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OUTWARD BOUND 1986 - 2011

25th Anniversary

AUGUST 2011 Club Meeting Notes Tree Planting At Wungong Julimar Thoughts 25 Years Of Charity Get Out Of The Car! Granite Outcrops Kiss The Dirt! - Action At The Cape Tow Bar Ratings - What To Know


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From the Editor... Spoke with Michael G. recently about the trip around Australia. Michael has recalled some highlights of the trip including the very memorable Cape Melville in the far north QLD . One picture of the journey appears as this months P.O.T.Y. entry. Recently Michael has had an interesting time and his ‘adventures’ are told in an article on page 18. There is a great shot of the group at the Tip of the Cape on page 10. As always, any interesting stuff send my way to Paul Johnson - PJ

FOR YOU MICHAEL! POSTAL ADDRESS: Mitsubishi 4WD Owners Club of WA PO Box 655 South Perth 6951 EMAIL ADDRESS HOME PAGE: MEETINGS: 1st Wednesday of every month, except January. Commencing at 7:30pm Manning Senior Citizen’s Centre 3 Downey Drive Manning Visitors welcome at all times. NEW MEMBERS: Visitors must participate in 2 club trips and 2 monthly meetings before they can apply for membership. Visitors cannot attend trips that are more than 3 days duration.Upon application a potential new member must pay a $50 nomination fee. In addition, membership fee is currently $100, which is due each March. Membership fees for new members are calculated pro-rata at the time the application is accepted by the club Committee.


President’s Repor� Thanks to the research efforts of Secretary John and Treasurer Bridget the club now has online banking facilities through Bankwest. This will allow direct debit and credit transfers of payments reducing the necessity of cheques. The new account numbers are;- Bankwest BSB: 306-089 Account Number: 2840244 . As of May 31 this year the Australian Communications and Media Authority officially licenced the use of the 80 channel (77 operational) UHF network. This means that if you have a UHF radio that is 80 channel compatible you can now program the new channels. Instructions for doing so can be obtained from the manufacturers web site, or alternatively at the web site;- This will not effect the use of the 40 channel sets which most members have and the usage allocations for the first 40 channels has not changed. The club will maintain its’ practice of using channel 25. The new channels operate on a narrower frequency which effectively allows twice as many channels in the 477Mhz band. As more and more people switch over to the 80 channel system specific frequencies will become less congested. Some minor distortion may be noticed between 40 channel sets and 80 channel sets. I recently purchased my new 80 channel Uniden from the WACB Centre in Perth. The club, once upon a time, had an arrangement with this shop in that if we purchased a number of radios from them they would provide the club with a couple of hand-held UHF radios. Unfortunately, that deal has expired, but they still provide a very good service and you can talk down their shelf price with some kind words and dropping the club’s name into the conversation. Our Secretary’s Secretary Rosalie has organised an evening at the Swan Yacht Club. This has become a yearly event and is always an enjoyable evening on the Swan River foreshore, East Fremantle. Wholesome buffet food, a coldy from the bar and good company. Children are more than welcome. See the flyer in this magazine for details. Thankyou to Stephen Kalyniuk for volunteering to assist Tony with the club’s environment work. Stephen is assisting Tony while Trevor is travelling around the country. Tony puts a lot of time into planning the environment volunteer work and will be greatly benefited by Stephen’s help. With several committee members currently travelling inter-state and overseas, several other members have volunteered without hessitation to fill the vacancies while they are absent. This goes to reflect the excellent attitude that member’s have in this club in making it the best 4WD club in the land. Martin Archer President “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” – Ernest Hemingway

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Tony Weldon - Environment Officer Assistant EO - With Trevor away, I am very pleased that Stephen Kalyniuk has agreed to act as Assistant EO. Grants - I’ve put in for about 5 grant applications and contributed to 2 others. Results to date? Two knockbacks (McLEG & dinner reward) 1 asked for $15,000, got $2000 (McBEG) 1 received by DEC for LPCP for Coastcare may involve us, not sure yet. Still waiting on others. Clothing - DEC volunteer hats and shirts are going to be made available for those who have been to 3 or more McWotsits since July 2009. Please see me at the next meeting to see if you are on the list. If you have a current DEC hat in reasonable shape, please don’t order one. Guy Lehmann WA 4 Wheel Drive association delegate, forward from TrackCare 1. The Wilbinga Spring Clean-up will be held on the 18th of September 2011. If anyone can lend a hand to assist in keeping this area open for responsible recreational 4wd use, please consider participating. More information about the clean-up will be placed on the Wilbinga 4x4 Shacks Crew website at - still in its infant stages. DEC have been notified of this clean-up and we have a green light to go on the 18th - as has the WA 4WD Association. We are seeking the Associations assistance as well as they helped in a big way on the last event, the Autumn clean-up. A bbq lunch will be provided by DEC. 2. Mundaring Powerline Audit. DEC Kensington have launched a Mundaring Powerline audit via Ewen MacGregor and Paul Udinga. Both have invited and given their blessing on behalf of DEC for both the WA 4wd Association and Track Care WA to be a strong influence in the audit process. This is the selected team that will be handling the audit; • Ewen MacGregor – DEC Kensington, Senior Ranger • Paul Udinga – DEC acting PVS Manager for the Hills District


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• Guy Lehmann – WA4WDA Land Manager • Clive Garlick – TCWA Vice Chairman • Geoff Couper – TCWA Chairman Track Care WA has already created two online sites to keep up to date records/data on particular known issues <risk areas> along the track for evaluation purposes and we have invited the other stakeholders to use the systems if they want to, they now have access. I’ll endeavour to keep the members informed as much as I can as these two projects move forward within the Track/Area Adoption Program. Geoff Couper - Chairman

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Twenty one energetic McBEG workers travelled in convoy to

the Park where two working groups were established. Paul and Stephen with the trailer set off with helpers to remove still more old and broken fencing. This activity seems never to end. Tony A from DEC arrived with a friend and the stock of plants from Australian Native Nurseries Group at Oakford, $2000 worth. The larger group split into two to plant sixteen varieties of tube stock in a bare area close to the established plantings of earlier years and the other group, Peter, John Holbrook Jr, Piers, Keith and I collected more than six trays of plants to fill spaces on the airstrip. The plants remaining from the earlier planting in May mostly have thrived. The Kennedia coccinea (Running Postman) is flowering; its bright red flowers cheerily welcoming the rains.

Well earned BBQ lunch

Tree Planting underway

All members worked together to complete the task of planting 1647 plants before lunch. It was very pleasant, over lunch in the early spring sunshine reflecting on the achievement of the morning, and how well the trees and shrubs have grown that we planted several years ago. It may take about five years for the airstrip to be revegetated fully. After lunch, there was a quick check of the area to make sure all plants had been dug in and also the drill rods for later barriers were put out of the way. These had been supplied by Jeff and Maxineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family and were heavy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they took five men to carry them carefully through the bush. After lunch most members returned home although several remained and under the leadership of Paul (The Explorer) Ryan took a drive to examine the terrain more fully.

We look forward to visiting this area again after the summer to see how many plants survive the heat especially those on the original site that were given a booster of wetta soil gel and fish emulsion. Thank you to everyone who participated in the work. Stella and Tony Weldon




25th Anniversary

could not help wondering while I was enjoying myself in the mud whether the members of the Club on that trip 25 years ago would have carried on in the same way. Would I have dared to drive through a flowing creek, over rutted and slippery tracks, up steep inclines and down the other side? I have to say no, I was not even confident on a gravel road. Why do it now at my age? Some members of my family, and most of my friends, think I must be mad going off on a cold, wet Sunday morning to spend the day ‘hooning’ around in some bush area they have never been in and have no interest in visiting. My response is that I don’t hoon around. I actually appreciate and care for the bush and the environment. I enjoy the company of the others in the group. Even though, by the end of the day, I don’t look forward to the drive home on a crowded freeway I can honestly say I feel refreshed and relaxed and looking forward to the next opportunity of a day out. John King




PHOTO OF THE MONTH - AUGUST 2011 is in line for the PICTURE OF THE YEAR (POTY). Taken recently by Michael Gilbert way up the Cape. Left, wet work at Julimar. Well done! You can view all the photos on Flicker via the members website. Just click on Photos and Clips. Email for credit.




Charity may be defined as giving something to another without

expectation of any reciprocal return. It is an action of respect for another individual or group. Since the early years of the Mitsubishi 4WD Owner’sClub of WA there has always been wonderful support for charitable organisations by our club members. Two inaugural members each had a child with Down’s syndrome so it was natural that a Ladies of Variety Day was held to which other similar children with 4WDriving parents could be invited. Gooralong Park at Jarrahdale and Christmas Tree Well were popular locations for a bush drive and a BBQ on these occasions. The inaugural President died of heart disease in the second year of the Club’s formation. For a number of years the Club sold raffle tickets and/or gave a donations to support the National Heart Foundation. Over the years the club has made contributions to the Pastoralist and Graziers Association to assist farmers in hardship and funds for track repair work in the Collie basin. Other donations have been made to Kimberley Toad Busters after a presentation from Sandy Boulter a representative from the KTB, and the RFDS. It was recognised “Outward Bound” drivers just might need the assistance of the RFDS. In 2006 a serious incident occurred on a weekend trip in the Gracetown area when a member was severely burned. After a rush trip to the Augusta hospital and an RFDS flight to the Burns Unit in Perth the member made a good recovery. The Club undertook a working bee at the School for Deaf Children in Mosman Park as a member was associated with a family whose child attended there. On three occasions the Club participated in the Anglicare Winter Appeal Blanket Run. For several years the Toyota Club coordinated the event on behalf of the 4WD Association of WA. It was a huge Inter-club event the first year, but in the second year was halved although a 104 vehicle convoy is not to be ignored as it slowly moved along the Kwinana Freeway. The convoy assembled at Joondalup ECU Campus and drove with police monitoring to the Motocross Circuit at Kwinana. Goods donated to Anglicare filled a small truck and additional funds were raised from the sausage sizzle and raffles. In 2008 the Clubs in the 4WD Association of WA did give good support to the SIDS and Kids convoy in October.

A total of $20,000.00 was raised and there with 342 participating vehicles. This Club contributed more than $2000 from money raised at the Quiz Night and individual donations. Also in 2008 the Club volunteered to be Marshalls at the Motor Cross State Championships at Nobel Falls. In return for this work the President of the BSA-HD Motor Cycle Club gave the Club a $500 donation and offered their Club venue at Gidgegannup for our use. It was used for the 2008 Christmas BBQ Party. The Mitsubishi 4WD Ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club has three main reasons for its existence; to improve the driving skills of members, to respect the environment and to have a happy social interaction. The volunteer fund raising activity is one way the Club has

Dot and Warren at the Deaf School busy bee

to fulfil these aims. Input of all members to the Management Committee contribute to the decision of the most effective way the purposes of the Club can be met. Stella Weldon - Club Historian Article edited for space, full article can be found on the member website.

More work at the Deaf school

GET OUT OF THE CAR! This supposedly true story appeared in an

article in the Police Log of Sarasota, Florida.

An elderly Florida lady did her shopping and,

upon returning to her car discovered 4 males leaving with her vehicle. Dropping her bags she

drew her handgun and yelling at the top of her lungs screamed “I have a gun and I know how to

use it! Get out of the car!” Not waiting the 4 men leaped from the car and ran!

So shaken, the lady could not get the keys in

the ignition, she tried and tried. Then, she re-

alised why, it was the same reason there was a football and cartoon of beer on the back seat. After finding her car a few rows away she drove to the police station to report her mistake.

The officer couldn’t stop laughing as he point-

ed to the end of the counter where 4 pale men were reporting being car jacked by a mad, elderly white woman with glasses and curly white hair and a large handgun!

No charges were filed.


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Granite Outcrops are an Important Refuge! At our meeting on August 03, we were privileged to have Dr Penny Hussey as our Guest Speaker on this subject. Penny Hussey is a botanist and former teacher now working with the Department of Environment and Conservation. She is the Coordinator of “Land for Wildlife” and is available for advice to landholders who wish to preserve habitat on their properties. She is also an authority on the management of introduced weeds. Penny now drives a Subaru Forester but prior to this had many adventures in her Landrover ‘Nellie”. In the early 70’s, Nellie came to Australia from the UK bringing Penny and a friend via the Middle East and has tales of her own to tell about that experience. This evening we learned that the granite outcrops in Western Australia are the oldest on the planet and that lack of mountainous areas in this State are due to the flattening effect of the Ice Age some thousands of years ago at a time when our southern coastline broke away forming another continent called Antarctica. We also learned how significant the granite rocks are in providing a refuge for plants and animals in times of climate change so that there must be minimal disturbance in these areas as survival for the future is dependent on this integrity. She explained how driving 4WD vehicles and such things as quad bikes break up the surface and start the process of destruction. Penny has written several publication one of which she has signed and donated to the Club Library. It is called How to Manage Your Granite Outcrops and was published first in 1998 The PowerPoint talk she gave is available in full on the website and a synopsis of the publication was provided in the August Newsletter of 2010. Stella Weldon



Kiss the Dirt

had been a great day coming up the track from Running Creek on Price Charlotte Bay then heading to Coen via the old Telegraph track.

I think it was around 3pm when I hit a very challenging section of the track, I decided I could clear the first main rut using my Maxtrax’s as a bridge and some track work, but then realisation struck that there was much worse to come and now no way back! At least 2 hours later working with my shovel I’d travelled only 15 metres, then on the last section my rear driver’s side wheel slipped. …. I remember seeing far too much sky, everything was a strange angle as she gracefully slipped down the rut to leave me kissing the dirt through open window.

I sat for a while just taking in what had happened, then my brain kicked in “right what do I need to do”. I knew I was about 16km from Coen and I would soon have mobile phone coverage, no one was coming down this track so I had to get walking. I opened the passenger window climbed out looked at the position of the car. S**T I was in a right mess! Okay pull yourself together! What do I need to take, light was fading fast and I had to get going, I got my backpack starting rummaging through all my stuff which was now piled up down the bottom of the car, I need food, water, change of clothes as the nights get cold, money, my backup photos etc, light, GPS, SPOT GPS, spare batteries and Marion anniversary card, this all fitted in and I started off. At this point I had no idea what state my car would be in when I returned so whatever I had now was my life. By now it was

dark, I only had my head light to guide me, as I walked along under the stars I remember thinking this a great track I wish I could have driven it. Every now and again I heard rustling in the bush, this sent a shiver down my spine. A large black object would run off, I think they were horses or maybe wild pig’s, didn’t stop to look. The goal was to find mobile phone coverage and call for help then suddenly the phone rang it was Marion but it just dropped out so I knew I was getting close, I had been walking for about three hours when I finally made it to the top of this very steep hill, looking down at my phone I had three bars. First call was to the Police in Coen to let them know what had happed and ask for help, they answered but not much help with recovery but they said they would call Charlie’s place about 6km from my location and let him know I was coming. I kept walking, the phone rang again it was the sergeant he had spoken to Charlie and said he would drive down the track to meet me, cool I thought my first break. Then in the distance I heard the unmistakable sound of a diesel then light flicking through the trees I was rescued. Charlie was a true character of the cape, he took me back to his place, he gave me food, somewhere to sleep, an old converted bus and access to hot showers, things were looking up. In the morning I got a lift into Coen. Charlie had given me a list of people to see. First stop was the local Café they soon directed me to see his brother at the Exchange Hotel where I meet Royce and Craig who wasted no time in working out the situation from the photos and video I had taken, within 30 mins we were on our way back to my car with two other 4WDs with winches, wow, that’s what I

My poor car from the rear

Belly up

call service! It took about an hour to drive the long way around on the main road but much safer, on arrival they quickly worked out a plan of attack locating one vehicle on the high side to winch my triton back onto 4 wheels that was the easy part, that car then need to stay in position to stop the car falling back while the other winched my car forward and over, Royce had to relocate his car three times to get the angle right, then she was out!

First pull

We left her for a while to let all the fluids descend before trying to start the engine. She fired first time, blowing a huge cloud of white smoke out the back. The oil light was still on so Royce drained oil from his car and managed to put enough in for the light to go out which allowed me to drive the car back into Coen. These guys were fantastic I could have not asked for a better team to get me out of trouble. This was a very challenging recovery, thanks again guys. Michael Gilbert, in Cape York and still going â&#x20AC;Ś....


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There are still misunderstandings regarding Ratings & Masses for Caravans and Camper-trailers.

ngs regarding Ratings & Masses for Caravans and Camper-trailers.

The GTM (gross trailer mass) and ATM (aggregate trailer mass) are ratings supplied by the caravan or camper-trailer manufacturer. ATM Rating: The total permitted mass of the laden caravan when carrying the maximum load recommended by the manufacturer. This includes the mass imposed on the tow-vehicle. GTM Rating: The total permitted mass of the laden caravan transmitted to the ground by the caravan tyres, when carrying the maximum load recommended by the manufacturer, when coupled to a tow-vehicle. This rating must not exceed the axle-group (wheels/ tyres/suspension/axle) rating stated by the chassis manufacturer. Tare Mass: The actual mass of the caravan with all OEM equipment fitted, with empty water tanks and empty LPG cylinders, but without any luggage or personal effects. Tare Mass includes any water remaining in a water heater after the required testing. RVMAA manufacturers are required to weigh each RV they make, before it leaves the factory, and have the Tare Mass stamped on the vehicle. Ball-loading: The ball-loading is the actual load (or force), in kg, that is exerted onto the tow-bar of the tow-vehicle at any time. It is an accepted Australian RV industry â&#x20AC;&#x153;standardâ&#x20AC;? that the 22 ball-loading should always be 8 -15% of the caravan mass.

RVMAA manufacturers are required to measure the ballloading when they determine the Tare Mass, and provide this figure with the vehicle (to ensure that sales personnel can provide the actual figure to prospective customers). After the vehicle is sold, it is the responsibility of the driver to always ensure that they maintain a safe ball-loading, and load their vehicle so that heavy items are positioned near the axle(s), and not at the extreme ends of the vehicle. It is the responsibility of the driver to always ensure that they do not ever exceed any of these Ratings when they have the caravan or camper-trailer partly or fully loaded. This information has been supplied by the Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers Association of Australia

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