News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Tuesday 27th March 2018

Here is the latest from the region.

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Tuesday 27th March 2018

Mackay residents could soon be slogged with a $2500 fine for leaving their bins out. Mackay Regional Council explains why this is happening and their position on it. 

A man is on the run following a stabbing in North Mackay. The incident occurring around midnight Saturday at Gooseponds Park between the man and a 38 year old woman. The woman sustaining injuries to her head, arm and hands. While the man fled the scene on a push bike. If you have any information call Policelink 

Mackay Centrelink customers are being encouraged to plan ahead for the Easter break. Phone lines will be down on Good Friday and Easter Monday and in some cases payments and reporting dates are being changed. Department of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen says that some people will receive their payments early.

Sugarcane industry professionals talk progress and innovation at a conference in Mackay. The Case I-H Step Up Conference kicking off yesterday with a dinner for delegates. Discussing the future of innovation in agriculture including Precision Ag and Case IHs progress in autonomous tech


Rain seals the deal for Norths in the Poole Cup. Starting on Saturday players were on and off with patches of persistent rain hampering the match. Sunday saw the rain halting play with umpires regularly checking the pitch. A forced abandonment of the finals match saw the undefeated Norths take out the cup 

Teachers in the Mackay region are reminded to take advantage of Sporting Schools Funding. Touch Football Australia chosen as one of the sports involved in this year’s funding. Getting in now could secure funding ahead of the Mackay Junior Season which kicks off in July

A gutsy 2nd half fightback has helped the Cutters to their first win of the season, a penalty goal proving the difference over the Capras.


MACKAY & WHITSUNDAYS:  Cloudy. Medium chance of showers and patchy rain, most likely in the late morning and afternoon. The chance of thunderstorms in the morning and afternoon. Winds E/SE 15 to 20 km/h becoming light early in the morning then becoming E/SE 15 to 20 km/h in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 22 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30. 

ON THE WATERS: Bowen to St Lawrence, Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. Swell Easterly below 1 metre.

 UV Alert - 8:20 am to 3:50 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 13 [Extreme]

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