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.
 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Stand-off in William St, Bowen

Police have declared an emergent situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act as officers continue to negotiate with a man at Bowen.
Police attended a William Street address around 8pm last night to talk to the man at which time he refused to allow them inside the unit and made threats.
Police cordons were established and police negotiators called to the scene.
The emergent declaration for William Street is boarded by Gordon, George, Herbert and Leichardt streets. An evacuation of a nearby unit has occurred and the man, aged in his 50s, is believed to be the sole occupant of his unit.
Investigations are continuing.

Source: Queensland Police

Sunday, April 13, 2014

QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Heavy Rain


QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Heavy Rain
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of the
Central Coast and Whitsundays Forecast District.

Issued at 1:31 pm Sunday, 13 April 2014.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Proserpine, Bowen and Hamilton Island.

Bowen recorded 54mm in the 30 minutes to 1:30pm and 103mm in the one hour to 1:30pm.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* 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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Saturday, April 12, 2014

QLD Tropical Cyclone Warning: Cape Tribulation to Proserpine


QLD Tropical Cyclone Warning: Cape Tribulation to Proserpine
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 50
Issued at 4:58 pm EST on Saturday 12 April 2014

A Cyclone WARNING continues for coastal areas from Cape Tribulation to
Proserpine.

At 5:00 pm EST Tropical Cyclone Ita, Category 1, was estimated to be
20 kilometres south southwest of Port Douglas and
45 kilometres west northwest of Cairns, and
moving south southeast at 11 kilometres per hour.

Tropical Cyclone Ita is forecast to move to the southeast during the next 24
hours, most likely close to or just offshore of the southern tropical and
central coast, and is now expected to maintain tropical cyclone intensity.

DAMAGING winds with gusts to 120 kilometres per hour are likely between Port
Douglas and Cairns this afternoon and evening, extending to Innisfail
overnight. GALES with wind gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may extend further
down the coast to Townsville during Sunday if the system moves offshore.

As the cyclone tracks near the coast, a storm tide is expected between Cape
Tribulation and Cairns. Large waves may produce minor flooding along the
foreshore. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding
should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be
prepared to help their neighbours.

Heavy rainfall, that may lead to flash flooding, is currently occurring about
the east tropical coast and ranges between about Port Douglas and Ayr, and
should extend south to about Yeppoon during Sunday. Isolated 24 hour totals in
excess of 300mm are likely.

Tropical Cyclone Ita should move further southeast into the Coral Sea and away
from the Queensland coast during Monday and Tuesday. Rainfall will decrease
about the North Tropical Coast during Sunday and Monday as the system moves
away.

People between Cape Tribulation and Proserpine, including Cairns and Townsville
should take precautions and listen to the next advice.
- Information is available from your local government
- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster
Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)
- For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) on
132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on
buildings or roof damage).

Details of Tropical Cyclone Ita at 5:00 pm EST:
.Centre located near...... 16.6 degrees South 145.4 degrees East
.Location accuracy........ within 35 kilometres
.Recent movement.......... towards the south southeast at 11 kilometres per hour
.Wind gusts near centre... 120 kilometres per hour
.Severity category........ 1
.Central pressure......... 990 hectoPascals

The next advice will be issued by 6:00 pm EST Saturday 12 April.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State
Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.

A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at:
http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone

Current Tropical Cyclones

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Police want to speak to this man seen in Cannonvale



Police believe the persons pictured in the image may be able to assist officers with investigation into a recent offence. The CCTV image could depict an offender or a witness of the offence.
Note: Do not approach anyone you believe is displayed in these images.

Report information about this person to Police

Report by Phone

Call Policelink and quote the reference number, 24hrs a day.
Phone:
131 444
Reference:
QP1400273091
If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 24hrs a day, or visit www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.