Here's what you need to know today: March 5

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

WEATHER

Gladstone will have a partly cloudy day today with the chance of showers. Winds will be from the south-east at 15. to 20km/h, turning easterly in the late morning.

We're heading for a top of 29 degrees after a low of 21.

Tides: High 3.76m at 11.58am; low 0.99m at 5.46am and 1.01m at 6.05pm.

More local weather information here.

WHAT'S ON

Gladstone Women's Health Centre is hosting an International Women's Day breakfast with guest speaker Regan O'Grady.

Regan was diagnosed with a stage 2 melanoma on her face at age 17. These days she shares her story to inspire and educate others and bring about change.

Cost is $30 per ticket or $240 for tables of 10. Doors open at 7am for a 7.30am start. The event is at Roe O'Neill Drive, Gladstone.

A one-hour fitness session will be held at the Seventeen Seventy SES Grounds fitness station at 8.30am to teach people how to use the equipment. The session will be led by a qualified fitness trainer. 

Phone Thea Roberts on 4902 1100 to book.

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

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

The 15 jurors tasked with determining whether Brett Peter Cowan's confession to undercover police about the death of Daniel Morcombe was true or false have traced the steps Cowan claimed he took on that fateful day in 2003. More here.

As Queensland records its lowest February road fatalities in a decade, a new road safety campaign will aim to ensure it stays low as Easter fast approaches. More here.

Police have dug up the backyard of a Gold Coast property in their search for missing mother Novy Chardon. Ms Chardon was last seen on the night of February 6, 2013. Police believe she was murdered. More here.

After months of dancing around the issue, the state Opposition has committed to repeal the government's contentious anti-association laws. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told a timber industry dinner that Australia has enough national parks and he will set up a new Forest Advisory Council to support the timber industry. More here.

An environmental toxicologist says some residents near a fire burning in a Victorian open cut mine are reporting symptoms similar to those experienced by cigarette smokers. More here.

Schapelle Corby tried to kill herself when an Indonesian official informed her that the government might send her back to prison. More here.

WORLD NEWS

Oscar Pistorius broke down in tears after his defence team argued that the gunshots which killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp left her brain so "damaged" she couldn't have screamed. More here.

US president Barack Obama says his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is "meddling" in Ukraine, and "not fooling anybody" with his reasons for invading Crimea. More here.

A teenage girl has been sucked under a freight train and killed while retrieving her cell phone from the tracks in California. More here.

ENTERTAINMENT

Long-time married couple Deb and Rick are the first My Kitchen Rules cooks to be eliminated in a sudden death cook-off in Kitchen HQ. More here.

SPORT

Canterbury and the Gold Coast have been dealt major injury blows on the eve of the NRL's opening round. More here.

Mile Jedinak will captain the Socceroos against Ecuador as reward for being Australia's only regular EPL starter. More here.

Australia needs six wickets to clinch the third Test and the series against South Africa after their bowlers swept through the Proteas' top order late on day four in Cape Town. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1793 - Austrian troops defeated the French and recaptured Liege.
  • 1803 - Australia's first newspaper is printed.
  • 1839 - George Grey discovers the Gascoyne River, longest river in WA.
  • 1901 - Germany and Britain began negotiations with hopes of creating an alliance.
  • 1946 - Winston Churchill delivered his "Iron Curtain Speech".
  • 1953 - Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin died. He had been in power for 29 years.
  • 1993 - Sprinter Ben Johnson was banned from racing for life by the Amateur Athletic Association after testing positive for banned performance-enhancing substances for a second time.


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