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

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

WEATHER

Gladstone is in for a partly cloudy. day with the chance of isolated showers. Winds will be east south-easterly at 25 to 35km/h.

We're heading for a top of 30 degrees after a low of 22. 

Tides: High 3.63m at 6.03am and 3.27m at 6.38pm; low 1.43m at 12.30pm.

More local weather information here.

WHAT'S ON

If you'd like to indoor bowls, head along to the Senior Citizens' Centre, Port Curtis Pl, 83 Oak Lane, from 9am to 11.15am For information phone 4972 4465.

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.

Just Rock Gladstone hosts rock'n'roll classes at the Gladstone Bowls Club in Ferris Street. Beginners classes are from 7pm-7.30pm each Tuesday night with practice until 8pm.

Intermediate lessons begin at 7.30pm-9pm followed by free dance time. The cost is $5 per person per night or $3 for financial members. Phone 4978 1919 or 0427 781 919 for more details.

ROADS

Motorists are advised to anticipate possible traffic delays on the Marina (Matthew Flinders) Bridge until Wednesday from 7am to 5pm. Bridge joint repair work will limit the bridge to single lane operations.

Upgrade works to the pram ramp paths on the corners of the Tank and Auckland Streets intersection in Gladstone have started. 

Works will be carried out between 7am to 3pm and will be at one corner at a time to minimise traffic disruptions. More here.

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.

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.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

The Regional Interests Planning Bill introduced by deputy premier Jeff Seeney as a clearer planning tool has managed to upset miners and farmers, the very groups it was looking to appease. More here.

Prison officers at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre have voted to take industrial action due to not receiving a wage rise for more than two years. More here.

The man accused of killing Daniel Morcombe is a convincing liar, not a murderer, his defence lawyer says. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Annual leave loading for workers "terminated" by their employers would be stripped from their redundancy packages, under changes before Federal Parliament. More here.

Outlaw bikies won't be welcome in Tweed's pubs and clubs after the Tweed Liquor Accord agreed to ban them from wearing their colours in licensed premises. More here.

The Australian Primary Principals Association says the national curriculum is overcrowded and needs to focus more on basic literacy and numeracy skills. More here.

WORLD NEWS

Officials confronting the "unprecedented mystery" of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are to extend the area of their search. More here.

Russia has consolidated its hold on the Ukrainian region, with armed men seizing a military hospital and a missile base. More here.

Several thousand Bangladeshi garment workers have lost their jobs after their factory was discovered to have serious safety problems and shut down. More here.

Olympic star Oscar Pistorius broke down and vomited into a bucket when the sprinter's murder trial heard details about the autopsy of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. More here.

SPORT

New South Wales and Cronulla captain Paul Gallen could face a fight to be fit for May's State of Origin opener after suffering a potentially serious ankle injury. More here.

Australia's Paralympic campaign has suffered another setback with skier Melissa Perrine rounding off her pet speed events in heartbreak on Monday. More here.

Outgoing AFL chief Andrew Demetriou says he is offended by a media report that he was pushed. Demetriou announced last week that 2014 would be his final year in the top job, a position he has held since 2003. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1871 - The springs after which Alice Springs was named are discovered.
  • 1901 - US Steel was formed when JP Morgan purchased Carnegie Steep Corp, which made Andrew Carnegie the world's richest man.
  • 1930 - Babe Ruth signed a two-year contract with the New York Yankees for the sum of $80,000.
  • 1985 - Mikhail Gorbachev was named the new chairman of the Soviet Communist Party.
  • 1986 - Popsicle announced its plan to end the twin-stick frozen treat for a one-stick model.
  • 1988 - A cease-fire was declared in the war between Iran and Iraq.
  • 2004 - 170 die as bomb explosions devastate trains in Madrid.


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