Here's what you need to know today: April 2

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


It's a mostly sunny outlook for Capricornia today with light east to south-easterly winds increasing to 15 to 20km/h in the early afternoon  and then becoming light in the evening.

Daytime maximum temperatures are excpeted to be around 30 degrees celcius after a minimum of 21.

Tides: High of 3.83m at 10.50am and 4.17m at 11.13pm; low of 0.76m at 4.45am and 0.80m at 4.56pm.


MOTORISTS are urged to take care on the region's roads with Gladstone Regional Council road crews assessing reports of damage resulting from recent rain.

Gladstone Region Mayor Gail Sellers said all efforts were being made by Council crews to follow up reports as timely as possible with some crews scheduled for weekend work.

Cr Sellers said residents noticing flooded or damaged roads could report these to Council's Call Centre on 4979 1134.

Roads closed:

Blackgate Road in Wooderson was reported as still closed at 8.20am.

Road works:

Turkey Beach: Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Road. Single lane week days from 6am to 6pm. Two lanes after 6pm. For further information, contact Council's Customer Service Centre on (07) 4970 0700.


THE Gladstone Genealogical Society will host a workshop about record storage, referencing and sourcing records, computer back-ups and sharing records research from 7-9pm. The workshop is a great for anyone who wants to start to track their ancestors. The cost for the session is $15. For more information or to book, Phone Di Honan on 4973 7680 or Paulette Flint on 0415 353 557.


A MAN has been charged with grievous bodily harm after a minor traffic crash in Mooloolaba escalated into serious assault. More here.

THOSE in the long Ipswich unemployment queue have been handed a lifeline with the news that work will soon start on the $350 million Metroplex Westgate development in Wacol. More here.

HEAVY rain and flooding has caused serious damage to the Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery with sunken grave plots, broken headstones and erosion creating a confronting scene for visitors. More here.

A NOOSA high school student has been rewarded with a $5 tuckshop voucher and a special certificate for rescuing a toddler who jumped in a pool without his floaties. More here.


IT WAS meant to make people laugh - a fake Metgasco media release penned on a whim by a Lismore high school student, announcing Metgasco was leaving the Northern Rivers - but not everyone took it in the spirit of April Fools' Day. More here.

BOWRAVILLE Aboriginal community's relentless campaign to bring to justice the killer of three of their children 23 years ago took another turn this week. More here.

COMMUNITY banks, credit unions and even powerful lenders, including those operating throughout regional Queensland and New South Wales, are attempting to take on the big four banks, which are considered "too big to fail" after the Global Financial Crisis. More here.

NEW standards for environmental assessments will help complete the Abbott Government's plans to hand over approvals of major projects to the states. More here.


WOMEN have been warned that widely-used morning-after pills might not prevent pregnancy if they weigh more than 70kg. More here.

LEAKED images, reportedly of the new iPhone  6, set for release in September, show a thinner, rounder design that is almost like the HTC One. More here.

BACKLASH: Protesters hold placards as they attend a no carbon tax rally in Sydney.
BACKLASH: Protesters hold placards as they attend a no carbon tax rally in Sydney. GREG WOOD


TODAY is Wednesday, April 2, 2014. On this day:

  • 1844 - The first permanent synagogue is built in Australia.
  • 1874 - A major strike is held at Moonta Mines in South Australia.
  • 1902 - The first motion picture theatre opens in Los Angeles with the name Electric Theatre.
  • 1932 - A $50,000 ransom is paid for the infant son of Charles and Anna Lindbergh. The child was not returned and found dead the next month.
  • 1963 - Reverend Dr Martin Luther King began the first non-violent campaign in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • 1989 - An editorial in the New York Times declares that the Cold War is over.
  • 2011 - Thousands of people in Sydney rally against the proposed carbon tax.

Boost for job seekers with 36 traineeships on offer

Boost for job seekers with 36 traineeships on offer

Largest funding round since program was reinstated in 2015.

Influential lobby group hosts Gladstone business luncheon

Influential lobby group hosts Gladstone business luncheon

Business Council Australia will be in Gladstone next week.

New gadgets and equipment for Gladstone SES branches

New gadgets and equipment for Gladstone SES branches

Technology evolving for State Emergency Service.

Local Partners