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Ballarat Council removes rainbow flag

Ballarat Council says will review its Sturt Street flag pole policy, after receiving complaints about its decision to fly a rainbow flag in support of same-sex marriage. Six councillors voted at a recent Council meeting to...

Police seeking driver over Ararat pursuits

Police are looking for the driver of a Ford sedan after leading them on two high-speed pursuits in Ararat this morning. At around 2.00am police stopped the vehicle at the Caltex roadhouse, finding the driver to...

New campaign calling for faster Ballarat trains

A new campaign is calling for a better train service for Ballarat commuters. In a move welcomed by the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA), the Committee for Ballarat's new #59minuteballarat initiative calls for full duplication of...

Teen charged over fatal crash

  A teenager has been charged with multiple offences following a fatal crash in Ballan which killed a 16-year-old girl. Detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit have charged the 17-year-old boy over the crash which occurred...

Lunchtime chaos in Ballarat's CBD

Emergency services and lunchtime shoppers have been forced to wrangle a drug-affected man after he crashed his car into a gutter in Armstrong St Sth around 1.30pm (Wed 20 Sept). At one stage witnesses thought the...

Funeral for officer killed in Darley crash

  A police officer who was killed in a motorcycle crash at Darley will be laid to rest tomorrow (September 20). Acting Senior Sergeant Barry Hills was off-duty when his motorbike collided with a car on September...

17-year-old questioned over fatal crash in Ballan

  Police have questioned a 17-year-old boy overnight after he fled the scene of a fatal crash at Ballan. The boy was driving an allegedly stolen van, when officers tried to intercept the vehicle on the Western...

Manhunt at scene of fatal Ballan accident

There's been a fatal accident on the Western Freeway at Ballan, near the former speed gantries at the Racecourse Rd underpass. At this stage, it appears the driver of the vehicle has run off and a...

Air quality alert for Bacchus Marsh and Merrimu

Bacchus Marsh and Merrimu residents are being warned they might see or smell smoke today (September 19). An air quality alert has been issued from the CFA, with a planned burn to be undertaken throughout the...

Measles alert for Ballarat

  Ballarat is being warned to look out for the symptoms of measles, following two confirmed cases between Melbourne and Ballarat. An alert has been issued by Victoria's chief health officer to doctors and hospitals, after the...