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85% capacity aim for elective surgery at Ballarat Base

Elective surgery will get back to 75% capacity at the Ballarat Base Hospital from today. Ballarat Health Services (BHS) says the move has been made with coronavirus restrictions now eased as of 11.59pm last night.   The hospital...

Melbourne 'ring of steel' to be reinforced

  Authorities will ramp up roadblocks between Regional Victoria and Metro Melbourne as restrictions ease, including the check point at Hopetoun Park on the Western Freeway near Bacchus Marsh.  Premier Daniel Andrews has warned drivers travelling out...

$600k plus payment for outgoing Ballarat council CEO

Agenda papers for tonight's City of Ballarat council meeting have revealed an eye watering salary paid to its outgoing CEO. It's believed Justine Linley, who was sacked following a damning Ombudsman's report back in May took...

Wendouree MP welcomes lifting of restrictions

  The State Member for Wendouree has welcomed yesterday's announcement by Premier Daniel Andrews of the third step out of coronavirus restrictions. In a surprise move Ballarat cafes, pubs and restaurants will be able to have some...

Forums planned to introduce prospective councillors

Help is at hand if you're unsure of who to vote for at the upcoming local council elections in Ballarat. The Ballaarat Mechanics Institute (BMI) is hosting a series of online forums giving each candidate the...

Parwan speedster nabbed almost 70K/ph over limit

The Ballarat Highway Patrol have nabbed a driver travelling at almost 70K/ph over the speed limit at Parwan just south of Bacchus Marsh. The 41 year old from Bacchus Marsh was pulled over in an SUV...

Australia's 'hidden health crisis' hits hard in Ballarat

Unintentional overdose deaths are being described as Australia's hidden health crisis. Ballarat recorded 29 deaths in the 5 years spanning between 2014 and 2018, that's compared to 24 deaths in the previous 5 year span. Between...