On Thursday officers from the Whitsunday Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) closed Operation Mky Barksdale targeting drug and weapons in the area with officers arresting two people for multiple drug and weapon charges.
A 29-year-old Cannonvale woman was charged with six counts of breaching bail, two counts of possess dangerous drugs, produce dangerous drugs, trafficking and possess anything used in the commission of a crime.
A 36-year-old Cannonvale man was charged with three counts of possess dangerous drugs, possess anything used in the commission of a crime and supplying dangerous drugs.
Plain Clothes Senior Constable Thibault Lozach said it was a great result to take drugs and weapons off Whitsunday streets.
“Police continue to encourage community members to report any drug activity or weapon offences via Policelink or anonymously with Crime Stoppers,” Plain Clothes Senior Constable Lozach said.
Stinger nets at Boathaven Beach and Cannonvale Beach will remain until 2023 after Councillors voted 6-1 to extend the hire agreement at today’s ordinary Whitsunday Regional Council meeting in Bowen.
Council voted to execute a hire agreement with Uninet Enclosure Systems, as the sole provider for stinger nets within Australia, for the provision of a stinger net swimming enclosure at Boathaven Beach and Cannonvale Beach for the period of 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2023.
Community Consultation was undertaken by Council from May 18 to June 12 via an online survey and live question & answer session on Your Say Whitsunday.
A total of 66 people responded to the online survey and three people participated in the online question and answer session.
The survey responses revealed strong support for renewing the stinger net service at Cannonvale Beach and Boathaven Beach, with 85% of participants in complete support for renewal of the service.
At the beginning of each stinger season the nets are installed along the two beaches by anchors and machinery. When the season comes to an end in May, the nets are removed, repaired and serviced by Uninet before being installed again the following year.
Detectives from Whitsunday Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) and officers from Mackay Tactical Operations Team and Rockhampton Drug Squad last week closed a major investigation, seizing drugs, cash and weapons.
As a result of raids during Operation Mackay Broadus, police located and seized 75g of methylamphetamine, 38g of MDMA, a rifle and other property including computer equipment and fishing gear.
Six search warrants were executed last week which resulted in the arrest of a 24-year-old man allegedly linked to numerous property offences across Mackay, Whitsunday and Bowen divisions between February and June this year.
Police also located an allegedly stolen Toyota Prado and caravan as the man was taken into custody in Townsville.
He was charged with 51 offences which included multiple counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, stealing, fraud, possession of drugs and enter premises and commit indictable offence by break.
He is due to reappear in Townsville Magistrates Court on July 9.
A further five people have been charged with 66 offences.
The Bowen Aerodrome has been successful in its application for funding under the Australian Government’s $41.2 million Regional Airports Program.
In welcoming the announcment, Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the grant of $250,000 would allow for repairs to ensure continue safe operation of the aerodrome.
“This is welcome news as the Bowen aerodrome provides a vital link to other centres,” Mr Christensen said.
“The Bowen Aerodrome Project will receive $250,000 under the Morrison Liberal National Government’s Regional Airports Program for the resurfacing of the runway to meet CASA requirements, and to repair turning nodes and cracks.
“These are crucial repairs to ensure the continued safe operation of the aerodrome.
“I have been speaking with the Deputy Prime Minister regularly, advocating for this funding for the community and I welcome the announcment that the Bowen aerodrome will get the assistance it needs.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Regional Airports Program would assist the owners of regional airports to undertake essential works, promoting aviation safety and access for regional Australians.
“For our regional communities, the local airport is an essential link to the rest of Australia,” Mr McCormack said.
“The Government is investing in regional airports because we know this infrastructure is key to securing our regional aviation network now and into the post-COVID future.
A 26-year-old Ayr man has died after a single vehicle traffic crash in Collinsville overnight.
Preliminary investigations indicate around 9.50pm a Toyota Hilux utility has crashed into a tree on Garrick Street.
As a result of the crash the driver has sustained critical injuries.
He was transported to Townsville Hospital by air but was declared deceased upon arrival.
Forensic Crash Unit investigations continue.
The Queensland Police Service (QPS) will today resume static roadside breath and drug testing.
The multi-vehicle sites had previously been suspended to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to minimise health risks to QPS officers and the community.
These high visibility road safety initiatives will resume from 5pm today after careful consideration.
Road safety continues to be a significant priority for the QPS and motorists can expect be tested anytime, anywhere.
The community will see the static sites right across the State, back in place to ensure the safety of everyone on our road network.
Whitsunday Regional Council resolved this week to release an Expression of Interest for prospective tenants of the new $54.5million Shute Harbour marine facility.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said the marine facility provided a unique opportunity for Council to deliver a major infrastructure investment for the Whitsunday region.
“Once completed in mid-2021, Shute Harbour will be a world-class commercial facility that would reinvigorate the Whitsundays.”
“With restored modern marine facilities, pristine natural beauty, easy access to nearby marine services and an established tourism industry, the new Shute Harbour will be a game-changer for our region.
“Only minutes from Airlie Beach and the closest marine port to the Whitsunday islands, Shute Harbour is a unique opportunity to connect to the heart of the Whitsundays,” he said.
The completely restored terminal will feature a modern, two-story building with café and retail space on the ground floor.
Three finger pontoons are being built which will provide a range of berthing options, a baggage handling area and fuel facility.A new carpark area, recreational space, fishing jetty and public boat ramp will complete this exciting project.
The Expression of Interest is expected to be released in early July 2020 on Council’s tender website, LGTenderbox, and more information will be available soon.
For further information, please contact Whitsunday Regional Council
On May 28, a Bowen resident turned on their mobile phone to discover that it was not connected to any network and displaying SOS only.
The resident could not determine the cause for this.
The resident travelled to a local service station and after fuelling their vehicle, attempted to pay for the purchase.
It was then revealed that there were insufficient funds to pay for the purchase which could not be explained.
Enquiries were made with the financial institution which revealed that all three accounts that belonged to the resident had been emptied of funds.
Further enquiries made with the resident’s telco established that someone had gained access to their identification credentials and used them to transfer their account from one business to another.
Access to the telco account allowed the identity thief access to the resident’s financial accounts – they were quickly drained as a result.
This form of identity theft is referred to as mobile porting or sim swapping.
There are steps a mobile phone owner can take to protect themselves from this illegal activity.
To find out more information, visit the ID CARE website
As Coronavirus restrictions continue to ease around Australia, Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) have announced Airlie Beach Race Week Whitsundays Festival of Sailing.will go ahead in august.
To be held from 6-13 August, the annual event will be held on a smaller scale. “If borders open, we are targeting around 80 entries,” Adrian Bram said. “At this moment we have 51 entries, which is comparable to previous years.”
Suffering the ill-effects of cabin fever caused by the pandemic, not to mention the cold weather inflicted on those who live south and south-west of the Queensland border, owners are keen to break out and leave town for the beautiful Whitsundays.
Opening borders is in the hands of the individual state governments, but that hasn’t stopped interstate hopefuls from entering.
Should the borders remain closed, Bram says the event will nevertheless go ahead: “In that case, Airlie Beach Race Week will return to its roots,” he said, meaning it will be an all- Queensland regatta.
Onshore action at WSC will be limited to 100 people in one sitting at this stage, pending further advice from the Queensland government.
“Winning crews from each division will be invited back to the Club for the daily prize presentation. It will be live streamed so all competitors can share the glory from the comfort of their cockpits,” Bram says, reminding would-be entrants “Do not need to pay an entry fee until respective border openings are confirmed.”
Airlie Beach Race Week Race Director, Ross Chisholm, said that racing will be “Business as usual,” but with a possibility of a diminished fleet, some rearrangement of divisions may be necessary.
Alliance Airlines has announced flights into the Whitsunday Coast Airport. (Proserpine)
Alliance Airlines will be operating four direct flights weekly from Brisbane to Whitsunday Coast Airport, utilising 100 and 80 seat Fokker jets, with sale fares starting from $99 per person one way. Tickets are on sale now through www.allianceairlines.com.au.
The first flight is scheduled to touch down on the Whitsunday Coast Airport runway on 22nd June perfectly coinciding with June / July school holidays.
Whitsunday Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Craig Turner believes this partnership is the perfect solution to kick start flights to the tourism hotspot.
“The Whitsunday Coast Airport is committed to regaining flights to the region; we have been working tirelessly with Alliance Airlines on ensuring resumed direct flights from Brisbane are available in time for the June / July school holidays.
“Alliance Airlines launch fares will start at $99 one-way including taxes. All fares are inclusive of 20kg free checked baggage.
“In addition to the “now”, WCA and Council are committed to a long-term relationship with Alliance to boost future passenger numbers to the Whitsundays.”
“In addition to the first flight touching down prior to school holidays, Alliance Airlines are working towards their flight schedule reflecting the perfect timing for a weekend getaway! We are delighted to be working with Alliance Airlines and look forward to continuing this partnership,” he said.
A man has been arrested after another man sustained a gunshot wound in Collinsville early this morning. (Sat 30 May)
It will be alleged at 12.45am three men arrived at a home on Bowen Developmental Road where a verbal altercation occurred with a resident of that address.
The male resident then allegedly walked back inside and retrieved a firearm before shooting one of the three men in the stomach. The injured man was helped into a vehicle by his associates and transported to Collinsville Hospital.
The 29-year-old Collinsville man was airlifted to Townsville Hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.
Police were notified and attended the address on Bowen Developmental Road a short time later where a 26-year-old Collinsville man was taken into custody.
He is currently assisting police with inquiries.
From Monday June 29 the following local regional mastheads will become DIGITAL ONLY: Daily Mercury, Whitsunday Times, Whitsunday Coast Guardian and Bowen Independent.
In a statement the Executive Chairman of News Corp Australasia, Mr Michael Miller, announced significant changes to News Corp Australia’s publishing portfolio. He said the portfolio changes being implemented would mean that from Monday June 29 the bulk of News Corp’s regional and community titles would move to purely digital publishing.
Mr Miller said that over recent months News Corp had undertaken a comprehensive review of its regional and community newspapers. This review considered the ongoing consumer shift to reading and subscribing to news online