Here's what you need to know today: April 30

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


Gladstone is in for a mostly sunny day with isolated showers in the region's north from the late morning until this evening.

Light winds will become E/NE 15 to 20km/h in the late afternoon then become light in the evening.

A top of 28 degrees is forecast after a low of 19.

Tides: High 3.75m at 9.48am and 4.30m at 10.09pm; low 0.72m at 3.47am and 0.67m at 3.53pm. 

Click here for more local weather information.


The Department of Transport and Main Roads will close one lane on the Kin Kora roundabout between 9am and 3pm  to complete pavement repairs.

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.


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 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.


It is time for Premier Campbell Newman to show some leadership, according to the state's Opposition, which is demanding he "overrule" deputy Jeff Seeney and stop mining companies from forcing workers on to fly-in, fly-out work arrangements. More here.

The Palmer United Party is in line to have "the biggest single impact" on Queensland politics since the Joh Bjelke-Petersen years. More here.

A North Queensland man faces financial ruin after a failed legal bid to stop the expansion of a coal mine owned by the state's richest man. More here.


The consumer watchdog has fined one of Australia's biggest brewers more than $20,000 for allegedly misleading drinkers about the origin of Byron Bay Pale Lager. More here.

Warming ocean waters due to climate change is discouraging Great Barrier Reef corals from spreading out, potentially creating new risks for the reef. More here.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is facing growing opposition over a "deficit levy" proposed for his government's first budget. More here.


Hundreds of pro-Russian separatists stormed government buildings across one of Ukraine's provincial capitals and opened fire on police in a major escalation of the rebellion following new Western sanctions. More here.

South Korean president Park Geun-hye has apologised to the families of the 302 victims of last month's ferry capsize and pledged to revamp safety regulations. More here.

A tornado has torn through the Mississippi town of Tupelo causing widespread destruction to homes and businesses, on a second day of ferocious storms that have claimed 21 lives in the southern United States. More here.


Adelaide mums Bree May and Jessica Liebich cooked their way to victory in last night's My Kitchen Rules grand final with a "magnificent" and "memorable" menu. More here.


LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been handed a life ban and $US2.5 million fine by the NBA for his racist remarks. More here.

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic says his charges are resolved to ensure they do not suffer back-to-back grand final defeats. More here.

Billy Slater says he has extra motivation to perform in Friday night's Test against New Zealand in Sydney. More here.

IOC vice-president John Coates has described preparations for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games as the worst he has experienced. More here.


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  • 1907 - Honolulu, Hawaii, becomes an independent city.
  • 1948 - The US performs an atmospheric nuclear test at Enewetak.
  • 1952 - Mr Potato Head is the first toy advertised on television.
  • 1961 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro receives the Lenin Peace Prize.
  • 1973 - Paul McCartney releases Red Rose Speedway, including My Love.
  • 1988 - Actor Tom Hanks weds actress Rita Wilson.
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  • 2013 - Hannah Warren, who was born without a trachea, at age two becomes the youngest patient to receive a stem cell bioengineered organ.