Drug death warning
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’S drug service agencies are preparing to respond to a strain of drugs cut with new synthetic substances that have claimed lives in Europe and the United States. Emergency service personnel also attended an information session where a Melbourne academic warned the drugs would be..
02-Jun-2017
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Hawkei passes explosives test
Peter Kennedy
AUSTRALIA’S most senior army officer has heaped praise on the Hawkei armoured vehicle and its potential to save lives and win valuable export contracts for the local defence industry. Addressing the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Senate estimates committee on Wednesday,..
02-Jun-2017
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Collector of note sells up
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO nonagenarian Gordon Jackson has spent more than 40 years creating what Australian music historian Graeme Skinner would call a paper jukebox. Sheet music has been such an enduring interest of Mr Jackson’s, he has a floor to ceiling collection in his Strathdale home. But havi..
02-Jun-2017
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Bendigo Writers Festival Revealed
Bendigo Weekly
New events and venues, plus brilliant international guests and a dazzling line-up of Australian writers In its sixth year, Bendigo Writers Festival has dug deep to find new ways to offer audiences rich entertainment for a truly i..
31-May-2017
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Residents claim flood study wrong
Sharon Kemp
A BAND of Bendigo residents continue to oppose a urban-wide flood study that suggests Rosalind Park will flood in a one-in-100-year event. City of Greater Bendigo councillors will in coming months vote on the Bendigo Urban Flood Study that will extend by more than 5500 the number of houses t..
26-May-2017
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James makes a splash
Bendigo Weekly
KAYAKING ace James Humphry has only been paddling for two years but is already one of the sport's rising stars. He recently cemented that status, named the Bendigo Academy of Sport's Athlete of the Year. ..
26-May-2017
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Rosie embraces the role of crusader
Dianne Dempsey
Rosie Batty is famous for all the wrong reasons. No performer or politician, she is the mother of a murdered child. Her beautiful boy, 11-year-old Luke, was murdered by his father in February 2014. Luke was having at hit at the nets after cricket practice with his dad when dad tur..
20-May-2016
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Shaft a water option
Sharon Kemp
A cement cap on a 150-year-old mine shaft at Specimen Hill was dug up this week to see if the workings will support equipment to pump contaminated groundwater rising under Bendigo at a rate of 30 centimetres a day. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning wants to use the Spec..
20-May-2016
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CBD impresses planning guru
Sharon Kemp
PALL Mall would benefit from having more pedestrian access but Chicago-based main street planning specialist Matt Wagner was impressed by the vibrancy of Bendigo’s CBD. Vice president of Revitalization Programs for the US National Main Street Center, Dr Wagner also told City of Greater..
13-May-2016
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Time to talk justice
Sharon Kemp
FOR people who have felt excluded, or not, from social justice debates swirling in our community, they are invited to Bendigo next weekend to listen in and contribute to panel discussions with the likes of Julian Burnside and Paris Aristotle. The Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre has or..
13-May-2016
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Jaclyn earns a prize
Bendigo Weekly
Occupational therapist Jaclyn Long is the recipient of this year’s Kelly Weire Memorial Award. Sponsored by the Weire family, the Kelly Weire Memorial Award commemorates the achievements of the late Kelly Weire, who died in a plane crash in Papua New Guinea in August 2009. Kelly w..
13-May-2016
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Lights for Edwards Road
Bendigo Weekly
The state government has fast tracked the proposed upgrade to one of Bendigo’s most notorious intersections. Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards yesterday confirmed the government would spend $750,000 on installing new traffic lights at the Edwards Road and the Calder Highway at Maiden Gully..
06-May-2016
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History of the RSL
Bendigo Weekly
A new book charting the history of the Returned and Services League in Bendigo was launched this week. A Century of Service, The Events, People and Places that shaped the RSL in Bendigo 1915 – 2015 was written by Bendigo District RSL member and historian, Murray Poustie. Bendigo wa..
04-Dec-2015
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Bikes roll into Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo has welcomed more than 3500 participants in the 2015 RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride this week. The cyclists arrived in Bendigo on Wednesday and set up camp at the North Bendigo Oval in Atkins Street. Today the ride heads to Heathcote for the night followed by Castlemaine..
04-Dec-2015
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Campaigner says thanks for help
Bendigo Weekly
THE spearhead of the campaign to save the Kangaroo Flat Leisure Centre has thanked the community for its support, following last week’s commencement of demolition works at the site. Don McKinnon expressed his gratitude towards those who threw their support behind the two ye..
04-Dec-2015
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Emma learns to fly
Laura Hurley
THE sky is the limit for the Bendigo Flying Club, after club member Emma Blackford became the first female recipient of the Anthony Gobels Memorial Flying Scholarship during the club’s 50th birthday celebration last month. Emma, a year 11 student at Girton Grammar School, said she had ..
04-Dec-2015
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Books chart Chinese link
Dianne Dempsey
Local historian Leigh McKinnon believes visitors to the Golden Dragon Museum have no idea of the many micro-communities of Chinese that were spread across the region. “People who have been buying our book Places Associated with Bendigo’s Historic Chinese Community have assumed t..
04-Dec-2015
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Dedication pays off for artist
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER a year of dedication, an exhibition featuring the work of Karen Annett-Thomas has opened at the Bendigo Art Gallery. The exhibition titled Out of Winter, is part of the gallery’s Going Solo initiative which gives contemporary artists living in central Victoria the opportunity to..
04-Dec-2015
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Bell plays Billyroy’s
Simon Wooldridge
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 7 sees Frank Bell launch his debut single White Horse at Billyroy’s BluesBar. It’s a swampy, gutsy dirty blues number with a contrasting acoustic folk number, Riverside, on the B-side. Both are Frank Bell originals. The ubiquitous Bill Barber produce..
06-May-2016
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Busy time in Bendigo
Simon Wooldridge
It’s going to be pause-for-breath time for gig-goers in Bendigo this weekend. In addition to the massive festival-party-show that is Groovin’ the Moo, there’s a bunch of gigs this weekend to suit the most varied of tastes. Tonight, Friday, April 29 Josh Cashman is back..
29-Apr-2016
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GROOVIN THE MOO TICKETS WON
Bendigo Weekly
Winners are @kateoxx @TrixyKT and @laurouting..
13-Apr-2016
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Rhinos are smokin'
Simon Wooldridge
The re-shaped Smoke Stack Rhino make a welcome return to Bendigo tonight, Friday, at the Golden Vine. With Dave Sirianni joining the band on lead vocals and guitar in early 2015, the Smoke Stack Rhino Mark II sound now embraces wider influences including Delta blues, Chicago blues, 1960s psy..
08-Apr-2016
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All ages gig at MusicMan
Simon Wooldridge
MusicMan, in Hargreaves Street, will be rolling out a welcoming sticky carpet for young gig-goers and aspiring moshers on Sunday, April 10 with a six-band, all ages show. It promises to be a fun earbuds-in day for some young folks experiencing live music in this iconic Bendigo venue for the ..
01-Apr-2016
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Discussions in Dunolly
Bendigo Weekly
Who said there’s nothing to do in the country? Author Gideon Haigh will be speaking at the historic Court House in Dunolly, Sunday, May 22. Presented by the Bendigo Writers Festival and the Victoria Law Foundation, Gideon will be talking about his new book, Certain Admissions. Ce..
24-Mar-2016
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Long-time foes meet again
Joel Peterson
IF the recent form of Eaglehawk and Bendigo United is anything to go by, this weekend’s Bendigo District Cricket Association grand final will be a high-octane affair. Both clubs ripped through their semi final adversaries – BUCCs rolling Kangaroo Flat in less than a day while Eag..
24-Mar-2017
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Braves back for more
Joel Peterson
SATURDAY hails the arrival of a new season for the Bendigo Braves, but the team’s goal has not changed. Following a drought-breaking SEABL title in 2016, the Braves have reloaded for another run. They, and the Bendigo Lady Braves, kick start their season on Saturday against Dandeno..
24-Mar-2017
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Lady Braves banking on youth
Joel Peterson
AN underprepared Bendigo Lady Braves side will be thrown straight into the SEABL’s deep end when it faces reigning champion Dandenong on Saturday. The Lady Braves do not have an import on their roster and were embarrassingly thumped to the tune of 20 points in a practice match a fortni..
24-Mar-2017
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Epic event in the Gully
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Mountain Bike Club’s signature event for 2017 will hail the start of a new era for one of the fastest growing organisations in local sport. Spring Gully’s Muldoon Reserve will host the Golden Triangle Epic event for the first time this weekend. The reserve is set..
24-Mar-2017
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Pioneers ready for TAC Cup kick off
Joel Peterson
MORE depth and a focus on contested football will be key in the Bendigo Pioneers campaign for 2017 according to first-year coach Rick Coburn. Coburn has spent the summer settling into the role after starting in December and has hit the ground running getting to know his group and forming bon..
24-Mar-2017
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Cobras, Goers bask in flag glory
Joel Peterson
GOLDEN Gully broke through for its first Emu Valley Cricket Association division one premiership yesterday. It was not the only premiership decided on a big weekend in sport, with Bendigo claiming the spoils in a thrilling Bendigo pennant bowls grand final against Bendigo East. A grand f..
20-Mar-2017
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Plan ahead for the great Victorian ride
Bendigo Weekly
REGISTRATIONS for the 2015 RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride are now open. The largest multi-day bike ride in the southern hemisphere is expected to attract more than 3500 riders. This year’s main ride will showcase 540 kilometres of the Goldfields countryside over nine days. S..
12-Jun-2015
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Mural makes a mark
Bendigo Weekly
Local artist David Snowdon has started a mural on the south entrance of Bendigo Marketplace under the guidance of renowned artist Scottie Neoh, AKA Bonsai. Bonsai has completed works for Melbourne Central, Red Bull and the John Butler Trio and will be assisting Mr Snowdon in the installation ..
11-Jun-2015
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Festival to flourish
Bendigo Weekly
Satirist John Clarke and artist John Wolseley will team up for the closing event at Bendigo Writers Festival this year. The two friends, who share a love of nature and art, will be on stage at The Capital Theatre on Sunday August 9. “John Wolseley’s current exhibition at the ..
05-Jun-2015
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Bendigo knitters reach out
Dianne Dempsey
A perfect match has been made between the mothers of East Timor and Bendigo knitters. When a baby in East Timor receives their first immunisation, a knitted set is provided to the family. Each set contains a blanket, tiny wool hat, singlet, top and long socks for new-born babies. ..
05-Jun-2015
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Country pub helping out
Bendigo Weekly
NEWBRIDGE Hotel publican Terry Lofkin is hosting a fundraiser to raise funds for youth homelessness services in central Victoria. Mr Lofkin will host a fundraiser for local homelessness service provider, St Luke’s, at his pub on Sunday June 7. Together with his wife Diane, Mr Lofkin was..
29-May-2015
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Music of support
Dianne Dempsey
Mick Lloyd is a no-nonsense self-employed builder. He’s tough, a man’s man, but every so often the burden he and his family carry around weighs him down. And the enormity of the disease his sons live with sends him into despair. It’s called Niemann Pick Disease Type C. It&rs..
29-May-2015
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Back in the business
Bendigo Weekly
TWO of the best-known names in Bendigo real estate are making a welcome return to the industry. Four years after “retiring” Keith Sutherland and wife Karen are stepping back into the bling. With a combined experience of 50 years in the industry, the couple are starting up Sutherland ..
31-May-2013
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Idle prime land set for rethink
Rosemary Sorensen
The Victorian government is still backing the ambitious Central Victorian Innovation Park at Flora Hill, despite no new action on the site for the past decade. Greater Bendigo council is also eyeing off the well-situated land, opposite the university and alongside Strath Village retail precinc..
31-May-2013
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Business council spreads the word
Bendigo Weekly
By Rosemary Sorensen Bendigo Business Council is stepping out, taking its message to the wider community. “Our membership and our sponsorship is growing,” executive officer Patrick Falconer said. “What our membership is telling us is they want us to be strong in advocacy. &..
31-May-2013
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Industry talks highlight export
Bendigo Weekly
From top-end technology to food and wine businesses, trade and its export potential was on the agenda when Kelvin Thomson came to Bendigo today. The Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Federal Member for Wills is in town to talk to local industry as part of a Trade Outreach Program. Wi..
31-May-2013
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Uni alliance aims for medical school
Bendigo Weekly
By Rosemary Sorensen An alliance with another university is the first step towards the creation of a medical school at La Trobe University Bendigo. Vice-Chancellor John Dewar announced the Murray-Darling partnership with Charles Sturt University, a regional-based university with campuses through..
30-May-2013
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Supermarket showdown
Anthony Radford
GREATER Bendigo council will vote on a report that recommends against a planned Woolworths supermarket for Strathfieldsaye, as an independent report details the financial concern of the project. The Woolworths plan on Club Court will go before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in J..
24-May-2013
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Mussel mania
Marika McMahon
Whatever your weekend has in store, you need to make sure you kick off Saturday with a visit to the Bendigo Community Farmers Market. The footprint of the market is expanding this week, so there will be a few additional stalls for us to explore, including a mussel seller. So often I hear..
07-Mar-2014
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Cheese please
Marika McMahon
It’s a lot of fun thinking about locally-produced food and sharing it with you. And it’s been great to chat about the local restaurants and food scene. I love it when people approach me in the street following up something from this page. But there’s a gaping hole in this dis..
28-Feb-2014
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Tomato time in the kitchen
Marika McMahon
If you landed in Bendigo from outer space this time of year, you could be forgiven for thinking you had landed in the midst of a cult. A cult where secret information and closely guarded recipes are exchanged, the cult of the tomato. As the ferocious heat of summer starts to subside and ther..
21-Feb-2014
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At the local
Marika McMahon
When you live with a pub at the end of the street, some nights it’s awfully hard to resist the urge not to cook and head to the counter instead. When your local is the Brougham Arms, that doesn’t mean a menu of pub standards. Instead we are blessed to have within walking distance ..
14-Feb-2014
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Beat the heat
Bendigo Weekly
It’s too hot to eat. It’s definitely too hot to cook. Yet, you know you need to eat more than frozen grapes. Clever shopping is part of the solution. I’ve been dropping the fruit and veg order into Norm Quin at Quin’s Bluebird fruitshop in Mitchell Street on Friday ..
07-Feb-2014
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Food Fossickers
Marika McMahon
THE heatwaves are made a tad more bearable for many locals by some fairly constant imbibing from the extensive collection of frozen delights at Favourite Flavours. There was more than a few queries popping up on my Facebook feed, “Does anyone know what time Favourite Flavours is open unt..
31-Jan-2014
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Festival hunts the good life
Bendigo Weekly
Former Greens Senator Bob Brown, internationally renowned commentator Tariq Ali, gourmet farmer Matthew Evans and more than 130 authors, essayists, philosophers, publishers, food writers and poets will come together for the 2015 Bendigo Writers Festival. They aim to explore what it means,..
17-Jul-2015
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Memoirs in the award spotlight
Dianne Dempsey
The National Biography Award is Australia’s pre-eminent prize for biographical writing and memoirs. Since its inception the National Biography Award has been a champion of quality biographies. The six books on this year’s shortlist are: Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My F..
17-Jul-2015
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Cutting out the risk
Steve Kendall
RISK is scary. Not for any other reason than how easily a 15-year-old girl is lured into the fantasy world of online love. She thinks it’s love. This novel for young adults hooked me from page one, and I am way beyond young adult. It’s not about online dating or romance, it&rsq..
02-Jul-2015
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Vine romance
Dianne Dempsey
Put a vigneron and a chef together, mix with stories, erudition and Graeme Leith’s memoir of Passing Clouds, and you have one of the best sessions at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival. Conducted by Keith Sutherland, the session will no doubt cover the rich and passionate lives o..
26-Jun-2015
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A song of Scotland
Bendigo Weekly
A Scots Quair, A Trilogy By Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Polygon At the time of its publication A Scots Quair was considered by many publishers to be too hot to handle, not only because of its unabashed political agenda but because it was deeply sensual. Lewis Grassic Gibbon is the pseudonym ..
29-May-2015
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Biography event cancelled
Dianne Dempsey
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15-May-2015
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