Restoring the past
Bendigo Weekly
TWO iconic Bendigo buildings will undergo conservation work following a state government grant. There will be extensive conservation works at the mortuary chapel at Bendigo Cemetery and urgent works at Bendigo Trades Hall. The repairs are possible due to the Living Heritage Grants Progr..
24-Mar-2017
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MP calls for end to rebate freeze
Sharon Kemp
ONLY four general practitioner clinics in Bendigo bulk bill every patient including non-concession patients, Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters told federal parliament this week. Responding to a bill that will amend the pharmaceutical benefits scheme, Ms Chesters told the House of Representatives that..
24-Mar-2017
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Mayor says call police on beggars
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO mayor Margaret O’Rourke has implored people to ring police and report anyone who asks for money on the street. Cr O’Rourke told the public gallery at Wednesday night’s council meeting she believed many people ignored begging. She said Victoria Police had told h..
17-Mar-2017
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Borough leads on inclusion
Bendigo Weekly
Ten Eaglehawk businesses have signed up to improve their accessibility for people with a disability as part of the Inclusive Towns project. It helps business improve their communication, physical environment and awareness of disability among staff. As part of the project, officers visit..
17-Mar-2017
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Forum fires up for smart city future
Bendigo Weekly
A SMART cities forum on Wednesday set about rallying innovators to advance Bendigo’s intelligent infrastructure. The half-day Intelligent Communities 2017 forum was designed to align with the federal government’s focus on initiatives through its Smart Cities Plan, and focused on..
17-Mar-2017
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Times hit by crash
Bendigo Weekly
ANOTHER month of substandard performance results is a reminder of the network-wide impact of incidents such as the train that collided with an abandoned four-wheel-drive at Kangaroo Flat last month, according to V/Line. V/Line again failed to meet performance targets on the Bendigo line, des..
17-Mar-2017
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Property Guide
Golden Square burn cancelled
Bendigo Weekly
A PREDICTED wind change that would push smoke over the Australia vs India hockey international test match has forced the cancellation of a planned burn in Golden Square. But fine weather conditions mean burns in Huntly and Rushworth are scheduled to proceed and one in Kangaroo Flat is alread..
30-Nov-2016
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Smoke alert issued for planned burns
Sharon Kemp
A smoke alert has been issued for parts of Kangaroo Flat, Huntly, Rushworth and Golden Square tomorrow as fires are lit to reduce fuel loads before summer. If weather is fine as forecast, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning are carrying out planned burns at Specimen Hill ..
29-Nov-2016
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Rochelle the class of Victoria
Bendigo Weekly
Kalianna School’s Rochelle Curnow came out top of the class week with a prestigious award from the Principals Association of Specialist Schools. Ms Curnow took out the Most Outstanding Primary School Teacher Award by leading her school in the development of a structured learning enviro..
24-Nov-2016
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Hashtag closes its doors
Peter Kennedy
ONE of Bendigo’s highest profile hospitality venues has closed its doors and entered into external administration, with the loss of more than 20 jobs. The Platform Bar Pty Ltd, trading as Hashtag, occupied a prominent corner position in the recently established Kennington Village shopp..
18-Nov-2016
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A promise of respect
Sharon Kemp
INCOMING mayor Margaret O’Rourke will share leadership of the City of Greater Bendigo council for the first time with a deputy mayor, reflecting the growing size of the municipality. Rod Fyffe was voted on Tuesday night into the deputy role, defeating George Flack and James Williams wh..
11-Nov-2016
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Investing in divesting
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’S Centre for Non-Violence (CNV) has become the first community sector organisation to commit to divesting in fossil fuels. Chief executive Margaret Augerinos said women were disproportionately impacted by climate change and the centre, which supported gender equality, should no..
07-Nov-2016
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Scottish society meets in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
MEMBERS of the Clan MacGillivray Society Australia will welcome their new commander from Scotland at its 40th Anniversary Gathering in Bendigo this month. Iain MacGillivray from the Highlands community of Tain recently received approval from the office of the Lord Lyon to fill the role of cl..
27-Oct-2016
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Musical meet
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO youngsters were in tune with Indonesian music at a cultural day performance on Wednesday. At St Therese’s School, Kennington the students learn Indonesian from rep through to year six. Every two years the school hosts a cultural day where the children delve further into t..
20-Oct-2016
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Sound science
Bendigo Weekly
Discovery Science and Technology Centre is celebrating the inaugural Design and Technology Week to recognise the making and problem solving skills of Bendigo. Students had the opportunity to take part in fun and creative activities while exploring the role that design and technology plays in..
13-Oct-2016
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Pumped up for fire sale
Bendigo Weekly
NOW is your chance to clear some clutter and help your local volunteer firefighters at the same time. Why not donate your unwanted items to the Golden Square Fire Brigade’s Annual Fire Sale? Captain Tim McNeilly said the Fire Sale will take place on Saturday, October 22 from 8am at..
06-Oct-2016
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Lighting up the theatre
Bendigo Weekly
When audiences in Bendigo are dazzled by performances at the Capital and Ulumbarra Theatres they may be surprised to discover that the lighting design has been created and executed by Catholic College Bendigo student Ian Scott. Ian comes from a creative family. His parents Anita and Tim have al..
28-Sep-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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Golden axe winner at the show
Bendigo Weekly
Doncaster’s Laurence O’Toole, who recently won the Grand Aggregate Trophy at the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show Woodchop Championships for the second year in a row, will be one of the main competitors at the Bendigo Show woodchop competition. The champion woodchopper claimed the covet..
20-Oct-2016
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Students in step with exercise
Bendigo Weekly
Teachers and students at St Joseph’s School, Quarry Hill have been stepping out for an early walk as part of Walk to School month. Walk to School month is a free, easy and fun way for children to be active this month. Victorian primary students are encouraged to walk, ride or scoo..
13-Oct-2016
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New chapter for pups
Bendigo Weekly
Researchers from La Trobe University recently joined with Bendigo not-for-profit organisation Righteous Pups Australia, discovering that engaging in structured activities with a carefully trained dog can help children learn. As part of a four-week study, seven highly-trained labradors were ..
06-Oct-2016
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Walk to a cure
Bendigo Weekly
THERE will a poignant message for people who attend a juvenile diabetes Walk to Cure Diabetes in Bendigo on Sunday, November 13. Stacey and Glen Caddy want to use the story of their daughter Sienna to raise awareness about the symptoms of type 1 diabetes and what makes it different to type 2..
28-Sep-2016
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Futsal in a league of its own
Bendigo Weekly
NINE futsal teams made up of friends and family always makes for fierce rivalry. So it was with Bendigo’s Karen community, who divided into teams for the third annual multicultural youth futsal tournament last weekend and cheered as loud as they could at the Flora Hill indoor sports ..
22-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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The return of Josh
Simon Wooldridge
Josh Rennie-Hynes makes a quick and very welcome return to the city after his recent Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival performances. Rennie-Hynes’ extensive Australian and New Zealand tour, promoting second album Furthermore, stops off at Billyroy’s Blues Bar, beneath the Goldmi..
17-Nov-2016
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Best of the Bendigo blues
Simon Wooldridge
THE resounding verdict on the sixth Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival which took over the city last weekend is Best Ever. Spring finally arrived and a definite spring in the step was evident among 15,000 festival-goers. The festival showcased not only 170 acts, but Bendigo at its finest. ..
10-Nov-2016
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Choirs in harmony
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne-based chamber choir Polyphonic Voices will join forces in November with the internationally award-winning Adelaide Chamber Singers and some of Melbourne’s finest instrumentalists and talented vocal soloists for performances of Gabriel Faur&ea..
03-Nov-2016
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Never and the Black Swamp
Simon Wooldridge
Nestled-in quietly among the bustle that will be the sixth Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival is a cracker of a gig at Musicman. It will be anything but quiet when The Black Swamp and Never hit Bendigo on Saturday, November 5. Queensland’s The Black Swamp bunkered down at the star..
27-Oct-2016
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The next step
Simon Wooldridge
Sherri Parry is a Bendigo singer-songwriter who takes a traditional approach to the creative process. “Everything I write gets hand-written into a small book. It makes the song feel more authentic,” she said. Parry’s next big step in an already impressive career is the lau..
20-Oct-2016
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Boogie with Catfish
Simon Wooldridge
The countdown to Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival number six continues. You’d have to think hard to come up with a more evocative name than Catfish Voodoo for a high energy, low-down boogie Chicago blues band. The Melbourne-based five-piece will be making their festival debut nex..
13-Oct-2016
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Braves gear up for title defence
Joel Peterson
THINGS are kicking into gear for the Bendigo Braves, but not quite everything has gone to plan for the reigning South East Australian Basketball League champions. Import Dyami Starks and Australian guard Adam Doyle arrived in town recently and are training with the club, but the Braves are s..
10-Mar-2017
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Thunder joins forces with Tigers
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Thunder will have players train with Richmond and play selected games at Punt Road Oval under a new partnership with the powerful AFL club. Tigers president Peggy O’Neal and Thunder coach Cherie O’Neill announced the deal on Channel Nine last Sunday. It was broker..
10-Mar-2017
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Four for finals fight
Joel Peterson
A FIERCELY-contested Emu Valley Cricket Association finals series kicks off this weekend. The 2016/17 grand final will, for the sixth straight year, feature one of top side United and Mandurang, who play at Ewing Park, while the weekend’s other game sees second-placed Golden Gully up a..
10-Mar-2017
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Bulls close in on three-peat
Joel Peterson
THE Bridgewater Bulls are closing in on a hat-trick of Upper Loddon Cricket Association premierships, heading into tomorrow’s final day of the ULCA grand final against Kingower in a dominant position. The Bulls cracked 309 batting first at Bridgewater on day one, with Josh Hann and Jay..
10-Mar-2017
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City faces coaching search amid relegation fight
Joel Peterson
THE instability that has been the hallmark of Bendigo City FC has again reared its head as the club scrambles to avoid relegation from the National Premier Leagues Victoria competition. Srecko Baresic Nikic, appointed late last year as City’s 2017 coach, tendered his resignation on Mon..
07-Mar-2017
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BFNL recruits in focus
Joel Peterson
WITH the 2017 season a little over a month away, the player movement for Bendigo Football league clubs is picking up at a rapid rate of knots. Last season’s defending premier Sandhurst was dealt a blow this week, with young premiership defender James Coghlan filing a clearance to join ..
03-Mar-2017
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The long goodbye
Dianne Dempsey
The long goodbye is the name often given to that cruellest of diseases, Alzheimer’s. And it’s a name to which Narelle Williams can easily relate. “My father retired at 65 years of age and was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s when he was 67,” she ..
28-Sep-2016
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Reunion on court
Bendigo Weekly
GERRI Stevens and Jean Frost remember being at the meeting that formed the Bendigo Married Ladies Netball Association 40 years ago, and such are the connections they have made, they have played ever since. The association is now called Bendigo Midweek Ladies Netball, and is calling for all p..
22-Sep-2016
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Believe picnic sets up again
Bendigo Weekly
THE second annual Believe in Bendigo family picnic day will be held in Bendigo’s Civic Gardens on Friday, September 30. Organisers say Bendigo showed the world its true colour one year ago when more than 3000 people turned the gardens into a showcase of diversity and unity, and took a ..
15-Sep-2016
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Kits for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
Students from Catholic College, Crusoe College, Girton Grammar and Bendigo Senior Secondary College worked hard over the past week to begin the assembly of Zonta birthing kits. Zonta is now inviting community volunteers to help its members assemble the kits this Saturday, September 10, from ..
08-Sep-2016
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Ken opens doors for a good cause
Dianne Dempsey
For many years now Eaglehawk residents Ken and Muriel Maes have been opening their garden for display in order to raise money for the lepers of Nepal. Despite a common misapprehension that leprosy is now a defunct disease, there are still many people, particularly in the third world who stil..
02-Sep-2016
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Hitting the mark
Bendigo Weekly
EVERYTHING from clocks to Victoria Crosses will be on show this weekend at the Golden City Collectors’ Association’s 33rd Arms and Collectables Show. Held at Major League Multisports in Golden Square across the weekend, the show will have over 200 exhibitors from far and wide dis..
25-Aug-2016
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Telco ramps up for city
Sharon Kemp
OPTUS want to be considered a viable mobile phone competitor to Telstra and is spending $3.5 million and building seven new towers around Bendigo to gain the credible coverage. The telecommunications company is spending the same amount in Ballarat as it moves to capture greater market share ..
28-Sep-2016
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Care for carers
Bendigo Weekly
Anglicare Victoria was one of 134 worthwhile causes to have a helping hand from Lendlease employees last week, as part of its annual community day. On Thursday, around 20 Lendlease employees and subcontractors from the Bendigo Hospital project converged on an Anglicare Victoria residence. ..
22-Sep-2016
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Goodbye Possums
Dianne Dempsey
While Jimmy Possum has arguably been one of Australia’s most successful regional businesses, its owners, Margot and Alan Spalding, came to the realisation earlier this year that enough was enough. “Alan had been diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago and we thought he had ..
15-Sep-2016
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The who behind Hoo-gah
Bendigo Weekly
When Bendigo chef Gina Trivolo recently opened a cafe in Mitchell Street her parents reminded her she was following a family tradition. “My grandfather had a greengrocer’s in Mitchell Street (where the TAB is today) for many years, but sadly his shop went the way of a lot of small bu..
08-Sep-2016
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Fresh market for exports
Peter Kennedy
Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm is taking its fresh chicken products to more of the world by expanding its export business into the lucrative Hong Kong market. After years of selling frozen products to Hong Kong, the Philippines, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, Hazeldene’s is now ..
02-Sep-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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Villa has a new outlook
Bendigo Weekly
George Lansell had a lot of gold, hence a lot of money, but the Quartz King passed away in 1906 having never finished his pride and joy in the historic Fortuna Villa. Fortuna was constructed in 1856 with several extensions over the years, but the final external finishing touches..
22-Sep-2016
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Project goes to a new level
Sharon Kemp
AS fast as St John of God Bendigo hospital refurbishes its new and existing wings, the new wards fill. The hospital has completed the upper two levels of its new building and is part way through refurbishing the existing wing. The $41 million initial redeve..
15-Sep-2016
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Drawn to the mall
Bendigo Weekly
THERE is one more Eltham Copper Butterfly in the Bendigo region, but you’re unlikely to see it in the garden at home any time soon. Pavement artist Ulla Taylor this week put the finishing touches on a chalk drawing of the rare butterfly to tie in with 2016 National Threatened Species D..
08-Sep-2016
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Mall renewal a long way off
Sharon Kemp
IT may take many years and failures before Bendigo has a mall people want to visit the spend time in. Victorian parliamentary secretary for justice Ben Carroll told the Bendigo safe communities forum it can take decades to reduce crime and reinvigorate a public area, such as a mall. Depa..
02-Sep-2016
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CBD the centre of attention
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO’S central business district could be on the verge of a new period of growth and change, underpinned by recognition of its major assets and appropriate infill development. City of Greater Bendigo consultant architect Don Goldsworthy OAM told an audience at the Bendigo Writers Fe..
02-Sep-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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Paper chase
Rosalea Ryan
Interested in data? It’s February 2015 and in Germany investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer is presented with what quickly becomes the most daunting yet satisfying challenge of his media career. Obermeyer is at home one evening when an email arrives from an anonymous correspondent. ..
22-Sep-2016
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Adventure on the high rivers
Rosalea Ryan
Take two adventurous Englishmen, a desire to float clear across Europe and an assortment of watercraft, conventional and otherwise. The result? The offspring of this rare blending is a highly entertaining travel memoir that is in equal measure informative, instructional and hilarious. When c..
15-Sep-2016
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Reel-life
Rosalea Ryan
THINK Sex and the City for the average lonely, directionless suburban woman: abundant sass, bawdy humour and a generous dose of outrageous sexual misadventure but without the extravagances of Manolos, Cosmopolitans and a Manhattan bachelorette pad all apparently paid for by a couple of hours’ ..
08-Sep-2016
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Camel riding
Rosalea Ryan
Reptile collector, camel expert, big-cat doctor, gazelle wrangler, antiques aficionado, father of five: Alex Tinson juggles disparate roles in balancing his career as a veterinarian and researcher with his pride in heading up a happily blended Australian-Emirati family. Raised on Sydney’s ..
02-Sep-2016
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Wild ride through the worst of zones
Bendigo Weekly
DEATH, disasters, destruction, disease: Peter Stefanovic has endured the worst imaginable circumstances in some of the world’s most dangerous places in the course of his employment as a television news journalist. In a sensitive yet self-deprecatingly humorous professional memoir, Stefanov..
25-Aug-2016
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A picture of art spaces
Dianne Dempsey
With maps and pens at the ready, local writer Lauren Mitchell and photographers Amy Doak and Brendan McCarthy went on a mission to find and capture the intriguing artists’ studios that lie hidden in and around the Bendigo district. The resultant book, Artist Spaces of the Victorian Gol..
18-Aug-2016
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