Here's what you need to know today: February 14

GOOD morning everyone. Happy Valentine's Day! Here's what you need to know in Gladstone today.


Gladstone is in for a mostly sunny day with a top of 30 degrees. Winds will be north-westerly to north-easterly at 15 to 25km/h.

The overnight low was 22 degrees.

Tides: High: 4.20m at 8.59am and 3.69m at 9.19pm; low 0.90m at 2.45am and 0.93m at 3.12pm.


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The daily start and finish time of works on Euleilah Creek Bridge will now be between 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday. 

The bridge will continue to open to motorists for 10 minutes on the hour with exceptions for the school bus and emergency services, and will return to normal (open) each day after 4pm and all day Saturdays and Sundays.

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.


Blue Care will host a garage sale at 2 Margaret St from 7am to 3pm and Saturday at noon. 

Yaralla Sports Club will host its first speed-dating event with two sessions. The first at 7.30pm is for men and women aged 30+, and the second from 9.30pm is for 18-30-year-olds. 

Cost is $10 per person which includes a hosted speed-dating session and a drink on arrival. To book, phone 4979 8270 or click here.

Yaralla is also hosting its monthly Kids' Big Night Out with movies, games and activities.

Tickets are available from the concierge desk for $10. The event runs from 6-9pm.

Calliope River Historical Village is hosting a Valentine's night event featuring a relaxed evening of dinner, dancing, music, fashion parades, raffles and lucky door prizes.

Tickets cost $27.50 and the event begins at 6.30pm. Phone 4975 7810 for more details.

>> Click here for a list of what else is on today and this weekend


The 14-year-old Rockhampton victim filmed being beaten in a video which went viral is determined not to let her alleged attacker get her down. More here.

Police divers found underpants, shorts and a belt about 15m downstream from a low wooden bridge over Coochin Creek where Daniel Morcombe's accused murderer claimed he dumped the boy's clothes. More here.

New national jobs figures show Queensland's employment figures were the hardest hit in the country. More here.


The grieving mother of Luke Batty, the boy murdered by his own father at cricket training in Victoria, says there was no way she could have seen the tragedy coming. More here.

Bevan Meninga, the brother of rugby league great Mal Meninga, has been granted parole after serving more than 21 years in jail for murder. More here.

The head of Customs and Border Protection is discussing with Defence and the government if changes need to be made to Australia's border protection operation in the wake of the Navy repeatedly breaching Indonesia's sovereignty. More here.


Belgium has become the first country to allow euthanasia for terminally ill children of any age, after its lower house of parliament passed new "right-to-die" legislation. More here.

Michael Schumacher's agent says the former F1 world champ is still in the wake-up phase from an artificial coma. More here.


Mitchell Johnson continued his scorching Ashes form in Centurion as he dismantled South Africa's reply on day two. More here.

South Africa has scrapped its Super Rugby promotion play-offs, ensuring the bottom team in its conference this year will play in the 2015 competition. More here.

Top seed Li Na's eagerly-awaited return to action after her stunning Australian Open triumph last month ended in a bewildering loss to a qualifier in the third round of the Qatar Open. More here.

Australia's Russell Henshaw has crashed in the men's freestyle skiing slopestyle final to finish eighth. More here.


  • 496 - St Valentine's Day is first declared.
  • 1779 - Captain James Cook is killed by natives in Hawaii.
  • 1929 - The "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" took place in Chicago, IL. Seven gangsters who were rivals of Al Capone were killed.
  • 1936 - The Walter Taylor Bridge, which crosses the Brisbane River, is opened.
  • 1966 - Decimal currency is introduced in Australia, and the Australian dollar makes its debut.
  • 1989 - The first satellite of the Global Positioning System was placed into orbit around Earth.
  • 2003 - In Madrid, Spain, a ceramic plate with a bullfighting motif painted by Pablo Picasso in 1949 was stolen from an art show. The plate was on sale for $12,400.

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