Local News

RSL looks into growing tourism
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo and District RSL is looking into ways it can help boost tourism in the region as its building appeal continues to gather momentum. Donations to the appeal have achieved close to $140,000 to date with families and individuals being the biggest contributors. Soldiers Memorial I..
22-Feb-2018
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Baton tours on way to games
Joel Peterson
LOVE may not have been in the air this Valentine’s Day, but community pride certainly was as the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay made its way through Bendigo. The relay brought Bendigo’s CBD to a relative standstill on Wednesday, with streets shut down to allow the 2..
16-Feb-2018
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Baton relay a traffic headache
Joel Peterson
THE excitement of April’s Commonwealth Games will hit Bendigo on Wednesday when the Queen’s Baton Relay makes its way through town. All up, 17 celebrated locals will carry the ceremonial baton through the streets of the CBD, from Camp Hill to an official welcome in Rosalind Park ..
08-Feb-2018
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Sharing the workload
Sam Kane
BEING named Bendigo’s Citizen of the Year is not something many would expect as a birthday present. But, for Andrew Reid, who yesterday turned 44, his volunteer work in the Eaglehawk community over the past 20 years gave him just that. “To be named Citizen of the Year for Ben..
24-Jan-2018
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Survey reveals NBN pain
Steve Kendall
OVERWHELMED is how federal MP Lisa Chesters describes the result of her customer survey on the NBN, and she’s hitting out a government plan to limit a system upgrade. The online and postal questionnaire has drawn more than 4000 responses, and shown some clear trends, with most complain..
19-Jan-2018
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Cinema lovers back Star funding plan
Bendigo Weekly
Greater Bendigo has thrown its support behind the Star Cinema’s Bums on Seats campaign. “Since the campaign was launched on December 1, we have been overwhelmed by the support from the community,” business manager Martin Myles said. “In December we sold $6000 wort..
11-Jan-2018
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End near for works
Sharon Kemp
AFTER nearly two years of traffic disruptions during construction of the $86 million Ravenswood Interchange, VicRoads has promised there will be no more major traffic changes before the roads and ramps are fully open to traffic this year. In August the project was pushed over the scheduled c..
05-Jan-2018
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Care at hand for mothers
Bendigo Weekly
THE gifts have been rolling in for young mothers and their children in need. Caregivers have donated essential household items, vouchers and toys to go the mother and baby unit, a new initiative of St John of God Health Care’s Horizon House Young Mother and Baby Program. The servic..
20-Dec-2017
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Big day for top students
Joel Peterson
THE nervous wait for school leavers to find out their VCE results ended this morning, when the 2017 ATAR results were released. Girton Grammar School student Alexander Nielsen has topped the list of local year 12 graduates, recording a "perfect" score of 99.95. Nielsen’s score w..
15-Dec-2017
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Sky's the limit for winning aerialists
Bendigo Weekly
TWO young performers had their efforts recognised last week at the Victorian Music Theatre Guild Awards. The girls are part of the Z Fit Studios Circus program, with Isla Devers performing on aerial hoop and aerial hammock and Remy Cugura performing on aerial silks and aerial hammoc..
14-Dec-2017
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Familiar face waving from a different home
Sharon Kemp
Jack Fitzpatrick is recognisable as the friendly face who waved to passing drivers for 25 years from the front window of his Creeth Street home. So well known is Mr Fitzpatrick, after he disappeared from the window, drivers stopped at his house and asked family members if the man in ..
07-Dec-2017
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Tree tradition continues
Bendigo Weekly
The great Y Service Club Christmas Tree Sale is now on. One of the best aspects of Christmas for families is picking out the Christmas tree. And every year the YMCA raises money for up to 20 charities by selling “real live” trees to the public. Colin Lambie said he was a..
30-Nov-2017
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Uncle Brien recognised on honour roll
Bendigo Weekly
UNCLE Brien Nelson has been included on this year’s Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll recognising his profound contribution to his community. Mr Nelson is a Jaara Elder who life’s work included efforts to reconnect younger Aboriginal people to their culture and language. In hi..
23-Nov-2017
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O'Rourke back in the top job
Bendigo Weekly
MARGARET O’Rourke was installed on Tuesday for a second term as mayor, and councillor Jennifer Alden as her deputy. The pair will preside in a year that has the potential to offer Bendigo opportunities in the lead-up to a state election. A select committee into regional development..
17-Nov-2017
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Stepping out of isolation
Dianne Dempsey
Meet Jim, a four-year-old labrador and his much loved friend, Penny Williams. Brought together through the auspices of a pilot study conducted by La Trobe University researchers, the two companions have enjoyed regular walks together, all in the name of science. La Trobe’s Living w..
17-Nov-2017
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Group calls for Manus men
Bendigo Weekly
MEMBERS of the Loddon Mallee Regional Advisory Council are formally requesting to resettle within the region up to 300 refugees and asylum seekers from Manus Island. At the inaugural meeting of the council, Victorian Multicultural Commission chairperson Helen Kapalos said council members ask..
17-Nov-2017
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Locals lend a hand for classic
Bendigo Weekly
How do you convince local riders to pay to cycle on roads they use for free? This was one of the biggest questions for the Bendigo Cycling Classic organising committee. It seems the answer lay in the ability to offer a ride where all of the entry fees were donated to charity. Bendig..
17-Nov-2017
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Sharing the knowledge
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo-based Monash University medical students have been recognised for their voluntary contribution to the Smith Family’s senior secondary tutoring program this year. The program provides Smith Family scholarship students in years 11 and 12 with homework support and ultimately aims..
17-Nov-2017
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Star turns the spotlight on Bendigo
Dianne Dempsey
A touch of glamour came to town on Wednesday when Hollywood actress Jane Seymour visited the Edith Head exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery. After completing her commitments amidst the merry go round of the Melbourne Cup, Seymour was keen to make the most of her free time in Australia and ..
09-Nov-2017
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New look for memorial as donations flow in
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo District RSL’s Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Building Appeal hopes to raise $250,000 to assist with building works and re-establishment of the building. The museum is being returned to its original colour as part of a $4.5 revitalisation project currently und..
02-Nov-2017
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