The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Articles from June 29, 2019

An Aussie World Cup? It's a No from Me
I LOVE the idea of the FIFA World Cup coming to Australia, but the latest plan to bid for it doesn't pass the pub test. We all know what the upsides of these massive events are - new stadiums, packed hotels and public transport that operates perfectly...
Angela's Heartbreaking Letter to Parents
"ONE of the most common things people have said to me about my beautiful boy Regan was that he appeared to have it all. Handsome, naturally gifted both academically and athletically, he just attracted people to him and was a natural leader. He also...
Blooming Challenge; Enjoy This Beautiful Cymbidium Orchid Which Will Flower Year after Year
Byline: GREEN THUMB WORDS: MAREE CURRAN It's hard to beat a cymbidium orchid in full bloom for a spectacular flowering potted plant. They flower for ages, and will flower again year after year, with a minimum of fuss. Each individual bloom can last...
Bragging Rights; 'The Game Everyone Is Talking About'
Byline: Callum Dick Callum.Dick@dailymercury.com.au Game Day AFL Mackay Round 12 - today 12.45pm - Eastern Swans v North Mackay Saints at Rogers Oval 2.45pm - Moranbah Bulldogs v Mackay Magpies at Stevenson Sports Park 3pm - Mackay City...
Breaking in Mustangs at the Dragway; Driver Sets World Record at Palmyra
Byline: Zizi Averill Zizi.Averill@dailymercury.com.au LAST weekend, 54-year-old David Sheehy became the fastest man alive. At least when he gets behind the wheel of his 2017 model S550 Mustang anyway. On Sunday, the Andergrove rev-head made...
City Still Scarred as Probe Begins; Family Ready for Answers
Byline: Janessa Ekert janessa.ekert@dailymercury.com.au THE murder of Shandee Blackburn struck at the very heart of the Mackay community leaving a deep scar on the city. She was a young, beautiful girl just walking home from work - but she never...
Cutters Captain Returns; the Lucky Local Club with Bambling on Their Books
Byline: Callum Dick Callum.Dick@dailymercury.com.au Game Day Rugby League Mackay Round 9 Tonight (7pm) - Magpies v Moranbah Miners at Sologinkin Oval COACH Steve Sheppard wanted to keep him out for another week, but Mackay Cutters skipper...
Dolphin Heads Tops 'Searches'
Byline: Rebecca David HUNGER isn't confined to people who are homeless or unemployed -- it is becoming a big concern for a growing number of everyday Australians. The latest figures from Ask Izzy -- a website developed by Infoxchange that connects...
Draws and Results
BOWLS Mackay City Competition, Saturday, June 29, 9am - Consistency Singles: A. Knight v D. Munro; Ash Knight v D. Field Markers P. Turchet & M. Cameron. Social bowls will be played on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Names in by noon for a 1pm start....
Entertaining Lions Regain Roar Appeal with Their Fans
THE GABBA Average attendances 2019: 23,256 2018: 17,377 2017: 16,455 2016: 17,074 2015: 18,810 2014: 19,743 2013: 21,083 AFL: The Brisbane Lions are counting on a raucous home crowd to again give them an edge in tomorrow's...
Exercise Is Your Friend; Ward off Health Problems in 30 Minutes a Day
EXERCISE is important at any age but as we get older exercise becomes even more important for our mental and physical health. Here's why. It reduces our risk of health problems Regular exercise is a good way to reduce our risk of a whole range...
Exhibition Space Open; A Community Hub to Bring Together Arts, Film, Visual and Music
Byline: Lucy Martin lucy.martin@dailymercury.com.au THERE IS a contemporary, new media exhibition space in Mackay and it's called Gallery 31. Located at the CQUniversity Mackay City Campus, it's the concept of artist and teacher, Glenda Hobdell....
Farah Points Finger after Being Eye-Gouged
RUGBY LEAGUE: Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah has urged the NRL to eradicate eye-gouging from the game, saying "there just isn't any excuse" for the ugly crime. Sporting a visible welt and scratch marks around his right eye yesterday, Farah was...
Find Meaning at Workplace; the Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us - and It Is Not Only about the Money
Byline: MIND YOU WORDS: ROWENA HARDY As you know if you read our articles regularly, our work takes us into a broad range of organisations of all sizes, and although artificial intelligence and robotics are approaching more quickly than some would...
How a Strong Advisory Team Will Propel City's Future Goals
THERE are many tough questions to answer and strategies to develop as the Mackay Waterfront PDA moves forward. In an effort to gain as much experience and knowledge on the development of liveable cities, Mackay Regional Council looks to the PDA's...
Hyaluronic Acid for Deep Relief
As we endure the cold days of winter, you're probably upping your skincare game in an attempt to keep your face from drying out to the point of no return. And while thick moisturisers have their place, hyaluronic acid, usually administered in serum...
Interior Design Reconnecting with Family Living; Technology Can Bring Us Together but It Can Also Keep Us Apart
Byline: Robyn Willis MANY of us know the feeling of being alone in a crowd. But this experience has increasingly spilt over into domestic life as more households become spaces where we are alone, together. Making better connections has been the...
Kim's Tour De Fours; One Little Idea Has Morphed into an International Best-Selling Title Aimed at Simplifying Life in the Kitchen
Byline: WORDS: SARAH DIONYSIUS Arriving home late from work one night, Kim McCosker was confronted with washing that needed to be done, a house that needed cleaning, kids needing help with homework and to top it off, a hungry family to feed. ...
Kiwis Bonding at Top of Leaderboard; Coulthard Enjoying His Battles with Teammate and Countryman
Byline: MATTHEW ELKERTON MOTORSPORT: It is a team bond 15 years in the making, and DJR Team Penske drivers Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard are taking it straight to the top of the Supercars Championship. The pair have been the perfect one-two...
LIFE AFTER A FASHION; THIS FASHION DOYENne HAS SEEN - AND HEARD - IT ALL AFTER ALMOST HALF A CENTURY IN THE RAG TRADE
Byline: REAL PEOPLE WORDS: CHRISTINE DEAVES I was born and bred in Newcastle where my mother was a seamstress. We were three girls and she made all our clothes - dressing properly and looking good was what we grew up with. We had to wear gloves...
Love Story Spans 50 Years; Courting at the Squash Leads to Decades of Joy
Byline: Lucy Martin lucy.martin@dailymercury.com.au IN 1968 at the Squash 52 courts a romance was sparked between two players. More than five decades on, Cecil (Cec) and Marion Brown's rally is still going. The Browns celebrated 50 years of marriage...
Mckim Aims to Enable a Better View of Disabilities
Byline: INSIDER WORDS: SEANNA CRONIN Australia still has a long way to go when it comes to diversity on our screens, says actor Bridie McKim. The Brisbane native, who has mild cerebral palsy, landed her first TV role last year during her final...
Meet the Mercury's Team; We Start with Our New Editor
Byline: Rae Wilson editor@dailymercury.com.au NEW editor might be a stretch after five months in the job. But there have been a number of team changes at the Daily Mercury just since I took the helm in January. Each Saturday on this page we...
Mixing and Matching Works; Australians' Winning Selection Formula at World Cup Being Driven by Analysis of Data
Byline: SAM LANDSBERGER IN LONDON CRICKET: The secret ingredient in Australia's crafty World Cup selections is the term taking over white-ball cricket - match-ups. In the past four matches, coach Justin Langer has swung eight changes, naming...
Mum's Mission to Prevent Tragedy; Grieving Mother's Plea
Byline: Janessa Ekert janessa.ekert@dailymercury.com.au A GRIEVING mother has made an impassioned plea to parents in a heartbreaking letter about her son Regan Grieve who took his own life on Australia Day in 2015. "I just think that it's important...
Next Big Thing Has Bloods in His Veins; Lions and Roos Dearly Wanted Son of Old Gun
Byline: TERRY MALLINDER AFL: You couldn't blame them for trying. Before committing to the club he had barracked for since childhood, both Brisbane and North Melbourne flagged their interest in Nick Blakey. His dad, John, had after all played...
Nothing but Threes through Holidays
HOOPING WITH HORSE Wade Rebetzke IT HAS been a little while since you have heard from me but plenty has been happening in basketball land and the next few weeks will be exciting for Mackay basketball juniors, seniors and QBL players. Our...
PET PROJECT; Janey Lowes Gave Up Her Life in the West to Care for Sick and Injured Street Dogs in Sri Lanka. and the British-Born Vet Has No Regrets, Having Found Her 'Place on the Planet'
Byline: WORDS: DIGBY HILDRETH Twiglet, Lucky, Woody, Dobbie and even Bum-hole Bart are lolloping about with dopey grins on their faces - as dogs do the world over when they're healthy, happy and well-loved. But these five are especially fortunate....
Plan to Bolster Rural Maternity
Byline: Angela Seng angela.seng@dailymercury.com.au RURAL maternity clinicians in bush hospitals will be allowed to spend time working in larger hospitals in an effort to bring more consistent and improved care to women choosing to give birth in...
Questions Asked over Response to Tragedy
QUESTIONS will be raised on Middlemount Coal's response to Wednesday's mine tragedy that claimed the life of a South Mackay man, after it was revealed he was trapped in an excavator for almost 12 hours. CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland president...
RED FLAGS BEFORE MINER'S DEATH Mine Workers Flagged Fears; Middlemount Coal Says Safety Is Its Highest Priority
CFMEU safety representatives were due to visit the Middlemount Mine the day after Wednesday's fatal high wall collapse over previous concerns mine workers had raised. The Daily Mercury has obtained a list of the safety concerns flagged with Middlemount...
Rugby League Mackay Round 9 Team Lists
MORANBAH A-Grade 1. Izzy Buchanan 2. Conner Malone 3. Ben Hibbard 4. Paoa Faamitta 5. Jacob King 6. Logan Spaander 7. Chris Law 8. Luke Dwyer 9. Cooper Bambling 10. Dylan Puke 11. Joshua Stevens 12. Rhett Wood...
Seibold Swaps Big Guns; Million-Dollar-Man Milford to Switch Positions with Skipper Boyd
Byline: Peter Badel and Chris Honnery RUGBY LEAGUE: Broncos legend Darren Lockyer has warned Anthony Milford to brace for an aerial assault in his shock switch from five-eighth to fullback for Brisbane's crucial clash against the Knights tonight...
Skilled Hands Still in Demand; Employers Are Finding It Difficult to Fill Vacancies in Certain Industries
NOW is a good time to be looking for work in the technology, mining, consulting, engineering, human resources and accounting industries. These six industries all recorded less competition between jobseekers between 2017 and 2018, with SEEK data...
Spinning a Bigger Web; Keenly Awaited Spider-Man Sequel Puts euroPe on Show
Byline: WORDS: IAN NATHAN Where Tom Holland's first solo outing as Spider-Man introduced us to the web-slinging icon in the familiar surroundings of New York City, the eagerly awaited sequel is set to be a worldwide event. "This is so much bigger,"...
Supreme Court Trial Was 'Circumstantial'
FOR two weeks Shandee Blackburn's family listened to the harrowing details as the case played out during a supreme court murder trial. And now they will have to do so again. Shandee's death on February 9, 2013 made national headlines across many...
Take the Plunge; Cool off in Style on Holiday in One of These Stunning Signature Swimming Pools
With the weather so cold and miserable heading into winter, do you find yourself dreaming of a sunny summer holiday by the pool? Whether you want to work on your tan and sip on a craft cocktail or just splash around with the kids, a fabulous pool is...
Teen's Wimbledon Dream Comes True
TENNIS: Alexei Popyrin is intent on wreaking havoc at Wimbledon next week after sweeping through qualifying into the main draw. The 19-year-old sealed his place with a 6-3 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (8-6) victory over American Bjorn Fratangelo to bolster...
Test Your General Knowledge
Byline: COMPILED BY: ROY O'REILLY 1. Which item is depicted on the Australian Army badge (a) crown (b) kangaroo (c) rifle? 2. Proverbially, the road to where is paved with good intentions? 3. Beginning with "g", what is the term for the thin...
The Incredible Lengths Two Girls Go to for Love of the Game
TWO Mackay footballers have gone the distance to earn the chance to represent the region. Bowen's Willow Gaffeny and Riley Borellini from Proserpine are no strangers to long car rides. Both young players travel 100km up to three times a week for...
The Kids Are All Right; Research Takes the Worry out of Parenting
Byline: Michael Burlace michael.burlace@coffscoastadvocate.com.au FOR decades we have heard that the nurture we give our children is key to their progress and success. But what if that nurture mattered little? Or we couldn't determine which aspects...
Ultimate Festival Guide; What to Expect at River Sessions
Byline: Rainee Shepperson Rainee.Shepperson@dailymercury.com.au MACKAY's biggest music festival is set to be a sell-out event, with just a handful of tickets left to buy. River Sessions, organised by Adrian Young and Michael Delaney, is back...
Waterfront Focus Boosts Our Appeal; Ocean Lifestyle for Locals and Visitors
Byline: Angela Seng angela.seng@dailymercury.com.au IMAGINE Mackay's southern beachfront transformed into a beachside destination on par with say, the Strand at Townsville. Picture visitors arriving at the airport and the first thing they see...
What Your Sleep Position Reveals about You
Your taste in music, preferred holiday destination or beverage of choice can say a lot about who you are as a person, but did you know your sleeping position can reveal some interesting things about your personality too? According to Lillian Glass,...
Why Teachers Are Striking; 'Stop Work' Is Planned on July 18
Byline: Angela Seng angela.seng@dailymercury.com.au BETWEEN 85-90 per cent of state school teachers across the Mackay region are preparing to strike on July18 if an agreement is not reached about their award before it expires on June 30. Queensland...
With These Rings. How Does Your Jewellery Stack Up? Add Some Individuality with Diverse and Delicate Pieces
Byline: WORDS: AMBER MACPHERSON If your jewellery game needs some work, it's time to stack it, mix and match it. Layered jewellery is currently coveted in the accessory world for its bohemian luxe appeal, with pieces selected to look like they've...
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