Rating drop hits banks
Peter Kennedy
Just when regional banks thought they might have had something of a win over their much larger counterparts courtesy of the federal budget, along comes a credit rating downgrade by ratings agency Standard and Poor’s. That’s the grim reality Bendigo and Adelaide Bank managing dire..
26-May-2017
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Council change hits management jobs
Sharon Kemp
CITY of Greater Bendigo faces losing more than 180 years of collective municipal experience after a management level restructure recast 26 roles into 21 and 10 long-term managers were asked to accept a redundancy, reapply for their job or ask to be redeployed. Chief executive Craig Niemann t..
26-May-2017
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Human story of addiction
Sharon Kemp
OVERDOSES from prescription drugs are a hidden epidemic, rarely heard about until they claim the life of a celebrity such as actor Heath Ledger. Yet, Bendigo pharmaceutical students heard this week they are responsible for more deaths in Victoria than road accidents. Health advocates als..
26-May-2017
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Aquatic centre on track
Bendigo Weekly
THE community fundraising campaign for Kangaroo Flat’s new $31 million aquatic centre is keeping pace with the construction of the centre on Browning Street. The Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise, charged with coordinating fundraising, has reported having raised close to $600,000 towa..
26-May-2017
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Mulder maintains innocent stance
Sharon Kemp
A DEFIANT Bendigo Health chief executive John Mulder says he is looking forward to the completion of a Bendigo Health board investigation into his behaviour. It is three months since Mr Mulder stood aside, during which he has collected more than $100,000 in wages and benefits. In a state..
19-May-2017
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CEO loss but stadium still on track
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Stadium Limited chief executive Jason Wallace has resigned. Mr Wallace’s departure comes as the business works to deliver a $22 million-dollar expansion of its West Bendigo arena and upgrade a second property that will provide a new source of income from pokies. Chairman Br..
19-May-2017
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Reno Rumble for a good cause
Bendigo Weekly
FANS of the popular Reno Rumble reality show will this weekend get the chance to visit the home made over by contestants on the show for Bendigo’s Johns family. The Johns family will open their stunning new-look home to the public for one day only, tomorrow Saturday, May 7. Beccky ..
06-May-2016
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NBN remains hot topic
Sharon Kemp
THE development of Greater Bendigo’s first digital strategy to take advantage of the NBN and completion of the Marong Precinct Structure Plan are among the key priorities of the updated 2016-17 City of Greater Bendigo Council Plan released for comment this week. Under the L..
06-May-2016
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Legend on second run
Bendigo Weekly
THE life and times of one of the region’s most enduring and popular personalities is proving to be a winner. Forbesy: The John Forbes Story celebrates the generosity and community spirit of John Forbes OAM, the former media and sports marketing executive who never forgot his country..
06-May-2016
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Dancers in the spotlight
Bendigo Weekly
FOUR classically trained ballet students from Bendigo’s performing arts and gymnastics academy have been accepted into the Victorian State Ballet’s performances of Don Quixote. Anna Bergin, Kiara Nickson, Thalia Kumlin and Jacob Weare all aged between 14 and 15 years are will be..
29-Apr-2016
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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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Festival fever
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 200 local retailers and businesses will take to the streets on December 5, when Bendigo’s inaugural Street Festival kicks off. Festival goers are being encouraged to “shop, explore, learn, taste and play” throughout central Bendigo’s different precincts, and..
27-Nov-2015
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Motorcyclists back on the toy run
Bendigo Weekly
Members of the Allies Motorcycle Club of Bendigo are again busy organising the annual Bendigo Motorcycle Toy Run, to be held Saturday, December 5. Previous toy runs have resulted in more than $50,000 of Christmas cheer being distributed to families in need throughout the community. Orga..
27-Nov-2015
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Institute renewed
Bendigo Weekly
THE California Gully Mechanics Institute is sporting a new look following a $240,000 upgrade. The building in School Street, California Gully dates back to 1853 and is owned by the City of Greater Bendigo council and managed and used by the Rotary Club of Eaglehawk. Council’s Andy ..
27-Nov-2015
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Weekly brings home the awards
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Weekly managing editor Peter Kennedy has paid tribute to the paper’s staff after the Weekly collected three major accolades at the annual Victorian Country Press Association awards held at San Remo. The Weekly was named winner of the award for journalism and overall newspaper e..
20-Nov-2015
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Bonnie at 100
Bendigo Weekly
By BRYLIE HARRIS THERE is no secret to becoming a centenarian according to local woman, Bonnie Reidy who celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday. Born on November 18, 1915 in Rushworth, Mrs Reidy spent her childhood on a farm where she milked the cows, churned butter and had to ..
20-Nov-2015
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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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Blues on a bender
Bendigo Weekly
Blues heavyweight Geoff Achison is no stranger to the Bendigo music scene, he’s been up the Calder more times than he can count, but this weekend will mark his first time in town for our famous Easter Festival. Don’t expect to see him running in the Dragon Mile or braving the car..
24-Mar-2016
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Music’s fine on Highway 79
Simon Wooldridge
Almost a late night footnote on the extensive Easter Blues Bender program is a new name on the Bendigo music scene, Highway 79. Good Friday at the Golden Vine sees the first public performance of this long-time-coming collaboration between Rattlin’ Bones Blackwood and Colin Thompson. ..
24-Mar-2016
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Barber and Bell together at the Vine
Simon Wooldridge
Two of Bendigo’s finest young talents will be belting out their bluesiest, rockingest best tomorrow night, Saturday, March 19, at the Golden Vine. Young guns Bill Barber and Frank Bell will set-up camp on a very special night for Barber when he launches his debut album, Thanks For You..
18-Mar-2016
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Moo lineup set to impress
Bendigo Weekly
TICKETS for Bendigo’s Groovin the Moo have sold out, but those with tickets have plenty to look forward to on April 30. Dylan Joel, equal parts poet, producer and lyricist. Ivan Ooze, possibly the only rapper who has borrowed his alias from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. ..
17-Mar-2016
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Rebecca the bees knees
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo born Rebecca Moore has just taken the lead role of Rona Peretti in Vic Theatre Company’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This is playing at the Southbank Theatre as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year. Since leaving Bendig..
17-Mar-2016
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Four Lions back Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
The rise and rise of Bendigo-based alt country outfit Four Lions matches the city’s growing reputation as a music hub. “Bendigo, I think, could be the Seattle of Victoria,” says songwriter and front man Shann Lions. “I would love Four Lions to be a band our town..
11-Mar-2016
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A Golden opportunity
Joel Peterson
GOLDEN Gully has a chance to realise a dream 17 years in the making this weekend when it faces Mandurang in the 2016/17 Emu Valley Cricket Association division one grand final at Ewing Park. The Cobras entered the league in 2000 and have largely been starved of success, winning just a single..
17-Mar-2017
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Déjà-Roo for BUCCs
Joel Peterson
KANGAROO Flat and Bendigo United will play for the second time in as many games when a fascinating Bendigo District Cricket Association finals series begins on Saturday. The Roos and Redbacks meet again – this time at Dower Park – while Eaglehawk hosts Strathdale Maristians in..
17-Mar-2017
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Footy highlights weekend feast
Joel Peterson
THE long weekend saw Bendigo play host to a feast of sport across several codes. The biggest event for the week was at the QEO, where 8399 fans flocked to see Essendon take on Geelong in the AFL’s JLT Community Series. Fittingly, the Cats got the cream after erasing a 40-point half..
17-Mar-2017
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Rivals meet in bowls decider
Joel Peterson
FOR the third straight season, Bendigo will meet Bendigo East in Sunday’s Bendigo Pennant Bowls division one grand final. East won through to the final in a thrilling clash with South Bendigo that went down to the final end, and will meet Bendigo in a rematch of the semi-fi..
17-Mar-2017
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Roos continue their winning ways
Bendigo Weekly
KANGAROO Flat has been crowned Victoria’s inaugural league challenge winners after a brilliant showing last weekend. The BFNL A-grade premiers of 2016, the Roos defeated Drouin in Sunday’s final 22-20. The tournament was the first that Netball Victoria has run, and invited pr..
17-Mar-2017
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Building on success
Bendigo Weekly
REIGNING Bendigo Football Netball League senior premier Sandhurst has joined forces with Metricon in a deal that will see the Queen Elizabeth Oval re-named for three years. Sandhurst football and netball home games from season 2017 will be played at Metricon QEO in a major partnership betwee..
17-Mar-2017
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A familiar voice
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
RADIO veteran Johnathan Ridnell, squirms at the realisation he is in his 28th year at ABC Radio. Ridnell currently holds the position of regional content manager in Bendigo after previous stints in Adelaide, Horsham and Mt Gambier. His successful career began at the Adelaide rural department..
22-May-2015
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Zara’s heartfelt fundraising effort
Dianne Dempsey
FUNDRAISING in the Bendigo region is not an uncommon occurrence, whether it be for cancer sufferers or charitable institutions. But when the Weekly received a hand written letter from 12-year-old Zara Smith telling us she wanted to raise $20,000 for the Heart Foundation she really made an impact. ..
15-May-2015
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Crunch time
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
Victorian Girl Guides will be out in droves for the next month, celebrating National Biscuit Day, which will be held tomorrow. The organisation is expecting to sell 570,000 packets of biscuits in the 57th year of the Australia-wide fundraiser. All profits made will go to funding local, n..
15-May-2015
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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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Cleared for take off
Rosemary Sorensen
The closure of the childcare centre is the first step towards re-establishing a functioning terminal at Bendigo Airport. “As the airport has continued to gather momentum and in the context of the redevelopment plans it was clear we needed to reclaim the building,” Greater Bendigo..
08-Feb-2013
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Bendigo’s silent night
Anthony Radford
Greater Bendigo council has admitted this year’s Christmas tree light-up event was cancelled to save money. On November 30, council announced the event would not go ahead because of “an unfortunate lack of sponsorship and fundraising support”. The event went ahead afte..
14-Dec-2012
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Fortuna tender opens
Rosemary Sorensen
Bendigo's grandest property has gone on the market as "marvellous opportunity … with exciting potential". Fortuna Villa has been in limbo since discussions for a potential "priority sale" involving the state government and Greater Bendigo council failed last year. The..
01-Nov-2012
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DESIGN EXPERTS WINS MAJOR AWARD
Bendigo Weekly
Design Experts of BENDIGO has won the prestigious Regional Development Victoria Business Achievement Award in the 2012 Regional Achievement and Community Awards. Design Experts won the Award from a strong field of nominees and was one of eight category winners announced on Saturday night 13th Octobe..
17-Oct-2012
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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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Weekend wonder
Marika McMahon
We Bendigonians know that our town is punching well above its weight in the food stakes but this will be clear to all given the amazing Bendigo events scheduled for this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The Bendigo part of the world’s longest lunch, under the trees in Ros..
24-Jan-2014
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Back to Mexico
Marika McMahon
The secret to a home made Mexican fiesta is to make sure you have an array of accompaniments. A bit of tomato, lime juice and coriander is all you need for a fresh salsa. If you can’t be bothered flinging that together, Bendigo Wholefoods has some great salsas. It’s also worth havin..
17-Jan-2014
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Wahaca’s magic
Bendigo Weekly
Whether it’s a hard day at the beach, the pool, the lake or the office in January, cooking dinner will probably be the last thing you want to do. When you’ve got that feeling this summer, a great fallback is the impressive Mexican section at Bendigo Wholefoods. The ongoing succ..
10-Jan-2014
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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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Images of the war
Dianne Dempsey
Unlike Gallipoli, there are relatively few images of Australian soldiers on the Western Front. While soldiers took cameras with them to Gallipoli they were forbidden to take them to France and Belgium. The British had decreed that only official photographs were allowed. This remarkable book..
24-Apr-2015
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Lifetime in fine art
Dianne Dempsey
Notebooks Betty Churcher Published 2011 With the recent news of Betty Churcher’s death at the age of 84, it is apposite to revisit probably her most poignant book. Betty Churcher was director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia and director of the National Gallery of..
02-Apr-2015
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Tales from the front
Dianne Dempsey
Between the Dances Jacqueline Dinan Serving their country as nurses, farmhands, munitions workers or members of the Defence forces, Australian women made an outstanding contribution to World War II. In this engaging book Jacqueline Dinan highlights stories told by over 300 women or t..
27-Mar-2015
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All things Irish
Dianne Dempsey
It was St Patrick’s day this week and sure and begorrah a couple of Irish themed titles have come across the desk. From the Bru to the Borough Dan O’Riordan Local writer Dan O’Riordan has written his self-published, heart-felt memoir of growing up in Ireland an..
20-Mar-2015
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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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