Fire guts historic Brighton church

Patrick Hatch, Benjamin Preiss 11:59 AM   Fire tore through St James' Church in Brighton on Monday morning, gutting the historic bluestone building.

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Rapist says taking ice made him torture woman hostage in Preston hotel

The Rydges Bell City complex in Preston where the woman was held.

Mark Russell 3:14 PM   A father of three has blamed his use of large amounts of  the drug ice as the reason why he repeatedly raped, beat and degraded a terrified Dutch backpacker held hostage for six weeks in a Melbourne hotel room.

Cricket fans converge on Federation Square to celebrate World Cup victory

Mitchell Starc poses with the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy in front of fans at Federation Square.

Daniel Cherny 2:38 PM   Thousands of cricket fans have flooded Melbourne's Federation Square to celebrate Australia's World Cup victory.

The 2015 Easter holiday guide for kids

Easter eggs.

2:30 PM   From the Comedy Festival to zoos and gardens, Melbourne is buzzing this Easter with great holiday events and activities for children.

Fire at St James Church in Brighton a 'relief', says actor Rachel Griffiths

St James Church in flames.

Patrick Hatch, Tammy Mills, Benjamin Preiss 2:02 PM   Hollywood actor Rachel Griffiths says it was a "relief" to see fire tear through St James Church on Monday morning because of the history of child sex abuse there.

Missing schoolgirl's mother in Facebook plea

Taylah Tahi.

Cassie Allen 1:33 PM   The mother of missing school girl Taylah Tahi says she's in the company of another teenage girl, Ashley Haynes. 

Caught drink-driving twice in two cars in one night

The scene of the crash near Bendigo.

Adam Holmes 1:28 PM   A man caught drink-driving twice in two different cars in one night has lost his licence for 16 months.

'Fake' gynaecologist expected to face more accusers

A Melbourne homeopath accused of posing as a gynaecologist and IVF expert is expected to face more charges in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Julia Medew and Adam Cooper 1:12 PM   A Melbourne homeopath accused of fraudulently posing as a gynaecologist and IVF expert is expected to face more charges as more of his clients come forward.

$30m windfall after Guy's OK to apartment tower

Matthew Guy's approval of a huge apartment tower for CUB site has resulted in a $30 profit for a Singaporean company.

Clay Lucas 12:49 PM   The Singapore-based owners of a prime chunk of Swanston Street’s CUB site have made a massive windfall profit - just seven months after Opposition leader Matthew Guy gave planning approval for a 77-level skyscraper that will overshadow the State Library’s forecourt.

Former army sniper turned bikie pleads guilty to drug trafficking

Steve Butcher 12:23 PM   A former Australian army sniper turned senior Comancheros outlaw bikie has pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs including ice, cocaine and steroids.

Get set for a soggy Easter egg hunt as rain hits state

Take shelter this Easter long weekend.

Marissa Calligeros 12:20 PM   There's an old wives' tale that it always rains on the Easter weekend and this year it may prove true.

Melbourne mulling plan to ban al fresco smoking

Pressure on state government to outlaw smoking outdoors

Lucy Battersby 12:15 PM   Smoking may be banished from outdoor dining areas in the City of Melbourne, forcing smokers away from the table for their post-meal puff.  

Portland truck rollover claims driver's life

Ambulance thumb nail

Patrick Hatch 10:24 AM   A man was killed when his truck rolled in Victoria's west on Monday morning. rollover 

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Armadale residents angered at secret plan to acquire homes for parks

Judi Carr poses outside her home at 10 Aubrey Road, Armadale. The council wishes to acquire it.

Clay Lucas 8:52 AM   Armadale residents whose homes are among the first selected by Stonnington Council from its secret list of 450 properties it wants to buy and turn into parks are outraged at the lack of transparency surrounding the process.

Pakenham schoolgirl vanished on way to school

Taylah Tahi.

Steve Lillebuen 2:07 AM   A 15-year-old girl known as "Turtle" has been reported missing in Melbourne after she vanished on her way to school.

Thousands walk for justice in Melbourne

Protesters their point during the Palm Sunday March in Melbourne.

Alana Schetzer 1:25 AM   A former child detainee at Nauru will join protesters at the State Library of Victoria to rally against Australia's immigration detention centres.

SecondBite founders receive World Economic Forum award

Ian and Simone Carson of food charity SecondBite, with CEO Elaine Montegriffo (right).  The Melbourne couple have been named the World Economic Forum's social entrepreneurs of the year.

Tammy Mills 1:01 AM   The Melbourne couple behind a charity rescuing leftover food from restaurants and supermarkets have been named the World Economic Forum's social entrepreneurs of the year.

Soul man was honoured as a musical pioneer

Terence McArdle 8:33 PM   Terence McArdle DonCovay, a soul singer who recorded genre defining 1960s classics such as Mercy, Mercy and See Saw, and who wrote the song Chain of Fools for Aretha Franklin, has died in New York

Homeless turning to crowdfunding as demand for services peaks

Alana Schetzer 7:39 PM   Homeless and other disadvantaged people are increasingly turning to social media and crowdfunding to access donations.

Misdiagnosis of gonorrhoea raises concerns

Craig Butt, Health Reporter 12:15 AM   A study reveals a test to detect STIs was overused in Victoria in the last five years.

Power companies 'failing' customers in hardship

Those who can't pay are facing disconnection of electricity at an alarming rate says industry ombudsman.

Chloe Booker 12:15 AM   Complaints to Victoria's Energy and Water Ombudsman about power disconnection or restriction, debt collection and payment difficulties have tripled in five years.

Body found in car near Victorian lake


Steve Lillebuen 6:37 PM   A 46-year-old man has been found dead inside his four-wheel-drive after it veered off a major freeway and tumbled into waters near a Victorian lake.

Lost Dogs Home forced to report to government for next three years

The Lost Dogs Home will be forced to report to the state government for the next three years.

Alana Schetzer 6:31 PM   The Lost Dogs Home will be forced to report to the state government twice a year for the next next three years about its euthanasia rates.

Quit Victoria to help Tongans give up smoking

Breaking the habit: Invion's trial involves people on a range of quit-smoking programs.

Craig Butt 4:39 PM   Two health workers from Tonga have been trained in Victoria to launch their country's first anti-smoking hotline.

Female Victoria Liberals 'bullied in own party'

Upper House MP Inga Peulich says she was bullied within her own party.

Benjamin Preiss 4:38 PM   Women standing for preselection in the Victorian Liberal party were asked who would cook their family's meals, while female MPs reported being bullied, threatened and intimidated.

Inner-city art comes to regional Victoria

Handy talent in Benalla.

Sonia Harford 4:36 PM   Some of the inner-city's hottest street artists took their spray cans to central Victoria at the weekend, hoping to give Benalla a spruce-up.

Will you get paid your penalty rates on Easter Sunday?

Some employers may try to avoid paying their workers penalty rates this Easter Sunday.

Nick Toscano, Workplace Reporter   With Easter Sunday being a public holiday, Victoria's largest union is urging the workplace watchdog to ensure employers pay their workers penalty rates.

Jill Meagher's family hits back

Jill Meagher.

Benjamin Millar   Jill Meagher's family have lashed out at a Catholic priest’s "disgusting" and "stupid" comments after he told parishioners that had murdered Melbourne woman's faith been stronger, she would have been "home in bed" and not walking down a street on the night she was brutally raped and killed.

Pedestrian killed in Melbourne's east


Lily Partland   A man has died after being hit by two cars while crossing a street in Melbourne's east.


Remembering Masa Vukotic on our journey

We need to focus on the needs of the victim and challenge the behaviour of the perpetrator.

Why your electricity bill might be a real shocker

Deregulating retail electricity prices has pushed up some customers’ bills by $800 a year in Victoria.

Liberals are not better economic managers

Liberals rushed to close the East West deal for political reasons, exposing us to unnecessary risk.

Birthing policies must be based on women's needs

The key to making home birth safe is to ensure that a woman's care is appropriate for her.


Females 'shouldn't be alone in parks'

The public, especially females, should be cautious following the brazen stabbing murder.

Abbott: 'I just want to see the East-West link built'

Prime Minister won't confirm if Victoria will lose the $1.5bn pledged towards the East West Link.

What's wrong with fighting in an octagon?

There has been much controversy surrounding Victoria lifting the ban on 'cage fighting'.

Rare frilled shark caught off Victoria

Fisherman who caught a rarely-sighted frilled shark says looks like "something out of a horror movie".