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★ Q&A WITH SANTA.........P3 ★ FAMILY FESTIVE FUN IN Santa has taken some happy snaps with Mackay residents this year. For more photos, see pages 6-9. PHOTO: EMILY WALKER

THE GARDENS....................P4 ★ CHRISTMAS RECIPE.....P4 ★ WHERE TO FIND THE BEST CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ..................................................P5 ★ SANTA RETURNS TO MORANBAH.........................P5 ★ SANTA PHOTOS.........P6-9 ★ YOUR SAY: MY ONE WISH FOR CHRISTMAS .............................................P10-11

Sam De Feudis: We were lucky to get Paris' Santa Paws photo done before she passed away last week.


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ALLTYPES OFFENCES 3 Connors Rd, Paget QLD 4740

We would like to wish all our clients a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

Closed from 23rd December 2017 an d reopening Monday 8th January 2018 Thank you to all those who supported us throughout 2017

Fax: 07 3041 6034

Dr David Lemmon BVSc Small Animal & Equine Practitioner

Email: Web:

Unit 1, 15 Carl St, Rural View •


PH: 4954 6258


Ph: 07 4952 2331

We will be closed for the public holidays of the festive season. (but available 24 hours for emergencies)


Friday, December 15, 2017

Q+A: SANTA’S CANDID CHAT A N E XC LU S I V E C H AT How are you going and how is Mrs Claus? It’s been very, very busy this year but we are going to get there all right and Mrs Claus sends her best as she always does. How are the reindeer going and do you have to feed Rudolph yourself? I do feed Rudolph. He’s a little bit shy since his nose problem but the elves look after the other reindeer and they’re going very well. They’re getting a bit older now of course but we may be getting some new ones but they’re all going very well. Do the elves make all the toys year round? Oh my goodness yes. We would never get through if they didn’t go all year ‘round, they’re very good and don’t want holidays. They love their work so much that we do go all year round. Do you get some holidays? Very few. I really think that coming down here and seeing all the girls and boys. That’s my holiday. It doesn’t feel like work to me. What’s the strangest present someone has asked for? Strange is probably not the right word but the most poignant question was, if I remember rightly, a little fellow came up and asked me if I could give him a mummy. I found out later that there was a problem in the family and he really wanted a mummy. I couldn’t promise him but I said that I would try.

the most poignant question was, if I remember rightly, a little fellow came up and asked me if I could give him a mummy

A VERY BUSY MAN: Santa stopped by for a chat with the Daily Mercury, finding time in his busy schedule.

You’re always wearing red. Do you sometimes wish that you could wear another colour? No, red is Santa’s colour and I’m happy with it. Mrs Claus likes red as well, so no we wouldn’t like to change at all. If you’re on the naughty list what’s the best way to get off it? Just be good to mother. Just be good to mother all the time, I come to Artspace down in Mackay and I always ask the children if they have been good and they always promise me they have. And when I get back Mrs Claus always asks me and she’s very happy when I tell her that the children were all good. There has been an ad on television

with yourself saying you bought a Jeep. Did you buy a Jeep? I did not buy a Jeep. What would I do with the reindeer? No it wouldn’t work, it would not work for me, end of story. Was it bit of an advertising ploy? I think it was, it certainly wasn’t me, I wasn’t there at all, it must have been someone else. Why do you live in the North Pole and not the south? Well we’ve always lived up there, the reindeer have always been there and I couldn’t take them away from their homes. When you think perhaps where you

AWAL Medical Centre

We wish to advise all that our workshop will be…


Book your appointment ONLINE today


Closing Thursday December 21st Re-opening Wednesday January 10th 2017. We look forward to being of service next year.

The Management and Staff at AWAL MEDICAL CENTRE would like to take this opportunity during the Holiday Season to express our sincere thanks. Merry Christmas!


That’s easy. We know, it’s out in the air. If the children don’t let me know when they write their letters it’s OK, I will I find out. The elves know, they’re around everywhere and no one will get lost. Do you have your own staff Christmas party? Oh yes with the elves, we have a lovely party. Not on Christmas Day of course, we’re too busy on Christmas Eve but a couple of days after Christmas when things settle down we have a lovely party. Who would get the most rowdy at the party? Probably Mrs Claus because she’s had a very big year.

Mike, Helen & Staff would like to wish all their clients a Very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year!

Providing Comprehensive Family Medical Care to you and your Family.

Holiday Trading Hours Closed 23 December - Reopen 27th December with regular Trading Hours Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm, Saturday 8.30am - 11.30am 22 CENTRAL STREET, SARINA PHONE 4956 1718 WWW.AWALMEDICAL.COM

live you may live there for a number of reasons. We’ve been there for so long we couldn’t possibly move, we couldn’t bring the elves and all the workshops. I would probably need a Jeep to move. At the end of the day, do you enjoy a beer or a scotch? I look forward to a nice cold XXXX when I get back home. What about eggnog? Oh yes sometimes, Mrs Claus and I share an eggnog. How do you know where someone is when they are away for Christmas?


Prospect St, Mackay

Phone 4957 3314

Sheetmetal Mackay


Friday, December 15, 2017

CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDENS F E ST I V E N I G H T AT B OTA N I C G A R D E N S A T R E AT FESTIVE melodies will be heard ringing from Meadowlands Amphitheatre when Christmas in the Gardens returns tonight. The free event attracted over 2500 people last year and is expected to be even more popular this year. Economic Development and Planning Committee deputy chair Cr Karen May said organisers were looking forward to holding the event at the amphitheatre for a second year. “The performers at last year’s Christmas in the Gardens made the most of a bigger stage and improved acoustics,” she said. “It’s a great location for these types of events because it has ample parking, modern toilet facilities and the space has been designed on a gradual incline so that everyone in the audience has a clear view of the stage. “Christmas in the Gardens will be sure to get families into the festive spirit with everyone’s

favourite Christmas songs. “Audiences will be excited to welcome back family-favourite Anette Worthington at this year’s event. “Also, taking to the stage will be students from Fame Talent School plus Libby Courtice and Stephen Donaldson joined by Queensland Ballet pianist Brett Sturdy.” Christmas in the Gardens will be held Friday night from 5.30pm to 8.30pm at the Meadowlands Amphitheatre. Entry to Meadowlands Amphitheatre is via Alexandra Street, off Lansdowne Road. Food stalls will be available or residents can bring their own snacks. Songbooks can be purchased at the event for a $1 donation and glow sticks and flameless candles will be also available for purchase. The Friends of the Gardens will be selling raffle tickets on the night.

Large crowds are again expected at this year’s Christmas in the Gardens event. PHOTO: MACKAY REGIONAL COUNCIL




2 small ripe mangoes, finely chopped 1 long red chilli, seeded, finely chopped 1 green onion, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon lime rind, finely grated 2 teaspoons lime juice 24 large green king prawns, peeled, deveined 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 24 small gem lettuce leaves

STEP 1 Place mango, chilli, onion, lime rind and juice in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. STEP 2 Place prawns, oil, garlic and paprika in a glass or ceramic bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat (see Notes). STEP 3 Heat a barbecue chargrill or hotplate on high. Barbecue prawns, turning, for 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly charred and cooked through. Transfer to a plate. STEP 4 Place a prawn on each lettuce leaf. Top with mango mixture. Transfer to a platter. Serve immediately.


MERRY MERRY chRistMas chRistMas aND a a aND

happY happY NEW YEaR YEaR NEW

Lynette Dupuy and Staff Wish all their customers a

Gift wrapping and last minute gift ideas for all ages Dupuy’s Amcal Pharmacy

12-14 Grandview Drive, Greenfields, North Mackay (07) 4942 3274 | Fax (07) 4942 5860 Open Everyday 8am-8pm

Ross Newton Motors ...would like to extend Season’s Greetings to all our customers and friends, and would like to thank everyone for their patronage & support throughout the year.

Ross Newton Motors 72 Gordon Street, Ph 4953-1455


Servicing and Maintenance on all makes of SEWERAGE TREATMENT PLANTS

Festive Trading Hours 24 to 29 December Closing at 7pm 25 December CLOSED All other days 8am to 8pm as normal.




to all our clients and friends Closed PubliC Holidays on Call for eMerGenCies PHONE 0423 527 774

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Friday, December 15, 2017


MACKAY LIGHTS UP EVERY year at Christmas time an enthusiastic and festive bunch of Mackay residents go all out, lighting up their houses and yards for Christmas. Some of the displays are amazing and we’ve started to compile a list of the best, based purely on your suggestions, so you can take a tour of town and see them all. You can pull up the interactive map online at or rip this out of the newspaper and take it with you on the drive! NORTH MACKAY: 17 Queen Street, 34 Forgan Street, 4 Malcolmson St SOUTH MACKAY: Kippen Street WEST MACKAY: Michener Court, O’Keefe Street, Paulette Street ANDERGROVE: 38 Bedford Road, Schnapper Court BEACONSFIELD: Begonia Court, Mansfield Drive, Lorne Court, Kirkconell Street, Broomdykes Drive, Ben Nevis Street BLACKS BEACH: 64 Donovan Street OORALEA: Galea Drive, 9 Argos St GLENELLA: Bradman Drive RURAL VIEW: 5 George Fordyce Street, 9

George Fordyce St, Sharp Street, 3 Abel Tasman Court MOUNT PLEASANT: Lachlan Street SARINA: Carlton Road – For the past 10 years, Sarina’s Lyn Birch has been bringing joy to the region with her outstanding display of Christmas lights. She has used over 100,000 lights to create ‘Santa’s Workshop’ at her Reindeer Farm, visited each Christmas by thousands of people. However, this will be her last. SLADE POINT: Blackwood Street, Slade Point Road BLACKS BEACH: 64 Donovan St — Have you or your neighbours got a lights display worth showing off? Let us know, email

SPIRIT: 89 Mansfield Drive Mackay, the 2015 winner of the Christmas Spirit Award. PHOTO: TONY MARTIN

SANTA RETURNS TO MORANBAH S A N TA C R I S I S AV E RT E D I N S M A L L T OW N DUE to a heavy outcry from Moranbah residents, Santa has taken up his chair in the Moranbah Fair for happy snaps with children this week. A spokeswoman from the centre said the Daily Mercury’s recent story about the festive troubles over a lack of the jolly red man “got the community working together to solve our Santa shortage”. “This is a fantastic result and demonstrates the power of the community,” she said. The spokeswoman said the outcome was largely due to the dedicated help from a shop employee, Robin Neyland. Mrs Neyland, as well as her husband, who is Santa’s dedicated helper, are volunteering

Season’s Greetings from

AJK Contracting!


Santa at the Moranbah Fair 2016 getting a happy snap with a furry friend. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

CLOSED from 12noon on 23rd Dec to 26th Dec.

much of their time to capture many smiles and keep the annual tradition alive. “After seeing all the Facebook stuff I decided to go ahead and do it,” she said. “For as long as I’m in Moranbah I’m happy to be doing this, so that the kids in Moranbah are able to have Santa photos.” All funds from photo sales are going towards the Moranbah Netball Association to refurbish courts and purchase iPads for scoring instead of paper score sheets, as well as to 4RFM Community Radio Station for a new antenna. “I just hope that it brings peace to the community,” Mrs Neyland said. Santa photos at Moranbah Fair will be available on Sunday December 17 from 9am-2pm and Tuesday December 19 from 9am-2pm. And Santa Paws is running on the two Sundays from 1-2pm so all the furry friends can join in.


Mackay’s unique new gift Boutique for everyone PLUS New Wedding Collection in Store Now!

OPEN Sat 30th Dec: 8am to 12noon. CLOSED Sun 31st Dec to Tues 2 Jan. OPEN Wed 3rd Jan to Sat 6th Jan: 8am to 2pm, Sun 7th Jan: 8am - 12noon. Normal trading on Mon 8th Jan.

Ph 4942 6363

• Earthworks • Plant Hire • Landscape Supplies • Concrete/Green Waste Recycling Talty Rd, Foulden Mackay |

Holiday Trading Hours Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 9am-12pm Closed 23rd Dec reopen 5th Jan

Shop D, Centro on Bedford Rd Andergrove Ph 0428 709 211


OPEN Wed 27th Dec - Fri 29th Dec: 8am to 2pm.


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Sarah Langford: My handsome son Noah and beautiful girl Charlotte. Mt P Santa was so playful and great with the kids.

Jhordii McDonnell: My handsome little boys first Christmas ! Jaxon and Santa reading a book together ! The sweetest thing.

marabisda Directors and Staff

of Piccaninny, Indigenous Family Wellbeing and Recognised Entity Services would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas. Office closed: 23 December 2017 to 3 January 2018. 6727311aa

Kirsty Swindells: My younger brother Dougie and I have a matching shirt tradition.

Samantha Louise: My daughter Delilah-Rose and her little brother Jensen, his first Christmas.

Merry ChristMas & a happy New year

Ray & the Staff at Jacksons Mower Centre would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We would like to advise our trading times have changed over the Christmas & New year break.

David, Jenny and the Staff at Curtin Engine Reconditioning would like to wish all of their customers A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - We will close Dec 22 and return on Jan 2

to all our Customers from Management & staff

Saturday 23rd December - CLOSED Sunday 24th December (Christmas Eve) - CLOSED Monday 25th December (Christmas Day) - CLOSED Tuesday 26th December (Boxing Day) - CLOSED RE-OPEN 27th, 28th & 29th December - 8am - 5pm Saturday 30th December - 8am - 12noon Sunday 31st December - CLOSED

Thank you for your business in 2017 and we look forward to your continued support in 2018.

15 Victoria Street, Mackay Phone 4957 5450

Phone: 4957 3330 12-20 Titanium Dr, Paget, Mackay


We will be back for normal trading from Tuesday 2nd January, 2018, Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm and Saturday, 8am – 12 noon.


Monday 1st January 2018 (New Year’s Day) - CLOSED


111 Archibald Street, Mackay • Phone 4952 1388 •

Maxine Rose: Slade loved giving Santa a high 5 this year. These guys do an amazing job!


Friday, December 15, 2017

Carmen-Leigh Spratt: My 6 month old twins Jaxon and Mason.

Renée Hunter: Tatum , Rhylen & Amity Crowley. Rhylen was not too keen on Santa. Linda Erezuma: Caeley, Carter, Matthew and Fred.


Merry Christmas M to all of our customers.

Thanks for supporting a Local Business. We are open throughout the holiday season!


Merry ChristMas and a happy new year QBCC: 045490


Our Office is clOsed frOm 22Nd december tO 8tH JaNuary

Come into Mackay City Pet Barn to see their great range of gifts for pets. Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our customers

We wish to advise we will be closed for Christmas from Noon Friday December 22 to re-open Monday January 8 2018


We do ALL types of MAintenAnce And coMMerciAL pLuMbing

24 Hr eMergency service


Specialising in:

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Phone us today!

15 Transport Ave, Paget, Mackay


PHONE 4952‑1222

Looking for a

4952 6688

Business to Business Customers call 4952 5238 (ice) call 4952 5276 (bottled water)


La Vonne Grace Palmer: Sensory Santa was fantastic this year.

We would also like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Emily Doran-Smith: Ella and Maisie. Ella was not enthused. Santa has the patience of a Saint......Nicholas.

49 Juliet Street, South Mackay 4957 3838 6727322aa


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Lou Jeffs: Lily and Cooper with our furbaby Ebony. Mt P Santa is a champ.

Mackay Family Medical Practice We wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from all the Doctors and Staff at Mackay Family Medical Practice.

“We Care

Closed 23rd -27th December & again from 30th - January 2nd.

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Corner of Bridge and Nebo Roads, Mackay • Phone: 4957 6999

Sarah McConville: Jett, Nate and Max McConville Santa was so patient and kind.


New patients welcome Same day appointments available Book online at Bulk Billing available for concession card holders and children under 16 with a Medicare card

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ANd BusiNEss

Emma Hayles: Mason, Indie and Taj! First Christmas as a family of five!

Beverley Palmer: This is my son Mike Palmer. Every year he gets his Santa pic taken.

Courtney Heath: Santa and Rylan playing with toy cars.

Rebecca Stook: The two older boys missed this years (all grown up). Our four youngest.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year We close 22nd Dec and ree-open on 2nd Jann

We aree one of Mackay’s leading electrical contracttors.

☎ 07 4942 1106



Mobile Accountant Business Mentor Registered Tax Agent

Wishing all our patients a


ChristMas & a happy

New Year

Michael P Curtin BBus FCPA

Specialising in hampers, gifts, clothing and homewares. Coffee Cart from 6.30am – 12noon | Tues – Sat.

Closed Friday 22nd December to Friday 12th January

5 Curtins Rd Mackay, PO Box 10233, Mount Pleasant Q 4740 6727308aa

Gemma 0418 739 315 | Sheree 0421 521 724 Shop 8, 73 Phillip Street, Mount Pleasant Plaza

Ph: 4959‑9558 Fax: 4959‑8709


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all.

Shop in style and comfort and receive a complimentary beverage upon arrival on Saturday’s from 10am

M P CURTIN & CO is a CPA Practice

From Luda & Dental Team

Dazzling Dental Surgery Will be closed from 23.12.17 and will reopen 8.01.18

Phone 4953 1577


Electrical Lic: 45986 Refrigeration Lic: ARCtick AU00115


Fax: 07 4942 6547 | Email: Address: 184-186 Glenella Road, Mackay Qld 4740


Friday, December 15, 2017

Shae Powell: My daughter Lily 2.5. She loves Santa this year even asked him for a few things. I Was so happy as she wasn’t so keen last year.


Fiona McBain: Riley and Natasha at the Christmas party at the showgrounds.

Madison Bradford: My son Kaden so wasn't sure on Santa this year but smiled anyways.

Ashleigh Christine Smith: My gorgeous twins Sophia and Harper and my youngest babe Dylan.

WITH APPRECIATION at the holidays Teresa

Thanks You Christmas trading hours On call by appointment between the 23rd December and the 3rd January.

All bookings please call for an appointment


and wishes you a joyous

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Dip Rem Accredited AAMT Member

Jessica Bowerman: Got the whole family on board Christmas shirts and all.

The OZ Mechanical family would like to wish all our Customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

THE MACKAY COLOURED CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LTD Take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

320 Slade Point Rd, Slade Point Ph: 4955 0004 6725408aa

60 Victoria Street, Mackay Phone 4957 3635


Closed 12 Noon december 22nd Re-opeN 9am January 3rd 2018

Mobile: 0409 819 453 Mackay GP Super Clinic 1-3 Old Eimeo Rd, Rural View

Sheetmetal Works Wish all our Valued Clients a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. Closed Wednesday, 20th December at 4.00 pm. Re-opening Tuesday, 9th January at 7.30am. Phone 4951 2937 A/h 0421 992 937 Fax: 4957 3119


• Instant Calm • Registered AAMT Member • Health Fund Rebates Available


Friday, December 15, 2017



A safe all tide access to the Northern Whitsundays — Warren Hardy

Probably some car parts. I have a 1998 Toyota Supre. I need a new turbo because I blew my turbo last weekend. They cost $5000-$10,000 — Jessi Kennedy

Good health. It goes with everything. You can't have happiness if you don't have good health — Verneice Grygoruk

Peace on earth, because we need it — Michelle Geros

A box of chocolates or if the kids don't have any money just pinch some flowers, a bottle of wine... whatever it is just the thought. I am a mother of four so I don't get too much. But a box of chocolates and flowers would make it feel like Mother's Day again — Maria Benedito

A better ticker, I did have some problems but it is getting right now. There is nothing really I need, I've got everything I need. I have already bought my daughter’s present — Geoff Jolly

A million dollars and peace throughout the world. I would probably give a lot to charity and nearly the rest of it to family. — Annette Lowe

I'm getting married in August and I’d love my wedding to be paid for and it would be great to have all the family there — Brooke Brunker

Probably a holiday. I haven't had one for a while — Jacob Atkinson

Need your Fur Baby’s looked after? Your pets can holiday at

Homebush Boarding Kennels & Cattery

Just 15 mins south of Mackay, Individual attention for your pets, Spacious kennels & dog runs, Current vaccination certificates required, Premium food provided Dogs are walked twice daily

To all our Customers, because of You, every year at

Homebush Boarding Kennels & Cattery

Merry Christmas

to you and thank you for your support. 864 Homebush Rd Mackay

Phone 4959 7225 • Mobile 0400 595 252


is a fantastic place to work.


Friday, December 15, 2017

I don't need anything for Christmas, I've got everything I need in life — Dorothy Lowry

I'm an easy bloke, I don't really need anything as long as I'm with my family — Geoffrey Hanson

A day off and a six pack of beer — Adrian Pershouse

For everyone to drive safely on the roads — Rachel Bettinelli

I would really like an iPhone. I do have a phone but it’s too big — Alyssa Warnes

I don’t really have a list but I’d love to be able to spend time with my family. When we do get together its a fun time — Courtney Olive

I’d love some time off and it would be great to relax with all the family — Gabe Giannangelo

I would really like to not have to work on Christmas Day — Gayle Clifford

Thanking our Gypsy Tribe for such wonderful support and words of encouragement during this year of change. We are wishing a Happy Christmas to all our fabulous customers and look forward to meeting some new faces in the New Year. Merry Xmas from Steph & Claire

I would just love to go on a nice cruise for Christmas — Paula Davies

I would really like some new Lego for Christmas — Liam Teschner

Friday, December 15 from 5:30pm meadowlands amphitheatre

mackay regional botanic gardens (off alexandra street)

PERFORMANCES start from 6pm featuring: Anette Worthington, Fame Talent School and Libby Courtice, Stephen Donaldson & Pianist Brett Sturdy

food stalls & free entry

Christmas Closures

Mackay Regional Council Client Service Centres will be closed from 2.30pm December 22 and reopen January 2, 2018

Open Tuesday – Friday 9:30am to 5pm | Saturday 10am to 2pm Closed from Christmas day and reopen Tuesday 9th January 6720386aa

Shop 11/45 Evans Avenue, North Mackay

For details on council facility closures visit,

Merry Christmas


The team at the Daily Mercury wishes you a safe and happy festive season. We’re looking forward to providing you with the best in local news in 2018.

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