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Airport plan fails to take off
Bendigo Weekly
Residents should be aghast at council’s proposals to spend a further $10 milllion on the Bendigo Airport. Already about $20m has been spent on runways, buildings, water treatment and the acquisition of land. For many years various council decisions and council officers have promoted t..
02-Feb-2018
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Mayor's opinion
Bendigo Weekly
By Margaret O’Rourke City of Greater Bendigo Mayor How will you celebrate Australia Day tomorrow? Will you be cooking up a feast with friends or perhaps you’re heading to a community celebration in your suburb or small town. Maybe you’re planning on watching..
24-Jan-2018
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Too far for the O'Keefe Rail Trail?
Bendigo Weekly
By Ted Coleman Is council freewheeling? It placed council’s part of a 76-kilometre Heathcote to Wallan O’Keefe Rail Trail extension on its government investment wish-list. No assessment of the existing $6 million Bendigo to Heathcote Trail, no feasibility study analysed, no..
11-Jan-2018
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New view needed on roads
Peter Kennedy
IN 2017, 257 Victorians lost their lives on the state’s roads and while this represents a decline of 33 deaths on the previous year, the number of fatalities recorded will always be too high. That provisional road toll and includes local cycling star Jason Lowndes, a former Australian ..
04-Jan-2018
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Better options than offshore detention
Bendigo Weekly
By PAT HORAN The federal government does not wish to resolve the Manus Island detention problem. Malcolm Turnbull recently reassured President Trump he did not necessarily need to take any refugee under the agreement established by President Obama. Since ..
15-Dec-2017
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Second cath lab at Bendigo Health
Bendigo Weekly
By Keith Sutherland Chairman of the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal The New Bendigo Hospital Appeal aims to raise $4 million for specialised equipment to support Bendigo Health to provide world class health care locally for those in the Loddon Mallee region. As chairman of..
08-Dec-2017
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Planning right
Bendigo Weekly
By Margaret O’Rourke City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Did you know that very few planning applications submitted to the City of Greater Bendigo receive objections or need approval at a formal council meeting? The perception in the community is that staff are overwhelmed by objection..
24-Nov-2017
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Businesses backing each other
Bendigo Weekly
In March 2014, I first became uncomfortable. I wanted to get closer to my desired way of sharing my skills and talents. I started a micro business because I had a set of skills and a vision for my community. I wanted to create an opportunity to stretch and challenge myself. I wan..
17-Nov-2017
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Friends of Nanga Gnulle
Bendigo Weekly
By Megan Anderson on behalf of the Friends of Nanga Gnulle Action Group The release on October 24 of the amended proposal to demolish the property known as Nanga Gnulle has left us disillusioned about the inaccuracies and lack of transparency in the planning application and heritage report..
09-Nov-2017
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A show of memories
Bendigo Weekly
By Margaret O’Rourke City of Greater Bendigo Mayor I went to the Bendigo show on the weekend and it brought back great childhood memories. We went every year and it was a big event in our household that we all looked forward to. I won first prize a couple of times for my sc..
02-Nov-2017
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A plug for a worthy cause
Bendigo Weekly
In just four weeks’ time, more than 400 men will take part in the annual Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch, raising important funds in the fight against prostate cancer. The lunch has grown from a single event launched by the late Chris McPherson AM in Shepparton in 2009, to one where 11 event..
26-Oct-2017
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Give back today
Bendigo Weekly
By Keith Sutherland As chairman of the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal Committee I am proud to support the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal #GiveBack campaign which aims to raise more than $4 million for identified specialised equipment at Bendigo Health. With almost 100,000 New Bendigo Hospita..
19-Oct-2017
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Focus shift to ease the pain
Bendigo Weekly
Just after Christmas last year, a colleague of mine was standing out the front of his Bendigo home, waving goodbye to family members about to embark on the journey back to their respective homes, when he was overcome with concern for their safety on the roads during the busy Christmas holiday ..
13-Oct-2017
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Fix the digital divide
Bendigo Weekly
By LISA CHESTERS Federal Member for Bendigo One of the highlights of the Elmore Field Days is to meet with the real innovators of the agriculture industry and to learn firsthand how their products will help farmers and modernise farming methods. Increasingly these new systems and produ..
05-Oct-2017
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The value of creativity
Bendigo Weekly
By Margaret O’Rourke City of Greater Bendigo Mayor What do a scientist, a musician and an engineer have in common? More than you might think. They are part of an emerging group of people that have become a key focus of governments around the world – people who use their in..
27-Sep-2017
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Dumbing down our society
Bendigo Weekly
I was at a conference a couple of weeks ago where a speaker kept ranting about fake news and its growth, and the media industry’s seemingly bland existence of this phenomenon. I find the term fake news to be derogatory to the news profession I love, and the shrug of the shoulders ac..
21-Sep-2017
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Having the real conversations
Bendigo Weekly
By Harry McAnulty Co Chair of Bendigo Says Yes Committee Over the past month the Bendigo community has galvanised their support for marriage equality. Within days of the announcement of the postal survey, more than 100 Bendigonians filled Trades Hall to plan a Yes campaign, and were..
15-Sep-2017
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#GiveBack to Bendigo Hospital
Bendigo Weekly
By KEITH SUTHERLAND Chair of the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal committee AS Bendigo’s population continues to grow and our friends and family are living longer, Bendigo Health is depended upon more than ever. The New Bendigo Hospital Appeal is a time limited campaign dedicated to..
07-Sep-2017
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Have your say
Bendigo Weekly
By Margaret O’Rourke City of Greater Bendigo Mayor YOU might have seen the City of Greater Bendigo’s online survey about rubbish collection circulating on social media in the last week. This is part of a review of the city’s waste services that we are completing. ..
31-Aug-2017
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Vale Fiona Richardson
Bendigo Weekly
By Daniel Andrews Victorian Premier It is my sad and solemn duty to confirm that Fiona Richardson – Member for Northcote, Minister and mother of two – has passed away at the age of 50. The best people in public life are those who live their values. In fighting for her co..
24-Aug-2017
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