Ballarat breakfast report: Christmas Day

WEATHER

Residents can expect a perfect Christmas Day with mainly sunny skies and a top of 28 degrees. For all those planning a Christmas lunch outside accompanied by a game of cricket, the weather couldn't be better.

Although most of the week will bring dry conditions, the bureau expects temperatures to fall slightly on the weekend with isolated showers expected.

POLICE

Ballarat Police had only good news to report overnight. 70-year-old Sebastopol resident Max Flowers was found close to his home residence just before 11pm last night. The canine unit, air wing, search and rescue, general duty members and SES units from Ballarat and Bacchus Marsh all attended the full-day search.

Although it has been a quiet day so far, police advise celebrators to have a plan to get home in place before they attend Christmas parties. 

Sergeant Kori Fraser said members would be out in full force today targeting drink driving, speed and mobile phone usage.

"Generally it's pretty quiet on Christmas Day but later on, after lunch, we need to make sure people are not drink driving after their Christmas Day lunches," he said

"If you're going to drink, make sure you have a plan or a friend who is going to pick you up because the police will be out in full force."

FIRE

CFA reported no callouts in the region overnight and are hoping for a quiet Christmas.

SES

Units from Ballarat and Bacchus Marsh were called out to assist with the search of missing Sebastopol man Max Flowers who was found safe near his Harold Close home in the late hours of yesterday evening.

AMBULANCE

Ambulance Victoria reported a quiet night across the state. 

TRAINS

The Ballarat line is running without disruptions on the Sunday train and altered coach timetable today and tomorrow. For more details, visit www.vline.com.au

ON THE AGENDA

Today The Courier Christmas team will visit the Ballarat Base Hospital Children's Ward and St John of God Hospital before attending Our Lady Help of Christians' annual charity lunch. We wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas!

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