The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Articles from June 7, 2012

Braxton Tees off Too as Golfers Dig Deep for Hospital
LITTLE Braxton Paton is just 14-months old, but he'll be out at the golf tomorrow. The cute fellow is the face of Brax's Charity Golf Day, which was inspired by his difficult birth and raises funds for the Mackay Hospital Foundation. The first...
Crash Leads to Third Offence in Three Years
Bruce McKean bruce.mckean@dailymercury.com.au MACKAY identity a[approximately]Sir Reggie' Biddings was given a suspended jail sentence yesterday for his third disqualified-driving offence in three years. Biddings, 54, self-employed in marketing...
Divers Leap at the Chance of Close Encounter with a Platypus
Grier Williamson grier.williamson@dailymercury.com.au HAVE you ever wanted to dive with platypuses and see them in their natural habitat? There's only one place that can offer this experience in crystal clear waters and it's right here in...
Expected Laughs Delivered
What To Expect When You're Expecting Stars: Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock. Director: Kirk Jones Rated: M Reviewed By: Miranda Cashin Verdict: IN WHAT To Expect...
Funding Delivers Headspace; Youth Will Get Mental Health Care
Lynnis Bonanno CHIEF REPORTER Lynnis.bonanno@dailymercury.com.au THE push for a Headspace took another leap forward yesterday with the announcement of the lead agency to deliver the youth mental health service. Deputy Prime Minister and...
Horses Prepare to Race on the Sand
COME August, you'll be able to kick back on the beach and take in some horse racing. The council yesterday approved the Harbour Beach Horse Racing Classic, which has been set down for August 26. Red Carpet owner Mick Pope was pleased. C[pounds...
Hospital Scrutiny Delivers a Winner; $405Million Base Hospital Redevelopment Heads toward October Opening
Dominic Geiger dominic.geiger@dailymercury.com.au IT'S a hospital designed by the people who use it the most. After being scrutinised by around 200 doctors, nurses and other health staff, the new Mackay Base Hospital has been given a tentative...
Mayer and Urban Head List; Mayer's Album Number One and Urban Is at Two
IN A WEEK featuring 10 top 40 single and another 10 top 40 album debuts, John Mayer's new album a[approximately]Born And Raised' has debuted at number one on the ARIA Album Chart, his first Australian chart topper. Mayer hit the ARIA top 10 almost...
Muso Taps into Aboriginal Past; Spirit Bird Captures Spiritual Ancestry
IF Xavier Rudd lived in another century he would chose to live in Australia 500 years ago with the Aboriginals. aI wouldn't mind living in Australia then,a he said. aI would like to see if surfing was invented, but I reckon I would take my surf...
Nola Aiming to Snare Another
Charlie Payne charlie.payne@dailymercury.com.au AFTER winning eight women's club championships at Sarina in the past nine years, Nola Giddins isn't about to give up any time soon. Giddins is on a roll of five successive titles since 2008....
Opera Takes on Humorous Twist; Ovation Has a Mix of Famous Tunes and Pop Culture
AUSTRALIAN tenor Jason Wasley was 17 years old when he found out he could sing ... by mistake. aI was at school and went to audition for a play and found out that it was a musical,a Wasley said. aThey asked me to do a (singing) scale and I got...
PARALYMPIC BID Is NOT OVER YET
Charlie Payne charlie.payne@dailymercury.com.au PARALYMPICS: London Paralympics hopeful Beau Menzies didn't receive the birthday present he was after yesterday but it may just be delayed. Menzies was not included in the Australian athletics...
Pioneers Honoured
Shakira Sellen shakira.sellen@dailymercury.com.au TEN unsung heroes have been recognised as part of Mackay's 150th anniversary celebrations. They were announced at Queensland Day celebrations at Bluewater Quay last night. Each person has...
Ponga Gains State Colours; Young Star Continues to Shine
Michael Warren Michael.Warren@dailymercury.com.au TOUCH FOOTBALL: Talented sportsman and Mackay High School student Kalyn Ponga continues to show promise on the football field and has been named in the Queensland under-15 touch football side....
Region Will Lose 200 Rail Jobs
Shakira Sellen shakira.sellen@dailymercury.com.au THE jobs of about 200 QR National workers from Coppabella, Jilalan and the Bowen Basin are on the line. More than 50 rail construction employees in the Bowen Basin would have their contracts...
Smooth Run for First Meeting
Janessa Ekert Journalist janessa.ekert@dailymercury.com.au WHEN yesterday's council meeting came to an end after 42 minutes, my first thought was I expected it to be longer. It was the first meeting of the new Mackay Regional Council...
Soaring as High as a Jumbo; Country Musician Hits the Road with Release of New Album A[euro][approximately]3'
THE release of her new album a[approximately]3' sends Amber Lawrence's multiple award-winning country music career soaring as high as the giant jumbo jets that fly over her home in Sydney's inner-city suburb of Mascot, not far from the international...
US Country Music Star Heads to Oz; Grammy Winner Announces Tour
SEANNA CRONIN AMERICAN country music darling Carrie Underwood will tour Australia for the first time this month. The five-time Grammy Award winner announced the special four-date Australian leg of her world tour on . Underwood said she was...
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