to 1885, will be home to a food and drink premises including a r..
21-Jul-2017
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A look at power from waste
Sharon Kemp
CONTROVERSIAL waste-to-energy technology is slated to be investigated for the Loddon Mallee region this financial year but signs are the option to generate power from waste may still be a long time in the future. The 10-year waste management plan released by the state government contains ver..
21-Jul-2017
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Discover the Inside Story
Bendigo Weekly
NEXT month the Bendigo Blue Ribbon Branch will be hosting their annual Inside Story fundraising event. Two senior and highly regarded police officers will provide the inside story relating to high profile cases. Blue Ribbon branch president Sergeant Margaret Singe said this year’s ..
21-Jul-2017
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Future dry: Coliban plans for water demand
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S demand for water may more than double in the next 50 years and $100 million could be invested to upgrade the Goldfields Superpipe under a Coliban Water plan for the future requirements of its system. Coliban Water’s 2017 Urban Water Strategy says a rapidly growing popul..
14-Jul-2017
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Grants win for a pet project
Bendigo Weekly
Community groups had a lift when CVGT Australia rewarded applicants of the 2016 community grants program. CVGT Australia Board chairman, Rosalie Lake said the company’s board takes great pride in its support of community projects through the community grants program. ”We do t..
03-Jun-2016
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VicRoads' shares road concern
Sharon Kemp
VicRoads has sympathised with the Kangaroo Flat tenant whose fenced yard has been crashed into four times in 14 years after cars have lost control on the Olympic Parade/Lockwood Road/Helm Street roundabout. Tenant Steve Boxall said he was concerned for the safety of his grandchildren playing..
03-Jun-2016
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Farmers have win from show
Bendigo Weekly
TWO Bendigo clubs are holding their annual Historic Vehicle Event to benefit farmers this weekend. The Veteran Vintage and Classic Club Bendigo and the Central Victorian Restoration Group have organised the historic vehicle display, doubling as a fundraiser, in June for the past seven years...
03-Jun-2016
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Crash fear repeated
Bendigo Weekly
IS this the most car battered property in Bendigo? Four cars in 14 years have crashed into this Kangaroo Flat yard while attempting to navigate the Olympic Parade, Lockwood Road and Helm Street roundabout and tenant Steve Boxall wants protection before someone gets hurt. Early on Wednesd..
27-May-2016
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Refurbished St Paul's open
Bendigo Weekly
After seven long years St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Myers Street, is open for worship and welcome. More than $2.5 million dollars, including a grant of $750,000 from the state government, have allowed for major restoration and refurbishment. Dean of the cathedral, the Very ..
27-May-2016
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Extra colour at festival
Bendigo Weekly
While the annual the Festival of Light held at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion is a rich swirl of colours, motion and people, visitors are invited to keep their eyes open for the unique peace flags created by the school children of central Victoria. Inspired by Miami artist JL Vasile..
27-May-2016
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Healthy result for Claudia
Bendigo Weekly
GIRTON Grammar Bendigo alumni Claudia Crawford is hoping to begin her journey to saving lives next year. The recent graduate received an impressive ATAR score of 99.35, which she hopes will secure her a place studying medicine next year. “I exceeded my expectations, which was reall..
18-Dec-2015
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Wait is over for ATAR scores
Laura Hurley
THOUSANDS of students from around Bendigo ended the long wait for their VCE results on Monday morning, when they received their ATAR scores. More than 49,000 students from across Victoria completed VCE and VCAL in 2015, with secondary schools across the Bendigo region happy with their studen..
18-Dec-2015
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Sarah finds a balance
Bendigo Weekly
IN the dark hours of a cold German morning, Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s dux Sarah Seery received her ATAR score. Receiving an ATAR score of 98.4, Sarah was in contact with her family via Skype to share the good news, and still awake at 2.30am local time to answer questions from ..
17-Dec-2015
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Trees grow funds for CFA
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL nursery Rodilesa Plant Supplies are selling live Christmas trees to raise money for the Junortoun CFA, following the success of last year’s fundraiser for local footballer Nathan Jennings. The nursery, which has already sold 135 trees in the first week of the sale, wants to conti..
11-Dec-2015
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Pedders lap up the win
Bendigo Weekly
SAVE the last dance – the Million Airs Dance Band will be putting down their instruments after 20 years on Saturday. Band members Terry Carr, Gerald Kavanagh and Beth Dobell have been at the Spring Gully Hall on a Saturday night once a month for the past 18 years, and have become a fix..
11-Dec-2015
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Share your story
Bendigo Weekly
The year is drawing to a close. The team of Bendigo Bike Life writers have shared diverse stories, their passions and those of others they have met on the road. Thank you to the readers of the Bike Life column as you all have a story of your own and just from reading the articles we share a..
11-Dec-2015
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Showcase for the blues
Simon Wooldridge
This year’s second Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival Showcase event boasts an 18 act line-up with some familiar faces gracing the two stages. It all starts at noon on Sunday, July, 17 at the Golden Vine. The Mojo Corner have a mid-afternoon garden stage slot. And they’re l..
07-Jul-2016
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Fun-filled party with the band
Simon Wooldridge
THEY’RE busy boys, The Bennies. Just back from a European tour, in the middle of their second major Australia tour of the year and off to Europe again in October. They’re playing at Musicman in Bendigo on Sunday, July, 3. For the uninitiated, a Bennies gig is essentially a noisy,..
01-Jul-2016
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Hughsey's on the road
Bendigo Weekly
COMEDIAN Dave Hughes says he knows the joys of growing up in country Victoria and it helps when playing to regional audiences. Hughesy certainly gets his easy-going humour from his Warnambool origins, and is returning to Bendigo on August 27 with his new show Sweet at the Ulumbarra Theatre. ..
30-Jun-2016
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Dami’s road from Eurovison to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
By Natasha MacFarlane THERE has been no slowing down for Dami Im since her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Dami’s hugely successful performance of her song Sound of Silence came in at number two in the final point score tally, pushing her even further into the E..
24-Jun-2016
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Vote 1 for Kerr’s Cur
Simon Wooldridge
ELECTION day, Saturday, July, 2 is just about the perfect day for local indie band Kerr’s Cur to showcase tracks from their forthcoming debut album, Vote 1, Kerr’s Cur, at Bendigo’s Musicman. “We’re very excited about playing on Election Day. It’s like t..
24-Jun-2016
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Slam time a musical hit
Simon Wooldridge
Music Slam #7 at Musicman was absolutely pumping with hundreds of alternative music fans over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. I caught 15 of the 90 bands on two of the three days. Cameron Holmes and the Blues Dudes kicked off my Friday evening with their distinctive brand of he..
17-Jun-2016
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Spirit land first import
Joel Peterson
NEW Bendigo Spirit signing Betnijah Laney will provide plenty of toughness and defence, two things that will be required in spades this WNBL season. As the league gets bigger, the Spirit have brought in the former Rutgers University star to add some size and physicality to its wing rotation...
02-Jun-2017
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Success rolls on for Jontee
Joel Peterson
At the time, it was just a small piece of advice from a family member. “Maybe you should play wheelchair basketball.” Just over a year later, that decision has taken Bendigo’s Jontee Brown across the country and, next week, to Canada. His story is a perfect example ..
02-Jun-2017
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Dream start for Thunder
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Thunder are heading toward a testing month in their Northern Football League Women’s campaign but coach Cherie O’Neill does not want her side to look ahead any further than its clash with Kew on Sunday. Not only is she aiming to keep any signs of complacency away, but..
26-May-2017
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James takes top honour
Bendigo Weekly
PADDLER James Humphry’s remarkable success has seen him rise through the ranks of kayaking in Australia and claim the Bendigo Academy of Sport’s athlete of the year award. Taking up the sport less than two years ago, Humphry has rapidly become one of the best paddlers at his age ..
26-May-2017
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Clubs embrace indigenous round
Joel Peterson
EAGLEHAWK and Gisborne will don specially-designed jumpers and netball dresses for Sunday’s Bendigo Football Netball League indigenous round showcase game. Run by the league in conjunction with Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, the clubs will play for the fourth annual Wir..
26-May-2017
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BJFL's best ready for challenge
Bendigo Weekly
BRAGGING rights will be on the line this Sunday when Bendigo and Shepparton’s best junior footballers clash in the 2017 La Trobe University Challenge at Strathfieldsaye. The challenge is the junior equivalent of senior interleague and is now in its sixth year. The Bendigo Junior Fo..
26-May-2017
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Golf day aims for good times
Bendigo Weekly
Catholic College Bendigo’s annual golf day is approaching. The day is teed up for October 11 at the Bendigo Golf Club in Epsom. The school’s Brydie Davies said it’s a day to share in food, friends and some competitive fun. “Bring along family and friends an..
18-Sep-2015
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The road to recovery
Bendigo Weekly
On April 6, 2008, Massie Knight and his family’s worlds changed forever. The loving, energetic and stubborn father was revived three times after a single motorcycle accident. Massie lost control of his motorbike at 100 kilometres per hour, hit a roadside culvert, became airborne..
07-Aug-2015
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Pathways to the future
Bendigo Weekly
By Robert Stephenson Head of Campus, La Trobe University, Bendigo As a community, there are many things that we need to do to ensure that our region continues to develop and to remain economically and culturally vibrant. Increasing aspiration and participation in higher education is vital..
27-Jul-2015
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Reflections of life in Australia's golden age
Bendigo Weekly
One of this year’s guests is the eminent historian, Graeme Davison, whose latest book marks a distinct departure from his much praised histories such as The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne and Car Wars. After responding to a growing itch to explore his own family history, he has c..
10-Jul-2015
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Bright future
Christine McGinn
A HIDDEN gem in the heart of Bendigo has been revealed in plans to transform an unused space into a modern, outdoor bar. The local joint venture, Handle Bar, will tap into the vacant courtyard behind Get Naked Espresso Bar on Mitchell Street, and create a grassroots outdoor bar. ..
03-Jul-2015
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End of an era for Drew
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of Bendigo’s most respected and popular real estate agents has announced his retirement from an industry he has been part of for more than 39 years. Dungey Carter Ketterer director Drew Cahill joined the former Billings Cahill firm, based on View Point back in May 1976 before the busines..
26-Jun-2015
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Bank head bemoans inequity
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank managing director Mike Hirst has told investors Australia’s financial sector is an uneven playing field. Speaking at the company’s Anual General Meeting in Bendigo this week, Mr Hirst welcomed the Federal Government’s financial services inquiry. Mr Hir..
01-Nov-2013
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Training for a digital future
Christine McGinn
More than 500 local businesses will take advantage of the $285,000 digital boost to better communicate with the community. iBendigo Loddon Mallee Group, launched this week, promised to deliver 50 training courses and 180 one-on-one digital training sessions across the next two years. iBendigo ch..
27-Sep-2013
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Craft in store
Bendigo Weekly
A company that was once part of Bendigo's retail mix is returning to its roots, with the imminent opening of a new store in Kangaroo Flat. Lincraft craft shop will open its doors in the Rocklea Homemaker Centre on High Street on July 29. Marketing manager Jeff Croft says for people who r..
12-Jul-2013
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Coliban Water overhauls structure
Bendigo Weekly
Uncertainty continues for staff at Coliban Water, as the company restructures. The operations and maintenance contract, which was held for ten years by Campaspe Asset Management Services, will be taken over by Lend Lease from July 1. A spokesperson for Coliban Water said a "transition a..
25-Jun-2013
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Call for airport funds
Bendigo Weekly
The newly-appointed members of the Bendigo Airport Advisory Committee are calling on local candidates to pledge their support for the new $15 million, 1,600-metre long, 30-metre wide runway development in the lead up to the September federal election. Greater Bendigo council recently appoin..
06-Jun-2013
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Budget 2013 - all the details
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo council has delivered a responsible draft budget that balances the need for growth against the need for efficiency. The budget includes a six per cent rates rise, $59.9million of capital works, $15.3m for drainage and the cutting in half of the municipal charge. Here is every..
05-Jun-2013
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Fruity goodness time
Marika McMahon
I t’S the time of year when a woman’s thoughts turn to…the spicy fruity goodness of hot cross buns. Since New Year’s Day those six packs have sat in the supermarkets willing me to take them home, heated them up and smother them in butter. I have stood firm this ye..
11-Apr-2014
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Free cooking classes
Bendigo Weekly
Take a cooking class at this Saturday's Bendigo Community Farmers Market. Paul Pitcher, executive chef and owner of Bendigo restaurant The Woodhouse, is the demonstration chef this month and will be showing market attendees how to cook some of the local produce and smoke their own foods. U..
10-Apr-2014
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High time for high tea
Dianne Dempsey
Imagine this: champagne, delicious sandwiches, cakes, scones, tea and coffee. The grand tradition of Sunday High Tea is being revitalised by the Borough Club and is proving to be exceedingly popular with people who enjoy an opportunity to sit back and soak up some luxury. “High Tea is ..
04-Apr-2014
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Call me crackers
Marika McMahon
S ometimes you forget what great food businesses are in our own backyard, one that is worth remembering is Michel’s fine biscuits from Castlemaine. I could remind you of what a great business and employer they are; what a lovely person Michel is; what a great promoter of Central Victoria..
28-Mar-2014
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A golden opportunity awaits
Bendigo Weekly
GOLDEN GULLY 45 Golden Gully Road CR Martin Real Estate Melissa Thatcher 5440 7000/0408 298 873 Price $330,000 From CR Martin Real Estate comes the opportunity to buy a sizeable property in a surprise location. On Golden Gully Road the property is zoned for low-density living ..
21-Mar-2014
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Mad hatters unite
Marika McMahon
A touch of crispness in the air and rolling grey skies overhead failed to dampen the enthusiasm of a sell out crowd at Bendigo’s final event for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Food Fossickers Mad Hatters picnic. The rejuvenated Botanic Gardens was the perfect spot for this showcas..
17-Mar-2014
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True tales from the air crew
Bendigo Weekly
If ever there was a “boys’ own adventure” story for men of all ages, Heroes of the Skies by comedian, newspaper columnist ,TV host and aircraft enthusiast Michael Veitch is it. Veitch’s compilation is the result of detailed and intimate interviews with 20 previously u..
04-Sep-2015
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Polished tale from the past
Bendigo Weekly
World traveller and TV presenter Adam Ford’s life is anything but shabby, contrary to his memoir’s cheeky play on words. In his autobiography English-born Ford revisits his earliest schoolboy encounter with the field of science that would one day become both his livelihood and hi..
28-Aug-2015
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Delicious diary delights
Bendigo Weekly
Given that stories of expats settling in rural France are a dime a dozen in the English-speaking world, is there really room for yet another “I-moved-to-Provence-and-kept-a-diary” memoir? When said book is as well-written, revealing and informative as this one, the answer is unreserv..
21-Aug-2015
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Success story
Bendigo Weekly
Organisers have hailed last weekend’s Bendigo Writers Festival an outstanding success with record crowds taking part in the three-day event based in the city’s arts precinct. More than 6100 people flocked to the fourth BWF, including about 2500 students who took part in the annua..
14-Aug-2015
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Exploring Africa the tough way
Bendigo Weekly
There’s a reason even the most adventurous expeditioners don’t usually attempt to walk the length of the world’s longest river – in fact, there are multiple reasons, all exceedingly sound, as army-officer-turned-explorer Levison Wood knew when he fixed his sights on doing..
14-Aug-2015
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Text marks the spot
Bendigo Weekly
What do John Marsden, Alice Pung, Hazel Edwards and one fat wombat have in common? They’re all on the program for Text Marks the Spot, the free schools day as part of the Bendigo Writers Festival. La Trobe University creative writing lecturer Sue Gillett said the event was an oppor..
04-Aug-2015
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