New shelters continue QEO progress
Bendigo Weekly
With the majority of the project finished in 2011, a long-awaited element of the redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Oval is under way. The first handful of several shelter structures are being constructed at the ground, but will not be finished for some months. The works are the first ..
09-Jun-2017
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Channel to be restored
Bendigo Weekly
SECTIONS of an historic water channel between Bendigo and Malmsbury are being renewed during winter ahead of hot weather when water flows will be required again for farming. The Coliban main channel renewal program is a $4.6 million project designed to restore the open gravity channel built ..
09-Jun-2017
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Bank shares take a tumble
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has again been the victim of timing, this week changing the way it treats gains and losses relating to its Homesafe product. The bank chose to announce the change as fears circle about a downturn in property prices in Melbourne and Sydney where the product finds its..
09-Jun-2017
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Under their spell
Bendigo Weekly
It was described as revolutionary when it first hit the stage in 1971 and Catholic College students have this week put their own spin on a smash-hit musical in their performances of Godspell. The school’s year nine students took to the stage at Ulumburra Theatre over the past two days..
09-Jun-2017
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Bid to regain Gonski
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO school principals can budget for the next four years to include programs that help their disadvantaged students, but they are unlikely to see a rise in the state government’s equity funding. While visiting Specimen Hill Primary School, education minister James Merlino said the ..
02-Jun-2017
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Pharmacy to open 24 hours
Sharon Kemp
THE late night trip to the emergency department may become a trip to the pharmacy if Bendigo’s first supercare pharmacy proves successful. As of July 1, the Bendigo UFS Pharmacy in View Street will be open 24 hours a day and offer a nurse practitioner service from 6pm to 10pm every ..
02-Jun-2017
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Dancers in the spotlight
Bendigo Weekly
FOUR classically trained ballet students from Bendigo’s performing arts and gymnastics academy have been accepted into the Victorian State Ballet’s performances of Don Quixote. Anna Bergin, Kiara Nickson, Thalia Kumlin and Jacob Weare all aged between 14 and 15 years are will be..
29-Apr-2016
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Reunion for Anastasia
Bendigo Weekly
ANASTASIA Maher survived a horrendous act of domestic violence more than 130 years ago which became the catalyst for a family reunion in Bendigo. Her great-great-granddaughter Lyndal Simmonds was born in Bendigo but it was from her Adelaide home that she started to investigate her family his..
29-Apr-2016
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Operation plus at new hospital
Bendigo Weekly
So extensive is the new Bendigo Hospital, interventional suite senior manager Sasha Vedelsby has a 10-kilometre area of responsbility if she were to walk every corridor and into every room under her charge. Dr Vedelsby and general surgeon Manny Cao toured the construction site that within ei..
29-Apr-2016
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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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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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Moo lineup set to impress
Bendigo Weekly
TICKETS for Bendigo’s Groovin the Moo have sold out, but those with tickets have plenty to look forward to on April 30. Dylan Joel, equal parts poet, producer and lyricist. Ivan Ooze, possibly the only rapper who has borrowed his alias from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. ..
17-Mar-2016
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Rebecca the bees knees
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo born Rebecca Moore has just taken the lead role of Rona Peretti in Vic Theatre Company’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This is playing at the Southbank Theatre as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year. Since leaving Bendig..
17-Mar-2016
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Four Lions back Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
The rise and rise of Bendigo-based alt country outfit Four Lions matches the city’s growing reputation as a music hub. “Bendigo, I think, could be the Seattle of Victoria,” says songwriter and front man Shann Lions. “I would love Four Lions to be a band our town..
11-Mar-2016
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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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Basketball excellence rewarded
Bendigo Weekly
TWO long-time Bendigo basketball identities have been honoured for more than 50 years of service with the prestigious Jack Terrill Medal. Don and Karla Coulson received the award at Basketball Victoria Country’s Awards breakfast on Sunday. Other local winners included Bendigo Bask..
07-Apr-2017
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Big boost for Braves
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Lady Braves will have their most imposing roster in years after adding a key squad member this week. Import Ashleigh Rininger arrived in Bendigo as the Lady Braves look to continue their winning start to the season against Sandringham on Friday. After a first-up triumph over ..
07-Apr-2017
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Beveridge to lend a hand to Braves
Bendigo Weekly
ILLAWARRA Hawks coach Rob Beveridge has described the Bendigo Braves as the premier South East Australian Basketball League program, and praised its role in developing NBL-quality players. Beveridge and Braves coach Ben Harvey have struck up a relationship in recent years through Braves cham..
07-Apr-2017
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Four-way fight in HDFL
Joel Peterson
NORTH Bendigo begins its premiership defence against Heathcote in round one of the Heathcote District Football League on Saturday. The Bulldogs have strengthened last year’s premiership-winning list with another host of gun recruits, setting the bar as the Dog Dynasty rolls on. On ..
07-Apr-2017
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Local riders in hot form
Bendigo Weekly
TWO of Bendigo’s most promising cyclists and a well-established star have had an immensely successful fortnight in their respective disciplines. Isaac Buckell and Tasman Nankervis are both national champions, and are set for a year of big achievements, while Peta Mullens won another Go..
31-Mar-2017
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Suns star scoops top awards
Bendigo Weekly
STRATHDALE Maristians star Cam Taylor’s outstanding finish to the 2016/17 season saw him roar home to take the Bill Stephenson trophy as the BDCA’s Cricketer of the Year in a thrilling count on Wednesday night. Taylor polled in six matches, including best afield in the final four..
31-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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Run For Dad Fun Run results
Bendigo Weekly
Run For Dad Fun Run in conjunction with the Keith Huddle Memorial Eaglehawk to Bendigo Road race Sunday 2nd September Race Place FirstName LastName EventCategory Time 1 Brady ..
03-Sep-2012
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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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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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Food Fossickers Calendar of events
Vicki Harrington
We kick this section off this week with details of the annual 100 Mile Regional Producers seasonal event presented by Public Inn, Castlemaine. The former lunch event has a new twist on the emerging paddock-to-plate concept and will see participating regional artisan food and beverage producers pre..
17-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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