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

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


Isolated showers are possible today for Gladstone with a partly cloudy outlook.

Winds are east to south-easterly and light increasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon then becoming light in the evening.

Daytime maximum temperatures around 30 are expected after a minimum of 22.

Tides: High of 4.09m at 10.11am and 4.34m at 10.33pm; low of 0.57m at 4.06am and 0.55m at 4.22pm.


MOTORISTS are urged to take care on the region's roads with Gladstone Regional Council road crews assessing reports of damage resulting from recent rain.

Gladstone Region Mayor Gail Sellers said all efforts were being made by Council crews to follow up reports as timely as possible with some crews scheduled for weekend work.

Cr Sellers said residents noticing flooded or damaged roads could report these to Council's Call Centre on 4979 1134.

Updated road closures due to the rain here.

Road works:

Turkey Beach: Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Road. Single lane week days from 6am to 6pm. Two lanes after 6pm. For further information, contact Council's Customer Service Centre on (07) 4970 0700.


ENTRIES are open for the Intercity Images: Gladstone Saiki Photographic Exchange. Professional and amateur photographers of the Gladstone region are encouraged to capture the spirit of central Queensland's lifestyle, people and environment. Entry forms with terms and conditions are available to download from the Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum website.


A MAN who had to be cut from his car after it crashed into a tree just off the Bruce Hwy last week has died in hospital. The 19-year-old from Brisbane succumbed to his injuries last night. His car was travelling south through Bells Creek about 6.45am on Monday March 24 when it left the highway and crashed into a tree. More here.

ANGRY villa owners at the Palmer Coolum Resort came prepared for a hostile takeover of the luxury holiday accommodation they say they have been locked out of for two years. More here.

WHILE Brisbane's taxi services improved significantly in 2013, some regional areas got less favourable reviews from mystery shoppers. More here.


AS THE Australian Medical Association weighs up whether obesity should be labelled a disease in Australia, a Sunshine Coast academic reckons there is no epidemic just some flawed assumptions. More here.

IT WAS the opening salvo in the so-called Battle of Bentley yesterday when an estimated 2000 protesters massed outside the Rosella site entrance at dawn. More here.

AN ACT of gallantry saw Graham McCamley knighted in 1986. But 28 years on and the Central Queensland grazier cannot understand why Australia would want to reintroduce the honorary titles of knights and dames. More here.


AN INTERNATIONAL research project co-funded by Cancer Council Queensland has identified a gene mutation that puts people at an extremely high risk of developing melanoma. More here.

NOW into the third week of searching for lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Prime Minister Tony Abbott believes there could be a "reckoning" to sort out who will pay for costs, but for now the focus is on the hunt. More here.

PEOPLE who regularly have two or more diet soft drinks a day could be up to 50 per cent more likely to die from heart disease, a new study has shown. More here.


TODAY is Tuesday, April 1, 2014. On this day:

  • 1578 - William Harvey of England discovers blood circulation.
  • 1897 - Aboriginal tracker Jandamurra, who led the rebellion to defend his land from white man, is killed.
  • 1916 - The first US national women's swimming championships are held.
  • 1933 - Nazi Germany begins the persecution of Jews by boycotting Jewish businesses.
  • 1934 - Bonnie and Clyde kill two police officers.
  • 1946 - Weight Watchers is formed.
  • 1946 - A tidal wave (tsunami) hits the Hawaiian Islands, killing more than 170 people.
  • 1952 - The Big Bang theory is proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe and Gamow.