Food choices in the spotlight
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO residents are contributing to a groundbreaking study that could change the way food is presented in supermarkets by leading shoppers to healthier food choices. Researchers from the Global Obesity Centre at Deakin University are testing how shoppers respond when healthy products are p..
26-Aug-2016
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Study warns about heart health
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGONIANS are at greater risk of heart disease than residents in most other municipalities in Victoria, and are in the top third of the most socially disadvantaged. The two realities are linked, according to community health professionals working to reverse the trend. It is reasonable..
26-Aug-2016
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Flower show continues to grow
Bendigo Weekly
There’s an old joke about how to propagate an emu bush: First, catch your emu. It comes from the common theory that the seeds of emu bushes – Eremophilas – must pass through an emu’s digestive tract before they will germinate. Whether true or not, the theory has b..
26-Aug-2016
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Non-compliance allegations "daunting": Chapman
Bendigo Weekly
EMBATTLED City of Greater Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman has described her potential disqualification over compliance with the Code of Conduct authorisation process as an unsettling and daunting experience. The Lockwood Ward councillor was inundated with messages from suppor..
19-Aug-2016
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Festival hits new high
Bendigo Weekly
After five years, Bendigo has built a writers festival that has a strong identity and a growing reputation. Bendigo Writers Festival arts director Rosemary Sorenson said organisers estimated seat numbers have increased by over 50 per cent with some 15,000 tickets sold this year. “T..
19-Aug-2016
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Volunteer fight not over
Sharon Kemp
SEDGEWICK Country Fire Authority captain Brendan Dreschler is tired of CFA volunteers being used as political footballs in the ongoing dispute with the state government over career firefighters’ pay deal. “We just want to get in and do our job,” Mr Dreschler said this week,..
19-Aug-2016
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Hazeldene's holds firm
Peter Kennedy
ONE of central Victoria’s largest private employers has rejected claims the company has an over-reliance on temporary work visa employees that is squeezing locals out of the workforce. Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm last month voluntarily presented at the public hearing of a Senate inqu..
10-Jul-2015
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Groundwater fix still in balance
Christine McGinn
AN interim solution to Bendigo’s toxic rising groundwater still remains unknown after missing the June 30 deadline. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has proposed five transition options to be used for the next two to three years. Three options include drawin..
10-Jul-2015
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Locals brainstorm housing solutions
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL disability service providers are working together to develop a long-term solution to Bendigo’s unmet affordable housing demand. More than 25 individuals and organisations met at Haven; Home, Safe today to share ideas and develop a road-map for appropriate disability housing option..
03-Jul-2015
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The right time to buy
Bendigo Weekly
FOR anyone wondering when is the right time to buy real estate – the answer is likely now. That’s the view of Tweed Sutherland First National’s Darryn O’Keefe, who says now is the best time in a number of years (for those who are in a position to do so) to purchase properti..
03-Jul-2015
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Bendigo Weekly reaches a milestone
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Weekly celebrates its 18th birthday this week. Managing editor Peter Kennedy paid tribute to the dedicated team that worked together to produce Bendigo’s most popular and most read newspaper each week, and to all those who have worked on the paper since its inception on July..
03-Jul-2015
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Galaxy swirls for young artist Troy
Dianne Dempsey
Shortlisted for this year’s Victorian Indigenous Art Awards, Troy Firebrace followed an intriguing pathway to find success. When he was at Shepparton High School, Troy had heaps of fun in class drawing designs that he would use as the basis of his tattoos. “The tattoos..
03-Jul-2015
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Metal Mosh arrest
Christine McGinn
A Kangaroo Flat man, aged 31, was this week arrested for an burglary at Metal Mosh. A large amount of property including a safe and cash were taken from the commercial business in April. The man has been bailed to appear at the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on July 12. Police were..
23-May-2014
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Car thefts warning
Christine McGinn
Motorists are being warned that thefts from vehicles are still occurring. Acting Sergeant Mark Bell said people were still not locking their cars, and were leaving valuables plainly in sight. Acting Sgt Bell reminded motorists to look before they leave to reduce all opportunistic thefts...
23-May-2014
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Flora Hill house fire
Christine McGinn
A Flora Hill home was damaged by this afternoon. Three Country Fire Authority units were called to the house fire, on the corner of Somerville Street and Raymond Avenue, at 2.40pm A CFA spokesperson said the fire started in the front room but the cause was unknown. The house has suf..
20-May-2014
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Bendigo rallies around fire victims - video
Bendigo Weekly
Locals are rallying to fundraise for the Trenfield family who lost their Ascot family home yesterday. Lucky to survive, the family of seven's home caught fire on Sunday morning which saw Country Fire Authority crews attend. Running for two weeks, the ..
18-May-2014
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Tougher mobile phone restrictions
Christine McGinn
Drivers caught using their mobile phone will face tougher penalties beginning today. Motorists who break the rules will be stung with a $433 fine and four demerit point loss. The new restrictions are up from the previous $289 fine and three demerit point loss. One t..
25-Nov-2013
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Government acts on sex abuse
Bendigo Weekly
A multi-disciplinary centre in Bendigo will "improve responses to sexual assualt". One of four centres announced in the Victorian Coalition Government's 2012-13 budget today, the Bendigo centre will include Victoria Police, child protection authorities, and specialised counselling services...
01-May-2012
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Plum role for Thelma
Steve Kendall
IT is not often you hear a voice with the clarity and style of Thelma Plum. This Brisbane singer has a distinctive Australian sound which stands out from the rest. At 18, Thelma has made the big step in to the music scene and it’s now her career. Brave perhaps, but something tells me..
10-May-2013
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Call for Slim Dusty day
Bendigo Weekly
Some of the biggest names in Australia have got behind an industry led campaign to have an Aussie icon’s legacy celebrated on June 13 by officially recognising the day as National Slim Dusty Day. Music historian Glenn A Baker said “Slim Dusty Day is a day to celebrate our musical he..
08-May-2013
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Laura’s a real treat
Steve Kendall
TAKE one peek at Laura Imbruglia’s promotional material and you can see she can laugh at herself. It’s a trait she likes to see in other performers too. Dressed up and quirky, Laura insists this all stops when it comes to songwriting. “I take it seriously,” she said..
03-May-2013
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Ghostly stories
Steve Kendall
AS a child, Deborah Conway was a reluctant public performer. That’s changed, and the all-grown-up singer now has 30-plus years of stage work behind her and is still enjoying it, even tasting a touch of nerves at the start of a tour. This tour includes Castlemaine on March 30. The new..
22-Mar-2013
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EMPIRE Strikes Crown
Christine McGinn
Spiegelworld’s notorious fun house, EMPIRE has brought Melbourne to its feet with its unique theatrobatic blend of burlesque, circus and sexual comedy on opening night. The EMPIRE VIP opening night on March 20 saw Australian A-Listers and Spiegel enthusiasts celebrate its arrival follow..
21-Mar-2013
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New album from Egan twins
Steve Kendall
BENDIGO twins Alanna and Alicia Egan have put the final touches to their album Twinlines and have taken it on the road. It’s their third album of original folky/jazz/roots songs and they gave it a first airing at five performances at Port Fairy Folk Festival. The album has been re..
08-Mar-2013
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City lands national events double
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO will play host to two more national sporting events this year. After the Weekly last week revealed the region would host the Cycling Australia National Junior Road Championships in September, the City of Greater Bendigo announced it has secured two more national-level events this we..
20-May-2016
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Kids up for clash
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Football League coach Brett Fitzpatrick hopes the enthusiasm of 12 interleague debutants proves infectious when his side makes the trek to Warragul for Saturday’s AFL Victoria Community Championships clash. Bendigo will again be captained by Jack Geary and while the list of pla..
19-May-2016
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Payne signs with Spirit
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Spirit has added some scoring punch to its frontcourt signing Nadeen Payne for season 2016/17. Payne played for now-defunct South East Queensland last season, averaging 10.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game on 45 per cent shooting from the field and 35 per cent from three-point range..
18-May-2016
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BFNL squad's need for speed
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Football League interleague coach Brett Fitzpatrick believes he has the tools to deliver Bendigo a fourth straight win over the Gippsland League when the sides meet at Warragul next Saturday. Bendigo played Gippsland at the Queen Elizabeth Oval in 2010, 2012 and 2014, winning on all ..
13-May-2016
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Winning run rolls on
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Braves continued their outstanding start to the SEABL season with a thumping win over Melbourne last Saturday night. In front of a vocal home crowd, the Braves took on the Andrew Gaze-coached Tigers and dished out a 31-point hiding to the visitors. The Braves had one of their..
13-May-2016
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All set for Super 12s
Joel Peterson
CENTRAL and northern Victoria’s most talented tennis hot shots will put their skills to the test over a four week Davis Cup-style competition at the Bendigo Bank Tennis Complex. The Bendigo Tennis Association is running the Tennis Australia Super 12s competition over four weeks at the ..
13-May-2016
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Smack the snack
Bendigo Weekly
Snacking can be where the whole family, or the staff room, falls down when it comes to eating more healthily. If you struggle with the temptation of unhealthy snacks such as chocolate, chips, lollies and soft drinks at work, when out at the shops or when you get home, some preparation can help yo..
21-Sep-2012
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Lizzie lends a hand to save orangutans
Steve Kendall
IT is a long way to the Sumatran rainforest, but a Bendigo student has helped bring it a lot closer. Camp Hill Primary School Year 4 student Lizzie Monteith found out all about the plight of orangutans during a trip to Bali. After a day spent with some of the red-haired great apes Lizzi..
13-Sep-2012
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Plan to make Bendigo new music centre
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo can build on its musical traditions, according to a composer who is planning an audacious new festival for the city. "Bendigo is a perfect location and an incredibly musical city," David Chisholm said this week. "I've moved here to tell people we do have the capacity, and sometim..
07-Sep-2012
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Continuing the valuable legacy
Steve Kendall
LEGACY Week starts on Sunday, so now is the time to support the valuable work the organisation does. Legacy supports widows and dependents of deceased ex-service veterans, and now is you chance to help them by buying a Legacy badge. The badges are available in a variety of values, but no..
31-Aug-2012
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Art work with no barriers on show
Bendigo Weekly
MAHATMA Gandhi said: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” That has inspired three Girton Grammar students to put on an art exhibition aimed at raising awareness of issues that need changing. The Be the Change exhibition is on at Dudley House until Sunday. I..
31-Aug-2012
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Telstra Foundation commits $8 million to partnership with The Alannah and Madeline Foundation
Bendigo Weekly
The Hon. Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia, today launched an $8million, multi-year partnership between the Telstra Foundation and The Alannah and Madeline Foundation to develop and deliver eSmart Libraries across Australia – one of the most significant community cybersafety ..
27-Aug-2012
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Local apples on show
The Bendigo Food Fossickers group are off to the 2011Good Food and Wine Show in Melbourne on June 3 to 5 to highlight some of the wonderful food and produce from our district. Among the exhibitors will be Chaplins Orchards from Harcourt. The Chaplins are one of only 21 orchardists left in the Har..
25-May-2011
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BABIES: A VERY SPECIAL WORLD FOOD EVENT
To coincide with our screening of Babies, the Star Cinema invites you to a global culinary feast. Enjoy a set three-course menu prepared by the team from Bendigo Wholefoods. The slow-cooked global feast will feature food from local producers including Erindale Farm and the Good Loaf. ..
19-May-2011
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Nuts in season
Last week's Weekly highlighted a new industry in the region, walnut growing. Related to the pecan, the walnut is thought to have originated in China or Persia -- the Persians are said to have used them as currency. Walnuts grow on trees and have a green outer husk, which splits open to reveal..
18-May-2011
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Food allergy is no longer the odd one out!
New research into food allergy in Australia has alarmingly revealed that 1 in every 10 children is now food allergic. This year during Food Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW) May 16th – 21st Anaphylaxis Australia aims to reach those who don’t have food allergies. “We want ..
18-May-2011
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Farmers Markets correction
Our report announcing the funding of Victorian Farmers Markets Association for a further four years said the $2million over four years allocated in this year's budget is a 50 per cent decrease on the inaugural funding. This is not correct. VFMA's Sarah Robins says the market funding is good ne..
13-May-2011
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Beefing up beef
While National Beef caters mostly for those in the know, organisers are hoping it may develop into Bendigo’s major food event. “We have mostly commercial and industry people, not just the tyre-kickers,” secretary Rod Bowles said. “But because it’s free admittance, a..
13-May-2011
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More dirt from a local author
Rosemary Sorensen
Huntly author Katrina Nannestad thinks of herself as a “closet writer”, not much given to chatting while she’s actually in the process of story-making. Talking to the children who read her books, however, is something she loves to do. “I’m really private when I&rsqu..
10-Feb-2012
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Little doses of Dickens
Rosemary Sorensen
On February 7, 200 years ago, Charles John Huffam Dickens was born. To celebrate this event, Bendigo Library (5.30pm, phone 5449 2781) is hosting a kind of Little Dickens; dramatised readings from a half-dozen of the novels by Castlemaine actors Bev Geldard and Michael Treloar. Bev say..
02-Feb-2012
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Pick of the week - There but for the
Rosemary Sorensen
This is one of those books you have to go back to the beginning to read, once you’ve finished it. The first short chapter is very weird, so it’s important not to let it put you off. But once you’re in to this rather black comedy, it’s both enjoyable and thought-provoki..
26-Jan-2012
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Pick of the week - A visit from the Goon Squad
Rosemary Sorensen
Jennifer Egan A Visit from the Goon Squad Constable and Robinson, $19.99 THE way writers such as Jennifer Egan go about their novels may just be a reason that the paper book will not be entirely replaced by the ebook. While you can whip through Egan’s fast, funny, bol..
20-Jan-2012
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Pick of the week
Bendigo Weekly
Keeper Of The Light Diane Chamberlain Harlequin, $29.99 Don’t be fooled that this is your average love story. Dr Olivia Simon is a dedicated doctor with experience in a large and busy hospital. She has been persuaded to come to a smaller town by her husband, Pau..
12-Jan-2012
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Pick of the week: The Seamstress
Bendigo Weekly
The Seamstress Maria Duenas Picador, $32.99 If you’re a reader who likes a touch of history with your fiction, this epic novel, set in Madrid, Morocco and Lisbon will be right up your alley. It’s 1935 in Madrid when we first meet Sira Quiroga, a young seamstress raised by her si..
06-Jan-2012
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