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Specialty Timber Update (Victoria)

20th December 2023

The Victorian Government recently announced more detail about its Community Forestry Support Package, as it transitions away from native timber harvesting in the state. The package includes compensation for redundant plant equipment, and worker redundancies.

As part of this announcement, the Allan Government indicated its support for very small amounts of specialty timber supply.

Minister for the Environment, Steve Dimopoulos, said in a statement “Since the Victorian Forestry Plan was first announced in 2019, we have made sure small amounts of supply is available for niche products such as instrument-making.”

The implementation of licenses for “limited and very small-scale felling” will be considered over the next six months.

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WRC-23 update: Spectrum saved for broadcasting & wireless devices

19th December 2023

The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23) was held in Dubai from 20th November-15th December, 2023. The issue that could potentially affect our industry was Agenda item 1.5: to review the spectrum use and spectrum needs of existing services in the frequency band 470-960 MHz in Region 1 and consider possible regulatory actions in the frequency band 470‑694 MHz in Region 1 on the basis of the review in accordance with Resolution 235 (WRC‑15).
This is the frequency band used for wireles audio devices.
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New Quarterly Import Report from the AMA

17th November 2023

The first of a new seasonal report from the AMA, sharing up to date import data throughout the year, has just been released. As part of the recent review of the Annual Market Report, and the updated methodology and presentation, these reports will be released soon after quarterly data is made available.

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Vale Chris Erkus

27th October 2023

Chris Erkus, well known and respected in our industry for his work developing MUSICPOS, APIC and DHOUSE, passed away earlier this week.

Chris was the loved husband of Fatma (dec.) and loving father of Jason and Ella.

The service to celebrate the life of Christopher Huseyin Erkus was held in the Cirrus Reflection Space, Bunurong Memorial Park, on Friday 27th October, 2023, and he was laid to rest with his beloved wife Fatma.

Halifax Consulting Group was established in 1999 by Chris Erkus, who designed and developed the Point of Sale system called MUSIPOS that year. After the successful deployment of MUSIPOS, HCG completed developing DHOUSE for the suppliers in 2001.The Australian Print & Instrument Catalogue (APIC), designed and programmed by Chris in 1998, was acquired by Halifax Consulting Group in 2014.

The services developed by Chris have been widely used in our industry for a quarter of a century. Many AMA members have expressed their condolences this week.

ENTECH Roadshow 2023

The touring trade show for the AV industry takes place around Australia from 10th-24th October, 2023.

ENTECH Roadshow is the only trade show for AV and entertainment technology professionals that visits every major population centre in Australia, opening up access to more business opportunities than any other event. ENTECH will visit Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth in October 2023, bringing a fresh perspective on the industry as a whole to every local market. Continue reading

Vale Ross Cole

Ross Cole passed away on 28th July 2023, aged 84. The widely respected and much loved musician, conductor, band master and owner of Cove Music and Dicksons Music for many years was added to the Australian Music Association’s Honour Roll in 2017.

Loving husband of Marilyn, father/stepfather of Steph, Steve, Virginia, Nich, Sam, Louise, Bruce, Kate. Grandfather to Emma, Beth, Andrew, Kat, Jono, Macca, Jacko, Dom, Daniel, Bec, Georgia & Anthony and great-grandfather to Jordan.

Ross Cole started learning piano in primary school but after two years the teacher said she could not control him and had no talent so he stopped. Ross then went to North Sydney Boys High, joined the brass band playing Euphonium and loved it and music. By his final year Ross was playing cornet and trombone in two different music groups and the following year, 1955, won the State Junior Trombone Title.

In those days music shops were very few, Frank Dickson in a backstreet of Chatswood, and Palings, Nicholsons, J Stanley Johnsons and Harry Landis in town although Landis stopped him coming in after a while because he kept going in and testing trombones and mouthpieces and never buying.

Over the next 20 odd years music was still a very strong hobby while he married and had a number of career changes. However, in 1979 while lecturing at UTS and Sydney TAFE he met his present wife Marilyn with whom he had gone through infant school at Willoughby and they were married shortly after this with 5 children between them.

That year. after attending a parent/teacher interview at Roseville Public School he heard some children trying to play musical instruments. He immediately corrected a couple of the children and within a couple of weeks of pressure from the teacher concerned and Principal agreed to take over setting up their band program. This grew very quickly and with the demand for private lessons and other schools wanting to start band programs, in 1982, after numerous complaints from neighbours in Castle Cove and across the water in Killarney Heights about the noise every afternoon and early evening, Ross set up Cove Music in Roseville Chase with a music school and retail operation.

By 1986, having grown and expanded, the business wanted to become full line but could not get piano/keyboard agencies because they were held by Dickson’s Music, so they bought out that store. By the mid-1990s they were running band programs in more than 20 schools on the northside of Sydney, were already running and expanding the Dickson’s Yamaha Band Festival, which in its 24th year of 2013 when health issues forced its closure, had over 240 bands and orchestras participating. The business also had acquired Action Music and had operations in Chatswood, Roseville, Brookvale, North Perth (WA) and Westchester, Los Angeles and was heavily involved in ABODA.

The business continued until 2014, with regular trips to Chicago (where he met many publishers and composers) and NAMM Shows in Anaheim. Ross and Marilyn then ended their full time involvement in the industry although Ross continued to conduct two community bands, the Latestarters and the Northside Concert Band.

Ross was interviewed for NAMM’s Oral History project in 2017.