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May 2013

Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne

(ISSUE 392) Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. Reg. No. A – 0006149J FWDV Member 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 2013/14 year were agreed at the general meeting in April 2013 and are as follows: ● Interstate: $105 (Seniors card - $100) ● Single: $115 (Seniors card - $105) ● Joint/family: $135 - (Seniors card - $120). Joining Fee $10 ($20 for Joint/Family) (All annual fees include FWDV affiliation and trip insurance: $45) 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.


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 Damian Stock (President) Jessica Walsh (Vice President) Peter Bellis (Secretary) Bob Marshall (Treasurer) Martin Foot (Trip & Social) Michael Hartshorne au (Editor) Andrew Jantke (Membership) Dale Rebgetz (Resources) Stephen Whittaker (Venue) Bev Davison (Ordinary Member) Phil Milkins (Ordinary Member)

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT Welcome to the May magazine and another president’s report. It seems like no time since I did my last report although it is a full four weeks since Michael was last knocking on my door, figuratively speaking, looking for the last one. He has already been knocking again so I am late, as usual. In my defense I am still working against the clock to be prepared for the Simpson Desert trip and, the more I look, the more I have to do to get ready. Of course, an association board meeting that finished at 12.30am, as well as some unexpected business, has not helped trying to get the brain into club report mode. Still, I have been known to create a report out of nothing in the past, so here goes. Since the last meeting there has not been too much activity from a club perspective, apart from a Simpson planning event, attended by all of the prospective trip attendees. Unfortunately one of these, Matt, is now unable to make the trip due to having just commenced a new job, at ARB. That would have to be a dream job for someone who enjoys four wheel driving so I am sure that there will be plenty of you out there that are very jealous of Matt’s new work gig. Of course it is a great pity that Matt cannot make the trip however I certainly hope that he has another opportunity to cross the desert with the club again in the near future. Speaking of Matt, I understand that he and another club member, or two, went out for a drive a couple of weeks ago which resulting in clutch failure in Matt’s car. What a pity it was not a designated club trip otherwise we could have added insult to injury by fining Matt for his misadventure on the drive. Anyway, I hope that the damage was not too great and that Matt has his car back on the road. At the last committee meeting, the second of two workshops was conducted to review the new constitution that had been compiled by Peter Bellis, with assistance from Jessica Walsh. Thanks go out to both of them for their work on developing this new constitution in line with the new model rules. You will be asked to formally accept this at the June general meeting so please take time to review it when provided with a copy in the coming weeks. As a follow up to the March meeting at Subaru Glen Waverley I dropped in to thank our contact there, Mark Kennedy, for their hospitality. Unfortunately he was not there however I did get to meet their new business development manager, Darin Watson. We had a great chat and it seems that Darin is a member of the BMW motorcycle club, spending his spare time participating in club trips and buying and restoring motorbikes. He is very supportive of the Page: 4

PRESIDENT’S REPORT club so I am looking forward to where we can take this relationship in the future. In the last couple of weeks, apart from my trip preparations, I have had my fair share of association commitments. On a recent weekend both Angela and I had the pleasure of attending the Geelong 4WD Club’s 40th anniversary celebration which was held at the Seaview Club, which is perched on a hill overlooking the north eastern suburbs of Geelong. We were both made most welcome and we had the opportunity to chat with many of their old and current club members including the their founding life member, Werner Brocks. Some of these members came from as far as away as the western district and Queensland for the event. Their club was one of the founding clubs of the association so I was pleased to present the club with a plaque congratulating them on achieving this fantastic milestone. A couple of weeks ago I passed through a random breath test station, being run by a single police office. While conducting the breath test he told me that my front number plate was not legal, where it was mounted underneath my driving light bar, as it could not be seen from 45 degrees above the vehicle, at a distance of 20 metres. I assume that this is required for it to be viewable from overhead gantries or speed cameras. He also indicated that there are mounts available to position the plates lower on the light bar but, so far, I have been unable to find them. I have since done my best to mount the plates as low as possible so as not to incur the fine, and three demerit points, for having an obscured number plate. Last month’s meeting went a little later than usual, due an unavoidable late start and a couple of other factors outside of our control. I am very thankful that our presenters on the night, from Telstat Communications, did not mind starting their session very late into the evening. I am sure that everyone found their presentation, on current communications technology, quite enlightening. I know that I did. We were unable to cover everything we wanted to achieve during the meeting so, as a result, this month we will not have a guest presenter. We can then concentrate on some of the recent club events, as well as the new constitution without any time pressures. Anyway that’s enough from me for this month. Take care of yourself out there, on the road or in the bush, and I look forward to seeing you soon. Damian

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SPECIAL RESOLUTION Changes to Club’s Constitution Changes to the club’s constitution must be approved by the members of the club by way of a special resolution at a meeting of the club. The requirements for the passing of a special resolution, as set out in section 29 of the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (as amended) are as follows: ●

at least 21 days notice is given to all members entitled to vote, specifying the intention to propose the resolution as a special resolution at that meeting,

at least ¾ of the members at the meeting who are entitled to vote, vote in favour of the resolution, and

the chairperson declares the resolution has been carried, unless a poll is demanded.

Proposed Special Resolutions The following proposed special resolution will be put forward to the members for consideration and determination at the general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc to be held on Tuesday, 25th June 2013. I, Peter Gordon Bellis, propose that the club’s current constitution be replaced with a new one that complies with the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 and associated regulations and ministerial directives. Motion is moved by Peter Bellis. Motion is seconded by Jessica Walsh. Purpose of Proposed Special Resolutions With the passing of the Associations Incorporation Reform Act in May 2012, it is necessary for the club to update its constitution to comply with the new requirements as specified in the Act and associated regulations and ministerial directives.

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The committee, in updating the constitution, has also taken the opportunity to review the current constitution as to its appropriateness for the club at present and going into the future, and make some changes to the constitution. The main changes to the constitution are: ●

Classes of membership – removal of the interstate and honorary classes (we currently do not have any memberships in those classes) and the introduction of a trip membership.

Introduction of rules relating to disciplinary actions (as per the model rules in the Regulations).

Disallowance of proxies (the current constitution is silent on the matter).

The use of technology for the holding of meetings – both general and committee (as per the model rules).

Powers of the committee, composition of committee, and committee roles and responsibilities – these have been updated to reflect the model rules. It should be noted that the model rules defines four committee positions (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer) and allows the annual general meeting to determine how many “ordinary” members will make up the committee. This option gives the club flexibility in determining the size and composition of the committee to meet current and future needs of the club.

Ability for the club to create by-laws – currently used to define committee roles and convoy procedures.

The committee unanimously commends the proposed new constitution to the members of the club.

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VENUE REPORT MAY GENERAL MEETING - South Camberwell Tennis Club Date: Tuesday 28 May at 8pm Venue: South Camberwell Tennis Club Presentation: Our presentation this month will be from Peter Bellis as he addresses the new proposed Club Constitution. This is a very important discussion for all members. There’s also bound to be an entertaining ‘fines and fun’, with a few recent trips to be relayed to us! Door Prize: This month, our door prize for members will be 2 x 4700kg Bow Shackles – come along to be in the draw! Presenters and meeting highlights to come in 2013: Freshield (food preservation and packaging) ‘Four Steps For Life’ CPR awareness session And many more… Stephen Whittaker Venue Coordinator

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EDITOR’S REPORT A reminder that we are no longer sending out hard copies of the magazine before the general meetings to the majority of members. The exceptions are those who have not registered an email address with the club. Everyone else will receive an electronic link to the magazine on-line and can collect their magazines at the meeting or print them using the files provided in the email. The magazine deadline for next edition is June 13th 2013. Send all copy to Michael


How many times have we hooked up some recovery gear and then wandered around waiting for the towing vehicle to get ready? Or got in close for some good recovery photographs? Recovering a vehicle is one of the most dangerous thing we can do off road. The last thing we should do is connect the vehicles together, because as soon as we do the system is 'live' and dangerous. Our first step is to make sure there is only one person giving instructions and to clear all unnecessary bystanders away at least one and a half times the system's length. So if we are using a ten metre snatch strap, the spectators should be fifteen metres away from the closest vehicle. Secondly connect one end of the recovery gear to a vehicle, but not the other. Leave that till last. Make sure the drivers are ready. Then, and only then, hook up the other end of the equipment. From this point on, no-one is to cross the cable/rope/strap, even if it means going the long way around the cars. A vehicle slipping as someone is stepping over the system has consequences I do not want to think about. Happy Travels Jessica Walsh Page: 9

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT BUCHAN MAINTENANCE TRIP – deferred until further notice due to farm activities Trip Leader: Jamie Scott, email: Follow up to the trip in March to continue maintenance work at the campsite, plus day trips. SOUTH GIPPSLAND TRIP Sat 8 – Mon 10 June (Queen’s Birthday long weekend) Trip leader: Jamie Scott, email: Day and night drives, visits to State and National Parks. Standing camp at Jamie Scott’s property in South Gippsland. Social/Easy to Difficult, your choice. Contact Jamie for further details. SNOW TRIP Date to be confirmed, possibly June or early July, depending on weather forecasts Venue to be confirmed, possibly Big River/Mt. Terrible area Trip Leader: David Wilson, Let David know of your interest to attend and you will be contacted when weather prospects look favorable, possibly with only a couple of days notice. SIMPSON DESERT TRIP 2013 Sun 14 July to Sun August 4 Trip Leader: Damian Stock, email: Vehicles will need to be suitably prepared and subject to prior inspection and approval. Vehicle registration for this trip has closed. FILM NIGHT/DINNER Date: 20 or 27 July, TBC – please note that this date has changed from June Venue: Pinewood Cinema, Blackburn Road, Pinewood (near Blackburn Road exits of the Monash Freeway) and a local restaurant TBC Choice of film TBC. Trip Leader: Dot Greiveson, Trip Attendance sheet will be at the May and June meetings. Page: 10

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT MYSTERY NAVIGATIONAL RUN / TOURING ASSEMBLY Sunday Sept 1, Trip Rating: Social Trip Leader: Stephen Whittaker, email: This is a day for everyone in the club! Commencing in Sunbury, this fun, social navigational run will take you across some picturesque countryside while challenging your brain (so make sure you bring it with you!). Keep your eyes peeled throughout the day too as you can’t miss a thing. There’ll be plenty of socialising and we’ll enjoy a BBQ lunch at the halfway point. A great day for the kids! All roads are 2WD, formed roads with some of them dirt roads. Where will we end up? You’ll just have to wait and see…

HIGH COUNTRY AROUND POREPUNKAH Sat 2 – Tues 5 November (Cup Day long weekend) Trip Leader: Stephen Whittaker, email:

OTHER TRIPS Narbethong Cathedral Ranges Woods Point Goldfields

A Picnic at Hanging Rock Melbourne Laneways

We need leaders to run these trips, please contact me. Martin Foot Trip and Social Coordinator, email:

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TRIP REPORTS TYRE REPAIR DAY / BBQ / NIGHT DRIVE 13 April 2013 PART 1 Every one almost on time for the day. With coffee/tea in hand, sitting down in the shed, we were ready to start the day off. So we got to work getting out Martins Bead Breaker kit. it was a good kit, with a few things to fix a tube or a tyre. We got a rim/tyre and put the bead breaker to use. We found that there is a small problem with it, when using it on the face of the rim, they’re too flush (Les will talk about it at the meeting). It was so easy to use, we could not believe how well it worked to break the bead. We tried it on two rims. Time to get the drill out, to drill some holes into a tyre. A small and a big hole were drilled, then it was time to use to Tyre Plug kit. We put a Tech screw into the tyre, to show how it would not leak once taken out. We put a plug in it and stopped the leak. Some members had a go at putting plugs in tyres. We had two types of plug kits to use for the day. Some one said FOOD! BBQ tea was ready. Sorry people, we did not turn on a sunset for you while having tea. We hope you all enjoyed the day out. Thanks for coming! Les & Elaine. PART 2 Night Drive Next we were all into the 4WDs and off we went. For some it was back to Melbourne and the rest heading bush. We drove out to Labertouche. It was a little dusty on the way out. I had planned to do a loop around to warm things up. Up Western track we went, with some short steep climbing to do. We got to the top and turned down the hill. l had my two nephews with me. They saw a lot of wildlife along the way. At the bottom off the hill l was waiting for Les. Before turning, l looked back and thought it was still dusty ( NO ). Les came through on the UHF: “l got a problem with the SUBOO - overheated and split hose”. It was around 9.30pm. We stopped to let it cool down and got to work fixing the problem. We fixed the leak, but we could not fix the thermo fans, so Les and Elaine headed back, as time was getting on. (One down, four to go!) From here we turned up Gentle Annie Track. You would not believe how much the tracks in the area have changed! We got to the top of Gentle Annie OK. Back down we go, out and back under the power line to our next track. Last year, we had some fun on this due to the wet, but not this time round. So up the Bunyip Track, with no problems at all along here. We turned off to go back down (all down hill to the road). With ruts and deep spoon drains, we made it down.

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TRIP REPORTS We folowed the main road for a few Kms, then it was time to go back up the hill. Along here, the track condition changed, with water and mud about, so off we went along here. l meet a 4WD going down towards us. He pulled over and off the track to let us past. Talking to him, he said: “you’ll have some fun up there” (thanks mate). Meanwhile, Stephen had broken a light on the front bullbar. After driving on top off the ruts, things started to change. It’s time to get dirty (No! not my new tyre and rims!). l did wash them when l got home (Yes, Silver Socket looking good!). Back to the night: So l dropped into the ruts and a bog hole. No luck getting out of the ruts, but driving through l made it OK. Dale was next, he bottomed out most off the way but with some wheel spinning got up OK. Stephen was next: “I’m stuck!”. He went backwards and forwards a few time and got unstuck (no recovery needed) up and out, all OK. Damian was next he got through OK. From here, we went around to Tomahawk Gap and to Basin Corner, where went down Hunts Rd to finish up at Kirth Kiln. There was a festival on there, most of the area was fenced off, so we kept going, to finish up in Gembrook main street to say are good bye and go home. But it was not the case for one member who did not make it home - come to the next meeting to find what happened. l hope you enjoy the night drive. Thanks for coming, Jamie... Tyre / BBQ day Trip leaders Les Scott & Elaine Hyde Bev Davison Stephen Whittaker Michael Hartshorne Peter & Jean Bellis Damian Stock Peter & Katie Mynard Cory & Nathan Peterson Michael Dickman ( Shelby )

Suboo Brumby Forester Forester Forester Forester Hilux L-series Land cruiser / drop off ? Four legs / clean up left overs

Night Drive Trip leader Jamie Scott with Cory & Nathan Peterson Land Cruiser Les Scott & Elaine Hyde & Shelby Suboo Brumby Stephen Whittaker Forester Dale Rebgetz Forester Damian Stock Hilux Michelle Peterson Land Cruiser Thanks Michelle for coming out to pick the two boys up at 1am ( Nice dressing gown it was late ) Les Scott XF Ford ute Thanks for coming to help out!

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TRIP REPORTS ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, CRANBOURNE - DAY TRIP Sunday, 21, April by Martin Foot RGB Cranbourne is located about 4Km south of the town, just off the South Gippsland Hwy and next to the racecourse. We met up at the Stringybark picnic area within the Gardens. Here the native bush setting is home to the Southern Bandicoot, amongst other creatures. When Dot and I arrived around 10:30am to secure our lunch spot, several members were already waiting, ready to assist. As we set up tables, checked over the BBQ, and put up signs, more and more members arrived, eighteen in all. The last to arrive were Charles and Paula Tam, who had some navigational challenges but made it in the end and a good thing they did, as they were bringing the garden salad. There is no truth in the rumour that Phil and Brian were cooking bandicoot bangers. After much good chat around the barbeque, we cleaned up (thanks Brian for giving the hotplate such a good licking) packed our eskies and leftover snags and headed off to the other side of the Gardens, where the main pavilion is located. This is the entrance to the Australian Garden. Stage 2 of the Garden has recently opened and its magnificent. On arrival everyone wowed at the central red desert plain complete with dunes, and some of us thought of the Simpson. Then several small groups set off in various directions and speeds, each following their own path. Forging ahead at a record-breaking pace was Glynis, driving her walking frame like it was a Harley. Then there was Dale, who decided to wade across the architect窶電esigned water feature only to top this with a death defying walk along a high embankment that was definitely offPage: 14

TRIP REPORTS road (or track). Most of us took the gentler paths, taking in the many exhibits and sculptures on offer and soaking in the views. The weather was very pleasant. I could imagine the open areas being very hot at the height of summer, but in April the warmth of the Autumn sun was most welcome. After an hour and a half of pleasant meandering, we all (apart from Bob and Ruth who had to leave early) managed to find our way to the cafĂŠ, where we indulged our selves in some very pleasant cakes, tea and coffee. Around 4pm we headed off, some visiting the Gardens shop on the way out. Altogether a most pleasant day and good company.

Attendees: Martin Foot and Dorothy Greiveson (trip leaders) Phil and Elaine Milkins Bob and Ruth Marshall Brian and Glynis Howell Charles and Paula Tam Bev Davison Doug and Michelle Greenall David and Enid Hewett Jan Aylott Dale and Jan Rebgetz

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2013 MAY



Tues 28

General Meeting

Tues 4

Committee Meeting

Sat 8—Mon 10

South Gippsland Trip

Tues 25

General Meeting

Tues 2 July

Committee Meeting

14 July - 4 Aug

Simpson Desert Trip

20 or 27 July

Film Night/Dinner

Sun 1 Sept

Mystery Navigational Run

Sat 2 Sat—Tues 5 High Country around Porepunkah November

Trip Standard


Vehicle Suitability

Easy Medium

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

Difficult Very Difficult

Suitable for medium to high clearance vehicles wit Suitable for high clearance vehicles with dual rang

ALENDAR Location

Standard Contact for further info.


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Bob Marshall’s

Peter Bellis

South Gippsland

Jamie Scott


Stephen Whittaker


Peter Bellis

Details TBC

Damian Stock



Dot Greiveson



Stephen Whittaker

Details TBC


Stephen Whittaker

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

th dual range and all terrain tyres. ge and tyres suitable for the terrain (eg. mud terrain tyres).


CLUB MEETING MINUTES The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 30th April 2013 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:10pm. 1. Present Martin Foot, Stephen Whittaker, Paul Saleeba, Brian Howell, Glenys Howell, Phil Milkins, Elaine Milkins, Ruth Marshall, Bob Marshall, Katie Mynard, Peter Mynard, Peter Bellis, Jan Aylott, Dale Rebgetz, Jan Rebgetz, Jessica Walsh, Doug Greenall, Les Scot, Michael Hartshorne, Jamie Scott, Bev Davison, Damian Stock, Rick Koster, Andrew Jantke, Matt McConachy,David Wilson. 2. Apologies Jean Bellis, Lisa Jantke, Elaine Hyde, Tom Boltadzija, Lisa Jantke. 3. Visitors Will Morris (Outback 2001), Gary Impson (Liberty), Emma Hammell, Mohammad Tarique (Telstat Communication), Shahid Aziz (Telstat Communication). 4. Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors. 5. Minutes of the Previous General Meeting The minutes of the March 2013 General Meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Jessica Walsh and seconded by Katie Mynard. There was no business arising from the minutes. 6. Correspondence 6.1 In ● Magazines from Pajero 4WD Club of Victoria Land Rover Owners Club of Victoria Subaru 4WD Club of South Australia ● Australia Post – GPO Box renewal notice ● C&D Trophies – name tags ● Find and Follow GPS Tracking Solutions ● 4WD Victoria Sand driving course – May 2013 Page: 18

CLUB MEETING MINUTES Disaster relief 4WD Show participation - Showgrounds 6.2 Out ● None 7. Reports 7.1 Resources ● Club clothing – order form available for various items of club clothing. ● Have other four wheel driving and mechanical bits and pieces. 7.2 Editor ● As per the magazine. ● May 2013 editorial deadline is 14th May. 7.3 Trip and Social ● See elsewhere in the magazine for the club’s trip calendar and details about upcoming trips. ● Snow trip – too early to determine when and where one will be run. ● Simpson Desert trip ● Have a number of vehicles that have just a single person. Passengers are welcome. ● Will tackling the desert from west to east. ● Future trip suggestions ● Matlock area ● Film night – Waverley cinema – with a meal beforehand ● Club trips – need to be notified to the club and cleared by the Trip and Social Co-ordinator so that the trip is covered by the club’s insurance policy. 7.4 Venue ● See elsewhere in the magazine for details about future monthly meetings. ● Many thanks to those who attended last month’s meeting at Subaru Glen Waverley. It was a very successful meeting. 7.5 Membership. Have two new prospective members here tonight. 7.6 Treasurer ● Current bank account balance is $1,556.92. ● Major payments – chocolates for fundraising, 3 months of magazine printing, and materials for Buchan repairs. ● Major receipts – chocolate fundraising. 7.7 Secretary ● Club constitution – the committee is halfway through reviewing the Page: 19

CLUB MEETING MINUTES constitution. It will be completed at the next committee meeting. ● Next committee meeting will be held at Martin’s place in Hawthorn. 7.8 Vice-President ● The chocolate fundraising effort is proving quiet successful. ● FWDV meeting A third of FWDV’s funding is from the government. Therefore, the 4WD clubs needs to pass onto FWDV information about club involvement in community orientated activities. DSE – reporting that more interstate visitors are coming to Victoria to access our 4WD tracks. Track classification – will be doing some more track classification in the near future. 7.9 President ● FWD Victoria Joint branded club cards – still being sorted out. The Association needs to be self funding and reduce the reliance on government funding. Other than putting up the Association’s fee by 100%, seeking other options such as sponsorship. Track classification program and seasonal road closure program is due the effort of FWDV over the past years. This has put Victoria well ahead of the other states in terms of track access. 8. Club Membership Fees ● The proposed membership fees for 2013/4 were put forward to the membership for consideration. Membership Type

Membership Sub.







Family / Joint






Senior’s Discount

Joining Fee

Trip Fee










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CLUB MEETING MINUTES ● After some discussion, the recommended membership fees for 2013/14 were proposed by Peter Bellis and seconded by Damian Stock that the membership fees as presented in the schedule above be accepted for the 2013/14 membership year. The proposal was accepted by the members present. ● The new fees are effective from 1st June 2013. 9. General Business ● Spatial maps – Doug is able to access the books and maps through the bike shop he works at with a reasonable discount. ● Stuff for sale for a Subaru Outback – alloy rims, tyres, luggage cage. See Jessica. ● Subaru Forester 15” rims for sale – contact Andrew. ● Campsite at Hawthorn Bridge in South Gippsland is now permanently closed due to vandalism. 10. Fines and Fun 10.1 Nametags Michael Hartshorne, Rick Koster. 10.2 Last to Meeting David Wilson. 10.3 Trips Mount Cole - Easter ● Stephen – for a one and half hour trip turning into a three hour trip going down Ben Nevis track. ● Martin, Dale and Jan - for doing short the “100 metre” walking track to the cave. Two hours later, they reappeared after taking a supposed short-cut. ● Jan - for being picked up on the side of the road. ● Martin - for not leaving the car keys with Dorothy. ● Peter – for discovering that one of his cousins ran one of the wineries at Moonambel (near Avoca). 10.4 Other Jessica – for replacing her Outback with a Pajero. 10.5 Total fines collected - $4.70. 11. Guest Speaker The guest speakers for the evening were Mohammad Tarizue and Shahid Aziz from Telstat. A very informative presentation was given on the latest developments in UHF CB radio and satellite phone technology. Information was also given on EPIRBS and other similar distress/tracking beacons. 12. Meeting closed at 10:10pm and was followed by supper. 13. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 28th May 2013 commencing at 8pm. Page: 21

COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on Tuesday 7th May 2013 at the home of Martin Foot starting at 7:45pm. 1. Present Martin Foot, Michael Hartshorne, Phil Milkins, Stephen Whittaker, Bob Marshall, Peter Bellis, Dale Rebgetz, Damian Stock, Andrew Jantke. 2. Apologies Bev Davison. 3. Quorum A quorum was achieved with 10 committee members present. 4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting 4.1. Minutes of the April 2013 were not tabled as they had not been circulated. 4.2. Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions 4.2.1. Pre-2003 Club Website – Martin will continue to follow up with Mark Tyseen. 4.2.2. Club brochure – needs to be updated. ● Stephen has not been able to tackle it yet. 4.2.3. FWD Victoria membership stickers – will be sent out with the next magazine or handed out at the next meeting. 4.2.4. Fundraising ● BBQs – have some alternatives to Bunnings, such as Masters. Bev to investigate. ● Oil additive – have received a 15% discount. ● Chocolates – All boxes have been handed out. Still have monies owing for two boxes. 4.2.5. Club website ● Dale, Stephen and Martin – update of website engine is a work-inprogress. 4.2.6. Membership survey ● Have the survey conducted at meetings by a committee member Page: 22

COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES quizzing members. 5. Buchan Campsite Damian has spoken to Wayne and Mary-Anne Marz. Will contact them later in the week. 6. Club GPO Box Jessica will be handing in the key this week and get the key refund. 7. Club Constitution Update Review ● The review of the proposed new constitution continued from the last committee meeting. Discussions were held on several key topics and amendments were made to the working paper prepared and reviewed by Peter and Jessica. ● Constitution workpaper will updated and recirculated to committee members. ● The proposed constitution will be compiled and circulated to members for discussion/review at the May general meeting, with the intention of submitting for formal adoption at the June meeting. ● The new constitution must be in place by November 2013. Otherwise, the model rules as spelt out in the Incorporated Associations Reform Act will take over. 8. Correspondence 8.1. In 4WD Victoria ● 2013/14 Affiliation Renewal notice. ● Regional Representatives’ meeting agenda. ● Dialog regarding membership categories. Still awaiting clarification from 4WD Victoria. (It is noted at this stage that whilst Damian was speaking, Martin’s dog started snoring.) 8.2. Out None 9. Reports 9.1. Resources ● Dale will put together a catalogue of club resources for sending out to Page: 23

COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES members. ● Need a few more clothing orders from members to. 9.2. Trip and Social Date



Fri 17 to Sun 20 May

FWDV sand Trip standard is medium to hard. driving training Contact Martin Foot course

Sat 8 to Mon 10 Jun

Buchan maintenance trip

Trip leader is Jamie Scott. Need to have discussions with the property owners.

Sat 15 Jun

Movie night

Trip standard is social.


Snow trip

Dependant on availability of snow. Trip standard is medium.

Sat 13 July to Sun 4 Aug

Simpson Desert crossing

Trip standard is medium to hard. Trip leader is Damian Stock. Currently have 8 vehicles. Have changed the route to include Mt Dare. Need to organise spares on a group basis.


South Gippsland trip

Trip standard is medium to hard. Trip leader is Jamie Scott.


Mystery navigational run

Sat 2 to Tue 5 Nov (Melbourne Cup w/e)

High country around Porepunkah ?

Trip standard is medium to hard. Trip leader is Stephen Whittaker.

● Have a number of mooted trips but no specific trip leaders or dates. ● With a number of members preparing for the Simpson Desert trip, minor weekend trips are not being organised before August. ● Training of trip leaders Page: 24

COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES ● How do we handle it within the club? 4WD Victoria currently does not yet have such a course. ● For new trip leaders, the T&S co-ordinator should appoint a mentor from the senior membership ranks to oversee/assist the trip leader 9.3 Venue Date

Speaker / Event


Tue 28 May

New constitution presentation

3 page slide show by Peter Bellis

Tue 25 Jun

“Fresh Shield” presentation on vacuum packing.

Tue 30 Jul Tue 27 Aug

Club annual general meeting

9.4. Membership ● Need to contact some potential members who attended the April meeting. 9.5. Editor ● As per the magazine. ● Peter will submit a notice of proposed special resolution for inclusion in the May magazine. 9.6. Treasurer ● Current bank account balance is $3,008.62. ● Major receipts includes barbecue at Les Scott’s place and the chocolate fundraising money ($1,300). 9.7. Secretary ● Nothing to report. 9.8. Vice President ● No report submitted. Page: 25

COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES 9.9. President ● Damian offered advanced apologies for the June GM and the July CM. 10. General Business ● YouTube video of the Mt Cole trip was well done by Stephen. ● Meeting format – need to revisit in light of recent outsider presenters and trip reports. Trip reports (fines & fun) need to be limited to 10 minutes and specific fines. 11. Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday 4th June 2013 at 7:30pm at the home of Bob Marshall. 12. Meeting closed at 11:23pm.

OUTBACK DIESEL Subaru says this is the most important and significant car of its past decade. This, the diesel automatic version of its large SUV player the Outback, is the first time the company has had a gun that is big enough and suitable to fight on equal terms with some powerful rivals. Value: Keenly priced and with strong 55 per cent resale value, the Outback is almost always on the shopping list for five-seater SUV wagons. This new automatic model improves the odds. It costs $42,490 as the 2.0D version with standard 17-inch alloys, paddle shift auto, sat-nav and cruise control. The Premium model adds leather, sunroof, electric driver’s seat and larger colour monitor for $45,490. The CVT is $2500 more than the manual. The Premium is the best value here. Metallic paint is a no-cost option. Subaru has no capped servicing, but they hinted it may soon follow the program now used by most of its rivals. Design: The US origins of styling are easy to see. The Outback is functional and bold but not particularly pretty, but that doesn’t matter to the pragmatist who buys a Subaru. The cabin room is vast, functional with the flat-folding rear seats and subtle textures and fabrics, while neatly combining the presumption of durability with the sense of comfort. The bonnet scoop is the best give-away to the diesel beating underneath. Page: 26

OUTBACK DIESEL Technology: The continuously variable transmission is a stronger version of that fitted to the petrol-fuelled Forester. This auto has been heavily modified and enhanced (including an oil cooler) to provide a seven-speed stepped mode with functions that assist downhill and engine braking. The turbo diesel, claims an impressive 6.5L/100km. It can tow up to 1700kg. Accommodation: There is space for five adults with excellent head and legroom in the rear and deep windows for great visibility. The tailgate lifts high and the cargo bed is low and wide. Rear vents help airflow while extra sound-proofing diminishes diesel noise. Lots of personal storage zones make it an easy car to fit a family’s needs. Safety: Subaru is consistently setting the standard in affordable car safety. It has a five-star crash rating, seven airbags, reverse camera, DataDot security, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, electronic stability and traction control, constant all-wheel-drive and full size spare. Driving: No hiding that diesel clatter at idle, though it softens once under way and is almost inaudible while cruising. The Outback is a relative lightweight at 1600 Kg dry, but the engine feels wanting in some conditions, particularly offthe-mark acceleration. The CVT is quick to maximise the power flow. It’s also pretty good at masking any slippery or vague manners. Press the pedal more than 65 per cent and the CVT sets up stepped gears just like a normal automatic. In this iteration it will run up to 4000rpm in each gear before changing up. The best of both worlds. Handling and steering rate well, especially against some larger SUVs, while off-road users will appreciate the exceptional 213mm ground clearance. Fuel use on test was 7.2L/100km. Verdict: Typical Subaru quality and driving feel. We’d love more power — 2 litres is the limit under European tax laws — yet few owners will complain. Extract of article published April 3, 2013 by The Weekly Times.

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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


Hat Safari


size 59

Black caps with club logo


Short sleeve blue chambray shirt with logo Size 14


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


New Style Vest


Blue Polo Shirt


Large Sew on Badges


Small Sew on Badges


Shackles 3.2 tonne


Fuel Filter Plastic x 45deg.


Fuel Filter Plastic x 90deg.


Fuel Filter Plastic x Straight


eFlare HZ510 Red with Base


CV Boot Clamps Large & Small


CV Joint Grease


Wheel Nuts [Set of 4]


For substantial discounts on all general automotive spare parts, oils, filters, shocks, etc., please see me for details. Thanks, Dale Rebgetz Resources Officer, email: Page: 28

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 the Trip and Social Co-ordinator 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.

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FOR SALE 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.

Forester Aluminium Bash Plates: made from 6.0mm construction grade aluminium: $300 for club members, $330 for non-members. Fitting can be arranged. Contact: David Wilson, email: Beige 1988 Subaru DL wagon, 5 speed manual dual range, carburettor 1.8 litre engine, MY89. After 24 years, this well loved work horse is being put out to pasture. Single owner. Not subject to finance. Could make a good club car. Currently registered UTJ400, but will be sold without RWC and without plates.405000km. Has been well maintained by Combined Servicing. VINJF2AN5ER0CE415801 $1000 negotiable. Russell 0418 102 255 Jessica’s Sale: 17" alloy rim to suit the current model Outback. It is fitted with an almost new Kumho 225/60 R17 road tyre that has done about 500km (max). $200 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). Roof-rack mounted luggage carrier pod. Approximately 320 litres; lockable; weatherproof. $100 (Can you tell I have changed vehicles)? For more details on any of the above, please contact Jessica, email:

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FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA TRAINING CALENDAR May 2013 Wednesday 29th 4WD Driver Awareness (DA130529) June 2013 Friday 31st May 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130601) - Theory Saturday 1st 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130601) - Practical Thursday 20th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130622) - Theory Friday 21st Map Reading & Introduction to GPS (MR130621) Saturday 22nd 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130622) - Practical

July 2013 Friday 5th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130706) - Theory Saturday 6th First Aid Course (FA130706) Saturday 6th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130706) - Practical Thursday 18th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130720) - Theory Thursday 18th Ladies 4WD & AWD Proficiency (LC130721) - Theory Friday 19th GPS Course (GPS130719) Saturday 20th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130720) - Practical Sunday 21st Ladies 4WD & AWD Proficiency (LC130721) - Practical

August 2013 Friday 2nd 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130803) - Theory Saturday 3rd 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130803) - Practical Sat - Sun 10th & 11th Advanced Winter Driving (WD130810) Thursday 15th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130817) - Theory Saturday 17th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130817) - Practical Wednesday 28th 4WD Driver Awareness (DA130828) FWDV can be contacted on 9857 5209 or e-mail: Contact S4WDCV Secretary Peter Bellis, email: regarding attendance at FWDV courses as a club discount may apply.

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Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria - May 2013 magazine  
Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria - May 2013 magazine  

The monthly magazine of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. - online version for May 2013