Here's what you need to know today: May 13

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


Gladstone is in for a partly cloudy day with isolated showers. There's the chance of thunderstorms from early this afternoon. Winds will be south-easterly at 15 to 25 km/h. 

A top of 26 is forecast after a low of 18.

Tides: High 3.76m at 8.04am and 4.20m at 8.30pm; low 0.90m at 2.06am and 0.64m at 2.08pm.

Click here for more local weather information.


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.


Police are investigating a series of events overnight that may be related, including the theft of sausage rolls from a property in Mellefont St. More here.


Savour The Flavour cafe at Tondoon Botanic Gardens will be closed today while some new kitchen appliances are delivered and installed. The cafe will be back up and running by 7.30am on Wednesday.


The Bororen Hall will host an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea event at 9.30am. The cost is $5, which includes a morning tea and a lucky door prize. For more information phone Sharon 4974 4187 or Shah 4974 4244.

The musical comedy Pete the Sheep will be performed at Gladstone Entertainment Centre. The show is part of the 2014 schools program, with surplus seats available to the public. Phone 4972 9000 for more details.

Day and evening tai chi classes are held at the Uniting Church Hall, Dixon Drive. For more details and enrolment phone 4972 9552 or email admin

Beginner belly dance classes are on from 6.20pm at the QCWA Hall in Oaka Lane. Great for fun and fitness for women of all ages, sizes and fitness levels.

For more information phone Melanie on 4975 0815 or 0413 004 580.  

Just Rock Gladstone will hold beginner rockabilly classes weekly from today until June 17 at the Gladstone Bowls Club in Ferris St. The 40-minute classes will start at 7pm. Cost is $5 per person.

To register, contact Lyn on 0409 620 052 after 3pm.

Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host a network meeting from 6-8pm at EQIP in Boles St, Gladstone. Phone Alicia 0432 686 751 for more details.


The Queensland Teacher's Union has renewed its call for NAPLAN testing to be scrapped as 220,000 students prepare to sit the test. More here.

The Attorney-General has issued a recall order on certain Avanco branded DC solar power isolators used on solar power systems. More here.

The pair accused of abducting a two-year-old girl from Willowbank near Ipswich met on Facebook three weeks ago a court has heard. More here.


Rises in the cost of living for thousands of Australians could be the earliest concrete result families will feel from the Abbott government's first budget. More here.

The Greens have moved to reassert their opposition to the Federal Government's debt tax, in a bid to quash any speculation the minor party may have a change of heart. More here.

Confidence in doing business in Australia has continued its sluggish performance in recent months. More here.


The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius said on Monday that the double-amputee athlete should be placed under psychiatric observation after an expert called by the defence said Pistorius has an anxiety disorder. More here.

Pope Francis has declared everyone has the right to be baptised, even aliens should they come knocking on the church's door. More here.

Polls have closed after the final phase of voting in India's general election, ending a process which began five weeks ago. More here.

Boko Haram has released a new video claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they have converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. More here.


Tom Hafey, one of AFL's greatest coaches, has died at the age of 82, prompting a flood of tributes from clubs he led to victory. More here.

Jarryd Hayne and Chris Sandow inspired Parramatta to a 42-24 win over Cronulla in an action-packed NRL clash at Parramatta Stadium on Monday. More here.

Carlton took down St Kilda on Monday night but captain Marc Murphy's bump on Nick Riewoldt will be scrutinised. More here.

Blues enforcer Greg Bird is set to miss the first two State of Origin matches after being charged by the NRL. More here.


  • 1787 - Captain Arthur Phillip left Britain for Australia. He successfully landed 11 ships full of convicts on January 18, 1788, at Botany Bay. The group moved north eight days later and settled at Port Jackson.
  • 1792 - The first confirmed sighting of the Tasmanian Tiger is made.
  • 1821 - The first practical printing press was patented in the U.S. by Samuel Rust.
  • 1888 - Slavery was abolished in Brazil.
  • 1940 - Winston Churchill made his first speech as the prime minister of Britain.
  • 1984 - The Australian $1 banknote is replaced with a $1 coin.
  • 1996 - In Bangladesh 600 people were killed by a tornado.