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Rochelle Kirkham
Rochelle Kirkham

Rochelle Kirkham

Ballarat, VIC

Rochelle Kirkham is a reporter for ABC Ballarat, covering radio, digital and television. She previously worked as a senior journalist for The Courier newspaper in Ballarat.

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Truckies rocked by suicide trauma fight red tape for compensation

Truck drivers who experience tragedy while on the job are unable to access compensation due to a loophole.
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Trucks and cars travelling along a road, with rolling country hills in the background.

Residents ramp-up campaign to protect ageing Daylesford Hospital

A community campaign has raised $100,000 in eight weeks to help fund much-needed upgrades to the Daylesford Hospital, highlighting how much residents value the facility.
A design image of a modern hospital building with a car park and pedestrians.

Worker's wild ride as runaway truck smashes into building

A forklift driver became an unwitting passenger when the truck he was loading rolled backwards down a Ballarat street and into the front steps of a church building. 
A truck with a forklift on the tray crashed outside the Uniting Ballarat building on Dana Street with emergency services.

Hepburn Shire risks wrath of residents, votes to sell Daylesford's controversial Rex building

A majority of councillors have voted to sell The Rex building in Daylesford, backing council officers' assessment that it is not financially viable to retain it.
An old building with The T-Rex embossed on facade, boarded up on the lower ground floor.

Take a peek inside this family's off-grid home in regional Victoria

Paying his quarterly energy bill used to be something Michael Robinson would "dread", but it is a distant memory since turning his off-grid fantasy into a reality.
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off grid rectangle shaped modern home surrounded by forest

Free kinder, pre-prep increase exposes ongoing lack of staff, pay, and places

Generous location incentives of $9,000-$50,000 are on offer for early childhood educators to join expanded free and hard-to-staff Victorian kindergartens and pre-prep, but the known constraints continue to mount.
kindergarten aged children participating in wood workshop.

Artist captures historic events through Indigenous eyes

Marlene Gilson has gone from picking up a paintbrush for the first time to having her art projected onto the Sydney Opera House in the space of 10 years.
Three people look at an art projection on the Sydney Opera House.

Ballarat suburb Sebastopol delves into its history, links to war-torn Ukrainian namesake

Legend has it that the suburb was named because the blasts and smoke emitting from the gold mines in the Victorian village reminded some migrants of the battlegrounds of the Crimean War.
A sepia photo of a town in the 1860s, with horses and carts and old wooden buildings.

Should there be constraints on where medical specialists can set up? This regional doctor thinks so

As another regional town loses its GP, a long-standing Ballarat geriatrician shares an "unpopular" opinion on how to address staffing shortages.
Man wearing face mask at a desk, looking at a computer

Man believed to be living in Ballarat factory dies in fire

Police are investigating after a man died in a factory fire in Ballarat this morning.
Police vehicles block a street in an industrial area.

'It's an easy choice to go somewhere else': Housing crisis forces businesses to buy and rent homes to keep staff

Victorian business owners say they are being forced to buy and rent houses for staff to use in a bid to attract and retain workers — despite thousands of houses sitting vacant across the state.
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a boat house on a lake, surrounded by trees, seen from across the lake.

Multi-million-dollar waste problem frustrates residents

Ballarat Council could hit $20 million on landfill costs in the next 10 years if strong action isn't taken now, stakeholders say.
A landfill as seen from above.

New calls to protect forest from logging after discovery of high densities of threatened greater gliders

The leader of the Victorian National Parks Association is calling for better protection of a threatened species that has been found in high densities in Wombat Forest where logging is planned.
A night time photo of a greater glider in the Wombat Forest

Learner driver's mother killed after ute stopped during U-turn, court told

A 19-year-old man has avoided a criminal record for a "tragic" collision that resulted in the death of his mother while he was at the wheel as a learner driver.
A learner driver symbol on the windscreen of a car

'Unprecedented' construction industry challenges stall council projects

Builders say staff and materials shortages are making it tough to meet demand. Councils, meanwhile, are being forced to extend tender periods due to a lack of applications.
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A historic building in a country town on a rainy day.

Ballarat emergency department waiting times blown out by 'bottlenecks', service says

Ballarat hospital says staff shortages, more severe illnesses and issues discharging patients are affecting wait times in its emergency department.
A bright sign that reads "Emergency dept".

Recovery a step closer after savage storms cripples tourism and railway line in western Victoria

Almost six months after closure due to flooding, one of western Victorian tourism's major players is set to make a comeback with its reopening on Thursday.
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exterior of hotel resort in creswick

Families sharing tents in public parks as Ballarat's rough sleeper rate hits two-year high in plunging temperatures

Rough sleeper rates in one of the coldest areas of Victoria hits a two-year high as support workers call for intervention by the state government and more funding for services across the region.
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tent, chairs, fire wood and tarp in a victorian forest

Coroner orders probe into trench collapse, opening possibility of inquest

The families of Jack Brownlee and Charlie Howkins called for an inquest after the 2018 tragedy, saying they want to see safer conditions for all workers.
Heavy machinery digs out a collapsed trench as emergency services personnel look on.

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