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A T-SHIRT de­signer is Vic­to­ria’s lead­ing can­di­date in an on­line search for the voice of TomTom Aus­tralia’s nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems. The GPS com­pany is seek­ing a voice to say the turns, streets and signs that help mo­torists nav­i­gate — and Sash Pe­disic is the lo­cal hope. Col­lo­qualisms are en­cour­aged — which is why Queens­land’s ‘‘typ­i­cal bloke’’ Jay Lane is the lead­ing can­di­date. The pub­lic are in­vited to vote for their favourite voice at www.bethevoice.com.au and a list of 10 fi­nal­ists will be se­lected on Oc­to­ber 22. The win­ner will get $10,000 and the chance to be the next vo­cal link be­tween driv­ers and satnavs. TomTom’s Nick Saisanas says an Aus­tralian ac­cent will do well in the TomTom GPS voice range. ‘‘The hunt is on to find an iconic Aus­tralian voice that res­onates with Aussies, and can rep­re­sent the Aus­tralian ac­cent right around the world. ‘‘This voice will lit­er­ally be avail­able to ev­ery­one who owns a TomTom GPS unit,’’ he says.

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