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Sending a message
Bendigo Weekly
By Nigel McGuckian Earlier this year, the Victorian government announced a new way of listening to regional Victoria. The decision responded to the call from regional Victorians for a more direct opportunity to influence government on the things that matter most to them. As a resul..
22-Sep-2016
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Change means progress
Peter Kennedy
LAST week’s column considered the progress of Bendigo’s Hargreaves Mall, which has remained in a state of unrest since a major overhaul about five years ago. Feedback to the article has been mixed to say the least – with some readers wanting the mall to be spared any furthe..
15-Sep-2016
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Independence Day
Bendigo Weekly
FORMER mayor Peter Cox says councillors need to be further separated from the City of Greater Bendigo. “A respected and active organisation, no matter what it does, is effective when it understands its responsibilities and has the resources to implement its plan of action.” ..
15-Sep-2016
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Mall future looms large
Peter Kennedy
The Hargreaves Mall sits in the commercial heart of one of the biggest inland cities in Australia, a city whose vision is to be seen as the most liveable city in regional Australia. That vision will never be satisfactorily attained unless the heart of our city is also at its best. The..
09-Sep-2016
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Malcolm in the middle
Bendigo Weekly
TWO months have now passed since the July 2 double dissolution election that returned the coalition to power with a one seat majority and potentially more problems than it had before the decider. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull seems to remain wedged, more than stuck, between a rock and a ha..
02-Sep-2016
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The accountable games
Peter Kennedy
The motto may say faster higher stronger, but the reality is we have been conditioned to accept victory as the key ingredient to any Olympics campaign, and the only true measure of success. If it was truly only about being faster, higher or stronger – send anyone to Tokyo in 2020 and w..
26-Aug-2016
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107 not out, fighting on
Peter Kennedy
COMMON sense has prevailed for 107 councillors across the state who committed the grave error of failing to comply with the requirements of the Local Government Act in signing up to revised Code of Conduct guidelines. I’ll leave the politicians to wrangle among themselves about the f..
19-Aug-2016
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Sustainable city
Bendigo Weekly
By Chris Weir, President, Bendigo Sustainability Group Rapid change in technology and the increasing impact of climate change will define the future of Bendigo. Zero carbon is much more than addressing climate change, it is about creating a stronger, more diverse and efficient economy ..
12-Aug-2016
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It's time for a heart to heart
Bendigo Weekly
By Jamie Duncan By the time you read this, I will have reached a major milestone in my life – and I can’t say with any certainty that I’ll get past it. The odds are in my favour, of course, and well-meaning friends have told me that multiple cardiac bypass surgery is &..
12-Aug-2016
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Benefits of the bike
Bendigo Weekly
By Nicola Dunnicliff-Wells Like many others, I left Bendigo as a young adult and, realising how much my home town had to offer, returned with a family eight years ago. I discovered some inspiring changes: Bendigo had grown up a bit in my absence but, in many ways, was still the same..
04-Aug-2016
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Narrow the divide
Bendigo Weekly
By Bridget McKenzie Nationals Senator for Victoria Bendigo is a vital link in strong regional cities’ growth and creating a new framework for growth outside the capital cities. The challenge for national leaders is to develop a plan that narrows the divide between regional citi..
29-Jul-2016
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Diversity is our strength
Bendigo Weekly
By LISA CHESTERS MP Federal Member for Bendigo The people of Bendigo could be forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief when the High Court dismissed the challenge to stop the building of Bendigo’s first mosque. Finally, we can put this tumultuous episode in Bendigo’s hist..
28-Jul-2016
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Work together on waste
Bendigo Weekly
The introduction of the kerbside organic collection has created a missed opportunity for council, the community and the environment to gain the maximum outcome. The process has fallen short. Bendigo needs an organic collection because 60 per cent of waste in rubbish bins is organic and we as..
14-Jul-2016
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Cooking up a storm in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
By Sonia Anthony, Restaurateur The Bendigo region has one of the most diverse and richest concentrations of quality, artisanal and boutique food and wine producers in Australia. Having lived and worked as a chef in Melbourne, London, Singapore and Bendigo, I have no doubt that our ..
08-Jul-2016
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Mediocrity the standard
Bendigo Weekly
One of the great ironies of last weekend’s federal election is that it was one of the most boring and mundane campaigns we’ve experienced, it never really reached any great heights, but it’s now become one of the most intriguing and delicately balanced elections in our nation&r..
08-Jul-2016
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Thinking beyond coffee culture
Bendigo Weekly
By TED COLEMAN The Weekly’s 2020 series encourages residents to think about the October 22 council elections and candidates. To provoke new ideas and public debate about greater Bendigo’s future, and what aspiring councillors could consider in the council’s next four-y..
01-Jul-2016
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Much to learn from city
Peter Kennedy
I have been in Melbourne for much of this week at a newspaper industry conference, but my learnings have not been limited to the seminar room at Melbourne University. Melbourne has great public transport and a lot of locals, visitors and students use it. More importantly, they need to. There..
30-Jun-2016
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Campaign lacks vigour
Peter Kennedy
IN eight days’ time, Australians will go to the polls to determine who will lead our country for the next three years. That is, those of us who have not already voted at one of the many pre-poll centres scattered across the country that have helped turned the pinnacle of election day i..
24-Jun-2016
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Housing strategy key for 2020
Bendigo Weekly
By TREVOR BUDGE City of Greater Bendigo Strategy Manager Last week, the City of Greater Bendigo council released a discussion paper designed to frame a community engagement program about a Housing Strategy for Bendigo. Some might ask what has this got to do with the future? ..
24-Jun-2016
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Opinion
Bendigo Weekly
By Jamie Duncan Life is about choices. Every choice we make – the big ones and the ones that don’t seem so significant at first – can shape our lives in ways that sometimes we can’t imagine. Last week, I made a choice that saved my life. A week ago today, I wo..
17-Jun-2016
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