Here's what you need to know today: May 8

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


It will be sunny in the Gladstone region this morning, with the chance of showers and thunderstorms in the south during the afternoon. Winds will be southerly and light becoming east south-easterly in the morning.

We're heading for a top temperature of 25 degrees after a low of 14. 

Tides: High 3.33m at 3.55am and 3.06m at 5.06pm; low: 1.48m at 10.33am and 1.69m at 11.02pm. 

Click here for more local weather information.


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.


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.

An education workshop to dispel the myths surrounding epilepsy, and outline how to deal with treatment and management of the condition, is being held at the Gladstone City Library from 12.30-4.30pm.

A fee of $60 applies and bookings are essential. Phone 1300 852 853.


After six hours of debate, the government passed its Crime and Misconduct Commission amendments late on Wednesday night. More here.

A parliamentary committee has been told TAFE Queensland will continue to deliver state-wide priorities along with individual needs for communities across the state. More here.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson will be in the Lockyer Valley, west of Ipswich, on Monday filming for a new feature film. More here.


More than 170 sharks have been caught and 50 destroyed as part of Australia's controversial culling policy, government figures have revealed. More here.

The federal government appears poised to push ahead with a new tax on high earners, despite a backlash from Coalition backbenchers and senior Liberal figures. More here.

The Abbott government will unveil a new $10 billion infrastructure package in its first budget offsetting the political pain of a harsh blueprint winding back social security, cutting family payments, introducing 'user pays' in health and education, and featuring increased taxes. More here.


Millions of South Africans have turned out to vote in the country's first election since the death of Nelson Mandela. More here.

Nigerian police have offered a 50 million naira ($300,000) reward to anyone who can give credible information leading to the rescue of more than 200 abducted school girls. More here.

Russian president Vladimir Putin called on pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine to postpone a vote on secession just five days before it was to be held, potentially pulling Ukraine back from the brink of violent dismemberment. More here.


Despite a spectacular fall from grace at the Brisbane Broncos, former Test prop Ben Hannant is still on Queensland's State of Origin radar - for now. More here.

Outgoing AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou says suspended Melbourne player Jack Viney is very unlucky. The Demons will appeal the two-match suspension that Viney received at Tuesday night's landmark tribunal hearing. More here.

Lance Franklin is expected to play against former AFL club Hawthorn at the SCG on Friday, when the Swans could finally unleash their much-vaunted quartet of top forwards. More here.


  • 1794 - Antoine Lavoisier was executed by guillotine. He was the French chemist that discovered oxygen.
  • 1847 - The rubber tire was patented by Robert W. Thompson.
  • 1886 - Pharmacist Dr John Styth Pemberton invented what would later be called "Coca-Cola."
  • 1915 - H.P. Whitney's Regret became the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby.
  • 1986 - Reporters were told that 84,000 people had been evacuated from areas near the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Soviet Ukraine.
  • 1997 - Larry King received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1998 - A pipe burst leaving a million residents without water in Malaysia's capital area.