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June 2015

Explore Australia Expo (ISSUE 415) Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. Reg. No. A – 0006149J FWDV Member www.subaru4wdvic.com.au PO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley VIC 3149


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INTRODUCTION TO THE SUBARU 4WD CLUB 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 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: ● Single: $120 (Seniors card - $110) ● Joint/family: $140 - (Seniors card - $125). Joining Fee $10 ($20 for Joint/Family) (All annual fees include FWDV affiliation and trip insurance: $47) A trip fee of $15 per adult non-member applies (for insurance purposes) Please contact the membership officer for further information regarding membership, including pro-rata and monthly rates.

GENERAL MEETINGS

South Camberwell Tennis Club 322 Burke Road Glen Iris (Melways 59 H6)

Last Tuesday of each month at 8:00pm sharp (except December)

COMMITTEE Meetings 1st Tuesday each month: 7:30pm Stephen Whittaker president@subaru4wdvic.com.au (President) Jessica Walsh vice(Vice President) president@subaru4wdvic.com.au Peter Bellis secretary@subaru4wdvic.com.au (Secretary) Bob Marshall treasurer@subaru4wdvic.com.au (Treasurer) Martin Foot mship@subaru4wdvic.com.au (OM: Membership) Michael Hartshorne editor@subaru4wdvic.com. au (OM: Editor) Dale Rebgetz resources@subaru4wdvic.com.au (OM: Resources) Jean Bellis (OM: events@subaru4wdvic.com.au Events Coordinator ) Jamie Scott (OM: events@subaru4wdvic.com.au Trips Coordinator) Dale Rebgetz venue@subaru4wdvic.com.au (OM: Venue) Stephen Whittaker / president@subaru4wdvic.com.au, Damian Stock (OM) ds@subaru4wdvic.com.au Venue Presentations

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT Welcome to the June Subaru 4WD Club magazine. I hope everyone has been keeping warm lately. This winter is certainly turning on the cold and wet days. It was fantastic to have Suzette Fullerton from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Latrobe Valley region) at our May General Meeting. Her enthusiasm and passion for the bush shone through as well as her foresight for the improvement potential for so many of these special areas we travel through. We heard about the development of 4WD touring routes, restoration of huts, fire recovery works, seasonal road closures and working with volunteers. I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that it was a very informative, engaging and interesting presentation on places we frequent as a club. Thank you, again, to Suzette for her time. I’d also like to acknowledge and thank Les for a fantastic impromptu presentation on river crossings (or lessons learned!) during our General Business segment of the meeting. Les provided an entertaining, but valuable, reminder of the importance of proper preparation prior to crossing rivers. We can often get complacent when we’re travelling through challenging terrain. And, when we’re at the end of a day, we might be too tired to bother with putting a tarp on or walking a river to check its depth. We mustn’t forget that river crossings can cause significant damage (and potentially be catastrophic) to our vehicles if the proper precautions aren’t taken. The takeaway messages from Les’ presentation are; if in doubt, walk it; hook up a snatch strap just in case – it can’t hurt; put a tarp across the front if you’re concerned about the depth… and finally; door seals work well! (…at least for a little while!). Thanks for an entertaining presentation, Les. If you have a tip, interesting story or life lesson, be sure to share it with us in the General Business segment at our meetings. You may have a camp cooking tip, storage idea, four wheel driving technique or mechanical story – you name it, we are bound to find it interesting. It’s great to share information and advice as much as we can within our club. Even if you think some of us will have thought of it before, chances are there will be a few in the room that may not have heard of it. Even if we have, it’s always good to hear helpful reminders! So, have a think about something you’d like to share and feel free to bring it up at our next meeting. Since last month’s meeting, we’ve had two great events run for our club; the Explore Australia Expo and the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend Trip at Jamie’s place. Both were very successful events. Page: 4


PRESIDENT’S REPORT The Explore Australia Expo proved a positive experience for all involved and an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our club. Our stand looked great – lookout for pictures later in the magazine. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to promote our club at the stand; including Jamie, Les, Edith, Graham, Kerry, Paul, Peter D, Tim, Michael, Meredith and Bev. I’d like to especially acknowledge and thank Damian, Les and Jamie for their assistance in setting up the stand on the Thursday evening. Overall, the interest in our club was good. We handed out a number of our rack cards and took the details of prospective members. Those who did come up to our stand for a chat asked us many questions about the club and showed good interest in what we have to offer. We’ve since followed up with them and hope to see them at our upcoming meetings! It certainly was a good opportunity to raise the profile of our club, what we do and, of course, demonstrate the capability of our Subarus. Jamie’s Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend Trip at his place proved to be another very successful trip. There was quite a bit of apprehension about the likelihood of the trip going ahead given the weather leading up to the weekend. But, the weather cleared for the weekend and we were able to get in some fantastic four wheel driving. The trip toured from Rawson north past the Thompson Dam, up Beardmores Track, then down to Merringtons Flat followed by some great climbs out to O’Tooles Flat Campground along Donnelly’s Creek. Our big day out was finished with a magnificent dinner at the pub in Churchill and a night around a very warm campfire. Jamie’s trip report will be out soon, so be sure to read all about it. At this month’s General Meeting, the Tassie Trek 2015 full-length feature movie will be shown. This was a challenging but incredibly spectacular trip and we captured some great footage. So, come along to the meeting and be taken on a trip down Tassie’s west-coast! Enjoy the June magazine and I’ll see you at the June General Meeting and/or out on the tracks – wherever we may be heading!

Stephen Whittaker President

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VENUE REPORT JUNE GENERAL MEETING Date: Tuesday 30th June at 8pm. Venue: South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris Stephen has finished putting together the video of the recent trip to Tasmania. Come along and enjoy this with us all. Door Prize: Come along to win a special door prize at this month’s meeting.

Venue Coordinator

EDITOR’S REPORT The magazine deadline for next edition is Friday 17 July 2015. Send all copy to editor@subaru4wdvic.com.au

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT Thank you to all the members that help out the Aussie expo over the weekend and thank you to Stephen for all his work. Winter is here so we have no excused for not getting out there and running a day trip or an event of some type. Just because it is getting colder and some tracks are closing there are still lots areas to explore and things to do. We would like to have a few mid week trips and events to cater for those Club members who are shift workers, work weekends, work part time or are Page: 6


TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT retired. So if this is you and you would like to arrange a mid week trip please consider doing so. You might just want to do a day trip or even a social event such as a Lunch and Movie. Midweek Mungo Meander Date: Tuesday 28 - Friday 31 July Standard: Easy ● if the weather is dry Trip Leader: Jessica Walsh email: jw@subaru4wdvic.com.au Fees: Day entry per car $7, Camping per adult/child $5/$3 per night. Vehicle limit: 10 cars I am off to Mungo for a few days at the end of July. Mungo National Park is located in NSW in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. This is a midweek trip to allow for those who work weekends to come along. Some information on the park is here: www.visitmungo.com.au We will be staying in a Mildura caravan park on Tuesday night, to allow people to arrive at their own leisure. Mildura is 5-6 hours north of Melbourne. Wednesday will see us heading to Mungo, which is a further two hours north. There is an excellent camping area with toilets and shaded campsites (see fees, above). They have a great interpretive center to spend the afternoon learning about some of Australia’s oldest inhabitants. From here there is a 70km loop track that passes much the park has to offer, which I plan to do on Thursday. A leisurely pack-up and then head home on Friday. A walk to watch the sunset on the Walls of China is also not to be missed, which we will do either or both nights depending on the weather. This is an isolated area, so please make sure you are self sufficient with water and food. Extra fuel won’t be necessary if you fill up in Mildura. Pack some warm clothes, as this is desert country and it can get very cold at night. (If the nights are clear, it is a star-gazers paradise). Kinchege NP/ Menindee lakes Date Friday 31st July to Sunday 9th August. Trip Leader : - Jamie Scott. js@subaru4wdvic.com.au Trip Standard :- Easy ● to Medium ■ This trip will be a continuation from the Mungo Trip. Page: 7


TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT To camp at Kinchega/Menindee lake for four/five days. There is a cost to camp and need to book at some (but there are Hot Showers) From there back down beside the Darling River ( back road ) Maybe to Hattah Lakes for two nights with day trips. Cost to camp $ ??? Green Lake ( near Sealake ) for two days at a cost ( cheap & power site & hot showers ) Let me know if you thinking off coming so l can book camp sites. Christmas in July Date: Saturday 18th July 2015 Standard: Social ☺ Location: At the Home of Peter and Jean Bellis in Boronia Trip Leader: Jean Bellis email: events@subaru4wdvic.com.au Cost: $25 per person. Meal will included roast meats and vegetable, plum pudding and another special desert. BYO Drinks Snow Trip With the early cold snap and some snow already around it is time to think about the Club Snow Trip. As this trip will often happen on short notice (ie “there have been big falls of snow this week, lets go this weekend”) we require people to put their names on the Trip Intention sheet if they would like to attend. The Trip Leader/ Leaders will then contact you to let you know date etc. On short notice we understand that some people will not be able to attend. But you will only be advised of the trip if you name is on the list. Photography Day Jan Rebgetz will run a day for all those photographers in the Club. Contact email: resources@subaru4wdvic.com.au Standard :- social ☺ There are many of us in the club who enjoy taking photos, close-ups, macro photography, scenery, nature while we are on trips. Page: 8


TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT The purpose of this is to get together, take some photos and then later in the day choose a few of our better compositions to share with the group, so that we might discover what makes a good photo, thinking about composition and lighting etc. Proposed structure of the day: ● To be held in September (date to be confirmed) at Cloudehill Nursery and Gardens at Olinda. ● Have 2 to 3 hours to take photos. ● Have lunch at the restaurant attached to the gardens. ● Then to the Rebgetz residence to view and comment on photos. Costs: ● $5 to $10 entry (I need to confirm entrance cost) - Diggers Club members are free. ● Lunch at Seasons Restaurant - $25 to $30 for a main meal (food is excellent) This is a very brief outline and will need more planning. Trips and Events to look forward to in 2015 Trivia Night – 8 August – Jean Bellis Border track – 31 October to 3 November – Peter and Jean Bellis OTHER TRIP AND SOCIAL EVENTS without set date yet. Driver Training Night Run High Country Huts Mud Day Trip High Tea at Yarra Valley Lodge. Trip Leader Jean Bellis August/September possibly Coombe the Melba Estate for a garden Tour and Devonshire Tea - Trip Leader Jean Bellis possibly Springtime Discover Melbourne Walk - Trip Leader Bev Davison Puffing Billy – Dinner and Murder Mystery Night

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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT

Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary in September 2016. We have started planning.

OTHER POSSIBLE TRIP AND SOCIAL EVENTS Would you like to lead one of these trips? Possible locations include: Cathedral Range Strathbogies Brisbane Ranges Lake Thomson Round Trip Murray River Regional Park (NSW) and Barmah State Forest (Vic) or social events, such as: A Picnic at Hanging Rock Queenscliff Blues Train Mornington Peninsula food and wine trail

LONG TERM FUTURE PLANNING Year

Trips proposed for that Year

2016

Disputed Border (The Full length of VIC/SA border) Friday 25 March to Sunday 3rd April 2016 (Easter 25 - 28 March) Option for People to do just Easter as there are exit points on major roads. Kangaroo Island? Simpson Desert 11th Australian 4WD Gathering – 19 - 22 August

2017

Central Australia Fraser Island

2018

Cape York Page: 10


TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT Year

Trips proposed for that Year

2019

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

Jamie Scott & Jean Bellis Trip and Social Coordinators events@subaru4wdvic.com.au

Explore Australia Expo

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TRIP REPORTS Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend Friday: late afternoon, a couple of members arrived with both fires going to keep by, but near dark it was too cold to sit outside, so we moved into the BBQ area. It was a lot warmer in there and with tea done it was off to bed. Saturday: most were arriving today by lunch time. After lunch we had planned to go for a couple hours drive/play close by. As we were driving around, we went passed a track and a few said we should have a go. About 2Km away we turned around and went back. Rick and Les drove it just. Peter had a go but could not get up to the wash-out. Rick & Les had fun coming back down (no control, no brakes, just sliding down). Then we heard that a couple more had arrived at camp, so we went back. More wood! with the fire going well and tea cooked we all sat around fire. We had a visitor, Cassie, came out to meet the members. She has got a Forester and would like to do some modifications to it, eg lift kit. Cassie stayed until about 11pm before heading home (she lives close by). l hope she enjoyed herself and hope she come out one day for a drive or maybe even join the club. Sunday: 7 o’clock there sound outside; 8.30am looking good; but it was around 9am when we left. Headed in to fuel up (for some) and up to Rawson to meet Peter and Katie for the day out. With a loo stop / cuppa off we went. We drove out to the Thomson Dam below the wall to air down ready for the day. First up was a river crossing, not too deep and we climbed up Beardmore Track to the main rd, around to Merrington’s Flat for lunch. With lunch over, we crossed the river to go up Williamson Spur Track - it was a good steep climb all the way to the top. At the end we turned down onto Army Track. From here it’s down to Store Point for a rest and a cuppa and a look around. From here it was back out to follow Donnelly’s Creek along to O’Tooles Flat for a look and along to where we had lunch. One more steep climb to finish off the day and back to the Thomson Dam picnic area to air up for the drive back. “Bloody cold!”, some one said. l think by all in the end. Now it was dark we had to be back by 6.30pm. A few off us went back to camp to get the fire going and then off for tea at the pub with a nice meal. Once done, back to camp. The fire was going well. l said, “more wood”, so we all sat around the fire and more wood was added. There was lots of talk about the day and morning. There was lot of interesting talk and a few jokes aside. It was good to see all members enjoy the night. “More wood!”. It was a very late night for some. Page: 12


TRIP REPORTS Monday: With a good sleep in for all, it was around 9.30am by the time we were all up and out with a slow easy pack-up. One by one they left (Graeme and Kerry Gill stayed for one more night). We had tea and l was off to bed. l was back up at 5.45am on Tuesday ready for work. As l drove out, l should have tooted the horn a few times for a wake call (but l didn’t). Thank you to all that came along for the weekend l hope you enjoyed it, thanks Jamie Thank you to Graham & Kerry for tea and locking up for me on Tuesday. Bev & Gwen for tea Saturday night Rick & Josh for their assistance on the Sunday trip And a VERY VERY SORRY TO BEV & HER FORESTER Attendees: Jamie Scott Landcruiser Les Scott Suboo & Ford ute Rick & Josh Koster L series Bev Davison, Gwen & Splash the dog Dave, Justin & Anthony Wilson Peter & Edith Fullalove Charles & Paula Tam Visitor Cassie

Graham & Kerry Gill Stephen Whittaker Peter & Katie Mynard Forester Landcruiser Pajero Prado Forester

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Outback Forester L series


CLUB CA Date

Event

2015 JUNE

JULY

Tues 30

General Meeting

Tues 7

Committee Meeting

Sat 18

Christmas in July

Tues 28

General Meeting

Tues 28 - Fri 31

Midweek Mungo Meander

Fri 31 July to Sun 9 Kinchege NP/ Menindee Lakes Aug Tues 4th Aug Committee Meeting

AUG+

Sat 8 Aug

Trivia Night

September

Photography Day

31 October - 3 Nov Border Track

Trip Standard

Sign

Vehicle Suitability

Easy Medium

All wheel drive and high range 4WD. Can be l Suitable for medium clearance vehicles with d

Difficult Very Difficult

Suitable for medium to high clearance vehicles with Suitable for high clearance vehicles with dual range


ALENDAR Location

Standard Contact for further info.

CSTC

Dale Rebgetz

Dale Rebgetz’s

Peter Bellis

Boronia

Social

Jean Bellis

CSTC

Dale Rebgetz

Mungo

Jessica Walsh

Kinchega/Menindee Lakes TBA

Jamie Scott

$25 pp

Peter Bellis

TBA

Social

Jean Bellis (

Olinda

Social

Jan Rebgetz

Voc/SA border

Cost

TBA

Peter and Jean Bellis

low clearance with single range and road tyres. dual range and all terrain or road tyres.

h dual range and all terrain tyres. e and tyres suitable for the terrain (eg. mud terrain tyres).

$40 approx.


2015 Subaru Outback Robert Pepper’s 2015 Subaru Outback review with pricing, specs, ride and handling, safety, verdict and rating article on Practical Motoring: https://practicalmotoring.com.au/car-reviews/subaru-outback-2015-onroadand-offroad-test/ Its worth having a read of the full article above, but below is his summary: Medium-sized 4WD The likes of Pajero and Prado are far more capable offroad, better tow vehicles, have greater interior space and are taller. They are more expensive, not as nimble, a bit larger and not quite up there for dynamics, although the Pajero is pretty close. I’d like to say the fuel consumption of the Outback is better, but I doubt it at least in 3.6R guise. Roadcar wagon You’ll get better fuel consumption, it’ll cost less and, ride a bit lower and be a bit more agile on bit um en roa ds . Beyond that…well… nothing. In the Outback you never worry about dirt roads (in fact, you look forwards to them), or driveway drains, and over rough sealed roads it reigns supreme. In fact, hard to think of a reason why you’d buy one and not an Outback. Guess that’s why the Liberty wagon no longer exists. Other softroader wagons I have said it before and I’ll say it again – most of the others in this market have on-demand all wheel drive systems which are markedly inferior and that shows up in everything from on-road handling to soft sand. Honourable exceptions are Audi, BMW and Land Rover, but the former two tend to insist on space-saver spares or run-flats which immediately removes it as a serious dirt-road touring option. And as we’ve said, the Subaru Outback is well known, well supported and easy to service or resell. You still see 15 year old Outbacks doing work, not so much premium Euro brands. Page: 16


FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA TRAINING CALENDAR July 2015 Friday 3rd

Proficiency (PC150704)

Theory Nth Balwyn

Saturday 4th

Proficiency (PC150704)

Practical - Werribee

Saturday 11th

Winch Recovery (WR150711) Practical – Naree Warren E

Friday 17th

Proficiency (PC150718)

Theory - Nth Balwyn

Saturday 18th

Proficiency (PC150718)

Practical - Werribee

Friday 24th

GPS (GPS150724)

Nth Balwyn

Friday 31st

Proficiency (PC150801)

Theory - Nth Balwyn

Saturday 1st

Proficiency (PC150801)

Practical - Werribee

Thursday 6th

Chainsaw (CS150809)

Theory - Nth Balwyn

Saturday 8th

Chainsaw (CS150809)

Practical – Tallarook

Sunday 9th

Chainsaw (CS150809)

Practical - Tallarook

Friday 14th

Winter Driving (WD150816)

Mt Skene District (tbc)

Saturday 15th

Winter Driving (WD150816)

Mt Skene District (tbc)

Sunday 16th

Winter Driving (WD150816)

Mt Skene District (tbc)

Friday 21st

August 2015

Proficiency (PC150822)

Theory - Nth Balwyn

Saturday 22nd Proficiency (PC150822)

Practical - Werribee

Thursday 27th Ozi-Explorer (OZ150827)

Nth Balwyn

September 2015 Friday 4th

Proficiency (PC150905)

Theory - Nth Balwyn

Saturday 5th

Proficiency (PC150905)

Practical - Werribee

Thursday10th

Track classification (TC150913)

Theory – Nth Balwyn

Sunday 13th

Track Classification (TC150913)

Practical - TBC

Friday 18th

Proficiency (PC150919)

Theory - Nth Balwyn

Saturday 19th

Proficiency (PC150919)

Practical - Werribee

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FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA TRAINING CALENDAR October 2015 Friday 2nd

Proficiency (PC151003)

Theory - Nth Balwyn

Saturday 3rd

Proficiency (PC151003)

Practical - Werribee

Saturday 10th

First Aid (FA151010)

Nth Balwyn

Friday 9th

Proficiency (PC151010)

Theory - Nth Balwyn

Saturday 10th

Proficiency (PC151010)

Practical - Werribee

Thursday 15th Chainsaw (CS151018)

Theory - Nth Balwyn

Saturday 17th

Chainsaw (CS151018)

Practical - Tallarook

Sunday 18th

Chainsaw (CS151018)

Practical - Tallarook

Friday 23rd

Map Reading (MR151023)

Nth Balwyn

FWDV can be contacted on 9857 5209 or e-mail: training@fwdvictoria.org.au

FOR SALE Forester Aluminium Bash Plates: made from 6.0mm construction grade aluminium: $300 for club members, $330 for non-members. Fitting can be arranged. Set of 4 alloy rims from Outback 1997 model, $120.00 ONO Roof console to hold CB + lights and switches for Outback $100.00 Contact: David Wilson, dw@subaru4wdvic.com.au 3x 225/60 R17 Yokohama Geolander G012 A/T-S tyres to suit the current Outback/Liberty. Two of them have been driven about 30,000km ($50 ea.) and the other is near new with about 4,000km of use ($100). Contact: Jessica Walsh, jw@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. Contact the club editor to advertise in this space.

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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. $ Hat Oiled Skin size 55

20.00

Hat Safari size 59

20.00

Short sleeve blue chambray shirt with logo Size 14

30.00

Long sleeve blue chambray shirt with logo Size M

60.00

New Style Red Polo Shirts (M, L, XL, 2XL)

30.00

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

CV Boot Clamps Large & Small

3.00

CV Joint Grease

4.00

Wheel Nuts [Set of 4]

1.60

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. Thanks, Dale Rebgetz Resources Officer, email: resources@subaru4wdvic.com.au Page: 19


STANDARD TRIP EQUIPMENT & RECOVERY GEAR The aim of all Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. trips is to have an enjoyable experience in the bush, increasing 4WDing 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 of equipment on every trip: a) Personal details form as specified by FWDV, copy to Trip Leader b) Two Rated D- Shackles (minimum 3.2t); c) Rated “Snatch’em” Strap; d) Recovery Points, Front & Rear; plus optional bridle strap, according to vehicle design; e) AM (27Mhz) Channel 5 or UHF (477Mhz) Channel 16 CB Radio; f) Fire Extinguisher, accessible to the driver; g) Spare Tyre (full size); h) Jack and Wheel Brace, or equivalent; i) Emergency Supplies (matches, food, water and clothing); j) Sufficient Fuel, Oil and Water for the trip and delays; k) A Tyre Pressure Gauge; Compressor (according to the trip) l) An Axe, Bow or Chain saw; m) A Sturdy Shovel (collapsible shovels are no good); n) Spare Parts (appropriate to the nature of the Trip); o) A Tool Kit; p) Personal First Aid Kit; q) 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 nonemergency medical needs are expected to be meet by individuals own medical supplies.

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CLUB MEETING MINUTES The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 26th May 2015 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:10pm. 1. Present Paul Saleeba, Peter Fullalove, Edith Fullalove, Kerry Gill, Graham Gill, Les Scott, Phil Milkins, Elaine Milkins, Dave Denver, Bev Davison, Jessica Walsh, Stephen Whittaker, Martin Foot, Michael Dale, Meredith Dale, Damian Stock, Angela Stock, Andrew Jantke, Lisa Jantke, Jamie Scott, David Wilson, Rick Koster, Dale Rebgetz, Peter Mynard, Katie Mynard. 2. Apologies Bob Marshall, Ruth Marshall, Peter Devine, Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis, Tim Folliard, Cynthia Rennolds 3. Visitors Alan and Sandra Christiansen, Suzette Fullerton (guest presenter). 4. Welcome A welcome was extended to all members, visitors and our guest presenter, Suzette Fullerton. 5. Minutes of the Previous General Meeting 5.1 The minutes of the April General Meeting were accepted without amendment. 5.2 There was no business arising from the minutes. 6. Correspondence 6.1 In ● Shane Lewis regarding some 215R70/16 tyres and rims for sale. Located in Donvale. ● Expo Oz. 6.2 Out ● Shane Lewis regarding his tyres and rims. ● Expo Oz. 7. Reports 7.1 Resources ● Polo shirts for new members at slightly discounted rates for new members. See Dale. Page: 21


CLUB MEETING MINUTES 7.2 Editor ● Nothing to report as Michael H. was not in attendance. 7.3 Trip and Social ● Nothing much apart from what is in the magazine. ● Trips needed for June, July and August. ● Helpers for 2016 40th birthday celebration. ● Peter and Paul to run a snow trip. ● Good trip at the weekend. ● Frog Hollow on June long weekend – pub booking for Saturday night. Will be weather dependent and could be cancelled during the weekend if weather is inclement. 7.4 Venue ● As per the magazine. 7.5 Membership. ● Annual membership renewal due tonight. Please fill in the form and submit it with money. 7.6 Treasurer ● Current bank account balance is $6,074.94 7.7 Secretary ● As per magazine 7.8 Vice-President ● Chocolate monies due tonight. 7.9 President ● Expo Australia coming up this weekend. Discount parking of $5 comes with the exhibitor tickets. ● Need more trips as explained by Jamie. ● Cobaw could be a trip Stephen will run in the coming months. 8. Guest Speaker/Presentation 8.1 Suzette Fullerton ● Suzette presented an informative overview of her role within DELWP, the Aberfeldy tracks project and other projects of interest in the high country. At the completion of her talk she stayed on briefly before leaving the meeting. 9. General Business 9.1 Les discussed problems associated with water crossings and the use of a hook instead of a D-shackle, for expedient connection to a vehicle stranded in the water. Opinions ranged from being better Page: 22


CLUB MEETING MINUTES prepared, with a snatch strap already connected, to sticking with rated D-shackles, instead of using the hook. 10. Fines and Fun 10.1 Nametags ● None 10.2 Last to Meeting ● David Wilson 10.3 Trips ● Keppel’s Hut ● Rick – 80kph in a 60kph zone. ● Meredith getting a log stuck under her car. ● Jamie for trying a track in 2WD. 10.4 Total fines collected - $2.50 11. The Lucky door prize was won by Martin Foot. 12. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 30th, commencing at 8pm. 13. Meeting closed at 9.30pm and was followed by supper.

COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on 2nd June 2015, at the home of Jessica Walsh starting at 7.32pm. 1. Present Jessica Walsh, Michael Hartshorne, Martin Foot, Stephen Whittaker, Damian Stock, Dale Rebgetz, Bob Marshall. 2. Apologies Jean Bellis, Peter Bellis, Jamie Scott. 3. Quorum A quorum was achieved with seven committee members present. Page: 23


COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES 4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting 4.1 Minutes of the May meeting were accepted without amendment. 4.2 Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions 4.2.1 Bank account signatories. 4.2.2 AGM report for 2014 – need to update the vice-president’s report and email to members in PDF format. 4.2.3 Club’s cupboard. 4.2.4 Club’s website needs to be updated in terms of content. It is currently a “work in progress”. 4.2.5 Club listing in the “Just 4x4” magazine. 4.2.6 Ongoing 4WD Education / Awareness. 4.2.7 Membership renewal form. 5. Correspondence 5.1 In ● FWDV regarding the next association general meeting on June 27th. ● Enquiry from potential new member regarding the June long weekend trip. 5.2 Out ● Reply to potential new member regarding the June long weekend trip, suggesting how they could be accommodated. 6. Reports 6.1 Resources ● Possible source for 55Ah batteries. Damian to purchase, test and then provide details to Dale to present to club members. ● Rack cards purchased and distributed at the show. Some to be provided to FWDV. ● Stephen has purchased a pop up shelter for use by the club, to lessen the dependence on Jamie’s work shelter. 6.2 Trip and Social ● As per report. Club AGM in August so Jessica could be away. 6.3 Venue ● Tassie Trek video for June. ● Online Distribution tentatively booked in for July. ● AGM in August. ● Approach Frank Amato for September meeting. ● Approach Rudi Paoletti to ask him to present again at the club, following the successful presentation by Suzette. 6.4 Membership Page: 24


COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES ● About half of current membership have renewed so far. ● Paul Saleeba has raised an issue regarding his 23 year old dependent, ie student, daughter being classified under the family membership. Committee has agreed that Paul’s daughter is considered a member of his family for insurance purposes, subject to confirmation by Martin Foot after discussions with Affinity. She does not have any additional voting rights beyond that which Paul, with his current family membership, holds. ● Damian to provide Martin with details of Tony Webster, at Affinity, so that he can seek clarification of cover for Paul’s daughter. 6.5 Editor ● Nothing to report. ● Damian to pass on information regarding a potential advertiser. ● Distribution – details for Shaun Lawlor, regional manager Victoria/ Tasmania. 6.6 Treasurer ● Current balance is $7504.94 within new income comprised of $1283 membership and expenditure of $752 being for the association’s affiliation fees. The association payment is based on the old affiliation fee of $47. Damian to check with the association office if the renewal notice has been sent to the club as Bob does not remember seeing it as yet. ● Stephen expressed his thanks to Jessica for running the chocolate drive again this year, a very lucrative injection of funds to the club’s bank account. 6.7 Secretary: Nothing to report as Peter is not present. 6.8 Vice-President ● Outstanding monies for three boxes expected to be received in the coming weeks. 6.9 President ● Explore Australia Expo was a great success with excellent participation by the members for running the stand. Twelve genuine enquiries will be responded to by Stephen personally, providing details of our coming meetings and access to the online magazine. We did not win any of the three prizes although our stand was definitely as good as the winners. A small amount of effort could win it for us next year. ● Stephen suggested that we change our membership signage to include a clear welcome to other soft-roader vehicle owners. We should review the success of the event in six months, by the Page: 25


COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES number of confirmed new memberships achieved, and decide whether to attend next year or in two years’ time. ● There was a clear demographic, that were attracted to our club, of vehicle owners who would fit well into our club. Hopefully some will join after Stephen’s follow up. 7. Sub-Committees 7.1 Communications: Nothing to report. 7.2 Community Involvement: Nothing to report. 7.3 Constitution Review ● Nothing to report however Jessica will sit down with Peter when he returns from overseas. 8. General Business ● Discontinuation of General Grabber AT2 in a 16 inch, 65 profile. Martin contacted them and he was directed to a new AT model that is a bit closer to an HT. This is what Dale has purchased when he wanted to purchase the AT2. Martin has concerns about the ability of the new tyre to handle off road conditions. Dale has been fairly happy with them so far, including using them on the Tasmania trip, apart from less grip on wet bitumen. ● Stephen expressed concerns about an article, titled “Softroaders”, in Just 4x4s “4X4 Gear” magazine. He feels compelled to write to the magazine, as club president, to dispel some of the generalisations contained in the article. ● Jessica would like to propose a change to the club name to make the club sound more inclusive of other vehicle brands. Should this be raised at a general meeting, as a discussion, to gauge interest in it being changed? ● The leadership committee should discourage disparaging comments about other brand vehicles being made at meetings, or at other official events. This is especially important when prospective members are present. Campfire banter, in general, is excluded from this suggestion. ● Discussion around finding a location to erect the club shelter on. Locations between Erica in the west and Licola in the east need to be investigated. Approach to be made to Jamie, Peter Mynard and any others who live in this area, to explore options. 9. Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday July 7th, at 7.30pm, at the home of Dale Rebgetz. 10. Meeting closed at 10.30pm.

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Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria - June 2015 magazine  
Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria - June 2015 magazine  

The monthly magazine of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc., online version for June 2015

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