News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Tuesday 30th January 2018

Here is the latest from the region...

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Tuesday 30th January 2018 Photo: Amber Manteit

One Rockhampton prison escapee has been caught, while the others been caught in a dramatic arrest in Mackay. Brett Tapim caught near a residence in Oakenden near Sarina yesterday afternoon around 3:30. Police still searching for Jermaine Anderson. 

Airlie Beach and Cannonvale residents were kept wondering what a buzzing sound was. An RACQ rescue saving a man from Cedar Creek Falls who’d broken his ankle. The incident happening around midnight on Sunday night. A 29 year old man discharged from hospital on Monday morning 

A would be thief's failed to steal cash out of an A-T-M in Mackay. He's been spotted running to a silver three door hatch, after damaging a teller machine on Mackay Bucasia Road. Police are urging anyone who saw the skinny, dark brown haired man on Saturday around midnight to contact them.

Mackay is one of the largest regions in QLD with 83.4% of adults now being overweight or obese. To help create a healthier lifestyle we spoke to Cancer Council QLD CEO Chris McMilan stressed the importance of being aware of what you consume.

Mackay local John Casey has started a business that will see tours conducted in Thailand He says he was first interested when attending a tour himself 

The Clipper Race may have left the Whitsundays but they're still celebrating a great carnival. China now the destination for race 7 of the carnival. Competitors expected to take at least 23 days to make it to Sanya.



The Pro Series Darts tour is being hailed a success with some of the sports biggest names attracting near capacity crowds to the MECC.


If you’re wanting to play footy with family… Mackay and The Whitsunday’s residents this is your chance. The Whitsunday Sea Eagles AFL Club hosting a sign on day with a twist. You’ll be able to play on your own, or with a family member, like dad, mum, sister, brother, daughter or son. A bouncy slide, bbq and a few beers… it’s set to be fun for a the family.


MACKAY & WHITSUNDAYS: Partly cloudy. Medium chance of showers in the late morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the late morning and afternoon. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 23 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 30s.

ON THE WATERS: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the early afternoon. Seas Around 1 metre. Swell East to northeasterly around 1 metre offshore.

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