Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

March

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

March

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March 2: Two young tourists are dead and a truck driver is injured after a collision on the Bruce Hwy, just north of the Marian-Hampden turn-off. Hours earlier a 54-yr old man Seaforth was involved in a in a single vehicle rollover on Yakapari-Seaforth Rd.

March 3: Nicholas Voorwinden, 30 and Kiera Jeanette McKay, 27, plead guilty to the manslaughter of Timothy Pullen in the Supreme Court in Mackay. Both were sentenced to 5 years jail. Mr Pullen's body has not been found.

March 4: 3240 people in the city are said to be having affairs according to research done by online dating website Ashley Madison. It also says as extra-marital affairs go, we're pretty tame here.

March 5: Dysart man Benjamin Francis Graeme Oakey vows to fight the charge of murder over Timothy Pullen's death. Stephen Dale Renwick, who was initially charged with accessory after the fact to murder, is now charged with murder. Timothy's family and friends wonder if they will ever find his body as police call for information regarding its location.

March 6: Political heavyweights Labor's Tim Mulherin and LNP's Ted Malone come together to chat about what it's like to be an MP.

March 7 & 8: Marilyn Wallman's loved ones farewell the happy-go-lucky teenager, who disappeared 42 years earlier. Police are continuing their investigation to find the person responsible.

March 9: Mackay residents cool off at the Bluewater Lagoon in their hundreds as hot summer temperatures continue throughout March. BOM forecasts temperatures into the high 30s as cane farmers wish for rain.

March 10: Former Whitsunday Anglican student Clarise Sornachalam is honoured for her achievements in Year 12 by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Sandy Newman is recognised by the Queensland Resources Council for her contribution to the mining sector with an Exceptional Young Woman in Queensland Resources Award.

March 11: Australian Federal Police, customs officers, and plainclothes detectives conduct waterfront checks on trucks, other vehicles and drivers identification at Mackay Harbour.

March 12: Plans to dump dredge spoil from the expansion of the Port of Abbot Point, on the Great Barrier Reef are given the green light as Adani, GVK and state government agreements clears a major hurdle for development.

March 13: Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen and the region's mayors host an invite only cocktail party at Parliament House to showcase regional produce such as mangoes, beef, honey and prawns.

March 14 & 15: The Daily Mercury launches its Terror at Home campaign to bring domestic and family violence into the light.

March 16: Mackay is luckier than most regional areas in its bid to entice medical professionals here. But while we have more GPs to meet patient demand, we lack specialist services. …

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