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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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Honoured to be part of the vision
Bendigo Weekly
By Keith Sutherland Former Director and Chairman of Bendigo Weekly It was a very sad day on Sunday when I learnt that one of Bendigo’s visionary leaders had passed away. Daryl has battled with health issues over the past few years but never lost his zest for debate and to question d..
20-Mar-2015
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Challenges ahead
Peter Kennedy
WHICHEVER way you look at it, there’s troubled times ahead for Bendigo. Some would say our city stands on the cusp of even better times as the opening of the new Ulumbarra Theatre rapidly approaches and the potential of a $30 million state of the art indoor aquatic facility at Kangaroo F..
27-Feb-2015
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Opinion
Bendigo Weekly
By Keith Sutherland Director of Sutherland Property, and former Bendigo Publishing board member. After last week’s City of Greater Bendigo council meeting, I’m not sure that we are heading in the right direction. I have always been a strong supporter of Council and am fully ..
20-Feb-2015
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History is not heritage
Peter Kennedy
A former mayor of this great city once said to me that just because something is old, it does not mean it has heritage value. Urban renewal is a process that has transformed cities faced with the pressures of rapid growth, who want to manage urban sprawl and who want to breathe new life int..
13-Feb-2015
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Captain's pick a loser
Peter Kennedy
The public outcry over Tony Abbott’s prime ministerial antics scaled new heights this week, and the PM has only himself to blame. Another so-called “captain’s pick”, and more controversy as the Prime Minister’s decision to bestow a Knighthood on Prince Philip beco..
29-Jan-2015
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Mayor makes a move
Peter Kennedy
WELL done to City of Greater Bendigo mayor Peter Cox for taking up the fight against the disparity in petrol pricing between the city and country areas like Bendigo. Confirmation this week that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will investigate the difference in petro..
16-Jan-2015
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Producing the leaders
Peter Kennedy
Someone recently asked me why my wife and I chose to send our three children to non-government schools, given the latest research that apparently suggests it makes little to no difference to overall academic achievement. We, like many other parents, elected to give our children a private sc..
14-Nov-2014
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Courage to be cowards
Peter Kennedy
THIS week’s launch of a new cyber safety film clip by Weeroona College Bendigo students is to be commended as a practical and visual statement against one of the very real and sadly constant scourges of our society. This is what we want was produced by the students, and launched by Gre..
24-Oct-2014
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The two Australias
Bendigo Weekly
By Tony Spurling President St Vincent De Paul Society Bendigo Region In today’s environment where it is popular to blame people for their poverty, we should instead salute these people for their courage and have the humility to listen to their stories and to learn from them. ..
17-Oct-2014
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The biggest coward
Peter Kennedy
As a much younger reporter and just a few decades ago, I worked in a newsroom where the scanner was a beacon for stories about police and emergency services matters. Whether it was a car crash, a robbery, fire or any other critical incident, the scanner was a key player in how news was sour..
10-Oct-2014
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Safety is the priority
Peter Kennedy
We live in a world where sadly, almost anywhere, anything and anyone can be a target. It’s a harsh reality, but even more of a rare reality is the likelihood of such an incident happening in Bendigo is very remote. From the outside, it’s difficult to see how the removal of garba..
03-Oct-2014
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