Local News Headlines Mackay & The Whitsundays, 27th of March, 2018

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Local News Headlines Mackay & The Whitsundays, 27th of March, 2018

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.

Council respond to concerns over Wheelie bin laws. The law has been in place since 2008 with no prosecutions or on the spot fines. However as of July 1st the State Government is repealing the Environmental Protection Regulation. Making it up to Councils to adopt a new local law to manage the bins. Council’s draft local law is based on the current State Government legislation but is up for community consultation until April 6.

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