Here's what you need to know today: March 19

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

WEATHER

Gladstone can expect a partly cloudy day with the chance of showers this afternoon and evening, mostly near the coast. Winds will be east south-easterly at 15 to 25 km/h.

We're heading for a top of 31 after an overnight low of 23.

Tides: High 3.89m at 10.35am and 3.98m at 10.58pm; low 0.89m at 4.35am and 0.85m at 4.44pm.

More local weather information here.

POLICE AND FIRE

Click here for the latest police news and here for the latest fire news.

WHAT'S ON

Gladstone Regional Council will host a community visioning session at Boyne Island to give residents the chance to help shape the future planning of the Boyne-Tannum area.

The session will start at 6.15pm in the Port Curtis Room at the Boyne Tannum Community Centre.

Volunteer Marine Rescue Gladstone and QGC are running a recreational boating safety awareness information session at the VMR base, next to the boat ramp at the marina, from 6.30-9pm.

Gladstone Community Hub is running a literacy course from 9.30-11.30am covering lifestyle skills such as money recognition, reading a recipe, filling in forms and reading a timetable.

Cost is $5 per lesson. Phone 4979 4821 to register.

The second 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

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 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

Police are continuing their search of a property near Gin Gin as part of an investigation into a number of alleged concealed births. More here.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says Denise and Bruce Morcombe have created "important and lasting change in protecting our children". More here.

Sixteen Queensland councils at risk of becoming financially unsustainable after consistently incurring substantial operating losses over four years. More here.

Queensland's first lady will be scouring Brisbane streets speaking to homeless people in a new program that eventually will be rolled out in regional centres. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

A senior  bureaucrat who helped roll out the botched home insulation scheme said she was aware of three deaths in New Zealand under a similar scheme. More here.

Talk of drones might conjure visions of war and destruction, but smaller remotely-piloted aircraft are already buzzing around Australian skies. More here.

A survey of Australian tourism operators has rated the industry's performance in the December quarter last year the best in three years. More here.

The Federal Opposition hopes to establish a wide-ranging Senate inquiry into science and research, a day after Labor leader urged scientists to get political. More here.

WORLD

Fears are growing that the hunt for missing Flight MH370 is being hampered by failures by many of the countries involved to work together on the search. More here.

Russian forces have reportedly begun storming a Ukrainian military base in the Crimean capital Simferopol, killing one serviceman and wounding an officer. More here.

ENTERTAINMENT

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has posted a touching tribute to his girlfriend L'Wren Scott, saying he is 'struggling to understand' the fashion designer's death. Jagger is reportedly heading back to New York after the Stones postponed all dates on their Australia and New Zealand tour. More here.

SPORT

A first-half Kosta Barbarouses goal has earnt Melbourne Victory a crucial win over Yokohama F Marinos, keeping them alive in the Asian Champions League. More here.

Formula One's governing body is satisfied with the fuel flow meter whose accuracy was questioned by champions Red Bull after Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. More here.

Frustrated by his poor form, Cadel Evans quit the Tirreno-Adriatico with one stage remaining in a bid to regroup for bigger goals ahead. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1932 - The Sydney Harbour Bridge is officially opened, amidst unexpected controversy.
  • 1945 - About 800 people were killed as Japanese kamikaze planes attacked the US carrier Franklin off Japan.
  • 1963 - In Costa Rica, US President John Kennedy and Latin American presidents pledged to fight communism.
  • 1964 - Sean Connery began shooting his role in Goldfinger.
  • 1965 - Indonesia nationalised all foreign oil companies.
  • 1977 - France performed a nuclear test at Muruora Island.
  • 2002 - Operation Anaconda, the largest US-led ground offensive since extensive ground operations in the Gulf War, ended in eastern Afghanistan.
  • 2003 - US President George W. Bush announced that US forces had launched a strike against "targets of military opportunity" in Iraq.


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