Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria - September 2013 magazine online version

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September 2013

Movie & Dinner Night

(ISSUE 396) Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. Reg. No. A – 0006149J FWDV Member PO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley VIC. 3149

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INTRODUCTION TO THE SUBARU 4WD CLUB The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. was originally formed over 30 years ago by an enthusiastic group of Subaru owners. Today the club has expanded to include all Subaru 4WD and AWD vehicles, as well as all other makes of AWD, light 4WD and crossover/soft-roader type vehicles. The club aims to participate in exploration of the Australian countryside without damage to the environment, vehicle or individual. Visitors are most welcome to attend the club’s General Meetings and contact committee members regarding participation in club activities. The club relies on membership fees to offset its running costs, including insurance. Membership fees are payable each year, due on 31 May. Fees for the 2013/14 year were agreed at the general meeting in April 2013 and are as follows: ● Interstate: $105 (Seniors card - $100) ● Single: $115 (Seniors card - $105) ● Joint/family: $135 - (Seniors card - $120). Joining Fee $10 ($20 for Joint/Family) (All annual fees include FWDV affiliation and trip insurance: $45) A trip fee of $15 per adult non-member applies (for insurance purposes) Please contact the membership officer for further information regarding membership, including pro-rata and monthly rates.


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

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

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

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT Welcome to the September magazine and my first report for the new club year. Yes, for better or worse, I am back for another year as club president. While I was happy to stand again I am none the less quite honoured to again be involved in managing the club. I know that many of you have strong connections with the club, as do I, so I am sure that you will be looking forward to the club moving along strongly in the next twelve months. Of course, it is not just up to me to manage the club and I am very pleased that most of the existing committee have stayed on for another year, all in their existing roles. This will certainly be appreciated as I have just started a new job, in a management position, for a Sydney based company. As a result my time during the week in Melbourne will be limited. Together with my association commitments, and time at the farm, this looks like is going to be a busy year so it is great that the committee has stayed I am also pleased to welcome Doug Greenall onto the committee and will be looking to his input, especially when it comes to bike rides during the summer. I must admit that I have missed our bike rides in recent times so it will be great to leverage Doug’s knowledge in this area. I would also like to thank Bev for her participation on the committee over the last year. I hope that she will now have more time to enjoy her retirement instead of having to attend another club meeting each month. I am sure that Bev will still be actively involved in the club, especially after having traded in her old Forester on a nice, new, shiny white one. This should do a great job of towing her A-van around as she heads off to see more of the country. I am envious, especially given that I will not be due for holidays for another twelve months, but I am sure that Bev deserves to enjoy her new toy. Bev’s purchase has again got me seriously thinking about buying a new one myself, especially given some of the features in the latest model and the fact that my Forester has served me well over the last seven years. Given that I normally keep my work vehicles for around three years the Forester has well and truly passed that mark. Of course, given how much work I did on preparing it for the Simpson Desert crossing, and how well it performed, it will be hard to let it go. I may just have to keep it just for club trips but it might have to live down at the farm for much of the time. Since the AGM there have been some interesting happenings in the club and association world. Shortly after the club AGM I was made aware that Carol Page: 4

PRESIDENT’S REPORT Reed had decided to resign from her position as association board president. As a result, I have assumed the president’s role, in an acting capacity, until the next association AGM in November. This has already resulted in more board meetings for me to attend and more club and association meetings for me to attend over the next two months, before I can hand over the reins to the incoming president. After the drama of the president’s resignation it was great to get out and enjoy the navigation run organised by Stephen and Jason Whittaker, around the Romsey area, on the first Sunday of the month. It was also great to catch up with Greg and Ann Whittaker, their parents, at the lunch spot in Romsey. Greg and Ann were members of the club many years ago, when the boys were much younger, and it was great to see them reminiscing with some of the older club members, over lunch, about those times. At the first committee meeting of the new club year the committee made a decision to have a planning day on the first Saturday in October, instead of the regular evening meeting, At this meeting we intend to plan out the year’s activities of each committee position so that we can develop an overall calendar of events. This will result in better advance notice of clubs social events, trips and other activities hopefully resulting in greater patronage. Last Saturday, as acting association president, I presided over the president’s day meeting which was again well attended by over twenty club presidents, or their representatives. The highlight of the day was a couple of presentations from Parks Victoria rangers, organised by the association’s events manager, Wayne Hevey. The rangers, together with their managers, again reinforced the strong relationship the association has with Parks Victoria and, as acting president, I am looking forward to the continued development of this relationship, hopefully resulting in greater access to the state’s national parks for all association club members. Coming up at the September meeting we will have a presentation on trip leading which is very timely after some recent happenings out in the bush involving some of our club members. Come along to hear how you can get involved in running a club trip to your favourite area. Anyway, that’s enough from me for this month. Take care of yourself out there and I will hopefully see you at the September meeting. Damian

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VENUE REPORT SEPTEMBER GENERAL MEETING Date: Tuesday 24 September at 8pm Venue: South Camberwell Tennis Club Presentation: The club is in preparation mode for another big year – 2014. We need your feedback, thoughts, ideas, plans and suggestions as to the trips, activities and adventures in which you’d like to be involved! Come along to help us make 2014 a great year filled with plenty of good times for the club. Door Prize: This month, our door prize for members will be a Battery Isolator – come along to be in the draw! Stephen Whittaker Venue Coordinator

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 October 17th 2013. Send all copy to Michael

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JESSICA’S JOTTINGS Have you read the 4WD Victoria's code of ethics recently? They are available on the 4WDVic website (click on "Inside 4WDV") and have also been reprinted below. It promotes responsible driving in the bush with due consideration for cultural, heritage and environmental values. Every time we head out, be it on a club trip or privately, we are representing the club, and the wider 4WD community and need to act accordingly. Please take the time to read them and understand them. If you have any questions, or are not sure if what you are planning to do falls within the code of ethics, then ask a member of the committee for clarification. Happy travels. Jessica Walsh

4WD Victoria Code of Ethics 1. Obey the laws and regulations for Recreational Vehicles that apply to public lands. 2. Respect the cultural, heritage and environmental values of public/private land, by obeying restrictions that may apply. 3. Respect our flora and fauna. Stop and look, but never disturb. 4. Keep to formed vehicle tracks. 5. Keep the environment clean. Carry your own, and any other, rubbish out. 6. Keep your vehicle mechanically sound and clean to reduce the environment impact. 7. Adopt minimal impact camping and driving practices. 8. Seek permission before driving on private land. Do not disturb livestock or watering points, leave gates as found. 9. Take adequate water, food, fuel, basic spares and a first aid kit on trips. In remote areas travel with another vehicle and have Royal Flying Doctor Service, or equivalent, radio contact. 10. Enjoy your recreation and respect the rights of others. 11. Plan ahead and lodge trip details with a responsible person. 12. Support four-wheel drive touring as a responsible and legitimate family recreational activity. This code supports the national recreational vehicle policy and is valuable only if you observe it. Page: 7

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT OTWAYS TRIP Needs to be delayed due to track closures. Trip Leader: Michael Hartshorne, email: 4WD-ing and Otway Fly (Sunday) MALDON AND MT TARRENGOWER HILLCLIMB REVISITED Saturday 19 and/or Sunday 20 October Trip Rating: Social Trip Leaders: Martin Foot and Dorothy Greiveson, email: Cost: $10 for entry to the Hill Climb Relaxing weekend based at the Foot/Greiveson property in Maldon. Meet for lunch on Saturday, followed by an afternoon drive in the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park (unsealed roads but a 2WD with normal clearance will be fine), then a pub meal, with an option to stay overnight and visit Mt Tarrengower Hill Climb on Sunday. (Note: the best viewing positions require a moderate level of fitness due to the slope and broken ground). Plenty to do in Maldon if the Hill Climb doesn’t appeal, including local galleries and collectibles shops, the Maldon and Baringhup 150 th Annual Show and the Sheep Dog trials in Castlemaine. Limited accommodation in the cottage and studio, room for a couple of caravans or camper trailers, plus tents and swags. HIGH COUNTRY – AROUND BRIGHT & POREPUNKAH Saturday 2 – Tuesday 5 November (Melbourne Cup Long Weekend) Trip Rating: Medium – Difficult Trip Leader: Stephen Whittaker, email: The Victorian High Country is a large and very special area of Victoria. This trip will explore the areas immediately north, south and east of Bright and Porepunkah. Get ready for breathtaking views and scenic hill climbs… with the occasional river crossing. Based at a standing camp (the Turner’s property) in Bright, we’ll enjoy day trips out, navigating some challenging tracks just after they’ve reopened for the summer. The Turners have made available all their facilities for the whole weekend – showers, toilets, bbq, pizza oven, fire place, etc. Camper trailers will be Page: 8

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT welcome. This is a very generous arrangement and one of which we are very appreciative. At this stage, the plans are: OPTIONAL: Friday 1st November: Arrive from afternoon or late evening. OPTIONAL: Saturday 2nd November: Approx. 9am – 3pm – 4WD to Blue Rag Range via back tracks (not the black top!). Otherwise, arrivals throughout the day. If we are back early, then a visit to the Trout Farm to catch our dinner may be in order. Sunday 3rd November: 4WDing and touring south of Bright through the Buckland Valley. Monday 4th November: 4WDing and touring north of Bright through Tawonga Gap and to Mt Porepunkah. Tuesday 5th November: Optional ‘very difficult’ drive, or/then pack up and head home. CHRISTMAS PARTY Sunday 24 November Trip Rating: Social Venue: Looking at Pound Bend, near Warrandyte Trip leader: Still looking for a volunteer or three Further details TBA. OXFAM CHRISTMAS TREE DELIVERIES Saturday 7 (eastern and southern suburbs) and Sunday 8 December (northern and western suburbs) - TBC Trip Rating: Social Trip Leader: Peter Bellis, email: Further details TBA. CHRISTMAS HIGH COUNTRY TRIP Tentatively Friday 27 to Tuesday 31 December Trip Rating: Medium - TBC Further details TBA.

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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT OTHER TRIPS Narbethong Cathedral Ranges Woods Point Goldfields

A Picnic at Hanging Rock Melbourne Laneways

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

TRIP REPORTS Movie & Dinner Night It was a wet Saturday evening when members of the Subaru Car Club gathered at the Pinewood Cinema for the 6pm session of Cloudburst. After a cursory glance at the movie r e v i e ws , it appeared to be the best on offer at the time. Unlike Jessica, I had not read the detailed review and we were all in for an entertaining, yet at times quite confronting Canadian movie. A story about two aged lesbians on the run from a nursing home and a young male dancer, this road movie with a difference provided plenty of food for later discussion around the dinner table. The Siam Village, around the corner from the cinema, was the venue for our post movie dinner. The quality of food and service was a little disappointing. This was particularly the case for Jan who had pre ordered her dinner only to Page: 10

TRIP REPORTS have it forgotten. Despite this, the quiet upstairs room provided a very pleasant environment for a great social occasion. The recent Simpson trip was fresh in people’s minds and the evening was a great opportunity for debriefing as well as sharing perspectives on the quirky movie I had so carefully chosen! An enjoyable way to spend a wet winter’s evening in convivial company! Participants: Phil & Elaine Milkins Peter & Jean Bellis Ruth & Bob Marshall Brain & Glenys Howell Jessica Walsh Bev Davison Jan & Dale Rebgetz Paula & Charles Tam (for dinner) Michael Hartshorne (forgot to come!!) Dot Greiveson (trip leader) & Martin Foot

Simpson Desert Trip Continued. Monday, July 22 - Somewhere on the QAA Line to Lindsay Junction An easy, uneventful, day. Slow travelling – around 20 km/h average. Lunch at Poeppel Corner with the obligatory group photo at the corner marker. Poeppel Corner marks the intersection of Queensland, NT, and SA. It is a popular camping spot but I would not like to camp there; there is used toilet paper just about everywhere in the area – many peoples toilet habits in these remote areas leave a lot to be desired. We make camp about 10km past Lindsay Junction. Page: 11

TRIP REPORTS Tuesday, July 23 – Lindsay Junction to WAA Line A clear night, and frost this morning. Our plan had been to visit the Approdinna Attora Knolls, but yesterday afternoon we went right past the turn off (Lindsay Junction) and didn't realise we had missed it until later. It was only about 10km back so this morning we back tracked and turned south on Knolls Track. The Approdinna Attora Knolls are only a few km south; well worth the visit. From there we proceeded south to the WAA line and turned west. It was ALMOST an uneventful day, but as we were looking for a camp site Les comes over the radio and says “I've done a torsion bar.” We found a camp site 200m further on. Les's Brumby was sitting very low at the left rear because the torsion spring for that corner had broken. An unexpected failure, but probably not helped by the extra (unplanned) load he was carrying - after taking some of Bev and Martin's stuff. What to do? The Brumby has been unloaded – everything being crammed into Jamie's cruiser, and Bev and Martin's stuff that Jamie was carrying will be shared among the other vehicles. Damian has sacrificed a bock of wood he was using to hold his drawers closed; it has been split and cut down to size, rubber matting added either side, and taped onto the control arm under the bump stop, so now the Brumby is sitting level. With no load, and that tyre deflated to be very soft level, a test drive shows promise. So tomorrow morning we depart as normal and see how it travels. Our earlier plan was to get to Purni Bore tomorrow night, but even without this problem that target was probably too far given our progress today – averaging about 20 km/h. Wednesday July 24 – WAA Line to Purni Bore Another cold zero degree morning, with the full moon shining brightly just above the western horizon until shortly after sunrise. Page: 12

TRIP REPORTS We were a little slower departing this morning because of more re-arranging of goods and people. Damian has cleared his passenger seat so Martin can ride with him – since Jamie's spare seat is now full of Les's stuff. But, we were still away by nine. It was not far from camp to the Rig Road where we were able to travel much faster. Les was able to travel at a quite respectable in the Brumby and we all rolled in Purni Bore together at around three – an unusually early stop for us. The timber/ rubber wedge under the bump stop is holding up reasonably well, but with lots of corrugations expected tomorrow, Les has added another layer of rubber to help soften the shock. The hot artesian water at Purni Bore has been tapped to provide a nice hot shower for weary travellers. A small volume of water still runs into the lake here, and while it waters much wildlife, the dominant watering animals appear to be camels and donkeys – based on the heavily trampled ground around the lake. Thursday July 25 – Purni Bore to Mount Dare Another zero degree morning. Les and Jamie departed at 5:30 am, planning for breakfast and a swim at Dalhousie Springs. For the rest of us it was a late departure – about 9:30. By that time Les and Jamie had already left Dalhousie Springs – including having a swim. The rest of us arrived around midday and partook of a very relaxing swim in the spring – in about 35 degree water, followed by lunch. Next stop was Mount Dare, and we were there around 3:30. Les and Jamie were in there in the workshop rebuilding the bump stop wedge. The mechanic advised that they would be best to continue in their present manner, but avoiding unnecessary travel; the job would be bigger than he would like to tackle, and procuring the replacement part could take up to a week. Mr Grumpy in the pub is not a good PR person. From getting upset with some of us walking past the pub without first checking in, or Jan sitting at the Page: 13

TRIP REPORTS unsigned staff dining table (to read - in an otherwise deserted restaurant) an hour before it was needed for the staff, and being told to move, to refusing to sell Damian petrol at 5:50pm when the petrol hours were clearly labelled as eight till six, he managed to upset four of our party of ten. Not a bad effort. Fortunately tea at the pub pleased all. Birdsville to Mount Dare: Fuel consumption for my turbo Forester: 84 litres, distance: 579 km. Friday July 26 - Mount Dare to Old Andado Martin partook of a very impressive breakfast at the pub, while the rest of us managed with our normal camp b r e a k f a s t . Once everyone was fuelled and ready, we had the obligatory car line-up in front of the Mount Dare Hotel – including Les and J am ie's v eh ic les , making six in total. Les and Jamie are having a lay day at Mount Dare before a slow drive out to Kulgera tomorrow, then down the highway. We were finally moving by 9:30. First stop: Charlotte Waters, or the remains thereof – an old telegraph station. Then up to Finke where the annual Finke Desert Rally starts. We drove down the first few hundred metres of that track (that was enough – it was really rough) before popping up onto the old Ghan line and following it to the Finke River where we had lunch in the shade of the gum trees. Then back through Finke and west to Lambert's Centre – the geographic centre of mainland Australia. Peter is still having shoulder problems, so here we said goodbye to Peter and Jean as they were heading west to Kulgera, then south to Coober Pedy to seek medical attention. They had hoped to make it all the way but only got as far as Mala. The remaining three vehicles (what a high attrition rate – from eight to three) turned back to Finke and continued on to Old Andado where we have camped. What an amazing place! I will leave it interested readers to look up the recent history of this place. Page: 14

TRIP REPORTS Saturday July 27 - Old Andado to Oodnadatta via Bins Track A mild night, hot showers in the morning, a visit to Molly Clark's grave site (no headstone yet), a run up to the top of the nearby sand dune (for Stephen and Damian), and we were off by 9:30. The road from Andado to Mount Dare, while suffering from the recent rains, was otherwise quite good and we made good time. Mount Dare was our refuelling point before continuing south. There we learnt that Les and Jamie had departed around nine, heading for Kulgera via Finke, planning to drop into Lambert's Centre on the way past (but leaving the Brumby on the main road for the trip into Lambert's Centre). A good route from there would have been via Dalhousie Springs for another swim, but the road to there is terrible, as is the road south from there. So we decided to take the main highway (as the barman called it) which goes via Bloods Creek, Eringa, then Hamilton. That road to Hamilton, while not great, was much better than what we experienced between Mount Dare and Dalhousie Springs. Lunch was at a very pleasant spot on the banks of Lindsay Creek, right beside the ruins at Eringa. Hamilton now has a very new, very large camping ground; we tried out the nice clean but airy long drops. The road south from Hamilton was such a contrast; most of it was some of the best dirt road I have ever driven on. We have found a pleasant camp site on a creek just outside of Oodnadatta; a nice fire, spuds cooked in the coals. Aaahhh, beautiful. Tomorrow morning we are planning on packing up early, then heading into Oodnadatta for breakfast and a good coffee. Peter and Jean have made it to Coober Pedy, booked in at a caravan for two nights. Peter has been given some pain killers, and they are hoping to be able to rejoin us tomorrow. Page: 15

TRIP REPORTS Sunday Jul 28 An early start, then breakfast at the Pink Roadhouse, followed by a look around the place including the Ghan railway museum. I was surprised to see (but perhaps I shouldn't be) that Oodnadatta has an outdoor cinema; the Cameo in Belgrave (Melbourne) is the only other one I know of. Next stop – the Painted Desert. When we turned off the main highway to Coober Pedy, the sign post said “Painted Desert 45”. Somewhere around the 35 km mark we got to Mt Arckaringa which is truly spectacular; we could have explored there for ages but the Painted Desert beckoned. At around the 41 km mark we arrived at Arckaringa homestead, which is where the junction is that would take us back to the main highway – but absolutely no signposting for the painted desert!? So we headed back down the planned road (towards Mount Barry homestead), stopping at a very pleasant, shady creek for a late morning tea. Later when looking at other literature I realised that the Mt Arckaringa area IS the Painted Desert area. My fuel consumption from Oodnadatta had been much higher than anticipated due to significant head winds, the result being that about 40 km from Coober Pedy I ran out of fuel, necessitating access to the 20l can I had on the roof rack. About 4 km later Damian had the same experience, but he didn't have extra fuel, instead he borrowed 20l from Stephen. Stephen made it in with about 50 km range still remaining. These turbos sure can suck the juice. Peter and Jean met us at the caravan park; Jan and I have taken a room, Bev and Stephen are sharing a room, and Damian and Martin are tenting it. Peter's shoulder is not great, but he is intent on proceeding with us from here. While dining this evening we finally made contact with Les and Jamie – they called from a public phone at Kulgera (no mobile coverage there). Apparently they were delayed in their trip from Lambert's Centre to Kulgera while they made more running repairs, the details of which I do not yet know, and camped overnight somewhere along the road. Although a long drive, they are planning on driving to Coober Pedy tomorrow – feasible because being on the smooth black top Les will be able to travel much faster in the Brumby. Since we have all decided to have a rest day here tomorrow, we will hopefully be able to (at least temporarily) all come together again (well, all except Jessica who is back at work today). Monday, Jul 29—Coober Pedy—Rest Day A very quiet morning. Jan slept most of the morning, Martin has ditched the Page: 16

TRIP REPORTS tent and taken a bunk with Bev and Stephen (for a variety of reasons). Others went shopping or sight-seeing in town, or otherwise relaxed. Les (in the Brumby) and Jamie arrived around 2 pm, having dropped in at the Breakaways on the way through. They too have taken a cabin for the night. Late this afternoon Peter and Jean, Damian and Martin, and Jan and I went out to the Breakaways. They are indeed quite spectacular, and certainly at their best early morning or late afternoon with side illumination by the sun. But are they better than the Painted Desert? Jan thinks not. We all went out to dinner this evening to an underground restaurant, ten of us; it was great having everyone back together again. (Only Jessica was missing, but her early departure was pre-planned as she only had two weeks holiday while the rest of us have three.) A most enjoyable evening, and more so because the restaurant provided a minibus to pick us up and deliver us back to the caravan park, allowing us to imbibe more that we would otherwise be able to. Tuesday, Jul 30—Coober Pedy to Muloorina (Marree) 9 am departure. We bid Les farewell for a few days. He is sticking to the black top and dropping in to Woomera on the way south. He has never been there but has been to most places on our route for the next few days. Morning tea was at William Creek, then a longer stopover at Strangways. I have been past here a couple of times before but have never been aware of this place. We need to come back and explore this old collection of buildings and natural springs when more time is available. Lunch was at Coward Springs. This location has a privately owned and run camp ground which is exceptionally well maintained. Anyone who begrudges the $2 to enter the camp ground as a day visitor and use the facilities, well they don't deserve good facilities. A little further on we visited the “The Bubbles” and “Blanche Cup” springs, natural springs fed from the artesian basin. Both have new board walks which were not there when I last visited 18 months ago. Page: 17



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TRIP REPORTS Curdimurka railway siding was worth the stop, but with a fair distance still to travel today we could not stay long. A little further on we had too short a stop at both the Lake Eyre South lookout and at Plane Henge, before refuelling at Marree. Another 50 km drive north in fading light saw us arrive at Muloorina, a good camp site beside a small lake or billabong, and our camp site for tonight. Tomorrow we head further north to the southern end of Lake Eyre North before retracing our steps to Marree. Wednesday, July 31 Muloorina to Flinders Ranges via Lake Eyre North. Corrugations, and more corrugations, on the road to Lake Eyre North. Once there the view was great and we walked some distance onto the lake, noting the interesting changing surface conditions. How I wish people would not drive on or ride their motor bikes on the lake surface; it spoils the otherwise relatively pristine environment. From there we turned around and headed back over the corrugations to Marree, stopping to view the neck which joins Lake Eyre North and Lake Eyre South. Morning tea was in Marree. The stop was longer than intended, however I am coming to realise we should be stopping for a good look around these towns rather than driving straight through. One of the Kruse mail trucks is on display at the old railway siding, but e ve n m or e interesting is the Marree Hotel (no longer on the main Page: 20

TRIP REPORTS road). It is very ordinary on the outside, not worth a second look, but inside it is very inviting with lots of character. There is also an extensive display of Tom Kruse the mail-man memorabilia inside. On the way into Marree (from the north) the first obvious building is the Lake Eyre Yacht Club. It is usually closed but there had been a recent regatta at Lake Hope and was open today (and tomorrow). After that the hosts (from Belgrave Heights, near where we live) head back home. They come up three times a year. Further down the road we stopped at Farina for lunch, an old township and significant railway siding which was all but forgotten. However, recently some dedicated volunteers and enthusiasts have begun preserving what is left and have providing documentation and significant facts display boards for tourists stopping by. The township occupied a significant area and the nearly two hours we spent there is nowhere enough time to take in everything there. The current main road goes around the township but the numerous ruins are easily visible from the road; do go in and enjoy. Stephen temporarily dropped out of convoy to visit some family friends who were camped at Copley—on their way north. They contacted him as we approached Copley—they had been following up via our Spot tracking device. The Leigh Creek mining area is visually significantly different since we were last here 18 months ago. We refuelled in Leigh Creek, the town, where I saw a notice explaining the recent closure of the mine viewing area—because of significant and regular abuse of the viewing restrictions (visitors climbing over fences, climbing on top of large exhibits). The actions of an irresponsible few spoil it for everyone. From there is was quick trip down the highway then into the Flinders Ranges, setting up camp at Teamster camp site in Brachina George just before dark. A nice site but not great for camping. Les made it to Woomera yesterday, as planned. There he investigated an Page: 21

TRIP REPORTS increasing noise in the Brumby which turned out to be a rear differential bearing, he “fixed” the problem for now by removing the rear drive shafts and leaving it in two wheel drive. He is planning on making it to Burra tonight. Thursday, Aug 01— Flinders Ranges to Burra This morning we followed the Geological Trail across the Flinders Ranges, then down to Wilpena Pound. Jan has never been to Wilpena Pound and she wanted to sus out the place with a view to coming back here at a later date. We had planned to come here over 25 years ago, but Jan found herself unexpectedly in hospital and we never did get there. The Flinders Ranges in general, however, is a magnificent place with so much to see and explore; Jan is already planning an extended trip there. We passed through a number of smaller and larger towns on our way to Burra, not stopping anywhere long enough to explore the localities. We are camped in the Burra show grounds tonight, lots of green grass and lots of room to pitch our tents. Les did not make it to Burra last night, but did arrive around three today. He is staying at a pub and Jamie is joining him tonight. All ten of us got together for tea, for a last supper. Tomorrow we split, with Peter and Jean, and Jan and I heading down to Hahndorf before travelling back to Melbourne, to arrive home Saturday afternoon. Page: 22

TRIP REPORTS Damian and Martin, and Stephen and Bev are planning to travel back via Berri, Mildura, again for a planned home arrival of Saturday, but that may change. Les and Jamie will be travelling home via various places in this area of the world, including places whose names I have not heard before so cannot remember them to repeat here. Friday, Aug 02 - Burra to Horsham 8:30 a.m. saw four Foresters depart the Burra show grounds, two heading east, and two heading south (including Jan and I). Les and Jamie were still at the Hotel when we went past. It was nearly eleven when we arrived at Hahndorf; Peter wanted a leather cover made for his shovel, and forty minutes later the leathersmith had completed the task, and a very good job it was too. The leathersmith did well out of us today, with four belts and two hats purchased as well. We had a quick look through some of the other shops, had some lunch, and two hours after arriving we were on our way again. It was just after dark when we arrived at Horsham and took hotel rooms, followed by a very enjoyable tea at the nearby pub. The east-bound party (Damian and Martin, and Stephen and Bev) were heading to Martin's place at Maldon for tonight's stop over. They were still on the road when we arrived at Horsham.

Saturday, Aug 03 - Horsham to Home (We're home, it's all over) We chose the Comfort Inn Capital Horsham because they had been very helpful to Peter and Jean on a previous occasion when most places were booked out. We took the $20 option for breakfast at the on-site Capital Bistro, that's $10 each. It was money well spent, the best value meal we have had in a long time, a great environment, and great service. If we need a motel in Horsham in the future, this one will be at the top of our list. A short day today, so a sleep in and a long breakfast meant we didn't leave Horsham until nearly 10. Then lunch at Beaufort where we said our farewells, and we were home by 2:30. It's raining, it's cold, it's Melbourne. Now comes the unpacking and cleaning, and the planning for the next holiday. Dale Rebgetz

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CLUB MEETING MINUTES The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 27th August at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:10pm. 1. Present Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis, Andrew Jantke, Lisa Jantke, Paul Saleeba, Stephen Whittaker, Jamie Scott, Les Scott, Phil Milkens, Elaine Milkins, Brian Howell, Bev Davison, Bob Marshall, Ruth Marshall, Jessica Walsh, Jan Aylott, Doug Greenall, Martin Foot, Dale Rebgetz, Cynthia Rennolds, Rick Koster, David Wilson, Damian Stock. 2. Apologies Michael Hartshorne, Peter Mynard, Katie Mynard, Elaine Hyde, Glenys Howell, Mark Tyssen, Michelle Greenall. 3. Visitors Chris Doyle, Graham Gill, Gary Impson, Jed Mangion. 4. Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors. 5. Minutes of the Previous General Meeting 5.1 The minutes of the July 2013 General Meeting were accepted with the amendment that the President did submit a report, after being moved by Paul Saleeba and seconded by Jessica Walsh. 5.2 There was no business arising from the minutes. 6. Correspondence 6.1 In ● Magazines from various 4WD clubs ● 4WD Victoria – co-sponsored membership cards ● Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party – federal election promotion. ● Bendigo Starlight Drive-in ● Subaru Docklands – invitation to participate in driver education at Werribee. 6.2 Out ● None 7. Reports 7.1 Resources ● Have a number of clothing items of various sizes available for sale. Page: 24

CLUB MEETING MINUTES ● Club sand flag – price is $10 – members who want to purchase one please contact Dale. 7.2 Editor ● Many thanks for those who assisted with the distribution of the July magazine. 7.3 Trip and Social ● Details are elsewhere in the magazine. ● Still seeking more trips and trip leaders. 7.4 Venue ● Details are elsewhere in the magazine. ● Still seeking guest speakers for the next few months. 7.5 Membership. ● Nothing to report due to major computer failure issues. 7.6 Treasurer ● Current bank account balance is $4,344.96. 7.7 Secretary ● Nothing to report. 7.8 Vice-President ● 4WD Victoria are seeking club members to assist on various subcommittees of 4WD Victoria. ● Regional representatives’ meeting will next be held in Bright. ● Refer to the back page of the club’s magazine for more information on what is happening in 4WD Victoria. 7.9 President ● Subaru Docklands The club continues to develop its relationship with Subaru Docklands. ● Buchan shelter The owners of the property have given the club 12 months notice to remove the shelter for various reasons. Will seek another location in the high country to place it. Alternatively, it can be installed down at Woodside. 8. General Business 8.1 “4WD Treks near Melbourne” book latest edition is available for sale. 8.2 Paul had a good deal from Burson for longer springs and struts for his Subaru. 8.3 Damian’s rear left drive axle popped out from the differential after doing the Simpson Desert. Cannot determine why. 8.4 Damian had the radiator hoses replaced before the trip but the old clips were used. After returning from the Simpson Desert, one of the Page: 25

CLUB MEETING MINUTES clips failed and when the others were re-tightened, they all failed. 8.5 Club magnetic stickers for vehicles – approximately A4 size. Cost is about $35. Anyone interested, please speak to Doug or Dale. 8.6 Doug, together with Stephen, is putting together some Subaru 4WD promotional videos. 9. Fines and Fun 9.1 Nametags ● Rick Koster, Les Scott. 9.2 Last to Meeting ● David Wilson 9.3 Trips 9.3.1 Snow Trip ● Rick Koster – broken drive shaft. 9.3.2 Movie Night ● Dot Greiveson – not pre-tripping the film. 9.3.3 Simpson Desert ● Damian Stock – forgot his bedding – had to sleep in the Forester on the first night without being able to recline the seat. ● Martin Foot – wet bedding on the first night (it rained). ● Bev Davison – wet bedding on the first night (ditto). ● Jamie Scott – wet bedding on the first night (ditto). ● Jessica Walsh – for needing a replacement windscreen after a bird strike (some galah). ● Jessica Walsh – for being geographically embarrassed on the way to Meenindee. ● Damian Stock – for not knowing the difference between positive and negative on terminals on his fridge. ● Les Scott – for locking the keys in the car at Tibooburra. ● Peter Bellis – for a broken headlight. ● Damian Stock – for a flat tyre just out of Innamincka (one inch cut in the side wall). ● Dale Rebgetz and Damian Stock – for losing bags in the sudden gust of wind at Haddon Corner. ● Martin Foot – blown engine going up Big Red just out of Birdsville. ● Damian Stock – for getting Jessica and Stephen to wash and dry his clothes at Birdsville. ● Jessica Walsh – for having to leave the group and heading down the Birdsville Track. ... to be continued. Page: 26

CLUB MEETING MINUTES 9.4 Total fines collected - $12.25. 10. Meeting closed at 9:25pm and was followed by the Annual General Meeting. 11. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 24th September 2013 commencing at 8pm.

COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on Tuesday, 3rd September 2013 at the home of Peter Bellis starting at 7:43pm. 1. Present Peter Bellis, Michael Hartshorne, Phil Milkins, Stephen Whittaker, Jessica Walsh, Dale Rebgetz, Doug Greenall, Bob Marshall, Martin Foot, Damian Stock, Andrew Jantke. 2. A special welcome was given to Doug for being at his first committee meeting. 3. Quorum A quorum was achieved with 11 committee members present. 4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting 4.1 Minutes of the July 2013 committee meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Bob and seconded by Stephen. 4.2 Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions ● Pre-2003 Club Website – Martin has been able to contact Mark Tyseen and will follow again. ● Club brochure – has been worked on. Will be discussed in general business. Stephen is yet to tackle the updates. ● Club website Dale, Stephen and Martin – update of website engine is still a Page: 27

COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES work-in-progress. Club’s new constitution and by-laws need to be uploaded and easily accessible. ● Membership survey Awaiting feedback from Damian. 5. Correspondence 5.1 In ● Peter Siperki – membership application. ● State Library of Victoria – notice for July 2013 edition. Martin will follow up. ● Four Wheel Drive Victoria – delegates’ brief sheet. 5.2 Out ● Letter to 4WD Victoria regarding co-branded membership cards. 6. Reports 6.1 Resources ● Nothing to report. ● Emailing members of store specials – is it worthwhile? The feedback was it is worthwhile. ● Emailing to members – an email list of all members can be put in the “admin” area of the website that committee members would be able to access and use. Michael will investigate setting up two emails lists – one “official” and the other one “advertising”. ● 6.2 Trip and Social ● Details are published elsewhere in the magazine. ● Still seeking more trip leaders. Do we need to have some kind of trip leader training course? A guide for trip leaders is available off the 4WD Victoria website. Maybe a presentation/short training session needs to be held at a monthly meeting. A new trip leader should be mentored by an experienced trip leader. ● Management Vehicle Only tracks – will try to arrange for a trip a year where the club accesses a MVO track and do some work for Parks Victoria / DSE, and also allows for training opportunities. 6.3 Venue ● Details are published elsewhere in the magazine. ● Have a number of guest speakers on the back-burner that could be utilised. ● Stephen now has a key to the tennis club building. Page: 28

COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES 6.4 Membership ●The membership application form is being updated on the club website due to the change of postal address. It will be in both PDF and MS-Word format. 6.5 Editor ● Nothing to report. 6.6 Treasurer ● Current bank account balance is $4,593.21. ● Major income items include 2 membership renewal and the sale of oil additive. ● Major expenditure includes the AGM supper. 6.7 Secretary ● Have to complete and lodge the annual registration of the club. 6.8 Vice-President ● Will be attending the club presidents’ meeting at Four Wheel Drive Victoria in the next few weeks. ● Will be doing some further 4WD driver instructor training in the next month or two. 6.9 President ● Welcome to past and new committee members for joining the committee for the next 12 months. 7. Buchan Shelter Relocation ● The club needs to remove the shelter from the Buchan property as the club will no longer access in 12 months’ time (from August 2013). ● Need to plan as to where to relocate it to? Preferably somewhere closer to the high country. ● It will take about 2 days to demolish and load. Therefore, will target Labour Day weekend next year. ● Will use a flat bed truck to move the “bits and pieces”.

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COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES 8. 4WD Victoria ● The upcoming Club Presidents’ meeting will have a presentation by Parks Victoria and Museum Victoria to participate in a field study of artefacts in the high country. Assistance is being sought from 4WD Victoria for 4WD support. Watch this space. ● State of the current 4WD Victoria board will, no doubt, be discussed due to recent resignation of 3 of the board members. 9. Committee ● The committee at the first meeting of the new committee should be planning for the next 12 months and what it is going to do. A planning day to do such would be useful. ● Have a trip suggestion and survey session at the next club general meeting. ● The president and T&S co-ordinator will organise a planning day date – most likely at Damian’s farm. ● Do we need a “welcoming” sub-committee or officers who look after visitors / new members? How well do we follow up new members or visitors? Who can do this? Doug said “I am happy to do whatever it takes.” Modify attendance sheet to expand visitor’s sign-in section to include email address and phone number so as to permit follow up – Peter to do. 10. Subaru Docklands ● The club continues to build its relationship with Subaru Docklands. 11. General Business ● Jessica will be testing an orange Subaru XV vehicle this Sunday. ● Membership cards – waiting on the co-branded cards from 4WD Victoria. However, there are some new developments that have put it on hold. ● Club promotional video – Stephen has updated it and will recirculate. 12. Next Meeting will be held on Saturday 5th October 2013 at 11am at the home of Stephen Whittaker. 13. Meeting closed at 10:18pm.

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Simpson Desert Trip

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

Forester Aluminium Bash Plates: made from 6.0mm construction grade aluminium: $300 for club members, $330 for non-members. Fitting can be arranged. Contact: David Wilson, email: Jessica’s Sale: 17" alloy rim to suit the current model Outback. It is fitted with an almost new Kumho 225/60 R17 road tyre that has done about 500km (max). $200 3x 225/60 R17 Yokohama Geolander G012 A/T-S tyres to suit the current Outback/Liberty. Two of them have been driven about 30,000km ($50 ea.) and the other is near new with about 4,000km of use ($100). For more details on any of the above, email Jessica at 1985 Brumby Engine no S41704, Vin JF3AU5FRO19500963 New Ft Tyres, Back @ 85% New ft drive shafts Re-upholstered seat Red colour Tonne cover in very-good cond. Some rust in tailgate + in the tray/tub New spare tyres Spare items; 2 x rims Front + rear drive shafts New front drive shaft Horn centre Offers around $1,000.00 Call Brendan 0408 146 412 Set of 4 alloy rims from Outback 1997 mod $120.00 ono Roof console to hold CB + lights and switches for Outback $100.00 Contact: David Wilson, email: Page: 32

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


Hat Safari


size 59

Black caps with club logo


Short sleeve blue chambray shirt with logo Size 14


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


New Style Vest


Blue Polo Shirt


Large Sew on Badges


Small Sew on Badges


Shackles 3.2 tonne


Fuel Filter Plastic x 45deg.


Fuel Filter Plastic x 90deg.


Fuel Filter Plastic x Straight


eFlare HZ510 Red with Base


CV Boot Clamps Large & Small


CV Joint Grease


Wheel Nuts [Set of 4]


For substantial discounts on all general automotive spare parts, oils, filters, shocks, etc., please see me for details. Thanks, Dale Rebgetz Resources Officer, email: Page: 33

STANDARD TRIP EQUIPMENT The aim of all Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. trips is to have an enjoyable experience in the bush, increasing 4WDing skills and experience, whilst maintaining the highest regard for the safety of individuals, the vehicle and the environment. As a driver you have ultimate responsibility for the safety of your passengers and vehicle. It is the responsibility of any participating driver to contact individual trip leaders for clarification of individual trip requirements and standards. Financial members are encouraged to participate in as many trips as possible to increase confidence and experience. Visitors are welcome subject to the payment of the appropriate levy to cover insurance, but after two visits, should consider membership. Non-financial members are not covered by insurance and may not participate until payment is received. Individual drivers with concerns or queries regarding their vehicle and the trip standard should contact relevant trip leaders. The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. recommends that each vehicle carry the following items of equipment on every trip: a) Personal details form as specified by FWDV, copy to Trip Leader b) Two Rated D- Shackles (minimum 3.2t); c) Rated “Snatch’em” Strap; d) Recovery Points, Front & Rear; plus optional bridle strap, according to vehicle design; e) AM (27Mhz) Channel 5 or UHF (477Mhz) Channel 16 CB Radio; f) Fire Extinguisher, accessible to the driver; g) Spare Tyre (full size); h) Jack and Wheel Brace, or equivalent; i) Emergency Supplies (matches, food, water and clothing); j) Sufficient Fuel, Oil and Water for the trip and delays; k) A Tyre Pressure Gauge; Compressor (according to the trip) l) An Axe, Bow or Chain saw; m) A Sturdy Shovel (collapsible shovels are no good); n) Spare Parts (appropriate to the nature of the Trip); o) A Tool Kit; p) Personal First Aid Kit; q) The Vehicle Manual. Any vehicle not carrying at least the first five (5) items of equipment should contact the individual Trip Leader before leaving. Any Club member unsure about any of the items of equipment listed above are advised to contact the the Trip and Social Coordinator or the Trip Leader concerned. All Trip Leaders carry a complete First Aid Kit in case of emergency. All nonemergency medical needs are expected to be meet by individuals own medical supplies.

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FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA TRAINING CALENDAR September 2013 Saturday 21st Winch Recovery Course (WR130921) Saturday 21st First Aid Course (FA130921) October 2013 Friday 11th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC131012) - Theory Saturday 12th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC131012) - Practical Thursday 24th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC131026) - Theory Saturday 26th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC1301026) - Practical Thursday 24th 4WD & AWD Proficiency - Ladies (PC131027) - Theory Sunday 27th 4WD & AWD Proficiency - Ladies (PC131027) - Practical Tuesday 22nd Chainsaw Course (CS131026) - Theory Saturday 26th Chainsaw Course (CS131026) - Practical Friday 25th Map Reading & Introduction to GPS (MR131025) November 2013 Friday 7th GPS Course (GPS131107) Friday 8th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC131109) - Theory Saturday 9th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC131109) - Practical Friday15th - Sunday 17th Advanced 4x4 Course (AD131116) Thursday 21st 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC131123) - Theory Saturday 23rd 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC131123) - Practical Tuesday 26th 4WD Driver Awareness Course (DA131126) Friday 29th Track Classification Course (TC131130) - Theory Sayurday 30th Track Classification Course (TC131130) - Practicle 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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