News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Wednesday, 7th March 2018

Here is the latest from the region.

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Wednesday, 7th March 2018


A criminal remains of the run after terrorising the streets of Slade Point.


As part of the nationwide NBN rollout Mackay locals are being reminded to make the switch. It's predicted around 3,000 homes in the region who will be affected by the change. Once your area has moved over to NBN you will be unable to access phone and internet services through the old system. To continue using your services you will need to contact your provider to place an NBN order. Information on rollout dates can be found on the NBN website 

The State Government  are giving Mackay a helping hand to upgrade cycling infrastructure. Three major pathways will share in the 17 million dollars that's being given to local councils to upgrade bike and walking pathways. Advocacy and Policy Manager for Bicycle Queensland Andrew Demack says it's going to compliment works that have already been undertaken.

Mackay Regional Council libraries are offering a series of free writing workshops Partnering with local author Sharon Johnston to deliver three classes around the fundamental basics of writing. Starting tomorrow at the Gordon White Library registrations and information are available through the Mackay Queensland webpage

Local Mackay Police are putting a team together for World's Greatest Shave. The 8 men and 3 women set to cut and colour their locks next Wednesday at Canelands Central. Staff from Stefan's have generously stepped up to do the hard yards on the day. If you wish to support the crew they'll be getting underway from 9:30am


Swimming lessons at Victoria Park State School have never looked so good. The facilities receiving a major upgrade moving the change rooms closer to the pool, installing new offices and a storage room. It is the first substantial upgrade since the pool opened in 1964

Rain rules the Mackay Mavericks out of this year's finals. The boys were set to play Townsville in a decider match on Saturday when heavy rain called off the game Despite being out of finals contention they are still keen to verse Cairns in their final match this weekend


Mackay & the Whitsundays: Partly cloudy. Medium chance of showers, most likely during the morning and afternoon. Winds E/SE 20 to 30 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures around 30.