Dragon funding raised by MP
Bendigo Weekly
FEDERAL Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has spoken in parliament about the Bendigo Chinese Association’s campaign for a new dragon to replace an ageing Sun Loong. Speaking in the final week of parliament before Easter and the federal budget, Ms Chesters this week said while many Aust..
31-Mar-2017
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Great gain for stupa - VIDEO
Sharon Kemp
A STATE government funding commitment for the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion at Myers Flat will take the 15 year-long project close to completion in time for the 2018 installation of the Jade Buddha. At the Great Stupa to announce the $2.5 million in funding yesterday, regional developm..
24-Mar-2017
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Alert halts drug deaths
Sharon Kemp
THERE has been no further overdoses caused by a suspected bad batch of heroin following warnings last Friday from Bendigo emergency and community health services. The batch is believed to have claimed the lives of three Bendigo people this month and caused other non-fatal overdoses. Ben..
24-Mar-2017
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$2.5 million boost for stupa - VIDEO
Sharon Kemp
THE Great Stupa of Universal Compassion’s status as a major international tourist attraction will be increased, with $2.5 million in funding to be announced today. The funding will be delivered through a regional tourism infrastructure fund to ensure its structural completion. The ..
24-Mar-2017
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Bank to close Pall Mall branch
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Bank will close its Pall Mall branch on April 21, almost 13 years after it moved to the prominent city corner, but the ATMs will remain in the window facing the main street. The bank has written to customers notifying them of the branch closure. A bank spokesperson said a recent..
24-Mar-2017
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Stadium bids for pokies
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO Stadium Limited has lodged an application for a major redevelopment of The Wellington at Botanical Gardens Hotel in White Hills which would include 44 poker machines. Plans for the multi-million dollar project were lodged with the City of Greater Bendigo on Wednesday, and include con..
24-Mar-2017
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Reunion for Anastasia
Bendigo Weekly
ANASTASIA Maher survived a horrendous act of domestic violence more than 130 years ago which became the catalyst for a family reunion in Bendigo. Her great-great-granddaughter Lyndal Simmonds was born in Bendigo but it was from her Adelaide home that she started to investigate her family his..
29-Apr-2016
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Operation plus at new hospital
Bendigo Weekly
So extensive is the new Bendigo Hospital, interventional suite senior manager Sasha Vedelsby has a 10-kilometre area of responsbility if she were to walk every corridor and into every room under her charge. Dr Vedelsby and general surgeon Manny Cao toured the construction site that within ei..
29-Apr-2016
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A fitting memorial
Bendigo Weekly
For many years Dorothy Selina Hocking cut rather a dash about town. As the proprietress of Selina’s Salon she would never dream of being seen in public without being dressed to the nines and her hair coiffured. Dorothy’s husband, Arthur Hocking, was a World War II hero. With..
22-Apr-2016
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Auctions a positive high
Bendigo Weekly
Three auctions for three sales equals a massive vote in confidence for Bendigo’s commercial real estate market. That’s the feedback from local real estate firms Tweed Sutherland First National and Dungey Carter Ketterer following three high profile auctions in the Bendigo central..
22-Apr-2016
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Sundial back in spotlight
Bendigo Weekly
The Mackay Sundial first erected in 1930 as a tribute to the then president of the Red Cross Society has been reinstated after a 26-year absence. The sundial was originally outside the Soldier’s Memorial Hall in Pall Mall in recognition of Mary Henderson Mackay, a prominent Bendigo re..
22-Apr-2016
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Engineering the future but respecting the past
Sharon Kemp
What stirs a former mayor, the youngest in Bendigo at the time, and now an award-winning Melbourne-based engineer, when he revisits the goldfields city? Chris Stoltz says the heritage heart of Bendigo tweaks his heartstrings, particularly the grand trio of buildings on Pall Mall – the ..
22-Apr-2016
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Women ride on
Bendigo Weekly
IF you’re keen to try your hand at cycling, the Central Victorian Veterans Cycling Club women’s skill session and come ‘n’ try event might be for you. Running this Wednesday at the Emu Creek Hall from 5.45pm, the event is open to any woman over 30 who rides a road bik..
20-Nov-2015
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Spirit of Anzac head to city
Bendigo Weekly
The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience comes to Bendigo this month. It is the key event in the Commonwealth’s commemorations and will visit 23 locations around Australia over the next 20 months. The Australian Government, the Australian War Memorial and the Department of Defence ..
20-Nov-2015
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Students gear up for trial
Bendigo Weekly
Catholic College Bendigo students from years seven to 12 have been busy preparing for the 25th running of the RACV Energy Breakthrough in Maryborough. The secondary teams events started today, with presentations and design and construction each adding 25 per cent to their overall score. ..
20-Nov-2015
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Liberated Leunig
Dianne Dempsey
Michael Leunig now spends his time between Melbourne and the north-east of Victoria, but he lived in the Daylesford district for many years and as such is familiar with Bendigo, a city of which he is very fond. “Of course I’ve heard about the anti-mosque agitation that has occurr..
13-Nov-2015
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For those who served
Laura Hurley
HUNDREDS gathered at the Soldiers Memorial on Pall Mall on Wednesday to commemorate Remembrance Day. Veterans, their families and friends, students and community leaders alike laid wreaths at the memorial, and observed a minute’s silence at 11am to remember those who have served in war..
13-Nov-2015
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Golden start for the pool
Bendigo Weekly
CELEBRATING their third season as a community run pool, volunteers and swimmers are gearing up to officially open the gates of the Golden Square Community Pool tomorrow. The pool, which was saved from closure in 2013, is reopening with free entry from 10am, as well as a sausage sizzle and li..
13-Nov-2015
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New focus for Missy Higgins
Laura Hurley
AWARD winning singer-songwriter Missy Higgins will be heading to Echuca next month when she headlines the Riverboats Music Festival. Following the release of her fourth album Oz in 2014, the ARIA-award winning artist has been focussing on motherhood after she gave birth to a baby boy in Janu..
29-Jan-2016
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Doc White aims to make you feel better
Bendigo Weekly
Tonight see blues heavyweights Doc White and the Andy Phillips Duo at Billyroy’s Blues Bar, for an A-list double-header. Doc White, one of a very small select group of blues mandolinists in the world, kicks off proceedings at 7.30pm. Speaking from his Dandenong Ranges home he gave..
29-Jan-2016
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Abbie comes to play
Bendigo Weekly
Singer-songwriter Abbie Cardwell takes up a residency of sorts in Bendigo this weekend. The popular performer’s unique mix of banjo, guitar, ukulele and harmonica can be experienced in four very different settings tonight and tomorrow. Drawing on influences ranging from Americana..
22-Jan-2016
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Newstead, the place to be seen
Bendigo Weekly
ONLY a few days to go before a small town between Castlemaine and Maryborough again hosts its much anticipated music festival. Newstead Live 2016 will see the small Pyrenees Highway town double or treble its population as the town puts on concerts, workshops, Morris dancers, a festival choi..
15-Jan-2016
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A big night in store MusicMan
Bendigo Weekly
MusicMan in Hargreaves Street tonight sees a welcome return for indie-rock trio Kerr’s Cur who form an impressive five-band lineup which includes Midweek Blues and heavy rocking MusicMan regulars Stone Djoser. Kerr’s Cur are a fairly recent addition to the Bendigo music scene, fo..
08-Jan-2016
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Bendigo set to rock
Bendigo Weekly
2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for music in Bendigo with international artists, Cat Power, Jason Isbell and Sarah Blasko all set to visit the region. Georgia-born singer/songwriter Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) will be the first to perform in Bendigo at the Capital Theatre on Fe..
31-Dec-2015
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Historic double innings for female umpires
Sam Kane
A childhood love of cricket has taken Bendigo's Helen Wardlaw and Lisa McCabe from once playing the game, to now the writing the history books. For the first time on Wednesday, Bendigo Country Week had two women at the helm, umpiring a clash between Goulburn Murray and Northern Districts. ..
20-Jan-2017
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Spirit aims for finals
Sam Kane
HITTING the road this weekend for a season-defining double-header, the Bendigo Spirit will be looking to lock in two crucial wins leading to the finals run. The Spirit travel north to clash with the Townsville Fire on Friday night, before facing the Canberra Capitals on Saturday. Bend..
20-Jan-2017
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Bright road for Hamo
Joel Peterson
HONING his racecraft more than getting results is Chris Hamilton’s focus in his first year in the professional UCI World Tour peloton. The 21-year-old Bendigo cyclist is coming off a breakout 2016 where he was crowned national under-23 road race champion, finished 14th at the Santos..
20-Jan-2017
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Bowe's stars align
Joel Peterson
TUESDAY night was one that Bendigo teenager and leg spin prospect Liam Bowe won’t forget in a hurry. The Sandhurst Cricket Club product made his debut with the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League against the Adelaide Strikers, in front of 40,000 fans at the MCG in a must-win game fo..
13-Jan-2017
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Spirit set for bounce back game
Joel Peterson
How do you come back from that? That was the question posed to Bendigo Spirit coach Simon Pritchard this week after a horror road trip to Perth as the Spirit resumed its WNBL campaign after the Christmas break. Bendigo was thumped by 41 points, the biggest loss in the club’s 10-yea..
13-Jan-2017
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Roos, Redbacks meet in T20 final
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO United will play Kangaroo Flat in Wednesday’s Bendigo District Cricket Association Twenty20 grand final after the Redbacks scored a dominant win over Strathfieldsaye in the lone game played on Tuesday night. With clashes between White Hills and Eaglehawk, the Roos and Sandhurst..
13-Jan-2017
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Shannon in the running for award
Bendigo Weekly
Youth worker Shannon Ryan has been nominated for the 2015 Ricci Marks Indigenous Achiever Award. The Victorian Government provides the award to encourage young Aboriginal people to pursue their goals and aspirations. Ms Ryan contributes to the Dja Dja Wurrung people and the Bendigo region as ..
08-May-2015
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Sea for yourself
Steve Kendall
Rachel Rayner from Bendigo’s Discovery Science and Technology Centre has been selected as a 2015 Science Communication Fellow and will sail aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus during its 2015 expedition. Ms Rayner will join the Corps of Exploration aboard the ship in June as they explore..
05-May-2015
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Anzac services and marches
Bendigo Weekly
Anzac Eve 6.30pm: Field of Commemoration unveiling – Queen Victoria Gardens/Soldiers Memorial Institute. Anzac Day Saturday, April 25 The 100th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli. Bendigo 5.45am: March from the Soldiers Memorial Institute, Pa..
24-Apr-2015
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Karlee fights back
Bendigo Weekly
Karlee Thorpe isn’t sure if she will be able to run or walk the four kilometres in this year’s Mother’s Day Classic but of this one thing she is sure – she is so happy she will be there. Sixteen months ago Karlee was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. T..
17-Apr-2015
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Training time is running out
Bendigo Weekly
The Mothers Day Classic is now just over three weeks away, but there’s still plenty of time to get active and start training ahead of the big day. The annual event requires you to walk or run around a four kilometre or eight km course at Strathdale’s Beischer Park in support of..
10-Apr-2015
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How can he be back from the dead?
Bendigo Weekly
By Gordon Lingard Rector at St Luke’s White Hills and St Clements Anglican Huntly This is what Easter is ultimately about and what makes Easter so different. Isn’t it? A man, who claims to be God, (which is different in itself) comes back to life. Not something that&rsq..
02-Apr-2015
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Strathfieldsaye supermarket plan
Rosemary Sorensen
Plans to develop a shopping plaza at Strathfieldsaye include a supermarket and retail outlets on a site next to the primary school. Consulting firm Urbis lodged the application with the City of Greater Bendigo council on behalf of David Fein and Maverston Properties. The site at 2 Club C..
17-Sep-2012
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Run For Dad Fun Run results
Bendigo Weekly
Run For Dad Fun Run in conjunction with the Keith Huddle Memorial Eaglehawk to Bendigo Road race Sunday 2nd September Race Place FirstName LastName EventCategory Time 1 Brady ..
03-Sep-2012
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Make Over makes a cash difference
Bendigo Weekly
THE inaugural Girls Biggest Ever Make Over has proved a massive success, raising $23,230 in support of Ovarian Cancer Australia. Held at the Bendigo Day Surgery complex on Chum Street, last Friday’s event saw more than 100 women enjoy a night of pampering, bubbles and networking all in the..
20-Jul-2012
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Hub expands community enterprise
Bendigo Weekly
The community grocer at the Hub in Eaglehawk has been open a month, and already it's made a difference. "We've had a 40 per cent increase in turnover," Bendigo Access Employment chief executive Michael Langdon said today at the official launch. "With the closest supermarket more than 2km..
15-May-2012
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Bendigo businesses step out to help
Bendigo Weekly
A GROUP of Bendigo businesses are again doing their bit for an African charity. The Athlete’s Foot, VMG Accounting, For Feet Sake Podiatry and Bendigo Wholefoods are all donating a percentage of takings today to the School of St Jude in Tanzania. The school began in 2002 when Australian Ge..
04-May-2012
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Healthy future for hospitals
Bendigo Weekly
St John of God Finance manager Peter Trendos. In essence, the roll out of NBN in Greater Bendigo will provide improved bandwidth to St John of God Bendigo Hospital at what we expect will be more competitive pricing. This improved bandwidth will enable to the hospital to provide better acce..
27-Apr-2012
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Travel tricks
Bendigo Weekly
By MARIKA McMAHON With some cracking weather this summer, hopefully you are getting to hit the beach or river for some time away. There’s some local food produce you need to make sure you pack for the trip away, whether that is to show off Central Victoria to friends and famil..
03-Jan-2014
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Anneka comes to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
FOOD editor, cooking teacher, home economist and author of Bake Eat Love, Anneka Manning is in Bendigo for three very special public events, at Edwards Greengrocer, Deli & Café, Strathfieldsaye. The founder of popular bake school and online baking community BakeClub – and pa..
11-Dec-2013
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Time to grab a gift
Bendigo Weekly
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and you’re probably making 100 lists and checking them twice. When doing that don’t forget local foods are a wonderful option for gifts. This week Food Fossickers points you in the direction of some great and interesting foo..
29-Nov-2013
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Herb heroes
Bendigo Weekly
One of the reasons behind the Food Fossickers page is to showcase what fabulous food products we have in the Bendigo area, demonstrate how they are used in local restaurants and encourage you to try them at home. A hero of the local food scene has to be B & B Basil. I’ve seen thei..
22-Nov-2013
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Local food industry insider
Bendigo Weekly
Ever wanted to know what the story is behind that dish you order all the time? Why your favourite restaurant chooses certain ingredients? What’s going to be the next big thing on the Bendigo food scene? What’s something new you should add to your repertoire? Ma..
31-Oct-2013
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Meet the maker
Vicki Harrington
McIvor Farm Foods Belinda and Jason Hagan must be a marriage made in pig heaven. Thanks to a mutual friend, the pig fanciers were introduced several years ago and have been hamming it up ever since. Belinda, who hailed from Geelong, studied agricultural science specialising in animal nut..
25-Oct-2013
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Fine start to a life of books
Bendigo Weekly
My reading habits as a child were very much informed by my parents. My primary and secondary schools (I’m talking the dark ages here) didn’t even come to libraries. So every week Dad pushed aside the tools in his ute and took his three children to the public library. I really liked ..
12-Mar-2015
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Remember our nurses
Dianne Dempsey
Remember our Nurses: The service and sacrifice of Bendigo nurses in World War One Murray Poustie Murray Poustie’s book on the Bendigo nurses of World War I is quite a revelation. During the ANZAC centenary most of our attention has been focused on the men who fought ove..
20-Feb-2015
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Ruth, or is it Barbara?
Dianne Dempsey
We lost PD James last November and it was disarming to learn a few weeks ago that the other doyen of mystery writers, Ruth Rendell, has suffered a major stroke and remains critically ill. Like P D James, Rendell was not only prolific but a reliably good read and like James she combined murde..
13-Feb-2015
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Mockingbird revisited
Dianne Dempsey
Discovering that a new novel will be published by Harper Lee is equivalent to discovering the existence of an unknown brother or sister. Lee’s first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was published in 1962 and has since garnered millions of adoring fans. Time after time it has been identifie..
06-Feb-2015
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Writing with Alice Pung
Dianne Dempsey
One of the special events coming to the Bendigo library is an author talk and writing workshop with Alice Pung on Monday, February 2. The daughter of Cambodian refugees who survived the Khmer Rouge, Ms Pung’s previous books were both autobiographical. This, her latest book, is a novel fo..
30-Jan-2015
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Summer reading
Dianne Dempsey
For many readers, holidays are a time for catching up on that pile of books that have accumulated on the bedside table. But this Christmas I struggled in my quest to find that magical book which would transport me far from away Bendigo’s relentless days of heat. Part of the problem I ..
23-Jan-2015
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