Good morning Bendigo - 12.03.14

Bendigo and surrounds continue to mourn for the six victims killed in tragic car crashes in this region over the weekend, and police proceed with their investigations.


A top of 25. Mostly sunny. Winds south to southwesterly and light.

Full weather report here


The 7.09am Southern Cross to Bendigo train was delayed by 15 minutes but other than that trains are running on time.


Lost men worked hard and had fun

ROCHESTER fruit growers killed in a crash at the weekend were nice guys who worked hard. 

While their names have not been released, the two men, 53 and 52, would often visit the Criterion Hotel to eat dinner after long days picking fruit in the area. 

Believed to originally be from Asia, the two men were "held in high regard" in Rochester after working there for some years. 

"They used to eat here and have a meal and a couple of beers after work. We knew Cheng fairly well," pub owner Adam Parker said. 

"They were lovely people and it's not nice for anybody."

Two teenagers were also killed as a result of the collision, which occurred just before 10pm on the Heathcote-Rochester Road at Burramboot. 

Betty treasured for bright spirit

BETTY Martin "created communities wherever she went" and had only just played in her first lawn bowls grand final when she lost her life in a road accident at the weekend. 

Betty, 84, was driving home to Flora Hill after visiting her son in the Grampians on Sunday afternoon when her car veered off the road and hit a tree in Archdale near Maryborough. 

She has been remembered as a bright spark - a character - who just "bolted across Australia making friends with everyone she met". 

Betty spent her days playing bowls, gardening, and travelling across the country in her campervan. 

She was a member of the Strathfieldsaye Probus Club and the Strathfieldsaye Bowls Club.


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