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End of road for the auxiliary Judy Scarrott, at front, with Pam Squire, Margaret Richmond, Jeni Watts, Anne Griffiths, Noela Nankervis and Faye Searle are calling it a day and winding up the Child and Adolescent Auxiliary after 90 years. It has not been an easy decision. – Story Page 5


But parking woe almost stalls plan

EXASPERATION about the lack of parking around Sacred Heart Cathedral has almost derailed the proposed $10 million Aspire interfaith precinct. But the City of Greater Bendigo council has added a two-hour time limit to free parking spaces used by CBD workers. The time limit on a number of parking spaces will be trialled on Wattle, Vine, Short and Rowan

streets for four months from January, and reviewed in June. Four councillors conceded on Wednesday night the outcry from residents about the prospect of even more traffic around the cathedral had forced them to withdraw their support for the Aspire project, which is proposing to create no new parking spaces and build over an existing

eight spaces on cathedral grounds. Councillors who spoke in favour of the project referred to a misguided expectation that parking influenced property values and should be always be available close to the destination. “You wouldn’t turn up at the Vatican and expect a car park out the front,“ Cr Yvonne Wrigglesworth

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said. Mayor Margaret O’Rourke withdrew from the discussion due to a conflict of interest – she was chief executive of the Aspire Cultural and Charitable Foundation before being elected to council. The vote to approve a planning development permit for stage one of the project was tied at four-all after discussion and was only approved

when deputy mayor Jennifer Alden used her discretionary vote. Cr James Williams said until parking “was properly dealt with, I cannot support the proposal”. He said he had received calls and emails from 20 people over and above the 16 formal objectors. There was parking available in the CBD, Cr Williams said, but people favoured spaces around the cathedral because it was free.

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WHILE the majority of homes are sold by private sale, new Real Estate Institute of Victoria data shows auctions are gaining in popularity in regional Victoria. More than 3090 regional auctions have been held in 2017, up 14 per cent on the same period last year. Vendors in regional Victoria achieved solid results at auction this year with 2075 sales under the hammer – a clearance rate of 67 per cent. This is an increase of 33 per cent on last year’s figures. Greater Geelong accounted for almost half of the state’s auction volumes with more than 1200 auctions held and 967 selling, delivering a high clearance rate of 80 per cent. A clearance rate of more than 70 per cent generally indicates that the market in that region favours sellers. Belmont was the state’s top auction location this year with 180 auctions held and 142 selling under the hammer – a clearance rate of 79 per cent. High auction volumes were also recorded in neighbouring Newtown, where 121 homes were auctioned with 64 per cent selling. At least 110 auctions were held in Geelong West and Highton this year with clearance rates of 84 and 78 per cent respectively.

TAKING BIDS: Tweed Sutherland First National auctioned the vacant property on the corner of Williamson and Mollison streets. Other regional areas experiencing high auction volumes this year include Torquay, with 69 auctions and a clearance rate of 78 per cent; Geelong, with 67 auctions and a 75 per cent clearance rate; and East Geelong, with 66 auctions and a 98 per cent clearance rate. Meanwhile, more than 170 homes went to auction in East

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Get set for a scorcher Fire risk rises as temperatures soar

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THIS week’s hot, dry weather has prompted a warning from emergency services that recent rain does not mean an easing of the fire risk over summer. While recent widespread rainfall has delayed the onset of fire conditions in much of the state, new growth of grass increases the risk of fire for much of the summer. That grass will not take long to dry out, and forecasts suggest a scorching start to next week. The Bureau of Meteorology is tipping the mercury will remain in the low-to-mid 30s across the weekend, but ramp up to reach 40 degrees on

Monday and 39 on Tuesday with no rain forecast until possible showers Tuesday evening. It comes after Bendigo hit 37.7 degrees on Wednesday, with low humidity and hot northerly winds providing the perfect mix of conditions for drying out grass and other fuels. It was the city’s warmest day since February 10, when the mercury topped 40 degrees two days in a row. The bureau is expecting above average minimum and maximum temperatures for the duration of summer, with close to average rainfall likely for Bendigo.

Emergency management commissioner Craig Lapsley said forecasts were still for an above average fire season, but with a delayed start due to the recent rain. “The forecast remains the same; we are likely to see warmer temperatures in the days and warmer nights, and a fire season from late December, January and February,” he said. “Last week’s rain means that in some areas there would be new grass shoots, which means when that dries out, there will be more fuel to burn. “People need to be aware and prepared to do the work around their

house and continue to maintain their properties.” Mr Lapsley joined environment minister Lily D’Ambrosio and emergency services minister James Merlino to launch the state’s fleet of firefighting aircraft early this week. The state will have a fleet of 49 aircraft for the fire season, operating on a pre-determined dispatch meaning they will arrive to fight fires at the same time as firefighters on the ground. The fleet is a mix of water bombing, air supervision and air intelligence gathering aircraft, with one

New plan brewing in Bendigo BROOKES is already making beer in Bendigo, but the brewer wants people to be able to experience being in a brewery while sampling the product or eating lunch. In a first for Bendigo, Brookes Beer owner Doug Brooke has plans to build on Matchett Drive in East Bendigo what amounts to a cellar door and eatery, drawing on the thriving craft beer scene in the United States for inspiration. Its cellar door was open until production took over the entire floor of their existing Mayfair Park brewery. As well as the appeal of a new venue, co-owner Mel Church is hoping increasing demand for specialities to the region – food and beverages – will power an interest in the venture. The brewer has focussed on selling its beer in local pubs and bottle shops, pulling back from the interstate market which added costs but not always consistent custom. “People are much more interested in buying things that are local,” Mr Brooke said, adding that the trend had led to an exponential rise in the number of micro breweries opening in Australia. Of the 530 breweries in Australia, 200 are less than two years old, he said. It was not a pub that Brookes was planning to offer, but more of an inclusive experience with a lunch menu for East Bendigo’s industrial workers as well as

additional water bomber. Meantime, the weather bureau has upgraded its El Niño tracker status to thresholds indicating La Niña has been reached. The bureau says it is likely that the tropical Pacific will persist at La Niña thresholds over the southern summer, long enough for 2017-18 to be classified as a La Niña year. Climate models suggest further cooling is likely during the early southern summer but anticipate a short-lived event, with limited influence on Australian rainfall patterns during summer. Most models suggest a transition back to a neutral weather pattern by April 2018.

Changes at hospital PETER Faulkner has been appointed as Bendigo Health’s new chief executive after acting in the role for almost a year. Mr Faulkner stepped into the role after John Mulder stood aside in February and was later fired following an Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission report and a separate Bendigo Health board investigation. Mr Faulkner’s medical background is in psychiatric nursing but more recently he has completed qualifications in health services management. He was executive director responsible for delivering the new $630 million Bendigo hospital. There was an executive reshuffle at Bendigo Health in the days before Mr Faulkner’s appointment. Chief financial officer Andrew Collins left the organisation last week, for reasons Bendigo Health has declined to reveal. An email distributed to staff said Mr Collins had been at Bendigo Health since 2005. “During this time, he has contributed to significant improvement in the financial management of the organisation and introduced a number of new systems and improvements,” the email said.

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growth area: Mel Church and Doug Brooke are planning big. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN room for events or meetings and a place to have coffee. “It won’t be just a place to drink, but more of a social hub,” Mr Brooke said.

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Schools in head limbo

LEADERSHIP uncertainty at two Bendigo schools will roll on into next year, with interim principals remaining in place for term one. But both schools remain confident it will not affect their students, many of whom will today receive their VCE results. Bendigo Senior Secondary College and Bendigo South East College will again start the new school year with interim leadership. The start of the 2018 school year will mark 12 months since Bendigo South East College principal Ernie Fleming went on a period of extended leave. BSSC principal Dale Pearce subsequently moved into the in-

terim role at BSE, with Linda Lyons stepping up from assistant principal to take on the top job at Bendigo Senior. The department has yet to set a timeline for Mr Fleming’s return and Pearce’s return to BSSC. BSE school college president Sue Masters said Mr Pearce had provided outstanding leadership in his time at the school. “The decision to extend Mr Pearce’s acting duties for another term follows advice from the Department of Education and Training that Ernie Fleming will continue on extended leave,” she said. “Dale has provided outstanding leadership throughout this year to ensure the continued delivery of BSE’s comprehensive and

high-quality program. “These arrangements have not and will not impact on students’ studies.” When contacted last month, a department spokesperson said plans were yet to be put in place for 2018.

formed staff, students and parents as soon as they were notified, and she was looking forward to continuing in the role. “It has been a tremendous opportunity for me to help lead this great college throughout 2017 and I’m feeling really honoured

These arrangements have not and will not impact on students’ studies

“Bendigo South East College principal Ernie Fleming is on a period of extended leave,” the spokesperson said. “For privacy reasons, it is inappropriate to comment on matters relating to individual employees.” Ms Lyons said the schools in-

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to be supporting the college into the new year to see the implementation of our 2018 priorities,” she said. Both schools have seen plenty of change in the past year, and with a review of the Bendigo Education Plan being carried out all

Bendigo schools have been under scrutiny. The Weekly reported in March that BSE was also to undergo a full financial audit, carried out by the department. Adam Fleming, the head of the school’s Athlete Development Program, resigned during the year, with the school recently advertising for a replacement. At BSSC, work has been continuing on the school’s Alexander Wing, which replaces the school’s former C-block classroom complex. The new, high-tech wing features a new library, amphitheatre, and open-plan classrooms on two levels. It will be officially opened next week.

Auxiliary disbands on a funding high

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IN 90 years of raising money for Bendigo Health’s children’s ward, the volunteer members of the Child and Adolescent Auxiliary are responsible for thousands of dollars of medical equipment and necessities such as nappies and pyjamas purchased to help young patients. But the members also donated their time to sitting with sick children, reading them stories, playing games and supervising the playroom they built in 1974 at the old hospital, particularly in years gone by when parents were largely kept out of the hospital except during visiting hours. As the longest serving auxiliary supporting Bendigo hospital finishes up on December 31, the current members say they are sad about the prospect but times have changed. It is a lifetime of assistance to nurses, doctors and sick children, but these days more parents are working, volunteers are harder to recruit, items are more expensive and there are other charities doing similar work. “We are finding it hard to disband, we have tried it three times,” said Judy Scarrott OAM, who has served on the auxiliary for 47 years. There are eight auxiliaries still raising funds

for wards within Bendigo Health. The Child and Adolescent Auxiliary was the first to start during the depression years. Auxiliary president Jeni Watts said the money raised in the beginning was for the basics – dressing gowns, pyjamas and slippers, nappies and toiletries, and half a case of oranges a week. There was not a lot of money around and doctors’ wives and friends were called in to help. Since then the funds raised by the auxiliary have bought wheelchairs, sunshades, curtains, bottle sterilisers, safety pins and some large expensive pieces of medical equipment. Its last donation this year fitted out a play room for patients to have fun in, with toys, games and a kitchen set. But medical staff in the ward also thanked the last 12 auxiliary members for a donation that bought a transilluminator that helps detect the tiny veins in children and babies. Bendigo Health is indebted to the members serving the auxiliary, said Bendigo Health Foundation director Jane Anderson. But the group was going out with a bang and one last very valuable donation.


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arrangements City of Greater Bendigo offices in Bendigo and Heathcote will be closed from 3pm Friday December 22 and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday January 2, 2018. Over the Christmas holiday period, the City will continue to provide residents with access to services. For general information on our services visit our website at The City has a 24 hour responsive telephone service. For emergency services at all hours please phone 5434 6000. The City wishes you and your family a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.



Bendigo Art Gallery will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm every day except Christmas Day.

City offices will be closed from 3pm, Friday December 22 and will re-open 8.30am, Tuesday January 2.

BENDIGO LIVESTOCK EXCHANGE Closed Friday December 22 and re opening 12pm Friday January 5. The truck wash down facility will be closed over this period. The gate will be locked and there will be no site access permitted.

EARLY LEARNING CENTRES Annie Galvin Early Learning Centre Gladstone Street, Bendigo Closes 6pm, Thursday December 21 and re-opens 7am, Monday January 15. Helen Jessen Early Learning Centre 145 Crook Street, Strathdale Closes 6pm, Thursday December 21 and re-opens 7am, Wednesday January 3.

During this period only limited Home Support Services will be provided as pre-arranged, including Personal Care, Respite Care, Planned Activity Group and Food Services. Please note there are no services on the public holidays except personal care. Domestic Assistance (Home Care) and Property Maintenance will not be provided from 3pm, Friday December 22 until Tuesday January 2.




All Maternal and Child Health services will close at 3pm, Friday December 22 and re-open from Tuesday January 2. To make or change appointments please contact 4408 6590 during office hours. The 24 hour Maternal and Child Health line is always available on 13 22 29.

Residential garbage collections scheduled for Christmas Day (Monday December 25) will be collected over the period 26 – 29 December. Residents who normally have their bins collected on Monday are asked to put their bins out as normal before 6am and leave them out for collection. All other days remain unaffected. Organics and recycling Residential organic and recycling collections scheduled for Christmas Day (Monday December 25) will be collected over the period 26 – 29 December. Residents who normally have their bins collected on Monday are asked to put their bins out as normal before 6am and leave them out for collection. All other days remain unaffected. Eaglehawk Landfill Closed Christmas Day only. Open all other days from 8am to 4.30pm. Heathcote Landfill Closed Christmas Day only. Open all other scheduled days from 8am to 5pm. Goornong Transfer Station Closed Christmas Day only. Open all other scheduled days from 8am to 5pm.

Food Services meals will be delivered prior to Christmas and New Year for clients as arranged. If you do not require any services or wish to make changes to your services for the Christmas period, please notify our office on 4408 6560.

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Fireworks will take place at approximately 9.15pm and 12 midnight on New Year’s Eve Sunday December 31 from the poppet head in Rosalind Park.

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For safety purposes, revellers are reminded that there is an 85 metre exclusion zone surrounding the Rosalind Park Poppet Head. The City would like to advise that the QEO car park off View Street will be closed from 6am Sunday December 31 until approximately 9am Monday January 1 for safety reasons associated with the New Year’s Eve fireworks display. It is strongly recommended that the appropriate measures be put in place by animal owners to ensure animals are safe.

MULTI-STOREY CAR PARKS IN EDWARD STREET AND HARGREAVES STREET The multi-storey car parks in Edward Street and Hargreaves Street will be open in line with extended retail shopping hours: Saturday December 16 .............. 7am – 6pm Sunday December 17 ............7am – 5.30pm Monday December 18 ...........7am – 7.30pm Tuesday December 19...........7am – 7.30pm Wednesday December 20 .....7am – 9.30pm Thursday December 21 ........7am – 9.30pm Friday December 22 ..............7am – 9.30pm Saturday December 23 .........7am – 9.30pm Sunday December 24 ............7am – 6.30pm Monday December 25 ......................CLOSED Tuesday December 26...........7am – 7.30pm Wednesday December 27 .....7am – 7.30pm Thursday December 28 ........7am – 7.30pm Friday December 29 ..............7am – 9.30pm Saturday December 30 .............. 7am – 6pm Sunday December 31 .......................CLOSED Monday January 1.............................CLOSED Tuesday January 2 .................7am – 7.30pm Wednesday January 3 ..........7am – 7.30pm Thursday January 4...............7am – 7.30pm Friday January 5.....................7am – 9.30pm

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Training warnings ignored By Sharon kemp

AN anti-corruption watchdog report speculates the financially-strapped Bendigo Kangan Institute of TAFE ignored warnings at the end of 2014 about a third party trainer in order to retain a steady stream of government funding. Rebecca Taylor, through her company TayTell Pty Ltd, was not carrying out the training she had agreed with Bendigo TAFE to provide as a contract trainer, according to the report by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission. But nobody at Kangan checked Ms Taylor’s qualifications nor questioned why South West Institute of TAFE had rescinded a qualification that allowed her to teach. The training, in engineering, attracted more than $2.6 million in government subsidies of which about $2m was paid to Ms Taylor. Bendigo TAFE received $230,000 and South West got $456,033. When four students called Kangan in late 2014 to ask why had been sent statements of attainment in courses they said they had not done, TAFE staff “ignored an opportunity to identify the scam”. “Remarkably, Kangan’s response to every issue and complaint that arose... was to do everything possible to prop up the training arrangement between Kangan and TayTell, and keep it going,” the report read. The report noted Victorian

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TAFEs had operated “in a challenging environment as they have been required to compete with each other and with private training providers”. “Many TAFEs have struggled financially,” it read. “Third-party agreements, such as that offered by Ms Taylor, are attractive to TAFEs as a source of students and funding.” In a statement, Bendigo TAFE said it accepted all of the recommendations made in IBAC’s report. The institute must report to IBAC by the end of next year about changes it has made to compliance and oversight. “We have already undertaken a thorough review of our third party systems and controls to ensure we meet the requirements of current and future students,” the statement said. While investigating Ms Taylor’s activities, IBAC looked at the chain of events that led her to being hired as a consultant and to deliver training at V/Line, including the recruitment of a chain of executives who were friends, appointments that were made without normal recruitment standards. Public transport minister Jacinta Allan said V/Line no longer employed the executives involved. “V/Line has already been undertaking actions to strengthen its oversights of its operations,” Ms Allan said. “V/Line is determined to continue to improve its governance in this area.”

core value: Groundline Australia director Ian Flatley. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN A BENDIGO-based engineering firm has developed and tested the power lines it believes will replace conductors in Victoria and be used for the next 50 years. A team of engineers in Groundline Engineering’s Bendigo office has developed conductors that will not start bushfires. After the 2009 Black Saturday tragedy, the Victorian government has legislated to ensure powerline companies replace old conductors with insulated cable that will not ignite a fire when it comes into contact with trees or grass. The royal commission into the Black Saturday identified old and de-

graded powerlines as a key threat during summer. Groundline has finished the testing of its version to withstand Victorian conditions. Its Swedish business partner Amokabel is preparing to manufacture the conductor in time for Australia’s next bush fire season. If demand is high for the conductor, its manufacturing could move to Bendigo, according to Groundline director Ian Flatley. There are competitors in the market but Groundline’s conductor was more cost effective because it didn’t require additional technology or in-

frastructure. Mr Flatley said powerline companies had been talking to Groundline and its manufacturer. Those companies stand to suffer harsh penalties if they don’t use insulated cable in 33 at-risk regions. But across Victoria, there is 84,000 kilometres of rural power lines that need to be replaced. “They’ve served us well from the reticulation efforts over 50 years ago,” Mr Flatley said. “Technology has moved on and community expectations are that our power is delivered safe and reliable. “The covered conductor, we feel goes a long way to deliver this.”

Minimising waste is the goal Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group is considering sponsoring a second round of a zero waste business program depending on the results of the first round. There were gains made by participating business in eliminating waste, according to group executive officer Karen Fazzani. For example, an initiative starting at Lod-

don Prison in Castlemaine will see Correction Services Victoria reduce their coffee cups per year by 250,000, equal to five trams full, saving $140,000 and 1000 cubic metres from landfill. Social enterprise Peppergreen Farm is now receiving re-purposed waste streams from Adbri, Thales and Australian Cable Reel Company. The 16-week Green-

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Museum funding reinforced

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THE Soldiers Memorial In- will enhance the commustitute Military Museum in nity’s understanding of the Bendigo has received a fur- service and sacrifice made ther cash boost with a fed- by Australians in wars, coneral government grant. flicts and peacekeeping opVeterans affairs minis- erations,” Mr Tehan said. ter Dan Tehan this week “As a nation we honour announced three projects the men and women who commemorating Aus- serve in our armed forces tralia’s wartime history and these projects will help would share in more than record and promote our $185,000 of grant funding, shared experience. with the museum receiving “The Saluting Their Ser$109,168. vice commemorative grants The funding will go program is designed to towards developing an in- preserve our wartime heriterpretive display entitled tage and to promote an unFUNERALS & Bendigo’s Contribution derstanding of how it has and Experience during shaped our nation.” PRE - PAID FUNERALS World War II. Mr Tehan said the grant work in progress: The comes under the Saluting Soldiers Memorial Museum this Their Service program. week. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN “The grant recipients will use their funding to deliver unique projects that

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He said the Edward Street multistorey car park, built at a cost of $15m and opened in 2012, was only at 70 per cent capacity. Under the planning scheme, the Aspire project is obliged to build 40 parking spaces but the proponents have asked councillors to waive that obligation. Cr Andrea Metcalf said residents near the cathedral now viewed the Aspire project, to be built on the cathedral grounds, as the “straw that breaks the camel’s back”. “They see incidents of buses double parked at the cathedral already, or the cathedral grounds being used as a car park when there are events being held... and their question is where are the visitors to Aspire going to park?” Cr Rod Fyffe, who spoke in favour of approving development, said the project would satisfy Bendigo’s need for a museum and tell the story of the city. Also on Wednesday night, councillors approved the reappointment of chief executive Craig Niemann for a five-year term, a clean-up of the former gasworks site near Lake Weeroona in order to start planning its redevelopment and the renaming of the Bendigo Aquatic Centre as the Faith Leech Aquatic Centre. This week, the council submitted an early wish list for candidates in the November 2018 state election to consider. The top priority projects include a $100m government hub, redeveloped law courts at a cost of $120m and a $16m expansion of the Golden Dragon Museum.


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MPs on board for local workers be in place to protect all workers and stop exploitation – including temporary workers, such as people on working holiday visas. “It is unacceptable we are seeing such appalling mistreatment of workers in Australia,” Mr Neumann said. “It’s clear to me that people in the Bendigo are passionate about ensuring local workers have the first shot at local jobs

while protecting vulnerable workers from serious exploitation. “If an employer can exploit the pay and conditions of workers, they’ll exploit them in other ways too, and all the government has done is set up taskforce after taskforce without taking serious action.” Mr Neumann and Ms Chesters also met with the Bendigo Community Health refugee resettle-

ment team to hear firsthand about the recent successes of the local refugee resettlement service. Ms Chesters commended the team on the vital support role they play. “The effort being made to match recently resettled refugees with genuine job opportunities helps grow the local economy and engage new residents with the Bendigo community,” she said.


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Federal cash for Bendigo schools TWO Bendigo schools have shared in $1.5 million worth of federal government capital works grants. Creek Street Christian College and St Liborius School in Eaglehawk will both receive funding to undertake works on facilities at the schools. Liberal senator Jane Hume said St Liborius will receive $1.2 million to upgrade amenities and buildings, including the refurbishment of ten student learning areas.

Creek Street’s funding will allow the school to upgrade its existing hall building in order to create an arts centre. An upgrade of the food technology complex at the central Bendigo school will also be undertaken. “While buildings alone do not make a school, students and the whole local community will benefit from using these new facilities,” Senator Hume said. Federal minister for edu-

cation and training Simon Birmingham said the Capital Grants Program provides important funds for non-government schools to upgrade facilities such as classrooms, laboratories and libraries. The grants are additional to funds provided by state and territory governments, non-government school authorities, and school communities, which are responsible for providing and maintaining non-government school facilities.

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FIREARM TALLY ANNOUNCED A LATE influx of surrendered firearms in the closing weeks of the National Firearm Amnesty has seen more than 9000 weapons surrendered in Victoria. The three-month amnesty ended on September 30 and was aimed at reducing the risk of firearms and weapons falling into the wrong hands by allowing members of the public to surrender firearms without fear of prosecution. Victoria Police estimates predicted the final tally would sit around 4000, but the late increase in surrenders pushed the total much higher. Victoria Police Licensing and Regulation Division Superintendent Paul Millett said 9175 firearms, 151 weapons and 103 firearm parts were surrendered during the amnesty. Superintendent Millett said the assistance of licensed firearms dealers in accepting firearms during the amnesty was invaluable.

WING NEAR COMPLETION AFTER almost 12 months of building work, the refurbished Alexander Wing at Bendigo Senior Secondary College is nearing completion. The fully renovated and refurbished wing will house a brand new college library, along with new classrooms for psychology, humanities, health; new study areas and kitchenettes for students; and new offices for staff. In 2018, a new area for the VCAL program will be completed On Monday, staff will form a human chain to move the library into its new home.

STEPPING OUT: Katherine Legge is standing down from her role at Discovery. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN THE leader of the community campaign to save Bendigo’s Discovery Science and Technology Centre, Katherine Legge, has stepped down after 17 years of involvement with the education facility. Dr Legge has twice been the leader of the centre’s board, with which she has been involved since 2001. The centre held a function this week to recognise her contribution and the pivotal role she played in ensuring the future of the CBD facility. Dr Legge led the Save Dis-

MEETING FOR NATIONAL TRUST THE Bendigo and Region Branch of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) will be holding their AGM on Tuesday. The event will be the La Trobe Art Institute auditorium, 121 View Street Bendigo, at 6pm. The brief AGM is to be followed by a public talk, beginning at 6.30pm by the City of Greater Bendigo council’s Megan McDougall, entitled Passions, Projects and Possibilities: Reflections on five years working with heritage in greater Bendigo.

covery campaign in 2015, which helped the centre avoid closure due to its financial situation. Questions were raised over the centre’s financial future when Bendigo Trust decided it could no longer financially support the centre. The trust, now Bendigo Heritage Attractions, had operated the centre on behalf of council for more than a decade. Ms Legge led a determined fight to secure funding and the centre’s future, which it eventu-

ally did through crowd-funding and a re-formed committee of management. The centre was able to raise $200,000 in a tight window to secure its short-term future, and has since grown further to become what manager Jonathan Ridnell describes as a “successful not-for-profit community asset”. The centre’s committee of management will now be led by Ann Lansberry, another community member who joined in the midst of the 2015 campaign.

Ms Lansberry is CEO of the Community Foundation for Central Victoria and this week paid tribute to her predecessor. “Katherine’s determination and ability to not take no for an answer was vital to the community effort to keep a science centre in Bendigo,” she said. “It’s exciting that two years since the Discovery restructure, we can say thank you to Katherine in a newly refurbished auditorium, and celebrate the ongoing community support that is keeping Discovery open.” – Joel Peterson

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The council’s resident population only visit an outdoor swimming pool on average 1.72 times during the year, compared to the state average of more than five times. Again the service cost was a lot lower per visit at $6.90, almost half the average state cost of $12.03 per visit. Costs are compara-


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Every year, State Trustees’ Bendigo regional office hosts a charity Christmas run. It is an annual initiative established by one of the employees, Karyn Clarke, she has been organising every campaign since the office opened in 2012. This year the generous people of State Trustees chose to donate gifts to a local aged care facility, Estia Health Bendigo (formerly known as Lilley Lodge). The lodge currently accommodates 56 residents. Most of these do not have family to spend time with at Christmas – this is where Ms Clarke and the rest of the Bendigo office stepped in. They donated wrapped gifts for each resident and they were hand delivered by Ms Clarke and State Trustees’ client services manager Katrina Ray. The residents were most grate-

an early present: Katrina Ray and Karyn Clarke with resident Josephine. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN ful for the gifts, and the companionship. “It was an absolute delight to see the smiles and reactions from

the residents when the gifts were handed out,” Ms Clarke said. “To be able to share the spirit of giving and a listening ear, was

Dump it at the Drop Zone The festive season is a popular time to upgrade computers and all things electronic, but think carefully how you dispose of the old ones. Drop Zone, a free governmentapproved and industry-funded e-waste collection service, is reminding all residents that they can recycle their old and obsolete computers, printers and computer accessories for free by dropping them off at the following Drop Zone sites. Officeworks on Hargreaves Mall, on Monday to Friday from 7am to 7pm, Saturday 8am to 6pm and Sunday 9am to 6pm and SUEZ Bendigo Service Centre, 29 to 33 Howard Street, Epsom, Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm will become designated drop zones. CEO of Drop Zone Rose Read said with e-waste growing three times faster than any other type of waste it’s important that the community does the right thing. “They can dispose of their obsolete computers and computer accessories responsibly by recycling them for free at their nearest Drop Zone site,”she said.

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heartfelt by both Katrina and myself.” “The holidays are a time of sharing, peace and kindness

around the world and this gesture by State Trustees employees meant the world to some of our local senior citizens.”

Cooling cap a healthy double for patients St John of God Bendigo Hospital’s Oncology unit now have the first chemotherapy scalp cooling cap available to patients in the Bendigo region. This means patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments are being given a 75 per cent chance of keeping their hair, thanks to a donation from the Valkyrie Group.

in the bin: But it can be recycled. “Computers and computer accessories have the potential to harm the environment if not correctly disposed. “For example, older style CRT monitors contain more than two kilograms of lead and other toxic substances, which if sent to landfill can breakdown and leach into groundwater causing pollution.” Bendigo residents put in a great effort to recycle more than 19,400kg of e-waste over the past 12 months to June 30 this year. “Residents should be very proud of their efforts in keeping e-waste out of landfill. This is a great outcome for the community and the environment.” Ms Read said.

“So, for those of you who may receive a new computer or tablet under the Christmas tree or upgrade your computer in the Boxing Day sales, remember it’s important that you recycle your old electronic items correctly. “Residents can be assured that upwards of 95 per cent of the materials in their obsolete electronics will be recovered, recycled and used to make new products.” All types of computers are accepted, as are tablet devices and computer accessories including printers, mice, keyboards and all those cables. Residents should visit the website for a full list of acceptable items and drop off locations.

It’s wonderful to be able to offer this to our patients More importantly, as the first place to offer this in the region, it also means patients no longer have to travel to Melbourne to use this system while undergoing chemotherapy. Oncologist Sam Harris said this will be a huge benefit to his patients. “Previously many patients were choosing to have chemotherapy treatment in Melbourne because of the availability of scalp cooling. They were having

to do more travel, more often, while feeling unwell on chemotherapy,” Dr Harris said. Oncology nurse unit manager Claire Pysing knows just how concerning the side effects of chemotherapy can be for her patients. “Chemotherapy can sometime result in hair loss, which can be really distressing for patients, particularly women, while undergoing treatment. It is reported to be the single most distressing side effect of chemotherapy,” Mrs Pysing said. The scalp cooling acts by lowering the temperature of the scalp and reducing the blood flow and the metabolism of the chemotherapy. As a result, the hair is not damaged by the chemotherapy treatment and is less likely to fall out. The scalp cooling machine is designed to circulate the fluid in the cooling cap using refrigeration. “We place the cap on the patient’s head before chemotherapy and the cap then stays on for the duration of the treatment and for a period afterwards,” Mrs Pysing said. “It’s wonderful to be able to offer this to our patients and to the Bendigo community.”

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Celebrating the bike life

ANOTHER year closes on the Bendigo Bike Life column and again it’s a time for reflection. Through this column, a dedicated team of writers and passionate cyclists in a wide range of disciplines have shared their insight into the endless opportunities that cycling offers. The writers may have a differing view of the “best” bike style: carbon, aluminium or steel-is-real. Their choice of clothing may range from loose and baggy to skin tight and colourful. They certainly choose to ride in different areas of the community. But for all their differences, they share common threads of wisdom and the same understandings underpin every article. We often refer to cycling as Doctor Bike. Any cycling discipline provides an opportunity to clear the mind, increase the heart rate, and burn some kilojoules. The health and wellbe-

ing of your body, mind and soul all benefit. While you gain health benefits, spinning those tyres also contributes to a reduced carbon footprint. Even better, in getting from A to B by bike, there’s no fuss about that elusive car park close to your destination. The freedom of cycling is hard to replicate in any other activity. Nor is age a barrier. While you’re out on your bike there’s often an opportunity to connect with a community of fellow riders. Like-minded people, with a similar story to yours, will embrace you and reassure you that you’re not on your own. Perhaps one of these insights into the joys of cycling might prompt more you to get on a bike more often – or get back on your bike. Have we whet your appetite for an adventure? Has one of our writers renewed your enthusiasm

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from a past experience? Have you taken up an opportunity to engage with one of cycling’s many communities? If you have you’ll have made a significant contribution to your own health and wellbeing and that of others your share the pathway, trail or roadway with. In many years of being part of the cycling community across all facets and disciplines, I have only ever seen newcomers welcomed warmly. If you’re prepared to have a go, other riders will always give freely of their time and experience to help you along. Looking ahead we are just as excited about the stories we’ll share next year. There’s never any shortage of ways to celebrate the freedom of riding a bike that comes with no other activity. Looking forward to seeing you on the road soon, God willing. – Edward Barkla

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GROWTH AREA: Paul Sens in the garden he has nurtured with his wife Judy. Photos: GARRY PATERSON

Itching for an open day ITCHY Palms Gardens in Mandurang is having an open day this weekend. The property is owned by Paul and Judy Sens and the name Itchy Palms was derived from Judy’s love of palm trees and kurrajongs with their itchy seed pods. The now 2.4-hectare property was bought in 2004 as a blank canvas and the gardens were created from an empty pasture paddock containing one mature gum tree in the northwest corner. Like all gardens this one has evolved over time and because of the harshness of the climate there have been many plant fatalities. Mandurang endures temperatures of over 40º in summer and less than -4º in winter. It is zoned temperate. The annual rainfall is low with the long term average being only 550 millimetres. Consequently for every one living plant they have planted three and the gardens are continually evolving. Itchy Palms, like any garden, is a product of its surroundings and its owners. Paul and Judy are the designers and workers in the garden. Judy’s love of exotic plants, organised chaos and whimsy are evident throughout. Paul’s ability to build and create structures on demand is also apparent. Although they are both working full time they have managed to create

peaceful surroundings and enjoy all their efforts especially in the summer months when Itchy Palms gardens is in its peak flowering period. The gardens are at 26 Kenean Court, Mandurang South and will be open from 10am until 4pm this Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults and children under 16 get in free. There will be some plants for sale, a motor bike display and light refreshments available. Picnics are encouraged but no dogs allowed.

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THE Regional Victoria LGBTIQ Local Drug Action Team has received $20,000 of additional funding. Sixteen community partnerships in the LDAT program receive extra money to further support their community led action plans. With support from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, the team’s action plan centres around the prevention of alcohol and other drugs harms in the LGBTIQ community. The team is planning to use digital interventions that include storytelling and a social marketing campaign to reach people in Greater Bendigo and other regional areas. The foundation’s Victoria manager Eamonn O’Toole says the team will play a key role in preventing harms from alcohol and other drugs, including crystal methamphetamine. “The additional funding gives further support to the team to deliver alcohol and other drug harm prevention projects,” Mr O’Toole said. The team is led by the Victorian AIDS Council and works in partnership with Bendigo Community Health Services, Youth Support and Advocacy Service and Headspace. The LDAT program is part of the Australian Government’s investment of $298 million over four years to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug related harms. Australia has 80 Local Drug Action Teams and by 2020 there will be up to 220 across the nation, with a particular focus on remote, regional and at-risk communities.

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It is Christmas. A time to reflect on our values and ethics. Please declare an immediate amnesty for all those detained on Nauru and Manus. It doesn’t matter how they came. It doesn’t matter who is to blame. They have done nothing illegal. In desperation they were fleeing the very terrorists we are fighting. Enough is enough. The Bendigo Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children and other citizens of Bendigo call for the immediate safe resettlement of the children, women and men on Nauru. We also join the national call for immediate safety and resettlement for the men held unjustly on Manus. End this shameful, political farce. For four plus years we have punitively incarcerated these people. They are Australia’s responsibility, and have waited long enough. Innocent children’s lives have been put on hold. They have been abused. At the very least, accept the New Zealand offer now. Di O’Neil Convenor Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children

An open letter to Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards. As the school year comes to a close, it’s over 10 months since Mr Ernie Fleming was mysteriously removed from his position as Principal for Bendigo South East Secondary College. I say mysteriously because the school and local community are still no wiser for his removal despite numerous requests for information and responses to this situation from both our local member and the regional office of the Department of Education and Training. Is this the way for our school community, the school council, parents and broader school supporters to be treated let alone the impact that this has had on Mr Fleming? Is this the way a government department should treat one of its most successful principals and schools for being a champion and leader in advocating for what is needed to provide the best public education for our children? It’s time for the regional office and our local members to properly inform the community on what the issues were for Mr Fleming’s removal. Why hasn’t our local member and the regional office responded to the numerous requests for information and consultation by the BSE school council on this issue? Laurie Whelan, Bendigo

Interesting reading Regular readers of the opinion pages in this paper will be well aware that former councillor Helen Leach has been an untiring supporter of the no campaign in the marriage equality debate. Her objections to marriage equality are by now very familiar, but as the yes vote has won I shall not labour the point. Neither should she. As our local member Lisa Chesters represents all voters in her electorate, regardless of how they voted in the marriage equality debate. Or even whether they voted at all. Just because the yes vote won does not mean that no voters or non voters have suddenly been silenced or disenfranchised. Ms Leach’s concluding remarks in her open letter to Lisa Chesters, Bendigo Weekly, December 8 do, however, make very interesting reading. “ Australian, whether clergy or not, should be treated unfavourably or discriminated against because of their beliefs about marriage.” Isn’t this precisely what the supporters of the yes campaign were advocating from the outset? Julie Hopper, Bendigo

Local pools keep everyone safe and healthy Summer is here, and there is no better place than the local swimming pool to cool off and spend time with friends and family. Australian communities, whether in the city or the bush, are dotted with public swimming pools of all shapes and sizes, some built well over 50 years ago. They are the hub of many neighbourhoods. We urge Australians to use these pools all year round, but particularly over summer. Royal Life Saving has been researching the benefits of the local pool, and have found that health benefits outstrip the cost of entry fivefold. Research shows that 40 per cent of Australians are physically inactive and at-risk of developing type two diabetes, heart disease and other related illnesses. Our findings indicate people can greatly improve their health by visiting the local pool for a swim once a

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week. Aqua-aerobics, slow lap swimming, even walking laps can also provide low impact training options. However, many public pools are under pressure, in need of re-development or at-risk of being closed, and so hundreds of people through the turnstiles will send a message that they are essential parts of the Australian way of life. Remember that although the pool lifeguards are highly trained, they are not babysitters. They need your help. Some pools have introduced programs to keep you off your phone and focused on your child’s safety. Actively supervise and stay within arm’s reach of children under five. Look out for signage, talk to the lifeguard, introduce your kids and explain the rules. Last summer we had great weather, but there were too many tragic drowning incidents, many in rivers, beaches and home pools. This summer, why not try the local pool? Let’s keep the heart of the community open so everyone can stay safe and healthy. Justin Scarr, CEO Royal Life Saving Society – Australia

A high price to pay Isn’t it scandalous that Police Minister Lisa Neville has promised to bill the venue and organisers of Milo’s visit to Melbourne? $50,000. Shouldn’t she be billing the Left

Antifa violent protestors who necessitated the presence of some riot police? Shouldn’t they be fined for causing damage and assault? This is effectively censorship of any ideas contrary to the Left PC; or as the minister says “controversial”. So, the lesson is clear. If you choose to exercise your freedom of speech or listen to someone speaking what thousands of young people are thinking, then there is a price, a high price to pay. Shame on the Andrews government, shame on Victoria Police. Helen Leach, Bendigo

Let’s make this the festive season of belonging For many Australians, the festive season is one of joy and connection, where friendships and family are celebrated, food is shared and holiday plans are made. Yet for others in our neighbourhoods, that sense of togetherness, warmth and belonging will not be felt, and rather an acute sense of loneliness will take hold. Christmas day might be lunch for one, sleeping rough or spent with the paralysing uncertainty of not knowing where family is, after being separated because of war or conflict. There is hope. At Red Cross loneliness is not something to be ashamed of. We’re there for people

who have nobody else: calling and visiting, driving them to appointments, offering one-to-one support to those struggling with mental illness, or giving a warm welcome to those seeking safety from violence or persecution. We know loneliness doesn’t discriminate. It stealthily creeps into our lives, no matter our age, gender or ethnicity, and takes hold when tragedy happens, like losing a loved one, a divorce or losing your job. And if you don’t catch it early, loneliness can reach chronic levels and have a significant effect on our health. But it’s bigger than that. When there’s no one by your side, and you’re feeling deeply isolated, communities start to become less trusting, there’s more fear and places start to feel less safe. It’s time for Australians to change that. Red Cross is calling on you to make this the Season of Belonging, by taking simple steps. Be kind on social media, say hello to your neighbours, volunteer or check on someone you know is in trouble. A donation to Red Cross will also help us continue on our mission to work with half a million of the most socially excluded Australians to build the vital connections they need. You can help: au/act. Wenda Donaldson, Director Victoria, Australian Red Cross

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Over the horizon

SUBMISSION number 45 to the state government’s recent inquiry into the sustainability and operational challenges of Victoria’s rural and regional councils was written by the City of Greater Bendigo. The inquiry this week tabled all submissions, coincidently at about the same time the council released its latest wish list, ahead of the November 24, 2018 state election. Creating the world’s most liveable community was the audacious and bold title to the election priorities project document, but we should always dream big. But these two important documents feed into and off one another and cannot be considered in isolation. It’s fine, and fitting, for the state government to consider and hopefully fund important projects for our city such as the government jobs hub, better courts and upgrades to many facilities and programs, but the sustainability of council must also be addressed, and now. Cost shifting are two words no council wants to hear about, and probably few readers want to read

Editorial Comment about, but it is real and we all pay for it. Cost shifting means a greater percentage of our rates goes towards paying for services that should be funded on a fairer and more equitable basis. It’s a bit like having a friend who expects you to pay for more than your fair share of a present or a round of drinks, time after time. Greater Bendigo’s submission to sustainability and operational challenges of Victoria’s rural and regional councils details how in 2015/16 ratepayers coughed up approximately $3.78 million of their expected fair share for library funding, planning services, maternal and child health, school crossing supervisors, and the State Emergency Service. We all expect to have access to these services, and for them to be adequately and fairly funded, but they are not. In the next 11 months, we can all

expect a barrage of announcements in the lead up to what is expected to be a very close and hard fought state election. There will undoubtedly be announcements of some very exciting bricks and mortar projects, and we welcome such announcements. Look to the election priorities document and the wish list is long‌ new courts, a high end hotel, city centre development, the Bendigo baths, the government hub, expansion of Bendigo Metro Rail and redevelopment at the Bendigo station, an upgraded terminal at Bendigo airport, regional sports facilities, and so on. But for the sake of Bendigo, we need to look over the horizon at the pressures imposed on our community by cost shifting, and that cost shifting comes from both state and federal governments and has been happening for decades, slowly getting worse and tightening its grip on the council’s purse strings. Fairness is a word often bandied about and it’s mentioned a lot in this editorial. It’s also something we’d like to see more of.

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THE federal government does not wish to resolve the Manus Island detention problem. Malcolm Turnbull recently reassured President Trump he did not necessarily need to take any refugee under the agreement established by President Obama. Since Jacinda Ardern became Prime Minister of New Zealand, Australia has again declined the NZ offer to resettle 150 refugees per year. After more than four years of detention, approximately 600 refugees and asylum seekers, who have committed no crime but have simply sought our protection, have been forcibly placed in accommodation in PNG where they feel unsafe and are not welcomed. Six detainees have died from murder, suicide, medical negligence and other causes. Detention conditions have been condemned by human rights bodies, in-

cluding the UN. The government’s justification for the continuing indefinite detention of these innocent people is to save lives at sea by deterring people smugglers, although the boat turn-back policy has prevented boats reaching Australia. The policy is obviously effective so why is tormenting those in detention

The cost of offshore processing so far has exceeded $1 billion per year, while legal costs awarded after challenges to the government’s policies are numerous and significant. Are there alternatives to offshore detention? It costs $400,000 a year to hold an asylum seeker in offshore detention; $239,000 to hold

...why is tormenting those in detention needed for deterrence? needed for deterrence? Using this logic of deterrence one could imprison children who take drugs, in order to discourage drug dealers. As all appeals for compassion, respect for human rights and adherence to Australia’s moral and legal responsibility for those who have sought our protection have failed to move the government, perhaps we should take a more economic approach and consider the cost to the Australian taxpayer.

them in detention in Australia; less than $100,000 for an asylum seeker to live in community detention; and, around $40,000 for an asylum seeker to live in the community on a bridging visa while their claim is processed. If 1000 asylum seekers were allowed to live in the Australian community until they could be resettled in another country this would save $360 million per year. Imagine what this money could do for mental health services or housing

for the homeless. There may also be additional economic benefits from allowing asylum seekers to live in Australia, especially if they are allowed to work. Some small rural communities in struggling regional economies have benefited from refugee settlement where unskilled work is available. The new families have become involved in financial and social activities, while local schools benefit from more students. We pay tax in order to have a civilised society with appropriate infrastructure, services and social benefits. We want our tax to be used efficiently for the support and betterment of society. The present policy of offshore detention is causing immense harm and is extremely expensive. Better options are available and it is time for the government to abandon the policy of cruelty as deterrence and apply a cheaper and more sensible approach.

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AST Friday afternoon at 6pm I was on the quad bike checking our growing lambs when I had cause to reflect on the previous day. At about 6pm on Thursday I had been in the public gallery at Parliament House, what a difference a day makes. Yes, that was the day the same-sex marriage bill passed. The reason I was in Canberra was all Annabel Crabb’s fault. Ms Crabb is an ABC journo, and presented a TV show this year called The House, it was all about the ups and downs of parliament and in the final episode she tracked the final sitting week. It looked like great fun, all the rushing about and the like. So I booked my accommodation sometime in October. I really drew the top lottery ticket with timing, as I got to see a week of weeks in Canberra. Question time is always a must-see if in the capital, but come Wednesday the hot topic was the same-sex marriage bill. By the time Thursday dawned I had set myself up for a full day. To set the record straight, I think the whole fuss about SSM was ridiculous, there was no need for a survey, the government could have sorted it

out themselves, but given the path it took I was interested to see the process through. I was in my seat by 10am and we were somewhere within the early amendments. Six amendments had been put up, all from the Coalition, to change the bill which had been passed by the Senate. It was pretty clear early on no amendment would pass that day, and they seemed to me nothing but delaying tactics in the name of religious freedom, but still they trotted them out. The tension in the gallery was at boiling point, and those who would gain from the bill were understandably edgy. As each amendment was defeated the gallery applauded, and was often told to be quiet by the Speaker of the House.

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HE inaugural Guildford Christmas Market on Saturday will showcase everything that’s great about Guildford. You can go loco for local gifts this year in the big back yard at the Guildford Family Hotel, Midland Highway, Guildford, from 4pm until 8pm. Food producers, winemakers, artists and makers, plus community stalls, from Guildford and surrounds, will be selling quality home made and grown gifts. Guildford Family Hotel owner Alan Joyce, who is hosting the event, said Guildford is a fantastic community with hundreds of creative people who we love to celebrate and champion. “Our Christmas market joins successful Guildford activities like the annual Banjo Jamboree and cup day,” he said. “Grab your friends and have a great afternoon in a unique Guildford style.” At the event you’ll find Olive Branch

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er the background to Lisbeth and Lulu’s still-unsolved disappearance leads Sand into the law-enforcement world of her highschool classmate Andreas Jansson, a fellow Dane now based temporarily in London while studying anti-terrorism with the British police at New Scotland Yard. Complicating the situation, Sand and Jansson have never resolved an awkward conversation that scarred their oncerock-solid bond years earlier. When the name of infamous UK serial killer William “Bill Hix” Hickley surfaces in Sand’s research, the importance of retracing the Danish girls’ last known movements takes on renewed urgency. Could this maniac – a man who kept the tongues of his female victims as trophies – have somehow crossed paths with Lisbeth and Lulu during their travels abroad, or might they instead have fallen victim to an unknown accomplice of Hickley’s, or perhaps a copycat? – Rosalea Ryan

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I don’t think they would have been brave enough to eject the gallery, but technically they could have. Anthony Albanese, Bill Shorten and Penny Wong came up to the gallery to calm things down and then the final amendment was voted down, and it was time for the third reading of the bill and then the vote. A division was needed, and the yes voters went to one side and the no voters to the other. With only four no voters present, the bill was passed and the house erupted. It was special to see this event unfold, and be a small part of it, but come Friday I was happy to be back on my quad bike in a paddock in Victoria, away from all of the fuss. – Steve Kendall twitter: stevekendall1

TILL deeply shell-shocked in the wake of interviewing a genocidal Rwandan teacher, journalist Nora Sand decides to distract herself from reality with a couple of minutes of retail therapy. In the sleepy surroundings of a small seaside village it’s impossible to know the ramifications her impulsive decision to buy a battered old leather suitcase will have. As Danish news magazine Globalt’s UK correspondent, Sand is on assignment with a photographer-friend on the south coast of England when she makes her purchase. Much later, back home in her inner-city apartment in London, she discovers a bundle of Polaroid photographs secreted behind its frayed lining. One in particular catches her attention. Its subjects are two teenagers standing in front of a sign that reads ‘Car Deck 2’ – but the language isn’t English; it’s Danish. When Sand recognises the taller girl as one of two orphans who vanished in the mid 1980s from a cross-channel ferry from Denmark while on an outing with their carers, her professional curiosity and investigative instincts are piqued. Attempting to piece togeth-

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HRISTMAS comes sandwiched between two big Saturday nights at CBD alternative music venue MusicMan. Saturday, December 30 sees a very welcome return to the live arena for local punk rockers, The Revengers. It’s been nearly a year since their last gig. “Everybody gets caught up with other aspects of their lives,” said drummer Joel Casey, explaining the hiatus. “But we’re kind of like a family, and needed to get back together.” They have been working on five new songs to complement the 14 short blasts of pop-punk that made up 2015 debut album, Bad Seed. “Not sure they’re all ready to go yet,” Casey said. “Maybe Rocking With The Dead. Might try that on the night.” The new songs will form part of a second album at some future point – though they don’t seem to be in much of a hurry. The Revengers are four Bendigo boys; Casey is joined by Luke Vader on bass, Whitey Revenger on lead guitar, with Matty Worthington on vocals and guitar. But, they’ll be playing as a threepiece on the night. A hometown gig is something they look forward to. “Bendigo audiences are pretty loyal,” Casey said. “Which is always a positive. The whole scene seems to be picking up well, with a couple of dedicated venues putting on some good stuff.” The Revengers are just part of a heavyweight line-up. They’re joined by another Bendigo punk outfit, Filthy Hacks – a band who address not entirely dissimilar themes to The Revengers. The Hacks’ 11-track debut album, Quantity, Not Quality, released in September, includes Deranged Mind, Rubbish, and a tribute to their “home venue”, the punk-rap number, Music Man.


THE REVENGERS Dead Lurkers – with their distinctive Theramin-infused, psychobilly-folk sound, indie-garage outfit Starman Dives, and Kyabram heavy rockers Stone Djoser complete a line-up of local talent that could almost have been handpicked for this writer. Doors are at 7.30pm on Saturday, December 30. Admission is free. On Saturday, December 23, Kerr’s Cur complete their album promo tour at MusicMan. Front man, Mr D, spoke to the Weekly. “It rounds it out nicely,” he said. “We started the tour at the Golden Vine. I was pretty anxious before that,” he said. “But we settled into it. And 10 gigs later we finish up where it all – the band that is – really began. At MusicMan.” Stand-out moments? “The gig at Whole Lotta Love in Brunswick had an amazing vibe. Every-

Nativity time LOCAL N Sunday at 5pm children from St Mary’s Anglican Church Kangaroo Flat will be performing a Christmas Nativity Puppet show. They have been busily working on the play and excited that show time is nearly here. Everyone is invited. Following the Christmas celebration and performance people are invited to stay and enjoy a bring and share tea. Reverend Tracey Wolsley said it has been great watching the kids practice each week.





“They are a fantastic bunch of young people and they are really looking forward to the performance,” she said. “It’s going to be great. It’s going to be fun. It’s the Christmas story told by kids for kids, using puppets. “Everyone will love it, the young and the young at heart.” You can find St Mary’s at 193-195 High Street. There is ample car parking and the venue is air conditioned.


one was really into it.” Kerr’s Cur’s debut album largely featured tracks the band has been playing live for two years. New songs on the tour – Slow Love particularly – went down well, as the three-piece expanded their fan base across Victoria. “Not far off having enough for the second album,” Mr D added. Kerr’s Cur head an eight-act lineup that includes prodigious young local talents Steph Bitter, Sherri Parry and Bill Barber. They’re joined by Geelong threepiece, The Louds, and Melbourne’s Lunar Tide – the electronic-indie-poprock pairing of Sara Potter and Dean Andersen. Doors at 4.30pm on Saturday, December 23. Admission is free. – Simon Wooldridge Twitter: @spwooldridge



PECULATION in mining shares led to Frederick Wilhelm Kraemer’s temporary financial demise. This man had enthusiastically lavished a very large sum of money on establishing the Sydenham Gardens and providing arguably the best appointed hotel and ancillary buildings for various recreational pursuits in that portion of Bendigo. Thousands of pounds had been expended on the gardens, the returns from the hotel were very handsome, however the gardens themselves provided a limited income compared to the money that had been expended on them. The sale of plants and cuttings had been a steady source of return but this was still restricted in its scope. Fruit in season along with the sale of vegetables, cut flowers and seedlings together with potted plants was also of financial assistance. Kraemer had, apart from members of the family to assist him in the enterprise, a significant number of employees. Garden maintenance as any home gardener would be well aware, is a constant. There was pruning to be done, trailing the vines, guiding the growth of climbing plants over the bowers and arbours, fertiliser application, soil to be cultivated, paths to be raked along with water irrigation from the dam. As for the hotel, it too was quite labour intensive, with the constant cleaning, odd repairs, ordering and fetching supplies and the preparation of food. A significant amount of firewood was needed for the kitchen. Pickling vegetables and salting down the sauerkraut and S NEW the preparation of meat. Fortunately there were a good number of German butchers in Bendigo and they specialised in the provision of a wide variety of small goods. Most of the German small goods are pork based, it was the variety of sausages in particular, that were an attraction for the gastronomes of Bendigo. LOCAL There was fleischwurst, blutwurst or blood sausage, bier wurst, the ever popular

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Frankfurter wurstenschen, Wiener wurstchen, bratwurst, mettwurst, weiswurst, sommewurst, salami, rohschinken or raw ham, kochschinken or cooked ham and last but not least katenspeck which is a farmhouse styled bacon that has been cooked and smoked. The katenspeck was carved off in thick slices heated briefly then served with kartoffeln (potatoes) and vegetables. In the Diamond Hill area of German Gully area where initially Kraemer had made his money, Frederick had not ceased to be financially interested especially in the development of the mining leases in that locality. Some of his hard earned money had been used to speculate in a variety of these leases. All leases required a constant source of capital in order to uncover as was hoped, some rich reef. Unfortunately the optimism that was initially felt for these leases did not prove to be well founded and people such as Kraemer were constantly called upon to provide additional capital. Cash flow had on the main been outgoing, quite suddenly in early 1859 Kraemer had creditors knocking at the Sydenham Gardens Hotel door, wanting to be paid. He was in a bind and as a result had to file for insolvency. Kraemer faced the insolvency court in July, however he managed to come to an arrangement with his creditors and was able to stave off the inevitable sale of his beloved Sydenham Gardens and its accompanying hotel.


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HE North Bendigo Preschool strawberry patch in Bannister Street has been a focal point of plenty of activity in the past few weeks, as part of a shared garden scheme. At North Bendigo Preschool they find a vegetable patch full of strawberries, cucumber, cantaloupe, snow-peas and kale encourages learning and cooperation along with healthy eating habits. “It’s a real community garden, with families encouraged to take home any excess produce,” educator Sue Wilcock said. North Bendigo Preschool, has been a valuable centre of learning and adventure for generations of preschoolers throughout the community, with weekly sessions for both three and four-year-old children in a caring and supportive fun-filled environment. At North Bendigo Preschool they believe the early formative years are critical years for your child’s development and provide a play based curriculum encouraging life-long learning, using their imagination and curiosity to develop new skills. Vacancies for 2018 are still open for all age groups with Yellow Group (three-year-old kinder) every Friday morning and Red and Blue Groups (four-year-old kinder) enjoying two fullday sessions between Monday and Thursday. Fees are not payable until March and some exemptions apply, enabling all children to benefit from the advantages a structured preschool education brings in inclusive and caring surroundings. To find out more phone 5443 2335 or visit

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“At certain times during your traditional massage their may be some discomfort which usually subsides within a day or so,” Amanda said.“Many of our customers find the one hour oil and deep tissue massage good value at just $55. Also popular are the 20 and 30 minute massages for specific body regions starting from just $20 with the option of selecting; dry, oil or deep tissue techniques. Yin’s Chinese Massage offer a selection of massage therapies cumulating in the extravagant luxury whole body massage as well as cupping and foot reflexology with a complimentary hot herbal foot spa. Gift vouchers are available too, and always make an ideal gift for that someone special. Yin’s Chinese Massage open seven days a week, both at the Strath Village Shopping Centre adjacent to the Food Court and at Lansell Plaza – phone 5442 9925.

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Christmas wishes from BDS


F YOU’RE hosting Christmas dinner this year then no doubt you’re already thinking about the menu and how you’ll decorate the table, among a million other things you need to prepare. Getting your home decorated and ready for Christmas can be a daunting task, the choices are often overwhelming. There is simply so much inspiration all around you that you can get lost in the maze of options. The dining table is the place where your family and friends gather during the festivities, so never underrate the importance of table decorating. This year Metricon’s interior style team have prepared three unique festive table settings that complement Metricon’s, Scandinavian, High Street and Nordic Elk themes, and are sharing their tips so you can take these principles and apply them to whatever theme you want to use on your table this Christmas. “There are endless possibilities and if you’re looking for ideas,Pinterest or Metricon’s online LookBook is a great place to start,” Metricon’s interior designer Claire Foulsham said. “Once you have a theme in mind, consider the colour palette you’ll work with and look for pieces that suit the style.


AST year, Elf on the Shelf or Little Pete as he is affectionately known, was helping nursing and theatre staff care for countless patients at Bendigo Day Surgery, in the lead up to Christmas. Well this year he has turned his hand to administration duties and has been busy helping front-of-house staff keep on top of their workload, before a short well-earned break from next Friday. “Once again management and staff at Bendigo Day Surgery wish all our patients and their families a healthy and safe Christmas and New Year,” director of nursing Sally McInerey said. Today, as when they first opened in 2008, Bendigo Day Surgery remains at the forefront on providing state-of-the-art day surgery procedures to the people of central Victoria. Bendigo Day Surgery offers a range of diagnostic and day surgery services to the community, helping alleviate the need of patients to travel to Melbourne for advanced day procedures. The purpose-built medical facility features three fully-equipped operating suites and two-stage post-operative recovery area monitoring around 500 patients every month. Bendigo Day Surgery has also helped reduce Bendigo Health’s elective surgery waiting list with a further 200 public procedures successfully completed for the

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LIFE FORCE KANGAROO FLAT REMEDIAL MASSAGE, REFLEXOLOGY & BOWEN NST PRACTITIONER FESTIVE: Jenny Bevans, Taryn Haughton and Brianna Frankel getting into the Christmas spirit at Bendigo Day Surgery. first time by special agreement. This year also saw ophthalmic (eye) surgeon Michael Jamieson join countless colleagues in offering a range of diagnostic and day surgery services to the community from the Chum Street facility, while trainee theatre technician Craig McCauley was

short-listed as a finalist for Trainee of the Year. Bendigo Day Surgery also houses numerous consultation suites for both visiting and resident specialists, a pathology lab and collection centre along with Bendigo’s own Monash IVF clinic.

Regular massage can reduce anxiety, provide pain relief, as well as aiding reduction of stress and muscle tension. Call today for an appointment. Gift vouchers available. Massage Australian Member and health cover provider NEW phone numbe r

3 Barry St, Kangaroo Flat

Phone Anne Griffin on 5447 3363


Red Group: Monday & Wednesday 8.30am - 4pm Blue Group: Tuesday & Thursday 8:30am - 4pm

3 Year Old Kindergarten Yellow Group: Friday 9am - 11:30am

Fees free if: • your child identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander • identified on their birth certificate as being a multiple birth child (triplets or more) • known to Child Protection or Child FIRST • Commonwealth Health Care Card • Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card • Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or White Card • Refugee or Asylum Seeker Visa • Bridging Visas for any of the above refugee or Asylum Seeker Visas

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Honest & reliable general motor vehicle servicing at a reasonable cost

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The team at William Farmer wish each and every one of you a

happy and joyous Christmas and a safe New Year. 12 Victoria Street, Eaglehawk 151 McCrae Street, Bendigo Ph: 5441 5577

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Thank you for your patronage in 2017. We look forward to keeping you mechanically sound in 2018. We are closed from December 22. Re-open January 8.

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To all of our valued listeners and sponsors. Thank you for your support in 2017. Best wishes for the year 2018.

Closed 22 Dec - 5 Jan incl.


Bendigo: 96.5 • Castlemaine: 106.3 • Request/Studio Line: 5444 1355 Office: 5444 1377 • Email: •

150 Golf Links Road, Maiden Gully Ph: 5446 9904 Mob: 0417 039 768

Holiday Trading Hours: Sunday 24th December: Open Monday 25th December: Closed Tuesday 26th December: Closed Wednesday 27th December: Closed Thursday 28th December: Closed

The team at Say Cheese Pizza wish all our valued customers a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

We would like to wish all of our loyal clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Safe New Year.

Thanks for your support in 2017 and we look forward to serving you amazing pizza in 2018!

Our office will be closed from 12pm Friday 22nd December and re-open on Wednesday 3rd Jan 2018.

Friday 29th December: Open Saturday 30th December: Open Sunday 31st December: Open Monday 1st January: Closed Tuesday 2nd January: Open Business to resume as normal

Shop 5, 113-133 Mollison Street, Bendigo • 03 5406 0177

Would like to thank you for your support throughout the year and we send you our best wishes for the festive season. Central Victoria 13 11 98 Suite B 175 Lyttleton Tce, Bendigo

All the best from Chris and the Team.




Federal Member for Bendigo


Jacinta Allan MP and Maree Edwards MP Would like to wish everybody a happy and safe Christmas and New Year


PO Box 338 Bendigo 3552 Cnr. Williamson & Myers Sts, Bendigo 3550 T: 03 5443 9055 • F: 03 5443 9736 • E:  @LMChesters •

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Merry Christmas!

and a

Happy New Year

Looking forward to another great year of being Your Personal Travel Specialist!

Dave, Katriona, Jack, Harley and Gail wish all a Merry Christmas and a safe holiday season.

Maurie wishes all his clients a MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR. Make sure your car is serviced and safe for the Christmas holiday break. Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Joyeux Noel Everyone!

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Christmas messages 2017 We bring the “BLING” back to your blinds • Blind Cleaning • Curtains, Pelmets, Swags & Tails • Upholstery Cleaning (Fabric, Leather) • Blind Repairs • Light Diffuser Cleaning • Air Con & Heater Vent Cleaning • Chemical FREE Cleaning • Dust Mite & Allergy Prevention • Residential & Commercial • No Job Too Big or Too Small

To all our valued clients,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Access Australia Group

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a

prosperous New Year

BENDIGO’S BEST HOUSEKEEPING Happy to help where mobility and climbing ladders are a problem. We’ll install your new smoke alarm batteries for you.

Merry Christmas and a happy and safe new year.

We are open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm except on Public Holidays.


We look forward to providing you with our professional complete cleaning service in 2018

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Deputy Leader of The Nationals

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Merry Christmas and a

Happy New Year

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Good news of great joy To all our valued customers, thank you for your patronage in 2017. From Dianne, Ray, Zac & Tyson For all your automotive air conditioning and auto electrical needs. Call us today!

Closed Dec 22, Reopening Jan 2 2018 118 Hattam St, Golden Square • Ph: 5444 4006 or 0439 503 331

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year from Eaglehawk Pre-Mix Concrete Thank you to all our customers for your patronage in 2017. We look forward to providing you with all your sand screenings, soil and concrete needs in 2018. We are available to help with your concreting projects over the holiday period.

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There were shepherds living out in the field nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, the angel said to them, I bring you good news that will cause great joy to all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” -Luke 2:8-14 (niv)

May the God of all comfort bless you and your family. From Bignold Park.

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The Team at Caterworx Hospitality would like to wish all customers and their staff, a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and prosperous New Year.

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Christmas Trading Times Closing 5pm Fri Dec 22nd Open Sat 23rd Dec 8.30am-1.30pm (no deliveries) Reopen Tuesday 2nd Jan, 8am

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Bendigo Weekly – Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas messages 2017 From our family to yours...

John & Kay wish everyone a safe & happy Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe festive season

Customer Please Note:

CHRISTMAS SEASON TRADING Christmas Eve Sunday 24th December OPEN 8:00am to 12:30pm

Sarah, Jane and the team at Pristine Drycleaners wish all our clients a

Merry Christmas

and a safe and Happy New Year. Thank you for your support in 2017 and we look forward to keeping you ‘pristine in 2018’ CHRISTMAS TRADING HOURS OPEN FRI 22 Dec 7.30am - 5pm CLOSED from Sat 23 Dec RE-OPEN Tues 2nd Jan 7.30am - 6pm Cate will be available over the holiday period by appointment on 0455 987 187


141-161 High St Bendigo Phone: 5444 4691

Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year Thank you to all our customers, suppliers, friends and family. We will be closed from 21 Dec 2017 and back on 8 Jan 2018. a well-deserved break

Our Christmas and New Year trading hours

If you have an urgent problem while we are closed, we’ll be around and happy to help. Feel free to call us on our personal numbers (if you have them).

Christmas Day: Closed New Years Day: shop 27 lansell square: oPeN shop 18 strath Village: Closed

Ph 5446 1535

Shop 27, Lansell Plaza, Kangaroo Flat • Phone: 5447 4000 Shop 18, Strath Village Shopping Centre • Phone: 5442 9925

PO Box 54, Eaglehawk


We would like to thank all our valued customers and wish you a

Monday 1st January NEW YEAR’S DAY - CLOSED Thank you from management and staff to our customers and wishing them all a merry xmas and happy new year.

21 Wellsford Drive, East Bendigo Phone: 5448 4222 •

The last 2017 publication of the Bendigo Weekly will be produced and distributed on Thursday, December 21. There will be no newspaper on Friday, December 29. Our usual weekly publication will restart on Friday, January 5, 2018.

The Bendigo Weekly office will close on Thursday, December 21 at Noon, and will reopen Tuesday, January 2 at 9am.

and a safe and Happy New Year


37-39 View St, Bendigo. Phone (03) 5440 2500

If you need help setting up & configuring your Xmas goodies ie. TV wall mount, games console and/or home theatre set up, please contact us on 131 546 for a FREE onsite no obligation quote. Our franchisees are police checked and insured to give you peace of mind.


We will be closed from 22/12/2017 & reopen 8/1/2018

Of �ice Opening Hours 2017/18

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Jim’s Antennas Bendigo would like to wish all readers a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous Happy New Year.

New Year’s Eve Sunday 31st December 2017 OPEN 8:00am to 12:30pm

Chri�tmas Pu�lica�ons 2017

Amanda and the team at Yin’s Traditional Chinese Massage hope you have a wonderful Christmas and holiday period and look forward to helping you with your relaxation and therapy needs in 2018.

We hope you all enjoy

Monday 25th December CHRISTMAS DAY - CLOSED Tuesday 26th December BOXING DAY - CLOSED

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all the staff at Butterfly Audiology. Our Christmas and New Year’s trading hours will be: • Closed from 22nd December to 4th January 2018.

Independent, Local Hearing Professionals. 65 Sternberg Street, Bendigo | Ph 5443 6902 255 Barker St, Castlemaine | Ph 5472 4001 5 Neal Street, Gisborne | Ph 5472 4001

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school Special holiday screenings

The Beast returns


AGLEHAWK’S Star Cinema and the Goldfields Libraries have joined forces these holidays to bring you the Super Dogs: Children’s Film Festival over fours days during January as part of the library’s Summertime Fun for Kids and the Star’s Bum on Seats program. No canine film festival would be complete without Disney’s 1955 animated favourite Lady and the Tramp, where a pampered cocker spaniel and a freewheeling mutt with a heart of gold, win each others’ hearts. This heartwarming tale features exquisite animation, unforgettable songs and one of the greatest love stories of all time. Or see the Australian 1983 cult classic Dusty where station-hand Tom Lincoln (Bill Kerr) trains his adorable puppy Dusty to be the best sheep dog in the district. However, Dusty’s dingo heritage soon has him perceived as a potential problem for neighboring farmers, who call for Dusty’s extermination testing Tom’s resolve and his special relationship between man and dog. Also screening White Fang, a 1991 Disney adaptation of Jack London’s wilderness tale of the same name, focusing on a young Jack Conroy (Ethan Hawke), who has arrived in Alaska to search for gold. Jack rescues White Fang from a near fatal dogfight and with the help of his friend Alex nurse White Fang back to health, resulting in a special bond. Or enjoy the touching 1961 Greyfrairs Bobby a remarkable true story of one of Scotland’s most beloved and celebrated heroes – a terrier named Bobby and an enduring friendship forged between an old shepherd and his devoted dog that cannot be broken, even in death. Super Dogs: Children’s Film Festival January 19 to 22 – visit for session times.


HESE holidays are an ideal opportunity to enjoy the Bendigo Theatre Company’s take on the popular Beauty and the Beast – the Pantomime. This classic pantomime been rewritten by Bendigo’s Jordan French giving it a truly unique perspective and the opportunity for 34 local performers, to further their stagecraft. Beauty and the Beast’s production

manager Conor Cunningham said up to 30 to 40 per cent of the cast are fresh faces and have progressed through various youth development programmes and should be delighting theatre goers for years to come. Mason Hingston as (Beast) and Mogan McDermott (Belle) have already been delighting local audiences in previous productions and should ensure the current show

provides a captivating afternoon or evenings’ entertainment the whole family can enjoy. Beauty and the Beast performing at the Bendigo Theatre Company Arts Shed, Allingham Street Golden Square from Thursday, January 18 until Sunday January 28. Visit the Bendigo Theatre Company’s Facebook page for more information or

Sustainable green-themed holiday program offers something different


All aboard

EPPERGREEN Farm’s 2018 Summer Holiday Program is bound to be a hit with both with primary school-aged children and parents alike when it gets under way from January 15. Book now for a program brimming with fun and creativity where food and heritage collide with various structured all-day holiday activities, centred around PepperGreen Farms historic Thunder Street precinct. Come along for one day or more, but bring your hat and sun-smart clothing as there will be no excuse not to get down and dirty with a plenty of fun and education activities centred around the farms’s philosophy of green sustainable practices. Artisian studios and vegetable gardens will provide the

perfect backdrop for a holiday experience not to be missed. “Everyday there will be a host of different activities with a focus on growing and harvesting the farm’s sustainable produce along with plenty of craft activities and games,” program director Chali Meerwald said. “Including the traditional Buroinjin and Gorri aboriginal games and a session where we make our own clapping sticks.” Places are limited so phone 5445 9888 for a different school holiday experience from Monday January 15 until Thursday January 26 between 8.45am and 5.30 pm. PepperGreen Farm 40 to 44 Thunder Street Bendigo just below the Chinese Joss House.

EXCITING: PepperGreen Farm’s holiday program. FUN FOR EVERYONE!


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School Holiday Program • Pony Rides $60 per child (5+yrs) • Trail Rides Includes mounted games, • Private Lessons trail rides, lunch, a gift to • Gold Panning take home and much more Ironbark Riding Centre | 189 Watson St, Bendigo Enquiries/Bookings Ph: 5436 1565 | 0427 084 437

BENDIGO THEATRE COMPANY Become a Star Cinema Member Enjoy great benefits all year round with tailored options for adults, seniors and concession card holders.


A pantomime for all ages

18 to 28 January Ph: 5446 2025 Visit our website for more information

Eaglehawk Town Hall

Cnr Peg Leg Rd & Sailors Gully Rd Eaglehawk.

Adult $20 Concession $18 Student $15 Child $10 TICKETS FROM:

hands on fun at bendigo pottery MAKE A POT…

Mould the clay on the wheel. Every day at 10, 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30, 3.30 Cost: $18 per ½ hour (Optional glaze & fire $10 per pot) Bookings essential (min. age 6 yrs)

paint a plate or mug…

Dates: Weekdays only between Tues 2nd - Fri 5th Jan Mon 8th - Fri 12th Jan Times: 11am, 1pm and 3pm Cost: $20 per artist (Glazing & firing included) Bookings essential (all ages)

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Cleaning Services

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Phone: 5442 7474 Mobile 0417 399 801


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Switch to electrician you can rely on


L Parker Electrical is a locally owned and run electrical contracting business that aims to provide reliable, responsive and quality service. The business, established by Adam Parker in early 2016, has built its foundations on reliable service, integrity and efficiency. “Working in the hospitality industry for over ten years taught me that the customer is the most important person to the business,” Adam said. “After joining the electrical industry it quickly became apparent that trades people don’t always have the best reputation for customer service. “I aim to bring my customer service skills into my electrical business.”


AL Parker Electrical will sort out your electrical problems, quickly, safely, efficiently and cost-effectively. They will assess your needs and suggest a range of options where applicable, as the cheapest option is not necessarily the best. Spending a little more now may add up to greater savings in the future. AL Parker Electrical will treat your home like it’s their own, including cleaning up after themselves and leaving your home as they found it. For all your electrical needs contact AL Parker Electrical – where service and quality matters. Phone Adam on 0409 866 197 or email

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ScreenAway and Ziptrak distributor

ENTRAL Victoria Blinds & Awnings, will shortly be an authorised ScreenAway distributor and as well your Ziptrak Track Guided Blind System specialist. ScreenAway is a unique retractable blind and fly screen solution designed especially for windows and skylights . It is retrofitted into all types of windows, old and new and can be easily installed providing an attractive and practical solution with a neat and tidy fit The ScreenAway retractable blind system provides light block out with no dangerous hanging cables or cords and a range of different material colours to suit your taste. The Ziptrak system allows you to use


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your outdoor area year round, insulated against the elements including unwanted insects, mozzies and flys. The beauty of this system is that it also connects the indoors to the outdoors. With the patented Ziptrak balanced spring system it is as simple as pulling the blind down either full length or stopping at any point. There are no gaps down the sides, no zips, cords, ropes or wires. It can also be used to replace the old automatic arm awnings to cover most window styles. For a free measure and quote either on site or off the plan Brian is just a call away. Contact Brian on 0418 506 542 or like him on Facebook.



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The best present for Christmas Shop 27 Lansell Plaza, Kangaroo Flat Ph: 5447 4000 Shop 18, Strath Village Shopping Centre Ph: 5442 9925

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Sails & Structures

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Free Design, Measure & Quote Phone 5441 8419

Driveways Safety Flooring Verandahs Resurfacing all concrete areas Floors for safety Ramps appearances Paths

Phone Shane Gilchrist 5441 2763 • 0417 344 023




WALL TILES FROM $12m2 FLOOR TILES FROM $8m2 Adjacent to Bendigo Tile & Carpet Court

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Transforming any concrete surface

HANE Gilchrist and the team from Spray on Concrete Transformations in Breen Street wish all their customers and suppliers a Merry Christmas and will be back transforming concrete surfaces in early January, after a short break from next Friday, December 22. Why not let Spray on Concrete Transforms get 2018 off to a great start? Choose from a huge range of patterns, designs and colours that can transform any concrete surface with a durable non-slip finish, perfect for any area. There are 28 colours to select from including a range of fashionable greys and creams along with a selection of earthy hues that will complement or add contrast to any area of your choosing.

Resurfacing concrete surfaces is always a cost effective and often stunning option. Being a family operated business for more than 18 years Shane is ready to help you transform your concrete area into something unique and distinctive. But don’t take the Weekly’s word for it, call out and see Shane and his team at their Breen Street Showroom Monday to Thursday to discuss the many options available and view their display paths and sample boards. Spray on Concrete Transformations, 190 Breen Street, Bendigo. Phone 5441 2763. Alternatively phone Shane direct on 0417 367 310 or like them on Facebook.




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Pensioner discounts


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Legal advice and guidance to protect your interests and achieve the best outcome for you.

Supa efficient and reliable

ickman’s Supasuk has been operating for more than 20 years throughout central Victoria, with Brett Hickman and his crew providing an often necessary, professional service at a realistic price. “We have been professionally vacuum cleaning roof gutters, spouts, down-pipes, storm-water pits and drains for years with our no mess vacuum and water jetting system,” Brett said. Supasuk is invaluable at unblocking downpipes that can be virtually impossible when done by hand according to Brett. “One of our new vacuum trucks has a remote control boom, designed for easy access and maintenance for those hard to reach places.” “We now also have the capacity to check buildings and assets with our drone camera system.”


Hickman’s Supasuk can also vacuum out ceiling cavities of old inefficient insulation, dust and debris and can supply and fit new insulation as well as cleaning your water tanks, chimneys and flues. All employees are certified and trained for working at heights and in confined spaces and use the latest working at heights safety systems. “We also employ local residents and outsource materials from local businesses and use local subcontractors,” Brett said. Hickmans are also a preferred and trusted contractor to many of the region’s councils and government departments throughout country Victoria. To find out more about this most versatile, heavy duty vacuuming service phone Brett from Hickman’s Supasuk on 0417 591 281.



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LocalClassifieds BOOK YOUR SPACE NOW! • Phone Jacinta on 5440 2514 or 1300 558 385

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December 11, 2017 3519 grams Son of Rebecca and Andrew Van Rossum

December 12, 2017 3664 grams Son of Leah Withers

December 11, 2017 3634 grams Son of Monique Price-Howie and

December 12, 2017 2880 grams Son of Stephanie

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David Howie

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December 10, 2017 3775 grams Son of Nicole and Daniel Hunter

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JAX GRAY HALL was born at St John of God December 7, 2017

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and Brayden Hall of Deniliquin. Brother for Belle.

December 11, 2017 3304 grams

Thomas Gledhill

December 12, 2017 3846 grams Son of Jess Milikins

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Daughter of Kathryn

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Hall of Deniliquin.

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Publishing Deadlines for Friday 22 Dec Real Estate Classifieds deadline: 5pm Tuesday December 19 All other Classifieds deadline: 12 noon Wednesday December 20

Christmas & New Year Trading Hours We are closed from 12pm Thursday December 21, 2017 and re-open Tuesday January 2, 2018

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was born at Bendigo Health December 2, 2017 4354 grams Son of Tash and Russell Bayliss. Brother for Max.

The team at Bendigo Weekly would like to wish our readers and customers a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

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Southern Gateway Christian Church


CHURCH SERVICE 10am Sunday, Y Community Hall

Old white male Jack Russell, "Harry" Freshly clipped, no collar as he escaped after grooming from Day St Bendigo East, around 5pm Tues 12th Dec. Almost blind & deaf. Please Phone: 5442 2159

(opposite Aldi Kangaroo Flat) Preacher:

Ps Mark Bates


State Sec. ACC. 0413 682 999





Eaglehawk approx 20yrs ago. Would love to get in contact again, or any info Phone 0418 169 643

58 Mundy Street, Bendigo - OPEN 7 DAYS 0437 725 990 l 0437 211 614 l 5444 1534

Do you need a style cut, blow wave, beard or hair trim? l Cuts only l Qualified l Experienced l 7 days l Bendigo Area l Ladies Mens and children I’ll come to you, in the comfort of your own home Call Daryl for an appointment 0428 740 717


Prue would like to welcome all new and existing clients with 10% discount during December.


For an appointment, Phone 0434 109 204 22 High St Bendigo


Gaye Washington

0407 057 254


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Grocery distribution: Bendigo Baptist Community Care: Life Essentials, 214 Hargreaves St, Benght for thou digo. Tues and Thurs. 5441 4747. Bendigo Family & Financial Services Inc: Myers Street, Bendigo. Ph: 5441 5277. Mon–Fri, 9am– 5pm. Long Gully Community House: Humboldt Dve. 5442 1165. Wed mornings (bread only). Food Support 3556: Eaglehawk Community House, 19 Bright St. Ph: 5446 8322. Mon and Thurs, 9am2pm (school terms). Foodcare 3556: Eaglehawk Uniting Church, cnr Peg Leg Rd/Kirkwood St, 1.30pm-4pm Tues and Wed. Ph 0403 698 715. Giving and Living Op Shop: Shed 3, 75 Beischer St, East Bendigo. Mon–Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-1pm. Ph: 5444 2882. St Vincent de Paul: 16 Hopetoun St, Bendigo. 5443 5688. Mon/Tues/Thurs and Fri, 10am–1.30pm. Kangaroo Flat–117 High St. 5447 9800. Mon–Fri, 10am–1pm. 82 High St, Eaglehawk. Ph: 5446 2548. Tues and Thurs 10am–1pm, Friday 1pm–4pm Uniting 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: 110 Garsed St. Bendigo. Ph: 5443 5998. Tues 10am–12pm.

Community Meals and Soup Kitchens: Bendigo Community Health Soup Kitchen: The Arcade, 165-171 Hargreaves St, Bendigo. Ph: 5448 1600. Thurs, 4pm-4.45pm. Bendigo Baptist Community Care Breakfast: Life Essentials, Mad Cow Cafe, 214 Hargreaves St, Bendigo. 5441 4747. Tues 7.45am. Cafe 153 Community Breakfast: The Salvation Army Bendigo Worship Centre, 65-71 Mundy St, Bendigo (Gate 1). Sundays 8.45am-9.45am. Eaglehawk Community House: 19 Bright St, Eaglehawk. 5446 8322. Tues 12 noon and 6pm. Kangaroo Flat Soup Kitchen: Rotary Gateway Park, High St, Kangaroo Flat, Wed 5.30pm-6.30pm. Kangaroo Flat Uniting Church: Cnr Church and Camp sts, Kangaroo Flat. Ph: 5447 9998. Fourth Wednesday of every month, 12pm. Not Just Soup - Soup Kitchen: A Reasonable Christianity Church, 237 High Street, Golden Square back room (opposite Woolworths). Ph: 0404 559 769. Sun, 3.30pm-4.40pm, Thurs, 5pm-6pm. FOODCARE3556: Eaglehawk Uniting Church Hall, Peg Leg Rd Eaglehawk. Tues 1pm – 3pm, Wed 1.30pm – 3pm. Community Breakfast: Fri 7.30am. Saltworks Community Meal: Eaglehawk Anglican Church, 63 High St, Eaglehawk. Ph: 5446 8251. Fri 5.45pm (except Jan or public holidays). St Liborius Parish Centre: 50 Panton St, Eaglehawk. 5446 8235. Tues 11.30am (school terms). Supplied by City of Greater Bendigo.

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Employment Classifieds HOUSE OF KHONG is looking for a restaurant manager to join their team. Please send resume to 200 Hargreaves st Bendigo VIC 3550. Ph 5442 5088

DIESEL MECHANIC Eastern Road Freight are seeking a Diesel Mechanic. This is a Full time position. Send resume to: 135 Breen st Golden Square, Vic 3550

COACH DRIVERS REQUIRED Casual/Part time Ph 5446 7018



APPRENTICE Eastern Road Freight are seeking a A first year Apprentice Diesel Mechanic. Send resume to: 135 Breen st Golden Square, Vic 3550

We are currently seeking a first year plumbing apprentice to join Foster Plumbing. Applicant must have completed a minimum Yr 11 Education. Completion of plumbing pre-apprenticeship course would be an advantage. Send Resume & Cover letter to: by 31/12/17

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ASQ is a locally owned, family operated business, servicing regional Victoria.

FULL TIME - BENDIGO WORKSHOP Davies Electric Motor Specialists are seeking a highly motivated individual based in their Bendigo Workshop who is able to service and repair one or more of the following: • • • • • •

Electric Motors Electric Machines Water Pumps Pressure Washers Generators Gearboxes

A mechanical apptitude is essential together with a reliable and good work ethic. A current drivers license is also essential. Knowledge of basic computer applications relevant to the workplace is also an advantage. Technical or trades background will be highly regarded but not essential. Applications will only be accepted in writing by mail and/or email and should include both a covering letter outlining your interest in the position together with a current resume listing any relevant experience and employment history.


ASQ Allstone Quarries


ASQ Premix Concrete


Address applications to: The Manager Davies Electric Motor Specialists 189 Breen St Bendigo VIC 3555 or email: Vossloh Cogifer Australia (VCA), part of a global group, is a major railway infrastructure company providing special rail track components for the rail industry


Due to the expansion of VCA within Australia, with technical innovation at its Castlemaine plant, including the most recent “Zayer” project, we are seeking to employee a person who has Supply Chain experience in a manufacturing industry. This position is based at our head office located in Castlemaine, Central Victoria. You will have the following knowledge and experience: • • • •

Experience working in procurement, Sound understanding of purchasing principles and procedures, Knowledge of inventory management principles, Experience in Logistic coordinating, including transport management, economic routing, and freight forwarding, (import and export of goods) • Strong Microsoft Office skills.

Become A CVGT Apprentice Or Trainee Current Bendigo Vacancies


l Apprentice Roof Plumber - 5 positions

The person we seek must have the following attributes:

l Apprentice Mechanical Plumber

• Self-motivated, ability to learn quickly and think in a proactive manner, • Reasonable commercial and analytical skills, • Strong personal organisational skills, capable of handling in detail a number of projects concurrently, • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.

l Apprentice Diesel Mechanic

- 2 positions l Apprentice Light Vehicle Mechanic

- 2 positions l Apprentice Plumber - 2nd Year

Specific Duties: • • • •

Sourcing of materials for MTO environment, Expedite supplier orders as required, Report and manage all order receipts to support production builds, Communicate and liaise with customers as required to coordinate deliveries. • Processing of supplier delivery dockets and invoices. Applications close COB 10th Jan 2018 Applicants must have the right to work in Australia

Vossloh Cogifer is one of the worlds’ leading engineering, design, and manufacturing companies specialising in track components for passenger, transit, heavy haul and other railway applications. The product range includes turnouts, points and crossings, special track work components, signalling products, and ancillary equipment and service. In the past year, Vossloh Cogifer Australia has established a number of initiatives in the development of high technology design and machining capabilities, including the most recent “Zayer” project. As a result of this and the subsequent business growth, plus technical renovation at its Castlemaine plant, we now have several job vacancies. We are seeking fit, hardworking, reliable and safety conscious people to fill the following positions at Castlemaine, initially for a fixed term (12 months) with the potential to become permanent.

Engineering Trades Person-Machinist. Requirements: • Demonstrated skill and experience in metal machining (CNC operation an advantage) • The ability to work from engineering drawings • The ability to verify the required quality of completed components for the assembly of rail points and crossings. In house training will be provided to the successful applicant to become a proficient, qualified, rail machinist.

l Business Traineeship - Aboriginal


Other Locations l Apprentice Roof Plumber - Echuca l Apprentice Plumber - Echuca l Apprentice Engineer - Bridgewater l Apprentice Painter - Castlemaine l Apprentice Metal Fabrication

(Boiler Maker) Gisborne

Engineering Production Employee. Requirements: • Willingness to learn new skills, • Practical hands on experience using hand and power tools to manufacture components and assemble rail points and crossings. In house training will be provided to the successful applicant to become a proficient, qualified, rail machinist/ fitter.

l Apprentice Electrician 2nd or 3rd Year

Please forward your application to: HR Administrator Email: Vossloh Cogifer Aust Pty Ltd PO Box 1248 Castlemaine VIC 3450

- Moorabbin l Apprentice Diesel Mechanic - St Arnaud

For more information or to apply online:

Please forward your application to the The HR Officer: Email: Post: Vossloh Cogifer Australia Pty Ltd PO Box 1248 Castlemaine VIC 3450

Friday, December 15, 2017 — Bendigo Weekly


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

BRICKLAYING No job too big No job too small Ph 0417 127 131

BUILDER/ PLUMBER 40+ Years experience New Homes, Extensions, Reno's,Bathrooms, Bricklaying, Concreting, Tiling & more! Ph 0408 575 604


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


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


Paths, drives, etc Reasonable rates. 40 years experience Phone 0409 949 111


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

$35 per hr / $30 pen (inc. take away clippings). Delivery of Garden Products Spraying (Roundup) $35 per hr/ $30 pen Rubbish Removal $80 per load/$70 pen (incl tip fee $35) for 7x4 square box trailer.

NO tyres or rock/clean fill. Cash only

Ph Mick 0407 448 249

--Go Tigers! --


Rates from $40p/h Pensioner 10% Disc. • Holes Patched • Renovations • Painting


5446 1422 0448 713 499


All types of plastering. • Home Maintenance • Tiling • Painting • Carpentry. Free quotes. Ph. Brian 0407 679 618 Lic

PLUMBER 111684

Blocked drains Hot water units Bathrooms, Kitchens, Treatment plants Maintenance Ph 0403 962 817

DD HANDYMAN & MAINTENANCE SERVICE All types of household jobs inc garden maint. RUBBISH REMOVAL Phone 0409 949 111 Scrap Metal, Green waste


Prompt service New clients welcome Ph Frank 0418 327 600 or 5442 5864.

DBM-1122 DB-U-28169


EXCELLENT service, great rates. Ph Simone 0430 349 332

Local Classifieds $3.25 per line

LITTLE RIPPER Digger Service

1.6 Tonne Excavator, Trenching, Rotary Hoeing, Post Holes, Levelling 4 in one bucket,Tipper Hire.


Ph: Glenn

1300 558 385

Bobcat & Tipper Hire Backhoe Trenching Post Hole Borer

200 - 600mm diameter

Mattâ€? A “ Excavations and Landscaping Very Reasonably Priced - Great Soil Rates Free Quotes and Honest Advice Matt: 0409 141 093 • Nicole: 0428 119 386 E:


0419 238 485

• Mowing • Whipper Snipping • Large Area Mowing • Large Yard Tidy ups • Weeding • Rubbish Removal • Gutter Cleaning • Gardening

WorkCover & NDIS Approved Provider

Phone 0428 443 808





Specialising in: Tiling, Water proofing, Painting Plastering, and small jobs




Jeoff Milne 5447 2476 Mob 0425 728 336


PETE’S INSIDE AND OUT Home Maintenance & Renovations Specialising in Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations. Repairs, Carpentry, Tiling, Painting

Phone: 0419 759 354 Email: PMEBNCP!HNBJMDPN





Nathan Maber 0407 972 717

• 1.7 Tonne Mini Digger on Trailer • 900, 450, 300mm Buckets Plus Ripper • Post Hole Auger 300 & 450mm available • 5 Tonne Excavator Available for Hire with Rock Breaker • Dry & Wet Hire Available • 7 Days - Mon-Sun Servicing all of Central Victoria • Pensioner discounts available Registered Licence No. 47315


Ph 0429 171 697

718 Strathfieldsaye Road, Strathfieldsaye


5447 7823 or 0431 609 423

• Removal of hard rubbish and garden waste • Rental clean ups/clean outs • Weeding and weed spraying • Trimming and pruning • Fallen timber and chainsaw work • Delivery and spreading of mulch, stone etc. • Little Tipper/Drive - Hire


• Systems built • Repairs and upgrades • Network and internet connections • Virus and Spyware removal


Phone Ron on


on call computer maintenance


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

Ph: 0400 319 094 A: PO Box 304, Eaglehawk 3556 E:

Excavator, Tipper & Bobcat

l Hole Boring l Trenching l Drive Ways l Rock Breaker l Retaining Walls l Concreting l Site Cleans l No Job too small


TV Tuning from $40 • Servicing Bendigo & Surrounds

Building Permits Arranged + 20 Years Experience

Call Ron 0438 569 385

or just general clean up. Tip fees apply. Current police check. Ph Paul 0401 418 108. ABN 88484579761.

Evaporative coolers should be serviced at least ONCE PER YEAR in order to work efficiently. Make sure you stay COOL this summer!


0418 510 074


Site Clearing Driveways Excavation Laser Levelling Rubbish Removal


Paul Eyles





Carpentry & Joiner Qualified tradesman

PH 0429 395 985



SPRUCE IT UP Gardening mowing whipper snipping, odd jobs, great rates Phone 0456 654 532

0418 129 487

New & old shed floors, Excavation work, Paths & Driveways, big or sml

KWIGLEE Lawn Care Professional, Prompt & Reliable. Free Quotations Ph 0408 840 753


0418 508 993

Licenced drainer 31741


The specialists in covering from top to bottom l Patios l Decks l Carports l Glassrooms l Granny Flats l Aluminium Screens PHONE STEVE

0407 227 939 for your free quote



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

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CALL PETER 0409 422 271 Email:


Services Offered LANDSCAPING

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

• Qualified tradesmen • Landscaping • Commercial and residential property maintenance

Specialising in Landscape construction Stuart Erwin 0407 667 900 Cameron Rogister 0411 956 937

Ph 5446 1535




Peter Carr Plumbing & Gasfitting

MOBILE BATHROOM FOR HIRE (Shower, hand basin, toilet etc)

Suitable for • Renovations • Parties/Weddings • Sporting events and many more

Pty. Ltd.

544 33 999

0438 083 139

4 Nolan Street, Bendigo


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CV Industrial Vacuum Services


Reduce Fire Risk Spouts Vacuumed Spotlessly Pensioner Discounts Water Tanks Cleaned

L & S Painting and Repairs

Ph Paul 5439 3835 or 0428 395 429

Repaints l New Work l Patch Repair l Room by Room Quotes l Decks Pergolas l Any small Job & much more


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We also resurface ceramic tiled splashbacks, saving you $$$

PHONE LES 0458 949 871

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ARMCHAIR, floral + cedar, $70 Ph 5447 0965

GENERATOR, 2str 750W, VGC $85 Ph 0439 116 585

SHORT sleeve street wear brand tees 10 for $45 EC Ph 0439 656 488

GOLF set LH in bag with buggy EC $45 Ph 0407 836 102


BACKPACK, North Face Red & black, Exc cond, $25 Ph 0418 145 761

HAIR Dryer Holder, wall mounted, silver spiral $20 Ph 0437 567 073

Rye grass, low in sugar, suit horses $8 ea. Oaten rolls $50 Lockwood area Ph 0429 958 736

BARSTOOLS x 2, white leather, $50 pair Ph 0466 269 948

Rolls & Little Squares. Delivery available Maiden Gully Ph 0438 373 291

BENCHTOPS, tiled, 1250 x 470, & 2150 x 470. $25 lot Ph 5446 1310

BILLIARD table, 2.15m x 1.1m, complete. $300 ono Ph 0439 667 144

HOT buttered snowboard /boogey board bag $20 Ph 5446 1310

VACUUM Cleaner, Hoover, upright, 1600W, turbo, $90 Ph 0437 852 649

SITE office/portable building, ideal granny flat /spare room, 2 doors, 2 windows, lights & P /points, 9.6Mx3Mx2.9H $9,700 Ph 0400 855 626


BREVILLE Mealmaker slow cooker 3L $10 Ph 0409 175 052

PINE dresser, 2 wood & 2 glass doors, 2 drws. $40 ono GC Ph.4433 1197

SCANPAN 3L steamer set, $40 Ph 0409 175 052

BUTCHERS block on trolley, $15 Ph 5439 3054.

KITCHEN Setting, 7pce Colonial, $80 ONO Ph 0417 157 132

SUNBEAM s/steel 12" frypan, $10 Ph 0409 175 052

CANE baby bassinet, on chrome stand, EC $55 Ph 5448 8523

LADIES trouser suit, XS, Principals, unworn, only $35 Ph 0490 877 592

CANE baby basket, VGC, 5448 8523

carrying $25 Ph

LEVIS 501 womens w31 Overalls, wmns small $25ea Ph 0418 145 761

SUPER soft sandals with small heel, size 10c, as new, $20 ono 5443 5530

CARPORT/SHEDFRAME 6 gal posts with footings, + 3 gal trusses only. unused, make s6m x 6m x 2.4m H, $700 More info 0409 231 656

LOUNGE chairs, x2, old, cane sides, EC $15 pair Ph 5439 3054.


CEDAR Door 2025mm x 1165mm Beautifully designed with double window casement PickUp Only. All genuine offers will be considered, Ph Terry 0407 351 445


Steamed, cut from sheaf hay, Excellent Quality. $12 a bag Ph 0429 434 646 AH

$50 per metre. Minimum 5 metres. Free delivery to Bendigo area. Phone 0400 855 626.

Lucerne hay $7 bale, Pea straw $8 bale, Straw $6 bale, Can deliver or pick up Bendigo Ph 0427 304 600

COMPUTER desk, large, lamitate, GG $25 Ph.4433 1197

CRUSCOE college uniforms, Sz 12-14, from $10 Ph 0412 803 849 DESK 1220mm x 850 with slide out and drawers, + office chair, both in excellent condition. $90 Ph 5444 0876

1300 558 385

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DINING chairs x6, brown padding with solid timber frame, as new $40 ea. Ph after 2pm 5447 1851

David Smith 0427 506 160 e:

FIVE Large Garden Statues Chinese $30 ech Ph 5448 5885

FRIDGE, Hisense 221L, white, as new, $300 Phone 0428 353 921

WALKING boots, Womens Hi-Tec Sz 39 Eur, $25 Ph 0418 145 761

WASHING Machine, Front Load, Samsung 7.5kg New $500 Ph 0428 510 829

WATER PUMP WP30 hardly used, 3" outlet, dual power, water output 1,000 litres p/minute, Engine 168F-1 6.5 $350 Ph 0419 342 405.

WATER Cartage - Bulk. Davis Water Deliveries Bendigo & Surrounding Areas Ph 0431 252 437

WOOD heater, Colonial Mk1, 2 door, $500 Wood Heater Ultimate single door, $250 Ph 5446 3139 161 McIvor Rd Ph 5443 6740

WOOD, sundry, good hard wood $100 Ph 5439 3715


Cat Enclosures A fun, safe way for your cat to enjoy the outdoors. Free quotes to suit your budget.

Call Jim 0429 866 630 ART NOUVEAU DESIGN LAMP CLOCK Maiden & Cherub approx 45cm high, As New, unused. No box. $60 Ph 0420 278 951

PHONE charger, in car. New. Only $5 Ph 5447 8573 PIANO Full Iron frame, underdamper, ivory keyboard, concert pitch Ec $490 ono Ph 5447 4979 RECLINER club style chair, brown, leather, excellent condition $200 Phone 0416 752 996 RIDE-ON mower. Greenfields, 32" cut, 17.5HP, Tipper trailer, & trailer, front dozer blade, EC $3000 P.5439 3715


new cut to length $8 metre p-up Lockwood Ph 0467 491 970 Sat & Sun ROTARY Hoe, Honda F501.Excellent COndition, $950 Ph 5446 3139

FLOOR rug, wavy multi colour, 2320 x 1690 fair cond. $12 Ph.4433 1197 FORD KA dashmat, As new, Cost $60 Sell $20 Ph 0490 877 592

VHS player + approx 120 videos + head cleaner $70 Ph 5447 0965

WOOD and glass chess set brand new $30 Ph 5446 2535



VALET chair, bone seat brass frame GC $10 Ph 0466 269 948

3300 lt $690. 5500 lt $890. 2000 lt $495 2500 lt Slimline $790. Drums 200lt $25.

PARTY Rocker portable amp blue tooth etc EC $40 Ph 5447 8573

CLEAR laser light sheets x2, 3.16m ea, $30 ea Ph 0429 954 308

COMPOSTERS 2 x 150L $25 pair Ph 5446 1310


PAKRACK, basket type, $30 Ph 0466 269 948

$8 bale. Min 10 bales del. Free del Bendigo. Ph 5436 9156

CLEAR laser light sheets x3, 2.87m ea, $25 ea Ph 0429 954 308

TABLE, small, round, suit with umbrella $30 as new Ph 5444 1047

NEW unused with warranty electric air fryer $75 Ph 0439 656 488

CHEST Freezer, Hisense, 2 years old, in very good condition, $250 Ph 5443 3227



V-TECH Landline phone with Ans Machine. $20 Ph 5447 0965

ITALIAN handmade jewellery box, perfect gift $25 Ph 0490 877 592

CORDLESS Telephone, EC $15 Ph 0409 431 383

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SINGER ironing press, working order, $10 Ph 5439 3054.

Compost with manures and straw mix. Can deliver Bendigo Ph 0427 304 600

MOTORBIKE carrier with hand winch + tail lights, suit RV $75 0429 047 188

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

TWO Garden Swing Seats $15 ech Ph 5448 5885

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Hawks host opener

AT HOME: Eaglehawk will face Strathfieldsaye in a grand final rematch. By JOEL PETERSON

A SIMPLIFIED Bendigo Football Netball League fixture has been released, continuing the competition’s move away from Friday and Sunday football. The BFNL season will start on April 14, and includes just one Sunday match – the indigenous round game between Maryborough and Kyneton in round eight. More night games are likely this season, with Golden Square, Strathfieldsaye, Kyneton, Gisborne, Castlemaine, Sandhurst, South Bendigo and Maryborough all able to host night or twilight fixtures. “That’s the final thing we’ve got to work through,” the league’s Dennis Bice said this week.

“There will probably be three or four night games in the first few weeks of the season and potentially one or two toward the end of the year as well. “The reason for less Sunday games is we had feedback from club presidents that there is a lot for volunteers to do, and it’s getting harder to organise people and fit it in around junior football.” Round one is poised as one of the rounds of the season, with five matchups that – on paper, at least – look like they could be exciting propositions for spectators. Eaglehawk hosts Strathfieldsaye in a grand final rematch, Sandhurst hosts Golden Square at the QEO, South Bendigo travels to Kyneton, Gisborne plays Kangaroo Flat

and Maryborough hosts Castlemaine. “It’s important to have a strong round one, and we hope that those games can get the season off to a really positive start,” Bice said. The Storm will unfurl their premiership flag in round two against Gisborne, with that weekend also seeing traditional rivals South Bendigo and Sandhurst playing at the QEO. “We tried to fixture it so we didn’t have the same clubs playing in round one every year, and we rotated the clubs that played at home in round one last year which is why Strathfieldsaye will be out at Eaglehawk,” Bice said. Clubs will have two general byes, one for Bendigo’s interleague clash with Hampden

on May 19 and the other in the middle week of the term two school holidays on July 7. Bice said the league would not be sending netball to Warrnambool for the clash – the Netball Victoria association championships are on the same weekend – but was hopeful of fielding an under-18 football side. The season concludes on August 25 with what shapes as an uninspiring run of games – the last two weeks of the season see nine of the ten matches played featuring top-five sides from 2017 playing sides that finished outside the finals. Finals will remain the same, with Bice saying clubs were largely happy with the 6pm start time for night finals trialled this year.

Redbacks hit form in EVCA SPRING Gully is chasing a bounce back performance this week when it takes on Mandurang while West Bendigo will look to continue its splendid form in the final weekend of Emu Valley Cricket Association games before the Christmas break. The Crows were dealt their first loss of the season by United last week, ending a sevenround unbeaten run. Spring Gully’s total of 158 was even worse than it appeared – United‘s bowling attack was generous contributing 32 extras to the total. It came after the Tigers took the usually strong Crows bowling apart, Xavier Walsh making an unbeaten 73 to lead the way in the impressive win. Kieran Nihill and young quick Sam Conforti each took three wicket for United, which plays Maiden Gully this weekend. West Bendigo has strung several wins together after a disastrous start to the season. The Redbacks proved far too good form Maiden Gully, behind another Travis O’Connell century. O’Connell smashed 114 to lead West Bendigo to its third win of the season. Pre-season favourite Sedgwick is beginning to hit its straps after a huge win over Mandurang. The Rams smashed 232 from their 40 overs in the one-day contest, Matt Dwyer amassing a remarkable 64 off just 24 balls including eight fours and five sixes. Daniel Chamberlain, Greg Thomas, Jordan Ilsley, Andrew Sheehan and Simon Marwood all scored at least 25, highlighting the depth in the Sedgwick batting lineup. Marong takes confidence into its clash with the Rams after its first win of the season. This weekend’s other one-day games see Mandurang face Spring Gully, West Bendigo face Golden Gully and United up against Maiden Gully.

New book honours BDCA’s best older than the league itself, there has been no shortage of teams line up in the competition’s various guises over the years. From Cosmopolitan to Capulets, Long Gully to Lansells United and the association’s 10 current clubs, the book covers both on- and off-field aspects of the association’s journey to 2017. It celebrates the 100 greatest players to have played in the association, including several modern-day stars such as Ben DeAraugo, Adam Burns and the recentlyretired Heath Behrens.

Some of the league’s stranger moments are also covered, such as the 1919/20 season when Bendigo United and the wonderfully-named Foggitt Jones clubs were locked in a tense battle for premiership success. Eventually, BUCCs proved successful, with Foggit Jones – comprised of members of a local employer – consigned to runner-up. BDCA president Wayne Walsh said records of history, such as the book, are very important for community sports.

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Leon serves up new role By JOEL PETERSON

YOU don’t have to look very hard to see the legacy Leon Retallick leaves at the Bendigo Tennis Association. After a 17-year involvement in Bendigo tennis, Retallick is next week leaving his post as executive officer at the BTA to take up a role with specialist sports surfacing company California Sports. Retallick has served as the BTA’s boss for nine years, organising competitions and tournaments for both international and local players. In that time the association has won awards from Tennis Victoria and Australia for its work in tournament delivery. Most significantly, the association has recently settled in to its new home on Nolan Street, a project in which Retallick was instrumental in driving. The $6.2 million redevelopment has been lauded by many and is already providing benefits. So why leave now? “Hopefully we’re in a strong position to make the most of the facilities that we’ve got, and the people that we have here too,” Retallick said. “That’s one of the reasons I feel it’s as good a time as any for me to leave because the board we’ve got currently is very involved. “I think the staff that we have and the volunteer network we have is in as good a condition as it has been in the time I’ve been involved with the BTA.

“So hopefully with all those people to continuing to push, it’s onward and upwards.” The tireless work of both the BTA, led by president Paul Henshall, and Retallick, to push for the redevelopment has long been praised by government. “Those who know Leon know of his dedication to the sport and his doggedness in delivering on objectives. You don’t accept no well, or often,” Henshall said of Retallick at the complex’s official opening. State MP Jacinta Allan, Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie and council CEO Craig Niemann also paid tribute to his advocacy on behalf of the association and the project. “It probably felt like I was on the phone to at least one of them every day for a while there,” Retallick said. It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the redevelopment. The project got a setback when Labor lost the 2013 federal election, causing $5m of promised federal funding to be cut. The BTA went back to the drawing board, eventually securing support through council, the state and federal governments to deliver the complex. “We went through our share of pain along the way. You even look back 12 months ago and when we’d started the project and we had some challenges,” he said. “We have developed an unbelievable facility here for Bendigo








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LEGACY: Leon Retallick is in his last week at the BTA. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

and the wider public. I hope the community continues to support it.” One of the common indicators for success in most roles is whether the organisation is better placed than when the person arrived. Few would debate that tennis in Bendigo is not stronger for the work of Retallick and the BTA. “I’d like to think so. I think in terms of facilities definitely, and




our domestic numbers are really good,” he said. “We’ve gotten through a challenging period in tact and I think the association is positioned for the next period of time quite well, I think we have a good platform to grow. “With the cafe and function centre and trying to make it more diverse, they indicate that hopefully it is in the right direction.”




EAGLEHAWK has further separated itself as the class of Bendigo bowls with a win over second-placed Kangaroo Flat this weekend. The Hawks have been on fire to start the season, going 7-0 to be three games clear of the Roos. The Hawks’ four skips – Dean Carter, Tony Ellis, Brayden Byrne and Simon Carter – all rank among the top eight skippers in the competition. Dean Carter and Ellis are second and third on that list, dropping just points all year. One of those for Ellis came last week, in a 23-all draw with Paul Moller. Underlining the Hawks’ dominance is their huge shot difference of 96, double that of the next best side and one of only three sides not rating in negative numbers. After the Hawks comes a logjam of sides, with just one game separating the Roos and sixth-placed Golden Square. Kangaroo Flat took it right up to the Hawks last week, going down by just four shots. South Bendigo and Inglewood join Kangaroo Flat with four wins, while Bendigo East and Square each have three. Castlemaine has two victories against its name, while Bendigo has just the one, that coming last week. This weekend Bendigo East plays Inglewood, Golden Square tackles Bendigo East, Castlemaine plays Eaglehawk and South Bendigo plays Bendigo.





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SWASHBUCKLING centuries to Andrew Chalkley and Brayden Stepien have put their respective sides on the cusp of a Bendigo District Cricket Association T20 grand final berth. Tuesday night’s matches were vastly differing contests across four grounds, but the masterful batting of the Strathdale Maristians and White Hills marquee players was by far the standout attraction. Suns star Chalkley was described by one teammate as “pretty scratchy early” but it didn’t take him long to fire up. He smashed 130 not out coming in at number three including 10 fours and seven sixes in their 86-run destruction of Bendigo United. Stepien also led a rout for White Hills over Eaglehawk, carting a mindbending 136 from 57 balls including 10 fours and an enormous 13 sixes. So dominant was the hitting display from the Premier Cricket pair, they outscored five of the other six sides playing on the night. Bendigo United could only manage 88 before being bowled out, Huntly North Epsom made 99 chasing Bendigo’s target of 97 and Kangaroo Flat successfully defended 119 against Golden Square. Stepien had admirable support from Gavin Bowles, who after simply handing over the strike early in the innings made 50 not out from 41 balls. No other White Hills batsman made double figures, with Stepien, Bowles and extras contributing a combined 198 of the team’s total of 213. It was a similar story at Bell Oval where Chalkley put on 107 for the third wicket with Daniel Clohsey. Clohsey made 27, which was

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more than half of the 50 runs scored by Maristians that didn’t come via Chalkley’s bat. The Suns produced a tidy bowling performance and their typically

excellent fielding to see Bendigo United off for 88. It puts Maristians in the box seat to secure a grand final spot, needing a win next round to progress through

to the January 17 decider. White Hills was not as convincing with the ball – Cam McGlashan (40) led Eaglehawk to an otherwise handy 8/150 after 20 overs – they did more

than enough to join Kangaroo Flat atop the table in the other group and set up a January 9 showdown against the Roos. The winner of that game will fill the other final spot.



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