Ballarat breakfast report | Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Photo of the day: Simply upload your photo each day with the hashtag #ballarat to be in the running for your photo to appear. Today's #picoftheday is by @bernadettesalt – Entering the Ballarat Botanical Gardens just as it stops raining and the sun shines brightly ever so briefly. Reminds me of European spring weather.

Photo of the day: Simply upload your photo each day with the hashtag #ballarat to be in the running for your photo to appear. Today's #picoftheday is by @bernadettesalt – Entering the Ballarat Botanical Gardens just as it stops raining and the sun shines brightly ever so briefly. Reminds me of European spring weather.

Good morning Ballarat! 

We're in for a partly cloudy day. Expect a top of 13 degrees in Ballarat.

Tip-off helps police in raid on Redan grow house

Police have found a cannabis crop at a Redan property on the corner of Talbot and Bell streets in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Read more here.

Drunk man assaults officer

A Ballarat man who grabbed a woman between her legs told police “it’s there you gotta grab it”, a court has heard. Read more here.

Ballarat man has reptiles seized after raid

Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s (DELWP) Grampians Region, with the support of Victoria Police, have seized marbled geckos (Christinus marmoratus), suspected to have been collected unlawfully late last week. Read more here.   

‘Voice of healing’ dies

The Ballarat community is mourning “the voice of healing” for sexual abuse victims – Robyn Mason – who died last week aged 65. A Labor party stalwart, Dr Mason spent her life fighting for others and was a strong feminist who worked against sexual assault and violence against women.  She also worked extensively in social work in rural areas. Read more here.

Louis Herbert re-signs with Roosters

Former Gold Coast Suns player Louis Herbert has signed a new two-year deal with North Ballarat Roosters in the VFL. Read more here.

State of the nation

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

► MYALL LAKES: It was just hours following the accident, and Clayton Curnow was being released by police after being charged with being drunk behind the wheel of a utility when his best mate, Jake Collins, fell from the roof and died. More here.

A devastated Natalie Henderson said her boyfriend, champion archer Jake Collins, was her best friend whose energy was infectious - "he will be so sorely missed". Picture: Facebook.

A devastated Natalie Henderson said her boyfriend, champion archer Jake Collins, was her best friend whose energy was infectious - "he will be so sorely missed". Picture: Facebook.

► ORANGE: They might be direct, but Darryl and Vicky Prestwidge say the signs outside their home needed to be in order to make a difference to the greyhound ban. More here.

Greyhound owners Darryl and Vicky Prestwidge. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI

Greyhound owners Darryl and Vicky Prestwidge. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI

► ST ARNAUD: A man has been remanded in police custody after hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cannabis plants and hydroponic equipment were seized from a house on Friday. More here.

First Constable Luke Mernik, Acting Senior Sergeant Steve Armati and Senior Constable Daniel Wiseman with some of the drugs. Picture: NORTH CENTRAL NEWS

First Constable Luke Mernik, Acting Senior Sergeant Steve Armati and Senior Constable Daniel Wiseman with some of the drugs. Picture: NORTH CENTRAL NEWS

► MANDURAH: Motorcycle fatalities in the Peel-Mandurah region account for one fifth of WA’s motorcycle-related fatalities since the start of the year. In the wake of recent fatal motorbike crashes, acting road safety commissioner Chirs Adams has urged riders to take more responsibility and precautions on the road. More here.

► SCONE: Family and friends of Scone real estate agent Adam O’Regan have paid tribute to him a day after the Gundy car accident that claimed his life as well as those of two passengers. More here.

Real estate agent Adam O'Regan.

Real estate agent Adam O'Regan.

► BATHURST: The Wiradyuri community has called on Bathurst mayor Gary Rush to live up to what they say was his promise to add the word “Wahluu” to Mount Panorama. More here.

Wiradyuri elder Kalmadyne Goombrydge and Ray Wilson say "Wahluu" should be added to the iconic Mount Panorama. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

Wiradyuri elder Kalmadyne Goombrydge and Ray Wilson say "Wahluu" should be added to the iconic Mount Panorama. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

► DUBBO: A greater supply of resources and a different structure in the police force could help combat the rural crime epidemic in the central west. Member for Dubbo, Minister for Police and Justice and Deputy Premier Troy Grant said the current police model, Local Area Commands (LACs), may not be the best way to run police stations in western NSW. More here.

Minister for Police Troy Grant and Western Region Commander Geoff McKechnie, Dubbo Saleyards. Photo: GRACE RYAN.

Minister for Police Troy Grant and Western Region Commander Geoff McKechnie, Dubbo Saleyards. Photo: GRACE RYAN.

► HEATHCOTE: A footballer is fighting for his life in a Queensland hospital after overdosing on a powerful synthetic drug while on an end-of-season trip. Rikki Stephens, 27, was admitted to the Gold Coast University Hospital over the weekend after reportedly consuming the drug “flakka” and remains in a critical condition. More here.

Heathcote footballer Rikki Stephens is fighting for his life after reportedly taking designer drug flakka.

Heathcote footballer Rikki Stephens is fighting for his life after reportedly taking designer drug flakka.

National news

► Two government MPs, including the deputy speaker, have joined calls to allow the rapid-fire Adler shotgun to be imported into Australia, just hours after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared the ban was "set in stone." More here.

Senator David Leyonhjelm is pushing for the import ban on the weapon to be lifted. Photo: Peter Rae

Senator David Leyonhjelm is pushing for the import ban on the weapon to be lifted. Photo: Peter Rae

► Australia lacks adequate protections for human rights defenders and has created "an atmosphere of fear, censorship and retaliation" among activists, according to a United Nations special rapporteur. More here.

United Nations special rapporteur Michel Forst. Photo: United Nations

United Nations special rapporteur Michel Forst. Photo: United Nations

► Australia is about to launch a fresh diplomatic drive to expose Japan's claim to kill whales in the name of science, but a threat of further international legal action appears to be on hold for now. More here.

Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will lead an Australian delegation to the International Whaling Commission summit in Slovenia. Photo: Philip Gostelow

Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will lead an Australian delegation to the International Whaling Commission summit in Slovenia. Photo: Philip Gostelow

National weather radar

International news

► BALI: Accused Australian paedophile Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis has insisted he does not deserve jail for allegedly molesting Balinese children, saying "it was not a serious thing" and he "paid them generously". More here.

► JAKARTA: Maverick Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Ahok, as he is known, has never had a filter. Impulsive and polarising, the city's first Christian and ethnic Chinese governor - a double minority in Indonesia - seems to court controversy. More here.

Ahok, right, greets people after arriving at the National Monument in Jakarta in 2014. A Christian and ethnic Chinese, he became governor after his predecessor and political ally Joko Widodo was elected president of Indonesia. Photo: New York Times

Ahok, right, greets people after arriving at the National Monument in Jakarta in 2014. A Christian and ethnic Chinese, he became governor after his predecessor and political ally Joko Widodo was elected president of Indonesia. Photo: New York Times

Julian Assange claims his internet connection was intentionally cut "by a state party", at the end of a weekend in which he was visited by Pamela Anderson and published a series of cryptic, coded tweets. More here.

Julian Assange participates via video link at a news conference marking the 10th anniversary of Wikileaks earlier this month. Photo: Markus Schreiber

Julian Assange participates via video link at a news conference marking the 10th anniversary of Wikileaks earlier this month. Photo: Markus Schreiber

On this day

The faces of Australia: Kate Delaney

AT HOME: Kate Delaney pictured with young charges Bohdi Simpson, Ryder Bendeich, Henry and Archie Lewis. Picture: David Stewart

AT HOME: Kate Delaney pictured with young charges Bohdi Simpson, Ryder Bendeich, Henry and Archie Lewis. Picture: David Stewart

FAMILY day care educator Kate Delaney admits she is big on communication – both with her young charges and their parents.

It means that when a child in her care has a breakthrough moment, she likes to deliver the happy news to the parent, along with the evidence, as soon as she can.

“It might be that a child has been trying to learn how to ride a bike with pedals. If they manage to do it while they’re here with me, I’ll video it, and send it along to their parents at work, along with a short message saying: ‘We did it!’” Read more here.