In Brief

Baby autopsy
Police are awaiting an autopsy on the death of a newborn baby at a Grovedale home.
Police discovered the baby wrapped in cloth and plastic inside the Peter Street home on Sunday.

Footy fiasco
Thousands of fans were left stuck in queues outside Skilled Stadium on the weekend after the AFL failed to allocate enough gate staff for Geelong’s first NAB Cup match.
The AFL eventually opened the gates to let fans in without charge but refused refunds to spectators who had already paid for admittance.

Highway ‘abysmal’
Part of the Princes Highway between Geelong and the South Australia border are “abysmal” threats to the safety of road users, according to RACV.
The motorists’ organisation called on state and federal governments to “act immediately” on upgrading the highway between Geelong and Colac.

Nuclear out
Liberal Member for Corangamite Stewart McArthur has ruled out a nuclear power plant for Avalon after reports this week that a company had formed to build a reactor in Victoria.
A private think tank report late last year found more reasons against a nuclear plant at Avalon than any other potential site listed for Victoria.

Property booms
The Surf Coast’s population leapt almost five per cent and Geelong’s jumped 1.3 per cent in the year to June, 2006, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics.
A separate report from property researcher Terry Ryder tipped growth rates to remain high as development of new roads such as the Geelong bypass stimulated the Victorian housing market.

Fish kill
A community group has criticised Shell and the EPA after finding hundreds of dead fish near the company’s refinery this week.
Geelong Community for Good Life rejected the EPA’s judgment that the deaths were a “one off”, instead claiming the company’s refinery was emitting pollution that killed fish on “a weekly basis”.

Skate memorial
A new skate park will honour one of Leopold’s “outstanding citizens”, according to the town’s councillor.
Rod Macdonald said John Hansen Memorial Skate Park would be a “fitting memorial” to the “great man” who drove development of the facility.