Many layers of ‘home’

Many layers of ‘home’ 0

Since moving from their home in Bangladesh, Nasrin and Nasim have found their place in the Bendigo community and the beginning of a journey to independence. By John Holton “Home is freedom,” says Nasrin Shah Naaz. “Freedom from the outside world, freedom from judgement, freedom to be yourself. Home is somewhere warm with love. A [...]

summer issue – out now!

summer issue – out now! 0

There were times it felt like summer would never arrive with so many cold and dark days. But it’s December now, officially summer, and with the end of the school year only weeks away, and Christmas just after, it’s time to start enjoying the festive season … Photography by David Field  

hitting it for six

hitting it for six 0

Female cricket is enjoying increasing appeal in our region – and with a hat-trick of state honours between them, this teen trio is extending the boundaries for a new generation. By Raelee Tuckerman Jasmine Nevins had never played a formal game of cricket when she turned up to try out for a Victorian girls’ representative [...]

a long tale of puppy love

a long tale of puppy love 0

For 50 years Bruce and Olive Heider have volunteered for Guide Dogs Victoria, raising puppies and raising funds. It’s with fond memories they’re saying goodbye. By Sue Turpie   Whether you look at it as five decades, half a century or 50 years … it’s an impressive amount of time. For Bruce and Olive Heider [...]

making waves

making waves 0

Nine-year-old Liarra Pule-Leech is already living her ambition of being a radio presenter, thanks to her show on Bendigo community radio station Phoenix FM. By Sue Turpie   Sitting at the announcer’s desk at Phoenix FM, surrounded by microphones and electronics, Liarra Pule-Leech looks right at home, and she’s only nine years old, making her [...]