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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
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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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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.
Plans lodged with the City of Greater Bendigo show more than three quarters of the 500-square-metre building will be taken up with beer produc-
tion, packaging and cool rooms. If its application is approved, and subject to builders’ availability, the new brewery could be open by next spring.
On Christmas Eve Kangaroo Flat Fire Brigade will be bringing Santa Claus out on the back of a historic fire truck to visit the children. However, rather than Santa being driven along every street and road within the Kangaroo Flat area the brigade will be delivering Santa to a number of convenient locations throughout the area for members of the community to come and meet him. The locations have been closely selected by the brigade, in order to try and ensure that all of the community have a location close to them, in order for Santa to visit. To find out more, including a list of locations, and the times that Santa will be present visit www. kangarooflatfirebrigade.com.au/Christmas
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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
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“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 www.bendigo.vic.gov.au 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.
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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.
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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.
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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
THE CAPITAL, ULUMBARRA THEATRE AND BOX OFFICE The Box Office at 50 View Street, Bendigo will close at 5.15pm, Friday December 22 and re-open Tuesday January 2. Tickets may still be purchased online at www. gotix.com.au
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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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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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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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