Ballarat breakfast report: December 29

WEATHER

It's going to be a much more comfortable day after the hot and windy conditions of yesterday. 

We're looking at sunny conditions and a top of 20 in Ballarat, with winds southerly 20 to 30 km/h becoming southeasterly.

POLICE

Nothing much happened last night in Ballarat, according to local police. 

Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Ballarat is advising people heading away these holidays not to post on Facebook that they are going away in case potential thieves are watching. 

FIRE 

There were a number of grassfires around Ballarat yesterday, however so far we have escaped any serious blazes despite the total fire ban conditions.

Last night, Ballarat fire crews responded to a non-structure fire on the railway lines on Howitt Street, as well as a couple of false alarms including one at the police complex.

Crews also had to attend a burn off that got a bit out of control in Sebastopol.

"People need to be aware that when burning of they need a permit," said Ballarat Fire Brigade senior station officer Terry Fradd.

SES

The high winds yesterday kept local SES crews busy with a number of trees down across roads and a bit of minor builiding damage.

The crews at Hepburn and Daylesfrod also had their hands full with nine jobs in the last 24 hours.

AMBULANCE

A man in his 60s was yesterday taken to Ballarat Base Hospital with leg injuries after falling off his quad bike in Smythes Creek. He was leading a horse at the time when he fell off.

Another man was airlifted to Royal Melbourne Hospital with serious head injuries after the bike he was riding collided with a car on One Tree Hill Road and McDonald Park Road in Ararat. He was in a critical condition. 

Yesterday a woman in her 30s sustained soft tissue bruises and was taken to Ballarat Base Hospital for further assessment after her car collided with a power pole on Gillies Street in Ballarat. 

V/LINE

Remember: trains are being replaced by coaches for the next few weeks to make way for construction of the Regional Rail Link.

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