Editorial Comment

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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Housing Hopes
Bendigo Weekly
THE great Australian dream of buying your own home has withered in recent years for many especially young couples as soaring prices in our larger cities escalate out of their reach and effectively out of control, so moves to make those dreams more attainable should be welcomed. The Victorian..
10-Mar-2017
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Fair work folly
Bendigo Weekly
IT is never a good look when the various political parties resort to putting out media statements to tell the rest of us something their political opponents said. There’s usually some uncontainable glee, cynicism, point scoring or one-upmanship that does little to add capacity to the c..
02-Mar-2017
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Time for takeoff
Bendigo Weekly
NOT good enough. That’s our resounding view of this week’s revelations that Bendigo and Ballarat were in the barrel earlier this month when record heatwave conditions almost saw authorities flick the switch on our fair cities to ensure power continues to flow across the border an..
23-Feb-2017
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Work for success
Joel Peterson
WHILE the Bendigo Spirit’s new partnership with Bendigo Stadium Limited is a step forward for basketball in Bendigo, there is still plenty of work to be done to ensure the sport’s success in coming years. Some of that, as far as the Spirit are concerned, comes from a WNBL/Basketb..
17-Feb-2017
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Time for takeoff
Bendigo Weekly
THIS week’s announcement that the new 1600-metre Bendigo airport runway is open for business is a welcome development in a long running campaign to overhaul air services in the Bendigo region. Central to the $15 million project that still has the significant challenge of luring a carri..
09-Feb-2017
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Time to talk water
Bendigo Weekly
ALMOST a decade ago, Bendigo flicked the switch to turn on a bold plan to use recycled water as a means of ensuring the city’s future water security. Then environment minister Malcolm Turnbull was joined by his Victorian counterpart, John Thwaites at the city’s Queen Elizabeth Ov..
02-Feb-2017
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A job well done
Bendigo Weekly
The first stage of the truly world class experience that is the new Bendigo Hospital is complete, and it’s time to say thanks for a job well done. The new hospital adds enormous value to not just Bendigo, but to the wider community it will ultimately serve. Its overall contribution..
26-Jan-2017
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Giving means gaining
Bendigo Weekly
As a community newspaper, the Weekly is indeed fortunate to have the opportunity to meet most of the people whose contributions to Bendigo, large or small, make a positive difference to our community. So it’s fitting that in the next week or so, the City of Greater Bendigo will announc..
12-Jan-2017
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Time to lead
Bendigo Weekly
Australia lacks effective, authoritative and meaningful leadership at the moment and every single one of us is paying the price. The world is poised upon the cusp of one of its most intriguing and potentially volatile periods, a period in time when good leadership has never been more im..
06-Jan-2017
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Take care in a busy time
Bendigo Weekly
ALL of a sudden it’s here. I am talking about Christmas of course, and despite it being on the same day each year it still manages to sneak up on us. This is the last issue of the Bendigo Weekly for 2016, a year which has seen major international events. Stories such as Brexit ..
21-Dec-2016
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