The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Articles from February 22, 2017

A Game-Changing Grains Proposal
Byline: DARYL PASSMORE COURIER MAIL A $50 MILLION-plus grains industry project will create hundreds of jobs in central and southern Queensland and remove thousands of heavy vehicles from the state's roads. GrainCorp and AgForce will today announce...
'Can't Put a Price on Elton'; Mackay Woman Won't Miss Concert This Time
Byline: Shakira Sellen shakira.sellen@dailymercury.com.au ONE Mackay fan said it's been a dream to see Sir Elton John in concert after she missed his Australian tour in 2015 due to work commitments. Debbie Ford said she was watching the announcement...
Coal Royalties Coming Home; $17.5 Million Spent in the Mackay Region on Upgrades
Byline: Campbell Gellie campbell.gellie@dailymercury.com.au The $17.5m Mackay $3.5m in roadworks, $2.3m in libraries and pool, $2.1m in playground and parks Whitsunday $3.4m in park upgrades, $960,000 in solar power Isaac $1.71million in...
Competition on Red Alert; with a Revamped Squad, Queensland Could Bounce Back from a Horror 2016 in Super Rugby, Writes Jim Tucker
WARHORSE George Smith has warned star clusters don't guarantee a winning team, only the edgy attitude behind it, which is the vibe he is already picking up from the rebuilt Reds. Friday night's Super Rugby lift-off against the Durban-based Sharks...
Couple Changed Lanes for Wedding at a Truck Yard
THEY say it's good luck if it rains on your wedding day, and for newlyweds Karl and Stephanie Black that couldn't be more true. The couple had planned to tie the knot on January 14 at Greenmount Homestead, near Walkerston; however, when the fateful...
Crocodile Rocker Comes North; How We Snagged the Rocket Man
IT'S NOT every day a global superstar chooses a city in regional Queensland for the first stop of his Australian tour, but Sir Elton John has done it. In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mercury, Elton's production manager Peter McFee revealed...
Elton's 'Once-in-a-Lifetime Performance'
MACKAY will host music royalty Sir Elton John for a once-in-a-lifetime performance this year. The superstar will perform two shows only in Queensland - in Mackay and Cairns - when he tours here later this year. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made...
Everyone's Journey Different; Excelcare Ready to Give Support
EXCELCARE is excited to be a registered provider of the National Disability Insurance Scheme for the Mackay region. With years of experience in delivering disability services across regional Queensland areas, Excelcare is focused on providing the...
French Tourist Avoids Prison Term
Byline: Jarred Sferruzzi jarred.sferruzzi@dailymercury.com.au A FRENCH national avoided jail but still received a fine for supplying drugs in an Airlie Beach night club last year. Kevin Philippe Le Coustumer, 30, pleaded guilty in the District...
Get a Leg Up on Meat Labelling
Byline: Susie Burrell NUTRITION labelling on packaged and processed foods is designed to help us make healthy food choices. But when it comes to primary produce, things may not be so clear. The wide range of types and cuts of meat, along with...
How to Make the Transition; Having an Agreed Plan Doesn't Mean You Can't Review and Refine It
FOR A lot of Mackay residents, the effort of becoming an NDIS participant and getting a plan in place is now complete. After the initial flurry of finding providers and getting services in place you may be wondering "what now?" Having an agreed...
It's a Love Story: I Said 'Yes'; Mackay's Jessica Gilmore Writes about Marrying the Man of Her Dreams
ON OCTOBER 2016 I was blessed enough to marry the love of my life, my high school sweetheart. We first met in 2003 at high school. I knew from the moment I saw him he was the one. He was the first man to ever make my heart jump and give me everlasting...
Lack of Experience Fails to Faze Brumbies Skipper
THROUGH departures, injuries, illness and David Pocock's sabbatical, the Brumbies will enter the new season down 731 Super Rugby games of experience from last year. In an indication of the quality of those missing, 309 Test caps of experience have...
Mackay First in Building Tour
FOR the first time since it was established 135 years ago, the board of Master Builders Queensland has ventured out of the south-east corner to host a meeting in regional Queensland. With a plan to have three board meetings a year outside of Brisbane,...
Mackay Team Has Just the Fix; Service with a Smile and 'Can Do' Attitude
MACKAY'S Anthony and Renee Dettmann are ensuring that clients on the National Disability Insurance Scheme are given fast, reliable and prompt service of their medical equipment and aids under the new funding management scheme, which has been rolled...
Mine Reopening to Generate 600 Jobs
Byline: Emily Smith emily.smith@dailymercury.com.au NEXT month 600 jobs are expected to hit the Bowen Basin once again as the state's oldest open cut coal mine re-opens. On Monday the State Government gave formal indicative approval for the transfer...
Mixed Pairs Teams Line Up; Townsville Teams Win Big at under the Shed Carnival
TWENTY-EIGHT teams will contest the Mackay District Mixed Pairs championship this weekend at North Mackay Bowls Club and Souths Suburban. Last year's winners, Mackay Club's Robyn Devereaux and Noel "Hookey" Wilson, will start at Souths Suburban...
NDIS Is Now Available for Residents of the Region
WITH the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) now available to people with a disability across Mackay, local residents are being urged to get NDIS Ready. The NDIS is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families...
Plan a Long Time Coming; Personalised Supportis a Reality
CQ Community and In Home Care is now registered to provide supports for NDIS participants. The organisation praised the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and said it had improved the way in which they could offer their services....
Questions on Planning Answered; Guide Can Help Develop Your First NDIS Plan
AS YOU prepare to enter the NDIS you may have some questions about planning. Once you've gained access to the NDIS you will develop your first plan. Your first plan is your entry point to the NDIS and the start of your relationship with the scheme....
Racing the Distance; Mackay Athletes Finish First 70.3 Ironman on Podium
Byline: Madolyn Peters madolyn.peters@dailymercury.com.au RESULTS Jo Mclaughlan - 2nd (45-49) Dee McMurtrie - 3rd (40-44) Kate Vella - 3rd (35-39) TRIATHLON: After winning her first triathlon three years ago, Dee McMurtrie swore she...
Scheme Aims to Back Families and Carers; Their Love Cannot Be Replaced by Formal Services or Paid Support Workers
THE National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) recognises that families and carers play an irreplaceable role in the lives of their family members with disability. It's a fact that families and carers give love, care and support to their family...
'Simple' Matters Are Often Far from It
NOTHING strikes fear into the heart of a lawyer (my lawyer's heart, anyway) like when someone announces at the start of a matter that something like "this is a really simple deal". I remember one client I once had who was negotiating a transaction...
Stormy Weather; Few Places in This Vast Continent of Ours Are Untouched by Floods with Either Localised Flooding or Widespread Inundation Being Experienced at Some Time or Another
Facts about floods FLOODING occurs when water covers land that is not usually submerged. This is caused by prolonged or very heavy rainfall, severe storms, tropical cyclones, monsoonal (wet season) rains in the tropics, snow-melt or dam failure....
Tahs Hoping Recruitment Policy Pays Off
WITH the gamble to sign troubled former All Black Zac Guildford failing to pay dividends last year, Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has undertaken a philosophical change in recruiting to build a squad he believes can deliver a second premiership. Gibson...
Walkerston's Historic Hotel and Shopping Centre Listed for Sale; Interstate Parties Expected to Show Interest
Byline: Shakira Sellen shakira.sellen@dailymercury.com.au TWO major commercial properties in Walkerston are on the market. Country pub The Duke of Edinburgh Hotel is for sale, as well as the Walkerston Shopping Centre. Expressions of interest...
Who Do You Want to See? Coach Gives Insight into Origin Selection
Byline: Madolyn Peters madolyn.peters@dailymercury.com.au Fan Day What: Queensland Maroons Fan Day When: June 14 Where: Mackay Tell us: Are you keen for the day? E: news@daily mercury.com.au RUGBY LEAGUE: With the Queensland Maroons...
Work Will Start Trickling Down; Big Industry Projects on, as Well as Commercial Fit-Outs
Byline: Campbell Gellie campbell.gellie@dailymercury.com.au BEFORE a sod is turned, contracts signed and workforces aligned plans must be made and Mackay's plans are getting busier. After the worst year of business since 1995 for Whitsunday Design...
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