Gem show set to shine
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Gem Club’s annual expo is set in stone and is included in a circuit that attracts travelling visitors every year. “That is why we will never be able to change the date,” said club president John Carey, referring to the second weekend in September. This weekend&r..
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Lunch with an AFL legend
Bendigo Weekly
PROMINENT AFL identity Kevin Sheedy has been named the headline act for the 2016 Biggest Ever Blokes’ Lunch, to be held on Friday, November 18 at Ulumbarra Theatre. Event organiser Keith Sutherland said planning for this year’s Bendigo Weekly-backed event was well advanced, with ..
09-Sep-2016
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Work shuts Bendigo line
Bendigo Weekly
V/LINE will wait until after AFL finals and third term school holidays to commence four weeks of rail work that will close the Bendigo line. Public transport minister Jacinta Allan said buses would operate in place of trains from October 4 to 30. She advised commuters to add an hour to t..
09-Sep-2016
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Epsom school plans on hold
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo has put on hold Epsom Primary School plans to build a new $5.7 million new school, advanced designs for which students have already seen. Councillors agreed on Wednesday night to investigate whether the 135-year-old red brick building that forms the entrance to th..
02-Sep-2016
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High fire risk for Central Victoria
Bendigo Weekly
CENTRAL Victoria will once again be at increased risk of grassfire this season, with late spring drying offering the potential to escalate bushfire behaviour in forested areas in late summer. The region is among those at the highest risk level, in both grass and bush areas. The Souther..
02-Sep-2016
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Organics rollout hits home
Sharon Kemp
THE environmental benefits of separating organic waste will be undeniable, according to the City of Greater Bendigo, and the gains could be calculable by Christmas. As the council prepares to begin its organics pick-up service on Monday, the manager of the project has described the city as b..
02-Sep-2016
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Boosting business
Dianne Dempsey
Founder and owner of the Business Referral Initiative (BRI), Paul Edmonds, says that his networking organisation is bringing a lot of business to Bendigo. Set up some 18 months ago, the BRI is a great way for business owners to get together, network and come to mutually profitable arrangement..
22-May-2015
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Classics displayed for good cause
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
THE eighth annual classic vehicle display will be held at the Bendigo showgrounds next weekend. Locals are encouraged to bring along their historic vehicles, bikes, trucks, tractors and stationary engines to showcase. Event organiser Neil Athorn says the proceeds of the event will go to the..
22-May-2015
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Organisation faces transitional period
Christine McGinn
HEALTHY Together Bendigo will transition into a new phase after federal and state government budget cuts says a leading partner. Bendigo Community Health Services chief executive officer Kim Sykes said the governance group met on Monday and discussed the need to develop a sustainable long-te..
22-May-2015
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Ten of the best
Bendigo Weekly
TWEED Sutherland First National staff are celebrating after the Bendigo office won 10 gongs at the Australian First National awards held in Queenstown, New Zealand last weekend. Director Matt Leonard said it was especially pleasing to note that the awards were spread right across the company, and ..
22-May-2015
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Walk the blues away
Dianne Dempsey
A group of dedicated fund raisers will hit the track this weekend to raise money for people with autism. Six autism ambassadors will complete a 24-hour walk to raise money to supply iOS devices such as iPhones, iPods and iPads for people with autism, on May 23 and 24. Communication tools ..
22-May-2015
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New top man for NCCMA
Bendigo Weekly
BRAD Drust has stepped into a new role as chief executive officer at North Central Catchment Management Authority. Mr Drust takes over from former CEO Damian Wells who left in February. Mr Drust started at NCCMA in 2013 and has been a member of the executive team since 2007 – most ..
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Victorian bushfire progress plan tabled
Bendigo Weekly
A report detailing the Victorian Government’s progress and plans to implement all 67 Bushfires Royal Commission recommendations has been tabled in State Parliament. Deputy Premier and Minister for Bushfire Response Peter Ryan said the Bushfires Implementation Plan outlined the e..
31-May-2011
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Government hails Rail Freight Support Package
Bendigo Weekly
The state government is hailing the $5 million Rail Freight Support Package, which will continue in 2011/12, as a big win for rural residents. Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said residents would see fewer large trucks on single lane each-way roads such as parts of the Calder, Goulbu..
31-May-2011
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Residents urged to support FloodSafe Week
Bendigo Weekly
Four months after the biggest floods in almost a century, the state government is urgng Victorians to learn more about protecting themselves against the threat of future floods as part of FloodSafe Week, organised by the Victorian State Emergency Service’s (SES). Deputy Premier ..
30-May-2011
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Jayco founder Gerry Ryan wins manufacturing honour
Bendigo Weekly
A Former Bendigo resident has been honoured as part of this year's Victorian manufacturing awards. Jayco-founder Gerry Ryan OAM was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the state’s manufacturing sector, when he was named as a new member to the Honour Roll for the Victorian M..
27-May-2011
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La Trobe academic talks up NDIS
Anthony Radford
A La Trobe University academic is calling on the Federal Government to take notice of the Productivity Commission’s report into a possible national disability insurance scheme. The Productivity Commission has recommended a no-fault insurance scheme to reform what it called the "u..
27-May-2011
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Regional cities group rejects Grattan Institute report
Bendigo Weekly
An influential group of Victoria’s 10-largest regional councils has joined Minister for Regional Australia and Regional Development Simon Crean in challenging the key findings of the Grattan Institute report - Investing in regions: Making a Difference – which claims only the “b..
26-May-2011
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Sky's the limit
Bendigo Weekly
Local up-and-coming band Eater Of The Sky will release their first EP tomorrow night at the Newmarket Hotel. Eater Of The Sky’s lead singer Declan Hain says it has been a long while coming. “We’ve been working on it for a few months, it’s just been hard to get t..
01-Jun-2012
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Egan to please
Ben Cameron
Bendigo singing siblings Alanna and Alicia Egan’s folk music has been opening a lot of doors of late, most belonging to relative strangers. Bankrolled by an Arts Victoria Touring Grant, The Egans have just wrapped up a national tour, taking in festivals all across the country, and nev..
31-May-2012
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Bob Franklin: back in Benders
Ben Cameron
For quirky comedian Bob Franklin, a comedy roadshow is exactly that, but with the emphasis on road. A regular visitor to the region, Franklin admits he’s barely had time to find the funny in Bendigo culture. “We tend to just drive up there (to Bendigo) and turn round and go b..
31-May-2012
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Bendigo's hitmakers for the Bee Gees
Ben Cameron
We’ve gotta get this message to you: the woman who helped break the Bee Gees in Australia lives right under our noses. With the sad passing of Robin Gibb, the songwriting genius behind songs like I Started A Joke and New York Mining Disaster 1941, the Bendigo Weekly has discovered Str..
25-May-2012
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Guthrie: swamp boys made good
Ben Cameron
Tasmanian “swamp blues” pairing Guthrie, of Liam Guthrie (guitars, vocals, lap steel) and Luke Young (drums, percussion) met in a “smoky, smelly, violent and wonderful” joint called The Batman Fawkner Inn in Launceston, Tasmania. Legend has it that the city of Melbour..
23-May-2012
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Troy Cassar-Daley: Home sweet home
Ben Cameron
Hardship has given Troy Cassar-Daley a better perspective on life, and new album Home is not only the proof, but just the tonic after the Queensland floods wrecked his farm a year or so back. “I appreciate home ten times more, this record has made me wake up to that,” Cassar-Dale..
17-May-2012
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Storm still the ones to beat
Joel Peterson
THIS season in the Bendigo Football Netball League’s senior football competition promises to be as close as any in recent memory. After the league saw undefeated champions in both senior football and A-grade netball last year, the flag race in both competitions is wide open in season 2..
15-Apr-2016
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Jess shines on debut
Joel Peterson
JESS Rennie never expected to even hit the court in her Bendigo Lady Braves debut, let alone play a major role in a thrilling win over Ballarat. However when she was given her chance to impress by Lady Braves coach Jonathan Goodman last Friday night, that is exactly what the sharpshooting 15..
08-Apr-2016
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Finals aim locked in
Joel Peterson
FINALS hopefuls Marong and Newbridge will go toe-to-toe in round one of the Loddon Valley Football Netball League this weekend at Riverside Oval. The Panthers and Maroons have both undergone some serious changes ahead of 2016, including Damian Lock taking the reins at Malone Park. Matt D..
08-Apr-2016
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Tough start for Pios
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Pioneers’ 2016 campaign began last Saturday and Bendigo Weekly sports journalist Joel Peterson went behind the scenes to take in a game day with the club TEN minutes before the first bounce of the season, there is a nervous quietness in the Bendigo Pioneers&rsquo..
07-Apr-2016
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Braves find the right mix
Joel Peterson
A STRONG preseason, new recruits and a handy complement of returning players have coach Ben Harvey and the Bendigo Braves believing this could finally be the year they are title bound. The Braves and Lady Braves both hit the road tonight to tip their respective South East Australian Basketba..
01-Apr-2016
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Super suns extend dynasty
Joel Peterson
STRATHDALE Maristians secured back-to-back Bendigo District Cricket Association flags in yet another thrilling grand final finish, defeating Eaglehawk by seven runs last Sunday. The Suns made 9/233 on day one, recovering from 4/52 led by Ben DeAraugo (56) and Taylor-Walsh medallist Andrew Ho..
24-Mar-2016
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Portrait of a soldier
Rosemary Sorensen
What began as a way to kill a bit of time grew into a vocation for the man behind the Military Museum. Above the door leading from the Military Museum’s entry hall down a short corridor to where World War 1 memorabilia from the prized Grinton collection is now housed in display..
29-Sep-2011
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snakes - leave them alone!
Bendigo Weekly
There’s a simple rule for identifying snakes in the Bendigo region, says reptile expert Simon Watharow. “Don’t try to go by its colour because most people muck it up anyway,” the author of a new book Living with Snakes and other Reptiles said this week. “All..
23-Sep-2011
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Town Hall costs cause problems
Rosemary Sorensen
Town Hall busy but community groups concerned about bookings BENDIGO Town Hall is hopping with events, attendances and revenue all well up in the past year. There are concerns, however, that the change in management has made the city’s most prestigious venue less-accessible to community grou..
19-Sep-2011
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Wounded country
Anthony Radford
When Bendigo’s Mike Amor left the district nearly two decades ago to pursue a career in journalism, he never dreamt of a day like this. Amid the rubble, dust, smoke and screams of Ground Zero, just hours after two passenger planes had slammed into the World Trade Centre, Amor noticed a pair ..
09-Sep-2011
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Home for history
Anthony Radford
What do we value, and why? While most of us see the benefit of preserving Bendigo’s beautiful but delicate old buildings, there are other less obvious parts of our heritage that struggle to get attention. No one wants to see the bell tower of St Paul’s disappear, and even tho..
26-Aug-2011
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Cancer Council to paint city yellow
Anthony Radford
IF you think the one in two people who gets cancer is one too many, then you can help make a difference today as part of the Cancer Council’s for Daffodil Day. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Daffodil Day and the Bendigo Can Do Club needs help to turn Bendigo yellow. The club is g..
26-Aug-2011
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Pick of the week: A Decline in Prophets
A Decline in Prophets Sulari Gentill Pantera Press, $29.99 Reviewed by Brenda Stevens-Chambers I have lost count of the recent publications of around 350 pages where I have wanted to do some serious pruning. However, it was with some relief that I zoomed through A Decline in Prophets, ..
03-Jun-2011
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Top Ten June 3
Top Ten June 3 1. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks 2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 3. CSIRO & Baker IDID Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle by Peter Clifton 4. Jamie's 30-Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver 5. Dead Reckoning Bk11 Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris ..
02-Jun-2011
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Overflow: this week's book news
Songwriter Paul Kelly has made the shortlist of the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, for his memoir, How to Make Gravy. He is up against four other books, including a study of sociologist Claude Levi-Strauss by Patrick Wilcken, Delia Falconer's Sydney, artist Rod Moss's uncompromising look at ..
27-May-2011
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Pick of the Week May 27: Star Jumps
Star Jumps Lorraine Marwood Walker Books, $15.95 Lorraine Marwood’s award-winning narrative poem, Star Jumps, was born out of her own experience on a dairy farm north of Bendigo; a family’s response to debilitating drought. The story starts with Keely, Ruby (the narrator) and..
27-May-2011
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Poem: "8x10 colour enlargements $16.50"
8x10 colour enlargements $16.50 by Cate Kennedy Let me lay it out for you: a rural photography competition in a local town hall and the woman next to me, sitting with her husband and two children, had travelled three hours to be there. Her kids were quiet ..
19-May-2011
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Top Ten May 20
Weekly Top Ten May 20 1. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks 2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 3. Dead Reckoning Bk11 Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris 4. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult 5. CSIRO & Baker IDID Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle by Peter Clifton 6. Sixth..
19-May-2011
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