What was making news in the Wangaratta Chronicle last week
$6m pool loan
RURAL City of Wangaratta council has secured a $6 million low-interest loan from the State Government to pay for works up front connected to the 50 metre outdoor and hydrotherapy pools project at the Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre (WISAC).
The cash injection was secured through the government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme and it is set to save rural city ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.
A project go ahead for the pools was made possible with $1.5m from the State Government (hydrotherapy) in 2016 and $4.4m from the Federal Government this year, and this low interest loan will now pay council’s share of the up-front cost.
Dan’s $10m Promise
A $10 MILLION election promise to Northeast Health Wangaratta (NHW) would enable world-leading specialists to treat more patients locally, Premier Daniel Andrews said in Wangaratta on Monday.
The money would come on top of the $22.1 million the Andrews Labor Government has already invested in the local health service in the last three years and would fund other major projects at NHW.
Raising the bar
ONE of Wangaratta major manufacturing businesses is investing $4 million to maintain its status as a leading fabricator of building trusses in the state.
Alpine Truss has this week lodged a planning application with council for a 2500sqm extension to its existing Tone Road factory costing $1.5 million, which will house new state of the art equipment worth $2.5 million.
The new computerised technology will put Alpine Truss ahead of many similar businesses in Australia as it will be the only one to have the USA-made machinery.
Dry October as our lean year continues
LAST month’s rainfall of just 15.8mm was Wangaratta 14th lowest October yield in the past 100 years, deepening drought conditions challenging farmers.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the city’s meagre rainfall for the month comprised .2mm on October 4, 2.8mm on October 10, 10.8mm on October 17 and 2mm on October 21.
That was less than a third of Wangaratta October rainfall average of 49.2mm for the past 30 years.
DEMOLITION works currently under way on the former Wangaratta Plaza site will make way for a development that will benefit the city’s centre.
That’s the view of George Nikakis, director of Key Capital which owns the former plaza site, set to be transformed in coming months to the tune of $18 million into a Dan Murphy’s retail outlet and Quest apartment development.
Mr Nikakis said a planning permit had been approved by the Rural City of Wangaratta for the Dan Murphy’s store, which will face the Baker Street side of the site, with approval of the Quest plans fronting Docker Street expected to follow in the weeks ahead.