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16 Oct 2017 Wangaratta Chronicle, Wangaratta VIC (General News) Community funding to save CFA program COMMUNITY generosity has come to the rescue of a life-saving program which the Wangaratta CFA had considered ceasing due to a lack of funding. Leading firefighter Robert Skase of Wangaratta Fire Brigade said he was stoked to receive interest from at least four prospective sponsors of the program. Council discusses use of Ovens College site with parties COUNCIL is in the early stages of negotiations with parties interested in overseeing the future use of Wangarattas Ovens College site. Rural City of Wangaratta director of development services Barry Green said the re-subdivision of the site, which would allow titles to be created for emergency services uses, and a balance, was nearing completion. Count back from the start ALL Wangaratta city ward candidates in the 2016 election have an equal chance to be elected to council prior to a count back that will take place on November 13. Councillor Ruth Amery sadly passed away on Thursday, October 5 aged 66, news that shocked the community. The Victorian Electoral Commission confirmed a count back would take place to discover Cr Amerys replacement on council. $1.5m upgrade expands Merriwa Industries workforce A $1.5 million upgrade at Merriwa Industries will create 21 new jobs and open up employment opportunities for people with a disability, according to Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria). Ms Symes announced the project, which was secured through Victorian Government funding, last Thursday at Merriwa Industries Greta Road complex. Council makes case to decenk tralisation public hearing r RURAL City of Wangaratta mayor Ken Clarke wants the municipality to become a city of government departments as part of a plan to grow and sustain the w regions population base. Departments Cr Clarke be- lieves would fit well in Wangarats ta include Health, Infrastructure, and Foreign Affairs and Trade. He made a presentation at the h Federal Government Inquiry into , Regional Development and De- centralisation public hearing held in Wodonga last Thursday. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.