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R 2018 R 2017 DECEMDBEECEMBE

THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE

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DECEMBER ARTICLES

LETTER FROM

FEATURE TRIPS: ● Killingworth ● Caves to Caves ● Wheeney Creek ● Driver Training ● Trophy and Xmas party including photos OTHER NEWS: ● Farina newsletter ● 4WDNSW meeting minutes ● Snake survival ● Advice from the Sergeant-at-arms ● Notice of approval of grant for defib

OUR SPONSORS: Traction4/ARB Battery Business Berrima Diesel Service GPSOZ RFI Antennas Self drive adventures This Month’s Cover photo was taken as Santa presented naughty boys with a bundle of sticks or sweets...

THE EDITOR

G’day I believe we have a bumper magazine for you this month...you will be able to take it with you to read over the holiday period :-) There are trip reports around Killingworth, driver training, the ever-popular Caves to Caves and Wheeney Creek led by Paul Brennan, an article on snakebite survival (could be a few snakes around over xmas), minutes from 4WDNSW most recent meeting, and if you have been to that unique town in SA called Farina, there is a newsletter from the mob running the restoration. Looking at the cover, you will see that xmas started early for some of the children (and adults)...and there is a bunch of photos inside from the xmas party held at Rydal. I have included some additional photos from the Mike Bell Memorial Trophy with Sandra’s trip report. By the way if you would like me to email you any pics in the magazine, just let me know. And of course give some thought to charities for potential club support for the next 12 months If you are spending dollars on your vehicle/lifestyle in preparation for the holiday, please consider spending them at one or more of our sponsors. We hope your holidays are fun-filled and safe and that we see you back in 2019. Bah humbug Kevin

Trip reports articles and photos can be sent to me by: Email: editor@awdc.com.au Or in person at the meetings. This magazine is printed solely for the benefit of our members and any article appearing may be wholly or partially fictitious. Therefore, nothing printed herein should be construed as a true interpretation of the Club, its members or their activities. Please support our Club sponsors, give them a chance to quote the best price. Where a discount is available it will be offered on production of your Membership card.

Closing date for next month’s magazine: 27th December 2018

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Letter to the editor

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (well, not so much a letter to me, but a response to Brian’s thanks to ARB for their hospitality; again please feel free to write to vent or to laud or to just express an opinion to editor@awdc.com.au)

Our pleasure Brian and thank you again to you and the club for your support over the last 3 years here at Brookvale. I believe we have been able to build something special down here at Brookvale and it can only continue to grow with the support of such great customers as yourselves. We are very excited about our new store coming on line in Feb 2019 and are looking forward to the next chapter in the life of ARB Brookvale! regards Mark and all the team at ARB Brookvale

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4WDNSW NEWS Hi all, There is no president's report this month. Craig is too busy at meetings and doing the pre-reading that is required to have the time to write it. I am not writing it for him, but rather telling you what he has been doing so you understand why he hasn't done it for you. Since the last newsletter there have been many things happening. The Adventure Show for one. It was a great success and takes up so much time - before, during and after. Craig spends a lot of time on it, but not nearly as much as the Show Committee and in particular Darren Calleia, Shane McClymont, Anthony Timmins and Brian Bird. They all do a great job. The "Show Wrap Up Meeting" is tonight at the Liverpool Catholic Club. The weekend after the Adventure Show Craig went to Hobart for the AGM for 4WD Australia. Craig is the Secretary and the Public Office on that committee. Tomorrow there is a meeting at Dragways with ARB and others to discuss the training track and if there is a future for it. Tomorrow night is the Exec Committee meeting again at Liverpool Catholic Club. The Minister has replied to the submission on Mt Airly, so that needs follow up meetings etc.There will be more said about this at the AGM on Saturday. The Bush Fire Volunteers have offered the Association a two page spread in the magazine to talk about what the Association is all about. So Craig has written and submitted that for them. He has been to a Vehicle Standard Working Group meeting at Central last week to discuss Brake Testing. From what I gather it was an explosive meeting ending with someone walking out. The result was that everyone else was being more cautious with their opinions and some progress was made after that. On Friday there is a meeting at Hurstville for the Ministers Advisory Committee - they will discuss the Snowy Mountains Scheme and what is happening down there. Another meeting with the same group on December 6th. Expect to hear about this at the AGM if there is time. There is a meeting on Saturday night in the Hunter Region for the DTU. This is to discuss where they are at and where they go next. He also wrote the President's report for the handbook. So you will get that on Saturday at the AGM. Anyone who went to the Jamboree in April will know that Craig broke his Landcruiser. I think it was the tail shaft - again. So the car still isn't fixed. If you know Craig you will also know that he does most of the repairs himself. He hasn't been 4WDriving since J18 and needs to get it fixed for a Triple Diamond Training weekend next week so our daughter Kelly can do the training. He was fixing the car on Sunday but I called him into work to help me pack THE BOX for the AGM. I needed a forklift driver to move some pallets around and that's Craig. He never seems to get the time to fix his own car because our son Nathan also has a Landcruiser and it has jumped the queue for repairs by Craig 3 times since Easter. Sorry to all the Landcruiser owners, but they seem to spend a lot of time broken on my front lawn. Maggie Thomas

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4WDNSW NEWS Driver Training Unit. The DTU is busily doing the training in various areas. Remember if you need training - you need to contact the DTU. The best way is via the "Contact the DTU" form on the website. Training events are created when there is a need for it. So if you want it you must tell them. The guys are doing a great job and the reports coming back to the Committee are full of praise for the professionalism and the quality of the training. Put your hand up for training ASAP. 4WD Adventure Handbook & Events Calendar. THE BOX is all packed up ready to go. If you are local to the Seven Hills area you are welcome to come in this week to pick up THE BOX for your club. Our address is Clever Products - Unit 19/195 Prospect Highway Seven Hills. 1300 79 79 79. 8am to 5pm. The Show Wrap Up Meeting is on tonight at Liverpool Catholic Club, so THE BOX can be taken there for you tonight if you are in that area. But you must let me know NOW. The boxes that are not collected prior will be taken to the AGM like last year. We will take SYDNEY REGION, HUNTER REGION, CENTRAL WEST REGION and SOUTHERN REGION. If you are in the NORTHERN REGION or MONARO we will only take them to the meeting if you RSVP. Usually there are only a couple of clubs that come to the meeting because of distance (a special thank you to those that do because it is a long way to come). Maggie Thomas

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Sergeant-at-arms From the archives:

At the December meeting we will be voting on our Charity for 2018-2019. The Charity will be the recipient of money raised from fining sessions at Club General meetings. Each month members will be required to bring along an item which will be advised at the previous meeting. Members who do not have this item will be fined. However, this will not preclude members from a fine if the Sergeant-at-arms decides to extract money from any individual. At the December meeting all members are requested to wear or carry an item relevant to the Christmas spirit. I ask that you all support our Charity at each meeting with a gold coin (or two or three ‌‌.) I take this opportunity of wishing all members a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and safe New year. Harold Zev Sergeant-At-Arms

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MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS

ADMINISTRATION CLUB MEETINGS Are generally held at 8pm on the second Wednesday of every month at the Forestville RSL Club, 22 Melwood Ave, Forestville NSW. Note: Bistro meals are available VISITORS ARE MOST WELCOME! COMMITTEE MEETINGS Are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of every month commencing at 7.30pm. Should Club members wish to attend please contact the President or Secretary to confirm the date and venue. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Is held in conjunction with the October Club General Meeting. MEMBERSHIP FINANCIAL YEAR The Membership financial year is from 1 July to 30 June. NOMINATED CHARITY FY 2017/2018 All funds raised by the Sergeant-at-Arms for misdemeanours, real or imagined, will be donated to Bear Cottage

LIFE MEMBERS • Kevin Couter • Steve Dalli • Sue Dutfield • Neil Follett • Steve Hedges • Brian Mitchell • Brian Sommerville

President - president@awdc.com.au Brad Paull | 0418 251 553 Vice President - vicepresident@awdc.com.au Brian Sommerville | 0408 281734 Secretary - secretary@awdc.com.au Sue Dutfield | 0409 0045368 Treasurer - treasurer@awdc.com.au Fiona Wilson | Trip Co-ordinator - trips@awdc.com.au Joc Mannes | 0420 560 104 Editor - editor@awdc.com.au Kevin Couter | 0412 410 830 Membership Registrar - membership@awdc.com.au Liz Hayes | 0409 842141 Training Officer - drivertraining@awdc.com.au Steve Cox | 0416 769 634 Webmaster - webmaster@awdc.com.au Mark Kortink | 0419574881

GENERAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS Assistant Trip Co-ordinator - trips@awdc.com.au John Phibbs | 0412 575 151 Assistant Editor - editor@awdc.com.au Kirsten Sommerville | 0415 281734 Assistant Training Officer - drivertraining@awdc.com.au David Knight | 0418 744 200 Assistant Membership Registrar Alister Hayes | 0419 413044 DVD Librarian - librarian@awdc.com.au Chris Walker | 0407 314 543 NSW-ACT 4WD Assn Rep - association@awdc.com.au Steve Hedges | 0481 183 871 Purchasing Officer - shop@awdc.com.au Jenny Cammell | 0415 826 504 Quartermaster - quartermaster@awdc.com.au Rob Cammell | 0459817405 Raffle Officer - raffle@awdc.com.au Sandra Parkin | 0416 245 928 Sergeant-at-Arms - sergeant@awdc.com.au Harold Zevl | 0425 322 072

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PO Box 1371 Parramatta NSW 2124

Phone 1800 646 630 secretary@4wdnow.com Greater Sydney Region Meeting Venue: Granville RSL Club. 22-10-2018 Minutes taken by: Craig Thomas Chair: Shane McClymont Meeting Opened: 7.30pm Subject

Details

Attendance

Shane McClymont (Sydney Districts/Crossed Up), Nigel Ward (Sydney Districts), Craig Thomas (Triple Diamond), John Beard (Sturt), Bruce Fenwick (Sydney Districts), John Hurcum (Jackaroo), John Hocking (Subaru), David Wellham (Subaru), Dean Plumrige (Blue Mountains), Barry Caudle (Syd Jeep), Charlie Grasso (Dust’n’Dirt), Les Smith (Georges River), Anthony Woods (Macarthur), Robert Matysiak (Sturt), Rom Owen (Family 4x4), Matt Smith (TRAX).

Apologies

Darren Calleia, Wolfgang Lerchner, Michael Lennon, Phillip Favaloro, Brian Bird, Denley Richards

Minutes

Previous minutes proposed an accurate record of previous meeting. Moved: Barry Caudle Second: Charlie Grasso All in attendance were in favour.

Business Arising/ corrections

Nil

Executive

• Mt Airly will have some closures for feral shooting, check with the •

• • • • • • DTU

web site. Letter has been delivered to the minister with the proposal to manage the area. Craig Spoke about the National meeting in Hobart on the weekend, as it was an AGM the committee stood down, then a proposal was put forward that a management committee be put in place to create some transparency in to the handling of the money that has been stolen from the association, this will be a temporary thing and as soon as they have the situated settled and come up with a way to move forward we will have an election to move forward. Suspension alignment between the states was a hot topic and hopefully will continue with the support of the AAAA. We shared a post from Lithgow about patrolling Newnes area, hopefully this will help bring some control to the area. There are no new road closures in the newness area or at the lost city. There has been a lightning strike near the Tramway and has started an underground fire in a shale deposit. Coolah will be held on the weekend of the February Quarterly, please put it into your trip calendar. Reminder for the AGM

• need people to step up to be trainers and assessors in the Sydney region.

Action


Adventure Show

• Thank you for everyone’s help at the show and it was a huge success even with the weather. Hopefully we will have the dates for next year as soon as possible.  We need to move away from Time attack.

General Business

• Shane mentioned the drive days for the special needs children and hopefully run the event.

• A Sydney district spokesperson told us about there drought relief program, it is being run in conjunction with APEX and how they have organised it. Some good discussion was had and he invited other clubs to go with them on the next run in November. Please contact Sydney Districts. Close/ Next meeting  

With no further business, meeting closed at 9.15pm Next meeting: Granville Diggers, 26-11-2018 (the last one for year)


PRESIDENT REPORT BRAD PAULL

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, Firstly I’d like to thank everyone for the opportunity to be President again. It was a pleasure to hear that there was a round of applause when Brian informed the November meeting of my appointment. It is an honour to lead this amazing 4WD club again. For those that don’t really know my style of meetings, I plan on focussing on more a social style. Hopefully there will be lots of trip reports and great guest speakers. If you are on a trip and have been allotted the job of either verbal or written reports, could you please do it ASAP! This is really what everyone who comes to the meeting and reads the magazine wants to hear and read. I will try to keep the formal parts of the meeting to a minimum so when we finish early we can hang around and meet new people and learn from each other. There is a HUGE wealth of knowledge within this club, so please hang around after the meetings and chat. This is why we all joined a 4WD club! This month we have Bear Cottage to receive the donations from last year. Thank You to everyone for their donations, we will be handing a cheque to the value of $3404. We need to select our new charity for this year, so please think about a charity for this year and we can talk about it at this month’s meeting. Looking forward to seeing you all at Forestville RSL on Wednesday 12th. Brad Paull

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VICE PRESIDENT REPORT BRIAN SOMMERVILLE

Hi all I hope you enjoyed the BBQ and visit to ARB last month. Many thanks to Mark and the crew for hosting the evening and to Harold Zev for organising the BBQ. Was also good to look under the Ford Raptor so thanks to Jonathan and Linda for bringing along their new toy. A great night had by all. For December I have asked Clare from Bear Cottage to come along to educate us about the great work Bear Cottage undertakes and of course receive their well deserved cheque. Along with a presentation from the recently run “Trophy” event, should make it a fun filled night. Don’t forget to wear something in the Christmas spirit or risk being fined by our Sergeant of Arms. Ian Ferret from RFI will be coming along in February to talk about their new Cel-Fi product and of course March’s meeting will be at Battery Business for another great BBQ and lots of chat about “Why is my beer is getting warm?” Just debating if it's worth organising a guest speaker for January as it’s generally a quieter meeting than normal. I’ll do a quick check on Wednesday to see how many members plan to attend.

See you at the meeting. Cheers Brian PS who ever reads a manual?

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GENERAL MEETING MINUTES SUE DUTFIELD

MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING OF MEMBERS: Held Wednesday, 14th November, 2018 AT: ARB Brookvale MEETING OPENED: 8:01pm CHAIR: Brian Sommerville, Vice President MINUTES: Sue Dutfield, Secretary ATTENDANCE BOOK: The attendance book was made available for members and visitors to sign APOLOGIES: Libby & Jim Polson, Di Compton, Danny Kildare, Scott & Sandra Parkin, Dave & Lisa Knight, Kevin & Karen Couter, Liz & Alister Hayes, Joc Mannes, Graham Hills, Bruce Mann, Lori Morgan, Katy Cox, Kim Milburn, Mike Hurwitz, Dave Wilson, Brad Paull. VISITORS: Dan Kerrigan, Gary Glover, Neil Larking, Palo, L. Greves MATTERS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES: - None MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING: The minutes from the previous meeting were taken as read and it was resolved that: “The Minutes of the previous meeting held on 10th October be confirmed and signed as a true & correct record". Moved by: Peter Dutfield

Seconded by: Dorothy Bell

PRESIDENT’S REPORT Brian Sommerville (as chairperson) ● Brad Paull has been appointed as president by the general committee. ● Donation of $1000 for drought relief was given to the Lions Club Drought Relief Fund ● Call for new nominations for this months charity. NSW Drought Charity run by the CWA was nominated by Dot Bell. Dot spoke to the nomination ● Award certificates were handed out to Best Written Report of the year, Ian Cotterill; Trip Leader of the year, Mark Kortink; Best Verbal Report, Mal Chandler; and Clubman of the Year, Adrian Scott VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT Brian Sommerville ● Xmas party had 117 people and all had a wonderful time. Thanks to Liz, Dot and the boys who did the BBQ on Sunday morning. ● Trophy ran to plan C due to unforeseen circumstances. All had a great day and it was one of the best from both social and competition aspects. Special mention of an email received thanking the trophy organisers from Hayley and Kirk Corser and from Marg and Gary Chu ● A special thank you to Jonathon and Linda who brought along their new Ford Raptor ● Guest Speakers - ARB Brookvale who also donated the raffle prizes

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SECRETARY’S REPORT ● As per magazine

Sue Dutfield

TREASURER’S REPORT ● As per magazine

Fiona Wilson

MEMBERSHIP REGISTRAR’S REPORT ● As per magazine

Liz Hayes (absent)

EDITOR’S REPORT Kevin Couter (absent) ● As per magazine 4WD TRAINING OFFICER’S REPORT Steve Cox ● As per magazine ● Next driver training is 24-25 November 2018 - is now full ● December additional driver training - date to confirm ● Certificates handed out to Gary Lightfoot, Dave Wrbik, Troy Tester, Michael Walker, Matty Moore Harry Polis, Graham Collis, Darren Tester TRIP CO-ORDINATOR’S REPORT Joc Mannes (away) ● As per magazine ● We need more trip leaders and trips ● Peter Newell has sent 5 more trips to Joc ● Stewart Milburn to lead a trip to Bendethera for the Australia Day Long Weekend 4WD NSW & ACT ASSOCIATION NEWS Brian Sommerville ● The Association Annual General meeting is coming up next weekend. ● Access to their website has been changed There is now only one access for the whole club. The details are on our website. WEBMASTER Mark Kortink (absent) ● No report PURCHASING OFFICER’S REPORT Jenny Cammell ● As per magazine ● See me if you wish to purchase anything and or collect orders. DVD OFFICER’S REPORT ● As per magazine

Chris Walker

SERGEANT- AT- ARMS ● Nil Collect double next month

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RAFFLE OFFICER Sandra Parkin ● Winners of the raffle: (all prizes donated by ARB Brookvale NitroLight Pack - Rebecca Rinaldo Adventure Light - Justin Bates LED Head Lamp - Dave Quartly DRIVER of the MONTH AWARD ● Brian Sommerville for somehow bending the fuel pipe inside his fuel tank OTHER BUSINESS ● Harold was wished a happy birthday ● Liz Hayes has a few things that were left over from the Xmas party. Ie Tongs, bowls etc ● Thanks to all the helpers on the BBQ tonight MEETING CLOSED at 8:46pm NEXT MEETING The next meeting will be held at Forestville RSL on 12th December, at 8:00pm.

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TREASURER’S REPORT Fiona Wilson

AWDC Treasurer’s Report for the month of November 2018 The main event that occurred in October was the AGM and Monster Raffle. The month of November is a non-reporting month. Items of note include: 1. For the month of November we raised a net of $222.10 towards our October 2019 AGM raffle. Thanks to ARB for donating prizes for the raffle. 2. As our meeting was held at ARB Brookvale, no fines were collected. WIth Brad Paull becoming Club President, we are looking for a new “Sergeant at Arms”. Subsequent to the meeting, Harold Zev has offered (and accepted by the Committee) to fill this role. Many thanks Harold. 3. At our December meeting we will presenting the Club’s donation to Bear Cottage which totals $3,404. Congratulations to all for making this years’ charity donation a success. At our January meeting, we will be voting for the 2018/2019 Club charity. Please send any suggestions to the Committee or directly to Kevin, our editor, for inclusion in the magazine. 4. In November saw the renewal of the Club’s “Wild Apricot” subscription for our website. The charge this year is $1,386 (2018: $A994). As the Club has grown, our platform level has been upgraded. 5. In November the Mike Bell Memorial Trophy and Christmas party were held at Rydal. Despite the poor weather and subsequent course changes, both functions were well attended and by all accounts enjoyed by all. The event spend of $1,417 came within budget ($2,500). Due to the change in the event, it is proposed to re-run the Trophy next year. Special thanks goes to Irving Underwood, Dave Knight, Neil Follett, Harold Zev and Brian Sommerville and all the many helpers for all their efforts in organising and conducting the trophy. Well done under extremely trying conditions. 6. On the Saturday night of the Trophy weekend, the Christmas party was also held. The cost of the party was $2,830 again coming within budget ($3,500). Congratulations to Liz Hayes and Dot Bell for organising another successful and merry event. .

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Treasurer’s report continued

7. Finally, the P&L for the period July to November 2018, has a profit of $2,640.53 Wishing all members and their families a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR. Until next month. Fiona

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MEMBERSHIP REGISTRAR REPORT LIZ HAYES

I’m pleased to say we have 284 memberships. I would like to welcome Linda Prisk, Jonathan Swain, Pawel Tryfon, Daniel Kerrigan and Eugeniu Jalba as our newest members to the Club. If you haven’t received your name badge could you come and see me at the meeting or email me at membership@awdc.com.au and I will send it out to you. I would like to wish all our Club Members and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. See you in our big country, somewhere. Thanks Liz

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TRIP CO-ORDINATOR REPORT Joc Mannes

Hi Folks, Season’s Greetings! So what has been going on on the tracks and is about to happen…….. Lots is the simple answer. Not only have we just had a fabulous Trophy and Christmas party but Paul Brennan’s attempts to become trip leader of the year have also started. Scott Parkin led a group of over 20 vehicles on a Caves to Caves monster trip (assisted by Dave Knight and Paul Brennan). No one was left behind in any potholes and the campsite needed only minor persuasion to accommodate such a large group. Paul Brennan has already led two of his repertoire of trips this year, Killingworth and Wheeney Creek. To top it off he has also written the trip reports. By the time you read this i will be in the Victorian High Country with another group of 8 who have been given permission to escape Christmas present buying duties. Coming up in January is the long planned Thailand trip. Paul Br is leading a Mt Airley B grade trip and Stuart Millburn (assisted by Brian Sommerville) has put up a trip to Bendethera over Australia day for 16 attendees. Large groups on C grade trips seem to be a bit of a theme as the February Victorian High country trip has also become two groups. And the hope is that 20 attendees will run 3 or 4 groups to the July Central Australia Uluru trip. As well as Paul Br trips throughout the year Peter Newell has also put up 4 trips which at the moment are to mystery destinations. Keep an eye out for emails as trip opening days approach and I send out the announcements. Also if you are booked on a trip the reminders and requests are all sent by email. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Joc

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CAVES TO CAVES Group 3 NOVEMBER 2018

Group 3 Attendees Paul Brennan – Trip Leader (and report writer) – Jeep JKU Richard Destefanis & Michelle - Landcruiser Malcolm James – Prado Paul Marnoch – Prado Joe Ramisch & Di – Isuzu (verbal trip report) Ian Roberts - Landcruiser Adrienne Vukovic – Prado Stumpy, what more can I say ! Due to the overwhelming popularity of this trip, there were about 27 vehicles that were booked to come along, so instead of saying “no”, the trip was split into three groups. I was “volunteered” (thanks Scott) to lead the third group starting at Jenolan Caves end. Our meeting point was the corner of Jenolan Caves Rd and Duckmaloi Rd (Million Acre Forest), ready to leave at “9am” – hmm, who chose that silly time ? After “allegedly” arriving late at 10am (somebody may have snoozed my alarm or simply changed my clock back to non-daylight savings time), everybody was keen to go. Dave Knight and I set off at different times, but in the same direction. My plan was to head down past Rocks of Gibraltar lookout, through Jenolan Caves and then to Kanangra Walls taking a few side tracks along the way, eventually ending up at the campsite at Dingo Dell We took off down the bitumen, before turning left into the state forest and airing down. It was a bit foggy. The group was getting keen, so off we went to look at the magnificent views from the Gibraltar lookout Not the exact photo, but you get the idea … After standing around in the cold for 15 minutes, we started the descent towards the Cox’s River. Gravity is your friend on this track and all was going well as we all traversed many difficult obstacles – big rocks and water run-off mounds. We were going through a relatively easy part of the track when the call comes over the radio – “I’m stuck”.

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Being the ever-diligent trip leader, I remained in the warmth of the Jeep (heated seats on) and asked Ian if he needed assistance. To my dread, he said “yes”. Oh well, off I went up the track to see what his problem was. Somehow, he had managed to get his diff hung up on a small tree stump (all other cars with lower clearance managed to avoid this obstacle ???). Not the exact stump, but similar to … Anyway, Richard and I got together and put our problem-solving hats on, with the following results: 1. Ian to provide snatch strap and Malcolm to give him a simple tug backwards to get off the stump – result: no traction, so both cars spinning 2. Richard to grab his winch extension strap so that the Prado can go further back to get traction – result: ditto to item (1) 3. More head scratching and Richard offers to try the tug, but then Ian says “I have a winch, how about I try that?”. I said “wow, what a great idea, maybe we should have started with that !”. So, I wound out the winch, attached it to the tree, got everything ready and the winch is dead – more groaning. 4. Ian comes up with his second amazing idea – “I have lockers, should I try these ?”. I said “wow, what a great idea, maybe we should have started with that!”. Anyway, you know the result – Ian engages lockers, but he has already dug four deep holes, so still no traction – more groaning. 5. End result – the two cars behind me get out of the way, I manage to turn around and drive back up the track, roll out my (working) winch and manage to pop him over the stump The upside – everybody got a chance to see how to do a world-class recovery. Hence, Ian’s new nickname – Stumpy. The rest of the group avoided this obstacle and we continued down to the bottom of the valley, crossed an enormous creek – 6in deep and 2ft wide – and headed back up the other side. The track was very dry and there was only a bit of wheel spin.

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Joe and Di had a bit of trouble on one washout, so stumpy thought he would head down and help them out to make up for his previous delays. After nearly guiding them backwards to put the Isuzu on its side, we all made it to the top. Another 20 minutes along the six-foot track and we were back to the bitumen. We stopped for a spot of lunch and headed off through Jenolan Caves. The drive was slow, so we didn’t bother airing back up. We had a brief comfort stop at the Caves and spotted this left-hand drive 4runner with NSW plates. We left the Caves and headed off to the Walls, taking a few side tracks on the way – nothing difficult, but great driving. We arrived at Kanangra Walls about 3.30pm and went for the 15-minute walk down to the lookout – I hadn’t been there before and was stunned at the spectacular views. We were meant to be at the campsite about 3pm, so left here about 4pm (yep, late again). We went via the Kowmung River which was quite low, It took us about an hour to get to camp and everybody was really looking forward to relaxing around the campfire. We were lucky enough to be able to have access to the 4WD Association property and were very impressed with the campsite (once we found some flat ground among the tufts of grass. A black snake made it way out of the wood pile, but all was ok. The fire was excellent, and some people brought out the camp ovens for a tasty slow cooked dinner. There was some slight drizzle overnight and people hit the sack by 11pm. In the morning, we came across of a few of these not-so-little nasties: An early start the next day (9.15am) saw our group heading off to Wombeyan Caves. A reasonably uneventful drive along forest roads and backtracks was the order of the day. We made a stop at the Mt Werong campground and thought we might try to visit the top of Mt Werong. After spending 15 mins driving around the base, it was a bust. We probably could have walked it, but there didn’t appear to be much to see through the trees.

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We did stop at the old Ruby mine for morning tea, but a lot of the access had been closed off. We finally arrived at Wombeyan Caves around 12.30pm (only half-hour behind schedule). Ian and Paul opted out of the caves tour (scared of the dark maybe) and headed back to Sydney. We chose the self-guided walk and were rewarded with some spectacular sights. We had a short lunch break and then headed home via Mittagong. A great trip organised by Scott Parkin and helped by David Knight.

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And Caves to caves from a slightly different perspective… By Chris Polis I’ve been building this truck for two months, getting it all ready for this trip. Unfortunately, when I jumped in it that morning, the most simple but crucial element let me down – a flat battery! Nonetheless, with a good push and a clutch start, we made our way to Jenolan Caves Road. On arrival, I went to my toolbox and sure enough, one of the locks had seized. As you can see in the picture, the car was always parked ready for a push. After a gathering of the troops, we were on our way, with Dave as our leader and Ricky as our tail end charlie. Down the Jenolan Caves Road, we passed through an awesome cave and up to Kanangra Walls. An easy trek had us at the lookout, with great views. We had lunch, and then we made our way to Dingo Dell. The roads were dusty and corrugated, and after a water crossing, we unlocked the gates to our private campground. We were the last of three groups to arrive but we ended up finding a great flat site.

After setting up camp, I was still itching for some more 4WDing. We gave up the campfire and continued to explore. We were warned and warned about the superstition of the four o’clock track, but we broke traditions and got back with no drama. A quick dinner and a great night’s sleep, and we ready to go. Even with the brand new tyres, new suspension, a 2-inch lift and 1HZ power, I managed to drop the truck into a rut going up a steep hill. With no starter motor, and only a radio, I had to call for help. We managed to reverse the truck back down onto a flat section, and tried a different line, which was a success. We continued towards the Wombeyan Caves. After a few wrong turns and some amazing scenery, we found ourselves at the caves for lunch. The drive from the caves to the highway was almost the scariest part of the trip. We all had a great time. Thanks everyone for the great trip.

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FARINA NEWS NOVEMBER 2018 Volunteer registration at https://farinarestoration.com/where-is-farina/volunteers/

2019 Farina Group Work Program Welcome to the 11th Farina Work Program. The attached form and notes set out the registration requirements for the program. Please use the form as a guide to the information you will need to provide when using the website. This year we are asking all applicants to register through the Farina Group website please. This is the link: https://farinarestoration.com/where-is-fari na/volunteers/ Should this be impossible for you for any reason then please email Cathie at farinagroup@hotmail.com who will assist you. With increasing numbers of applications we may have to discuss with you the possibility of weeks other than your first choice. Please indicate which weeks you are available also stating clearly the weeks you are not available. There will be a wide range of tasks available, including presenting Farina to visitors. With Patterson’s house at the lock up stage there will be less heavy building activity, concentrating on fitting out. Of course there will continue to be the core activities of maintaining the ruins and the grounds of the old township. More and more Farina is now an historic inland township and when visitors leave we must ensure they feel better for having been there. We look forward to your participation in 2019 Regards Tom Harding, President Farina Restoration Group www.farinarestoration.com

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE: Information to assist you with filling out the 2019 Volunteer Registration form. All Volunteers at Farina: Must be registered. ● This is an adults only program. ● Will work on Farina projects according to their skills and abilities. ● Are expected to stay in the camp site at Farina with the group. ● Agree to be directed by the team leader on their activities Selecting your Dates We would like you to arrive on Saturday and leave on Saturday Select 2 weeks Maximum that you wish to stay, but also your UNAVAILABLE weeks. Single weeks are available, particularly in weeks 1 and 8. Your selection can start on either odd or even weeks. If you are unsure of your dates suggest alternatives in the information section of the Volunteer Registration form. We need to ensure that there are not more than a maximum number of volunteers in any week, thus we may have to discuss with you alternative dates, or place you on a waiting list. Potential bakers should discuss their schedules with Laurie mazloz1@bigpond.com (0427 587 362), but still need to complete the registration form and return it. General information The Bakery will operate from Week 1 (Saturday May 25 2019) to the end of week 8 (Saturday July 20 2019). Date of the Cricket match (maybe Sat 15 June) and Bell Memorial (maybe Sun 16 June). Mon 10 June 2019 is a Public Holiday in SA. Queens’s birthday. School Holidays 2019. Vic & QLD from Sat 29 June to Sun 16 July (W6&7). SA & NSW from Sat 7 to Sun 22 July (W7&8) Local Events 2019 Marree Picnic Races Sat 8 June and Sun 9th June 2019 - please confirm prior to making plans Marree Camel Cup Races Sat 6 July 2019 – please confirm prior to making plans Birdsville Red Bash July 9 to July 11 2019 Additional enquiries Contact Cathie at farinagroup@hotmail.com

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KILLINGWORTH NIGHT LOOP 10 NOVEMBER 2018

Attendees Paul Brennan – Jeep (Trip Leader and Trip Report) Shane Davidson – Landcruiser Mark Kortink – Hilux Warwick Britton – Patrol After meeting at McDonald’s on the M1 at 5pm, we headed north to the town of Killingworth, and on to the main trail. For those that haven’t driven the Killingworth loop, it is a 10km circuit that takes about six hours to drive (minimal stops, no recoveries) involving mud, water holes, rock climbs, steep ascents and descents, creek crossings and swamp driving. The general recommendation is lockers, 2” lift, winch and big tyres. It is probably a B-grade trip but could easily become A-grade after rain. Here we are under the main M1 freeway airing down, about 5.30pm. The start of the track tends to follow the powerlines, with gradual climbs (rock steps or chicken tracks) and then descends, before heading in to the bush. We had a brief stop for dinner and this pretty much sums up the rest of the trip. We had an uneventful night, with no damage, but had plenty of fun, exiting the bush at 11.30pm. Feedback Incidents Causing Vehicle Damage:- eg punctures, tree contact, mechanical failures NIL Incidents Causing Personal Injury:- eg vehicle occupants, during recoveries, on foot, in camp NIL Unexpected Track Conditions:- eg wash outs, locked gates, higher grade than planned LOCKED GATE AT START, BUT SIDE TRACK OPEN Camping:- eg site condition, facilities, closure, N/A Other Information:- eg additional passengers or drivers, procedures that didn’t work, inappropriate behaviour. PAUL BRENNAN SHOULD BE TRIP LEADER OF THE YEAR

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SNAKES and what you should know Submitted by Kirsten Sommerville

Original article by Melanie Rees on 20th July 2012 It’s vital for any camper or hiker to know what to do if a snake bites you. But, more importantly, what you should do to avoid getting into that situation in the first place. Writing the title of this article, let alone the content, makes me shudder. And each encounter with a snake during my camping expeditions has given me heart palpitations. However, it’s an irrational fear as there are rarely any deaths from snakes in Australia. Knowing a little bit about snake behaviour and adopting these easy tips could not only save your life but also help you enjoy your camping trip with more confidence. Tips for staying safe around snakes 1. Wear appropriate clothing Nearly all snake bites occur on the ankles, hands and lower parts of the legs so covering up these areas will significantly reduce the possibility that a snake’s venom will enter your bloodstream. You might think you need to wear metal armour to prevent a snake injecting venom, but most venomous snakes in Australia have relatively short fangs and tend to wipe venom into the wound rather than inject it deep into the skin. A good pair of gaiters or jeans will make it more or less impossible for an Australian snake to penetrate the skin. It goes without saying that you should wear closed footwear. Not only will it protect your feet, but it also creates more vibrations than sandals or thongs. This will help scare snakes away before you reach them. 2. Carry first aid Whether you’re going for a short hike or a long camping trip, it’s a good idea to be prepared for the possibility of a snake bite. Your first aid kit should contain pressure immobilisation bandages – heavy crepe bandages are ideal in fact. 3. Ensure you have some form of communication If you’re in an area with no mobile reception, try to source another form of communication or at least let someone, such as a Park Ranger, know your movements. A PLB is an important piece of kit to carry if you’re heading to remote areas. One of the crucial things, if bitten, is to keep the injured limb immobilised, so you’ll need to stay still. Then use a PLB to call for help. 4. Be vigilant when hiking Snakes are incredibly shy creatures and most will feel your foot vibrations and get out of the way before you even see them. There are exceptions though. When snakes are just warming up, they can be slower to react to your presence, and if taken by surprise they can strike without warning. The main tip for hiking is to watch where you’re walking. When hiking over logs and rocks, it’s a good idea to step on the log and then over it, to make sure you can see the other side. Some snakes may also hide in nooks in rock faces or sun themselves on rock ledges so always make sure you can see where you’re putting your hands. Or wear gloves and a long sleeve shirt if you’re climbing up a rocky path. Of course, watching where you walk is easier said than done. When you’re bushwalking, you’re usually looking at your surroundings, not where you’re putting your feet, which is why it’s important to carry first aid equipment and wear proper protection.

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SNAKES and what you should know cont’d Submitted by Kirsten Sommerville

5. Keep your campsite clean Snakes love mice. If you leave rubbish around the camping ground, it can attract rodents and hence snakes. There are many reasons to keep your campsite clean, but if you ever needed an additional incentive, this is it. Snakes also like to hide under things, so keep picnic rugs and other items off the ground when you’re away from the campsite. 6. Check your sleeping bags & boots Because snakes see humans as a threat, it’s incredibly unlikely that a snake will come into a campsite while you’re there. But they could curl up in warm places like your sleeping bag if you leave them it in the open while you’re out. It’s always a good idea to keep sleeping bags closed up in your tent or the in back of the car while you’re out hiking. If you forget, shaking them out is good practice, just to make sure you don’t cuddle up with any unwanted visitors at night. The same goes for shoes. Boots are a bit like hollow logs and even a metre long snake could hide in them. If you’re paranoid like me, you can stuff socks in your boots at night and shake them out in the morning. 7. Be careful when collecting firewood If you have permission to collect firewood, it’s a good idea to wear a long-sleeved shirt and gloves, as snakes often hide under leaf litter and logs. If collecting wood at night, I always carry a torch to ensure I can see where I’m putting my hands and that the stick I’m picking up is indeed a stick. What to do if you encounter a snake If you see a snake, stay calm, back away and wait for it to move. Snakes will only strike humans when they feel threatened. 2. Don’t provoke it or make any sudden movements that they could perceive as a threat. 3. Never try to kill a snake. 4. Like all native animals, they’re protected, but also the majority of bites occur when people try to kill them. 5. If the snake won’t move, don’t poke it with a stick or shovel. Many snakes can strike quickly from a distance. 6. While foot stamping might encourage a snake to move off a track, I’d personally only do this if I am a long distance from the snake (i.e. at least several metres) as it can still be seen as a threatening action, especially if the snake is cornered. Treat all snakes with caution Treat all snakes as potentially dangerous, even if they’re tiny. Baby snakes are just as dangerous as adults are, if not more so. This is partly because they’re more difficult to spot, but they also tend to be more skittish and unpredictable. Even treat dead snakes as dangerous. Snakes can still have biting reflexes and the venom can remain on the fangs long after its death. 1.

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SNAKES and what you should know cont’d Submitted by Kirsten Sommerville

Treating a snakebite 1. Treat all suspected snakebites as life-threatening. 2. In Australia, bites might just look like a superficial scratch and not the two puncture wounds you might expect. 3. Apply a pressure immobilisation bandage to the limb immediately, splint the limb and call an ambulance. 4. Even in a remote location, you should keep the limb immobilised and stay calm and still. 5. The bandage should be applied to the whole length of the limb and be as tight as you would strap a sprained ankle. 6. Never wash or cut the wound, as the hospital will use venom on the skin to identify the snake. 7. Don’t suck out the venom and don’t apply a tourniquet instead of an immobilisation bandage. First aid courses are a good idea if you want specific information as well. Managing your fear of snakes It might be reassuring to know that even though Australia is infamous for its venomous snakes and we love the outdoors, there are far fewer deaths in Australia than America, India, Africa and many other countries. It’s rare for Australian snakes to strike. It’s even more uncommon that the fangs will get through clothing and the skin. When they do, most snakes don’t actually inject any venom or it’s in such small amounts that antivenom isn’t needed. So, there you have it, what every camper should know about snakes If you wear the right clothing, go prepared and stay vigilant, it’s unlikely you will ever get into a situation where you won’t be able to confidently enjoy your holiday. It’s important that you’re prepared, so ensure you have a snake bite kit and first aid kit on you at all times. You might even come to love our slithering friends. After all, they really are beautiful creatures and crucial to the Australian bushland. Sourced from www.snowys.com.au/blog

This is what a pressure immobilisation bandage looks like.

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CHRISTMAS PARTY In conjunction with the Mike Bell trophy 2 - 4 November 2018

Attendees? Everyone mostly. If you were not you missed a great function!

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And a few words from Sandra: A weekend of camping, competing and frivolities at Rydal Showground 2-4th November ATTENDEES: Seriously too many to mention, but you all know who you are. Friday 2nd: Most people arrived at the showground on Friday afternoon, leaving behind Sydney’s sweaty 38 deg temperature for a much more pleasant 26 deg, 30kms out of Lithgow. The catering crew were already very organised for Saturday nights party, with the hall all decorated with Xmas goodies, disco balls and a great sound system. After setting up camp most people joined groups to have a quiet, but much needed drink and to meet new members. Behind the scenes, the Trophy organisers had gone into damage control, as a gate that had all the trophy course behind it, had been locked permanently during the week with the owners unwilling to give access due to safety concerns. Three cars of organisers headed off to see what they could redesign for tomorrows events, while we partied on oblivious. Mother Nature then decided to show what power she had, by sending at dusk, gale force winds, torrential rain, lightning that lit up the showground like daylight and thunder. This went on for an hour, then we all climbed back out of our tents to see what had happened.

Saturday 3rd: After only 4 hours sleep, due to the constant howling wind last night, we were lucky enough to wake to a lovely sunny, but still windy day. We all gathered in the hall, where Irving explained that the course designed was no longer possible and that activities would be set up around the show ground. We were divided into 6 groups of 4 teams and told which activity to head to first, so that we could rotate throughout all events during the morning. We were still working as a team but now we also had to work together as a group and support each other. Our first activity was Reversing through a treed course, with the navigator out of the car directing the driver. Then reverse parking in an area without hitting the rear bar but parking as close as possible. We all then moved on to Under The Bonnet, where the navigators were quizzed on how their cars worked and what certain things did. Our group had had an earlier scramble under the bonnets so that we were well prepared. Our next activity was the Water Course. The navigator had to hold a huge martini glass of water out of the car window, while the driver drove a course of ruts and logs. The amount of remaining water was then measured. By this activity, we had gotten into the swing of the day and remembered we could bribe the judges. The judges on this event were very easy to bribe, especially the blonde female with the container of extra water and the weak wrist. Names withheld to protect their identities.

Contact was made with the organisers who said to go on with the navigation training and information that we should all return to the hall at 7.30 the next morning ready for a briefing.

Event number 4 was Equipment Check. A very formal looking Peter in his hi vis vest and clip board, and laid-back Dave, called out items we should be carrying in our cars, and we were scored on whether we had them or if we knew where they were in the car.

10pm that night, 6 very wide-eyed, wet and muddy men returned to the hall after enduring some sticky situations out on the tracks, while the storm hit. We knew they were alright though, as Neil had his Bakers Delight iced scroll in his hand, which was soon devoured.

Our final activity before lunch was Wheel Placement. We had a course of squeaky crocodiles and pigs we had to run over and if you were successful there was a little squeak. Our group got into trouble for too much sideline assistance. Lunch was had and then the afternoon activities begun.

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The same groups now moved through 3 harder activities. The first one up for us was Bear on a Chair, my nemesis. A large teddy bear is sitting on a chair on a bush track. He has a rope tied around him that then goes up over a tree limb through a pully and then down to be tied onto your bull bar. The idea is to reverse, get the bear to swing, drive forward on the swing and place the bear back on the chair or as close as possible. Everybody had their theory of how to do this, including one mathematical equation being thrown around. But wasn’t it very different, when you got in the car to try to do it. I went from reverse to neutral to reverse to neutral to forward to one bear dumped on his head in the dirt, nowhere near the chair. There was a lot of teddy bear abuse that day. Next up we all headed to the Ball Balance. A central pole had a 5 metre long rope attached at the top. Halfway along the rope is a pipe with a tennis ball balancing on it, then the rest of the rope is attached to your driver’s mirror. You are scored on driving each quarter of a revolution around the centre post, keeping the ball on the pipe, not letting it touch the ground and not pulling it too taught so that the release pin pulls and it all comes apart. With any of these happening you lose all your points. A lot of concentration was needed and the navigator had to advise of the pot holes that were approaching. I think my neck will need chiropractic work done on it. Our final activity for the day was the Blind Folded Driver. The driver is blind folded and instructed through a course by their navigator sitting next to them. This one was hilarious to watch with the death of many witch’s hats and the discovery that a lot of people don’t know their left from their right. This was also a very loud event, with a lot of interesting words being used by the navigators. No divorces have been reported yet.

My favourite viewing of the day was watching 9 year old Andrew, unaccompanied, navigate his blind folded father in a 200 series LC through the course while sitting on a folded up tent, so that he could see over the dashboard. Only a few cones died, and he got a standing ovation. At 5.30pm, after some down time and a change of clothes, the Christmas Party got underway. An array of nibbles was on offer outside the hall, where everyone mingled and chatted about the day. Liz, Dot and their crew had organised a fantastic cold meat and salad smorgasbord for dinner. We settled into a night of eating, drinking and very loud conversation. Irving spoke about some of the day’s events and had the micky taken out on him for his choice of purple psychedelic harem pants as dinner attire. The disco lights and smoke machine went on after dessert and the music was cranked up for us middle age dance diehards, but the floor was taken over by the under 10s crew who had all the good moves. My vote for Man of The Night, goes to 3 year old Toby who worked the dance floor like a real pro. He not only danced all night, but made moves on all the little ladies, as he just couldn’t make his mind up. His father Steve (Driver Trainer), reckons he taught him everything he knows. You can imagine the emoji face I would have just inserted, if I could. Sunday 4th: Another beautiful day was started, with the smell of bacon and eggs in the air. The BBQ crew had risen early and all we had to do was drag our bodies over to the hall for breakfast. We kept the local coffee van lady moving that morning, with the need for caffeine. Santa had heard we were all in town and arrived around 10am to visit the NICE people on his list. All the children managed to make that list with a few adults being called up. I think the adults may have used the weekends bribery method to get on that NICE list.

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An absolutely wonderful weekend was put on by the organisers of the Trophy and the Christmas Party. It was helped along by all who participated in activities, helped run events, washed up, took away bags of garbage, took photos and talked to someone they had not yet met. I hope that my run down of the activities we participated in will encourage new members to come and join us next year in a weekend of fun, mateship, skills improvement and the officials would want me to add, bribery. As said on our club FB page “What a great club we have”. We have found that members are always willing to help you, all you need to do is ask. We have made some amazing lifelong friends in the 6 years we have been members and we wish that for everyone else. Sorry got a bit emotional then. Hope to see you all at next year’s events. Thanks Sandra Parkin

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TRIP - WHEENEY CREEK 2 DECEMBER 2018

Attendees: Paul Brennan – Jeep – Trip Leader (written report) Shane – Toyota Landcruiser Warwick – Nissan Patrol Ian - Toyota Prado (verbal report) After a reasonably quick trip from the Northern Beaches, we met at the trailhead at 10am (yes, a reasonable time) to air down. The temperature was creeping towards the high 20’s, so it was going to be a hot one. Wheeny Creek is a one-way in/out track, which is only ~10km, but takes ~5-6 hours to complete, depending on driver capability and other people on the track. There are seven main obstacles on the track, each one with numerous lines –hard, harder and hardest, finishing up with Toolbox Hill which is a doosy. Too much sideways slip and you could put your vehicle on its roof. It is easy to make a day-trip of it, but you could camp down on the Colo River. To make the trip easier, it is recommended to have a decent lift and big tyres, lockers and a winch.

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Whilst the trip attendance was small this time, it meant we could move along at a reasonable pace. Two other vehicles (100s, 200s) had put their names down, but pulled out. We didn’t really have any dramas the whole day, except when we had to pass a group of 75/79 series who had decided to turn around and go home. It was getting “too hard”. On another obstacle, we came cross a group of younger kids. They had also decided to turn around, but for a different reason – it was too hot, so they were heading down to the river for a swim.

We all made it in one piece to Toolbox Hill, which generally requires winching. It was too hot and getting late, so decided to turn around and head home. Shane did show us how to get to the top and down again – great effort. After a quick beer at the pub in North Richmond to quench our thirst, we were finished for the day. The day can be summed up in the following photo’s.

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Shane heading down obstacle 1

Mr Cool

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Ian climbing obstacle 2

Shane on obstacle 3

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View from the top obstacle 4

The rock gardens - obtacle 5

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Obtacle 6

The final obstacle - toolbox hill

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And a couple more...

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Yours truly...

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DRIVER TRAINING 24 - 25 NOVEMBER 2018

By Kate and George Koutifaris

Upon arrival at the zigzag railway station at Lithgow, it was nice to greet everyone, having already arrived earlier than us and letting down their tyres. Kids were running around on top of cars and shooting Nerf guns while little Jake cracked his whip. Only six years old can you believe that! Once on the road into the bush we stopped to do some essential training with lessons in snatch strap safety and recovery etc. Come night time we made camp under scattered gum trees and lit a massive fire, fuelled by Peter’s blue gum trunks. Everyone warmed by the fire, and those who didn’t forget their homework set from theory night, worked through their answers. The next day started respectfully enough. Though, by lunch time, it was unsurprising when Mr Pajero started walking down the river in his hyper-color orange budgie smugglers. We watched on the river’s edge in curiosity and continued watching cars go by. After our river crossing and some good quality hill climbs, our trip came to an end. It was a really enjoyable weekend and loved spending that time with our family and new friends.

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CLUBMAN OF THE YEAR Name: Adrian Scott

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DRIVER OF THE MONTH Name: Brian Sommerville Reason: pinch-pleating his fuel pickup!

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HOW TO... SUBMIT A TRIP REPORT 1)

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Snap photos along the way… make sure you capture all the good bits!

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When you get home, submit your report in two parts via email a) Part 1 - a word document or any form that can be easily copied and pasted. b) Part 2 - a folder of high res images c) Let the editor know which photo goes with which part of the report, by labelling the photos with names that match the report. Ie “Photo A to go here” with “Photo A.jpg”

If you need help or have a question let us know by emailing editor@awdc.com.au or chatting to Kevin or Kirsten at the next meeting.

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THE DVD LIBRARY Managed by Chris Walker

The Gall Boys 1. Journey the Kimberley 2. Circle the Gulf 3. Cape York Ad 4. Free Camping the Outback 5. Tackling the Top End 6. The Fraser Coast 7. Far NQ Adventure 8. Crossing the Canning

RENTALS: Please contact Chris Walker directly to rent a DVD. Chris Walker 0407 314 543 librarian@awdc.com.au

Pat Callinan 1. Series 1 / Disc 1 Cape York & Coffs Coast 2. Series 1 / Disc 2 Fraser Island & The Kimberley 3. Series 1 / Disc 3 The Gulf Country & Victorian High Country 4. Series 2 / Disc 1 The Canning Stock Route 5. Series 2 / Disc 2 Tasmania by 4WD - East and West Coasts & Barrington Tops to Stockton Beach 6. Series 2 / Disc 3 Esperance to Kalgoorlie and Beyond Red Centre Adventure 7. Series 3 / Disc 1 Kakadu & Litchfield Outback QLD 8. Series 3 / Disc 2 Simpson Desert Corner Country 9. Series 3 / Disc 3 Flinders Ranges & Blue Mountains Lifestyle Videos 1. Canning Stock Route 2. The Lure of the Kimberley 3. Cape York The Great Adventure 4. Fishing and Four Wheeling Cape York 5. Where Eagles Fly - The Magic of the Flinders Rangers 6. Over the Top - High Country Victoria 7. The Devil's Playground - 4WDriving & Touring Tasmania Others 1. Outback Challenge 2005 2. Tough Truck Challenge 2005 3. Offroad adventure seasons 1, 2 and 3 4. Offroad adventure summer series 1

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CALENDAR OF TRIPS AWDC.COM.AU/CALENDAR/

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1 AWDC Polo Shirt (also Men’s XS & Ladies 18) $40 2 AWDC Polar Fleece Jumper $50 3 AWDC Polar Fleece Vest $40 4 AWDC Waterproof Rain Jacket (XXS - 5XL) $65 5 AWDC Shirt - Short Sleeve $50 6 AWDC Shirt - Long Sleeve $50 7 AWDC Bucket Hat, Cap and Beanie $20 each 8 AWDC Key Ring $4.00 9 AWDC Logo Car Sticker $3.50 10 UHF Antenna Pack $192 NEW 11 AWDC Recipe Cards $20 PURCHASES: Please contact the purchasing officer - shop@awdc.com.au

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LAST SEEN AT THE TROPHY ON THE WAY TO THE NEXT MEETING! Wednesday 12 December, 2018 Forestville RSL, Don’t you be hijacked too!

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Beyond the Bitumen December 2018  

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Beyond the Bitumen December 2018  

Xmas Edition

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