During the past month an email was sent out to all members concerning the use of ‘Do not overtake turning vehicle’ signs on caravans. Thank you to Rick Ellis for originating that email. Vehicles and trailers with a combined length exceeding 7.5 metres can have these signs attached to the rear of the trailer. This is relevant to club members who tow caravans, and although it is not compulsory (unless your caravan is over 10 tonnes; that’s a lot of beer cartons under the bed!) is advisable to have them. Under the road traffic legislation it is illegal to cross continuous single white lines or make a turn from a lane other than the lane closest to the point of exit. This applies to turning at intersections, pulling into driveways or using slip lanes and roundabouts. Having these signs attached to the caravan allows you (under the Road Traffic Code) to move across ‘single’ white lines (if safe to do so) in an adjacent lane in order to make a turn. For example, if the combination of your vehicle and caravan is such that staying in the left lane will cause the caravan to mount the kerb when turning, then you will need to move away from the kerb and possibly into the next lane to make the turning. If you do not have the signs attached, moving into the next lane may make the turn illegal. With the signs are attached to your caravan another vehicle can not overtake you while you are turning if it is not safe for them to do so. However, there is still an onus on you to make the move safely by providing adequate indication before entering the adjacent lane and the move itself has to be done within 50 metres of the intersection. This is a very brief interpretation of the law. The relevant legislation and fitting instructions can be obtained at; http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/vehicle_regulation/bulletin/pdf/vsb_12.pdf http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/wa/consol_reg/rtc2000113/
It’s pleasing to see so many visitors at club meetings and we are receiving a regular flow of membership applications as a result. As a consequence our regular day trips are receiving the same interest from visitors. Trip leader guidelines are currently being revamped to make things clearer and helpful for trip leaders. But, until the new guidelines are released, trip leaders are asked to carefully consider the needs of inexperienced visitors when planning and running trips. Don’t assume that everyone is comfortable following you and understanding the convoy procedures. Although the ultimate responsibility in driving a vehicle lies with each driver, the trip leader must provide clear instructions and guidance to all participants on a trip. This ensures the trip is run in accordance with club procedures and as a result everyone will enjoy the experience. Martin Archer 2
HISTORY and THE WILDFLOWERS A 10 day cruise around the northern wheatbelt When :
Depart Perth Thur 23 Aug and back on Sun 2 Sept
To where :
Travel to Goomalling with a stop in Northam, lunch on one day at the historic Jennacubine Tavern, visit Wongan Hills to find a rare Banksia, Mullewa for the Wildflower Show and historic sites of the town, a day trip to Yalgoo, then Mingenew to explore the Coalseam Nature Reserve and find a the Wreath Flower, travel on the Midlands Highway through Three Springs and Moora to New Norcia, the Heritage listed Monastic Town with a long history before heading for home via Gingin.
Trip rating : 1. Good roads all the way, suitable for any/all trailers. Meeting :
North Side of Harper Park, Guildford (left off GEH at Harper St. then left into Ford St. 12 noon for a 12.30 pm. departure on Thursday 23th.
Detailed trip information will be sent by email to anyone interested. Participants may join or leave the trip to suit their own arrangements.
How many : A maximum of 10 vehicles Facilities :
Where possible we will stay in Caravan Parks, as good as we can find. At all times you will be able to top up with water, shops will be available to replenish supplies and fuel readily available.
Equipment : All participants are responsible for their vehicles & should carry the necessary recovery & repair equip ment. Bookings :
John and Rosalie King email@example.com
Register your interest now. Closing date is 1 August. 5
As you all know I like to go walk-about so my Triton has changed from humble beginning to be able to travel just about anywhere in this wonderful country. Just enjoyed a fantastic trip with the club to the Kimberley and looking forward to my next adventure down the CSR, catch you all soon in Perth. Michael G 6
Here’s a list of Michael’s extensive mods to his Triton you can check out his rig and other Tritons at NEWTRITON.NET Mitsubishi Triton GLX 2009 with Mitsubishi Tub ARB Dual Battery System with Heila Sockets Mitsubishi front and TJM Bash Plate Bridgestone Dueler A/T D694LT 265/75/16 OME Front & Rear Nitrocharger Sport Shock Absorbers with King Springs (2" lift) 4x4 Equip Long Handle Shovel, Light Pole, 12v Versa Light, Portable Battery, Sand Flag. Front Runner under tray Long range fuel tank Rhino Roof Bars ARB Awning with Mozzie Net Mitsubishi Tow Bar Mitsubishi 16" Alloys Mitsubishi iPod Connector Street Legal Window Tint ARB Bulbar ARB Fridge and Slide ARB Recovery Gear ARB Rear Diff Locker IPA 900 Series Spot Lights GME TX4400 UHF Radio Outback Roof Console Uniden GPS with OziExplorer Caddy Canopy Caddy Draw System Rubber Wheel Arch Flares Rhino Roof Rack (canopy) Rhino Medium Mesh Basket Rhino Med Luggage bag Rhino Spare Wheel Carrier DP Chip Richards front recovery points 3G Antenna & iPhone cradle Michelle Sacks seat covers 7
12th AUGUST Maintenance Day at CAMPERS ON THE RUN
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JULY P.O.T.Y. Michael G. took this monthâ€™s Picture Of The Year entrant. Taken on the recent Kimberley tour. Read all about it next issue. Right: Bleeding 4wd? Cover photo: Conngrats to Paul R taken on the Kadii trip Please add your name or initials to the photo file name when uploading. 10
Area names associated with the Wungong Regional Park This information has been taken from www.landgate.wa.gov.au and other historical reference material. ARMADALE The suburb of Armadale derives its name from the railway station of Armadale which was established there in 1893. It is named after either of two Scottish towns of this name, one west of Edinburgh and the other on the North coast of Scotland. BUTCHER The first allotments in the Upper Wungong Valley were obtained by Thomas Saw with his brother- in- law William Lacey Gibbs, They purchased 5 blocks of 16 hectares each. William Lacey Gibbs sold Lot 49, 54, 62 to William Butcher Senior. Lot 54 is close to the river where now there is a ruin and an old orchard in a ruinous state. Neil Coy The Serpentine. With the advent of the Butcher family into the Wungong valley there began an association which had much bearing on the future of both Armadale and Kelmscott and Serpentine and Jarrahdale. William Butcher senior (1829-1908) was reputed to have arrived in Perth in 1842 as a 12 year old waif with a note pinned onto his coat requesting a “good Christian family to take him in and care for him”. BYFORD In 1906, Surveyor A.W. Canning commenced laying out a number of Townsite lots in the area and "Beenup Townsite" was declared in May that same year. By 1919, dissatisfaction with the town’s name was general amongst the residents, and the Progress Association requested that the town be renamed "Lynwood". This request was refused because of duplication in Queensland. A further request in early 1920 expressing a preference for the name "Byford" was acceptable and the name was changed. The name is believed to have been chosen because it is 'by a ford' on Beenyup Brook. HILLMAN Alfred Hillman, who arrived in Western Australia in 1831 to take an appointment as colonial Draftsman, He distinguished himself as a Draftsman, Surveyor and Explorer, including early surveys in the Rockingham area. The suburb was named in 1970. KARRAKUP Karrakup is a large area of forest and farm country east of Byford. It derives its name from "Karrak", the Nyoongar word for the red-tailed black cockatoo which is prevalent in the area. It was approved as a suburb name in 1997. 11
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WUNGONG This suburb derives its name from a government townsite on the Perth Bunbury line between Armadale and Byford. The Wungong Brook flows past the south west corner of the town. The Townsite of Wungong (pronounced "Woongong") was proclaimed on 12th March 1909 and was named after the nearby Wungong Brook. The course of this brook was first traced by Alfred Hillman in January 1835. WUNGONG DAM
It is a rock-fill embankment dam completed in 1979. Reservoir capacity is 60 million kilolitres; surface area at full storage is 30 hectares from a catchment area of 132 square kilometres. The length of the reservoir is 5.8 kilometres and the height above the lowest foundation is 205 metres. www.watercorporation.com.au 12
From the Secretary’s Desk I recently received a card from Pam and Knocker Berryman, who were visiting Jan and Roger and travelled with them on the Goldfields trip. They wanted to say thanks to Glenn, Pat, Kyle, Wendy, Guy, Teresa, Bob, Yana, Trevor, Lyn, John Trish, Malcolm, Ian, Robyn, little Emma, Roger and Jan for the great time they had with. They say ‘we shall always remember the whole trip so fondly’ and hope to see you all again. I appeal to Trip Leaders to make sure the trip register is completed and a copy is sent to me as well as the Trip co-ordinator. We are required to maintain these registers as evidence of an individual’s attendance on a particular trip should there be a claim under our insurance cover and more generally to keep records of members activities for the Club Member of the Year Award and the Piston Broke nominations. Don’t forget when you change your mailing or email address or telephone number to let me know the details so our contacts can be maintained. Good communication is important in keeping members informed of all events and activities of the club. If you know of a person or group with activities or interest in 4 Wheel Driving please invite them to come and speak at one of our Club Member monthly meetings or give me a contact and I will follow up. A good speaker on a subject of interest to most of us can add lot to the meeting. The Committee of Management will meet on Wednesday 25 July in our usual meeting place commencing at 7pm. Any member of the club is welcome to attend these meeting and will be given the opportunity to speak. Send me a message saying what you want to speak about and you will have a spot on the agenda. You may at any time send me a message if there is any matter you would like the committee to be aware of and I will make sure your comment, request or even a complaint is taken to the meeting. My contact details are firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0411 437109 John King 13
Recovery Training Day Mitsubishi 4WD Owners Club of WA Inc When:
Sunday 29th July 2012 8:30am sharp
Meeting at Ellenbrook Shopping Centre near McDonalds and moving on to Gnangarra.Pine Plantation. Finishing times are dependent upon track conditions on the day however we aim for around 4.00pm.
Course content includes the use and inspection of the following: Snatch Strap Max Trax Hand Winch Electric Winch Hi Lift Jack Exhaust Jack
What will I need to bring? Your own licensed, registered and roadworthy 4WD. Your current Australian drivers license. A full tank of fuel. Food and drinks as required for the day, including water. Any personal medication you may need. Suitable clothing i.e. Hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, strong shoes. Shovel. UHF Radio, either in car or hand held. Anything else for your own personal comfort you may wish to bring. Your own recovery gear if you would like it inspected Members Only Phone 08 94781147 or email@example.com
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