Here's what you need to know today: April 16

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


The region can expect a partly cloudy day with isolated showers from the late morning, more likely inland.

There will be Isolated thunderstorms in the far south-west during this afternoon and evening. Winds will be east north-easterly at 15 to 20km/h, tending south-east to south-westerly in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening. 

We're heading for a top of 27 degrees after a low of 19.

Tides: High 3.88m at 9.43am and 4.23m at 10.05pm; low 0.75m at 3.45am and 0.66m at 3.47pm.

Click here for more local weather information.


Fisher St, Gladstone will be closed to non-local traffic between Tank and Fowler Sts, from 7am to 3pm today. The closure is because of powerline maintenance.

Blackgate Road in Wooderson is closed.

The Burnett Highway is closed to all traffic between Bouldercombe and Mount Morgan due to a rock slide on the Mount Morgan range. Take an alternate route to Mt Morgan via Burnett Highway, Poison Creek Rd and Razorback Rd.

Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Road is down to a single lane on weekdays from 6am to 6pm, then two lanes after 6pm, because of roadworks.


Tonight is Carnival Night at the Gladstone Harbour Festival. It's the ultimate evening for crowd participation.

The night is designed to razzle and dazzle, featuring talented performers, musicians and dancers performing crown-thrilling numbers in extravagant costumes.

There will be Latin dancing, fire twirling, crystal juggling and much more at the marina main stage from 6.30pm.

The annual Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary's Easter fashion parade and mini cent sale is on at the Gladstone Bowls Club with fashion by NoniB.

Doors open at 9am for a 9.30am start. Tickets cost $10 adults and $5 children. More here.

The Boyne Valley Community Disaster Management meeting is on from 3.30pm to 5pm at the Nagoorin Hall.

The Friends of Bindaree Wednesday Garage Sale is on at Bindaree Lodge, 1 Beacon Ave, Boyne Island, from 7.30-11am.

There will be bargains on second-hand clothing, manchester, books, footwear, toys, furniture and more.

Stockland Gladstone will host Easter basket making classes between 10am and 1pm this week. The fun activity is for kids of all ages, and is free of charge. All materials will be provided.

Tondoon Botanic Gardens will host daily Easter activities including card making, basket making, egg decorating and an Easter egg hunt.

All activities are free, but bookings are required in advance. Phone 4977 6884. The gardens at at 700 Glenlyon Rd, Gladstone.

Gladstone Community Health is running a speech pathology drop-in clinic every Wednesday morning from 9-10am at the Community Health Building at Gladstone Hospital.

The clinic is open to Gladstone children aged under five years who have difficulties speaking and understanding instructions. For more information phone 4976 3387.


The battle to protect local workers from being excluded from resources jobs in their area because of FIFO has hit a nerve across the state. More here.

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of Queensland teachers being charged with serious criminal offences, including child sex crimes, new figures show. More here.

A Brisbane cyclist seriously injured in a collision with a Jeep last year says he feels vindicated after Queensland Police admitted fabricating a statement they said he gave to officers. More here.


Two men have been killed in a Hunter Valley, New South Wales coalmine collapse. Six other miners fought to free the men but were forced to leave the mine for their own safety. More here.

The federal and New South Wales governments will today announce they are spending nearly $3.5 billion on roads to support the construction of Sydney's second airport. More here.


The Ukrainian government has taken its first military action against pro-Russian militants in the country's east, in what may mark the start of a crackdown to root out separatists. More here.

The prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ended his five-day cross-examination of the double amputee track athlete with a stark summary of how he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. More here.


Daniel Ricciardo says a rejected appeal against his Australian Grand Prix disqualification has made him hungrier to get back on the podium. More here.

The NRL admitted the referees made a mistake in allowing the Storm's post-siren game-winner against the Dragons on Monday night at AAMI Park. More here.

Professional Footballers Australia will award former Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer with its highest honour, the Alex Tobin Medal. More here.


  • 1705 - Queen Anne of England knighted Isaac Newton.
  • 1920 - The South Australian city of Hummock's Hill is proclaimed Whyalla.
  • 1922 - Annie Oakley shot 100 clay targets in a row, to set a women's record.
  • 1945 - American troops entered Nuremberg, Germany.
  • 1962 - Walter Cronkite began anchoring The CBS Evening News.
  • 1972 - Apollo 16 blasted off on a voyage to the moon. It was the fifth manned moon landing.
  • 1972 - Two giants pandas arrived in the US from China.
  • 2007 - In Blacksburg, Virginia, a student killed 33 people at Virginia Tech before killing himself.

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