Here's what you need to know today: April 9

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

WEATHER

Gladstone can expect a partly cloudy day today with isolated light showers. Winds will be south-easterly at 15 to 20km/h, turning easterly in the morning.

A top of 28 degrees is predicted after a low of 20.

Tides: High 3.45m at 5.13am and 3.19m at 6.02pm; low 1.48m at 11.41am and 1.56m at 11.56pm.

ROADS

Road crews are working this week at Cook St, Melbourne St, Grayson St, Chapman St, Peters Cres and Boles St in Gladstone and at Handley Dr and Curtis Ave in Boyne Island. Work should be finished by Saturday.

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

Justice Crew will hit the stage in Gladstone tonight with special guest Jai Waetford.

The guys will go all out in this high energy experience that have seen them hit the top of the Aussie charts. Doors open at 6.30pm and tickets cost $59. More here.

Agnes Water Library will host an Easter activity session. Craft activities including the making of Easter masks and stick people will be held from 9.30am.

At Calliope Library, activities will include bunny bookmarks, egg bunting and sun catchers, also from 9.30am.

Creative Gladstone will host a holiday workshop. Bring along your imagination and create weird, mythical and strange creatures like dragons, unicorns and aliens, or invent your own species.

The classes run from 1-4pm and are open to kids 6-12 years. Cost is $25 per child. Bookings are required. Phone 4972 9022. More here

Swim clinics are being held at Gladstone Aquatic Centre indoor pool as part of National Youth Week.

The clinics are hosted by Gladstone Gladiators and taught by coach Tom Fronek. 

Backstroke will be featured today, with classes for children aged 9-12 years from 9-10am, and for 13-24 years from 10-11am. Cost is $30. Click here for more details.

A games program developed by Australian Sports Commission will be held from 11.30am-2.30pm at the Community Hub, 5 Buller St.

The program encourages people with a disability to get involved and participate in sport and recreation. It is designed for people with or without a disability aged between 16-24 years. 

A workshop to give people the tools to be calmer and happier in their life and relationship will be held over two short sessions today and next week from 6-8pm.

The workshops will be held at Relationships Australia, 10 Tank St, Gladstone. For more information, phone 1300 364 277.

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.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Ipswich man Benjamin Milward has been charged with one count each of murder, rape, deprivation of liberty and robbery following the death of French student Sophie Collombet in Brisbane. More here.

A unique red rose symbolising the colour of murder victim Daniel Morcombe's T-shirt the day he disappeared will be unveiled this morning. More here.

Queensland's opposition parties are calling for an independent inquiry into Premier Campbell Newman's dealing with Australian Water Holdings. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption opens today in Sydney, with the inquiry's recommendations due by the end of December. More here.

Search and recovery crews scouring the Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane are confident its locator beacon's battery is still running. More here.

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced a $3 million aid package to help Solomon Islands recover from a major flood disaster which has killed 23 people and left 9,000 homeless. More here.

WORLD NEWS

Oscar Pistorius has told the court in his murder trial of the moment he realised he had killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, after mistaking her for an intruder in his home. More here.

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has told his Chinese counterpart his country does not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defence zone over disputed islands with no consultation. More here.

The supreme court in the Philippines has approved a birth control law, in a major defeat for the Catholic Church, which has battled it for more than a decade. More here.

SPORT

Prized recruit Ben Barba has played down his frustrating try drought, claiming Brisbane signed him to contribute to the team, not the scoreboard. More here.

Aussie swimming champion icon Ian Thorpe is unlikely to swim again after undergoing an operation on his shoulder led to him contracting a "serious" infection. More here.

Defending champion Adam Scott will join the most recent major winner, Jason Dufner, and Britain's Matthew Fitzpatrick for the first two rounds of the 78th Masters in groups announced Tueday. More here.

HISTORY

  • 1770 - Captain James Cook discovered Botany Bay on the Australian continent.
  • 1872 - SR Percy received a patent for dried milk.
  • 1947 - The Ghost of Point Hicks legend is spawned when a newspaper reports on the mysterious disappearance of a lighthouse keeper from Cape Everard, Victoria.
  • 1963 - Winston Churchill became the first honorary US citizen.
  • 1967 - The first Boeing 737 was rolled out for use.
  • 1989 - Hundreds of thousands march past the White House in support of the right of women to choose to have an abortion.
  • 2003 - Iraqis and US troops pull down a massive statue of Saddam Hussein in a show of contempt for the dictator.


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