Thursday, January 22, 2015

QLD Severe Weather Warning: Heavy Rain & Damaging Winds


QLD Severe Weather Warning: Heavy Rain & Damaging Winds
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in the Central Coast and Whitsundays, Capricornia and parts of the Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Highlands and Coalfields and Wide Bay and Burnett Forecast Districts.

Issued at 9:47 am Thursday, 22 January 2015.

For Thursday.

At 9:40am areas of heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms were observed on weather radar over parts of the Capricornia and Northern Wide bay and Burnett coasts, and in parts of the Central Coast district. 56mm in the hour to 9:20am was recorded at Marion Weir Alert near Mackay. Locations which may be affected by heavy rain or damaging wind gusts in the next several hours include Gladstone, Mackay, Proserpine, Bowen, Bundaberg and Hamilton Island.

Synoptic situation

A major upper low pressure system will drift eastwards over the central interior today while the surface low/trough will remain relatively stationary.

Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals of 50-100mm are expected with isolated totals over 150mm possible.

Thunderstorms have been observed over parts of the Queensland coast and are forecast to become more widespread later today especially over inland parts, with locally heavy to very heavy falls of rain expected. Isolated 24 hour totals in excess of 200mm are possible with thunderstorms. Damaging wind gusts of around 110 km/h are also possible with thunderstorms.

Severe thunderstorms may affect other parts of Queensland during today. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued as necessary.

Locations which may be affected during today include Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Proserpine and Bowen.

A Flood Watch has been issued for central Queensland and coastal areas between Townsville and Bundaberg. Refer to that product for more information on possible river flooding.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

QLD Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds & Heavy Rain


QLD Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds & Heavy Rain
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in the
Central Coast and Whitsundays,
Central Highlands and Coalfields,
Capricornia and parts of the
Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast Districts.

Issued at 5:04 am Wednesday, 21 January 2015.

For Wednesday night and Thursday.

A major upper low pressure system over the interior of Queensland will deepen further during today and remain slow moving over the interior of the state on Thursday. A surface low pressure system will also remain slow moving over the west of the state. Thunderstorms and rain areas will develop during today over central Queensland and become more widespread during tonight and Thursday, with locally heavy to very heavy falls of rain expected. 24 hour totals in excess of 250mm are possible.

Damaging wind gusts of around 110 km/h are also expected with thunderstorms on Wednesday night and Thursday.

Severe thunderstorms will likely affect parts of central Queensland and the northern interior during today. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued as necessary - please refer to these warnings for more information on these conditions.

A Flood Watch has been issued for central Queensland and coastal areas between Townsville and Bundaberg. Refer to that product for more information on possible river flooding.

Locations which may be affected include Gladstone, Emerald, Rockhampton, Clermont, Mackay, Proserpine, Ayr, Bowen, Collinsville and Hamilton Island.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

QLD Flood Watch: Central Queensland and Coastal Areas Between Townsville and Bundaberg


QLD Flood Watch: Central Queensland and Coastal Areas Between Townsville and Bundaberg
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

INITIAL FLOOD WATCH FOR CENTRAL QUEENSLAND AND COASTAL AREAS BETWEEN TOWNSVILLE AND BUNDABERG

Issued at 4:20 pm EST on Tuesday 20 January 2015

Issue Number: 1

A trough over central Queensland with an embedded low is expected to deepen over the interior of the state during Wednesday, producing areas of heavy rainfall to the east of the trough from Wednesday through to Friday. The low should weaken and move off the Central Queensland coastline during Saturday.

Rain areas, showers and thunderstorms are expected with some heavy rainfall likely. Widespread daily rainfall totals of between 50 mm to 150 mm are expected, with locally heavier falls in excess of 200 mm possible with thunderstorms.

River level rises above the minor flood level are likely.

Heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding.

The Flood Watch area includes the following catchments: Black, Bohle, Ross, Haughton, Burdekin, Don, Proserpine, Pioneer, Fitzroy, Calliope, Boyne, Baffle, Kolan, Burnett, Condamine-Balonne, Warrego.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/ to view the current flood warnings for Queensland.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/brochures/flood_watch/ for further information about Flood Watch.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Current emergency information is available at www.disaster.qld.gov.au .

Weather Forecast:

For the latest weather forecasts see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts

Rainfall and River Conditions Map

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QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Large Hail, Heavy Rain, Damaging Winds


QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Large Hail, Heavy Rain, Damaging Winds
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the Central Coast and Whitsundays, Maranoa and Warrego and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.

Issued at 1:12 pm Tuesday, 20 January 2015.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Dalby, Bundaberg, Emerald, Rockhampton, Mackay, Kingaroy, Biloela, Blackwater, Yeppoon, Moranbah, Sarina and Carnarvon National Park.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Motorcyclist killed in Cannonvale

An 18-year-old Townsville man has died following a motorcycle crash at Cannonvale this morning.
Initial information indicates around 11.15am the man was riding the motorcycle on Palm Drive when he lost control of the vehicle, causing him to fall off the motorcycle and crash into a stationary trailer.
The man was transported to Proserpine Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
Forensic Crash Unit investigators from Bowen attended the scene and have commenced an investigation.
Source: Queensland Police

Saturday, December 13, 2014

QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Heavy Rain, Damaging Winds


QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Heavy Rain, Damaging Winds
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of the
Herbert and Lower Burdekin,
Central Coast and Whitsundays,
Central Highlands and Coalfields and
Capricornia Forecast Districts.

Issued at 11:54 pm Friday, 12 December 2014.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Herbert and Lower Burdekin and Central Coast and Whitsundays districts. Locations which may be affected include Proserpine, Bowen, Collinsville, Hamilton Island, Ayr and Alva Beach.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields and Capricornia districts. Locations which may be affected include Gladstone, Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Duaringa.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Stormy Outlook for parts of QLD, NSW, VIC & NT


Stormy Outlook for parts of QLD, NSW, VIC & NT
 

Recent and current model guidance is indicating the increasing likelihood (trend) we will see a prolonged outbreak of thunderstorms across a large area of eastern Australia. Likely areas include from the Top End (NT) through QLD & NSW into Victoria with the main focus being on QLD and eastern parts of NSW & Victoria.

Not every day will produce severe thunderstorms in one area, however the atmospheric conditions over this period will lead to an overall higher chance. Setups will vary day by day however some of these are likely to be severe with storms producing damaging to potentially destructive winds, large hail and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding.

Note: These individual daily setups can only be forecast with a higher degree of accuracy using a lead time of around 1 to 2 days. This is due to the incredibly high complexity of atmospheric setups and dynamics of severe thunderstorm outbreaks.

EWN will continue to monitor the potential upcoming severe thunderstorm outbreak and provide more information in our forecasts each morning.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bikini bandit robs video store in Cannonvale

Update: 9.30am

A man and woman have been charged following the robbery of a Cannonvale video store last night.
Just after 7pm a woman walked into the Paluma Road business and allegedly demanded cash from a female employee, whilst intimating that she was armed with a firearm.
It will be alleged the woman left the scene in a car being driven by a man.
No one was physically harmed during the robbery.
A 29-year-old woman has been charged with armed robbery.
A 35-year-old man has been charged with armed robbery, possess thing used in the commission of a crime, unlicensed driving, driving over general alcohol limit, possess dangerous drug and possess utensil.
The man and woman, both from Dingo Beach are scheduled to appear in the Proserpine Magistrates Court Monday December 1.

Source: Queensland Police


Original Story

A woman wearing a grey t-shirt and fluro pink bikini bottom robbed a Cannonvale video store this evening.

Just after 7pm the woman walked into the Paluma Road business and demanded cash from a female employee, whilst intimating that she was armed with a firearm.

The woman fled on foot with a sum of cash and was last seen walking in the direction of Shute Harbour Drive.

She is described as aged between 25 to 40, approximately 178cms tall with a proportionate build, fair complexion and short blonde hair, and was not wearing shoes.


No one was physically harmed during the robbery and police investigations are continuing.

Source: Queensland Police

Thursday, November 27, 2014

$300 million Chinatown development for Airlie Beach

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to progress the tender application from Whitsunday
Chinatown Investment Pty Ltd for the sale of vacant land at 45-71 Waterson Way, Airlie Beach for
the sum of $2.5 million to build a $300 million Chinatown development in Airlie Beach.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said this is a very exciting time for the Whitsunday region with the Chinatown
development bringing hundreds of millions of dollars of investment and thousands of jobs into our
region.

“Successful tender project managers WSG Whitsunday Surveys’ proposal is for a tourism-based
mixed-use development that combines a landmark hotel, short-term accommodation along with up
to 100 shops and restaurants,” she said.

“The design consists of a central open-air pedestrian mall, with ground floor retail and
entertainment venues, fronting an events plaza adjacent to Airlie Creek boardwalk.

“The development aims to introduce to Airlie Beach a diverse commercial, retail and entertainment
precinct that will attract tourists in its own right, complementing the existing main street offerings,
without directly competing with established businesses.

“This project is the largest tourism development to occur in regional Queensland in the last ten
years and will create thousands of jobs, not just in the design and construction phase but also in
the new precinct when it is complete.

“It is estimated that once complete the precinct has the potential to attract millions of international
and domestic tourists that will contribute millions of dollars to the local tourism industry.
“This project has been realised through the relationship Whitsunday Regional Council has
established with the China Australia Entrepreneurs Association Incorporated (CAEAI), which
included last years’ trade mission by the Mayor and CEO to China,” she said.

Whitsunday Regional Council opened the tender for the 2.1 hectare prime parcel of land located
on Waterson Way in August, which was promoted through the ‘Building a Better Whitsunday’
campaign and received a large number of inquiries.

The Whitsunday Chinatown Investment Pty Ltd offered the $2.5 million purchase price along with a
significant development proposal which met all the assessment criteria, with McCullough
Robertson and Knight Frank as part of the assessment panel.

As part of the contract once the development is approved and the developer signs the
development lease, the developer has a maximum of 3 years to construct the development.
Substantial works must be undertaken by March 2016.

The Chinatown development is the first step in the CAEAI’s proposed broader $5 billion investment
in the Whitsunday region which includes a Buddhist temple, integrated resort development and the
upgrading of the Whitsunday Coast Airport to international standard.

Monday, November 3, 2014

QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Damaging Winds


QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Damaging Winds
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in the
Central Coast and Whitsundays and parts of the
Central Highlands and Coalfields and
Capricornia Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:39 pm Monday, 3 November 2014.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Mackay, Proserpine, Collinsville, Hamilton Island, Marlborough, St Lawrence, Sarina, Nebo and Eungella.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Stats: International Visitors in the Whitsundays - June 2014

There has been a small rise in international visitors to the Whitsundays for the year ending June according to the latest Tourism Research Australia report.
However, the Whitsundays has dropped from 14th in 2013 to 18th most popular destination in Australia for international visitors.



International Visitors to Australia - Top 20 Destinations
Year Ending June 2014







Visitors ('000) b % of Visitors Visitor Nights ('000) % of Visitor Nights c Regional Expenditure ($m) % of Regional Expenditure c Average Regional Expenditure per visitor Average Regional expenditure per visitor per night Average expenditure
per visitor
per night (Commercial Accomm)















Region




























1 Sydney



2 912 47.4 62 442 28.9 6 178 31.3 2 122 99 124
2 Melbourne



1 942 31.6 41 474 19.2 4 517 22.9 2 326 109 133
3 Experience Perth



749 12.2 21 088 9.8 1 895 9.6 2 529 90 109
4 Brisbane



967 15.7 20 106 9.3 1 515 7.7 1 566 75 88
5 Gold Coast



810 13.2 8 563 4.0 969 4.9 1 196 113 143
6 Adelaide



352 5.7 7 820 3.6 611 3.1 1 736 78 99
7 Tropical North Queensland



689 11.2 6 175 2.9 844 4.3 1 225 137 155
8 Canberra



181 2.9 4 202 1.9 353 1.8 1 953 84 96
9 North Coast NSW



266 4.3 2 926 1.4 156 0.8 588 53 62
10 Sunshine Coast



231 3.8 2 687 1.2 215 1.1 931 80 102
11 Darwin



126 2.1 2 644 1.2 146 0.7 1 156 55 63
12 Hunter



143 2.3 2 636 1.2 167 0.8 1 166 63 84
13 Australia's North West



68 1.1 2 314 1.1 108 0.5 1 585 47 59
14 South Coast



111 1.8 2 084 1.0 143 0.7 1 295 69 90
15 Australia's South West



127 2.1 1 743 0.8 140 0.7 1 099 80 103
16 Darling Downs



48 0.8 1 595 0.7 61 0.3 1 264 38 51
17 Hobart and the South



137 2.2 1 588 0.7 131 0.7 951 82 99
18 Whitsundays



189 3.1 1 342 0.6 127 0.6 674 95 109
19 Central Queensland



101 1.6 1 296 0.6 45 0.2 450 35 42
20 Northern



96 1.6 1 213 0.6 78 0.4 809 64 75
















Other regions



1 241 20.2 20 064 9.3 1 335 6.8 1 075 67 94

Total



6 147 100.0 216 001 100.0 19 733 100.0 3 210 91 115




Comparison between Years ending June 2014 and June 2013







Visitors ('000) b
Visitor Nights ('000)
Regional Expenditure ($m)
Average Regional Expenditure per visitor Average Regional expenditure per visitor per night Average expenditure
per visitor
per night (Commercial Accomm)
2014 Whitsundays



189
1 342
127
674 95 109
2013 Whitsundays



181
1 289

122


672

95

99


Source: Tourism Research Australia -
Full Report for June 2014 here
Full Report for June 2013 here

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

So who's telling you what now?

Do you want the good news or bad news first?

Many, many locals are celebrating the likely decision by the developers of Abbot Point, to dispose of 3 million cubic metres of dredge spoil on land, rather than offshore.

However, tomorrow is a very, very sad day - it will be the last edition of the Whitsunday Coast Guardian Newspaper as an independent newspaper - next weeks edition will be presented by the new owners APN.

The Whitsunday Coast Guardian was one of the last independent (and family owned) regional newspapers in not just Queensland, but Australia. Tomorrows edition will also be the last for its Editor, Nat Bromhead.

So, we've lost an important, independent voice in the Whitsundays - what does it mean to you? Who are the real people/organizations/conglomerates feeding you the news in the Whitsundays (from next week)?

Whitsunday Coast Guardian APN
Whitsunday Times APN
Mackay Daily Mercury APN
Townsville Bulletin News Ltd
Courier Mail News Ltd

4MK - 4AA Grant Broadcasters
Zinc Grant Broadcasters
Kix Country Grant Broadcasters
Sea FM Southern Cros
Hot FM Southern Cross

TEN Southern Cross
WIN Gordon Family
Seven Seven West Media

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Unlawful wounding charge, Cannonvale

Police have charged a 60-year-old man following an incident at a residence in Cannonvale early this morning.
It will be alleged around 6.30am a man stuck a 33-year-old man with a blunt implement before wounding him with a knife.
The man was transported to Proserpine Hospital with head and facial injuries and cuts to his neck and arms.
The pair is known to each other.
A 60-year-old Cannonvale man has been charged with one count each of unlawful wounding and assault occasioning bodily harm.
He is due to appear in the Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Clandestine drug lab found in Airlie Beach #whitsundays

A man has been charged following the discovery of an alleged clandestine laboratory at an Airlie Beach unit.
Police executed a search warrant at the Lewis Street address today around 3.45pm where they allegedly discovered the lab.
A 43-year-old Airlie Beach man has been charged with two counts of possessing dangerous drugs and three counts of possessing drug paraphernalia.
He is scheduled to appear before the Mackay Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Investigations are continuing.

Source: Queensland Police

Monday, July 14, 2014

Police charge man following alleged stabbing of Airlie Beach Security Gurad

Police have charged a man following an incident that occurred in the early hours of this morning at Airlie Beach.
It will be alleged that a man has stabbed a security worker outside a nightclub on Shute Harbour Road around 2am.
The 27-year-old security worker was treated for his injuries which are considered to be non-life threatening.
The 30-year-old French national man is due to appear in the Proserpine Magistrates Court today.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Source: Queensland Police

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Bowen man assisting Police with Murder investigation

UPDATE Midday Saturday 28 June 2014
Via Olivia Reed, 7 News Mackay
Robert Trebeck has just been taken into the #Bowen watch house to be formally charged. @7LocalNewsMKY @7NewsBrisbane




11am Saturday 28 June 2014
A 33-year-old man  is currently assisting detectives in Bowen with their inquiries in relation to the death of 24-year-old Alexis Jeffery in Goondiwindi earlier this year.
The body of Ms Jeffery was found in the McIntyre River on March 16.
Police investigations are continuing and there is no further information available at this time.
Source: QLD Police
Supplement: Unofficial Reports say the man, Robert Trebeck, a pig hunter, will be charged with murder.