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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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Bendigo a beacon
Bendigo Weekly
By Chris Earl By 2020, more than 125,000 people will call Bendigo and communities in the city home – a region brimming with ideas and energy, actions and aspirations that make our part of Victoria the model to inspire a modern era of prosperity and resilience away from the metropolis...
17-Jun-2016
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CFA should all be paid
Steve Kendall
By STEVE KENDALL Chief of Staff, Bendigo Weekly THERE is a lot of fuss about the volunteers of the Country Fire Authority and whether it should be under the control of paid firefighters and the unions. While the rows are loud and constant, I think we are missing a point. Why d..
10-Jun-2016
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Innovation city
Bendigo Weekly
By Karen Corr, Social Entrepreneur Make a Change Australia Bendigo 2020 Vision: Collaborative, Innovative, Abundant It’s official, Bendigo has made it to a world leadership city. Key challenges have been addressed and Bendigo has been awarded the most creative and sociall..
03-Jun-2016
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Faith in city's great future
Bendigo Weekly
By Margaret O’Rourke Chief Executive Officer Aspire Cultural and Charitable Foundation It is 2020 and I’m driving north into Bendigo along the High Street Boulevard. The Sacred Heart Cathedral with its established Aspire Precinct comes into view. I never tire of this glor..
27-May-2016
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Aiming for the good life
Bendigo Weekly
By Ian McBurney Ecological sustainability practitioner In 1996 I moved from Bendigo to Melbourne for deeper conversations, cultural diversity and positive thinking. In 2007 Claire and I bought our first child back to Bendigo for fresh air, community and a childhood without a millio..
20-May-2016
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The realms of change
Peter Kennedy
THE Hargreaves Mall will ultimately be what the people of Bendigo and the City of Greater Bendigo want it to be. It could be a lot of things, but the one thing everyone agrees on is that it could be better. Rather than just reiterate the mall’s perceived negatives, Bendigo could g..
19-May-2016
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Classic by name...
Peter Kennedy
LAST weekend I was fortunate enough to stand in the freezing cold and wet rain for about five hours, as part of the organising committee for the annual Mother’s day Classic fun run. And I mean that sincerely. Every year, the committee continues to be amazed by the passion, dedicati..
13-May-2016
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