Here's what you need to know today: May 21

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

WEATHER

A partly cloudy day is forecast with the chance of isolated showers. Winds will be E/SE at 15 to 25km/h.

We're heading for a top of 27 after a low of 17. 

Tides: High 3.85m at 2.13am and 3.31m at 3pm; low 1.06m at 8.48am and 1.39m at 8.55pm.

Click here for more local weather information.

ROADS

The Gladstone marina bridge will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, as well as boats needing the bridge to be opened.

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.

POLICE

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WHAT'S ON

Bondi vet Dr Chris Brown is in Gladstone today, filming at the Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. More here.

This year's National Simultaneous Storytime is on from 11am. Every year the same book is read at the same time at libraries, schools, childcare centres and homes around Australia.

Gladstone regional libraries will be hosting sessions, reading Too Many Elephants in This House, written by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Andrew Joyner.

Sothertons will host a tax and property session to help people learn strategies to minimise their tax before June 30.

It also will cover what people need to do now to make the most of the 2014-15 tax year.

The free event will be held at Rydges Gladstone, 100 Goondoon St, from 6pm, with drinks and canapes provides.

RSVP to 4972 1300 or email events@sothertonsgladstone.com.au.

Golfers from across the region will hit out at the Motor Traders Golf Day. Hosted by Rotary Club of Gladstone Midday, funds raised by the popular event will go to the Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary and local charities.

The day will be a shotgun start from 9am and all skill levels are welcome. More here.

The QCWA Ambrose Branch will host a cent sale combined with a knitting and crochet competition at its hall, 36 Gentle Annie Rd, Ambrose. Hoy games will be played followed by drawing of numerous prizes. 

Entry fee is 20c with entries to be in by 9.45am. The doors open at 9am for a 10am start.  

The Gladstone Community Hub is offering a course covering lifestyle skills such as money recognition, reading a recipe, filling in forms and reading a timetable on Wednesdays from 9.30-11.30am.

Cost is $5 per lesson, with each lesson limited to 10 participants. Call 4979 4821 to register. 

The Hub also holds gentle exercise, stretch and relaxation classes each Wednesday. Sign in from 1.30pm at the hub, which is at 5 Buller St, Gladstone, to set up your yoga mat and start the one-hour class at 1.45pm.

Cost is $5 and everyone over the age of 16 is welcome. 

The Friends of Bindaree Wednesday Garage Sale is on at Bindaree Lodge, 1 Beacon Ave, Boyne Island, from 7.30-11am.

There will be bargains on second-hand clothing, manchester, books, footwear, toys, furniture and more.

Gladstone Community Health is running a speech pathology drop-in clinic every Wednesday morning from 9-10am at the Community Health Building at Gladstone Hospital.

The clinic is open to Gladstone children aged under five years who have difficulties speaking and understanding instructions. For more information phone 4976 3387.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Convicted murderer Bevan Meninga, the brother of Mal Meninga, will be released from jail today after serving 21 years for the 1991 murder of Cheree Richardson. More here.

Quad bike owners could need a licence to ride and be forced to wear helmets to stamp out the "leading cause of death" on Queensland farms. More here.

The state government has supplied correctional officers to help maintain security at the Lincoln Springs 'super' boot camp, despite Beyond Billabong being paid $2.2 million to run the facility. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Treasurer Joe Hockey is suing several Fairfax newspapers for defamation. The move comes following front-page stories published this month which were related to his role in Liberal Party fundraising. More here.

An internet-obsessed bank teller was acting out an online inspired fantasy the day he broke into a Lismore home and tried to strangle and rape a teenage boy, the NSW Supreme Court has heard. More here.

Australian children are ranked as some of the least active in the world when it comes to physical exertion, according to a new report. More here.

Joe Hockey has appealed to Labor's "responsibility" to help pass the Abbott government's $38 billion of budget cuts, as it faces a wall of opposition. More here.

WORLD NEWS

Four million people in South Sudan - more than a third of the country's population - will be on the edge of starvation by the end of the year as fighting continues to rage, UN officials say. More here.

Police in Nigeria say at least 118 people were killed when two car bombs ripped through a busy market in the central city of Jos. More here.

Thailand's interim prime minister has asked the country's electoral commission for an August 3 election, after the army declared martial law on Tuesday amid months of street protests. More here.

Thousands of landmines may have been dislodged by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory, adding danger to the miseries being faced by the local population. More here.

SPORT

History-making coach Mal Meninga says Queensland will not over-play the emotion card despite a desire to honour legend Arthur Beetson. More here.

Champion Queensland five-eighth Johnathan Thurston is surprised NSW dumped halves Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney, but he says their replacements, Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds, have been given an opportunity to make heroes of themselves. More here.

Premier Campbell Newman confirmed that the annual State of Origin bet between the two state leaders will resume after a two-year break. More here.

Gary Ablett's greatest threat for this year's Brownlow Medal is officially out of the running for the league's highest individual honour, after The Suns skipper's former Geelong teammate, Steve Johnson accepted a one-match ban. More here.

HISTORY

  • 1840 - New Zealand was declared a British colony.
  • 1848 - Edmund Kennedy landed at Rockingham Bay in Queensland to commence his fateful expedition.
  • 1929 - The first automatic electric stock quotation board was used by Sutro and Company of New York City.
  • 1932 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
  • 1956 - The US exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean over Bikini Atoll.
  • 1980 - The movie The Empire Strikes Back was released.
  • 2008 - It is reported that the Tasmanian Government has declared the Tasmanian devil an endangered species.


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