Local News Headlines, 9th January 2017

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Local News Headlines, 9th January 2017

There're calls to see a low-emission power plant built in the Mackay Whitsunday or Isaac region It’s coming from Dawson MP George Christensen who says he's hoping to see it built by tapping into the government’s 5 billion dollar Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. The local MP made the announcement over Facebook on Saturday. Chairman-elect of the Greater Whitsunday Alliance development group John Glanville says it could be worth considering. He tells the Mercury we need to look at anything that will create new industry.

Roads have re-opened and flights have resumed with the rain easing in the Whitsundays. Commercial flights out of the Whitsunday Coast Airport were cancelled on Friday and Saturday. While Forecaster Sam Campbell from the Bureau tells the Whitsunday Times there's a slight chance we'll see better falls today but they'll be 20 millimetres at the most.

There's less than 24 hours remaining to nominate someone for an Australia Day Award The Mackay Council's spreading the word encouraging locals to get nominations in by 8 tomorrow morning. The awards are about recognising a person or group who have made significant contributions to their community or have achieved great results in sporting or cultural endeavours. To nominate visit council's website.

We're being urged to get our tickets to the Adani Supplier Roadshow. It's stopping into Mackay on the 24th and 700 tickets have already been sold. They're 30 dollars each.


Congratulations are in order for two Mackay Softballer’s. Riley James and Cayden Love are home national champions. Their Queensland Under 17's team managing to get on top of New South Wales 5 nil in the Grand Final at the men's tournament in Canberra.

Basketball the Mackay Meteorettes will be tough to beat this season with their latest sign on. Former Gold Coast Rollers star Nadeen Payne has linked up with the side for 2017. She's a force to be reckoned with having averaged 25-point-5 points and 10-point-5 rebounds last season.