Ballarat breakfast report: January 27

Ballarat residents at Lake Wendouree last night to watch the Australia Day fireworks display. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER
Ballarat residents at Lake Wendouree last night to watch the Australia Day fireworks display. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

GOOD morning Ballarat. Hope you all had a good Australia Day and enjoy today's public holiday. 


´╗┐Police were busy last night with an operation in response to Australia day to ensure public safety and another state wide traffic based operation which will both continue throughout today. 

Senior sergeant Neale Robinson said four arrests were made for drunken behaviour and the offenders were issued with a penalty notice.

"There were a number of incidents around residential areas, in town and at Lake Wendouree last night.

"Drunkenness is one of the major issues behind the jobs attended."

Senior sergeant Robinson said no one was brought in for drink driving offences.

"There were a lot of families down at the lake to watch the fireworks. The problem behaviour was not an issue till later," he said.

"We still have concerns over violence in the region when people have been drinking." 


Today marks the beginning of another hot week, forecast to reach a sunny 34 degrees coming off a warmish night that dropped to only 15 degrees. 

It was perfect weather for Australia Day yesterday, staying above 25 degrees between 1pm and 8pm. It reached a top of 28.5 at about 4pm and then again at 6pm. 

Today there will be northwest to northeasterly winds, with a very high fire danger warning. 

Tomorrow will reach 37, before a cooler Wednesday at 25 degrees, before staying in the high 30s for the rest of the week and reaching 40 on Sunday. 


The fire brigade had a relatively quiet night, with only three call outs.

Ballarat City Fire senior station officer Anthony Pearce said two of which were false alarms.

The third was checking up on legal backyard fires in the area. 

Mr Pearce reminds everyone in the region to be careful this week. 

"It's going to be a hot week again, so everyone needs to prepare for this hot weather and don't do anything that probably start a fire," he said. 

For fire safety, warnings and advice, visit the CFA website. 


´╗┐The night of Australia Day can be a busy night for emergency services, but both Ambulance Victoria and the State Emergency Services said the night was very quiet.

SES regional duty officer Gavin Kelly said the SES did not receive a single call out in the region.

"It's rare for Australia Day. But it's great news: it means people are hearing our warnings and precautions," he said.

"Our volunteers were able to have a lovely quiet night in."