News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 7th December 2017

Rosie here with the latest....

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 7th December 2017

With a confirmed case of ZIKA virus in Mackay experts are saying PREVENTION is the key to keeping mosquitos away this wet season. Not only can Zika make its way back to our region from foreign countries- but Dengue and Ross River too.  C-Q University's Professor Andrew taylor says there's some scientifically proven methods to keep the pests away. 9 News Mackay reports.

The Nebo community is devastated after the top half of the town’s Christmas tree has been stolen. Many locals are asking if the Grinch is alive in the region. Police say the top section of the tree that was taken is approximately 1.5 meters in length with a large star on top and is located on Reynolds street. If anyone has seen the tree or know of its whereabouts please contact the Nebo Police Station 4950 5120.

There's less than 40 days to go until the Whitsundays comes alive with festivities and fun when the World’s Most Wondrous Sailing event arrives- in Mid January. The Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival runs from the 13th to 29th and will celebrate the arrival of the 2017/ 2018 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race crew- their families and friends. Tourism Whitsundays CEO Craig Turner says it's a real highlight for our region.

Two New South Wales MP's have been fined by police while attempting to blockade the construction of Adani's rail link in Belyando.

LOCAL SPORT

Mackay teen Vince Vinzon has taken home gold in the 14 to 16 years male second degree black belt pattern competition. An ideal result after taking to the national stage for the first time.

A group of young South Korean Table Tennis players and their coaches arrive in Mackay tomorrow for a two week training camp.

WEATHER

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

WHITSUNDAYS: Mostly sunny. Light winds becoming northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the late evening.

ON THE WATERS:  Variable about 10 knots. Seas Below 1 metre. Swell East to northeasterly below 1 metre.

UV Alert - Sun protection recommended from 7:40 am to 4:00 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 15 [Extreme]

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