Bendigo a multicultural winner
Sharon Kemp
THE Victorian Multicultural Commission wants to hold up Bendigo as an example of how to respond to disruptive outside influences. Commission chair Helen Kapalos spoke to local leaders on Wednesday night while offering reassurance about the events unfolding in the US election. The former ..
11-Nov-2016
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Farewell the old, bring in the new
Sharon Kemp
A WEEK after they were elected, the new mix of City of Greater Bendigo councillors including seven first timers, seem to be getting along famously. They hugged and congratulated each other after being officially installed as representatives of the three municipal wards making up ..
11-Nov-2016
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Tractor factor a pull for show
Bendigo Weekly
The swap meet is on this weekend with a special focus that has real pulling power. It’s 60 years since two major tractor manufacturers merged to become Massey Ferguson, so tractors are very much to the fore. There are more than 1700 sites and the event attracts mo..
11-Nov-2016
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End of the road for caravan park
Sharon Kemp
More than 90 residents, most elderly and supported, will lose their homes after the Melbourne owner of land occupied by the City Central Caravan Park asked the leaseholders to close their business and remove all buildings, cabins and vans by March 2018. Christine and John Norman ..
11-Nov-2016
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Road work accelerates - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
MAJOR highway infrastructure will be lifted into place today, as construction continues on the Ravenswood Interchange The six 60-tonne beams form part of a bridge that will take Bendigo-bound traffic across Bullock Creek in work that has had bipartisan support at state and federal level. ..
04-Nov-2016
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Tech school a step closer
Bendigo Weekly
Two significant milestones in the development of Bendigo’s Tech School have paved the way for success. The Bendigo Tech School Strategic Charter has been assigned and Vincent Chrisp has been appointed to design the high-tech learning centre. The signing establishes the Bendigo Tech..
04-Nov-2016
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Foo Dongs reunited after auction chase
Bendigo Weekly
It was with some excitement that the director of the Golden Dragon Museum Anita Jack found a rare Foo Dong, or lion dog, for sale in the Theodore Bruce auction catalogue last month. “I was reading their ad in The Age and nearly choked on my coffee,” she laughed. “I real..
18-Mar-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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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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Police on the beat
Christine McGinn
POLICE are on the hunt for information about a robbery at the Long Gully Post Office on Saturday. A man wearing a balaclava entered the store, when they first opened, and fled with a quantity of cash. No weapon was sighted and no one was believed to be injured. A police spokesperson sai..
19-Jan-2015
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Ulumbarra concert for Augie March
Bendigo Weekly
Augie March is back from a six-year hiatus. The band has also quietly been creating a fifth studio album, Havens Dumb, in Hobart and Melbourne over the past three years. What’s more, the band plays the Ulumbarra Theatre next week. The band’s return to the live stage came..
10-Apr-2015
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Ward off on new track
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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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Spirit preseason gearing up
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Spirit’s preseason kicks off in earnest this weekend when the club plays the first of its practice matches against Melbourne in Ballarat. Import signing Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe arrived in Bendigo on Sunday, with the club only waiting on point guard Blake Dietrick to arrive fro..
16-Sep-2016
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Fitting end to season
Bendigo Weekly
By joel peterson AFTER dominating the South East Australian Basketball League all year, the Bendigo Braves broke through for an elusive national title last weekend. It was a fitting end to a dream season for the Braves, who not only won the biggest team prize in the country but dominate..
16-Sep-2016
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Young Hawks show no fear
Bendigo Weekly
EAGLEHAWK will not be scared of two-time reigning premier Strathfieldsaye when the sides meet in Sunday’s Bendigo Football Netball League do-or-die semi final. The Hawks have the equal second best record of any team since making the turn in round 10, going 8-2 over their games since th..
09-Sep-2016
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Bridgey's chance to make history
Joel Peterson
BRIDGEWATER will attempt to make Loddon Valley Football Netball League history on Saturday when it meets Mitiamo in the 2016 grand final. The Mean Machine are aiming for a record seventh straight premiership and again face the Superoos in a rematch of last year’s decider. Mitiamo w..
09-Sep-2016
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Rivalry fires up on biggest stage
Joel Peterson
DEPENDING on who you talk to, Bendigo and Mount Gambier either have a healthy respect for one another or it is perhaps a little more heated than either side is letting on. The Pioneers have been the side that has dominated the SEABL the past two seasons, but Bendigo has owned this year&rsquo..
09-Sep-2016
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Pioneers prove no easy task
Bendigo Weekly
MOUNT Gambier is a side that knows what big game pressure is all about. The Pioneers have won the last two SEABL titles, and have always come through in big games. They endured a chippy encounter against Hobart last week, in which two Pioneers players and Hobart coach Anthony Stewart wer..
09-Sep-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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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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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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Bread and wine
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16-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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