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The Full Story of the Palace Backpackers Hostel Fire of June 2000 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/childers.

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Very well done!

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Childers

Latest release on Jul 09, 2020

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Rank #1: 22 - Farewell

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Immediately after the fire, the Childers community embraced the backpackers as their own. It made the task of saying goodbye and returning to normality even more difficult. A simple thank you has never felt like enough. 20 years on, their gratitude and appreciation of the small Queensland town they are forever linked to is stronger than ever

Written and produced by Paul Cochrane

Original music, sound design & editing by Zoltan Fecso

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Jul 09 2020

34mins

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Rank #2: 21 - Family

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The fire at the Palace Backpackers Hostel in Childers on June 23, 2000 changed lives forever. It took young men and women way too soon and caused immeasurable trauma to those who escaped the building that night. They would return home a very different version of the carefree backpacker who set off on the travel adventure of a lifetime, leaving families to pick up the pieces.

Written and produced by Paul Cochrane

Original music, sound design & editing by Zoltan Fecso

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Jul 07 2020

28mins

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Rank #3: 20 - Neil

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When Neil Griffith and his University friend Nigel decided to pack up their life in late 1999 and head to Australia on the adventure of a lifetime, they were young, carefree fun-seekers with the world at their feet. But it would be a trip engulfed by multiple episodes of tragedy and trauma and a key role in the investigation into the Palace Backpackers Hostel fire in Childers.

Written and produced by Paul Cochrane

Original music, sound design & editing by Zoltan Fecso

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Jul 05 2020

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Rank #4: 19 - Legislation

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The Childers fire is considered the worst arson attack in Queensland history. The after effects were far-reaching with local businesses and the tourism industry taking both a financial and reputational hit. Solutions needed to be found and that started with fixing Queensland's inadequate fire safety laws.

Written and produced by Paul Cochrane

Original music, sound design & editing by Zoltan Fecso

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Jul 02 2020

32mins

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Rank #5: 18 - Memorial

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It took just two years and four months for the Palace to be re-opened following a full re-build on the site of the exisiting hostel. There was considerable consultation with the community and the victims' families before agreeing on what would be a stunning memorial to the Palace 15. But getting to that highly emotional unveiling was far more complex than Council had first imagined.

Written and produced by Paul Cochrane

Original music, sound design & editing by Zoltan Fecso

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Jun 30 2020

33mins

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Rank #6: 17 - Window

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In the months after the fire, Council commenced its plan to restore the Palace and bring about some normality for neighbouring businesses affected by the June 2000 tragedy. But striking a deal to acquire the building and establish a suitable memorial to the victims was more challenging than they had envisioned.

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Jun 28 2020

24mins

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Rank #7: 16 - Guilty

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Immediately after they escaped the burning Palace, a number of backpackers reported their suspicions and identified the primary suspect to police. Authorities then set about piecing together a case to prove it was deliberately lit and build a murder case against him. It was an investigation ahead of its time to ensure it would succeed when the matter went before a jury.

Written and produced by Paul Cochrane

Original music, sound design & editing by Zoltan Fecso

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Jun 25 2020

39mins

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Rank #8: 15 - Krueger

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The man who lit the Palace Backpackers Hostel was well known to police. He had an extensive criminal history across multiple states and had caused immeasurable trauma to a family who had invited him into their home. What happened in Childers was the extension of a disturbing pattern of behaviour during the decade prior.

Written and produced by Paul Cochrane

Original music, sound design & editing by Zoltan Fecso

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Jun 23 2020

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Rank #9: 14 - Man Hunt

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The Childers community and surrounding towns were on edge. They feared for their safety as the man dubbed Australia's most wanted was on the loose for five days after the fire. During a violent apprehension, it took the bravery of a hero police officer and his loyal dog to bring Robert Long into custody.

Written and produced by Paul Cochrane

Original music, sound design & editing by Zoltan Fecso

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Jun 22 2020

28mins

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Rank #10: 13 - Princess

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The burden of a week of intense grief and trauma was weighing heavily on the survivors and the Childers community. The town needed a lift. It came in the form of the first Royal visit to the region in 25 years.

Written and produced by Paul Cochrane

Original music, sound design & editing by Zoltan Fecso

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Jun 18 2020

22mins

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