Pedestrians priority in city slowdown
Bendigo Weekly
THE safety of pedestrians and cyclists is being prioritised over traffic congestion in the CBD as council moves to lower speed limits and create more pedestrian crossings in the heart of the city. VicRoads has applied on behalf of the council to seek $1 million in funding from the TAC’..
28-Sep-2017
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New plan for V/Line
Joel Peterson
V/LINE will implement a new performance management plan in a bid to get its on-time running back on track. The rail operator has released its annual report, showing network-wide on-time performance was well under its 92 per cent target in 2016-17. V/Line’s total performance measure..
28-Sep-2017
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Pressure on for Salvos
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO was not chosen as a drug testing trial of welfare recipients because it doesn’t have enough rehab beds, federal MP Lisa Chesters surmised this week. “Bendigo has not been flagged as a trial site, and it is probably because our agencies have said they don’t have the ..
28-Sep-2017
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Bank holds out on ATM
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has yet to decide if it will axe fees for foreign bank ATM withdrawals, saying it was caught out by last weekend’s decision by the big four to scrap the fee. The move by CBA, NAB, Westpac and ANZ will benefit Bendigo Bank’s customers who can access fee-f..
28-Sep-2017
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Spread the load on regos
Bendigo Weekly
VICTORIANS will be able to pay car registrations in three instalments with the state government introducing short-term registration next year. From January 1, motorists will be able to register for short-term registration and pay their fee over four instalments. The options will allow pe..
28-Sep-2017
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Time for the big match
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo South East students Milla and Amy were showing their colours this week, ahead of the AFL Grand Final this weekend between Richmond and Adelaide. Tigers supporters have the numbers in Bendigo, with all hoping they will have something to crow about come Saturday evening...
28-Sep-2017
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Funds boost for dragon
Bendigo Weekly
THE community campaign for a new Chinese dragon will receive a significant boost today, with the state government expected to pledge $250,000 towards replacing Sun Loong. Premier Daniel Andrews and Tourism minister John Eren are scheduled to join local members Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards..
04-Aug-2017
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A very timely reminder
Bendigo Weekly
THE answer to Vala Iannuzzelli’s persistent health symptoms came in the form of a letter from a gas heater repair company. Ms Iannuzzelli had not had an easy year, so when she thought she was having a stroke three weeks ago and blacked out in the early hours of the morning, she put it ..
27-Jul-2017
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Ladson says it's time to talk
Joel Peterson
HAWTHORN premiership player and Golden Square premiership coach Rick Ladson has called on families, community groups and local sporting clubs to make mental health part of their regular conversations. Ladson was a part of Hawthorn’s 2008 flag triumph before returning to local football ..
21-Jul-2017
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New angle on an old game
Sharon Kemp
TABLE tennis has never looked as fun as it does when Bendigo champion Des Knight sets up his game Gossimo. And Mr Knight says inventing the game is never more satisfying than when the players are having fun. Six years in the making, the game has just been released and he and his business..
14-Jul-2017
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Organic liners on way
Bendigo Weekly
More than 38,000 households in Bendigo and Marong will soon receive a new 12-month supply of compostable caddy liners to use in their kitchen caddy to collect food waste for their organics bin. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Craig Lloyd said while the new caddy liners are supplied b..
07-Jul-2017
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Bank raises interest rates
Sharon Kemp
A day after being named Victoria’s corporate citizen of the year, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has lifted interest rates out of sync with the Reserve Bank of Australia. RBA governor Phillip Lowe kept cash rates on hold, but Australia’s banks continue to tweak rates to benefit owner-..
07-Jul-2017
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Digging deep for the community
Bendigo Weekly
VIOLET Street Primary School’s students and staff will be making a difference in the Ironbark community when they participate in Schools Tree Day today. Grades five and six students from Violet Street are planting and maintaining the space at Ironbark Gully today as part of Schools Tre..
27-Jul-2017
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Orchestra travels to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Orchestra Victoria is in town this week with its Bendigo Festival and On the mOVe! Education program. More than 80 of the state’s top musicians are presenting a program of chamber music concerts, education programs and pop-up performances, culminating in a full orchestra performance..
20-Jul-2017
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Help for pet project
Sharon Kemp
A $50,000 state government grant will allow Bendigo Animal Welfare and Community Services to build 12 new enclosures and desex and check the health of about 100 cats. BAWCS president Debbie Edwards said she was pleased to have won the grant, which served to care for animals as well as their ..
13-Jul-2017
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Grant backs senior activity
Bendigo Weekly
Victorian seniors from the Karen community in Bendigo will be further encouraged to get involved and stay active in their communities, as the recipients of a state government grant. The Karen Culture and Social Support Foundation received a $5000 grant for a project that will include cooking..
07-Jul-2017
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Composer Caitlin takes the prize
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENT Caitlin Buchan has won a spot to have her music composition performed nationally at concert venues. The 15-year-old from Bendigo South East Secondary College is one of eight, selected from more than 100 entries in the 2017-18 Fanfare Competition. All students will work with indu..
29-Jun-2017
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Rations for a cause
Dianne Dempsey
Rice and water, rice and lentils and just for a change – rice and oil – these are the three meals that Kylie Kent was allowed yesterday as part of her participation in the Act for Peace Ration Challenge. The ration challenge invites people to stick to a diet of ..
22-Jun-2017
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GREATER launches live
Sharon Kemp
A MAJOR health prevention strategy called GREATER, born in Bendigo after federal government funding dried up for Healthy Together programs, has gone live online. But the initiatives, which pivot around improving alarming rates of obesity, are already being seen in the community. From S..
11-Aug-2017
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Music showcase hits the right note
Bendigo Weekly
Next week will see some impressive evidence of the success of the Girton Grammar School music program. Over two nights on August 8 and 9, more than 600 students from the Junior and Senior Schools will take to the Ulumbarra stage in a vocal and instrumental showcase, likely to be the largest ..
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Good life on show for Bendigo Writers Festival
Bendigo Weekly
Take the elegant spaces of Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre, add in some of central Victoria’s finest providores, create a day-long program brimming with ideas and interesting people – and you’ve got the Bendigo Writers Festival’s Good Life Sunday event. The festival..
27-Jul-2017
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Students learn about work
Bendigo Weekly
THE first group of work experience students started at the Bendigo centre this month. This year’s program will see 50 students from 10 Bendigo schools participate in this hands on workplace learning experience at the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank between July and November this year. Th..
20-Jul-2017
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Behind the scenes at the gallery
Bendigo Weekly
IF you’ve ever wondered how galleries go about selecting and installing the works on display, here’s an opportunity to try it out for yourself. The project, named Insert Title, is a fun, hands-on opportunity for people of all ages to experience the world of galleries. At the La T..
13-Jul-2017
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Culture on course
Bendigo Weekly
The 2018 Regional Centre for Culture initiative is another step closer, with the appointment of two renowned producers who will work with the region’s creative community to shape the year-long program. State member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards welcomed Jo Porter and Elizabeth Walsh a..
07-Jul-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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Midweek Blues at the Vine
Simon Wooldridge
Last Days of May is a polished debut album from Bendigo blues-rock outfit Midweek Blues. The five-piece will launch the album next Friday, September 8 at the Golden Vine. They got together in 2014 with little more than a midweek blues jam in mind. “The plan was to get togethe..
31-Aug-2017
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Choir in harmony with star
Bendigo Weekly
THE Victoria Welsh Choir and musical theatre star Silvie Paladino will Spring into Song on Sunday, September 10. There is nothing quite like the sound of male voices singing together and The Victoria Welsh Choir is no exception as they perform their captivating and sometimes humo..
31-Aug-2017
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Aussie Bee Gees
Bendigo Weekly
THE Australian Bee Gees Show are digging out their flares and dusting off their platform shoes for a show in Bendigo. The Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary tour is a fitting tribute and a celebration of the music of the brothers Gibb. This new show will be presented in two parts and..
24-Aug-2017
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Music the best therapy
Simon Wooldridge
The world would be a better place if everyone sang, or played ukulele. It’s a Friday morning in a busy CBD café. Pete Gavin looks up from his coffee. Over the next hour his philosophy about music’s role in our lives becomes clear; it’s about community. Gavin..
24-Aug-2017
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Adele and Amy in Bloom
Bendigo Weekly
If you didn’t get enough of Adele when she was in Australia earlier this year, never fear, the next best thing is in Bendigo tonight. Amanda Canzurlo – aka Bloom – brings to you the songs of two amazing artists... Adele and Amy Winehouse. Amanda brings her soulful voca..
24-Aug-2017
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Eaglehawk's a Two Blue contender
Joel Peterson
AFTER his side’s semi final win, you couldn’t wipe the smile off Eaglehawk coach Josh Bowe’s face. An excitable character who wears his emotions firmly on his sleeve, Bowe praised his team’s character and hunger in fighting out a gritty win to make it to the grand fin..
22-Sep-2017
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Storm kicking the habit
Bendigo Weekly
There is never a more crucial time to take advantage of your opportunities than in grand finals, but Strathfieldsaye Storm coach Darryl Wilson says he won’t be drubbing that message into his group this week. Rather, he’ll let them sort out their woes finishing in front of goal by..
22-Sep-2017
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Dogs keeping the faith
Bendigo Weekly
GOLDEN Square’s fourth straight grand final appearance in A-grade netball hasn’t come easily, but coach Allira Holmes says her side’s resilience could pay dividends on Saturday. The Bulldogs have managed to maintain consistency throughout the season and snuck past a determi..
22-Sep-2017
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Sandhurst out to seize golden opportunity
Joel Peterson
A FAST start will go along way toward victory in tomorrow’s A-grade netball grand final for Sandhurst. The Dragons have jumped the Bulldogs in each of their three meetings this year, holding significant buffers at quarter time of every game and going on to win. The Dragons have had..
22-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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Ranger to the rescue
Bendigo Weekly
PARKS Victoria ranger Lachie Badura came to the rescue last week when he found a young joey inside its mother’s pouch on the edge of a road through Bendigo Regional Park. Sadly, the mother had been killed by a car. Mr Badura removed the joey from the pouch and arranged to get it to..
27-Jul-2017
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Waving the flag
Bendigo Weekly
It was a proud moment on Monday for mother and son Clarencia and Berio Charley. Along with 52 other people from Myanmar, Thailand, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Britain, China, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, the Philippines, Vietnam and Micronesia, they were made Australian citizen..
20-Jul-2017
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Grants boost for NDIS plan
Bendigo Weekly
The Information, Linkages and Capacity Building grants are part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and aim to help people with a disability become better connected to their communities. La Trobe University and the City of Greater Bendigo council have received a combined $332,000 of ..
13-Jul-2017
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Heather marks 50 years
Bendigo Weekly
During this year’s National Diabetes Week, Heather Chalmers of Marong will be awarded with Diabetes Victoria’s Kellion Victory Medal for having survived more than 50 years of living with type one diabetes. Less than 100 years ago, type one diabetes was a death sentence: half of t..
07-Jul-2017
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A 90-year game
Bendigo Weekly
The Golden Square Croquet Club was formed 90 years ago because traditionally women weren’t allowed to play bowls. While they couldn’t play with the men, the women started up the croquet club. This observation was made by club member Caroline Smith who along with her colleagu..
29-Jun-2017
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Camp for coding
Bendigo Weekly
School children in Bendigo will have the chance to learn the language of computers by taking part in a course designed to teach them how to build their own app. Code Camp is coming to the city, and for three days during the school holidays, children will have the chance to meet new friends ..
22-Jun-2017
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Art the right prescription
Bendigo Weekly
WORKS are on show at St John Of God Bendigo Hospital’s 11th edition of its annual art exhibition. The exhibition is run each year to raise funds for the hospital auxiliary, in which new equipment is then purchased for various wards of the hospital. Artists whose works are on displa..
03-Aug-2017
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Small business is a big deal
Bendigo Weekly
THE launch of the Bendigo Small Business Festival this week is an indication that the sector is as strong as ever in central Victoria. Small businesses from the region were invited to the launch on Wednesday at the Capital to learn about what to expect and what opportunities will be availabl..
27-Jul-2017
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A seamless transition
Dianne Dempsey
The couple behind Jimmy Possum furniture, Margot and Alan Splading, have re-invented themselves as the creators of a particular line in women’s fashion, Mimi The Label. They’re selling their owner-designed pieces online and through their shop which arguably is in the most promin..
20-Jul-2017
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Mapping out the past
Sharon Kemp
DOUG Stone has trudged through central Victoria’s goldfields more times than he can remember in more than 40 years of mapping, and he says he sees in the region the value of an undying interest in gold. The appeal that central Victoria still holds for prospectors continues to fill car..
20-Jul-2017
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Failure a positive
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Inventor Awards program will celebrate the positives of failure as part of an event to be held at the Ulumbarra Theatre next week. Bendigo Inventor Awards committee chairman Paul Chapman said everyone has failed at something – a test; a relationship; a job interview, but fa..
13-Jul-2017
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Cash rate still on hold
Bendigo Weekly
As anticipated, the Reserve Bank of Australia left the official cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent on Tuesday. “Our forecast remains that there will be no further reduction to the Official Cash Rate in 2017,” HIA principal economist Tim Reardon said. “Comments issued ..
07-Jul-2017
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Naked man seen in Bendigo
Dianne Dempsey
Author Robert Gott once had a crazy idea – what if you took illustrations from those old-fashioned Boy’s Own style books, and changed one of the characters? What if, instead of a striped blazer and flannel trousers, the hero was naked? He tried it, it was hilarious, and thus beg..
20-Jul-2017
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Radio station on track to win
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO-based community radio station Phoenix FM is in the running for two national broadcasting awards. The station’s Dawn Delaney earned a nomination for her World Music Safari – Sounds From Other Lands program and the station is also a finalist for the Community Broadcasting A..
13-Jul-2017
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Three-minute thesis
Bendigo Weekly
Researchers presented a host of ground-breaking work at a three-minute thesis presentation on Tuesday. Eight La Trobe University research candidates in health-related fields were challenged to describe their research to colleagues and lecturers in the tiny timeframe. Academic and organis..
07-Jul-2017
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A hundred years of child care
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S maternal and child health nurses had a special celebration of the centenary of MCH services in Victoria. City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke attended the event and said the first Baby Health Centre opened in Melbourne in June 1917 as a way to help prevent in..
29-Jun-2017
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Tiarna has a talent
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo is a treasure chest of unknown young artists, musicians and photographers all awaiting their turn to shine. They want to acquire the well-deserved credit that will only occur from their hard work and resilience. There is something to be said about the diversity and talent of suc..
22-Jun-2017
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A colourful life
Dianne Dempsey
When a precocious youth living in her hometown of Slough, England, Jenny Valentish self-published a fanzine, Slapper: The Groupie’s Guide to Gropable Bands. It gives you a fair idea of where her interests lay in those days. Since coming to Australia from England several years ago V..
15-Jun-2017
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Animal attraction
Rosalea Ryan
FINDING an intelligent, attractive, available man in Melbourne isn’t easy, as crime-scene-investigator-turned-milliner Catherine Kint well knows. Finding an intelligent, attractive, available man who won’t, the morning after their first night together, allow himself to be mauled..
10-Aug-2017
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Cold War heats up
Rosalea Ryan
Vnukovo VIP airport, 1961: New York-based publisher Simon Weeks has just touched down in the United Soviet Socialist Republic, granted permission by the KGB to pay a brief visit to his brother and sister-in-law in Moscow, where the once-mainstream American couple now lives by choice behind Cold ..
03-Aug-2017
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Lifestyle lessons for Woofers
Rosalea Ryan
Where better to experience small-acreage self-sufficiency first-hand than in Italy: a country famed for its sun-ripened produce, luscious artisanal cheeses, plump piquant smallgoods and hearty pastas and breads? It’s this reasoning that motivates a family of four Australians to pack th..
27-Jul-2017
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The season for murder
Rosalea Ryan
A post-workday river cruise. A drug-spiked cocktail. A gossip-fuelling altercation between two of the host company’s top executives. Eleanor Brennan’s first taste of a Parker and Lane corporate Christmas party is one nobody at the book publishing house will ever forget. Elean..
20-Jul-2017
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Capitol offence
Rosalea Ryan
Amos Decker is all too familiar with loss. First went his social graces, his tolerance and his ability to empathise, wrenched from him in an instant by a near-fatal football concussion that left in their place a photographic memory and an abnormally heightened awareness of death. The ath..
13-Jul-2017
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Malik's identity politics
Bendigo Weekly
The violence, anger and confusion that dominate so much of the news and debate about multiculturalism and immigration are all about identity politics, according to Kenan Malik. “Different minority groups, whether African Americans, indigenous Australians, Muslims or gays, are seen as p..
07-Jul-2017
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