Editorial Comment

The right direction
Bendigo Weekly
Greyhound racing or “the dogs” has always been a popular part of Bendigo’s culture, along with horse racing, cricket and the footy. And historically, it has been the preserve of the working classes – money might be too tight to invest in a horse – but a bloke ..
22-Jul-2016
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The glue that binds
Bendigo Weekly
Every evening I noticed them. Two women, perhaps sisters, going for their regular walk. The reason they caught my attention was not just the regularity of their walk, it would generally be 6.30pm, come winter or summer, but more the fact that they pushed in front of them a young girl who ev..
15-Jul-2016
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Nothing ventured...
Bendigo Weekly
TOMORROW morning, a group of 24 Greater Bendigo residents will meet for the first time as our city’s inaugural Citizens’ Jury. A random selection process implemented by the project’s facilitators means we do not yet know the makeup of the group, which will address one very..
08-Jul-2016
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Leader must change course
Bendigo Weekly
Australia goes to the polls tomorrow to determine who will lead our nation for the next three years. It’s our hope that we gain a leader who can change the course, not just of politics, but more importantly, the course of our nation. For too long, and on both sides of politics, Au..
01-Jul-2016
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Moving times
Bendigo Weekly
PLANS to take the City of Greater Bendigo’s public transport infrastructure to a new level continue to evolve, but for some, change cannot come soon enough. The additional services and time table changes unveiled this week in the latest round of announcements fo..
24-Jun-2016
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Mosque plans win
Bendigo Weekly
FINALLY. That’s what supporters of the plan to establish this city’s first mosque must have thought when the High Court confirmed what many of us thought earlier this week – there is no legal barrier to the mosque going ahead. This should only ever have been a planning ..
17-Jun-2016
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Satisfaction action
Peter Kennedy
THIS week’s release of the 2016 Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey results are cause for concern for the City of Greater Bendigo, but more importantly, they can also be the catalyst for change. Chief executive officer Craig Niemann is spot on to suggest perception pays a la..
10-Jun-2016
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Reconciliation on show
Peter Kennedy
ABOUT 13 months ago, I was lucky enough to attend the spectacular opening night at Ulumbarra Theatre, which included the first ever performance of Ulumbarra – Gather Together. Memories of that incredible night are as strong as ever, and I was particularly pleased to see the show retu..
03-Jun-2016
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A visionary plan
Bendigo Weekly
With all the rightful fuss that’s been made this week about two significant election commitments by the Labor party, should it win the federal election, one of this city’s most important and culturally significant projects continues to be overlooked. No one could argue with the m..
27-May-2016
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Voters want vision
Bendigo Weekly
TWO weeks into the federal election campaign and the major parties have experienced mixed fortunes that have done little to enhance either party’s standing with the community. Already, it is apparent that people’s expectations have left the capabilities of at least some of our..
20-May-2016
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Jury’s future test
Bendigo Weekly
A CITIZENS jury might turn out to be a great thing for Bendigo, but only time will tell. Consultation is a good thing, and the City of Greater Bendigo has come a long way in recent years, thanks in part to having a greater appreciation for consultation as against communication. It is alw..
13-May-2016
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Budgets set scene
Bendigo Weekly
AND away we go. That’s what a lot of Australians would have undoubtedly been thinking this week after treasurer Scott Morrison delivered his first federal budget and laid the foundations for what was always going to be a very long and arduous election campaign. As far as pre-electi..
06-May-2016
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2020 starts now
Bendigo Weekly
THE countdown to this year’s local government elections may not have started this week, but it’s our belief that it is time our city circled the date and started to narrow in on the October 22 election. Bendigo is the city most outsiders look at longingly from afar. Many a ti..
22-Apr-2016
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Time to take a bow
Bendigo Weekly
HAPPY first birthday Ulumbarra. For 12 months now, the former prison complex has bedazzled, thrilled and entertained the more than 117,500 people to have passed through its doors for any of the multitude of events that have been blessed to occur within Ulumbarra’s unique environs. ..
15-Apr-2016
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A sorry affair
Bendigo Weekly
THE findings of an independent panel’s review of the behaviour of former City of Greater Bendigo mayor Peter Cox are a reality check for councillors and for Bendigo. The independent panel convened to consider the actions of Whipstick Ward councillor Peter Cox have noted that humility a..
08-Apr-2016
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A new beginning
Bendigo Weekly
THERE are no circumstances under which it is ever acceptable to hit a woman, to threaten, verbal or bully a woman. It’s that simple, but unfortunately ridding our society of this scourge is a far more difficult proposition. The shocking ramifications of violence in the home, or vio..
01-Apr-2016
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Terror will not win
Bendigo Weekly
This week’s coordinated terrorist attacks in Belgium are a reminder of how we live in a world where peace, unity, compassion and respect are not always in abundance. The slaughter of innocent people in attacks designed to create fear and uncertainty are abhorrent and disgra..
24-Mar-2016
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Speak up – please
Bendigo Weekly
One of the great challenges we have as a society is that human beings by nature are more likely to speak out about something they do not agree with, or something they do not like. There are occasions where the only letters this paper receives are those from writers who are critical of an asp..
18-Mar-2016
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Carnival in our city
Bendigo Weekly
OUR Marilyn. It’s on the tips of Bendigo’s collective tongues, and it seems this city, and a load of tourists, cannot get enough of the former Hollywood star. An exhibition dedicated to the life and times of Marilyn Monroe was officially opened by premier Daniel Andrews one w..
11-Mar-2016
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Compact with care
Peter Kennedy
COUNCIL meetings come and go, but this week’s assembly was one for the ages. I should have known when the agenda uploaded to the City of Greater Bendigo website on Monday morning was a massive 213 pages – Wednesday was going to be a long night. A large number of planning appl..
04-Mar-2016
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