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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Tabourie Lake being opened to the sea

Heavy equipment digs a channel to open Tabourie Lake on Friday afternoon.TABOURIE Lake is being opened to the sea on Friday afternoon ahead of expected heavy rain and possible flooding.
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Shoalhaven City Council’s Environmental Services Manager, Kelie Lowe, advised heavy machinery moved in during Friday afternoon to mechanically open the Tabourie Lake entrance in anticipation of further rain.

“With the expectation of more rain in the coming days, council is taking action to mechanically open the entrance to Tabourie Lake,” said Ms Lowe.

Ahead of sending in machinery to excavate an entrance opening, Ms Lowe the water level was at 1.12 mAHD at the Bureau of Meteorology gauge and 1.15 mAHD at the Manly Hydraulics Laboratory gauge.

“The entrance will be opened to prevent minor flooding and low level persistent inundation which causes some amenity issues in the area.

“However, opening the entrance won’t prevent medium to major floods should significant rainfall occur in the catchment.”

Members of the public are reminded to stay outside the work area and keep away from the edges of the dug channel and eroding banks following opening, as these areas are unstable and unsafe.

Council staff will continue to monitor the entrance over the coming weeks.

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Australian bass and estuary perch off the menu

PUT IT BACK: Australian BassFISHERS are reminded a closure on taking Australian bass and estuary perch from all rivers and estuaries in NSW was put in place from Friday May 1, for a four-month period.
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Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Senior Inland Fisheries Manager, Cameron Westaway, said the annual zero bag limit period has been extended to protect early migrating species.

“The zero bag limit will be in place from May to August, to protect these important native fish species while they spawn,” Mr Westaway said.

“Both Australian bass and estuary perch form schools and migrate to parts of estuaries with the correct salinity to trigger spawning.

“These great native sports fish can be vulnerable to fishing when they are in large groups – hence the reason for the closure.”

Mr Westaway said the zero bag limit does not apply to Australian bass and estuary perch caught in freshwater impoundments and dams, as they do not breed in these areas.

“All fish in freshwater impoundments, including Glenbawn Dam and Glennies Creek Dam in the Hunter Valley, Brogo Dam near Bega and Clarrie Hall and Toonumbar Dams in the northeast are stocked fisheries, meaning anglers may continue to fish for these species in those waters all year round,” Mr Westaway said.

“It’s worth noting the zero bag limit closure for rivers and estuaries does permit catch and release of these species during the spawning closure.

“The zero bag limit does not close any waters to fishing and does not affect anglers fishing for other estuary species, such as bream or flathead.

“However, any Australian bass or estuary perch caught must be immediately returned to the water with the least possible injury.”

DPI fisheries officers will be patrolling bass waters during the zero bag limit period to advise anglers on the fishing rules and enforce size and bag limits for other species.

Detailed information on fishing rules can be found in the NSW DPI Recreational Fishing Guides, at DPI fisheries offices, and at most bait and tackle stores.

Anglers should check they have a current NSW Recreational Fishing Fee, available from more than 1000 agents, including bait and tackle stores, on 1300 369 365 or online at 梧桐夜网dpi.nsw.gov419论坛/fisheries/recreational/licence-fee.

RETURN TO WATER: Estuary Perch.

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Teddy Bear repair

Morwell Park Primary School students took part in operation Teddy Bear Hospital. photographs tom morrisonPrepsof Morwell Park Primary School were greeted by student doctors on Friday morning, when their classroom was turned into a make-shift teddy bear hospital.
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Monash University Medical Undergraduate Society members, who are placed at Latrobe Regional Hospital in Traralgon, visited the school for two hours to reduce “white-coat anxiety”.

MUMUS’ ‘Teddy Bear Hospital’ Gippsland coordinator Morgan Clayton, a third year medical student, said the main idea was to create a positive association with hospitals.

“The idea of it is to reduce that white-coat anxiety that comes with going to see a doctor. That’s why we wear the scrubs and teach some health messages,” Ms Clayton said.

Prep student Sarah helped fix teddy’s arm.

“It’s good for us as well, because none of us are actually from this area, so everyone is excited for a chance to see the community other than the hospital.”

Teddy Bear Hospital is an international project, which began at Gippsland Medical School in 2009, and allows young people across the state to interact with student doctors. Morwell Park Primary School preps each brought their own teddy bear to school, with MUMUS members talking them through different medical scenarios.

Doctors Emily and Yazmin plastering fingers with preps.

Stations ranged from surgery – where students got to see the organs of a teddy bear – to healthy eating and exercise, x-rays, asthma, plastering and first aid.

Prep teacher Steph Wilson said the students had been excited all week to join in on the program.

“The whole idea of it is that the students then feel safe and calm when they go to hospital,” Ms Wilson said.

Five year-old Abby was one of 50 preps who took part and said she enjoyed learning about asthma.

“It’s really cool; you get to look after your teddy,” Abby said.

Abby’s classmate, Jack, said Big Teddy was his favourite part of the day and he was looking forward to speaking with the doctors.

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New paths to employment

Skye Dore, AGL’s Mark Waller, Tyson Osborne and AGL’s Anthony Waller workshop employment pathways. photograph bryan petts-jonesTacklingyouth unemployment through education is the main focus of The Smith Family, which held a mentor workshop for 32 Latrobe Valley students last week.
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Sixteen former students of Lowanna, Kurnai and Traralgon secondary colleges spoke of their experience in finding work through various pathways.

Melissa Brown, who studied at Kurnai until 1990 and now works with Quantum youth services, said she dropped out before year 12 and returned to school in her mid-30s.

‘Inspiring Young People’ was held at the Italian Australian Club in Morwell yesterday, as part of a series of events aimed at combating youth unemployment.Photograph bryan petts-jones

“I hope they’ll see there’s more than one pathway to achieve your dreams, but education is important to achieve whatever you want to achieve in life,” Ms Brown said.

Her message was one of many in the Inspiring Young People program, an ongoing series helping young people make the leap from school to work.

The Smith Family Victorian general manager Anton Leschen said its aim was to break down the barriers and allow students to become more comfortable with adulthood.

“Schooling can be a long, dark tunnel for students – 13 years,” Mr Leschen said.

“For young people who aren’t sure where they’re heading or if education is worth it, these events enable them to talk to people who’ve walked the same path as them.

Skye Dore, Mark Waller from AGL, Tyson Osborne and Anthony Waller from AGL.Photograph bryan petts-jones

“It’s to help them realise the significance of schooling and to help them consider real life after-school options.”

Ms Brown, who has also worked with Quantum’s homelessness and mental health programs, said she often dealt with teenagers who were disconnected from education.

She said she hoped her own experience – of living interstate, returning to Latrobe Valley and completing further study – would help explain the range of options out there.

“I want to reassure them that everyone has a different goal and I want to encourage them to keep up with their education, because then they can reach for the stars,” she said.

“I didn’t do year 12, but I went back to school and here I am.”

Although Latrobe Valley’s youth unemployment rate of 11.2 per cent for 15 to 24 year-olds is below the state average of 14.6 per cent, Mr Leschen said prevention was key.

“Our focus is always on education, because that is the preventative measure,” Mr Leschen said.

“It’s far better to help young people get fully educated to have all of the opportunities they might have in life,” he said.

“Rather than a remedial approach dealing with homelessness, unemployment and other issues or barriers.”

Baw Baw Latrobe Local Learning and Employment hosted yesterday’s workshop alongside The Smith Family, which launches its annual Winter Appeal tomorrow.

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Government’s forestry plan reduced to ashes

THE best laid plans of mice and men, it’s said, often go awry.
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Before last election, the Liberals were effective in their attack on Labor and the Greens over forestry, and successfully prosecuted the former government in the public’s eye as the chief architect of the industry’s demise.

The minority government, and particularly the Tasmanian Forests Agreement, they argued, had a ruinous effect on an industry that would have otherwise had a bright future.

But rest assured, the Liberals had a plan to rebuild the forestry industry.

That plan had three prongs: mandatory sentences for pesky environmental protesters, allowing companies to sue for defamation, and most importantly, the government’s “support” for the industry.

As a political strategy, it was spot on.

It harnessed the strong anti-green sentiment, particularly in Braddon, and managed to tar Labor and the Greens as partners in crime who were thrilled about the sector’s decline.

But since coming to government, the much-vaunted plan has slowly gone awry.

The TFA was indeed scrapped, but there will be no additional trees for the industry until 2020.

Anti-protest laws eventually made it through Parliament, but only after they were neutered by the Legislative Council, with mandatory sentencing provisions removed.

The net result was largely a duplication of existing trespass laws.

The introduction of corporate defamation laws was then unceremoniously dumped when the government discovered the Tasmanian community and every other state and territory government thought it was a bad idea.

This week, the public finally learned the government’s plans for Forestry Tasmania – let the company sell valuable hardwood assets to stave off immediate ruin, and shrink in the hope that the private sector can fill the void.

The endless streams of public money for Forestry Tasmania will stop, but there will be job losses and no clear date at which taxpayers can expect a dividend.

It should be remembered that markets are the primary cause of the industry’s woes.

As Resources Minister Paul Harriss belatedly noted in Parliament this week, the collapse of Gunns and the global financial crisis wreaked havoc on the sector.

Regardless of whether selling FT’s hardwood plantations is a broken promise or not, the sale looks like a temporary fix for a permanent viability problem.

Additionally, the government has put the Southern residues problem in the too-hard basket, and has instead asked the industry to find a solution.

This is just months after its decision to pursue Macquarie Wharf as the best point of departure for Southern timber residues.

Perhaps a solution could have already been found if fewer resources were invested into the politically motivated inquiry into the sale of the Triabunna mill.

The announcements gave Labor and the Greens a second wind, particularly for Opposition Leader Bryan Green, who seems more comfortable talking about forestry than most other issues.

But a day after the ministerial statement, the chamber descended into farce as the non-governmental parties excitedly returned fire on the government.

Greens leader Kim Booth was ejected for disrespecting the chair, before Speaker Elise Archer suspended the entire house during the debate of Labor’s no-confidence motion against Mr Harriss.

It painted a poor picture of Tasmania’s political leaders, while the forestry sector is still on its knees.

The next time the government faces voters, it will have a much harder task selling the effectiveness of its plan, particularly if Forestry Tasmania is still losing money and has shed dozens of workers.

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Councils a drain on water, sewerage

THE state’s 29 councils should reflect on comments made by Local Government Minister Peter Gutwein last week concerning their grab for the profits of TasWater.
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The water authority made a profit of $27.2 million last financial year and almost $30 million in potential repairs and maintenance to our water and sewerage systems was paid as a dividend to the councils which own the authority.

As Mr Gutwein said, the fact that we have 22 towns through the state on boil water alerts is due in large part to under-investment by councils in much needed infrastructure over the decades.

The cynic would see this trend as the councils draining TasWater of much needed capital in order to prop up their budgets and keep rates down.

It is obvious that over the past few decades councils have deferred expenditure on water and sewerage; hoping that the other two tiers of government would step to fix up the pipes and pumps with election promises.

As a result there are parts of Tasmania with Third World water and sewerage systems. People in regional and remote parts of this small state are just as entitled to a safe and adequate water supply as are city and urban dwellers.

This is not to blame those responsible councils that have spent a respectable amount on water and sewerage and attempted to keep up with the maintenance backlog.

The greedy ones may be putting a higher priority on healthy looking budgets, but their neglect of this vital infrastructure is bad practice, immoral and highly damaging to Tasmania’s clean green image.

Councils should reflect on this and why the concept of a separate water authority was created in the first place – because they had been neglecting their obligations for decades.

And they wonder why there is a push for fewer councils, and why there is cynicism over their plans for resource sharing.

– BARRY PRISMALL, deputy editor

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Countdown to Logie night

Scott Cam is a TV Week Gold Logie nominee for Most Popular Personality on Australian TV.Many are nominated, few win and everyone has an opinion. It wouldn’t be the Logies without the argy bargy of disagreement, about who ought to have one, who didn’t deserve theirs, or indeed about the value of the awards themselves.
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In the television business they are both sacred and superfluous, at once something to be pursued at any cost, and also a conversational football which is, every year, giving a rare and brutal kicking for the amusement of the masses.

But the inescapable truth is this: everyone within arm’s reach of them wants one. And, unless you know how to game the system, you’re fighting an uphill battle to wrestle Australia’s voting public from their TV-host-of-the-moment-inspired inertia.

In truth, awards nights are largely smoke and mirrors, from the Oscars down, a sort of manufactured pageantry packaged as entertainment and largely intended to give viewers, strapped to their couches, a meat parade of the who’s-who, the who-used-to-be and the who’d-like-to-be of showbusiness.

Much of the competition is on the red carpet – fingers crossed there’s a lift in the quality of interrogation on offer there this year – but some of it is still left on the stage, as actors and actresses, presenters and programs, slug it out in the key categories for a little golden man named Logie.

The most striking thing about the most important category of the night – the Gold Logie – is that everyone in it has been nominated previously, which suggests, with respect, that Australian television needs to stir up the gene pool a little.

A win would be a glorious footnote for Hollywood-bound Stephen Peacocke, but given this category has a historical lean towards safe and solid, it would take a small miracle to unseat Nine’s safe-as-houses Scott Cam.

Seven’s Home and Away had a historical hold on the Silver Logie for the most popular actor, so it was a surprise win last year for ABC’s Chris Lilley. So, does Jonah from Tonga resonate in the same way? Best in class here would be Craig McLachlan whose performance in The Doctor Blake Mysteries confirms his depth and range.

Andy Lee (Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year South America, Nine)

Asher Keddie (Offspring/Party Tricks, Ten)

Carrie Bickmore (The Project, Ten)

Hamish Blake (Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year South America, Nine)

Scott Cam (The Block, Nine)

Stephen Peacocke (Home and Away, Seven)

Chris Lilley (Jonah From Tonga, ABC)

Craig McLachlan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries, ABC)

Josh Thomas (Please Like Me, ABC 2)

Luke Arnold (INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, Seven)

Stephen Peacocke (Home and Away, Seven)

Asher Keddie (Offspring/Party Tricks, Ten)

Bonnie Sveen (Home and Away, Seven)

Jessica Marais (Carlotta/Love Child, ABC/Nine)

Julia Morris (House Husbands, Nine)

Mandy McElhinney (Love Child, Nine)

Janet King (ABC)

Puberty Blues (Ten)

Rake (ABC)

The Code (ABC)

Wentworth (SoHo)

Ice is a problem, but not an epidemic

Glen Innes Police Inspector Garry Huard says that crystal methamphetamine or ‘ice’ is a problem in Glen Innes but there is no epidemic.
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The Federal Government recently announced a new national taskforce on the drug ice that will give priority to rural and regional Australia.

Inspector Huard said that it would be naïve to think that Glen Innes doesn’t have a drug problem.

“No town is immune to drug problems and abuse of drugs does play a fairly significant part in what we investigate on a weekly basis,” he said.

“We are seeing an increase in ice use and a lot of the people we deal with are clearly affected by that drug, even victims are talking about their incident being related to ice use.

“We have issued search warrants over the last six to 12 months on places where they are allegedly manufacturing ice within Glen Innes and Tenterfield.

“We believe that the use of ice has taken over from cannabis which leads to an increase in hospital admissions and erratic behaviour. We see it as just as much of a health issue as a crime issue.”

Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley said the taskforce would pay special attention to the problem in regional Australia.

“The unfortunate situation we find ourselves in with ice in so many rural and regional communities will be made very clear to this taskforce,” she said.

“We know that we must include, in fact give priority to, rural, regional and remote Australia.”

In response Inspector Huard stressed the need for any funding to have an emphasis on prevention and education.

“This is the type of drug that once people are hooked it is very hard to turn them around,” he said.

“I hope any funding from the taskforce would be equally shared between health, education and policing.

“We have gone into local schools and given talks on this subject and that is something that we will continue to do.”

Director of Drug and Alcohol at Hunter New England Health Adrian Dunlop says drug and alcohol clinicians are available to support methamphetamine users across the District, including in Glen Innes.

“Hunter New England Health offers a number of services for methamphetamine users including assessment and referral, counselling and withdrawal support,” he said.

“A Drug and Alcohol counsellor is available in Glen Innes and provides evidenced-based interventions to assist people who want to reduce or stop their drug and or alcohol use.

“Demand for assistance through the Stimulant Treatment Clinic, across the District has been steady over the past couple of years.”

Anyone seeking help should contact the Drug and Alcohol Triage and Assessment Service on1300 66 00 59.

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VIDEO: Fountaineer representing Bendigo

VIDEO: Fountaineer representing Bendigo Bendigo band Fountaineer.
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Bendigo band Fountaineer.

Bendigo band Fountaineer.

Bendigo band Fountaineer.

Bendigo band Fountaineer.

TweetFacebookFountaineer frontman Anthony White has been so busy he hasn’t had time to be nervous for the Bendigo band’s set at GTM.

“We are really excited. It’s going to be a great show,” he said.

“We have been fine tuning the set and making sure all the details are in order and everything is working.”

Fountaineer have also been rehearsing with a fill in drummer with Anthony’s brother Francis overseas with another band.

The brothers started Fountaineer together 18 months ago. They have played together since they were 14 years old.

“It’s a shame I can’t play Groovin the Moo with my brother,” Anthony said.

“He in LA playing showcases and we are happy for each other but it’s a bit sad he’s missing.”

Since being announced as the Triple J Unearthed band, Anthony has been excited to see Fountaineer’s single, Grand Old Flags, has been well received.

“It’s been selling well on iTunes in Australia and overseas. A couple of the Triple J broadcasters have said they are keen to hear the album,” Anthony said.

The band is hoping to have the album out later in the year and in the meantime is finalising a music video that will be released next month.

“The album is a concept album and is very directly influenced by Bendigo. Instead of the muse being a lover or a heartbreaker, it’s the town,” Anthony said.

“It is a comment on the city. Some things that are happening are concerning but there are some great things going on (in Bendigo) as well.”

The band will also play with Gang of Youths and Ecca Vandal on May 19, May 20 and May 22 at the Northcote Social Club.

Fountaineer play from 11.50am at Bendigo GTM.

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Discover Australian wines

WINNING WINE: Sue Maas from Wongaburra Wines with her winning Goulburn Show entries along with wines from other Merino Country Vignerons.
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MAY is here, bringing with it the fourth annual Aussie Wine Month, the country’s biggest celebration of Australian wine.

Aussie Wine Month, an initiative of Wine Australia, encourages wine drinkers to discover the diversity, quality and regionality of our local wines and share their discoveries by including #AussieWineMonth in their social media posts.

Aussie Wine Month events will take place around the country, making it a great time to plan a wine weekend getaway, try a new wine style or explore the wines of some of Australia’s lesser known wine regions.

With 65 Australian wine regions to choose from, there’s plenty for the wine lover to discover right on their doorstep.

There’ll be wineries and regions hosting tastings, dinners, winery walks, festivals and pop-up cellar doors while a range of pubs, bars and restaurants will have an all- Australian wine-by-the-glass list for the month of May.

Share your love for Aussie wine on social media using the #AussieWineMonth hashtag and you could win a dozen bottles of Australian wine valued at more than $400.

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