Columns

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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The way of the future
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is just entering its third renaissance… first we had the gold rush in the 1850s, then we had the Bendigo Mutual Permanent Land and Building Society which evolved into Bendigo Bank and now we have the new Bendigo Hospital which will open in January 2017, and will be up there with t..
13-May-2016
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Budget fair to regions
Bendigo Weekly
By Bridget McKenzie National Party Senator for Victoria Regional Australia is critical to our national economy and this year’s budget delivers significant new investment across all areas of government that will create jobs and promote economic prosperity in Bendigo. This wee..
06-May-2016
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Bendigo Vision 2020
Bendigo Weekly
Unlike many cities, Bendigo was not started with a vision of place but one of purpose – Gold. Pop up tent suburbs, no sustainable water source, an instant population of tens of thousands in a cultural melting pot. Shortly after gold was found here in December 1851, Bendigo had a population..
06-May-2016
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Need to look at health
Bendigo Weekly
During any given week, hundreds of media alerts and releases pass across an editor’s desk, each of them trying to differentiate themselves as worthy of some coverage. No media outlet can ever hope to provide their services to everyone who wants them to do so, and there are also plenty ..
15-Apr-2016
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Digital detox needed
Peter Kennedy
I know I’m not the only person to get frustrated at the speed of my home internet service, but I might be one of the few who is worried at what might happen once speeds become too fast. I don’t completely subscribe to the theory that we should all simply expect super-superfast in..
08-Apr-2016
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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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