CEO's misconduct allegations aired
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Health chief executive John Mulder has heard the allegations of the hospital board after a four month investigation sparked by an anti-corruption watchdog report. The report in March accused Mr Mulder of misconduct. Mr Mulder was interviewed by lawyers representing Bendigo Healt..
30-Jun-2017
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Clans support Australia Day change
Sharon Kemp
A LOCAL government push to change the date of Australia Day has won support from the Bendigo chairman of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation. Corporation chairman Rodney Carter said Australia could create its own date on which to celebrate a national day, one that had no connect..
30-Jun-2017
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Census provides Bendigo picture
Sharon Kemp
THE 2016 Census will yield statistical reports for years to come but the raw data released this week shows us Bendigo is slightly older than the average Australian, less likely to be married and more likely to define ourselves as having no religion. The newest data shows Bendigo’s popu..
30-Jun-2017
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NBN progress slammed
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO has become the latest political battleground over national broadband as the city waits to hear it is to receive a smart city deal from the federal governments. NBNCo, charged with the broadband rollout, has announced offerings in the past two weeks that promise more than the fibre to..
30-Jun-2017
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Evaporation pond woes continue
Sharon Kemp
COMMUNITY pressure to bring forward the rehabilitation of the Woodvale Evaporation ponds may have backfired with question marks over the cost to rehabilitate the land used by successive mining companies to treat groundwater. A copy of a closure plan given to the Bendigo Weekly outlines that ..
30-Jun-2017
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Green machine heads up the biggest lunch
Bendigo Weekly
World champion boxer Danny Green will be the headline act at this year’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch in Bendigo. Green is the only Australian boxer to win four world titles, and the health and fitness advocate is expected to attract a huge crowd to the Friday, November 24 prostate cancer..
30-Jun-2017
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Bendigo firm backs sports star
Bendigo Weekly
Australia’s longest running community based sporting awards has a new backer, following this week’s announcement Bendigo-based digital solutions company Cloud Copy Click had thrown its support behind the awards. Bendigo Weekly managing editor and Sports Star of the Year committee..
20-Jan-2017
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Family fights for property
Sharon Kemp
THE daughters of the family who built the Nanga Gnulle estate in Strathdale are appealing to Bendigo residents to object to developers’ plans to bulldoze the two-hectare property and build 15 houses. Cathy Spencer and Jacquie Anderson’s parents built the estate containing a home desi..
13-Jan-2017
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Ibis influx raises a stink
Sharon Kemp
ASK people at Lake Weeroona their impression of Bendigo’s most popular recreation place, they will likely tell you it stinks. But nothing will be done about the protected Australian white ibis that have taken over two small islands on the western side of the lake for at least a month ..
06-Jan-2017
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Trees make a link
Sharon Kemp
STANDING two 600-year-old scar trees at Ulumbarra is the culmination of more than two years of work, and links two multi-million-dollar projects, and indigenous culture to European infrastructure. The Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation identified the trees – a river red gum a..
21-Dec-2016
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Backhaus estate sold with estates business
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has sold its trusts and estates businesses administered by Sandhurst Trustees, which includes the expansive Backhaus estate. Melbourne-based Equity Trustees notified the Australian Stock Exchange on Monday morning it had bought the businesses for $5 million and woul..
19-Dec-2016
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Concentration urged near roadworks
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Highway Patrol officers blame lack of concentration for more drivers speeding than those who don’t through 80 kilometre an hour roadworks at the Ravenswood Interchange. Police are urging drivers to switch the focus on and turn off cruise control well before speed limits reduce ..
16-Dec-2016
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Council to trial digital bike port
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo is using its own staff as guinea pigs to try out a digital bike parking scheme that one day could be rolled out to the public. The idea behind Cycleport is that staff members ride a bike to appointments, rather than booking out a car. It is also an experiment ..
18-Nov-2016
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Liacos is gallery chairman
Sharon Kemp
THE challenge for the Bendigo Art Gallery will be to keep raising the bar for regional galleries, says the new chairman of the gallery board, Stan Liacos. “You should never be complacent, this community has brought the gallery to great heights but you cannot take your eye off the ball,..
17-Nov-2016
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Time to remember
Bendigo Weekly
ACROSS Australia today one minute of silence will be observed at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month. Remembrance Day provides many opportunities for veterans and families to seek links to their heritage and to ensure the ideals of peace and freedom gained by the supreme sacrifice is neve..
10-Nov-2016
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Trams on hair line
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s heritage trams are taking the Movember challenge this year and will be decked out with some magnificent moustaches throughout the month in order to fundraise for men’s health issues. “Men’s health is important to us at the tramways as we have a bunch of guys..
03-Nov-2016
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Sustainability on to a winner
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Sustainability Group has won the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award in this year’s awards for its diverse region-wide work in sustainability. The group is a community organisation that brings together a diverse range of people with a shared interest in sustainable l..
27-Oct-2016
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Scottish society meets in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
MEMBERS of the Clan MacGillivray Society Australia will welcome their new commander from Scotland at its 40th Anniversary Gathering in Bendigo this month. Iain MacGillivray from the Highlands community of Tain recently received approval from the office of the Lord Lyon to fill the role of cl..
27-Oct-2016
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Pool action heats up
Bendigo Weekly
Pools across Greater Bendigo are opening for the summer season. Brennan Park, Kangaroo Flat, Heathcote and Marong pools will open on Sunday. Golden Square and White Hills pools will open on Saturday November 26, followed by Elmore and Goornong Pools on Saturday December 3 and Raywood poo..
17-Nov-2016
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Walk for Beccky
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo walkers will unite on Sunday to raise funds for kidney health research and to remember one of their own, Beccky Johns. Beccky died in November last year from complications associated with kidney disease. Beccky’s mum Sue, dad Paul and sister Tara, have invited everyone in ..
10-Nov-2016
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Drama at the cinema
Bendigo Weekly
A new feature film by two Victorian sisters, Sophie and Dominique Mathisen, is coming to Bendigo this month. Drama, set entirely in Paris and London, celebrates the value of friendships that often outlast the relationships with those that share our beds. “These days you are less like..
02-Nov-2016
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School highlights good mental health
Bendigo Weekly
Weeroona College Bendigo focused on mental health this week with the help of Livin. Livin is a registered charity, non-profit organisation that was founded to wipe out the stigma on mental illness and raise awareness for suicide prevention. The week included presentations to the school ..
27-Oct-2016
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Radio group rides
Bendigo Weekly
A local group is hopping into the saddle to raise some much-needed cash. The Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club, Pedal Radio Group, is taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge during October to fight kids’ cancer. Their goal is to ride 2000 kilometres t..
20-Oct-2016
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Golden axe winner at the show
Bendigo Weekly
Doncaster’s Laurence O’Toole, who recently won the Grand Aggregate Trophy at the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show Woodchop Championships for the second year in a row, will be one of the main competitors at the Bendigo Show woodchop competition. The champion woodchopper claimed the covet..
20-Oct-2016
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Tune in for the break
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo has a big weekend of music in store to complement the city’s other Easter festivities. The Easter Blues Bender features more than 20 artists at venues across the city from Thursday evening through until Sunday. There are daytime family-friendly events in Rosalind Park and ..
13-Apr-2017
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Ali's a suitable girl
Simon Wooldridge
Ali Barter arrives in Bendigo next week on the back of glowing plaudits for her recent debut album, A Suitable Girl. She plays at the Star Bar on Thursday, April, 13. Barter’s sound isn’t easy to define. Think pop meets grunge with dance elements, and then throw-in some 199..
06-Apr-2017
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Nitro Circus is on the way
Bendigo Weekly
Nitro Circus is hitting Bendigo on April 8, and it’s the 260th showing of the event that has sold more than three million tickets across 26 countries. The Regional Rampage Tour is already aiming to smash records and reach new heights. The organisers say 12 semi-trailers will trav..
30-Mar-2017
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The dark side
Simon Wooldridge
Emerging from the darker corners of Collingwood in 2011, punk-sludge three-piece Batpiss is finally making the long-awaited trip up the Calder to Bendigo on Friday, April 7. They’re touring currently, promoting new single Weatherboard Man – something of a departure from the disti..
30-Mar-2017
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A comic opera
Joel Peterson
COMBINING comedy, opera and football seems like a recipe for grand final day entertainment so strange that not even the AFL could dream it up. In actual fact, it provides the genesis for Colin Lane and David Hobson’s new show, In Tails, which they will present at the Capital theatre ne..
23-Mar-2017
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Jagger plays three city gigs
Simon Wooldridge
The name Jagger will no doubt ring a bell for music fans of all ages. This weekend sees Chris Jagger, Mick’s younger brother, visit Bendigo to play three gigs. Remarkably, these gigs are Jagger’s only Australian dates. He plays at the Handle Bar in Mitchell Street toni..
23-Mar-2017
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Focus on football future
Joel Peterson
THE rapid growth in female football in recent seasons has sparked a long-term strategy to be drawn up by a new AFL Central Victoria working group to address the future needs of the sport. The strategy will guide the sport’s growth between 2018 to 2021 and include planning for an AFL Ce..
02-Jun-2017
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Blazers bounce back from tough weekend
Bendigo Weekly
IT was a mixed weekend for the CV Blazers hockey sides on home turf at Garden Gully in round six of Hockey Victoria’s state league. The women’s Blazers celebrated club legend Sally Anderson’s 250th game but could not take the points in the reserves contest going down 5-3 to..
02-Jun-2017
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Miners hold on for thrilling win
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Fighting Miners face up to one of the toughest tests in Victorian Rugby Union this weekend, playing unbeaten competition leader Eltham after scoring a famous win last weekend. Bendigo hung on by the narrowest of margins, 32-31, in a thrilling encounter against second-placed Kiwi ..
02-Jun-2017
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Spirit land first import
Joel Peterson
NEW Bendigo Spirit signing Betnijah Laney will provide plenty of toughness and defence, two things that will be required in spades this WNBL season. As the league gets bigger, the Spirit have brought in the former Rutgers University star to add some size and physicality to its wing rotation...
02-Jun-2017
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Success rolls on for Jontee
Joel Peterson
At the time, it was just a small piece of advice from a family member. “Maybe you should play wheelchair basketball.” Just over a year later, that decision has taken Bendigo’s Jontee Brown across the country and, next week, to Canada. His story is a perfect example ..
02-Jun-2017
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Dream start for Thunder
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Thunder are heading toward a testing month in their Northern Football League Women’s campaign but coach Cherie O’Neill does not want her side to look ahead any further than its clash with Kew on Sunday. Not only is she aiming to keep any signs of complacency away, but..
26-May-2017
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Filipino Fiesta a fundraiser for community
Bendigo Weekly
A Filipino Fiesta in Hargreaves Mall next month is all for a good cause, supporting communities destroyed by a typhoon three years ago. On November 8, 2013, the strongest typhoon ever recorded made its landfall in the Visayas region of central Philippines. Within hours, Typhoon Haiyan, ..
27-Oct-2016
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Martyn program is just the job
Bendigo Weekly
The Year 8 Martyn Program students at Catholic College Bendigo have gone public with the projects they have developed around their personal skills and passions. From dressmaking and woodwork to hand-made bikes, computers, sheep shearing, films, stories and more – it was all on show fo..
20-Oct-2016
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Garden trees for the chop
Bendigo Weekly
TWENTY-FOUR diseased Italian pencil pine trees will be removed from the entry promenade at the Bendigo Botanic Gardens, White Hills in coming weeks. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Debbie Wood said the trees which were planted in 2000 are suffering from cypress canker – a funga..
13-Oct-2016
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Bloke lunch a goer
Bendigo Weekly
PREPARATIONS for this year’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch are in full swing, with this year’s event to be held on Friday, November 18 at Ulumbarra Theatre from 12 noon. The Bendigo Weekly-backed event starts with the traditional outdoor barbecue lunch, before guests move inside to ..
06-Oct-2016
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Towel a fundraiser
Bendigo Weekly
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Bendigo is being asked to get on board with a fundraising appeal to help those living with the insidious disease. The so called Little Blue Towel might not seem like much, but each packet sold will help those diagnosed with breast cancer spend tim..
06-Oct-2016
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The long goodbye
Dianne Dempsey
The long goodbye is the name often given to that cruellest of diseases, Alzheimer’s. And it’s a name to which Narelle Williams can easily relate. “My father retired at 65 years of age and was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s when he was 67,” she ..
28-Sep-2016
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TAFE on course to learn
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo TAFE is kicking off a new suite of hospitality, tourism and events courses. The courses will provide Bendigo learners with local access to training, work placements, industry networking and pathways to career opportunities. Bendigo TAFE’s chief executive Trevor Schwenke ..
03-Nov-2016
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Surgery a lifesaver
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Health has implanted the first polymer stent that reabsorbs into the body and completely disappears after two years. The cardiology unit at Bendigo Hospital has used metal stents since the device became part of the mainstream treatment of heart disease, but the metal version stays in..
27-Oct-2016
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New PEAK for Sports Star
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO based PEAK Sport Australia is one of the founding sponsors of a new scholarship program aimed at helping emerging athletes from central and northern Victoria further their sporting careers. The scholarship program is an initiative of the Bendigo Sports Star Awards committee. PEAK..
20-Oct-2016
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Set for the show
Bendigo Weekly
EAGLEHAWK primary school students have been getting their hands dirty for the Bendigo Agricutural Show. Held over two days, Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, the event has encouraged the school to make wheelbarrow gardens. They are no ordinary gardens though, p..
13-Oct-2016
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Bank buys in to WA home loans
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has bought $1.4 billion of home loans in Western Australia, and added 6000 new customers to its existing 1.5 million. The bank this week reassured investors the mortgages it bought from the WA government-owned Keystart Housing Scheme Trust, which typically lent to f..
06-Oct-2016
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Telco ramps up for city
Sharon Kemp
OPTUS want to be considered a viable mobile phone competitor to Telstra and is spending $3.5 million and building seven new towers around Bendigo to gain the credible coverage. The telecommunications company is spending the same amount in Ballarat as it moves to capture greater market share ..
28-Sep-2016
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100 years at BSE
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO South East will host a Centenary Celebration Day on Saturday to recognise the 100 year history of the college. The aim is to reconnect past staff and students, demonstrate development of the facilities and build the BSE alumni for the years to come. In August 1916, the first sch..
20-Oct-2016
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Upgrade for track
Joel Peterson
WITH the Bendigo line out of action until the end of October, V/Line is taking the opportunity to complete $46 million of works on the Bendigo rail corridor. Work including replacement of level crossings is under way on the lines through to Swan Hill and Echuca, with major work at Taradale o..
14-Oct-2016
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Music on the move
Bendigo Weekly
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was in Bendigo this week for a performance at Ulumbarra Theatre Ahead of their performance, musicians from the orchestra will took part in workshops with schools in the area including Lockwood Primary School. As the MSO loves Bendigo so much, the musician..
06-Oct-2016
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TAFE gears up
Bendigo Weekly
Automotive students from Bendigo and its surrounds can look forward to a whole new training experience at Bendigo TAFE Charleston Road campus. On October 12, upgraded automotive facilities featuring across-the-board improvements will be unveiled for the first time. Students and industry..
28-Sep-2016
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Villa has a new outlook
Bendigo Weekly
George Lansell had a lot of gold, hence a lot of money, but the Quartz King passed away in 1906 having never finished his pride and joy in the historic Fortuna Villa. Fortuna was constructed in 1856 with several extensions over the years, but the final external finishing touches..
22-Sep-2016
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Project goes to a new level
Sharon Kemp
AS fast as St John of God Bendigo hospital refurbishes its new and existing wings, the new wards fill. The hospital has completed the upper two levels of its new building and is part way through refurbishing the existing wing. The $41 million initial redeve..
15-Sep-2016
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All paths cross in Rome
Rosalea Ryan
Septuagenarian British sisters-in-law Lizzie and Constance are in Rome on a mission: to scatter Henry’s ashes into the River Tiber. American Alec and Australian Meg are equally focused – in their case, on finding the elusive source of a specific blue tile for their unhappy marital ho..
27-Oct-2016
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Relationships tested
Rosalea Ryan
ASK anybody outside southern Africa to name a famous Botswanan and almost invariably they will respond with “that Precious woman – you know, the one in the book”. Much of the world knows little about day-to-day happenings in Botswana yet millions of readers are relatively familiar ..
20-Oct-2016
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Travel tales
Rosalea Ryan
MANCHESTER native Georgia is intelligent, successful and happily in love. Her relationships are solid; her career is booming. This has not always been the case. Only 12 months ago Georgia was suffering from a bout of severely wounded pride, cut adrift by a two-timing fiancé and left emoti..
13-Oct-2016
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Wrong place, right time
Rosalea Ryan
WHEN I have a class reunion kind of thing, we just have a beer; we don’t, like, tackle terrorists or anything. The voice is unmistakable: Barack Obama. It’s late August 2015 and, huddled over an iPhone in northern France, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler are being congratulated by t..
06-Oct-2016
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Bovine beauties
Rosalea Ryan
Long, wide, curly, straight or curved: the horns adorning the cattle that feature in photographer-writer Daniel Naudé’s dramatically handsome coffee-table book are as spectacular and distinctive as hairstyles or gowns at any red-carpet event. South African Naudé captures with..
28-Sep-2016
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Paper chase
Rosalea Ryan
Interested in data? It’s February 2015 and in Germany investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer is presented with what quickly becomes the most daunting yet satisfying challenge of his media career. Obermeyer is at home one evening when an email arrives from an anonymous correspondent. ..
22-Sep-2016
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