Editorial Comment

Heart of the matter
Bendigo Weekly
While it’s easy for the community to kick the City of Greater Bendigo to the kerb over the Hargreaves Mall, it’s important we all realise that council is only the caretaker of public spaces. Council is certainly an enabler when it comes to central Bendigo, but does not o..
08-Dec-2017
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Safety first
Bendigo Weekly
THERE has been an enormous build up to this weekend’s expected weather event, and it’s one few of us should be surprised by in the event that the skies open up and we are inundated with heavy rainfall across the next few days. We remind all central Victorians not to drive through..
01-Dec-2017
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State in play
Bendigo Weekly
IN exactly 365 days from today, Victorians will once again head to the polls to choose who will be their elected representatives for the next four years. From this far out, the 2018 state election looks like being a cliff hanger, with a large number of seats up for grabs and the Andrews gove..
24-Nov-2017
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Yes thank you
Bendigo Weekly
THIS week’s announcement that a resounding 61.6 per cent of those who voted in the same sex marriage survey did so in support of marriage equality is a significant step forward, but just how big a step, and how quickly the survey results are acted upon, is now back in the hands of our poli..
17-Nov-2017
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Federal farce
Bendigo Weekly
Federal politics is usually something most Australians don’t care for much, but lately it’s been hard to avoid the cringeworthy antics going on in our national capital and within the major parties. It’s incredulous to think that the coalition’s wafer-thin majority in ..
09-Nov-2017
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Drug ban at last
Bendigo Weekly
MORE than four years ago, the Bendigo Weekly ran a series of articles on the availability of synthetic cannabinoids in our community and ease of access enjoyed to these notorious products. Synthetic cannabis has been proven to be harmful, and for too long, trade in the now banned product was..
02-Nov-2017
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Dream a nightmare
Bendigo Weekly
Over promising and under delivering. It’s a fatal combination where hope inevitably turns to despair and dreams to dust. It’s also what has happened to the greatest single infrastructure project of our time – the National Broadband Network. Originally promised by t..
26-Oct-2017
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Basic right
Bendigo Weekly
The draft public toilet strategy considered by councillors on Wednesday night has been placed on review for public comment, and while public toilets might not be the most pleasant topics of conversation any of us want to have, the reality is we all need them, and it’s a conversation this c..
19-Oct-2017
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Building momentum
Bendigo Weekly
Next week, greater Bendigo’s nine elected councillors face arguably the toughest decision they’ve had to make since they were elected 12 months ago – choosing who will lead them, and our city, for the next 12 months. Once that’s sorted, attention will inevitably turn ..
13-Oct-2017
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Never give up
Bendigo Weekly
IN an ever-changing world where standing still means you’re going backwards, no one can afford to ever take anything for granted. One of the prices Bendigo has to pay for being a city admired by many other cities is that these same other cities want to be like Bendigo, or more spe..
05-Oct-2017
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Power failures
Bendigo Weekly
THIS week’s buzz about pumped hydro-electric storage and its merit as a potential saviour to Australia’s energy needs and the larger crisis we are embroiled in shows just how pathetic our leaders have been in managing this country’s energy needs and future. Hydro-electric s..
21-Sep-2017
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Search for truth
Bendigo Weekly
THE federal government’s mail out to all registered voters of the marriage equality survey forms is now well underway, with many central Victorians having already completed their forms and having their say on the issue. Whilst we can continue to bicker about the need for a postal surve..
15-Sep-2017
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Vote, don't vilify
Bendigo Weekly
THIS week’s successful prosecution of three opponents to the proposed Bendigo mosque has been a long time coming, and sends a powerful message to the entire community about the need for tolerance, respect and understanding. It’s not a claim to fame anyone wants to be proud of, bu..
07-Sep-2017
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Time to give back
Bendigo Weekly
THE new Bendigo hospital has been treating patients from through central and northern Victoria for more than seven months now, but the push to provide more much needed and potentially lifesaving equipment will step up a gear from next week. Thanks to the incredible generosity of some of our ..
31-Aug-2017
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Rewriting history
Bendigo Weekly
IN the rush to be politically correct, the obvious is sometimes missed. In Charlottesville, Virginia this month, a woman was killed while protesting against a white supremacy rally. The rally in itself was protesting the suggested removal of a statue of the commander of the Confederate f..
24-Aug-2017
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Time for Faith
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo council finds itself in a pickle over the decision to provisionally name Bendigo’s much-anticipated indoor aquatic and wellbeing centre the Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre. One of the difficulties governments of all persuasions face is that no matter how har..
18-Aug-2017
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Equality and respect
Bendigo Weekly
The level of frustration Australian voters share with their elected representatives has arguably never been greater. Paradoxically, this comes at a stage in our nation’s history when the need for true leadership and vision has never been greater. As the world continues to tumble tu..
11-Aug-2017
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Building momentum
Bendigo Weekly
IN about 15 months’ time, Victorians will head to the polls to elect their next state government. And after a decade of boom time for Bendigo that started with construction of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank headquarters in the heart of the city and was bookended by the new Bendigo Hospi..
04-Aug-2017
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Making the most
Bendigo Weekly
FOR almost all of its proud history, Bendigo has been a city that’s made the most of an opportunity when it was presented. Australia’s first provincial stock exchange was established on Pall Mall about 150 years ago to capitalise on the extraordinary riches and excitement that wa..
28-Jul-2017
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The right move
Bendigo Weekly
MAYOR Margaret’s O’Rourke’s call for Bendigo to become a government hub in today’s Weekly is bang on the mark. Our city is centrally placed with existing and planned infrastructure ready to take us into the next century. Population growth in our area is welcome an..
20-Jul-2017
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