CANE growers can lose up to 30 per cent of their crops when rats move in - a significant problem, particularly when sugar prices are in the doldrums.
A CROOK who tried to hold-up a North Mackay corner store at knifepoint has been rammed off a getaway motorbike by a customer in his work ute.
A MACKAY greengrocer is urging the region to tuck into fresh strawberries as farmers across the country battle to recover from a sudden spate of fruit tampering
VOLUNTEER surf lifesavers kick off a new patrol season on Saturday as they return to keep Mackay region beach-goers protected until the end of April.
Johnathan Thurston will live out of a suitcase for a while yet as he embarks on a whirlwind tour across the country that includes Mackay.
MACKAY police are on the hunt for a man they believe may still be armed, after a shooting this morning.
A TOTAL of 73 community groups jumped on board to raise a massive $93,000 revolving around raffle for car donated by North Jacklin Mackay.
FIREFIGHTERS are back-burning to contain a blaze which has broken out in bushland at East Mackay.