Heritage Park playground takes shape
The Huon Valley Council’s work on the play area at Heritage Park in Geeveston is continuing.
The Danish Skybridge feature was installed by the contractors Ultimate Play last week and the coming months will see more playground equipment going in.
Huon Valley commissioner Adriana Taylor says a lot of hard work over the last couple of years is starting to see fruition.
“Council staff have been working on acquiring grants and designing the playground which is being developed as part of the Heritage Park Master Plan. It is very exciting to see their work start to take shape as the construction gets underway.
“Now that the Skybridge is up, the next stages of the all-ages, all-ability playground will be installed. These include a 35 metre flying fox, an inclusive carousel (like the one at Shipwrights Point) sand diggers, a maze, monkey bars and a whirly gig.
“We’ve also begun work on the new toilet block for the park. All of these elements will come together to create a wonderful area for local children as well as visitors. The playground and the newly completed off-lead dog area have seen Heritage Park transformed.
“We expect to finish the current building over the next four months. We look forward to finishing the work at Heritage Park so the community can continue to enjoy all of its different features,“ Commissioner Taylor said.
Huon Valley Council

Nominate a local champion  in Kingborough
Recognising Kingborough’s outstanding volunteers is a highlight for Kingborough Council, and the Mayor of Kingborough is pleased to launch the nomination process for the 2018 Kingborough Awards.
The council created the Kingborough Awards in 2017 as a way of including as many people as possible in the celebration of what makes communities great – the individuals who bring us together and create the connections which make us a stronger community.
There are many people who go about their community work without thinking their role is greatly significant, or who are unaware of the positive impact they have on the lives of people who benefit from their efforts. Whether it is planting trees, working for the local sporting or guides group, or reaching out to new migrants or older residents of our community – there are many who deserve to be recognised
and celebrated.
The Kingborough mayor, Cr Steve Wass said, “We have so many dedicated individuals and community groups across our municipality, representing a wide range of interests – from sports, the arts, natural environment to community services. The Awards honour the outstanding achievement of members of our community who consistently give their time and energy to supporting their local community.”
If you know any local champions, we hope you will consider nominating them in one of the three categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year (under 26 years) and Community Group of the Year.
Last year we received outstanding nominations and thank those who took the time to complete the forms. This is the most important step towards recognising our
local heroes.
Nominations are now open and the online fillable form is available on the council’s website: or by calling the council’s Community Development Officer on 6211 8200.
Kingborough Council

Night Owl take away fire
At around 2.50am Tuesday before last fire crews from Huonville, Franklin and Grove responded to reports of a fire at the Night Owl take away in Main Rd, Huonville.
On arrival crews found the building fully engulfed in flames. Fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus attacked the fire from both inside and outside. It was brought under control but the property was extensively damaged.
A 57 year old male was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by Ambulance Tasmania. There were no other injuries.
Regional Fire Investigator, Station Officer Matt Lowe said, "This fire has been deemed accidental and was most likely caused by an electrical fault".
Damage has been estimated at $350,000.
Tasmania Fire Service

New navigation aids on the Huon River
Mariners are advised that there are five new aids to navigation established in position on the Huon River as follows:
• Number 1 –  lit port pile in position 43 degrees 05.927S, 147 00.493E. Light characteristic – Fl R 5s
• Number 2 – lit starboard pile in position 43 degrees 06.344S, 147 00.197E. Light characteristic
– Fl G 5s
• Number 3 – port pile in position 43 07.156S, 146 59.873E.
• Number 4 – starboard pile in position 43 07.366S, 146 59.912E.
• Number 5 – starboard pile in position 43 degrees 07.914S, 146 59.563E.
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Commissioner welcomes registrar to Dover
Huon Valley commissioner Adriana Taylor has welcomed the appointment of a registrar, Dr Elizabeth Du Bois, who will train with the doctors at the Dover Medical Centre for the next six months. Elizabeth gained her qualifications in South Africa and has worked in emergency medicine and general practice since relocating to Australia in 2007.
“We want to encourage registrars who have an interest in rural practice to spend some time in our communities and hopefully develop a passion for working in these areas,” Commissioner Taylor said. General Practice (GP) Registrars are fully qualified doctors who have finished their initial medical studies and then have to complete the general practice component of training (three six month placements, one of which must be rural), similar to an apprenticeship model, seeing their own patients under the supervision of experienced GPs. Commissioner Taylor says the doctors working at the Dover Medical Centre are passionate about community health. “If the passion that our doctors have can be transferred to the registrars who train with us, we may see them return to practice in our communities in the future. There is a real need for rural doctors across the country. The registrars can see that general practice connects medicine to the community more than any other medical specialty.
“While they are with the medical centre the registrars will be presented with patients with a wide range of health issues. We’ve also had feedback the patients enjoy having registrars there.
“Having a registrar at the practice also benefits the doctors working there. The registrar’s input keep the practice’s processes fresh and current and the doctors can reinforce their own knowledge and professional development by teaching.
“Our medical centres, while already facing demanding workloads, gladly help medical students and registrars with their training, because they know that local access to health services has a direct impact on health outcomes for a community. If we can encourage any of the students or doctors who have training placements with us to eventually work in a rural setting (including the Huon Valley), we know they’ll have a rewarding and challenging career and a direct impact on the lives and wellbeing of their patients.”
Huon Valley Council

Garage Sale Trail returns to the Huon Valley
Garage Sale Trail, the multi-award winning sustainability and community campaign, is calling on all Tasmanians to choose to reuse when our nation’s biggest garage sale returns to the Huon Valley as a weekend long event on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October 2017.
Huon Valley households, community groups, charities, local businesses and schools are set to join an estimated 350,000 plus Australians as part of the seventh annual national Garage Sale Trail. The Huon Valley event will be at the Southbridge Waste Transfer Station.
Huon Valley Council commissioner Adriana Taylor has welcomed the involvement of the council and the unique opportunity to promote reuse and community building in a fun and creative way through the Garage Sale Trail.
“The Huon Valley Council is proud to be actively involved in bringing this national initiative to our residents. Garage Sale Trail helps people to think about how we can all take responsibility for the waste we create by reusing items that might otherwise be put out for waste collection and possibly end up in landfill. The event also enables local community connections and fundraising for local community groups and charities,” Commissioner Taylor said.
Run by Australian not-for-profit  organisation the Garage Sale Trail Foundation, the event exists to create positive social and environmental change in communities across Australia. It is powered and made possible by over 150 local councils nationally. Registration is free and open now at
Huon Valley Council

Patient survey gives Geeveston Medical Centre tick of approval
The Geeveston Medical Centre has recently conducted its latest patient survey and the results are very positive. More than 60 patients were surveyed this time and their suggestions will shape the way the centre delivers its services. The three yearly surveys are a central feature of the centre’s continuous improvement model that forms part of their accreditation. The survey placed the service delivery at the centre above the benchmark in every category, which include:
• Can patients see a doctor of
their choice?
• Are patients treated respectfully by helpful reception staff?
• Did patients receive enough
• Were all of their questions
• Does everything run on time, do patients have to wait long?
• How well do they manage their patients' privacy and personal information?
The survey is approved by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and is intended to let the staff at the centre think about ways to improve their practice in response to their patients' feedback.
Huon Valley commissioner Adriana Taylor says the survey plays an important role in monitoring performance.
“It lets us know how we’re going and if we are doing the right thing by the community. We might think we’re doing a great job, but the survey lets us know how our service delivery at the centre is perceived by the patients.
“By understanding patients’ expectations we can adapt our service delivery to meet them. To find that the majority of patients think we’re doing a great job, looking after them when they are not at their best, is a heartening result.
“It is also testament to the great team we have working at the Geeveston Medical Centre. Not only are they providing this vital service, along with the raft of allied health services that the centre facilitates (sports physicians, dieticians), they are meeting the needs of their patients.
“We are constantly looking at ways to improve and this year’s survey tells us we are on the right track,” Commissioner Taylor said.
Huon Valley Council

Mosaics making news
This month the Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand is holding its Symposium 2017 in Hobart, and four participants with strong personal links to Tasmania are collaborating to mount an exhibition. This is a rare chance to see the works of four such talented women in one place. Rachel Bremner and Wendy Edwards live in Tasmania. Helen Bodycomb and Pamela Irving are Victorians, but both have family connections here, have enjoyed spending part of their lives here, and are especially inspired in their mosaic interpretations by their respective Tasmanian grandmothers.
The Tasmanians
Rachel moved to Tasmania 40 years ago to study music and went on to enjoy a very successful career as a violinist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Rachel now lives in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and says, "Although I no longer perform music I feel music is alive and intensely present in my mosaic work." She finds inspiration in the changeable beauty of the Channel environment. "I often adopt the tiniest seed of something from my surroundings as a starting point," she says. Rachel has studied in the US and Italy, exhibits at home, nationally and internationally, been featured in magazines worldwide and won multiple awards. Wendy Edwards is self taught and began her mosaic career tiling her bathroom. Like Rachel, she finds inspiration in her Channel home surrounds from where she creates her many private and public commissions. Wendy is currently exhibiting in NSW, and has been seen many times in exhibitions both in Tasmania and on the mainland.
The Victorians
Originally trained as a painter, Helen Bodycomb has been working full time in mosaics and sculpture for 25 years and is currently working towards a PhD in visual art. She not only studied with the masters in Italy, but now teaches in Australia, Italy and the US, and is widely respected for this role and as a presenter at mosaic conferences. Pamela Irving has worked as a full time artist for over 30 years and her sense of humour and love of irony are apparent in her works. These are represented in public and private collections, including Museum Victoria and several university, municipal and school collections.
When and where
See the varied and striking works of these four women at the Waterside Pavilion, Mawson Place, Hobart, from 17 to 27 August. Contact, or for further information.
Judy Redeker

Advance care planning information session
Do your family and friends know your wishes, values and attitudes towards your care and medical treatment?
Talking about and documenting the type of treatment that you may or may not want as you approach the end of life is called ‘Advance Care Planning’.
Kingborough Council, in partnership with the Kingston LINC, is offering a special presentation as part of a series of ‘Tuesday Talks’ which will provide information specifically relevant to seniors in our community.
The Advance Care Planning information session will outline a process to help you plan your medical care in advance. It is important because some time in the future you may become too unwell to make decisions for yourself.
Retired nurse Hilde Nilsson, who has experience in advance care planning, will provide a thought provoking and informative session on preparing your own Advance Care Directive. There will be ample time for questions and answers and morning tea will be offered.
The session will be held on Tuesday, 5 September from10.30am to 12pm at Kingston LINC, off Hutchins Street, Kingston.
For more information or to register your interest in attending, please contact the council’s Community Development Officer
on 6211 8170.
Kingborough Council

Reconciliation Council of Tasmania launched
The Reconciliation Council of Tasmania (RCT) was launched in Hobart on Wednesday 9 August at the Goods Shed, Macquarie Point Hobart at 1pm. Significantly, the day was also the UN’s ‘Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples’ (IDWIP). Tasmania has been dragging its heels in getting a Reconciliation Council underway, being the last state in Australia to get one started, although many groups in cities, towns and regional centres have been working towards reconciliation for years. The ‘Reconciliation Ride’ buses from Smithton, Scottsdale and Huonville began to arrive at the Goods Shed, a former railway workshop, at 12.45pm, with launch attendees gathering around the stage and some displays. The rustic shed was the perfect setting for such an event, and the lovely sounds of singer Madelena Anderson-Ward welcomed the guests as the huge space began to fill with a diverse crowd composed of community members, interest groups, politicians and school children representing many schools. There was a buzz of friendliness, optimism, anticipation and celebration as the launch speakers were escorted to the stage. Reconciliation Australia Board Member, Bill Lawson AM, who is coordinating the planning for RCT, was the MC, and introduced Premier Will Hodgman, who spoke of the Government’s intentions for the RCT, before introducing the Governor Kate Warner. Alison Overeem gave a lovely ‘Welcome to Country’ speech in two languages, then the Governor gave a heartfelt and personal speech about her feeling towards the need to empathise with and recognise the Aboriginal peoples and their descendants, and to embrace truth telling and acceptance of the true history of Tasmania. The other speakers were: Heather Sculthorpe, representing the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC); Rodney Dillon from the Tasmania Regional Communities Alliance (TRACA); Rebecca White, the Leader of the Opposition; Cassie O’Connor, leader of the Greens; and Doug Chipman, the president of the Local Government Association of Tasmania. All speakers had a different perspective and different experiences, but all expressed their positive hopes for the RCT. Speeches were followed by the fun stuff – hand printing of the launch banner by members of the official party before they departed. Then the launch attendees had a go at hand painting, all enjoying messy, while laughing and sharing experiences. Music continued with Jonathon Warwarek and Madelena Anderson-Ward. As we prepared to go back to our communities, the strains of “I am, you are, we are Australian” helped us on our way. It truly was a lovely event, and the good feeling will no doubt help the process of reconciliation. This attendee hoped that commitment will follow, instead of more politicising and “giving with one hand, and taking away with the other”. If the good vibe is anything to go by, the Reconciliation Council of Tasmania is off to a good start.
Now to the work of the Reconciliation Council of Tasmania.
Reconciliation Council of Tasmania
All Tasmanians are invited to join the RCT at either the ‘Active’ or ‘Passive’ level. ‘Active’ means being actively involved with RCT and ‘Passive’ means being kept informed about RCT’s activities. The Reconciliation Council of Tasmania is a neutral, registered not-for-profit company independent of any political, political, religious or ethnic influence. RCT will work with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Tasmanians towards: Truth and Reconciliation; Facilitating Equitable Partnerships; Truthful Information and Education; and Local, Regional and Statewide Cooperation. The Reconciliation Council of Tasmania’s website is at The website includes an ‘Expression of Interest’ button which leads to a membership invitation at either ‘Active’ or
‘Passive’ levels.
Reconciliation at the local level
Back in our own communities, we can help to work on a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Kingborough Council staff have informed me that they are already working on their RAP, which will be going to council soon, and when endorsed, will be ‘actioned’. An action plan is about how to ‘Take the Next Step’. In Kingborough, it is a vision for reconciliation, to improve engagement, communication and then collaboration with Tasmanian Aboriginal communities
in Kingborough. What’s being encouraged is that government  departments, community groups and sporting organisations will all be involved in having a RAP. I’m awaiting information from Huon Valley Council on the progress of their RAP. This is a work in progress − we’re all invited to participate.
Merlene Abbott

Blues in the blood
Kate Meehan left Tasmania 17 years ago to pursue a career as a blues singer and songwriter. Her passion for her music overcame her youthful shyness, and she went on to forge a very successful career and make a name for herself. With partner Skip Landry she's returned frequently and performed at home. But now she's back and living locally, and she, with Skip and a special guest appearance by her father, well-known Hobart musician Clem Meehan, will present A Whole Lotta Jazz at the West Winds Art Lounge on Sunday 20 August.
Family connections
Clem Meehan's father, also Clem, was Bandmaster of the Queenstown Silver Band for thirty-six years. At age 16 his son, Clem, began performing in Queenstown with the Nellie Eaves Band playing string bass, trumpet, and occasionally singing. After moving to Hobart as a young man, Clem became a founder and frontman for well known Hobart bands, the Bourbon Street Jazzmen and Dixieland Express. For the past 26 years Clem has been involved with the Clarence City Community Band. It will be a privilege to hear this veteran of the Hobart music scene perform with his daughter on 20 August.
Like father, like daughter
Kate has three Australian Blues Music CHAIN awards, two runner-ups and one top final five in the MusicOz songwriting awards in the blues category, and six successful CD's to her credit. She's performed blues, jazz and all genres of music at festivals from one end of Australia to the other in a career that's been exciting, marked by huge achievements, and a wonderful confidence builder for that young venturer. Quietly happy to be home where she began on her musical path, she says it was well worth the journey! See Kate, Skip and Clem at West Winds on 20 August at 2pm. The wine bar will be open, and see an intriguing art display in 'steam punk mixed media' by Jacqueline Jeffrey, ceramicist and art teacher living in Tasmania for the past 17 years.
Judy Redeker

Parking on footpaths
Deciding where to park your car is sometimes an issue. On narrow streets it makes sense to try to leave as much road room as possible to allow for easy motor vehicle movement, but the consequences can cause major problems for footpath users.
Parking on or blocking footpaths can incur a fine and can create situations which put pedestrians
in potentially dangerous situations.
Kingborough Council urges people to consider the complications caused for those walking with prams or children, wheelchair or mobility aid users or young children on bicycles if the path is blocked by a parked vehicle. Footpath users are forced to use the road as the only access, which then creates unsafe conditions for both the motorist and the would-be footpath user. A fine can be issued under the Roads, Parking and Stormwater By-law in
these conditions.
The Chair of Council’s Access Advisory Committee, Deputy Mayor Cr Paula Wriedt, strongly encourages people to park legally and thoughtfully so as not to put footpath users at risk. “We are asking people to look at access from the point of view of those who are not necessarily agile or who are not able to quickly respond to a potentially dangerous situation,” she said.  “Whether it is a parent with a toddler and pram, someone using a mobility aid or someone who has a chronic condition.”
Committee member Julie Taylor emphasises this point, “Navigating cars on footpaths can be really difficult when you have impaired vision and suffer from chronic pain,” she says. “Judging distances and having to move around the cars such as having to step down onto the road and back up onto the footpath, exacerbates the pain and increases the risk of falling or having
an accident”.
Kingborough Council

When was the last time you had a 'wow' experience?
On 2 September 2017 Rotarian Rob Pennicott of Pennicott Wilderness Journeys in association with the Rotary Club of Kingston is pleased to offer Hobartians, and visitors to our state, a unique opportunity to observe first hand the approaches to the magnificent Derwent River; and to learn a little of the trials and tribulations of generations of lighthouse keepers, fishermen and sailors.
Leaving from Dru Point in Margate, the cruises on a high speed Wilderness Journeys craft will take you out of North West Bay and past the houses at Tinderbox Point, formerly the homes of the harbour pilots who in the early days of settlement would have rowed out to meet incoming ships and guide them safely to port.
From Tinderbox the craft will transport you safely to the Iron Pot Lighthouse. The origin of the name Iron Pot remains lost in time, however the most likely reason would be the pots left by whalers on the site. The lighthouse construction was completed in 1833 after several wrecks in the area resulted in public pressure on the government to improve safety to the approaches to the harbour. It was the first lighthouse in Tasmania and only the second lighthouse in Australia. The light was originally fuelled with sperm whale oil. At that time whaling was a major industry in the Hobart area, oil from Tasmania was sold worldwide for lighting.
In 1884 a gothic style home, with lead light windows and a cast iron laced veranda, was built for lighthouse keeper James Parkinson and his ever growing family. In 1921 after the lighthouse was automated the light keeper's house was demolished. It is believed that the house was sold piecemeal and some parts of it were purchased for construction of new homes in the Glebe.
In 1997 the Iron Pot Light was converted to solar power, the first of its kind in Australia.
The cruise leaves the Iron Pot for Black Jack Rock where in 1994 the $40 million Condor II ferry ran aground. The ferry constructed by local manufacturer Incat, was on trials and destined for service overseas. It ran up on to the rocks at a speed of 36 knots and was left high and dry. It took six weeks and the efforts of many tugs to re-float the 78 metre vessel. The story made national and international news.
On then for a circumnavigation of Betsey Island, where in 1825 a trader named James King bred silver grey rabbits for the China fur trade. These days the island is an important nature reserve and home to Little Penguins, Short Tailed Shearwaters, Black Faced Cormorants, Sea Eagles and Kelp Gulls. You may be fortunate enough to sight some of these beautiful birds.
The 75 minute cruise concludes with the return to Dru Point.
Why not take advantage of this unique opportunity to see the approaches to the Derwent River and Hobart Town, as it would have been viewed by the early settlers, trading ships, and fishermen.
Proceeds from the cruises go towards funding Rotary youth projects.
Don’t wait... book now before
sold out, as only limited seats are available.
Date: Saturday, 2 September 2017
Cruise times: 9am, 10.30am,
12 noon, and 1.30pm.
Bookings: Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, phone (03) 6234 4270.
Cost: $55 per adult, $30 per child (under 16), A 10% discount applies to families consisting of at least one adult and one child.
A great 'wow' experience as a father’s day gift for dad.
Kingston Rotary Club

Ragwort on Bruny survey
Kingborough Council has engaged a consultant to carry out an independent review of our Ragwort Program on Bruny Island, including community engagement and support, on-ground weed management and compliance activities under the Weed Management
Act (1999).
It is critical that we control ragwort in a strategic and collaborative effort to minimise the impact of this invasive weed. We ask you to take the time to complete the survey so that we can better understand the impact of ragwort and the resources currently committed to controlling it. Your input is vital and will help to shape the future direction of the Ragwort Program.
As well as completing the survey, you are invited to attend a Community Forum on Sunday 20 August from 10.30am to 12pm at the
Alonnah Hall.
Kingborough Council

Tasmania to trial suicide prevention approach
Tasmania is preparing to participate in a national trial exploring how a coordinated approach can help local communities reduce suicide.
Tasmania is one of 12 sites around the country taking part in the Australian Government-funded trial. Primary Health Tasmania will lead the trial in Tasmania, working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services and the suicide prevention sector.
Primary Health Tasmania general manager Mark Broxton said the national trial represents a major opportunity to test different approaches to reducing suicide and self-harm.
“There are a range of suicide prevention activities on the ground throughout Tasmania including clinical services, education and training,” Mr
Broxton said.
“The purpose of this trial is to see how multiple activities can be implemented in a coordinated and collaborative way at a local level to build community capacity to reduce suicide.
“We all have a role to play in preventing suicide in our community, including looking after ourselves and supporting each other, but it is only by working together that we can
prevent suicide.”
Tasmania has the second highest rate of suicide in Australia (16 suicides per 100,000 people in 2015).
Each of the 12 trial sites will focus their work on a priority population group. The Tasmanian population group will be decided in the next month.
The results from each trial site will be assessed independently and shared nationally to help inform more effective suicide prevention activities
across Australia.
Implementation of the national trial is being supported by the Black Dog Institute, whose
LifeSpan suicide prevention model will be used in Tasmania and at many of the other trial sites.
LifeSpan Director at the Black Dog Institute, Rachel Green, is in Hobart to address an information session about the model for a number of service providers and
community groups.
Primary Health Tasmania is partnering with the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Community Network and the Department of Health and Human Services to run the forum, which gives participants an opportunity to learn about the evidence behind the framework and ask questions about how it can be applied
in Tasmania.
The forum is the first of a number of local consultation and engagement activities that will be held throughout development, implementation and evaluation of the trial.
“LifeSpan is a world-class approach to suicide prevention which combines nine evidence-based strategies into one community-led initiative,” Ms
Green said.
“It aims to build a safety net for the community by connecting and coordinating new and existing suicide prevention activities and building the capacity of the community to better support people facing a suicide crisis.”
Mr Broxton said once the Tasmanian population group and location have been selected, the trial partners will look at what suicide prevention activity is already on the ground, where it fits within the LifeSpan framework, and what needs to be developed to fill the gaps.
“Primary Health Tasmania will work with existing services and programs to ensure that future programs are meeting the needs of the community and not duplicating what is already in place,” he said.
Activity will align with and complement the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy 2016-2020.
The Australian Government has provided $3 million for the Tasmanian component of the trial, which is scheduled to run until 30 June 2019.
Primary Health Tasmania is establishing an advisory group to support development and implementation of the trial.
The Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Trial Advisory Group is being drawn from members of the existing Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Community Network.
The Black Dog Institute and LifeSpan
The Black Dog Institute is a world-leading medical research institute focused on translating the latest scientific knowledge into better health outcomes for people with mental illness.
The Institute has received
$3 million from the Australian Government to support the national suicide prevention trial.
It will work with the Primary Health Networks at each of the 12 trial sites to develop and implement community-specific strategies, using the
LifeSpan model.
For more information about LifeSpan visit
About Primary Health Tasmania
Primary Health Tasmania is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation working to connect care and keep Tasmanians well and out of hospital. It was established under the Australian Government’s Primary Health Networks Program to support and enable a coordinated, primary care-focused
health system.
More information about Primary Health Tasmania can be found at
Primary Health Tasmania
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