Jury backs waste spend
Sharon Kemp
A CITIZENS’ jury selected to recommend how the City of Greater Bendigo uses ratepayers’ money has advocated strongly for the council to keep on spending and prioritises a waste to energy plant it concedes will cost millions of dollars. In an environment of rate capping and budget..
14-Oct-2016
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Input sought from carers
Bendigo Weekly
THE call is out for feedback from carers of persons with a mental illness. Loddon Mallee Mental Health Carers Network’s Louise Payne said it is vital to have comprehensive information concerning the challenges carers face so advocacy for improvements can be made. “To help g..
14-Oct-2016
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Healthy park activity mapped out
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW orienteering-based challenge is giving locals a chance to get outside and explore Bendigo’s parks and forests, with some healthy competition along the way. The Park and Street Challenge is run by Bendigo Oreinteering Club and funded by VicHealth and sees maps distributed with loc..
14-Oct-2016
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Anger over vote card
Sharon Kemp
AN anti-mosque group faces investigation by the local government regulator after posting a how-to-vote card that asks voters to preference City of Greater Bendigo candidates it highlights as opposed to a mosque in Bendigo. The Bendigo Weekly understands police could also be called to i..
07-Oct-2016
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Big wet breaks rain records
Joel Peterson
A RECORD-BREAKING September of weather is in the books for Bendigo, with even more cold, wet weather expected during October. Last month was the wettest September and the second wettest month on record at the Bendigo Airport weather station, with 153.4 millimetres of rain dumped on the city...
07-Oct-2016
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Rain stops city works
Sharon Kemp
RAIN has delayed Bendigo’s big ticket projects by two months but the City of Greater Bendigo says the cost of delay will be borne by the responsible contractors. Some road works have also been delayed, including bridgeworks on Tannery Lane and irrigation works at Weeroona Oval. ..
07-Oct-2016
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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 ..
22-May-2015
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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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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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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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Sound of Ireland
Steve Kendall
THE Celtic Divas will bring the sound of Ireland to Bendigo this month. There can be few more haunting and evocative sounds than that of the female Celtic folksingers, voices drifting out of some mystical past. Celtic Divas will introduce the Irish duo Lumiere, featuring Eilis Kennedy and Paul..
08-Jun-2012
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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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Thunder shores up key roles
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Thunder has ended its search for a coach, with Cherie O’Neill to take the reins of the club. The club held an extraordinary meeting last night, attended by AFL Central Victoria’s Paul Hamilton among others, to resolve the uncertainty regarding its governance and coach..
26-May-2016
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Braves need to refocus
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Braves big man Matt Andronicos says the team needs to refocus after suffering a third defeat of the 2016 SEABL season yesterday. The Braves thumped a lowly Melbourne 88-69 on Saturday night before being beaten by Dandenong 87-91 yesterday in a high-intensity, physical contest. Be..
23-May-2016
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Heathcote hits the road
Bendigo Weekly
A YOUNG Heathcote District Football League side will travel to Ocean Grove on Saturday to take on Bellarine FL in its AFL Victoria Community Championships game. HDFL coach Rick Coburn has opted for youth, with eight players under 23 in the squad. Leitchville Gunbower’s Jackson McEw..
20-May-2016
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Guns commit to BFNL
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Football Netball League has finalised its open netball association championships squad. The championships will be held in Melbourne on June 26, with five clubs represented in the BFNL’s 10-player open squad. Sandhurst’s Betty Thomson medallist Heather Oliver is jo..
20-May-2016
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Red, blue and right?
Joel Peterson
GIPPSLAND League coach Steve Hazelman believes he finally has the squad to knock over Bendigo in interleague competition. Gippsland has lost to Bendigo in each of the three meetings between the leagues since 2010, but all of those games have been at the Queen Elizabeth Oval. This year, w..
20-May-2016
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City lands national events double
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO will play host to two more national sporting events this year. After the Weekly last week revealed the region would host the Cycling Australia National Junior Road Championships in September, the City of Greater Bendigo announced it has secured two more national-level events this we..
20-May-2016
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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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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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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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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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