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91-year-old Waverley resident struggling with unmaintained nature strips

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Many Tasmanian residents would love to give the trees and plants on their nature strip a trim, however are not able to because it is council property.

91-year-old Nancy from Waverley calls in this morning to voice her concerns about this issue with Brian Carlton. She has two large trees on her nature strip, one which Nancy says is ‘taller than her house.’ There is also the issue of a powerline going through one of these trees.

Nancy says she is having issues getting the trees maintained because of the different parties involved. Listen to her entertaining conversation below:

Image: Tea-tree - Paperbark - Melaleuca linariifolia by Flickr user Tatters under a CC2.0 licence.

A giant man in the Gorge, Neneh Cherry and onesies: Mona Foma in full swing in Launceston


Mona Foma is in full swing in Launceston, with the week-long cultural event seeing tourists flock to the city.

Festival curator and bassist of the Violent Femmes, Brian Ritchie, joins Brian Carlton in the studio this morning to talk about the festival and the latest Violent Femmes news.

Listen as they talks Amanda Parr’s Manin the Cataract Gorge, Underworld’s cancellation, headliner Neneh Cherry, and a Seattle artist dragging paintings around the Launceston CBD…

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Albert Van Zetten to recontest position of Mayor

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Albert Van Zetten has announced that he will put his hand up to recontest the position of Mayor of the Launceston City Council at the local government elections in October.

Mayor Van Zetten initially decided a few months ago that he would not recontest, however says he has changed his mind after speaking with businesses and alderman who asked him to rethink the decision.

Brian Carlton speaks to Mayor Van Zetten about this change of mind.

Image: By Synyan - Own work, CC BY 3.0,

Alderman Alexander coy on St John Street vote


Launceston City Council Alderman Darren Alexander refuses to reveal how he will vote on the St John Street bus stop move.

Speaking to Brian Carlton, Cr Alexander - who is also Chair of the City Heart Taskforce - says he will wait until the council debate on Monday to decide on his view.

Brian also asks Cr Alexander for reasons on why the 20 metre move was considered to be a good idea in the first place.

Aldermen need to speak up on bus move


 Aldermen in favour of rescinding support for the St John Street bus move need to speak up, according to President of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce Tim Holder.

A motion will be put to the Launceston City Council on Monday night to rescind support to move the bus stop 20 metres down the road, and will instead suggest it is moved to Civic Square.

Mr Holder talks with Brian Carlton about the move, and how those opposing it need to come forward to let their argument be heard.

They also discuss an innovative idea to improve the attractiveness of the Launceston CBD.

All's well that ends well in possum/parking fine saga


It seems that good Samaritans sometimes win after all.

Yesterday, Brian Carlton spoke to Anthony Randall about a parking fine he received a few weeks ago from the Launceston City Council. He received the fine whilst trying to rescue an injured ring-tailed possum (above), who needed urgent medical attention.

The Launceston City Council was in contact with Tasmania Talks and Anthony after the show yesterday. Listen to the outcome below:

Allegations that Launceston City Council choose Hobart company over locals for tender


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There are allegations that a Hobart business has been awarded a tender over local Launceston companies, despite the wish for a ‘community-based’ focus.

Thomas Paul Security applied for a tender to provide security for the Cataract Gorge, which they have held in the past but not recently. They were allegedly told they were not awarded the contract because they were not ‘community-based’ enough, yet the tender ultimately went to Tasmania Protective Services in Hobart.

Shane Reynolds, Business Development Manager for Thomas Paul Security, joins Brian Carlton and says it’s not about missing out on the tender, but it’s about supporting local businesses.

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Alleged bee hive poisoner in Prospect

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There could allegedly be a perpetrator poisoning bee hives in the Prospect area.

Ron from Prospect is a bee-keeper, and says he has lost $4,000 in product over the last few weeks, after his hives were allegedly targeted.

He says this is also happening to other bee-keepers in the Prospect area.

Listen as he explains the situation to Brian Carlton:

AMC make a splash on Australian maritime capability with US partnership

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The Australian Maritime College (AMC) has been given a $3 million research grant by the US Department of Defense to help improve Australia’s naval capabilities.

This grant will allow the AMC to study the physics of cavitation to understand how this affects the performance of naval vessels. Cavitation is a process where air bubbles form in the water flowing over a surface, and then collapse.

Professor Paul Brandner, Manager of the Cavitation Research Laboratory at AMC, talks to Brian Carlton about the research the AMC will undertake with this grant.

Image: Research fellow Luka Barbaca with Cavitation Research Laboratory Research Leader, Professor Paul Brandner conduction an experiment in the cavitation tunnel (Photo: Scott Gelston / Australian Maritime College).

Angus has no beef with Launceston city plan progress


Launceston’s Living City plan is “moving along well” according to Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor.

Assistant Minister Taylor has released a National Cities Performance Framework, which will track the progress and performance of Australia’s largest cities, including Launceston and Hobart.

The initial data from the framework demonstrates that Launceston has the lowest proportion of households in mortgage stress, and is in the top 5 cities of work commutes made by foot or bike.

Brian Carlton speaks to Assistant Minister Taylor about this data, and the progress of the Living City plan in Launceston.

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

Aquaculture feed mill major boost for Westbury

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A $50 million aquaculture plant has been given the greenlight to begin construction in Westbury, and will be a major boost to the town.

It is predicted the plant will inject 20 new jobs into the region, and create 250 construction jobs.

Meander Valley Mayor, Craig Perkins, talks to Brian Carlton about this major investment in the region.

Are you a business in Launceston or Smithton? The ATO explain their visits to businesses this month

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The ATO will be making visits to businesses in Launceston and Smithton this month to ensure they are not operating in ‘the black economy.’

They will be visiting businesses that are typically seen as cash only, including restaurants and cafés, hairdressers, nail salons, butchers, pharmacies and small supermarkets.

The visits are intended to crack down on those businesses not doing the right thing, including not being registered for GST purposes.

ATO Assistant Commissioner, Peter Holt, joins Brian Carlton this morning to discuss the purpose of these visits and what businesses should expect.

Information sessions aimed at helping businesses will also be held in Launceston on March 18 and in Smithton on March 25.

Australia's best set to pedal around Northern Tas


100 of Australia’s best male cyclists are set to pedal their way around Northern Tasmania for the Spirit of Tasmania Cycling Tour.

Launching on Monday, the tour will see riders bike from Georgetown to Grindelwald, Launceston to Poatina, Ulverstone to Penguin and finishing with a few community ride in Devonport.

Brian Carlton talks with Race Director and cycling legend, John Trevorrow, about the race.

Australia's fastest internet headed for regional Tasmania with FTTP


If you live in Smithton, Somerset or George Town, you could have access to Australia’s fastest internet.

Launceston-based business Launtel offers an internet service of one gigabit per second, and whilst they already deliver it to businesses, they can also deliver it to residential areas that have fibre to the premises.

Director of Launtel, Damien Ivereigh, joins Brian Carlton in the studio to talk about the cutting-edge technology.

Bag theft at Agfest


Trevor from Smithton has been left devastated after the theft of his bag on the Saturday of Agfest.

The bag was a green Agfest bag given to Trevor when he walked in the gate, however it contained his jacket and a set of drill bits that cost $90. The bag was taken while Trevor and his neighbour were at the Pauline Hanson One Nation tent.

A pensioner, Trevor calls Brian Carlton this morning to discuss the incident in the hope that someone might be able to provide information on the whereabouts of the bag.

If you have any information, please contact the show. 

Bass Debate: Labor’s Ross Hart and Liberal’s Bridget Archer go head to head


With a margin of 5.4%, the seat of Bass could be anyone’s game.

Both the Liberal and Labor parties are eyeing off the seat,  although Bass voters have a history of voting out the incumbent member.

Labor MP Ross Hart, and Liberal challenger Bridget Archer, join Brian Carlton live in the studio this morning to go head to head on issues affecting Bass.

Beaconsfield mini league looking for new players


Do you have a young child in the Beaconsfield area whom you would like to encourage to try a new sport?

Tas Talks listener Paul is the coach of the Beaconsfield mini league, and tells Brian Carlton that the team is struggling for numbers this year.


The league encourages boys and girls between 5 and 12 to join up and have a go at football.

Listen below as Paul and Brian discuss the league, as well as a prize Paul’s wife won from the show last year.


Beauty Point community rallies behind house fire victim

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 The Beauty Point community is rallying behind their neighbour Ron Spiteri, who lost everything in a house fire almost two weeks ago.

It is unknown what caused the fire, but the 74-year-old was left with nothing but the clothes on his back.

The Beauty Point Service Station is running a fundraiser day this Saturday to help Ron, calling it the ‘Support Your Neighbour Day.’

Owner of the Beauty Point Service Station, Dannielle Murfet, talks to Brian Carlton this morning about the importance of helping their neighbour.

This Saturday 15th June, five cents from every litre of petrol sold will be donated to Ron. There will also be a sausage sizzle thanks to Beaconsfield Meats and West Tamar Rotary Club.

There is also a raffle that will be drawn on Saturday. If you would like to donate a raffle prize, please call the service station on 6383 4379.

Ben Lomond open for business


A devastating fire in May ripped through Ben Lomond’s pub and toilet facilities but rest assured: they are still open for business this snow season!

Flea Foot from Ben Lomond Snow and Sport joins Brian Carlton this morning, and says that locals seem to believe that Ben Lomond is completely closed after the fire.

However this is not the case, and with a magnificent snow fall overnight (pictured above), it’s the perfect time to head up the mountain for a snow weekend.

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Big Brother is watching: mysterious cameras appear in Launceston


Launceston residents were puzzled over the weekend when they saw dozens of cameras being installed across the Launceston region.

West Tamar Highway, Charles Street Bridge, Kings Meadows, Prospect and the Bass Highway have all been identified as regions with these cameras so far.

Listen as Tasmania Talks listeners call in to help solve the mystery of these cameras, and Brian Carlton finally gets an answer from the Department of State Growth.

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