Look to high tech health
Sharon Kemp
THE future of health in regional Australia is high tech, but only once high speed internet access is rolled out in the regions. A discussion paper by Deloitte Consulting that outlined options in the future design of Victoria’s regional health system noted that innovation could make up..
06-Jan-2017
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TAFE improvements cause disruption
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Kangan Institute will demolish a block of classrooms facing Chapel Street to make way for the new nursing training facility to which the Victorian government has directed $17.7 million. Removing the TAFE’s J building and refitting P building on the corner of McCrae Street for ..
06-Jan-2017
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Weekly reaches a grand milestone
Peter Kennedy
To many readers, this week's edition of the Bendigo Weekly is just like any other; it's the forerunner to next week's and follows on from the one before it, but to those of us charged with creating the product you the reader has in front of you right now, this is special. Issue 1000 of the B..
06-Jan-2017
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Road deaths take a toll
Sharon Kemp
IN a year which saw road deaths rise by 16 per cent, Bendigo drivers were caught by cameras committing more than 10,000 offences adding up to fines of almost $3 million. The offenses included speeding, running a red light and driving an unregistered car and are what Victoria Police des..
06-Jan-2017
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End of road for library
Dianne Dempsey
The Bendigo Goldfields Library mobile library service has been replaced this year by permanent library agencies. In its heyday, during the 1990s, the mobile library service consisted of three vans which in 1997/98 distributed 154,427 items. But in recent years, the number of vans running..
06-Jan-2017
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Work underway on Napier Street
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER years of hearing talk about it, residents awaiting the upgrade of Napier Street are seeing work on the ground. VicRoads are doing the preliminary work confirming the location of underground services ahead of widening Napier Street to a dual carriageway for 2.7 km north from Weeroona Co..
04-Jan-2017
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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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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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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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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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Cavalia rides into Melbourne
Christine McGinn
Cavalia took reign in Melbourne last night as more than 2000 spectators watched the dynamic and unrivalled performance straddled between equestrian showmanship and aerobatic performance. Cavalia’s opening night in Melbourne under the grand White Big Top, 10-storey high- boasting a 50 met..
25-Jul-2013
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Harlots on stage with plenty of soul
Bendigo Weekly
THE Harlots are a mix of pop and garage. The Harlots sting like the new wave and burn like soul. Swelling dance floors and stage tents with their sultry brand of ego‐rock since late 2010, the Melbourne sextet draws on the diverse musical inspirations of its members to produce an urbane, siniste..
18-Jul-2013
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Rocking for radio
Bendigo Weekly
By PAULA HUBERT Eight of Bendigo’s best rock bands will share the stage in support of a local community radio station’s first rock event. Phoenix FM’s fundraiser this Sunday at the Newmarket Hotel will include performances from Path of Destruction, Rabid Zulu, Lowpoint, Made..
18-Jul-2013
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Melody sings about life
Steve Kendall
THERE is another bright sparkle in the music scene by the name of Melody Pool. This 21-year-old from Kurri Kurri in NSW has spent the past few years working primarily as a supporting musician on her local circuit. She used crowd-funding to get her to Nashville and to record and produce he..
12-Jul-2013
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Geoff sings the blues
Bendigo Weekly
Following on from his sold out Blues Tram performance of last weekend, Geoff Achison, Australia’s patron saint of the Blues, is set to perform a rare free-entry show, in the recently refurbished beer-garden of the Hotel Shamrock. Geoff will be the headline act at this year’s Bend..
04-Jul-2013
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Blasko out of hiding
Steve Kendall
SARAH BLASKO spends a lot of time in quiet, solo reflection.Self-imposed and productive, this singer says she has become comfortable with the situation. That’s not to say Sarah does not enjoy the limelight and is touring regional Australia on the back of a European and metropolitan Austr..
28-Jun-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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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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Go to TOWN and lose some weight
Bendigo Weekly
LAST month members of the Bendigo Take Off Weight Naturally club travelled to Melbourne State Awards and came home real winners as the biggest losers. The club achieved the Aggregate Shield for the biggest weight loss per member in their zone. Each year, TOWN recognises and celebrates the effo..
08-Jun-2012
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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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