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Flying the flag for Bendigo

Sam Kane and Kevin Cail were named Young Citizen and Citizen of the Year by the City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke at a ceremony on Wednesday. Story pages 10 and 11


A MULTI-MILLION dollar wish list of priority projects to further Bendigo’s aspirational goal of being the world’s most liveable community is expected to form a centrepiece of discussions ahead of the federal election expected some time in May. Projects put forward for funding consideration include the National Chinese Museum of Australia, the Central Deborah Gold Mine redevelopment and the Bendigo Airport terminal. A document prepared by the City

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of Greater Bendigo council ahead of the election also lists the establishment of a $30 million regional resource recovery centre, a commitment to reform the aged-care sector and assistance from the next federal government towards “the timely implementation of the Industrial Land Strategy to secure employment for a growing population”, and funding towards the proposed Heathcote dementia village business case.

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Mayor Margaret O’Rourke said last month’s announcement by Qantas of a direct air service to Sydney highlighted the need for further work to the terminal building. “We will certainly be going to the federal government and having a conversation around that about supporting us with some funds to work on our new terminal, but also with the state government as well.” Cr O’Rourke said officers from

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the city were in almost daily contact with Qantas as the company continues to consider where it will locate its second training academy, with a decision expected in coming weeks. “They’ve been very pleased with the bookings that have happened … because as we know the CEO said when he made the announcement in Bendigo, use it or lose it.” She said the city was working in collaboration with the Bendigo Chi-

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nese Association and the Golden Dragon Museum on the National Chinese Museum of Australia project. The visionary project has the potential to dramatically transform the existing Chinese precinct into Bendigo’s Chinatown, with a planned 180room, 4.5 star hotel to complement a plan to expand the Golden Dragon Museum and re-brand it as the National Chinese Museum of Australia as part of a move to drive growth in visitation from the lucrative Chinese tourist market.

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Bendigo Weekly – Friday, January 25, 2019

Life of work

MERCY Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged yesterday celebrated the extraordinary achievements of two women who have dedicated their lives to their faith and to the community. Sister Clare Conway has been professed as a Sister of Mercy for 70 years, while Sister Marie Bourke who has been professed for 60 years. The pair’s commitment and accomplishments were honoured at a special Mass celebrated by Father Rom Hayes in the chapel at Bethlehem Home for the Aged, followed by an afternoon tea with friends and family. The sisters have worked in schools, parishes, hospitals and nursing homes across rural and urban Victoria, and continue to offer pastoral care to others and

HONOUR: Sister Marie Bourke and Sister Clare Conway celebrated special jubilees. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN be a loving presence in their parish and community. Founded in 1831 by Cath-

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have dedicated their lives to God through vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and service.

Real estate body readies for change THE Real Estate Institute of Australia remains concerned about potential changes to existing negative gearing and capital gains taxation arrangements should the Labor party win the upcoming federal election. Responding to the recent announcement by opposition leader Bill Shorten that there would be no decisions made regarding the party’s stance on negative gearing or capital gains tax until after the federal election, the REIA queried whether this was because the ALP doesn’t want any voter backlash in the lead up to the election. “All Australians need to know what and when a Labor government, if elected, will do regard-

ing property taxation. It is not acceptable to appear to be ‘having a couple of bob each way’ in the lead up to the election,” REIA president Adrian Kelly said. The REIA believes under the previously announced ALP taxation policies mum and dad investors who want to buy an existing investment property to supplement their retirement savings will no longer be able to claim a modest taxation deduction, while the ALP proposal would allow a 20 per cent instant asset write-off for capital expenditure above $20,000 for big business. Mr Kelly said home owners will see additional downward pressure on home prices in an already falling market, while rent-

ers will see their rents rise just as they did under the Hawke/ Keating experiment in the 1980s, should the ALP proposals come into effect. “Contrast this to the current situation where we have the lowest annual increase in rents for two decades.” Mr Kelly said builders and their contractors would end up building fewer houses as shown by independent research undertaken for the Master Builders Association last year, while state governments and their constituents would receive less stamp duty to spend on much needed infrastructure. “REIA welcomes the promise to consult but let’s do that now,

not after the election, and let’s look at all property taxes in a holistic approach and not just negative gearing and capital gains tax as if that’s the panacea to housing affordability. “There is already enough market uncertainty particularly in the larger states and a ‘nothing to see here’ approach will only exacerbate this uncertainty.” “The ALP needs to come clean with what its election policies actually are, so that all Australians – including the nearly 100,000 real estate businesses across Australia together with their employees and families – know exactly what they will be voting for and can make an informed decision at the ballot box,” Mr Kelly said.


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Firm seeks more gold WA company extends exploration in region


THE Bendigo region is experiencing another mining boom, with Western Australian based firm Chalice Gold issuing an application to extend their already 2865 square kilometres exploration licenses to more than 4000km2. The company first arrived in the region in late 2017, triggered by the success of Kirkland Lake Gold in Fosterville and Catalyst Metals north of the city. Applications covering 1353km2 exist near Serpentine and Dingee, with other areas of exploration by the company existing around St Arnaud and above Fosterville, ground which has historically had limited exploration. Speaking to the Bendigo Weekly,

Chalice’s managing director Alex Dorsch said the company was confident of striking gold from these initial exploration works – with one application notice stating works will target “gold mineralisation, including review of historical data, field reconnaissance, geophysical ground gravity survey”, before “exploration drilling if significant targets are defined”. “The Bendigo zone which extends from the Murray river all the way south to Ballarat and Melbourne, hosts a very large quantity of gold, there’s a lot of gold that’s been discovered, but not so much in the northern zone,” he said. “We do think there will be gold

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in our property, but we cannot answer yet whether it will be easy to find, or if we’ll be in economic accumulation. “This first phase ... will be trying to get proximal indications of mineralisation, so we’ll be looking for small low levels of gold in the drilling, which will hopefully point us to areas that might be of further interest.” Work on Chalice’s earlier exploration licenses started last November, with the 3000 metres of drilling already undertaken by local and Western Australian rigs going “exceptionally well”. According to Mr Dorsch the company is targeting a deposit in

the range of five million ounces, like other areas in the region, which is considered a tier one discovery globally. “We’d love to discover a multimillion ounce ore body,” Mr Dorsch said. “An (cost) evaluation is very hard to determine, it’s going to be determined by grade and depth and a number of other factors. “The size of the prize is significant – not just significant for us, but significant for the region, the town, the communities, the local venues, the region as a whole.” This operation is the company’s primary exploration focus, and its first in Victoria, having other sites in

STORY WITH BITE: Vet Jack Lang with Pan the cat. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, as well as interests in Canada. The company confirmed their presence in the region is a “multiple-year endeavour”, with licenses from the Victorian government, if granted, having a term of five years. A regional office for the company is already set up in Serpentine while the explorations are under way, with Mr Dorsch confirming that if they were successful, the company would “absolutely” look at staying permanently within the region. Chalice’s work comes as Kirkland Lake in Fosterville last year reached 1.5 million ounces discovered, while Catalyst also have further applications for exploration near Pyramid Hill.

Delegation heads to Hong Kong A DELEGATION from Bendigo will fly to Hong Kong next week for an important milestone in the development of the City’s new Imperial Dragon, Dai Gum Loong. Dai Gum Loong’s head, neck and tail will be blessed in a Hong Kong temple on Saturday February 2, with mayor Margaret O’Rourke, Golden Dragon Museum general manager Anita Jack and Bendigo Chinese Association president Doug Lougoon attending the blessing. Ms Jack said the traditional blessing intended to prepare Dai Gum Loong for his journey to Bendigo. “The blessing ensures safe travels for Dai Gum Loong and is an important component of the dragon making process,” she said. “From a cultural perspective it is important to have the mayor attend the blessing and represent the Greater Bendigo community, which Dai Gum Loong will become a part of.” Construction of Bendigo’s new Imperial Dragon, Dai Gum Loong, is nearing completion and the Hong Kong team behind his creation is preparing to send him home. Cr O’Rourke said she

CAT owners are being urged to take care of their furry friends in the summer heat, with an increase in snake bites being reported. Jack Lang, veterinary director at Greencross White Hills, said the reason cats are vulnerable is because they’re both natural hunters and often left unsupervised, unlike dogs who are commonly on a leash under control. “Often we’re with our dogs if we see an interaction with a snake, whereas with cats we don’t usually see the interaction,” Dr Lang said. “We’ve treated a lot of cats bitten this year, but not as many dogs.” He said it depended on where the cat is bitten, the amount of venom injected and the size of the snake which effects how quickly symptoms develop. “If they’re bitten closer to the heart symptoms develop quicker, if it’s on the limbs and face it can be slower,” Dr Lang said. “It can take 12 to 24 hours sometimes in cats to cause major effects.” But that’s not to say pooch owners should become complacent, with snake bites instead having almost immediate effect, as quickly as two hours. Dr Lang said anti-venom is the only way to treat bites received, with a 90 per cent survival rate when dispensed to cats, and 75 per cent to dogs. “The survival rate with anti-venom is very high with cats, but can be a bit challenging with dogs because symptomatically they progress quite quickly.” Pet parents are advised to watch out, with the lack of water, time of year, and development on the fringes of the city reasons why snakes could slither by.

was looking forward to attending the blessing and meeting the people who had created Dai Gum Loong. “This has been an important project for our community that has attracted local, state and federal government investment, as well as significant private donations. The arrival of Dai Gum Loong will be an exciting chapter in our city’s history and I am delighted to represent our community at the blessing,” she said. It has taken less than a year to formally complete the project, after the council and Golden Dragon Museum signed a contract in May last year with celebrated Hong Kong dragon maker Master Hui to construct Dai Gum Loong. The project has been funded and supported by all three tiers of government and was the subject of a successful community fundraising campaign that also raised funds for the restoration of Sun Loong. Dai Gum Loong is expected to arrive in Australia by March. Cr O’Rourke’s travel is supported by council and expenses will be accommodated within the current budget.

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Mental health in spotlight MENTAL health experts in Bendigo had their say on the issues that matter to them as the Mental Health Royal Commission starts to take shape. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley held regional roundtable discussions in Ballarat, Bendigo, Mildura and Shepparton this week to hear from the people best placed to help shape the terms of reference for the Royal Commission. The roundtables included representatives from the mental health workforce, service providers, community support groups, academics and most importantly, people and their families who have lived through an experience with mental illness. “One in five Victorians experience mental illness every year. We know we don’t have all the answers to improve the system – only a Royal Commission will help us do that,” Mr Foley said. “Regional Victorians are disproportionately affected by poor mental health. We want to know what matters to them – and what we can do better. “The Mental Health Royal Commission terms of reference won’t just be developed by the experts – it will be shaped by the everyday Victorians who count on the system to be the best it can be.” Last year alone, 621 Victorians took their own lives. The Royal Commission is the first of its kind in Australia and will provide comprehensive recommendations on how to best reform the current mental health system and support Victorians with mental illness, including those at risk of suicide. Already, more than 5000 people have made a submission online. To have your say on the terms of reference into mental health, visit If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636.

Bendigo Weekly – Friday, January 25, 2019

Weather plot heats up

BENDIGO residents will soon have accurate, real-time temperature readings taken throughout the city and suburbs – but members of the community are needed to make it work. La Trobe University and the City of Greater Bendigo will be utilising the city’s new Internet of Things network, weather sensors are being installed throughout the CBD, at local landmarks, as well as in the yards of interested residents and business-owners. Local monitoring currently comes through the Bureau of Meteorology’s automatic weather station at the Bendigo Airport. The Clever Weather Project will see up to 100 individual sensors installed throughout Bendigo. Head of La Trobe’s Technology Innovation Lab in Bendigo, Dr Simon Egerton, said the results of this project could have implications for the way people in Bendigo work and play. “Our sensors are incredibly accurate and responsive. Once installed, we will be able to give residents a much more accurate reading of the temperature in their local area,” Dr Egerton said. “We might find that some areas of Bendigo are up to two or three degrees cooler than others – having implications for the way people plan their day and protect themselves from extreme temperatures,” he said. Council’s innovation officer Chris Rowlands said the project could also inform

HOT TOPIC: Myl Duffy’s station is ready to report. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN council’s planning. “More accurate temperature readings will help us make important decisions on how to best manage heat in the city – such as where we plant trees, how and where we design infrastructure, and improvements to the developments we approve,” he said. “With an understanding of temperature impacts, we can potentially make changes, and investments that will help to cool hotter areas of the city,” Mr Rowlands said. Members of the commu-

nity are being invited to volunteer to have sensors installed in their yards or places of work. The team need around 100 sensors spread throughout Bendigo, including the suburbs. “It’s important that we cover the whole city thoroughly, as temperatures might vary significantly from one area to the next,” Dr Egerton said. The project has been piloted over recent months, with sensors installed at La Trobe’s Flora Hill campus and areas in Epsom in late 2018. Future development of the

project could see additional information gathered like rainfall and wind speeds. Open source access to the Internet of Things – a network of internet-enabled devices that gather and share data – first became available in Bendigo in 2018, through a La Trobe and City of Greater Bendigo partnership project. Members of the community interested in the Clever Weather Project can find out more by calling 5434 6155, or visiting cleverweather

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Property winners

THE Real Estate Institute of Victoria’s latest data reveals regional Victoria’s property market was the star performer in the 2018 calendar year, with a 5.5 per cent annual increase in the median house price to $400,000 (up from $379,000) and annual increases of more than 20 per cent in the top five towns. “The 2.5 per cent increase in the median house price for the December quarter was the second strongest for the year, in contrast to metropolitan Melbourne which had its weakest quarter,” REIV president Robyn Waters said. “Our latest data showed some surprise quarterly increases in inland Victoria with Golden Point, Irymple and Daylesford all achieving an uplift of more than nine per cent.”

Locally, Junortoun led the way with a median price of $603,000 representing a 16.4 per cent lift, while Strathdale’s median price of $445,000 was up about 11 per cent. Maiden Gully rose to $475,000 and in Quarry Hill, there was a 5.7 per cent increase to $398,000. The December quarter saw a drop in metropolitan Melbourne’s median house price of 3.7 per cent to $796,500 while regional Victoria’s went up by 2.5 per cent. Ms Waters said properties are being tightly held in inner Melbourne as vendors wait out this period while the markets in outer Melbourne and regional Victoria are stronger as buyers are inclined to snap up more affordable options. “There is no doubt that the

banks’ tighter lending conditions are contributing to this trend as are incentives for first homebuyers which encourage the purchase of affordable properties, more likely to be found in outer Melbourne or regional Victoria,” Ms Waters said. “That said, there were a few inner suburbs – Malvern East, Thornbury and Hawthorn – that fared well in the last quarter of 2018 thanks to an increase in the number and value of sales from the September quarter. This is a good indication that confidence is starting to pick up in the prestige areas.” Ms Waters said the REIV expects Victoria’s property market to remain steady in the first half of 2019 as we await the outcome of the banking Royal Commission and federal election but things should

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begin to look up again in the second half of the year.” Melbourne’s median house price increased 1.4 per cent to $826,500 (from $815,000) and the unit price increased 1.8 per cent to $597,000 (from $586,500) in the 2018 calendar year. Ms Waters said that despite low confidence, sluggish auction clearance rates and a 20 per cent reduction in residential property sales in the past 12 months, vendors are still getting good prices for their homes when they do sell. “Confidence is a major factor in the property market and this latest REIV data is showing that the market overall is steady, coming off an increase in the median house price of 13.2 per cent in 2017 which could not be sustained.”



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City’s wish list on the record From Page 1 “We will need to house a lot more artifacts and really, Bendigo is on the map in terms of that and we know that from all the activities that happen at the Easter Festival.” The $54-million highend hotel would offer more than 100 jobs once completed, and is expected to be privately funded. Up to $4.4 million is being sought for a new Bendigo Airport terminal, and the priority document also states that duplication of the rail line between Bendigo and Kyneton is “critical to support the growth of Bendigo and central Victoria, together with any future fast rail or airport link plans”, and that further decentralisation of government jobs can only occur if there is appropriate investment in the relevant infrastructure. Plans first unveiled by the Weekly in 2018 for Bendigo Heritage Attractions’ overhaul of the Central Deborah complex include a function centre, museum and exhibition space and improved retail spaces. The city will seek up to two million dollars from

BLANK CANVAS: Maree Tonkin highlights the site for the mural. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Mural call is out for street artists THE council is calling for expressions of interest from experienced mural and street artists to create a new artwork. The large-scale artwork will be painted onto the side of the building on the corner of Myers and Mitchell streets, facing onto Myers Street. The maximum scale of the artwork would be 10 metres high by 10m wide. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Maree Tonkin said this was an exciting opportunity for someone to deliver a

new, vibrant piece of public art. “There is no theme for the work but artists will need to propose an original piece that best demonstrates creative practice, talent and skill, and has not been repeated,” Ms Tonkin said. “The council is excited to have secured another large-scale canvas ready for someone to leave their creative mark. “The finished artwork will be a great addition to the street-art scene that has developed across Greater Bendigo in

the past few years, including the transformed Pennyweight Walk, Bath Lane and Chancery Lane murals, Art in the Conservatory and the Elmore Swimming Pool platypus mural.” Apply by Monday, February 18. The successful artist will be advised in March and the artwork will need to be installed between April and June. Details from About/Document-Library/Mitchell-Streetwall-art



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the federal government and three million from the state government as part of plans to lift admissions and improve future operations and complement the tourism offer in Bendigo and the region, as part of a package of works described as a “game changer”. Cr O’Rourke described waste recovery as a serious issue for every council in Australia, and the city’s election prospectus details a projected $30 million regional-scale waste facility within the southern area of the Bendigo region, most likely a waste to energy option to maximise resource recovery for municipal, commercial and industrial waste. “Challenges around the cost of living, around energy, around waste, all those issues particularly from a local government point of view, I think federally governments haven’t been close to local government and I’d love to see that come back and be a bit closer,” Cr O’Rourke said. ”I think we have to work much more closely with both the state and federal governments.”

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AFTER 48 years, Father Rom Hayes – a name that’s become synonymous with St Kilian’s parish, has decided it’s time to hang up the robe and call it day. Ordained in 1971, Fr Rom has worked far and wide, having a brief stint as a young priest in Bendigo, 12 years in Peru, then undertaking study in the United States before returning to spend 15 years at St Kilian’s. He said it was a love for what he does, and the faith community in which he’s served, which has kept him going. “I came here 15 years ago and found that this parish was a marvellous community, and I’ve found a lot of fulfillment and happiness working here,” he said. While in Bendigo, Fr Rom has led the diocese’s fundraising campaign for Caritas’ Project Compassion, an interest he grew from working within villages in South America. “It was mostly around poverty and what the church can do for the poor, and when I came

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Charity windfall THE state government has announced details of a $50,000 grant to the Bendigo Animal Welfare Community Service for the construction of a training facility for rescue dogs to exercise, rehabilitate, train and socialise. The areas will provide safe, secure spaces for dogs of all sizes. The funding has been awarded as part of the first round of grants administered by Animal Welfare Victoria and is the sixth round of grants supported by the government’s Animal Welfare Grants Fund. Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said animal welfare matters to all Victorians and that was why the government was getting on with giving animal shelters and rescues the funds they need to support more animals. “We’re improving the welfare of animals across Victoria through a range of measures, including funding to improve current shelters, facilities and programs, and by reforming of Victoria’s animal welfare laws, including ending cruel and barbaric puppy farming.” Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said the funding would make a difference to dogs in Bendigo and create a supportive environment in which they can thrive well into the future. All applications for grants were reviewed by a panel of three department staff and one external assessor approved by the minister, with not-for-profit animal welfare organisations eligible to seek large grants of up to $50,000 and small grants of up to $10,000.

back to Australia I wanted to continue that work, and reach out in an effective way – help the poor help themselves,” he said. “It’s human development.” Fr Rom said what he’ll miss most are Saturday and Sunday celebrations of the Eucharist with the parish community. “Because it’s always, always a happy time, and then afterwards we stand around outside and talk, very often with a cuppa,” he said. “It’s a very social community ... it’s a good community seven days of the week, but the highlights are when we come together for our Eucharist.” There’ll be no rest in retirement for Fr Rom, with the fishing of redfin and golden perch on the banks of the Campaspe top of the list. And, he’s still planning to attend Sunday morning mass with the parish he loves – instead this time, from the other side. “It’s been a very blessed vocation.” RETIRING: Father Rom Hayes. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN



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RSPCA loses contract

STAFF at RSPCA Bendigo will be out of a job on July 1 as the council takes over pound services. For more than 20 years, RSPCA Victoria has worked with the City of Greater Bendigo to provide an animal shelter and through a contract, pound services for the local Bendigo area. Their contract expires on June 30, and council will take over the operation of pound services. This decision was made following discussions about changes to RSPCA Victoria’s fee structure. RSPCA Victoria’s Tegan McPherson said the planned changes to the fee structure were to ensure cost recovery from contracted services, which has not been the

case in Bendigo. “These changes ensure the sustainability of our organisation so that we can continue to invest in ending cruelty to all animals from now into the future,” Ms McPherson said.

pound, and RSPCA Victoria staff and volunteers will be able to apply for roles but will not be directly transitioned to the council’s team. Ms McPherson said where this is not possible, RSPCA Victoria will provide ongoing support to staff

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“It is vital that we can provide important animal welfare services and programs across the state in the long term. “We are mindful that this is a difficult time for local staff members and volunteers.” The council will establish its own staff structure to operate the


and volunteers during this transition period. “Staff will also be supported in identifying and securing redeployment opportunities within the organisation where this is appropriate,” Ms McPherson said. Safe and Healthy Environments manager Caroline Grylls

said the council does not anticipate any change to the level of service by providing it in-house. “Come July it will be business as usual at the pound and animal shelter and all of the services currently provided will still be available,” Ms Grylls said. “The council brought its animal ranger services back in-house in 2013 without any major changes to the service and we expect the return of the pound and animal shelter services to be a similar experience. “While we expect there will be some significant set up costs in terms of compliance, accommodation and staff recruitment we are planning on delivering an efficient and cost effective service in the future.”

BDAC gains authorisation BENDIGO and District Aboriginal Co-operative has received full authorisation of Section 18 of the Children, Youth and Families Act of 2005. This provides the organisation with responsibility for childrens’ case management and case plans, after an order by the children’s court was issued. Authorisation for the program, named Mutjang Bupuwingarrak Mukan, has been developing since 2004, when discussions first began on exploring how the community could assist decision making for children. It follows a successful pilot which began in 2016, working with 15 children at any one time. BDAC chief Raylene Harradine said being given the opportunity to extend the program meant their community could move forward. “Our community are going to be stronger, our children are going to be in the best places that they can be, and for us to support them,” she said. Ms Harradine said initially some families didn’t understand the full extent of Section 18. “But when they got engaged in the program, they realised the potential that it has for them as parents, but also the benefit it has for their children,” she said. “It’s a win-win situation for us.” In the first 12 months of the program, 36 students are expected to be in BDAC’s care – extending to another 36 after.

CELEBRATION: The announcememnt was marked with dance. This will lead to a growing of the centre’s case management team, which currently includes eight staff. BDAC receiving full authorisation is part of the Victorian government’s Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care program. Minister for Child Protection Luke Donnellan, who was in Bendigo on Monday for the

launch, said the program was an important step for aboriginal self determination and self management. “This is the most obvious thing that a young person would want to be with their tribe ... because there is so much to understand, so much to learn about the longest living civilization in the world.” – Sam Kane

Library moves on safety A NEW program uses a cultural change approach to improve cyber safety and reduce cyber bullying, and it’s online at Goldfields Libraries There are three eSmart programs, eSmart Schools, eSmart Libraries and the eSmart Digital Licence. The Alannah and Madeline Foundation and the Telstra Foundation formed a partnership in 2012 to develop and implement the program. The eSmart Libraries program provides a framework for libraries, staff and library users to help integrate better cyber safety practices and promote the safe use of online technology in communities. “Our libraries see more than 1.4 million visitors each year and with an increasing demand for public computers, internet and wi-fi, it’s important that we understand how to stay safe online,” Goldfields Libraries CEO Mark Hands said. “Throughout 2018 we worked towards our accreditation by understanding the issues faced by our patrons and staff regarding online experiences. “We all want to have positive and safe experiences online and we want to support our patrons to achieve this.” The library group reviewed and updated the relevant governance documents to ensure the organisation was aware of good online practises and that they collect and stored data appropriately. “We will be providing information and resources to our patrons and library members to spread the eSmart message, this includes a series of posters of tips for staying safe online,” Mr Hands said. “Now that we are eSmart accredited, we will continue to deliver the eSmart message and provide our communities with safe and accessible places to engage online.” For more information and online resources that can assist you in safe cyber use, visit

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COMMUNITY EFFORT: Carolynn Roberts, Julie Clark, Anthea Taylor and Charlotte Fisher. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN THE Long Gully People’s Pantry is geared for a super year. With new cupboards supplied by radio RRR and a brand new double freezer courtesy of a Rotary grant, co-ordinator Anthea Taylor said the pantry could now store a greater variety of foods.

The refrigerated items are also supplemented with vegetables from their community garden. Membership of the pantry costs $10 a term and members commit to helping twice a term. In return members are entitled to choose items each Tuesday between 10.30am and 11.30am.

“We have about 22 families on our books,” Anthea said, “We certanly have room for more if they are interested in belonging to a community organisation. “The basic idea behind the pantry is to encourage a community of people who can support

each other and also run the pantry themselves.” If you are interested in joining the pantry, contact co-ordinator Anthea Taylor on 0409 136567 The People’s Pantry is at St Matthew’s hall, corner of Creeth Street and Eaglehawk Road.

THE Bendigo Youth Choir is gearing up to hold auditions for 2019, so if you know a young person aged six to 25 who loves to sing, now is the time to register your interest. The choir was founded in 1984, and in its 35 years has gained international recognition, performing in the United States, Canada, and most recently France to commemorate the end of World War I. Founder and artistic director Valerie Broad OAM said the choir has provided many opportunities to young people through their music over the years. “Over the last two years the children have experienced a variety of performances within Bendigo, Melbourne and internationally and already the next two years is shaping up to hold lots of exciting adventures for the children.” There are two choirs, reserve and performing, with rehearsals commencing for the upcoming year on Wednesday, January 30. Auditions will be held at St Andrew’s Church hall in Myers Street by appointment on Monday, January 28. Call choir manager Rosalie Rogers on 0427 250 768 for an allocated audition time.

Creators market makes its way back THE Creators market returns to Bendigo Stadium on Saturday, February 9. It’s now held from 9am until 2pm. The event will be bringing back many regular stall holders as well plenty of fresh faces showcasing the best handmade and homemade crafters, artists and culinary wizards for a one-day event celebrating locally made products.

The event will feature a wide range of homewares, clothing, children’s toys, beauty and bath products, jewellery, plenty of sweets and savouries and more. “Bendigo has always been a great location for the market,” event organiser Megan Luscombe said. “The local makers here are incredibly talented and the community are always keen to

come out and support the event. “The Creators Market is all about the shopping experience. As a visitor you can meet the designer or maker, talk to them about their product and know that you’re supporting a small business. You know exactly where your dollar is going and you’re supporting local.” Visit the website at:

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TRAVELLERS have been urged to stay vigilant and not let complacency creep in as the region prepares for more extreme weather during the long weekend. CFA chief officer Steve Warrington said fire danger ratings of Severe were forecast for large sections of the state on Friday when many Victorians head off for Australia Day long weekend trips. “We’re keeping a close eye on the conditions so that Victorians can have the best information to make sound decisions about their safety. Fire danger ratings tell you

how dangerous a fire would be if one started,” he said. “Victoria is an amazing place and there’s so much to discover across our state, but it’s also one of the most fire prone regions in the world and the only way that you can guarantee your safety during a bushfire is not being in it. Waiting until one starts can mean risking your life. “Whether you’re heading for the beach, bush or rivers and lakes, make sure you know what fire district you will be holidaying in – and which ones

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you will pass through along the way.” Chief officer Warrington urged holidaymakers to make it a habit to check the fire danger ratings every day and knowing which rating is their trigger to leave. “If you haven’t already, download the VicEmergency app and make sure you use the feature to set up watch zones for the location you’re visiting, as well as for areas you’ll be travelling through. “When arriving at your destination, talk to locals and find out where to go if you get caught out

by a bushfire and are unable to safely leave the area. “Do not drive into or through high risk areas on hot, dry, windy days. Plan an alternate route or delay your travel if possible. “CFA is part of the fabric of country Victoria and we want nothing more than to welcome you to enjoy the best of what it has to offer, but make sure you stay safe.” Today has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban throughout Victoria. Bendigo is expecting a maximum temperature of up to 45 degrees today before a late cool change.



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A PROGRAM designed to reduce the level of conflict, and increase the level of safety and respect between patients and health practitioners was launched on Wednesday at Bendigo Health. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley visited the emergency department to launch the Safewards in Emergency Departments pilot. Bendigo Health’s mental health inpatient unit was one of 13 wards across seven hospitals involved in a Safewards trial in 2014-15. This inpatient unit model will be adapted to emergency depart-

ments and Bendigo Health will be one of only two sites to pilot this. The 18-month pilot will provide training to staff to identify people who could be a danger to themselves, hospital staff and other patients. The program teaches staff how they can reduce conflicts and the need for restrictive intervention such as medications, sedations and restraints by recognising the triggers which can put patients and staff at risk, and dealing with them before they escalate. As part of the pilot, Bendigo Health staff may offer sensory equipment such as weighted toys

and blankets to calm people, using quiet spaces or providing exercise equipment. The program has been a key feature of clinical mental health facilities for many years but has never been rolled out at a hospital emergency department. The Safewards model originated in the United Kingdom and was rolled out at all mental health services in Victoria in 2016 after a successful trial. Mr Foley said the government has introduced significant improvements to keep doctors, nurses and other health and mental health professionals safe.

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Oiling the country cogs KEVIN Cail was named Citizen of the Year and Sam Kane was named Young Citizen of the Year by mayor Margaret O’Rourke this week. What became apparent as councillor O’Rourke made the announcements, is that every community relies on stalwart volunteers who quietly go about the business of oiling the cogs of country life.

A proud Cr O’Rourke said both Kevin and Sam had been recognised for their volunteer work. “The city is delighted to honour Kevin and Sam. Their actions demonstrate what being part of a community is all about and what the city seeks to recognise through these awards – kind, hard-working and selfless people who strive to help others

and make a difference. “This is the highest honour the city can place on two residents who serve as great role models for others. “Congratulations to Kevin and Sam, thank you for your contribution to our community and best wishes for the next 12 months as you serve as ambassadors for Greater Bendigo.” Retired farmer Kevin Cail is

often described as “Mr Kamarooka” for his community work and Sam Kane meanwhile has been recognised for his service to the Golden Square community among many other activities. Both Kevin and Sam said they were surprised and delighted to be given the gongs and would be proud to represent the City of Greater Bendigo during the Australia Day ceremonies.

Cail has reserve KEVIN Cail told the media gathering he was not expecting the accolade. “I feel overwhelmed,” he said. “I’ve been secretary on the Kamarooka reserve committee for 45 years. “We had a grazing, fat lamb and grain property and I’ve still got the farming gear. “It’s nothing for me to go over to the reserve with my dog and chainsaw and keep the place tidy,” he said. “If people want to book the hall for a reunion or a function of some sort they know they can come through us.” “We’re building a disability ramp at the moment. Well, you’ve got to have one of them don’t you?” Over the years his efforts have ensured the facility is suitable for many clubs and

community events, including the former Northern United Football and Cricket Clubs, tennis matches, landcare groups, ladies events, sheep auctions, dog training and the all-important annual Kamarooka Picnic. Mr Cail also acts as the unofficial historian of the area. “I have the knowledge of who the families are and where different things came from. “There are about 70 or 80 people out this way, it’ a good place to live and we’re only about 25 kilometres from Bendigo. “I can hardly say I’ve retired,” Kevin said. “Our grandchildren keep us pretty busy as well. PARK LIFE: Kevin Cail. Photos: ANDREW PERRYMAN

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Kane makes a splash SAM Kane is 20-years-old and is respected in the Golden Square community for his dedication and interest in helping others. He has been volunteering at the Golden Square Swimming Pool since he was 14, supporting fundraising efforts, attending working bees, working in the kiosk and promoting pool events. He is now president of the pool committee and also assists with social media promotion for Golden Square Kindergarten and the Bendigo Youth Choir. More especially as far as the Weekly is concerned, he has been working with our newspaper casually since 2014. He was school cap-

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Eaglehawk set to celebrate LIVE, learn, lead are this year’s themes for Australia Day celebrations hosted by the Rotary Club of Eaglehawk. Hundreds of people are expected to gather at Canterbury Gardens to honour three legends in their own right who champion lifelong learning and the belief that people of all abilities can reach their potential. Receiving the 2019 Eaglehawk Citizen of the Year award will be Brian Bourke. Mr Bourke has a combined a 60-year career in the classroom and countless hours volunteering for community and church groups. “I am excited and honoured to be acknowledged,” Mr Bourke said. “We’re lucky to live where we live, and we love where we live. There are so many opportunities to connect with the

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A chance to let go By FIONA BRADSHAW HAVE you ever driven past Ewing Park on a Saturday morning and thought, what on earth are these people doing? Short answer – they’re laughing. I had heard about the Bendigo Laughter Club on the radio years ago and often considered going along. I decided to take the plunge and head along to find out what it was all about. I drove in and found the park and a couple of cars patiently waiting, for what I wasn’t sure, but I had a gazillion questions and just

as many giggles floating through my mind before I even got out of the car. Next thing there came an onslaught of smiling faces and I must say, the warmest, most generous and heartfelt greetings I have ever encountered. Some people provided a simple introduction, others hugs and handshakes. Exercises were imaginative, at times hilarious and sometimes in honesty a little embarrassing, but amazingly, only for a fleeting moment. It might sound a little corny, but I found the experience quite exhilarating. At first, I was laughing at

the situation, then at myself and all the while, holding my stomach with tears rolling down my cheeks. I must say though, it was the best way to start the day. We shared our joy and laughter with each other and we shared it with strangers as well. From the lady walking her dog, the cyclists and the motorists passing by, all waving at us and smiling. What an amazing gift to share – happiness. Research shows that laughter can contribute to increasing health in our immune, cardiovascular and nervous system as well. No wonder they

say laughter is the best medicine. Did you know, tears of laughter actually flush toxins from our body? Well, I really did purge on Saturday let me tell you. I was surprised to learn that there are over 50 laughter clubs nationally with more than 30 of those being here in Victoria and many in rural and remote areas. The Bendigo Laughter Club meets at 8.30am every Saturday at Ewing Park on the Williamson Street side. All you need to bring is yourself and be prepared to let yourself go. Oh, and it’s free.

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Country Week cricket heats up EMU Valley scored one of the upsets of Bendigo Country Week cricket action by downing the highly fancied Wangaratta at Bell Oval on Wednesday. Playing in searing heat, the local side toiled hard with the ball to restrict the visitors to a hard fought 134, and then overcame a touch of nerves to make

4-147 in reply, as part of an enthralling Division One contest. The annual Country Week draws the best country cricketers from around the state to Bendigo for top class action throughout the week, culminating in finals in three highly competitive divisions. Associations represented in-

clude Castlemaine, Gisborne, Emu Valley, Goulburn Murray, Murray Valley, Wangaratta, Grassmere, Colac, Grampians, Northern Districts, Red Cliffs, Portland, Northern United, Wimmera-Mallee, Upper Loddon and Maryborough. Bendigo Country Week concludes today.

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Conducted by Rotary Club of Bendigo Sandhurst 9am – 3pm (official ceremony 10.30am) Barbecue, live entertainment, family activities, community displays, and Rotary art and craft market. Lake Weeroona, Napier Street

Conducted by Huntly Epsom Lions Club 6.30pm – 8.30pm (official ceremony 6.30pm) Free barbecue dinner, entertainment, jumping castle. Garden of Remembrance (next to Huntly Hall), Midland Highway



Conducted by Lions Club of Maiden Gully/Marong 7.30am – 9am (official ceremony 8am) Barbecue breakfast, civil ceremony, live music and a jumping castle. Maiden Gully Community Centre, Cnr Calder Highway and Beckhams Road

Conducted by Goornong Swimming Pool Committee 2pm – 7pm (no official ceremony) Free community barbecue at 5pm. Water activities throughout the afternoon. Goornong Swimming Pool, Bagshot Street

Conducted by Junortoun Community Action Group and Junortoun CFA 8am – 10am (official ceremony 8.30am) Barbecue breakfast provided. Junortoun CFA, Popes Road



Conducted by Axedale Our Town Our Future 8am – 10am (official ceremony 8.30am) Barbecue, flag raising, music and award presentations. Axedale Hall Park, High Street

Conducted by Rotary Club of Eaglehawk Australia Day Committee 8am – 10.30am (official ceremony 9am) Live radio broadcast, Australia Day Ambassador guest speaker, free community breakfast, councillor address, flag raising ceremony, live music performance, presentation of Eaglehawk Citizen of the Year. Canterbury Park, Simpsons Road

Heathcote Conducted by The Never Give Up Group 10.30am – 12.30pm (official ceremony 11am) Free community barbecue. Heathcote Bowling Club, Herriot Street

Kangaroo Flat Conducted by Lions Club of Kangaroo Flat 8am – 10 am (official ceremony 8.30am) Barbecue breakfast, civic ceremony and musical entertainment. Browning Street Oval, Browning Street

Elmore Conducted by Elmore Progress Association 8am – 10.30am (official ceremony 9.15am) Barbecue breakfast, guest speaker and live music. Railway Square, Railway Place

Golden Square Conducted by Golden Square Swimming Pool volunteers 8am – 6pm (official ceremony 9.30am) Free community barbecue, official ceremony, games, competitions and prizes throughout the day, and live entertainment. Golden Square Swimming Pool, Maple Street

Mia Mia Conducted by Mia Mia Mechanics Institute Committee 8am – 10am (official ceremony 8am) Barbecue breakfast, guest speakers. Mia Mia Mechanics Institute, Valley Road

Strathfieldsaye Conducted by 1st Strathfieldsaye Scout Group and Strathfieldsaye Lions Club 8am – 9.45am (official ceremony 8.45am) Free barbecue breakfast, face painting, civic ceremony, group displays. Strathfieldsaye Shopping Centre, Wellington Way

All pools in Greater Bendigo will be open for free on Australia Day, including Peter Krenz Leisure Centre

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The facts of the matter HAVING just read Mr R Sadler’s response to my letter (Cart before the horse, Weekly, January 18) I am wondering which of Mr Arscott’s “facts” Mr Sadler thinks I have failed to recognise. I am reminded of Groucho Marx: “These are the facts, but if you don’t like them ... I have others.” Perhaps I can clarify things with some facts for both Mr Arscott and Mr Sadler. Firstly, about Israel and Palestine. As we know, the state of Israel was established in 1948. One consequence of this was the expulsion of the indigenous Palestinians, the vast majority of whom and their descendants have never been allowed by Israel to return to their homeland. Another is the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, where approximately two million people live under perpetual siege and have no voting rights or legal status. These are facts. So can Israel truly be called a democracy in these circumstances? On what basis can Israel justify its demand that Palestine recognise its right to exist when it continues to deny Palestinians their rights? Secondly, Mr Sadler says “By paying people smugglers, destroying identity papers in order to queue jump, and enter illegally these people placed themselves in legal limbo.” There you have all the prevailing negative attitudes together in one sentence. But are these the facts that Mr Sadler thinks will “prevail over fiction”? Of all the asylum seekers that Mr Sadler personally knows, how many of them have told him that they actually did do these things just to get here? He also suggests that parents would have “ulterior motive” and use their sick children as “leverage”. Is there evidence for this appalling claim? His responses to these questions would be illuminating. It is not illegal to be a refugee or an asylum seeker, but the two are not the same. Put simply, asylum seekers have the right under international law to seek safety in another country when they genuinely believe they are in mortal danger in the country they are fleeing. They become refugees once their claim to refugee status has been verified in the country where they seek protection. The “legal limbo” they therefore experience is not of their own making, as the countries

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they arrive in determine whether or when they qualify as refugees. This is why the children on Nauru and Manus have no legal status – their parents have none unless or until the Australian government determines it. But Mr Dutton himself has said that these people will never be allowed to settle in Australia. These are facts. Thirdly, Mr Sadler has misread my comments on changing the date of Australia Day. I did not suggest that changing the date will solve every problem. I did not even mention changing the date. I suggested that since the date has different significance for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, acknowledging those differences could be a starting point. To quote the editorial (Marking the day, January 18): “We can’t right the wrongs of our ancestors. We can’t pretend it didn’t happen, but we really need a day that at least attempts to bring us all together.” Indeed. Julie Hopper, Bendigo

Vacant site I RECEIVED information recently from the Minister for Education James Merlino with reference to the old school land in Golden Square. Information to the effect that the land and premises at Laurel Street was offered to our city council as an opportunity to purchase the site for community use at a reduced value. Secondly, that while the site remains owned by the Department of Education, it is maintained by the Victorian School Building Authority. The VSBA is happy to consider proposals from community organisations for interim use of former school sites while the process of rezoning and sale is proceeding. Now this raises the question as to whether the council advised community groups of this years ago when the school closed and why the VSBA wasn’t maintaining the site? I thought that we the people owned the site as it is crown or state land. We need a forward looking group to get involved in this issue, as this site has been vacant for years. Bill Collier, Golden Square

The ADF cadets program A COMMUNITY-BASED youth development program is shaping the future leaders of Australian society

PICK OF THE WEEK: The pipe organ at St Kilian’s Church. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN For more photos go to in almost 500 locations throughout our nation. The Australian Defence Force Cadets program has more than 25,000 young participants, who are mentored and supervised by 4000 adult “officers and instructors”. The ADF’s three services (navy, army and air force) each support a cadet organisation, where young Australians build their personal leadership skills, self-discipline and resilience whilst undertaking a range of activities in a military-like environment. The teenage participants are also introduced to the ADF’s customs, values and traditions in the three cadet organisations, and their exposure to military personnel and assets often whets the youngsters’ appetites for a career in the ADF. The ADF Cadets program offers an extensive range of contemporary activities, often in a group setting, designed to encourage leadership and teamwork amongst the participants. In addition to traditional training in field craft, navigation, power boating, sailing and even gliding, the three cadet organisations now provide opportunities for youngsters to experience STEM activities such as robotics and operation of drone aircraft. In mid-2018 I met a contingent of ADF cadets at the commemorative events for the centenary of the final major battles of World War I, in the French city of Amiens. A contingent of 16 ADF cadets,

from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, also travelled to France for these special events. I was immediately impressed by these young men and women, who were outstanding ambassadors for our nation. I have no doubt that the qualities they displayed in this highprofile international setting were generated, at least in part, by their participation in the ADF cadets. The ADF Cadets program is open to young people aged 13 to 17. The program puts young people on the path to success in their future lives – as good citizens and, in many cases, leaders of Australian communities. Darren Chester, Minister for Defence Personnel

Testing questions IN response to Michelle Goldsmith’s letter re pill testing, (Bendigo Weekly, January 11), I fail to understand why the government should use taxpayers’ money to fund the program. I believe the testing is designed to stop people dying from using illicit pills at music festivals – how about not taking them in the first place? They are adults and they know the risks, they are willing to take them and should be prepared to suffer the consequences. If the government decides to

introduce the program, how can they include tests for new pills emerging on the market? Will there be more people dying from taking pills because they have a false sense of security that the pills are tested? Will the government be subjected to legal action for negligence later on? The safe injecting room in Richmond is for people way down that path and there is a question of public safety. Nobody wants to step on syringes while going about their dayto-day business, such as shopping, dining, working and taking the kids to school. As a parent, I can’t bubble wrap my kids, but I can teach them right and wrong, explain to them why people die unnecessarily and how their loved ones are affected. Ann Tang, North Bendigo

Fatal stagnation US basketball coach John Wooden once said: “Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be”. This seems to accurately reflect the record of our federal government torn apart by constant factional bickering and an implacable inability to escape the discredited ideology of old. Gregory Clark, Woodend


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Unsung heroes

WHATEVER your views on Australia Day, as a celebration and acknowledgement of some of the wonderful people who continue to make a selfless contribution to the community they are part of, it stands alone. No other occasion provides such clarity as to who some of those previously unsung heroes actually are, or what their story is. While we here at the Weekly have been privileged to know the City of Greater Bendigo Young Citizen of the Year Sam Kane for some time, learning more about Citizen of the Year Kevin Cail has been an absolute joy. The absolute humility, dedication, loyalty and unwavering pride in the community that Mr Cail has shown to the rest of us these past few days is just a brief extract of what he has done for the broader Kamarooka community he so loves, for so much longer. His unyielding and simple approach to getting on with the job has been refreshing to witness as it unfolds, and his life example provides a wonderful lesson to the rest of us about what makes a difference in any community. Similarly, Sam Kane has managed to fit a passion for his Golden Square community into his youthful character that belies his age, and from

Editorial Comment a much younger age Sam has been a leader who seems destined to achieve a lot in his life. And at Eaglehawk, Brian Bourke and Aimee Croft provide two more examples of lives we can all look to and be grateful for. Simply put, Bendigo needs more people like Kevin and Sam, and Brian and Aimee. Equally, the emergence this month of Greater Bendigo’s first Youth Council will undoubtedly help foster a generation of community leaders and achievers whose contributions will be many. It would be a mistake to think this group’s relative youth would in any way hinder what they are capable of achieving. One of the good things about this year’s Greater Bendigo Citizen of the Year awards has been the large number of people put forward by others in the community who consider them worthy of the honour. This is a healthy sign, and one that cannot be allowed to pass with-

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Grocery distribution: Bendigo Baptist Community Care: Life Essentials, 214 Hargreaves St, for thought Bendigo. Tues and Thurs. 5441 4747. Bendigo Family & Financial Services Inc: Myers Street, Bendigo. Ph: 5441 5277. Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm. Community Foodshare Axedale: Axedale Hall, Axedale. Ph: 0438 997 649. Fridays from 1pm. Community Houses: Long Gully Neighbourhood Cntr: Humboldt Dve. 5442 1165. Wed am (bread only). Food Support 3556, Eaglehawk Community House, 19 Bright St. Ph: 5446 8322. Mon - Fri, 9am-2.30pm. Foodcare 3556: Eaglehawk Uniting Church, cnr Peg Leg Rd/Kirkwood Rd, Tues and Wed 1.30pm–4pm. Ph 0403 698 715. Giving and Living Op Shops: Shed 3, 75 Beischer Street, East Bendigo, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am1pm. Ph 5444 2882 and 671 Midland Highway, Huntly Ph 5448 8434. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. Heathcote Foodshare Hub: 76 High Street, Heathcote. Ph: 0429 488 678. Mon-Fri 9am-2pm. Sat 9am-1pm. Sun by appointment. St Vincent de Paul (phone for appointment): 16 Hopetoun St, Bendigo. 5443 5688. Mon/Tues/Thurs and Fri, 10am–1.30pm. Kangaroo Flat–117 High St. 5447 9800. Mon–Fri, 10am–1pm. 82 High St, Eaglehawk. Ph: 5446 2548. Tues and Thurs 10am–1pm, Friday 1pm–4pm Uniting Bendigo Emergency Relief Centres: Bendigo: 25 Forest St. 5443 4972. Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri 10am-12.15pm and 1.30pm-3.45pm. Kangaroo Flat: Cnr. Church and Camp sts. 5443 5458. Tues and Fri 10am–1pm. Victory Foodbank: 110 Garsed St. Bendigo. Ph: 5443 5998. Mon-Fri, 10am–12pm.

Community Meals and Soup Kitchens: Bendigo Baptist Community Care: Life Essentials, 214 Hargreaves St, Bendigo. 5441 4747. Tues 7.45am. Community Soup Luncheon: White Hills Uniting Church, Napier St. Ph: 5441 1417. Fri 12pm-1.30pm Eaglehawk Community House: 19 Bright St. 5446 8322. Tues noon and 6pm ($2 donation), Thurs 8.15am-9am ($1 donation). Fork in the Road Soup Kitchen: The Arcade, 165-171 Hargreaves St, Bendigo. Ph: 5448 1600. Thurs, 4pm-4.45pm. Kangaroo Flat Community Meals: Rotary Gateway Park, High St, Kangaroo Flat, Wed 5.30pm. Not Just Soup - Soup Kitchen: A Reasonable Christianity Church, 237 High St, Golden Square - back room. Ph: 0404 559 769. Sun 3.30pm-4.40pm, Thurs 5pm-6pm. Our Shed: 14 Sailors Gully Road, Eaglehawk. 5446 8813. Fri (Nov-April) 7.30am. Saltworks Community Meal: Eaglehawk Anglican Church, 63 High St, Eaglehawk. Ph: 5446 8251. Fri 5.45pm (except Jan or public holidays). St Liborius: Parish Centre, 50 Panton St, Eaglehawk. 5446 8235. Tues 11.30am (school terms). Uniting Bendigo - Cuppa With Company: Uniting Church Hall, 21 Forest St, Bendigo. Ph: 5443 4972. Thurs noon2pm Uniting Kangaroo Flat - Community Meal: Cnr Church and Camp sts, Kangaroo Flat. Ph: 5447 9998. Fourth Wednesday of every month, noon.

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PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given that Telstra has applied to lease unreserved Crown land, pursuant to Section 134 of the Land Act 1958, for a term of Twenty-one (21) years over Crown land being Crown Allotment 234H, Parish of Sandhurst containing 387 square metres (more or less) as delineated on OP119342 as a site for “construction, maintenance and operation of a telecommunications network and telecommunications service and associated services.

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En avant with Castlemaine Ballet CASTLEMAINE Ballet Academy has been providing a friendly and supportive environment under the direction of principal Kate Kaleb since 2011. “We teach the internationally renowned Cecchetti (classical) ballet syllabus, with a range of classes designed to suit students from beginner to advanced,” Kate said. A lifetime ballet dancer and fourth generation Cecchetti teacher with international experience in both contemporary and jazz techniques, Kate ensures all the academy’s students receive encouraging and nurturing tuition. Being a community run not-for-profit organisation, with a student centred approach to learning, students benefit from the small classes with individual attention from the team of experienced, skilled dance teachers with years of professional performing and teaching experience. Castlemaine Ballet Academy accepts students from three-years-of-age with beginners from any age always welcome. There is even adult classes in both


DAN E From $12 a week!

0401 978 607

classical ballet and jazz dance and classes for younger dancers including teenagers in contemporary, classical (including pointe) and jazz ballet.

To advertise your business in the classified section of the Bendigo Weekly call Jacinta today on

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Students may commence at any time, space permitting with term one for 2109 getting under way from Monday, February 4. “Our annual end of year concerts are always a highlight and a memorable experience for both performers and audience,” Kate said. “Each year we create an original theatrical performance, with a story-line and a cast of fabulous characters. “Last year our story featured clouds, a prince and princesses, fairies, unicorns and lots of rainbows.” To find out more visit their website at or visit their Facebook page.

Bendigo Ballet Co. Dance classes in Ballet styles, Classical, Jazz and Lyrical For ages 5+

Find us on Facebook: @bendigoballet

Ph Natalie: 0400 692 328

Jazz Tap Ballet HipHop Musical Theatre Singing Fairy Ballet Contemporary Boys Class Acro For ages 18 months to Adults. Classes Just for Fun, Competitions, and Exams - You Choose!

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Services Offered

EmploymentClassifieds PHONE 1300 558 385

PAINTERS WANTED Looking for painters to join our growing team. Good Rates. Vehicle and equipment supplied.


Ph Pete 0418 838 861 EMPLOYMENT



VOLUNTARY WORK HELPER wanted, to feed animals, on mixed goat h o b b y f a r m . Accommodation avail. Axedale area. Owner ill. Ph 5446 9929

To advertise in this section please call 1300 558 385


Current Vacancies


Apprenticeship – Parks and Gardens Certificate III


Apprenticeship - Roof Plumbing x2

z Apprenticeship - Light Vehicle Mechanical z

Traineeship - Arboriculture (Macedon Ranges)


Carpentry Apprenticeship Commercial & Domestic x 2


Apprenticeship – Mobile Plant Technology Certificate III


Apprenticeship – Sports Turf Management Certificate III


Traineeship -Arboriculture Certificate III


Apprenticeship – Civil Construction Certificate III

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An opportunity has arisen for an experienced R.N to join our nursing team. To be considered for the position applicants must submit a current resume with two referees, a covering letter, have a current drivers licence, have the lawful right to work in Australia and complete a satisfactory police check prior to commencement. Aged Care experience would be preferred but not essential. A position description detailing key responsibility areas can be obtained by emailing: RC[TQNN"OWTTC[JCXGPJQOGUEQOCW Attention: Human Resources Manager Murray Haven Homes, 98 Punt Road, Barham NSW 2732 Applications must be received by close of business Monday 4th February 2019

Register your interest now!

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BRICKLAYING No job too small Phone Mick: 0417 127 131

New Year Special

Rates from $40p/hour • Holes Patched • Renovations • Painting


5446 1422 0448 713 499


BATHROOM RENOVATIONS Complete bathroom makeovers & alterations. 34 yrs exp by qual tradesman. Servicing Bendigo - Castlemaine & surrounding districts. FREE Quote phone Rod Cox 0419 267 672 or 4406 6019.

$35 per hr / $30 pen Delivery of Garden Products Spraying (Roundup) $35 per hr/ $30 pen (no weeding) Rubbish Removal $80 load/ $70 pen (incl tip fee $35) for 7x4 square box trailer. Mattresses (+ $30 tip fee ea) NO tyres or rock/clean fill. Cash only


Ph Mick 0407 448 249

Paths, Driveways, Cross overs, Sheds, Small & big jobs, Reasonable rates. Seniors Discount Free quotes. Ph. 0422 424 348.

To advertise in this section please call


Spray painting, rust repairs. 25 yrs experience, cheap rates. Ph 5443 1710 or 0401 915 906.

y Wall & Floor Tiler y Waterproofing y Complete Bathroom, Kitchen & Laundry Renovations 0488 994 150

TREE Stumps

Make them disappear, 15 years experience, Pensioner Disc Ph Brian 0439 667 144


Will hand weed garden beds, reliable service, $25.00 p/hour Ph Jim 0431 304 727


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all types of brick and block work, chimneys and fireplaces. Ph 5446 7057 or 0418 370 917 or 0458 438 930

Cleaning, Steam clean or Dry clean $50 first room, $10 per room after that Ph 0439 374 389 Receipt & ABN supplied .



Cameron Concrete Domestic & Commercial. For all your concrete requirements.. Call Rod 0400 611 016 Free Quotes & advice. 30 years experience

Specialising in Gateways, Driveways & General farm fencing. 0429 434 646


Phone Brendon 0417 479 491



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Is your Computer Slow? New Win10 Installs/Virus Removal.

4 Seasons Garden Care

Servicing all of Central Victoria I Pensioner discounts

Reg Licence No. 47315





Your cooler should be serviced yearly, to keep it clean, safe, and saving you $$

Make sure you stay COOL this summer!

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LITTLE RIPPER Digger Service

TV Tuning from $40

5446 2480 or 0400 406 958 Email:

Licenced drainer 31741

Local Classifieds DISPLAY ADS

• Servicing Bendigo & Surrounds • Aerials & additional aerial points • Satellite & Computer Setups • Digital/Smart TV’s • Home Theatre, Wall Mount • DVD, Recorders & Foxtel • Installed & explained

WhiteHat Computers Bendigo

Supplied and installed


2 Tonne Excavator, Trenching, Rotary Hoeing, Post Holes, Levelling 4 in one bucket,Tipper Hire. Ph: Glenn

0418 510 074

$7.50 per cm/col

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• Commercial & Domestic • Service • Repairs • Maintenance • Installations We service and repair all brands, all sizes, all types of heating, cooling and refrigeration

No job too small z Landscaping Site Clean up z Rock work Rubbish removal z Driveways Supply crush rock and top soil

5447 7823 or 0431 609 423 BOBCAT / EARTHMOVING

Phone Chris: 0408 369 478 • Driveways • Laser levelling • Drainage • Site Cuts • Tree Removal • Trenching


5.5 & 14 ton excav, Skidsteer and Truck available

DBM-1122 DB-U-28169

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Email: Web:

Building Permits Arranged + 20 Years Experience

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Tired of Waiting for a Tradesman 0418 507 709RECA/H 5448 3333 7821

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Residential z Commercial Structural z Architectural

Change the existing plan to your favourite plan

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• Whole Yard Tidy Ups

• Tree Trimming


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• Rubbish Removal • Gutter Cleaning

NDIS, Workcover & TAC Registered


Pumps& Motors Electric



• Large Area Mowing

• Weeding

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Bendigo Cylinder Testing




Huge Range Of Gas Fittings, Regulators, And Hoses

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RENOVATIONS To advertise in this section please call

• Mowing


Commercial & Domestic

Services Offered

• General labouring/General gardening • Hard rubbish/Green waste removal • Trimming and pruning • Fallen timber and chainsaw work • Pick up/spread of mulch, stone, etc • Small Tip truck hire

James - 0421 618 356 Dave - 0408 122 244

CB’s Bobcat Hire

Phone Ron on


Call our Mobile Team to your Home or Business. $75 Flat Rate + Parts (No hourly charge). Pensioner Discounts available.

179 Woodward Road, Golden Square

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Old Fashioned Values & Integrity

• Qualified tradesmen • Landscaping • Commercial and residential property maintenance

• Handymen • Builder • Floors • Carpenters • Glazier • Fencing • Plastering • Painters • Bathroom & Kitchen Reno’s • Granite Benchtops • Paving • Plumbers • Decking • Electricians • Ramps • Tiling • Pruning • Tree Lopping • Sheds & Pergolas • Lawns & Gardens • Small concreting jobs • Dingo machinery work

Specialising in Landscape construction




CV Industrial Vacuum Services Reduce Fire Risk Spouts Vacuumed Spotlessly Pensioner Discounts Water Tanks Cleaned

Ph Paul 5439 3835 or 0428 395 429

Stuart Erwin 0407 667 900 Cameron Rogister 0411 956 937

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Paving & concreting Pool landscaping Retaining walls & fencing Decking and Outdoor living areas Lawn installation & watering systems Kanga light digging

PH: 0418 822 911

Registered Bld Practitioner DBP 2954 Over 30 years experience

* Fully Insured

L&S Painting & Repairs

z Decks Repaints z New Work z Pergolas z Patch & Repair z Feature walls z Room by Room quotes & Much more Over 30yrs exp. & Police check certified z

Phone Les - 0458 949 871 or Sandra - 0429 534 228


Berwick Plumbing & HANDYMAN SERVICE

Licensed Plumber & Gasfitter

General Handyman z Home maintenance z House & Yard Cleans

Call Michael: 0437 463 452


Renovations, Home Maintenance Alterations, Outdoor Living Areas

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• Carpentry • Tiling • Painting • Plastering • Pergolas • Decks

Call David/Bronwyn

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CALL PETER 0409 422 271 Email:




PHONE 0423 745 034 E: grants.paintingser

Sandhurst Painting and Decorating 49 years experience. Prompt efficient service at reasonable rates.

Quotation gladly given.



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0417 057 010 PLUMBERS

Heavy Duty Quick stage Scaffolding No job too big or too small. Free Quotes, Competitive prices

PHONE BEN: 0400 910 790 Family Business 40+ Yrs Experience Renovations Maintenance New Homes Owner Builders Gas Fitting Excavations



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Bendigo’s MOST read newspaper

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For Best Price Phone Jack Direct

Your local on-time Plumber • Air Conditoning Service & Repairs • Gas fitting & General Plumbing • Hot water - Gas, Elec & solar • Drains installed/cleared/repaired • Roof, gutter, d.p. & gutter guard Don’t put up with drips! • Taps, toilets, showers, sinks & more Use a licensed plumber • Quality professional workmanship FREE QUOTES guaranteed Lic No 37932


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60'S fluffy seat bedroom stool $25 Ph 0466 269 948

BAR/Wall unit, EC, 1800 x 1865 x 400mm $100 neg. Ph 0429 965 187

GOLD velvet vintage bedroom chair, diamond back $60 0466 269 948

BABY Carseat Lambs Wool Liner, EC $25 Ph 5447 7724

BEDSIDE lamps x 2, pewter base, cream shade, $20ea 0437 852 649

GOLF bag and buggy, with seat, + 34 clubs $60 Ph 0466 997 290

BABY co sleeper, as new, $90 Ph 0448 800 285


BINOCULARS, 10x50, GC, $25 Pick up Cal Gully Phone 5446 1310


CHILDREN'S Golden Books, VGC $2ech Ph 5447 7724


COPPER Pipe, 1" 30ft + fittings $25 lot. Pick up Cal Gully Ph 5446 1310


12M TIPPER For details call Clint 0427 349 549

COPPER Pipe, 3/4" 90ft + fittings $35 lot Pick up Cal Gully Ph 5446 1310 COT, white w/mattress, excellent cond. $100 Ph 0448 800 285 DINING table 1500 x 1500 Pick up E/hawk $100 Ph 0447 564 844


Kids Play Mats

$29.50 Modern from $89 Shaggy from $139 Traditional from $199 from

DRYER, working, but timer not working. $50 Ph 0458 058 100 DVD player, Digitech, EC $10 Ph 0448 014 385 FILING cabinet, H/D 2 drw, EC only $10 Ph 0408 590 830 FILING cabinet, H/D 4 drw, some files, EC $30 Ph 0408 590 830

Bendigo Sewing Machine Service

FREE 1 x Queen & 1 x Single Mattress, VGC, PU only Ph 5448 4782

5442 9705

FREE round wooden table Ph 0403 573 674

11 Adam St, Quarry Hill

Cat Enclosures

GOLF buggy, steel, accessories included $30 Ph 0408 483 795 GOLF clubs, right hand, bag full. $50 Ph 5425 3152


Rolls & Little Squares. Delivery available Maiden Gully Ph 0438 373 291 HORSE Poo for Mulch , 6 'x 4 ' Trailer loaded for you $40 0409 180 046 INDOOR/outdoor loud speakers, new $55 Ph 0466 269 948 KWICK Stage Scaffolding for sale Phone 0407 843 150 LIGHTS, LED exterior, up /down polished alum. $60pr Ph 0409 414 251 LOUNGE Suite, 2 Chairs, Floral Pattern, Linen Fabric, lounge converts to sofa bed, EC $700ono Ph 0407 585 807 MISTRAL, protable evaporative cooler eater $40 Ph 0418 709 896 MORAN reclining action chair, burgandy, VGC $100 Ph 0409 175 052

MOTHER of the bride 2pc evening suit, mauve Sz 12 $95 Ph 5442 3042 MOTHER of the bride 3pc evening suit, Cream/pink Sz 12, $95 5442 3042

A fun, safe way for your cat to enjoy the outdoors Free Quotes to suit your budget Call Jim 0429 866 630

MOTORBIKE boots, Fox brand, Sz 9.5 $50 Ph 0405 262 600


Supply of fresh fruit and vegetables to Hotels, Cafes and Restaurants. Over 30 years experience



$50 per metre. Minimum 5 metres. Free delivery to Bendigo area. Phone 0400 855 626 OLD style double bed with wire mattress $15 5447 7925

PH 0408 373 598


Cutting, polishing sales and purchase of rough opal Ph 5447 4867


$9 bale. Min 10 bales del. Free del Bendigo. Ph 5436 9156 PHONE cover for iPhone 5s, new, pink $10 Ph 0437 567 073

REHAB chair, adjustable legs, EC, $100 Ph 0418 372 807 RETRO black sheer blouse Sz 12-14, $15 Ph 5442 3042 ROOF support for caravan awning x 4, $20ea Ph 0437 852 649 RUG 2.8 x 1.7, brown beige tones, $40 Ph 0409 414 251 SAMSUNG TV, 50inch, FHD, LED, Model no UO50J5100AWXXY, 2.5yrs, pd $895 sell Ph $430 0458 058 100


from $35 per/m plus delivery 3m, 6m & 10m Bobcat & Excavator to hire. Ph 5446 7105 or 0428 507 846

SLIDE duplicator w/close up lens, fits dig. camera. VGC $35. 5447 8573 SMALL freezer, 90L, great backup. $50 Ph 5447 8573 SOFA Bed, Blue Upholstery, Good Cond. $100 ono Ph 5441 7448 SPA bath 1.5 x 1.5 indoor or outdoor with pump. $250 Ph 0408 367 258 STEREO/radio/CD/dbl tape, $70 Ph 0437 852 649 TABLE tennis table w/bats & balls $50 5447 7925


3300 lt $690. 5500 lt $890. 2000 lt $495 2500 lt Slimline $790. Drums 200lt $25. 161 McIvor Rd Ph 5443 6740 5443 6740

Classifieds 1300 558 385

ForSaleClassifieds ONE ITEM ONLY per advert. $30 for 5 lines. Advert will run for four consecutive weeks. Alteration to PRICE ONLY. Non refundabe or transferable. Excludes: business adverts., ongoing sales, rental hire etc., for the purpose of ongoing profit, or Real Estate Listings. The publisher reserves the right to decline any booking.




STACER 39 Alum as new 25hp Yamaha motor on tilt trailer all registered $4200 Ph 5446 8996

Lawn soil $35 p/m Garden Soil $45 p/m, includes local delivery 4, 6 and 10m avail. Garden rocks also avail. Phone 0418 306 548 or 0428 100 770

RECLINING lounge chairs, black leather $70 ea Ph 0439 116 585

Sell your unwanted items in the Bendigo Weekly

Advertise 4 weeks for $30 or $35 with a photo*

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Post: PO Box 324 Bendigo 3552 In Person: 37-39 View St Bendigo Deadline 2pm Thursdays

TRANSPORTABLE multipurpose room 3.6x2.7M bare inside $6500 (am able to custom Build) Ph 0407 364 008 TREASURES of Olympic games, full interactive history. $20. 5447 8573 WALKER Country Care, hardly used EC $50 Ph 0448 014 385 WASHING machine 5.5KG, good condition, $100 Ph 0458 058 100


CARAVANS & TRAILERS 2004 Jayco Heritage, 18ft, Excellent clean condition, 12 mths reg $17,990 Ph 0419 886 637 2012 Australian Offroad ZR Camper Trailer, true offroad, o/night awning, full annex, gas hot water to shwer & kitchen, inner spring mattress, 140L water tank, removable boat rack, Honda EU10i generator, 35L Engel, 120W solar panels, absolutely dust proof $34,000 Ph 0428 833 665


We buy and consign Repairs & servicing Bendigo Caravan Centre 164 Midland Hwy EPSOM Ph 5448 4800

AUTO 4 CASSANDRA CRES EPSOM Sat & Sun 8am-2pm Downsizing Clearance Furniture & household goods, Workshop tools & benches, chest freezer

WANTED CLEAN FILL WANTED for central Bendigo Landscaping site. Ph 0418 360 693 NON Ferrous scrap inc CU, AL, Brass, Batteries, Electrical wire, Mags, etc. Ph 5446 1191 or 0447 744 043


COHEN Brothers soft drink memorabilia. Soda Syphon's, bottle's, mirror's, sign's, receipt's etc Cash paid. Ph 0452 264 661 OLD woodworking carpenters tools, planes and books etc for collector/user Ph 0418 510 727.

2008 PK Ford Ranger 4x2 High rise space cab 3L turbo diesel 5sp man, 225,000ks, RWC, Reg March 2019, steel tray, canvas canopy, b/bar, t /bar, air bags recall done, timing belt done at 200 ,000ks, serviced every 10,000ks, $11,000 Phone 0409 434 168 (WHY852) 2011 Hyundai iLoad, 2.5L Diesel, 5sp Manual, 157,000ks, r/rack, cargo barrier, rear step & towbar, tint wind, inside shelving, reverse cam, RWC & Reg. $17,800 Phone 0418 510 727. (YZF783)


Credit card number - (minimum credit card purchase $10)




NAME: ..................................................... ................................................................. ADDRESS: .............................................. ............................................................... PH.: .......................................................

Service & Repair Specialists Jamie Hackett Motors Ph 5446 8635


COMPLETE CAR CARE Ph Keith 5443 3304 z 0417 537 497 9a Adam st, Quarry Hill

FREE 3&.07"-0'6/8"/5&%7&)*$-&4


Call 5446 1384 or 5446 1820 Wayne on 0413 774 717 LMCT 10992 Kayne on 0459 652 963 "EESFTT6QQFS3E &BHMFIBXL 

AUTO 2015 VW GOLF 90TSI 6sp man, 1.4L Turbo, Only 2 Owners from new, Reg til 07/19, Full Service History, RWC, 92767km's, B/tooth, C /control, AirCon, Touch Screen Display, $12,800 or OIRO Ph 0455 752 555 (1DE 1KX)


FIAT DUCATO/JAYCO MOTORHOME 8m long, 3Lt Turbo Diesel, 5 speed auto, 18,000Ks, Slide out bed. As New $129,000 Ph 0402 844 870 Bendigo



last years stock $10 Phone 0439 729 542

ADOPT-A-PET Male, 4 Years Muppet is a special needs cat who will need to be the only cat in his new home and will need to be inside only. He is very smoochy and loves lounging in the window watching the world go by. Could you be Muppet’s new special home?

Male, 8 Months









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Unwanted cars, Batteries, Alloy Mags. Pick up FEE $ on WHITEGOODS Ph 0484 932 195

z Air Conditioning z Pensioner discounts

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Pritchard bows out FORMER Bendigo Spirit coach Simon Pritchard remains optimistic for the club’s future hopes as he bows out after four years at the helm. Speaking on ABC Radio earlier this week, Pritchard said there’s always a bit of sadness associated with investing so much over four years in the search for success. “The measure of success for us has probably been survival and the organisation being a much better place than what it was when Adam (Tarr) and I first got here.” Reflecting on his time at the helm of the Bendigo-based Women’s National Basketball League side, Pritchard said while there had been many wins and losses on the field and the club had put a good team together, it was “probably still not where we need to be in terms of competing with the top teams”. Pritchard arrived at Bendigo to a club he says where the cupboard was virtually bare, noting there were not even any basketballs available for the first training session he oversaw. Since then, he and his assistants set about rebuilding the Bendigo Spirit, introducing a raft of changes and a massive increase in player wages, as well as a move to the Bendigo Stadium for training and the inclusion of the Bendigo Spirit into

the BSL structure and organisation. Looking back on the challenges he faced from the start of his tenure, Pritchard said what the club spent in his first year wouldn’t even put a team on the floor today – and probably wouldn’t even get three or four players. “We’ve grown and the league has grown incredibly, and the conditions for the players have grown incredibly.”

The measure of success for us has probably been survival

END OF AN ERA: Simon Pritchard celebrates with players. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

“It’s always a battle there’s not a lot of national brands who can sponsor in Bendigo so it’s a tough job to put a team on the floor.” He remains incredibly proud of his charges, who despite fielding an injury depleted side last weekend, took top side the Canberra Capitals to double overtime before yet another heart breaking and

frustrating loss. “Our girls were just unbelievable in forcing Canberra, who were the top team and I think are the favourites to win the championship and we forced them into double overtime. “We just had some really unlucky finishes to games and it has been the story of the season, as well as the fact

Honour for Spirit legends THREE legends of the Bendigo Spirit basketball establishment were last weekend written into the league’s history books, receiving life membership to the WNBL. Natalie Hurst, Gabe Richards and Kelly Wilson, who’s now with championship favourites Canberra Capitals, all received the honour – with Richards revealing she deliberately asked to be presented when Canberra came to town, so that she could celebrate with bestmates Kelsey Griffin and Wilson, only to then find out Wilson was also receiving hers on the same day. “We’ve grown up playing together from as early as under 14s ... so it was very special to receive the award alongside her,” she said. Richards, who this season didn’t play for Bendigo’s national team, said that contrary to what people would think, it wasn’t winning two championships with the Spirit that was her biggest career highlight. “While that is the reason you play (for championships), a highlight for me is the people that I have played with, and that I have got to do it with,” she said. “We’re really good friends. “A team goes on longer than a win or a loss.” Hurst, who this season celebrated reaching 250 games and

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that the girls have just hung together so well.” In a season that started with so much promise and ended with so much frustration, the Bendigo Spirit was ultimately unable to get the results it wanted or needed, a fact not helped by the loss of one star recruit due to injury prior the first game, and the ultimate inability of

replacement Barb Turner to fulfil the role assigned to her. Pritchard said the Spirit needs to invest more in the pastoral care, general health, medical and rehab services it provides to the players and recruit one more good player, but he believes the club is poised for the new coach to come in and “have a real crack at it”.

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POWER PLAY: Natalie Hurst, Sally Phillips, Kelly Wilson and Gabe Richards. Photo: CRAIG DILKS last Sunday won the team’s MVP, said she wasn’t expecting to receive the league recognition last weekend. “I didn’t even know I was (receiving it),” she said. “It’s a great honour, to be in the league for that long, to have that achievement.” Hurst moved to Bendigo this season after nine with Canberra, which included winning seven championships – something she marks as a milestone of her career. “I’ve been lucky enough to play in some great teams, and lucky enough to be involved in seven championships with Canberra – all of those are pretty special to me,” she said.

“But to be able to play and win a championship in the WNBL, it’s so tough to do, so I’ve been lucky to be part of seven of them.” Hurst also praised both Richards’ and Wilson’s ability and position in Bendigo basketball royalty. “Gabe was super tough to stop, she’s a great player, she’s so smart, as a big player she can pass the basketball,” she said. “Kelly obviously runs a team immaculately, she knows exactly what she’s doing, she knows where she wants to go and she gets things done. “Those two girls definitely helped put Bendigo on the map.”

THE Great Aussie Bowls Marathon will be the centrepiece of two days of bowls, fun and charity fundraising at Heathcote this weekend. The marathon – a 24-hour bowls event to be held at the Heathcote Bowling Club following the Australia Day official ceremony on Saturday morning – will start at 1pm and run throughout the night before finishing on Sunday. Young newly-weds Daniel and Stacey Woodrow will lead the marathon, aiming to play for 24 hours non-stop against all challengers. The couple will take turns to have rest breaks with at least one of them always on the green playing. The Great Aussie Bowls Marathon is being held to raise much-needed funding for MND Victoria, as well as for Pancare, a support group for sufferers with pancreatic cancer. All district residents are invited to watch as top line bowlers feature in special exhibition challenges during the GABM, with all bowlers, as well as non-bowlers, invited to play at $2 per end.

The two-day bowls spectacular will include a special $ Grand Bowls event on the Sunday in which bowlers will contribute to the fund-raising by paying $20 to use just one bowl to win their way through to a final with a $1000 first prize. AUSTRALIAN Opal and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Tessa Lavey will play for the Champions IGA Braves this season. Champions IGA Braves head coach Megan Moody said Lavey brings so much experience for a player of her young age, and her leadership skills and proven ability to perform at the highest level would be an asset to the team. Bendigo Stadium Limited general manager of sport Ben Harvey said Lavey is an exceptional player and an even better person. “Tessa is an example for young kids from regional Victoria, and what can be achieved with hard work and determination.” Bendigo Braves memberships will go on sale next week for the 2019 season.

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Gully and Suns in T20 wins

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IN A SPIN: Maiden Gully defended its score of 3-146. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

MAIDEN Gully has won the Bendigo District Cricket Association under-16 Twenty20 grand final played at the QEO on Wednesday afternoon. Batting first, Maiden Gully grafted its way to 3-146 off its 20 overs, with Jasper Langley (34 retired) and Brodie Pearce (25 retired) leading the way. Maristians made a solid start to the run chase, with captain Bailey Dunn setting an excellent example, but a steady loss of wickets took its toll. The Suns limped to 6-126 in reply, handing the trophy to a triumphant Maiden Gully. Maristians was able to avenge the loss in the lead up match to down Kangaroo Flat in the First XI T20 final that followed. Batting first, the Suns overcame some early hiccups to post a respectable 8-126 from 20 overs, with Andrew Chalkley top scoring with 35. The Roos were best served by Matthew Underwood who made 44, but ultimately fell short to conclude at 8-120.

Bubbles aids success BENDIGO divers are celebrating success at the Victorian Country Championships in Mildura last weekend, bringing home a swag of medals and shields against tough competition. The seven diver squad, aged between eight and 15, received 11 gold, four silver and two bronze, as well as best male team, best female team and best overall club. It comes as the club begins using a new training bubble in the Faith Leech Aquatic Centre, the only one of its kind in Victoria. The training device is placed underwater, and with air compression produces bubbles, then softens the surface of the water for divers upon

entry, allowing them to train more easily from the different sized diving boards. Assistant coach Bob Tyter said the new device will make the club even more competitive. “All of the major pools have got bubbles and they have the best divers,” he said. “Coming from the country, we have to make do with what (the facilities) we’ve got. “Now with this bubble, it means the children can undertake the bigger dives.” Built locally, the bubble was funded through a grant from City of Greater Bendigo.

Three-day meet a tough test EAGLEHAWK’S reign as Victoria Country’s number one athletics team will be under serious threat this weekend. The Hawks will be aiming to capitalise on home-track advantage as Bendigo region hosts the three-day track and field meet at the La Trobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Flora Hill. More than 780 athletes have nominated for the titles which start on Saturday and wind up Monday afternoon at the Retreat Road complex. A tally of more 2000 entries for events includes 650 from the four Bendigo clubs – Bendigo Harriers, Bendigo University, Eaglehawk and South Bendigo. At last year’s championships in Ballarat it was Eaglehawk which claimed the Margaret Saunders Cup as number one team. Bendigo Harriers and South Bendigo were next best in a fierce contest. The Hawks also won the trophy as leading women’s team, but it was Bendigo Harriers which earned the David Kitt Memorial Trophy as number one men’s team. A major threat to the Bendigo region’s dominance will be Geelong Guild. Clubs represented at the championships include Casey Cardinia, Wendouree, Albury, Western Athletics, Bellarine Athletics, Ballarat Harriers, Athletics Chilwell, Traralgon Harriers, Deakin Athletic Club, Albury, Wellington, Eureka and many more. Athletes from metropolitan clubs compete on an invitational basis. It’s free entry for spectators to the championships. First of the field events is at 2pm, and the track program starts at 4pm. Sunday’s program kicks off at 9am. The championships finale on Monday begins with the 10,000m at 8am with field events on starting at 9am.

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World stage glory By PETER KENNEDY

TWO of Bendigo’s most promising cyclists have tasted success on the world stage at the Tour Down Under event in South Australia. The gruelling six-stage TDU reached a thrilling conclusion on Sunday on the infamous Willunga Hill where climber Jason Lea won the King of the Mountains category and fellow Bendigo cyclist Chris Hamilton won the Best Young Rider category. Lea was racing for the UniSA-Australia team, while Hamilton is an established part of Team Sunweb.

After getting an early jump on his rivals in the KOM classification by taking the points in the early stages of last week’s TDU, Lea set up an almost unassailable lead in the best climber category before Sunday’s thrilling conclusion at Willunga. His climbing efforts and dogged determination earned the young Bennelong SwissWellness Cycling Team rider high praise from some of the sport’s biggest names, with an expectation his achievements among such a world-class field will lead to further success in 2019 and beyond.

Hamilton endured a see-saw battle for the prized Best Young Rider jersey, and his sixth place finish on the tortuous climb of WiIlunga on Sunday’s final stage was enough to secure the popular cyclist his greatest prize in his fledgling career. After the podium presentation at Willunga, a happy Hamilton heaped praise upon his fellow Team Sunweb riders for helping him claim the white jersey. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my team. We came here with a GC goal and to be inside the top 10 would have been with-

in my expectations. “To come out with the result I have, I’m just stoked.” Hamilton was well protected throughout Sunday’s decisive stage, spending about 115 of the 150 kilometre stage on the wheel of fellow Team Sunweb riders. “The guys looked out for me all week and I’m massively thankful for that. The jersey is a huge bonus as well – we came here for a GC result and to come away with this is amazing. I won’t forget standing on that podium just now.” With two times up Willunga Hill inside the final

25 kilometres, including the stage finish at the top on the second time up the climb, the final stage of Tour Down Under was always going to be an explosive one and it didn’t disappoint. After the day’s seven-man group was brought back just as the road began to rise on the first time up Willunga, Team Sunweb brought GCleader Hamilton into position for the expected fireworks. Afterwards, an ecstatic Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts said he had expected a few teams to put the pressure on the first time up the

climb already, which was exactly the case. He said Hamilton showed really good legs on the final and tried to follow Richie Porte’s attacks. “He did a great climb to finish 6th on the stage and GC, and secure to white jersey. All in all we’re really happy with the performance from the young team here this week. A result like this is a big credit to them.” Hamilton’s attention now turns to this weekend’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race which winds its way along Victoria’s stunning coastline before finishing in Geelong.

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