In the IBAC spotlight
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Kangan Institute and Victorian regional rail operator V/Line will come under scrutiny as part of an Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission investigation into alleged corrupt conduct at the companies. IBAC, the same body investigating charges of corruption at Bendigo Healt..
16-Jun-2017
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High speed a problem
Joel Peterson
POLICE are reminding motorists to be mindful of their behaviour behind the wheel after impounding two cars in Bendigo and detecting a range of traffic offences across the long weekend. Statewide, 8300 traffic offences and 800 crime offences were detected during the four-day Operation Rega..
16-Jun-2017
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New push to interest voters
Sharon Kemp
DISCARD postal voting and reinvigorate discussion about the provision of council services are two suggestions offered by a prominent Bendigo political scientist to get voters interested in local government elections. The 2016 poll showed low voter turnout was prevalent across Victoria, with ..
16-Jun-2017
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Work the perfect medicine
Joel Peterson
MOST people dread going to work on a Monday. For John Lindsay it is just about the highlight of his week. Mr Lindsay will clock on for his final shift at Arnold Street Pharmacy on Monday after what he estimates is more than 55 years of experience in the industry. For more than 24 years a..
16-Jun-2017
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School funding row hits new low
Sharon Kemp
THE debate around education funding turned personal this week after Catholic school leaders called out Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie for ignoring them. Failing to attend a meeting and tour of St Liborius’ Catholic Parish Primary School in Eaglehawk but organising and attending a m..
09-Jun-2017
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Flood pressure mounts
Sharon Kemp
THE flood study that will mark an additional 5700 properties in Bendigo as flood affected is undergoing due diligence by City of Greater Bendigo officers before it is put to councillors in the coming months. But it is unclear if councillors will be allowed to hear from a group that has oppos..
09-Jun-2017
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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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Hucker top of the list
Bendigo Weekly
FOLLOWING the biggest win of his young cycling career, Robbie Hucker’s Tour of Taiwan triumph secured him the Bendigo Weekly/Prime7 Sports Star of the Year award for March. Hucker made the switch from Drapac Professional Cycling to the Avanti IsoWhey Sports team in the summer, and the ..
15-Apr-2016
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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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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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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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Newstead, the place to be seen
Bendigo Weekly
ONLY a few days to go before a small town between Castlemaine and Maryborough again hosts its much anticipated music festival. Newstead Live 2016 will see the small Pyrenees Highway town double or treble its population as the town puts on concerts, workshops, Morris dancers, a festival choi..
15-Jan-2016
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A big night in store MusicMan
Bendigo Weekly
MusicMan in Hargreaves Street tonight sees a welcome return for indie-rock trio Kerr’s Cur who form an impressive five-band lineup which includes Midweek Blues and heavy rocking MusicMan regulars Stone Djoser. Kerr’s Cur are a fairly recent addition to the Bendigo music scene, fo..
08-Jan-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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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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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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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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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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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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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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