Subaru $WD Club of Vic magazine - October 2012

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October 2012

Maldon Goldfields Trip Oct ‘12

(ISSUE 386) Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. Reg. No. A – 0006149J FWDV Member PO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley VIC. 3149

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INTRODUCTION TO The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. was originally formed over 30 years ago by an enthusiastic group of Subaru owners. Today the club has expanded to include all Subaru 4WD and AWD vehicles, as well as all other makes of AWD, light 4WD and crossover/soft-roader type vehicles. The club aims to participate in exploration of the Australian countryside without damage to the environment, vehicle or individual. Visitors are most welcome to attend the club’s General Meetings and contact committee members regarding participation in club activities. The club relies on membership fees to offset its running costs, including insurance. Membership fees are payable each year, due on 31 May. Fees for the 2012/13 year were agreed at the general meeting in March 2012 and are as follows: Interstate: $100 (Seniors card - $95) � Single: $110 (Seniors card - $100) Joint/family: $115 - (Seniors card - $100) (All fees includes affiliation and Insurance: $42) A trip fee of $10 per adult non-member applies (for insurance purposes) Please contact the membership officer for further information regarding membership, including pro-rata and monthly rates.


South Camberwell Tennis Club 322 Burke Road Glen Iris (Melways 59 H6)

Last Tuesday of each month at 8:00pm sharp (except December)

COMMITTEE Meetings 1st Tuesday each month: 7:30pm Damian Stock (President) Jessica Walsh (Vice President) Peter Bellis (Secretary) Bob Marshall (Treasurer) Martin Foot (Trip & Social) Michael Hartshorne au (Editor) Andrew Jantke (Membership) Dale Rebgetz (Resources) Stephen Whittaker (Venue) Bev Davison (Ordinary Member) Phil Milkins (Ordinary Member)

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT Welcome to the October club magazine and my president’s report. I can’t believe that it is a month since Angela and I were visiting her family in Northern Ireland. Well, that seems like a lifetime ago as we haven’t really stopped since we got back. Flying back into Melbourne from Singapore on the morning of the September general meeting, I am not sure that I can actually remember it, let alone chairing it. While I spoke glowingly about a rental vehicle I had in Northern Ireland I am now sure that Avis was just lulling me into a false sense of security, having then supplied a Fiat 500 for our quick trip around the south of England. It was quite an experience driving this vehicle, especially when merging into fast moving traffic on England’s various motorways. Anyway, we survived this glorified roller skate and made it safely back to Singapore in time for the city’s grand prix. While we saw the track impressively lit up on the Friday evening that was as close as we came to it. There was no chance of attending the event given that all general admission tickets had sold out before we arrived. We did get to meet up with Jessica for a quick, albeit expensive, drink at Raffles on the Saturday afternoon before she headed off to the practice and qualifying sessions while we headed off to see more of Singapore. Shortly after our return we had the Leisurefest show where Dale and I represented the club on the association’s stand. While there I met a few potential club members who I hope will make it along to the club in the near future. I also met a retired couple who had been visitors to a meeting last year, just after they had purchased their new Forester. They had recently returned from a trip through central Australia which isn’t too bad for a couple with no four wheel drive experience. The only modification on the Forester was one of Dave’s sump guards and the “only” damage they had was a one inch hole in their radiator. Hopefully we will see them at another meeting where they can recount their experiences for us. After Leisurefest we had the club trip to Maldon. Thanks to the lack of a dog sitter for our two dogs, Angela and I could only make it up for the Saturday which was great fun anyway. Despite some very cryptic aspects of the navigation run Angela and I were lucky enough to come away with a win for the day. After a pleasant meal at one of the local pubs, followed by a quick coffee back at Martin and Dot’s, Angela and I left the rest of the club Page: 4

PRESIDENT’S REPORT members to settle in for the night while we headed home. Dot also headed back to Melbourne with us to attend a work commitment on the Sunday. A couple of days before the Maldon trip I was contacted by Robert Pepper, author of the 4WD Handbook, to ask if any member had experience with the new Subaru EyeSight technology. He was in the middle of an extended test drive of a new Outback with this feature in it. While not being able to help in that regard, I did offer to put him in touch with Jessica who would be able to provide input on how a standard vehicle behaves in the bush. While chatting with Robert he also mentioned that he was running a training session for potential driver trainers and, given that Jessica was working towards becoming a club instructor, she would be welcome to attend. Fortunately she was able to and enjoyed it so much that she will be attending the next one as well. I also invited Robert and his family to the Maldon event which he accepted. This put a bit of pressure on Martin, given that Robert has also written a book on GPS navigation and has been responsible for the three quarter section of the Pajero navigation challenge. It was a great pleasure having Robert, his wife Muriel and their two daughters attend the navigation run and dinner, before they headed home early as well, so that Robert could take the Outback for a quick run to the Otways on the Sunday. While at dinner Robert came up with an idea of running a combined proficiency and advanced driving class for the club. This would cover the basic requirements of the proficiency course, for those who have not done it, while offering something more advanced for those who have. I hope to see a good attendance for this event, not only to minimize the cost, but to make the most of a great opportunity. I will be looking for expressions of interest for this course in the coming months, when I can lock in a date for it. Speaking of looking forward, we have announced a Simpson Desert trip for mid-2013. If you have a spare three weeks, in around May next year, please let me know. Planning will commence shortly so you will need to get in early to reserve a place on this limited, difficult trip. Anyway that’s enough from me for this month. Take care of yourself out there, on the road or in the bush, and I look forward to seeing you all soon. Damian Page: 5

EDITOR’S REPORT A reminder that we are no longer sending out hard copies of the magazine before the general meetings to the majority of members. The exceptions are those who have not registered an email address with the club. Everyone else will receive an electronic link to the magazine on-line and can collect their magazines at the meeting or print them using the files provided in the email. The magazine deadline for next edition is November 16th 2012. Send all copy to Michael


OCTOBER GENERAL MEETING Date: Tuesday 28 October at 8pm. Venue: Camberwell South Tennis Club Presentation: Looking forward to a presentation from Aussie Drink Mate. Discover a great new gadget for the campsite! *** There will be a door prize for members on the night too!

Presenters and meeting highlights to come in 2013: ● Telstat (outback communications experts) ● Smithy’s Outback Gear (Greg Smith’s business – 4WD & outback gear) ● Flexitank (water bladder systems manufacturers) ● Club meeting at Subaru Glen Waverley There are door prize giveaways for members at each meeting too.

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VENUE REPORT PHOTO COMPETITION JUDGING AT OUR NOVEMBER MEETING At our November meeting (the last meeting for the year), we will be running our Photographic Competition! It’s been a good success in previous years, so we’re looking for the club’s brilliant photographers to submit their best work in a range of categories: ● Best portrait photo (photo of a person) ● Best Subaru action shot ● Best recovery shot ● Best group photo ● Funniest photo ● Best landscape/nature scene ● Best close-up nature shot (flowers, animals, etc.) All photographs submitted must have been taken in the last two years (2011 & 2012) at a club event. Any photographs that have won a prize previously are not eligible. There is a limit of one photo per person, per category (however, family membership allows for each member to submit their ‘best photo’ but they must have taken the photo themselves). All photos must be entered electronically so please email them to We request all entries to be in a couple of days prior to the November meeting to ensure we can collate the presentation. So, rifle through your collection of club event photos from the last two years and send them to us. Members in attendance at the meeting will be able to vote for the winner in each category – come along, see a display of the club’s events over the last two years and VOTE for the best photos! Stephen Whittaker, Venue Coordinator

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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT GRAMPIANS Saturday 3 – Tuesday 6 November Trip Standard Easy/Medium Contact Peter Bellis, email: The Grampians are an outstanding geological feature in western Victoria. This trip will aim to traverse the ranges so is rated at medium as some tracks can be a bit scrabbly. Discussions are being had with Parks Victoria so there may be access to some MVO tracks as well. TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE, CAIRNS 14 November Trip Standard to be determined Contact Jessica Walsh, Cairns is the only place in the world to view the total solar eclipse on November 14 2012 from land. Allow about a week before and a week after the eclipse for travel and some touring in the area. If you would like more information on the eclipse itself, go to The eclipse is due at about 6.45am (yes, am) and will be in an area that is subject to frequent cloud cover at that time of year, so there may in fact be nothing to 'see' - apart from the darkness, that is. Because of this, the trip is still in the concept stage, and may not go ahead. Please let me know if you are interested. CHRISTMAS PARTY (OPTIONAL WEEKEND TRIP) 25 November, from midday (optional trip from 24 November, midday) Social (optional part – Easy) Contact Stephen Whittaker, email: Venue: Steiglitz Heritage Area This year, the Christmas Party will be held in the Steiglitz Historic Park. Steiglitz is almost a ghost town today but in the 1860s and 1890s it was a busy goldmining township with hotels, shops, churches and a population of over 1,000. We will meet at the Bert Boardman Recreation Park on the Sunday for a BBQ lunch to celebrate another successful year for the club.

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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT The Optional Part: There are plenty of great easy tracks to explore throughout the adjacent Brisbane Ranges National Park. It’s a beautiful park set in a low range of mountains dissected by rock gullies. Make a weekend out of the Christmas Party! We’ll meet in Bacchus Marsh for lunch on the Saturday, head to the park and drive a range of easy tracks exploring various parts of the Park. We’ll then loop around and setup camp at Boar Gully Camping Area. It’ll no doubt be a slow Sunday morning with a leisurely drive south to the Christmas Party. More details to come so please register your interest with Stephen OXFAM CHRISTMAS TREE DELIVERY 8,9 December Social Contact Peter Bellis, email: Annual community service project involving many 4WD clubs CHRISTMAS NEW YEAR TRIP after Boxing Day Medium/Difficult Location to be confirmed, possibly in Omeo area Contact David Wilson, email: AUSTRALIA DAY WEEKEND TRIP (PROPOSED) 26 – 28 January 2013 This is a long weekend and provides an opportunity for an extended trip. Please contact Martin Foot, email: with proposals from prospective trip leaders. More information next edition. SIMPSON DESERT TRIP 2013 This trip has been on hold since 2011 due to inland road conditions, but hopefully will take place in 2013. Likely timing: May/June Vehicles will need to be suitably prepared and subject to prior inspection and approval Contact: Damian Stock Email:

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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT OTHER TRIPS ● Film Night – Drive-In? ● Kurth Kiln (take 2) ● Narbethong ● Cathedral Ranges ● A Picnic at Hanging Rock ● Wombat State Forest ● Woods Point Goldfields ● Melbourne Laneways We have a list of possible trips in 2013 (see above). All we need is trip leaders to take them on. Please contact me to discuss. Martin Foot Trip and Social Co-ordinator

When you are driving up a hill it is fairly easy to choose the right gear. If the gear you choose is too high then the engine will labour, and at worst stall. If the gear is too low, it will take forever to get to the top. But what about downhill? If the gear you choose is too high then you run the risk of overheating the brakes with catastrophic consequences. If you have recently driven up the slope then the highest gear you should choose is the one you used to get up the hill. If you are not confident then choose a lower gear - even first gear. If you have not driven up the slope and you are still not sure, then there is nothing wrong with turning around and going back the way you came. If it takes too long, well, it is better than too quick.

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TRIP REPORTS LEONGATHA NIGHT NAVIGATION RUN Saturday 22 September 2012 By Michael Dickman The Leongatha Night Navigation run had a bit of a rocky start, and that began a week before the night. On Saturday the 17th, a week before the trip, I called all of the members on the trip intention form to re-confirm their participation. My first phone call was to Stephen, only to find out that, whilst his car was close to the start point, it was going no-where. His Forester was stuck in Wonthaggi, less than 30 kilometres from Leongatha, with a collapsed clutch after visiting some relatives. Alas, so close, yet for far. Checking the original tracks after confirming the line up, I discovered that due to the recent storms, 90% of these were unpassable. Bugger! So on the Saturday, the day of the trip, I went out in “Betsy” (my white ’84 Gen 2 Leone) to locate some better tracks. I found them north-east of Mirboo North, in an area defined by the main road to Boolarra and the Boolarra-Mirboo Nth Rail Trail. This small area yielded a couple of good spots to test drivers, rating most of the course easy, with a couple of medium sections that would be great to have fun on. These also included chicken tracks that also allowed those on the easy by-pass track great views of the progress of those on the medium-difficult section. I will be running a daylight trip through this area at a later date. During the checks, I received a phone call from Michael H. He was in such high demand from clients in the USA that he was unable to attend. Not long after this I decided to check out one more track before heading home to write up some trip instructions. Big mistake! Page: 11

TRIP REPORTS Betsy got completely stuck, with 2 wheels off the ground. And as luck would have it, I’d just gone out of the range of the nearest tower. After walking out to the main track again, I was finally able to contact Peter Mynard for a rescue. Before Peter could get to me, a couple of guys out for a 4WD day trip came by and were able to tow Betsy clear. I then had to wait for Peter (due to the fickle mobile phone reception) to let him know that I was alright. Once I’d caught up with him and Katie, I headed for home, running just a little behind schedule. I finally arrived home to find that Les, Elaine and Jamie had already arrived. Martin turned up not long after. Realising the time, the decision was made to turn the trip into a simple trip rather than a nav run. We soon toddled off to the McCartin Hotel for dinner, where the desert menu was very much a major topic over dinner. Elaine’s chocolate sundae delight provided much entertainment, as did the different flavours of icecream which, as Fabio once proclaimed “I can’t believe it’s not...” Daylight reveals the tracks, and the results of the recent Beaver plague. Les helps out

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TRIP REPORTS 7.30pm, Betsy leading, with Suboo, then the Landcruiser and Martin’s Forester taking up the tailend. We headed through Mirboo North, towards Boolarra. We turned off onto Old Da r l im u r la Rd Track and headed Beavers at work through local bushland, emerging a few kilometres later into the plantation area. We turned left down Slaughteryard Track, and then turned right at Railway Track. This track shadows the former Morwell-Mirboo Nth Railway. Approximately 2kms down Railway Track the track becomes less maintained and several moderate sized mud holes allow for some muddy fun. Emerging back on the Old Dralimula Rd Track we turned right and then immediately left onto (un-named) Track. Following this through the cleared plantations we turned right up Bessy Track, and then right again onto Romey Track. The spoon drains provided quite a bumpy ride. At the intersection of Romey and Ellis Tracks Kerry and I left the others to follow Ellis Track, this being the easy track around, whilst the rest followed Romey Track, which lead to the medium-hard hill climb. On the easy by-pass track, Kerry and I were able to stop and watch as first Jamie, then Les, flew down the dip and then up the hill. Martin then gave it a go, and promptly got un-stuck on the first spoon drain on the climb. It was a hole that made the Page: 13







Trip Standard

Tues 25

General Meeting

Sat 3 - Tues 6


Tues 6

Committee Meeting

Sat 24

Pre Christmas Party Trip

Sun 25

Christmas Party

Tues 27

General Meeting

Tues 4

Committee Meeting

Sat 8, Sun 9

Oxfam Christmas Tree Deliveries

Thur 27 - Mon 31

Christmas/New Year High Country Trip

Sat 26 - Mon 28

Proposed Australia Day Weekend Trip

Tues 29

General Meeting


Vehicle Suitability

Easy Medium

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

Difficult Very Difficult

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

ALENDAR Location

Standard Contact for further info.


Stephen Whittaker (0438 441 916)


Peter Bellis (9801 4762)

Damian Stock’s

Peter Bellis (9801 4762)

Boar Gully Camping Area.

Stephen Whittaker (0438 441 916)

Steiglitz Heritage Area Social

Stephen Whittaker (0438 441 916)


Stephen Whittaker (0438 441 916)


Peter Bellis (9801 4762)

Around Melbourne



Peter Bellis (9801 4762) David Wilson (0429 942 724)


Martin Foot 0434 770 497 Stephen Whittaker (0438 441 916)

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

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


TRIP REPORTS run up very difficult to gain any traction over the drain. After filling the hole with some timber [couldn’t find any, just revved it MF], Martin successfully navigated the ruts and remaining spoon drains to reach the top. We then regrouped and followed Sargent Track and then Blair Track through the heart of the cle a re d p la n t a t io n s, following back towards the Boolarra-Mirboo Nth Road. We finished the night back in Mirboo North at The Hill Climb, in the light of day around 9.30pm, discussing the night before bidding a goodnight to Les, Elaine and Jamie as they for home. Martin followed Kerry and I back to Kooinda, from which Martin then departed for home. Attendees: Michael Dickman and Kerry Bright in “Betsy”, ’84 Gen 2 Leone Wagon Martin Foot in MY ’03 Forester Les Scott and Elaine in “Suboo”, ’87 Gen 2 Brumby (Modified) Jamie Scott in a Landcruiser Page: 16

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TRIP REPORTS The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 25th September 2012 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:10pm. 1. Present Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis, Damian Stock, Dale Rebgetz, Jessica Walsh, Paul Saleeba, Michael Hartshorne, Peter Mynard, Katie Mynard, Jamie Scott, Ruth Marshall, Bob Marshall, Less Scott, Brian Howell, Glenys Howell, Stephen Whittaker, Martin Foot, Rick Koster, David Wilson. 2. Apologies Andrew Jantke, Lisa Jantke, Michael Dickman, Bev Davison, Phil Milkins, Elaine Milkins. 3. Visitors Nigel Lau – Extreme Fuel Treatment, King Ling, Feddie Valdez, Stuart Bush, Malcolm Porter, Cheyne Grey, Anthony Saunders, Janelle Oudshoorn. 4. Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors. 5. Minutes of the Previous General Meeting 5.1 The minutes of the August 2012 General Meeting were accepted (Jessica’s apology was noted) with amendment after being moved by Bob Marshall and seconded by Dale Rebgetz. 5.2 There was no business arising from the minutes.

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CLUB MEETING MINUTES 6. Correspondence

6.1 In 4WD Victoria Need for more regional representatives. Next club president’s meeting. Request for assistance at Leisurefest, and offer for cheap tickets (need to purchase a minimum of 10). Request for assistance with track clearing. Cancellation of the last club president’s meeting. 6.2 Out None 7. Reports 7.1 Resources As per the magazine. Club clothing orders can be ordered “ad hoc” and pick-up without any delivery fee. 7.2 Editor As per the magazine. 7.3 Trip and Social Details elsewhere in the magazine. Goldfield trip If staying Saturday night, please let Martin for accommodation purposes. Total Solar Eclipse As no members have expressed interest, the meeting is cancelled. Christmas Party Need a trip leader to organise the trip. Possible location will be the You Yangs or the Brisbane Ranges. Possibility of a 2-hour navigation run before the lunch.

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CLUB MEETING MINUTES Post Christmas trip Will be in the Omeo area. 7.4 Venue Details elsewhere in the magazine. As per the magazine. The club has set up a “drop box” internet facility for the lodgement of photographs from club trips. Please contact Michael for access to lodge photos. 7.5 Membership No report was submitted. 7.6 Treasurer Current bank account balance is $2,790.35. Major receipts have been the payment of clothing orders. 7.7 Secretary As per the magazine. 7.8 Vice-President Nothing reported. 7.9 President Nothing to report as was away overseas on leave and business. Disappointed that the last club presidents’ meeting was cancelled due to the lack of attendance by other clubs. 8. General Business 8.1 Stephen managed to do his clutch on a recent trip down to Cape Shank. 8.2 Jessica discovered that Grand Prixes are very loud, especially the one in Italy. 9. Guest Speaker Nigel Lau – Extreme Fuel Treatment A very informative talk was given on a fuel treatment that can be used with both petrol and diesel fuel. The treatment affects the fuel by allowing to burn more Page: 20

CLUB MEETING MINUTES efficiently and so, allowing it to generate more power for less octane. A fuel saving of about 25% is achievable. 10. Fines and Fun 10.1 Nametags Michael Hartshorne, Jamie Scott. 10.2 Last to Meeting: David Wilson. 10.3 Trips Night navigation challenge Will be covered at the next meeting. 10.4 Total fines collected - $2.70. 11. Meeting closed at 9:35 and was followed by supper. 12. The lucky door prizes of a LED work lamp was won by Damian and the Extreme Fuel fuel treatment by Jean. 13. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 30th October 2012 commencing at 8pm.

FOR SALE The club makes this space available free of charge to members wishing to buy or sell items. Please note that the Motor Car Trader Regulations 1998-22(4) require that vehicles for sale advertisements must contain: (a) the cash price of the vehicle and; (b) the registration number if registered or the engine/chassis numbers if unregistered. Contact the club editor to advertise in this space.

Mountain Bike plus Tow Bar type 3 bike carrier, safety helmet The lot $120 o.n.o. Contact Bob Marshall, Forester Aluminium Bash Plates: made from 6.0mm construction grade aluminium: $300 for club members, $330 for non-members. Fitting can be arranged. Contact: David Wilson, Page: 21

RESOURCES We have plenty of resources to sell. We may have many, some or none of the following items so if you are interested in any of these then please come along to the club meeting and I will be very happy to sell them to you. Correct change will be much appreciated. $ Hat Oiled Skin size 55


Hat Safari


size 59

Black caps with club logo


Short sleeve blue chambray shirt with logo Size 14


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


New Style Vest


Blue Polo Shirt


Large Sew on Badges


Small Sew on Badges


Shackles 3.2 tonne


Fuel Filter Plastic x 45deg.


Fuel Filter Plastic x 90deg.


Fuel Filter Plastic x Straight


eFlare HZ510 Red with Base


CV Boot Clamps Large & Small


CV Joint Grease


Wheel Nuts [Set of 4]


Thanks, Dale Rebgetz Resources Officer

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COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on Tuesday, 2nd October 2012 at the home of Martin Foot starting at 7:45pm. 1. Present Martin Foot, Bob Marshall, Jessica Walsh, Stephen Whittaker, Damian Stock, Peter Bellis, Dale Rebgetz. 2. Apologies Bev Davison, Michael Hartshorne, Phil Milkins and Andrew Jantke. 3. Quorum A quorum was achieved with 7 committee members present. 4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting 4.1 Minutes of the September 2012 were accepted without amendment. 4.2 Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions 4.2.1 Club Constitution Changes – yet to be lodged with Consumer Affairs Victoria. 4.2.2 Pre-2003 Club Website – will continue to follow up with Mark Tyseen. 4.2.3 Club PO Box The club’s postal address on the front of the magazine needs updating – Michael Hartshorne Advertisers’ list to be given to Bob so that all can be updated of new address – Martin Foot. The club’s address has been updated on the club logo. 4.2.4 Club brochure – needs to be updated. 4.2.5 DropBox – Michael has set it up and is active. 4.2.6 Extra Copies of TrackWatch – yet to be picked up from 4WD Victoria. Damian to contact 4WD Vic. Page: 23


5.1 In 4WD Victoria Air show at Avalon – vehicles for the 4WD test track Leisurefest – volunteers for display stand. Magazines from various 4WD clubs and other associations Volks-Baru – cheque for advertising Advertising material. Membership renewal request Extreme Fuel – letter of appreciation Les Scott – new email address 5.2 Out None Reports 6.1 Resources Club clothing can be ordered “ad hoc” and picked up without delivery charge. Where does the club want to take resources? Arrange discount deals at sponsors? Arrange special purchase deals? Advise members of special discounts on offer? Use email to advise members of such offers. Also, club members are able to advise Dale of deals they see and, in turn, he can inform members. Club port – do we pursue sourcing some more? With current pricing of alcohol, it is not worth pursuing. 6.2 Trip and Social See elsewhere in the magazine for details. Club Christmas Party Need a trip leader to organise the trip/party. Stephen has offered to check out the Brisbane Ranges this coming Saturday for suitability for the party.

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COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES Post Christmas trip Planning is in progress by David. The club needs a few people to step forward to organise/ lead trips. The idea of a guest trip leader was put forward – someone in 4WD Victoria, a former member or an inactive current member. Another suggestion was a joint trip with another 4WD club. Simpson Desert trip – will need a weekend shake-down trip beforehand 6.3 Venue See elsewhere in the magazine for details. Greg Smith – Stephen to contact. Flexi-Tank – Peter to organise for the February meeting. Subaru Glen Waverley – Damian to follow up. Organise for the March meeting. Photographic competition for November: Categories – portrait, Subaru action, funniest, vehicle recovery, club group, landscape, nature. All photographs must have been taken in last 2 years, and not previously entered in the club’s competition. All photographs to be submitted electronically for display at the meeting. Supper – need to have a larger and more diverse supply of biscuits for supper so that there is enough to go around at a meeting. Door prizes – should be limited to members only. Also, need to specify the prizes – particularly making any prize from a presentation being made the first prize.

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COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES 6.4 Membership No report was submitted. Andrew has forwarded an updated membership list. Have received one new membership enquiry. 6.5 Editor No report was submitted. Still sorting out some technical issues with doing the magazine in the 2010 version of MS-Publisher. Domain name renewal is due soon. Will cost $27.95. 6.6 Treasurer Current bank account balance is $2,790.35. Major receipts include club clothing and membership renewal. 6.7 Secretary Nothing to report. Update to the Incorporated Association Act and the new model rules is still in progress. 6.8 Vice-President Nothing to report. 6.9 President Nothing to report. Delegate’s report – as per the magazine. 7. General Business Committee meeting finishing times A time needs to be set to give some certainty and help push along a meeting. However, enough time needs to be allowed for discussion on general business. Reports by committee members need to be more by exception than covering everything. Committee agreed to target a 9:30pm finish with formal reports completed by 9pm. Fundraising/sponsorship Topic has not been revisited since the April meeting. This will be discussed at next month’s meeting. Leisurefest One or members will be able to help on the weekend to man the 4WD Victoria stand. The 4WD Victoria ticket discount offer was not very member friendly since it was only made with one week’s notice, and required at least 10 members to get the discount. 8. Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday 13th November 2012 at 7:30pm at the home of Damian Stock. 9. Meeting closed at 10:11pm.

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FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA TRAINING CALENDAR October 2012 Thursday 25th Proficiency Course (PC121027) Theory - Nth Balwyn Saturday 27th Proficiency Course (PC121027) Practical – Werribee

November 2012 Friday 9th Proficiency Course (PC121111) Theory - Nth Balwyn Sunday 11th Proficiency Course (PC121111) Practical – Werribee Wednesday 14th 4WD Driver Awareness Course (DA121114) - TBA Friday 16th Map Reading and Into to GPS Course (MR121116) – Nth Balwyn Saturday 17th Advanced 4X4 Driver Training Course (AD121117) – Tallarook Sunday 18th Advanced 4X4 Driver Training Course (AD121117) – Tallarook Friday 23rd Ladies 4X4 Course (LC121125) Theory - Nth Balwyn Sunday 25th Ladies 4X4 Course (LC121125) Practical – Werribee Thursday 29th GPS Course (GPS121129) – Nth Balwyn Friday 30th Proficiency Course (PC121202) Theory - Nth Balwyn

December 2012 Sunday 2nd Proficiency Course (PC121202) Practical – Werribee Wednesday 5th Chainsaw Course (CS121208) Theory - Nth Balwyn Friday 7th OziExplorer Course (OZ121207) – Nth Balwyn Saturday 8th Chainsaw Course (CS121208) Practical - Tallarook Sunday 9th Chainsaw Course (CS121208) Practical – Tallarook

FWDV can be contacted on 9857 5209 or e-mail: Contact S4WDCV Secretary Peter Bellis, email: regarding attendance at FWDV courses as a club discount may apply.

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FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA NEWS Seasonal Road Closure Openings in Forests and Parks The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and Parks Victoria are preparing to open Seasonal Road Closures for Cup Weekend, starting 3rd of November 2012. And look forward to welcoming visitors back to those areas of the States forests and parks which are closed to vehicles over the wetter months. This winter and spring has brought significant rainfall in most parts of Victoria, and a series of extreme wind storm events which have caused greater than average tree fall, particularly in areas of the North East and Gippsland. The agencies have been working together to reopen and make safe as many tracks as possible, with a focus on tracks which provide strategic fire access and popular 4WD routes. This has been achieved through use of heavy machinery, hand crews and volunteers from Four Wheel Drive Victoria. While the vast majority of tracks currently under closure will open for Cup Weekend, there are some that will remain temporarily closed due to tree fall, land slips or severe track surface damage. DSE and Parks Victoria will continue to work on clearing debris and repairing damage on those particular tracks to have them open as soon as conditions and resources allow. There are also a number of tracks in the Great Otway National Park that will remain closed beyond Cup Weekend due to track damage and wet conditions. The conditions are such that they are likely to cause significant safety issues for drivers and additional damage to track surfaces. Parks Victoria have been working closely with local 4WD clubs in the area to identify the tracks that are proposed to remain closed for an extended period. DSE and Parks Victoria are urging drivers to respect temporary closures that may remain in place beyond the opening weekend due to storm, flood or other impacts. Visitors are encouraged to use the information sources referred to below to obtain the most up to date information on access into forest and park areas before they travel. For more information about road closures and changes of conditions go to or publicaccessmap Page: 28