Ballarat breakfast report: August 23, 2014


Ballarat has woken up to a beautiful sunny morning. Picture: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ballarat has woken up to a beautiful sunny morning. Picture: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ballarat is waking up to a beautiful sunny day - but it won't last. There will be a shower or two tonight, with winds north to northeasterly 25 to 30 km/h, turning northwesterly 20 to 25 km/h in the late evening. Top temperature for the day, however, is still going to be a reasonably balmy 16 degrees. The overnight low was 5.8 degrees at 10.30pm.


A community campaign brewing in Ballarat is calling on both Victorian political parties to commit to funding a multmillion-dollar netball and basketball sporting hub before the state election. Read the full story here: Community calls for sporting hub 


While Ballarat police had a very quiet night, a second man has died at the Alfred Hospital following a single vehicle crash in Macedon last night. The incident happened on the Calder Freeway just south of Macedon Woodend Road just after 11pm. At this early stage it’s believed the vehicle was travelling south when it lost control and rolled several times. One man died at the scene and a second male died at The Alfred Hospital this morning. Police have confirmed there were seven people in the vehicle.


Ballarat City Fire Brigade had no call-outs overnight.


Ambulance Victoria also had little to report overnight or this morning.


While the Ballarat train lines are running on time, there are still disruptions to the Geelong line due to two trains crashing in Altona at 7pm Friday. Nine people were injured when a Geelong train smashed into a passenger train travelling towards the Melbourne CBD. 


Today we'll be heading to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka for the Melbourne Writer's Festival, including the Coffee & Papers session where you can ask questions of The Courier's journalists over a cuppa or two.