Here's what you need to know today: February 12

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

WEATHER

Gladstone is set for a mostly sunny day today with a chance of showers near the coast, mostly likely in the morning and also at night.

Winds will be south south-easterly and light, tending east south-easterly at 15 to 25km/h in the morning, then east north-easterly in the late afternoon.

We're heading for a top of 29 degrees after an overnight low of 20.

Tides: High 4.09m at 7.56am and 3.56m at 8.20pm; low 1.08m at 1.42am and 1.09m at 2.13pm.

ROADS

Ferguson Rd at Calliope is closed until further notice.

Road resurfacing is happening in the Calliope and Beecher area this week, with minor traffic delays expected. 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. 

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.

Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Rd is down to a single lane on weekdays between 6am and 6pm, and two lanes after 6pm.

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.

BOATING

Private vessels that need the Marina Bridge to be raised today between 6pm and 8pm are asked to arrange it with the council by phoning 4979 1134.

The network system will undergo major upgrades tonight so the council will arrange for the bridge to be manually raised if they know in advance.

GLADSTONE COUNCIL

All council websites and phone systems will be down tonight from 6pm to 8pm to allow for major network system upgrades.

The after hours call centre number, 4979 1134, will operate from a temporary phone system but anyone calling is asked to be patient because there is likely to be a high volume of calls during this time. 

WHAT'S ON

Brisbane Broncos legend Michael Hancock will visit schools around Gladstone today. He'll be at Gladstone State High School at 9.30am, Toolooa State High School at 11am and Chanel College at 2.15pm.   

People in the Seventeen Seventy area can get fit and learn how to use Gladstone Regional Council's fitness stations with a qualified trainer, free of charge.

A one-hour fitness session will be held at the Seventeen Seventy SES Grounds fitness station at 8.30am. Phone Thea Roberts on 4902 1100 to book.

The Women's Health Centre in Gladstone will host a farewell for long-time employee Brenda Beauchamp.

Settlers Gladstone will offer free tai chi for over 55s with instructor Barbra Holgate from 9.30-10.30am. For more information phone Cheryl on 4979 0866.

The Friends of Bindaree garage sale is on from 7.30am to 11.30am at 1 Beacon Ave, Boyne Island, with second hand baby goods, beds, books, clothes, tents, and lounge and dining sets.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

The intimate details of how covert police officers created the illusion of a powerful organised crime gang to secure a "complete confession" from Daniel Morcombe's accused murderer will be revealed in court over the next six weeks. More here.

A Queensland parliamentary committee has rejected legislation requiring people to remove face coverings in order to be identified. More here.

Bevan Meninga, whose brutal killing of Cheree Richardson, shocked the Sunshine Coast, is no longer expected to live with his famous brother Mal Meninga. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

The peak national body representing farmers is calling on the Federal Government to consider a Newstart-style payment to keep agricultural workers from leaving their communities. More here.

A Labor Senator has successfully pressured the Parliament into holding a joint sitting for Prime Minister Tony Abbott's first Closing the Gap report card. More here.

WORLD NEWS

Presidents Barack Obama and Francois Hollande say the US and France are embarking on a new and elevated level of cooperation after the NSA spying row. More here.

Papua New Guinea's foreign affairs minister says he is investigating reports that five Indonesians may be dead after PNG's navy deliberately sank the boat they were on. More here.

ENTERTAINMENT

Former child star Shirley Temple has died at the age of 85. She passed away from natural causes at her home in Woodside, California. More here.

SPORT

Germany's Carina Vogt has made history, winning the first women's ski jumping event at an Olympic Games in a nail-biting finale which left favourite Sara Takanashi off the podium. More here.

Australia's bowling coach Craig McDermott says Mitchell Johnson threatens to be even harder to face in South Africa than he was during the Ashes. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1851 - The first payable gold is discovered in Australia.
  • 1879 - The first artificial ice rink opened in North America. It was at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY.
  • 1973 - American prisoners of war were released for the first time during the Vietnam conflict.
  • 1993 - In Liverpool, England, a 2-year-old boy, James Bulger, was lured away from his mother at a shopping mall and beaten to death. Two ten-year-old boys were responsible.
  • 2004 - Mattel announced that Barbie and Ken were breaking up. The dolls had met on the set of their first television commercial together in 1961.


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