OPINION: Deregulation will increase use of drones

THE Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has announced drones under 2kilograms are to become deregulated for commercial use in the second half of 2015.
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This will allow business to utilise the benefits of this technology without being certified.

But public liability insurance is not, and may not, become available to uncertified operators. It will be interesting to see what the insurance agencies deliver in the future to those uncertified because it does leave the community exposed to the risks associated with small drones.

We may find the insurance industry is the driver of the market rather than the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s regulation changes.

Through awareness of the aviation environment, automation systems and a focus on safety, sub-2kg aircraft can be operated safely, delivering efficiencies to many business sectors.

Utilisation of drones is not only about profits and efficiency but removing people from hazardous environments, allowing them to return home safely to their family.

Consider what is the greater risk: someone climbing onto a potentially unsafe elevated structure, or someone using a drone to inspect the structure first without risking harm to themselves.

Deregulation of the lower weight category for drones should see a mass adoption of the technology for many applications.

There are critics, and it seems that inadvertent contact between manned and unmanned aircraft will inevitably occur at some time, the repercussions of which are yet to be seen. This contact is unlikely to be from a commercial operator but from someone who is unaware of the regulations in the first place. Drones are a tool for an expert in their field. The mass take-up of drones is good for Australian business, promoting development, and the deregulation allows entry into unmanned systems without the restrictive costs currently involved. Small drones have their limitations and, as with manned aircraft, some manufacturers will pitch to the under 2kg market while others will remain in the over 2kg market.

There are also limitations on where uncertified operators can fly and, without a Civil Aviation Safety Authority-approved Operator’s Certificate, this may not change.

A common under-2kg multirotor system costs between $1000 and $2000 and is capable of carrying a small camera similar to a GoPro. Often people dip their toe into the market at this level, but discover their limitations and look to upgrade.

Professional applications are unlikely to accept a decrease in performance, quality, endurance or operating area just to remain under 2kg. For others this level of sophistication will be enough and add benefit to their activities.

CASA had previously indicated a weight for regulation as high as 20kg, but don’t hold your breath for this to occur just yet. With any rapidly developing technologies, legislation is slow to catch up and Australia’s legislation is stuck in 2002, when current technologies were beyond the reach of the masses. And Australian legislation is still considered advanced.

Aviassist has designed a workshop promoting safe under-2kg drone fixed wing and multirotor operations, transferring professional knowledge and creating a pathway for seamless transition to over 2kg as users expand their applications.

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Street art takes centre stage

PAINT: Jara Gillick-Lewis with part of the mural Hiphopportunities created. Picture GLENN DANIELSHIPHOPPORTUNITIES For Youth is back at Groovin the Moo this year with some new murals helping add colour to the regional music festival.
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Artist Jara Gillick-Lewis said the organisation aimed to give young artists a platform for their ideas.

“We want to inspire and engage them and hopefully they can take (their skills) further,” Ms Gillick-Lewis said.

“There is potentially a chance for them to come back next year and get their own wall or piece.

“We want to see them develop their skills and take them further and further.”

Ms Gillick-Lewis said the group also promoted, including female artists.

“We are eroding that boundary that street art is just for males,” she said.

“The group also included local community children as well as kids from rural areas.

‘It;s very inclusive, brings people in and gives them a space where they are comfortable to express their ideas.”

Ms Gillick-Lewis said this year she was inspired by GTM’s retro poster artwork.

“I hope it’s very retro , stylised and captivating. I am going for a bit of an oasis vibe,” she said.

“I am normally an illustrator but I do graffiti as well.

“You can start out illegally but I don’t like working and looking over my shoulder.

“So I started by getting access to walls and tapping into festivals.

“If you want to paint, you find a way but you’ve got to practise.”

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Boss rates one superbly to claim Guineas for Moody

THUMBS UP: Glen Boss is all smiles after bringing Stratton home to claim the Guineas on Wagga Gold Cup Day. Picture: Les Smith
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CHAMPION jockey Glen Boss produced a brilliant front-running ride to score on Stratton in the Guineas.

Boss rated Stratton ($8.00) to perfection to take out the $40,000 Audi Centre Wagga MTC Guineas 3YO Benchmark 70 Handicap (1600m).

It gave a Wagga carnival victory to two of the biggest names in racing, Boss and Melbourne trainer Peter Moody.

Boss went straight to the front of Stratton and the chestnut kicked strongly in the straight to steal a race-winning lead.

Stratton held off Charming Lad ($11.00) by 1½lengths, with Wagga three-year-old High Opinion ($4.60) making strong ground to be a half length further back in third.

Boss said getting back on a dry track proved decisive for Stratton.

Boss rates one superbly to claim Guineas for Moody THUMBS UP: Glen Boss is all smiles after bringing Stratton home to claim the Guineas on Wagga Gold Cup Day. Picture: Les Smith

THUMBS UP: Glen Boss is all smiles after bringing Stratton home to claim the Guineas on Wagga Gold Cup Day. Picture: Les Smith

THUMBS UP: Glen Boss is all smiles after bringing Stratton home to claim the Guineas on Wagga Gold Cup Day. Picture: Les Smith

THUMBS UP: Glen Boss is all smiles after bringing Stratton home to claim the Guineas on Wagga Gold Cup Day. Picture: Les Smith

THUMBS UP: Glen Boss is all smiles after bringing Stratton home to claim the Guineas on Wagga Gold Cup Day. Picture: Les Smith

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Helping to run the show

PROMOTED: Eryn Goodwin and GTM founder Stephen Halpin in front of the two main stages.LA TROBE University student Eryn Goodwin has worked her way from intern to paid employee at Groovin the Moo.
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The 21-year-old from Castlemaine started out shadowing the event co-ordinator laminating press passes before managing the VIP bar last year.

This year she has worked the whole week on the GTM site, organising all the little details that the festival needs to be a success.

“This year I have been organising the radios and keys, organising spreadsheets and working on (media) accreditations,” Ms Goodwin said.

“It has been an amazing experience to see every aspect of the event come together. It is fun, hectic and organised.”

Ms Goodwin is in her final year of an event managment and marketing course at La Trobe University.

“I originally wanted to do wedding planning but I have swayed into other kinds of events.

“I have always loved organising and planning things. It’s cool to bring a service that people will love and enjoy.”

Ms Goodwin said she first came to GTM as a patron when she was 16.

“It involves the whole community and is something different. There is a really chilled out vibe and it is fun and friendly,” she said.

“It also sticks with a wide range of music for every demographic and travels the country instead of staying in the cities.”

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On-track action will keep punters happy

THIS year’s Leeton Cup Race Day will feature the second running of the eponymous race.
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Having been established in 2014 afternegotiationsbetween Leeton Jockey Club andRacing NSW to come up with the cup concept, the race –and the overall day –is set to attract a strong field of country horses.

The running of the CopRice Leeton Cup has resulted in the renaming of the jockey club’straditional picnic races to the Leeton Cup Race Day.

Leeton Jockey Club hosts two race meetings every year –the Leeton Cup Day on a weekend in May and a TAB meeting (featuring the Lillypilly Cup)later in the year, usually on a weekday in September.

Leeton Jockey Club president Grant Fitzsimon said it would be a good day on thetrackoverall, with a six-race event planned.

“Hopefully we should get good fields,” Fitzsimonsaid.

“They will beracing for $7500 plus trophies (in the main race) and the five other races are all worth $6000 each.

“We have also got a new distance race.

“It is 1900 metres and replaces one of the shorter races. They start up near the Mia Club and it is a full lap so they go past the finishing post twice.”

Nominations for the 2014 CopRice Leeton Cup Race Day were out yesterday and final acceptances are due by 9am Thursday.

“Nominations are normally not too bad for this race day,” Fitzsimon said.

“We should get some good nominations. There is no other racing on the weekend.”

All is in preparation with Fitzsimon particularly happy with the state of the track.

“The track is in good condition,” he said.“It has been good for the last few years.The trainers and jockeys are always happy with it.”

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Welsh Songbird delights festival goers

Welsh songbird Siobhan Owen mesmerised capacity crowds at the Glen Innes Severn Library today and at the Services club last night as part of her series of shows at the Australian Celtic Festival.
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Ms Owen also performed haunting renditions of the Welsh and Australian national anthems at the Official opening and Guardian’s ceremony at the town hall earlier today.

Ms Owen is a multi-award winning performer and has produced 4 albums. Siobhan was born in Wales and is a classically trained singer.

Festival goers can catch Ms Owen at the Railway Tavern tonight from 7pm tonight andSaturday and Sunday at the Sapphire marquee at the Australian Standing Stones.

After Ms Owen’s Australian Celtic Festival performances she will embark on an extensive European tour.

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2015 – Mandurah Mail reader picsPHOTOS

2015 – Mandurah Mail reader pics | PHOTOS Jason Webster.
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Loss strengthens Magpies for Tigers trip

Last weekend’s loss to Dubbo CYMS might have been just what Forbes Magpies needed according to captain/coach Zac Merritt who said the team are now more prepared for tomorrow’s clash against the Nyngan Tigers.
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“Nyngan are a tough side but we just needed that kick along from Dubbo, so we should bounce back alright,” Merritt said.

“We were cruising along a bit but CYMS proved that we weren’t as prepared as we should have been.”

CYMS led the Magpies throughout last Friday night’s match but the visitors didn’t give in, eventually losing by 14 points.

While Nyngan are another strong competitor in Group 11, Merritt said the Forbes boys are ready to take them on.

“They’ve been in the finals the last few years; they have a tough forward pack but so do we,” he said.

“We’ll be ready, we’re more prepared than we were before.”

The Magpies will be at full strength for Sunday’s match with everyone back from injury including Joel Davie, who Merritt said will be a great boost for the team.

The Magpies will be heading over to Nyngan for Sunday’s game which is expected to kick off at about 2pm and Merritt hopes to see a good base of Forbes supporters there.

“Let’s get the crowd behind us out there,” he said.

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Forbes team for tomorrow:

1 Matt Morris, 2 Joe Coe, 3 Joel Davie, 4 Tys Rewiti, 5 Pat Murphy, 6 Carl Johnson, 7 Matt Roylance, 8 Ben Robinson, 9 Jordan Hartwig, 10 Ben Maguire, 11 Jake Grace, 12 Zac Merritt (c), 13 Ethan Gaffney, 14 Blake Baxter, 15 Troy Hodges, 16 Peni Nayagodamu, 17 Bailey Hartwig.

In other games this round, Westside host Cobar, Narromine meet Wellington, and Macquarie and CYMS meet in the Dubbo derby.

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Someone still loves them

BRINGING GREAT PRICES: Six expressions of interest have been received in these dilapidated but heritage protected ‘company cottages’ that havebeen a blight on Portland for years.IN the madness that is the Sydney propertymarket, ruins that should have beendemolished decades earlier bring ridiculousprices.
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In regional centres where the madnesshas not yet taken over one would have towonder why anyone would bother with aeuphemistically named ‘renovator’sdelight’.

But it does happen.

Late last year when the new ownerswere addressing a public meeting on initialplans for redevelopment of PortlandCement Works the company representativessaid the heritage restrictions made itnecessary to invite expressions of interestin old company cottages in Williwa Streetbefore any application to Lithgow Councilto demolish them.

Anyone in the audience who may havebeen tempted was cautioned the olddwellings virtually require total rebuild.

The cottages are uninhabitable hovelsand have been an embarrassment toPortland for years.

But there have been various intereststhat have campaigned for their heritageprotection and preservation.

The initial reaction from the largelylocal audience at the meeting was that ‘noone in their right mind would take thoseon’.

How wrong they were.

The company, AWJ Civil, confirmedyesterday that six expressions of interesthad been received.

Company director Martin O’Connellsaid there had been six formal EOIs, ‘eachwarranting some consideration pendingcouncil’s comments’.

He said the company’s report was nowwith council but confidentiality agreementsprevented specific disclosure ofwhat was being proposed.

Mr O’Connell said AWJ Civil is on trackto commence demolition of the old locoshed and ‘bachelors cottage’ by the end ofthis month.

These demolitions have already beenapproved.

Another community consultation sessionis also planned for this month, tentativelyaround May 21.

The company can then outline demolitionextents, progress of recent monthsand further development opportunitiesand options seeking community input.

“Hopefully we can make an announcementof site branding and framing at thattime,” he said.

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Testing dogs’ versatility

SKILLED TEAM: Chris and Matt Sherwood organisers of the Ultimate Stock Dog Challenge, with stock dog Glen looking on as Nuts, Murphy and Wonder herd some Poll Herefords on Wollondale Hampshire Stud.THE Ultimate Stock Dog Challenge is on again.
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The idea of having one or several working dogs on a property that could handle not only sheep, but cattle as well is one not lost on most landholders who practice mixed farming.

Chris and Matthew Sherwood, who conceived the idea of a competition that would test working dogs, not only in the paddock or in the yards with sheep but also in the paddock with cattle are themselves looking for dogs capable of all three disciplines for breeding.

Besides working on a mixed farming property, the young men also breed and train working dogs.

They have participated in numerous single discipline competitions like the popular yard dog trials.

However until they organised their first multi faceted trial last year they had not heard of a competition to test a dog’s ability to work with sheep and cattle.

On May 22-24 the Ultimate Stock Dog Challenge will be held at Taralga Showground and promises to bring together some of the country’s top working dogs.

They have received entries from right across NSW as well as Queensland and Victoria.

The competition is limited to two dogs per handler and a total of 60 dogs.

“It has been a massive undertaking to organise”, Matt Sherwood said.

“We must thank the people and businesses who have come forward as sponsors.

“Our major sponsors are Wollondale Hampshire Stud, Glynn Langford and Bannaby Angus, Ian Baxter and Stephen Connor who are supplying the livestock for the event.

We are also grateful for the community support from the people of Taralga, many of whom will be involved in helping to make the weekend a success.”

“There is over $10,000 in prizes including the $5000 first prize for the Ultimate Stock Dog.

Some of the prizes will include product donated by various sponsors,” Chris Sherwood said.

“This makes it one of the highest prized working dog trials in the country and entry spots filled up very quickly after the dates were announced.

“The dogs must compete in all three aspects of the competition with points awarded for each and the totals of the three added together to achieve the final result.”

“As people who work with both sheep and cattle and sometimes other livestock, we are aware of the benefits of owning keen working dogs that will work with sheep and cattle both in the yards and in the paddocks.

“All they require is looking after with food, water, shelter and vet needs and they save so much time and effort in handling livestock.

“As dog breeders we are looking for dogs that will work happily and obediently and pass on these traits to their progeny.”

“We are expecting that the majority of dogs in the competition will be kelpies, border collies or cross bred kelpie/collie maybe with some healer genetics.”

The Ultimate Stock Dog Challenge is open to the public to come and watch with spectator entry free.

Food and drinks will be available throughout the competition and it is a chance to connect with dog breeders and trainers to improve your own working dog genetics.

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Discovering Anzac history

A century since her father’s enlistment in the First World War, Avril Wagner will now discover the details of his service thanks to the research of Whyalla Family History Group member Bill Redford.Whyalla Family History Group has connected a resident with their father’s military past.
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Avril Wagner was handed a heavy stack of print-outs of original archival records in the wake of the Anzac Day Centenary commemorations.

Mrs Wagner’s father, Samuel Lees, enlisted in World War I on October 1, 1915 at the age of 18 and a half.

Although Mr Lees did not serve in the Gallipoli landing at Anzac Cove, he served in Egypt, France and Belgium.

But beyond this, Mrs Wagner knew very little about his service, until now.

A century since his enlistment, Mrs Wagner will now discover the details of her father’s service.

Mr Lees was given a soldier’s settlement in Buckleboo after returning from the war and was 40-years-of-age when Mrs Wagner was born.

He never talked about his involvement in the war.

“I don’t think they ever talked about it that much,” she said.

“He didn’t come home with the Victoria Cross or anything, but flopping around in the muddy trenches in France wouldn’t have been fun.”

Mrs Wagner contacted Whyalla Family History Group member Bill Redfordafter seeing he was investigating the stories of those who served in World War I in a Whyalla News article.

Mrs Wagner said she was happy to have a record to read and share with her family.

“It’s wonderful, I’m so pleased; my son will be really interested,” she said.

“It was a pity it took 100 years to find out.”

Mr Redford said the records were full of interesting details, including a letter from Mr Lees mother giving her consent for him to enlist.

“It’s always interesting to see bits and pieces like that,” he said.

“We’re extremely pleased to have been able to assist Avril and we hope that her and her family get a lot of pride and information from this particular source.

“I’m sure she’ll find many years of interesting reading.”

Mr Redford has collated a mass of data of Whyalla service personnel which he intends to publish in a book.

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Your Stars 05.05.2015

ARIES: You will need strength and character to implement the hefty changes that lie ahead of you during May 5-7: this is not an easy task, but an accomplishable one.
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TAURUS: Taurus is motivated to improve their knowledge and broaden their experiences of life during May 5-7. Good support exists during this process of change.

GEMINI: The financial position you have previously established serves as a platform for change in your life. You can expect important developments during May 5-7.

CANCER: You should have little trouble in influencing others to your line of thought during May 5-7. Agreements are more easily reached because you are also flexible, based on the needs of the common good.

LEO: Your ability to work in a practical and defined environment forms the basis for important changes to your work and career during May 5-7. You’ll feel more in control of these factors.

VIRGO: You are able to make changes to your daily routines that are beneficial to those you love, especially children, during May 5-7. Parents are able to steer their children in the right direction.

LIBRA: Your attitudes assist in bringing financial interests under control to your satisfaction, whilst transforming your living conditions during May 5-7. Relocation is a possibility.

SCORPIO: Scorpio demonstrates great skill in making things happen during May 5-7, as you find the right words or medium for transportation that suits the occasion.

SAGITTARIUS: You are able to restructure your financial position with relative ease during May 5-7. Many of you will be clearing the deadwood from your lives during this time.

CAPRICORN: During May 5-7 it is also likely that you will either launch yourself on the pathway to new objectives or make significant progress in a pre-existing one.

AQUARIUS: Aquarians can deal with problems effectively during May 5-7, particularly any question of where your life is headed and what you should be doing with yourself.

PISCES: May 5-7 is the time to capitalise on your advantage and push forward your plans because your activities will have maximum impact. These are a powerful few days.

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State uncorks wine industry

Tasteful: Sunraysia Cellar Door owner Greg Christensen says funding for the state’s wine industry is “long overdue”.A MEMBER of Sunraysia’s wine industry haswelcomed a $1 million State Government plan to boost development of the state’s wine industry but asked for more clarity on where the money will be spent.
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The government said its Victorian Wine Tourism Strategy would focus on promoting wine tourism, cellar door visitations and increasing exports from smaller and growing regional tourism.

A Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Group would also be developed to bring together industry knowledge and provide advice on research, biosecurity, regional investment, skills, infrastructure, regulation and trade matters.

Sunraysia Cellar Door owner Greg Christensen said funding to boost the local wine industry was “long overdue” but asked the State Government to be clearer about where the money would be spent.

“There is more clarity required… but anything that benefits the wine industry should also flow on to growers in the Murray Darling region,” he said.

Victoria’s $1.5 billion wine industry has 21 wine regions with more than 800 wineries and employs more than 11,500 people – including 2600 peopledirectly employed in grape growing and winemaking.

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