China visit a trade win
Sharon Kemp
GIANT Chinese restaurant chain Liuyishou Hot Pot has already toured Bendigo, so city officials including mayor Margaret O’Rourke and business leaders returned the favour this week. The Bendigo delegation visited a restaurant in Shanghai and talked to a supplier of beef to the chain. ..
24-Feb-2017
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New kinder on the way for Strathfieldsaye
Sharon Kemp
EIGHT years after consultation began, Strathfieldsaye will get a new kindergarten and the old facility will be demolished to make way for a carpark as part of a $4 million overhaul of the Club Court precinct. At Wednesday night’s meeting, City of Greater Bendigo councillors awarded a $..
17-Feb-2017
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Council code concern
Sharon Kemp
A SLIGHTLY revised councillor code of conduct was ratified this week by City of Greater Bendigo as earlier version was being challenged in a VCAT tribunal. Former councillor Elise Chapman is asking the tribunal to review a 2015 decision by a conduct panel that she breached the code of conduc..
17-Feb-2017
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More jobs to go at bank
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has warned of more redundancies after reporting a reduction of 107 full-time positions in the past six months. Managing director Mike Hirst said cuts to the official cash interest rate by the Reserve Bank of Australia in May and August had reduced the margin the ban..
17-Feb-2017
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Chapman defends tweet
Sharon Kemp
IN a case that will have organisations scurrying to review their social media policy, a VCAT tribunal in Bendigo heard this week former City of Greater Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman believed she was tweeting as a private citizen when she sent to a resident a picture of children with mutilated ..
17-Feb-2017
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V/Line looks into collision
Bendigo Weekly
INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into a collision between a train and four-wheel-drive at Big Hill that saw services to Bendigo dramatically affected over the past two days. A V/Line VLocity train headed toward Epsom collided with the abandoned car on Wednesday afternoon, causing massive servic..
17-Feb-2017
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Beautiful world of textiles
Sharon Kemp
TEXTILE designers Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson are strong advocates for indigenous artists, having also been inspired by the Australian landscape. Kee and Jackson say they want to see more of the rise in confidence of young Aboriginal artists and superstars, like Jessica Mauboy. In Bendig..
27-Oct-2016
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Tulip bulb bonanza for Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
THERE was no tiptoeing through the tulips on Tuesday as the annual dig up took place in Rosalind Park. Competition was fierce, with barely a patch left empty of keen bulb grabbers. With the used bulbs selling at $5 a bag, business was brisk, with some hunters unable to even find a bag to..
27-Oct-2016
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Len's lamingtons are legendary
Sharon Kemp
BAKING lamingtons worthy of winning a prize in the Bendigo Agricultural Show is not the only motivation for 80-year-old Len Stone in his second year of competitive cooking. Mr Stone also wants competition, of which there was none in the open lamington division last year. So he talked to ..
20-Oct-2016
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Dean John in the running
Bendigo Weekly
St Paul’s Cathedral Dean John Roundhill is running in the 21-kilometre event at the Bendigo Bank 2016 Bendigo Fun Run and will be back in time for church. The Captain Cook statue in the cathedral’s grounds is dressed in support of the Bendigo Fun Run on Sunday, October 30, and wh..
14-Oct-2016
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Protestors demand banks cut fossil fuel funding
Bendigo Weekly
Local artist and musician Dean Stanton felt compelled while busking in Hargreaves Mall to cut up his Commonwealth Bank card in support of protestors who want the bank to stop investing in fossil fuels. Mr Stanton then walked into the branch and asked that his bank account be closed. La T..
07-Oct-2016
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Graham at the gallery
Bendigo Weekly
GRAHAM looks vulnerable, but the sculpture commissioned by the Transport Accident Commission as an educational tool has all the human biological features necessary to withstand road trauma. The other contradiction is that Graham is made of fibreglass, steel and silicone, and yet he looks dis..
06-Oct-2016
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Fit for the job
Bendigo Weekly
PHIL Carman is an athlete who as a footy player never really achieved the greatness of his immense potential, but his life-long commitment to fitness continues to serve him well. The 66 year old former Collingwood, Melbourne, Essendon and North Melbourne star played 100 games of Australian R..
23-Sep-2016
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Goldie walks out with Spirit
Bendigo Weekly
Mischievous mascot Goldie the Wonder Dog is joining the Bendigo Spirit over the summer holidays. The public face of the City of Greater Bendigo’s child-friendly city will be the club’s first ever mascot. “Children throughout the municipality love Goldie, and we reckon S..
22-Sep-2016
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Heritage for friends
Bendigo Weekly
A Heritage tour walk sets off on Sunday to raise funds for education scholarships and development works in Timor Leste. The Bendigo Maubisse Friendship Committee is behind the event and tour organiser Rod Flavell said it’s a great opportunity to experience some of Bendigo’s wonde..
22-Sep-2016
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Ken dives in to help remote community
Sharon Kemp
A KEY figure in the first round fight to save the Golden Square swimming pool, Ken Hamilton is using the pool maintenance skills he gained at Maple Street to bolster an Aboriginal community 100km south of Uluru. This time, in a fortnight, Mr Hamilton will be on his way to the Amata communit..
15-Sep-2016
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Kids all smiles for walking to school
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS at Eaglehawk North Primary School will be among those across the state lacing up their runners and walking to school next month to increase their levels of physical activity. Next month is Walk To School month, an initiative supported by VicHealth to try to arrest the dramatic decli..
08-Sep-2016
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Kids programmed to perform
Bendigo Weekly
DOJOS are mostly associated with martial arts and mystery, but a new type is opening in Bendigo to teach young locals some very valuable skills. CoderDojo is a volunteer-led program operating worldwide that aims to teach young people skills in computer programming that are becoming ever more..
08-Sep-2016
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Aid for the islands
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO health educator Anne Hepner jumped at her daughter Milly’s suggestion to return to the Solomon Islands after 20 years for a month of volunteer health work. After two decades, the family retains connections in the South Pacific nation who have helped identify what is needed in ..
22-Sep-2016
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Sounds like a good idea for the holidays
Bendigo Weekly
What is sound? How does it work? Can sound travel in space? And why are some sounds happy, and some sounds hideous? This school holidays Discovery Science and Technology Centre Bendigo is presenting fun and entertaining activities to make sure you and the family get a positive vibe about so..
22-Sep-2016
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Kevin lands prime honour
Sharon Kemp
WHEN judoka Kevin Prime competes, he thinks not what he is missing, but what he’s got that his opponent has not. The answer is no lower left arm. After a farming accident when he was 15-years-old, Mr Prime started judo as “something I could hang my hat on.” More th..
15-Sep-2016
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Forum focusses on early intervention
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW unit at Bendigo Health that was the subject of a forum this week will allow mothers to be treated while their babies are with them. The annual forum was titles “The Earliest Intervention” and focussed on young parents and their babies, with around 100 people from areas suc..
08-Sep-2016
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It's all about the music, man
Sharon Kemp
MUSICMan Megastore owner Paul Tzountzourkas has given every kind of band a place to play for five years and they are repaying him with support as he battles financial hardship and possible closure. The corner Hargreaves Street venue is holding a Do or Die concert series on Friday, September ..
08-Sep-2016
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A cause close to home
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS at Bendigo Special Developmental School are getting into the swing of finals football this week, donning the attire of their favourite AFL or local side for its annual Footy Colours Day. The school has held the event since 1996, and in recent years has raised money and awareness for..
01-Sep-2016
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Trio back at the Vine
Simon Wooldridge
It’s been over two and a half years since we played at the Golden Vine,” says Tyson Hodges. “I’m really looking forward to playing there again with this band. Some of my favourite gig memories are from that pub.” The Tyson Hodges Trio (TH3) will break that long..
28-Sep-2016
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Do or Die for Musicman
Simon Wooldridge
It’s billed as “Do Or Die”. Next week’s Musicman fundraiser festival features more than 60 bands. More acts are being added as the event – originally planned for Friday and Saturday – spills into a third day. The troubled CBD venue’s financial..
22-Sep-2016
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Boy and Bear head regional
Joel Peterson
WHEN you’re a group as big as Boy and Bear, you play in all kinds of venues, from pubs and clubs to stadium shows and sold out festivals. Despite having seen a wide variety of places, the band’s Tim Hart says that regional shows still have a unique quality. Lucky, because he and..
15-Sep-2016
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Royals in town
Simon Wooldridge
MUSICMAN is hosting “rock royalty” twice next week when the respective King Of The North and King Parrot tours hit Bendigo on Thursday and Saturday. Both bands visit central Victoria shortly before embarking on lengthy European adventures. King Of The North’s second album,..
08-Sep-2016
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Where the Lions roar
Bendigo Weekly
Four Lions’ new album Vahland comes from some pretty dark places. You’ve Ruined All My Favourite Songs captures the overall tone. “There are songs you introduce to someone in a relationship that you can’t listen to when it’s over. Not a positive association!&r..
02-Sep-2016
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Sweet sounds at the Gold Dust
Bendigo Weekly
A MISSION to play covers that other bands leave alone spurred the formation of Bendigo’s Sweet Disposition Band. The band’s four members – lead singer Sina Fonua, Chris Davey, Paul and drummer Pete – had all previously been playing in other bands, notching up a combined 2..
02-Sep-2016
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Pacing Cup lures top field
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Harness Racing Club will host one of the biggest events on its calendar next Friday when the 2017 group two Petstock Bendigo Pacing Cup. Some of the state’s best horses have won the race in years past including last year’s winner Lennytheshark, currently o..
10-Feb-2017
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Fire lit under Spirit's playoff push
Joel Peterson
SUNDAY’s matchup between the Bendigo Spirit and Townsville Fire could all but decide fourth spot in the Women’s National Basketball League season and the home side is hoping for a bumper crowd to support its playoff push. The Spirit have thrown open the doors to the Bendigo Stadi..
03-Feb-2017
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Heavyweight showdown in BDCA
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO District cricket’s top four sides each have an opportunity to cement a finals spot when round 11 of the BDCA begins on Saturday. All four are coming off wins last weekend, Kangaroo Flat scoring the most impressive with a gutsy performance over a sloppy Bendigo outfit that let c..
03-Feb-2017
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History in the making
Joel Peterson
THE long and nervous wait to the start of the AFL Women’s competition is almost over for five Bendigo footballers, whose sides meet tonight in the league’s historic opening match. Carlton and Collingwood, the teams that feature all five Bendigo Thunder players on their lists, cla..
03-Feb-2017
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Match of the year
Sam Kane
FOR Bendigo Spirit Coach Simon Pritchard, tomorrow night’s home clash against the Melbourne Boomers is the team’s biggest game of the year. It comes following the Spirit’s disappointing weekend on the road, going down by 20 points against the Townsville Fire last Friday, be..
27-Jan-2017
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Jones in the cycling hub
Sam Kane
BRENTON Jones is one of the cycling world’s rising stars, however, throughout January, he and his JLT Condor team members have used Bendigo as a primary training ground in the lead up to their upcoming races. The UK based JLT Condor 10-member squad includes the likes of three-time O..
27-Jan-2017
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Fun for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
It’s been a busy week for students at St Monica’s Primary School in Kangaroo Flat. An early burst of spring weather on Monday provided an ideal backdrop for the school’s athletics carnival, while on Tuesday the focus returned to the school’s Jaara Centre for a present..
18-Aug-2016
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Call out for bright sparks
Bendigo Weekly
The Discovery Centre is giving people the opportunity to have some light bulb moments of their own in National Science Week. The auditorium is being transformed to give people a fun, science experience. The activities will begin on Tuesday with the auditorium being turned into an in..
12-Aug-2016
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Skip to the beat
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s Karen students are finding music the perfect bridge between school and the broader community. The students, many from refugee backgrounds, spend an hour each week in the studio of Bendigo musician and founder of Rock Pride Music Albert “Skip&..
04-Aug-2016
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Breast care is needed
Dianne Dempsey
Unfortunately the prospect of breast cancer continues to haunt many women. According to the program manager of Bendigo BreastScreen, Elisa Alford, one in eight women will be affected by the condition. On the other hand agencies such as BreastScreen Victoria have been set up to specifical..
28-Jul-2016
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The right track
Bendigo Weekly
THREE Girton Grammar students have been selected from 400 applicants across Victoria to take part in a University of Melbourne program designed to attract and sustain female secondary school students in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Medicine) subjects. The Girlpower in STEM..
21-Jul-2016
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Jacinta makes her mark
Bendigo Weekly
REAL estate business owner Jacinta McIvor was one of six women to receive the inaugural Bendigo Women’s Community Achievement Awards last Saturday. Still coming to terms with her achievement Mrs McIvor said she was overwhelmed by the award. “I have to say I cried when I found..
14-Jul-2016
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NBN rollout lines up Bendigo suburbs
Sharon Kemp
SOME Bendigo residents can start to shop for retail packages for broadband internet as NBN Co constructs the first node cabinets in the city, starting in East Bendigo. The progress is a welcome development for businesses who have been waiting for the rollout to increase internet speed commen..
01-Sep-2016
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Project taking off
Sharon Kemp
THE first plane will land on the new Bendigo Airport runway in February if the $15 million redevelopment remains on track but it is unlikely to be a passenger flight that will make the inaugural landing. Less than six months out from completion, the City of Greater Bendigo is working to conv..
25-Aug-2016
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International interest in Amicus
Sharon Kemp
AMICUS is getting international attention for the way it delivers services to people with disabilities. This week saw a visit from two professionals in the Canadian sector of disability services, and next February, a flow of people will come from the United Kingdom, the United States, South ..
18-Aug-2016
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Customers the focus
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER eight years in real estate Gavin Butler has opened up a business in his own right. The former hospital chief executive and accountant is now trading as Gavin Butler Real Estate with the aim of giving a personal service. “Despite being in management, I have always been passion..
12-Aug-2016
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Show me the money
Bendigo Weekly
Local small businesses can now locate available grants and funding via a custom made search tool called the Bendigo Funding Finder. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Peter Jeffery said, in what is an Australian-first, the economic development unit has partnered with the GrantGuru websi..
04-Aug-2016
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Better small business
Bendigo Weekly
THE 2016 Bendigo Small Business Festival kicked off with 25 events on Wednesday. The festival is part of Small Business Festival Victoria which features more than 450 free or low cost events throughout Victoria during August. The Bendigo Small Business Festival is supported by the City..
28-Jul-2016
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A Guest collection
Dianne Dempsey
Former Family Court judge and Olympic rower, Paul Guest QC, grew up with artists and has an abiding respect for their work, a respect and appreciation which is reflected in the paintings from his private art collection currently hanging in the Bendigo Art Gallery. “I appreciate that th..
25-Aug-2016
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Waiting patiently
Sharon Kemp
ST JOHN of God Bendigo Hospital is only months from unveiling its $41 million redevelopment, the results of which patients are already enjoying. With the Bendigo Hospital also closing in on its completion date, St John of God chief executive Darren Rogers said Bendigo was positioned to perm..
18-Aug-2016
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Open day for La Trobe
Bendigo Weekly
La Trobe University’s Open Day on Sunday aims to be an action-packed day of tours, displays, demonstrations, food and entertainment. Held from 10am to 3pm at La Trobe’s Flora Hill campus, the event will have welcome marquees, free food, expo sites and demonstrations – plus ..
12-Aug-2016
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Terry hits the road for firies
Bendigo Weekly
CFA firefighter Terry Heafield is riding around Victoria on a 2500 kilometre bike ride as part of his Don’t Do It Alone Campaign. He aims to raise awareness of post traumatic stress disorder and mental health issues among firefighters in Victoria. Mr Heafield will be visiting 43 fi..
04-Aug-2016
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Artists capture moments in time
Bendigo Weekly
A BENDIGO art group has been at it again, but this time to capture a moment in time – through art – in a journal. The cARTel journal is a snapshot of some of Bendigo’s creative minds, bound together through donations from local artists, a local stationer and local bookbinde..
04-Aug-2016
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Solar group powers up for Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
The campaign for More Australian Solar Homes, or MASH, is spreading to Bendigo. MASH, a community solar bulk-buy organised by the not-for-profit Hub Foundation, started in Castlemaine two years ago and has installed almost 500 solar power systems in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges sh..
28-Jul-2016
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Rights and wrongs at the festival
Dianne Dempsey
Wordsmith David Astle has been attending writers festivals for many years now and he’s a great fan. He loves festivals when things go well and he especially loves them when they go wrong. “Writing can be a solitary business and stories are made to be shared,” he said. &..
12-Aug-2016
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Nurses at the front
Rosalea Ryan
As the civilian casualties kept coming, their bodies shredded, Janet Glasson remained on her feet – for up to 32 hours in a single shift at times. Theatre nurse Glasson was on duty at Long Xuyen hospital in January 1968 when the North Vietnamese launched one of the major campaigns of ..
12-Aug-2016
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A change of direction
Rosalea Ryan
Out of the Ice Ann Turner Simon & Schuster $29.99 Dr Laura Alvarado has just completed a long, dreary over-winter stay in Antarctica and is looking forward to spending a few weeks in leafy inner Melbourne when word of a new opportunity arrives. Rather than speeding ..
04-Aug-2016
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Much ado about Indira
Dianne Dempsey
One of the ways the horrors of the nightly news was made palatable for us was through the persona of news presenter Indira Naidoo. Ms Naidoo presented the SBS News’ inaugural Late News in the late 1990s. During this time she covered the independence struggle in East Timor, the cou..
29-Jul-2016
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Riding the storm in Zimbabwe
Rosalea Ryan
If there’s one animal that symbolises Africa more than any other, it’s the elephant, yet within our lifetime, researchers predict, the last wild herds of this species will most likely disappear. One of the most vulnerable elephant populations is in Zimbabwe, a country whose chronic s..
28-Jul-2016
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Mystery in the north
Rosalea Ryan
First came a dead rabbit, then a dead teenaged girl. Now, more than 20 years later, three more bodies have surfaced in Luke Hadler’s immediate orbit: wife Karen, son Billy and Hadler himself, each one killed outright by a shotgun blast. Initially it appears to be the all-too-common collaps..
21-Jul-2016
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