Tropical Cyclone Ann Develops In The North

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At least one person in Mackay won’t need a jumpstart anytime soon. Around fifty automotive batteries were stolen from a fenced compound at a West Mackay business last week. Police allege the batteries were moved from multiple pallets selectively between ten in the morning on the third and the same time Friday just gone. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers.

As Tropical cyclone Ann develops in the North, Mackay has experienced a cold snap. While it got down to twelve degrees in Mackay and eight in Ooralea yesterday morning it was even fresher out west. Moranbah had the lowest recorded temperature just under eight degrees. The mercury is expected to rise again throughout this week with lows of twenty across the region.

Australia's peak industry body for vegetable and potato growers, AUSVEG, is calling on the Federal Government to commit to strengthening our biosecurity systems. The call comes in the lead up to the May 18th Federal Election to ensure local farmers and growers are protected against damaging pests and diseases. National Public Affairs Manager Tyson Cattle says our agriculture industry must constantly remain on the front foot of potential pest and disease threats.

Mackay motorists are being urged to pay attention on our roads. The reminder after a new survey was released, showing over 90 per cent of RACQ roadside teams are worried by distracted drivers. Safety Policy Head Steve Spalding says it's a dangerous job.

12 May 2019

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