Ballarat breakfast report: December 17


Perfect, beautiful, impeccable - all words that could be used to sum up today's weather.

A top of 25 degrees is forecast, with barely a cloud to be spotted for most of the day and light, cooling winds to blow from the south.

If you don't like the heat however, it will be your last chance this week to enjoy some relatively mild temperatures.

Maximum temperatures are expected to soar past 30 degrees for the next three days, with 32, 35 and 32 degrees forecast for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday respectively.


Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary and theft of a trailer at Delacombe on Saturday, December 7.

Police believe the thieves gained entry to the rear yard of a business premises in La Trobe Street around 10.35pm.

The thieves stole a grey-coloured 1982 Premier box trailer, registration V55641. 

The trailer was fitted with a portable display-style refrigerator.

It also contained a white marquee, three trestle tables and three grey plastic comfort mats.

Anyone with any information about the burglary is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit


A couple of curious jobs for our firefighters overnight, with two separate fires at a tip, as well as a toilet.

In the first instance, fire crews were called to the Ballarat Transfer Station in Alfredton, where a large skip bin had caught fire.

They arrived on scene just before 10.30pm and soon brought the fire under control.

Then, at 5am today, crews were called after a fire in a Sebastopol toilet.

The owner of the house had left a citronella candle burning on top of the toilet, which then started a small fire.

A properly working smoke alarm woke the occupant, who was able to douse the blaze, however the toilet was damaged.

Firefighters said the incident was a timely reminder not to leave candles burning overnight.


Ambulance paramedics were on scene to treat 80-year-old Frank Moloney, who was found in Brown Hill bushland after being missing for almost 30 hours last night.

He was taken to Ballarat Base Hospital about 9pm in a stable condition.


State Emergency Service volunteers and crew members from Ballarat, Hepburn, Bacchus Marsh and Ararat were all involved in the successful search for missing man Frank Moloney last night.

The crews had been rotating throughout the day, before the elderly man was found, as darkness fell.


All Ballarat trains are running on time this morning.


Man, 80, found in Brown Hill bushland

Sharon Siermans' murderer was furious at rejection, court told

Jail after Western Freeway crash death


The two men accused of murdering teenager Timothy O'Brien in Smythesdale this year, Darren Wilson and Joel Henderson, will today face the Supreme Court in Melbourne.

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