Local News Headlines, 11th July 2017

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10 July 2017

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A 75 year old Mackay man is facing charges following investigations into a money laundering scam targeting computer users. It's alleged he set up three companies that became a fake overseas computer repair company's local rep to receive funds After being convinced their computer needed repairs victims would download a ransomware virus and then have to pay money to a Mackay-based bank account to see their computer unlocked. It's alleged the 75-year-old transferred more than $1M dollars to a number of overseas entities between 2010 and 2017.

Police are looking for the offender responsible for an unprovoked assault on Wood Street. It happened when a 43 year old was attacked when they was standing outside a licensed venue at around 2AM last Friday. Police say they lost consciousness for some time and was taken to hospital and they're asking anyone who may have seen anything to come forward.

The LNP will resurrect our Agriculture Energy & Water Council if elected at the next state election It means local cane growers will have a seat at the table to reduce crippling power costs for agriculture. Whitsunday's MP Jason Costigan it'll help tackle issues such as tariff reform & spiralling prices.

 A new fixed wireless tower is set to be switched on at Marlborough Sarina in the coming weeks, giving locals access to high-quality, reliable broadband. It follows NBN making a correction yesterday after announcing the network rollout in Mackay is complete, they then stated it's almost complete and it the final stages.

The Townsville based helicopter battle group 'Pegasus' will move into position today and Mackay locals can expect some noise. The 24 rotary wing aircraft departed this morning on route to Shoalwater Bay with the movement to be complete by nightfall.



The Norths Devils rugby league boys are struggling again not finishing a full game. They pulled out for the second time in a row this weekend, leaving the South’s Sharks with a 76 to nill victory.

Under 12 Crusader's football player Orlando Corrie is home from the AC Milan Italy tour in high spirits after helping his side to some wins. Now he's in an under 12's school team headed to Hervey Bay at the end of July.


Mackay & Sarina: Partly cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers, most likely at night. Light winds becoming south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the late evening.

 Whitsundays: Partly cloudy. Areas of fog in the early morning. Slight (30%) chance of a shower. Light winds becoming southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning

On the waters: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, tending increasing to 15 to 20 knots on exposed waters. Seas Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore around midday. Swell Below 0.5 metres.

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