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Gordon Falls picnic area

Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park

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Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 May 2024, 4.11pm

Closed areas: Parts of Blue Mountains National Park closed

Many walking tracks, roads and fire trails within Blue Mountains National Park remain closed following sustained wet weather causing subsidence hazards, major landslides or infrastructure upgrades. 

The following areas are closed:

Katoomba and Leura

  • Honeymoon Bridge is closed due to rockfall risk.
  • Leura Falls lookout is closed from Monday 20 May for upgrade works.
  • Fern Bower between Prince Henry Cliff walk (Grand Cliff Top walk) and Amphitheatre track is closed due to multiple landslides.
  • Federal pass between the Cooks Crossing (Kedumba River) and the Giant Staircase is closed due to a landslide.  No access along Federal Pass from the bottom Giant Stairs to Scenic World.  
  • Ruined Castle, Golden Stairs, Solitary Loop and Federal Pass west of Scenic World are closed due to multiple landslides.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to subsidence. Detour is in place.
  • Sections of Prince Henry Cliff walk (part of Grand Cliff Top walk) and Round walk are closed between Prince Henry picnic area and Scenic World until the end of June 2024 for track maintenance. Follow detour on Cliff Drive. Access to Furber Steps is from Prince Henry picnic area (Katoomba Falls Kiosk). Detours in place..
  • Bridal Veil View lookout and track (Leura) are closed for maintenance.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk (part of Grand Cliff Top walk) is closed between Gordon Falls picnic area and Elysian Rock lookout, due to a landslide. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk (part of Grand Cliff Top walk) is closed between Fern Bower track, Echo Tree and Flat Rock lookout, due to a landslide. Please use Cliff Drive as short detour. 
  • Part of Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. Roberts Pass is closed due to rockfall and landslide hazards.   
  • Six-Foot track is affected by multiple road closures.

Wentworth Falls and Woodford   

  • Valley of Waters track is closed below Sylvia Falls. There is no access to Roberts Pass, Vera Falls, Hippocrene Falls or Wentworth Falls from Valley of the Waters.
  • Charles Darwin walk (part of the Grand Cliff Top walk) is closed between Fletcher Street and Weeping Rock. Detours are in place to provide directions to Wentworth Falls picnic area. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Part of National Pass (west of Wentworth Falls middle crossing) is closed due to a major landslide and ongoing risks.
  • Wentworth Pass and Slack Stairs are closed due to multiple landslides.
  • Bedford Creek Trail will be closed Mon-Fri from 27 May to 5 July 2024 due to road repairs. There will be no access from Anderson Fire Trail or Murphies Road to Ingar Camping Area. There will be also be no exit to Woodford from Andersons Fire Trail. Trials and Camping area will be open Sat & Sun. Ingar Camping Area open Sat night only.    

Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Evans Lookout Road will be closed beyond Grand Canyon car park from 7:00am Monday 3rd June to 5pm Thursday 6th June 2024 for road repairs. There will be no vehicle access to Evans lookout during this time. Pedestrians can use the walking track to the lookout which begins at the Grand Canyon car park toilets.
  • Williams track (Govetts descent) and Rodriguez Pass are closed due to rockfalls and landslides.
  • Pulpit Rock Reserve, lookouts and walking track are closed. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information. Pulpit Rock walking track from Popes Glen is open as far as the NPWS boundary (as shown on Google maps).

Adventure recreation, canyons, abseiling and rock climbing

Some adventure recreation areas and routes are specifically closed where the access or exit road/track is mentioned above.  

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Wed 10 Jan 2024, 8.00am to Fri 31 May 2024, 5.30pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 May 2024, 1.20pm

Closed areas: Glow Worm Tunnel closure

The Glow Worm Tunnel visitor precinct and associated walking tracks are currently closed for upgrade works, and will re-open Saturday 1 June.

This closure includes:

  • Glow Worm Tunnel carpark
  • Glow Worm Tunnel walking track
  • Pagoda track (Old Coach track)
  • Glow Worm Tunnel to Newnes walking track (to ‘four-ways’ intersection).
  • Dry Canyon access track (Wolgan View canyon).
  • Glow Worm Tunnel via Wolgan Valley Loop 

There is no access to Glow Worm Tunnel during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Fri 10 May 2024, 11.48am to Fri 26 Jul 2024, 11.49am. Last reviewed: Mon 27 May 2024, 4.09pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing aerial baiting program from Monday 20 May 2024 to Friday 31 May 2024.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will take place in the following areas:

  • Bangadilly National Park
  • Bargo State Conservation Area
  • Burragorang State Conservation Area
  • Guula Ngurra National Park
  • Joadja Nature Reserve
  • Nattai National Park
  • Upper Nepean State Conservation Area and;
  • Upper Nepean State Conservation Area Stage 2 lands managed by NPWS.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise the impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For more information, contact the NPW Glenbrook area office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Mon 27 May 2024, 4.33pm to Fri 14 Jun 2024, 4.36pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 May 2024, 8.59am

Closed areas: Ganguddy Weir walk and The Long Cave circuit closed for track upgrade

The Wier Walk and access to the Long Cave circuit near Ganguddy/ Dunns Swamp are closed due to an essential upgrade of an elevated staircase.

The closure will begin on the 30th of May and be in place until the 14th of June. 

Contractors will be working on this structure during this time and there will be no pedestrian access.

Access to Platypus Point and the Pagoda Lookout remain open. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Mudgee Office 6370 9000

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Applies from Wed 15 May 2024, 12.41pm to Wed 12 Jun 2024, 4.43pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 May 2024, 9.36am

Closed areas: Parts of Wollemi National Park closed for ground pest control

Some areas in Wollemi National Park around Ganguddy-Dunns Swamp Campground are closed from 7am, 29 May 2024 to 5pm, 12 June 2024 for a ground pest control operation.

The closed areas are:

  • Birds Hut Trail
  • Snakehaven Trail
  • Mycumbene Trail

The Ganguddy-Dunns Swamp campground and nearby walking tracks will remain open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 6370 9000.

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Applies from Tue 14 May 2024, 11.38am to Fri 14 Jun 2024, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 14 May 2024, 11.43am

Other planned events: Areas closed for ground pest control operation

Some areas in this park are closed from 12am 3 June 2024 to 12am 14 June 2024 for a ground pest control operation.

The closed areas are:

  • Wheeny Creek Day Use and Campground Area and surrounding precinct
  • McMahons Fire Trail
  • Blue Gum Fire Trail
  • Zorbas Fire Trail
  • Ladder Fire Trail

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office: (02) 4720 6200.

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Applies from Wed 10 Apr 2024, 12.15pm. Last reviewed: Fri 10 May 2024, 9.40am

Closed parks: Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve is closed until further notice due to heavy rainfall and flooding.

Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve is closed until further notice due to heavy rainfall and flooding.

This area will re-open as soon as it is safe.

Access to Six Foot track is not possible via Jenolan Caves

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters, so you’ll need to reschedule your visit and avoid travel through areas in this park. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures. For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

Applies from Mon 8 Apr 2024, 12.00pm to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 10 May 2024, 9.36am

Closed areas: Glow Worm Tunnel Road and Camp Road roadside vegetation management

NPWS will be implementing roadside vegetation management during May and June 2024 in the Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area and Wollemi National Park.

Roads affected are:

• Camp Road between Eastern Boundary Road and Forest Camp:
o Closed to the public for approximately 1 week.
o Access to Forest Camp via Eastern Boundary Road

• Glowworm Tunnel Road from Bungleboori Day Use Area to Galah Mountain Road:
o Traffic control will be in place for approximately 3 to 4 weeks. Sections of the road will be one-way traffic only. Expect short delays.

Please use caution when driving and obey all signs and directions.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kanangra office on 6336 6200.

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Applies from Fri 10 May 2024, 2.48pm to Fri 26 Jul 2024, 2.48pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 2.29pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing aerial baiting program from Monday 20th May 2024 to Friday 31st May 2024.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will take place in Abercrombie River National Park (NP), Abercrombie River State Conservation Area (SCA), Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve (KCR), Kanangra-Boyd NP Mares Forest NP and Turon NP.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise the impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Please contact the local Oberon NPWS area office for more information on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Fri 10 May 2024, 11.37am to Fri 26 Jul 2024, 11.37am. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 2.29pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing aerial baiting program from Monday 20th May 2024 to Friday 31st May 2024.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will take place in Wollemi National Park

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise the impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Please contact the local NPWS area office for more information:

Mudgee 02 6370 9000

Oberon 02 6336 6200

Bulga 02 6574 5555

Glenbrook 02 4720 6200

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Applies from Wed 8 May 2024, 2.09pm to Sun 6 Oct 2024, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 2.19pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program from Monday 20th May 2024 to Sunday 6th October 2024.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will take place in Dharug National Park (NP), Koolewong Flora Reserve (FR), Manobalai Nature Reserve (NR), Parr State Conservation Area (SCA), Wollemi FR, Wollemi NP, Wollemi SCA, Yengo NP.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise the impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Please contact the Wollemi Yengo NPWS area office for more information on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Thu 18 Apr 2024, 12.48pm to Tue 15 Oct 2024, 10.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 2.04pm

Closed areas: Glenbrook precinct closure

The Glenbrook precinct will be closed on weekdays for major roadworks, from Monday 29 April to Tuesday 15 October 2024.

Heavy machinery and vehicles will be in operation from Mondays to Fridays during this period. Access beyond the entry gate will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. 

The closed areas (Mondays to Fridays) include:

  • Woodford - The Oaks trail
  • The Single track 
  • Euroka campground
  • Red Hands Cave
  • Red Hands Cave walking track
  • Jack Evans track
  • Nepean lookout
  • Nepean River walking track
  • Pisgah Rock
  • Mount Portal lookout
  • Tunnel View lookout
  • Jellybean Pool
  • Blue Pool
  • Glenbrook Gorge walking track

The precinct will open on weekends, with most areas accessible. 

The following areas will be open on weekends:

  • Euroka picnic area
  • Woodford - The Oaks trail
  • The Single track
  • Mt Portal and Tunnel View lookouts
  • Jellybean Pool
  • Blue Pool 
  • Glenbrook Gorge walking track

Other sections, including Red Hands Cave and Euroka campground, will remain closed over the weekend. The precinct will fully reopen as soon as works are complete.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Thu 18 Apr 2024, 12.38pm to Thu 10 Oct 2024, 10.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 1.50pm

Closed areas: Woodford-Oaks trail closed weekdays until October 2024

Woodford-Oaks trail is closed weekdays to all cyclists and pedestrians due to heavy machinery in operation.

Please note: Both The Oaks track and The Single track will be open to cyclists on weekends.

The trails will fully reopen as soon as works are complete.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 4720 6200 .

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Applies from Wed 15 May 2024, 6.00am to Fri 19 Jul 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 1.16pm

Closed areas: Newnes Campground Closure

Newnes campground in Wollemi National Park is closed for maintenance from Wednesday 15 May to Friday 19 July 2024. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 6336 6200.

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Applies from Fri 3 May 2024, 10.35am to Sat 1 Jun 2024, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 May 2024, 10.37am

Closed areas: Roadworks along Glow Worm Tunnel Road

Minor roadworks along Glow Worm Tunnel Road will take place from Wednesday 10 January to Saturday 1 June 2024. This includes small sections of State Mine Gully Road and Old Bells Line of Road. The road won't be closed, however there will be traffic management in place to guide vehicles around roadworks.

Please exercise caution when driving in the area. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Thu 2 May 2024, 1.56pm to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 10.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 May 2024, 2.00pm

Safety alerts: Bob Turners track - 4WD access only due to damaged road

Bob Turners track in Wollemi NP is currently 4WD access only - not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to recently damaged roads.

Works will be arranged shortly to repair the track.

For more information, contact the local park office on (02) 4720 6200.

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Applies from Thu 2 May 2024, 8.59am to Sat 2 Nov 2024, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Apr 2024, 3.09pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting program from Thursday 2 May 2024 to Friday 1 November 2024 in the following areas:

  • Abercrombie River National Park
  • Abercrombie River State Conservation Area
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park (southern section)
  • Wollemi National Park (Wolga
  • Gardens of Stone National Park
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Area
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For more information, contact the NPWS Kanangra area office at Oberon on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Thu 18 Apr 2024, 2.25pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Apr 2024, 3.43pm

Closed areas: Six Foot Track Part Closure

Due to Jenolan Caves precinct being closed, this end of the Six Foot track will also remain closed. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information please refer to the Jenolan Caves website. 

Applies from Sat 4 Mar 2023, 9.52am. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Apr 2024, 2.41pm

Hazard reduction burns: Red Hand Cave HR

There is a fire in this park called Red Hand Cave HR. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 18 Apr 2024, 1.43pm to Mon 30 Sep 2024, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 28 May 2024, 11.19am

Closed areas: Northern section of park closed for ground pest control operation

Northern section of park closed for a ground pest control operation.

 

The northern section of Burragorang State Conservation Area is closed between 6pm and 6am every day, except weekends, between 29 April and 30 Sep 2024 for a ground pest control operation.

The closure will extend from Ridge Road & Fire Trail 10a through to the northern extent of the park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Hawkesbury-Nattai Area Office at (02) 4720 6200.

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Applies from Wed 2 Feb 2022, 9.20am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Sun 19 May 2024, 3.50pm

Closed areas: Roads closed due to flood damage

The following roads in this park are closed due to storm and flood damage:

  • California trail - closed until late June 2024
  • Martindale trail - closed until June 2024

Visitor areas that are currently closed include:

  • California Hut - closed until late June 2024

Gates have been locked, and signs are in place on closed roads. Expected reopening times are subject to weather delays.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Bulga area office.

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Applies from Thu 23 Feb 2023, 4.32pm to Fri 31 May 2024, 4.49pm. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Mar 2024, 10.22am

Safety alerts: Remote walking track conditions

Remote routes within the Kanangra Wilderness Area including Kanangra to Katoomba (K2K) trail have been impacted by heavy fire regrowth and flood damage.

In some places, tracks are no longer visible and are not easy to navigate, taking longer to traverse than expected. Limited to zero water sources are currently available along routes.

If you plan to walk in the area, please ensure you have an appropriate level of experience, navigation skills and equipment including Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). 

Mobile reception is limited so alternative communication methods are strongly recommended.

For more information, contact the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Tue 21 Mar 2023, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Apr 2024, 5.01pm

Closed areas: Six Foot track - Bowtells Bridge closure

Bowtells swing bridge on Six Foot track is closed to protect public safety. An upgrade is being planned and the bridge is expected to reopen in May 2024. Signs and barriers are in place to prevent access onto the bridge.

Crown Lands, which manages the bridge, is advising track users not to attempt to cross Coxs River. Any attempts to cross the river are at your own risk and are discouraged due to the potential for slips or falls, rainfall and risk of flash flooding.

For further information visit the Six Foot track website.

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Applies from Fri 29 Sep 2023, 4.04pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Sep 2023, 4.08pm

Closed areas: Kanangra-Boyd management trail closures

The following fire trails in Kanangra-Boyd National Park are closed due to flood events and current track conditions:

  • Mini Mini/Waterfall Creek
  • Beefsteak Creek
  • Gilbraltar
  • Budthingaroo
  • Mumbedah

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kanangra area office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Wed 23 Nov 2022, 2.08pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Apr 2024, 10.30am

Closed areas: Wheeny Creek campground - Boobook section closed

The Boobook campground and picnic area within Wheeny Creek campground has permanently closed due to flood damage. Please note that the rest of Wheeny Creek precinct remains open for bookings.  Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4720-6200.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/picnic-areas/gordon-falls-picnic-area/local-alerts

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