Here's what you need to know today: February 11

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

WEATHER

Gladstone is in for a partly cloudy day today with the chance of showers about the coast this morning. Winds will be east south-easterly at 15 to 20 km/h tending east north-easterly in the late afternoon, then becoming light in the evening.

We're heading for a top of 29 degrees after an overnight low of 21.

Tides: High 3.97m at 7.20am and 3.45m at 7.44pm; low 1.22m at 1.03am and 1.21m at 1.39pm.

POLICE

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ROADS

Road resurfacing begins in the Calliope and Beecher area today, with minor traffic delays expected. Over the next week work will occur on Popenia Rd, Wilmott Rd, Old Bruce Highway, Schilling Lane, Jefferis Rd, Wyndham Rd, Schultze Rd, McIntosh Rd and Chamberlain Rd.

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.

WHAT'S ON

Jimmy Harrington, a 20-year-old walking around Australia, will be in Gladstone today. He will be at Prince Regent Esplanade at Barney Point from 2-4pm.

Jimmy's Walk for Cancer aims to raise $300,000 for the Brainchild Foundation. More here and on Facebook.

An Aglow meeting will be held tonight at 5 Buller St at 7pm. Aglow is a Christian organisation for women of all denominations.

A $10 fee applies for coffee and dessert. The evening will be one of fun and fellowship, with June Smith as guest speaker. For more information phone June on 0415 219 316.

Just Rock Gladstone's beginner 4-step rock 'n' roll classes continue until March 18 at the Gladstone Bowls Club in Ferris St.

Arrive at 6.45pm for a 7pm start. Instruction is for 40 minutes at a cost of $5 per person. To register, phone Irene on 0427 713 437 or 4976 9763.

Toadbusters is on from 7pm for those keen on keeping this threat to native wildlife under control. Phone Tracey Fenech  on 4972 4969 for the location.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has told his MPs that 2014 will be the year "it all comes together", ahead of the first parliamentary sitting week for the year. More here.

The jury in the Daniel Morcombe murder trial will today get their first glimpse into the police case against accused man Brett Peter Cowan. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Firefighters in Victoria are hoping to take advantage of easing conditions today to get the upper hand on a large bushfire raging on Melbourne's northern fringe. More here.

Victorian premier Denis Napthine will head to Canberra today seeking a federal assistance package for Toyota workers, after the car maker announced it would end manufacturing in Australia. More here.

WORLD NEWS

An Auckland, New Zealand school has removed religious education classes from its school day after complaints from parents. More here.

Thousands of homes in southern England are bracing for flooding after the River Thames burst its banks, with forecasters warning more bad weather is expected. More here.

SPORT

Australian speed-skating hope Daniel Greig took a devastating fall in the early stages of his first run in the 500-metre race to finish with the worst accumulated time of the 39 competitors. More here.

Queensland head coach Richard Graham says the Reds are performing a "little ahead" of schedule after their preseason trial win over the Chiefs. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1968 - The new 20,000 seat Madison Square Garden officially opened in New York. This was the fourth Garden.
  • 1975 - Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to head a major party in Britain when she was elected leader of the Conservative Party.
  • 1990 - Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in prison.
  • 2006 - In Texas, US Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a quail hunt.


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