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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New shelters continue QEO progress
Bendigo Weekly
With the majority of the project finished in 2011, a long-awaited element of the redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Oval is under way. The first handful of several shelter structures are being constructed at the ground, but will not be finished for some months. The works are the first ..
09-Jun-2017
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Channel to be restored
Bendigo Weekly
SECTIONS of an historic water channel between Bendigo and Malmsbury are being renewed during winter ahead of hot weather when water flows will be required again for farming. The Coliban main channel renewal program is a $4.6 million project designed to restore the open gravity channel built ..
09-Jun-2017
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Bank shares take a tumble
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has again been the victim of timing, this week changing the way it treats gains and losses relating to its Homesafe product. The bank chose to announce the change as fears circle about a downturn in property prices in Melbourne and Sydney where the product finds its..
09-Jun-2017
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Under their spell
Bendigo Weekly
It was described as revolutionary when it first hit the stage in 1971 and Catholic College students have this week put their own spin on a smash-hit musical in their performances of Godspell. The school’s year nine students took to the stage at Ulumburra Theatre over the past two days..
09-Jun-2017
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Bid to regain Gonski
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO school principals can budget for the next four years to include programs that help their disadvantaged students, but they are unlikely to see a rise in the state government’s equity funding. While visiting Specimen Hill Primary School, education minister James Merlino said the ..
02-Jun-2017
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Clarification re Bendigo Health
Bendigo Weekly
A report in last week’s edition of the Bendigo Weekly included reference to the Bendigo Health annual report from 2011/12 which stated that the governance and remuneration committee (a board sub-committee), had included just two independent directors during the 2011/12 financial year..
07-Apr-2017
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Developers launch Fortuna homes
Sharon Kemp
FORTUNA Villa Estate is the latest of Bendigo’s medium-density housing prospects, on the market as of tomorrow after two years in the planning and designed to appeal to homebuyers who want to live near a piece of gold-era history. The Bendigo consortium which bought the 2.8 hectares of..
07-Apr-2017
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Lack of oversight from hospital board
Sharon Kemp
THE board of Bendigo Health failed to have the appropriate oversight on executive remuneration when chief executive John Mulder was allegedly receiving tax benefits as part of his salary by renting a house from his wife. The board may have breached Government Sector Executive Remuneration Pa..
31-Mar-2017
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Bush's has the right stuff
Sharon Kemp
CHANGING with the times is critical to the longevity of local business Bush’s Produce, the longest running in Bendigo in the same building, according to store manager Frank Webb. “Albert Bush would have rolled in his grave if he knew people would pay $10 to give their dog a squir..
30-Mar-2017
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VCAT finds Elise Chapman guilty of misconduct
Sharon Kemp
FORMER City of Greater Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman was guilty of misconduct in giving voice to ugly and unjustified stereotyping of Muslims in Bendigo when she tweeted a picture depicting genital mutilation, according to a VCAT vice president. In a 22-page finding handed down yesterday,..
24-Mar-2017
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Police warning after drug deaths
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Police are investigating three separate deaths in the past fortnight they suspect are heroin overdoses and not coincidental. Superintendent Darren Franks yesterday issued a warning to be careful about using illicit drugs given the user may not know what is mixed with the drug. ..
17-Mar-2017
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Doctors strike a chord
Bendigo Weekly
A symphony orchestra made up of more than 80 doctors from around the country will perform its first ever Bendigo concert at Ulumbarra Theatre this Month. Event organiser and Bendigo-based orthopaedic surgical specialist, Travis Perera, said the event was a unique national assembly of talente..
30-Mar-2017
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Festival of cultures
Sharon Kemp
THE Bendigo Fesitval of Cultures has expanded from one day a year to more than a week of the multicultural events suggesting, as it states, diversity is becoming mainstream. Or at least interest in diversity has become the norm. The Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services drives the even..
23-Mar-2017
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Muslim workshop attracts protest
Sharon Kemp
The first community workshop offering a 90-minute insight into lives of local Muslims drew more than a dozen anti-mosque protestors in Bendigo, and after them and in smaller numbers, a group of young women advocating tolerance. On McCrae Street, opposite Bendigo TAFE, protestors claiming ..
20-Mar-2017
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Alissa jumps into new role at Discovery
Bendigo Weekly
The Discovery Science and Technology Centre has a new science communicator. Alissa Van Soest has joined the team and her skills and abilities will help Discovery meet its key objective of inspiring scientific curiosity. The role also helps guide students onto a path towards science, tec..
16-Mar-2017
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Nine gears up for news service
Bendigo Weekly
FAMILIAR and fresh faces will combine in a new TV news service in Victoria. Nine Local News bulletins will hit the screens on March 14, as the national broadcaster steps back into local news following its alignment with Southern Cross Austereo. Well-known Bendigo journalist Sarah Lawren..
03-Mar-2017
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O Week a winner for new students
Bendigo Weekly
LA TROBE University had a packed week of events to see in the academic year and welcome its new students. Orientation Week was a chance for students to get to know the campus, their lecturers and each other ahead of hitting the books. Head of campus Rob Stephenson said with almost 60 pe..
23-Feb-2017
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Discover how the human body works
Bendigo Weekly
What’s the most complicated machine on earth? And here’s a hint – you are one of them. With their Fully Sick school holiday program, Discovery Science and Technology Centre will help you learn about your body, how illness affects us and how doctors can test our health. ..
30-Mar-2017
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Egg hunt makes a difference
Bendigo Weekly
Oden and Zander Goudie can’t wait to get among the fun and the sweet treats at the Vision Australia Easter Egg Hunt at the Bendigo Easter Festival on Good Friday. They already have tickets – and you can get yours now before they sell out, and support the work to enable people wit..
23-Mar-2017
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Students ready for a gala Carnivale
Bendigo Weekly
Lightning Reef Primary School has entered the Eaglehawk Gala Parade on Saturday as part of the annual Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival. The school hasn’t entered the festival for several years but this year will have more than 90 students and 13 staff members participating in the co..
16-Mar-2017
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Bright spark in industry
Joel Peterson
Apprentice electrician Alecia Allaway is doing her bit for International Women’s Day. She’s making her mark in the industry and is now employed by Laser Electrical Bendigo. With her family’s support, 18-year-old Miss Allaway spent a week handing out resumes to local ele..
10-Mar-2017
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Care for a pup
Sharon Kemp
SEEING eye dog Clayton returned to his puppyhood home of Vision Australia in Bendigo, and revelled in company of his first carer Carlia Rix for the first time since he completed formal training. In unusual circumstances, Clayton’s handler Kate Watkins also works for Vision Australia, m..
09-Mar-2017
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Aaron bowls a winner
Bendigo Weekly
LAWN bowler Aaron Wilson wants to represent Australia at next year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as the next milestone in his already illustrious career. The 25-year-old was a popular winner of the 52nd Cloud Copy Click Bendigo Sports Star of the Year Award announced last Friday, fol..
06-Mar-2017
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Calvert on the tram
Bendigo Weekly
The Blues Tram is set to roll again on Saturday May 27 with two very talented singer-songwriters on board. Hailey Calvert and Luke Watt will entertain and charm passengers on a vintage restored W Class tram as it traverses the Bendigo CBD. From Queensland, soulful powerhouse Hailey Calv..
26-May-2017
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Bash out music
Simon Wooldridge
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 27 is MusicMan’s annual Birthday Bash party. The Bendigo CBD rock venue will host 20 bands and artists from early afternoon. The bash will be a two-pronged aural assault on two floors. The line-up includes Demonic Cowboys, Moustache Ant, and A Day of Storms fro..
26-May-2017
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The party man returns
Simon Wooldridge
Aussie music icon Mick Thomas hits Bendigo’s Capital Theatre this coming Sunday, May 21. The former Weddings Parties Anything front man is in town with his band The Roving Commission on one leg of a lengthy nationwide tour. It’s a tour with a difference though. Thomas wi..
19-May-2017
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Concert at your fingertips
Bendigo Weekly
It was three years in the making but the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Virtual show is a masterpiece. The musicians spent a day at Fox Studios, but they were not making a movie, they were meticulously recording and filming their parts in the orchestra to be brought together for the s..
19-May-2017
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Musos at the church
Bendigo Weekly
JO JO SMITH is one of Australia’s greatest musical treasures, a sexagenarian pocket-rocket, soul-singing, groove-driving tour de force and 2017 marks her 50th year in the biz. To celebrate this extraordinary, generous life of music-making, Jo Jo is hitting the road with friends and mu..
11-May-2017
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Youth group takes on the phantom
Bendigo Weekly
THE Phantom of the Opera is coming to Bendigo. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is being staged by Nexus BYT. Nexus is a regional youth theatre that auditions youth from Bendigo and surrounding areas from year seven to VCE to perform in theatre. In the past, Nexus has performed prod..
11-May-2017
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Miners hold on for thrilling win
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Fighting Miners face up to one of the toughest tests in Victorian Rugby Union this weekend, playing unbeaten competition leader Eltham after scoring a famous win last weekend. Bendigo hung on by the narrowest of margins, 32-31, in a thrilling encounter against second-placed Kiwi ..
02-Jun-2017
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Spirit land first import
Joel Peterson
NEW Bendigo Spirit signing Betnijah Laney will provide plenty of toughness and defence, two things that will be required in spades this WNBL season. As the league gets bigger, the Spirit have brought in the former Rutgers University star to add some size and physicality to its wing rotation...
02-Jun-2017
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Success rolls on for Jontee
Joel Peterson
At the time, it was just a small piece of advice from a family member. “Maybe you should play wheelchair basketball.” Just over a year later, that decision has taken Bendigo’s Jontee Brown across the country and, next week, to Canada. His story is a perfect example ..
02-Jun-2017
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Dream start for Thunder
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Thunder are heading toward a testing month in their Northern Football League Women’s campaign but coach Cherie O’Neill does not want her side to look ahead any further than its clash with Kew on Sunday. Not only is she aiming to keep any signs of complacency away, but..
26-May-2017
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James takes top honour
Bendigo Weekly
PADDLER James Humphry’s remarkable success has seen him rise through the ranks of kayaking in Australia and claim the Bendigo Academy of Sport’s athlete of the year award. Taking up the sport less than two years ago, Humphry has rapidly become one of the best paddlers at his age ..
26-May-2017
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Clubs embrace indigenous round
Joel Peterson
EAGLEHAWK and Gisborne will don specially-designed jumpers and netball dresses for Sunday’s Bendigo Football Netball League indigenous round showcase game. Run by the league in conjunction with Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, the clubs will play for the fourth annual Wir..
26-May-2017
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Revive and survive
Bendigo Weekly
CENTRAL Victorians have been urged to slow down, stick to the speed limit and take regular breaks throughout the Easter holidays. With drowsy driving a factor in one-in-10 road deaths, Easter is a particularly dangerous time with thousands of Victorians driving to holiday destinations, ofte..
13-Apr-2017
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Firefighters have winning ways
Bendigo Weekly
Two Bendigo firefighters have won gold at the 2017 Police and Emergency Services Games in Melbourne. Forest Fire Management Victoria district support officer Beth Miley and CFA firefighter Tegan Bubb competed in the Crossfit Women’s Pairs event last week. “Crossfit is a hi..
06-Apr-2017
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No hands creativity
Bendigo Weekly
Since 2002 CreateAbility has given people with disabilities the opportunity to express themselves on the meaningful platform art provides. From humble beginnings, CreateAbility has emerged as an integral part of the lives of those who participate to a Bendigo arts company exporting art pro..
30-Mar-2017
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Relay for Life on to a winner
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Relay for Life steps out again this weekend, and the fundraising is already off to a good start. The event runs from this evening until Saturday afternoon. Relay For Life’s Ayden Shaw said the committee has done a remarkable job for the 18th relay. “The supp..
23-Mar-2017
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School top at health
Bendigo Weekly
SPECIMEN Hill Primary School’s win in the Bendigo Health-backed Healthiest Schools award makes its motto, “our children’s future in the very best of hands”, all the more fitting. A range of health promotion activities and a focus on families, not just students, saw..
16-Mar-2017
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Growing on success
Bendigo Weekly
GROWING interest and two especially talented local gardeners are helping Long Gully’s community garden thrive. The garden has been tucked away in Energetic Street for 14 years, and run in conjunction with the Long Gully Neighbourhood Centre. Recent times have seen the project go f..
02-Mar-2017
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Colour on the menu
Bendigo Weekly
MR DIMPLES and Hackney Hockney have more than interesting names in common, they are both featured mural artists at a burger restaurant. Boris Murgers in View Street has some pretty impressive wall art, and its main wall has some David Hockney-inspired work by Hackney. “I was born ..
30-Mar-2017
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Trivia night a winner
Bendigo Weekly
One of the most fun and rewarding quiz nights of the year will be held on Good Friday in aid of the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal. Bendigo Real Estate staff are selling tickets for this year’s quiz night which includes a charity auction to be conducted by BRE principal, Damien..
24-Mar-2017
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Tender out for design
Bendigo Weekly
THE first step in the design process for the new-look Bendigo and Eaglehawk railway stations has been completed. The projects, worth a combined $15.8 million, have gone out to tender. Upgrades to Bendigo station will include lifts and an improved overpass between platforms one and two t..
16-Mar-2017
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Bold for change
Bendigo Weekly
Celebrations to mark International Women’s Day will continue today in Bendigo. On Wednesday, the actual day of recognition, it was at breakfast at Women’s Health Loddon Mallee in Mundy Street that women and men shared stories about the achievements of Bendigo women. Executive..
10-Mar-2017
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Shop fix from retail doctor
Sharon Kemp
RETAIL doctor Brian Walker won’t formulate a complete cure for Bendigo’s inner city retail ailments, but he has some prescriptions for traders. Create a retail environment that encapsulates the uniqueness of Bendigo, he advises, and do it as a team. Think about shopping precin..
02-Mar-2017
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The story of a family business
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW book charts the history of one of Bendigo’s oldest stores. Written by Mike Butcher, The Hume and Iser Story puts together the nuts and bolts of an important community tale that covers five generations. Chairman Chris Iser said the book has been researched and written to pre..
23-Feb-2017
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New look for Napier
Sharon Kemp
THE future upgrade of Napier Street to a dual carriageway has created business interest in the northern side of Bendigo. There are at least four applications before the City of Greater Bendigo to establish new businesses or upgrade existing concerns. Under $30 million VicRoads plans, N..
30-Mar-2017
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Radio winners
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL radio station Bendigo’s Fresh FM has added another award to its impressive sporting history, taking out the Women’s National Basketball League award for Best Radio Coverage. The station has covered the Spirit since its inception into the league, and broadcast all of the clu..
23-Mar-2017
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Bollywood in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Ever wanted to see real live Bollywood dance in action? Here’s your opportunity. The Singh Sisters are bringing Bollywood dance to Bendigo Library in celebration of Cultural Diversity Week. The Singh Sisters have travelled around the world performing Bollywood dance, which..
16-Mar-2017
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Tourism the focus of new guide
Bendigo Weekly
THIS year’s Bendigo and Heathcote Region Official Visitor Guides were launched on Monday. City of Greater Bendigo council’s tourism manager Kathryn Mackenzie said the two handy sized guides are a fantastic resource designed to showcase the best local attractions, shopping and din..
02-Mar-2017
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Goods galore at the recycle store
Bendigo Weekly
SAVINGS in fees and care for the environment motivate people to use the Eaglehawk Recycle Shop’s recovery centre rather than the Eaglehawk landfill. The centre, which has been operating for 23 years at the entrance of the landfill, also provides jobs and a cheap location for second ha..
23-Feb-2017
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No comical event
Bendigo Weekly
The next Bendigo Record Comic and Toy Fair is coming up on March 12. The event will be at the Bendigo Expo Centre, at the Bendigo Showgrounds and promises to be a mix for fans of the comic world. Organiser Peter Pascoe said attendees attempted a world record at the last event for the..
16-Feb-2017
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Recreation gone wrong
Rosalea Ryan
It has all the makings of a leisurely couple of weeks of sightseeing by day and sipping wine around a campfire at dusk – either that or a tension-filled nightmare in which four 30-somethings snap and snarl at each other as the ceaseless forced proximity sets tempers alight. When two co..
06-Apr-2017
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Questions asked
Dianne Dempsey
Marlene Gunn’s memoir is an elegy and a cry of pain for the death of her beautiful son Billy Gunn. Billy was handsome, smart, a Bendigo boy originally from Mildura, and he died at just 32 years old in 2001. More pertinently, her book is also an investigation into the circumstance..
30-Mar-2017
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Family torn apart
Rosalea Ryan
Berlin, 1939: With her blue eyes, blonde hair and smooth creamy skin, Hannah Rosenthal is the physical epitome of all that is truly German – in every way but one. Hannah’s parents, Max and Alma, are German Jews. Even as an image of Hannah circulates on the cover of a Nazi propaga..
23-Mar-2017
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Supportive sisterhood
Rosalea Ryan
Three women, one sadness: an apparently terminal prognosis delivered to an ovarian cancer patient whose mother died years earlier of the same disease. When 40-year-old Alice is first told of her condition she is paralysed by shock, unable to contemplate the effect her likely death will have ..
16-Mar-2017
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Three-way tussle
Rosalea Ryan
IN the midst of a tug-of-war for possession, a portrait goes missing, spirited away in the heat of a bitter custody battle between the subject’s husband and her painter-turned-lover in 1970s Frankfurt. The situation is complex: enchanting Irene Adler is the wife of powerful industriali..
02-Mar-2017
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Survival against the odds
Rosalea Ryan
Shanghai, in the early decades of the 20th century, is a city very much divided, if not strictly along geographic lines then socially at least – Chinese, British, French, with further divisions within each ethnic group. Jialing is barely seven years old when her mother leaves their sma..
23-Feb-2017
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