Ballarat breakfast report | Wednesday, December 10 2014


It seems the weather gods have picked up their game and have given the forecast a slight lift. 

Although today will be cloudy, there's no need for a jumper with a top of 25 degrees and a slight (30 per cent) chance of a shower, most likely during this afternoon and evening.

Light winds becoming southerly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon then tending southeasterly in the late afternoon.

Four day Ballarat weather forecast. SOURCE: Bureau of Meteorology

Four day Ballarat weather forecast. SOURCE: Bureau of Meteorology


The Courier front page, December 10, 2014

The Courier front page, December 10, 2014

Sue Woods decided to stay and defend her home last time Enfield was ravaged by bushfires in the 1990s.

But this season’s major bushfire threat has seen her have a change of heart and she’s now prepared to pack up and go in the event of a blaze.

The state’s bushfire season has been upgraded from above normal to major following record warm October weather, a new Climate Council report released on Tuesday said.

Read the full story here


Police are appealing for witnesses to acts of vandalism at the Ballarat Railway Station after two cars on Ararat Street had their windscreens smashed recently. 

Ballarat Police Senior Sergeant Neale Robinson said reports of vandalism should be reported to police immediately.

"Police are responding to reports of damage to vehicles in the vicinity of the train station," Senior Sergeant Robinson said.

"If anyone has suffered damage to vehicles, it should be reported to police."

Any person with information are urged to contact Ballarat Police Station on 5336 6000 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Fire crews were in and out of the station all night with several callouts across the region.

- 6.37pm A lawn mower caught fire and started a grass fire at Jory Street, Creswick. One woman was injured.

- 9.15pm Crews were called to a false alarm at Ballarat Health Services Queen Elizabeth centre on Gillies Street, Wendouree.

- 11.45pm A bonfire that got out of control sent crews to Head Street, Wendouree, where the fire was quickly contained.

- 3.30am A shed fire at Kenworthy Place, Mt Pleasant, was the last call out of the night.


All Ballarat services appear to be running on time and to schedule according to the @vline_ballarat Twitter feed.


Good morning. Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered.

► To check out the front pages of Fairfax publications for today, click here

Get your weather update and national news snapshot here.

► David Warner moved into the company of Invincibles on one of Australian cricket's hardest days. He held himself together and honoured his friend and he did it in the blazing style he knows best with his 10th and greatest century at Adelaide Oval.  Read more

David Warner looked to the sky after reaching 63 not out. Photo: Getty Images

David Warner looked to the sky after reaching 63 not out. Photo: Getty Images

► Older Australians are capturing a growing share of the nation's wealth, while the wealth of younger Australians has stagnated according to a new report . The promise of each generation enjoying higher living standards than its parents' generation is at risk in Australia, partly due to ballooning spending on older people funded by deficit budgets, the new Grattan Institute report says  Read More 

►The final show for long running At the Movies show with Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton ended fittingly with an accidental homage to one of history's greatest flicks. "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship," was the final line in Casablanca, but as Pomeranz and Stratton walked arm-in-arm into the darkness on Tuesday night it was clear this was the end, at least for us on this side of the screen.  Read more

► Former NRL player Craig Field has been found not guilty of murder but guilty of the manslaughter of farmer Kelvin Kane outside a north coast pub.

► A man who died after a six-metre fall at King Island Airport at Burnie on Monday when visiting to conduct renovations on the facility has been described  as hero by his sister.

MOREE:  A court has been told a police officer was allegedly in pursuit of a motorcyclist without permission before he hit the bike in Moree.  Read more

ALBURY:  A NORTH Albury man was punched to the face and choked while his two children slept in nearby bedrooms in a savage home invasion, a court heard yesterday.  Read more

NEWCASTLE:  THE Hunter health district paid out almost $28 million in overtime last financial year, with one doctor claiming a whopping $220,000 worth of additional hours. Read more

REDLAND CITY:  A  Queensland Supreme Court jury has found former Redland high school teacher David John Hunt guilty of the murder of Angelia Michal Moore in Thornlands two years ago.  Read more

The faces of Australia:  Ross Bower

Ross Bower

Ross Bower

► The Volunteering Redlands - Greg Cook Volunteer Recognition Award winner went to former Redland Museum president Ross Bower taking the top gong for his "unwavering commitment, tireless dedication and outstanding leadership".

Volunteering Redlands chairwoman Patsy Wilshire said Mr Bower's colleagues had nominated him for "his exceptional work ethics and inspiring professionalism".

"On his own time and cost, he completed a degree in Master of Museum Studies from the University of Queensland," Ms Wilshire said.

"Strategic planning for the museum's extension and encouraging community engagement have been some of Mr Bower's key achievements."

In accepting the award, Mr Bower, who was the museum's president for seven years, said he was thrilled to receive the acknowledgment.

"Sometimes I feel that I work much harder at this volunteer role than I did in my 40 years of engineering career, but I enjoy it much more too," he said.

The award is organised by Volunteering Redlands and supported by Victoria Point Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank to recognise excellence in volunteerism in the Redlands.