Month: July 2018

  • Maribyrnong’s maligned backyard chooks need place in pecking order

    MARIBYRNONG residents are questioning the council’s commitment to sustainability after its latest order to remove backyard chickens.
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    In for a fight: Angela Chiew says she will lobby against the council order to remove her chooks from her backyard. Picture: Benjamin Millar

    A Maidstone family was given until last Friday to re-house its three hens or surrender them to the council.

    The demand followed a similar order slapped on a feathered trio that were the pride and joy of Footscray’s Eldridge Street, despite a 150-signature petition calling for them to be allowed to stay.

    A council spokesman said 40 notices to chicken owners had been issued in the past 12 months. He said the most common reasons for neighbour complaints concerned chickens being in yards which were too small, an offensive smell and noise, and rats and mice being attracted to the yard. “Most matters have been resolved through communication and co-operation of the occupants to remove the chickens.”

    Angela Chiew said her chickens were given their marching orders following a “misunderstanding” with a neighbour that had since been cleared up.

    “She thought the chickens might have been attracting rats, but when we talked to her about it she understood they weren’t behind it,” she said. “Rats pop up regardless of chickens. They were around long before our chooks.

    “We’re meticulous with their yard and the chooks would actually process the compost so quickly there was nothing for the rats.”

    Ms Chiew said the chickens played a vital role in her backyard garden and would be sorely missed. The council’s ‘general purposes local law’ prohibits chicken houses within 15 metres of a dwelling, although it may allow exceptions.

    The law came into effect in 2005 and is valid until the end of 2015.

    The council is preparing a report examining the rule for a meeting next month, following the tabling of the Eldridge Street petition.

    Ms Chiew said there could be very few homes in Maribyrnong that could ensure a 15-metre buffer from any dwelling.

    “The council is running a workshop next month about keeping backyard chooks, but with rules like this nobody would be able to.”

  • No truck action as report links diesel emissions to cancer

    THE state government has again resisted calls for a study into the effects of diesel emissions on health.
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    Pointing to last week’s blockade protest that shut down Shepherd Bridge in Footscray during morning peak hour, Greens MP Colleen Hartland told Parliament the government had ignored the health and noise issues posed by 21,000 trucks travelling through the inner west daily.

    “The government is not concerned about the health of residents in the inner west,” she said.

    “We are not talking about trucks that deliver to supermarkets, stores or your home; we are talking about trucks coming to and from the port through residential streets.”

    Ms Hartland said a World Health Organisation diesel pollution report linking diesel with cancer showed the need for a health impact assessment. But eight months after the report’s release Health Minister David Davis continues to rebuff the call.

    “I have not made any decision at this point to take the action that she [Ms Hartland] indicates in terms of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act, but I did see the report and will respond in due course,” Mr Davis said.

    Western Region Health Centre CEO Lyn Morgain said environmental issues and awareness had an important impact on people’s health.

    “WRHC thinks that it is incumbent upon the government to ensure that residents have access to the necessary expert advice regarding the risks associated with any air-quality issues or industrial impacts, not least because the consequence of fear and anxiety alone can be very real.”

    The Maribyrnong Truck Action Group labelled last Tuesday’s blockade of Shepherd Bridge a great success, with about 200 residents calling on the government to revive the shelved Truck Action Plan.

    The group has sought a meeting with new Premier Dennis Napthine and vowed further action will follow until a solution is found.

    —Benjamin Millar

  • Extra pokies to bankroll million-dollar Hoppers Crossing club

    Flow-on benefits: George Csifo, with Darren Hellman, Monique Hellman, Darren Trewin, Darrel Brown, Kieran Butty and Brydon Coles, says community groups will benefit from new pokies. Picture: Mark SmithTWENTY new poker machines will bankroll a multimillion-dollar expansion of a Hoppers Crossing sports club, after the gambling commission overruled Wyndham Council’s decision to refuse them.
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    Hoppers Crossing Sports Club, which won its application at the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation late last year, says it will install the poker machines by June.

    Bringing the number of pokies at the Hogans Road club to 55, the new machines are expected to raise up to $750,000 in the first year.

    The extra revenue will fund a new bistro and function room, estimated to cost $5 million.

    The council rejected the club’s application last June and fought it at the commission hearing, pointing to anticipated social and economic harm to the community.

    Its lawyers presented a survey of 500 Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit and Werribee residents, 61 per cent of whom opposed more pokies at the club.

    But the commission decided there would be no negative impact, agreeing with a consultant’s report that highlighted the club’s “pronounced social, sporting and cultural role” in the Hoppers Crossing area. Direct economic benefits of the new poker machines included 22 new full-time jobs in the cafe, bar, bistro, gaming and function areas.

    General manager George Csifo said that without pokies revenue, the club would not have been able to finance a $2.9 million pavilion for dozens of sports teams.

    “It’s a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility with changerooms, a gym and community rooms,” he said.

    “By offering these sorts of facilities and having so many sports clubs, it gets kids off the streets, involved in sport and out onto the paddock.”

    Mr Csifo said the club reinvested 100 per cent of its pokies revenue back into sporting and social purposes, including donations of more than $180,000 to Rotary and $20,000 to youth outreach Open Family Australia.

    While he understood the council’s anti-pokies stance was driven by a “moral obligation”, Mr Csifo said community clubs should not be cast in the same light as hotel pokies venues. “It does irk me that we’re thrown into the same bucket as hoteliers, who do it just to turn a profit.”

    To complement the club’s new pavilion, the council is completing $3.1 million upgrades to the reserve, including fencing, synthetic practice wickets, a basketball court and barbecue area.

  • Swede finds there’s more to Oz than kangaroos

    SIGNE Christerson was expecting to find kangaroos roaming the streets when she arrived in Melbourne last July for a year-long exchange trip.
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    Cultural experience: Swedish student Signe Christerson is taking part in a year-long exchange program. Picture: Craig Sillitoe

    Eight months later, the Swedish student has learnt she’s not the only one surprised to discover that many cultural stereotypes are untrue.

    Signe, 18, says she also had to dispel the odd stereotype, including that all Swedish people are tall, have blonde hair and blue eyes.

    She was shocked that some people thought Scandinavia was a country, and amazed by Australians’ love for IKEA and ABBA.

    “I’ve had people start singing Dancing Queen from ABBA and asking me to help put IKEA furniture together,” she says.

    “But I also didn’t know much about Australia before I came. I was amazed ABBA was big here because I hadn’t experienced that in Sweden.”

    Signe is one of 20 students in Victoria as part of a Rotary Club exchange program.

    She’s being looked after by four families from the Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook and attending school at Truganina’s Westbourne Grammar.

    Signe decided to take part in the program after hearing about her brother and cousin’s exchange experiences in New Zealand and America.

    She says travelling to a foreign country was daunting.

    “Trusting people was difficult at first. I thought, how am I supposed to talk to these people; they don’t know me. But I feel like I have evolved. I feel different but I probably won’t realise how different I am until I’m home.”

    Signe says there are many differences between Melbourne and her home town in Sweden’s south. One of the biggest differences is the school system, with Swedish students not required to wear uniforms and spending an extra year at school. She was also taken aback by the size of Melbourne.

    “When I first arrived I thought Melbourne was crazy big. I’ve never seen a big city like Melbourne before. I’ve been to Stockholm in Sweden before but Melbourne was crazy.”

  • Plan to shape tourism focus

    THE first tourism destination marketing plan for Gloucester will focus on the region as a low-cost adventure-based holiday location.
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    Tourism manager Wendy Hughes said the plan would present the historical community of Stroud as a ‘gateway’ to Gloucester and the Barrington Tops, while the continuing growth of the day-tripper market would also be a focus.

    The latest Tourism Research Australia figures for the Gloucester Shire show tourism generates about $30 million per annum, but this figure does not include income from day trippers or international visitors.

    It means, in terms of dollar value, Gloucester lags behind areas like Dungog and Walcha as a tourism destination.

    “The unfortunate thing about the figures is that they’re based on random surveys at airports and via the phone,” Mrs Hughes said.

    “Unless you get that critical mass you can’t get the information.

    “But you only have to look at the main street of a weekend to know our day-tripper market is huge.”

    The same data indicates the most popular activities for visitors to the region were bushwalking (22 per cent or two and a half times the State average), picnics and barbecues (14 per cent or two times the State average) and eating out (31 per cent or half the State average).

    Mrs Hughes said statistics were only so useful when it came to painting an accurate picture of who was visiting the area.

    “The statistics collected by our accommodation providers and those collected by the cafes for instance are streets apart,” she said.

    She said that part of the marketing plan was developing a list of key assets – the town’s proximity to the Barrington Tops being the obvious leader.

    “Our focus is that we’re a low-cost, adventure-based location,” she said.

    Discussions between tourism providers and Tourism Advancing Gloucester (TAG) have identified some key initiatives that could help attract more visitors to the region.

    They include more sporting events, a focus on motorbike rallies and charity runs and greater opportunities to explore the region’s gold mining and timber cutting heritage.

    Among the values identified during preliminary discussions on the new destination marketing plan were the region’s scenic drives, rivers and productive farming valleys; the town’s village atmosphere and friendly people and its many gourmet cafes and the growing number of wineries.

    “The hope is that this plan will help us get improved infrastructure and improved marketing capabilities. Unfortunately, both those things require dollars.”

    Mrs Hughes said branding was a key part of ensuring a region’s potential as a tourist location.

    Currently Gloucester has the platypus logo with the slogan ‘Gloucester Base Camp – Barrington Tops’.

    “We use to have three mountains and a tree, but everyone’s got that,” Mrs Hughes said.

    “The platypus recognises our Aboriginal heritage and our pristine waterways.

    “Consistency in branding is so important and you need that point of difference to stand out from the rest.”

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  • Freeling’s fantastic feeling

    Freeling is the toast of Barossa and Light cricket after completing one of the most amazing seasons in recent memory.
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    Promoted back into A1s this season, Freeling captured the one day shield then on Sunday claimed the two-day shield with a 29-run win over Angaston.

    Batting first the Redlegs showed tremendous patience and from the moment Rob Montgomery (49) and Raed Hannun (119) came together with the score at 2/33 they appeared in complete control.

    Montgomery was at ease against Angaston’s seam attack rocking forward onto his front foot to push the ball wherever he wanted.

    Entering the competition with the reputation of being a big hitter, Hannun’s composure was masterful as he put together a beautiful century. He did give a couple of chances during his innings with Angaston unable to grasp the catch and stumping opportunity.

    Freeling captain Ian MacMillan was thrilled with his team’s effort.

    “It’s massive for our club, it’s a great feeling to have so much success straight away,” MacMillan said.

    “Our goal at the start of the year was to be competitive and make finals. The club’s had a more professional approach all round this year and we’ve set ourselves up to be competitive for the next four-five years. The boys batted so well to get that score as I felt Angaston bowled pretty well and were very disciplined in the way they bowled.”

    The Redlegs’ score was even more impressive considering they went into the match without one of the competition’s class batsmen Ben Parish who was attending a family member’s wedding.

    “I discussed it with the group and as much as we would have liked him to play we had to forget it and move on, they handled it really well and other guys stepped up nicely,” MacMillan said.

    For the Blues it was a case of rueing missed opportunities after dropping several catches to compound their woes at being a bowler short due to Brett Woodards (bowled just two overs) suffering from a side strain sustained in the semi-final.

    His teammates did their best to carry the load as Brett Burgess (4/70 from 19 overs) and off spinner Scott Rathjen (3/75 from 26) did the bulk of the work.

    The Blues’ run chase started well with each of their top six getting a start but only Beau Byster (32), Ben Burgess (60) and Kym Vivian (44) passed 30.

    If there was any doubt about Hannun’s hold on ‘man of the match’ honours he guaranteed the outcome by taking 5/75 from his 24 overs as Freeling’s attack did what they’ve done all season by bowling tight lines and smothering opponents.

    It was a day of mixed emotions for two of the Blues players on Sunday with Shaun Woodards coaching the Angaston under 16s to a grand final win while Kym Vivian’s wife Kylie gave birth to their daughter Eva on Sunday morning after spending Saturday afternoon at the cricket.

    four: Freeling’s Raed Hannun cracks a square cut for four on his way to a premiership winning 119 against Angaston. Raed also took 5/75 to help ensure the Redlegs grand final success. Watching the action is Angaston’s Ben Antonie.

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  • Fire trucks and face paint at teddy bears’ picnic

    TEDDYS of all shapes, sizes and conditions headed to Billabong Park last Thursday for a barbecue lunch as part of National Playgroup Week celebrations.
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    Gloucester Playgroup hosted the event, with dozens of children and their parents enjoying the activities on offer.

    From a jumping castle to face painting and the arrival of a fire engine the children were kept entertained until the main event; the judging of the best teddy competition.

    Certificates were awarded to the best dressed, the biggest, smallest and most loved teddy as well as the most colourful teddy bear.

    The day was supported by organisations including the Gloucester Mobile Playgroup, Communities for Children, Manning Support Services, Gloucester Fire and Rescue NSW and the Party Professionals.

    Gloucester Playgroup held a teddy bears’ picnic in Billabong Park last Thursday. These images and others are for sale from the Gloucester Advocate office at 21 Denison St.

    Gloucester Playgroup held a teddy bears’ picnic in Billabong Park last Thursday. These images and others are for sale from the Gloucester Advocate office at 21 Denison St.

    Gloucester Playgroup held a teddy bears’ picnic in Billabong Park last Thursday. These images and others are for sale from the Gloucester Advocate office at 21 Denison St.

    Gloucester Playgroup held a teddy bears’ picnic in Billabong Park last Thursday. These images and others are for sale from the Gloucester Advocate office at 21 Denison St.

    Gloucester Playgroup held a teddy bears’ picnic in Billabong Park last Thursday. These images and others are for sale from the Gloucester Advocate office at 21 Denison St.

    Gloucester Playgroup held a teddy bears’ picnic in Billabong Park last Thursday. These images and others are for sale from the Gloucester Advocate office at 21 Denison St.

    Gloucester Playgroup held a teddy bears’ picnic in Billabong Park last Thursday. These images and others are for sale from the Gloucester Advocate office at 21 Denison St.

    Gloucester Playgroup held a teddy bears’ picnic in Billabong Park last Thursday. These images and others are for sale from the Gloucester Advocate office at 21 Denison St.

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  • Hawks swoop to claim tag title

    Canowindra Tigress flier Jess Fisher shows a clean pair of heels in her dash to the tryline during the Western Challenge League Tag tournament held at Tom Clyburn Oval on Saturday. Canowindra were defeated in the semi finals.Orange Hawks have taken out the third Western Challenge League Tag competition with a 20-18 win over Orange Cyms in the final on Saturday at Canowindra.
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    Hawks overcame a 10-point deficit with less than five minutes left of the final, storming home to become the third winner in as many years.

    More than 160 players from three different competitions descended on Canowindra all showing glimpses of brilliance in the warm conditions.

    Games were played in great spirit throughout the day and credit must go to all involved.

    Cyms drew everyone’s attention early with a 6-4 victory over the number three seeds Condobolin Rams.

    They then marched into the semi-finals with a victory over Cargo Blue Heelers.

    Orange Hawks defeated Cargo Blue Heelers and Young Cherry Pickers in their march to the semi-final.

    Bathurst St Pats and Canowindra Tigers were competition favourites and flexed their muscles in the pool games with big victories.

    But the two Orange clubs took them on.

    Hawks held St Pats to 6-6, but headed into the Final on a count-back as the first try scorers.

    In possibly the upset of the day, Orange Cyms became giant killers when they defeated Canowindra 16-12, giving Cyms the scalps of both Woodbridge Cup Grand finalists Canowindra and Condobolin on the same day.

    The Final was the best match of the tournament with Cyms getting out to a 12-8 lead at half time.

    They led 18-8 with four minutes to go before a Tenielle Hill inspired fight back saw Hawks storm home.

    Aleasha Clinghan scored first with Cass Vane calmly kicking the goal and it was 18-14.

    In the final minutes Hawks outside back Sophie Beer swooped on a loose ball and headed off on a 90 metre run for the try line beating the scrambling defence to score to the right of the posts.

    At 18-all Cass Vane potted the extras with nerves of steel, clinching Hawks’ first ever Western Challenge title and $500.00 in prize money.

    Hawks 20 (Bec Bryden, Bec Darcy, Aleasha Clinghan, Sophie Beer tries; Cass Vane 2 goals) def Cyms 18 (Holly Gibson, Nicole Williamson, Kate Foran tries; Taylah Woodhouse 3 goals)

    Player of the tournament went to Cyms’ Nicole Williamson who scored four tries and was electrifying every time she touched the ball.

    A raffle donated by Canowindra Rugby League raised $500 for the Morgan Brothers Trust.

    A thankyou to the days’ sponsors Donges Supa IGA Young, Canowindra Services Club and Western Rams Rugby League.


    Pool Games

    Grenfell Goannas 14 drew Molong Bulls 14

    Orange Cyms 6 def Condobolin Rams 4

    Cowra Magpies 10 def Blackheath Blackcats 4

    Bathurst St Pats 22 def Molong Bulls 4

    Orange Hawks 20 def Young Cherry Pickers 14

    Canowindra Tigers 52 def Blackheath Blackcats 0

    Orange Cyms 28 def Cargo Blue Heelers 0

    Condobolin Rams 24 def Young Cherry Pickers 0

    Bathurst St Pats 8 def Grenfell Goannas 0

    Canowindra Tigers 20 def Cowra Magpies 0

    Semi Final 1

    Orange Hawks 6 def Bathurst St Pats 6 (on a count-back)

    Semi Final 2

    Orange Cyms 16 def Canowindra Tigers 12

    Western Challenge Final

    Orange Hawks 20 def Orange Cyms 18

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  • SNAPPED: 2013 Kurri Nostalgia Festival

    Emma Best (Mayfield), Emma Newey (Newcastle) and Beth Anastasiou (Tighes Hill) Bridget and Danae Jenkins from Kurri.
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    Abbie Wills and Kimberlie Richings from Cessnock.

    Lyn Woolaston (Cameron Park), Leanne Julian (Nelson Bay) and Steven Store (Tanilba Bay).

    Karen and Ray Ellis from West Wallsend.

    Tracy Barwick (Floraville), Robyn Kachel (Caves Beach) and Chris Sutton (Singleton) posing with Peter Howels 1946 Ford Merc.

    Kaylea-Ann Norrie from Raymond Terrace taking a spin in her retro ride.

    Nine year old Chloe Beckett, Amelia Craft and Emilia McNamara from Cessnock.

    Some of the classic vehicles on display.

    Eliza Campbell from Toronto

    Street performer Linda Wood from Sydney.

    The flash mob that surprised the crowds at the festival on Sunday.

    Some of the classic vehicles on display.

    A model from Sunday’s retro fashion parade.

    A view from the sky of the large crowd at Kurri Nostalgia Festival on Sunday.

    Amanda and Brad Vickers of Cessnock

    Michael Treneman (Sydney) and Louise Vanv (Kotara) busting a move on the dance floor.

    Some dancers showing off their moves.

    The Marching Koalas helped open the festival on Saturday morning.

    Melissa Patterson from Singleton and Hayley Patterson from Wallsend.

    Maria and Travis Lomas from Sydney renewed their wedding vows in the festival’s shotgun wedding on Saturday.

    Sienna Petri (Cooranbong), Ingrid Stiertzel (Bonnells Bay) and Ebony Glynn (Gwandalan)

    A model in the best dressed parade.

    Rudy and June Galea busting a move on the dance floor.

    Andrea Preston (Maitland), Lucy Plikss (Swansea) and Amy Newby (UK).

    A couple showing off their moves.

    Advertiser Manager Rebecca Gillon and Kristen Lanesbury.

    The staff of LJ Hooker Cessnock, back row; Bryce Gibson, The Mr. Hooker Bear, Mellissa Gibson, Tegan Klienman and Andrew Franklin, front; Lauren Hawkins ad Peita Maloney.

    Judges for the Best Dressed competition, Stacey Pethers (left) and Pauline Hanson (right) with 1st place Sarah Battle (Penrith), 2nd place Maria Lendvai (Sydney) and 3rd place Lynda Vincent (Bolwarra).

    Some of the classic cars on display.

    Some of the classic cars on display.

    Denise Thorpe from Weston.

    Bree and Lara Aspinall from Kurri.

    Some of the crowd getting into the Nutbush.

    Sue Lill and Tallon Todd from Maitland.

    Crystal Goodman from Weston and Lilli Harris from Kurri.

    Mayor of Cessnock, Bob Pynsent and event organiser Jodi Tweed.

    Marilyn Monroe (Amanda Barrass) serenading local Alex Wilson from Abermain.

    Maureen Davis from Sawyers Gully and Sandra Murphy from Cessnock.

    Judges of the Best Dressed competition Max Markson and Stacey Pethers with 1st place Jackie Hills, 2nd place Rebecca Morris and Richard Grant and 3rd place Michaela Sanson, and judge Pauline Hanson.

    Lynne Amor from Port Macquarie.

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  • New Rural Ambassadors

    Over 100 guests gathered at the Crystal Brook Footballclubrooms for the 32nd annual presentation night for the NorthernAreas Show Association (NASA).
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    During the evening the Rural Ambassadors and Young RuralAmbassadors for northern shows were judged.

    Each entrant faced a panel of judges during the afternoonand on the night were interviewed by the MC in front of the dinner guests.

    The winners of the Young Rural Ambassador were Liberty Hoggfrom Gawler Show and Amy Lymburn from Clare Show with runner up Kahlia Jenke fromEudunda Show.

    Rachel Chirgwin from Clare Show and Amy Holmes from EudundaShow were the Rural Ambassadaor winners with Taryn Battersby from Melrose Show beingrunner up.

    Presentations made for the night were:

    Achievers Award: Martin Lloyd-Smith from Crystal Brook Show,Kaye Bottrall from

    Jamestown Show and John Haynes from Clare Show.

    Senior Aggregates: Poultry – Dylan Lanyon; Pigeons – MichaelLanyon; Beef Cattle

    – DL & RD Leese; Merona Sheep – Allan Hams; Wool – LA& SK Saegenschnitter;

    Horses In Action – Kali Rodda; Flowers & Pot Plants –Lois Lewis; Cookery &

    Preserves – Lee Lelliott; Needlework, Handicrafts &Hobbies – Alison Dunling;

    Photography – Judy Pitt; Produce – Voigt Family.

    Junior Aggregates: Poultry – Abbey Gosling; Pigeons – JaxonKing; Horses

    In Action – Chloe Hilder; Flowers & Pot Plants –Stephanie Tilbrook; Cookery &

    Preserves – Tianna Jenke; Needlework, Handicraft &Hobbies – Rebecca Dunling;

    Photography – Kahlia Jenke; Produce – Rebecca Dunling.

    Junior Judging: Booleroo Centre Community School

    Rich Fruit Cake: Vaughn Wilson from Kapunda Show, NanetteSimpson from

    Jamestown Show.

    Genoa Cake: Susan Rabbitt from Eudunda Show, Emily Tillerfrom Melrose Show.

    Laucke/CWA Scones: Kathy Handke from Eudunda Show, NannetteSimpson from

    Jamestown Show.

    New Rural Ambassadors. From left, Casey Wood (Melrose Show), Liberty Hogg (Gawler Show), Patrick Sparrow (Kapunda Show), Amy Lymburn (Clare Show), Kahlia Jenke (Eudunda Show).

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