Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria - April 2017 magazine online version

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April 2017 (Issue 435)

Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. Reg. No. A – 0006149J / FWDV Member

PO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley VIC 3149

Volks-Baru Subaru and Volkswagen Specialist Parts and Service Centre

We will smooth out your motoring costs with extremely competitive prices, offering trade discounts to all Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria members on all parts and repairs.

John Bailey 1362 Heatherton Rd Dandenong North 3175 Phone: (03) 9793 5655


C ON T E N T S Intro 4 Committee 5 From The President 6 Upcoming 7 Next Meeting – Tuesday 30th May at 8pm 7 Trips and Social Events 8 External Events 10 Trip Report 12 The 2nd Tonimbuk Fun and Games Weekend 12 Trip Summary 18 4WD Victoria Training Courses 20 What to do During Floods 21 Trip and Recovery Gear 22 Jamie’s Report 24 Buy and Sell 24 Member Items for Sale 24 Minutes 29 Editor Notes 36


INTRO The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. was originally formed 40 years ago by an enthusiastic group of Subaru owners. Today the club has expanded to include all Subaru 4WD and AWD vehicles, as well as all other makes of AWD, light 4WD and crossover/soft-roader type vehicles. The club aims to participate in the exploration of the Australian countryside without damage to the environment, vehicle or individual. Visitors are most welcome to attend the club’s General Meetings and contact committee members regarding participation in club activities. The club relies on membership fees to offset its running costs, including insurance. Membership fees are payable each year, due on 31 May. Fees for the 2016/17 year were agreed at the general meeting in April 2016 and are as follows:

Member rates: Single: $120 (Seniors card - $110) Joint/family: $140 - (Seniors card - $125). One off joining fee of $10 ($20 for Joint/Family) also applies All annual fees include FWDV affiliation and trip insurance: $48

Non-member trip fee: A trip fee of $15 per adult non-member applies (for insurance purposes)

Please contact the membership officer for further enquiries. Email:


COMMITTEE Dale Rebgetz (President)

Duncan McCrae (Vice President)

Peter Bellis (Secretary)

Bob Marshall (Treasurer)

Dan Conlon (OM: Editor) au

Lee Wagner (OM: Social)

Jamie Scott (OM: Community)

Meredith Dale (OM: Venue Coordinator)

Mike Dale (OM: Trip)

Edith Fullalove (OM)


F R OM T HE P RE SI DE N T President’s Report: April Magazine Communication comes in many forms, and we are constantly seeking alternate and better methods. Smoke signals, carrier pigeons, flag semaphore, hand-written letters, telephone, email, V2V; these are just some of the methods used, with some obviously more popular than others. The last mentioned you might not have heard of. Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) is a new technology being developed and standardised in the USA and Europe. It is a vehicular communication system between vehicles (not their drivers) and roadside units, with its primary purpose being safety. Studies have shown that there is significant potential for this technology to significantly reduce the number of avoidable car crashes, and thereby the number of fatalities. Several manufacturers are involved – GM, BMW, Daimler, Honda, Audi, Toyota, and Volvo, but not Subaru yet. A simpler, but highly useful form of vehicle to vehicle communication, is UHF CB radio. That was the main subject of Tuesday night’s club meeting at G & C Communications in Cranbourne. Guest speaker Ian Holt from RF Industries gave an excellent presentation of that most important element of a radio system – the aerial. What is it, why do we need it, what are the different types, when to use the different types, where to mount them; he covered it all in a way that we could all understand. The special deals on radios and aerials that G & C Communications made available to us after the meeting were very popular, with several us going home with new toys. Thanks guys. Stay safe, see you at the May meeting. Dale Rebgetz President.


UPCOMING Next Meeting – Tuesday 30th May at 8pm Date: Tuesday 28th March at 8pm. Venue: South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris. At this month’s meeting, we have Heather Rendell coming out to do a presentation what is involved with the R.F.D.S. Door Prize: Come along to win a special door prize at this month's meeting. Meredith Dale. Venue Coordinator

General Meeting Notice The Subaru 4WD Club holds its monthly general meeting on the last Tuesday of the month (no meeting in December) at the club house of the South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris (just off the Monash Freeway) starting at 8pm – unless otherwise specified/advised. The meeting is open to all members and visitors. The usual agenda of the general meeting includes: Welcome of members and visitors. Review and acceptance of previous general meeting’s minutes. Correspondence. Reports by various office bearers. Other business as mentioned below. General business raised by members. “Fines and Fun” – including brief summaries of recent trips. Guest speaker or presentation. Supper and networking. Details of the next few general meetings are as per the schedule below. Date


Tue 30 May

South Camberwell Tennis Club Berwick Subaru, Narre Warren South Camberwell Tennis Club

Tue 27 Jun Tue 25 Jul

Guest Speaker / Presentation Royal Flying Doctor Service Berwick Subaru (t.b.c.)

Other Business



Membership fees -


Tue 29 Aug

South Camberwell Tennis Club

Tue 26 Sep

South Camberwell Tennis Club

The 2017 Annual General Meeting will follow immediately after the conclusion of the general meeting. t.b.a.



Trips and Social Events We have a variety of trips coming up! With that we’d also like to remind you that if you want to get your name down on the list for a trip but maybe can’t make it to the meeting you are always welcome to contact the trip leader directly or contact As always, if you know a great location that you would love to lead a trip to (or even if you just want to suggest it) let us know, we’re always on the lookout for the next adventure!! Put up the suggestion and someone else might run it Put up the suggestion and ask for someone else who might want to co-lead it with you. You might want it run it yourself and if it is your first time we will provide you with a trip mentor.

The Mt. Kosciusko and EPIC High Country Trip When: Saturday 29 April – Sunday 7 May 2017 Trip Leader: Stephen Whittaker | Trip Rating: Difficult

♦ - Very Difficult ♦♦

Convoy Limit: 9 vehicles (potentially 10, TBC)

This 8-day ‘epic’ high country trip will be a challenging, but very spectacular, one – a fun, social, interesting and scenic trip. It will begin with a walk up Australia’s highest mountain; Mt Kosciuszko. This walk is optional – though we are taking the easier 3.5 hour return trip from Thredbo on the raised metal walkway which includes the chairlift – so it is suitable for walkers of all levels. Then, the trip will take on four-wheel driving challenges tackling some iconic and special spots in Victoria’s high country, including: -

Mt Pinnibar Davies Plain The Poplars



Buckwong Hut Omeo Dinner Plain Mt Hotham Blue Rag Range Track Mt Murphy Buckland Valley Lake Cobbler Craig’s Hut Wrens Flat And more…

The Blue Mountains & Beyond When: Saturday 28th Oct - Tuesday 7th November 2017 (incorporates Melbourne Cup Long week-end) Trip Leader: Stephen Whittaker | Trip Standard: Medium

■ to Difficult ♦

Convoy limit: 9 Vehicles potentially 10 TBC This extended trip will be a fantastic one for all involved – a fun, social, interesting and scenic trip. The main destination for the trip is the Blue Mountains, however, a number of iconic and scenic areas and touring sites will be incorporated into the journey there and back. Some of these include: -

Corin Forest (near Canberra) Many sites within the Blue Mountains Bathurst (Mount Panorama) – including a ‘Subaru hot lap’ Marrangaroo National Park Parkes (including CSIRO radio telescopes)

More details to come in the lead up to the trip.

Long Term Future Planning 2018

Tasmania – Hobart and the SE for 2 weeks in March – Jessica Walsh Mt Ives, Gawler Ranges/ Googs Track - Michael Dale


Canning Stock Route 5wk Trip


Simpson Desert – re-enactment of the 40th anniversary of the Club’s 1979 crossing from Macumba Station to Purine Bore

Social Events We are planning some social events as well. • • •

A social trip with a hot spud lunch at a bush location. Navigation run in the Riddles Creek area Bike Ride to Warburton

Trip and Social Contacts • •

Trip Coordinator: Mike Dale Social Coordinator: Lee Wegner

External Events Marysville Motoring Expo 2017 April 29th & 30th Facebook page: Only 11 days to go until the Marysville Motoring. Features include: Tank rides Carnival with dodgem cars, clowns and giant jumping castle Children's' animal farm with a variety of 36 animals Face painting Bands will be playing all weekend with a rockabilly sound Marysville community groups will be active throughout the Expo with food and activity stalls to raise funds for their community work The vehicles

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Find more events on our Facebook page Our Facebook page:

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TRIP REPORT The 2nd Tonimbuk Fun and Games Weekend By Kerry Gill The 2nd Tonimbuk Fun and Games Weekend proudly brought to you by the Scott Peterson Group. The Gills arrived on Thursday morning to help set up the last of the skills course markers and the check-in point. Over the afternoon Corey, his Hilux, Nathan and the quad bike were all delivered. The quad bike was to prove invaluable for quickly getting around the property and for moving Go-Pro filming positions with Nathan at the helm. Friday evening Meredith and the Fullaloves arrived with the rest of the cars arriving over Saturday morning. Les thought he had sent the Hilux keys home with the dirty clothes he gave to Elaine to take home when he dropped off Sheilby (the dog) as he couldn’t find them. Turned out they were in his jumper, which didn’t go home. Disaster averted. Upon check-in, each car received a score card, fly/mozzie/husband swats, rubbish bag and a commemorative sticker. Paul Saleba arrived with his new A-van which was promptly inspected by nearby campers. They then proceeded to set up their chairs to watch him put it up. However, to their disappointment, it was up in about 2 minutes. The awning was a different matter though….

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The first activity was the most fun - the blindfold course which required the driver to wear huge black glasses and be directed by their navigator out from the check in point, around a post and back to the start. All made it but with some doing it much easier and quicker than others. Janelle was asking for the divorce lawyer after her run with Dale navigating. Jamie was at the finish point and almost lost a foot a couple of times with drivers coming a bit too to the finishing post he was standing by. The next activity was the “log run� which required a navigator to direct the vehicle to drive along a raised log with the 2 left hand side wheels running along the log. All vehicles succeeded with Paul almost managing it without a navigator. Each vehicle was scored by Les and Corey using a secret system of symbols so that no-one could know how they were going until the end of the weekend.

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After lunch on Saturday was the skills course which everyone walked first. This consisted of a track with a variety of obstacles including a tight 3-point turn around a post. There were some innovative solutions including Peter Devine and Mike Dunn choosing to make it a 2-point turn. Each vehicle had a navigator to assist with the obstacles and were scored based on the cleanness of execution, not time. The first run, Jamie radioed back the “score” along with a positive comment…. however, there were 2 participants keenly listening trying to work out the code, so all comments ceased thereafter. Again, all vehicles completed the course without mishap. Nathan was busy on the quad bike planting the Go Pro in trees, ditches and on the track to get action footage. In the afternoon, Stephen took Queenie out for manual car driving lessons and she did very well. They also had a go on the quad bike with Queenie coming back grinning from ear to ear. Josh also had driving lessons around the paddock. As he wasn’t staying the night, Stephen decided to drive the Bathurst 1km. He said he would have two slow laps to familiarise himself with the course. Yeah right…….Rick came out of his camper to see a silver Forester flash by in a cloud of dust. Dinner was beside the campfire and then the skills course was driven at night…..very interesting with some shortcuts being taken as people didn’t see the track very well. Alan returned with half a gum tree lodged in his roofrack…..never did find out where it came from. Corey refused a navigator declaring that he had a reversing camera for the 3-point turn…..which isn’t much use without functioning reversing lights as he found out. Due to his late arrival, Kevin only got to drive the skills course at night. He jumped in with Robert first as navigator to “see” the course and then drove it quite successfully. Alan practised driving the log run backwards using his reversing camera….Jamie and Les declared they are going to secretly tape over reversing cameras in future. Later in the night we had a lot of thunder and lightning but only light showers luckily. Apparently it is really slippery just below the surface after rain.

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Sunday morning Josh was out again for lessons. Several people tried the blindfold run after the fun of the day before. Vickie successfully completed the run. Josh navigated for Jackie and she started veering wildly. He swore he was only saying a little left or right and she was over-reacting. Jackie told an entirely different story and Josh was last seen running after the L-series around the gecko circuit…. payback?? Josh did the blindfold run very easily but we believe there was a little cheating - he moved his head so he could see around the glasses - hmmm…………lateral thinking?? Duncan completed the course as though he had no blindfold and Graham acted as navigator for Charles as Paula didn’t think she would be any good directing him. There was always the fly swat Paula… We split into 2 groups to drive the scenic route to Sunday lunch at the Outback in Noojee which Corey and Nathan’s family now own. Corey had been released from the kitchen for the weekend on the condition that he prepare and crumb 500 chicken parmas which he had managed to do by Thursday afternoon. The Mexican parma was excellent…. nice and spicy and filling. In the carpark we had a white Brumby-off. One of the country members had met us for lunch and also had a white Brumby of similar vintage to Janelle and Dale’s. On the way home, Charles and Paula were following the Outback and we decided to take the skills course route back to camp. Charles hadn’t seen or done the skills course and was rather bemused by our route.

After lunch was the gecko run. This consisted of a marked course along which an inflatable gecko was tied up. The navigator had to jump out, unleash the gecko and tie it back up some 20m away. There were some very impressive gecko moves including the Rebgetz who decided that the driver would continue around the course and collect the navigator further around the course. Duncan created the most dust, out-doing even Peter “Dusty” Fullalove. Kevin had Mary as navigator and they performed a very snappy “unbuckle Mary from the child seat, move the gecko and then re-buckle her in the child seat” manoeuvre.

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Earlier in the day, Kevin had done a quick lap around the circuit with Mary in the child seat in the back laughing her head off…. think she takes after Dad rather than Mum… Janelle had completed the gecko run at a very controlled pace. Then Dale took the wheel and floored the Brumby around the course. All we could see was Janelle bracing against the roof. Les was busy accepting bribes for the Bathurst 1km - preferably credit cards, but cash would do. Unfortunately, Josh managed to run into a tree during one of his drives and Rick spent the better part of the afternoon and evening repairing the car. He managed to get it up and running for the night run of the Bathurst 1km…of course. Sunday evening there was an auction with the soaps and lollies proving very popular. Paul Saleba was bouncing out of his seat like a little kid at the sight of the jelly beans. The biggest spender was Mary (Kevin and Vickie’s young daughter). Don’t let her near your credit card as she gets older Kevin! Josh bid on a ball peen hammer as he figured he was up for some panel beating. Rick was awarded the cable ties and gaffer tape - Les thought they might be needed for the car repairs. $71 was raised for the club. After the auction the night Bathurst 1km was held. Everyone was cautioned to take it easy and not be silly. To Les and Corey’s surprise everyone bettered their day times even though we all thought the speeds looked slower than the day run. However, there was no gecko to contend with, but there were 3 stop/starts to keep the speed down. Josh had more driving lessons on Monday morning.

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Peter Fullalove practiced the log run on his own so that he knew exactly where the front left hand wheel was. Kevin also managed the log run without a navigator outside the car. Kerry, Edith and Katie did the skills course to become more familiar with the vehicles, and to have a bit of fun. As he was leaving, Peter Mynard managed to do the skills course with the camper in tow. He had to jacknife the camper to get it around the 3-point turn. We were all expecting him to come for help, but he appeared the other side of the 3-point turn in record time. Results: Skills:

Bathurst 1km: 1st Peter Devine (both Peter & Janelle/Dale proving that it’s all about technique not speed) 2nd Janelle and Dale 3rd Kevin, Vickie and Mary

1st Paul Saleba 2nd Peter Mynard 3rd Kevin, Vickie and Mary

Corey now has the unenviable task of sifting through the mountains of camera and Go-Pro footage and creating a film of the weekend which will be shown at a future club meeting. Thank you Les, Jamie and the boys for the huge effort in making it such an excellent and trouble free weekend and thank you to Michelle and David for the use of their property. Starring: Camp Captain/Auctioneer: Les Scott Second-in-command: Jamie Scott Cinematographer: Nathan Petersen Editor-in-chief/Scrutineer/Time keeper: Corey Petersen General assistants: Kerry and Graham Gill Wrangler of fires/flies/drones: Pepper the dog Alan and Sandy Christiansen Prado Meredith and Mike Dale Forester Edith and Peter Fullalove Pajero Dale and Janelle Rebgetz Brumby Robert Miller Suzuki Grand Vitara Kevin, Vickie and Mary Bird Forester Peter Devine Forester Paul Saleba Forester Peter and Katie Mynard L Series Josh, Rick and Jackie Koster L Series Mike Dunn Patrol

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South Next Meeting

Tuesday 30th May @ 8pm

Camberwell Tennis Club,


332 Bourke Road, Glen Iris Difficult ♦

The Mt.


Kosciusko and

29 April –



Sunday 7


Country Trip

May 2017


to Very Difficult ♦♦

Tue 27


Jun @



Narre Warren


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Tue 25 Jul South @ 8pm Meeting





Tennis Club

Tue 29


Aug @



Tennis Club

Tue 26


Sep @



Tennis Club



Saturday The Blue Mountains & Beyond

Medium ■

28th Oct Tuesday 7th November



Whittaker Difficult ♦


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Day trips appearances: Lee Wegner and Duncan McCrae Stephen Whittaker and Queenie Charles and Paula Lee

Ford Ranger Forester Prado

4WD VICTORIA TRAINING COURSES Course Name (Code) 4x4 Advanced Driver Course (AD) 4x4 Intermediate Driver Course (IN)


Course (WD) Chainsaw Operator Course (CS) First Aid Course (FA) GPS Course (GPS) Map Reading Course (MR) Oz Explorer Course (OZ) Track Classification Course (TC) Winch Recovery Course (WR)

Member Cost

20 hours over one evening and two days.



12 hours over one evening and one day.







20 hours over one evening and two days.



20 hours over one evening and two days.



1 Day (Plus pre-course study required)



3 hours



3 hours



3 hours



12 hours over one evening and one day.



8 hours - one day



4x4 Proficiency Driver Course 12 hours over one evening and one day. (PC) 3 Days - Friday night 4x4 Sand Driving Course (SD) optional (Sat & Sun) Advanced Winter Driving

Individual Cost

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WHAT TO DO DURING FLOODS Editor’s notes: Thanks to Lee for this one, great bit of info to help stay safe. Originally found on the SES Website ( There are several things that you can do to make sure you and your property stay safe during flooding. Remember, for flood emergency assistance from the SES call 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies call Triple-zero (000). What to do during minor flooding Use the following guidelines to stay safe during minor flooding: Stay Informed – monitor local conditions and be aware of the situation Farmers should prepare to move machinery and livestock to higher ground Tune into your emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations, or SKY NEWS Television Ensure your family members and neighbours are aware of the situation Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater What to do during moderate flooding Use the following guidelines to stay safe during moderate flooding: Act Quickly – conditions can change rapidly Farmers should move machinery and livestock to higher ground if it is still safe to do so Tune into your emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations, or SKY NEWS Television If you are likely to become isolated, make sure you have enough food, drinking water, medications and pet food Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater

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What to do during major flooding Use the following guidelines to stay safe during major flooding: Act Quickly – conditions can change rapidly Be prepared to evacuate if advised by authorities If you are likely to become isolated, make sure that you have enough food, water, medication and pet food, and be aware that you may need to live without power, water and sewerage Raise belongings by placing them on tables, beds and benches, or move them to higher ground Tune into your emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations, or SKY NEWS Television Block toilets, household drains, sinks and plugs to stop sewerage backflow Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater What to do if you need to evacuate Use the following guidelines during an evacuation: Act Now – take immediate precautions to protect your life and property Raise belongings by placing them on tables, beds and benches, or move them to higher ground Collect together medicines, important documents, mementos, photos and pets and take them with you when you evacuate Take three days’ supply of clothing and medications with you Turn off electricity and gas at the mains and lock your doors and windows when you evacuate Remaining in your home or business during flooding is dangerous and may put your life at risk

TRIP AND RECOVERY GEAR The aim of all Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. trips is to have an enjoyable experience in the bush, increasing 4WD’ing skills and experience, whilst maintaining the highest regard for the safety of individuals, the vehicle and the environment. As a driver, you have ultimate responsibility for the safety of your passengers and vehicle. It is the responsibility of any participating driver to contact individual trip leaders for clarification of individual trip requirements and standards.

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Financial members are encouraged to participate in as many trips as possible to increase confidence and experience. Visitors are welcome subject to the payment of the appropriate levy to cover insurance, but after two visits, should consider membership. Non-financial members are not covered by insurance and may not participate until payment is received. Individual drivers with concerns or queries regarding their vehicle and the trip standard should contact relevant trip leaders. The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. recommends that each vehicle carry the following items or equipment on every trip: 1.

Personal details form as specified by FWDV, copy to Trip Leader


Two rated D- Shackles (minimum 3.2t)


Rated snatch strap


Recovery Points, Front & Rear; plus, optional bridle strap,


Emergency Supplies (matches, food, water and clothing)

10. Sufficient Fuel, Oil and Water for the trip and delays 11. A Tyre Pressure Gauge; Compressor (according to the trip)

according to vehicle design;

12. An Axe, Bow or Chain saw;

UHF (477Mhz) Channel 16 CB

13. A Sturdy Shovel (collapsible

Radio. Ideally in car but hand held are ok provided sufficient battery(s) to last the trip. 6.


shovels are no good) 14. Spare Parts (appropriate to the nature of the trip)

Fire Extinguisher, accessible to

15. A Tool Kit

the driver

16. Personal First Aid Kit


Spare Tyre (full size)

17. The Vehicle Manual


Jack and wheel Brace, or equivalent

Any vehicle not carrying at least the first five (5) items of equipment should contact the individual Trip Leader before leaving. Any Club member unsure about any of the items of equipment listed above are advised to contact the Trip and Social Coordinator or the Trip Leader concerned. All Trip Leaders carry a complete First Aid

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Kit in case of emergency. All non-emergency medical needs are expected to be met by individuals own medical supplies.

JAMIE’S REPORT “Still have a few boxes of chocolate left so bring your and buy them.” - Jamie

B U Y AN D S E LL Member Items for Sale Editor’s note: if you have anything listed for sale which has been sold please remember to let us know at Item: Milford Cargo Barrier for Forester SH Details: Fits Forester without sunroof (P/N 705400). Grey colour. Requires fitting kit (not supplied) to be installed in the car. VGC. Cost: $30 Contact Martin Foot,, 0434 770 497 Item: 1988 Subaru Sherpa Van (a.k.a M70 or Fiori) Details: Tiny commercial 2WD vehicle driven for the last 27 years by one lady owner. 62,700 genuine Km. Tare 550Kg. Good condition throughout, interior spotless. To be sold without RWC. Mechanics report available. Currently just out of rego. E/N EK42736423, VIN: JF3KN3AR0IG002108 Cost: $500.00 as is Contact: Barrie Jones | |0406716182

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Item: 1991 L series GL wagon Details: My father's 1991 L series GL wagon. 235000 gentle kms, none off road. Auto. Burgundy. ETZ424. Cost: $250 ONO Contact Rob Boykett,, 0424211748 Item: 2004 Subaru Forester XS (MY04) - MANUAL DUAL RANGE Details: 220000km. Major service has just taken place (timing belt and new radiator). I am selling due to new car. This Subaru Forester SUV is a pleasure to drive. It's been well looked after and service history is available. Overall this car is in good condition for its age. Also has KYB Stuts and King Springs (+1inch) fitted. - Cruise control - 16" alloy wheels

- Front & rear power windows. - Power door mirrors

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Climate control air conditioning Remote central locking 2 Airbags Data dots Hill holder


Roof racks Cargo barrier Subaru floor matts and cargo matt Square hitch with tow ball ANCAP safety star rating of 4

This car is priced to sell quickly, plus put your mind at ease with an included roadworthy certificate. Come have a test drive! More details: Cost: $5800ono inc RWC Contact: Dan | Item: Sg forester 2.5L top & bottom hoses Details: Spares for my 2004 SG 2.5L non-turbo. Never used, bought from Bursons. Comes with extra hose clamp. Will post

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at buyer’s expense. Pickup preferred. Cost: $30 ono Contact: Dan | Item: RH fog lamp cover SG forester Details: Can only buy sets from Subaru evidently so when I replaced the LH one I was left with this. Still in bag brand new. Will post at buyer’s expense. Pickup preferred. Cost: $20 ono Contact: Dan |

Item: Custom rear drawers suits SG Forester 2004 Details: Forester is going and hence I have no use for the drawers any more. Drawers have two sets of 90kg runners ($80 on those alone!), one for the fridge and one for a jumbo draw. Drawers bolt to the 4 square loop tie downs in the back and have a hinge at the front so you can remove just the two back bolts and lift if up to get the spare tyre out. I've been using it with a soft mesh divider which I can include

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also. Fridge, fridge wiring and fridge tie downs not included. Note some pics show the build to show details but drawers are 100% complete. Made about a year ago. Test fits welcome, pickup only. Cost: $80 ono Contact: Dan | Item: Protective mat for rear cargo area of a Forester Details: Fits Forester SH (Gen 3, 2008 - 2012). Protects cloth surface from dirt, spillages, tears, etc. Coated foam type with surrounding lip. Black. VGC. Cost: $20 Contact Martin Foot,, 0434 770 497 Item: Forester Aluminium Bash Plates Details: made from 6.0mm construction grade aluminium Cost: $300 for club members, $330 for non-members. Fitting can be arranged. Contact: David Wilson,, 0429 942 724 Item: Set of 4 alloy rims from Outback 1997 model Cost: $120.00 ONO Contact: David Wilson,, 0429 942 724 Item: Roof console to hold CB and lights and switches for Outback Cost: $100.00 Contact: David Wilson,, 0429 942 724 Item: Vic blue and white standard number plates in as new condition 1XV4US Cost: $400.00 ONO Contact: Jenny, 0417369405 Item: number plate SUBARU Can be re-issued in any custom design via the Vic Roads website (see link below) if a different colour or style is preferred: Cost: negotiable, but realistic offers between $3,500 to $6,000 Contact: Richard, 0414 737 333

Want to sell something Subaru/off-road related? Contact

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The club makes this space available free of charge to members wishing to buy or sell items. Please note that the Motor Car Trader Regulations 1998-22(4) require that vehicles for sale advertisements must contain: (a) the cash price of the vehicle and; (b) the registration number if registered or the engine/chassis numbers if unregistered.

M IN U T E S Committee Meeting Minutes Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on Tuesday 4th April 2017 at the home of Dale Rebgetz starting at 7:38pm. 1.

Present Dale Rebgetz, Duncan McCrae, Lee Wegner, Edith Fullalove, Michael Dale, Meredith Dale, Peter Bellis, Dan Conlon.


Apologies Jamie Scott, Bob Marshall.


Quorum A quorum was achieved with eight committee members present.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting 4.1. Minutes of the March 2017 committee meeting were accepted without amendment. 4.2. Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions 4.2.1. Bank account signatories – Duncan yet to verify identity with the bank (he will endeavour to do it this week). 4.2.2. Request for advertising. 4.2.3. By-Law – Convoy Travel. 4.2.4. New Member Pack. 4.2.5. 40th Birthday Photo Book. 4.2.6. 4WD driver training. 4.2.7. Media Policy. 4.2.8. Vehicle club registration – completed. 4.2.9. Club trailer and content. 4.2.10. Club equipment register. 4.2.11. Club magazine archiving.


Correspondence 5.1. In Peter Devine – thoughts arising from the March 2017 general meeting. 4WD Victoria – minutes of March 2017 general meeting. 4WD Victoria – Trackwatch magazine for March 2017. 4WD Victoria – camp host. 4WD Victoria – seasonal road closures.

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5.2. Out

Edith Fullalove – revised draft of the club’s proposed media policy. Martin Foot – renewal of club website hosting with Uberglobal. Various vehicle and parts enquiries. None.


Reports 6.1. Resources Request for circulation of club clothing list to members. 6.2. Trip and Social See elsewhere in the magazine for details. Need to push the extended planning calendar. Need to encourage members to take on the challenge of organising trips. Having a co-leader as part of training new trip leaders would be assist with this. Trip leaders pack need checking and updating. 6.3. Venue See details elsewhere. Speaker on oils and car fluids. 6.4. Membership Nothing to report. 6.5. Editor This month’s magazine will be issued after the meeting. Have not seen any ads yet from our 40th birthday sponsors. 6.6. Treasurer Current cheque account balance is $7,534.66. Term deposit is $5,000. 6.7. Secretary Nothing to report. 6.8. Vice-President Nothing to report. 6.9. President Nothing to report.


Sub-Committees 7.1. Communications Nothing to report. 7.2. Community /Fundraising Still have 8 boxes of fundraising chocolates to distribute. 7.3. Constitution Review Trip convoy procedure. 7.4. Education / Training Peter B will be attending a chainsaw training course run by 4WD Victoria in early May. Cost is $200. Course is accredited and covers everything except felling trees. 4WD Victoria will be running another course soon thereafter. Any member interested in attending need to contact 4WD Victoria and add their name to the waiting list.


Membership Fees for 2017/8 After discussing member feedback from last week’s general meeting, and reviewing a forecast of the current year’s financial performance, the

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committee agreed to recommend a slightly lower fee than what was presented to members last week.

Membersh ip Type

Single Family / Joint Life

Membersh ip Subscripti on

$74 $94

Associati on Levy


Joinin g Fee

Senior’ s Discou nt

Electron ic Magazin e only discount

Trip Fee (adult nonmembe r)

$51 $51

$125 $145

$15 $30

-$10 -$15

-$25 -$25

$15 -







The revised fees will be submitted to members for agreement at the April 2017 general meeting. 9.

Media Policy A review of the proposed media policy was lead be Edith. Committee members to provide feedback to Edith.

10. Marysville’s Motoring Expo The club has left it a bit late to do anything about it. 11. General Business Leave of absence – a three month leave-of-absence was granted to Dan due to on-going work demands. Club Plates – Following on from Michael’s presentation at last week’s general meeting, the committee reviewed the requirements of club registration and on-going obligations. The committee resolved to register with VicRoads to become a VicRoad’s approved vehicle club that will allow members to be issues with club permit vehicle registration plates. Michael Dale has offered to be the club’s “permit office bearer”. Michael will submit the paperwork to process the application to VicRoads. Consideration of Peter Devine’s letter Buying a printer for printing the club magazine – committee has considered the option previously but decided against it due to logistical complexities and technology obsolescence. Satellite phone / EPIRB – if the club purchases a satellite phone, then it be a dedicated satellite phone, travels with the first aid kit, and only taken on remote trips (high country / deserts / etc). To be further investigated. First aid courses – basic course and remote – what is available and how much? Meredith will investigate. “Tool box” – the extra gear required should be the responsibility of individual members and trip demands. Life membership information – revised document will be circulated to the committee for comment / feedback.

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12. Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday 2nd May 2017 at 7:30pm at the home of Bob Marshall (tbc). 13. Meeting closed at 10:25pm.

General Meeting Minutes The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 28th March 2017 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:10pm.


Present Meredith Dale, Michael Dale, Peter Fullalove, Edith Fullalove, Kevin Bird, Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis, Stephen Whittaker, Lee Wegner, Duncan McCrae, Rob Millar, Paul Saleeba, Peter Mynard, Katie Mynard, Martin Foot, Jamie Scott, Phil Milkins, Enid Hewett, David Hewett, Damian Stock, Tim Folliard, Peter Devine, Dale Rebgetz, Angela Bombardieri, Matt Chaplin, Rick Koster, Bob Marshall.


Apologies Andrew Jantke, Lisa Jantke, Dennis Scambler, Richard Saleeba, Les Scott, Elaine Hyde, David Wilson, Ruth Marshall, Mike Dunn.


Visitors Queenie Sosa, Cedric Van Spall, Jenny Randles, Colin Triffle.


Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors.


Minutes of the Previous General Meeting

5.1. The minutes of the February 2017 General Meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Dale Rebgetz and seconded by Peter Mynard. 5.2. There was no business arising from the minutes.

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6.1. In


Magazines from various 4WD clubs. Advertising material 4WD Victoria General meeting reminder Camp Host reminder Seasonal road closure Mondelez - statement 6.2. Out None Reports 7.1. Resources Nothing to report. 7.2. Editor 1. No report submitted. 7.3. Trip and Social Shrine of Remembrance tour – need 10 members for the trip to occur. Lady Lavender Tea Rooms – pre-trip successfully tested the afternoon tea. Pink Lake (Easter) – still some spots available. Mt Kosciusko trip – have 9 vehicles going, with a possible tenth. Christmas in July – will be held on 29th July. More details in next month’s magazine. Blue Mountains and beyond – proposed for the week before the Melbourne Cup weekend. 7.4. Venue Next month’s meeting will be on Tuesday 18th April 2017 (3rd Tuesday) at G&C Communication in Cranbourne. May meeting – will have a guest speaker from the Royal Flying Doctors Service. 7.5. Membership. No new membership applications. Thank-you to members for the membership list corrections. Still sorting out member access to the club’s website. 7.6. Treasurer Cheque account balance is $8,262. Term deposit account is $5,000. Major expenditure – chocolate fundraiser $620, expense reimbursements $593 and $550. 7.7. Secretary Nothing to report. 7.8. Vice-President As per the magazine. 7.9. President Welcome back to Phil and Elaine Milkins, and Bob Marshall. It has been good to see plenty of recent well attended club events.

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General Business 8.1. Fox-wing awning – for sale $400 cheaper than new off the shelf. 8.2. Windscreen replacement on Subarus with the “eye-sight” technology – it pays to have the windscreen replacement option on the vehicle insurance. 8.3. Peter Mynard is after a replacement bracket for his roof rack. It is getting to the point that it would be cheaper to buy a L-series and utilise the accompanying roof rack than to buy new a replacement part. 8.4. Damian has a Brumby body for sale for anyone interested in putting together a Brumby. 8.5. Aldi have some useful camping and 4WD stuff on sale this week. 8.6. SJ Forester – Damian has not been able to source any after-market replacement struts and coils for off-road use. Therefore, had to go with Subaru genuine parts. 8.7. Chocolate fundraising – have $50 boxes. Please get a box to sell.


Fines and Fun 9.1. Nametags Jamie Scott, Peter Mynard. 9.2. Last to Meeting Edith Fullalove. 9.3. Trips 9.3.1. Sweetwater Creek Michael Dale – getting lost. Mike Dunn – comment over the radio “have to stop, just dumped a load”. Kevin Bird – noisy sway bars. Rob Millar – stones in brakes. Mike Dunn – broke his wheel flare. 9.3.2. Tonimbuk Graham – losing his fly swatter. Kevin – for trying to bribe Les for the weekend. Robert – for trying to bribe Les for the weekend. Jamie – for being scared of his nephew. Robert – for taking short cut on night skills track. Alan – for collecting a tree. Robert – for taking a short cut on the speed track. Jamie – for hitting his head on Les’s awning. Alan – for taking a short cut on the skills track. Peter M – for not using his breaks on the speed track. Lee – for coming of the “log” drive. Duncan – for playing AC/DC around the track. Meredith – interrupting at the auction. Mary – for trying to buy everything at the auction. 9.4. Total fines collected - $7.40.

10. Membership Fees Peter B presented the committee’s proposal regarding club membership fees for 2017/8. The proposal received some robust discussion.

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Bob to supply March 2017 year-to-date numbers. Damian to update and circulate his financial analysis to members.

11. Club Permit Scheme Michael gave a present on the Victorian club permit scheme, which the committee is currently investigating. Interest in the scheme was expressed by several members

12. Christmas High County Trip Stephen presented his video of the Christmas high country trip. It was very well received.

13. The Lucky door prize was won by Stephen Whittaker.

14. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th April 2017 commencing at 8pm at G&C Communication in Cranbourne.

15. Meeting closed at 9:55pm and was followed by supper.

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