Culture plan opens another council rift
Sharon Kemp
THE issue of local multiculturalism continues to divide and infuriate City of Greater Bendigo councillors as two among them refuse to accept the city has a role in making new ethnically-diverse residents feel welcome. Councillors Helen Leach and Elise Chapman acknowledged during heated de..
02-Sep-2016
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Women show the way
Sharon Kemp
DON’T sweat the small stuff, have the courage to be kind, get involved if you see something that concerns you. These are messages three prominent Australian woman had for 145 Bendigo female secondary school students during the annual Women showing the Way forum. Nurse and West Aust..
02-Sep-2016
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Fresh take on water
Peter Kennedy
ONE of Victoria’s most respected strategic planners wants Greater Bendigo to embrace potable recycled water as a means of ensuring the city’s future water security. Greater Bendigo strategy manager Associate Professor Trevor Budge was made a member of the General Division of the ..
26-Aug-2016
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Top panel at refugee conference
Bendigo Weekly
THE Rural Australians for Refugees group will host a national refugee advocacy conference in Bendigo next weekend. The two day event, to be held on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4, will bring together members of Rural Australians for Refugees groups from across Australia. ..
26-Aug-2016
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More hopefuls join the fray
Sharon Kemp
WITH less than month to go before nominations close, City of Greater Bendigo council candidates are preparing a profile summary they will include in postal voting packs to be distributed in early October. Voters must have voted and returned their ballots by Friday, October 21 for..
26-Aug-2016
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Food choices in the spotlight
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO residents are contributing to a groundbreaking study that could change the way food is presented in supermarkets by leading shoppers to healthier food choices. Researchers from the Global Obesity Centre at Deakin University are testing how shoppers respond when healthy products are p..
26-Aug-2016
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Bidding for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
RAISING the stakes, the CASSIA Breast Cancer Support Group are hosting an auction tomorrow for cancer research. Hoping to raise $12,000, the ladies in pink are determined to beat last year’s fundraising efforts for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. The team of breast-cancer survivo..
22-May-2015
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City sets tone for regional future
Christine McGinn
THE CITY of Greater Bendigo has shone as the major player in a new visionary blueprint for the Loddon Mallee region. According to the Loddon Mallee Regional Strategic Plan 2015-2018, the city boasts the highest number of jobs, population and economic wealth across the region. Greater Bendigo..
22-May-2015
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Team China students ready to fly
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL primary school students are jetting off to China as part of an overseas learning experience. The Team China Bendigo program will involve 48 students and a combination of 20 teachers and principals travelling to China for nine days. Violet Street Primary School principal Mandy Costello ..
22-May-2015
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New life for archway
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
WORK to restore the Memorial Arch of Triumph has begun as part of the ANZAC Centenary celebrations. The $35,000 project is being undertaken with a grant from the state government through “Restoring Community War Memorials” grants program and funding from the City of Greater Bendig..
22-May-2015
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A chance to speak
Bridgette Barry-Murphy
FEDERAL member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters says she is relishing the opportunity to engage with the Bendigo community as she enters the second half of her term as Bendigo’s first female federal MP. Ms Chesters has maintained a strong focus on early childhood learning, education reform, heal..
22-May-2015
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Planned burns for Murray Goldfields
Bendigo Weekly
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have planned burns for the Murray Goldfields region next week. The planned burns will be carried out on Sunday and Mondya, weather conditions permitting, at three locations: Kotta Grassland (West Paddock): 90 hectare ecolo..
15-May-2015
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Housing affordability worsens in regional Victoria: HIA
Bendigo Weekly
HOUSING affordability in regional Victoria deteriorated by almost 2.4 per cent in the three months’ to March 2011, according to the latest Housing Industry Association data. Nationally, a slight easing in dwelling prices contributed to improvements in housing affordability, the HIA sai..
26-May-2011
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Victoria's ''toughest hoon laws'' one step closer
Bendigo Weekly
The Victorian Government says it will introduce the toughest hoon laws in Victoria's history. Introducing the Hoon Driving Bill to Parliament, Roads Minister Terry Mulder said the new laws were aimed at sending a strong message that dangerous hoon driving would not be tolerated. ..
26-May-2011
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Bureau says La Nina is over
The Bureau of Meteorology has declared the La Nina weather event that brought an end to almost a decade of drought in central Victoria as officially over. The La Nina saw central Victorian rainfall records smashed and more than 1220 millimetres of rainfall between March 2010 and February 201..
26-May-2011
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Government defends investing in regional Australia
The federal government has talked up the benefits of investing in regional Australia in the wake of the release of a controversial report by influential think tank, the Grattan Institute. Minister for Regional Australia Simon Crean said the report does not recognise challenges and circumst..
24-May-2011
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New GMW board announced
Bendigo Weekly
Water Minister Peter Walsh has announced details of the new Goulburn-Murray Water (G-MW) board. The new board is chaired by Llew Vale and includes Bendigo's Jennifer Dawson and former banking executive Ian Mansbridge, as well as Dennis Moon, Neil Pankhurst, Sarah Scales and Frank Whitford as..
24-May-2011
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Nation mourns another death in Afghanistan
An Australian Commando serving with the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) has been killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strike during operations targeting insurgent networks. The Australian Commando killed in action was Sergeant Brett Wood. Two soldiers were als..
24-May-2011
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The Gig Guide (May 18 to 20)
Bendigo Weekly
Friday, May 18 Newmarket Hotel – Dirtbusters. From 9pm. $5 The Palais Hepburn Springs – Woohoo Review from 8:30pm. $20 Golden Vine Hotel – MBT from 9pm. $5 Basement Bar – McAlpines Fusiliers from 9pm. Free Maurocco Bar – Leah Bell from 6pm. Free ..
17-May-2012
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Bellusira: igniting the fire within
Ben Cameron
Most singers want to be cool, but Bellusira’s Crystal Ignite just wants to be nice. It might be hard to find at first listen, but these rockers maintain a positive message amongst all the aggression and chuggy guitars. “We’re writing the music I’ve always wanted t..
17-May-2012
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Acho and Lloyd make the cut
Ben Cameron
Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival favourites Lloyd Spiegel and Geoff Achison have been named in the Top 50 of Australia's best guitarists of all time. According to Australian Guitar Magazine, Achison came in at number 50 for his work with Geoff Achison and the Souldiggers, while Spieg..
15-May-2012
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Troy Cassar-Daly: on the tune
Ben Cameron
Keith Urban has been a mate of Troy Cassar-Daley’s for two decades; a friendship which came in handy when the latter flew to Nashville to record his latest album, Home. Hitting the studio in the fast paced Nashville, Cassar-Daley felt like he’d bitten off more than he could chew...
15-May-2012
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Resist The Thought
Ben Cameron
Sydney based extreme metal machine Resist The Thought haven’t quite given up their day jobs yet, but they’re getting close. With debut album Sovereignty coming out on May 18, and a Bendigo gig coming up later this month, BEN CAMERON spoke to RTT guitarist Tim Aaron about his day job,..
14-May-2012
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Dewar's school is in
Ben Cameron
Bendigo’s own school of rock and tuition, Dewar’s Music School, will showcase some talented local kids who can hold a tune, at Hargreaves Mall this Saturday. The school, alongside the City of Greater Bendigo, are hoping to transform the mall into a music hub for emerging talent, ..
10-May-2012
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Bendigo serves up top action
Joel Peterson
OLYMPIC spots will be up for grabs tomorrow with some of the best table tennis players in the country converging on Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre. The ITTF Oceania Championships are being held in the city once again, and doubles as an Olympic qualifying tournament. The event also dre..
24-Mar-2016
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Pioneers forge ahead
Joel Peterson
A DIFFERENT approach to the preseason and an improved list has the Bendigo Pioneers ready to win in 2016, according to coach Brett Henderson. The club begins its 2016 campaign on Saturday at Shepparton’s Deakin Reserve against Murray Bushrangers, a side coming off a 12-win season last ..
24-Mar-2016
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Finals vital for Flat
Joel Peterson
AS the club embarks on its first practice match of 2016, Kangaroo Flat senior coach Jason Stevens believes the club needs to make the jump into the Bendigo Football Netball League finals. The Roos have promised plenty with big recruiting splashes in each of the last two years after a wooden ..
18-Mar-2016
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Hawks soar into final
Joel Peterson
COMING off a dominant semi final win over Bendigo United, Eaglehawk enters this weekend’s BDCA grand final full of confidence. The Borough demolished the Redbacks last week at Canterbury Park, making 355 before rolling the visitors for just 82. Having added openers Andrew Smith and..
18-Mar-2016
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Suns rise to the occasion
Joel Peterson
HEADING into the club’s fifth grand final in six years, Strathdale Maristians’ dynastic ways are showing no signs of abating just yet. The Suns will endeavour to claim back-to-back flags when they tackle Eaglehawk this weekend at the Queen Elizabeth Oval in the 2015/16 Bendigo Di..
18-Mar-2016
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East set for big one
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO East’s quest for back-to-back Bendigo Pennant Bowls titles goes on the line on Sunday, when the Magpies come up against Bendigo in the division one grand final. Bendigo East has remained atop the table for the better part of the season, taking all before them, and enjoyed a wee..
11-Mar-2016
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Committee for Bendigo:The time is now
Anthony Radford
The demise of the Bendigo Traders Association is a pivotal moment for business and advocacy in Greater Bendigo. But if Bendigo is fair dinkum about itself, this latest chapter in the BTA’s history should be seen as the opportunity to achieve something special, rather than celebrate som..
19-Aug-2011
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Bendigo Radiology staff celebrate
Anthony Radford
Bendigo Radiology is a true award winning team after two of its employees took out major awards recently. Administration employee Jorja Mulquiny won the Office Professional of the Year 2011 trophy from the Australian Institute of Office Professionals last month, while BR general manager Sand..
16-Aug-2011
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Motivation from a cause
Anthony Radford
Riding a bike is a significant part of my life and many of my mates’ lives with whom I share the lycra bond. People often ask us what is it that motivates us to get up at the crack of dawn on freezing cold winter mornings, or to continually push ourselves both on and off the bike. But unles..
12-Aug-2011
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GO FOR IT
Anthony Radford
BENDIGO’S expert on the city’s historic buildings has welcomed the proposal to resurrect the Beehive Store in Pall Mall. “It would be a major contribution to our city,” Mike Butcher said this week, following the Bendigo Weekly’s report that developer Mark Coffey is in..
12-Aug-2011
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Putting lacrosse on the Bendigo map
Anthony Radford
Just because it’s a game with a French-sounding name invented by North American Indians does not mean we should miss out, according to passionate lacrosse player, Chris Thompson. “What I love about lacrosse is that there’s a spot and a way to play for everyone,” the C..
10-Aug-2011
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Lowpoint achieve a high
Anthony Radford
While it may have been billed as a battle, the Bendigo heat of the FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands, held at McGillivray hall on Friday (August 5), was in fact a magnificent example of the camaraderie that exists amongst the Bendigo regions younger musicians and music fans. The atmosph..
08-Aug-2011
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Overflow: this week's book news
You've got to hand it to the Man Booker Prize; it usually generates a bit of heat. The announcement that veteran American author Philip Roth has been awarded the International Prize (for a body of work, rather than a single novel) was followed hot on the heels by the revelation Australian publ..
19-May-2011
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Pick of the Week: The Taste of River Water
Courage is a good thing for a writer, so long as it’s matched with skill. It’s courage that characterises the writing of Cate Kennedy, and she definitely matches it with the necessary skill. In her new collection of poems, beautifully presented by Melbourne-based Scribe pub..
19-May-2011
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Another gong for Miller
Castlemaine author, Alex Miller, has won the fiction prize at the NSW Premier's Awards, for his latest novel, Lovesong. Mr Miller adds this award to his already impressive list of prizes, which includes two Miles Franklin Awards and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. The Book of the Year went..
17-May-2011
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Biography winner announced
A biography of the couple who designed Canberra has won the $20,000 National Biography Award. Grand Obsessions: The life and work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin by Alasdair McGregor, took out the prize from a huge field of 58 entries, at the State Library of New South Wales ..
16-May-2011
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Weekly top ten May 13
Weekly Top Ten May 13 1. Dead Reckoning Bk11 Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris 2. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks 3. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult 4. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 5. Sixth Man by David Baldacci 6. CSIRO & Baker IDID Diabetes Diet and Life..
13-May-2011
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Pick of the week,Other People’s Money
Other People’s Money Justin Cartwright Bloomsbury, $32.99 Why a new novel by Justin Cartwright is not heralded with the same fanfare as happens when Martin Amis or Joanna Trollope, say, release a new one is puzzling. His books are funny, sharp, incredibly entertaining and ruthlessl..
12-May-2011
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