News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Friday 9th February 2018

Here is the latest from the Newsroom.

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Friday 9th February 2018 Photo: A Current Affair

Shandee Blackburn was just 23-years-old when she was stabbed and left to die in a gutter. A man was charged with her murder but later acquitted. But Shandee's family aren't giving up on finding justice. They say they have new information that could point to her killer. Vision from A Current Affair. 


Get ready for some record breaking weather Mackay. The predicted heatwave coming our way has been upgraded to extreme. Bureau of Meteorology forecasters predicting the heat will stay with us from Sunday to Monday. Mackay is looking to sit in the high 30s for most of next week

M-P for the Whitsundays Jason Cositgan isn't happy Tiger are cancelling their flights to paradise. He's hoping a review will be done to save them, or someone will step in to pick them up. He says he doesn't want anyone to lose hope for tourism in the region.

Enough is Enough for the Mackay community. An anti-bullying walk taking place this Sunday from the showgrounds to show support to those affected. Organiser, Dianne Kendrick says there's been a huge amount donated for the day.

The Mackay Safety Circus hits the road. The project is hosted by the Mackay Police District in partnership with CQU to teach grade 3 students about safety. Kicking off on today it covers off on three main areas of study. Protective behavior messages, non-motorised transport, and bullying bystander behavior. The 50 minute show is accessible through schools with information available on the Safety Circus Facebook page





The Mackay Mavericks to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation. Facing off against Townsville on Saturday at 4pm all players will be wearing pink socks in solidarity hey’re hoping to highlight issues around bullying and show support to breast cancer sufferers



MACKAY & WHITSUNDAYS: Partly cloudy. Medium chance of showers along the coastal fringe in the morning and afternoon. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. Winds S/SE 15 to 20 km/h turning E in the late morning and afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 17 and 21 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30. 

ON THE WATERS: South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning southeasterly through the morning. Winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots on exposed waters. Seas 1 to 2 metres. Swell East to northeasterly below 1 metre.

UV Alert from 8:10 am to 4:10 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 15 [Extreme]