Trailing Bourke, Wills and whistling kites

The canoe slips gently from the ramp into Serpentine Creek ripples. Outdoor education graduate Kerrie Jennings is on rudder duty at the back. She’s also tasked with calling instructions to a paddler who’s not been in a canoe since Wet Wet Wet was in the charts. High school camp, 1994. I’m assured this is an... Continue Reading →

Lifetime of care leads to nursing degree

"I still can’t believe I’m a registered nurse,” says Sue McLean. But perhaps the La Trobe graduate is the only one surprised by that. It seems Sue has always been a nurse-in-training. And now, after completing her Bachelor of Nursing as a mature-age student in 2016, she’s official. Last month she started her graduate year at... Continue Reading →

Black dog bites visual arts alumnus

Daniel Butterworth’s exhibition, When the Black Dog Bites, completely fills gallery two at the La Trobe Art Institute. Step into the space and the air is thick and charged. It’s not an easy place to be. It’s dense with the emotional weight taken to create these works. There’s space for little else. You’d never guess... Continue Reading →

Civic honour for law student

There are plenty of layers to Khayshie Tilak Ramesh. We’re meeting the law student in her lunchbreak at the Australian Geographic shop to talk about being named Bendigo’s 2017 Young Citizen of the Year. It’s soon evident, there’s much more to her story, although it needs some gentle coaxing. "My sister and I are the... Continue Reading →

Alumni award for international success

As we swelter through a Bendigo January, spare a thought for former resident Dr Simon McIlroy and researcher at Denmark’s Aalborg University, where the month's mercury reaches an average two degrees. Simon said adapting to the country’s winter months has been a challenge, but another year ahead chasing his goals certainly puts the weather into perspective.... Continue Reading →

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