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National Rugby League Side Canterbury Gets Government OK For $93M Project

04 / 18 / 14

National Rugby League side Canterbury Bulldogs "has received the government's go-ahead" for a A$100M ($93M) project "to transform its premises at Belmore into a six-star hotel and create new revenue streams that should guarantee the financial security and strength of the Bulldogs," according to Dani...

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