Myers Street plans revealed
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO could soon have more hotel-style accommodation in the heart of the city with a four-storey hotel and retail complex proposal before the City of Greater Bendigo, this time in the heritage district alongside the 160-year-old Bush’s Produce store and St Paul’s Cathedral. The..
01-Sep-2017
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Hospital appeal ramps up
Peter Kennedy
THE community campaign to raise $4 million towards the purchase of specialised equipment for the new Bendigo hospital enters a new phase next week. The #GiveBack campaign has already raised $2m, thanks to the generosity of local donors, and New Bendigo Hospital Appeal chairman Keith Sutherla..
01-Sep-2017
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CEO searches get under way
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO is suffering a CEO drought, with four of its biggest organisations advertising for a new leader. But Bendigo Health, City of Greater Bendigo, Bendigo Stadium and St John of God Bendigo hospital should not have any difficulty attracting a suitable candidate to the central Victorian ci..
01-Sep-2017
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Patio plan for Bridge Street pub
Sharon Kemp
IN what could be the start of the invigoration of Bridge Street, the Bridge Hotel wants to add an undercover patio to its outdoor hospitality, having expanded outdoors as much as it can. The hotel has plans before council showing a paved area at the entrance of the Coliban Water head office ..
01-Sep-2017
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Firewood collection heats up
Bendigo Weekly
The Spring 2017 firewood collection season on public land opens across Victoria today. Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Brady Childs said people are reminded that once the firewood collection season is under way it’s important that people only collect firewood from designated c..
01-Sep-2017
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Hospital building manager unregistered
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO Health will correct four consecutive annual reports after being notified by the state’s building authority former construction manager Adam Hardinge has no Victorian registered building qualifications. And while insisting he had not misrepresented his qualifications, Mr Ha..
25-Aug-2017
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Bush's has the right stuff
Sharon Kemp
CHANGING with the times is critical to the longevity of local business Bush’s Produce, the longest running in Bendigo in the same building, according to store manager Frank Webb. “Albert Bush would have rolled in his grave if he knew people would pay $10 to give their dog a squir..
30-Mar-2017
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VCAT finds Elise Chapman guilty of misconduct
Sharon Kemp
FORMER City of Greater Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman was guilty of misconduct in giving voice to ugly and unjustified stereotyping of Muslims in Bendigo when she tweeted a picture depicting genital mutilation, according to a VCAT vice president. In a 22-page finding handed down yesterday,..
24-Mar-2017
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Police warning after drug deaths
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Police are investigating three separate deaths in the past fortnight they suspect are heroin overdoses and not coincidental. Superintendent Darren Franks yesterday issued a warning to be careful about using illicit drugs given the user may not know what is mixed with the drug. ..
17-Mar-2017
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A healthy future for BDAC
Sharon Kemp
IT is set out to look after the health of indigenous Bendigonians, and is deliberately set in the city’s forest. Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative opened its $5.7 million health and community centre on Prouses Road on Wednesday, and celebrated by remembering the origins of th..
16-Mar-2017
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Discount for dog de-sexing
Bendigo Weekly
Discount dog de-sexing vouchers will be available from council offices from Tuesday. There are 150 vouchers available which will save a dog owner $40 on the normal cost of having their pet de-sexed. The vouchers will be available on a first come, first served basis from the City of Great..
10-Mar-2017
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Algae is back
Bendigo Weekly
high levels of potentially toxic blue-green algae have been discovered at Lake Weeroona and Lake Tom Thumb. Blue-green algae also remain present in other lakes across greater Bendigo. Blue-green algae occur naturally and can be dangerous to humans and animals. Contact with algae ca..
10-Mar-2017
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Awards in sight for young guns
Bendigo Weekly
SOME of Bendigo region’s most promising sporting talent will be recognised as part of the Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year inaugural scholarships program to be unveiled at this year’s awards night. Set for Friday, February 24 at the All Seasons Quality Resort, the awards ..
09-Feb-2017
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A sporting chance
Bendigo Weekly
The Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year awards continue to recognise the region’s many elite athletes, with a diverse field of contenders lining up for this year’s overall honour. NBA championship winning basketballer Matthew Dellavedova, world champion lawn bowler Aaron Wil..
02-Feb-2017
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Fire service medal for Bill
Bendigo Weekly
After more than 70 years in the CFA, Kangaroo Flat’s William “Bill” Bowery has certainly gained the respect of his peers. Mr Bowery joined the Kangaroo Flat Fire Brigade in 1945 and since that day has never looked back. “I’ve got a picture book full of amazi..
26-Jan-2017
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When the black dog bites
Dianne Dempsey
An extremely exciting exhibition is on display at the La Trobe Art Institute in View Street. Daniel Butterworth’s When the Dog Bites consists of nine self-portraits which depict the primary emotion of depression. But Butterworth doesn’t describe the works as self-portraits..
19-Jan-2017
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Scots return for a day of fun
Bendigo Weekly
Neil Clark will have the biggest birthday bash of his half-century living in Australia when he acts as chieftain for Bendigo’s Scots Day Out in Rosalind Park on Saturday, February 11. The Bendigo Visitor Information Centre tour guide was announced as chieftain for Victoria’s larg..
12-Jan-2017
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Chill out in the heat
Bendigo Weekly
We know when it’s hot: we can feel it. But what is heat? How do we cool down? These school holidays Discovery Science and Technology Centre will be presenting fun and engaging activities to make sure you and the family get the science of keeping cool. At noon and 2pm, t..
05-Jan-2017
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Aaron bowls a winner
Bendigo Weekly
LAWN bowler Aaron Wilson wants to represent Australia at next year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as the next milestone in his already illustrious career. The 25-year-old was a popular winner of the 52nd Cloud Copy Click Bendigo Sports Star of the Year Award announced last Friday, fol..
06-Mar-2017
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Be bold for women on international day
Bendigo Weekly
THE ANZ Bank pays its full time female employees $500 extra in superannuation per year in an attempt to close the financial gap between men and women. Launching the announcement of this year’s International Women’s Day breakfast in Bendigo, ANZ business bank manager Kylie Ovenden..
02-Mar-2017
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Baby number eight couldn't wait
Sharon Kemp
NEWBORN Octavia Aggett was a surprise to her parents at the beginning as child number eight, and again as she was being born. Mum Stacey didn’t quite make it to Bendigo Hospital before the baby girl decided to join the world. Dad Daniel parked the family car at the entrance of the..
23-Feb-2017
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Forging a bond
Bendigo Weekly
CHRISTMAS dinner for members in Bendigo marked the last meeting of the last Victorian branch of the Welding Technology Institute of Australia. With some money left in the bank, the members voted to donate the more than $650 to prostate cancer research. The dinner marked the end of 43 ye..
16-Feb-2017
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Project gathers speed
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO is three months away from being able to land a 75-seat passenger aircraft, and a step closer to attracting a domestic carrier. The new 1.6 kilometre runway at the Bendigo airport has passed all checks by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and was commissioned at noon on Wednesday. ..
10-Feb-2017
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Courts face change
Sharon Kemp
HEIGHTENED security and fresh calls for improvements to the Bendigo Law Courts coincided with the beginning of the legal year this week. Speeches to mark the new legal year focused on increased use and expectations on the court system in Bendigo as the population grows, making increasingly n..
03-Feb-2017
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Jess aims for the Skye
Simon Wooldridge
There’s something of the young PJ Harvey about Warrnambool’s Jess Skye, who plays her first-ever Bendigo gig at MusicMan tomorrow night, Saturday, July 1. The indie-folk-blues singer joins a formidable line-up which includes Kerr’s Cur, Midweek Blues, Stone Djoser, Dead Lur..
29-Jun-2017
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Matt back for blues showcase
Bendigo Weekly
Artists are preparing for the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival’s winter showcase. This will be at the Golden Vine Hotel on Sunday, July 16 with performances from visiting and local artists alike. Now in its seventh year, the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival continues t..
22-Jun-2017
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Spinsters return
Simon Wooldridge
The Barren Spinsters went down a storm at their first Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival last year. The Canberra-based rock-blues duo are making a welcome return to central Victoria over the weekend of July 14-16. Front man Brendon Houlahan (vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica, keys &nd..
22-Jun-2017
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Riverdance Eclipsed
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne’s Anthony Street is living a double life; by day he gets his hands dirty as a demolition worker, by night he is lighting up the stage as lead dancer for Celtic Illusion and soon, his newest stage show Eclipse comes to Bendigo. In a story not unlike that of Billy Elliot, Stree..
22-Jun-2017
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Seymour guest stars with choir
Bendigo Weekly
Australian rock legend Mark Seymour, lead singer of one of Australia’s most seminal bands, Hunters and Collectors, will make a special guest appearance at the annual Forever Young community rock choir concert at the Ulumbarra Theatre. Mark Seymour will take to the stage with Bendigo&r..
22-Jun-2017
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Everlys and Buddy
Bendigo Weekly
The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly are together in concert. Bet you never thought you’d see that happening. The magical sounds of The Everly Brothers come alive again with Australia’s very own Robertson Brothers, one of Australia’s leading vocal groups. They are best ..
15-Jun-2017
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Thunder strikes NCWL flag glory
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Thunder have been crowned the inaugural Northern Country Women’s League premiers after a dominant grand final performance capped a tremendous first season for the side. It was the first year in which the Thunder has fielded a reserves team, feeding into its senior side comp..
18-Aug-2017
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HDFL finals take off
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL rivals Huntly and White Hills will step up to the finals plate this weekend when they meet in the Heathcote District Football League’s elimination final. The Hawks have turned their season around after a horror start, while White Hills started strongly and has lost five of its pa..
18-Aug-2017
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Young trio joins the Spirit
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Spirit has rounded out its roster for season 2017/18, announcing its three development players. Bendigo’s Jess Rennie returns for another season on the development roster after a strong campaign with the Bendigo Lady Braves. The sharpshooter did not hit the court last y..
18-Aug-2017
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Hamilton to make Grand Tour debut
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S Chris Hamilton will make his Grand Tour debut at this month’s Vuelta a España. Team Sunweb confirmed its lineup last night, including the 22-year-old for his first tilt at one of the major stage races in world cycling. He will ride alongside Tour ..
11-Aug-2017
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Cup fever hits town
Bendigo Weekly
INTERNATIONAL football comes to Golden Square’s Wade Street Oval tonight when India hosts Pakistan in an AFL International Cup grudge match. The matches form round three of the triennial competition, with both sides losing their opening two games in division two. Both teams played on W..
11-Aug-2017
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Thunder eyes top prize
Joel Peterson
A BIG weekend awaits the Bendigo Thunder Football Club with its senior side entering finals and its reserves contesting the first ever Northern Country Women’s League grand final. The Thunder’s seniors will be aiming to bounce back from their first Northern Football League loss o..
11-Aug-2017
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A haven for success
Sharon Kemp
MICHELLE Marschall has a long-term plan to become a maternal health nurse, raise her three-year-old son in her own home, without help from support agencies. The 25-year-old didn’t always have a plan, not when she was couch surfing with a baby or living in her car for a two-week stretch..
16-Feb-2017
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Winning ways of Winefride
Dianne Dempsey
The first thing people want to ask centenarian Winefride Lucy King is what is the secret to her long life? Mrs King’s response is that she has always walked everywhere (having never driven a car) has never had a drink or smoked but as for swearing, well that’s another story. ..
09-Feb-2017
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Star movies are a way of life
Bendigo Weekly
In the trailer for the 1988 film Cinema Paradiso the voiceover states; “In this town, the movies are more than just entertainment. They’re a way of life.” Star Cinema business manager Martin Myles reckons the line for this Italian masterpiece could well have been written a..
02-Feb-2017
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Wheelchair a winner
Bendigo Weekly
Gerard Smith’s mobility has been improved considerably with the aid of a custom built wheelchair. Benetas St Laurence Court resident Mr Smith, who served in the armed forces, is unable to walk due to a complex medical condition and needs a wheel chair to mobilise. He and his wife..
26-Jan-2017
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The big move nears
Bendigo Weekly
IT is just a few days until Bendigo Health moves into the new world class Bendigo Hospital, with patient move day planned for Tuesday. Bendigo Health Board Chair, Bob Cameron, said excitement was building as the move to the new hospital gets closer. “Many months of planning and pr..
19-Jan-2017
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RSPCA cuts fees to help cats find homes
Bendigo Weekly
RSPCA Bendigo is waiving the $120 adoption fee for cats for four days next week to give its many cats a better chance of a brighter future. The No Fee for Felines promotion applies to all cats four months and over and runs from Thursday, January 19 to Sunday, January 22. RSPCA Vict..
12-Jan-2017
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The story of a family business
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW book charts the history of one of Bendigo’s oldest stores. Written by Mike Butcher, The Hume and Iser Story puts together the nuts and bolts of an important community tale that covers five generations. Chairman Chris Iser said the book has been researched and written to pre..
23-Feb-2017
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Backing for cycling series
Bendigo Weekly
CYCLING ace Brendan Schultz is the raging favourite to take out the Bendigo and District Cycling Club aggregate series next Thursday night. Schultz is in career best form in the lead up to next month’s Bendigo International Madison track event, and the popular TASR rider has been train..
23-Feb-2017
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Switch to the future
Bendigo Weekly
AS the first 10,000 Bendigo homes connect to the National Broadband Network, visitors to a display home in Strathfieldsaye can get a glimpse of the future already here. It is a digital set up that allows the home owner to control remotely by an app the cameras, power points, door locks and ligh..
16-Feb-2017
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Strong focus
Joel Peterson
LOCAL strength and conditioning coach Todd Jarratt will learn from some of the best when he heads to prestigious American university Stanford on an internship next year. Mr Jarratt has been working with Epsom-based The Human Mechanics for just over a year and recently landed a job with top Q..
09-Feb-2017
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Vet clinic set for city growth
Bendigo Weekly
A PLANNING permit has been granted for the development of a new vet clinic in Spring Gully, adding another clinic to the multitude of new animal care services starting up in Bendigo. What will be named the Spring Gully Animal Hospital is being built on the corner of Spring Gully Road and Bu..
02-Feb-2017
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Bright future for Meghan
Bendigo Weekly
Eaglehawk student Meghan Frederick is bucking the trend in the male-dominated world of science, technology, engineering and maths. Women hold fewer than one in five senior researcher positions in Australian universities and research institutes, and account for just a quarter of the STEM work..
26-Jan-2017
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Top night for sport
Bendigo Weekly
The 2017 Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year awards will be announced in just four weeks’ time, with preparations for the gala event continuing. Sports Star’s prestigious honour roll includes Olympic, world and Commonwealth champions, as well as stars such as reigning Sports..
26-Jan-2017
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Harness training on offer
Bendigo Weekly
IF you see yourself as working in the harness racing industry, your chances have been fast tracked. The Harness Racing Training Centre Bendigo will be offering students a range of industry training programs and qualifications this year. There is government funding available for eligible ..
19-Jan-2017
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Future bright for community pool
Sam Kane
SLATED with potential closure again during 2016, the Golden Square Community Pool is instead fighting back, this week recording their highest half-season patronage to date. Nearly 6900 swimmers have taken a dip since the November 19 opening, an increase of 1441 patrons on the same time last ..
12-Jan-2017
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Health the main issue
Sharon Kemp
VICKY Mason will watch out for vulnerable groups in Bendigo in her new role as the City of Greater Bendigo’s director of health and wellbeing. “I think that is the role I need to play, and as the economy changes, I think the numbers (of economically disadvantaged residents) migh..
05-Jan-2017
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Compost makes the garden grow
Bendigo Weekly
A community garden in Somerville Street, Flora Hill is set to thrive after receiving a load of rich compost made from the council’s organic waste collections. The Bendigo Sustainability Group has set up the garden to showcase sustainable living and help educate members of the public on..
21-Dec-2016
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Trouble spot action
Sharon Kemp
YEARS of community meetings, letters to politicians and protests by school children have yielded a result for Strathfieldsaye residents in the form of traffic lights at a notoriously dangerous intersection near the local primary school. And a leading campaigner for the crossing says she is h..
16-Dec-2016
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Survival against the odds
Rosalea Ryan
Shanghai, in the early decades of the 20th century, is a city very much divided, if not strictly along geographic lines then socially at least – Chinese, British, French, with further divisions within each ethnic group. Jialing is barely seven years old when her mother leaves their sma..
23-Feb-2017
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Island intrigue
Rosalea Ryan
Inheriting property on a previously unfamiliar North Sea island has never been part of Englishwoman Emma’s grand life plan. When great-aunt Freda bequeaths her estate to Emma, the 30-something insurance clerk’s unremarkable day-to-day existence in Newcastle is unexpectedly disrup..
17-Feb-2017
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Living the boyhood dream
Rosalea Ryan
Some athletes have a fascinating story to tell but aren’t natural storytellers. Others can communicate beautifully but don’t necessarily have much out of the ordinary to share. And then there’s Cadel Evans: son, father, friend, idol and almost certainly Australia’s gr..
09-Feb-2017
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Betrayal in Venice
Rosalea Ryan
Once part of a fishing dynasty, Innocenzo now sails alone, one brother dead, drowned when strafed in an Allied air raid, the other dead to him as a result of having enticed Cenzo’s wife into an affair that ultimately cost the young woman her life. To their mother, however, Cenzo is the..
02-Feb-2017
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A family tale
Dianne Dempsey
Everyone has a book in them so they say and in some instances, it’s best to leave that book right where it belongs. But in John Jeffrey’s case his book was well worth the writing. Starting with his background as a typical working class Aussie who was into “football, fr..
26-Jan-2017
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Stormy times
Rosalea Ryan
New York has barely recovered from the second-costliest hurricane ever to strike the US. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across Staten Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.Now, just a couple of weeks short of five years later, it’s mid September 2017 and an equally intimidatin..
19-Jan-2017
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