Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria - February 2019 online magazine

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February 2019 (Issue 455)

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CONTENTS About the Club

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President’s Report

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Vice-President’s report

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What’s in the pipeline!

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General Meeting Notice

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Trip and Social

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Long term future planning

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Members’ Drives

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Subaru L Series Wagons (multiple) - Peter Mynard

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Trip Adviser

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Treasurer’s Report

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Trip and Recovery gear

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Buy it and Sell it

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Four Wheel Drive Victoria Training dates

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Planning Meeting

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Committee Meeting

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General Meeting

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Editor’s Note

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ABOUT THE CLUB The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. was originally formed over 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 2018/19 year were agreed at the general meeting in April 2018 and are as follows:


Single: $125 (Senior card - $115) Joint/Family: $145—(Senior card - $130) One off joining fee of $15 ($30 for Joint/Family) also applies All annual fees include FWDV affiliation and trip insurance: $52 Members who choose not to receive a hard copy of the magazine are eligible for a $25 discount


A trip fee of $15 per adult non-member applies (for insurance purposes) Please contact the membership officer for further enquiries Email:


COMMITTEE President: Mark Tyssen

Vice President and FWDV Delegate: Tim Folliard

Secretary: Martin Foot

Treasurer: Angela Bombardieri

Trip & Social: Tim Folliard

Editor (acting): Martin Foot

Venue coordinator: Mark Tyssen

Membership: Martin Foot

Resources: Peter Landouris (OM)


PRESIDENT’S REPORT This month’s meeting is anticipated to be colourful, with an explosion of photos taken on Club trips, and will be awaiting judgement in various categories by present members. This is of course is providing that there have been some submissions of photos, indicating category contested, by members by deadline of evening of Thursday 21st February 2019. As a Club, we do not need to have an AED (Automatic Emergency Defibrillator), yet there is a unit on the premises that we use at South Camberwell. Many Community Organisations have these units because of the demographic of their members and the activities that they undertake on the premises. The AED units can also be found at shopping centres, Medical Clinics (mandatory), football clubs venues, gambling venues, and other public venues. Ambulances also carry these units. As I am also involved with a local Community Organisation, an AED was installed there in early 2018, initiated by myself and a 1982 CAV Foundation member, who is a GP, in late December 2017. A training video on its use was made available for “use of AED” training by its manufacturer, and this video will also be shown on this coming meeting evening. It never hurts on being aware on how to use such a unit, even though the unit steps through the process in a sequential manner, with pictorial instructions usually on the face of the unit. In reviewing the 4 projects commenced and in progress over the last few years, the one on trip convoy procedures will also be looked at as to whether it should be noted on the trip concerned which members hold current or recently (up to one year lapsed) expired “first aid certificates”, and that on a trip at least one member having been recently first aid certified. Safety is always paramount on the trips that our trip leaders put forward and command, and if all members of the trip are aware who is “lead first-aider”, a more satisfying trip can result. As in all the projects undertaken, when the sub-committee has prepared the documentation, it will be presented to the members for comment and acceptance. Stay safe, travel well, Regards Mark

Rick Koster receives the Bent Valve Award for 2017-18 from Mark at the January meeting


VICE-PRESIDENT’S REPORT The next Four Wheel Drive Victoria Members Update Day will be held on Saturday 16th March, 2019. One of their sponsors, ‘SatPhone Shop’, will be speaking on satellite phone communications. A full Agenda will be forthcoming. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. Address: Rosebud Memorial Hall, 994 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud. Google map attached. Time: 9:30am for 10:00am start. Meeting will conclude at 2:00pm (Morning tea & lunch provided). Tim

VENUE REPORT FEBRUARY GENERAL MEETING DATE: Tuesday 26 February at 8pm VENUE: South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris. DOOR PRIZE: Come along to win a special door prize at this month's meeting. PRESENTATION: Photo Competition / AED procedure This month at the February General Meeting, we will be judging best photos in a number of categories, providing they were taken on a Club trip. This was taken on the Tweed River at Banora Point, an Osprey’s nest up in the electricity transmission tower, but cannot be included as not a Club trip. Mum’s XV in use during my time up at Banora Point, just south of Tweed Heads – checked out some previous walking tracks, and how the Council has dealt with track dust suppression for housing near traffic, a slideshow of the region could be shown for those interested. We will also be showing a 16 minute video on how to use an AED, as these units are becoming available in public areas of shopping centres, and community centres. AED = Automatic Emergency Defibrillator Mark Tyssen Venue Coordinator


WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE! GENERAL MEETING NOTICE 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:



Guest Speaker/Presentation

Other Business

Tue 26 Feb

South Camberwell Tennis Club

Photo Competition


Tue 26 Mar

South Camberwell Tennis Club



Tue 30 Apr

South Camberwell Tennis Club


Fees 2019/20

Tue 28 May

South Camberwell Tennis Club


Fees due for 19/20

Too many cooks?


TRIP AND SOCIAL To put your name down for these trips or events you do not need to wait for a club meeting. Email: or contact the trip leader directly. Labour Day long weekend trip When: Saturday - Monday, 9 - 11 March Location: Jamieson / Woods Point Contact: Peter Landouris, e: (however Peter is unavailable until late February - in the interim interest can be directed to Tim Folliard, e: Description: Meet up at J H Scott Reserve for first night: 9005 Mansfield Woods Point Rd Woods Point, 2Km north-east of general store. Peter will take us on tracks north well known to himself. Woods Point is 179 km from Melbourne. It can be reached via Warburton or from Walhalla in the south. Either route will require long stretches of unsealed roads. Allow 3 hours travel time. There is no fuel after either Marysville, Warburton or Moe. Trip Standard: Easy/Medium in dry, with easier options. Goldfields Navigation Run When: Saturday - Sunday, 30, 31 March - choice of making it a whole weekend trip or just a day trip - Navigation Run itself is on Sunday afternoon. Location: Maldon and district - Castlemaine, Newstead, Chewton, Taradale, Guildford areas Trip leaders: Martin Foot and Dot Greiveson, e: Description: Socialise, visit local points of interest, such as old mining sites and structures, dine out, see a show as part of the Castlemaine State Festival (optional), visit the local collectables market, Austrian Kaffeehaus, Botanical Gardens. Participate in the navigation run on Sunday afternoon. Accommodation: For those staying overnight, you will need to source accommodation. There is some in-house accommodation at Baxter Street and limited space for trailers. Not suitable for tents. Alternatives in Maldon include free camping at Butt’s reserve, the caravan Park, plus hotel and motel accommodation. Chat with Martin or Dot about these options. Trip Standard: Social / Easy. 2WD vehicles suitable.


Grampians When: Sunday 14 to Wednesday 17 April (week before Easter, during school holidays) Trip leader: Tim Folliard, e: Description: Looking at 4WD Victoria's iconic trips with additional guidance from local 4WD Club. Moving camp from Halls Gap to Dunkeld. Note: Some camping areas require a booking/fee so early notice of intention required. Standard: Easy/Medium Woodside North When: Saturday - Sunday, 18, 19 May (TBC) Trip leader: Damian Stock, e: Description: A relaxing weekend based at the Stock farm, Carrajung-Woodside Road, Woodside North. Local attractions include Woodside beach, Yarram township, Port Albert, Tom’s Cap winery and fishing in local estuaries and beaches. A fun navigation run along local tracks will be conducted on the Saturday night. Camping (camper, tent or swag) by the lake dam. Novice training on Sunday morning and another drive, if time allows. Standard: Social / Easy: AWD non-modified vehicles suitable. Accurate odometer essential, GPS with co-ordinates handy. Queen’s Birthday When: Saturday - Monday, 8 - 10 June Description: Looking for a trip leader for a 1 to 3 day trip. May be last chance before winter track closures.




The Committee is considering the suggestions made by members at the September General Meeting and is also open to further proposals for 2019 and beyond. Please contact Tim Folliard to discuss any suggestions, even if you would not be the Trip Leader.

Tim Folliard, Trip & Social Coordinator e:


MEMBERS’ DRIVES Subaru L Series wagons (multiple) By Peter Mynard

After having my licence for only a few years, I decided that my first car, a 1982 Nissan Bluebird sedan, no longer suited my lifestyle. I needed a wagon, preferably economical and mid sized. I was in the Scout movement, so cargo and passenger versatility had become important, as had the ability to sleep in the car at short notice. I has also started doing a lot of cross country skiing, so the idea of a four wheel drive was also in the mix. A school friend of mine pointed out an ad. in the local paper for a Subaru 4wd wagon. I blame him for the beginning of my addiction. Soon after, I had bought a 1985 L Series Touring Wagon. Crest Brown, with a gold metallic flake, central locking, power windows and air con. I only kept this car for about 12 months. It had developed the ‘tick of death’, and when back at a dealership for diagnosis, found the car odometer had been wound back approx. 180,000 kms before I bought it. Time for a new car. One that did not have a dark history. What to buy? I liked the idea of the Subie, but needed to check what else might suit my needs. The only thing close was a Toyota Corolla wagon, but it just didn’t seem to have enough space, so another Subie it was to be. This time it was a brand new one, no one else’s hidden problems. A nice shiny 1990 Maple Beige DL Sportswagon, for some years referred to as Elle, later to be known as the ’Beigewagon’.

Soon after buying this car, I discovered the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria, that’s when the affection for Subaru became an addiction. Over the last 28 years it has morphed into what it is today.


List of mods Subamod 2 inch lift custom built rear bar with integrated tow bar and wheel carrier custom built full time 4wd dual range gear box with centre diff lock and 4.11 diff ratio rear LSD Multiple sets of 13in and 14in wheels fridge slide with Engel 40lt fridge / freezer and piranha 30 second kitchen dual battery system custom heavy duty rear springs, rear disc brakes bull bar roof bars and awning sports wheels IPF driving lights, tinted windows, UHF CB with overhead remote head, AM CB GPS with external antenna CD stacker My everyday run-a-round and work car is another L Series wagon. A 1994 Metallic Blue DL Sportswagon. I have has this for about 6-7 years, and is staying standard. It is a little nicer to drive as an everyday car. I sometimes refer to this as my ‘spare body shell’, just in case something happens to the ‘Beigewagon’. Latest Toy. Just over 12 months ago I bought a White 1986 Vortex XT. Stock 2wd and non turbo and staying that way. I have taken this to a couple of Japanese and other car events, it usually draws a bit of attention due to its uniqueness. Of course, it would be remiss if I didn’t include Katie’s car, a metallic blue 2005 Impreza hatch. How could we be a Subaru family, without having four registered Subarus between the two of us?







Jamieson / Woods Point

March 9-11

Peter Landouris


Goldfields Navigation Run

March 30,31

Martin Foot & Dot Greiveson



April 14-17

Tim Folliard

Easy / Medium

Woodside North

May 18,19 (TBC)

Damian Stock

Social / Easy

TREASURER’S REPORT Dr. Opening Balance at 23 December 2018 Income: 1/2/19 Fines and Fun to Jan 19 1/2/19 Welcome Back BBQ takings 1/2/19 New membership D. Arachchige Total income for month Expenses: 6/2/19 M. Foot - Reimburse expenses Consumer Affairs Closing Balance at 6 February 2019

Cr. 3,497.21 7.30 43.00 32.00 82.30

57.80 3,521.71

Angela Bombardieri Treasurer, e: 13

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. 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:


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, according to vehicle design;


UHF (477Mhz) Channel 16 CB Radio. Ideally in car but hand held are ok provided sufficient battery(s) to last the trip.


Fire extinguisher, accessible to the driver


Spare tyre (full size)


Jack and wheel brace, or equivalent


Emergency supplies (matches, food, water and clothing)


Sufficient fuel, oil and water for the trip and delays


A tyre pressure gauge; compressor (according to the trip)


An axe, bow or chain saw;


A sturdy shovel (collapsible shovels are no good)


Spare parts (appropriate to the nature of the trip)


A tool kit


Personal first aid kit


Your vehicle manual

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


BUY IT AND SELL IT HERE Please note: If you have any items listed here for sale which has been sold please remember to let us know at:

Items for sale Item: Forester aluminium bash plates Details: Made from 6.0 mm construction grade aluminium SF Forester $350 SG & SH Forester $380 SJ Forester $420 CVT & Gearbox Protection $380 Outback & Diesel Vehicles $420 Fitting can be arranged. 10% discount for Subaru Club members. Please contact David via TXT after hours Road less Travelled - Vehicle under body protection e: SUBARU HERITAGE LIBERTY Sedan 2001, 2.5Litre. Has only done 336,000 kms, BUT the right hand head gasket needs replacing and the radiator is blocked with Bars Leaks etc. The rest of the car is in very good condition, There is no body damage and everything works. Unfortunately, it boils within a couple of kms so must be towed, but it goes very well otherwise. Reg No TMV873. Too good to crush, for sale for best offer. Contact: Tony Conrad, m: 0421 105 976, Healesville. 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 1988-22(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.

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MINUTES Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. FWDV Member Reg. No. A – 0006149J GPO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley VIC. 3149

Planning Meeting Minutes Minutes of the special planning meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on Tuesday, 10 January 2018 at the Rangeview Medical Surgery and Acupuncture Clinic, 487 Mitcham Road, Mitcham, starting at 7:45pm approximately. 1. Present: Mark Tyssen, Tim Folliard, Martin Foot, Angela Bombardieri, Peter Landouris 2. Apologies: Nil 3. Visitors: NiI 4. Quorum: A quorum was achieved with all 5 committee members present (section 63b). 5. Planning The purpose of the meeting was to address the unfinished planning matters inherited from the previous Committee. These were: 

By Laws - convoy travel, needs to be reformatted into By-Law format.

New Member Pack - needs to be reworked into a new document.

Club magazine archiving. Currently held by the Secretary.

Trip management facility on club website - web site needs to be updated.

5.1 By-Laws A copy of the old club By-Laws had been circulated for reference. They cover a number of topics all of which need review and updating. In addition, new sections are needed including a policy on bullying and how to deal with accusations in future; communications in the Internet/ social media age; privacy; child abuse prevention, etc. Some detailed corrections to text were noted by the Secretary during the meeting. However, it was agreed that the best way forward is to set up a sub-committee to work through the various sections over time, possibly one meeting per month separately from the normal CoM meetings. The opportunity is there to involve non-Committee members in the process. As a starting point, it was agreed that Peter Devine would be approached in this regard. The aim would to be to complete revision of the By-Laws by the next AGM and put them to the meeting for adoption. In order to avoid this being too much of a meal for members at the AGM, it was proposed that a section of each GM be reserved for discussion and feedback on sections of the By-Laws progressively through 2019, so there are no surprises. 5.2 New Member Pack The New Member Pack as drafted was reviewed and found to be generally very satisfactory, but having last been edited in 2016, would require some updating. Additionally, it was agreed that the section on vehicle modifications should be amended, so the club was not reproducing regulations as published by 16

VicRoads and other authorities. Instead, a link should be provided to the relevant authorities’ websites. It was agreed that these changes could be made by the Membership Officer without needing to come back to Committee for further approval.

5.3 Club Magazine archiving The Secretary currently holds the club’s archive of magazines going back to the early 1980s. (There are some gaps in the record.) They are considered significant as they contain the detailed history of the club, along with the Minutes of meetings also held by the Secretary. Up to about 2005, the magazines and documents are held only in their original paper format and require storage space and adequate conditions to avoid damage and loss. After this time, digital copies are generally available. It was agreed that ideally these physical records should be converted to digital format to avoid the need to retain the physical items. An index of contents would be useful in order to access specific topics of interest over the years, eg reports of trips run over the years to specific localities, technical articles of interest, stories about particular identities, etc. It was agreed that while this task was important, it was not urgent and the Committee itself would not commit time to it. It was agreed to refer this to the membership to seek volunteers to undertake the tasks. 5.4 Trip management facility on club website In 2015, the club website was rewritten using the Joomla web management system by Glen Arkell of the Ballarat 4WD Club, who has also provided websites for FWDV and other clubs. The changes provided new facilities including a member login and profile section and an interactive calendar to enable members to add their name to a particular trip attendance list, and the trip leader to be able to manage the attendance, all online. For various reasons, this system has not been implemented. There were some incompatibilities with our club’s structure, most notably, that partners of members could not be set up as trip leaders in their own right. Workarounds were being devised. The project stalled in late 2017 and no progress has occurred since then. It was agreed that it was a worthwhile feature and implementation should resume. A working group would be required and volunteers with some technical knowledge sought to assist. Members to be briefed regarding this at the GM. 6. Urgent Business Trip Calendar Update: Upcoming trips were discussed for inclusion in the club calendar, in particular details around the labour day weekend trip, as details were needed for inclusion in the January magazine. Vehicle Permit Scheme: A message had been received from Michael Dale seeking an update regarding his status as the club’s vehicle permit officer. After discussion, it was decided that on his advice, he would not be included on the update submitted to VicRoads. Financial: It was noted that Mark and Tim were not yet registered bank signatories. Martin provided copies of the 2018 AGM Minutes to Mark to allow his registration to proceed. With regards to payments due to Martin being refunds of costs incurred by him as editor and secretary, Tim (who was not present at the December CoM meeting) indicated that he supported the refunds being made. Next ordinary CoM meeting: was confirmed as 5 February in response to a request from Angela for consistent dates. 7. Next Planning Meeting: Further planning meetings to be scheduled as required. 8. Meeting closed at 10:30pm approximately.


MINUTES Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. FWDV Member Reg. No. A – 0006149J GPO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley VIC. 3149

Committee Meeting Minutes (abridged) Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 at the home of Angela Bombadieri and Julie Dyer, starting at 8pm approximately. 1. Present: Mark Tyssen, Martin Foot, Angela Bombardieri, Tim Folliard 2. Apologies: Peter Landouris 3. Visitors: Nil 4. Quorum: A quorum was achieved with 4 of 5 committee members present (section 63b). 5. Minutes of the Previous Meeting 5.1. Minutes of the committee meeting held 4 December 2018 were accepted without amendment. Moved Angela Bombardieri, seconded by Mark Tyssen. 5.2. Business Arising from the Minutes: Nil 6. Correspondence 6.1. In Michael Dale: re Vehicle Permit register FWDV: re accredited Training Website enquiry : re Forester tyres and lift options Pajero Club of Victoria: Invitation to staff the ¾ rest point at the 2019 Pajero Challenge on Feb. 9, 10. 6.2

Out: Michael Dale: re Vehicle Permit register Website enquiry: response to query, with invitation to attend a general meeting. Terry Bird, Pajero Club: Mark advised S4WDCV unable to assist this year due to short notice. Interested for future years with adequate notice and more information.

7. Reports 7.1. Resources No Resources report from Peter Landouris due to his being OS. Sat phone – Angela reported regarding telecom options for the club’s phone. Pivotel and Optus were considered. Both can be closed and later re-opened, not necessarily with the same number. Both have the same monthly rate of $15, however, Pivotel has a reconnect fee of $25 whereas Optus does not. MOTION: That Angela be authorised to set up an Optus sat phone account. Moved Angela, seconded Tim, CARRIED. 7.2. Trip and Social Australia Day. Damian’s Woodside North trip had been postponed from Australia Day due to high temperatures and reduced numbers. He will consider dates around April / May and advise.


Labour Day long weekend (9-12 March). Peter Landouris will lead a trip moving from Woods Point to Jamieson. Because Peter has a commitment on Saturday evening, Tim will lead the trip initially, camping overnight at Woods Point, until Peter can join us on Sunday morning. The convoy will then move via backtracks, well known to Peter, towards Jamieson, staying overnight there and returning to Melbourne on Monday. Maldon Navigation run (30, 31 March) – Dot and Martin will host a weekend / and or day trip at Maldon, near Castlemaine, featuring a social navigation run with updated locations from the last one in 2016. Easter (Fri 19 – Mon 22 April) As no suggestions have been received for an extended trip to include ANZAC day, Tim proposed a trip to the Grampians, with a moving camp in order to visit a range of locations from halls Gap to Dunkeld. Further details needed for the February magazine. Bike Ride (May) – Warburton rail trail, or similar – Mark to investigate further. Queen’s Birthday long weekend – trip options required. Snow Trip (late August) – in the Mawson, Walhalla, Woods Point area - Peter Landouris to investigate options. More social trips also needed in between the above. 7.3. Venue Welcome Back BBQ was held prior to the January general meeting. Thanks to Martin, Dot and Mark for organising. February meeting – photo competition. Katie Mynard attended the January general meeting and will provide Dorothy with the presentation template. A deadline needs to be set, suggested 21 February. ACTION: Martin to discuss with Dot. A suitable screen needs to be sourced, whether sheet fabric or otherwise. ARB as possible presenter? Former member Matt McConaghy to be contacted. Possible session at RTC in 2019? To be discussed with David. Possible session at Docklands? 4WD facility. Also Toyota Club facility at Yarck (as an activity rather than a meeting venue). [carried over] Raffle books to be purchased for door prizes. 7.4. Membership [carried over] Only one return in July has been made to FWDV so far this financial year. Need to update with more recent membership payments. ACTION: Angela, Martin Discussion on whether to distribute a membership list within the club. Given the feedback from members at the January general meeting, it was decided not to issue a list now, but to revisit this later in the year. It is likely that a list will be issued following the AGM in July or August, once the membership has settled following the next renewal period. Attendance at Expos was discussed, with the aim of promoting the club and boosting membership. Some events may be more effective than others, based on past history. Mention was made of the National 4x4 Show at the Showgrounds as possibly being the best value. Dates are 16–18 August, 2019. Further investigation required. 7.5. Editor Submission deadline 18 February. Still searching for a new editor. The suggestion was made that the magazine be produced every second month, with an e-bulletin in between, to reduce the workload. For further consideration.


7.6. Treasurer Current balance $3579.50 plus $8,000 in term deposit. Bank account signatories: Mark and Tim yet to finalise. Claims: It was noted that Martin’s claims from December totalling $107.50 are yet to be ratified. In addition, fees of $57.80 paid to Consumer Affairs Victoria on 31 January 2019 as part of the Annual Return are to also be reimbursed. Moved Mark, seconded Tim, CARRIED. 7.7. Secretary Annual Return lodged with Consumer Affairs Victoria on 31 January 2019. Club Awards: Announcements were made at the January General Meeting following the Welcome Back BBQ, which included a Show’n’Shine for the Silver Socket Award. The winner was Peter Mynard, for his Subaru Vortex. Certificates and Trophies to be finalised (cost of engraving $50). Award winners to be notified. ACTION: Mark, Martin 7.8. Vice-President: No report. 7.9. President: No report. 8. Priorities and Planning A Planning Meeting was held on 10 January, 2019. Topics discussed were:    

By Laws - convoy travel, needs to be reformatted into By-Law format. New Member Pack - needs to be reworked into a new document. Club magazine archiving. Currently held by the Secretary. Trip management facility on club website - web site needs to be updated.

Minutes of the meeting had been circulated to Committee members and will be included in the February magazine. A verbal report was made to the January General Meeting. The By-Laws require the greatest amount of time to be spent. For this reason it was decided to set up a By-Laws review sub-committee. Members are welcome to assist on the By-Laws sub-committee. Peter Devine’s offer gratefully accepted. Meeting times for the sub-committee were discussed. Because Peter D has limited time on weekday evenings, it was proposed that sub-committee meetings happen on the same day as general meetings, commencing at 7pm. (The room will need to be set up first, say, from 6:30pm.) As the By-Laws have a number of sections, it was agreed to break these up and deal with them month by month. For February, the topic would be to review the Convoy / Trip procedure section. ACTION: The existing notes on Convoy Travel / Trip Procedure to be forwarded for review by Committee, then brought to the sub-committee meeting as above. The topics for March would consider procedures around dealing with accusations of bullying and harassment, child safety, and any other HR issues not previously covered in the By-Laws. Later topics to be determined. New Member Pack: The content was agreed upon and an updated version can be put to use. ACTION: Martin Club Meeting Archiving: Further discussion required. Two separate aspects – imaging old magazines and indexing content. Trip Management system: To be implemented ASAP. ACTION: Martin and Damian to check functionality of existing systems before testing with Committee. 9. General Business: Nil 10. Next Meeting: Tuesday, 5 March 2019 at the Chinese Association of Victoria clubrooms. Meeting closed at 10:30pm approx.


MINUTES Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. FWDV Member Reg. No. A – 0006149J GPO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley Vic 3149 General Meeting Minutes The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 29 February 2019 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:15pm approximately. The meeting was preceded by the annual Welcome Back BBQ, held in the carpark reserve from 6.30pm. 1. Present: Mark Tyssen, Martin Foot, Angela Bombardieri, Tim Folliard, Dot Greiveson, Damian Stock, David Wilson, Peter Devine, Rick Koster, Renato Luminati, Peter Mynard, Des Burns 2. Apologies: Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis, Bev Davison, Julie Dyer, Angela Stock, Peter Landouris 3. Visitors: Katie Mynard, Les Ralph 4. Welcome: A welcome was extended to all members and visitors. 5. Minutes of the Previous General Meeting 5.1. The minutes of the November 2018 General Meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Angela Bombadieri and seconded by Damian Stock. 5.2. There was no business arising from the minutes. 6. Correspondence 6.1. In Pajero Club of Victoria: An invitation had been received to host the ¾ rest point of the 2019 Pajero Challenge, to be held overnight on February 9 & 10. It was noted that the request had been received in mid-January, only four weeks prior to the event and contained no detail of what was required. From personal experience of certain members in assisting with the rest point some years ago, it was estimated that the event would require a full weekend commitment from at least 10 members to run the checkpoint and the rest area. This would require erecting the club marquee, sourcing tables and chairs, providing tea, coffee, soup, etc. Following discussion amongst members, it became clear that the resources were not available given the short timeframe, so the invitation would have to be declined. ACTION: Mark to reply to the PC accordingly. Website enquiry received by Mark, criticising the unsuitability of our website for those with visual impairment. Mark commented that while it may be desirable, he was not aware of any regulation requiring us to make special provision in this regard. ACTION: Referred to Committee for response. Magazines from: Land Rover Car Club of Victoria (hard copy) Subaru 4WD Club of WA (via email link) 6.2. Out: Nil 7. Reports 7.1. Resources ·

There was no report from the Resources Officer, Peter Landouris, who is overseas at present.



Damian has access to a source of second-hand deep cycle 130 Amp Hr storage batteries. Cost is likely to be in the order of $1 per A-Hr. He hopes to have a sample at the next meeting.


Peter Devine is looking for 55 A-Hr battery from the same source, as was previously available several years ago. Damian said no more of these were available.

7.2. Editor ·

Deadline: Friday, 15 February.


“Members Drives”. Peter Mynard to write up his L-series collection for the February edition.


Social Media: · Facebook: Martin to provide photos to Damian from the High Country trip for posting.

7.3. Trip and Social · Australia Day long weekend: Woodside North trip was postponed due to excessively hot and dry conditions at the Stock farm. New date to be decided. Damian is planning two navigation circuits, each of about 40Km, in the surrounding district. ·

Labour Day long weekend: Jamieson and Woods Point trip, TL Peter Landouris. This trip will involve camping overnight at each of these locations, exploring 4WD tracks on the way. Tim Folliard will initially lead the trip on the Saturday, until Peter is available on Sunday morning (he has a wedding on the Saturday night to attend). Further details to be provided. The trip is subject to weather conditions and the fire safety situation in the lead-up to the weekend.


Goldfields Navigation Run: March 30, 31 based at Maldon. Trip leaders Martin and Dorothy. Weekend or day trip.


Easter / ANZAC Day: The Committee is open to suggestions for a combined 10 day trip possibly to S.A. or far eastern Victoria. Alternatively, separate trips over the specific holiday periods. Contact Tim Folliard if you wish to run a trip.


Queen’s Birthday: Same applies.

7.4. Venue ·

No presentation this evening instead, the Welcome Back BBQ was held prior to the meeting from 6:30pm.


Photo competition will be run at next month’s meeting. Katie Mynard suggested that definite closing date be advertised. She offered to provide Dorothy with the template for the display of photos. It was noted that one category had been missed from the list – Best recovery photo.

7.5. Membership: Members welcomed Renato Luminati to the club. 7.6. Treasurer ·

As per the magazine.


Term deposit is for five months rather than six as the interest rate was better.

7.7. Secretary ·

Club awards were announced: · Burnt Billy: Jessica Walsh, for attempting to cook her car by backing over a firepit on the Portland trip. ·

Piggy Bank: Dale Rebgetz, for the most fines in 2017-18


Bent valve: Rick Koster, for a burst radiator and blown head gasket on the High Country Trip.


Jacked Up: Dale Rebgetz, for a flat tyre on the Deua National Park trip.


Bogger: Robert Millar, on various occasions including Portland, Wombat and Robe Trips.


Silver Socket: Peter Mynard, for his Subaru Vortex, as voted on a show of hands following the Show’n’Shine held in the carpark as part of the Welcome Back BBQ.

Rick was presented with his trophy and certificate. Peter Mynard will receive his at the next general meeting, once the trophy has been engraved. Other recipients will be notified.



Membership List: Martin sought feedback from the meeting regarding the publishing of a membership list this year (this is normally done each February). The previous Committee had resolved not to produce a list. Responses were noted for consideration by Committee.

7.8. Vice-President: No report. 7.9. President ·

Mark reported on the Planning Meeting held on 10 January. Comments and suggestions from members were noted. [See Minutes on pp x-z - Ed.] o

By-Laws: the largest task, to be addressed progressively, aiming at adoption of the new laws at the AGM. Members are invited to join a sub-committee for the purpose (Peter Devine has volunteered). New Members Pack: largely complete, but needs updating. Magazine archiving: important, but not urgent. It was pointed out that there is a difference between imaging of a page and indexing its content. Seeking volunteers. Batches could be given to a number of people to do. Online trip management facility: This project stalled at the testing stage, but needs to be progressed. Some changes to software may be necessary. Damian offered to assist.

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8. General Business 8.1.

Mark reported that there was a recall of Impreza cars for faulty engine springs. His daughter had received a notice about this. Cars affected were manufactured between 16/1/2012 and 14/5/2014.


Angela was seeking advice about the most suitable CB radio setup for her Forester (SJ series). Several members offered advice.

9. Fines and Fun 9.1. Nametags: Not noted. 9.2. Last to Meeting: Not noted. 9.3. Trips ·

High Country Trip · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·

Bev Davison – picking up strange men hitchhiking from the USA Josh Koster – bringing along a cordless grinder (just in case) Justin Wilson and Josh – being chased by mummy cow Rick Koster – getting a flat battery (x2) Peter Devine – getting stuck on a culvert on Cynthia Range Track Martin Foot – backing into a tree at lunch stop Martin – backing so far off the track to make way for an oncoming vehicle that he couldn’t get back by himself and had to be recovered Bev – breaking Justin’s pocket knife trying to open a bottle of wine Anthony Wilson – flicked a huntsman spider onto Justin at the tent Andrew Jantke – walking onto a thistle and getting a splinter David Wilson – trying to find the New Hope Gold Mine – no joy Peter Bellis - forgetting to give Martin his water bottle before turning back; then he drank it! Jean Bellis – leaving her glasses on the ground near where cars were parked above the mine site (lucky Rick found them) Andrew – his air conditioning breaking just before heading home in 30 plus degree heat Bev – for putting a stick through her radiator while reversing at the campsite and so having to be towed into Bairnsdale and spending two days waiting before it was repaired!

9.4. Total fines collected - $2.70 10. Meeting closed at 10:15 pm approximately and was followed by supper. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 26 February 2019, commencing at 8pm. 23

EDITOR’S NOTE Thank you for all the contributions this month! Any interesting articles you find and would like to share, or if you would like to write an article for the magazine …. Let us know! Just a friendly reminder to please proof read, and be sure to use punctuation and grammar. The deadline for submissions for next edition is:

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Bev’s Forester on tow due to a holed radiator on the final day of the High Country trip


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