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Bellingen Shire Council Mayor, Cr Dominic King, is again calling on the Federal and State Governments to come to the table with a range of economic stimulus and financial assistance measures so our Shire can respond and recover from the recent drought, bushfires, floods and the current pandemic crisis.
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April 19, 2021

$300,000 Secured to Fund Local Recovery Plan, More Than $1million Awarded to our Region

I am pleased to announce that our Shire has successfully secured $300,000 of Resilience NSW…
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A series of three FREE workshops called “Your Business Resilience” specially designed for Bellingen Shire businesses will kick off on Thursday 27 May 2021.
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April 19, 2021

Your Business Resilience: Strengthening Bello Shire Businesses

A series of three FREE workshops specially designed for Bellingen Shire businesses will kick off…
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Bellingen Show is more than animals and rides. It also affords artists the chance to enter the oldest continuous art prize in the region, the E J Mantova
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April 12, 2021

The Bellingen Show- So Much More Than Animals and Rides.

The Bellingen Show is fast approaching.  For many of us, the Show means horses, cows,…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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April 6, 2021

Weekly Report from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellinger Shire 6 April 2021   This week is brought to you by the…
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Chrysalis Steiner School has been forced to relocate to Bellingen town centre due to the floods that have recently closed access to Thora.
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April 5, 2021

Chrysalis Moves to Bellingen for Town School

The year 2019 ended abruptly with the devastating bushfires. In 2020 we dealt with the…
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Bellingen Shire Council is managing existing closures on Waterfall Way and is working with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to commence recovery works.
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March 29, 2021

Community Update from Bellingen Shire Council – Stay Home & Stay Safe

Bellingen Shire Council continues to focus all of its Operational resources towards managing existing closures…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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March 23, 2021

Weekly Report from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 23 March 2021   Well it is just on 1 year exactly…
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March 22, 2021

Alternative Sealed Roads An Imperative: By Ruth Holmes

Dear Residents of Bellingen Shire, During the last few days residents have been inconvenienced by…
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Bellingen Shire Council Mayor, Cr Dominic King, is again calling on the Federal and State Governments to come to the table with a range of economic stimulus and financial assistance measures so our Shire can respond and recover from the recent drought, bushfires, floods and the current pandemic crisis.
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March 15, 2021

The Bellingen Shire Housing Crisis: Mayor Dominic King talks local solutions

This week we chat with Bellingen Shire Mayor Dominic King about the current housing crisis…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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March 9, 2021

Weekly Report from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 9 March 2021   Happy International Women’s Day for yesterday! The official…
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Bellingen local Frankie Mayes understands the Bellingen Shire Housing Crisis first-hand as a renter who is currently at risk of becoming homeless.
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March 8, 2021

The Bellingen Shire Housing Crisis: At the Coalface with Frankie Mayes

Frankie Mayes understands the current local housing crisis more than most.  Having moved back to…
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Clean Up Australia Day saw the Dorrigo Mountain Top & Dandarrga  Landcare Groups with Environmental friends clean up the Dorrigo Mountain
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March 8, 2021

Clean Up Australia Day on the Dorrigo Mountain: The Holmes Report

By Ruth Holmes The Dorrigo Mountain Top & Dandarrga  Landcare Groups with Environmental friends cleaned…
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In the first of our three-part series on the Bellingen Shire Housing Crisis we interview Kerry Pearse of the Housing Matters Action Group.
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March 1, 2021

The Bellingen Shire Housing Crisis- Kerry Pearse Housing Matters Action Group

Simply put, the Bellingen Shire is now in a housing crisis. "It’s impossible to find…
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Nathan Cardow of Cardow and Partners Property gives us his monthly report for the Bellingen Shire.
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March 1, 2021

Bellingen Shire Property Report by Nathan Cardow

Welcome to our monthly real estate report...   We have had rain! And lots of…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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February 23, 2021

Weekly Report from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 23 February 2021   And so it begins! Billed as Australia’s biggest peacetime…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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February 16, 2021

Weekly Report from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellinger Shire 16 February 2021   At our local Covid19 clinic we are getting…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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February 8, 2021

Weekly Report from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 9 February 2021   Just a few short points this week: Telegraphic.…
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The Bellingen Shire has sought to make January 26th a day of healing wounds and bringing the community together as one, rather than divide.
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February 1, 2021

January 26th – A Day of Healing, Coming Together and Celebrating Local Heroes

Every year across Australia the date January 26th evokes the full gamut of human emotions. For…
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Nathan Cardow of Cardow and Partners Property gives us his monthly report for the Bellingen Shire.
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February 1, 2021

How is the Bellingen Shire Property Market? By Nathan Cardow

Welcome to our monthly real estate report for January 2021   A new year has…
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Australian singer-songwriter Snez will be performing at No 5 Church Street Bellingen February 6th 2021, debuting her album 'Fisher on the Sea'.
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February 1, 2021

Fisher On The Sea: Snez

Boldly stepping into the spotlight with her latest offering, 'Fisher on the Sea', Australian Singer/songwriter,…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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January 18, 2021

Weekly Report from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 19 January 2021   After last week’s rambling journey with philosophical overtones…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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January 12, 2021

Weekly Report from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellinger Shire 12/1/21 (By the way – no cases in the Region) Oh it…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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January 5, 2021

Weekly Report from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 5 January 2021   We live in interesting times.   (As the fabled…
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January 4, 2021

Home Matters: Housing Crisis in our region.

After local flooding caused the postponement of the film’s launch in December last year, the…
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Nathan Cardow of Cardow and Partners Property gives us his monthly report for the Bellingen Shire.
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December 28, 2020

The Monthly Bellingen Shire Property Report by Nathan Cardow

Welcome to our monthly real estate report for December 2020   Well there you go,…
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tourism bellingen shire go slow
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December 28, 2020

Go Slow Tourism in the Bellingen Shire

  Welcome to Gumbaynggirr Country. For your holiday viewing pleasure, please enjoy this new tourism…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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December 21, 2020

Weekly Update from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 22 December 2020-12-20   Happy frogs! And Happy Hanukkah, and Christmas, and…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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December 14, 2020

Weekly Report from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 15 December 2020   May Christmas bring you fun times, Thoughtful reflection,…
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Bellingen Community Markets celebrates 40 magnificent years of community, culture, and diversity on Saturday 19 December 2020. Now one of the oldest, largest, and most diverse markets on the east coast, Bello Markets now boasts well over 200 stalls each month, which is a truly remarkable achievement.
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December 14, 2020

Bellingen Community Markets Celebrates 40 Years

Bellingen Community Markets celebrates 40 magnificent years of community, culture, and diversity on Saturday 19…
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Anna Fisher, of Fisher Design + Architecture has been appointed by Council to undertake the Bellingen Shire Branding Project, in collaboration with a team of local creative industry professionals.
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December 14, 2020

The Bellingen Shire Branding Project- Defining Our Spirit of Place

The decision to implement a Bellingen Shire Branding Project was initially met with much derision…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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December 7, 2020

Weekly Update from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 8th December 2020   Just a quick round up of reactions to…
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The very much anticipated documentary film 'Bellingen The Promised Land' will be officially launched this Friday 11th December at Bellingen Mem Hall.
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December 7, 2020

Always was and always will be: Bellingen the Promised Land

The very much anticipated documentary film 'Bellingen The Promised Land' will be officially launched this…
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Bellingen Shire Council Mayor discusses the decisions around the Commonwealth’s Disaster Recovery and Resilience funds
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November 30, 2020

Bellingen Shire Council Reaches the Pinnacle of Local Government Achievement

Bellingen Shire Council has received the greatest accolade a New South Wales Council can achieve…
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This week Bellingen's Dr Trevor Cheney was awarded with the Rural Doctors Association of NSW Bowman Cutter Award 2020 to acknowledge his exceptional services to RDANSW and his strong, ongoing advocacy for rural doctors and rural healthcare.
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November 23, 2020

Let’s Chat: Dr Trevor Cheney Awarded for Service to Rural Medicine

Bellingen's Dr Trevor Cheney has generously kept our community informed and let's be honest, entertained,…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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November 17, 2020

Weekly Update from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 17 November 2020 Today brought to you by the letter R Refrain…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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November 10, 2020

Weekly Update from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic- Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 10 November 2020   This week’s situation is fluid – in some…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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November 3, 2020

Weekly update from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic- Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 3 November 2020 This week is brought to you by the stalwarts…
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OzGREEN organised an excursion to hear Nick Radford of Ecoliving Design and Bellingen Permaculture, who conducts free tours of his farm in Repton demonstrating grey water diversion systems and other means for capturing and recycling water.
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November 2, 2020

Actions speak louder than words- Our Resilient Communities

What happens when a group of concerned locals come together to not only be heard…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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October 26, 2020

Weekly Report from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 26 October 2020   Je suis Victorian! From our Covid Cave, it…
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Bellingen Riverwatch began in 2017 in response to a turtle mortality event which killed an estimated 90% of the Critically Endangered Bellinger River Snapping Turtle (BRST).
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October 26, 2020

Water Is Everything- Bellingen Riverwatch Needs Your Help

Every month, sometimes in the pouring rain, over 30 Bellingen Riverwatch volunteers, make their way…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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October 19, 2020

Weekly Report from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 19 October 2020 Another week of no local (or Regional Cases) Covid19…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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October 13, 2020

Weekly Report from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 13 October 2020 So, we have another little pop up in Sydney.…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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October 6, 2020

Weekly Update from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 6 October 2020   Well, not much happened so I was able…
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September 28, 2020

Bellingen Shire Council Announce Updated Grant Funding Available

Infrastructure Grants Program – https://www.responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au/funding-opportunities/infrastructure-grants. Closes 12 October. Infrastructure Grants can be used toward the costs of construction,…
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Jeannie Veitch and Karyn Sherman are the facilitators for the Dorrigo Resilient Communities Program , a grassroots program designed to find solutions to the regions biggest concerns.
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September 21, 2020

When the Going Gets Tough- Dorrigo Resilient Communities

No one questions the fact that Dorrigo and surrounding regions have done it tough over…
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James Cracknell from Windsong Travel in Bellingen offers some travel information for those of us with itchy feet.
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September 21, 2020

Wanderlust? Some secret gems right on your doorstep.

James Cracknell from Windsong Travel in Bellingen offers some travelling inspiration for those of us with…
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Nathan Cardow of Cardow and Partners Property gives us his monthly report for the Bellingen Shire.
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September 21, 2020

How’s the Bellingen Shire Property Market? By Nathan Cardow

Welcome to our monthly real estate report for September 2020- Cardow and Partners Property. Historically…
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Bellingen Growers Market steps up to provide garden plants after cancellation of the Bellingen Spring Plant Fair.
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September 14, 2020

Bellingen Growers Market Steps Up with Hot News for Gardeners

The cancellation of the 30th Birthday Party of Bellingen Autumn and Spring Plant Fair caused…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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September 7, 2020

Weekly Report from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 7th September 2020   Welcome to spring, lots of joyful birds, lots…
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The vision was to transform the centre from a ‘Memorial Hall’ to a ‘Cultural Arts HUB’ will soon become a reality, albeit with an increased budget to meet accessibility and parking needs of users.
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September 7, 2020

The Bellingen Memorial Hall Upgrade- the Facts.

Last year we collectively celebrated the news that our beloved Bellingen Memorial Hall was not…
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Clare (above on right) and fellow Resilience Officer Liz Hull (above on left) were recently appointed by Bellingen Shire Council to oversee the Bellingen Bushfire Recovery and Resilience Programme.  The two have worked to tailor the programme to the needs of the Bellingen Shire
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August 31, 2020

Bellingen Shire Council’s Bushfire Recovery and Resilience Programme

It has been such a difficult year with drought, bushfires, floods and COVID. Bellingen Shire…
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