Appealing to you
Bendigo Weekly
You know it’s Easter when you see the Uncle Bobs Club volunteers at busy intersections raising money for the Royal Children’s Hospital. Uncle Bobs Club Bendigo president, Carol Maher, has been raising money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday appeal for an amazing..
24-Mar-2016
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Gala Time
Sharon Kemp
Marilyn Monroe will oversee a bumper Easter festival starting tomorrow in Bendigo. Her eight-metre likeness overlooking Charing Cross is expected to draw more than the usual visitors to the city’s annual Easter event. Bookings for accommodation have been filling this week and free ..
24-Mar-2016
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Colin joins the battle
Sharon Kemp
Eppalock ward has attracted early interest from candidates nominating for general council elections on October 22. The ward, created in 2012 out of a city-wide ward review and amalgamation, could boast the largest field in the election for three seats. Heathcote local and retired Army Re..
24-Mar-2016
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Marong business park plans stall
Bendigo Weekly
THE City of Greater Bendigo will be forced to reconsider development of its decade-long plans for the Marong Business Park after an independent state government panel rejected council’s bid to compulsorily acquire properties on the overlay. The decision is being treated as a win by pro..
18-Mar-2016
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GO FOR IT
Sharon Kemp
Bendigo is open for tens of millions of dollars of redevelopment around the city heart after the state government yesterday agreed to rezone land to accommodate multi-storey apartments and more offices. Planning minister Richard Wynne said in Bendigo yesterday visitors could expect a grander..
18-Mar-2016
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Banks slug borrowers
Sharon Kemp
YOUNG families are unable to borrow or are being asked by banks to stump up a 40 per cent deposit to buy houses in small towns surrounding Bendigo. As housing affordability circles as a key issue in an imminent federal election, the Bendigo Weekly can report banks are demanding large deposi..
18-Mar-2016
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CVGT staff face change
Christine McGinn
A NEW federal government job employment service is expected to leave 40 local CVGT Australia workers without a job. The not-for-profit organisation has lost nine Victorian contracts to deliver the former federal government’s employment and jobseeking program, Job Services Australia (JSA)..
10-Apr-2015
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Vision of the region
Bendigo Weekly
Participants in the 2015 Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program were engaged in two days of activities recently as part of a Vision of the Region theme. Learning how to get their messages across via various forms of the media, participants were interested in the behind the scenes action at..
10-Apr-2015
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Low rates benefit buyers
Bendigo Weekly
Managing Director of DCK Robert Ketterer said that Tuesday’s decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia to maintain the current interest rate would have positive implications for buyers interested in the Bendigo housing market. The RBA announced it would be leaving the interest rates unc..
10-Apr-2015
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AT HOME WITH JACINTA
Dianne Dempsey
Early last December when Jacinta Allan and her husband Yorick Piper were driving down to parliament house there was a certain amount of tension in the air. “Yorick was driving and I was clutching the phone. Premier Daniels had told us he would allocating the portfolios that night and wo..
10-Apr-2015
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REIV support for RSL
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL real estate agents will be doing their bit to support returned service men and women during the month of April. All Real Estate Institute of Victoria branches in Bendigo have agreed to sell badges throughout April on behalf of the RSL, in this the ANZAC centenary year. Funds raised will..
02-Apr-2015
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City united
Christine McGinn
THE City of Greater Bendigo’s City Futures Directorate can never operate as a self-sufficient entity, according to a council-commissioned report. Councillors were divided on the need to separate parts of the directorate, which includes tourism, major events and economic development, into..
27-Mar-2015
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Bendigo Wealth launched
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has announced the launch of Bendigo Wealth, a new wealth management division that will leverage off the bank’s high brand recognition and leading customer satisfaction ranking. Managing director Mike Hirst said as the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has grow..
11-Apr-2011
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Regional Growth Fund passes first test
Bendigo Weekly
Communities in regional and rural Victoria will soon have access to a $1 billion fund that supports growth and encourages development, following the passage of the Regional Growth Fund Act through the Victorian Parliament last night. Deputy Premier and Regional and Rural Development Minister..
08-Apr-2011
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Government moves to close flood insurance loopholes
People should know exactly what is, and what is not, covered under their insurance policies, according to a new consultation paper announced today at a public meeting in Ipswich by Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten. "It seems like a simple proposition. If you have an insurance policy, you sho..
06-Apr-2011
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RATES ON HOLD
CENTRAL Victorian home owners can breathe easy - at least for the time being, after today's Reserve Bank decision to leave interest rates on hold. Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens' statement follows: At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 4...
05-Apr-2011
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Regional Rail Link gets green light
Bendigo Weekly
The Regional Rail Link project will go ahead, although politicians continue to bicker about who is responsible for ensuring the dedicated track is built. Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the project had been placed under a review due a shortfall in funding which he said was ..
05-Apr-2011
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State government trials new level crossing warning system
Bendigo Weekly
THE state government has conducted a trial of an innovative level crossing warning system to prevent collisions between trains and road vehicles, which has been hailed as an Australian first. Between 2001 and 2009, 120 people were killed and 172 injured in vehicle crashes involving collisio..
01-Apr-2011
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Alter Bridge/Steel Panther
Bendigo Weekly
BY NUHTAYA JOHNSON Sydney and Melbourne were the only cities lucky enough to host an Alter Bridge / Steel Panther sideshow, as part of the Soundwave tour. As a result many fans flew in from around Australia to see the show at The Palace on Wednesday, February 29, including a ..
05-Mar-2012
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Madison Violet: Canadian slice of Americana
Ben Cameron
The last time Madison Violet’s Brenley MacEachern played the Burke & Wills Winery in Mia Mia a few years ago, they were a smash. Not just with local listeners, but the wildlife. Early one morning, MacEachern and touring buddy Kristina Olsen had been driving from Mia Mia to Bendigo ..
29-Feb-2012
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Luke Owens plans big for Bendigo's homeless
Ben Cameron
Planet Earth had We Are The World in 1985, and now a couple of local musicians are planning something similar. Talented musicians Luke Owens, Craig Morley and Dave Turpie are planning to gather a troupe of Bendigo musicians to write and record a Christmas track, and hopefully raise $100,000 ..
23-Feb-2012
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Steve Lane and the Autocrats: making fruit salad
Ben Cameron
It was probably never in the original plan but Steve Lane and the Autocrats have broadened their musical palate to the world of children’s entertainment. Well, kind of. Signed to the ABC’s music label, Lane was asked to contribute The Wiggles’ hit Fruit Salad, to their tri..
22-Feb-2012
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Echuca Riverboats Festival
Bendigo Weekly
MICK GRIFFIN In only its first year, the Echuca Riverboats Festival over the weekend (February 17-19) is already shaping up to be a major event on many a musical calendar. The stage site was idyllic, nestled in amongst mighty gum trees on the banks of the Murray River. ..
21-Feb-2012
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Eric Bibb: a universal language
Ben Cameron
American blues maestro Eric Bibb just had an epiphany. “I recently came back from a trip in Mali... where I recorded with a wonderful musician, Habib Koite,” Bibb says. “It was an epiphany, something of a homecoming. “I don’t want to over-dramatise but ..
20-Feb-2012
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Zak adds perspective to tour exit
Bendigo Weekly
I like to think I have the perspective to understand that sport is only sport in the end. In the grand scheme of things the result doesn’t actually matter. I’ve come to understand that although winning races is what I dream of, I used to link it pretty closely to whether I was co..
24-Jul-2015
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Join the family
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Spirit fans have had a pre-season win, with the club unveiling heavily reduced membership packages this week ahead of the 2015/16 season. Reductions of at least $50 are on offer across the range of memberships the club offers. The new membership packages are about getting as many..
23-Jul-2015
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Serious intent
Joel Peterson
HE may be a self-confessed joker off the court, but when he hits the hardwood Tony Lewis is as intense and serious as they come. It is that intensity that not only won him the South East Australian Basketball League Most Valuable Player award last season, but has seen him become the driving fo..
17-Jul-2015
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Calivil marks 125 years
Joel Peterson
CALIVIL United Football Netball Club is gearing up for one of the biggest weekends in its history, when the club celebrates its 125th anniversary next Saturday. The Loddon Valley Football league side has been extremely successful over the journey, and will take on arch rivals Mitiamo in what..
10-Jul-2015
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Gala time for footy
Joel Peterson
COUNTRY Victoria’s best footballers will take their skills to the Queen Elizabeth Oval on Saturday when AFL Victoria Country takes on the Victorian Amateurs for the bi-annual Brian Molony Cup. Vic Country will take on the VAFA in three matches – with under-19s kicking..
09-Jul-2015
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Sun Devil has Bendigo Spirit
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Spirit landed its first big recruit before the 2015/16 season, signing Arizona State University centre Joy Burke this week. The former Sun Devil joins the club on a one-year deal, having also played professionally in Denmark after leaving Tempe. Burke will give the Spir..
03-Jul-2015
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Welfare issue not to be taken lightly
‘’I’d rather go broke than see cattle treated that way.’’ Ten simple words from one northern Australian farmer entangled in one of the biggest scandals to envelop Australian agriculture for years. As I drove home from work the other night listening to the radio, I c..
10-Jun-2011
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Glanville on the big white wedding
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10-Jun-2011
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Letters to the editor
Label no accident in climate debate The label “denier” is a loaded word. It has added weight because of the term “holocaust denier”. This is no accident; those on the pro-carbon tax team know that and use the term “climate change denier” or “skepti..
10-Jun-2011
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Changing the political climate
Carbon, or more precisely, whether or not we should have a tax on carbon, is one of the central issues of our time. True believers of the carbon economy say without it, we are doomed to fail both the environment and the generations to come. The detractors say we risk untold damage to our economy..
03-Jun-2011
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Program’s net worth
We marvel at how quickly young people pick up new technology and run with it, accessing information that was, in the past, locked away and only available to those in the know. The downside of the information revolution is that this access is not always monitored. Along with new ways to bully an..
03-Jun-2011
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Letters to the editor
Indecision costs history How much do we value our golden history and our treasured heritage? How long have we waited for a decision on a suitable permanent place for the homeless Bendigo Historical Society, guardians of our historical artifacts now shamefully housed in shipping containers? Many..
03-Jun-2011
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This week's top ten
1. Sing You Home Jodi Picoult 2. Batavia Peter Fitzsimons 3. Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals Jamie Oliver 4. Wise Man’s Fear Bk 2 Kingkiller Chronicle Patrick Rothfuss 5. Letters & Numbers 2 SBS 6. Letters & Numbers 1 SBS 7. Letters & Numbers 3 SBS 8. Only T..
01-Apr-2011
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Pick of the week - Those who came after
Those Who Come After Elisabeth Holdsworth Picador Elisabeth Holdsworth came to Australia as a child, and worked most of her life in the public service. In 2007, her essay, “For Those Who Come After”, won the ABR-Calibre Prize. In that essay, she described the difficulty she had ..
31-Mar-2011
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Malouf finalist for 2011 Man Booker International Prize
Australia’s most distinguished writer, David Malouf, is on the list of finalists for this year’s Man Booker International Prize. The list, announced by chair of judges Rick Gekoski Noterday, includes contoversial fantasy writer Philip Pullman, veteran American Philip Roth and Iindian s..
30-Mar-2011
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Shaun Tan wins international award
Australia’s most celebrated children’s book illustrator/writer Shaun Tan has added one of the world’s most lucrative prizes to his list of awards. Tan will receive the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, worth approximately $760,000, in Sweden at the end of May. The judges ca..
29-Mar-2011
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This week's top 10
1. Batavia Peter Fitzsimons 2. Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals Jamie Oliver 3. Saturday Big Tent Wedding Pary Alexander McCall-Smith 4. Wise Man’s Fear Bk2 Kingkiller Chronicle Patrick Rothfuss 5. Letters & Numbers 2 SBS 6. Letters & Numbers SBS 7. Daughters-in-Law Joanna Tro..
25-Mar-2011
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Book Pick of the Week; Alpha Monsters
I couldn’t be prouder right now of our great friend Crikey – you can call him Chris Kennett – as this weekend his very first children’s story Alpha Monsters is being launched. Chris is actually a great poet but only those of us who are lucky enough to be on his Christmas c..
25-Mar-2011
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