Look to high tech health
Sharon Kemp
THE future of health in regional Australia is high tech, but only once high speed internet access is rolled out in the regions. A discussion paper by Deloitte Consulting that outlined options in the future design of Victoria’s regional health system noted that innovation could make up..
06-Jan-2017
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TAFE improvements cause disruption
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Kangan Institute will demolish a block of classrooms facing Chapel Street to make way for the new nursing training facility to which the Victorian government has directed $17.7 million. Removing the TAFE’s J building and refitting P building on the corner of McCrae Street for ..
06-Jan-2017
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Weekly reaches a grand milestone
Peter Kennedy
To many readers, this week's edition of the Bendigo Weekly is just like any other; it's the forerunner to next week's and follows on from the one before it, but to those of us charged with creating the product you the reader has in front of you right now, this is special. Issue 1000 of the B..
06-Jan-2017
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Road deaths take a toll
Sharon Kemp
IN a year which saw road deaths rise by 16 per cent, Bendigo drivers were caught by cameras committing more than 10,000 offences adding up to fines of almost $3 million. The offenses included speeding, running a red light and driving an unregistered car and are what Victoria Police des..
06-Jan-2017
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End of road for library
Dianne Dempsey
The Bendigo Goldfields Library mobile library service has been replaced this year by permanent library agencies. In its heyday, during the 1990s, the mobile library service consisted of three vans which in 1997/98 distributed 154,427 items. But in recent years, the number of vans running..
06-Jan-2017
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Work underway on Napier Street
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER years of hearing talk about it, residents awaiting the upgrade of Napier Street are seeing work on the ground. VicRoads are doing the preliminary work confirming the location of underground services ahead of widening Napier Street to a dual carriageway for 2.7 km north from Weeroona Co..
04-Jan-2017
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Security hike at stupa
Laura Hurley
Security at the Great Stupa had been ramped up following a number thefts at the site over recent months. The Victorian government has granted the Stupa $7500 to upgrade security on the Sandhurst site in order to try and curb crime at the place of worship. Great Stupa of Universal Compass..
09-Oct-2015
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CRASH CLOSES MCIVOR ROAD
Bendigo Weekly
THE McIvor Highway was blocked southbound following a three vehicle collision at around 2.25pm on Monday. The accident happened at the corner of Crook St and McIvor Rd. Bendigo police's Leading Senior Constable Todd Deary said a silver Kia sedan had attempted to turn right towards Bendig..
05-Oct-2015
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Weather a hot topic
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’s warmer than average start to October is something that residents may have to get used to, with the Bureau of Meteorology saying it is likely that maximum temperatures will exceed averages this month. The bureau is forecasting maximums of more than 30 degrees for Sunday and Mo..
01-Oct-2015
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MOPPED UP
Laura Hurley
PRESSURE caused by Bendigo’s rising groundwater troubles has been eased, with the state government throwing the city a lifeline. Water minister Lisa Neville yesterday announced rising groundwater will now be pumped to storage in the New Chum mine, “buying time” for the gove..
01-Oct-2015
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WEAR YELLOW TO SHOW YOU CARE
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo residents have been urged to turn out in force tomorrow for a colourful celebration of diversity and unity. The Believe in Bendigo picnic event will be held in the Civic Gardens adjacent to the Town Hall from 11.30am to 4pm, tomorrow, Friday, October 2. Organisers hope the AF..
01-Oct-2015
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Great wall walk
Dianne Dempsey
In September 2013 at the age of 36, Karlee Thorpe’s life was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. She said her family and friends gave her the strength to get through a bilateral mastectomy, followed by 14 months of intensive treatment includin..
01-Oct-2015
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Two cars collide in Golden Square
Bendigo Weekly
Two cars collided in Golden Square this afternoon. The incident occurred on Marong and Happy Valley roads about 4.45pm. Bendigo Police Sergeant Jason Burke said it was a minor car crash but one vehicle was leaking fuel. Both drivers were treated and assessed for shock at the sc..
09-Jul-2014
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Jewellery worth $30,000 missing
Bendigo Weekly
A New South Wales woman has lost $30,000 worth of antique jewellery in Marong. The woman was travelling from a border town to Melbourne for her chronically ill daughter’s treatment with the seven pieces of jewellery. The woman took the jewellery to Melbourne for quotes for work and clea..
09-Jul-2014
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Crash closes highway - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
A motor home crashed near Goornong on Tuesday afternoon, closing the Midland Highway. No one was trapped in the accident, which occurred just before 3pm. The accident occurred about two kilometres north of the Bendigo-Murchinson Road intersection. The road was reopened in both..
08-Jul-2014
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Flora Hill knife drama
Bendigo Weekly
A woman was taken into police custody and interviewed after being found with a knife. Bendigo Police picked up the woman on Edwards Rd in Flora Hill about 3.45pm today. The blonde woman was carrying the knife as she walked towards the ambulance station. Bendigo Police have ..
07-Jul-2014
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Local rescued from Mt Bogong
Bendigo Weekly
A North Bendigo man is one of two people who were rescued from Victoria’s highest mountain One man remains at Mount Beauty hospital and the other has been released. Police spent the night searching for the 35 year old North Bendigo man and a 33 year old Box Hill man after the bushwal..
06-Jul-2014
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Police called to investigate - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
A navy Toyota Corolla and another vehicle collided in Maiden Gully this morning. The vehicles collided on the corner of Calder Highway and Smith Road just before 9am. Two people were involved in the incident and have minor injuries. Police and ambulance officers attended the incide..
27-Jun-2014
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Hip hop Bliss is back
Christine McGinn
BLISS N ESO are hitting up Bendigo, in a sold-out national tour set to take stage in May this year. The three piece Australian hip-hop band will show their lyrical genius and musical stylings to live outdoor shows in their headline tour across April to May. Riding the wave of success, Blis..
14-Mar-2014
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Feeler revisited
Steve Kendall
IN the 10 years since Feeler was released, Pete Murray has produced three more albums. None, perhaps have had the impact of this first CD for Sony. Over the years he has been revisiting Feeler and decided to record some of the tracks with an orchestra, this led to the whole album being re-re..
10-Mar-2014
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A vine time for rock at the Rifle
Bendigo Weekly
THE Rifle Brigade Hotel plays host to Rock in Vines this Sunday. Festival director Steve Saxton said the big day was getting close. “We are committed to delivering this and other events for Bendigo, its music-loving public, and the talented local artists who have been such great sup..
06-Mar-2014
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An Avent to attend
Steve Kendall
THE elegantly named Ma Petite has an equally beautiful real name. Indiana Avent was born in Melbourne but raised in Castlemaine, so every return is like a homecoming. Avent said she didn’t appreciate it much as a child but sees it now for what it is. “An artistic town with a gr..
21-Feb-2014
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Boy, bear, Bendigo
Christine McGinn
BOY and Bear will embark on a 30-day regional Australia tour after playing sold out shows in the UK and a Europe and US tour. Bassist David Symes said it was an exciting time for the band, especially off the back of a two month Oz tour. “We are really excited to jump overseas and ta..
21-Feb-2014
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Presley is in the building
Bendigo Weekly
Memphis-born Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis, has announced the she’ll be performing in Bendigo with her five-piece band. This is the first time she has toured Australia in eight years. The tour – which Presley will be taking around the world – comes off the back of her l..
07-Feb-2014
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Young Borough keeping things simple
Joel Peterson
IT isn’t often that you will hear a coach say that worrying less about results is a direct catalyst for getting them, but that has been the case for Eaglehawk and Luke Monaghan this year. Written off by many at the start of the Bendigo Football Netball League season, the Hawks endured ..
08-Sep-2016
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It’s time to be Brave
Joel Peterson
THE stakes may be higher but the preparation remains exactly the same for the Bendigo Braves ahead of Saturday night’s SEABL east conference final against Nunawading at Bendigo Stadium. The Braves won the right to host the game with a dominant performance against Brisbane two weeks ago..
02-Sep-2016
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Blazers sides battle on
Bendigo Weekly
FOUR of the five Central Vic Blazers sides will line up in finals this weekend in Hockey Victoria competitions. The Blazers’ Vic league two, women’s Vic league one, women’s Vic league one reserve and under-16 mixed pennant sides are all still in the finals. The men&rsqu..
02-Sep-2016
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Hamilton signs with Giant
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S Chris Hamilton has translated a brilliant 2016 season into a three-year professional deal with World Tour cycling team Giant-Alpecin for 2017. Hamilton won the national under-23 championship in January before going on to perform strongly at the Tour Down Under and Herald Sun ..
02-Sep-2016
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Bombers flying high
Bendigo Weekly
LEITCHVILLE Gunbower will seek grand final revenge on Saturday when it meets North Bendigo the 2016 Heathcote District Football League grand final at Huntly. The first decider in the central Victorian region is a replay of last year’s decider that saw an inaccurate Bombers outfit outcl..
02-Sep-2016
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BFNL finals kick off
Bendigo Weekly
FOUR mouth-watering matchups across senior football and A-grade netball start what is set to be a bumper Bendigo Football Netball League finals series at the Queen Elizabeth Oval this weekend. Saturday night sees Golden Square play Strathfieldsaye in the senior football qualifying final, whi..
02-Sep-2016
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Digital memories
Bendigo Weekly
At Christmas, we especially remember those who are missing. In March this year Bendigo lawyer MARIKA McMAHON’s daughter, Thomasina, was born with a complex cardiac condition. Thomasina died in October, aged only seven months. This week, Marika wrote a blog about what grief is like in t..
21-Dec-2012
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Money helps a cause
Bendigo Weekly
THE money raised from Bendigo’s Bloke’s Biggest Lunch was handed over to charities this week. More than $75,000 was raised at the event, which saw about 420 blokes step out and step up for prostate cancer research. The money was split between the Prostate Foundation of Austr..
13-Dec-2012
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Telstra supports kinder
Bendigo Weekly
THE skills and talents of children at Bendigo’s Dr Harry Little Preschool will be further developed and enhanced following a grant from Telstra’s Kids Fund program. The $1200 grant will allow the kinder to repair and maintain building façade and restabilise its sandpit. ..
13-Dec-2012
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Give that they may glow
Bendigo Weekly
DONATIONS are continuing to pour in for the Haven and Bendigo Weekly Christmas appeal. The Haven Sent appeal encourages locals to donate presents of non-perishable food to Haven clients to make their Christmas that little bit special. Weekly editor Anthony Radford said Christmas was a tough ..
06-Dec-2012
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Nursing future assured
Bendigo Weekly
Lyndal Wilson will be carrying on a proud family tradition when she takes up nursing studies next year. The winner of a $30,000 scholarship from the Department of Health and Ageing, Lyndal has always had her sights set on a nursing career. “Both my grandmothers were nurses, and I..
06-Dec-2012
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Backlash to pool closure
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo will meet with residents this evening (Monday) to protest the closing of Golden Square pool "They said they were going to leave it open until the Kangaroo Flat pool is built, but they haven't," Ken Hamilton said. "We have called a meeting to toss a few ideas back and fort..
03-Dec-2012
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Pumpkins add weight to show
Bendigo Weekly
By VICKI HARRINGTON The Bendigo Exhibition Centre will be bulging at the sides on the weekend of April 28 and 29 next year. It will be housing the annual Australian Chrysanthemum Championship, the Goat and Produce Fair, and for the first time, The Biggest Pumpkin Challenge. Competi..
23-Sep-2011
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Bendigo's restaurants' winning ways
Anthony Radford
The Bendigo food scene has fared well again in the newly released The Age Good Food Guide 2012. For the second consecutive year, Whirrakee Restaurant achieved a much-coveted chef’s hat in the new guide. The one hat category is awarded for restaurants achieving a score of 15 out of 20, an..
09-Sep-2011
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Down to earth
Anthony Radford
Spring has sprung and it’s time to bring your inner gardener out of hibernation. Whether you want to be more self-sufficient, save money, be more environmentally aware or just grow and enjoy your own fresh and tasty produce, spring is a great time to start a kitchen garden. Keith Macdonald..
02-Sep-2011
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To market, to market
Vicki Harrington
Last week I was asked to visit the Bendigo Community Farmers' Market to cover the story of departing market manager and founder, Michele Martin. I have been to the market once previously when I did a quick walk through and left thinking it was all very nice but a bit pricey. Last Saturday, after ..
18-Aug-2011
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Hot chilli in the city
Anthony Radford
We’re warming things up in the food department this week with a curry theme and a copy of award-winning food writer Jacki Passmore’s latest cookbook, 50 Fabulous Curries, to give away. The curry topic came about when delicious aromas wafted from our tearoom where Bendigo W..
12-Aug-2011
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Vanessa's Thai red curry
Anthony Radford
Ingredients 2 tbsp Thai red curry paste (try The Spice Shelf, available at Bendigo Community Farmers Market) 1 cup red lentils 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock 1 can coconut cream or coconut milk 2 Kaffir lime leaves, chopped into fine strips Thumb sized piece of ginger, grated or c..
10-Aug-2011
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Time to talk books
Bendigo Weekly
The banners are up in View Street, the volunteer gang is being briefed and organised, The Capital is preparing for sound checks and seat tallies. Now, let’s talk about the books and writers. This week Castlemaine poet Ross Donlon met with Dymocks Bendigo bookseller Harry Hart to de..
27-Jul-2012
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Anthology for Bendigo
Rosemary Sorensen
IAN IRVINE is well placed to know just how rich a region Bendigo is for writing. The Bendigo TAFE lecturer has spent months sifting through more than 200 submissions for an anthology of writing to be launched at the inaugural Bendigo Writers Festival next month. He and fellow-editor Tru..
20-Jul-2012
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Deep and meaningful in the mine
Rosemary Sorensen
ONLY one of the writers asked if they wanted to be involved in the world-first reading event in the Central Deborah Gold Mine said no. That writer said, very politely, her ancestors were Welsh miners and she’s got a deep-seated fear of being underground. The rest of them – Ma..
13-Jul-2012
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Shades of Grey
Rosemary Sorensen
THIS year’s big-selling book, Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James, is proving what we all know: we love to be involved in a popular event, and it’s fun to get caught up in something that sweeps the world. With the internet, that kind of mass-involvement is so easy. Although there i..
13-Jul-2012
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Kitted out for the festival
Rosemary Sorensen
What’s black and white and read all over? The Telstra-backed volunteer skivvies arrived this week, the next step towards the inaugural Bendigo Writers Festival which takes place at The Capital and surrounds in View Street on August 10,11 and 12. Nick Papaz of Telstra Business Centr..
06-Jul-2012
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Five things you need to know about: Bendigo Writers Festival
Rosemary Sorensen
It’s out at last. You will find the full program for the inaugural Bendigo Writers Festival in your Bendigo Weekly today, and it’s online at the festival website too. If you have never been to a writers festival, and wonder just what to expect when you rock up to View Street in August,..
29-Jun-2012
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