Venue to fight for pokies despite opposition
Sharon Kemp
AN application to install 44 gaming machines at The Wellington at Botanical Gardens Hotel has provoked strong reaction from City of Greater Bendigo councillors who voted to oppose the proposal. They have yet to decide if they will voice their protest at a Victorian Commission for Gaming and ..
23-Jun-2017
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Ready to be a Smart City
Sharon Kemp
THE federal government is expected to announce three new Smart City deals in the coming weeks, and City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke is hoping Bendigo will be among them. Cr O’Rourke and chief executive Craig Niemann attended the National General Assembly of Local G..
23-Jun-2017
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Capital spending halved
Sharon Kemp
A LEANER budget than in previous years was approved by City of Greater Bendigo on Wednesday night, with capital spending almost halved from the previous year. Cr Rod Fyffe described the 2017-18 budget as “a responsible budget” in view of the constraints on the council’s rev..
23-Jun-2017
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Festival by the book
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Writers Festival chairman Rod Fyffe was the first to see the program for this year’s festival, but don’t worry, your copy is in this issue of the Bendigo Weekly. Now in its sixth year, this writers festival brings the best of the literary world to Bendigo over the weekend..
23-Jun-2017
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Agencies suffering from shortage
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO is becoming a food desert with greater access to fast or unhealthy food than nutritious fare, a problem extending also to people who ask for emergency relief. The city is marked by the statistic that more than one in 10 of its residents is classified as food insecure, which means the..
16-Jun-2017
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In the IBAC spotlight
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Kangan Institute and Victorian regional rail operator V/Line will come under scrutiny as part of an Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission investigation into alleged corrupt conduct at the companies. IBAC, the same body investigating charges of corruption at Bendigo Healt..
16-Jun-2017
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For the environment
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 100 people attended last Friday’s Bendigo Sustainability Awards to acknowledge local champions of the environment and community. Guest speaker Phillip Johnson wowed the audience with images of his garden designs, including his Best in Show garden at the 2013 Chelsea Flower Sh..
24-Mar-2016
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Bendigo's guide to all good things
Bendigo Weekly
IT’S the pocket guide to all things retail and hospitality in Greater Bendigo and the surrounding region. It’s also the much anticipated 2016/17 Bendigo Dining and Shopping Guide, just released in time for Easter, school holidays and the hugely successful Marilyn Monroe exhibitio..
24-Mar-2016
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Corvettes paint the town red
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Easter Festival plays host to the 28th National Corvette Convention this weekend with plenty of US muscle cars on show. Corvettes of Melbourne and Vic Vettes have banded together to bring their special cars and members to the city for a Show and Shine on Saturday. But you ar..
24-Mar-2016
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Park music a hot start
Bendigo Weekly
EASTER celebrations will kick off tonight with a free music event in Rosalind Park from 6pm to 10pm featuring Perth band Tired Lion and supporting local bands. This free night of music in Rosalind Park is presented by the City of Greater Bendigo’s FReeZA youth events team, Mic Up Produ..
24-Mar-2016
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Jodie has her own moment
Dianne Dempsey
When the City of Greater Bendigo invited its citizens to recreate Marilyn Monroe’s famous pose from the Seven Year Itch, Jodie Wiegard couldn’t resist the opportunity. As production manager of clothing at the Morley Emporium, Jodie works in design and clothes production. &..
24-Mar-2016
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Top end selling well
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of Bendigo’s most historic homes has been sold. Lansellstowe, built by George Lansell for one of his sons in 1913, is a three-storey ornate mansion, located at 60 Barkly Terrace in one of the city’s most sought after areas. Tweed Sutherland First National managing directo..
18-Mar-2016
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White Hills alleged assault
Bendigo Weekly
A 19 year old man was allegedly assaulted in the early hours of Sunday in White Hills. Three Caucasian men, believed to be in their 20s, approached the man and had a short conversation with him. The men are believed to have punched the 19 year old before he fell to the ground and is believe..
02-Mar-2015
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Police hunt stolen items
Christine McGinn
A BACKPACK filled with $2500 worth of electronic goods was stolen from Bendigo Marketplace yesterday. A man was eating his lunch in the food court when he placed his backpack on the ground. The backpack had an iPad, laptop and a Samsung Galaxy X5 zipped inside. The incident occurred ..
20-Feb-2015
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East Bendigo unit fire
Bendigo Weekly
An East Bendigo home has been ruined in a fire this morning. Police and CFA are currently investigating the cause of the fire. The incident occurred on Lloyd Street in a vacant home. No one was injured during the incident. ..
20-Feb-2015
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Fatal crash in Eaglehawk
Bendigo Weekly
AN 88-year-old woman died after being hit riding her mobility scooter on Monday afternoon. The woman was riding her scooter along High Street in Eaglehawk about 2.50pm. The woman started crossing Napier Street when a Ford sedan, turning right, hit the woman. The driver, a 71-year-old Ma..
17-Feb-2015
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Water police crackdown
Bendigo Weekly
WATERWAY users will be the target of a police crackdown to ensure compliance on safety regulations this weekend. The Victorian Water Police will be ensuring water safety, focused on broken down boats, unregistered vessels, search operations, and irresponsible driving. Police issued the warnin..
23-Jan-2015
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Police on the beat
Christine McGinn
POLICE are on the hunt for information about a robbery at the Long Gully Post Office on Saturday. A man wearing a balaclava entered the store, when they first opened, and fled with a quantity of cash. No weapon was sighted and no one was believed to be injured. A police spokesperson sai..
19-Jan-2015
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BB's inspiration
Bendigo Weekly
When BB King died in his Las Vegas home in May, the music world lost a legend. Now with the help of some of the festival’s best‐loved artists, the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival will celebrate King’s life and music with an exclusive tribute concert at The Shamrock Hotel&r..
09-Oct-2015
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British India tours
Joel Peterson
There is no doubt that British India has come a long way since releasing Guillotine in 2007. The band’s first album was brash and bold, and subsequent releases followed a similar theme as the Melbourne band showed all the exuberance of youth in its music. So when the band’s l..
01-Oct-2015
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Midnight plus four
Joel Peterson
Being awake in the early hours of the morning, for most, is a struggle. So why then would anyone work exclusively between the hours of 12am and 4am? According to Sam Bentley, lead singer of Melbourne band The Paper Kites, “because it seemed like a good idea at the time”. ..
25-Sep-2015
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'Best yet' blues
Bendigo Weekly
An old stager headlines the newest stage for Bendigo’s ever‐growing Blues and Roots Music Festival when Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows rock Ulumburra Theatre on Saturday, November 7. Australian rock royalty, the Sorrows will share the bill with Backsliders and Hat Fitz and Cara as..
11-Sep-2015
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Gang of Youths on tap
Joel Peterson
Sydney rockers Gang Of Youths showcased why their first album debuted at number five on the ARIA charts earlier this year when they played Bendigo’s Taphouse last Thursday. The high-energy gig came after the group played a secret show from their mammoth tour bus as part of the future l..
04-Sep-2015
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Colleen comes home
Bendigo Weekly
In art, in film and, especially in music, you want to be moved. Once in a while, you hear a voice strike so deeply into your heart and mind, that you are transported to another world. A world of feeling and memory and imagination. Colleen Hewett’s voice does that. It may sound..
28-Aug-2015
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Thunder sets sights on state league
Joel Peterson
AFTER three years in state football wilderness, Bendigo could once again have a VFL side in coming years – this time in the VFL Women’s competition. The Bendigo Thunder has set its sights on the league in the long term, and could receive some help from its partnership with the Ri..
07-Apr-2017
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Basketball excellence rewarded
Bendigo Weekly
TWO long-time Bendigo basketball identities have been honoured for more than 50 years of service with the prestigious Jack Terrill Medal. Don and Karla Coulson received the award at Basketball Victoria Country’s Awards breakfast on Sunday. Other local winners included Bendigo Bask..
07-Apr-2017
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Big boost for Braves
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Lady Braves will have their most imposing roster in years after adding a key squad member this week. Import Ashleigh Rininger arrived in Bendigo as the Lady Braves look to continue their winning start to the season against Sandringham on Friday. After a first-up triumph over ..
07-Apr-2017
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Beveridge to lend a hand to Braves
Bendigo Weekly
ILLAWARRA Hawks coach Rob Beveridge has described the Bendigo Braves as the premier South East Australian Basketball League program, and praised its role in developing NBL-quality players. Beveridge and Braves coach Ben Harvey have struck up a relationship in recent years through Braves cham..
07-Apr-2017
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Four-way fight in HDFL
Joel Peterson
NORTH Bendigo begins its premiership defence against Heathcote in round one of the Heathcote District Football League on Saturday. The Bulldogs have strengthened last year’s premiership-winning list with another host of gun recruits, setting the bar as the Dog Dynasty rolls on. On ..
07-Apr-2017
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Local riders in hot form
Bendigo Weekly
TWO of Bendigo’s most promising cyclists and a well-established star have had an immensely successful fortnight in their respective disciplines. Isaac Buckell and Tasman Nankervis are both national champions, and are set for a year of big achievements, while Peta Mullens won another Go..
31-Mar-2017
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Bosom Buddies are back
Steve Kendall
NOT content with raising $42,000, the Bosom Buddies are stepping up their game. The team of 14 walkers are setting off again next year on a 60 kilometre repeat in a bid to pull in more cash. They have some serious extra backing this year. “Brikkitta from D-Club has come on boar..
04-Jul-2014
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Bella goes to great lengths
Steve Kendall
A LONG Gully youngster is making a practical input for cancer care. Eight-year-old Bella Lightburn is cutting off her waist-length hair for Pantene’s beautiful lengths campaign. Her hair will be made into a wig for a cancer sufferer. Bella also will be raising money for Camp Qualit..
13-Jun-2014
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Heads up on foxes
Christine McGinn
HUNTERS have recorded a milestone, bringing in more than 40,000 fox scalps to the local Epsom collection station. Greater Bendigo and surrounds’ hunters have fired up to participate in the State Government’s bounty scheme to reduce numbers of wild foxes. More than 1100 fox scal..
06-Jun-2014
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Cubby house a community effort
Bendigo Weekly
The children of the Golden Square Kindergarten celebrated the opening of their new purpose-built cubby house recently, with the help of a special guest. The building of the cubby was made possible thanks to a grant from the Kangaroo Flat and District Community Enterprise and sponsorship from..
23-May-2014
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Having a ball
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo council has revealed details of its annual mayoral ball. Mayor Barry Lyons and wife Betty have invited the community to take part in the July 5 event at the Town Hall. Cr Lyons said he looked forward to celebrating Bendigo at its finest. “Betty and I look forwa..
23-May-2014
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Mothers Day Classic times
Bendigo Weekly
THEY came, they saw, they conquered. The Bendigo Mother’s Day Classic was again a record breaker with 2187 taking part either running the eight kilometres, or running or walking four. The day dawned misty, but as the 8k runners set off at 7.58am the sun was breaking through. ..
12-May-2014
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Bank's new director - video
Anthony Radford
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has announced the appointment of former Ericsson chief executive officer Jacqueline Hey to its Board of Directors. Ms Hey was previously CEO of Ericsson in the UK and in Australia. She worked with Ericsson for more than 20 years in finance, marketing, sales and l..
06-Jul-2011
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Making sense of business
Life-changing was how the graduates described the Grow Your Business program. “Finding the support for local business, and to be given the chance to survive is a gift,” Sharon Carlson of twenty 2, a cafe in Williamson Street, said. “It gave us a chance to complete a bus..
06-May-2011
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The art of chocolate
Vicki Harrington
Transforming chocolate into edible art is Sue Schrieber’s passion. A passion she has taken to another level with the opening of her own small business, Choclartiste. When she’s not tempering chocolate in her compact studio, Sue is a lab technician at La Trobe Bendigo’s School ..
09-May-2013
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Dig in at the Trentham Spudfest
Bendigo Weekly
Excitement is building in Trentham in the lead up to the annual Great Trentham Spudfest to be held on Saturday, May 18. Once again the spudlight will shine on Trentham with a festival full of fun, food and music. Quarry Street Reserve will be transformed into “Spud Hub” with hot potato..
02-May-2013
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Do Mother’s Day a little differently
Bendigo Weekly
Today’s mums probably don’t consider fluffy slippers and flannelette PJs appropriate or “cool” gifts on their special day anymore. So why not consider some less traditional ways to warm her heart, and feet. Start with an early morning walk (or run, if she’s up for it)..
25-Apr-2013
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Flour power
Vicki Harrington
The expanding foodie precinct in Bath Lane is about to welcome another newcomer, – a bakery with a difference. The New Freedom Gluten-Free Bakery is on track to open later this month after a major facelift to the former tile shop on the corner of Short Street and Bath Lane. It wil..
18-Apr-2013
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Life’s a cakewalk for Julie-Anne
Bendigo Weekly
Late last month, Bendigo’s growing reputation as a foodie haven was given a boost with the opening of Cakewalk, a specialist cake shop offering custom designed and decorated cakes or cupcakes and hot and cold drinks. Excited owner Julie-Anne Valentine gave us an insight into the sweet life. ..
11-Apr-2013
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Picnic in the park
Bendigo Weekly
Autumn is the perfect time for a picnic and where better to enjoy an outdoor feast than in Bendigo’s beautiful Rosalind Park. To coincide with the park’s transition to it’s colorful best, the Bendigo Community Farmer’s Market committee is planning a picnic to celebrate the ..
04-Apr-2013
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New discoveries
Vanessa Hughes
To the Goldfields! by Rachel Tonkin Walker Books $16.95 It’s October 1, 1852 when nine-year-old James, his mother and siblings set out from Melbourne to join James’ father at the Forest Reach goldfields. After days slogging through thick bush, sticking with a group of other..
02-May-2014
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Lions led by donkeys
Steve Kendall
It has often been said about World War I that it was a case of lions led by donkeys. The bravest of the brave sent against impossible odds by generals away from the front. With the hindsight of history it seems to be in so many cases quite correct. The books written today use that hindsigh..
24-Apr-2014
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Book review
Vanessa Hughes
The Winter Bride by Anne Gracie Penguin Australia, $24.99 For readers who love Jane Austen but have harboured a secret desire for a little more kissing and a tad more scandal, Australian author Anne Gracie’s The Winter Bride will provide all those unfulfilled needs. This delicious..
11-Apr-2014
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Review
Vanessa Hughes
Cassandra Kerry Greenwood Delphic Women Trilogy: Book 2 Clan Destine Press RRP $27 A distinct departure from her well-known Phryne Fisher novels, Cassandra is Australian author Kerry Greenwood’s second book in her Delphic Women series. A re-imagining of the events leading up to ..
04-Apr-2014
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A modern classic
Bendigo Weekly
Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout $19.95 Simon and Schuster, London Set in a small coastal town in Maine, on the eastern seaboard of the US, Olive Kitteridge is the story of Olive and her family and their community. She is already in middle-age when we meet her, and none too happ..
27-Mar-2014
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Book Review
Vanessa Hughes
Set amid the 1964-1985 Brazilian military dictatorship and its aftermath, Brazilian author Edgard Telles Ribeiro’s award winning political thriller His Own Man explores one man’s all encompassing ambition during one of the most disturbing periods in his country’s history. Mar..
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