Editorial Comment

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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Canary in a cage
Bendigo Weekly
THIS week’s release of a SGS Economic and Planning report showing country Victoria’s economy shrank by one per cent in 2015-16 is cause for concern, but it’s also an opportunity. Regional Victorians should take note of some of the key findings contained in this report, i..
08-Dec-2016
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Home grown joy
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO is well on the way to becoming a destination for all things food, wine, culture and class, if recent events are anything to go by. That is, unless like a lot of us, you consider we’re already there. In the past couple of weeks some of the city’s leading tourism icons,..
02-Dec-2016
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The Uncle Lenny Bill
Bendigo Weekly
By Michael Smith Australia’s Constitution and defence legislation does not require the government to gain parliamentary approval before going to war or deploying forces overseas. Some Prime Ministers don’t even consult Cabinet. Major General John Cantwell, who was h..
25-Nov-2016
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A job well done
Bendigo Weekly
THIS week’s front page story tells the tale of the most expensive and arguably most important building developments in our city’s relatively short but eventful history. The world class $630 million Bendigo Hospital will be as good a medical facility as any other in a city of Bend..
25-Nov-2016
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Push for regions
Peter Kennedy
EARLIER this week a relatively low profile federal government minister made a speech to the Sydney Institute spruiking the need for greater investment in and a greater focus on regional Australia, something most central Victorian’s would wholeheartedly agree with. Senator Matt Canavan ..
18-Nov-2016
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A period of growth
Bendigo Weekly
Our new councillors have been officially installed and early next week, Eppalock Ward councillor Marg O’Rourke will be formally elected mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo, an outcome few would have predicted just a month or two ago. Cr O’Rourke will lead a team charged with rep..
10-Nov-2016
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Positive change
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO residents have had their say and elected to turf five of the seven former City of Greater Bendigo councillors and look at other options as to who should be their next elected representatives. There’s an old saying that says the voters never get it wrong in such matters, but tha..
03-Nov-2016
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A new approach
Bendigo Weekly
Within days, the makeup of the next City of Greater Bendigo council will be known as the final votes are tallied and the complicated task of working out who will be among the lucky nine is finalised. There can be no mistaking the incoming council faces some significant challenges. They n..
27-Oct-2016
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Picking up the pieces
Bendigo Weekly
THE saga surrounding the future of disability services provider Radius continues to unfold as more details emerge about the exact circumstances the organisation finds itself in. In all of this, there needs to be a two-pronged approach to future actions as administrators look to salvage somet..
20-Oct-2016
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Election looms
Bendigo Weekly
TWO of Greater Bendigo’s nine elected councillors attended their final ordinary meeting this week, having already announced plans not to contest their positions at this month’s local government elections. The other seven councillors now face an election to determine whether they ..
13-Oct-2016
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Vote wisely
Bendigo Weekly
IT IS a major concern when any candidate, let alone seemingly a bunch of them across all three wards, bases a significant part of their push to become a councillor on something that happened in the past, that cannot be undone, that has every legal right to exist and which council has no right to..
07-Oct-2016
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The brutal truth
Bendigo Weekly
A hideous thing is Graham. Squat, yet hulking. Hooded features and an extremely thick neck. Graham was built to withstand just about anything – especially a serious car crash. Graham is also the face of another world first Transport Accident Commission road safety initiative, ..
29-Sep-2016
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Value your vote
Bendigo Weekly
A RECORD field of 32 candidates is now hard at work, looking to cement one of the nine positions on the next City of Greater Bendigo council, to be elected on October 22. The group appears as diverse as it is large – a 50 per cent increase on 2012’s then record of 21 ..
23-Sep-2016
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