A classic Australia Day
Bendigo Weekly
THOUSANDS of people visited Bendigo’s Lake Weeroona precinct yesterday for local Australia Day celebrations. Clear skies and warm temperatures provided the ideal setting for the official City of Greater Bendigo celebrations, which were once again coordinated and managed by the Rotary C..
27-Jan-2017
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Hospital opens its doors to patients
Sharon Kemp
WHEN 170 patients and the first of 3000 medical staff moved into the new $630 million Bendigo Hospital this week, more than 10 years of work to create cornerstone infrastructure underpinning decades of growth for Bendigo was realised.Months of precision planning allowed patients to be moved with..
27-Jan-2017
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Cafe closes doors
Bendigo Weekly
As Bendigo Health moved into the new hospital, staff had to say goodbye to the buildings that have served them well for decades. One significant farewell was to the cafeteria which closed on Monday. Retail in the new building will be provided by Zouki and is no longer Bendigo Health own..
27-Jan-2017
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RSL ready for action
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo District RSL is preparing for the Soldiers Memorial Institute upgrade and expansion project, which is due to start in April this year. The museum is being decommissioned, with museum items to be stored in a secure location until the upgrade is complete and they can be returned to..
27-Jan-2017
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$1m reward on offer
Sharon Kemp
LYNNE Ireland, the sister of Bendigo teenager Maureen Braddy who went missing 49 years ago, wants to give her sibling the burial she deserves. Police are appealing to the public again, and offering a $1 million reward, for information about the disappearance of Ms Braddy, who was 16, and ..
27-Jan-2017
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Education under review
Sharon Kemp
THE Bendigo Education Plan will be reviewed this year and a new plan set for the next decade of public secondary education as enrolment figures show the model has swung out of balance with one junior secondary college almost three times the size of any of the other three colleges. At the ..
26-Jan-2017
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Hashtag closes its doors
Peter Kennedy
ONE of Bendigo’s highest profile hospitality venues has closed its doors and entered into external administration, with the loss of more than 20 jobs. The Platform Bar Pty Ltd, trading as Hashtag, occupied a prominent corner position in the recently established Kennington Village shopp..
18-Nov-2016
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A promise of respect
Sharon Kemp
INCOMING mayor Margaret O’Rourke will share leadership of the City of Greater Bendigo council for the first time with a deputy mayor, reflecting the growing size of the municipality. Rod Fyffe was voted on Tuesday night into the deputy role, defeating George Flack and James Williams wh..
11-Nov-2016
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Investing in divesting
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’S Centre for Non-Violence (CNV) has become the first community sector organisation to commit to divesting in fossil fuels. Chief executive Margaret Augerinos said women were disproportionately impacted by climate change and the centre, which supported gender equality, should no..
07-Nov-2016
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Candidates sign on for long haul
Sharon Kemp
HUMBLE, diverse, unified and respectful were the words spoken most often as nine councillors-elect made their first speeches at the official declaration of the poll this week. Many had just met each other – only two of nine had served as councillors in the previous term that was charac..
04-Nov-2016
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Beautiful world of textiles
Sharon Kemp
TEXTILE designers Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson are strong advocates for indigenous artists, having also been inspired by the Australian landscape. Kee and Jackson say they want to see more of the rise in confidence of young Aboriginal artists and superstars, like Jessica Mauboy. In Bendig..
27-Oct-2016
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Tulip bulb bonanza for Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
THERE was no tiptoeing through the tulips on Tuesday as the annual dig up took place in Rosalind Park. Competition was fierce, with barely a patch left empty of keen bulb grabbers. With the used bulbs selling at $5 a bag, business was brisk, with some hunters unable to even find a bag to..
27-Oct-2016
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Trams on hair line
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s heritage trams are taking the Movember challenge this year and will be decked out with some magnificent moustaches throughout the month in order to fundraise for men’s health issues. “Men’s health is important to us at the tramways as we have a bunch of guys..
03-Nov-2016
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Sustainability on to a winner
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Sustainability Group has won the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award in this year’s awards for its diverse region-wide work in sustainability. The group is a community organisation that brings together a diverse range of people with a shared interest in sustainable l..
27-Oct-2016
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Scottish society meets in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
MEMBERS of the Clan MacGillivray Society Australia will welcome their new commander from Scotland at its 40th Anniversary Gathering in Bendigo this month. Iain MacGillivray from the Highlands community of Tain recently received approval from the office of the Lord Lyon to fill the role of cl..
27-Oct-2016
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Musical meet
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO youngsters were in tune with Indonesian music at a cultural day performance on Wednesday. At St Therese’s School, Kennington the students learn Indonesian from rep through to year six. Every two years the school hosts a cultural day where the children delve further into t..
20-Oct-2016
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Sound science
Bendigo Weekly
Discovery Science and Technology Centre is celebrating the inaugural Design and Technology Week to recognise the making and problem solving skills of Bendigo. Students had the opportunity to take part in fun and creative activities while exploring the role that design and technology plays in..
13-Oct-2016
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Pumped up for fire sale
Bendigo Weekly
NOW is your chance to clear some clutter and help your local volunteer firefighters at the same time. Why not donate your unwanted items to the Golden Square Fire Brigade’s Annual Fire Sale? Captain Tim McNeilly said the Fire Sale will take place on Saturday, October 22 from 8am at..
06-Oct-2016
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Golden axe winner at the show
Bendigo Weekly
Doncaster’s Laurence O’Toole, who recently won the Grand Aggregate Trophy at the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show Woodchop Championships for the second year in a row, will be one of the main competitors at the Bendigo Show woodchop competition. The champion woodchopper claimed the covet..
20-Oct-2016
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Students in step with exercise
Bendigo Weekly
Teachers and students at St Joseph’s School, Quarry Hill have been stepping out for an early walk as part of Walk to School month. Walk to School month is a free, easy and fun way for children to be active this month. Victorian primary students are encouraged to walk, ride or scoo..
13-Oct-2016
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New chapter for pups
Bendigo Weekly
Researchers from La Trobe University recently joined with Bendigo not-for-profit organisation Righteous Pups Australia, discovering that engaging in structured activities with a carefully trained dog can help children learn. As part of a four-week study, seven highly-trained labradors were ..
06-Oct-2016
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Walk to a cure
Bendigo Weekly
THERE will a poignant message for people who attend a juvenile diabetes Walk to Cure Diabetes in Bendigo on Sunday, November 13. Stacey and Glen Caddy want to use the story of their daughter Sienna to raise awareness about the symptoms of type 1 diabetes and what makes it different to type 2..
28-Sep-2016
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Futsal in a league of its own
Bendigo Weekly
NINE futsal teams made up of friends and family always makes for fierce rivalry. So it was with Bendigo’s Karen community, who divided into teams for the third annual multicultural youth futsal tournament last weekend and cheered as loud as they could at the Flora Hill indoor sports ..
22-Sep-2016
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Aid for the islands
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO health educator Anne Hepner jumped at her daughter Milly’s suggestion to return to the Solomon Islands after 20 years for a month of volunteer health work. After two decades, the family retains connections in the South Pacific nation who have helped identify what is needed in ..
22-Sep-2016
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Choirs in harmony
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne-based chamber choir Polyphonic Voices will join forces in November with the internationally award-winning Adelaide Chamber Singers and some of Melbourne’s finest instrumentalists and talented vocal soloists for performances of Gabriel Faur&ea..
03-Nov-2016
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Never and the Black Swamp
Simon Wooldridge
Nestled-in quietly among the bustle that will be the sixth Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival is a cracker of a gig at Musicman. It will be anything but quiet when The Black Swamp and Never hit Bendigo on Saturday, November 5. Queensland’s The Black Swamp bunkered down at the star..
27-Oct-2016
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The next step
Simon Wooldridge
Sherri Parry is a Bendigo singer-songwriter who takes a traditional approach to the creative process. “Everything I write gets hand-written into a small book. It makes the song feel more authentic,” she said. Parry’s next big step in an already impressive career is the lau..
20-Oct-2016
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Boogie with Catfish
Simon Wooldridge
The countdown to Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival number six continues. You’d have to think hard to come up with a more evocative name than Catfish Voodoo for a high energy, low-down boogie Chicago blues band. The Melbourne-based five-piece will be making their festival debut nex..
13-Oct-2016
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International feel to festival
Simon Wooldridge
It’s only a few weekends until the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival takes over the city. Now in its sixth year, we’re going to see 170 artists play at 40-odd venues over the first weekend in November. There’ll be some be some familiar faces, like the inimitable Greg..
06-Oct-2016
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Trio back at the Vine
Simon Wooldridge
It’s been over two and a half years since we played at the Golden Vine,” says Tyson Hodges. “I’m really looking forward to playing there again with this band. Some of my favourite gig memories are from that pub.” The Tyson Hodges Trio (TH3) will break that long..
28-Sep-2016
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Roos, Redbacks meet in T20 final
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO United will play Kangaroo Flat in Wednesday’s Bendigo District Cricket Association Twenty20 grand final after the Redbacks scored a dominant win over Strathfieldsaye in the lone game played on Tuesday night. With clashes between White Hills and Eaglehawk, the Roos and Sandhurst..
13-Jan-2017
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Local riders in the thick of the action
Joel Peterson
CENTRAL Victorian aces Robbie Hucker, Lachlan Norris and Peta Mullens were among the local hopes that made strong starts to their 2017 campaigns last weekend with strong displays at the Cycling Australia Road National Championships in Ballarat. Hucker and Norris finished eighth and ninth in ..
13-Jan-2017
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Teams roll up for Country Week
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO will be abuzz with cricket next week as the annual Bendigo Country Week tournament is held at grounds across the region. Sides from the Murray Valley, Northern Districts, Gisborne and District, Ferntree Gully and District, Goulburn Murray and Emu Valley associations will battle it ou..
13-Jan-2017
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Aiming for glory
Joel Peterson
A LOCAL contingent of nine riders will chase national glory at this week’s Cycling Australia National Road Championships in Ballarat. The action started on Wednesday night with former national champions Peta Mullens and Chris Hamilton in action in the women’s and men’s crit..
06-Jan-2017
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Big year ahead in local sport
Joel Peterson
With the new year come plenty of resolutions, and while most have to do with calories, gym memberships or plans for a Romanian rock climbing holiday, there are several local sports clubs for which 2017 is an important year. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the clubs and organis..
06-Jan-2017
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Vital stretch looms for Spirit
Joel Peterson
A WELL-TIMED midseason break has Bendigo Spirit fresh and ready heading into what looms as the most important three-week stretch of its Women’s National Basketball League season. Bendigo travels to Perth for a clash with the Lynx on Saturday night after a two-week break over the Christ..
06-Jan-2017
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Bloke lunch a goer
Bendigo Weekly
PREPARATIONS for this year’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch are in full swing, with this year’s event to be held on Friday, November 18 at Ulumbarra Theatre from 12 noon. The Bendigo Weekly-backed event starts with the traditional outdoor barbecue lunch, before guests move inside to ..
06-Oct-2016
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Towel a fundraiser
Bendigo Weekly
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Bendigo is being asked to get on board with a fundraising appeal to help those living with the insidious disease. The so called Little Blue Towel might not seem like much, but each packet sold will help those diagnosed with breast cancer spend tim..
06-Oct-2016
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The long goodbye
Dianne Dempsey
The long goodbye is the name often given to that cruellest of diseases, Alzheimer’s. And it’s a name to which Narelle Williams can easily relate. “My father retired at 65 years of age and was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s when he was 67,” she ..
28-Sep-2016
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Reunion on court
Bendigo Weekly
GERRI Stevens and Jean Frost remember being at the meeting that formed the Bendigo Married Ladies Netball Association 40 years ago, and such are the connections they have made, they have played ever since. The association is now called Bendigo Midweek Ladies Netball, and is calling for all p..
22-Sep-2016
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Believe picnic sets up again
Bendigo Weekly
THE second annual Believe in Bendigo family picnic day will be held in Bendigo’s Civic Gardens on Friday, September 30. Organisers say Bendigo showed the world its true colour one year ago when more than 3000 people turned the gardens into a showcase of diversity and unity, and took a ..
15-Sep-2016
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Kits for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
Students from Catholic College, Crusoe College, Girton Grammar and Bendigo Senior Secondary College worked hard over the past week to begin the assembly of Zonta birthing kits. Zonta is now inviting community volunteers to help its members assemble the kits this Saturday, September 10, from ..
08-Sep-2016
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Bank buys in to WA home loans
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has bought $1.4 billion of home loans in Western Australia, and added 6000 new customers to its existing 1.5 million. The bank this week reassured investors the mortgages it bought from the WA government-owned Keystart Housing Scheme Trust, which typically lent to f..
06-Oct-2016
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Telco ramps up for city
Sharon Kemp
OPTUS want to be considered a viable mobile phone competitor to Telstra and is spending $3.5 million and building seven new towers around Bendigo to gain the credible coverage. The telecommunications company is spending the same amount in Ballarat as it moves to capture greater market share ..
28-Sep-2016
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Care for carers
Bendigo Weekly
Anglicare Victoria was one of 134 worthwhile causes to have a helping hand from Lendlease employees last week, as part of its annual community day. On Thursday, around 20 Lendlease employees and subcontractors from the Bendigo Hospital project converged on an Anglicare Victoria residence. ..
22-Sep-2016
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Goodbye Possums
Dianne Dempsey
While Jimmy Possum has arguably been one of Australia’s most successful regional businesses, its owners, Margot and Alan Spalding, came to the realisation earlier this year that enough was enough. “Alan had been diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago and we thought he had ..
15-Sep-2016
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The who behind Hoo-gah
Bendigo Weekly
When Bendigo chef Gina Trivolo recently opened a cafe in Mitchell Street her parents reminded her she was following a family tradition. “My grandfather had a greengrocer’s in Mitchell Street (where the TAB is today) for many years, but sadly his shop went the way of a lot of small bu..
08-Sep-2016
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Fresh market for exports
Peter Kennedy
Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm is taking its fresh chicken products to more of the world by expanding its export business into the lucrative Hong Kong market. After years of selling frozen products to Hong Kong, the Philippines, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, Hazeldene’s is now ..
02-Sep-2016
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Upgrade for track
Joel Peterson
WITH the Bendigo line out of action until the end of October, V/Line is taking the opportunity to complete $46 million of works on the Bendigo rail corridor. Work including replacement of level crossings is under way on the lines through to Swan Hill and Echuca, with major work at Taradale o..
14-Oct-2016
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Music on the move
Bendigo Weekly
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was in Bendigo this week for a performance at Ulumbarra Theatre Ahead of their performance, musicians from the orchestra will took part in workshops with schools in the area including Lockwood Primary School. As the MSO loves Bendigo so much, the musician..
06-Oct-2016
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TAFE gears up
Bendigo Weekly
Automotive students from Bendigo and its surrounds can look forward to a whole new training experience at Bendigo TAFE Charleston Road campus. On October 12, upgraded automotive facilities featuring across-the-board improvements will be unveiled for the first time. Students and industry..
28-Sep-2016
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Villa has a new outlook
Bendigo Weekly
George Lansell had a lot of gold, hence a lot of money, but the Quartz King passed away in 1906 having never finished his pride and joy in the historic Fortuna Villa. Fortuna was constructed in 1856 with several extensions over the years, but the final external finishing touches..
22-Sep-2016
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Project goes to a new level
Sharon Kemp
AS fast as St John of God Bendigo hospital refurbishes its new and existing wings, the new wards fill. The hospital has completed the upper two levels of its new building and is part way through refurbishing the existing wing. The $41 million initial redeve..
15-Sep-2016
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Drawn to the mall
Bendigo Weekly
THERE is one more Eltham Copper Butterfly in the Bendigo region, but you’re unlikely to see it in the garden at home any time soon. Pavement artist Ulla Taylor this week put the finishing touches on a chalk drawing of the rare butterfly to tie in with 2016 National Threatened Species D..
08-Sep-2016
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Wrong place, right time
Rosalea Ryan
WHEN I have a class reunion kind of thing, we just have a beer; we don’t, like, tackle terrorists or anything. The voice is unmistakable: Barack Obama. It’s late August 2015 and, huddled over an iPhone in northern France, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler are being congratulated by t..
06-Oct-2016
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Bovine beauties
Rosalea Ryan
Long, wide, curly, straight or curved: the horns adorning the cattle that feature in photographer-writer Daniel Naudé’s dramatically handsome coffee-table book are as spectacular and distinctive as hairstyles or gowns at any red-carpet event. South African Naudé captures with..
28-Sep-2016
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Paper chase
Rosalea Ryan
Interested in data? It’s February 2015 and in Germany investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer is presented with what quickly becomes the most daunting yet satisfying challenge of his media career. Obermeyer is at home one evening when an email arrives from an anonymous correspondent. ..
22-Sep-2016
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Adventure on the high rivers
Rosalea Ryan
Take two adventurous Englishmen, a desire to float clear across Europe and an assortment of watercraft, conventional and otherwise. The result? The offspring of this rare blending is a highly entertaining travel memoir that is in equal measure informative, instructional and hilarious. When c..
15-Sep-2016
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Reel-life
Rosalea Ryan
THINK Sex and the City for the average lonely, directionless suburban woman: abundant sass, bawdy humour and a generous dose of outrageous sexual misadventure but without the extravagances of Manolos, Cosmopolitans and a Manhattan bachelorette pad all apparently paid for by a couple of hours’ ..
08-Sep-2016
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Camel riding
Rosalea Ryan
Reptile collector, camel expert, big-cat doctor, gazelle wrangler, antiques aficionado, father of five: Alex Tinson juggles disparate roles in balancing his career as a veterinarian and researcher with his pride in heading up a happily blended Australian-Emirati family. Raised on Sydney’s ..
02-Sep-2016
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