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‘There’s absolutely nothing left’ Ben Lomond devastated by fire

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There’s nothing left of the restaurant and pub at Ben Lomond after a fire caused significant damage to the building last night.

That’s according to Flea Foot, the owner of Ben Lomond of Snow and Sport. She went up to Ben Lomond last night as soon as she heard the news, and was devastated by the scenes when she arrived.

She speaks with Brian Carlton this morning about this incident, and tells him that the mountain’s public toilets are now gone, along with the one place you could get a beer.

Flea also says that patchy phone reception on Ben Lomond was a significant issue when trying to fight the fire last night.

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‘This isn’t a time for politics and game playing’ says Premier after shock Hidding resignation

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Premier Will Hodgman says that with two weeks to go until the House of Assembly sits again, it is not the time ‘for politics and game playing.’

This comes after long-time Liberal MP for Lyons, Rene Hidding, announced his immediate resignation from state parliament yesterday following allegations of historical sexual abuse, which he strongly denies.

The Premier joins Brian Carlton this morning to discuss Mr Hidding’s announcement, and whether the government can survive in the wake of this resignation.

‘True blue Aussie’ wins North/North East Volunteer Emergency Services Award

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He’s described as a ‘true blue Aussie’ and a bit of battler, and Errol Gleeson is the North/North East winner of the Tasmanian Broadcasters Volunteer Emergency Services Awards.

He’s spent 40 years volunteering in the Tasmanian Fire Service, and is well-known mentor and member of the Deloraine community.

Listen as Brian Carlton speaks to Errol about his dedication to the Tasmanian Fire Service, and Simon Sheriff, who nominated Errol.

‘Very sad for the whole community’ - Donny from Elizabeth Town talks ANZ Deloraine closure

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The ANZ bank at Deloraine is set to close at the end of this month, causing a stir amongst local residents.

The next closest ANZ branch is at Launceston or Devonport, meaning that locals will have to travel if they wish to do their banking transactions in person.

Donny from Elizabeth Town calls Brian Carlton this morning to discuss his disappointment at the closure, saying that he’s been banking at ANZ for over 20 years.

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‘We’re just numb’ – Launceston family talk devastating takeaway fire

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At 6:20pm this past Sunday, the roof of Khon’s Asian Takeaway was in flames.

The beloved takeaway store has been in operation for about 13 years, but now its future remains unknown as the family take in the shock of the fire.

Rosanna Quach, co-owner of Khon’s Asian Takeaway, talks with Brian Carlton this morning about the fire and says that the family is ‘numb’ from the tragedy.

‘We’re shattered’ – Farmer whose cows were killed on Bass Highway yesterday speaks out

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An Elizabeth Town farmer is devastated after 10 cows from his 65 strong herd were killed on the Bass Highway early Wednesday morning.

Shaun was too devastated yesterday to speak to Brian Carlton about this incident, but joins him this morning to shed light on the mysterious incident that left 10 cows dead, and drivers looking cautiously around the Elizabeth Town area for most of Wednesday.

Shaun tells Brian that the cattle were like extended family, and that he and his partner are just heartbroken over the event.

‘We’ve got an incredible battle ahead of us’ – Braaap CEO talks after court fine


Braaap CEO and Launceston local, Brad Smith, says it’s ‘time to focus on what’s next for Braaap, but we’ve got an incredible battle ahead’.

The Launceston Magistrates Court yesterday fined Brad Smith $25,000 after being convicted of nine charges. These charges related to approval for identification plates, importation of acquiring vehicles, and missing warning stickers on motorcycle components.  These charges are all related to administration and logistics of compliance.

After a three year court battle, Brad Smith talks with Brian Carlton this morning about the court fine, the charges, and what’s next for Braaap.

‘You can’t count anyone out this weekend’ – Chaz Mostert talks countdown to Supercars


'You can’t count anyone out this weekend’, says one of the lead drivers in the Supercars Championship.

Chaz Mostert, of Bottle-O Racing and Supercheap Auto Racing, is at Symmons Plains counting down to this weekend’s Tasmania Tyrepower Supersprint. He may not have been prepared for the cooler Tassie weather, but says he will give it his all on the track.

Chaz talks to Brian Carlton this morning about his strategies for this weekend.  

"The world has lost a great man" - Louise Fairfax reflects on the life of Bruce Fairfax

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“He was a human kind of Aslan figure [from Narnia] – he was kind, a gentle giant, he was humble but he had enormous power and ability to inspire…”

That is how Louise Fairfax lovingly describes her husband Bruce Fairfax, who failed to be found after going missing on a bushwalk on Saturday 14th October.

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A beloved teacher and figure in the community, the search for Bruce at Duckhole Lake was suspended last week, after SES failed to find the 66-year-old man with Parkinson’s.

Listen as Louise Fairfax speaks with Brian Carlton about Bruce, his life, and that tragic final bushwalk.

Bruce’s memorial service will be held at the Launceston Grammar School hall at 4.30 pm on 3rd November.

"We have no where else to go" – Equestrian club baffled over cricket wicket installation


The installation of a cement cricket wicket at Inveresk has left equestrian riders confused and angry.

The Horse of the Year competition is being held at the Inveresk site this weekend, and serious changes have had to be made to accommodate this new addition to the Inveresk site. There are also concerns about the safety of the riders.

Show Horse Councillor for the Launceston Show, Ashlee Brown, says that the Launceston City Council did not inform them of the impending cricket pitch, and that it makes the ground unusable for many other sports and events.

Ms Brown talks to Brian Carlton about the issue, and explains that equestrian riders in the North may now have nowhere to go.

“I’m not an extremist, I just have very strong views,” says Jessica Whelan

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Jessica Whelan says she is ‘not an extremist’, she just has ‘very strong views.’

The Liberal turned independent candidate for Lyons joins Brian Carlton this morning to clear up the scandal of last week, when she had to resign as a Liberal candidate due to controversial social media comments.

This morning Jessica tells Brian that she believes she can still win the seat of Lyons, and 'make things better for regional Tasmania.'

Tasmania Talks listeners also call in after the interview to give their thoughts on Ms Whelan and her social media comments.

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“The kingdom has lost its king and its court jester” – Trevallyn Bowls club member reflects on Tony Benneworth and Tony Long


The Tasmanian community was rocked on the weekend by news that former Bass politician Tony Benneworth, and Tony Long had passed away in a boating accident.

Both men were extremely well known in the community, which is evident from the tributes that continue to flow on social media.

Gordon Hurst is a member of the Trevallyn Bowls and Community Club, where both Tony Benneworth and Tony Long were former Presidents. He knew both men for almost 20 years, and reflects on the memories of his friends with Brian Carlton.

$45m Asia contract just the beginning for Tamar Hydro


An Exeter business has been selected to build a $45 million hydro network in Asia.

Tamar Hydro, along with their partner Genco Energy, will develop wind turbines for rural Indonesia, in some locations which have never had power before.

Tamar Hydro started out 40 years ago in a ‘shed by the river’, and say that the opportunities for this partnership are enormous.

Business Development Manager for Tamar Hydro, Phil McCafferty, and General Manager Scott Towns, speak with Brian Carlton about this amazing opportunity, which is just the tip of the iceberg.

$70m ‘Blue Economy’ boost for Launceston from Coalition

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Launceston is set to benefit from a new Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre, with Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews in town to make the announcement today.

The ‘blue economy’ will see energy, seafood, aquaculture and marine environment studies come together at the Australian Maritime College, and Minister Andrews says it will inject $4 billion into the Tasmanian economy in the next few years.

Minister Andrews speaks with Brian Carlton this morning to about this $70 million project, which she says is fully funded and ready to go no matter the election outcome.

10,000 kinds of shirt fabrics?! Meet Tasmania’s only made to measure suit guru

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How many kinds of different fabric could you have a shirt made from? 10,000 according to Tasmania’s only made to measure suit guru.

Rob Hart is the Manager of Les Lees Made to Measure Tailoring Department, and will be travelling up to Launceston on appointment to offer his fantastic services to our region.

Listen as he speaks to Brian Carlton about the art of ties, suits, and tailoring.

10yo Launceston girl off to BMX World Championship in Belgium

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10 year old Amy Bracken, of Launceston, has been encouraged to reach for the stars as she prepares to participate in the BMX World Championship in Belgium at the end of July.

However trips to Belgium do not come cheap, and Amy’s family have started a Go Fund Me page to raise $1000 for Amy to head to the championship.

This morning Susan from Launceston, a friend of the family, calls in to tell Rick Fontyn about the fundraiser and Amy’s goals.

There will be a morning tea and fundraising event held at the Invermay Bowls Club this Sunday from 10am – 3pm. If you are a business and would like to donate a raffle prize, please get in touch with Tasmania Talk.

To donate to Amy’s Go Fund Me page, click here.

2 percenters hit Mole Creek Hotel - charity tin stolen

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The two percenters have struck again, this time at the Mole Creek Hotel and Tassie Tiger Bar.

Doug Westbrook, owner of the Mole Creek Hotel and Tassie Tiger Bar, was shocked to find the pub had been broken into in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Camera footage shows what Doug believes is four young boys, who broke in, damaged the camera and internet systems, took a couple of bottles of spirits, a Koinz for Kidz fundraising tin, and ultimately just made a mess of the pub.

Listen as Doug calls in for Free Range Friday to share details of the disappointing incident.

If you have any information relating to the break-in, contact Tasmania Police on 131 444, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.

20 years on from the Begents Launceston fire: the moment that redefined the business


On the 8th of December 1997, over 1000 people watched on in horror as Begents Launceston burnt to the ground.

The spectacular flames caused $2.5million worth of damage to the 70 year old building, and was believed to have been started by an electrical fault in a lift chair.

CEO of Begents, Debra Hills, remembers the fire from 20 years ago vivdly, and describes how the fire smoke could be seen from Wellington Street down to the West Tamar.

Debra speaks with Brian Carlton about the 20 year anniversary of the fire, and how the community rallied behind the local business.

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2017 Tasmanian Craft Fair a huge success


The Tasmanian Craft Fair has cemented itself as one of Tasmania’s favourite events, with over 16,000 people heading to the event over four days.

The Deloraine based event has continued to be a success whilst other events, such as the Devonport and Launceston show, now seem to be struggling. Director of the Tasmanian Craft Fair, Tim Biggs, puts the success down to the diversity of products, saying there is something for everyone at the fair.

Mr Biggs speaks with Brian Carlton about how the Tasmanian Craft Fair over the weekend, and the fantastic amount of money they raised for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

2018 Apex Launceston Christmas Parade saved

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Lack of funding from the Launceston City Council raised concerns that the Apex Christmas Parade may not go ahead this year.

However, thanks to community support, and generous donations from Buckby Motors and Woolworths, the parade will fill the streets of Launceston with Christmas cheer once again.

Anita Cox, Apex Launceston Parade Coordinator, joins Brian Carlton to discuss this fantastic news.

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