Ballarat breakfast report: February 1

An aerial view of Ballarat. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister
An aerial view of Ballarat. PICTURE: Jeremy Bannister


Ballarat had its coolest night all week, dropping to 10.2 degrees this morning, allowing residents to cool down and air out their homes ahead of the hot weekend.

Today is forecast to reach a hot and sunny 39 degrees.

It will stay hot all weekend, expected to only drop to 22 degrees tonight before hitting 40 tomorrow. 


The final road toll for 2013 in Victoria was declared yesterday at 242. 

Although it's a 14.2 per cent drop on the year before, 2014 isn't tracking as well. So far there have been 24 deaths on Victorian roads for the year, compared to 14 at the same time last year. 

This comes after three people died yesterday in two separate collisions around the state. 

There was a double fatality at Baranduda, near Wodonga, where police believe a car crashed into a tree around 3.50pm.

The third death was in a two-car collision on the Melba Highway in Castella, near Kinglake, around 5.30pm. 

In the Ballarat region, police reported a very quiet night.


Ballarat City Fire Brigade was called to Sebastopol this morning after a baby was locked in a car, where they were able to unlock the car quickly. 

Overnight they had one false alarm. 

However, smoke is still hanging over the Ballarat region from yesterday's Learmonth hay stack fire.

Ballarat City Fire duty officer Anthony Pearce said care needs to be taken over these hot days.

"No backyard fires, don't drive any vehicles over dry grass and don't do any behaviour that could possibly start a fire," he said.

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


Ambulance Victoria reported no incidents in this region overnight.


Trains on the Ballarat and Gippsland lines are running on time today but there are minor disruptions on the Bendigo, Geelong and Seymour lines. 



Today the Red Hot Summer Tour hits Lake Wendouree, with 1970s legend Suzi Quatro the headline act.