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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
&
The Hon. Warren Truss
Commonwealth Minister for Agriculture
&
The Hon. John Hill
SA Minister for Environment and Conservation

3 July 2003

$25.5 million for Environmental Projects in SA


An investment package of around $25.5 million for environmental projects in South Australia over the next 12 months will be jointly funded by the Commonwealth and South Australian governments through the Natural Heritage Trust.

This investment will fund 69 projects focused on natural resource management and biodiversity across regional South Australia.

The funding was announced today by Commonwealth Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Warren Truss, Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, and South Australian Minister for Environment and Conservation, John Hill.

The announcement follows the recent signing of the Bilateral Agreement which triggers Commonwealth and State government funding for South Australia in the second phase of the $2.7 billion Natural Heritage Trust program.

The second phase builds on the first phase of Trust investment and the commitment and environmental work by thousands of Natural Heritage Trust volunteers in South Australia.

Under the agreement, the Commonwealth will provide $12.7 million for priority projects identified by the eight SA regions in 2003-2004. These are Kangaroo Island, Mount Lofty Ranges and Greater Adelaide, SA's Murray Darling Basin, Northern and Yorke Agricultural District, the South East Aboriginal Managed Lands, Eyre Peninsula and Rangelands.

"The 69 projects range from $135,000 to conserve the black-eared miner, one of Australia's most endangered birds, $135,000 to implement irrigation reform in the Lower Murray and $350,000 in incentives and technical support for environmental and resource management by Lower South East land holders," Dr Kemp said.

"$500,000 in foundation funding will also be provided for the Eyre Peninsula, Rangelands, and Aboriginal Managed Lands regions to develop regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) Plans and Investment Strategies.

"The emphasis of the regional management plans - which must be accredited - is on developing projects that have local solutions for local problems. Investment strategies determine how the funding will be spent."

The remainder of the $25.5 million will be State-funded for agreed priorities in the eight regions.

"In the five SA regions identified under the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality (NAP) - Kangaroo Island, Mount Lofty Ranges and Greater Adelaide, SA's Murray Darling Basin, Northern and Yorke Agricultural District, and the South East - this NHT funding will add to current NAP investment in priority projects," Mr Truss said.

"These five regions have already received foundation funding to develop NRM Plans and investment strategies through NAP. The NHT funding announced today will help fund the implementation of these plans and strategies."

For details on the Natural Heritage Trust, visit www.nht.gov.au.
For details on the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality, visit www.napswq.gov.au.


Regional Projects

Aboriginal Lands $3,166,000

Contact: Aboriginal Lands Integrated Natural Resource Management Group, Executive Officer, John Hammat 08 8260 0266

Developing an integrated Natural Resource Management plan for Aboriginal managed lands ($498,000): Funding will assist Aboriginal land managers to continue the process of sustainably managing land by developing a regional Natural Resource Management plan for the region and identifying actions addressing natural resource issues. Location: region-wide

Regional wildlife management plan north west SA ($255,000): Anangu Pitjantjatjara (AP) want to increase numbers of preferred bushtucker species and to support reintroduction programs of less common species. Active wildlife management can enhance biodiversity, create employment, replace food imports and support maintenance of culture. AP Yankunytjatjara Land Management will coordinate preparation of a Regional Wildlife Management Plan. Location: north west South Australia

Developing an integrated Natural Resource Management plan for Aboriginal managed lands, Facilitator and Coordinator Network ($775,000): Facilitators and coordinators will engage the community to ensure continuing ownership and involvement in natural resource management. A consultation process on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara lands involving priority projects staff and invited technical specialists will develop a regional wildlife strategy to fit in the overall Aboriginal Lands Natural Resource Management regional plan. Location: various locations state-wide

Continuation of traditional land management on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands, eastern and central north regions ($300,000): This project will continue and reinstate traditional land management practices, by combining them with contemporary practices in the Mimili (eastern) and Amata-Kanpi (central north) regions and maintaining and increasing biodiversity. Location: Eastern and Central North of region

Conservation Ecology of Itjaritjari, the Southern Marsupial Mole Notoryctes typhlops ($54,000): Itjaritjari are one of the least known and poorly understood mammals in Australia. They are regarded as endangered but so little is known about them that even this is uncertain. This project will determine the conservation status and needs of the marsupial mole in SA's sandy deserts. Location: sandy deserts, SA

Feral animal control on SA's Aboriginal Managed Lands ($200,000): Due to their previous management history, lands now under Indigenous management are heavily affected by introduced animal species. These have had detrimental effects on the native vegetation and biodiversity of an area, and adversely affected many traditional cultural aspects of Indigenous life. This project will address these issues and have wide reaching biodiversity and cultural benefits. Location: various locations state-wide

Reducing the damage caused by feral species to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands ($200,000): Development of capacity to control feral animals including cats, foxes and rabbits strategically to protect threatened species identified in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands biological survey. Location: region-wide

Cultural and Habitat Enhancement on SA's Aboriginal Lands ($660,000): Addressing land degradation issues while catering to the cultural needs of Indigenous communities. A primary focus will be habitat regeneration and a key outcome revegetation of degraded areas and enhancement of existing remnants. It will incorporate culturally significant biodiversity enhancement issues, such as the restoration of rock holes and include significant community capacity building. Location: various locations state-wide

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Management Revegetation Support and Training ($69,000): To supply plants, grown from locally endemic seeds for food, traditional medicinal purposes, community projects, and provide local employment and training opportunities as an alternative to importing plants potentially carrying weed, pests and diseases from other sources. Locations: region-wide

Weed control on Aboriginal Managed Lands in SA ($155,000): Due to previous management history, lands now under indigenous management are heavily affected by introduced plant species. The impacts threaten native vegetation through competition, reduce the productivity of the land, decrease biodiversity and adversely affect many traditional cultural aspects of Indigenous life. This project will address these issues with wide reaching biodiversity and cultural benefits. Location: various locations, state-wide

Eyre Peninsula $1,895,600

Contact: Eyre Peninsula Integrated Natural Resource Management Group, Executive Officer, Anita Crisp 08 8680 2653

Integrating Natural Resource Management ($279,300): This project will ensure a smooth transition into Natural Heritage Trust 2 by: finalising the Natural Heritage Trust 1 program; establish the framework for Natural Heritage Trust 2 regional investment funding; develop, promote and coordinate regional Natural Resource Management integration; continue to coordinate and drive accredited planning and investment strategy process; continue to engage and promote local community ownership, input and involvement in Natural Resource Management activities. Location: region-wide

Integrating Natural Resource Management - Facilitators and Coordinators Component ($650,000): Facilitators and coordinators will continue to coordinate and drive accredited planning and investment strategy process; continue to engage and promote local community ownership, input and involvement in Natural Resource Management activities. Location: region-wide

Priority Integrated Natural Resource Management Action - Eastern Eyre Peninsula ($210,000): This will implement a coordinated, integrated suite of activities in the sub-region to continue addressing high priority issues: dryland salinity, wind and water erosions of soils, habitat and native vegetation management, coastal management and conservation. Activities will continue to build on community work and momentum in key priority areas within the sub-region. Location: eastern Eyre Peninsula

Priority Integrated Natural Resource Management Action - Lower Eyre Peninsula ($290,000): Project will build on significant community work addressing high priority issues: dryland salinity, management of waterlogging, acidification and water repellence in soils, habitat and native vegetation management, streambank and streambed stabilisation and erosion control, coastal management and conservation, decline in riparian and wetland ecosystem health. Location: lower Eyre Peninsula

Priority Integrated Natural Resource Management Action - Western Eyre Peninsula ($205,000): This will continue significant community work addressing high priority issues: habitat and native vegetation management and enhancement, coordinated integrated pest management, wind erosion of soils, improved sustainable agricultural practices, coastal management and conservation. Location: western Eyre Peninsula

Protection of Key Threatened Species and Habitat ($220,000): A strategic coordinated and integrated regional approach to protect and manage the region's most critically threatened species ie Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo. The project will also address threatened flora recovery by implementing a multi-species regional recovery plan. Location: region-wide

Improving Native Grassy Ecosystem Management ($12,300): This will manage, monitor and protect areas of remnant sheoak grassy woodland, native grassland habitat and implement and monitor effects of management strategies across several sites established for over 12 months. Location: near Elliston

Feral Animal Threat Mitigation - Protecting and Repairing Lower Eyre Peninsula's Biodiversity ($29,000): Project proposes to commence an integrated and coordinated threat mitigation program for multiple species recovery on Lower EP, south of the Flinders Highway, building on existing pest control and habitat restoration works on public land and extending into adjacent private land. Location: lower Eyre Peninsula

Kangaroo Island $429,900

Contact: Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Board, Executive Officer, Helen Richards 08 8553 3136

Restoring and Reconnecting Kangaroo Island's Remnant Vegetation ($234,900): Project will continue implementation of priority actions identified in the draft Natural Resource Management plan, Biodiversity Plan and six catchment management plans. This will enhance biodiversity, and link closely with works funded under the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality to produce multiple outcomes in water quality, salinity, soil condition and primary production. Location: western and southern KI

Regional Biodiversity Support ($70,000): To support landowners to establish and effectively manage their land to contribute to a comprehensive, adequate and representative system of protected areas. It will promote biodiversity conservation, vegetation protection programs and best practice management strategies to landowners and local governments. Location: region-wide

Maintaining the Gains: Implementation of the SA Glossy Black-Cockatoo Recovery Plan ($60,000): Project will make a major contribution towards ensuring the long-term survival of the endangered South Australian subspecies of Glossy Black-Cockatoo with the aim of shifting its status from critically endangered to vulnerable within 10 years. Location: region-wide

Active Management to Recover nationally threatened plant diversity ($65,000): This project forms stage 2 of a four-part strategy to promote the sustainable recovery of key threatened Kangaroo Island plant species. Objectives include protection of plant diversity from weeds; eradication of Bridal Veil; protection of plant diversity in small, fragmented plant communities; and protection from herbivore grazing. Location: region-wide

Murray Darling Basin $1,431,000

Contact: Lower Murray Integrated Natural Resource Management Group, Chair, Leon Broster 08 8226 0582

Building community capacity and support for natural resource management ($496,000): Project aims to provide resources to community groups and individuals to further develop their understanding and capacity to play a meaningful role in Natural Resource Management in the SA MDB and achieve the outcomes of the regional Natural Resource Management plan. It will enable employment of officers with complementary skills to provide effective linkages between community, government and industry. Location: region-wide

Recovery of threatened biodiversity in the Murraylands - building the foundation and implementing priority actions ($136,000): Project will contribute significantly to the conservation of threatened species within the region by providing a foundation for the development of recovery plans and implementation of priority recovery and management actions. Will improve public understanding of individual species and their habitat, resource requirements and threats; effective conservation actions; and effective management of threatening processes. Location: region-wide

Protecting biodiversity on Narrung Peninsula through integrated vertebrate pest control ($75,000): Project aims to build on the Narrung Peninsula Rabbit Eradication Project by completing destruction of all rabbit warrens and substantially reducing fox, cat, hare, goat and deer numbers. Narrung Peninsula is one of the most important areas for biodiversity in the SA Murray Darling Basin, supporting a range of threatened species including the Orange-bellied parrot, Sandhill Greenhood Orchid and migratory waders. Location: Narrung Peninsula

Regional Biodiversity Support ($105,000): Will provide support to natural resource management groups to develop, implement and evaluate integrated programs to achieve regional biodiversity and natural resource management priorities. Project promotes biodiversity conservation, vegetation protection programs and best practice management strategies to landowners, local governments and recipients of Bushcare funding. Location: region-wide

Targeting the long-term protection and active management of biodiversity "Hot-Spots" ($105,000): Project aim is to target long-term protection of significant areas of remnant vegetation outside the protected area network in the SA Murray Darling Basin region, and increase the capacity and motivation of land owners to undertake required management and maintenance activities. Location: region-wide

Implementation of the black-eared miner recovery plan ($135,000): This project aims to contribute to the conservation of the black-eared miner, one of Australia's most endangered birds, and benefit other nationally threatened species such as the mallee fowl, Major Mitchell's cockatoo, white-browed treecreeper and the hooded robin. Threats include wildfire, overgrazing and habitat degradation by feral goats and kangaroos. Location: mallee area of the region

Regional Support Program - Land and water management - Lower Murray ($135,000): Project will assist industry leaders to implement on ground change for irrigation reform of the Lower Murray water industry. Its aim is to improve the sustainability of irrigation and reduce the impacts of irrigation activities on the River Murray. Location: Lower Murray reclaimed irrigation areas and Mypolonga Woodland area

Development of active, adaptive management guidelines for the implementation of on-ground works ($140,000): Project will promote improved natural resource management in the SA Murray Darling Basin by facilitating the widespread adoption of ‘Active Adaptive Management', which involves following correct implementation and monitoring design when undertaking on-ground works so different actions can be evaluated to guide future decision-making and implementation. The project will develop the guidelines and initiate 13 demonstration projects covering the range of on-ground works being undertaken in the region including revegetation, biodiversity management, wetland management and erosion control. Location: region-wide

Ramsar Habitat Mapping Project. Stage 2: Habitat Zoning ($104,000): Results from the project will inform decisions about manipulation of water levels in the Coorong and Lower Lakes; improved recreation planning and management, and future zoning under the proposed River Murray Act. The project will make a significant contribution to SA's obligation to the core Ramsar principles, i.e. wise use of wetlands, and maintenance of the ecological character of the Ramsar site. Location: Coorong and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert Ramsar sites

Mount Lofty Ranges and Greater Adelaide Region $2,595,000

Contact: Mt Lofty Ranges and Greater Adelaide Interim Integrated Natural Resource Management Group, Executive Officer, Jim Burston 08 8391 7501

Coast and Marine Regional Support ($80,000): A Coastal and Marine Officer will provide high level support to all coastal and marine stakeholders and Natural Resource Management managers to ensure integrated, regional coastal and marine management among the region's 60 coastcare/dunecare groups. Location: coastal areas of region

Urban Forest Biodiversity Program - Greater Adelaide Integrated Biodiversity Project ($705,000): An integrated strategic approach focussing on key underlying causes and issues will result in biodiversity conservation benefits and multiple outcomes for Natural Resource Management within the Greater Adelaide area and other urban centres of the region. Location: Greater Adelaide

Threatened Species and Threatened Ecological Community Recovery in the Mt Lofty Ranges ($478,000): Threatened species and threatened ecological communities are addressed in the regional accredited Natural Resource Management plan, through the objectives of (a) protecting and managing threatened species and (b) reversing fragmentation and the ongoing loss of habitats. This project will focus on implementation of recovery plans. Location: region-wide

Land Management Program - Community Capacity Building in the Mount Lofty Ranges ($340,000): Program managed by Hills Soil Conservation Boards and is the region's key Natural Resource Management ‘Community Capacity Building' program. Aims to enhance sustainable land use by raising awareness of Natural Resource Management issues and improving land management skills. Location: region-wide

Maintenance of Regional Control Programs for Nationally Rated Pests and Diseases ($188,000): Aimed at stopping the spread of, minimising the impacts on biodiversity, and where possible reducing the occurrence of: the root-rot fungus Phytophthora cinnamomi, the stipoid weeds and the Asparagus weeds in the region. Location: region-wide

Regional Biodiversity Support ($156,000): Assisting Natural Resource Management groups to develop, implement and evaluate integrated programs to achieve regional biodiversity and Natural Resource Management priorities. Location: region-wide

South Para Biodiversity Project ($173,000): This project implements a coordinated, integrated conservation program involving the community and all major public land managers across 25,000ha in the northern Mt Lofty Ranges. Location: northern Mt Lofty Ranges

Targeting the Long-term Protection and Active Management of Biodiversity ‘Hot Spots' ($105,000): This will target long-term protection of significant areas of remnant vegetation outside the protected area network in the region, and increase capacity and motivation of their owners to undertake required management and maintenance activities. Location: region-wide

Capacity Building, Supporting Natural Resource Management Community Groups ($150,000): The Landcare Support Project is an initiative to enhance implementation of the regional Natural Resource Management plan by building the capacity of over 70 Landcare, catchment and other land management groups. Location: region-wide

Words into Action: On ground implementation of the Sixth Creek Catchment Plan ($220,000): Project continues to deliver on-ground works across 6,607 ha to: conserve biodiversity by protecting and restoring threatened native vegetation; improve water quality through excluding stock from watercourses; improve land management practices; revegetating degraded areas; targeted education programs to support on-ground works. Location: near Basket Range

Northern and Yorke Agricultural Districts $1,123,000

Contact: Northern and Yorke Agricultural Districts Integrated Natural Resource Management Group, Executive Officer, Trudie Stanley 08 8842 3775

Natural Resource Management Officer - Coast and Marine ($95,000): This project will fund an NRM officer with a focus on coasts to facilitate best practice and promote integrated coastal and marine management outcomes across the Northern and Yorke Agricultural Districts. Location: coastal areas of the region

Regional Biodiversity Support ($110,000): To support Natural Resource Management groups to develop, implement and evaluate integrated programs to achieve regional biodiversity and Natural Resource Management priorities to contribute to a comprehensive, adequate and representative system of protected areas to promote biodiversity conservation, vegetation protection programs and best practice management strategies to landowners and local governments. Location: region-wide

Natural Resource Management Officer - Bushcare Support ($120,000): Project aims to ensure habitat of flora and fauna is conserved and restored throughout the region by: increasing land managers' knowledge of native vegetation; identifying areas of remnant vegetation; revegetating areas of cleared land. Location: region-wide

Conservation of Threatened Species and Threatened Ecological Communities ($255,000): Project incorporates existing biodiversity projects in the region and focuses on recovery and management of priority threatened species and ecological communities. Location: region-wide - predominantly in areas of remnant vegetation

Bush for Life - Community Managing Remnant Vegetation for Biodiversity Outcomes ($18,000): This continues the development of the community based bush management program established in 1994, through training and expert support framework for volunteers, managing priority vegetation for biodiversity outcomes and building community capacity to continue future management. Location: region-wide

Natural Resource Management Officers ($180,000): Two Natural Resource Management Officers will work with Natural Resource Management Officer (Coasts And Marine) and with community and stakeholders to maintain momentum of current on ground works projects as well as foster understanding and ownership of regional planning process. Location: region-wide

Plant Diversity Nursery ($40,000): The Mid North Plant Diversity Nursery aims to promote biodiversity conservation and improve the biodiversity value of revegetation in the Northern and Yorke Agricultural District by propagating and supplying a diverse range of local species to revegetation projects. Location: region-wide

Soil Conservation Boards Project ($250,000): Protecting and enhancing riparian zones by addressing stock management issues and reducing potential for erosion of watercourse banks and sedimentation, whilst also improving water quality and biodiversity. The projects aims to improve native vegetation management through revegetation with local native species and improved stock management resulting in greater natural regeneration. Location: region-wide

Natural Resource Management Officer - Waterwatch ($55,000): Part of a national program which aims to educate the community on local water quality issues and encourage involvement through water quality monitoring. This project involves the employment of a coordinator to facilitate the involvement of the 50 participants from 35 local schools and community action groups. Location: region-wide

Rangelands $1,022,500

Contact: Rangelands Integrated Natural Resource Management Group, Executive Officer, Andrew White 08 8892 2072

Foundation Funding ($370,500): Funding for the recently formed Rangelands Natural Resource Management group to develop a regional Natural Resource Management plan that forms the basis of future regional on-ground investment. Location: region-wide

Flinders Ranges Bounceback - Ecological Recovery in Action ($160,000): Bounceback is a broad-scale ecological recovery project operating in the Flinders Ranges area. Project will support maintenance of critical ongoing biodiversity enhancement activities already underway in the region, and commence development of priority targeted threatened species operations. Location: region-wide

Integrated rabbit control and revegetation recovery in pastoral areas ($30,000): This project will develop management recommendations that ensure the effects of rabbit calici virus are integrated with mechanical rabbit control operations to provide the best overall level of rabbit control. It will also measure vegetation recovery resulting from lowered rabbit populations. Location: Flinders Ranges

Rangeland Action Project ($180,000): Supporting rangelands landholders to address strategically important environmental degradation issues. The project uses collaborative action with landholders, industry organisations and government agencies, underpinned by technical advice, devolved grants and on-ground input from community groups and members. Location: region-wide

Arid Recovery Project ($20,000): To facilitate restoration of arid zone ecosystems through on-ground works, applied research and industry/community partnerships. Location: near Roxby Downs

Identifying Biodiversity Priorities for the Stony Plains Bioregion ($100,000): Project will identify biodiversity conservation priorities and strategies for the Stony Plains Bioregion and develop a template for the identification of biodiversity conservation and management priorities and strategies necessary to fully develop the Rangelands Natural Resource Management plan. Location: North East South Australia

Bushcare Support in the Rangelands ($120,000): To support and assist the conservation and restoration of habitat for fauna and flora in the region by increasing land managers' knowledge of their native vegetation, identifying areas to be conserved, conserving areas of remnant vegetation and revegetating cleared areas. Location: region-wide

Comparative valuation and management of Great Artesian Basin Boredrain Wetlands ($42,000): Most bore drains are to be closed as part of implementing the Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan; in some areas Great Artesian Basic water has been flowing into natural channels or bore drains for up to 100 years and created wetlands with important values to the community. The project will assess which, if any, should remain open, and the impacts of this decision. Location: North East South Australia

South East $1,102,000

Contact: South East Natural Resources Consultative Committee Chair Christine Johnson 08 8762 0752

Implementing the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Recovery Plan ($23,000): This subspecies is restricted to remnant habitat in south-eastern South Australia and south-western Victoria and is considered endangered. Feeding habitat is limited as a result of past land clearance and ongoing tree health decline in remnant habitats on private land. Lack of recruitment of hollow-bearing trees will lead to a shortage of nest sites in the medium to long term. This project will promote a habitat management plan focussing on securing food sources and retaining trees with hollows. Location: region-wide

Accelerating on-ground works and building regional capacity for integrated Natural Resource Management in the Lower SE ($350,000): Project aims to offer incentives and technical support to landholders for: Fencing remnant vegetation, Fencing to protect and/or revegetate wetlands and/or creeklines, revegetating local native species for wildlife corridors, blocks and windbreaks, land rehabilitation, farm forestry. Location: lower South East

Waterwatch South East - Education and Community Monitoring ($36,000): Part of an ongoing national community monitoring program aiming to educate the community on local water quality issues and encourage involvement via water quality monitoring. Project supports employment of a Waterwatch Coordinator to continue to facilitate involvement of 700 students from 23 local schools and community action groups in the regional program. Location: region-wide

Regional Biodiversity Support ($105,000): Supporting Natural Resource Management groups to develop, implement and evaluate integrated programs to achieve regional biodiversity and Natural Resource Management priorities. Location: region-wide

Providing on-going Landcare Support to the SE ($75,000): Continuing to support community groups, landholders and other natural resource managers via a community employed Landcare Officer. Location: region-wide

Continuing long-term protection and management of private covenant lands (Heritage Agreements) ($60,000): This project aims to continue the financial active management and fencing schemes for Heritage Agreements and build upon land managers' capacity to undertake required management and maintenance activities. Location: region-wide

Coast and Marine Management Support ($80,000): A Coast and Marine Officer will ensure that all stakeholders are engaged and motivated to undertake action related to the regional Natural Resource Management plan goals and outcomes. Location: coastal areas of region

Upper South East Grassy Ecosystems Officer ($30,000): To improve conservation and understanding of threatened native grassy communities in the upper South East. Location: upper South East

Wetland Management and Restoration in the Lower South East ($150,000): The Wetlands Waterlink Natural Heritage Trust Project has re-created and protected corridors of wetland habitat throughout the Upper SE. This will grasp the opportunity to undertake strategic wetland management and restoration within the lower South East. Location: lower South East

Threatened Species and Habitat Recovery - Threatened orchid and Orange-bellied parrot ($41,000): This project will aid in the development of recovery plans for threatened Orchid and the Orange-bellied parrot. Location: region-wide where native vegetation cover remains

Threatened Species and Habitat Recovery in the South East ($152,000): This project aims to improve the status and conservation of eight specific plant species through recovery plans. Location: region-wide where native vegetation cover remains

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