Patients of the old wing
Sharon Kemp
THEY could be called the ghost patients of Bendigo Health. When most patients were moved into the new $630 million hospital on January 24, a group, including David Page, was left behind to receive treatment in a fourth-floor ward of the now otherwise empty Stewart Street building. Not even a v..
17-Mar-2017
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No NDIS registration for council
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo will not register to become a supplier of disability services as part of the incoming National Disability Insurance Scheme to be rolled out from May. Councillor Matt Emond was the sole objector to a recommendation that council not seek to register as a service pro..
17-Mar-2017
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IBAC releases allegations
Sharon Kemp
MORE than $10,000 is the estimated value of private work carried out for John Mulder by contractors and staff who worked on the $630 million Bendigo Hospital, but for which the Bendigo Health chief executive is alleged not to have paid until after he became aware of an investigation by the Victo..
10-Mar-2017
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IBAC hits out at hospital culture
Sharon Kemp
AN anti-corruption watchdog has slammed Bendigo Health chief executive John Mulder’s alleged private use of hospital resources as sending a message to staff that it was acceptable to use the health service’s resources for personal benefit. The Independent Broad-based Anti-corrupt..
10-Mar-2017
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Tighter rein on drugs
Bendigo Weekly
The state government has introduced laws that will ban the sale and production of synthetic drugs and give police greater powers to prosecute ice traffickers. The government said it was continuing to crack down on dealers who sell and supply dangerous, life-threatening drugs to the community..
10-Mar-2017
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Agreeing to grow
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW agreement to improve the quality of life for Bendigo citizens was signed yesterday. The City of Greater Bendigo council formed a memorandum of understanding with the Global Smart City and Community Coalition. The plan is to research, develop and evaluate solutions to problems impa..
10-Mar-2017
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St Monica's gears up for fete
Bendigo Weekly
IT is sure to be fun day at St Monica’s on Sunday at their annual fete, which is being held at the school in Kangaroo Flat, between 11am and 3pm. “We have many activities for the kids, dodgem cars, laser tag, jumping castle and a sheep shearing demonstration,” coordinator..
15-Apr-2016
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Options for living quality
Dianne Dempsey
While there are always charities seeking donations, one local group in particular has struck former newsreader David Johnston with the poignancy of its plight. Quality Living Options (QLO) has been campaigning for funding for five years and last year asked Mr Johnston to participate in a vid..
15-Apr-2016
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Crew mates keep Mary on an even keel
Sharon Kemp
MARY McDougall was first diagnosed with breast cancer when her youngest of three daughters was 18 months old. In that way life has of throwing the best and worst at some of us, the well-known Bendigo teacher has seen her youngest daughter’s 18th birthday... and is fighting cancer for ..
08-Apr-2016
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Learning how you can help
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Maubisse Friendship Committee is looking for sponsors to continue its highly successful Scholarship Program at the St Inacio de Loyola High School. The school was launched almost a year ago. The BMFC is also asking for donations of garden tools to assist a new Agricultural S..
08-Apr-2016
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Grading stalled
Bendigo Weekly
DROUGHT-LIKE conditions are severely impacting on the City of Greater Bendigo’s unsealed roads grading program. Works manager Rachelle Quattrocchi said the council is responsible for grading over 1600 kilometres of gravel roads throughout the municipality. “Unfortunately due ..
08-Apr-2016
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Fitness the winner
Bendigo Weekly
THE results are in from the inaugural TKO Fitness corporate challenge, with participants achieving some incredible results from their four weeks of training under the watchful eyes of Ryan and Jo Jeffrey. Mr Jeffrey said the dozen local identities that put themselves through the program achi..
08-Apr-2016
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On the road for MND
Bendigo Weekly
AFL legend Neale Daniher was in Bendigo this week as part of his Daniher’s Drive initiative. The event will include 50 teams taking part in a drive around Victoria, including many of the ex footballer’s family and his past football team mates and players. The event runs from..
09-Oct-2015
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Festival a bestseller
Bendigo Weekly
The final analysis of this year’s spectacularly successful Bendigo Writers Festival has revealed that ticket sales doubled in 2015, with a strong program attracting increased audiences. “There were more than 3000 tickets sold to people attending sessions across the weekend,&rdquo..
25-Sep-2015
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Fresh fruit fun
Bendigo Weekly
TWO months into the Fresh Fruit Friday initiative, thousands of local school children are continuing to enjoy the benefits, and the taste, of fresh fruit supplied by the program. Set up by the Eaglehawk-based McKern Foundation, in partnership with JL King & Co., Porter Davis, Adroit, Blu..
18-Sep-2015
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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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Florence in the mood
Bendigo Weekly
Florence and the Machine were back in Melbourne this week as part of their How Big Tour, delivering a mix of old favourites and material from their latest studio album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. And Florence was beautiful, delivering a theatrical performance which had the crowd in the..
13-Nov-2015
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Ink in the art remix
Bendigo Weekly
The joy of having the Bendigo Art Gallery in our midst is that we are privy to the latest national exhibitions. A case in point is Ink Remix, a fascinating collection of work from artists of mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Curated by Sophie McIntyre, the works are a reflection of..
06-Nov-2015
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Footy Show on the road to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL fans of the Footy Show will be granted a first hand experience when the program’s stars come to Bendigo on Sunday November 15. These include regular panel members Garry Lyon, Sam Newman, Billy Brownless and news breaker Damian Barrett in addition to three time AFL premiership for..
06-Nov-2015
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Stringybark blues
Bendigo Weekly
Stringybark McDowell, covered in tats and dreadlocks and his trademark tophat, is travelling far from home for gigs these days. Formerly based in Geelong, McDowell’s now living way out in South Australia’s Riverland area. “There are no gigs out where I am because people..
06-Nov-2015
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Paper Kites on high
Joel Peterson
Following on from the successes of their second album twelvefour, Melbourne band The Paper Kites played Castlemaine’s Theatre Royal last Thursday. The group’s laid-back vibes meshed perfectly with the intimate setting, with lead singer Sam Bentley’s heartfelt lyrics soaked ..
30-Oct-2015
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[title of show] hits the stage
Bendigo Weekly
Agroup of young Bendigo performers have taken to social media to help raise funds to bring the musical [title of show] to Bendigo in November. Through online Pozible and sponsorshop campaigns, actors Joel McDonald, Alicia Barker, Jason McMurray and Melissa Harrington are raising money to cov..
23-Oct-2015
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Bendigo's big bash weekend
Joel Peterson
THE Melbourne Renegades have plenty to improve on after a mixed start to the Women’s Big Bash League, according to all-rounder Kris Britt. The Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes will take to Bendigo’s Queen Elizabeth Oval for a double-header on Saturday and Sunday as the competitio..
16-Dec-2016
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Power sides collide
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO United will have to buck the recent top spot curse for Bendigo District Cricket Association sides when the first-placed Redbacks meet a resurgent Strathdale Maristians in the final pre-Christmas round of the season. Wins in the last four rounds have propelled the Redbacks to the top of ..
16-Dec-2016
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Spirit needs blue-collar approach
Bendigo Weekly
A RETURN to its blue collar identity is what Bendigo Spirit coach Simon Pritchard believes will propel his team to a win over Canberra tonight and into the new year with a positive mindset. Despite a win last Saturday over Sydney, a side that Bendigo was 0-2 against this season heading into the..
16-Dec-2016
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Jumping into the Spirit
Joel Peterson
WHEN you watch Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, the reason why she is one of the most exciting players in the Women’s National Basketball League quite literally jumps out at you. Her career has taken her to Vancouver, Switzerland, Germany, Rio de Janeiro and now to the Bendigo Spirit, a path as for..
16-Dec-2016
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Sarah makes a lasting impression
Joel Peterson
WHEN she walked in the doors at Ikon Park on her first day as a Carlton footballer, not knowing what to expect, Bendigo’s Sarah Last was greeted with smiles and plenty of fanfare. Only a matter of hours earlier she was one of 19 players drafted by the Blues to play in the inaugural AFL..
09-Dec-2016
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Maiden sporting venture at Marist
Joel Peterson
MAIDEN Gully is set to undergo a sporting revolution, with senior football games to be played at Marist College as early as 2017 and Bendigo District Cricket Association action in future years. They will be joined at Marist by the Maiden Gully Cricket Club, which will seek to enter its jun..
09-Dec-2016
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Grandmothers raise detention awareness
Dianne Dempsey
It is a long way from Bendigo to Darwin, but the children who are kept in detention centres in Australia’s top end are kept close by - in the hearts of Bendigo’ grandmothers and their friends. Almost 60 people gathered on the steps of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral this mont..
18-Feb-2015
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Roll up for netball
Bendigo Weekly
This Sunday, the Bendigo Northern Flames Junior Netball Club will host their inaugural player registration day. It will run from 10am until noon at the netball courts at the Epsom Recreation Reserve, Epsom, with the opportunity for children to also participate in some free netball activitie..
06-Feb-2015
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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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BANK CUTS RATES
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Bank has announced it will reduce its variable home loan rates by 0.25 per cent, passing on Tuesday's Reserve Bank rate cut in full. Managing director Mike Hirst said the bank’s pricing decisions aimed to strike a balance between the interests of all stakeholders – its..
09-Dec-2011
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Bank steps up
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has joined the ranks of Australia’s A-rated banks following an upgrade announced by Standard and Poor’s. S and P’s decision to raise the bank’s long-term rating from BBB+ to A– means the bank is now rated A by all three of the world&rsq..
06-Dec-2011
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City can light the way
Ben Cameron
Bendigo can be a national leader in the changing world of energy production, green-conscious City if Greater Bendigo councillor Keith Reynard said this week. Cr Reynard, also the chairman of the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance, said energy production would change significantly in..
18-Nov-2011
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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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High Street style in Heathcote
Bendigo Weekly
City folks, Judy and Peter Maine have ditched their desk jobs in the big smoke to open up a country homewares store in the old Top Hat building in humble Heathcote. Their dream shop, Rutherford&Maine, became a reality last week after weeks of preparation. “We basically gutted, stripped..
27-Sep-2013
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Bendigo on show
Vicki Harrington
Since 1995 the winemakers of Bendigo have been running a unique moveable feast event to showcase the best of Bendigo. Held annually on the second weekend of October, this year’s Bendigo Wealth Heritage Uncorked will be on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13. Participants can spend..
26-Sep-2013
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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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The Undertaker's Wife
Bendigo Weekly
The Undertaker’s Wife Val Case $15 What does a life model think about while posing for many hours in front of budding Rembrandts? For Castlemaine’s Val Case, much of the time has been spent transporting herself into the pages of her first novel, The Undertaker&rs..
07-Nov-2014
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Book review
Bendigo Weekly
Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead Rebecca James Allen and Unwin $19.99 Cooper Bartholomew falls to his death from a cliff, and in the opening scene, he tells us from beyond the grave, “I never imagined I would die like this”. When Cooper’s girlfriend, Libby, is tol..
31-Oct-2014
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A love of rural romance
Dianne Dempsey
Tours by authors are not uncommon but when the writer lives four hours south-east of Perth, then you have to be impressed by the distance travelled. Visiting Dymocks bookstore in Bendigo last week and the Bendigo Weekly office, Fiona Palmer, along with her publicist from Penguin, was clearly ..
24-Oct-2014
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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..
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