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Australian census: The 'typical' Victorian isn't who you might think - The Age

If someone could embody the 'typical' Victorian, it would be Rachel Semmens.

New Australian Bureau of Statistics data from the 2016 Census shows the average Victorian is a 37-year-old woman, who is married, with two kids, two cars and a mortgage on a three-bedroom house, just like Semmens. In 2006, the typical Victorian home was owned outright.

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Boy flung from Vic carnival ride dies - Sky News Australia

A six-year-old boy critically injured when he was flung from a fast-moving carnival ride in Victoria has died in hospital.

Eugene Mahauariki was on the Cha Cha at a carnival in Rye, on the Mornington Peninsula, on Easter Monday.

He died at the Royal Children's Hospital on Friday, his devastated family said.

'Last night we said a sad farewell to our beautiful son,' his mother Tammy and father Stacey said in a statement on Saturday.

'While our hearts are broken, it is important to us that Eugene is remembered as we knew and loved him.

'Eugene was a happy, kind and caring boy and he loved nothing more than to dance.'

Police say the accident happened after the carnival had closed to the public at 5.15pm, with Eugene suffering serious head and hand injuries.

One of Eugene's parents is employed by ride operator Wittingslow Amusements.

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Two dead after Vic siege - Sky News Australia

A siege in the Victorian town of Wangaratta has ended in tragedy with two people found dead in a home hours after a gunshot was heard.

Police were called to Belle Avenue about 12.50pm on Tuesday after reports of a gunshot.

Two adults and six children left the house unharmed shortly after the shot was fired and are currently safe with police.

A siege ensued with police attempting to make contact with the man believed to be holed up in the house with a woman.

Officers entered the property about 5.10pm and found the pair dead.

The area was in lockdown throughout the day, with police surrounding the house and cordoned off the avenue.

Nearby residents in Belle, Irwin and Garnet avenues and Appin Street were asked to remain inside their homes.

Nearby St Michael's Anglican Church first counsellor Luigi Bonacci says the neighbourhood is...


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Cold fronts to bring, wind, rain to NSW and Qld, as snow falls in Victoria - NEWS.com.au

Melbourne workers make their way through the cold rain too their dry warm office buildings in the CBD. Picture: Nicole Garmston

SUMMER is all but a distant memory across most of southern Australia, with a cold snap bringing biting wind and rain and even snow in the Victorian alpine areas.

Steady snow fell at Mount Hotham and Falls Creek on Wednesday morning, blanketing the winter playgrounds in a thick cover of white.

The snow comes after parts of Victoria, including some areas of Melbourne, were flooded following drenching rains late on Monday.

The first bite of winter is well and truly being felt in the southern states, with minimum temperatures tipped to continue their plunge into single digits in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania over coming days.

Northern neighbours will not escape the wintry blast either.

Snow at Mount Hotham on the morning of April 26. Picture: Hotham Alpine Resort

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Four children orphaned after horror murder-suicide in country Victoria - The West Australian

Man kills his wife, then himself, leaving four children without parents.

Four young children have been left orphaned after their father killed their mother in a murder-suicide in country Victoria.

The tragedy has shocked neighbours in the city of Wangaratta, who are struggling to come to terms with the senseless tragedy.

Friends say the couple had been happy for 14 years and were shocked to hear about the argument that ended in tragic circumstances on Anzac Day.

The shooting scene.The shooting scene.Picture: 7 News

It’s alleged the 43-year-old’s partner ran to the house next door to theirs with the couple’s four children, aged from two to nine.

But armed with a rifle, the man gave chase.

The husband smashed his way into the neighbour’s home but let the neighbour go free, along with his four children, before he killed his wife and turned the gun on himself.

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Victorian Senior Amateur heads to East Gippsland - Golf Australia

Bairnsdale Golf Club

An aerial view of Bairnsdale Golf Club.

Golf Victoria is pleased to announce that the 2017 Victorian Men's and Women's Senior Amateur Championships will be played at the Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance Golf Clubs from Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 September.

Thanks to the appreciated and generous support from the East Gippsland Shire Council, approximately 200 players aged 55 and over will be competing in Victoria's premier event for senior players.

First played in 1995, the Victorian Men's Senior Amateur is played over 54-holes stroke play and is one of three Golf Australia National senior ranking events played within the State.

The Victorian Women's Senior Amateur was first played in 1931 and consists of 36-holes of stroke qualifying followed by match play rounds. Four players qualify for the overall Women's Senior Championship which is the decided by 18-hole semi-finals and final. An...


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Victorian schools adopt 'anti-privilege' feminist clubs - The Australian

The program has attracted the support of Greens MP Adam Bandt. Picture: Jerad Williams

Schoolyard “feminist collectives” are springing up across the country as young women are presented with a grim picture of gender equality by a new wave of education programs that place “white, male privilege” and ­“hegemonic masculinity” at the root of family violence.

Northcote High School, Brunswick Secondary College, Suzanne Cory High, St Helena Secondary College and the independent Korowa Anglican Girls School in Melbourne have followed Fitzroy High School in establishing feminist collectives or clubs in recent times. South Australia’s Glenunga International High School also runs a feminism club that is offered to students as a co-curricular activity.

Meanwhile, schools throughout Victoria and the ACT and internationally in Argentina, Brazil and Berlin have taken up the Fitzroy High School...


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Who wants what from the Victorian budget - The Australian

Who wants what from the Victorian budget

* Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry - prioritise agribusiness:

"Our state's agribusiness producers have indicated that costly and unnecessary red tape needs to be addressed if we are to enable them to be more competitive at home and abroad."

* Australian Medical Association of Victoria - increase employment opportunities for doctors in training:

"To address the mal-distribution of the medical workforce across the state, regional hospitals must be funded to train junior resident medical officers - specifically, postgraduate year two-plus residents and registrars."

* Volunteering Victoria - boost support after federal changes:

"Changes to the way the federal government funds volunteer support services from January 1, 2018, may require support from state government to meet the shortfall and stop the closure of vital local...


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Heritage bid for Queen Victoria market - Herald Sun

MELBOURNE’S Queen Victoria Market could be placed on Australia’s National Heritage List — ensuring its iconic facade would be protected in any future redevelopments.

Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg will today join Lord Mayor Robert Doyle to ask the Australian Heritage Council to place the market on the register of the nation’s peak heritage sites.

The move would ensure the historical elements of the site would not be demolished by a future state government.

Mr Doyle said a listing would not affect a planned multimillion-dollar renewal project which is currently the subject of a stand-off between Melbourne City Council and the Andrews government.

LORD MAYOR WARNS OF DECLINE UNLESS REDEVELOPMENT APPROVED

MELBOURNE’S LORD MAYOR ISSUES ULTIMATUM OVER UPGRADE

A council deal has been struck to build a skyscraper beside the Queen Victoria Market. CREDIT: Channel 7


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Anzac Day 2017: Bring your brolly, it's going to be wet in Melbourne - The Age

Public holiday guide: What's open, what's closed

People attending Anzac Day services in Melbourne are advised to take umbrellas and waterproof coats, with the weather bureau forecasting a strong chance of morning rain on Tuesday.

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Anzac Day 2017 public holiday guide: What's open, what's closed and what's on in Melbourne - The Age

Anzac Day originally marked the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli but has become a day to recognise the service of all Australians who serve in war or peacekeeping operations.

Tuesday, April 25, will be a public holiday statewide.

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Victoria weather watch: Latest warnings and Melbourne forecast - Herald Sun

AFTER a wet and miserable day of heavy rain and wild winds, Melburnians are being warned the winter drenching is set to continue.

The Bureau of Meterology cancelled a severe weather warning across Victoria for damaging winds but say they will monitor conditions.

After downpours and stormy weather this morning, BOM flagged an 80% chance of evening showers over the city’s eastern suburns, with local hail possible and winds of up to 30km/h.

Melbourne’s drenching is promising to continue through the week, with the bureau forecasting rain every day this week.

With the taste of the winter ahead, top temperatures are not expected to rise above 18C before early next week, before dropping to a low of 7C.

Essendon players brace the cold during a recovery session at Kerford Rd Beach in Middle Park, after their Anzac Day win. Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Hundreds throng the NGV to see a Melbourne-only exhibition of rare Vincent van Gogh masterpieces - Herald Sun

HOW amazed he would be.

In life, Vincent van Gogh was shunned and called a madman. But yesterday at the National Gallery of Victoria, the tormented Dutch artist was the hero of the hour.

Hundreds attended the launch of van Gogh and the Seasons — the NGV’s 2017 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces show — and crowded around nearly 50 precious artworks lent by leading museums around the world.

The throng, one of the biggest seen for an NGV exhibition opening, included four-year-old Ravi (pictured) from Kingsville as well as descendants of Vincent’s family — Josien van Gogh and Sylvia Cramer — who declared the show was “wonderful’’.

Dr Ted Gott, Senior Curator, International Art, NGV discusses the unique style and groundbreaking brush strokes of Van Gogh

Van Gogh and the Seasons - A Stroke of Genius

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Melbourne City Council set to approve 'urban greenhouse' under Queen Victoria Market revamp - Herald Sun

AN “urban greenhouse” that will be used to educate the public about food production is set to be approved for Queen Victoria Market.

Melbourne City Council has released images of the proposed structure, which will also provide a home for displaced traders under the market’s $250 million redevelopment.

The two-storey building will run for 264m along Queen St with a maximum height of 13m. Fruit and vegetable traders due to the refurbishment of market sheds A and B will be housed on the ground floor.

The first floor will feature an area to grow plants, fruit and vegetables sustained by a hydroponic system.

“This urban greenhouse is proposed to be used as an educational resource to promote knowledge of food production for the general public,” said a management report to be considered at a city council meeting on Tuesday.

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Christmas Day terror accused in Vic court - 9news.com.au

Four men accused of planning to bomb Melbourne landmarks on Christmas Day have faced court separately due to security concerns.

Broadmeadows man Ibrahim Abbas, 23, his brother Hamza Abbas, 22, Ahmed Mohamed, 24, from Meadow Heights and Abdullah Chaarani, 26, appeared via videolink in Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Friday.

The men, who are held on remand at the same prison, had to appear separately via videolink, because they could not be in the same room together for security reasons.

Police allege the four were behind an Islamic State-inspired plot targeting Flinders Street Station, Federation Square and St Paul's Cathedral.

It is alleged they planned to use an improvised explosive device and other weapons to attack the landmarks.

Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg said material provided to the court said some of the accused had tried to travel to Malaysia but were refused. No further...


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Vic to get 'tight' and 'efficient' budget - NEWS.com.au

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas is calling his third budget "tight" and "efficient", but the Labor government is still on a building blitz and is spending big to crackdown on crime.

The state's financial blueprint will be released on Tuesday, and there's also speculation, mostly by the opposition, that Victorians could be slugged with a new tax or levy.

The past week has been a series of pre-budget infrastructure announcements; $100 million for planning the North East Link toll road, $800 million for more level crossing removals and $271.55 million for the Melbourne Park redevelopment.

Then there's a bid to fix the law and order headache.

Late last year $2 billion was committed for more police and community safety initiatives, and there's a $308 million program that will subject Victoria's most violent criminals to the same post-sentence restrictions as sex offenders.

And $81.1...


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Paul Keating slams 200m market tower, warns city skyline 'looks like Houston' - The Age

Former prime minister Paul Keating has attacked Melbourne City Council's plan to fund redevelopment of the Queen Victoria Market by building a massive skyscraper next to it.

As hundreds of protesters gathered on Friday morning at the market to object to the council's $250 million refurbishment, Mr Keating went on local radio to question whether the plan would destroy its heritage.

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Two dead after Vic siege - Sky News Australia

A siege in the Victorian town of Wangaratta has ended in tragedy with two people found dead in a home hours after a gunshot was heard.

Police were called to Belle Avenue about 12.50pm on Tuesday after reports of a gunshot.

Two adults and six children left the house unharmed shortly after the shot was fired and are currently safe with police.

A siege ensued with police attempting to make contact with the man believed to be holed up in the house with a woman.

Officers entered the property about 5.10pm and found the pair dead.

The area was in lockdown throughout the day, with police surrounding the house and cordoned off the avenue.

Nearby residents in Belle, Irwin and Garnet avenues and Appin Street were asked to remain inside their homes.

Nearby St Michael's Anglican Church first counsellor Luigi Bonacci says the neighbourhood is...


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Cold fronts to bring, wind, rain to NSW and Qld, as snow falls in Victoria - NEWS.com.au

Melbourne workers make their way through the cold rain too their dry warm office buildings in the CBD. Picture: Nicole Garmston

SUMMER is all but a distant memory across most of southern Australia, with a cold snap bringing biting wind and rain and even snow in the Victorian alpine areas.

Steady snow fell at Mount Hotham and Falls Creek on Wednesday morning, blanketing the winter playgrounds in a thick cover of white.

The snow comes after parts of Victoria, including some areas of Melbourne, were flooded following drenching rains late on Monday.

The first bite of winter is well and truly being felt in the southern states, with minimum temperatures tipped to continue their plunge into single digits in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania over coming days.

Northern neighbours will not escape the wintry blast either.

Snow at Mount Hotham on the morning of April 26. Picture: Hotham Alpine Resort

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Four children orphaned after horror murder-suicide in country Victoria - The West Australian

Man kills his wife, then himself, leaving four children without parents.

Four young children have been left orphaned after their father killed their mother in a murder-suicide in country Victoria.

The tragedy has shocked neighbours in the city of Wangaratta, who are struggling to come to terms with the senseless tragedy.

Friends say the couple had been happy for 14 years and were shocked to hear about the argument that ended in tragic circumstances on Anzac Day.

The shooting scene.The shooting scene.Picture: 7 News

It’s alleged the 43-year-old’s partner ran to the house next door to theirs with the couple’s four children, aged from two to nine.

But armed with a rifle, the man gave chase.

The husband smashed his way into the neighbour’s home but let the neighbour go free, along with his four children, before he killed his wife and turned the gun on himself.

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