Here's what you need to know today: April 17

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 contracting to the coast in the late afternoon. Winds will be light becoming east north-easterly at 15 to 20km/h in the late afternoon then becoming light in the evening.

A top temperature of 27 degrees is forecast after a low of 20.

Tides: High 3.76m at 10.18am and 4.19m at 10.42pm; low 0.80m at 4.23am and 0.74m at 4.21pm.

Click here for more local weather information.

ROADS

Matthew Flinders (Marina) Bridge will be closed on Friday from 9-11.30am for NRG's Great Raft Race and from 3.30-8pm for the rescheduled harbour festival Workforce International Street Parade. 

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.

WHAT'S ON

THE Gladstone Musical Society is holding an Easter concert at the Presbyterian Church, Goondoon St, at 10am. Admission is by gold coin donation. Morning tea will be served afterwards at the church hall.

A Welcome to Gladstone morning tea will be held at the Boyne Tannum Community Centre, cnr of Wyndham and Hayes Ave, Boyne Island, from 10am.

The morning tea will help people new to the area find out more about the region and meet new people.

Gladstone Harbour Festival will tonight feature the Gladstone Ports Corporation Family Fun Night, with Fireman Sam, Peppa Pig and Scooby Doo live on stage, plus a special appearance by Curtis the Turtle.

The fun kicks off at the Gladstone Marina main stage from 6.30pm. There will be fireworks at 8pm.

The CQ Capras will play the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in an Intrust Super Cup match at Marley Brown Oval, Harvey Rd, Gladstone, with kick-off at 8pm.

There will be a pre-match between Gladstone Raiders and Rockhampton Rustlers from 6pm. Gates open at 5pm.

Entry is $10 adults and $5 children.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

The anti-bikie laws are working and the Gold Coast "is a different place today", Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers believes. More here.

What would you do if you'd killed and decapitated a protected species? After one Ipswich man killed a saltwater crocodile near Townsville, he decided to keep the evidence, its head, in his freezer. More here.

Millions will be pumped into Queensland's resource regions eventually, but the state's mining industry wants it now. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Easter Sunday may be one of the most important Christian celebrations, but for many it is just about chocolate, with the proportion of Australians who identify as Christian falling fast. More here.

New South Wales may have a new premier by this evening, with the Liberal Party hoping to put up a consensus candidate to replace Barry O'Farrell when it meets today. More here.

Australia's Immigration Minister confirms three people at the Nauru detention centre have dengue fever. More here.

WORLD NEWS

More than 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 passengers, most of them school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least four and injuring up to 55 in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years. More here.

The judge overseeing Oscar Pistorius's murder trial has granted an adjournment from Thursday afternoon (local time) until May 5, citing scheduling concerns raised on behalf of the state. More here.

SPORT

The NRL's head of football Todd Greenberg has announced a clampdown on players being placed in dangerous positions in lifting tackles. More here.

An injury-time own goal from captain John Hutchinson gifted FC Seoul an eleventh hour 1-0 win over Central Coast on Wednesday night in a major blow to the Mariners' AFC Champions League ambitions. More here.

HISTORY

  • 1875 - The game "snooker" was invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.
  • 1964 - Jerrie Mock became first woman to fly an aircraft solo around the world.
  • 1964 - The Ford Motor Company unveiled its new Mustang model.
  • 1969 - In Los Angeles, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating US Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
  • 1985 - The US Postal Service unveiled its new 22-cent, "LOVE" stamp.
  • 1989 - In Poland, courts gave Solidarity legal status.
  • 1999 - In India, the Indian government of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee collapsed after losing a vote of confidence.
  • 2002 - At the National Maritime Museum in London, opened the exhibit "Skin Deep - A History of Tattooing". 


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