Here's what you need to know today: April 8

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


There's the chance of showers near the coast this morning and a mostly sunny afternoon. Winds will be south-easterly at 15 to 20 km/h tending north-east to south-easterly in the late afternoon then becoming light in the late evening. 

A maximum temperature of 29 degrees is expected after a low of 20.

Tides: High 3.32m at 3.58am and 2.94m at 5.07pm; low 1.67m at 10.42am and 1.76m at 10.58pm.


Road crews are working this week at Cook St, Melbourne St, Grayson St, Chapman St, Peters Cres and Boles St in Gladstone and at Handley Dr and Curtis Ave in Boyne Island. Work should be finished by Saturday.

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.


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Gladstone region libraries are hosting Easter activity sessions during the school holidays. Craft activities including the making of bunny bookmarks and masks will be held from 9.30am.

Ian Stenlake, star of Australian stage and theatre, is bringing his musical journey to Gladstone and will be performing songs from shows such as Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, the Pyjama Game, Cabaret and more at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre.

The Morning Melodies session costs $12.50, and will be held from 11am, with morning tea from 10am. More here.


The government has blinked in its standoff with the state's senior doctors, agreeing to a last-minute change to the contracts that have been the cause of months of distrust and disharmony. More here.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has become the latest political figure to be embroiled in an inquiry into the Obeid-linked Australian Water Holdings. More here.


A management consultant hired to prepare a risk assessment for the Rudd government's home insulation program says she had no idea installers could die. More here.

Shark attack victim Christine Armstrong has been honoured by her husband Rob with a swim at Tathra beach three days after she disappeared. More here.


Schapelle Corby's former cellmate Renae Lawrence has made the startling claim the recently paroled Aussie knew that drugs were in her boogie bag when she was arrested. More here.

Oscar Pistorius has apologised to the parents of Reeva Steenkamp for the pain and sorrow he has caused them. More here.


BOB  Geldof has paid tribute to his daughter Peaches Geldof, who died on Monday afternoon at the age of 25. More here.


Matt Gillett has stopped short of saying Brisbane was guilty of complacency against Parramatta, but admitted the team's attitude in the first half was poor. More here.

The North Queensland Cowboys are back in the saddle after a free-wheeling 28-2 NRL win over the Newcastle Knights in Townsville last night. More here.

Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente is headed for the breeding barn after scans showed the six-year-old suffered a tendon injury during Saturday's Group One BMW at Rosehill Gardens. More here.


  • 1817 - Australia's first bank, the Bank of New South Wales (later Westpac) is established.
  • 1911 - The first squash tournament was played at the Harvard Club in New York City.
  • 1946 - The League of Nations assembled in Geneva for the last time.
  • 1953 - The bones of Sitting Bull were moved from North Dakota to South Dakota.
  • 1985 - India filed suit against Union Carbide for the Bhopal disaster.
  • 1998 - The widow of Martin Luther King Jr presented new evidence in an appeal for a new investigation of the assassination of her husband.
  • 2001 - Microsoft Corp. released Internet Explorer 6.0.