Mar 20

The Express’ number 7: Grass Patch gun thieves arrested

The Express’ number 7: Grass Patch gun thieves arrested Photo: Esperance Police
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TweetFacebookis counting down the top 10 most read stories of 2016. Here’s what came in at number seven.

September 16, 2016:Esperance Detectivesarrested two men in relation to the theft of weapons at a farming property near Grass Patch.

A third man has been arrested and wasexpected to appear in The Esperance Magistrates Court on October 4.

Esperance Detectives allegeat about 1am on August 29,2016, burglary andstealing offences committed on farmhouses located on aproperty near Grass Patch.

Duringthe course of the burglaries the offenders stole a total of eight licensed firearms,about 600 rounds of associated ammunition, other weapons, cash andjewellery.

Since the time of the incident Esperance Detectives, have executed a total of six criminal investigation act searches and two firearms act search warrants.

A number offirearms and the associated ammunition has been recovered to date.

As a result of these inquiries the offenders responsible for the burglary and stealingoffences have been identified and charged.

Inquiries into the whereabouts of theoutstanding property items are continuing.

On September 8, 2016,Esperance manLuke Peter George Wyldewas chargedwith two charges of aggravated burglary and stealing.

The32-year-oldappeared in the EsperanceMagistrates Court on September 9,2016, and was given bail to reappear on October 4,2016.

On September 15, 2016, NulsenmanTimothy Gregory Mathew Galvinwascharged with two counts of aggravated burglary and stealing.

The 30-year-oldappeared in theEsperance Magistrates Court on September 16 2016, and has been remanded incustody to reappear onSeptember 29,2016.

Also on September 12, 2016, a 39-year-old Nulsen manwas arrested and charged withtwo counts of aggravated burglary and stealing.

Esperance Detectivesallege this mandrove thevehicle that was involved in the burglary and stealing matters and will appear inEsperance Magistrates Court on October 4, 2016.

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Mar 20

Confirmed changes to freight yard

Transport Minister Jacinta Allan has confirmed the freight yard at the Maryborough Rail Station will receive alterations as part of the Murray Basin Rail Project.
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Despite rising concern from various sections of the community that the area would be made redundant, Ms Allan said the freight yard and a nearby passing loop would be retained in the $416 million project.

“The loop at Maryborough will be retained and the freight yard will be reconfigured to accommodate 40-wagon grain trains,” she said in a written statement to The Courier.

“The (Murray Basin) project office will also be at the Maryborough station so that residents and businesses can easily talk to the project team.”

The exact changes to the Maryborough area remain unclear, with planning still being completed; however, it’s understood the changes will allow the yard to house longer trains.

Ms Allan’s confirmation that the freight yard will be retained is welcome news for many, with both the Rail Revival Alliance and Central Goldfields Shire Council both fearful it would be made redundant –potentially impacting economic advantages for the township.

In September, Central Goldfields Shire chief executiveMark Johnston penned a letter to Ms Allan expressing concerns over what the potential removal of infrastructure would mean for the shire.

“These would appear to council to be important infrastructure that could provide opportunity for Central Goldfields Shire to develop business opportunities off; and to enable ready access for the the socially disadvantage (sic.) to access the retail centre of Maryborough,” he wrote.

RRA president Noel Laidlaw said it was “fantastic” the yard will be retained, but reserved judgement on its success until full planning is released.

“The devil is in the detail.But we really need to know what the details.

“How many roads are going to be left (in the yard)?”

It’s understood V/Line is working with various freight operators to ensure the reconfigured yard meets their needs.

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Mar 20

White spot virus found at another prawn farm

DISEASED: A prawn infected with the white spot disease. Photo: Biosecurity QueenslandBIOSECURITY scientists are destocking a fifth aquaculture farm on the Logan River as they continue to respond to an outbreak of white spot disease in prawns.
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A Biosecurity Queensland spokesperson said they had received positive test results from the farm for the virus that causes the disease.

Earlier this month theLogan River was closed to the commercial and recreational take of crustaceans like prawns and crabs.

The spokesperson said the latest farm to be identified was about four kilometres downriver from the other four premises that hadalready been destocked.

“At this stage it is not yet clear how the virus has come to be present on this premises,” the spokesperson said.

There were three other aquaculture farms –one of which had no prawn stock – nearby.

“Treatment of infected ponds with chlorine has commenced and heightened surveillance measures in the other nearby premises are in place.”

WSD is a viral infection that affects crustaceans.

Australia had previously been WSD free and the recent cases were the first confirmed in an aquaculture setting.

Queensland Boating and Fishing Patrol has asked recreational fishers to report unusual signs in prawns and crabs.

Prawns with WSD may have a loose shell with numerous white spots (0.5-2.0mm in diameter) on the inside surface of the shell and a pink to red discolouration.

Signs to look for include:

unusual mortalityprawns coming to the edge or water surface of the pondprawns demonstrating unusual swimming patternsreduced feeding and failure to thriveAnyone who suspects a disease on their property must report it to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.

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Mar 20

What next: Ben Gillies on life after Silverchair

What next: Ben Gillies on life after Silverchair Born to rock: Ben Gillies, 37, in Newcastle, talks about plans for a new solo album, his beverage company and Silverchair. Picture: Marina Neil
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TweetFacebookIt’s not about how big Silverchair has gone or what we achieved. If you love music, and writing music, and playing music, it’s part of who you are.

Ben GilliesNEW MUSICNow, he is nearing completion of a new album, to be released under his own name, in 2017.

While he and his wife Jackie have called Melbourne home for the last four years, he has been making the album in Byron Bay, working with hot young producer Jordan Power, originally from Maitland. Powerhas played a role in works by the likes ofAngus and Julia Stone, Xavier Rudd, U2, Bruce Springsteen, and Lady Gaga.

“It’s been just him and me in the studio,” Gillies says of working with Power. “In the studio is like being on tour. You develop your own language.

“It’s cool, we hang out. I really enjoy working with him.

“He knows, he understands the ebbs and flows in the studio. He knows when to leave me alone when I’m playing. He’ll jump in and say, ‘that was cool, work on that’. He knows when I’m in a low. I don’t want to stay low, if nothing feels like it’s rolling, he will push me to get through it. All of sudden, something clicks. He’ll send me on a two-hour productive spike.

“My point: we understand each other’s process.”

He’s got one more recording session booked in with Power at Byron in January and expects to have the last of 10 songs wrapped up early in 2017, with the album dropping by mid-year, through Golden Robot Records.

Making music is an essential part of Gillies’ life –as it has been since he was an adolescent jamming with his mates in the tiny bedroom of his family home on Smith Street, Merewether. It was in that creative environmentTomorrowwas born.“I remember it so clearly,” Gillies says of the session where Johns tumbled out the chorus to the song that catapulted them to fame.

He called Johns later from his dad’s study and said come around in the next couple of days and we’ll finish that song.

“We just sat there and busted it out,” Gillies recalls of the next time they met up.

Creating songs ischallenging, and ultimately satisfying for him.

“i don’t like any rules,” he says of the process. “Whatever feels good.

“It could be on guitars, sometimes piano, could be a block of words.

“I find lyrics challenging. But I have a system. A thought, or something I want to say, and sentences start to pop out.

“My lyric sheets look like the scribbling of a mad man. Certain works, certain phrases will paint a picture in my mind.. Then I throw my ideas down on paper, it starts moulding itself. I don’t know how to explain it.

The first “Tomorrow” video clip“Like a soup, it sits on the oven. It’s a reduction, kind of makes itself once I get all the ideas down.”

This time Gillies has been playing most of the instruments on the recording – drums, guitar, piano. “It’s mostly real instruments,” he says. “There are some electronic bits, but they are not the driving force.”

What is the sound?

Gillies’ immediate response: “Let’s just say, it’s rock.”

Gillies has not made a decision about supporting the album release with a tour, but he soundslike iswas leaning towards doing it.

“I need to get a little more match fit, in terms of singing on stage,” he says. “I haven’t had the experience. Wish I did more singing earlier. I wish I sang more in Silverchair, to be honest. Even if it was bv [backing vocals], but I didn’t.

“It’s confronting, it’s scary. But f – – – it, you only live once. No use sitting around, twiddling your thumbs being scared . . .

“I would be happy to get up and play in front of 10 people and have the best time in life. That’s where my head is at.”

Gillies stopped drinking alcohol three years ago. He estimates he’s consumed had a total of a litre of alcohol – tequila to be exact – in the last four years, and all of that while testing product for his 100percent brand. The 100percent range is two ready-to-drink products, at 6.6% alcohol – one with blood orange and bitters, the other with lime and agave nectar.

“It’s an interesting position to be in; I own a booze company. But I don’t judge anyone. For me, running the business, writing music, helping Jackie with her stuff [she is, of course, a star on the reality TV series, Real Housewives of Melbourne], I’ve got so much going on. Not being a drinker, it’s kind of changed my life.”

While he and Jackie enjoy Melbourne, Gillies doesn’t spend much time chasing live music. But then again, he says he never did, even in the Silverchair days. “I want to know if I’m going to see a band, that I can dig it. It’s all about relatability.”

SilverchairThe heady days with Silverchair will be part of who Ben Gillies is forever. But, despite the global success, he says it was never about the fame.

“It always comes back to the music,” he says in a stream-of-consciousness thought bubble. “All the other stuff melts away.

“For me, if Silverchair did nothing and never went anywhere, the way I feel about music would still be the same. I would still have to satisfy those musical urges.

“Silverchair is a very large part of what I’ve done with my time on the big rolling ball, but, I guess, music becomes you. The magic of a band is the collective of the people in that band. Outside of that band, be it Silverchair or whoever, you have your own personal relationship with music. However you satisfy it, you find your own way.

“To me, it’s the same stuff – writing recording and playing. It’s pretty simple really.”

Would he get a new buzz out of a Silverchair reunion?

“If Silverchair is doing something again, that would be great, but…. if or when that happens, I don’t know . . .

“To me where the band was left, it was like there was no bookend. Kind of like, I felt were were midway through chapter 8 of a 12-chapter book and then we stopped writing.

“It was a hard one for me. When we wentinto indefinite hiatus, it was a fancy way of saying, ‘we’ll play some more music if we like it.’ ”

Post-Silverchair, Gillies has grown as a businessman and a husband. He’s found another life besides rock’n’roll drummer in one of the greatest bands in the world.


“I love Silverchair. I love Dan and Chris.

“We’ve had an extraordinary experience. The only people who could possibly know are the three of us.

“When we play together, there is an undeniable magic.

“I do miss it, of course I do. It’s like a drug that has no side effect.”

Feb 20

UPDATEDMan dies at Mermaid Pools today, December 30

A photo of Mermaid Pools. File photoUpdated story (Today, 4.19pm):
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The fatality at Mermaid Pools today, December 30 means there has been 11 people diefrom drowning in NSW since Christmas, while one man remains missing.

Updated story (Today, 3.15pm):

NSW Police Media have confirmed a 27-year-old man has drowned at Mermaid Pools this afternoon, December 30.

Police from the Camden Local Area Command are preparing a report for the Coroner following the death of a Pakistani man, aged 27.

About12.30pm today, the man was swimming with friends in Mermaid Pools near Tahmoorwhen he dived into the water and signaled for assistance.

He was pulled unconscious from the water and emergency services were called to the incident.

The man died at the scene.

A police investigation into the incident is underway.

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— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) December 30, 2016Tahmoor: Paramedics winched down to a man who had suffered a cardiac arrest at the Mermaid Pools.南京夜网/8oGAJpYpSO

— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) December 30, 2016Paramedics are doing CPR on a man at Mermaid Pools at Tahmoor. #WINNews6pm

— WIN News Illawarra (@WINNews_Woll) December 30, 2016Tahmoor: Swimmers exiting the waterhole at Mermaid Pools after a man was pulled unconscious from the water. #Tahmoor#7Newspic.twitter南京夜网/b1iEibCLPp

— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) December 30, 2016Paramedics are performing CPR on a man at Mermaid Pools at Tahmoor. @SydneyPead on the scene. Details to come #WINNews6pm

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Feb 20

COMMUNITY: ‘There was no warning’

Mike Brown was lucky his house didn’t burn down in the 2016 Waroona-Yarloop fires. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.Related content:
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COMMUNITY: “There was nothing I could do”COMMUNITY: “We need to thank Australia”COMMUNITY: “It was too late”COMMUNITY: “My daughter and granddaughter lost everything”“I’d never seen anything like it in all my years and I hope I never have to again,” Yarloop resident Mike Brown said.

“There was just utter devastation in the whole town.”

Mr Brown has been living in his house on Yarloop’s Railway Parade for more than ten years.

He was living in the city when he fell in love with Yarloop’s heritage, privileged locationand its small charming community, and decided to leave everything behind and buy a property in town.

“I used to come down here every weekend, that’s why I moved down here, I loved the place so much,” he said.

The evening Mr Brown’s beloved Yarloop went up in flames, he waswith his family at his home on Railway Parade.

They were aware a fire was burning nearby threatening properties near Waroona,but they hadn’t received any formal warning to leave the town yet.

“Apart from word of mouth at the station we got no warning, it was really up to yourself to make the decision [to leave],” Mr Brown said.

“I was on the roof, I was looking up that hill, and if you saw what was coming down you would’ve gone out as well.

“A lot of people made the decision to leave but some got caught totally unaware and didn’t even get the chance to leave.

“Four friends of mine ended up in the carpark at the hotel sheltering between cars with flames going over their heads.

“They are still traumatised.”

Mr Brown had been preparingfor the worst, wettingdown his property and hisneighbours’, who had already left.

But then the water ran out.

“When the water runs out there’s not much you can do,” he said.

“My partner said ‘come on, no point staying when there’s no water, you can’t fight’, so we moved out.

“It was just pointless really.”

Mike Brown’s new tattoo – Yarloop’s postcode and the date the historic town burnt down. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.

When Mr Brown and his family decided to leave the only way to get out of townwas through Clifton Road.

They jumped inside the family’s caravanand fled the town towards the emergency shelter in Australind, where they would spend then next ten days living inside the caravan before coming back to Yarloop.

“The first indications were that everything had gone,” he said.

Mr Brown said he expected the worst, but through family friends he found out his house had miraculously survived the ordeal, with the exception of some side buildings, fencingand a couple of sheds.

“We were happy we still had a house, but then you felt a little bit guilty that you had been spared when so many people lost everything,” he said.

“Seeing people lose everything, seeing people lose so much, seeing the town destroyed, it was hard.

“It was hard for everybody.

“We may not have lost a house but we lost a community, and a lot of people we knew have moved out.”

Mr Brown said it’s hard to describe what Yarloop looked like in the aftermath of the fires that destroyed more than 160 housesand nearly 70,000hectares.

“There was telephone poles just held up, the bottom completely gone, just masses of bent tin and rubble,” he said.

“You couldn’t even recognise some streets.”

He said a year later it isstill devastating to walk around town and​see sandpits where known buildings and homes used to stand.

“It’s just the overrating feeling that you just want the town to come back, and it deserves to come back,” he said.

“The people deserve it to come back.”

He said Yarloopis slowly recovering, with new homes being built and the school reopening ahead of the next school year, but there is still a lot of work to be done to bring people back to town.

He said he would like a new caravan park openingand new young families coming to live in Yarloop.

“Iwant to see the town move forward, and people getting their lives together again,” he said.

“I really believe it [Yarloop] isan undiscovered gem still.”

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Feb 20

Spinner turns focus to country week duties

SPINNING AWAY: Nick Robertson will suit up as a bottom-aged player in Warrnambool’s division one Blue country week side. Picture: Amy PatonBOTTOM-AGE leg-spinnerNick Robertson will bear a measured, learn-first mentality for his inaugural under 17 country week carnival.
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Robertson, who was hand-picked to feature in Warrnambool Blue –one of two Warrnambool and District Cricket Association division one teams –will join fellow Russells Creek batsman Dominic Bandara in the side.

He earned selection through strong batting efforts, including a host of half centuries in both division three and under 17s.

However, Robertson said he believed himself to be more valuable as a spin bowler and was working to improve his consistency with the ball.

A veteran of “five or six” junior country week carnivals, Robertson, 16, admitted he was eager to test his growing game against western Victoria’s finest country cricketers.

“It’s good to play against the harder opposition that travel in and to test yourself against the best players in the region in a week like this,” Robertson said.

“The cricket is a good standard, and the quality of everything is good. It’s really just good to be around the boys too.

“I’ve played with all of the boys before so I know what they can do and what we can bring to the team. We know each other well.”

Due to his age as a bottom-age prospect, Robertson said he was avoiding self-imposed pressure and would instead focus on gaining more experience at under 17 level.

“It (country week) is a good opportunity to get picked for Western Waves squads, but I’m not putting too much pressure on myself or expecting too much,” he said.

“I’ll try to play my role for the team and do what I can to help.”

A number three batsman in the Eddie Evans-captained division three outfit for Russells Creek, Robertson has blasted210 runs from six outings in blue and white this year.

His form with the bat remained true in under 17s, with the Emmanuel College student averaging73.5 runs an innings.

He has left the crease unbeaten four times from six innings’ and hit 147 runs.

Robertson said he was enjoying “more time in the middle” but was still focused on improving his placement with the ball.

“I’m batting a lot more this year but I’m putting the most work into my bowling, because I think that is my best area,” he said.

“For my bowling it’s been about getting more consistent. Bowling less bad balls, getting it in the right areas.

“I’ve spent a lot more time in the middle and that has given me more confidence (with the bat) at the crease.”

Robertson’s Warrnambool Blue will face Colac in its opening game of the under 17s country week carnival.

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Feb 20

Youth reveal aspirations

A national survey showing the entrepreneurial spiritof young Australiansis no surprise to Tasmanian youth advocateJoanna Siejka.
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Ms Siejka, chief executive of the Youth Network of Tasmania, said the state’s young people were aware of their challenges –including unemployment -but had ideas to help solve them.

“This is an area where I regularly witness their aspirations and entrepreneurial thinking,” she said.

A poll of 1006 young people aged between 16 and 25, commissioned by conservative think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, showed 60 per cent of respondents would like to start their own business.

The survey revealed optimism among Australian youth as 71 per cent said they werepositive about the future.

While 49 per cent said they would be worse off than their parents’ generation, 69 per cent said their standard of living would be better in 10 years’ time.

“I’m not at all surprised that young people have once again shown to be an aspirational cohort,” Ms Siejka said.

“We know from a number of surveys and consultations that young people do generally feel positive about what they can achieve in the future.

“That said, they are also very aware of what they need in terms of supports, networks and other structures in order to achieve their goals.”

In other findings, the survey showed that a majority (40 per cent) of young people believed the federal budget deficit and national debt were major problems that needed addressing immediately, and 66 per cent believed cutting government spending would help the economy.

Among their greatest fears for the future were terrorism (28 per cent), economic collapse (24per cent) and climate change (24 per cent).

Young people were acutely aware of the issues that affected them, Ms Siejka said.

“Perhaps not always to an incredibly detailed level, but certainly when it comes to the direct impacts such as their future ability to own their own home, and helping others less fortunate.”

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Feb 20

Bendigo paddlers shine at wildwater championships

Bendigo paddlers Maddie Batters, Ashlee Illott , Meg Ritchie and Imogen Douglass are pictured at the National Wildwater Championships. on the Goulburn River.​YOUNG Bendigo paddlers have excelled in challenging conditions to secure a swag of medals at the 2017 National Wildwater Championships at Eildon.
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Bendigo Canoe Club’s Tom Misson said not only did paddlers have to cope with rapids, but also thick fog and rain which added to the challenge.

“Wildwater racing is all about racing the clock, trying to meet national standards and age group classes,” he said.

“All paddlers excelled which was pleasing for the club as many had only been paddling for 12 months.”

Reigning Victorian sprint champions Imogen Douglass and Maddie Batters dominated the open women sprints and classic and enhanced their chances of national team selection.

Douglass won all her events in the under-16 girls.

Newcomer James Humphry won his under-16 events and also was fastest junior male in the classic.

He combined with Max McDonald and James O`Donohue Hayes to be the fastest boys teams in both the classic and sprints.

Marathon star Casey Haynes had some runs in the classics to be fastest under-23 male, and combined with Rob Mcintyre and Al Anderson to win the sprints .

Ashlee Ilott, also a newcomer to the sport, pushed club-mate Douglass in the sprints to win the silvers.

Her and Douglass combined with Western Australian paddler Demi O’Brien to be the fastest girls team.

Meg Ritchie had great runs in the Southern Cup sprints in Eildon to score a pair of fourth placings.

Cara Humphry, who is new to kayaking and especially whitewater, used the couple of sessions to stay upright in preparation for the nationals events in which she completed.

Misson said the success of the junior program reflected the combined efforts of the canoe club, Bendigo Academy of Sport and coaches Maddie Batters, Greg Cowling and Casey Haynes.

The canoe club has operated since 1974 and is on the lookout for new members.

“For kids, kayaking is a great sport and what we try to do is provide a whole lot of different opportunities for them,” he said.

“We have anew program next year with Girton (Grammar), which is going to be exciting and we have other programs.

“With the changes to the Olympic program there is more opportunities for girls and more opportunities for canoeists.”

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Jan 20

Put up your hand for extremely good cause

It took no time at all for the Border’s City2City fun run and walk to make its mark.
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About 3500 people took off from the starting line when the major fundraiser was first held two years ago.

That is expected to rise to at least 5000 when the third City2City from Albury’s Dean Steet to Wodonga’s water tower takes place on February 19.

Up to $100,000raised from the 2017 event will go towards the Albury Wodonga Health maternity unit at the Wodonga hospital.

In particular, the focus will be on creating anew area for high-care babies.

This will be a tremendous outcome and certainly makes clear the dual purpose of the City2City.

That is, not only is it something where the community can come together in the interest of better health, it also helps those who in turn need the community’s support.

The organisers of the City2City should be congratulated on what they have achieved in such a relatively short period of time.

But of course with that success comes greater demands on keeping the event running as smoothly as it has in the past while catering for the ever-increasing demand –demand that had numbers at 3509 in the first year and 4273 in 2016.

Put simply, that translates to the need for more people on the ground taking care of all those things that allows that to take place.

There is even more need in 2017 for this assistance, given that the 8am 10-kilometre run and 8.10am 7.5-kilometre run will be joined by a 7.5-kilometre “walk and talk” at 8.30am.

As City2City volunteer co-ordinator John Roberts says, organisers will take everyonethey can get “because there’s always jobs to be done”.

“It’s a great event for both cities and to participate on a volunteer level is really rewarding.”

It is perhaps obvious to state that without some support, the success of something like the City2City could easily be out of reach.

We would hope that thegrassroots nature of the event and the fact the community takes the cause to heart will translate to people putting up their hands to take part.

By doing so there is no reason why the City2City cannot continue to grow.

And that will not only keep the City2City as an integral part of the Border calendar for years to come, itwill also ensure those who need financial support in the community are also assisted.

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