News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Monday, 5th March 2018

Here is the latest from the region.

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Monday, 5th March 2018

Eimeo beach was closed yesterday due to stingers. Surf Life Saving Queensland asking beach goers to stay out of the water for 24 hours for their own safety. It is yet unknown if it will re-open today

A Mackay man has avoided a criminal record following a violent fight with his girlfriend. The 23 year old sportsman, junior sport coach and aspiring teacher allegedly pinched and punched his partner before threatening her with a set of keys. The pair had been shopping despite an active DVO when they got into an argument. Due to his lack of a criminal history and an early guilty plea for breaching the order he was given a $500 fine

Telstra announces expanded coverage in Mackay and Central Queensland. Reaffirming their commitment to $18million of their own funds to deliver projects in the region. They aim to deliver new and improved mobile coverage for local residents. Telstra's Northern Queensland Area General Manager Rachel Cliffe says Telstra is growing nationwide:

 

A Contemporary re-telling of Shakespeare's a Midsummer Night's Dream is set to wow at Bluewater Lagoon. Wild Imaginings boasting the 360 degree experience from 7pm Wednesday through till Sunday. Tickets are twenty five dollars with all information available on the MECC website

 

Around ninety local business owners have put their heads together, re-thinking strategies to make Mackay city boom.

 LOCAL NEWS

Mackay runner Josiah McCarthy has big dreams following the National Athletics Championships. It was his first open level comp and he said he set no expectations for his 400 and 800 metre races. He said while he didn't place high this time it has focused his dreams of making the Australian team for the 20-22 Commonwealth Games

Major netball events could be coming to town following upgrades on local facilities. Ending the 2017 season early to kick start works on the eight existing courts. They've been ripped up and replaced with 16 reconfigured playing arenas. The new courts will host the NQ Games Netball comp in May

WEATHER

MACKAY & WHITSUNDAYS:  Partly cloudy. Medium chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the late morning and afternoon. Winds E/SE 15 to 20 km/h becoming light before dawn then becoming E 20 to 30 km/h in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the low 30s. 

ON THE WATERS: East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, tending northeasterly inshore south of Sarina during the afternoon and early evening. Winds increasing to east to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots late evening. Seas Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore by early evening. Swell Easterly below 1 metre.

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

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