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The challenge of compassion
Bendigo Weekly
The formation of the Bendigo Interfaith Council is a very important step and reflects the growth of the interfaith movement across the globe. I want to congratulate all of you and your fellow citizens for the stand you have taken in supporting the building of the mosque, in resisting racis..
01-Apr-2016
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Count down to election
Peter Kennedy
Rumour has it that voters will be off to the polls sooner rather than later with a speculative July 2 the date put forward for a double dissolution election that will either make or break Malcolm Turnbull. Since toppling Tony Abbott about six months ago, Mr Turnbull has found the job of lead..
24-Mar-2016
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Lady Braves in team limbo
Joel Peterson
THREE weeks out from the SEABL season, it is time to start asking some serious questions about the Bendigo Lady Braves. The club’s season begins on April 1 with a clash against arch rivals Ballarat. The Ballarat Rush side, coached by Braves legend David Flint, will almost comicall..
11-Mar-2016
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How meaningful is your vote?
Bendigo Weekly
By Michael McKenzie I am a firm believer in social justice, but the way the system of local government is structured, ratepayers/residents are excluded from making any meaningful input and the role of councillor is mainly one of rubber-stamping officer recommendations. This was somet..
12-Feb-2016
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Bendigo belief grows
Peter Kennedy
Do you Believe in Bendigo? That’s the question many local residents might be asking as they make their plans for this long weekend. Friday’s picnic event at the Civic Gardens is a great opportunity to show your colours and support for our city, in the wake of some not so flat..
01-Oct-2015
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Recalling Bendigo's Mohammedan Tribute
Bendigo Weekly
By Peter Noble Bendigo lawyer I’m an enthusiast when it comes to Australian history. Like many I’ve come to it through exploring my family tree – some convict ancestry, a Chinese trader, a policeman in the Queensland Native Police. Constable Francis Noble was fi..
25-Sep-2015
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Seeking higher education
Bendigo Weekly
WELL done to Senator Bridget McKenzie for this week hosting the first of an expected 15 national higher education forums for regional Australians. While Bendigo families are fortunate to have access to good higher education options right on our doorstep, many must still face up to the prospec..
17-Jul-2015
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Game over McGinn
Bendigo Weekly
THIS week, a bright yellow box was placed on my seat at work. A farewell present from a thoughtful colleague. A 1985 limited edition, Bendigo – This Is Your City, a colourful board game celebrating the city, its attractions and businesses. The word is, had been neatly ..
17-Jul-2015
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Local issues need solutions
Peter Kennedy
Flick back to page three of this week’s Bendigo Weekly and there are two very important stories placed side by side, both with serious implications for our community. As a city that owes its prosperity and vitality to its golden past, Bendigo has inherited some difficult legacies from t..
10-Jul-2015
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Three reasons to cheer
Peter Kennedy
ONE of this paper’s great links to the past continues to be a shining light for a rich and diverse media today via his much admired cartoons that appear each week in the Bendigo Weekly. Ian Glanville is a survivor, a man with fond memories and many more fascinating stories about the..
03-Jul-2015
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Freedom to have a view
Bendigo Weekly
THERE is a plethora of issues and topics running through mainstream Bendigo at the moment with just as much potential to divide our community as there is potential to unite it. In itself, this is democracy in action, with debates about same sex marriage, Bendigo’s planned mosque, the Gr..
26-Jun-2015
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Poor politics costs more
Peter Kennedy
THIS week’s revelations that the Australian government has likely paid off Indonesian people smugglers in an effort to thwart efforts by refugees to reach Australia is just one more example of the so many faults and wrongdoings in our nation’s political system. An overwhelming m..
19-Jun-2015
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The dream is still alive
Peter Kennedy
CONCERNS about rapidly rising and possibly unsustainable house prices in our major cities have dominated metropolitan media in recent weeks, and as politicians, the Reserve Bank and other stakeholders look for solutions, the answer could be right here. Regional cities, more than ever, present..
12-Jun-2015
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Thumbs up to Ulumbarra
Bendigo Weekly
I am appreciative of a wide cross section of the Arts, and live entertainment, with an admiration of both old and modern architecture, I am pleased to comment on both the Ulumbarra theatre and NED The Musical. I’ve enjoyed all the numerous plays I’ve attended over a number of yea..
05-Jun-2015
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A better City Futures
Peter Kennedy
One of the key recommendations arising from the independent review of the City of Greater Bendigo’s operations was the call for council to examine splitting the massive City Futures directorate, often described as one of the key economic drivers of the community, and creating a stand-alone ent..
29-May-2015
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Hitting the trails
Bendigo Weekly
Spring Gully will soon be a hub of mountain bike activity as new sustainable trails are built. Many existing trails have become degraded and eroded over time and with the boom in cycling are being impacted on more than ever. But the Bendigo Mountain Bike Club has big plans for Spring Gully. ..
29-May-2015
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A true rural institution
Bendigo Weekly
AS a child growing up in rural northern New South Wales, life on the farm was both a privilege and a chore. The freedom to roam great open paddocks, to fish and swim in crystal clear creeks and rivers, to eat fruit and vegetables that were only ever fresh from the garden were all tempered by a varie..
22-May-2015
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Pool in the slow lane
Peter Kennedy
Building a 25-metre indoor heated pool in this day and age is akin to investing in audio cassettes in the age of iTunes, or opting for video tape over blu-ray technology. If the City of Greater Bendigo cannot afford a 50m pool, then it shouldn’t build one. Surely, in this day and ag..
15-May-2015
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Opinion
Bendigo Weekly
By Keith Sutherland Former Chairman Bendigo Publishing IN an opinion piece in February I asked if the City of Greater Bendigo council was heading in the right direction. At that stage council was considering withdrawing from its Home and Community Care service. Their final..
17-Apr-2015
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The erosion of council
Peter Kennedy
THERE’S an underlying current of discontent brewing in our community, and it’s something none of us should take for granted. Recent council meetings have begun with noisy, rowdy and at times out of control situations where frustrated, angry and concerned citizens have used the publ..
27-Mar-2015
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