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March 2017 (Issue 434)

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

PO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley VIC 3149

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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 28th March at 8pm 7 Trips and Social Events 8 Long Term Future Planning 10 Trip Report 11 High country Trip 11 Trip Summary 16 Trip and Recovery Gear 20 Jamie’s Report 21 Buy and Sell 22 Member Items for Sale 22 Minutes 26 Editor Notes 32


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 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: $48

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

Please contact the membership officer for further enquiries. Email:


COMMITTEE Dale Rebgetz (President)

Duncan McCrae (Vice President)

Peter Bellis (Secretary)

Bob Marshall (Treasurer)

Dan Conlon (OM: Editor) au

Lee Wagner (OM: Social)

Jamie Scott (OM: Community) Meredith Dale (OM: Venue Coordinator)

Mike Dale (OM: Trip)

Edith Fullalove (OM)


F R OM T HE P RE SI DE N T President’s Report: March Magazine Last year Jamie and Les ran a fun-and-games event that was popular and enjoyed by all who attended. Word got out, so when they ran it again this year it was even more popular – and it lived up to expectations. The format was simple in concept but lots of planning and preparation went into it. Thank you to all those that helped make it happen – Les, Jamie, his two nephews, Kerry, Graham, and Jamie’s sister for allowing us the use of her property. A couple of weeks earlier there was a very enjoyable bike ride on the Warburton Trail – run by Kerry and Graham. Not everything has to be hardcore 4WDing. Do you have an idea for a club trip or social activity? Perhaps something you would like to do (or have done), something that might make for a great shared experience? Speak to your committee and they will help you make it happen. Do you like driving, or would you rather be driven? Subaru has had their EyeSight driver assist feature for a little while now; it seems to be a useful and effective driving aid, albeit far short of doing the actual driving – that is a little more difficult but is being developed. As of February this year Subaru has joined the list of companies with a permit to test autonomous driving technology on Californian roads. At last count there were 27 companies with permits – many well known automotive manufacturers, and a mixed bag of others including some I have never heard of. Whether we like it or not (but I believe most people will like it) it won’t be too many more years before we will be buying affordable, self-driving cars. Imagine that regular commute through heavy traffic, but being able to catch up on some sleep, or play with your phone or other gadget – safely! It could be a very attractive proposition for many. On the other hand, I am sensing an increased interest in older vehicles – is it nostalgia? New vehicles are undoubtedly better than vehicles 20+ years older, better in just about every measure. So what is it about the older vehicles that is better? Not much. The experience is relatively raw, longer drives are much more tiring, possibly no power steering or air conditioning, 6|Page

dust gets in everywhere. But there is a connection between the car, the driver, and the environment that does not exist in the latest vehicles. Modern cars are becoming much safer, more boring, and easier to drive; they are a means to get from point A to point B and they do that well. However, if the driving experience or the journey is important to you, then maybe the latest and greatest might not be the optimal choice. If only life was simple – like old vehicles! Dale Rebgetz President.

UPCOMING Next Meeting – Tuesday 28th March at 8pm Date: Tuesday 28th March at 8pm. Venue: South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris. This month Stephen will be showing a video on the High Country Christmas Trip. Mike will be Talking and giving some information on club Plates. Door Prize: Come along to win a special door prize at this month's meeting.

REMINDER Next month's meeting has a change of date and venue to: The 18th of April At G&C Communications Shop 2, 9-11 Cameron Street, Cranbourne. Meredith Dale. Venue Coordinator


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

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

■ to Difficult ♦

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

Shrine of Remembrance Tour When: Saturday April 1st 2017 Trip leader: Jean Bellis |

Trip Standard: Social Jean has kindly organised a Social Trip and tour to the Shrine of Remembrance. Meet at 10am for a personalize tour of Shrine located on St Kilda Rd. The tour will be conducted by David who is a friend of Peter and Jean and has worked as a Shrine Guide in the past. He is very knowledgeable about the Shrine and the many areas of conflict that Australians have taken part in over the years.


The Tour will take about 2 hours but could go longer depending on the interests of our group. For those who wish to, we can have lunch together afterwards. I am open to suggestions if anyone knows of nice restaurant nearby. There may be a $5.00 per person charge made by Shrine. This is something that the Shrine is looking to introduce for their guided tours but when we don’t know at this stage and it may not apply to us anyway. I need to have final numbers by Tuesday March 28th (the club meeting).

Pink Lakes: Murray-Sunset National Park When: Easter 14th to 17th of April 2017. Trip leader: Mike Dale | Trip Standard: Medium

Details: still to be confirmed, but looking like a standing camp (Lake Becking campground). Day drives around Murray-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 | 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 (incorporates Melbourne Cup Long week-end) Trip Leader: Stephen Whittaker | Trip Standard: Medium

■ to Difficult ♦

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

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

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

Long Term Future Planning 2018

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


Canning Stock Route 5wk Trip

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

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

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

Trip and Social Contacts • •

Trip Coordinator: Mike Dale Social Coordinator: Lee Wegner

TRIP REPORT High country Trip By Jean Bellis Monday 26th December 2016 This year the Christmas trip was not starting until the 27 December. As we were spending Christmas with my family this year and would be taking the XV we were able to have the Forester nearly packed before we left. On Boxing Day all we needed to do was shop for fresh food and pack it in the car. With the car packed we took a leisurely drive to Bairnsdale where we spent the night at a motel. We enjoyed a lovely Indian meal at a local restaurant that evening.

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Tuesday 27th December 2016 The next morning, after a very relaxed buffet breakfast at the motel, we did some last minute shopping. Dave had suggested that we go and check out some possible sites for our first night’s camp. We headed out on the Great Alpine Road and turned off at Sarsfield onto the Eleven Mile Road. The plan was to find a campsite on the Nicholson River. After some track clearing, we turned down a very overgrown track which led to a very small and overgrown campsite with difficult access to the river. Back out onto the main track with some more track clearing before again turning down a small track that took us to another overgrown and small campsite. Looking at the map we then decided to explore some other tracks and possible campsites listed on the map. One track had a tree that was too large for us to move and another had a gate across it. We finally found the start of a track that looked promising but it had a sign saying “Private Property ahead”. Peter decided that we would give this a go. Finally, the track opened up into a large open clearing which would make a perfect campsite. We stopped here for morning tea before mapping a route that we could take back out onto the main road. We were looking for a route that would provide a bit more interest when we lead the others back in that might keep us off some of the excellent gravel roads. The plan was in meet in the carpark at the back on McDonalds in Bairnsdale. We arrived and put out a call and discovered that Peter Devine and, to our surprise, Fran were already there. Fran had had other plans which had not eventuated so the night before decided to join Peter. We decided to have lunch while we waited for the others that were still some way off. We pulled out the chairs and set up on the nature strip. We were soon joined by Steve, then Rick and Josh, and finally Dave, his dad Rob and Anthony and Justin. After a bit of last minute shopping everyone were ready to go. There were five cars in the convoy due to a few last minute cancellations for a number of reasons. We turned off the Great Alpine Road and headed along some well maintained tracks enjoying the wonderful trees. A short cut over a hill provided a detour that most decided to take. It wasn’t long before we arrived at our camp turn off and then into camp. Rob and the boys found wood and got a fire going while the rest of us set up for the night. The rain came down and after that it was extremely muggy and the mosquitoes came out to play. The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing and just enjoying the wonderful campsite. At one stage Justin and Anthony entertained us by making smoke rings from the glowing ends of long sticks.

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Wednesday 28th December 2016 The next morning the kookaburras were up early but most of us had a leisurely breakfast and pack up. I decided to drive the first section, as this would be my first opportunity to drive the Forrester since the new springs and extra lift. We followed the Nicholson Creed Road. Due to the rain in the area we had a few little creek crossings. Peter D had trouble getting up one little hill with a sharp right hand turn but a second attempt got him up. As we needed to get across to Tambo Crossing, Dave picked a track and off we went. The further along it we went the more overgrown it got with the smaller cars faring better than Dave’s. Dave told us to wait while he went ahead over a creek to see what the track ahead was like. Soon the call came to follow him with a message to Peter D “to give it a bit of stick as he came up out of the creek.” Peter only heard the “give it some stick”. One second he was on the

track in front of us and the next he had disappeared into the overgrowth and was gone. We then heard a loud noise as he hit something as he went into the creek and up the other side and surprised Dave by appearing behind him so quickly. Morning tea was a wonderful spot in open farmland on the top of the Tambo Spur Rd complete with a table. We dropped down onto the Great Alpine Rd and on to Ensay. Here we turned off to Bentley’s Plain and the Moscow Villa for lunch. We took group photographs here. After lunch I thought I heard a squeaking noise in the car but Peter couldn’t hear it. A bit further on we both heard it and thinking that we might have a stick dragging

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called Rick who said we didn’t. The noise stopped. A short time later it started again and this time Peter thought we had a picked up a stone. We stopped and reversed and came forward a few times but the noise was still there. Rick and Steve both came and confirmed that we had a stone stuck and we could take the wheel off this evening at camp. Over the rest of the afternoon the noise came and went but didn’t seem to get any worse. Finally, the noise stopped and we decided that the stone must have dislodged itself. We came into mobile phone range and a message from Mike Dunn revealed that there was a severe weather warning for the area with heavy rains. Mike had decided, because of the weather, he would not be meeting us at Buckwong Creek Hut. Contact was also made with Jessica and she was still planning to come. We arrived at Nunnong Plain to find lots of groups camped there but the area we normally use was still free with no close neighbours. We set up camp and most people made use of the stream for a wash. The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent relaxing. The one piece of excitement was when a girl from the camp on the other side of the creek came to ask if someone would come and kill the large snake that had just crawled through their campsite and was in the fallen tree. Our advice was to leave it alone. As the evening progressed the wind picked up and the temperature dropped. Some of us repositioned our cars to give a bit more protection to our tents from the wind. As we moved our car the squeal in the right rear wheel started again. The plan was to take it off in the morning to investigate. Thursday 29th December 2016 We woke to a very wet and windy morning with no one keen to venture out of their tents. Eventually we did and slowly commenced to pack up. We packed our car in under our tent awning and took off the wheel to discover that we had done a wheel bearing. The weather was too wet to attempt Hells Gate, so the plan was changed to make our way slowly back to the Great Alpine Road and see if we could either get the car fix in Omeo or arrange RACV to come to our rescue. Peter and Fran decided that, as they had a very wet tent inside including some wet bedding due to trying to pack up in the rain, they would leave us later in the day. We made our way down from Nunnong Plain on what under normal circumstances would have been a great track. We were very conscious of the problems with our car to enjoy it too much. Somewhere along this track Peter D came down on a rock that pushed the exhaust up so that it was rubbing on the body of the car.

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We came out of the bush and now needed to descend down a steep grassy track though farm land. The recent rain had made this very slippery indeed. We slowly made our way down to the bitumen road and stopped to re-assess the situation

with our car. It was decided that if the mechanic in Omeo had the right tools and we could access a part then Dave, Rick and Steve were prepared to have a go at fixing the problem. A few phone calls later with the part available in Bairnsdale and Jessica about half an hour away from there, getting the part was solved. Steve and Rick went ahead of us into Omeo to see if they could source a mechanic with the right tools. The rest of us followed slowly into Omeo. A phone call from Steve confirmed that the RACV mechanic could help us out but he was out on a job. Jessica was asked to pick up the ordered part. On arriving in Omeo most of us visited the bakery for hot pies for lunch. Then it was up to the local recreation ground where there was cement slab under cover that we could use as a makeshift repair shop. While we waited for the mechanic to return and Jessica to arrive with the part, work began on Peter D’s car to fix the exhaust pipe. Josh, Anthony and Justin filled in time playing with Josh’s Christmas present, a remote control car. Justin then noticed the large quantity of large Christmas beetles in the area. He began to collect them, both live and dead ones and set them out on the path next to the building. Several hours later both cars were repaired. Peter and I decided that we would continue on the trip out to Buckwong Creek Hut for the night and then decide what we would do the next day depending on the weather. We said farewell to Peter and

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South Next Meeting




Tennis Club,

March @

332 Bourke


Road, Glen


Iris Sweetwater Creek Nature Conservation Reserve

Medium ■ 25th of March

to Mike Dale

Difficult ♦


Shrine of



April 1st



Social Jean Bellis

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Easter Pink Lakes:

14th to


17th of

National Park


Mike Dale

Medium ■

2017. Difficult ♦ The Mt.


Kosciusko and

29 April –



Sunday 7


Country Trip

May 2017

to Very Difficult ♦♦

Saturday The Blue Mountains & Beyond

Medium ■

28th Oct Tuesday 7th November



Whittaker Difficult ♦


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Fran who were going to head down to Bairnsdale to find a motel for the night and then take the scenic coastal route back to Melbourne. We arrived at Buckwong Hut to find no one camped there. The reason for this may have been that most of the campsite was water logged. We managed to find a spot up near the road next to the creek that was not too bad. By this stage it was fairly late so we set up, had dinner and sat around the campfire. Friday 30th December 2016 No one was up very early and it was a very overcast day. The plan was to take a trip to Davies Plain Hut for those that wanted to. Peter decided that he didn’t want to take our car and was happy to have a quiet day sitting around at camp reading his book. So I got in with Jessica for the day. Most of the day was spent in the low cloud but we had very little rain. While we could not get the spectacular views, the trees had a beauty of their own in the clouds. One very muddy hole stopped Rick for a while as we did a bit of track maintenance. Up at Davies hut we had lunch, lined up the cars for a photo and watched a pair of Gang Gang cockatoos making their way in under the roof of the hut and out again. Not far from Charlie Creek Hut on our return trip a large tree had fallen across the road. This was too large for us to move but Steve who had stopped a bit further back spotted a clear section that we might enable us to negotiate around the trip with a little bit of bush bashing. This we all managed to do without too much difficulty. As we got closer to camp it became wetter and wetter. Peter informed us that it had rained most of the day and he was keeping a watch on the creek as it had risen and was now over the road but still a long way from causing our campsites problems. The 3 boys then had fun playing in the creek, floating sticks down it, etc. The rest of us sat around and relax for the rest of the day. Josh and Anthony decided to dig a toilet over the road for us and then marked the trail with sticks so we could find it. The only problem was that the ground was so wet that the hole was filling up with water.

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The good thing was that it was not hard to dig your own hole. The water level in the creek continued to rise and we placed out marker sticks to keep an eye on it. Before going to bed those of us near the creek made sure that most of our stuff was packed away in case we needed to move during the night. But the creek had started to go down so we were not too worried. Saturday 31st December 2016 Peter and I decided that we would pack up and make our way home. Although the wheel bearing had been fixed we still had a problem with the brakes and no handbrake. Jessica decided that she would come into Benambra with us and get the fuel and maybe some extra supplies. By mid-morning we were ready to leave and with everyone’s rubbish on board we said our good byes and left. In Benambra we got fuel and ice- creams. Jessica couldn’t get what she wanted and came into Omeo with us. We got rid of the rubbish in Omeo, said good bye to Jessica, and began our slow but uneventful trip home. Jessica surprised everyone by arriving back at the campsite with ice-creams for everyone. She had bought a new fridge/freezer in Sunbury and decided that she wanted to try it out. Josh again got out his remote control car. It was decided that they would attached Steve’s GoPro to it. This was fun until Josh drove the car into the creek. The GoPro survived but I am not too sure about the car. Dave and Rick packed up late that afternoon and headed home. Jessica and Steve stayed for the night and then headed out early the next morning. Although the trip was one of the lowest number wise for a few years we still had a great trip. Again the reason you belong to a club came to the fore. Without the support of this wonderful club in getting our car mobile we would have not been able to make it. Thank you to Steve, Rick and Dave for your knowledge and ability and determination that enabled our car to be fixed and allow us to stay on the trip. The weather added a set of challenges that altered some plans but didn’t defeat us. Overall it was a great trip with great people and great memories. We may not have been able to say that we conquered Hells Gate but there is always next time when the weather is better. Participants Dave, Rob (Dave’s Dad) Anthony & Justin Wilson Fran & Peter Devine Rick & Josh Koster Steve Whittaker Jessica Walsh

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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 Trip Leader 2.

the driver

Two rated D- Shackles (minimum


Spare Tyre (full size)



Jack and wheel Brace, or


Rated snatch strap


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


Fire Extinguisher, accessible to

equivalent 9.

Emergency Supplies (matches, food, water and clothing)

10. Sufficient Fuel, Oil and Water for

UHF (477Mhz) Channel 16 CB

the trip and delays

Radio. Ideally in car but hand

11. A Tyre Pressure Gauge;

held are ok provided sufficient

Compressor (according to the

battery(s) to last the trip.


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12. An Axe, Bow or Chain saw;

15. A Tool Kit

13. A Sturdy Shovel (collapsible

16. Personal First Aid Kit

shovels are no good)

17. The Vehicle Manual

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

JAMIE’S REPORT “Bring your money to buy chocolates and buy them all”– Jamie

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

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Item: 1991 L series GL wagon Details: My father's 1991 L series GL wagon. 235000 gentle kms, none off road. Auto. Burgundy. ETZ424. Cost: $250 ONO Contact Rob Boykett,, 0424211748 Item: 2004 Subaru Forester (MY04) - MANUAL DUAL RANGE Details: I've had this Forester for just over 4 years and it's been a great little adventure car. It's been on a fair few camping trips and road trips around the place. Car has 220,000ks on it and has been regularly serviced at Titan mechanical Ferntree Gully. Asking $6500, which includes a RWC and rego until September. Car has a 5 speed manual with dual range, roll-back assist, and also has a square hitch. I'm the 3rd owner, before me it was a family car (family I know) and before that it was a work car for a salesman. Over the 4 years I've given this car a fair bit of love. I've added bigger more rugged all terrain tires (stock tires 215x60, new tires are 15,000k old) for the camping adventures. Also added new king HD springs (1" lift) and new KYB struts. Underneath I replaced the stock plastic sump cover with an aftermarket aluminium one. Replaced the old radiator and did the 200,000k timing belt change last year, other than that and regular servicing it's pretty much stock. Can also include a steel mesh cargo barrier, cargo cover, rear drawers (pictured, fridge not included) some spare hoses, tow ball and a roof basket if you want them. Come have a test drive, great do it all car! Only selling due to needing something with a tray. Cost: $6500 inc RWC Contact: Dan |

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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, 0487100679 Item: Protective mat for rear cargo area of a Forester Details: Fits Forester SH (Gen 3, 2008 - 2012). Protects cloth surface from dirt, spillages, tears, etc. Coated foam type with surrounding lip. Black. VGC. Cost: $20 Contact Martin Foot,, 0434 770 497 Item: Forester Aluminium Bash Plates Details: made from 6.0mm construction grade aluminium Cost: $300 for club members, $330 for non-members. Fitting can be arranged. Contact: David Wilson,

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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, 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: Cost: negotiable, but realistic offers between $3,500 to $6,000 Contact: Richard, 0414 737 333

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

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.

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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 7th March, 2017 at the home of Lee Weber starting at 7:53pm. 1.

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


Apologies Bob Marshall, Dan Conlon, Jamie Scott


Quorum A quorum was achieved with seven committee members present.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting 4.1. Minutes of the February 2017 committee meeting were accepted without amendment. 4.2. Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions 4.2.1. Bank account signatories – Duncan yet to verify identity with the bank. 4.2.2. Request for advertising in club’s magazine. 4.2.3. Advertising for sponsors of the 40th birthday – half page advertisements will be placed in one of the magazines over the next few months. Ads to be supplied in a finished format. 4.2.4. By-Law – Convoy Travel. 4.2.5. New Member Pack. 4.2.6. Magazine levy – forensic accounting is done. 4.2.7. Special 40th birthday magazine – has been circulated to members. 4.2.8. 40th Birthday Photo Book – has proved very popular at Berwick Subaru. Will supply some more. Also have been requested to send one to Subaru Australia to the CEO. 4.2.9. 4WD driver training – Duncan has the contact details to follow up with. 4.2.10. Media Policy – the MS-Word document has been circulated to committee members for review. Require feedback. 4.2.11. Buchan shelter – Dale has followed up with David Wilson. 4.2.12. Vehicle club registration – Michael to follow up. 4.2.13. Club trailer and content – club will sell the trailer. Dale to follow up with Jamie. 4.2.14. Club equipment register – needs to be compiled.


Correspondence 5.1. In 4WD Victoria – notice of change of venue for general meeting. Various advertising material. RTO brief sheet – sent out to all driving instructors and clubs. New training organisational structure, etc. Email from potential visitor. 5.2. Out Sales of Subaru Leone, and spare parts.



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Resources Nothing to report. Will be doing club clothing in a few months’ time. Trip and Social Details elsewhere in the club’s magazine. Need to push the extended planning calendar. Venue Details elsewhere in the club’s magazine. Subaru Docklands – possibly in November. Have a few other guest speakers in the pipeline. Membership Currently have 48 memberships (14 single, 28 family/joint, 6 life). Total member count is 86. Have not received any new membership applications but a new enquiry is being followed up. Membership listing – since distributing the contact list, have received a number of corrections / additions. Consequently, a revised listing will be issued with the March magazine. Have the opportunity to put the club’s membership register on-line as part of the club’s website improvements. Martin will be absent from July to September. Therefore, need someone to look after the membership function for that period. (Secretary will do so.) Editor No report was submitted by Dan. Martin will be away on leave from July to September. Therefore, need someone to print and distribute the magazine. In discussion. Query was raised as to the longer-term future of printing the club’s magazine; considering that Martin’s printer is getting a bit old and spare parts are becoming harder to come by. Lee to make some enquiries. Query was raised about the archiving of the club’s magazine. Will need to be followed up with Martin. Treasurer Current cheque account bank balance is $10,015.03. Financial performance year-to-date to February is $179 loss (income - $9,393, expenses - $9,572) Secretary Nothing to report. Vice-President Nothing to report. President Nothing to report.

Sub-Committees 7.1. Communications Martin’s report regarding the update of the club’s website was tabled. Concern was expressed about the amount of detail in the club’s calendar that is visible to the public – would it lead to members of the public attending club trips unannounced or have too many attend? A number of other 4WD club websites were reviewed in terms of calendar content. The Pajero 4WD Club did not have their calendar available to the public (only accessible to members) whilst the Land Rover Owners Club of Victoria only showed date and trip title to the public with more details available to the public. Should the trip standard be recorded on the calendar? 7.2. Community Involvement

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Meredith has the fundraising chocolates for distribution. Constitution Review Need to edit review and clean-up. A number of by-laws are still in development. Training / Education 4WD driving course – can have either an accredited course or non-accredited.


Membership Fees Peter presented his Membership Cost Analysis to the committee for review and discussion. After much discussion, the committee made membership fee recommendations. The recommendation will be presented at the March general meeting and voted upon at the April general meeting.


Media Policy Currently being reviewed. Edith will liaise with Stephen as to amendments.

10. Life Membership Guide The committee reviewed the draft guide presented by Dale. After some minor word changes, the committee accepted the guide. Dale will prepare and circulate a draft covering letter to the committee for review. 11. Trip / Convoy Procedure Still in development. Will be tabled at the April committee meeting. 12. General Business None. 13. Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday 4th April 2017 at 7:30pm at the home of Dale Rebgetz. 14. Meeting closed at 10:57pm.

General Meeting Minutes The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 28 February 2017 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:10pm. 1.

Present Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis, Peter Fullalove, Edith Fullalove, Meredith Dale, Michael Dale, Duncan McCrae, Janelle Rebgetz, Dale Rebgetz, Jessica Walsh, Paul Saleeba, Stephen Whittaker, Kerry Gill, Graham Gill, Robert Miller, Lisa Jantke, Andrew Jantke, Katie Mynard, Peter Mynard, Richard Saleeba, Kevin Bird, Bev Davison, Phil Milkins, Elaine Milkins, Damian Stock, Martin Foot, Tim Folliard, Peter Devine, Matt Chaplin, David Wilson, Les Scott, Jamie Scott.


Apologies Bob Marshall, Ruth Marshall, Dennis Scambler, Mike Dunn.


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Visitors Colin Triffle.


Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors.


Minutes of the Previous General Meeting 5.1. The minutes of the January 2017 General Meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Edith Fullalove and seconded by Tim Folliard. 5.2. There was no business arising from the minutes. Correspondence 6.1. In Magazines from various 4WD clubs (electronic versions have been circulated to members). C&D Trophies – nametags VicRoads – trailer registration renewal notice Australia Post – post office box renewal notice 4WD Victoria – RTO briefing sheet, notice of general meeting, half-year affiliation fees Sale of Subaru bits for a 1976 Subaru wagon, and sale of Subaru Leone sedan. 6.2. Out None. Reports 7.1. Resources Still looking for a volunteer to take on the role. Club clothing is available – please check it out. 7.2. Editor 1. Nothing to report. 2. The last two magazines have not had any trip reports – trip leaders please note. 7.3. Trip and Social Anyone wanting to run a trip or event, please contact Michael or Lee. 7.4. Venue Photograph competition tonight – have received quite a few submissions. 7.5. Membership. Membership nametags were presented to Robert and Mary Miller, whose membership application was recently accepted. A membership list was distributed to members in the last few weeks. Please inform Martin of any necessary updates. It is to be treated as a private contact list. Club website – by the next meeting, the website should be updated for members to be able to log in. 7.6. Treasurer Current bank account balance is $9,995. 7.7. Secretary Nothing to report.



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7.8. Vice-President Chainsaw operation training courses – have investigated a number of accredited courses. 4WD driving training – will have more information next month. 7.9. President The Subaru Brumby is starting to become a bit of a cult car. Have received a number of “club plate” enquiries. The club is currently investigating the requirements for participating in the scheme. Newer Subarus, whilst a bit softer than older Subarus, it is possible to modify so that they can go a bit further offroad.


General Business 8.1. 4WD insurance – Paul has had a positive experience in insuring his car with Club 4x4. 8.2. Jessica is selling her Pajero and will be replacing it with the latest Triton. 8.3. SubaXtreme are no longer doing back bars to which fuel can and spare tyre carriers can be added. 8.4. Christmas trip video has been compiled and will go up on social media sometime this week. 8.5. 40-channel CB radios – currently have no expiry date. 8.6. Victorian 4WD show – Peter Maynard drove his L-Series around the demonstration track for a few hours. 8.7. Marysville Motoring Expo – being run on the weekend of 29/30 April. The club is considering in participating.


Fines and Fun 9.1. Nametags Matt Chaplin 9.2. Last to Meeting David Wilson 9.3. Trips 9.3.1. Outdoor Cinema No fines 9.3.2. Warbunton bike rail trail No fines 9.4. Total fines collected - $0.20.

10. Photograph Competition Received a good number of submissions. Some of the choices were difficult to make. The winners were: Best portrait – “A smile to brighten your day” – Dot Greiveson Best action – “Subaru in motion across landscape to Farina” – Richard Saleeba Best close-up (nature) – “Dingo in the sand” – Kadin Dale 30 | P a g e

Funny / humorous – “Where’s the parachute?” – Dale Rebgetz Best group – “Subie club on the beach” – Kadin Dale Best landscape – “Coopers Creek” – Kadin Dale, and “On the inside looking out” – Janelle Rebgetz. Many thanks to members who submitted their photographs. Many thanks to Katie for organising the competition.

11. The Lucky door prize was won by Richard Saleeba.


12. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 28 March 2017 commencing at 8pm.

13. Meeting closed at 10:15pm 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:

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

The monthly magazine of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria, Inc., online version for March 2017