BUILDING STRENGTH: Tropical Cyclone Owen is back and threatening to hit Queensland with strong wind and rain this weekend.
BUILDING STRENGTH: Tropical Cyclone Owen is back and threatening to hit Queensland with strong wind and rain this weekend.

Today in CQ: Everything you need to know for the day ahead

GOOD morning Central Queensland.

Welcome to The Morning Bulletin's daily guide to the big issues in our region today which will be updated throughout the day.

Wednesday, December 12


Emergency services were kept busy tackling a semi-trailer fire near the cemetery on Waoula Rd, Stanwell last night. When they arrived, the fuel tank and grain trailer ablaze, with the road blocked in both directions. The fire was reportedly caused by a blown tyre.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services were also called out to extinguish two fires at Lakes Creek Rd and the oval of a school in Koongal.


Cyclone update:

Tropical cyclone Owen is now a Category 1, with sustained winds near the centre of 75 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 100 kilometres per hour. It is located over the southern Gulf of Carpentaria, northwest of Mornington Island, and was expected intensifying to category 3 intensity if conditions remain favourable and was expected to track down the east coast as a deep low pressure system over the weekend.

Capricornia forecast:

Partly cloudy. Medium (50 per cent) chance of showers in the north, slight (20 per cent) chance elsewhere. Winds east to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light in the late evening. Daytime maximum temperatures 30C to 35C.

Rockhampton - 32°C max - Partly cloudy.

Yeppoon - 29°C max - Possible morning shower.

Gladstone - 30°C max - Partly cloudy.

Biloela - 34°C max - Partly cloudy.


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Pedestrian fails to get off the road before being hit

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Bajool/Midgee: Resurfacing works continue on the Bruce Hwy, affecting all lanes in both directions from 6am Sunday to 6pm Thursday. Works expected to continue until December 20.


Mayor's Carols by Candlelight

Join us for the Mayor's Carols by Candlelight, Rockhampton's premier Christmas event. The Pilbeam Theatre Carols By Candlelight is a ticketed event, so bookings are essential. Entry $12 for adults, $8 for concessions/children. Proceeds go to this year's charity, Legacy Rockhampton and Central Queensland. Pilbeam Theatre, Cnr Victoria Parade and Cambridge Street, Rockhampton. Tickets $8-$12. Bookings phone 4927 4111 or visit

Film screening:

Border Politics @ BCC Cinema Rockhampton, Rockhampton City - 7pm till 9pm - Cost: $23

This is a fund raiser for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside as he traverses the globe examining the harsh treatment meted out to refugees by most Western democracies. This contemporary story is about the threat to human rights, the loss of democratic values and our increasingly heartless treatment of 'the other'. He questions whether the West has lost its moral compass by adopting ideas that reject humanity and undermine democracy.

Art in the Arcade

Original paintings, pastels, prints, watercolours and cards by local artists: CQ Contemporary Artists. Unique and 1 of a kind artwork make great gifts. Meet the artists in the shop. CQCA have been creating art at the Walter Reid Cultural Centre for 38 years. Support your local artists. 10am - 3pm

LEGO® Fun @ Mount Morgan Library

Drop into the library with a parent or carer and try your hand at making an amazing LEGO® creation. This activity is for ages 5 to 99 years. 10am - 11am.

Lively Toddler Time @ Gracemere Library

Get active with your toddler. Dance, wriggle, and move to songs, rhymes and creative play. 10am - 10.30am.

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