Call for pool to stay
Sharon Kemp
THE Golden Square swimming pool should have its lease extended by at least a year to see how attendance is affected by the new $31 million Kangaroo Flat aquatic centre, according to City of Greater Bendigo councillor Barry Lyons. Representatives of the pool’s volunteer committee of man..
16-Sep-2016
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Major boost for leisure centre
Sharon Kemp
THE $1 million community contribution to the Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre has reached the halfway mark after the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club chipped in $100,000. The donation will give the sports club the right to put its name to the centre’s 50-metre pool. Th..
16-Sep-2016
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Rail woes roll on
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO train passengers were again left frustrated by the state’s worst levels of punctuality among V/Line’s main commuter services last month. According to Public Transport Victoria performance data, punctuality on the Bendigo line was just 86.5 per cent, a dip of nearly four p..
16-Sep-2016
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Eppalock surges to 75 per cent
Peter Kennedy
WATER levels at Lake Eppalock soared more than 20 per cent in 24 hours at the height of this week’s spring downpour, raising concerns the storage could spill if another significant rain event occurs in the catchment in coming weeks. Storage levels rose on the back of record September r..
16-Sep-2016
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Pool operators caught off guard
Sharon Kemp
VOLUNTEERS operating the Golden Square swimming pool may again fight to keep the Maple Street facility open despite the City of Greater Bendigo’s three-year plan to close it. In what amounts to a communication breakdown between council and the pool’s management committee, presid..
09-Sep-2016
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Dummies shown red card
Sharon Kemp
LAST minute changes that will disallow how-to-vote cards in ballot packs hope to stop dummy candidates, but critics say it will benefit incumbent councillors who already have a profile and candidates with the most to spend on advertising. In Greater Bendigo, there is already a field of 11 ca..
09-Sep-2016
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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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Dry July
Bendigo Weekly
Following unprecedented success in 2014, Bendigo Health has entered Dry July for the third year. Dry July is an online fundraising campaign which encourages participants to go booze free for the 31 days in July. The campaign raises funds for adults living with cancer and all funds raised for ..
03-Jul-2015
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Bendigo ups spend on mental health
Christine McGinn
BENDIGO Health has poured $77.6 million into its mental health services in the past two financial years, more than any other large regional health service provider. According to the state government’s 2014-15 health policy and funding guidelines, Bendigo Health Care Group spent a sixth o..
03-Jul-2015
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Glanville makes his mark at 80
Dianne Dempsey
The Weekly’s vibrant cartoonist Ian Glanville turns 80 this week and every Thursday we look forward to his visit when he brings in his latest copy. In what has been a varied and illustrious career, one particular moment stands out for Ian when in the mid 60s he was part of the pionee..
03-Jul-2015
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A very good life
Dianne Dempsey
One of the cheery, uplifting themes of this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival is food and the art of good living. An exemplar of the good life is the amiable Matthew Evans who has been entertaining us on SBS with his Gourmet Farmer series. A former chef and food critic, Matthew retre..
03-Jul-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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Three chords and the truth
Steve Kendall
Lee Kernaghan is one of Australia’s most prolific music artists with two million records sold. Add to that 28 Golden Guitars, 33 number one singles and you see the calibre of the man. Twenty years after the release of his first album, The Outback Club, Lee is back with his new release Be..
17-May-2013
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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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Thunder shores up key roles
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Thunder has ended its search for a coach, with Cherie O’Neill to take the reins of the club. The club held an extraordinary meeting last night, attended by AFL Central Victoria’s Paul Hamilton among others, to resolve the uncertainty regarding its governance and coach..
26-May-2016
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Braves need to refocus
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Braves big man Matt Andronicos says the team needs to refocus after suffering a third defeat of the 2016 SEABL season yesterday. The Braves thumped a lowly Melbourne 88-69 on Saturday night before being beaten by Dandenong 87-91 yesterday in a high-intensity, physical contest. Be..
23-May-2016
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Heathcote hits the road
Bendigo Weekly
A YOUNG Heathcote District Football League side will travel to Ocean Grove on Saturday to take on Bellarine FL in its AFL Victoria Community Championships game. HDFL coach Rick Coburn has opted for youth, with eight players under 23 in the squad. Leitchville Gunbower’s Jackson McEw..
20-May-2016
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Guns commit to BFNL
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Football Netball League has finalised its open netball association championships squad. The championships will be held in Melbourne on June 26, with five clubs represented in the BFNL’s 10-player open squad. Sandhurst’s Betty Thomson medallist Heather Oliver is jo..
20-May-2016
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Red, blue and right?
Joel Peterson
GIPPSLAND League coach Steve Hazelman believes he finally has the squad to knock over Bendigo in interleague competition. Gippsland has lost to Bendigo in each of the three meetings between the leagues since 2010, but all of those games have been at the Queen Elizabeth Oval. This year, w..
20-May-2016
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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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Applause for the truth
Bendigo Weekly
Last weekend I had the honour of being part of the first ever Bendigo Writers Festival and interviewing award-winning author and former political advisor, Don Watson. As an academic historian, Watson wrote three books about Australian history before accepting an offer to become Paul Keating’..
16-Aug-2012
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Get fit for free
Bendigo Weekly
EXERCISE is going to play an important role in helping Bendigo’s Biggest Winner participants lose weight and become more healthy. That is why Lifestyle Fitness is offering three months free gym membership to any participants who have not used the gym in Bath Lane before. Owner Brikitta Dan..
09-Aug-2012
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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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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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Best books
Bendigo Weekly
We asked Bendigo Weekly bookclubbers to send us the titles of books they have enjoyed this year. Most are new, some are classics... Ape House by Sara Gruen: the follow-up to Water for Elephants, about a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab The Art of Fielding by Chad Har..
08-Dec-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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