Local News Headlines Mackay and The Whitsundays, 18th of January, 2018

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17 January 2018

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Traffic was down to one lane across the Edmund Casey Bridge in Mackay after a serious crash. Three people involved In a single car rollover around three thirty yesterday afternoon. All of them taken to the Mackay base hospital. Investigations are continuing into what caused the crash.

 

Mackay fishers are shaking their head and wondering how a highly predatory fish made its way into our local rivers. A peacock bass found in the Pioneer River on Monday. It's been confirmed the fish is an apex predator and will eat anything it can put in its mouth.

A possible irukandji sting in the Whitsundays. The 23 year old stung at Langford Island yesterday afternoon. It’s not known if it was from a irukandji. He remains in hospital but is in a stable condition.

Great news for years 12's in the Mackay and Whitsunday region. The state government announcing they'll now be able to apply for fee- free training up to twelve months after they graduate from their final high school year. The initiative hoping to get more skilled workers into the Queensland workforce. Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman says it will play a vital role in growing the local economy.

There has been a call for a public memorial following the 48th anniversary of Cyclone Ada. Member for the Whitsundays Jason Costigan says that it is embarrassing that nothing has been done.

A Mackay grandfather’s had a bit of a surprise. The keen fisherman’s boat capsizing on TUESDAY and causing JACK MACDOUGALL and his passenger to flip into the water. Coast guards urging anyone out on the water to remember to wear life jackets and get a GPS installed in their vessel.

The Clipper Race welcome party is set to rock Airlie Beach. A parade of the race crew… official event opening and live entertainment set for Friday night on the esplanade. If you want more information… just head to the tourism Whitsundays website.

 

Great news for Mackay and Whitsunday's parents. Kids will be able to play sport, without the worry of membership fees. The Get Started initiative back for the start of 2018. Vouchers offered to the value of $150. If you want to learn more... just head to the get started website.

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