Here's what you need to know today: May 22

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


The forecast for today is for a partly cloudy day with isolated showers. Winds will be  E/SE at 15 to 20km/h tending E/NE 15 to 25 km/h in the morning.

A top temperature of 26 is predicted after a low of 18.

Tides: High 3.77m at 3.24am and 3.46m at 4.13pm; low 1m at 9.57am and 1.35m at 10.16pm. 

Click here for more local weather information.


9.15AM: Traffic is flowing freely on the Bruce Hwy at Mt Larcom after a single vehicle rollover this morning. More here.

The intersection of Gladstone-Mt Larcom and Flynn Rds is being upgraded, with works involving partial lane closures so sealing works to take place.

The works will take place from 7am-5pm each day until Monday.

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.

Blackgate Road at Wooderson is closed.


Diesel will play at the Harvey Road Tavern from 7.30pm. Tickets cost $30. More details here or phone 4978 7102.

Gladstone Engineering Alliance will host an Inspiring Women in Industry event will speaker Rachael Robertson, a former Antarctic expedition leader.

The Vintage Vogue High Tea will be held at Harvey Road Tavern from 2.30-5.30pm. Cost is $90 for GEA members and $110 for non-members. Email for more details.

Boyne-Tannum residents are invited to an information night to learn more about the future planning of neighbouring towns.

More than 80 community members had their say in March on the future planning vision for the areas, and this follow up session will provide residents with feedback.

The session will be held at the Boyne Tannum Community centre from 6.15pm. RSVP to 1300 621 922. 

The Boyne Tannum Bowls Club will host an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. Bingo will be played at 9.30am followed by morning tea at 10.30am.

Entry is by gold-coin donation, with raffles and more.

The Port Curtis Place Senior Citizens Centre holds aerobics classes and snooker games every Thursday from 9-10am. The centre at 83 Oaka Lane, Gladstone. For more information call 4972 4465.


Sunshine Coast MP Peter Wellington's 'burqa bill' has been voted down by both sides of politics, despite support from Clive Palmer and Bob Katter MPs. The bill would have meant people could be asked to remove their face coverings by officers of the law. More here.

Ipswich police are concerned short range deadly firearms disguised as pens could be on the streets after a man was arrested carrying a similar weapon. More here.

Leading child safety organisation Bravehearts has welcomed new legislation which will see a suite of child-protection reforms rolled out across the state. More here.

The father of the three-year-old girl abducted from Childers last month has fronted court over two public nuisance charges. More here.

Motorbike riders who weave between cars in traffic jams could soon be on the right side of the law. More here.


As protests against his first budget caused him to abandon his schedule on Wednesday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has vowed to keep trying to explain. More here.

The first shipment of fresh Australian milk, from Queensland and New South Wales, has hit shelves in Chinese supermarkets. More here.

Tony Abbott was called a 'creep' yesterday after winking on radio when taking a call from a pensioner who claimed she worked on an adult sex line. More here.

A young boy was in a critical condition on Wednesday night after becoming the second child to be hit in a Sydney school zone this week. More here.


US online giant eBay says cyberattackers broke into its database with customer passwords and other personal data in one of the biggest breaches of its kind. More here.

Terrorists have killed dozens of people in northern Nigeria - just one day after more than 100 people died in a double bombing in the central city of Jos. More here.

The first asylum seekers to be granted refugee visas on Nauru have been released into the community. More here.

China and Russia have signed a monumental, multi-decade gas supply contract, Chinese state energy giant CNPC said, with reports saying the deal could be worth as much as $400 billion. More here.


Michael Rogers scored his first grand-tour stage win on stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia as Cadel Evans kept his lead. More here.

Mile Jedinak has been named Socceroos captain for the team's World Cup campaign in Brazil. More here.

Chris McQueen says he is determined to repay the faith shown by Queensland selectors in State of Origin I. More here.


1840 - New South Wales ceases to be a convict colony as the Order-in-Council ending transportation of convicts is issued.
1851 - The discovery of gold in New South Wales, Australia, is officially announced.
1859 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who created Sherlock Holmes, was born.
1860 - The first elected Parliament of Queensland meets.
1892 - Dr Washington Sheffield invented the toothpaste tube.
1906 - The Wright brothers received a patent their flying machine.
1967 - The final To Tell the Truth program was seen on CBS-TV.
1981 - Britain's Yorkshire Ripper is jailed for life.

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