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Liquor decisions 2013

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The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) prepares and publishes decisions and reasons for decisions in relation to certain liquor applications and disciplinary action proceedings.

If you would like a copy of any of the below decisions in a more accessible format, please submit an enquiry using the contact us form

Liquor decision - Internal review - Mamaroots Cafe

On the 23 December 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision in respect of an application for an internal review of the decision to refuse a restaurant and cafe licence for the premises situated at 599 High Street Northcote.

The Commission determined to set aside the decision of the delegate and grant the restaurant and cafe licence, subject to the conditions set out in the reasons.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Reasons for Decision - Mamaroots Cafe, 23 December 2013 (PDF, 608.93 KB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - Hunter Bros Investments Pty Ltd

On 20 December, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision in respect of an application for review of a decision to grant a Packaged Liquor Licence for the premises situated at Shop 5, 79 Glenfern Road, Ferntree Gully.

The Commission determined to dismiss the application for review, vary the decision of the delegate and impose the conditions set out in the reasons.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Reasons for Decision - Hunter Bros Investments Pty Ltd, 20 December 2013 (PDF, 1.9 MB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - Commonfolk Cafe

On 19 December, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision in respect of applications by Mr Alan Scott Crowe and Mr Jamie Dowling, for internal review of the decision to grant a restaurant and cafe licence for the premises trading as Commonfolk Cafe, Mornington.

The Commission has determined to dismiss the applications for review and affirm the decision of its delegate to grant a restaurant and cafe licence for the premises.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Reasons for Decision - Commonfolk Cafe, 19 December 2013 (PDF, 827.91 KB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - Dhingra Trading Pty Ltd

On 3 December 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision in respect of an application by Dhingra Trading Pty Ltd for internal review of the decision to refuse the transfer of a packaged liquor licence for the premises trading as Sam's IGA Plus Liquor situated at 516-524 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The Commission has determined to grant the transfer subject to conditions.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Dhingra Trading Pty Ltd - 3 December 2013 (PDF, 409.06 KB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - Tor Kirk, Georginas Restaurant

On 2 December 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision in respect of an application by Tor Kirk for internal review of the decision to refuse a variation to the restaurant and cafe licence for the premises trading as Georginas Restaurant, Benalla.

The Commission has determined to grant the proposed variation to the licensed area and endorse a maximum patron capacity of 92 on the licence.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Reasons for Decision - Tor Kirk, Georginas Restaurant - 2 December 2013 (PDF, 839.55 KB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - Za-Za's

On 22 November 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision in respect of an application by Mr James Tucker for internal review of the decision the grant a restaurant and cafe licence for the premises trading as Za-Za's, Coppin St, Richmond.

The Commission has determined to amend the licence in accordance with paragraph 25 of the Reasons for Decision.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Reasons for Decision - Za-Za's - 22 November 2013 (PDF, 1.34 MB).

Liquor decision - Disciplinary inquiry - Avalanche Alpine Lodge Pty Ltd

On 25 November 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision in respect of a request by a VCGLR inspector to inquire into whether there are grounds for a disciplinary action against Avalanche Alpine Lodge Pty Ltd.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Avalanche Alpine Lodge Pty Ltd - 25 November 2013 (PDF, 894.27 KB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - Old Kent Road Pty Ltd, The Henley Club

On 22 November 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision in respect of an application by Old Kent Road Pty Ltd for internal review of the decision to refuse the amendment of their restricted club licence (no. 3145237).

The Commission has determined to amend the licence in accordance with paragraph 18 of the Reasons for Decision.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Reasons - Old Kent Road Pty Ltd - 22 November 2013 (PDF, 1.2 MB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - The George Hotel

On 19 November 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision for internal review in respect of a decision to refuse the application by George 200 Pty Ltd for permanent underage approval at the licensed premises, the George Hotel, North Ballarat.

The application was granted with conditions, including submission of a management plan and appropriate signage at the premises.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Reasons for Decision - The George Hotel - 19 November 2013 (PDF, 1.3 MB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - The Public Brewery

On 22 October 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision for internal review in respect of a decision made to grant a Renewable limited licence for the premises known as The Public Brewery, located at 13 Lacey Street, Croydon.

The variation sought to extend the product lines granted from 15 to 30.

The Commission determined to vary the decision of the delegate and grant the variation with a maximum of 30 product lines for sale.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download The Public Brewery - 22 October 2013 (PDF, 821.16 KB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - Back Beach Cellars

On 9 September 2013, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (the Commission) handed down its Reasons for Decision for internal review in respect of an application for variation of the packaged liquor licence for the premises known as Back Beach Cellars. The variation sought to extend the permitted trading hours of the premises and allow for trading on Good Friday.

The Commission determined to affirm the decision of the original decision makers and refused the variation to the packaged liquor licence.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Internal review - Back Beach Cellars - 9 September 2013 (PDF, 405.29 KB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - Mr Anthony Retief

On 9 September 2013, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (the Commission) handed down its Reasons for Decision in respect of an application for internal review by Mr Anthony Retief. The review looked at a decision of a delegate of the Commission to grant a renewable limited licence with a special condition that the sale of liquor must not take place on any other licensed premises.

The Commission has determined that the application for internal review was misconceived and the applicant should consider applying for a wine and beer producer's licence. Accordingly, the Commission has determined to affirm the decision of the delegate.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for the decision, download Internal review - Mr Anthony Retief - 9 September 2013 (PDF, 415.16 KB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - Mr Boem Seok Shin on behalf of JShin Investments Pty Ltd

On 9 September 2013, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (the Commission) handed down its Reasons for Decision in respect of an application for internal review by Mr Boem Seok Shin on behalf of JShin Investments Pty Ltd. The review looked at a decision of a delegate of the Commission to vary the conditions of the premises known as Shinssi Hwaro Korean BBQ Restaurant.

The applicant sought to extend the permitted trading hours of the restaurant and cafe licence from 1am to 5am on any day and the delegate determined to grant an extension of trading hours to 3am on any day.

The Commission has determined to vary the decision of the delegate and extend the permitted trading hours endorsed on the licence to 4am on any day.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for the decision, download JShin Investments Pty Ltd 9 September 2013 (PDF, 562.67 KB).

Liquor decision - Disciplinary action and amenity - McKenzie Nominees (Australia) Pty Ltd

On 15 August 2013, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (the Commission) handed down its reasons for decision for two inquiries relating to the the Colonial Club Hotel under section 91 and section 94 of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (the Act).

The Commission determined that there were grounds to conduct a section 91 disciplinary action inquiry against the licensee. The Commission accepted a written undertaking from the licensee pursuant to section 133F of the Act.

The Commission also determined to vary the licence in relation to the section 94 amenity inquiry. The licensee is required to prepare and produce a management plan to the Commission and the requestor by 1 November 2013.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for the decision, download McKenzie Nominees (Australia) Pty Ltd, Colonial Club Hotel 15 August 2013 (PDF, 1.84 MB). You can also download the Settlement Agreement for s.91(1) and s.94(1) proceedings (PDF, 1.1 MB).

Liquor decision - Disciplinary action - Tarcowie Entertainment Pty Ltd

On 2 August 2013, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (the Commission) handed down its Reasons for Decision in two inquiries relating to the licensed premises, Playhouse Billiards and Snooker, Mordialloc.

The Commission inquired as to:

  • whether there were grounds to take disciplinary action against the licensee, Tarcowie Entertainment Pty Ltd and its Director, Ms Amanda Wilson; and
  • whether the continuation of a licence would detract from, or be detrimental to, the amenity of the area in which the licensed premises is situated.

The Commission has determined that it is appropriate that Tarcowie Entertainment Pty Ltd, and Ms Amanda Wilson as a related person, be disqualified for a period of two years. The Commission also imposed a number of conditions on the licence to address the on-going patron behaviour and amenity issues at the premises.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for the decision, download Tarcowie Entertainment Pty Ltd, Playhouse Billiards and Snooker 2 August 2013 (PDF, 2.65 MB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - TA Bottle Shop

On 30 July 2013, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (Commission) handed down its Reasons for Decision in respect of an application from the premises known as TA Bottle Shop to vary its liquor licence to allow for extended trading hours, which would include public holidays such as Good Friday and Christmas Day.

The Commission determined to affirm the decision of the original decision maker and refused the variation to the packaged liquor licence.

The applicant made additional submissions that were not before the original decision maker. However, the Commission was not satisfied that the submissions made by the applicant satisfied the 'exceptional circumstances' required, or necessitated a departure from the Ministerial Guidelines.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for the decision, download TA Bottle Shop 30 July 2013 (PDF, 662.92 KB).

Liquor decision - Amenity - Manolane Pty Ltd, Francis Hotel

On 22 July 2013, the Commission handed down a decision in relation to Manolane Pty Ltd, trading as Francis Hotel, regarding whether the continuation of the licence would detract from or be detrimental to the amenity of the area in which the licensed premises is situated.

The Commission determined to:

  • vary the conditions of the licence as outlined in paragraph 19 of the Reasons for Decision, and
  • accept a written undertaking given to the licensee, pursuant to section 133F of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 for a period of two years.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for the decision, download Manolane Pty Ltd, Francis Hotel 22 July 2013 (PDF, 4.95 MB).

Liquor decision - Contested application - Patrick Gerard Rahme

On 15 July 2013, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (the Commission) handed down its Reasons for Decision in respect of an application for an on-premises liquor licence by Patrick Gerard Rahme for premises at 150 Station Street, Fairfield.

It was determined in this case to conduct the inquiry as a two-step process with the issue of the applicant's suitability being determined as a threshold issue. The decision of the Commission was to find that Mr Rahme is not a suitable person to hold a liquor licence, and consequently the amenity issues did not fall to be determined in the context of this application.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Application for on-premises licence - Patrick Gerard Rahme 15 July 2013 (PDF, 1.4 MB).

Liquor decision - Disciplinary action - Jaminam Pty Ltd

On 9 July 2013, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (the Commission) handed down its Reasons for Decision in respect of an inquiry into amenity for a licensed venue, Charlie's Bar in Bairnsdale.

The Commission determined to vary the trading hours of the venue, and imposed conditions relating to additional crowd controllers and Responsible Service of Alcohol monitors to be present at the venue.

Further, the Commission ordered the director of the licensed premises to undertake compliance training and submit a management plan to the Commission.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Jaminam Pty Ltd, Charlie's Bar 9 July 2013 (PDF, 2.09 MB).

Liquor decision - Disciplinary Action - Strykhamm Pty Ltd

On 9 July 2013, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (the Commission) handed down its Reasons for Decision in respect to disciplinary action taken against Strykhamm Pty Ltd, licensee of the Commonwealth Hotel and related persons, Mr Barry Scott Barclay and Mr Stephen Cameron Keen.

The Commission determined to vary licence number 31903748 and give effect to the Settlement Agreement that is Annexure A to these Reasons for Decision.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Strykhamm Pty Ltd, Commonwealth Hotel 9 July 2013 (PDF, 2.34 MB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - Emerald Hospitality Pty Ltd

On 5 July 2013, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (the Commission) handed down its Reasons for Decision for an internal review of a decision made on 20 May 2013 to grant Emerald Hospitality Pty Ltd, trading as Aria Bar and Events, an on-premises licence.

The Commission has determined to affirm the original decision that the liquor licence be granted to the licensee.

The Commission also noted that the licence contained a clerical mistake in the number of the overall maximum number of patrons (464), as compared to the number determined by the delegate and set out in his Statement of Reasons of the Delegate (434). Accordingly, the Commission determined to amend the licence to reflect the amendment pursuant to s58A of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 - please see paragraph 32 of the Reasons for Decision for further information. The licensee's representative consented to the amendment.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Emerald Hospitality Pty Ltd, Aria Bar and Events 5 July 2013 (PDF, 1.09 MB).

Commission hearing decision - Eureka Geelong Hotel Pty Ltd

On 22 May, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision in respect of two Commission inquiries into whether grounds exist for disciplinary action against Eureka Geelong Hotel Pty Ltd, and whether the continuation of the licence would detract or be detrimental to the area in which Eureka Sportz Saloon Bar is located.

With regard to the inquiry into grounds for disciplinary action, the Commission determined to vary the conditions of the licence by way of additional conditions. The Commission also determined to impose a fine of $10,000 against the licensee.

The Commission determined not to disqualify either of the related persons, Mr Timothy Joseph Bongiorno and Mr Mario Gregorio.

With regard to the amenity inquiry, the Commission determined to accept a written undertaking from the licensee imposing additional conditions on the operation of the licensed venue. Non-compliance with conditions of an undertaking can result in disciplinary action under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.

For a full copy of the decision and reasons for decision, download Eureka Geelong Hotel Pty Ltd, Eureka Sportz Saloon Bar - 22 May 2013 (PDF, 1.61 MB), Corrigendum Eureka Geelong Hotel Pty Ltd, Eureka Sportz Saloon Bar - 5 June 2013 (PDF, 107.85 KB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - Ultra-Link Industries Pty Ltd

On 17 May 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision for an internal review of the decision to grant the application to vary the restaurant and cafe licence of Ultra-Link Industries Pty Ltd to increase the trading hours on Friday and Saturday from between 9am and 11pm to between 9am and 1am (the following day) at the premises, Eden Restaurant.

The Commission determined to set aside the original decision and refuse the application to vary. That is, the licensee is permitted to supply liquor only during the following trading hours:

  • Sunday - between 1am and 11pm
  • Good Friday and ANZAC Day - between 12 noon and 11pm
  • On any other day- between 9am and 11pm.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Ultra-Link Industries Pty Ltd, Eden Restaurant - 17 May 2013 (PDF, 157.32 KB).

Commission internal review decision - The Continental Hotel

On 15 May 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision for an application for internal review (by objector Ms Susan Clifford) of a delegate of the Commission's decision to vary the licensed area of The Continental Hotel.

The original decision maker's decision has been affirmed.

For a full copy of the decision and reasons for decision, download The Continental Hotel - 15 May 2013 (PDF, 726.4 KB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - Kew Deaf Soccer Club Inc

On 9 May 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision for an internal review of a decision made on 26 April 2013 to grant a temporary limited licence to the Kew Deaf Soccer Club Inc for premises located at Hays Paddock for the following dates and times:

  • 26 April 2013 - between 6.30pm and 11pm
  • 3 May 2013 - between 6.30pm and 11pm
  • 10 May 2013 - between 6.30pm and 11pm, and
  • 17 May - between 6.30pm and 11pm.

The Commission has determined to affirm the original decision to grant the licence.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Kew Deaf Soccer Club Inc, Hays Paddock - 9 May 2013 (PDF, 136.8 KB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - Eastern Promenade Pty Ltd

On 7 May 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision for an internal review of a decision made on 7 December 2012 to refuse an application made by Eastern Promenade Pty Ltd for a restaurant and cafe licence.

The Commission has determined to set aside the original decision and grant the application for a restaurant and cafe licence with the following trading hours:

  • Monday to Saturday - between 7am and 11pm
  • Sunday - between 10am and 11pm, and
  • Good Friday and ANZAC Day - between 12pm and 11pm.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Eastern Promenade Pty Ltd, Promenade Kitchen - 7 May 2013 (PDF, 112.54 KB).

Liquor decision Liquor decision - Internal review - Zachary Balmain

On 8 May 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision for an internal review of a decision made on 25 February 2013 to grant Mr Zachary Balmain, trading as Balmain's Brighton, a restaurant and cafe licence.

The Commission has determined to affirm the original decision that the liquor licence be granted to Mr Balmain subject to the original conditions imposed by the delegate.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Zachary Balmain, Balmain's Brighton - 8 May 2013 (PDF, 1.62 MB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - Alliance Fuel Card Pty Ltd

On 19 April 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision for an internal review in respect of an application by Alliance Fuel Card Pty Ltd, trading as Maffra Foodworks, to grant a packaged liquor licence.

The Commission determined to affirm the decision of the original decision maker and refuse the grant of the licence.

The applicant submitted additional documentation that was not before the original decision maker. However, the Commission was satisfied with the original decision that the premises operates primarily as a petrol station, prohibiting the grant of the licence under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Alliance Fuel Card Pty Ltd, Maffra Foodworks 19 April 2013 (PDF, 1016.82 KB).

Liquor decision - Disciplinary action - Eildon Holiday Resort Pty Ltd and Mr Stuart Longhurst

On 17 April 2013, the Commission finalised its Reasons for Decision in respect of an inquiry into whether there are grounds to take disciplinary action against Eildon Holiday Resort Pty Ltd and Mr Stuart Longhurst.

The Commission determined there were sufficient grounds to take disciplinary action and imposed a fine of $12,000 on Eildon Holiday Resort Pty Ltd. Mr Stuart Longhurst was disqualified for a period of four months from:

  • holding a licence or BYO permit
  • being a director in any body corporate that holds a licence or BYO permit
  • being a partner in any partnership that holds a licence or BYO permit
  • having a beneficial interest (whether directly or indirectly) in the shares of any body corporate that holds a licence or BYO permit
  • in any way (whether directly or indirectly) taking part in, or being concerned in, the management of any licensed premises or any body corporate that holds a licence or BYO permit or any licensed club, and
  • from being employed by any licensed club or any person that holds a licence or BYO permit.

For a full copy of the Commission's decision, download Eildon Holiday Resort Pty Ltd and Mr Stuart Longhurst 17 April 2013 (PDF, 1.77 MB).

Commission internal review decision - Mockingbird Tapas Bar

On 21 March 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision for an internal review in respect of an application by Mockingbird Tapas Bar to transfer its general licence.

The Commission determined to set aside the original decision maker's decision and approve the transfer of the general licence.

The applicant submitted additional documentation that was not before the original decision maker. The Commission was satisfied that this additional documentation indicated the exclusive right for the applicant to occupy the premises, and the transfer was subsequently granted.

For a full copy of the decision and reasons for decision, download Mockingbird Tapas Bar 21 March 2013 (PDF, 683.17 KB).

Liquor decision - Disciplinary action - Marquis of Lorne

On 13 March 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision relating to disciplinary action taken against Marquis of Lorne licensee, Simon Milutin.

On 26 February 2013, the Commission found that there were grounds to take disciplinary action against Mr Milutin under section 93(1) of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, and he was fined $3000.

For a full copy of the Commission's decision, download Simon Milutin, Marquis of Lorne 13 March 2013 (PDF, 213.71 KB).

Commission internal review decision - Zagamcorp Pty Ltd

On 5 March 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision for an internal review in respect of an application by Zagamcorp Pty Ltd to vary its late night (on-premises) licence by seeking to delete the current condition regarding crowd controllers to be employed at the premises, Bar 3909, and adding a replacement condition.

The application was originally refused because the applicant failed to comply with a licence condition, namely, the provision of a report prepared by a qualified acoustic engineer.

The applicant has now provided the appropriate report and the application has been granted. The Commission is satisfied that on balance, the applicant will manage the premises responsibly such that the existing crowd controller condition can be varied and safety will not be compromised.

For a full copy of the decision and reasons for decision, download Zagamcorp Pty Ltd trading as Bar 3909 5 March 2013 (PDF, 421.28 KB).

Commission internal review decision - Berrigo Pty Ltd

On 12 February 2013, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (the Commission) handed down its reasons for decision for an internal review in respect of an application by Berrigo Pty Ltd trading as Eddie Charlton Snooker Bar and Fish Cafe to vary its late-night (on premises) licence.

The Commission determined that:

  • the original decision by the delegate to impose a patron capacity limit of 500 patrons should not be upheld and that a limit of 600 patrons should be imposed and endorsed on the licence for the premises
  • upon the Commission receiving a certified copy of a certificate of final Iinspection from a registered building surveyor, indicating that all works recommended in the fire report and the Reddo Report have been satisfactorily completed, the licence will be varied such that the patron capacity for level 2 must not exceed 1,000 and level 3 must not exceed 800, giving an overall maximum capacity to be endorsed on the licence for the premises of 1,800.

For a full copy of the decision and reasons for decision, download Berrigo Pty Ltd trading as Eddie Charlton Snooker Bar and Fish Cafe 12 February 2013 (PDF, 1.9 MB).

Commission internal review decision - Vinalb No.2 Pty Ltd

On 21 January 2013, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation handed down its Reasons for Decision for an internal review in respect of an application from Vinalb No.2 Pty Ltd for the grant of a restaurant and cafe licence.

The original decision maker's decision has been affirmed - that is, to grant Vinalb No.2 Pty Ltd a restaurant and cafe licence with the following trading hours to be endorsed on the licence:

Internal Area -

  • Monday to Thursday - between 7am and 11pm
  • Friday and Saturday - between 7am and midnight
  • Sunday - between 10am and 11pm
  • ANZAC day and Good Friday - between 12noon and 11pm

External Area -

  • Monday to Saturday - between 7am to 10.30pm
  • Sunday - between 10am to 10.30pm
  • ANZAC day and Good Friday - between 12noon and 10.30pm

For the full Commission decision and reasons for decision, download Vinalb No.2 Pty Ltd trading as Jimmi Jamz 21 January 2013 (PDF, 1.73 MB).

Liquor decision - Internal review - Hubert Anthony Shortall

On 18 January 2013, the Commission handed down its Reasons for Decision for an internal review in respect of an application from Hubert Anthony Shortall to transfer his late night licence to Ha Penny Bridge Pty Ltd.

The application was originally refused as the applicant failed to supply the Commission with the appropriate evidence in support of his application.

The applicant has now provided the appropriate material in support of his application and the original decision maker's decision has been set aside. The application to transfer the licence has now been granted.

For a full copy of the Commission-s decision, download Hubert Anthony Shortall 18 January 2013 (PDF, 915.06 KB).

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