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Diamond Jubilee Delight Pioneer Valley Show Celebrates 60 Years

Diamond Jubilee Delight Pioneer Valley Show Celebrates 60 Years

By Amanda Wright Last Sunday, the Pioneer Valley Show celebrated its 60th anniversary, marking six decades of community spirit and entertainment with a magical day filled with fun and excitement. The event, held at the Finch Hatton showgrounds, attracted thousands of visitors who were treated to a myriad of activities and attractions. The day was packed with thrilling rides, vibrant market stalls, and a special bubble tribute to Everleigh Johnson who tragically lost her life on New Year’s Eve. T

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Community In Shock After South Mackay Homicide

Community In Shock After South Mackay Homicide

Last night, tragedy struck in South Mackay with a devastating homicide that claimed the life of a 34-year-old woman and left a 66-year-old man seriously injured. Emergency services were called to the scene at 4.36pm where the incident unfolded at Robb Place. Initially, the area was placed under an emergency declaration as police launched a comprehensive search for the alleged perpetrator and residents were urged to remain indoors while the operation was underway. The boundaries under the Publi

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Gone But Never Forgotten  The Unexplained Mystery Of Abel Tasman

Gone But Never Forgotten The Unexplained Mystery Of Abel Tasman

By Hannah McNamara Sixty-four years ago on June 10, twenty-nine lives were claimed in one of the region’s most tragic, yet mysterious plane crashes in Australia’s aviation history. In the lead-up to the 65th anniversary next year, it’s important as a community to remember the history of our regional landmarks and learn about this catastrophe, one that is unheard of for some, but remembered by many. In 1960, the Fokker Friendship F-27 aircraft named Abel Tasman was set to arrive in Mackay aft

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Know The Signs Of Endometrial Cancer

Know The Signs Of Endometrial Cancer

Medical professionals are emphasising the importance for women to familiarise themselves with the signs of endometrial cancer as projections indicate a 50 per cent increase in cases by 2040. A Brisbane woman who was just forty years old at the time received a endometrial cancer diagnosis in 2021 and now shares her heartbreaking testimony, in hopes that it raises awareness for other women. In Australia alone, approximately 3,300 cases of this cancer were diagnosed last year, marking a twofold ri

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CONTRACT CRASHED – BACK ON THE MARKET AT $779,000!
CONTRACT CRASHED – BACK ON THE MARKET AT $779,000!

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4
Beds
3
Baths
3
Cars
Pool

Properties like this are usually held within families through the generations,
this once in a lifetime opportunity to secure an absolute beachfront, well
appointed two level, 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home should not be missed.
Literally paces to the beach from the wide front patio, the sights, sounds and
fresh ocean breezes are truly inviting. Inside the open plan layout and large
expanses of glass offer stunning views and the full-length upstairs balcony
provides another dimension to this fabulous beachside retreat.
Offered for sale as a WIWO fully furnished home, other features include:
- Fully equipped kitchen, large dining and air-conditioned living area
- Two generously sized air-conditioned bedrooms downstairs
- Three bathrooms including ensuite to main
- Internal polished timber stairs and 2700 high ceilings
- Second kitchenette upstairs and large living area complete with billiard table
- Two airconditioned bedrooms upstairs, main opens onto balcony and has
ensuite
- 40,000 litre underground rainwater tank and 20,000 litre polythene rainwater
tank.
- 6kw 20 panel solar power, generator switch to distribution board and backup
generator.
At the rear of the home is a covered entertaining area with in-built BBQ and
two bay lock up car accommodation and smaller lockable third bay
The property is complimented with a 10mx6mx3.2m high bay powered
colourbond shed with easy access for a boat, the boat ramp being only
minutes away.
This well-built home offers great versatility and comes complete with two
fridges, bait freezer, two microwaves, three television sets, indoor furniture,
balcony BBQ, billiard table, beds, linen, and crockery.
A back-up generator, ride on mower and a 4x4 Polaris quad bike are also
included in the sale, just about everything needed to move straight in.
For the opportunity to inspect this unique property please call Peter Mills on
0436 034 187.

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IT’S SHOW TIME!  The 111th Show Whitsunday At Proserpine Showgrounds

IT’S SHOW TIME! The 111th Show Whitsunday At Proserpine Showgrounds

Dagwood dogs dipped in sauce, fairyfloss and fairground rides, side show alley and the dodgem cars. A cuddly chicken and a friendly goat, the horse parades and the orchid display – there is so much to see at Show Whitsunday! Continued on page 3. Muster Dogs “A Must” Continued from page 1. This year Show Whitsunday will welcome a special guest with ‘Muster Dogs’ winner Frank Finger in attendance. Frank will “bring the crew” and be in the main ring at lunch time and again at 3pm, to talk to

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Leader Of The Opposition Comes To The Whitsundays

Leader Of The Opposition Comes To The Whitsundays

Leader of the Opposition, David Crisafulli, held several public events in the Whitsundays on Monday this week, accompanied by Member for Whitsunday Amanda Camm. The pair attended a special breakfast at Coral Sea Resort followed by an exclusive interview with Mackay and Whitsunday Life Newspaper. They then headed into Proserpine and met with Councillors before being welcomed at the Tourism Whitsundays board meeting. For the past 10 years Labor has been in power in Queensland, with Annastacia P

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Strong, Resilient, And A Survivor Shell Wardrope’s Life After Losing Her Leg

Strong, Resilient, And A Survivor Shell Wardrope’s Life After Losing Her Leg

When local mum, Shell Wardrope, took a stumble on her wet driveway in May this year she didn’t think the innocent fall would change the trajectory of her life forever. The rain had been pouring for some time and she raced outside to call her son in for dinner, tripping forward and landing straight on her knee. Within seconds she could see a large gash form and after examining the wound, her and her husband Ben decided to go to the local hospital where they received stitches for the injury and re

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Community Water Tanks  Provide Whitsunday Bushfire Resilience

Community Water Tanks Provide Whitsunday Bushfire Resilience

Whitsunday Regional Council has completed the installation of 10 new 26,000 litre steel community water tanks in vulnerable locations throughout the region that are at risk of bushfires. Mayor Ry Collins said the water tanks, which were installed as part of the Whitsunday Bushfire Resilience Project, are vital Council-owned and managed infrastructure that provide centralised water for Rural Fire Brigades to use for firefighting purposes. “The Whitsundays has a history of bushfire and just like

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WELCOME HOME!!

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WELCOME HOME!!
4
Beds
3
Baths
12
Cars
Pool
12
Cars

Imagine waking up to the tranquil beauty of
Cannon Valley, with your morning coffee in hand
as you admire the lush landscape and the Coral
Sea, framed by the silhouette of Hayman Island
on the horizon. Nestled atop Pepperberry Lane,
this elevated home offers stunning ocean views
to the front and Conway National Park to the right.
This private paradise is designed for luxury living,
complete with ample space for extended family,
large boats, and RVs, ensuring a blend of grandeur
and practicality.
The home is built over two expansive floors. The
entryway features a cascading water feature and
a garden filled with your favourite herbs, leading
to a rock pool lagoon at the heart of this resortstyle
retreat. The upper floor boasts cathedral
ceilings and rich timber flooring, encompassing
a spacious living area with ocean-view windows,
a modern kitchen with black granite countertops,
and a master suite with a spa overlooking the
sea. Additional bedrooms and a vast lounge area
complete this level, perfect for relaxation and
entertainment.
Outdoor living is equally luxurious, highlighted by
a lagoon-style pool with natural rock formations
and multiple decks for social gatherings. A
child-friendly shallow pool and a semi-enclosed
gazebo double as a barbeque area, creating a
perfect setting for family enjoyment. The property
also includes a workshop, an extra bedroom and
bathroom, and a large home theatre on the lower
level, which could serve as additional living space
or generate extra income.
Completing this unique estate is a separate boat
shed with space for further expansion, and an
established fruit orchard featuring lychee, mango,
mandarin, and other fruit trees. This exceptional
property, offering both privacy and potential
income opportunities, is a rare find in today’s
market, inviting serious offers for those who
dream of owning a slice of paradise.

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

WELCOME HOME!!
WELCOME HOME!!
$2,500,000

Imagine waking up to the tranquil beauty of
Cannon Valley, with your morning coffee in hand
as you admire the lush landscape and the Coral
Sea, framed by the silhouette of Hayman Island
on the horizon. Nestled atop Pepperberry Lane,
this elevated home offers stunning ocean views
to the front and Conway National Park to the right.
This private paradise is designed for luxury living,
complete with ample space for extended family,
large boats, and RVs, ensuring a blend of grandeur
and practicality.
The home is built over two expansive floors. The
entryway features a cascading water feature and
a garden filled with your favourite herbs, leading
to a rock pool lagoon at the heart of this resortstyle
retreat. The upper floor boasts cathedral
ceilings and rich timber flooring, encompassing
a spacious living area with ocean-view windows,
a modern kitchen with black granite countertops,
and a master suite with a spa overlooking the
sea. Additional bedrooms and a vast lounge area
complete this level, perfect for relaxation and
entertainment.
Outdoor living is equally luxurious, highlighted by
a lagoon-style pool with natural rock formations
and multiple decks for social gatherings. A
child-friendly shallow pool and a semi-enclosed
gazebo double as a barbeque area, creating a
perfect setting for family enjoyment. The property
also includes a workshop, an extra bedroom and
bathroom, and a large home theatre on the lower
level, which could serve as additional living space
or generate extra income.
Completing this unique estate is a separate boat
shed with space for further expansion, and an
established fruit orchard featuring lychee, mango,
mandarin, and other fruit trees. This exceptional
property, offering both privacy and potential
income opportunities, is a rare find in today’s
market, inviting serious offers for those who
dream of owning a slice of paradise.

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Waterfront Penthouse With Roof Top
Waterfront Penthouse With Roof Top
Tuesday 25th June At 6pm TAYLORS Office 98 Shute Harbour Rd C’Vale OPEN HOME: Saturday: 10:00am - 10:30am

This stunning waterfront apartment is on the top floor at the end of the
sought-after Marina Shores complex, offering intimate privacy across
two levels. Basking in an abundance of natural light from its sun-filled
position and prime location, the unit also enjoys incredible views.
Key Features:
• Experience a relaxed and tropical Whitsunday lifestyle with
everything close by
• Secure parking with a double car space and easy elevator access
• Freshly styled with new furniture and fixtures and an incredible
waterfront location
• Stone benchtop kitchen and tiled open-plan living area that spills
out to the balcony.

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Packed Boxes Means Seller On The MOVEExperience The Best Of Rural Living!
Packed Boxes Means Seller On The MOVEExperience The Best Of Rural Living!
AUCTION: Tuesday 25th June At 6pm TAYLORS Office 98 Shute Harbour Rd C’Vale OPEN HOME: Saturday: 11:00am - 11:30am

Nestled in the serene hinterland between Airlie Beach and Proserpine,
this award-winning home offers breathtaking views of the Clarke
Ranges. Move-in ready and designed for ultimate comfort, this
property is perfect for those seeking tranquillity and modern living
with utmost privacy in mind.
Key Features:
• Prime Location
• Award Winning Design
• Spacious Living
• Modern Kitchen
• Luxurious Primary Suite
• Updated Interiors

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Marina Shores Penthouse Paradise
Marina Shores Penthouse Paradise
AUCTION: Tuesday 25th June At 6pm TAYLORS Office 98 Shute Harbour Rd C’Vale OPEN HOME: Saturday: 10:00am - 10:30am

Live a lavish lifestyle in the heart of the spectacular Whitsundays with
this enticing offer: a luxurious 3-bedroom penthouse suite awaits you
in the highly sought-after Marina Shores complex. Set against the
breathtaking backdrop of the Coral Sea, this envy-inducing two-story
penthouse boasts a rooftop terrace, perfect for entertaining guests
while soaking in the mesmerizing aqua waters.
• Large 3 bedroom floorplan (258m2)
• Additional 3 secure car parks with storage cage
• Penthouse with rooftop terrace
• Incredible Whitsunday ocean views
• Holiday let through onsite management
• Perfectly positioned

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From Snow To A Trio Of Shows

From Snow To A Trio Of Shows

June 19, 2024

Winter is my favourite time of the year in Mackay! To be fair, when I lived in New Zealand, I loved winter too. Living at the base of Mt Hutt skifield in Mid Canterbury, we had regular blankets of snow, which I always found utterly magical. However, I have an even fonder love for winter in Mackay. No de-icing the car windscreen, no slipping on icy driveways and I still rarely need to hunt out a pair of socks. But what truly makes winter my favourite time of year here in Mackay, besides the stun

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BATTLE OF THE BATTERY Controversial Pumped Hydro Storage Project Divides Political Parties

BATTLE OF THE BATTERY Controversial Pumped Hydro Storage Project Divides Political Parties

June 19, 2024

By Amanda Wright Geotechnical drilling has produced “promising results” for the Queensland Government’s proposed pumped hydro storage project at Pioneer-Burdekin, but the project is stirring significant controversy within the community and across political lines. Following drilling by local Mackay-based company Twin Hills Engineering, investigations by WSP and SMEC have found very strong, coarse competent granite rock, which the Queensland Government claimed is ideal for dam construction, tunnel

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Eight Recipients Receive Impactful Community Funding

Eight Recipients Receive Impactful Community Funding

June 19, 2024

Eight well-deserving non-profit organisations were presented with outstanding grants from the Mackay Community Foundation with a focus on bettering the community and making a difference. The presentation ceremony showcased the selfless work that these organisations have contributed and highlighted the profound impact that the foundation has made in areas that need it most. Mackay Community Foundation Chair Frances Easton announced that an anonymous donor was ensuring that the financial year of

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SUNS To Return To Mackay As Bella Locks In Long-Term Contract

SUNS To Return To Mackay As Bella Locks In Long-Term Contract

June 19, 2024

Gold Coast SUNS AFLW games record holder Lauren Bella is the latest to commit her future to the club, inking a long-term contract extension. The SUNS Academy product and one of two remaining foundation players on the club’s AFLW list will remain in the red, gold and blue until at least the end of the 2027 AFLW season. Her extension coincides with this morning’s confirmation that the SUNS will be returning to Mackay for a fourth consecutive AFLW season, hosting Carlton at Great Barrier Reef Are

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Cutters Return To Winners List After Slamming Jets

Cutters Return To Winners List After Slamming Jets

June 19, 2024

Mackay Cutters rugby league team have zoomed into the top eight after toppling cellar-dwellers Ipswich Jets 30-16 in Hostplus Cup action last weekend at BB Print Stadium. There was no stopping the home side who laid the foundations for a sixth victory this season through their rugged forward pack and slick back division. Early tries by skipper and lock Sean Mullany and young winger Brent Anderson helped the Cutters establish a 10-0 lead after nine minutes. Ipswich centre Mathew Lyons responde

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Local Olympian Strives For Gold

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June 19, 2024

Mackay's very own Meg Harris is gearing up for the Olympic trials, backed by a recent sponsorship from Auswide Bank. Born in Bundaberg, this 22-year-old swimming sensation has captured the hearts of her hometown supporters. Meg’s journey began on the sands of Eimeo Beach in Mackay, where her passion for surf lifesaving laid the groundwork for her Olympic success. At just 13, she traded coastal life for the pool in Brisbane, determined to chase her Olympic dreams. Like many athletes, Meg faces

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Discover The Harmonies Of The Sunshine State With QLD Music Trails

Discover The Harmonies Of The Sunshine State With QLD Music Trails

June 14, 2024

Venture on a journey through Queensland's musical tapestry with the QLD Music Trails and discover the beauty of a place we like to call…the Sunshine State. Support local talent by attending this musical odyssey of excellence that’s close to both home and the heart. With singer-songwriters, groovy tunes, acoustic folk and a cultural twist to the mix, this line-up of live performances in the Mackay and Whitsundays and surrounding areas will have something for everybody - and is an experience you w

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Festival Kicks Off With Fine Wine, Laughs And Mysterious Stories

Festival Kicks Off With Fine Wine, Laughs And Mysterious Stories

June 19, 2024

Merrick Watts has cracked the code when it comes to ensuring his audiences have a great time. It’s a straightforward formula – ply your audience with wine, tell them hilarious stories relating to the wine, rinse and repeat. It’s simple, it works and it’s the reason why Merrick Watts – An Idiot’s Guide to Wine has been selling out shows all over the world. Local audiences can catch the show at the MECC Plenary Halls during the Mackay Festival of Arts from Friday, July 5 to Sunday, July 7. M

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Gig guide

June 19, 2024

Friday 21 June Magnums Bar: James Reyne - Crawl File Tour (from 7pm) The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Andy Mammers (7pm – 10pm) Reef Gateway: Louisa Taylor (6pm – 9pm) Jubilee Tavern: Paul Berger (6pm – 9pm) Grand View Hotel: Tim Griffin (8pm – 12am) KC’s: Zed Charles (from 8pm) Saturday 22 June The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Blues Brothers Tribute (2pm – 5.30pm) The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Andy Mammers (7pm – 10pm) Reef Gateway: David Flower: (6pm – 9pm) Grand View Hotel: Freddy Martin (8pm – 12am

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Event Guide 21 June

Event Guide 21 June

June 19, 2024

Friday 21st June Guided Walks In The Botanical Gardens 10am Explore the Botanic Gardens with your Gardens Guide. Walks will differ each week in circuit and theme and are FREE to attend. Walks commence from Botanic Gardens Visitor Information (opposite the cafe) and go for one hour in duration. For more information, contact the gardens on phone (07) 4952 7300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au Botanical Gardens opposite the cafe Conversations With Art 2pm 'Conversations with Art' is a free a

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GET THE KIDS OUTDOORS THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

June 19, 2024

Enjoy the region’s beautiful sunny winter days these school holidays and get the kids outdoors for FREE holiday fun with Strolling Stories at the Seaforth Esplanade and Sarina Field of Dreams, outdoor board games at the Botanic Gardens and kids' activities along the water’s edge at River Wharves. Make sure to check out all the activities and follow the Facebook pages of the facilities for more information and updates. > LIBRARIES Bookings for these activities, other than drop-in days, are requir

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