Breakfast report: April 12

WEATHER

IF anyone needed any reminding football and netball were winter sports, all they need do is walk outside for a minute.

There will be the odd bit of blue sky but the forecast is cloudy with a shower or two in the morning and afternoon. Winds southeasterly 20 to 25 kmh and a top temperature of just 19 degrees.

For the rain gauge watchers, there was 8.0mm of rainfall yesterday at Ballarat Airport.

POLICE

A quiet Friday night from a police perspective in town and on the road.

Section Sergeant Maree Purdon of the Ballarat Police said that was not unusual in autumn when the temperature begins to dip overnight. People tend not to misbehave until they are used to the cold weather.

FIRE

Nothing to report on the fire front either. With a fire danger rating of low to moderate, outdoor fires are unlikely to be a concern although people are reminded to take care as they fire up their heaters for one of the first times this year.

AMBULANCE

Nothing through yet from Ambulance Victoria.

SES

No news is good news, with a quiet night. No call outs in the mid-west region after midnight at all.

ON THE AGENDA

While the Ballarat Football Netball League kicks off this weekend, Eureka Stadium will host a very different type of competition. The Australian and South Pacific Pipe Band Championships is being held today and tomorrow in Ballarat with 26 bands from Warrnambool, Bendigo, Melbourne, Sydney, Southern Queensland, Adelaide, Perth, New Zealand and Ballarat marching to their own tune. 

TOP STORIES

Ballarat left behind by state and federal governments: Ballarat has been short-changed when it comes to government funding. Tom Cowie reports.

We need to be united to get funding, say city leaders: Ballarat needs a clear vision of what it wants to get a better deal. 9

What Ballarat needs: the major priorities for our future: The list of priorities identified includes relocation of a government department, a plan for more jobs and increased funding for family violence support services, redevelopment of the Ballarat Railway Station and Ballarat sports and entertainment precincts, and improved services on the Ballarat train line..

Ballarat's GP numbers higher than ever, Base Hospital patients decrease: Pat Byrne finds health care in Ballarat is in a healthy state with more doctors and fewer patients.

McCallum boss set to retire this year: After more than 12 years as chief executive officer of McCallum Disability Services, Shane Molloy has announced his retirement. Nicole Cairns reports.

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