Here's what you need to know today: February 24

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

WEATHER

It looks like it will be a mostly sunny morning for Gladstone.

There is a chance of isolated showers about the coast, with a 40 per cent chance of rain for Capricornia.

The daytime maximum temperature is predicted to be between 29 degrees celcius to 34 degrees celcius.

Winds are south-easterly at 15 to 20 km/h turning easterly in the late afternoon.

Tides: High 3.64m at 4.39am and 3.24m at 5.06pm; low 1.46m at 11.13am and 1.29m at 11.06pm.

More local weather information here.

WHAT'S ON

Gladstone Light Opera Society Choir practices every Monday night, singing a variety of songs ranging from ABBA and Queen to songs from stage shows and musicals.

No experience necessary, and all vocal types and abilities are encouraged and welcome. Participants are required to be 16 and over.

Rehearsals are held from 7-9pm at the GLOS Inc shed, 14 Morgan St, Gladstone.

There is a small joining fee and a weekly fee to help cover running and photocopying costs. Phone Natalie 0437 793 057 for more details.

ROADS

A section of Scotts Rd, Bororen will be closed from 7am to 5pm for three days from today to enable an upgrade at its intersection with the Bruce Highway. More here.

The daily start and finish time of works on Euleilah Creek Bridge will now be between 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday. 

The bridge will continue to open to motorists for 10 minutes on the hour with exceptions for the school bus and emergency services, and will return to normal (open) each day after 4pm and all day Saturdays and Sundays.

Ferguson Rd at Calliope is closed until further notice.

Road resurfacing works are being carried out in the Agnes Water and Miriam Vale areas and may affect the following roads: Round Hill Rd, Lowmead Rd, Hills Rd, Taunton Rd, Coast Rd, Matchbox Rd, Maud Hill Rd, Hinrichs Rd and Blackmans Gap Rd.

The Burnett Highway is closed to all traffic between Bouldercombe and Mount Morgan due to a rock slide on the Mount Morgan range.

There's an alternate route to Mt Morgan via the Burnett Highway, Poison Creek Road and Razorback Road. Detour signage is in place. 

Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Rd is down to a single lane on weekdays between 6am and 6pm, and two lanes after 6pm.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Toowoomba Bishop William Morris will today give his highly-anticipated evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Brisbane. More here.

A 24-year-old Roma man as died as a result of injuries sustained in a single vehicle traffic crash in Roma on Sunday night. More here.

A man arrested for allegedly carrying highly volatile home-made bombs in his car, and fooling drivers into believing he was a police officer, will appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court today. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Charlotte Dawson's funeral is expected to be held in Australia, with her sisters today planning details with the former model's best friends. More here.

Hundreds of people stripped off on Sunday to take part in the second annual Sydney Skinny in an attempt to break the world record for the largest nude ocean swim. More here.

Lotto has some simple advice for the winner of the sixth-biggest prize in its history - write your name and details on the winning ticket before you do anything else. More here.

WORLD NEWS

A girl scout has proved it really is "all about location" after selling 117 boxes of cookies from her stand outside The Green Cross medical marijuana dispensary in just two hours. More here.

By 2029, computers will be able to understand our language, learn from experience and outsmart even the most intelligent humans, according to Google's director of engineering Ray Kurzweil. More here.

SPORT

Coffs Harbour has become a battleground for this year's State of Origin series. Both the Blues and Maroons have discussed using the elite training facilities at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort as a base in the lead up to their three clashes this winter. More here.

South Africa has beaten Australia by 231 runs after the tourists suffered a devastating collapse after tea on the fourth day of the second Test in Port Elizabeth. More here.

Byron Bay surfer Garrett Parkes was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Toyota Pro in Newcastle yesterday. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

On this day:

  • 1802 - Flinders discovers and names Port Lincoln in South Australia.
  • 1938 - The first nylon bristle toothbrush was made.
  • 1945 - During Second World War the Philippine capital of Manila was liberated by US soldiers.
  • 1956 - The city of Cleveland invoked a 1931 law that barred people under the age of 18 from dancing in public without an adult guardian.
  • 1981 - Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain's Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.
  • 1984 - Australia's first completely successful heart transplant operation is performed, under the direction of Dr Victor Chang.
  • 1999 - In south-east China, a domestic airliner crashed killing all 64 passengers.