Ibis will be moved on in April
Sharon Kemp
The ibis that are breeding on two islands at Lake Weeroona will not be moved on until April. The City of Greater Bendigo believes the birds, which are protected by the Wildlife Act, will not have finished breeding until then. Residents and visitors to Lake Weeroona have complained about ..
03-Feb-2017
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A classic Australia Day
Bendigo Weekly
THOUSANDS of people visited Bendigo’s Lake Weeroona precinct yesterday for local Australia Day celebrations. Clear skies and warm temperatures provided the ideal setting for the official City of Greater Bendigo celebrations, which were once again coordinated and managed by the Rotary C..
27-Jan-2017
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Hospital opens its doors to patients
Sharon Kemp
WHEN 170 patients and the first of 3000 medical staff moved into the new $630 million Bendigo Hospital this week, more than 10 years of work to create cornerstone infrastructure underpinning decades of growth for Bendigo was realised.Months of precision planning allowed patients to be moved with..
27-Jan-2017
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Cafe closes doors
Bendigo Weekly
As Bendigo Health moved into the new hospital, staff had to say goodbye to the buildings that have served them well for decades. One significant farewell was to the cafeteria which closed on Monday. Retail in the new building will be provided by Zouki and is no longer Bendigo Health own..
27-Jan-2017
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RSL ready for action
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo District RSL is preparing for the Soldiers Memorial Institute upgrade and expansion project, which is due to start in April this year. The museum is being decommissioned, with museum items to be stored in a secure location until the upgrade is complete and they can be returned to..
27-Jan-2017
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$1m reward on offer
Sharon Kemp
LYNNE Ireland, the sister of Bendigo teenager Maureen Braddy who went missing 49 years ago, wants to give her sibling the burial she deserves. Police are appealing to the public again, and offering a $1 million reward, for information about the disappearance of Ms Braddy, who was 16, and ..
27-Jan-2017
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New pool work starts
Bendigo Weekly
THE new Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre is taking shape and this week saw community and local, state and federal government officials lined up to turn over the ceremonial sod at the site. The centre could be finished by the end of next year if all goes to plan. City o..
29-Jul-2016
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Bins on the move
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than 40,000 new organics bins will start to roll out on Monday. Households in the urban Bendigo and Marong areas are part of the City of Greater Bendigo council’s new fortnightly organics collection service which kicks off on September 5, 2016. Council’s Natasza Purser s..
22-Jul-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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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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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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Angela is top class at plain speaking
Bendigo Weekly
BSSC student Angela Stevens has won the regional final of the VCAA Plain English Speaking Awards held at Girton Grammar on Monday evening. BSSC PESA coordinator David van Es said it was a spectacular effort by Angela to win the regional final. “Against formidable opposition she d..
27-May-2016
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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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Slam time a musical hit
Simon Wooldridge
Music Slam #7 at Musicman was absolutely pumping with hundreds of alternative music fans over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. I caught 15 of the 90 bands on two of the three days. Cameron Holmes and the Blues Dudes kicked off my Friday evening with their distinctive brand of he..
17-Jun-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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Titles up for grabs
Joel Peterson
A TEAM of six Bendigo paddlers will hit the water in Eildon next week for the Southern Cup and Australian Wildwater Championships. The Southern Cup begins at Eildon on December 27, with Bendigo’s Maddie Batters and Imogen Douglass leading chances after taking out sprint rapid titles at..
22-Dec-2016
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Bendigo's big bash weekend
Joel Peterson
THE Melbourne Renegades have plenty to improve on after a mixed start to the Women’s Big Bash League, according to all-rounder Kris Britt. The Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes will take to Bendigo’s Queen Elizabeth Oval for a double-header on Saturday and Sunday as the competitio..
16-Dec-2016
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Power sides collide
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO United will have to buck the recent top spot curse for Bendigo District Cricket Association sides when the first-placed Redbacks meet a resurgent Strathdale Maristians in the final pre-Christmas round of the season. Wins in the last four rounds have propelled the Redbacks to the top of ..
16-Dec-2016
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Spirit needs blue-collar approach
Bendigo Weekly
A RETURN to its blue collar identity is what Bendigo Spirit coach Simon Pritchard believes will propel his team to a win over Canberra tonight and into the new year with a positive mindset. Despite a win last Saturday over Sydney, a side that Bendigo was 0-2 against this season heading into the..
16-Dec-2016
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Jumping into the Spirit
Joel Peterson
WHEN you watch Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, the reason why she is one of the most exciting players in the Women’s National Basketball League quite literally jumps out at you. Her career has taken her to Vancouver, Switzerland, Germany, Rio de Janeiro and now to the Bendigo Spirit, a path as for..
16-Dec-2016
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Sarah makes a lasting impression
Joel Peterson
WHEN she walked in the doors at Ikon Park on her first day as a Carlton footballer, not knowing what to expect, Bendigo’s Sarah Last was greeted with smiles and plenty of fanfare. Only a matter of hours earlier she was one of 19 players drafted by the Blues to play in the inaugural AFL..
09-Dec-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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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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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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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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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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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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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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