Here's what you need to know today: May 16

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


Gladstone is in for a partly cloudy day with isolated showers. Winds will be from the south-east at 15 to 25km/h.

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

Showers are expected over the weekend, with a top of 26 on Saturday and Sunday.

Tides: High 3.67m at 10.07am and 4.36m at 10.30pm; low: 0.68m at 4.13am and 0.63m at 4.05pm.

Click here for more local weather information.


11am: The Bruce Highway has re-opened after a serious truck crash just north of Gin Gin and traffic is flowing freely. More here.

The Gladstone marina bridge will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, as well as boats needing the bridge to be opened, for three days from Monday to Wednesday.

The bridge will be closed from 7am-5pm, and will operate as usual outside those hours. The closure is necessary while noise-reduction works are undertaken.

Alternative access for vehicles will be via Alf O'Rourke Dr. Marine vessels will need to make alternative arrangements during the closure times. 

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.


Koolyangarra Kindy is hosting a 200 Club event at the kindy grounds from 6.30-9.30pm.

Tickets are $50 and only 200 are being sold for the chance to win a major prize of $4000 or five prizes of $200.

Tickets include nibbles, beer, wine and soft drink and must be purchased through the kindy 29 Boyne Crescent, Gladstone. Phone 4972 3067 for more details.

Country music singer Keri McInerney will take to the stage at Agnes Water Tavern from 8pm.

The country music singer has taken out more than 50 music awards over her career, which spans about 24 years.

Benaraby Progress Association is hosting a benefit dance at the Benaraby Progress Hall to raise money for Tracey Slatter, who recently underwent a double lung transplant.

Money raised from the event will go to help the family who will spend many months in Brisbane.

The dance is on from 8pm-midnight. Admission is $10 and includes dinner and music by Trevor Gayton. For more information phone 4975 6435 or 4975 3015. 

The Gladstone Central Committee on the Ageing is hosting a cent sale at the Port Curtis Place Senior Citizens Centre, 83 Oaka Ln.

Doors open at 9.30am for a 10am start. Entry costs $1. Morning tea will be provided with a cake walk, lucky door prize, raffles and lots of prizes on offer.

Cent sale tickets are five for $2.50 or 10 for $5. A bus will be operating on the day. Phone the office on 4972 4465 if you require bus pick-up. 

Lifestyle Church is hosting another Flipside event at the Lifestyle Centre, 83 Sun Valley Rd, Kin Kora, from 7-9pm.

The event will be themed Full Throttle and includes action-packed games and competitions for students in Year 7-12.

Entry is $3 at the door. Check out the Facebook page for all the latest information.

Click here for a list of what's on in Gladstone this weekend.


Former Catholic school principal Terence Hayes has defended his decision not to notify police of abuse claims against pedophile teacher Gerard Vincent Byrnes. More here.

Ten people at Bundaberg Rum will lose their jobs as the distillery moves most of its bottling operation to a site in western Sydney. More here.

About 700 federal public servants in Queensland - mostly in Brisbane and Townsville - will lose their jobs in the next 12 months after Tuesday's federal budget. More here.


Wide Bay MP and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss has sparked a national storm by suggesting too many seniors are blowing their money on luxury cruises and then going on the pension. More here.

The Abbott Government's first budget will hit rural and regional Australians, but government MPs say they fought hard to quarantine key issues from cuts. More here.

The Federal Opposition is preparing to block a raft of the Abbott government's budget measures in the Senate, and is likely to find allies in key crossbenchers. More here.


AN entire family has survived being struck by lightning following a storm in the German city of Chemnitz. More here.

Malaysia is considering deploying underwater vehicles as authorities prepare for a long-term search effort for missing flight MH370. More here.

America has paused to remember the victims of the September 11 attacks at the dedication of a museum built in the bedrock where the World Trade Centre towers stood in New York City. More here.

A Sudanese judge has sentenced a pregnant Christian woman to death by hanging for renouncing Islam, despite appeals by Western embassies for compassion and respect for religious freedom. More here.


The Adelaide Crows have bounced back to form, beating Collingwood by 21 points at Adelaide Oval on Thursday night. More here.

Second seed Li Na defeated Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals in a day of upsets at the ATP-WTA Rome Masters on Thursday. More here.

Blues coach Laurie Daley has said Roosters half-back Mitchell Pearce is no certainty for Origin I. More here.


  • 1770 - Marie Antoinette, at age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15.
  • 1888 - The first demonstration of recording on a flat disc was demonstrated by Emile Berliner.
  • 1888 - The capitol of Texas was dedicated in Austin.
  • 1920 - Joan of Arc was canonised in Rome.
  • 1929 - The first Academy Awards were held in Hollywood.
  • 1946 - Annie Get Your Gun opened on Broadway.
  • 1946 - Jack Mullin showed the world the first magnetic tape recorder.
  • 1991 - Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the US Congress.
  • 2000 - US First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was nominated to run for US Senator in New York. She was the first US First Lady to run for public office.