Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria - January 2016 magazine online version

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January 2016 (Issue 421)

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

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CONTENTS Intro 4 Committee 5 From The President 6 Upcoming 7 Next Meeting - Tuesday January 26th 7 March Meeting 8 Photo Competition 8 Trips and Social Events 9 Long Term Future Planning 13 Trip and Recovery Gear 14 Trip Reports 15 Jamie’s Mystery Pre-trip 15 Christmas Trip 18 Buy and Sell 23 Club Resources 23 Member Items for Sale 23 Minutes 25 Club Meeting Minutes 25 General Meeting Minutes 27 Editor Notes 31


INTRO The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. was originally formed over 30 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 2015/16 year were agreed at the general meeting in April 2015 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: $47

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 Stephen Whittaker (President)

Dale Rebgetz (Vice President)

Peter Bellis (Secretary)

Bob Marshall (Treasurer)

Duncan McCrae (OM: General Committee)

Dan Conlon (OM: Editor) au

Jean Bellis (OM: Social Coordinator )

Jamie Scott (OM: Trips Coordinator)

Meredith Dale (OM: Venue Coordinator)

Mike Dale (OM: Website/ Magazine Content)


F R OM T HE P RE SI DE N T President’s Report: January 2016 Happy New Year!! Welcome to the January Subaru 4WD Club magazine… and the first magazine for 2016. I hope you and your family enjoyed a special Christmas and New Year. What a year 2015 was… and here’s to a ripper 2016! This year is a particularly significant year for this club. It marks our 40th year! That’s right; the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria turns 40 this year. Forty years exploring Australia in Subarus! Incredible. We will celebrate this occasion later in the year. It’s all in the planning – details are coming up soon, so look out in the next magazine for a date to save in the calendar. In the past couple of months, we’ve had a few activities. Firstly, a very successful Christmas Party was enjoyed by all at the Sugarloaf Reservoir in the Christmas Hills. A sincere thank you to everyone who made the day enjoyable, including Meredith and Edith for scouting out the location and securing it early on the morning, Jamie, Mike Dunn, Martin and David Hewitt for cooking the meat perfectly and everyone who whipped up yummy salads and desserts for all. Santa even paid us a visit and looked after those who had been good over the past year! It was a fitting celebration of 2015 for all of us in late November. Our annual Christmas Trip was run and thoroughly enjoyed between Christmas and New Year. Thanks to David for an, as usual, very well organised and very fun trip! Instead of the usual moving trip, Dave opted for an easier, more relaxing standing camp, based at Wheelers Creek Hut. From there, day trips out to Mt Pinnibar, Dartmouth, Gibsons Hut and many other sites were run with some excellent four wheel driving in between. You’ll have to look out for the trip report for more details. Safe to say it was relatively uneventful… except for a couple of small incidents, which you will, no doubt, hear about during ‘Fines and Fun’ at the January meeting. On a personal note, in mid-December, my brother, Jason, and I undertook a trip which included climbing Mt Kosciuszko and then visiting Tom Groggin, Mt Pinnibar, Davies Plain Track, the Poplars, Omeo, Dinner Plain, Mt Hotham and then down to Bright and back to Melbourne via Tolmie, Stringybark Creek and Mansfield. We had spectacular weather and the sights were magnificent. Mt Kosciuszko was a particular highlight. While we had climbed it before, it gets better and better every time. There are two ways up – the easy, shorter way and the hard, longer way; we chose the hard, long way. If you haven’t done it yet, I highly recommend it – add it to the list! Don’t forget that I mentioned late last year that Four Wheel Drive Victoria (FWDV) have invited us to develop a Subaru 4WD Club Touring Route! This would involve us: -

Developing a route, with start and end points, and directions along the way



Listing 5 or so points of interest – like we’re giving a virtual ‘tour’ Classifying the difficulty of the route (easy, medium, difficult, very difficult) Determining trip length and an approximate time to complete Mapping the route

Once we’ve provided the content, Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning (DEWLP) will create a ‘forest notes’ or an ‘iconic drive’ and promote the Subaru 4WD Club as a result! So, be sure to continue thinking about where we’d like to showcase. On the cards this year is our all-important club training. We are conscious of the fact that this training has taken some time to get off the ground. But it is now close to coming to fruition and we will in the very near future have a weekend dedicated to training new (and even older, more experienced) members in the theory and practical components of four wheel driving. Looking forward to this soon. If you were monitoring our club Facebook page or website over the Christmas/New Year period, you will have noticed the ‘2015 – What A Year!’ video which was added celebrating and highlighting what we got up to in 2015. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to head there and watch it. Our traditional ‘Welcome Back!’ BBQ will be on from 6:30pm on 26 January prior to our meeting. Looking forward to your company then where you can catch up on the latest club news, hear trip reports and mingle with other members. In the meantime, enjoy the January magazine and I’ll see you at the meeting and/or out on the tracks – wherever we may be heading! Stephen Whittaker President

UPCOMING Next Meeting - Tuesday January 26th To start the New Year the club has their annual Welcome Back BBQ. Starting at 6:30pm (prior to the meeting at 8:00pm). When: 26th of January 2016 (note this is Australia Day) Where: in the park next to the Camberwell Tennis Club Sausages $1 Hamburgers $2 Vegie Burgers $2 Soft Drink $1.50


BYO chairs For catering purposes please let us know if you are coming and a rough idea what you would like to order. Please advise Jean via email by Jan 20th Venue Coordinator Meredith Dale

March Meeting The March Meeting (29th March) will be held at Berwick Subaru (1 Prestige Place, Narre Warren), there will be chance to test drive vehicles from 6.30pm and the meeting itself will then be held there at the usual time of 8pm. Venue Coordinator Meredith Dale

Photo Competition Our photo competition will once again held at our February meeting (February 23rd). Categories: Best Portrait (photo of a person) Best group photo Best landscape/nature scene Best close-up nature shot (Flower, animal, etc.) Best Subaru action shot Funniest photo

We request all entries to be in by February 16th (1 week prior to the February meeting) to ensure we can collate the presentation. All photos must be entered electronically so please email them to


All photographs submitted must have been taken within the last two years, taken by the person entering the photo, and taken at a club event. There is a limit of one photo per person, per category. Any photographs that have won a prize previously are NOT ELIGIBLE. So rifle through your photographs of club events from the last two years and send them to us. When you send in your photos, please include a brief description of the trip on which they were taken, the category the photo is for and a title for the photo. Members in attendance at the February meeting will be able to vote for the best photos. Venue Coordinator Meredith Dale

Trips and Social Events We already have some great trips planned for 2016 and others that are started to be planned. So it looks like we are going to have another great year with the club. This year we will again run most trips with a convoy limit. So if a trip fills quickly there is the opportunity for someone to run another trip on the same weekend. If you have an idea for a trip or event during 2016 please let Jamie and Jean know. If you don’t want to lead it someone else may. If you want to run your first trip or event, again talk with Jamie or Jean. We will provide you with a mentor who can give you advice or can be a co leader with you. We have a Trip Leader pack that includes a check list and other helpful items to assist you. We have started planning for 2016 and have the following trips:

Twilight Cinema Due to the projector used for the outdoor Cinema having broken down they have revised their programming and there is no longer a film on February 6th. Indoor cinema programming for that week will not be known till February 4th. Trip Leaders: Jan and Dale Rebgetz – When: To Be Advised Location: Belgrave


Meal: 6pm at the Reel Café. Movie: Movie and time to be advised. (Program not released till 4th Feb)

Trip Standard: Social Please let Jan and Dale know you are interested if you have not already done so and they will contact you when they know final details.

Mt Alexander (near Castlemaine) When: Friday 22nd to Tuesday 26th January 2016 (For some this may be a Long Weekend with Australia Day on the Tuesday) Where: Leanganook Camp Ground, Joseph Young Drive, Mount Alexander. This will be a standing camp with room to bring Campers. There are flushing toilets Trip leaders: Mike and Meredith Dale – Trip Standard: Easy ● to Medium ■ Convoy Limit 14 Activities will include a trip to Maldon and Mount Tarrengower, Chocolate Mill (near Daylesford) via medium 4WD tracks, a visit to a winery, the giant slide at Vaughan Springs, old gold digging site and an old welsh village using a variety of tracks to access these places.

Welcome Back BBQ (First meeting for 2016) To start the New Year the club has their annual Welcome Back BBQ. Starting at 6:30pm (prior to the meeting at 8:00pm). When: 26th of January 2016 (note this is Australia Day) Where: in the park next to the Camberwell Tennis Club Sausages $1 Hamburgers $2 Vegie Burgers $2 Soft Drink $1.50 BYO chairs For catering purposes please let us know if you are coming and a rough idea what you would like to order.

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Please advise Jean via email by Jan 20th

Yarra Glen to Whittlesea When: Sunday 14th February Trip Leaders: Edith and Peter Fullalove - Trip Standard: Easy ● It will start from McKenzie Reserve, Yarra Glen at 10.00 am. Finish at Yan Yean Reserve (not sure what time we will get back yet, but it's not a really long trip around 58 kms with lunch). Stopping at Frank Thompson Reserve (possible lunch stop and views) and St Andrews Memorial.

Tonimbuk Weekend Date: Friday 26th – Monday 29th February 2016 Trip leader: Jamie Scott -

Trip Standard: Easy alternatives.

● to Medium ■ to Difficult

with chicken tracks or

Location: Tonimbuk with camping on Private Property. Suitable for Campers and tents. We need to bring our own water. Weekend will include day and night trips and a social afternoon with a Pizza lunch at a winery. (Jamie needs numbers to book a table) If there is a serve fire risk/high temperatures this trip will not take place.

Lake Cobbler When: Saturday 12 – Monday 14 March (Labour Day Long Weekend) Trip Rating: Medium ■ (to be confirmed) Convoy Limit: 8 vehicles (potentially 10, TBC) 11 | P a g e

Trip Leader: Stephen Whittaker, 0438 441 916 or The Labour Day Long Weekend will be a fantastic weekend for all involved – a fun, social, interesting and scenic trip. This moving trip will commence at Mansfield, where we will meet in the main street mid-morning. After fuelling (via the servo and the bakery!), we will head for: Tolmie, Powers Lookout, Whitfield, Paradise Falls, Lake Cobbler, The Staircase, King River, Huts: King Hut, Mt No. 3 Hut and Tomahawk Hut Likely camp for the first night is Lake Cobbler and for the second night Tomahawk Hut or a trackside camp depending on how busy it is out on the tracks. More details to come in the lead up to the trip.

Buckland Valley When: 12th – 14th March 2016 Trip standard is medium ■ to difficult ♦. Organised by 4WD Victoria. Based in the Buckland Valley at Beveridge’s Station Day trips of various standards Evening entertainment and catered Dinner on Saturday. Further details: see Track Watch December 2015 p 20-21

Disputed Border This Trip has reached Convoy Limit. Trip Standard: Medium ■

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Trip Leaders: Jean and Peter Bellis - The Full length of VIC/SA border) Friday 25 March to Sunday 3rd April 2016 (Easter 25-28th March) Further details will be emailed out to those attending this trip. Jean and Peter Bellis

Simpson Desert When: 17th July 2016 for 3 weeks Trip Leader: Dale Rebgetz -

11th Australian 4WD Gathering When: 19th – 22nd August 2016 Where: Barmera, South Australia (2 hours west of Mildura) Loveday 4x4 Park.

40th Anniversary Celebrations Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary during 2016. Stay tuned for some special events during the year.

Long Term Future Planning 2017

Central Australia Kangaroo Island? Fraser Island


Cape York


Canning Stock Route Simpson Desert – re-enactment of the 40th anniversary of the Club’s 1974 crossing from Macumba Station to Purine Bore

Trip and Social Contacts •

Trip Coordinator: Jamie Scott

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• •

Social Coordinator : Jean Bellis

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: 1.

Personal details form as


specified by FWDV, copy to 2.

to the driver

Trip Leader


Spare Tyre (full size)

Two rated D- Shackles


Jack and wheel Brace, or

(minimum 3.2t) 3.

Rated snatch strap


Recovery Points, Front & Rear; plus optional bridle strap, according to vehicle design;


Fire Extinguisher, accessible

AM (27Mhz) Channel 5 or

equivalent 9.

Emergency Supplies (matches, food, water and clothing)

10. Sufficient Fuel, Oil and Water for the trip and delays 11. A Tyre Pressure Gauge;

UHF (477Mhz) Channel 16 CB

Compressor (according to the

Radio. Ideally in car but hand


held are ok provided

12. An Axe, Bow or Chain saw;

sufficient battery(s) to last

13. A Sturdy Shovel (collapsible

the trip.

shovels are no good)

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14. Spare Parts (appropriate to the nature of the trip)

16. Personal First Aid Kit 17. The Vehicle Manual

15. A Tool Kit

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 nonemergency medical needs are expected to be meet by individuals own medical supplies.

TRIP REPORTS Jamie’s Mystery Pre-trip Sunday the 13 December Most people arrived on time a quick visit to the bakery away it was we headed south of Gembrook and turned into the dirt and then it was just a mystery voyage from there on. Trip attended by: Jamie & Les Duncan & Lee Rick & Josh Peter & Katie

This was a pre-trip so l hope to run a trip soon thanks for coming along Jamie

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Twilight Cinema


February 2016 (TBA)



Jan and Dale Rebgetz– au

Friday 22nd to Tuesday 26th Mt Alexander

January 2016 (For


some this may be


a Long Weekend with Australia Day

Mike and Meredith Dale –

Easy ● to


Medium ■

on the Tuesday)

Please advise Jean Welcome Back BBQ (First meeting for 2016)

26th of January 2016 (note this is Australia Day)

via email by Jan 20th if you’re attending and what you’ll eat events@subaru4wdvic.

Edith and Peter Yarra Glen to

Sunday 14th

Fullalove –




Easy ●

Easy ● to

Tonimbuk Weekend

Medium ■

Friday 26th –

Jamie Scott

Monday 29th



to Difficult with chicken tracks or alternatives

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Saturday 12 – Lake Cobbler

Monday 14 March (Labour Day Long Weekend)

Buckland Valley

Disputed Border

12th – 14th March 2016

Friday 25 March to Sunday 3rd April

This Trip has reached Convoy Limit.

Simpson Desert

2016 (Easter 2528th March)

17th July 2016 for 3 weeks

11th Australian

19th – 22nd

4WD Gathering

August 2016

40th Anniversary Celebrations

Stay tuned

Stephen Whittaker president@subaru4wdv

Further details, see Track Watch December 2015 p 20-21

Medium ■ (to be confirmed)

Medium ■ to difficult ♦

Jean and Peter Bellis events@subaru4wdvic.

Medium ■

Dale Rebgetz- vicepresident@subaru4wdv

Medium ■

See you there

See you there

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Christmas Trip Photo report

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BUY AND SELL Club Resources We have plenty of resources to sell. We may have many, some or none of the following items so if you are interested in any of these then please come along to the club meeting and I will be very happy to sell them to you. Correct change will be much appreciated. Short sleeve blue chambray shirt w/logo (Size 14) - $30.00 Long sleeve blue chambray shirt w/logo (Size M) - $60.00 New Style Red Polo Shirts (M, L, XL, 2XL) - $30.00 Hat Oiled Skin size 55 - $20.00 Hat Safari size 59 - $20.00 New Style Vest - $60.00 New Style Jacket - $70.00 Blue Polo Shirt - $15.00 Large Sew on Badges - $3.50 Small Sew on Badges - $2.00 Fuel Filter Plastic x 45deg. - $5.00 Fuel Filter Plastic x 90deg. - $5.00 Fuel Filter Plastic x Straight - $5.00 eFlare HZ510 Red with Base - $55.00 Wheel Nuts [Set of 4] - $1.60 CV Boot Clamps Large & Small - $3.00 CV Joint Grease - $4.00 MSP Engine Formulation (oil additive) - $50.00 For substantial discounts on all general automotive spare parts, oils, filters, shocks, etc., please see me for details. Resources Officer: Dale Rebgetz Email:

Member Items for Sale 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,

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Item: Set of 4 alloy rims from Outback 1997 model Cost: $120.00 ONO Contact: David Wilson, Item: Roof console to hold CB and lights and switches for Outback Cost: $100.00 Contact: David Wilson,

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

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.

Contact Jamie for any questions:

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M IN U T E S Club Meeting Minutes Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on Tuesday 1st December 2015 at the home of Duncan McCrae starting at 7:41pm.


Present Duncan McCrae, Jamie Scott, Meredith Dale, Michael Dale, Bob Marshall, Peter Bellis, Stephen Whittaker, Dale Rebgetz.


Apologies Jean Bellis, Dan Conlon


Quorum A quorum was achieved with 8 committee members present.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting 4.1. Minutes of the November 2015 were accepted without amendment. 4.2. Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions 4.2.1. Bank account signatories. 4.2.2. Club’s cupboard. Have problems finding a locksmith who can access the blank (evidently these are kept in the USA). 4.2.3. Ongoing 4WD Education / Awareness. 4.2.4. Membership renewal form.


New member pack – Jean recirculated updated list to committee members for feedback.


Correspondence 5.1. In 4WD Victoria – “Clean up the bush” in Nerrina State Forest near Ballarat. Oxfam – seeking more drivers for deliveries of Christmas trees. Magazine from the Land Rover Owners Club of Victoria. All Drive Subaroo – regarding advertising in the club’s magazine. David Wilson – regarding club awards and club’s 40th birthday. Bendigo 4WD Club – wanting to share an electronic version of club’s magazine. Subaru and Recreational 4WD Club of NSW – wanting to share an electronic version of the club’s magazine. 5.2. Out None.


Reports 6.1. Resources Nothing to report. 6.2. Trip and Social Details of future trip and social events elsewhere in the magazine. May, June and July don’t yet have organised trips. The club’s Christmas social event was a great success. There was plenty of food, with some left over. Seeking another trip for the Easter weekend, plus trips

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6.4. 6.5. 6.6.


6.8. 6.9.


for the ANZAC Day and Queen’s Birthday weekends. Need to start looking at some of the other longer trips (Canning Stock route, Fraser Island, etc). Venue Details of future general meetings elsewhere in the magazine. Future meeting suggestions – CB etiquette, sand driving, and Robert Pepper. Members have also requested map/navigation training – possibly as a day course on a weekend trip. Have a “how does a vehicle work” presentation night co-ordinated by Dale and assisted by Rick. Also, a basic vehicle maintenance presentation (ie. where is the dip stick?). Membership Nothing to report. Editor No report submitted. Treasurer As submitted. Current account balance is $8,511.46. Major payments included engraving of club trophies, printing of the club’s magazine, and supplies for the Christmas party. Secretary Club’s annual registration – recently informed that it is now all done online. Need to follow this up. Vice-President Nothing to report. President The club’s Christmas party was very successful with 46 members present. Moving the annual awards to the Christmas party proved to be a successful move.

Sub-Committees 7.1. Communications No report submitted. 7.2. Community Involvement The club is again involved with the Oxfam Christmas Tree delivery.

7.3. 7.4.

Club is investigating options for community work in 2016. Constitution Review No recent progress. Education / Training Nothing to report. Need to get up-to-date records of members’ qualifications.


Club’s Iconic Drive for 4WD Victoria Something suitable, maybe of a medium rating, for unmodified Subarus. Will become part of 4WD Victoria’s pack of iconic drives. Will trial the suitability of the Castlemaine trip for being one.


Annual Awards Review Various members have submitted suggestions for additional awards for club members. Some of the suggestions include: Quill / Scribe award – editor nominated award for best trip report submitted during the year. Trip Leader award – excellence in trip leadership. Nominations made by members and decided by the committee. Have a perpetual trophy. The WTF award – most memorable incident on a club trip or event. Nominations made by members and decided by the committee. The existing Burnt billy and Silver Socket awards will be maintained by adding new bases to allow the addition of future name plaques.

10. Club’s 40th Birthday A number of options are currently being evaluated. These included: A formal night based somewhere in or near Melbourne. Afternoon/dinner at Old Gippsland Town at Moe.

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Yarra River cruise and dinner. Rail ride to Walhalla with catered meal in Walhalla. Puffing Billy ride and lunch - $95 per head. Melbourne Aquarium $100 per head, fully catered with finger food. Puffing Billy ride and lunch - $95 per head. A camping weekend somewhere out of Melbourne on the Melbourne Cup weekend. Murray River cruise at Echuca with accommodation at Morning Glory caravan park (not available on Melbourne Cup weekend) Murray River cruise at Swan Hill with dinner at the Pioneer Settlement park. Fully catered dinner at Woodside under the club’s marquee with local camping. Afternoon/dinner at Old Gippsland Town at Moe. Yarra River cruise and dinner. Rail ride to Walhalla with catered meal in Walhalla. Melbourne Aquarium $100 per head, fully catered with finger food. Suggested that we not use a long weekend for any “out of Melbourne” event as we have very few long weekends for four wheel driving. No member should not be involved in the catering – otherwise miss the fun of the event. Committee agreed that the club should have: A formal meal (lunch or dinner) at a Melbourne location fully catered for on a Saturday in early October

(8th or 15th) – Aquarium or similar. Organise for 100 people. Club subsidy would be restricted to current club members.

11. General Business Various matters were discussed.

12. Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday 2nd February 2016 at 7:30pm at the home of Jean Bellis.

13. Meeting closed at 10:17pm.

General Meeting Minutes The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 24th November 2015 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:05pm.


Present Jamie Scott, Kerry Gill, Graham Gill, Peter Fullalove, Edith Fullalove, Jean Bellis, Peter Bellis, Paul Saleeba, Duncan McCrae, Lee Wagner, Stephen Whittaker, Michael Dale, Meredith Dale, Dale Rebgetz, Jan Rebgetz, Peter Devine, Anthony Saunders, Bev Davison, Les Scott, Bob Marshall, Mike Dunn, Damian Scott, Katie Mynard, Martin Foot, Dave Denver, Matt Chaplin, Rick Koster, David Wilson.



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Tim Folliard, Jessica Walsh, Andrew Jantke, Lisa Jantke, Dan Conlon, Phil Milkins, Elaine Milkins, Cynthia Rennolds, Ruth Marshall, Peter Mynard, Andrew Santuccione.


Visitors John Turbill (Freshield), Richard Saleeba.


Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors.


Minutes of the Previous General Meeting 5.1. The minutes of the October 2015 General Meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Katie Mynard and seconded by Edith Fullalove. 5.2. There was no business arising from the minutes.


Correspondence 6.1. In 4WD Victoria “Clean up the Bush” – Nerrina State Forest (near Ballarat) e-News Cancellation of first aid course Confirmation of club 4WD driving instructors “Iconic” 4WD trips based on clubs’ favourites and capabilities. Interest has been flagged with the Association. 6.2. Out

4WD Victoria


Reports 7.1. Resources Nothing to report. 7.2. Editor Nothing to report. Thanks to Michael Dale for excellent articles on CB radios. 7.3. TRIP AND SOCIAL Details of future trip and social events are elsewhere in the magazine. 7.4. Venue Details of future general meetings are elsewhere in the magazine. Will have a raffle tonight. 7.5. Membership. Nothing to report. 7.6. Treasurer Current account balance is $8,844.43. 7.7. Secretary Next committee meeting is at Duncan’s place. Duncan was appointed to the committee at the last committee meeting and offered to take on the coordination of training and education. 7.8. Vice-President Nothing to report. 7.9. President Congratulations to Damian for the way that 4WD Victoria is being run, and how the last AGM was run.


General Business 8.1. Jamie heard of an incident on the New Calendonia Stream track in which a person got burnt by an overheated gas bottle when its pressure relief valve let go. 8.2. Matt Chaplin was presented with his member’s nametag.

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8.7. 8.8.


Les reminded members of the battery recycling fundraising program. So, bring along your old car batteries. 4WD Victoria – club member benefit card has finally been agreed to by 4WD Australia at their recent member. Damian was able to source some more Brumby “Matchbox” toys and duly presented them to Les and Jamie. Martin – will soon have a SubaXtreme bullbar suitable for a Forest series 2 (03-05). Michael D – exhaust jacks do not work on dual exhaust vehicles. Richard S – many thanks for being allowed to participate on the recent Border Track trip. Also brought some surplus magazine from a nearby news agent.

Fines and Fun 9.1. Nametags

Les Scott, 9.2. Last to Meeting David Wilson 9.3. Trips 9.3.1. Frog Hollow Jessica – managed to find out where her new tent leaks. Bev – for getting Jamie and Les to set up her van. Bev – for getting Jamie and Les to pack up her van. Jamie – missed the half-boat sitting in the bush.


Border Track

Jean and Peter – for arriving late in Rainbow. Dan – for arriving at 2am Saturday. Peter C – for arriving at 2am Saturday. Michael H – for getting bogged three times in 40 minutes with highway tyre pressure. Graham G – for getting bogged. Peter B – getting bogged. Dot Grieveson – wondering why there was a red light on on the dashboard and being told to check her handbrake. Lee – three attempts to get up the first sand dune. Michael H – taking pleasure in running over a tumble weed. Peter L – for getting bogged. Meredith and Edith – for cooling off under the sprinklers at Underbool. Jean, Stephen and Dan – ditto. Peter and Edith – forgetting to turn on the CB radio Sunday morning. Everyone fined for getting bogged or taking a second go at a dune. Paul – starting his car at 6:30am whilst

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everyone else was still in bed. Peter B – for losing his sun glasses. Peter and Edith – for getting bogged and being pulled out by a Subaru. Michael and Meredith – for losing their sandflag. Michael H – for leaving the trip early. Dot – for bringing along a very addictive card game. Dan – for getting a flat tyre on the night drive. Duncan – for getting bogged due to high tyre pressures. Peter L – for getting airborne heading up the large sand dune. Michael D – for believing Dan that the ruts were not too bad.

9.4. Total fines collected - $17.90.

10. Guest Speaker / Presentation John Turbill gave a very informative presentation on the Freshield vacuum sealing system. John also presented on the 11th Australian 4WD Gathering in South Australia near Renmark on 19th – 22nd August 2016. Cost is $185 per adult.

11. The Lucky door prize was won by Anthony Saunders.

12. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 26th January 2016 commencing at 8pm, and preceded by a barbeque tea at 6:30pm in the next-door park.

13. Meeting closed at 9:50pm and was followed by supper.

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E DIT OR N OT E S Thanks for all the contributions again this month!

Just a couple of things from me: In an effort to BE GREEN AND SAVE PAPER please let me know via email if you currently receive a paper version of this magazine and would be happy with an email version instead Any interesting articles you find and want to share, or if you would like to write an article for the magazine in the member's tips and reviews sections, let me know! The deadline for submissions for next month is:

Tuesday 9th February As always please send emails to:

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