Here's what you need to know today: May 7

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

WEATHER

The weather in Gladstone today will be partly cloudy, with winds from the south south-east and light.

A top of 24 is forecast after a low of 14.

Tides: High 3.31m at 2.45am and 2.85m at 3.51pm; low: 1.62m at 9.28am and 1.85m at 9.55pm. 

Click here for more local weather information.

POLICE

A driver was treated for shock after a two-vehicle crash in Gladstone on Tuesday afternoon. The crash happened at 2pm at the corner of Breslin and Glenlyon Sts.

One driver was treated at the scene. Gladstone police are investigating. 

ROADS

Central Lane between Yarroon and Roseberry Sts in Gladstone will be temporarily closed to traffic until Thursday while sewerage upgrade works are completed. Access to properties and businesses fronting Central Lane won't be affected. More here.

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

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

Police have declared an "emergent situation" under the Public Safety Preservation Act as officers continue to negotiate with a man at Bowen. More here.

The Queensland Government's first-home buyers' scheme could be in jeopardy if respondents to the Strong Choices survey get their way. More here.

The number of Queenslanders who own their home outright has fallen to 29 per cent, new figures show. The national average stands at 32.1 per cent. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Two out of three key policies that could help bring more people from the city to regional areas have already been taken off the Abbott government's agenda. More here.

Australia Post chairman John Stanhope says a user-pays postal system is a viable option after the company's letter operations ­suffered a $218 million loss last year because the public had sent fewer letters than ever. The user-pays model means residents would pay an annual bill as well as the stamp price. More here.

Indonesia's foreign minister says the apparent addition of three extra passengers to an asylum seeker boat turned back to Indonesian waters is a "very serious development". More here.

WORLD NEWS

Sixty children have been hit by suspected food poisoning on a seven-hour flight from Dubai to London. More here.

Oscar Pistorius, on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, has been accused of threatening a witness in court. More here.

Pakistan's government has announced it will set up mandatory polio immunisation points at its international airports to help stop its outbreak spreading abroad. More here.

SPORT

Former Brisbane Bullets star Derek Rucker is set to make a comeback at the age of 47, playing for Gladstone Port City Power. More here.

Australia captain Lucas Neill has missed selection in the Socceroos' squad for the World Cup in Brazil next month. More here.

The St George-Illawarra Dragons are the new front-runners in the race to sign code-hopper Benji Marshall. More here.

HISTORY

  • 1663 - The first Theatre Royal was opened in London.
  • 1763 - Indian chief Pontiac began all-out war on the British in New York.
  • 1912 - The first airplane equipped with a machine gun flew over College Park, MD.
  • 1940 - Winston Churchill became British Prime Minister.
  • 1946 - Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corp was founded. The company was later renamed Sony.
  • 1975 - US President Ford declared an end to the Vietnam War.
  • 1999 - In Belgrade, Yugoslavia, three Chinese citizens were killed and 20 were wounded when a NATO plane mistakenly bombed the Chinese embassy.


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