5 things you need to know this weekend: Gladstone, May 7-8

One. Scotty McCarthy has taken his 35 years of hospitality experience to the Queens Hotel. Scotty closed his restaurant that was in Goondoon St for 15 years in January. He said at the time business had been really tough and the money wasn't around. Queens Hotel announced his move on Facebook and was excited to have Scotty and his experience on hand.

Scotty McCarthy has taken his 35 years of hospitality experience to the Queens Hotel. Scotty closed his restaurant that was in Goondoon St for 15 years in January.
Scotty McCarthy has taken his 35 years of hospitality experience to the Queens Hotel. Scotty closed his restaurant that was in Goondoon St for 15 years in January. Queens Hotel

Two. Gladstone Ports Corporation exported 428,000mt of coal to China last month up another 13,000 from March and 280,000 more than February. Japan was still the biggest customer for the GPC coal taking 1,943,200mt. Alumina exports increase to 511,671mt which was up from 370,961mt the month before.

Coal shipment leaving Gladstone harbour.
Coal shipment leaving Gladstone harbour. Ebony Battersby

Three. Pick up your FREE newspaper at the Gladstone or Tannum Sands Coffee Club. For a limited time receive a bonus paper with your takeaway coffee! *While stocks last, valid for first 50 customers per store per day.

Mika Major - Coffee Club promotion. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
Mika Major - Coffee Club promotion. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA300416CCLUB

Four. The mooted Fisherman's Landing LNG Project is still on the cards after Gladstone LNG extended the site agreement to build a plant there. The company paid $320,000 to extend the agreement to March 31, 2017. An investment decision won't be made on the plant until binding agreements for gas suppliers and customers are made.

Five. If you're hitting the water and it's not Lake Awoonga you'll want to know the tides and here they are. There is a 4.08 high tide at 9.27 am and a 4.65m at 9.52pm. A 0.42m low at 3.26am and a 0.31m at 3.40pm. A 3.92m high tide tomorrow at 10.16am and a 4.58m at 10.40pm. A 0.46m low at 4.13am and a 0.72m at 5.08pm.



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