Stage is set for a king
Bendigo Weekly
There is a double delight on tonight at Victory Christian College. Hot on the heels of the show last night, students are performing two shows this evening. The Jungle Book Junior kicks off at 6.30pm, with The King and I following at 7.30pm. VCC is at 6 Kairn Road, Strathdale and tick..
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Push for city to focus on core business
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO is facing a shortfall of $194 million in revenue over 10 years as a result of rate capping. The figure is based on revenue the City of Greater Bendigo has forecast it needs to implement the full high level concept of being the world’s most liveable community. But the Victor..
27-Oct-2017
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Maternal care in focus
Sharon Kemp
MENTAL health, substance abuse and domestic violence are the three most urgent influences on maternal health and perinatal care for mothers and their babies, a state government parliamentary committee heard in Bendigo this week. City of Greater Bendigo Maternal Child Health clinical coordina..
27-Oct-2017
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Corruption risk spotted
Sharon Kemp
THE sheer scale of Victoria’s public health sector and the low number of complaints to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission means the watchdog is only just developing an awareness of potential corruption risks. Singling out the health sector for an examination of corr..
27-Oct-2017
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New move on land shortage
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO’S dearth of available industrial land has surprised even the city’s top strategic planner, but it will be up to councillors how quickly they want to pursue the remedy that council is counting on, the Marong Business Park. The 313 hectares of land earmarked by the City of ..
27-Oct-2017
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Night buses head to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
LATE-NIGHT buses will operate from regional centres to Melbourne as the Victorian government continues to aim to give commuters more access to weekend services. Buses have been operating between Melbourne and regional Victoria on weekends since 2015 and have seen solid patronage growth over ..
26-Oct-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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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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Festival of cultures
Sharon Kemp
THE Bendigo Fesitval of Cultures has expanded from one day a year to more than a week of the multicultural events suggesting, as it states, diversity is becoming mainstream. Or at least interest in diversity has become the norm. The Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services drives the even..
23-Mar-2017
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Muslim workshop attracts protest
Sharon Kemp
The first community workshop offering a 90-minute insight into lives of local Muslims drew more than a dozen anti-mosque protestors in Bendigo, and after them and in smaller numbers, a group of young women advocating tolerance. On McCrae Street, opposite Bendigo TAFE, protestors claiming ..
20-Mar-2017
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Alissa jumps into new role at Discovery
Bendigo Weekly
The Discovery Science and Technology Centre has a new science communicator. Alissa Van Soest has joined the team and her skills and abilities will help Discovery meet its key objective of inspiring scientific curiosity. The role also helps guide students onto a path towards science, tec..
16-Mar-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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Golf game a winner
Bendigo Weekly
Business leaders throughout Bendigo and beyond will take the time to play golf today to transform the life of a child living with an autism spectrum disorder. Righteous Pups Australia’s Jo Baker said we live in a hustle-and-bustle age. “Most people feel like there is simply ..
06-Apr-2017
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Discover how the human body works
Bendigo Weekly
What’s the most complicated machine on earth? And here’s a hint – you are one of them. With their Fully Sick school holiday program, Discovery Science and Technology Centre will help you learn about your body, how illness affects us and how doctors can test our health. ..
30-Mar-2017
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Egg hunt makes a difference
Bendigo Weekly
Oden and Zander Goudie can’t wait to get among the fun and the sweet treats at the Vision Australia Easter Egg Hunt at the Bendigo Easter Festival on Good Friday. They already have tickets – and you can get yours now before they sell out, and support the work to enable people wit..
23-Mar-2017
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Vera Blue in the city
Simon Wooldridge
MusicMan hosts Bendigo’s first “In The Metal of Winter” festival next Friday, August 11. The event features seven top regional and Melbourne metal bands. “It will be a great opportunity to showcase some of the best metal the wider region has to offer,” Lia..
03-Aug-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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City's events roll on
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO enjoyed a bumper assortment of sport across both local and international-level competitions last weekend. The Australian and New Zealand rugby sevens sides kicked things off with their five-match series at Epsom Huntly Reserve the highlight of the weekend. Australia took game one..
27-Oct-2017
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Umpires have new sponsor appeal
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo District Cricket Umpires Association continues to grow as the summer of cricket gets into full swing. THE BDCUA serves all Bendigo District Cricket Association first, second and third XI games, as well as under-18 matches. The association also has support from its major spons..
27-Oct-2017
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World class sevens skill on show
Bendigo Weekly
AUSTRALIA’S rugby sevens side will be eyeing trans-Tasman revenge in its five-match series against world champions New Zealand in Bendigo. The two nations kicked off their sevens series last night at Epsom Huntly Reserve, with two games to be played today and two more tomorrow. The..
20-Oct-2017
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Eagles unveil Mitrovic as new coach
Joel Peterson
NEW Maiden Gully YCW Eagles coach Wayne Mitrovic says the opportunity to be involved in building the club’s identity was a key factor in luring him to the role. The former Sandhurst captain has previously coached Macorna and been a part of a flag at Wycheproof before returning to the D..
20-Oct-2017
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Spirit hit the road after big win
Bendigo Weekly
OTHER Bendigo Spirit home games may not follow the same script, but the Spirit’s outburst in their first home game provided enough offensive fireworks to last a season. Against a Perth side that simply fell apart both in system and application, Bendigo ran riot in the third quarter of ..
20-Oct-2017
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Champions of the track lining up
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW event will form part of the Bendigo and District Cycling Club’s 2017/18 track calendar when the summer season starts next week. For the first time, riders will have the chance to line up for the Champion of Champions title. The new race will be a 1600-metre wheelrace, with a ..
20-Oct-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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Firefighters have winning ways
Bendigo Weekly
Two Bendigo firefighters have won gold at the 2017 Police and Emergency Services Games in Melbourne. Forest Fire Management Victoria district support officer Beth Miley and CFA firefighter Tegan Bubb competed in the Crossfit Women’s Pairs event last week. “Crossfit is a hi..
06-Apr-2017
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No hands creativity
Bendigo Weekly
Since 2002 CreateAbility has given people with disabilities the opportunity to express themselves on the meaningful platform art provides. From humble beginnings, CreateAbility has emerged as an integral part of the lives of those who participate to a Bendigo arts company exporting art pro..
30-Mar-2017
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Relay for Life on to a winner
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Relay for Life steps out again this weekend, and the fundraising is already off to a good start. The event runs from this evening until Saturday afternoon. Relay For Life’s Ayden Shaw said the committee has done a remarkable job for the 18th relay. “The supp..
23-Mar-2017
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School top at health
Bendigo Weekly
SPECIMEN Hill Primary School’s win in the Bendigo Health-backed Healthiest Schools award makes its motto, “our children’s future in the very best of hands”, all the more fitting. A range of health promotion activities and a focus on families, not just students, saw..
16-Mar-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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Trustees branch out
Bendigo Weekly
MELBOURNE-BASED Equity Trustees acquired its first regional trustee portfolio last week when the regulator finalised the $5 million purchase of Sandhurst Trustees’ estates business from Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. And Equity can see more business in Victoria’s central region given..
06-Apr-2017
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Colour on the menu
Bendigo Weekly
MR DIMPLES and Hackney Hockney have more than interesting names in common, they are both featured mural artists at a burger restaurant. Boris Murgers in View Street has some pretty impressive wall art, and its main wall has some David Hockney-inspired work by Hackney. “I was born ..
30-Mar-2017
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Trivia night a winner
Bendigo Weekly
One of the most fun and rewarding quiz nights of the year will be held on Good Friday in aid of the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal. Bendigo Real Estate staff are selling tickets for this year’s quiz night which includes a charity auction to be conducted by BRE principal, Damien..
24-Mar-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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Bollywood in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Ever wanted to see real live Bollywood dance in action? Here’s your opportunity. The Singh Sisters are bringing Bollywood dance to Bendigo Library in celebration of Cultural Diversity Week. The Singh Sisters have travelled around the world performing Bollywood dance, which..
16-Mar-2017
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Tourism the focus of new guide
Bendigo Weekly
THIS year’s Bendigo and Heathcote Region Official Visitor Guides were launched on Monday. City of Greater Bendigo council’s tourism manager Kathryn Mackenzie said the two handy sized guides are a fantastic resource designed to showcase the best local attractions, shopping and din..
02-Mar-2017
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Goods galore at the recycle store
Bendigo Weekly
SAVINGS in fees and care for the environment motivate people to use the Eaglehawk Recycle Shop’s recovery centre rather than the Eaglehawk landfill. The centre, which has been operating for 23 years at the entrance of the landfill, also provides jobs and a cheap location for second ha..
23-Feb-2017
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No comical event
Bendigo Weekly
The next Bendigo Record Comic and Toy Fair is coming up on March 12. The event will be at the Bendigo Expo Centre, at the Bendigo Showgrounds and promises to be a mix for fans of the comic world. Organiser Peter Pascoe said attendees attempted a world record at the last event for the..
16-Feb-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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Road No Good
Rosalea Ryan
When a well-travelled, energetic young middle-class New Zealander arrives in Luganville, Vanuatu, she sees immediately that it’s more than merely her street – the literally named Road No Good – that’s in need of improvement. Deployed to the country’s sec..
13-Apr-2017
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Recreation gone wrong
Rosalea Ryan
It has all the makings of a leisurely couple of weeks of sightseeing by day and sipping wine around a campfire at dusk – either that or a tension-filled nightmare in which four 30-somethings snap and snarl at each other as the ceaseless forced proximity sets tempers alight. When two co..
06-Apr-2017
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Questions asked
Dianne Dempsey
Marlene Gunn’s memoir is an elegy and a cry of pain for the death of her beautiful son Billy Gunn. Billy was handsome, smart, a Bendigo boy originally from Mildura, and he died at just 32 years old in 2001. More pertinently, her book is also an investigation into the circumstance..
30-Mar-2017
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Family torn apart
Rosalea Ryan
Berlin, 1939: With her blue eyes, blonde hair and smooth creamy skin, Hannah Rosenthal is the physical epitome of all that is truly German – in every way but one. Hannah’s parents, Max and Alma, are German Jews. Even as an image of Hannah circulates on the cover of a Nazi propaga..
23-Mar-2017
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