Yes we can
Sharon Kemp
Support for same sex marriage is greater in central Victoria than nationally, but amid cheers and congratulations there was an underlying bitterness that the decision had been left to a voluntary postal survey. At Trades Hall about 100 LGBTQI people and supporters gathered on Wednesday to he..
17-Nov-2017
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Managing the flood
Joel Peterson
PLANNING changes to better manage flood risk were adopted by City of Greater Bendigo councillors on Wednesday night. The flood overlay changes were among of a number of items up for debate, and one of three that drew the opposition of councillor Julie Hoskin. Of the opening three agenda ..
17-Nov-2017
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On the crest of success
Bendigo Weekly
THE contentious Lansell Crest development has been pushed ahead by City of Greater Bendigo councillors after lengthy debate at Wednesday’s council meeting. Council endorsed a change to a planning scheme, lifting a cap on the number of dwellings that can be constructed at the East Bendi..
17-Nov-2017
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New pharmacy for CBD
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’s central business district will get another discount pharmacy, but in the process lose another store in Hargreaves Mall because of the lack of passing trade. Chemist Discount Centre is preparing to start trading at 7 Queen Street by the end of this week. It is a rebranding..
17-Nov-2017
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Time to prepare
Joel Peterson
MONDAY marks the official start of the fire danger period in much of central Victoria, including the City of Greater Bendigo, prompting a reminder for residents to prepare for summer. Among the areas for which Monday marks the period’s official start are the Bendigo municipality, as we..
17-Nov-2017
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Waste turns to a profit
Sharon Kemp
Creativity helps when it comes to running a not-for-profit recycling yard because a lot of the time you are dealing with stuff that nobody wants or even thinks about, such as packaging. Think cardboard, plastic and polystyrene. Think gas bottles. But when your mandate is to employ people..
17-Nov-2017
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Star turns the spotlight on Bendigo
Dianne Dempsey
A touch of glamour came to town on Wednesday when Hollywood actress Jane Seymour visited the Edith Head exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery. After completing her commitments amidst the merry go round of the Melbourne Cup, Seymour was keen to make the most of her free time in Australia and ..
09-Nov-2017
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New look for memorial as donations flow in
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo District RSL’s Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Building Appeal hopes to raise $250,000 to assist with building works and re-establishment of the building. The museum is being returned to its original colour as part of a $4.5 revitalisation project currently und..
02-Nov-2017
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Hats top off a fascinating career
Bendigo Weekly
Local designer Alysha Elliott has dedicated herself to hat design and millinery since she studied fashion design and technology at Bendigo Senior Secondary College. Now 22, Alysha later graduated from her studies in fashion design at RMIT. At the same time, she completed internships at s..
26-Oct-2017
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Baton bearers named
Bendigo Weekly
A GROUP of 18 locals from sporting organisations and community groups will be part of the Queen’s Baton relay when it comes to Bendigo in February ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games. Organisers announced the local baton bearers this week, with Dennis O’Hoy AM and Otis ..
19-Oct-2017
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Mayoral race down to Marg or Matt
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo mayoral contest shapes as a two-way battle, with the city’s next leader set to be chosen on Monday. Eppalock ward councillor Margaret O’Rourke will make Bendigo council history if she is voted in next week to wear the mayoral robes for back-to-back ter..
13-Oct-2017
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Project uplift for Octobra
Bendigo Weekly
Bra bins have popped up around Bendigo this month as part of Octobra, which involves collecting old and unused bras to send to women in developing countries. Bra bins are available at locations including Fernwood Fitness, Professionals Bendigo and the Bendigo Weekly. Organiser and Profes..
05-Oct-2017
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Step up for health
Bendigo Weekly
Lightning Reef Primary School was chosen from more than 800 schools to have a pair of shoes donated to each student as part of the Walk to School program. Students decorated their shoes on Monday as part of a new element of Walk to School, where schools are encouraged to decorate shoes, bike..
19-Oct-2017
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Vision Australia offers another view
Sharon Kemp
IF Vision Australia’s Chris Edwards had his way, he would ask designers of the touch screen to try a new virtual reality experience that simulates the four most common eye conditions. Mr Edwards, the organisation’s strategic partners manager who has almost no vision, said the vir..
12-Oct-2017
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Lake Weeroona plays host to sailboats
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Yacht Club’s Sailability program was in full swing this week under sunny skies at Lake Weeroona. The program is run by the club, the Cairn Curran Sailing Club and Sports Focus and gives people from disadvantaged backgrounds or those with a disability the opportunity to hit ..
05-Oct-2017
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Supply for the boomers
Sharon Kemp
Hip and knee replacements and kitchen do-overs will be good future prospects for business in Bendigo, according to demographer Bernard Salt. Mr Salt was the guest speaker at a breakfast in Bendigo this week, referring to a growing demand among baby boomers newly in receipt of a superannuatio..
27-Sep-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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Art adds a bright new look to YMCA House
Bendigo Weekly
A unique piece of indigenous public art was unveiled last Thursday on the exterior of YMCA House in Lyttleton Terrace. A smoking ceremony and welcome to country by the Dja Dja Wurrung took place as part of the unveiling. The mural created by artist Troy Firebrace also features designs fr..
19-Oct-2017
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150 years at Violet Street
Bendigo Weekly
THERE have been plenty of students pass through Violet Street Primary School, 150 years’ worth in fact. The school is celebrating with an open afternoon on Saturday, October 21. The event will run from 1pm until 5pm. It all kick off with the opening ceremony, followed by a welc..
12-Oct-2017
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City to host polio meet
Bendigo Weekly
Polio survivors will gather in Bendigo to address the importance of mental health, as part of Polio Day 2017. The event on October 21 will be held in Bendigo for the first time in more than 10 years and will be hosted by Polio Network Victoria and supported by the City of Greater Bendigo. ..
05-Oct-2017
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Back in business
Sam Kane
FIVE years on from near permanent closure and decommissioning, the Golden Square pool is continuing to defy the odds, with its volunteers this week making last minute improvements ahead of their November 18 opening. The pool, which has seen more than 52,000 patrons enter since its 2013 grand..
27-Sep-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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Magic mix for festival seven
Simon Wooldridge
This year’s Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival showcases a diverse mix of local, national, and international talent. Twenty thousand punters are expected at this year’s festival – the seventh – will be treated to a mix of blues, folk, country, rock and world music..
02-Nov-2017
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Harry heads to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Fresh from a stint up and down the east coast throughout 2016/17 Harry Coulson’s Blue Dogs are bringing their ruckus to the Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival. While the earlier album Harry Coulson’s Rain Dogs was an engaging set of jazz instrumentals, the new album Harry Coulson&..
02-Nov-2017
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Cruise into the blues
Simon Wooldridge
The seventh Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival is just two weeks away. An exciting, diverse weekend of music is in store for the 20,000 punters expected. More than 140 artists – nearly half of them Bendigo festival debutants – will perform in more than 50 venues, rangin..
26-Oct-2017
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Your chance to be remarkable
Bendigo Weekly
beStella is presenting be Remarkable, an evening of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs featuring celebrated thought leader Lorraine Murphy. Join beStella and Lorraine at Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre on Monday from 6pm. Ms Murphy is the founder of The Remarkables Group – ..
19-Oct-2017
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Return of the Sleepy West
Simon Wooldridge
IT’S been a long time between Bendigo gigs for local blues-alt-country five-piece, Sleepy West. “Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival last year – so two weeks shy of a year which is crazy,” front man Joel English told the Weekly. “To be honest, this year..
12-Oct-2017
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Debut for Kerr's Cur
Simon Wooldridge
Three years of song writing, rehearsing and heavy gigging reaches a landmark for Kerr’s Cur next week with the release of their eponymous debut album. Kerr’s Cur showcases the broad-ranging influences of the Bendigo-based indie garage band’s front man, Mr D. It’s his..
06-Oct-2017
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Lynx missing for struggling Spirit
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Spirit will tonight need to recapture the offensive magic they showed last time they hosted Perth Lynx after a horror weekend. Bendigo plays Perth tonight at Bendigo Stadium before facing Dandenong on Sunday as part of the WNBL’s cluster round, where every team will hit the..
17-Nov-2017
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AFL CV to oversee new league
Bendigo Weekly
IN yet another footballing first, AFL Central Victoria will oversee a standalone women’s football competition next year. The decision comes after the female football advisory committee running the Northern Country Women’s League decided to split the league. The NCWL staged it..
17-Nov-2017
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Redbacks aim high
Joel Peterson
WEST Bendigo faces a tough ask to build on the first win of its Emu Valley Cricket Association campaign when it hosts the in-form United. The Redbacks opened their account with a dominant performance against bottom side Marong. The reliable Trav O’Connell and Ben Henson led the way..
17-Nov-2017
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Pro Tour heads into the finals Arina
Joel Peterson
NUMBER one seed Arina Rodionova has withstood a stern test on her way to the quarter finals of the Bendigo International Pro Tour tournament. A clearly frustrated Rodionova was pushed by Astra Sharma before prevailing 6-4, 7-5 in an hour and 20 minutes. Rodionova’s domination on se..
10-Nov-2017
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Spirit's crucial next step
Joel Peterson
KELSEY Griffin’s season-ending hip injury is about as big an injury hit as any of the Women’s National Basketball League’s team could absorb. But the injury and Griffin’s subsequent surgery this week should kickstart the process of the club looking at who its next lon..
10-Nov-2017
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Hockey an events hit
Joel Peterson
HOCKEY has become the latest international level sport to sing Bendigo’s praises as a regional events destination. The city’s capacity and continued want to host major sporting events has shone through once more in the past month, with international rugby, tennis and hockey all l..
10-Nov-2017
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Water activities for wise students
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL school students learned about the importance of being water wise this week at a series of National Water Week activities. From health benefits to the creatures that live in water, all manners of subjects were covered by a range of organisations who know full well the importance of w..
19-Oct-2017
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Microchip your pet
Bendigo Weekly
LOST pets are easier to find if they have a microchip, and one Bendigo store is stepping up to help. PETstock is having a microchip blitz on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22. The initiative aims to keep pets out of pounds by offering affordable and accessible microchipping for ju..
12-Oct-2017
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The two-person family
Bendigo Weekly
By Grace Evans A sudden revelation is what led Bendigo’s Kathy Waddington to self publish her first book, Parent and Child. After months of collating ideas and having an introduction written, Ms Waddington found herself beginning the start of her very own single parenting guide. ..
05-Oct-2017
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Culture at kindy
Bendigo Weekly
To celebrate the many different varieties of cultures, and values, shared by the families at the South Bendigo Kindergarten, the children attending have been discussing indigenous culture. The kindergarten has been working on a beautiful mural featuring hand prints, family flags and the s..
27-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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Branching out with Oak
Bendigo Weekly
With a four-week deadline and an idea in the back of her mind, Kimberly Furness created something quite spectacular. Mrs Furness always had a passion for writing and sharing other peoples stories, which led her to create her first issue of Oak Magazine. “I’m just so happy w..
26-Oct-2017
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Cab bonanza as new firms move in
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO taxi passengers will have more choices as taxi company 13CABS prepares to introduce 10 new cars to the city by Christmas. The Melbourne-based company announced its arrival yesterday, as ride-sharing service Uber prepares to establish its fleet in Bendigo by late October. Uber has..
19-Oct-2017
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Legally Blonde and ready to roll
Bendigo Weekly
The cast of Bendigo Theatre Company's latest production, Legally Blonde, will be performing at Ulumbarra Theatre next week. Since the show was cast in May, the cast and crew have been rehearsing a minimum of 10 hours per week for the Broadway musical, based on the 2001 novel by Amanda Brown,..
13-Oct-2017
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A sporting chance
Joel Peterson
AS the timber flooring was being installed in the new Bendigo Stadium this week, CEO Nathan O’Neill was hoping the foundation he and the organisation’s new executive team can lay is just as solid. O’Neill was appointed CEO on Monday after spending more than six months in t..
05-Oct-2017
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Smashing time
Bendigo Weekly
Discovery’s annual membership drive is under way, and it’s never been a better time to show your support for your local science and technology centre. Manager Jonathan Ridnell said a family membership costs $2 a week, and provides a range of benefits. “It gives unlimite..
27-Sep-2017
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Design in the running
Bendigo Weekly
THE designer of the new hospital is in line for some high-powered recognition. Exemplar Health Partnership has been announced as a finalist in the large business category for this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards. It’s for building the new Bendigo Hospital to stat..
22-Sep-2017
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Sim puts in a marathon effort
Peter Kennedy
THIS weekend, Bendigo’s Jason Sim will put himself through hell in search of the heaven that comes with being able to say you completed Hawaii’s Kona Ironman, the ultimate one day test of endurance and toughness in world sport. He’s not the only Bendigo athlete taking part ..
12-Oct-2017
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Festival of the Moon
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Chinese Association will host its Annual Harvest Moon Festival on Saturday. The event will be held at the Dai Gum San Chinese precinct from 2pm. Family activities start with a lantern making workshop at the Golden Dragon Museum followed by a Chinese dance workshop at 3pm. ..
05-Oct-2017
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Second storey caps off hall
Bendigo Weekly
IT takes an awful lot of concrete in a major build, but the RSL Memorial Hall has topped off its extension in epic style with the second level slab now complete. The $4.5 million redevelopment is under construction, with the 1919 building undergoing a full restoration. Scaffolding has be..
27-Sep-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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Family at war
Rosalea Ryan
WHEN Anglo-Australians think of World War II battle zones, the natural tendency is to list only those in which our own servicemen fought: Southeast Asia, the Pacific, North Africa, Western Europe. The unimaginable destruction that occurred as Hitler’s army swept across Eastern Europe ..
19-Oct-2017
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Our home-grown writer
Dianne Dempsey
Bendigo writer Kaye Dobbie, has been published in many languages and countries including the US and Germany. “The Germans love my books,” Kaye said, clearly bemused. “They’ve really taken off there.” Sitting in the dining room of her charming Quarry Hill ho..
12-Oct-2017
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Loved ones lost
Rosalea Ryan
When eight-year-old Lycke Höök vanishes from a neighbourhood tennis complex in Stockholm, Sweden, it’s not only members of the little girl’s immediate family who are traumatised. For TV news crime reporter Ellen Tamm, Lycke’s unexplained disappearance unleashes st..
06-Oct-2017
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Stepping forward
Bendigo Weekly
Charmed by The Rosie Project? You are going to love Two Steps Forward. And if you have ever day-dreamed about walking the Camino across the top of Spain, then here’s the novel that may just have you packing your bags and setting off. Written by Anne Buist (Medea’s Curse, Dan..
27-Sep-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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