What was happening during this week in history.

25 YEARS AGO: 

TOURIST operators in the south-west are likely to lose thousands of dollars next summer because of changes to the school holiday system. All government schools will resume on January 26 next year with the Australia Day weekend gazetted for Monday, February 2. “This means that tourist destinations will find their peak period shortened by one week – with a consequent loss of trade and income over that period,” Warrnambool MLA John McGrath said.

THREE of four-storey developments along Merri Street to Ward Street for hotels, motels and restaurants have been mooted under planning opportunities outlined in Warrnambool’s City Plan 1992.

THE Prices Surveillance Authority says consumers are paying too much for milk because of minimum pricing legislation and the withdrawal of one and two cent coins from circulation. 

50 YEARS AGO: 

A SHARK, between right and 10 feet long, has been sighted off the beach at Warrnambool. The beach was closed for the afternoon after the shark was spotted between the Hopkins mouth and the breakwater. The beach has been closed several times in 10 days after multiple sightings. 

THE federal government is considering financial assistance for a proposed farm management college at Hamilton. 

VICTORIA’S beaches and countryside would be littered with non-returnable soft drink bottles, half of them broken, in 10 years, the Municipal Association of Victoria was told.

100 YEARS AGO: 

THE Premier, Sir Alexander Peacock, was asked by Mr Deany MLA to provide £30,000 from the loan funds for the construction of an eastern breakwater at Warrnambool to prevent the silting up of the port. However, the Premier said he could see no possibility of the money being made available, although he promised to visit Warrnambool and inspect the site for the proposed works. 

THE Victorian government said rabbits were to be sold to British forces serving in the war. The government asked for co-operation in collecting rabbits. 

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