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

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May 2017 (Issue 436)

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

PO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley VIC 3149

Volks-Baru Subaru and Volkswagen Specialist Parts and Service Centre

We will smooth out your motoring costs with extremely competitive prices, offering trade discounts to all Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria members on all parts and repairs.

John Bailey 1362 Heatherton Rd Dandenong North 3175 Phone: (03) 9793 5655


C ON T E N T S Intro 4 Committee 5 From The President 6 Upcoming 7 Next Meeting – Tuesday 30th May at 8pm 7 Trips and Social Events 8 External Events 10 Trip Report 11 Mt Kosciuszko & High Country Trip PHOTOS 11 Sweetwater Conservation Reserve 14 Trip Summary 16 Subaru’s Owner Rebrands 20 Trip and Recovery Gear 21 Jamie’s Report 23 Buy and Sell 23 Member Items for Sale 23 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 2016 and are as follows:

Member rates: Single: $120 (Seniors card - $110) Joint/family: $140 - (Seniors card - $125). One off joining fee of $10 ($20 for Joint/Family) also applies All annual fees include FWDV affiliation and trip insurance: $48

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

Please contact the membership officer for further enquiries. Email:


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, May 2017 Taking risks is something we do every day, particularly if we choose to travel in our horseless carriages. Those risks have various origins – some are of our own making. By distraction from our intended task of controlling the beast, misjudging our skills, overestimating the adhesion limits of the rickety wheels while cracking the whip as hard as we can, while enjoying the winding road. Sometimes the risk comes from some other idiot doing the same thing what we would never dream of doing. Fortunately, most of us grow out of the worst of those behaviours – or is it that we are the survivors? Sometimes risks come from sources we don’t expect. For those old enough, who remembers the first time they experienced wet drum brakes? On my first experience, I did not rear-end the car in front, but it was very close. How that steering wheel did not break, I do not know given how hard I was pulling on it – the brake pedal felt like someone had stuck a block of wood under it! We learn from those experiences, but it is better if we can learn in a safe environment – which is why driver training exists. When we take our automobiles (what does the “auto” refer to?) onto 4WD tracks, most of us are in an unfamiliar environment, where we may be exposing ourselves to risks we didn’t know even existed. But risks do exist, and they can be just as serious in their consequences as we experience on made roads – drum roll again for driver training! Last year Jessica – our first qualified driver training instructor – provided the first driver training we have offered in many years. The cost was low, and many of you were interested. Consequently, that first course was oversubscribed and another was intended to be run, but it hasn’t happened because Jessica moved to a job in another part of the state. So, if anyone else would like to become a qualified instructor, please shout out, we need you! However, it is important that those members who missed out first time still get the opportunity to receive training – soon. The obvious source for that 6|Page

training is 4WD Vic who offer training courses at good rates for members. Unfortunately, it is still considerably more expensive than the course Jessica ran. What we have decided to do is encourage those members to take the 4WD Vic course, and the club will reimburse them to bring their cost to the same as that paid by members for last year’s course. More details to come :-) In the meantime, travel safely and watch out for those risks. Dale Rebgetz President.

UPCOMING Next Meeting – Tuesday 30th May at 8pm Date: Tuesday 30th May at 8pm. Venue: South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris. At this month’s meeting, we have Heather Rendell coming out to do a presentation what is involved with the R.F.D.S. Door Prize: Come along to win a special door prize at this month's meeting. Meredith Dale. Venue Coordinator

General Meeting Notice The Subaru 4WD Club holds its monthly general meeting on the last Tuesday of the month (no meeting in December) at the club house of the South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris (just off the Monash Freeway) starting at 8pm – unless otherwise specified/advised. The meeting is open to all members and visitors. The usual agenda of the general meeting includes: 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. Date


Tue 30 May

South Camberwell Tennis Club Berwick Subaru, Narre Warren South Camberwell Tennis Club South Camberwell Tennis Club

Tue 27 Jun Tue 25 Jul Tue 29 Aug

Tue 26 Sep Tue 31 Oct

South Camberwell Tennis Club South Camberwell Tennis Club

Guest Speaker / Presentation Royal Flying Doctor Service Berwick Subaru (t.b.c.)

Other Business



The 2017 Annual General Meeting will follow immediately after the conclusion of the general meeting. t.b.a.




Membership fees -


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.

Castlemaine When: Queens Birthday 10th to 12th of June Trip leader: Mike Dale | Trip Standard: Medium

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This is a trip to work out the trip details for a 4WD Vic trip for soft off-roaders. It is a standing camp at Mt Alexander. Dinner at Campbels Creek Hotel

Christmas in July When: 29th of July Trip leader: Meredith Dale |

Trip Standard: Social Come and pig out at the Dale’s and marvel at their new shed. $25 per person.

High Tea Chateau Yering Hotel When: 3rd of August Trip leader: Lee Wegner

Trip Standard: Social

Winter Lights - Walhalla When: August - TBC Trip leader: Katie and Peter

Trip Standard: Social

and Medium

Mt Skene When: 19th to 20th of August. Trip leader: Mike Dale | Trip Standard: Medium

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Camping above the snow line. Bring some firewood and a something warm to sleep in. Snow chains would be a good idea also

Wyperfield When: Cup Weekend 4th to 7th of November. Trip leader: Mike Dale | Trip Standard: Medium

Meet at Rainbow on Friday night. Head off Saturday down Milmet Road track to Big Billy Bore. Camp there Saturday, Sunday and Monday night. Day drives around Wyperfield National Park. Tackle the monster dune, but in the day time!

Long Term Future Planning 2018

Deua National Park, Easter (10 days). Trip leader: Mike Dale Tasmania, TBC. Trip leader: Jessica Kangaroo Island, TBC. Trip leaders: Jean and Lisa


Simpson Desert. Trip leader: Jamie Gawler Rangers/ Googs Track, TBC. Trip Leader: Mike Dale


Coffin Bay/Lincoln NP, TBC. Trip Leader: Mike Dale


CSR, TBC. Trip Leader: Dale

Trip and Social Contacts • •

Trip Coordinator: Mike Dale Social Coordinator: Lee Wegner

External Events Find more events on our Facebook page Our Facebook page: 10 | P a g e

TRIP REPORT Mt Kosciuszko & High Country Trip PHOTOS …. full trip report to come, for now just enjoy the views!!!

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Sweetwater Conservation Reserve Edith Fulalove and Michael Dale Mike, Meredith, Peter and Edith met up Jamie and Mike Dunn at Willowcreek General store for breakfast. Kevin, Rob, Charles and Paula arrived at various times afterwards and also had a bite to eat and a coffee. We headed off around 9.20 a.m.

We headed off down the Moe-Willowcreek Road, and then onto River Connection Road. Mike (due the fact his GPS only showed the corner of the map) took Kevin for a little detour and they both had to turn around and go up the correct road. Wilkes Road. On to Old Sale Road and then Beards track. We aired down at Sweetwater Creek Track and then the fun started. The track starts off simple enough and gradually becomes more interesting. About half way along there is a relatively steep descent that winds its way down to a creek. At one point Mike Dunn said on the radio “I have to stop, I’ve just dropped a load”. It was unclear what he meant by this. We found out at morning tea that some portable tables he had on his roof fell off and he had to stop and put them in the back of his car. I’m still curious as to why he was carrying the tables on a 4WD trip! It was noted that one of Jamie's break lights was not working. 14 | P a g e

At the bottom of the steep descent, we stopped at a y intersection and Jamie though it went down to the Latrobe River. Mike went to investigate, and it indeed did, where we stopped for morning tea. Kevin started looking for rattle in his car. A couple of us investigated a track that followed the river. It was full of dry bog holes, and while it was possible to get through it was thought that with reasonable sized group it would be my tedious than fun. We headed back out to main track at 10.45.

The ascent was fun without being particularly challenging. We exited Sweetwater Track and over to Beards Road into the pine plantation. Then Carlon Road followed by Bridge Track which is bit overgrown, and we had to get out a couple of times to move branches. At the next intersection the illustrious trip leader couldn’t decide if it was left or right and we ended out onto Memory Lane, where we had to backtrack a few hundred metres to get to the next track, Wells Track. Back on Beards Road, we passed a dam that Mike remembered from the pre-trip. He thought it would be fun to drive around that (with everyone following of course). The dam is about 30m by 30m!

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Next Meeting


Tuesday 30th

South Camberwell

May @ 8pm

Tennis Club, 332

Standard Social

Bourke Road, Glen Iris Castlemaine


Mike Dale

Medium â–

Birthday 10th to 12th of June Meeting


Christmas in

Tue 27 Jun @

Berwick Subaru,


Narre Warren

Tue 25 Jul @

South Camberwell


Tennis Club

29th of July

Meredith Dale

3rd of August

Lee Wegner





High Tea


Chateau Yering

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Winter Lights -

August - TBC

Katie and Peter


Social and Medium ■

Mt Skene

19th to 20th of

Mike Dale

Medium ■





Tue 29 Aug @

South Camberwell


Tennis Club

Tue 26 Sep @

South Camberwell


Tennis Club

Cup Weekend

Mike Dale



Medium ■

4th to 7th of November.

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We then turned down Shady Track which comes out at Brigg Track, which in turn leads to a large clearing next to a creek. The bridge crossing the creek is closed. It was open last December, but it looks like it has recently been deemed unsafe, although some people had cut the plastic barricade and driven across. After a look around we drove up an unnamed track beside creek. It was a lovely climb. As before, it was fun without being too difficult. The track then went along some farm paddocks. It was then back out onto Beards Road, Old Sale Road and Webbs Track, which becomes Webb Road. It was unclear from the map if this was a through road. Oddly enough the track section was in significantly better condition than the road. Probably due to a mine or quarry being located along the track, while the road is just a cut though to some farms. We came out onto Mizpah Settlement Road, Inglemans Road and finally Wongara road to a lookout and lunch (Wongara farm). Kevin worked on his car pulling apart his front sway bars (which was causing the knocking). Peter and Mike went to have a look at the track that went down to the closed bridge. The tracked turned out to be not appropriate for the trip grade. It had one steep climb with a severe cross camber, and a large clay bog hole. So, that was a no go on that. At 2:20 p.m. we headed back down Wongara Road, Inglemans Rd, McDougal Road, and turned right into Patrol Road. There was a sign saying 18 | P a g e

that the road is closed at Shady Creek – another closed bridge. Mike thought there was a cut through track before the bridge. He was wrong, or strictly speaking, the map he was using was wrong. We had to turn around couldn't and back to McDougal Road and then to a track just to the left before Whitelaw Road. Down the hill and turn left. Rob picked up a stone in the front left brake and the wheel had to come off in order to remove it. With the stone out it was back on the track again. Left turn, left turn. Left turn up the hill. There are quite a few un-named tracks in this area.

We made it back onto main road (McDougal Road) and turned right into Whitelaw Track. Over the bridge, turn right and up the hill. We took a right down another un-named track. We have been on this track before on an earlier trip with Mike and the club. A pants changer for some! Mike Dunn accidentally removed a flair off his car. We took a left turn back onto Patrol Road – the other side of the second closed bridge. We then turned right into Latrobe River Road and then a right turn into an un-named track (which we had also done on a previous trip). The track goes up and is now quite rutted. We arrived at “Stephen's” playground, where some people had a play- although no one wanted to take on the large bog hole.

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The track carried on to the Latrobe trail bike visitor area where we had afternoon tea. Afterwards we aired up and most of us went into Neerim South for coffees and pizzas before heading home. Trip Participants Michael & Meredith – Forester Peter & Edith – Pajero Kevin – Forester Rob – Grand Vitara Jamie – Brumby Mike Dunn – Patrol Charles & Paula – Prado

S U BA RU ’ S O W N E R R E B RAN DS Editor’s note: Sourced from Carsales editorials section ( brand) Sent in by Jessica Walsh……. thanks Jess!! Subaru’s parent company has changed its name to something a bit more familiar to Subaru fans. Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd is now called Subaru Corp. That Subaru has officially become Subaru is no joke, because even if it became effective on April 1, it was announced last May.

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The car-making operation has long been the most famous brand in the Fuji Heavy Industry portfolio, which makes industrial products from trains to helicopters, and is named after the Japanese word for the Pleiades group of stars. “In recent years, our effort has been expanded from making good products to delivering distinctive value which only Subaru can bring to customers,” CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said. “This change in company name declares Subaru’s determination to thrive as a brand that delivers value.” While the name change was celebrated in Tokyo and across Subaru’s manufacturing facilities, it’s not the first time it has switched names. Its roots spread back to the Aircraft Research Laboratory, founded in 1917, which was renamed Nakajima Aircraft Factory (after founder Chikuhei Nakajima) in 1918, then it switched to Nakajima Aircraft Company Limited in 1931. Eager to distance itself from military connotations, it refocused from planes to civilian products in 1945 and renamed itself Fuji Sangyo Co Ltd, but a government edict forced it to split into 12 companies in 1950. Five of the 12 companies (Omiya Fuji Kogyo, Tokyo Fuji Sangyo, Fuji Kogyo, Fuji Jidosha Kogyo and Utsunomiya Sharyo) joined together in 1953 to create Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. Even then, in its sixth iteration, it had yet to build a car. Its first production car was the micro-sized Subaru 360 in 1958.

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.

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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


Two rated D- Shackles (minimum 3.2t)


Rated snatch strap


Recovery Points, Front & Rear; plus, optional bridle strap,


Emergency Supplies (matches, food, water and clothing)

10. Sufficient Fuel, Oil and Water for the trip and delays 11. A Tyre Pressure Gauge; Compressor (according to the trip)

according to vehicle design;

12. An Axe, Bow or Chain saw;

UHF (477Mhz) Channel 16 CB

13. A Sturdy Shovel (collapsible

Radio. Ideally in car but hand held are ok provided sufficient battery(s) to last the trip. 6.


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

Fire Extinguisher, accessible to

15. A Tool Kit

the driver

16. Personal First Aid Kit


Spare Tyre (full size)

17. The Vehicle Manual


Jack and wheel Brace, or equivalent

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

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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 met by individuals own medical supplies.

JAMIE’S REPORT “I have 6 to 7 boxes of chocolate still for sale.” - Jamie

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, 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 XS (MY04) - MANUAL DUAL RANGE Details: 222000km. Major service has just taken place (timing belt and new radiator). I am selling due to new car. This Forester is a pleasure to drive. Overall this car is in good condition for its age. Has KYB Stuts & King Springs (+1inch lift) fitted. Also comes with 215x65xR16 AT tyres. 23 | P a g e


Cruise control 16" alloy wheels Front & rear power windows. Power door mirrors Remote central locking 2 Airbags

- Hill holder - Roof racks - Cargo barrier - Subaru floor mats and cargo matt - Square hitch with tow ball

Cost: PRICE DROP!! $4900 inc RWC…….she’s gotta go!!! Contact: Dan | Item: Sg forester 2.5L top & bottom hoses Details: Spares for my 2004 SG 2.5L non-turbo. Never used, bought from Bursons. Comes with extra hose clamp. Will post at buyer’s expense. Pickup preferred. Cost: $30 ono Contact: Dan |

Item: RH fog lamp cover SG forester Details: Can only buy sets from Subaru evidently so when I replaced the LH one I was left with this. Still in bag brand new. Will post at buyer’s expense. Pickup preferred. Cost: $20 ono Contact: Dan | 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, 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, 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, 0417369405 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:

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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.

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 2nd May 2017 at the home of Bob Marshall starting at 7:45pm. 1.

Present Bob Marshall, Dale Rebgetz, Meredith Dale, Edith Fullalove, Lee Wegner, Michael Dale, Peter Bellis.


Apologies Jamie Scott, Duncan McCrae, Dan Conlon.


Quorum A quorum was achieved with seven committee members present.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting 4.1. Minutes of the March 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 (he will endeavour to do it this week). 4.2.2. Request for advertising in club’s magazine by AllDrive Subaroo. 4.2.3. By-Law – Convoy Travel. 4.2.4. New Member Pack. 4.2.5. 40th Birthday Photo Book – Have been requested to send one to Subaru Australia to the CEO. 4.2.6. Media Policy – the MS-Word document has been circulated to committee members for review. 4.2.7. Club equipment register – needs to be updated and distributed. 4.2.8. Club magazine archiving.

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Correspondence 5.1. In Damian Stock – various emails to/from concerning proposed membership fees, financial information, and presentation. 4WD Victoria – first aid 4WD Victoria – driver instructor update meeting (email forwarded to Jessica). Peter Bellis – April committee meeting minutes. Jamie Scott – apology for meeting. 5.2. Out Damian Stock – replies to emails. 5.3. Business arising from correspondence Damian Stock’s emails – points of discussion o Club objectives – the committee will be finalising the short term and longer term actions tonight as part of finalising the budget. The objectives will be circulated to members prior to the meeting. o Technology to participate in the meeting – whilst the constitution (rule 35) permits a member to “attend” a meeting via electronic means, the club is under no obligation nor has the means to provide such technology for use in a general meeting situation. o Pecuniary interest – all members of the club have a pecuniary interest in membership fees. Therefore, it is illogical to exclude any group of members from the determination of the annual fees. Furthermore, membership fees are determined by the members of the club at a general meeting (rule 13a).


Reports 6.1. Resources Will be seeking orders for club clothing this month. 6.2. Trip and Social

Date Sat 29 Apr to Sun 7 May

Event Kosciusko to Melbourne

Sat 28 May

Afternoon Tea


Winter Lights

Sun 3 Aug

High Tea

Details Trip standard is difficult  to very difficult . Trip leader Stephen Whittaker. Travelling camp through the Victorian high country. Convoy limit – 9 vehicles. Trip standard is social . Trip leader is Edith Fullalove. Lady Lavender Tea Rooms, Bunyip Trip standard is social . Trip leader is Katie Mynard. (occurs from 1 to 27 Aug) Trip standard is social . Trip leader is Lee Wegner. Yerling Station, Yarra Valley.

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Need a minimum of 10 people. Trip standard is medium . Trip leader are Mike and Meredith Dale. Mt Skene Trip standard is medium  to Sat 28 Oct to Blue Mountains difficult . Tue 7 Nov 2017 ?? Trip leader is Stephen Whittaker. Convoy limit - 9 vehicles. Trip standard is easy . Nov Grand Ridge Trip leader are Edith Fullalove. Need to push the extended planning calendar. Date Event Details 2018 Tasmania – Trip leader is Jessica Walsh. Hobart and south east 2019 Simpson Desert Re-enactment of the 40th anniversary of the club’s crossing from Macumba Station to Purni Bore. Trip standard is difficult . 2022 Canning Stock Five-week trip. route Need to encourage members to take on the challenge of organising trips. Having a co-leader as part of training new trip leaders would be assist with this. Trip leaders pack need checking and updating – Michael and Lee to follow up. Venue Date Speaker / Event Tue 30 May RFDS Tue 27 Jun Safety presentation Tue 25 Jul Berwick Subaru for major unveiling – meeting starts at 7:30p. Tue 29 Aug Annual general meeting Looking at various speakers for later in the year. Membership Nothing reported. Currently have 48 memberships. Editor Nothing reported. Treasurer Current cheque bank account balance is $7,618.46. Secretary Some-one will need to do the meeting minutes for the June GM and July CM as I will be absent (overseas on holidays). Vice-President Nothing to report. President Returning value to members – what is the club going to do to return value? The club have not previously engaged in longer term strategic planning that seeks to provide value to members. Sat 19 to Sun 20 Aug


6.4. 6.5. 6.6. 6.7. 6.8. 6.9.

Snow trip

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Thank you to the committee for your diligence and on-going support. 7.

Sub-Committees 7.1. Communications Nothing to report. 7.2. Community Involvement Chocolates – still have 8 boxes. 7.3. Constitution Review On-going. 7.4. Education / Training First aid – email was circulated to members regarding course run by 4WD Victoria on 13th May. Chainsaw course – Peter B is attending a 4WD Victoria run course this coming weekend.


Budget 2017/8 Has been circulated to committee members. Short and longer term objectives in returning value to members were discussed and prioritised. The short term objectives were included in a revised budget.


Membership Fees for 2017/8 The proposed membership (as below) as agreed at the April committee meeting will be presented to members at the May meeting.

Members hip Type

Members hip Subscript ion

Single Family / Joint Life

$51 $51

$125 $145

$15 $30

-$10 -$15

Electro nic Magazi ne only discou nt -$25 -$25






Associat ion Levy

$74 $94


Joini ng Fee

Senior ’s Disco unt

Trip Fee (adult nonmemb er) $15 -

10. Media Policy Edith has a few minor changes to make and will recirculate to committee members. 11. Trip / Convoy Procedure To be discussed at the June meeting. 12. General Business None. 13. Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday 6th June 2017 at 7:30pm at the home of Michael Dale. 14. Meeting closed at 10:10pm.

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General Meeting Minutes The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 18th April, 2017 at the premises of G&C Communications, 9-11 Cameron Street, Cranbourne starting at 8:12pm. 1.

Present Meredith Dale, Michael Dale, Enid Hewett, David Hewett, Kevin Bird, Duncan McCrae, Anthony Saunders, Richard Saleeba, Katie Mynard, Peter Mynard, Peter Fullalove, Edith Fullalove, Robert Miller, Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis, Tim Folliard, Peter Landouris, Martin Foot, Alan Christensen, Dale Rebgetz, Matt Chaplin, Simon Whitehead, Rick Koster.


Apologies Bev Davison, Graham Gill, Kerry Gill, Jessica Walsh, Dan Conlon, Lee Wegner, Angela Bombardieri, Paul Saleeba, Andrew Jantke, Lisa Jantke, Phil Milkins, Elaine Milkins, Stephen Whittaker, Janell Rebgetz.


Visitors Staff from G&C Communications.


Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors. Thanks to G&C Communication for hosting the meeting.


Minutes of the Previous General Meeting 5.1. Minutes from the March 2017 meeting 5.2. There was no business arising from the minutes. Correspondence 6.1. In Mondelez – statement VicRoads – trailer registration renewal advice. Marysville Motoring Expo – late April 2017 Echuca heritage train tour 6.2. Out None Reports 7.1. Resources Club clothing – will be taking orders at the May 2017 meeting. Expected delivery would be at the June 2017 meeting. 7.2. Editor 1. No report submitted. 7.3. Trip and Social Mt Kosciusko and High County Trip – 29 April to 7 May Afternoon tea, Lady Lavender Team Rooms, Bunyip – 28 May Christmas in July, Narre Warren North – 29 July Winter Lights, Walhalla – August (tbc) High tea, Yering Station – August (tbc)



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Snow trip, Mt Skene – 19/20 August Blue Mountains and Beyond – 28 October to 7 November Grand Ridge Road, Gippsland – November (tbc) Suggestions for future trips always appreciated. 7.4. Venue April – G&C Communications May – RFDS June – Berwick Subaru July – Safety presentation August – Annual general meeting 7.5. Membership. Had a few enquiries via the club’s website. 7.6. Treasurer No report was submitted. 7.7. Secretary Next committee meeting will be held on Tuesday 2nd May 2017 at Bob Marshall’s place. 7.8. Vice-President Nothing to report. 7.9. President Committee has decided to proceed with club registration plates. General Business 8.1. Chainsaw course – 4WD Victoria is currently running such courses for affiliated club members. If interested, contact 4WD Victoria and get you name added to the waiting list. 8.2. Subaru 4WD Club of SA – first anniversary of the death of some members last year. Club will send an acknowledgement. 8.3. Dave is selling his “Southern Cross Ultimate Tracker” tent. 8.4. Kevin – has a X-Force cat-back exhaust system available for sale. 8.5. Aggressive tyres for 16” rims for a Subaru Forester – Martin has located some Nan Kang mud tyres (model FT9). Fines and Fun 9.1. Nametags Peter Landouris, Peter Mynard. 9.2. Last to Meeting Rick Koster. 9.3. Trips 9.3.1. Murray Sunset National Park Kaden – not checking oil in his car. Meredith – for not buying oil for the car. Mike – for not checking on Kaden. Rob – forgetting to charge his handheld radio. Paul and Charles – for taking 4 hours to do 150 kilometres from Charleton to Sea Lake. Paul and Charles – car alarm went off and immobilised the car. Mike – for not communicating with the convoy. Meredith – for jumping and heading into the shop. Paul – for forgetting his cup and tea bags. Peter Fullalove – for taking a long time to boil the water for the thermos (took 40 minutes). Kerry and Graham – for getting in behind the wrong white Subaru. Rob – for not having his radio on the right frequency.

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Rob – for driving off with the tailgate open. Kerry and Graham – not having their radio plugged into the aerial. Mike – losing Gerry can on the way home. 9.4. Total fines collected - $7.90. Membership Fee Proposal Update. Peter Bellis presented an update on the committee’s proposal for membership fees for 2017/8. The proposal will be presented to members at the May meeting for decision. Guest Speaker / Presentation Graham opened the presentation from G&C Communications. Ian, from RFI, then gave a very informative presentation on UHF radio aerials, what to look for in terms of construction and output performance, and location of aerials on vehicles. The lucky door prize, an aerial kindly donated by RFI and G&C Communications, was won by Richard Saleeba. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 30th May 2017 commencing at 8pm. Meeting closed at 10:18pm and was followed by supper and checking out radios and antennas.

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