News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 14th December 2017

Rosie here with the latest....

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 14th December 2017

A new, state-of-the-art cancer centre will soon be opening its doors for Mackay residents early next year. The centre is the first to offer radiation oncology services in the local area and features the Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator, the latest in radiation therapy technology. Icon Groups CEO Mark Middleton says the facility is revolutionary. Keziah Sullivan of 9 News Mackay took us behind the scenes. 

The RACQ has released their 2017 Red Spot Congestion Survey with roads named and shamed by Mackay locals as causing unnecessary delays to motorists. Among the worst, Glenella Connection Road and Sams Road intersection with Harbour Road.

"Step Into Life" Mackay think you should start your New Years Resolutions early... They're wanting everyone to get fit and active before 20-18 officially begins. Owner Debbie Joynson says it's all about balance.

A forgotten Instant Scratch-It ticket found in a handbag has delivered an early Christmas gift of $75,000 to one mum from the Mackay region.

A group of Mackay residents have joined local councillors in the last meeting for 2017, to voice their concerns over a controversial development in Balnagowan. 9 News Mackay was there. 


In power lifting, A mammoth effort for Whitsunday teen Brodie Toms- who broke every world record for his age category at the Oceania Championships and Pacific International Power Lifting titles in Singapore. It's an impressive feat with the 16 year old only joining the sport 9 months ago.


The 2018 Intrust Super Cup draw has been announced with the Mackay Cutters to feature in a televised game in round eight. It's one of 7 games to be played at BB Print Stadium. The squad will have to put in the hard yards early...playing every week up until a bye in round 10- in May.

With cricketing greats watching on from the stands, junior players from across regional Queensland are putting their all into the Bulls Masters Youth Cup.


MACKAY: Medium (40%) chance of showers in the early morning. Mostly sunny day. Light winds becoming east to southeasterly 20 to 25 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the late evening.

WHITSUNDAYS: Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower. Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 25 km/h in the morning. 

ON THE WATERS:  Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, tending east to northeasterly inshore south of Sarina during the afternoon. Winds reaching up to 20 knots offshore in the afternoon and evening. Seas Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. Swell Easterly around 1 metre offshore.

 UV Alert- Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 4:00 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 14 [Extreme]