Here's what you need to know today: May 15

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


Gladstone is in for a partly cloudy day with scattered showers, more frequent near the coast. Winds will be south-easterly at 15 to 25km/h.

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

Tides: High 3.73m at 9.25am and 4.37m at 9.48pm; low 0.69m at 3.30am and 0.56m at 3.25pm.

Click here for more local weather information.


A dog has been stolen from a yard in Tannum Sands, and two vehicles collided at the intersection of Goondoon and Tank Sts last night. More here.


A water main has burst on Kent St, Gladstone. Water supply in the area may be interrupted. Gladstone Regional Council staff are working to fix the problem.


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.


GAPDL's Small Business Advisory Service is hosting a double workshop today. The first, from 9.30-11am will focus on digital strategies

If you're still sitting on the fence about using social media, or want to find out how to grow your digital capacity, then this session is for you.

A Build Your Own Website session will be held from noon to 4pm. The practical, hands-on session will get your business online quickly, easily and cost effectively. 

Prior experience is not necessary and all skill levels are welcome. Phone 4972 4000 for more details.

A Welcome to Gladstone morning tea will be held at the Boyne Tannum Community Centre, cnr of Wyndham and Hayes Ave, Boyne Island, from 10am.

The morning tea will help people new to the area find out more about the region and meet new people.

The Port Curtis Place Senior Citizens Centre holds aerobics classes and snooker games every Thursday from 9-10am. The centre at 83 Oaka Lane, Gladstone. For more information call 4972 4465.


Police overseeing the investigation into a human torso found on Cedar Pocket Road, Cedar Pocket are not related to other human remains. More here.

State governments are shaping for a major fight with Canberra over the Abbott government's first budget. More here.

The Local Government Association of Queensland claims communities across the state are set to miss out on hundreds of millions of dollars. More here.

Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls showed a post-budget breakfast crowd his relief that multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects will soon be underway. More here.


Kevin Rudd has taken the stand at the home insulation royal commission but his evidence has been delayed. More here.

The Federal Government is cutting funding to the corporate watchdog ASIC, as it pushes for less regulatory oversight of the financial sector. More here.

Documents from the United States' National Security Agency have revealed new details outlining how Australia asked them for help to spy on Australian citizens. More here.

The Federal Government has taken the axe to a generous Rudd-era savings scheme for first home buyers, but will lift restrictions on account holders' ability to access their money. More here.


Hopes faded of finding more survivors in a coal mine in western Turkey on Wednesday, where 238 workers were confirmed killed and 120 more still feared to be trapped in what is likely to prove the nation's worst ever industrial disaster. More here.

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has rejected the idea of a swap of Boko Haram prisoners for schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the Islamist group a month ago, Britain's minister for Africa said after talks with him in Abuja on Wednesday. More here.

One of Europe's highest courts has ruled that Google can be told to remove personal information that is excessive, irrelevant, or out of date. More here.

Authorities say anti-China protesters have rampaged through an industrial park in southern Vietnam, attacking offices and torching several Chinese factories. More here.


Despite not playing a tournament, Adam Scott will replace Tiger Woods as golf's world number one next week. More here.

Shinji Ono has inspired the Western Sydney Wanderers into the Asian Champions League quarter-finals. More here.

Michael Matthews retained his overall Giro d'Italia lead while Cadel Evans finished the fifth stage in second place. More here.

Greg Bird will still miss the opening State of Origin clash despite having his dangerous throw charge downgraded. More here.


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