Here's what you need to know today: April 14

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


There will be areas of rain around the region today, with isolated showers in the afternoon clearing during the evening. Winds will be south south-easterly at 30-45km/h, decreasing to 15-25km/h in the late afternoon.

A top of 25 degrees is expected after a low of 21. More here.

Tides: High 3.96m at 8.33am and 4.10m at 8.55pm; low 0.87m at 2.30am and 0.69m at 2.39pm.

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Police are investigating after two abandoned cars were set on fire yesterday. More here.

A man has been charged after allegedly having a blood alcohol content reading of 0.216 while riding a quad bike in New Auckland. More here.

A convicted murderer and an armed robber have escaped from Capricornia Correctional Centre overnight, and a man serving a sentence for cultivating drugs has escaped from the Blackall Work Camp.


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.


Manic Monday Night is on as part of the Gladstone Harbour Festival with free main stage entertainment by The Corporates. They'll play hits from Stevie Wonder, the Blues Brothers, The Commitments and more. The fun kicks off at 6.30pm.

Stockland Gladstone will host Easter basket making classes between 10am and 1pm this week. The fun activity is for kids of all ages, and is free of charge. All materials will be provided.

Tondoon Botanic Gardens will host daily Easter activities including card making, basket making, egg decorating and an Easter egg hunt.

All activities are free, but bookings are required in advance. Phone 4977 6884. The gardens at at 700 Glenlyon Rd, Gladstone.

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


Queensland's newest politico has a fairly simple message - no tolls, no asset sales. Jeffrey Hodges has spent the past two and a half years attempting to get his No Tolls, No Sell-Offs party off the ground, but now appears to have found his moment. More here.

Police are co-ordinating a rescue off the coast of Mackay after a vessel ran aground on Trogolby Reef. More here.


A record high vote of support for the Greens and a slump in support for the Coalition in regional Australia has left Tony Abbott's seven-month old government trailing Labor by four points after preferences, for the second time since being elected. More here.

The pilot of a plane that crashed into the Clarence River in New South Wales on Saturday, killing an 11-year-old girl, had to trek several kilometres to find help after helping free the child and her injured dad. More here.


The missing Malaysia Airlines flight was "thrown around like a fighter jet" in a bid to dodge radar detection after it disappeared, Malaysian military investigators reportedly now believe. More here.

Hundreds of New Zealanders facing financial ruin have fled the country, leaving a quarter of a billion dollars in unpaid bills behind them - and they can't be forced to pay the money. More here.


Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-2 in a dramatic and emotionally charged game at Anfield on Monday to move within touching distance of the Premier League title. More here.

The Kangaroos underlined their rising stocks and raised questions about Sydney's with a drought-breaking 43-point win over the Swans at the SCG on Sunday. More here.

World record-holder Wilson Kipsang won the men's London Marathon in a course-record two hours, four minutes and 29 seconds on Monday as Britain's Mo Farah found life tough on his debut over the distance. More here.


  • 1865 - US President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth. He actually died early the next morning.
  • 1870 - Gold is discovered near the present-day town of Gulgong, sparking a major gold rush.
  • 1912 - The Atlantic passenger liner Titanic, on its maiden voyage hit an iceberg and began to sink - 1517 people lost their lives and more than 700 survived. 
  • 1987 - Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev proposed banning all missiles from Europe. 
  • 1999 - A supercell dumps hail and wreaks havoc on Sydney, Australia.