Debbie on Track to Cross coast at Cat 4

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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued its latest update on Cyclone Debbie as she tracks towards the Queensland Coast with a ferocity. The Cyclone Warning Zone now has been extended. As well as stretching from Cardwell to St Lawrence and Townsville, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands, areas inland … [Read more...]

Cyclone Debbie Just Hours Away

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Tropical Cyclone Debbie is just hours from reaching the northern Queensland coast. It is predicted to hit the coast between Ayr and Cape Hillsborough, north of Mackay, before 10:00am tomorrow (Tuesday). Evacuation areas are being expanded across Whitsundays, with low-lying areas in Bowen, … [Read more...]

Bad Mouths? – Not Any More

Oral health therapists Janette Dimond and Lisa Rippon

Oral health education and prevention programs in the South West will be expanded in the coming months with the appointment of the region’s first two permanent public oral health therapists. One of the new therapists will be based in Charleville and the other in St George. South West … [Read more...]

Building our Regions delivering for SWQ


Minister for State Development Anthony Lynham, who officially opened the new airport terminal in Roma on Saturday, has committed the State to continued funding and investment in critical and community infrastructure projects in the South west. The Minister says more spending is needed to meet the … [Read more...]

Our Towns Under Threat

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Evacuations continue this morning across the Whitsundays, Burdekin and in some parts of Townsville as thousands move to higher ground ahead of the inundation expected from Tropical Cyclone Debbie across the next 48 hours. Debbie is expected to be a cat. 4 when she crosses the Coast tomorrow … [Read more...]