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Global Child Protector Detective Inspector Jon Rouse Honoured Words: Rebecca Fawcett-Smith

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For the past 22 years, Detective Inspector Jon Rouse has undertaken the heartbreaking but vital work of investigating crimes against children. On Australia Day, Detective Inspector Rouse was celebrated for his global investigations into online child exploitation, receiving not one but two prestigious honours. Named Queensland’s Australian of the Year in recognition of his pioneering role in rescuing and protecting children in Australia and around the world by proactively targeting internet child sex offenders, and one of six Queensland Police Service (QPS) officers to receive an Australian Police Medal (APM) in recognition of his leadership and excellence in online child sexual offences investigations and improving capability, innovation and training - particularly in the area of Child Safety - Detective Inspector Rouse is undoubtedly one of the Service’s finest. But for Detective Inspector Rouse, his Australia Day accolades are reflective of the team that he is part of, Taskforce Argos, Brisbane’s very own elite team of internet warriors who are fighting the good fight on a dark and truly disturbing battlefield. “I think the most common question we get asked at Argos is, ‘How do you do this work?’ and my standing response is, ‘How can we not?’ Detective Inspector Rouse said. “At Argos, we come to work because we do know that we are making a difference. We know that we are stopping the sexual abuse of children

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and because we’ve intervened and stopped the abuse, those children have a chance to have a normal life. It’s incredibly rewarding work.” A Queensland Police officer for 35 years, Detective Inspector Rouse started working in child protection in 1996, and in 2001 commenced at Taskforce Argos where he implemented Australia’s first operation proactively targeting internet child sex offenders. In 2005, he gained national support for the development of the ANVIL project (Australian National Victim Image Library) which assists police officers in identifying the child victims depicted in images seized from sex offenders. “When I reflect on the 19-year online journey I’ve had in Taskforce Argos, I think, ‘Wow. Haven’t things changed’,” Detective Inspector Rouse said. “We started with fax modems and now we’re on fibre. We started with huge PCs and now the internet is fully mobile. Technology has evolved amazingly and our effectiveness as a law enforcement agency has also increased phenomenally in that 19 years. We can now get cases across the globe within minutes. “But with all of those advances there’s a horrendously insidious side. There’s more people online, which means that there’s more offenders online and more children online, and with a greater range of communication applications available to children that are really exciting, we see steadily increasing instances where children are sexually exploited.”

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During a recent two-year Taskforce Argos operation, 300 search warrants were executed resulting in 326 arrests and 1,362 charges. In addition, 97 children were removed from harmful living situations and a further 87 people were placed ‘on notice’ and subject to ongoing monitoring. Speaking on Taskforce Argos and the associated policing operations, Police Minister Mark Ryan said, “The investigators within Queensland Police Service’s Argos and child protection officers across the state do a job not many of us could. They investigate internet facilitated crimes against children. “Over the years, the team has seen the worst crimes and witnessed these atrocities captured across hundreds and thousands of images and videos. They have seen the pain, the trauma and the suffering. They have seen it all. “But that’s their job and I would be joined by many people in suggesting the world is a better place because of people like them. It is because of their sheer hard work and dedication that so many children across the world have been removed from harm and saved from the hands of those who commit these most horrible acts.” While the Taskforce Argos team has been instrumental in the undoing of some of the world’s worst paedophiles, where they are currently losing the battle is on the frontline, in homes with parents.

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“When Argos started, we focussed our efforts on examining videos and images that captured the moment a child was raped, to try to locate and remove them from harm, but now we are seeing a spiralling volume of self-produced material from children, and in many cases, these videos and images are being created by children in their home and in their bedroom. And that’s really concerning to me,” Detective Inspector Rouse said. In an effort to combat this, Detective Inspector Rouse is urging parents to enforce the surrendering of all devices at bedtime. “This isn’t sensationalistic or scaremongering,’ Detective Inspector Rouse said. “If I had young daughter or son now, I would be taking their devices from them at bedtime. It’s as simple as that, because tragically you just don’t know what they are doing online once you go to bed. “When we arrest child sex offenders and we seize their phones, devices and their hard drives and examine them, we are increasingly seeing that offenders have targeted children online and captured their engagement with the child, and that they’ve made the child do things that would horrify their parents - in the safety of their family home. “The offender will get the child to send them an image that is inappropriate and they will then use that image and say, ‘If you don’t now accept my Skype contact so that I can livestream with you (or whatever application they livestream with), I’m going to put it on social media and all of your family and friends are going to see it’. It is traumatising for us as investigators to see children in this horrendous state of distress because they feel that they can’t do anything about it. They’re trapped.” To help parents manage device usage in the home, Detective Inspector Rouse suggests all parents visit the Office of the eSafety Commissioner website, where they will find a wealth of online safety resources, including an iParent section targeted to the needs of parents and carers. “The eSafety Commissioner website is our go-to page for parental advice, because it has a broad range of current information about online safety that parents should look at,” Detective Inspector Rouse said. Taskforce Argos’ If You Had Seen What I Have Seen video available on the QPS myPolice web page is another resource that Detective Inspector Rouse highly recommends to parents. Speaking on the Safer Internet message promoted by Detective Inspector Rouse, Police Minister Mark Ryan said, “There is a critical role for parents to play in keeping their children safe. Parents should actively oversee their child’s use of these devices. Children might know how to use these devices, but they don’t understand the nature of the danger that lurks on the internet in the form of predators looking to exploit young victims.”

If you suspect an adult has engaged in inappropriate activity involving a child, call the police immediately on Triple Zero 000 (if it is an emergency) or Crime Stoppers on 188 333 000. The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner also takes reports of offensive and illegal online content including child sexual abuse material.

Online basics material is available at https://www.esafety.gov.au/educationresources/iparent/staying-safe/onlinebasics To view Taskforce Argos’ If You Had Seen What I Have Seen video go to https://mypolice.qld.gov.au/ blog/2019/02/05/argos-appeal-toparents-on-safer-internet-day-2019/

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Pest Red-eared Slider Turtle Detected in Burpengary Biosecurity Queensland is asking members of the public to keep an eye out for red-eared slider turtles (REST) after they were recently detected in the Burpengary area. Biosecurity Queensland and Moreton Bay Regional Council are undertaking extensive surveillance in the area. If you live in this area please be on the lookout. Native to the USA, the red-eared slider is a freshwater turtle with a distinctive red strip behind each ear. They can move up to 9km from water to find suitable habitat, search for a mate, or lay eggs. Nests are dug well above water level, usually within 500m of water but sometimes up to 1.6km away. REST are very aggressive. Environmental impacts include: •

Affects range of aquatic prey, including rare amphibians.

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REST have been distributed through the illegal pet trade. They are a restricted invasive animal under the Biosecurity Act 2014, and must not be kept, moved, fed, given away, sold, or released into the environment without a permit. If you detect a REST please call Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 within 24 hours of the sighting.

Northside Doll Circle 33rd Annual Show Northside Doll Circle are a not-for-profit club now in its 33rd year, who hold an Annual Show in the local area. This year’s show will be held on Sunday, March 10, at the Strathpine Community Centre, off Mecklem Street, Strathpine, directly behind the Pine Rivers Art Gallery. Parking is free on the grounds and the Community Centre is a short walk from the Strathpine railway station. The theme this year is ‘Easter Parade’ with many trade tables on offer to provide everything needed to make dolls and bears. As usual, our Doll and Bear competition will delight visitors. The Brisbane Miniature Enthusiasts Association will display doll houses and dioramas in detail to amaze young and old alike. The Club proudly supports the QCWA Public Rural Crisis Fund and local charity, LinC. For enquiries contact Iris on 07 3264 8489 or Thelma on 07 3863 1430.

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U3A Pine Rivers U3A Pine Rivers will hold their annual general meeting on Friday, March 15 at the Kallangur Memorial Bowls Club, 1351 Anzac Avenue, Kallangur, gathering at 9.00am for a 9.30am start. Immediately following the AGM will be U3A Pine Rivers’ monthly Social and Information gathering concerning the Holocaust and the ‘Courage to Care’ program. Guest speakers will be Ms Suzi Smeed, a Holocaust survivor, Mr Peter Tassius who will be sharing amazing stories of non-Jewish rescuers, and Ms Astrid Wurfl a researcher at the Queensland University. Ms Wurfl has stated, “Hearing survivor stories is a real privilege, and an excellent way to honour their resilience as well as remind us all of the difference that a single individual can make to a person’s life.” Free admission for active seniors in retirement. For further information, please telephone the U3A Centre – Kallangur on 07 3880 6677 Monday to Friday between 9.00am to 12 noon.

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Tantalising Tastes at Caboolture Sports Club’s Seafood Festival Try the tastes of Moreton Bay at Caboolture Sports Club’s Seafood Festival on Sunday, March 10. General Manager Jamie Lancaster said the club has paired up with local suppliers to provide a great opportunity to sample an array of different seafood including oysters, Moreton Bay bugs, salmon, barramundi, calamari, prawns, and sand crab. “We are lucky enough to live in one of the best areas for access to fresh local seafood,” Mr Lancaster said. “In conjunction with our suppliers, we’ll be showcasing a range of fresh and cooked options, with a tasting card format to allow patrons to sample a variety of smaller items plus a free drink. “One of the highlights will be from our friends at Bribie Oysters, who will be freshly shucking oysters at the time of purchase by patrons.”

With a great selection of fresh seafood on offer, patrons are invited to take their taste buds on a tour alongside live entertainment in the fully air-conditioned Terrace at Caboolture Sports Club. Tasting cards will be available for $25 each pre-purchased or $30 on

the day, including five tasting items, plus a complimentary drink from the Terrace bar. To find out more about the Seafood Festival or to book tickets, visit cabsports.com.au or call the club on 5497 9711.

Researchers to Study New Approaches to Business in Moreton Bay Region Dr Graham said this new business model would allow patients to be directly referred to a specialist in the Health Hub Morayfield, all under one roof and government subsidised (bulk-billed) to support low income residents.

Dr Wayne Graham

Novel approaches to building business in the Moreton Bay region have attracted the attention of Business researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Dr Wayne Graham and Dr Retha de Villiers Scheepers are eager to conduct industry-supported studies of the Health Hub Morayfield and Moreton Bay Regional Innovation and Tourism respectively this year. The projects are among five recently announced as USC Industry Connect research partnerships, which are jointly funded by USC and the firms involved in the research. Dr Graham said he was looking forward to continuing his work with the Health Hub Morayfield, which is set to provide primary health care services at an unprecedented scale in Australia, with plans of having up to 90 GPs in residence and a range of other incorporated services including radiology, psychology, pharmacy and rehabilitation.

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“My research will provide data examining the flowthrough of medical services received and how quickly and effectively patient health care needs are met,” Dr Graham said.

“I see the Health Hub Morayfield as an emerging model of improved healthcare services. It’s a model of management and collaboration of a scale that is of interest to organisational researchers.”

entrepreneurs on the ground, economic development providers, suppliers and the university forming a community that supports ventures at various stages.” Dr de Villiers Scheepers said the project would map the roles played by entrepreneurs already active in Moreton Bay and the impact of a planned Founders Fest event in developing entrepreneurial culture in the region. “The Industry Connect grant gives us a great opportunity to not only work together but to engage on research,” she said.

Dr de Villiers Scheepers, who specialises in entrepreneurial behaviour within regional communities, is keen to assess how Moreton Bay Regional Innovation and Tourism is boosting regional innovation and capacity building in the Moreton Bay region. She said the region had a unique business environment and would benefit from the development of a specialised local entrepreneurship model that considers the needs and practices of current innovators. “With this project, we’re using an entrepreneurial ecosystems model,” she said. “This involves developing an entrepreneurial culture within the region by bringing together

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World’s Greatest Shave Words: Rebecca Fawcett-Smith

Between 13 - 17 March, people of all ages will get behind one of Australia’s biggest and most loved fundraising events, the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.

“This cause is close to Sandi’s heart so it is close to ours too,” said Veronica. “We want to help raise even more with our host event and by getting our team together.”

Celebrating 21 years of the World’s Greatest Shave campaign this year, the Leukaemia Foundation is the only Australia-wide charity dedicated to the care and cure of people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders.

The Hair Hub Beachmere is one of many hair salons around the country hosting a public shave event. A hair lounge and cafe that opened at Beachmere Village Shopping Centre last May, The Hair Hub Beachmere will be shaving and colouring hair for the cause on Friday, March 15 from 3pm to 5pm.

More than 270,000 Australian’s have been diagnosed with a blood cancer since World’s Greatest Shave began in 1998, and although survival rates are improving, each year close to 13,000 people are newly diagnosed. This year, like in years past, schools, community groups, businesses, charities and individuals all around the country will host public shave events where everyday superheroes can shave, wax or colour their hair in support of the cause. On Saturday, March 16, Norths Leagues & Services Club’s Spirit Bar will be abuzz with the sounds of shavers and hair colour spray cans when they host a World’s Greatest Shave event from 11am to 12.30pm. Assistant Marketing Manager Veronica Vivian said, “Norths are supporting World’s Greatest Shave as we love to support worthy causes and our community.” Long-standing Norths staff member, Sandi Birt, who is shaving her hair at the event, has already exceeded her fundraising goal of $1,000 thanks in part to a $200 donation from Norths management.

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Manager Carly Gregory, said, “We are hoping to get the community together and raise some money for a good cause.” To drum up local support, Carly and her team have been proactively engaging with local businesses and community groups. “We’ve already had a great response,” said Carly. “A staff member from Beachmere Village Pharmacy has pledged to shave her hair, and I have already cut a young girl’s hair into a bob after she donated her ponytail.” Thanks to World’s Greatest Shave’s partnership with Sustainable Salons - a comprehensive resource recovery service and

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Australia’s number one collector and donor of ponytails for wigs - many of the ponytails snipped from those taking part in the event will now be turned into wigs for those with cancer, while shorter hair clippings will be transformed into compost and even floating booms to absorb oil spills at sea. For information on how to participate, donate, sponsor and volunteer, or to find a public shave event near you, visit www.worldsgreatestshave.com

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Baby Boomers Connect With Starts at 60 Words: Rebecca Fawcett-Smith

Members of the Baby Boomer generation are forming new friendships, dissecting the day’s news and finding travel companions at local Starts at 60 Club Community & Travel Buddies Meet-ups. Founded in 2013 by Rebecca Wilson after she watched her parents looking for more out of life as they entered their sixties, Starts at 60 was established to bring together (online) the growing number of people who were turning 60; tasting freedom from work and family commitments; and starting to live their own dreams. Quickly establishing themselves as the largest digital community of over-60s in the world, in 2016 Starts at 60 launched community meet-ups to enable their online followers to get together in public venues each month. Burpengary local, Janine Arnold, who became a community ambassador last year, hosts monthly meet-ups at Basil & Vine, Burpengary. “I saw Starts at 60 advertised online, and I thought, ‘What a good idea! I’m going to do this’. So I contacted the organisation and Karen O’BrienHall [meet-up coordinator] said, ‘Advertise in the paper, put up a few signs and hand out a few brochures, and they will turn up’. And let me tell you, they turned up! We’ve had as many as twenty-four at a meet-up.” Free to attend, the meet-ups are

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an opportunity for people to treat themselves to a cuppa or snack of choice while chewing the fat with fellow Baby Boomers. Discussing the Burpengary group, Janine said, “It’s a chilled group. We just shoot the breeze, so there’s no reason for anyone to feel any pressure at all. You don’t have to come every time, and you don’t have to stay for the whole two hours. “The meet-ups are open to men, women, married couples and singles. Anyone sixty or thereabouts.” Bob from Caboolture discovered Starts at 60 four years ago upon reaching retirement. “I started looking for things to do, and one of the things that came up was Starts at 60,” he said. “I enjoy sitting and having a chat and having a coffee, and the Burpengary group are a jolly lot. I come here for a laugh.” Ann from Narangba, a Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) member and Meals on Wheels volunteer, has incorporated Starts at 60 meet-ups into her social calendar. “It’s another social occasion,” she said. “I like to broaden my horizons and my people base.”

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Not only are Start at 60 meet-ups the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded people in a welcoming, non-threatening environment, many people have met their ideal travel buddy, or found people to catch a movie with. “Bohemian Rhapsody was a great hit for our group because the music is of our generation,” Janine said. “Quite a few members joined together and went to the movies.” Meet-ups are held on the first Tuesday of every month in cafes across Australia. Local locations include Burpengary, Morayfield, North Lakes, Redcliffe, Clontarf and Strathpine. For details visit www.startsat60.com, the Starts at 60 Facebook page, or look for details in your local paper. In addition to their online and inperson networks, Starts at 60 offer a wealth of free health, financial and travel tips and stories on their website and Facebook page, and a free members-only club offering event, leisure, fashion, health, home and finance deals created with over-60s in mind. To join the Starts at 60 Club, touted as ‘the coolest community of over-60s on the planet’, simply go to startsat60. club and click ‘Join Now’.

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Scarlet Rose Galley: Local Teen Author and Artist Words: Sheree Hoddinett

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Scarlet Rose Galley is only 14-years-old, but she possesses a wealth of creative talent that most people could only dream of. Not only has the Narangba teen published her first book, Guardians of the Heartstones: New Beginnings, she’s also a passionate artist and a keen video game developer. Her mum Rosa says that Scarlet first started writing at the age of seven, when she made little flip books. “They were the cutest thing and she drew the pictures as well,” Rosa says. “We used to live up in the mountains and she was quite a creative little girl.” “I write when I can,” Scarlet said. “When I start, I grab my laptop and I just type; I don’t stop. I don’t get writers block.” With her books series based on gemstones, a lot of research has been done to name and describe the book characters which are all after gemstones. Her writing process is certainly a different one, with the inspiration for her book characters stemming from Avatar type characters created on apps with her iPad. The second book in the Guardians of the Heartstones series, which is a work in progress, is based around nature. “I’m up to chapter four at the moment,” Scarlett says. “I’m not sure when I’ll finish it yet, but I hope it’ll be bigger than the first book.”

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Scarlet has also written a children’s picture book Growing up with Abbey and Sam. Originally written in Year 4 as a school project, Scarlet tweaked it further to create a book aimed at Kindy/Prep/Year 1 children. The book will be released sometime this year. Scarlet’s other passion, which started about four years ago, is art, and she certainly knows how to draw and paint. The walls of the family’s Narangba home are adorned with many pieces of her work. “I went to my friend’s birthday party and I started painting,” Scarlet says. “I really liked it.” Scarlet has painted a variety of pieces including Paris, the Great Barrier Reef, birds and even Floriade in Canberra, just to name a few. “I like mixing colours,” Scarlet says of her art. “I like the bright colours. But I’m not good at doing people.” It seems the creative gene has been passed down from her mum who wanted to be a cartoonist when she was younger. But there’s more to Scarlet than first meets the eye. She’s also played piano, and danced from the age of three, doing ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and contemporary. But when the fun of dancing gave way, Scarlet immersed her talents elsewhere. “She’s pretty much given everything a go,” Rosa said. “Her dad Steve is the

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musical talent of the family, so she gets that from him.” Diagnosed with Asperger’s about four years ago, Scarlet is home schooled and enjoys learning in an environment where things are more at her pace and not rushed. “As a child with Asperger’s, Scarlet is highly gifted,” Rosa says. “She never stops creating – her mind is always going. “She was bored at school and would lose focus easily. We have found that Scarlet spends a lot of time indoors where her creativity is key, and we have embraced and supported that as much as we can.” So what does the future hold for Scarlet? She would love to be a game developer when she grows up, and spends a lot of time now creating games using apps. She’s even created a series of characters out of loom bands. “I think of a story and turn it into a game,” she says. “She is always a storyteller and a game maker,” Rosa adds. “It helps having a little brother (Orlando) around that she can create games for.” To find out more about this talented young lady, follow Scarlet on Facebook and Instagram or visit www. scarletrosegalley.com.

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Words: Karen Manhire Photo: Contributed

A Step Back in Time

The Qld Steam and Vintage Machinery Society, located within Old Petrie Town, Whiteside, is a hub of activity where members work together like a well-oiled machine to restore vintage engines for everyone to enjoy. Incorporated in 1989, the society is celebrating 30 years of incorporation this year. Walking through the museum and learning about where all the different engines come from and what was involved in their restoration, it is quite clear that this would not be possible without the passion and dedication of the society’s members and volunteers. Vice President of the Society, Bill Ives, has a close connection to many of the engines restored and displayed within the Steam Museum for public viewing. “The idea [behind setting up this museum] was to have a living museum where the engines could run, and people could come and see them on a regular basis,” he said.

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“[The machinery] is part of Australia’s history, and part of international history on mechanical heritage. If we don’t preserve that sort of thing it gets lost, and people just don’t remember what it was like, because there aren’t that many people around now that were even around when steam trains were in regular service.” Restoration is a complex process, and it can take many years to accomplish the full restoration of these magnificent pieces of history. No skills or knowledge about steam engines is required however, with everyone welcome and encouraged to become a part of the society. In-house training courses are available through a partner training organisation DTW Designs (QLD), whereby some members are currently completing a boiler course. Senior society members also pass on their specialised knowledge to younger members. There are many other jobs that also need to be done, such as assisting with the front counter.

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“We have about 80 members now ranging in age from 12 to 91, and we encourage younger people to join because we’re all getting on, so eventually there will be nobody [with the skills and knowledge] to run them [the machines].” The museum is open to the public every Sunday from 8am to 2pm and on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 9am to 12pm. ‘Steaming Sundays’ held on the first Sunday of every month give people the opportunity to witness the running of the large mill steam engine located in the centre of the shed, and the 100-horsepower colonial steam boiler. Traction engines and steam rollers can also be seen running around the park, as well as stationary petrol engines and oil engines. Access to the museum is from Old Petrie Town’s main car park. Simply walk down the main street, heading downhill. For more information, visit the Queensland Steam and Vintage Machinery Society Facebook page.

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Moreton Bay Campus Construction in Full Swing Construction of the USC Moreton Bay university campus at Petrie has moved into full swing with the arrival of a second crane on site. The USC-branded crane stands at 39m, has a jib length of 75m, and a maximum lift capacity at furthest reach of 4.2 tonnes. It is servicing the southern end of the campus construction site, complementing a crane on the northern end that stands 48m tall, with a 50m jib length and a 4.4 tonne capacity. The three-storey foundation building near Petrie railway station is being constructed by national private commercial builder Hansen Yuncken and will open in early 2020.

USC’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr Scott Snyder, said there were currently 90 workers on site, including concreters, crane operators, earth movers, electricians, form workers, plumbers, scaffolders and waterproofers. “The two-tower crane set-up is to meet the construction program for the building, and gives Hansen Yuncken the ability to work in multiple areas of the site simultaneously,” he said. When complete, the foundation building will have 16,000 square metres of floor space, and will include laboratories, simulation spaces and a large open auditorium.

It has been designed to cater for rapid growth of the student population over the campus’s first three years. The first intake of students, expected to be as many as 1,200, will have a choice of almost 50 study programs including business, education and computer science. Funding for the USC Moreton Bay building was secured in 2017 through a $121million loan from the Commonwealth Government. The campus, which will become the centrepiece of Moreton Bay Regional Council’s ‘The Mill at Moreton Bay’ development, is expected to reach a student population of 10,000 by 2030.


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Former Wallaby to Mould Future Sporting Stars Left to Right: Indianna Blewett, Lucas Blewett, Richard Thompson (Junior President), Steve Kefu (Administration & Development Officer), Sam Hoffman, & John Flew (Rugby Manager).

Caboolture Rugby Union has announced a major boost for rugby in the Caboolture area, with former Australian Wallaby star Steve Kefu joining the club as their new Development Officer. With six Wallaby caps to his name, and stints in the Super Rugby, Top 14, Premiership and Heineken Cup competitions, Kefu said he was excited to share his passion for rugby at the grassroots level. “I’m originally from Souths Rugby Union and the culture’s really strong,” Mr Kefu said. “I’ve been there since I was six-yearsold, and I want to be able to be able to bring that same culture into Caboolture and build it up, similar to Souths, and let kids have a taste of it because it’s amazing.” With over six years coaching experience in Australia, France and Japan, coupled with a professional career that spanned 15 years and six Wallaby caps, Steve knows the ins and outs of rugby. Caboolture Rugby Junior President Richard Thompson said Steve brings with him a vast array of knowledge from both sides of the game as a player and coach.

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“He is heavily invested in making the club’s strategic vision and goals a reality,” Mr Thompson said.

“Our senior teams go back into the Sunshine Coast Competition this year, where we tasted success in 2012.

“He has already set in place coaching sessions and structures to allow volunteer mums and dads the ability to coach correctly and safely.

“It enables all our teams Colts, Women’s and two Grade sides to travel and play at the same venues most weeks.

“We’ve really been working on safety from day one, so if mums and dads are a bit worried about safety they can come down on a Friday night and see what we do.”

“This will help us build a club culture that can inspire the next generation, as they compete in Premier Rugby in the coming years.”

Kefu will also be directly involved in implementing the governmentfunded initiative ‘Get into Rugby’ into local primary and high schools on behalf of Caboolture Rugby Union. Caboolture Rugby is one of 35 clubs nationally that are involved in the roll out of Get into Rugby Clubs; a user pay experience to try rugby and sign up to a club if they enjoy it. Caboolture Rugby Manager John Flew confirmed that the addition of Kefu would be a major boost for the club’s senior ranks. “It’s very exciting to see the club commit to the goals that have been set out,” Mr Flew said. “Investing in someone like Steve is a great step in the right direction and it’s a very exciting time for the club.

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Mr Flew confirmed the club’s major goal was a transition to the Brisbane Premier Rugby division for their senior sides by 2022. “With Steve’s help, along with the redevelopment of the Petersen Road facilities, this goal is one step closer,” he said. Caboolture Rugby is currently welcoming new players in all age groups. Registrations can be completed through the Rugby Xplorer app on a smart phone with junior team training sessions commencing on Friday, February 22 from 6pm at Petersen Road. For more information visit www. cabrugby.org.au or call (07) 5498 6400.

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Narangba United Football Club Aims High Words: Rebecca Fawcett-Smith

Photo: Sweet Light Photography

“We are glad to have JS10 Coaching using our fields, hosting clinics and being a part of the club,” said Alex. “Our partnership with them gives our players that extra level of coaching, as well as providing coaching for our coaches which will occur throughout the 2019 season.” UK-born, Alex has been a football fan since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. A passionate West Ham United Football Club supporter, Alex was a regular visitor to their home ground, Upton Park, so it is no surprise to hear that he would love to see NUFC’s game days become a popular attraction for the local community. “We are the local football club located in the heart of Narangba,” Alex said. “If you like to watch football, come down and be a part of our game days because the atmosphere is just fantastic. “Our games are well advertised on our Facebook page and website, especially if we’ve got triple and double headers, and the fixtures list are on the Football Brisbane website. Our main games are held on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays.” Already boasting first-class facilities, the construction of a new amenity block in 2018 not only satisfied the needs of the lower field, but also means that the Club now qualifies to be a host venue for Football Brisbane grand finals.

A new era was ushered in for Narangba United Football Club (NUFC) at their 2018 annual general meeting last December, when a newly elected management committee was formed. Leading the Club’s future leaders off the field into the 2019 season is newly elected Club President, Alex Hollington. “Our previous president of five years, Allan Takken, did an extraordinary job,” said Alex. “I’ve got pretty big boots to fill. But we’ve got a very, very strong new management committee and general committee who are very committed to taking the club back to grassroots level.” Founded in 1992, NUFC’s original home ground was Williamina Court Sports Complex before the Club relocated to Harris Avenue Sports Complex in 2000. “The club has come a long, long way and it keeps going from strength to strength,” said Alex. “We’ve got more players now in the younger age

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groups than we ever have, and this year we have three senior football teams; a women’s City League team and two men’s City League teams.”

“We will certainly be applying to Football Brisbane to host this year,” Alex says. “The facilities that we have here are better than any facilities that I’ve come across locally in seasons past. There’s only a few clubs that would be up there with us.”

Awarded Level 2 Accreditation in the Football Federation Australia (FFA) National Club Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) in 2016, NUFC is recognised for having, or putting in place, measures which ultimately contribute to quality football experiences for players, volunteers and parents.

Plans for future improvements include solar power for the club, upgrading the floodlights on the bottom field, and applying for more coaching and refereeing grants. NUFC are also hoping to strengthen bonds within the community and are looking to local businesses to partner with.

Thanks to a partnership announced last year, NUFC’s players receive unique coaching from ex Newcastle Jets A-League player, Josh Sansucie, Founder and Head Coach of JS10 Coaching. Supported by Assistant Coach Yannic Groskopf, who played in the German youth leagues and was mentored by Bundesliga and other professional level coaches, Josh runs elite training clinics and school holiday camps at NUFC, and coaches the Club’s Under 15s.

“We’ve got many ideas of grandeur,” Alex said, “but at the moment our main focus is on football and on being a family-orientated club that develops our youngsters into adult football.”

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NUFC are still looking for players across all age groups. Interested players can contact the Club via Facebook or email secretary@ nufeagles.com.

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Artisans’ Guild

Celebrates New Gallery Words: Sheree Hoddinett

Photo: Contributed

When you first walk through the doors of the Artisans’ Guild of Caboolture & District Inc gallery, your eyes are drawn to the myriad of colours that adorn the walls. But presently, what’s a little bit more exciting than the pieces on the walls are the walls themselves, and the majority of the building surrounding it.

The project was made possible thanks to Moreton Bay Regional Council, and Jacqui says the Artisans’ Guild will forever be grateful to them.

In the last six months, the building housing the gallery has undergone a major refurbishment, giving it a new lease on life and creating a wealth of space for the Artisans’ Guild and its members. President Jacqui Ferguson couldn’t be happier with the new look.

“They have been amazing and we couldn’t have done this without their help, especially Project Manager Judy Bailey-Lawrence, Council Liaison Brian Storey, and the Site Manager, Damien.”

“It’s all very exciting for us,” she said. “It’s opened up the space we had and it all feels very exciting now. We’re able to hold more classes and workshops because we have the room for it.” The group had to empty out the majority of the building by June 30 last year so council could start on construction. “We had to get a container and pretty much put everything in it, which was quite a task,” Jacqui says. “A big part of the building was demolished and it looked like an empty shell. It felt so surreal to watch it all unfold. The tricky part was we were still running the office throughout the refurbishment and that was challenging.”

“Council did everything to help us,” she said. “We had regular meetings with them and they kept us informed throughout the entire process.

Now in her sixth year as president, the Artisans’ Guild is a big part of Jacqui’s life. “I must admit things are a lot busier now than when I first took over,” she said. “We have lots of lovely artists and craft makers, and of course we couldn’t function here without the support of the amazing volunteers. “I love it. I love the members; they’re all characters and they all make it what it is. They have grown with it, and we have such a wide variety of talent here. It’s a place to come and meet everyone, it’s very friendly and the kettle is always boiling.” Having been a part of the Artisans’ Guild group for so long, the refurbishment of the building has been a long time coming for Jacqui, and stirs quite a few emotions.

“The fact the refurbishment has come to fruition means a lot to me,” she said. “Everyone does their role on the committee so well and we have a great team. “I feel lucky to be a part of it, and to be able to say ‘I was part of that’ is something I’ll cherish.” The official opening of the gallery on March 15 is going to be quite an event. “We’ll have our sponsors here, and everyone involved in the project,” Jacqui said. “Our patron Greg Chippendale will be here, along with Councillor Peter Flannery, State Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting, State Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan, and of course the general public. Everyone is welcome. “It’s a free night, and it’s also a ‘Meet the Artisans’ night with raffles, food and drinks. It’s going to be a great night and we’re expecting heaps of people to come and see our new building.” The gallery, on the corner of Old Bay and Maitland Roads, Burpengary East, is open 10am-3pm daily. For further information, phone the gallery on 3888 6333 or visit their website ¬ https://artisansguild.org.au and Facebook page.

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Emotional Freedom Technique (“EFT”)

Written by Marion Grimshaw, Zen Chi Natural Therapies

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a form of “psychological acupressure” – except that we don’t use needles. The approach relieves symptoms by tapping on various body locations. This tapping balances energy meridians that become disrupted when we think about or experience an emotionally disturbing circumstance. Once balanced, the upset is usually resolved – the memory stays but the emotional charge is gone. Typically, the result is lasting and is also accompanied by positive changes in thinking. The technique is easy to learn and ideal for self-help. EFT has been successfully applied to treat a wide range of emotional problems and issues, including anxiety, fears, phobias, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), grief, anger, guilt, etc. It has also been applied to enhance performance and improve relationships. In relationships, EFT can help us by reducing the emotional upsets towards our partner, many of which have their origins in our past. Using EFT, couples can overcome many of the barriers to friendship and closeness. EFT can also help with emotional and physical issues such as weight loss, anger and anxiety, phobias, blockages in career, social anxiety, and most anything and everything you care to mention.

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Sciatic Pain Sciatica, or sciatic pain, is a general name given to leg pain along the course of the sciatic nerve, which is the thickest nerve in the human body. It originates in the lower back and travels deep through the buttock, down the back of the leg and into the foot. Pain in the back and down the leg is the most reported symptom of sciatic pain, ranging from a mild annoyance to being incapacitating. The pain may also be accompanied by pins and needles or numbness, and in severe cases loss of strength. As well as discomfort, movement may be painful, and this may limit walking as well as bending. It is important if you experience these symptoms that you consult a health practitioner immediately.

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True Sciatica is caused by compression of a nerve in the back or buttock which is then perceived by the brain as pain from the leg. There are many causes for this, with some of the most common including disc bulges which push on the nerve root; inflammation of the joints from overuse or acute injury; degeneration of the spine resulting in increased bone growth (osteophytes); or decreased spinal height that can lead to narrowing of the spine (stenosis). All of these factors can lead to sensitisation of the nerves, either from the physical compression, or from chemicals associated with inflammation which leads to pain.

Treatment for sciatic pain varies depending on the severity of symptoms and individual limitations. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain, pins and needles or numbness, improve range of movement, and increase the strength of the core and gluteal muscles. Physiotherapists will use exercises and stretches, manual therapy (massage, joint mobilisations), and dry needling, as well as guiding you on the best ways to reintroduce loading and return you to your normal activities.

However, commonly when pain is experienced down the leg, it can be caused by sources other than the sciatic nerve such as trigger points in the muscles, hip pathology, and compression of non-sciatic nerves which can refer in similar patterns. This is why an accurate early diagnosis from a qualified professional is crucial in determining the best course of action.

Timeframes for recovery can vary, but the most reliable data shows that the majority of people recover in the first three months following the onset of symptoms, with only a small amount of people experiencing ongoing issues. If you have sciatica, or would like an opinion on your back, Moreton All Body Care are here to help. Give us a call on 3886 9470 or come and see us at one of our clinics in Narangba, Burpengary and Beachmere.


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Encouraging Numeracy in Young Children Words: Karen Carter

DARWIN Being numerate is the ability to confidently and effectively use mathematics to meet the demands of everyday life. Believe it or not, whether we are young or old, we use maths every day at home and beyond. Effective numeracy skills enable us to think logically, apply reasoning, and to make sense of time, numbers, patterns and shapes. Good numeracy skills assist us to decode problems, measure things, read maps and timetables, as well as interpret things like bills and plans.

Above: One of many murals throughout Darwin’s central business district

Darwin is Australia’s gateway to Asia. This is reflected in the diversity of cuisines available in this tropical city’s many eateries, and the visible presence of its multicultural population, with especially large communities from Timor, Vietnam and the Philippines. The celebration of indigenous culture is also evident in the city’s art galleries and cultural events, particularly with the recent addition of murals to several streets of downtown Darwin. Many first-time visitors are surprised by Darwin’s modern skyline, with its highrise apartment buildings and hotels, plus its spectacular public buildings (parliament house is locally called the wedding cake, due to its ornate, square design). That said, examples of earlier architecture can be found in stone buildings from the European settlement of 1869 and some preWorld War II buildings, several of which have been restored and are open to the public. Being a tropical city, Darwin’s weather is confined to two seasons: the Wet season from October to April, and the Dry season from May to September. During the dry season, many annual festivals are held and the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets operate twice weekly. The weather is reliably

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From the moment children are born they interact with the world around them. They observe patterns, shapes, colours and sizes. By encouraging their natural curiosity, we can easily assist them to broaden their mathematical concepts. A child who has a solid foundation in numeracy is more likely to be successful with mathematics at school and as an adult in later life. It is important for parents to assist children to become numerate and it doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Simply talking with your child and involving them in everyday activities will expand their knowledge enormously. Opportunities to help your child with numeracy concepts are everywhere! Below are some simple examples: •

Encourage the use of mathematical language. Help children to express ideas like how much, how many, what size or what shape? Encourage them to organise things, play games and count. Look for and talk about mathematical concepts in everyday life e.g. numbers on numberplates/ houses, patterns and shapes in the environment. Discuss how maths is used in real life situations; in cooking,

reading maps, driving cars, on construction sites, while playing sport etc. Explore how money is used. Involve children in simple shopping transactions, look for price labels in supermarkets and shops, talk about how credit cards are used, negotiate pocket money, set up savings accounts and discuss banking ideas. Talk about the many ways things are measured and the language that accompanies these concepts; heavy, light, length, height, weight, hour, minute etc. Use tools to show how we measure things; scales, tape measures, measuring containers and clocks. As their knowledge expands, introduce formal measurement units such as centimetre, metre, litre, kilogram etc. Encourage your child to be a risk taker by using what they know to solve mathematical problems; e.g. who is the tallest in your family? How many ways can you think of to show that?

Finally, be aware of how your child is progressing with their numeracy concepts and how confident they are with maths in general. More difficult concepts naturally progress from and are built on simpler ideas, and this progression should be natural and attainable. Keep in contact with your child’s teacher to ensure they are keeping up and not falling behind with their maths skills. Karen Carter, Co-Director at Kip McGrath Education Centre Burpengary, provides professional tuition by qualified teachers in Maths and English for Primary and Secondary students. Visit www.kipmcgrath. com.au/burpengary or phone 3888 2332 for a free assessment.

hot and dry, with the lowest overnight temperature being about 14°C (which is cold for Darwinites). Top temperatures are in the 30s all year round; however, it is the high humidity of the wet season that causes everyone to slow down or fly south for a break. Darwin residents are typically active – both physically and socially - so all types of sporting and recreational facilities are found here, many with expansive shade structures, and invariably surrounded with lush vegetation. The coastal paths offer walkers, runners and cyclists a superb view of the city and harbour, and the Waterfront area overlooking the wharf is a haven for visitors and locals alike. Every cafe and bar offers shade and fans for outdoor diners, as well as air-conditioning for those who can’t take the heat. Day trips from Darwin include national parks boasting extraordinary birdlife in particular, as well as sites of significance for indigenous Australians. Darwin boasts many tourist attractions and prides itself as a holiday destination, as well as a worthy stopover for travellers bound for Asia (with direct flights to Bali, Singapore and many other cities being only a few hours away).

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When Is A Good Time To Sell The Family Home? Words: Raine & Horne, Burpengary

Lifestyle changes will often drive an owner’s resolution to sell a property. Whether it’s for a job relocation, to meet the needs of a growing family or to downsize into a smaller property, working out when to time your sale can be a significant task – especially for first-time sellers.

or no difference to the result. If you’re selling for less, there’s a good chance you’ll also be able to buy for less. If you wait for the market to improve before you sell a home in the hope of a stronger price, you’ll end up paying more when you buy the next property.

Regardless of whether its summer, autumn, winter or spring, a selling decision is often driven by forces outside your control. Furthermore, the choice to sell may not coincide with perfect market conditions. But don’t allow your fears about the state of the market to affect your plans.

Therefore, the best strategy is to make a move now and get on with your life in your new home.

Often people will put their plans on hold hoping for perfect market conditions. But when you’re selling and buying at the same time, the state of the market will make little

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Contact a real estate agent to appraise your home. Stay away from agents who overprice your home, as it could result in your property being on the market for months, and you missing out on your dream home. Also, be careful with automatic online appraisals, as they are worked out on properties that may not be similar to yours.

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As part of the selling process, be sure to consider your own personal objectives and your ability to finance a new property and to meet the ongoing repayments – your lender or mortgage broker can help here. Do not make the mistake of buying before you sell. This is a risky move and could cost you more for your new house. Be patient and wait until you receive a contract on your home. This will make your offer on your new home more favourable to the seller. At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong time to sell the family home. The thing that matters the most is that it is the right time for you.

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Shavings from the Past Redcliffe licensed antique dealer and furniture restorer, Meade Murphy, has attended and participated in the selling of the contents of many deceased estates over the years. However, a recent one at a suburban Mitchelton home turned out to be a unique experience for him. “I turned up at this old house, with its overgrown garden and paint peeling off the walls, and it was obvious that the house had remained unoccupied for several years,” he said. “I thought that the pickings would be slim.”

What happened next was not only a pleasant surprise for Meade, but it unearthed a chapter of Queensland’s creative history that had remained hidden for nearly half a century. The house had been the residence of the internationally-renowned Queensland furniture maker Robert Dunlop and his family. Robert passed in 2014 aged 89 years, but not before he had designed and created some very unique furniture that ultimately graced the halls and rooms of Canberra’s Parliament House and High Court of Australia. He received an OAM in recognition of his work.

SHORT + SHARP: Firsts

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Sam had a lot of firsts in his life.

that told him that she wasn’t the one.

The first time he spoke was when he was tempted by his parents. Not ‘Mama’, not ‘Dada’, but ‘Stop’.

The first time he proposed, she said no. He accepted that she wasn’t ready, however, and they continued their lives together. On his twenty-seventh birthday, she told him to ask again. He complied, and she accepted.

His first day at school, he got into his first fight with an older kid. They were sent to the principal, but not before Sam got his first black eye. His first birthday party was when he was six. He fell of the trampoline and took his first trip to the hospital. At least, since his birth. The first time he cried out of sorrow was at his mother’s funeral. At eight years old, he didn’t fully understand, but he knew what had happened. He knew that she was gone forever. His first day of high school, he received a detention, for ‘smart aleck comments’. All he said was that he didn’t know why the teacher was there. His first kiss was when he was fourteen. A girl ambushed him behind the bike sheds, before running away quickly. Sam never spoke to her again. His first alcoholic drink came when he was sixteen. He was at a party, and buckled under peer pressure. That was also the first time he was arrested. Underage drinking and public indecency. The court ruled mandatory counsellor meetings. His first date was after graduation. They sat in a fast food restaurant, and she left after he refused to spend $40 on her getting dinner. Sam was happy that she left. He received his first university degree at twenty-two years of age. A Bachelor of Education. Sam got his first teaching job a year later, teaching Social Sciences. His first long-term relationship ended when she moved away, and told him that she couldn’t do long distance. Sam was okay with that, more so than he should have been, and

His first child was born on New Year’s Eve. He looked down at the screaming, sweaty baby, and new then that he couldn’t have loved anything more. The first time he got divorced, it was mutual, and amicable. They left each other for a while, but met up a year later at a Christmas party. They stayed as friends. The first time he left his job, he was being robbed. The school refused to pay him compensation for the money they had taken, and he left soon after. The first date he had since his divorce went fantastically. They went to the same restaurant a year later, where he proposed. She accepted. His first grandchild came from his firstborn child. She rang him with the news, and he immediately ran out of the classroom. He received a warning from the school later. The first time he walked his child down the aisle, it was his second-born, who had eloped earlier that year. He wasn’t happy that he only attended the post-celebration, but he smiled with his daughter, who rested her head on his shoulder. The first time the doctors told him the news, he knew he didn’t have much more time left anyway. He looked at the people around him - his children, grandchildren, friends and family - and knew that he had lived the fullest life that he could. He was satisfied. He smiled softly, and closed his eyes. For the last time.


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Meade was thrilled at his find, as the contents of the Mitchelton home revealed much of the Dunlop family’s furniture, which Dunlop himself had lovingly made. The stunning family dining suite, buffet, cupboards and sideboards crammed full of plans, files and books, uniquely created chairs and tables, and cabinet maker’s tools. Even Dunlop’s beautifully made easel which he would have used to draw his brilliant creations. But sadly, most of the furniture was in a grimy, degraded state. Meade however bought the lot from Dunlop’s daughter, Gai. “This furniture represents an important part of Queensland’s and Australia’s domestic history,” Meade said. Locked in his workshop for the weeks following, Meade and his uncle Kerry worked long and hard to restore the Dunlop furniture collection to its former glory. Now pleased with his restoration work, Meade is donating all of Dunlop’s plans and a few smaller pieces to the State Library of Queensland. “I also wish to donate a set of his eight joinery and cabinet making books to a promising young apprentice cabinet maker who wants to follow in the great man’s footsteps,” Meade said. “The rest of the collection is for sale.” In the eulogy delivered at Dunlop’s funeral, he was called ‘The Chippendale of Australia’. A title well-earned. The Robert Dunlop Furniture Collection can be viewed at

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