Merry Christmas from the Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Weekly
The big day is nearly here, and across the world children and adults are looking forward to opening their Christmas presents this weekend. Bendigo youngsters Caris and Amy had a sneak peak at their gifts this week and seemed pleased with what they saw. Max the blue heeler has different t..
22-Dec-2016
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Housing future uncertain
Sharon Kemp
MORE than 90 permanent residents at Central City Caravan Park face a housing dilemma, with the park slated to close in just over a year. A Bendigo Weekly survey of caravan parks in Bendigo shows only two – Bendigo Park Lane Holiday Park and Golden Nugget Tourist Park – offer per..
22-Dec-2016
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Minister caps rates
Bendigo Weekly
THE next rates notice from the City of Greater Bendigo council should be no more complicated than a two per cent rise. Local government minister Natalie Hutchins has set the cap for 2017-18 financial year rates at the increase in the consumer price index. That increase was two per cent. ..
22-Dec-2016
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Mental health at risk
Sharon Kemp
THE peak body representing psychiatrists believes rural patients and the mental health professionals themselves are at risk if more services do not become available in rural and regional Australia. The concerns of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists come as the fede..
21-Dec-2016
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Business as usual after estates sales
Sharon Kemp
THERE should be no repercussions for the Sandhurst Diocese as a result of the sale of Sandhurst Trustees’ estates business, according to Bendigo and Adelaide Bank chief executive Mike Hirst. Sandhurst Trustees manages the historic Backhaus estate that includes key buildings in Mitchell..
21-Dec-2016
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Councillors set new fiscal direction
Sharon Kemp
DON’T expect another big-spending year from the City of Greater Bendigo.That was the signal sent by councillors this week when they rejected a joint-use community building with the Epsom Primary School that would have cost ratepayers $405,000. In a clear sign of a changing of the counc..
16-Dec-2016
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Hitting the right note at St Paul's
Bendigo Weekly
St Paul’s Cathedral is capturing attention as a performance venue as audiences get a look inside following a six-year refurbishment. The rebuilding work bolstered the cathedral’s structure and added a central octagonal dais which can retract to flat floor to create space for p..
15-Jul-2016
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Show's over as team takes a bow
Dianne Dempsey
The Marilyn Monroe exhibition finished last weekend to capacity crowd numbers. “Many people, especially locals, leave their visit to the last minute,” Bendigo Art Gallery director Karen Quinlan said. She estimated more than 5000 visitors went through the gallery over the wee..
15-Jul-2016
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Chef cooks up art gift
Bendigo Weekly
ARTIST and celebrity chef, Peter Russell-Clarke, has donated one of his paintings to the Golden Dragon Museum. The painting entitled Friendship depicts the combination of a Chinese Dragon and a Kangaroo, illustrating the rich cultural history between both cultures. Members of the Bendigo..
15-Jul-2016
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Second spot for Purcell
Bendigo Weekly
LIBERAL candidate Megan Purcell would not rule out running again as a federal candidate but yesterday she was confident the Coalition would be able to form a minority government. Ms Purcell was reluctant to rerun within 12 months if neither party could win a vote of confidence in the House o..
08-Jul-2016
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Tyler takes his role to heart
Bendigo Weekly
Kissing three to four girls is going to be the highlight of the production for Oklahoma cast member and aspiring actor Tyson Peautagitama. Nexus Bendigo Youth Theatre will be performing Oklahoma from July 21 at The Capital Theatre, with four shows and a cast of 63 they hope the show will be..
01-Jul-2016
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Change to help jobless
Sharon Kemp
CONVERTING 40 casual Centrelink positions to full time work would fix waiting times for clients and provide job security for workers, according to Labor candidate Lisa Chesters. Ms Chesters announced the initiative as she finished the second last week of campaigning in Bendigo. The incum..
01-Jul-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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Scientific future mapped out
Bendigo Weekly
Students Maya Mann and Ruby Stone are two of 48 science students selected to take part in a national residential science conference to take place at Brisbane University in July. The Girton Grammar School year 11s were selected from applicants all over Australia, making them eligible to take..
10-Jun-2016
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Marilyn's birthday splash
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S towering eight metre sculpture of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe was this week given a spruce up to commemorate her 90th birthday. Bendigo CFA brigade members washed the Seward Johnson sculpture Forever Marilyn on Wednesday, before Victorian Tourism and Major Events Minister J..
03-Jun-2016
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Good golly miss Molly
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO is becoming familiar with the whole Hollywood scene at the moment, and now there’s another taste. Molly Ringwald is coming to town, and will be performing at the Ulumbarra Theatre on Thursday, June 9 Ringwald is a star who kicked of her film career in the 1980s, but before ..
01-Apr-2016
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A golden opportunity for investors
Bendigo Weekly
KENNINGTON 173 St Aidans Road Ellis Nuttall Real Estate Jayde Neate 5442 8111/0407 437 184 Price $250,000 Exceptional land value alone, this renovator is in the best location for investment development and would be an ideal townhouse site (STCA). It has loads of potential for d..
26-Jun-2014
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Amazing footage from Gisborne fire
Bendigo Weekly
Remarkable footage from Mount Macedon CFA firefighters show the February 9 Gisborne fire up close. ..
27-Feb-2014
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Greens aim for growth
Sharon Kemp
THE Greens have opened a campaign office in the heart of Bendigo. It’s the first time the party has established an office in the city, with local branch members deciding last year to become more visible in the 2016 election, according to candidate Rosemary Glaisher. As of Tuesday, ..
20-May-2016
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Discovering the depths
Bendigo Weekly
A groundbreaking STEM initiative exploring deep-sea biology, geology, and archaeology in the Eastern Pacific now has a link to Bendigo. Rachel Rayner from Discovery Science and Technology Centre has been selected as a 2016 lead science communication fellow and will sail aboard Exploration Ve..
13-May-2016
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Bendigo Vision 2020
Bendigo Weekly
Unlike many cities, Bendigo was not started with a vision of place but one of purpose – Gold. Pop up tent suburbs, no sustainable water source, an instant population of tens of thousands in a cultural melting pot. Shortly after gold was found here in December 1851, Bendigo had a population..
06-May-2016
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Call is out for Red Shield help
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo community is being encouraged to volunteer a few hours of their time to collect for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock Weekend on May 28 and 29. The Salvation Army’s captain Craig Wood, said Bendigo has always given generously to the Red Shield Appea..
29-Apr-2016
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Karl’s great moments in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Dr Karl was in Bendigo on Monday to present his favourite take on science. He toured the Discovery Centre ahead of a show at the Capital. Dr Karl is famous for making science accessible to all ages, and his Great Moments in Science show celebrates all sides of science; from sublime momen..
22-Apr-2016
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Forbesy tells his tale
Bendigo Weekly
SOME of Australia’s greatest sporting names were in Bendigo yesterday to celebrate the launch of book about life and times of an ever greater living legend – John Forbes OAM. Mr Forbes, or “Forbesy” as he is known to his many friends around the world, was born in a ti..
08-Apr-2016
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Step out for a night with Giselle
Bendigo Weekly
The Australian Ballet Regional Tour will perform Giselle at the Ulumbarra Theatre in July. Giselle has enthralled audiences since its creation in 1841, with its heartbreaking love story, famous mad scene, sea of ghostly white tutus and impressive display of ballet technique. The lead role ..
03-Jun-2016
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Dead Lurkers at the slam
Simon Wooldridge
The phrase highly original gets bandied around quite a bit – sometimes without much justification. Sometimes though, it’s spot-on. In the case of Bendigo alternative outfit Dead Lurkers it’s very much the latter. Elements of punk, psychobilly, alt-garage-indie and rock and r..
03-Jun-2016
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Brothers3 together at the Capital
Bendigo Weekly
Following their country hit Brothers Never Part, Brothers3 continue their work on reshaping Australian modern country music. Now the X Factor 2015 favourites are coming to Bendigo on June 24. The trio will perform their two-hour all-ages performance highlighting songs from their new album, ..
03-Jun-2016
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Family takes to the stage
Bendigo Weekly
Tickets are now on sale for the musical comedy The Addams Family, brought to you by the Bendigo Theatre Company. The company will be bringing innovative state-of the-art digital projection – the likes of which are seen on professional stages around the world – a first for the com..
27-May-2016
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Bendigo’s hidden treasure
Simon Wooldridge
"I’m a great believer in the power of positivity.” It’s a Friday morning and I’m at Rock Pride Music talking to Albert Skipper – Skip as he is known to hundreds of Bendigonians. On polite nodding terms with Skip for some time I was looking forward to a prop..
20-May-2016
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Something different
Simon Wooldridge
We wanted to do something completely different, and this really is,” enthuses Four Lions’ Shann Lions over coffee at a busy Bendigo CBD café. “I’ll write the songs on Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25. We’ll record on the Sunday. They’ll be master..
13-May-2016
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Archie adamant region holds huge potential
Joel Peterson
FORMER Socceroo Archie Thompson is adamant the game is in a good place in regional Australia and says the country’s outlying areas have enormous potential to grow the game. The longtime Melbourne Victory striker, now an ambassador for the club, was in Bendigo this week speaking t..
25-Nov-2016
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Rain plays havoc with T20 fxtures
Joel Peterson
ROUND three of the Bendigo District Cricket Association’s Twenty20 competition was brought to a halt by rain on Tuesday night. The scheduled games between Eaglehawk and Golden Square at Canterbury Park and Strathdale Maristians hosting Bendigo United were both called off due to s..
25-Nov-2016
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Spirit showing the way
Joel Peterson
IN a Women’s National Basketball League competition that looks as even as any in recent years, the Bendigo Spirit are stamping themselves in the early going as a legitimate championship contender. The Spirit are atop the WNBL table after seven rounds with a 7-3 record, half a gam..
25-Nov-2016
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Caitlin is flying high
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO netballer Caitlin Thwaites is confident a move home to Victoria for the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball season will continue her rise in Australian netball. Thwaites chased greater opportunity after spending the early years of her career in Melbourne, playing for six years with..
25-Nov-2016
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Kelsey reflects on milestone
Joel Peterson
GIVEN all of Kelsey Griffin’s unprecedented success with the Bendigo Spirit, it is easy to forget that she arrived almost by accident. Griffin suits up for her 100th WNBL game tonight in Perth, but no one could have imagined she would become the long-term face of the club when sh..
18-Nov-2016
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Rangas lead the way against Cobras
Bendigo Weekly
MANDURANG is in the box seat to claim a win over Golden Gully as round four of Emu Valley cricket heads into its second day. Mandurang turned in a trademark performance with the bat on day one, making 246 against an in-form Cobras bowling lineup. Openers Matt Giri and Phil Be..
18-Nov-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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Fox is a special arrival
Steve Kendall
Fox Hamilton Hugh Roberts entered the world on a pretty important day for Australia. We reached a population milestone of 24 million, at about 12.50am on Tuesday, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and Fox clocked in a few hours later making him pretty close to being citizen ..
19-Feb-2016
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New face of the art world
Dianne Dempsey
The recent appointment of a new arts curator to the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum has highlighted the changing profile of Victoria’s only independent gallery. Formerly the curator of the Deakin University art collection and gallery, Emma Busowsky Cox says she is exc..
12-Feb-2016
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Chinese New Year to go off with a bang at Bendigo Library
Bendigo Weekly
In classic Bendigo style, the Central Victorian Lion Team and Fu Wa Team will delight with a noisy and spectacular traditional welcome inside the library. The performance is from 5.30-6pm and is not to be missed. Visitors are invited to stay on after the performance to help create B..
08-Feb-2016
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Blue-green algae blooms in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Routine monitoring has detected high levels of potentially toxic blue-green algae at Lake Neangar and Kennington Reservoir. Blue-green algae occur naturally and can be dangerous to humans and animals. Characteristic signs of algae contact are skin rashes or itchiness, sore eyes, ear..
29-Jan-2016
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Counting calories
Dianne Dempsey
The answer to every slimmer’s dream was revealed a few weeks ago when a new restaurant opened in Bendigo. The restaurant owners Terri and Phil Gadsen-Brown have developed a unique concept in hospitality. Well aware that there are many health-conscious people who are opting for ..
29-Jan-2016
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Fitness growth for athletes
Bendigo Weekly
THERE are big things ahead for The Human Mechanics Wellness Centre in Epsom. The new wellness centre opened to large crowds last weekend, with director Arj Perera confident the momentum will continue. “So Epsom and Huntly have really embraced what we’re doing... the feedback ..
22-Jan-2016
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Bakery ready to roll
Laura Hurley
BENDIGO will soon be home to its first drive through bakery. The Newmarket Hotel and Bakery is getting ready to open its doors on Monday, with owner Karen Lyons excited to bring the drive through bakery and restaurant to the city. The hotel, located on Charleston Road, has been refurbish..
08-Jan-2016
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Made in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Maker’s Crib has set up shop at the Schaller Studio. The crib is a new initiative by Shona O’Brien who started Bendigo’s Trove Maker’s Market. The crib is passionate about sharing Bendigo’s hand-crafted local talents and creatives. Ranging fr..
18-Dec-2015
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Driven by new sport
Bendigo Weekly
St Peters Primary School hosted a special sports clinic last Tuesday when Poyser Holden representatives presented the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative with a cheque for $10,000. Former AFL star and coach, Danny Frawley, ran a sports clinic for the children after hosting the pr..
11-Dec-2015
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BBC backs Hunt to lead the way
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO Business Council will offer its own leadership program in 2016. The Rob Hunt Transformational Leadership Development Program was launched on Tuesday by Mr Hunt, who says he will play a supporting role by complementing other learnings, and passing on the benefits of his many experienc..
04-Dec-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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Fossick for taste treats
Bendigo Weekly
Exploring the local food offerings can still be easy during the Bendigo Easter Festival and public holidays, with a variety of different venues, producers and events available from Good Friday through until Easter Monday. While some venues will only deliver limited trading times due to the f..
02-Apr-2015
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Free food for all
Dianne Dempsey
In the late summer and early autumn while fruit trees are burgeoning, the glut of food can make for a challenge. There are only so many apple pies and jars of jam you can make. The solution to what to do with excess food has been taken on by a group of locals who have embraced a movement whi..
20-Mar-2015
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Head to the Hatter
Bendigo Weekly
After the overwhelming sell-out success of last year’s inaugural event, Food Fossickers Picnic with The Mad Hatter will return on March 15 with even more regional food, wine and fun. The event returns to the recently redeveloped Bendigo Botanic Gardens, providing ticket holders with an..
06-Feb-2015
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Cheers for beers
Bendigo Weekly
Australia Day is synonymous with lamb chops, a barbecue and a beer, but it would surprise most that the beer they are drinking is not Australian owned. While the stereotype would suggest we all chug down a VB, Bendigo Beer’s Trev Birks is urging everyone to think before they drink. &ld..
23-Jan-2015
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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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Presley’s last love story
Rosalea Ryan
Elvis & Ginger Ginger Alden Berkley, $27.99 To much of the world Priscilla Beaulieu was the one true love of Elvis Presley’s life. In reality, however, that marriage held together for just a short of five years, and several other significant g..
01-Apr-2016
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Shane’s spicy menu
Rosalea Ryan
Spice Journey Shane Delia Murdoch Books $49.99 T HREE kitchen ingredients say “Easter” in Australian like no other: seafood, lamb and chocolate. This year a plethora of fresh takes on that trio is offered in Spice Journey, the printed acc..
24-Mar-2016
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High rise heartaches
Rosalea Ryan
The Expatriates Janice YK Lee, Little, Brown $29.99 In the claustrophobic city that is high-rise Hong Kong, expatriates’ lives inevitably intersect. The men do business with each other, and the women – the “trailing spouses”, almost uniformly onc..
18-Mar-2016
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Catalogue to keep
Bendigo Weekly
For decades to come Bendigonians will remember the time when history’s most famous blonde occupied their city – and the current Bendigo Art Gallery exhibition’s accompanying commemorative catalogue is an exceptional keepsake for reading now and then passing down to future gener..
11-Mar-2016
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