Operational mine planned for city
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO will have a gold mine operating in the city sooner rather than later, if the Chinese owners of Australian-listed company GBM Gold have their way. Despite vocal community calls to rehabilitate the legacy of gold mining in the city rather than restart operations, GBM believes it is onl..
22-Sep-2017
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Pool name in question
Sharon Kemp
THE naming of the new aquatic centre at Kangaroo Flat will be decided at the next City of Greater Bendigo council meeting but supporters of an alternative to the council’s favoured title Gurri Wanyarra have submitted a 450-strong petition. The petition tabled by councillors on Wednesda..
22-Sep-2017
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Council remains neutral
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’s vote no campaigners in the postal survey were reassured by City of Greater Bendigo’s decision this week not to move to support same sex marriage. Yes campaigners who also rallied at Wednesday night’s council meeting were disappointed councillors did not put an urg..
22-Sep-2017
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Cash milestone for RSL
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo and District RSL Sub-Branch has celebrated a major fundraising milestone, scoring a $50,000 donation to its fundraising campaign for redevelopment of the Soldiers Memorial Hall. The donation comes via the Johanson family, and sees the total money raised in the campaign pass $250,..
22-Sep-2017
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Red tape stalls Radius
Bendigo Weekly
AN issue with the title of a property in Harcourt Street is holding up the liquidation of Radius Disability Services which fell into administration last October. The Bendigo Weekly understands all of the assets once owned by Radius, but for the Harcourt Street property, have been sold. I..
22-Sep-2017
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About turn for bank fun run
Bendigo Weekly
THE 2017 Bendigo Bank Fun Run to take place on November 5 will be as good as in previous years, but in the opposite direction. Ahead of the close of discounted early bird registrations this weekend, organisers have announced runners this year will ascend View Street and enjoy a steady descen..
22-Sep-2017
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Police warning after drug deaths
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Police are investigating three separate deaths in the past fortnight they suspect are heroin overdoses and not coincidental. Superintendent Darren Franks yesterday issued a warning to be careful about using illicit drugs given the user may not know what is mixed with the drug. ..
17-Mar-2017
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A healthy future for BDAC
Sharon Kemp
IT is set out to look after the health of indigenous Bendigonians, and is deliberately set in the city’s forest. Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative opened its $5.7 million health and community centre on Prouses Road on Wednesday, and celebrated by remembering the origins of th..
16-Mar-2017
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Discount for dog de-sexing
Bendigo Weekly
Discount dog de-sexing vouchers will be available from council offices from Tuesday. There are 150 vouchers available which will save a dog owner $40 on the normal cost of having their pet de-sexed. The vouchers will be available on a first come, first served basis from the City of Great..
10-Mar-2017
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Algae is back
Bendigo Weekly
high levels of potentially toxic blue-green algae have been discovered at Lake Weeroona and Lake Tom Thumb. Blue-green algae also remain present in other lakes across greater Bendigo. Blue-green algae occur naturally and can be dangerous to humans and animals. Contact with algae ca..
10-Mar-2017
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Annaliese says yes to proposal
Joel Peterson
IT’S fair to say that when Annaliese Barty picked up the Bendigo Weekly last Friday, she got quite the surprise. Her boyfriend of almost four years, and now fiancé, Alex Kharoofa, handed the paper to her just before she left for work on Friday morning. Low and behold there ..
09-Mar-2017
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Friends rally for Karlee's cause
Sharon Kemp
KARLEE THORPE was on the front page of the Bendigo Weekly two years ago, having survived breast cancer but still not well enough to run in the Mother’s Day Classic for which she was a story of inspiration. Two years later and after a period of good health, the mother of two has fallen ..
03-Mar-2017
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Street stall a growth industry
Bendigo Weekly
Rather than sitting around shaking an empty money box, Ella and Lugh Fraser decided to raise money by setting up a street stall. The two Bendigo children are raising money in order to buy Christmas presents for their family. And this is no lemonade stall either. With her mother&rsq..
21-Dec-2016
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Bright future for high scorers
Joel Peterson
GIRTON Grammar student Sebastian Hawke wasn’t sure he had actually woken up when he received his perfect ATAR score of 99.95 in the early hours of Monday morning. “I was in complete disbelief. I thought I was dreaming or something, and it took about an hour for me to realise wha..
16-Dec-2016
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Darcie follows a defence calling
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Senior Secondary College also achieved another outstanding crop of VCE results this week, with Georgia Lewon named college dux with a score of 98.4. Georgia’s score included a 49 in health and human development as well as scores of 44 in both German and English. BSSC also h..
16-Dec-2016
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Three in top spot
Joel Peterson
ACCORDING to Catholic College Bendigo’s Aram Perez, Emma McGregor and Jack Duckett, the best way to settle the matter of year 12 dux is simple – don’t. While Bendigo’s two other VCE providers each crowned a single student as their top performer for 2016, CCB had a tre..
16-Dec-2016
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Art works in the lane
Bendigo Weekly
Things just got a whole lot more colourful at the multi-storey car park end of Chancery Lane with a series of fantastic new art works by local artists now on display. The art works are diverse in both style and genre and are already attracting attention and admiration from members of the com..
08-Dec-2016
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Golden Square burn close to home
Sharon Kemp
A 23 hectare planned burn underway in Golden Square will help neutralise Bendigo's highest fire danger risk in the urban area, according to Forest Fire Management Victoria. Fire management crews started the planned burn this morning north of the Specimen Hill channel which is east of Olympic..
02-Dec-2016
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Courts face change
Sharon Kemp
HEIGHTENED security and fresh calls for improvements to the Bendigo Law Courts coincided with the beginning of the legal year this week. Speeches to mark the new legal year focused on increased use and expectations on the court system in Bendigo as the population grows, making increasingly n..
03-Feb-2017
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Pat on the back for service
Sharon Kemp
CLIFF Richards’ Medal of the Order of Australia is an honour, says the 15-year president of the Bendigo District RSL. But “just a simple ‘well done mate’, and a pat on the back, I’ll take that,” Mr Richards said. After 40 years of service to Australian..
26-Jan-2017
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Peter's back on the air
Dianne Dempsey
The newly appointed president of 105 LifeFM, Peter Stanton, said he’s extremely happy to be working in radio once more. “I was invited onto the board for 12 months and then in November 2016 elected president.” he said. Broadcasting 24 hours a day, 105.1 LifeFM, is a not..
19-Jan-2017
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Skye's back in Bendigo
Sam Kane
NOT many recently graduated doctors can say they started their career in a new multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art hospital. But, that’s exactly what’s happening for Bendigo’s Skye Kinder – a name well known to locals, and now one of Bendigo Health’s ne..
13-Jan-2017
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Mall a top spot for summer
Bendigo Weekly
Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained over the summer break? Then head down to Hargreaves Mall on Thursday for a Summer School Holiday Fun Day. There will be a water play inflatable jumping castle and slide for some warm weather fun. Children who aren’t keen on gett..
05-Jan-2017
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Food for those in need
Bendigo Weekly
A TIMELY trip has brought some Christmas cheer to Bendigo. Willing Older Workers provides practical and emotional support to workers who are over 50 and either unemployed or underemployed. Recently they received grants to buy a van and a refrigerated trailer which they took to St Andrew&..
21-Dec-2016
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Riverdance Eclipsed
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne’s Anthony Street is living a double life; by day he gets his hands dirty as a demolition worker, by night he is lighting up the stage as lead dancer for Celtic Illusion and soon, his newest stage show Eclipse comes to Bendigo. In a story not unlike that of Billy Elliot, Stree..
22-Jun-2017
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Seymour guest stars with choir
Bendigo Weekly
Australian rock legend Mark Seymour, lead singer of one of Australia’s most seminal bands, Hunters and Collectors, will make a special guest appearance at the annual Forever Young community rock choir concert at the Ulumbarra Theatre. Mark Seymour will take to the stage with Bendigo&r..
22-Jun-2017
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Everlys and Buddy
Bendigo Weekly
The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly are together in concert. Bet you never thought you’d see that happening. The magical sounds of The Everly Brothers come alive again with Australia’s very own Robertson Brothers, one of Australia’s leading vocal groups. They are best ..
15-Jun-2017
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Two days of sonic disturbance
Simon Wooldridge
Central Victorian experimental sounds collective undue noise celebrates its 15th birthday next weekend, with Sonic Disturbance – a special two-day event at the Old Fire Station in View Street, Bendigo. “It’s a great opportunity to get local experimental people together,&rdq..
15-Jun-2017
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Husky on the road
Joel Peterson
If someone you don’t know and have just met invites you to their basement, you’d have every reason to be the slightest bit hesitant. For Melbourne duo Husky, saying yes turned out to be the right decision, and one that kick started the process for their new album Punchbuzz. ..
08-Jun-2017
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Jack in back in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Television and theatre star Jack Charles is coming to Bendigo later this month. Jack will speak at Bendigo library about his life experiences with Cate Mercer, editor and publisher of national health and wellbeing magazine The Art of Healing. Jack has been convicted 22 times for burgla..
08-Jun-2017
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The title decider
Bendigo Weekly
EAGLEHAWK’S Bendigo Amateur Soccer League title chase comes to an end this weekend, with their standalone fixture against Spring Gully United to once and for all decide this year’s champion side. Eaglehawk and Shepparton South both missed their chance to claim the title last week..
15-Sep-2017
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Dragons watch on as Bulldogs battle
Joel Peterson
WITH Sandhurst eagerly awaiting a grand final opponent, Golden Square and Gisborne will play off for the right to meet the Dragons next Saturday. Gisborne survived an elimination final test against reigning premier Kangaroo Flat, while Golden Square was well beaten by Sandhurst last wee..
15-Sep-2017
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Ground-dog day for North
Joel Peterson
NORTH Bendigo has a chance to make a slice of history this weekend with a third straight flag when it again plays Leitchville Gunbower in the HDFL decider. The Dogs have never won three successive premierships, their best run being back-to-back flags in 1976 and 1977 in the Golden City Footb..
08-Sep-2017
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Spirit preparations ramp up
Bendigo Weekly
COACH Simon Pritchard admits the Bendigo Spirit are slightly behind the eight ball a month out from the WNBL season, but expects with preparations gaining momentum things will quickly fall into place. The Spirit’s preparations ramped up this week with the team preparing to play an intr..
08-Sep-2017
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Hawks swoop on finals race
Joel Peterson
YOU’D think a side that’s won 14 games in a row would be travelling well, but Eaglehawk coach Josh Bowe thinks his team’s best form is still ahead of it. The Hawks go toe-to-toe with Strathfieldsaye on Saturday night in a semi-final that sees the winner claim the first gran..
08-Sep-2017
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Haig taking on the world
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S Jack Haig scored a pair of early birthday presents this week as he continues his strong recent form. Haig turned 24 on Wednesday and launched a searing attack on that day’s stage of the Tour of Spain, eventually finishing 12th but again impressing at Grand Tour level. ..
08-Sep-2017
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Precious Ruby a hospital gem
Bendigo Weekly
Therapy dog Ruby is lifting the spirits of patients at St John of God Bendigo Hospital. Ruby visits patients each Thursday afternoon in the rehab unit to offer pet therapy for those who wish to spend time with her. Delta Therapy Dogs volunteer, and Ruby’s owner, Julian..
05-Jan-2017
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Call out for blood
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo needs more than 120 blood donations between Christmas and the new year in order to prevent a shortage of blood products vital to the treatment of cancer patients. Bendigo donors are among the millions of busy Australians taking time for Christmas shopping and holidays, leading to a w..
21-Dec-2016
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Virtual views are a technical reality
Bendigo Weekly
A group of older people from the Bendigo region have embarked on a research project to explore the role that virtual reality technology can play in encouraging healthy ageing. Over a series of workshops, which started this week and continue throughout 2017, a group of up to 15 people aged 70..
16-Dec-2016
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Team is fire ready
Bendigo Weekly
A CREW from Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises has helped with fire control during the planned burning season, skills that employees hope to use during traditional burning of land at Mt Barker near Harcourt, and other sites. Crew leader Ian Bentley led a team employed by Forest Fire Management Vict..
08-Dec-2016
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In memory of mates
Bendigo Weekly
VIETNAM veteran Rob Eade is a man on a new mission. He is riding around Australia laying flags at memorials in memory of Australians killed in the war. The Remembrance Ride Oz has taken Mr Eade on a trek from Cessnock, New South Wales via all points of the compass. “I was in..
01-Dec-2016
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Bendigo's golden tale
Bendigo Weekly
THERE are key themes running through the non-fiction books of historical writer James Lerk – gold, Bendigo and the precious results of his enduring search for hidden stories. Mr Lerk, who also writes a regular column for the Bendigo Weekly, positions these hitherto undiscovered titbits for..
24-Nov-2016
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Bright future for Meghan
Bendigo Weekly
Eaglehawk student Meghan Frederick is bucking the trend in the male-dominated world of science, technology, engineering and maths. Women hold fewer than one in five senior researcher positions in Australian universities and research institutes, and account for just a quarter of the STEM work..
26-Jan-2017
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High life for Jordan
Sharon Kemp
JORDAN Lees hadn’t realised until last August he had already done the bulk of the research he needed to start his own business UpDown Desk which launched in Bendigo on January 1. Mr Lees, a physiotherapist and law graduate working as an occupational health consultant, was sourcing for ..
20-Jan-2017
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Empowering Eaglehawk
Bendigo Weekly
Empowering Eaglehawk is a hugely successful community enterprise. Evidence of this success is the development of the Eaglehawk Canterbury Park Precinct facilities over the past 10 years. The latest project in the pipeline is a state-of-the-art playground which will include a flying f..
12-Jan-2017
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Website right for Bendigo jobseekers
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO will get its own dedicated online job board with the launch next month of the website Find a Job developed by central Victorian entrepreneur Adam Goodes. The city will be the pilot location for the business ahead of its eventual spread through regional Australia if Find a Job r..
06-Jan-2017
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Thales staff show and shine
Sharon Kemp
THEY make heavy armoured vehicles as a day job, and their own mechanical dreams for fun. So many of Thales’ Bendigo employees are restoring vehicles in their spare time, they can host their own car show. The “company collection” parked in block nine of the Thales Finn S..
21-Dec-2016
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Count the drops
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo inventor Len Williams has won the inaugural Tech for Good award at Electronica 2016 held in Munich. This is a new section to encourage hi-tech electronics applications which focus on benefits for the environment or quality of life. Mr Williams’ invention is a water meter sy..
16-Dec-2016
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Fix that tram
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Tramways has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help cover the cost of restoring a rare 101‐year‐old J‐Class tram in its collection. There are hoping the Bendigo community will come on board to help get it back on the tracks. “Tram No. 7, which operated in Melbourne, Balla..
08-Dec-2016
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Stadium steeled for solid future
Sharon Kemp
THE arrival of 40 tonnes of steel at Bendigo Stadium means construction work that has been at ground level is suddenly taking on the shape of the new building. The stadium is still a year away from opening and has been hampered by wet weather during winter and spring. But the framework f..
01-Dec-2016
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TAFE to upgrade
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO TAFE will offer upgraded facilities and new courses in the sectors of health and community, and food and fibre from 2018 thanks to more than $25 million in state government funding. As health sector job opportunities increase in line with the new Bendigo hospital, TAFE will upgrade t..
24-Nov-2016
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The best of bikes
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo will host Australia’s first Cycling Innovation Showcase. The event on Thursday, Friday and Saturday next week will feature a range of cycling manufacturers and designers, guest speakers and demonstrations of cutting edge cycling-related technology and development. On Satu..
17-Nov-2016
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Top points for ballerina Tiahna
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO student Tiahna Agnoletto has proved hard work can get good results. The 16-year-old will be off to the Queensland Ballet School next year after being chosen as one of the lucky few who auditioned across Australia and New Zealand for a position at this prestigious school. Tiahna h..
10-Nov-2016
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Hop on board
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW group is set to operate on Crusoe Reservoir, offering a healthy outlet for women. Surfing Victoria and VicHealth have pooled resources to relaunch Coasting: Stand Up Paddleboarding for women, a program designed to get more females active over the summer, with a three-session program in..
03-Nov-2016
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Liar, liar...
Rosalea Ryan
It is deep winter in Iceland: a bleak, gloomy season when the region’s few hours of daylight are marred by unpredictable blizzards, roaring Arctic gales and impenetrable, all-enveloping fog. Over the course of roughly a week in late January, in the south-west of the country a series o..
12-Jan-2017
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Time right for telling all
Rosalea Ryan
More often than not the story of an affair lasting only a handful of months between two no-name actors 40 years earlier would remain unremarkable and untold; it would certainly not be material on which to base a potentially best-selling book. Yet by the time Carrie Fisher rediscovered three..
05-Jan-2017
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Year round lunches
Bendigo Weekly
A Bendigo resident, primary school teacher and a vegetarian who has become famous with her Instagram account has launched her first book – My Vegetarian Lunchbox. Renae Westley’s online photos about her vegetarian lunches have more than 60,000 followers. Working with local b..
21-Dec-2016
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Reporting from the heart
Rosalea Ryan
Australians know Simon Bouda – right? We know his name, we know his face, we know his voice and we certainly know the tragedies he covers as one of the Nine Network’s most experienced hard-news journalists. But what, really, do we know of Bouda as a person – as a son, husba..
15-Dec-2016
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Winter's depths
Rosalea Ryan
The Ice Beneath Her Camilla Grebe Allen & Unwin $39.99 Stockholm’s crisp mid-winter perfection has been shattered, its pristine snowscape disfigured by a geyser of human blood. In an exclusive outer suburb of the city a woman has been murdered, her body crumpled in a hallw..
08-Dec-2016
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A fresh view
Rosalea Ryan
BRITT-MARIE is not the type of woman to put a coffee cup down without using a coaster, not does she eat pizza straight from its box. Britt-Marie is proper, attentive, precise, correct – “normal”, in other words. To less particular people, however, Britt-Marie could be descr..
02-Dec-2016
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