Apartment owners want helicopters to buzz off

Aisha Dow 9:46 PM   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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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 5:20 PM   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.

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

Police are appealing for witnesses following the death of a man at a water skiing event in the state’s Riverina region.

Neelima Choahan 4:05 PM   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.

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

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

Michael Coulter 4:30 PM   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 12:01 PM   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 11:29 AM   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.

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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 11:23 AM   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 10:29 AM   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 9:31 AM   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 7:44 AM   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 7:16 AM   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


Craig Butt, Marissa Calligeros 6:21 AM   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.

Homes of underworld figure Mick Gatto raided in Melbourne

Mick Gatto

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago, Tammy Mills 10:15 PM   The homes of underworld figure Mick Gatto have been raided in what police say is an ongoing deception investigation.

Faulty trains tops off nightmare week for South Morang line

The train that derailed near Rushall station on Saturday has been impounded.

Craig Butt 10:00 PM   It has been a nightmare week for the South Morang line, with two derailments and multiple track closures in the space of a few days.

Woman struck and killed by car at bus stop

A woman constable told how a colleague propositioned her in a police car.

Craig Butt   A woman has been struck and killed by a car while she was waiting at a bus stop. 

Police stables in Southbank closing after 104 years

Acting Sergeant Rebecca Russ hosing down Tom at the Victoria Police Mounted Branch stables at Southbank.

Carolyn Webb   Saving footy umpires from assault, nudging rioting thugs and tracking missing persons - a police horseman or ''mountie'' tells of 40 years in the job.

Blokes in red dresses among thousands to channel Kate Bush dance

Jasmina Mili, who wasn't born when Wuthering Heights first hit the charts, says friend Sam Kingston introduced her to ...

Carolyn Webb   Fans of 1978 gothic pop hit Wuthering Heights – including men – will don wigs and red dresses for a mass re-enactment of the music video.

Doctor fears hidden measles threat after anti-vaxer seeks covert help for her infected child

Four cases of measles have been confirmed in Brunswick and East Brunswick in the past week.

Beau Donelly   Surgeon warns of dangers of unreported cases after a mother sought medical advice about infected baby on a secret anti-vaccination social media page.

Melissa Ryan's family to keep fighting for justice despite legal knockback

Volkswagen has never identified a systemic problem with deceleration, a spokesman for the car maker said.

Adam Cooper   The family of a woman killed in a road crash has vowed to continue its fight to have investigated reports of deceleration problems in hundreds of Volkswagens across the country, despite a coroner's decision not to conduct another probe.

Wye River bushfire clean-up to start in March

The burnt out hills above Wye River.

Darren Gray   Wye River property owners have called for debris to be removed from destroyed properties as early as possible, to help residents get normality back in their lives, reduce dangers posed by burnt homes and hasten the recovery of the picturesque town.

Double trouble: Rare two-headed snake born

The rare snake shocked its breeders.

Peter de Kruijff   When two reptilian heads poked out of an egg from a clutch of 10, Wodonga snake breeder John McNamara thought he had twins.

Toddler at risk of genital mutilation to be flown to Australia

Fatoumata Binta Conteh, who has fled from relatives with her mother, Fatoumata Diarriou Bah.

Beau Donelly 12:00 PM   An African woman and her Australian daughter who is at risk of being brutally mutilated overseas will be flown to Melbourne after the mother was granted a permanent humanitarian visa.

Girl drowns while trying to save brother

Holly Nicholson drowned while trying to save her brother Sam in rough surf.

Marissa Calligeros   A 13-year-old girl has drowned while trying to save her younger brother in rough seas off a South Gippsland beach.

Dangerous bushfire weekend for parts of Victoria

There is a bushfire warning for parts of Victoria on Saturday.

Jason Dowling   Total fire bans have been declared in much of northern Victoria as the state braces for severe fire danger on Saturday.

Nene King's former friend found not guilty of stealing from her

Nene King says her life 'went off the rails' after her third husband's death.

Mark Russell   A man who former magazine queen Nene King would jokingly call her nephew because they were like family has been found not guilty of ripping her off when she was a drug addict.

Motorcyclist dies in hospital after collision in January

A 27-year-old man motorcyclist has died in hospital following a collision in St Albans last month.

Neelima Choahan   A 27-year-old motorcyclist has died following a serious collision in St Albans on Wednesday January 27.

Dad takes multi-tasking to new levels and helps deliver baby while driving

A man helped his wife deliver their baby outside the Mercy Hospital for Women.

Neelima Choahan   A woman gave birth in front of the Mercy Hospital with the help of her multi-tasking husband who drove with one hand on the wheel and the other holding the baby's head as it pushed its way into the world.  

Is it time for new water-use targets?

How much water should we use?

Jason Dowling and Richard Willingham   Melburnians are splashing water about, with the average person using 30 per cent more a day than a former conservation target.

Boxing identity known as 'The General' fronts court over $1m armoured car heist

Paul Fyfield faced court on Friday.

Tammy Mills and Cameron Houston   Gym operator who once trained Barry Hall in court after being charged with a $1 million Armaguard theft in 2006.


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.