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

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


A partly cloudy day is forecast with the chance of light showers in the north. Winds will be from the east at 15 to 20km/h, becoming light in the late evening.

A top of 28 degrees is expected after a low of 16.

Tides: High 3.73m at 2.28am and 3.17m at 3.16pm; low 1.31m at 9.11am and 1.48m at 9.11pm.

Click here for more local weather information.


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.


American country music legend Kris Kristofferson is playing at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre from 7.30pm. Tickets are available from $73.90. More here.

The Queensland Justices Association Gladstone Branch will meet at the Queensland Transport Department offices, cnr Dawson Hwy and Patterson St, at 6.45pm for a 7pm start.

The meeting is open to association members and any interested JPs and C.decs, plus any members of the public interested in becoming a JP/C.dec.

Beginner belly dance classes will start in Gladstone at 6.20pm at the QCWA Hall in Oaka Lane, providing great for fun and fitness for women of all ages, sizes and fitness levels.

For more information, phone Melanie on 4975 0815 or 0413 004 580. 


Queensland Police say there is still along way to go in their bid to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence across the state. More here.

A 53-year-old man has died in hospital after falling off his mountain bike in state forest at Daisy Hill, south of Brisbane. More here.

Five people have been rescued after spending Easter Monday stranded on a rock in north Queensland after their boat broke anchor and drifted out to sea. More here.


Australia has made preliminary inquiries about getting more marine search equipment as authorities grapple with the prospect the Bluefin-21 underwater drone may soon finish its sweep for Flight MH370 without success. More here.

A number of Medicare Local chief executives have been told the Federal Government plans to shut down the current system, the ABC is reporting. More here.

Federal MP Clive Palmer, whose party is likely to hold the balance of power in the new Senate, has indicated he won't support the Government's Direct Action climate change policy. More here.


Mike Greste, the Toowoomba- based brother of Australian journalist Peter Greste currently detained in Egypt, says his family is doing everything they can to keep spirits high ahead of a sixth court date tomorrow. More here.

This year's Boston Marathon has been run without a hitch, with an estimated one million spectators watching almost 36 thousand runners from 96 countries take part, in honour of last year's bombing victims. More here.

Syria will hold a presidential election on June 3, the speaker of parliament said, setting a date for a vote likely to give Bashar al-Assad a third term. More here.


Sky blue and painted with flowers and clouds, a coffin containing the body of Peaches Geldof was today carried into the same 12th-century church in Kent that was the scene of her marriage two years ago. More here.


Benji Marshall is set to return to the NRL after he and Blues coach John Kirwan agreed his switch to rugby union was not working out, the Blues have confirmed. More here.

Manchester United is set to sack manager David Moyes less than a year after he took charge of the 20-times English soccer champions, British media reported on Tuesday. More here.

Geelong has overcome Hawthorn in a thrilling 19-point win in the Easter Monday encounter at the MCG. More here.


  • 1887 - A cyclone hits near Broome, Western Australia, killing 140.
  • 1915 - At the Second Battle Ypres the Germans became the first country to use poison gas.
  • 1918 - British naval forces attempted to sink block-ships in the German U-boat bases at the Battle of Zeeburgge.
  • 1930 - The US, Britain and Japan signed the London Naval Treaty, which regulated submarine warfare and limited shipbuilding.
  • 1944 - During World War II, the Allies launched a major attack against the Japanese in Hollandia, New Guinea.
  • 1970 - The first Earth Day was observed by millions of Americans.
  • 2000 - ABC-TV aired a small portion of the Clinton-DiCaprio interview.