Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria - August 2017 magazine online version

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August 2017 (Issue 439)

Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. Reg. No. A – 0006149J / FWDV Member

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C ON T E N T S Intro 4 Committee 5 From The President 6 Upcoming 7 Next Meeting (AGM) - Tuesday 29th Aug at 8pm 7 Notice of AGM 8 Trips and Social Events 9 External Events 11 Trip Summary 12 Trip and Recovery Gear 14 Jamie’s Report 15 Buy and Sell 15 Member Items for Sale 15 Minutes 17 Editor Notes 23 Committee Positions Nomination Form 24


INTRO The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. was originally formed over 40 years ago by an enthusiastic group of Subaru owners. Today the club has expanded to include all Subaru 4WD and AWD vehicles, as well as all other makes of AWD, light 4WD and crossover/soft-roader type vehicles. The club aims to participate in the exploration of the Australian countryside without damage to the environment, vehicle or individual. Visitors are most welcome to attend the club’s General Meetings and contact committee members regarding participation in club activities. The club relies on membership fees to offset its running costs, including insurance. Membership fees are payable each year, due on 31 May. Fees for the 2017/18 year were agreed at the general meeting in May 2017 and are as follows:

Member rates: Single: $125 (Seniors card - $115) Joint/family: $145 - (Seniors card - $130). One off joining fee of $15 ($30 for Joint/Family) also applies All annual fees include FWDV affiliation and trip insurance: $51 Members who choose not to receive a hard copy of the magazine are eligible for a $25 discount

Non-member trip fee: A trip fee of $15 per adult non-member applies (for insurance purposes)

Please contact the membership officer for further enquiries. Email:


COMMITTEE Dale Rebgetz (President)

Duncan McCrae (Vice President)

Peter Bellis (Secretary)

Bob Marshall (Treasurer)

Dan Conlon (OM: Editor) au

Lee Wagner (OM: Social)

Jamie Scott (OM: Community) Meredith Dale (OM: Venue Coordinator)

Mike Dale (OM: Trip)

Edith Fullalove (OM)


F R OM T HE P RE SI DE N T President’s Report, August 2017 "It is now twelve months since I was elected to the president’s role. It has been my privilege to have the support of nine other dedicated, conscientious committee members. This year has gone fast and we as a committee have achieved a lot. This includes development of a social media policy, a trip convoy procedure, recognition under the VicRoads club permit scheme, provided a variety of interesting presenters for club meetings, and facilitated or run a number of club activities. That being said, it has come to the committee’s attention that not everyone is happy with every decision that the committee has made on behalf of the members. This is understandable as in a group of approximately 85 members not everyone is going to agree with every decision that is made by the committee on behalf of the club. This can and does naturally lead to attempts from members to influence the committee and other members. There is nothing wrong with lobbying, however when it gets to the point of bullying it is no longer considered lobbying and therefore is unacceptable. Unfortunately, in the recent past, the committee and I have been victims of this bullying when our actions or proposed actions have invoked the displeasure of a particular member. Thus far, we have been trying to manage this bullying at the committee level, meaning you, the ordinary members, are mostly unaware of what has been happening. However, it seems the effects are starting to spill over into the general membership, and it has even led to a grievance between two members which remains unresolved. Therefore, it is imperative that members are informed of what has been happening, as this is something the new incoming committee will unfortunately have to deal with. The effect of this bullying on the committee is no different to anyone, anywhere, when subjected to such intimidation. Our roles are no longer as enjoyable as they should be, and for some of us on the committee it has become extremely stressful. The unacceptable behaviour of this member must cease if this club is to continue working effectively for all members. On a more positive note, it’s winter time and winter means snow – lots of it this year. Most years we try to run a snow trip but it can be very difficult to pick the right weekend, and so sometimes they occur on short notice, and other years not at all. This year, however, has definitely been one of the better ones, with two snow trips on the same weekend. Mike and Meredith ran a great trip in the Mount Skene area – including an overnight camp in the snow. I heard it got to minus five degrees. Brrrr.


The other trip was run by Katie and Peter, taking us on great snow-covered tracks in the Mt St Gwinear and Mt Baw Baw area. I guess you could say this was the ‘soft’ snow trip – dinner at the Wally Pub in Walhalla, a walk around the Light Festival there, then bunking down in a warm cosy cabin at Rawson. I quite enjoyed it." See you on Tuesday.

Dale Rebgetz President.

UPCOMING Next Meeting (AGM) - Tuesday 29th Aug at 8pm AUGUST GERNERAL MEETING AND ANNUAL GERNERAL MEETING. Date: Tuesday 29th of August at 8pm Venue: South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris. We will have the general meeting followed by the AGM afterwards. Special Supper: There will be pizzas on the club as well as some cakes, soft drinks and tea/coffee. Door Prize: Come along to win one of our two prizes. 1st prize: A reversing camera. 2nd prize: $30 voucher will be up for grabs. Meredith Dale. Venue Coordinator

General Meeting Notice The Subaru 4WD Club holds its monthly general meeting on the last Tuesday of the month (no meeting in December) at the club house of the South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris (just off the Monash Freeway) starting at 8pm – unless otherwise specified/advised. The meeting is open to all members and visitors.


The usual agenda of the general meeting includes: Welcome of members and visitors. Review and acceptance of previous general meeting’s minutes. Correspondence. Reports by various office bearers. Other business as mentioned below. General business raised by members. “Fines and Fun” – including brief summaries of recent trips. Guest speaker or presentation. Supper and networking. Details of the next few general meetings are as per the schedule below. Date


Tue 29 Aug

South Camberwell Tennis Club

Tue 26 Sep

South Camberwell Tennis Club South Camberwell Tennis Club South Camberwell Tennis Club

Tue 31 Oct Tue 28 Nov

Guest Speaker / Presentation The 2017 Annual General Meeting will follow immediately after the conclusion of the general meeting. t.b.a.

Other Business







Notice of AGM Notice is hereby given to members that the Annual General Meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc will be held on Tuesday, 29th August 2017 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club rooms, 322 Burke Road, Glen Iris commencing after the finish of the August 2017 general meeting. Order of business will include: Confirmation of the minutes of the 2016 annual general meeting. Presentation of the 2017 annual report. Presentation of 2017 annual financial statement. General business. Presentation of awards. Election of officers of the club and ordinary members of the committee.


Nominations for committee positions should be submitted to the club secretary by no later than 7 days prior to the Annual General Meeting. However, on the day, nominations for committee positions will be accepted from the floor of the meeting. Special Resolutions If a member wishes to bring an item of business to the Annual General Meeting that requires a special resolution, 21 days written notice of the special resolution must be given to all club members. Peter Bellis Secretary

Trips and Social Events We have a variety of trips coming up! With that we’d also like to remind you that if you want to get your name down on the list for a trip but maybe can’t make it to the meeting you are always welcome to contact the trip leader directly or contact As always, if you know a great location that you would love to lead a trip to (or even if you just want to suggest it) let us know, we’re always on the lookout for the next adventure!! Put up the suggestion and someone else might run it Put up the suggestion and ask for someone else who might want to co-lead it with you. You might want it run it yourself and if it is your first time we will provide you with a trip mentor.

Mt Disappointment – Wallen to Strath Creek When: Sunday 3rd of September Trip leader: Tim Folliard Trip Standard: Medium

Day trip starting at Wallan at 9:00 am. Convoy limit of 8.

Portland Dune Buggy Club When: 29th Sept to 1st of Oct


Trip leader: Duncan McCrae | Trip Standard: Medium ■ Convoy limit of 10 vehicles (including trip leader)

Wyperfield When: Cup Weekend 4th to 7th of November. Trip leader: Mike Dale Trip Standard: Medium

Meet at Rainbow on Friday night. Head off Saturday down Milmet Road track to Big Billy Bore. Camp there Saturday, Sunday and Monday night. Day drives around Wyperfield National Park. Tackle the monster dune, but in the day time!

Grand Ridge Road When: November - TBC Trip leader: Edith Fullalove Trip Standard: Easy

Christmas Party When: December – date TBC

Trip Standard: Social

Oxfam Christmas Tree Delivery When: December – Date TBC Trip leader: Peter Bellis

Trip Standard: Social

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Dave’s Christmas trip When: 29th to 31st of December Trip leader: Dave Wilson | Trip Standard: Difficult to Most Difficult


Talbotville area (near Dargo). Standing camp with access for campers (one small river crossing to get into the camp ground)

Long Term Future Planning 2018

Deua National Park, Easter (10 days). Trip leader: Mike Dale Tasmania, TBC. Trip leader: Jessica Kangaroo Island, TBC. Trip leaders: Jean and Lisa


Simpson Desert. Trip leader: Jamie Gawler Rangers/ Googs Track, TBC. Trip Leader: Mike Dale


Coffin Bay/Lincoln NP, TBC. Trip Leader: Mike Dale


CSR, TBC. Trip Leader: Dale

Trip and Social Contacts • •

Trip Coordinator: Mike Dale Social Coordinator: Lee Wegner

External Events Find more events on our Facebook page Our Facebook page:

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Tue 29 Aug @

South Camberwell


Tennis Club


Sunday 3rd of

Tim Folliard




– Wallen to



Medium ■

Strath Creek


Tue 26 Sep @

South Camberwell


Tennis Club


29th Sept to

Duncan McCrae

Dune Buggy

1st of Oct


Medium ■


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Tue 31 Oct @

South Camberwell


Tennis Club

Cup Weekend

Mike Dale


Medium ■

4th to 7th of November. Grand Ridge

November -

Edith Fullalove




Tue 28 Nov @

South Camberwell


Tennis Club


December –



date TBC


December –


Date TBC

Peter Bellis

Easy ●




Tree Delivery


29th to 31st


of December


Dave Wilson

Difficult to Most Difficult ♦♦

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TRIP AND RECOVERY GEAR The aim of all Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. trips is to have an enjoyable experience in the bush, increasing 4WD’ing skills and experience, whilst maintaining the highest regard for the safety of individuals, the vehicle and the environment. As a driver, you have ultimate responsibility for the safety of your passengers and vehicle. It is the responsibility of any participating driver to contact individual trip leaders for clarification of individual trip requirements and standards. Financial members are encouraged to participate in as many trips as possible to increase confidence and experience. Visitors are welcome subject to the payment of the appropriate levy to cover insurance, but after two visits, should consider membership. Non-financial members are not covered by insurance and may not participate until payment is received. Individual drivers with concerns or queries regarding their vehicle and the trip standard should contact relevant trip leaders. The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. recommends that each vehicle carry the following items or equipment on every trip: 1.

Personal details form as specified


by FWDV, copy to Trip Leader 2.

the driver

Two rated D- Shackles (minimum


Spare Tyre (full size)



Jack and wheel Brace, or


Rated snatch strap


Recovery Points, Front & Rear; plus, optional bridle strap, according to vehicle design;


Fire Extinguisher, accessible to

equivalent 9.

Emergency Supplies (matches, food, water and clothing)

10. Sufficient Fuel, Oil and Water for

UHF (477Mhz) Channel 16 CB

the trip and delays

Radio. Ideally in car but hand

11. A Tyre Pressure Gauge;

held are ok provided sufficient

Compressor (according to the

battery(s) to last the trip.


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12. An Axe, Bow or Chain saw;

15. A Tool Kit

13. A Sturdy Shovel (collapsible

16. Personal First Aid Kit

shovels are no good)

17. The Vehicle Manual

14. Spare Parts (appropriate to the nature of the trip)

Any vehicle not carrying at least the first five (5) items of equipment should contact the individual Trip Leader before leaving. Any Club member unsure about any of the items of equipment listed above are advised to contact the Trip and Social Coordinator or the Trip Leader concerned. All Trip Leaders carry a complete First Aid Kit in case of emergency. All non-emergency medical needs are expected to be met by individuals own medical supplies.

JAMIE’S REPORT “Still have I still have a few boxes of chocolates for sale. Thanks. Jamie.”

B U Y AN D S E LL Member Items for Sale Editor’s note: if you have anything listed for sale which has been sold please remember to let us know at Item: 1991 L series GL wagon Details: My father's 1991 L series GL wagon. 235000 gentle kms, none off road. Auto. Burgundy. ETZ424. Cost: $250 ONO

Contact Rob Boykett Item: Forester Aluminium Bash Plates Details: made from 6.0mm construction grade aluminium

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Cost: $300 for club members, $330 for non-members. Fitting can be arranged. Contact: David Wilson, Item: Set of 4 alloy rims from Outback 1997 model Cost: $120.00 ONO Contact: David Wilson, Item: Roof console to hold CB and lights and switches for Outback Cost: $100.00 Contact: David Wilson, Item: Vic blue and white standard number plates in as new condition 1XV4US Cost: $400.00 ONO Contact: Jenny Item: number plate SUBARU Can be re-issued in any custom design via the Vic Roads website (see link below) if a different colour or style is preferred: Cost: negotiable, but realistic offers between $3,500 to $6,000 Contact: Richard

Want to sell something Subaru/off-road related? Contact

The club makes this space available free of charge to members wishing to buy or sell items. Please note that the Motor Car Trader Regulations 1998-22(4) require that vehicles for sale advertisements must contain: (a) the cash price of the vehicle and; (b) the registration number if registered or the engine/chassis numbers if unregistered.

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M IN U T E S Committee Meeting Minutes Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held st on Tuesday 1 August 2017 at the home of Peter Bellis starting at 7:35pm. 1.

Present Peter Bellis, Lee Wegner, Duncan McCrae, Meredith Dale, Michael Dale, Dale Rebgetz, Edith Fullalove


Apologies Bob Marshall, Dan Conlon, Jamie Scott


Quorum A quorum was achieved with seven committee members present.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting 4.1. Minutes of the July 2017 committee were accepted without amendment. 4.2. Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions 4.2.1. Bank forms are still waiting identity verification for one office bearer. 4.2.2. By-Laws – convoy travel – Peter to reformat into by-law format. 4.2.3. New member pack – awaiting review by Dale. 4.2.4. Club magazine archiving – Duncan to follow up with Martin. 4.2.5. Club plates scheme – need to send copy of club’s constitution to VicRoads. Michael Dale to action. Does the club need to have by-laws governing membership requirements for people who are joining the club to access the club plates scheme? Will there be any restriction on what vehicles qualify – eg. only Subarus? Peter to follow up.


Correspondence 5.1. In FWDV – expression of interest for vacant board positions. Consumer Affairs Victoria – annual statement notification. Nissan 4x4 – electronic version of club’s July magazine. ColinTriffle – club plate registration. Damian Stock – grievance. 5.2. Out Driver anger research request sent out to members. For sale notification. Damian Stock – grievance. Reports


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6.1. Resources Club trailer – sold today for $750. Tifor cable winch – yet to be sold. 6.2. Trip and Social Date Event Details Sun 3 Aug

High Tea – Chateau Yering Hotel

Trip standard is social . Trip leader is Lee Wegner. Cost is $60 per person.

Sat 19 to Sun 20 Aug

Winter Lights – Walhalla

Sat 19 to Sun 20 Aug

Mt Skene

Sun 3 Sep

Mt Disappointment – Wallan to Strath Creek

Trip standard is social  and medium . Trip leaders are Katie and Peter Mynard. Accommodation at the Rawson Village. Trip standard is medium . Trip leader is Michael Dale. Will involve camping above the snow line. Snow chains are required. Trip standard is medium . Trip leader is Tim Folliard Starting at Wallan at 9am. Convoy limit is 8 vehicles.

Sat 16 to Sun 17 Sep

4WD Basic Proficiency Course

Fri 29 Sep to Sun 1 Oct

Sand driving – Portland Buggy Club

Sat 4 to Tu 7 Nov


Sun 26 Nov

Club Christmas Party

Sat 9 and Sun

Oxfam Christmas

Course co-ordinator is Duncan McCrae Location tba Cost is $??. Number of participants is limited. Trip standard is medium . Trip leader is Michael Dale. Accommodation at ?? Cost is $?? Trip standard is medium . Trip leader is Michael Dale. 4-day trip covering the Melbourne Cup weekend. Camping at Big Billy Bore for Sat, Sun and Mon nights. Trip standard is social . Trip leader is ?? Barbecue lunch – meat supplied, BYO salad or dessert to share. BYO chair, cutlery, crockery and any alcohol. Club annual awards will be presented. Trip standard is social . Trip leader is Peter Bellis. 18 | P a g e

10 Dec 2017

Tree delivery

Mar – Apr 2018

Deua National Park


Sat – eastern and southern suburbs. Sun – northern and western suburbs.

Trip standard is Trip leader is Michael Dale 10-day trip over the Easter break. Deua National Park is near Cooma in NSW. Need to push the extended planning calendar. Event Details


Tasmania – Hobart and south east

Trip standard is medium  to difficult . Trip leader is Jessica Walsh.


Blue Mountains


Simpson Desert


Gawler Ranges / Googs Track

Trip standard is medium  to difficult . Trip leader is Stephen Whittaker. Convoy limit - 9 vehicles. th Re-enactment of the 40 anniversary of the club’s crossing from Macumba Station to Purni Bore. Trip standard is difficult . Trip leader is Jamie Scott. Trip standard is medium . Trip leader is Michael Dale.


Coffin Bay/Port Lincoln national park

Trip standard is easy  to medium . Trip leader is Michael Dale.


Canning Stock route

Trip standard is difficult . Five-week trip into a very remote area.

6.3. Venue Aug – AGM – have a number of door prizes. Sep – Red Desert Tours – re Canning stock route Oct – video of Tominbuk weekend Nov – tbc Jan 2018 – welcome back barbecue Feb – photo competition Mar – speaker from the SES 6.4. Membership Membership renewals 6.5. Editor Nothing to report. 6.6. Treasurer As per his report. 6.7. Secretary 19 | P a g e




Nothing to report. 6.8. Vice-President Nothing to report. 6.9. President Club officer training course Trip information – needs to be kept private within the club. Facebook pages – can have both private and public pages. Several people at the meeting offered to help with the refurbishment of the club’s website. Recovery waiver form – should be used when assist people who are not members of the club. Should be in the trip leader’s pack. Recommendation was made that for any children in a family membership, who are over the age of 18 and drive their own vehicle, they should have their own membership. However, it is up to individual clubs to decide what to do. Clubs should not own chainsaws or winches so as to minimise legal liability – clubs generally cannot guarantee correct operation and qualified operators. Clubs need to be mindful of potential risks and undertake appropriate assessment. Clubs should not run any timed events. Sub-Committees 7.1. Communications The membership database in the website is currently being tested. Further development will occur after Martin’s return. Club’s Facebook page now has 553 likes. On-line issue of club’s magazine – Dale will look at the links. 7.2. Community Involvement Nothing reported. 7.3. Constitution Review Just need to complete the by-law stuff. 7.4. Training / Education As previously discussed in “business arising”. Annual General Meeting th Annual accounts – the club made a $1,835 loss due mainly to the 40 birthday celebrations. Cash resources are still healthy. Annual reports need to be submitted by next Tuesday. Chairman for the elections – will ask someone on the night. Supper – Meredith will do some cakes. Duncan will bring the cans of soft drink left over from the barbecue. Will purchase some pizzas on the night. Membership awards – details were supplied to Peter. Bev has the templates. Door prizes – already discussed under Venue report. The committee discussed what number of ordinary members the committee should have. The committee will put to the annual general meeting that the number of ordinary members continue to be six. General Business Grievance between Duncan McCrae and Damian Stock. Update was given on the current status of the grievance. Options of moving forward were discussed. 20 | P a g e


10. Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday 5 September 2017 at 7:30pm at the home of Dale Rebgetz. 11. Meeting closed at 10:29pm.

General Meeting Minutes The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 25 th July 2917 at the Subaru Berwick dealership in Narre Warren starting at 7:45pm. 1.

Present Meredith Dale, Michael Dale, Dale Rebgetz, Janelle Rebgetz, Duncan McCrae, Edith Fullalove, Peter Fullalove, Peter Devine, Robert Miller, Richard Saleeba, Tim Folliard, Jean Bellis, Peter Bellis, Katie Mynard, Peter Mynard, Jamie Scott, Les Scott, David Wilson.


Apologies Bob Marshall, Phil Milkins, Elaine Milkins, Paul Saleeba, Rick Koster, Lee Wegner, Stephen Whittaker, Queenie Sosa.


Visitors Warren (Subaru Forester 2011).


Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors.


Minutes of the Previous General Meeting 5.1. The minutes of the June 2017 General Meeting were accepted with amendment to 9.3 (it was Damian who sold one of his Brumbys) after being moved by Richard Saleeba and seconded by Meredith Dale. 5.2. There was no business arising from the minutes. Correspondence 6.1. In University study re driver behaviour. Sale of alloy wheels for Subaru WRX. Membership enquiries. 6.2. Out Replies to membership enquiries. Reports 7.1. Resources Have club caps for sales. Have a number of members interested in purchasing the club beanie; both red and black. 7.2. Editor 1. Seeking a member who is willing to take on the editor’s role. 7.3. Trip and Social



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September – talk by Red Desert Tours about the Canning Stock route. October – video by Jamie and Stephen. November - tba 7.5. Membership. Membership fees are now overdue. 7.6. Treasurer Current cheque bank account balance as at end of June is $8,936. Major receipts include membership renewal - $1,507, 4WD Victoria levy - $1,250, club clothing - $675, chocolate fundraising - $600. Major payments include 4WD Victoria - $1,300, club clothing - $1,056. 7.7. Secretary Nothing to report. 7.8. Vice-President 4WD training – 16/17 September, location tba. 7.9. President Recently attended a 4WD Victoria run training course for club executive members (presidents, vice presidents, secretaries and treasurers). It was very informative and was a good demonstration of the value 4WD Victoria provides to member clubs. General Business 8.1. Annual general meeting – will have some current committee members not standing for re-election. Therefore, need other members to step forward and help with the running of the club. 8.2. Batteries – seeking some more car batteries for recycling. 8.3. Members were asked what they would like to do for future trips Day trips on a Sunday Mallee trip. Fines and Fun 9.1. Nametags Jamie Scott. Last to Meeting David Wilson. 9.3. Total fines collected - $6. Guest Speaker / Presentation Mark (GM of Subaru Berwick) gave a run-down of what has been happening with Subaru and into the near future. A new global platform has been developed on which all future models will be based. Will see more diesel engines but also introducing a 1.6 litre turbo charged engine. New Forester will be out mid next year. Airbag replacement due for corrosion in gas cylinder – applies to Subaru Impressa and Outbacks and some Foresters. Owners of such vehicles should be getting a letter from Subaru. There has been one death and one injury from such faulty airbags in northern Australia. Mark was presented with a bottle of wine and some club books. The lucky door prize was won by Duncan McCrae. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th August 2017 commencing at 8pm. Meeting closed at 8:38pm and was followed by supper. 9.2.


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E DIT OR N OT E S Thanks for all the contributions again this month! Any interesting articles you find and want to share, or if you would like to write an article for the magazine ‌. let me know! Just a friendly reminder also to please proof read, and be sure to use punctuation and grammar. The deadline for submissions for next month is:

Friday 15 September As always please send emails to:

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