Warrnambool November 1989


THE Warrnambool community embraced the Spring Racing Carnival in November 1989 with St John of God Hospital auxiliary holding a pre-Melbourne Cup cocktail party. The event attracted 200 people, including nurse Bernie Noonan (pictured) and raised money to buy equipment for the hospital.   

A MAJOR sewerage upgrade was announced by the Warrnambool Water Board. The works included a new sewerage treatment plant. 

LOCAL builder Malcolm T. Gent was the successful tenderer to build 12 units for elderly people next to St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lava Street.

The $518,000 project included a private rear courtyard and landscaped grounds.  

ONE of the world’s biggest businesses found its way to Warrnambool in November, 1989.

The city’s very first McDonalds restaurant was opened on the Princes Highway in East Warrnambool, where Guyetts Funerals now stands.

Store owner was prominent Warrnambool businessman Trevor Hawker.

The store employed 82 casual and 15 full-time staff which included shift mangers Amanda Brockney, Jenelle Maloney, Jamie Langley and Steve Jones.

There was a big field to chose from with 600 people interviewed for the positions.

The menu included a Big Mac ($2.20), french fries (80c) and thick shakes ($1.15).

The restaurant seated 80 diners and there was parking for 50 cars. 


BASKETBALL in Warrnambool received a boost when the Latvian national team came to town.

The Latvian team took on an all-star Warrnambool team with the visitors convincing winners, 107-87, in front of a big crowd at the indoor sports stadium. 


NIGHTLIFE in Warrnambool continued to centre around The Lady Bay Hotel.

During November, 1989, former Cold Chisel guitarist Ian Moss played a concert at the venue. Chart-topping pop band The Cockroaches also hit the stage while Eddie Youngblood brought his Elvis tribute show to town.

For something with a bit of difference, Manpower Australia visited the bay in what was promoted as a “girl’s night out”.    

FOR those wishing to catch a good movie, the Capitol Cinema was screening Ghostbusters II and Honey I Shrunk the Kids.

NEW Years Eve plans were already underway with confirmation the annual event at the Warrnambool Showgrounds would go ahead.