Here's what you need to know today: February 13

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

WEATHER

There's a chance of isolated showers in the north this morning followed by a mostly sunny afternoon. Winds will be east south-easterly at 20 to 25km/h tending east north-easterly at 15 to 25km/h in the afternoon.

The maximum temperature will be 30 degrees after an overnight low of 21.

Tides: High 4.16m at 8.29am and 3.63m at 8.51pm; low 0.98m at 2.15am and 1.00m at 2.43pm.

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.

GLADSTONE COUNCIL

The council's phone systems are back working after an upgrade last night, but there is an issue with council websites and other network systems.

11am: A burst water main on Banksia Drive, Agnes Water may cause interruptions to water supply in the area. The council is working on reinstating services.

WHAT'S ON

People in Miriam Vale 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 Miriam Vale Lions Park fitness station at 5.15pm. Phone Thea Roberts on 4902 1100 to book.

An eight-session program for women who have experienced trauma (sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, torture, traumatic events/accidents) starts today at Gladstone Women's Health from 9.30am-noon.

Cost $5 per session or free for financial members. Phone 4979 1456 to register.

GAPDL will host its first business lunch for the year with keynote speaker John Gissing, Qantaslink executive manager, guest speaker Joe Rea, Boyne Smelters general manager.

The lunch is at Yaralla Sports Club from 11.30am for a noon start.

Tickets are $70 for GAPDL partners and $100 for non-partners.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Independent MP Peter Wellington says he no longer trusts the Queensland Police Service leadership, calling them puppets of the Newman government. More here.

Glasshouse Mountains farmers have explained how the land was used where Daniel Morcombe was allegedly murdered and dumped. More here.

The Queensland Government could cut electricity bills by $310 a year without selling a single power asset, a new report has found. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

A man has died after being shot by police after he allegedly killed his 11-year-old son at a sports ground in Victoria. More here.

The public is being asked to have a say on proposals to overhaul the way energy companies charge consumers. More here.

Today's official employment data is widely expected to show unemployment remained at 5.8 per cent last month.
Economists believe 15,000 jobs will have been added. More here.

WORLD NEWS

China's troubled Jade Rabbit lunar rover has died on the surface of the moon, in a major setback for Beijing's ambitious space program. More here.

North and South Korea have held their first high-level government talks in seven years on their armed border. More here.

SPORT

Torah Bright has won Australia's first medal of the Sochi Games, picking up silver in the ladies' halfpipe final. More here.

Shaun Marsh's century and a 199-run partnership with Steve Smith saw Australia recover to eventually dominate South Africa on day one of the first Test in South Africa. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1880 - Thomas Edison observed what became known as the Edison Effect for the first time.
  • 1945 - During the Second World War, the Soviets captured Budapest from the German army.
  • 1960 - France detonated its first atomic bomb.
  • 2001 - El Savador was hit with an earthquake that measured 6.6 on the Richter Scale. At least 400 people were killed.
  • 2008 - The Federal Government formally apologises to the Stolen Generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • 2008 - Hollywood writers ended a 100-day strike.


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