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April 2013

SUBARU 4WD NEWS Meetings of THE SUBARU 4WD CLUB of WESTERN AUSTRALIA INC. are normally held at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the

Rotary Hall, 55 Sandgate St., South Perth Subaru 4WD Web Site: http://www.subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au SUBARU 4WD CLUB of WESTERN AUSTRALIA INC P.O. BOX 434, SOUTH PERTH, W.A. 6951


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS 2012 COMMITTEE PRESIDENT: SECRETARY: TREASURER: SOCIAL ORGANISER: TRIPS CO-ORDINATOR: EDITOR: COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

David Peck 0402177886 president@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au Phillip Read 0438926274 secretary@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au John Cahill 9368-4513 treasurer@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au Keith Wilcox 9344-6830 Travis Maskey 0433424659 Tom Minto 9382-4678 editor@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au Tony Richards 9386-7705 Keith Low 9459-3358 Ian Johnson 9448-5419 Jim Wilcox 0419040969 Adrian Longwood 9279-8993

Tony Richards 9386-7705 Rob Griffiths/ 0411249933 Jim Wilcox 0419040969 webmaster@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au 4WD ASSOC DELEGATE: David Peck/ 0402177886 Tony Richards 9386-7705 M’SHIP CO-ORDINATOR: Keith Low 9459-3358 membership@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au PROPERTY OFFICER: Keith Wilcox/Simon Newton MERCHANDISE: WEB MASTER:

Club member of the year 2012: Travis Maskey

LIFE MEMBERS Fred Offer, Keith Anderson, Jonel Householder, Ray Stewart, Ian Johnson, Peter Andruszkiw and Ron Caunce. Page 2


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PRESIDENT’S REPORT April 2013 Over the last couple of months I have talked about some DEC projects that are coming up and an information day has been organised with Terry Goodlich from DEC for all 4WD Association club members to hear what DEC hope to achieve with their projects/track adoptions and for you to be able to ask questions. One of the projects in Karratha has not had any interest and the money has been reallocated to the Mundaring powerlines track which has been adopted by the 4WD Association. Hopefully there will also be some information about access to sections of the state barrier fence in return for some volunteer work for the Department of Agriculture. It has been requested that Kaarakin be opened up on the day so club members and their families can see some of the work being done by the Black Cockatoo Society. Saturday 20th April at Kaarakin 322 Mills Road East, Martin from 11.30 with BBQ supplied by the Association at 1pm. Please see page 7.

Discount book order We have been offered a 25% discount off selected Boiling Billy Australian 4WD & Camping titles. Page 3


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Go to https://secure.woodslaneonline.com.au/promotion/wa4wd/ travel-australia-with-boiling-billy which will give you the discounted prices automatically and quote "WA4WD" at the check-out. Woodslane will ship the order directly to each member, however you do have to create an account with them and pay by credit card. Cheers, David

STOP PRESS We have been invited to hold our next general meeting in Subaru Australia’s Regional Office at 21-25 Ilda Road Canning Vale on April 9th at the usual time of 7:30. They will have a few vehicles for us to have a look at and they may be able to answer any questions you have about Subarus.

TRIP CO-ORDINATORS REPORT April 2013

This month I’m struggling with coming up with something to write about. So what I’ll do is copy something from the last episode of the TV show Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. “If I have any advice for any one, it’s to move. As far as you can as often as you can. Across the ocean or simply across the river. The extent to which you walk in somebody else’s shoes or at least eat their food is a plus for everybody. Open your mind. Get up off the couch. Move.” He said it better than I can write it, but it’s good advice all the same. See you all out there.

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TRIP PROMOTIONS/INFORMATION

GO KART RACING Sunday 14 April Join us for a trip to Kartworld in Belmont. There are a number of options but we have decided on the standard ‘Arrive & Drive’ 20 lap race where the first driver to reach 20 laps signals the end of the race. Unfortunately we are unable to book this type of race and it goes on a first come first served basis so you might not be racing against Subaru members. The cost for this is $35 each race, $55 for 2 races or $70 for 3 races. For more information visit www.kartworldbelmont.com.au Where: Kartworld, 8 Cowcher Place, Belmont Date: Sunday 14 April Time: From 10am till whenever. Contact: Keith Wilcox 0413 266 245

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D.E.C. INFORMATION DAY . An invitation is extended to all Club Members of the WA4WDA To attend an Information Open Day + BBQ

On Saturday 20th April 2013 Commencing at 11.30am with BBQ at 1pm at Karrakin 322 Mills Road East Martin Terry Goodlich from DEC and hopefully Craig Robins from Department of Agriculture and Food Northern Region (State Barrier Fence) will be in attendance to inform all of the work being carried out by both departments Food will be supplied by Association so if attending please let Jan know by email rgandjm@optusnet.com.au or

Work 9318 9244 or mobile 0413 84 0707 RSVP by 13th April 2013

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COALMINE COLLECTIVE APRIL 25 TO APRIL 28 Join this extended long weekend at Coalmine Beach Holiday Park in Walpole. This park is situated on the beautiful Nornalup Inlet and features abundant wildlife. Boating/Canoeing/Fishing Two boats will be available for journeys around the inlet and cruises up the Frankland River. These may also be involved in morning or afternoon fishing trips including the mouth of the inlet and lower Frankland River. 4WD - An exploration trip is planned to attempt a beach drive to the mouth of the inlet. Bushwalking – Those not wishing to partake in fishing can enjoy some of the numerous hiking tracks in the vicinity of the Park. Local Attractions – Attendees can choose to visit some of the local attractions such as The Tree Top Walk, Giant Tingle Tree, Conspicuous Cliffs or Mandalay beach to name but a few. Cabins and campsites are available, ring the Holiday Park on 98401026 and speak with Danielle, mention you are from the Club. Unpowered sites are $31, powered sites are $35. There is a communal area which has an open fire, the sites around that are powered. I have booked a power site to give us access to the communal area, it would be advisable if others could do the same. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Meeting Spot Former end of Kwinana freeway ( Baldivis Rd) in the vicinity of the service station and Fast food outlets. Take the Safety Bay Rd exit off the freeway. Meeting Time7.30 am for a 7.45 departure, expect to be in Walpole by around 1.30 pm. Contact

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JULIMAR CONSERVATION PARK Sunday 12 May 2013

The Julimar 'Anthill', a small laterite butte west of Julimar Brook, May 2004.

The plan is to wander through Julimar Conservation Park. Depending on the time taken to do this, we may also wander through the north side of Avon Valley National Park.

Julimar Conservation Park, which lies between Toodyay and Bindoon, comprises a 28,317 hectare tract of bushland. It is managed by DEC. It is a hot spot for reintroduced native fauna. Species re-introduced in the last decade and now breeding prolifically include chuditch, woylies, quendas and brush-tailed possums. The 4WD’ing is expected to be easy. Meet:

Gingers Roadhouse (Gull Service Station), Great Northern

Highway, Upper Swan. Time:

9.15 for 9.30am start.

Bring:

A tank of petrol, food for lunch, water etc.

Contact: Tony Richards - Ph: 9386 7705(H)

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June 20132011 S Sat 1st-Monday 3rd: Warriedar Wanders 30 1 Tue 4th: Committee Meeting 22 3 4 5 6 7 88 Tue 11th: General Meeting Sun 16th: Fiddles and Nibbles 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Tue 25th: magazine articles deadline S

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SCHOOL AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS School Holidays: April 20-May 5,July 6-July21, Sept 28– Oct. 13 Public holidays: April 1, 25, June 3, Sept. 30, Dec 25-26 Potential members are most welcome to come along on any Club activities before joining. Please phone the Trip Leader for further information. Register with the trip leader if you are wanting to join a trip or social. Also contact the trip leader if you have to cancel, as we don’t want to wait for someone who does not turn up! Some trips are ideas only and may be subject to change. Some of the later trips need trip leaders – volunteers please.

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SPANISH RESTAURANT Saturday 18 May We have decided on a Spanish restaurant for our next club meal. Spanish Flavours is situated near the top end of Oxford St in Mt Hawthorn. I have booked for 15 seats so get your name down quick or you might miss out. Meals range from $11 for individual Tapas through to $28 for Paella. It is a BYO with corkage of $5. ยกBuen provecho. To have a look at the menu visit www.spanishflavours.com.au

Where: Spanish Flavours, 413 Oxford St, Mt Hawthorn Date: Saturday 18 May Time: 7.00pm. Contact: Keith Wilcox 0413 266 245

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JUNE 1 TO JUNE 3 We will have a wander around the northern end of the station as a follow on from our explore of the southern end 2 years ago.

There will be a limit of 10 cars. Bring everything required for a 3 day camp. There are NO facilities.

Bring an extra 20 litres of fuel as we will do 400km from Wubin to Warriedar and return plus exploring. Tracks may get scratchy as they have not been used for years.

Meet at Gingers Roadhouse on Great Northern Hway ready for prompt departure at 8.30am. Please don't be late.

Contact: Jim on 0419040969

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FIDDLES AND NIBBLES SUNDAY JUNE 16

Are there any jobs that you would like to do on your car and maybe need a bit of guidance to achieve them? Well this is the idea of the day. It allows you to get in there and tackle projects that you otherwise may not do. .Start 9.30 onwards, BBQ available if you are staying thru lunch. BYO everything.

Extra details are on the Members section of the website.

Call Jim: 0419040969 if you have any questions or need further details

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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS Southwest Rest – Day 1 – Saturday, 2 March 2013 I arrived at the meeting point (the Caltex service station at the corner of Safety Bay and Baldivis Roads) at about 8.20, in time for the 8.30 departure. John, Raj and visitors Jo and Liz were already there – 4 cars in total. After a quick briefing, we were away, heading south down the Forrest Highway. Our first stop was at the Gull service station at Stratham, just north of Capel, arriving at about 10.00. After filling up, we noticed a “lady in distress” in the service station car park. She had managed to catch her bumper on a tree as she was reversing out of a parking space, and the bumper was hanging down and dragging on the ground. All the main mounting points were broken/had let go – amazingly, they were only made of hard plastic. However, there were still a couple of minor mounting points intact at end each of the bumper. So, John quickly swung into action and soon had the bumper free of the car. We then gave it to the lady and suggested she simply put it in the rear seat of her car. Unfortunately, she wasn’t all that relaxed about what had just happened, and was concerned Page 17


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS that she now had no front indicators (they were in the bumper)! We then left her to her own devices, adding (when she suggested it) that we didn’t think the RAC was going to be able to fix the problem! After that little “exercise”, we were back on the highway, heading south for our destination – the DEC Point Road campsite, a short distance south of the Conto’s Field campsite, both of which are within Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park. We arrived there at 12.00, with plenty of time to set up camp and have some lunch. The camp site was very pleasant, with lots of tall, shady gum trees and the tent pegs went in easily. There was also a long drop toilet. And, thankfully, there weren’t too many other campers at that point although, later in the day, we learnt that DEC were directing campers to Point Road from Conto’s Field (which was full). At 1.30, we headed off for Boranup Beach – North Point, via forest tracks. Some of the tracks were better than others. They were all very dry and dusty and the dust hung in the air, as there was very little wind. One track (Davies Road) didn’t look like it had been used all that recently at all (very scratchy) and we had to take another track (Formation Road), Page 18


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC before getting on to Boranup Drive and continuing on to Boranup Beach. The actual track into the beach was interesting, with a few challenges for our visitors, Jo and Liz. We eventually arrived at the beach, which was rocky, with a small sandy beach from which you could access the water. There were some others there – guys and girls who were going to camp there. They were playing very loud heavy metal music – I think the idea was to ensure that we didn’t also chose to (illegally) camp at the beach. Members of the party went for a swim. The water was good and the swim was enjoyed. After we left the beach, we decided to head for the trig point at Salmon Patch. John had been there previously and you can access it from the Cape to Cape walk. We went perhaps a kilometre or so along the track before John decided that it was simply too closed in and scratchy. Page 19


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS So we turned around and headed back the way we had come, except that, this time, rather than take dusty dirt tracks back to camp, we chose to take Caves Road. We reached camp at about 5.00, just in time for happy hour. There are plenty of nibbles to enjoy and drinks to wash then down with. There were also some young people camped near us – two Welsh boys with their girlfriends, one of whom was Bulgarian the other of whom was Brazilian. Interesting matches! One of the Welsh boys had an old short wheelbase Pajero with a nice, fairly new, roof top camper. They joined us in conversation. It was a very pleasant evening. My thanks to John for a great trip. Tony Richards.

Southwest Rest – Day 2 – Sunday 3 March 2013 The morning was bright, dry and cool, and we were all up and about and cooking breakfast by 6:30am. All reported having had a good night’s sleep in spite of some loud music coming from some of the campers some distance away. One of the Welsh boys snored loudly all night, and John mentioned that he also heard “other” noises coming from the chap’s tent! Noise travels quite well in these campsites! Breakfast over, and we were on our way at 9am sharp. The track in/out of the Point Road camp is quite narrow, rocky/ Page 20


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC gnarly with many overgrown roots and some corrugations, and very dusty, but the Foresters had no difficulty whatsoever in navigating this track. First stop was Conto Spring, at the end of Point Road west. After parking the cars we walked down to find the spring. Next, we drove back on Conto Road and joined Caves Road, going south to Hamelin Bay. We found an old Landrover on the beach near the jetty, but could not see how it could have got there as there did not appear to be a vehicle access to the beach. Anyway, we looked up some tourist information on the old Hamelin Bay jetty. It was built in 1882 by a company to service the local jarrah and karri timber mills. The jetty could berth 3 ships at a time which were loaded with timber to send all around the world, but mostly to the UK, to use as paving for road and wharf construction. We had wanted to access the beach at Hamelin Bay, but you were not able to do so. Beach access was only possible further north. So, we had to go back to Caves Road and then take a left down Reserve Road to get to the beach. The track was very challenging with large rocks and dips and washouts dotted all over and we navigated these with full tyre pressures. Many sections of this track were probably worse than most of the challenges we had encountered on the Mundaring Powerlines track. As we neared the beach access, the track became quite sandy and steep downhill. Just before a sharp, narrow downhill turnoff which led to the beach, there was enough space for our cars to stop and let the tyre pressures down (we reduced the pressures to around Page 21


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS 18psi). Jo’s car still had the plastic sump guard, and although John and Tony offered to take it off, Jo decided to park her car there rather than risk damaging her vehicle. So, Jo hopped in Tony’s car (as driver) and Liz joined John, and off we went to the beach. Much to my surprise, the narrow downhill turnoff did not pose any problems, and we drove a couple of kilometres on the beach. The sand was soft and deep, but our cars coped extremely well. The only problem was the steady stream of heavies coming the other way which did not want to risk going left or right to make way for us. Anyway, we managed quite well and reverse parked on a slope. We saw a few heavies getting bogged, probably because they hadn’t let their tyres down. We all had a good swim and, thanks to Tony, some of us even had a fresh-water shower. The drive back was perhaps just a little bit easier, maybe because of the lowered tyre pressures or experience of just having driven on the track on the way in. However, John’s car suffered a damaged front strut whilst climbing up the hill when leaving the beach, due to a large hole created by the heavies driving with full tyre pressures. Back up over the hill, we stopped after hitting the tarmac to pump up. Then we headed to Hamelin Bay Wines for lunch. There we tested some Page 22


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC of their excellent wines and some of us decided to buy some for cellaring or drinking that evening. The lunch menu, however, did not entice any of us, so John suggested that we try the Berry Farm, off Bussell Highway, for lunch. Lunch at the Berry Farm was very good. We were even fortunate enough to have a New Holland honeyeater visit our table and nibble at Tony’s jam. Tony took some excellent pictures of this encounter. After lunch, some of us felt like a swim to cool off and “get some exercise”, so off we went, back down to Conto Road, where Jo found a perfect little enclosed swimming hole, well protected from the massive waves by extra-large rocks. Jo, Liz and John cooled off in the water, whilst Tony and I just took photographs. We arrived back to the campsite about 5.30 and within a short time started the beer o’clock. This comprised nibblies, beer and fine wine. Our Welsh friends had departed and the campsite was almost empty by now, so we managed to enjoy some peace and quiet, good food and drinks and good company and lots of conversations. This is what camping is all about! We achieved so much on day 2, and a good time was had by all. Thank you, John, for leading such a wonderful trip. Raj.

THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS MAGAZINE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE HELD BY THE SUBARU 4WD CLUB OF W.A. INC. Please send articles and photos to the Editor by the Thursday before the end of the month (earlier is better). PHOTO’S SHOULD BE 400KB MIN. Email: editor@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au in Word format or plain text Subaru 4WD Club WA Website: http://www.subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

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