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Continuing the journey
Peter Kennedy
In exactly eight weeks’ time, Bendigo’s cultural hub along View Street will echo to the beat of the third Bendigo Writers Festival, an event whose growth and reputation in such a short time period continues to amaze those of us who have been part of the journey so far. The Bendig..
12-Jun-2014
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Hold on for the dream
Peter Kennedy
It’s been a fascinating few weeks of state politics, and while the impasse over what to do with Frankston MP Geoff Shaw continues to brew, a lot of the hysteria surrounding recent events needs to be seen for what it is. Hysteria, or fantasy. Daniel Andrews cannot win the premier&rs..
06-Jun-2014
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Feedback needed on budget
Bendigo Weekly
By CR Barry Lyons Council is seeking public feedback on the proposed budget for 2014-15 and I encourage residents to read what is being put forward and to have their say. This year’s budget has been framed around a vision of Greater Bendigo, working together to be the most liveable ..
06-Jun-2014
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Standing on the front foot
Bendigo Weekly
EARLIER this week about 40 of Bendigo’s community leaders met the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle for a lunch hosted by the Greater Bendigo council. During his half-hour or so speech, Cr Doyle implored the gathering to not be content to sit back and have our political aspirants t..
30-May-2014
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Budget pain a long fight
Peter Kennedy
Ten days after one of the most dramatic and more hard-line federal budgets in recent memory was handed down, and the reverberations continue. It’s a budget that’s raised as many questions as it has potential answers. Do we want to maintain one of the strongest and most vibra..
23-May-2014
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Harsh measures revealed
Bendigo Weekly
As far as federal budgets go, this one is definitely one to remember, or possibly forget, depending on your individual circumstances. Tuesday night’s unveiling of Joe Hockey’s first budget is only the beginning of what’s likely to be a tumultuous few months in Canberra as t..
16-May-2014
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The games pollies play
Peter Kennedy
One of the glaring weaknesses in our political system is the attitude politicians adopt that says anything the other mob does must be wrong. Scoring political points at the expense of an opponent is not the main game. But it’s the game MPs on both sides of the political spectrum indulge ..
09-May-2014
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Publicity a plan plus
Peter Kennedy
Greater Bendigo council’s draft Council Plan is now out and about for everyone to have their say on one of the council’s most important strategies for the future. To the overwhelming majority of residents, this important document has about as much appeal as warm beer, but the reali..
02-May-2014
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A share of the burden
Peter Kennedy
The Federal Government has been posturing for a while now about the need to change the Australian aged pension scheme, and as the budget draws nearer, speculation about cuts, changes and charges will only increase. There’s no doubt something needs to give, and as an ageing nation abou..
17-Apr-2014
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For all the right reasons
Bendigo Weekly
I don’t buy the whole “LNP is always right, Labor is always wrong” thing. Or the opposite. In my experience most politicians are involved for all the right reasons. They genuinely believe in what they are doing and are trying to make their country or their community a bett..
11-Apr-2014
By DALE PEARCE
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Feeling dark over saving
Peter Kennedy
I’m over daylight saving. Truth is, I think it’s misleading to refer to the practice of putting your clocks forward one hour for almost half the year and call it a saving. Sitting in the coffee shop early one morning this week after a ride, somebody much smarter than me quipped: &l..
04-Apr-2014
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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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