Here's what you need to know today: February 5

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


Gladstone is in for another partly cloudy day with isolated showers, mostly in the north. Winds will be from the east south-east at 15 to 20km/h, increasing to 25 to 30km/h in the morning.

The maximum temperature will be 30 degrees after an overnight low of 22.

Tides: High: 3.76m at 1am and 3.59m at 1.17pm; low 1.33m at 6.57am and 1.21m at 7.30pm.


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. 

Flood betterment works at Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Rd are underway and are expected to take about six weeks.

The road will be down to a single lane from 6am to 6pm weekdays during the works.

Beach access to Lilley's Beach via the Boyne Treatment Plant is closed and will remain so until the council can remove large amounts of debris from the area.

Bridge repairs to the Euleila Creek crossing on Hills Rd, Baffle Creek started on Monday and will limit vehicle usage to a 10-minute period on the hour, every hour.


Children's art classes will be held at the Gladstone Showgrounds on Scenery St from 3.30-4.30pm. All artistic abilities are welcome to attend.

All materials will be provided, but a reasonable fee applies. Call Cath on 4973 6340 for more details.

ABC Open will host a free digital photography workshop where budding snappers can learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and some fun creative stuff, at Miriam Vale Library from 11am-1pm.

To reserve a spot, email Lisa Clarke at

Settlers Gladstone is offering free tai chi for over-55s with instructor Barbra Holgate from 9.30-10.30am.

Wear comfortable, flat shoes and bring a water bottle. For more information phone Cheryl on 4979 0866.

The Friends of Bindaree will host a garage sale at 1 Beacon Ave, Boyne Island from 7.30am to 11.30am.


A Bundaberg mother has been left distressed after claiming an adult Scout leader bullied her eight-year old child. More here.

Agony turned to ecstasy on Tuesday night when Redbank woman Constance Cafarella was found alive and well after a nine-day search. More here.

A rare form of food poisoning most likely caused the deaths of a Sunshine Coast mother and daughter in Bali, their family has been told. More here.

One man is on the run and two others have been arrested after a dramatic police chase on the Gold Coast. More here.


Australia is being held up to international ridicule over environment policies imposed by the Federal Government, with claims we're the most environment-unfriendly nation on Earth. More here.

A lack of flexible childcare in regional areas is causing police officers to leave full-time, front-line work, particularly in smaller communities. More here.

A Victorian Liberal backbencher has accused Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey of lying about worker's conditions at the SPC factory. More here.


Police have launched a major operation in Rio's favelas, leaving six people dead and four wounded with the World Cup just four months away. More here.

Microsoft has named company veteran Satya Nadella as its next chief executive officer, and announced the company's founder Bill Gates would step down as chairman and assume a new role as a technology adviser. More here.


The Whitsundays are abuzz with excitement as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been spotted arriving at the Proserpine Airport. The pair is reportedly in the region for a new movie Jolie is directing. More here.


Mitchell Starc says the Sydney Sixers have enough top players to make up for the loss of missing stars for tonight's Big Bash League semi-final with Perth. More here.

 Brisbane boxer Alex Leapai will fight Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in a bid to become Australia's first world heavyweight champion. More here.


  • 1803 - Early Australian sea explorer George Bass disappears.
  • 1869 - The first permanent white settlers arrive in Darwin, Australia.
  • 1869 - The world's largest recorded gold nugget is found in Victoria, Australia.
  • 1922 - The first issue of the Reader's Digest is published.
  • 1947 - Australia's first cloud-seeding experiment, resulting in the artificial production of rain, is carried out at Bathurst, New South Wales.