Recycle fix for dumpers
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO locals love being part of the city in the forest, but local and state authorities pay more than $180,000 a year cleaning up the waste we throw in our common backyard. If they took just the smallest effort, says Eaglehawk Recycle Shop manager Peter Buck, the cost would be reduced for..
12-May-2017
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Budget impacts on city
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO will compete for funding earmarked for Australian regional centres in a suite of federal budget initiatives aim at shoring up the broader rural voting base for the government. But the big ticket $8.4 billion Inland Rail project that Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce wants us t..
12-May-2017
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Supermarket leads world in health study
Sharon Kemp
Australian-first research into the effects of the promotion of healthy food in supermarkets will be conducted in Bendigo and is likely to have international impact, according to lead researcher Adrian Cameron. With a $550,000 grant from the National Health and Medical Research Counci..
12-May-2017
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Think pink on Sunday
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Marketplace has turned pink in support of breast cancer research and this weekend’s Mother’s Day Classic fun run event. Retail outlets throughout the complex were encouraged to show their support for breast cancer research this week, with shop windows a se..
12-May-2017
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Stories to improve literacy
Sharon Kemp
IT is as simple as it gets: you want a child to read, give her a library. In Bendigo in the year since it was launched, 260 families have started a library thanks to a program called Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Organisers hope to reach more families through the separate Lit..
11-May-2017
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Persistence pays off for Kalianna
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO West MP Maree Edwards gets mentioned a lot in connection to funding for Kalianna Special School, $10.1 million from this state budget which makes up the final amount that will complete a much-needed upgrade for the Nolan Street campus. After announcing the funding to an assembly of c..
05-May-2017
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Property Guide
Past conduct bites new council
Sharon Kemp
POOR conduct continues to shadow the new City of Greater Bendigo council with an independent arbiter’s report ruling this month on bullying and harrassment claims made about behaviour during meetings in January, April and May this year. The rulings involve current councillor James Will..
09-Dec-2016
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Precinct provides early gift for college
Joel Peterson
MARIST College is readying to open an $8 million Christmas present, with the school’s multi-use community and sports facility to be complete before the end of the year. The project is joint-funded by Marist and the City of Greater Bendigo, and will be used by the school and community u..
09-Dec-2016
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Light up time for Christmas tree
Bendigo Weekly
The annual Summer in the Parks will kick off tonight with the lighting of the Christmas tree family event in Rosalind Park. The Summer in the Parks Program features a range of free or low cost events during December, January and February. Parks and reserves across Greater Bendigo will co..
02-Dec-2016
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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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Trams on hair line
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s heritage trams are taking the Movember challenge this year and will be decked out with some magnificent moustaches throughout the month in order to fundraise for men’s health issues. “Men’s health is important to us at the tramways as we have a bunch of guys..
03-Nov-2016
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Sustainability on to a winner
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Sustainability Group has won the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award in this year’s awards for its diverse region-wide work in sustainability. The group is a community organisation that brings together a diverse range of people with a shared interest in sustainable l..
27-Oct-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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School highlights good mental health
Bendigo Weekly
Weeroona College Bendigo focused on mental health this week with the help of Livin. Livin is a registered charity, non-profit organisation that was founded to wipe out the stigma on mental illness and raise awareness for suicide prevention. The week included presentations to the school ..
27-Oct-2016
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Radio group rides
Bendigo Weekly
A local group is hopping into the saddle to raise some much-needed cash. The Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club, Pedal Radio Group, is taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge during October to fight kids’ cancer. Their goal is to ride 2000 kilometres t..
20-Oct-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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Current Issue

Home based release
Bendigo Weekly
Mariah McCarthy and Georgia Delves are returning to their rural roots in Bendigo to release their single Judgement Call. Collectively known as Deer Prudence, the pair released their debut single Sam’s Lament at the tail end of last year, with their new single taken from their forthcomi..
17-Feb-2017
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Rattlin' good fun at the Schaller
Bendigo Weekly
Need an excuse to enjoy some craft beers, local produce and great live music? On Saturday the Schaller Studio and The Pantry will be hosting another fun-filled, sunny Saturday session. Nibble and sip your way through the afternoon, soaking up the sun and raucous rhythm and blues music..
17-Feb-2017
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Songbirds hit the road
Sharon Kemp
A 15-year long friendship and numerous credits on each other’s albums have prompted two of Australia’s most celebrated musicians to go on the road together. Former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning and country singer/songwriter Kasey Chambers started the 10-date tour Sooner o..
09-Feb-2017
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Golden Vine gets the blues
Simon Wooldridge
Geoff Achison is Australian blues royalty. The internationally-renowned guitarist, who spent his early years in Malmsbury, has just embarked on a lengthy tour that also takes in the UK and US. Bendigo’s Golden Vine, tomorrow night, is gig number six of a scheduled 52 which also s..
09-Feb-2017
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Surge in the scene
Simon Wooldridge
Twelve months or so ago the following statement, from a hard-working local muso, may have seemed fanciful, or certainly very ambitious. “Musically, I want Bendigo to become the Seattle of Australia.” Now though, it sounds like a statement of intent; one that is getting some..
02-Feb-2017
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Music in the park
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo’s massive Summer in the Parks program continues with the Music in the Park concerts every Friday evening through February. The series of free concerts takes in Strathdale, Eaglehawk and White Hills before wrapping up in Rosalind Park on February 24. First up, next Friday, ..
26-Jan-2017
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Thunder set to roll
Joel Peterson
A NEW-look Bendigo Thunder will tackle a new challenge on Sunday when the club begins its first season in the new Northern Football league’s women’s competition against Darebin Falcons. The Thunder has been shuffled to one of the metropolitan leagues in AFL Victoria’s restr..
21-Apr-2017
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Junior games kick off
Bendigo Weekly
THOUSANDS of junior footballers will hit fields around central Victoria this weekend as the Bendigo Junior Football League season kicks off with grading matches. A record 149 teams will be in BJFL competitions, including the new under-15 girls age group. A new club has also joined the le..
21-Apr-2017
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New home for Hawks
Joel Peterson
EAGLEHAWK will christen its new Canterbury Park clubrooms this weekend when it hosts Kangaroo Flat in round two of the Bendigo Football Netball League season. The clubrooms have been a year in the making for the Hawks and marks the biggest and most visible stage of council’s Canterbury..
21-Apr-2017
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Grand final rivals square off again
Joel Peterson
ANOTHER wide-open season is expected in the BFNL’s A-grade netball, with a host of clubs aiming to chase down reigning premier Kangaroo Flat. Golden Square is first on the docket for the Roos tomorrow at 3.20pm, the Dogs undergoing a host of changes in the offseason. ..
13-Apr-2017
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Mixed bag for Pioneers
Joel Peterson
IT was an up-and-down weekend for the Bendigo Pioneers’ TAC Cup sides in games held in Bendigo last week. The Pioneers’ girls side had its first win of the new TAC Cup Girls competition on Friday, but on Saturday the Pioneers squandered several opportunities as Gippsland booted n..
13-Apr-2017
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Season fires up
Bendigo Weekly
ANY notion of a premiership hangover at Sandhurst has been met with a determined preseason effort that has the defending premiers ready to go in round one. The Dragons meet Strathfieldsaye on Saturday, the third straight season the sides have met in what is becoming an opening week tradition..
13-Apr-2017
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Garden trees for the chop
Bendigo Weekly
TWENTY-FOUR diseased Italian pencil pine trees will be removed from the entry promenade at the Bendigo Botanic Gardens, White Hills in coming weeks. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Debbie Wood said the trees which were planted in 2000 are suffering from cypress canker – a funga..
13-Oct-2016
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Bloke lunch a goer
Bendigo Weekly
PREPARATIONS for this year’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch are in full swing, with this year’s event to be held on Friday, November 18 at Ulumbarra Theatre from 12 noon. The Bendigo Weekly-backed event starts with the traditional outdoor barbecue lunch, before guests move inside to ..
06-Oct-2016
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Towel a fundraiser
Bendigo Weekly
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Bendigo is being asked to get on board with a fundraising appeal to help those living with the insidious disease. The so called Little Blue Towel might not seem like much, but each packet sold will help those diagnosed with breast cancer spend tim..
06-Oct-2016
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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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Set for the show
Bendigo Weekly
EAGLEHAWK primary school students have been getting their hands dirty for the Bendigo Agricutural Show. Held over two days, Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, the event has encouraged the school to make wheelbarrow gardens. They are no ordinary gardens though, p..
13-Oct-2016
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Bank buys in to WA home loans
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has bought $1.4 billion of home loans in Western Australia, and added 6000 new customers to its existing 1.5 million. The bank this week reassured investors the mortgages it bought from the WA government-owned Keystart Housing Scheme Trust, which typically lent to f..
06-Oct-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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Music on the move
Bendigo Weekly
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was in Bendigo this week for a performance at Ulumbarra Theatre Ahead of their performance, musicians from the orchestra will took part in workshops with schools in the area including Lockwood Primary School. As the MSO loves Bendigo so much, the musician..
06-Oct-2016
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TAFE gears up
Bendigo Weekly
Automotive students from Bendigo and its surrounds can look forward to a whole new training experience at Bendigo TAFE Charleston Road campus. On October 12, upgraded automotive facilities featuring across-the-board improvements will be unveiled for the first time. Students and industry..
28-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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Wrong place, right time
Rosalea Ryan
WHEN I have a class reunion kind of thing, we just have a beer; we don’t, like, tackle terrorists or anything. The voice is unmistakable: Barack Obama. It’s late August 2015 and, huddled over an iPhone in northern France, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler are being congratulated by t..
06-Oct-2016
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Bovine beauties
Rosalea Ryan
Long, wide, curly, straight or curved: the horns adorning the cattle that feature in photographer-writer Daniel Naudé’s dramatically handsome coffee-table book are as spectacular and distinctive as hairstyles or gowns at any red-carpet event. South African Naudé captures with..
28-Sep-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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