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Focus shift to ease the pain
Bendigo Weekly
Just after Christmas last year, a colleague of mine was standing out the front of his Bendigo home, waving goodbye to family members about to embark on the journey back to their respective homes, when he was overcome with concern for their safety on the roads during the busy Christmas holiday ..
13-Oct-2017
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Fix the digital divide
Bendigo Weekly
By LISA CHESTERS Federal Member for Bendigo One of the highlights of the Elmore Field Days is to meet with the real innovators of the agriculture industry and to learn firsthand how their products will help farmers and modernise farming methods. Increasingly these new systems and produ..
05-Oct-2017
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The value of creativity
Bendigo Weekly
By Margaret O’Rourke City of Greater Bendigo Mayor What do a scientist, a musician and an engineer have in common? More than you might think. They are part of an emerging group of people that have become a key focus of governments around the world – people who use their in..
27-Sep-2017
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Dumbing down our society
Bendigo Weekly
I was at a conference a couple of weeks ago where a speaker kept ranting about fake news and its growth, and the media industry’s seemingly bland existence of this phenomenon. I find the term fake news to be derogatory to the news profession I love, and the shrug of the shoulders ac..
21-Sep-2017
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Having the real conversations
Bendigo Weekly
By Harry McAnulty Co Chair of Bendigo Says Yes Committee Over the past month the Bendigo community has galvanised their support for marriage equality. Within days of the announcement of the postal survey, more than 100 Bendigonians filled Trades Hall to plan a Yes campaign, and were..
15-Sep-2017
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#GiveBack to Bendigo Hospital
Bendigo Weekly
By KEITH SUTHERLAND Chair of the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal committee AS Bendigo’s population continues to grow and our friends and family are living longer, Bendigo Health is depended upon more than ever. The New Bendigo Hospital Appeal is a time limited campaign dedicated to..
07-Sep-2017
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Have your say
Bendigo Weekly
By Margaret O’Rourke City of Greater Bendigo Mayor YOU might have seen the City of Greater Bendigo’s online survey about rubbish collection circulating on social media in the last week. This is part of a review of the city’s waste services that we are completing. ..
31-Aug-2017
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Vale Fiona Richardson
Bendigo Weekly
By Daniel Andrews Victorian Premier It is my sad and solemn duty to confirm that Fiona Richardson – Member for Northcote, Minister and mother of two – has passed away at the age of 50. The best people in public life are those who live their values. In fighting for her co..
24-Aug-2017
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Debate with respect
Bendigo Weekly
By LISA CHESTERS Federal Member for Bendigo Marriage equality is important, and it matters. It’s not the biggest challenge Australia faces – and it’s not something that requires, a three-month campaign and $122 million optional survey. I know that many in our comm..
18-Aug-2017
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If...only.
Bendigo Weekly
IF only…. In 2012, my husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness... no, not cancer. The condition is called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and there is no cure. IPF is a chronic irreversible fatal disease characterised by a progressive decline in lung function. ..
11-Aug-2017
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Caucus visit delivers
Peter Kennedy
TODAY’S expected $250,000 donation from the Victorian government to the community campaign in support of the purchase of a new Chinese dragon and his associated regalia, as well as the restoration of 47-year-old Sun Loong, is an important milestone for Bendigo. The Sun Loong 750 com..
04-Aug-2017
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Time to think creatively about land
Bendigo Weekly
By Margaret O’Rourke City of Greater Bendigo Mayor It’s no secret council wants to grow Greater Bendigo’s population. We want people to move here and we want people to stay here. But where are we all going to live? Well, there’s actually plenty of land tha..
27-Jul-2017
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A match for good
Bendigo Weekly
IF we matched our isolated and lonely community members with a pet from animal shelters and rescue organisations, we could improve quality of life of people and save the lives of many pets. There are so many people in our community who are isolated for a variety of reasons, age, and disabili..
20-Jul-2017
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Prejudice in society is so bitter
Bendigo Weekly
IF we lived in a country where it was socially and legally unacceptable to marry whichever gender we liked, it would be a dismal place indeed. Imagine a prejudice among society so bitter that you were criticised for something as uncontrollable and natural as who you love. Envision..
13-Jul-2017
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Mayor's honour
Bendigo Weekly
By Margaret O’Rourke City of Greater Bendigo Mayor It’s weeks like the one I’ve had that make being mayor so thoroughly enjoyable and such an honour. Here’s a quick re-cap of some of the highlights. On Monday we celebrated 100 years of Maternal and Child Health ..
30-Jun-2017
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Fibre to the ?
Bendigo Weekly
By Steve Kendall Bendigo Weekly Chief Of Staff AS reports stagger in of poor NBN service across Bendigo we have to hope there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. We are being bamboozled with vague promises of various services and I guess most people don’t care, they just ..
23-Jun-2017
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Study STEM
Bendigo Weekly
By Craig Watkins Engineers Australia Bendigo Regional Group Plummeting rates of secondary students studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) is setting the country up for failure, as the nation transitions from a labour-intensive mining based economy to one that’s dr..
15-Jun-2017
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Everyday life must go on
Bendigo Weekly
Terrorism loomed large on the world stage over the past week or so, and like most Australians, I was shocked, stunned and angered at the events we all saw unfold in London, Brighton, Iran and before that in Manchester. Many years ago, like a lot of young Australians, I travelled to Europe an..
08-Jun-2017
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Bridget McKenzie in a spin
Bendigo Weekly
By Sharon kemp Senior reporter IF Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie is as passionate about Gonski 2.0 as she says she is, she is finding it inexplicably difficult to sell the education funding model. And that was precisely what she was charged to do this week ahead of today’s ..
08-Jun-2017
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Next on Gonski: what will the states do?
Bendigo Weekly
By Dale Pearce Acting principal, Bendigo South East College School funding is again in the headlines, which is no surprise to anyone who has followed the saga of recent years, beginning with the findings of the 2011 Gonski report. Australian school funding is a tangled arrangement u..
02-Jun-2017
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