All talk and no action, says MP
Sharon Kemp
IN a year in which federal parliament sat only 13 out of 22 weeks, federal Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters laments that rhetoric, not policy, filled most of government sitting time. The July election, in which Ms Chesters won back the seat of Bendigo with an increased majority, disrupted parliament..
22-Dec-2016
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Merry Christmas from the Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Weekly
The big day is nearly here, and across the world children and adults are looking forward to opening their Christmas presents this weekend. Bendigo youngsters Caris and Amy had a sneak peak at their gifts this week and seemed pleased with what they saw. Max the blue heeler has different t..
22-Dec-2016
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Housing future uncertain
Sharon Kemp
MORE than 90 permanent residents at Central City Caravan Park face a housing dilemma, with the park slated to close in just over a year. A Bendigo Weekly survey of caravan parks in Bendigo shows only two – Bendigo Park Lane Holiday Park and Golden Nugget Tourist Park – offer per..
22-Dec-2016
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Minister caps rates
Bendigo Weekly
THE next rates notice from the City of Greater Bendigo council should be no more complicated than a two per cent rise. Local government minister Natalie Hutchins has set the cap for 2017-18 financial year rates at the increase in the consumer price index. That increase was two per cent. ..
22-Dec-2016
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Mental health at risk
Sharon Kemp
THE peak body representing psychiatrists believes rural patients and the mental health professionals themselves are at risk if more services do not become available in rural and regional Australia. The concerns of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists come as the fede..
21-Dec-2016
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Business as usual after estates sales
Sharon Kemp
THERE should be no repercussions for the Sandhurst Diocese as a result of the sale of Sandhurst Trustees’ estates business, according to Bendigo and Adelaide Bank chief executive Mike Hirst. Sandhurst Trustees manages the historic Backhaus estate that includes key buildings in Mitchell..
21-Dec-2016
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Home starts still on a high
Bendigo Weekly
THE Housing Industry Association has released information pointing to a peak in new home starts, which it expects to remain at a very high level in 2015/16. HIA chief economist Harley Dale said it’s likely that new dwelling commencements peaked at a record level of 215,000 in the financi..
31-Jul-2015
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Strategy for homes
Bendigo Weekly
An eight-day hearing into a planning scheme amendment to allow for the implementation of the Greater Bendigo Residential Strategy began this week. The hearings are being conducted by an independent panel appointed by the planning minister, with 67 submissions to be considered, including 27 ..
24-Jul-2015
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Help out at the tree plant day
Joel Peterson
Members of the community are invited to come along and help plant 4000 native plants alongside the Bendigo Creek as part of National Tree Day. The City of Greater Bendigo is holding a community tree planting along the Bendigo Creek in White Hills to celebrate the 20th National Tree Day betw..
24-Jul-2015
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Shorten at the show
Steve Kendall
OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten was among thousands of visitors to the Australian Sheep and Wool show last weekend. Mr Shorten seemed to have forgotten the trials of recent weeks politically to spend time with his family. “It was great to spend the day in Bendigo at the Australian Sh..
24-Jul-2015
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Collection offers support to art
Dianne Dempsey
Once upon a time there were the Medicis, the Visconti, the Sforza, patrons of the arts who underwrote the Italian Renaissance. In contemporary Australia their equivalent is represented by individuals such as Arthur Guy, Harold Mitchell and on a regional level, Rod Fyffe. The uniqu..
17-Jul-2015
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Home starts on rebound
Bendigo Weekly
Latest figures confirm the number of new home starts rebounded in the March quarter of 2015. Housing Industry Association economist Geordan Murray said the strong result for the March 2015 quarter was the second highest level for any quarter on record. “This latest result was consiste..
17-Jul-2015
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$50,000 cash and firearms seized
Bendigo Weekly
A 22 year old man has been arrested after more than $50,000 in cash and firearms were seized yesterday. Bendigo Police executed a warrant at a 22 year old man's home in Moray Crescent, North Bendigo after 3pm. Senior Constable Melissa Seach said a number of firearms, pen pistol, drugs, ..
23-May-2014
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Man sought after thefts
Christine McGinn
Police are calling on locals to help identity a man. He entered Chemist Warehouse on Mitchell Street on April 14 and allegedly placed $512.64 worth of shaving products into a blue bag. Police said the man left the store without paying for the items. A staff member approached the man ..
23-May-2014
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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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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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Welcome Fire from Wendy
Steve Kendall
FOR the past two years, Wendy Matthews has been working on her new album. The Welcome Fire is released today and Wendy said she was pleased to be able to take the time to do it properly. From her home base in the north coast of New South Wales where she lives with her dog, Wendy has been ..
22-Aug-2013
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Hailey on the move
Bendigo Weekly
Scores of Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival fans are set to be moved yet again with the famous Blues Tram taking a ‘soulful’ turn for its latest voyage on Saturday. On board will be the slightly foreign and the very familiar – emerging folk and blues songstress Hail..
16-Aug-2013
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Keeping a legend alive
Steve Kendall
IT’S a tough act to follow, but Max Pellicano is giving it a fair go. Elvis to the Max brings the stage image of Elvis Presley back to life, 36 years after his death. Elvis was, and is still, known as the King of rock and roll, sometimes just the King, and has music still has the sam..
02-Aug-2013
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Bombers flying high
Bendigo Weekly
LEITCHVILLE Gunbower will seek grand final revenge on Saturday when it meets North Bendigo the 2016 Heathcote District Football League grand final at Huntly. The first decider in the central Victorian region is a replay of last year’s decider that saw an inaccurate Bombers outfit outcl..
02-Sep-2016
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BFNL finals kick off
Bendigo Weekly
FOUR mouth-watering matchups across senior football and A-grade netball start what is set to be a bumper Bendigo Football Netball League finals series at the Queen Elizabeth Oval this weekend. Saturday night sees Golden Square play Strathfieldsaye in the senior football qualifying final, whi..
02-Sep-2016
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Titles to call Bendigo home
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO has secured another major sporting event with the Bendigo Stadium to host the 2017 Basketball Australia Under-20 and Ivor Burge National Championships in February. The announcement was made at half time of the Bendigo Braves’ semi final win over Brisbane on Saturday night. ..
26-Aug-2016
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Canoeing program makes a splash
Bendigo Weekly
CANOEING national champions Imogen Douglass and Baydn Murphy will lead a nine-strong Bendigo team into this weekend’s Victorian Schools Championships at Warrandyte. Students from all over Victoria will flock to the upper reaches of the Yarra River to contest a host of events over the t..
25-Aug-2016
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Thunder finals ready
Bendigo Weekly
THEIR opponents have been creeping ever closer as the season has gone on, but some recent close calls have the Bendigo Thunder primed for the 2016 finals campaign. The Thunder completed an unbeaten home and away campaign last weekend but again had to withstand a stern test from one of its Vi..
25-Aug-2016
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Playoff battle begins
Joel Peterson
ONE side is a raging title favourite, the other an underdog that had to scrap just to make the postseason. But when the Bendigo Braves and Lady Braves play their opening South East Australian Basketball League playoff matches on Saturday night, the mission for both will be the same – ..
19-Aug-2016
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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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Heart of the matter
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO businesses are coming together later this month to show support and raise money for HeartKids. HeartKids is an organisation that provides support for families with a Heart Child (congenital or acquired) and provides research grants and builds awareness in communities. Bendigo ..
17-Aug-2012
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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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The giant pumpkin seed giveaway
Update: Peter's pumpkin seeds are almost dried and ready to send out so watch your mailboxes. And watch this website for details of a Giant Pumpkin growing competition being planned for autumn 2012. We have been inundated with requests for pumpkin seeds following our story about Eag..
13-May-2011
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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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Kids’ fest inspires creativity
Rosemary Sorensen
When Lisa D’Onofrio rolled up her sleeves and threw herself into organising a Children’s Literature Festival in Castlemaine, she hoped for a decent turn-up. It had taken all her persuasive powers, a bucket-load of patience, truck-loads of time and an enormous pile of energy to make it ..
16-Feb-2012
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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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