AFL lobbies state government over bosses' private company

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie AFL resources were used to lobby the Victorian government on behalf of a mining company part-owned by league chairman Mike Fitzpatrick and former chief executive Andrew Demetriou.

Jenny Crompton scoops Deadly Art Award at the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards on display at the Art Gallery of Ballarat

Jenny Crompton

Annabel Ross Bellbrae artist Jenny Crompton has taken out the state’s richest indigenous art prize, the $30,000 Deadly Art Award at the 2014 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards.

Police officer stabbed twice outside fast food outlet in Ballarat

Hungry Jack's stabbing in Wendouree

Fiona Henderson A police officer was stabbed in the face and leg outside a fast food outlet in Victoria’s west on Thursday night.

Ararat escapee captured in Ballarat

David Jeans A fugitive child sex offender who escaped from Ararat correctional facility Corella Place last weekend has been caught in Ballarat.

Geelong-Ballarat-Bendigo train ride aims to revive regional rail

Rail  campaigners Noel Laidlaw and Scott Ramsay at the Carisbrook train station.

Adam Carey The railway line between Maryborough and Castlemaine turns 140 this year and parts of it look every day of it.

Ballarat doctor gets NZ quake bravery award

Lydia Johns Putra

Steve Lillebuen and Nicole Mathewson Dr Lydia Johns-Putra looked at the trapped and bleeding man. The earthquake had brought down a building on top of him. Unless she did something quickly, he was going to die.

Assault probe: teenager's jaw broken in Ballarat Football League underage game


Pat Nolan and David Jeans A criminal investigation has been launched into an assault in a Ballarat Football League underage match between East Point and Darley.

Young homeless couple in Ballarat found dead in car from heater

Rubbish strewn near the intersection of Smarts Hill road and Finchs road at Cardiagan - near where two people died in their car at Cardigan on Friday night.

Caroline Zielinski A Victorian couple and their dog have been found dead in a car, apparently killed by a gas heater they were using to keep warm.

Tragic end for homeless couple found dead in car near Ballarat

Scattered rubbish at the site where a couple and their dog were found dead in their car on this corner on the outskirts of Ballarat.   The Age. Photo: Angela Wylie. July 26 2014.

Konrad Marshall The young couple were found by police inside their car – their home – at 9:30 on Friday night, on a windy and isolated road in Cardigan, just outside Ballarat.

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.

Workers disappointed after Ballarat sex shop robber avoids jail


Matthew Dixon A man who aimed a sawn-off rifle in a sex shop worker's face and demanded the victim open the cash register during a brazen armed robbery attempt in Ballarat has escaped jail, despite admitting to...

Premier Denis Napthine accused of choosing Ballarat's mayor

Premier Denis Napthine.

Rachel Afflick TWO Ballarat councillors say they were told during a briefing in November that Premier Denis Napthine wanted a Liberal-aligned mayor to lead the council.

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...

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...

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".

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.

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.