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

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

WEATHER

A partly cloudy day is forecast today with isolated showers near the coast. Winds will be from the south-east at 15 to 25km/h, turning easterly in the late afternoon.

We're heading for a top of 30 degrees after a low of 21.

Tides: High 3.82m at 6.49am and 3.47m at 7.18pm; low 1.39m at 12.37am and 1.24m at 1.08pm.

More local weather information here.

WHAT'S ON

Southern Oil and JJ Richards and Sons will officially launch the Northern Oil Refinery in Gladstone. The refinery at Yarwun is Australia's biggest re-refinery, and it will recycle used oil.

The first of three workshops held by the Genealogical Society Gladstone District will be held today at the George Young building on Francis Ward Dr, via Port Access Rd.

The Introduction to Genealogy workshop will be held from 7-9pm. Cost is $15 each workshop or $40 for all three - if booking is made today.

For more information call secretary Mrs Di Honan on 4973 7680.

The Friends of Bindaree Garage Sale is on from 7.30am to 11.30am at Bindaree Lodge, 1 Beacone Ave, Boyne Island.

There will be lots of bargains on second-hand clothing, manchester, books, footwear, toys, furniture and more.

ROADS

Motorists are advised to anticipate possible traffic delays on the Marina (Matthew Flinders) Bridge 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

Queensland Labor has started sketching out the team it will take into battle at the next election, with party insiders confirming newcomers and old party faithful as being in the mix. More here.

A jury has been told murder accused Brett Peter Cowan could have formed an intention to kill Daniel Morcombe in a matter of seconds. More here.

Queensland Health wants anyone who was at the Caloundra RSL last week to be on the alert for symptoms of measles. More here.

Brisbane has lost one of its most active centenarians, with the death of Ruth Frith, OAM, aged 104. Mrs Frith took up athletics in her 70s and went on to win six gold medals and set six world records at the World Masters Games in Sydney in 2009. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

The entire city of Darwin is without power this morning after a circuit breaker tripped. Schools have been closed and only public servants working in essential services have been told to turn up to work. More here.

An astounding 12 per cent slide in the price of iron ore could wipe as much as $4 billion off budget revenues, experts say. More here.

An aerodynamic stall caused the fiery crash of a plane that killed two men near Lismore in November 2012, an investigation has found. More here.

A leading Ukrainian academic is calling on Australia to help sanction Russia after tensions in Crimea escalate. More here.

WORLD NEWS

Malaysia's military believes it tracked a missing jetliner by radar over the Strait of Malacca, far from where it last made contact with civilian air traffic control off the country's east coast, a military source told Reuters. More here.

In a move that could further erode Australian mineral exports to China, the government there says it is preparing to cut off credit to under-performing steel mills in the hope that they will close, merge or become more efficient. More here.

Oscar Pistorius was passionate about guns, a friend has testified, telling a South African court how the Olympian had fired a weapon through a sunroof and again inside a crowded restaurant. More here.

SPORT

Andrew Fifita is hoping to deliver an elusive NRL premiership to the Shire after confirming he will leave Cronulla to take up a multi-million dollar deal with cashed-up Canterbury. More here.

Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel has said he plans to go on the attack in Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix, despite problems with his Red Bull car. More here.

Australian skiers Toby Kane (Vic) and Mitchell Gourley (Vic) have put themselves in the running for a podium finish in a disrupted super combined event at the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1868 - An attempt is made to assassinate Prince Alfred, second son of Queen Victoria, on his Australian tour.
  • 1912 - The Girl Scout organisation was founded. The original name was Girl Guides.
  • 1913 - Canberra is named the capital city of Australia, before it is even built.
  • 1921 - The first woman is elected to an Australian parliament.
  • 1928 - The St Francis Dam in California, USA, fails, killing between 400-500 people.
  • 1994 - A photo by Marmaduke Wetherell of the Loch Ness monster was confirmed to be a hoax. The photo was taken of a toy submarine with a head and neck attached.
  • 1994 - The Church of England ordained its first women priests. 


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