News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Tuesday 13th February 2018

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News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Tuesday 13th February 2018

A crash on the Bruce Highway brings down power lines. The incident 3 km south of Koumala leading to a small grass fire. Emergency services are attending and ask motorists to proceed with caution

Tiger moth pilot spots big crocs at Eimeo and Pioneer River. Max Clews says he saw the 3-4m crocs at two different locations during two flights on Saturday. One croc was spotted a couple hundred metres from the Eimeo beach buoys. While the other was seen between the Pioneer River mouth and the River St Boat Ramp

Hundreds of workers are yet to set foot in Mackay for the new Ring Road project but the region is already feeling the pinch. The $500 million three-year project is the largest Mackay has seen and is coinciding with an increasing demand for miners and tradies. However, with an increasing demand on housing it’s come at the detriment of cheap rental prices.

Cruise ships could soon be docking in Mackay. Tourism and Events Queensland having been lobbying cruise ship operators for the past 18 months. The push to attract a small part of the $1.1billion industry comes from the success of cruise ship tourism at Queensland’s Gladstone port

If you're an art student in Mackay, a new ambassador program want to see you apply. Artspace Mackay wanting to inspire youth to learn, create and engage at the gallery. Director Tracey Heatwould says studying the arts help in a variety of life skills.

Sky Weather meteorologist Rob Sharpe explains the hot weather we are experiencing in Mackay and coalfields at the moment. Speaking to the Daily Mercury Mr Sharpe said "The reason why we have such hot temperatures in Queensland at the moment is because a trough has stalled on the NSW coast, pushing hot air north, While this weather pattern was common in summer and caused a lot of the high temperatures, it was unusual because of the length of time it would remain. The trough hasn't gone far north so it is sticking around. The northeasterly winds take over Friday but it will only be slight relief. The trough was being moved by the strength of a cold front pushing it west, but the front swung away towards New Zealand leaving the trough hanging over northern NSW. It's a very stable weather pattern, but it will be uncomfortably hot,” he said.

Tired of children facing school yard bullies everyday, Mackay parents are calling on Governments to take control of the issue.


The Magpies Crusaders have fallen short of a win in their latest NPL match. The Mackay guys went up against NQ United in Townsville on the weekend, going down 2 to 1. Captain Kyle Markham scoring the only goal. He says it wasn't the result they wanted.

The Mackay Cutters have played their way to victory with a 28-22 comeback. Playing Townsville on Saturday they were locked at 22 all with 15 minutes to go. A converted try saw the Cutters pulling over the line. The Under 18s also getting a win with a 16-6 victory

The Walkerston Roosters have claimed the T-20 Shootout, sealing the deal in the last over of the game.


MACKAY & WHITSUNDAYS:  Hot and mostly sunny. Slight chance of a shower inland, near zero chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm inland in the late afternoon and evening. Winds N/NW 15 to 20 km/h becoming light early in the morning then becoming N/NE 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 35 to 41. 

ON THE WATERS: North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Swell Easterly below 1 metre.

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