Here's what you need to know today: March 4

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

WEATHER

Gladstone can expect a partly cloudy day with isolated showers, mainly in the north. Winds will be from the south-east at 20 to 30km/h, turning easterly at 25 to 35km/h in the late morning.

We're heading for a top of 29 degrees after an overnight low of 22. 

Tides: High 4.11m at 11.17am and 4.11m at 11.41pm; low 0.67m at 5.06am and 0.70m at 5.30pm.

More local weather information here.

WHAT'S ON

Transition from Country to City, an exhibition by Ellie Neilsen, opens at Valentines Plains Rd, Biloela. Ellie is an experienced professional artist well known for her printmaking and colourful acrylic and gouache paintings.

She is supported by Margaret Barnett, who has been working with Shibori since the mid 1980s, translating landscapes into fabric Shibori. Phone 4992 9500 for more details.

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.

WASTE TRANSFER STATION CLOSED

The Gladstone Waste Transfer Station at Joe Joseph Drive will be closed to traffic all day to allow the council to conduct road repairs. Benaraby Landfill can be used as an alternative for the disposal of waste during the closure.

ROADS

If you're heading to or from Boyne Island today, you'll need to take care around Centenary Drive.

The council is doing resurfacing works on the drive roadway along at its intersection with Malapas Drive from 6am Tuesday to 6am on Wednesday. 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.

Ferguson Rd at Calliope is closed until further notice.

Road resurfacing works are being carried out in the Agnes Water and Miriam Vale areas and may affect the following roads: Round Hill Rd, Lowmead Rd, Hills Rd, Taunton Rd, Coast Rd, Matchbox Rd, Maud Hill Rd, Hinrichs Rd and Blackmans Gap Rd.

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

Disposing of a body was never supposed to be part of Brett Peter Cowan's "opportunistic" abduction of Daniel Morcombe, a court has heard. More here.

The Crime and Misconduct Commission is investigating ten public service and police employees over their links to criminal motorcycle gangs. More here.

A woman was killed as she drove to Gatton for blood tests after she slowed for roadworks on the Warrego Highway. Her car was crushed between a truck and a tanker. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Plans by the Federal Government to repeal parts of the Qantas Sale Act are unlikely to pass the Senate, the company at the centre of the debate says. More here.

An angry looking Indonesian justice minister indicated late on Monday night that he may revoke Schapelle Corby's parole after watching the Seven Network's documentary about her release. More here.

An Australian employee of the G4S security firm on Manus Island says PNG police stood back and allowed locals to break into the compound last month, did nothing to stop them beating detainees, and in some cases participated in the violence and intimidation. More here.

WORLD NEWS

Russia's Black Sea fleet has denied that it issued Ukrainian naval forces in Crimea with an ultimatum to surrender or face full-scale military assault. More here.

A witness says she heard "bloodcurdling screams" and four shots on the night Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. More here.

ENTERTAINMENT

Cate Blanchett has been named Best Actress at the Oscars for her role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. She was the favourite to win and adds to the Aussie awards haul of Catherine Martin. More here.

SPORT

Brisbane is set to play glamour recruit Ben Barba at fullback to counter plans by his former NRL club Canterbury to smash him out of Friday night's clash in front of hostile ANZ Stadium fans still fuming over his defection. More here.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith will retire from international cricket at the end of the current Test in Cape Town. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1804 - The Australian Battle of Vinegar Hill, also known as the Battle of Castle Hill, begins.
  • 1899 - Cyclone Mahina hits north Queensland, killing over 400.
  • 1914 - Doctor Fillatre successfully separated Siamese twins.
  • 1975 - Queen Elizabeth knighted Charlie Chaplin.
  • 1986 - "Today" debuted in London as England's newest, national, daily newspaper.
  • 1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court said that federal law banned on-the-job sexual harassment even when both parties are the same sex.
  • 2002 - Canada banned human embryo cloning but permitted government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.


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