Ballarat breakfast report: April 15

WEATHER

Today will nudge 18 degrees, so not quite coat weather just yet.

It will be partly cloudy with a possible shower this morning and in the afternoon. The wind, which was pretty annoying yesterday, will die down as the day goes on.

POLICE

Police are appealing for information after a burglary at the Melton Botanic Gardens last month, according to the police media website.

It is believed offenders broke into three sheds on William Street just before 5am on Tuesday 25 March. 

Once inside two men allegedly stole a large amount of property including a distinctive red 70-year-old concrete mixer, two lawn mowers, six weedicide packs and two hoses. 

Anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the burglary is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or log into www.crimestoppers.com.au 

FIRE

More than 600 competitors took part in the 2014 Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) Rural State Championships at Geelong, according to the CFA website.

Teams from all over Victoria battled it out, with 37 senior and 30 junior teams taking part in events based around the basic skills of rural firefighting, with hoses, pumps, ladders and putting water onto targets.

For full results, head to the Championship section of the VFBV website at www.vfbv.com.au.

AMBULANCE

Nothing to report.

SES

Nothing to report.

V/LINE

Due to a track fault at Bacchus Marsh there is currently an approximate 10-minute delay on the Ballarat line, according to the V/Line Ballarat Twitter account.

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ON THE AGENDA

Sports minister Damien Drum is in town today. He's opening a BMX track and the soccer pavilion. Let us know what else we should ask him in the comments section below.

We're also covering a biscuit drive, an easter egg donation and all the news as it happens, all day.

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