Editorial Comment

Making the most
Bendigo Weekly
FOR almost all of its proud history, Bendigo has been a city that’s made the most of an opportunity when it was presented. Australia’s first provincial stock exchange was established on Pall Mall about 150 years ago to capitalise on the extraordinary riches and excitement that wa..
28-Jul-2017
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The right move
Bendigo Weekly
MAYOR Margaret’s O’Rourke’s call for Bendigo to become a government hub in today’s Weekly is bang on the mark. Our city is centrally placed with existing and planned infrastructure ready to take us into the next century. Population growth in our area is welcome an..
20-Jul-2017
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Water paramount
Bendigo Weekly
THE society of today needs to accept responsibility for tomorrow and for the citizens of tomorrow, and with that, the impacts of our ever changing climate. When it comes to future water security, the need for a reliable water supply, as part of a balanced and sensible approach to achieving s..
13-Jul-2017
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Opportunities on the rise
Bendigo Weekly
For some time now, discussion of the rural health workforce has been fixated on the fact that we aren’t graduating enough doctors with a passion for the country. And a decade or so ago, that was probably true. At a time when rural training opportunities were minimal and at best conside..
07-Jul-2017
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The Weekly at 20
Bendigo Weekly
A moment of indulgence dear readers, if we may. This week, the Bendigo Weekly celebrates the 20th anniversary of its founding, way back on July 4, 1997, when a group of local real estate agents and one equally forward thinking local business man and councillor banded together a small crew to..
07-Jul-2017
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Dragon unites us
Bendigo Weekly
THE community campaign for a new Imperial Dragon is an important one for Bendigo and for our city’s reputation. Bendigo residents are well used to the massive crowds that line the city streets at Easter each year as the magnificence of our city’s rich Chinese heritage parades by,..
30-Jun-2017
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It's your chance
Bendigo Weekly
In coming weeks, the Weekly plans to introduce to its readership a new feature, and one every reader has the chance to be part of. One of the greatest strengths of any community is the diversity of opinion that exists within it. One of our greatest obligations is to respect these opinion..
23-Jun-2017
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Best at local level
Bendigo Weekly
Each year when the Order of Australia recipients are announced, I’m sure there are a few of us who take a glimpse down the list to see whether or not we have received a gong. Of course if one were to be honoured with an award, official protocols deem that one would have been notified b..
15-Jun-2017
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Reality check
Bendigo Weekly
Yet another reminder of the need for regional Australians to do more to lift the overall standards of health in our community emerged this week with the release of yet another study highlighting the increasing gap in health standards between the city and the country. The latest edition of th..
08-Jun-2017
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Hopes for Hawkei
Bendigo Weekly
It’s been a rocky road to today’s promising position for the Hawkei armoured military vehicle. Those of us who have been witness to the journey will recall the battle almost a decade ago to have the Hawkei even considered a future option for the Australian army. Hawkei has c..
02-Jun-2017
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Tough choices
Bendigo Weekly
It’s not easy being a politician right now, but it’s arguably never been more important to be a good one. Our elected leaders are not simply there to be popular or to simply do what people might want. The more important thing to do is to do what is right, and sometimes, that..
25-May-2017
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Options for housing
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of the City of Greater Bendigo’s Residential Housing Strategy’s key planks faces a litmus test after councillors this week voted to send an amendment to the city’s Planning Scheme to an independent panel. Plans for a medium-density housing development on a vacant East B..
19-May-2017
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Budget winners
Bendigo Weekly
THIS week’s federal budget offered many more surprises than most of us expected, and the government’s rat cunning and craftsmanship will likely reward it at the next few Newspolls. In a budget that offers more of the traditional Labor themes of investments in education and health..
12-May-2017
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Setting the scene
Bendigo Weekly
THIS week’s state budget sets the scene for next year’s Victorian election. It’s the first stage in a two-step process where in 2018 we should expect more of the bricks and mortar project funding announcements politicians love, rather than the service delivery and programs ..
05-May-2017
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No frills budget
Bendigo Weekly
It’s a case of steady as she goes. That’s the lesson emerging from the plethora of City of Greater Bendigo budget announcements unveiled this week as part of the flurry of activity normally associated with one of the most important weeks of the council year. Council is hamstr..
21-Apr-2017
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Easter in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
IF EARLY indications are anything to go by, Bendigo is set for one of its biggest, and best, Easter celebrations in many years. Both the Rotary Art Show (scheduled to kick off the long weekend from tonight) and the Rotary market set down for Good Friday are reporting record numbers of entrie..
13-Apr-2017
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A nod to the team
Bendigo Weekly
IT’S almost six months since Bendigo voters opted for a new look group of councillors across the three wards that make up our magnificent municipality, and even council’s harshest critics would have to give a nod to the job the team has done so far. With just veteran Rod Fyffe an..
06-Apr-2017
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Dream big on rail
Bendigo Weekly
TO many observers, a parliamentary committee meeting in Bendigo earlier this week to talk about future population trends might seem like a fairly dry topic, but the reality is, this is one of the most important things for Victoria to consider not in the next decade or three, but right now. R..
30-Mar-2017
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Time to move on
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is better than some of the events of the past four or so years might otherwise dictate, and it’s our hope that yesterday’s Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruling finally draws a line under the previous group of councillors and their time in office, and allows our c..
24-Mar-2017
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NDIS care factor
Bendigo Weekly
THE City of Greater Bendigo has voted not to register as a provider of disability services as part of the incoming National Disability Insurance Scheme, but that does not mean it will no longer be involved in the provision of care. Council still has some obligations and responsibilities, inc..
16-Mar-2017
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