Shiraz on wine high
Bendigo Weekly
Heathcote winemakers are predicting the region’s world-famous shiraz wines will reach premium highs for flavour and quality this year. Vineyards across the region are a hive of activity with vintage close to 50 per cent completed and areas south of Heathcote expected to begin harvest i..
07-Apr-2017
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Fabulous fundraiser
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO residents have been encouraged to get behind the annual Good Friday trivia fundraiser. Organiser Danielle Roberts says the event will be hosted by local mums who hold the cause close to their hearts and want to be able to give back to the Royal Children’s Hospital. &ldqu..
07-Apr-2017
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Health board appoints independent investigator
Sharon Kemp
THE board of Bendigo Health has appointed an independent investigator to examine the conduct of chief executive John Mulder. The board’s own composition may be subject to change after the release of recommendations of a ministerial board advisory council set up after the report into ba..
31-Mar-2017
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Doing it for Kath
Bendigo Weekly
As organisers gear up for another Mother’s Day Classic, one of Bendigo’s most successful teams is preparing to take to the track without its namesake. For the past four years, Team Kath has taken out awards for highest fundraising, but sadly this year it will be without its inspi..
31-Mar-2017
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College faces audit
Sharon Kemp
THE Department of Education and Training is conducting a full financial audit of Bendigo South East College, according to a letter obtained by the Bendigo Weekly. A department spokesperson yesterday confirmed acting principal Dale Pearce, on loan from Bendigo Senior Secondary, would continue..
31-Mar-2017
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Plan for traffic flow fix
Sharon Kemp
THE five-way roundabout at Williamson Street is failing during morning peak hour traffic and will be in need of traffic lights or a major route modification in the near future. The City of Greater Bendigo has earmarked the intersection which is the convergence of Williamson, Sternberg, Towns..
31-Mar-2017
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Property Guide
Gold win for mine
Sharon Kemp
AFTER a decade of steady production, the Fosterville Gold Mine on Bendigo’s doorstep has hit the jackpot, intercepting some of the richest gold mineralisation in the world. At just more than a kilometre below the surface, the rock sample that a drilling rig recovered this month reco..
03-Feb-2017
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Dream becomes reality
Bendigo Weekly
THE biggest project in Bendigo’s history is up and running. All patients have been moved and the enormous task of running the facility starts here. This is stage one, with more stages on the horizon, but if the first instalment is anything to go by, the hospital when complete will be the ..
27-Jan-2017
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Less than a day before the move
Sharon Kemp
THERE is the occasional worker carrying a tube of sealant, but ahead of tomorrow’s one-day move of patients into the new $630 million Bendigo Hospital, most working there are health professionals readying themselves at their stations. Tomorrow the move will be managed from three comman..
23-Jan-2017
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Bendigo firm backs sports star
Bendigo Weekly
Australia’s longest running community based sporting awards has a new backer, following this week’s announcement Bendigo-based digital solutions company Cloud Copy Click had thrown its support behind the awards. Bendigo Weekly managing editor and Sports Star of the Year committee..
20-Jan-2017
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Family fights for property
Sharon Kemp
THE daughters of the family who built the Nanga Gnulle estate in Strathdale are appealing to Bendigo residents to object to developers’ plans to bulldoze the two-hectare property and build 15 houses. Cathy Spencer and Jacquie Anderson’s parents built the estate containing a home desi..
13-Jan-2017
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Ibis influx raises a stink
Sharon Kemp
ASK people at Lake Weeroona their impression of Bendigo’s most popular recreation place, they will likely tell you it stinks. But nothing will be done about the protected Australian white ibis that have taken over two small islands on the western side of the lake for at least a month ..
06-Jan-2017
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Bright future for high scorers
Joel Peterson
GIRTON Grammar student Sebastian Hawke wasn’t sure he had actually woken up when he received his perfect ATAR score of 99.95 in the early hours of Monday morning. “I was in complete disbelief. I thought I was dreaming or something, and it took about an hour for me to realise wha..
16-Dec-2016
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Darcie follows a defence calling
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Senior Secondary College also achieved another outstanding crop of VCE results this week, with Georgia Lewon named college dux with a score of 98.4. Georgia’s score included a 49 in health and human development as well as scores of 44 in both German and English. BSSC also h..
16-Dec-2016
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Three in top spot
Joel Peterson
ACCORDING to Catholic College Bendigo’s Aram Perez, Emma McGregor and Jack Duckett, the best way to settle the matter of year 12 dux is simple – don’t. While Bendigo’s two other VCE providers each crowned a single student as their top performer for 2016, CCB had a tre..
16-Dec-2016
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Art works in the lane
Bendigo Weekly
Things just got a whole lot more colourful at the multi-storey car park end of Chancery Lane with a series of fantastic new art works by local artists now on display. The art works are diverse in both style and genre and are already attracting attention and admiration from members of the com..
08-Dec-2016
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Golden Square burn close to home
Sharon Kemp
A 23 hectare planned burn underway in Golden Square will help neutralise Bendigo's highest fire danger risk in the urban area, according to Forest Fire Management Victoria. Fire management crews started the planned burn this morning north of the Specimen Hill channel which is east of Olympic..
02-Dec-2016
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Power of the sun
Bendigo Weekly
AN energy saving idea is another step in the growth of solar power. The Community Foundation for Central Victoria is investing in Bendigo Heritage Attractions by installing a 50-kilowatt solar PV installation on the Bendigo Trams Depot roof. The foundation will buy the photovoltaic (PV) ..
01-Dec-2016
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Mall a top spot for summer
Bendigo Weekly
Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained over the summer break? Then head down to Hargreaves Mall on Thursday for a Summer School Holiday Fun Day. There will be a water play inflatable jumping castle and slide for some warm weather fun. Children who aren’t keen on gett..
05-Jan-2017
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Food for those in need
Bendigo Weekly
A TIMELY trip has brought some Christmas cheer to Bendigo. Willing Older Workers provides practical and emotional support to workers who are over 50 and either unemployed or underemployed. Recently they received grants to buy a van and a refrigerated trailer which they took to St Andrew&..
21-Dec-2016
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Stepping up for Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
IF you have been walking or driving along Myers Street this month, you may have noticed an ever growing array of baskets hanging on the fence beneath the statue of Captain Cook. Each of the baskets has contained a giveaway or surprise as part of the church’s Advent-ure calendar. Homema..
21-Dec-2016
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Time to spread cheer
Sharon Kemp
IT will be a tough Christmas for some Bendigo families, according to federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters, who cites a 75-year high in inequality and the highest ever recorded underemployment in Australia. Ms Chesters has called on Bendigonians to help support local families this Christm..
16-Dec-2016
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Summer Reading
Bendigo Weekly
Children are invited to explore super heroes and their villainous counterparts at Goldfields Libraries these school holidays in the annual Summer Reading Club. Last year the Summer Reading Club was a huge success with more than 48,000 children reading more than 333,000 books across Australia..
16-Dec-2016
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Hot fuzz cops a cash win
Bendigo Weekly
LOOKS like mo’s are back in fashion at Bendigo Police station, at least until today. Nineteen officers signed up for the pledge with the sole aim of raising money to change the face of mens’ health. The team have modestly named themselves Hot Fuzz, and are fundraising for the..
01-Dec-2016
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Songbirds hit the road
Sharon Kemp
A 15-year long friendship and numerous credits on each other’s albums have prompted two of Australia’s most celebrated musicians to go on the road together. Former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning and country singer/songwriter Kasey Chambers started the 10-date tour Sooner o..
09-Feb-2017
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Golden Vine gets the blues
Simon Wooldridge
Geoff Achison is Australian blues royalty. The internationally-renowned guitarist, who spent his early years in Malmsbury, has just embarked on a lengthy tour that also takes in the UK and US. Bendigo’s Golden Vine, tomorrow night, is gig number six of a scheduled 52 which also s..
09-Feb-2017
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Surge in the scene
Simon Wooldridge
Twelve months or so ago the following statement, from a hard-working local muso, may have seemed fanciful, or certainly very ambitious. “Musically, I want Bendigo to become the Seattle of Australia.” Now though, it sounds like a statement of intent; one that is getting some..
02-Feb-2017
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Music in the park
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo’s massive Summer in the Parks program continues with the Music in the Park concerts every Friday evening through February. The series of free concerts takes in Strathdale, Eaglehawk and White Hills before wrapping up in Rosalind Park on February 24. First up, next Friday, ..
26-Jan-2017
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A modern classic
Simon Wooldridge
With 12 explosive tracks coming in at a Ramonesesque 27½ minutes, Clowns’ 2013 debut album I’m Not Right is a modern punk rock classic. They followed it up two years later with the rapturously received Bad Blood – similar enough to cement their credentials as Melbour..
19-Jan-2017
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This way to the Vine
Simon Wooldridge
I was talking up This Way North a few evenings ago, but stalled when asked to categorise their sound. “They’re a bit rocky,” I said, “and there are elements of dance in there. A bit funky. Soul. And even a kind of a hint of world music in parts.” However ..
12-Jan-2017
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Long-time foes meet again
Joel Peterson
IF the recent form of Eaglehawk and Bendigo United is anything to go by, this weekend’s Bendigo District Cricket Association grand final will be a high-octane affair. Both clubs ripped through their semi final adversaries – BUCCs rolling Kangaroo Flat in less than a day while Eag..
24-Mar-2017
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Braves back for more
Joel Peterson
SATURDAY hails the arrival of a new season for the Bendigo Braves, but the team’s goal has not changed. Following a drought-breaking SEABL title in 2016, the Braves have reloaded for another run. They, and the Bendigo Lady Braves, kick start their season on Saturday against Dandeno..
24-Mar-2017
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Lady Braves banking on youth
Joel Peterson
AN underprepared Bendigo Lady Braves side will be thrown straight into the SEABL’s deep end when it faces reigning champion Dandenong on Saturday. The Lady Braves do not have an import on their roster and were embarrassingly thumped to the tune of 20 points in a practice match a fortni..
24-Mar-2017
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Epic event in the Gully
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Mountain Bike Club’s signature event for 2017 will hail the start of a new era for one of the fastest growing organisations in local sport. Spring Gully’s Muldoon Reserve will host the Golden Triangle Epic event for the first time this weekend. The reserve is set..
24-Mar-2017
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Pioneers ready for TAC Cup kick off
Joel Peterson
MORE depth and a focus on contested football will be key in the Bendigo Pioneers campaign for 2017 according to first-year coach Rick Coburn. Coburn has spent the summer settling into the role after starting in December and has hit the ground running getting to know his group and forming bon..
24-Mar-2017
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Cobras, Goers bask in flag glory
Joel Peterson
GOLDEN Gully broke through for its first Emu Valley Cricket Association division one premiership yesterday. It was not the only premiership decided on a big weekend in sport, with Bendigo claiming the spoils in a thrilling Bendigo pennant bowls grand final against Bendigo East. A grand f..
20-Mar-2017
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Virtual views are a technical reality
Bendigo Weekly
A group of older people from the Bendigo region have embarked on a research project to explore the role that virtual reality technology can play in encouraging healthy ageing. Over a series of workshops, which started this week and continue throughout 2017, a group of up to 15 people aged 70..
16-Dec-2016
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Team is fire ready
Bendigo Weekly
A CREW from Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises has helped with fire control during the planned burning season, skills that employees hope to use during traditional burning of land at Mt Barker near Harcourt, and other sites. Crew leader Ian Bentley led a team employed by Forest Fire Management Vict..
08-Dec-2016
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In memory of mates
Bendigo Weekly
VIETNAM veteran Rob Eade is a man on a new mission. He is riding around Australia laying flags at memorials in memory of Australians killed in the war. The Remembrance Ride Oz has taken Mr Eade on a trek from Cessnock, New South Wales via all points of the compass. “I was in..
01-Dec-2016
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Bendigo's golden tale
Bendigo Weekly
THERE are key themes running through the non-fiction books of historical writer James Lerk – gold, Bendigo and the precious results of his enduring search for hidden stories. Mr Lerk, who also writes a regular column for the Bendigo Weekly, positions these hitherto undiscovered titbits for..
24-Nov-2016
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Grants for volunteers
Sharon Kemp
Federal grants are an important source of funding for volunteer-run community groups. As the latest round opens for applications, Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters is urging central Victorian groups to apply. The grants, from $1000 to $5000, can be used to buy equipment or training, or help vo..
17-Nov-2016
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Angel pilots needed
Bendigo Weekly
Angel Flight Australia is on a recruitment drive to find volunteer pilots and drivers in Bendigo. The group provides flights and drives for country people to attend their city medical appointments. The charity coordinates non-emergency flights to help country people trying to deal wi..
10-Nov-2016
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Thales staff show and shine
Sharon Kemp
THEY make heavy armoured vehicles as a day job, and their own mechanical dreams for fun. So many of Thales’ Bendigo employees are restoring vehicles in their spare time, they can host their own car show. The “company collection” parked in block nine of the Thales Finn S..
21-Dec-2016
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Count the drops
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo inventor Len Williams has won the inaugural Tech for Good award at Electronica 2016 held in Munich. This is a new section to encourage hi-tech electronics applications which focus on benefits for the environment or quality of life. Mr Williams’ invention is a water meter sy..
16-Dec-2016
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Bendigo suffers from a vet shortage
Sharon Kemp
A SPECIALIST veterinary recruitment website shows the demand for qualified vets is higher in Bendigo than in any other regional city. The ads are all for existing veterinary practices in Bendigo but the city can also expect an influx of new clinics with Petstock looking to open a space at i..
08-Dec-2016
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Business leads the way on lighting
Bendigo Weekly
A BENDIGO business is doing its bit to light up for Christmas. For the past couple of year Wills Street Eyecare has decorated their business, a heritage house, with Christmas lights. The response from neighbours and patients was so positive, that this year they’ve invited the who..
01-Dec-2016
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Special agents
Bendigo Weekly
TRAVEL agents Angela and John Meek have cruised to victory as Independent Travel Group’s agent of the year for Victoria. The couple own Bendigo Travel and Cruise Centre in Hargreaves Street which has a team of six who have combined experience in excess of 130 years. The award recog..
24-Nov-2016
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Wood art in time for Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
HERE’s something different for Christmas. Two Bendigo women are launching a product inspired by their walks in the bush. Their handmade Christmas trees are made from sticks found in and around Bendigo collected, prepared, cut, drilled, and assembled by Trudy Allsopp and Linda, nei..
17-Nov-2016
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Fix that tram
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Tramways has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help cover the cost of restoring a rare 101‐year‐old J‐Class tram in its collection. There are hoping the Bendigo community will come on board to help get it back on the tracks. “Tram No. 7, which operated in Melbourne, Balla..
08-Dec-2016
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Stadium steeled for solid future
Sharon Kemp
THE arrival of 40 tonnes of steel at Bendigo Stadium means construction work that has been at ground level is suddenly taking on the shape of the new building. The stadium is still a year away from opening and has been hampered by wet weather during winter and spring. But the framework f..
01-Dec-2016
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TAFE to upgrade
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO TAFE will offer upgraded facilities and new courses in the sectors of health and community, and food and fibre from 2018 thanks to more than $25 million in state government funding. As health sector job opportunities increase in line with the new Bendigo hospital, TAFE will upgrade t..
24-Nov-2016
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The best of bikes
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo will host Australia’s first Cycling Innovation Showcase. The event on Thursday, Friday and Saturday next week will feature a range of cycling manufacturers and designers, guest speakers and demonstrations of cutting edge cycling-related technology and development. On Satu..
17-Nov-2016
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Top points for ballerina Tiahna
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO student Tiahna Agnoletto has proved hard work can get good results. The 16-year-old will be off to the Queensland Ballet School next year after being chosen as one of the lucky few who auditioned across Australia and New Zealand for a position at this prestigious school. Tiahna h..
10-Nov-2016
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Hop on board
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW group is set to operate on Crusoe Reservoir, offering a healthy outlet for women. Surfing Victoria and VicHealth have pooled resources to relaunch Coasting: Stand Up Paddleboarding for women, a program designed to get more females active over the summer, with a three-session program in..
03-Nov-2016
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Reporting from the heart
Rosalea Ryan
Australians know Simon Bouda – right? We know his name, we know his face, we know his voice and we certainly know the tragedies he covers as one of the Nine Network’s most experienced hard-news journalists. But what, really, do we know of Bouda as a person – as a son, husba..
15-Dec-2016
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Winter's depths
Rosalea Ryan
The Ice Beneath Her Camilla Grebe Allen & Unwin $39.99 Stockholm’s crisp mid-winter perfection has been shattered, its pristine snowscape disfigured by a geyser of human blood. In an exclusive outer suburb of the city a woman has been murdered, her body crumpled in a hallw..
08-Dec-2016
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A fresh view
Rosalea Ryan
BRITT-MARIE is not the type of woman to put a coffee cup down without using a coaster, not does she eat pizza straight from its box. Britt-Marie is proper, attentive, precise, correct – “normal”, in other words. To less particular people, however, Britt-Marie could be descr..
02-Dec-2016
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Change of pace
Rosalea Ryan
Falling Jane Green Macmillan, $29.99 Emma Montague isn’t looking for a boyfriend, and she certainly isn’t looking for a ready-made school-aged son. Yet in the process of renting an unfashionably dated beachfront cottage in sleepy Westport, Connecticut, she finds ..
24-Nov-2016
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Nordic noir trilogy continues
Rosalea Ryan
ICELAND is reeling. Still struggling in the wake of the 2008 financial crash, the country has been struck by a second, equally unexpected blow: the 2010 volcanic eruption and subsequent rumblings of Eyjafjallajökull. An ash cloud is enveloping Reykjavík, polluting the city’s air. ..
17-Nov-2016
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Romance in the Riverina
Rosalea Ryan
COLLEGE student Cindy is nursing a broken heart for the first time. Rather than propose as expected, her boyfriend of two years has just prioritised Harvard law school ahead of their relationship, leaving Cindy mortified and alone, the only unattached member of her southern California group of f..
10-Nov-2016
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