Thumbs up for higher density housing
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’s deliberate move towards higher density housing took a major step forward this week when an independent panel recommended the cap on housing be lifted at Lansell Crest. The move clears the way for a 104-residence proposal on 2.6 hectares in Bendigo East. City of Greater ..
03-Nov-2017
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Myer in shopping mire
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’s name was absent from Myer’s future strategy update to investors yesterday at a time when the city’s central business district, in which Myer opened its first store, could use some good news. Instead, Myer chief executive Richard Umbers issued a sharp warning that ..
03-Nov-2017
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Ready for export
Sharon Kemp
COLLABORATION between governments was essential to secure defence contracts in Europe, according to the vice president of strategy at Thales which builds the protected mobility Hawkei vehicles in Bendigo. Gary Dawson was referring to a visit by defence industry minister Christopher Pyne to W..
03-Nov-2017
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Bank's window to growth
Sharon Kemp
THE shake up in Australia’s banking market could provide Bendigo and Adelaide Bank with growth opportunities like those that drove the roll out of community banks in regional Australia in the 1990s. Talking to shareholders at the annual general meeting on Tuesday, managing director Mik..
03-Nov-2017
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Response times improve
Joel Peterson
Emergency response times in Bendigo are meeting the standards set by operators, but those at the head of the state’s fire and ambulance bodies believe there is scope to improve the services. Figures released this week by the CFA showed that crews in Bendigo were meeting the targets of ..
03-Nov-2017
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Trams in Mo-tion
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo's heritage trams are taking the Movember challenge and will be decked out with some magnificent moustaches to raise awareness about men's health issues. "With a predominately male workforce, men's health is important to us at Bendigo Tramways," manager Luke Jenkins said. "All of ..
03-Nov-2017
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Aiming for change
Bendigo Weekly
Climate change, land degradation, community wellbeing, food production, obesity, and inclusion are complex issues that are often addressed individually. Understanding the overlap, and that solutions are more effectively addressed collaboratively, has led several organisations in..
07-Jul-2017
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Indigenous language the focus
Sharon Kemp
INDIGENOUS language is not lost, says Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation chairman Trent Nelson. “It is just sitting there waiting for our young people to reclaim it,” he told the audience at the flag raising ceremony marking NAIDOC week. The theme of this year&rsquo..
07-Jul-2017
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Students and staff go around the world
Bendigo Weekly
Victory Christian College was the place to be this week as they held a special fun event. Wacky Wednesday takes place every year on the last Wednesday of term two, and each year there is a different theme. The school’s Shelly Seales said it’s a fun day for staff and students..
29-Jun-2017
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Students revitalise Annie's tale
Bendigo Weekly
St Liborius Catholic Primary School was abuzz this week as students prepared to perform the musical Annie Jr. A full dress rehearsal took place on Wednesday as students honed their acting, singing and dancing skills in preparation for the two performances which took place at the Liborius Ce..
22-Jun-2017
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Time to move on
Bendigo Weekly
WITH only a few ibis left on Lake Weeroona after breeding season, work has begun to scare the remaining birds off one of two islands. The City of Greater Bendigo has a work permit from the Department of Environmental, Land, Water and Planning to “scare only” the ibis which are pr..
19-Jun-2017
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Blood donor hits a special milestone
Bendigo Weekly
This week is National Blood Donor Week and it’s when the Australian Red Cross Blood Service says a special thank you to all the donating legends. Their generous donations support the one in three Australians who will need donated blood in their lifetime. One donor who deserves a sp..
15-Jun-2017
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Police watch mall
Bendigo Weekly
TRANSIT police from Melbourne spent two afternoons this week patrolling bus stops at Bendigo train station and Hargreaves Mall. Bendigo police inspector Shane Brundell said the city-based officers would return for unannounced visits in coming months. The stronger police presence coincide..
25-May-2017
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Traditional burn a true milestone
Sharon Kemp
WHEN Rhys Cooper talks about the time it took to introduce traditional burning as a permanent fire management tool, he is not talking about the three years that went into planning so it would become reality in Victoria. He is talking about the more than 150 years since white settleme..
18-May-2017
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Tourism boss out in shock job loss
Dianne Dempsey
In what she described as a shock announcement, tourism executive manager Kathryn Mackenzie has lost her position with the City of Greater Bendigo. Ms Mackenzie said news of her redundancy came as a total surprise, particularly as it came on the heels of the Australian Tourism Awards announce..
12-May-2017
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Orange day for SES
Bendigo Weekly
ALL Australians are being encouraged to wear orange in a united show of thanks for the work done and commitment shown by SES volunteers. The Victorian State Emergency Service will be having its annual Wear Orange Wednesday on May 10. SES media team leader Robin Neller said the idea..
04-May-2017
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Lane open for cycle art
Bendigo Weekly
Chancery Lane businesses are seeking submissions from artists to create a significant laneway artwork celebrating Bendigo’s cycling culture. The artwork is part of Bike Bendigo’s La Trobe University Project and will include installation of bicycle parking in the laneway. It..
27-Apr-2017
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Tractors at new show
Bendigo Weekly
THERE is a new event with real pulling power in Bendigo this month. Historic tractors and machinery fans will gather at the Prince of Wales Show Grounds on April 29 and 30 for a new swap meet. The show will include complete examples and restored or unrestored machines and parts for those..
20-Apr-2017
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Hospital upgrade complete
Bendigo Weekly
The $40 million upgrade on St John of God Bendigo Hospital is officially open for business. An opening and blessing of the redevelopment was held in the hospital’s atrium on Tuesday. St John of God Health care trustees and group CEO attended to participate in the blessing by the..
08-Jun-2017
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Second chance for Mia
Steve Kendall
MIA the border collie has had a second chance and there’s a fundraiser to help the good work continue. The former puppy farm dog had been confined to cages until she ended up at the McIvor Road Vet Clinic. She was far from well and had damage to both hips. Enter Estelle and Kei..
01-Jun-2017
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True brew Fi hits her tea target
Bendigo Weekly
Amid the hum of hundreds of people enjoying morning tea, Fiona Macdonald was confident she had served cups to the more than 350 people she hoped to, and raised more than $8000. Ms Macdonald, with four biggest morning teas under her belt, offered more than just a hot drink and a scone to peop..
25-May-2017
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A coat fit for a community drive
Bendigo Weekly
Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has donated the red coat made famous during the 2016 election campaign to launch the 2017 Bendigo Community Coat Drive. Bendigo Community Health Services chief executive Kim Sykes said the donation was a great start to the 2017 coat drive which looked..
18-May-2017
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Birds are on show
Bendigo Weekly
BIRD fanciers are all of a twitter and ready to flock to an event this weekend. The Bendigo Bird Expo and sale is on at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre on Saturday between 11am and 2pm. There will be a wide variety of both native and exotic birds for sale and display. So..
11-May-2017
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Challenge to aid research
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo riders have set off to ride an epic 900 kilometres this week in support of the inaugural Type 1 Challenge. The challenge is led by three cyclists living with Type 1 Diabetes, the group includes representatives from Telstra, Bendigo Bank, Byte, Channel Nine, Delta Group, HERE ..
04-May-2017
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Adele and Amy in Bloom
Bendigo Weekly
If you didn’t get enough of Adele when she was in Australia earlier this year, never fear, the next best thing is in Bendigo tonight. Amanda Canzurlo – aka Bloom – brings to you the songs of two amazing artists... Adele and Amy Winehouse. Amanda brings her soulful voca..
24-Aug-2017
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Fresh sound on tour
Bendigo Weekly
Byron Bay singer-songwriter Pete Murray is performing at Ulumbarra Theatre on Wednesday. It’s part of a tour for his sixth studio album Camacho. Murray has more than one million album sales to his name, and is the quiet achiever of Australian music. Determined to shake things..
17-Aug-2017
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Khan plus Lily and King
Simon Wooldridge
Next Saturday, August 26 sees two exciting, but hugely contrasting, gigs in Bendigo. Melbourne rock three-piece Khan are in town at MusicMan to promote Break Off Your Shells, the first single off their forthcoming debut album. They’ve had a busy 18 months or so, which has seen them..
17-Aug-2017
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Music masters
Sharon Kemp
FOR Tex, Don and Charlie, the motivation for their third album in 24 years came from performing together on stage in the intervening years... Don Walker for only one song per set and singing through the phone. On August 26, the band described commonly as an Australian supergroup and comprisi..
17-Aug-2017
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Music and other art
Simon Wooldridge
Rock ‘n’ roll, beer, art and tattoos are not entirely unfamiliar bedfellows. Bringing them together is perhaps quite obvious, but seemingly rare. But that’s exactly what the Sailor Jerry Origins of Originals touring exhibition is doing. After stops in Brisbane, Ne..
10-Aug-2017
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Cake on the road
Bendigo Weekly
My Friend the Chocolate Cake have hit the road on the back of the release of their newest album, The Revival Meeting.M Playing at the Theatre Royal, Castlemaine on Friday, August 18, triple ARIA winners MFTCC combine genres, images, instruments and lyrics rarely found in much of today’..
10-Aug-2017
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South leads the way
Bendigo Weekly
SOUTH Bendigo skipper Ryan Tainton has strengthened his grip on the title of the premier skip in Bendigo bowls, leading South to an undefeated start to its 2017/18 campaign. South has easily accounted for Bendigo and Inglewood in its first two matches, winning by a cumulative 49 shots. T..
03-Nov-2017
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Qewy storms home to win cup
Joel Peterson
The powerful Godoplhin stable has won its second Jayco Bendigo Cup in as many years. Potential Melbourne Cup runner Qewy produced a brilliant turn of foot and took out the 2400-metre feature race ahead of Kiwia. It was a battle of two horses that actively targeted the race, Godolphin hop..
01-Nov-2017
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Spirit slump to last with loss
Joel Peterson
A FLAT Bendigo Spirit hit the bottom of the Women's National Basketball League table tonight after a 79-66 loss to the Adelaide Lightning. With Spirit import Betnijah Laney ruled out pre-game due to injury, the Lightning opened the match with a 6-0 run that forced Simon Pritchard into a time..
27-Oct-2017
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Inconsistency hits home
Joel Peterson
If there are two things you need to be successful this Women’s National Basketball League season they are consistency and resiliency. One trait is something the Bendigo Spirit has shown in spades, the other they are still searching for. Bendigo is 1-4 after five matches and has pla..
27-Oct-2017
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Kiwia joins Qewy for cup
Joel Peterson
INTERNATIONAL stable Godolphin will attempt to wrest the Jayco Bendigo Çup away from owner, race sponsor and former local Gerry Ryan when top hopes Qewy and Kiwia line up in Wednesday’s $300,000 Jayco Bendigo Cup. Both camps have had success at the Nursery of Champions in recent..
27-Oct-2017
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Cricket turns pink for a cause
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO cricket will turn pink this weekend in what is an Australian-first trial of Kookaburra’s pink test match ball in a regional competition. The pink ball will be used in all Bendigo District Cricket Association first XI contests as part of a pink stumps round, including the clash ..
27-Oct-2017
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Awards launched to aid sustainability
Bendigo Weekly
New research by Sustainability Victoria shows that more than 90 per cent of Victorians want environmental projects to tackle climate change. Sustainability Victoria’s Stan Krpan said the premier’s Sustainability Awards provided a channel for just that. “One of the great..
18-May-2017
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Weeroona walk for dog lovers
Bendigo Weekly
It’s time for dog lovers to register for the biggest event on the canine calendar, the RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk. Once again Lake Weeroona is the place to be with your dog on Sunday, May 21. After 22 years, Million Paws Walk remains RSPCA’s biggest annual fundraising ev..
11-May-2017
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Make a healthy investment for mum
Bendigo Weekly
It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer. It is the most common life-threatening cancer facing Australian women with 44 Australians diagnosed and seve..
08-May-2017
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Welsh choir a plus for funds
Bendigo Weekly
One of Australia’s most versatile entertainers, Silvie Paladino will feature with the Victoria Welsh Choir later this year. The Rotary Club of Bendigo South and the City of Greater Bendigo council will join to raise funds for technical equipment for Ulumbarra Theatre. ..
04-May-2017
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Remembering those who fell
Bendigo Weekly
DESPITE an ominously wet eve, Anzac Day in Bendigo was a mostly dry affair for those who attended. Numbers at the dawn ceremony were comparable to previous events with most braving the risk of rain. Earlier in the week, BSE College held its pre-Anzac Day Commemorative Service and studen..
27-Apr-2017
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Roman baths revealed
Bendigo Weekly
THE latest chapter in the rejuvenation of one of Bendigo’s finest heritage assets was played out at Villa Fortuna on Wednesday afternoon. Before a small crowd of family, friends, tradespeople and the media, Fortuna owner Paul Banks announced the official completion of the villa’s..
20-Apr-2017
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Setting the standard
Bendigo Weekly
THE Eaglehawk Recycle Shop has been awarded the top honour at this year’s Bendigo Sustainability Awards. This is the fifth year of these awards and Eaglehawk Recycle Shop was selected from six individual awards categories as the overall winner. Organisers say the shop reduces the..
08-Jun-2017
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Milestone for exchange
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Livestock Exchange in Wallenjoe Road Huntly is celebrating its 20 year anniversary. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Bernie O’Sullivan said the livestock exchange is one of Victoria’s premier livestock selling facilities. It was constructed at a cost of $5..
01-Jun-2017
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Students spread the word
Bendigo Weekly
Monash Rural Health hosted a student-led careers day in Bendigo, which attracted 25 medical and dental students from Monash University, La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne keen to hear about rural opportunities. The seminar, organised by student rural health clubs at the th..
25-May-2017
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Future in healthy food
Bendigo Weekly
CUSTOMERS say they want healthier foods in the island bins and at the end of aisles, according to the customer survey that accompanied the pilot study of the effects of drawing shoppers’ attention to healthier products. The pilot study, carried out in three Champions IGA supermarkets i..
18-May-2017
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Lansell goes to panel
Bendigo Weekly
PLANS for a 104-lot subdivision in East Bendigo could be headed for an independent panel, after the City of Greater Bendigo received 101 submissions regarding the project. The Lansell Crest development which proponent Blue Bondi Pty Ltd wants to establish on a vacant site off Lansell Street,..
11-May-2017
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Kindy learns about art
Bendigo Weekly
Over the past month, Kindergarten students at Jenny’s Early Learning Centre have been learning about art. They have visited the Schaller Studio to learn more about the paintings of namesake Mark Schaller, as well as visits to the Bendigo Pottery and the Bendigo Art Gallery. ..
04-May-2017
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Expanding our justice knowledge
Bendigo Weekly
Talking Justice returns to the Ulumbarra Theatre for Law Week 2017. This year’s event on May 19 and 20 brings some of Australia’s most distinguished writers, lawyers, activists and commentators to Bendigo to tackle what are sometimes referred to as wicked problems, vexing social..
11-May-2017
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App trial to ease parking pain
Bendigo Weekly
A new online parking payment system is being trialled to allow residents to more easily pay for their parking. The trial, which began on Monday, will apply to two specific all-day carparks, the Market Street and Myers Street car parks. The system is called PayStay..
04-May-2017
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Stage two work starts
Bendigo Weekly
WORK started this week at Bendigo Hospital to begin demolition of the Kurmala building. Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan took to the tools and hopped on board a backhoe to start off the process. The stage two works of the Bendigo Hospital Project will also include the demolition o..
27-Apr-2017
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New look for blood donors
Steve Kendall
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has a surprise in store for Bendigo’s blood donors with the service yesterday announcing a half a million dollar refurbishment to the Bendigo Blood Donor Centre. The refurbishment will see a substantial reconfiguration of the centre providing a mo..
20-Apr-2017
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No cross words over art
Bendigo Weekly
A CONTROVERSIAL art installation in the grounds of St Paul’s Cathedral has taken aim at the federal government’s policies on asylum seekers. Dean of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, the Very Reverend John Roundhill told ABC Radio yesterday that the three crucifixes erected ear..
13-Apr-2017
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Cat-price pets to ease feline overflow
Bendigo Weekly
RSPCA Victoria is at capacity and will be reducing its cat adoption fees to $39 for four days this week in an attempt to find homes for 400 felines. Adoption fees are usually $120, but until Sunday, you can adopt a cat, aged four months or more, for $39 from the Bendigo centre. Kit..
06-Apr-2017
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Tales of life's journey
Dianne Dempsey
With this is her second book Sally Van Gent has established herself as a valuable contributor to the Australian literary scene. As with her first book, Clay Gully, which described the trials and tribulations of setting up a heritage apple orchard in Bendigo, Van Gent has the admirable skill ..
01-Jun-2017
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Story of a matriarch
Rosalea Ryan
Ellen Quinn is barely 18 years-of-age when she falls under the spell of emancipated convict John ‘Red’ Kelly, 30. Ellen’s family have been in Australia for almost a decade, having emigrated from the northern tip of Ireland as free settlers shortly before the potato famine ..
25-May-2017
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Island life and death
Rosalea Ryan
Long-time residents say that “incomers” moving to Sanday, one of the outermost of the scattered Orkney islands off the north-east corner of Scotland, are generally running away from something. Mike Jones is no exception – so when traces of a human skeleton are unearthed from th..
19-May-2017
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Breaking free of the herd
Rosalea Ryan
Thirty-six-year-old Camilla Stacey is confident, frank, fulfilled and secure in her choices to not have children, to eschew emotional relationships with men and to speak her mind daily via the immensely successful blog HowItIs.com. In the eyes of her half a million readers Cam is an idol; t..
11-May-2017
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Fast-talking flashbacks
Rosalea Ryan
SHE’S played Craig T Nelson’s daughter, Alexis Bledel’s mother, David Sutcliffe’s wife, Ray Romano’s fiancée and her real-life boyfriend’s sister in a Hollywood career that has rarely allowed more than a moment’s downtime. Fans..
04-May-2017
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Behind the beach facade
Rosalea Ryan
Ned has done the unthinkable: squandered his severely disabled sister’s entire insurance payout. It was an investment that should have supported Angela for the rest of her life, challenging though that existence is, but now the funds are gone – swallowed up by a childhood friend..
27-Apr-2017
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