VicRoads headquarters to move to Ballarat


Steve Lillebuen Hundreds of Victorian public servants face seeing their jobs driven out of Melbourne in a state government bid to boost a hard-hit regional economy.

Budget under spotlight as delays hit Living Ballarat water project

Victorian State Parliament

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie The Victorian government's flagship water cycle management project in Ballarat is running months behind schedule, amid claims a large portion of its $1 million budget has been directed to the Office...

No trains on Ballarat, Bendigo, Sunbury lines for three weeks

Victoria gets 40 new regional carriages (Thumbnail)

Adam Carey Three railway lines will be completely shut down for more than three weeks from Saturday until January 19 as work on the regional rail link, the state's biggest infrastructure project, goes into...

Ballarat man shot in the face

Air Ambulance

A Ballarat man who was shot in the face early on Sunday morning has been taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Crime wave crawls dark streets of Ballarat

Raymond Martini

Jack Clarke On a Friday night in March, a wine and cheese night was in full swing at the popular Ballarat nightclub Haida.

Ballarat bishop 'moved paedophile priest overseas'

Helen Watson.

Barney Zwartz Predator constantly found new victims, victim's mother tells clergy child sex abuse inquiry.

Teen dead after brawl in Ballarat

Police siren

Deborah Gough Up to three men are on the run from police after a teenage boy was murdered and his stepfather injured in an attack in a small town near Ballarat.

Woman's body found at Ballarat

Doveton Street South, Ballarat.

Tom Cowie A Ballarat woman's four-year-old son was at home when she was found dead after being the victim of what police described as "a violent attack".

Ballet in Ballarat

Emma McFarlane, Courtney McKeown and Lisa Craig backstage at Her Majesty's Theatre Ballarat on July 17, 2012. Photo by Simon Schluter

Tutus find a home among the gumtrees as The Australian Ballet takes its young stars on a six-week tour of regional Australia, Photographer Simon Schluter joined them in Ballarat.

Police seek missing Ballarat woman

Thomas Hounslow Police are looking for a Ballarat woman who has been missing since Friday afternoon.

Stand-off as 50 police surround Ballarat house

Police tape

Jordan Oliver Police have surrounded a property near Ballarat where a man has been involved in a stand-off with officers for more than 21 hours.

Anzac Day weekend

What's open on Anzac Day

Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance.

Deborah Gough Emergencies

Schools struggle to pay staff

Just 17 teachers have been dismissed for unsatisfactory performance since 2008.

Benjamin Preiss Dozens of state schools are unable to pay their staffing costs and have called in the Education Department for help to balance their books.

Family violence epidemic

Family members and friends of Fiona Warzywoda.

Jane Lee, Craig Butt and Nick Toscano The biggest policy tools to combat family violence are failing to prevent women and children from being killed.

Bomber mechanic: When I go, I'll go big

Glenn Sanders

Cameron Houston and Mary Alexander A town was fearful of Glenn Sanders in the days before his death.

Fuel prices to jump ahead of Easter holidays


Kate Hagan Motorists be warned - fuel prices look set to rise in the next 24 hours and those slow to fill up could be paying an extra 20 cents a litre.

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'City-shaping' Easter transport works to cause major delays


Patrick Hatch, Nick Toscano A "city-shaping" Easter blitz on road, rail and tram works is expected to cause major delays for commuters across Melbourne, starting on Thursday morning.

Population Record rise in city dwellers Melbourne tops nation's growth rate

Melbourne CBD

Peter Martin Australians are piling in to Melbourne's central business district at a record rate.

Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale's victims to launch class action

FIEL PIC  Photo Geoff Ampt.   15-8-1993.   Father Gerald Ridsdale attributes his misdeeds to a personal history of loneliness and inability to relate to other adults.   Gerald Ridsdale outside court with George Pell, later Archbishop George Pell.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Mark Russell Victims of Gerald Ridsdale are preparing a landmark class action against the Catholic Church in what will be the first test of Cardinal George Pell's recent commitment to make the church less hostile...

Weather alert: severe warnings across Victoria

Rain pours in Melbourne.

Patrick Hatch The worst is over for Melbourne, but don’t expect life to get any drier.