Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Stronger, Safer (Editor's Note)

Resilience and compassion are two themes which burn brightly in this week’s edition, from initiatives to strengthen our homes to protect our most vulnerable to showcasing the power of unity and collective action.

Annual gala Shades of Women brought together women from across the Mackay Region for an inspiring evening of empowerment and support. Not only did the event celebrate the strength and achievements of women, but it also raised crucial funds to aid women and children affected by domestic violence. It stands as a powerful testament to the enduring spirit of sisterhood and the determination to create a safer society.

On page 5 we delve into the Household Resilience Program, a vital initiative aimed at fortifying homes and protecting low-income homeowners in cyclone-prone coastal communities. With a recent funding boost of $20 million from the Federal Government, the program's reach will be extended, enabling more families to access the resources they need to make their homes safer and more resilient.

These actions underscore the unwavering spirit of our community, where individuals and organisations join forces to uplift and protect one another.

Also, make sure you’re listening to STAR 101.9 Mackay as they reveal the top three ‘dad bods’ in Mackay and the Whitsundays on Monday. Off the back of Scotty’s swimming video going viral, we thought it would be a great idea to champion refreshingly real people in our community, so in next week’s edition we will be printing a double page spread of our region’s best ‘dad bods’ including the top three winners. There are great prizes on offer so make sure you visit Star’s Facebook page or website for details!


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