Pharmacy to open 24 hours
Sharon Kemp
THE late night trip to the emergency department may become a trip to the pharmacy if Bendigo’s first supercare pharmacy proves successful. As of July 1, the Bendigo UFS Pharmacy in View Street will be open 24 hours a day and offer a nurse practitioner service from 6pm to 10pm every ..
02-Jun-2017
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Drug death warning
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’S drug service agencies are preparing to respond to a strain of drugs cut with new synthetic substances that have claimed lives in Europe and the United States. Emergency service personnel also attended an information session where a Melbourne academic warned the drugs would be..
02-Jun-2017
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Hawkei passes explosives test
Peter Kennedy
AUSTRALIA’S most senior army officer has heaped praise on the Hawkei armoured vehicle and its potential to save lives and win valuable export contracts for the local defence industry. Addressing the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Senate estimates committee on Wednesday,..
02-Jun-2017
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Collector of note sells up
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO nonagenarian Gordon Jackson has spent more than 40 years creating what Australian music historian Graeme Skinner would call a paper jukebox. Sheet music has been such an enduring interest of Mr Jackson’s, he has a floor to ceiling collection in his Strathdale home. But havi..
02-Jun-2017
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Bendigo Writers Festival Revealed
Bendigo Weekly
New events and venues, plus brilliant international guests and a dazzling line-up of Australian writers In its sixth year, Bendigo Writers Festival has dug deep to find new ways to offer audiences rich entertainment for a truly i..
31-May-2017
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Residents claim flood study wrong
Sharon Kemp
A BAND of Bendigo residents continue to oppose a urban-wide flood study that suggests Rosalind Park will flood in a one-in-100-year event. City of Greater Bendigo councillors will in coming months vote on the Bendigo Urban Flood Study that will extend by more than 5500 the number of houses t..
26-May-2017
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Smoke alert issued for planned burns
Sharon Kemp
A smoke alert has been issued for parts of Kangaroo Flat, Huntly, Rushworth and Golden Square tomorrow as fires are lit to reduce fuel loads before summer. If weather is fine as forecast, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning are carrying out planned burns at Specimen Hill ..
29-Nov-2016
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Rochelle the class of Victoria
Bendigo Weekly
Kalianna School’s Rochelle Curnow came out top of the class week with a prestigious award from the Principals Association of Specialist Schools. Ms Curnow took out the Most Outstanding Primary School Teacher Award by leading her school in the development of a structured learning enviro..
24-Nov-2016
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Hashtag closes its doors
Peter Kennedy
ONE of Bendigo’s highest profile hospitality venues has closed its doors and entered into external administration, with the loss of more than 20 jobs. The Platform Bar Pty Ltd, trading as Hashtag, occupied a prominent corner position in the recently established Kennington Village shopp..
18-Nov-2016
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A promise of respect
Sharon Kemp
INCOMING mayor Margaret O’Rourke will share leadership of the City of Greater Bendigo council for the first time with a deputy mayor, reflecting the growing size of the municipality. Rod Fyffe was voted on Tuesday night into the deputy role, defeating George Flack and James Williams wh..
11-Nov-2016
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Investing in divesting
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’S Centre for Non-Violence (CNV) has become the first community sector organisation to commit to divesting in fossil fuels. Chief executive Margaret Augerinos said women were disproportionately impacted by climate change and the centre, which supported gender equality, should no..
07-Nov-2016
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Candidates sign on for long haul
Sharon Kemp
HUMBLE, diverse, unified and respectful were the words spoken most often as nine councillors-elect made their first speeches at the official declaration of the poll this week. Many had just met each other – only two of nine had served as councillors in the previous term that was charac..
04-Nov-2016
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Lighting up the theatre
Bendigo Weekly
When audiences in Bendigo are dazzled by performances at the Capital and Ulumbarra Theatres they may be surprised to discover that the lighting design has been created and executed by Catholic College Bendigo student Ian Scott. Ian comes from a creative family. His parents Anita and Tim have al..
28-Sep-2016
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Fit for the job
Bendigo Weekly
PHIL Carman is an athlete who as a footy player never really achieved the greatness of his immense potential, but his life-long commitment to fitness continues to serve him well. The 66 year old former Collingwood, Melbourne, Essendon and North Melbourne star played 100 games of Australian R..
23-Sep-2016
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Goldie walks out with Spirit
Bendigo Weekly
Mischievous mascot Goldie the Wonder Dog is joining the Bendigo Spirit over the summer holidays. The public face of the City of Greater Bendigo’s child-friendly city will be the club’s first ever mascot. “Children throughout the municipality love Goldie, and we reckon S..
22-Sep-2016
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Heritage for friends
Bendigo Weekly
A Heritage tour walk sets off on Sunday to raise funds for education scholarships and development works in Timor Leste. The Bendigo Maubisse Friendship Committee is behind the event and tour organiser Rod Flavell said it’s a great opportunity to experience some of Bendigo’s wonde..
22-Sep-2016
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Ken dives in to help remote community
Sharon Kemp
A KEY figure in the first round fight to save the Golden Square swimming pool, Ken Hamilton is using the pool maintenance skills he gained at Maple Street to bolster an Aboriginal community 100km south of Uluru. This time, in a fortnight, Mr Hamilton will be on his way to the Amata communit..
15-Sep-2016
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Kids all smiles for walking to school
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS at Eaglehawk North Primary School will be among those across the state lacing up their runners and walking to school next month to increase their levels of physical activity. Next month is Walk To School month, an initiative supported by VicHealth to try to arrest the dramatic decli..
08-Sep-2016
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Aid for the islands
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO health educator Anne Hepner jumped at her daughter Milly’s suggestion to return to the Solomon Islands after 20 years for a month of volunteer health work. After two decades, the family retains connections in the South Pacific nation who have helped identify what is needed in ..
22-Sep-2016
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Sounds like a good idea for the holidays
Bendigo Weekly
What is sound? How does it work? Can sound travel in space? And why are some sounds happy, and some sounds hideous? This school holidays Discovery Science and Technology Centre Bendigo is presenting fun and entertaining activities to make sure you and the family get a positive vibe about so..
22-Sep-2016
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Kevin lands prime honour
Sharon Kemp
WHEN judoka Kevin Prime competes, he thinks not what he is missing, but what he’s got that his opponent has not. The answer is no lower left arm. After a farming accident when he was 15-years-old, Mr Prime started judo as “something I could hang my hat on.” More th..
15-Sep-2016
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Forum focusses on early intervention
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW unit at Bendigo Health that was the subject of a forum this week will allow mothers to be treated while their babies are with them. The annual forum was titles “The Earliest Intervention” and focussed on young parents and their babies, with around 100 people from areas suc..
08-Sep-2016
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It's all about the music, man
Sharon Kemp
MUSICMan Megastore owner Paul Tzountzourkas has given every kind of band a place to play for five years and they are repaying him with support as he battles financial hardship and possible closure. The corner Hargreaves Street venue is holding a Do or Die concert series on Friday, September ..
08-Sep-2016
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A cause close to home
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS at Bendigo Special Developmental School are getting into the swing of finals football this week, donning the attire of their favourite AFL or local side for its annual Footy Colours Day. The school has held the event since 1996, and in recent years has raised money and awareness for..
01-Sep-2016
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Philharmonia returns
Bendigo Weekly
After several successful European tours in 2015 and 2016 the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne is coming back to Bendigo with a powerful new programme. “Classical music the world over” is the motto of the orchestra. The ensemble’s Jens Kehling said it is irrelevant for th..
17-Feb-2017
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Home based release
Bendigo Weekly
Mariah McCarthy and Georgia Delves are returning to their rural roots in Bendigo to release their single Judgement Call. Collectively known as Deer Prudence, the pair released their debut single Sam’s Lament at the tail end of last year, with their new single taken from their forthcomi..
17-Feb-2017
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Rattlin' good fun at the Schaller
Bendigo Weekly
Need an excuse to enjoy some craft beers, local produce and great live music? On Saturday the Schaller Studio and The Pantry will be hosting another fun-filled, sunny Saturday session. Nibble and sip your way through the afternoon, soaking up the sun and raucous rhythm and blues music..
17-Feb-2017
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Songbirds hit the road
Sharon Kemp
A 15-year long friendship and numerous credits on each other’s albums have prompted two of Australia’s most celebrated musicians to go on the road together. Former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning and country singer/songwriter Kasey Chambers started the 10-date tour Sooner o..
09-Feb-2017
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Golden Vine gets the blues
Simon Wooldridge
Geoff Achison is Australian blues royalty. The internationally-renowned guitarist, who spent his early years in Malmsbury, has just embarked on a lengthy tour that also takes in the UK and US. Bendigo’s Golden Vine, tomorrow night, is gig number six of a scheduled 52 which also s..
09-Feb-2017
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Surge in the scene
Simon Wooldridge
Twelve months or so ago the following statement, from a hard-working local muso, may have seemed fanciful, or certainly very ambitious. “Musically, I want Bendigo to become the Seattle of Australia.” Now though, it sounds like a statement of intent; one that is getting some..
02-Feb-2017
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Pios face huge test
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Pioneers coach Rick Coburn is confident a first home win is not far away as his side readies to host reigning premier Sandringham on Sunday. Since a victory against Greater Western Victoria Rebels a month ago, Bendigo has dropped its past three games, all at the Queen Elizabeth Oval...
05-May-2017
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Grants go to good sports
Bendigo Weekly
A HOST of talented young locals have been given a helping hand in the form of sporting grants from federal Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters. The grants were presented to athletes from across sports and codes on Wednesday at the Bendigo Badminton and Table Tennis Complex. Athlet..
05-May-2017
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High hopes for Braves
Joel Peterson
A RETURN to a full-strength side is the boost that coach Ben Harvey hopes can kick start the Bendigo Braves’ campaign when Bendigo hosts Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence squad tonight. Bendigo has gone 3-3 as it battles injury to key personnel, but that record belies t..
28-Apr-2017
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Options aplenty in BFL squad
Joel Peterson
VERSATILITY and youth will be the two main traits of Bendigo’s interleague side to take on Ballarat next month. The BFL squad had its first training session on Wednesday at Castlemaine, with 25 of the 58 players named in attendance. While that number seems light on, Fitzpatrick sai..
28-Apr-2017
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WNBL on new screens
Joel Peterson
A RETURN to television is the first step in revitalising the Women’s National Basketball League, and now it is up to clubs and the league itself to capitalise on the opportunity. Broadcaster Fox Sports will televise at least one game live per week and has pushed the league to shorten i..
28-Apr-2017
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Thunder set to roll
Joel Peterson
A NEW-look Bendigo Thunder will tackle a new challenge on Sunday when the club begins its first season in the new Northern Football league’s women’s competition against Darebin Falcons. The Thunder has been shuffled to one of the metropolitan leagues in AFL Victoria’s restr..
21-Apr-2017
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Ken opens doors for a good cause
Dianne Dempsey
For many years now Eaglehawk residents Ken and Muriel Maes have been opening their garden for display in order to raise money for the lepers of Nepal. Despite a common misapprehension that leprosy is now a defunct disease, there are still many people, particularly in the third world who stil..
02-Sep-2016
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Hitting the mark
Bendigo Weekly
EVERYTHING from clocks to Victoria Crosses will be on show this weekend at the Golden City Collectors’ Association’s 33rd Arms and Collectables Show. Held at Major League Multisports in Golden Square across the weekend, the show will have over 200 exhibitors from far and wide dis..
25-Aug-2016
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Fun for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
It’s been a busy week for students at St Monica’s Primary School in Kangaroo Flat. An early burst of spring weather on Monday provided an ideal backdrop for the school’s athletics carnival, while on Tuesday the focus returned to the school’s Jaara Centre for a present..
18-Aug-2016
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Call out for bright sparks
Bendigo Weekly
The Discovery Centre is giving people the opportunity to have some light bulb moments of their own in National Science Week. The auditorium is being transformed to give people a fun, science experience. The activities will begin on Tuesday with the auditorium being turned into an in..
12-Aug-2016
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Skip to the beat
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s Karen students are finding music the perfect bridge between school and the broader community. The students, many from refugee backgrounds, spend an hour each week in the studio of Bendigo musician and founder of Rock Pride Music Albert “Skip&..
04-Aug-2016
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Breast care is needed
Dianne Dempsey
Unfortunately the prospect of breast cancer continues to haunt many women. According to the program manager of Bendigo BreastScreen, Elisa Alford, one in eight women will be affected by the condition. On the other hand agencies such as BreastScreen Victoria have been set up to specifical..
28-Jul-2016
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Fresh market for exports
Peter Kennedy
Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm is taking its fresh chicken products to more of the world by expanding its export business into the lucrative Hong Kong market. After years of selling frozen products to Hong Kong, the Philippines, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, Hazeldene’s is now ..
02-Sep-2016
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NBN rollout lines up Bendigo suburbs
Sharon Kemp
SOME Bendigo residents can start to shop for retail packages for broadband internet as NBN Co constructs the first node cabinets in the city, starting in East Bendigo. The progress is a welcome development for businesses who have been waiting for the rollout to increase internet speed commen..
01-Sep-2016
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Project taking off
Sharon Kemp
THE first plane will land on the new Bendigo Airport runway in February if the $15 million redevelopment remains on track but it is unlikely to be a passenger flight that will make the inaugural landing. Less than six months out from completion, the City of Greater Bendigo is working to conv..
25-Aug-2016
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International interest in Amicus
Sharon Kemp
AMICUS is getting international attention for the way it delivers services to people with disabilities. This week saw a visit from two professionals in the Canadian sector of disability services, and next February, a flow of people will come from the United Kingdom, the United States, South ..
18-Aug-2016
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Customers the focus
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER eight years in real estate Gavin Butler has opened up a business in his own right. The former hospital chief executive and accountant is now trading as Gavin Butler Real Estate with the aim of giving a personal service. “Despite being in management, I have always been passion..
12-Aug-2016
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Show me the money
Bendigo Weekly
Local small businesses can now locate available grants and funding via a custom made search tool called the Bendigo Funding Finder. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Peter Jeffery said, in what is an Australian-first, the economic development unit has partnered with the GrantGuru websi..
04-Aug-2016
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A Guest collection
Dianne Dempsey
Former Family Court judge and Olympic rower, Paul Guest QC, grew up with artists and has an abiding respect for their work, a respect and appreciation which is reflected in the paintings from his private art collection currently hanging in the Bendigo Art Gallery. “I appreciate that th..
25-Aug-2016
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Waiting patiently
Sharon Kemp
ST JOHN of God Bendigo Hospital is only months from unveiling its $41 million redevelopment, the results of which patients are already enjoying. With the Bendigo Hospital also closing in on its completion date, St John of God chief executive Darren Rogers said Bendigo was positioned to perm..
18-Aug-2016
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Open day for La Trobe
Bendigo Weekly
La Trobe University’s Open Day on Sunday aims to be an action-packed day of tours, displays, demonstrations, food and entertainment. Held from 10am to 3pm at La Trobe’s Flora Hill campus, the event will have welcome marquees, free food, expo sites and demonstrations – plus ..
12-Aug-2016
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Terry hits the road for firies
Bendigo Weekly
CFA firefighter Terry Heafield is riding around Victoria on a 2500 kilometre bike ride as part of his Don’t Do It Alone Campaign. He aims to raise awareness of post traumatic stress disorder and mental health issues among firefighters in Victoria. Mr Heafield will be visiting 43 fi..
04-Aug-2016
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Artists capture moments in time
Bendigo Weekly
A BENDIGO art group has been at it again, but this time to capture a moment in time – through art – in a journal. The cARTel journal is a snapshot of some of Bendigo’s creative minds, bound together through donations from local artists, a local stationer and local bookbinde..
04-Aug-2016
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Solar group powers up for Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
The campaign for More Australian Solar Homes, or MASH, is spreading to Bendigo. MASH, a community solar bulk-buy organised by the not-for-profit Hub Foundation, started in Castlemaine two years ago and has installed almost 500 solar power systems in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges sh..
28-Jul-2016
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A picture of art spaces
Dianne Dempsey
With maps and pens at the ready, local writer Lauren Mitchell and photographers Amy Doak and Brendan McCarthy went on a mission to find and capture the intriguing artists’ studios that lie hidden in and around the Bendigo district. The resultant book, Artist Spaces of the Victorian Gol..
18-Aug-2016
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Rights and wrongs at the festival
Dianne Dempsey
Wordsmith David Astle has been attending writers festivals for many years now and he’s a great fan. He loves festivals when things go well and he especially loves them when they go wrong. “Writing can be a solitary business and stories are made to be shared,” he said. &..
12-Aug-2016
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Nurses at the front
Rosalea Ryan
As the civilian casualties kept coming, their bodies shredded, Janet Glasson remained on her feet – for up to 32 hours in a single shift at times. Theatre nurse Glasson was on duty at Long Xuyen hospital in January 1968 when the North Vietnamese launched one of the major campaigns of ..
12-Aug-2016
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A change of direction
Rosalea Ryan
Out of the Ice Ann Turner Simon & Schuster $29.99 Dr Laura Alvarado has just completed a long, dreary over-winter stay in Antarctica and is looking forward to spending a few weeks in leafy inner Melbourne when word of a new opportunity arrives. Rather than speeding ..
04-Aug-2016
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Much ado about Indira
Dianne Dempsey
One of the ways the horrors of the nightly news was made palatable for us was through the persona of news presenter Indira Naidoo. Ms Naidoo presented the SBS News’ inaugural Late News in the late 1990s. During this time she covered the independence struggle in East Timor, the cou..
29-Jul-2016
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Riding the storm in Zimbabwe
Rosalea Ryan
If there’s one animal that symbolises Africa more than any other, it’s the elephant, yet within our lifetime, researchers predict, the last wild herds of this species will most likely disappear. One of the most vulnerable elephant populations is in Zimbabwe, a country whose chronic s..
28-Jul-2016
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