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CONTENTS NEW SPINNERS GAMING LOUNGE & BAR
THE GREAT BIG GIVEAWAY
NEW MEMBERS $10K SUPER DRAW
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
TRAVEL CLUB + KIDS BINGO
SUB BRANCH REPORT
FORSTER ACCOMODATION MEMBER SPECIAL
WHATS ON WEEKLY
NEW YEARS EVE AT MRSL
VISIT US MONDAY TO THURSDAY
9.30am - 4.00am
9.30am - 6.00am
9.00am - 6.00am
9.00am - 4.00am
05 MELBOURNE CUP DAY AT MRSL
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Merrylands RSL Club 14 Military Rd, Merrylands NSW 2160 www.mrsl.com.au email@example.com
(02) 8868 7777
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President’s Report Congratulations to the Merrylands RSL staff and management for their epic deeds to have the new grand entrance and gaming room ready for the grand opening on 9th August. It was first considered that there was to be a soft opening, aka open the doors and let the patrons in. However, as the time grew closer, the pent up enthusiasm gave way to a full on opportunity to show off what was on offer. Most of the crew put in all nighters to get everything right, especially after looking at the state of the building on the Saturday prior to the big day. Well done to all.
Ron Hand JP President
A group of about 100 people were recently privileged to preview a Kokoda documentary film on the story of the men who were part of the forces that overcame the Japanese threat to Australia during WW2. It was put together by noted author Mr Patrick Lindsay and partially “crowd funded” by Merrylands RSL. Merrylands RSL sponsored three ladies from the Two Blues to compete with the Australian team at the Rugby World Championships held in Ireland during August. They finished a creditable fifth against the best teams in International Women’s Rugby. We look forward to a
de-brief when they settle back into their normal routines. The 2017 Club Grants presentations have been completed for the year. The new Local Government boundaries caused an increase in the number of applications, and with the additional clubs in the Cumberland area, a total $1.1M was awarded to 71 projects. Merrylands RSL funded one of the highest amounts of $75,000 that was contributed to Youth off the Streets. Their stated purpose for the funds was to assist in employing a full time psychologist who could provide counselling and mental health support to students at YOTS. In all, the club granted $174,000 to four worthy organisations. By the time this report is published, the Local Government elections will be over and the community will have returned to some form of normality. An elected Council will bring back the democracy that has sadly been missing since the Liberal State Government ran roughshod over the Holroyd, Auburn and Parramatta communities. The club will be able to go back to dealing with Council in a more autonomous environment. I would like to encourage members who may be considering a nomination for the Board of Directors at the 2018 elections
to start thinking seriously about your preparations to challenge for a position. There are potentially a number of vacancies with some of the board members indicating that they will step down at the end of their term at the AGM in May. Our constitution requires that a person must have a continuous period of at least five years as a member prior to the nomination. The winter football season is over for the club sponsored Two Blues Rugby and Holroyd Parramatta AFL. The win loss record of both clubs prevented them from progressing into the finals. On a happier note, the Two Blues are eagerly awaiting a decision from Cumberland Council to proceed with a multi-million dollar upgrade to the facilities at Granville Park. The deal is conditional upon funds being transferred from Parramatta Council to Cumberland. As this is the last Merrylander to be published for the end of the year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and especially to those who are not in the best of health.
Ron Hand JP President
Development Report The transformation of the ex gaming room in the old ground floor will happen sooner than was first anticipated. The scope of work was re-set after budget considerations to reduce the original estimates from $9.0M to $5.5M. One major casualty was the deletion of the proposed Italian Restaurant that will save approximately $1.0M. The works will be divided into two stages (east & west) and is scheduled for completion in November. A computer generated “walk thru” was viewed at the August Board meeting, and the new refurbishment will certainly compliment the latest grand entry and fabulous gaming room. One of the main features of the refurbishment will be the increase in the floor plan of the Waratah Cafe. It will have the appearance of a room within the room with family seating. Alterations to the main bar will be necessary to accommodate the new layout. 6
The TAB & Sports Bar will find a new home downstairs on the western end of the club. The Club Staff & Management carried out a project de-brief two weeks after the grand opening of Stage 1. The purpose was to identify what was done right, and what we could do to improve the next design and construction phases. The finishing touches to the Baby Health Heritage House into an Exhibition & Function Centre are being done by our fit out contractors. The completion date for this project was delayed while the Club and Cumberland Council sorted out some heritage issues relating to the internal walls. The anticipated opening should be by the end of September.
The next Stage of the clubs expansion has been on hold for the past few months. The DA was withdrawn earlier this year, and will be replaced with a full Masterplan DA so that we can lock in our future development plans. Financing for this next stage has the potential to be drawn from banking facilities. Stage 1 has taken down a substantial portion of our cash reserves to a level which the Board are comfortable. The unexpected water table problems has narrowed our options to fund the work out of cash flow. We will be monitoring the cash situation carefully during the period before we sign up to a builder.
Ron Hand JP President
CEO’s Report Grand Opening In this modern era of technology, innovative design, and unique product offerings, the Board and management believe investing in the Club’s future is a vital component to ensuring a viable and strong Club for many years to come. The recent completion of the Stage 1 and our plans for the future will help us in creating a state of the art, destination of choice in the Greater Western Sydney area.
Bryn Miller CEO
In August, members were welcomed by a brand new entrance and gaming floor. Our new grand foyer is truly a sight to behold, and our gamers are sure to enjoy our brand new “Spinners Gaming Lounge” with its own stylish new bar. Stage 1 of our masterplan is officially complete and now we look forward to the refurbishment of our existing Club space. To date, since 1923 there has been no development on this scale ever to take place. I am proud of the final product of the development and anticipate positive feedback from Club members. Raising of the Flag Our front cover of the Merrylander captures a very important milestone in our Clubs history. Following in the tradition of raising the Australian flag at our Club daily, we had Life Member Charlie Munnery raise the flag for the very first time at our new memorial garden on Miller Street. He was accompanied with our Club President Ron Hand, friend of the Club Bill Dewar, and CEO of the RSL & Services Club Association Garrie Gibson. This flag raising ceremony officially marked the historic occasion of the completion of Stage 1. Communication Changes In line with our marketing strategy, 2018 will see some changes with the way we liaise with our members. In an attempt to streamline and effectively communicate
we will be reducing the number of journals which are mailed. We will go completely digital in the future which will create more direct communication, with up to date information more frequently being sent to our members. I urge all members to update their details and leave their email address with our reception team to ensure they stay up to date and receive all exclusive offers and Club event information. Merrylander Journals will still be available in hardcopy at the Club for members who do not have access to email. Betty Cuthbert It is with a deeply saddened heart that we announce the sudden passing of local born Golden Girl, Betty Cuthbert. Born in 1938 in Merrylands, Betty had broken many world records and become a popular house hold name. Cuthbert won four Olympic gold medals, three of them as an 18-yearold at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and the fourth gold medal in the 400-metre event at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. Prior to her passing, the Board had decided that due to her significant contribution to Australian sporting history, the brand new sports lounge planned for the upcoming refurbishment would be named the ‘Betty Cuthbert Lounge’ in her honour. The recent news of her passing away, now adds further reason to commemorate her lifelong achievements in an environment that would seem fitting such as a sports lounge.
Umina Statues I am happy to report on the unveiling of our WWII statues up at our sister Club at Umina. Its design and display has been proudly sponsored by the Club. These statues are exact replicas of the 4 figures we have here at Merrylands. To mark the occasion, the Sub Branch organised an unveiling ceremony and it was great to see a large part of the community show their support to the memorial which included the local school children and Woy Woy State member Liesl Tesch as well as many other local residents. Refurbishment There really is no time to rest with our refurbishment of the original part of the Club already underway and making good progress. The works include a new bar, new restaurant, new children’s area, and a new coffee shop. It is expected to be 80% complete by early December and the other work will be carried out and finalised in early 2018. The Board and Management ask members for patience during this time however if there are any issues that you encounter please feel free to contact any member of staff and express any concerns you may have. I am sure you will all be happy with the exceptional final product this project will deliver.
The Giving Tree
SPREADING CHRISTMAS CHEER ACROSS THE COMMUNITY THIS FESTIVE SEASON Donate a gift to the Cumberland Council Giving Tree Appeal
1. Purchase a gift 2. Collect a gift tag from the Giving Tree here at MRSL from Monday 27 November 3. Write a special message to the recipient 4. Place the gift under the tree 5. Know your gift will bring joy and create a smile this Christmas! Gifts will be picked up from Thursday 21 December and distributed to local charity organisation.
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Morning Melodies IN THE
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TUE 3 OCT
TUE 17 OCT
GRACE RIZZO AND ROLAND STORM
SAMANTHA SHIRLEY AND DANIEL TAMBASCO
The lovely Grace Rizzo is one of Australia’s leading variety artists. She is a prolific award winner and has made many television appearances. Grace performs a wide selection of songs from some of the great female divas of entertainment. Roland Storm is one of the original ‘Golden Boys Of Aussie Rock ‘n Roll”. A regular from the Bandstand and J.O’K television shows he still performs around Australia with his non-stop repertoire of vintage popular classics.
These are two of the brightest,young and talented artists who are establishing themselves in entertainment. Samantha Shirley has a versatile background in production and theatre shows as well as touring showbands. Daniel Tambasco has one of the best new tenor voices in Australia today. From light classics to showstoppers to Italian favourites he is a real audience pleaser.
TUE 21 NOV
TUE 5 DEC
SUSANNAH MIRANDA AND PJ LANE
ALEX BLANDINO AND CHRISTOPHER BOOTH
Vivacious Susannah Miranda has worked extensively in showbands, tribute shows and in small music groups with outstanding success. She is also a television presenter on Channel 10. Her forte is the songs of the leading female artists. PJ Lane is the son of the legendary television personality and entertainer, the late Don Lane. He is multi-talented in his own right and has performed in theatres, movies and on television. He sings the well-known hits of his father as well as including his own favourite popular songs.
A touch of Christmas with versatile singer and trumpet playing Christopher Booth. His genre is jazz, pop and light opera with his excellent tenor vocals performing the songs of Bocelli, Pavarotti and Buble amongst his favourites. The unique vocal stylings of Alex Blandino are present in her repertoire of pop, ballads and classical music with many of the well-known crowd favourites of the past.
FRIDAY 8.00PM - 11.30PM SAT 8.30PM - 12.00AM
FRI 6TH • WHEN FRANKY MET WENDY
FRI 3RD • IPANEMA DUO
FRI 1ST • MELODICA
SAT 7TH • TONY MAZELL
SAT 4TH • CHRIS CONNOLLY
SAT 2ND • TONY MAZELL
FRI 13TH • MELODICA
FRI 10TH • STEPPIN OUT
FRI 8TH • WHEN FRANKY MET WENDY
SAT 14TH • JOANNA
SAT 11TH • A.J.
SAT 9TH • DI SOLOMON
FRI 20TH • TIME MACHINE
FRI 17TH • KAZAAM DUO
FRI 15TH • LOGAN & CO.
SAT 21ST • MURRAY FERGUSON
SAT 18TH • IAN BLAKENEY
SAT 16TH • MIKE CARR
FRI 27TH • CHRIS CONNOLLY DUO
FRI 24TH • JUST JAMMIN
FRI 22ND • TIME MACHINE
SAT 28TH • BRENDAN CARROLL
SAT 25TH • TROY SMITH
SAT 23RD • BRENDAN CARROLL FRI 29TH • MIKE MATHIESON SAT 30TH • JOANNA SUN 31ST • IPANEMA TRIO
PLEASE NOTE There is no Morning Melodies show on Tuesday 7 November due to Melbourne Cup. PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE MELBOURNE CUP GALA LUNCHEON! More details on pages 8-9
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Christmas at the Waratah MONDAY 25 DECEMBER 3 COURSE MENU
ENTRÉE A Seafood Plate of Oysters, Mussels, Prawns & Salmon with petit salad
AFTER LUNCH Espresso Coffee or Tea & Minced Pie
MAIN A Roast Feast of Ham, Turkey & Beef served with traditional Roasted Vegetables & Gravy
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PLEASE NOTE: THE 3 COURSE CHRISTMAS SET MENU OR SEAFOOD PLATTER FOR 2 REPLACES THE REGULAR WARATAH CAFÉ MENU DURING LUNCH TRADE ON CHRISTMAS DAY. DINNER WILL TRADE AS PER NORMAL. Bookings are essential along with pre-payment Call (02) 8868 7754
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Great Gatsby 7PM FRIDAY 24 NOVEMBER S wa n R o o m CLUB PRESIDENT MR RON HAND INVITES YOU TO
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DRESS: AFTER FIVE / SUIT 20
TRAVEL CLUB Highlands & a Splash of Colour Mon 16 October Depart: 8.15am • Return: 4.30pm The highlight of your day will be a visit to Moirdart Garden in Bowral. The garden is recognised as one of the gems of the Southern Highlands. It features 5 acres of woodland filled with rare trees and specimens The garden remains true to the original design of landscaper Mr Buckingham who established the garden in 1932. After exploring the garden, lunch will be at the Moss Vale RSL Club, followed by a relaxing ride home as you enjoy the different colours of the changing seasons from the comfort of the coach.
Tobruk Merino Sheep Station
Mon 20 November
Mon 11 December
Depart: 7.00am • Return: 5.30pm
Depart: 9.00am • Return: 4.30pm
Enjoy a comfortable drive to Goulburn where you will have a tour of the Historic Waterworks Museum, set on the banks of the picturesque Wollondilly River at Marsden Weir. The Waterworks facility was built between 1883 and 1885 and still contains the original Appleby Bros beam engine pump and Galloway Boilers.
Todays adventure takes you to ‘Tobruk Australian Merino Sheep Station’ at Maroota. You will be greeted on arrival before your billy tea and damper with golden syrup will be served at the Drovers Camp, overlooking the property with panoramic views of the Blue Mountains. This will be followed by demonstrations of sheep shearing, a wool room tour and mustering with Australian Kelpies.
Lunch follows at Goulburn RSL Club. Your final destination for the day is a visit at the Big Merino, followed by a scenic tour back.
Members $66 • Guests $68
Enjoy a true Aussie BBQ lunch prepared by your hosts at Tobruk, before joining in the afternoon activities of whip cracking and Boomerang throwing.
Members $77 • Guests $79
Members $66 • Guests $68
KIDSBINGO MONDAY 22 JANUARY AT 2PM
Fun pri to b zes e won
SWAN ROOM $5.00
RENOWNED AUSTRALIAN ARTIST LEAVES HIS MARK AT MRSL The original statues of the iconic RSL figures that sit by our Club, were created by renowned Australian artist Darcy Doyle many years ago for Merrylands RSL Club. Replica statues are now located in their new home at the Memorial Garden on Miller Street, where they shine in the afternoon sun. Doyle served for seven years in the Royal Australian Navy seeing active service in the Korean War. After finishing in the navy, he worked as a painter and sign writer. His career progressed when the Belmore Returned Services Club of Sydney commissioned him to paint a mural on the club walls. This was so popular that he received many similar commissions from other clubs, which led him to create the original statues for your Club.
FACT: A Darcy Doyle print can cost up to $1,100 to buy today!
TWO BLUES WOMEN TAKE ON IRELAND WORLD CUP The Two Blues women are one of the strongest and most successful teams in Australian women’s rugby. So it’s no wonder members Alexandra Sulusi, Chloe Butler and Kayla Sauvao were specially selected to join the Wallaroo team, representing Australia on the world stage in the Ireland World Cup in August. The girls packed up and left for their four & a half week stint which flew them to Dublin and Belfast. Although the girls had travelled overseas to New Zealand to play earlier this year, it was nothing like the experience of playing in the Ireland World Cup, where they beat Ireland in the second match on their home turf! Alexandra Sulusi said, “The experience would not have been achievable if it weren’t for the support from Merrylands RSL Club”. All girls were proud and privileged to be able to represent the women of Australia on a global stage where they joined 25 other Aussie girls from all over Australia. YOU DID US PROUD GIRLS!
(From left) Victoria Latu, Kayla Sauvao, Alex Sulusi and Chloe Butler with their Wallaroo’s jerseys.
She has a secret life when she is not working at MRSL, representing NSW and the Jillaroos Rugby League teams. We know MRSL Club members and staff love her on and off the field alike, and now MRSL Staff member Simaima Taufa has been rewarded for her feats on the footy field with the Harvey Norman NSW State Player of the Year award and the Australian Rep Player of the year award. Congratulations on capturing the top woman’s award IN RUGBY LEAGUE SIMAIMA!
SUB BRANCH Update
Governor of NSW The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) and Charles Munnery OAM
Congratulations Our congratulations go to both Charles Munnery OAM & Bob Allen at the last NSW State Congress they were both awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) for services rendered. This was quite an achievement for our subBranch as normally there is only one nomination from a sub-Branch for such an award.
$30.00 for Guests. Sub-Branch members will have their ticket payment refunded upon attendance to the function. This year’s Remembrance Day Service will be held at Merrylands Memorial Park, Treves Street, Merrylands Saturday 11th November 2017 and the presentation will be made by students from Greystanes Public School, commencing at 10.30am. All schools and Colleges in the Cumberland District have been sent invitations for them to participate in the ceremony.
“Gifted” Anchor update
A note to our members: Merrylands RSL Sub-Branch is definitely NOT implicated in the affairs of the NSW RSL State Branch. We are totally compliant to the Australian Charities & Not for Profit Commission. The Committee look forward to your attendance at these meetings. Your Sub-Branch Executive Committee: President Robin Grimley – 0427 256 095 Vice President(s) Charles Zarb & Gus Guthrie Honorary Secretary Frank Vella – 0438 095 256 Honorary Treasurer Ken Moyle
The anchor has been removed from Moorebank JLU-E and delivered to its temporary home at Cumberland Council’s works depot in Guildford.
Umina Bowling Club Update Umina have installed the spare fibre glass set of statues which were in the MRSL Club basement at the front of the Bowling Club.
As mentioned in the last issue, Remembrance Day Sunday March and Service will be held on Sunday 5th November 2017, preparations are underway. Luncheon ticket prices remain at $15.00 for members and
On the 28th July Umina held a 75th Anniversary of Kokoda Service. It was well supported, Roger Ford and students from Umina Beach Public School gave reflections of how they saw the events of Kokoda. Frank Vella Honorary Secretary
LEST WE FORGET AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
Harold Wallis - RAN Leslie Short - RAN Willem Engelbrecht – Aust. Army
LAWN BOWLS REPORT Hello Bowlers Our Sep Smith days have been well attended and in May we welcomed new member Gary Watson. Our visitation to Avoca Beach was a great day organised by great people. The Merrylands RSL Shield was played on Sunday 9th July and it was won by Guildford Bowling Club. President and Members Day was held on Sunday 23rd July at Merrylands Bowling Club. An enjoyable game of bowls was played in fine weather which was then followed by a great lunch. President Fred welcomed visitors from Merrylands RSL Club, Umina Beach Men and Women’s Bowling Club, Guildford Men’s Bowling Club and Merrylands Men’s and Women’s Bowling Club. President Ron Hand in his response spoke of the commitment of President Fred as Fred has been President for 27 years.
The Smith – Townsend Shield was competed for on Sunday 13th August by 4 clubs – Wenty Leagues, Merrylands BC, RSL BC and Guildford BC. The winners were Wenty with a score of 16 ½ , followed by MBC 11 ½, RSL 4 ½ and Guildford 3. Sunday 20th August was our visitation to Kurri Kurri, thanks to Ian Brown of Kurri Kurri for his organisation of the event in conjunction with Dave Minnet. Good bowls played in good weather in good sportsmanship. Thanks to President Paul for the lunch and high tea catering. Our visitations for the coming year are to Umina BC, Bowral BC and East Maitland. See you on the green. Julie Secretary
DOMINO CLUB REPORT Hi Players The Lyn Johnstone Shield Final was played on Sunday 11th June between Les Jones and Keith Collie Verses Shirley Keniry and Bill Graham. Les and Keith winning 22 points to 17 points. Congratulations to the winners. The Club Championship has commenced with the first round already completed. Best of luck to the remaining players. Winter did not deter our Domino players. Attendance was good. Keep up the good work as we enter Spring. A warm welcome to one of our new players Tom Farlow. Tom won a voucher at his first Sunday game. Well done Tom.
The Domino Club featured in the Parramatta Holroyd Sun Newspaper. Thank y ou to George Salisbury, Fred Weir and John Shield for being our models. Upcoming Events: 12/11/17 19/11/17 26/11/17 10/12/17
Remembrance day Game Annual General Meeting Len Hawkins Memorial Shield Game Presentation Day
That’s all for now Dave Carney Secretary
SOCIAL GOLF REPORT Throughout the winter months our numbers have been small but consistant so thank you to all those that keep turning up. There have been some of our major events completed for the year The Ron Martine Trophy was won by Parvin Kumar who was also the Division 1 Champion while Barry Dickson took out Division 2 championship. Well done guys Coming up soon are our mystery trip away and our long weekend at Kurri and these should be enjoyable as usual. We were pleased to see our Golf Club Patron George Melvin come out to greet us at recent 24
games. I’m sure he is also looking forward to Kurri as his birthday falls at the same time. The ongoing support we receive from the Board and Management of the Club Ltd is greatly appreciated. As this is the last issue for the year the Golf Club would like to take this opportunity to wish all Members, Management and staff and their families a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperour 2018. Until next issue, stay on the fairway, Mr EX
YOUTH CLUB REPORT As this is the last report for 2017, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on behalf of the Youth Club committee and myself. The Youth Club will close from Saturday 17th December 2017 for the school holiday period and will return on the first full week of the school term in 2018.
Board of Directors
I would like to thank Merrylands RSL Sub–Branch Trustees for all their hard work they have committed to the Youth Club over the last twelve months. I would also like to thank the Youth Club committee for their hard work throughout the year. A special thanks must go out to Mr Cliff Hudson and his wife Colleen for their help over the last few years in manning the BBQ at the RSL Competitions.
Ron Hand President
Steve Cunningham Vice President
George Salisbury Vice President
The Youth Club has the following classes available: • Gymnastics • Tae Kwon Do • Gym • Basket Ball We are located on St Ann Street, Merrylands, situated on the corner of Cambridge Street. The building is open Monday to Friday from 5pm to 8pm and Saturday from 3pm to 5pm. For any further information please phone (02) 9637 5353 or Margaret Gong on 0407 452 258. Just a reminder that you do not have to be a member of the RSL Club for your children to be a member of Merrylands RSL Youth Club. Kevin Loudon President
INDOOR BOWL REPORT We are looking forward to our next scheduled Bowls trip on Sunday 12 November, where we will travel down to Goulburn Workers Club for a friendly game. All are looking forward to the trip and of course all are welcome to join. As we approach the end of the year it is nice to see the team happily participating and enjoying Bowls every Monday morning and Tuesday evening. The Christmas break period is scheduled as below: Monday Morning Bowls 27 November 2017 – 15 January 2018 Tuesday Evening Bowls 28 November 2017 - 16 January 2018 We would like to thank the staff for their help throughout the year and extend our gratitude to the MRSL for their generous support. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! I look forward to your return in 2018. Beverley Ford President
SPORTS CLUB CONTACT INFO If you are interested in being involved in any Merrylands RSL Sub Club sporting teams, please contact: Indoor Bowls: Beverly Ford 9688 1663 Dominoes: Dave Carney 0449 032 205 Darts: Jo Steinwede 0428 412 894 Lawn Bowls: Don Ferricks 9632 5641 Golf: Ron Hand 9639 9782 or 0417 678 324 Mustang: David Livian 0419 302 333 Youth Club: Margaret Gong 0407 452 258
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