News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Tuesday 23rd January 2018

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News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Police are beginning their investigations as to where a Mackay woman’s put $1.7M dollars she’s embezzled. The 48 year old working for local businesses and taking the money over the past year. A six month investigation finally leading to the woman’s arrest over the weekend. She's been bailed and will appear in the Mackay magistrates court in February.

Frank and George Vella will not be forgotten in Sarina. The two brothers laid to rest after being found in a molasses tank they were cleaning only a week ago. Locals businesses closed their front doors and stood on the footpath as a sign of respect. Locals also attended their funeral yesterday to say goodbye to them.

It's been a stressful day for some Mackay parents, with thousands of students filling back into class for term one. Reece D'Alessandro from 9 News Mackay followed their first day! 

McCreadys Creek in the Southern Regional Wetlands is on the MACKAY regional councils work list. Slashing old cane and weeds along the western edge and weed control and planting all underway for the next few months. The initial works worth $110,000 with funding from Voluntary Mechanism for Stormwater Quality Management.

Mackay residents are being urged to think about donating blood before the weekend begins. The red cross urgently asking locals to help with bloody supply as appointments are left vacant. Community and Relations Officer for the Red Cross Barry Lynch says supplies help so many people.

LOCAL SPORT

A junior rugby league is set for the Mackay region, with an offer a little different to those in other town- 20% off for hair and beauty procedures at Gina T's Hair and Beauty. Jillaroo and Mackay rugby league legend Renae Kunst on board to say hello at their sign on day on February 4th.

The Whitsundays continue to party this week. The Open boat days at the Marina starting from Thursday. It'll give those wanting to know what it would be like to sail on the high seas from the comfort of the yachts, by the shore.

WEATHER

MACKAY: Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers, most likely in the late morning and afternoon. Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 25 km/h in the morning.

WHITSUNDAYS: Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers, most likely in the late morning and afternoon. Winds easterly 15 to 25 km/h

ON THE WATERS: East to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Winds tending northeasterly inshore south of Sarina during the afternoon. Seas Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the afternoon. Swell North to northeasterly below 1 metre.

 UV Alert  -  from 8:10 am to 4:20 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 15 [Extreme]

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