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Lal Lal attack: Sissy Austin hospitalised after ‘random attack’

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A Greens senate candidate and Indigenous activist has been hospitalised following a terrifying attack by an unknown man in a Victorian forest over the weekend.

Sissy Austin, 29, was jogging through the historic Blast Furnace Picnic Area in Lal Lal, near Ballarat, between 4.30pm and 5pm on Saturday when she was attacked by a man wielding a man-made weapon who knocked her unconscious.

When Ms Austin woke the offender had fled, Victoria Police said.

Ms Austin, a Gunditjmara, Keeray Wurrung, Peek Wurrung and Djab Wurrung woman, wrote on Facebook that she had to get 4km back to her car after regaining consciousness and an ambulance took her to hospital.

“Went for a run on a beautiful day in Lal Lal Forest Ballarat yesterday. Before and after picture of being randomly attacked and knocked out,” said Ms Austin, a former member of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria.

“Had to get 4kms back to my car before I called police and an ambulance came and got me.”

“Home now from hospital but in shock with a massive throbbing headache.
“Women should be able to go safely for a f—ing run in this colony.”

On Tuesday, police said Ms Austin was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening facial injuries.

Police said the male offender was perceived to be caucasian, wearing black jeans, a cap but no shoes or shirt.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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