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The train came off the tracks on a crossing at Pirron Yallock. Photo: Warrnambool Standard Emergency services tend to a passenger. Photo: Amy Paton/Warrnambool Standard
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The air ambulance prepares to depart the crash scene. Photo: Amy Paton/Warrnambool Standard

Emergency services help passengers off the V-Line train. Photo: Amy Paton/Warrnambool Standard

Opposition public transport spokesman David Hodgett criticised the slow pace of work to install boom gates between Geelong and Warrnambool. Photo: Jesse Marlow

Emergency services survey the crash scene. Picture: Amy Paton Photo: Amy Paton/Warrnambool Standard

Transport Minister Jacinta Allen said it was ‘not the time for the Liberal Party to be playing politics’.

Train drivers have been forced to brake to avoid a smash at least twice in recent years at the unprotected rural level crossing where more than a dozen passengers were hurt in a collision on Wednesday.

A Warrnambool-bound train and a truck collided on Wednesday afternoon at the crossing in Pirron Yallock, near Colac, leaving 19 people injured, one of them seriously.

Two “near hits” were reported by V/Line drivers, in 2011 and 2012, at the rural Phalps Road crossing before it was prioritised for a safety upgrade early last year.

The Andrews government announced in February 2015 that the crossing was one of three that it had “fast-tracked” for an upgrade.

Seventeen months later, the level crossing is still unprotected, other than by a stop sign.

It is one of about 700 unprotected rail crossings in Victoria, V/Line said.

Detailed planning for the safety improvement has been completed, the government said, and boom gates and signals would be installed by the end of the year, at Phalps Road and 17 other rural level crossings.

Opposition public transport spokesman David Hodgett criticised the slow pace of work to make country crossings such as Phalps Road safe.

A Coalition “blitz” in 2013-14 led to the installation of boom gates at eight crossings between Geelong and Warrnambool and the closure of one road.

“Labor’s Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, must explain when the many remaining open level crossings on long-distance lines such as Warrnambool will either be fitted with boom barriers, or after extensive community consultation and agreement, considered for closure,” Mr Hodgett said on Wednesday.

Ms Allan said it was “not the time for the Liberal Party to be playing politics” given people had been seriously injured in the crash less than 24 hours ago, but the minister defended the timing of the works.

“This is in an isolated area, it’s a level crossing on a gravel road in the middle of a paddock and so there is a bit of a task to get power to the site to do the signalling and the electrical work, but the program is very much on track for this and the 17 other sites to be delivered by the end of this year,” Ms Allan said.

Ms Allan’s office later clarified her statement to say that in fact just three of the 18 crossings, including Phalps Road, will be completed by year’s end. The rest are scheduled to be upgraded by April next year.

There were nearly 100 people on the Warrnambool-bound train when it derailed at the crossing, in Pirron Yallock west of Colac, at about 3.45pm on Wednesday.

Authorities have confirmed the truck driver, the train driver, a conductor and 16 passengers were injured in the smash.

The 41-year-old male truck driver was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital in a critical condition. His condition is serious but stable.

The truck hit a power pole after the crash, pulling down power lines.

The derailed carriages will have to be towed or trucked away from the crash site, and hundreds of metres of damaged rail will have to be replaced.

Coaches will replace trains between Geelong and Warrnambool at least until early next week while the line is fixed.

The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator and Victoria Police are at the crash scene as part of their investigations.

Trains travel at up to 100 km/h in the area.

With Marika Dobbin and Nick Toscano 

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Police at the scene on the corner of Bourke and Spencer Streets. Photo: Lucy Battersby The woman and baby were found in an atrium of an apartment building Photo: Jason South
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The woman and baby are believed to have fallen from an apartment block. Photo: Jason South

Police and investigators are at a laneway between the two buildings and are speaking to witnesses. Photo: Lucy Battersby

The family of the woman have been speaking to police in the foyer of the building. Photo: Chloe Booker

A 31-year-old woman and a four-month-old baby boy have died after a fall from a balcony in the central business district.

It is believed the woman took her own life, and that of the child.

A police spokeswoman said the two were found in an atrium of an apartment building near the corner of Bourke and Spencer streets about 10.30am on Thursday.

Police have confirmed that a broken balcony or railing were not to blame for the deaths.

A spokeswoman also said police were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

It is understood that the woman was holding the baby when they fell. The pair died at the scene.

Police said it was believed they may have fallen from an internal balcony.

Some time after the deaths, a large group of family and friends of the woman were speaking to police and social workers in the foyer of the building.

One spoke briefly to the media as he left the building.

“It’s my friend’s wife,” he said. “We don’t know what happened.”

Not long after that, two police officers were seen in the building’s foyer holding several brown paper bags of what appeared to be evidence.

The coroner was at the scene and appeared to be removing the bodies from the laneway about 2.30pm.

Bystander Christine Harms, from Geelong, said she heard screams soon after the fall.

“A lady went in to the alleyway and then there was some screaming,” Ms Harms said.

“I just kept hearing ‘Oh no. Oh no’. It was gut-wrenching to hear.”

Details remain sketchy but three distressed construction workers were sent home from a neighbouring building, 200 Spencer Street.

A work colleague said one of the workers also heard the woman scream and was upset at the aftermath.

Police have cordoned off parts of level three at 200 Spencer Street.

An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said paramedics were called to the area but could not assist the woman or the child.

They later returned to attend to a member of the group of family and friends.

It is understood that the woman and child fell into a courtyard behind the Chocolate Frog cafe.

An area around the Chocolate Frog Cafe and the Whitehouse Institute of Design was cordoned off, while olice gathered statements from witnesses, including a visibly shaken manager of the Chocolate Frog.

Residents from the 29-storey apartment tower nearby said they heard nothing unusual leading up to the fall.

Musician Alex Champ, who lives in the City Point building, was shocked at the news.

“That’s crazy to think it just happened a few floors from me,” he said.

Mr Champ, 26, said a mixture of people lived in the building, including families.

He said apartments in the building were also used as holiday or short stay rentals.

Mr Champ described an internal area of the building with a “huge drop” facing tennis courts, a pool and gym.

A senior police officer told the media they would not be providing further details on the circumstances of the deaths at the scene.

Part of Bourke Street heading away from Southern Cross Station was blocked to traffic, but trams were still able to pass through the area.

Police at the scene have also been spotted going into the cafe.

With Emily Woods

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Sale Rangers clean sweep at Churchill

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Sale Rangers Baseball Club travelled to Andrews Park in Churchill on Sunday July 3 to take on the Braves.
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From early on, the stage was set for a memorable day as both junior teams recorded wins.

A Grade was a low scoring affair, with Matt Prior of the Braves, and Ranger Lachlan Wrigglesworth dominating from the pitcher’s mound.

Rangers president Justin Johnson scored in the eighth, then the Rangers held on for a hard fought 5-4 win.

B Grade suffered a scoreless first inning, but went on to have five lead changes in a five inning match.

Sale brought home five runs in the fifth, to record a 12-6 win, with big hitter Matt Fahy getting 3 RBIs from 2 hits.

C Grade was a one sided affair, with the Rangers jumping out to an early lead.

An eight run third inning put ice on the game, with Rangers’ Adam Jackson hitting four from four (4 RBI), and Anthony Clissold three from three (5 RBI), the Rangers running out 20-6 winners.

On Sunday July 10 the Rangers travelled to Leongatha to take on the South Gippsland Miners for the first matches at their newly constructed diamond.

Sadly, Morwell Cougars’ Trevor Banks passed during the week, with all teams wearing black arm bands and having a minute silence pre game.

The Miners have made leaps and bounds after joining the Latrobe Valley Baseball Association two years ago, and this is a great move forward for baseball in Gippsland.

The Miners under 13 team steamrolled the Rangers to go out 13-1 winners, a precursor of what was to come.

A Grade struggled to get hits on the board, with the Miners pitchers dominating.

After a 10 run second inning, the game was all but over.

Every Miner got multiple hits, while the Rangers only managed nine hits for the game.

After scoring three and five in the third and fourth innings’, the Miners went out comfortable 27-3 winners.

B Grade was almost the complete opposite, with the Rangers jumping out to a 16-1 lead after a 14 run second inning.

Kieran Donoghue made sure of the win from the pitcher’s mound, only allowing six hits in three innings.

There are only a handful of games left before finals; if anyone, regardless of age, is interested in baseball, phone William Hector of Sale Rangers on 0400 164 521.

Adam Jackson

A minutes silence was observed in memory of Morwell Cougars’ Trevor Banks who passed during the week. Photo: Adam Jackson

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Feed efficiency in focus

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Enthusiasm and striving to improve efficiency drive South Gippsland farmers Shane and Claire Harris.
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The couple run Harris Farms across 2186 acres (885 hectares) of owned and leased land that is within an hour’s drive radius

Their main commodity is Angus cattle. This year, they are running about 500 breeders. Due to the failed spring and very dry summer, the couple culled the herd heavily and were not able to keep on as many breeders. In better years, their herd including closer to 600 breeders.

Claire and Shane Harris with some of their dogs and 18 month-old Angus bulls on a wet late winter day.

Shane, who is the fourth generation farmer at Dumbalk North, has been living his passion for breeding Angus bulls for 15 years. He said they easily sell the 65 commercial bulls they put up each year, mostly to return buyers or new buyersthrough word of mouth.

This is the type of ewe for which the Harris family are striving, which has more Romney influence.

The Harris Farms breeding program uses carefully selected bulls, with many recent purchases from Clunie Range and Grampians Angus studs, of Coolatai NSW and New Zealand respectively. The cattle are single sire joined in mobs of one bull to about 50 females for nine weeks.

The breeds of both cattle and sheep are chosen for their feed efficiency, which allows Claire and Shane Harris to run in higher stocking rates.

Shane and Claire also artificially inseminate some cattle each year. Shane said they handpick the AI bulls and generally chose older bulls that are proven including for longevity and sound structure.

These ewes were purchased as lambs from Lachie Ranken, Boonerah Genetics, Hexham, and Claire said they had proven to be “superb”.

While not registered, the family has cattle breeding records for four generations or more. Bulls are chosen on structure, heavy muscling, positive for fat and a frame that is both deep bodied and moderate.

“We are very particular on calving ease in the herd, anything that has to pulled in culled so out of 100 heifers, we might have to pull two or three,” Claire, a former DEPI livestock extension officer, said.

They have tended to background their steers before selling them direct to a feedlot, but last year lighter weight steers for an overseas order. The Harris family has also sold heifers to China for four years.

The couple said it was important to be flexible about marketing livestock, to seize good opportunities and be responsive to the season, such as the extreme dry of the past season.

“Older people said the 1967-68 drought was bad, but last summer was worse,” Shane said.

They said a very poor spring, uncharacteristic of South Gippsland, exacerbated the dry summer.

The family also runs sheep for prime lamb production and have 100 Southdown ewes from which they sell rams under the stud Patrian each year. The Southdowns are chosen for their feed efficiency, as well as their progeny’s ability to finish for the supermarket trade.

“The business is driven on feed efficiency so we chose moderate (framed) stock that can be run in higher stocking rates and keep condition in poorer times,” Claire said.

They also have an on-farm feed pad in which they supplementary feed out pellets to give them more flexibility in when they sell stock.

Home-bred rams are used over 1500 Coopworth-Romney cross ewes, and Claire said they were moving to have more Romney influence in the flock for more consistency and moderate frames.

The Harris family purchased ewe lambs from Lachie Ranken, Boonerah Genetics, Hexham, which Claire said had proven to be “superb”.

A domestic abattoir buys all the Harris’ lambs, paying a premium for the Southdown cross.

Ewes are scanned, the drys sold and the twinners put onto better feed.

The sheep lambed down from September 1, which is about a fortnight later than usual because it was very dry at joining. Rams are put out at a rate of 1:80 ewes for six weeks.

Lambs are weaned in early December and most sold by the end of February.

The sheep and cattle have separate grazing rotations except at lambing and weaning, when sheep are put onto paddocks within the normal cattle rotation as a way to manage worm burden.

Claire said she and their full-time worker (who was employed following the birth of the couple’s child Charlie this year) can move the stock and do other stock work thanks to the use of advanced dog training and livestock handling principles, taught by Neil and Helen McDonald, based at Keith, SA.

Claire hastrained dogs to work with, and ultimately educate, stock to move where directed and behave calmly.

She said the stock no longer panicked when people were amongthem, so did not waste energy.

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A MAN caught in Warrnambool allegedly carrying a swag of drugs down his underpants has been remanded in custody.
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Jason Leonard Ryan, 35, of no fixed address, did not apply for bail in the WarrnamboolMagistrates Court.

Magistrate John Lesser ordered that Ryan be assessed for a community corrections order before his next court appearance on July 26 when Mr Ryan indicated he would plead guilty to charges.

Solicitor Amanda Chambers said Mr Ryan was withdrawing from substance useissues including alcohol and a number of drugs.

Police told a bail justice that in mid December last year they saw a silver Holden in Crawley Street, Warrnambool, which accelerated away.

The car’s owner told police Mr Ryan had borrowed the car.

On January 18 Mr Ryan was charged with possessing cannabis and theft and released on bail but he failed to attend court on April 18.

Then on May 21 Mr Ryan went to a Raglan Parade milkbar and inquired about the price of an item.

When s staff member went to check theprice, Mr Ryan stole $90 from the cash register and left although the offences was caught on asecurity camera.

On Monday this week Mr Ryan was at a Saltua Street home in Warrnambool when police raided the address.

He ran into a bedroom to hid in a wardrobe.

There was a warrant out for his arrest and Mr Ryan was taken into custody.

In handcuffs he tried to adjust his underwear and police searched him.

In his underwear they found a small bag of cannabis, 10 ecstasy tablets valued at $200, just over 2.5 grams of ice and 106 strips of Suboxone.

In his pocket they located a container with 4.68 grams of ice, valued at about$4500.

In the wardrobe there was .1 grams of ice, 5.41 grams of heroin, $90 in cash, a zip lock bag with 3.5 grams of ice and scales with Mr Ryan’s name onthem.

In a zinc roll-on container there was alsoone ecstasy tablet.

Police found a machete, dagger and nunchucks in the main bedroom of the home.

Mr Ryan was charged with trafficking ice and a range ofassociated charges.

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