Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)


Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)


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March 1: Research shows risk of death within five years is high for Mackay women with breast cancer and men battling all cancers.

March 2: Hundreds of households across the region couldn't meet the cost of their power bills last year and fears grow as carbon tax is expected to push electricity prices higher.

March 3: A driver is to stand trial over the death of motorcyclist Brian Russel Gibson at Paget.

March 4: Mates use a piece of garden hose to save the life of a Marlborough man who was trapped underwater for five minutes in a flooded river.

March 5: Heavy rain and high volumes of traffic are why potholes will always be an issue in Mackay, Regional Council's director of engineering services Stuart Holley says.

March 7: A new study says Mackay has to double its number of hotel rooms as business travellers bypass the city for Rockhampton and Townsville.

March 8: Miners are treated for gas exposure after blast sends 24 Peak Downs and Saraji mine workers to hospital.

March 9: Police investigate after a man is found dead about 30m from his vehicle after it rolled near Burton Mine.

March 10: Tears flow for the father of five, Lance Talbot, who died in a vehicle crash on the Suttor-Developer Rd.

March 11: Man who posed as nurse to rape pregnant teenager pleads guilty in the District Court in Mackay to six charges of rape.

March 12: A magnitude 8.9 earthquake triggers a 10m tsunami causing massive loss of life in Japan.

March 14: About 6000 motorists choose to avoid the Forgan Smith Bridge reconstruction project while it undergoes its $148million reconstruction, which began in mid-2008.

March 15: A passer-by saves mum and her two kids that were swept off the Peak Downs Hwy into a raging torrential stream 46km west of Mackay.

March 16: Anglo American is under pressure to improve its operations following a string of incidents, including a rush of a 1m wall of water through Grasstree Mine.

March 17: A 72-year-old man from Freshwater Point is rushed to the Mackay Base Hospital after he was stabbed several times in the chest. …

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