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.

Latest Victoria news

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

A train at Hurstbridge station was derailed in November.

Steve Lillebuen, Allison Worrall 7:19 PM   A 27-year-old man has been arrested over the Hurstbridge train derailment that caused more than $3 million damage.

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

Ministerial material and a local needed for Andrew Robb's replacement

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

Richard Willingham 5:23 PM   The next Liberal member for Goldstein must be ministerial material but must also be free to take a call from local members, preselectors say.

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.

Melbourne’s skyline to become tallest in the nation

A helicopter flies through Melbourne skyscrapers along the Yarra River.

Aisha Dow 3:45 PM   Melbourne will soon have Australia's tallest skyline, with more than 100 new skyscrapers taller than 100 metres planned or already under construction.

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 8:54 AM   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

HOLLY NICHOLSON

Neelima Choahan 9:48 PM   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 12:15 AM   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 12:15 AM   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 7:59 PM   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

Photo: iStock

Jason Dowling 10:30 AM   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 12:15 AM   "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 12:15 AM   It's 8:41pm on a Wednesday and fluorescent light dapples the silky surface of the indoor pool at Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

My Place: Open a window of understanding into mind and body

The outside hints at what will greet the newcomer who enters this place of relaxation and awareness.

Julie O'Connor 12:15 AM   It's hard to fathom that I first came here more than seven years ago, dipping my toe into this practice from another culture. The shopfront generously hints at what will greet the tentative newcomer once inside this place of relaxation and awareness.

Dear Sydney, drop by for a drink some night. Love, Melbourne

Enjoying the nightlife in Hosier Lane in Melbourne's CBD.

Michael Coulter   Melbourne revels in the late-night delights that Sydney's lockout laws have eliminated.

Brunswick East cafe Fried and Tasty accused of perpetuating racist stereotypes

Brunswick East restaurant Fried and Tasty has provoked criticism for its interior decoration that is said to stereotype ...

Neelima Choahan   A Melbourne restaurant has come under fire for displaying images which some say perpetuate racial stereotypes.

Rail tracks to be torn up as V/Line crisis rolls on

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 28:  A corner on an train overpass between Southern Cross and North Melbourne Stations is ...

Adam Carey   Hundreds of metres of railway track laid just two years ago as part of the most expensive public transport project in Victoria's history will be ripped up and replaced on the weekend because it is damaged and has damaged V/Line train wheels.

Bendigo woman killed, teen fighting for life after crash

A 19-year-old teen has been flown to The Alfred after crashing a car in Moama.

Deborah Gough   A young Bendigo woman is dead and teenager is fighting for her life after a crash on the Victoria-NSW border.

Man stabbed in front of State Library

Police are still searching for the attacker.

Deborah Gough   A man sitting outside State Library Victoria was stabbed in the neck and ear when he refused to handover his mobile and the attacker is now on the run.

'That lady, she gone': family rebuild memories of missing mum

Samantha Kelly.

Tammy Mills   The couple caring for the children of suspected murdered victim Samantha Kelly are giving them reminders of their mother.

Housemates charged over death of Bendigo mum

Samantha Kelly.

Rania Spooner and Tammy Mills   Police have charged three people over the disappearance of Bendigo mother-of-four Samantha Kelly.

Armed man barricades himself in Target

Police officer

Deborah Gough   A man who barricaded himself in an off-limits area of a Bourke Street department store used a knife to ward off police and other emergency services.

Investigation launched into Holly Nicholson drowning death at Wonthaggi

HOLLY NICHOLSON

Craig Butt, Marissa Calligeros   The drowning death of a 13-year-old girl near Wonthaggi on Thursday will be investigated, after it emerged that it took 24 minutes for an ambulance to be deployed.

Opinion

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.

Video

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.