Ballarat morning report: January 12

WEATHER

It would be almost impossible to ask for a more idyllic day for the Cycling Australia Road National Championships road race at Buninyong.

A top of 27 degrees, mostly sunny with a cool summer breeze and almost no chance of rain, how can you top that?

The mercury is expected to reach about 20 degrees when the race gets underway at 11.30am, before it hovers around 25 for the majority of the day.

And if you're not a lover of heat, today is your last chance to head outside.

Every weekday next week is expected to see the temperature soar above 35 degrees.

Thursday is expected to be the hottest day, with a top of 40, but Tuesday and Wednesday will reach 39 and 38 respectively.

POLICE

A hectic night for Ballarat police, who were forced to deal with two separate incidents in Mair Street overnight.

Up to eight different people were arrested overnight after fights broke out at the Peter Lalor Hotel and outside the Bluestone.

Police were forced to use capsicum spray to subdue those involved.

Also, Moorabool police are still trying to figure out who was driving a four-wheel drive that crashed in Meredith last night.

A Toyota four-wheel drive was travelling north on Eclipse Road when it lost control on a bend and struck a number of trees about 7.30pm.

A nine-year-old girl was ejected from the vehicle and is fighting for her life in hospital.

Five other occupants were also hospitalised, all of which were from Elaine.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au

FIRE

Just the one call out for our fire crews overnight, who rushed to the Buninyong Town Hall about 6am for a fire alarm.

However, crews were unable to detect anything on arrival.

There was also a fire in Waterloo, near Beaufort yesterday evening.

CFA and DEPI firefighters tackled a 10 heactare blaze that broke out about 7.30pm.

It did not pose any threat to houses or communities and the CFA now says the fire is all clear, although smoke may still be visible.

AMBULANCE

Paramedics rushed to yesterday's nasty crash near Meredith, taking victims of the crash to hospitals in Ballarat, Geelong and Melbourne.

The nine-year-old girl was airlifted to the Royal Children's Hospital with life threatening injuries, while a male and female, both 20, were taken to Ballarat Base Hospital.

A 47-year-old man and a nine-year-old boy were taken to Geelong Hospital with minor injuries, with another 18-year-old man also taken to Geelong Hospital with serious injuries.

All patients are believed to be from Elaine.

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ON THE AGENDA

You would almost have to be living under a rock if you did not know 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans was competing in Buninyong today. 

The men's national road championships race starts at 11.30am.

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