Here's what you need to know today: February 10
GOOD morning everyone. Here's what you need to know in Gladstone today.
A mostly cloudy day is forecast for Gladstone today, with winds from the east at 20 to 30km/h, tending north-east to south-east at 15 to 20km/h in the evening.
The maximum temperature will be 30 degrees after an overnight low of 23.
Tides: High 3.8m at 6.36am and 3.31m at 7.02pm; low 1.38m at 12.14am and 1.36m at 1pm.
There were reports of water over the road on the Dawson Hwy at Beecher yesterday.
Road resurfacing works are being carried out in the Agnes Water and Miriam Vale areas and may affect the following roads: Round Hill Rd, Lowmead Rd, Hills Rd, Taunton Rd, Coast Rd, Matchbox Rd, Maud Hill Rd, Hinrichs Rd and Blackmans Gap Rd.
The Burnett Highway is closed to all traffic between Bouldercombe and Mount Morgan due to a rock slide on the Mount Morgan range.
There's an alternate route to Mt Morgan via the Burnett Highway, Poison Creek Road and Razorback Road. Detour signage is in place.
Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Rd is down to a single lane on weekdays between 6am and 6pm, and two lanes after 6pm.
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.
Euleilah Creek Bridge on Hills Rd, Euleilah is only open for 10 minutes on the hour (ie. from 6am to 6.10am, 7am to 7.10am) while work is being carried out. The bridge is open all day on Sundays.
Labor is expected to hold on to Kevin Rudd's Brisbane seat of Griffith after a weekend by-election, but that is not stopping the Coalition from claiming a minor victory. More here.
The long-awaited trial of the man accused of murdering Queensland teenager Daniel Morcombe on the Sunshine Coast begins in Brisbane today. More here.
At least 20 homes are believed to have been lost as 50 bushfires continue to blaze a trail of heartbreak through Victoria. More here.
New claims of union officials taking kickbacks emerge as the government prepares for a royal commission. More here.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has defended downing several cups of beer during a drinking game at the Big Gay Out yesterday, saying it was not "too crazy". More here.
Indonesian bureaucracy will determine if convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby is released from jail in Bali this afternoon. More here.
Australian golden girl Torah Bright got her Sochi Olympics off to a solid start last night, finishing seventh in the first ever women's slopestyle event at this level. More here.
Sprinter Melissa Breen has broken Melissa Gainsford-Taylor's 20-year-old national record for the 100m. More here.
TODAY IN HISTORY
- 1788 - Reverend Richard Johnson officiates at the first marriage ceremonies in the New South Wales colony.
- 1879 - Ned Kelly's famous Jerilderie letter is penned.
- 1897 - The New York Times began printing "All the news that's fit to print" on their front page.
- 1964 - 82 men are killed as the HMS Melbourne and HMS Voyager collide off the New South Wales coast.
- 1990 - South African President F.W. de Klerk announced that black activist Nelson Mandela would be released the next day after 27 years in captivity.