Development decisions to test council
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO councillors will face two critical development decisions this year that will determine its support of two of key planning strategies. City of Greater Bendigo’s strategic planning scheme has advocated for more infill development, and higher density development that creates oppor..
10-Mar-2017
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She said yes. Congratulations Alex and Annaliese
Bendigo Weekly
ALEX Kharoofa called on Cora the pup to help him seal the deal with his partner, and best friend, Annaliese Barty. He asked the Weekly to lend a hand too, with Alex using our front page to propose. He said he, and Cora, would do anything for Annaliese – even if it embarrassed them b..
03-Mar-2017
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Police urge major step-up in security
Sharon Kemp
POLICE say Bendigo is losing its innocence at the hands of criminals who understand our laid-back rural ways can lead us to leave our houses unlocked and our keys in unlocked vehicles. Superindendent Darren Franks this week pleaded with the public to think beyond the inconvenience of having ..
03-Mar-2017
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Drier weather predicted
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bureau of Meteorology is warning of a possible return to El Niño-like conditions following a summer that was in line with Bendigo’s long-term averages. Bureau of Meteorology data shows that the mercury rose to at least 38 degrees on just three occasions over summer. Ben..
03-Mar-2017
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Short-term fix for water
Sharon Kemp
THE go ahead was given this week for the $27 million temporary fix of rising groundwater in Bendigo and it could provide a solution for unremediated evaporation ponds at Woodvale. But it may take more than a year before groundwater levels are low enough to eliminate the rotten egg smell that..
03-Mar-2017
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Power win with new solar tariff
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO Sustainability Group has welcomed this week’s announcement that Victorian solar households will receive fairer compensation for the power they provide to the grid. The state government plans to more than double the amount households receive for the minimum feed-in tariff rate, ..
03-Mar-2017
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Graham at the gallery
Bendigo Weekly
GRAHAM looks vulnerable, but the sculpture commissioned by the Transport Accident Commission as an educational tool has all the human biological features necessary to withstand road trauma. The other contradiction is that Graham is made of fibreglass, steel and silicone, and yet he looks dis..
06-Oct-2016
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Pyne looks over Hawkei
Sharon Kemp
THALES is pitching for work in the construction of Land 400 armoured fighting vehicles even though it has been knocked out as a contender for the multi-billion-dollar contract. Defence industry minister Christopher Pyne today toured Thales’ Bendigo operations including two ..
29-Sep-2016
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Award a good start
Bendigo Weekly
An early learning and care centre in Kangaroo Flat has won a national award for going above and beyond to increase family participation, which is having a profound and positive impact in the community. Goodstart Kangaroo Flat, which supports a number of vulnerable families and cares for 150 ..
28-Sep-2016
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Pharmacy students in at the sharp end
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s fourth year pharmacy students at La Trobe university will be the first in Victoria to learn how to immunise patients. The training program is being offered in response to the state government’s new legislation, enabling registered pharmacists to immunise. Up until ..
22-Sep-2016
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It's show time
Bendigo Weekly
The 2016 Bendigo Agricultural Show is fast approaching with entries for the various categories closing in the coming weeks. Whether you are the top lamington cook, the best fruit cake maker, or the number one scone master chef, you need to get your delectable medal winners into the contest...
22-Sep-2016
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Reflecting on time well spent
Sharon Kemp
RETIRING councillor Rod Campbell wants voters to enquire about the motivation of candidates they intend to vote for at the upcoming City of Greater Bendigo elections. As the two-term councillor and former mayor counts down to his retirement, he contemplates the council’s work of the re..
15-Sep-2016
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Scroll turns new page
Sharon Kemp
RURAL Australians for Refugee’s Jan Govett is evoking the red ribbon petition in 1853 that led to the Eureka Stockade to send a message to Canberra. She had the idea of making a scroll, having it signed by Australian councils that welcome refugees into their municipalities, sending it..
02-Sep-2016
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Festival hard to beat
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO hosted a range of musical events this week as Orchestra Victoria’s Bendigo festival returned to the city for the second year. A range of performances showcasing theåç orchestral talents were on show from locations as diverse and varied as Elmore Memorial Hall to th..
26-Aug-2016
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Young gun wins monthly prize
Bendigo Weekly
FOLLOWING two world championship wins, Bendigo shooter Laura Woolley has taken out the Bendigo Weekly/Prime 7 Bendigo Sports Star of the Year nomination for July. Woolley travelled with cousin and fellow top shooter Emma Cox to Ireland for the world clay target championships at Esker Shootin..
19-Aug-2016
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Maticevski dressed for success
Dianne Dempsey
Given that the Bendigo Art Gallery has a well established reputation for hosting world class fashion exhibitions, it’s more than appropriate that Toni Maticevski should use our gallery to stage the first solo exhibition of his work. Gallery curator Leanne Fitzgibbon said the gallery has ha..
12-Aug-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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Historic march returns
Sharon Kemp
It was a peaceful protest march, multicultural and put Bendigo at the centre of democratic action in Australia. In 1853, an estimated 10,000 miners and supporters marched in protest to an extortionate mining licence fee of 30 shillings a month. They wanted it scrapped but compromised at ..
18-Aug-2016
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Food in the hub
Bendigo Weekly
Australian food and fibre producers and industry experts from around the world met in Bendigo this week for the first Australian Community Food Hubs Conference and Local Food Economies Tour. The conference explored how the methods of leading international food hubs can be adapted and applied..
12-Aug-2016
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Kindy marks 60 years
Bendigo Weekly
South Bendigo Kindergarten will be celebrating their 60th anniversary next weekend. Past and present students, families and staff are welcome to come together to plant a tree, bury a time capsule and celebrate the kindergarten’s 60-year contribution to the Bendigo community. The ce..
04-Aug-2016
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Library adds new chapter to school story
Bendigo Weekly
Several years ago Comet Hill and North Bendigo primary schools combined to become Lightning Reef Primary School, but there was no space for a library. Books were stored in classrooms all over the school, but all that has changed. The school now has the space, and many hours have been sp..
29-Jul-2016
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Dog parks a win for dogs
Sharon Kemp
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22-Jul-2016
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Book a real winner
Sharon Kemp
IT is a testament to the fascinating life story of John Forbes, and his generosity, that the man described as the “most famous non-famous” person can sell so many books, he is able to donate $6000 to two local causes. Mr Forbes said he was told he could not make money out of publ..
15-Jul-2016
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Sweet sounds at the Gold Dust
Bendigo Weekly
A MISSION to play covers that other bands leave alone spurred the formation of Bendigo’s Sweet Disposition Band. The band’s four members – lead singer Sina Fonua, Chris Davey, Paul and drummer Pete – had all previously been playing in other bands, notching up a combined 2..
02-Sep-2016
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20 strings
Simon Wooldridge
Harry Manx brings his Australian tour to Bendigo’s Capital Theatre on Wednesday, September, 14. Described as an “essential link” between western and eastern music, Harry Manx’s unique sound blends the blues and classical Indian ragas. Manx’s signature instrume..
25-Aug-2016
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Planting the seed
Simon Wooldridge
I wouldn’t mind being a fly on the wall in their house when there’s a jam going on,” someone once said as we watched Andrew Watts and his sons Kane and Sam onstage at a Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival showcase event. Years of practice, jamming and doing the hard yards co..
19-Aug-2016
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Dancing with imagination
Bendigo Weekly
The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires is one of the world’s leading tango companies. With sell-out performances across the globe over the past 11 years and a YouTube audience in excess of 19 million people worldwide, German Cornejo’s choreography and vision seems to have captured th..
12-Aug-2016
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A shot in the dark
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo rockers Black Aces have done it the hard way – five years of gigging around Australia before releasing their debut album earlier this year. Shot In The Dark charted at 17 on the iTunes Rock charts. Classic Rock, Rock Hard France, and Powerplay magazines all praised the album. Thum..
04-Aug-2016
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A musical mix
Bendigo Weekly
There’s a veritable smorgasbord of musical talent hitting Bendigo over the next few weekends. Tonight, Friday, July 29 at the Gold Dust Lounge, beneath the Shamrock Hotel, the immense talent that is Lloyd Spiegel will grace a Bendigo stage for the first time since late last year. He&r..
28-Jul-2016
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Spirit aim to finish on a high
Joel Peterson
AFTER a big week off-court, the Bendigo Spirit are hoping they can finish their season off with a bang in the competition’s final regular season round this weekend. The Spirit were eliminated from playoffs last weekend with a 25-point loss to Canberra that included a 24-4 mauling in th..
17-Feb-2017
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Hucker eyes winning form
Joel Peterson
THE challenging terrain and conditions of Malaysia will be the stage for the first international race of Robbie Hucker’s year, when the Bendigo cyclist and his IsoWhey Sports Swisse Wellness teammates compete at the Tour of Langkawi next week. The Bendigo cyclist and Cloud Copy Click B..
17-Feb-2017
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Vics roll on at national champs
Bendigo Weekly
VICTORIA has been the dominant power in the opening days of the Basketball Australia Under-20 and Ivor Burge Championships held at Bendigo Stadium this week. None of the four Victorian sides had been beaten through the first four days of competition, with the Victorian men knocking off New S..
17-Feb-2017
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Spirit future secured
Joel Peterson
THE future of the Bendigo Spirit has been assured with the club and Bendigo Stadium Limited coming to a partnership agreement that will see the Spirit join with Bendigo's basketball organisations under the one roof. A deal was announced today to secure the future of the club, and will involv..
16-Feb-2017
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Coach calls for WNBL cap
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Spirit coach Simon Pritchard has implored the Women’s National Basketball League to act in order to ensure the survival of its clubs as the Spirit yet again faces an uncertain future. The Spirit is again being forced to assess its options as it continues to survive very much on..
10-Feb-2017
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Locals shine on AFLW debut
Joel Peterson
IT had the feel of suburban footy of old, but the atmosphere and game itself on Friday night at Princes Park was exciting to so many because it was something new. As the AFL Women’s era got under way among the hype and, in some cases, hyperbole, the contest itself was overshadowed by t..
10-Feb-2017
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University on show
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS and faculty members from La Trobe University welcomed secondary school students from around Victoria this week. About 300 students from years 10 to 12 took part in lectures, workshops and Q&A sessions at the Bendigo Campus to find out what really happens after leaving secondary..
07-Jul-2016
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Spider orchids have a new home
Bendigo Weekly
So fragile and endangered is the yellow-lipped spider orchid, a reintroduction program limited the number of volunteers who could be involved in planting 110 of the species in the Kooyoora State Park near Inglewood last weekend. Only three of the plants were known to grow in the park and sur..
24-Jun-2016
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Win for footy club
Bendigo Weekly
Maiden Gully Junior Football Club has scored a win, receiving a community sector grant from the federal government. The grants aim to make the work of volunteers easier, safer and more enjoyable. Visiting the club to announce their grant, Liberal candidate for Bendigo Megan Purcell sai..
17-Jun-2016
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The shared passion
Dianne Dempsey
Wherever we turn there are TV cooking shows, cooking books, celebrity chefs, restaurants, pop-up restaurants and take-away restaurants. Apparently it’s the food that is taken away, not the restaurant. There is fast food, slow food, organic food, vegan food, local food, international f..
10-Jun-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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NBN reach increases
Bendigo Weekly
THE NBN is firing up in parts of Greater Bendigo as residents and businesses can now access high-speed broadband using fixed wireless technology. More than 800 additional homes and businesses in areas including Eppalock, Goornong, and Huntly North have access to the NBN, opening up a range ..
14-Jul-2016
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A helping hand
Dianne Dempsey
It was three years ago that Jeremy Forbes attended the funeral of a fellow tradie who died under tragic circumstances. “It was a terrible day and a few of us looked at each other and said, ’who’s next do you think?’” he said. ”It wasn’t th..
07-Jul-2016
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Labor backs rail company
Sharon Kemp
LABOR has announced two manufacturing support initiatives in Bendigo designed to protect regional jobs. Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters said a national procurement strategy would secure work for a local rail manufacturing industry that people thought was lost. At the East Bendigo workshop of ra..
17-Jun-2016
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Rail upgrade adds worker flexibility
Sharon Kemp
MORE frequent and reliable trains could encourage businesses to relocate to Bendigo as well as make rail commuting to Melbourne easier for central Victorians. La Trobe University senior lecturer in community planning Andrew Butt said most of the data collected showed more people commute t..
10-Jun-2016
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Caravan show under cover
Bendigo Weekly
THE Caravan Camping and Leisure Roadshow has moved indoors for winter, but it still offers the same choice. The show features caravans, campers and four wheel drives and is aimed at those with outdoor leisure in mind. This is an all under cover show, with more than 200 leading brand new..
26-May-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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Aid for Lifeline
Bendigo Weekly
Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee has teamed up with La Trobe University and Strategem Community Foundation to help address the increasing demand for crisis services in the region. The three organisations are supporting an information session aimed at recruiting volunteers for Lifeline&rs..
21-Jul-2016
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Villa estate a step closer
Dianne Dempsey
Fortuna Villa Estate, which is to be built on the periphery of the historic Fortuna Villa, is close to final approval. “There are certain conditions that have to be complied with and once that happens building will be able to start,” Mr Banks said. Over the past 12 months the..
14-Jul-2016
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Best beginnings
Bendigo Weekly
NEW parents have an extra helping hand thanks to a fresh video initiative. Bendigo Health has launched a DVD aimed at helping new parents understand and gain confidence with their exciting role. The Best Beginnings DVD continues the work of the Best Beginnings group. The group prov..
08-Jul-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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Playing in the dark
Bendigo Weekly
Shades: shades of truth, shades of virtue, shades of evil – shades in all their incarnations run as a central theme through The Toymaker. Juxtaposing the horrors of World War II’s Auschwitz death camp with matter-of-fact 21st-century consumerism in outer Melbourne, novelist Liam Piep..
14-Jul-2016
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Secrets of the forest
Steve Kendall
Black Fleur Ferris Random House, $19.99 Ebony Marshall has a nickname around town, Black. It’s part to do with her name, but there’s a more sinister reason. Everyone says she is bad. Death seems to follow in her wake, and her reputation i..
07-Jul-2016
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Roadtrip of Discovery
Rosalea Ryan
AT the age of 19 Tara Winkler travels to Cambodia for the first time as an add-on to a roadtrip centred primarily on Thailand and Laos. It turns out to be a confronting experience. In one of the lesser-known Cambodian cities she encounters apparently parentless children cramped together in s..
24-Jun-2016
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Reading on track
Rosalea Ryan
FORTY-NINE individual train journeys covering almost 36,000 kilometres through 22 countries on five continents – surely there must be a story or two worth telling in all that? There’s an entire book, in fact, presented in colourful, bewitching and often-humorous fashion by Britis..
17-Jun-2016
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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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