Local News Headlines, 18th May 2017

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Local News Headlines, 18th May 2017

Our regions set to get a drenching. A flood watch is still current from Tully to Gladstone and there’s a strong wind warning for the Mackay coast. Mackay and the Whitsundays could see some of the heaviest falls but Meteorologist Shaun Fitzgerald says the rain won't hang around for too long.

A Climate council report is revealing the proposed Adani coal mine -- South West of Mackay would contribute to the region producing more carbon emissions than Australia currently does. The report claims if all the region's mines were developed -- they would make so much pollution that, if it the area were a country, it would be in the worst 15 nations in the world. Mackay's been named the maintenance hub for the Adani project.

Local cane growers are awaiting a deal between Wilmar and Queensland Sugar limited. It's reported they're planning on finalising the on-supply agreement this week.

Local police are looking for some late night thieves who tried stealing two cars. Police say the three crims were disturbed while breaking into the cars parked in a driveway on Upton Avenue in Andergrove and took off. It happened at around 11:30 on Tuesday night and they're asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to come forward.

A local business has been awarded the contract for Mackay Ring Road works. Vassallo Constructions will be undertaking works to relocate water mains for the project. Dawson MP George Christensen says it's a small component of the large scale works.

 Queensland Labor has formally endorsed Bronwyn Taha as the Labor candidate for Whitsunday in the upcoming state election. The 43 year old coming within 218 votes of securing victory in Whitsunday at the last election.

LOCAL SPORT

AFL Mackay's senior Women’s representative training squad is gearing up to play Capricornia at Rockhampton. They'll go head to head on July one and a member of the Brisbane Lions talent staff will be there as part of the talent ID process.

Organisers of the Whitsunday SUP Challenge are over the moon. The event wrapped up on Saturdays with competitors coming from around the world.

WEATHER

Cloudy. Very high (95%) chance of rain. Heavy falls possible. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds east to southeasterly 20 to 25 km/h.

Flood Watch for Southwestern Queensland

Issued at 11:58 am EST on Wednesday 17 May 2017

Issue Number: 2

Widespread daily rainfall totals of 25-60 mm, with isolated heavier falls with thunderstorms are forecast for areas across southewestern Queensland during Thursday and Friday.

River level rises above the minor flood level are possible based on forecast rainfall.

Catchments at risk include the Bulloo and Paroo river basins, and parts of the Warrego River and Cooper Creek basins.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current flood warnings for Queensland.

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/brochures/flood_watch/ for further information about Flood Watch.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Current emergency information is available at www.qld.gov.au/alerts

Weather Forecast:

For the latest weather forecasts see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts

Next Issue:

The next Flood Watch is due to be issued by 12:30pm AEST on Thursday 18 May 2017.

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 219 at a low call cost of 27.5 cents, more from mobile, public and satellite phones.

Warning, rainfall and river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood

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