Ballarat breakfast report | Friday, April 21, 2017

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PIC OF THE DAY: @trevjel "Morning light. . . . Lake Wendouree with Mt Warrenheip on the horizon. . . . #ballarat #visitballarat #theballaratlife #cityofballarat #visitmelbourne #awesome_earthpix #main_vision #colors_of_day #folkcreative #earth_shotz #Majestic_Earth #aussiephotos #ig_australia #FocusAustralia #australia #restaurantaustralia #seeaustralia #exploringaustralia #arte_objetiva #wonderful_places #worldprime"

Man allegedly flees police at 120km/h around Lake Wendouree

A Sebastopol man allegedly caught at 70km/h above the speed limit on Wendouree Parade while being pursued by police and narrowly missing a cyclist faces possible jail time. Read more.

NBN rollout: City of Ballarat faces millions in damages

The City of Ballarat will face a $13 million bill for 6500 instances of infrastructure damage left by the National Broadband Network rollout. Read more.

Millions diverted by Watersun

Millions of dollars was funnelled out of the coffers of failed Victorian builder Watersun Homes and into entities related to its directors in the months before its collapse, liquidators believe. Read more.

A vicious cycle of violence

Open wounds and bone fractures – these are the most common assault injuries women are likely to present with at Ballarat hospitals, a new report has revealed. Read more.

Western Highway opposition wants government action

A community group opposed to the chosen Western Highway duplication route between Buangor and Ararat has continued to urge the state government to consider a different alignment. Read more.

Weather

We could be in for a bit of rain today, although we have already had almost 8mm overnight.

State of the nation

► Wagga, NSW: A woman’s tireless quest to bring the Wagga Rural Referral Hospital back to “base-ics” has continued to gain traction

Catherine Pierce has now reached 1300 signatures on her petition to rename the city landmark the Wagga Base Hospital. 

Ms Pierce was motivated to pursue the change after she was trapped in a hospital elevator because the operator did not know what the Wagga Rural Referral Hospital was. 

► Nelson Bay, NSW: The Nelson Bay branch of the Commonwealth Bank will close its doors on May 5.

The bank will continue to service customers through its Salamander Bay branch and even maintain its CBD ATMs but the Nelson Bay branch ‘no longer adds up’.

“Commonwealth Bank regularly reviews its branch footprint, including opening new branches, installing new technology, refurbishing, relocating and, in some instances, closing branches,” a CBA spokesperson said. 

Young, NSW: Sergeant Jim Prentice of Cootamundra LAC Highway Patrol said police were pleased the Local Area Command was fatality free over the Easter long weekend period.

Despite the number of driving offences and tickets issued in the Cootamundra LAC over the weekend, Sergeant Prentice said that other than a few minor accidents the local roads overall were fatality free.

► Wagga, NSW: One of Wagga’s leading criminal lawyers has backed Highway Patrol’s decision to reportedly cease mobile drug testing. 

David Barron believes current roadside testing is skewed against drug users – rather than drug drivers – and acts as a “bit of a revenue raiser”. 

“In relation to detecting whether a drug is simply present or not, it tends to be less about road safety and more about money,” he said.

► Tamworth, NSW: Darren Jones has been remembered as a devoted family man and an unrivalled horseman, as hundreds farewelled the jockey at the very place his 30-year career began.

Jones tragically died in a three-jockey fall at the Warialda Cup meeting on April 8. 

Family, friends, colleagues and members of the racing fraternity from all over the state converged on Tamworth Jockey Club to farewell the 50-year-old father-of-two on Thursday afternoon.

► Tasmania: The plan to use Tasmania as a “battery for the nation” was announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a visit to the Trevallyn Power Station on Thursday.

Hydro Tasmania's chief executive Steve Davy welcomed the investigation into expanding Tasmania’s hydropower system and using the state’s expertise to ensure energy security.

Eye on the weather

What does it look like in your neck of the woods today?

World news:

Jakarta: Jakarta's embattled Christian and ethnically Chinese governor could escape being jailed for blasphemy after prosecutors only requested he serve two years' probation for allegedly insulting Islam.

A day after Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama was decisively defeated in a bitterly sectarian gubernatorial election by former education minister Anies Baswedan, he was forced to front the blasphemy trial that derailed his electability.

► Cairo: Egypt has been locked in a battle to control Islamic State for several years and especially since President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 but the country has been unable to contain the terrorists' almost weekly attacks.

After killing 47 worshippers at churches in two cities in Egypt a little over a week ago, the terrorist group struck again on Tuesday, this time in the tourist hot spot of southern Sinai.

Faces of Australia

Coming together: Mandurah mum Melanie Edge shares her experience as a mother of two, with one of her children having ADHD, in an Instagram account. Photo: Supplied.

Coming together: Mandurah mum Melanie Edge shares her experience as a mother of two, with one of her children having ADHD, in an Instagram account. Photo: Supplied.

In a bid to bring mothers together and make a difference in the community, Mandurah mother of two, blogger and good Samaritan Melanie Edge has brought Babes + Picnics Australia to Mandurah.

The Babes + Picnics initiative was created in Brisbane in November 2016 by resident Lucia De Melo, who hoped to support and assist mothers in a non-judgmental environment while raising funds for local not-for-profit organisations.

Tired of having to go up to Perth for big mum gatherings, Ms Edge became WA’s fifth Babes + Picnics ambassador recently and decided to bring the initiative down to Mandurah.

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On this day …

753 BC Romulus and Remus found Rome (traditional date).

1526 Battle at Panipat: Central Asian conqueror Babur defeats Sultan Ibrahim Lodi, establishing the Mughal Empire in India

1792 Brazilian revolutionary Tiradentes, is hanged, drawn and quartered in Rio de Janeiro

1863 Bahá'u'lláh, founder of the Bahá'í Faith, enters gardens of Rivden, near Baghdad. Makes the declaration of aha'u'llah during 12 days spent there

1918 World War I: German fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen "The Red Baron", shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France, Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown credited with the kill

1989 Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing's Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political freedom