Subaru 4WD Clubof Victoria - November 2019 magazine

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November 2019 (Issue 464)

Michael Bauer receives his membership badge from club president, Mark Tyssen

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

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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 2019/20 year were ratified at the general meeting in April 2019 and are as follows:


Single: $85 (Senior card - $80) Joint/Family: $95 (Senior card - $90) One off joining fee of $15 ($30 for Joint/Family) also applies All annual fees include FWDV affiliation and trip insurance: $52 These fees are based on an electronic newsletter distribution only. No levy or discount to be offered. Requests for a hard copy magazine will be considered by the Committee.


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


COMMITTEE President: Mark Tyssen

Vice President and FWDV Delegate: Tim Folliard

Secretary: Martin Foot

Treasurer: Angela Bombardieri

Trip & Social: Tim Folliard

Editor: Damian Stock

Venue coordinator: Mark Tyssen

Membership: Martin Foot


PRESIDENT’S REPORT It is timely as we approach the summer season, that we take note to take care and be aware of our surroundings more than normal over the next three to four months. Recent bushfires have sprung up in many of the areas that we visit as a Club. For the first time in several decades the majority of Australia has been affected with raging out of control fires, some initiated by lightening during thunderstorms and others unfortunately deliberately lit. It is rare that “Code Red” is issued so early in the season across vast areas of South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. We all have a responsibility to care for the environment, especially when we in the middle of areas we do not travel through regularly, do not be complacent. Take note of ‘Total Fire Ban’ days, and days identified as ‘Catastrophic’ as has been this very week in various States. Watch for the indications, listen to forecasts, be prepared to move out to safety. Trip Leaders will advise prior to the trip if any changes to the proposed trip will occur. We have commenced use of the new On-line Trip Coordination, please ensure your details are correct, and if you are experiencing difficulties, please contact Martin or Tim. At the last Committee Meeting, persons nominated for the various Club Awards were discussed, and prepared for presentation. It was not as easy as it sounds, as each nomination was scutinised with the Committee’s recollection of the trip the incident related to, often resorting to a trip report or notes. This weekend, on Sunday 24th November, we have the Club Christmas Party in Bundoora Park, Plenty Rd, Bundoora. See the separate email that was sent out mid-November. We hope as many people as possible are able to attend. Next Tuesday, 26th November is the last General Meeting for the year, we have a presentation of suspension components & systems, please show your support on what we think should be an interesting discussion. At the first General Meeting for 2020, on Tuesday 28th January 2020, we will have a barbeque in the adjoining park prior to the meeting, commencing at 630pm. During the holiday period, don’t forget to take those photos, as in order to have our Photo Competition in February, photos are required…. strange about that isn’t it ? If I do not see you at the Club Christmas party or at the November General Meeting, I hope you has a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year period. Keep to the tracks, Mark Tyssen President, e:


VICE-PRESIDENT’S REPORT It was great to lead a trip over the Cup Day long weekend to Mt Terrible and ending at Walhalla. Despite the rain, the tracks were all in good condition and it was impressive that driven with care, late model Subarus were able to navigate every track considering no other vehicle we saw was an AWD. it seems from the radio chatter some bash plates incurred some new scars. There is an advertisement for underbody protection in the magazine which you may want to check out. On Monday 11th of November, Mark Tyssen and I attended the Annual General Meeting of Four Wheel Drive Victoria in Bulleen. As most committee members are on multi-year terms there was no elections required, but I will summarise some other issues raised: 4WD VIC received a Regional Achievement Award for the 15,000 volunteer hours club members worked in 2018. In the future, anyone volunteering with Parks Victoria will need a Working with Children check (no fee applicable). The CEO (Wayne Hervey) reported that members are represented and consulted on land use/access committees across the state. Access to tracks is a priority and the CEO raised the late opening of the Dargo High Plains Road this year with the Shire and the Department due to yet to be completed works and members may have been accessing the road illegally to get to High Country tracks. A quarry near Toolangi is to be leased for training purposes. Rule change passed. Club office holders (Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers etc) are authorised voting delegates for 4WD VIC. They do not need to be separately nominated. In our case as we have less than 99 members we get one vote for the club. Each additional 100 members gives an additional club vote. Considering the National levy is still not being paid, I queried why the Victorian levy was not reduced accordingly. The response was that previously the levy was linked to the CPI but in 2013 new model rules removed this link. Tim Folliard Vice President, e:


PHOTO COMPETITION Our photo competition will once again be held at our February 2020 meeting . Don’t forget to keep the camera handy on trips and at events! 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 Categories may combine, etc, depending on the number of entries received in each. 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: (with picture name). Members in attendance at the February meeting will be able to vote for the best photos.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY SUNDAY, 24 NOVEMBER from 12 noon at BUNDOORA PARK, 1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora This is an opportunity for members to gather with their families and socialise over a BBQ lunch and then reminisce about some of the great trips we’ve done in the last 12 months. The Annual Club Awards will be announced and presented at the Christmas Party. There will be games and activities provided. If you haven't done so already, PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE by Friday 22 November for Catering purposes, either by return email; by calling Mark (m: 0417 579 097) or Martin (m: 0434 770 497); or by logging onto the club website and adding your name to the attendance list (you need to click on Proposed Trips to do this). We ask that members bring either a salad or a dessert to share. Let us know if there are any special catering needs. Directions are as follows: • Enter through the main entrance on Plenty Road onto Fairway Drive. Pass by the information board o the left that includes the site map. • Take the first right hand turn onto River Red Gum Avenue. Pass the playground on your left. • Turn right onto Playground Drive and continue to the end. 7

EDITOR’S NOTE The magazine is a little longer this month, thanks to a great trip report from Deb and Nick Leask, with plenty of pictures. While reading it I almost felt like I was there. It is also a good example of someone, other than the trip leader, documenting a trip, adding possibly a completely different perspective to it. It was great to see so many new members on the trip and how well Rick guided them through some of the more challenging sections. Again, it wasn’t just up to the trip leader to provide leadership on this trip and, as a result, I am sure that everyone really enjoyed being involved. Don’t forget to send through your articles, photos and videos for publication in the magazine or up on the club’s web site and Facebook page. Have a great Christmas and New Year but, above all else, be safe. If you are traveling in the bush during the summer make sure you pack a woollen blanket, for each person, where it can be easily reached in case of a bushfire. See you all in 2020, if not at the Christmas Party this weekend. Damian Stock The deadline for submissions for the next edition is:

Friday, January 17th, 2019 Email editor:





1/10/19 Opening Balance as at 1 October, 2019

Balance $3,580.93

Income: Nil


Expenses: 8/10/19 Four Wheel Drive Vic. 28/10/19 Optus Sat. phone mthly service fee

Total for month Closing Balance as at 31 October 2019

208.00 15.00


$0.00 $3,357.93

NOTE: 1. Term Deposit of $8,147.21 (this includes interest accrued) matures on 10 January 2020. Angela Bombardieri Treasurer, e: 8

TRIP AND SOCIAL Trip sheets are now up on the club website. Log in, select proposed trips and make a booking. It is an easy and efficient way for trip leaders to plan a trip. Alternatively, you can still email, or contact the trip leader directly, to register for a trip or to propose a new one. Tim Folliard

Club Christmas Party BBQ When: Sunday, November 24th. At 12PM Location: Bundoora Park Details: Refer to page 7 or website for details.

Christmas/New Year High Country Trip When: 25-27 January 2020 Location: Buckwong Hut near Buckwong Creek in Victoria near the Davies Plain track. Difficulty: TBA Contact: Dave Wilson, Dave's High Country trips are legendary. Register your intention now on the website.

Australia Day long weekend trip When: 25-27 January 2020 Location: Heading north from Marysville via Keppel's Hut into the Rubicon Valley. Difficulty: Medium (in dry conditions) Contact: Tim Folliard, e:

Border Track (Vic/SA Border) When: Monday, April 6th., for five days. Contact: Tim Folliard, e: Details: There has been strong interest in the trip but there are a few spots still available. We will be exploring the area north of Serviceton up to Pinnaroo returning south via the one-way section of the Border Track. Note it is planned to depart Serviceton on the Monday morning so plan to arrive Sunday. First night will be at the Serviceton camping/sports ground where they charge $15 per couple. More details on the website.

North Flinders Ranges Touring When: Two weeks , tentatively 19 July - 1 August 2020. Contact: Martin Foot, e: Details: A 2 week touring trip through the Northern Flinders Ranges in July 2020. Martin has extensive outback experience in Foresters and has just returned from a trip that included Birdsville and outback S.A. 9

TRIP AND SOCIAL CONT. The committee is always looking for trip leaders and trip ideas. If you want to lead a trip, please contact me for support. Tim Folliard, Trip & Social Coordinator e:

Long way to the TOP - Billy Goat Bluff, Christmas 2017 A winner from the 2019 photo competition , by Justin Wilson, in the category of Best landscape/nature scene. With the annual Christmas High Country trip almost here, and the photo competition following shortly after at the February club meeting, this photo is quite topical. Don’t forget to take your camera with you if you make it to the club’s summer trips.


VENUE REPORT NOVEMBER GENERAL MEETING DATE: Tuesday, November 26th at 8pm VENUE: South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris. DOOR PRIZE: Come along to win a special door prize at this month's meeting. PRESENTATION: At this month meeting we has a presentation by Matt Chaplin of SubieLiftOz. Matt will make a presentation on his range of SubaLIftOz products. Components used in the various lift kits will be discussed, along with a overhead presentation. I am sure Matt will be keen to answer your questions. There will also be an additional prize added to our selection for a door prize at the coming meeting. Mark Tyssen Venue Coordinator

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



Guest Speaker/Presentation

Other Business

Tues 26 November

South Camberwell Tennis Club

Matt Chaplin—Subie Lift OZ


Tues 28 January

South Camberwell Tennis Club


Welcome Back BBQ

Tues 25 February

South Camberwell Tennis Club



Tues 24 March

South Camberwell Tennis Club




TRIP REPORTS Mount Terrible Melbourne Cup Long Weekend By Deborah and Nicholas Leask Day 1 We woke on Saturday morning to a cold and wet day. The weather left us wondering what impact this was going to have on the track and camping conditions; but that’s part of the adventure, isn’t it? Going through Marysville to get a last slurp of petrol, we ran into Michael at the automatic petrol pump (no-one was injured). A quick trip past Marysville led us to Cambarville picnic area. Arriving about 10 minutes prior to the arranged 11am meetup time we were greeted by Peter and Michael, followed by Rick and Fred (Rick’s brother). There was plenty of time for a chat with everyone while waiting for our illustrious trip leader Tim who was running 20 minutes late! On departure the touring group consisted of; Tim and Jack (Landcruiser), Rick (L Series), Michael (Forester), Peter (Forester), Nick and Deb (Outback), and Fred (Hilux). Joined the following day by Martin (Forester). The first target for the day was lunch at the Mount Terrible Hut.


TRIP REPORTS CONT. After a bit of discussion about appropriate tyre pressures while having a cuppa under shelter from the rain, we all aired down and made our way east to Big River Road. The track was easy with a few other vehicles seen along the way. We stopped at the turn to Hope Track to let a few other vehicles through and have a quick brief on the plan with Rick taking the lead. For the newbie’s (Michael, Nick and Deb), this track was the beginning of our initiation! The first slope on the Hope Track turnoff looked intimidating but was easily tackled and we all pushed on. The next steep hill posed a little trouble for Michael, but with help from Fred, a better line was decided on and we all got up the hill. Turning left onto Mount Terrible Track the rain became heavier and the track wetter meaning more mud! The track included a number of branching alternatives, which Rick directed the convoy through at each fork – often taking the more challenging side while most of us chose the easier route. The track was at times slow, rocky, and narrow. After a hard slog we arrived at Mount Terrible Hut in the pouring rain. Time for some lunch and a cuppa. The next target was a camping location for the night at Granny’s Flat Campground. We continued along Mount Terrible Track until turning right onto Poletti Track. The weather was deteriorating further when we were faced with a rocky monster hill. Taking it one-by-one we made our way up, picking our lines and sliding a little. There was great radio support from the entire group. At last we made it to tarmac and drove into Top to bottom: The ‘crew’ muster at Cambarville picnic area; Turning onto Hope Track; Waiting our turn to pick the right line; Peter makes it up the hill on Poletti Track; Mt Terrible Hut – where’s the view?


TRIP REPORTS CONT. Jamieson, just in time before the servo closed. Having topped up on fuel, we made our way to Granny’s Flat Campground. The campground was quite busy but we found a spot to setup camp. The rain continued to fall so the awnings went up with Rick, Nick & Deb creating enough shelter for the group to cook and eat together. While there, a fellow camper sheepishly came over for a chat, who turned out to be a previous member from around 2003 era. Dinner was made, and we chatted for a bit before turning in for bed. Much to Deb’s dismay, there was no campfire that night due to a lack of firepit on our site. Fred decided to skip tent setup and sleep in his Hilux; in the morning mentioned that he wouldn’t recommend it!

Dusk arrives at the Disher Lab.

Day 2 Rick and Fred were definitely the early risers with the rest of us up and making brekky around 7am. We all got to the business of packing down our wet gear while we waited for Martin to arrive. He got there on time, muttering something about bees. Today’s lunch-time target was Mount Skene. Tim had an amazing ‘shortcut’ that he proposed – ‘let’s go up Gallows Track just behind the campground as it will save us some Km’s and time….’ Famous last words! Michael, Nick and myself had our reservations as the first hump in the track had caused a number of drivers to bottom out the evening before. So at 10am we were off. Most of us navigated up the hill with some slight kissing of the bash plates except for Peter who needed the power to get up the hill and just decided to flog it. The track was rolling up and down nicely until we were faced with a long steep ascent. A few of the spoon drains were especially steep which challenged Peter’s Forester – it just ran out of gumption. Fortunately, Rick went back down the hill to tow him back to the top. I’ve never seen anything like it! Rick’s L class has clearance as long as Rick’s legs! Subsequent discussion about the need for a tow, and a quick review of the Forester manual identified the magic “P” setting (P for Power), the use of which removed the need for further hill-towing during the remainder of the weekend. 14

Back onto the Jamieson-Licola road, we drove up to Mount Skene. The road was mostly good, the forest gorgeous, the view most nonexistent due to the fog which meant visibility at times was 50m at best. But the back-lighting of the forest was eerily beautiful. Lunch was planned at a ‘lookout’ but on arriving both access roads that formed a loop were swimming pools. Rick jumped at the opportunity to take his car for a ‘swim’. It wasn’t too deep but the area was too muddy to really picnic at, so back down the road we went. Going back to another scenic lookout, we had a bite to eat and inspected the mud and bash plates on our vehicles. The target location for the afternoon was a camping site along the Donnelly’s Creek Track. We continued on to the hills out the back of Walhalla. Our path led us down through Aberfeldy and we saw some of the historical markers Rudy had spoken of at our last club meeting. Finally reaching Donnelly Creek Road, we turned off. Nick and Deb took the lead as they had previous experience of the track. We stopped at Jorgenson’s Hut and thought about making camp. The campers already there assured us that O’Tooles was 'better’ and ‘virtually empty’. Did we look that intimidating that they didn’t want to share? Rick and Fred were sent off in the Hilux to confirm while Martin managed to fit in 2 cups of tea. After a short while it was decided to continue on across a small creek crossing and camp at O’Tooles, and yes, it only had a few campers there. Camp was setup, dinners made and fire lit. A great time was spent around the fire until the rain started to sprinkle. Rick had set out tent No. 2 so Fred was able to get a better night’s sleep. Top to bottom: Setting up camp at Granny’s Flat; Peter needing a helping hand up the hill; Picnic lunch at Mount Skene; The line-up ready to turn into Mount Selema Road; Rick’s ever capable L-series


Day 3 Monday morning was glorious – blue skies at last! The sun slowly rose over the mountains and showered the camp in misty rays through the tree canopy. Breakfast was made and there was enough sunshine to dry out the tents before decamping. The morning entertainment was provided by Martin who was packing up his popup tent – which looked like some combination of bushcraft and an MMA wrestling demonstration – Pop! (again). The mornings destination was trek-end at Walhalla. By mid-morning we were on our way, continuing down Donnelly Creek Track. We had intended to include a walk to the Morning Star Water Wheel, but we were unsure which track to take and ended up missing the turn-off. Definitely something to come back to another time. [NOTE: A post-trip review of this goal and the attempts made on the day revealed that we could never have walked from Morning Star Track to the water wheel walking track anyway, as it is a steep slope through full bush. The correct access to the water wheel walking track is via Middle Star Track (also known as Willoughby Spur Track).] Continuing on we found a number of side-tracks that some members tried – some of which looked like rollercoasters. A large wedge-tailed eagle soared overhead, following the ridgeline.

Top to bottom: Martin’s ready for dinner; Relaxing by the campfire; The old and the new; Michael negotiates the creek crossing at Store Point

The last track of the day was Mormon Town Track, just north of Walhalla. This track meandered through gorgeous flowering bush, had some fun uphill stretches and took the convoy through bushfire affected forest. This was especially spectacular with grass trees lining the hills, all taking advantage of the additional light and nutrient available when the forest has burned, with most sporting 1-2m high flower spears. 16

Before long we were back on the road to Walhalla and suddenly found tarmac under our wheels – ‘what was this smooth black stuff?’ and ‘what are these shiny clean cars in the village?’ Martin quipped over the radio. They obviously don’t know how to have fun! Stopping at one of the picnic areas the weather turned foul with icy wind and rain. After a quick muster, tyres were inflated and it was time to head home. We had an awesome weekend! Many thanks to Tim for leading and for Rick’s invaluable expertise in helping us newbies! Lessons learnt: 1.

always have a thermos – Martin and Rick love their tea stops!


When Rick or Tim say “yeah, I reckon it will be okay/easy”, give them a sideways glance.


Shortcuts shortcuts.


These Subarus are amazing in where they can get to! I never imagined driving up a mountain I could barely walk up.


Despite the Outback having a slightly longer wheel-base than the Foresters, it was more than capable; imagine what a lift kit will do!




Mother Nature put on an amazing display!

Bash plates – absolutely mandatory! Many thanks to David Wilson! 17

Top to bottom: Crossing Donnelly’s Creek; Continuing down the track; Climbing the hill on Mormon Town Track

Top to bottom: The beauty of Mormon Town Track; time to air up; evidence of a weekend well spent!







Annual Christmas Party

November 24

Martin Foot

Social / Easy

Christmas/New Year High CountryTrip

December 26 - January 1

Dave Wilson


Australia Day long weekend trip

January 25 - 27, 2020

Tim Folliard

Medium (in dry)

Border Track (Vic/SA Border)

April 6 - 10, 2020

Tim Folliard


North Flinders Ranges

July, 2020

Martin Foot


FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA TRAINING CALENDAR FOR 2019 - UPCOMING PROFICIENCY COURSES: PC191207 - Theory: Tuesday 3 December, Practical: Saturday 7 December 2019

New course dates for 2020 will be available on the association web site, as below. Member Price is $220.00 Contact:

Four Wheel Drive Victoria, RTO: 21605 Ph: 03 9874 7222, Web:


MINUTES Committee Meeting Minutes (abridged) Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. held on Wednesday, 6 November 2019 at the clubrooms of the Chinese Association of Victoria, 8 Ashley Street, Wantirna, starting at 7.45pm approximately . 1. Present: Mark Tyssen, Martin Foot, Tim Folliard, Angela Bombardieri 2. Apologies: Nil 3. Visitors: Nil. 4. Quorum: A quorum was achieved with all committee members present. 5. Minutes of the Previous Meeting 5.1 Minutes of the meeting of Committee members held on 8 October 2019 were accepted as a true record without amendment. Moved Tim Folliard, seconded by Mark Tyssen, CARRIED. 5.2 It was noted that the meeting referred to in item 5.1 did not qualify as a formal Committee Meeting because the quorum requirement under Rule 63(b) was not met (ie, a minimum of 4 members were not present). To address this, the following MOTION was put: That the proceedings, resolutions and assigned actions of the meeting of Committee members, held on October 10, 2019, be ratified as if these decisions had been made at a formal meeting of the Committee. Moved Mark Tyssen, seconded Tim Folliard, CARRIED 5.3 Business Arising from the Minutes: 5.3.1 [carried over] Roles and Positions. Martin and Angela yet to discuss a possible membership handover 5.2.2 Fundraising. Re chocolate sales fundraiser. Christmas sales info now available. Volunteer needed. ACTION: Mark to copy brochure for members. 5.2.3 Pajero Club of Vic – Pajero Challenge. At least 10, preferably 12 participants are required to staff the event. After two months of promoting the event to members, these numbers have not been achieved. As a result, the club cannot to accept the invitation from the PCV. ACTION: Mark to update the PCV accordingly. 6. Correspondence 6.1 In

FWDV: 15/10

Ian Fletcher – Reminder re volunteer data collection


Alison McLaughlin – AGM Notifications – Monday 11 November


Wayne Hevey – forwarding “Value of Environmental Volunteering” from Parks Vic volunteer team


October E-News



CTC Car repairs – advertising LRCOV – monthly magazine Aug/Sept Various enquiries re membership 9/10

Rudi Paoletti (3) – re presentation at October GM


Bendigo Bank – Term Deposit Certificate


Gloria Park – promoting event management software


RDFS – acknowledging receipt of $100 donation


James Azzam – First Aid Course promotion (), via Editor


Lara Lions – “Motors at the Mansion” Classic Car & Bike Show – 10 November


C & D Trophies – badges and invoice (“by hand”)


Freshield – Christmas sale details, Outdoor vacuum sealer at $229


David Wright, Shannons Ballarat – re All-Japanese Day in Ballarat 19/1/20

6.2 Out: 13/10

Membership (MF) – new trip notification


Membership (MF) – Trip system notes and login details (25)


Glen Arkell – re misdirected email from trip system (2)


Rudi Paoletti (MF) – re presentation at October GM (3)


Robert Townsend – notifying acceptance of membership application


Members (MF) – re Rudi Paoletti presentation


Glen Arkell (MF) – query regarding broadcast emails


C & D Trophies (MF) – Order for two membership badges


Members – October magazine distribution


Advertisers, 4WD clubs, etc – October magazine notification )

6.3 Business Arising: 6.3.1

FWDV AGM: MOTION: That Mark and Tim will attend as delegates of the club. Moved Martin, seconded Angela. CARRIED. They need to be registered to be able to participate. ACTION: Martin to procure and circulate form(s) for submission to FWDV.


Bendigo Bank – Term Deposit renewed for three months rather than five in order to maximise interest. ACTION: Angela to note.


Guest speaker Rudi Paoletti was well received by club members, with an excellent attendance at the October GM to hear him. ACTION: Martin to write and thank Rudi.


Andrew Bothwel(?) – Forester GT free to good home. ACTION: Martin to contact Andrew to suggest he run an advertisement in the next magazine.


Daryl Lynch membership. Onus is on Daryl to provide evidence of payment before he can re-join. ACTION: Mark to advise Daryl accordingly.

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7. Reports 7.1

Resources Some members have enquired about obtaining club apparel. It was agreed that the November GM be set as the “ordering date”. ACTION: Mark to prepare an order form and a notification for the magazine.


Trip and Social Woods Point – Jamieson Trip. This trip went ahead over three days with seven vehicles and nine attendees, commencing at Cambarville and finishing at Walhalla, with overnight stops at Jamieson and Donnelly’s Creek. Annual Christmas Party – Sunday 24 November from 11;30 / 12 noon, venue confirmed as Bundoora Park. Mark has done an inspection. Reminder Notice needed to members about 10 days prior to confirm numbers for purchasing. Mark to prepare patties, etc. on the day. Martin to bring the BBQ. Activities? ACTION: Mark, Tim, Martin High Country Trip post Christmas. Trip will be based at Buckwong Hut, north east of Omeo. Website bookings to be monitored and David Wilson informed. ACTION: Martin, Tim. Australia Day Trip: Trip to Keppel’s Hut and on to Rubicon valley area. ACTION: Tim. Pajero Challenge. 8, 9 February 2020. Staffing the ¾ rest point. Cancelled due to lack of resources. See item 5.3.3 above. ACTION: Mark to advise Pajero Club. Pre-Easter 2020 Trip: Border Track. Bookings coming in. TL Tim. Northern Flinders Ranges Trip in July 2020. Two weeks duration following the SA school holidays, focussed on Blinman, Arcaroola, Strezlecki Track, Parachilna and Wilpena Pound areas. TL Martin and Dot. [carried over] Proposed Cobaw State Forest Trip. Tim to investigate. More social trips also needed in between the above. Trip Management System. Trip system now in place. ACTION: Martin and Tim to monitor and make any adjustments .


Venue October General Meeting – training videos are available to show if needed. Alternative venues. The March 2020 meeting will be held at Ringwood Trade Training Facility. ACTION: Mark to liaise with David Wilson. Speakers: Rudi Paoletti gave an excellent presentation at the October Meeting, which was well attended. ACTION: Martin to write and thank Rudi. Matt Chaplin may be prepared to present on his range of Subaru lift options. ACTION: Martin to enquire. [carried over] Door prizes – tyre deflators? Items needed to boost stocks.


Membership Membership Applications: An application for membership had been received from Bob Townsend and fees paid. Bob attended the August club meeting. MOTION: Moved Mark, 22

seconded Tim, that Bob be admitted to membership of the club. CARRIED. ACTION: Martin to advise Bob. Martin has spoken to Nathon Redden about membership and participation on trips as a visitor. Mark is following up with former member Daryl Lynch who wishes to re-join but may require assistance. ACTION: Martin to provide Mark with Daryl’s membership records. Badge: was presented to Michael Bauer n 7.5

Editor Submission deadline: 15 November. Articles: Notice for photo competition for February meeting in November. [carried over] Advertising: An invoice is yet to be raised for Volksbaru. The last issued and paid was in 2017. The year in between is to be written off. ACTION: Mark to raise with proprietor John Bailey and advise Angela. Martin yet to discuss advertising with Subaxtreme. Mark yet to investigate possible advertising with wreckers: Subaru Heaven, Subabits, SubaRoos Burwood.


Treasurer Bank Balance: $3,357.93 as at 6 November . Recent Payment: None. Invoices in hand for FWDV and CD Trophies totalling $69.00. ACTION: Angela, Martin . Investment account: Matures 10 January 2020. ACTION: Angela


Secretary Annual Club Awards: One written and one verbal response were received from the general membership. After consideration, it was agreed to make certain awards to be announced at the Christmas Party. ACTION: Martin to print certificates; Mark to arrange engraving


Vice-President: No report.


President: No report.

8. Priorities and Planning 8.1

By-Laws: MOTION: That the new By-Laws, moved for adoption at the October meeting of Committee members and ratified at this meeting, be added at the end of the existing Rules of Association; the version record be updated; and the resulting document placed on the website. ACTION: Martin [carried over] it was noted that the By-Laws would in time consist of this and other sections that are still being worked on. ACTIONS: Martin to continue to draft Code of Conduct section. Mark to continue to draft Roles and Responsibilities section.

9. General Business: There was no general business. 10. Next Meeting: Wednesday, 3 December 2019, at the home of Angela Bombardieri and Julie Dwyer. Date and venue to be confirmed prior depending on Tim’s availability in particular. 11. Meeting closed at 9:50pm approx. 23

MINUTES General Meeting Minutes The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 29 October 2019 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:10pm approximately. 1. Present Martin Foot, Mark Tyssen, Tim Folliard, Les Ralph Peter Devine, Michael Bauer, Peter Kakalias, Damian Stock, Dorothy Greiveson, Rick Koster, Bev Davison, Robert Townsend, Deb Leask, Nick Leask, Katie Mynard, Peter Mynard, Lisa Jantke, Andrew Jantke, David Wilson, Peter Siperki 2. Apologies Angela Bombadieri, Julie Dyer, Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis, Angela Stock, Kylie Davies 3. Visitors Rudi Paoletti (guest speaker) 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 2019 General Meeting were accepted without amendment. Moved by Les Ralph and seconded by Peter Devine . 5.2

There was no Business Arising.


August General Meeting Minutes: Martin explained that he had missed an item in preparing the Minutes of the August General Meeting. He requested that the following now be included under 8. General Business: 8.3 Peter Mynard was asked about his experience at William Creek in SA recently. He provided first aid assistance to travellers whose plane had flipped on the runway, until the Royal Flying Doctor Service could attend. Following discussion, a Motion was put as follows: That a donation of $100.00 be made to the RFDS to support their work. Moved Peter Mynard, seconded Martin Foot, CARRIED Moved Tim Folliard, seconded Mark Tyssen, CARRIED. ACTION: Martin to amend the official record accordingly.


Correspondence 6.1

In Four Wheel Drive Victoria: Wayne Hevey (2) – E-News, September and October. Lisa and Katie not receiving it. ACTION: Martin to follow up Ian Fletcher – Assistance request, Toolangi and Lake Eildon Ian Fletcher – reminder re volunteer data collection for those assisting on FWDV community projects Alison McLaughlin – Notice of FWDV AGM to be held on 10 November 24


Wayne Hevey – forwarding “Value of Environmental Volunteering”, from Parks Victoria team General: Adrian Longwood, S4WDCWA – re snatch strap ratings (2). Discussion regarding this by Tim Folliard, Damian Stock and Michael Bauer. In summary that Subarus require a lower rating snatch strap (around 5 to 6 t) than heavier 4WD vehicles, but in any case, depending on model, may not have suitable recovery points to be recovered from the front using a snatch strap. Bendigo Bank – term deposit certificate (for three months only) Royal Flying Doctor Service – letter of thank for $100 donation Land Rover Club – magazine “Review” CTC Car Repairs Cranbourne – promotional flyer James Azzam – First Aid Course (via Editor mailbox) Rudi Paoletti – re presentation at October GM (3) Various enquiries re membership Out Adrian Longwood, S4WDCWA (MT) – re snap strap ratings (2) Members (MF) – Trip system notes and login details Rudi Paoletti (MF) – re presentation at October GM (3) Members (MF) – re annual Awards nominations Members (MF) – re First Aid course Members (MF) – October magazine Industry contacts and 4WD Clubs – October Magazine online Various membership enquiries


Reports 7.1 Resources No report. Still looking for volunteers to take this role on. Not necessary to be a Committee member. Meanwhile the Committee will respond to any requests from members . 7.2 Editor Magazine: Thanks to contributors. Social media: Mt Disappointment video now posted on Facebook. Link to be embedded on website. ACTION: Martin and Damian. Deadline: Friday, 15 November . 7.3 Trip and Social Trip Bookings system now fully functional, includes “Test” trips to allow members to become familiar with the interface. User notes and login details have been sent to members. Enquiries: Tim or Martin. Upcoming Trips: Cup Day long weekend – Woods Point / Jamieson Trip / Mt. Terrible / Mt. Skene. Full details about to be sent to participants. TL Tim Folliard. Christmas Party BBQ – to be held on November 24, Bundoora Park. Mark has located a site. Directions on the back cover of the October magazine. High Country Trip – standing camp based at Buckwong Hut, north east of Omeo . Australia Day long weekend – Marysville / Keppels Hut / Rubicon Trip. TL Tim Folliard. Pajero Challenge – 8,9 February. Sufficient participants needed to go ahead. Final decision to be made at Committee on 6 November. Border Track (VIC/SA border) - Sand dunes and desert camping in SA and Victoria, from 6 April for five days. TL Tim Folliard. 25

North Flinders Ranges Touring Trip - A two week trip from 19 July to 1 August 2020 with some 4WD-ing (Arkaroola) and desert driving, notably the southern end of the Strezlecki Track, through Lyndhurst, Parachilna Gorge to Wilpena Pound (walks, fossils and cultural activities). Suitable for trailers. Possible inclusion of Calperum property north of Renmark (TBC). TL Martin Foot Social Trips needed. Contact Tim with ideas / proposals. 7.4 Venue Presentation will be by Rudi Paoletti: “10 Stories of the Aberfeldy Track”. Door prize: Damian Stock. 7.5 Membership Several membership enquiries have been received. Badge presentation to Michael Bauer . 7.6 Treasurer Statement as per the magazine. Balance at 29 September: $3580.93. 7.7 Secretary – A call for nominations for Club Awards, to be presented at the Christmas Party. Needed by 6 November (next Committee meeting). 7.8 Vice-President - no report. 7.9 President – no report. 8.

General Business 8.1 Damian updated the sad tale of repairs to his 2013 Forester XT. All repaired now and no more Christmas lights on the dashboard. His CVT required a solenoid replacement, but the quote was excessive at around $4500 and included work that he felt was unnecessary. In the end after much debate with Subaru, it was settled for $1400, with Subaru covering part of the cost. Part of Damian’s expenses included replacement CVT fluid, at $448!


8.2 Nick and Deb Leask gave a report of their trip to Broome where they attempted to hire a Subaru to visit Cape Leveque, but had to settle for an X-Trail. Apparently Subarus are not popular up that way due to the cost of windscreen repair, particularly models with Eyesight technology. 8.3 Peter Kakalias gave an account of his recent 100Km bike ride for charity (Peter McCallum Institute). He successfully raised $1,000. 8.4 Andrew Jantke wishes to sell his first edition Impreza WRX, which is surplus to family requirements (ie, Lisa wants it gone). The vehicle has a long history in the club and has had many modifications over the years, including a 12 inch lift at one point (since removed)! It has a dual range gearbox with L-series ratios. It currently requires some minor work to get it back on the road. There are various engines available that could go with the car. Martin suggested he place an advert in the next magazine.


Fines and Fun - deferred to the November meeting, due to limited time available.

[The meeting then broke for supper and returned shortly after 9pm for the presentation.] 10. Presentation: Martin welcomed guest speaker Rudi Paoletti, from West Gippsland Relic, Mining and Heritage Protection, Inc. Rudi spoke about the relationship he has forged over the years with DELWP to assist in management and protection of the mining history of the Aberfeldy Track. Rudi has published many maps and books of the area over the last 30 years. 26

The Track stretches from Walhalla in the South through to Jamieson in the north. Many interpretative signs have been installed by Rudi and his group, in an attempt to better inform the public about the history of the area, as well as identified locations that need to be protected from actions of other authorities with less interest in preserving the history. He gave examples where trees have been felled carelessly, causing damage in cemeteries, historical sites bulldozed for fire breaks, etc. Rudi’s group has explored many abandoned mine sites, often requiring an abseil to access, and finding many items of interest, including the dated signatures of miners on the walls. His talk, which was supported by overhead projection, was entitled “10 Stories of the [Aberfeldy] Track”, and focussed on the graves and other relics of early pioneers, many of whom came to grief in the harsh environment of the nineteenth century. In one case, the discovery and restoration a gravesite belonging to a pioneer woman, lead to a major family reunion onsite, with descendants coming from across Australia to attend. Rudi also brought samples of his maps and publications, available for sale to members process. Thanks to Glenn Arkell for providing the system with his website design. 11. Meeting closed at 10:15pm approximately. 12. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 26 November 2019, at Camberwell South Tennis Club, commencing at 8pm.

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

Items for sale Item: Black ECB type 8 bull bar to suit pre-06/02 Foresters Details: Brand new, never fitted to vehicle. Fits in front of existing bumper. Price: Negotiable but currently looking for $550. Contact: Maddie on 0421068215, located in Newport, Victoria 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


TRIP AND RECOVERY GEAR The aim of all Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. trips is to have an enjoyable experience in the bush, increasing 4WDing skills and experience, whilst maintaining the highest regard for the safety of individuals, the vehicle and the environment. As a driver you have ultimate responsibility for the safety of your passengers and vehicle. It is the responsibility of any participating driver to contact individual trip leaders for clarification of individual trip requirements and standards.

Financial members are encouraged to participate in as many trips as possible to increase confidence and experience. Visitors are welcome subject to the payment of the appropriate levy to cover insurance, but after two visits, should consider membership. Non-financial members are not covered by insurance and may not participate until payment is received.

Individual drivers with concerns or queries regarding their vehicle and the trip standard should contact relevant trip leaders. The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. recommends that each vehicle carry the following items or equipment on every trip:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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. 1. Fire extinguisher, accessible to the driver 2. Spare tyre (full size) 3. Jack and wheel brace, or equivalent 4. Emergency supplies (matches, food, water and clothing) 5. Sufficient fuel, oil and water for the trip and delays 6. A tyre pressure gauge; compressor (according to the trip) 7. An axe, bow or chain saw; 8. A sturdy shovel (collapsible shovels are no good) 9. Spare parts (appropriate to the nature of the trip) 10. A tool kit 11. Personal first aid kit 12. 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. 28