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Relay marks 20th run A NEW generation of community-minded competitors, such as 14-year-old Olivia Masters, pictured, will help ensure Bendigo’s Relay For Life continues to be one of Bendigo’s premier annual fund-raising events. Organisers are hoping to raise in excess of $175,000 and are inviting the community to be part of Bendigo’s 20th relay. – Story page 5



THE plan to create a government jobs hub on land owned by the City of Greater Bendigo is one step closer to fruition, with councillors expected to formally vote on the proposal in the coming months. Mayor Margaret O’Rourke said the city continued to receive information on the plan, which involves relocating staff from multiple sites into one purpose built facility, together with other state government employees, and the city has sought

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independent advice regarding possible financial and development models for the hub. “We will need to make a decision as a city about being involved in a project such as GovHub,” Cr O’Rourke said. “We’ve got to take a lot of things into consideration before we make a commitment one way or the other, about the city being involved.”

Cr O’Rourke said 100 state government jobs announced as part of the GovHub would inject millions into the Bendigo economy, and added the city was continuing to push for more jobs to be provided as part of the project. “We would like to see more jobs and we’ve certainly been pushing hard for that.” The 2018/19 state budget al-

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Bendigo this year, will provide 20 positions at the GovHub, while the state government has stated it continues to explore more opportunities to place other departments/ staff in the GovHub. The City of Greater Bendigo is located across seven offices in the northern end of central Bendigo, and if the project does go ahead, it would be built on the site of the Lyttleton Terrace office, with four buildings making way for the GovHub.

located $16 million towards planning the GovHub, as part of a project expected to cost about $90 million. Up to 1000 City of Greater Bendigo and Victorian government department and agency employees will be co-located in the new building. The Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Authority to be set up in

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Boundaries unlimited THERE is a reason why the term “white picket fence”’ conjures up images of and aspirations for dream homes and enviable lifestyles. A fence is not just a practical boundary to keep pets and children in and unwanted visitors out, it is also an important visual feature of your property and can add thousands to the value of your home. You only get one chance at a first impression and a property’s fence is one of the first things that prospective buyers will notice about a home. With the current competitive market, vendors should look at every opportunity to maximise their home’s appeal. Victorians take the aesthetic value of our boundaries very seriously, there is even a facebook page dedicated to poor brick fences which has more than 55,000 followers. With the selling season upon us, it is timely to take a look at your perimeter divider with fresh eyes and assess if it needs a paint, repair, replacement or, for those who have built or are building a new home, what type of fence you should erect. The cardinal rule for selecting a fence, as well as being prac-

tical of course, is to ensure that it complements your home. For example, erecting a modern fence around a heritage property is not a good look and vice versa. Do your research, there are a plethora of websites out there that can help you to compare different options and get a few quotes if repairs or construction is required. You’ll need to take into account the height and perimeter required, durability and maintenance requirements and budgetary constraints. Popular materials include wood, vinyl, aluminium, steel, wrought iron and brushwood. For major repairs and new fences, you will also need to consult your neighbour or neighbours. The Fence Act outlines rules around who pays for a fence, the nature of fence to be built, notices required and dispute resolution. Generally, neighbours will share the cost of boundary fence and the best case scenario is that you both agree informally on the type of fence, contractor, cost and location. If you can’t reach an agreement informally, you may need to follow the processes

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GRAND LOOK: Fencing can make a difference to first impressions. detailed in the Fences Act. Councils and government are exempt from the requirement to share the cost of a fence so if you border public land, you will pay the full cost of any required divider. Tom Maher, Chairman, Loddon Goulburn division Real Estate Institute of Victoria THE December 2018 quarter CPI figure continues to be good news for home buyers and renters, according to the Real Estate Institute of Australia. “The All Groups CPI, increased by 0.5 per cent in the December quarter giving an annual increase of 1.8 per cent,” REIA president Adrian Kelly said. Rents increased by 0.2 per cent for the quarter and in-

creased by just 0.5 per cent for the year. The average annual change has been less than one per cent since March 2016. “The CPI figures show that the increased investment in housing has kept growth in rents at the lowest rate since 1995 and, as we enter an election year, is clear testament that the current taxation arrangements benefit renters and that any change in the treatment of negative gearing and capital gains tax would see an increase in rents. “With the RBA meeting next week home buyers can be comfortable in the knowledge that the latest inflation data together with a cooling in the housing market would suggest that the RBA will hold official interest rates stable for some time yet,” Mr Kelly said.

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Police push safety message on roads

POLICE have urged road users to put safety first after a tragic start to 2019. Since January 1, 22 lives have been lost on Victoria’s roads, compared to 16 at the same time last year. The 2019 figure includes five lives lost during the four days of the Australia Day long weekend road policing operation. Police detected more than 6500 traffic offences during Operation Amity, and Road Policing Command assistant commissioner Ste-

phen Leane said it was disappointing to see so many road users putting themselves and others at risk. “We all know that speed and impairment are among the biggest killers on our roads, so it’s astounding to see so many motorists exceeding the speed limit or driving after drinking or using drugs. “Last year saw a record low number of lives lost in Victoria, with 214, but the tragic start to 2019 shows that we can’t afford to be complacent. “Just this weekend, five families

have been left devastated by the loss of a loved one, as have another 17 families since the start of the year.” Operation Amity ran across the state from 12.01am, Friday, 25 January to 11.59pm Monday 28 January, with 206 drink drive offences, 165 drug drive offences, 159 disqualified/suspended drivers caught, 232 unlicensed drivers and 626 unregistered vehicles detected. There were 2269 speeding offences, 261 drivers caught using their mobile phone and 96 vehicles impounded.

WATCHOUT: Police aim to curb the road toll.

High hopes for GovHub 3From Page 1 The remaining three buildings the city currently occupies are leased and would become available for rent, with the Commercial Land and Activity Centre Strategy pointing to increasing demand for new available commercial floor space over the next 15 years. Cr O’Rourke said while she understands people have rushed to compare the Bendigo GovHub proposal with others being established at Ballarat and in the Latrobe Valley, it was important to note that each initiative, and the circumstances behind their establishment, was different. Bendigo GovHub supporters claim that as an urban renewal project, it has the potential to stimulate private investment that will further enhance economic activity in the city.


BRIGHT OUTLOOK: Nardia McBurney has moved to Bendigo to work in hospital theatre. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Nardia makes the move into health NARDIA McBurney has now made Bendigo home – becoming one of the city’s newest graduate nurses. “I actually decided to come to Bendigo

because of the hospital,” Ms McBurney said. “I was doing my studies and having a look a what my career options could be,

and I specifically wanted to get into theatre.” “I feel like I’ve found what I want to do with my life.” – Story page 9

INTERVIEWING for this year’s Local Government Services Survey will start on Monday and will continue for up to three weeks. The phone survey is undertaken by Local Government Victoria on behalf of the state government. Each year around 400 residents in Greater Bendigo aged over 18 are randomly selected for a phone interview. They are asked to rank the council’s performance based on a number of indicators, such as customer service and service delivery. Chief executive officer Craig Niemann said the survey was an opportunity for those who received a call to provide valuable feedback on council services. “The survey has been designed to assess the council’s performance across a range of measures which will help us to continuously improve the way we serve our community and deliver services,” Mr Niemann said.

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Relay hits a milestone as well as a grandfather with skin cancer,” Olivia said. Olivia was instrumental in raising $1155 which was divided equally between the Victorian Cancer Council and Bendigo Health. It was the result of a selfdirected learning program at Bendigo South-East College, looking at the effects of cancer in general and a successful information evening and silent auction at the Bendigo Club, last September. School and the Bendigo

Youth Council, along with other commitments has not curtailed Olivia’s ambition to make a difference, who for year’s 20th Relay will be attending as part of

to be held on March 29 and 30 at Backus Oval, Golden Square. Teams will celebrate the successful conclusion of their fundraising efforts with an overnight

Cancer is a disease that will eventually affect half of all Victorians regardless of age ...

Team Justice – because there is nothing just about cancer. The enthusiasm of participants and organisers remains as strong as ever in the lead up to the relay,

By NICK ATYEO A NEW generation of communityminded competitors, such as 14year-old Olivia Masters, will help ensure Bendigo’s Relay For Life continues to be one of Bendigo’s premier annual fund-raising events. Cancer is a disease that will eventually affect half of all Victorians regardless of age or demographic. “I’ve a grandmother with breast cancer and an aunty suffering bowel and breast cancer,

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least match last year’s effort and are hoping to raise in excess of $175,000 and are inviting the community to be part of Bendigo’s 20th relay and enter a team or join one of the 25 teams already registered. Since the first Bendigo relay in 2000 the local community has raised more than $3.4 million through the Relay for Life in aid of research and support services for all cancers. To find out more, register or donate visit www.bendigorelayforlife. or phone 1300 656 585.

BOOST FOR SWIMMERS LABOR has announced funding for additional swimming lessons for schools that need them, catch-up lessons for children needing extra support, and more support to cover transport and pool entry fees if elected at this year’s federal election. The Swim Smart program would come into effect from the 2020 school year, costing $46 million and run in addition to existing state and territory programs. It will be based on the Royal Life Saving Australia’s Year Four National Water Safety Standards, and includes the goal that children can swim 50 metres, tread water and know how to respond if they fall into water unexpectedly. The program will also provide additional support to children with a disability, to ensure they can participate in water safety and learn to swim programs.

FOR many of us, just the thought of swimming 60 kilometres is horrifying enough, let alone actually doing it. But, for Year 8 student Emily Kearns, she’s committed herself to doing just that, and raise money at the same time, all to support the Starlight Super Swim. The one month challenge gets participants all around the country to swim laps and gain supporters, with funds raised going to help Starlight in their work with children, and their families, under serious illness and injury. “I am excited, and honoured to play my part,” Emily, who also swims with Bendigo East Swimming Club, said. “I swim every day for training, and I wanted to do something to help sick kids.” Mum Chelsie said as her daughter has grown up, she’s decided she wants to give back. “I am absolutely proud of her,” she said. “It’s a selfless act, raising money for others so they can have opportunities when they’re sick. “It’s very nice to see her make a decision as a 13-year-old for an organisation.” To support Emily’s efforts, visit the website www.superswim.

1000 DOORS TO OPEN FOLLOWING the success of last year’s House of Mirrors, Bendigo Art Gallery will present the latest large-scale art installation from Keith Courtney and Christian Wagstaff at the 2019 Bendigo Easter Festival. 1000 Doors is a labyrinthine maze of rooms, passageways and parlours, each touched with lingering traces of past inhabitants – a scent, a discarded photo, a telephone that rings intermittently. Visitors become more than just spectators in this elaborate, interactive artwork as every portal, doorway and threshold offers new possibilities. Bendigo Art Gallery acting director Gaye Harrington said since the gallery presented House of Mirrors last year, it has been shown in Singapore, Auckland and will soon be launched in Canada. 1000 Doors will run from April 6 to 28 in Rosalind Park.



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GOLDEN OLDIE: Bruce Lees ends his radio shift this morning. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Lees fades out AFTER nearly 40 years in front of the microphone – 31 of them in Bendigo – radio stalwart Bruce Lees has today hit the airwaves for the last time, announcing his retirement from the industry he loves. Mr Lees first started announcing in 1981 at Melbourne’s 3AK, before a stint with the ABC in Horsham, then taking up a spot in 1987 at what’s now known as Gold Central Victoria. He said the development within the industry, from music on carts, to CDs to hard disks, as well as now interacting with listeners online, has been the biggest

difference across the years. “I confess being an old school,” he said. “I’ve been dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century, but I don’t think I’ve done too bad of a job.” Mr Lees is trained in both broadcasting and as a technician, and said being able to combine those two in his job has been fun. The biggest highlights for Mr Lees, out of everything, has been the outside broadcasts, especially at the Bendigo Easter Festival. “Getting out there, meeting all sorts of people, and lots of surprises,” he said.

“Radio is about the immediacy.” A private in-studio concert by Joe Camilleri also rated high on the list. “He performed on air, but then gave a show in the office for 10 of us,” he said. Retirement will see Mr Lees lie in past his usual 3.30am wake-up call for the breakfast radio spot, but also stay on the freelance roster for casual radio stints. And will he be tuning in on Monday morning? “I won’t be there for the start,” Mr Lees laughs. “The clock will be going off at lazy-o’clock.”

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Bendigo swelters through January

Temperatures hit record high BENDIGO residents have sweltered through the hottest January on record, with the spate of extreme hot weather conditions setting new standards. The Bureau of Meteorology’s automatic weather gauge at the Bendigo Airport normally records 2.5 days where the maximum temperature exceeds 40 degrees a year. Last month there were seven days above 40º, including Friday, January 25 where the mercury climbed to 45.9º – beating the previous record maximum set on Black Saturday, February 7, 2009 where the temperature reached 45.4º. The previous January high was 43.8º, set back on January 14, 2014. On Friday, January 25 the minimum overnight temperature of 25.8º left residents sweltering on a day where the temperature climbed to 34.5º before 9am. The January median maxi-

mum temperature of 30º was also smashed, with the median reaching about 35.9º, almost 20 per cent up on the average. Bendigo also normally experiences 15 days where the maximum temperature climbs to 35º or higher each year, but this figure has already been exceeded, with the mercury climbing past 35º at least 25 times this past month. Warm weather is set to continue into next week, with forecast maximum temperatures ranging from 39º tomorrow to just 29º on Sunday and only a small amount of rainfall predicted in the coming week. The city received just 7.6 millimetres of rainfall during January, well down on the expected average of 34mm. Warmer than usual days and nights are very likely for most of Australia during February to April, and follows the country’s warmest December and warmest January on record.

Feedback sought on roads CENTRAL Victorians are invited to have their say about the future of McIvor Highway and Strathfieldsaye Road with community consultation now under way. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can share their insights and experiences on the roads at two upcoming community sessions as part of plans to boost safety, capacity and transport options along the corridors. Community feedback will inform two $3.5 million development projects investigating potential treatments on McIvor Highway and Strathfieldsaye Road (Bendigo-Redesdale Road) between Reservoir Road in Strathdale and Longlea Lane in Junortoun to better cater for predicted growth in regional Victoria. Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said central Victoria is growing. “We need to be prepared – McIvor Highway and Strathfieldsaye Roads are important connections for our communities so it’s vital we get this planning right,” she said. Members of the community can discuss future improvements and talk to the

LOOKING FORWARD: Ron Kerr Jnr and Racquel Kerr. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Planning ahead for the creek A NEW logo was unveiled on Tuesday to celebrate the start of a unique collaborative partnership to reimagine Bendigo Creek for the next generation. The City of Greater Bendigo is working closely with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, the North Central Catchment Management Authority, Coliban Water, state government departments and community representatives to create a shared vision and plan for the creek over the coming year. Mayor Margaret O’Rourke said the collaborative strategy was a once in a generation opportunity to explore what the creek might look like and how it could be restored and revitalised for the next generation to enjoy.

ON THE ROAD: McIvor Highway. Photo: BILL CONROY

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“We will be working together to create a 50 year conceptual vision for one of the most important but under-valued places within our city landscape,” Cr O’Rourke said. “The aim of the strategy is to help us reconnect with the creek, to restore its unique natural environment, protect its cultural and heritage significance, and create a cherished place.” The Bendigo Creek plan logo, created by artists Racquel Kerr and Ron Kerr Jnr, from Nyauwi Art and Design, is symbolic of how the Dja Dja Wurrung people would imagine the creek, based on traditional times, with waterways seen as a lifeblood. “The Bendigo Creek has been subject to destruction and toxic-

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Maiden Gully Primary School Calder Highway Speed limit reduction We’re improving safety for students and pedestrians at Maiden Gully Primary School.

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The current school zone speed limit of 60km/h will reduce to 40km/h on school days between 8am-9.30am and 2.30pm-4pm. The set speed limit of 80km/h outside these times remains.

Cash boost for community TWELVE central Victorian community groups are better off following successful Stronger Communities grant applications. Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters said the program is an exciting opportunity for community organisations. “It offers support to

regional infrastructure, programs and events,” Ms Chesters said. The organisations will receive a share in $150,000 of federal government funding which will go towards a range of upgrades and additions. “There really is a shortfall in funding available in

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AFTER a career change and an accelerated university degree, Nardia McBurney has now made Bendigo home – becoming one of the city’s newest graduate nurses. The former public relations specialist went back to follow a passion for science and working in theatre, undertaking a new degree at Ballarat’s Federation University which allowed her to complete her bachelor’s course in 18 months. “I actually decided to come to Bendigo because of the hospital,” Ms Mc-

Burney said. “I was doing my studies and having a look a what my career options could be, and I specifically wanted to get into theatre.” As a stroke of luck for Ms McBurney, Bendigo happened to be offering the new intervention suite program, with ongoing employment after the first 12 months. “I was very fortunate to be able to be part of the new program,” Ms McBurney said. “Being in a regional area, it has given me the opportunity to get into the role.” Ms McBurney said

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Bendigo Weekly – Friday, February 1, 2019

Sam gears up for school

IT might be back to school this week but, for kids like Sam Preston, there’s important learning happening outside the classroom as well. Sam, who’s in grade 1 at Spring Gully Primary School, rides to school with his dad, Nigel – and this journey might just be as important as the destination. Nigel said they started riding during Sam’s prep year. “We did a practice ride one weekend, then rode to school on the Monday,” he said. Now they regularly ride the two-kilometre trip and it’s clear that this one-onone time is a special part of Sam’s day. “It was a bit harder than I thought it would be, but once I got used to it, it was fine,” he said. “I like riding with Dad and racing him! “We go on the BMX jumps on the way home. I

like doing the jumps. Dad teaches me. I have a good time with Dad and I get Dad fitter for his running.” Riding or walking to school together provides a rare opportunity for parents to connect with their children, free from the distractions of screens and jobs. Along the way, kids learn valuable life lessons. They get a kick out of being able to get themselves to school, and becoming independent. As they grow older, they can get to school or friends’ houses without having to wait for mum or dad to drive them. For parents, time spent riding or walking with children when they’re young is an investment. Many of us spend hours (and dollars) making sure our children are safe around water; we need to teach them to be safe around roads as well. “We talk about when it’s


RIDING TOGETHER: Sam and Nigel Preston. safe to cross the road,” Nigel said. “Sam tells me when there’s a gap.” The two have started riding on the road sometimes too, in the bike lane. “I talk to Sam about where to ride, what’s coming

up, and about judging gaps in the traffic,” Nigel said. Riding or walking regularly with young children allows parents to teach and model safe and courteous behaviour on footpaths, bike paths and roads. The journey to school

is an ideal opportunity. It can be a challenge to make time for riding or walking to school, especially if you have to rush off to work in the mornings. But, if you can manage it (even once a week), making active travel part of the family routine is worth it. The payoff comes when it’s time to let them go. It’s easier to watch teenagers head off by themselves when they’ve had plenty of practice under your guidance: you can be confident that they have the skills to travel safely on their own – whether that’s knowing how to turn right across a road, or how to choose a safe route. Teaching youngsters how to cross roads safely, share bike paths with other users, and indicate their intentions is also great preparation for safe driving in the not-too-distant future. – Nicola Dunnicliff-Wells

TOURISM HUB QANTAS and Trip Advisor representatives will headline Bendigo’s first tourism conference, Bendigo NEXT, which aims to explore the emerging and latest trends and provide invaluable insights for local businesses involved in regional tourism. City of Greater Bendigo Manager Tourism and Major Events Terry Karamaloudis said Bendigo NEXT was the first tourism conference of its kind to be held in the city and encouraged local businesses not to miss out. Bendigo NEXT will be held on Monday, February 18 at the Capital Theatre.

MARKET RETURNS THE Redesdale Bush Market is back on the Labour Day long weekend at the Agnes Mudford Reserve. The Bendigo and District Concert Band and The Floyd Black Band will be playing. Several Car Clubs will be displaying their vehicles on the day, with room for more. The market begins at 9am and ends at 2pm on Sunday, March 10.


STAGE 29 STUDIOS Bendigo’s newest dance & fitness centre OPEN DAY tomorrow SAT 2ND FEB, 10AM - 1PM, 29B PIPER RD, EAST BENDIGO. For Owner/Director Jennifer Turner, the decision to open a dance and fitness studio was an easy one. Jenny has been flitting around since she was 3 years old, trained at the Carole Oliver School of Ballet in Ballarat, operated the Bendigo Dance Centre in Hattam Street, Golden Square from 1993 to 2004, performed in the Loveshack band for 15 years and now with dance and fitness being such a passion it is no wonder Stage 29 is about to open. Jennifer says “dance and fitness in all forms breathes life into your heart and soul. Here at Stage 29 the space is ambient and beautiful, an environment to encourage wellness and connectivity.

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THIS is the time of year when poor mums (and some dads) are confronted with articles about how to send their children to school all bright and shining with polished hubcaps. The first admonition to parents will be to fill their lunch boxes with healthy, tasty items which will provide the kidlets with plenty of energy and nourishment. The women’s magazines will very helpfully provide colourful, time consuming recipes to entice the little ones and make mums feel guilty and inadequate if they don’t have time to prepare the kale stuffed cheese and ham muffins, accompanied by flour-less carrot cake. As a veteran mum who has retired from the child raising war (there was talk of an honourable discharge) I can I tell you that there is every likelihood that your kale concoction will be thrown in the bin? My healthy, grown up children told me recently that not only did they regularly throw their lunches in the bin but when I wasn’t looking, bowls of homemade vegetable soup would be tossed onto the nearest indoor plant which on reflection did surprisingly well. So do not stress too much about the lunch situation. Above all else your child will want to eat what everyone else is eating and if this means a cheese and Vegemite roll with an apple and a bunch of grapes then so be it. Be prepared for bullies. If your little one comes home in tears because of a beastly brat

act swiftly and firmly. Go straight to the classroom teacher and the principal and complain. If the situation does not improve go back to the principal again, and again and again. While there is a lot of talk about bullying it is still an area that some schools are woefully bad at fixing.

your child will want to eat what everyone else is eating However, before confronting the situation make sure your sweet one isn’t exaggerating. Having no one to play with and being picked on may in fact translate to 10 seconds in the playground when they looked around and nobody (sob) was there. Finally little ones get very tired when they start school. When they come home their clean uniform will be grubby, their cheeks smudged with something terrifyingly unrecognisable and they be hot, sticky and cranky. Warning: Do not annoy them or touch them. Let them regress, lie down, chill out with a screen, watch TV, suck on icy poles and as soon as you can, put them to bed. Apart from that mums and dads, stay cool; meditate or drink wine (your choice) and don’t read those magazines.

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V I E W P O I N T opinion letters

Bendigo Weekly – Friday, February 1, 2019 Contributions are not guaranteed to be included and may be edited for reasons of style or content. They will not be eligible for consideration if they contain defamatory material, or information of a personal nature which is not in the public domain. Name and address must be supplied. Letters should be no more than 250 words.

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RSPCA concerns I AM writing in response to the article “RSPCA loses contract” and your editorial comment in last week’s edition of the Bendigo Weekly, to express my serious concern as to this situation, and to encourage other community members to show significant support to the RSPCA and its wonderful staff at the Bendigo animal shelter. I have been a long term supporter of the RSPCA, and have served on the committees of management of two other branches of this wonderful organisation, over the past 18 years. As a ratepayer of the City of Greater Bendigo I am concerned, about whether their decision to rescind the contract with the RSPCA is going to be a cost effective use of our rates. I would hope that at the very least they will treat current staff of the shelter with dignity and common sense and re-deploy them rather than undertake a costly and time consuming new recruitment process. I have had personal experience of the great work which the Bendigo RSPCA shelter does for our region, having adopted a wonderful canine companion last year. Surely a council taking back on an animal shelter and its special needs, which by its own admission will involve ”significant set up costs in terms of compliance, accommodation and staff recruitment” after a long break since last doing so, is risky and not cost effective? Mark Gibson JP, Kennington

High vis for safety ON my way to Bendigo from Huntly recently I overtook one cyclist and passed two others who were travelling north. All three were mature-aged men and the thing that stood out was all were wearing brightly coloured clothing. One had even included high vis socks. These cyclists were in the bike lanes and were very easy to see. Thank you gentlemen for taking some personal responsibility for your safety. Unfortunately, from my observations over many years on the road these fellows are very much in the minority. For whatever reason a lot of cyclists seem to be attracted to dark colours that blend in with the bitumen road. No car or truck driver or motor-

cyclist wants to collide with or open their door into a cyclist. However, it is time the cycling fraternity took a good look at themselves and woke up to the fact that high visibility clothing saves lives and injuries. If this was not so, then why the requirement on almost all industrial and building sites for it to be worn? A high vis vest can cost less than $10. I have to question the mental capacity of someone who ventures forth in what amounts to camouflage to “mix it” with cars and trucks when for a few dollars they would be much safer. Harold Hall, Huntly

Expand the program I READ with interest the Minister for Defence Personnel, Darren Chester’s letter published in the Bendigo Weekly, Friday, January 25, detailing our ADF Cadet program, in which the navy, army, and air force, take on young teenagers for semi-military training and education (including military history) . There are at present 25,000 participants in over 500 locations throughout the Commonwealth of Australia. Mr Chester highlights military discipline, leadership skills, and other activities supervised by ADF personnel. What a wonderful and very useful program, but it appears from the letter that only volunteers are accepted for the ADF Cadet progam. Why not expand it into a wider concept for far more youths to be involved? Why not all young immigrants to our shores, as well as delinquents from our youth justice system be involved? Then these types of teenagers would mix together with other young Australians, and thus quickly integrate into our society, in a similar manner to the immigrants who quickly integrated post World War II. Instill not only military discipline, but train them for future apprenticeships or higher education as well. And with so many locations across Australia, it would introduce not only new arrivals, but Australian youth as well, to the vast Australian landscape, most of who think and see Australia only from the urban perspective of Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. All these young people are to become our immediate future.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Feeding time. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN For more photos go to Discipline and education for these teenagers will point our whole society in a much better direction. Doug Harrison, Strathdale

PM’s political garbage IT seems a bit rich for PM Morrison to come out in The Age, January 29, with a warning that recession is on the way under Labor. This from a government that has no policies on global warming, unemployment, age care. The ABC news on this same day reported on the first meeting of the Conversation Economic Survey, a team of 19 academic economists from 12 universities across six states, claiming that the Australian economy will remain healthy enough for this Liberal government to claim it as a strength in the lead-up to the May election. The survey points to a fairly flat outlook and beyond that, a possible 25 per cent chance of a recession in the next two years. With no recovery in the share market in 2019, no recovery in wage growth, no further improvement in the unemployment rate, further modest home price falls in Sydney and Melbourne, and a deficit next financial year despite the official line of a surplus and treasurer Josh Frydenburg’s commitment that the government will fight the election continuing to forecast a surplus. PM Morrison knows full well what is coming and is blaming Labor for the future.

He knows also that his government is not going to survive the next election, giving him ammunition in opposition to attack Labor for his government’s failings. Bill Collier, Golden Square

Fact or fiction? ONCE again we have the City of Greater Bendigo Council spending ratepayers’ money on ads and desperately trying to convince us all of what a great job they are doing. The problem is that these are the jobs and services we not only expect but in fact are entitled to and the council itself is obligated to provide. It is very easy for our council to say they deliver services and maintain assets and so, apart from a pat on the back, what is achieved by this expensive waste of rate payers money? We have seen a number of other councils promoting their region by looking at both the internal and external benefits they have to offer – a far cry from the self-praise approach we see here. We have seen this council use ads with an Irish actor to promote the organic waste which is a financial windfall for this council and one that has failed to deliver except for a completely unnecessary cost burden on ratepayers. With less than 50 per cent of recyclables collected actually being recycled and almost all our garbage being expensively carted away to be dumped into another council’s tip.

The question should be how well are these services being delivered and are the ratepayers really getting value or just spin? Stuart Symes, Epsom

Another unnecessary death A 33-year-old refugee hanged himself in Villawood Detention Centre on the eve of Australia Day, the day we are supposed to celebrate the land of the “fair go”. This young man had been detained for three years. He was supposed to be on “suicide watch”. Does the Australian public know that we have people who have been detained for more than nine years without charge and without trial? This brutal regime of indefinite detention without justice, without hope, without humanity, must end. We need an independent inquiry. Jan Govett, Strathdale

In the headlights IT must be about time the local police did a blitz on night time drivers who fail to dip their lights, or failing to have them peroidically checked for alignment and operation. I am getting tired of having to put a hand up to shield my eyes from unwanted glare, which is a dangerous practice in itself. Maybe some accidents are the result of the above. Peter Tharle, Jackass Flat

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THE next 12 months or so offers many exciting opportunities for Greater Bendigo and particularly the heart of our great city. The much talked about $90 million GovHub proposal boasts a lot of potential benefits to our city, and especially to the central business district and those who trade and live nearby. The idea to co-locate so many jobs on the one purpose built site is complementary to the City’s Residential Strategy vision which calls for an influx of inner-city residents in the years to come. If the GovHub proceeds, and if it achieves its stated aims which includes enriching the heart of the city, there should be a lift in the amenities on offer to all of us – better shopping, better hospitality venues, more service industries and enhanced recreation facilities. There’s more than a bit of the “build it and they will come’ about this concept, and on many levels. The GovHub itself will be complemented by the new state of the art courts complex announced by the

Editorial Comment state government during last year’s election campaign. Just a couple of blocks apart, these two sites will bring a new focus and energy to that area of the CDB, an area where Bendigo TAFE already hold command over. The TAFE campus has itself been the subject of a major overhaul in recent years, with more funding confirmed in the most recent state budget set to provide an even better facility. Linkages between each of these high profile sites and the rest of the CBD will be critical, and the Bendigo Chinese Association’s proposal to establish a national museum nearby in the bustling Chinese precinct is another enticer. Looking closely into the Hargreaves Mall, the recently installed pop-up park for children seems to be

a winner, at least when it’s not too hot. Activating that public space for a greater range of purposes is a step in the right direction. But the bus shelter at the Mitchell Street end of the mall remains a blight upon the area it resides in, and needs to go. It’s failed to live up to its intended purpose and efforts to repurpose the space failed to garner any interest from traders. One of the great challenges of the Hargreaves Mall has been the need for different groups to work together for the greater good. Council cannot do a lot on its own to fill vacant shops, and the business community cannot do a lot about the public space that these shops overlook, and which we all share. But a shared commitment to the overall enhancement and an agreed understanding and respect of each party’s role in managing this important space will continue to go a long way towards achieving an outcome that satisfies more people in the not too distant future.

opinion By LISA CHESTERS Federal Member for Bendigo

Women in parliament: Lisa Chesters MP reflects on mentor program in Myanmar OVER the weekend I attended a number of Australia Day events across Bendigo and there was one particular line in the Australian Citizenship Affirmation which stood out; “whose democratic beliefs I share”. Democracy is something most Australians have known their whole lives. Unfortunately, for many countries in our region with a younger democracy, the road to becoming a truly democratic society is still a long one. This includes Myanmar, where I recently visited for the second time as part of the International Women’s Development Agency’s mentoring program, pairing female MPs from Myanmar with Australian women MPs. The program aims to support female MPs

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INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS + WINDOWS 10 in Myanmar to become more effective in their parliamentary work, advocate for gender equality in politics and legislation, and increase their chances of retaining seats in the 2020 election. Myanmar’s women MPs are largely exceptional individuals who have overcome enormous barriers to reach parliament but continue to face discrimination as elected

military, a constant reminder that their democratic reforms still have some way to go. As you can imagine, there are very few female MPs on the military side of their chamber and at quick glance, sadly it looks a lot like the Liberal benches in our Federal parliament. Understanding the challenges women MPs face in other countries

Women in Myanmar suffer serious social and economic inequality. parliamentarians. They’re united through calling for action on a number of issues including gender-based violence and the high risk of trafficking and exploitation of women. Women in Myanmar suffer serious social and economic inequality. A prominent difference I noticed between our parliaments is that 25 per cent of Myanmar’s MPs are appointed by the

does make you appreciate our democracy and the opportunities that we have in Australia but we’re far for perfect. The number of women in Australia’s parliament is still only 34 per cent despite the fact that women are at least 50 per cent of the population.. When it comes to gender-based violence, one in three Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age

of 15 and on average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. That’s why the IWDA’s mentoring program is so important. Addressing gender inequality is key issue for both Australia and Myanmar, and strengthening dialogue between the countries at a parliamentary level could lead to greater political action for both of us. It’s easy to see why Bendigo is becoming home to many former residents of Myanmar. The process towards peace is painfully slow and ethnic minority based violence and persecution is still far too common. Women remain underrepresented in the peace building process; maybe that’s why the peace process is an on-again-offagain affair. I feel privileged to be part of the IWDA’s mentorship program and what I’ve learnt from my peers in Myanmar will stay with me for ever.


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Juniors win classic gold THOUSANDS of junior basketballers from across the state have taken part in another successful Bendigo Junior Classic event across the long weekend. Four junior Braves teams emerged triumphant from the annual competition, with another three local sides making it to the grand final in their respective divisions. The popular Bendigo Junior Classic saw teams from as far away as Geelong, Warrnambool, Swan Hill and the Murray regions compete on 20 basketball courts across Bendigo over the three days, providing a much welcomed boost to the local economy. Bendigo teams crowned champions from the Junior Classic included the under 21 boys, under 18 girls, under 18 Division 1 boys and the under 18 Division 2 boys. The Braves under 18 championship girls team earned honours with a 81-46 win over the Warrnambool Mermaids, while the under 21 boys thrashed Corio Bay 49-29. The under 18 boys Division 1 side were pushed all the way by the Swan Hill Flyers before posting a 46-42 win, and the Division 2 boys held off the Ararat Redbacks to earn a 44-35 victory in their decider. Bendigo sides that finished runners up in their competitions

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included the under 18 championship boys, who went down to arch rival the Ballarat Miners 68-54, the Under 16 boys Division 1 side who lost 28-25 to the Geelong Supercats, and the under 14 championship girls who lost a thriller to the Geelong Supercats, 59-58.

SOUTH Bendigo Junior Netball Club will host a skills clinic facilitated by Victorian netball league club the Wilson Storage Southern Saints. Greg Heinrich, Kane Fetterplace and Southern Saints’ players and coaches will lead the session, focusing on strength conditioning, skills based work and game awareness. Those aged seven and over are able to take part. The clinic runs from 9am to noon on Sunday, February 10, and bookings can be made at Cost is $25 for South Bendigo players, $30 for non-club players, with price deals for two or more family members.

CLASSIC: Action from last weekend’s event. Photos: ANDREW PERRYMAN

GPO CRITS ARE BACK BENDIGO District Cycling Club has announced the popular GPO criterium series will return in February. Over three successive Monday evenings, some of the region’s best riders will go head to head in graded events that match riders of all abilities. The three-race series will be contested on the fast-paced Brickworks circuit in East Bendigo on the following three Mondays February 4, February 11 and February 18. Racing is open to all A, B and C grade cyclists, and top age under 17 cyclists can also enter. Racing will start from 6pm, with C grade riders, and presentations will be held each night with the series presentations on the final night. Entries to be made via EntryBoss at $20 per entry or $30 entry on the day.

GRANTS UP FOR GRABS A NEW $28.9 million participation grants program hopes to build on the strong foundation of the “Move It AUS” platform, giving sport and physical activity providers even more resources to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians. Applications opened this week for the Move It AUS – Participation grants program, to be managed by Sport Australia. The program aims to build awareness and understanding of the importance of physical activity across all stages of life, particularly focusing on getting inactive people moving in their local communities. Grants for the four year program can start from $25,000 for local sport and physical activity organisations, through to $1 million grants for national sporting organisations who can deliver large scale initiatives that align with the federal government’s Sport 2030 National Sport Plan. This latest initiative is part of the Move It AUS campaign and a suite of programs being managed by Sport Australia to raise the physical activity levels of all Australians. Applications for Move It AUS Participation grants will remain open until February 18. Guidelines are available at

Sports Star tickets now on sale THE 2019 PEAK Bendigo Sports Star of the Year recipient will be unveiled at the gala presentation night to be held at the All Seasons Resort on Friday, March 1. Contenders from the first half of 2018 seeking this year’s coveted award include young ice hockey star Emily DavisTope, who last year captained a touring Australian under-18 ice hockey team in Poland. An inaugural Sports Star scholarship recipient, Emily recently moved to Canada to the Pursuit of Excellence Ice Hockey Academy based in British Columbia.

Cyclist Sam Crome enjoyed a terrific start to his 2018 year. Following on from a seventh-place finish at the National Road Titles, he won the final stage of the Herald Sun Tour. Crome out sprinted Cameron Meyer and Ruben Guerrero to take the victory, and finished seventh overall on general classification. Lawn bowler Aaron Wilson will be chasing his second gold statue, after winning the blue ribbon men’s singles final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Golfer Lucas Herbert had a breakout year, with multiple

top 10 finishes on the lucrative European tour helping the rising star earn more than $1 million in prize money. He produced a scintillating win at the US Open qualifier in Portland to make his way through to his first major tournament, winning the event at Oregan Golf Club by four shots. The Lady Braves completed an unbeaten regular season in the South East Australian Basketball League, becoming just the second team in the league’s history to do so. The team topped off a stellar season, defeating Launceston

in the SEABL grand final, and earning a rightful nomination for the PEAK Bendigo Sports Star of the Year. Other awards to be announced on Friday, March 1 include the Cyril Michelsen and Maxine Crouch Trust fund winners, the Faith Leech inspirational award, and the 2019 Hall of Fame inductee. Tickets for the black-tie gala event cost $95, and can be bought from Bendigo Tourism, 51 to 67 Pall Mall, by phoning 1800 813 153 or online at www.bendigotourism. com/tours/bendigo/peakbendigo-sports-star

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The right track INTERESTING: Chris Tuohey, David Bicknell and Nick Crawford with the new book.

Club history recorded MORE than 160 years of Bendigo United Cricket Club history has been documented in a new book to be released this month. Written by cricket historian and former Eaglehawk champion bowler Darren Rodda, “BUCC” focusses on team and individual performances across all senior and junior grades, as well as the club’s key people. Stories, season-by-season accounts and hundreds of photos including all 1st XI, 2nd XI and 3rd XI premiership teams also feature within the pages. It was a near five year project for Rodda, who said now that it’s all together, it gave the club a chance to appreciate their own history. “Players now know when milestones are being reached, which they haven’t been able to do previously,” he said. He said it was an interesting project to work on, as key mem-

bers of the club, when it started in 1853, were also running the Bendigo Advertiser. “That meant there was a flood of information available (about early matches) that I had to distill down into a manageable size.” Research for the book also included having conversations with club members and searching through the Trove online database, as well as getting information from the state and national libraries. “There is a phenomenal amount of work in the book,” Mr Rodda said. The book will be launched at a function to be held on Saturday, February 16 at the Bendigo Club. Tickets are $50 each, which includes dinner and guest speaker, former Australian coach Darren Lehmann. To buy a copy of “BUCC”, to book tickets to the launch, or to do both, email bendigounited@club.

After 45 years, the final siren is about to sound at Henderson’s Camping and Canvas Manufacturing in Bendigo. The iconic local business was founded by Max Henderson in 1974, but drop into the Eaglehawk Road store after March 15th and you’ll likely find a ‘Gone Fishin’ sign hanging on the front door. Max, Mark and fishing Guru Tony Barnes are all calling it a day. The well-known trio are retiring from the business with the premises to undergo a major revamp under new owners. Generations of local families know that Max, Mark and Tony have been dishing out quality gear, great advice and highly exaggerated fishing stories for decades. The boys are forever grateful to all our customers for their support and want to

YEARS of competing and training are about to pay off for 13-year-old Sebastyn Andrea, after being selected to compete as part of a track and field athletics tour to Canada in June. The South Bendigo Athletics club rising star is one of 50 students from across the country who’s gained the honour, which includes races in Kelowna and Kamloops, training sessions, as well as sightseeing across Canada and the United States. While the trip is focusing just on Sebastyn’s running talents across 100 metre, 200m, 400m, 800m events, he is also skilled in long jump, triple jump, javelin, shot put and relays. He’s a well known face at Little Athletics and Athletics Victoria meets, and has reached state running championships for the past two years. The all-rounder is also the Victorian under-16s champion for the heptathlon event. However for Sebastyn, he’s more looking forward to the experience and to fulfil his love of competing while overseas, than purely getting wins on the board. “On the trip I hope to look at other qualities from the other runners, their techniques, so I can improve my own running,” he said. “I like challenges – I’m not going over there expecting to win eve-

QUICK: Sebastyn Andrea. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN rything ... I’m going over there to just compete, to have fun, and to do to the best of my ability.” Mum Vanessa Milne said she was excited for the opportunity Sebastyn’s been offered. “Sport is a special interest area for him ... he loves running,” she said.

To help fund the once-in-alifetime opportunity, a music trivia night is being held on Saturday, February 9, with raffles, a cruise silent auction, and more. Tables are to consist of between six and 10 people, and it’s $10 per head. To book, call Vanessa on 0438 611 720.

go out in style with a Henderson’s Final Siren Sale. The business has been sold and the boys will be clearing stock for two weeks from 11th February to 23rd of February with up to 65% off camping and a variety of great fishing gear all reduced to clear. “I’m really going to miss it,” said Max Henderson. “All our customers have been so good to us for such a long time. Many, many customers have become friends. I would like to think people will drop in, and everyone can save a few dollars at the same time!” Long-time fishing and camping enthusiast Steve Threlfall of Trelly’s Outdoors, Fishing Hunting, Camping has big plans and will launch an all-new fishing and camping megastore at 214 Eaglehawk Road Bendigo on Monday April 1st.

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EAGLEHAWK captured all three major awards at the 74th Victoria Country athletics championships run in Bendigo across the Australia Day weekend. The Hawks withstood strong challenges from Bendigo region rivals Bendigo Harriers and South Bendigo to retain its status as the number one country club in the state. For just the third time the Two Blues swooped to win the Margaret Saunders Country Cup for overall; Ex-Athletes Cup, women’s team; and David Kitt Memorial Trophy, men’s team, at the meet. Bendigo’s clubs capitalised on a home-track advantage at the La Trobe University Bendigo athletics complex to take the top three positions in all team categories. The Hawks score of 1632.5 points sealed overall honours from Bendigo Harriers, 1477, South Bendigo, 1116; and Geelong Guild, 1067. Bendigo University’s tally of 315 points put it eighth in a field of 19 and was way higher than just a few summers ago. Long-time coach, Eaglehawk athlete and general manager for Flack Advisory Bendigo Region, athletics, Terry Hicks praised the country and metro clubs for the quality and spirit of competition. “All Bendigo clubs support these championships extremely well,” Mr Hicks said. “A goal for many athletes is to place as high as possible,


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but also achieve personal bests, and add to their club’s points tally. “Team spirit is the key.” South Bendigo’s Joan Self was presented with the Athletics Chilwell veterans award, as was Jeff Sargeant from Ballarat Harriers. The Australia Day awards for most outstanding performers were won by Deakin’s Mia Gross, and Wendouree’s Harry Sharp. Albury’s Jack Bolton and Geelong Guild’s Nyah Brown were named winners of the Stuart Hunter Memorial Shield as leading under-16 athletes at the championships. The Joyce Lockyer Memorial Shield for field competition was presented to Abby Bicknell from Wendouree. Scores and place for Bendigo Region in other team awards: Male – Eaglehawk 914 1st, Bendigo Harriers 819 2nd, South Bendigo 481 3rd; University 171 9th. Female – Eaglehawk 718.5 1st, Bendigo Harriers 658 2nd, South Bendigo 635 3rd, University 144 12th. Round 11 in Athletics Victoria shield competition will be held next Saturday from 1.30pm at LUBAC. CHAMPIONSHIPS: From top – Leigh Browell competed in the hurdles, runners in the 100 metres, high jumper Summer Sutherland. Photos: ANDREW PERRYMAN

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