Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)


Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)


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December 1: $9billion coal plan announced for Abbot Point terminal. Touted as a jobs bonanza.

December 2: Two drivers caught drag-racing over the Ron Camm bridge a police said one driver was clocked at 145kmh.

December 3: Mum and two children killed in a rollover. It was the second triple fatality on the region's roads in as many weeks.

December 5: A widower launches legal action after his wife of 17 years died soon after a visit to Mackay Base Hospital.

December 6: City heart traders have mixed feelings about staying put or relocating to Caneland Central shopping centre.

December 7: Sportsman accused of raping a child. Government announces overhaul of the apprenticeship training system.

December 8: Greg Luehmann brings Paget to a standstill after threatening to blow up an industrial building with a gas cylinder. Police negotiate with him for six hours before his arrest.

December 9: Policeman stood down after crashing a police vehicle into a light pole near Bucasia. The officer blew 0.110 when breathalysed.

December 10: Grocery giants offer fuel docket savings of up to 10c a litre. More people opting for inner city living in Mackay.

December 12: CQUniverstiy gets a $29m injection of federal funds. Home owners warned to lock up after a home invasion at a Prospect St residence.

December 13: Motorists are taking a 50/50 guess when it comes to suburban speed limits of 50kmh. Terry Hayes pens his final column after 53 years with Daily Mercury.

December 14: Wild thunderstorms wreak havoc from Walkerston to the Whitsundays. A Mackay bouncer speaks out about late night violence.

December 15: Mayor Col Meng announces he will not recontest his position. Mackay court is told alarming details of a $20m drug operation.

December 16: Deidre Comerford is first candidate to nominate for mayor after Col Meng decides to retire. Mackay sewerage system is found to be under extreme pressure.

December 17: Mackay Regional Council announces voters will decide the next council via postal votes. Foreign workers take the heat out of skills shortage.

December 19: A $20m shopping precinct development is announced, to be built on Bridge Rd. …

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