Fabulous fundraiser
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO residents have been encouraged to get behind the annual Good Friday trivia fundraiser. Organiser Danielle Roberts says the event will be hosted by local mums who hold the cause close to their hearts and want to be able to give back to the Royal Children’s Hospital. &ldqu..
07-Apr-2017
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Health board appoints independent investigator
Sharon Kemp
THE board of Bendigo Health has appointed an independent investigator to examine the conduct of chief executive John Mulder. The board’s own composition may be subject to change after the release of recommendations of a ministerial board advisory council set up after the report into ba..
31-Mar-2017
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Doing it for Kath
Bendigo Weekly
As organisers gear up for another Mother’s Day Classic, one of Bendigo’s most successful teams is preparing to take to the track without its namesake. For the past four years, Team Kath has taken out awards for highest fundraising, but sadly this year it will be without its inspi..
31-Mar-2017
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College faces audit
Sharon Kemp
THE Department of Education and Training is conducting a full financial audit of Bendigo South East College, according to a letter obtained by the Bendigo Weekly. A department spokesperson yesterday confirmed acting principal Dale Pearce, on loan from Bendigo Senior Secondary, would continue..
31-Mar-2017
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Plan for traffic flow fix
Sharon Kemp
THE five-way roundabout at Williamson Street is failing during morning peak hour traffic and will be in need of traffic lights or a major route modification in the near future. The City of Greater Bendigo has earmarked the intersection which is the convergence of Williamson, Sternberg, Towns..
31-Mar-2017
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Dragon funding raised by MP
Bendigo Weekly
FEDERAL Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has spoken in parliament about the Bendigo Chinese Association’s campaign for a new dragon to replace an ageing Sun Loong. Speaking in the final week of parliament before Easter and the federal budget, Ms Chesters this week said while many Aust..
31-Mar-2017
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Green vision for Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale joined around 30 local business and community leaders at a forum on Saturday afternoon to discuss the Greens’ vision for Bendigo. “Bendigo is a community that has an opportunity to thrive in helping Australia shift to a low-pollution ec..
07-Apr-2016
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People like me
Bendigo Weekly
By Skye Kinder Growing up in Bendigo, I knew it would be difficult to attend medical school. I went to a local public school, and I was the first in my family to go to university. I had a passion for rural health that I wanted to pursue, and I wasn’t entirely sure how to do tha..
01-Apr-2016
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Step up for the Million Paws Walk
Bendigo Weekly
RSPCA’S Million Paws Walk organisers are hoping a record 2200 paws will pad around Lake Weerona during this year’s fundraiser on Sunday, May 15. If you know your maths, that‘s 550 dogs assuming most have four legs, and will be a record participation for Bendigo. The fun..
01-Apr-2016
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Interchange unveiled
Bendigo Weekly
HARGREAVES Mall’s new bus interchange was unveiled this week, but the $300,000 project’s real time service information is not yet in action. The construction was completed this week, but the brand new real time screens, known as Passenger Information Displays (PID) simply display..
01-Apr-2016
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NBN technology takes golden leap
Bendigo Weekly
IN a huge turnaround of recent timeline predictions, Bendigo is heading into the NBN future with the help of some old technology. The former poppet heads of Bendigo’s golden past will become the bases for masts and equipment for the National Broadband Network, finally bringing high spe..
01-Apr-2016
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Sue puts her feet up
Bendigo Weekly
CARER Sue Gray is finally calling it a day. She has been working in family day care in Eaglehawk for 31 years and estimates she has looked after up to 60 children in her time. Before Family Day Care, Sue worked in the catering department at Bendigo’s St John of God Hospital for 28 ..
01-Apr-2016
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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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Red rebels gear up for a rebellion
Bendigo Weekly
Although it happened well over 160 years ago the Red Ribbon Rebellion was a turning point in Bendigo’s colourful gold rush history. Originally held in 1853, this peaceful protest march was directed against the payment of what the diggers called a tax – a licence fee for the right..
10-Aug-2015
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Rifle alight
Bendigo Weekly
ABOUT 120 Rifle Brigade Hotel patrons were evacuated on Friday night after a fire started in the chimney. Five CFA appliances including a specialised ladder vehicles were called to the fire about 10.30pm. CFA senior station officer Darren Eenjes said residue had built up in the flue of t..
06-Jul-2015
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Search for missing Craigieburn man
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are searching for a 35-year-old Craigieburn man in the Knowsley State Forest this morning. Chris Lieutier was last seen riding a red quad bike in the forest near Axedale near McIvor Highway after 2.30pm on Sunday. Police are concerned for Mr Lieutier’s welfare as he has cere..
06-Jul-2015
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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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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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Augie Marches on tour
Laura Hurley
SUN, surf and songs will be the order of the day at Queenscliff Music Festival, which runs from November 27 to 29. Boasting an impressive lineup including Angus and Julia Stone, the Hoodoo Gurus and Something For Kate’s Paul Dempsey, Augie March’s lead guitarist Adam Donovan said..
16-Oct-2015
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Bowe's stars align
Joel Peterson
TUESDAY night was one that Bendigo teenager and leg spin prospect Liam Bowe won’t forget in a hurry. The Sandhurst Cricket Club product made his debut with the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League against the Adelaide Strikers, in front of 40,000 fans at the MCG in a must-win game fo..
13-Jan-2017
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Spirit set for bounce back game
Joel Peterson
How do you come back from that? That was the question posed to Bendigo Spirit coach Simon Pritchard this week after a horror road trip to Perth as the Spirit resumed its WNBL campaign after the Christmas break. Bendigo was thumped by 41 points, the biggest loss in the club’s 10-yea..
13-Jan-2017
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Roos, Redbacks meet in T20 final
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO United will play Kangaroo Flat in Wednesday’s Bendigo District Cricket Association Twenty20 grand final after the Redbacks scored a dominant win over Strathfieldsaye in the lone game played on Tuesday night. With clashes between White Hills and Eaglehawk, the Roos and Sandhurst..
13-Jan-2017
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Local riders in the thick of the action
Joel Peterson
CENTRAL Victorian aces Robbie Hucker, Lachlan Norris and Peta Mullens were among the local hopes that made strong starts to their 2017 campaigns last weekend with strong displays at the Cycling Australia Road National Championships in Ballarat. Hucker and Norris finished eighth and ninth in ..
13-Jan-2017
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Teams roll up for Country Week
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO will be abuzz with cricket next week as the annual Bendigo Country Week tournament is held at grounds across the region. Sides from the Murray Valley, Northern Districts, Gisborne and District, Ferntree Gully and District, Goulburn Murray and Emu Valley associations will battle it ou..
13-Jan-2017
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Aiming for glory
Joel Peterson
A LOCAL contingent of nine riders will chase national glory at this week’s Cycling Australia National Road Championships in Ballarat. The action started on Wednesday night with former national champions Peta Mullens and Chris Hamilton in action in the women’s and men’s crit..
06-Jan-2017
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Sustainabilty group holds forum
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Sustainability Group’s climate election forum on Tuesday evening at St Paul’s hall attracted a audience keen to hear presentations from the Liberal, Labor, Greens and Sex Party candidates. The need for climate action was explained by James Wight of Precariousclimate...
12-Nov-2014
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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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Wireless the way
Anthony Radford
BENDIGONIANS are connecting to the internet via their wireless devices in astonishing numbers. With smart phones, tablets and wireless internet connection technology taking off, locals are going along for the ride. Data used by locals through Telstra’s 3G netw..
30-Sep-2011
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Electric car man is well switched on
Rosemary Sorensen
When his electric car business in New South Wales kept coming up against political speed-humps, Ross Blade looked south. His battles to make the Blade Electron Australia’s home-grown car for the future continue, but the Castlemaine-based teacher-turned-innovator is determined n..
22-Sep-2011
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Fairfax Media books $401 million loss
Anthony Radford
Fairfax Media Limited has reported a loss of $400.9 million for the past financial year. The company says the result represents a decrease of 1.8 per cent on last year and is ''slightly above market consensus''. Shares in Fairfax Media, publishers of the Bendigo Advertiser, surged..
26-Aug-2011
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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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Paddock to the plate
Bendigo Weekly
St Francis in the Fields school’s environmental sustainability program continues to expand in droves with their pig population going from just two sows a year ago to reaching double figures this year. “Our students work with all of our farm animals as daily feeders and cleaning out th..
16-Aug-2013
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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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A Bendigo tale
Bendigo Weekly
Girls in our Town is the first novel from author Dianne Dempsey. Ms Dempsey launched her debut novel at the 2014 Bendigo Writers Festival a very apt venue with the story based in Bendigo. Ms Dempsey knows her way around the literary world having worked as a freelance journalist, scriptwriter..
22-Aug-2014
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Book sales indicate a top writers festival
Bendigo Weekly
ONE fair indication of a successful writers festival is that the books go flying out the door. For Harry Hart and his staff from Dymocks who were set up in the Capital Theatre last weekend, those books had wings. “Our sales were up by 40 per cent from last year’s festival,” ..
15-Aug-2014
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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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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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