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‘All we could do is stand there and watch it burn’ – Single mother of nine speaks about devastating house fire


A single mother and six of her children have been left devastated after their Montumana home went up in flames on last Thursday.

The Tasmania Fire Service could not pinpoint what caused the fire, but were able to narrow down the area to the bathroom and the laundry, near a bedroom.

Rachael Hamill arrived home from a school pickup to find the house ablaze. She joins Brian Carlton this morning to tell him about the fire, and says all they could do is stand there and watch it burn.

Firefighters also went above and beyond to save a very special item for Rachael's two older sons.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up for Rachael and her family. If you would like to donate, click here. If you would like to donate any household items to Rachael, please get in touch with us via Facebook or our website.

Image: Jen Dixon, Go Fund Me page.

‘Believe it is a change for the better’- Dev Mayor talks Waterfront Plan


The Living City Waterfront Plan is a ‘change for the better’, according to Devonport City Council Mayor, Annette Rockliff.

The development application for the plan was approved at a special council meeting on Monday afternoon, but there have been vocal opponents of the plan in the community.

Mayor Rockliff speaks with Brian Carlton this morning about some of the concerns surrounding the plans, including the removal of trees from Roundhouse Park and concerns that there will be a loss of public land.

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Lake Cethana, Lake Rowallan or Tribute Power Station set to become main site for pumped hydro


Hydro Tasmania has announced this morning $30 million for a feasibility study to determine what is the best place for pumped hydro developments in Tasmania.

The three potential locations are Lake Cethana near Sheffield, Lake Rowallan near Cradle Mountain, or the Tribute Power Station near Tullah. Whichever area is chosen will play a major part in helping Tasmania become the Battery of the Nation.

Minister for Energy, Guy Barnett, speaks with Brian Carlton this morning about this announcement, and where the Battery of the Nation and Marinus Link projects are at.

They also discuss the push for a Victoria Cross medal for Teddy Sheean, which Minister Barnett was successful in gaining a merit based review for the award.

Lambie talks police run-in, Steve Martin Senate seat, JLN policies

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Former Senator Jacqui Lambie joins Brian Carlton in the studio for her usual Tuesday chat – but not before a run-in with the police on the way!

In a comprehensive discussion, Jacqui discusses Steve Martin’s Senate fate, Justine Keay’s citizenship, the arson at Tasmazia, the federal codeine upscheduling scheme and JLN policies – including their recently released education policy.

Listen to their conversation below:  

Living City coming along well, Devonport citizenship ceremony to be held on 26th


Devonport is opening itself up to new events and tourism opportunities as it undergoes a radical transformation with its Living City project.

Mayor of Devonport City Council, Annette Rockliff, speaks to Brian Carlton this morning about some of the ongoing projects around the city, and how the community can have a say on the council’s next budget.

They also discuss Australia Day citizenship ceremonies, and the role of the Federal Government to dictate the day they should be held on.

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Mt Roland Cableway gets tick of approval

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The Mt Roland Cableway project is one step closer to becoming a reality, with approval from the State Government granted today for the use of Crown Land.

This is one small step of the process to getting a cableway and adventure precinct underway on Mt Roland, but will now allow the proponents to put some actual details around the plans, rather than just having concepts.

Justin Carman, Director of Mt Roland Cableway, speaks to Brian Carlton this morning about what this means for the project and what the next step is.

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PM: NW to benefit from Agriculture Skills jobs package, compares My Health Record to cloud system

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Free Range Friday encourages anybody to call in for the day, but it's not often the first cab off the rank is the Prime Minister!

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is in Stanley this morning, after spending the night in Smithton. He announces that the North-West will be one of nine regions in Australia to benefit from a Job Ready Generation Package, which will come in the form of agricultural skills.
The Prime Minster also speaks with Brian Carlton about My Health Record, which he compared to Apple's cloud system.

Potential for joint bid for Qantas Pilot Academy, says Senator Martin

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Devonport and Launceston Airports could join forces to present one united bid for the Qantas Pilot Academy, according Senator Steve Martin.

Over 40 regional cities around Australia have put in bids for the training school, which would see an influx of pilots to the chosen city. All airports in Tasmania have shown an interest in the academy, but the two most prominent bids come from Devonport and Launceston.

Senator Martin discusses the newly released criteria with Brian Carlton, and says that a need to create two separate pilot schools (one beginner, one advanced) could see a united front from Devonport and Launceston.

Record numbers turn up for town meeting on cableway

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Over 100 people turned up for a meeting about the Mt Roland Cableway on Tuesday night – likely a record for a community meeting in Sheffield, according to Mt Roland Cableway Director and Project Lead, Justin Carmen.

Local residents turned up to learn more about the proposed cableway and adventure precinct, and put ‘ghost stories’ to bed.

Mr Carmen joins Brian Carlton this morning, and says that the vibe at the meeting was overwhelmingly positive.

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''REX taking moves from the Trump playbook' - King Island airline stoush continues


King Island Mayor, Duncan McFie, says that perhaps Regional Express Airlines (REX) is taking a leaf out of the Donald Trump playbook.

There is an ongoing stoush between the King Island Council and REX, ever since the council decided to increase landing and passenger charges for the airline. This is because the King Island airport is currently operating at a loss of $500,000 a year, which is being paid by the King Island community.
The latest in the stoush is that REX have cut four flights between the island and Melbourne. Mayor McFie tells Brian Carlton that these cancellations could be due to several mitigating factors, but the timing is coincidental.

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'Blackface' incident divides opinion, but listeners back Penguin footy players


Three North-West Tasmanians have made national news across the country for a ‘Mad Monday’ costume.

The three men from the Penguin Football Club have been pictured in ‘blackface’, dressed as Serena and Venus Williams alongside Sydney Swans player Aliir Aliir.

The picture has caused outrage around the nation, with some people appalled at what they believe is racism and cultural appropriation. However others believe that this was just a fun dress up costume and nothing more.

Tasmania Talks listeners call in to speak to Brian Carlton this morning about their thoughts on the blackface incident.

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'He had his pants down' - suspicious man acting inappropriately in Devonport


 Have you noticed any inappropriate behaviour in Devonport lately?

Helen Burr’s daughter-in-law was out on a casual walk in Devonport, when a man followed her and acted inappropriately.

She is unable to go out for walks now, too shaken up by the event.

Listen as Helen recounts the event to Brian Carlton.

Let us know in the comments, via Facebook inbox or email if you have come across any similar incidents.

'I bloody love the place' - Penguin servo owner vows to continue as she thanks community for well wishes

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The owner of the Penguin Service Station has vowed to continue on, in the wake of several burglaries

Kerrie-Anne Cobbing and her staff were left devastatedafter two break-in's in just one week, with the second leaving the store absolutely trashed.

This morning, Kerrie-Anne calls to talk to Brian Carlton and say thank you to her staff, listeners and the community whom have rallied around the service station in the wake of these crimes.

'I don't want this to happen to anybody else'- Daughter of nursing home influenza victim speaks


This week, it was revealed that an outbreak of influenza at North-West Coast nursing homes had killed a number of patients.

This includes six patients at Strathdevon Aged Care Facility.

Janice Tongs’ mother, Trixie, was one of the six victims of the deadly influenza. She speaks with Brian Carlton about her mother's illness, and the care she received in her final hours.

'I just want to make a difference' - Gina Timms organising 'Buy a Bale' concert for drought areas

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She may hail from Tasmania, but Gina Timms lives and breathes the Tamworth lifestyle, and is devastated by the current drought facing farmers in NSW and QLD.

Desperate to do something to help, Gina has organised a concert on the NW Coast for the end of August. Her hope is to raise $11,000 and send two trucks full of hay over to NSW and QLD.

Gina joins Brian Carlton this morning to talk about her plan to help out these struggling farmers.

To buy tickets to the concert, click here

'Other than me, all votes lead to Justine' - Whiteley delivers last pitch before Braddon by-election

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Brett Whiteley has delivered his last pitch to Tasmania Talks Braddon listeners before the by-election, saying that unless you vote Liberal, all votes will end up going to Labor opponent Justine Keay.

Mr Whiteley joins Brian Carlton in the studio to discuss the by-election campaign, and some of the key topics like jobs, business confidence, and roads funding.

'Putting Tassie on the map' - 21yo axeman Josh Bakes sets world record at championships in Sweden


 A 21 year-old  axeman from Sheffield has had an extraordinary weekend in Sweden at the 2019 Stihl Timbersport World Rookie Championship.

Josh Bakes set a new world record, two national records and three personal bests at the championship, and overall took home second place. Originally tied on first place for points, a countback saw him lose the gold medal by just 0.23 seconds.

Josh talks to Brian Carlton this morning about these amazing achievements. Brian is also joined by World Champion Axeman David Foster, to discuss just how remarkable Tasmania’s young and upcoming talent is.

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'The people have voted with their feet': push to move Launceston Show public holiday to AGFEST


With the future of the Launceston Show in doubt, one Meander Valley Alderman has come up with an interesting proposal: move the Launceston Show public holiday to AGFEST instead.

 Alderman Bob Richardson believes that the people have voted with their feet that AGFEST is the place to be, rather than the agricultural shows. He also states that Circular Head Council have made the decision to move their show public holiday to AGFEST, and wishes to follow suit.

Brian Carlton talks to Alderman Richardson about the proposal, and the process they would need to go through to make this happen.

'They've broken up a beautiful family' - owner pleads for stolen puppy to be returned

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A North-West Coast woman has pleaded for a stolen puppy to be returned to his family.
Patch was stolen from a farm in Takone last weekend, and being only 13 weeks old, is still drinking milk from his mum and is not immunised.
Patch's father is blind, yet he ran after the vehicle who stole his son. The old cattle dog returned the next day after searching all night, with the pads on his paws raw from running.

Brian Carlton talks to owner of Patch, Lisa, who says that the thieves didn't just steal a puppy - they broke a dogs heart.

'This is destroying me' - Search for missing dog Ruby continues

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Lynne Ellis’ beloved staffy Ruby is still missing.

Ruby went missing from Sheffieldon Friday April 6th after escaping from her backyard, and Lynne believes someone may have picked her up.

Lynne says that the search is ‘destroying her’, but tells Brian Carlton that she still has hope.

She also says that she has been unable to put Ruby on lost pet registers in other states.

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