What was happening 30 years ago


NEW Zealander Dave Dobbyn had the number one song on the Warrnambool music charts on June 19, 1987. Dobbyn’s song Slice of Heaven, from the Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tail Tale soundtrack, was number one on the local charts and number two nationally. The number one song in Australia was Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Other songs featured in the national top 10 included Hymn to Her (The Pretenders), Respectable (Mel and Kim) and Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now (Starship).

Internationally, Head to Toe by Lisa and Lisa headed the US charts while Houston was on top in London. One interesting entry on the UK charts was the novelty song Star Trekkin’ by The Firm.


NETBALL had yet to start in the Warrnambool and district league and was in its opening season in the Hampden league. That meant the Warrnambool Netball Association was at the height of its powers. The grand final was played in front of a packed house at the Showgrounds stadium. Despite the best efforts of Lasers’ centre Sally Fulton (pictured), her team went down by a goal to Taurus, 25-24. 


NATIONALLY, the most memorable statement of June 1987 came from then Australian Primer Minister Bob Hawke who claimed during the election campaign that “by 1990 no Australian child will be living in poverty”. 

A Warrnambool council survey showed that 42.6 per cent of people came into the city’s CBD to buy food. Other reasons people ventured into the town centre included for work (16.1), buying small household goods (10.4), for recreation (7.8), for professional services (6.9) and for browsing (6.3).