Secrecy cloaks mine reworking
Sharon Kemp
A 20-year veteran of the environmental review committee overseeing mining rehabilitation in Bendigo has described community consultation as the worst it has ever been, shrouded in secrecy and conducted without dignity. Mary Markey is a community representative for Kangaroo Flat and has decid..
07-Jul-2017
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Pollies have mixed views on first year
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO MP Lisa Chesters has marked the Coalition government’s past 12 months in office as a list of failures, but Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie claims the government’s focus has been to grow the nation’s economic base to create jobs, all the while managing the senate cro..
07-Jul-2017
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NBNco aims to improve
Sharon Kemp
NBNCo will bring community consultation specialists to Bendigo following complaints by local residents and businesses about lower speeds than they are paying for in packages promoted by broadband retailers. The government-owned broadband wholesaler will begin next quarter a road show that w..
07-Jul-2017
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Branson backs Sun Loong 750
Bendigo Weekly
WEDNESDAY morning’s ceremony to celebrate the first direct flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong may well have been Virgin Australia’s media event, but it turned out to be Bendigo’s morning. Billionaire Sir Richard Branson employed one of Bendigo’s much loved Chinese dra..
07-Jul-2017
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Spend falls on Bendigo's pokies
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’S electronic gaming machines losses are continuing to decline, despite an increase in the number of poker machines installed at 11 venues across the city. Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation data to the end of May shows gamblers in Bendigo splurged more than..
07-Jul-2017
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CEO's misconduct allegations aired
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Health chief executive John Mulder has heard the allegations of the hospital board after a four month investigation sparked by an anti-corruption watchdog report. The report in March accused Mr Mulder of misconduct. Mr Mulder was interviewed by lawyers representing Bendigo Healt..
30-Jun-2017
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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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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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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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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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Groovin wrap
Simon Wooldridge
Last Saturday, at two thirds of the way into autumn, it was interesting to see a pale orange glow emanating from so many tanned GTM punters. This year’s GTM was Bendigo’s eighth and another 15,000-odd sell-out. It’s a brave festival organiser who puts on such an eclec..
06-May-2016
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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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Young guns line up in under-18 clash
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S under-18 coach Jason Stevens is confident his side has what it takes to make a winning return to interleague play. The BFNL did not take a side to Gippsland last year, and when it last met Ballarat it was comfortably defeated by a side led by current Richmond live..
12-May-2017
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Netball returns to interleague schedule
Bendigo Weekly
A YOUNG side will carry Bendigo’s interleague netball hopes when it takes on Ballarat on Saturday. Bendigo did not field a netball side at an interleague level last season, forgoing the trip to Gippsland and targeting the Netball Victoria-run association championships instead. This..
12-May-2017
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BSSC holds on in school footy thriller
Joel Peterson
CATHOLIC College may have had the will, but Bendigo Senior had the way in Wednesday’s schools premier league grudge match at the QEO. The annual meeting between the schools is usually a hotly-contested encounter, and this year’s was no different. After CCB jumped out of the block..
12-May-2017
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A spike in results
Joel Peterson
STATE league volleyball returns to the Bendigo Stadium on Saturday when Phantoms hosts Monash University. Phantoms is the state league club comprised mainly of players from across western Victoria and has made Bendigo its base this season after striking a deal with Bendigo Stadium. The c..
12-May-2017
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Black's big Braves boost
Joel Peterson
THE return of Chante Black is an ominous sign for rival SEABL sides, with the Bendigo Lady Braves adding a key piece of the puzzle into an already in-form side. The Lady Braves disposed of the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence and Ballarat Rush last weekend to move to 5-1 and sit ato..
05-May-2017
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A captaincy conundrum
Joel Peterson
BEFORE last Saturday, Brett Fitzpatrick’s decision as to who would captain Bendigo in interleague was as simple as this: Is Jack Geary playing? Unfortunately, the answer to that question after last weekend is no, and leaves the Bendigo coach with a conundrum as to who will lead the ..
05-May-2017
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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