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AFTER years of uncertainty, the future of the Bendigo Spirit, and national level sport in Bendigo, is finally secure. The Spirit and Bendigo Stadium Limited yesterday announced an agreement that will place the club alongside the Bendigo Basketball Association under the stadium’s administration, paving the way for Bendigo to plan for its future in the Women’s National Basketball League. The Spirit has been saddled with debt in recent years and

surviving on a year-to-year basis, with uncertainty surrounding the club’s future even in recent weeks. The agreement removes that doubt, as the Spirit will join the Bendigo Braves and the BBA’s domestic competitions set up under the one roof. Spirit chairman Greg Bickley said yesterday that the agreement represented a big step forward for the club.

“The Spirit has a reasonable history over time but it came time to look at how the structure would look going forward and to secure the future of the Spirit,” he said. “It’s always been a struggle year-on and year-off to make sure we are able to put a team on the court and pay our way and look to the next year. “This is a critical move that

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Regional price boom REGIONAL homes by the beach are continuing to show excellent growth in property values, according to REIV statistics. The institute’s data for the final quarter of 2016 shows that five of the top 10 most expensive locations are currently on the coast. Barwon Heads continues to lead the way as the top-priced town in regional Victoria, rising 4.7 per cent in the December quarter to a median price of $916,250. The nearby town of Queenscliff was second on the list, with the town’s median price rising 6.7 per cent in the last three months of the year to $752,500. Four other beachside towns on the surf coast also recorded some of the state’s highest median house prices, including Lorne ($730,000), Jan Juc ($710,000), Torquay ($695,000) and Anglesea ($670,000). The nearby city of Geelong and its suburb of Newtown also made the top 10 – both with a median price of $680,000 – following strong annual growth of 11 and 8.8 per cent respectively. Further afield, Lake Wendouree recorded a median price of $660,000 in the December

quarter, while house prices in Gisborne rose 5.5 per cent over the same period to a median of $662,500. Meanwhile, there are many affordable locations in regional Victoria, which are well below the state wide median price of $358,000. These are located around the state, from the west to Gippsland. Median prices across Bendigo represent a diversity of price fluctuations, with the median price in Maiden Gully up 12 per cent over 12 months to $475,000, but on less than 50 sales for the year to December. Elsewhere, Junortoun’s median price of $540,000 is down 6.3 per cent, the Bendigo median of $395,000 is up 8.2 per cent and Strathfieldsaye is unchanged at $435,000. The median price in Kangaroo Flat was $302,500, down about one per cent, Huntly’s median price was $345,000, up 2.2 per cent and in North Bendigo the median rose by 1.6 per cent to $290,625. One of the state’s most affordable locations is Kerang, with a median price of $136,000. However interest from homebuyers continues to grow, with

FLYING HIGH: Huntly prices are on the rise. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN the median price increasing in the final three months of last year. Stawell also offers affordability with a median house price of $215,000, despite house prices in the town increasing more than 10 per cent over the past year. The La Trobe Valley towns of Morwell and Churchill were also among the most affordable locations – with Morwell rising 3.1 per cent to $165,000 in the December quarter, and Churchill


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Chapman defends tweet

IN a case that will have organisations scurrying to review their social media policy, a VCAT tribunal in Bendigo heard this week former City of Greater Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman believed she was tweeting as a private citizen when she sent to a resident a picture of children with mutilated genitals. But arguing that its handling of the issue was appropriate, the council said that regardless of what happened before or after the tweet, Ms Chapman contravened the councillor code of conduct that bound her to act respectfully to other people. “When all the background noise is swept away, this case is about Ms Chapman sending that picture to a member of the public and accompanying it with, what I would submit

was a menacing question, ‘Would you like your fanny sliced off?’” Eddy Gisonsa, the barrister representing the council, said. “The picture was uncensored, it was sent without warning, it was sent for no good reason. “And that is ultimately the issue that Ms Chapman must confront.” Mr Gisonda argued that not only did Ms Chapman breach the code, she subjected her estimated 7700 twitter followers to the image and caption. He said councillors tried to resolve the issue internally but would not accept the apology that Ms Chapman and mayor Peter Cox drafted and that she wanted to read out at an ordinary council meeting. Councillors arranged to have the matter heard by a conduct panel presided over by Slater and Gordon

lawyer Roger Batrouney. The panel concluded Ms Chapman had breached the code. The panel ordered her to apologise. It is this ruling that Ms Chapman is seeking to have VCAT overrule. Julian Fidge, representing Ms Chapman, said she was denied natural justice in initial attempts to

She said she had never been cautioned about her use of twitter before the tweet in question, and had sought advice from council executive officer Peter Davies about the wording of a disclaimer that would allow her to express her private views. “(Ms Chapman) acted with due

She had made an honest and reasonable mistake of fact and this provides an absolute defence for her tweet

resolve the matter internally because the complaint had been withheld from her. Ms Chapman testified that she was asked to leave an initial meeting of councillors that discussed the tweet... because she had a conflict of interest.

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diligence by enquiring about the disclaimer and by displaying it prominently on her twitter account,” Mr Fidge said. “If she was not able to make a private comment, she had made an honest and reasonable mistake of fact and this provides an absolute

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defence for her tweet.” Earlier, Mr Fidge had opened the door for further action by Ms Chapman by stating for the court record that she had been subjected to judicial bias in previous VCAT hearings, and also that judge Marilyn Harbison should remove the council as a party because council chief executive officer Craig Niemann had failed to follow legal process when he applied to join the council to the VCAT case. Judge Harbison also ruled against a mid-hearing application by Mr Fidge to have the case dismissed because the council’s case could not succeed. Judge Harbison said she required evidence and asked if Ms Chapman would testify, which she did. Late yesterday, VCAT stated it had deferred the decision.

V/line looks into collision INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into a collision between a train and four-wheeldrive at Big Hill that saw services to Bendigo dramatically affected over the past two days. A V/Line VLocity train headed toward Epsom collided with the abandoned car on Wednesday afternoon, causing massive service delays and forcing V/Line engineers to work around the clock to remove the train from the location. V/Line said two cranes would be required to lift the 225-tonne, 75-metre-long train so that repairs could begin. Ambulance Victoria said a man and woman from the train were taken to Bendigo hospital with minor injuries. Four other people were assessed at the scene by paramedics, but weren’t taken to hospital. V/Line’s chief operating officer, CarolAnne Nelson, said staff involved are receiving support and the operator is also getting in contact with customers on board the 12.14pm service from Southern Cross to Epsom. “As work continues to restore services, we are getting in touch with the customers to ensure they’re aware of assistance that is available to them, and also reimbursements,” she said. “We’d like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we work to return trains to normal as soon as possible.” V/Line said yesterday it did not expect that services would be back to normal until today. Customers travelling on the Bendigo, Swan Hill and Echuca lines are asked to check, call 1800 800 007 for up-to-date service information.

Bangarra Theatre dancers took time out on Wednesday, ahead of their performance of Terrain: A hymn to country. Terrain is a work exploring the fundamental connection between Aboriginal people and the land. Choreographed in 2012 by Frances Rings, Terrain originated on Arabunna land, in South Australia, and transports audiences to the arid desert plains of Lake Eyre and has been awarded two Helpmann Awards. “Having Australia’s foremost indigenous dance theatre company perform on the Ulumbarra stage was something we had been looking forward to for some time,” Ulumbarra Theatre manager David Lloyd said. Bangarra’s artistic director Stephen Page said the regional tour was a crucial aspect of Bangarra’s evolution. “Touring regionally is an invigorating time for us and we always look forward to sharing this work with communities in regional Victoria,” he said. “Terrain reveals the transformative power of the landscape and is a beautiful example of Frances’ evocative dance vocabulary.” common ground: Bangarra’s Yolanda Lowatta, Tyrel Dulvarie and Glory TuohyDaniell. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN


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More jobs to go at bank

BENDIGO and Adelaide Bank has warned of more redundancies after reporting a reduction of 107 full-time positions in the past six months. Managing director Mike Hirst said cuts to the official cash interest rate by the Reserve Bank of Australia in May and August had reduced the margin the bank earned on interest. He announced a half-year net profit of $209 million, which is 0.1 per cent higher than the previous period. The dividend that shareholders earned was also flat at 34 cents. The bank reported with its half-year result that the reduction

in jobs was made up of redundancies and vacancies that were not replaced. Analysts and media were told cost cutting would remain part of the bank’s strategy to protect margins. The bank has previously told the Bendigo Weekly it has cut jobs as it rolled out technology to make banking more efficient for customers. “Our focus on making it easier for customers to do business with us has driven efficiency gains over the half,” Mr Hirst said this week. The bank has sought to cut costs because it has traditionally done business at a higher cost than its big four competitors. That is because it has to re-

serve more capital per loan, and because it has maintained an extensive branch network. “Our cost to income ratio moved down to 54.3 per cent, and the investment we’ve made in project reset and new technology will continue to provide a mate-

to attract borrowers, typically in the form of lower fees. That means non-interest income reduces during periods of low interest rates. But the Bendigo-based bank has the advantage over other banks of funding its loans, for the

Our focus on making it easier for customers to do business with us has driven efficiency gains

rial contribution to efficiency gains,” he said. Bendigo and Adelaide Bank also reported strong lending growth despite strong competition in Australia between lenders. Strong competition means banks will provide inducements

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most part, from the deposits of its customers. It is a cheaper source than funding through the money markets. The bank’s risk management capability requires it to hold more capital in reserve against every loan it writes.

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Jett fight at Big Hill A FUNDRAISER for 14-monthold Jett Hamley will be held this weekend as he and his family continue to fight a rare form of cancer. Jett was diagnosed with atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumour and has spend about 90 per cent of his time since mid-December at the Royal Children’s Hospital. To make matters worse, he was one of just three Australians diagnosed with the rare form of cancer in 2016. The fundraiser was organised by Jett’s family in an effort to help with his treatment and to make life a little easier for his mother and father, Jess Wilson and Asher Hamley, while they are in Melbourne at Jett’s side. Big Hill Vineyard will host Saturday’s Jett’s Fight – Family Fun Day fundraiser event which will features music from Grim Fawkner, Jack Low, and Ian Hamley, a car display by the Mustang Club of Victoria, plenty of childrens activities and raffle prizes. Tickets to Saturday’s fundraiser are $20 for adults and a gold coin donation for under12s. The family said they would like to thank the community for the support they’ve received throughout the organising of the fundraiser.

THE Bendigo Jockey Club will host its first major race day of 2017 this weekend when the annual Marong Cup takes over the track tomorrow. The popular event doubles as a fundraiser for local catholic primary schools and is billed as one of the best family days out in central Victoria. The course will be full of children’s rides and activities to keep them entertained, while for the adults the $25,000 Phil Palma Bendigo Fordbacked Marong Cup is the feature attraction of the day. All-day access to every activity is available to children for just $10, after a grant from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund’s raceday attraction program. The BJC hosts the event in conjunction with the Marong Racing Club. MRC president Stuart Smith said the race day had made a significant contribution to the community over the years. “For many years this day has provided the local community with an outstanding family event while also directly contributing over $495,000 to local schools over the last 11 years,” he said. General admission is $15 for adults and $10 for concession, while children 16 years and under are admitted free. Gates open at 11am. up for grabs: Aaron Hearps and Greg Sheehan are looking forward to the Marong Cup. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

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VICTORIA’S law courts require urgent investment to ensure they keep up with demand generated by population growth, according to the agency that resources Victoria’s legal services. Court Services Victoria has made the upgrade of Bendigo’s courts an “immediate” priority because rising demand has outgrown what the facilities can provide. “Demand for court and tribunal services across Victoria, driven primarily by population, is occurring at different rates meaning that some areas are under significant pressure while other ar-

eas have little or decreasing demand,” a CSV report said. The report said it would prioritise the redevelopment of Bendigo Law Courts “to reflect its importance as a level two regional headquarter court and to address significant safety and fit for purpose issues”. Bendigo is one of five regional headquarter courts, the others being Geelong, Ballarat, Shepparton and the Latrobe Valley. New court facilities at Shepparton have recently been built. At Geelong and Latrobe Valley, CSV wants to expand

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Council code concern

A SLIGHTLY revised councillor code of conduct was ratified this week by City of Greater Bendigo as earlier version was being challenged in a VCAT tribunal. Former councillor Elise Chapman is asking the tribunal to review a 2015 decision by a conduct panel that she breached the code of conduct. There is yet to be a decision about whether she is successful. In the meantime, Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke told resident Sandra Caddy at this

week’s council meeting that councillors have 30 days to sign the code of conduct after it was presented at a special meeting. Ms Caddy said she had concerns that a provision of

cillors, this code of conduct may in fact silence them if they have to be fearful that someone might be discriminated (against) for something they said, or if they may be sub-

I would hope we can develop further a level of trust

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jected to public criticism,” she said. Cr O’Rourke said the code was “there for us to abide by”. “Should any issues arise we will go through a process of speaking with each other in the

first instance, and if that step doesn’t bring a resolution then there are other steps to take,” she said. She said after the example of previous councils, newlyelected councillors had made it known they wished to work together. “I would hope we can develop further a level of trust and all councillors have come to the table when they were elected, and they have openly spoken about the fact that they want to work together in a more harmonious way than perhaps what has happened in the past,” Cr O’Rourke said.

Bowe adds name to list CRICKET sensation Liam Bowe has joined the list of exceptional athletes to earn a monthly nomination for the 2016-2017 Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year. The former Sandhurst spinner, who was only playing local first grade as recently as last year, took the leap to play for Essendon in Victorian Premier Cricket. He impressed so quickly there that the Melbourne Stars called him up for a tour of New Zealand before the Big Bash League competition. Again he impressed, earning a roster spot and an eventual debut on the hallowed MCG turf against the Adelaide Strikers. He took a wicket with the final ball of his first over, trended number one on twitter, and earned a spot in the semi-final against eventual champions, the Perth Scorchers. In Premier Cricket for Essendon he has taken 22 wickets at an average of 23 and a strike rate of 39 in 15 first grade games. A dream season for Bowe sees him join other local sporting stars, including cyclist Robbie Hucker, lawn bowler Aaron Wilson, shooter Laura Woolley, basketballer Matthew Dellavedova, paddler Maddie Batters, AFL stars Joel Selwood and Jake Stringer, women’s AFL stars Bella Ayre, Sarah Last and Emma Grant, as well as handcyclist Michael Taylor as finallists

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for the prestigious awards. Winners and inductees to the Sports Star Hall of Fame, Cyril Michelsen and Maxine Trust awards and the Faith Leech inspiration award will all be acknowledged on the night, as well as the inaugural recipients of the Sports Star scholarships program for young and emerging athletes, and the Bendigo health sponsored Healthy Schools awards. The Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year awards are on Friday, February 24 at the All Seasons Quality Resort from 6.30pm. For more information, call the Bendigo Weekly on 5440 2500. in the running Michael Taylor and Laura Woolley are both Sports Star finallists.

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New kinder on the way for Strathfieldsaye EIGHT years after consultation began, Strathfieldsaye will get a new kindergarten and the old facility will be demolished to make way for a carpark as part of a $4 million overhaul of the Club Court precinct. At Wednesday night’s meeting, City of Greater Bendigo councillors awarded a $2.4m tender to construction group Searle Brothers to build the early learning centre adjacent to the Strathfieldsaye Sports Club. The centre will have space for three- and four-year-old kinder programs, maternal and child health services, and playgroup and a meeting space. Second stage works will upgrade the car park at the new centre, building a playground and landscaping works, at an estimated cost of $900,000. The later works of refurbishing the sports club are set down to cost $1.3m. Eppalock ward councillor Yvonne Wrigglesworth said the new centre was long overdue. “Anyone who has been to the current Strathfieldsaye Preschool would see that it should be earmarked for demolition due to size and structural problems,” Cr Wrigglesworth said. “I am pleased that after (the) considerable time and energy of the community reference group, the council support the contract and in awarding this, will deliver a very significant project for the Strathfieldsaye community that is very long overdue.” The go-ahead of the Club Court development coincided with an update on Wednesday night of plans for the Strathfieldsaye town centre. The urban design framework guiding future business development in the town will limit business to the north side of Wellington Street which drew a submission opposing the restriction. “Rezoning will restrict the opportunity to grow businesses at one side of the main road, which is short-sighted,” the resident wrote in the submission. Council officers replied that there was overall community consensus for the need to develop a compact town centre. Deputy mayor Rod Fyffe said Strathfieldsaye was growing rapidly. “Strathfieldsaye’s population is forecast to more than double, so this will result in the need for more commercial development and bigger, better community facilities,” Cr Fyffe said.

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safety works: The Lockwood crossing intersection will become a roundabout.

Work begins at crash hotspot VICROADS have started works at the notorious Lockwood crossing, with a roundabout to improve the safety of the intersection. Works began on Monday to install the roundabout and new street lighting to improve visibility and safety at the intersetion of the Calder Alternative Highway and Bendigo-Maryborough Road.

The works on the intersection, which VicRoads describes as having a poor crash history, are expected to last until November. “Once completed, the roundabout will provide motorists with a safer intersection, as well as being able to cater for the long and heavy vehicles that frequently operate along the Calder Alternate Highway,”

VicRoads regional manager Mal Kersting said. Regular users of the roads are advised to factor in additional travel time while the works are conducted. Works will be carried out between 7am and 5pm each day with traffic down to a single lane, reduced speed limits and traffic controls on side to minimise delays and ensure the safety of workers.

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Forging a bond CHRISTMAS dinner for members in Bendigo marked the last meeting of the last Victorian branch of the Welding Technology Institute of Australia. With some money left in the bank, the members voted to donate the more than $650 to prostate cancer research. The dinner marked the end of 43 years of companionship for members with a common interest in welding. “Starting in 1973, there were

about 10 branches of the Welding Technology Institute of Australia in Victoria,” said chairman FJ Priest. “In 1988, after 15 years, the central Victorian branch was the only one left. “We used to all get together to go on trips and enjoy each other’s company. “Once a month over the last few years we would visit different organisations to see how the machinery and technology had changed over

the years.” Mr Priest said the group had visited companies including Thales, SPC and the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra. He has been a member since foundation. Phil Frichot is also a long term member and closed the branch with Mr Priest. The pair handed the donation to Bendigo and Districts Prostate Cancer Support president Neil Macdonald last week.

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Hard rubbish fines in the offing RESIDENTS leaving hard rubbish on nature strips are facing a crackdown with fines in the offing. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Susannah Milne said there was no hard waste collection service within Greater Bendigo. “In the past few months the number of people placing items such as old TVs, furniture and mattresses out on their nature strips has increased,” Ms Milne said. “Placing hard waste on the nature strip is considered littering and makes our city and towns look unsightly. Even placing items on the nature strip advertising them as free is also not permitted.

“We encourage residents to contact charity organisations to find out if the unwanted goods are of some benefit for others or to advertise their items for sale online.” Residents can dispose of unwanted items at the council landfill or transfer stations if they cannot be fitted within the kerbside collection service. Fines associated with littering can be up to $311. For more information go to or contact the council on 5434 6000. unsightly: Unwanted items must not be left on the roadside.


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commemorate: The bombing of Darwin took place 75 years ago.

Darwin service to remember ONE of Australia’s darkest hours of World War II will be commemorated on Sunday. The Darwin Defenders 1942-45 Commemorative Committee of Bendigo will be holding a service to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. The service will be held at the Bendigo District RSL Sub-Branch at 73-75 Havilah Road starting at 9.30am.

The devastating bombing of Darwin was one of the most significant days in Australian history. It was the first time an enemy attack was launched against Australia on Australian soil. It was the Battle for Australia fought on Australian soil, and it continued for another two years. The then mayor of Darwin J F Burton estimated about 900 people were

killed and hundreds more injured, homes and buildings were destroyed, eight of the 45 ships in the harbour were sunk and many of the others severely damaged, 23 aircraft were shot down or destroyed on the ground. About 250 Japanese planes dropped 683 bombs, a total weight of 114,620 kilograms of explosives. There were a total of 64 air raids on Darwin during the period 1942-43.




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Switch to the future AS the first 10,000 Bendigo homes connect to the National Broadband Network, visitors to a display home in Strathfieldsaye can get a glimpse of the future already here. It is a digital set up that allows the home owner to control remotely by an app the cameras, power points, door locks and lights at home. As more appliances than ever draw from the Internet, it is connection to the NBN that makes this connectivity affordable. “There are also oppor-

tunities for local businesses that sell smart appliances,” according to Bendigo Business Council chief executive Leah Sertori. And with Bendigo submitting a smart city bid, to become a city that attracts technology start ups and app development, Ms Sertori said NBN connection was essential. “Cities that don’t have the NBN are so far behind everyone else, so Bendigo is fortunate that nbnCo and Telstra are now rolling out that infrastructure,” Ms Sertori said. “The business com-

munity needs to remain vigilant in terms of monitoring the roll out of the NBN and making sure our city doesn’t fall behind.” Telstra area general manager Steve Tinker said the network was opening up new security, entertainment and energy saving opportunities. “New products, streaming services and data-hungry devices in the home are driving the need for speed,” he said. “It’s estimated the average Australian household uses about 11 connected devices including

work tablets and mobile phones. “In just four years, it is expected this number will triple to 29, as smart televisions, air conditioners, sensors, light bulbs and power outlets all become connected to the internet. “Technology we used to perceive as part of the distant future, like touch pad door locks and switching on the oven from the office is already here.” The smart display home is at lot 187 Coomoora Circuit, Imagine Estate, Strathfieldsaye.

Group renews energy focus DANISH renewable energy pioneer Soren Hermansen will visit Bendigo next week to share his knowledge and experience about how his island community of Samso successfully delivered a 100 per cent renewable transition in a 10 year period. The Bendigo Sustainability Group and the City of Greater Bendigo invited Mr Hermansen to speak about how the Samso Island community has run a successful energy academy for more than 10 years, developing and delivering community energy projects and building the capacity of people to participate in the energy transition.

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The push into renewable energy has allowed Samso it to diversify its economy and create good jobs, allowing it to stem the tide of younger generations leaving the farms. Mr Hermansen said the Danish model of community ownership has been a very successful way for communities to participate in and benefit from the renewable energy transition. “I’m excited to visit Bendigo and to hear about your local energy transition and community energy movement. Our community has shown that it is possible, we secured our future by developing renewable energy resources and

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Spirit in for long game 3From Page 1 BSL will continue to provide financial support as a major sponsor of the club as well as administrative assistance, and will also have a representative on the Spirit board. Spirit coach Simon Pritchard, who has done a power of work off the floor in his two seasons with the team, said the club now has the ability to plan for the future. “This takes away that year-toyear element of our planning and allows us to really look long-term as opposed to always being in survival mode,” he said.

This takes away that year-to-year element BSL chief executive Jason Wallace said it was a true win-win for the stadium and Spirit, a sentiment echoed by other officials including Basketball Country Victoria’s David Huxtable. “Over the years it’s been that the Braves get to a point and then there’s a certain separation with the Spirit,” Mr Wallace said. “We are coming into line and there is going to be a real push for BSL and BBA to make sure that our girls reach Braves level and have the best chance to make Spirit level as well.”

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Mall work makes change There is no overnight fix for the issues that continue to plague Bendigo’s Hargreaves Mall, but the City of Greater Bendigo and Victoria Police are confident recent work to positively influence behaviour and connect with traders in the area has made a noticeable difference. Mayor Margaret O’Rourke, council CEO Craig Niemann and members from Victoria Police again met with traders on Wednesday in an attempt to better understand the issues facing traders in the area. “It’s about fact finding, and getting that information and evidence

from people that are here every day and understanding the inhibitors and also the things that are going well for them,” Cr O’Rourke said. It came as the council announced it has engaged Sydneybased consultants, The Retail Doctor, to visit Bendigo to run a series of seminars and determine what strategies could help revitalise the precinct. While there is a cost associated with the work that The Retail Doctor will be doing, Cr O’Rourke said council would not be alone in footing the bill, with other groups to

contribute to the cost. Regular police patrols in the mall are only part of the actions that have made a difference in deterring the antisocial behaviour that was widely reported, according to Bendigo Police Superindendent Darren Franks. “It was mostly low-level behavioural issues like language and some fighting and that sort of thing which does have some links into stealing and theft as well,” Supt Franks said. “We’ve certainly made some great progress in the last six to 12

months and that is purely down to working together with local council and local agencies. It’s not just because of some extra police attention to the mall.” Supt Franks said that there was no overnight fix for the issues facing traders and the council. Cr O’Rourke said there was plenty more work to be done in the space. “We have got a proactive team that work with the traders currently, and getting their ideas, we’re going into their businesses as opposed to taking them away for meetings,” she said.

Cooking up community fun Grows! community garden is offering Long Gully residents the chance to improve their cooking skills while enjoying fresh produce straight from the garden. Locals Kylie Martens and Edie Daniels, both keen gardeners and cooks, will run the sessions. The purpose of the project is to bring people together to have fun and enjoy food. Participants will pick fruit and vegetables from the garden and then prepare and share a meal together. The sessions are informal and are a great chance for people socialise, share cooking ideas and

learn a bit about food and gardening. The cooking sessions will run on Thursdays 11.30am – 1.30pm for the next five weeks, after a start this week, and is a partnership between St Matthews Long Gully and the Long Gully Neighbourhood Centre. They are free for Long Gully residents, and a gold coin donation for others. Grows! garden started in 2010 with the purpose of demonstrating sustainability and giving people the skills to grow food in their own backyards. In addition to the cooking sessions, the garden is open on Tuesday

fresh crop: Christine and Mia Jenkins with Edie Daniels and Kylie Martens. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN mornings from 10am until noon and the first Saturday of every month for a community working bee and

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No comical event THE next Bendigo Record Comic and Toy Fair is coming up on March 12. The event will be at the Bendigo Expo Centre, at the Bendigo Showgrounds and promises to be a mix for fans of the comic world. Organiser Peter Pascoe said attendees attempted a world record at the last event for the most Doctor Who Cosplayers in the one place. “We needed 493, set in Mexico a year ago, and while we fell short, we didn’t embarrass ourselves, getting a respectable 223,” he said. “We also had coverage from Na-

tional Nine News for our efforts. So we’re claiming an Australian record, until proved otherwise. “How do we top a world record attempt? Well, short of a successful attempt, we don’t.” The Cosplay Contest is back this year, with the entrance fee to the contest being donated to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation. “The emphasis this March will be on the Artists Alley, with a record number of Bendigo talents making an appearance, including Chris Kennett, who has been illustrating Star

Wars golden books, and has recently announced his involvement in the Stan Lee’s Kids Universe books,” Mr Pascoe said. “Artist Graeme Jackson has also been making a splash doing amazing covers for Melbourne-based comics like The Demon, a homage to the Phantom, which will also be at the fair. “There will also be a strong presence from the Bendigo Whovian Society, the Bendigo division of Swordcraft, the Bendigo Lego group and more clubs and associations.”


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decline on line BENDIGO line trains again failed to meet performance targets in the first month of 2017, with Public Transport Victoria citing heat restrictions as the main cause of delays on the rail corridor. Just 79.4 per cent of trains were classified as on time on the Bendigo line in January, the lowest figure in the past 12 months. Train reliability was also down, with the Bendigo line figure of 95.2 per cent of train services being delivered the second worst on the V/Line network and down 2.5 per cent from the previous month. January is often a difficult month for the operator, with heat speed restrictions affecting services.

listening post MEMBER for Bendigo Lisa Chesters will host a community forum next Thursday to raise awareness of the Keep Me Posted campaign, regarding the increasing fees of paper bills and statements. A range of guest speakers will be in attendance, including Father Bob Maguire. The campaign aims to challenge corporations to remove the fees associated with paper bills. Other guest speak-

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ers will include the campaign’s Anthony Pavey, Colin Ormsby from Fair Go for Pensioners and Gary Handley from the Maiden Gully and California Gully licenced post offices. The forum will be held at Bendigo Trades Hall from 11am onThursday, February 23. For more information or to RSVP ring 5443 9055.

MICHELLE Marschall has a long-term plan to become a maternal health nurse, raise her three-year-old son in her own home, without help from support agencies. The 25-year-old didn’t always have a plan, not when she was couch surfing with a baby or living in her car for a two-week stretch. But after 18 months living in a rental unit at Sidney Myer Haven run by Haven Home Safe, receiving career guidance and parenting support, Ms Marschall is well on her way to achieving her goals. In fact, her son has gained necessary weight, she has a job, completed her first stage of nursing training and is saving for the day she moves into long-term private accommodation. That day is only six months away. Michelle is a success story of the Haven household in Flora Hill, a first-of-its-kind support service including an education centre that officially opened last week with runs already under its belt. In the scorching heat on Friday, guests also heard stories of residents teaming up, training and completing a triathlon to raise money for someone less well off. Or going back to school. “They are either earning or learning,” centre general manager Gabriella Browne said. Sidney Myer Haven features 23 units and the education centre, giving people between 18 and 24 years old

MAyor on panel A PANEL that assists the state government to develop policy to strengthen the local government sector will have local representation for the first time in four years, after appointing City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke. The Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel not only helps to form policy but allows the Victorian government to better understand the issues impacting local government. The last Bendigo mayor to sit on the panel was former councillor Lisa Ruffell in 2013. Cr O’Rourke said she was honoured to have been selected and that though she may be new to local government she believes she will be able to act as a “fresh pair of eyes” for the sector.

happy home: Michelle Marschall, second from left, with Rhianna, Tamara and Katerine. a stable home long enough to gain skills, and create a future. There is ongoing support for them when they leave. “In Bendigo, this is a wonderful example of how a community and government can work together to find secure housing for people,” consumer affairs minister Marlene Kairouz said, after speaking about the complexities of homelessness including in Melbourne where the city council has outlawed camping. The Bendigo centre has an entire project cost of $7.5 million, $4m of which came

from the Victorian Property Fund. Other funds were donated by private interests in central Victoria, support agencies and other state government departments. It is well worth the money, according to Haven chief executive Ken Marchingo. “We are going to get results with people who historically our sector gets mixed results with,” Mr Marchingo said. “We are not largely interested in resolving crises for young people, we want to be more than that. “To just resolve a crisis

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Zonta awards on the way THE Zonta Club of Bendigo will hold its International Women’s Day dinner on Tuesday, March 7. As part of the evening the group will be naming the Women of Achievement Award on the night. “This award is only in its second year, so we are hoping to generate more applications,” Zonta’s Rosalie Lake said. “Zonta Bendigo is again this year looking to recognise women in our community in the age group of 55+. We have three categories but nominations can be for more than one category – just emphasise the major focus, and hurry because applications close on February 24. “Last year we recognised three wonderful women, and we are inspired to see who might be nominated for the award of Women of Achievement this year. The dinner also serves as the fundraiser for the scholarship and award program. “Through this program, we encourage women and girls to aspire to success and leadership and, in doing so, inspire our community to attain that target of 50-50 gender equity by 2030,” Ms Lake said. Special guest at the dinner will be Bendigo Health chief medical officer Humsha Naidoo. “The theme of IWD this year is Be Bold for Change and I have no doubt Humsha will be a sensational guest speaker,” Ms Lake said. “But the evening also provides an opportunity for our community to celebrate, enjoy a meal, and reflect on the amazing women in our community.” Details for both events at


Bus on the beat LOCAL artists will have a golden opportunity to learn from some of the best the industry has to offer when Music Victoria’s contemporary music bus tour rolls into town today. Conducted by Music Victoria, with support from Creative Victoria and Visit Victoria, the music bus will bring artists, industry professionals, media and government together to raise the profile of music in regional areas. Ballarat, Castlemaine and Echuca will also get a visit from the music bus to promote the industry and its successes in those regions. Lachlan Davidson is one of three artists who will be performing as part of the tour and told the Weekly the tour is a great

opportunity for established and new artists to network and improve the way they do things. “I grew up in Gippsland originally then spent some time in Bendigo before coming back to Melbourne connecting with the Victorian music scene on a higher level then, so I see this as an opportunity for people in Melbourne to see what’s happening in regional Victoria,” he said. “Also it’s an opportunity for the regional guys to connect with the central media of the music industry down this way. “In the regional areas there is never really a central hub for networking for acoustic and folk and even the young rock scene.

“They always seem to be segregated and this is a good chance for everyone to get an overview of what happens in each area.” Davidson is a regular touring to Bendigo and said he knows the venues and music scene in Bendigo far better than places like Ballarat or Geelong. He will even be back in April after he and brother Hamish, unsurprisingly known as the Davidson Brothers, launch a new record. “I know the venues in Bendigo pretty well, certainly better than places like Ballarat and Geelong but we will get to see new places along the way and that’s what it’s all about,” he said. The music bus is in town on Friday.


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Bronte turns in top class performance FOR the fourth year running, a Girton Grammar student has been selected by an independent panel of VCAA Theatre Studies assessors to perform at the prestigious Top Class concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre in March. In her audition, Bronte Bailey performed as the character Madame Arcati, from Noel Coward’s 1941 play Blithe Spirit.

“It’s essentially a comic piece which is the genre I most enjoy and Arcati is mysterious and slightly eccentric,” she said. “In the monologue, Arcati is invited to a dinner by socialite and novelist Charles Condomine to conduct a séance in the hopes of gathering interesting material for his next book. “During the séance she manages to contact ‘the other side’ and there is a great twist in

the plot when it turns out she is speaking to the ghost of Mr Condomine’s temperamental first wife, Elivira.” Bronte said she would love to have a career in the performing arts. “It’s a notoriously difficult industry to make a living from but there are a number of avenues I would love to explore, even if it takes a while to get exactly where I want to be,” the

year 12 student said. Girton headmaster Matthew Maruff said only 20 students are selected state-wide each year for the program and that Bronte Bailey was in Year 11 at the time of selection. “Bronte received an A+ in her VCE Theatre Studies exam last year which gave her the opportunity to audition in Melbourne for the Top Class program,” he said.

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Leaving nobody hanging UT when you hit the right note,” Bruce Springsteen called the phrase a third time and the E Street Band let go an electronic heart beat that grabbed you in the throat or the gut depending on where you sat on the easy slope of the Hanging Rock venue. Behind the stage, the evening light and clouds conjured a light show. American rock legend Springsteen was not yet an hour into his almost threehour performance and already he was winding and unwinding the audience with the skill that comes with more than 50 years of live shows. The E Street Band played “the right note” in answer to a spoken tale Springsteen told about the beginnings of his rock career. The audience of 20,000 heard about a young Springsteen seeing a guitar in the window of a downtown store and of finding work to buy it, he wanted it so bad. The genius of Springsteen and his band is that the story was a suspended bridge in the song Growin’ Up, which he first recorded in 1973. At Hanging Rock, it was the request of an audience member, many of whom held up posters printed with the titles of songs they wanted to hear. A Springsteen concert is always a two-way street. The audience feeds him as much as he delights them with his well-honed musical intuition. Did he want us to reflect? He played Wrecking Ball and American Land. He wanted to tell us a story? We heard The River and Youngstown. He wanted to us to feel the kind of aching joy that comes

with belonging? We sang Hungry Heart and Born to Run. There was an order and a purpose to his playing, and most of the audience would have seen Springsteen play before. But was Spirit in the Night on the set list for the Hanging Rock show? Well nuanced for a live audience, Springsteen’s rendition at the weekend

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was a highlight, and singing the last verse almost immersed in the crowd showed his affection for his fans. The singer, more than I have seen previously, deferred to the E Street Band, particularly Stevie Van Zandt who claims


production credits on many Springsteen songs. The on-stage appearance of seven audience members for the rendition of Dancing in the Dark, chosen because they requested a twirl with drummer Max Weinberg or saxophonist Jake Clemons, violinist Soozie Tyrell or Stevie, almost turned for the worse when the guests took a while to leave. By this stage, the concert was more than two hours old and the gradual move to exits had started to avoid the legendary traffic crush out of Hanging Rock. When the concert was eventually over and the crowd moved en masse to leave, a woman was overhead saying it was the “best thing” she had ever seen in her life. What more could an entertainer want? - Sharon Kemp

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hen Julian Burnside QC and artist Kate Durham said they wished they had a “bootleg” recording of her live in concert, Kavisha Mazzella wasn’t too keen on the idea. A couple of years later she accepted their offer, and one full moon night in September 2016 performed to a full house at Burnside’s home. This was followed by a second session at the famous Open Studio in Northcote. Thus the live CD The Fearless Note was born. The recordings capture the warm, living, intimate sound as Mazzella sings and plays guitar and is accompanied by Matthew Arnold on violin. There are no overdubs – what you hear is what

happened. Mazzella has been a part of the Australian acoustic music community since the late 1980s. A major part of her inspiration comes from her unique multicultural heritage, through her IrishScottish-Burmese mother and her Italian father. Her songs combine the ingredients of earthy, sensual vocals with deep lyrics that have humorous, poetic, social justice and mystical themes. Kavisha Mazzella with Matthew Arnold play the Old Castlemaine Gaol, Bowden Street, Castlemaine on Friday, February 24. Tickets online $20 at or at the door

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HE excitement and colour of Bendigo’s Easter Festival is the subject of a new project from council that aims to get local artists to capture the festival through the Easter Paint Out project. Selected artists will be provided with a canvas and a $75 voucher from Arthouse Direct to purchase supplies before they aim to bring the festival to life in their work.

On Easter Sunday, the public will have the chance to view the completed works and vote for their favourite. The winner will receive a $250 voucher to Arthouse Direct, with all works on display for a week at the Bendigo Visitor Centre. Interested artists should register via by Monday March 27.


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A new direction for council Mayor Margaret O’Rourke’s call for input into the Community Council Plan is admirable as is the desire to find out how the community wants it’s hard-earned money spent. Council already knows residents’ spending priorities from a recent council community satisfaction survey where residents ranked 21 service areas in order of importance, elderly support services being the number one priority. Tourism, art, and, community and cultural ranked at 19, 20 and 21 respectively. The problem is council officers and special interest groups have a completely different set of spending priorities and they are in the driving seat; an example, the near $15 million spent on just tourism related activities (9 per cent of council’s total expenditure); community priorities ignored. Officers have been busy influencing community feedback systems in an endeavour to convince us their plans and spending enjoy community support; patently false, and reflected in the poor results in the latest Community Satisfaction Survey. At the last election residents voted for change, unloading almost all councillors and signalling they wanted an end to complying councillors allowing council officers to call the shots. New councillors need to be more assertive, reclaim the governance role and not permit officers to assume that role, contrary to the intentions of the Local Government Act. Now the new council is bedded down it is a perfect opportunity for the mayor to come out and tell us exactly how they intend directing council officers to rearrange the spending programme and priorities to more fairly reflect known community aspirations. I can assure her and the new councillors if they step up to the plate on this issue and deliver they will receive overwhelming community support. Michael McKenzie, Strathdale

MPs out of touch In response to the article written by Peter Kennedy, Bendigo Weekly, February 10, in trying to justify the Gold Pass and perks of current and former politicians. I do not know of any other job in Australia where you can take your family and all expenses paid for by your employer (taxpayer) while you are working interstate or wherever. The newly appointed health minister had several so-called work

commitments as guest speaker for the Australian Davos Connection (ADC) at a privately owned Hayman Island resort and took his family several times again at the taxpayers’ expense. I believe he was environment minister at the time. We have our foreign minister from Western Australia attending polo games here in Victoria over the Christmas holidays with her partner, again taxpayers pick up the bill. Really why would our foreign minister be attending a polo game other than mixing with the chardonnay set as was shown on TV news? The justification that some MPs who may be on not-for-profit boards will be hard done by without the Gold Pass – well, if they are really interested in those organisations I am sure they will remain and pick up the bill and maybe fly economy class. My perception of most politicians is that they are out of touch with the real Aussie battlers and some believe they are above everyone else and let the taxpayer look after them when out of the politician workforce. Ian Bates, Bendigo

Reply to Bishop Tomlinson As Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst you have, last week, apologised to the victims and survivors of sexual assault of children at the hands of your brother priests (“Changes ahead for diocese”, Bendigo Weekly, Febraury 10). Regrettably, tragically, Bishop Tomlinson, your apology is not an unreserved one. It is qualified with equivocal statements which call into question the statistics from, and motivation of the current Royal Commission, in your defence of Cardinal George Pell, and with your astonishingly clueless admission that: “there’s a contradiction there in my mind between what they’re claiming – identifying as the second worst diocese in Australia, and the facts that we know”. It would seem, Bishop, that your understanding of “apology” may be as tenuous as your comprehension of the particular egregiousness of priestly child sexual assault. You certainly don’t seem to comprehend that many victims may more safely reveal their trauma to a secular, independent Royal Commission of enquiry, rather than to your notoriously flawed church. Thankfully we have the facts as revealed by this Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It is clearly targeting

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the Catholic church for good reason. Bishop Tomlinson, you acknowledge that the Diocese of Sandhurst had its share of perpetrators of sexual abuse just “like every other diocese in Australia”. No, Bishop. To reiterate for you: the Sandhurst Diocese has the second highest rate of clerical child sexual assault in Australia, sustained over a period of 60 years. As you know, 60 years is a very short time in Catholic church terms, so it is possible to suspect this figure may be the tip of the iceberg, the complaints of only the strongest victims and survivors of criminal priestly depravity and vicious Catholic hypocrisy. The average length of time between the assault of a child and his or her complaint is 33 years. This should be kept in mind when you point out that the last complaint received related to an incident in 1991. Bishop, your apology is an exercise in minimisation and continued denial, whether you realise it or not, and likely adds further insult and injury. The Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, has testified that the Catholic church operates as a law and a world unto itself, predicated upon a “culture of concealment”. The continued pathology of this culture is shockingly apparent in your claim, Bishop, that rates of child abuse in Sandhurst need to be read “in the correct context”. Precisely what is the correct con-

text for the life-long trauma of institutionalised physical and sexual brutality, spiritual betrayal and psychological torture? With all due respect, where is your humanity and your humility Bishop Tomlinson? Michelle Goldsmith, Eaglehawk

Energy balance correct The blackouts that South Australia experienced last week demonstrate that the SA government has got the balance between fossil fuels and renewables correct, at 40 per cent of the overall generation from intermittent renewables. The weather conditions were at one extreme i.e. a hot, still weeknight when the renewables cannot contribute, and consumption is at a maximum. The demand could have been met if the remaining gas turbine combined cycle plant had been brought online. This was a scheduling error. Even if there had been unlimited extra wind and solar capacity available, it would have been useless. During the other extreme of a weekend or holiday when demand is lowest, the currently-installed renewables can meet 100 per cent of the load. Once again, any extra capacity would be useless; solar farms would need to be isolated from the grid and turbines feathered.

This conclusion that no more renewables should be installed in SA is a striking confirmation of the independent studies carried out on typical electrical grids for developed nations. For example D Connolly and coauthors in the journal Energy, May 2010 report that between 30 and 40 per cent of generation should be allocated to intermittent renewables. Brian Stanmore, Junortoun

Safe Schools response I don’t see the need to justify my opposition to Safe Schools, or to alert parents to its dangers: it should be obvious enough. However I’d like to make a couple of points in response to the Hopper family, Letters, Bendigo Weekly, February 10. As a grandmother I have a vested interest in what children are being subjected to in the name of education so I’ll continue to oppose this program. Gender dysphoria does exist and needs sympathetic and professional attention but the sudden proliferation of gender confused children and adolescents seems to argue that children can be influenced or confused about gender by others, even if they had no predilection to a gender transition. Helen Leach, Bendigo

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Work for success WHILE the Bendigo Spirit’s new partnership with Bendigo Stadium Limited is a step forward for basketball in Bendigo, there is still plenty of work to be done to ensure the sport’s success in coming years. Some of that, as far as the Spirit are concerned, comes from a WNBL/ Basketball Australia level, where securing a TV deal is vital to building successful commercial partnerships. Other elements are as simple as building relationships between the Spirit and the Bendigo Braves, and getting the Bendigo Basketball Association to fully buy in to the Spirit program. The BBA has long run domestic basketball in Bendigo and run it well. Anyone who goes out to the Bendigo Stadium during the week can see that. But despite winning a championship with the Bendigo Braves last season – more down to the recruiting of Ben Harvey than any outstanding organisational strategy – the BBA still has a thing or two it can learn from the Spirit. Strong links need to be built between the Spirit and Lady Braves programs, which are a natural fit alongside one another in the basketball pathway

long game: The Spirit are set for future gains. and have the potential to complement each other perfectly. Currently, the relationship between the two is poor at best. Spirit coach Simon Pritchard this week indicated that he would like to see the possibility of 12-month contracts for players, that see them play for the Lady Braves during winter, the Spirit in summer and build

on their work in the community and their own games all year round. It’s an idea that makes too much sense to ignore. However, it may require the BBA to accept that the Braves program is no longer top dog when it comes to basketball in Bendigo. It has been remarked many times in many places just how strong basketball is in this city, and how im-

portant it is to Bendigo’s social and sporting fabric. With a new 4,000-seat showcourt going in as part of a $22 million revamp of the Bendigo Stadium, BSL and council want the highest level of competition they can get. BSL has, in part at least, recognised that the WNBL provides exactly that. BSL chairman Brendon Goddard and CEO Jason Wallace should be commended for their role in the partnership and recognising the value the Spirit provides. Goddard, a respected local businessman, has overseen the stadium’s rise from financial trouble to a thriving enterprise with several established outposts throughout central Victoria. That rebuild, from a business sense, is exactly what the Spirit needs. It is vital to basketball in Bendigo – and in a broader sense regional Victoria – to have a defined pathway from junior teams, through SEABL and into the WNBL. With the ability to plan for the long term, as the Spirit now has, it looks as though the clubs based at Bendigo Stadium will be able to provide exactly that for many years to come. - Joel Peterson

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pk with Peter Kennedy Online is not always in line EARLIER this week, I had a conversation with someone who works in the local media, but on the other side of it, and we got to one of my favourites – “social media”. My family and friends know that over a long time I’ve formed a view that this medium is often not very social and it should not always be viewed as media, or confused with so called traditional media.

“This medium is often not very social” My colleague told me about a local council that had promoted one of its new proposed strategies on its facebook page as part of a multi-faceted community consultation program, in the hope that browsers of facebook would take the time to pause, maybe download the strategy and read it before giving their two bobs’ worth. Turns out they did download – about 185 of them posting a range of negative comments ranging from mildly negative to overwhelmingly nasty, all of it feeding into the frenzy. Interestingly, when the same council posted the same strategy on its own website and offered people the chance to view the

paper and make comments, a lot of people did exactly that. The mood and tone of those responses was like chalk compared to the cheese offered via facebook. That actually says a lot about a lot. A lot of my mates use a particular app these days to communicate where, when and who might turn up for a bike ride the next day. That’s a great use of the technology that only we can see and that’s how it should sometimes be. The quips and wisecracks that are shared among our group are best delivered and dealt with that way anyway. I’ve seen the best and worst of social media and it has a lot to offer, but it is also a legal minefield few keyboard warriors seem to be able to manage appropriately. It beggars belief in this day and age, for example, that stories or information about murders, armed robberies, serious assaults etc can be posted to a page and the stream of potentially subjudice comments are maybe not allowed, but seemingly tolerated. One day, an alleged offender will escape prosecution because of antics like this, and then watch the keyboard warriors complain. Also, note the use of the word alleged – it’s usually missing from the sorts of posts I am referring to. twitter@peterkennedy23

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Exhibitions Odyssey by Kain White Kain’s recent work is a wild combination of decorative symbolic imagery and astronomic motifs. This is the first time that this particular body of work has been on display. It is a culmination of much exploration, experimentation and very late nights looking at the stars. To February 25. Arnold Street Gallery, 189 Arnold Street, North Bendigo.


ARIAH McCarthy and Georgia Delves are returning to their rural roots in Bendigo to release their single Judgement Call. Collectively known as Deer Prudence, the pair released their debut single Sam’s Lament at the tail end of last year, with their new single taken from their forthcoming self-titled EP due for release on Sunday at the Goldmines Hotel. With their whimsical storytelling Deer Prudence place themselves at the centre of Melbourne’s folk resurgence, channelling influences from Joni Mitchell to Eva Cassidy and weaving a sound reminiscent of female folk-pop contemporaries First Aid Kit. “Inspired by the happenings in the world around us, Judgement Call is a song singing of our disappointment in the justice system and politics; an ode to all the embittered businessmen out there who’ve lost touch with the rest of us,” Delves said. The new single builds from the momentum of Sam’s Lament to further showcase the girls’ songwriting and production skills. The opening strings and soft toe-tapping percussion pave the way for angelic vocal harmonies. In 2016 the duo won the Ros Hales Young Women in Music

Homecoming To April 17. Opening Saturday February 18, 2-4pm. gallery369, Hargreaves Street, Bendigo

FTER several successful European tours in 2015 and 2016 the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne is coming back to Bendigo with a powerful new programme. “Classical music the world over” is the motto of the orchestra. The ensemble’s Jens Kehling said it is irrelevant for the musicians whether they are playing in a little village church, in the open air, in Cologne Cathedral or in the Sydney Opera House. “Their enthusiasm to play music is the same every time,” he said. “The objective is simple – we want to inspire as many people as

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Saturday, February 18 A Night For Jett: Join Ian Hamley for a night of Country Music at The Golden Hills Motel, 145 Marong Rd, Bendigo 8pm until 11.30pm. $6 per person. Bookings through the Golden Hills Motel on 5443 1333. Jett was diagnosed with a rare AT/ RT brain cancer just days before Christmas 2016. Family dance: By the Bush Dance and Music Club at Ben-

The Capital Foyer When the Black Dog Bites Daniel Butterworth to March 5 Beyond the Frustrum Simon Finn to February 19 VAC, View Street, Bendigo

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digo East Hall starting at 8pm. Dances on the program will be Old Time, and Bush dances. Music will be by Emu Creek Bush Band. Tickets $8. A plate of supper would be appreciated. Details: 5442 1153.       Bendigo Family History Group: General Meeting will be held at 2pm in the meeting room at the Goldfields Library, 259 Hargreaves Street. Guest Speaker will be Janet

McCalman. Her topic will be Vandemonians of Bendigo. Sunday, February 19 Bush Poets concert: The Newmarket Hotel, corner of Nolan Street and Charleston Road 1pm until 4pm. An afternoon of Aussie Entertainment is assured, lots of great poets, fun and music. Walk up bush poets and songsters most welcome in a most supportive atmosphere.

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WIN TICKETS Saturday 25th March - Rosebud’s Foreshore NEW DREAMWORKS EXHIBITION TO ILLUMINATE MORNINGTON PENINSULA Shrek and Kung-Fu Panda will light up Rosebud’s Foreshore from March 25th this year at an Australian-first exhibition of some of DreamWorks Animation’s best known characters in a large-scale lantern experience. Lights by DreamWorks is an interactive, walkthrough experience for all ages and is set to run for 30 days and attract more than 300,000 local and international visitors who will marvel at more than 100 of DreamWorks’ characters brought to life. Send entries to: Lights by Dreamworks Competition c/- Bendigo Weekly P.O Box 324 Bendigo Vic 3552. Entries close 03/03/17

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Modelled on the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival, Lights by DreamWorks features huge illuminated figures familiar to the fans of the Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Madagascar movies. Visitors to the exhibition will also be treated to a variety of scenographic pieces, LED furnishings, themed technology and learning zones, an immersive cinema experience and animatronic dragons.

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The afternoon is complete with some friendly rounds of ping pong, giant jenga, an arts and craft table and other outdoor activities to keep the kids busy. Event includes free entry, family friendly games, live music performance from Rattlin’ Bones Blackwood – a one-man-band who tears

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Model Of The Year. “My role in 2017/18 will be travelling the world with asoty and helping to promote a healthy image, mentoring other young ladies to encourage their confidence and self esteem in all shapes and sizes,” Annie said. Annie will also be a judge for the first curve competition in 2018.


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T seems only a few weeks ago that the last guitar riffs of another explosive Travis Bowlin set pretty much rounded-out proceedings at the sixth Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival. That November weekend saw the most successful festival to date with around 17,000 punters soaking up the sounds while enjoying an idyllic Bendigo spring. It all gets going again in earnest on Sunday at the Rifle Brigade with this year’s first showcase event. Like previous years there will be two stages – on the balcony, and in the car park. The long-range forecast suggests we’re looking at 26o – perfect car park gig weather. The showcase runs from 11.30am well into the evening, and sees familiar and popular returnees like Alister Turrill, Geoffrey Williams, The Northern Folk and the Erica Hawkey Band enchanting the punters. Williams, a solo performer, “just me singing, playing guitar, percussion and loop pedal,” has released six albums so far.

Hawkey fuses a tapestry of soul, blues, folk, jazz and funk in her shows. Local legend Albert “Skip” Skipper also fronts up on Sunday. His latest ensemble, Skip and The Lost and Found Dept are sure to be a draw. Sweet Felicia and The Honeytones, Featherhead, The Deans of Soul, Pip Cowan and The Old Married Couple are some of the other featured artists on a big day. Also tucked in there are, the perhaps understated, Gravy Boat. These young guys have been building a reputation recently with their interpretations of late 1960s and early 1970s blues and rock classics. They’re a welcome addition to a talented stable of young local artists. Tomorrow night, Saturday, at Musicman some of my favourite local bands will take over the ground floor level. Over Christmas afternoon drinks – Four Lions’ beer incidentally – Kerr’s Cur’s indomitable front man, Davis, picked-up on a not altogether throwaway comment about “my favourite Musicman regulars”.

Davis went away with a scribbled list of bands, and a vague concept to “pull something together”. Applying his investigative and organisational skills, the Kerr’s Cur man made some calls, sent some texts and pulled together WooldridgeFest. It will be an evening of two quite distinct musical halves – the first part bluesy, the second with an indie-garage-psychobilly-punk edge to it.

WENT on a little trip last week to Canberra. I wanted to soak up our capital, and most notably the workings of parliament. We all watch the fuss on the TV, I wanted to see it for real. I looked at hotel cost, and as it was a parliament sitting week the prices had gone bananas. Next stop AirBnB. AirBnB is where private individuals rent out their home, or a room in their home, for a fee much smaller than a hotel. I had heard some good things about the idea, so thought I would give it a go. I picked to rent a room in a two-bedroom apartment with own shower. Seemed about right. I paid in advance and looked forward to the trip. After the long drive I couldn’t wait to check in to the room, and as the day had been topping the 30s it would have been nice to have a cool down and a shower. The host was out, so I let myself into the hottest apartment I had ever been in. No... must find the air-conditioning system. Of course there was not one, and I had not even considered it not to be an option. It was baking, I have lived in the tropics, and it was never as hot or unpleasant as this. It was on the second floor, and though it had the benefits of a skylight, it also suffered from direct sun on the roof. It was like a kiln inside. I went to my room which was very hot, and sat on the bed planning an escape to no avail. I looked at the weather forecast for the next few days, and it looked like I had three

VISITING program is set to encourage people to stand up against prejudice. The Courage to Care educational program and exhibition brings important messages directly to regional Bendigo high school students next month, with a contemporary exhibition open to the general public. Its messages are simple: Be an upstander against prejudice. Organisers say each person can make a difference by the choices they make. The exhibition includes a new exhibition with interactive technology and is free to the general public. The educational program empowers students to stand up against prejudice and bullying. Students who take part gain a unique insight into the impacts of bigotry and racism, brought to life through the stories of Holocaust survivors and their rescuers. These are stories of courage and hope from Holocaust survivors about their rescuers who took personal risks to save others during World War II and are used to promote messages of kindness and caring for others. The program includes a short film about the Holocaust and a history of discrimination; a powerful experience of hearing a testimony from a Holocaust survivor; an opportunity to use the interactive exhibition and hear stories of courage; and a facilitated discussion designed to challenge embedded assumptions about human behaviour. The launch of the Bendigo exhibition is on Wednesday, March 15 and runs until Tuesday, March 28 at St Killian’s Hall, 175 McCrae Street, Bendigo.


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It kicks off with the Joplinesque (Janis, not Scott) TJ and Son, followed by the Bill Barber Band and then the heavier bluesy-rock of Messrs Sheahan, Northfield, Ingles, Robins and Osborne in Midweek Blues. Kerr’s Cur – who will be mixing their first album in two weeks – hit the stage at 10pm, followed by the genre-unclassifiable (though they’ve probably created their own genre)

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N 1852 the White Hills of Bendigo were discovered to be a source of alluvial gold. The well consolidated quartz gravel, obstinately hard, deterred many from attempting to penetrate these hills. There were seven White Hills all told, it was the talent of skilled Cornish miners who had come to the gold rush from the South Australian copper mines who were among the first to dig into them. Alluvial diggers realised that if these cement-like hills were dug through, then at their base a layer of silk-like clay would be found and it was in the clay that the gold was held. The pipe clay, as it was referred to, was a really worthwhile reward for those who had the persistence to reach it. One of the many diggers who came to swarm over the White Hills, once their wealth had become an established fact was William Hyde. William Hyde pitched his tent on the southern side of the First White Hill, he went on to spend almost his entire life on the Bendigo goldfield in that same location. Like most other people Hyde was involved during the 1850s in alluvial digging. Interest in gold retrieval remained with him and his family members throughout his lifetime. There was another form of

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gold from the White Hills and that was the gravel, once broken out this became a good source of road metal for the Bendigo municipality and individuals as well. Paths were laid out as well as driveways using White Hills gravel. Gravel extraction had continued at White Hills by Rocla Industries up until recent times. The White Hills of Bendigo became honeycombed with countless small shafts and the tunnels that extended from them. Throughout much of the 20th century these old gold workings became an amazing playground for boys who had lived in close proximity to the labyrinth that had been created by the diggers a long

time before. Some older residents will remember that boys who had wagged school found these tunnels to be an ideal hiding place when the truant inspector was on the prowl. The White Hills area was also a place where a number of slaughter yards were established, the old digger’s holes were an ideal dumping spot for the offal from the slaughtering process. In the 1950s there were also a number of different tip sites, some of which were officially designated by the Bendigo City Council of the time. Back to William Hyde, whose real love was gardening. By the late 1850s he had already established a garden intended to be

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HE Bendigo Botanic Gardens White Hills will come alive to the sounds of Geoffrey Williams and Bill Barber tonight. Much loved UK singer and loop artist Williams dishes up some soulful delectations of 50s and 60s inspired rhythm and blues with a Caribbean twist. At just 19, Barber is one of the most exiting guitarists in the Australian blues scene. He has been playing professionally for five years, sitting in with some of Australia’s best blues acts. The final music gig of


the Summer in the Parks run will take place at Rosalind Park on Friday, February 24 with Knot Music with Aimee Phegan and Jack and the Kids. Ryan Gay has been tirelessly playing around Bendigo and surrounds for the past five years under the moniker of Knot. With his soulful vocal style, and his unique blend of rhythmic acoustic-pop he is joined on vocals by Bendigo’s talented Phegan. Jack and the Kids are a four-piece local band and the winners of the 2016



one that visitors could enjoy. Hyde located his garden along the north side of what is now Strickland Road but in his early years was still called Charleston Road. His garden lay, between the First White Hill and the roadway, there is a street nearby running to the north which has been named after him. Essentially, like most other people to arrive during the gold rush, Hyde had squatted on the land where he was camped, but by 1859, he had purchased land where he and his family lived. Hyde was to continue buying neighbouring blocks almost like a Monopoly player. His land was relatively flat, across the road there were a number of dams, left over from the period of alluvial digging in the area. Water conservation was uppermost in the minds of the alluvial diggers as they needed a source of water to wash their pipe clay. The White Hills became an important place for puddling and later, when water races were running from the constructed reservoirs, the water from them was used for sluicing purposes. William Hyde’s garden was walking distance from central Bendigo and on Sundays in particular many locals would come to enjoy the plantings that Hyde had established.




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COMMUNITY VIBE: Castlemaine Makers Market.

HELPFUL: Anthony Byrne, Jacklyn Lethlean and Patrick Mudge from the Allied Health Collective. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Three therapies under the one roof A LLIED health therapists Anthony Byrne and Jacklyn Lethlean of Allied Health Collective, have been joined by osteopath Patrick Mudge at their recently established clinic at 108 Baxter Street, Bendigo. This makes Allied Health Collective the only Bendigo practice offering the three complementary modalities of acupuncture, myotherapy and osteopathy services from the one convenient location, Monday through to Friday. Patrick has finally returned to Bendigo after working on the Sunshine Coast and in Melbourne, after completing his osteopathy training in 2004. Patrick uses a range of manual

treatment techniques, often combined with strengthening and retraining concepts for posture and movement correction. “It’s a real plus to be working alongside capable and experienced practitioners. Our three disciplines complement each other really well,” Patrick said. Anthony, who is already known to countless Bendigo patients, began practicing myotherapy in Melbourne in 2005. He graduated with a masters in acupuncture in 2010 after completing a residency in China’s Hangzhou Hospital where the focus is on the prevention of illness as much as the treatment. While closer to home

Jacklyn has been practicing as a myotherapist in Bendigo and Echuca since 2007 bringing a wealth of knowledge to the clinic. Jacklyn is comfortable treating a variety of patients, from office workers, tradesmen, farmers and athletes, including the Victorian men’s and women’s hockey teams. Allied Health Collective can treat and help prevent muscular and skeletal pain, sports injuries, hayfever, digestive disorders and pregnancy and fertility issues. Phone 5443 1080 or view their comprehensive website at au for more details including the simple to use online booking system.

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Bendigo Weekly – Friday, February 17, 2017

Independent community living


WELCOMING: Atisha Centre Myers Flat.

Spiritual enlightenment


TISHA Buddhist Centre in Myers Flat is an ideal venue for reflection and learning. The Centre’s monthly Community Day is an opportunity for newcomers and regulars alike to hear from their resident Lama, Geshe Rabten, while children attend the Dharma club. A shared vegetarian lunch follows. Alternatively attend the Friday or Sunday guided meditation sessions. Ideal for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. If you can’t make it to Myers Flat join the meditation every Tuesday evening in the Anderson Room at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Myers Street, Bendigo. Atisha Centre also offers a multitude of education programs.

VIVA Communities Bendigo is the ideal community for active and independent over 55s looking for quality, affordable homes in a secure and inclusive setting. Located in Kangaroo Flat, is positioned close to public transport, shopping centres and medical centres. With the Bendigo CBD only eight kilometres away, residents have ready access to the all the cultural and culinary delights the city has to offer. Aviva Communities business development manager Steven Coles, says the community is pet and visitor friendly, ensuring that residents feel right at home as they downsize and enjoy a better lifestyle. “With an emphasis on community, security, like minded people, activity and comfort, our homes are available in a great range of sizes, layouts and colours so you can find the home that best matches your style and needs,” Steven said. “I would have moved in sooner if I’d realised the advantages,” a happy resident said.

“You’ll never be lonely. We’ve never had so many friends in our life,” another resident said. “If you had asked any of our 170 residents, they would tell you the same,” Steven added. Aviva Bendigo’s facilities include a community centre, gymnasium, swimming pool, bowling green, cinema, vegetable patch, snooker and pool lounge, bar and lounge area. Having recently bought additional land adjacent to its Bendigo community, plans will be under way to expand the community to accommodate more people and more homes. Aviva Communities Bendigo is ethusiastic about the new recreational, arts and community facilities in its expansion, allowing friendships to develop for new and future residents. Aviva Communities Bendigo – open for inspection Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm at 31 Furness Street Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo. Phone Kim Lawford on 1800 387 637 to arrange a personal tour.

“For those interested in learning how to meditate or to gain an understanding of Buddhism, we offer regular one-day courses,” Atisha Centre’s Theresa Smith said. “There are also knowledge-based teachings and programs for students of all ages and backgrounds with visiting teachers from other parts of Australia and the world.” For longer study programs, the Centre offers accommodation, for up to 22 people, ranging from en-suite rooms to camping, together with vegetarian catering. Outside organised study programs, the Centre also welcomes guests who want to meditate in peace and tranquillity. DELIGHTED: Aviva resident Tom Harris.


Relieving the tension

ou no longer need to travel to Thailand to enjoy an authentic Thai sports and foot massage when all you need to do, is call into the recently opened Massage Shop in Edwards Road, Strathdale. The friendly but professional Massage Shop staff offer a unique opportunity to experience the benefits of massage therapy across a variety of remedial and relaxation techniques. Being an somewhat mature advertorial writer it was with a degree of trepidation that I approached their studio last week to experience a massage first hand. I need not have worried though as my Malaysian masseur Bell, soon had me feeling at ease in the softly lit cubicle filled with the sounds of tranquil music.

Instructed to disrobe to my underpants and lie face down, Bell proceeded to massage my ageing body from head to toe with the aid of copious quantities of almond oil. After all I’m a large unit. Bell’s therapeutic hands glided manipulatively between spent muscle and ageing sinew, first on my left leg and then on my right before proceeding to my neck, back and arms. Thinking we were done I was then instructed to lie on my back where the delightful process was repeated. With three qualified and experienced Asian masseurs available seven days a week you’ll soon be leaving feeling relaxed and reinvigorated, wondering why you hadn’t visited earlier. – Nick Atyeo

Friday, February 17, 2017 – Bendigo Weekly


Food for thought


OCIETY has an insatiable appetite for cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs and that’s before we count the hundreds of kilograms of actual food we buy and consume annually. The Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group, along with the Bendigo Sustainability Group is encouraging people to think about the amount of food waste generated with a special screening of Just Eat it - a food waste story. This thought provoking documentary highlights the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables that doesn’t meet the supermarkets’ onerous size, weight and shape requirements. Follow filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant who dive into the issue of waste from the farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of food that is disregarded yearly they pledge to quit

grocery shopping for six months and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. The images of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the thrill of the find, has unexpected consequences. The documentary looks at the systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Pre-purchase your $5 tickets by phoning Katrina Law on 0419 106 461 or buy your tickets at the door from 7pm Monday March 27 at the The Old Church on the Hill, 36 Russell Street, Bendigo. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organisations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

DISTURBING: Rachel McConville from the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group is hoping a screening of the documentary will help change consumers’ attitudes towards food. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN



Help to lead a happier life

VAN Honey is a best-selling author, trainer, international speaker and psychologist. His vision is to make psychology simple and practical so that anyone can understand and use it to improve their wellbeing. He is passionate about helping people improve their emotional health, teaching the formula for living a happier life and making our community better. As a local Bendigo psychologist, Ivan has conducted workshops for thousands of people in our region over the past 40 years. More recently, Ivan has founded ‘The Get Happier Project’, a program for adults, schools, families and kids that teaches the key knowledge

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for wellbeing and emotional intelligence. Ivan speaks at international and national conferences, and in the past five years has taught his program in China, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Europe, Indonesia, USA and throughout Australia. Bendigo schools are using the program and getting outstanding results for their students Ivan says. Ivan believes that the most important thing we can do to address the challenges our community is facing in terms of suicide, mental ill health, family violence and drug use is to empower adults and kids with the knowledge and skills to get happier. Find out more about Ivan and The Get Happier Project at



Allied Health Collective Acupuncture, Myotherapy and Osteopathy Allied Health Collective is a team of experienced practitioners, providing expert treatment and health care to the Greater Bendigo community.

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CASTLEMAINE ARTISTS MARKET is back in 2017 and it’s bigger then ever! Held on the first Sunday of every month, this unique local market now boasts more than 70 art, craft and design stalls alongside music, performances and delicious food offerings. So get the family together, grab a wood fired organic coffee, wander the stalls and watch some amazing local talent.

“ It’s free, it’s fun and it’s fabulous! ” SUNDAY March 5th, 9am-2pm Western Reserve, Castlemaine


Bendigo Weekly – Friday, February 17, 2017

Read the signs

RE you looking for an opportunity to learn something new, something that will broaden your horizons and could have real value in your day-to-day life? Maybe another language is for you – but not just any language. Try Auslan – Australian Sign Language, the language of the deaf community used by friends, family, co-workers and professionals that interact with the community on a daily basis. Auslan is not a straight translation of spoken language into signs; but a language in its own right, a visual language that combines hand shapes, facial expressions, gestures and movement of hands, arms or body to express the complexity and nuances of the spoken language. A soon to start Auslan course in the Bendigo area will be delivered by a combination of video-conferencing classes, plus home study using Moodle, an online learning system. Students will also work with a local deaf tutor enabling them to engage with the local deaf community and practice their new skills.

AUSLAN TUTOR: Fiona Goldab understands the necessity of communicating clearly. These real-life activities help students develop a deeper understanding of the challenges facing the deaf community in their day-to-day life. “There are many reasons why people choose to study Auslan,” deafConnectED contact director, Cathy Clark said. “They might have a deaf child in the family, teach deaf children in school, want to become an Auslan interpreter, or work in a professional capacity in the community. “Sometimes it’s as simple as wanting to

learn an interesting new language.” Certificate II and Certificate III courses start later this month and will equip graduates to communicate using Auslan while providing a pathway (after further study) to become a qualified interpreter or a teacher of the deaf. To find out more or enrol in the Auslan Certificate II or III course, phone Gina Auciello on 9269 8304 or email

CLEAN UP OUR CEMETERIES DAY In conjunction with Clean up Australia Day March the 1st 2015


March the 1 Asin Clean partupof Remembrance Parks – Central Victoria are calling on volunteers to participate ourClean Up Australia Day Sunday March 5 2017 Cemeteries day which coincides with Clean up Australia day. Remembrance Parks – Central Victoria are call In conjunction with Clean Up Australia Day, Remembrance Parks Central Victoria (RPCV) invite its Cemeteries day which coincide Registration is at 8.30am, locations of Clean up the Cemetery are as follows: local community to participate in their annual ‘Clean  Eaglehawk Remembrance Park located at Victoria St. Up Your Cemeteries Day’. This year RPCV encourage Registration is at 8.30am, locations of Cl community members to visit the site of a loved one to  Bendigo Remembrance Park located at Carpenter St. pay their respects and make sure it is clean and in a  Eaglehawk Remembrance P  White Hills Remembrance Park located at St. Killians St. good state of repair. th

The event will be held on Sunday the 5th of March across five RPCV locations including Bendigo Remembrance If you require further information regarding Clean up our Cemetery day please call Remembrance Parks – Central Victoria  Park, Eaglehawk Remembrance Park, White Hills on 03 5446 1566 or alternatively email us at Remembrance Park, Kangaroo Flat Remembrance Park and Axedale Public Remembrance Park.

 Kangaroo Flat Remembrance Park located at Helm St.


 Bendigo Remembrance Par

 White Hills Remembrance Pa

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All attendees to this event will need to register at each If you require further information regarding Clean up our Cem site on the day. So bring a pair of gloves, a hat and some sunscreen and join RPCV in making our Remembrance Parks beautiful and safe places to visit.

on 03 5446 1566 or alternatively e

Event Details Clean Up: 8.30am – 11.30am Locations: Eaglehawk Remembrance Park

White Hills Remembrance Park

5 Victoria Street (Registration: Elaine McNamara Chapel)

Kangaroo Flat Remembrance Park

Bendigo Remembrance Park 70 Carpenter Street (Registration: Inside front gate at the Sexton’s Residence)

Corner of St Killian Street & Holdsworth Road (Registration: Near the toilet block off St Killian Street near the lawn area) 33-49 Helm Street (Registration inside front gate near chapel)

Axedale Public Remembrance Park Cemetery Road (Registration: Inside front gate)

For further information please contact Joanne or Rebekah at Remembrance Parks Central Victoria on (03) 5446 1566 or alternatively email us at

Friday, February 17, 2017 — Bendigo Weekly



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The Tipping Foundation is one of the largest community service organisations in Victoria and we are dedicated to working with people who have a disability, children who are vulnerable and families. We are a values based organisation and the overarching value which drives everything we do is respect. We work together with our customers to achieve their individual goals. We currently have casual vacancies in Bendigo for people who are genuinely passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of young people. You will work as part of an enthusiastic and caring team to provide physical and emotional support to young people, contributing to the daily running of the house including household chores and supporting young people to access and attend sporting, recreation and social events.

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The Tipping Organisation operates a stringent safety screening procedure for preferred candidates that will require two satisfactory professional references, an identity check, satisfactory national and international [where required] police record check, a Working With Children Check [where required] and a cleared Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme check. For more details please view our website.

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PSALM 119: 104, 105 I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Southern Gateway Christian Church CHURCH SERVICE 10am Sunday, Y Community Hall (opposite Aldi Kangaroo Flat)

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BEGINNER DANCE CLASSES OLD time new\vogue START Friday 3rd Feb 7:30PM $3 No partner req. ST Andrews hall, Myers St. Bendigo Ph 5447 9783 or 5443 5380.


VOLUNTEERS to join its telephone crisis support team. We seek caring, committed people who are willing to undertake nationally recognised training in crisis support and community issues to make a contribution to our community. If you feel this may be you, please come to our

Information Night Tuesday 0DUFK at 6.00pm at the Latrobe University Visual Arts Centre 121 View Street, Bendigo Information Night is sponsored by

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FR DMPRFMSE Grocery distribution: Community Houses: Humboldt Dve. 5442 1165. 21 Woolcock Ave, Kangaroo Flat. 5447 9687. Wed mornings (bread only). Bendigo Baptist Community Care: Life Essentials, 214 Hargreaves St, Bendigo. Tues and Thurs. 5441 4747. St Vincent de Paul: 16 Hopetoun St, Bendigo. 5443 5688. Mon/Tues/Thurs and Fri, 10am – 2pm. Kangaroo Flat – 117 High St. 5447 9800. Mon – Fri, 10am –1pm. Uniting Care Emergency Relief Centres: Bendigo – 25 Forest St. 5443 4972. Mon/Tue/ Thur/Fri 10am-12.15pm and 1.30pm-3.45pm. Kangaroo Flat – Cnr. Church and Camp sts. 5443 5458. Tues and Fri 10am – 1pm. Victory Foodbank: 116 Garsed St. Bendigo. 0423 285 480. Tues 10am – 12pm. Giving and Living Op Shop: Shed 3, 75 Beischer St, East Bendigo. Tues (bread only) and Thurs 10am - 4pm. Ph: 0418 303 489. Donations for the homeless: Coles car park, Myer St. Bendigo. Wed and Sun, 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Clothing, blankets etc.

Community Meals and Soup Kitchens:

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Spring Gully Adults Mon 6.30- 8pm Children: Tues 4-5.30pm Phone Cheryle Ludbey: 0429 430 819


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Sat 18th & Sun 19th Feb 8am-5pm Admission $5 Kids free Maldon Footy Ground Francis St Enquireis Mark 0414 244 842


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Bendigo Community Health Soup Kitchen: 171 Hargreaves St, Bendigo. 5448 1600. Thurs 4pm4.45pm. (In the arcade near Café De Mille) Bendigo Baptist Community Care: Life Essentials, 214 Hargreaves St, Bendigo. 5441 4747. Tues 7.45am. Biker Charity Support Group: Sidney Myer Pl, Bendigo. 0497 862 777. Every second Sun, 5.30p -9.30pm. Eaglehawk Community House: 19 Bright St, Eaglehawk. 5446 8322. Tues 12 noon and 6pm. Food Not Bombs: Civic Gardens, Lyttleton Tce, Bendigo. Mon 6pm. Kangaroo Flat Uniting Church: Cnr Church and Camp sts. K Flat. 5447 9998. Fourth Wed of every month, 12 noon. Our Shed: 14 Sailors Gully Rd, Eaglehawk - 5446 8813. Every Fri (November – April) 7.30am. Uniting Church Hall, Peg Leg Rd Eaglehawk. 5446 8813. Fri 7.30am, (May – October ). Kangaroo Flat Community Meals: Rotary Gateway Park. Wed 5.30pm-6.00pm. Saltworks Community Meal: Eaglehawk Anglican Church , 63 High St, Eaglehawk. 0458 018 083. Fri 5.45pm (except January or public holidays). St Liborius Parish Centre: 50 Panton St, Eaglehawk. 5446 8235. Tues 11.30am (during school terms). Supplied by City of Greater Bendigo.

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Services Offered

AVAILABLE NOW Hard rubbish pick up, truck & driver for yard /shed clean out. other services avail. Call Kevin 5443 5854 BATHROOM RENOVATIONS Complete bathroom makeovers & alterations. 34 yrs exp by qual tradesman. Servicing Bendigo - Castlemaine & surrounding districts. FREE Quote phone Rod Cox 0419 267 672 or 4406 6019.

BLOCKED DRAINS Same day service Ph 5448 4324

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


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

COMPUTER SUPPORT In Home Reasonable Rates 7 days Extended hours Ph Shaun 0400 811 880


Genuine Special $55 Sq/M Pensioner discounts. Phone 0422 424 348


Driveways, Sheds Paths, Crossovers etc. 40 years experience Free Quotes

Ph. 0428 381 925


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

DD Handyman & Maintenance Service All types of household jobs inc garden maint. Phone 0409 949 111

HAYLEY'S CLEANING SERVICE HOME cleans efficient, Ph 0467

Cleaning, exit Quarry Hill, reliable service. 487 520.


and Ironing Duties. Phone 0434 795 733 LAWN MOWER & SMALL ENGINE REPAIRS Push & ride on mower servicing, pick up option. Power equip. repairs. Chainsaw service & sharpen. Bendigo Marine & Outdoors, Epsom 5448 3988

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

THE MAINTENANCE MAN Prompt & reliable service, done with honesty & pride. Small jobs a specialty, free quotes Phone Ian 0417 337 424


Will weed gardens, $25.00 per/hour Reliable service. Phone Jim 0431 304 727



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LITTLE RIPPER Digger Service

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Hours: Mon to Fri: 9 - 5.30 Sat: 9 - 12 Jeoff Milne 5447 2476 Mob 0425 728 336

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Services Offered LANDSCAPING



Elliott’s Landscape & Design

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51 RYALLS LANE, STRATHFIELDSAYE PH: 5439 5512 • MOB: 0409 957 014 SAND granite sand suitable for horse yards and arenas, min 10M3 loads. $45 del. in Bendigo area. Ph 0419 324 454 or ph 0429 001 639. SEWING machine, Janome small ex cond $50 Ph 5444 1047 SHADE sail exc cond heavy duty Inc fittings, 5.5 x 3.5 x 3.0 $220 phone 0439 397 553 WATER cartage tank 1000 litre poly, ex cond inc. fittings $520 ph 0439 397 553

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PRAM mountain buggy Terrain w/carry cot, covers GC $40 ono Ph 0435 771 134 BABY change table solid timber 2 shelves vgc $75 ono Ph 0435 771 134 PANASONIC stereo/radio /tape/5 CD, speakers $80 . Ph 5447 7050 PAVERS second hand 200 x 225 mm, reddish colour, approx 400. 50c each. Rready to pick up. Ph 0428 551 255.

PEA STRAW PEA straw bales for sale, perfect for gardening. $5 per bale pick up; $8 per bale delivery in Bendigo area. Please contact 0407 346 404. PETROL hedge cutter 60 cm blade GC $100 Phone 5447 8089 HANDKNITTED upside down doll, EC $5 0476 077 570 PORCELAIN dolls X 3 with stand $15 each Ph 0403 573 674.

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Hucker eyes winning form By JOEL PETERSON

THE challenging terrain and conditions of Malaysia will be the stage for the first international race of Robbie Hucker’s year, when the Bendigo cyclist and his IsoWhey Sports Swisse Wellness teammates compete at the Tour of Langkawi next week. The Bendigo cyclist and Cloud Copy Click Bendigo Sports Star of the Year nominee for March 2016 will kick off the team’s international campaign after flying out on Sunday. Hucker’s year began with an eighth-placed finish at the Cycling Australia national road race championships before he went to the Herald Sun Tour, finishing 24th overall but recording a fourthplaced finish on stage two. The 26-year-old said he is pleased with the start to his season after a boom 2016 that saw him with the Tour of Taiwan and emerge as one of the leaders of the IsoWhey Sports team. “It’s been a great start to the year for me, not as good as last year but you can’t dwell on that too much,” he said.

“Last year I had a really good year and this year I can go back and target specific events like Tour of Taiwan where I won last year. “I can look at a race like that and be the designated leader of the team which is good, you get a little bit more pressure on yourself but I think that’s good.” Hucker had the best season of his career in 2016, saying he is more disciplined and focussed than in previous years. Having training partners like former teammate Chris Hamilton and current squad member Sam Crome, often spotted riding the roads of Bendigo with Hucker over recent years, has helped. “It’s great, it makes it a lot easier. I’m training nearly every day with Sam and it makes it so much easier to stay motivated and then you get to go away and race and it makes it a bit more enjoyable,” he said. Recent conditions in Bendigo may also work in his favour, with the recent heat and humidity similar to what’s expected in Malaysia. One of the strengths of the IsoWhey Sports outfit is their balanced squad, meaning they can target races of all types.

Vics set the title pace From Page 40 Illawarra Hawks NBL squad mamber Angus Glover led the charge for the Blues with 18 points, including a vicious fastbreak dunk midway through the third quarter that sparked the NSW side. Victoria’s inside-outside game took hold late, as big man Mate Colina (22 points) showed off his moves on the block and Gabriel Hadley put on a shooting display to lead Victoria to victory. Hadley canned five triples, including three in the final frame, to lead all scorers with 25 points on a blistering 9-13 from the field. Victoria’s women’s team was also dominant in the opening stages of the tournament, winning its opening three games before improving to 4-0 against the ACT on Wednesday. To add to the domination of the home state, Victoria’s Ivor Burge men’s and women’s teams had also gone undefeated through the tournament’s opening three days. The Victorian Ivor Burge men were 5-0 through Wednesday while the women were 4-0 in their pool, including a massive 105-point win over South Australia. Finals begin on Thursday with the semi finals running into Friday and the gold medal games held on Saturday. Tickets for the weekend’s final are available at

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BRIGHT START: Robbie Hucker hopes for a strong 2017. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN With Hucker a leading GC contender, Joe Cooper and Crome for the classic-style races and Scott Sunderland as a top sprinter, the team has winning chances all the way up and down the roster. Hucker said that confidence that the squad has “all bases covered” should serve them well in Malaysia. “It’s a new experience for our team, and I think it will be a good

one. It’s a higher level race than what we normally compete in,” he said. “It’s more of a sprinters race and we have Scott Sunderland who can sprint against the best in the world. I think we can go into the race with a positive attitude and expect some good results.” The eight-stage Tour of Langkawi runs from Wednesday, February 22 to March 1.

Spirit aim to finish on a high AFTER a big week off-court, the Bendigo Spirit are hoping they can finish their season off with a bang in the competition’s final regular season round this weekend. The Spirit were eliminated from playoffs last weekend with a 25-point loss to Canberra that included a 24-4 mauling in the third quarter that cost Bendigo any chance at victory. It is the second straight year Bendigo has crashed to a disappointing finish, losing five of its past six games after losing five straight to finish the season and crash out of postseason contention last year. Coach Simon Pritchard admitted this week he is feeling the pressure as far as his job is concerned, and hopes the side can close the season out well against Melbourne on Saturday before hosting Perth on Sunday. “I do expect them to be focussed, there’s been some good news this week so the future looks good,” he said. “Ebony Rolph and Molly Mathews both come into the team this week and I’m in a bit two minds really. If the starting group don’t do the job, my view is I give some young girls a go and look to the future.” Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe disagrees with the notion that the team has nothing to play for. “You play for pride,” she

BDCA BATTLE HEATS UP THE finals race in the Bendigo District Cricket Association could be decided this weekend in a weekend of Saturday-Sunday contests. Six teams are still in the running for finals, but with first-placed Kangaroo Flat playing sixth-placed Golden Square and fifth-placed Sandhurst hosting Bendigo United, finals could be set by Sunday evening. Wins to both Kangaroo Flat and BUCCs would see the Roos, Eaglehawk, Redbacks and Strathdale Maristians confirmed as the finals teams. In other games, Strathfieldsaye hosts White Hills, Strathdale Maristians are at home against Bendigo and Eaglehawk faces Huntly North Epsom.

BICE TO LEAD BFNL DENNIS Bice will take over the reins of the Bendigo Football Netball League after he was appointed as the league’s new manager this week. Bice has a strong business background, having been an executive manager at Bendigo Bank and a former manager of the Bendigo Harness Racing Club. He takes over the role vacated by former BFNL manager Carol Cathcart, who is now the region general manager for AFL Central Victoria. Bice is also a Bendigo District Cricket Association life member and former president of the Bendigo Harness Racing Club.


HIGH NOTE: Bendigo is hoping to finish a positive week with a win. said. “We all want to win, we’re all competitors, and we can get some pride, finish the season on a high and show against

Perth that we can compete with a finals team.” Bendigo hosts Perth at 3pm on Sunday at Bendigo Stadium.

BENDIGO City FC plays its first game on the road this weekend when it meets Moreland City on Saturday. Bendigo faced Moreland Zebras at home last week and were thrashed 7-0, to bring their total goal difference in their two losses to -12. Bendigo is yet to score a goal this season. Moreland City is 1-1 from its two games this campaign, having only conceded one goal. The sides meet at Campbell Reserve from 3pm on Saturday.

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Cricket coup for city By JOEL PETERSON

CRICKETERS from across the Asia-Pacific region will descend on Bendigo this weekend as the city hosts the 2017 ICC East Asia Pacific Trophy. Teams from Fiji, Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, Samoa and Vanuatu will be competing in the weeklong tournament that sees a round-robin format decide the country that moves up to the World Cricket League’s division five. The Queen Elizabeth Oval, Dower Park, Canterbury Park, White Hills, Tannery Lane and Huntly’s Strauch Oval will all host matches from Sunday through until next Saturday. Each team will play five games with two rest days before departing on February 26. The Bendigo District Cricket Association is running the event in conjunction with the ICC EAP region. “It speaks well for Bend-

Vics roll on at national champs VICTORIA has been the dominant power in the opening days of the Basketball Australia Under-20 and Ivor Burge Championships held at Bendigo Stadium this week. None of the four Victorian sides had been beaten through the first four days of competition, with the Victorian men knocking off New South Wales in one of the games of the tournament on Tuesday night. The Vics led by 18 at half time before New South Wales roared back and closed the gap to single digits and as few as three points in the final quarter.

igo, and for the BDCA, that we’ve had Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia and now the ICC come and bring events to our town,” the BDCA’s Wayne Walsh said. With the competition providing a stepping stone toward world cup qualification, Walsh said he expects the tournament’s standard to be strong. “I guess we don’t know a lot about the teams like Japan but countries like Vanuatu and Fiji often have some strong players and it is a good opportunity for them to come out and show their ability,” he said. “Each country is going to bring about 30 people here at least with players and support staff to so the contribution to the community is also strong.” Matches kick off on Sunday with Fiji playing the Phillippines at the QEO, Indonesia against Vanuatu at Dower Park and Samoa facing Japan at Canterbury Park. The tournament wraps up next Saturday.

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STRONG FINISH: Eziyoda Magbegor swoops to the hoop for Victoria. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN


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