General Manager & Co-Owner - Julie-Anna Inn
Julie-Anna Inn, Wins 2021 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award #8 in Australia!

Last month just as we headed into lockdown, TripAdvisor announced the Julie-Anna Inn, Bendigo had been recognised as a 2021 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best award winner for hotels in Australia, ranking 8th overall. Based on a full year of reviews and ratings from the people who matter the most, our visitors–this coveted award speaks to the exemplary service and experience we provided guests. Throughout a challenging year, the Julie-Anna Inn stood out to travellers and provided an amazing experience despite unprecedented circumstances. Each year the platform combs through the millions of traveller reviews to surface the hotels that people raved about most. Even during the pandemic, travellers continued to discover, book, and give feedback on places to stay around the country. Based on a full year of TripAdvisor reviews, award winners represent travellers’ ultimate favourites around the globe.

“We are absolutely honoured to have received this accolade; Number 8 in Australia as voted by guests. Despite the challenges and significant disruption to the hospitality industry since March 2020, we have continued to find new ways to engage with and impress our guests to deliver the best hospitality and service. Ranking number 8 in Australia was a lovely surprise, and a fantastic way to help put Bendigo top of mind for travellers. It’s wonderful recognition for our team who pride themselves on ensuring each guests stay is memorable for all the right reasons. As proud advocates for local Bendigo tourism, it came at a time when our morale needed a boost, and this has certainly given us that.” Quote by Kristyn Slattery, General Manager & Co-Owner

Comment from TripAdvisor HQ “Congratulations to all the winners of the 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at TripAdvisor. “I know the past year has been extremely challenging for tourism businesses. What has impressed me is how businesses adapted to these challenges, implementing new cleanliness measures, adding social distancing guidelines, and utilising technology to prioritise guest safety. The Travellers’ Choice Awards highlight the places that delighted guests more than any others in the past year even as they navigated changing customer expectations and new ways of working. Based on a full year of reviews from customers who visited, this award speaks to the exemplary service and experience you provided guests in the midst of a pandemic.”

To see traveller reviews and popular features and amenities> of the Julie-Anna, visit JULIE-ANNA INN, BENDIGO (AU$113): 2021 Prices & Reviews – Photos of Hotel – Tripadvisor

About the Julie-Anna Inn, Bendigo

The Julie-Anna is a family run business, with the Slattery’s and Thurgood’s having been in the industry for almost 27 years. Ideally located 1.4km from Bendigo CBD and opposite the family friendly and picturesque Lake Weeroona. Offering 5 room types across 33 rooms, we are self-rated 4 star. All rooms enjoy spacious, reserved car parking at your door and courtyard views and access. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi internet access in your room and throughout our public areas, and SMART TVs with Netflix capabilities in all rooms. Our spacious 38sqm rooms allow guests to indulge in a relaxing room with tranquil surrounds. Enjoy all the creature comforts of home and our personalised, friendly, welcoming hospitality.

Community Engagement and Communications - Bendigo Community Health Services
AFS puts high priority on health and wellbeing of staff

A HUGE shout out to AFS and Associates Chartered Accountants for making the health and wellbeing of staff a major priority.

Bendigo Community Health Services staff have really enjoyed working with AFS to get the free Achievement Program for businesses up and running and just a little bit chuffed to see how well they’re doing in ticking off all the benchmarks for the Physical Activity health priority.

Nicely done everyone!

AFS Health and Wellbeing Committee members Joshua and Samantha proudly show off the official Physical Activity certificate.

Well done AFS on not only looking after your staff but celebrating your successes which is really important.

If your early childhood service, school or business would like to follow the AFS lead and improve health and wellbeing, call our Achievement Program co-ordinators on 5406 1200 and we’ll help you select health priorities, get a plan rolling and measure your results:

Your early learning centre, school or business could win $1500: I #BCHS #ThereForYou

Milan finds his spark at Wiltronics Ballarat

In getting to know Milan, the team at CVGT Ballarat discovered he had a passion for voice acting with the vision to apply this skill to video games.

Our team worked closely with Milan, who has autism spectrum disorder and Erb’s palsy, and provided him with the extra support he needed to find a pathway into this competitive field by organising work experience at local radio station Voice FM.

After completing his work experience, Milan expressed an interest in working in a technology related role so this became the goal for all.

The team were able to secure Milan a job at local electronics supply company Wiltronics.

Milan has eased into his role on the production line which includes packing order and unpacking deliveries. He is learning to master one thing at a time with a view to build his overall confidence.

Wiltronics offers Milan an environment that interests him and has room for growth.

Thank you Richard and the team at Wiltronics who are willing to give everyone a go and help an employee realise their potential.

You can read more about Milan’s story via our website.


If you’re looking for staff, as your local Disability Employment Service provider, CVGT Australia can help you find the right staff for your business. Our staff will talk to you to understand your business and staffing needs. Then we’ll match this to our extensive database of quality candidates to deliver the right match for your business. We’ll be with you every step of the way.

For further information on this program, visit Disability Employment Service.

Head of Product and Customer Success - Localised
Be.Bendigo local business discovery Meetup

Well that was pretty amazing! We were so pleased that many (39) of local businesses attended last Thursday’s Be.Bendigo Localised Virtual Meetup.

Local Value – the raw stats

  • 87% of you came to network
  • 96% of you discovered a business they previous weren’t aware of
  • 76% of you will follow up with someone they met at the meetup

So inspiring! Such a strong desire to find locals to sell to, buy from or partner with.

Shout out to the team at Be.Bendigo who share the passion for connecting local business to each other, to opportunities for sales, supply and support.

Follow ups
Thanks also to Damien Palmer from AFS, Katherine Hietbrink from Robertson Hyetts & David Bicknell from Intersport Bicknells. Great perspectives on the current business environment in Bendigo and beyond.

Put your business in front of local business owners
If you are interested in headlining a Local Business Discovery Meetup to educate local business owners on a relevant topic and promote your people and services, please get in touch. We’d love to run more of these events and welcome partners to deliver them.

Warm regards and thank you for participating,
Dennis, Petra, Bronte, Wayne, Les and Theo

Have you registered for VendorPanel yet?

If you are a business that supplies goods or services to the City of Greater Bendigo, you need to register on VendorPanel.

The City now exclusively uses VendorPanel and VendorPanel Marketplace (for suppliers with no existing contract) to manage all requests for quotation from its suppliers.  If you aren’t on VendorPanel, you aren’t getting seen.  Once you are registered, your business will also be visible to hundreds of other organisations across Australia.

Registration is quick, easy and free.  To access the VendorPanel website and for instructions on how to register, go to

For more information contact the City of Greater Bendigo Procurement Team on 5434 6000 or email


Nurture – Physio inspired yoga

❤️ Our clients at Nurture – Physio inspired yoga have shaken up their online service by recently launching online assessments, consultations and programs.⠀

Their classes are safe, welcoming and specialise in yoga-inspired mobility, stretching, strengthening, and stability exercise as well as breathing and relaxation techniques. ⠀

Yes, they love new clients! ?⠀

➡️ Nurture’s aim is to make yoga-inspired exercise accessible for everybody and boy have they made it accessible! ⠀

? Offering online classes in order to reach their treasured clients and provide an individualised & tailored experience.⠀

Benefit from Nurture’s modifications that will help those with injuries or movement limitations to participate in and experience the many benefits of exercise, mindfulness and relaxation. ⠀

➡️ Just a snippet of what they’re currently offering online:⠀

Postnatal & Antenatal Assessments, Initial & standard consultations as well as follow-ups just to name a few.⠀

? You can access their range of online assessments as well as their in-person appointments and private sessions (with COVID-19 precautions) by visiting their Instagram @physioinspiredyoga and using their bio link ?

– The A-Team ✌️?

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Hamish Riley – Loan Market

?? When Hamish Riley isn’t kicking business butt as a well known and respected Broker servicing Bendigo & Regional Victoria, he’s often found sharing his love and quirks with his beautiful daughter on Social Media or praising and supporting local businesses all over Bendigo!⠀

Hamish’s ‘next-level’ 12 years of experience in the finance and insurance industry and genuine passion for understanding your situation to find a solution that benefits you is a HUGE asset to our local community! Especially now we’ve all experienced some unexpected life-changing financial situations.⠀

??‍♀️ Save time and money! Enjoy a coffee together all from the comfort of your home! Book in your very own video conference where he’ll walk you through your options and find the perfect solution for you! ?⠀

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Finding a solution has never been easier or more enjoyable with the support of Hamish Riley from Loan Market Bendigo!⠀

➡️ Stay in the loop & take the journey with Hamish through his social media updates, fun and community support here! ⠀

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– The A-Team ✌️?

Cheers to the slow but gradual easing of restrictions!

With restrictions now easing real estate agencies have begun welcoming potential buyers into their’ open for inspections’ with open arms! (metaphorically of course). #safedistancing ?️⠀
??‍♀️ Our clients at Waller Realty Bendigo, Castlemaine & Maldon are now able to burst out in full swing providing their client’s exceptional property expertise which aims to maximise their returns and capitalise on that all-important market growth! ?⠀
We couldn’t be more relieved for the real estate industry for the opportunities, happiness and success that comes with the easing of restrictions.???⠀
When our clients have wins, then so do we! ?️⠀
After all, you could say we’re a part of the team, right? ?⠀
? Cheers to the slow but gradual easing of restrictions, watching not just Waller realty but to all businesses who are starting to see that light at the end of the tunnel. The showing of exceptional strength, courage and perseverance during this whole pandemic has been the most heart-filled motivator and deeply felt inspiration to have witnessed and to have been a part of. ⠀
You all know who you are! ?⠀
– The A-Team ✌️?