Local News Headlines for Friday September 8, 2017

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Local News Headlines for Friday September 8, 2017

A car and motorbike have collided on the Peak Downs Highway overnight -- putting a man in hospital with leg pain. Ambos' receiving the call to attend the scene at around 8.


Child and family services are being boosted in North Queensland. There's already eight new child safety staff on the ground with around 34 on the way over the next two years. The State Government releasing a review on the operation of the state’s Child Safety system yesterday.

While our Mackay hospitals are benefitting from more than new 100 staff members thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s nursing and midwifery recruitment program. More and 34 hundred new graduates taking up roles around the state in the past two financial years.

Palm Bay Resort on Long Island is on the market for just 1 and a half million dollars. Australian Islands agent Richard Van Hoff tells the Mercury an LGBTI organisation from Melbourne is interested -- looking to turn it into a gay couple's resort.

Australia’s original and longest running charity motoring event, the Variety Bash is set to finish up in Airlie Beach this afternoon. The 320 Variety Bash entrants raising over 1 million dollars for the Children’s Charity. Variety's Christine Anderson says the traveled from Caloundra via Longreach.

It's Child Protection Week and we're raising awareness in Mackay. There's a Kids Arvo out at the Harrup Park Country Club this afternoon. Councilor Fran Mann says there'll be all sorts of free activities.



Our local AFL players are being recognised for their stellar efforts over the season --  North Mackay Saints player James Gallagher taking out the M J Miller Medal. While Jourdain Tapim & Tina Hancock are both walking away the Women's Best and Fairest -- after tying on 18 votes.

AND the Whitsunday Brahmans rugby league boys are looking for a win over the Wests Tigers tomorrow. It’s the grand final and the Wests are feeling confident after securing a 26 point win over Souths last weekend.