Pedestrians priority in city slowdown
Bendigo Weekly
THE safety of pedestrians and cyclists is being prioritised over traffic congestion in the CBD as council moves to lower speed limits and create more pedestrian crossings in the heart of the city. VicRoads has applied on behalf of the council to seek $1 million in funding from the TAC’..
28-Sep-2017
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New plan for V/Line
Joel Peterson
V/LINE will implement a new performance management plan in a bid to get its on-time running back on track. The rail operator has released its annual report, showing network-wide on-time performance was well under its 92 per cent target in 2016-17. V/Line’s total performance measure..
28-Sep-2017
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Pressure on for Salvos
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO was not chosen as a drug testing trial of welfare recipients because it doesn’t have enough rehab beds, federal MP Lisa Chesters surmised this week. “Bendigo has not been flagged as a trial site, and it is probably because our agencies have said they don’t have the ..
28-Sep-2017
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Bank holds out on ATM
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has yet to decide if it will axe fees for foreign bank ATM withdrawals, saying it was caught out by last weekend’s decision by the big four to scrap the fee. The move by CBA, NAB, Westpac and ANZ will benefit Bendigo Bank’s customers who can access fee-f..
28-Sep-2017
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Spread the load on regos
Bendigo Weekly
VICTORIANS will be able to pay car registrations in three instalments with the state government introducing short-term registration next year. From January 1, motorists will be able to register for short-term registration and pay their fee over four instalments. The options will allow pe..
28-Sep-2017
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Time for the big match
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo South East students Milla and Amy were showing their colours this week, ahead of the AFL Grand Final this weekend between Richmond and Adelaide. Tigers supporters have the numbers in Bendigo, with all hoping they will have something to crow about come Saturday evening...
28-Sep-2017
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Bank raises interest rates
Sharon Kemp
A day after being named Victoria’s corporate citizen of the year, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has lifted interest rates out of sync with the Reserve Bank of Australia. RBA governor Phillip Lowe kept cash rates on hold, but Australia’s banks continue to tweak rates to benefit owner-..
07-Jul-2017
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Aiming for change
Bendigo Weekly
Climate change, land degradation, community wellbeing, food production, obesity, and inclusion are complex issues that are often addressed individually. Understanding the overlap, and that solutions are more effectively addressed collaboratively, has led several organisations in..
07-Jul-2017
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Indigenous language the focus
Sharon Kemp
INDIGENOUS language is not lost, says Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation chairman Trent Nelson. “It is just sitting there waiting for our young people to reclaim it,” he told the audience at the flag raising ceremony marking NAIDOC week. The theme of this year&rsquo..
07-Jul-2017
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Students and staff go around the world
Bendigo Weekly
Victory Christian College was the place to be this week as they held a special fun event. Wacky Wednesday takes place every year on the last Wednesday of term two, and each year there is a different theme. The school’s Shelly Seales said it’s a fun day for staff and students..
29-Jun-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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Rations for a cause
Dianne Dempsey
Rice and water, rice and lentils and just for a change – rice and oil – these are the three meals that Kylie Kent was allowed yesterday as part of her participation in the Act for Peace Ration Challenge. The ration challenge invites people to stick to a diet of ..
22-Jun-2017
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No to plastic bags
Bendigo Weekly
A COUNCIL waste truck is spreading the word as a large mobile billboard to remind the community not to put plastic bags in their recycling or organics bins. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Craig Lloyd said plastic bags are one of the main items that contaminate the recycling and orga..
15-Jun-2017
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Gallery offers a new view of Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW exhibition at the Post Office Gallery offers a bird’s-eye view of Bendigo. Vantage point: aerial views of Bendigo features 12 large scale reproductions of aerial views of Bendigo taken by Charles Pratt as well as three original glass plate negatives from the collection of the Sta..
08-Jun-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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Culture on course
Bendigo Weekly
The 2018 Regional Centre for Culture initiative is another step closer, with the appointment of two renowned producers who will work with the region’s creative community to shape the year-long program. State member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards welcomed Jo Porter and Elizabeth Walsh a..
07-Jul-2017
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Donations a welcome plus for dragon
Bendigo Weekly
The community campaign to raise more than $750,000 to help fund a new Imperial Dragon has received a significant boost. The Guy family yesterday donated $50,000 to the Sun Loong 750 campaign, while Strategem Community Foundation, which is supported by local financial services firm Strategem,..
29-Jun-2017
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Prize winner's connection to country
Bendigo Weekly
It was a unanimous decision by the judges of this year’s Arthur Guy Memorial Art Prize to confer the coveted award to Northern Territory artist Margaret Loy Pula. The panel said her minimalist work Anatye (bush potato) 2016 stood out for its vivid impact and demonstrable connection to ..
22-Jun-2017
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La Trobe's art on display at gallery
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 100 artworks are on display at the Bendigo Art Gallery in a new exhibit entitled Revealing Identity: The Collections of La Trobe University. La Trobe Art Institute’s Kent Wilson and his team had the daunting task of sifting through the core collection of some 8000 works,..
15-Jun-2017
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Hospital upgrade complete
Bendigo Weekly
The $40 million upgrade on St John of God Bendigo Hospital is officially open for business. An opening and blessing of the redevelopment was held in the hospital’s atrium on Tuesday. St John of God Health care trustees and group CEO attended to participate in the blessing by the..
08-Jun-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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Fresh sound on tour
Bendigo Weekly
Byron Bay singer-songwriter Pete Murray is performing at Ulumbarra Theatre on Wednesday. It’s part of a tour for his sixth studio album Camacho. Murray has more than one million album sales to his name, and is the quiet achiever of Australian music. Determined to shake things..
17-Aug-2017
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Khan plus Lily and King
Simon Wooldridge
Next Saturday, August 26 sees two exciting, but hugely contrasting, gigs in Bendigo. Melbourne rock three-piece Khan are in town at MusicMan to promote Break Off Your Shells, the first single off their forthcoming debut album. They’ve had a busy 18 months or so, which has seen them..
17-Aug-2017
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Music masters
Sharon Kemp
FOR Tex, Don and Charlie, the motivation for their third album in 24 years came from performing together on stage in the intervening years... Don Walker for only one song per set and singing through the phone. On August 26, the band described commonly as an Australian supergroup and comprisi..
17-Aug-2017
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Music and other art
Simon Wooldridge
Rock ‘n’ roll, beer, art and tattoos are not entirely unfamiliar bedfellows. Bringing them together is perhaps quite obvious, but seemingly rare. But that’s exactly what the Sailor Jerry Origins of Originals touring exhibition is doing. After stops in Brisbane, Ne..
10-Aug-2017
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Cake on the road
Bendigo Weekly
My Friend the Chocolate Cake have hit the road on the back of the release of their newest album, The Revival Meeting.M Playing at the Theatre Royal, Castlemaine on Friday, August 18, triple ARIA winners MFTCC combine genres, images, instruments and lyrics rarely found in much of today’..
10-Aug-2017
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Vera Blue in the city
Simon Wooldridge
MusicMan hosts Bendigo’s first “In The Metal of Winter” festival next Friday, August 11. The event features seven top regional and Melbourne metal bands. “It will be a great opportunity to showcase some of the best metal the wider region has to offer,” Lia..
03-Aug-2017
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Dogs keeping the faith
Bendigo Weekly
GOLDEN Square’s fourth straight grand final appearance in A-grade netball hasn’t come easily, but coach Allira Holmes says her side’s resilience could pay dividends on Saturday. The Bulldogs have managed to maintain consistency throughout the season and snuck past a determi..
22-Sep-2017
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Sandhurst out to seize golden opportunity
Joel Peterson
A FAST start will go along way toward victory in tomorrow’s A-grade netball grand final for Sandhurst. The Dragons have jumped the Bulldogs in each of their three meetings this year, holding significant buffers at quarter time of every game and going on to win. The Dragons have had..
22-Sep-2017
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Nadeen keen on success
Joel Peterson
SHE was Bendigo Spirit’s best player toward the end of last season and played in a grand final in the winter, so it’s only natural that Nadeen Payne was optimistic when it came time to return to the WNBL. What’s more, the team’s opening two preseason matches have give..
21-Sep-2017
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Beware the attack Dogs
Joel Peterson
BERNIE Haberman’s Golden Square has made a habit of surprising people this year and the first-year coach is hopeful they’ve got more upsets in them yet. Many wrote the Dogs off after last year’s grand final loss to Sandhurst and some key departures, but the club has made th..
15-Sep-2017
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The title decider
Bendigo Weekly
EAGLEHAWK’S Bendigo Amateur Soccer League title chase comes to an end this weekend, with their standalone fixture against Spring Gully United to once and for all decide this year’s champion side. Eaglehawk and Shepparton South both missed their chance to claim the title last week..
15-Sep-2017
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Dragons watch on as Bulldogs battle
Joel Peterson
WITH Sandhurst eagerly awaiting a grand final opponent, Golden Square and Gisborne will play off for the right to meet the Dragons next Saturday. Gisborne survived an elimination final test against reigning premier Kangaroo Flat, while Golden Square was well beaten by Sandhurst last wee..
15-Sep-2017
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Legend spreads the safety word
Bendigo Weekly
Hawthorn football legend Peter Knights is at a special breakfast on Tuesday to discuss leadership and learn about important occupational health and safety changes. The event, which is being brought to the region by WorkSafe Victoria, will also discuss WorkSafe’s new strategy to work mo..
15-Jun-2017
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Wine for the long weekend
Bendigo Weekly
The annual Heathcote on Show festival is on this weekend. It’s the time of year when the Heathcote wineries and traders come together to celebrate and show off the region’s many great wineries, fine restaurants and pubs and Heathcote’s many historic and natural attractions...
08-Jun-2017
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Sustainability awards on offer
Bendigo Weekly
Josh Byrne is the guest speaker at the Bendigo Sustainable Awards presentation evening on World Environment Day, June 5. Mr Byrne is a sustainability practitioner and communicator well known for his work on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program. He has a unique and integrated approa..
01-Jun-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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Long time between shows
Bendigo Weekly
Friends Sue Llewelyn and Iain Stewart are delighted to once more have a joint exhibition together in View Street. “The last time we did this was 24 years ago in the National Trust building (now the Wine Bank) and we had our children running around creating havoc,” Stewart said, &..
29-Jun-2017
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Moving in a digital era
Sharon Kemp
TWELVE of Bendigo Health’s professionals can now call themselves digital health pioneers. Last week, Bendigo Health contributed the dozen certified health informaticians to Australia’s small skill pool of about 270. And it became the first health organisation to produce of a ..
22-Jun-2017
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Door open for trade training
Sharon Kemp
AFTER four years of consecutive falls in apprenticeship numbers, there are opportunities in traditional trades and traineeships, according to a Bendigo vocational training specialist. But Apprenticeships Matter regional manager Ivan Crisp said not only were most local secondary students unaw..
15-Jun-2017
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Setting the standard
Bendigo Weekly
THE Eaglehawk Recycle Shop has been awarded the top honour at this year’s Bendigo Sustainability Awards. This is the fifth year of these awards and Eaglehawk Recycle Shop was selected from six individual awards categories as the overall winner. Organisers say the shop reduces the..
08-Jun-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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A colourful life
Dianne Dempsey
When a precocious youth living in her hometown of Slough, England, Jenny Valentish self-published a fanzine, Slapper: The Groupie’s Guide to Gropable Bands. It gives you a fair idea of where her interests lay in those days. Since coming to Australia from England several years ago V..
15-Jun-2017
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Cars fit for a Queen
Bendigo Weekly
As the Queen’s Birthday long weekend approaches the Central Victorian Chrysler Club is preparing for Chryslers, Valiants, Dodges, Plymouths and Desotos to descend on Bendigo. It’s the 11th Annual Midstate Mopars show and shine and with 10 successful years behind them, Midstate Mo..
08-Jun-2017
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Heads up for show
Bendigo Weekly
A large slice of Hollywood history will arrive in Bendigo in September with an exhibition honouring the life and work of multiple Academy Award-winning costume designer Edith Head. Edith Head is considered the most significant costume designer in the history of cinema. In her 50-year ca..
01-Jun-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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Weighing up their options
Rosalea Ryan
Four women, one challenge: to lose unwanted weight. In all four cases obesity is an issue – but is it the root of the quartet’s problems or merely a scapegoat, deftly deflecting attention away from the truly dysfunctional aspects of unhappy lives? While pregnant, Kat ate for ..
29-Jun-2017
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Dawe to pastures new
Dianne Dempsey
Bryan Dawe says he is waiting for more time to pass so he can spend time thinking about and grieving for his much loved friend and colleague, John Clarke. Since Clarke passed away in April, Dawe has been involved in both private and public events memorialising his mate but now he is looking ..
22-Jun-2017
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Convict sleuths probe death
Rosalea Ryan
If there’s one thing even more engrossing than a carefully-researched historical novel with the name “Thomas Keneally” on the cover, it’s one crafted by Keneally in partnership with his daughter Meg. One of Australia’s most prolific and successful authors, Kenea..
15-Jun-2017
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High-seas histrionics
Rosalea Ryan
ON an ocean liner bound for the far side of the world, everyone’s running away from something – or so it’s safe to assume, considering that perfectly contented, secure individuals rarely uproot themselves from a successful, established life in order to start afresh. When Li..
08-Jun-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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