No easy fix for caravan park land
Sharon Kemp
THE question of what will replace the Central City Caravan Park after more than 90 permanent residents are kicked out has become more urgent with the revelation three quarters of the land is subject to flooding and is zoned for special tourism use. North Central Catchment Management Autho..
20-Jan-2017
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Park resident heads for VCAT
Sharon Kemp
TONY Pumpa is vowing to stay on at his home at the Central City Caravan Park despite a 12-month notice to vacate, and is taking the landowner and the caravan park owner to VCAT. The retired safety consultant has lived at the park for more than 16 years and claims he has neither a fixed no..
20-Jan-2017
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Aspire to kick off precinct plan
Bendigo Weekly
SUPPORTERS of the proposed $15 million Aspire Precinct to be established at the foot of Bendigo’s iconic Sacred Heart Cathedral have vowed to forge ahead, despite the project failing so far to secure federal government funding. Planning works are almost complete, with preliminary works..
13-Jan-2017
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Bendigo trains least punctual
Joel Peterson
V/LINE hopes to continue to improve punctuality on the Bendigo line after figures released this week showed the punctuality of Bendigo line services in 2016 was well below the 92 per cent target and the worst of V/Line’s three main regional commuter lines. Just 83.4 per cent of service..
13-Jan-2017
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NBN starts to roll out
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 3700 homes and businesses in urban areas of Bendigo can now connect to the NBN as work on Australia’s biggest infrastructure project continues to roll out across the city.NBN Victorian spokesman Michael Moore said work to connect a further 33,000 remaining premises was un..
13-Jan-2017
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When time stood still
Dianne Dempsey
Bendigo citizens who have wished that time could stand still had their dream come true on Monday when the former Bendigo Post Office clock stopped. For more than 24 hours the time was 5.10 and we were given an extra day of life. But the man in charge of time in Bendigo, Stephen Young, cl..
13-Jan-2017
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Focus on nurses for Mother's Day Classic
Bendigo Weekly
NURSES have the opportunity to swap their scrubs for pink wigs and shirts at the Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic, Australia’s largest breast cancer fundraiser, on Sunday, May 8. On Mother’s Day, more than 100,000 Australians will walk or run to help fund breast cance..
01-Apr-2016
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Door open for input
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo wants input from the community as part of the development of a new township planning document for Marong. The Marong Township Structure Plan will help guide future land rezoning and the development of road networks, open space and facilities. It will also form the..
01-Apr-2016
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Uniting Church returns to auction
Sharon Kemp
The on-again, off-again auction of Golden Square’s historic Uniting Church is back on again, scheduled for the end of April, this time as a stand-along building separate from the adjoining manse that sold last year. But the 163-year-old church continues to attract controversy over its ..
31-Mar-2016
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For the environment
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 100 people attended last Friday’s Bendigo Sustainability Awards to acknowledge local champions of the environment and community. Guest speaker Phillip Johnson wowed the audience with images of his garden designs, including his Best in Show garden at the 2013 Chelsea Flower Sh..
24-Mar-2016
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Bendigo's guide to all good things
Bendigo Weekly
IT’S the pocket guide to all things retail and hospitality in Greater Bendigo and the surrounding region. It’s also the much anticipated 2016/17 Bendigo Dining and Shopping Guide, just released in time for Easter, school holidays and the hugely successful Marilyn Monroe exhibitio..
24-Mar-2016
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Corvettes paint the town red
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Easter Festival plays host to the 28th National Corvette Convention this weekend with plenty of US muscle cars on show. Corvettes of Melbourne and Vic Vettes have banded together to bring their special cars and members to the city for a Show and Shine on Saturday. But you ar..
24-Mar-2016
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Fake $100 bills
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are urging shopkeepers to remain alert as $100 counterfeit notes are being presented across Bendigo. A woman is known to have attempted to use the counterfeit money twice to buy items of little value, leave with the purchased items and keep the authentic money. Police said the notes ..
19-May-2015
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Near miss
Bendigo Weekly
EMERGENCY services were called to Bendigo Airport this morning after smoke began bellowing from a light aircraft. The pilot conducted the air traffic control before safely descending to the runway. Paramedics checked the three occupants, who were cleared from injury...
19-May-2015
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Three-injured in crash
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are investigating a crash in California Gully after three men were taken to hospital this morning. Officers were on routine patrol when they saw a car with no registration plates just before 3am. Bendigo police attempted to intercept the vehicle but the driver refused to pull over so t..
19-May-2015
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Cars collide in Kennington
Bendigo Weekly
By BRIDGETTE BARRY-MURPHY Three cars collided on Sternberg Street in Kennington just after 4pm today. A Ford Falcon ute ran into the rear of a Holden Commodore pushing it into a van. The driver of the first vehicle, a van, is believed to have driven off. ..
11-May-2015
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Eaglehawk man blows 0.217
Christine McGinn
An Eaglehawk man was caught driving more than four times over the legal blood-alcohol limit last night. The 59-year old man was seen driving at 30 kilometres an hour on the 50km/h Victoria Street in Eaglehawk at 7.50pm. The man hesitated to take off when the lights changed from red to green, ..
05-May-2015
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Police call for witnesses
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for witnesses after a local man was hospitalised with a serious head injury. Antony James Woodward walked into the One Tree Hill Hotel on Retreat Road in Spring Gully on Friday April 10 about 2.45pm. Workers at the hotel, who know Anto..
20-Apr-2015
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The return of Cass
Bendigo Weekly
BY MAT CHURCHILL Performing a song with a plea to sober up at a pub named The Drunken Poet may not immediately endear you with patrons. But Cassie Ward and Bianca Maes, who form the talented duo Cass are discovering a rich vein of new opportunities and new fans since their move fr..
17-Jul-2015
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Clean sweep for Mary
Dianne Dempsey
Sitting in the audience of the matinee performance Mary Poppins last Saturday, I was as equally enchanted by the transfixed expressions of the children as with the actual production itself. Around me were hundreds of children (and adults) who for the first time had the experience of seein..
17-Jul-2015
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Floyd experienced
Nick Atyeo
Hundreds of appreciative music fans enjoyed an evening of familiar guitar riffs from the combined brilliance of Pink Floyd with Adelaide-based Experience Floyd, last Friday at Bendigo’s Capital Theatre. Experience Floyd’s eight musicians and three female backing vocalists kept t..
10-Jul-2015
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TV journo aims for top spot
Steve Kendall
IT’S easy to imagine the school-aged Sarah Lawrence pretending to be a TV journalist in front of the mirror. It has certainly been on her wish list since those days, and the dream has come true. After stints on iPTV and Prime7, Lawrence is one of three Bendigo-based journalists for..
03-Jul-2015
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Flick on to Star
Steve Kendall
WITH the flick of a switch an exuberant bundle of energy hits the air. Star FM’s presenter from 10am to 3pm weekdays is a lively enthusiastic woman who works to the mantra of “fake it until you make it”. This ensures, even on a rare down day Felicity Eva makes you believe she..
26-Jun-2015
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Music at the old church
Steve Kendall
A triple treat awaits at The Old Church on the Hill on Saturday as three magnificent talents take to the stage. They are all artists who made a splash at last year’s Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival and who will be back to impress again. “Shannon Bourne is one of the most..
19-Jun-2015
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Big tests for top trio
Bendigo Weekly
THEY have been long touted as the competition’s up-and-coming sides and Bendigo, Sandhurst and Kangaroo Flat are living up to the hype after two weeks of Bendigo District Cricket Association action. All three sides recorded impressive wins to move to 2-0 after two rounds of action, the ..
04-Nov-2016
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Upset brewing in EVCA
Bendigo Weekly
WEST Bendigo is a chance of producing a major upset when it heads into day two of its Emu Valley Cricket Association clash with United tomorrow. The Redbacks were tipped by many to struggle again after finishing bottom last season and were thumped by Mandurang last round, but are just three..
03-Nov-2016
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Ozaki on song as event heats up
Joel Peterson
THE stage was set for a dream first round matchup for organisers and fans alike, but the highly-anticipated duel between number one seed Risa Ozaki and comeback kid Ash Barty did not eventuate at the Bendigo International Pro Tour tournament on Wednesday. Barty drew herself to face the top seed ..
28-Oct-2016
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Spirit hit the road for tough double
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Spirit coach Simon Pritchard is adamant his team can reverse a worrying trend of losing close games when it heads into a brutal away double-header this weekend. The Spirit play Dandenong on Friday night before heading to Townsville on Sunday, which is difficult in itself. Compo..
28-Oct-2016
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Change on the horizon
Bendigo Weekly
IT may not brought the sweeping instant change many expected, but Paul Hamilton believes that the implementation of the AFL Central Victoria commission has brought many a positive for local football. Hamilton departs the organisation in his position of region general manager today after three-a..
28-Oct-2016
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Raider claims Bendigo Cup
Bendigo Weekly
THE powerful Godolphin stable has produced the first international runner to win the $300,000 Jayco Bendigo Cup, with Francis Of Assisi saluting in the 2016 edition of the Group Three cup today. The six-year-old displayed a memorable turn of foot rounding the final bend in its Australi..
26-Oct-2016
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Ron’s back for lunch
Steve Kendall
WITH the dust barely settled on last year’s Blokes Biggest Ever Lunch it’s back, and so is Ron Iddles. Mr Iddles was guest speaker last year, and a controversial talk on his role as a police homicide sergeant drew national media attention. Organiser Keith Sutherland has invited..
31-Oct-2014
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It’s a celebration
Bendigo Weekly
LATE October usually results in a few odd-looking characters around Bendigo streets, as local Year 12 students celebrate the end of their studies. This year was no exception, with Bendigo Senior Secondary College and Catholic College Bendigo celebrating the end of the regular school year in st..
24-Oct-2014
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ATKINSON MAKES HONOUR ROLL
Bendigo Weekly
Aboriginal elder and Vietnam veteran Graham Atkinson will be recognised for his inclusion on the Indigenous Honour Roll tonight. Greater Bendigo council will honour Mr Atkinson at a ceremony tonight at 6.30pm. Mr Atkinson has been inducted for his active involvement in community and for assi..
22-Oct-2014
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POVERTY ON THE RISE
Christine McGinn
People living in poverty should be heard not blamed says a local community leader. Saint Vincent De Paul Society Bendigo regional council president Tony Spurling said instead of blaming people from their poverty, we should listen and learn how to help them. “If we are to reverse the tre..
14-Oct-2014
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Support a cause
Sam Kane
THE Poppet Head’s been covered, Lake Weeroona’s been plastered, and the QEO transformed. What’s the next well known landmark to receive a make-over? Local women are hoping to cover both inside and outside of one of Bendigo’s most recognisable features – and they n..
03-Oct-2014
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Dilemma for caring mother
Dianne Dempsey
They sit at the dining table together, comrades in arms. Worn out warriors of a hard life. David Lyon is 52. His mother Joan Lyon 83. Mrs Lyon is very ill and very worried. David was born with an intellectual disability and needs constant care. “When David was 39 he became physical..
24-Sep-2014
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Bendigo law firms to merge
Anthony Radford
In the classic progression of blending old with new, Michelle O‟Sullivan Law will merge with Cohen Johanson Douglas from Monday. Both Michelle O‟Sullivan and Dennis Johanson said they were looking forward to the merger and the support it will offer to both themselves and their clients ..
26-Aug-2011
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Unity Mining books $5.3 million loss
Anthony Radford
UNITY Mining has announced a loss of more than $5.3 million for the year ended June 30. In a statement released this morning, the company said it had recorded a gross profit of $9.0 million from revenue of $80.5 million, and that the net loss of $5.3 million included $5.1M of non..
26-Aug-2011
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Committee for Bendigo - throwing down the gauntlet
Anthony Radford
LAST week’s column on the consideration or otherwise of the need to establish a Committee for Bendigo drew a strong response from readers, and while not all our feedback was positive, it was all welcome. Confirmation the board of Coliban Water has discussed the need for an advocacy gro..
26-Aug-2011
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Property plus
Anthony Radford
BENDIGO Property Plus is really going places. Husband and wife team Nathan and Jane Diss started up the real estate business about 14 months ago, and are going from strength to strength. While residential real estate is their bread and butter, the company is moving into property management and w..
26-Aug-2011
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Energy assessments help small business cut costs
Anthony Radford
CENTRAL Victorian businesses have been encouraged to take control of their energy bills as part of a pilot program offering energy assessments launched in Bendigo today. The Central Victorian Solar City initiative aims to help businesses better manage and control their rising energy costs as pa..
22-Aug-2011
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Bendigo Bank profit soars
Anthony Radford
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has announced an after tax profit of $342.1 million for the 12-months ending 30 June 2011, a rise of more than 41 per cent on the previous year. Cash earnings were $336.2m, representing cash earnings per share of 92.3 cents, an increase of 10.8 per cent on the prio..
08-Aug-2011
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Cooks and the kids
Bendigo Weekly
Our local schools’ love affair with food continues with the sixth episode of Cooks and Kids set to air next Wednesday night on Bendigo IPTV. In this final episode, the winning teams from each heat come together to compete for the title of winners for 2013. Students from Lightning Reef Prim..
15-Aug-2013
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Cooks and Kids make gnocchi
Bendigo Weekly
Making beetroot gnocchi with Sonia of Masons Bendigo After we put on our aprons we listened to Sonia from Masons for our first instructions. The first instruction was easily done but when it came to squeezing the potatoes through the rice squeezer we had some difficulty. It was fun when w..
09-Aug-2013
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Cooking up history
Bendigo Weekly
The Presbyterian Women’s Missionary Union Cookbook is the oldest book of its kind still in production in Victoria and will have its 114th yearly edition published later this year. With more than 500,000 copies printed since 1904, it was generally the first cookbook young Australian women use..
08-Aug-2013
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Cafe culture still flourishing
Bendigo Weekly
IN May the Weekly reported Bendigo’s coffee shops and cafes were bursting at the seams and obviously the trend is continuing. Elisha Jeffery opened her cafe, Percy and Percy, eight months ago and is amazed at the outcome. “I’m overwhelmed,” she said. “I opened the..
01-Aug-2013
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Double winners
Bendigo Weekly
The Boardwalk Bendigo is justifiably proud of two of their young staff. Nathan Mitchell, sous chef, and Darcy Hamilton, second year apprentice, recently competed in the Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat Awards Victorian state final in Melbourne and came home with the silver medal. The award is dedi..
25-Jul-2013
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Food, fibre and fashion
Bendigo Weekly
This weekend will a big one for farming, fibre, food and fashion with the 136th annual Australian Sheep and Wool Show incorporating the Festival of Lamb and Women in Wool. The action kicks off at the Bendigo Exhibition centre today and the first food event each day is a live Youth Challenge Cook o..
18-Jul-2013
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Electrifying from the first page
Dianne Dempsey
The Neighbour By Julie Proudfoot Xoum Publishing Bendigo writer Julie Proudfoot’s debut novel won the Seizure literary journal’s Viva La Novella Prize earlier this year. And it is quickly apparent why the novel has distinguished itself. The Neighbour is assured, co..
28-Jul-2014
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Arts grant a festival plus
Bendigo Weekly
The Australia Council for the Arts has given the Bendigo Writers Festival a $10,000 seal of approval. The festival was awarded funding in the recent literature funding round to help with the costs of bringing writers to the three-day event. “This is an enormous boost for such a new f..
25-Jul-2014
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The future of writing makes a top topic
Bendigo Weekly
THE future of writing takes centre stage at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival, with everything from freedom of speech to how to create a blog on the August 8 to 10 program. A heavyweight lineup of experienced journalists take part in the headline session, Not Drowning, Adapting, whi..
18-Jul-2014
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Flags waving to herald a gathering of writers
Bendigo Weekly
THE flags went up at the top of View Street this week, in preparation for the third Bendigo Writers Festival across the weekend of August 8 to 10. The banners feature the festival’s new look, with a bright and bold identity to match the busy, lively program. Designed by Bendigo&rsquo..
11-Jul-2014
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Support the team
Bendigo Weekly
They are the first people many writers and guests get to see, their friendly efficiency the epitome of the kind of event Bendigo Writers Festival aims to be. The small army of volunteers who help make the festival run smoothly is gearing up again to prepare for the August 8 to 10 weekend. ..
04-Jul-2014
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World of work
Dianne Dempsey
Jeanette Purkis will be launching her new book The Wonderful World of Work in Bendigo, this Saturday, June 21. She will also be presenting a talk on autism and employment for the community from the perspective of someone living with autism. Jeanette Purkis is also the author of Findin..
20-Jun-2014
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