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Events to ignite the senses at Bendigo

July 17th, 2024Events to ignite the senses at Bendigo

The City of Greater Bendigo has launched its new 2024 Ignite program, including the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, the Bendigo Writers Festival, Bendigo on the Hop, a Winter Moonlight Market in Hargreaves Mall, and a wide range of gastronomy offerings to delight.

The City of Greater Bendigo has launched its new 2024 Ignite program, including the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, the Bendigo Writers Festival, Bendigo on the Hop, a Winter Moonlight Market in Hargreaves Mall, and a wide range of gastronomy offerings to delight.

The Ignite program aims to tantalise the senses with 42 food and beverages experiences developed by some members from Bendigo Tourism and the Heathcote Tourism and Development Board.

The menus celebrate local producers who contribute to Greater Bendigo and the region’s enviable status as Australia’s first UNESCO Creative City and Region of Gastronomy.

City of Greater Bendigo Manager Tourism and Major Events Terry Karamaloudis said the Ignite program was a winter haven to relish and indulge in memorable experiences.

“Immerse yourself in a series of delectable events and cosy experiences designed to warm you up,” Mr Karamaloudis said.

“A big thank you to the local tourism businesses who have developed a superb range of mouth-watering delights to shake off the winter chill and entertain residents and visitors.

“Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a family adventure, or a rejuvenating solo retreat, Ignite has something for everyone. Bookings are open now.”

Ignite program

Ignite has a variety of experiences and entertainment for residents and visitors with major highlights:

July 19 to July 21: Australian Sheep and Wool Show
The epicentre of woollen fashion, fine food and beautiful fibre featuring the popular Festival of Lamb and Women of Wool and Wearable Art
 

July 20, 3pm to 8pm: Winter Moonlight Market in Hargreaves Mall
Featuring live music and art, speciality food trucks, street performers, a huge range of stalls from crafty creators, talented food producers, jewellery and much more
 

August 16 to 18: Bendigo Writers Festival
Packed program, including a Gastronomy theme that features a dinner at MacKenzie Hall with Australia’s favourite cook and author Julie Goodwin, The History of Oysters and Champagne on the Victorian Goldfields with Max Allen and Richard Cornish, Milk and Merino panel session with Matthew Evans and An Edible Weed Walk through Rosalind Park Gardens.

August 31: Bendigo on the Hop
A favourite winter craft beer festival held at venues across the city centre and at breweries. Enjoy rare beers, locally made craft beers, food and live entertainment. For their 10th year celebration, Bendigo on the Hop forms part of Bendigo Beer Week (August 28 to 31) with a series of celebratory events.
 

Bendigo Tourism and Heathcote Tourism and Development Board members have created mouth-watering offerings, experiences, and events to entertain and indulge. Please check availability with the operators involved.

  • The Woodhouse Bar and Grill events: Rye Whiskey tasting July with The Gospel, a winter special menu in August, and The Taste of Italy in regional Victoria
  • Nimbus Rooftop Bar provides spiced Mulled Wine and a Winter Boozy lunch on Saturdays and Sundays in a cosy setting to warm the heart
  • PepperGreen Farm has roasting marshmallows over the wood fire oven every Saturday and a fantastic range of produce to buy
  • Beechworth Bakery has a selection of new winter goodies on the menu including golden veggie pie, Canadian date slice and salted caramel lattes
  • Red Energy Arena has winter delights at its outdoor heated entertaining space at The Terrace serving a delicious winter menu
  • Munari winery’s cosy cellar door evenings with exquisite wine and charcuterie boards to share. Live music every month
  • Tellurian Winery is the perfect setting for Ms Batterhams winter pop up with a menu paired with beautiful wines
  • Loddon with Turners Crossing Vineyard showcases amazing producers with a multi course winter dinner at Bridgewater Hotel
  • Bendigo Community Farmers Market is a must (every second Saturday of the month), Talbot Market is every third Sunday of the month
  • Killiecrankie Wine and Cocktail night at Nimbus Rooftop Bar with crafted wine cocktails, live music from Josh DeAraugo, wine trivia with prizes
  • Balgownie Estate Bendigo presents a steak and shiraz night every Thursday evening through winter
  • Mackenzie Quarters events: Bastille Day Eve Dinner, Fleece to Feast, Bootleggers and Barrels, Mountains to Vineyards
  • The Dispensary events: Whiskey Experience, Bastille Day lunch and a Gin Experience
  • St. Anne’s Winery events: Pop-up delicious Italian lunch and two-course dinner and a wonderful evening of music with a homage to Eagles’ songs
  • Gin Maker Workshop at In Good Spirits at Domaine Asmara
  • Indulge in local wines and treats at Star Cinema while you enjoy must-see movies during the Melbourne International Film Festival
  • Cornella Canola Walk at Shiraz Republic and Cornella Brewery – a perfect day out for nature lovers and beverage enthusiasts
  • Alium Dining events: Dining in the Dark for a unique blindfolded experience and Truffle Degustation dinner paired with selected wines and spirits
  • Vin Du Van Estate with Masons Slovenian style Sunday lunches with wine tasting and a specially prepared lunch from Masons of Bendigo chef and owner Sonia Anthony                              

Caught out in the west: operation nabs high risk drivers

July 12th, 2024Caught out in the west: operation nabs high risk drivers

Police detected 165 offences during a major road safety operation across Victoria’s west last month.

Police detected 165 offences during a major road safety operation across Victoria’s west last month.

Operation West Connect saw highway patrol units enforcing across major arterials in Western Victoria targeting high-risk driving behaviour associated with road trauma.

It comes as 141 lives have been lost on the state’s roads so far this year, with 35 of those occurring on roads in Western Victoria.

Bendigo, Campaspe and the Macedon Ranges division has been the worst affected area in the state’s west with 10 lives lost this year, followed by the Ballarat and Moorabool division with a further nine lives lost.

There have been six fatalities in the Horsham/Northern Grampians division, four fatalities in both the Geelong/Surf Coast and the Mildura/Swan Hill divisions, and two fatalities in the Warrnambool/Southern Grampians division.

There were three fatal collisions on roads in Western Victoria in June, and a further six during the previous month in May – three of which were motorcyclists.

Operation West Connect is an ongoing operation focused on detecting speeding, distracted and impaired drivers.

Sixty per cent of offences detected in June were for speeding, with two thirds of speeding drivers detected between 10km/h and 25km/h over the speed limit.

Police conducted 338 preliminary breath tests and 50 preliminary oral fluid tests for drugs, detecting three drug driving offences and two drink driving offences.

The total 165 offences detected during Operation West Connect on Friday 28 June 2024 included:

• 100 speeding offences;

• 20 unregistered vehicles;

• Eight disqualified/suspended and unlicenced drivers;

• Four heavy vehicle offences;

• Three drug driving offences from 50 roadside drug tests;

• Two drink driving offences from 338 preliminary breath tests;

• Two mobile phone offences;

• Two seatbelt offences;

• One vehicle impoundment; and

• One disobey traffic signal

Operation West Connect will continue across Western Victoria – encompassing major arterial roads from Geelong, Bacchus Marsh, Bendigo and Echuca as far west as the SA Border, and from the Surf Coast, Warrnambool and Portland as far north as the NSW Border.

Western Region Road Policing Inspector, Justine Ryan: “While road trauma is actually down on roads in Western Victoria compared to last year, 35 lives lost is still far too many, and we know first-hand the ripple effect this has across our communities.

“Operation West Connect is just one road policing initiative we’ve implemented to help keep all road users safe on roads out in the state’s west.

“Our highway patrol members are always actively on the look out for motorists who flout the rules and make dangerous choices that put all road users lives at risk.

“Speeding continues to be a major contributing factor to serious injury and fatal collisions on regional roads, and yet we continue to catch so many people going over the speed limit.

“Slowing down and sticking to the speed limit, as well as avoiding distractions behind the wheel, are things we can all do to help make our roads safer and prevent further tragedies.”

Bendigo plans for O’Keefe Rail Trail

July 3rd, 2024Bendigo plans for O’Keefe Rail Trail

The Greater Bendigo City Council has adopted a plan to guide the ongoing development, management and promotion of the O’Keefe Rail Trail at last week's council meeting.

The Greater Bendigo City Council has adopted a plan to guide the ongoing development, management and promotion of the O’Keefe Rail Trail at last week’s council meeting.

The 49 kilometre O’Keefe Rail Trail, which runs from Bendigo to Heathcote, is one of Greater Bendigo’s primary nature-based attractions for both residents and visitors to the region for walking, cycling, trail running and horse riding in some sections. 
 
City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said the O’Keefe Rail Trail Plan 2024 outlines key actions to improve the way the rail trail is governed, managed, maintained, promoted, funded, activated and evaluated.

“The recommendations and content of the plan creates clarity with the City and the O’Keefe Rail Trail’s key stakeholders and reaffirms the City’s commitment to working with the Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail group,” Cr Metcalf said.

“It ensures that a clear, proactive and planned approach is taken to the ongoing development and management of the trail to promote increased usage by both local residents and visitors alike.

“Significant infrastructure and investment to develop the O’Keefe Rail Trail into what it is today, has already taken place and the aim of the plan is to build on this to ensure that the trail can achieve its full potential as a sustainable recreational and tourist trail into the future.”

Key actions of the Plan include: 

  • Improving amenities along the Rail Trail (toilets, drinking fountains, wayfinding signage and seating) 
  • Improving safety along the Rail Trail (improved road crossings at high traffic areas, reviewing areas of shared use with motor vehicles)
  • A greater emphasis on supporting biodiversity values along the trail
  • Ongoing management including detailing how the City will manage and maintain the Rail Trail along with confirming a commitment to continued working with the Friends of the Bendigo Kilmore Rail Trail (FBKRT) 
  • Ongoing marketing and promotion of the Rail Trail 
  • Defining level of infrastructure and maintenance service standards to help clearly define the expectations for the Rail Trail.
Bendigo’s 24-hour cat containment springs into action

July 2nd, 2024Bendigo’s 24-hour cat containment springs into action

The City of Greater Bendigo’s new cat containment policy came into effect as of yesterday, July 1.

The City of Greater Bendigo’s new cat containment policy came into effect as of yesterday, July 1.

From now cat owners must contain cats to their property 24 hours a day.

City of Greater Bendigo Local Laws and Animal Services Coordinator Sam Johnston said for many years Greater Bendigo has had an order in place that required cats to be securely confined to their owner’s property from sunset to sunrise.

“From July 1 this will change to 24 hour per day confinement following the adoption of the City’s Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-2025 in November 2021,” Mr Johnston said.

“While the City understands the new 24-hour cat containment will be a significant change for some cats and their owners there are also many benefits.

“Cat containment reduces the risk of cats suffering traumatic injuries from cars and other animals, contracting common cat diseases such as cat flu, ringworm and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, accidental poisoning by toxic plants and pesticides, snake and spider bites and getting lost and being exposed to extreme weather.

“Just like dogs, cats can still go outside, as long as they remain on your property. 

“They can also leave your property if they are under effective control in a securely fitted harness, in a cat carrier, or on a leash.”


 

Bendigo industrial land development move

July 2nd, 2024Bendigo industrial land development move

The City of Greater Bendigo has given the green light to a revised Industrial Land Development Strategy at its council meeting held last week.

The City of Greater Bendigo has given the green light to a revised Industrial Land Development Strategy at its council meeting held last week.

The original Greater Bendigo Industrial Land Development Strategy and Background Report were adopted by the council in June 2020.

The strategic framework and roadmap identified a 30-year pipeline of future industrial land to meet industry needs, reduce land use conflicts and to plan for the future of Greater Bendigo’s industrial precincts. 

While it identified criteria for future industrial land supply, it did not go as far as identifying a site for additional industrial land supply.

Since its adoption, the city has completed further detailed investigations and identified a 294-hectare site to the south of the Marong township for a future employment precinct to meet long term industry needs. 

This site is now known as Bendigo Regional Employment Precinct (BREP) and the revised strategy mainly includes details of the BREP together with other minor changes.

Further investigation relating to the ultimate land use for the entire proposed BREP area is being considered by the Victorian Planning Authority. 

The preparation of Planning Scheme Amendment C282gben proposes to partially implement the Greater Bendigo Industrial Land Development Strategy by making changes to the Municipal Planning Strategy and Planning Policy Framework of the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme. 

Last week’s council meeting also approved the next steps for a draft Greater Bendigo Industrial Development Guidelines 2024 which replaces the Good Design Guide for Industry guidelines.

A public exhibition on the draft guidelines 2024 is likely to be undertaken as part of the exhibition process for Amendment C282gben.

Other changes are proposed to the Industrial Land Development Strategy to ensure the strategy reflects the current state of industrial land supply in the municipality, including updating statistics and references to recent strategic work undertaken.

Police search for missing man Max

June 26th, 2024Police search for missing man Max

Police on Sunday issued an appeal for public assistance to help locate missing man Max who was last seen in Bendigo.

Police on Sunday issued an appeal for public assistance to help locate missing man Max who was last seen in Bendigo.

The 30-year-old was last seen on Barnard Street in Bendigo on 21 June.

Police and family have concerns for his welfare due to a medical condition.

Max is known to frequent the Bendigo area.

It is believed Max may be travelling in a 1996 Red Toyota Camry, with registration 1US4TU.

Officers have released an image of Max (above) in the hope that someone can provide information on his current whereabouts.

Anyone with information was urged to contact Bendigo Police Station on 03 5448 1300.

RAW Arts Awards announces young creative talent

June 17th, 2024RAW Arts Awards announces young creative talent

Talented young creatives have recently been recognised at the City of Greater Bendigo's 2024 RAW Arts Awards at a special presentation held last night at The Capital with the Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf.

Talented young creatives have recently been recognised at the City of Greater Bendigo’s 2024 RAW Arts Awards at a special presentation held last night at The Capital with the Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf.

The RAW Awards showcase and foster the talents and artistic pursuits of young people in the region 25 years of age and under, and this year’s awards attracted 76 applicants.

The winner and a highly commended entry are recognised in five categories: Visual Arts, Literature, Performing Arts, Short Film and the Yo Bendigo/Ambedo award. 

The Ambedo prize in partnership with Yo Bendigo is given for work that captures the experience of being a young person living in Greater Bendigo in 2024.

The Ambedo magazine is a free quarterly magazine designed, produced, and edited for young people.

Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said the RAW Arts Awards evening and accompanying exhibition provided a fantastic opportunity for young talent in the region to showcase their work.

Bendigo to trial smoke, vape-free locations

June 4th, 2024Bendigo to trial smoke, vape-free locations

The City of Greater Bendigo is undertaking smoking and vape-free trials at a number of public sites in Greater Bendigo until Friday June 28, 2024.

The City of Greater Bendigo is undertaking smoking and vape-free trials at a number of public sites in Greater Bendigo until Friday June 28, 2024.

The trial areas include:

  • Civic Gardens
  • Library Gardens
  • Dai Gum San
  • Canterbury Gardens
  • Tom Flood Sports Centre
  • Funloong Playspace – Hargreaves Mall (already legislated smoke and vape-free location)
  • Lake Weeroona Playspace (already legislated smoke and vape-free location)
  • Eaglehawk Playspace (already legislated smoke and vape-free location)
  • Ewing Park Playspace and Skate Park (already legislated smoke and vape-free location)
  • Barrack Reserve Playspace, Heathcote (already legislated smoke and vape-free location)

City of Greater Bendigo Community Partnerships Manager Andie West said the Victorian Government has already introduced legislated areas like play spaces, skate parks and sporting venues where people cannot smoke and vape.

“The City carried out consultation with young children between 2021 and 2023 who told us they wanted to see more areas where smoking and vaping is banned,” Ms West said.

“In response to this feedback from local children we are now trialling a number of areas that may become smoke and vape free in the future.

“The trial involves placing signage at the trial locations to inform them of the trial and to raise awareness that some of these areas are already smoke and vape free zones.

“Through the trials we want to find out if the wider community supports more smoke and vape-free locations across Greater Bendigo.”

“If the trial is successful, further consultation will be undertaken before any formal changes are made. The City will only make more sites smoke and vape free if the community supports it.”

The consultation is being undertaken with a funding grant from VicHealth and in partnership with Bendigo Community Health Service, Bendigo Health, Heathcote Health, Department of Education and Sports Focus.

Members of the community are invited to have their say by completing a short survey on the City’s Let’s Talk website until Friday June 28.

VIPER taskforce seize five firearms in Bendigo

May 9th, 2024VIPER taskforce seize five firearms in Bendigo

Members from the VIPER Taskforce have charged a man and seized five firearms, drugs and knives as part of an investigation into the possession of a firearm with alleged links to an outlaw motorcycle gang.

Members from the VIPER Taskforce have charged a man and seized five firearms, drugs and knives as part of an investigation into the possession of a firearm with alleged links to an outlaw motorcycle gang.

A warrant was executed last Friday (May 3) at a residential address in Bendigo where the firearm was being stored and a 33-year-old Bendigo man was arrested.

During a search of his property, police located a Lithgow .223 calibre bolt action rifle with the serial number removed, a 12-gauge shotgun, a .22 calibre rimfire rifle, a .308 centrefire rifle, a .177 air rifle, a dagger, two double edged knives, small quantities of what appear to be cannabis and Diazepam and a large quantity of mixed ammunition.

The man was interviewed and subsequently charged with possess unregistered firearm, two counts of possess drug of dependence and three counts of possess prohibited weapon without approval.

His firearms licence was also suspended and he has been bailed to appear at Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on 29 July.

Anyone with information about illicit firearms was urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report via the Crime Stoppers website.

Police seeking public information following Kangaroo Flat fatality

May 9th, 2024Police seeking public information following Kangaroo Flat fatality

Police are appealing to the public for information or recorded footage in the wake of a fatal collision that happend at Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo, on Sunday (May 5).

Police are appealing to the public for information or recorded footage in the wake of a fatal collision that happend at Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo, on Sunday (May 5).

It’s believed a ute and a motorcycle collided on High Street just after 4.30pm, causing the motorcycle to burst into flames.

The rider of the motorcycle died at the scene. The driver of the ute sustained non-life-threatening injuries and had been taken to hospital under police guard.

The exact circumstances surrounding the incident had yet to be determined and anyone who witnessed the collision, with CCTV/dashcam footage or information was urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers website.

City appoints Beam for e-scooter trial in Bendigo

April 23rd, 2024City appoints Beam for e-scooter trial in Bendigo

The City of Greater Bendigo has appointed Beam Mobility as the operator for a 12-month e-scooter hire trial in urban Bendigo, beginning late May.

The City of Greater Bendigo has appointed Beam Mobility as the operator for a 12-month e-scooter hire trial in urban Bendigo, beginning late May.

Beam is the largest shared e-scooter provider in Australia, with operations across every state and territory.

The company has more experience in regional cities than any other operator in Australia, with the service popular in other regional cities such as Albury, Launceston, Cairns, Townsville, and Broome.

Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said she was delighted Beam was on board for the trial, after a Public Request for Quotation process was held earlier this year.

“Beam is well-versed in operating e-scooter hire schemes and will bring their knowledge and expertise to Bendigo’s 12-month trial,” Cr Metcalf said.

“The e-scooters will provide an accessible and sustainable transport option for short trips that will allow residents and visitors to explore urban Bendigo in a new way, improve connectivity between significant precincts and destinations and stimulate new business and tourism opportunities.”

Beam General Manager (ANZ) Tom Cooper said the company was thrilled to be appointed as the City of Greater Bendigo’s shared micromobility partner.

“Data from our other Australian operations shows a shift from cars to a preference for e-scooters for shorter trips under 5 km, and we look forward to seeing the same trend in Bendigo,” Mr Cooper said.

“As we prepare to commence our operations in Bendigo, we are committed to forming partnerships with local community members and organisations and engaging in discussions around the safe operation of e-scooters to ensure the safety of riders, pedestrians, and other road users.

“We know e-scooters are new to the community, and we are committed to working closely with the local community to ensure riders know their responsibilities when on an e-scooter.

“We are confident that our experience across other Australian markets will ensure operations are a success.”

Beam has developed a draft roll out plan with a tentative trial e-scooter operating area, supported by a proactive and responsive customer service approach and education for riders.

The operator will undertake further consultation with the city, councillors, businesses, and landlords over the coming weeks to confirm suitable locations for e-scooter parking and placements.

The maximum travel speed for the hire e-scooters will be 20km/h for roads and on Bendigo’s established shared bike paths (they are not permitted on footpaths under Victorian e-scooter rules), and Beam will identify ‘no-go’ zones or some ‘slow speed zones’ (10km/h) where there is a concentration of activities and a high volume of pedestrians.

The City of Bendigo has set up a key external stakeholder group including representatives from Victorian Police, Bendigo Health, La Trobe University, Bendigo TAFE, Bendigo Sustainability Group, Bike Bendigo, Be Bendigo and local businesses.

There will be regular meetings with this group once the trial starts in late May to monitor how it is going and address any issues or concerns.

Oh, not a feeling – driver over the limit in Bendigo

April 17th, 2024Oh, not a feeling – driver over the limit in Bendigo

A 45-year-old Bendigo man has had his licence immediately suspended after he was allegedly found drink driving his white Toyota Camry in Bendigo over the weekend.

A 45-year-old Bendigo man has had his licence immediately suspended after he was allegedly found drink driving his white Toyota Camry in Bendigo over the weekend.

A brand-new Toyota pulled into a booze bus site on Calder Highway about 8.15pm on Sunday night, April14.

Officers spoke to the driver, and he accompanied police for an evidentiary breath test.

He returned an alleged reading of 0.219, more than four times the legal limit.

His licence was immediately suspended, and his car was impounded for 30 days at a cost of $1200.

He is expected to be charged on summons with drink driving offences.

Bendigo launches French flavoured café galleries program

April 9th, 2024Bendigo launches French flavoured café galleries program

To celebrate the Bendigo Art Gallery’s latest exhibition Paris: Impressions of Life 1880 – 1925, the City of Greater Bendigo has launched the Café Galleries project to provide local creatives with an opportunity to exhibit their art in cafes across Bendigo.

To celebrate the Bendigo Art Gallery’s latest exhibition Paris: Impressions of Life 1880 – 1925, the City of Greater Bendigo has launched the Café Galleries project to provide local creatives with an opportunity to exhibit their art in cafes across Bendigo. 

Café Galleries runs until Tuesday May 14, 2024, with selected artists asked to include one artwork that depicts one of three themes – City of Love and Light, Bon Appetit or La boutique – to hang alongside other original pieces. 

Twenty local artists applied through an EOI process, with 10 of those artists selected to showcase their works in seven local venues.

Cafe: Beechworth Bakery – High St
Artist: Karen McDougall 

Cafe: Peachy – View St 
Artist: Heidi Franklin 

Cafe: Get Naked Espresso – White Hills 
Artist: Steve Pole 

Cafe: Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolates – Fountain Court 
Artist: Kellie McAllister 

Cafe: HooGah – Fountain Court 
Artists: Lyn Raymer, Christopher Duffy

Cafe: PepperGreen Farm – Thunder St 
Artists: Frankie O, John Daniels

Cafe: Fox & Giraffe – Bridge St 
Artists: Wes Franklin, Linda Hermens

Lyn Raymer will be onsite at HooGah every Wednesday and Friday between 1pm-3pm to sketch café scenes. 
 
City of Greater Bendigo Creative Industries Officer Mandy Field said the program is a great opportunity for artists and creatives. 
 
“By displaying artworks in public settings, artists and creatives can raise their profile and promote their work in the community, to visiting tourists and within the creative sector,” Ms Field said. 
 
“The program is a great way to support local creatives and artists with an opportunity to sell displayed artworks and attract potential commissions. 
 
“As Bendigo is the first UNESCO Creative City and Region of Gastronomy in Australia, the Café Galleries program also aligns with the City of Gastronomy brand.” 


 

Four charged following burglaries in Bendigo

March 27th, 2024Four charged following burglaries in Bendigo

Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit detectives have arrested four males following a series of alleged burglaries and thefts of and from motor vehicles being in the Bendigo area between February and March.
Bendigo Magistrates Court Complex

Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit detectives have arrested four males following a series of alleged burglaries and thefts of and from motor vehicles being in the Bendigo area between February and March.

It’s alleged there were multiple incidents of aggravated burglaries and the thefts of vehicles in suburbs of Bendigo including Epsom, Strathfieldsaye and surrounding areas over the past two months.

Detectives from Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit and the Central Victoria Response Unit executed a search warrant at a Derwent Drive, Long Gully address last Wednesday, March 20, in relation to ongoing enquiries.

The search located a number items believed to have been stolen throughout the Bendigo area.

Two 17-year-old males, a 14-year-old male and a 19-year-old male were arrested at the address.

The 14-year-old was charged with multiple counts of theft from motor vehicle and handle stolen goods and was bailed to appear at the children’s court at a later date.

A 17-year-old was charged with burglary, attempted aggravated burglary and theft of motor vehicle and has been remanded to appear at a Childrens Court at a later date.

A second 17-year-old was found to be in breach of bail conditions and had his bail revoked.

A 19-year-old man was charged with offences relating to five aggravated burglaries and theft of motor vehicles which were committed across multiple eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

He had been remanded to appear at the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

Teens charged after stolen vehicle crashes

March 27th, 2024Teens charged after stolen vehicle crashes

Police have arrested and charged three teenagers after a stolen car crashed and rolled in Strathfieldsaye, Bendigo, on Sunday, March 17.

Police have arrested and charged three teenagers after a stolen car crashed and rolled in Strathfieldsaye, Bendigo, on Sunday, March 17.

It is alleged a stolen Ford Fiesta and a stolen Renault were seen at a petrol station in Kangaroo Flat about 1.40am.

Investigators have been told the occupants of the vehicles filled up their fuel tanks and drove off without paying.

Police were called and patrolled the area but were unable to locate the vehicles.

A short time later police received reports of two vehicles driving erratically in Strathfieldsaye.

Units again attended and two patrol cars were stopped on Swanson Boulevard with their lights activated when the Ford and Renault appeared and mounted the footpath in an attempt to get past.

The Renault was successful, but the Ford crashed into a fence and rolled.

Police arrested a 15-year-old boy from Reservoir, a 16-year-old boy from California Gully and a 17-year-old boy from Ascot.

The 15-year-old driver was charged with 18 offences including careless driving, reckless conduct endanger life and theft of a motor vehicle and remanded to appear at a children’s court at a later date.

The 17-year-old was charged with reckless conduct endanger life and bailed to appear at a children’s court at a later date.

The 16-year-old received a caution for reckless conduct endanger life.

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