Here's what you need to know today: May 5

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


Gladstone is in for a mostly sunny day with patches of light frost in the south early this morning. Winds will be light.

We're heading for a top of 24 after a chilly low of 10. 

Tides: High 3.56m at 12.44am and 2.81m at 1.16pm; low: 1.57m at 7.05am and 1.77m at 6.36pm. 

Click here for more local weather information.


A man has been charged with possessing explosives after using fireworks in the Kirkwood area on Sunday. In other police news, a man has been charged with drink driving after crashing a ute on the Gladstone-Monto Rd, and a unit at Sun Valley has been broken into. More here.


Central Lane between Yarroon and Roseberry Sts in Gladstone will be temporarily closed to traffic until Thursday while sewerage upgrade works are completed. Access to properties and businesses fronting Central Lane won't be affected. 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.


Enjoy yoga from 8am at the Women's Health Centre, corner of Derby and Buller Sts, Gladstone. Entry is by gold-coin donation.

Classes are open to all - the able and disabled, pregnant women, the elderly. Teachers are skilled in these areas.


The plunge in temperatures over the weekend may have prompted a rush for beanies and jumpers, but it was not a record-breaking cold. More here.

Queensland jails will go smoke free from today, after a lengthy process towards the transition. More here.

Two police officers have been injured trying to stop a stolen car that crashed into two police vehicles in south-east Queensland. More here.


Treasurer Joe Hockey is offering privileged access to a select group including business people and industry lobbyists in return for tens of thousands of dollars in donations to the Liberal Party via a secretive fund-raising body whose activities are not fully disclosed to election funding authorities. More here.

A mother of four has been arrested at Sydney Airport and charged during a police counterterrorism operation. More here.

A survey of Australian high school students has found that sending and receiving sexually explicit images and messages is a normal part of most teenage relationships. More here.


The head of Northern Ireland's Sinn Fein party, Gerry Adams, has been released without charge after being questioned by police over a notorious IRA murder. More here.

The Japanese government says the number of children in Japan has fallen to a new low as the country celebrates Children's Day. More here.


Brisbane Roar have won their third A-League championship in dramatic fashion, with a 2-1 extra-time win over the Western Sydney Wanderers at Lang Park. More here.

World champion Marc Marquez continued his perfect start to the season by winning the Spanish MotoGP Grand Prix at Jerez on Sunday. More here.


  • 1494 - Christopher Columbus sighted Jamaica on his second trip to the Western Hemisphere. He named the island Santa Gloria.
  • 1798 - US Secretary of War William McHenry ordered the USS Constitution be made ready for sea. The frigate was launched on October 21, 1797, but had never been put to sea.
  • 1945 - Six people are killed in the only deaths caused by Japanese bombs on the American mainland in the Second World War.
  • 1956 - Jim Bailey became the first runner to break the four-minute mile in the US He was clocked at 3:58.5.
  • 1961 - Alan Shepard became the first American in space when he made a 15 minute suborbital flight.
  • 1966 - Willie Mays broke the National League record for home runs.