Cr O’Connor’s voting record

We’ve been fielding a lot of enquiries about Cr Pauline O’Connor. We feel the best way to address this is with her voting record on important issues. We think her voting record speaks for itself and that’s why we are NOT supporting Cr O’Connors bid for re-election for a fifth term.

Summary of Cr O’Connors voting record:

ENHANCING GOVERNANCE AND TRANSPARENCY in elected members contact with developers (Motion moved by Mayor Shannon). AGAINST O’Connor

ENHANCING GOVERNANCE AND TRANSPARENCY in administrative officers dealings with developers (Motion moved by Mayor Shannon). AGAINST O’Connor

TOWN PLANNING SCHEME AMENDMENT 31 – SUPREME COURT APPLICATION FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW PROCESS. Additional expenditure of approximately $100,000 in relation to opposing the Supreme Court Application be authorised from the Planning Budget and the budget be increased accordingly to be managed within the Town’s overall 2015/16 Budget; FOR O’Connor

TOWN PLANNING SCHEME AMENDMENT 31 – MOTION TO NOT RAISE STANDING OF THE COAST WARD RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION. Moved by Mayor Shannon. That the Chief Executive Officer to immediately instruct the Town’s lawyers to not oppose the standing of the Coast Ward Ratepayers Association (CWRA) in responding to the CWRA’s Supreme Court’s action for a judicial review of the Town’s decisions AGAINST O’Connor

TOWN PLANNING SCHEME AMENDMENT 31 – REPORT ON LEGAL ACTION Moved by Mayor Shannon, That:- (i) the Chief Executive Officer be requested to report to the Council at its December 2015 meeting regarding the expenditure of legal costs as relates to Town’s response to the Supreme Court action for a judicial review by the Coast Ward Ratepayers Association; (ii) the Chief Executive Officer be requested to present a report to the December 2015 meeting regarding the ongoing conduct of the litigation in response to the Coast Ward Ratepayers Association and present ongoing reports to Council Forums hereafter. AGAINST O’Connor

TOWN PLANNING SCHEME AMENDMENT 31 – REVOCATION MOTION TO OPPOSE. Motion moved by Mayor Shannon. That:- (i) Council’s decision of 15 October 2015 to oppose the Supreme Court action commenced by the Coast Ward Ratepayers Association be revoked by an ABSOLUTE MAJORITY; (ii) a motion to abide by the determination of the Supreme Court in conducting a judicial review of the Town’s decisions on 24 February 2015 and 1 July 2015 be adopted. AGAINST O’Connor

TOWN PLANNING SCHEME AMENDMENT 31 – COURT DOCUMENTS PROVIDED TO ELECTED MEMBERS: Moved by Mayor Shannon. That the Chief Executive Officer provide the Elected Members including the Mayor with copies of all documentation filed on behalf of the Town in this matter. AGAINST O’Connor

TOWN PLANNING SCHEME AMENDMENT 31 – MOTION TO OBTAIN AN INDEPENDENT LEGAL OPINION ON THE MERITS OF THE TOWN’S DEFENCE STRATEGY. Moved by Mayor Shannon. That the Chief Executive Officer obtain a legal opinion from an independent senior counsel regarding the merits of the Town’s current legal strategy and representation. AGAINST O’Connor

COAST WARD RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION – LEGAL ACTION. Moved by Cr. Bradley. That the Chief Executive Officer is to discontinue all legal action against the Coast Ward Ratepayer Association. AGAINST O’Connor

LEGAL APPLICATION FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW BY CWRA. Moved by Mayor Shannon. That the CEO terminate the Town’s engagement of its solicitors, McLeods Lawyers, on this matter. AGAINST O’Connor

URGENT BUSINESS. Moved by Cr. Timmermanis. That the Town of Cambridge:- (i) provide all documents in the matter of Coast Ward Ratepayers Association vs Town of Cambridge – Amendment 31 and the Justice hearing said matter and; (ii) any other documents relevant to the consideration, determination and declaration of matter of Members financial interests with respect to proposed Scheme Amendment 31, not already provided. AGAINST O’Connor

INDEPENDENT LEGAL ADVICE – DECLARATION OF INTEREST. Moved by Mayor Shannon. That the Chief Executive Officer obtain independent legal advice from a firm other than McLeods, regarding whether a councillor with a corner contiguity has a declarable interest AGAINST O’Connor

TOWN PLANNING SCHEME AMENDMENT 31 – LEGAL ACTION REPORT. That no further expenditure be made opposing the CWRA action and McLeod’s be instructed to discontinue all work related to this matter. AGAINST O’Connor

AMENDMENT 31. Moved by Cr. Timmermanis. That a report be prepared for consideration at the November 2016 Council Meeting, outlining how the Town’s original Amendment 31 came to be completely rejected. Such report to examine but not be limited to matters such as- (a) When and by whom was the process of developing the Scheme Amendment begun. (b) When and by whom was critical advice on the scope and structure of Amendment 31, provided. (c) When and by whom was critical advice on the form and content of information materials related to Amendment 31, provided (d) What planning and/or legal advice was provided and by whom, to support the key planning and statutory elements of Amendment 31. (e) The extent to which poor advice (if any) led to Council decisions being made in error. (f) The identification of any administrative failings on the part of the Town, which led to any such poor advice being provided. (g) The direct and indirect costs associated with the original Amendment 31 up to the point of its replacement by Minister Day. (h) The direct and indirect costs associated with legal action opposing the Judicial Review sought by the CWRA. The report to also include what measures could (or have been) taken to: (a) Limit the possibility of future strategic planning failures. (b) Ensure the Town’s residents and ratepayers will not be exposed to the costs of structurally flawed strategic planning projects again. The report to cover the period 1 January 2011 to the present. AGAINST O’Connor

UPDATE OF EXPENDITURE ON ACTION OPPOSING THE SUPREME COURT APPLICATION FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW – TOWN PLANNING SCHEME AMENDMENT 31 Moved by Cr. Grinceri. additional expenditure of $50,000 above the current approved expenditure be approved. FOR O’Connor

MODEL LITIGANT POLICY for civil litigation Submission by Mayor Shannon. Motion moved by Mayor Shannon. AGAINST O’Connor

RECORD by planning staff of CONTACT WITH DEVELOPERS, ARCHITECTS AND PLANNERS, Moved by Keri Shannon. AGAINST O’Connor

OCEAN GARDENS RETIREMENT VILLAGE – REAPPOINTMENT OF DIRECTORS Motion moved by Cr Walker. That Mr Simon Withers be reappointed as a Director of the Ocean Gardens (Inc) Board for an additional 12 month term. FOR O’Connor

OCEAN GARDENS (INC). Motion moved by Mayor Shannon. That the Town resolves to write to the CEO of Ocean Gardens (Inc) advising them that we are of the view that Board appointments should have more gender diversity and community representation in particular with health science or social welfare backgrounds as well as a residents representative on the Board of Ocean Gardens Inc; AGAINST O’Connor

POLICY – TAKING OF LEAVE BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER. Moved by Mayor Shannon. That the Chief Executive Officer develop a policy which deals with the taking of his leave and the performance of his duties while absent from the Council offices; AGAINST O’Connor

REVIEW OF TREESCAPE PLAN. Moved by Mayor Shannon. That the Town’s Treescape Plan 2010-2020 be reviewed by a qualified, independent panel to: • assess whether the Plan optimises potential canopy cover over the Town; • identify if there are opportunities to use more large-canopy trees; • ensure the species nominated in the Plan allow the Town to achieve its canopy target within a reasonable timeframe. AGAINST O’Connor

REINSTATEMENT OF MAYORAL BLOG ON TOWN’S WEBSITE. Moved by Mayor Shannon. That the Chief Executive Officer reinstates the link on the Town’s website to the Mayor’s blog. AGAINST O’Connor

TOWN PLANNING STEERING REVIEW COMMITTEE. Moved by Mayor Shannon. That:- (i) the meetings of the Town Planning Steering Review Committee be notified on the Town’s website and in the Cambridge News at least one week prior to the date of the meeting; (ii) the meeting of the Town Planning Steering Review Committee be open to members of the public AGAINST O’Connor

TOWN PLANNING STEERING COMMITTEE. Moved by Mayor Shannon. That the CEO provide a monthly report to Council following each meeting of the Town Planning Steering Committee’s discussions and decisions AGAINST O’Connor

PROVISION OF BROADBAND INTERNET SERVICES – MOUNT CLAREMONT. Moved by Cr Bradley. That the CEO correspond with the NBNCo regarding the provision of Broadband Internet Services to all Mt Claremont ratepayers during the provision of NBN to the new subdivision at St John’s Wood. AGAINST O’Connor

REVIEW OF MUNICIPAL INVENTORY OF HERITAGE PLACES Moved by Cr. Timmermanis. Amendment to the Motion to consider a $100,000 2016/7 budget allocation to undertake a review of the Municipal Inventory of Heritage Places: That the project brief be amended to include community consultation at the commencement of the review. AGAINST O’Connor

2016/2017 REVIEW OF FEES AND CHARGES – SPORTS GROUNDS AND RESERVES. Amendment to motion moved by Cr Timmermanis: That the fee for the use of sports grounds and reserves should be increased by no more than 1.5% (the current CPI). AGAINST O’Connor

For more information visit the Town of Cambridge website or for a more detailed summary click here POC voting record

 

 

Authorised by Rob Walker, President, Coast Ward Ratepayers Association Inc of 14 Palana Road, City Beach, WA ,6015

 

 

 

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Ian EVERETT, Coast Ward Candidate

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Coast Ward candidate, Ian EVERETT was interviewed by CWRA President, Rob Walker at the weekends sundowner. As promised we’ve reproduced Ian’s responses below.

1.What was it that motivated you to nominate as a candidate for the Coast Ward at this election?

It was the culmination of 3 years involvement in opposing Amendment 31 and my complete frustration – as both a local resident and a professional town planner – at the conduct of some elected members.

  • At a technical level I was amazed something as fundamentally flawed as A31 could be promoted by those supposedly elected to represent the community, and for it to be pursued so aggressively despite all rational arguments and common sense;

 

  • The treatment received by residents and ratepayer at the hands of our elected members was something no resident should ever have to endure. The lack of respect was disturbing and the ‘lecture not listen’ approach not acceptable;

 

  • The suggestion by the Town that ratepayers had no legal standing when it came to challenging the A31 decision even when the original proposal promoted by the Town had been found to be fatally flawed and had been rejected by Government;

 

  • Recent events where a supposedly ‘Preferred” LSP plan complete with somewhat bizarre yield projections was still supported by four elected members rather than being questioned and properly interrogated was poor. History should have suggested a different approach was warranted and the hard fought deferral should have been an obvious and unanimous decision.

The Mayor and others have bravely pursued change but here is no real evidence that all at the Town have learnt from the mistakes of A31 or even taken responsibility for the unnecessary grief and anguish it caused residents. The prospect of more of the same is what worries me. Being on the outside limits your ability to effect change hence my nomination.

 

  1. What do you believe are the biggest issues confronting the Town and its residents over the next four years?

A31 is gone – for now – but the issue of rationally addressing infill and meeting density targets consistent with best planning practice is key a challenge for every local authority

It has to be done properly and planning strategies must reflect sound planning principles. If we begin by recognising the need to put the right density responses in the right locations with the right development controls that is a good start.

The Town seems reluctant to admit it is already tracking well in meeting its targets (better than most in fact) and that further change simply for change sake is not required.  It should be the time to consolidate and focus more on good urban design, good development control and sensible, tailored housing options, rather than have the mathematics of a target calculation drive poor density outcomes and drive wedges thru the community.

I believe the key issues in the next 4 years are;

  • The need for cultural change at the Town where ratepayers get respect. We are entitled to a “resident first” approach where the Town is a means to our end and not the end game itself;

 

  • A ‘unification’ of the Town, which until now has seen Wards clash as if the localised outcomes at one end must be used to drive illogical outcomes at the other. Strategies being developed must be merit and location based and not be allowed to be driven by the desire of some form of ‘density revenge’ attitude.

 

  • Protecting our valuable single residential character throughout those areas of the Town, which are removed from the major centres and corridors, is important. These are a very legitimate housing choices in their own right and should be recognised and valued as such complementing the broader housing diversity palette offered in the Town;

 

  • Focussing more significant growth in the major centres and public transit routes, which have the infrastructure and mixed-use capacity to support it. It is what Perth & Peel demands and what the Town must provide if it is to continue to control it own planning destiny;

 

  • Examining more relevant housing options outside major centres, which better reflect local context and established character must occur. Tailored and focussed diversity including adaptable homes, better ancillary housing etc for downsizing with solid urban design controls is the key in these areas

 

  • Maintaining the crucial setbacks of the garden suburbs and protecting the overall streetscape. This fundamental principle has been lost by a Town intent on pushing out development envelopes. This just leads to poor urban design and streetscape outcomes;

 

  • Protecting our local parks, green spaces and canopy cover. There seems to be an attitude at the Town that as our local parks are tasty and underutilised Town assets ripe to be filled with infrastructure at every opportunity. Local parks do not need to be theme parks to satisfy admin K.P.I.s. Parks can just be parks and enjoyed as such by locals for whom they are designed to serve.

 

  • Planning without truly appreciating the impacts of traffic and parking and underestimating development potentials to avoid existing inconvenient truths is a big issue. These established areas of the Town need more (not less) planning rigour when considering growth to 2050.

 

  1. What local knowledge and skills do you have that might best equip you to deal with these challenges 

I believe two traits equip me to deal with the tasks ahead.

Firstly I am very local. I am a second generation resident of both Floreat and City Beach and spent my youth growing up here. I returned to City Beach with my wife 17 years ago – after living in a variety of places – to raise our family.

My three children all attended the local primary schools, did nippers at City of Perth. We live, recreate and shop here and all share a very strong connection with the local community and the local area.

I also have other family in the Town (including Mt Claremont which is too often forgotten) so I think I know what makes the place tick and I want to protect those qualities that make it a very special place to live.

Secondly I am a professional town planner with 35 years experience including seven in government. I am presently a co owner and director of my own Town Planning Practice based in Subiaco and we deal day to day with the types of planning matters which so often challenge local government and private landowners alike.

I know that together with mutual respect, sound working relationships must be based on a principled approach to forward planning. Solutions to planning concerns and mutually agreed strategies can always be found where participants are prepared listen and occasionally think laterally. I believe I can help separate out good decision making from poor decision making which will be crucial if the culture of the Town is to be repaired.

My Practice took the decision back in June to cease all further private planning work within the Town. This was a sacrifice I was happy to make to seek election and as part of my efforts to contribute my skills and knowledge more objectively to the Town. My firm presently acts for many Clients outside of the Town in a range of different planning capacities and it is these skills and knowledge I hope I can utilise to the future benefit of the Town.

This combination places me in good stead to add real value to the Town over the next 4 years.

 

 

Written and authorised by Ian Everett,  23 Pandora Drive, City Beach, WA, 6015

Kate McKerracher: Candidate for Coast Ward

Kate McKerracher was interviewed at the CWRA sundowner over the weekend. We’ve reproduced her responses for you below and urge you to vote for Kate McKerracher and Ian Everett at the upcoming elections.

1.What was it that motivated you to nominate as a candidate for the Coast Ward at this election?

A long time ago when I started practice as a lawyer, a Partner who was encouraging me to work in that area said ”Forget Federal Government and State Government that’s really just about taxes, Local Government has the power to affect how you live your life every day”. I realised he was right when Amendment 31 came along.

My husband and I were at a council meeting and saw two residents asking questions about amendment 31. They were being treated with such disdain by the then Mayor that it sent alarm bells ringing. We worked out what amendment 31 was about, contacted those two residents to talk about it and then contacted a number of friends in our community to discuss what it was about and what it meant for us. Save our City Beach our Floreat was born and started around my dining room table with people coming together from all professional backgrounds who didn’t know each other.

The manner in which A31 was pursued, the fact our Coast Ward Councillor, Pauline O’Connor repeatedly voted to take steps to try to uphold scheme amendment 31 in the Courts when such a clear mandate didn’t want it – meant I lost faith and respect for my local government. As a lawyer I also had concerns about transparency and governance.

I don’t want to see that happen again.

We may have killed off A31 but it can still be reincarnated in the Local Planning Strategy. I have been concerned by some existing Councillors comments that this is what they intend to do as they are still married to the ideas of A31.

With planning front and centre on the Council’s agenda and my experience having advocated for the community on its expectations for sensible and logical planning outcomes that comply with state planning policy over the last 3 years, I would like to have a say in the future and fate of our garden suburbs and Council’s agenda for our Town.

2. What do you believe are the biggest issues confronting the Town and its residents over the next four years?

As much as we probably don’t want it to be, it’s more town planning. The Local Planning Strategy has to be completed and the Town is about to embark on creating a new Town Planning Scheme. I understand the Water Corporation will soon be targeting water restrictions towards local governments. With lots of lovely green parks it will be important for us to secure rights to alternative water sources to maintain our parks. This may be able to be addressed as part of the project to revitalise Perry Lakes. I’d also like to see Council refocus its efforts on pro-actively supporting local sporting and community groups who make valuable contributions to our community as volunteers. In an era when social cohesion is becoming increasingly difficult, these clubs help form the fabric our society. Local businesses also contribute to our Town and should not be overlooked by the Town.

3. What local knowledge and skills do you have that might best equip you to deal with these challenges?

I have lived in City Beach for 8 years with my husband and two daughters. We aspired to live in the garden suburbs for their streetscapes, parks and gardens and generous setbacks. We’ve travelled and seen many other cities in the world and how they have evolved.

My experience as a commercial property lawyer, having acted for clients including local governments means I already have an understanding of the regulatory framework in which they operate.

I helped inform ratepayers about amendment 31, advocated for the community with government departments and Ministers, completed FOI requests including an appeal to the FOI Commissioner, wrote copious letters advocating for sensible and logical planning to the Department of Planning, the Director General, Ministers, the Premier and the Post Newspaper.

Through that process I now have considerable experience on how the planning system works, am very familiar with state planning policies and how the WAPC operates. My background as a lawyer means I consider, analyse and seek out relevant information to make informed decisions to produce the best outcomes.

My key message today is –

Please vote and encourage your friends and neighbours to vote.

This election is a very important one that will shape the future of the Town.

We need the right people we can trust with the right skills to sort out the planning.

If the Town doesn’t get it right this time, the State Government will do it and we will have no say. If the Town puts density in the wrong places again, the State Government will then add it in where it should have gone and we will all end up with more density than ever required.

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Authorised by Kate McKerracher of 37 Bendigo Way, City Beach, WA 6015

 

CWRA President’s address to Members

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CWRA President, Rob Walker, made an address to members at the sundowner held on Sunday at the City of Perth SLSC. We’ve reproduced Rob’s speech for you below:

A special Thanks

It has been an eventful past few years for the CWRA and we could not have achieved our successes without the hard work of this committee.

Members of this committee have:

  • Attended council meetings in an attempt to keep the council to account.
  • Run community information sessions and a community rally
  • Door knocked,
  • Made banners,
  • Hand delivered flyers
  • Kept the membership up to date
  • Written letters to the papers and Govt agencies
  • Conducted radio and TV interviews,
  • Had meetings with any Minister that would meet with us.
  • We’ve even been to the Supreme Court.

Can you join me in thanking the committee for their efforts.

The   support and generosity we have received from our ratepayers has been exceptional.   Your support be it from:

  • Attending events,
  • Going to council meetings and asking questions
  • Writing letters or comments on social media
  • Donating desperately needed funds.

All of your efforts are appreciated.

I have 3 important points to raise prior to introducing our candidates:

1.-Recent Key moments

It was this time last year that we had just received the news that A31 had finally been over turned and residents could all breathe a sigh of relief. Our victory in overturning A31 was celebrated and I received some great emails thanking all those who had played a part. I would like to share one persons comments:

  • This is an amazing victory for common sense and local democracy in action. This may be  taken as an example for ratepayers in other Wards around Perth of what can be achieved and what could have been lost if complacency had ruled. We can breath a sigh of relief free of  unbridled development.   

 Complacency certainly didn’t rule in the Coast Ward but I am not entirely confident that many realise how close we came to some of these significant changes being imposed upon our suburbs. We are not out of the woods yet and we just dodged a significant event 2 months ago with the scenarios proposed for the new Local Planning Strategy , scenarios that were NOT favoured by the community

  1. The importance of the LPS

This future blue print for redevelopment has been deferred and our new council will be faced with this significant strategic development.

This is an example of how our elected councillors play a significant part in shaping our suburb. More importantly how we need to have councillors we can TRUST and RESPECT.

  1. Awareness

It’s vital that our community take an interest in this election as the decisions that this council make can affect you more than perhaps some care to think.

I was saddened when one member wrote to me last year :

Due to the continued threat to out lifestyle and amenity in Floreat by the Cambridge City Council under Amendment 31 and the renewed threat of inappropriate development with LPS, my wife and I have sold our house and moved to another suburb. While we really enjoyed living in Floreat, it was just too much of a risk having multi million $ tied up in a lovely property constantly under threat from unpredictable decisions by the City of Cambridge. 

So as a committee we have decided WHO to support given the importance of this next few years in shaping this town.

As an association we have not received Cr O’Connor’s support over the last 2 years. We were horrified that Cr O’Connor repeatedly voted to spend ratepayer money to up hold A31 in the courts when there was a clear mandate that the community DID NOT WANT IT. We’ve urged Cr O’Connor many times to use her vote on Council to support the Coast Ward. As Cr O’Connor has not given us her support we cannot give her ours.

We’ve called on our community to step up over the last few years and I’m pleased to present to you two candidates that really have stepped up for their community.

Firstly I would like to call up Kate McKerracher.

A committee member of the CWRA – Kate has been working as an unpaid full time researcher and strategist for the CWRA for several years now. Kate is has been such an asset to this community in her behind the scenes role. Much credit must go to Kate for the quashing of A31 and this community should be so grateful for her tireless effort and significant contribution to her community. Would you Welcome Kate please.

Now please welcome another familiar hard working face Ian Everett:

The CWRA has valued Ian’s professional planning input heavily over the last 3 years. As a Town Planner running a private practice Ian’s advice has been invaluable. He’s also put himself and his beliefs on the line for us professionally and we value Ian’s contribution to our association enormously. Ian is passionate about good planning outcomes and protecting our garden suburbs and has provided unlimited advice to our association completely free of charge. We need Ian’s expertise, enthusiasm and care on council to aid us in navigating our future. We are excited to present to you – Ian Everett.

Rob then went on the interview Kate and Ian and their responses will also be provided to you this week.

 

Authorised by Rob Walker, President, Coast Ward Ratepayers Association Inc of 14 Palana Road, City Beach, WA ,6015

 

Coast Ward Candidates Announced

Outstanding news for the Coast Ward. Kate McKERRACHER  and Ian EVERETT are running for council!

We’re proud to be supporting Kate and Ian in their bid to be elected to council. Both were active opponents of A31 and have worked tirelessly to preserve the amenity of our Garden Suburbs. They have earned our TRUST and RESPECT.

We urge you to vote for Kate and Ian at the upcoming October elections.

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You can also view each candidates profile on the TOC website by clicking on the link below

www.cambridge.wa.gov.au/Town-Council/Your-Council/Council-Elections/2017-Election-Candidates/Coast-Ward-Candidates

Please, support our community, Vote EVERETT & McKERRACHER for the Coast Ward.

 

Authorised by Rob Walker, President, Coast Ward Ratepayers Association Inc of 14 Palana Road, City Beach, WA ,6015

 

 

 

 

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Not all infill proposals are good infill proposals

As the Amendment 31 saga draws to a close we’d like to ensure it’s seen as a turning point in the infill debate. The point at which it was accepted that not all infill proposals are good infill proposals. The point at which the community won the right to be a central part of the process.

We’d ask you to take the time to click on the below link and read the full review of A31 prepared by Ian Everett of CLE Town Planning & Design. This sets out some lessons to be learnt, lessons we hope councillors in Cambridge and in other suburbs heed. That it’s not unreasonable to expect a planning framework that delivers good outcomes.

The Town of Cambridge is now looking to preparing proper planning and housing strategies along with Activity Centre Structure Plans. It’s important that you remain engaged in this process and provide your input.

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click the below link to read full article

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