Alert halts drug deaths
Sharon Kemp
THERE has been no further overdoses caused by a suspected bad batch of heroin following warnings last Friday from Bendigo emergency and community health services. The batch is believed to have claimed the lives of three Bendigo people this month and caused other non-fatal overdoses. Ben..
24-Mar-2017
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$2.5 million boost for stupa - VIDEO
Sharon Kemp
THE Great Stupa of Universal Compassion’s status as a major international tourist attraction will be increased, with $2.5 million in funding to be announced today. The funding will be delivered through a regional tourism infrastructure fund to ensure its structural completion. The ..
24-Mar-2017
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Bank to close Pall Mall branch
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Bank will close its Pall Mall branch on April 21, almost 13 years after it moved to the prominent city corner, but the ATMs will remain in the window facing the main street. The bank has written to customers notifying them of the branch closure. A bank spokesperson said a recent..
24-Mar-2017
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Stadium bids for pokies
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO Stadium Limited has lodged an application for a major redevelopment of The Wellington at Botanical Gardens Hotel in White Hills which would include 44 poker machines. Plans for the multi-million dollar project were lodged with the City of Greater Bendigo on Wednesday, and include con..
24-Mar-2017
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Restoring the past
Bendigo Weekly
TWO iconic Bendigo buildings will undergo conservation work following a state government grant. There will be extensive conservation works at the mortuary chapel at Bendigo Cemetery and urgent works at Bendigo Trades Hall. The repairs are possible due to the Living Heritage Grants Progr..
24-Mar-2017
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MP calls for end to rebate freeze
Sharon Kemp
ONLY four general practitioner clinics in Bendigo bulk bill every patient including non-concession patients, Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters told federal parliament this week. Responding to a bill that will amend the pharmaceutical benefits scheme, Ms Chesters told the House of Representatives that..
24-Mar-2017
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Bank boss heaps praise on Bendigo
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO Bank managing director Mike Hirst has praised the livability and opportunities that exist in Greater Bendigo for both the organisation he leads and the community the bank serves. Speaking to the Weekly after this week’s annual general meeting at Ulumbarra Theatre, a frank and o..
13-Nov-2015
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Health on a cash surplus
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Health recorded its eighth consecutive operating surplus, achieving a result of $3.1 million, which the organisation says is a highlight of the 2014-15 Annual Report released at this week’s annual general meeting. Bendigo Health board member, Margaret O’Rourke, said the r..
13-Nov-2015
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Violence in focus
Laura Hurley
DOMESTIC violence has come into the focus of the City of Greater Bendigo, after council endorsed the completion of its three year Violence Prevention Plan last week. As White Ribbon Day approaches on November 25, councillors Elise Chapman and Helen Leach were at pains to remind council that ..
13-Nov-2015
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Fyffe returns to top job
Peter Kennedy
VETERAN councillor Rod Fyffe has been officially installed as mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo. Speaking at Tuesday evening’s special meeting of council, Cr Fyffe said the delivery of key projects and plans would be a priority for the next 12 months. He also criticised the impo..
13-Nov-2015
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Win-win plan shares a win
Bendigo Weekly
A BENDIGO based development company has shared a prestigious planning award for its work on a proposed development at Maiden Gully. Birchgrove Property shared the Planning Institute of Australia’s (PIA) planning excellence awards Hard Won Victory category win with Sweett Group planners..
13-Nov-2015
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Planning ahead
Laura Hurley
FOLLOWING his last council meeting as mayor, City of Greater Bendigo councillor Peter Cox said it is likely he will again run for council late next year. In last week’s Weekly Cr Cox spoke of a challenging year in the top job, but he maintains he still enjoys local government. &ldq..
13-Nov-2015
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Long Gully crime scene
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Investigation Team detectives were called up to investigate an alleged sexual assault on Sunday night. Sergeant Mick McCrann said police responded to an alleged sexual assault at 7pm on Sunday night on Cuneen Street. He said t..
04-Aug-2014
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Charge over road rage incident
Bendigo Weekly
A MAN aged 30 has been charged on summons after allegedly bashing a man after a road rage incident on Wednesday. The male victim sufffered head, arm and leg injuries after an alleged assault on Holdsworth Road about 2.40pm. The man in his 20s, was taken to Bendigo hospital in a “serious..
30-Jul-2014
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Police hunt stolen firearms
Bendigo Weekly
Firearms are also continuing to be stolen from properties across the region. Bendigo Police are asking locals to regularly check their firearms and make sure they are appropriately secured. A 0.22 caliber riffle was stolen from a Romsey property over the weekend. Inspector Michael Talbo..
30-Jul-2014
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CBD arrest
Bendigo Weekly
Police have arrested a 17 year old male in possession of a weapon in the Bendigo CBD this morning. Police arrested a dark-haired man about 11.40am after a fight with a group of five men. Police spoke with other youths involved in the incident outside of Officeworks in Hargreaves M..
29-Jul-2014
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Police seek a very Hungry Jack
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Police are calling on locals to help identify the man pictured below. The Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit wants to speak with the man, believed to be able to help their investigation into a theft from a motor car. The theft and use of credit cards stolen from the vehicle occurred..
26-Jul-2014
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Eaglehawk fire death
Bendigo Weekly
A man has died at a house in Eaglehawk tonight. Bendigo Police detectives have described the death as not suspicious, but the Homicide Squad has been called as a precaution. Police are yet to confirm the circumstances of the death but it is believed there was bonfire at t..
18-Jul-2014
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Andy Griffiths takes the high road
Bendigo Weekly
The new Bendigo library is excited to be hosting a visit from popular children’s author Andy Griffiths as part of the State Library of Victoria’s High Road to Reading Program. Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular and well-loved children’s authors. He has ..
24-May-2014
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Dreaming in colour
Christine McGinn
Crafting memories of his childhood, Shelbourne resident Alan Boromeo will exhibit his life in colour. Transforming obsolete objects into meaningful works, Mr Boromeo delivers his vibrant tonal art in unused forms or sculptures. “Usually it adds value and gives new meaning to some..
24-May-2014
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Bendigo singer makes his mark with Kylie
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO singer-songwriter John Lingard is carving a name for himself in Channel 9’s The Voice. After wowing the panel in a blind audition he received the famous “I want you” from three judges, including Kylie Minogue. “You don’t realise how nerve-racking it is..
16-May-2014
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Dizzee made for groovin’
Christine McGinn
Music revellers flocked to Bendigo to glimpse international and local talents in Triple J’s infamous Groovin the Moo. Festival goers rugged up, pulled on gumboots and found ponchos but some braved the elements, even showing midriff. More than 17,000 people were packed into the Pri..
09-May-2014
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Hailey takes a trip
Bendigo Weekly
You can always tell when a songwriter is honest in their lyrics. You walk away from a performance feeling like you know someone you’ve never met. If you’ve heard Hailey Calvert sing, you know her. Hailey’s impressive guitar skills and relatable stage presence have also ..
02-May-2014
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Put your hand up to play
Bendigo Weekly
Aspiring artists wishing to perform as part of this year’s Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival have until the end of April to get their applications in. Interest has been far-reaching and diverse with performers from all over Australia, and some internationals, formally expressing t..
23-Apr-2014
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Coburn to lead Pioneers
Joel Peterson
FORMER South Bendigo coach and AFL Central Victoria football development manager Rick Coburn has been announced as the new coach of the Bendigo Pioneers. Coburn has been instrumental in the formation of the AFL Central Victoria football academies, and forming the local arm of the Australian ..
01-Dec-2016
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Kookaburras close test series with victory
Joel Peterson
THE message pregame was to "find a way" and the Australia Kookaburras did just that as they won the second and final International Festival of Hockey test in Bendigo tonight. Rebounding after a 3-2 loss last night, the Kookaburras were far cleaner in front of goal in tonight's clash at Bendi..
30-Nov-2016
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India takes first hockey test in Bendigo
Joel Peterson
INDIA withstood a late flurry from Australia to run out winners in the first of their two International Festival of Hockey tests at Bendigo's Garden Gully Reserve tonight. In a physical, attacking affair India made better of their chances on goal than a wasteful Australian outfit, clinical f..
29-Nov-2016
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Archie adamant region holds huge potential
Joel Peterson
FORMER Socceroo Archie Thompson is adamant the game is in a good place in regional Australia and says the country’s outlying areas have enormous potential to grow the game. The longtime Melbourne Victory striker, now an ambassador for the club, was in Bendigo this week speaking t..
25-Nov-2016
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Rain plays havoc with T20 fxtures
Joel Peterson
ROUND three of the Bendigo District Cricket Association’s Twenty20 competition was brought to a halt by rain on Tuesday night. The scheduled games between Eaglehawk and Golden Square at Canterbury Park and Strathdale Maristians hosting Bendigo United were both called off due to s..
25-Nov-2016
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Spirit showing the way
Joel Peterson
IN a Women’s National Basketball League competition that looks as even as any in recent years, the Bendigo Spirit are stamping themselves in the early going as a legitimate championship contender. The Spirit are atop the WNBL table after seven rounds with a 7-3 record, half a gam..
25-Nov-2016
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Pool playground sunk
Bendigo Weekly
A playground at the Bendigo Aquatic Centre has been decommissioned for safety reasons and will be removed. Community Wellbeing director Pauline Gordon said safety issues were reported to the council this week. “Fortunately no one was injured, but it will cost several thousand dollar..
18-Jan-2013
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Home for the future
Rosemary Sorensen
The shortage of one-bedroom accommodation in Bendigo is most likely to impact on older people, according to a housing support service. “We are encouraging people who live in housing where they are not guaranteed affordable rent to plan ahead for retirement,” manager of Housing fo..
11-Jan-2013
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Pet fund boost
Bendigo Weekly
THE future looks brighter for unwanted pets. Bendigo Animal Welfare and Community Services have been awarded a $50,000 grant via the Animal Welfare Fund, the first round of grants announced this year. “We are so delighted to have our work recognised in animal welfare,” BAWCS..
11-Jan-2013
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Food ministry in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO will get a taste of international chef Jamie Oliver tomorrow. Greater Bendigo council and Bendigo Community Health Services will celebrate by hosting their Community Day to welcome Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen to town. The Community Day will run from 9am to noon in Bull ..
10-Jan-2013
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History buff marks time
Rosemary Sorensen
A photograph of Myers Flat in 1867 and the Hotel Shamrock as it looked in the 1860s are included in the historic Bendigo wall calendar created for the third year by history buff David Mulqueen. But for the cover of this year’s edition, he chose a much more recent photograph: Allan Done..
03-Jan-2013
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Rodders head for Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
HUNDREDS of car enthusiasts will again descend on Bendigo in the coming weeks. Centre State Rodders will hold their annual swap meet at Lord’s Raceway on January 20. The one-day event began in 1992 and features more than 300 sites, as well as a show and shine of more than 200 cars..
03-Jan-2013
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Stir up a Christmas tradition
Vicki Harrington
There are many traditions surrounding the good old Christmas pudding. Did you know this Sunday is “Stir up Sunday”? The plum pudding, plum duff (in the UK) or figgy pudding (in the US) has its origins in medieval England where Christmas is celebrated in the middle of winter and ..
18-Nov-2011
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Great start
Vicki Harrington
Traditional pub meals are the order of the day at the Axedale Tavern since Garry Van Wynen, Corinne Cummins and Corinne’s mum, Wendy Kelly took it over about 12 months ago. Corinne and Garry lived in the Axedale district for five years, after moving from Kalgoorlie. &l..
10-Nov-2011
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How does your garden grow?
Vicki Harrington
At the beginning of spring, we gardeners were keen to get our veggie gardens up and growing and looking forward to the fruits of our labours come summer. To get those plots started, Keith MacDonald of MacDonald’s nursery shared his tips for a no-dig garden with us. So h..
02-Nov-2011
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Where chooks rule
Rosemary Sorensen
TURN off the Old Calder Highway at Harcourt, up the drive winding between the vineyards, to the heart of Bress, and you pretty much feel like you are visiting Arcadia. Cradled in the granite embrace of Mt Alexander, this cidery and winery is picturesque to the point of cornines..
06-Oct-2011
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China connection
Bendigo Weekly
Winemaker Wes Vine is fast becoming something of a China expert. Although he had not ever thought of travelling there just a few years ago, when he visited Nanjing on a trade mission organised by the Victorian government in 2008, it was the beginning of what has become a massive part of his ..
30-Sep-2011
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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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Books in favour
Bendigo Weekly
The Global Learning Centre, otherwise known as the library, at Crusoe College in Kangaroo Flat is living up to its name of being globally inclusive by creating the first ever Parent Community Book Club. The club is believed to be the first of its kind in any public secondary school in Victoria an..
23-Aug-2012
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Scintillae 2012 Published by Bendigo TAFE
Bendigo Weekly
There is a big gatheirng of writers in Scintillae 2012, published to coincide with the inaugural Bendigo Writers Festival this month. Twenty short stories, almosty 40 poems, and, surprisingly, 16 other pieces, which the editors call either creative non-fiction or academic non-fiction. Speaking ..
23-Aug-2012
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City shows its spirit
Rosemary Sorensen
WITH the banners in place down View Street, and the well-prepared staff at The Capital all ready to go, the first session of the inaugural Bendigo Writers Festival was just minutes away. At last, the moment had arrived. All those months of deliberations, discussions, plotting and plannin..
17-Aug-2012
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Let’s bring it on
Bendigo Weekly
“Thanks for a fabulous festival,” one of those who came to the first Bendigo Writers Festival wrote this week. “Highlights for me were Margo Lanagan and Alex Miller and the concert with Arnold Zable and the woman with the fantastic voice. I will certainly come again.” Tha..
16-Aug-2012
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Eye for a good book
Rosemary Sorensen
What’s the biggest topic of discussion at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival? Yes, it’s certainly what Ita Buttrose says about life at the top of publishing, and how many kids love Old Tom. But it’s also what’s happening in publishing, how writers are coping with ..
09-Aug-2012
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Bendigo Writers Festival
Rosemary Sorensen
You know the big names: Ita Buttrose, Don Watson, Gideon Haigh, Kerry Greenwood, Alex Miller, Margo Lanagan. Now, here’s a few names you might not yet have heard about, or seen their books on the bookshelves: Sydney Smith, Paul D Carter, Paul Carter (they’re two different blokes!), Lis..
02-Aug-2012
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