Local News Headlines, 24th March 2017

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Local News Headlines, 24th March 2017

There's an increasing risk of a tropical cyclone developing off the north Queensland Coast in the coming days. The Bureau thinking it’ll make landfall anywhere between Mackay and Cooktown. They’re closely watching modelling to get a better idea of where it will cross and it’s intensity We’re still being encouraged to sensible prepare just in case.

Day two of the Shandee Blackburn Murder trial has heard a witness recall the details of the night Ms Blackburn died in Mackay. Ringo Tapim recounting the moment he saw her walking towards his unit coughing gagging and hold her stomach after being fatally wounded in 2013. John Peros is being charged with the murder of the 23 year old Mackey woman but is pleading not guilty.

A local diving company has been fined following the death of a U.K. tourist during an introductory scuba dive. The company trading as Wings Diving Adventures pleading guilty in a Proserpine Court to breaching its duty under the Safety in Recreational Water Activities Act two year ago. Bethany Farrell had been with a group of friends on the diving tour near Hayman Island when she was separated and from her instructor and later found dead on the ocean floor. The Airlie Beach based charter boat operator was fined $160,000, plus professional and court costs.

15 pine trees at the Nebo Road Water Treatment Plant are set to be removed. They're posing a potential safety risk.

Tickets are now on sale for the Origin Fan Day Luncheon at the MECC. It’s on June the 14 when the Maroons come to town ahead of Game II of the 2017 State of Origin series.

LOCAL SPORT

The Whitsunday Sharks will play in their first double header this weekend. They'll be taking on the Magnetic North Steelcats on Saturday and the Capricorn Claws on Sunday. Coach Margie Sugars says they're feeling confident following their win two weeks ago.

 2017 is promising to be a big year for AFL with a number of exciting matchups to kick off the season. This Saturday will see Bakers Creek taking on Mackay Magpies Eastern Swans hosting the Whitsunday Sea Eagles and North Mackay Saints up against the Mackay City Hawks

WEATHER

Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds becoming southeasterly 20 to 25 km/h in the morning.

ROAD CLOSURE

SAINT LAWRENCE CROYDON ROAD, Saint Lawrence, 4707 -
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-02-21T07:42:16
Mirani Eton Road, Brightly, 4741 - Closed between Cut Creek and Sandy Creeks (Cristi George's Crossing)
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-23T17:59:48
Golf Links Road, Beaconsfield, 4740 - Golf Links Road
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-21T02:14:59
Hicks Road, Glenella, 4740 - at Windmill Crossing
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-21T02:23:59
Palm Tree Road, Homebush / Sandiford, 4740 - Closed 300m From Thomas Road
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-23T14:24:52
Barrie Lane, Homebush, 4740 -
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-23T15:26:52
COLLAROY TIERAWOOMBA ROAD, Collaroy, 4707 -
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-23T14:13:42
CARMILA WEST ROAD, Carmila, 4739 -
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-23T10:10:32
Landing Road, Koumala, 4738 - Landing Road at Main Dam
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-22T17:11:06
LOTUS CREEK ROAD, Lotus Creek, 4742 -
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-23T07:10:25
BATHEASTON ISAAC RIVER ROAD, May Downs, 4746 -
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-23T07:13:31
DYSART CLERMONT ROAD, Dysart, 4745 -
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-23T12:19:27
SAINT LAWRENCE CROYDON ROAD, Lotus Creek / Saint Lawrence, 4705 / 4707 -
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-23T12:39:26
MAY DOWNS ROAD, May Downs, 4746 -
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-23T12:38:51
Mt Ossa Seaforth Road, Mount Ossa, 4741 - at Jolimont Creek
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-23T17:35:59
Landing Road, Koumala, 4738 - at Main Dam
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-23T17:38:59
Staffords Road, Bloomsbury, 4799 - at O'Connel River
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-23T17:40:59
Pugsley Street, Walkerston, 4751 - at Burkes Crossing
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-23T17:44:58
Caping Road, Bloomsbury, 4799 - OConnell River
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-23T13:56:59
MARLBOROUGH SARINA ROAD, Blue Mountain, 4737 -
Last report received from DTMR: 2017-03-23T15:27:04
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