News Headlines For Mackay & The Whitsundays, Thursday 5th July 2018

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News Headlines For Mackay & The Whitsundays, Thursday 5th July 2018

Mackay is up against Toowoomba in the bid for where Qantas will base their training academy. Minister for State Development Cameron Dick says Mackay put forward a strong bid for the program. A decision will be made in the coming months, with the program starting in 2019.


Mackay Cane farmers are sharing their stories on a new feature section of Canegrowers website. It's called 'cane to coast' which highlights some of the techniques and tools being used on farms near the coast to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Canegrowers CEO Dan Galligan says almost 70 percent of cane growing land in Queensland is part of the Best management practices program. Visit Canegrowers to check out the stories.

Today's the day all Mackay booklovers unite. The Lifeline Bookfest is on at the Paxton Markets where no fewer than 30,000 books are on sale over the next four days. You'll also find CDs DVDs, games, puzzles and women and children's clothing from just two dollars. There's free parking on site and a sausage sizzle but they do ask you B-Y-O bags or buy an enviro bag on the day



The Mackay Meteors are confident they can return to the top spot. They're ready to impress a home crowd Saturday night as they take on top position holders Townsville Heat from 8:30pm. They'll be following up from the Meteorettes who take on Townsville Flames at 6

A Mackay lad has been selected in the Maroons under 20s. Kurt Wiltshire will play in the Game three State of Origin Curtain Raiser next Wednesday. Kurt was also recently named Cowboys NYC Player of the year in 2017


Partly cloudy. Slight chance of a shower in the south, near zero chance elsewhere. Winds SE 15 to 20 km/h tending E 15 to 25 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures in the low to high 20s.