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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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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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