Columns

Keep it simple when choosing food
Bendigo Weekly
What we eat is important to most people. Whether it is the choice to grab a big burger at lunchtime or a soy flat white first thing in the morning, throughout the day we constantly make decisions about food. In this modern world most people (but not all) in Australia have choices. People m..
16-Dec-2016
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Embrace change
Bendigo Weekly
By Mike Hirst Managing Director, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. The biggest buzzword at the moment is disruption. Everywhere you look it seems disruption is being heralded as the death knell for traditional institutions like banking. But disruption isn’t anything new. ..
08-Dec-2016
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Labelling should allow true choice
Bendigo Weekly
THE issue of food labelling does come up a lot. A lot of people have laughed for a long time about the label “Made from local and imported products” What does that label tell us? What is the point of putting “Made from local and imported products” on the label of..
02-Dec-2016
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Gathering with a cause
Bendigo Weekly
A VERY special lunch will take place at Bendigo’s stunning Ulumbarra Theatre today, when the historic former prison hosts the annual Biggest Ever Blokes’ Lunch in support of prostate cancer research. The Bendigo Weekly has been a proud partner to this event for seven years now, a..
18-Nov-2016
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A new interest in politics
Bendigo Weekly
ABOUT four months ago I was lucky enough to attend an editor’s conference in Melbourne which included scores of American newspaper editors and proprietors, most from the states that have ultimately and overwhelmingly just endorsed Donald Trump to be America’s next president. T..
10-Nov-2016
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A bold declaration
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO residents have had their say and elected to turf five of the seven former City of Greater Bendigo councillors and look at other options as to who should be their next elected representatives. There’s an old saying that says the voters never get it wrong in such matters, but tha..
03-Nov-2016
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Missing the point on care
Bendigo Weekly
By Peter Fountain Long Gully In response to the editorial piece “Picking up the pieces” Bendigo Weekly October 21. Like many Bendigonians, I am saddened by the recent closure of Radius Disability Services and feel deeply concerned for the individuals, families and..
27-Oct-2016
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Recognising right and relationship
Bendigo Weekly
By Lisa Chesters MP The debate about marriage equality and the same-sex plebiscite is a personal debate. This is also a debate about our democracy. I am opposed to the plebiscite. If we had a free vote of members of the 45th parliament and if we had support for a free vote in this pa..
21-Oct-2016
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Embrace the challenges
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of the state’s most senior government ministers has voiced her opinion on the importance of this month’s local government elections for the people of Greater Bendigo. Speaking in state parliament earlier this week, member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said she recently had ..
13-Oct-2016
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Voice must be heard
Bendigo Weekly
The journeys we take through life towards a better future can be complex, the thought though for us as a community of what that future may look like is much simpler. As a Dja Dja Wurrung person I have been taught that when travelling the landscape, I must take glimpses of where I have come f..
13-Oct-2016
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A timely heart to heart
Bendigo Weekly
By Jamie Duncan I can see a light at the end of the tunnel and, despite recent medical trouble, I’m walking towards it. By Monday week, I should be back at work after four months out of action following my heart attack on June 7. I have a life-saving stent in one of my coron..
06-Oct-2016
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Backing schools over business
Peter Kennedy
Bendigo is exceptionally fortunate to have arguably the best government, catholic and independent schools in regional Victoria, if not regional Australia. It’s reasonable to suggest that this equates to having teachers of a similar high standard, and for these twin circumstances, w..
29-Sep-2016
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Pollie games need to stop
Peter Kennedy
THE ongoing saga regarding Nationals’ wannabe MP, Luke O’Sullivan and his bid to take a seat in the Victorian Upper House continues to drag on, and the community has every right to demand it be brought to a conclusion. Mr O’Sullivan continues to be blocked by th..
23-Sep-2016
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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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