Mulder maintains innocent stance
Sharon Kemp
A DEFIANT Bendigo Health chief executive John Mulder says he is looking forward to the completion of a Bendigo Health board investigation into his behaviour. It is three months since Mr Mulder stood aside, during which he has collected more than $100,000 in wages and benefits. In a state..
19-May-2017
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CEO loss but stadium still on track
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Stadium Limited chief executive Jason Wallace has resigned. Mr Wallace’s departure comes as the business works to deliver a $22 million-dollar expansion of its West Bendigo arena and upgrade a second property that will provide a new source of income from pokies. Chairman Br..
19-May-2017
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Housing site causes row
Sharon Kemp
AFTER attracting more than 100 objections, a medium-density housing development in East Bendigo will test the resolve of City of Greater Bendigo councillors on its compact city strategy. The council has marked the 2.6 hectares of land, bordered by Lansell and Lloyd streets and subject to Lan..
19-May-2017
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Council consistent on cottage
Sharon Kemp
A BATTLE has erupted over a dilapidated miner’s cottage on Marong Road that the City of Greater Bendigo wants to save because of its alignment to the road. The cottage described as “not a quick fixer upper” is deemed significant because it sets askew on the block to..
19-May-2017
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Bats have right to stay
Sharon Kemp
BATS swarming in Rosalind Park are likely to stay until spring and the City of Greater Bendigo faces fines of up to $7 million and imprisonment if it tries to move them on. Responding to a question at Wednesday night’s council meeting, mayor Margaret O’Rourke said the bats were a..
19-May-2017
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Course with a cause
Bendigo Weekly
Norma Tauiliili is visiting Bendigo from Samoa as part of a three-month agricultural scholarship. The Rotary Club of Bendigo is hosting Norma and she has gained experience on a number of properties in the Bendigo region and has started a certificate course at Bendigo TAFE. Norma works fo..
19-May-2017
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Fi jams are the sweetest fundraisers
Sharon Kemp
FIONA Macdonald has a fundraising financial year that ends every year with Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. So seriously does she take raising money for cancer research, Ms Macdonald takes two weeks of annual leave every year to prepare for the morning tea, and to rec..
18-May-2017
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New head for multicultural service
Bendigo Weekly
INCOMING Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services executive officer Kate McInnes acknowledges the organisation she will lead has developed a large profile in recent years. With a four-month handover, Ms McInnes will be introduced to the different agencies she will work with by outgoing executi..
11-May-2017
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Brighter look for Bath Lane
Bendigo Weekly
Work started this week on a bold new public art work that will bring both colour and life to the Bath Lane shopping precinct. The Bendigo Bank and City of Greater Bendigo council have engaged Daisylegs, a design team specialising in murals and custom wall graphics lead by Jamie Edwar..
04-May-2017
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Exhibition reveals the inside story
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Bendigo are being given an exciting opportunity to learn about skeletons and how the body works, as part of a free exhibition at Bendigo hospital. The display includes information on sports injury prevention, the evolution of joint replacement, developments in the treatment of ..
27-Apr-2017
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Shortfall claimed
Bendigo Weekly
DEPUTY opposition leader Tanya Plibersek was impressed with Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s facilities when she toured the school this week, making her all the more concerned about possible funding shortfalls. Ms Plibersek toured the Ulumbarra Theatre and the school’s trade tr..
20-Apr-2017
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Rotary show is picture perfect
Bendigo Weekly
THE Rotary Club of Bendigo will present the 2017 Easter Art Show in the stunning surrounds of the Bendigo Town Hall from tonight. For the 49th consecutive year, the club is proud to offer this iconic event to the people of Bendigo, with tonight’s official opening also marking the start..
13-Apr-2017
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Traditional burn a true milestone
Sharon Kemp
WHEN Rhys Cooper talks about the time it took to introduce traditional burning as a permanent fire management tool, he is not talking about the three years that went into planning so it would become reality in Victoria. He is talking about the more than 150 years since white settleme..
18-May-2017
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Tourism boss out in shock job loss
Dianne Dempsey
In what she described as a shock announcement, tourism executive manager Kathryn Mackenzie has lost her position with the City of Greater Bendigo. Ms Mackenzie said news of her redundancy came as a total surprise, particularly as it came on the heels of the Australian Tourism Awards announce..
12-May-2017
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Orange day for SES
Bendigo Weekly
ALL Australians are being encouraged to wear orange in a united show of thanks for the work done and commitment shown by SES volunteers. The Victorian State Emergency Service will be having its annual Wear Orange Wednesday on May 10. SES media team leader Robin Neller said the idea..
04-May-2017
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Lane open for cycle art
Bendigo Weekly
Chancery Lane businesses are seeking submissions from artists to create a significant laneway artwork celebrating Bendigo’s cycling culture. The artwork is part of Bike Bendigo’s La Trobe University Project and will include installation of bicycle parking in the laneway. It..
27-Apr-2017
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Tractors at new show
Bendigo Weekly
THERE is a new event with real pulling power in Bendigo this month. Historic tractors and machinery fans will gather at the Prince of Wales Show Grounds on April 29 and 30 for a new swap meet. The show will include complete examples and restored or unrestored machines and parts for those..
20-Apr-2017
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MP adds to dragon collection
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’s federal MP has weighed into the Golden Dragon Museum’s new dragon campaign by buying a scale. The Golden Dragon Museum recently launched a funding campaign to raise $250,000 to restore the ageing Sun Loong and $500,000 to buy a new dragon, Dai Gum Loong. Lisa Cheste..
13-Apr-2017
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A coat fit for a community drive
Bendigo Weekly
Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has donated the red coat made famous during the 2016 election campaign to launch the 2017 Bendigo Community Coat Drive. Bendigo Community Health Services chief executive Kim Sykes said the donation was a great start to the 2017 coat drive which looked..
18-May-2017
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Birds are on show
Bendigo Weekly
BIRD fanciers are all of a twitter and ready to flock to an event this weekend. The Bendigo Bird Expo and sale is on at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre on Saturday between 11am and 2pm. There will be a wide variety of both native and exotic birds for sale and display. So..
11-May-2017
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Challenge to aid research
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo riders have set off to ride an epic 900 kilometres this week in support of the inaugural Type 1 Challenge. The challenge is led by three cyclists living with Type 1 Diabetes, the group includes representatives from Telstra, Bendigo Bank, Byte, Channel Nine, Delta Group, HERE ..
04-May-2017
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W-Class rebuilt
Bendigo Weekly
Another historic W-Class tram is on its way back to Melbourne after being restored to its former glory by a dedicated team of Bendigo Tramways staff and volunteers. Minister for Public Transport and local member Jacinta Allan visited the Bendigo Tramways Depot and Workshop on Wednesday to se..
27-Apr-2017
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Word is out about Write Stuff
Bendigo Weekly
The Write Stuff, a collective of central Victorian-based writers, will come together this weekend in Bendigo for their second spoken word event. The Write Stuff #2 will take place on the ground level of MusicMan, 264 Hargreaves Street Bendigo on Sunday, starting at 3pm. It will run u..
20-Apr-2017
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Gem club meet a top day for rock fans
Bendigo Weekly
You can see the many facets of the Bendigo Gem Club at their open day on Saturday. The club’s Nathan Wingrave says he hoped the day, which runs from 10am to 2pm, would attract more members and help the community understand the services on offer. This includes faceting, casting, ca..
13-Apr-2017
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The party man returns
Simon Wooldridge
Aussie music icon Mick Thomas hits Bendigo’s Capital Theatre this coming Sunday, May 21. The former Weddings Parties Anything front man is in town with his band The Roving Commission on one leg of a lengthy nationwide tour. It’s a tour with a difference though. Thomas wi..
19-May-2017
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Concert at your fingertips
Bendigo Weekly
It was three years in the making but the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Virtual show is a masterpiece. The musicians spent a day at Fox Studios, but they were not making a movie, they were meticulously recording and filming their parts in the orchestra to be brought together for the s..
19-May-2017
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Musos at the church
Bendigo Weekly
JO JO SMITH is one of Australia’s greatest musical treasures, a sexagenarian pocket-rocket, soul-singing, groove-driving tour de force and 2017 marks her 50th year in the biz. To celebrate this extraordinary, generous life of music-making, Jo Jo is hitting the road with friends and mu..
11-May-2017
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Youth group takes on the phantom
Bendigo Weekly
THE Phantom of the Opera is coming to Bendigo. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is being staged by Nexus BYT. Nexus is a regional youth theatre that auditions youth from Bendigo and surrounding areas from year seven to VCE to perform in theatre. In the past, Nexus has performed prod..
11-May-2017
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Guitar man
Simon Wooldridge
Keith MacQueen is a busy man in Bendigo musical circles. Away from his role as secretary of the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, MacQueen plays guitar in four local bands – popular covers group The John Grossman Project, alt-country outfit Four Lions, heavy blues combo Swamp Monst..
11-May-2017
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Moovin in the groove
Simon Wooldridge
An outdoor touring regional festival at the end of autumn? On paper, it doesn’t immediately sound like a potentially successful commercial venture. Now in its 13th year though (ninth year in Bendigo), Groovin The Moo is a raging success. The Bendigo leg is a sell-out;..
04-May-2017
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Work to do for Lady Braves
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Lady Braves coach Jonathan Goodman says his team needs to vastly improve its effort and attitude when it tackles a busy weekend schedule in round eight of the SEABL season. The Lady Braves suffered a disappointing loss in overtime against Sydney Uni last week. The Lady Braves sho..
19-May-2017
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Griffin returns to Spirit
Joel Peterson
Unfinished business is the driving factor behind Kelsey Griffin’s return to the Bendigo Spirit for season 2017/18. Griffin will be back in Spirit colours next season and is the second player to commit, following the club announcing the signing of Nadeen Payne. While the club has be..
19-May-2017
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Club grant is a home run
Bendigo Weekly
FALCONS Baseball Club and Marong Football netball Club are among the local recipients of some much-needed sports funding. Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards announced the funding this week, which will enable the clubs to purchase some new equipment. The funds are part of the Sporting Club Gra..
19-May-2017
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Harrington shoots for AFLW
Bendigo Weekly
BASKETBALLER Kerryn Harrington’s long-time adoration for the Carlton Football Club meant that when the offer to switch codes and become a blue was put to her, it made it that bit easier. The Bendigo Spirit point guard was announced as the club’s newest rookie signing on Tuesday, ..
19-May-2017
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South has the Wright focus
Joel Peterson
ITS finals aspirations aside, South Bendigo is heading into the two most important weeks of its 2017 campaign over the next fortnight. The Bloods host Kyneton at Harry Trott Oval tomorrow, where the club’s new netball courts will be officially opened. The following weekend, the cl..
19-May-2017
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High hopes for blue and gold
Joel Peterson
IF you want to get out of the quagmire that is the AFL Victoria Community Championships rankings system, at some point, something has to give. For six years, Bendigo has bounced between playing Ballarat and Gippsland in interleague competition, never able to break through for a win over t..
12-May-2017
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Awards launched to aid sustainability
Bendigo Weekly
New research by Sustainability Victoria shows that more than 90 per cent of Victorians want environmental projects to tackle climate change. Sustainability Victoria’s Stan Krpan said the premier’s Sustainability Awards provided a channel for just that. “One of the great..
18-May-2017
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Weeroona walk for dog lovers
Bendigo Weekly
It’s time for dog lovers to register for the biggest event on the canine calendar, the RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk. Once again Lake Weeroona is the place to be with your dog on Sunday, May 21. After 22 years, Million Paws Walk remains RSPCA’s biggest annual fundraising ev..
11-May-2017
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Make a healthy investment for mum
Bendigo Weekly
It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer. It is the most common life-threatening cancer facing Australian women with 44 Australians diagnosed and seve..
08-May-2017
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Welsh choir a plus for funds
Bendigo Weekly
One of Australia’s most versatile entertainers, Silvie Paladino will feature with the Victoria Welsh Choir later this year. The Rotary Club of Bendigo South and the City of Greater Bendigo council will join to raise funds for technical equipment for Ulumbarra Theatre. ..
04-May-2017
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Remembering those who fell
Bendigo Weekly
DESPITE an ominously wet eve, Anzac Day in Bendigo was a mostly dry affair for those who attended. Numbers at the dawn ceremony were comparable to previous events with most braving the risk of rain. Earlier in the week, BSE College held its pre-Anzac Day Commemorative Service and studen..
27-Apr-2017
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Roman baths revealed
Bendigo Weekly
THE latest chapter in the rejuvenation of one of Bendigo’s finest heritage assets was played out at Villa Fortuna on Wednesday afternoon. Before a small crowd of family, friends, tradespeople and the media, Fortuna owner Paul Banks announced the official completion of the villa’s..
20-Apr-2017
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Future in healthy food
Bendigo Weekly
CUSTOMERS say they want healthier foods in the island bins and at the end of aisles, according to the customer survey that accompanied the pilot study of the effects of drawing shoppers’ attention to healthier products. The pilot study, carried out in three Champions IGA supermarkets i..
18-May-2017
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Lansell goes to panel
Bendigo Weekly
PLANS for a 104-lot subdivision in East Bendigo could be headed for an independent panel, after the City of Greater Bendigo received 101 submissions regarding the project. The Lansell Crest development which proponent Blue Bondi Pty Ltd wants to establish on a vacant site off Lansell Street,..
11-May-2017
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Kindy learns about art
Bendigo Weekly
Over the past month, Kindergarten students at Jenny’s Early Learning Centre have been learning about art. They have visited the Schaller Studio to learn more about the paintings of namesake Mark Schaller, as well as visits to the Bendigo Pottery and the Bendigo Art Gallery. ..
04-May-2017
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Marketplace joins a classic
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Marketplace is backing this year’s Mother’s Day Classic by raising awareness of the event itself and encouraging registrations and fundraising for the cause. The centre is working with the local Mother’s Day Classic committee to promote the Sunday, May 14 event whi..
27-Apr-2017
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A new way to check
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW website gives added resources for property seekers. Developed in Melbourne over two years, off the back of the government’s initiative to foster innovation through open source data, Landchecker is a free tool available to anyone looking to do their due diligence on a property or ..
13-Apr-2017
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Charity house a haven
Bendigo Weekly
The Charity House, a year in the making, has been sold. The buyers, a young family, will be moving into their new house next week. The house racked up $100,000 in profit to go towards an education program for Sidney Myer Haven. The haven is an earn or learn living program which..
06-Apr-2017
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Share the repair
Bendigo Weekly
What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike when the wheels get out of line? Or with a sweater full of moth holes? Toss it? No way. A group of locals have organised the first Repair Café in Bendigo on Saturday at the Good Loaf Cafe from 10am until 2pm. Various volunteer ..
18-May-2017
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Expanding our justice knowledge
Bendigo Weekly
Talking Justice returns to the Ulumbarra Theatre for Law Week 2017. This year’s event on May 19 and 20 brings some of Australia’s most distinguished writers, lawyers, activists and commentators to Bendigo to tackle what are sometimes referred to as wicked problems, vexing social..
11-May-2017
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App trial to ease parking pain
Bendigo Weekly
A new online parking payment system is being trialled to allow residents to more easily pay for their parking. The trial, which began on Monday, will apply to two specific all-day carparks, the Market Street and Myers Street car parks. The system is called PayStay..
04-May-2017
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Stage two work starts
Bendigo Weekly
WORK started this week at Bendigo Hospital to begin demolition of the Kurmala building. Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan took to the tools and hopped on board a backhoe to start off the process. The stage two works of the Bendigo Hospital Project will also include the demolition o..
27-Apr-2017
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New look for blood donors
Steve Kendall
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has a surprise in store for Bendigo’s blood donors with the service yesterday announcing a half a million dollar refurbishment to the Bendigo Blood Donor Centre. The refurbishment will see a substantial reconfiguration of the centre providing a mo..
20-Apr-2017
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No cross words over art
Bendigo Weekly
A CONTROVERSIAL art installation in the grounds of St Paul’s Cathedral has taken aim at the federal government’s policies on asylum seekers. Dean of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, the Very Reverend John Roundhill told ABC Radio yesterday that the three crucifixes erected ear..
13-Apr-2017
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Island life and death
Rosalea Ryan
Long-time residents say that “incomers” moving to Sanday, one of the outermost of the scattered Orkney islands off the north-east corner of Scotland, are generally running away from something. Mike Jones is no exception – so when traces of a human skeleton are unearthed from th..
19-May-2017
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Breaking free of the herd
Rosalea Ryan
Thirty-six-year-old Camilla Stacey is confident, frank, fulfilled and secure in her choices to not have children, to eschew emotional relationships with men and to speak her mind daily via the immensely successful blog HowItIs.com. In the eyes of her half a million readers Cam is an idol; t..
11-May-2017
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Fast-talking flashbacks
Rosalea Ryan
SHE’S played Craig T Nelson’s daughter, Alexis Bledel’s mother, David Sutcliffe’s wife, Ray Romano’s fiancée and her real-life boyfriend’s sister in a Hollywood career that has rarely allowed more than a moment’s downtime. Fans..
04-May-2017
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Behind the beach facade
Rosalea Ryan
Ned has done the unthinkable: squandered his severely disabled sister’s entire insurance payout. It was an investment that should have supported Angela for the rest of her life, challenging though that existence is, but now the funds are gone – swallowed up by a childhood friend..
27-Apr-2017
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Torn in two
Rosalea Ryan
All Fall Down Cassandra Austin Penguin, $29.99 As if a typical tiny country town doesn’t have enough social divisions separating its people, now Mulukuk’s only bridge has collapsed, severing the sole physical link that once connected the dusty opal-mining communit..
20-Apr-2017
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Fair time to buy books
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Easter Book Fair is back this weekend. This is your annual chance to stock up on a year’s worth of books to keep you well read, at good prices too. It’s not only books either, you’ll find magazines, records, CDs and DVDs. This year the club has donated $..
13-Apr-2017
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