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November 2018 (Issue 453)

… at Olinda Falls, October 2018

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

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CONTENTS About the Club

Page 4


Page 5

President’s Report

Pages 6 - 7

Vice-President’s Report

Page 7

What’s in the pipeline!

Page 8

Venue Report

Page 8

General meeting notice

Page 8

Trip and Social

Page 9

Long term future planning

Page 9

Photo Competition

Page 10

Four Wheel Drive Victoria Training dates

Page 10

Trip Reports

Page 11

“Secrets of the Dandenongs” Trip report

Pages 11 - 12

Trip Adviser

Page 13

Treasurer’s Report

Page 13

Trip Reports (cont.)

Page 14

Otways Trip report

Page 14

Members’ Drives

Page 15

Foot’s Four Foresters

Pages 15 - 16

Trip and Recovery gear

Page 17

Buy it and Sell it

Page 18


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Committee Meeting

Pages 19 - 21

General Meeting

Pages 22 - 23

Editor’s Note

Page 24

Christmas Party) Location (Lillydale Lake)

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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 (acting): Martin Foot

Venue coordinator: Mark Tyssen

Membership: Martin Foot

Resources: Peter Landouris (OM)


PRESIDENT’S REPORT Good day all, When is it sufficient number of times to ‘pre-trip’ an event? Recently an event reminded me of the importance of doing a ‘pre-trip’ for an upcoming trip, that for our Christmas Party on Sunday 25 November. Pre-trip no. 1: In early October when I had a look at the northern end of the Lake, there were no road works being carried out, and it looked the ideal local location, (having also looked at Norton Park, off High Street Rd, Glen Waverley, as another alternative). Pre-trip no. 2: On a whim, on Sunday 18th, I revisited Lilydale Lake. Well, imagine my surprise when upon driving along the roadway, narrowed to a path, where once parking was permitted, it was blocked, as well as the access removed to the walkway I had planned to carry the BBQ and other items to. See photo. So, based on the above, there is a change of location within Lillydale Lake reserve area, to that of entry at the main gate, on Swansea Rd, before the roundabout. You’ll find a map of Lillydale lake on the back cover of the magazine. Take the right fork, travel to the extreme end & hopefully the large pavilion will be secured by one or more of us.

Failing that, park in that area, walk onto the grassed area to the right, on the left of the building. There are overhanging trees for shade, and a close walk south to facilities of playground, toilets, etc. 6

Hope that you are all able to come to this event, Santa may drop in if there is demand. Please respond to the email sent out on Tuesday 20th by Martin, as it assists with catering and numbers.

Heed your direction & stay to the track, Mark Tyssen, President.

Vale Alexander Saleeba: Recently we heard of the passing of Paul and Richard Saleeba’s father, Alexander Saleeba. To Paul and Richard, and their respective families, as members of the Club, we wish to pass onto you, our condolences. His service will be on 28th November. Mark Tyssen, President

VICE-PRESIDENT’S REPORT On Monday 12th November I attended Four Wheel Drive Victoria’ Annual General Meeting with Mark Tyssen (President). Since there was only one nomination per position formalities were quite quick. In many cases the committee changed roles. Victoria has now withdrawn from the national body due to concerns over financial irregularities. It is still unclear if Victoria will rejoin. The CEO pointed out that after 2 recent fatalities and other injuries, the insurance cover has changed to maintain current rates. Otherwise the increase was to be $14 years, or double the current rates. This means a reduction in benefits paid on a death to $50,000 and a decrease in the age limit (65) some benefits will be paid to. Senior members may want to look this up. Obviously we want to be safe out on the tracks but it may not hurt to check if additional cover is required for you. The other update is the training division has increased its revenue significantly to the extent more trainers are being sought.. Tim Folliard e: 7

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE! VENUE REPORT NOVEMBER GENERAL MEETING DATE: Tuesday 27 November 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: Special video presentation by Peter Landouris, featuring many trips and adventures he has had in his Subaru L-series all over Australia . Mark Tyssen 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:



Guest Speaker/Presentation

Other Business

Tue 27 Nov

South Camberwell Tennis Club

4WD adventure videos


Tue 29 Jan

South Camberwell Tennis Club

Welcome back BBQ (prior to meeting)


Tue 26 Feb

South Camberwell Tennis Club

Photo Competition


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. Annual Club Christmas Party When: Sunday, November 25 from 12 noon onwards Where: Lillydale Lake (enter via Swansea Road - see President’s report p 6 and map on back cover for location) Trip Leader(s): Committee Standard: Social Description: Family day, BBQ, Club awards, fun activities. Bring: Salad or dessert and your preferred beverage. The club supplies meat and soft drink. RSVP (for catering): to Martin at High Country Trip - TBC When: Thursday, December 27 - January 1 2019 Where: likely around Talbotville (Dargo district north of Bairnsdale.) Standard: Difficult / Very Difficult Trip Leader: David Wilson Description: Standing camp, with day trips to such places as Wonnangatta, Blue Rag, Crooked River, etc. Australia Day Trip - TBC When: Saturday, 26 - 28 January Where: High Country around Mt Buller / Mt Stirling Details: TBA




The Committee is considering the suggestions made at the September General Meeting (see Minutes, pages 22 -23) 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:


PHOTO COMPETITION Photo Competition – Advance Warning Our photo competition will once again be held at our February meeting this year. Categories are: Categories: Best Portrait (photo of a person) Best group photo
 Best landscape/nature scene
 Best close-up nature shot (Flower, animal, etc.) Best Subaru action shot Funniest photo Don’t forget to keep the camera handy! All photographs submitted must have been taken within the last two years, taken by the person entering the photo, and taken at a club event. There is a limit of one photo per person, per category. Any photographs that have won a prize previously are not eligible. Entries should be emailed to:
 Members in attendance at the February meeting will be able to vote for the best photos. Dot Greiveson has volunteered to organise the competition this year.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA TRAINING CALENDAR FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2018 PROFICIENCY COURSES: The remaining dates for this year's Proficiency courses are: PC181201 - Theory: Tuesday 27th November, Practical: Saturday 1st December, 2018 Member Price is $220.00 Contact: Four Wheel Drive Victoria, RTO: 21605 Ph: 03 9874 7222, Web: 10

TRIP REPORTS “Secrets of the Dandenongs” Sunday 28 October By Martin Foot We met shortly after 9 at Knox City Council carpark, ready for the great escape from the urban rush to the tranquillity of the Dandenongs. At least, that’s how it would have been for our grandparents; but the urban sprawl has invaded the Dandenongs in the decades since, and due to the many popular tourist spots on the main roads, the traffic can be just as bad as in town. This trip was about re-discovering the quiet stillness of the forests, the sound of lyrebirds and mountain streams flowing. From Knox, we made our way to The Basin shops on Forest Road, before turning onto one of the last unsealed roads on the city face of Mt Dandenong: the Basin - Olinda Road. Here we were joined by the Stocks, who had returned from Woodside that morning. Driving up the mountain and taking in the views was a reminder of how all the roads in the district once had been. We chatted about our memories of trips with our parents many years ago. Emerging into the bustle of Olinda township, we left the main Tourist Road as soon as possible, turning down Dickens Road, then twisting and turning past along Fordyce Road past the butts of enormous Mountain Ash trees until we arrived at Olinda Falls. This natural beauty spot was quiet (it was after all, only 10am on a Sunday) and we walked down to the lookouts enjoying the majestic tree ferns, the sounds of bellbirds (or were they lyrebirds mimicking them?) and (less so) the squawk of cockatoos. No loos available here, so we moved on along the valley beyond, turning into the Silvan Dam reserve where we had morning tea amid the stately European gardens. Once refreshed, we turned back a short way before heading south through the forest reserve along Silvan Road, which steadily rises from the valley floor up to a lookout point where you can see to the Great Divide, across the R J Hamer Arboretum. After a brief stop, we found ourselves briefly on the busy OlindaMonbulk Road, before turning onto a local cut-through, Invermay Road, offering spectacular views to the east and the first of the large market gardens that have been a feature of the rural Dandenongs for a century or more. We emerged onto the busy Monbulk Road, before taking a right hand turn onto Macclesfield Road just before Silvan township. We motored along with no-one else to bother us, enjoying the views. It’s a relatively long road providing access to a series of rolling hills dotted with elegant farmhouses, vineyards and market gardens. Confusingly, it changes name to Swales Road when it crosses Woori Yallock Creek, only to meet up with another Macclesfield Road at the end! 11

A quick dog leg and we were on a dusty back road (Stranges Road). The radio crackled and Tim was in trouble. We headed back to find that due to ignition timing issues in his engine, his car had massively backfired and his muffler had torn open along the seam. He decided to withdraw from the trip and limp home. However, even this wasn’t possible. The Cruiser would start, but if the accelerator was lifted, the motor would fail immediately. Damian and Angela followed him out to see what could be done, while the rest of the group moved on in the direction of Kurth Kiln. Eventually, it was necessary for the Land Cruiser to be loaded onto a tow truck, which delivered him back home to Glen Iris by midafternoon, thanks to the boys from RACV Yarra Junction! The main group crossed Cockatoo Creek on Tschampions Road, before heading north along Woori Yallock Road then right onto Smith’s, then Beenak Roads towards Kurth Kiln. Due to delays, there was no time to stop just then, as we were due for pizza lunch at the Forest Edge restaurant shortly after 12. The Stocks having done what they could for Tim, came on via Gembrook township and met us there. Forest Edge is a very pleasant spot, with excellent views to the northern ranges across rolling fields and woodlands. The pizzas were pretty good, too! After lunch, the Gills left us, as they had things to do later in the day. The rest of us (now down to three vehicles) went back to Kurth Kiln and explained the history to those who had not been there before. Cups of tea were had next to the pond, while Martin took Angela along Shepherds Creek Track, to give her a taste of light 4WD-ing and an indication of what her very shiny Forester was capable of. From Kurth Kiln, we drove through Gembrook and Cockatoo, back amongst the traffic, before ending up in Emerald at the Nobelius Nursery & Museum on Crichton Road. This interesting place stands in memory of the Nobelius family, who operated a major nursery on the site for almost a century. Emerald Lake Park, originally their main source of water for irrigation, was gifted to the public. The nursery relied on Puffing Billy in the early days to get their produce to Melbourne, via Ferntree Gully. While we were there, the old engine chugged past the packing shed, with tourists on board, part of the rich history of the Dandenongs. The Museum is open on Sunday afternoons and is well worth a visit. Participants: Martin Foot and Dorothy Greiveson Tim Folliard Angela Bombardieri and Julie Dyer Damian and Angela Stock Kerry and Graham Gill

Forester SG Landcruiser FJ40 Forester SJ Forester SJ Pajero

Phil and Elaine Milkins had intended to come along, but had to withdraw beforehand. 12






Annual Christmas Party

Sunday, 25 November



High Country Trip

Thursday, 27 December - Tuesday 1 January

David Wilson

Australia Day long weekend trip

January 26 -28, 2019



Labour Day long weekend

March 9-11, 2019



TREASURER’S REPORT Dr. Opening Balance at 23 October 2018 Income: Membership renewal single Membership change to Family x 2 Fines and Fun - October Total income for month Expenses: Nil Closing Balance at 23 October 2018

Cr. 11,451.21 100.00 40.00 7.90 147.90 0.00 11,599.11

Angela Bombardieri Treasurer, e:


TRIP REPORT Otway Tuesday 6 November (Cup Day) By Tim Folliard Despite overnight rain and a wet trip down the highway, we met at 9 am in Winchelsea ready to ht the recently re-opened Otway’s tracks. Travelling south, we soon encountered dirt roads and past the Vehicle Testing Ground, the first track. Having driven this area on a previous club trip, I expected some undulations, but the track seemed to have deteriorated over the years. The weather started to clear as we drove Haggards and Allardyce Tracks into Anglesea. The sandy sections were fine with shallow puddles but the earthen slopes were rutted and at times very slippery. It was very easy to slide and Charles’ Prado was the first to slide and be stuck behind ruts he could not drive over. In fact walking the slope wasn’t that easy. Clever use of his max tracks and he was able to self recover and continue on with the convoy. We then headed west to Hammond campsite. Only one person had set up camp. From there we head to Aireys Inlet via Gentle Annie Track. There are a few testing parts for those willing to try but enough bypass tracks around the worst parts. A koala crossed the track and we were able to stop and watch it slowly climb a tree. We had a late lunch at Aireys Inlet before continuing. The closure of the coalmine and power station had closed a few tracks behind Anglesea, so we diverted back to town, aired up and headed home to wash off some mud.

Attendees: Tim and Jack

Landcruiser FJ40

Peter D


Des B


Paula and Charles

Prado Slow moving roadblock 14

MEMBERS’ DRIVES Foot’s Four Foresters By Martin Foot I decided to take up Tim’s challenge in the last magazine and write about my Foresters. Dot and I may be unique in the club in that we have owned an example of each of the four series of Subaru Foresters, all quite different and intended for specific purposes. So here they are: 2001 GT (SF series) We thought this car was pretty svelte. It had mags, a sunroof, heated seats and velour upholstery and to us, it seemed to go like a scalded cat. It was promoted as having a “detuned” WRX engine and Dot particularly liked the way she could point it at a gap in the traffic and bingo, there she was. It did most of the things that Foresters are good for, but being a GT, it didn’t have a dual range gearbox. And wasn’t really an off-roader. So when in 2003, we decided to take Long Service Leave together and go around Australia, we started looking for a replacement.. We decided on: 2003 X manual dual range (SG series) (“The Banger”) We went down market a bit: steel wheels, no sunroof or heated seats. But it was the car for the trip, we thought, because we figured premium fuel would be hard to get, dual range would give us an advantage, and we could fit a cargo barrier and a UHF radio in the dash under the single CD head unit. This plain jane Subie took us up through the red centre to Broome and across to Cairns, then home again, without a hitch (apart from issues with the Dunlop Grandtrek AT2 tyres we had fitted). What an adventure! And the green Forester has been seen on many club trips since. It’s had three engines, rebuilt gearbox and replacement diffs in order to improve the gearing. Its paintwork has faded with the years and it sports bush stripes, it leaks air through the window seals so it’s noisy - but it’s the vehicle of choice for any 4WD trip for us. 2010 XS Premium (SH series) (“Pearl”) In 2016, it was time for another Long Service adventure, this time to Broome via the South West of W.A. We were after a touring car this time with a little more power and considerably more creature comforts, but still a manual. So we bought Pearl from a copper in Brisbane. We went to town on fitting her out, with Subaxtreme bulbar, bash plate, UHF radio, cargo barrier, rear wheel carrier, dual battery system, heavy 15

duty suspension, etc. We enjoyed the upmarket feel and the relative silence compared to the Banger, but found the rear suspension setup to be more than a little unnerving - loose and rolling. We fitted a beefed up rear swaybar to try to control this tendency. The trip itself was very successful. Once the car was loaded up with all our camping gear it behaved itself very nicely. Only the air- conditioning let us down in Port Hedland and then again in Marble Bar - not places to be without a little cooling! Add to this, the fuel consumption was not exceptional at around 12 l/100Km loaded (worse in a headwind on the Nullabor). So for our next trip we decided we wanted better fuel consumption and more power so we could tow a camper trailer instead of camping out of the back of the car. To do this we bought a ... 2015 2.0D-S (SJ series) (“Henry”) We had read that the best Diesel for towing was the auto CVT model, and since the manual doesn’t offer dual range, there was no argument about it. Henry was bought in Bega, NSW earlier this year . He is yet to be hitched to our new Caretta teardrop camper trailer, which we expect to be delivered very soon. But we are impressed so far by his smooth ride, quiet cabin, good fuel economy and strong urge when needed. We are looking forward to more long trips in 2019 and beyond, behind this latest steed.


TRIP AND RECOVERY GEAR The aim of all Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. trips is to have an enjoyable experience in the bush, increasing 4WD’ing skills and experience, whilst maintaining the highest regard for the safety of individuals, the vehicle and the environment. As a driver you have ultimate responsibility for the safety of your passengers and vehicle. It is the responsibility of any participating driver to contact individual trip leaders for clarification of individual trip requirements and standards. Financial members are encouraged to participate in as many trips as possible to increase confidence and experience. Visitors are welcome subject to the payment of the appropriate levy to cover insurance, but after two visits, should consider membership. Non-financial members are not covered by insurance and may not participate until payment is received. Individual drivers with concerns or queries regarding their vehicle and the trip standard should contact relevant trip leaders. The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. recommends that each vehicle carry the following items or equipment on every trip:


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.


BUY IT AND SELL IT HERE Please note: If you have any items listed here for sale which has been sold please remember to let us know at:

Member 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 Contact: Subaru Liberty 1994, with EJ22 motor that has done just less than 100,000 Km and has a new timing belt installed. The car is a repairable write-off. The motor was installed two weeks prior to this happening. Seeking offers for the motor, which cost $650. Don’t want it to go for scrap. VIN: JFIBC6CROEKO22339, Engine number: 74956. Contact: Wally Waye in Avoca, e: Subaru L Series with a genuine 238000 Km. It has been maintained well and I have many essential spares for it - a very good gearbox. starter motor, new radiator, all the lights and indicators, straight clean bumpers, bull bar, and loads of minor parts as well. It is currently registered and everything is running nicely, but I want to sell it as is with all the parts for $900, mainly due to lack of time on my part. The rego is YMW451. Contact: Mike Palmer 0408 514124 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) (b)

the cash price of the vehicle and; the registration number if registered or the engine/chassis numbers if unregistered.


MINUTES Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. FWDV Member Reg. No. A – 0006149J GPO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley VIC. 3149

Committee Meeting Minutes (abridged) Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 at the Chinese Association of Victoria clubrooms, 8 Ashley Street, Wantirna, starting at 7:50pm.

1. Present: Mark Tyssen, Tim Folliard, Martin Foot, Angela Bombardieri, Peter Landouris 2. Apologies 3. Visitors 4. Quorum: A quorum was achieved with all committee members present (section 63b). 5. Minutes of the Previous Meeting 5.1. Minutes of the committee meeting held 9 October 2018 were accepted without amendment. Moved Mark Tyssen, seconded by Angela Bombardieri. 5.2. Business Arising from the Minutes Item 5.2 Vehicle Permit Register: Form to be completed with signatures and sent to Vicroads advising change of personnel. Item 6.1 Camberwell South Tennis Club. No reply received to previous correspondence re rental arrangements and keys. CSTC Secretary Roger Church to be contacted for his advice. 6. Correspondence 6.1. In Land Rover Club of Vic: Notice of events Top Level Communications, thanking the club for the opportunity to present at the October GM and apologising for their early exit due to burglary at their store. FWDV: Notice of AGM on Nov 12 (Tim and Mark attended, see V-P report). 6.2. Out Top Level Communications, acknowledgment of correspondence above. 7. Reports 7.1. Resources Items located/identified: Witches hats – Peter Bellis has advised that these have been disposed of. Post driver – is at the Bellis residence. Martin had acquired a pair of GME 1W UHF handheld radios for a discount price from Radio Parts. After discussion, it was agreed that these become assets of the club and be available for loan to members requiring them for club trips. Martin to be reimbursed $85.00 on submission of claim. Equipment List to be updated with respect to the above items.


A sign-out and sign-in procedure to be established for equipment loans. The club archives include a book for this purpose. Tents and BBQ currently held by Martin. Need better storage arrangements for the tents in particular. Mark may have suitable pallets. [carried over] Sat phone - needs to set up a contract for it to be usable - currently held by Martin. 7.2. Trip and Social “Secrets of the Dandenongs” went well, apart from Tim having to withdraw because of a vehicle fault. Otways Trip was deferred until Cup Day due to repairs to Tim’s vehicle. Christmas Party –Sunday 25 November. Venue confirmed as Lillydale Lake. Entry from Hardy Street (not Swansea Road entrance). There are walks available and a playground some distance away. It was noted that an attendance sheet was not provided at the October general meeting, so we need to issue an RSVP to gauge attendance. Tasks: Notice to be prepared to go out to members with a map and a request to confirm attendance, including catering choices and any special requirements; and whether children will attend and expect to see Santa Claus. Based on response, meat to be purchased. BBQ, pop-up tent etc to be brought. Christmas – New Year High Country Trip. David Wilson will rung a high country trip based at Talbotville as in 2017. No further details to hand. Australia Day long weekend (26-28 January). Trip options discussed. Peter Landouris will lead if available (but may be OS – will know shortly). Trip leaders required for trips in 2019, over: Labour day weekend (9 – 11 March) Easter (19 – 22 April) Anzac Day (Thurs 25 April, possible 4 day trip 25 – 28 April?) Queen’s Birthday weekend (8 – 10 June) 7.3. Venue Video presentation by Peter Landouris at the November GM. Laptop / projector and screen to be organised. Portable speakers to be provided. Raffle books to be purchased for door prizes. New door prize (spanner set) available for November. 7.4. Membership Membership register updated. Currently 38 memberships. Only one return in July has been made to FWDV so far more recent membership payments.

this financial year. Need to update with

Discussion on active / inactive Life memberships and the FWDV insurance return. Active Life members pay the FWDV levy. It was proposed that Life members not currently active (ie not attending trips) should not be included in the FWDV return and casual attendance be dealt with as if a visitor. Discussion on the membership list for internal distribution: Members to be consulted about whether the list is to be distributed this year and if so in what format. 7.5. Editor Martin to prepare and publish November magazine. Submission deadline 16 November. Committee members may submit their reports by 18 November. [carried over] Searching for a new editor. Currently the magazine is produced using MS Publisher, but templates exist for MS Word.


7.6. Treasurer Current balance $11,599.11. Incoming:

$100.00 (membership renewal) $47.90 (October GM proceeds: two membership updates and Fines)



Outgoing: None Bank account signatories changeover proceeding. Martin, Tim and Angela have registered with Bendigo Bank. Mark finding resistance at his local branch. Term deposit: It was agreed to transfer $8,000 into term deposit. Accounting software: Previously accounts have been kept using a private copy of Quickbooks. It was agreed to purchase a club subscription to Quickbooks at $70 p.a. if Angela so decides, depending on the complexity of the accounts. Moved Martin, seconded Tim. 7.7. Secretary Club Awards. Martin has sent nomination forms to members, no responses received. Decisions were made based on review of 2017-18 trip reports and Fines and Fun entries in the Minutes. Certificates to be prepared. Trophies to be engraved. Long term service to be recognised. 7.8. Vice-President / President Mark and Tim attended the FWDV AGM on 12 November. They reported as follows: The formalities (elections and reporting) took a very short time. For our members to be recognised as FWDV delegates with voting power, they will need to lodge a club delegates’ form. FWDV have formally resigned from FWDA as issues concerning the finances of FWDA become more serious, possibly involving a police investigation in S.A. Insurance death cover has been reduced by half, due to significant claims made recently. Loss of earnings cover has also been affected, with much reduced cover for anyone over 65 y.o. The alternative was to raise premiums significantly (currently $13 per member p.a.). FWDV chose the latter, wishing to keep fees down. There was concern expressed as to why people who were members of multiple clubs were required to pay the FWDV levy for each club. 8. Priorities and Planning This item will be the subject of a separate planning meeting, in order to review and progress the Outstanding Actions as listed below. 

By Laws - convoy travel, needs to be reformatted into By-Law format.

New Member Pack - needs to be reworked into a new document.

Club magazine archiving. Currently held by the Secretary.

Trip management facility on club website - web site needs to be updated.

9. General Business The club website has been partially updated with respect to past magazines and T&S calendar Online trip reports, News, etc pages still need updating, this will require a member to volunteer. Facebook: Angela Bombardieri now has administrator status (thanks Edith). Regarding Damian’s offer to manage the page, it was agreed that he be appointed as a moderator. Moved Mark, seconded Tim. 10. Next Meeting - Tuesday, 4 December at the Chinese Association of Victoria clubrooms. Following meeting on 5 February 2019 (venue TBC). 11.

Meeting closed at 10:15pm.


MINUTES Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. FWDV Member Reg. No. A – 0006149J GPO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley Vic 3149 General Meeting Minutes The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:15pm approximately. 1. Present: Mark Tyssen, Martin Foot, Angela Bombardieri, Bev Davison, Graham Gill, Kerry Gill, Phil Milkins, Elaine Milkins, Tim Folliard, Kevin Bird, Damian Stock, Peter Landouris, Rick Koster, David Wilson, Peter Devine 2. Apologies: Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis, Peter Mynard, Jessica Walsh, Angela Stock 3. Visitors: Les Ralph, Renato Luminati, Guy Brown, Clint and Laura from Top Line Communications (presenters). 4. Welcome: A welcome was extended to all members and visitors. 5. Minutes of the Previous General Meeting 5.1. The minutes of the September 2018 General Meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Angela B and seconded by Tim F. 5.2. There was no business arising from the minutes. 6. Correspondence 6.1. In Magazines from: Subaru 4WD Club of South Australia Land Rover Club of Victoria 6.2. Out Camberwell South Tennis Club, regarding venue hire and use 7. Reports 7.1. Resources Have located First Aid kits, thanks Jean B. The picket driver is with the Bellis’s We no longer have any traffic cones 7.2. Editor New article type: “Members Drives”. Suggestions for future editions? Deadline: Friday, 16 November. 7.3. Trip and Social See the magazine for the club’s trip calendar and details about upcoming trips. Christmas Party and BBQ, 25 November, venue Lillydale Lake, TL Committee. High Country Trip, Boxing Day to New Years Day, Talbotville standing camp, TL David Wilson.


Australia Day long weekend – looking at a trip to the high country around Mt Buller / Mt Stirling area, TL TBC. 7.4. Venue No report 7.5. Membership Peter Mynard has renewed and two members updated memberships to Family/Joint. 7.6. Treasurer Balance in account is $11,551.21 Term deposit being investigated 7.7. Secretary Stephen Whittaker has provided access to Dropbox. Club Awards open for nominations, forms available via email and at the meeting. Due 12 November to the Secretary. 7.8. Vice-President Tim will be attending the FWDV AGM on 12 November. 7.9. President Mark noted the positions vacant – Editor and Membership officer. See you at the Christmas Party! 8. General Business 8.1.

Martin’s car withdrawn from sale – going to his daughter


Damian spoke about his experience getting replacement parts at a reasonable price for a 2007 Forester XT, including headlights, ballast resistors, etc.

9. Fines and Fun 9.1. Nametags Tim Folliard, Bev Davison, Graham Gill and Peter Devine. 9.2. Last to Meeting Peter Devine 9.3. Trips “Secrets of the Dandenongs” Martin (pre-trip) for destroying a road tyre on a forest track, then not having the appropriate spanner to remove the wheel, due to incorrect wheel nuts and having to ask a member of the public for assistance. Tim, for destroying his muffler due to an ignition fault and having to be towed home to Glen Iris. Angela Bombadieri, for bottoming her suspension on a pothole. Damian and Angela Stock, missing the start and having to join us along the route. 9.4. Total fines collected - $7.90. 10. Presentation … by Clint and Laura from Top Line Communications in Lynbrook, who presented a range of gear, including: dash cameras, with sensors and “park mode” UHF radios, inbuilt and hand-held Antennas, explaining the difference between ground dependent and independent types and fittings. 11. Meeting closed at 10:15 pm approximately and was followed by supper. 12. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 30 October commencing at 8pm. 23

EDITOR’S NOTE 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 …. Let us know! Just a friendly reminder to please proof read, and be sure to use punctuation and grammar. The deadline for submissions for next edition is:

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