Ballarat breakfast report: January 26 

WEATHER

Happy Australia Day! And what a way to see it in. 

Blue skies and sunshine out there at the moment with a warm top of 29 degrees expected later.

The region will continue to warm up over the next couple of days with a top of 34 degrees expected tomorrow followed by a very warm 37 degrees on Tuesday.

POLICE 

Ballarat police reported a quiet night with thousands of revelers at the Ballarat Pacing Cup remaining well behaved. 

Police also did a fantastic job in their search for a missing Black Hill man yesterday. 

FIRE

A welcomed quiet night for local fire fighters, apart from a serious car fire early this morning. 

Ballarat City Fire Station senior station officer Terry Fradd said crews responded to the car fire near the corner of Powles Road and the Western Highway about 1.40am. 

He said the car had been dumped and then set alight.

A number of Ballarat fire fighters are also up in the Grampians, lending a hand with the bush fires.

AMBULANCE 

Ambulance Victoria reported a quiet night in the Ballarat region. 

However, there were a couple of sad stories to come from elsewhere including a fatal accident at Kerang and Colac. 

Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said a 20-year-old male died near Colac this morning when he was hit by a car, while another man died at Kerang last night when he was thrown from the back of a utility.  

SES

SES volunteers reported a pretty quiet night too. 

SES midwest regional duty officer Gavin Kelly said volunteers helped police in their search for missing Black Hill man Peter McMahon yesterday. 

That search ended well with Mr McMahon, 43, found safe and well about 2pm.

TOP STORIES 

Missing Black Hill man found

Order of Australia comes as a surprise  

Median house price up 

ON THE AGENDA 

It's Australia Day! Our reporters will be out in force finding out what everyone is up to. 

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