Bank chair speaks out
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank chairman Robert Johanson has issued a warning to incoming councillors saying the bank has no interest in a community that is closed minded and incoming City of Greater Bendigo councillors need to understand they have a central role in developing an open, diverse city. ..
28-Oct-2016
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Internet experience fails to satisfy
Sharon Kemp
A SURVEY commissioned by the government corporation responsible for rolling out the national broadband network claims Australians not connected to NBN are less satisfied with their internet experience than two years ago. The findings could be said to be self-serving but NBN has sent the repo..
28-Oct-2016
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India looks to Bendigo
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO hardly fits the mould of India’s powerhouse economy but the Consulate General of India Manika Jain believes regional Victoria has knowledge-based and design businesses from which India could benefit. As India becomes the market all the world watches and envies in the next two decad..
28-Oct-2016
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End of an era of Radius closes
Sharon Kemp
THE doors of Radius Disability Services’ Harcourt Street premises will close for the last time today, and at the Morley Johnson building on Monday, bringing to an end the care of 102 day service clients and the employment of more than 133 supported employees and 78 general staff. The a..
28-Oct-2016
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Radius clients face uncertain future
Sharon Kemp
CLIENTS of Radius Disability Services will have to wait weeks to learn the fate of the organisation that has, for some, been the place where they have spent most of their days for decades. The day after he signed the document that put the 62-year-old service provider in voluntary administrat..
21-Oct-2016
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Funding shores up water security
Sharon Kemp
IT was our wettest September on record, but Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville has announced $1.4 million in projects that will secure water in Bendigo. The environment was also a discussion topic on Wednesday at the Loddon Campaspe Regional Assembly held in Bendigo and attended by Ms Nev..
21-Oct-2016
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Springing in to sales
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL agents have wasted no time in launching into what’s expected to be a busy spring selling season for property in the Bendigo region. Six auctions are scheduled for this weekend, including a three-bedroom cream brick home set on half an acre at 110 Lockwood Road, Kangaroo Flat (Twe..
04-Sep-2015
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Push on for free buses
Joel Peterson
A free public transport zone in Bendigo’s CBD could give access to Bendigo Hospital, shopping precincts and tourist destinations under the City of Greater Bendigo’s Integrated Transport and Land Use Strategy. ITLUS recommends the city continue previous discussions with Public Tra..
28-Aug-2015
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Walk for Parkinson's
Laura Hurley
Put on your walking shoes – a local Parkinson’s peer support group is hosting a Walk in the Park around Lake Weeroona on Sunday August 30. It will be the group’s inaugural Walk in the Park event in Bendigo, and members are hopeful a good crowd in their first year. Gr..
21-Aug-2015
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Go ahead for airport upgrade
Bendigo Weekly
THE City of Greater Bendigo hopes work on a major $15 million redevelopment of the Bendigo airport will start later this year, after state planning minister Richard Wynne yesterday gave the green light for works to proceed. Bendigo Airport Advisory Committee chair, councillor James Williams ..
14-Aug-2015
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VACANT LAND IN SIGHTS
Peter Kennedy
The City of Greater Bendigo has identified three key vacant parcels of land as potential medium density housing meccas. The Residential Strategy recognises land at Chum Street opposite Fortuna, the former Coliban Water depot in Golden Square and surplus land owned by La Trobe University on O..
14-Aug-2015
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End of life top of agenda
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo health experts have called for a community approach to end of life care, saying that planning for palliative care needs to take place well before patients present at hospital. Speaking on Wednesday as part of a series of regional hearings for a parliamentary inquiry into end of life ..
14-Aug-2015
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Hospital staff assault
Christine McGinn
A Bendigo hospital staff member was assaulted this morning on the Havlin Street campus. A 20 year girl is believed to have conducted a minor assault against the staff member at the site's carpark, home to the Youth Physiatric Unit. Bendigo Police Acting Sergeant Shannon Joyce said police were..
11-Jun-2014
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Murder charge
Bendigo Weekly
A man has been charged with murder after the death of a Raywood man on Tuesday night. Police have recovered a firearm believed to be involved in the incident. Police were called to a property on Bridgewater-Raywood Rd just after 7pm after an alleged altercation. Maxwell John Pain was..
10-Jun-2014
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Woman injured in accident
Christine McGinn
A woman was taken to hospital this morning after a single vehicle accident on Crusoe Road. The woman was taken to Bendigo Hospital with a right-arm injury but no other people were injured in the incident. The black four-wheel drive was traveling from Lockwood South to Kangaroo Flat ab..
10-Jun-2014
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Ravenswood hotel blaze
Bendigo Weekly
Investigations are underway to find the cause of last night's fire at the former Junction Hotel in Ravenswood. About 18 fire crews, including specialist equipment vehicles, attacked the fire, with reports the roof has collapsed. North-bound traffic on the Calder Freeway was ..
09-Jun-2014
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Agents robbed
Bendigo Weekly
Three Bendigo real estate agencies were broken into overnight. Thieves broke into Doug Lougoon for Real Estate at 37 Will St, McKean McGregor Real State at 5 Wills St and Mawby Property at 105 Mitchell St. Police said cash was stolen during the burglaries and they believe the robberies a..
06-Jun-2014
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CAR AND TRUCK COLLIDE - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
A car and truck collided in Strathfieldsaye this afternoon. A medium sized truck and a smaller sedan collided on the Tannery Lane and Guys Hill Road intersection about 12.20pm. Three ambulance units, State Emergency Service, police and Country Fire Authority members a..
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Fiona steps out for a laugh
Bendigo Weekly
Award winning comedian, Fiona O’loughlin will be hitting up the Shamrock Hotel, Bendigo on Thursday, October 3. Originally from Alice Springs, Fiona is now truly international including appearances at the highly prestigious “invite only” Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal..
25-Sep-2013
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Sunday Exchange
Bendigo Weekly
A featured act at this year’s Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, Benny Walker, is playing one of the program’s key venues on Sunday. The Exchange at the Bendigo Centre, High Street plays host from noon until 3pm. This is a great chance to have an intimate audience with Ben..
13-Sep-2013
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GTM 2014 date named
Bendigo Weekly
Groovin the Moo is back in Bendigo on Saturday, May 3. as before the event will run at the Prince Of Wales Showground, Holmes Rd, Bendigo. There’s plenty of Groovin’ the Moo dates for the planner. Tickets will be on sale from Tuesday, February 4, 2014 for around $100 with t..
09-Sep-2013
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Meredith the Wild Child
Steve Kendall
MUSIC has been part of Mez Whittle’s life for years. The Bendigo-based singer-guitarist-songwriter has been penning songs for 22 years, and has just released an album to iTunes. There’s a CD to follow, and a vinyl planned. “Vinyl is the new cool,” Mez, who records ..
06-Sep-2013
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Raising funds for Blues and Roots Festival
Bendigo Weekly
The volunteers behind Bendigo’s biggest music festival are hosting a fundraising trivia night on Thursday. Taking place at the Golden Vine Hotel, the night will pit metal heads against country lovers, old rockers against new wave hipsters, in an almighty trivia showdown. Quiz-goers w..
30-Aug-2013
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Divas back on stage
Bendigo Weekly
Diva Demolition lead singer Kylie Cowling is excited to be coming home to Bendigo this Sunday to perform songs from the band’s debut album at the Newmarket Hotel. It rounds off a remarkable 12 months for bass player Kylie and guitarist Sherree Newton, who used to play together in all-fe..
30-Aug-2013
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Rio calls for Lavey
Joel Peterson
FORMER Bendigo Spirit point guard Tessa Lavey will make her Olympic debut next month after being selected in the Australian Opals team for the upcoming games. The Perth Lynx captain, who led her side to a WNBL finals berth last season, was one of 12 players picked in the squad that raised ey..
15-Jul-2016
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Shooting for title glory
Joel Peterson
JEREMY Kendle is eyeing a SEABL title and is letting his blistering form do all the talking. The Bendigo Braves’ star import guard was this week named South East Australian Basketball League men’s player of the week after outstanding performances in back-to-back wins last weekend..
08-Jul-2016
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Square stars get Vic Country call-up
Bendigo Weekly
GOLDEN Square will be without three key players in its top-of-the-table clash with Strathfieldsaye this week with Tom Toma, Chris Ryan and Jack Geary set to represent Vic Country against Vic Metro at Mernda’s Waterview Reserve. The trio impressed in interleague competition for Bendi..
08-Jul-2016
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Thunder tackles new challenge
Joel Peterson
UNDEFEATED and atop the Victorian Women’s Football league table, then Bendigo Thunder have had even more reason to smile this week in the build up to yet another first for the club. Tomorrow night the Thunder will run out onto the Queen Elizabeth Oval under lights for the first time ag..
08-Jul-2016
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Guns back for Pios
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Pioneers will welcome back several key players ahead of a clash with TAC Cup ladder leaders Geelong Falcons at the QEO on Sunday. Vic Country representatives Joe Atley, Cooper Jones and Braidon Blake will all come back into the fold for Sunday’s game, as will Riley Saunder..
08-Jul-2016
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Friday night lights for cup
Joel Peterson
Aston Bolero will start a short-priced favourite for Friday’s Group Two 3BO FM Bendigo Cup. Heats for Friday’s final were held on Sunday, with Unlawful Entry clocking the fastest time over the 425-metre distance. Aston Bolero was next quickest, with Traralgon Cup winner Pante..
01-Jul-2016
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A day in the garden
Bendigo Weekly
By ANTHONY RADFORD THERE are gardens and there are gardens, and then there is the Gadsden-Brown’s property. Terri Gadsden-Brown is opening her vast Strathfieldsaye garden to the public on Sunday to raise money for breast cancer research. The property, at 6 Clarendon Close, features s..
15-Nov-2012
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Stop the hotspots
Bendigo Weekly
By Rosemary Sorensen Now is the time to say “never again” to bushfire disasters in Bendigo, according to long-time sustainability campaigner Alan Windust. In the wake of concerns about how to manage the toxic sands at the West Bendigo Regional Park, Mr Windust has renewed his..
09-Nov-2012
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Bras on way
Bendigo Weekly
LAKE Weeroona was a bigger tourist attraction than normal last week. About 3,000 bras were strung out around the lake as the final act of Octobra. The Octobra event allowed locals to donate much-needed bras for women in Tonga. Organiser Jacinta McIvor said the donated bras were now on their wa..
08-Nov-2012
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Painting Bendigo purple
Bendigo Weekly
So far the Bendigo Relay for Life has raised more than $2.5 million in its short history with another $183,000 raised earlier this year. But with your help they can make the 2013 Bendigo Relay for Life the best yet. Come on down and help paint the Town Purple with the help of Bendigo Relay f..
08-Nov-2012
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Parkin in for lunch
Bendigo Weekly
FORMER AFL coach David Parkin, a passionate supporter of prostate cancer fundraising, has been announced as another special guest for Bendigo’s Bloke’s Biggest Lunch on November 16. Parkin will join Mark ‘Jacko’ Jackson and ex Carlton star Peter Bosustow at the lunch...
02-Nov-2012
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Always read the label
Bendigo Weekly
You could be trying your best to lose weight and eat more healthily, but if you are not reading food labels, you could be wasting your efforts. This message was really brought home to the Bendigo’s Biggest Winner participants who took part in supermarket tours this week. Led by Bendigo Com..
02-Nov-2012
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Don't mess with the moussaka
Anthony Radford
We continue our cultural lamb theme this week with the Bendigo Festival of Lamb as part of the Australian Sheep and Wool Show to be held on July 15 -17 at the Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Holmes Rd Bendigo. This week's recipe is a classic Greek dish, Moussaka. Moussaka is an eggplant or p..
15-Jul-2011
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Bean there...
Anthony Radford
The story about how Oliver Budack comes to be serving the most exquisitely blended coffee from a charming little cafe in Bendigo’s Chancery Lane deserves at least a novel. The haiku version goes like this: German man who loves Spanish cuisine goes to Papua New Guinea as an alternative, moves..
15-Jul-2011
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Lamb with culture
Anthony Radford
You can take Australian lamb around the world, without leaving your kitchen. The Festival of Lamb, now in its second year as part of the Sheep Show, has asked some of Bendigo’s “culinary stars” to help out with signature recipes. Food Fossickers’ Darren Murphy from Bendi..
08-Jul-2011
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Maldon marvels
The locals have the advantage over the rest of us, when Maldon’s bi-annual food and wine festival rolls around once more. Clutching their souvenir tasting glass, they can wander from stall to stall, sampling a warming shiraz here, a lusty cabernet there, dribbling sauce on a sausage along th..
30-Jun-2011
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Make mine mInestrone
Anthony Radford
Minestrone, Vicki Harrington discovers, is Italian for big soup, which is most apt for this hearty vegetable soup with its addition of pasta or rice. Online at food fossickers this week, you will find Vicki's recipe for a minestrone served with pesto. "You can use purchased pesto, ..
27-Jun-2011
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Shanks, but no shanks
BENDIGO’S big agricultural shows are dragging their heels on opportunities to team up with the rapidly-growing food and wine events of the region. “We would love to be involved with the Sheep Show in Bendigo,” Flynns Wines and Heathcotean Bistro administrator Helen Bethune said t..
17-Jun-2011
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Meet the wild things
Bendigo Weekly
This week, Maurice Sendak died. Has any other writer-illustrator had as much impact on children’s publishing? The magic brilliance of Where the Wild Things Are made it possible to embed danger and fear within picture books while at the same time putting hope, courage and faith in humanity..
10-May-2012
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PIck of the week - The Marriage Plot
Rosemary Sorensen
The Marriage Plot Jeffrey Eugenides HarperCollins, $29.99 When Jeffrey Eugenides wrote The Virgin Suicides in 1993, it shocked many people. It wasn’t just that the topic was so out-there (about the death of five sisters). It was also the way he chose to write it, using the f..
03-May-2012
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Footy fan takes out Vogel's
Bendigo Weekly
A Melbourne teacher who grew up barracking for Collingwood but wrote a novel where the protagonist adores Hawthorn has won the Vogel's Literary Award. Paul D Carter's novel Eleven Seasons is published today by Allen & Unwin. Set in the 1980s and 90s, it is about a teenage..
27-Apr-2012
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Pool of support
Rosemary Sorensen
Long-time Bendigonians will know what a near thing it was. The now much-used and admired Kennington Reservoir was almost lost forever when, in the summer of 1977-78, it was so dry, plans were put forward to fill it in. “With my encouragement, some local citizens put together a committee to..
27-Apr-2012
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Pick of the week - Loong: Bendigo's Golden Dragon
Rosemary Sorensen
Loong: Bendigo’s Golden Dragon Leigh McKinnon Published by The Golden Dragon Museum, $25 In 1904, a visitor to Bendigo’s Easter Procession wrote a letter in praise of Loong, the Imperial Dragon which is the pride of the Golden Dragon Museum. “What a marvel of..
19-Apr-2012
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Yarnspinner has last word
Rosemary Sorensen
Ken proves he’s top of his game The way to tell a story, says Ken Jones, is to embellish it. “People like to hear about their local place, so you put in a little bit extra, and keep expanding the bits that people respond to,” he says. Ken is now officially not just ..
13-Apr-2012
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