Push on for rural medical students
Sharon Kemp
AUSTRALIA’S peak medical body wants to give preference to regional students seeking to study medicine but does not want any more medical schools. Upping the ante, medical school proponent La Trobe University will commit to an 80 per cent minimum intake of rural, regional and indigenous..
12-Jan-2018
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Police look into deaths
Peter Kennedy
VICTORIA police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding last month’s tragic death of Bendigo cyclist Jason Lowndes in a crash at Mandurang. Mr Lowndes died from injuries sustained in a collision with a vehicle being driven by a Kangaroo Flat woman on Friday, Decembe..
12-Jan-2018
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Road blitz nets drivers
Joel Peterson
SPEEDING was the most common offence among central Victorian motorists during a 24-day police blitz on driver behaviour. A total of 164 speeding offences were recorded during Operation Roadwise, which ran from December 15 to January 7. Police doubled down on efforts to enforce driver beh..
12-Jan-2018
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Labor push for TAFEs
Sharon Kemp
A DECADE of reform in vocational education had failed and a federal Labor government will do a complete U-turn on TAFEs, including in Bendigo, according to local MP Lisa Chesters. This is despite the trend away from traditional apprenticeships and courses in favour of single subject educatio..
12-Jan-2018
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Codeine restriction may be a real pain
Bendigo Weekly
THE move to make all codeine-containing medicine available only through prescription may hurt people in regional areas more because they suffer a lack of choices in pain management. Pene Wood, a lecturer in clinical pharmacy at LaTrobe University in Bendigo, said where there were public sect..
12-Jan-2018
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New on the job
Sharon Kemp
WITH eight years of training already under their belt, 40 junior doctors will start medical specialty training at Bendigo Health where senior medical staff hope they will stay. For Nadishi Athulathmuali, the placement at the hospital is more than the opportunity to be taught and mentored by ..
12-Jan-2018
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Cinema lovers back Star funding plan
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo has thrown its support behind the Star Cinema’s Bums on Seats campaign. “Since the campaign was launched on December 1, we have been overwhelmed by the support from the community,” business manager Martin Myles said. “In December we sold $6000 wort..
11-Jan-2018
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End near for works
Sharon Kemp
AFTER nearly two years of traffic disruptions during construction of the $86 million Ravenswood Interchange, VicRoads has promised there will be no more major traffic changes before the roads and ramps are fully open to traffic this year. In August the project was pushed over the scheduled c..
05-Jan-2018
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Care at hand for mothers
Bendigo Weekly
THE gifts have been rolling in for young mothers and their children in need. Caregivers have donated essential household items, vouchers and toys to go the mother and baby unit, a new initiative of St John of God Health Care’s Horizon House Young Mother and Baby Program. The servic..
20-Dec-2017
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Big day for top students
Joel Peterson
THE nervous wait for school leavers to find out their VCE results ended this morning, when the 2017 ATAR results were released. Girton Grammar School student Alexander Nielsen has topped the list of local year 12 graduates, recording a "perfect" score of 99.95. Nielsen’s score w..
15-Dec-2017
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Sky's the limit for winning aerialists
Bendigo Weekly
TWO young performers had their efforts recognised last week at the Victorian Music Theatre Guild Awards. The girls are part of the Z Fit Studios Circus program, with Isla Devers performing on aerial hoop and aerial hammock and Remy Cugura performing on aerial silks and aerial hammoc..
14-Dec-2017
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Familiar face waving from a different home
Sharon Kemp
Jack Fitzpatrick is recognisable as the friendly face who waved to passing drivers for 25 years from the front window of his Creeth Street home. So well known is Mr Fitzpatrick, after he disappeared from the window, drivers stopped at his house and asked family members if the man in ..
07-Dec-2017
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History beckons for Fyffe
Peter Kennedy
Throughout Bendigo’s long and proud history, only three people have served as mayor four times. The effervescent, everlasting Rod Fyffe OAM is one of them. Cr Fyffe’s trademark flowing locks may be whiter than they were when he was first elected to the then City of Bendigo co..
12-Jan-2018
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New Year fireworks spark escape
Bendigo Weekly
RSPCA Victoria is praising dog owners for their success in managing their pets during the New Year’s Eve fireworks. There were 56 stray dogs brought into RSPCA Victoria animal care centres between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning, less than half the number of animals received by shel..
04-Jan-2018
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Hands-on approach from new CEO
Sharon Kemp
THE first thing new Bendigo Health chief executive Peter Faulkner will tell you is that he doesn’t spend much time in his office. “Come in and do a quick few emails and then nick off and do something else,” Mr Faulkner said just days into his new role. “I get out ..
20-Dec-2017
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New plan brewing in Bendigo
Sharon Kemp
BROOKES is already making beer in Bendigo, but the brewer wants people to be able to experience being in a brewery while sampling the product or eating lunch. In a first for Bendigo, Brookes Beer owner Doug Brooke has plans to build on Matchett Drive in East Bendigo what amounts to a..
14-Dec-2017
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Governor tours local factories
Bendigo Weekly
VICTORIAN governor Linda Dessau has seen the high-tech sights of two of Bendigo’s largest employers. Ms Dessau toured the two major defence manufacturers in Bendigo, Thales and Australian Defence Apparel, this week. Along with husband Anthony Howard QC, Ms Dessau to..
07-Dec-2017
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New role as a celebrant
Sharon Kemp
There is a peculiar crossover in the skill sets for dentists and marriage celebrants, and in the explanation there is a great deal of hope. Because the most nervous a person can be is probably before they go to the dentist, or on their wedding day. The person who can calm them, and then ..
30-Nov-2017
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Water castle ideal draw to mall
Dianne Dempsey
The Hargreaves Mall was overflowing on Tuesday with children, parents and tourists who took advantage of the warm weather and a free water jumping castle, courtesy of the City of Greater Bendigo. Children lined up in their bathers, while their parents stood at the ready with the towels. ..
11-Jan-2018
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Application sought
Bendigo Weekly
The Zonta Club of Bendigo is inviting applications from central Victorian females who have recently completed Year 12, and who will be enrolling in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics degree in 2018. The Bendigo Club’s Ann Horrocks STEM scholarship is valued at $750 per ..
04-Jan-2018
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Bendigo takes the challenge
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO police have come out tops across the state in the Movember challenge. The team of 21, named Bendigo Hot Fuzz, pulled in $7050 part of a state total of $27,858. Team captain, Sergeant Tony Kekich, said Hot Fuzz was one of seven Victoria Police teams throughout the state, with a to..
20-Dec-2017
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Katherine takes a final bow
Joel Peterson
THE leader of the community campaign to save Bendigo’s Discovery Science and Technology Centre, Katherine Legge, has stepped down after 17 years of involvement with the education facility. Dr Legge has twice been the leader of the centre’s board, with which she has been i..
14-Dec-2017
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Itching for an open day
Bendigo Weekly
Itchy Palms Gardens in Mandurang is having an open day this weekend. The property is owned by Paul and Judy Sens and the name Itchy Palms was derived from Judy’s love of palm trees and kurrajongs with their itchy seed pods. The now 2.4-hectare property was bought i..
14-Dec-2017
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The sound of the season
Bendigo Weekly
CANTERBURY Park will come alive with the sound of Christmas this weekend as the Eaglehawk community hosts its annual carols event. The event is run by the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival and is held in the gardens each year. Organisers are looking forward to a bumper e..
07-Dec-2017
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Havea makes his return
Simon Wooldridge
Tongan-born, Melbourne-raised, and now resident of Germany, singer-songwriter Joel Havea makes a welcome return to Bendigo after almost three years. Havea has played more than 500 gigs in more than 20 countries since 2012 – an impressive schedule for the young performer who fuses blues..
11-Jan-2018
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New year, new comedy acts
Bendigo Weekly
The Shamrock Comedy Club is back tonight with headliner Kirsty Webeck. The show will be hosted by Bendigo comedian Cody Jones, best known for his dry wit and cutting observations. Support act for the night is Luka Muller. Muller is a two-time Raw Comedy state finalist and is the host o..
04-Jan-2018
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Best of the year
Simon Wooldridge
IT was another exciting year for music in Bendigo; some great gigs, and the release of some much-anticipated debut albums. In no particular order, here’s a brief selection of 2017 highlights. Midweek Blues’ first album, Last Days of May was released in September. It fea..
20-Dec-2017
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Revengers return
Simon Wooldridge
Christmas comes sandwiched between two big Saturday nights at CBD alternative music venue MusicMan. Saturday, December 30 sees a very welcome return to the live arena for local punk rockers, The Revengers. It’s been nearly a year since their last gig. “Everybo..
14-Dec-2017
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Festival season rocks
Simon Wooldridge
LIVE music-wise, there isn’t much time to pause for breath in the lead-up to Christmas. The festive season kicks off in style tonight – Friday, December 8, with Anglo-Welsh-Australian outfit, Iffy Pop, putting Ashes squabbles aside to deliver an eclectic mix of covers &n..
07-Dec-2017
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Working the Vine
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne duo This Way North will be returning to Bendigo on Friday, December 15 at the Golden Vine Hotel. With a powerful alt-pop-rock sound, This Way North are two-piece drum and guitar featuring Cat Leahy and Leisha Jungalwalla. Their new track Make It Work was recor..
07-Dec-2017
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Crome sprints into 2018
Joel Peterson
THE fact that two of the best results in the career of cyclist Sam Crome have come months apart doesn’t bother him in the slightest. In fact, he views his form in his two most recent starts as a positive sign. The 24-year-old’s efforts at his two most recent events – la..
12-Jan-2018
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Junior Braves hit the ground running
Joel Peterson
A HOST of talented young basketballers will represent Bendigo at two upcoming talent camps. The group of 21 players will compete at the Southern Cross Challenge and Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup. Bendigo has a proud history of sending rising stars to the competitions, which ar..
12-Jan-2018
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A final surprise in T20 competition
Joel Peterson
THEY have won a combined three first XI matches this season, but White Hills and Bendigo United have again proven that red ball success rarely translates to cricket’s shortest format. The two unlikely sides will do battle in next Wednesday’s Bendigo District Cricket Association T..
12-Jan-2018
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Wilson to lead games charge
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO lawn bowler Aaron Wilson will lead Australia’s charge in the singles at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Wilson has been selected to lead the singles and team up with Brett Wilkie to defend their world title in the pairs. Wilson is also a world champion in the..
12-Jan-2018
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Emily skates to success
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL ice hockey star Emily Davis-Tope is again impressing on the international stage, leading Australia at the under-18 world championships campaign in Poland. The 16-year-old Bendigo product is captain of the Australian squad for the championships, which began last week in Katowice. It..
12-Jan-2018
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Jason's memory rides on
Joel Peterson
THERE will be far more than just a green and gold jersey at stake this weekend for the strong contingent of Bendigo cyclists competing in the Cycling Australia Road National Championships. As much as they will be riding to win, they will be also riding in memory of a fellow cyclist, local an..
05-Jan-2018
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Phoenix makes a mark
Bendigo Weekly
CELEBRATION was in the air on Saturday, as Phoenix FM marked their 10th anniversary. They held their first transmissions on January 7, 2008 for a two-week stint on the 89.5fm frequency. A full time licence was granted in March, 2010 and Phoenix moved to 106.7fm. Business manager Anne..
11-Jan-2018
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Revised map a top guide for visitors
Bendigo Weekly
REVISED maps and track notes have the potential to unleash a whole new level of interest in the 210-kilometre Goldfields Track from Bendigo to Ballarat. Mountain bike riders and walkers can source information in the one book in the newly released second edition of the track guidebook. Ti..
04-Jan-2018
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Ethel marks 50 years of service
Bendigo Weekly
St John of God Bendigo Hospital has recognised and celebrated 50 years of service from Ethel Gallagher to the St John of God Bendigo Hospital Auxiliary. Every year the auxiliary raises funds for equipment to support the care of patients. This has added up to hundreds of thousands of dol..
20-Dec-2017
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Gift run a real treat
Bendigo Weekly
Every year, State Trustees’ Bendigo regional office hosts a charity Christmas run. It is an annual initiative established by one of the employees, Karyn Clarke, she has been organising every campaign since the office opened in 2012. This year the generous people o..
14-Dec-2017
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Grant to a good home
Bendigo Weekly
The announcement this week of a housing grant of almost $300,000 was welcomed by the not-for-profit organisation, Amicus. The grant will be used by Amicus to build a fully accessible, two-bedroom unit providing much-needed, affordable housing for people with a disability. ..
07-Dec-2017
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Drive to donate
Bendigo Weekly
Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has launched her Christmas Donation Drive. This year, Ms Chesters is supporting the Uniting Care Bendigo Emergency Relief Assistant Centres in Kangaroo Flat and Forest Street. The Emergency Relief Assistant Centres assist several thousand local pe..
30-Nov-2017
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Comment - Aspire parking a problem
Bendigo Weekly
By Max Turner and Alan Ellis For and on behalf of objectors and concerned residents living in the cathedral precinct. We write on behalf of objectors to a Planning Application by the Catholic Diocese Sandhurst, known as Aspire, on land adjacent to the Sacred Heart Cathedral. The bus..
11-Jan-2018
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Pall Mall prize sold post auction
Bendigo Weekly
A LANDMARK Pall Mall property has been sold. The Grand Hotel building, once home to the Bendigo Advertiser, has changed hands after an auction for the property at 96-98 Pall Mall on Wednesday, December 13. The property has recently undergone a dramatic $3.5 million transformation and inc..
04-Jan-2018
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Mountain bike park on track
Bendigo Weekly
More than two thirds of the 34-kilometre trail network at Harcourt’s new mountain bike park has been constructed as the project moves towards its scheduled completion early next year. Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards last week inspected progress on the works being delivered by th..
20-Dec-2017
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Conductor for the future
Sharon Kemp
A BENDIGO-based engineering firm has developed and tested the power lines it believes will replace conductors in Victoria and be used for the next 50 years. A team of engineers in Groundline Engineering’s Bendigo office has developed conductors that will not start bush fires. ..
14-Dec-2017
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Steps to a healthy future
Bendigo Weekly
A simple walk after eating could play a big role in controlling diabetes and heart disease according to new research to come out of Bendigo. La Trobe University PhD researcher Philip Shambrook has discovered a 30-minute walk taken 30 minutes after eating is just as effective as a hig..
07-Dec-2017
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New spot booked
Bendigo Weekly
After operating for 15 years, Dymocks is the last major bookshop in Bendigo left standing – secondhand bookshops aside. “It’s important that we’re still here,” Dymocks manager Harry Hart said. “As well as the general public, we service the schools and..
30-Nov-2017
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New stage for Napier Street
Bendigo Weekly
DRIVERS are asked to be aware of road works along Napier Street during January. VicRoads has already started work on stage two of the $30 million road upgrade. The organisation is asking drivers to be patient with traffic management measures which will cause delays and the closures of fo..
11-Jan-2018
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Grant a high note for band
Bendigo Weekly
Everyone loves a brass band and out Eaglehawk way it’s the Eaglehawk Citizens‘ Brass Band that leads the parades and lifts the spirits. One of the many recipients of the Eaglehawk UFS Dispensary’s community grants, the band was in particular need for help with storage and ..
04-Jan-2018
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Mayor's Christmas message
Bendigo Weekly
Merry Christmas everyone. We’re at the end of another year and hopefully this column finds you well on your way to completing your Christmas to-do list. Perhaps you’re super organised and all done, lucky you. Last Sunday I attended Carols by Candlelight in Rosalind Park and I..
20-Dec-2017
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How Bendigo fares
Bendigo Weekly
AS Bendigo residents consider creating a ratepayers’ group, new data on the City of Greater Bendigo shows fewer of us than the state average visit outdoor swimming pools and reclaim our runaway pets. Yet he costs of these services are below those of other councils. ..
14-Dec-2017
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Living the high life
Steve Kendall
PILOT Lochie Tremain-Hill was destined for a life in the air, his family owned a helicopter company. “It was inevitable really,” he said. Now well into his career he’s based in Bendigo in preparation for the fire season. Mr Tremain-Hill has b..
07-Dec-2017
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Fountain has a new lease of life
Sharon Kemp
A $350,000 facelift sounds expensive, but not when it is preserving a priceless fountain that carries a replacement value of $2.8 million Alexandra Fountion that graces Charing Cross could never be replaced but it needs to be maintained in order to hold that value. ..
01-Dec-2017
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Missing pieces in tangled roots
Rosalea Ryan
If there’s one dominant theme running through Edvard Hirifjell’s life it’s undoubtedly “blanks”: the gaping memory blanks that have always pockmarked his early-childhood recollections and now, unexpectedly, the solid timber blanks from which the highest-quality shot..
11-Jan-2018
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Bucking convention
Rosalea Ryan
BENDIGO in the mid-1890s is an inhospitable place for any unwed mother, let alone one whose predicament is the result of a single afternoon’s alcohol-fuelled indiscretion with someone else’s sweetheart. Complicating the situation further, the father – unaware of the pregnan..
04-Jan-2018
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A season to die
Rosalea Ryan
Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country on Earth. In December the population of 330,000 Icelandic-speakers observes a tradition known as the “Christmas book flood”: a full year’s worth of new titles is launched in a roughly week-long deluge, just in t..
20-Dec-2017
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Chilling clues
Rosalea Ryan
Still deeply shell-shocked in the wake of interviewing a genocidal Rwandan teacher, journalist Nora Sand decides to distract herself from reality with a couple of minutes of retail therapy. In the sleepy surroundings of a small seaside village it’s impossible to know the ramifi..
14-Dec-2017
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Sardinian Seachange
Bendigo Weekly
Newly graduated from design college but with no immediate job prospects, Faye Forrester is both surprised and delighted to receive an invitation to housesit for an old school friend and her Italian husband in Sardinia. Perhaps a few days of visiting Charolotte and Fabio’s tiny ..
07-Dec-2017
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Best of Bendigo in music
Bendigo Weekly
Music Town showcases Bendigo’s vibrant, growing and diverse music scene – from international artists like The Davidson Brothers and Cosmic Psychos, to Bendigo Chorale, to rising young talents Bill Barber and Sherri Parry. This new book features more than 120 bands and artists &nd..
30-Nov-2017
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