Drug death warning
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’S drug service agencies are preparing to respond to a strain of drugs cut with new synthetic substances that have claimed lives in Europe and the United States. Emergency service personnel also attended an information session where a Melbourne academic warned the drugs would be..
02-Jun-2017
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Hawkei passes explosives test
Peter Kennedy
AUSTRALIA’S most senior army officer has heaped praise on the Hawkei armoured vehicle and its potential to save lives and win valuable export contracts for the local defence industry. Addressing the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Senate estimates committee on Wednesday,..
02-Jun-2017
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Collector of note sells up
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO nonagenarian Gordon Jackson has spent more than 40 years creating what Australian music historian Graeme Skinner would call a paper jukebox. Sheet music has been such an enduring interest of Mr Jackson’s, he has a floor to ceiling collection in his Strathdale home. But havi..
02-Jun-2017
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Bendigo Writers Festival Revealed
Bendigo Weekly
New events and venues, plus brilliant international guests and a dazzling line-up of Australian writers In its sixth year, Bendigo Writers Festival has dug deep to find new ways to offer audiences rich entertainment for a truly i..
31-May-2017
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Residents claim flood study wrong
Sharon Kemp
A BAND of Bendigo residents continue to oppose a urban-wide flood study that suggests Rosalind Park will flood in a one-in-100-year event. City of Greater Bendigo councillors will in coming months vote on the Bendigo Urban Flood Study that will extend by more than 5500 the number of houses t..
26-May-2017
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James makes a splash
Bendigo Weekly
KAYAKING ace James Humphry has only been paddling for two years but is already one of the sport's rising stars. He recently cemented that status, named the Bendigo Academy of Sport's Athlete of the Year. ..
26-May-2017
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Engineering the future but respecting the past
Sharon Kemp
What stirs a former mayor, the youngest in Bendigo at the time, and now an award-winning Melbourne-based engineer, when he revisits the goldfields city? Chris Stoltz says the heritage heart of Bendigo tweaks his heartstrings, particularly the grand trio of buildings on Pall Mall – the ..
22-Apr-2016
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Raising funds for Kangaroo Flat centre
Bendigo Weekly
THE fundraising partnership of Bendigo Community Health Services and Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise is set to benefit residents and businesses wishing to donate to the Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre. The legal status of the BCHS means the donations will be tax ded..
22-Apr-2016
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Windfall for Kalianna five years on
Sharon Kemp
More than $4 million to start rebuilding the run-down facilities of Kalianna Special School in North Bendigo is the next step in a two-year, parent-driven campaign to make the school a centre of excellence. On Monday, Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards told the Kalianna community in the school&rs..
22-Apr-2016
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Walk the walk for guide dogs group
Bendigo Weekly
A walk at Lake Weeroona on Sunday is fundraising to fetch funds for furry heroes. Bendigo residents together with Guide Dogs Victoria will host an event for local dogs and their owners to raise much needed funds for the organisation and celebrate life-changing guide dog partnerships across t..
15-Apr-2016
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Chris fights back
Joel Peterson
TWO weeks after he was knocked off his bike on a training ride, Chris Hamilton is working towards regaining the form that led his meteoric rise at the start of 2016. The 20-year-old cyclist couldn’t help but win at the start of the year, earning a Bendigo Sports Star of the Year nomina..
15-Apr-2016
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Museum growth plan
Dianne Dempsey
THE Bendigo Chinese Association has launched its latest strategic plan which calls for the development of a new building to house its ever-growing collection. Bendigo Chinese Association museum president Charles Lougoon was joined by Bendigo Chinese Association executive member Doug Lougoon ..
15-Apr-2016
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Cycling passion
Bendigo Weekly
Chris McShane is passionate about bicycles and cycling. His early years were spent on an isolated farm in Tasmania, where he enjoyed watching the bush mechanics fixing and making things with minimal tools and resources. His first bike was a 24 inch, single speed freewheel with a hub br..
13-Nov-2015
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Fayre go in Malmsbury
Bendigo Weekly
Malmsbury is gearing up for its annual village Fayre, which promises to be a fun-filled day for all the family. Located in the picturesque botanic gardens and adjacent town hall there will be plenty of live music and roving entertainment on Sunday, November 15 along with lots of hands-on ch..
13-Nov-2015
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Eureka Climb a tall order for Jo
Bendigo Weekly
The race to the top of Melbourne’s tallest building is on again. More than 2500 climbers are set to climb to the Eureka Skydeck on Sunday, November 15 to raise money for charities Whitelion and Interplast. Local resident Jo Rose, along with many others, will be entering again thi..
06-Nov-2015
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Minibeasts move in to Discovery
Laura Hurley
CREEPY crawly critters could soon be coming to the Discovery Centre, with the centre waiting for the go ahead for a $13,000 Stronger Communities Grant application submitted to the federal government. Discovery staff were joined by federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters this wee..
05-Nov-2015
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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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John Grossman Project
Simon Wooldridge
Wander the streets of Bendigo’s CBD regularly and sooner or later you’ll run into John Grossman. Rock up to the Taphouse, Golden Vine or one of many other local venues and sooner or later you’ll see the impassive Grossman on stage, caressing sweet sounds out of one of his ..
19-Feb-2016
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Midweek Blues at the weekend
Simon Wooldridge
Midweek Blues, a five-piece Bendigo outfit, is starting to build some serious momentum on the local live scene. Hailing from various corners of Victoria but now all settled in Bendigo, Mick Sheahan, Jayd Ingles, John Northfield, Steve Osborne and Paul Robins have comfortably transitioned fr..
12-Feb-2016
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Sisters are doing it
Steve Kendall
The McClymonts will be in Bendigo in July as one of 10 live dates celebrating 10 years of hits. Since releasing their self-titled debut EP in 2006, Brooke, Sam and Mollie have produced 19 charting singles, gold albums, multiple awards and sold out shows across Australia and the..
05-Feb-2016
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New focus for Missy Higgins
Laura Hurley
AWARD winning singer-songwriter Missy Higgins will be heading to Echuca next month when she headlines the Riverboats Music Festival. Following the release of her fourth album Oz in 2014, the ARIA-award winning artist has been focussing on motherhood after she gave birth to a baby boy in Janu..
29-Jan-2016
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Doc White aims to make you feel better
Bendigo Weekly
Tonight see blues heavyweights Doc White and the Andy Phillips Duo at Billyroy’s Blues Bar, for an A-list double-header. Doc White, one of a very small select group of blues mandolinists in the world, kicks off proceedings at 7.30pm. Speaking from his Dandenong Ranges home he gave..
29-Jan-2016
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Abbie comes to play
Bendigo Weekly
Singer-songwriter Abbie Cardwell takes up a residency of sorts in Bendigo this weekend. The popular performer’s unique mix of banjo, guitar, ukulele and harmonica can be experienced in four very different settings tonight and tomorrow. Drawing on influences ranging from Americana..
22-Jan-2016
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Kick off for new programs
Bendigo Weekly
THE revamped Bendigo Amateur Soccer league begins its 2017 season tomorrow with a raft of new programs in place across senior and junior levels. The BASL has joined forces with several out-of-town clubs and expanded to an 11-team competition, with Swan Hill not fielding a team. Shepparto..
31-Mar-2017
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LVFNL set for a start
Joel Peterson
CALIVIL United and Mitiamo will meet in an opening round blockbuster when the 2017 Loddon Valley Football Netball League season kicks off on Saturday. The LVFNL is the first of the local leagues to get its season under way and mark the official start of the local football season. Reig..
31-Mar-2017
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Long-time foes meet again
Joel Peterson
IF the recent form of Eaglehawk and Bendigo United is anything to go by, this weekend’s Bendigo District Cricket Association grand final will be a high-octane affair. Both clubs ripped through their semi final adversaries – BUCCs rolling Kangaroo Flat in less than a day while Eag..
24-Mar-2017
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Braves back for more
Joel Peterson
SATURDAY hails the arrival of a new season for the Bendigo Braves, but the team’s goal has not changed. Following a drought-breaking SEABL title in 2016, the Braves have reloaded for another run. They, and the Bendigo Lady Braves, kick start their season on Saturday against Dandeno..
24-Mar-2017
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Lady Braves banking on youth
Joel Peterson
AN underprepared Bendigo Lady Braves side will be thrown straight into the SEABL’s deep end when it faces reigning champion Dandenong on Saturday. The Lady Braves do not have an import on their roster and were embarrassingly thumped to the tune of 20 points in a practice match a fortni..
24-Mar-2017
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Epic event in the Gully
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Mountain Bike Club’s signature event for 2017 will hail the start of a new era for one of the fastest growing organisations in local sport. Spring Gully’s Muldoon Reserve will host the Golden Triangle Epic event for the first time this weekend. The reserve is set..
24-Mar-2017
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Pop in to be part of Mary's show
Steve Kendall
MAGICAL people are wanted to perform in the new Ulumbarra Theatre in a new production of Mary Poppins. The Bendigo Theatre Company (BTC) is looking for Mary, Bert, Jane and Michael, as well as more than 30 further cast members and ensemble players. Auditions are being held on Friday, March 2..
06-Mar-2015
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Dianne Dempsey
“Perhaps someday the poor will find it in their hearts to forgive you. For it is more blessed to give than to receive, and it is also a lot easier.” St Vincent de Paul It is Tuesday morning and the money has run out. In fact it ran out last week, but what is more urgent now is tha..
27-Feb-2015
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Farewell to state's first woman priest
Dianne Dempsey
That the Anglican Church now allows women to become priests is a well known fact; but what is a lesser known fact is that the first woman to become a priest in Victoria hailed from Bendigo and was an Old Girtonian. The Reverend Elizabeth Alfred passed away earlier this month on February 2, ju..
20-Feb-2015
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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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NBN means business
Bendigo Weekly
THE announcement of the National Broadband Network was greeted almost universally with relief and optimism around the city. Over the next few weeks, the Bendigo Weekly will look at the reactions across the city’s big and small business, education and health sectors to find out what it means ..
05-Apr-2012
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Bank introduces IT cadetship
Bendigo Weekly
FIVE Information Technology enthusiasts have embarked on the first day of a five-year cadetship, which will see them study at La Trobe University while working at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. The cadets are part of a wider program which has offered a further four cadets places at Bendigo IT, Integr..
21-Mar-2012
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Bendigo Bank comfortable despite downturn
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has announced a six-montlhy result that "should provide comfort" to customers, despite a 66 per cent downturn in net profit. The Half Year Report for the six months ending December 31, 2011, shows an after tax statutory profit of $57.9 million, down from $..
20-Feb-2012
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Tom follows in the family tradition
Bendigo Weekly
TOM Maher has spent most of his life dealing with land in one form or another – now he is selling it. Using all the experience and qualifications, Mr Maher has opened his own agency – Maher Real Estate. “I have the expertise and contacts for residential and rural land, includin..
17-Feb-2012
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The Bendigo hikes rates
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Bank has lifted its residential variable home loan interest rate by a whopping .15 per cent, higher than ANZ of Wesptac, a week before it unveils its interim profit announcement. The ANZ and Westpac were chastised for lifting their rates .1 and .06 percentage points in the past f..
13-Feb-2012
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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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Food Fossickers back in season
Vicki Harrington
Food Fossickers is a member-based network of passionate food industry individuals and businesses united in their passion for seeing delicious, nutritious, great quality and seasonal, local food on local plates. Food Fossickers is an incorporated association with big dreams to help achieve their vi..
17-Oct-2013
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Gluten off the menu
Bendigo Weekly
A SOLD out crowd poured into Bendigo to talk all things gluten-free on Sunday. Bendigo hosted Coeliac Victoria’s annual regional conference, drawing a crowd from across the region, to discover the health benefits of a gluten-free lifestyle. Coeliac disease affects one in 70 Australians. ..
10-Oct-2013
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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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Short stories shine light
Dianne Dempsey
To the surprise and delight of the many people involved in the inaugural Quality Living Options Short Story Prize 2014, the winner was local visual artist, Pauline Mathrick. Her story, Room with a View was a stand out for the judges. Names were not attached to the 47 entries stories whic..
10-Dec-2014
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The Church with a Chimney
Dianne Dempsey
The value of local history, and implied that of the local historian, is often underestimated. A knowledge of our ancestors and they work they did is intrinsically important to us. This local history impacts upon us in terms of public and private buildings, public and private services and mo..
28-Nov-2014
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Courage in time of war
Dianne Dempsey
Nancy Wake Peter Fitzsimons HarperCollins (2001) War is in the air, at least in terms of civic events and publications. The books are coming out thick and fast regarding the anniversary of the Anzacs. While plenty of focus is on the men who fought, apart from the nursing fraternity,..
21-Nov-2014
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The First Lot
Dianne Dempsey
The First Lot 7th Battalion. The first men of the Bendigo district to volunteer for service in the First World War Larna Malone. We had driven the Turks back three miles and had followed them up, when ‘I stopped one’. I was lying behind a small bush when I got hit in the sid..
14-Nov-2014
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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..
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