Satisfaction survey slams council
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo has suffered its worst community satisfaction results in five years. It’s a fall chief executive Craig Niemann has blamed on high profile public rancour, including the anti-mosque protests, that plagued the council last year. The survey, completed for a..
10-Jun-2016
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CFA firm under pressure
Sharon Kemp
THE impasse between the state government and the CFA over firefighter pay negotiations continued yesterday as Victorian MPs continued to pressure the CFA board to agree to a deal. And in Bendigo, federal Labor incumbent Lisa Chesters has defended herself against social media claims she is i..
10-Jun-2016
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Bendigo refugee group leads forum
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO, the location of anti-mosque protests and a lower than average overseas-born population, is becoming ground zero for the regional refugee advocacy movement. In a duplication of events following the Tampa affair in 2001, regional groups angered at the major parties’ treatment of..
10-Jun-2016
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Hawkei kicks off new bid
Steve Kendall
THALES is putting itself front and centre in a bid to secure a new Australian Defence Force contract, and it has backing. In the same week the first Hawkei went into production at the site, the firm is vying for the lucrative Land 400 Phase 2 contract with their prototype vehicle the LAV (CR..
10-Jun-2016
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Firm to pay workers
Steve Kendall
AN Epsom-based mining services company is repaying more than $2 million to workers who were short-changed over four years. Deepcore Australia Pty Ltd underpaid 205 employees a total of $2.09m for work they performed at mines in regional Victoria and Queensland between 2010 and 2014. The ..
10-Jun-2016
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Jobs cut as Keech hit by mining tumble
Sharon Kemp
Twenty-FOUR jobs have been cut by Keech Australia as the award winning Bendigo-based steel castings manufacturer suffers from the downturn in the mining industry. Chief executive Herbert Hermens yesterday said manufacturing was under strain in Australia “and particularly for companies ..
10-Jun-2016
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Write on at the fringe festival
Bendigo Weekly
BACK for a second year, the Write on Fringe Festival has released its full program of literary events. The festival will run from August 6 to 8 in the Bendigo library coinciding with the Bendigo Writers Festival. Locals can try their hand at song writing or participate in readings or works..
03-Jul-2015
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Bendigo's youth shame as teen crime rate soars
MORE than 10 per cent of crime across Victoria committed by 15 to 17 year olds in 2009-10 was committed by Bendigo youth. That’s one of the key findings of a State Government report which paints a troubled picture of Bendigo’s at-risk youth. The Department of Education and Ea..
30-Jun-2015
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Walsh to announce funding for new sheep shed
VICTORIAN Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh is expected to announce $2 million in funding for Bendigo’s biggest shed this afternoon. Mr Walsh will visit the Bendigo Exhibition Centre at Prince of Wales Showgrounds. The government promised $2 million for a new exhibition space next t..
30-Jun-2015
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La Trobe looking to the future
Christine McGinn
VISIONARY plans for La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus were revealed this week. The campus will be transformed and renewed in the next 15 years with short, medium and long-term plans for development. MGS Architects’ June report found the university needed to develop key par..
26-Jun-2015
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Groups at odds over pool decision
Christine McGinn
Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise has won its battle for a 50-metre pool in the new aquatic centre on Browning Street. KFCE president Jack Lyons said the City of Greater Bendigo councillors’ decision to build a 50m pool was terrific. “We were not pushing for the demoliti..
26-Jun-2015
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Cathedral restoration moves on
Christine McGinn
ST Paul’s Anglican Cathedral has taken another step towards its full restoration. The missing wooden floor has been laid and a predella has risen, ready for the altar to be placed above. Bishop Andrew Curnow said he could finally see the restoration’s end in sight and was ..
26-Jun-2015
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Lifeline for carers
Anthony Radford
A BENDIGO family who cannot find respite for their severely autistic teenager have welcomed a State Government plan to fund new services. In October 2009, the Bendigo Weekly published an emotional letter from Carolyn and Mick O’Sullivan. The O’Sullivan family had just been t..
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New community fire refuges policy unveiled
Bendigo Weekly
Deputy Premier and Emergency Services Minister Peter Ryan has released the new community fire refuges policy, delivering on a key recommendation of the Bushfires Royal Commission. Mr Ryan said the Community Fire Refuges Policy provided the framework for identifying, establishing, managing an..
12-Oct-2011
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VCAL cuts 'short-sighted' - Hulls
Bendigo Weekly
The state government has been accused of disregarding advice from a Melbourne University academic warning against cuts to VCAL. Shadow Education Minister Rob Hulls said the academic’s report outlines the importance of VCAL course coordinators, which are the target of the Baillieu Gover..
12-Oct-2011
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Biofuels industry gets $500,000 boost
Bendigo Weekly
The state government has announced details of a $500,000 investment in the biofuels industry near Echuca. Deputy Premier and Regional and Rural Development minister Peter Ryan and Member for Rodney Paul Weller joined government and industry representatives in Lower Moira to officially announ..
05-Oct-2011
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Government defends Fire Action Week timing
Bendigo Weekly
The state government has defended the timing of this year's Fire Action Week after coming in for criticism from the opposition. A spokesperson for Bushfire Response Minister Peter Ryan said the timing of Fire Action Week had been determined in conjunction with Victoria’s fire agencies ..
03-Oct-2011
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Interest rates status quo - again
Bendigo Weekly
Home owners have been spared further financial pain, with the Reserve Bank board again agreeing to leave the official cash rate unchanged. At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 4.75 per cent. Governor Glenn Stevens said conditions in global financia..
03-Oct-2011
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Bringing the music home
Steve Kendall
THE Sacred Heart Cathedral will be alive with the sound of music on Sunday. Songs to Remember is a fundraiser for the Doxa School in Bendigo and Bendigo’s own Alana Conway has arranged the event and will perform. The show will also feature the talents of Mark Vincent and Robert Ga..
22-Nov-2012
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Date set for Groovin the Moo 2013
Bendigo Weekly
Grab your diaries and phones and book in May 4. Groovin the Moo is back in Bendigo. Sure to provide a day of memories, Groovin the Moo is a sell-out event every year, details to follow...
20-Nov-2012
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Blues on the rise
Bendigo Weekly
By MICK GRIFFIN The second Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival had everything in its favour. A superlative musical line-up, brilliant spring sunshine, a host of great venues, magnificent location and lots of smiling faces throughout four days of glorious musical euphoria. From the official Thu..
15-Nov-2012
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Beccy at the reins
Steve Kendall
BECCY COLE is one of the royalty of country music in Australia. However, there are certainly no airs and graces from this South Australian who kicked off as a backing singer in her mum’s band. She is coming to the Theatre Royal in Castlemaine on November 16, so that’s your b..
08-Nov-2012
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Blues and fire
Bendigo Weekly
Before they tour with international rock giants Nickelback, one of Australia’s hottest rock duos is set to wow local music fans at the second annual Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival next week. Alongside almost 100 unique acts over four massive days and nights, Mildura’s Jackson..
02-Nov-2012
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Jon English back in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
AUSSIE Rock Icon Jon English is bringing his latest show, Rock Revolution to Bendigo on Thursday, November 8. Rock Revolution features more classic hits from the 1960s and 1970s, and a nine piece cast of young multi-talented musicians and singers. “There are a few new faces in this..
30-Oct-2012
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Finals fever bites
Joel Peterson
A RED-HOT Golden Square and Bendigo United will face off in what amounts to an elimination final in the final round of the Bendigo District Cricket Association season. Golden Square rocketed into the top four after an outright win against Eaglehawk last week, dismissing the Borough for 86 an..
26-Feb-2016
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City coach pulls pin
Joel Peterson
ONE week after starting its season in earnest, Bendigo City FC is again facing fresh worries at club level and an uncertain short-term future without a coach. The club announced on Wednesday that coach Esteban Quintas was headed back to Spain, and would cease his coaching duties immediately...
26-Feb-2016
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Spirit star returns
Joel Peterson
AFTER sitting on the sidelines for what she called perhaps the toughest game she has missed in her basketball career, Bendigo Spirit star Kelsey Griffin will be back in action this weekend as the side pushes for an unlikely WNBL playoff berth. Bendigo’s already difficult path to the fi..
19-Feb-2016
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Finals in balance
Joel Peterson
THE equation is simple – for the Bendigo Spirit to make finals, the team must keep winning. The result, as the past two weeks have shown, does not come quite so easily. After being in the box seat for a finals spot only a matter of weeks ago, Bendigo now faces an uphill battle to make ..
12-Feb-2016
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BUCCS in the hunt
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO United appears poised to break into the Bendigo District Cricket Association top four after setting Kangaroo Flat 323 for victory on day two of their clash at N8Health Oval on Saturday. The Redbacks were in early trouble on day one after Adam Burns and Brent Hamblin struc..
12-Feb-2016
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Students fired up for triathlon
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO South East College students Jack Meade and Mitchell O’Neill are back at school and working hard, both in and out of class. The talented duo have been selected in the 13 to 14-year-old Victorian Schools Triathlon team to head to Hervey Bay from April 18 to 21, bas..
05-Feb-2016
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Tune in to festival
Bendigo Weekly
By Rosemary Sorensen it’s the written word that’s top of the list for the inaugural Bendigo Writers Festival, but there are strings attached. Dennis O’Keeffe will be strumming his guitar as he explains how Waltzing Matilda came into being. The Egan sisters, Alanna and Alicia,..
02-Aug-2012
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Riding out
Bendigo Weekly
FOUR local horse enthusiasts are preparing themselves for a very important ride. Leanne Taig, Judi Ludeman, Kylie Morrison and Kristy Arnold are gearing up to join the Horse Ride for Cancer next month. The ride will begin in Mildura on August 12 and end at Queensland’s Redland Bay..
27-Jul-2012
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Health for men
Bendigo Weekly
Men should have regular health checks, but they are well-known for finding any excuse not to go to see their doctor. Regular medical check-ups help you stay healthy and may pick up early warning signs of disease or illness. Heart disease, diabetes and some cancers can often be picked up in the..
28-Jun-2012
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Take the plunge with a check up
Steve Kendall
LAST week I wrote a column in the Weekly about heading off for the prostate exam. It was light-hearted for the sake of the column, but in reality it’s something all men should be aware of. The Better Health Channel tells us around 25 per cent of men aged 55 years and over have a prostatic ..
28-Jun-2012
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Patient steps to recovery
Bendigo Weekly
SUE Nerlekar was fit and active before she had breast cancer. So when she found she couldn’t walk more than a few steps after she had completed her cancer treatment in late 2010, she wondered if she would ever walk “like I used to before”. “I felt depressed that I could ..
22-Jun-2012
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Coat drive adds warmth
Bendigo Weekly
How many coats do you have in the wardrobe that don’t fit, are last season or perhaps just not your style anymore? And how many of them will stay in your wardrobe all winter? Those extra coats, jackets and blankets that you have just lying around your home could be a big help to s..
15-Jun-2012
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Nut result for Bendigo
Slowly, steadily, deliciously, a new industry is establishing itself in central Victoria, with huge potential. “We are focussing on the domestic market first,” Strathfieldsaye walnut grower Colin Jack said. “But there is also a great opportunity for exporting to the Japanese an..
12-May-2011
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Peter has a top crop
Beware the triffid pumpkin, it could take over your backyard. Eaglehawk gardener Peter Tharle was given one pumpkin seed by a friend last year, planted it, and the result was a crop of giants. “I’ve never seen them like this,” Peter said. “Someone told me it&r..
06-May-2011
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Market support to continue
Funding for the Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association will continue, with the state government allocating $2million over the next four years in this week’s budget. While this is a 50 per cent cut on the first grant made four years ago, the Association has welcomed the announceme..
05-May-2011
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It’s spudtacular
WHEN the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Trentham was badly damaged by fire six years ago, it was more than the local drinking hole that took the hit. “The whole town died off,” shop-owner Jacinta Carboon says. “It became a sleepy hollow.” Spud to the rescue. A couple of locals dec..
29-Apr-2011
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Market matters
BY Rosemary Sorensen The Victorian Farmers Markets Association should go regional, if it is to remain relevant, according to one Goldfields market organiser. “If they are going to grow into a professional association, they have to have regional branches,” Castlemaine Farmers Marke..
08-Apr-2011
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Markets’ future on the agenda
Farmers’ markets across Victoria, which have benefitted from start-up funding, will continue to be boosted if recommendations to the State Government are accepted. Before the election at the end of last year, a government committee inquiry into farmers markets recommended the continuation of..
30-Mar-2011
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Now is the time for poet
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO poet Tru Dowling says it feels a little strange finally to see her poems gathered in a classy chapbook, her name on the cover, the poems sitting firm and final on the white page. But it was always going to happen. “I feel like I can’t not write poetry,” Tru says. &ldquo..
08-Dec-2011
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Top history books named
Bendigo Weekly
A history of a historian and a book about bad war deeds have split the money in this year's Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History. A Three-cornered Life: The Historian WK Hancock by Jim Davidson and Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Mutiny and Murder in the Great War by Peter Stanley each ..
07-Dec-2011
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REFRAIN POETRY FILE: Memoirs of a Consenting Victim
Bendigo Weekly
Memoirs Of A Consenting Victim by Tru Dowling This is the time she aches for breaks given rules for bidden for the time it tick tick tick tick ticks ticks ticked him off the list the gist was to recognize realign the white lies, blow flies of his owl brown e..
06-Dec-2011
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Bookclub news Dec 2
Bendigo Weekly
Where do you go after Harry Potter? Daniel Radcliffe showed he is serious about developing his career as an actor by playing in a small-budget film made in Australia and based on the novel by Michael Noonan. Now, apparently, at 22 Radcliffe is preparing to take on a role that is as different fro..
02-Dec-2011
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Calling all readers!
Rosemary Sorensen
IS there anybody out there? A couple of weeks back a newcomer to Bendigo contacted us at the Weekly because she has heard about our Bookclub. She had moved from another Australian city, where she had been a member of a different kind of bookclub, the reading group kind which meets regularly at a..
25-Nov-2011
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Book Club Pick of the Week: Ship Kings
Rosemary Sorensen
Ship Kings Andrew McGahan Allen and Unwin, $22.99 A SEA shanty with a mythical whirlpool at its heart. Miles Franklin-award winning author, Andrew McGahan, has continued on his merry way, working through every genre known to readers, by embarking on a four-book fantasy series. The Coming ..
18-Nov-2011
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