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April 17, 2021

Bentley CSG blockaders honoured

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  1. This award could not have gone to a more deserving person.
    Ian has been a networker, promoter, inspirer, organiser and a much-appreciated voice of reason and common sense so lacking in those who incredibly, are charged with and paid handsomely to abide by the wishes of the people and protect our priceless natural assets and the health of the environment and the people who live and rely on these same assets.
    Onya Ian. You are the people’s hero.
    (Long sentence, eh?)


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