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12 days with zero active coronavirus cases in Ballarat

Ballarat has now gone 12 days with no known coronavirus infections in the city. Regional Victoria yesterday dropped 3 cases to sit on 23 with 10 of those in the Colac Otway shire.   Nearby Moorabool and Geelong...

JobKeeper reduction concerns grow in Ballarat

Ballarat's Federal MP has warned that up to $18 million will be removed from the local economy every couple of weeks if the planned cuts to JobKeeper go ahead. The reduction of between $300 and $750...

Cash lifeline thrown to Ballarat's live music scene

A multi million dollar state government lifeline has been offered for Victorian live music, and 4 local venues will share in the cash to get the devastated industry back on it feet. Ballarat's Hop Temple, The...

Ballarat's emergency services kept busy

It was a busy weekend for Ballarat's emergency services. CFA crews were called to 2 major blazes on Saturday, one which destroyed a shed at Miners Rest and another that damaged a Mitchell Park home.   On Friday...

Ballarat enjoys a weekend of increased freedoms

  Ballarat has enjoyed its first weekend out of stage 3 lock down restrictions with the beautiful weather on Saturday playing its part. Most hospitality businesses enjoyed strong trade although some, such as the recently refurbished North...

Ballarat youth awards head online tonight

  80 outstanding young people are about to be recognised at the Ballarat Youth Awards. For the first time in its 15 year history the event will be held virtually from 7pm tonight.   Commendations will go to young...

Resources ramped up to get Ballarat eateries open

The City of Ballarat has increased resources to get hospitality businesses open as quickly as possible now that the severe coronavirus restrictions have eased. Council says it has created a new streamlined service that removes the...

Kryal castle set to re-open from tomorrow

  Yesterday it was the Ballarat Wildlife Park, tomorrow another famous Ballarat tourist attraction re-opens, Kryal Castle. The medieval castle will open Friday to Monday across the school holidays then weekends from the 10th October in term...

Council candidate nominations open now

Nominations are now open for Victoria's local council elections which will take place by postal ballot this October. Candidates have until midday this Tuesday to make their nomination with new requirements coming into effect, including a...

Ballarat moves to 'step 3' as restrictions ease

  Virus restrictions have officially eased in Ballarat with restaurants, pubs and cafes preparing to welcome their first diners this morning or later today. Beauty services and tattoo parlous can reopen, while outdoor auctions and community sport...