Mining row deepens
Sharon Kemp
THE war over mining in Bendigo appears to have intensified with community members of an Environmental Review Committee seeking greater powers to view the financial documents of new owner GBM Gold. Victorian resources minister Lily D’Ambrosio attempted this week to find some middle grou..
13-May-2016
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Balgownie Estate sold to Hong Kong investor
Sharon Kemp
THE estate that pioneered Bendigo’s modern wine industry has been sold to a Hong Kong-based investor linked with a Chinese technology business investing in central Victoria’s thriving tourism sector. Balgownie Estate, including vineyards on 33 hectares and two-room ac..
13-May-2016
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Leach attacks school plan
Sharon Kemp
CITY of Greater Bendigo councillor Helen Leach has supported Bendigo’s four secondary schools for not signing up to the Safe Schools anti-bullying campaign, as she continues her attack on the coalition that created the campaign. Cr Leach has sent copies of articles written 35 years ago..
13-May-2016
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Call is out for city jury
Sharon Kemp
IN a counterintuitive move, the City of Greater Bendigo has agreed to give to 24 residents the power to create the agenda for the next four years of spending. Residents will form a citizen’s jury and answer the question: What should council spend our money on to shape the community&rsq..
13-May-2016
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Push for a compact city
Sharon Kemp
There is enough land within Bendigo’s urban boundary to accommodate population growth for many years, according to Australian Greens candidate Rosemary Glaisher. Ms Glaisher uses figures contained in a 2014 City of Greater Bendigo planning scheme amendment which sought to contain..
13-May-2016
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Prescription drugs take a toll
Sharon Kemp
EIGHT people in Bendigo die every year by overdosing on prescription drugs, four times as many deaths than caused by illegal drugs. Death and addiction to pharmaceutical drugs is described by health agencies as society’s hidden problem. The statistics show the story is similar in a..
13-May-2016
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Chesters secures defence coup
Bendigo Weekly
JAPANESE Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defence Kenji Harada has given Bendigo his seal of military manufacturing approval this week. Mr Harada visited the Bendigo Thales factory on Thursday to explore the premises and see first-hand how the Bushmasters were made. Member for Bendigo Lisa Ches..
01-May-2015
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Scary moments for Bendigo pair
Christine McGinn
A BENDIGO couple have survived one of the worst earthquakes in Nepal’s history. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the tiny nation last Saturday, causing catastrophic damage. Bendigo-based labourer Jim Watson and local graduate paramedic Kayla Bennett were in Asia as part of their fi..
01-May-2015
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Chicken firm cracks big time
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO-based Hazeldene’s will launch a new national poultry line in Coles next week. The local company’s private label products will be on the shelves on Wednesday in five Australian states. Managing Director John Hazeldene said it was a “momentous occasion” for the ..
29-Apr-2015
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Kinders push for 15 hours
Bendigo Weekly
By CHRISTINE McGINN Kindergarten fees could double if the federal government stops funding 15 hours of kinder says a local expert. Loddon Mallee Preschool Association chief executive Phil Hocking said the federal government needed to commit funds for the additional five hours beyond 201..
24-Apr-2015
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Residents have a say on transport
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S proposed commuter rail service and new bus network will be shaped by the community in consultation sessions to be held over the next month. Labor members for Bendigo East and West, Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards, announced the consultation sessions for the Bendigo Metro Rail..
24-Apr-2015
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Call for CBD strategy
Bendigo Weekly
THE City of Greater Bendigo’s central business district needs a visionary long-term strategy, according to Whipstick ward councillor Lisa Ruffell. “Gone are the days when the CBD was the hub. We have Lansell Square which is fully loaded, Strathfieldsaye and Strath Hill/Village whic..
24-Apr-2015
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Status quo for rates
The Reserve Bank of Australia has left interest rates on hold again. At the Board's monthly meeting earlier today,the Board agreed to leave the official cash rate at 4.75 per cent, which was the level reached when the RBA last raised rates on November 2 last year. In a statement r..
03-May-2011
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Government plans better flood response
Bendigo Weekly
The state government will spend $19.3 million over the next four years improving Victoria’s capacity to cope with floods. Water Minister Peter Walsh said funding would help repair flood warning networks damaged in the January floods, undertake more riverine flood mapping and develop a..
02-May-2011
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Telstra celebrates AFL win
TELSTRA says AFL fans and Telstra customers are the winners in the new agreement between the AFL and Telstra with all matches, from the first bounce to the final siren, available live to the Telstra T-Box and to mobile phones and tablets connected to the Telstra Next G® network from 2012. ..
28-Apr-2011
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Inflation fears for family budgets
FEDERAL government data released this week shows that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.6 per cent in the March quarter. The increase is up from 0.4 per cent in the December quarter, and shows the impact of the summer’s floods and Cyclone Yasi. Of more concern, however, is hea..
28-Apr-2011
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State finances in the spotlight
Bendigo Weekly
THE Baillieu government has given its strongest warning yet that Victorians should prepare themselves for a tough State Budget. Treasurer Kim Wells is due to hand down his first Budget next Tuesday, and today he released the interim report of the Independent Review of State Finances, which ..
27-Apr-2011
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$21 million in flood aid for Lower Loddon
Bendigo Weekly
THE state government has announced a voluntary acquisition package it says will help irrigators on the Lower Loddon floodplain recover and protect the region from future flooding. Water, Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh announced the $12 million voluntary buyback schem..
27-Apr-2011
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Current Issue

King of the North: hard yards pay off
Ben Cameron
It’s not every day your side project manages to earn a Cold Chisel support, but that’s the pulling power of Melbourne’s Andrew Higgs. When he’s not fronting his main gig, the Andrew Higgs Band, there's his other, lesser known outfit, King of the North, who are startin..
02-Apr-2012
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Grand Perceptor make Groovin the Moo bill
Ben Cameron
Bendigo's terror rock specialists Grand Perceptor will be gracing the Groovin the Moo stage in 2012 after Triple J named them as one of the local bands to represent the region at this year's festival. They follow in the footsteps of The Bride Stripped Back who played GTM last year, alongside..
29-Mar-2012
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Luke Million: a tribute to Arnold
Ben Cameron
It was only made for “a bit of fun” but Luke Million’s Arnold has brought tongue-in-cheek disco back to the masses. Adelaide's Million aka Luke Godson says the song evolved into a tribute to the Austrian Oak, who’s been a big part of his life. “It was really..
29-Mar-2012
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Bendigo Folk Club helps put Mick Thomas on the right path
Ben Cameron
The Bendigo Folk Club has done it’s little bit to clear a new path for music legend Mick Thomas. Thomas played an intimate gig under the Queen Elizabeth Oval grandstand late in 2010, to around 80 people, but it left a lasting impression. “It’s probably the most importan..
28-Mar-2012
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Giving the gift of music
Ben Cameron
A brave Elmore woman has honoured her late husband by giving the gift of music. A few weeks ago the Bendigo Weekly reported Eileen Burke’s desire to donate her late husband Roy’s drum kit to a worthy home. And after receiving a stack of requests for the drums, Eileen has fina..
28-Mar-2012
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Avoca Music Festival
Bendigo Weekly
MICK GRIFFIN The Avoca Music Festival held over the weekend of March 23 to 25 brought together a unique line-up of independent musical acts from fields as diverse as Gospel, Zydeco, Rock, Blues, Country and even Jug Band. Held at the Avoca Racecourse, the festival was a no frills..
27-Mar-2012
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Team steps up training
Joel Peterson
A La Trobe University researcher is embracing world leading player-tracking technology in a bid to help the Bendigo Spirit gain a competitive edge. The Spirit’s season starts today, but exercise and sports physiology PhD candidate Craig Staunton was recently appointed as the team&rsquo..
09-Oct-2015
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Dellavadova in star run
Bendigo Weekly
Basketball star Matthew Dellavedova has capped a sensational basketball season with the Cleveland Cavaliers by being named the Bendigo Weekly Prime 7 backed Sports Star of the Month for June. Maryborough born Dellavedova is a former Bendigo Braves player who during the American NBA season he..
09-Oct-2015
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Rider on the edge
Joel Peterson
Jack Haig’s strong 2015 season continued last week when he was the top Australian finisher in the mens under-23 road race at the UCI World Championships in Virginia. The Bendigo cycling ace finished 13th in a bumper field, with the race taken out by Frenchman Kevin Ledanois ahead of It..
01-Oct-2015
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BBA scores sponsor
Joel Peterson
With record team entries for the upcoming summer season, now is a good time to be involved with the Bendigo Basketball Association. Along with over 430 teams, local business Interact Us has jumped on board, becoming the association’s new domestic competitions sponsor for two years. ..
01-Oct-2015
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Spirit 'flat' in loss
Joel Peterson
With two weeks to go until the start of the WNBL season, the Bendigo Spirit spending time apart would seem to be the last thing coach Simon Pritchard would want. But he says that will be the exact thing his team needs as it leads into a hectic start to the 2015/16 season. Pritchard said ..
01-Oct-2015
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Griffin a spirited star
Joel Peterson
Kelsey Griffin has thought of Bendigo as home almost ever since she played her first season with the Bendigo Spirit. After another stellar WNBL season that saw her crowned the league’s defensive player of the year, Griffin was voted the Bendigo Weekly/Prime 7-backed Sports Star of the ..
25-Sep-2015
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Lucky country still shines, despite our politicians
Anthony Radford
Having just returned from a 10 week holiday overseas with my wife Karen, I find that the same arguments are being raged by the Federal Government. The Gillard Government has lost its way and feeling the pressure of a hung parliament. It cannot make the major decisions without consensus from ..
13-Jul-2011
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Biting the bullet
Anthony Radford
THE City of Greater Bendigo council can now finally move on from a car parking controversy that began in the late 1980s, or can it? Questions have already been asked, and rightly so, about so much money – about $14 million – being spent on yet another CBD project. Against this, for t..
08-Jul-2011
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Facing the facts on change
Anthony Radford
JULIA Gillard is on a mission which many believe to be mission impossible, but just how she plans to lead Australia to becoming a carbon economy is about to be laid bare. The Prime Minister’s best efforts to convince the nation she has the plan to tackle climate change in a way that minimise..
08-Jul-2011
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Wedding memorable moment winner
Anthony Radford
Rosena and Ron McFadzean are this week's winners of The Puddler Restaurant and Bar $100 voucher for sharing their most memorable wedding moment with us. Married on January 31, 1976, Rosena recalls the look on her Scottish mother-in-law's face when the piper began to play. What was meant to be a..
07-Jul-2011
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Walkout: Opinion piece by Anthony Radford
WHAT happened at Monday night’s City of Greater Bendigo council meeting was a crisis on, just like the controversial project it was debating, many levels. Firstly, and obviously, internally. Eaglehawk Ward councillor Peter Cox’s decision to walk out of the meeting before a vote o..
27-Jun-2011
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Kinder commotion
THE State Government has confirmed what Bendigo preschools have been warning for months – there will not be enough places for four-year-olds within two years if a reform to increase the hours of attendance begins in 2013. The Federal Government wants to increase the hours of preschool..
24-Jun-2011
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Pick of the Week - The Arrival
The Arrival Shaun Tan Lothian, $39.99 In his gentle way, Shaun Tan has slowly but surely pushed out the boundary of what's possible in picture books. While his work is brilliant for children, it also delights grown-ups. He neither patronises young readers nor limits older readers. Tan wo..
15-Apr-2011
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Join the Bendigo Weekly Bookclub
Join the bookclub and we’ll send you a copy of Ben Elton’s High Society, his latest comic satire, or S.D. Gentill’s Chasing Odysseus, a retelling of the siege of Troy, particularly suitable for young adult readers. In association with Dymocks Bendigo, the Bookclub will keep you u..
15-Apr-2011
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This week's top ten - April15
1. Land of Painted Caves Bk6 Earth’s Children Jean M Auel 2. Sing You Home Jodi Picoult 3. Live Wire Harlan Coben 4. Batavia Peter Fitzsimons 5. Those in Peril Wilbur Smith 6. Happiest Refugee Anh Do 7. Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals Jamie Oliver 8. Only Time Will Tell Jeffrey Arc..
14-Apr-2011
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2011 Barbara Jefferis Award
A novel about “women’s experience beyond official documents” has won this year’s $35,000 Barbara Jefferis Award. G. L. Osborne’s Come Inside was chosen from a shortlist of five to receive the award for a book that depicts women in a positive way. Osborne’s nov..
12-Apr-2011
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Chinese Ancestral Shrines in Victoria
A NEW booklet about Chinese ancestral shrines sheds light on the rituals of people who played a vital role in Bendigo’s history. Chinese Ancestral Shrines in Victoria Carol Holsworth Published by the Friends of the Bendigo Cemeteries Inc. Printed by the Bendigo Uniting Care Print S..
08-Apr-2011
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Pick of the week: Chasing Odysseus
Chasing Odysseus S.D. Gentill Pantera Press, $19.95 “So much depends on which side of the wall you stand,” S.D. Gentill (aka Sulari Gentill) says about her first young adult novel, Chasing Odysseus. It’s a slightly different take on the idea of “point of view&rdqu..
08-Apr-2011
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