Apartment owners want helicopters to buzz off

Aisha Dow   Some are sent bonkers by their neighbour's barking dog or cars honking horns, for others it is the traffic in the sky that is driving them to distraction.

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Siege in Normanby Road Port Melbourne over

 Victoria Police have arrested new Comanchero Hallam chapter president, Amir Jaha.

Marissa Calligeros, Nino Bucci 11:39 AM   A man holding police and paramedics at bay has caused morning traffic disruptions in the inner south.

Man dies during citizen's arrest

The homicide squad is investigating after a man died during a citizen's arrest in Heathcote

Marissa Calligeros 11:33 AM   Dead man had been restrained by a group of people in Victorian country town on Sunday night after he was seen acting erratically and trying to to get into passing vehicles.

Crown restaurant probe after 14 fall ill

Up to 14 people have fallen ill after having afternoon tea at The Conservatory, Crown Casino.

Marissa Calligeros 11:03 AM   Up to 14 people may have been struck down with food poisoning after having high tea at the up-market restaurant The Conservatory at Crown Casino.

Construction worker dies after falling down open shaft

Ambulance Victoria Logo sign. 

Marissa Calligeros 10:34 AM   A construction worker has died after falling at a Melbourne building site on Monday morning.

Melbourne Express: Monday, February 15, 2016

Melbourne Express icons - sunrise

Deborah Gough 10:12 AM   Kickstart your day with breaking news, commuter and weather updates.

Melbourne’s skyline to become tallest in the nation

A helicopter flies through Melbourne skyscrapers along the Yarra River.

Aisha Dow 10:08 AM   Melbourne will soon have Australia's tallest skyline, with more than 100 new skyscrapers taller than 100 metres planned or already under construction.

Housing groups want vacant public spaces to be used for homes

New home sales picked up in December, but the picture for 2016 is not yet clear.

Benjamin Preiss 9:44 AM   Calls grow for land set to be sold by state government - including former schools, police stations, and health care facilities - to be used to alleviate housing affordability crisis.

Pedestrian hit and killed by car in Melbourne's north

Police remove a car from the scene after a pedestrian fatality on Monday morning.

Marissa Calligeros 9:02 AM   A pedestrian has died after being hit by a car in Melbourne's north.

Fisherman drowns after dinghy overturns off Warrnambool breakwater

One man died in the accident while the other was transported to hospital with serious injuries.

Marissa Calligeros 8:04 AM   Fishermen on the shore were speaking to the boatie while he clung to his overturned dinghy, but then he slipped away.

Mother, children carjacked in city

A teen allegedly blew more than twice the legal blood alcohol limit.

Marissa Calligeros 7:09 AM   Man goes on 40-minute crime spree, stealing multiple cars and threatening to kill a woman and her young children.

Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson to seek Goldstein preselection

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has decided to retire at the election.

Richard WIllingham, Allison Worrall 11:49 PM   Australia's Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has announced he will resign from his position to seek Liberal Party preselection for the federal seat of Goldstein.

Hurstbridge train derailing: police arrest 27-year-old suspect

A train at Hurstbridge station was derailed in November.

Allison Worrall, Steve Lillebuen 10:24 PM   A 27-year-old man has been arrested over the Hurstbridge train derailment that caused more than $3 million damage.

Danger ahead as Melbourne booms, regional Victoria sinks

Another day on which the train system struggled to cope.

Peter Martin 9:14 PM   Melbourne has pipped Sydney to become Australia's fastest-growing capital, but risks a "lost decade" after years of underinvestment in public transport.

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Lockout laws would destroy Melbourne

Pub and club patrons say earlier lock-outs risk cutting jobs and strangling local culture.

Richard Willingham 6:47 PM   Tough lockout laws used in Sydney have no place in Melbourne because it would damage the city, says Victorian government.

Chance to eat free with Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal: roaring success.

5:47 PM   Foodies rejoice – or shout expletives. Those who paid big bucks to dine on Blumenthal's fare last year may be

Push for school students to get free public transport

Single mother Allyson Griffith, who is calling for free public transport for schoolchildren, with her kids Charlie Gray, ...

Timna Jacks 5:34 PM   Welfare advocates and the Greens are calling for free public transport for Victorian school students

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Woman struck by car and killed while walking home from wedding

Darcy Hopwood with her boyfriend, Scott Riley. Ms Hopwood was killed after being struck by a car walking on the ...

Steve Lillebuen 5:05 PM   The grief-stricken partner of a young woman hit by a car and killed while walking from a wedding urged everyone to treat their loved ones like a king or queen on Valentine's Day.

Dozens of alleged crime figures set to fight casino and racing bans

Antonio Madafferi.

Nino Bucci 4:57 PM   Dozens of alleged organised crime figures are poised to challenge police bans from Crown Casino and Victorian racetracks, with pending Supreme Court action against the force set to test the exclusion order regime.

Australia Day bikie bombing: Two men wanted

Police are searching for two men after a fire bombing at the Bandidos clubhouse in Geelong on Australia Day.

Steve Lillebuen 12:03 PM   Two men are wanted over an Australia Day fire bombing, which targeted the Bandidos clubhouse in Geelong.

Bayside readies for sky rail stoush

An artist's impression of sky rail.

Farrah Tomazin   Bayside residents face the prospect of sky rail along the Frankston train line, with the Andrews government not ruling out an expansion of elevated tracks across some of Melbourne's most marginal seats.

Police beat ambulance to Holly Nicholson's drowning site


Neelima Choahan   An investigation into the drowning of a 13-year-old near Wonthaggi on Thursday will probe why the police reached the scene ahead of the ambulance.

Andrews blown sky high

Illustration: Joe Benke.

Farrah Tomazin   If the government was more open and accountable about its plans, elevated rail could end up being a small price to pay for a modern and reliable transport system.

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Hospital gets $30m lifeline to finish redevelopment

Ear hospital action.

Farrah Tomazin   Patients at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital will have a new five-level building with seven operating rooms, recovery spaces, extra beds, a new emergency department and outpatients consulting rooms.

Fast-moving grass fire south of Ballarat

Smoke from the fire at Dereel.

Neelima Choahan and Deborah Gough   The danger from a grass fire south of Ballarat at Dereel and Mount Mercer has been downgraded with the Country Fire Authority saying there is no threat to communities.

Bush doof that saved a town has permit cancelled at last minute

Maitreya Festival brought more than $2 million into the town of Charlton last year.

Patrick O'Neil and Anna Whitelaw   The descent of 10,000 costume clad alternative festival patrons on a small country town, population 1288, sounds like a recipe for disaster. Instead the events economic benefits are keeping the town afloat.

Marathon milk can last for three weeks in the fridge


Jason Dowling   Lactose free, organic, permeate free, gluten free, light, easy to digest - there is no end to choices when buying the white stuff that comes from cows.  

Melbourne MS sufferer who refused dialysis treatment dies, aged 55

Anthony at home in Keilor East last week.

Anthony Virgona, the Melbourne man who turned down life-prolonging medical treatment after years of suffering from a crippling degenerative disease, has died.

Man arrested after an alleged assault and attempted robbery in inner-city Melbourne

Police car

Neelima Choahan   A 25-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting several people and attempting an armed robbery at a chemist in Preston on Saturday morning.

Emergency services suicide rate spikes

CFA Fireman Travis Harris.

Julia May   "I felt so bad that somebody lost their life and I was so close."

Reading the signs, learning to swim

Instructor Laura May, who knows Auslan, offers swim lessons to deaf children  and adults.

Konrad Marshall   It's 8:41pm on a Wednesday and fluorescent light dapples the silky surface of the indoor pool at Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre.


Andrews' port plan is a fraud on the west

Victoria is facing an infrastructure fiasco rivalling the desalination plant.

Indifference threatens a jewel in Victoria's heritage

In a crook of a hill outside Melbourne, a rare example of Victoria's heritage is crumbling.

A perfect storm led to hospital baby deaths

We must demand transparency and a change in attitude at Bacchus Marsh Hospital.

Hunt’s Melbourne 2200: on a road to nowhere

Environment Minister is still playing Abbott-style politics and his  proposals ignore fiscal realities.

The urban myth we just can't shake off

We have the world's most urban culture but  we see ourselves as red-dirters, outbackers, bushies.

Hail the fight for workplace safety

The decline in workplace deaths would have been unachievable without the vigilance of unions.

Fighting fire with fire: sometimes it goes wrong

The recent Lancefield bushfires highlight the need to have a plan and then use it.

A premier who keeps his promises? Really?

Premier Daniel Andrews has stuck to his guns, and his commitments.

Flash heatwave forebodes dangerous summer

In less than a week, the bushfire season has descended upon us.

Open letter to Gillon McLachlan

Victim of Brownless' "strippers" comment says the AFL chief should use his power to change the culture of The Footy Show.

Don't be fooled by Andrews' port trickery

Privatising the port to pay for level-crossing removals is a modern version of the pea and thimble trick.


V/Line conductor filmed punching man

Passenger films a V/Line employee as he repeatedly kicks and punches a 46-year-old man at Broadford station.

Andrews wants Melbourne Metro cash from Turnbull

Daniel Andrews wants the allocated $3 billion for East West link to fund the Melbourne Metro.

Inside Australia's goat farming industry

We export the largest quantity of this meat in the world, but most Australians know little about goat farming.