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TAKING FLIGHT  Emergency Services Day Showcases Lifelines In Action

TAKING FLIGHT Emergency Services Day Showcases Lifelines In Action

By Amanda Wright The RACQ CQ Rescue Emergency Services Day soared to new heights as families from Mackay and beyond flocked to the event, held on Sunday, May 19 at Harrup Park. With the rotor blades spinning and excitement buzzing, the day was a true lifeline of support for our rescue helicopter service. Although the final fundraising figures are still up in the air, initial estimates suggest the event lifted around $12,000 – enough to keep our region’s chopper flying for a full hour. It's a cl

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Rare Turtles Found On Beach South Of Mackay

Rare Turtles Found On Beach South Of Mackay

In a ground-breaking event for local marine conservation enthusiasts, volunteers Stephen and Janet Boxall from the Mackay and District Turtle Watch (M&DTW) have achieved a significant milestone by documenting the nesting of an olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) for the first time in the region's history. This remarkable occurrence unfolded on the serene shores of Campwin Beach, located just south of Mackay, during the early days of December 2023. “When we found out that it was an oliv

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New Mural Reminds Us To Bee Mindful

New Mural Reminds Us To Bee Mindful

The recent unveiling of the BEE MINDFUL mural marks the progression of Stage 4 within the comprehensive "Bee Corner" initiative, a nine-stage program spearheaded by the MKY City Heart Collective. The program aims to extend connectivity throughout the community, linking directly to Wood St parkland. This was made possible through the generous support of grants, local business sponsorships, and the dedicated efforts of a resilient team of volunteers who fundraised for a year to make this masterp

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Dive Into The Rainbow The Colour Frenzy Run Experience

Dive Into The Rainbow The Colour Frenzy Run Experience

As participants flocked to John Breen Park last weekend, the atmosphere was ablaze with excitement and anticipation. Families, friends, and even furry companions eagerly awaited the start of the Colour Frenzy Run, ready to immerse themselves in a kaleidoscope of hues and a day filled with vibrant experiences. The exciting event, known for its burst of colours and festive atmosphere, promised a 2.5km or 5km journey filled with laughter, joy, and plenty of hues. With each step, participants knew t

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104 ACRES – BEAUTIFUL PIONEER VALLEY
104 ACRES – BEAUTIFUL PIONEER VALLEY

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3
Beds
2
Baths
2
Cars
Pool

104 acre grazing lifestyle on offer in the beautiful Pioneer Valley 45 minutes
West of thriving Mackay.
Wide frontage to the picturesque and ever reliable Cattle Creek. Irrigation
licence will cover all the well-established tropical pastures and cultivated
country growing forage crops. Additional lucrative income derived from
haymaking further enhances the agricultural appeal. Lower creek flat recently
planted to oats, will ensure a baleable crop soon after settlement.
The centrepiece of this idyllic haven is a large comfortable and stylish, fully
renovated, and air-conditioned home surrounded by meticulously landscaped
well established low maintenance garden.
All other fixed improvements including large modern sheds in new or
good order. This fully fenced property is set-up for cattle grazing and hay
production including an excellent list of Plant & Equipment ensuring efficient
management of farming operations.
Underground irrigation system supplemented by the 60–80-inch annual
rainfall.
This productive property is situated in the Western end of the fertile Pioneer
Valley surrounded by views into the Clark Ranges.
Just 20 minutes to the famous Eungella Chalet.

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FIRST WHALES  SPOTTED A MONTH EARLY!

FIRST WHALES SPOTTED A MONTH EARLY!

A mother and her calf are officially the first two humpback whales to have been spotted in the Whitsundays, marking the beginning of the season, the first as a formally declared Whale Heritage Site. The early sighting was claimed by a group of seafaring locals who were out filming near North Mackerel Bay on the North-eastern end of Hook Island on Tuesday this week. Continued on page 3. A mother and calf Humpback whale were the first of the majestic mammals to be spotted in Whitsunday waters t

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New Mural Underway In Bowen

New Mural Underway In Bowen

Bowen is recognised as the Mural Capital of Australia and with almost 30 murals adorning the walls around the town, it is no wonder. Bowen was once destined to be the capital of North Queensland and this incredible history is reflected in the new mural of Herbert Street which depicts imagery of the town in the 1930’s. The murals show the old wide streets of Herbert Street, the very first Supreme Court north of Rockhampton, and the old Commonwealth Bank. Painting the murals is highly acclaime

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Business Abuzz! At Inaugural Whitsunday Business Conference

Business Abuzz! At Inaugural Whitsunday Business Conference

More than 50 business-minded individuals attended the inaugural Whitsunday Business Conference which took place in Cannonvale last week. An initiative of the Whitsunday Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the event was a melting pot of inspiration and activity, with a diverse range of guest speakers, panel discussions and interactive sessions where all attendees were encouraged to participate and contribute. Member for Whitsunday Amanda Camm MP opened the event with an inspiring speech and, foll

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Mackay Cutters  Rookie Cutters Clinic

Mackay Cutters Rookie Cutters Clinic

Kids from around the region had the opportunity to meet and get a free coaching session from their local heroes at the Mackay Cutters Rookie Clinic which took place at the Whitsunday Sportspark last Friday. At the Clinic, the kids were coached by players and were put through drills to sharpen their rugby skills. The afternoon was filled with laughs and knowledgeable insight for the youngsters before ending the session with a fun game of touch and a free sausage sizzle. The Cutters were in Ai

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Attention First Home Buyers And Downsizers

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Attention First Home Buyers And Downsizers
3
Beds
1
Baths
2
Cars
Pool
2
Cars

Are you on the hunt for a home that perfectly blends
modern comfort with ample storage for all your
treasures? Your search ends here! Presenting 4
Wahoo Court it is 1160m2 of house, shed and land,
tailored to fit your lifestyle needs. Inside you will
find comfort at every turn with new air conditioning
throughout and ceiling fans to keep you cool on those
hot summer days.
The kitchen has been redesigned to maximize
convenience and make your life easier. All the
Bedrooms are carpeted. But wait there’s more! This
property boasts a fully fenced private yard for your
furry friend with double access from front and rear
with smaller-size access at the side of the home,
making it a breeze to bring in and store all your
prized possessions.
The outdoor patio comes with a fully insulated roof,
ceiling fans and lights where you can relax and
entertain in style, no matter the weather. The outside
shed is a true gem, equipped with a 15-amp power
supply, all your friends and family with caravans
who come to visit still have their space as they would
be under cover from the skillion roof with power.
Strategically place power points for your convenience
with dimensions of a 7m x 7m shed it’s the perfect
space for all your tools, hobbies, or even a workshop.
The skillion roof is 7m x 4m attached to the side of
the shed.
• 1160m2 property tailored to blend comfort with
ample storage.
• New air conditioning and ceiling fans throughout
for comfort.
• Redesigned kitchen for convenience.
• Fully fenced private yard with double access from
front and rear.
• Outdoor patio with insulated roof, ceiling fans, and
lights.
• 7m x 7m shed with 15 amp power supply, plus 7m x
4m skillion roof.

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MACKAY PROPERTY LISTINGS – WHITSUNDAY PROPERTY LISTINGS – BUY / RENT / LEASE – OPEN HOME TIMES

Attention First Home Buyers And Downsizers
Attention First Home Buyers And Downsizers
$679,000

Are you on the hunt for a home that perfectly blends
modern comfort with ample storage for all your
treasures? Your search ends here! Presenting 4
Wahoo Court it is 1160m2 of house, shed and land,
tailored to fit your lifestyle needs. Inside you will
find comfort at every turn with new air conditioning
throughout and ceiling fans to keep you cool on those
hot summer days.
The kitchen has been redesigned to maximize
convenience and make your life easier. All the
Bedrooms are carpeted. But wait there’s more! This
property boasts a fully fenced private yard for your
furry friend with double access from front and rear
with smaller-size access at the side of the home,
making it a breeze to bring in and store all your
prized possessions.
The outdoor patio comes with a fully insulated roof,
ceiling fans and lights where you can relax and
entertain in style, no matter the weather. The outside
shed is a true gem, equipped with a 15-amp power
supply, all your friends and family with caravans
who come to visit still have their space as they would
be under cover from the skillion roof with power.
Strategically place power points for your convenience
with dimensions of a 7m x 7m shed it’s the perfect
space for all your tools, hobbies, or even a workshop.
The skillion roof is 7m x 4m attached to the side of
the shed.
• 1160m2 property tailored to blend comfort with
ample storage.
• New air conditioning and ceiling fans throughout
for comfort.
• Redesigned kitchen for convenience.
• Fully fenced private yard with double access from
front and rear.
• Outdoor patio with insulated roof, ceiling fans, and
lights.
• 7m x 7m shed with 15 amp power supply, plus 7m x
4m skillion roof.

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1.41 Acres Of Potential Development In Prime Position
1.41 Acres Of Potential Development In Prime Position
$330,000

Consisting of a huge 5,686sqm (1.41 Acres), this block of land has
many development options. You could build a very private and
exclusive home, 32 apartments, or even subdivide into 5 lots S.T.C.A.
• Design template of the house, survey, and subdivision plan, available
all upon request.
• With tourism as strong as ever and the incredible demand for
permanent rental properties, timing could not be better.
• Only a leisurely stroll down the road to Airlie Beach’s township
with restaurants, shops, bars, and marinas, this is an amazing
opportunity to build.
Stop dreaming about it and do it!

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An Oasis of Serenity and Elegance
An Oasis of Serenity and Elegance
$895,000

This remarkable family retreat near Cannonvale Shopping
Centre offers refreshing sea views and spacious indoor-outdoor
entertainment across two levels. The upper level features an
expansive verandah with ocean views, a modern kitchen with highquality
appliances, and a luxurious 3 Bedrooms. Downstairs is the
master bedroom that provides comfort and privacy, alongside versatile
living spaces. Enjoy the concrete inground pool in the backyard and
reduce energy costs with solar power.
• Family retreat near Cannonvale Shopping Centre
• Refreshing sea views from an elevated perspective
• Spacious layout across two levels

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Pina Mimosa – Tropical Investment @ approx 6% Net Return
Pina Mimosa – Tropical Investment @ approx 6% Net Return
$599,000

Welcome to Pina Mimosa, here you will embrace the allure of tropical
living with this captivating two-bedroom, one-bath holiday unit. This
funky cocktail inspired apartment promises an ideal blend of comfort
and impressive returns.
• Fully renovated and sold furnished.
• Airlie Beach Main Street location backing onto the lagoon and
playground.
• Impressive bookings already in 2024!

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The Cancer Confrontation Looms Large

The Cancer Confrontation Looms Large

May 23, 2024

Today marks a peculiar moment for me as I sign off, knowing that by the time this is in print, I will have undergone my operation to remove colon cancer. As I write this, I am a bundle of nerves, but I am also eager to reclaim my life. A life where I don’t constantly feel drained, where I no longer have to monitor my blood loss and wonder if it’s time for another transfusion. The road ahead is uncertain and full of bumps, I won’t know the extent of the cancer’s spread until after the operation,

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Local Performer Receives Amplifying Support

Local Performer Receives Amplifying Support

May 23, 2024

A local musician was performing at the front of a local supermarket, hoping to spread joy through his music, when an aggressive individual approached him and deliberately poured water over his amplifier. This malicious act occurred last week at Coles in Andergrove and quickly caught the attention of bystanders, prompting a Facebook post to condemn the incident and call for support for the musician, Joshua Vine. The response was overwhelming, with community members expressing outrage and compass

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Queensland Hydro Reveals First Look at Pioneer-Burdekin Project

Queensland Hydro Reveals First Look at Pioneer-Burdekin Project

May 23, 2024

Queensland Hydro has recently released artist impressions of the proposed lower reservoir of the Pioneer-Burdekin Project. These visualisations offer a first glimpse of what could become a significant renewable energy facility in the region. Queensland Hydro has said it will put in place mitigation strategies to reduce the visual impact of the project if it proceeds. "We committed to developing visualisations of the proposed Pioneer-Burdekin Project so the community could see how it may look. W

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Magic Moments For Magpies’ Father-Son Cricketing Duo

Magic Moments For Magpies’ Father-Son Cricketing Duo

May 24, 2024

Brendan Whitby has padded up in first grade and rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in Queensland cricket. The Mackay Magpies stalwart spent eight seasons with Toombul District Cricket Club in the Brisbane Premier League competition where he earned his top-grade spurs as a capable all-rounder. Whitby’s cricket journey has taken the experienced campaigner and his three sons Jacob, Thomas and Nicholas to the Mackay District Cricket Association and the scene of many career highlights. A

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HIGH PERFORMANCE SWIM CAMPS CHOOSE MACKAY

HIGH PERFORMANCE SWIM CAMPS CHOOSE MACKAY

May 23, 2024

The Mackay Aquatic Recreation Complex is playing host to some of Australia’s top Olympic swimming hopefuls, with huge economic benefits for our region. Swimming Australia’s High Performance training camps have seen three elite squads travel to the Mackay region in their final hit out before the Australian Swimming Trials in Brisbane next month. Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson said it was fantastic to welcome the High Performance Camps to the Mackay ARC. “These squads see our region and our facility

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AT THE TABLE

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May 23, 2024

Mackay Table Tennis Tuesday night fixture results May 14, 2024: Division 1: Green (Tim Shehan, Lily Boland, Robbie Richards) d Red (George Camilleri, Anne Sheridan, Graeme Walker) 6-5. Lily d Anne 8, -2, -4, 8, 11. Orange (Donna Abbott, Janice Kent, Geoff Denman) d Purple (Emma Widdup, Duncan Treloar) 6-5. Duncan d Donna -5, 9, 7, 9. White (Andrew McHugh, Neil Brown, Geoff Cowan) d Brown (Andrea Nicholson, Barry Patterson, Vince Boeske) 7-4. Neil d Vince 4, -5, 8, -6, 10. Black (Mick Ruhl,

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS / GIG GUIDES / SOCIAL PIC GALLERY

Wolf Creek Actor Hosts Showing In Bowen

Wolf Creek Actor Hosts Showing In Bowen

May 16, 2024

The last thing Ben De Luca from Bowen Summergarden Cinema expected was a phone call from an Australian film icon, but that’s exactly what happened. Wolf Creek star, John Jarratt, phoned Ben, and asked him if he could host a Meet and Greet, preview his new film, and host a Q&A at Ben’s famous little cinema in Bowen. John Jarratt loves independent cinemas, he says they sell Australian productions with more gusto than the big cinema chains. Being a country boy himself, John knows how exciting it

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The 2024 Mackay Expo Calls You To Adventure

The 2024 Mackay Expo Calls You To Adventure

May 23, 2024

Looking for the very latest in 4WD, hybrids, caravans, camper trailers, home, lifestyle and much more? There are thousands of products to discover at this year’s Mackay Expo! You can see all your favourite brands in the one place and discover some new offerings too, with exhibitors and entertainers on deck to answer all of your burning questions. The Mackay Expo is your opportunity to get the very best deals and some exciting show specials, featuring a massive daily entertainment line-up, inc

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24 May Event Guide

24 May Event Guide

May 23, 2024

Friday 24th May Star Wars Unlimited Store Showdown 9am Join us for the very first Star Wars Unlimited Store Showdown! Big prizes are up for grabs, so you don't want to miss this one! Swiss style tournament with best of one, compete to see who can take out the top prize. Cost: $25 per person including a drink Time: Friday 24th May 6:30pm-10pm. May the Force be with you! 75 Victoria St, Mackay 2024 Mackay Expo 4pm Your lifestyle, your adventure at the 2024 Mackay Expo. Join us on 24th to 26th

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It’s Noice, It’s Different, IT’S KATH AND KIM DRAG BINGO!

It’s Noice, It’s Different, IT’S KATH AND KIM DRAG BINGO!

May 23, 2024

Sydney Drag Queen’s sell-out Kath and Kim Drag Bingo returns to MECC on Saturday, 29 June, hosted by two foxy morons: Prada Clutch and Conchita Grande. Prada is one of Australia's most sought-after live-singing drag queens. She plays Kathleen "Kath" Darleen Day-Knight. “Playing Kath came natural to me as I grew up watching the TV show on rainy days at school and I was already using Kath-isms when hosting in drag as they have become a part of Australian culture,” says Prada. Conchita is one

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Bowen’s Own Marcus Corowa

May 23, 2024

One of the country’s up and coming Opera stars, Marcus Corowa, is a Bowen boy who spent most of his childhood in the region and is now hitting the big stage and performing in Queensland’s biggest opera productions. But how did he get there? Marcus grew up around music, going to the local church with his family and playing a lot of instruments. With this passion for music at a young age, Marcus decided he wanted a career in singing and song writing. To make this dream come true he moved to S

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