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About Redlands2030 Inc.

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Redlands2030 Inc is an incorporated not-for-profit association (ABN 42687826283). We are Redland's only community run, ad-free, information source on all things that matter in the Redlands. We bring you news, views, interviews, videos, photos and more. From the people, for the people of the Redlands.

We believe that the community’s values, as set out in Redlands 2030 Community Plan, should guide major planning and development decisions within our Redlands.

These values include:

  • Widespread community involvement in determining the future of the Redlands
  • Sustainable economic development
  • Respect for our natural environment

 

The current Redlands2030 Community forum coordinators are three local residents experienced in project management, regional planning and scientific research:

Chris Walker , Steve MacDonald and Tom Taranto 

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  1. Dennis. Neville

    Love that you put in that Cleveland town has taken some hits. It’s Councils fault. Your onerous parking conditions for shoppers meant we all had to go elsewhere. You even did a parking survey for Cleveland about ten years ago and ignored the result. Good luck with getting support.

  2. We used to live at 58Shore St;East, Cleveland. and know the value of the G J Walter park to local residents.
    Therefore we are 100% against the current development plans. We only moved from the above address because developers had submitted plans to build a 35 unit , 5 storey complex and the exit from the below-ground car park would have passed by our main bedroom window. Unfortunately we moved to soon because nothing eventuated. We wish you success in this endeavour.. Regards,
    VictorS

    1. Robert Pendrey

      Precisely. No need for high rise development at every location.
      If people desperatly need bay views anything over 4 stories located in the Woolworths carpark could give that. It seems perverse to destroy the water front view by building in it.

      1. Robert,
        We live one street from the bay.
        When our house was built 30 years ago we could see the bay clearly and easily now a few developers and rich people have built Mc Mansions on land that has a 19th century title right on the high tide line and have denied every one of that view.
        It seems to me that common sense should prevail and the height level restrictions should be tiered so that everyone gets a view. Also all properties should have space for children and small pets. The children shouldn’t be caged solely in the house nor to be forced onto the streets to play.
        Like you said apartments should not preclude others from a view ergo they should be sited and located accordingly.
        Cheers

      2. Seems to me Exterminator Ant in post below needs to look at Council’s “View Enhancement” Policy.
        Yes, I know….you’d think architects and builders would look at the good neighbour thing.
        Perhaps try a petition– you only have to get thirty plus signatures, give it to local MP. It gets handed on to Council, not necessarily minuted, but it’s effective! Council will come out and cut down the trees blocking your view.
        But that’s an exaggeration—they probably don’t remove houses.

      1. Robert Pendrey

        Plenty of high rise units available in Brisbane, actually an oversupply. Now would be a great time to buy one if that is your thing. Handy for the CBD and no commuting.

        1. The Gold Coast is unit heaven, and there are plenty of vacancies and a wide range of prices and settings down there.

          The little dose of the Gold Coast “magic” is not needed at each and every bay, or town up the Queensland Coast. And certainly not on the Cleveland coast.

          Of course the social and health impacts of high rise living are not suited to all. Then there are the scenic amenity impacts on nearby properties, which can be measured … it is negative by $100 000’s per house. In our economically rational planning world perhaps those people nearby can be compensated for their loss?

  3. Redlands planning Officers seem to think the answer to accomodating a shortage of housing is to have all those with 800m blocks or larger to break them up for 2 or 3 dwellings. How do the 800m blockers feel about that?

    1. SannyP,
      Sadly your comment attacks the hammer not the Carpenter, I think the policy is being driven by the Councillors (mayoral bloc) and the $#@(*^()* State LNP Damagement. Both have been too influenced by developers big and small.
      I suggest you look at the amount of ‘banked’ underdeveloped land held the big developers…. then ask why?
      PS I don’t believe that there is a ‘lack’ of houses in the Redlands….any more than there’s a lack of houses on the moon. Capitalism 101 tells us that the ‘demand’ exceeds the the easily/ sufficiently profitable ‘supply’.
      ‘Not enough houses’ is an emotive (business) marketing phrase……i.e. I’d like to live in comfort on the moon but it’s not yet economically easily profitably enough.
      Personally, I’d would have liked the Redlands to have remained as it was pre-Seccombe.

  4. We the people of the Redlands need to be aware of our political structure and know exactly what it means when you cast a vote. So many have fallen for the obvious face on a poster and thought she’ll be right mate, when in fact, that face on the poster is possibly in very tight with property developers and other politicians that have their own best interest at heart not yours, Redlands2030 is a site dedicated to awareness, awareness of what’s happening in every division of the Redlands, who is selling you out and who is a true independent thinker, jump on board and find out whats happening in your community, you’ll be surprised.

    1. Byron. Thankyou for your supportive words. Redlands2030 is here to inform and empower the Redlands Community. Our goals are to ensure that our valued community are provided facts (not political spin) so they can make informed decisions. We advocate the Redlands2030 Community Plan which some 3,000+ residents committed themselves to – a bit more representative than the Council’s recent EDStrategy ‘community consultation’ consisting of having some 60 people listen to a 1 hour talk about the Economic Strategy which will have significant ramifications on the future of our Redlands. Cheers.

  5. We can’t decide if you are ‘independent’ or not as your articles do not have the authors name shown?
    For the sake of transparency the author should be clearly shown?
    Who makes up the ‘independent community network’ – is it team CARP back under a new banner?

      1. Not sure how transparent – three gentleman mentioned but I notice that none of them has replied to comments? I assume you are Penny who ran for the greens at the state and federal elections?
        Again I ask – shouldn’t the articles have the authors credited?
        I also note no direct yes or no answer to the query on CARP rebranded – I think we can work that one out:)

      2. Hi, Julienne. No, ‘Penny’ is not the former ‘Greens’ candidate. She is not involved with running this site. And, no, none of us has been involved – at all – with CARP. We are politically independent concerned citizens with long history in planning and government who became concerned about what we were seeing happen around us – to the place we love. We welcome all contributions: comments, articles, photos etc. This site is for Redlanders from Redlanders. The ‘community vision’ as expressed through Council’s 2030 community plan is our compass. Where articles are not attributed to authors then you can assume that we have worked on them together. We are a bit like the Beatles – some songs have more Lennon in them than McCartney, and others, vica versa 🙂

  6. Thank you for your posts and information on what is happening in our beautiful shire and the unfortunate direction this council is taking. Unfortunately they seem to have no idea of what the residents (other than developers who live here) want. Keep up the good work.

    1. They know exactly how we feel but have a book full of buck passing excuses. That’s what happens when people in power have a personal agenda

  7. Had it not been for the hard work of the dedicated people that make up Redlands2030 I truly believe the demise of the Redlands we all know and love would have occurred without it being questioned. Keep fighting the good fight, it’s appreciated by many of the Redlands residents.

    1. Redlands2030 are a great bunch of people and we are so lucky to have them standing up for us in The Redlands. Thanks to you all and keep up the good work.

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  9. Margaret Hardy

    This plan is fundamentally flawed. Environmental protection is further removed from the 2006 Plan and more land is proposed to be upzoned – especially land that has been “banked’ by developers. Councillors must realise that the Draft Plan in no way aligns with the 2030 Community Plan. No amount of sandstone blocks, organic produce or eat-street markets will compensate me if someone builds a block of units next to my home or fells the trees in my street. Please stop gilding a dying lily and attend to developing a Plan that reflects the values of Redlanders.

  10. When it comes to community issues none remain more prominent than the provision of parking. A review of Redlands2030’s Facebook page and Redland City Bulletin highlights how high on people’s list of council priorities it is. People complain about the “lack” of parking, how “atrocious” parking is. Now personally I have never had an issue with parking in Cleveland and cannot remember the last time I had to walk more than 200m to get to where I wanted to go. That is my perception and the provision of parking locally meets my expectations. But I realise that others have a different perception and perhaps different needs.

    As a bit of a test I headed into town (Sat 10th Sept, 10:30 AM) to look at the parking provision for the average shopper. Now 10:30 AM on a Sat morning must be one of our peak times but I found a parking space immediately within 25m of the rear entrance to Woolworths and many within 50m. Across the road at Coles there was space in the covered area and if you have a big 4×4 that does not fit there then there was space across the road within 100m. I finished up by driving down to Toondah harbour. Was it busy, yes but if we are to rely on tourism for Stradbroke Island then that is no bad thing. Does it need improved parking, yes. Did I find parking, yes, and there was also plenty of space in the pre paid area. Now I know there are other areas and requirements but it was an interesting snap shot somewhat at odds with the reports of some.

    This presents a challenge for council, business and developers because like it or not parking costs money. Which ever way you dress it up you and I will pay for parking, be it through our rates, in the cost of the products we buy or directly at the point of use. So the question for council and planners is what level of parking provision, and at what cost, is acceptable to the residents of Redland? The answer will be somewhere on a continuum. At one end everyone will have their own personal parking space outside every venue they are likely to visit, well that’s just not going to happen. At the other end is no parking which is simply unacceptable to the residents and business. So there has to be a measurable standard somewhere in the middle. We talk about targets being smart, i.e. specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time bound, so why can’t the residents have consensus target or standard? That way as the population grows we can assess the impact against that standard or target.

    So here is the challenge to Redlands2030. Establish a group representative of Redland residents and develop a target or standard for parking provision within the area. It could have a commuter, shopping and tourism standard. This target is clearly going to be a consensus with some people thinking that it is excessive and others thinking it is too little, but hey life’s tough. That target might establish cost at point of use, acceptable walking distances, waiting times to get a space etc. Why not approach council and see if they would provide a small council grant to fund an academic to assist with the workshops? You have your first volunteer right here and I am happy to approach my division 3 councillor for a grant or support at council. Do it right and you never know Redland City Council might take it on board.

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    Wednesday 17 December 2014 12.54 AEDT
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    A major hardware chain has claimed that air pollution in the Queensland mining town of Mount Isa was a likely cause of its employee’s damaging brain infection.
    Lawyers for Bunnings, fighting a $700,000 lawsuit in the supreme court, argued that sulphur dioxide emissions in the town were a plausible trigger for the woman’s meningitis and encephalitis.
    Janelle Cowen instead argued she fell ill from breathing in dust from spilled chicken manure sold as “Rooster Booster” fertiliser that she spent several hours sweeping up at Bunnings’ Mount Isa store in 2008.
    Cowen, 50, fell into an extended coma the following day and suffers from lingering “cognitive dysfunction”.

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    Bunnings denied the clouds of fine chicken manure dust caused her illness, instead arguing “the presence of atmospheric sulphur dioxide in Mount Isa” as well as her own history of smoking were “at least equally likely causes”.
    Mount Isa’s sulphur dioxide levels, which have been attributed to smelting operations by Xstrata-Glencore’s Mount Isa mines, regularly breach national safety standards, including 11 times in a single month last year.
    Long term exposure to the industrial by-product has been linked to respiratory illness and acidification of soil and waterways.
    Justice Alan Wilson in a decision delivered on Tuesday found in Cowen’s favour, saying she breathed in large amounts of manure dust which “seriously aggravated her upper respiratory tract” directly leading to her infection.
    “There was evidence that, in 2008, Mount Isa had ‘issues’ with respect to atmospheric sulphur dioxide and it is recognised in the literature that this is a risk factor for invasive pneumococcal disease,” he said.
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    “It was submitted that the plaintiff, as a resident of and worker in that town, had been exposed to that gas on a chronic rather than an acute basis.
    Wilson said while there was “evidence of a ‘spike’ in airborne sulphur dioxide concentrations on (the day in question)”, that reading was taken too far from the Bunnings store to be useful.
    Contracting the brain infection via either exposure to sulphur dioxide or cigarette smoke was possible but required “awfully bad luck”, he found.
    That she fell ill soon after exposure to the manure dust “accords with common sense and provides an acceptable causative pathway, according to the appropriate legal test”.
    Wilson ordered Bunnings pay her $700,000 in damages as well as her legal costs.

  12. Redlands Council has no financial or business plan for the future of our City. We need to grow the economic base with opportunities for small business, Learning Centres and I.T Hubs. We need local jobs, presently Redlands is a giant dormitory suburb feeding adjacent Cities. The exodus of workers each day, does not benefit our City. The Councils’ Rate base is too narrow reliance is too heavy weighted to residential properties. Inappropriate development, i.e Shoreline, Toondah Harbour, ect. are just a ‘sugar hit’ with no lasting benefits to Redlands. Commuters face a L.A style gridlock with inadequate public transport and road networks. We need a Council planning for the future! Development at any cost is a long term ‘impost’.

  13. I emailed the Premier direct about this horrible proposal about 2 years ago when I first heard of its impacts and her reply was a flick pass to her relevant minister only, nothing else. The relevant minister did not reply for about six months and when the election was coming up replied that I could take it up with the Council if I didn’t like it. That’s the extent of State Government care factor for the environment of this state apparently.

  14. You would think that the Palaszczuk State Labor Government would have learnt a lesson from the previous Newman LNP Government, who were kicked out on their derrieres after only one term because Newman and Seeney didn’t give a dam about the GBR or the Queensland environment. The current State Environment Minister adds insult to injury by offering up to $100,000 for research grants in relation to our declining koala populations. I have a PhD in Biology and I can tell you, we require urgent conservation of koala habitat, not more research.

    1. Dennis, the “big boys” have had it their way for 20-25 years. They’ve just about got what they wanted….no koalas in their way. Everything goes through the filter of their money needs not the needs of the koalas. It’s down to a fine art with muzzling of voices. Better leadership and development ethics could have delivered the win-win outcome.
      Our koala ideology is scorned, tokened.

  15. Redland 2030 sucks!!!! You not publicise anything you not like to hear. It’s all about progress. You not like to hear anything that may produce employment in Redlands.

    1. If raping the Redlands of her atmosphere and character via over development in building the slum city estates and unit complexes by developers whose only concern is putting as much coin in their pockets and not the depressing legacy they leave behind is what you call progress then I seriously suggest you seek professional help.
      Don’t be fooled into thinking that the construction of all these dwellings is producing new jobs because they’re not. After 33+ years in the residential construction industry I can honestly inform you that developer/builders use the same subcontractors on every estate they build. One of the areas biggest, if not the biggest developers only uses two concreting businesses and combined you’d be lucky if they employed more than 15/20 people of which only about 5 reside within the Redlands.
      I’m not against development, its fed, clothed and housed my family all their lives but the development must suit the areas character. Its more about quality and less about quantity or lining the pockets of big business and politicians.

  16. Could apply to todays politicians, well most of them.

    Oliver Cromwell’s speech to Parliament in 1653, could very well be repeated today if we had politicians with morals.
    It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
    Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
    Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defiled this sacred place, and turned the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

  17. We love the Redlands, especially the off-shore islands. Our favourite day-trip is to Coochie.

    At least, it WAS until last Sunday. Imagine a couple of pensioners using their small pension to have a nice day out at Coochie on their once-a-month trip out. Imagine how they drove all over the area looking for a parking spot before they decided to park behind a number of other vehicles in the “Overflow car parking” area at the top of the hill. Imagine how happy they felt as they parked in what looked like a perfectly safe spot, not hindering other potential seekers of rare parking spaces. Imagine them returning to the car park only to find a $130 fine under the wiper.

    Now imagine a council that takes action on a popular complaint of Redland and island residents – limited parking places. Wow, what a day that would be! In the meantime, fellow residents, perhaps no-parking spots equals “do not visit” our lovely (tourist???) places. Shame.

  18. Just listened to a report on Radio National about the whole Josh Frydenberg/donations thing; the conclusion of this article seemed to say that EIS reports and suchlike will be insufficient to stop this development because some corporations have clout, financial or otherwise.
    It’s time to let the people of Cleveland know what the (highly) likely impact will be on the residents, their homes and the roads during what will be a protracted period of construction.
    Oh and lets not forget the koalas and other wildlife
    When will council come clean and warn us of the massive impact that this cash cow development will have on us, the local residents and when do we get to have a say?
    Public consultation huh!

  19. A necessary article from JCU Scientists but they had better look at previous and current critiques (and EISs) in Queensland by Dr Bruce Moon, and Mandy Elliott and Ian Thomas 2009. (as well as Australia). The Queensland phenomena of stripping the framework, process and content of EIA continues at 3 levels of Government. Some of the EIA principles used to include.
    1. The Coordinator General’s Terms Of Reference and Final Report. Has he been excluded and what is Building Queensland doing?
    2. The Precautionary Principle, and the other 6 principles by Professor Daryl Low Choy.
    3. Offsite and downstream impacts assessments for roads, monster runoff and services. Mainly bandaid after the project.
    4. Independent Assessments. Seen for the Great Barrier Reef. Needed for Toondah Harbour.
    5.Cumulative impacts. Not assessed by State or Local Government.
    6. TRACT and connectivity loss. Last seen by SEQ Catchments Report 2008.
    7. Project Alternatives. Some of these have been successful by VETO and LCC against Energex.
    8. Needs Assessments. Rare Reports.
    The recent trends partly due to SEQRP and Planning Acts include:
    A. New types of Sub consulting, under the EPBC Act and some Local Governments.
    B. Omission of Koala Surveys or useless one day surveys. Poor triggers.
    C. Fauna Surveys of large tracts where “no detailed fauna surveys were undertaken”. This is unacceptable where EREs, Old Growth , Subtropical Lowland Rainforest (STLRF) and Tall Forest, and protected species have been previously observed. Standard methods of trap and release, recording and observation not used.
    D. Consultants persistent denigration of the standard of vegetation mapping by 3 levels of Government without due process.Consultants Avoidance of studies of State and Federal protected plant species and fencing them off.
    E. Offsets under the 2014 Act have taken many directions; disappeared to NRM groups for planting in flood plains and banks etc, Gone to an ICC Offset company with $2.5 Million accumulated, and a different EPBC process , where millions turn up in a decade after the fauna have gone locally extinct.
    F. New attacks on large Riparian Zones, designated as Drainage Reserves, and knocking out ecotones and Rainforest in riparian zones and rainforest generally for large and serial Drainage Detention Basins. Not WSUD!!
    G. Peculiar sequence of Approvals and many malfeasance outcomes from the SEQ Regional Plan 2017 too long to mention .
    H. No one has done Invertebrate studies in these EIS and DES has no idea of the indicative crash out of insects outside the very large tracts and loss of birdlife.
    There are other phenomena your correspondents may have noted. The outcomes deliver us back to the Bjelke-Peterson era. The record clearing (SLATS Report 2018) put Logan City Council at a record 299ha clearing for urban and infrastructure above all other Councils,and the record megadevelopment approvals of Sunshine Coast Regional Council indicate an extraordinary Loss of Biodiversity and 3 classes of Endemism of the coastal lowlands. The SEQ landclearing is similar 2015-2018,but the fragmentation , roading and logging/clearing has reached a tipping point for koalas and many other species without the monitoring surveys to put up the STOP Signs. RSPCA has a record and unsustainable admission of 24,000 native animals for SEQ. Logan, Ipswich& Greater Sunshine Coast, will look like the Gold Coast. Planning, EPBC Act, EIA, SEQR Plan and Vegetation Management Act do not deliver sustainable outcomes in Queensland. Redlands 2030 , EDO, BREC and SEQ Alliance are the only organisations looking at Law Reform .

  20. The community should be asking the government and the opposition to look into some of the diabolical decisions Josh Frydenberg has been involved in.

    1, The Toondah Harbour fiasco, he skirts round his own environments scientific experts, (for which he himself has no knowledge) and asks them to find another way to deliberately destroy international Ramsar Wetlands just as word is released, his LNP party received $225.000 from the developer of the Toondah Harbour Project, The Walker Co.

    2, The Greens have asked for a Royal Commission into the $443,000,000 donation to save the reef campaign. A group of six industry big wigs who know nothing about environmental issues and did not ask for the money. What is wrong with the Department of the Environment or the CSIRO?. Frydenberg was at the meeting and said everything was above board. I would say the majority of Australians disagree and would welcome an inquiry into, what seems a shady deal.

    3, Did Josh Frydenberg release National Security Material to Andrew Bolt?, regarding the US-led Iraq war. He was cleared because no proof was found, but spent two years trying to stop the release of information regarding his involvement, why? if you have nothing to hide.. Comes over as a nice smiling Cheshire Cat but a vicious attack dog below the skin, I would never trust him in a million years.

  21. I was travelling through Capalaba today Sat 27 April . At approximately 1230p.m. I was waiting at the traffic lights Raymond Street, the back entrance to Capalaba Central Shopping Centre. Waiting to turn right at the lights coming out of Raymond Street was, Mr Andrew Laming. He was in the driver seat of the Laming 4WD and quite clearly using his mobile device. SHAME! Unfortunately my dash cam was not on and I attempted to start it up I was not quick enough to get any footage. I contacted Cleveland police but without any footage my evidence is hearsay. But I saw what I saw, clearly a Federal Politician believing he is above the law.

    1. What’s new?
      Laming has always seen himself above the law. I remember he writing a disparaging response to the views of the 2030 comment that said in effect, what do I care for views on this site after all ” you lot are never going to vote for me”.
      From memory the comments he was so insensitive to was that he is the Federal Member ( see jurisdiction) and neither in the state LNP opposition nor the council and should stop interfering in other ELECTED jurisdictions.
      So we can conclude that in his mind he believes he is just the local LNP sales rep.
      CLEARLY he has forgotten his oath to serve (all?) the residents of the electorate REGARDLESS of how THEY VOTE. Not just serving those who will flatter his over sized ego and support his place at the federal trough! In effect he his disrespecting the views and subsequent laws of electorates in which he is just one voter.

  22. There is a proposal for the coomera connector highway to Mt Cotton Rd. I have been told that when they find a way they will connect it to the Gateway. This will most likely go through Redlands. TMR is doing public consultation this month so make your voice heard. This process of slowly gazetting a highway seems to be for the purpose of fragmenting those who want to protect nature and this will destroy so much nature it is unbelievable. Email the team at TMR coomera connector if you want to make a difference.

  23. I have to admit that today I tried something that I have never done before. I took my wife’s kayak to the Oyster point park and paddled out and around Cassim Island. What stuck me as I headed out across the shipping channel is the enormity of the development footprint that is proposed for this part of Cleveland. I felt that it was only when I was on the water that I understood how huge this development proposal is. Looking at maps and standing at G.J. Walter park does not demonstrate the size of this proposal. Looking back towards Cleveland from Cassim Island it is hard to imagine what a blight on the landscape this development could be. Paddling through the clear waters that surround Cassim Island it is easy to spot hard and soft corals, mangrove spears, fish and crustaceans. The bird life in the island is also ever present. No wonder it is a protected wetland. If Council is hell bent on increasing jobs in the Redlands area how about espousing the virtues of the waters around Cleveland to low impact tourism such as canoeing and other on water activities. This could be facilitated by increasing the two car parks for canoeists at the Oyster Point park to maybe three or four. As well as by actually incentivising the “Redlands Coast” by assisting with establishing water usage of this area. You don’t realise what you had until you have lost it, there is still time to leave this wet land as is and protect the “Redlands Coast” from the very Council which, after spending bags of loot to develop their own overpriced motif wants to destroy it .

  24. The Water temperature in the ladies showers cannot be regulated. It is far too hot in summer to be comfortable. I am very worried about a child being burned or at least very heated when using the showers. The handles now look as though the water temperature can be regulated but changing the position does nothing to cool the water! It is most uncomfortable. The showers have just been refurbished and I can’t believe this problem was not fixed. It really needs to be changed.

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