Eye on the weather
Bendigo Weekly
AS the mercury soared into the 40s yesterday, plenty of locals cooled off at Bendigo pools. Lifeguards like Jaryd will be watching on, with the heat to continue into the weekend...
10-Feb-2017
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School review to balance distribution
Sharon Kemp
ZONING for junior secondary colleges in Bendigo could be enforced under the review of the Bendigo Education Plan after Australian Education Union members raised concerns with education minister James Merlino about equal distribution of resources. Mr Merlino has announced a review of the pla..
03-Feb-2017
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The first day
Bendigo Weekly
CAMP Hill Primary School teacher Melissa Gleisner told her class of prep students their alphabet sounds were so good, she thought they may have already gone to school. But yesterday was the very first day of their school journey, an exciting time for students such as Bendigo twins Otis..
03-Feb-2017
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Schools face funding dilemma
Sharon Kemp
AS students return to school, educators face another year of funding uncertainty ahead of the run-out at the end of 2017 of funding under the needs-based Gonski model. What will replace the model is anyone’s guess, but Bendigo Senior Secondary College principal Dale Pearce would like t..
03-Feb-2017
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Nanga Gnulle support grows
Sharon Kemp
CITY of Greater Bendigo councillors will decide if the former Nanga Gnulle conference centre and gardens are demolished to make way for a 15-lot subdivision after the proposal attracted 63 objections. A report on the application will be prepared for council to consider at an ordinary counci..
03-Feb-2017
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Arts program for 2018
Sharon Kemp
CENTRAL Victoria will host the state’s first year-long program of arts and culture in 2018 with a $1 million budget and the promise of commissions for new art to come. Bendigo MPs Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards announced the program, yet to be decided, at the Capital Theatre on Wednes..
03-Feb-2017
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Training to understand needs of disabled
Sharon Kemp
Victorians who have difficulty communicating have trained V/Line front line and PTV call centre staff to understand them, making the train operator the first in the world with the accreditation. It has been a three-year process training more than 800 staff members, but V/Line chief executive..
02-Sep-2016
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Ruby signs off on a lifetime of work
Joel Peterson
IN her time in the industry, there isn’t much that Strath Village IGA’s Ruby Walker hasn’t seen or heard. An eventful 22 years at the Strath Village store draw to a close today, as Ruby greets her last customers and makes her last sale after spending 35 years in supermarket..
01-Sep-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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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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Water the focus for schools
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Huntly Primary School were up the creek this week on a special excursion. They were busy for a few hours at the Bendigo Creek in Huntly with the Northern Bendigo Landcare Group. The activities were designed to help the students explore and understand key river or creek heal..
17-Jun-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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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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Walker on the way
Simon Wooldridge
Benny Walker is no stranger to Bendigo. He’s played at so many of our local venues over the years he can probably find them quicker than a taxi driver. After an uncharacteristically long absence from VIC 3550 though, the indigenous troubadour from Echuca will be back on Saturday, July 23 t..
15-Jul-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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Roos, Redbacks meet in T20 final
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO United will play Kangaroo Flat in Wednesday’s Bendigo District Cricket Association Twenty20 grand final after the Redbacks scored a dominant win over Strathfieldsaye in the lone game played on Tuesday night. With clashes between White Hills and Eaglehawk, the Roos and Sandhurst..
13-Jan-2017
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Local riders in the thick of the action
Joel Peterson
CENTRAL Victorian aces Robbie Hucker, Lachlan Norris and Peta Mullens were among the local hopes that made strong starts to their 2017 campaigns last weekend with strong displays at the Cycling Australia Road National Championships in Ballarat. Hucker and Norris finished eighth and ninth in ..
13-Jan-2017
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Teams roll up for Country Week
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO will be abuzz with cricket next week as the annual Bendigo Country Week tournament is held at grounds across the region. Sides from the Murray Valley, Northern Districts, Gisborne and District, Ferntree Gully and District, Goulburn Murray and Emu Valley associations will battle it ou..
13-Jan-2017
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Aiming for glory
Joel Peterson
A LOCAL contingent of nine riders will chase national glory at this week’s Cycling Australia National Road Championships in Ballarat. The action started on Wednesday night with former national champions Peta Mullens and Chris Hamilton in action in the women’s and men’s crit..
06-Jan-2017
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Big year ahead in local sport
Joel Peterson
With the new year come plenty of resolutions, and while most have to do with calories, gym memberships or plans for a Romanian rock climbing holiday, there are several local sports clubs for which 2017 is an important year. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the clubs and organis..
06-Jan-2017
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Vital stretch looms for Spirit
Joel Peterson
A WELL-TIMED midseason break has Bendigo Spirit fresh and ready heading into what looms as the most important three-week stretch of its Women’s National Basketball League season. Bendigo travels to Perth for a clash with the Lynx on Saturday night after a two-week break over the Christ..
06-Jan-2017
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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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Sporting best gather for awards
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 200 guests will be on hand tonight for the announcement of the 51st Sports Star of the Year awards, to be held at Bendigo’s All Seasons Quality Resort. The Bendigo Weekly – Prime7 backed awards have attracted finalists in a diverse array of sports including basketball, ..
26-Feb-2016
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Sarah adds some colour
Steve Kendall
Sarah Boulton creates abstract impressions with ink and acrylic on linen, canvas and paper and has been showing her work since the late 1990s. The Melbourne artist moved to Castlemaine in 2000, and it’s there her art will be shown next. The Gov Cafe at the Old Castlemaine Gaol is d..
26-Feb-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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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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New business benefits all
Bendigo Weekly
Not-for-profit regional food network Food Fossickers is working to implement a sustainable income stream which will bring increased financial benefit to local food producers, retailers and restaurants. The initiative will see the creation of a local food “picnic-pack” which will ..
17-Apr-2015
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Matt on the move
Bendigo Weekly
Celebrated chef and Victorian Farmers Market ambassador Matt Wilkinson will undertake activities with both the Bendigo Community Farmers Market and Central Victoria’s Food Fossickers Network this weekend. Mr Wilkinson has worked previously at Melbourne’s Vue de Monde and Circa befo..
10-Apr-2015
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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..
22-Apr-2016
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Nine lives in limbo
Rosalea Ryan
City of Thorns Ben Rawlence, Portobello $35 Dreams – however distant – of resettlement abroad fuel the sometimes-heartbreaking hopes of residents trapped in the scorchingly hot, desolate limbo of the world’s biggest refugee camp: a combinatio..
15-Apr-2016
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Hebridean mystery
Rosalea Ryan
The Ice Twins SK Tremayne Harper Collins, £7.99 Twin girls: snowy-blonde, blue-eyed, six years old and absolutely identical in every way – so much so that not even the most advanced DNA testing can tell them apart. Then comes tragedy f..
08-Apr-2016
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