Here's what you need to know today: March 26

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

WEATHER

RAIN is set to continue in Gladstone today with isolated thunderstorms and possibly heavy falls predicted.

We have had about 89.4mm already since yesterday morning.

Daytime maximum temperatures will be in the low 20s.

Tides: High of 3.93m at 5.32am and 3.57m at 6.06pm; low of 1.03m at 12.02pm.

More local weather information here.

ROADS

Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Rd is single lane week days from 6am until 6pm, but two lanes after 6pm.

Council has no reports of any road closures at this stage, although water is sheeting over the road in many areas, so people are urged to drive to the current conditions.

WHAT'S ON

GLADSTONE Regional Council is in the process of gathering information about flood levels in the Boyne Valley as part of the Queensland flood-mapping program. Council officials will meet with Boyne Valley residents today and tomorrow, via a series of individual scheduled visits. Boyne Valley residents wishing to provide information or book in a scheduled council visit can email gis@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au or Phone 4975 8102.

THE annual Gladstone region National Playgroup Day event, with the theme More Than Play, will be held at the Gladstone PYC today. Fun activities, jumping castles, face painting, characters and community stalls will all be on offer. For more, information call GAPDL Communities for Children on  Phone 4972 1184.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

TWO interstate lawyers have weighed and measured Jarrod Bleijie's law reforms and found them wanting, accusing the Attorney-General of orchestrating a "great leap backward". More here.

ROCKHAMPTON'S Jamie Simpson was living in England, playing football in the English Super League when fellow Queenslanders went to the polls in March 2012. His failure to cast a vote has ultimately cost him his driver's licence for a month. More here.

BATS don't like bagpipes. That's the conclusion of the North Burnett Deputy Mayor who used the piercing sound to move them on from Mundubbera, west of Maryborough. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

JUST three months after winning a hard-fought approval from Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey, Chinese miner Yanzhou has dumped plans to take full control of its struggling Australian arm. More here.

A DRUG addicted prostitute, who was prone to seeing and hearing things, said she loved her murdered best friend despite having severely bashed her and helping dispose of her friend's body. More here.

THE Abbott Government's long-promised red tape repeal day on Wednesday will do nothing to address the top three concerns of small and medium businesses, a key industry lobby group said on Tuesday. More here.

WORLD

THE captain of Flight 370 was in no state of mind to fly the day it disappeared and could have taken the Boeing 777 for a "last joyride" before crashing into the Indian Ocean, a fellow pilot says. More here.

SENTIMENT soured as the tensions in Russia and Ukraine continued to unnerve investors. Weak data from China yesterday also added to concerns. More here.

SPORT

FORMER Formula 1 chief doctor Dr Gary Hartstein has warned that fans must prepare themselves "for the worst" news as attempts to awaken Michael Schumacher continue following his horrific ski accident. More here.

BRISBANE Broncos star Sam Thaiday says the tragic injury to young Newcastle Knights forward Alex McKinnon is a chilling reminder one tackle or one big collision can end a player's career. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1838 - George Grey discovers evidence to suggest other Europeans had explored Australia's north-west hinterland prior to before white settlement.
  • 1937 - Spinach growers in Crystal City, Texas, erected a statue of Popeye.
  • 1942 - The Germans began sending Jews to Auschwitz in Poland.
  • 1984 - Australia introduces the $100 note.
  • 1996 - A bronze statue to Captain Matthew Flinders' cat is unveiled at the New South Wales State Library.
  • 1997 - The 39 bodies of Heaven's Gate members are found in a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The group had committed suicide thinking that they would be picked up by a spaceship following behind the comet Hale-Bopp.


Healthy Harbour report: Are we getting the whole story?

Healthy Harbour report: Are we getting the whole story?

The Healthy Harbour report is flawed, says engineer.

Welcome to The Observer's new-look website

Welcome to The Observer's new-look website

You will notice a cleaner, more modern look here at The Observer.

NEXT STAGE: Plans released for Tannum's new community asset

NEXT STAGE: Plans released for Tannum's new community asset

The facility will be donated to council by BTABC and Boyne Smelters.

Local Partners