News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 5th December 2017

Rosie here with the latest....

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 5th December 2017

A taxi driver has told of how he fought off three youths after a rock was hurled at his car on Saturday night. Keziah Sullivan has this 9 News Mackay Exclusive. 

A new engineering report has revealed EXACTLY what mess Cyclone Debbie has caused to Mackay's Breakwater. The area suffered extensive damage to the slope facing the sea. GM of Bulk Ports, Rochelle McDonald says it's a problem that will take 12 months to fix. Jay & Dave spoke with Rochelle McDonald earlier this morning. 

BMD developers have reportedly filed new documents which would see East Point transformed. The land has been left vacant for more than 12 years- since gaining environmental approval for development. Mackay Council will now assess the application and respond to the developers in the new year.

After backing down from threats to leave the Coalition over the weekend- Federal Dawson MP George Christensen has also changed his mind over crossing the floor on penalty rates. He chose to not vote on a bill that would reverse the cuts

An army of volunteers and a whole lot of paint has transformed the Whitsunday Marine Club. Whisper Bay Volunteer Marine

LOCAL SPORT 

 

Mackay's Meteorettes are feeling confident that new coach Ian Haughton will take them to the top in the 2018 basketball season. Coach Haughton is replacing outgoing coach Carl Teske. Business development manager Wade Rebetzke says it's a real confidence booster to have a locals supporting locals.

Former Mackay Cutters Captain Tyson Martin is returning for one last shot at the premiership before he's set to retire and focus on his new fatherly duties.

WEATHER

MACKAY: Medium (40%) chance of showers, most likely in the early morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the early morning. Mostly sunny afternoon. Light winds.

WHITSUNDAYS: Slight (30%) chance of a shower in the morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the early morning. Mostly sunny afternoon. Light winds.

ON THE WATERS:  Southerly 10 to 15 knots tending northeast to southeasterly in the early afternoon then becoming variable about 10 knots in the evening. Seas Below 1 metre. Swell Below 0.5 metres.

 UV Alert thanks to “North Jacklin’s 2017 Plate Run Out”- Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 3:50 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 13 [Extreme]

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