Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc.

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March 2019 (Issue 456)

Long way to the TOP - Cynthia Range Track, Christmas 2017 Justin Wilson - Best landscape/nature scene

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CONTENTS About the Club

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President’s Report

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Vice-President’s report

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Treasurer’s Report

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What’s in the pipeline!

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General Meeting Notice

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Trip and Social

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Long term future planning

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Members’ Drives

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My Drives - Rick Koster

Pages 11 - 12

Trip Adviser

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Four Wheel Drive Victoria Training dates

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Trip and Recovery gear

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Technical Torque

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Buy it and Sell it

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Committee Meeting

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General Meeting

Pages 20 - 23

Photo Comp Prizewinners

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Editor’s Note

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ABOUT THE CLUB The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. was originally formed over 40 years ago by an enthusiastic group of Subaru owners. Today the club has expanded to include all Subaru 4WD and AWD vehicles, as well as all other makes of AWD, light 4WD and crossover/soft-roader type vehicles. The club aims to participate in the exploration of the Australian countryside without damage to the environment, vehicle or individual. Visitors are most welcome to attend the club’s General Meetings and contact committee members regarding participation in club activities.

The club relies on membership fees to offset its running costs, including insurance. Membership fees are payable each year, due on 31 May. Fees for the 2018/19 year were agreed at the general meeting in April 2018 and are as follows:


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


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


COMMITTEE President: Mark Tyssen

Vice President and FWDV Delegate: Tim Folliard

Secretary: Martin Foot

Treasurer: Angela Bombardieri

Trip & Social: Tim Folliard

Editor: Damian Stock

Venue coordinator: Mark Tyssen 0417 579 097

Membership: Martin Foot

Resources: Peter Landouris (OM)


PRESIDENT’S REPORT First of all I would like to welcome Damian to the role of Editor, and thank him for taking the task to hand, along with our other media task of Facebook. At the last monthly meeting, we had the photo competition, judged by members present, in a number of categories. Congratulations to the winners, and the categories that they excelled in: Robert Miller: Dorothy Greiveson: Martin Foot: Justin Wilson:

best close-up; best action shot; best recovery shot best portrait best group shot; funniest photo best landscape/nature scene; & special youth award

Administrative: There has been much progress with the By-Laws – Trip/Convoy section, with thanks to Peter Devine, taking the feedback from the team and reformatting that section into an overall process. We are also currently considering the Budget for the 20192020 year, and the impact on fees. More details to follow when further analysis has been performed. Trips / FWDV: Due to the many bushfires during January and February, the Woods Point/Jamieson trip has been delayed by a fortnight due to fire risk. Those already indicated to participate have been advised, but still time to join it. We have already been notified by FWDV that there will be a call to action for assistance in the near future. For the Queens Birthday weekend, we are looking for trips & trip leaders. At the Saturday 16th March FWDV 4.5 hour Update Day meeting in Rosebud that I attended, this topic was brought up, with plans with BlazeAid co-ordinating activities for assistance directly to the farmers. Most activities could revolve around fence repairs. In all cases, it was advised that equipment would be provided for the task to be undertaken. BlazeAid coordination and task allocation is based on team leader with experience and ticket of competency, and a team – allocation to the team dependant of experience and whether training suitable. FWDV suggesting that any participating clubs have their club banner prominent in the area they are assisting, as a supporting display to the public. The presentation by the SatPhone Shop, a retail satellite arm for Telstra, was quite informative, with explanation of the various satellites and their systems, and their range of usefulness, as well as presentation of equipment. Satellite systems discussed included: Iridium, Immarsat, Globalstar & another located over Singapore. The Iridium appeared the best coverage, and various usage plans were provided. A brief update on the activities of the National Council was provided to a questioning audience. Currently FWDV is not a member but Victoria & Queensland delegates form the caretaker function of the National Council. 6

At this month’s March meeting, a video set presentation. Peter will present his recent trip to the High Country, as well as his other recent trip of excursions through Africa. Bring your Jaffas. Keep to the track and stay safe, Mark Tyssen President, e:

VICE-PRESIDENT’S REPORT John Cadogan, in his Auto Expert website, can be entertaining with his approach to all things car related, but a recent video on AWD vehicles caught my interest. In summary, AWD vehicles need the same size tyres on all four corners and ideally the same brand and wear levels. Owners who have replaced worn front tyres or just a damaged one have ended up with huge repair bills (not covered by warranty) as the driveline fails to cope with the tyre mismatch. The solution is regular tyre rotation to even the wear, including the spare, and to replace all tyres when worn. Those in the club who change between road and off road tyres need to consider having a spare of each type. Supposedly this is all in the owners manual but it seems tyre dealers, and service centres, may not always point this out. Tim Vice President, e:

TREASURER’S REPORT MARCH, 2019 Dr. Opening Balance at February 6th, 2019 Income: Nil Expenses: Nil Closing Balance at March 14th, 2019

Cr. 3,521.71


Angela Bombardieri Treasurer, e: 7

VENUE REPORT MARCH GENERAL MEETING DATE: Tuesday, March 26th at 8pm VENUE: South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris. DOOR PRIZE: Come along to win a special door prize at this month's meeting. PRESENTATION: Mark Tyssen Venue Coordinator

GENERAL MEETING NOTICE Welcome of members and visitors. Review and acceptance of previous general meeting’s minutes. Correspondence. Reports by various office bearers. Other business as mentioned below. General business raised by members. “Fines and Fun” – including brief summaries of recent trips. Guest speaker or presentation. Supper and networking. Details of the next few general meetings are as per the schedule below:



Guest Speaker/Presentation

Other Business

Tue 26 Mar

South Camberwell Tennis Club


Tue 30 Apr

South Camberwell Tennis Club

Peter Landouris presentation on his recent high country and Africa trips TBA

Tue 28 May

South Camberwell Tennis Club


Fees due for 19/20

Fees 2019/20


TRIP AND SOCIAL To put your name down for these trips or events you do not need to wait for a club meeting. Email: or contact the trip leader directly. Labour Day long weekend trip - rescheduled When: Saturday - Monday, 23 - 25 March Location: Jamieson / Woods Point Contact: Peter Landouris, e: especially if you weren’t on the original list and want to attend the trip on the revised dates. Description: Due to the general fire risk in the area, this trip has been rescheduled to the weekend of 23 - 25th March. It was noted that Monday the 25th is not a public holiday, however it is open to members to come for only part of the trip, which will be based at Snake’s Reserve, near Knockwood, on the Mansfield-Woods Point Road. The trip includes Mt Terrible lookout. Woods Point is 179 km from Melbourne. It can be reached via Warburton or from Walhalla in the south. Either route will require long stretches of unsealed roads. Allow 3 hours travel time. There is no fuel after either Marysville, Warburton or Moe. Trip Standard: Medium in dry, with easier options. Goldfields Heritage Trip - rescheduled When: Saturday - Sunday, 6/7 April - choice of making it a whole weekend trip or just a day trip. Location: Maldon and district - Castlemaine, Newstead, Chewton, Taradale, Guildford areas Trip leaders: Martin Foot and Dot Greiveson, e: Description: Dates have changed from 30,31 March to 6, 7 April, with a convoy run through historic sites after lunch on Sunday 7 April rather than a navigation run. Back in Melbourne by 7pm. Socialise, visit local points of interest, such as old mining sites and structures, dine out, see a show as part of the Castlemaine State Festival (optional), visit the local collectables market, Austrian Kaffeehaus, Botanical Gardens. Accommodation: For those staying overnight, you will need to source accommodation. There is some in-house accommodation at Baxter Street and limited space for trailers. Not suitable for tents. Alternatives in Maldon include free camping at Butt’s reserve, the caravan Park, plus hotel and motel accommodation. Chat with Martin or Dot about these options. Trip Standard: Social / Easy. 2WD vehicles suitable. 9

Woodside North When: Saturday - Sunday, 18, 19 May (TBC) Trip leader: Damian Stock, e: Description: A relaxing weekend based at the Stock farm, Carrajung-Woodside Road, Woodside North. Local attractions include Woodside beach, Yarram township, Port Albert, Tom’s Cap winery and fishing in local estuaries and beaches. A fun navigation run along local tracks will be conducted on the Saturday night. Camping (camper, tent or swag) by the lake dam. Novice training on Sunday morning and another drive, if time allows. Standard: Social/Easy: AWD non-modified vehicles suitable. Accurate odometer essential, GPS with co-ordinates handy. Queen’s Birthday When: Saturday - Monday, 8 - 10 June Description: Looking for a trip leader for a 1 to 3 day trip. May be last chance before winter track closures.




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

Tim Folliard, Trip & Social Coordinator e:


MEMBERS’ DRIVES My Drive(s) By Rick Koster Thirty odd years ago I discovered Subarus, the first of which was a 1980 4WD MY station wagon. Over that time I have owned a mixture of MY and “L” Series and learnt quite a lot about them. Part of the attraction to them was of course that they were 4WD! As a result I set on a quest to develop an ‘L” Series which would be fairly capable for the bush. In that time including the last 25 years of which I have been a Subaru club member, my family and I have enjoyed many a great 4wding adventure. My current 4wding vehicle is a 1988 “L” Series Touring Wagon. To gain more power I replaced the original normally aspirated engine with a fuel injected turbo engine. I built a new full time gearbox with different gearing to achieve better low down torque for 4WDing. Also front and rear LSD’s. Have fitted different rear struts and springs all round to soak up the rough stuff better and gain a better load carrying capacity. Also has 50 mm lift kit. Other mods include front and rear alloy bars, rear spare wheel carrier, 14” wheels and tyres, C.B radio, LED light bar, roof bars. There are other mods too numerous to mention! Whilst it is always an ongoing project, I am fairly pleased with the current result at the moment!

Our family car! A 2002 H6 Outback. Jackie’s main daily driver. We recently did a trip to Uluru, Kings Canyon and Alice Springs in it, towing a camper. It did it beautifully! 11

My other daily driver. A recent update to my old 12 and a half year old truck. Unfortunately takes up far too much of my time, but a necessary evil!

A recent addition to the family fleet, a 1989 fuel injected Touring Wagon. Inherited after Mums passing and too good to let go. A handy spare car!

My current daily driver, a 1985 Leone 2WD auto. Purchased in 2015 with a genuine 97,000 kms on the clock basically for the clean body shell to be converted to an RX 4WD turbo, using the “rusty” RX turbo donor car pictured next to it! The red “L” series touring wagon in the background was my daily driver for many years but developed a bit too much rust so got retired. Went very well with a turbo engine running on straight LPG.

Another project Josh and I are slowly attacking, a 1991 Brumby Ute. Will probably finish up being Josh’s daily driver!

What’s a household without a Subaru lawn mower? It’s a great machine!







Jamieson / Woods Point

March 23 - 25

Peter Landouris


Goldfields Heritage Run

April 6, 7

Martin Foot & Dot Greiveson


Woodside North

May 18, 19 (TBC)

Damian Stock

Social / Easy

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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 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 or equipment on every trip:


Personal details form as specified by FWDV, copy to Trip Leader


Two rated D- Shackles (minimum 3.2t)


Rated snatch strap


Recovery points, front & rear; plus, optional bridle strap, according to vehicle design;


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


Fire extinguisher, accessible to the driver


Spare tyre (full size)


Jack and wheel brace, or equivalent


Emergency supplies (matches, food, water and clothing)


Sufficient fuel, oil and water for the trip and delays


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


An axe, bow or chain saw;


A sturdy shovel (collapsible shovels are no good)


Spare parts (appropriate to the nature of the trip)


A tool kit


Personal first aid kit


Your vehicle manual

Any vehicle not carrying at least the first five (5) items of equipment should contact the individual Trip Leader before leaving. Any club member unsure about any of the items of equipment listed above are advised to contact the Trip and Social Coordinator or the Trip Leader concerned. All Trip Leaders carry a complete First Aid Kit in case of emergency. All non-emergency medical needs are expected to be meet by individuals own medical supplies.


TECHNICAL TORQUE QUERY RE OFF-ROADING IN A CVT TRANSMISSION VEHICLE By Martin Foot The club receives some interesting correspondence from members of the public. Some ask for advice about the suitability of a particular model for off-roading. We may not all be engineering experts on our cars, but the collective experience of club members is, hopefully, of practical value to these people. Recently, the club received an enquiry from a non-member as follows: Thinking of purchasing the Outback, but a little put off by Youtube videos of it, just sitting on a steep hill revving, but no wheel spin. I do long runs to Qld and want to explore more off road regions like the Darling river track or the high country Mountain Goat 4x4 track. I am a little worried of going into a place and not being able to get out. What experience have your members had with the current outback and have they experienced the problem mentioned above? There had been discussion amongst some members on this topic, but I realised I would need to do a little research before responding. This is an edited version of my response: Thanks for contacting the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria. Members report that in some circumstances, Subaru’s CVT transmissions will not allow the vehicle to move. This is also reported in a review of the 2015 Outback by motoring journalist Robert Pepper of Practical Motoring. The issue appears to be due to a limitation imposed by the computer system. According to a post on (that I haven’t verified elsewhere), if the car is stationery, initial revs are apparently limited to 2400 rpm, in order to protect the CVT. If this is not sufficient to move the vehicle, due to drivetrain resistance caused by mud, deep slushy snow, a rock shelf, or whatever, the transmission will not engage the driveshafts. Turning stability control off does not seem to affect this, neither does XMode. Because of this, we tend to regard the current generation of CVT Subarus as touring cars capable of back-roads (but not serious off-road) travel. Members enjoy all the modern safety features, but when we want to scale Billy Goat Bluff track or other challenging climbs and descents in the high country, or indulge in some serious sand or desert driving, we prefer to use more traditional vehicles. In my case, I have a 2015 Diesel Forester for towing and long distance touring. For 4WD-ing, I use a modified 2003 Forester 2.5X with dual range. L-series cars are popular in the club due to their low cost, light weight and capable 4WD system (along with Brumbys). 15

Older Outbacks have been less successful due to their heavier weight: one of our senior members suffered gearbox and driveshaft breakdown under full load. Members with growing families have reluctantly shifted to more traditional 4WDs such as Landcruisers, Pajeros and more recently dual cab utes. Finally, as a 4WD club, we don’t tackle difficult tracks alone. Convoy travel ensures that should we run into trouble, we can be recovered by our mates. On solo trips we are much more conservative.

BUY IT AND SELL IT HERE Please note: If you have any items listed here for sale which are no longer available please remember to let us know at:

Items for sale Item: Forester aluminium bash plates Details: Made from 6.0 mm construction grade aluminium SF Forester $350 SG & SH Forester $380 SJ Forester $420 CVT & Gearbox Protection $380 Outback & Diesel Vehicles $420 Fitting can be arranged. 10% discount for Subaru Club members. Please contact David via TXT after hours Road less Travelled - Vehicle under body protection Free To Good Home

1981 Subaru 4WD Wagon, Dual Range - comes with an 1800 twin port engine, currently not in the vehicle. Yellow paintwork with patches of grey primer. Located in Somerville, on the Mornington Peninsula. Good as a project vehicle or for spare parts. VIN: JF2AM5BR01G006801C. Contact Kyal on 0433 433 234 if you are interested in this vehicle or wanted further details regarding it. The Club makes this space available free of charge to members wishing to buy or sell items. PLEASE NOTE: that the Motor Car Trader Regulations 1988-22(4) require that vehicles for sale advertisements must contain: (a)

the cash price of the vehicle and;


the registration number if registered or the engine/chassis numbers if unregistered. 16

MINUTES Committee Meeting Minutes (abridged) Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on Tuesday, 5 March 2019 at the Chinese Association of Victoria clubrooms, 8 Ashley Street, (320 Wantirna Road), Wantirna, starting at 7.40pm approximately. Present: Mark Tyssen, Martin Foot, Angela Bombardieri, Tim Folliard, Peter Landouris Apologies: Nil Visitors: Nil Quorum: A quorum was achieved with all committee members present (section 63b). Minutes of the Previous Meeting Minutes of the committee meeting held 5 February 2019 were accepted without amendment. Moved Angela Bombardieri, seconded by Mark Tyssen. Business Arising from the Minutes: (7.1) Sat phone. Angela reported that the application to Optus for an account for the sat phone required an ABN if we were to register for a business account. It was confirmed that the club does not have an ABN. MOTION: That the club apply for an ABN. Moved Tim, seconded Mark, CARRIED. Action: Angela to follow up. Correspondence In Damian Stock: in review of previous club actions and going forward. Editor role (see 7.5 below). Damian Stock: re Fee structure for 2019/20 and members responsibilities Website enquiry: Advice requested re trip to Kimberley Website enquiry: Advice requested re purchase of Outback Website enquiry: re membership and Maldon trip FWDV: Signalling the need for clubs to be available in the near future to assist with rehabilitation works following the fires. 6.2 Out: Website enquiry: Response to query re Kimberley trip Website enquiry: Response to query re purchase of Outback including CVT behaviour in some adverse circumstances. Reports Resources Projector screen added to list of club assets. Trip and Social Woods Point – Jamieson Trip. Due to the general fire risk in the area, including the closure of several major access roads, this trip has been postponed from the Labour Day long weekend 917

12 March to 23-25 March. It was noted that Monday 25 is not a public holiday, however it is open to members to come for only part of the trip, which will be based at Snake’s Reserve, near Knockwood on the Mansfield-Woods Point Road. Goldfields Heritage Trip – Dot and Martin will host a weekend / and or day trip at Maldon, near Castlemaine. Dates have changed from 30,31 March to 6, 7 April, with a convoy run on Sunday 7 April rather than a navigation run. Grampians (Sun14 – Wed 17 April) This will be a moving camp in order to visit a range of locations from Halls Gap to Dunkeld. It was noted that this is in the school holidays, in week prior to Easter. Woodside North (17, 18 May). Rescheduled trip at the Stock Farm, with 2 x 40Km navigation runs on Saturday 17 including one in the evening. Traditional farm breakfast. Bike Ride (date to be confirmed) – Warburton rail trail, or similar – Mark to investigate further. Queen’s Birthday long weekend – suggested trip options include Cobaw SF, Wombat/ Lerderderg SF, Strathbogie Ranges, Mt. Cole Snow Trip (late August) – in the Mawson, Walhalla, Woods Point area - Peter Landouris to investigate options. More social trips also needed in between the above. Venue February meeting – photo competition. Thanks to Dot for her organisation. Video presentation at March meeting – nature reserves in Africa, HC Christmas Trip Membership Angela and Martin met to discuss the next FWDV membership update. Confirmed that inactive Life Members are not to be listed. National 4x4 Show at the Showgrounds. Dates are 16–18 August, 2019. Club stall to be investigated. Last time the club was not charged. Membership Fees for 2019/20. Damian’s suggestions were discussed including the Single and Family/Joint fees being the same, and lowering of average fees to $80. Committee members were favourable to these suggestions, subject to a budget being developed by Angela and Martin. Seniors discount to remain, possible “pay on time” incentive? For further discussion. Editor Submission deadline 15 March. Damian has offered to be editor, rather than issuing an e-bulletin every other month. He has previous experience. Committee agreed to appoint Damian as editor. Martin to negotiate extent of the role and handover. Treasurer Current balance $3521.71 plus $8,000 in term deposit. Bank account signatories: Mark and Tim have re-lodged paperwork with bank. Secretary: No report. Vice-President: No report.


President Mark is available to attend the FWDV members’ update day on 16 March. Priorities and Planning The first meeting of the sub-committee had been held at 7pm on 26 February, prior to the General Meeting. Martin, Angela and Peter Devine attended. The topic for discussion was By-Laws: Trip / Convoy travel procedures and protocols. Tim and Mark had previously made contributions to the circulated draft. Peter Devine tabled a new framework following the necessary steps in chronological order for conception to completion. After discussion, Committee decided to adopt Peter’s framework and accept his kind offer complete the content. ACTION: Martin to notify Peter. Final draft to be circulated for consideration at the next subcommittee meeting, to be held at 7pm on March 26. The next section of the By-Laws to be reviewed will consider procedures around dealing with accusations of bullying and harassment, child safety, and any other HR issues not previously covered in the ByLaws. Committee to resource the discussion by researching appropriate guidelines. [carried over] Club Meeting Archiving: Further discussion required. Two separate aspects – imaging old magazines and indexing content. [carried over] Trip Management system: To be implemented ASAP. ACTION: Martin and Damian to check functionality of existing systems before testing with Committee. General Business: Shelter. The former Buchan shelter, stored in pieces at the Stock farm and donated by the previous Committee to Damian, will be erected at a suitable location on the farm and be available to Damian for farm use and for club for activities from time to time as agreed. Damian has requested assistance from members. No timeframe as yet. Martin to negotiate with Damian. Next Meeting: Tuesday, 2 April 2019 at the home of Martin and Dorothy in Hawthorn. Meeting closed at 10:00pm approx.

Robert MIller receives the Bogger award for 2017-18 from club president, Mark Tyssen, at the February meeting


MINUTES General Meeting Minutes The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 26 February 2019 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:15pm approximately. Present Mark Tyssen, Martin Foot, Angela Bombardieri, Tim Folliard, Dot Greiveson, Damian Stock, David Wilson, Peter Devine, Rick Koster, Robert Miller, Peter Landouris Apologies Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis, Julie Dyer, Angela Stock Visitors Gerard ?, Les Ralph Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors. Minutes of the Previous General Meeting The minutes of the January 2018 General Meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Tim Folliard and seconded by Angela Bombardieri. [Secretary’s Note: the meeting date given in the Minutes as published in the February magazine was incorrect and should have been 29 January 2019. This has been corrected in the club records.] (6.1) Pajero Challenge: Mark advised that he had spoken with the Pajero Club President and informed him that the Subaru 4WD Club were unable to assist in 2019 due to too-short notice and insufficient information provided about what was required. Mark said to the President that providing we were informed by the start of December and given adequate information about planning for the event, we may well be able to respond in 2020. Correspondence In Peter and Edith Fullalove, tendering their resignation from the club. Four Wheel Drive Victoria: Notice of accredited course: Drive and Recover a 4WD, 22-24 March Camp Host Program request by Parks Victoria for Hattah Kulkyne and Murray Sunset NPs over Easter 2019. Notice re members’ Update Day to be held on 16 March in Rosebud. Members to RSVP directly to FWDV. Four Wheel Drive Australia fees to be refunded as FWDV is not longer affiliated. Revised Monthly New Member Tax Invoice following the above advice re FWDA. E-News


Magazines from: Land Rover Car Club of Victoria (hard copy) Subaru 4WD Club of WA (via email link) Nissan 4x4 Club of Vic Out Peter and Edith Fullalove, acknowledging their resignation from the club and thanking them for their service. Reports Resources Sat Phone: Angela reported that Optus has been chosen as the preferred supplier for our sat phone service, as it can be suspended as necessary to reduce ongoing charges and restored without charge and without having to change the number. Should be available in time for the Labour Day trip once forms are completed. Damian confirmed the availability of second-hand deep cycle 130 Amp Hr storage batteries (but not 55 Amp Hr ones). Cost is likely to be in the order of $1 per A-Hr. Sample not available for this meeting, hopefully for next. Members to contact Damian directly if interested. Editor A replacement Editor is needed to relieve Martin who has enough to do as Secretary / Membership / Webmaster. Committee has discussed the option of producing the full magazine less frequently and providing just the basic news to members via a monthly E-bulletin. However, Minutes of meetings would still need to be circulated on a monthly basis. For further consideration at Committee. “Members Drives”. Martin asked Rick whether he or Josh could write up his L-series collection for the next edition. Deadline: Friday, 15 March. Social Media: Facebook: Members to provide photos to Damian from the upcoming Labour Day trip for posting. Trip and Social Labour Day long weekend: Jamieson and Woods Point trip, TL Peter Landouris. This trip will involve camping overnight for two nights, exploring 4WD tracks in the district. Tim Folliard will initially lead the trip on the Saturday, until Peter is available on Sunday morning (he has a wedding on the Saturday night to attend). Further details to be provided to participants. The trip is subject to weather conditions and the fire safety situation in the lead-up to the weekend. Goldfields Navigation Run: March 30, 31 based at Maldon. Trip leaders Martin and Dorothy. Weekend or day trip optional. Grampians: April 14 – 17 (mid-week prior to Easter, part of school holidays). TL Tim Folliard. Starting at Halls Gap and working through to Dunkeld. Easter / ANZAC Day: No trips scheduled at present. Woodside North trip, May 18,19, (postponed from Australia Day). Damian is planning two navigation circuits for the Saturday afternoon and evening, each of about 40Km, in the surrounding district. Camping by the lake, eggs and bacon breakfast, plus opportunity to practice 4WD 21

techniques. Queen’s Birthday: Members to contact Tim Folliard if they wish to run a trip. Venue Presentation: Photo Competition to follow the meeting. Venues for future meetings: Discussion re approaching dealerships to host a future meeting, inc. Docklands, Cambur, Eastern Subaru. Door prize: Damian Stock. Membership An application for membership and a separate enquiry regarding membership have been received and responded to by Martin during the month. Damian reported that Enid and David Hewett, long-time members of the club, are relocating to Port Macquarie (and have recently purchased a 2019 Forester). Treasurer As per the magazine. Secretary By-Laws: a sub-committee has been formed of the Committee and members that had its first meeting at 7pm immediately prior to this General Meeting. The sub-committee meeting considered the sections on trip and convoy travel procedures and protocols. Peter Devine has undertaken to edit the existing material to improve its order and readability. Club awards: The Bogger Award for 2018 was presented by Mark to Robert Miller. The citation reads: for becoming bogged on various occasions, including on the Portland, Wombat and Robe Trips. Vice-President Tim referred to the FWDV Members Update meeting on 16 March (see Correspondence section). It was noted that the Great Outdoor and 4WD Expo in Mornington will be held over the same weekend and FWDV and some clubs will have stands. President As per the magazine. Mark provided further explanation of the images that accompanied his report. General Business Victorian 4WD Show. Damian reported on this event, run by the Land Rover Club of Vic. and gave his views on its strengths and weaknesses compared to other such events. This led to discussion of other shows that the club might consider attending for promotional purposes, including the National 4WD Show at the Royal Showgrounds in August. Club Shelter: Damian has possession of the former club shelter at his farm and intends to erect it for both farm and S4WDCV use. Assistance in doing so would be appreciated. Advertisement: Martin drew attention to the advertisement on p15 of the magazine for a Liberty Heritage, requiring some mechanical work. Peter Devine: notified the club of his intention to run a private trip to Alice Springs and Uluru via (roughly) the Old Ghan route and return via the Stuart Hwy and Woomera. He intends to travel alone, but any club members interested in sharing part of the journey or catching up en route would be welcome to speak to him. 22

Fines and Fun Nametags Angela Bombardieri, Dot Greiveson, Rick Koster. Last to Meeting David Wilson Trips No trips reported Total fines collected - $2.40 Meeting closed at 10:15 pm approximately and was followed by supper. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 26 February 2019, commencing at 8pm.


Best portrait - Girls Best Friend by Dot Greiveson

Best recovery shot - Dusty, Danger & Buddy Giving Robert’s Zook the Bird by Robert Miller

Best group photo - Lunch on the Wonnangatta Road by Martin Foot

Best close-up nature shot - Shy Banksia by Robert Miller 23

EDITOR’S NOTE After over 38 years in the club, and many years on the committee, I have finally taken on the important communications role of editor. Over the years I have worked closely with the editor of the day, often when helping to print the magazine each month, but this is the first time that I have taken on the whole job. Martin still owns the distribution process, which I am thankful for, but maybe over time I will be able to handle that as well. I am looking forward to keeping up the high standard that Martin has maintained in doing the job before me. Just don’t look too close this month, please, while I reacquaint myself with Microsoft Publisher. Thank you for all the contributions this month! Any interesting articles you find and would like to share, or if you would like to write an article for the magazine …. Just let me know! Just a friendly reminder to please proof read, and be sure to use punctuation and grammar. If you trust my editing skills then just send me what you have and I will take care of making it presentable. The deadline for submissions for the next edition is:

Friday, April 19th, 2019

2019 Photo Competition - Best Action Shot Robert Miller at the FWDV Proficiency Course 24

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