News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Monday 16th April 2018

Here is the latest from the region.

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Monday 16th April 2018

Mackay police are searching for multiple offenders after a string of car thefts and break-ins across the district.

Drones and driver-less tractors the centerpiece at a sugar cane technology conference in Mackay. The Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists hosting Sugar Tuesday at the showgrounds tomorrow. It comes ahead of the 40th annual conference at the MECC Wednesday. Sugar Tuesday aiming to provide a hands on look at new and developing technology in the industry


Thiess launches a four year apprenticeship program targeting Mackay youth. An auto-electrician, diesel fitter and high voltage electrician apprenticeship program for work in Central Queensland. Successful applicants will receive financial support covering tech college fees and will have a determined placement upon selection. You must have completed year 12 as of this August with passes in English and Math with a current drivers license. Applications close April 27 via the Thiess website


Operation target tilapia a huge hit for locals at Mackay Gooseponds. Despite having only four of the pest fish  caught Coastal and Waterways Officer Cass Hayward says the event was a great success. Local boy Jack Bennet claiming the title for first and most fish caught after landing two


The 2018 Mackay Festival of Arts program has been announced, and this year it's being extended to include events at Pinnacle Playhouse. The festival will bring food, wine, entertainment and interactive workshops to Mackay from the 20th to the 29th of July. Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson says the artists of Mackay should be proud of their achievements.



Former Mackay schoolgirl Stephanie Davies finishes strong in weightlifting. Only a year after entering the sport she took on the Commonwealth Games this year. Finishing fifth in the women’s 75kg weight class


The Mackay Cutters sit at 13th on the Intrust Super Cup ladder following a win over the weekend. Taking on the Ipswich Jets Saturday in an away clash. The final score standing at 28 to 18

Thiess has launched a four-year apprenticeship program targeted at high school graduates in the Mackay region. Applications for the Thiess Apprenticeship Program will close on April 27 2018, interested readers should visit the Thiess website to apply.

The Food vendors who set up at Harrup Park's Mini Eat Street on Saturday were packing up early with wet weather and a soaked oval keeping patrons away. The BoM says clouds are expected to clear today, but rain is forecast to return later in the week.


Areas of fog in the early morning. Mostly sunny day. The slight chance of a thunderstorm in the southwest in the late afternoon and evening. Light winds becoming E/SE 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 16 and 21 with daytime temperatures reaching 28 to 33.

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