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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Road changes impact winery
Bendigo Weekly
WHILE work on the $86 million Calder Highway interchange at Ravenswood is continuing, one local business has taken a major hit due to a loss of customers attributed to the ongoing roadworks. Killiecrankie Wines owner John Monteath this week said cellar door sales had plummeted by about 80 pe..
09-Jun-2017
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Writers festival reveals line up
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Writers Festival was launched on Wednesday evening announcing the festival is changing, but also staying the same. The festival will feature new events and venues, plus international guests and an impressive line-up of Australian writers. Festival director Rosemary Sorensen s..
01-Jun-2017
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Julia nets a winner with her heritage koi
Steve Kendall
A design that is influenced by Chinese heritage will be featured in a new temporary public art project installed on the Bendigo Town Hall forecourt. The artwork at the intersection of Hargreaves and Bull Streets features eight, four metre long koi fish and is the design of local artist Juli..
25-May-2017
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Fi jams are the sweetest fundraisers
Sharon Kemp
FIONA Macdonald has a fundraising financial year that ends every year with Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. So seriously does she take raising money for cancer research, Ms Macdonald takes two weeks of annual leave every year to prepare for the morning tea, and to rec..
18-May-2017
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New head for multicultural service
Bendigo Weekly
INCOMING Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services executive officer Kate McInnes acknowledges the organisation she will lead has developed a large profile in recent years. With a four-month handover, Ms McInnes will be introduced to the different agencies she will work with by outgoing executi..
11-May-2017
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Brighter look for Bath Lane
Bendigo Weekly
Work started this week on a bold new public art work that will bring both colour and life to the Bath Lane shopping precinct. The Bendigo Bank and City of Greater Bendigo council have engaged Daisylegs, a design team specialising in murals and custom wall graphics lead by Jamie Edwar..
04-May-2017
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Orange day for SES
Bendigo Weekly
ALL Australians are being encouraged to wear orange in a united show of thanks for the work done and commitment shown by SES volunteers. The Victorian State Emergency Service will be having its annual Wear Orange Wednesday on May 10. SES media team leader Robin Neller said the idea..
04-May-2017
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Lane open for cycle art
Bendigo Weekly
Chancery Lane businesses are seeking submissions from artists to create a significant laneway artwork celebrating Bendigo’s cycling culture. The artwork is part of Bike Bendigo’s La Trobe University Project and will include installation of bicycle parking in the laneway. It..
27-Apr-2017
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Tractors at new show
Bendigo Weekly
THERE is a new event with real pulling power in Bendigo this month. Historic tractors and machinery fans will gather at the Prince of Wales Show Grounds on April 29 and 30 for a new swap meet. The show will include complete examples and restored or unrestored machines and parts for those..
20-Apr-2017
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MP adds to dragon collection
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’s federal MP has weighed into the Golden Dragon Museum’s new dragon campaign by buying a scale. The Golden Dragon Museum recently launched a funding campaign to raise $250,000 to restore the ageing Sun Loong and $500,000 to buy a new dragon, Dai Gum Loong. Lisa Cheste..
13-Apr-2017
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Maddison makes the cut
Bendigo Weekly
Shaving your locks at 16 is no mean feat but Bendigo Senior Secondary College student Maddison Schultz braved the razor for this year’s World’s Greatest Shave. The annual event attracts hundreds of participants each year and raises money and awareness for families facing blood ca..
06-Apr-2017
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Doctors strike a chord
Bendigo Weekly
A symphony orchestra made up of more than 80 doctors from around the country will perform its first ever Bendigo concert at Ulumbarra Theatre this Month. Event organiser and Bendigo-based orthopaedic surgical specialist, Travis Perera, said the event was a unique national assembly of talente..
30-Mar-2017
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A coat fit for a community drive
Bendigo Weekly
Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has donated the red coat made famous during the 2016 election campaign to launch the 2017 Bendigo Community Coat Drive. Bendigo Community Health Services chief executive Kim Sykes said the donation was a great start to the 2017 coat drive which looked..
18-May-2017
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Birds are on show
Bendigo Weekly
BIRD fanciers are all of a twitter and ready to flock to an event this weekend. The Bendigo Bird Expo and sale is on at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre on Saturday between 11am and 2pm. There will be a wide variety of both native and exotic birds for sale and display. So..
11-May-2017
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Challenge to aid research
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo riders have set off to ride an epic 900 kilometres this week in support of the inaugural Type 1 Challenge. The challenge is led by three cyclists living with Type 1 Diabetes, the group includes representatives from Telstra, Bendigo Bank, Byte, Channel Nine, Delta Group, HERE ..
04-May-2017
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W-Class rebuilt
Bendigo Weekly
Another historic W-Class tram is on its way back to Melbourne after being restored to its former glory by a dedicated team of Bendigo Tramways staff and volunteers. Minister for Public Transport and local member Jacinta Allan visited the Bendigo Tramways Depot and Workshop on Wednesday to se..
27-Apr-2017
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Word is out about Write Stuff
Bendigo Weekly
The Write Stuff, a collective of central Victorian-based writers, will come together this weekend in Bendigo for their second spoken word event. The Write Stuff #2 will take place on the ground level of MusicMan, 264 Hargreaves Street Bendigo on Sunday, starting at 3pm. It will run u..
20-Apr-2017
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Gem club meet a top day for rock fans
Bendigo Weekly
You can see the many facets of the Bendigo Gem Club at their open day on Saturday. The club’s Nathan Wingrave says he hoped the day, which runs from 10am to 2pm, would attract more members and help the community understand the services on offer. This includes faceting, casting, ca..
13-Apr-2017
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Capture those starry, starry nights
Bendigo Weekly
EVER wanted to capture your own images of a galaxy far, far away? Well, the Bendigo District Astronomical Society is inviting the public to participate in a presentation from astrophotographer Richard Tatti next Wednesday. Richard is the founder of Nightscape Images and has been a keen w..
27-Jul-2017
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Blues Maestro on the hill
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo holds good memories for Australian blues icon Lloyd Spiegel. “Bendigo was the first place I ever went outside of Melbourne to play, when I was 11. At that age, it felt like a ‘tour’.” Spiegel told the Weekly. He reckons he’s now played here about 50 tim..
27-Jul-2017
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Ritzy show at Ulumbarra
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER playing to sold-out crowds in the UK, musical Puttin’ On The Ritz is coming to Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre in September as part of a huge national tour. The show is set in the golden age of Hollywood where melody, rhythm and dance was king. The Australian version adds R..
27-Jul-2017
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Fountaineer adds a local touch
Joel Peterson
FROM its name to its songwriting, Bendigo band Fountaineer takes no shortage of inspiration from the city in which it was formed. The group’s debut record, Greater City, Greater Love, displays that fact proudly and it has caught the attention of plenty around the musical world. ..
20-Jul-2017
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Rockin' with a magic touch
Simon Wooldridge
With their stand-up double bass, 1950s outfits and rousing renditions of the likes of Wake Up Little Suzie and Great Balls of Fire, the Magic 8-Balls have been getting central Victorian rock ‘n’ rollers to their feet for nearly three years now. The trio, Darren Howell (vocals, gu..
20-Jul-2017
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Time to laugh
Bendigo Weekly
A new comedy night is up and running in Bendigo. The fourth Thursday of each month will bring nationally recognised headliners and MCs to the Old Church on the Hill, with new and established Bendigo comedians in support. On Thursday the headliner will be Danielle Walker, 2016 winner of ..
20-Jul-2017
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Decisive clash in title chase
Joel Peterson
THE Bendigo Amateur Soccer League title race comes to a head this weekend, with the winner of Saturday’s vital clash between Eaglehawk and Shepparton South assured of the 2017 championship trophy. That’s, of course, assuming there is a winner. Shepparton South sits one point ..
08-Sep-2017
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Brave set for super contest
Bendigo Weekly
MAY the best team win has long been a very sporting attitude towards grand finals, but Bendigo Lady Braves coach Jonathan Goodman thinks playing as a team may be the intangible element critical to his side’s South East Australian Basketball League final. The Lady Braves face the Geelon..
01-Sep-2017
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Hockey sticking around
Bendigo Weekly
TRANS-Tasman rivalry will hit Bendigo in November when international hockey makes its return to the city. The national men’s team, the Kookaburras, will play New Zealand in two International Festival of Hockey tests on November 5 and 6, while the Hockeyroos will also be in town to play..
01-Sep-2017
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Storm rolls into finals
Bendigo Weekly
THE scintillating recent form of Strathfieldsaye has the Storm primed to break its duck against Golden Square when the sides square off in Saturday’s night’s Bendigo Football Netball League qualifying final. Since losing to Eaglehawk in round 12, the Storm has won each of its six..
01-Sep-2017
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Braves have title drive
Joel Peterson
CONFERENCE finals haven’t been kind to the Bendigo Lady Braves in recent years, but they have the chance to change all that tomorrow night. Bendigo hosts Launceston in the South East Australian Basketball League’s south conference semi final, with a SEABL grand final spot on the ..
25-Aug-2017
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Thunder's chance for redemption
Joel Peterson
THE fire from last year’s grand final defeat still burns for the Bendigo Thunder, who are keen to make amends in this weekend’s Northern Football League women’s grand final. Not only are they trying to avenge last year’s grand final loss, but also a loss from a fortni..
25-Aug-2017
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Make a healthy investment for mum
Bendigo Weekly
It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer. It is the most common life-threatening cancer facing Australian women with 44 Australians diagnosed and seve..
08-May-2017
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Welsh choir a plus for funds
Bendigo Weekly
One of Australia’s most versatile entertainers, Silvie Paladino will feature with the Victoria Welsh Choir later this year. The Rotary Club of Bendigo South and the City of Greater Bendigo council will join to raise funds for technical equipment for Ulumbarra Theatre. ..
04-May-2017
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Remembering those who fell
Bendigo Weekly
DESPITE an ominously wet eve, Anzac Day in Bendigo was a mostly dry affair for those who attended. Numbers at the dawn ceremony were comparable to previous events with most braving the risk of rain. Earlier in the week, BSE College held its pre-Anzac Day Commemorative Service and studen..
27-Apr-2017
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Roman baths revealed
Bendigo Weekly
THE latest chapter in the rejuvenation of one of Bendigo’s finest heritage assets was played out at Villa Fortuna on Wednesday afternoon. Before a small crowd of family, friends, tradespeople and the media, Fortuna owner Paul Banks announced the official completion of the villa’s..
20-Apr-2017
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Fans gear up for Street Rods
Joel Peterson
Bendigo will host the 23rd Australian Street Rod Federation Nationals this weekend. Street rodding is a family sport that will bring close to 15,000 participants and spectators to Bendigo over the Easter weekend. The event will be held at Prince of Wales Show Grounds this and more than ..
13-Apr-2017
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Revive and survive
Bendigo Weekly
CENTRAL Victorians have been urged to slow down, stick to the speed limit and take regular breaks throughout the Easter holidays. With drowsy driving a factor in one-in-10 road deaths, Easter is a particularly dangerous time with thousands of Victorians driving to holiday destinations, ofte..
13-Apr-2017
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Future in healthy food
Bendigo Weekly
CUSTOMERS say they want healthier foods in the island bins and at the end of aisles, according to the customer survey that accompanied the pilot study of the effects of drawing shoppers’ attention to healthier products. The pilot study, carried out in three Champions IGA supermarkets i..
18-May-2017
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Lansell goes to panel
Bendigo Weekly
PLANS for a 104-lot subdivision in East Bendigo could be headed for an independent panel, after the City of Greater Bendigo received 101 submissions regarding the project. The Lansell Crest development which proponent Blue Bondi Pty Ltd wants to establish on a vacant site off Lansell Street,..
11-May-2017
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Kindy learns about art
Bendigo Weekly
Over the past month, Kindergarten students at Jenny’s Early Learning Centre have been learning about art. They have visited the Schaller Studio to learn more about the paintings of namesake Mark Schaller, as well as visits to the Bendigo Pottery and the Bendigo Art Gallery. ..
04-May-2017
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Marketplace joins a classic
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Marketplace is backing this year’s Mother’s Day Classic by raising awareness of the event itself and encouraging registrations and fundraising for the cause. The centre is working with the local Mother’s Day Classic committee to promote the Sunday, May 14 event whi..
27-Apr-2017
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A new way to check
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW website gives added resources for property seekers. Developed in Melbourne over two years, off the back of the government’s initiative to foster innovation through open source data, Landchecker is a free tool available to anyone looking to do their due diligence on a property or ..
13-Apr-2017
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Charity house a haven
Bendigo Weekly
The Charity House, a year in the making, has been sold. The buyers, a young family, will be moving into their new house next week. The house racked up $100,000 in profit to go towards an education program for Sidney Myer Haven. The haven is an earn or learn living program which..
06-Apr-2017
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Stage two work starts
Bendigo Weekly
WORK started this week at Bendigo Hospital to begin demolition of the Kurmala building. Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan took to the tools and hopped on board a backhoe to start off the process. The stage two works of the Bendigo Hospital Project will also include the demolition o..
27-Apr-2017
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New look for blood donors
Steve Kendall
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has a surprise in store for Bendigo’s blood donors with the service yesterday announcing a half a million dollar refurbishment to the Bendigo Blood Donor Centre. The refurbishment will see a substantial reconfiguration of the centre providing a mo..
20-Apr-2017
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No cross words over art
Bendigo Weekly
A CONTROVERSIAL art installation in the grounds of St Paul’s Cathedral has taken aim at the federal government’s policies on asylum seekers. Dean of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, the Very Reverend John Roundhill told ABC Radio yesterday that the three crucifixes erected ear..
13-Apr-2017
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Cat-price pets to ease feline overflow
Bendigo Weekly
RSPCA Victoria is at capacity and will be reducing its cat adoption fees to $39 for four days this week in an attempt to find homes for 400 felines. Adoption fees are usually $120, but until Sunday, you can adopt a cat, aged four months or more, for $39 from the Bendigo centre. Kit..
06-Apr-2017
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New look for Napier
Sharon Kemp
THE future upgrade of Napier Street to a dual carriageway has created business interest in the northern side of Bendigo. There are at least four applications before the City of Greater Bendigo to establish new businesses or upgrade existing concerns. Under $30 million VicRoads plans, N..
30-Mar-2017
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Radio winners
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL radio station Bendigo’s Fresh FM has added another award to its impressive sporting history, taking out the Women’s National Basketball League award for Best Radio Coverage. The station has covered the Spirit since its inception into the league, and broadcast all of the clu..
23-Mar-2017
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Island life and death
Rosalea Ryan
Long-time residents say that “incomers” moving to Sanday, one of the outermost of the scattered Orkney islands off the north-east corner of Scotland, are generally running away from something. Mike Jones is no exception – so when traces of a human skeleton are unearthed from th..
19-May-2017
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Breaking free of the herd
Rosalea Ryan
Thirty-six-year-old Camilla Stacey is confident, frank, fulfilled and secure in her choices to not have children, to eschew emotional relationships with men and to speak her mind daily via the immensely successful blog HowItIs.com. In the eyes of her half a million readers Cam is an idol; t..
11-May-2017
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Fast-talking flashbacks
Rosalea Ryan
SHE’S played Craig T Nelson’s daughter, Alexis Bledel’s mother, David Sutcliffe’s wife, Ray Romano’s fiancée and her real-life boyfriend’s sister in a Hollywood career that has rarely allowed more than a moment’s downtime. Fans..
04-May-2017
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Behind the beach facade
Rosalea Ryan
Ned has done the unthinkable: squandered his severely disabled sister’s entire insurance payout. It was an investment that should have supported Angela for the rest of her life, challenging though that existence is, but now the funds are gone – swallowed up by a childhood friend..
27-Apr-2017
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Torn in two
Rosalea Ryan
All Fall Down Cassandra Austin Penguin, $29.99 As if a typical tiny country town doesn’t have enough social divisions separating its people, now Mulukuk’s only bridge has collapsed, severing the sole physical link that once connected the dusty opal-mining communit..
20-Apr-2017
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Fair time to buy books
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Easter Book Fair is back this weekend. This is your annual chance to stock up on a year’s worth of books to keep you well read, at good prices too. It’s not only books either, you’ll find magazines, records, CDs and DVDs. This year the club has donated $..
13-Apr-2017
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