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

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

WEATHER

Gladstone will have a mostly sunny day with a top of 30, after a low of 21. Winds will be from the south-east at 15 to 20km/h, turning easterly in the early afternoon. 

Tides: High 3.96m at 7.27am and 3.62m at 7.53pm; low 1.21m at 1.16am and 1.09m at 1.41pm.

More local weather information here.

POLICE

A 16-year-old boy will face court on five charges after being caught driving by himself and trying to evade police.

And a cyclist is in hospital after a collision with a motorcycle rider on Gladstone Port Access Rd this morning.

Click here and here for the latest police news.

WHAT'S ON

A free guided walking tour of Tondoon Botanic Gardens will be held from 10.30am. Those participating should meet at the cafe at 10.20am.

The gardens are a unique place featuring 170 hectares of stunning forest, lake, walking trails, flourishing wildlife and botanical displays. 

There will be a low-impact aerobics class for over 50s at Senior Citizens Centre, Port Curtis Place Hall, Oaka Lane, from 9-10am.

For more information phone Ann 4978 2965 or Lynn 4978 4552.

ROADS

Repair works underway on the Marina Bridge will continue today between 7am and 5pm. The works require single lane closure and may cause possible traffic delays.

The works were scheduled to finish yesterday but the wet weather earlier in the week has held up progress. 

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

A new interactive map by British company Driving Experiences has named the Bruce Highway among 22 of the world's most deadly highways. More here.

The jury tasked with deciding the fate of murder accused Brett Peter Cowan in the Daniel Morcombe murder trial will resume their deliberations on today. More here.

The state government has rejected a proposal from Swiss mining giant Glencore Xstrata and a group of traditional land owners to develop a bauxite mine in Cape York. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Users of major public infrastructure such as major highways should be forced to pay for the privilege, saving governments up to $1 billion a year, the Productivity Commission says. More here.

One of Australia's most respected economists has lashed Treasurer Joe Hockey for his criticism of Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson, warned that Australia cannot afford new social policies without tax reform and predicted the GST will have to rise to tackle structural holes in the budget. More here.

Bill Shorten has acknowledged the minerals resource rent tax had damaged his party's relationship with the resources sector, and has refused to express confidence in the underperforming law. More here.

WORLD NEWS

A New Zealand oil rig worker has claimed to have seen the missing Malaysian Airlines plane burning in the sky. Mike McKay told his employers, in an email made public overnight, that he had observed the plane burning at high altitude. More here.

Two people are dead and at least 20 injured after two apartment buildings in East Harlem partially collapsed following a massive gas explosion earlier today. More here.

A British man who suffered horrific facial injuries in a motorbike accident has had pioneering surgery to rebuild his face using 3D printed parts. More here.

SPORT

Veteran Brad Hodge smashed two sixes in the final over to propel Australia to a five-wicket victory over South Africa in a second Twenty20 international reduced to seven overs a side in Durban on Thursday. More here.

Several NRL clubs including Cronulla and South Sydney are circling Canterbury prop Sam Kasiano, who could find himself forced out of Belmore as a result of Andrew Fifita coming on board. More here.

Gold Coast Suns coach Guy McKenna will have two seasons to prove he is the man to turn the fledgling club into a premiership contender after agreeing to a contract extension. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 607 - The 12th recorded passage of Halley's Comet occurred.
  • 1847 - Kennedy departs Parramatta to trace the course of the Barcoo River, hoping it will lead to the Gulf of Carpentaria in the north.
  • 1877 - Chester Greenwood patented the earmuff.
  • 1930 - It was announced that the planet Pluto had been discovered by scientist Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory.
  • 1969 - The Apollo 9 astronauts returned to Earth after the after successfully testing the Lunar Module.
  • 1989 - The concept of the World Wide Web is proposed for the third time, and accepted.
  • 1996 - 16 children and a teacher are killed by a gunman at Dunblane, Scotland.


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