The price has recently come down a bit, but still quite expensive.
If you import from the UK you get 17.5% discount as you won't have to pay VAT so you should get the tx only for about 150 pounds ($440) I would suggest :
Having just had the problem with the transmitter and taken the back off I can say that the quality on the inside isn't up to that on the outside.
Do you know anywhere in Aus I can get a 2 channel 40 mhz stick radio, everywhere I've rang only has wheels?
BTW, from October you won't be the only stick user in Melbourne.