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

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

A four car pileup yesterday afternoon on Paradise street caused chaos for the school pick up. Emergency services were called just before 4pm with three of the cars receiving significant damage.

New data has found that last week there were at least 14 cars stolen locally and reported police across the Mackay district. One further car was linked to an attempted car theft report in North Mackay. Police have located eight of the reported stolen cars to date and say that the keys of at least half of the stolen vehicles were found easily around the home. Authorities are ramming home the message- HIDE YOUR KEYS.

Clive Palmer's Central Queensland Coal Project has progressed to the next stage- filing and Environmental Impact statement with the Queensland Government. If all is approved coal will be exported through Dalrymple Bay terminal- south of Mackay.

Residents are being asked to dig deep calls and donate to Lifeline's largest fundraiser. They needs money to help answer more crisis calls- and volunteers to help in the charity stores. Mackay Business Manager Lyn Lewis says funding is desperately needed to provide more services.

LOCAL SPORT

 

The biggest racing day of the year is on today with locals expected to get their backside trackside for the race that stops a nation. There is still general admission tickets available for the Mackay Turf Club events-the Fiesta Fascinator Marquee all sold out. Commercial manager Kim Tower says there's still time to plan a great day out.

 

Eimeo goalkeeper Latesha Morante will represent the region and Australia after being selected to play for the Queensland under 18 indoor Hockey team. She'll compete for four days in Goulburn in January.

WEATHER

MACKAY: Sunny. Light winds becoming northerly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening.

WHITSUNDAYS: Mostly sunny. Slight (30%) chance of showers in the south in the afternoon and evening. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. The chance of thunderstorms in the south in the afternoon and evening. Light winds becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening.

ON THE WATERS:  North to northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the evening. Seas Below 1 metre. Swell Below 0.5 metres.

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