News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 26th October 2017

Rosie here with the latest...

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 26th October 2017

Mackay residents are calling on the Council to install swimming enclosures after a 2 and a half metre long crocodile was spotted at Harbour Beach yesterday afternoon- forcing the closure of the beach.

Police charged a 22-year-old man following investigations into a serious assault on a 72 year old woman that occurred in a unit at South Mackay on October 23. The local man appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court  charged with grievous bodily harm

A new map has been released that combines all the rules Whitsundays water users need to know about. Within our area there are special rules for spearfishing to protect the reef and certain species. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority general manager Simon Banks says the community had some concerns

The Insurance Council of Australia has hit back at claims they haven't done enough to support Whitsundays residents post Cyclone Debbie. Dawson MP George Christensen made claims earlier this week in Parliament. ICA General Manager of Communications Campbell Fuller says more than 80 per cent of claims have been closed  up from 74 per cent a month ago. It's about 10 per cent ahead of typical catastrophes.

The Nature Conservancy are looking for the best photographs and Mackay artists are being urged to submit their works. Competition ambassador Michael Snedic says eager snappers have got nothing to lose




Mackay's home grown NRL star Dane Gagai is expected to make his debut for Australia tomorrow night in the world cup. He's hoping to show the same determination from his stella Queensland year- being awarded the Wally Lewis Medal for his display.

Dressed in pink ladies attire Phil Lakin and Robert Masterton made nearly 150 shots at the Mackay Golf Club raising money for the Breast Cancer.


MACKAY: Sunny. Light winds becoming northerly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon then becoming light in the evening.

WHITSUNDAYS: Sunny. Light winds becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the evening. 

ON THE WATERS:  East to northeasterly about 10 knots tending north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots before dawn. Seas Below 1 metre. Swell Below 0.5 metres.

SUNRISE: 5:24 AM & SUNSET: 6:10 PM