From dry to wet
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S driest June since records began was met with a wet start to July, but what was welcome rain for many is not expected to last. Just 2.2 millimetres of rain fell in Bendigo during June, the city’s driest month since record keeping began at Bendigo Prison in 18..
07-Jul-2017
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Secrecy cloaks mine reworking
Sharon Kemp
A 20-year veteran of the environmental review committee overseeing mining rehabilitation in Bendigo has described community consultation as the worst it has ever been, shrouded in secrecy and conducted without dignity. Mary Markey is a community representative for Kangaroo Flat and has decid..
07-Jul-2017
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Pollies have mixed views on first year
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO MP Lisa Chesters has marked the Coalition government’s past 12 months in office as a list of failures, but Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie claims the government’s focus has been to grow the nation’s economic base to create jobs, all the while managing the senate cro..
07-Jul-2017
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NBNco aims to improve
Sharon Kemp
NBNCo will bring community consultation specialists to Bendigo following complaints by local residents and businesses about lower speeds than they are paying for in packages promoted by broadband retailers. The government-owned broadband wholesaler will begin next quarter a road show that w..
07-Jul-2017
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Branson backs Sun Loong 750
Bendigo Weekly
WEDNESDAY morning’s ceremony to celebrate the first direct flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong may well have been Virgin Australia’s media event, but it turned out to be Bendigo’s morning. Billionaire Sir Richard Branson employed one of Bendigo’s much loved Chinese dra..
07-Jul-2017
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Spend falls on Bendigo's pokies
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’S electronic gaming machines losses are continuing to decline, despite an increase in the number of poker machines installed at 11 venues across the city. Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation data to the end of May shows gamblers in Bendigo splurged more than..
07-Jul-2017
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Taxi protests come to Bendigo
Sharon Kemp
VICTORIAN taxi drivers brought their grievances to the electoral office of Bendigo East MP Jacinta Allan for the second time this year but the Transport Minister was in Melbourne. Protestors, led by the Transport Action Group, claimed the state government’s buyback price of $100,000 pe..
20-Feb-2017
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Bangarra covers new terrain
Bendigo Weekly
Bangarra Theatre dancers took time out on Wednesday, ahead of their performance of Terrain: A hymn to country. Terrain is a work exploring the fundamental connection between Aboriginal people and the land. Choreographed in 2012 by Frances Rings, Terrain originated on Arabunna land, in..
17-Feb-2017
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Changes ahead for diocese
Peter Kennedy
THE Diocese of Sandhurst has introduced a raft of changes in response to findings handed down by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that the diocese had the second worst rate of offending of all Australian dioceses. In a broad-ranging and in-depth intervi..
10-Feb-2017
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Gold win for mine
Sharon Kemp
AFTER a decade of steady production, the Fosterville Gold Mine on Bendigo’s doorstep has hit the jackpot, intercepting some of the richest gold mineralisation in the world. At just more than a kilometre below the surface, the rock sample that a drilling rig recovered this month reco..
03-Feb-2017
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Dream becomes reality
Bendigo Weekly
THE biggest project in Bendigo’s history is up and running. All patients have been moved and the enormous task of running the facility starts here. This is stage one, with more stages on the horizon, but if the first instalment is anything to go by, the hospital when complete will be the ..
27-Jan-2017
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Less than a day before the move
Sharon Kemp
THERE is the occasional worker carrying a tube of sealant, but ahead of tomorrow’s one-day move of patients into the new $630 million Bendigo Hospital, most working there are health professionals readying themselves at their stations. Tomorrow the move will be managed from three comman..
23-Jan-2017
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Darcie follows a defence calling
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Senior Secondary College also achieved another outstanding crop of VCE results this week, with Georgia Lewon named college dux with a score of 98.4. Georgia’s score included a 49 in health and human development as well as scores of 44 in both German and English. BSSC also h..
16-Dec-2016
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Three in top spot
Joel Peterson
ACCORDING to Catholic College Bendigo’s Aram Perez, Emma McGregor and Jack Duckett, the best way to settle the matter of year 12 dux is simple – don’t. While Bendigo’s two other VCE providers each crowned a single student as their top performer for 2016, CCB had a tre..
16-Dec-2016
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Art works in the lane
Bendigo Weekly
Things just got a whole lot more colourful at the multi-storey car park end of Chancery Lane with a series of fantastic new art works by local artists now on display. The art works are diverse in both style and genre and are already attracting attention and admiration from members of the com..
08-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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Food for those in need
Bendigo Weekly
A TIMELY trip has brought some Christmas cheer to Bendigo. Willing Older Workers provides practical and emotional support to workers who are over 50 and either unemployed or underemployed. Recently they received grants to buy a van and a refrigerated trailer which they took to St Andrew&..
21-Dec-2016
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Stepping up for Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
IF you have been walking or driving along Myers Street this month, you may have noticed an ever growing array of baskets hanging on the fence beneath the statue of Captain Cook. Each of the baskets has contained a giveaway or surprise as part of the church’s Advent-ure calendar. Homema..
21-Dec-2016
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Time to spread cheer
Sharon Kemp
IT will be a tough Christmas for some Bendigo families, according to federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters, who cites a 75-year high in inequality and the highest ever recorded underemployment in Australia. Ms Chesters has called on Bendigonians to help support local families this Christm..
16-Dec-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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Youth group takes on the phantom
Bendigo Weekly
THE Phantom of the Opera is coming to Bendigo. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is being staged by Nexus BYT. Nexus is a regional youth theatre that auditions youth from Bendigo and surrounding areas from year seven to VCE to perform in theatre. In the past, Nexus has performed prod..
11-May-2017
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Guitar man
Simon Wooldridge
Keith MacQueen is a busy man in Bendigo musical circles. Away from his role as secretary of the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, MacQueen plays guitar in four local bands – popular covers group The John Grossman Project, alt-country outfit Four Lions, heavy blues combo Swamp Monst..
11-May-2017
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Moovin in the groove
Simon Wooldridge
An outdoor touring regional festival at the end of autumn? On paper, it doesn’t immediately sound like a potentially successful commercial venture. Now in its 13th year though (ninth year in Bendigo), Groovin The Moo is a raging success. The Bendigo leg is a sell-out;..
04-May-2017
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Courtney as Cline
Steve Kendall
Always…Patsy Cline is a tribute to the country singer who died in a plane crash in 1963, and it’s coming to Bendigo in June. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-ton..
27-Apr-2017
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Ethanol reborn
Simon Wooldridge
Guitarist Tyson Hodges is all set for the hugely-anticipated Ethanol reunion gig at the Golden Vine tomorrow. “We’ve played the Vine so many times over the years. It’s the perfect place for us to slip back into the groove,” he said. For many Bendigonians the name..
27-Apr-2017
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Kerr’s Cur cometh
Simon Wooldridge
IT’s a busy few months for Kerr’s Cur, the Bendigo-based garage-indie outfit. Launching double A-side single Whipy / What’s Going On? sees the trio embark on a Victoria-wide tour, which includes a stop-off at the Golden Vine, this Saturday, April 22. The single comes fr..
20-Apr-2017
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Brave new identity
Joel Peterson
THEY spent the start of the season searching for an identity and three consecutive wins have the Bendigo Braves confident they’ve found their groove. The Braves were dogged by injuries and unavailability in the early part of the season and limped out of the blocks, going 4-6 through 10..
16-Jun-2017
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Young stars shine
Bendigo Weekly
THE best young players from Bendigo City and Bendigo Amateur Soccer League sides will put their skills to the test on Friday night at Epsom Huntly Reserve. The BASL’s development squad sides will play against City’s youth squads, headlined by a BASL under-21 squad taking on City&..
16-Jun-2017
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Junior rivals go for gold
Bendigo Weekly
TRADITIONAL foes Bendigo and Ballarat will square off once again in interleague football this weekend, with the Bendigo Junior Football League getting its chance to make amends for Bendigo’s AFL Victoria Community Championships defeat. Bendigo and Ballarat’s junior football leagu..
16-Jun-2017
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Bendigo divers turning heads
Joel Peterson
It’s another freezing Monday night in Bendigo, cold enough that you can see your every breath on the way in to the Mundy Street YMCA Stadium. This is a far cry from the indoor complexes of major cities, but for the Bendigo Divers between April and September, after the pools close, a qu..
09-Jun-2017
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City struggle continues
Joel Peterson
AMID a desperate fight to avoid relegation, Bendigo City FC has had a quiet transfer period among a flurry of signings from other Victorian National Premier League clubs. City’s fate looks all but sealed, the side sitting last in the NPL2 West with just one point from 17 games and a go..
09-Jun-2017
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Serving up a winning event
Bendigo Weekly
TABLE tennis players from across the state will hit Bendigo this weekend for the annual Victorian Country Championships tournament. Hundreds of competitors will descend on the Victoria Street table tennis and badminton stadium for the three days of competition. The annual event is the bi..
09-Jun-2017
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Team is fire ready
Bendigo Weekly
A CREW from Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises has helped with fire control during the planned burning season, skills that employees hope to use during traditional burning of land at Mt Barker near Harcourt, and other sites. Crew leader Ian Bentley led a team employed by Forest Fire Management Vict..
08-Dec-2016
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In memory of mates
Bendigo Weekly
VIETNAM veteran Rob Eade is a man on a new mission. He is riding around Australia laying flags at memorials in memory of Australians killed in the war. The Remembrance Ride Oz has taken Mr Eade on a trek from Cessnock, New South Wales via all points of the compass. “I was in..
01-Dec-2016
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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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Count the drops
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo inventor Len Williams has won the inaugural Tech for Good award at Electronica 2016 held in Munich. This is a new section to encourage hi-tech electronics applications which focus on benefits for the environment or quality of life. Mr Williams’ invention is a water meter sy..
16-Dec-2016
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Bendigo suffers from a vet shortage
Sharon Kemp
A SPECIALIST veterinary recruitment website shows the demand for qualified vets is higher in Bendigo than in any other regional city. The ads are all for existing veterinary practices in Bendigo but the city can also expect an influx of new clinics with Petstock looking to open a space at i..
08-Dec-2016
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Business leads the way on lighting
Bendigo Weekly
A BENDIGO business is doing its bit to light up for Christmas. For the past couple of year Wills Street Eyecare has decorated their business, a heritage house, with Christmas lights. The response from neighbours and patients was so positive, that this year they’ve invited the who..
01-Dec-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 to upgrade
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO TAFE will offer upgraded facilities and new courses in the sectors of health and community, and food and fibre from 2018 thanks to more than $25 million in state government funding. As health sector job opportunities increase in line with the new Bendigo hospital, TAFE will upgrade t..
24-Nov-2016
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The best of bikes
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo will host Australia’s first Cycling Innovation Showcase. The event on Thursday, Friday and Saturday next week will feature a range of cycling manufacturers and designers, guest speakers and demonstrations of cutting edge cycling-related technology and development. On Satu..
17-Nov-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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Winter's depths
Rosalea Ryan
The Ice Beneath Her Camilla Grebe Allen & Unwin $39.99 Stockholm’s crisp mid-winter perfection has been shattered, its pristine snowscape disfigured by a geyser of human blood. In an exclusive outer suburb of the city a woman has been murdered, her body crumpled in a hallw..
08-Dec-2016
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A fresh view
Rosalea Ryan
BRITT-MARIE is not the type of woman to put a coffee cup down without using a coaster, not does she eat pizza straight from its box. Britt-Marie is proper, attentive, precise, correct – “normal”, in other words. To less particular people, however, Britt-Marie could be descr..
02-Dec-2016
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Change of pace
Rosalea Ryan
Falling Jane Green Macmillan, $29.99 Emma Montague isn’t looking for a boyfriend, and she certainly isn’t looking for a ready-made school-aged son. Yet in the process of renting an unfashionably dated beachfront cottage in sleepy Westport, Connecticut, she finds ..
24-Nov-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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