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Bendigo Chinese $1.6 million grant

  

Bendigo Chinese

Government Grant $1.6 million

Bendigo’s Chinese heritage is set to be developed further with the Victorian State Government announcing $1.6 million towards a $4.4 million project to develop a cultural events area close to the towns Golden Dragon Museum

It is one step closer to realising Bendigo’s 2008 citizen of the year, 73 year old Russell Jack’s vision of making Bendigo the most significant Chinese cultural attraction outside of China

Current plans include a forecourt for staging public events and markets and a water feature over Bendigo Creek. The Golden Dragon Museum is currently awaiting the arrival of a multi million dollar collection or Chinese Treasures.

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Archibald Prize Exhibition

  

Archibald Prize Exhibition

Visitors to the Archibald Prize exhibition visitors to Bendigo Art Gallery have picked artist Yi Wang’s Long Hair the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Members of the public were invited to vote for their favourite work while the exhibition was on display at the gallery, between May 31 and June 29. Long Hair is a self-portrait of Yi Wang, who is depicted wearing a traditional Chinese silk gown embroidered with a dragon.

‘‘The portrait has that wonderful sort of oriental feel - and a lot of the people found that very appealing,’’ gallery curator Tansy Curtin said. ‘‘People in Bendigo wanted to show they have a very different idea to that of Sydney.’’ The winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Art Gallery of New South Wales was artist Vincent Fantauzzo for his portrait of Heath Ledger.

Yi Wang will receive a $1000 gift card from Myer, the principal sponsor of the Archibald Prize. Baillieu Myer, son of Myer Emporium founder Sidney Myer, said it made sense to hold the Archibald Prize in Bendigo, once the announcement was made it could not be hung at the Myer Mural Hall in Melbourne due to refurbishment works.

‘‘It is very appropriate, I think, as Myer started in Bendigo,’’ Mr Myer said. ‘‘And we’ve had long links with Bendigo and the art gallery, so this year it came here. ‘‘I am thrilled it has been so well received.

‘‘It’s a great idea to get it out into a regional city - and there’s no better place than Bendigo to stage the Archibald,’’ he said. More than 42,000 people visited the Bendigo Art Gallery over its four week exhibition to view the Archibald entries.

President of Bendigo Art Gallery’s board of management John Higgs and Myer Bendigo operations manager Paul Dynon were also there for yesterday’s Public Choice announcement. A local’s name was also picked from a barrel to receive a $500 Myer gift card. The winner is Matt Weatheritt.

Source: http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/news/local/news/general/locals-make-choice/809680.aspx

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Bendigo Population Reaches 100,000

  

Bendigo Population  

Bendigo Population Reaches 100,000

The population of Bendigo is set to reach 100,000 people this week making it Victoria’s largest inland city. In joining the celebrations Premier of Victoria, Mr John Brumby said “I congratulate the City of Greater Bendigo on this significant milestone which epitomises regional Victoria’s remarkable growth since our Government was elected in 1999 and the success of the Make it Happen in Provincial Victoria campaign,” Mr Brumby said.

“With its rich culture and heritage, dynamic arts scene, job opportunities, relaxed lifestyle and proximity to Melbourne, Bendigo’s growth is testimony to the terrific lifestyle on offer in provincial Victoria.

“In reaching the 100,000 population mark, Bendigo has now secured the status of being Victoria’s second-largest regional city outside of Geelong – this is a great achievement.” Regional and Rural Development Minister and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan MP said “Bendigo is a vibrant regional centre and a great place to live, grow-up and raise a family. It is no surprise that more people are choosing to make Bendigo their home,”Member for Bendigo West Bob Cameron MP said Bendigo had grown to become a thriving and dynamic regional centre.  “Reaching 100,000 people is an historic milestone for the Bendigo community, demonstrating what a great place this is to live and work and the many opportunities that the region offers.”

 
Bendigo Wedding Checklist

  

Bendigo Weddings Checklist

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Bendigo Website Results and Rankings

  

Bendigo Website

Results & Rankings

Tuesday April 8th 2008

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