Call for city airline
Sharon Kemp
REGIONAL airports without regular passenger flights are suffering financially and Australia’s airport lobby is calling for federal government funding to keep them operating. A report released by the Australian Airports Association (AAA) which shows 61 per cent of regional airpor..
21-Oct-2016
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Loud and proud
Bendigo Weekly
TODAY is the day to wear your loudest, most colourful shirt, and it’s for a good cause. Australian Hearing Bendigo is raising money for deaf children at their store at 62 Queen Street from 11.30am until 2pm today, and they will be wearing their brightest and best...
21-Oct-2016
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Year 12s wind up the school year
Bendigo Weekly
Hundreds of Bendigo students celebrated the end of schooling this week at events hosted around the city. On Wednesday evening students, staff and families of Bendigo Senior Secondary College gathered at the Ulumbarra Theatre to mark the end of students’ secondary school journey. T..
21-Oct-2016
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Bumper year for the culture club
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO residents should “watch this space” for the next big instalment at the Bendigo Art Gallery, and a regular critic wants back-to-back blockbusters to keep the city’s tills ringing. As the City of Greater Bendigo released the financial results of Bendigo&rs..
14-Oct-2016
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Candidate fires up over organics
Sharon Kemp
WHIPSTICK ward candidate Andrea Metcalf is threatening to go to the Local Government Ombudsman if the City of Greater Bendigo reinstates a charge for organics waste pick up to households that have not handed back a signed statutory declaration. But the council has refused to back down from t..
14-Oct-2016
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Age becomes an issue
Bendigo Weekly
EPPALOCK Ward candidate Brenton Johnson has taken an “edgier” approach to campaigning that has attracted criticism from older voters. The 27-year-old digital entrepreneur delivered how-to-vote cards that included a picture of two older men wearing party hats and beads with the ca..
14-Oct-2016
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Weekly has a new journo
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Weekly is pleased to welcome to the newsroom a journalist with more than two decades’ reporting and teaching experience, Sharon Kemp. Sharon served her cadetship 20 years ago at the WA daily tabloid the Kalgoorlie Miner where she specialised in mining news. At The West..
18-Mar-2016
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A prize school
Bendigo Weekly
SPRING Gully Primary School has won a major prize aimed at supporting and promoting health in local schools as part of this year’s Bendigo Weekly/Prime 7 Sports Star of the Year Awards. The Bendigo Health-sponsored Healthy Schools awards are also a great way to showcase the steps being..
18-Mar-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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Kangaroo Flat unit burglary
Bendigo Weekly
A Kangaroo Flat unit, under construction, was burgled over the Labour Day long weekend. The unit, located on the corner of Short and Lansell streets, in a block of units had a large quantity of building supplies and tradesman’s equipment stolen between Friday afternoon and Sunday afterno..
10-Mar-2015
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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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Ward off on new track
Sam Kane
Musician Pat Ward has added another accomplishment to his growing list of achievements, with the release of his debut EP, Moonlight. The 16-year-old spent parts of last year recording the EP. He said his new music tells stories of emotion, incorporating captivating phrases and diverse instrum..
10-Apr-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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Titles to call Bendigo home
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO has secured another major sporting event with the Bendigo Stadium to host the 2017 Basketball Australia Under-20 and Ivor Burge National Championships in February. The announcement was made at half time of the Bendigo Braves’ semi final win over Brisbane on Saturday night. ..
26-Aug-2016
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Canoeing program makes a splash
Bendigo Weekly
CANOEING national champions Imogen Douglass and Baydn Murphy will lead a nine-strong Bendigo team into this weekend’s Victorian Schools Championships at Warrandyte. Students from all over Victoria will flock to the upper reaches of the Yarra River to contest a host of events over the t..
25-Aug-2016
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Thunder finals ready
Bendigo Weekly
THEIR opponents have been creeping ever closer as the season has gone on, but some recent close calls have the Bendigo Thunder primed for the 2016 finals campaign. The Thunder completed an unbeaten home and away campaign last weekend but again had to withstand a stern test from one of its Vi..
25-Aug-2016
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Playoff battle begins
Joel Peterson
ONE side is a raging title favourite, the other an underdog that had to scrap just to make the postseason. But when the Bendigo Braves and Lady Braves play their opening South East Australian Basketball League playoff matches on Saturday night, the mission for both will be the same – ..
19-Aug-2016
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Junior comps reach fever pitch
Bendigo Weekly
THE region’s top junior footballers are following their senior counterparts and gearing up for finals as the Bendigo Junior Football League season heads into its last round of home and away matches this weekend. Several finals races are up for grabs heading into the final weekend of th..
19-Aug-2016
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Crome shines in tour
Joel Peterson
SAM Crome continued yet another standout season for the Avanti IsoWhey Sports team, taking out the Tour of the Great South Coast. Crome took the overall title after Sunday’s sixth and final stage in Portland, claiming victory by 11 seconds over Ben Hill of the Lakes Oil team. &ldqu..
19-Aug-2016
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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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Bella goes to great lengths
Steve Kendall
A LONG Gully youngster is making a practical input for cancer care. Eight-year-old Bella Lightburn is cutting off her waist-length hair for Pantene’s beautiful lengths campaign. Her hair will be made into a wig for a cancer sufferer. Bella also will be raising money for Camp Qualit..
13-Jun-2014
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Heads up on foxes
Christine McGinn
HUNTERS have recorded a milestone, bringing in more than 40,000 fox scalps to the local Epsom collection station. Greater Bendigo and surrounds’ hunters have fired up to participate in the State Government’s bounty scheme to reduce numbers of wild foxes. More than 1100 fox scal..
06-Jun-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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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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Giant pumpkin chainsaw massacre
Bendigo Weekly
Several Atlantic Giant pumpkins have been awaiting their fate in the front window of Bush’s Produce Store in Williamson Street since being entered in Bendigo’s Biggest Pumpkin Competition back in April. Held in conjunction with the Bendigo All Breed’s Goat and Chrysanthemum Show,..
30-May-2013
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Smashing pumpkins
Bendigo Weekly
Growing competition-worthy giant pumpkins is becoming a lucrative affair, if you can withstand the fickle nature of the hobby. If you can grow a vegetable garden, you have the skill to grow a prize-winning pumpkin. With the right preparation and strategy and a bit of good luck, next year you migh..
23-May-2013
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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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Lions led by donkeys
Steve Kendall
It has often been said about World War I that it was a case of lions led by donkeys. The bravest of the brave sent against impossible odds by generals away from the front. With the hindsight of history it seems to be in so many cases quite correct. The books written today use that hindsigh..
24-Apr-2014
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Book review
Vanessa Hughes
The Winter Bride by Anne Gracie Penguin Australia, $24.99 For readers who love Jane Austen but have harboured a secret desire for a little more kissing and a tad more scandal, Australian author Anne Gracie’s The Winter Bride will provide all those unfulfilled needs. This delicious..
11-Apr-2014
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