Local News

Leaked report reveals speeding train

The Age is reporting the train that smashed into the Lydiard Street North railway gates was travelling at almost 100 km/h, more than twice the speed limit on that section of track. The leaked V/Line incident...

No update on Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment commencement

  With a focus on infrastructure projects by the Victorian Government, the progress of the $461 million redevelopment of the Ballarat Base Hospital remains unclear.   Originally announced in May 2018, works were expected to begin in early...

CEO asks directors to reapply for jobs

    Senior Directors at the City of Ballarat will be asked to re-apply for their jobs. It's the first of many changes interim CEO Janet Dore will likely make as a review of councils culture gets underway.   The...

Statue vandalism takes centre stage in State Parliament

A motion was moved in State Parliament yesterday condemning the vandalism of the Prime Ministers busts in Ballarat over the weekend. Western Victoria MP Bev McArthur moved the motion labeling the vandals 'self-appointed arbiters of public...

Janet Dore backed by RDV Grampians Chair

  The Chair of the Grampians region of Regional Development Victoria has welcomed the appointment of Janet Dore as interim CEO of the City of Ballarat. Stuart Benjamin says what has happened in Ballarat following the Ombudsman's...

Dumping begins at Maddingley Coal site

Trucks started rolling into the Maddingley Brown Coal site at Bacchus Marsh yesterday carrying what council fears could be contaminated soil. The dumping, not far from the Ballarat rail line, comes amid reports that contaminated soil...

Drawbridge to lower at Kryal Castle

  In another positive sign for tourism in Ballarat, Kryal Castle is set to re-open. The draw bridge will be lowered from June 27 with the park remaining open across the school holidays and then weekends.   Tickets to...

Police pounce after school fence incident

Police were called to a Ballarat Primary School on Friday after a male approached a school fence around lunch time. St Alipius Principal Eileen Rice says the man spoke inappropriately to a female year 4 student...