Ballarat breakfast report: December 20

WEATHER

Yesterday Ballarat was one of the cooler places in the state (apparently), today it will be one of the hottest in south-west Victoria.

A top of 30 degrees is forecast, before a cool change comes through about 6pm.

And with the cool change will most likely come some rain, just to set the tone for the weekend.

There is a 70 per cent chance of rain, according to Weatherzone, although not a lot is expected to fall.

However there is expected to be quite a bit of rain over the weekend, where tops of 20 and 24 degrees are forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

POLICE

A quiet night on Ballarat's streets for police, although it is expected to be a lot busier tonight as Operation Tradie gets underway.

Police will swamp Ballarat's CBD in a high-visibility blitz on drunken and anti-social behaviour.

Meanwhile, Moorabool detectives are seeking public assistance following a golf club attack on a vehicle in Bacchus Marsh last Monday.

The alleged incident occurred around 4pm while the victim was seated in her green Ford utility outside the Bacchus Marsh Caravan Park in Main Street.

Investigators have been told two men and a woman approached the vehicle and used a golf club and crowbar to cause damage to the vehicle.

The victim then fled and the offenders pursued her in a green Holden Commodore sedan west along Main Street to the Western Highway where they have again used a golf club and crowbar to cause damage to her car.

The woman then fled again, travelling east along Main Street where the offenders again pursued her, driving erratically before losing control and colliding into a reflective road post opposite the Caravan Park.

Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information to contact Bacchus Marsh Police on 5366 4500.

FIRE

Just the one call out for Ballarat City firefighters overnight.

Crews were called to a diesel spill near Ararat, where a truck was leaking fuel.

However the incident was controlled before they arrived, resulting in a welcomed quiet night for fire crews.

Ballarat came away relatively unscathed during the scorching weather yesterday, although there was a small grass fear near the Dowling Forrest race track.

Crews attended the call just before 2pm and once they figured out how to access the track, promptly doused the blaze.

AMBULANCE

No major incidents for our ambulance paramedics from overnight.

SES

Not one call out for SES volunteers in Ballarat and surrounding area from overnight.

TRAINS

Heat speed restrictions have been removed from the Ballarat line today and trains are all running on time.

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ON THE AGENDA

Jason Dinsley, the man who murdered Ballarat mother Sharon Siermans earlier this year, is expected to be charged today. 

Prosecutors are calling for him to receive a life sentence.

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