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Marking 20 years of council
Bendigo Weekly
By Cr Barry Lyons The Greater Bendigo council celebrates its 20th birthday on Monday. It wasn’t an easy start to life with community opinion divided on whether amalgamation would be good for the region. There were legal challenges, attempted land grabs, and threats to sell of..
04-Apr-2014
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Back the Barossa ride
Bendigo Weekly
In just over one week’s time, some mates of mine will cycle out of Bendigo en route to the Barossa Valley, as part of a charity ride all in aid of St Luke’s Anglicare. The group will readily admit to being at one when it comes to enjoying riding a bike, and more importantly, to w..
28-Mar-2014
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Always put safety first
Peter Kennedy
Looking at THAT piece of footage of a female cyclist being hit by a taxi door in Melbourne earlier this week makes me cringe. Not just because of the impact, or the passenger’s subsequent behaviour immediately afterwards, but because the collision simply should never have happened. I..
21-Mar-2014
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New library a success story
Bendigo Weekly
If you ever wondered how important good design is to a building, then look no further than the brand new Bendigo library on Hargreaves Street for the answer. The Greater Bendigo council yesterday reported that “the new generation” library had seen a rise in visits of almost 26 per ..
14-Mar-2014
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The very best of our sporting talent
Peter Kennedy
Basketball and cycling take centre stage this weekend in Bendigo as the city prepares to celebrate the very best of two very different sports. Not much more can be said of the Bendigo Spirit WNBL team – the defending national champions who only a few years ago stared down some pretty ser..
06-Mar-2014
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The best of its type
Peter Kennedy
The next few months are shaping up to be some of the most important in the Bendigo Art Gallery’s long and proud history. Having just undergone a major expansion, the gallery will also premiere its latest blockbuster exhibition – Genius and Ambition: The Royal Academy of Arts, Londo..
28-Feb-2014
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Tackling the problem
Peter Kennedy
Our health system is in desperate need of an overhaul. It’s more than a touch ironic, and even sad, that something so integral to the provision of health services for all Australians could in itself be so unwell. It’s also an admission of failure within our society and the need ..
21-Feb-2014
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Merit decides tenders
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo council does take local content very seriously when awarding public tenders for services and project work. But it cannot be the only determining factor. Our ratepayers rightly expect that we will also look at the overall quality of the tender bids, capacity to deliver an..
21-Feb-2014
By Greater Bendigo mayor Barry Lyons
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Pokies in their place
Bendigo Weekly
I hate poker machines…. I haven’t put money into one for probably a decade, and I have absolutely no desire to do so. I know the odds are stacked against anyone who chooses to put their hard earned into a pokie, lured probably by the flashy lights, the bells that ring and the hope tha..
14-Feb-2014
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Super Series continues
Nick Atyeo
The Goulburn River just above Nagambie was the venue for round two of the Central Victorian Lure Casters Super Series last month, with 98 anglers attending. The CVLCSS holds regular catch’n’release competitions for lure fishing, held at various locations within a couple of hours d..
14-Feb-2014
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The scars remain
Peter Kennedy
FIVE years ago to the day, the firestorm forever known as Black Saturday wreaked havoc upon Victoria, tragically claiming 173 lives, including one Bendigo resident. Looking back at what happened on the day, what’s happened since and what have we learnt and put into practice to be better ..
07-Feb-2014
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Stamping out change
Peter Kennedy
Over the holiday season, media reports surfaced of a potential push by Australia Post to charge households more for a service we currently enjoy for free, or to accept a lesser standard of service – namely a three day a week postal delivery. At first I thought it was just another beat up..
30-Jan-2014
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Uni has support it needs
Peter Kennedy
Ten years ago this month, the then La Trobe University Vice-chancellor Professor Michael Osborne was under siege from sections of the Bendigo media over concerns about the local campus’ future. The story dominated local papers, television and radio and appeared to catch the university o..
10-Jan-2014
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Spare a thought for them all
Bendigo Weekly
THE great gift of social media is that celebrations and achievements can be instantly shared. The flipside is that the most intimate of moments can quickly become not only news but also something that seems incredibly personal to each of us. This hit our city of Bendigo hard when our newsf..
03-Jan-2014
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Time for a new look
Peter Kennedy
FOR a city of 105,000 where growth is occurring as quickly as it is anywhere in inland Australia, Bendigo needs some inner city renewal. The Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Marketplace developments of recent years have been wonderful, but in years to come, it would be good to see more buildings exte..
13-Dec-2013
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City is on to a winner
Bendigo Weekly
A couple of weeks ago, the Bendigo Weekly was lucky enough to host a major newspaper industry conference here in Bendigo, with the owners, managers and publishers of more than 80 papers from regional and rural Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and South Australia among the delegates. Being..
06-Dec-2013
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Summer love for feet
Bendigo Weekly
During winter, feet are hidden away snug in socks and boots, which means they are often neglected and have been missing special care. As summertime approaches lots of outdoor activities, open toe shoes and sandals, exposes your feet. It also results in the re-emergence of the male exposed ankle..
27-Nov-2013
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Plan ahead for floods
Peter Kennedy
For years, we in the media have written about local government complaining about cost shifting imposed upon the third tier of government by the other levels of government, and probably for a lot of the time the municipal moans and accompanying column centimetres fell on deaf ears. But the cu..
15-Nov-2013
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Challenge for future growth
Bendigo Weekly
IT is an enormous honour to be elected mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo. Greater Bendigo is a great place to live and work and we should aspire to be the best regional city in Australia. The decisions council makes over the coming months and years will help to determine whether or not ..
08-Nov-2013
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Working for the people
Peter Kennedy
THE unselfish urge to give and to help others is alive and well in the Bendigo community, and it’s something we should all be grateful for. There’s an incredible number of community-based events and initiatives that come and go throughout the year right across our city, and they sh..
08-Nov-2013
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