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Communities affected by a large fire west of Ballarat are urged to stay vigilant as authorities warn changing weather conditions could exacerbate the blaze.
Maeve Bannister • 2hrs ago
A bushfire burning west of Ballarat in Victoria has claimed three homes as firefighters continue battling the blaze through calmer weather conditions.
Savannah Meacham, Steven Deare and Rachael Ward
Firefighters have slowed the spread but emergency services warn conditions can change at any time. (HANDOUT/COUNTRY FIRE AUTHORITY)
Farmer James Troeth has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty offences over the mass killing of koalas at his property in Victoria's southwest.
Tara Cosoleto
A farmer has been fined after dozens of koalas died or were seriously injured in land clearing. (HANDOUT/THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY)
The grief-stricken mother of a toddler murdered by her boyfriend has described feeling vilified and fearing for her life after the child's death.
Emily Woods
A panel shop fire that spread to a neighbouring factory and killed two people in Melbourne is believed to be a targeted attack.
Cassandra Morgan and Rachael Ward
Two people killed in a fire while sleeping in a factory in Melbourne are still to be identified. (Morgan Hancock/AAP PHOTOS)
Report shows $31.8 billion needed to fix capital works inequity.
Ben Silvester
Five top private schools spend more on capital works in 2021 than all the public schools in Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

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