Here's what you need to know today: March 6

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

WEATHER

Gladstone is in for a partly cloudy day with winds from the south-east and light, tending easterly at 15 to 25km/h in the morning. 

We're heading for a top of 30 degrees after an overnight low of 21.

Tides: High 3.88m at 12.25am and 3.40m at 12.41pm; low 1.34m at 6.27am and 1.33m at 6.41pm.

More local weather information here.

WHAT'S ON

A Welcome to Gladstone morning tea will be held at Gladstone City Library from 10am. The event will give people new to the region a chance to find out more about facilities and services, and meet new people.

A Gladstone Eisteddfod committee meeting will be held at 32B Tank St at 7.30pm. The agenda will include discussion of the updated, simplified policy.

For inquiries call Phone Pauline Newman on 4978 0646.

Boyne-Tannum Orchid and Foliage Society will meet at the Boyne Community Centre's Mt Larcom Room from 7.30pm. Plants are to be tabled by 7.15pm.

The society is looking for new members interested in orchids and foliage plants such as bromeliads.

A one-hour fitness session will be held at the Miriam Vale Lions Park fitness station at 5.15pm 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.

ROADS

Noon: The Bruce Highway is closed in both directions after a crash near the Hut Creek bridge between Ambrose and Raglan, north-west of Gladstone. More here.

Gladstone Regional Council will create additional 'no stopping' zones on Captain Cook Drive, Seventeen Seventy after considering feedback from nearby residents and landowners. Speed humps also will be installed. 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.

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

Hundreds of doctors have backed a "no confidence" motion in Health Minister Lawrence Springborg over proposed public hospital contracts. More here.

A jury has been directed to ignore a note at the site Daniel Morcombe was abducted where a stranger gave his opinion about Brett Peter Cowan's guilt. More here.

A man recording his snoring on a smartphone app inadvertently captured the moment a man was murdered on a Gold Coast street. More here.

Green groups will no longer be able to mount a final fight against new Queensland mines if the state goes ahead with a suite of new proposed laws. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Law firm Maurice Blackburn has lodged an appeal in the Federal Court over the results in its class action against ANZ over bank fees. More here.

Australian journalist Peter Greste has called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to speak out over his ongoing detention in Egypt. More here.

A Coalition backbencher says he is "deeply uncomfortable" with shark culls and hopes an application from the WA Government to extend its cull will be rejected on the basis of the scientific evidence. More here.

WORLD NEWS

An asteroid the size of a football field is about to make a close pass by Earth but is not expected to hit or cause any damage. More here.

Pope Francis has defended the Catholic Church's record on tackling the sexual abuse of children by priests, saying "no-one else has done more" to root out paedophilia. More here.

Oscar Pistorius's murder trial has heard the Olympic star asked a friend to take the blame after he fired a pistol in a upmarket restaurant, grazing the foot of a professional boxer he was eating dinner with. More here.

SPORT

Australia's last-gasp 245-run victory over South Africa in Cape Town gives them a credible claim to being the world's best team. More here.

Suspended Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has vowed to fight on to clear his name after the NRL upheld his 12-month ban and the $1 million fine for the Sharks over the supplements saga. More here.

Brumbies and Wallabies star flanker David Pocock has been ruled out for the rest of the Super Rugby season with a recurrence of a knee injury. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1808 - At Harvard University, the first college orchestra was founded.
  • 1899 - Aspirin was patented by German researchers Felix Hoffman and Hermann Dreser.
  • 1944 - During the Second World War, US heavy bombers began the first American raid on Berlin. Allied planes dropped 2000 tons of bombs.
  • 1975 - Iran and Iraq announced that they had settled their border dispute.
  • 1987 - The British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsized in the Channel off the coast of Belgium. 189 people died.
  • 1997 - Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal website.


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