Local News Headlines For Mackay & The Whitsundays, 16th of February, 2018

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15 February 2018

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Nine people are facing over twenty drug and firearms charges in Sarina. It's thanks to Operation Mackay Beirut from the Sarina criminal investigation branch. Officers seizing firearms, drug paraphernalia, cannabis and amphetamines.

A West Mackay shopping centers been evacuated after a suspected gas leak. Staff in the United Chemist in Parkside Plaza smelling the fumes around four yesterday afternoon. Firies arrived but couldn't find the source, with the doors reopening and shoppers allowed back in from five.  

Mackay residents are being urged to get along to free workshops about their power bills. With power prices expected to be due out this month, thousands across the state can't pay their bills as it is. Coordinator of the Queensland Electricity Users Network, Jennifer Brownie says the government needs to step up.

There's number of Mackay apprentices starting with Ergon Energy. The company hiring 76 across Queensland - 14 of whom are women - their largest intake of females YET. Ergon Energy Corporate Communications Manager Emma Oliveri says they focused on DIVERSITY when hiring.

Mackay residents can attend a free emergency services fun day next month. It's all thanks to the Mackay regional council and outdoor power centre along with The Pioneer Valley Local Ambulance Committee. There'll be road crash demonstrations along with something fun for the kids. It's on Saturday the 17th of March at MIRANI RAILWAY PARK.

Former NRL player and Bunnies prop Dave Taylor is making the trip to Mackay for the Capras preseason game. However the high profile signing for the club won’t be running on the field... instead watching the sidelines. It'll be the second preseason run out for the Rocky side... after last week going down against the young Broncos. It's on from six tomorrow night at Wests Tigers Mackay

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