Trains off track on times
Joel Peterson
V/LINE has endured another month of poor performance across the regional rail network, again failing to meet targets on the Bendigo line. Punctuality of Bendigo line services dipped to 81.8 per cent, down from 83 per cent in February. Less than 96 per cent of Bendigo services were del..
13-Apr-2017
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Fair society backs the dragon appeal
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Easter Fair Society has thrown its support behind the community push for a new Chinese dragon. Established in 1871, the organisation is due celebrate its 150th milestone in 2020, but yesterday announced its support for the Dai Gum Loong – A New Dragon for Bendigo appeal, do..
13-Apr-2017
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House of mirrors a haunting maze
Dianne Dempsey
The latest installation in Bendigo’s Rosalind Park is a macabre and haunting maze that is the House of Mirrors. Presented by Bendigo Art Gallery’s director Karen Quinlan and designed by artists Keith Courtney and Christian Wagstaff, the installation was originally created for Hob..
07-Apr-2017
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Changes to impact staff
Bendigo Weekly
THE City of Greater Bendigo is pushing ahead with a revised staffing structure expected to lead to the loss of some positions. The review, led by chief executive officer Craig Niemann will lead to a reduction of five managerial positions across the organisation, but the Bendigo Weekly unders..
07-Apr-2017
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Legal group calls for support, not cuts
Sharon Kemp
THE Labor Party has promised upon election to reinstate funding to community legal services operating in Bendigo and Shepparton that are the last resort representation for many family violence survivors. But ARC Justice which runs the community legal services in Bendigo and Shepparton is cal..
07-Apr-2017
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Shiraz on wine high
Bendigo Weekly
Heathcote winemakers are predicting the region’s world-famous shiraz wines will reach premium highs for flavour and quality this year. Vineyards across the region are a hive of activity with vintage close to 50 per cent completed and areas south of Heathcote expected to begin harvest i..
07-Apr-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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Fresh talent on show
Bendigo Weekly
For many the blues genre conjures up images of world-weary bluesmen with beaten guitars and a hard-luck story to tell. But at the 2015 Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival a new crop of fresh talent are taking up the touch and proving youth is no barrier to producing the fervent lyrics and..
30-Oct-2015
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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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Party at the Bridge
Bendigo Weekly
THE Xmas Ale Street Party is a three-day free event and kicks at noon today at the Bridge Hotel. The venue is ideally situated for this hot weekend with plenty of shade as well as tents and marquees. “The highlight of the weekend will be the music which kicks off at 5.30pm on Frid..
18-Dec-2015
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Nashville comes to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
One of Australia’s finest bluegrass guitarists, Bendigo’s own Jacob McGuffie, will bring the sweet sounds of Nashville to one of the city’s premier music venues tonight. McGuffie, who has also emerged as a member of the multi award winning (Golden Guitar) Davidson Brothers ..
11-Dec-2015
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Dancing queens rejoice
Nick Atyeo
Time to find the knee-high boots, and jump-suits for the long awaited return of Abbamania when the Ultimate ABBA Show presents Dancing Queen 40th Anniversary Tour, which will thrill young and old audiences alike. Originally released in August 1976, the lead single Dancing Queen was on ABBA&..
27-Nov-2015
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Blasko tours with new album
Joel Peterson
SARAH Blasko is bringing her new album, Eternal Return, to Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre next April. Blasko has become a force on the Australian music scene, her honest lyrics and refreshing melodies earning her plenty of fans. Her latest album is a contrast from previous efforts, th..
20-Nov-2015
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Festival a huge hit
Bendigo Weekly
The 2015 Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival attracted record numbers of music lovers to venues all over Bendigo last weekend, and generated over $2 million for the local economy. An estimated 15,000 people packed bars, parks, halls, roof tops, laneways, balconies and cafes for the four-d..
13-Nov-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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Match of the year
Sam Kane
FOR Bendigo Spirit Coach Simon Pritchard, tomorrow night’s home clash against the Melbourne Boomers is the team’s biggest game of the year. It comes following the Spirit’s disappointing weekend on the road, going down by 20 points against the Townsville Fire last Friday, be..
27-Jan-2017
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Jones in the cycling hub
Sam Kane
BRENTON Jones is one of the cycling world’s rising stars, however, throughout January, he and his JLT Condor team members have used Bendigo as a primary training ground in the lead up to their upcoming races. The UK based JLT Condor 10-member squad includes the likes of three-time O..
27-Jan-2017
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Call is out for umpires
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Umpires Association is recruiting field, boundary and goal umpires for the upcoming football season. Umpires officiate for the Bendigo, Loddon Valley and North Central Football Netball Leagues, as well as the Bendigo Junior Football League - with the current age range of umpires ..
26-Jan-2017
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Historic double innings for female umpires
Sam Kane
A childhood love of cricket has taken Bendigo's Helen Wardlaw and Lisa McCabe from once playing the game, to now the writing the history books. For the first time on Wednesday, Bendigo Country Week had two women at the helm, umpiring a clash between Goulburn Murray and Northern Districts. ..
20-Jan-2017
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Spirit aims for finals
Sam Kane
HITTING the road this weekend for a season-defining double-header, the Bendigo Spirit will be looking to lock in two crucial wins leading to the finals run. The Spirit travel north to clash with the Townsville Fire on Friday night, before facing the Canberra Capitals on Saturday. Bend..
20-Jan-2017
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Bright road for Hamo
Joel Peterson
HONING his racecraft more than getting results is Chris Hamilton’s focus in his first year in the professional UCI World Tour peloton. The 21-year-old Bendigo cyclist is coming off a breakout 2016 where he was crowned national under-23 road race champion, finished 14th at the Santos..
20-Jan-2017
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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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Sisters in on the act
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Bendigo South East Secondary College were in an ugly mood for their production this week, but their version of Cinderella had a happy ending. Months of hard work came to fruition for more than 100 Bendigo South East Secondary College students and staff this week, with the debu..
21-Nov-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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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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Food security
Bendigo Weekly
Stories of the hardships and heartbreak Victorian farmers, growers and producers are suffering are rife at the moment. One group prepared to do something about their situation is the the Goulburn Valley Food Cooperative group. Les Cameron, chairman of the GVFC said: “We started on this jou..
22-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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