Looking back at July 1983


WARRNAMBOOL North Technical School appeared set to retain its farm trade apprentice training despite a draft plan proposing the course be scrapped. The school defended its role as a farm trade training facility, saying there was community need. 

CONSTRUCTION began on an RSPCA animal shelter in Braithwaite Street, Warrnambool. The $75,000 project was to be funded by the RSPCA, Warrnambool City Council and the state government.

A MEETING of the board of the Warrnambool and District Base Hospital authorised a spend of $36,000 on additional bathroom and toilet facilities for wards one and two. A $5600 word processor was also purchased.


A TWO bedroom weatherboard house in North Street, Koroit was on sale for $25,000. In Warrnambool, an ex-commission house in Bradley Street was on the market for $35,000. The house was brick and had three bedrooms, a garden shed and a brick one-car garage.


OLLIE’S Family Restaurants on Raglan Parade was offering a special of 13 pieces of fried chicken plus large chips and gravy for $9.99. 


SUPPORTERS of the Bushfield Football Club had a treat with the video of their game against Tower Hill shown at the Criterion Hotel in Warrnambool after Thursday night training. 

WARRNAMBOOL’S Richard Umbers, who would later go on to play senior football with the Brisbane Bears, was among those taking part in the fourth annual South West Pro Am Surfing Championship. Umbers was knocked out in the semi-finals of the competition at the popular surfing spot, The Well in Peterborough.