Bendigo Health CEO sacked - UPDATE
Bendigo Weekly
Former Bendigo Health chief executive John Mulder has insisted the board that fired him this morning confirmed there were no findings of gross misconduct or criminal activity against him. Mr Mulder has asked for a copy of the findings of the independent investigation conducted by the Bendigo..
10-Aug-2017
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An ABBAsolutely fabulous night
Sharon Kemp
IF you can’t get enough of ABBA musical theatre, the stars of the first Australian Mamma Mia stage production, Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy, are bringing their own interpretation to Bendigo. But if you think ABBAsolutely Fabulous is an ABBA tribute show, or a version of Mamma Mia,..
04-Aug-2017
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Push for jobs hub
Peter Kennedy
EIGHT work sites located across the City of Greater Bendigo could be brought under the one roof for the first time as part of a proposal for a government jobs hub that could reinvigorate the heart of Bendigo. Planning to co-locate a raft of government agencies and council operations is well..
04-Aug-2017
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Flood Eye data removed
Sharon Kemp
AS it fixes errors, a state government department has removed 85 per cent of the data it had published online for the public to use as information about Bendigo’s flood plain. In late July the North Central Catchment Management Authority removed all but the information pertaining to a ..
04-Aug-2017
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Rail contract on track
Sharon Kemp
A BENDIGO engineering firm has won a $26.2 million contract to build 882 bogie frames for Melbourne’s new metro rail fleet that will come on line in mid-2019. Hofmann Engineering will add 30 workers to its Bendigo workforce to complete the five year contract at its North Bendigo worksh..
04-Aug-2017
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Amnesty target gets results
Steve Kendall
THE National Firearms Amnesty has already had results in Bendigo, with a number of illegally-held weapons being handed in to a licensed gun dealer. In the past two weeks alone, one Bendigo store has had half a dozen handguns handed in, as well as at least two automatic rifles. Included i..
04-Aug-2017
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Students revitalise Annie's tale
Bendigo Weekly
St Liborius Catholic Primary School was abuzz this week as students prepared to perform the musical Annie Jr. A full dress rehearsal took place on Wednesday as students honed their acting, singing and dancing skills in preparation for the two performances which took place at the Liborius Ce..
22-Jun-2017
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Time to move on
Bendigo Weekly
WITH only a few ibis left on Lake Weeroona after breeding season, work has begun to scare the remaining birds off one of two islands. The City of Greater Bendigo has a work permit from the Department of Environmental, Land, Water and Planning to “scare only” the ibis which are pr..
19-Jun-2017
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Blood donor hits a special milestone
Bendigo Weekly
This week is National Blood Donor Week and it’s when the Australian Red Cross Blood Service says a special thank you to all the donating legends. Their generous donations support the one in three Australians who will need donated blood in their lifetime. One donor who deserves a sp..
15-Jun-2017
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Road changes impact winery
Bendigo Weekly
WHILE work on the $86 million Calder Highway interchange at Ravenswood is continuing, one local business has taken a major hit due to a loss of customers attributed to the ongoing roadworks. Killiecrankie Wines owner John Monteath this week said cellar door sales had plummeted by about 80 pe..
09-Jun-2017
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Writers festival reveals line up
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Writers Festival was launched on Wednesday evening announcing the festival is changing, but also staying the same. The festival will feature new events and venues, plus international guests and an impressive line-up of Australian writers. Festival director Rosemary Sorensen s..
01-Jun-2017
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Julia nets a winner with her heritage koi
Steve Kendall
A design that is influenced by Chinese heritage will be featured in a new temporary public art project installed on the Bendigo Town Hall forecourt. The artwork at the intersection of Hargreaves and Bull Streets features eight, four metre long koi fish and is the design of local artist Juli..
25-May-2017
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AFL in class
Bendigo Weekly
CENTRAL Victorian school students picked up some footy tips from the elite level this week as Melbourne Football Club players headed up the Calder for a series of school visits. Demons players dropped into schools across the region, joined by local clubs to run footy clinics and speak to stu..
01-Jun-2017
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Police watch mall
Bendigo Weekly
TRANSIT police from Melbourne spent two afternoons this week patrolling bus stops at Bendigo train station and Hargreaves Mall. Bendigo police inspector Shane Brundell said the city-based officers would return for unannounced visits in coming months. The stronger police presence coincide..
25-May-2017
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Traditional burn a true milestone
Sharon Kemp
WHEN Rhys Cooper talks about the time it took to introduce traditional burning as a permanent fire management tool, he is not talking about the three years that went into planning so it would become reality in Victoria. He is talking about the more than 150 years since white settleme..
18-May-2017
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Tourism boss out in shock job loss
Dianne Dempsey
In what she described as a shock announcement, tourism executive manager Kathryn Mackenzie has lost her position with the City of Greater Bendigo. Ms Mackenzie said news of her redundancy came as a total surprise, particularly as it came on the heels of the Australian Tourism Awards announce..
12-May-2017
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Orange day for SES
Bendigo Weekly
ALL Australians are being encouraged to wear orange in a united show of thanks for the work done and commitment shown by SES volunteers. The Victorian State Emergency Service will be having its annual Wear Orange Wednesday on May 10. SES media team leader Robin Neller said the idea..
04-May-2017
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Lane open for cycle art
Bendigo Weekly
Chancery Lane businesses are seeking submissions from artists to create a significant laneway artwork celebrating Bendigo’s cycling culture. The artwork is part of Bike Bendigo’s La Trobe University Project and will include installation of bicycle parking in the laneway. It..
27-Apr-2017
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Second chance for Mia
Steve Kendall
MIA the border collie has had a second chance and there’s a fundraiser to help the good work continue. The former puppy farm dog had been confined to cages until she ended up at the McIvor Road Vet Clinic. She was far from well and had damage to both hips. Enter Estelle and Kei..
01-Jun-2017
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True brew Fi hits her tea target
Bendigo Weekly
Amid the hum of hundreds of people enjoying morning tea, Fiona Macdonald was confident she had served cups to the more than 350 people she hoped to, and raised more than $8000. Ms Macdonald, with four biggest morning teas under her belt, offered more than just a hot drink and a scone to peop..
25-May-2017
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A coat fit for a community drive
Bendigo Weekly
Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has donated the red coat made famous during the 2016 election campaign to launch the 2017 Bendigo Community Coat Drive. Bendigo Community Health Services chief executive Kim Sykes said the donation was a great start to the 2017 coat drive which looked..
18-May-2017
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Birds are on show
Bendigo Weekly
BIRD fanciers are all of a twitter and ready to flock to an event this weekend. The Bendigo Bird Expo and sale is on at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre on Saturday between 11am and 2pm. There will be a wide variety of both native and exotic birds for sale and display. So..
11-May-2017
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Challenge to aid research
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo riders have set off to ride an epic 900 kilometres this week in support of the inaugural Type 1 Challenge. The challenge is led by three cyclists living with Type 1 Diabetes, the group includes representatives from Telstra, Bendigo Bank, Byte, Channel Nine, Delta Group, HERE ..
04-May-2017
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W-Class rebuilt
Bendigo Weekly
Another historic W-Class tram is on its way back to Melbourne after being restored to its former glory by a dedicated team of Bendigo Tramways staff and volunteers. Minister for Public Transport and local member Jacinta Allan visited the Bendigo Tramways Depot and Workshop on Wednesday to se..
27-Apr-2017
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Meg Mac at the Capital
Joel Peterson
AFTER shooting to prominence with rave reviews, Meg Mac will tour later this year in support of her first album, Low Blows. She will bring the distinctive, booming vocals heard on the album, out today, to Bendigo on Sunday, September 10 when she plays the Capital Theatre. The former Trip..
13-Jul-2017
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Golden blues
Simon Wooldridge
Cameron James Henderson is one of 16 acts set to play at the Blues and Roots Winter Showcase at the Golden Vine on Sunday, July 16. Eight hours of music over two stages also sees Catfish Voodoo, Tasha Zappala, and Matt Katsis line up alongside local favourites Bill Barber, William Alexander..
13-Jul-2017
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Songbook in Bendigo
Steve Kendall
Beccy Cole and Adam Harvey have individually carved out their places at the forefront of Australian country music for almost two decades and each has a list of awards, top selling albums and plenty of fans. They are joining forces and coming to the Ulumbarra Theatre this month to perform a ..
07-Jul-2017
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Frenzal Rhomb to hit MusicMan
Simon Wooldridge
Frenzal Rhomb, out on the road promoting new album Hi-Vis High Tea, rock-up at Bendigo’s MusicMan on Thursday, July 27. A sedate, gentle, recital kind-of-evening seems unlikely. The new album, their ninth studio record in a 25-year career, clocks-in at a very punk rock 20 tracks i..
07-Jul-2017
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Dave O'Neil is comedy gold
Bendigo Weekly
Goldmines Comedy is back for July with Dave O’Neil as the headline act on Thursday. The night is being held from 8pm at the Goldmines Hotel, 49-57, Marong Road. Tickets are $10 on the door and for that you will be entertained by Melbourne and local comedians. O’Neil is A..
07-Jul-2017
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Isaiah has a homecoming
Bendigo Weekly
With a population of just more than 5000 people, Moama is hardly the kind of place you expect to find a superstar. Well, no one told Isaiah Firebrace that. In the past two years, the teen has transformed from a small town singer with big dreams, to one of Australia’s most successful ar..
29-Jun-2017
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Spots open at academy
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Academy of Sport is calling on kayaking hopefuls to test their skills in its Toward Olympic Hopes Kayak program. The program has been immensely successful with coach Tony Misson currently overseas with a national team, as is gun paddler Maddie Batters. Batters has recently b..
04-Aug-2017
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Rivals meet in QEO showdown
Bendigo Weekly
SOUTH Bendigo and Sandhurst’s clash at the QEO on Saturday has the traditional rivalry plus plenty of extra meaning as the two sides vie for a Bendigo Football Netball League finals spot. Both sides have been decimated by injuries after making promising starts to the season, Sandhurst&..
04-Aug-2017
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Haig caps top week for local riders
Bendigo Weekly
JACK Haig has turned a promising start to the week into a simple brilliant finish, winning the sixth stage of the Tour of Poland overnight. The Bendigo product attacked from a reduced front group inside the final 20 kilometres and opened up a 50-second gap to claim his first professional vic..
04-Aug-2017
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Hawks fly into top spot
Bendigo Weekly
AT the end of 2016 Eaglehawk was the absolute flavour of the month in Bendigo football, the team everyone was predicting to be the next big thing. The Hawks roared home and made the finals after being 3-6 after nine rounds and then proceeded to make their way to a preliminary final where the..
28-Jul-2017
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Spirit hit the road to start WNBL season
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Spirit will start its WNBL campaign with two away games as the new-look league undergoes major changes to its draw. The 21-game season is compressed into 13 rounds between October and the end of December, with finals in January. One of the main drivers for the change of timin..
28-Jul-2017
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Braves' playoff hopes on the line
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Braves and Lady Braves face what is unquestionably the biggest night in both of their seasons tomorrow as the sides jostle for SEABL postseason position with a fortnight of action remaining. Both sides host playoff challengers at Bendigo Stadium, the Lady Braves hoping to lock up..
28-Jul-2017
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Playing sport with disability
Bendigo Weekly
A GROUP of 10 local students with a disability yesterday hosted an all-abilities sports day for primary school students to raise awareness of what it’s like to live and play sport with a disability. The group is comprised of members from Kalianna School and Bendigo Senior Secondary Col..
25-May-2017
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Awards launched to aid sustainability
Bendigo Weekly
New research by Sustainability Victoria shows that more than 90 per cent of Victorians want environmental projects to tackle climate change. Sustainability Victoria’s Stan Krpan said the premier’s Sustainability Awards provided a channel for just that. “One of the great..
18-May-2017
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Weeroona walk for dog lovers
Bendigo Weekly
It’s time for dog lovers to register for the biggest event on the canine calendar, the RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk. Once again Lake Weeroona is the place to be with your dog on Sunday, May 21. After 22 years, Million Paws Walk remains RSPCA’s biggest annual fundraising ev..
11-May-2017
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Make a healthy investment for mum
Bendigo Weekly
It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer. It is the most common life-threatening cancer facing Australian women with 44 Australians diagnosed and seve..
08-May-2017
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Welsh choir a plus for funds
Bendigo Weekly
One of Australia’s most versatile entertainers, Silvie Paladino will feature with the Victoria Welsh Choir later this year. The Rotary Club of Bendigo South and the City of Greater Bendigo council will join to raise funds for technical equipment for Ulumbarra Theatre. ..
04-May-2017
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Remembering those who fell
Bendigo Weekly
DESPITE an ominously wet eve, Anzac Day in Bendigo was a mostly dry affair for those who attended. Numbers at the dawn ceremony were comparable to previous events with most braving the risk of rain. Earlier in the week, BSE College held its pre-Anzac Day Commemorative Service and studen..
27-Apr-2017
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Milestone for exchange
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Livestock Exchange in Wallenjoe Road Huntly is celebrating its 20 year anniversary. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Bernie O’Sullivan said the livestock exchange is one of Victoria’s premier livestock selling facilities. It was constructed at a cost of $5..
01-Jun-2017
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Students spread the word
Bendigo Weekly
Monash Rural Health hosted a student-led careers day in Bendigo, which attracted 25 medical and dental students from Monash University, La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne keen to hear about rural opportunities. The seminar, organised by student rural health clubs at the th..
25-May-2017
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Future in healthy food
Bendigo Weekly
CUSTOMERS say they want healthier foods in the island bins and at the end of aisles, according to the customer survey that accompanied the pilot study of the effects of drawing shoppers’ attention to healthier products. The pilot study, carried out in three Champions IGA supermarkets i..
18-May-2017
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Lansell goes to panel
Bendigo Weekly
PLANS for a 104-lot subdivision in East Bendigo could be headed for an independent panel, after the City of Greater Bendigo received 101 submissions regarding the project. The Lansell Crest development which proponent Blue Bondi Pty Ltd wants to establish on a vacant site off Lansell Street,..
11-May-2017
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Kindy learns about art
Bendigo Weekly
Over the past month, Kindergarten students at Jenny’s Early Learning Centre have been learning about art. They have visited the Schaller Studio to learn more about the paintings of namesake Mark Schaller, as well as visits to the Bendigo Pottery and the Bendigo Art Gallery. ..
04-May-2017
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Marketplace joins a classic
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Marketplace is backing this year’s Mother’s Day Classic by raising awareness of the event itself and encouraging registrations and fundraising for the cause. The centre is working with the local Mother’s Day Classic committee to promote the Sunday, May 14 event whi..
27-Apr-2017
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Solar power a school hit
Bendigo Weekly
St Francis of the Fields Primary School has teamed up with More Australian Solar Homes and The Hub Foundation to install solar panels. St Francis of the Fields is one of the largest primary schools in the region with just over 550 students. The school sits ..
25-May-2017
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Share the repair
Bendigo Weekly
What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike when the wheels get out of line? Or with a sweater full of moth holes? Toss it? No way. A group of locals have organised the first Repair Café in Bendigo on Saturday at the Good Loaf Cafe from 10am until 2pm. Various volunteer ..
18-May-2017
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Expanding our justice knowledge
Bendigo Weekly
Talking Justice returns to the Ulumbarra Theatre for Law Week 2017. This year’s event on May 19 and 20 brings some of Australia’s most distinguished writers, lawyers, activists and commentators to Bendigo to tackle what are sometimes referred to as wicked problems, vexing social..
11-May-2017
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App trial to ease parking pain
Bendigo Weekly
A new online parking payment system is being trialled to allow residents to more easily pay for their parking. The trial, which began on Monday, will apply to two specific all-day carparks, the Market Street and Myers Street car parks. The system is called PayStay..
04-May-2017
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Stage two work starts
Bendigo Weekly
WORK started this week at Bendigo Hospital to begin demolition of the Kurmala building. Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan took to the tools and hopped on board a backhoe to start off the process. The stage two works of the Bendigo Hospital Project will also include the demolition o..
27-Apr-2017
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New look for blood donors
Steve Kendall
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has a surprise in store for Bendigo’s blood donors with the service yesterday announcing a half a million dollar refurbishment to the Bendigo Blood Donor Centre. The refurbishment will see a substantial reconfiguration of the centre providing a mo..
20-Apr-2017
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Tales of life's journey
Dianne Dempsey
With this is her second book Sally Van Gent has established herself as a valuable contributor to the Australian literary scene. As with her first book, Clay Gully, which described the trials and tribulations of setting up a heritage apple orchard in Bendigo, Van Gent has the admirable skill ..
01-Jun-2017
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Story of a matriarch
Rosalea Ryan
Ellen Quinn is barely 18 years-of-age when she falls under the spell of emancipated convict John ‘Red’ Kelly, 30. Ellen’s family have been in Australia for almost a decade, having emigrated from the northern tip of Ireland as free settlers shortly before the potato famine ..
25-May-2017
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Island life and death
Rosalea Ryan
Long-time residents say that “incomers” moving to Sanday, one of the outermost of the scattered Orkney islands off the north-east corner of Scotland, are generally running away from something. Mike Jones is no exception – so when traces of a human skeleton are unearthed from th..
19-May-2017
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Breaking free of the herd
Rosalea Ryan
Thirty-six-year-old Camilla Stacey is confident, frank, fulfilled and secure in her choices to not have children, to eschew emotional relationships with men and to speak her mind daily via the immensely successful blog HowItIs.com. In the eyes of her half a million readers Cam is an idol; t..
11-May-2017
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Fast-talking flashbacks
Rosalea Ryan
SHE’S played Craig T Nelson’s daughter, Alexis Bledel’s mother, David Sutcliffe’s wife, Ray Romano’s fiancée and her real-life boyfriend’s sister in a Hollywood career that has rarely allowed more than a moment’s downtime. Fans..
04-May-2017
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Behind the beach facade
Rosalea Ryan
Ned has done the unthinkable: squandered his severely disabled sister’s entire insurance payout. It was an investment that should have supported Angela for the rest of her life, challenging though that existence is, but now the funds are gone – swallowed up by a childhood friend..
27-Apr-2017
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