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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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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Boost for homeless services
Bendigo Weekly
HAVEN Home Safe has received more than $5 million in state government funds to build and buy homes in Bendigo, Echuca, Geelong and Mildura, and provide support to the occupants of the properties. It is the first money to flow to a regional project after an initial round of $25m to house the ..
17-Aug-2017
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Budgie breeder reaches new heights
Sharon Kemp
ROBIN Kirby brings the same competitive spirit to budgerigar breeding and exhibition that made him a national champion in the adrenaline-charged sport of drag racing. The Lockwood resident was an Australian champion drag racer more than 15 years ago when the sport outshone all other motor sp..
11-Aug-2017
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More than halfway to new dragon - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
THE Victorian government has boosted by $250,000 the community fundraising account to buy a new Chinese dragon, taking the amount raised so far to more than $430,000. With Premier Daniel Andrews, tourism minister John Eren and Bendigo MPs Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards, the Chinese ..
04-Aug-2017
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Sam the Story Tram returns
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER the success of last year, Sam the Story Tram has again hit the tracks in Bendigo this week. It is a part of the Bendigo Writers Festival for all ages, with school-aged children and adults alike sharing in songs, stories and rhymes. Led by tram conductor and storyteller Narelle Ston..
10-Aug-2017
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Balance in the force
Sharon Kemp
DESPITE women being a part of the Victoria police force for a century, it was only 30 years ago that female officers were able to carry a firearm on their hip, not in their handbag. And only a few years before that they were allowed to wear trousers. For Margaret Singe and Leesa Johnson,..
03-Aug-2017
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Council to advertise CEO position
Bendigo Weekly
THE contract of City of Greater Bendigo chief executive Craig Niemann will be advertised when it expires in December in line with sound business practice, not as a reflection of his performance, according to mayor Margaret O’Rourke. Mr Niemann has served in the positi..
28-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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Mixed works show another side to art
Bendigo Weekly
A new exhibition bringing together fine couture, photography and jewellery is now showing at the Living Arts Space in the Bendigo Visitor Centre. Perceptions showcases the diverse works of three artists and designers from the Bendigo region and runs until November 12. The artists that ar..
24-Aug-2017
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Spread the word on liver health
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Health and Bendigo Community Health Services hosted a luncheon this week focussing on liver health and hepatitis. Members of the local Karen community attended the education session and luncheon which follows World Hepatitis Day that took place in late July. Those invited range..
17-Aug-2017
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Vic on target for militaria collectibles fair
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO collector Vic Lane has stories about the items that slipped through his fingers. But the retired production manager and owner of Allen and Lane Guns has a room full of collectibles including weapons, medals, newspapers, books and photos to show for his life time of collecting. Ah..
17-Aug-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 ..
03-Aug-2017
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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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Boy from the bush
Bendigo Weekly
IT is 25 years since Lee Kernaghan introduced us to Boys From the Bush, and he’s coming to Bendigo in November to celebrate. The 36-time Golden Guitar winner is celebrating the silver anniversary of his ARIA award winning debut album, Outback Club and on his biggest tour. The tour ..
27-Sep-2017
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Continuation for the Lions
Simon Wooldridge
Shann Lions said he like his band to try things a bit different. He’s just back from two weeks in Bali; fresh, energised and keen to talk about Four Lions’ new album, Golden Triangle, which will be launched at True Brew on Saturday, October 7. Golden Triangle carries on &nda..
27-Sep-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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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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Dragons face Suns' challenge
Joel Peterson
SANDHURST has a power of work to do on day two of its clash with Strathdale Maristians if it is to stay in touch with the BDCA’s top four. The Suns topped 300 for the third time in as many matches, newly-promoted opener Linton Jacobs leading the way with 86. The opening partnership..
10-Nov-2017
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Crone shines in season finale
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO duo Sam Crome and Robbie Hucker have finished their seasons in style at the Tour of Hainan. Often seen training together on the road of Bendigo, the IsoWhey Sports duo again contributed to more team success for the red-hot Australian-based outfit. The team tackled the Tour of Hai..
10-Nov-2017
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Spirit burned by Flames
Joel Peterson
If it was a sign of what's to come without Kelsey Griffin, the remainder of the Women's National Basketball Season could be a long one for the Bendigo Spirit. The Spirit were thumped 105-75 in Bendigo tonight by top side Sydney Uni Flames, outscored by 27 points after half time. After a ..
09-Nov-2017
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Kookaburras complete sweep as Roos roll over US
Joel Peterson
Australia has completed a clean sweep of its International Festival of Hockey matches in Bendigo, with the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos both securing victories this evening. The Kookaburras finalised their double against New Zealand, winning 2-0 before the Hockeyroos defeated the USA by the sa..
06-Nov-2017
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Good start for Kalianna
Bendigo Weekly
THE redevelopment of Kalianna School is a step closer after a contractor for the $15.6 million project was confirmed this week. Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards visited the school on Monday and announced that Colbrico Pty Ltd will carry out the construction of the project. The schoo..
10-Aug-2017
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Outlook forecasts dry end to winter
Bendigo Weekly
Sights like this are commonplace in late winter and spring, but those hoping for rain to help crops and gardens may not find relief in coming months. Bendigo recorded higher-than-average rainfall in July, but the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest outlook predicts below a..
03-Aug-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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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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Planning ahead
Bendigo Weekly
According to the Foundation for Young Australians the average young person will have 17 different jobs over five careers in their lifetime. It will also take on average 4.7 years to transition from full-time education to full-time work. The City of Greater Bendigo, La Trobe University a..
10-Aug-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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New tram tells the city's oldest story
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW addition to Bendigo’s talking tram fleet telling the story of the city’s indigenous history hit the tracks this week. Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Bendigo Heritage Attractions have partnered to create the new themed tram, which went into service this wee..
03-Aug-2017
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Wine, food and history uncorked
Bendigo Weekly
WHILE spring blossoms in Bendigo, a new event will showcase the best of the city’s heritage buildings while giving people the chance to enjoy the region’s best wine. Bendigo Uncorked Week is a new addition to Bendigo’s spring calendar and provides 10 days of food, wine and ..
27-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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Fitzgerald fiasco
Rosalea Ryan
Amid the chaos of a reported late-night mass shooting, with fire alarms squealing and campus security personnel preoccupied, Princeton University loses one of its most valuable assets: the original handwritten manuscripts of four of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous stories, spirited away ..
17-Aug-2017
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Home town tales
Bendigo Weekly
MUSINGS and thoughts of things past are always popular in Bendigo, and writer and artist Geoff Hocking has it down to a fine art. Mr Hocking has been writing and illustrating Bendigo Memories for 10 years in the Bendigo Magazine and has now published a book with some of those works. &ldq..
10-Aug-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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