Future dry: Coliban plans for water demand
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO’S demand for water may more than double in the next 50 years and $100 million could be invested to upgrade the Goldfields Superpipe under a Coliban Water plan for the future requirements of its system. Coliban Water’s 2017 Urban Water Strategy says a rapidly growing popul..
14-Jul-2017
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Planning ahead for dry
Joel Peterson
Lessons learned from the millennium drought will guide Coliban Water’s future planning, according to its raw water supply manager Steve Healy. Coliban’s Urban Water Strategy lists some of the key objectives for the organisation arising from the drought, which saw water supplies d..
14-Jul-2017
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Rent hit for park owners
Sharon Kemp
FIVE months before the Central City Caravan Park farewells its last visitor, the park is already showing signs of vacancy but the landlord continues to increase the rent. About two thirds of the park’s 90-odd long-term residents have already left, selling or taking their transportable ..
14-Jul-2017
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V/Line slides back
Joel Peterson
FOLLOWING some recent gains, on-time running of Bendigo line trains took a dive last month with almost one in every six services arriving late. Punctuality of services on the Bendigo line in June was 84.3 per cent, down from May’s figure of 87.1 per cent. That came despite punctual..
14-Jul-2017
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Bendigo to ease metro woe
Bendigo Weekly
REGIONAL cities such as Bendigo have been urged to seek a greater role in alleviating the population pressures facing Greater Melbourne, with new Census data highlighting disparities in the state’s population growth. The 2016 census data shows Victoria’s 10 largest regional citie..
14-Jul-2017
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Green light expected
Sharon Kemp
A NEW 173-lot subdivision in Strathfieldsaye and a reconfiguration of the former Mt Edgecombe Hotel in Quarry Hill into a food and hospitality hub have been recommended as plans worthy of a nod. City of Greater Bendigo councillors are set to approve both at next Wednesday’s meeting des..
14-Jul-2017
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A healthy future for BDAC
Sharon Kemp
IT is set out to look after the health of indigenous Bendigonians, and is deliberately set in the city’s forest. Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative opened its $5.7 million health and community centre on Prouses Road on Wednesday, and celebrated by remembering the origins of th..
16-Mar-2017
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Discount for dog de-sexing
Bendigo Weekly
Discount dog de-sexing vouchers will be available from council offices from Tuesday. There are 150 vouchers available which will save a dog owner $40 on the normal cost of having their pet de-sexed. The vouchers will be available on a first come, first served basis from the City of Great..
10-Mar-2017
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Algae is back
Bendigo Weekly
high levels of potentially toxic blue-green algae have been discovered at Lake Weeroona and Lake Tom Thumb. Blue-green algae also remain present in other lakes across greater Bendigo. Blue-green algae occur naturally and can be dangerous to humans and animals. Contact with algae ca..
10-Mar-2017
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Annaliese says yes to proposal
Joel Peterson
IT’S fair to say that when Annaliese Barty picked up the Bendigo Weekly last Friday, she got quite the surprise. Her boyfriend of almost four years, and now fiancé, Alex Kharoofa, handed the paper to her just before she left for work on Friday morning. Low and behold there ..
09-Mar-2017
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Friends rally for Karlee's cause
Sharon Kemp
KARLEE THORPE was on the front page of the Bendigo Weekly two years ago, having survived breast cancer but still not well enough to run in the Mother’s Day Classic for which she was a story of inspiration. Two years later and after a period of good health, the mother of two has fallen ..
03-Mar-2017
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BSE hits a creative high note
Bendigo Weekly
THREE of Bendigo’s talented young performers experienced first-hand what it’s like to open a gig at bustling city venue. Bendigo South East College’s Mannix Harrington and alumni Erin Mannix and Tom Hadlow, who were supported by teacher Stephen Briggs, were part of the line..
23-Feb-2017
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Fire service medal for Bill
Bendigo Weekly
After more than 70 years in the CFA, Kangaroo Flat’s William “Bill” Bowery has certainly gained the respect of his peers. Mr Bowery joined the Kangaroo Flat Fire Brigade in 1945 and since that day has never looked back. “I’ve got a picture book full of amazi..
26-Jan-2017
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When the black dog bites
Dianne Dempsey
An extremely exciting exhibition is on display at the La Trobe Art Institute in View Street. Daniel Butterworth’s When the Dog Bites consists of nine self-portraits which depict the primary emotion of depression. But Butterworth doesn’t describe the works as self-portraits..
19-Jan-2017
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Scots return for a day of fun
Bendigo Weekly
Neil Clark will have the biggest birthday bash of his half-century living in Australia when he acts as chieftain for Bendigo’s Scots Day Out in Rosalind Park on Saturday, February 11. The Bendigo Visitor Information Centre tour guide was announced as chieftain for Victoria’s larg..
12-Jan-2017
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Chill out in the heat
Bendigo Weekly
We know when it’s hot: we can feel it. But what is heat? How do we cool down? These school holidays Discovery Science and Technology Centre will be presenting fun and engaging activities to make sure you and the family get the science of keeping cool. At noon and 2pm, t..
05-Jan-2017
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Street stall a growth industry
Bendigo Weekly
Rather than sitting around shaking an empty money box, Ella and Lugh Fraser decided to raise money by setting up a street stall. The two Bendigo children are raising money in order to buy Christmas presents for their family. And this is no lemonade stall either. With her mother&rsq..
21-Dec-2016
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Bright future for high scorers
Joel Peterson
GIRTON Grammar student Sebastian Hawke wasn’t sure he had actually woken up when he received his perfect ATAR score of 99.95 in the early hours of Monday morning. “I was in complete disbelief. I thought I was dreaming or something, and it took about an hour for me to realise wha..
16-Dec-2016
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Project gathers speed
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO is three months away from being able to land a 75-seat passenger aircraft, and a step closer to attracting a domestic carrier. The new 1.6 kilometre runway at the Bendigo airport has passed all checks by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and was commissioned at noon on Wednesday. ..
10-Feb-2017
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Courts face change
Sharon Kemp
HEIGHTENED security and fresh calls for improvements to the Bendigo Law Courts coincided with the beginning of the legal year this week. Speeches to mark the new legal year focused on increased use and expectations on the court system in Bendigo as the population grows, making increasingly n..
03-Feb-2017
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Pat on the back for service
Sharon Kemp
CLIFF Richards’ Medal of the Order of Australia is an honour, says the 15-year president of the Bendigo District RSL. But “just a simple ‘well done mate’, and a pat on the back, I’ll take that,” Mr Richards said. After 40 years of service to Australian..
26-Jan-2017
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Peter's back on the air
Dianne Dempsey
The newly appointed president of 105 LifeFM, Peter Stanton, said he’s extremely happy to be working in radio once more. “I was invited onto the board for 12 months and then in November 2016 elected president.” he said. Broadcasting 24 hours a day, 105.1 LifeFM, is a not..
19-Jan-2017
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Skye's back in Bendigo
Sam Kane
NOT many recently graduated doctors can say they started their career in a new multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art hospital. But, that’s exactly what’s happening for Bendigo’s Skye Kinder – a name well known to locals, and now one of Bendigo Health’s ne..
13-Jan-2017
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Mall a top spot for summer
Bendigo Weekly
Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained over the summer break? Then head down to Hargreaves Mall on Thursday for a Summer School Holiday Fun Day. There will be a water play inflatable jumping castle and slide for some warm weather fun. Children who aren’t keen on gett..
05-Jan-2017
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June and beyond
Simon Wooldridge
You probably need a spreadsheet, or app, or old-fashioned personal assistant if you really want to keep up with what’s happening locally, live music-wise these days. The next couple of months looks frenetic. A quick scan of venue websites and artists’ social media posts offe..
01-Jun-2017
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Calvert on the tram
Bendigo Weekly
The Blues Tram is set to roll again on Saturday May 27 with two very talented singer-songwriters on board. Hailey Calvert and Luke Watt will entertain and charm passengers on a vintage restored W Class tram as it traverses the Bendigo CBD. From Queensland, soulful powerhouse Hailey Calv..
26-May-2017
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Bash out music
Simon Wooldridge
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 27 is MusicMan’s annual Birthday Bash party. The Bendigo CBD rock venue will host 20 bands and artists from early afternoon. The bash will be a two-pronged aural assault on two floors. The line-up includes Demonic Cowboys, Moustache Ant, and A Day of Storms fro..
26-May-2017
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The party man returns
Simon Wooldridge
Aussie music icon Mick Thomas hits Bendigo’s Capital Theatre this coming Sunday, May 21. The former Weddings Parties Anything front man is in town with his band The Roving Commission on one leg of a lengthy nationwide tour. It’s a tour with a difference though. Thomas wi..
19-May-2017
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Concert at your fingertips
Bendigo Weekly
It was three years in the making but the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Virtual show is a masterpiece. The musicians spent a day at Fox Studios, but they were not making a movie, they were meticulously recording and filming their parts in the orchestra to be brought together for the s..
19-May-2017
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Musos at the church
Bendigo Weekly
JO JO SMITH is one of Australia’s greatest musical treasures, a sexagenarian pocket-rocket, soul-singing, groove-driving tour de force and 2017 marks her 50th year in the biz. To celebrate this extraordinary, generous life of music-making, Jo Jo is hitting the road with friends and mu..
11-May-2017
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Tough time for Braves
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO Braves coach Ben Harvey has called on his players to treat every game like it’s their last one, as the team battles inconsistency and injuries in a frustrating 2017 South East Australian Basketball League season. The Braves are fourth on the South Conference ladder, but a disap..
29-Jun-2017
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Victory in the desert
Peter Kennedy
THE harsh central Australian desert provided a stunning backdrop to competitors in the gruelling Finke Desert race staged earlier this month near Alice Springs. The iconic off-road, multi-terrain two day event draws more than 600 starters from across Australia each year, for the annual race ..
29-Jun-2017
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Haig climbs to rare form on European peaks
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO cycling ace Jack Haig continues to make his mark on the world stage with the young Orica-Scott rider recording outstanding results in both the recent Criterium de Dauphine and Tour of Slovenia. Haig finished third in the Tour of Slovenia after jostling with some of the world’s ..
22-Jun-2017
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Strong BSSC romps into footy final
Bendigo Weekly
A RAMPANT Bendigo Senior Secondary College has won through to the final of the prestigious School Sport Victoria premier league football final after demolishing Hallam Senior College by 49 points on Wednesday. The BSSC side pulled away from their opponents in the final quar..
22-Jun-2017
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Spinners take the bronze
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO’S Jontee Brown has won a world championship bronze medal as part of the Australian Spinners under-23 wheelchair basketball team. The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation championships were held in Canada earlier this month, culminating in the finals played out last we..
22-Jun-2017
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Mixed Spirit
Joel Peterson
A NEW-LOOK Bendigo Spirit will hit the floor in the Women’s National Basketball League this season, and the changes are not confined to just the club’s playing roster. The club announced its fourth signing, WNBA point guard Rachel Banham, early this week. While Banham will li..
16-Jun-2017
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Wheelchair a winner
Bendigo Weekly
Gerard Smith’s mobility has been improved considerably with the aid of a custom built wheelchair. Benetas St Laurence Court resident Mr Smith, who served in the armed forces, is unable to walk due to a complex medical condition and needs a wheel chair to mobilise. He and his wife..
26-Jan-2017
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The big move nears
Bendigo Weekly
IT is just a few days until Bendigo Health moves into the new world class Bendigo Hospital, with patient move day planned for Tuesday. Bendigo Health Board Chair, Bob Cameron, said excitement was building as the move to the new hospital gets closer. “Many months of planning and pr..
19-Jan-2017
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RSPCA cuts fees to help cats find homes
Bendigo Weekly
RSPCA Bendigo is waiving the $120 adoption fee for cats for four days next week to give its many cats a better chance of a brighter future. The No Fee for Felines promotion applies to all cats four months and over and runs from Thursday, January 19 to Sunday, January 22. RSPCA Vict..
12-Jan-2017
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Precious Ruby a hospital gem
Bendigo Weekly
Therapy dog Ruby is lifting the spirits of patients at St John of God Bendigo Hospital. Ruby visits patients each Thursday afternoon in the rehab unit to offer pet therapy for those who wish to spend time with her. Delta Therapy Dogs volunteer, and Ruby’s owner, Julian..
05-Jan-2017
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Call out for blood
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo needs more than 120 blood donations between Christmas and the new year in order to prevent a shortage of blood products vital to the treatment of cancer patients. Bendigo donors are among the millions of busy Australians taking time for Christmas shopping and holidays, leading to a w..
21-Dec-2016
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Virtual views are a technical reality
Bendigo Weekly
A group of older people from the Bendigo region have embarked on a research project to explore the role that virtual reality technology can play in encouraging healthy ageing. Over a series of workshops, which started this week and continue throughout 2017, a group of up to 15 people aged 70..
16-Dec-2016
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Vet clinic set for city growth
Bendigo Weekly
A PLANNING permit has been granted for the development of a new vet clinic in Spring Gully, adding another clinic to the multitude of new animal care services starting up in Bendigo. What will be named the Spring Gully Animal Hospital is being built on the corner of Spring Gully Road and Bu..
02-Feb-2017
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Bright future for Meghan
Bendigo Weekly
Eaglehawk student Meghan Frederick is bucking the trend in the male-dominated world of science, technology, engineering and maths. Women hold fewer than one in five senior researcher positions in Australian universities and research institutes, and account for just a quarter of the STEM work..
26-Jan-2017
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High life for Jordan
Sharon Kemp
JORDAN Lees hadn’t realised until last August he had already done the bulk of the research he needed to start his own business UpDown Desk which launched in Bendigo on January 1. Mr Lees, a physiotherapist and law graduate working as an occupational health consultant, was sourcing for ..
20-Jan-2017
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Empowering Eaglehawk
Bendigo Weekly
Empowering Eaglehawk is a hugely successful community enterprise. Evidence of this success is the development of the Eaglehawk Canterbury Park Precinct facilities over the past 10 years. The latest project in the pipeline is a state-of-the-art playground which will include a flying f..
12-Jan-2017
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Website right for Bendigo jobseekers
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO will get its own dedicated online job board with the launch next month of the website Find a Job developed by central Victorian entrepreneur Adam Goodes. The city will be the pilot location for the business ahead of its eventual spread through regional Australia if Find a Job r..
06-Jan-2017
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Thales staff show and shine
Sharon Kemp
THEY make heavy armoured vehicles as a day job, and their own mechanical dreams for fun. So many of Thales’ Bendigo employees are restoring vehicles in their spare time, they can host their own car show. The “company collection” parked in block nine of the Thales Finn S..
21-Dec-2016
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Future bright for community pool
Sam Kane
SLATED with potential closure again during 2016, the Golden Square Community Pool is instead fighting back, this week recording their highest half-season patronage to date. Nearly 6900 swimmers have taken a dip since the November 19 opening, an increase of 1441 patrons on the same time last ..
12-Jan-2017
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Health the main issue
Sharon Kemp
VICKY Mason will watch out for vulnerable groups in Bendigo in her new role as the City of Greater Bendigo’s director of health and wellbeing. “I think that is the role I need to play, and as the economy changes, I think the numbers (of economically disadvantaged residents) migh..
05-Jan-2017
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Compost makes the garden grow
Bendigo Weekly
A community garden in Somerville Street, Flora Hill is set to thrive after receiving a load of rich compost made from the council’s organic waste collections. The Bendigo Sustainability Group has set up the garden to showcase sustainable living and help educate members of the public on..
21-Dec-2016
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Trouble spot action
Sharon Kemp
YEARS of community meetings, letters to politicians and protests by school children have yielded a result for Strathfieldsaye residents in the form of traffic lights at a notoriously dangerous intersection near the local primary school. And a leading campaigner for the crossing says she is h..
16-Dec-2016
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Fix that tram
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Tramways has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help cover the cost of restoring a rare 101‐year‐old J‐Class tram in its collection. There are hoping the Bendigo community will come on board to help get it back on the tracks. “Tram No. 7, which operated in Melbourne, Balla..
08-Dec-2016
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Stadium steeled for solid future
Sharon Kemp
THE arrival of 40 tonnes of steel at Bendigo Stadium means construction work that has been at ground level is suddenly taking on the shape of the new building. The stadium is still a year away from opening and has been hampered by wet weather during winter and spring. But the framework f..
01-Dec-2016
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A family tale
Dianne Dempsey
Everyone has a book in them so they say and in some instances, it’s best to leave that book right where it belongs. But in John Jeffrey’s case his book was well worth the writing. Starting with his background as a typical working class Aussie who was into “football, fr..
26-Jan-2017
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Stormy times
Rosalea Ryan
New York has barely recovered from the second-costliest hurricane ever to strike the US. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across Staten Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.Now, just a couple of weeks short of five years later, it’s mid September 2017 and an equally intimidatin..
19-Jan-2017
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Liar, liar...
Rosalea Ryan
It is deep winter in Iceland: a bleak, gloomy season when the region’s few hours of daylight are marred by unpredictable blizzards, roaring Arctic gales and impenetrable, all-enveloping fog. Over the course of roughly a week in late January, in the south-west of the country a series o..
12-Jan-2017
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Time right for telling all
Rosalea Ryan
More often than not the story of an affair lasting only a handful of months between two no-name actors 40 years earlier would remain unremarkable and untold; it would certainly not be material on which to base a potentially best-selling book. Yet by the time Carrie Fisher rediscovered three..
05-Jan-2017
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Year round lunches
Bendigo Weekly
A Bendigo resident, primary school teacher and a vegetarian who has become famous with her Instagram account has launched her first book – My Vegetarian Lunchbox. Renae Westley’s online photos about her vegetarian lunches have more than 60,000 followers. Working with local b..
21-Dec-2016
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Reporting from the heart
Rosalea Ryan
Australians know Simon Bouda – right? We know his name, we know his face, we know his voice and we certainly know the tragedies he covers as one of the Nine Network’s most experienced hard-news journalists. But what, really, do we know of Bouda as a person – as a son, husba..
15-Dec-2016
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