Good morning Bendigo - 17.03.14

Good morning Bendigo! Hope you all had a terrific weekend.

Partly cloudy. A shower or two until this evening. Winds northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h tending westerly 25 to 30 km/h in the middle of the day then decreasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening. Full weather report here

TRAINS

No reported delays. Happy travelling. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

City set to celebrate multiculturalism

MULTICULTURALISM will be the focus of the city this week, with the launch of the Bendigo Festival of Cultures. 

Audience members were treated to a diverse spectacular of performers at The Capital at the weekend for the launch of the festival. 

Started in 2001 by the Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services, the festival will showcase the best multicultural cuisine and entertainment across the region. 

City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Barry Lyons launched the festival on Sunday and said council were pleased to support such a unique event. 

"Bendigo has been extending a welcoming hand to people from all over the world during the earliest days of history," he said. 

"From the first days of settlement there has been a blending of cultures in our city which has formed the richly diverse and exciting social fabric which we experience today."

Mitch achieves $25,000 goal

MITCHELL Bourke has more than met his target.

His mum, Mychelle Bourke said the money is still coming in and they expect the overall total to hit $26,000.

The money gives the green light to an autism resource centre in Bendigo.

The event has been picked up by a national autism organisation and from next year Mitch's Autie Walk will become an annual event in all states.

"It is fantastic," said Mrs Bourke.

"Mitch is absolutely exhausted now but it was an absolutely fabulous day .

"When I heard it had been picked up by one of the biggest autism organisations in Australia I bawled my eyes out.

THE HIT LIST

GALLERY: Yalumba Golden Mile

FACES AT THE RACES: Vote for your People's Choice fashion favourite

Picnic with the Mad Hatter a sellout

UPDATE: Lucky escape after accident in Eaglehawk

DID YOU KNOW

Relative to size, the strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

BIRTHDAYS

If it's your birthday have a terrific day! 

Rob Lowe, 1964: Part of Hollywood's brat pack who starred in the 1985 film, St. Elmo's Fire and played a lead role in Parks and Recreation

Gary Sinise, 1955: He starred with Tom Hanks in Forest Gump and Apollo 13. His other notable roles include Harry S. Truman in Truman and Detective Jimmy Shaker in Ransom.

Rob Kardashian, 1987: He became known as the brother of the Kardashian sisters on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and had a role on Khloé & Lamar.

Mia Hamm, 1972: Led the U.S. women's soccer team to a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics as a forward.

JOKE OF THE DAY

Q: What did the baby corn say to the mama corn?

A: "Where’s Popcorn?" 

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