Bridge Street precinct plan kicks off
Sharon Kemp
THE first development proposal to start the Bridge Street precinct revitalisation plans is with the City of Greater Bendigo’s planning department. If it is realised, the 30-suite, five-storey hotel development will feature Bendigo’s first rooftop bar with views that “are un..
24-Nov-2017
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Change a boost for rail
Joel Peterson
A NEW contract between the state government and Metro Trains could see improvements in the continued poor performance of V/Line services. The new contract with Metro starts on November 30, and delivers more maintenance funding and more efficient signalling. That will allow V/Line service..
24-Nov-2017
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Businesses missing opportunities
Sharon Kemp
A FEDERAL government senate committee came to Bendigo expecting to hear about a fully working interface between the defence industry and local small and medium-sized businesses. But Victorian senator Bridget McKenzie said she was shocked to hear there was no communication between the Departm..
24-Nov-2017
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Audit into dragon fund
Sharon Kemp
THE national auditor will look into the federal government program that funds election promises and is contributing $1.7 million for the RSL Soldiers Memorial Institute. While the RSL project appears to be safe from the Australian National Audit Office, Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters has asked t..
24-Nov-2017
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Jobs threat as stores close
Sharon Kemp
MORE shops with a presence in Bendigo are under threat of closing in soft conditions for retailers with bricks and mortar stores. The owner of Millers, Katies, Rivers, Autograph, City Chic and Crossroads announced on Wednesday it would close more than 300 stores, representing about a third o..
24-Nov-2017
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Summer in the city
Bendigo Weekly
The annual Summer in the Parks program will kick off next Friday with the Christmas Tree Light Up event in Rosalind Park Mayor Margaret O’Rourke, pictured with TAFE’s Donna Rogers, said the annual Christmas Tree Light Up was a very popular and much loved community event that mark..
24-Nov-2017
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Mayoral race down to Marg or Matt
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo mayoral contest shapes as a two-way battle, with the city’s next leader set to be chosen on Monday. Eppalock ward councillor Margaret O’Rourke will make Bendigo council history if she is voted in next week to wear the mayoral robes for back-to-back ter..
13-Oct-2017
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Project uplift for Octobra
Bendigo Weekly
Bra bins have popped up around Bendigo this month as part of Octobra, which involves collecting old and unused bras to send to women in developing countries. Bra bins are available at locations including Fernwood Fitness, Professionals Bendigo and the Bendigo Weekly. Organiser and Profes..
05-Oct-2017
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Refugees have extra support
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Community Health Services has confirmed it will continue providing support for refugee families. After the initiation of the humanitarian settlement service program in 2010, settlement services team manager Martine Street said the future of refugees in Bendigo looks bright. &ldqu..
27-Sep-2017
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Bendigo baby boom makes for a busy month
Bendigo Weekly
BABIES tend to be born when they are good and ready, and a record number of 147 babies sought to greet the new world at Bendigo Hospital in August. On three separate days last month, nine newborns entered the world. August 11, 25 and 28 are likely to be big birthday dates forever more in..
21-Sep-2017
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Lost lives reclaimed
Dianne Dempsey
Earlier this year Len Williams took a walk to a forgotten grave site at Remembrance Park Central Victoria. It was 5pm and cold, the same time of day when the first woman from St Aidan’s was buried there by the Good Shepherd Sisters. “She was Catherine Darcy, 26 years old, a..
15-Sep-2017
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Rehearsing for the big day
Bendigo Weekly
The Forever Young community rock choir is in full rehearsal mode for their annual concert at the Ulumbarra Theatre. They are working hard with the Girton rock band The Riffs and the Senior String Orchestra, to produce a memorable musical event. The choir will perform alongside Australian..
07-Sep-2017
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Flower show grows
Bendigo Weekly
This year’s Bendigo Australian Flower Show promises to be bigger than ever following the huge response last year when more than 700 people visited. The show has moved both venue and timing – three weeks later into spring which means visitors can expect to see a raft of different ..
21-Sep-2017
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Festival time for south Indian community
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s emerging south Indian community will be celebrating the traditional Harvest Festival, Onam, in Bendigo on Sunday at the St Liborius Hall, Eaglehawk. The event this year will be the biggest to be held in Bendigo and will be a showcase of traditional folk songs, dances and per..
14-Sep-2017
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Banding together for Ava
Bendigo Weekly
A group of musicians have banded together to ease the way for a Bendigo girl. Christmas Eve 2016 was a memorable day for a local family, but for all the wrong reasons, and a child ended up in hospital. Ava Maryella Marland had an accident with the family dog, resulting in significant da..
07-Sep-2017
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Leader of the field
Joel Peterson
FOR Bendigo Jockey Club track manager Bernard Hopkins, watching a Lloyd Williams galloper go around the Bendigo track is all part of a day’s work. But it’s what goes into that day’s work that is the reason owners and trainers like Williams choose Bendigo when working their ..
31-Aug-2017
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The Legacy continues
Bendigo Weekly
For close to a century, Australian veterans have honoured the pledge made by the original Anzacs to care for the “missus and kids” of their fallen comrades who risked everything. What is often forgotten is that for each serving Australian who risks everything – a family ..
24-Aug-2017
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Activity the goal
Bendigo Weekly
A LOCAL group is spruiking the benefits of students walking or riding to school, something many local school children miss out on. The Active Travel Healthy Kids Community Network is presenting a free a workshop to help school communities support their children to walk and ride to school mo..
17-Aug-2017
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Photos from a new viewpoint
Bendigo Weekly
LOOKING through the eyes of a person with autism is an opportunity worth seeing. A Bendigo Autistic Advocacy and Support Service photographic exhibition at Dudley House opening tomorrow and running for two weeks is a gallery of the images that fascinate the city’s autistic community. ..
21-Sep-2017
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Mutual assistant a foodshare win
Sharon Kemp
JULIE Clarke is happier to accept emergency food supplies when she know she can return the help. The Long Gully resident will sign up to be a part of a pilot emergency food program getting under way on October 11 that will ask food recipients to run the program. Ms Clarke believes it wil..
15-Sep-2017
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Students focus on wellbeing
Bendigo Weekly
One of Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s biggest weeks in the calendar kicked off on Monday. Wellbeing Week is five days packed with activities to make students and staff feel better about themselves, both emotionally and physically. VCAL Market Day on Wednesday was a highly-anti..
07-Sep-2017
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First flow in groundwater solution
Bendigo Weekly
THE first water has flowed from beneath Bendigo, through decontamination in Eaglehawk and through pipes into brine ponds in Epsom as part of the State Government’s $29 million interim measure to control contaminated groundwater threatening to inundate the city. Bendigo MP Maree Edwards..
01-Sep-2017
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Blowing away the competition
Bendigo Weekly
A BENDIGO school has managed a clean sweep at the Victorian School Music Festival. Girton Grammar School music students in the wind symphony, senior concert band, Girton singers and junior performance choir have been awarded gold. The festival is a prestigious event held each year at a v..
31-Aug-2017
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Think FAST when talking health
Bendigo Weekly
THE state-wide launch of National Stroke Week came to Bendigo yesterday, with residents urged to learn the four key signs of a stroke. Running from September 4 to 10, National Stroke Week raises awareness about the signs of and effects of stroke. City of Greater Bendigo councillor Jennif..
31-Aug-2017
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Cruise into the blues
Simon Wooldridge
The seventh Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival is just two weeks away. An exciting, diverse weekend of music is in store for the 20,000 punters expected. More than 140 artists – nearly half of them Bendigo festival debutants – will perform in more than 50 venues, rangin..
26-Oct-2017
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Your chance to be remarkable
Bendigo Weekly
beStella is presenting be Remarkable, an evening of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs featuring celebrated thought leader Lorraine Murphy. Join beStella and Lorraine at Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre on Monday from 6pm. Ms Murphy is the founder of The Remarkables Group – ..
19-Oct-2017
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Return of the Sleepy West
Simon Wooldridge
IT’S been a long time between Bendigo gigs for local blues-alt-country five-piece, Sleepy West. “Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival last year – so two weeks shy of a year which is crazy,” front man Joel English told the Weekly. “To be honest, this year..
12-Oct-2017
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Debut for Kerr's Cur
Simon Wooldridge
Three years of song writing, rehearsing and heavy gigging reaches a landmark for Kerr’s Cur next week with the release of their eponymous debut album. Kerr’s Cur showcases the broad-ranging influences of the Bendigo-based indie garage band’s front man, Mr D. It’s his..
06-Oct-2017
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Tim Rogers in town
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne Theatre Company’s production What Rhymes with Cars and Girls is playing in Bendigo this Friday. Commissioned by MTC, the show weaves together the poetic songs from Tim Rogers’ debut solo album, with words by award-winning playwright Aidan Fennessy. MTC artistic dire..
27-Sep-2017
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Walker on the road
Bendigo Weekly
Benny Walker releases his new EP this month and is playing at the Old Church on the Hill next month. Winner of the Best Aboriginal Act of the Year at 2016’s The Age Music Victoria Awards, Yorta Yorta singer/songwriter Walker is the real deal. His lyrics and epic tales of love and..
27-Sep-2017
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Braves focus in on youth
Joel Peterson
NEW Bendigo Lady Braves coach Megan Moody has been put in charge of a key part of the new era of basketball in Bendigo. Moody is, remarkably, the first female coach to take the reins at the club since it began in 1990. Related: Changes for Lady Braves (http://www.bendigoweekly.com.au/new..
17-Nov-2017
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Changes on the way for Lady Braves
Joel Peterson
MEGAN Moody’s appointment as Bendigo Lady Braves coach seems the surest sign yet of a shake-up of Bendigo basketball. And while the clear focus on player development suits Moody’s strengths as a coach, the new direction is being driven from the top down. With the Spirit and L..
17-Nov-2017
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Lynx missing for struggling Spirit
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Spirit will tonight need to recapture the offensive magic they showed last time they hosted Perth Lynx after a horror weekend. Bendigo plays Perth tonight at Bendigo Stadium before facing Dandenong on Sunday as part of the WNBL’s cluster round, where every team will hit the..
17-Nov-2017
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AFL CV to oversee new league
Bendigo Weekly
IN yet another footballing first, AFL Central Victoria will oversee a standalone women’s football competition next year. The decision comes after the female football advisory committee running the Northern Country Women’s League decided to split the league. The NCWL staged it..
17-Nov-2017
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Redbacks aim high
Joel Peterson
WEST Bendigo faces a tough ask to build on the first win of its Emu Valley Cricket Association campaign when it hosts the in-form United. The Redbacks opened their account with a dominant performance against bottom side Marong. The reliable Trav O’Connell and Ben Henson led the way..
17-Nov-2017
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Pro Tour heads into the finals Arina
Joel Peterson
NUMBER one seed Arina Rodionova has withstood a stern test on her way to the quarter finals of the Bendigo International Pro Tour tournament. A clearly frustrated Rodionova was pushed by Astra Sharma before prevailing 6-4, 7-5 in an hour and 20 minutes. Rodionova’s domination on se..
10-Nov-2017
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Learning law
Bendigo Weekly
HER Honour Judge Patrick conducted four sessions with Bendigo Senior Secondary College legal studies students during her latest County Court circuit. Judge Patrick is one of 12 judges who take part in the Victoria Law Foundation’s law talks program. After addressing the students an..
21-Sep-2017
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Event aims to make changes
Bendigo Weekly
A free community event next week is offering a chance to hear from people who are actively involved in making a change and will provide an opportunity for others to have a go too. Outside the Square – Creating Our Future is taking place on Thursday. E..
14-Sep-2017
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Winning spell for school
Bendigo Weekly
EAGLEHAWK Secondary College’s year nine students have spelled out their intentions for literacy learning, winning a major competition. For the second year running, the school excelled at the Word Mania competition, run by online-based program Literacy Planet. The competition sees ..
07-Sep-2017
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Clinic a boost for kids
Bendigo Weekly
A REGULAR clinic forå local children with cerebral palsy has been established by Bendigo Health. This allows children to receive their botulinum neurotoxin treatment closer to home, and reduces the need to travel. The clinic is part of the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Servi..
31-Aug-2017
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Secure the farm
Bendigo Weekly
A Farm Security Expo was held in Bendigo this week to explore proactive measures to improve security and safety. The expo at the Bendigo Stadium gave members of the farming community the chance to come together to discuss a range of issues which affect them. In the 12 months leading up ..
24-Aug-2017
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Volunteer to help the Red Cross
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Red Cross Emergency Service is on the lookout for volunteers and will be holding sessions next weekend. There are more than 7000 volunteers across Australia, supporting individuals and communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters. Local v..
17-Aug-2017
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Smashing time
Bendigo Weekly
Discovery’s annual membership drive is under way, and it’s never been a better time to show your support for your local science and technology centre. Manager Jonathan Ridnell said a family membership costs $2 a week, and provides a range of benefits. “It gives unlimite..
27-Sep-2017
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Design in the running
Bendigo Weekly
THE designer of the new hospital is in line for some high-powered recognition. Exemplar Health Partnership has been announced as a finalist in the large business category for this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards. It’s for building the new Bendigo Hospital to stat..
22-Sep-2017
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Watching flocks by night
Bendigo Weekly
Many people would be quite horrified to find two large dogs wandering among their flock of hens, but not the owner or hens of a boutique free range egg farm. The Big Egg is located a few kilometres from Eaglehawk and the business, recently established by Bruce Bloemhoff, is the realisation o..
21-Sep-2017
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A day in the life
Bendigo Weekly
Chief engineer at Thales Australia Mark Brennan spent the day at Bendigo Senior Secondary College on Thursday, experiencing a day in the life of college principal Linda Lyons. Mr Brennan is chair of the Bendigo Manufacturing Group – 17 companies that form an advisory panel to council. ..
14-Sep-2017
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Garden club cleans up
Bendigo Weekly
WITHIN six months, the land on which Bendigo’s Central City Caravan Park now sits will be cleared of all plants but the trees. So Bendigo Garden Club members have beaten the bulldozer and in the process helped to start the clean up. About a dozen members worked at..
07-Sep-2017
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Tourism on track
Bendigo Weekly
The 21st edition of the Experience Culture Victoria brochure highlights the immense depth and quality of cultural experiences on offer in the Bendigo region and right across the state. Launching the 2017/18 edition of the booklet, Cultural Tourism Victoria’s Carrie Donaldson said regio..
31-Aug-2017
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Edith Head and Hollywood
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Art Gallery curator Tansy Curtin found herself in Hollywood heaven not so long ago when she was invited to peruse the famous Paramount Pictures costumes collection. Inspired by the designs of Hollywood legend Edith Head, Ms Curtin was on a mission to select a number of her costumes f..
14-Sep-2017
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Stepping out for the ball in the mall
Bendigo Weekly
Preparations are in full swing for next month’s Ball in the Mall event with debutante couples stepping to dance training this week. The event is in its second year and gives 10 young couples the opportunity to participate in a debutante ball held in Hargreaves Mall on October 27. T..
07-Sep-2017
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A peaceful protest
Bendigo Weekly
THE Red Ribbon Rebellion returned to Bendigo this week, to mark the anniversary of the original event in 1853. The Bendigo Historical Society arranges the annual re-enactment annually to celebrate and remember what was a critical turning point in Bendigo’s gold rush history. This p..
31-Aug-2017
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Open day at the uni
Bendigo Weekly
See what university is really like at La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus open day from 10am to 3pm on Sunday. Step inside world-class facilities, meet inspiring academics and get a feel for uni life. Plus, design, create and plant your own virtual tree via the Living Landscap..
24-Aug-2017
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Centre discovers potential
Bendigo Weekly
SCIENCE Week proved a week of innovation and celebration at Discovery Centre Bendigo this week. The centre scored a $55,000 state government grant to upgrade equipment and held events celebrating all things science throughout this week. The grant gives some of Bendigo’s brightest y..
17-Aug-2017
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Cypress trees face the chop
Sharon Kemp
A CONTEMPORARY Inge King statue and new deciduous trees will replace nine cypress canker trees, most in poor condition, that form an arch in front of the historic Bendigo Art Gallery building. The City of Greater Bendigo has provided a heritage impact statement for the proposed work because ..
11-Aug-2017
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High seas hell
Rosalea Ryan
It has the makings of an extraordinary, all-expenses-paid, first-class indulgence: a five-day northern lights cruise to the Arctic tip of Norway aboard a lavishly appointed vessel so exclusive it carries no more than a dozen handpicked passengers. Not surprisingly, British travel writer Laur..
21-Sep-2017
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Stepping into the breach
Rosalea Ryan
Longhope in January 1945 is a district largely devoid of men. Anyone fit enough to fight is doing so, called away to defend their king and country against the Axis powers. Five years of war have stripped the remote northern New South Wales farming community of its traditional workforce. ..
14-Sep-2017
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One funeral, two deaths
Rosalea Ryan
Barely have the remains of Shetland native Magnus Tait been lowered into their grave when the soil beneath the party of mourners begins to shudder. Heavy winter rain has destabilised the hillside, prompting a sizeable slab of earth to slither across open sheep-grazing pasture and into the s..
07-Sep-2017
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Synagogue revealed
Dianne Dempsey
THE latest publication of the Bendigo Historical Society, Jewish Worship in Bendigo (Sandhurst), is about something that no longer exists – the former Jewish synagogue. Subtitled An Overview of Religious observation 1853-2017 Terence Davidson’s primary concern is with the histor..
31-Aug-2017
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Thirst for Faroese blood
Rosalea Ryan
IT’S not every day that a novel set in one of the world’s least-known archipelagos, the Faroe Islands, appears in print. Even rarer is a book that delivers both a spine-tingling plot and at the same time an insightful, informative and entertaining glimpse into the psyche of the ..
31-Aug-2017
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Teen tragedy
Rosalea Ryan
Scoring, binge-drinking, skipping school and wrestling with negative self-image and mortality converge in this midwest American equivalent of Puberty Blues, set both during narrator Cat’s teenage years on the shores of the Great Lakes and almost two decades later in modern-day New York. ..
24-Aug-2017
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