News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Monday 26th March 2018

Here is the latest from the region.

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Monday 26th March 2018

The death of a loving, happy couple in Wednesday's Whitsundays' helicopter crash last week has left family and friends devastated.

Mackay residents are up in arms over a proposed wheelie bin law. The new law seeing residents slogged with a two and a half grand fine when failing to bring bins in within 24 hours of collection day. Local Law 9 is being forced by the expiration of State legislation with the Mercury reporting Council will be in no hurry to enforce fines. The new rules will be in place from July 1st. 

Childcare workers are walking off the job tomorrow in Mackay and The Whitsundays... it's part of a larger movement across the country. 25 people will be attending a rally in Mackay. United Voice Union Queensland Branch President Sharon Caddie says they're demanding MORE funding from the federal government to pay workers Better.

The 14th Queensland Miss Teen Australia State Finals light up Mackay. While it was two visiting competitors taking out the crowns Mackay's Chloe Davis was named the overall most photogenic.

The Blood Service is asking Mackay residents to give blood this Easter. With many regular donors taking breaks over the Easter long weekend it's important to keep the national supply pumping. Australian Red Cross Blood Service Community Relations Officer Ben Payne says the need for blood and plasma doesn't take a holiday 

LOCAL SPORT

The Under 20s go down against the C-Q Capras. Facing off for round three of the Intrust Super Cup Saturday. Fighting strong until the finish our boys walking away with a final score of 24-20

Another loss in round eight for the Magpies Crusaders United. Going down 4-1 at Meakin Park Saturday night for round eight of the N-P-L

WEATHER

MACKAY & WHITSUNDAYS:  Cloudy. Very high chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds becoming SE 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 23 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.

BOWEN TO ST LAWRENCE: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore. Seas Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. Swell East to southeasterly below 1 metre.

 UV Alert thanks to “North Jacklin” - 8:20 am to 3:50 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 13 [Extreme]

Missed Jay and Dave on Friday, CatchUp here

 

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