What was mak­ing news in the Wangaratta Chron­i­cle last week

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$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.

$18m transformation

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.

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