Campaigners rally for the yes vote
Sharon Kemp
MARRIAGE equality campaigners are calling for a protest rally at next Wednesday’s council meeting as the City of Greater Bendigo maintains its neutral position on the matter. Organisers of the survey supporting marriage equality want a sign the council will support its LGBTIQ residents..
15-Sep-2017
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Blooms add to city's colour
Bendigo Weekly
SPRING may not have been in the air yesterday, but it was certainly in Rosalind Park. The tulips have bloomed, adding a welcome splash of colour to the city ahead of warmer months to come...
15-Sep-2017
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Wellington plan booted
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Stadium Limited’s bid to put 44 new pokies in its leased White Hills hotel has suffered a further blow with City of Greater Bendigo planning officers recommending councillors refuse the permit for redevelopment. The council relied on a report it tabled at its June meeting that ..
15-Sep-2017
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Traditional owners appoint manager
Sharon Kemp
THE traditional owners of six parks including the Greater Bendigo National Park have appointed a land manager and want to hear the views of community before forming a joint management plan. The Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board are holding an open house event focusing on the Gr..
15-Sep-2017
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Epsom growth on way
Sharon Kemp
A NEW gym, cafe, shops, office space and a car wash are set to accommodate the growing northern corridor of Bendigo if City of Greater Bendigo councillors vote for an expansion of the Epsom shopping centre. The development would complete the final form of the broader shopping precinct which ..
15-Sep-2017
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Water storage high as spills continue
Joel Peterson
CENTRAL Victorian water storages are likely to continue spilling in coming months after entering at the highest levels in years. Coliban Water’s three biggest reservoirs are full or close to, Upper Coliban and Lauriston reservoirs are already spilling, while Lauriston is only 2.5 per c..
15-Sep-2017
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Bendigo baby boom makes for a busy month
Bendigo Weekly
BABIES tend to be born when they are good and ready, and a record number of 147 babies sought to greet the new world at Bendigo Hospital in August. On three separate days last month, nine newborns entered the world. August 11, 25 and 28 are likely to be big birthday dates forever more in..
21-Sep-2017
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Lost lives reclaimed
Dianne Dempsey
Earlier this year Len Williams took a walk to a forgotten grave site at Remembrance Park Central Victoria. It was 5pm and cold, the same time of day when the first woman from St Aidan’s was buried there by the Good Shepherd Sisters. “She was Catherine Darcy, 26 years old, a..
15-Sep-2017
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Rehearsing for the big day
Bendigo Weekly
The Forever Young community rock choir is in full rehearsal mode for their annual concert at the Ulumbarra Theatre. They are working hard with the Girton rock band The Riffs and the Senior String Orchestra, to produce a memorable musical event. The choir will perform alongside Australian..
07-Sep-2017
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Jeff marks an end to years of service
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of the Bendigo Bank’s longest serving employees will retire today, bringing an end to 51 years of his service with a smile and outstanding commitment to customer service. Born and bred in Bendigo, Jeff Ruff started behind the counter at the then Sandhurst Building Society in 1966, ..
31-Aug-2017
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The serious message behind underwear
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Prostate Cancer Support Group has used the old Bendigo Bank headquarters as a clothesline for its giant undies ahead of a busy three months for the group’s members. The pair of underpants pictured on the banner is a symbol for the message the group strives to put in men&rsq..
25-Aug-2017
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Fundraiser fun ahead of grand final
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Thunder geared up for their Northern Football League grand final with a fundraising lunch this week. Federal Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters hosted the lunch at the Exchange this week, featuring women’s football ambassador Susan Alberti AC. Bendigo plays Diamond Creek on Sunda..
24-Aug-2017
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Flower show grows
Bendigo Weekly
This year’s Bendigo Australian Flower Show promises to be bigger than ever following the huge response last year when more than 700 people visited. The show has moved both venue and timing – three weeks later into spring which means visitors can expect to see a raft of different ..
21-Sep-2017
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Festival time for south Indian community
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s emerging south Indian community will be celebrating the traditional Harvest Festival, Onam, in Bendigo on Sunday at the St Liborius Hall, Eaglehawk. The event this year will be the biggest to be held in Bendigo and will be a showcase of traditional folk songs, dances and per..
14-Sep-2017
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Banding together for Ava
Bendigo Weekly
A group of musicians have banded together to ease the way for a Bendigo girl. Christmas Eve 2016 was a memorable day for a local family, but for all the wrong reasons, and a child ended up in hospital. Ava Maryella Marland had an accident with the family dog, resulting in significant da..
07-Sep-2017
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Leader of the field
Joel Peterson
FOR Bendigo Jockey Club track manager Bernard Hopkins, watching a Lloyd Williams galloper go around the Bendigo track is all part of a day’s work. But it’s what goes into that day’s work that is the reason owners and trainers like Williams choose Bendigo when working their ..
31-Aug-2017
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The Legacy continues
Bendigo Weekly
For close to a century, Australian veterans have honoured the pledge made by the original Anzacs to care for the “missus and kids” of their fallen comrades who risked everything. What is often forgotten is that for each serving Australian who risks everything – a family ..
24-Aug-2017
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Activity the goal
Bendigo Weekly
A LOCAL group is spruiking the benefits of students walking or riding to school, something many local school children miss out on. The Active Travel Healthy Kids Community Network is presenting a free a workshop to help school communities support their children to walk and ride to school mo..
17-Aug-2017
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Photos from a new viewpoint
Bendigo Weekly
LOOKING through the eyes of a person with autism is an opportunity worth seeing. A Bendigo Autistic Advocacy and Support Service photographic exhibition at Dudley House opening tomorrow and running for two weeks is a gallery of the images that fascinate the city’s autistic community. ..
21-Sep-2017
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Mutual assistant a foodshare win
Sharon Kemp
JULIE Clarke is happier to accept emergency food supplies when she know she can return the help. The Long Gully resident will sign up to be a part of a pilot emergency food program getting under way on October 11 that will ask food recipients to run the program. Ms Clarke believes it wil..
15-Sep-2017
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Students focus on wellbeing
Bendigo Weekly
One of Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s biggest weeks in the calendar kicked off on Monday. Wellbeing Week is five days packed with activities to make students and staff feel better about themselves, both emotionally and physically. VCAL Market Day on Wednesday was a highly-anti..
07-Sep-2017
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First flow in groundwater solution
Bendigo Weekly
THE first water has flowed from beneath Bendigo, through decontamination in Eaglehawk and through pipes into brine ponds in Epsom as part of the State Government’s $29 million interim measure to control contaminated groundwater threatening to inundate the city. Bendigo MP Maree Edwards..
01-Sep-2017
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Blowing away the competition
Bendigo Weekly
A BENDIGO school has managed a clean sweep at the Victorian School Music Festival. Girton Grammar School music students in the wind symphony, senior concert band, Girton singers and junior performance choir have been awarded gold. The festival is a prestigious event held each year at a v..
31-Aug-2017
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Think FAST when talking health
Bendigo Weekly
THE state-wide launch of National Stroke Week came to Bendigo yesterday, with residents urged to learn the four key signs of a stroke. Running from September 4 to 10, National Stroke Week raises awareness about the signs of and effects of stroke. City of Greater Bendigo councillor Jennif..
31-Aug-2017
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Forever young
Bendigo Weekly
Australian rock legend Mark Seymour, lead singer of one of Australia’s most seminal bands, Hunters and Collectors, is totally attuned to the ethos of community choirs. Supporting the annual Forever Young concert at the Ulumbarra Theatre last Tuesday he provided a unique inj..
21-Sep-2017
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DIGG on the tram
Bendigo Weekly
The Blues Tram rolls again this coming Saturday. It will be a bitter-sweet affair for young Bendigo band DIGG. It’s the trio’s Blues Tram debut, but it’s also their farewell performance as a band. DIGG is a blues and folk outfit comprising sisters Gemma and Izzy Goldsm..
14-Sep-2017
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Back to their roots
Bendigo Weekly
NEXT weekend sees an afternoon of musical entertainment of the old style, with a three-act show full of traditional music, blues, Americana, roots, gospel and original songs, featuring Dave Diprose, Savannah Rose and Moonshine Coalition. Diprose is an exceptional Delta blues style player ble..
14-Sep-2017
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A runaway success
Bendigo Weekly
A new project from Kelsie Rimmer, best known for her appearances on The Voice Australia, is coming to the region. The Melbourne based singer/songwriter and producer performing as SONA is presenting her debut EP Runaway. As part of her tour, SONA is playing the Marong Family Hotel and th..
14-Sep-2017
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The Rhythms of Ireland
Bendigo Weekly
THE stage production The Rhythms of Ireland is in Bendigo next month. The elite company of dancers is bringing their worldwide 10th Year Anniversary Tour to Australian stages. This production has been seen by more than two-million people worldwide amassing an unsurpassed reputation. ..
14-Sep-2017
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Chords for cancer
Simon Wooldridge
The shock of a cancer diagnosis and a family’s passion for music have led to a special fundraiser event at the Golden Vine this coming Sunday, September 10. Chords for Cancer will raise funds to support music therapy rehabilitation at Bendigo Health’s cancer centre. Dan Parr..
07-Sep-2017
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Nadeen keen on success
Joel Peterson
SHE was Bendigo Spirit’s best player toward the end of last season and played in a grand final in the winter, so it’s only natural that Nadeen Payne was optimistic when it came time to return to the WNBL. What’s more, the team’s opening two preseason matches have give..
21-Sep-2017
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Beware the attack Dogs
Joel Peterson
BERNIE Haberman’s Golden Square has made a habit of surprising people this year and the first-year coach is hopeful they’ve got more upsets in them yet. Many wrote the Dogs off after last year’s grand final loss to Sandhurst and some key departures, but the club has made th..
15-Sep-2017
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The title decider
Bendigo Weekly
EAGLEHAWK’S Bendigo Amateur Soccer League title chase comes to an end this weekend, with their standalone fixture against Spring Gully United to once and for all decide this year’s champion side. Eaglehawk and Shepparton South both missed their chance to claim the title last week..
15-Sep-2017
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Dragons watch on as Bulldogs battle
Joel Peterson
WITH Sandhurst eagerly awaiting a grand final opponent, Golden Square and Gisborne will play off for the right to meet the Dragons next Saturday. Gisborne survived an elimination final test against reigning premier Kangaroo Flat, while Golden Square was well beaten by Sandhurst last wee..
15-Sep-2017
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Ground-dog day for North
Joel Peterson
NORTH Bendigo has a chance to make a slice of history this weekend with a third straight flag when it again plays Leitchville Gunbower in the HDFL decider. The Dogs have never won three successive premierships, their best run being back-to-back flags in 1976 and 1977 in the Golden City Footb..
08-Sep-2017
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Spirit preparations ramp up
Bendigo Weekly
COACH Simon Pritchard admits the Bendigo Spirit are slightly behind the eight ball a month out from the WNBL season, but expects with preparations gaining momentum things will quickly fall into place. The Spirit’s preparations ramped up this week with the team preparing to play an intr..
08-Sep-2017
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Learning law
Bendigo Weekly
HER Honour Judge Patrick conducted four sessions with Bendigo Senior Secondary College legal studies students during her latest County Court circuit. Judge Patrick is one of 12 judges who take part in the Victoria Law Foundation’s law talks program. After addressing the students an..
21-Sep-2017
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Event aims to make changes
Bendigo Weekly
A free community event next week is offering a chance to hear from people who are actively involved in making a change and will provide an opportunity for others to have a go too. Outside the Square – Creating Our Future is taking place on Thursday. E..
14-Sep-2017
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Winning spell for school
Bendigo Weekly
EAGLEHAWK Secondary College’s year nine students have spelled out their intentions for literacy learning, winning a major competition. For the second year running, the school excelled at the Word Mania competition, run by online-based program Literacy Planet. The competition sees ..
07-Sep-2017
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Clinic a boost for kids
Bendigo Weekly
A REGULAR clinic forå local children with cerebral palsy has been established by Bendigo Health. This allows children to receive their botulinum neurotoxin treatment closer to home, and reduces the need to travel. The clinic is part of the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Servi..
31-Aug-2017
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Secure the farm
Bendigo Weekly
A Farm Security Expo was held in Bendigo this week to explore proactive measures to improve security and safety. The expo at the Bendigo Stadium gave members of the farming community the chance to come together to discuss a range of issues which affect them. In the 12 months leading up ..
24-Aug-2017
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Volunteer to help the Red Cross
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Red Cross Emergency Service is on the lookout for volunteers and will be holding sessions next weekend. There are more than 7000 volunteers across Australia, supporting individuals and communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters. Local v..
17-Aug-2017
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Watching flocks by night
Bendigo Weekly
Many people would be quite horrified to find two large dogs wandering among their flock of hens, but not the owner or hens of a boutique free range egg farm. The Big Egg is located a few kilometres from Eaglehawk and the business, recently established by Bruce Bloemhoff, is the realisation o..
21-Sep-2017
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A day in the life
Bendigo Weekly
Chief engineer at Thales Australia Mark Brennan spent the day at Bendigo Senior Secondary College on Thursday, experiencing a day in the life of college principal Linda Lyons. Mr Brennan is chair of the Bendigo Manufacturing Group – 17 companies that form an advisory panel to council. ..
14-Sep-2017
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Garden club cleans up
Bendigo Weekly
WITHIN six months, the land on which Bendigo’s Central City Caravan Park now sits will be cleared of all plants but the trees. So Bendigo Garden Club members have beaten the bulldozer and in the process helped to start the clean up. About a dozen members worked at..
07-Sep-2017
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Tourism on track
Bendigo Weekly
The 21st edition of the Experience Culture Victoria brochure highlights the immense depth and quality of cultural experiences on offer in the Bendigo region and right across the state. Launching the 2017/18 edition of the booklet, Cultural Tourism Victoria’s Carrie Donaldson said regio..
31-Aug-2017
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Expo means small business
Bendigo Weekly
Local small business operators have banded together to present the first ever microbusiness pop-up expo at Bendigo library. Businesses will be set up across the ground floor of the library showcasing their wares. “Many microbusinesses operate from home or in premises without sho..
24-Aug-2017
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Early learning centre sets the standard
Bendigo Weekly
Jenny’s Early Learning Centre in Strathfieldsaye has been recognised as the first in greater Bendigo to achieve health promoting service status through completion of all six benchmarks of anachievement program. The program, delivered by Cancer Council Victoria and supported by the Vict..
17-Aug-2017
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New on the board
Bendigo Weekly
Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services has made three new appointments to its board of directors. The new directors, Ben Shue, Dave Hughes and Esther Ryan, come with decades of experience across the business and community sectors and are from Chinese, Welsh and Spanish backgrounds, respecti..
21-Sep-2017
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Edith Head and Hollywood
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Art Gallery curator Tansy Curtin found herself in Hollywood heaven not so long ago when she was invited to peruse the famous Paramount Pictures costumes collection. Inspired by the designs of Hollywood legend Edith Head, Ms Curtin was on a mission to select a number of her costumes f..
14-Sep-2017
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Stepping out for the ball in the mall
Bendigo Weekly
Preparations are in full swing for next month’s Ball in the Mall event with debutante couples stepping to dance training this week. The event is in its second year and gives 10 young couples the opportunity to participate in a debutante ball held in Hargreaves Mall on October 27. T..
07-Sep-2017
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A peaceful protest
Bendigo Weekly
THE Red Ribbon Rebellion returned to Bendigo this week, to mark the anniversary of the original event in 1853. The Bendigo Historical Society arranges the annual re-enactment annually to celebrate and remember what was a critical turning point in Bendigo’s gold rush history. This p..
31-Aug-2017
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Open day at the uni
Bendigo Weekly
See what university is really like at La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus open day from 10am to 3pm on Sunday. Step inside world-class facilities, meet inspiring academics and get a feel for uni life. Plus, design, create and plant your own virtual tree via the Living Landscap..
24-Aug-2017
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Centre discovers potential
Bendigo Weekly
SCIENCE Week proved a week of innovation and celebration at Discovery Centre Bendigo this week. The centre scored a $55,000 state government grant to upgrade equipment and held events celebrating all things science throughout this week. The grant gives some of Bendigo’s brightest y..
17-Aug-2017
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High seas hell
Rosalea Ryan
It has the makings of an extraordinary, all-expenses-paid, first-class indulgence: a five-day northern lights cruise to the Arctic tip of Norway aboard a lavishly appointed vessel so exclusive it carries no more than a dozen handpicked passengers. Not surprisingly, British travel writer Laur..
21-Sep-2017
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Stepping into the breach
Rosalea Ryan
Longhope in January 1945 is a district largely devoid of men. Anyone fit enough to fight is doing so, called away to defend their king and country against the Axis powers. Five years of war have stripped the remote northern New South Wales farming community of its traditional workforce. ..
14-Sep-2017
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One funeral, two deaths
Rosalea Ryan
Barely have the remains of Shetland native Magnus Tait been lowered into their grave when the soil beneath the party of mourners begins to shudder. Heavy winter rain has destabilised the hillside, prompting a sizeable slab of earth to slither across open sheep-grazing pasture and into the s..
07-Sep-2017
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Synagogue revealed
Dianne Dempsey
THE latest publication of the Bendigo Historical Society, Jewish Worship in Bendigo (Sandhurst), is about something that no longer exists – the former Jewish synagogue. Subtitled An Overview of Religious observation 1853-2017 Terence Davidson’s primary concern is with the histor..
31-Aug-2017
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Thirst for Faroese blood
Rosalea Ryan
IT’S not every day that a novel set in one of the world’s least-known archipelagos, the Faroe Islands, appears in print. Even rarer is a book that delivers both a spine-tingling plot and at the same time an insightful, informative and entertaining glimpse into the psyche of the ..
31-Aug-2017
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Teen tragedy
Rosalea Ryan
Scoring, binge-drinking, skipping school and wrestling with negative self-image and mortality converge in this midwest American equivalent of Puberty Blues, set both during narrator Cat’s teenage years on the shores of the Great Lakes and almost two decades later in modern-day New York. ..
24-Aug-2017
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