More rain on the way
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S wettest September since 1979 is forecast to be even more so as the month draws to a close, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting up to 75 millimetres of rain into early next week. A rapidly developing low pressure system was expected to push into the state overnight, bri..
29-Sep-2016
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Compact city a health win
Sharon Kemp
URBAN design that encouraged walking or cycling reduced cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, according to Melbourne-led international research published in the medical journal, The Lancet. City of Greater Bendigo has adopted a compact city strategy with a plan for 10-minute neighbourh..
29-Sep-2016
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Health cost in focus
Sharon Kemp
MEDICARE is 30 years old, unwieldy and needed reform before restrictions and the rebate freeze halted bulk billing and made smaller regional medical clinics unviable, Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters heard this week. As Ms Chesters gathers evidence from local practitioners and patients to take to Ca..
29-Sep-2016
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A vision for the community
Dianne Dempsey
The Bendigo Islamic Community Centre will be the most open Islamic facility in Australia, if not the world, according to its architect. Speaking at Saturday night’s Community Thank you Dinner, architect Asher Greenwood said the East Bendigo facility will be one of a kind. “It..
29-Sep-2016
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Saved a soaking
Bendigo Weekly
FORECAST heavy rain that could have led to a new round of flooding across central and northern Victoria failed to eventuate this week, sparing the region from further hardship. Up to 40 millimetres of rain was expected to hit Bendigo and the surrounding areas on Tuesday night and into Wednes..
23-Sep-2016
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Green light for Telstra tower
Sharon Kemp
A 30-metre telecommunications tower will be built at Bendigo TAFE’s Charleston campus that Telstra claims will ensure Kennington North does not become mobile black spot. City of Greater Bendigo councillors on Wednesday night voted to allow Telstra to build the tower, saying it met exis..
23-Sep-2016
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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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Write on at the fringe festival
Bendigo Weekly
BACK for a second year, the Write on Fringe Festival has released its full program of literary events. The festival will run from August 6 to 8 in the Bendigo library coinciding with the Bendigo Writers Festival. Locals can try their hand at song writing or participate in readings or works..
03-Jul-2015
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Bendigo's youth shame as teen crime rate soars
MORE than 10 per cent of crime across Victoria committed by 15 to 17 year olds in 2009-10 was committed by Bendigo youth. That’s one of the key findings of a State Government report which paints a troubled picture of Bendigo’s at-risk youth. The Department of Education and Ea..
30-Jun-2015
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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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VFF says levy the answer to fire services funding
Bendigo Weekly
The Victorian Farmers Federation wants fire services to be funded by a levy on building value. VFF president Andrew Broad said the VFF’s response to the State Government’s Fire Services Property Levy Options Paper outlines how a charge on building value is the fairest way to fun..
03-Oct-2011
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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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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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Another win for CCB
Joel Peterson
CATHOLIC College Bendigo turned in a stellar display on the QEO on Wednesday, defeating Bendigo Senior Secondary College in the annual football challenge between the two sides. CCB came out breathing fire, well on top of the Lions around the contests and delivering the ball to twin towers up..
03-Jun-2016
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City set for action
Joel Peterson
Colombia COLOMBIA is faced with a tough task of repeating last year’s surprising success in the South American nation’s World Grand Prix debut. Colombia finished third in group three last year, defeating Australia in the third place playoff in Canberra 3-0. Coach Eduardo ..
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Grand prix hits town
Joel Peterson
AUSTRALIAN Volleyroos captain Shae Sloane says her side is up for the challenge of this weekend’s FIVB World Grand Prix in Bendigo. The three-week competition’s first preliminary round of matches are being held in Bendigo and Algeria this weekend, ahead of the finals in a fortnig..
03-Jun-2016
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Spirit sign Canadian international
Bendigo Weekly
Canadian international Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe is the latest recruit for the Bendigo Spirit ahead of the club’s 2016/17 WNBL campaign. The 25-year-old Canadian was confirmed as the club’s latest signing this morning, and adds a defensive presence in the frontcourt alongside recent s..
31-May-2016
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Stadium set for grand prix
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Stadium is gearing up to host a weekend of world class volleyball, when the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix hits town on Friday. The 2016 edition of the annual series begins this week, with Bendigo hosting the pool B3 round between Australia, Columbia, Cuba and Croatia. The comp..
31-May-2016
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O'Neill to lead Thunder
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Thunder has ended its search for a coach, with Cherie O’Neill to permanently take the reins of the undefeated Victorian Women’s Football League club. As revealed by the Weekly yesterday, the club held what it called an “extraordinary meeting” on Wednesday ..
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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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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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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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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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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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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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