Here's what you need to know today: May 2

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


Gladstone is in for a cloudy day with scattered showers, becoming less likely during the evening. There's the chance of isolated gusty thunderstorms, possibly severe.

Winds will be N/NW at 15 to 25km/h, becoming light in the evening. A top of 28 is forecast after a low of 20. 

Tides: High 3.34m at 11.06am and 3.97m at 11.22pm; low 1.04m at 5.03am and 1.10m at 4.51pm.

Click here for more local weather information.


A house in Squire St, Toolooa was broken into on Thursday. Money and computer accessories were stolen. More here.

And police were involved in escorting a doctor from Rockhampton after twins were born at 26 weeks at the Mater Hospital in Gladstone. More here.


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.


The Boyne Tannum HookUp, Australia's top family fishing competition, kicks off today. 

The competition starts at 7am. Daily weigh-ins will be held between 2-4pm. 

There will be a filleting demo with the Barefoot Fisherman at 4pm, Phippsy's cooking at 4.30pm, Fish of the Day at 6.05pm, daily prizes presented between 6.10-7pm, and live entertainment throughout the day, with evening entertainment from 7pm.

All the on-shore action will take place at Bray Park, Wyndham Ave, Boyne Island.

Lifestyle Church will host its first Flipside event for Term 2 at the Lifestyle Centre, 83 Sun Valley Rd, Kin Kora, from 7-9pm.

The event will be themed #HashTagWars and includes action-packed games and competitions for students in Years 7-12.

Entry cost is $3 at the door. See the Facebook page for more information, flipsideYouthEvents


Rumours that an early Queensland election will be called have been quashed by Premier Campbell Newman. More here.

Queensland continues to lead the nation in steroid arrests as young men bulk up with drugs purchased through foreign websites. More here.

Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says changes to the state's double jeopardy laws will help solve more murder cases. More here.


Growth in the minimum wage would be effectively frozen below inflation for the next decade, if one of the Commission of Audit's recommendations is acted upon. More here.

Detectives investigating the death of a toddler at Coffs Harbour have charged a man with murder and aggravated sexual assault. More here.

Premiers and chief ministers have gathered for a COAG meeting in Canberra today, less than 24 hours after significant changes to federal funding were flagged in the Commission of Audit report. More here.


Malaysia has made public a preliminary report on flight MH370 that recommends new international standards for the real-time tracking of commercial aircraft. More here.

Experts in Italy have warned one of the world's most famous statues, Michelangelo's David, is in danger of collapsing because it has weak ankles. More here.

Northern Ireland's deputy first minister, Martin McGuinness, says Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams's arrest is a deliberate attempt by unidentified "dark" forces within the Police Service of Northern Ireland to undermine the peace process. More here.


Matt Gillett will be spared the traditional brutal opening period against New Zealand, with Sheens tipped to use him as a game-breaking weapon off the bench. More here.

Fans and drivers have returned to Imola to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Formula One legend Ayrton Senna. More here.

SANZAR has confirmed Super Rugby will expand to 18 clubs in 2016. More here.


  • 1829 - The city of Fremantle, Western Australia, is founded as Captain Fremantle hoists the Union Jack.
  • 1933 - The Loch Ness Monster is introduced to the world.
  • 1969 - British ocean liner, the Queen Elizabeth 2, departs on her maiden voyage.
  • 1974 - The filming of Jaws began in Martha's Vineyard, MA.
  • 1993 - At Washington's National Gallery of Art, an exhibit of 80 paintings from the collection of Dr. Albert C. Barnes opened.
  • 1993 - Authorities announced that they recovered the remains of David Koresh from the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, TX.
  • 1994 - Nelson Mandela claimed victory after South Africa's first democratic elections.