Steven Johnson faces court charged with alleged murder of Christopher Jarvis

A missing person cold case of 16 years has had a major breakthrough, with two men charged with the alleged murder of Wangoom man Christopher Jarvis. Key points: Wangoom man Christopher Jarvis has not been seen since 2006 Former police officer Steven Frederick Johnson, 70, and Glenn Ernest Fenwick, 59, have been charged with murder  Police say a … Read more

Former police officer charged with murder of missing man Christopher Jarvis

Two men have been charged with murder after the 2006 disappearance of Christopher Jarvis. Key points: Wangoom man Christopher Jarvis has not been seen since 2006 Glenn Fenwick, 59, has been charged with murder A former police officer, 70, has also been charged with murder The Wangoom man vanished after his car was found torched in … Read more

Christopher Jarvis missing persons case reopened 16 years after Wangoom man’s disappearance

Victoria Police has reopened its investigation into the disappearance of Victorian man Christopher Douglas Jarvis, who was last seen 16 years ago. Key points: Victoria Police are reinvestigating the disappearance of Wangoom man Christopher Jarvis  Mr Jarvis has not been seen since his car was found torched in 2006 His children say it’s been some “long painful … Read more

Warrnambool elder Robert “Locky” Eccles charged with historical child sex offences

A Warrnambool Peek Whurrong Koori court elder and former football umpire has been charged with historical child sex offences.  Key points: Robert “Locky” Eccles has been charged with 13 historic child sex offences  The offending is alleged to have taken place when the 69-year-old was a football umpire in the mid-2000s  Mr Eccles will face court in … Read more

Health Workers Union calls for ADF assistance at Lyndoch Living aged care in Warrnambool amid staffing ‘crisis’

The Health Workers Union has asked a regional Victorian aged care home to bring in the Australian Defence Force to address “urgent” staff shortages.    Key points: The HWU is calling for ADF support at the Lyndoch Living nursing home in Warrnambool The union says the aged care home is at a crisis point with … Read more

Kirkstall locals shocked to learn identity of suspected shooter in triple fatality

Victoria police are appealing to the public for information on Friday’s triple fatality in the small south-west town of Kirkstall, after two men were found dead by the side of the road, and the body of a third man was discovered by police at a nearby property. Key points: Two of the three men found dead in … Read more

Kirskstall locals shocked to learn identity of suspected shooter in triple fatality

Victoria police are appealing to the public for information on Friday’s triple fatality in the small south-west town of Kirkstall, after two men were found dead by the side of the road, and the body of a third man was discovered by police at a nearby property. Key points: Two of the three men found dead in … Read more

V/Line passengers stranded for four hours on way to Melbourne left hungry and out-of-pocket

A four-hour delay for about 100 passengers on a Warrnambool to Melbourne train service on Wednesday was “embarrassing” and “not good enough”, V/Line’s chief executive officer has said.  Key points: More than 50 people who boarded the 9:30am service from Warrnambool spent eight hours on the train Commuters said the onboard train staff did everything they could … Read more

Victorian child protection caseload pressure puts workforce at risk

A young south-west Victorian couple who became kinship carers for two young children say they feel abandoned by the state’s child protection system. Key points: Victoria’s auditor-general is concerned about the government’s kinship care model High caseloads are negatively impacting child protection workers’ mental health A review into a Warrnambool department office’s “toxic” workplace culture has begun … Read more

Where to watch humpback whales and southern right whales in Australia during winter

Welcome to whale season. Get to know these iconic visitors from the Southern Ocean, meet the people who study them, and find out how you can become a citizen scientist. Within minutes of leaving Sydney Harbour, Vanessa Pirotta spots a whale gliding through the waters beyond the city’s towering sandstone cliffs. “It’s a blow, we’ve got whales!” she shouts. … Read more