Support teams ease the way as vacancy date looms
Sharon Kemp
IT has been more than a year since the vacancy notice, but the time has come when all residents must leave the Central City Caravan Park. And most have, the exception being a few who have decided to find their own exit from the secure and familiar community of the park, into a foreign world ..
21-Dec-2017
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McKenzie the minister
Sharon Kemp
VICTORIAN Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie was sworn in yesterday as the minister for sport, regional communications and rural health, but not without her party’s leader Barnaby Joyce first defending her promotion. Senator McKenzie, also the new deputy leader of the Nationals, has an..
21-Dec-2017
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Heat impacts rail times
Joel Peterson
V/LINE continues to fight a losing battle with train punctuality as hot weather and further delays on the network loom in summer. The rail operator recorded a punctuality figure of 80.7 per cent in November, down more than nine per cent on figures from October. It was also the worst resu..
21-Dec-2017
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All set for the holidays
Bendigo Weekly
STAY safe on the roads if you are travelling this Christmas. In their Grand Buick Eight convertible, Rini and Barb Zysfelt are taking full advantage of the gorgeous weather we can expect over the holiday season, and the beautiful sights of central Victoria. For the full yuletide experien..
21-Dec-2017
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Royal Commission findings has changed Catholic Church
Bendigo Weekly
ARCHBISHOP of Melbourne Denis Hart has unconditionally apologised to victims of child sexual abuse following the release of the Royal Commission’s findings, but reiterated he would not break the seal if he was told about child abuse in confession. Priests should not use the sanctity of..
15-Dec-2017
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New CEO for Bendigo Health
Sharon Kemp
PETER Faulkner has been appointed as Bendigo Health’s new chief executive after acting in the role for almost a year. Mr Faulkner stepped into the role after John Mulder stood aside in February and was later fired following an Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission..
15-Dec-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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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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Sam the Story Tram returns
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER the success of last year, Sam the Story Tram has again hit the tracks in Bendigo this week. It is a part of the Bendigo Writers Festival for all ages, with school-aged children and adults alike sharing in songs, stories and rhymes. Led by tram conductor and storyteller Narelle Ston..
10-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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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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Boy from the bush
Bendigo Weekly
IT is 25 years since Lee Kernaghan introduced us to Boys From the Bush, and he’s coming to Bendigo in November to celebrate. The 36-time Golden Guitar winner is celebrating the silver anniversary of his ARIA award winning debut album, Outback Club and on his biggest tour. The tour ..
27-Sep-2017
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Continuation for the Lions
Simon Wooldridge
Shann Lions said he like his band to try things a bit different. He’s just back from two weeks in Bali; fresh, energised and keen to talk about Four Lions’ new album, Golden Triangle, which will be launched at True Brew on Saturday, October 7. Golden Triangle carries on &nda..
27-Sep-2017
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Top sides slide into break
Joel Peterson
THE top two sides in Emu Valley cricket will take losing form into the Christmas break while a bolter has soared into top four contention in the final round of matches for 2017. Sedgwick and Spring Gully both crashed to losses, while West Bendigo recorded another victory to move into fourth...
21-Dec-2017
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Thunder unveil Alvarez-Harris as coach
Bendigo Weekly
NEW Bendigo Thunder coach Luis Alvarez-Harris says he doesn’t have to change much to continue the club’s premiership-winning ways. The club introduced Alvarez-Harris to its playing group and supporters on Monday night, following the departure of 2017 premiership coach Cherie O&rs..
21-Dec-2017
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Hawks to host season opener
Joel Peterson
A SIMPLIFIED Bendigo Football Netball League fixture has been released, continuing the competition’s move away from Friday and Sunday football. The BFNL season will start on April 14, and includes just one Sunday match – the indigenous round game between Maryborough and Kyneton i..
15-Dec-2017
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Leon serves up a new role
Joel Peterson
YOU don’t have to look very hard to see the legacy Leon Retallick leaves at the Bendigo Tennis Association. After a 17-year involvement in Bendigo tennis, Retallick is next week leaving his post as executive officer at the BTA to take up a role with specialist sports surfacing company ..
15-Dec-2017
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Tons of runs in T20 action
Joel Peterson
SWASHBUCKLING centuries to Andrew Chalkley and Brayden Stepien have put their respective sides on the cusp of a Bendigo District Cricket Association T20 grand final berth. Tuesday night’s matches were vastly differing contests across four grounds, but the masterful batting of the Strat..
15-Dec-2017
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New book honours BDCA's best
Joel Peterson
CRICKET is a sport steeped in history, a fact no more evident than when the Ashes are on and a sport is divided by battle lines drawn more than a century ago. The history of cricket in Bendigo is just as extensive, and has been chronicled in a book released this week. Local cricket histo..
15-Dec-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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Good start for Kalianna
Bendigo Weekly
THE redevelopment of Kalianna School is a step closer after a contractor for the $15.6 million project was confirmed this week. Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards visited the school on Monday and announced that Colbrico Pty Ltd will carry out the construction of the project. The schoo..
10-Aug-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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Expo means small business
Bendigo Weekly
Local small business operators have banded together to present the first ever microbusiness pop-up expo at Bendigo library. Businesses will be set up across the ground floor of the library showcasing their wares. “Many microbusinesses operate from home or in premises without sho..
24-Aug-2017
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Early learning centre sets the standard
Bendigo Weekly
Jenny’s Early Learning Centre in Strathfieldsaye has been recognised as the first in greater Bendigo to achieve health promoting service status through completion of all six benchmarks of anachievement program. The program, delivered by Cancer Council Victoria and supported by the Vict..
17-Aug-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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New tram tells the city's oldest story
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW addition to Bendigo’s talking tram fleet telling the story of the city’s indigenous history hit the tracks this week. Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Bendigo Heritage Attractions have partnered to create the new themed tram, which went into service this wee..
03-Aug-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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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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Fitzgerald fiasco
Rosalea Ryan
Amid the chaos of a reported late-night mass shooting, with fire alarms squealing and campus security personnel preoccupied, Princeton University loses one of its most valuable assets: the original handwritten manuscripts of four of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous stories, spirited away ..
17-Aug-2017
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Home town tales
Bendigo Weekly
MUSINGS and thoughts of things past are always popular in Bendigo, and writer and artist Geoff Hocking has it down to a fine art. Mr Hocking has been writing and illustrating Bendigo Memories for 10 years in the Bendigo Magazine and has now published a book with some of those works. &ldq..
10-Aug-2017
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