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Past articles by Rochelle:

New charity Wings for hope to offer weekend retreats for women escaping family violence

Two Ballarat region women are using their experiences of family violence to start a charity intending to provide support at a key stage where they see big service gaps. Rochelle covers court and has a particular interest in social issues including homelessness, food security and family violence. → Read More

New art retail and workshop space adds to growing creative community offerings

Moving to Ballarat has given artist Kelsie White new opportunities she says are thanks to the incredible creative community in the region. Rochelle covers court and has a particular interest in social issues including homelessness, food security and family violence. → Read More

How are sentences for crimes decided? The chief judge of the County Court shares his insights

Keyboard warriors who bandy around terms like being "hit with a wet lettuce" in their anger at court outcomes need to look a bit closer at just how complex the sentencing act is. Rochelle covers court and has a particular interest in social issues including homelessness, food security and family violence. → Read More

Couple brings taste of Colombia to Ballarat at Michael Unwin Wines

Victor Barrantes and Stefi Tello say they feel most alive when they are dancing and they want to share that feeling with members of the Ballarat community. Rochelle covers court and has a particular interest in social issues including homelessness, food security and family violence. → Read More

Homelessness program clients will be able to stay in housing despite big government funding cuts

Workers in the homelessness support sector have welcomed the announcement of new resources to support existing clients of a 'life changing' program, but are calling for expansion to help thousands of others in need. Rochelle covers court and has a particular interest in social issues including homelessness, food security and family violence. → Read More

Man's violent rage after dodgy Facebook car swap lands him in prison

A man's angry outburst after a dodgy car swap that reportedly left him with a 'lemon' led him to a stint in prison. Rochelle covers court and has a particular interest in social issues including homelessness, food security and family violence. → Read More

Old Buninyong Fire Station to become wedding and events venue

Alyssa and Travis Strangwick, owners of wedding film agency Angry Chicken Media, have signed a 15-year lease of... → Read More

Pyrenees Art Exhibition returns to Beaufort for long weekend

A volunteer effort is bringing a showcase of highly regarded artwork to Beaufort for the 15th Pyrenees Art Exhibition. Rochelle covers court and has a particular interest in social issues including homelessness, food security and family violence. → Read More

Repeat thief sent back to prison after string of thefts

A man known to shopkeepers as a nuisance thief will spend at least 10 months behind bars for going straight back to his old ways after being released from prison. Rochelle covers court and has a particular interest in social issues including homelessness, food security and family violence. → Read More

Ballarat man faces court over two violent assaults in 2019 and 2020

'Your son, your problem', attacker said before hitting victim with shovel A lawyer has told a court a man's decision to mix alcohol with medication was a 'recipe for disaster' and played a big factor in two assaults. Rochelle covers court and has a particular interest in social issues including homelessness, food security and family violence. → Read More

'We have got to do better': stories of violence and humiliation remind why more change is needed

Cruelty to children can negatively affect them for life, so how can we do better? → Read More

'Ballarat's own Yarra Valley': hospitality leader Teddy Powlett set to launch Wayward Winery in Waubra

Wayward Winery's restaurant is expected to launch in June, at the site formerly known as Quoin Hill Winery. → Read More

Ballarat's court system almost back to pre-COVID normal

Despite two years of COVID-19 chaos creating case backlogs in the court system, the time for cases to... → Read More

Employers searching for candidates to fill vacant roles at jobs and training expo

Ballarat businesses are using an upcoming jobs and training expo to appeal to skilled job seekers to fill vacant roles in a difficult employment environment. Rochelle covers court and has a particular interest in social issues including homelessness, food security and family violence. → Read More

Aidan Conaughton, 27, jailed for 'cowardly' stabbing that left teen with colostomy bag

A Ballarat teenager had to use a colostomy bag for more than six months after his bowel was perforated during a stabbing attack in his grandmother's home. Rochelle covers court and has a particular interest in social issues including homelessness, food security and family violence. → Read More

Heroin trafficker says he is ready for intensive rehabilitation

Heroin trafficker says he is ready for intensive rehabilitation A long-time drug addict who has admitted to trafficking heroin to fund his own habit says he wants intensive intervention and rehabilitation to avoid ending up back in prison. Rochelle covers court and has a particular interest in social issues including homelessness, food security and family violence. → Read More

Region's top brass players regroup for major COVID comeback of Eureka Brass

A selection of top brass musicians from across Ballarat and the south west region will come together to perform for the public this weekend for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Rochelle covers court and has a particular interest in social issues including homelessness, food security and family violence. → Read More

Councils announce aged and disability service providers

Two councils surrounding Ballarat have announced the aged and disability service providers that will take over the role of supporting clients. Rochelle covers court and has a particular interest in social issues including homelessness, food security and family violence. → Read More

Man jailed for touching himself in front of woman on Ballarat bus

A man with a history of sexual offences has been sentenced to imprisonment for masturbating while looking at a woman on a public bus in Ballarat. Rochelle covers court and has a particular interest in social issues including homelessness, food security and family violence. → Read More

Driver accused of speeding at 180km/h on freeway admits daily drug habit

Police could not catch up to a driver who was allegedly speeding an estimated 180km/h on the Western Freeway at Warrenheip on Saturday, but later arrested him parked outside a Ballarat business. Rochelle covers court and has a particular interest in social issues including homelessness, food security and family violence. → Read More