Arts program for 2018
Sharon Kemp
CENTRAL Victoria will host the state’s first year-long program of arts and culture in 2018 with a $1 million budget and the promise of commissions for new art to come. Bendigo MPs Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards announced the program, yet to be decided, at the Capital Theatre on Wednes..
03-Feb-2017
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Ibis will be moved on in April
Sharon Kemp
The ibis that are breeding on two islands at Lake Weeroona will not be moved on until April. The City of Greater Bendigo believes the birds, which are protected by the Wildlife Act, will not have finished breeding until then. Residents and visitors to Lake Weeroona have complained about ..
03-Feb-2017
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A classic Australia Day
Bendigo Weekly
THOUSANDS of people visited Bendigo’s Lake Weeroona precinct yesterday for local Australia Day celebrations. Clear skies and warm temperatures provided the ideal setting for the official City of Greater Bendigo celebrations, which were once again coordinated and managed by the Rotary C..
27-Jan-2017
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Hospital opens its doors to patients
Sharon Kemp
WHEN 170 patients and the first of 3000 medical staff moved into the new $630 million Bendigo Hospital this week, more than 10 years of work to create cornerstone infrastructure underpinning decades of growth for Bendigo was realised.Months of precision planning allowed patients to be moved with..
27-Jan-2017
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Cafe closes doors
Bendigo Weekly
As Bendigo Health moved into the new hospital, staff had to say goodbye to the buildings that have served them well for decades. One significant farewell was to the cafeteria which closed on Monday. Retail in the new building will be provided by Zouki and is no longer Bendigo Health own..
27-Jan-2017
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RSL ready for action
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo District RSL is preparing for the Soldiers Memorial Institute upgrade and expansion project, which is due to start in April this year. The museum is being decommissioned, with museum items to be stored in a secure location until the upgrade is complete and they can be returned to..
27-Jan-2017
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St Monica's gears up for fete
Bendigo Weekly
IT is sure to be fun day at St Monica’s on Sunday at their annual fete, which is being held at the school in Kangaroo Flat, between 11am and 3pm. “We have many activities for the kids, dodgem cars, laser tag, jumping castle and a sheep shearing demonstration,” coordinator..
15-Apr-2016
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Options for living quality
Dianne Dempsey
While there are always charities seeking donations, one local group in particular has struck former newsreader David Johnston with the poignancy of its plight. Quality Living Options (QLO) has been campaigning for funding for five years and last year asked Mr Johnston to participate in a vid..
15-Apr-2016
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Crew mates keep Mary on an even keel
Sharon Kemp
MARY McDougall was first diagnosed with breast cancer when her youngest of three daughters was 18 months old. In that way life has of throwing the best and worst at some of us, the well-known Bendigo teacher has seen her youngest daughter’s 18th birthday... and is fighting cancer for ..
08-Apr-2016
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Learning how you can help
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Maubisse Friendship Committee is looking for sponsors to continue its highly successful Scholarship Program at the St Inacio de Loyola High School. The school was launched almost a year ago. The BMFC is also asking for donations of garden tools to assist a new Agricultural S..
08-Apr-2016
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Grading stalled
Bendigo Weekly
DROUGHT-LIKE conditions are severely impacting on the City of Greater Bendigo’s unsealed roads grading program. Works manager Rachelle Quattrocchi said the council is responsible for grading over 1600 kilometres of gravel roads throughout the municipality. “Unfortunately due ..
08-Apr-2016
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Fitness the winner
Bendigo Weekly
THE results are in from the inaugural TKO Fitness corporate challenge, with participants achieving some incredible results from their four weeks of training under the watchful eyes of Ryan and Jo Jeffrey. Mr Jeffrey said the dozen local identities that put themselves through the program achi..
08-Apr-2016
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Eureka Climb a tall order for Jo
Bendigo Weekly
The race to the top of Melbourne’s tallest building is on again. More than 2500 climbers are set to climb to the Eureka Skydeck on Sunday, November 15 to raise money for charities Whitelion and Interplast. Local resident Jo Rose, along with many others, will be entering again thi..
06-Nov-2015
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Minibeasts move in to Discovery
Laura Hurley
CREEPY crawly critters could soon be coming to the Discovery Centre, with the centre waiting for the go ahead for a $13,000 Stronger Communities Grant application submitted to the federal government. Discovery staff were joined by federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters this wee..
05-Nov-2015
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Fresh talent on show
Bendigo Weekly
For many the blues genre conjures up images of world-weary bluesmen with beaten guitars and a hard-luck story to tell. But at the 2015 Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival a new crop of fresh talent are taking up the touch and proving youth is no barrier to producing the fervent lyrics and..
30-Oct-2015
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On the road for MND
Bendigo Weekly
AFL legend Neale Daniher was in Bendigo this week as part of his Daniher’s Drive initiative. The event will include 50 teams taking part in a drive around Victoria, including many of the ex footballer’s family and his past football team mates and players. The event runs from..
09-Oct-2015
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Festival a bestseller
Bendigo Weekly
The final analysis of this year’s spectacularly successful Bendigo Writers Festival has revealed that ticket sales doubled in 2015, with a strong program attracting increased audiences. “There were more than 3000 tickets sold to people attending sessions across the weekend,&rdquo..
25-Sep-2015
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Fresh fruit fun
Bendigo Weekly
TWO months into the Fresh Fruit Friday initiative, thousands of local school children are continuing to enjoy the benefits, and the taste, of fresh fruit supplied by the program. Set up by the Eaglehawk-based McKern Foundation, in partnership with JL King & Co., Porter Davis, Adroit, Blu..
18-Sep-2015
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Current Issue

BB's inspiration
Bendigo Weekly
When BB King died in his Las Vegas home in May, the music world lost a legend. Now with the help of some of the festival’s best‐loved artists, the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival will celebrate King’s life and music with an exclusive tribute concert at The Shamrock Hotel&r..
09-Oct-2015
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British India tours
Joel Peterson
There is no doubt that British India has come a long way since releasing Guillotine in 2007. The band’s first album was brash and bold, and subsequent releases followed a similar theme as the Melbourne band showed all the exuberance of youth in its music. So when the band’s l..
01-Oct-2015
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Midnight plus four
Joel Peterson
Being awake in the early hours of the morning, for most, is a struggle. So why then would anyone work exclusively between the hours of 12am and 4am? According to Sam Bentley, lead singer of Melbourne band The Paper Kites, “because it seemed like a good idea at the time”. ..
25-Sep-2015
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'Best yet' blues
Bendigo Weekly
An old stager headlines the newest stage for Bendigo’s ever‐growing Blues and Roots Music Festival when Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows rock Ulumburra Theatre on Saturday, November 7. Australian rock royalty, the Sorrows will share the bill with Backsliders and Hat Fitz and Cara as..
11-Sep-2015
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Gang of Youths on tap
Joel Peterson
Sydney rockers Gang Of Youths showcased why their first album debuted at number five on the ARIA charts earlier this year when they played Bendigo’s Taphouse last Thursday. The high-energy gig came after the group played a secret show from their mammoth tour bus as part of the future l..
04-Sep-2015
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Colleen comes home
Bendigo Weekly
In art, in film and, especially in music, you want to be moved. Once in a while, you hear a voice strike so deeply into your heart and mind, that you are transported to another world. A world of feeling and memory and imagination. Colleen Hewett’s voice does that. It may sound..
28-Aug-2015
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Caitlin is flying high
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO netballer Caitlin Thwaites is confident a move home to Victoria for the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball season will continue her rise in Australian netball. Thwaites chased greater opportunity after spending the early years of her career in Melbourne, playing for six years with..
25-Nov-2016
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Kelsey reflects on milestone
Joel Peterson
GIVEN all of Kelsey Griffin’s unprecedented success with the Bendigo Spirit, it is easy to forget that she arrived almost by accident. Griffin suits up for her 100th WNBL game tonight in Perth, but no one could have imagined she would become the long-term face of the club when sh..
18-Nov-2016
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Rangas lead the way against Cobras
Bendigo Weekly
MANDURANG is in the box seat to claim a win over Golden Gully as round four of Emu Valley cricket heads into its second day. Mandurang turned in a trademark performance with the bat on day one, making 246 against an in-form Cobras bowling lineup. Openers Matt Giri and Phil Be..
18-Nov-2016
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Roos bound into top spot
Joel Peterson
KANGAROO Flat’s early Bendigo District Cricket Association form has surprised plenty, but not skipper Brent Hamblin. Perennial slow starters, the Roos have bolted out of the blocks to be undefeated after their opening three games. Their latest win came away from home a..
18-Nov-2016
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Locals score top footy awards
Joel Peterson
WHILE she wasn’t even the coach of the Bendigo Thunder at the start of the season, Cherie O’Neill ended it as the best coach of women’s football in the state after winning AFL Victoria’s female coach of the year award last week. The Thunder coach was joined on t..
18-Nov-2016
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Spirit out to limit Lynx
Joel Peterson
THE Women’s National Basketball League’s top two sides will do battle tonight when Perth hosts the Bendigo Spirit in round seven of the 2016/17 competition. The Lynx are the only team that the Spirit has not faced yet, and sit outright top of the ladder after crushing Adela..
18-Nov-2016
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Opinion
Bendigo Weekly
By LISA CHESTERS Federal Member for Bendigo Respect is a word that can only be demonstrated by one’s behaviour. This is behaviour we teach children from an early age: respect each other as you wish to be respected yourself. I believe it is why some many of us have been left angr..
06-Mar-2015
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Pop in to be part of Mary's show
Steve Kendall
MAGICAL people are wanted to perform in the new Ulumbarra Theatre in a new production of Mary Poppins. The Bendigo Theatre Company (BTC) is looking for Mary, Bert, Jane and Michael, as well as more than 30 further cast members and ensemble players. Auditions are being held on Friday, March 2..
06-Mar-2015
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Dianne Dempsey
“Perhaps someday the poor will find it in their hearts to forgive you. For it is more blessed to give than to receive, and it is also a lot easier.” St Vincent de Paul It is Tuesday morning and the money has run out. In fact it ran out last week, but what is more urgent now is tha..
27-Feb-2015
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Farewell to state's first woman priest
Dianne Dempsey
That the Anglican Church now allows women to become priests is a well known fact; but what is a lesser known fact is that the first woman to become a priest in Victoria hailed from Bendigo and was an Old Girtonian. The Reverend Elizabeth Alfred passed away earlier this month on February 2, ju..
20-Feb-2015
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Grandmothers raise detention awareness
Dianne Dempsey
It is a long way from Bendigo to Darwin, but the children who are kept in detention centres in Australia’s top end are kept close by - in the hearts of Bendigo’ grandmothers and their friends. Almost 60 people gathered on the steps of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral this mont..
18-Feb-2015
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Roll up for netball
Bendigo Weekly
This Sunday, the Bendigo Northern Flames Junior Netball Club will host their inaugural player registration day. It will run from 10am until noon at the netball courts at the Epsom Recreation Reserve, Epsom, with the opportunity for children to also participate in some free netball activitie..
06-Feb-2015
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Bendigo Bank comfortable despite downturn
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has announced a six-montlhy result that "should provide comfort" to customers, despite a 66 per cent downturn in net profit. The Half Year Report for the six months ending December 31, 2011, shows an after tax statutory profit of $57.9 million, down from $..
20-Feb-2012
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Tom follows in the family tradition
Bendigo Weekly
TOM Maher has spent most of his life dealing with land in one form or another – now he is selling it. Using all the experience and qualifications, Mr Maher has opened his own agency – Maher Real Estate. “I have the expertise and contacts for residential and rural land, includin..
17-Feb-2012
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The Bendigo hikes rates
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Bank has lifted its residential variable home loan interest rate by a whopping .15 per cent, higher than ANZ of Wesptac, a week before it unveils its interim profit announcement. The ANZ and Westpac were chastised for lifting their rates .1 and .06 percentage points in the past f..
13-Feb-2012
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BANK CUTS RATES
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Bank has announced it will reduce its variable home loan rates by 0.25 per cent, passing on Tuesday's Reserve Bank rate cut in full. Managing director Mike Hirst said the bank’s pricing decisions aimed to strike a balance between the interests of all stakeholders – its..
09-Dec-2011
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Bank steps up
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has joined the ranks of Australia’s A-rated banks following an upgrade announced by Standard and Poor’s. S and P’s decision to raise the bank’s long-term rating from BBB+ to A– means the bank is now rated A by all three of the world&rsq..
06-Dec-2011
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City can light the way
Ben Cameron
Bendigo can be a national leader in the changing world of energy production, green-conscious City if Greater Bendigo councillor Keith Reynard said this week. Cr Reynard, also the chairman of the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance, said energy production would change significantly in..
18-Nov-2011
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Unhealthy health foods
Bendigo Weekly
Dr Megan Kruger, chiropractor with n8 health, looks at some of the worst food offenders . . . You might be surprised to learn your favorite go-to healthy snack is doing you more harm than good. With so many foods now being marketed as health foods it can be difficult to know which are and whi..
24-Oct-2013
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Food Fossickers Calendar of events
Vicki Harrington
We kick this section off this week with details of the annual 100 Mile Regional Producers seasonal event presented by Public Inn, Castlemaine. The former lunch event has a new twist on the emerging paddock-to-plate concept and will see participating regional artisan food and beverage producers pre..
17-Oct-2013
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Food Fossickers back in season
Vicki Harrington
Food Fossickers is a member-based network of passionate food industry individuals and businesses united in their passion for seeing delicious, nutritious, great quality and seasonal, local food on local plates. Food Fossickers is an incorporated association with big dreams to help achieve their vi..
17-Oct-2013
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Gluten off the menu
Bendigo Weekly
A SOLD out crowd poured into Bendigo to talk all things gluten-free on Sunday. Bendigo hosted Coeliac Victoria’s annual regional conference, drawing a crowd from across the region, to discover the health benefits of a gluten-free lifestyle. Coeliac disease affects one in 70 Australians. ..
10-Oct-2013
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High Street style in Heathcote
Bendigo Weekly
City folks, Judy and Peter Maine have ditched their desk jobs in the big smoke to open up a country homewares store in the old Top Hat building in humble Heathcote. Their dream shop, Rutherford&Maine, became a reality last week after weeks of preparation. “We basically gutted, stripped..
27-Sep-2013
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Bendigo on show
Vicki Harrington
Since 1995 the winemakers of Bendigo have been running a unique moveable feast event to showcase the best of Bendigo. Held annually on the second weekend of October, this year’s Bendigo Wealth Heritage Uncorked will be on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13. Participants can spend..
26-Sep-2013
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The Church with a Chimney
Dianne Dempsey
The value of local history, and implied that of the local historian, is often underestimated. A knowledge of our ancestors and they work they did is intrinsically important to us. This local history impacts upon us in terms of public and private buildings, public and private services and mo..
28-Nov-2014
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Courage in time of war
Dianne Dempsey
Nancy Wake Peter Fitzsimons HarperCollins (2001) War is in the air, at least in terms of civic events and publications. The books are coming out thick and fast regarding the anniversary of the Anzacs. While plenty of focus is on the men who fought, apart from the nursing fraternity,..
21-Nov-2014
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The First Lot
Dianne Dempsey
The First Lot 7th Battalion. The first men of the Bendigo district to volunteer for service in the First World War Larna Malone. We had driven the Turks back three miles and had followed them up, when ‘I stopped one’. I was lying behind a small bush when I got hit in the sid..
14-Nov-2014
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The Undertaker's Wife
Bendigo Weekly
The Undertaker’s Wife Val Case $15 What does a life model think about while posing for many hours in front of budding Rembrandts? For Castlemaine’s Val Case, much of the time has been spent transporting herself into the pages of her first novel, The Undertaker&rs..
07-Nov-2014
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Book review
Bendigo Weekly
Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead Rebecca James Allen and Unwin $19.99 Cooper Bartholomew falls to his death from a cliff, and in the opening scene, he tells us from beyond the grave, “I never imagined I would die like this”. When Cooper’s girlfriend, Libby, is tol..
31-Oct-2014
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A love of rural romance
Dianne Dempsey
Tours by authors are not uncommon but when the writer lives four hours south-east of Perth, then you have to be impressed by the distance travelled. Visiting Dymocks bookstore in Bendigo last week and the Bendigo Weekly office, Fiona Palmer, along with her publicist from Penguin, was clearly ..
24-Oct-2014
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