Columns

Fibre to the ?
Bendigo Weekly
By Steve Kendall Bendigo Weekly Chief Of Staff AS reports stagger in of poor NBN service across Bendigo we have to hope there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. We are being bamboozled with vague promises of various services and I guess most people don’t care, they just ..
23-Jun-2017
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Study STEM
Bendigo Weekly
By Craig Watkins Engineers Australia Bendigo Regional Group Plummeting rates of secondary students studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) is setting the country up for failure, as the nation transitions from a labour-intensive mining based economy to one that’s dr..
15-Jun-2017
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Everyday life must go on
Bendigo Weekly
Terrorism loomed large on the world stage over the past week or so, and like most Australians, I was shocked, stunned and angered at the events we all saw unfold in London, Brighton, Iran and before that in Manchester. Many years ago, like a lot of young Australians, I travelled to Europe an..
08-Jun-2017
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Bridget McKenzie in a spin
Bendigo Weekly
By Sharon kemp Senior reporter IF Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie is as passionate about Gonski 2.0 as she says she is, she is finding it inexplicably difficult to sell the education funding model. And that was precisely what she was charged to do this week ahead of today’s ..
08-Jun-2017
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Next on Gonski: what will the states do?
Bendigo Weekly
By Dale Pearce Acting principal, Bendigo South East College School funding is again in the headlines, which is no surprise to anyone who has followed the saga of recent years, beginning with the findings of the 2011 Gonski report. Australian school funding is a tangled arrangement u..
02-Jun-2017
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Ready for take-off
Bendigo Weekly
By Margaret O’Rourke City of Greater Bendigo mayor Greater Bendigo, fasten your seatbelts and place your belongings under the seat in front of you because we’re ready for take-off. Today the City of Greater Bendigo officially opens the redeveloped Bendigo airport and celebr..
25-May-2017
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School funding concerns for Catholic education
Bendigo Weekly
By Paul Desmond Director of Catholic Education Sandhurst It is with genuine concern that I write regarding some recent reporting in the media on the topic of the recently announced new funding arrangements for schools. Some of the reporting has been biased and very divisive. At ..
19-May-2017
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Budget ticks the right boxes
Bendigo Weekly
By Bridget McKenzie, National’s Senator for Victoria There’s little doubt that the Treasurer’s 2017-18 federal budget ticks all the right boxes for Regional Australia and serves Bendigo and the region well. I cannot understand why the Member for Bendigo claims it&rs..
12-May-2017
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Time to get moving
Bendigo Weekly
It is time to get moving. Get motivated, but more importantly, get real. Survey after survey, report after report into the declining health standards of Australians show that we are in urgent need of change. Multi-billion dollar industries have been borne out of humankind’s..
05-May-2017
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Family pets are family
Peter Kennedy
Pets are a huge part of many families, and plenty of us have made huge emotional investments in them. So it was with great sadness that my family and I recently bid farewell to Milly, our 20-something-year-old tabby. The enormity of Milly’s passing was actually far greater than I..
06-Apr-2017
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Capture the past
Bendigo Weekly
By Ted Coleman Do you really know Bendigo? In my lifetime much was lost. I struggle to recollect. Where would you go to view the city’s past? I recall as a child seeing a horse-drawn cab at Charing Cross. At the fountain in the 1950s, around 10.30pm, four trams, champing at..
06-Apr-2017
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Feel free to ask
Bendigo Weekly
By margaret o’rourke City of Greater Bendigo Mayor I AM constantly surprised by some people’s thoughts about council. Prior to becoming a councillor, I was a keen council watcher and read the council plan and key strategic documents. I was a critic of council, both positi..
30-Mar-2017
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Managing politics
Bendigo Weekly
Let’s base our actions on evidence. Do you, like me, wonder why politicians persistently behave in ways that seem to be in obvious conflict with facts and evidence? Have you also wondered if other countries do better and how we could improve our politicians’ actions? ..
30-Mar-2017
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Cloud has a silver lining
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Stadium’s plans for an extra 44 poker machines to be housed at its White Hills hotel complex will undoubtedly attract a lot of attention as the application makes its way through the system. While a lot of us might not like poker machines and choose not to “play” the..
24-Mar-2017
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The passion and pride
Bendigo Weekly
THE best story to emerge from this year’s Bendigo International Madison had little to do with the actual 200-lap race, and everything to do with what took place in Bendigo in the lead up to the big event. Starting on Thursday night at the Tom Flood Sports Centre, the sight of so many ..
16-Mar-2017
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Sports Stars shine bright
Bendigo Weekly
LAST Friday night I was fortunate enough to be part of the annual Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year awards held at the All Seasons resort. It’s a great event, and one that has undergone considerable change over the past couple of years. The focus of the modern day committee..
02-Mar-2017
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Workers pay the penalty
Bendigo Weekly
TO cut or not to cut. That was the question and yesterday we got the answer. Cut. Workers in the hospitality, fast food and retail sectors who work on Sundays will lose out in the move by the Fair Work Commission to agree to reduce penalty rates in the vast majority of circumstance..
23-Feb-2017
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Online is not always in line
Peter Kennedy
EARLIER this week, I had a conversation with someone who works in the local media, but on the other side of it, and we got to one of my favourites – “social media”. My family and friends know that over a long time I’ve formed a view that this medium is often not very ..
17-Feb-2017
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Turnbull's horror start
Bendigo Weekly
No matter which side of politics we all position ourselves, it’s hard not to agree that Malcolm Turnbull is in a pickle. For a long time, cartoonists and headline writers have had a field day, depicting the Member for Wentworth as “Malcolm in the Middle”, and he still is, b..
09-Feb-2017
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Local government closest to the people
Bendigo Weekly
Roads, rates and rubbish. It’s a traditional but narrow view of the role of a council. No mention there of immunising babies, aged care, strategic planning, economic development, pet registration, tourism, libraries or environmental sustainability. Since becoming a councillor ..
02-Feb-2017
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