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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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Glossy is good
Bendigo Weekly
This week’s Bendigo Weekly looks and feels a bit different to any of the 834 editions that have come before it, and for a very good reason. At a time when some are talking up the death of print, we are investing more than ever into the medium. This is something we chose to do because we beli..
11-Oct-2013
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What price children’s safety?
Peter Kennedy
Next week, thousands of children will return to school from the holidays, with a large number of them going on buses that do not have seat belts. Victoria and New South Wales are the only states not to have a formal policy on mandatory seat belts for school buses, so recent comments by Victori..
12-Jul-2013
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A welcome voice
Peter Kennedy
Earlier this week, Bendigo Health chief executive officer John Mulder upped the ante in a bid to lift sagging health standards within our community. Calling on local residents to change the poor lifestyle habits and choices that have seen our region labelled one of the fattest, unhealthiest an..
21-Jun-2013
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Doing what is right
Peter Kennedy
Ted Coleman has for a long time been an astute and diligent observer of local government, and especially the City of Greater Bendigo. And while we may not always agree on what each other has to say, I respect any individual’s right to have a say. That’s why this week I need to..
24-May-2013
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Tram plan off the rails
Peter Kennedy
A far-fetched plan presented to the City of Greater Bendigo involving building a tram line from the Bendigo Railway Station to the Bendigo Hospital needs to be disposed of. Immediately. Estimates presented to the City of Greater Bendigo show such a service would cost $3 million a year to ..
17-May-2013
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Changes are a plus for buyers
Bendigo Weekly
This week the State Government made changes to the first home owners grants and stamp duty rates. Over the past few years both state and federal governments have made many changes which have made it very confusing for first home buyers. From July 1 the grant for first home buyers on exist..
10-May-2013
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Waiting game is over
Peter Kennedy
Julia Gillard put an end to the speculation as to when the much anticipated next federal election would be held when on Wednesday when she nominated September 14 as the date Australians would head to the polls. Ms Gillard’s announcement seemed to catch almost everyone by surprise, includ..
01-Feb-2013
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Time to move on pools
Peter Kennedy
More than a decade ago now, the then Greater Bendigo councillors considered a report into the future of swimming pools throughout the municipality which found some pools were not sustainable and should be closed. Council pointed out it would be cheaper to close some of the pools and provide ..
25-Jan-2013
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Make the most of Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
There’s been a lot of talk this week about Australia’s so-called ‘’most liveable city’’ and the shock-horror from some quarters that regional areas fare better than their metropolitan counterparts in the Suncorp survey. For the record, Bendigo was judged e..
18-Jan-2013
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Our democracy suffers
Bendigo Weekly
CAN someone please remind our politicians there’s a country called Australia that they are supposed to be running? The Federal Parliament has been reduced to a shambles over the past couple of years, due partly to the makeup of the House of Representatives that is the minority governme..
19-Oct-2012
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Reducing the problem
Peter Kennedy
IT’S hard to imagine a world without poker machines, but it is far easier to imagine one where more is done to limit the amount of harm they cause to society. Something like one in 60 people can be described as having serious problems with their gambling, the flashing lights of electro..
03-Aug-2012
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Let the Games begin
Peter Kennedy
The London Olympics start this weekend. Thank God. The lead up to the games of the 30th Olympiad has been like no other, and sadly, that’s already been to the detriment of what should be a global sporting spectacle. However, the trivialisation of the athletes’ lives has s..
27-Jul-2012
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We need good leaders
Peter Kennedy
Leadership is a buzz word, easily dropped into a conversation or a grab, but much harder to actually achieve or deliver. Sadly, there’s not enough good or effective leadership being delivered for the benefit of ordinary Australians today. Accountability is something easily forgot..
20-Jul-2012
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A lesson in TomKat’s divorce
Bendigo Weekly
By MARIKA MCMAHON When I fired up twitter the other day and learnt that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were going their separate ways, I felt like my worlds were colliding. Tom Cruise is always good for a bit of celebrity intrigue, his child Suri was the ultimate (well at least before Har..
13-Jul-2012
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Turning point for energy cost
Bendigo Weekly
NO Peter Wiseman Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, tells of a boy forced to plead to a magistrate to save himself from what was a very dirty and dangerous job in 17th century London – cleaning soot from the city’s carbon encrusted chimneys. That’s right, soot ..
29-Jun-2012
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Make the mall sing
Peter Kennedy
Earlier this week I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Catholic College Bendigo music night. Looking back, my only regret at turning up after the first interval was that I wasn’t there from the start. The musical talent, ability and confidence of the young people who had the..
25-Jun-2012
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