The access road to Wesches swimming hole is at risk of closing.
The access road to Wesches swimming hole is at risk of closing.

From the Daily Mercury Editor’s Desk

GOOD afternoon Mackay,

I hope your week has been a good one despite the heat and humidity, but I guess that's just an Aussie summer in our great city.

Temperatures have dropped a little and there's some good news around the corner on the weather front, the Bureau of Meteorology tells us.

This weekend is all about Australia Day - everything that's great about our country, city and its citizens.

There's plenty of events on this weekend, perfect for the whole family and those keen to catch some tunes with the Hottest 100 countdown.

We've put together some handy lists for you to organise your weekend, so jump on in and start planning:

>> Jam-packed weekend full of exciting events

>> HOTTEST 100: Where to catch the countdown in Mackay

And on the theme of all things Aussie, we had some fun in the office this week trying the new lamington flavoured chips so you didn't have to.

If you're a fan of sweet foods with a salty twist then they might be for you, but the overwhelming verdict from the Daily Mercury team was no.

Lamington Chip Challenge: In the spirit of Australia Day, we put the new lamington flavoured chips to the test. The results might surprise you.
Lamington Chip Challenge: In the spirit of Australia Day, we put the new lamington flavoured chips to the test. The results might surprise you.

On the other side of all things Australia, Mackay police have issued a warning to anyone hitting the water this weekend to ensure their vehicles are left locked and secured.

Police have also issued a warning they'll be on the roads this long weekend, so heed their warnings and let's all enjoy ourselves without the trauma.

Last week I wrote about the tragic start to the year and I implore us all to just slow down.

We want to meet you in happy times and share with you the good times.

 

Mackay's Jacob Anderson at a Hockey Australia Team Photo day at Perth Hockey Stadium.
Mackay's Jacob Anderson at a Hockey Australia Team Photo day at Perth Hockey Stadium.

Today we have revealed Mackay's senior sportsperson of the year with Jacob Anderson taking out the top honour.

It was a bigger surprise to see several familiar faces from his school days in the running with him.

Anderson came in first in the Daily Mercury's Sportsperson of the Year poll, with 35 per cent of the total votes.

Make sure to check out the website tomorrow morning when we will announce Mackay's junior sportsperson of the year - as voted by you.

NESTING SEASON: A flatback turtle hatchling. Picture: Joley Whiting
NESTING SEASON: A flatback turtle hatchling. Picture: Joley Whiting

These photos of flatback turtle hatchlings by Joley Whiting are gorgeous but there's an important message behind our story which you can read here.

Another important message in your Daily Mercury was a warning about fake Uber drivers doing the rounds in Mackay.

You can catch up here.

And we will be following up the latest with the popular Wesches swimming hole saga after the access road was closed and a petition lodged with Mackay Regional Council.

This is just a glimpse of the news we've delivered this week, and it's all on our website at dailymercury.com.au

It pays to belong to those 'in the know' about what's going on - and never has it been more critical in a social media age where so much false information is being pumped out.

And I would encourage you to sign up to our newsletters to ensure you don't miss the latest in local news.

 

The house fire on Wallins Rd at Hampden, north of Mackay, was engulfed in flames
The house fire on Wallins Rd at Hampden, north of Mackay, was engulfed in flames

That's about it from me for this week. Once again I would like to thank you for your continued support of our business - the business of keeping you informed about what's happening in our great part of the state.

Have a great weekend and Happy Australia Day!

 

Until then,

Rae

 

P. S. Just a heads up - don't miss tomorrow's issue of the Daily Mercury where we exclusively reveal the bold plans of a project for future generations. Check it out online or in the paper and share your thoughts at news@dailymercury.com.au