News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 4th October 2017

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News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 4th October 2017

A Mackay man is today waking up $100 thousand dollars richer after winning first prize in Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot. The regular player purchased his winning entry from Moores News and Casket on Shakespeare Street in town. It's the first time the newsagency has sold first prize.

The LNP Government have announced they'll retain the three net-free fishing zones in Queensland if elected. Deputy Leader Deb Frecklington made the announcement yesterday afternoon in Mackay alongside Shadow Agriculture Minister Dale Last and two other MP's. Ms Frecklington says the zones include Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton.


The Dudley Denny City Library has been awarded the top spot in the 2017 Master Builders Queensland Awards’ Refurbishment/Renovation over $2 million award category. Mackay's high rise 'first light' has also taken out an award- best Residential Building up to $20 million dollars.

People looking to catch and keep Barramundi are running out of time to do so. The spawning season starts soon and QBFP acting district officer Bill Nason says there are no exceptions for illegal fishing.


The four Mackay mills have recorded 253, 544 tonnes of sugar has been crushed in the past week. Three of the mills have just 34% left to crush for this season


The Mackay Netball association is hosting a player development program which kicks off today and runs until November 7.

Sarina Cricket Association's In2Cricket and T20 Blast programs commenced yesterday afternoon for the start of the last school term


MACKAY: Partly cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Light winds.

WHITSUNDAYS: Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers in the late morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm from the late morning. Light winds becoming east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening.

ON THE WATERS:  East to southeasterly about 10 knots. Seas Below 1 metre. Swell Below 0.5 metres.

SUNRISE: 5:41 AM & SUNSET: 6:02 PM