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Unconfirmed sightings of missing 19yo in the NE area


There have been unconfirmed sightings in the North-East area of missing 19 year-old Billy Ray Waters.

Billy was last seen in Invermay last Thursday afternoon on August 8th, and his family and friends are greatly concerned for his welfare.

Billy is described as 175cms tall, of slim build, with below shoulder length brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing tan coloured low crutch skate pants, a tie-dye shirt, a black puffer jacket, a ‘Raiders’ cap and multi coloured green/grey Nike runners.

Darren Turner, Detective Sergeant for Tasmania Police, talks to Brian Carlton about Billy and where the search is at.

If you have any information, please call Tasmania Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers Tasmania on 1800 333 000.

Updated flood modelling for Launceston, tweaked but generally pretty good


After the mammoth flooding in 2016, the Launceston City Council decided to review the North and South Esk rivers flood behaviour so as to be best prepared for any future flood events.

Released today, the council’s report says that the city’s flood modelling generally holds the city in good stead for flooding events, however the public should expect to see an increase in intense rainfall events over the coming decades.

Director of Infrastructure Services for Launceston City Council, Shane Eberhardt, speaks to Brian Carlton about the modelling report and what it means.

UTAS campuses won’t just be a place of learning, but ‘energised precincts’

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The new University of Tasmania campuses in Burnie and Launceston won’t just be places for education, but ‘energised precincts’ that will reinvigorate their respective cities, according to the architects.

Yesterday it was announced that Melbourne-based architecture firm, John Wardle Architects, will partner with local firms to design the new UTAS campuses.

Today Principal of John Wardle Architects, Jane Williams, and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Community Partnerships and Regional Development for UTAS, David Adams, join Brian Carlton in the studio to discuss the daunting task ahead of designing two brand new universities.

To stay in touch with how the designs are coming along, click here.

UTAS Inveresk move will have multiple DA’s – with UTAS hopeful first sod to be turned by Christmas

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The Launceston community may be wondering what on earth is happening with the University of Tasmania’s campus move to Inveresk, given that many expected to see building begin well before now.

Professor David Adams, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Community, Partnership and Regional Development, joins Brian Carlton in the studio this morning to discuss where the project is currently at.

Professor Adams says that there will need to be eight different development applications for all the different building areas at Inveresk, with the first to focus on the Willis Street building, the bridge and one of the student accommodation sites.

They are hopeful that should things go smoothly with the development applications, the first sod will be turned on the project by Christmas.

Image: Used with permission.

Van Zetten: Civic Square toilet block change, North Bank name suggestions

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A toilet block design which would have blocked the view of Macquarie House in the new Civic Square, will no longer go ahead.

The toilet block will now be merged into the redevelopment plans of Macquarie House, which is what Brian Carlton suggested when the issue arose last year. At the time, the Council said that it was not a viable option.

Brian Carlton speaks to Mayor of Launceston, Albert Van Zetten, about this change of heart. They also discuss the need to change the name of North Bank.

Image: By Nick-D - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Was Launceston’s City Park Train stolen? Brian investigates


Rumours ran wild on Facebook yesterday afternoon that Launceston’s iconic City Park train had been stolen, after a woman saw it drive past her home.

Videos posted in the conversation (which have since been deleted), showed teenage boys riding around in the train, leading to the assumption of theft.

Brian speaks to the City Park Train Operator this morning to find out exactly what Lonnie the train got up to yesterday.

Image: Used with permission

WATCH: Information wanted over armed robbery at BP Launceston

From Tasmania Police:

On Thursday evening at approximately 11:05 pm a male person has entered a Launceston Service station and demanded money.  The male produced a sawn off rifle and demanded money from the till.

He has fled a short time later with a small amount of cash and property.

The male is described as being, approximately 25yr of age, 165-170cm tall, with fair skin and no visible tattoos.  He was wearing dark pants, a long sleeved black top, white sneakers, and a black cap with a reflective patch on the peak.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen a person matching this description to contact them.  They are also appealing to witnesses who may have observed a vehicle driving erratically in the area of Wellington, Frederick and Bathurst Streets at that time, particularly a dark green coloured sedan.

Information can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at

WATCH: Launceston City Council video shows revamped mall

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Over the weekend, the Launceston City Council released a video detailing the redevelopment planned for Brisbane Street Mall.

This is part of the Launceston City Heart Project.

Brian Carlton watched it over the weekend, and found the video to be hilarious. To find out why, watch the video and listen to Brian talk about it below.

WATCH: Near miss between truck and car at Perth reminder to stay safe this weekend

With the long weekend ahead, drivers are being urged to stay safe on the road. 

Yesterday, a driver from De Bruyn's Transport had a shocking near miss with a vehicle at the Illawarra Rd and Drummond/Crosswell Streets intersection at Perth. Sadly this is the kind of terrifying situations that truck drivers face on the road every day.


Watch the video above, and remind everyone to stay safe this weekend.

If you know the driver in the video, please contact De Bruyn's Transport on 6324 6601.

Footage thanks to De Bruyn's Transport.

WATCH: Shocking near miss between bus of school children and semi-trailer at Symmons Plains

There was a scary near miss between a semi-trailer and a school bus near Symmons Plains on Tuesday.

The Primary School All Schools Cross Country event was held at Symmons Plains on Tuesday this week, with thousands of school kids, parents and teachers all in attendance. Tasmania Police put out warnings for motorists to be aware of heavy traffic in the area, however it seems not everyone took heed of the message.

After Tasmania Talks listener John raises concerns about the traffic with Brian Carlton, Glenn from Perth calls in. Glenn was the driver of the semi-trailer in this near miss, and he tells the story of what could have been a horrifying accident.

*The High School All Schools Cross Country will be held this coming Tuesday, 3 July. We urge everyone heading to the event, and driving on the roads this weekend, to think twice about potentially dangerous decisions on the road and to take care.

Footage: De Bruyn's Transport

WATCH: Train collides with vehicle carrying mother & 2 kids - TasRail launch Rail Safety Week

Not paying attention on the road can cause serious injury or death, particularly when there is a 2000 tonne train involved.

Today is the start of Rail Safety Week, and TasRail are hoping to raise awareness of the impact near misses can have on train drivers.

Chief Operating Officer of TasRail, Stephen Kerrison, speaks to Brian Carlton about some of the near misses that have happened recently, and says that inattention is often the main factor.

*The incident in the video above occurred on July 24, when a mother and two childen failed to give way to a northbound train in Station Street, Brighton. The train did collide with the rear bumper of the car, but no one was injured. 

We made certain assumptions that were wrong, says LCC on cricket wicket


A cement cricket wicket installed at Inveresk will be removed by the Launceston City Council.

Sporting groups raised their concernsabout the wicket back in January, saying they had not had any consultation on the matter.

Show Horse Councillor for the Launceston Show, Ashlee Brown, told Brian Carlton that there were no other facilities that could be used for equestrian events, and that the wicket raised safety concerns, as well as logistical ones.

General Manager for the Launceston City Council, Michael Stretton, tells Brian that this mistake will not be made again.

We need ‘look at me’ buildings, says Chamber on UTAS Inveresk campus

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The Launceston Chamber of Commerce says that we need ‘look at me’ buildings on the new UTAS Inveresk campus, not more boxes.

The Development Application for the project was submitted to the Launceston City Council last week, after the project was first announced around two years ago.

Executive Officer of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, Neil Grose, speaks to Brian Carlton this morning about the potential new university buildings, saying that this an opporunity to do something quite special for Launceston.

Image: supplied.

We need one unified Tasmanian bid, says Martin on Qantas proposal

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Both Devonport and Launceston are competing to host the Qantas pilot training academy.

Independent Senator for Tasmania, Steve Martin, has been lobbying Qantas and the State Government to have the academy based in Devonport.

However the Launceston Chamber of Commerce believes that "of all the regions in Australia, Launceston is clearly best placed to host [the school]".

Brian Carlton speaks to Senator Martin about the competing bids, and who he will ultimately support.

We need to look at long-term solutions for West Tamar Highway traffic, says RACT

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If a second road bridge across the Tamar were to be considered for Launceston, it would need to be discussed sooner rather later, according to the RACT.

Whilst there is no set policy surrounding the West Tamar Highway and a second bridge across the Tamar, Executive General Manager of Membership and Community for the RACT, Stacey Pennicott, says that it is necessary to start thinking about this kind of infrastructure now to relieve traffic.

Listen as Brian Carlton discusses the idea with Ms Pennicott, who says that she believes a second bridge would create a longer term result of less traffic in the CBD.

Westbury Rd/Normanstone Rd much clearer thanks to new markings, says LCC GM


New line markings on the Westbury Road and Normanstone Road intersection make the road much clearer and safer, according to the General Manager of the Launceston City Council, Michael Stretton.

Mr Stretton joins Brian Carlton this morning to explain the changes, which he says is a follow on of planned changes from 2015.

Mr Stretton says that given they are just road markings, the new rules can be reviewed if it is decided that it’s not working.

What does the future hold for the Launceston show?


The Launceston Show is done and dusted for another year, but could it be the last one ever?

The future of the show is in doubt after a decline in numbers over recent years. Many listeners have cited the expensive nature of shows as the main reason they no longer choose to go.

Brian Carlton talks to President of the Royal Launceston Show Society, Jock Gibson, about the turnout at the Launceston Show and its possible future.

What if the Weymouth wombat attacks made it to the big screen?


Which Australian larrikin would you cast in a movie about an aggressive wombat?

Earlier this morning, Brian Carlton talked with Vonda Grace, who was the victim of a very serious attack by the Weymouth wombat.

This prompted Brian to think about a potential movie about the incident: what would it be called, and who would be cast?

Listen to some of the fantastic ideas that have come through:

Image: By PanBK at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Wheely good time: Pedicab now travelling the streets of Launceston


Get used to seeing a canary yellow ‘pedicab’ travelling around Launceston.

Last Friday, people called in to tell Brian Carlton about a new service making its way around the Launceston region.

The business is Wheely Good Tours, and sees operator John Lovell jump on his bicycle with a pedicab back, to transport people around the city.

Mr Lovell, of Discover Tasmania Tours, speaks with Brian about this brand new tourism venture.

Image: Wheely Good Tours

Will the Launceston show go on? Maybe, maybe not


A decision will be made at the end of this week as to whether or not the Launceston Show will go ahead this year,

The show has been reduced from a three day show to a one day show due to a number of factors, including low attendance numbers last year. However, a lack of funds could see the 2018 event cancelled just weeks out from the day.

President of the Royal Launceston Show Society, Jock Gibson, joins Brian Carlton to clarify where the Launceston Show is at, and whether it looks like it will go ahead or not.

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