News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 29th September 2017

Rosie here with the latest....

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 29th September 2017

Two lost bushwalkers have been winched to safety by the RACQ helicopter after they got lost trekking mount Britton. The two Townsville men both in their 60's were found near Marling Spikes about 130km from Mackay. With no mobile phone service, they used a UHF radio to contact their partners and raise the alarm around 2.30

The Peak downs highway was shut for most of yesterday into last night after not one but two crashes occurred. The first was at 11.20 at Strathfield where a truck had rolled over. Around 7pm a B double towing vehicle attending an early incident malfunctioned forcing the front trailers sideways as the back was being loaded. Police attended the scene at around 8.20.

A young child riding a bike was hit by a car and taken to Mackay hospital yesterday afternoon. The accident happened just after 1.30 on Beaconsfield road and Cutler drive in Andergrove. The boy suffering from an arm injury.

LNP leader Tim Nichols was in town yesterday to announce a $37 million commitment to flood proof and upgrade the Proserpine-Shute Harbour at Hamilton Plains. Mr Nichols says It's part of the party's New Deal for Regional Queensland policy

There's a new itinerary out for families focusing looking to spend 48 hours of fun in The Mackay Region. It's hoped to draw in more crowds off the back of a 16 per cent growth in tourist numbers in the past 12 months. Marketing Manager Nele Hahne says they're thinking far beyond these school holidays

LOCAL SPORT 

The Mackay touch association has announced its Round 10 Mixed awards. Laine McDonald, Genevieve Fahey, Michael Vella and Alex Smith just four named in the list.

Mackay’s Muay Thai kick boxers have returned home after competing in Townsville in the world tournament

WEATHER

MACKAY: Mostly sunny. Light winds becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the late afternoon.

WHITSUNDAYS: Mostly sunny. Light winds becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the late afternoon.

ON THE WATERS: Northerly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the morning. Seas Below 1 metre. Swell Below 0.5 metres.

SUNRISE: 5:46 AM & SUNSET: 6:01 PM

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