Housing site causes row
Sharon Kemp
AFTER attracting more than 100 objections, a medium-density housing development in East Bendigo will test the resolve of City of Greater Bendigo councillors on its compact city strategy. The council has marked the 2.6 hectares of land, bordered by Lansell and Lloyd streets and subject to Lan..
19-May-2017
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Council consistent on cottage
Sharon Kemp
A BATTLE has erupted over a dilapidated miner’s cottage on Marong Road that the City of Greater Bendigo wants to save because of its alignment to the road. The cottage described as “not a quick fixer upper” is deemed significant because it sets askew on the block to..
19-May-2017
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Bats have right to stay
Sharon Kemp
BATS swarming in Rosalind Park are likely to stay until spring and the City of Greater Bendigo faces fines of up to $7 million and imprisonment if it tries to move them on. Responding to a question at Wednesday night’s council meeting, mayor Margaret O’Rourke said the bats were a..
19-May-2017
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Course with a cause
Bendigo Weekly
Norma Tauiliili is visiting Bendigo from Samoa as part of a three-month agricultural scholarship. The Rotary Club of Bendigo is hosting Norma and she has gained experience on a number of properties in the Bendigo region and has started a certificate course at Bendigo TAFE. Norma works fo..
19-May-2017
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Bendigo Bank a winner in levy
Sharon Kemp
FEDERAL Treasurer Scott Morrison effectively endorsed regional and smaller banks including Bendigo and Adelaide Bank on budget night by imposing a levy upon the largest banks and advising customers to move their money if the big four passed on the new cost. The share price of Bendigo and Ade..
12-May-2017
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Recycle fix for dumpers
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO locals love being part of the city in the forest, but local and state authorities pay more than $180,000 a year cleaning up the waste we throw in our common backyard. If they took just the smallest effort, says Eaglehawk Recycle Shop manager Peter Buck, the cost would be reduced for..
12-May-2017
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A fitting memorial
Bendigo Weekly
For many years Dorothy Selina Hocking cut rather a dash about town. As the proprietress of Selina’s Salon she would never dream of being seen in public without being dressed to the nines and her hair coiffured. Dorothy’s husband, Arthur Hocking, was a World War II hero. With..
22-Apr-2016
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Auctions a positive high
Bendigo Weekly
Three auctions for three sales equals a massive vote in confidence for Bendigo’s commercial real estate market. That’s the feedback from local real estate firms Tweed Sutherland First National and Dungey Carter Ketterer following three high profile auctions in the Bendigo central..
22-Apr-2016
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Sundial back in spotlight
Bendigo Weekly
The Mackay Sundial first erected in 1930 as a tribute to the then president of the Red Cross Society has been reinstated after a 26-year absence. The sundial was originally outside the Soldier’s Memorial Hall in Pall Mall in recognition of Mary Henderson Mackay, a prominent Bendigo re..
22-Apr-2016
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Engineering the future but respecting the past
Sharon Kemp
What stirs a former mayor, the youngest in Bendigo at the time, and now an award-winning Melbourne-based engineer, when he revisits the goldfields city? Chris Stoltz says the heritage heart of Bendigo tweaks his heartstrings, particularly the grand trio of buildings on Pall Mall – the ..
22-Apr-2016
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Raising funds for Kangaroo Flat centre
Bendigo Weekly
THE fundraising partnership of Bendigo Community Health Services and Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise is set to benefit residents and businesses wishing to donate to the Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre. The legal status of the BCHS means the donations will be tax ded..
22-Apr-2016
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Windfall for Kalianna five years on
Sharon Kemp
More than $4 million to start rebuilding the run-down facilities of Kalianna Special School in North Bendigo is the next step in a two-year, parent-driven campaign to make the school a centre of excellence. On Monday, Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards told the Kalianna community in the school&rs..
22-Apr-2016
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Spirit of Anzac head to city
Bendigo Weekly
The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience comes to Bendigo this month. It is the key event in the Commonwealth’s commemorations and will visit 23 locations around Australia over the next 20 months. The Australian Government, the Australian War Memorial and the Department of Defence ..
20-Nov-2015
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Students gear up for trial
Bendigo Weekly
Catholic College Bendigo students from years seven to 12 have been busy preparing for the 25th running of the RACV Energy Breakthrough in Maryborough. The secondary teams events started today, with presentations and design and construction each adding 25 per cent to their overall score. ..
20-Nov-2015
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Liberated Leunig
Dianne Dempsey
Michael Leunig now spends his time between Melbourne and the north-east of Victoria, but he lived in the Daylesford district for many years and as such is familiar with Bendigo, a city of which he is very fond. “Of course I’ve heard about the anti-mosque agitation that has occurr..
13-Nov-2015
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For those who served
Laura Hurley
HUNDREDS gathered at the Soldiers Memorial on Pall Mall on Wednesday to commemorate Remembrance Day. Veterans, their families and friends, students and community leaders alike laid wreaths at the memorial, and observed a minute’s silence at 11am to remember those who have served in war..
13-Nov-2015
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Golden start for the pool
Bendigo Weekly
CELEBRATING their third season as a community run pool, volunteers and swimmers are gearing up to officially open the gates of the Golden Square Community Pool tomorrow. The pool, which was saved from closure in 2013, is reopening with free entry from 10am, as well as a sausage sizzle and li..
13-Nov-2015
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New look for hall
Bendigo Weekly
Stage one conservation works worth around $295,000 are well under way at the Bendigo Town Hall and remain on track to be completed by January next year. These works include the restoration of the balcony and portico roof, flagpole replacement and associated structural repairs, bird proofing ..
13-Nov-2015
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Jack will be Groovin with the kids
Joel Peterson
LOCAL band Jack And The Kids will feature alongside some of music’s biggest names at this year’s Groovin The Moo concert in Bendigo. The four-piece indie outfit was this week announced as the winners of the Triple J Unearthed competition for the sold out Bendigo leg of the festiv..
11-Mar-2016
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It’s an outright lie
Bendigo Weekly
Alawishus Jones and his rag-tag rhythm section, The Outright Lies, are launching their first CD together as a band this weekend. It’s an EP of original songs that will give more than a little hint of what’s to come on their forthcoming album when its released later this year or e..
03-Mar-2016
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Showcase sets the scene for blues festival
Simon Wooldridge
There’s a very big Sunday in store at the Rifle Brigade Hotel this weekend with the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival’s first Showcase event of the year. The Festival, now in its sixth year, just keeps growing. Starting at noon, 16 acts will grace two stages over eight hou..
26-Feb-2016
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John Grossman Project
Simon Wooldridge
Wander the streets of Bendigo’s CBD regularly and sooner or later you’ll run into John Grossman. Rock up to the Taphouse, Golden Vine or one of many other local venues and sooner or later you’ll see the impassive Grossman on stage, caressing sweet sounds out of one of his ..
19-Feb-2016
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Midweek Blues at the weekend
Simon Wooldridge
Midweek Blues, a five-piece Bendigo outfit, is starting to build some serious momentum on the local live scene. Hailing from various corners of Victoria but now all settled in Bendigo, Mick Sheahan, Jayd Ingles, John Northfield, Steve Osborne and Paul Robins have comfortably transitioned fr..
12-Feb-2016
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Sisters are doing it
Steve Kendall
The McClymonts will be in Bendigo in July as one of 10 live dates celebrating 10 years of hits. Since releasing their self-titled debut EP in 2006, Brooke, Sam and Mollie have produced 19 charting singles, gold albums, multiple awards and sold out shows across Australia and the..
05-Feb-2016
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Braves gear up for title defence
Joel Peterson
THINGS are kicking into gear for the Bendigo Braves, but not quite everything has gone to plan for the reigning South East Australian Basketball League champions. Import Dyami Starks and Australian guard Adam Doyle arrived in town recently and are training with the club, but the Braves are s..
10-Mar-2017
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Thunder joins forces with Tigers
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Thunder will have players train with Richmond and play selected games at Punt Road Oval under a new partnership with the powerful AFL club. Tigers president Peggy O’Neal and Thunder coach Cherie O’Neill announced the deal on Channel Nine last Sunday. It was broker..
10-Mar-2017
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Four for finals fight
Joel Peterson
A FIERCELY-contested Emu Valley Cricket Association finals series kicks off this weekend. The 2016/17 grand final will, for the sixth straight year, feature one of top side United and Mandurang, who play at Ewing Park, while the weekend’s other game sees second-placed Golden Gully up a..
10-Mar-2017
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Bulls close in on three-peat
Joel Peterson
THE Bridgewater Bulls are closing in on a hat-trick of Upper Loddon Cricket Association premierships, heading into tomorrow’s final day of the ULCA grand final against Kingower in a dominant position. The Bulls cracked 309 batting first at Bridgewater on day one, with Josh Hann and Jay..
10-Mar-2017
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City faces coaching search amid relegation fight
Joel Peterson
THE instability that has been the hallmark of Bendigo City FC has again reared its head as the club scrambles to avoid relegation from the National Premier Leagues Victoria competition. Srecko Baresic Nikic, appointed late last year as City’s 2017 coach, tendered his resignation on Mon..
07-Mar-2017
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BFNL recruits in focus
Joel Peterson
WITH the 2017 season a little over a month away, the player movement for Bendigo Football league clubs is picking up at a rapid rate of knots. Last season’s defending premier Sandhurst was dealt a blow this week, with young premiership defender James Coghlan filing a clearance to join ..
03-Mar-2017
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Karlee fights back
Bendigo Weekly
Karlee Thorpe isn’t sure if she will be able to run or walk the four kilometres in this year’s Mother’s Day Classic but of this one thing she is sure – she is so happy she will be there. Sixteen months ago Karlee was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. T..
17-Apr-2015
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Training time is running out
Bendigo Weekly
The Mothers Day Classic is now just over three weeks away, but there’s still plenty of time to get active and start training ahead of the big day. The annual event requires you to walk or run around a four kilometre or eight km course at Strathdale’s Beischer Park in support of..
10-Apr-2015
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How can he be back from the dead?
Bendigo Weekly
By Gordon Lingard Rector at St Luke’s White Hills and St Clements Anglican Huntly This is what Easter is ultimately about and what makes Easter so different. Isn’t it? A man, who claims to be God, (which is different in itself) comes back to life. Not something that&rsq..
02-Apr-2015
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Prepare for a classic
Bendigo Weekly
The Mother’s Day Classic is now just eight weeks away, so it’s time to brush off those runners because it’s going to be a great event for the whole family to get involved in. There will be fun, fitness and family time while supporting a great cause in raising funds for br..
20-Mar-2015
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Top awards for equine nurses
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo vet nurse Clare Wheatley has earned two major awards at the Wangaratta GoTAFE Animal Studies graduation ceremony. Bendigo Equine Hospital vet and practice co-owner Sarah Jalim said the equine hospital had two nurses graduate on the night with their Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursi..
13-Mar-2015
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Opinion
Bendigo Weekly
By LISA CHESTERS Federal Member for Bendigo Respect is a word that can only be demonstrated by one’s behaviour. This is behaviour we teach children from an early age: respect each other as you wish to be respected yourself. I believe it is why some many of us have been left angr..
06-Mar-2015
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Make Over makes a cash difference
Bendigo Weekly
THE inaugural Girls Biggest Ever Make Over has proved a massive success, raising $23,230 in support of Ovarian Cancer Australia. Held at the Bendigo Day Surgery complex on Chum Street, last Friday’s event saw more than 100 women enjoy a night of pampering, bubbles and networking all in the..
20-Jul-2012
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Hub expands community enterprise
Bendigo Weekly
The community grocer at the Hub in Eaglehawk has been open a month, and already it's made a difference. "We've had a 40 per cent increase in turnover," Bendigo Access Employment chief executive Michael Langdon said today at the official launch. "With the closest supermarket more than 2km..
15-May-2012
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Bendigo businesses step out to help
Bendigo Weekly
A GROUP of Bendigo businesses are again doing their bit for an African charity. The Athlete’s Foot, VMG Accounting, For Feet Sake Podiatry and Bendigo Wholefoods are all donating a percentage of takings today to the School of St Jude in Tanzania. The school began in 2002 when Australian Ge..
04-May-2012
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Healthy future for hospitals
Bendigo Weekly
St John of God Finance manager Peter Trendos. In essence, the roll out of NBN in Greater Bendigo will provide improved bandwidth to St John of God Bendigo Hospital at what we expect will be more competitive pricing. This improved bandwidth will enable to the hospital to provide better acce..
27-Apr-2012
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Jobs go at Sleep City
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO'S Sleep City and Everyday Living store at the Rocklea Homemaker Centre at Kangaroo Flat has closed its doors and six staff have been made redundant. Administrators of the store's parent company Furniture and Bedding Concepts, PwC announced the closure as p[art pf the ongoing wind-do..
16-Apr-2012
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NBN means business
Bendigo Weekly
THE announcement of the National Broadband Network was greeted almost universally with relief and optimism around the city. Over the next few weeks, the Bendigo Weekly will look at the reactions across the city’s big and small business, education and health sectors to find out what it means ..
05-Apr-2012
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Herb heroes
Bendigo Weekly
One of the reasons behind the Food Fossickers page is to showcase what fabulous food products we have in the Bendigo area, demonstrate how they are used in local restaurants and encourage you to try them at home. A hero of the local food scene has to be B & B Basil. I’ve seen thei..
22-Nov-2013
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Local food industry insider
Bendigo Weekly
Ever wanted to know what the story is behind that dish you order all the time? Why your favourite restaurant chooses certain ingredients? What’s going to be the next big thing on the Bendigo food scene? What’s something new you should add to your repertoire? Ma..
31-Oct-2013
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Meet the maker
Vicki Harrington
McIvor Farm Foods Belinda and Jason Hagan must be a marriage made in pig heaven. Thanks to a mutual friend, the pig fanciers were introduced several years ago and have been hamming it up ever since. Belinda, who hailed from Geelong, studied agricultural science specialising in animal nut..
25-Oct-2013
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Culinary questions
Bendigo Weekly
Our first food related questions answered by chef Sonia Anthony. Send your questions to foodfossickers@bendigoweekly.com.au Q: What is the best way to get the crackling on pork crisp and crunchy? A: The key is to remove any excess liquid/moisture with a paper towel. Use sea salt flak..
24-Oct-2013
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Mexican Craving
Vicki Harrington
MasterChef 2012 finalist Ben Milbourne put his love of Mexican cooking to the test during his time on the cooking show and has now taken it to another level with his book Mexican Craving due for release next week. With his modern twist on the traditional food, easy-to-follow directions and plenty ..
24-Oct-2013
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Unhealthy health foods
Bendigo Weekly
Dr Megan Kruger, chiropractor with n8 health, looks at some of the worst food offenders . . . You might be surprised to learn your favorite go-to healthy snack is doing you more harm than good. With so many foods now being marketed as health foods it can be difficult to know which are and whi..
24-Oct-2013
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Ruth, or is it Barbara?
Dianne Dempsey
We lost PD James last November and it was disarming to learn a few weeks ago that the other doyen of mystery writers, Ruth Rendell, has suffered a major stroke and remains critically ill. Like P D James, Rendell was not only prolific but a reliably good read and like James she combined murde..
13-Feb-2015
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Mockingbird revisited
Dianne Dempsey
Discovering that a new novel will be published by Harper Lee is equivalent to discovering the existence of an unknown brother or sister. Lee’s first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was published in 1962 and has since garnered millions of adoring fans. Time after time it has been identifie..
06-Feb-2015
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Writing with Alice Pung
Dianne Dempsey
One of the special events coming to the Bendigo library is an author talk and writing workshop with Alice Pung on Monday, February 2. The daughter of Cambodian refugees who survived the Khmer Rouge, Ms Pung’s previous books were both autobiographical. This, her latest book, is a novel fo..
30-Jan-2015
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Summer reading
Dianne Dempsey
For many readers, holidays are a time for catching up on that pile of books that have accumulated on the bedside table. But this Christmas I struggled in my quest to find that magical book which would transport me far from away Bendigo’s relentless days of heat. Part of the problem I ..
23-Jan-2015
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Kindling a future for a paper book
Julie Proudfoot
Has all the talk about e-books superseding paper books died down now? I think it has. I’m a big fan of e-books, I bought my first e-reader in 1998. It was 40 millimetres thick, and too heavy to hold. I’d drop it on my face every five minutes. I think I’ve permanentl..
16-Jan-2015
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Weaving the story
Sam Kane
When only three-years old Maggie Jackson and her family set sail from Ireland for Australia. She says in her charming book she knew even then they would be encountering an unknown lifestyle. A Woven Cloth of Life tells the rich story of family, and the love which can be created through..
09-Jan-2015
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