Here's what you need to know today: March 21

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


A cloudy day is predicted for Gladstone today with scattered showers, becoming less likely during the evening.

There will be possible heavy falls near the north coast and isolated thunderstorms. Winds will be east south-easterly at 15 to 25km/h becoming light in the late evening.

We're expecting a top of 27 after a low of 22. 

Tides: High 3.49m at 11.50am; low 1.23m at 5.52am and 1.16m at 5.48pm.

More local weather information here.


Click here for the latest police news.


Endeavour Foundation Gladstone is having a massive market day. Products are hugely reduced including clothing, manchester, shoes and accessories. Starting price is $1.

The Endeavour Foundation store is at 167 Auckland St.

The Gladstone Safety Expo is on from 6am to 6pm at CQ University. 

Guest speakers include Bechtel's Kevin Berg, Rio Tinto Alcan's Bob Beake, professional safety speaker Anton Guinea, workplace rehabilitation manager Nicola Kelbie.

The event will be hosted by chef Matt Golinski.

A Harmony Day celebration will be held at the Gladstone Community hub, with guest speaker Pushpa Bakshi.

The celebration will run from 12.30-2pm at 5 Buller St, Gladstone. 


Upgrade works to the pram ramp paths on the corners of the Tank and Auckland Streets intersection in Gladstone have started. 

Works will be carried out between 7am to 3pm and will be at one corner at a time to minimise traffic disruptions. More here.

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.


A magistrate's suggestion the One Punch Can Kill campaign is media-driven has come under fire from victims of crime. More here.

A grandmother with no previous criminal history had resorted to selling drugs in order to pay her electricity bill. More here.

Labor number crunchers are asking why a $200,000 election campaign donation ended up in Kevin Rudd's electorate account. More here.


A sprinkling of blurry blobs floating 2500km south-west of Perth could mark the end of global intrigue caused by the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, but answers will not come soon enough for families. More here.

Master Grocers Australia, which represents the independent supermarket sector, is opposing the further deregulation of trading hours across Australia. More here.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is pressing Papua New Guinea to speed up the processing of asylum seekers held in detention on Manus Island. More here.


The phone-hacking trial in London has been told the now defunct tabloid News Of The World sanctioned the illegal practice "on an industrial scale". More here.

A teenager has been arrested and a security guard fired after a secret climb to the top of One World Trade Centre. More here.

US president Barack Obama announces new sanctions against Russian officials and sparks a similar response from Moscow over Russia's seizure of the Crimea region from Ukraine. More here.


Bernard Tomic has broken a record no tennis player wants as he crashed out to Jarkko Nieminen in the shortest ever ATP match. More here.

Masters champion Adam Scott fired a 10-under-par 62 and lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida by four strokes. More here.

The wife of suspended Essendon coach James Hird says former Bombers chairman David Evans pressured her husband not to tell anti-doping investigators that AFL boss Andrew Demetriou had "tipped off" the club during the supplements scandal. More here.


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