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January 2017 (Issue 432)

Photo from Subie Lift Oz 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 31st Jan @ 6.30pm! 7 Trips and Social Events 8 Long Term Future Planning 11 Trip and Recovery Gear 12 Article – Towing a trailer 13 Trip Summary 14 Buy and Sell 17 Member Items for Sale 17 Club Resources 19 Minutes 23 Editor Notes 28


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: mship@subaru4wdvic.com.au


COMMITTEE Dale Rebgetz (President)


Duncan McCrae (Vice President)


Peter Bellis (Secretary)


Bob Marshall (Treasurer)


Dan Conlon (OM: Editor)

editor@subaru4wdvic.com. 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: January Magazine Welcome to 2017. Christmas has long gone and we are almost one month into the new year. I hope everyone has had an enjoyable and relaxing festive season. Dave’s Christmas trip looks like it was another enjoyable one – perhaps this time without too much drama? We will need to read the trip report to find out as Steve’s typically excellent promo video simply indicates that those of us who didn’t go, missed out. Unfortunately, I couldn’t be there this year. In January, Janelle and I were in Thailand where we had the pleasurable experience of attending a traditional Thai wedding. It was an enjoyable week and as is normally the case it was rewarding and enriching to experience another culture. Countries can often be defined by the vehicles one sees on the road. Most cars we saw in Thailand were small e.g. Corolla, and (hardly surprising) I did not see any Landcruiser or Nissan Patrol type vehicles like are common in Australia. What I was surprised to see were several lifted Hiluxes; a couple were about were about a six inch lift and another was about twelve inches! I did not see any Subarus but there must be some around because I did see one smallish dealer. As is my ritual each January, I like to watch the Dakar rally – or just Dakar as it is more correctly known. It is a 14-day extreme rally event held in South America in recent years. Although the event covers much dry country it is not unusual for there to be some disruption due to rain. This year, though, was unusual with a total of two and half days lost due to rain – two rain events in different parts of the continent. The second resulted in a large mud slide which unfortunately partially buried a small town, killing some people. Australia too has been having lots of rain in dry areas. Central Australian roads were frequently closed during the cooler months of last year, the Todd river in Alice Springs flowed in June last year and again this week. Uluru - in August water flowed off the rock following the largest single-day rainfall since 1986, and then on Christmas night a much heavier rain storm passed over the area. Most unusual. Is this an indicator for changing weather patterns? This Australia Day weekend Mike Dale is running a trip in the Bruthen area, visiting a number of huts and with some optional challenging tracks for 6|Page

those feel they need it. It should be a great weekend; hopefully the rain will play nice. Photos are a great way to share memories, so don’t forget to go through your photos from the last year and dig out those special ones, the ones that you will be entering in the February photo competition - you may have the winning one. Check the details elsewhere in the mag for the details. Finally, next Tuesday is our first meeting meeting for 2017 – a BBQ and show-and-tell car setups. It should be great. See you there. Dale Rebgetz President.

UPCOMING Next Meeting – Tuesday 31st Jan @ 6.30pm! Date: Tuesday 31st January at 6.30pm (official meeting starts at 8pm) Venue: South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Bourke Road, Glen Iris A reminder that we are having our welcome back BBQ It starts at 6.30pm, so bring your chair enjoy some food before our official meeting starts at 8pm. Sausages in bread $1.00 Hamburgers $2.00 Vegie Burgers $2.00 Cans $1.00 Also on the night we will have a Car Set Up Night so come along and see how our members have their cars set up and what camping accessories they have eg: pop up tents, sleeping bags, Fridges. Door Prize: Come along to win a special door prize at this month's meeting.

Photo Competition Our photo competition will once again be held at our February meeting this year. The closing date for submissions is Tuesday, 21st February. 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 Don’t forget to keep that camera handy!!! 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. Send entries to: photocomp@subaru4wdvic.com.au 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 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 events@subaru4wdvic.com.au. 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.

Gippsland High Country- Bruthen & Surrounding Area When: Australia Day 26th to 29th of January Trip leader: Mike Dale | events@subaru4wdvic.com.au Trip Standard: Medium

Details: Starting at Bruthen and heading in a loop north, west and then south,


finishing at Bairnsdale. Traveling camp. A walk at Fairy Dell and visits to fire lookout and some huts.

Movie Night Cameo Cinemas Belgrave When: 17th February Trip leader: Janelle & Dale Rebgetz |president@subaru4wdvic.com.au

Trip Standard: Social Dinner at Reel Cafe next door starting at 6.30pm TBC. Movie at the Belgrave Outdoor Cinema starts at 9pm Movie: Hidden Figures

Tominik When: Labour Day 11th to 13th of March Trip Leader: Jamie & Les |js@subaru4wdvic.com.au

Trip Standard: Social

and Medium

Fun and games. Interesting conversations around a camp fire. Buggy rides. Night drive and a range of 4WD tracks to suit.

Sweetwater Creek Nature Conservation Reserve When: 25th of March 2017. Trip leader: Mike Dale | events@subaru4wdvic.com.au Trip Standard: Medium

■ to Difficult ♦

Day trip starting with breakfast at Willow Grove and finishing at Noojee or Nerim South

Pink Lakes: Murray-Sunset National Park When: Easter 14th to 17th of April 2017.


Trip leader: Mike Dale | events@subaru4wdvic.com.au Trip Standard: Medium

Details: still to be confirmed, but looking like a standing camp (Lake Becking campground). Day drives around Murry-Sunset National Park to look at the other lakes and a walk to Mt Jess.

The Mt. Kosciusko and EPIC High Country Trip When: Saturday 29 April – Sunday 7 May 2017 Trip Leader: Stephen Whittaker | events@subaru4wdvic.com.au 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…

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

The Blue Mountains & Beyond When: Saturday 28th Oct - Tuesday 7th November 2017

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(incorporates Melbourne Cup Long week-end) Trip Leader: Stephen Whittaker | events@subaru4wdvic.com.au 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 Welcome Back BBQ Tuesday the 31st of Jan 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

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Trip and Social Contacts • •

Trip Coordinator: Mike Dale Social Coordinator: Lee Wegner


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


Rated snatch strap

specified by FWDV, copy to


Recovery Points, Front &

Trip Leader

Rear; plus, optional bridle

Two rated D- Shackles

strap, according to vehicle

(minimum 3.2t)


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UHF (477Mhz) Channel 16 CB Radio. Ideally in car but hand held are ok provided


for the trip and delays 11. A Tyre Pressure Gauge;

sufficient battery(s) to last

Compressor (according to the

the trip.


Fire Extinguisher, accessible

12. An Axe, Bow or Chain saw;

to the driver

13. A Sturdy Shovel (collapsible


Spare Tyre (full size)


Jack and wheel Brace, or equivalent


10. Sufficient Fuel, Oil and Water

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

Emergency Supplies

15. A Tool Kit

(matches, food, water and

16. Personal First Aid Kit


17. The 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.


HERE ARE THE five skills every trailer driver needs before they can consider themselves competent to tow: Backing a trailer – it’s not as hard as it looks, but it is difficult. All trailer drivers should be able to back a trailer ninety degrees into a parking space. In fact, all trailers should be stored so that you have to back them out in other to drive forwards, as if you can’t back a trailer you’ve no business

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Next Meeting

Tuesday 31st Jan @ 6.30pm!

Gippsland High Country- Bruthen & Surrounding Area


South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332


Bourke Road, Glen Iris

Australia Day 26th to 29th


Mike Dale

Medium â–

of January

Social Movie Night Cameo Cinemas Belgrave

17th February

Janelle & Dale Rebgetz

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Labour Day Tominik

11th to 13th

Jamie & Les and

of March

Medium ■ Medium ■ Sweetwater Creek Nature

25th of


March 2017.

to Mike Dale

Difficult ♦


Pink Lakes:

Easter 14th


to 17th of

National Park

April 2017.

Mike Dale

Medium ■

Difficult ♦ The Mt.

Saturday 29

Kosciusko and

April –


Sunday 7

Country Trip

May 2017

to Stephen Whittaker Very Difficult ♦♦

Medium ■

Saturday The Blue

28th Oct -

Mountains &

Tuesday 7th


November 2017

Stephen Whittaker

to Difficult ♦

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Driving forwards – knowing how to allow extra room around corners, effect of wind, how and when to operate the trailer brake, emergency stops, securing on a hill and much more. Knowing how to prevent and deal with sway – sway is the horrible weaving of a trailer behind the towcar. It is prevented by proper load distribution not exceeding weight limits and driving properly to the conditions. It is best fixed by applying the trailer brakes separately to the towcar. Accelerating out works, but is rarely practical. Hooking it up – even connecting a trailer to towcar takes skill. Chain length, drawbar height, vehicle setup like tyre pressures, trailer setup..every trailer/towcar combination is a bit different. Hookup-and-hope only gets you so far. There’s so much to check, such as when you need tow mirrors and how do you fit them? Knowing your weights and regulations – do you know your ATM from GCM? Or that the car’s limit for towing unbraked trailers may not be 750kg? Or the weight limit that you must have an independent brakes on your trailer? How an overrun braking system works? Without solid towing knowledge you can’t be sure you’re legal or safe (sadly, two different concepts). Manoeuvring – trailers are far harder to manoeuvre than cars. You can actually get yourself completely stuck, unable to move forwards or backwards. One of the biggest skills with trailers is being able to access a confined area and plan your manoeuvre accordingly.

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Each of the above could be broken down further, but it’s a start. Did you know the UK has a trailer license requirement if the combined weight of car and trailer is over 3500kg? Would you like a similar test here, and if so, what would you put into it? PS. Yes, that’s six. Consider it a bonus. Editor’s note: Reproduced from Practical Motoring Website – Author: Robert Pepper.

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 editor@subaru4wdvic.com.au Item: Oztent Foxwing Awning - BRAND NEW, NEVER USED. Details: Left hand side, comes with poles, ropes, pegs etc including roof bar fittings. Two awnings and tapered. Zip extensions allows you to join the two walls together to create an enclosed area. Also includes Floor Saver, this mesh floor covers the whole Fox Wing area. Cost: $800.00 Contact: Duncan, vice-president@subaru4wdvic.com.au 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, boykett1@gmail.com 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, mship@subaru4wdvic.com.au 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.

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Cost: $30 Contact Martin Foot, mship@subaru4wdvic.com.au 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, dw@subaru4wdvic.com.au Item: Set of 4 alloy rims from Outback 1997 model Cost: $120.00 ONO Contact: David Wilson, dw@subaru4wdvic.com.au Item: Roof console to hold CB and lights and switches for Outback Cost: $100.00 Contact: David Wilson, dw@subaru4wdvic.com.au Item: Vic blue and white standard number plates in as new condition 1XV4US Cost: $400.00 ONO Contact: Jenny, 0417 369 405 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: https://www.vplates.com.au/index.php?page=customiseplate Cost: negotiable, but realistic offers between $3,500 to $6,000 Contact: Richard, 0414 737 333

Item: STi Intercooler. Details: Excellent condition, apart from slight dent on side (pictured). Came as spare parts when I purchased my 2007 Forester. Will fit most Turbo Subies. Cost: $250 Contact: dgreenall79@gmail.com

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Item: STi Exhaust system Details: STi Exhaust system. Everything you need to give your Suby the perrrr it deserves! Very clean, no dents, minor scuffs, Stainless steel. Everything from the Manifold back to the chrome STi stamped tip!! Cost: Make me an offer!!! Contact: dgreenall79@gmail.com

Want to sell something Subaru/off-road related? Contact editor@subaru4wdvic.com.au 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.

Club Resources

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Resources Officer Email: resources@subaru4wdvic.com.au

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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, 6th December 2016 at the home of Meredith Dale starting at 7:50pm. 1.

Present Meredith Dale, Jamie Scott, Edith Fullalove, Lee Wegner, Duncan McCrae, Dale Rebgetz, Peter Bellis, Michael Dale,


Apologies Bob Marshall, Dan Conlon


Quorum A quorum was achieved with 8 committee members present.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting 4.1.

Minutes of the November 2016 meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Meredith and seconded by Lee (so that she could get her name in the minutes).


Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions 4.2.1. Bank account signatories – Dale has the forms from the Bendigo bank to update the signatures. 4.2.2. Request for advertising in club’s magazine by AllDrive Subaroo. The club also offered half-page advertising in the club’s magazine for one issue to those businesses that donated towards the club’s 40 th birthday. The businesses are to supply the artwork. 4.2.3. By-Law – Convoy Travel. 4.2.4. New Member Pack. 4.2.5. Magazine levy. 4.2.6. Special 40th birthday magazine – the draft has been reviewed and will be issued before Christmas. Duncan to follow up with Martin. 4.2.7. Certificates of appreciation – are currently being printed. 4.2.8. Copy of 40th Birthday book to John Bailey – will be delivered tomorrow.


Correspondence 5.1. In Cadbury – chocolate fundraising – forwarded to Jamie. 4WD Victoria – request of clubs’ involvement in Oxfam. Robert Miller – visitor request to attend club trip. 5.2. Out Michael – response to Robert Miller.


Reports 6.1. Resources Been approached by a club member regarding taking on the role. 6.2. Trip and Social See details of future trips and social events elsewhere in the magazine. Future trip ideas - Grand Ridge Road trip, outdoor movie – both Belgrave and the Botanical Gardens. Future social events – social trip with a hot spud lunch at a bush location, bike ride to Warburton, and a navigation run in the Riddles Creek area.

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1.1. 1.2. 1.3. 1.4. 1.5. 1.6.

Longer term trips – details elsewhere in the magazine. Venue See details of future meetings elsewhere in the magazine. Barbecue – need to send out email a week beforehand to get indication of attendance and dietary requirements. Photographic competition – specific email address has been set up. Suggestions for meeting presentations would be appreciated. CFA, SES Red Desert tours National Parks Victoria Bridgestone Tyres Vehicle setup night (may need a daylight savings evening). Sent a thank-you letter to Rob Pepper for his presentation at the November meeting. Membership Nothing to report. Michael will follow up with Henry regarding club membership. Editor No report submitted. Treasurer Peter sent out a brief report. Secretary Nothing to report. Vice-President Nothing to report. President Thanks to those who organised the Christmas party.


Sub-Committees 2.1. Communications The club’s website does have the ability to register for club trips, etc. With the membership number issue resolved, there is no impediment to utilise the facility. Michael to further investigate with Martin. Club now has an Instagram account. Have at least two photographs on the account. Kaden Dale is managing the account. Who should the club’s account follow? The committee agreed that it should be limited to other Subaru clubs, other 4WD clubs, and Victorian Subaru dealers. Facebook account – not much has been posted lately. Social media policy – the club needs to develop a social media policy / bylaw to govern the conduct and posting of articles/photographs. Stephen has offered to develop some guidelines and currently working on it. Dale to enquire with Stephen as to when it would be done. Club website – content needs to be updated, particularly the front page. Michael is struggling at the moment to maintain it. Club calendar also needs updating. Michael to make recommendations on how to move forward. 2.2. Community Involvement Chocolate fundraising – do it in March, which will be well before Easter. 2.3. Constitution Review Convoy rules – still waiting. Life membership review – to be discussed in general business. 2.4. Training / Education Have eight members who are interested in doing another 4WD driver course. Duncan to contact Jessica for details.


General Business Club goals / challenges How does the club attract more members? The club’s website and Facebook page need to be regularly updated to present an active face to the public. Also more involvement in community / 4WD Victoria activities, such as track clearing, Farina reconstruction, etc.

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Action – post/create link to Farina restoration project website and Facebook page. How do we return value to the members? Bob Marshall – does he need some assistance from the club? Peter to follow up. Club trailer Does the club still need its trailer. If so, where does it get stored, and what will it be used for? The marquee is currently stored in the club’s trailer. The trailer is currently stored at Andrew and Lisa Jantke’s place. Need to determine what is stored in it, and what club equipment is located elsewhere. Life Membership Review The committee reviewed and discussed the life membership review paper that Dale prepared and submitted. In regards to the 4WD Victoria affiliation fee for 2016/7 for members who were life members as at 30th June 2016, the committee resolved that the club pay the affiliation fee, after the motion was moved by Dale Rebgetz and seconded by Peter Bellis. Discussion was adjourned to the next committee meeting. 4.

Next Meeting will be held on Saturday 11th February 2016 at 10am at the home of Jamie Scott.


Meeting closed at 11:40pm.

General Meeting Minutes The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 29 th November 2016 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:20pm.


Present Andrew Jantke, Phil Milkins, Elaine Milkins, Kevin Bird, Les Scott, Anthony Saunders, Paul Saleeba, Michael Dale, Meredith Dale, Duncan McCrae, Mike Dunn, Graham Gill, Edith Fullalove, Dale Rebgetz, Peter Devine, Martin Foot, Richard Saleeba, Jamie Scott, Cynthia Rennolds, Bev Davison, Stephen Whittaker, Simon Whitehead, Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis, Damian Stock, Rick Koster, David Wilson.


Apologies Lisa Jantke, Elaine Hyde, Lee Wegner, Peter Fullalove Janelle Rebgetz, Gary Impson, Bob Marshall, Ruth Marshall, Katie Mynard, Peter Mynard, Dennis Scambler, Dan Conlon.


Visitors Rob Pepper.


Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors.


Minutes of the Previous General Meeting

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The minutes of the October 2016 General Meeting were accepted with amendment (Jamie’s name was left out of the attendance list) after being moved by Edith Fullalove and seconded by Jamie Scott. 5.2. There was no business arising from the minutes. Correspondence 6.1. In Magazines from various 4WD clubs. 4WD Victoria – deferment of December regional meeting. Enquiry regarding club plate. Mark Towns has a 2001 Forester for sale. 6.2. Out None. Reports 7.1. Resources Would like another club member to take up the role. Club clothing is available. Details are in the magazine. 7.2. Editor 1. The 40th anniversary magazine will be distributed in the next week. It is a hefty magazine and so, will not be circulated in printed format. 7.3. Trip and Social Christmas high country trip – more details forthcoming from David Wilson. Bruthen – Australia Day weekend – contact Mike Dale for more details. Plenty of weekends in 2017 available for trips. 7.4. Venue Rob Pepper – guest speaker tonight. January – “welcome back” barbecue February – photographic competition March – G&C communication April – FlexiMate (water/fuel bladders) 7.5. Membership. Nothing reported 7.6. Treasurer Nothing to report. 7.7. Secretary Nothing to report. 7.8. Vice-President Attended the annual general meeting of 4WD Victoria last week. It was an interesting night with the election of a new president and another board member. 4WD Victoria will have some challenges into the future meeting the state government requirements connected with the $250,000 annual grant. Duncan gave a commentary on the club’s social media presence (eg. Facebook) and compared it with other Victoria 4WD clubs. 7.9. President Club Christmas Party – thanks to Lee, Duncan and Meredith for getting it organised and running it very well. Many thanks to David Wilson for last month’s meeting at the Ringwood Technical and Trade Centre. Feedback was sought from members as to whether members want on-line trip registration. The overwhelming response was yes. The committee will continue to pursue this. General Business 8.1. Paul Saleeba was presented with the annual “Jacked Up” award. 8.2. High Country Huts Association – Paul Saleeba managed to get a photograph of his included in the 2017 calendar. Calendars can be ordered on-line from the Association. 8.3. Battery recycling – managed to get $675. Including other metal recycling, got $800 in total with a weight of 4.7 tonne. Worthwhile for the club to do on an annual basis. 8.4. Damian has 4 pairs of Anderson plugs available for use with solar panels.

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11. 12. 13.

Damian mentioned a special offer available on a battery reviver (desulphurnator). 8.6. Digby Hogben has a Brumby available for sale in good condition – asking price is about $10,000. Guest Speaker / Presentation Rob Pepper gave a very informative presentation on automotive journalism and car reviews, automotive trends Fines and Fun 10.1. Nametags Duncan McCrae, Les Scott, Kevin Bird, Bev Davison, Simon, Stephen Whittaker. 10.2. Last to Meeting David Wilson 10.3. Trips 10.3.1. Robe Jamie and Les Scott – getting bogged before the trip. Martin and Dot – accidently starting the trip before it actually officially started. Jamie and Less, Martin and Dot, Mike and Meredith, Simon, Dale and Janelle, Duncan and Lee, and Peter and Edith – tent / shade / awing issues. Duncan – for picking the campsite. Duncan – false start in not finding the 4WD track. Meredith – inappropriate dress. Mike – inappropriate dress. Les – inappropriate dress. Lee – for sleeping through the tent rescues. Jamie and Les – for being late after lunch. Martin and Dot – for fluffing around. Dale – for something that was recorded in Lee’s illegible handwriting (but it must be true). Martin and Dot – using the wrong gear and so, getting bogged. 10.3.2. Marysville Edith – for not reading the notes. Rick – for leaving Josh behind. Mike – travelling same track 3 times. Tim – for not waiting for Peter and Edith. 10.4. Total fines collected - $21.10. The lucky door prize was won by Bev Davison. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday January 2017 commencing at 8pm. Meeting closed at 10:21pm and was followed by supper.

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E DIT OR N OT E S Thanks for all the contributions again this month! Any interesting articles you find and want to share, or if you would like to write an article for the magazine ‌. let me know! Just a friendly reminder also to please proof read, and be sure to use punctuation and grammar. The deadline for submissions for next month is:

Friday 17th February As always please send emails to: editor@subaru4wdvic.com.au

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