Here's what you need to know today: May 1

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

WEATHER

A partly cloudy day is forecast for Gladstone with isolated showers. There's the chance of thunderstorms from the late morning, possibly severe from early this afternoon.

Light winds will become north north-easterly at 15 to 20km/h in the early afternoon then light in the evening.

We're heading for a top of 28 after a low of 20. 

Tides: High 3.56m at 10.28am and 4.16m at 10.46pm; low 0.86m at 4.26am and 0.87m at 4.24pm.

Click here for more local weather information.P

POLICE

A driver has been issued with a notice to appear after a two-vehicle crash in Gladstone on Tuesday. Police also are investigating the theft of a Toyota Hilux. More here.

ROADS

Blackgate Road in Wooderson is closed.

The Burnett Highway is closed to all traffic between Bouldercombe and Mount Morgan due to a rock slide on the Mount Morgan range. Take an alternate route to Mt Morgan via Burnett Highway, Poison Creek Rd and Razorback Rd.

Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Road is down to a single lane on weekdays from 6am to 6pm, then two lanes after 6pm, because of roadworks.

WHAT'S ON

Gladstone Regional Council is hosting a Welcome to Gladstone Region Morning Tea at 52 Goondoon St, Gladstone, from 10am.

The morning tea is a great opportunity for new residents and visitors to learn more about the region and its services and attractions, and meet new people in an informal environment. Phone 4976 6300 for more details.

The Gladstone Eisteddfod committee will meet at 7.30pm at 32B Tank St, Gladstone. Discussion will include eisteddfod entries, return of trophies and own-choice items by May 30.

Phone Pauline on 4972 5428 for more details.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is offering a free workshop on skilled migration.

Participants can find out about employer sponsored skilled migration options, and tips for managing the application process. 

The workshop will be held at the Community Advisory Service Building, 142 Goondoon St, Gladstone. Phone 0434 077 581 for more details.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Engineers are assessing major damage to the Bruce Highway in north Queensland after a large section was swallowed by a sink hole. More here.

A 32-year-old man will face court this morning on more than 25 charges after allegedly trying to grab a police officer's revolver following a dramatic pursuit in the Gatton area. More here.

New charges have been laid against the man accused of abducting a three-year-old girl from Childers after he allegedly smashed a window on a police car. More here.

The Newman government appears to be gearing up for an early election call, according to independent MP Peter Wellington. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Asylum seekers held in Australia's offshore detention network could soon be resettled in Cambodia, after a deal was reached between Australia and the nation. More here.

Only the top 10% of Australia's income earners will be hit with the PM's controversial "deficit levy", if he does not bow to growing opposition to the new tax. More here.

The Federal Government's budget priorities are expected to become clearer today with the release of the Commission of Audit's report. More here.

WORLD NEWS

A new report by the World Health Organisation has found antibiotic resistance now poses a serious threat to global health. More here.

One of the most prominent politicians in Northern Ireland, the leader of Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams, has been arrested over a murder that happened more than 40 years ago. More here.

Three people have been killed and dozens injured in a blast at a railway station in China's Xinjiang region. More here.

ENTERTAINMENT

Bob Hoskins, whose career included gritty gangster films and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, has died of pneumonia at the age of 71, his agent Lindy King has confirmed. More here.

SPORT

The Champions League final will be an all-Madrid affair after Atletico set up a clash with Real by beating Chelsea 3-1. More here.

Gillon McLachlan has been unveiled as the AFL's next chief executive and will take the reins from Andrew Demetriou in early June. More here.

Essendon appears to be a month away from learning whether ASADA will lay charges over the AFL club's supplements scandal. More here.

HISTORY

  • 1770 - Forby Sutherland becomes the first Englishman to be buried on Australian soil.
  • 1839 - Edward John Eyre departs Adelaide to explore country to the north.
  • 1891 - Australia's first May Day marches are held in support of the shearers' strike in Barcaldine.
  • 1905 - In New York, radium is tested as a cure for cancer.
  • 1931 - The Empire State Building in New York is dedicated and opened. It was 102 stories tall and was the tallest building in the world at the time.
  • 1986 - Bill Elliott sets a stock car speed record with his Ford Thunderbird in Talladega, Alabama. Elliott reached a top speed of 342km/h.


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