Aspire to kick off precinct plan
Bendigo Weekly
SUPPORTERS of the proposed $15 million Aspire Precinct to be established at the foot of Bendigo’s iconic Sacred Heart Cathedral have vowed to forge ahead, despite the project failing so far to secure federal government funding. Planning works are almost complete, with preliminary works..
13-Jan-2017
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Bendigo trains least punctual
Joel Peterson
V/LINE hopes to continue to improve punctuality on the Bendigo line after figures released this week showed the punctuality of Bendigo line services in 2016 was well below the 92 per cent target and the worst of V/Line’s three main regional commuter lines. Just 83.4 per cent of service..
13-Jan-2017
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NBN starts to roll out
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 3700 homes and businesses in urban areas of Bendigo can now connect to the NBN as work on Australia’s biggest infrastructure project continues to roll out across the city.NBN Victorian spokesman Michael Moore said work to connect a further 33,000 remaining premises was un..
13-Jan-2017
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When time stood still
Dianne Dempsey
Bendigo citizens who have wished that time could stand still had their dream come true on Monday when the former Bendigo Post Office clock stopped. For more than 24 hours the time was 5.10 and we were given an extra day of life. But the man in charge of time in Bendigo, Stephen Young, cl..
13-Jan-2017
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Junior doctors start next stage of their career
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Health has welcomed 40 new junior doctors, who start their 12-month internship by going through orientation this week. Chief medical officer Humsha Naidoo said that it was great to see so many medical graduates opting to further their training here in Bendigo. “Working a..
13-Jan-2017
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Look to high tech health
Sharon Kemp
THE future of health in regional Australia is high tech, but only once high speed internet access is rolled out in the regions. A discussion paper by Deloitte Consulting that outlined options in the future design of Victoria’s regional health system noted that innovation could make up..
06-Jan-2017
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Pharmacy students in at the sharp end
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s fourth year pharmacy students at La Trobe university will be the first in Victoria to learn how to immunise patients. The training program is being offered in response to the state government’s new legislation, enabling registered pharmacists to immunise. Up until ..
22-Sep-2016
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It's show time
Bendigo Weekly
The 2016 Bendigo Agricultural Show is fast approaching with entries for the various categories closing in the coming weeks. Whether you are the top lamington cook, the best fruit cake maker, or the number one scone master chef, you need to get your delectable medal winners into the contest...
22-Sep-2016
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Reflecting on time well spent
Sharon Kemp
RETIRING councillor Rod Campbell wants voters to enquire about the motivation of candidates they intend to vote for at the upcoming City of Greater Bendigo elections. As the two-term councillor and former mayor counts down to his retirement, he contemplates the council’s work of the re..
15-Sep-2016
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The Lab comes to life
Dianne Dempsey
Tireless advocate for autistic and neurodiverse children and teenagers, Beck Kelly, is thrilled to introduce two significant programs. The Lab Bendigo is a computer group aimed at autistic and neurodiverse children and teenagers aged between 8 and 17 years. The second program is “I..
08-Sep-2016
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Training to understand needs of disabled
Sharon Kemp
Victorians who have difficulty communicating have trained V/Line front line and PTV call centre staff to understand them, making the train operator the first in the world with the accreditation. It has been a three-year process training more than 800 staff members, but V/Line chief executive..
02-Sep-2016
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Ruby signs off on a lifetime of work
Joel Peterson
IN her time in the industry, there isn’t much that Strath Village IGA’s Ruby Walker hasn’t seen or heard. An eventful 22 years at the Strath Village store draw to a close today, as Ruby greets her last customers and makes her last sale after spending 35 years in supermarket..
01-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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Maiden Gully brings Shrek to stage
Bendigo Weekly
PRODUCING and performing Shrek the Musical Jr at Ulumbarra Theatre is a major feat for more than 500 Maiden Gully Primary School students, an achievement they carried out by half. The school divided students according to sports houses and combining two of them, performed the musical in conse..
08-Sep-2016
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Scroll turns new page
Sharon Kemp
RURAL Australians for Refugee’s Jan Govett is evoking the red ribbon petition in 1853 that led to the Eureka Stockade to send a message to Canberra. She had the idea of making a scroll, having it signed by Australian councils that welcome refugees into their municipalities, sending it..
02-Sep-2016
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Festival hard to beat
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO hosted a range of musical events this week as Orchestra Victoria’s Bendigo festival returned to the city for the second year. A range of performances showcasing theåç orchestral talents were on show from locations as diverse and varied as Elmore Memorial Hall to th..
26-Aug-2016
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Young gun wins monthly prize
Bendigo Weekly
FOLLOWING two world championship wins, Bendigo shooter Laura Woolley has taken out the Bendigo Weekly/Prime 7 Bendigo Sports Star of the Year nomination for July. Woolley travelled with cousin and fellow top shooter Emma Cox to Ireland for the world clay target championships at Esker Shootin..
19-Aug-2016
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Maticevski dressed for success
Dianne Dempsey
Given that the Bendigo Art Gallery has a well established reputation for hosting world class fashion exhibitions, it’s more than appropriate that Toni Maticevski should use our gallery to stage the first solo exhibition of his work. Gallery curator Leanne Fitzgibbon said the gallery has ha..
12-Aug-2016
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Historic march returns
Sharon Kemp
It was a peaceful protest march, multicultural and put Bendigo at the centre of democratic action in Australia. In 1853, an estimated 10,000 miners and supporters marched in protest to an extortionate mining licence fee of 30 shillings a month. They wanted it scrapped but compromised at ..
18-Aug-2016
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Food in the hub
Bendigo Weekly
Australian food and fibre producers and industry experts from around the world met in Bendigo this week for the first Australian Community Food Hubs Conference and Local Food Economies Tour. The conference explored how the methods of leading international food hubs can be adapted and applied..
12-Aug-2016
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Kindy marks 60 years
Bendigo Weekly
South Bendigo Kindergarten will be celebrating their 60th anniversary next weekend. Past and present students, families and staff are welcome to come together to plant a tree, bury a time capsule and celebrate the kindergarten’s 60-year contribution to the Bendigo community. The ce..
04-Aug-2016
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Library adds new chapter to school story
Bendigo Weekly
Several years ago Comet Hill and North Bendigo primary schools combined to become Lightning Reef Primary School, but there was no space for a library. Books were stored in classrooms all over the school, but all that has changed. The school now has the space, and many hours have been sp..
29-Jul-2016
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Dog parks a win for dogs
Sharon Kemp
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22-Jul-2016
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Book a real winner
Sharon Kemp
IT is a testament to the fascinating life story of John Forbes, and his generosity, that the man described as the “most famous non-famous” person can sell so many books, he is able to donate $6000 to two local causes. Mr Forbes said he was told he could not make money out of publ..
15-Jul-2016
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Planting the seed
Simon Wooldridge
I wouldn’t mind being a fly on the wall in their house when there’s a jam going on,” someone once said as we watched Andrew Watts and his sons Kane and Sam onstage at a Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival showcase event. Years of practice, jamming and doing the hard yards co..
19-Aug-2016
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Dancing with imagination
Bendigo Weekly
The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires is one of the world’s leading tango companies. With sell-out performances across the globe over the past 11 years and a YouTube audience in excess of 19 million people worldwide, German Cornejo’s choreography and vision seems to have captured th..
12-Aug-2016
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A shot in the dark
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo rockers Black Aces have done it the hard way – five years of gigging around Australia before releasing their debut album earlier this year. Shot In The Dark charted at 17 on the iTunes Rock charts. Classic Rock, Rock Hard France, and Powerplay magazines all praised the album. Thum..
04-Aug-2016
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A musical mix
Bendigo Weekly
There’s a veritable smorgasbord of musical talent hitting Bendigo over the next few weekends. Tonight, Friday, July 29 at the Gold Dust Lounge, beneath the Shamrock Hotel, the immense talent that is Lloyd Spiegel will grace a Bendigo stage for the first time since late last year. He&r..
28-Jul-2016
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Sisters in song
Bendigo Weekly
THE McClymonts are fired up to play Ulumbarra on Saturday. Since releasing their self-titled debut EP in 2006, Brooke, Sam and Mollie have gone on to amass 19 charting singles, gold albums, multiple awards and sold out shows across Australia and the US. Brooke said the songs they’..
21-Jul-2016
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Walker on the way
Simon Wooldridge
Benny Walker is no stranger to Bendigo. He’s played at so many of our local venues over the years he can probably find them quicker than a taxi driver. After an uncharacteristically long absence from VIC 3550 though, the indigenous troubadour from Echuca will be back on Saturday, July 23 t..
15-Jul-2016
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Maiden sporting venture at Marist
Joel Peterson
MAIDEN Gully is set to undergo a sporting revolution, with senior football games to be played at Marist College as early as 2017 and Bendigo District Cricket Association action in future years. They will be joined at Marist by the Maiden Gully Cricket Club, which will seek to enter its jun..
09-Dec-2016
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Dogs go top with key triumph
Bendigo Weekly
GOLDEN Square’s Scott Trollope produced an inspired performance to lead his side to a crucial T20 win over Sandhurst in the latest round of the Bendigo District Crcket Association competition on Tuesday. Trollope claimed 3/21 with the ball before opening the batting and smashing 89 off..
09-Dec-2016
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Second world title win for Wilson
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO lawn bowler Aaron Wilson has added to his spectacular 2016 with a second world championship title. Wilson won an under-25 singles title on the Gold Coast in April and this week claimed the World Pairs Championship alongside Brett Wilkie in New Zealand. The pair led from the start..
09-Dec-2016
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Braves reload for title defence
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Braves are gearing up for the South East Australian Basketball League title defence with the signing of two pieces for the 2017 season, but could be without at least three championship players. Matt Andronicos returns at the starting centre position, while the club has signed Ade..
09-Dec-2016
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QEO to host country clash
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S Queen Elizabeth Oval will host AFL football next year when Essendon and Geelong meet on March 12 as part of the AFL’s rebranded JLT Community Series. The QEO missed out on a preseason fixture last year, but will next year host the second last game of the AFL’s pre..
08-Dec-2016
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Spirit up for Rangers showdown
Joel Peterson
DESPITE not having lost to Dandenong at home since 2010, Bendigo Spirit coach Simon Pritchard doesn’t think his side completely has the measure of the Rangers as the WNBL’s top two sides get set to renew their rivalry on Sunday. Both games between the Spirit and Rangers thi..
02-Dec-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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University on show
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS and faculty members from La Trobe University welcomed secondary school students from around Victoria this week. About 300 students from years 10 to 12 took part in lectures, workshops and Q&A sessions at the Bendigo Campus to find out what really happens after leaving secondary..
07-Jul-2016
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Spider orchids have a new home
Bendigo Weekly
So fragile and endangered is the yellow-lipped spider orchid, a reintroduction program limited the number of volunteers who could be involved in planting 110 of the species in the Kooyoora State Park near Inglewood last weekend. Only three of the plants were known to grow in the park and sur..
24-Jun-2016
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Win for footy club
Bendigo Weekly
Maiden Gully Junior Football Club has scored a win, receiving a community sector grant from the federal government. The grants aim to make the work of volunteers easier, safer and more enjoyable. Visiting the club to announce their grant, Liberal candidate for Bendigo Megan Purcell sai..
17-Jun-2016
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The shared passion
Dianne Dempsey
Wherever we turn there are TV cooking shows, cooking books, celebrity chefs, restaurants, pop-up restaurants and take-away restaurants. Apparently it’s the food that is taken away, not the restaurant. There is fast food, slow food, organic food, vegan food, local food, international f..
10-Jun-2016
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Soup collection a winter warmer
Bendigo Weekly
Jenny’s Early Learning Centres in Bendigo have donated 1100 cans of soup for the homeless. Chef Dean Bennett said the centres were overwhelmed with the response from parents and staff. “All of us wanted to do something to help the homeless,” Dean said. Haven; Home,..
21-Jul-2016
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NBN reach increases
Bendigo Weekly
THE NBN is firing up in parts of Greater Bendigo as residents and businesses can now access high-speed broadband using fixed wireless technology. More than 800 additional homes and businesses in areas including Eppalock, Goornong, and Huntly North have access to the NBN, opening up a range ..
14-Jul-2016
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A helping hand
Dianne Dempsey
It was three years ago that Jeremy Forbes attended the funeral of a fellow tradie who died under tragic circumstances. “It was a terrible day and a few of us looked at each other and said, ’who’s next do you think?’” he said. ”It wasn’t th..
07-Jul-2016
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Labor backs rail company
Sharon Kemp
LABOR has announced two manufacturing support initiatives in Bendigo designed to protect regional jobs. Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters said a national procurement strategy would secure work for a local rail manufacturing industry that people thought was lost. At the East Bendigo workshop of ra..
17-Jun-2016
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Rail upgrade adds worker flexibility
Sharon Kemp
MORE frequent and reliable trains could encourage businesses to relocate to Bendigo as well as make rail commuting to Melbourne easier for central Victorians. La Trobe University senior lecturer in community planning Andrew Butt said most of the data collected showed more people commute t..
10-Jun-2016
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Caravan show under cover
Bendigo Weekly
THE Caravan Camping and Leisure Roadshow has moved indoors for winter, but it still offers the same choice. The show features caravans, campers and four wheel drives and is aimed at those with outdoor leisure in mind. This is an all under cover show, with more than 200 leading brand new..
26-May-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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Healthy booster
Bendigo Weekly
SIX young women have had a helping hand in their health careers this week. An innovative health day was held this week in Bendigo attended by Aboriginal girls, and six received scholarships. Weenthunga Health Network’s Stephanie Armstrong said the purpose was to support young Abori..
21-Jul-2016
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Aid for Lifeline
Bendigo Weekly
Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee has teamed up with La Trobe University and Strategem Community Foundation to help address the increasing demand for crisis services in the region. The three organisations are supporting an information session aimed at recruiting volunteers for Lifeline&rs..
21-Jul-2016
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Villa estate a step closer
Dianne Dempsey
Fortuna Villa Estate, which is to be built on the periphery of the historic Fortuna Villa, is close to final approval. “There are certain conditions that have to be complied with and once that happens building will be able to start,” Mr Banks said. Over the past 12 months the..
14-Jul-2016
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Best beginnings
Bendigo Weekly
NEW parents have an extra helping hand thanks to a fresh video initiative. Bendigo Health has launched a DVD aimed at helping new parents understand and gain confidence with their exciting role. The Best Beginnings DVD continues the work of the Best Beginnings group. The group prov..
08-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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Playing in the dark
Bendigo Weekly
Shades: shades of truth, shades of virtue, shades of evil – shades in all their incarnations run as a central theme through The Toymaker. Juxtaposing the horrors of World War II’s Auschwitz death camp with matter-of-fact 21st-century consumerism in outer Melbourne, novelist Liam Piep..
14-Jul-2016
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Secrets of the forest
Steve Kendall
Black Fleur Ferris Random House, $19.99 Ebony Marshall has a nickname around town, Black. It’s part to do with her name, but there’s a more sinister reason. Everyone says she is bad. Death seems to follow in her wake, and her reputation i..
07-Jul-2016
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Roadtrip of Discovery
Rosalea Ryan
AT the age of 19 Tara Winkler travels to Cambodia for the first time as an add-on to a roadtrip centred primarily on Thailand and Laos. It turns out to be a confronting experience. In one of the lesser-known Cambodian cities she encounters apparently parentless children cramped together in s..
24-Jun-2016
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Reading on track
Rosalea Ryan
FORTY-NINE individual train journeys covering almost 36,000 kilometres through 22 countries on five continents – surely there must be a story or two worth telling in all that? There’s an entire book, in fact, presented in colourful, bewitching and often-humorous fashion by Britis..
17-Jun-2016
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