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Police execute drug raids in Bacchus Marsh, four arrested.

February 6, 2013 by  
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Police from Moorabool Crime Investigation Unit (CIU) have today arrested four people following covert investigations into drug trafficking and manufacturing in the Bacchus Marsh area.

Operation Blackwork has culminated in the execution of a search warrant this morning at a private residence in Underbank Boulevard.

Police members from Moorabool CIU, Ballarat CIU and Ballarat Drug Response Unit were involved in this morning’s early morning search.

Police located a clandestine laboratory, as well as quantities of what is believed to be amphetamine, cocaine, crystal methamphetamine and cannabis.

A 0.22 calibre handgun was also seized.

Four men at the Underbank Boulevard residence were been taken into custody and are assisting police with their enquiries.

Three of the men are to be charged with manufacture amphetamine, possess implements to manufacture drug of dependence, possess drug of dependence and firearms offences.

The men, aged 26, 22, and 19 will be brought before the Ballarat Magistrates Court later today.

A 31-year-old man from Melton has also been charged with possession of drugs of dependence and has been bailed to appear before the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on 24 May.

Investigations are ongoing. If you have any information about illegal activity you’re urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

Breaking News: Coronet St Metal Recycling Plant In Blaze

February 6, 2013 by  
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06/02/2013 10:25AM Multiple CFA units have attended an industrial blaze at OneSteel recycling on Coronet St, Wendouree.

Police closed one side of Creswick Rd for some time due to thick dark smoke that blanketed the Highway causing drivers to stop in minimal visibility.

The blaze was located in the rear of the scrap metal yard bordering with Creswick Road. The CFA has marked the blaze as controlled as crews remain on scene working to mop up. OneSteel staff remain evacuated and are gathered at the front of the facility.

See the pictures below.

Photos Copyright 2013 – Brad Ward

Breaking News: Bald Hills, Sulky, Creswick Fire Soaring

January 21, 2013 by  
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UPDATE: 6:31PM – The fire has been contained. CFA & DSE advise that smoke may still be visible, roadblocks are still in place in some areas and there is still fire burning within containment lines.
A WATCH AND ACT ALERT still applies, for details please visit the CFA website.


UPDATE: 4:23 PM – A wind change has seen the fire moving in a north easterly direction.  it appears wind in the area is blowing in swirls and changes are constant.
A medium to large sized fast moving grass fire is currently running south to south easterly from the Bald Hills & Grays Road CRESWICK area.




Police evacuated nearby residents in Sulky,  Bald Hills and immediate surrounds, the Creswick Forest Resort (Novotel Creswick) was on high alert as the fire was expected to reach pine plantation nearby with a wind change.
Voice FM will provide further updates as available, photos will be added shortly. Send us your photos:


Follow all the details at the CFA website here
This CFA message applies to the communities of Creswick, Sulky, Cabbage Tree, Cabbage Tree Flat and Bald Hills.
It is travelling in a South East direction.
  • This grassfire is out of control
  • CFA crews are on scene and on route.

What to do:

  • Check and follow your bushfire survival plan & prepare for a bushfire in your area.
  • 7If you plan to leave or do not have a survival plan, leave now.
  • Turn on your vehicle headlights and drive slowly; smoke will make it difficult to see.
  • If you have a survival plan, well prepared and actively defended homes can provide safety.
  • If you are away from home;  do not return.
  • If time permits, check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, the Department of Health advises people to seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

Breaking News: Fire in Blampied and Newlyn Area

January 11, 2013 by  
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UPDATE From CFA: An Emergency warning has been issued for the following areas:

Kangaroo Hills, Kingston, Leonards Hill, Mount Prospect, Sailors Falls and Muskvale

The fire is approx 500 hectares in size is fast moving and headed in a south easterly direction.

Further the the Emergency Warning a Watch & Act message has been issued for the following areas: Bullarto, Bullarto South, Daylesford, Hepburn, Musk, Woodburn

Follow all the details at the CFA website here

11/01/2013 2:38PM

A medium sized fast moving grass fire is currently running south easterly from Kangaroo Hill Rd, Blampied towards Newlyn Reservoir and surrounding areas. A pine plantation in the area is expected to become alight shortly as the fire continues to run out of control.

At this stage CFA’s website is not updating with information or alerts for locals. Voice FM can confirm many roads are closed in the area and the police are conducting evacuations of properties under threat.

Currently there is no access along the Midland Hwy between Newlyn & Daylesford.

A group of about 100 school students on camp at the Rutherford Park Country Retreat narrowly avoided disaster after the fire passed around the park. The fire having now passed that location means the group has stayed where they are however there are suggestions that the group will evacuate when safe to do so.

What to do:

There is a risk to lives and homes, follow your bushfire survival plan and monitor conditions.

If you plan to leave, or you are not prepared and there is a safer place near by, leave now if it is safe to do so.

Turn on your vehicle headlights and drive slowly; smoke will make it difficult to see.

If you are away from home DO NOT return.

Last resort options include Neighbourhood Safer Place, a stationary car in a cleared area, or a ploughed paddock or reserve or body of water like a swimming pool or dam.

If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, the Department of Health advises people to seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

You may call The Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667, follow CFA on Twitter – or Facebook – for further updates.
Visitors & Travelling parties please AVOID THE AREA.

Road Closures:

Midland Hwy @ Newlyn (At the roundabout)

Ballarat-Daylesford Rd @ Newlyn

Midland Hwy @ Intersection of Central Springs Rd

Blamed-Mollinghip Rd, Intersection of Telegraph Rd

Other road closures may apply in the area, please check for further information.



Fatal Assault in Scarsdale

January 5, 2013 by  
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Homicide Squad Detective Snr Sgt Sol Solomon said police believed the boy and his step-father had arrived at the property to help three teenagers, including two girls aged 19 and 17, who had gone to their house for help after feeling threatened by noises and a phone call to their mobile phone.

An altercation believe to be violent and sudden ensued. Police described the murder weapon as a heavy blunt object. Possibly an axe or baseball bat although this is yet to be confirmed.

Homicide Squad detectives have charged a second man in relation to the death of a 14-year-old Scarsdale boy Timmy O’Brien in Scarsdale yesterday morning.

Shortly after Midnight police charged Joel Henderson, a 39-year-old from Wendouree, was charged with one count of murder.

Earlier in the evening, Ballarat man Darren Wilson, 35, was also charged with one count of murder.

The pair appeared before out of sessions court hearings and have been remanded in custody to appear at Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

A 28-year-old Ballarat woman has been released pending further enquiries.

EARLIER: 5:45AM 05/01/2013

Details are limited at this stage.

Reports of an assault in the early hours of this morning are emerging with one person confirmed deceased. A crime scene has been established.

Initial reports suggested that one male was armed with a knife, one with a baseball bat and a number of people were involved in a physical dispute.

No person was in custody at the time of this first being published.

We are breaking this news with very limited details at this stage. We’ll attempt to keep you updated as we get more information.


Breaking News: Prison escapee recaptured today

December 28, 2012 by  
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28/12/2012 2:38PM – Voice FM Breaking news first!

THE INMATE who escaped from a minimum security prison has been recaptured.

Christopher John Clarke, 29, escaped from Langi Kal Kal Prison at Trawalla, near Ararat yesterday.

He was arrested in Colac this afternoon with a 44 year old woman from Werribee.

Both are in custody and assisting police with their inquiries and are expected to be charged shortly.

Breaking: Police Hunt Prison Escapee

December 27, 2012 by  
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11:40AM 27/12/2012 —- Voice FM, Breaking news first!

Police are searching for a prisoner who escaped from Langi Kal Kal Prison overnight.

Investigators believe that Christopher John Clarke escaped from the prison some time between 9pm last night and 7am this morning.

Police have searched the immediate area but have not yet located Clarke.

He is 29-years-old and described as Caucasian, 192cm tall, solid build, shaved hair and weighing approximately 116kg.

He was last seen wearing green coloured prison issue attire.

Clarke was imprisoned for burglary and theft related matters.

Investigators have released an image of Clarke.

If you have any information about this person or sight him please phone Triple-0 immediately.


Escapee Chris Clarke


Photos: Sebastopol pedestrian hit by car on Christmas Eve

December 25, 2012 by  
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EXCLUSIVE: Photos from the scene of a serious accident involving a pedestrian on Hertford Street, Sebastopol on Christmas Eve.

Condition of the person struck is unknown at this stage however the person was not conscious at time of departure in an Ambulance. Due to the Christmas slow down we’re unable to gain further information at this stage.

News Photos Below:

Photos Copyright 2012 Brad Ward, All rights reserved.

Breaking: Armed Robbery at Ballarat North Gaming Venue

December 14, 2012 by  
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BREAKING NEWS: A knife wielding man is alleged to be responsible for an armed robbery at the Golfhouse Hotel on Doveton St Nth in the early hours of Friday morning.

At about 12 Midnight staff who had locked themselves in the office phoned triple-0 to report the armed robbery in progress.

One witness advised us that they observed a man in dark clothing wearing a balaclava with a very large knife running from the venue into parkland opposite the hotel.

It is believed the bandit absconded with around $25,000 in cash.

Multiple police units were in attendance with road blocks initially setup before it was determined the offender got away in a blue coloured commodoore of similar type of car.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have information regarding the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit

See photos below:

Images Copyright Brad Ward 2012


Ballarat 2012 Christmas Lights List – Download & Print

December 9, 2012 by  
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2012 Christmas Lights List

We’ve put together a list of the Ballarat Christmas light competition contestants that you can download and print.

Ballarat Christmas Lights List – Get It Here (PDF 220kb)


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