Here's what you need to know today: May 23

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


Gladstone is in for a partly cloudy day with isolated showers. Isolated thunderstorms are predicted in the south-west during the evening.

Winds will be E/SE and light tending E/NE at 15 to 20km/h in the early afternoon. then becoming light in the late afternoon. 

A top of 26 is expected after a low of 19.

Tides: High 3.74m at 4.34am and 3.68m at 5.22pm; low 0.89m at 11.03am and 1.23m at 11.31pm.

Click here for more local weather information.


Gladstone Marina Bridge is open and operating normally after roadworks this week.

The intersection of Gladstone-Mt Larcom and Flynn Rds is being upgraded, with works involving partial lane closures so sealing works to take place.

The works will take place from 7am-5pm each day until Monday.

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.

Blackgate Road at Wooderson is closed.


The annual Captain Cook 1770 Festival commemorates the landing of Lieutenant James Cook on 24 May, 1770 at Bustard Bay.

The re-enactment of Captain Cook landing is a special highlight of the festival, and this year it will be held on Friday night before the Festival at the Air Sea Rescue Park (1770 Foreshore). More here.

A performance of Tim Winton's The Deep is on at Gladstone Entertainment Centre from 10am.

The Deep mixes beach culture comedy with exquisite puppetry in a highly entertaining live theatre experience.

The show is part of the 2014 Schools Program. Surplus seats will be available to the general public. Phone the box office on 4972 2822 for details.

Solo artist Carl Wockner will play at the Rocky Glen Hotel from 8pm.

Wockner has established himself as an up-and-coming home-grown artist, blessed with glorious dreadlocks and a sound something like John Mayer, Ben Harper or David Gray with hints of Donavon Frankenreiter or Newton Faulkner.

Old Station Fly-in and Heritage Show special guest Matt Hall will be keynote speaker at a dinner tonight. More here.

Benaraby Progress Association will host its weekly old time/new vogue dance at the Benaraby Hall, on the Bruce Hwy, from 8pm-11.30pm. Admission is $5, and includes a light supper. Call Valda on 4975 6435 for more details.


Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash that took the lives of a Chinchilla man, woman and eight-month-old baby near Charleville. More here.

Queensland state politicians will no longer have to declare donations when they reach $1000 with new laws now pushing that trigger beyond $12,000. More here.

Queensland has been the slowest state to make any progress on improving indigenous employment opportunities, the latest report on Closing the Gap targets reveals. More here.


Prime Minister Tony Abbott's presence at his daughter's graduation ceremony from an exclusive design school in Sydney "took precedence" over the occasion, a former student said on Thursday. The PM's daughter was awarded a $60,000 scholarship to attend the school. More here.

Police clashed with demonstrators who tried to storm a Liberal Party debate at Sydney University being adjudicated by Education Minister Christopher Pyne last night. More here.

The 67-year-old grandmother who caused a social media storm after Tony Abbott winked when she told him on talkback radio she was working as a telephone sex worker says the experience has been like a "crazy dream". More here.


Landmark legislation to end the bulk collection of American phone records has passed the US House of Representatives. More here.

North and South Korean warships exchanged artillery fire on Thursday in disputed waters off the western coast, South Korean military officials said, in the latest sign of rising animosity between the bitter rivals in recent weeks. More here.

Thailand's army chief has announced the military is taking control of the government, days after declaring martial law. More here.

China and Russia have vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court for crimes committed by both sides in the three-year civil war. More here.


Ian Chappell, regarded as one of Australia's fiercest cricket captains, says match fixing could bring the game down and that no player or country can escape suspicion. More here. Meanwhile, NZ player Lou Vincent has been charged with match fixing. More here.

The Matildas will defend their Asian Cup title against Japan, after they beat South Korea 2-1 in the semi-final. More here.

Hawthorn has recalled Luke Hodge and Brad Sewell for its top-of-the-table clash with Port Adelaide. More here.

John Eales medallist Michael Hooper could become the youngest Wallabies captain since Trevor Allen in 1947. More here.


  • 1837 - Streets and squares in Adelaide, capital of South Australia, are first named.
  • 1908 - Part of the Great White Fleet arrived in Puget Sound, WA.
  • 1915 - During World War I, Italy joined the Allies as they declared war on Austria-Hungary.
  • 1922 - Daylight savings was debated in the first debate ever heard on radio in Washington, DC.
  • 1930 - Extensive aerial surveying and mapping of the Australian outback begins.
  • 1981 - In Barcelona, Spain, gunmen seized control of the Central Bank and took 200 hostages.
  • 1994 - Pulp Fiction won the Golden Palm for best film at the 47th Cannes Film Festival.