Leach attacks school plan
Sharon Kemp
CITY of Greater Bendigo councillor Helen Leach has supported Bendigo’s four secondary schools for not signing up to the Safe Schools anti-bullying campaign, as she continues her attack on the coalition that created the campaign. Cr Leach has sent copies of articles written 35 years ago..
13-May-2016
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Call is out for city jury
Sharon Kemp
IN a counterintuitive move, the City of Greater Bendigo has agreed to give to 24 residents the power to create the agenda for the next four years of spending. Residents will form a citizen’s jury and answer the question: What should council spend our money on to shape the community&rsq..
13-May-2016
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Push for a compact city
Sharon Kemp
There is enough land within Bendigo’s urban boundary to accommodate population growth for many years, according to Australian Greens candidate Rosemary Glaisher. Ms Glaisher uses figures contained in a 2014 City of Greater Bendigo planning scheme amendment which sought to contain..
13-May-2016
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Prescription drugs take a toll
Sharon Kemp
EIGHT people in Bendigo die every year by overdosing on prescription drugs, four times as many deaths than caused by illegal drugs. Death and addiction to pharmaceutical drugs is described by health agencies as society’s hidden problem. The statistics show the story is similar in a..
13-May-2016
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Sport and recreation are cash winners
Sharon Kemp
RECREATION and sport in the City of Greater Bendigo will get a major boost in the current budget year. * $1 million to the Bendigo Tennis Centre to construct a pavillion. * $2.7 million to a Strathfieldsaye community hub which will include a kinder with 132 four-year-old and 66 thr..
06-May-2016
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Cash splash for city
Sharon Kemp
IF cranes are a sign of a city’s economic health, Bendigo residents can expect an exciting skyline this year. The big ticket items in the City of Greater Bendigo 2016-17 budget include the $31 million Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre at Kangaroo Flat, the $16 million..
06-May-2016
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Two add names to the ring
Christine McGinn
TWO locals will run for the Eppalock ward in next year’s City of Greater Bendigo council election. Ezy Systems director Nick Cugura will put his hat in the ring, with a three-pronged mandate. “Increase jobs, reduce rates and consistently support the council planning departmen..
19-Jun-2015
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All change to save centre
Christine McGinn
THE DISCOVERY Science and Technology Centre’s committee of management will be restructured in the hope of becoming financially viable. Committee of management chair Katherine Legge said the current board lacked the necessary skill-set to effectively run the centre. “We are co..
19-Jun-2015
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Funding help for sport
Bendigo Weekly
SPORTING club volunteers have another chance to find out how to develop fundraising strategies. The City of Greater Bendigo’s final Game Plan Series workshop will be held on Tuesday at the Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve from 6pm to 8pm. The series has been targeted at sporting..
19-Jun-2015
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Right way to build
Bendigo Weekly
THE state government has released a discussion paper on apartment design, aimed at involving the community in a discussion about what is appropriate and what is not. This is particularly important as Victoria’s population grows and medium density is no longer confined to the inner city..
19-Jun-2015
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Stalking on the rise
Bendigo Weekly
STALKING, harrassment and threatening behaviour offences have more than doubled in Greater Bendigo in the past year according to the latest crime data. The Victorian Crime Statistics released yesterday, found the number of orders breached in Greater Bendigo had risen 42.8 per cent since last ..
18-Jun-2015
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Stadium plans unveiled
Joel Peterson
PLANS for the $16.5 million Bendigo Stadium expansion were released today, with a new show court, upgraded netball courts and spectator seating in the works at the West Bendigo facility. Victorian premier Daniel Andrews was on hand to announce plans that see the state government funding $5m,..
16-Jun-2015
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Opposition fury over bushfire map 'omissions'
Bendigo Weekly
The state opposition says regional Victorians living in fire-prone communities have been put at risk due to confusing and inconsistent maps issued by the Baillieu Government. Visiting California Gully Primary School with Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards, Shadow Bushfire Response ministe..
02-Oct-2011
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Victorian government celebrates record fish restocking program
Bendigo Weekly
The Victorian Government is celebrating the release of a record more than two million native fish into Victorian lakes and rivers to improve inland angling opportunities for recreational fishers. Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh was at Lake Eildon today to help releas..
28-Sep-2011
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Women win frontline roles
Bendigo Weekly
The federal government has announced plans for women to serve on the front line of Australia's military forces. Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Defence Science and Personnel Minister Warren Snowdon announced that the government had formally agreed to the removal of gender restrictions fro..
28-Sep-2011
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ABC gets into reality tv
Bendigo Weekly
The ABC has announced its first commission for a reality tv series. Do or Die, which ABC2 is calling a "factual" series, will be about "regular office workers" who are "ambushed and thrown into a survival adventure beyond their wildest dreams". Due to air in 2012, Do or Die will be produ..
27-Sep-2011
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Assange hits out at publisher
Bendigo Weekly
Julian Assange is in dispute with UK publisher Canongate over their decision to publish his "unauthorised autobiography" without his support. The book was written by well-known British writer Andrew O'Hagan, but is written as a first-person account based on many interviews with the Wikileaks..
23-Sep-2011
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CFA report welcomed
Bendigo Weekly
Volunteers in favour of recommendations Volunteer firefighters across the Goldfields have welcomed the release of the report into the Country Fire Authority. “The Association will be keen to prepare a report for our members about what it will mean,” president of Victorian Fire Briga..
15-Sep-2011
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Intimacy from Lior
Steve Kendall
LIOR is no stranger to Bendigo and returns tomorrow night. After a period of writing and isolation Lior is out on the road for an intimate show at the Bendigo Bank theatre at the Capital. “I’m in the middle of writing my fourth album and there’s nothing more inspiring t..
26-Oct-2012
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Erik Parker uke master
Bendigo Weekly
By SARAH WALTERS Blond dreadlocks, a ukulele and a very big smile. This is Erik Parker. An up-and-coming soloist from Frankston, this quirky fellow will be visiting Bendigo and most certainly leave his audience with a feeling of delight. Erik has been playing music for most of his ..
16-Oct-2012
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Rubens at Star Bar
Steve Kendall
THREE brothers and a friend make up the Rubens, a band on the rise to all things great. With a gentle nudge up from Triple J, the band has come a long way from recording their first song in a bedroom. “I had no Idea what I was doing,” lead singer Sam said. “That&rsq..
12-Oct-2012
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Wreck and Ruin for Kasey and Shane
Steve Kendall
Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholsen are missing out on Bendigo in their latest tour. I tried to make them feel guilty, but it was just a matter of fact. “We just couldn’t get a venue to tie in with the dates,” Kasey said. The Wreck and Ruin tour is on the back of the..
05-Oct-2012
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Cherrywood to Castlemaine
Steve Kendall
IT has been a busy year for Cherrywood. From a band that describes itself as a talented train wreck, you’d expect a noisy deal. This country/punk/bluegrass band has had a bunch of successful trips around Australia and is coming to Castlemaine on Saturday. The band’s Chris..
28-Sep-2012
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Pond at the Corner
Emily Smith
There is a little know law in the world which states that any gig that somehow involves bright green novelty frisbees is a good gig. Therefore, it follows that Pond at The Corner in Melbourne on Sunday was a good gig. The psychedelic pop/rock band from Perth were blistering on Sunday ni..
26-Sep-2012
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Probert signs back with the Braves
Joel Peterson
KEVIN Probert is set to crack a major milestone in season 2016 with the Bendigo Bank Braves, after the club announced this week he would return to the fold for another SEABL campaign. Probert has played 239 SEABL games in Braves colours and will break through the 250 game barrier in season 2..
18-Dec-2015
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Murphy's milestone
Joel Peterson
ON the eve of his 200th division one game, Marong’s Richard Murphy says as long as he can still move he’ll keep playing the game he loves. Murphy chalks up the milestone in the Panthers’ Emu Valley Cricket Association clash with Golden Gully this weekend, further adding to ..
11-Dec-2015
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Stellar weekend has Spirit soaring
Bendigo Weekly
THEY are the WNBL’s in-form team, but the Bendigo Spirit are keeping things in check heading into a revenge clash with Melbourne on Saturday. Bendigo took two huge road wins in Queensland last weekend to improve to 11-5 on the season and move up to third on the ladder, riding a le..
11-Dec-2015
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Kelly makes it 300
Joel Peterson
To get to 300 games in any sport, you need a fair degree of luck along with countless hours of dedication and, of course, considerable skill. Bendigo Spirit guard Kelly Wilson has had plenty of good fortune in her career, especially in the form of the people she has shared her basketball jou..
11-Dec-2015
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Snell in top form
Joel Peterson
ON the eve of her 250th WNBL game, Belinda Snell proved she still has plenty left in the tank to push for selection in next year’s Rio Olympic squad. The Bendigo Spirit star turned in a vintage performance with 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals in Bendigo’s ..
04-Dec-2015
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The young guns
Joel Peterson
HAVING won more games after five rounds than it did all of last season, it is clear that Sandhurst Cricket Club’s strategy to build through its youth is paying dividends. The Dragons had been stuck in the doldrums of the Bendigo District Cricket Association, recording only one finals a..
04-Dec-2015
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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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Fresh offerings from supermarket
Bendigo Weekly
SUPERMARKETS are making the news of late, and Coles’ McIvor Road store is no exception. The store unveiled its new market-style layout this week, following extensive renovations that have brought 10 new jobs with it. Coles McIvor Road manager Dennis Klemke said staff can now come i..
08-Jun-2012
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Go to TOWN and lose some weight
Bendigo Weekly
LAST month members of the Bendigo Take Off Weight Naturally club travelled to Melbourne State Awards and came home real winners as the biggest losers. The club achieved the Aggregate Shield for the biggest weight loss per member in their zone. Each year, TOWN recognises and celebrates the effo..
08-Jun-2012
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Schools step out for health
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO schools are joining more than 400 others around Australia set to Run Around Australia for Let’s Live Better. Eaglehawk North Primary School are already in the action, with a variety of projects on the go. Their healthy living initiatives include fresh fruit every Tues..
01-Jun-2012
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Telstra signs up Radius workers
Bendigo Weekly
Radius Disability Services and Telstra have signed a contract for the maintenance and management of 174 of Telstra’s exchange towers. Radius Environmental Services’ supported employees will manage the contract works, including cleaning inside the exchange equipment and general ma..
25-May-2012
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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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Peckish for alpaca?
You know the joke about a zebra being a horse designed by a committee; well an alpaca may well be a camel designed by an aesthete. Or a goat (apologies to Brenda and Paul at Capricorn Cottage) designed by a hygienist. Here is a list – admittedly supplied by someone who breeds these extraordi..
24-Mar-2011
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True brew
With Rosemary Sorenson Science is good, says brewer Chris Haren, but knowing how to tinker with the machinery is much better. Once a boilermaker, with stints in various other trades, Haren has now landed his dream job. He is brewing beer at the Tooborac Hotel, on the Northern Highway south..
23-Mar-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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Pick of the week: The Drop
Rosemary Sorensen
The Drop Michael Connelly Allen & Unwin, $32.95 You know you’re in good hands with a new Michael Connelly, the Florida-based crime writer, author of a couple of dozen novels, one a year since he started in 1992. His new one, The Drop, is another Harry Bo..
10-Nov-2011
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REFRAIN: poetry file "Cicadas" by Ross Donlon
Bendigo Weekly
Cicadas They came to us from far away their older selves left like suitcases by the door. we crunched them as we trod to school or crushed the shells to crystal when summer broke above the small backyards and ..
08-Nov-2011
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Kaz Cooke in Bendigo
Rosemary Sorensen
Browsing in one of her favourite bookshops – Book Now in Bendigo – Kaz Cooke became absorbed by descriptions in old “ladies’ encyclopedias” about the complicated treatments for various ailments. “So many of them finished with, ‘the patient will..
03-Nov-2011
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Book Club news
Rosemary Sorensen
Who would make the perfect Heathcliff? If you were given the task of casting the role of the rough romantic in Emily Bronte’s classic 1847 novel, Wuthering Heights, could you do better than Laurence Olivier from the 1939 film? A new adaptation of Wuthering Heights, directed by Andrea Arnol..
28-Oct-2011
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