Looking back on 1986


WARRNAMBOOL City Council announced it would fight Victorian Premier John Cain over his plans to sell off the Brierly Hospital. Mr Cain had not ruled out selling the hospital to help balance the 1986 state budget.  

DOUG Allen was elected for his first term as the mayor of the Port Fairy Borough Council.

His first official function as mayor was to welcome Victorian Governor Dr Davis McCaughey to the town as part of his three-day visit to the south-west.

VICTORIAN opposition leader Jeff Kennett was the guest speaker at the Liberal Party dinner at the Warrnambool RSL. 


TWO pop divas headed the Western District Top 30 charts. English page three girl turned singer Samatha Fox was at number one with her song Touch Me while Madonna was at number two with Pappa Don't Preach

IRISH band The Fureys were at the Warrnambool Performing Arts Centre and Australian star John Paul Young was at the Lady Bay Hotel.

WHOOPI Goldberg starred in The Colour Purple which was showing at the Capitol Cinema in Warrnambool while at the Terang Drive-Inn, Molly Ringwald was star of Pretty in Pink.


TEAMS from Warrnambool competed in the state indoor cricket championships in Ballarat.

The mixed team was made up of Hugh Blaikie, Eleanor Rea, Sue Waring, Wayne Elliott, Les Lynch, Janine Monk, Trevor McKenzie and Margie Umbers.

The ladies team was Sue-Ellen Goldstraw, Kerryn McKenzie, Jenny Williams, Wendy Pye, Barb Kelly, Glenda Sheppard, Leanne Heard and Leanne Goldstraw.