Here's what you need to know today: February 7

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


Gladstone is set for another partly cloudy day with isolated showers. Winds will be from the south-east at 15 to 20km/h turning easterly in the late morning.

A top temperature of 29 degrees is expected after an overnight low of 21. 

Tides: High 3.43m at 3.04am and 3.04m at 3.26pm; low 1.81m at 9.26am and 1.55m at 9.42pm.


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The Leichhardt Highway between Banana and Wowan has reopened to all vehicles following a traffic accident yesterday afternoon.

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.


The Benaraby Progress Association will hold an old-time and new-vogue dance at the Benaraby Progress Hall tonight.

Admission is $10 per person which includes supper. It is held from 8pm-midnight with live music from Trevor Gayton.

Click here for a list of what's on this weekend


Two male police officers from Central Region have been charged with the alleged rape of a woman in Mackay on Monday. More here.

A woman is in an induced coma after an explosion at the Aurizon railway workshops at Rebank, near Ipswich, last night. More here.

Free wi-fi in Brisbane will be extended after Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced the addition of three of the city's busiest hubs to the list of locations offering the service. More here.


The High Court has prohibited the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker until a court challenge can be heard. More here.

Karen Doane, the former staffer found to have conspired with James Ashby to destroy the career of Peter Slipper, is suing the former speaker and the federal government, alleging unlawful discrimination. More here.


A deal has been struck to allow trapped civilians to leave the besieged city of Homs, the Syrian government says. More here.

Japan's Sony is warning it will book a $US1.08 billion annual loss and cut 5000 jobs worldwide. More here.


Uma Thurman has been fined $72,000 by the Workmen's Compensation Board after being found to have failed to carry workers compensation insurance. More here.


A sculpture of a half-naked, zombie-like sleep-walking man in the middle of a college campus in the US has drawn hundreds of complaints from students. More here.


South Sydney look destined to lose superstar backrower Sam Burgess, with the UK's Daily Mail reporting he will switch codes at the end of the season to play rugby union. More here.

Norway's Staale Sandbech put in a blazing second run to win the opening heat of the men's snowboard slopestyle qualifiers on Thursday, the first day of competition at the Sochi Olympics. More here.


  • 1897: Galileo Ferraris, Italian physicist dies aged 50 years.
  • 1945: Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician and singer-songwriter from Jamaica is born.
  • 1948: Neil Harvey becomes the youngest Aussie to score a century in Test cricket.
  • 1964: The Beatles first arrive in the US. Their performance on The Ed Sullivan Show two days later marks the beginning of the British Invasion.
  • 2012: Queen Elizabeth II marks her 60th anniversary of becoming British monarch, becoming only the second to do so.

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