Ballarat breakfast report: August 29, 2014

A frosty newspaper to wrap up the working week.
A frosty newspaper to wrap up the working week.


By nine o'clock the city will have been able to shake off the patchy morning fog left from an overnight low of 1 degree.

It will be a delightful sunny afternoon - cold lemonade and beer drinking weather.

Light winds.

Ballarat has experienced its driest August in eight years.


The Courier front page, August 29

The Courier front page, August 29

It was a gathering of Ballarat’s elite businesses, but this year the brightest spark of them all was Laser Electrical Ballarat. 

The long-standing Ballarat business was crowned winner of the coveted CGU Commerce Ballarat Business of the Year Award. 

Laser Electrical Ballarat, formerly Paul Jenkins Electrics, has grown from humble beginnings after being established more than 50 years ago in Sebastopol.


A teenager has been charged following a high-speed pursuit from Altona North to Lara on Thursday night. 

Police detected the allegedly stolen red Nissan Pulsar sedan travelling east in Blackshaws Road, Altona North around 9.25pm and attempted to intercept the vehicle. 

The driver allegedly failed to stop and a pursuit was called but ended when the five occupants attempted to flee on foot and were arrested. 

The 17-year-old Lalor boy was charged with driving offences including reckless conduct endangering life and drive whilst suspended, along with theft of motor vehicle and handle stolen goods. 


Three fire crews attended a fire which destroyed a caravan at Smythesdale on Thursday night.

Crews were called to Incolls Road near the intersection with Sebastopol-Smythesdale Road.

The Smythesdale crew had the fire under control within 10 minutes

No one was injured.

The incident is being treated as suspicious and is being investigated.


Paramedics had no incidents to report from overnight.


All train services are running on time with no delays reported on the @vline_ballarat Twitter feed.


Today The Courier will attend the Ballarat Health Services Base Hospital for an announcement by the opposition leader Daniel Andrews.


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