Here's what you need to know today: February 4

GOOD morning everyone. Here's what you need to know in Gladstone today.

WEATHER

Gladstone is in for a partly cloudy day with isolated showers and a top of 30 degrees. Winds will be from the south-east at 15 to 25km/h, turning easterly in the middle of the day.

Queensland's third cyclone in less than a week has come and gone. Ex-tropical cyclone Fletcher formed in the Gulf of Carpentaria and crossed the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast between Karumba and Gilbert River Mouth late on Monday.

It has been downgraded to a tropical low. Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is likely in the Gulf Country district, mainly near coastal parts over the next couple of days.

ROADS

Flood betterment works at Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Rd are underway and are expected to take about six weeks.

The road will be down to a single lane from 6am to 6pm weekdays during the works.

Beach access to Lilley's Beach via the Boyne Treatment Plant is closed and will remain so until the council can remove large amounts of debris from the area.

Bridge repairs to the Euleila Creek crossing on Hills Rd, Baffle Creek started on Monday and will limit vehicle usage to a 10-minute period on the hour, every hour.

The upgraded bridge is scheduled to reopen to traffic in seven weeks. More here.

WATER USAGE NOTICES

Water usage notices from Gladstone Regional Council will be sent out via Australia Post today. The notices will include a table showing average daily consumption, and tops on how to reduce water wastage.

WHAT'S ON:

Adults art classes will be held at the Gladstone Showgrounds from 9-11.45am. There will also be classes for children from 3.30-4.30pm.

Artists of all abilities are welcome to attend the classes. For more information phone Cath on 4973 6340.

Just Rock Gladstone will hold beginner 4-step rock 'n' roll classes weekly from today until March 18 at the Gladstone Bowls Club in Ferris St.

Arrive at 6.45pm for a 7pm start. Instruction is for 40 minutes at a cost of $5 per person.

To register, phone Irene on 0427 713 437 or 4976 9763.

A performing arts trade show with displays from 30 leading stage, audio and lighting companies is on at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre from 10am to 7pm. 

Delegates from performing arts centres in Queensland and the Northern Territory are also gathering.

Toadbusters is on from 7pm for those keen on keeping this threat to native wildlife under control. Phone Tracey Fenech  on 4972 4969 for the location.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

The search for missing Redbank woman Constance Cafarella is expected to be ramped up this morning with water and air searches to resume. More here.

A missing boy, who ran away from a Salvation Army children's home in Brisbane, fell into the hands of a pedophile ring and likely ended up at the bottom of Sydney Harbour, a royal commission has heard. More here.

Accused wife murderer Gerard Baden-Clay returned to court in Brisbane on Monday for legal argument ahead of his upcoming trial. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

One teenager remained in hospital on Monday night and another was being questioned by police following a schoolyard stabbing in southern New South Wales. More here.

The Liberal Party raked in more than $70 million in revenue last financial year, dwarfing the $54 million the Labor Party raised during the election year. More here.

Former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, and five Labor ministers, have been summoned to provide all documentation and be ready to appear before the Abbott government's batts insulation royal commission. More here.

WORLD NEWS

An armed student has entered a Moscow school and taken more than 20 teenagers hostage in an incident that also claimed the lives of a policeman and a teacher, security officials say. More here.

An Australian man has died after being found unconscious in a Bali restaurant, local police say. More here.

SPORT

A cricket match between Australia and South Africa in South Africa has been cancelled because of torrential rain. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1932 - The first Winter Olympics were held in the United States at Lake Placid, NY.
  • 1948 - Ceylon gained independence within the British Commonwealth. The country later became known as Sri Lanka.
  • 1976 - An earthquake in Guatemala and Honduras killed more than 22,000 people.
  • 2004 - Social networking site Facebook is founded.


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