Here's what you need to know today: February 6

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


Gladstone is set for a partly cloudy day with isolated showers (sound familiar?). Winds will be from the south-east at 15 to 25km/h turning easterly at 15 to 20km/h in the afternoon.

The maximum temperature will be 29 degrees after an overnight low of 21.

Tides: High: 3.56m at 1.55am and 3.27m at 2.13pm; low 1.64m at 7.58am and 1.44m at 8.27pm.


Click here for the latest police news.


11.45am: Roads have re-opened around Dixon Drive and Kingfisher St, Telina following a two-vehicle crash at 8.30am.

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. 

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.


Nationally-acclaimed rock band Birds of Tokyo play at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre tonight.

They'll be supported by Chasing the Jeffrey, Barefoot Alley and Gladstone's own Epidemic..Over.

Doors open at 6pm with the music starting at 6.30pm. The last 200 tickets were released last night and cost $85. More here.

The first eisteddfod committee meeting for the year will be held from 7.30pm at 32B Tank St. New volunteers are invited to attend.

For more information phone Pauline Newman on 4978 0646.

Gladstone Regional Council will host a Welcome to Gladstone Region Morning Tea at Gladstone City Library from 10am to noon.

The morning tea is a great opportunity for new residents and visitors to learn more about the Gladstone region and its services and attractions, and meet new people in an informal environment. Phone 4976 6300 for more details.


A mother and daughter stabbed to death in Toowoomba have been farewelled at a funeral. Melanie Perks and her 12-year-old daughter Ebonie were killed last week. A 16-year-old boy has been charged with their murders. More here.

Police are excavating the backyard of a North Mackay property as part of investigations into the 1972 disappearance of schoolgirl Marilyn Wallman. More here.

The Brisbane electorate of Griffith will be the ground zero of Australian political life today with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in the area championing their respective candidates. More here.

Residents on Cloncurry are preparing to evacuate the town as it comes close to running out of water. More here.


The Tax Institute of Australia says child care should be tax-deductible in order to get more people back into the workforce. More here.

A scrub fire has burnt close to homes at Onkaparinga Hills in Adelaide's southern suburbs. There are more than 80 firefighters tackling the blaze. Authorities say there have been 11 overnight fires in the southern suburbs. More here.


Schapelle Corby could be released from her Indonesian prison by the weekend. Indonesia's justice minister is expected to sign Schapelle Corby's parole application in the next three days. More here.

The UN has demanded the Vatican "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to authorities. More here.


The results of an autopsy on Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's body are inconclusive and further tests have been ordered, the New York medical examiner's office says. More here.


Former England soccer captain David Beckham says he's buying a US team to play Major League Soccer in the city of Miami. More here.

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen expressed sadness over the end of his international career on Wednesday and said that he was "incredibly overwhelmed" by the support he had received. More here.

The Sydney Sixers were obliterated by Craig Simmons' hurricane-force innings and lost by five runs in last night's Big Bash semi-final. More here.


  • 1832 - The Swan River colony is officially renamed Western Australia.
  • 1840 - The Treaty of Waitangi is signed, protecting Maori land interests in exchange for recognition of British sovereignty in New Zealand.
  • 1952 - Britain's King George VI died. His daughter, Elizabeth II, succeeded him.
  • 1964 - The British and French Governments announce their commitment to build a tunnel under the English Channel.
  • 1989 - The town of Rosewood, near Ipswich, Queensland, experiences a shower of sardine-sized fish.