Donation shines light on interfaith
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’S Buddhist and Muslim communities have much in common at the moment, including their respective work to construct places of worship near the city. But a stronger connection is being created at the Great Stupa at Myers Flat, to which Bendigo’s Muslim community has donated ..
06-Oct-2017
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Bushfire overlay impacts on planning
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S reputation as the city in the forest appeals to many, but an update to a Victorian government planning overlay may make planning developments in the urban fringe more difficult. The Victorian government this week introduced changes to the Bushfire Management Overlay, stemming..
06-Oct-2017
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Cash grab land sold
Sharon Kemp
THE Huntly land at the centre of a land banking scheme is part of a lanning application submitted by a new owner less than five years after spruikers used it to raise more than $24 million from option holders who are unlikely to ever see a return. The option holders, who between 2011 and ..
06-Oct-2017
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Gold mine to list on the ASX
Sharon Kemp
THE Canadian gold company that owns the Fosterville gold mine is working to list on the Australian Stock Exchange by the end of the year. Kirkland Lake Gold is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange but half of its production now comes from the Fosterville mine,..
06-Oct-2017
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Youngsters join vote list
Sharon Kemp
THE campaign to convince young voters to enrol appears to have worked in Bendigo, with more than half of 712 additions to the roll aged 18 years old. Australians also seemed to have heeded the advice of campaigners to post back the survey that first appeared in letter boxes in mid-September...
06-Oct-2017
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Get set for a hot summer
Joel Peterson
A WARMER than average start to summer is on the cards, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting a hot December on the way. The bureau’s latest climate outlook shows close to average maximums for the remainder of spring, with a rise expected in the early part of summer. The bureau ..
06-Oct-2017
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More than halfway to new dragon - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
THE Victorian government has boosted by $250,000 the community fundraising account to buy a new Chinese dragon, taking the amount raised so far to more than $430,000. With Premier Daniel Andrews, tourism minister John Eren and Bendigo MPs Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards, the Chinese ..
04-Aug-2017
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Funds boost for dragon
Bendigo Weekly
THE community campaign for a new Chinese dragon will receive a significant boost today, with the state government expected to pledge $250,000 towards replacing Sun Loong. Premier Daniel Andrews and Tourism minister John Eren are scheduled to join local members Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards..
04-Aug-2017
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A very timely reminder
Bendigo Weekly
THE answer to Vala Iannuzzelli’s persistent health symptoms came in the form of a letter from a gas heater repair company. Ms Iannuzzelli had not had an easy year, so when she thought she was having a stroke three weeks ago and blacked out in the early hours of the morning, she put it ..
27-Jul-2017
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Ladson says it's time to talk
Joel Peterson
HAWTHORN premiership player and Golden Square premiership coach Rick Ladson has called on families, community groups and local sporting clubs to make mental health part of their regular conversations. Ladson was a part of Hawthorn’s 2008 flag triumph before returning to local football ..
21-Jul-2017
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New angle on an old game
Sharon Kemp
TABLE tennis has never looked as fun as it does when Bendigo champion Des Knight sets up his game Gossimo. And Mr Knight says inventing the game is never more satisfying than when the players are having fun. Six years in the making, the game has just been released and he and his business..
14-Jul-2017
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Organic liners on way
Bendigo Weekly
More than 38,000 households in Bendigo and Marong will soon receive a new 12-month supply of compostable caddy liners to use in their kitchen caddy to collect food waste for their organics bin. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Craig Lloyd said while the new caddy liners are supplied b..
07-Jul-2017
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Council to advertise CEO position
Bendigo Weekly
THE contract of City of Greater Bendigo chief executive Craig Niemann will be advertised when it expires in December in line with sound business practice, not as a reflection of his performance, according to mayor Margaret O’Rourke. Mr Niemann has served in the positi..
28-Jul-2017
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Digging deep for the community
Bendigo Weekly
VIOLET Street Primary School’s students and staff will be making a difference in the Ironbark community when they participate in Schools Tree Day today. Grades five and six students from Violet Street are planting and maintaining the space at Ironbark Gully today as part of Schools Tre..
27-Jul-2017
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Orchestra travels to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Orchestra Victoria is in town this week with its Bendigo Festival and On the mOVe! Education program. More than 80 of the state’s top musicians are presenting a program of chamber music concerts, education programs and pop-up performances, culminating in a full orchestra performance..
20-Jul-2017
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Help for pet project
Sharon Kemp
A $50,000 state government grant will allow Bendigo Animal Welfare and Community Services to build 12 new enclosures and desex and check the health of about 100 cats. BAWCS president Debbie Edwards said she was pleased to have won the grant, which served to care for animals as well as their ..
13-Jul-2017
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Grant backs senior activity
Bendigo Weekly
Victorian seniors from the Karen community in Bendigo will be further encouraged to get involved and stay active in their communities, as the recipients of a state government grant. The Karen Culture and Social Support Foundation received a $5000 grant for a project that will include cooking..
07-Jul-2017
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Composer Caitlin takes the prize
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENT Caitlin Buchan has won a spot to have her music composition performed nationally at concert venues. The 15-year-old from Bendigo South East Secondary College is one of eight, selected from more than 100 entries in the 2017-18 Fanfare Competition. All students will work with indu..
29-Jun-2017
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Vic on target for militaria collectibles fair
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO collector Vic Lane has stories about the items that slipped through his fingers. But the retired production manager and owner of Allen and Lane Guns has a room full of collectibles including weapons, medals, newspapers, books and photos to show for his life time of collecting. Ah..
17-Aug-2017
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GREATER launches live
Sharon Kemp
A MAJOR health prevention strategy called GREATER, born in Bendigo after federal government funding dried up for Healthy Together programs, has gone live online. But the initiatives, which pivot around improving alarming rates of obesity, are already being seen in the community. From S..
11-Aug-2017
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Music showcase hits the right note
Bendigo Weekly
Next week will see some impressive evidence of the success of the Girton Grammar School music program. Over two nights on August 8 and 9, more than 600 students from the Junior and Senior Schools will take to the Ulumbarra stage in a vocal and instrumental showcase, likely to be the largest ..
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Good life on show for Bendigo Writers Festival
Bendigo Weekly
Take the elegant spaces of Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre, add in some of central Victoria’s finest providores, create a day-long program brimming with ideas and interesting people – and you’ve got the Bendigo Writers Festival’s Good Life Sunday event. The festival..
27-Jul-2017
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Students learn about work
Bendigo Weekly
THE first group of work experience students started at the Bendigo centre this month. This year’s program will see 50 students from 10 Bendigo schools participate in this hands on workplace learning experience at the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank between July and November this year. Th..
20-Jul-2017
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Behind the scenes at the gallery
Bendigo Weekly
IF you’ve ever wondered how galleries go about selecting and installing the works on display, here’s an opportunity to try it out for yourself. The project, named Insert Title, is a fun, hands-on opportunity for people of all ages to experience the world of galleries. At the La T..
13-Jul-2017
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Chords for cancer
Simon Wooldridge
The shock of a cancer diagnosis and a family’s passion for music have led to a special fundraiser event at the Golden Vine this coming Sunday, September 10. Chords for Cancer will raise funds to support music therapy rehabilitation at Bendigo Health’s cancer centre. Dan Parr..
07-Sep-2017
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Midweek Blues at the Vine
Simon Wooldridge
Last Days of May is a polished debut album from Bendigo blues-rock outfit Midweek Blues. The five-piece will launch the album next Friday, September 8 at the Golden Vine. They got together in 2014 with little more than a midweek blues jam in mind. “The plan was to get togethe..
31-Aug-2017
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Choir in harmony with star
Bendigo Weekly
THE Victoria Welsh Choir and musical theatre star Silvie Paladino will Spring into Song on Sunday, September 10. There is nothing quite like the sound of male voices singing together and The Victoria Welsh Choir is no exception as they perform their captivating and sometimes humo..
31-Aug-2017
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Aussie Bee Gees
Bendigo Weekly
THE Australian Bee Gees Show are digging out their flares and dusting off their platform shoes for a show in Bendigo. The Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary tour is a fitting tribute and a celebration of the music of the brothers Gibb. This new show will be presented in two parts and..
24-Aug-2017
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Music the best therapy
Simon Wooldridge
The world would be a better place if everyone sang, or played ukulele. It’s a Friday morning in a busy CBD café. Pete Gavin looks up from his coffee. Over the next hour his philosophy about music’s role in our lives becomes clear; it’s about community. Gavin..
24-Aug-2017
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Adele and Amy in Bloom
Bendigo Weekly
If you didn’t get enough of Adele when she was in Australia earlier this year, never fear, the next best thing is in Bendigo tonight. Amanda Canzurlo – aka Bloom – brings to you the songs of two amazing artists... Adele and Amy Winehouse. Amanda brings her soulful voca..
24-Aug-2017
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Search on for BDCA's top dog
Bendigo Weekly
GOLDEN Square is shaping as the season’s big improver as the 2017/18 Bendigo District Cricket Association season gets under way tomorrow. The league is taking on a number of new initiatives this season, adding a fourth XI competition and playing seven home and away matches at the QEO t..
06-Oct-2017
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EVCA season hits off
Bendigo Weekly
REIGNING Emu Valley Cricket Association premier Golden Gully kicks off its flag defence against Sedgwick in Saturday’s opening round of one-day matches. The clash will renew a rivalry that extends to last year, where Gully defeated Sedgwick twice in two weeks at the tail end of the sea..
06-Oct-2017
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Storm surge secures famous flag
Joel Peterson
EVERY grand final day there’s a lull over the ground about an hour before the start of the first game. It’s a strange sort of feeling, anticipation mixed with the anxiety of grand finals. Saturday at the QEO it was far more pronounced. The bureau was forecasting violent winds..
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Spirit launches campaign
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Spirit has unveiled its leadership group for the WNBL season as it embarks on its final weekend before its 2017/18 campaign kicks off. Kelsey Griffin will again captain the team, which has shown encouraging signs during its preseason matches including winning both at the wee..
28-Sep-2017
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Eaglehawk's a Two Blue contender
Joel Peterson
AFTER his side’s semi final win, you couldn’t wipe the smile off Eaglehawk coach Josh Bowe’s face. An excitable character who wears his emotions firmly on his sleeve, Bowe praised his team’s character and hunger in fighting out a gritty win to make it to the grand fin..
22-Sep-2017
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Storm kicking the habit
Bendigo Weekly
There is never a more crucial time to take advantage of your opportunities than in grand finals, but Strathfieldsaye Storm coach Darryl Wilson says he won’t be drubbing that message into his group this week. Rather, he’ll let them sort out their woes finishing in front of goal by..
22-Sep-2017
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Ranger to the rescue
Bendigo Weekly
PARKS Victoria ranger Lachie Badura came to the rescue last week when he found a young joey inside its mother’s pouch on the edge of a road through Bendigo Regional Park. Sadly, the mother had been killed by a car. Mr Badura removed the joey from the pouch and arranged to get it to..
27-Jul-2017
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Waving the flag
Bendigo Weekly
It was a proud moment on Monday for mother and son Clarencia and Berio Charley. Along with 52 other people from Myanmar, Thailand, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Britain, China, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, the Philippines, Vietnam and Micronesia, they were made Australian citizen..
20-Jul-2017
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Grants boost for NDIS plan
Bendigo Weekly
The Information, Linkages and Capacity Building grants are part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and aim to help people with a disability become better connected to their communities. La Trobe University and the City of Greater Bendigo council have received a combined $332,000 of ..
13-Jul-2017
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Heather marks 50 years
Bendigo Weekly
During this year’s National Diabetes Week, Heather Chalmers of Marong will be awarded with Diabetes Victoria’s Kellion Victory Medal for having survived more than 50 years of living with type one diabetes. Less than 100 years ago, type one diabetes was a death sentence: half of t..
07-Jul-2017
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A 90-year game
Bendigo Weekly
The Golden Square Croquet Club was formed 90 years ago because traditionally women weren’t allowed to play bowls. While they couldn’t play with the men, the women started up the croquet club. This observation was made by club member Caroline Smith who along with her colleagu..
29-Jun-2017
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Camp for coding
Bendigo Weekly
School children in Bendigo will have the chance to learn the language of computers by taking part in a course designed to teach them how to build their own app. Code Camp is coming to the city, and for three days during the school holidays, children will have the chance to meet new friends ..
22-Jun-2017
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Art the right prescription
Bendigo Weekly
WORKS are on show at St John Of God Bendigo Hospital’s 11th edition of its annual art exhibition. The exhibition is run each year to raise funds for the hospital auxiliary, in which new equipment is then purchased for various wards of the hospital. Artists whose works are on displa..
03-Aug-2017
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Small business is a big deal
Bendigo Weekly
THE launch of the Bendigo Small Business Festival this week is an indication that the sector is as strong as ever in central Victoria. Small businesses from the region were invited to the launch on Wednesday at the Capital to learn about what to expect and what opportunities will be availabl..
27-Jul-2017
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A seamless transition
Dianne Dempsey
The couple behind Jimmy Possum furniture, Margot and Alan Splading, have re-invented themselves as the creators of a particular line in women’s fashion, Mimi The Label. They’re selling their owner-designed pieces online and through their shop which arguably is in the most promin..
20-Jul-2017
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Mapping out the past
Sharon Kemp
DOUG Stone has trudged through central Victoria’s goldfields more times than he can remember in more than 40 years of mapping, and he says he sees in the region the value of an undying interest in gold. The appeal that central Victoria still holds for prospectors continues to fill car..
20-Jul-2017
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Failure a positive
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Inventor Awards program will celebrate the positives of failure as part of an event to be held at the Ulumbarra Theatre next week. Bendigo Inventor Awards committee chairman Paul Chapman said everyone has failed at something – a test; a relationship; a job interview, but fa..
13-Jul-2017
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Cash rate still on hold
Bendigo Weekly
As anticipated, the Reserve Bank of Australia left the official cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent on Tuesday. “Our forecast remains that there will be no further reduction to the Official Cash Rate in 2017,” HIA principal economist Tim Reardon said. “Comments issued ..
07-Jul-2017
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Wine, food and history uncorked
Bendigo Weekly
WHILE spring blossoms in Bendigo, a new event will showcase the best of the city’s heritage buildings while giving people the chance to enjoy the region’s best wine. Bendigo Uncorked Week is a new addition to Bendigo’s spring calendar and provides 10 days of food, wine and ..
27-Jul-2017
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Naked man seen in Bendigo
Dianne Dempsey
Author Robert Gott once had a crazy idea – what if you took illustrations from those old-fashioned Boy’s Own style books, and changed one of the characters? What if, instead of a striped blazer and flannel trousers, the hero was naked? He tried it, it was hilarious, and thus beg..
20-Jul-2017
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Radio station on track to win
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO-based community radio station Phoenix FM is in the running for two national broadcasting awards. The station’s Dawn Delaney earned a nomination for her World Music Safari – Sounds From Other Lands program and the station is also a finalist for the Community Broadcasting A..
13-Jul-2017
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Three-minute thesis
Bendigo Weekly
Researchers presented a host of ground-breaking work at a three-minute thesis presentation on Tuesday. Eight La Trobe University research candidates in health-related fields were challenged to describe their research to colleagues and lecturers in the tiny timeframe. Academic and organis..
07-Jul-2017
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A hundred years of child care
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S maternal and child health nurses had a special celebration of the centenary of MCH services in Victoria. City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke attended the event and said the first Baby Health Centre opened in Melbourne in June 1917 as a way to help prevent in..
29-Jun-2017
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Tiarna has a talent
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is a treasure chest of unknown young artists, musicians and photographers all awaiting their turn to shine. They want to acquire the well-deserved credit that will only occur from their hard work and resilience. There is something to be said about the diversity and talent of suc..
22-Jun-2017
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Animal attraction
Rosalea Ryan
FINDING an intelligent, attractive, available man in Melbourne isn’t easy, as crime-scene-investigator-turned-milliner Catherine Kint well knows. Finding an intelligent, attractive, available man who won’t, the morning after their first night together, allow himself to be mauled..
10-Aug-2017
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Cold War heats up
Rosalea Ryan
Vnukovo VIP airport, 1961: New York-based publisher Simon Weeks has just touched down in the United Soviet Socialist Republic, granted permission by the KGB to pay a brief visit to his brother and sister-in-law in Moscow, where the once-mainstream American couple now lives by choice behind Cold ..
03-Aug-2017
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Lifestyle lessons for Woofers
Rosalea Ryan
Where better to experience small-acreage self-sufficiency first-hand than in Italy: a country famed for its sun-ripened produce, luscious artisanal cheeses, plump piquant smallgoods and hearty pastas and breads? It’s this reasoning that motivates a family of four Australians to pack th..
27-Jul-2017
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The season for murder
Rosalea Ryan
A post-workday river cruise. A drug-spiked cocktail. A gossip-fuelling altercation between two of the host company’s top executives. Eleanor Brennan’s first taste of a Parker and Lane corporate Christmas party is one nobody at the book publishing house will ever forget. Elean..
20-Jul-2017
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Capitol offence
Rosalea Ryan
Amos Decker is all too familiar with loss. First went his social graces, his tolerance and his ability to empathise, wrenched from him in an instant by a near-fatal football concussion that left in their place a photographic memory and an abnormally heightened awareness of death. The ath..
13-Jul-2017
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Malik's identity politics
Bendigo Weekly
The violence, anger and confusion that dominate so much of the news and debate about multiculturalism and immigration are all about identity politics, according to Kenan Malik. “Different minority groups, whether African Americans, indigenous Australians, Muslims or gays, are seen as p..
07-Jul-2017
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