RENT costs are on the rise in the Mackay region as vacancies hit their lowest levels in more than a decade.
THE CFMEU says Hail Creek mine workers remain in the dark about whose job will be cut and when in the wake of the announcement about 430 positions will go.
A MOUNT Pleasant man has avoided having a conviction recorded after he pleaded guilty to the assault of a man in the back of a maxi taxi.
FACING court from prison, a car thief from Mackay has copped an earful from a magistrate for his "gross dishonesty”.
THE sandy shores of Cape Hillsborough will play host to the 10th annual Blokart Regatta this weekend.
THE shedding of about 430 positions at Glencore's Hail Creek mine in the Bowen Basin should be offset by a glut of jobs up for grabs.
WORKERS remain in the dark about exactly who will be sacked and when, one mining operator has claimed.
A P-plate driver who slammed his car into a power pole while nearly three times the legal alcohol limit claimed he lost control when a dog dashed onto the road.
GLOBAL resources giant Glencore will sack hundreds of Hail Creek mine workers in what it has dubbed a "restructure” of its operations.
AN ISRAELI accused of striking a pedestrian with his car and killing him in the Whitsundays has been cautioned he may not get parole if convicted at trial.