$1m reward on offer
Sharon Kemp
LYNNE Ireland, the sister of Bendigo teenager Maureen Braddy who went missing 49 years ago, wants to give her sibling the burial she deserves. Police are appealing to the public again, and offering a $1 million reward, for information about the disappearance of Ms Braddy, who was 16, and ..
27-Jan-2017
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Education under review
Sharon Kemp
THE Bendigo Education Plan will be reviewed this year and a new plan set for the next decade of public secondary education as enrolment figures show the model has swung out of balance with one junior secondary college almost three times the size of any of the other three colleges. At the ..
26-Jan-2017
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$1 million reward for information about 49-year-old Bendigo case
Sharon Kemp
POLICE believe someone in Bendigo has information about the disappearance of two teenagers in California Gully 49 years ago. Up to $1 million is being offered for information about Maureen Braddy, who was 16, and her 17-year-old friend Allan Whyte who were last seen leaving a YMCA dance in M..
23-Jan-2017
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New warning from Crime Stoppers
Sharon Kemp
THE heat can create opportunities of the worse kind, according to Crime Stoppers. Residents are being advised to report unsafe behaviour that could lead to a fire being lit. They are also asked to be on the look out for any suspicious solicitation by tradespeople. Crime Stoppers Vict..
20-Jan-2017
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Anxiety over debt errors
Sharon Kemp
ROBERT is still demoralised by the six weeks he spent correcting debt collectors about a $2500 Centrelink debt he was told before Christmas he owed. He said he had almost come to the end of the paperwork after discovering himself the error was due to a name change of a former employer. ..
20-Jan-2017
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Volunteers are citizen winners
Sam Kane
VOLUNTEER Garth Keech and refugee activist Khayshie Tilak Ramesh have this week been named as Bendigo’s Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year for 2017 – a call neither were expecting from mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke. “It was pretty stunning... I was a little bit sho..
20-Jan-2017
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Green vision for Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale joined around 30 local business and community leaders at a forum on Saturday afternoon to discuss the Greens’ vision for Bendigo. “Bendigo is a community that has an opportunity to thrive in helping Australia shift to a low-pollution ec..
07-Apr-2016
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People like me
Bendigo Weekly
By Skye Kinder Growing up in Bendigo, I knew it would be difficult to attend medical school. I went to a local public school, and I was the first in my family to go to university. I had a passion for rural health that I wanted to pursue, and I wasn’t entirely sure how to do tha..
01-Apr-2016
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Step up for the Million Paws Walk
Bendigo Weekly
RSPCA’S Million Paws Walk organisers are hoping a record 2200 paws will pad around Lake Weerona during this year’s fundraiser on Sunday, May 15. If you know your maths, that‘s 550 dogs assuming most have four legs, and will be a record participation for Bendigo. The fun..
01-Apr-2016
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Interchange unveiled
Bendigo Weekly
HARGREAVES Mall’s new bus interchange was unveiled this week, but the $300,000 project’s real time service information is not yet in action. The construction was completed this week, but the brand new real time screens, known as Passenger Information Displays (PID) simply display..
01-Apr-2016
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NBN technology takes golden leap
Bendigo Weekly
IN a huge turnaround of recent timeline predictions, Bendigo is heading into the NBN future with the help of some old technology. The former poppet heads of Bendigo’s golden past will become the bases for masts and equipment for the National Broadband Network, finally bringing high spe..
01-Apr-2016
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Sue puts her feet up
Bendigo Weekly
CARER Sue Gray is finally calling it a day. She has been working in family day care in Eaglehawk for 31 years and estimates she has looked after up to 60 children in her time. Before Family Day Care, Sue worked in the catering department at Bendigo’s St John of God Hospital for 28 ..
01-Apr-2016
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New home for Radius
Laura Hurley
The Morley Johnson Building will soon become the heart of Radius Disability Services, with a number of enterprises expected to have set up shop on the ground floor by the end of October. Billies and Birdies cafe and the Rags and Riches retail outlet will form part of Morley’s Emporium,..
11-Sep-2015
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Days on the market fall
Bendigo Weekly
There are a number of market indicators which chart the state wide, and local, performance of the property sector. This includes the average length of time that homes in each town or city take to sell, known as median days on market. The latest REIV data shows a number of regional towns acr..
28-Aug-2015
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Collectors back on show
Steve Kendall
THE Annual Arms and Collectables Show returns next weekend. It’s a timely reminder as a winner from last year returns with his antique clocks. Les Lewis from Strathfieldsaye has a fascinating collection, what’s more, as well as collecting them he is also talented enough to b..
14-Aug-2015
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Red rebels gear up for a rebellion
Bendigo Weekly
Although it happened well over 160 years ago the Red Ribbon Rebellion was a turning point in Bendigo’s colourful gold rush history. Originally held in 1853, this peaceful protest march was directed against the payment of what the diggers called a tax – a licence fee for the right..
10-Aug-2015
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Rifle alight
Bendigo Weekly
ABOUT 120 Rifle Brigade Hotel patrons were evacuated on Friday night after a fire started in the chimney. Five CFA appliances including a specialised ladder vehicles were called to the fire about 10.30pm. CFA senior station officer Darren Eenjes said residue had built up in the flue of t..
06-Jul-2015
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Search for missing Craigieburn man
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are searching for a 35-year-old Craigieburn man in the Knowsley State Forest this morning. Chris Lieutier was last seen riding a red quad bike in the forest near Axedale near McIvor Highway after 2.30pm on Sunday. Police are concerned for Mr Lieutier’s welfare as he has cere..
06-Jul-2015
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Blues tram returns
Bendigo Weekly
This Saturday at 2pm the Blues Tram will roll again. On board and playing to please will be Luke Watt and Cass. Make the most of your Saturday afternoon in picturesque Bendigo by riding the rails on a vintage tram while incredibly talented and engaging musicians entertain you. Watt ..
21-Aug-2015
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Tales of the high life
Steve Kendall
Michael Veitch’s life-long obsession with the aircraft of World War II led him to conclude that every single person who flew, or flew in them, has at least one extraordinary story to tell. With most of these veterans at least in their 80s, he knew that it was a matter of urgency to find ..
14-Aug-2015
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Bank on your music success
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne Music Bank is calling on Bendigo musicians and bands to submit an original song for a chance to win the ultimate kick-starter pack for a career in music. This is a chance for local musos to break into the music industry. The winner will receive a toolkit for success, comprisi..
07-Aug-2015
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Bands set to battle
Bendigo Weekly
It’s time to plug in your amplifier and switch on the microphone – the FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands competition is back for 2015. The event takes place today at St Andrew’s Hall in Myers Street, Bendigo. Ten local acts have registered for the annual event, which ..
31-Jul-2015
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David Bowie uncovered
Bendigo Weekly
David Bowie is forever changing and always ahead of his time. After deciding to do a school project on him, I soon discovered that I was fascinated by both Bowie’s music and his image – something that never stayed the same. Being 15, I am often questioned about this fascination..
24-Jul-2015
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Colleen's back in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO girl Colleen Hewett will perform her Black & White tour to her hometown this October. Legendary Ms Hewett will take to the Ulumbarra Theatre stage to share her chart-topping new album, Black and White. “I’m so excited to be going home,” she said. ..
17-Jul-2015
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Tayla hits the top flight
Joel Peterson
SHE is no stranger to making breakthroughs with the ball, but for seven months Tayla Vlaeminck had to keep the biggest breakthrough in her promising cricket career a secret. As she walked out of her year 12 chemistry exam on Tuesday and checked her phone, she quickly discovered the sec..
11-Nov-2016
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Coaches to receive tips from the best
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL football and netball coaches will have a chance to learn from some of the best in the business later this month at a conference conducted by AFL Central Victoria and La Trobe University. Carlton assistant Dale Amos will lead a group of Blues coaches at the event, while Melbourne ..
11-Nov-2016
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Gerrans heads top crit field
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of Australia’s premier road cyclists, Orica BikeExchange’s Simon Gerrans, will line up in Harcourt on Friday night as part of a star-studded local field for the 2016 Maap Tour de Bress Criterium. Gerrans is a former Tour de France yellow jersey wearer and stage winner, ..
11-Nov-2016
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Spirit turn pink for rivalry clash
Joel Peterson
THEY are in red-hot form, and the Bendigo Spirit will sport new pink jerseys this weekend in support of the OTIS Foundation when they tackle arch-rivals Townsville at Bendigo Stadium. Bendigo has won its last three games, including a win over Townsville in Queensland, and sits atop the ta..
11-Nov-2016
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Building on footy growth
Joel Peterson
WOMEN’S football in Victoria will have a vastly different look next year, after AFL Victoria announced it would decentralise its operations of the Victorian Women’s Football League and set up community women’s competitions across the state. It comes almost a week after th..
11-Nov-2016
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Spirit back on track ahead of Caps clash
Joel Peterson
IT has been hard to gauge just where the Bendigo Spirit is at in the opening weeks of the Women’s National Basketball League season, but if last weekend is any indication they may be the competition’s team to beat. Bendigo had just about as good a weekend as you could hope for in t..
04-Nov-2016
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Girls wanna have 50s fun
Steve Kendall
THE 1950s was the era of rock ‘n’ roll and great cars, and of course the bombshells. Two Bendigo waitresses have taken history in hand and spend a lot of their time dressing and living the 50s dream, and this Valentine’s Day will be representing our city in Ballarat. Go..
30-Jan-2015
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Cats still roaming
Steve Kendall
LOVE them or hate them, one thing’s for sure about cats, they know how to hunt and wander. On the plus side, cats kill mice, rabbits and rats, but they will also kill native wildlife in alarming numbers, spray, howl and roam. When the City of Greater Bendigo council introduced a cat ..
23-Jan-2015
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Sharing the culture
Dianne Dempsey
When Sylvia Pham came to Bendigo in January 2014, the imperative was to educate her daughters Kelly 16, and Alyssa 12, in a congenial city and have the experience of an Anglo Saxon culture. She describes her husband Lucas Lai as a “fly in, fly out” father as he continues to sup..
13-Jan-2015
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A Christmas wish: good mental health for everyone
Bendigo Weekly
Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett has written his Christmas wish-list, outlining how all Australians can promote good mental health over the festive season. “Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it can be lonely and stressful for some people, potentially triggering symptoms of depr..
19-Dec-2014
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Sisters in on the act
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Bendigo South East Secondary College were in an ugly mood for their production this week, but their version of Cinderella had a happy ending. Months of hard work came to fruition for more than 100 Bendigo South East Secondary College students and staff this week, with the debu..
21-Nov-2014
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Sustainabilty group holds forum
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Sustainability Group’s climate election forum on Tuesday evening at St Paul’s hall attracted a audience keen to hear presentations from the Liberal, Labor, Greens and Sex Party candidates. The need for climate action was explained by James Wight of Precariousclimate...
12-Nov-2014
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Go with the flow
Rosemary Sorensen
Water – a dry topic, you’d think. But the new chairman of Coliban Water sets to explaining the corporation and its objectives with a zeal that is infectious. Bubbling like a spring creek, Andrew Cairns takes to the topic enthusiastically. That’s not..
20-Oct-2011
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BOOMING
Rosemary Sorensen
Central Victoria will boom on the back of the introduction of a carbon tax in Australia, according to a prominent Bendigo company director. “The carbon tax has already had a positive impact on what we’re doing,” Australian Turntable Company and Eco Villages Wo..
20-Oct-2011
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TRUCK CONTRACT DELAYED
Bendigo Weekly
IT looks like no decision will be made on Thales’ bid for the lucrative LAND 121 Phase 4 defence contract before Christmas. Under questioning from Bendigo-based Nationals Senrator Bridget McKenzie, Defence Materiel Organisation acting chief executive officer confirmed the decision, del..
20-Oct-2011
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Wireless the way
Anthony Radford
BENDIGONIANS are connecting to the internet via their wireless devices in astonishing numbers. With smart phones, tablets and wireless internet connection technology taking off, locals are going along for the ride. Data used by locals through Telstra’s 3G netw..
30-Sep-2011
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Electric car man is well switched on
Rosemary Sorensen
When his electric car business in New South Wales kept coming up against political speed-humps, Ross Blade looked south. His battles to make the Blade Electron Australia’s home-grown car for the future continue, but the Castlemaine-based teacher-turned-innovator is determined n..
22-Sep-2011
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Fairfax Media books $401 million loss
Anthony Radford
Fairfax Media Limited has reported a loss of $400.9 million for the past financial year. The company says the result represents a decrease of 1.8 per cent on last year and is ''slightly above market consensus''. Shares in Fairfax Media, publishers of the Bendigo Advertiser, surged..
26-Aug-2011
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Moving feasts
Bendigo Weekly
Thanks to a unique composting network between a local restaurant and Bendigo’s Peppergreen Farm, one man’s kitchen scraps now become another’s fresh produce, so to speak. Originally a Chinese market garden until the 1950s, the farm became a plant nursery and is now a community pa..
19-Sep-2013
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More gold for Salute Olivia
Bendigo Weekly
Regional producers are back in the winner’s circle this week with Boort olive growers Marlies and Peter Eicher of Salute Olivia named the top performing Victorian producer in the table olives category at the recent Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards. This year, the Eichers took home gold, silv..
12-Sep-2013
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Cheers for Sangria
Vicki Harrington
After months of planning, renovating and recruiting, owners Gary and Ann-Maree Davis are excited to announce the opening of their Sangria Spanish Tapas Bar on Friday, September 13. Earlier this week they took time off from the last-minute preparations to introduce their team. Head chef Pa..
06-Sep-2013
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Growth plan
Vicki Harrington
Teachers, educators and community members representing 35 local schools and early childhood services across Greater Bendigo came together last Thursday for the Kids Growing Food Forum. The event was for people to learn practical information and share ideas on what it takes to develop and create ..
29-Aug-2013
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Food security
Bendigo Weekly
Stories of the hardships and heartbreak Victorian farmers, growers and producers are suffering are rife at the moment. One group prepared to do something about their situation is the the Goulburn Valley Food Cooperative group. Les Cameron, chairman of the GVFC said: “We started on this jou..
22-Aug-2013
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Paddock to the plate
Bendigo Weekly
St Francis in the Fields school’s environmental sustainability program continues to expand in droves with their pig population going from just two sows a year ago to reaching double figures this year. “Our students work with all of our farm animals as daily feeders and cleaning out th..
16-Aug-2013
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Gallipoli Eyewitness
Bendigo Weekly
Review by WAYNE PROUDFOOT Gallipoli Eyewitness The diaries and photographs of Lieutenant Gerald Moore Gibson by Robert Gibson and Steve Kendall “The whole earth is ploughed by the exploding shells and the holes are filled with water, and if ..
26-Sep-2014
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The troubles revisited
Dianne Dempsey
As far as publishing goes, local writers are increasingly doing it for themselves. Against the Wind by James O’Brien is in part a memoir set in Dublin and England and an historical record of the troubles. O’Brien’s long held view is that it was necessary to remove the gun from..
19-Sep-2014
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Murder by the book
Bendigo Weekly
What Came Before By Anna George Viking $29.99 When Dave and Elle meet, an instant and dynamic romance begins. They both revel in what Elle describes as Limerence – the euphoria of romantic attraction – and dream of long term plans. But Elle is a romantic comedy script wr..
12-Sep-2014
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A Bendigo tale
Bendigo Weekly
Girls in our Town is the first novel from author Dianne Dempsey. Ms Dempsey launched her debut novel at the 2014 Bendigo Writers Festival a very apt venue with the story based in Bendigo. Ms Dempsey knows her way around the literary world having worked as a freelance journalist, scriptwriter..
22-Aug-2014
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Book sales indicate a top writers festival
Bendigo Weekly
ONE fair indication of a successful writers festival is that the books go flying out the door. For Harry Hart and his staff from Dymocks who were set up in the Capital Theatre last weekend, those books had wings. “Our sales were up by 40 per cent from last year’s festival,” ..
15-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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