Here's what you need to know today: May 19

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


A partly cloudy day is forecast with isolated to scattered showers. Winds will be E/SE at 15 to 25km/h becoming light in the late afternoon. 

We're heading for a top of 25 after a low of 18.

Tides: High 4.14m at 12.07am and 3.33m at 12.40pm; low: 0.95m at 6.40am and 1.15m at 6.28pm

Click here for more local weather information.


The Gladstone marina bridge will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, as well as boats needing the bridge to be opened, for three days from Monday to Wednesday.

The bridge will be closed from 7am-5pm, and will operate as usual outside those hours. The closure is necessary while noise-reduction works are undertaken.

Alternative access for vehicles will be via Alf O'Rourke Dr. Marine vessels will need to make alternative arrangements during the closure times. 

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.


Gladstone City Library won't open until 10am today because of electrical work being carried out. 


Enjoy yoga from 8am at the Women's Health Centre, corner of Derby and Buller Sts, Gladstone. Entry is by gold-coin donation.

Classes are open to all - the able and disabled, pregnant women, the elderly. Teachers are skilled in these areas.

Low-impact aerobic classes for over-50s are held from 9-10am at the Senior Citizens Centre, Port Curtis Pl Hall, Oaka Ln. For more information phone Ann on 4978 2965 or Lynn on 4978 4552.


A Queensland employment law expert claims the Federal Government's $10,000 employer incentive to hire over 50s workers will face strong discrimination. More here.

Former Queensland assistant health minister Chris Davis says he was sacked this week partly because he stood on some powerful toes. More here.

A spokeswoman for Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says he has no further avenue of appeal following the Queensland Court of Appeal's decision to uphold a suspended sentence for Sunshine Coast woman Meghan Hopper. Ms Hopper received a 30-month suspended sentence for an accident that killed a fruit-picker, after she had been looking at Google maps while driving. More here.


State and territory leaders met Sunday to draw up their battle plan in response to health and education cuts announced in the federal budget. More here.

The anti-CSG movement gathered at the Bentley protest camp on Sunday to celebrate with visiting Greens senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, after Metgasco's licence was cancelled. More here.

Voter support for the Coalition has slipped on the back of last week's federal budget, according to polls published in Fairfax and News Corp papers today. More here.


Seventy-one days after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared, the first book about the disaster will go on sale on Monday with a theory about what might have happened, saying it may have been accidentally shot down during a joint US-Thai military exercise. More here.

Palaeontologists in Argentina's remote Patagonia region have discovered fossils of what was likely the largest dinosaur ever to roam the earth. More here.

Turkish police have so far charged three of 25 people arrested, including mining company executives and personnel, as part of an investigation into last week's mine disaster. More here.

North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un "sat up all night" feeling pain after learning about the collapse of an apartment building in Pyongyang, the country's state-run media reported. The accident stemmed from "slipshod" construction and left an unspecified number of casualties, according to the North's  account. More here.


Suncorp Stadium is heading for another sell out event next year with One Direction announcing a concert in Brisbane on February 11, 2015. More here.


Sam Thaiday will miss the Origin opener and Roosters backrower Aidan Guerra will make his debut as Queensland reshuffle their backrow ahead of the first game at Suncorp Stadium. More here.

Novak Djokovic has upset seven-time champion Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to win the Rome Masters title on clay. More here.

Marc Marquez has maintained his perfect start with his fifth win from five starts in 2014 at the French MotoGP. More here.

Penrith Panthers have held off an improved Canberra Raiders for a 26-20 win at Canberra Stadium. More here.


  • 1536 - Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England's King Henry VIII, was beheaded after she was convicted of adultery.
  • 1911 - The first American criminal conviction that was based on fingerprint evidence occurred in New York City.
  • 1935 - The National Football League (NFL) adopted an annual college draft to begin in 1936.
  • 1962 - Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of "Happy Birthday" for U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The event was a fund-raiser at New York's Madison Square Garden.
  • 2005 - "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" brought in $50 million on its opening day.

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