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

Here is the latest from the region.

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

A B-Double breakdown closes down the Bruce Highway. The road was closed for about an hour when the truck broke down near Kuttabul around 3 yesterday afternoon. It was towed from the scene and traffic continued as normal

Insurance Council consultations will be held in the Whitsundays following Cyclone Debbie. The Insurance Council of Australia visiting Proserpine next Friday and Cannonvale the following day. They'll provide one on one consults with local policyholders seeking Cyclone Debbie related claim help. Registrations can be made on the disasters website

 

Magpies Sporting Club wins best club Central Queensland. Awarded Tuesday night at the Keno and Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence. The club recognised for its contribution to Mackay's sporting community. Over 1000 guests congratulated the club at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

 

Mackay SES are recruiting. With a new 1.5 million dollar headquarters in Ness Street they organisation wants to throw open its doors. Locals are welcome to attend the official opening and recruitment drive this Saturday from 11am

 

Proposed new vegetation laws could see agriculture falter in Mackay and The Whitsundays. The state government looking to make it harder for farmers to produce food and new agriculture development. Whitsundays MP Jason Costigan says he's looking to see some visitors in the region in the next few weeks.

 

Don't miss the river street Twilight Market. The community market is a chance to meet local producers, support businesses, and operators. Held at Bluewater Quay tonight from 4 to 8 - why not make a night of it?

 

Mackay businesswomen have used an International Women's Day lunch to inspire others in the community.

LOCAL SPORT

 Mackay Gridiron want you to sign up for the next season. Kicking off in September registrations are open now to ensure teams can be fielded and supported. Training on Wednesdsays and Sundays the club caters to all ages

The Mackay Cyclones Swim Club carved it up at the Queensland Championships. The event held in Townsville last weekend saw the club walk away with the Jenny Logan Memorial Award. Four club members also being awarded age champion awards at the event

WEATHER

MACKAY & WHITSUNDAYS:  Partly cloudy. High chance of showers near the coast, medium chance elsewhere. Winds SE 20 to 30 km/h increasing to 25 to 40 km/h in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 23 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.

ON THE WATERS: Southeasterly 25 to 30 knots. Seas 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres offshore. Swell Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning, then tending east to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.

 UV Alert from 8:10 am to 4:00 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 14 [Extreme]

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