Candidates team up to win
Sharon Kemp
A LARGE field of candidates in next month’s City of Greater Bendigo elections has the potential to create voting blocs on the incoming council. As the council comes to the end of a tumultuous four-year term, many candidates have said they want to serve on a less divided cou..
23-Sep-2016
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Push for driver safety
Sharon Kemp
“I can’t justify a single death on our roads,” is the approach Bendigo Highway Patrol sergeant Mick McCrann takes to the job of policing central Victorian roads. The road toll in Bendigo so far is lower than it was year on year – four fatalities compared to six – ..
23-Sep-2016
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September record set to fall
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO has been drenched by its wettest month in almost seven years, and the Bureau of Meteorology says there is more rain on the way. To 9am yesterday, Bendigo Airport had recorded 108 millimetres of rain this month with widespread reports of local residents collecting more than that. ..
16-Sep-2016
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Institute work begins
Sharon Kemp
THE Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute as we know it closes today and will reopen when it is refurbished to near original condition, and boasts a state-of-the-art exhibition space at the back that will host touring exhibitions from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. The next time the ..
16-Sep-2016
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Call for pool to stay
Sharon Kemp
THE Golden Square swimming pool should have its lease extended by at least a year to see how attendance is affected by the new $31 million Kangaroo Flat aquatic centre, according to City of Greater Bendigo councillor Barry Lyons. Representatives of the pool’s volunteer committee of man..
16-Sep-2016
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Major boost for leisure centre
Sharon Kemp
THE $1 million community contribution to the Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre has reached the halfway mark after the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club chipped in $100,000. The donation will give the sports club the right to put its name to the centre’s 50-metre pool. Th..
16-Sep-2016
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Time to remember
Bendigo Weekly
A SAD time in Australia’s history will be marked on Sunday, as Bendigo remembers those who died at Sandakan. The service at 11am honours all servicemen who either returned to their home country or lost their lives while prisoners of war at Sandakan and Kuching in North Borneo or on the..
11-Mar-2016
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Growth plan develops
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo is working on an Urban Design Framework for the Strathfieldsaye Town Centre to guide future development as the town grows and doubles in population over the next few years. Council’s Trevor Budge said the UDF will establish the form and layout of the town c..
11-Mar-2016
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Rattle for food
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigonians are urged to dig deep this long weekend to support Foodshare’s Million Meals in March campaign, designed to raise awareness of chronic food poverty. Federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters will lead a team of tin rattlers raising money for Foodshare on Sunday and Monday. ..
11-Mar-2016
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Hatters ready for the relay
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s annual relay for life will kick off at La Trobe University’s athletics track in Flora Hill on Friday, April 15. The event celebrates cancer survivors and honours those lost to the disease while fundraising to support medical research and support services for those under..
11-Mar-2016
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Farmyard boost for Benetas residents
Bendigo Weekly
A hands-on animals initiative visited an Eaglehawk aged care home on Monday. Animals on the Move is a touring barnyard experience and has become a popular addition to the Benetas St Laurence Court Eaglehawk lifestyle calendar. The opportunity to spend time with animals up close, feeding ..
11-Mar-2016
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Visitors from Japan
Bendigo Weekly
Japanese students and teachers from Gojo Senior High School in Nara, Japan, will spend a week visiting Bendigo and beyond, as part of a student exchange program run by Girton Grammar School. The Japanese students will attend classes at Girton Grammar and stay with host families as well as v..
11-Mar-2016
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White Hills alleged assault
Bendigo Weekly
A 19 year old man was allegedly assaulted in the early hours of Sunday in White Hills. Three Caucasian men, believed to be in their 20s, approached the man and had a short conversation with him. The men are believed to have punched the 19 year old before he fell to the ground and is believe..
02-Mar-2015
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Police hunt stolen items
Christine McGinn
A BACKPACK filled with $2500 worth of electronic goods was stolen from Bendigo Marketplace yesterday. A man was eating his lunch in the food court when he placed his backpack on the ground. The backpack had an iPad, laptop and a Samsung Galaxy X5 zipped inside. The incident occurred ..
20-Feb-2015
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East Bendigo unit fire
Bendigo Weekly
An East Bendigo home has been ruined in a fire this morning. Police and CFA are currently investigating the cause of the fire. The incident occurred on Lloyd Street in a vacant home. No one was injured during the incident. ..
20-Feb-2015
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Fatal crash in Eaglehawk
Bendigo Weekly
AN 88-year-old woman died after being hit riding her mobility scooter on Monday afternoon. The woman was riding her scooter along High Street in Eaglehawk about 2.50pm. The woman started crossing Napier Street when a Ford sedan, turning right, hit the woman. The driver, a 71-year-old Ma..
17-Feb-2015
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Water police crackdown
Bendigo Weekly
WATERWAY users will be the target of a police crackdown to ensure compliance on safety regulations this weekend. The Victorian Water Police will be ensuring water safety, focused on broken down boats, unregistered vessels, search operations, and irresponsible driving. Police issued the warnin..
23-Jan-2015
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Police on the beat
Christine McGinn
POLICE are on the hunt for information about a robbery at the Long Gully Post Office on Saturday. A man wearing a balaclava entered the store, when they first opened, and fled with a quantity of cash. No weapon was sighted and no one was believed to be injured. A police spokesperson sai..
19-Jan-2015
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Howlin’ Wolf
Christine McGinn
WHEN Wolfmother take to the stage in Bendigo next month, lead vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale will have his band with him. Stockdale, with his sidekicks – bassist and keyboard player Ian Peres and drummer Vin Steele – will play tracks from their latest album New Crown at Gr..
27-Mar-2015
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Jessica and the koto
Bendigo Weekly
WE are in for a musical treat next week, when Marta Pacek returns and The Jessica Stuart Few comes too. They’re co-headlining their first Australian tour together, Pacek teaming up with the Canadian Stuart. If you have never witnessed a Japanese traditional 13-stringed floor harp instru..
20-Mar-2015
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Kingswood rocks out
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne rockers Kingswood played a packed show at Bendigo’s Black Swan Hotel last night. The energetic four-piece, on their Microscopic Wars album tour, played to plenty of their central Victorian fans. The group enjoyed a monster 2014, enjoying their album’s su..
13-Mar-2015
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The road to Troy
Steve Kendall
WITH a practised ease Troy Cassar-Daley turns on the charm, but to be honest I think it’s already there. No pretence. He’s been on a punishing schedule this week ahead of his tour which includes Bendigo on May 7. I caught up with Cassar-Daley in the kitchen at ABC Central Victo..
13-Mar-2015
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Singer Sultan bites journo
Dianne Dempsey
Dan Sultan is coming to town, or rather close to town anyway, he’ll be appearing at Castlemaine’s Theatre Royale on March 7 which is a good enough reason to talk to one of Australia’s most exciting young performers. Sultan is a songwriter as well, and his work clearly shows..
27-Feb-2015
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Bendigo groovers buy all tix
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is the first of Groovin the Moo’s six show national tour to sell out in 2015. “Thanks Bendigo, we love being in your part of Australia and we’re really looking forward to this year’s line up playing to another sold out audience,” Cattleyard Promotions&rsqu..
12-Feb-2015
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Dogs, Dragons square off
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Football League finals race could be all but decided by Saturday evening after a pivotal round 14 of matches is completed. At the Queen Elizabeth Oval, top spot and premiership favouritism are up for grabs when Sandhurst hosts Golden Square and Canterbury Park hosts a clash that ..
29-Jul-2016
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Wet pitches cause fixture chaos
Bendigo Weekly
SODDEN pitches are causing fixturing headaches for the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League but council says there is little that can be done to alleviate the problem. Eppalock ward council election candidate Yvonne Wrigglesworth claimed that several pitches around the area were unplayable due to p..
29-Jul-2016
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Club legends in town
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Braves will welcome former players, officials and supporters to Bendigo Stadium this weekend, including some of the biggest names in the club’s vaunted history. The past players function comes after the Braves and Lady Braves enjoyed one of the best weekends of their respec..
29-Jul-2016
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Kendle signing a masterstroke
Bendigo Weekly
RECRUITING imports hasn’t always gone smoothly for the Bendigo Braves, but the club has struck gold with Jeremy Kendle. As a host of former Braves champions, including perhaps the team’s all-time best player in David Johnson, ready themselves to head to Bendigo Stadium for a past..
29-Jul-2016
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Woolley fires at worlds
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO clay target shooters Laura Woolley and Emma Cox are the region’s newest world champions after brilliant performances at last week’s International Clay Target Shooting Federation world championships in Ireland. Shooting in the DTL (down the line) discipline, Woolley, a 201..
29-Jul-2016
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Title focus locked in
Joel Peterson
ONE side is flying on top of the pops and the other is fighting for its finals life, but the last month of the South East Australian Basketball League will prove vital for both the Bendigo Braves and Lady Braves. The Braves are the SEABL’s best team and sit on top of the east conferenc..
22-Jul-2016
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Fete a great day
Bendigo Weekly
Gumboots will be flung, lobbed and chucked far and wide in a throwing competition as part of the fun activities taking place at St Therese’s Primary School fete this Sunday. Principal Matthew Mann said the fete is the most important fundraising event on the school calendar and a great..
14-Aug-2014
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Family seeks hero recognition
Steve Kendall
THE quiet back road of Gaskell Street, Eaglehawk has a story behind it. It’s named after William Gaskell from Eaglehawk, an Australian soldier who earned the Military Medal during an action in New Guinea in November 1942. His niece Jenny Gaskell thinks he deserves a bit more recogn..
08-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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Harrowing stories from Royal Commission
Bendigo Weekly
The Royal Commission into Institutionalised Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released the second volume of its Interim Report. Volume two deals with the personal stories of some of the victims who have had private sessions with the Commission. Here is one story (names have been chang..
28-Jul-2014
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Market moves on food waste
Anthony Radford
THE Bendigo Community Farmers Market will be hosting an initiative to cut food waste this Saturday. The idea is to share simple ways to help residents stop wasting food and in turn boost their family budget. Greater Bendigo council Waste Services manager Simon Clay said in 2010 a Sustainab..
11-Jul-2014
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Bosom Buddies are back
Steve Kendall
NOT content with raising $42,000, the Bosom Buddies are stepping up their game. The team of 14 walkers are setting off again next year on a 60 kilometre repeat in a bid to pull in more cash. They have some serious extra backing this year. “Brikkitta from D-Club has come on boar..
04-Jul-2014
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Blooming support for CFA
Anthony Radford
A new firestar rose has bloomed to support the CFA in honour of those involved with Black Saturday. Due to the success of Firestar Rose, Firestar Phoenix was created as part of the series with the symbol of hope and renewal. The rose is named after the mythical bird phoenix t..
19-Jul-2011
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Kevin Gibbins Field to open this weekend
Anthony Radford
Bendigo residents have been invited to attend this weekend's opening of a world class soccer pitch dedicated to the memory of former councillor, Kevin Gibbins. Mr Gibbins was a former Councillor for North West Plains who passed away suddenly on April 9, 2010. Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr ..
13-Jul-2011
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DEFENCE COMPANY SOLD
Anthony Radford
ONE of Bendigo's most well-known and successful companies has been sold to overseas interests. Australian Defence Apparel, which has a manufacturing plant in East Bendigo, has been making clothes and uniforms for police, emergency services and Australia's Defence Force for 99 years. The co..
11-Jul-2011
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Bank's new director - video
Anthony Radford
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has announced the appointment of former Ericsson chief executive officer Jacqueline Hey to its Board of Directors. Ms Hey was previously CEO of Ericsson in the UK and in Australia. She worked with Ericsson for more than 20 years in finance, marketing, sales and l..
06-Jul-2011
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Making sense of business
Life-changing was how the graduates described the Grow Your Business program. “Finding the support for local business, and to be given the chance to survive is a gift,” Sharon Carlson of twenty 2, a cafe in Williamson Street, said. “It gave us a chance to complete a bus..
06-May-2011
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Food, fibre and fashion
Bendigo Weekly
This weekend will a big one for farming, fibre, food and fashion with the 136th annual Australian Sheep and Wool Show incorporating the Festival of Lamb and Women in Wool. The action kicks off at the Bendigo Exhibition centre today and the first food event each day is a live Youth Challenge Cook o..
18-Jul-2013
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Cheers for new Bendigo brewery
Vicki Harrington
Bendigo’s burgeoning food and produce scene welcomed another newcomer this week with the launch of Brookes Beer. Melburnians Doug Brooke and partner Melissa Church specifically chose Bendigo for their new venture. “We were looking for a place to set up our brewery and discovere..
05-Jul-2013
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Olé olé
Bendigo Weekly
It has been 12 months in the making and it is almost here – Bendigo’s newest dining experience. Putting the finishing touches on their new venture, Sangria Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant, owners Gary and Ann-Maree Davis are counting the days to the opening of their new eatery. They..
27-Jun-2013
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Take it slow
Bendigo Weekly
How often do you enjoy an extended meal with family and friends? In the spirit of a very slow and traditional Italian feast, Castlemaine’s Public INN will host the second annual Lungo Pranzo, literally, long lunch on Sunday, June 30 from noon. Event creator, restaurant owner and father of ..
20-Jun-2013
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Fishy business
Bendigo Weekly
Fresh fish. We know it is good for us, and we happily order it at restaurants, but how often do we actually cook our own from scratch? Many cooks are reluctant or scared to cook fresh fish at home. Excuses range from the smell, the price, the bones, too many varieties to choose from, it has a hea..
13-Jun-2013
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Cooking, kids and TV
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo community’s love affair with food is about to extend to the younger members with a local cooking competition currently being filmed and set to air on Bendigo IPTV in July. The competition is funded by School Focussed Youth Service, a Department of Education and Early Childhood De..
06-Jun-2013
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Early sessions booked out
Bendigo Weekly
THIS year’s Bendigo Writers Festival Schools Day program is looking like a winner with some sessions already booked out. Teachers have responded enthusiastically to the early release of the Friday, August 8 program, Texts Mark the Spot, which includes popular writers such as Andrew McGah..
13-Jun-2014
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Book festival delivers
Bendigo Weekly
TWO of Australia’s most admired and controversial writers will be headline guests at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival. Blanche d’Alpuget is the Friday, August 8 evening keynote speaker, and will talk about her eventful life, her marriage to former Prime Minister Bob Haw..
30-May-2014
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The return of a gift
Vanessa Hughes
Craven by Melanie Casey Pantera Press $29.99 Australian crime writer Melanie Casey has followed up her debut novel, Hindsight, with Craven, the second in what promises to be an ongoing supernatural crime series featuring reluctant psychic Cass Lehman. Cass’ psychic gift enables..
30-May-2014
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Book a spot for the festival
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo's big, friendly winter get-together for writers and readers will launch next month, with highlights from the August 8 to 10 weekend to be announced on June 2. “We’re very close now to finalising what is another unashamedly inviting program,” Bendigo Writers Festival..
23-May-2014
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Living with the problem
Bendigo Weekly
The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the true story of a life lost in thought By David Adam Picador, $32.99 This is not intended as a self-help book,” states David Adam, regarding his exploration of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, The Man Who Couldn’t Stop. Adam has..
09-May-2014
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New discoveries
Vanessa Hughes
To the Goldfields! by Rachel Tonkin Walker Books $16.95 It’s October 1, 1852 when nine-year-old James, his mother and siblings set out from Melbourne to join James’ father at the Forest Reach goldfields. After days slogging through thick bush, sticking with a group of other..
02-May-2014
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