Local News Headlines, 3rd February 2017

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Local News Headlines, 3rd February 2017

Mackay and Whitsunday police are yet to confirm when or if they'll start digging up a Bowen tip in search of Rachel Antonio's body. The 16 was last seen in 1998 walking along Queens Beach Esplanade. Her parents have long suspected her body was there but the dump was never search 20 years ago following the suspected homicide. Mackay Detective Inspector Nikki Colfs says there are several things to consider before a decision is made to go ahead with a new search at the tip.

Mackay has recorded the wettest January in two decades. The Bureau says the last time we had this much rain at the start of the year was in 1996. The Mount Bassett station recording over 480mm last month. While 21 years ago over 740mm fells and the rain continued into February. We're seeing a similar thing this year with rain forecast for the weekend.

A 39 year old Carmila women is facing a number of fraud charges Longreach detectives allege between December 2012 and September 2015 she committed a number of fraud offences relating to her role as a treasurer of a community group. It happened in Jericho but the woman’s due in the Sarina Magistrates Court on the 20th.

The RACQ CQ Rescue chopper service is benefitting from a $5,000 gift. The Midge Point Elves Bonnie Bryant, Barbara Butterfield and Vern Sunderland selling almost 400 miniature Christmas trees to raise the money last year.


Another NRL star will be playing on the Mackay Cutters Side this year. Former Manly Warringah Sea Eagles hooker Jayden Hodges siging on. Head Coach Steve Sheppard says he's looking forward to working with him

Tickets are now on sale JLT Community Series AFL game at Harrup Park. The Essendon Bombers will be taking on the Gold Coast Suns on the 26th.


Central Coast for Friday Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower. Winds E 20 to 30 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures 31 to 36.