Legal aid cuts reversed
Sharon Kemp
CUTS to legal aid services in central Victoria were halted when Attorney-General George Brandis announced this week the government would restore funding to community legal services. Arc Justice, which operates the Loddon Campaspe community legal centre in Bendigo and another in Shepparton, h..
28-Apr-2017
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Dry winter looms after wet April
Joel Peterson
DESPITE the wettest April on record, central Victorians can still expect a dry winter according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Bendigo has recorded 113.2 millimetres of rainfall so far this month, the most ever recorded at the Bendigo airport weather station and the city’s wettest since..
28-Apr-2017
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Beehive work to start
Sharon Kemp
IN what will be a major boost for city traders, the first stage of restoration work on the former Bendigo Mining Exchange will begin within months. After delays that have forced the owners to renegotiate a variation to the works contract with the City of Greater Bendigo, project spokesman Gr..
28-Apr-2017
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Aspire lodges planning application
Sharon Kemp
THE Aspire Foundation has lodged a planning application with the City of Greater Bendigo to build Australia’s first faith-based tourist precinct, and will continue to lobby the federal government for funding. The foundation developing the precinct to be built at the base of the Sacred ..
28-Apr-2017
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Hard work rewarded for La Trobe graduates
Bendigo Weekly
ALMOST 800 graduands had their few minutes of fame on stage at the Ulumburra Theatre this week. Surinderjeet Saini, pictured, was one of the students who gathered with family and friends to celebrate their years of study in a wide range of courses, from dentistry to outdoor education, busin..
28-Apr-2017
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Council for the people
Peter Kennedy
This weekend marks the six month anniversary of local government elections that saw an unprecedented level of change in the makeup of the City of Greater Bendigo council, and the subsequent election of business woman Margaret O’Rourke as mayor. Cr O’Rourke is warm, generous wi..
21-Apr-2017
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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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Focus on nurses for Mother's Day Classic
Bendigo Weekly
NURSES have the opportunity to swap their scrubs for pink wigs and shirts at the Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic, Australia’s largest breast cancer fundraiser, on Sunday, May 8. On Mother’s Day, more than 100,000 Australians will walk or run to help fund breast cance..
01-Apr-2016
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Door open for input
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo wants input from the community as part of the development of a new township planning document for Marong. The Marong Township Structure Plan will help guide future land rezoning and the development of road networks, open space and facilities. It will also form the..
01-Apr-2016
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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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Three-injured in crash
Bendigo Weekly
POLICE are investigating a crash in California Gully after three men were taken to hospital this morning. Officers were on routine patrol when they saw a car with no registration plates just before 3am. Bendigo police attempted to intercept the vehicle but the driver refused to pull over so t..
19-May-2015
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Cars collide in Kennington
Bendigo Weekly
By BRIDGETTE BARRY-MURPHY Three cars collided on Sternberg Street in Kennington just after 4pm today. A Ford Falcon ute ran into the rear of a Holden Commodore pushing it into a van. The driver of the first vehicle, a van, is believed to have driven off. ..
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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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Pacing Cup lures top field
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Harness Racing Club will host one of the biggest events on its calendar next Friday when the 2017 group two Petstock Bendigo Pacing Cup. Some of the state’s best horses have won the race in years past including last year’s winner Lennytheshark, currently o..
10-Feb-2017
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Fire lit under Spirit's playoff push
Joel Peterson
SUNDAY’s matchup between the Bendigo Spirit and Townsville Fire could all but decide fourth spot in the Women’s National Basketball League season and the home side is hoping for a bumper crowd to support its playoff push. The Spirit have thrown open the doors to the Bendigo Stadi..
03-Feb-2017
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Heavyweight showdown in BDCA
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO District cricket’s top four sides each have an opportunity to cement a finals spot when round 11 of the BDCA begins on Saturday. All four are coming off wins last weekend, Kangaroo Flat scoring the most impressive with a gutsy performance over a sloppy Bendigo outfit that let c..
03-Feb-2017
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History in the making
Joel Peterson
THE long and nervous wait to the start of the AFL Women’s competition is almost over for five Bendigo footballers, whose sides meet tonight in the league’s historic opening match. Carlton and Collingwood, the teams that feature all five Bendigo Thunder players on their lists, cla..
03-Feb-2017
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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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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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Dilemma for caring mother
Dianne Dempsey
They sit at the dining table together, comrades in arms. Worn out warriors of a hard life. David Lyon is 52. His mother Joan Lyon 83. Mrs Lyon is very ill and very worried. David was born with an intellectual disability and needs constant care. “When David was 39 he became physical..
24-Sep-2014
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Blokes ready for lunch
Steve Kendall
Planning for this year’s Blokes Biggest Ever Lunch is well on the way with more than 250 tickets sold. Organiser Keith Sutherland said the event goes from strength to strength. “Our special guest is Jason McCartney who is a Bali bombing survivor and ex North Melbourne and Colli..
12-Sep-2014
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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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Property plus
Anthony Radford
BENDIGO Property Plus is really going places. Husband and wife team Nathan and Jane Diss started up the real estate business about 14 months ago, and are going from strength to strength. While residential real estate is their bread and butter, the company is moving into property management and w..
26-Aug-2011
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Energy assessments help small business cut costs
Anthony Radford
CENTRAL Victorian businesses have been encouraged to take control of their energy bills as part of a pilot program offering energy assessments launched in Bendigo today. The Central Victorian Solar City initiative aims to help businesses better manage and control their rising energy costs as pa..
22-Aug-2011
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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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Food, fibre and fashion
Bendigo Weekly
This weekend will a big one for farming, fibre, food and fashion with the 136th annual Australian Sheep and Wool Show incorporating the Festival of Lamb and Women in Wool. The action kicks off at the Bendigo Exhibition centre today and the first food event each day is a live Youth Challenge Cook o..
18-Jul-2013
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Cheers for new Bendigo brewery
Vicki Harrington
Bendigo’s burgeoning food and produce scene welcomed another newcomer this week with the launch of Brookes Beer. Melburnians Doug Brooke and partner Melissa Church specifically chose Bendigo for their new venture. “We were looking for a place to set up our brewery and discovere..
05-Jul-2013
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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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Flags waving to herald a gathering of writers
Bendigo Weekly
THE flags went up at the top of View Street this week, in preparation for the third Bendigo Writers Festival across the weekend of August 8 to 10. The banners feature the festival’s new look, with a bright and bold identity to match the busy, lively program. Designed by Bendigo&rsquo..
11-Jul-2014
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Support the team
Bendigo Weekly
They are the first people many writers and guests get to see, their friendly efficiency the epitome of the kind of event Bendigo Writers Festival aims to be. The small army of volunteers who help make the festival run smoothly is gearing up again to prepare for the August 8 to 10 weekend. ..
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