Victorian Smart Ball Set To Bowl Over Cricket World

Source: Government of Victoria 2

A cricket ball embedded with a microchip stands to revolutionise cricket – and it is being developed in Victoria by renowned sports equipment innovator Kookaburra.

Kookaburra’s SmartBall has been in development with technology partner SportCor for the past two years and was revealed to the cricket world at a special launch in London on Saturday night.

The Moorabbin-based Kookaburra pioneered white and pink balls for use around the world and believes SmartBall has a future in Test cricket and top T20 leagues.

The key to SmartBall is a microchip embedded in the core which provides advanced, real-time data for players, coaches and viewers. The ball calculates speed at three points – release, pre-bounce and post-bounce.

A bowler will be able to release a delivery and then immediately look to his or her smartwatch and check the speed or degree of turn.

Data could be used just as readily by broadcasters or relayed direct to fans.  Future capabilities include information on whether the bat has nicked a ball, whether the ball has hit the grass on low catches and improved tracking for DRS (decision review system).

The Kookaburra SmartBall joins other Victorian innovations in sports technology, including Catapult’s wearable performance trackers and Champion Data’s live performance-based stats. Australia’s sports technology exports were valued at $500 million in 2018, with around two-thirds generated by Victorian businesses.

The Andrews Labor Government has led trade missions to significant sport markets such as India and China to promote the state’s capabilities in sports technology, innovation and major events.

Established in 1890 and still family-owned, Kookaburra specialises in cricket and field hockey equipment and employs more than 200 people around the world including 80 who make balls at Moorabbin.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula

“Kookaburra is a terrific Victorian company with a record of world-leading innovation and SmartBall is a stunning example of its commitment to staying ahead of the pack.”

“Victoria is the home of innovation and that means we are creating the jobs of the future right now.” Quotes attributable to Kookaburra managing director Brett Elliot

“Kookaburra has been at the forefront of innovation in cricket, from the first ever white balls used under lights in World Series Cricket, through to the pink balls now used for day/night Tests.”

“The logical next step is to combine the data and analytics side of cricket that is becoming so critical to players, coaches and fans, with our traditional style of hand-making cricket balls.”

Man washes away car

Source: State of Victoria Police

Sunday, 11 August 2019 04:45

Glen Eira Bayside Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating a fraud in Brighton on 9 August.

Investigators have been told a man posing as a car washer attended at the victims address in Wells Street and after obtaining the keys, stole the victims black Holden Commodore sedan, registered 1MX4CM about 3.30pm.

The victim had earlier sold her car on a car sales website and after the sale, had received an email purporting to be from the website telling her she had won a free car wash.

The man is described as being European in appearance, 177cm, black hair, medium build, wearing a blue shirt, yellow hi-vis top and a baseball cap.

Investigators are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at

Leading Senior Constable Rohan Imms

Media Officer


Where to buy chic shoes in Melbourne

Source: State of Victoria Local Government

As Cinderella showed us, a new pair of shoes can change your life. Ladies and gentlemen, step this way to shop the latest well-heeled looks.

Christian Louboutin

Have you been hankering for a pair of this Frenchman’s red-soled shoes? Then make a date to visit Melbourne’s own Christian Louboutin boutique, where red-carpet-ready shoes beckon, from spike heels to men’s Oxfords, loafers and sneakers. Discover what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes – someone else like Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

Statement sneakers at Christian Louboutin

Miss Louise

A temple of fancy female footwear since it was established in 1965, Miss Louise is your go-to for bold and beautiful international brands. From Valentino kitten heels and towering Versace stiletto sandals to Nina Ricci ankle boots and Alexander McQueen sneakers, it’s not for shopping on a shoestring. But if it’s time to treat yourself…

Peter Sheppard

Experience European style along the Paris end of Collins street at Peter Sheppard, one of many chic boutiques at 271 Collins Street. Heels, boots, sandals and more from designers across the globe adorn the shelves for a stylish display of top quality toe-tappers.

Peter Sheppard shoes


Ladies put a spring in your step with some retail therapy at Zomp, stocking in-house designs and emerging labels like Officine Creative and Lokas. From hot heels and pretty pumps to sassy sneakers and beautiful boots, your next perfect pair of shoes await.

Chunky styles from Zomp


As every high-end-sneaker collector knows, shoe lust isn’t limited to killer heels. Sneakerboy offers the coolest new kicks for guys and girls from around the world, by brands including Prada, Dior and Balenciaga. Of course, there are also limited editions from classic sneaker peeps like Nike and New Balance. So whether you want to look sharp on the track or add Gucci bling to your street style, they’ve got it covered.

Sleek and chic at Sneaker Boy


Gorgeous shoes aren’t always designed somewhere else. After an international career working with the likes of Net a Porter and Sass & Bide, Melbourne designer Annie Abbott went solo in 2010. Starting out in a St Kilda backyard shed, Habbot is now a must-have women’s footwear brand with a shop in Royal Arcade. Annie’s creations brilliantly balance bold style and finish (including colourful, iridescent, glittery and animal-print looks) with comfort.


Brendan Dwyer Custom

One of the Nicholas Building’s legends, Brendan Dwyer Custom is the whispered byword for bespoke footwear in Melbourne. Step inside his old-fashioned studio, get measured up and start talking. Shoes or boots? Classic or contemporary? Which colour, materials and details? With Brendan’s guidance and traditional shoemaking skills, you’re in good hands.

Bally on Collins

Bally is one of the growing parade of long-established luxury brands lined up at the Paris End of Collins Street. Their finely crafted footwear stands out for its details. Think gentlemen’s dress shoes with monk-strap closures, and bejewelled buckles on ladies’ heels. Step up to Bally on Collins for classic-meets-contemporary elegance from Switzerland.

Shoes from Bally


It’s cheesy but true – you’ll be a happy camper walking around in the comfy yet chic shoes made by this beloved Spanish brand. Camper’s contemporary smart-casual range includes iconic Beetles and Pelotas, and the Twin line, which brings clever non-identical style to everything from sandals to boots. They have what everyone wants to wear, including cool school shoes and ballet-inspired flats for kids.

Vintage style and shopping in Melbourne

Source: State of Victoria Local Government

There’s a lot to be said for living in the past. Kick it old school and take a trip down memory lane, with these 20th (and 19th century) reminders of how things used to be.

Vintage clothing and accessories

Retrostar Vintage Clothing

Give your look a rock’n’roll edge with a trip to Retrostar Vintage Clothing in the ever-eclectic Nicholas Building on Swanston Street. Their huge array of apparel is divided into sections ranging from the 1940s to 1990s. Find everything from vintage afternoon tea dresses to over 500 original vintage t-shirts.

Retro Star

Hunter Gatherer

A Royal Arcade institution, Hunter Gatherer handpicks stylish finds from Brotherhood of St Lawrence op shops across Victoria. Staff are known for having a great eye for a colourful print and unique cut across frocks, blouses, skirts, handbags, coats and more. They also stock local artisan jewellery and upcycled vintage items by The Cat’s Pajamas and Lydra’s clutch purses.

Vintage Sole

Cherry-pick that one-off accessory, track down a streetwear classic or dig up a designer find at Vintage Sole. Span the style decades from the 1960s to the 1990s and rummage through the men’s and women’s racks for everything from dresses, skirts and overalls, to outerwear, knitwear and shoes. There’s bags, scarves, jewellery and more.

Vintage Sole

Yesteryear Vintage Clothing

If you yearn for truly unique pieces to stand out from the crowd, give Yesteryear Vintage Clothing a go. Sourcing from all over the world, this Faraday Street, Carlton gem has knockout little numbers to make you feel like you’ve just stepped out of a 1960s or 1970s film. Swing by at the right time and you could be blessed with a visit from their adorable store cat.

Martin Fella Vintage

Offering a bespoke retail range, Martin Fella Vintage in North Melbourne offer pre-loved luxury fashion along with retro interior design homewares, pottery, glassware and furniture. Find European and American design classics, plus Australian mid-century names. There’s even the odd piece of taxidermy.

Martin Fella Vintage

Basement Discs vintage

Basement Discs, the legendary record shop and lunchtime live performance purveyors just adjacent to the Block Arcade, now stock retro fashion in their vintage clothing section. Choose a matching outfit to go with your preferred musical genre – 1950s jazz, 1960s rock’n’roll, 1970s soul or 1980s new wave. 

Out of the Closet

One of Melbourne’s original vintage stores established in the 1980s, Out of the Closet offers ‘A’ grade quality vintage clothing and accessories, at affordable and competitive prices. Sourcing internationally, they also sell vinyl records. Speaking of which…

Other vintage experiences

From vinyl records to high tea in one of Melbourne’s original grand hotels, here are more vintage-style experiences worth hunting out.

Shop for vinyl

Vinyl records are back thanks to their luscious sound, big, often beautiful packaging, and all-round retro hands-on experience. Melbourne is blessed with many music stores that stock vinyl old and new, including the legendary Basement Discs and Heartland Records. They’ve been around since the early 1990s, while the underground musical treasure trove Wax Museum Records opened in 2006, around the time vinyl struck back. Across the other side of town on Lonsdale Street, Rocksteady Records offers good grooves, vinyl, turntables and more – with a fierce local focus.

Basement Discs

Found Sound

All the cool kids are trading in their laptops for vintage synths, and you can too at Found Sound, Carlton’s boutique second-hand musical instrument store. A Melbourne muso institution, Found Sound specialise in vintage recording gear and instrument sales, equipment hire and repairs.

Afternoon tea at the Hotel Windsor

Travel back in time to 1883 when the grand Hotel Windsor was built, and experience a traditional afternoon tea with all the trimmings. Served to your table on a three-tiered silver stand, the spread includes freshly baked scones with jam and cream, exquisite pastries and finger sandwiches. No crusts, of course.

The Hotel Windsor

Miss Fox

Become a lady of leisure for the day at the chic Miss Fox, where pampering and glamorous grooming services come with a French champagne and martini bar. Make an appointment at the wellness clinic, enjoy a day spa or a book into the salon for beauty treatments, all designed to make you look and feel your best.

Captains of Industry

Gentleman’s outfitter and cafe Captains of Industry is a haven for men with a penchant for the finer things. Located in the villagey Somerset Place and open for coffee, breakfast and lunch, Captains also stock interesting craft beers and small-batch spirits. Once replete, you can attend to your postprandial grooming needs with a visit to the on-site barber, bespoke tailor and bootmaker.

Missing man Michael Rodriguez

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 9 August 2019 17:36

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing 60-year-old Craigieburn man Michael Rodriguez.

Michael was last seen at his work address in Sages Road, Glenroy about 4.30pm on Thursday 8 August.

Police and family have concerns for his welfare as his disappearance is out of character.

Michael was last seen wearing his work clothes which consist of a orange fluro fleece jacket and black cargo pants.

Investigators have released an image of Michael in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information regarding his current whereabouts.

Anyone with information about Michael’s whereabouts is asked to Craigieburn Police Station on 9303 4433.

Senior Constable Adam West

Media Officer


Springvale speedster

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 9 August 2019 21:10

A Mulgrave man has lost his motorcycle for 30 days at a cost of $870 for allegedly speeding in Springvale and Mulgrave last night.

Greater Dandenong Highway Patrol officers observed the motorcycle and its rider on Police Road about 3am.

The bike was allegedly displaying fake registration plates and was travelling at approximately 130km/h.

Police patrolled the area for the bike and it was detected travelling at 125km/h along Huxley Avenue, Mulgrave which is a 50km/h zone.

Officers attempted to intercept the bike and the rider stalled the motorcycle while attempting to negotiate a corner.

The 34-year-old rider was arrested and interviewed for a number of traffic offences including unlicensed riding as well as possess drug of dependence.

He is expected to be charged on summons.

Senior Constable Adam West

Media Officer


Missing teen Acacia Williams

Source: State of Victoria Police

Saturday, 10 August 2019 02:31

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing teenager Acacia Williams.

The 18-year-old was last seen in Blackburn South about 3.10pm on Wednesday 7 August.

Acacia is described as 150cm tall, with a slim build, shoulder length brown hair, and was last seen wearing a black hooded jumper, black tracksuit pants and pink/purple runners

Police and family have concerns for her welfare as she has a medical condition.

She is known to frequent the Victoria Market and the Melbourne CBD.

Investigators have released an image of Acacia in the hope someone recognises her and can provide information regarding her current whereabouts.

Anyone who sees Acacia is urged to call Forest Hill Police Station on 8847 3600.

Senior constable Alistair Parsons

Media Advisor


Police investigate Tarneit robbery

Source: State of Victoria Police

Saturday, 10 August 2019 04:46

Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery which occurred in Tarneit yesterday afternoon (9 August).

Investigators have been told a 13-year-old girl was walking along Thomas Carr Drive when she was approached by three unknown male youths near the intersection of Rockbank Drive about 3.25pm

One of the youth made a demand for the teenager’s phone and she refused.

A second demand was made and the victim was pushed over as one of the offenders snatched the phone.

The three offenders fled on foot along Rockbank Drive after being yelled at by a bystander.

Investigators believe there would have been a large amount of traffic on Thomas Carr Drive at the time and are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have dash-camera footage to contact Crime Stoppers.

The offenders were all perceived to be African in appearance.

Two of the offenders are perceived to be in their mid to late teens, one was wearing a black beanie and another was wearing a white t-shirt with ‘Supreme’ logo on the front.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at

Senior Constable Alistair Parsons

Media Advisor


Braybrook fatal

Source: State of Victoria Police

Saturday, 10 August 2019 14:47

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal collision which occurred in Braybrook late Saturday night.

Investigators have been told a man, believed to be in his 40s, was crossing Ballarat Road about 10.55pm when he was struck be a west bound car.

The yet to be identified man died at the scene.

The driver of the car, a woman in her 40s, is assisting police with their enquires.

The exact circumstances of the crash are yet to be established and the investigation is ongoing.

Any witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at

Live Lost:

2019: 179

2018: 120

Senior Constable Adam West

Media Officer


Burnley layout changes

Source: State of Victoria Local Government 2

Friday 09 August 2019

We’re making adjustments to the Burnley Golf Course layout from Monday 12 August to Sunday 18 August which will affect holes 1, 3, and 7. These adjustments will address and reduce the risks associated with errant golf balls breaching the existing boundary fences along Madden Grove and the CityLink freeway.

As part of our commitment to safety for golf users and the community, we’re undertaking a suite of measures to improve safety at Burnley Golf Course.

The golf course will remain open during the works from Monday 12 August to Sunday 18 August, however access to some holes will be affected at various times as the works progress.

What will the works involve?

We’re modifying the layout and introducing new tee positions on holes 1, 3, and 7.

New signage will also be installed around the course to remind players to be cautious in their play and general actions when playing the course.

What changes are being made to the course?

Hole 1

Hole 1 will be shortened by 40 meters and the tee position placed against the fence line. Players will now need to use shorter clubs to play the hole and the general playing direction of the hole is away from the boundary. 

By placing the tee against the existing fencing any tee shot that has large amounts of sidespin or miss direction will be captured by our existing fence line immediately.

 Hole 3

Hole 3 will be shortened to a Par 3 hole of approximately 115m in length.

The tee position will be placed past the existing fairway bunkers and in against the existing gum trees to be used as a form of containment for errant balls.

Hole 7

Hole 7 will be shortened slightly by 20 metres and the tee will be positioned closer to the existing fence line.

As per the changes to Hole 1, by placing the tee against the existing fencing any tee shot that has large amounts of sidespin or miss direction will be captured by our existing fence line immediately.

Why are these works required?

The safety of our community and golf users is our priority. The immediate adjustments to the layout of the golf course is required to reduce the number of golf balls breaching the existing boundary fences along Madden Grove and the CityLink freeway.

How long will the course layout be affected?

These adjustments are required to address and reduce the risks associated with errant golf balls breaching the existing boundary fences in the short-term. 

We’re currently developing a master plan for the Burnley Golf Course that will address mid to long term strategies for the future of the golf course, including safety improvements and community services and programs. 

We will communicate further updates as they become available.

How do I find out more information?

For information and regular updates regarding the works at Burnley Golf Course, contact us on 9205 5048 or email us at

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