A look back at what was making the news in October 2010.
A look back at what was making the news in October 2010.

Flashback: What was making the front pages 10 years ago

THIS year has been a whirlwind of change as COVID-19 turns our world upside down.

And so for this week's flashback, we thought it was timely to look back in the archives at what was making the front page news 10 years ago - for nostalgia's sake.

First up on October 1, the Daily Mercury revealed design plans for the $405 million revamp of the Mackay Base Hospital.

The hospital was one of the first in Queensland to roll out private single rooms with other features including a renal dialysis area, oncology unit and patient lounges.

Mackay's battle against BMA's plans for a fly-in, fly-out workforce was one of the month's biggest stories with a petition making the front page on October 4.

Anglo American was at the time offering its employees a $50,000 cash incentive to buy a house in Moranbah, the Mercury reported.

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Closer to town, a plan was put forward to rename the Mackay Showgrounds in line with a $25m masterplan to demolish existing buildings and redevelop the grounds.

At Eungella, way before the proposed mountain bike trail, the area was earmarked for a $13.2m eco-resort.

The resort that never eventuated included 30 chalets and hotel rooms, a visitor interpretative centre, an indoor-outdoor restaurant seating 100, a retail area and escarpment walkway.

A plan that did eventuate was the redevelopment of the Ooralea Racecourse with an $18.3 million agreement between Racing Queensland Limited and Mackay Turf Club, as reported by the Mercury on October 14.

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And for something more peculiar, the x-ray machines at the Mackay Mater Hospital were used to help identify a fossil discovered at the Winton dig site, southwest of Townsville.

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Archaeologists hoped their discovery nicknamed 'chookasuarus' was a Pterosaur.


If you know of a good story from Mackay's history archives, please get in touch at heidi.petith@news.com.au