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

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

Mackay Police have revealed that 13 drug-drivers were caught on the roads in our region at the weekend. The total for the past week is now at 23. Six drink drivers have also been caught.

Despite not having found their son's body Mackay parents Leanne and Gary Pullen have had to watch one of his killers walk free from a Rockhampton prison. It's yet another blow for the couple who were the face of the "No body no Parole" campaign.

Regional veterans in Mackay, struggling with transition and mental health issues will be able to access online peer-to-peer support through a new pilot partnership from RSL Queensland and Survive to Thrive Nation. The pilot will enable veterans to access the Post War: Survive to Thrive personal development coaching program. Former infantry soldier Dane Christison says the online aspect means that anyone can access it

Two young men are responsible for a new skate park facility that's set to be built if LABOR are re-elected. Northern Beaches residents will all be able to enjoy the proposed project, with something for everyone. Whitsundays ALP candidate Bronwyn Taha says two very special 13 year olds are to thank.

LOCAL SPORT

The Mackay Cutters have secured yet another key signing- with Jordan Grant joining the team for the upcoming season. The former Wests Tigers powerhouse spent four seasons with the team at the under 20 and state cup level is making the move North. He'll pack a punch. The 23 year old front rower is almost 200 cm's tall.

Mackerel, Tuna and Golden Trevally are still thriving in the region despite saltwater Barramundi season coming to a close. Local anglers are also hitting the water for crabs and prawns which are in abundance at present. Bailey's Island and off Mackay Harbour are said to be the top picks of location.

WEATHER

MACKAY: Partly cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. Winds southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h tending easterly 20 to 25 km/h in the early afternoon.

WHITSUNDAYS: Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower in the morning and afternoon. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light in the late evening. 

ON THE WATERS:  East to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell Northeasterly below 1 metre.

Fire Danger: - Low-Moderate Sun protection recommended from 7:40 am to 3:40 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 13 [Extreme]

Bowen to St Lawrence: East to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell Northeasterly below 1 metre.

 

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