TAFE improvements cause disruption
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Kangan Institute will demolish a block of classrooms facing Chapel Street to make way for the new nursing training facility to which the Victorian government has directed $17.7 million. Removing the TAFE’s J building and refitting P building on the corner of McCrae Street for ..
06-Jan-2017
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Weekly reaches a grand milestone
Peter Kennedy
To many readers, this week's edition of the Bendigo Weekly is just like any other; it's the forerunner to next week's and follows on from the one before it, but to those of us charged with creating the product you the reader has in front of you right now, this is special. Issue 1000 of the B..
06-Jan-2017
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Road deaths take a toll
Sharon Kemp
IN a year which saw road deaths rise by 16 per cent, Bendigo drivers were caught by cameras committing more than 10,000 offences adding up to fines of almost $3 million. The offenses included speeding, running a red light and driving an unregistered car and are what Victoria Police des..
06-Jan-2017
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End of road for library
Dianne Dempsey
The Bendigo Goldfields Library mobile library service has been replaced this year by permanent library agencies. In its heyday, during the 1990s, the mobile library service consisted of three vans which in 1997/98 distributed 154,427 items. But in recent years, the number of vans running..
06-Jan-2017
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Work underway on Napier Street
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER years of hearing talk about it, residents awaiting the upgrade of Napier Street are seeing work on the ground. VicRoads are doing the preliminary work confirming the location of underground services ahead of widening Napier Street to a dual carriageway for 2.7 km north from Weeroona Co..
04-Jan-2017
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All talk and no action, says MP
Sharon Kemp
IN a year in which federal parliament sat only 13 out of 22 weeks, federal Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters laments that rhetoric, not policy, filled most of government sitting time. The July election, in which Ms Chesters won back the seat of Bendigo with an increased majority, disrupted parliament..
22-Dec-2016
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Hospital to create 1000 new jobs
Sharon Kemp
Bendigo Health will employ an additional 220 people in the first 12 months after the $630 million hospital opens, and up to 1000 extra staff in its first decade of operation. State government top-up funding of $32.17m to Bendigo Health’s 2016-17 operating budget allows the hospital to ..
26-Aug-2016
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Election numbers on way up
Sharon Kemp
CANDIDATES in this year’s council elections are likely to number well over 30 for the City of Greater Bendigo’s three wards. Two months out from the October 22 elections, as constituents turn their minds to voting issues, 26 candidates have already said they will run for the nin..
19-Aug-2016
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Gregson takes on councillors
Sharon Kemp
THE seeming inability of City of Greater Bendigo councillors to act respectfully has forced a brain drain from executive offices at Lyttleton Terrace, according to former councillor Wayne Gregson who this week announced his nomination for another four-year stint. Mr Gregson served as a counc..
12-Aug-2016
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O'Rourke in the running
Bendigo Weekly
Experienced community and business leader Margaret O’Rourke plans to throw her hat into the ring as an Eppalock Ward candidate in October’s City of Greater Bendigo council elections. Born and raised in Bendigo before embarking a career with Telstra took her around Australia, the ..
05-Aug-2016
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New pool work starts
Bendigo Weekly
THE new Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre is taking shape and this week saw community and local, state and federal government officials lined up to turn over the ceremonial sod at the site. The centre could be finished by the end of next year if all goes to plan. City o..
29-Jul-2016
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Bins on the move
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 40,000 new organics bins will start to roll out on Monday. Households in the urban Bendigo and Marong areas are part of the City of Greater Bendigo council’s new fortnightly organics collection service which kicks off on September 5, 2016. Council’s Natasza Purser s..
22-Jul-2016
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Lights, action in Huntly
Bendigo Weekly
THE new Huntly pedestrian crossing was given the green light this week as member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan joined local children to make the first crossing. “More than 8650 cars and trucks drive on the Midland Highway every day, which makes crossing the road difficult and dangerou..
04-Aug-2016
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All set for tennis growth
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO will boast the best tennis facility in Australia outside of Melbourne when the Nolan Street Tennis Complex redevelopment is complete, according to state sport minister John Eren. Plans for the $6.1 million, two-stage development were launched this week, as the Victorian government, t..
29-Jul-2016
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Delly in the running
Bendigo Weekly
MATTHEW Dellavedova is in the running to win back-to-back Bendigo Weekly/Prime 7 Bendigo Sports Star of the Year gongs after becoming Australia’s latest NBA champion last month. Dellavedova was named the monthly winner for June after his now former side, the Cleveland Cavaliers, marche..
22-Jul-2016
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Book a spot at the fringe festival
Bendigo Weekly
The Write on the Fringe festival is back this year with a full programme of literary fun and quirky happenings. It’s all scheduled to take place at the Bendigo Library from August 5 to 13, and the program is out now. This is the third year of the festival, which features a diverse ..
15-Jul-2016
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Courtesy for trams
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo mayor Rod Fyffe has joined forces with Bendigo’s tram drivers to appeal to all road users to show courtesy and understanding when crossing paths with oncoming trams. As Bendigo’s roads become busier, tram drivers are reporting having to wait for up to 10 traffic light cyc..
24-Jun-2016
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Award for O'Hoy
Bendigo Weekly
Passionate Bendigo historian Dennis O’Hoy was made a member of the Order of Australia this week for his great contributions to local history and education. Mr O’Hoy spent 40 years working in education at the Bendigo campus of La Trobe University, where he was head of the School ..
17-Jun-2016
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Diversity in art on show
Bendigo Weekly
One of the highlights of NAIDOC Week is the Knuldoorong Art Exhibition which will be held this year at Dudley House in View Street. The exhibition showcases the work of a diverse group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Aboriginal artist Samantha James will be exhibiting he..
01-Jul-2016
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New at the top
Bendigo Weekly
THE stately Fortuna Villa will host this weekend’s historic Rotary Club of Bendigo changeover dinner, with prominent business identity Glenn Reilly set to take the reins. Mr Reilly is a second generation Rotarian, and takes over from outgoing president Larrie Winzar. “It&rsq..
17-Jun-2016
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Nationals draw top spot on ballot
Sharon Kemp
A BALL draw has determined the four mainstream political parties running in Bendigo will fill the top five positions on ballot paper when voting for the Federal election begins on Tuesday. Significantly, the two second tier parties - the Nationals and the Australia Greens - will fill the top..
10-Jun-2016
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Sporting win for clubs
Bendigo Weekly
TWELVE Central Victorian sports and recreation clubs can kit up after winning grants in the latest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants. The grants are a traditional source of funding for local clubs and this year they shared in almost $1 million given out statewide. The Bendigo..
10-Jun-2016
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Safety first for cyclists
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo will complete works at one of the city centre’s busiest roundabouts in an effort to make it safer for cyclists. City of Greater Bendigo Engineering and Public Space Manager Brett Martini said work on the Williamson Street/Mollison Street roundabout included ..
03-Jun-2016
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Angela is top class at plain speaking
Bendigo Weekly
BSSC student Angela Stevens has won the regional final of the VCAA Plain English Speaking Awards held at Girton Grammar on Monday evening. BSSC PESA coordinator David van Es said it was a spectacular effort by Angela to win the regional final. “Against formidable opposition she d..
27-May-2016
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Showcase for the blues
Simon Wooldridge
This year’s second Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival Showcase event boasts an 18 act line-up with some familiar faces gracing the two stages. It all starts at noon on Sunday, July, 17 at the Golden Vine. The Mojo Corner have a mid-afternoon garden stage slot. And they’re l..
07-Jul-2016
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Fun-filled party with the band
Simon Wooldridge
THEY’RE busy boys, The Bennies. Just back from a European tour, in the middle of their second major Australia tour of the year and off to Europe again in October. They’re playing at Musicman in Bendigo on Sunday, July, 3. For the uninitiated, a Bennies gig is essentially a noisy,..
01-Jul-2016
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Hughsey's on the road
Bendigo Weekly
COMEDIAN Dave Hughes says he knows the joys of growing up in country Victoria and it helps when playing to regional audiences. Hughesy certainly gets his easy-going humour from his Warnambool origins, and is returning to Bendigo on August 27 with his new show Sweet at the Ulumbarra Theatre. ..
30-Jun-2016
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Dami’s road from Eurovison to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
By Natasha MacFarlane THERE has been no slowing down for Dami Im since her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Dami’s hugely successful performance of her song Sound of Silence came in at number two in the final point score tally, pushing her even further into the E..
24-Jun-2016
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Vote 1 for Kerr’s Cur
Simon Wooldridge
ELECTION day, Saturday, July, 2 is just about the perfect day for local indie band Kerr’s Cur to showcase tracks from their forthcoming debut album, Vote 1, Kerr’s Cur, at Bendigo’s Musicman. “We’re very excited about playing on Election Day. It’s like t..
24-Jun-2016
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Slam time a musical hit
Simon Wooldridge
Music Slam #7 at Musicman was absolutely pumping with hundreds of alternative music fans over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. I caught 15 of the 90 bands on two of the three days. Cameron Holmes and the Blues Dudes kicked off my Friday evening with their distinctive brand of he..
17-Jun-2016
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Dragons flying in BDCA
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO District Cricket Association ladder leader Sandhurst will not be going into its clash with bottom side Huntly North Epsom expecting anything other than a good run for its money, according to captain-coach Craig Howard. After a bright start last season, Sandhurst has again raced..
02-Dec-2016
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Sedgwick rams home early season form
Bendigo Weekly
SEDGWICK’S Rick Ladson is confident that the red hot form of his side can continue as the Rams head their final game before the Christmas break against West Bendigo. The Rams have quietly made an undefeated start to the season, but turned up the noise with a blistering batting pe..
02-Dec-2016
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Hockey test series proves a big hit
Joel Peterson
AUSTRALIA may only have drawn its two-test international hockey series with India in Bendigo, but the Kookaburras are hoping they are back in town before long. Bumper crowds at the Garden Gully Hockey Complex were treated to a first-class spectacle between two of the best sides in the ..
02-Dec-2016
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Coburn to lead Pioneers
Joel Peterson
FORMER South Bendigo coach and AFL Central Victoria football development manager Rick Coburn has been announced as the new coach of the Bendigo Pioneers. Coburn has been instrumental in the formation of the AFL Central Victoria football academies, and forming the local arm of the Australian ..
01-Dec-2016
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Kookaburras close test series with victory
Joel Peterson
THE message pregame was to "find a way" and the Australia Kookaburras did just that as they won the second and final International Festival of Hockey test in Bendigo tonight. Rebounding after a 3-2 loss last night, the Kookaburras were far cleaner in front of goal in tonight's clash at Bendi..
30-Nov-2016
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India takes first hockey test in Bendigo
Joel Peterson
INDIA withstood a late flurry from Australia to run out winners in the first of their two International Festival of Hockey tests at Bendigo's Garden Gully Reserve tonight. In a physical, attacking affair India made better of their chances on goal than a wasteful Australian outfit, clinical f..
29-Nov-2016
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Fun features for fifth festival
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Writers Festival will reveal its program for this year’s blockbuster event next week, with anticipation already building. Festival director Rosemary Sorensen told the Weekly to expect an even more star-studded line up with a couple of surprises and innovations. “This ..
27-May-2016
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Hands up to help
Bendigo Weekly
VOLUNTEERS have been recognised for their labours at morning teas throughout the week. The City of Greater Bendigo toasted its 580 volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week. The week runs until today, with the theme Give Happy, Live Happy. The council held a volunteers morning te..
13-May-2016
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Call out for food
Steve Kendall
UNITINGCARE Bendigo is calling on locals to raid their food pantry in a bid to help record numbers of people who are struggling with the rising cost of living. It comes after an increasing number of families, singles, children, welfare recipients and the elderly are turning to the communi..
22-Apr-2016
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Challenge in the right hands
Bendigo Weekly
A GROUP of 10 Bendigo residents has embarked upon a corporate challenge aimed at improving their general health and wellbeing. The group includes local real estate agents, publicans, marketing managers, public relations professionals, and company directors, as well as the Weekly’s Pete..
18-Mar-2016
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Banking on Sam
Bendigo Weekly
Catholic College 2015 Dux Samuel McCormick has received another title to add to his belt, this time named as a recipient of the prestigious Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship, one of 15 awarded out of 660 applicants Australia-wide. The scholarship is given out to exceptionally-high aca..
11-Mar-2016
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Police on the ball for culture festival
Bendigo Weekly
One of the most enjoyable events of the Festival of Cultures is the soccer match held between local Karen youth and members of the Bendigo Police. Senior Sergeant John Dalton of Bendigo Police said that this year his colleagues really have to lift their game. “We were defeated 40-0..
04-Mar-2016
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Minister backs local apparel
Sharon Kemp
DEFENCE minister Marise Payne has emphasised the export potential of Thales’ Bendigo-made Hawkei military vehicle during a visit to the company’s production facility in Junortoun with Liberal candidate Megan Purcell. Labor and Liberal are playing tug of war over credit for the $1..
20-May-2016
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Grill’d cooks up tasty fundraiser
Steve Kendall
THis year there’s an extra reason to be part of Grill’d Bendigo’s fundraiser. Now at its sixth event, the burger firm will be running its biggest community fundraising event ever. If $15,000 is raised, Grill’d founder Simon Crowe will match every dollar with a per..
13-May-2016
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Jobs win with new store
Bendigo Weekly
ALDI Epsom opened this week with a fanfare. The store will provide the community with award-winning grocery products and popular biweekly special buys, together with fresh fruit, vegetables and bread delivered daily. “Epsom residents can discover the Aldi difference,” a spok..
15-Apr-2016
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Recruiting call for firefighters
Bendigo Weekly
With recruitment applications about to close, CFA is urging those considering a career as a full-time, paid firefighter to get their applications in as quickly as possible. The recruitment drive is the result of a Victorian Government promise to recruit an additional 350 åpaid firef..
07-Apr-2016
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Bill's a winner at Eaglehawk UFS
Bendigo Weekly
UFS Eaglehawk Car winner Bill with Jason Shay, Jane Hall, Jeff Gook and Chris Romano. Bill won the his new Hyundai after shopping at Eaglehawk UFS Dispensary..
11-Mar-2016
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Growth plan develops
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo is working on an Urban Design Framework for the Strathfieldsaye Town Centre to guide future development as the town grows and doubles in population over the next few years. Council’s Trevor Budge said the UDF will establish the form and layout of the town c..
11-Mar-2016
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Plan change
Bendigo Weekly
PLANNING minister Richard Wynne has approved changes to the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme to help protect and enhance heritage buildings and reduce permit requirements for owners. Developed by council staff, the changes mean that minor planning matters will no longer require a planning per..
17-Jun-2016
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Chrysler fans gear up for a big weekend
Bendigo Weekly
As the Queen’s Birthday long weekend approaches the Central Victorian Chrysler Club are preparing for Chryslers, Valiants, Dodges, Plymouths and DeSotos to descend on Bendigo for the 10th Annual Midstate Mopars show and shine. With nine successful years behind them, Midstate Mopars is ..
10-Jun-2016
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Appy days for Vahland fans
Bendigo Weekly
Architect William Charles Vahland was a definitive character in Bendigo’s history and now his grand designs are open 24/7 in virtual form to the public in the city. The City of Greater Bendigo this week launched an app that once downloaded will send an alert, a location guide and infor..
03-Jun-2016
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A taste of the region
Bendigo Weekly
Join the Bendigo wine region on July 4 and 5 to discover the mystery and romance of winemaking with exclusive barrel tasting sessions at participating wineries. Like eating cherries from the tree or bread just out of the oven, the Barrel Tasting weekend offers the ability to taste wine right f..
19-Jun-2015
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Sharing cooking secrets
Bendigo Weekly
A VARIETY of hands-on specialist cooking classes will be hosted by the Country Women’s Association of Victoria on Saturday May 30 when they visit Bendigo for their state conference. The CWA will be sharing their cooking knowledge and secrets throughout three masterclasses including making sp..
15-May-2015
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Wagyu in a showcase
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo steakhouse restaurant The Woodhouse will present a six course regional wagyu beef showcase dinner on May 21. It’s a special event featured in the Australian Financial Review Top 500 best restaurants awards program. Finalists have been invited to present an event during May, ..
24-Apr-2015
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The food of life
Rosalea Ryan
The Umbrian Supper Club Marlena de Blasi Allen & Unwin $29.99 TAKE five women, one rustic makeshift kitchen and one shared weekly meal. Blend with tenderness, add a liberal pinch or two of understanding and season generously with love. This is the do..
03-Jun-2016
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Memoir of a life in turmoil
Rosalea Ryan
Leaving Before the Rains Come Alexandra Fuller Vintage $22.99 GROWING up in the backblocks of rural Zambia, surrounded by the turmoil and terror of Rhodesia’s civil wars and the constant uncertainty of post-colonialism, life is never dull for Alexandra Fuller...
26-May-2016
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Waxing lyrical in Brazil
Rosalea Ryan
In Brazil Fran Bryson Scribe $32.99 With anticipation of this year’s Olympics now on everyone’s lips it’s hardly surprising that the games’ host, Brazil, is attracting more than its usual share of international attention. Through a series o..
20-May-2016
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The other ship
Rosalea Ryan
The Midnight Watch David Dyer Penguin $32.99 A crystal-clear, moonless night, an iceberg and not one but two ships steaming at full speed into danger: they’re as thrilling a combination of ingredients as any writer could dare to dream up. The plot to..
13-May-2016
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Reflections on a trek
Rosalea Ryan
A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino Portugués John Brierley Findhorn Press Ltd US$25.99 Its title is somewhat self-deprecating in the case of this newly updated,17th-edition guidebook: in actual fact it describes in almost-literally-step-by-step detail not ..
29-Apr-2016
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When the ink runs dry
Rosalea Ryan
Final Chapters Jim Bernhard Skyhorse Publishing $19 Authors often deal with death as a subject in their creative efforts but how much is recorded – when the pen is laid down one last time or the keyboard falls silent – of an individual writer’s own demise? I..
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