Patients of the old wing
Sharon Kemp
THEY could be called the ghost patients of Bendigo Health. When most patients were moved into the new $630 million hospital on January 24, a group, including David Page, was left behind to receive treatment in a fourth-floor ward of the now otherwise empty Stewart Street building. Not even a v..
17-Mar-2017
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No NDIS registration for council
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo will not register to become a supplier of disability services as part of the incoming National Disability Insurance Scheme to be rolled out from May. Councillor Matt Emond was the sole objector to a recommendation that council not seek to register as a service pro..
17-Mar-2017
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IBAC releases allegations
Sharon Kemp
MORE than $10,000 is the estimated value of private work carried out for John Mulder by contractors and staff who worked on the $630 million Bendigo Hospital, but for which the Bendigo Health chief executive is alleged not to have paid until after he became aware of an investigation by the Victo..
10-Mar-2017
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IBAC hits out at hospital culture
Sharon Kemp
AN anti-corruption watchdog has slammed Bendigo Health chief executive John Mulder’s alleged private use of hospital resources as sending a message to staff that it was acceptable to use the health service’s resources for personal benefit. The Independent Broad-based Anti-corrupt..
10-Mar-2017
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Tighter rein on drugs
Bendigo Weekly
The state government has introduced laws that will ban the sale and production of synthetic drugs and give police greater powers to prosecute ice traffickers. The government said it was continuing to crack down on dealers who sell and supply dangerous, life-threatening drugs to the community..
10-Mar-2017
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Agreeing to grow
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW agreement to improve the quality of life for Bendigo citizens was signed yesterday. The City of Greater Bendigo council formed a memorandum of understanding with the Global Smart City and Community Coalition. The plan is to research, develop and evaluate solutions to problems impa..
10-Mar-2017
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Candidates sign on for long haul
Sharon Kemp
HUMBLE, diverse, unified and respectful were the words spoken most often as nine councillors-elect made their first speeches at the official declaration of the poll this week. Many had just met each other – only two of nine had served as councillors in the previous term that was charac..
04-Nov-2016
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Beautiful world of textiles
Sharon Kemp
TEXTILE designers Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson are strong advocates for indigenous artists, having also been inspired by the Australian landscape. Kee and Jackson say they want to see more of the rise in confidence of young Aboriginal artists and superstars, like Jessica Mauboy. In Bendig..
27-Oct-2016
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Tulip bulb bonanza for Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
THERE was no tiptoeing through the tulips on Tuesday as the annual dig up took place in Rosalind Park. Competition was fierce, with barely a patch left empty of keen bulb grabbers. With the used bulbs selling at $5 a bag, business was brisk, with some hunters unable to even find a bag to..
27-Oct-2016
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Len's lamingtons are legendary
Sharon Kemp
BAKING lamingtons worthy of winning a prize in the Bendigo Agricultural Show is not the only motivation for 80-year-old Len Stone in his second year of competitive cooking. Mr Stone also wants competition, of which there was none in the open lamington division last year. So he talked to ..
20-Oct-2016
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Dean John in the running
Bendigo Weekly
St Paul’s Cathedral Dean John Roundhill is running in the 21-kilometre event at the Bendigo Bank 2016 Bendigo Fun Run and will be back in time for church. The Captain Cook statue in the cathedral’s grounds is dressed in support of the Bendigo Fun Run on Sunday, October 30, and wh..
14-Oct-2016
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Protestors demand banks cut fossil fuel funding
Bendigo Weekly
Local artist and musician Dean Stanton felt compelled while busking in Hargreaves Mall to cut up his Commonwealth Bank card in support of protestors who want the bank to stop investing in fossil fuels. Mr Stanton then walked into the branch and asked that his bank account be closed. La T..
07-Oct-2016
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Goldie walks out with Spirit
Bendigo Weekly
Mischievous mascot Goldie the Wonder Dog is joining the Bendigo Spirit over the summer holidays. The public face of the City of Greater Bendigo’s child-friendly city will be the club’s first ever mascot. “Children throughout the municipality love Goldie, and we reckon S..
22-Sep-2016
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Heritage for friends
Bendigo Weekly
A Heritage tour walk sets off on Sunday to raise funds for education scholarships and development works in Timor Leste. The Bendigo Maubisse Friendship Committee is behind the event and tour organiser Rod Flavell said it’s a great opportunity to experience some of Bendigo’s wonde..
22-Sep-2016
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Ken dives in to help remote community
Sharon Kemp
A KEY figure in the first round fight to save the Golden Square swimming pool, Ken Hamilton is using the pool maintenance skills he gained at Maple Street to bolster an Aboriginal community 100km south of Uluru. This time, in a fortnight, Mr Hamilton will be on his way to the Amata communit..
15-Sep-2016
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Kids all smiles for walking to school
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS at Eaglehawk North Primary School will be among those across the state lacing up their runners and walking to school next month to increase their levels of physical activity. Next month is Walk To School month, an initiative supported by VicHealth to try to arrest the dramatic decli..
08-Sep-2016
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Kids programmed to perform
Bendigo Weekly
DOJOS are mostly associated with martial arts and mystery, but a new type is opening in Bendigo to teach young locals some very valuable skills. CoderDojo is a volunteer-led program operating worldwide that aims to teach young people skills in computer programming that are becoming ever more..
08-Sep-2016
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Maiden Gully brings Shrek to stage
Bendigo Weekly
PRODUCING and performing Shrek the Musical Jr at Ulumbarra Theatre is a major feat for more than 500 Maiden Gully Primary School students, an achievement they carried out by half. The school divided students according to sports houses and combining two of them, performed the musical in conse..
08-Sep-2016
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Sounds like a good idea for the holidays
Bendigo Weekly
What is sound? How does it work? Can sound travel in space? And why are some sounds happy, and some sounds hideous? This school holidays Discovery Science and Technology Centre Bendigo is presenting fun and entertaining activities to make sure you and the family get a positive vibe about so..
22-Sep-2016
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Kevin lands prime honour
Sharon Kemp
WHEN judoka Kevin Prime competes, he thinks not what he is missing, but what he’s got that his opponent has not. The answer is no lower left arm. After a farming accident when he was 15-years-old, Mr Prime started judo as “something I could hang my hat on.” More th..
15-Sep-2016
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Forum focusses on early intervention
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW unit at Bendigo Health that was the subject of a forum this week will allow mothers to be treated while their babies are with them. The annual forum was titles “The Earliest Intervention” and focussed on young parents and their babies, with around 100 people from areas suc..
08-Sep-2016
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It's all about the music, man
Sharon Kemp
MUSICMan Megastore owner Paul Tzountzourkas has given every kind of band a place to play for five years and they are repaying him with support as he battles financial hardship and possible closure. The corner Hargreaves Street venue is holding a Do or Die concert series on Friday, September ..
08-Sep-2016
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A cause close to home
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS at Bendigo Special Developmental School are getting into the swing of finals football this week, donning the attire of their favourite AFL or local side for its annual Footy Colours Day. The school has held the event since 1996, and in recent years has raised money and awareness for..
01-Sep-2016
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Work without barriers
Sharon Kemp
SIMON Flavelle just got his licence – on Independence Day, he says with a smirk – and life is about to get sweeter for the Bendigo hospitality worker. Jennifer Gamble has career ambitions and, like Mr Flavelle, she is set to achieve them after receiving the support she needed to..
25-Aug-2016
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International feel to festival
Simon Wooldridge
It’s only a few weekends until the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival takes over the city. Now in its sixth year, we’re going to see 170 artists play at 40-odd venues over the first weekend in November. There’ll be some be some familiar faces, like the inimitable Greg..
06-Oct-2016
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Trio back at the Vine
Simon Wooldridge
It’s been over two and a half years since we played at the Golden Vine,” says Tyson Hodges. “I’m really looking forward to playing there again with this band. Some of my favourite gig memories are from that pub.” The Tyson Hodges Trio (TH3) will break that long..
28-Sep-2016
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Do or Die for Musicman
Simon Wooldridge
It’s billed as “Do Or Die”. Next week’s Musicman fundraiser festival features more than 60 bands. More acts are being added as the event – originally planned for Friday and Saturday – spills into a third day. The troubled CBD venue’s financial..
22-Sep-2016
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Boy and Bear head regional
Joel Peterson
WHEN you’re a group as big as Boy and Bear, you play in all kinds of venues, from pubs and clubs to stadium shows and sold out festivals. Despite having seen a wide variety of places, the band’s Tim Hart says that regional shows still have a unique quality. Lucky, because he and..
15-Sep-2016
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Royals in town
Simon Wooldridge
MUSICMAN is hosting “rock royalty” twice next week when the respective King Of The North and King Parrot tours hit Bendigo on Thursday and Saturday. Both bands visit central Victoria shortly before embarking on lengthy European adventures. King Of The North’s second album,..
08-Sep-2016
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Where the Lions roar
Bendigo Weekly
Four Lions’ new album Vahland comes from some pretty dark places. You’ve Ruined All My Favourite Songs captures the overall tone. “There are songs you introduce to someone in a relationship that you can’t listen to when it’s over. Not a positive association!&r..
02-Sep-2016
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Youth girls season kicks off
Joel Peterson
A YOUNG side will take to the park this weekend when the Bendigo Pioneers youth girls side plays Murray Bushrangers at Punt Road Oval in the opening game of the inaugural TAC Cup girls competition. Last year saw the Bendigo Pioneers youth girls academy play in the competition’s precurs..
03-Mar-2017
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Final tune up for Roos
Joel Peterson
THERE is plenty to play for when the final round of the Bendigo District Cricket Association season begins on Saturday. The top four sides can’t be displaced but the order in which they will head into finals remains in flux. Kangaroo Flat heads into the round atop the table, ahead ..
03-Mar-2017
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Last out for year after injury blow
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER making a promising start to her AFL Women’s career, Sarah Last will be forced to sit out the rest of the season after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in last weekend’s loss to Adelaide. The former Bendigo Thunder defender had played across half back in all o..
24-Feb-2017
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Griffin adds fourth MVP
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Spirit star Kelsey Griffin has won her fourth straight club Most Valuable Player award after a standout 2016/17 season. The club held its presentation night on Wednesday, with three major awards handed out. Griffin ranked 10th in the league in scoring (15 points per game) and eig..
24-Feb-2017
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Vanuatu, Fiji show their class
Bendigo Weekly
VANUATU and Fiji have been the form sides of this week’s International Cricket Council East Asia Pacific Trophy in Bendigo, and the two sides will meet in a likely title-deciding match tomorrow. Both sides went undefeated through their opening three matches, and at the time of going..
24-Feb-2017
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Pennant finals places on the line
Joel Peterson
SECOND position heading into the Bendigo Bowls Division weekend pennant finals series goes on the line this weekend when Bendigo hosts Castlemaine in the final home and away round of the season. Both sides are locked into finals, along with Bendigo East and South Bendigo, after South defeate..
24-Feb-2017
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Fun for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
It’s been a busy week for students at St Monica’s Primary School in Kangaroo Flat. An early burst of spring weather on Monday provided an ideal backdrop for the school’s athletics carnival, while on Tuesday the focus returned to the school’s Jaara Centre for a present..
18-Aug-2016
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Call out for bright sparks
Bendigo Weekly
The Discovery Centre is giving people the opportunity to have some light bulb moments of their own in National Science Week. The auditorium is being transformed to give people a fun, science experience. The activities will begin on Tuesday with the auditorium being turned into an in..
12-Aug-2016
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Skip to the beat
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s Karen students are finding music the perfect bridge between school and the broader community. The students, many from refugee backgrounds, spend an hour each week in the studio of Bendigo musician and founder of Rock Pride Music Albert “Skip&..
04-Aug-2016
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Breast care is needed
Dianne Dempsey
Unfortunately the prospect of breast cancer continues to haunt many women. According to the program manager of Bendigo BreastScreen, Elisa Alford, one in eight women will be affected by the condition. On the other hand agencies such as BreastScreen Victoria have been set up to specifical..
28-Jul-2016
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The right track
Bendigo Weekly
THREE Girton Grammar students have been selected from 400 applicants across Victoria to take part in a University of Melbourne program designed to attract and sustain female secondary school students in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Medicine) subjects. The Girlpower in STEM..
21-Jul-2016
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Jacinta makes her mark
Bendigo Weekly
REAL estate business owner Jacinta McIvor was one of six women to receive the inaugural Bendigo Women’s Community Achievement Awards last Saturday. Still coming to terms with her achievement Mrs McIvor said she was overwhelmed by the award. “I have to say I cried when I found..
14-Jul-2016
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Project taking off
Sharon Kemp
THE first plane will land on the new Bendigo Airport runway in February if the $15 million redevelopment remains on track but it is unlikely to be a passenger flight that will make the inaugural landing. Less than six months out from completion, the City of Greater Bendigo is working to conv..
25-Aug-2016
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International interest in Amicus
Sharon Kemp
AMICUS is getting international attention for the way it delivers services to people with disabilities. This week saw a visit from two professionals in the Canadian sector of disability services, and next February, a flow of people will come from the United Kingdom, the United States, South ..
18-Aug-2016
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Customers the focus
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER eight years in real estate Gavin Butler has opened up a business in his own right. The former hospital chief executive and accountant is now trading as Gavin Butler Real Estate with the aim of giving a personal service. “Despite being in management, I have always been passion..
12-Aug-2016
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Show me the money
Bendigo Weekly
Local small businesses can now locate available grants and funding via a custom made search tool called the Bendigo Funding Finder. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Peter Jeffery said, in what is an Australian-first, the economic development unit has partnered with the GrantGuru websi..
04-Aug-2016
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Better small business
Bendigo Weekly
THE 2016 Bendigo Small Business Festival kicked off with 25 events on Wednesday. The festival is part of Small Business Festival Victoria which features more than 450 free or low cost events throughout Victoria during August. The Bendigo Small Business Festival is supported by the City..
28-Jul-2016
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Soup collection a winter warmer
Bendigo Weekly
Jenny’s Early Learning Centres in Bendigo have donated 1100 cans of soup for the homeless. Chef Dean Bennett said the centres were overwhelmed with the response from parents and staff. “All of us wanted to do something to help the homeless,” Dean said. Haven; Home,..
21-Jul-2016
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Waiting patiently
Sharon Kemp
ST JOHN of God Bendigo Hospital is only months from unveiling its $41 million redevelopment, the results of which patients are already enjoying. With the Bendigo Hospital also closing in on its completion date, St John of God chief executive Darren Rogers said Bendigo was positioned to perm..
18-Aug-2016
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Open day for La Trobe
Bendigo Weekly
La Trobe University’s Open Day on Sunday aims to be an action-packed day of tours, displays, demonstrations, food and entertainment. Held from 10am to 3pm at La Trobe’s Flora Hill campus, the event will have welcome marquees, free food, expo sites and demonstrations – plus ..
12-Aug-2016
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Terry hits the road for firies
Bendigo Weekly
CFA firefighter Terry Heafield is riding around Victoria on a 2500 kilometre bike ride as part of his Don’t Do It Alone Campaign. He aims to raise awareness of post traumatic stress disorder and mental health issues among firefighters in Victoria. Mr Heafield will be visiting 43 fi..
04-Aug-2016
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Artists capture moments in time
Bendigo Weekly
A BENDIGO art group has been at it again, but this time to capture a moment in time – through art – in a journal. The cARTel journal is a snapshot of some of Bendigo’s creative minds, bound together through donations from local artists, a local stationer and local bookbinde..
04-Aug-2016
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Solar group powers up for Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
The campaign for More Australian Solar Homes, or MASH, is spreading to Bendigo. MASH, a community solar bulk-buy organised by the not-for-profit Hub Foundation, started in Castlemaine two years ago and has installed almost 500 solar power systems in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges sh..
28-Jul-2016
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Healthy booster
Bendigo Weekly
SIX young women have had a helping hand in their health careers this week. An innovative health day was held this week in Bendigo attended by Aboriginal girls, and six received scholarships. Weenthunga Health Network’s Stephanie Armstrong said the purpose was to support young Abori..
21-Jul-2016
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Rights and wrongs at the festival
Dianne Dempsey
Wordsmith David Astle has been attending writers festivals for many years now and he’s a great fan. He loves festivals when things go well and he especially loves them when they go wrong. “Writing can be a solitary business and stories are made to be shared,” he said. &..
12-Aug-2016
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Nurses at the front
Rosalea Ryan
As the civilian casualties kept coming, their bodies shredded, Janet Glasson remained on her feet – for up to 32 hours in a single shift at times. Theatre nurse Glasson was on duty at Long Xuyen hospital in January 1968 when the North Vietnamese launched one of the major campaigns of ..
12-Aug-2016
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A change of direction
Rosalea Ryan
Out of the Ice Ann Turner Simon & Schuster $29.99 Dr Laura Alvarado has just completed a long, dreary over-winter stay in Antarctica and is looking forward to spending a few weeks in leafy inner Melbourne when word of a new opportunity arrives. Rather than speeding ..
04-Aug-2016
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Much ado about Indira
Dianne Dempsey
One of the ways the horrors of the nightly news was made palatable for us was through the persona of news presenter Indira Naidoo. Ms Naidoo presented the SBS News’ inaugural Late News in the late 1990s. During this time she covered the independence struggle in East Timor, the cou..
29-Jul-2016
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Riding the storm in Zimbabwe
Rosalea Ryan
If there’s one animal that symbolises Africa more than any other, it’s the elephant, yet within our lifetime, researchers predict, the last wild herds of this species will most likely disappear. One of the most vulnerable elephant populations is in Zimbabwe, a country whose chronic s..
28-Jul-2016
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Mystery in the north
Rosalea Ryan
First came a dead rabbit, then a dead teenaged girl. Now, more than 20 years later, three more bodies have surfaced in Luke Hadler’s immediate orbit: wife Karen, son Billy and Hadler himself, each one killed outright by a shotgun blast. Initially it appears to be the all-too-common collaps..
21-Jul-2016
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