Local News Headlines, 7th April 2017

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Local News Headlines, 7th April 2017
More than 25 thousand people and families are getting back on their feet with grants following Cyclone Debbie tearing through Airlie Beach. They've all received funding most being Immediate Hardship Assistance grants. More than $10M being handed out to Queenslanders
Cyclone-impacted people are being urged to check their properties for physical damage before power is reconnected. A home in Cannonvale was luckily saved by firies after is started smoking when power was restored. Ergon's John Fowler says initial investigations suggest the electrical scare was caused by water damaged wiring when power was restored to the property.
Mackay and Whitsunday cane farmers have another line of protection with the federal government adding new regulations The Sugar Code of Conduct coming into effect this week. Growers are over the moon, millers aren't impressed calling it heavy handed. Shadow Minister for Agriculture Dale Last hoping the code will help resolve the dispute between QSL and Wilmar. <
Mackay's now home to six new police recruits. Their making history being the first all-female intake in the district.
Locals are being urged to be vigilant in protecting themselves from dengue mosquitos. Whitsundays Mayor Andrew Willcox says as our community takes the first steps on the road to recovery it is important to be wary of secondary problems
LOCAL SPORT
The Mackay Cutters will go head to head with the CQ Capras this weekend It’s an away game for our boys but they're hoping it impress the water logged crowd in Rocky on Saturday after they lost to the PNG Hunters in Round five.. Coach Steve Sheppard says the Capras won't be going easy on them.

WEATHER

Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers, becoming less likely late this afternoon and evening. Winds southeasterly 25 to 30 km/h.

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