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ISSUE 1001 JANUARY 13, 2017

When time stood still BENDIGO residents who have wished time could stand still had their dream come true on Monday when the former Bendigo Post Office clock stopped. For more than 24 hours the time was 5.10, giving us all an extra day of life. But the man in charge of time in Bendigo, Stephen Young, climbed into the clock tower on Tuesday morning and started the iconic clock once more.

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SUPPORTERS of the proposed $15 million Aspire Precinct to be established at the foot of Bendigo’s iconic Sacred Heart Cathedral have vowed to forge ahead, despite the project failing so far to secure federal government funding. Planning works are almost complete, with preliminary works already under way on the plan to transform the site into Australia’s first faith-based precinct. Aspire Cultural and Charitable Foundation chairman, Gordon McKern OAM, said development would be completed in three stages, with work on stage one, includ-


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ing a 4D cinematic experience as the centrepiece of the precinct, due to start later this year. Mr McKern said the foundation’s board opted for the threestage approach after the latest round of federal government regional project funding late in 2016 overlooked the proposed $15m Aspire Precinct. “We put in a bid for $5m, which with an already committed $5m from the Victorian government,

would have enabled us to build the whole precinct in one hit,” he said. “But we always had a plan B to build it in stages if we could not secure the whole amount up front.” The Aspire Precinct will showcase faith on the goldfields, demonstrating how Bendigo’s success was based on a successful melting pot of nationalities and religious faiths. “Bendigo was once known as one of the most multicultural cities

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in the world and the richest city in the world through the gold rush period; and now it is home to people from some 60 different countries,” Mr McKern said. “This project has been in the making for more than 10 years and it is particularly timely and important given the way in which this city’s good name was impacted in recent years. “Bendigo has always demonstrated its ‘can do’ attitude.

“We will demonstrate to the whole of Australia that Bendigo is in fact a model of social cohesion and tolerance.” Mr McKern said while it was disappointing to miss out, the foundation recognised the government had more investment opportunities than it had available funds. “Our aim now is to get moving on the project and to present the federal government with a compelling case to invest in what is a very important project for the Bendigo community and the nation,” he said. Continued Page 2

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High hopes for new apartments THERE are signs that interest in city apartment living is on the rise in Bendigo with plans for a four-storey, eight-residence block on Galvin Street lodged with the City of Greater Bendigo council.

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The proposed development is located south of the central business district, in an area of Bendigo that has seen high demand for apartments. Residences at the recently finished 111 Mitchell Street sold quickly. The developers of the Galvin Street proposal are also emphasising the advantages of living close to public transport and Bendigo’s shopping district. Plans were submitted on behalf of a Melbourne-based private company WRM Purchasing Pty Ltd and the land

in question sits where Galvin Street meets Williamson Street adjacent to the rail line. Council officers have already supported the proposal but concedes that it is a prominent building in a neighbourhood that is covered by a heritage overlay. However, the council noted there was no really consistent pattern of development or architectural style on Galvin Street, and the scale of the proposed building should not diminish the value of the precinct. Given the car park will be below ground, from the street the apartment block will look like three storeys and will contain three twobedroom apartments, four three-bedroom residences and a four-bedroom top storey penthouse. A feature will be its cork cladding, which is dark brown in appearance, but which the council said echoed “the rich tones of the face brickwork in the surrounding historic buildings and introduces an interesting, new, environmentally sustainable material in the palette of architectural finishes found in Bendigo”.

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Aspire moves ahead From Page 1 The Aspire precinct will include a main interpretive centre with space for permanent and temporary exhibitions that will explore faith on the goldfields and in the wider context. The space will also feature items of historical value from the Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst and other local faithbased institutions. The precinct will add to the public realm and southern entrance as an important gateway into Bendigo. There will be indoor and outdoor areas for community gatherings and events, an education and resource centre with programs for all age groups,

and a business hub including a café, retail outlet, spaces for business meetings and events, parishioner and social gatherings and more. The project is being championed by three ambassadors, namely the Hon. Tim Fischer AC, former deputy Prime Minister, inaugural Australian Ambassador to the Holy See and Patron of the Aspire Cultural and Charitable Foundation; the Hon. John Brumby, former Premier of Victoria; and high profile businessman and philanthropist Gerry Ryan OAM. Donations to the Aspire Cultural and Charitable Foundation can be made via www. or 5445 3600.





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NBN starts to roll out before across Australia,” he said. “Bendigo residents and business operators can now start joining more than 3.8 million others across Australia who are currently able to enjoy the benefits of the NBN network.” More than 3.6 million premises across Australia have been deemed ready for the NBN, including almost 780,000 premises in Victoria, of which more than 352,000 services had already been activated. Mr Moore said fast broadband had the potential to fuel growth and drive improvements to local economies, businesses and homes,

bringing new opportunities to the whole country. “It will be vital in bridging Australia’s digital divide and will allow people to compete on a local,

gible to connect to the network by visiting Once eligible to connect people should contact their phone or internet provider to discuss their

It will be vital in bridging Australia’s digital divide. It will also be key in meeting our future needs

national and global stage. It will also be key in meeting our future needs,” he said. Making the switch to the NBN network is not automatic, and householders and business operators can find whether they are eli-

needs and then make the switch. Mr Moore said residents may experience disruptions from civil works during construction of the NBN, and apologised for any inconvenience experienced while this important work is carried out.

Delivery of the NBN has provided a battleground for federal politicians since the project was announced, with the federal opposition highly critical of the government over financial blowouts and delays in delivering the project which it says do not reflect the coalition’s election commitments. Prior to last year’s federal election, member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters said more constituents contact her about telecommunications than any other federal government matter, and that access to a quality, reliable broadband connection had become an essential service.

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RSPCA cuts fees to help cats find homes RSPCA Bendigo is waiving the $120 adoption fee for cats for four days next week to give its many cats a better chance of a brighter future. The No Fee for Felines promotion applies to all cats four months and over and runs from Thursday, January 19 to Sunday, January 22. RSPCA Victoria chief executive officer Dr Liz Walker said adult cats were often overlooked for kittens.

MORE than 3700 homes and businesses in urban areas of Bendigo can now connect to the NBN as work on Australia’s biggest infrastructure project continues to roll out across the city. NBN Victorian spokesman Michael Moore said work to connect a further 33,000 remaining premises was under way, with people able to progressively make the switch from this month, and completion expected by the end of July. “The rollout of the NBN network is gaining momentum across the country, providing homes and businesses with access to internet speeds and bandwidth not seen

“We have hundreds of cats waiting for a forever home, but the annual kitten season is now in full swing, so a lot of our adult cats are getting overlooked for kittens,” Dr Walker said. RSPCA Victoria cares for around 10,400 cats each year, with numbers peaking as a result of “kitten season”. Dr Walker said many people didn’t realise that cats can start breeding as young as five months.

“Cats have very little difficulty conceiving and giving birth, so nearly every undesexed female cat who is exposed to an undesexed male during the warmer months will become pregnant,” she said. “We really want to emphasise that the relatively low cost of desexing far outweighs the cost to the community of caring for cats and kittens in shelters.” All RSPCA adoption cats and kittens are desexed, vaccinated,

microchipped, wormed, flea treated and come with a twoweek health cover for shelter related medical issues. “Adopting a cat from RSPCA Victoria means you’ll be giving the cat the opportunity to have a long and happy life,” Dr Walker said. “We want to facilitate as many lifelong bonds between owners and cats as possible.” Visit or RSPCA Bendigo, at 20 Pipers Lane, Bendigo East.

LIQUIDATORS of the failed Kennington bar Hashtag hope to have finalised a sale of the business by the end of January. Matt Byrnes said he and fellow liquidator Andrew Hewitt were in talks with a “couple of parties” who had expressed interest in buying the assets of Hashtag, including the internal fittings, furniture and audio-visual equipment. Mr Byrnes said there was interest from a Bendigo buyer. He said the lease of the property at Kennington Village on Condon Street would to have to be renegotiated with the property owner if a new bar was to start at the location. The liquidators have the power to sign off on an asset sale without asking creditors. Mr Byrnes and Mr Hewitt recommended selling the assets as the best way of recovering money for creditors. Hashtag has been closed since it ceased trading and entered administration on November 14. On December 19, a second meeting of creditors voted to wind up the business. At the time, Mr Byrnes and Mr Hewitt released a statement. “During the liquidation a more detailed investigation of the company’s affairs and books and records will be conducted to enable the liquidators to identify and pursue any transactions that may be recoverable for the benefit of creditors, and to provide a report to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission,” it said. Mr Byrnes said the liquidator or ASIC could choose to pursue the owner of Hashtag, Corey Scoble, if the company was found to have been trading while insolvent. Mr Scoble could not be contacted for comment.

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THE daughters of the family who built the Nanga Gnulle estate in Strathdale are appealing to Bendigo residents to object to developers’ plans to bulldoze the two-hectare property and build 15 houses. Cathy Spencer and Jacquie Anderson’s parents built the estate containing a home designed by prize winning architect Alistair Knox, a round pavilion building which served as a wedding and convention centre, self contained cottages and water harvesting infrastructure that allowed Rob and Peg Green to maintain the extensive garden. “I don’t know whether people realise what an incredible contribution the property has made to the local environment,” Ms Spencer said, adding that the garden was a home to ducks and wildlife. She said too much emphasis was placed by the City of Greater Bendigo council on retaining or offsetting native vegetation and not enough on introduced species

which formed the bulk of the garden the Greens planted and maintained for nearly 50 years. Ripping out existing plantings would turn the land into a “barren, dusty property which has the potential of flooding if run off from sur-

The property has made (an incredible contribution) rounding subdivisions, removal of two dams and the water race occurs and the natural water course is interrupted”, she said. Ms Spencer has compiled an objection she is delivering to all properties that abut the former business. The 15-property subdivision is being proposed by private company Jing Ying Pty Ltd, according to the

UNHAPPY: Cathy Spencer at the entrance to the property. notice pinned to the two entrances of the property in Harley Street. The Bendigo Weekly attempted to contact the owner of the company for comment. The planning document for the

subdivision states the developer will apply formal drainage systems, pipe drainage and use an internal road to direct overland flow from the north. “Stormwater will be directed to a treatment and retention basin

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Scots return for a day of fun NEIL Clark will have the biggest birthday bash of his half-century living in Australia when he acts as chieftain for Bendigo’s Scots Day Out in Rosalind Park on Saturday, February 11. The Bendigo Visitor Information Centre tour guide was announced as chieftain for Victoria’s largest contemporary and traditional annual Scottish celebration. “This is my 50th year living in Australia… it’s a real honour to have been asked to act as chieftain for this wonderful event,” Mr Clark said. “Scots Day Out blends the very best of Scotland in a unique contemporary fashion, engaging locals and visitors keen to experience a little bit of Scotland. “I played side drum in the pipe band when a student all those years ago at Strathallan School near Perth on the road to the Scottish highlands.” SDO director Chris Earl said this year’s event

would be infused with street theatre inspired by the quirkiness of performances at the famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival. “We are delighted to be involving young people from Nexus – Bendigo Community Youth Theatre who will be roving throughout Rosalind Park on the day as living statues and other street theatre activities,” Mr Earl said. “New family activities this year will see minihighland games, a threehole mini-golf course and even more medieval warriors including a tent village. “Scotland is more than just bagpipes, tartan, haggis and shortbread. Our Scots Day Out celebrates the great Scottish contributions to the world, showcasing the warmth and strength of family that was born centuries ago and brought to Australia by early pastoralists and gold miners.” Scots Day Out is presented by Golden City Pipe Band.



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ORGANISERS of next month’s gala Bendigo Sports Star of the Year awards night have encouraged those interested in attending one of the social events of the year to act now to secure their tickets to the event. Six weeks out from the dinner, to be held at the All Seasons Quality Resort on Friday, February 24, and less than 100 tickets remain unsold for the Bendigo Weekly – Prime 7 backed awards, which also incorporate the Bendigo Health sponsored Healthy Schools Awards competition. The Sports Star awards remain Australia’s longest running community awards of their type, with this year’s awards night promising to unveil more winners and more of the region’s exceptional sporting talent than any other in the event’s 52-year history. Sports Star committee chair Wendy James said the awards continued to generate enormous interest and generous support from the local community. “Sports Star is always a wonderful celebration of great sporting talent, both the up and coming juniors through our


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NOT many recently graduated doctors can say they started their career in a new multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art hospital. But, that’s exactly what’s happening for Bendigo’s Skye Kinder – a name well known to locals, and now one of Bendigo Health’s newest intern doctors. Ms Kinder said it was exciting to begin her life as a doctor back in Bendigo. “I am really looking forward to moving into the new building on January 24,” she said. Ms Kinder has just finished her first week on the job, yet said it was a big change transitioning from university into a career. “In many ways I feel as though I am still a student back at Bendigo Health,” she said. Ms Kinder has already had a decorated young life, being named Bendigo’s Young Citizen of the Year in 2014 for her work in rural health promotion, as well as serving as the chair of the Australian Medical Students’ Association’s Rural Health Committee in 2015 and 2016. This passion for rural health led her to focus her attention towards promoting the benefits to new doctors of leaving the city, and beginning their new roles in regional areas. She believes the equipment and training opportunities for junior doctors within the new

HOME START: Skye Kinder is one of 40 new interns at Bendigo Health. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

hospital would promote itself to graduates. “There is a lot of interest (to working regionally),” she said. “When doctors see the new facility, they will want to work here in Bendigo.” Ms Kinder said patients deserve access to the best doctors, and that it was important to entice medical students to work in

regional centres. “We need to work out the barriers of why medical students don’t want to work in the bush. Being from Bendigo, it is important to advocate for the people around you,” she said. “Good health care is the equaliser.” Ms Kinder said it was too early to say what her future may

hold, but noted her deep interest in psychiatry, and continuing her advocacy for rural health. “There are good opportunities available (in the psychiatry field),” she said. “I’m also looking forward to teaching students when they come to our hospital. We should do our part to show why we should work regionally.”

Junior doctors start next stage of career BENDIGO Health has welcomed 40 new junior doctors, who start their 12-month internship by going through orientation this week. Chief medical officer Humsha Naidoo said that it was great to see so many medical graduates opting to further their training here in Bendigo. “Working as a junior doctor can be very rewarding and also very demanding. The internship provides new doctors with an

opportunity to further develop their skills in a supported environment,” Dr Naidoo said. “It is an exciting time with the new Bendigo Hospital opening later this month. This world class hospital is a fantastic facility for our new junior doctors to undertake their training. “Bendigo Health offers a comprehensive intern program in the areas of general medicine, general surgery, emergency, renal, oncology, orthopaedics,

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cardiology, psychiatry, general practice, rehabilitation, geriatric medicine and urology.” This year the majority of the interns are Monash and Melbourne University graduates and several have graduated from other medical schools. Many of the interns have undertaken clinical rotations in Bendigo during their training. Monash University works closely with local practitioners and Bendigo Health to train

medical students in their last three clinical years. Of last year’s interns, soon to be hospital medical officers, or HMOs, the majority will continue working in Bendigo. “This is good news for Bendigo Health and residents in the Loddon Mallee region. Interns who are training with us are also choosing to continue to live and work here in Bendigo and throughout the Loddon Mallee region,” Dr Naidoo said.

IT was action stations on Tuesday as Bendigo Health undertook a simulation of the first three hours of patient move day. Led by executive director Robyn Lindsay, who has been appointed the clinical move director for Bendigo Health, the exercise took place in real time across the current and new hospital sites. The simulation involved actors as patients and included the co-operation of Ambulance Victoria who assisted with ambulances to test the planned physical journey of patients and the associated move schedule. Ms Lindsay said the simulation had tested all of the systems and communications tools that will be used during the move as well as the plans for the physical movement of patients and staff. “It was important that we allocated the time and resources to complete a real time test of the move and to provide our staff with the opportunity to practice communicating with one another in real time,” she said. “We wanted to make the exercise as close to the reality of move day as possible so we chose a Tuesday and set up our command centre just as it will be on January 24. “I am confident we have a robust and realistic plan to move patients to the new facility. At this stage we are expecting to move more than 200 patients from a mixture of locations including the current hospital site, our rehabilitation inpatient unit on the Anne Caudle Centre campus and psychiatry patients from our current facilities. Ms Lindsay said they are planning for about 20 ambulances to assist on the 24th and there will be traffic management in place around the precinct to give them priority on the road. “These patients will be unwell and we want the transfer to be as comfortable and smooth as possible,” she said. Bendigo Health is on track to move inpatients into the new hospital on January 24, all inpatients will be moved on the one day. The new hospital will be closed to the public on this day and visitors will be restricted to immediate family and next of kin only, but not until after 5pm. Some exemptions will apply at the discretion of staff. Following the move the emergency department will be accessed via Drought Street. The phone numbers will be unchanged.

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Have you been paying attention to what has happened in Bendigo recently? Test your knowledge with our Holiday Quiz. Sport 6. What is the name of Bendigo’s national basketball team?

which shadow portfolios after the July 2016 election?

7. Which team came last in the Bendigo Football League?

19. W  ho was the Castlemaine writer who won the 2016 Patrick White Award?

8. Which team won the 2016 South East Australian Basketball League men’s title?

20. W  hich film star took centre stage in Bendigo during 2016?

9. With their 2016 LVFNL premiership, how many consecutive flags has Bridgewater won? Weather 1. What percentage was Lake Eppalock on October 3, 2016? 2. What is the highest recorded temperature in Bendigo in the past 20 years? 3. The 153.4 millimetres of rain that fell in September 2016 broke which record? 4. What fuel source was a particular early bushfire risk this summer in central Victoria? 5. How many rain days does Bendigo have on average a year?


10. H  ow many Bendigo Thunder players will play in the first season of the AFL’s women competition? Politics 11. W  ho ran in Bendigo as the Liberal party candidate in the 2016 federal elections? 12. W  hich Bendigo mayor was also a newspaper publisher?

Ulumbarra Theatre in 2016.  ame the political activist 18. N who was interviewed during the 2016 Bendigo Writers Festival.

21. The Bendigo Weekly printed on January 6, 2017 was issue number what? 15. W  hat state government issue threatened to overshadow and influence the federal poll?

22. What does LUBAC stand for?


24. W  hich three Bendigo attractions won categories in the 2016 Victorian Tourism Awards?

13.H  ow many current City of Greater Bendigo councillors are women?

16. W  ho was the Castlemaine musician who won the Triple J Australian 2016 album of the year?

14. B  endigo federal MP Lisa Chesters was promoted to

17. N  ame the international opera singer who performed at

23. W  ho were Bendigo’s 2016 citizen and young citizen of the year?

25. W  hich cathedral reopened last year after seven years of refurbishment? Answers – Page 15

3From Page 1 Mr Young said the clock was the last one in Bendigo to be run on original mechanical parts as well as electronic parts which have been added over the years. “What happened last week was that the bolts holding the old and new sections of the clock’s workings came loose,” he said. ”It was a matter of climbing into the clock tower and doing physical repairs.” But access to the post office clock is not always easy. “The only way I can climb up there is by walking through the main court and through to the judge’s chambers, where the staircase is situated,” he said. “This means I often have to get up there before the court sits.” Mr Young who also has responsibility for all the other tower clocks in Bendigo is particularly proud of the post office clock. “It’s been operating since 1880 and over the years society has made more and more demands on it,” he said. “As a mechanical clock it has been expected to keep perfect time. “Of course the person who made the biggest demand on the clock was Dame Nellie Melba who demanded that the clock stop striking during the night. “As it’s a 12 hour clock that was an extremely hard adaptation but the clock makers did a great job, it still doesn’t chime in the night.” As for the electronic side of the clock Mr Young carries a remote control device around with him in his pocket to alter the clock. “It’s similar to pointing your car keys at your car, only I’m pointing at the clock,” Mr Young said. – Dianne Dempsey

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V/LINE hopes to continue to improve punctuality on the Bendigo line after figures released this week showed the punctuality of Bendigo line services in 2016 was well below the 92 per cent target and the worst of V/Line’s three main regional commuter lines. Just 83.4 per cent of services in December were on time, with the average punctuality for 2016 85.2 per cent. Bendigo remained the least punctual of V/Line’s three main commuter lines in December, with Geelong running at 88.7 per cent and Ballarat at 91.2 per cent, all failing to meet the benchmark figure. Over the full 2016 year, Ballarat’s on time percentage was 88

while the Geelong line saw 88.5 per cent of services arrive within five minutes and 59 seconds of their scheduled arrival.

Bendigo remained the least punctual of V/Line’s three main commuter lines Yarra Trams and Metro Trains both exceeded performance thresholds, but V/Line endured a difficult 2016 with reliability issues compounded by a $23.4 million loss.


Public Transport Victoria said that punctuality had improved on a month-to-month basis, but the improvement for Bendigo services was just 0.3 per cent. “We know that more than half of our regional passengers travel on the Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong lines so it’s pleasing to see a boost to punctuality for passengers,” PTV’s Warwick Horsley said. “As V/Line continue to deliver significant maintenance and renewal works we hope to see these results extended to all passengers on all lines across regional Victoria.” A new network timetable will also come into action on January 29, and can be viewed at www.vline.




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ALL SMILES: Children enjoy the Golden Square pool. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Future bright for community pool SLATED with potential closure again during 2016, the Golden Square Community Pool is instead fighting back, this week recording their highest halfseason patronage to date. Nearly 6900 swimmers have taken a dip since the November 19 opening, an increase of 1441 patrons on the same time last year. Committee president Bernadette Wright said she is very pleased with the increase in numbers. “The knowledge of where the pool is has

grown over the past four years, and now we have people from all over Bendigo visiting,” she said. The community group that operates the pool’s current lease with the City of Greater Bendigo will end in 2018 upon the opening of the new Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre in Kangaroo Flat. However Ms Wright is “very hopeful” that the Golden Square facility can complement the new centre. “We believe we have

proven ourselves to be economically viable for council. We have consistently grown over the last four years,” she said. The facility was the second least subsidised cost per patron to council during last season, out of Bendigo’s 11 outdoor pools. “I don’t think we are a threat to any of the indoor pools, especially Kangaroo Flat. I believe we can complement each other,” Ms Wright said. “We offer different things.”

This season, the pool engaged in a new resource sharing relationship with the White Hills pool, which Ms Wright says is working extremely well. “We have been able to update our equipment, which is benefitting both us and White Hills. Our lifeguards also do training together,” she said. The pool is again hosting its annual Australia Day event this year, which will see free entry and breakfast from 8am, live entertainment, and a water slide.

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Algae back in lakes and channel Routine monitoring has detected potentially toxic blue-green algae at Lake Tom Thumb and Lake Neangar, as well as the channel that flows between the lakes. Blue-green algae occur naturally and can be dangerous to humans and animals. Characteristic signs of algae contact are skin rashes or itchiness, sore eyes, ears and nose or, if swallowed, nausea and vomiting. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Susannah Milne said members of the public are advised to avoid contact with water at Lake Tom Thumb and Lake Neangar, as well as the channel between the lakes. “A lack of inflow and ongoing warm temperatures has created ideal conditions for the algal blooms,” Ms Milne said. “Visitors to Lake Tom Thumb and Lake Neangar should obey the warning signs that are located at various points around the area and keep their dogs on a lead at all times to stop them from entering the water. “Given the time of the year, it is likely that other blooms will develop, so we urge residents to exercise caution at all lakes around Bendigo.” The council will continue to closely monitor the situation at both lakes. Care should be exercised when near the water and people who come into contact with the water should wash their skin immediately in clean water. Regular updates on blue green algae alerts are available at www.bendigo.

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community spirit: Empowering Eaglehawk has had plenty of success. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Empowering Eaglehawk Empowering Eaglehawk is a hugely successful community enterprise. Evidence of this success is the development of the Eaglehawk Canterbury Park Precinct facilities over the past 10 years. The latest project in the pipeline is a state-of-the-art playground which will include a flying fox. Bendigo Bank managing

director Mike Hirst recently presented a $90,000 cheque towards the project at an Empowering Eaglehawk meeting. Empowering Eaglehawk president Michael McKern, said the playground will be aimed at families and will be finished in 12 months’ time. Mr McKern said the local community, including several sports clubs, had already raised

$120,000 toward the playground. The recreational area will be built on the shores of Lake Neangar and is expected to be the largest regional play space in Victoria. Other projects that are in development in the Eaglehawk park include new cricket nets, netball courts and the new football and cricket community social rooms project.

The precinct also includes the McKern community skate park, attracting people from around the state to skate its unique bowl. The walls, over two metres high, give participants plenty of air time while also allowing for a degree of safety. Empowering Eaglehawk has invested more than $745,000 into the local community.


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As part of VicRoads program to help relieve traffic congestion in Bendigo’s CBD area, we will soon be starting improvement works at the McCrae Street/Chapel Street intersection. Works will increase the capacity of some turning lanes to help improve traffic flow around this busy intersection.



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Ice use researched RISING methamphetamine use in regional areas has been widely reported, but research in Bendigo, Shepparton, Latrobe Valley and Melbourne will set out to determine if it is so and how to best to get treatment to users. Monash University Bendigo, based at Monash Rural Health, is calling for ice and speed users in Bendigo to participate. It is partnering with the Burnet Institute to undertake the study VicMeth. Researchers will gather information during face-to-face interviews and participants will be reimbursed for their time. The research will draw from the experiences of 800 users. Senior research fellow Bernadette Ward said there was community anxiety about methamphetamine use in regional Victoria generated by news re-

ports in recent times that use was more prevalent and on the rise in those areas. “But what we don’t know is how they use over time and how

What we don’t know is how they use over time and when they may try to access help,” Dr Ward said. In fact, there is very little known about the users, their use and the effect on the community, other than that there are adverse health effects of using the drug.

As such, an aim of the study is to determine which treatment services will be the most effective. Dr Ward said users would be asked about their mental and psychological wellbeing, their drug use in general and what services they used and their effectiveness. She said interviews would take place at a mutually agreed location and information would be kept confidential. Dr Ward said once the terms of confidentially were set, participants were generally happy to tell their stories. Researchers expect the interviews with users to be completed by April, with first results to be released by the end of the year. People interested in participating can ring, text or email Maddy on 0490 486 217 or

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NTERNALLY the conservatory facing Pall Mall and Howard Place had tiered benches around the walls and there was a bench which ran along the centre of the glassed building. The building towards the end of February 1898 at the time of the official opening, was filled with many plants selected by Samuel Gadd. There were begonias, ferns of various kinds, and a profusion of evergreens, some of which were of a variegated variety, adding additional visual interest. It was fitting that the mayor of the day, Abraham Harkness, who had initiated the concept of this conservatory as an adornment for the garden as well as the streetscape was the person who would officially declare it open. The flower beds were looking great and provided plenty of colour as the official party made its way to the doors of the conservatory facing Bull Street. In the official party for the opening ceremony was, naturally enough, mayor A Harkness, JH Abbott MLC and councillor of the Strathfieldsaye Shire, SH McGowan on the Bendigo council for 14 years in two separate stints. Councillor JR Hoskin had served for 14 years as well, HM Marks had three terms to his credit, W Davis with W Honeybone the town clerk and Samuel Gadd, the parks and gardens curator. Most of these male dignitaries were accompanied

AS IT WAS: The interior of the conservatory.

by their wives. Mayor Harkness mentioned the construction costs of this new conservatory at approximately £800, which he believed was money well spent as the place would be well used, particularly on Sunday afternoons when people were either on walks or out in their carriage. He reiterated the uplifting nature of what could be viewed within the glass walls, and was pleased as to how well the building looked next to the new law courts. Close to some of the paths leading to the conservatory were flower beds planted with the most attractive variegated verbenas. Ken Maes, who started his gardening apprenticeship with the Bendigo City Council on January 7, 1942, recollected the conservatory at that time. According to Ken the interior set up still had the three tiered benches around the wall sides and the island bench in the middle.

The plants inside were well watered and when you walked through the door you could immediately feel the moisture in the atmosphere. Plant displays within the conservatory were changed with the seasons, on the top row were Kentia Palms. There were Arilias with their maple-like leaves, accompanying these were the fish bone ferns. Asparagus ferns with their bulbous roots, these draped down over variegated aspidistras. There were also some hanging baskets with different plants such as ferns. Outside the building there were two separate beds in the form of a large basket, ivy had been grown over shaped netting edging the flower bed and its handle. In these basket-like beds were planted polyanthus and at other times Iceland poppies. These beds always attracted a lot of interest from the visiting public, according to Ken.

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E made a rookie error. Real farmers out there will scoff and chuckle at us Blockies trying to get it right, but every error is a learning experience. I am talking about sheep again, but to be honest they take up quite a bit of my spare time and take on an important segment of life. We’ve weaned off and sold the ewe lambs and bought some more breeder merinos, the poor boy lambs are yet to be sold and have only the market to face in the near future, I can no longer look them in the eye. Our neighbour bought the ewe lambs and it made the whole affair a lot easier, they didn’t have to get on a truck for one thing, they just had to wander through a gate. This was in November and all was going swimmingly until Monday morning. The long-suffering Mrs Kendall was walking Zip the pretend Kelpie and checking the sheep when she saw the neighbour’s ewe lambs on a mission. They were moving at

pace and heading for our grown ups. Of course the grown-ups were their mums, so it was understandable. Luckily there is a fence between them, so no harm. It was at this point that Mrs K noticed the gap between the gate post and the gate. The post had moved in the heat and there was now a lamb-sized one way hole. This is the rookie error. It was sound to keep our sheep in, even if we had noticed the gap, but to a keen lamb it was just a gate to mum. Mrs K at first worried, but realised there was not much she could do and let the 39 escapees go with the flow. She described it as a highspeed free-for-all with the youngsters up to full speed

before nipping through the gap. My first thought was what a sound policy in sheep rearing. Boomerang lambs. You sell them, and they come back to you. No transport costs, just pure profit, but I don’t expect I would get away with it for long. They seem to happy mingling, but it just adds workload in the sheep maintenance department. They all have to go through the yards again and be separated from their rekindled family ties, and they won’t go quietly. Best put some earplugs in and oil the drafting gate, it’s going to be a busy afternoon. - Steve Kendall Twitter@stevekendall1


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T is deep winter in Iceland: a bleak, gloomy season when the region’s few hours of daylight are marred by unpredictable blizzards, roaring Arctic gales and impenetrable, all-enveloping fog. Over the course of roughly a week in late January, in the south-west of the country a series of unexplained, grisly events unfolds. Nói and Vala arrive home with son Tumi from a holiday in Florida to find the Americans with whom they’ve swapped houses have moved on from Reykjavík seemingly in a hurry and without leaving the family’s spare set of door keys behind. Nína, a policewoman ostracised for daring to complain about a fellow officer, is punished by her superiors by being assigned a dreary,

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Lie To Me. More material is scheduled for release soon. “We recorded a few new tracks over in Toronto last year and they are set for release in February and April. We’re really excited about sharing them. It’s a slightly different direction,” Jungalwalla said. Jungalwalla and Leahy have been active on the live music scene in Victoria for some years now. “My parents come from musical backgrounds,” Jungalwalla said. “My mum was our primary school music teacher so she got me and my sisters playing music from a young age. My older sister Jessie got me into a lot of music when I was a teenager and we started playing in a band together when I was 13. We played together for the next 10 years or so in Jungal.” Leahy also plays with Sal

Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel and has been in bands with Miss Quincy, Lisa Miller and Benny Walker. They lead an almost nomadic existence across Victoria, based largely around their gigging schedule. “We are both from regional Victoria. Cat is from Kyabram and I’m from Alexandra. We are both now loosely based around several parts of Victoria mainly Beechworth for Cat and me in Breamlea. But we don’t really have homes at the moment as we are going to be touring a lot this year,” Leisha said. This will be This Way North’s fifth Bendigo gig. They enjoy the vibe here. “We love the relaxed atmosphere and the real honest music lovers who live there.” This Way North play at the Golden Vine on Friday, January, 20. Bill Barber supports. – Simon Wooldridge twitter: @spwooldridge

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Shoppers go to shop In my experience, and I am a keen shopper, shoppers do not go shopping to lounge around on concrete slabs, puddle about in bubbling water features or stare up at inactive hugely expensive screens that do nothing of consequence. They go to shop. If we fail to do something for our CBD we will live in a world of Bendigo Marketplace-type centres where all of the shops are chainstores and the shopping experience and choice of goods will be pruned down and identical to every other shopping complex in the country. They all look, smell and sound the same. Generic. It’s already happening Australia-wide. Parking is free and close to the shops and they even have their own security staff to deal with pests. I’m fairly confident that if we razed the Hargreaves Mall and all of its paraphernalia there would be space for almost 100 “old school” angle parks, and I don’t mean those idiotic 90 degree types down the library end of Hargreaves Street. Do I sound crazy? I’m just a long term Bendigo citizen and ratepayer. I’ve always preferred the CBD shopping experience with interesting, individual, often local family owned businesses. When the vacant shops in the CBD are almost outnumbering the occupied shops, people will start to panic. There are a number of vacant shops right next to Myer. That is mind-boggling. This new Bendigo council needs to be decisive about this. John Morton, Quarry Hill

Waste of time and money How many times are the residents going to be asked about providing information to assist council in supposedly making the right choices for best outcome for the citizens of Bendigo and surrounding areas. The new community plan, formerly the council plan, you can call it what you like but will anything change? Most likely not, looking at what has happened previously over many years. Petitions were collected by a large number of ratepayers against the new pool at Kangaroo Flat, did the council listen? No. The disgusting affair with the old East Bendigo School site, the grab for cash with the organic bin fiasco – making residents accept the bins but council don’t lead




by example by having organic bins at parklands and sporting grounds, and haven’t involved food premises. Then we were lumbered with the citizens jury, something that was supposedly to be for the citizens, but once again was railroaded by the CEO and executive officers hand picking nine representatives. How democratic or open and transparent was it? The citizens who they were supposedly representing didn’t know who they were or what their agenda or objectives were. Are the decisions they came up with to be acted upon or are they going to dumped – as they should be because it didn’t represent the true feelings of the community? So when it’s all boiled down it just looks like another waste of people’s time and ratepayers’ money. Ivan Kitt, Bendigo

Public snowballing The state government has made changes to the Local Government Act requiring all councils to develop four-year plans with their communities. It is designed to give residents, and especially ratepayers, more say in their council’s plan, priorities, services and budgets. It puts residents first, ensuring improved accountability. To help design its plan, council has a community plan survey on the internet for us to fill in – too bad if you are not on the internet because of age or unemployment or a disability or working long hours as a hospital employee or ambo. To me it’s public snowballing, just like the organic bin disaster, where a select few make the decisions. The survey is repetitive, narrowly cast, and skewed to what the officers want, for example: the arts is identified three times, agriculture and Home and Community Care Service zero. If the survey was approved by councillors, then they need to be embarrassed. A number of questions have no bearing on putting locals first, and giving them a say in how their rate money should be spent. Council is allowing people who visit the city to complete the survey. Only City of Greater Bendigo residents/ratepayers should be involved. Also, I don’t know what identifying a residents’ suburb, age, gender, or if they are working 15 hours Sthem per week, has to do with NEW putting up ideas for council’s plan;



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an idea is an idea. And of course, to help us make the skewed choices, the survey has nine hand-picked priorities from council’s hand-picked citizen’s jury. “A jury representative of Bendigo, but not representing Bendigo.” Give me a break from all the trickery nonsense please. Bill Collier, Golden Square

Remarkable milestone Congratulations to the Bendigo Weekly on reaching 1000 issues. A remarkable milestone. The Weekly is a Bendigo institution, largely because the news and editorial content is current and relevant to the city. We all await the Weekly on Friday, and look forward to the next 1000 issues. Murray McPhie, Epsom


Trough scoffers Where is that fence, isn’t the contractor back from holidays on the Gold Coast yet? Another clanger from Malcolm. Arthur Sinodinos has been stood down from standing aside, to step up for Sussan Ley, who is standing down, instead of standing aside. Phew, cut it out Malcolm, we are still on holidays. Why do you make everything that is so simple,


so confusing? Bronwyn Bishop is exemplifying the reason why most people have absolutely no time for the LNP’s arrogant attitude, with a “how dare you question our perks,” while at the same time unleashing a weapon of maths destruction on old age pensioners, and welfare recipients, who unlike LNP politicians are guilty until proven innocent. This is coming from members of a government who repay “errors of judgement” with no repercussions, the big end of town just yawns and carries on regardless, but everybody else has to adjust their belts a couple of inches. The LNP then blames the ALP for everything while they are in government, and do the same when the ALP are sitting on the government benches, but when confronted with questions about the economy, reply that it Sis doing just fine. W Sussan Ley saga has once NEThe again highlighted the fact that enough is never enough, they always want more, while a large percentage of people are battling to survive. The previous inquiry which suggested 36 adjustments to the rules of politicians’ allowances should be brought into parliament as the first LOCAL point of discussion. Self administration is like putting Dracula in charge of the blood bank. There is only one winner, and it is not the taxpayer


who is fed up to the neck with this behaviour. The next election cannot come quickly enough – and neither can the restrictions on irresponsible trough scoffing individuals. Ken Price, Eaglehawk

Total control Luke Martin raises an issue (Bendigo Weekly, January 6) regarding the effect that technology and automation has on the workforce and society in general. He correctly pointed out that innovations are reducing the manpower required to produce any particular article. This is the desirable result and should not be regarded as a problem. The problem is getting the purchasing power into the hands of those that need the goods and services. The financial economy of the nation is basically a bookkeeping exercise and with an army of economists holding numerous degrees on the government payroll, there should be enough brain power to work this out. If not they should be replaced by others that can. While Luke blames capitalism for our troubles I trust he is not confusing it with free enterprise. The end result of capitalism and communism is exactly the same, total control. Martin Penny, Ascot


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Giving means gaining

As a community newspaper, the Weekly is indeed fortunate to have the opportunity to meet most of the people whose contributions to Bendigo, large or small, make a positive difference to our community. So it’s fitting that in the next week or so, the City of Greater Bendigo will announce its Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year for 2017. There are many community organisations and clubs – such as Ro-

tary, Lions, Apex and Zonta, all of whom we have written about, and to whom we are ever so grateful. Add to that the sporting clubs, the respective branches of the RSL who work tirelessly for veterans’ and their dependents, and you start to get a clear picture of a city where a lot is achieved by a relatively small number of people. Then, look to the hard working volunteers that put together festivals,

events and carnivals the rest of us enjoy so much, and you realise these people all deserve a pat on the back for a job well done. A couple of those community organisations are the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival organising committee and the Bendigo Chinese Association. Both are presently looking for help – one to financially sustain a music festival Bendigonians have

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rapidly grown to love and enjoy, the other is one of our oldest community groups, now looking to a new era of Chinese heritage and displays. If the opportunity arises, we urge you to give either or both of them a hand. If not in those organisations, find something in our community you want to support and get on board. You have nothing to lose, but we all have so much to gain.

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not approve of the fact that in order to attend something like an AFL grand final, the MP needed to fly themselves and their spouse business class, stay in a five star hotel, be driven via Comcar and to

consider ourselves lucky to have had such an experience. Both sides of politics dip into these sorts of arrangements and both sides of politics do so heavily and with the knowledge that ‘it’s

[We need] to know that the taxes we pay are being put to the best possible use

also claim a travel allowance – all seemingly because it’s within the rules. That’s assuming it is actually appropriate to accept such an offer in the first place. For the rest of us, we’d probably be happy to accept some hospitality, pay the rest of the way ourselves and

nothing to garner the confidence of the community, and it’s an almost smug reference to a set of rules that should have been dramatically overhauled a long time ago. Every single MP must surely know that this only annoys voters who are paying for their extravagances, and the rhetoric pollies are all too quick to employ shows an almost disdain for the community, an ignorance to the peoples’ concerns, and even an arrogance to those they owe the most to. Politicians who attend something like an AFL grand final upon the invitation of a major corporation or similar need to actually understand that the overwhelming majority of Australians would

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Time for a rule change on expenses

When I was a kid growing up in country New South Wales, our local state MP used to catch the train to complete the 500 or so kilometre journey to attend parliament. It was a pretty basic service, but it was what his constituents had to contend with, and back then, what was good for the goose, was necessarily good for the gander. These days, the problem most of us have with political representatives claiming expenses is the reflex defence mechanism most of them employ when they come under questioning over their expenses. Stating that the expenditure fell within the rules does

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within the rules’. Greater accountability is needed in this area and the public needs to know that the taxes we pay are being put to the best possible use, not just ‘within the rules’, but for meaningful purpose that is relevant. As to why any politician needs to charter a VIP jet

one way at a massively extravagant cost to taxpayers astounds me. Even more so when there’s a regular airline service available for a fraction of the cost. The message all MPS need to heed when they return to Canberra early next month is that there needs to be change surrounding the rules of travel and expenses that better address the expectations of the community. A lot of politicians would lose nothing, and gain a lot by travelling under arrangements more like those the rest of us endure all the time. It’s called economy, but it’s also real. twitter: @peterkennedy23

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More cod for Eppalock

TOP CATCH: Lindsay Hamley with an early season Murray cod from Torrumbarry.

COD opening got off to a slow start with close to 30 members of the Bendigo Legion Angling Club fishing the Edward River at Stevens Weir, at the start of December with only one cod and one golden troubling the club statistician. Hopefully as water flows subside after the near record late winter rains the river will again return to producing good numbers of legal Murray cod. However, Torrumbarry Weir west of Echuca seems to have been unaffected with several Bendigo anglers trolling up quality cod in the lead up to Christmas. Closer to home, Fisheries Victoria have been busy at local waterways last week with the release of 80,000 fingerling Murray cod at Lake Eppalock and 40,000 in Cairn Curran as part of the state governments State Government’s Target One Million initiative. If these numbers can be stocked regularly and water levels remain stable anglers should be able to catch cod on a regular basis, without venturing north to the Murray or Edward rivers. Results of previous year’s Eppalock Murray cod stocking efforts are slowly

Numerous options SUMMER is here and the fly fishing has been fantastic in the past month. From the coast to the mountains there have been some great fishing reports coming in with the estuaries around Warrnambool having excellent bream, salmon and estuary perch fly fishing. The Bullen Merri Special fly pattern which looks like a bait fish has been very successful but you have to get it to the right depth or the bream will just ignore it. Make sure you take long pauses in your retrieve to allow the fly to sink again. You’ll find many bream strike as the fly drops so stay alert for any movement in your line and set the hook with a firm stripstrike. Central Victoria lakes such as Newlyn and Hepburn Lagoon have plenty of trout but the fishing isn’t always easy. At this time of year trout sometimes become obsessed with

chasing dragonflies which are difficult to imitate with a fly. Consequently you can have the frustration of seeing them leaping out of the water but completely ignoring every fly you throw at them. However, if you fish after dark you can have great success with mudeye fly patterns on the surface. I find a short sharp retrieve followed by a long pause nicely imitates the movement of a mudeye as it swims toward the bank. With the irrigation season in full swing, the flow rate of the Goulburn River below Lake Eildon has increased recently. However, this doesn’t mean the fishing is poor. Concentrate on the edges and backwaters, no matter how small, as they will hold trout. It is also cicada season and there have been reports of good trout caught on big cicada fly patterns in the Thornton region. The cicadas are only around

Duck season ready to fire

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for five to six weeks so if you ever want to fish a dry fly as big as your thumb, now is the time. North-east Victoria has been performing exceptionally well recently and I have caught trout in the Kiewa, the Mitta, the Ovens and many of the small tributaries of each. These alpine streams can be an absolute delight as the scenery is just breathtaking.

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bearing fruition, with both Josh Hull and Mark Simmons landing cod in excess of 70 centimetres during December. The Campaspe and Loddon rivers will also be receiving additional stockings too, with 40,000 cod and 80,000 golden perch destined for the Campaspe between Axedale and Rochester. Guy Nicholas from Hartley’s Tackle World has had numerous reports of anglers working the banks of the Loddon River and having plenty of success with cod and golden perch on dark coloured spinnerbaits. Recently, I’ve been fishing Eppalock for the redfin that have become more active as the water temperature has increased. I’ve experienced a couple of memorable sessions already this month, casting 50 millimetre vibes, outside the swimming area in the Kimbolton Pool area at around the four metre mark. As usual size is always an issue with when the redfin become prolific, but when landing a fish every second cast, it usually doesn’t take long to get enough for a feed. – Nick Atyeo

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JUNIOR golf set 2 woods, 3 irons, 1 cutter with bag on wheels, gc $50 Ph 5449 6683

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HAY NET wrapped round bales - $30 per bale; $35 delivered for 4 + bales Bendigo 0438 088 429.

HAY OATEN HEAVY Killara oats $40 bale, or with Vetch Shandy $45 bale. (Elmore) Phone Ray 0418 122 252

OATEN HAY 5FT rounds net wrapped, top quality, Kept undercover.Located Bagshot. $55 Ph 0414 748 610.

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OLD wash copper $50 Ph 5439 3054 BOOKSHELF laminated 1770 mm H X 620 mmW $25 Ph 0448 389 872 OUTDOOR fire pit small with wood $40 Ph 0432 346 659 PARTY rocker portable AMP, bluetooth, new, $45 Ph 5447 8573 PIANO upright frame, vgc suit beginenr $250 Ph 0438 581 037 PINE Coffee Table, Vic Styled, Turned Legs $45 Ph 0428 559 569 POP cake maker, used once, $5 Ph 5439 5852 PRAM Valco baby runabout, with newborn insert, grey, VGC $120 Ph 0423 612 058. RABBIT hutch metal on wheels with handles $60 ono Ph 0437 100 501. ROYAL Doulton Spindrift design collection immac $80 Ph 0456559678 SHED fridge, good working order $50 Ph 0438 196 283

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SINGLE bed base with posture dream mattress $100 Ph 0429 954 308. SINGLE Beds, Mattress & dressing table $50 0428 559 569 TENA for men incontinence extra X 2 packs $20 5443 4436 TERRACOTTA wine coolers x 2 new $12 for pair Ph 5447 7275

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WANTED BEE swarm wanted accessible not in wall or hollow or high branch Ph 5436 1287.

FARMLET CLEARING SALE 61 POPES ROAD, JUNORTOUN SATURDAY 21ST JANUARY 2017 AT 10AM MOTOR VEHICLES:- 1963 Ford Anglia, excellent condition, Club Permit with Log Book, colour Green & White… 1958 Morris Minor, good condition, genuine Morris Motor, Club Permit with Log Book, colour Deep Blue… 2 Spare Morris motors and multiple Morris spare parts… Old Morris Major ute body and motor. FARMING & ANTIQUE ITEMS:- 25 Inch Tungsten tipped saw bench with 5 HP electric motor, 2 sets of combine box ends, 1 old harrows, 1 horse scuffler, 1 single furrow hand plough, 2 sets of old steel tractor wheels, 3 cast iron tractor seats, 10 pair of old steel combine wheels, 2 sets of PTO driven Hydraulic pump and controls for ancient tractor, 1 old original hydraulic tractor ram, 1 truck hydraulic pump for G-Well loader, 1 original wind-up cable lift for truck tipper, 1 wagon axle and bearing, various sizes of small machinery steel wheels, mining drill bits & steel, galvanised pipe, old 12 gallon oil drum, wheelbarrows, potted plants, old cream cans, old car bits and pieces, hand pieces and tips, tin trunks & galvanized tin bins, cast iron single beds, heaps of tools, bolts etc, various good quality electric motors, blood barrow, electric chainsaw (as new), 600 gal poly tank, cubby house with slide, air compressor, high pressure washer and many sundries. CONTACT OWNER PH: 5449 3893

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CARAVANS & TRAILERS VISCOUNT 15ft Aerolite, 1984 poptop sgl beds plus lounge, r/o awning, full stove, lots of storage, new L/t tyres, 2 way fridge, 820 kg tare, reg'd May 2017, $6,500 ono Ph 0418 546 547. 2013 Windsor Genesis semi off road, pop top caravan, tandem axle, 2 berth, shower/toilet, gas /elec hot water, reverse cycle air-cond, leather upholstery, TV/DVD, roll out awning, 3 way fridge, microwave, ex cond $39,500 Ph 0418 582 125. BOX trailer, tandem elec brakes, 3" X 7", with ramps, unreg, GC $2,800 Ph 0438 196 283

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BOWLS CHAMPIONS COLLIDE BENDIGO East Bowls Club will host Sunday’s Bendigo Bowls Division champion of champions finals. Men’s, women’s and mixed pairs titles will be up for grabs and will be the focus for all involved, with pennant another week away from resuming. A field of 19 will contest the women’s competition, while a lineup of 15 players will be in action for the men’s title. Play starts at 9.30am on Sunday at East’s Lansell Street headquarters.

DARTS TITLES TARGET BENDIGO BENDIGO will put out the welcome mat for more than 300 darts competitors at this weekend’s Victorian Open Teams Championship. The All Seasons resort will host the event, which continues to grow in size, for the third straight year. Australian and state representatives will be showing their skills against the best players from all over Victoria, including local teams. Local star Justin Thompson will be one of the big names in action. The event runs from today through until Sunday.

BIG NAMES AT NEANGAR NEANGAR Park Golf Club will hold its annual pro-am event next Friday, with some big names in action. Lucas Herbert and Kris Mueck will be two of the professionals to compete along with two-time reigning winner David Bransdon. Herbert is coming off a strong finish to 2016, notching a top-20 result at the Australian Open at Royal Sydney. The event is backed by Evolution Copy and Print Solutions and the City of Greater Bendigo, and it is expected professionals from across the country will be in action.

Spirit set to bounce back By JOEL PETERSON

HOW do you come back from that? That was the question posed to Bendigo Spirit coach Simon Pritchard this week after a horror road trip to Perth as the Spirit resumed its WNBL campaign after the Christmas break. Bendigo was thumped by 41 points, the biggest loss in the club’s 10-year history, as Perth racked up 108 points, the highest score conceded in 10 seasons by Bendigo and the highest score by any WNBL side this season. Kelsey Griffin was held without a field goal on just eight attempts, an indication of breakdowns in a Spirit offence that failed to find opportunities for its stars and turned the ball over 21 times resulting in 32 Perth points. Adding injury to insult was Simon Pritchard this week ruling out point guard Kerryn Harrington from Friday night’s vital clash with Sydney due to injury. Pritchard described the performance against Perth as “almost laughable”, saying he was confident the side would bounce back because “it doesn’t get much worse than that”. “That’s the million dollar question, how do we bounce back? I think we will, and we are certainly capable of beating Sydney as we showed last time,” Pritchard said. “We had a good chat after the Perth game and we got some great video of what not to do... We haven’t ever played that bad-

STEPPING UP: Blake Dietrick will start for the Spirit. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN ly, so it really was an absolute aberration.” Luckily for the Spirit, despite a weekend of disaster, they did catch a big break.

The other two teams coming off two-week breaks, top side Dandenong and Canberra, also lost last weekend. After going down to Townsville, the Capitals went on

Young Braves eyeing finals

Local riders in the thick of the action CENTRAL Victorian aces Robbie Hucker, Lachlan Norris and Peta Mullens were among the local hopes that made strong starts to their 2017 campaigns last weekend with strong displays at the Cycling Australia Road National Championships in Ballarat. Hucker and Norris finished eighth and ninth in a scorching men’s road race on Sunday, that was won by Miles Scotson in powerful fashion. Scotson is a former member of the Decked Out cycling academy run by current national track coach Tim Decker, and lived and raced in Bendigo early in his career. Hucker made the day’s main breakaway group and hung on until the end, while Norris bided his time and remained with the final group of 15 that crossed the finish line together. Sam Crome finished 17th after being part of a breakaway with Brendan Canty, while defending under-23 champion Chris Hamilton finished 19th in his first effort in the elite men’s race. Canty led into the finish of the penultimate lap of the 10-kilometre course, but celebrated a lap early before being caught by the bunch.

to beat Sydney on Sunday in a result that fell Bendigo’s way. Pritchard said he believes the playoffs to be a five-way battle, with Canberra still an outside chance. Dandenong’s loss to bottom side Adelaide brought them back to the pack, with one game separating the Rangers (11-5) on top and Townsville (10-7) in fifth. Perth and Bendigo are second and third, both with 10-6 records. With the high-octane Sydney Uni Flames (fourth, 10-6) in Bendigo on Friday night and the season series up for grabs, the game is critical for both teams. To add to the intrigue, Pritchard flagged that recently promoted guard Kara Tessari would see minutes and be thrown into the deep end against Australian Opals point guard Leilani Mitchell. He said the club’s turnaround would start at the defensive end. “For as badly as we shot and turned the ball over, we still scored 67 points and we usually score 72 or 73. So that’s a clear indication that defence needs to be our main focus,” he said. “The problem is that we couldn’t contain anything and that poor defence feeds our offence and that’s the benchmark of what we do. “A win against Sydney gives us an advantage both against them and Dandenong, so it’s another vital game and we can’t afford a performance that’s anything like last weekend.” Friday night’s clash tips off at 7.30 at Bendigo Stadium.

TOUGH SLOG: Robbie Hucker (middle) finished eighth at Buninyong. Photo: CYCLING AUSTRALIA Mullens competed in the women’s road race earlier in the day, finishing a credible 18th behind eventual champion Katrin Garfoot. The events keep coming, with plenty of the domestic tour riders preparing for the Herald Sun Tour at the start of February. Hamilton is setting his sights higher than that as he heads to Adelaide to defend his Best Young Rider’s jersey at the Santos

Tour Down Under with Team SunWeb. Formerly known as the Giant Alpecin squad, the German team signed Hamilton for his first professional season. He will ride alongside Wilco Keldermann, Johannes Frohlinger, Simon Geschke, Lennard Hofstede, Nikias Arndt and Phil Bauhaus. The Tour Down under begins on Sunday with the People’s Choice Classic criterium in Adelaide’s East End.

THE hot form of the young Bendigo Braves and Lady Braves teams in the Country Basketball League has picked up where it left off, both sides recording wins as the season resumed after the break last weekend. The Braves took on Seymour in Bendigo and got a stern test, the Blasters living up to their name out of the blocks and racing to a 19-17 lead at the first break. The Braves found their range in the second frame, Aidan Brohm and Lewis Beks canning triples as the Braves opened the second term on an 8-0 run. The Blasters hit back to level proceedings before the Braves again took control with a 17-5 run led by shooting from Hunter Lawrence, Tanner Rayner and a buzzer beater by Kyle McMullan as the Braves led 42-30 at the interval. Bendigo started strong in the third term and nev-

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er looked back, going on to record a 79-70 win. Lewis Beks led the way with 18 points, while Rayner and Brohm each added 14. In the prior game the Young Lady Braves notched their 11th straight win, smashing the Lady Blasters 97-35. Danielle O’Toole was again on fire from deep hitting four triples – 23 made three-pointers on the season – and pour in 22 points for the game. Madi Sexton also had 22 points while Jessie Rennie continued her strong season adding 14. Both sides wind up their regular season this weekend when they are away to Castlemaine on Saturday night and then host Wangaratta on Sunday. The Braves and Lady Braves are sitting comfortably atop their pools and will each host a quarterfinal at Bendigo Stadium on January 21.

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ON TOP: Golden Gully was too good for Sedgwick.

Roos, Redbacks to clash By JOEL PETERSON

Strong start a charm for Cobras GOLDEN Gully will enjoy its weekend off while on top of the ladder in Emu Valley cricket after a win against Sedgwick on Sunday. The Rams won the toss and batted first at Club Court in a battle between the competition’s two top sides. Sedgwick openers Alan Friswell and Matt Dwyer departed cheaply before Rick Ladson and Andrew Sheehan joined forces for a steadying third wicket partnership of 139. The latter was the destroyer-in-chief before falling agonisingly short of a century with 99, including 13 fours and four sixes. Ladson then added a 50-run stand with the hard-hitting Jordan Ilsley before being dismissed for 62, Ilsley adding a quickfire 49 as the Rams made 245 from their 40 overs. Brad Webster took 2/46 for the Cobras while Kansas Varker was economical from his three overs with 1/34. Ash Gray (41) and Cobras standout Greg Thomas (61) got the visitors off to a flyer with the bat before Thomas and Le Poidevin combined for a

92-run third wicket stand. Thomas’ knock lifted him to fifth on the season run chart, having made 391 runs at an average of 39.1, while Le Poidevin is one slot behind him in sixth. Le Poidevin was unbeaten at the end on 67 alongside Varker (48) as the Cobras again showed they are more than capable with the bat, compiling 260 for the loss of four wickets to take a comfortable win. Ilsley was the only multiple wicket taker for the Rams, with 2/41. The Cobras sit nearly 20 points clear of second placed United who scored a valuable win over Spring Gully at the weekend. The Tigers play Maiden Gully on Saturday as the EVCA reverts to twoday matches. Gully sits comfortable inside the four after beating Mandurang on Sunday. The Rangas play Marong, West Bendigo hosts Emu Creek in the battle of the competition’s cellar dwellers and the now third-placed Sedgwick hosts Spring Gully in other round nine matches.

BENDIGO United will play Kangaroo Flat in Wednesday’s Bendigo District Cricket Association Twenty20 grand final after the Redbacks scored a dominant win over Strathfieldsaye in the lone game played on Tuesday night. With clashes between White Hills and Eaglehawk, the Roos and Sandhurst and Bendigo and Huntly North Epsom washed out, the game between the Redbacks and Jets at Harry Trott Oval was the lone clash to go ahead. Batting first, the Redbacks quickly asserted their dominance on the contest despite losing Ben Gunn for a duck inside the first over. His opening partner, marquee player Tom Smyth, continued his torrid form with a brilliant century off just 53 balls before he was caught off the bowling of Cory Devanny. The top-order batsman made 114 for Carlton’s first XI against Frankston last weekend, taking his tally of runs to 214 in the past four days. Smyth cracked 13 fours and a treble of sixes in his knock, ably supported by the hard-hitting Clayton Holmes (39 off 26). The Devanny brothers, Ben and Cory, were the best of the bowlers for Strath with figures of 1/32 (including a wicket maiden) and 2/28 off their four overs each. The Redbacks got off to a superb start with the ball with Zoltan Smyth heaving a

BOUNDING IN: Dylan Klemm is a key member of Kangaroo Flat’s attack. Photo: JOEL PETERSON drive off spinner Jake Thrum that was caught by Chris Howgate on the boundary, before another chance was dropped on the rope off Thrum’s fifth ball. Nick Scullie (30 off 26) and the consistent Greg Lyon (32 off 22) provided some resistance, but BUCCs quick Miggy Podosky (3/15 off four) and Smyth (2/14

off four) tied the Jets down in the middle overs. The final blow was landed by one of the more unusual suspects, regular wicket keeper Mark Di Fede, who took his first wicket in at least four seasons off his first and only delivery to see the Jets out for 131. In pool one, all games were washed out, meaning

by virtue of three points from a draw between themselves and Sandhurst, Kangaroo Flat made it through to the grand final ahead of White Hills and Golden Square. Next week’s T20 final starts at 5.15pm at the QEO. Entry for all spectators is free, with canteen and bar facilities available.

Teams roll up for country week BENDIGO will be abuzz with cricket next week as the annual Bendigo Country Week tournament is held at grounds across the region. Sides from the Murray Valley, Northern Districts, Gisborne and District, Ferntree Gully and District, Goulburn Murray and Emu Valley associations will battle it out in division one games, beginning on Monday. Division two will feature the Castlemaine and District, Maryborough and District, Portland, Grassmere, Red Cliffs and Grampians

associations. Division three features the Grassmere Colts, Colac District, Wangaratta and District, Upper Loddon, Wimmera-Mallee and Northern United leagues. The Emu Valley side will be captained by Sedgwick’s Rick Ladson, with former EVCA skipper Alex Collins named vice captain. The EVCA finished third in division one competition last season. This year’s squad is likely to chop and change as the tournament goes, due

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to player availability. Sedgwick’s Matt Dwyer and Andrew Sheehan, Marong batsman Scott Ross, Golden Gully duo Greg Thomas and Ash Gray, Mandurang’s Luke Rafferty and James Pietromonaco, Spring Gully quicks James Fox, Saheed Akolade and Rhys Webb and United skipper Josh White will line up for the EVCA. The division one final will be held next Friday at the QEO, with the division and two and three grand final grounds still to be decided.

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Bowe’s stars align By joel peterson

TUESDAY night was one that Bendigo teenager and leg spin prospect Liam Bowe won’t forget in a hurry. The Sandhurst Cricket Club product made his debut with the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League against the Adelaide Strikers, in front of 40,000 fans at the MCG in a must-win game for the Stars. It was a far cry from playing for Sandhurst all of last season, where the biggest stage he bowled on was for the Victoria Country under-19 team.

I couldn’t really feel anything, I was so nervous But both with the Dragons in the BDCA and with Vic Country he impressed both Premier Cricket side Essendon and then the Stars, earning a roster spot. Bowe didn’t see much action early in the game, and most of the attention directed toward him was from the legion of Sandhurst players who made the trip to the G. That all changed in his first over with the ball. By the end of the night, Bowe was trending on twitter, had his fair share of internet “memes” and had earned his own nickname: The Wizard. While the nickname was borne more out of being bespectacled and a vague resemblance for Harry Potter, his control of his chinaman (left arm

wrist spin) bowling produced some magic of its own. Off the last ball of his very first over after going for nine runs off the first five balls, Bowe drew gun Strikers batsman Ben Dunk forward into a drive but all he could collect was a thick outside edge which spooned to a leaping David Hussey at cover. Bowe was quickly mobbed by his teammates including the likes of former England star Kevin Pietersen, who praised him on Channel Ten’s coverage of the match, and in form Australian test batsman and Stars wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb. The 19-year-old went on to bowl two more economical overs, finishing with 1/21 off three, but most importantly holding his nerve on the biggest stage. “I couldn’t really feel anything, I was so nervous,” he told Ten’s Lisa Sthalekar after the match. “I was just glad after that first ball and I calmed down after that.” In the most interesting twist of the night, Bowe was nearly required with the bat as the game came down to the wire. Tail-enders Ben Hilfenhaus and Michael Beer needed three runs off the last over with Bowe the only batsman left in the dug-out. Stars coach Steven Fleming had words of advice for the youngster, despite him not being required as Hilfenhaus hit the winning runs with three balls to spare. “It was to focus on the running side of it as well, not just to hit the ball but to communicate with your partner, but in saying that I was still nervous as,” he said. Melbourne’s next game is against Perth at the WACA Ground on Saturday night.

new stump, please: Young Sandhurst quick Will Keck cleaned up Heath Behrens in dramatic fashion. Photos: joel peterson

Redbacks smash through to final HEATH Behrens has a knack for the spectacular, but it usually involves him creating havoc for opposing bowlers. Despite the Bendigo United gun being skittled by Sandhurst’s Will Keck on Saturday, the Redbacks won to retain top spot. They had another win on Tuesday, progressing to next week’s BDCA T20 final. – Story Page 23

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