Family and friends of paramedic Craig McColluch, who was killed in a traffic incident on January 28, paid tribute to him during a public funeral in Mackay on Thursday.
Family and friends of paramedic Craig McColluch, who was killed in a traffic incident on January 28, paid tribute to him during a public funeral in Mackay on Thursday. Emma Murray

From the Daily Mercury editor's desk

Good evening valued subscriber.

The decision to shut down Nine News' Mackay bulletin  would not have been an easy one to make.

Trust is built over time and it's not easily won.

Stationing journalists in regional areas is crucial for media companies to maintain strong relationships with communities right across the country - both for revenue and credibility.

While the Daily Mercury, Channel 7 and ABC will continue to serve the Mackay community, it is a sad day whenever there are fewer voices to provide analysis on the varying perspectives of each day's news.

Journalists work hard to bring you the facts, challenge ideas and campaign for change.

They work long hours, often at odd hours of the day, to keep our communities informed.

The Nine decision is not a reflection on the efforts of the Mackay newsroom over the past two years.

It was, unfortunately, a cost-saving measure.

Our journalists too work hard to bring you the latest news each week.

Today we have revealed our best schools based on new OP data and how they compare to the rest of the state.

And we have sadly learned of the tragic death of six-year-old boy while riding our scooter.

Darrell and Katrina with daughter Armani Kay at home. Picture: Daryl Wright
Darrell and Katrina with daughter Armani Kay at home. Picture: Daryl Wright

This week we continue the back our subbies campaign and brought you latest on the Jason Costigan allegations with an extraordinary move from the Whitsunday council.

And we celebrated the life of the Mackay paramedic who died on the way to an emergency.

We told you about a new 24/7 café that had everyone talking on Facebook and how cow technology is helping with mine rehabilitation.

Rex Stroppiana has sold his Mackay sugar farm to Graeme Blackburn.
Rex Stroppiana has sold his Mackay sugar farm to Graeme Blackburn. Contributed

And we took a look at everything going on in our sugar industry right now and gave you the opportunity to help police with their Mackay most wanted list.

We also indulged in some fun with our own #10yearchallenge with some of our notable people and our sports guys.

Let us know if you think we missed anyone who should have made the list

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