News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Tuesday 20th March 2018

Here's the latest from the newsroom.

19 March 2018

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The Queens baton is on the final stretch is set to make its way through Mackay today. It's making its way down to the Gold Coast ahead of the Commonwealth Games starting on the 4th of April. So far the Baton has been making its way around the Globe for more than 380 days. Starting at the PCYC in North Mackay at 2:30 it will wind through to Bluewater Quay for 5:30 celebrations. Mayor Greg Williamson says he can't wait to see the bearers running through town.

Mackay to become a refugee welcome zone. A proposal from the Amnesty International Mackay Action Group to go before the Council tomorrow. Council agreeing to sign the declaration on Harmony Day. They welcome residents to come witness the signing to help celebrate multicultural diversity

The 2018 Safety Conference brings industry experts to Mackay. Held this Thursday and Friday the event is a platform for the resources sector to broaden knowledge on a variety of safety topics. One of this year’s opening topics will be fatigue. Discussing the result of fatigue related accidents in our local community. To register visit the Resource Industry Network website

Whitsunday Anglican School students are developing key skills with a new STEM subject. The Science Technology Engineering and Maths subjects are for years 5 to 8. They teach students to solve real world problems using technology. Currently students are doing a CoDrone Educational program. It’s a search and rescue mission using drones the students plan and code themselves


On a journey across the globe through her majesty's commonwealth nations, the Queen's Baton has today arrives in Mackay.


Mackay Motorcyclists have banned together to tackle a crippling statistic, encouraging the community to speak up.


Versatility is the key to success for the South Whitsunday Sharks. Fighting hard to secure two wins against the Capricorn Claws Saturday. The team recording a 17 point win in the first match of the two leg practice hit-out

Congratulations to Mackay Thunder Junior Touch Football players Trialing for the N-Q Cyclones across the weekend 14 players making the cut. Among them is Caleb Owens, Chelsea Meigan, and Lara Hutchinson


MACKAY & WHITSUNDAYS:  Cloudy. High chance of showers, most likely in the late morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm with possible heavy falls. Light winds becoming E/SE 15 to 25 km/h in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 23 with daytime temperatures reaching 28 to 33. 

ON THE WATERS: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres by early evening. Swell Below 0.5 metres.

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

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