Athletics tracks in the running
Sharon Kemp
LOCAL athletes could have two athletic tracks in Bendigo within five years after the City of Greater Bendigo council voted this week to buy out La Trobe University at the existing Flora Hill facility and consider plans for another. It would be a case of from famine to feast for Bendigo Athle..
16-Dec-2016
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Police reveal rise in crime
Bendigo Weekly
CRIME in Bendigo surged by more than 22 per cent in the year to September 30, according to statistics released by Victoria Police yesterday. Figures compiled from the police LEAP database show that the number of offences recorded in Bendigo rose 22.7 per cent, while in the past four years th..
16-Dec-2016
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Bright nights for Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
THE Deacon family are yuletide artists after decorating for 21 years. Creating this year’s Christmas vision in Harpin Street, Strathdale took a week to complete but will bring cheer to every person who passes...
16-Dec-2016
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Stat dec dumped
Sharon Kemp
RESIDENTS will no longer have to sign a statutory declaration to be exempt from the organics collection service in what amounts to an early win for a new City of Greater Bendigo councillor. Whipstick ward councillor Andrea Metcalf campaigned for council elections on a platform of changing..
16-Dec-2016
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Appeal launched with $1m
Sharon Kemp
AN appeal that will buy the most modern health technology for the new Bendigo Hospital has launched with more than $1 million already in the bank. And in an historic synergy, the first donor to the appeal was also the first to donate to Bendigo’s first hospital when it was built 160 ye..
09-Dec-2016
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Home hits top price
Bendigo Weekly
A superb five-bedroom, four-bathroom modern day 60-square masterpiece located on one of Bendigo’s most sought after streets has been sold for a record $2.225 million. The double-fronted property at 55 Barkly Street dates back to 1858 and has been meticulously transformed to the modern ..
09-Dec-2016
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Labour of love
Dianne Dempsey
Two friends, Helen Garner and Arnold Zable, will be brought together at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival discussing the “sheer bloody labour” of writing. “I think nobody but another writer understands the labour involved in writing,” Zable..
30-Jun-2016
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Life FM appeals to listeners
Bendigo Weekly
AS Bendigo radio station Life FM prepared to launch its twice-annual appeal, it tax deductability status came through. And as general manager Gaelle Broad worried this week about falling behind the $30,000 fund raising target, a listener called in with a $2000 donation. Life FM has grown..
24-Jun-2016
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Jobless welcome new work promises
Bendigo Weekly
BOTH major political parties are promising jobs growth if elected, and to some, it’s none too soon. Bendigo jobseekers Jack Surplice 20, and Aiden Wellard 18, have experienced the same troubles when it comes to finding part-time work in the area – there is none. Jack is stud..
24-Jun-2016
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Schools reward their best
Bendigo Weekly
YOUNG people from across the Sandhurst Diocese attended the Bishop Joe Grech Youth Scholarship lunch at the Catholic Education Office in Bendigo on Wednesday. Catholic Education Sandhurst director Paul Desmond said although the scholarship had been awarded since 2011 this was only the second..
24-Jun-2016
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Delly's Cavs take famous NBA title win
Bendigo Weekly
MATTHEW Dellavedova achieved another milestone in his already remarkable basketball career this week, becoming just the sixth Australian to win an NBA championship. The Bendigo Weekly/Prime7 2016 Sports Star of the Year award winner’s Cleveland Cavaliers took out the title with a win i..
24-Jun-2016
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Best butchers aim to snag a win
Bendigo Weekly
Butchers from the region had an opportunity to enter their best and wurst gourmet sausages, hams, kabana and bacon in the Sausage King competition yesterday. By tasting and scoring the different varieties entered, chefs from local businesses were tasked with forking out the award to the bes..
23-Jun-2016
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Big Fill to the rescue
Steve Kendall
MANY CFA volunteers have a had a busy few weeks, and Big Fill was there with them. Malmsbury CFA's Big Fill is basically a big pump and engine on the back of a V8 Landcruiser, but he can make all the difference when it comes to water supply. "He'll pump 2000 litres a minute if he has to,..
23-Feb-2014
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Home loss hard to believe
Christine McGinn
MAREE Stockdale and George Stirling lost everything on Black Saturday except each other. Cooped inside their home, oblivious to the heat, the Maiden Gully couple were unaware of the danger surrounding them. Mr Stirling was asleep on the couch and Ms Stockdale was on her computer before sh..
07-Feb-2014
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Community is prepared
Christine McGinn
WHILE the front of the fire blazed, Bendigo’s head honcho was feverishly working with emergency services to keep his community informed of the dangers that lay ahead. Greater Bendigo council chief executive officer Craig Niemann was new to the job. Ironically, council had been plann..
01-Feb-2014
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Community spirit saved the day
Christine McGinn
WHILE the fires scorched our city on Black Saturday, Bendigo’s community spirit was in full force. The mercury hit 45.3 on February 7, 2009, Victoria’s hottest day. Bendigo Police senior sergeant Craig Gaffee was on duty that afternoon, leading the local police team. &ldquo..
24-Jan-2014
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Family life rebuilt
Christine McGinn
FEBRUARY 9 will mark five years since Bendigo’s greatest natural disaster. One man died and 58 homes were destroyed in the Bendigo Black Saturday fire. As the anniversary looms, Bendigo will remember the utter devastation and the heroic acts it inspired. In the coming weeks, the Bend..
17-Jan-2014
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The head of the fire
Christine McGinn
NEXT month will mark five years since Bendigo’s greatest natural disaster. One man died and 58 homes were destroyed in the Bendigo Black Saturday fire on February 7, 2009. As the anniversary looms, Bendigo will remember the utter devastation and the heroic acts it inspired. In the co..
11-Jan-2014
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McIvor Road faces closure
Bendigo Weekly
The capacity of arterial roads leading into Bendigo from the city’s growing eastern communities will be tested as of Monday when McIvor Road is closed for six weeks. Sharp population growth in the sleeper community of Strathfieldsaye has created traffic nightmares for commuters working..
01-Apr-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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Pilot Emma aims high
Bendigo Weekly
All over the world women are taking to the skies during March, and Bendigo is no exception. The initiative is aiming to raise awareness of aviation opportunities available to females of all ages while celebrating the accomplishments of past and present women of aviation. The Bendigo Fly..
24-Mar-2016
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Booster for nurses
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Health nurses Erin Ray and Alishia Stratford are the recipients of the Intensive Care Unit Auxiliary scholarships for 2016. The auxiliary has donated $5000 for two critical care course scholarships to provide assistance with the cost of postgraduate studies. Intensive and cor..
18-Mar-2016
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Brighter days for Amelia
Dianne Dempsey
It’s not every day you get a good news story like this one. Fifteen months ago Amelia McCrohan was a very sick little girl. Suffering from cystic fibrosis, her liver was failing and she was facing the long-term prospect of a lung transplant. As they watched their daughter’..
11-Mar-2016
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Rebecca’s ready to roll
Bendigo Weekly
To manage increasing demand for volunteers at local events, St John Bendigo is calling on locals to put their hand up to give back to their local community by signing up as first aiders. The organisation is well known for its green-clad volunteers attending community events, natural disaste..
04-Mar-2016
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Groovin wrap
Simon Wooldridge
Last Saturday, at two thirds of the way into autumn, it was interesting to see a pale orange glow emanating from so many tanned GTM punters. This year’s GTM was Bendigo’s eighth and another 15,000-odd sell-out. It’s a brave festival organiser who puts on such an eclec..
06-May-2016
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Bell plays Billyroy’s
Simon Wooldridge
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 7 sees Frank Bell launch his debut single White Horse at Billyroy’s BluesBar. It’s a swampy, gutsy dirty blues number with a contrasting acoustic folk number, Riverside, on the B-side. Both are Frank Bell originals. The ubiquitous Bill Barber produce..
06-May-2016
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Busy time in Bendigo
Simon Wooldridge
It’s going to be pause-for-breath time for gig-goers in Bendigo this weekend. In addition to the massive festival-party-show that is Groovin’ the Moo, there’s a bunch of gigs this weekend to suit the most varied of tastes. Tonight, Friday, April 29 Josh Cashman is back..
29-Apr-2016
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GROOVIN THE MOO TICKETS WON
Bendigo Weekly
Winners are @kateoxx @TrixyKT and @laurouting..
13-Apr-2016
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Rhinos are smokin'
Simon Wooldridge
The re-shaped Smoke Stack Rhino make a welcome return to Bendigo tonight, Friday, at the Golden Vine. With Dave Sirianni joining the band on lead vocals and guitar in early 2015, the Smoke Stack Rhino Mark II sound now embraces wider influences including Delta blues, Chicago blues, 1960s psy..
08-Apr-2016
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All ages gig at MusicMan
Simon Wooldridge
MusicMan, in Hargreaves Street, will be rolling out a welcoming sticky carpet for young gig-goers and aspiring moshers on Sunday, April 10 with a six-band, all ages show. It promises to be a fun earbuds-in day for some young folks experiencing live music in this iconic Bendigo venue for the ..
01-Apr-2016
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Roos bound into top spot
Joel Peterson
KANGAROO Flat’s early Bendigo District Cricket Association form has surprised plenty, but not skipper Brent Hamblin. Perennial slow starters, the Roos have bolted out of the blocks to be undefeated after their opening three games. Their latest win came away from home a..
18-Nov-2016
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Locals score top footy awards
Joel Peterson
WHILE she wasn’t even the coach of the Bendigo Thunder at the start of the season, Cherie O’Neill ended it as the best coach of women’s football in the state after winning AFL Victoria’s female coach of the year award last week. The Thunder coach was joined on t..
18-Nov-2016
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Spirit out to limit Lynx
Joel Peterson
THE Women’s National Basketball League’s top two sides will do battle tonight when Perth hosts the Bendigo Spirit in round seven of the 2016/17 competition. The Lynx are the only team that the Spirit has not faced yet, and sit outright top of the ladder after crushing Adela..
18-Nov-2016
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Tayla hits the top flight
Joel Peterson
SHE is no stranger to making breakthroughs with the ball, but for seven months Tayla Vlaeminck had to keep the biggest breakthrough in her promising cricket career a secret. As she walked out of her year 12 chemistry exam on Tuesday and checked her phone, she quickly discovered the sec..
11-Nov-2016
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Coaches to receive tips from the best
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL football and netball coaches will have a chance to learn from some of the best in the business later this month at a conference conducted by AFL Central Victoria and La Trobe University. Carlton assistant Dale Amos will lead a group of Blues coaches at the event, while Melbourne ..
11-Nov-2016
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Gerrans heads top crit field
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of Australia’s premier road cyclists, Orica BikeExchange’s Simon Gerrans, will line up in Harcourt on Friday night as part of a star-studded local field for the 2016 Maap Tour de Bress Criterium. Gerrans is a former Tour de France yellow jersey wearer and stage winner, ..
11-Nov-2016
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Sun smart for power
Bendigo Weekly
Killians Walk has a brighter outlook following the installation of an epic 30 kilowatt solar system. Comprising 120 individual solar panels the system will meet much of the power needs for the building. Owner’s Corporation representative, Albert Cassar said the decision to install..
22-Jan-2016
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Gardens set to grow
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Northern District Community Enterprise (BNDCE) has contributed $20,000 towards the new Garden for the Future at Bendigo Botanic Gardens. The BNDCE is providing the funding through its community investment grants program. It will go towards new barbecue and picnic facilities at th..
15-Jan-2016
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Theatre's place in history
Dianne Dempsey
That the first live theatre was built in Bendigo in 1854 says much about our universal need for entertainment and leisure time. The Theatre Royal, a large three-storey building, quickly arose amongst the dust and rumblings of the goldrush on the present site of the Shamrock Hotel. Clare ..
08-Jan-2016
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Smooth sailing for refuge
Bendigo Weekly
Who would have thought that a fishing boat would have been the vessel to contribute towards the building of a family violence refuge in Bendigo? Quite an unlikely combination, but that’s exactly what the Rotary Club of Bendigo South has recently done. Rotary Club members and frie..
31-Dec-2015
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Toy run to benefit fire victims
Laura Hurley
BENDIGONIANS have dug deep and are donating toys for those who have lost their homes along the Great Ocean Road. Over 100 houses have been destroyed in bushfires in Wye River and Separation Creek since Christmas Day, spurring one Bendigo teenager to organise a toy drive for toys to donate to..
31-Dec-2015
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Harmonious win for Abhishek
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo resident Abhishek Awasthi has been recognised for actively supporting cultural diversity and making an impact on promoting community harmony. Mr Awasthi received the Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence 2015 Ambassador Award at Government House. Bendigo mayor F..
18-Dec-2015
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Grants boost for community groups
Bendigo Weekly
The Community Foundation for Central Victoria presented its annual grants last Tuesday at the newly refurbished Morley Johnson building. Guest speaker Baillieu Myer acknowledged the benefits of philanthropy for sponsors and benefactors. More than $20,000 in grants was awarded to six orga..
27-Nov-2015
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Marking 25 years
Bendigo Weekly
WITH 25 years in business, real estate agent Darryn Mawby is still as keen as ever. After working with another company, the then 28-year-old Mr Mawby went it alone because he wanted to run the business the way he wanted to, with a more personal approach. Mr Mawby set up business at 70 Mi..
20-Nov-2015
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Early learning celebrates
Bendigo Weekly
STAFF and children had cause to celebrate yesterday as Jenny’s Early Learning Centre at the Bendigo Hospital cut the cake for its first birthday. According to Jenny’s Early Learning Centre’s Darren Reid, celebrating such a milestone is a terrific opportunity to reflect back..
13-Nov-2015
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New manager for PHN
Bendigo Weekly
MURRAY Primary Health Network has appointed Janice Radrekusa as regional manager for the central Victoria region. Murray PHN chief executive officer Matt Jones said the appointment fills the critical role of managing operations and staff that service the central Victoria region for the orga..
06-Nov-2015
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Rebuild on the way
Bendigo Weekly
THE future is looking bright at Epsom Primary School, after is was announced last week that architects E+ have been appointed to design the $5.7 million rebuild of the school. Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan visited the school last Friday to make the announcement, and said students and..
06-Nov-2015
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Hospital takes another step forward
Bendigo Weekly
STATE member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards this week unveiled the world-class cancer facilities currently under construction as part of the Bendigo Hospital Project. The new cancer centre brings together radiotherapy, oncology and outpatient services within an integrated space, providing b..
06-Nov-2015
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Safety first with food
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO developer Jared Marwood has developed an application to help with food safety programs for small to medium Class 2 Retail and Food Service Businesses. Cook Safe allows food premises to easily create their food safety program. By answering a set of questions, Cook Safe sets up a Food..
19-Dec-2014
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Tarts raise money
Bendigo Weekly
Food Fossickers restaurant member Masons of Bendigo is baking up a storm to spread some Christmas spirit with an old fashioned cake drive, raising funds for the Bendigo Community Farmers Market. Restaurant owner and pastry chef Sonia Anthony has donated both her time and talent to bake the a..
12-Dec-2014
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Food Fossicking at Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
Michel’s Fine Biscuits have released their Christmas shortbread All Stars and award winning fruit mince pies. Available from Favourite Flavours, Mitchell St, Bendigo or head to www.michelsfinebiscuits.com.au • Indulge Chocolates have a variety of delicious hand crafted gifts, made us..
05-Dec-2014
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Fossicking for Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
The Food Fossickers network of Central Victoria is encouraging families and businesses to purchase locally grown produce and edible gifts this Christmas, in support of the region’s local producers, retailers and restaurants. Food Fossickers president Sonia Anthony said that it was of ..
28-Nov-2014
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It’s time for tarts
Marika McMahon
Now that the hats have been packed away and the fake tan is fading, spring racing is over and automatically my mind turns to the next big event on the calendar – Christmas. It used to be that there were a few things you could set your clock to regarding the arrival of Christmas in Bend..
14-Nov-2014
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Season of mangoes
Marika McMahon
Well it has happened. One of my favourite events of the year, this week I have had my first mango of the season. Yes, I paid a small fortune for it. Yes it was a bit tart around the edges but it was a great taste of things to come. I love mangoes. They are annoying with that stone that see..
24-Oct-2014
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Simply Scandinavian
Rosalea Ryan
Ice Ulla-Lena Lundberg Allen & Unwin $22.99 Life is at once bizarrely complicated and unnervingly simple in the Örlands, a Swedish-speaking cluster on the outskirts of the Åland Islands. Scattered midway between Stockholm and the Finnish ..
04-Mar-2016
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Murder she wrote?
Rosalea Ryan
Killing Monica Candace Bushnell Little, Brown $29.99 Sex and the City rebooted this new novel is definitely not. That said, SATC and Lipstick Jungle author Candace Bushnell’s latest New York City saga is entertaining escapism into a world few mere mort..
26-Feb-2016
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A tribute to the hottest climes
Rosalea Ryan
What a difference a handful of decades makes. When Ranulph Fiennes began his career as a young soldier seconded from the British army to Oman, he found himself fighting with the Sultan’s forces to defend Muslims from Marxist rebels in the country’s southern-most province, Dhofar...
19-Feb-2016
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Call is out for young writers
Dianne Dempsey
The Bendigo Writers Festival is continuing its tradition of publishing writers, this year announcing the introduction of a second writing award, specifically for young writers. The 2016 Vox Bendigo Book: Young Writers Anthology is open to school students from years three to 11. The them..
19-Feb-2016
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Paris from the dark side
Rosalea Ryan
Five Nights in Paris John Baxter Harper Perennial $24.99 Setting out to write a fresh, engaging guide to Paris is not for the faint-hearted. Paris is, after all, the most visited city on earth, and many of those visitors end up writing in one way or another ..
12-Feb-2016
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Raining on the Cape
Rosalea Ryan
When talented but enigmatic musician Ned Chisholm drops out of mainstream life and into the rainforested hinterland of far north Queensland, declaring he’s unable to return home to attend a ceremony in his late father’s honour, his younger sister is determined to find a w..
05-Feb-2016
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