CEO loss but stadium still on track
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Stadium Limited chief executive Jason Wallace has resigned. Mr Wallace’s departure comes as the business works to deliver a $22 million-dollar expansion of its West Bendigo arena and upgrade a second property that will provide a new source of income from pokies. Chairman Br..
19-May-2017
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Housing site causes row
Sharon Kemp
AFTER attracting more than 100 objections, a medium-density housing development in East Bendigo will test the resolve of City of Greater Bendigo councillors on its compact city strategy. The council has marked the 2.6 hectares of land, bordered by Lansell and Lloyd streets and subject to Lan..
19-May-2017
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Council consistent on cottage
Sharon Kemp
A BATTLE has erupted over a dilapidated miner’s cottage on Marong Road that the City of Greater Bendigo wants to save because of its alignment to the road. The cottage described as “not a quick fixer upper” is deemed significant because it sets askew on the block to..
19-May-2017
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Bats have right to stay
Sharon Kemp
BATS swarming in Rosalind Park are likely to stay until spring and the City of Greater Bendigo faces fines of up to $7 million and imprisonment if it tries to move them on. Responding to a question at Wednesday night’s council meeting, mayor Margaret O’Rourke said the bats were a..
19-May-2017
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Course with a cause
Bendigo Weekly
Norma Tauiliili is visiting Bendigo from Samoa as part of a three-month agricultural scholarship. The Rotary Club of Bendigo is hosting Norma and she has gained experience on a number of properties in the Bendigo region and has started a certificate course at Bendigo TAFE. Norma works fo..
19-May-2017
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Bendigo Bank a winner in levy
Sharon Kemp
FEDERAL Treasurer Scott Morrison effectively endorsed regional and smaller banks including Bendigo and Adelaide Bank on budget night by imposing a levy upon the largest banks and advising customers to move their money if the big four passed on the new cost. The share price of Bendigo and Ade..
12-May-2017
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Bendigo firm backs sports star
Bendigo Weekly
Australia’s longest running community based sporting awards has a new backer, following this week’s announcement Bendigo-based digital solutions company Cloud Copy Click had thrown its support behind the awards. Bendigo Weekly managing editor and Sports Star of the Year committee..
20-Jan-2017
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Family fights for property
Sharon Kemp
THE daughters of the family who built the Nanga Gnulle estate in Strathdale are appealing to Bendigo residents to object to developers’ plans to bulldoze the two-hectare property and build 15 houses. Cathy Spencer and Jacquie Anderson’s parents built the estate containing a home desi..
13-Jan-2017
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Ibis influx raises a stink
Sharon Kemp
ASK people at Lake Weeroona their impression of Bendigo’s most popular recreation place, they will likely tell you it stinks. But nothing will be done about the protected Australian white ibis that have taken over two small islands on the western side of the lake for at least a month ..
06-Jan-2017
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Trees make a link
Sharon Kemp
STANDING two 600-year-old scar trees at Ulumbarra is the culmination of more than two years of work, and links two multi-million-dollar projects, and indigenous culture to European infrastructure. The Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation identified the trees – a river red gum a..
21-Dec-2016
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Backhaus estate sold with estates business
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has sold its trusts and estates businesses administered by Sandhurst Trustees, which includes the expansive Backhaus estate. Melbourne-based Equity Trustees notified the Australian Stock Exchange on Monday morning it had bought the businesses for $5 million and woul..
19-Dec-2016
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Concentration urged near roadworks
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Highway Patrol officers blame lack of concentration for more drivers speeding than those who don’t through 80 kilometre an hour roadworks at the Ravenswood Interchange. Police are urging drivers to switch the focus on and turn off cruise control well before speed limits reduce ..
16-Dec-2016
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Golden Square burn close to home
Sharon Kemp
A 23 hectare planned burn underway in Golden Square will help neutralise Bendigo's highest fire danger risk in the urban area, according to Forest Fire Management Victoria. Fire management crews started the planned burn this morning north of the Specimen Hill channel which is east of Olympic..
02-Dec-2016
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Power of the sun
Bendigo Weekly
AN energy saving idea is another step in the growth of solar power. The Community Foundation for Central Victoria is investing in Bendigo Heritage Attractions by installing a 50-kilowatt solar PV installation on the Bendigo Trams Depot roof. The foundation will buy the photovoltaic (PV) ..
01-Dec-2016
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Cool clutch bags prize
Bendigo Weekly
Suzanne Carroll has beaten tough competition and has been announced winner of the Regional Pitchfest in Bendigo on Wednesday. The event was held at The Engine Room where the top five finalists presented their big innovative ideas to a live audience. A panel of judges..
24-Nov-2016
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Council to trial digital bike port
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo is using its own staff as guinea pigs to try out a digital bike parking scheme that one day could be rolled out to the public. The idea behind Cycleport is that staff members ride a bike to appointments, rather than booking out a car. It is also an experiment ..
18-Nov-2016
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Liacos is gallery chairman
Sharon Kemp
THE challenge for the Bendigo Art Gallery will be to keep raising the bar for regional galleries, says the new chairman of the gallery board, Stan Liacos. “You should never be complacent, this community has brought the gallery to great heights but you cannot take your eye off the ball,..
17-Nov-2016
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Time to remember
Bendigo Weekly
ACROSS Australia today one minute of silence will be observed at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month. Remembrance Day provides many opportunities for veterans and families to seek links to their heritage and to ensure the ideals of peace and freedom gained by the supreme sacrifice is neve..
10-Nov-2016
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Summer Reading
Bendigo Weekly
Children are invited to explore super heroes and their villainous counterparts at Goldfields Libraries these school holidays in the annual Summer Reading Club. Last year the Summer Reading Club was a huge success with more than 48,000 children reading more than 333,000 books across Australia..
16-Dec-2016
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Hot fuzz cops a cash win
Bendigo Weekly
LOOKS like mo’s are back in fashion at Bendigo Police station, at least until today. Nineteen officers signed up for the pledge with the sole aim of raising money to change the face of mens’ health. The team have modestly named themselves Hot Fuzz, and are fundraising for the..
01-Dec-2016
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Prevention the main aim
Bendigo Weekly
AN initiative to raise funds to support local grass-roots violence prevention programs and projects launched this week. Equity Prevents Violence is appealing to the public to help them reach their $18,000 fundraising goal for the year. The group is a partnership between Community Found..
24-Nov-2016
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Pool action heats up
Bendigo Weekly
Pools across Greater Bendigo are opening for the summer season. Brennan Park, Kangaroo Flat, Heathcote and Marong pools will open on Sunday. Golden Square and White Hills pools will open on Saturday November 26, followed by Elmore and Goornong Pools on Saturday December 3 and Raywood poo..
17-Nov-2016
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Walk for Beccky
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo walkers will unite on Sunday to raise funds for kidney health research and to remember one of their own, Beccky Johns. Beccky died in November last year from complications associated with kidney disease. Beccky’s mum Sue, dad Paul and sister Tara, have invited everyone in ..
10-Nov-2016
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Drama at the cinema
Bendigo Weekly
A new feature film by two Victorian sisters, Sophie and Dominique Mathisen, is coming to Bendigo this month. Drama, set entirely in Paris and London, celebrates the value of friendships that often outlast the relationships with those that share our beds. “These days you are less like..
02-Nov-2016
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Current Issue

MusicSlam at the Musicman
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo’s Musicman has for many years catered for the more alternative, edgier, fringier, less commercial acts on the live music circuit. But the CBD venue mixes it up from time to time. In recent weeks, a disco covers act, Brooklyn’s Finest, has graced the stage and just t..
10-Mar-2017
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Waifs mark 25 years with Bendigo visit
Sharon Kemp
THE fans of enduring folk rock band The Waifs have a reputation, according to vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Vikki Thorn, of being among the most loyal in the music industry. So, last year and ahead of their upcoming 25th anniversary tour, the trio of Thorn, sister Donna Simpson and Josh..
02-Mar-2017
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Music mix for March
Simon Wooldridge
MARCH is going to be another exciting month for live music in Bendigo. Scanning the online what’s on and events pages, it’s shaping up to be pretty busy, with many highlights. Tomorrow, Saturday, March 4, sees two regular musical visitors to Bendigo join forces for a doubl..
02-Mar-2017
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Playing the greats
Simon Wooldridge
THE term “legend” gets over-used in popular music. Eric Clapton though, is one of a handful of stars who genuinely carries that label. Tomorrow night, a group of Bendigo musicians will come together for a special Eric Clapton and Allman Brothers Band tribute show at the Golden V..
23-Feb-2017
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Night moves
Simon Wooldridge
It seems only a few weeks ago that the last guitar riffs of another explosive Travis Bowlin set pretty much rounded-out proceedings at the sixth Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival. That November weekend saw the most successful festival to date with around 17,000 punters soaking up the s..
17-Feb-2017
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Philharmonia returns
Bendigo Weekly
After several successful European tours in 2015 and 2016 the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne is coming back to Bendigo with a powerful new programme. “Classical music the world over” is the motto of the orchestra. The ensemble’s Jens Kehling said it is irrelevant for th..
17-Feb-2017
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A captaincy conundrum
Joel Peterson
BEFORE last Saturday, Brett Fitzpatrick’s decision as to who would captain Bendigo in interleague was as simple as this: Is Jack Geary playing? Unfortunately, the answer to that question after last weekend is no, and leaves the Bendigo coach with a conundrum as to who will lead the ..
05-May-2017
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Pios face huge test
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Pioneers coach Rick Coburn is confident a first home win is not far away as his side readies to host reigning premier Sandringham on Sunday. Since a victory against Greater Western Victoria Rebels a month ago, Bendigo has dropped its past three games, all at the Queen Elizabeth Oval...
05-May-2017
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Grants go to good sports
Bendigo Weekly
A HOST of talented young locals have been given a helping hand in the form of sporting grants from federal Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters. The grants were presented to athletes from across sports and codes on Wednesday at the Bendigo Badminton and Table Tennis Complex. Athlet..
05-May-2017
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High hopes for Braves
Joel Peterson
A RETURN to a full-strength side is the boost that coach Ben Harvey hopes can kick start the Bendigo Braves’ campaign when Bendigo hosts Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence squad tonight. Bendigo has gone 3-3 as it battles injury to key personnel, but that record belies t..
28-Apr-2017
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Options aplenty in BFL squad
Joel Peterson
VERSATILITY and youth will be the two main traits of Bendigo’s interleague side to take on Ballarat next month. The BFL squad had its first training session on Wednesday at Castlemaine, with 25 of the 58 players named in attendance. While that number seems light on, Fitzpatrick sai..
28-Apr-2017
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WNBL on new screens
Joel Peterson
A RETURN to television is the first step in revitalising the Women’s National Basketball League, and now it is up to clubs and the league itself to capitalise on the opportunity. Broadcaster Fox Sports will televise at least one game live per week and has pushed the league to shorten i..
28-Apr-2017
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Bendigo's golden tale
Bendigo Weekly
THERE are key themes running through the non-fiction books of historical writer James Lerk – gold, Bendigo and the precious results of his enduring search for hidden stories. Mr Lerk, who also writes a regular column for the Bendigo Weekly, positions these hitherto undiscovered titbits for..
24-Nov-2016
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Grants for volunteers
Sharon Kemp
Federal grants are an important source of funding for volunteer-run community groups. As the latest round opens for applications, Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters is urging central Victorian groups to apply. The grants, from $1000 to $5000, can be used to buy equipment or training, or help vo..
17-Nov-2016
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Angel pilots needed
Bendigo Weekly
Angel Flight Australia is on a recruitment drive to find volunteer pilots and drivers in Bendigo. The group provides flights and drives for country people to attend their city medical appointments. The charity coordinates non-emergency flights to help country people trying to deal wi..
10-Nov-2016
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Fruit tops 1000kg
Bendigo Weekly
THE McKern Foundation backed Fresh Fruit Fridays initiative has reached an important milestone, with organisers confirming the supply of up to 1000 kilograms of fruit to local schools each week. Since the program’s inception in May 2015, the tally of schools throughout central and nort..
03-Nov-2016
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Filipino Fiesta a fundraiser for community
Bendigo Weekly
A Filipino Fiesta in Hargreaves Mall next month is all for a good cause, supporting communities destroyed by a typhoon three years ago. On November 8, 2013, the strongest typhoon ever recorded made its landfall in the Visayas region of central Philippines. Within hours, Typhoon Haiyan, ..
27-Oct-2016
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Martyn program is just the job
Bendigo Weekly
The Year 8 Martyn Program students at Catholic College Bendigo have gone public with the projects they have developed around their personal skills and passions. From dressmaking and woodwork to hand-made bikes, computers, sheep shearing, films, stories and more – it was all on show fo..
20-Oct-2016
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Special agents
Bendigo Weekly
TRAVEL agents Angela and John Meek have cruised to victory as Independent Travel Group’s agent of the year for Victoria. The couple own Bendigo Travel and Cruise Centre in Hargreaves Street which has a team of six who have combined experience in excess of 130 years. The award recog..
24-Nov-2016
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Wood art in time for Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
HERE’s something different for Christmas. Two Bendigo women are launching a product inspired by their walks in the bush. Their handmade Christmas trees are made from sticks found in and around Bendigo collected, prepared, cut, drilled, and assembled by Trudy Allsopp and Linda, nei..
17-Nov-2016
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Bendigo on the web
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW website is placing Bendigo front and centre on the internet. Bendigo entrepreneurs Dale Harris and Bryley Savage have created an online platform to find local products, so you can buy directly from the maker, or buy from your local store. “We all want to support local busines..
10-Nov-2016
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TAFE on course to learn
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo TAFE is kicking off a new suite of hospitality, tourism and events courses. The courses will provide Bendigo learners with local access to training, work placements, industry networking and pathways to career opportunities. Bendigo TAFE’s chief executive Trevor Schwenke ..
03-Nov-2016
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Surgery a lifesaver
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Health has implanted the first polymer stent that reabsorbs into the body and completely disappears after two years. The cardiology unit at Bendigo Hospital has used metal stents since the device became part of the mainstream treatment of heart disease, but the metal version stays in..
27-Oct-2016
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New PEAK for Sports Star
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO based PEAK Sport Australia is one of the founding sponsors of a new scholarship program aimed at helping emerging athletes from central and northern Victoria further their sporting careers. The scholarship program is an initiative of the Bendigo Sports Star Awards committee. PEAK..
20-Oct-2016
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Top points for ballerina Tiahna
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO student Tiahna Agnoletto has proved hard work can get good results. The 16-year-old will be off to the Queensland Ballet School next year after being chosen as one of the lucky few who auditioned across Australia and New Zealand for a position at this prestigious school. Tiahna h..
10-Nov-2016
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Hop on board
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW group is set to operate on Crusoe Reservoir, offering a healthy outlet for women. Surfing Victoria and VicHealth have pooled resources to relaunch Coasting: Stand Up Paddleboarding for women, a program designed to get more females active over the summer, with a three-session program in..
03-Nov-2016
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Blood bank tips a race for donations
Bendigo Weekly
WITH the Bendigo Cup over for another year the Australian Red Cross Blood Service is concerned the race that stops the nation could also stop vital blood donations. The Bendigo Blood Donor Centre needs more donors to roll up their sleeves until November 2 with more than 50 appointments still..
27-Oct-2016
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Night of vintage glamour
Bendigo Weekly
YOU can step back in time with the Eaglehawk Community House with their vintage fashion parade at the end of this month. MC for the evening will be Kerry Lorenz, who recently starred as Judy Garland in the fabulous musical Boy from Oz. Kerry featured dresses from Lyn Asling’s Pan..
20-Oct-2016
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100 years at BSE
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO South East will host a Centenary Celebration Day on Saturday to recognise the 100 year history of the college. The aim is to reconnect past staff and students, demonstrate development of the facilities and build the BSE alumni for the years to come. In August 1916, the first sch..
20-Oct-2016
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Upgrade for track
Joel Peterson
WITH the Bendigo line out of action until the end of October, V/Line is taking the opportunity to complete $46 million of works on the Bendigo rail corridor. Work including replacement of level crossings is under way on the lines through to Swan Hill and Echuca, with major work at Taradale o..
14-Oct-2016
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Nordic noir trilogy continues
Rosalea Ryan
ICELAND is reeling. Still struggling in the wake of the 2008 financial crash, the country has been struck by a second, equally unexpected blow: the 2010 volcanic eruption and subsequent rumblings of Eyjafjallajökull. An ash cloud is enveloping Reykjavík, polluting the city’s air. ..
17-Nov-2016
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Romance in the Riverina
Rosalea Ryan
COLLEGE student Cindy is nursing a broken heart for the first time. Rather than propose as expected, her boyfriend of two years has just prioritised Harvard law school ahead of their relationship, leaving Cindy mortified and alone, the only unattached member of her southern California group of f..
10-Nov-2016
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Island intrigue
Rosalea Ryan
A 10-year-old boy is missing, a family is grieving and a tiny, isolated community on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean is being torn apart by suspicion and blame. Five years ago Max Wheeler disappeared while having an overnight camping adventure alone on Priest’s Island, a speck of private la..
03-Nov-2016
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All paths cross in Rome
Rosalea Ryan
Septuagenarian British sisters-in-law Lizzie and Constance are in Rome on a mission: to scatter Henry’s ashes into the River Tiber. American Alec and Australian Meg are equally focused – in their case, on finding the elusive source of a specific blue tile for their unhappy marital ho..
27-Oct-2016
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Relationships tested
Rosalea Ryan
ASK anybody outside southern Africa to name a famous Botswanan and almost invariably they will respond with “that Precious woman – you know, the one in the book”. Much of the world knows little about day-to-day happenings in Botswana yet millions of readers are relatively familiar ..
20-Oct-2016
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Travel tales
Rosalea Ryan
MANCHESTER native Georgia is intelligent, successful and happily in love. Her relationships are solid; her career is booming. This has not always been the case. Only 12 months ago Georgia was suffering from a bout of severely wounded pride, cut adrift by a two-timing fiancé and left emoti..
13-Oct-2016
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