President’s Report – March 2019

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We welcome new members, Pete Gillman with Pauline (994) and David Hole with Margaret (995). Our 1000th member (unknown at this time) can expect to receive some special rewards currently being organised by the Committee.

The next Social meeting 26th March ’19 will include the Club AGM.    The current Management Committee have included a vote seeking changes to the Club constitution to enable greater flexibility for members to join the new Committee.

The nature of volunteering is such that the pressures of work and life throw up challenges which constantly use our valuable time.    Long time commitments on Committees are a ‘big ask’ and the proposed Constitutional changes will provide the flexibility to have a rotation of members helping to run the Club.    Not all Committee positions have nominations (Social Coordinator, Catchat editor and positions with no allocated duties).    If you can spare some time, your assistance would be appreciated.

The Committee is currently reorganising our IT services and is keen to receive suggestions from members regarding the information and content they want from these services.    Please send any suggestions to my email address (see below).

Many members (including some from the various Committees) are currently planning their escape away from the Winter cold into the warmth of northern Australia.   We wish them all a safe and enjoyable journey.    In the mean-time if you can assist with running the club in their absence, please contact a Committee member.

Here is a site to check Emergency road closures via SAPOL

A reminder of the upcoming Polish Hill event Wednesday 17th to Monday 29th April 2019 (Easter & Anzac Day Included).    There’s plenty of scope, so stay for the whole period or just a couple of days. This event focuses on meeting members, socialising and maybe some 4wd activity for those (like me) who can’t help themselves.

Des Leach

p.s. “There are two ways to get enough.    One is to continue to accumulate more and more.    The other is to desire less.”    GK Chesterton














President’s Report – February 2019

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We welcome new members (984) Alex Hobin , (985) David Hyams with Amanda, (986) Gordon Young with Susan, (987) Vira Chawtur with Val, (988) Chrissie Stephens, (989) Chris Cornish with Jan, (990) Gordon Kuckhahn with Judy, (991) Alan Roberts, (992) John Elliott with Svetlana and (993) Jacob Simons.     Please make them welcome as they attend Club events.

Our 1000th member isn’t far away – I wonder who it will be?

Our February 26th guest speaker from SAPOL (eCrime) is unavailable.     We’ll organise a series of smaller presentations from members (any volunteers) and a Chatfest (talk amongst ourselves).

March 26th is the AGM and two positions (no allocated duties) remain vacant on the Management Committee.   These positions are very flexible and are designed for members who would prefer to undertake smaller projects and attend a limited number of meetings.

John O’Daly is taking some time away – any volunteers to assist with the Trips position?

A reminder that 2019 Club fees are due by the end of February.

Extensive work is ongoing behind the scenes to upgrade our Website and email systems . . . more details shortly.

Thinking of a winter trip through flooded Queensland ? – Here is a useful site detailing road closures :

I need to organise a schedule of Social meeting speakers for 2019 – if you have ideas please contact me.

The Mechanical Interest Group is also seeking suggestions for likely sites to visit.

Finally, special thanks to those members attending the Club booth at the Caravan and Camping show.     This is a great opportunity to stimulate interest in 4wding and to boost our membership.

Des Leach


















President’s Report – January 2019

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Welcome to the New Year and a multitude of trips and activities for 2019.

It’s great to be back following my procedure last October.   For six months (counting the Club trip to the Pilbara – Kimberley and Darwin),  Steve Pearson (Vice President) has been acting as President – many thanks to Steve and the Management committee generally.

We will conduct a Social meeting on the 22nd January 2019 with guest speaker Tim Bowen from Implox.     Tim will be discussing and demonstrating our newly purchased defibrillator.

A reminder regarding the AGM on the 26th March – with the assistance of many we will make light work of the tasks ahead in 2019.

After many years as Social Coordinator, Naomi Jolly is having a rest.    Please contact a member of the Committee if you can assist with this role.

Volunteers are required for the annual Caravan & Camping Show for half day shifts either AM or PM over the period Wed 13th Feb to Sunday 17th Feb.    Please email John O’Daly at to offer assistance.

In the ever-changing world of communications, a development in 2018 will be of interest.    Telstra once had the reputation for best coverage for mobile phones in remote areas  – Optus is now challenging this with its Satellite Small Cell coverage strategy.   Optus is now offering mobile services in previously unserviced areas especially National Parks in northern Australia.

I’m looking forward to meeting as many members as is possible in an event-filled 2019.

Des Leach


















Vice President’s Report – December 2018

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The Club has had a very successful year.    All of the sub committees and special interest groups have been very active and busy providing members with many benefits throughout the year.

We continue to attract new members on a regular basis, and have been very active running day, short and long trips to various locations right through the year.    We have recently run our annual Christmas weekend, this year at the beautiful Mannum Caravan park.    If you have never attended a Christmas show, you might not be aware that this is an event for all ages.    Santa always takes the time to visit and provide a present to the children or grandchildren of members and those too old for a present still have the opportunity to catch up with friends over a bbq lunch and a few drinks over a relaxing weekend.    Consider coming along next year regardless of age.    We must thank our Social Coordinator Naomi Jolly and her hard working team of volunteers for putting on such a successful weekend.

Speaking of Naomi, she has advised the committee that she intends to stand down as Social Coordinator after quite a few years in this position so we will be looking to fill this rewarding role at our AGM in March 2019.    Thanks Naomi for all your hard work and many enjoyable events. Likewise, Barbara Snowball has indicated that she will not continue as the Club Librarian, therefore we will also seek to fill this position next year.    Thanks Barbara for your many years in this role.
If any member has an interest in taking on either of these positions, please express your interest to the incumbent member or any of the committee.    We welcome your interest.

In February, the Club will man a stand at the Caravan Show at Wayville Show Grounds.    We have done very well recruiting new members at this event in the past and expect to do the same again next year, perhaps signing up our 1000th member.    We wish to modernise our Club Stand this year by way of refreshing the display photos.    If you have taken any photos on club trips you think would be suitable for promoting our Club at the show, please email a high resolution photo to the website sub committee (do not resize your photo) so we can print a large A3 size photo for display.    Alternatively, bring your SD Card to a Club Meeting and we can copy your file onto the Club’s Laptop.    Photos of vehicles or club members in interesting, scenic locations are what we seek.

While on the subject of the club website, the website sub committee continue to work on the new and improved website which we expect to go live early in 2019.   We welcome additional members Meg and John to the sub committee as the push to launch this valuable recruiting tool and members resource draws near.    If any club member has access to Adobe Acrobat Writer and is willing to assist the sub committee to create some editable membership forms the sub committee would appreciate your help.    Please contact the WSC.

On behalf of all the committee, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Steve Pearson – Vice President













Vice President’s Report – November 2018

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All of a sudden, the cold weather has cleared and we are experiencing some warm days and evenings.

Many of those that took long trips away during winter have returned and right now the club is very active.   The Long Trips Meeting group are back holding well attended meetings and the Mechanical Interest Group have regrouped to visit some interesting workshops and learn some technical information.   All members are invited to participate in these popular meeting, just let the organisers know you are planning to attend so that arrangements can be made for appropriate numbers.

The Promotions Committee have also regrouped after winter, holding our first New Members Meeting where we welcomed 5 new members/families.   Pleasingly, we have a good spread of age groups joining our club, some with young children providing opportunity to raise future four wheel drivers.

The Website Committee are about to fire up again to continue their good work updating the Club Website which continues to be one of our biggest recruiting tools.

Finally, we have held quite a few recent short trips as the weather improves, with successful trips to Bendelby Ranges, Peake and Argadells, each providing the opportunity to do some challenging 4WDing and some socialising around the camp fire.    All were very well attended, and new members have taken advantage to participate in these popular trips.
It is a great time to get involved in the various trips and activities that are on offer.   Check out what is on offer in the trips and events pages in the magazine.

Don’t forget the upcoming Christmas Party, an event for all ages with young members able to meet Father Christmas and older members having plenty of time to chat, relax and enjoy the weekend away.

Steve Pearson – Vice President













President’s Report – October 2018

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We are experiencing an unusually dry start to summer highlighting the need to be constantly vigilant for Bushfires during our Summer trips.     For strategies and sources of information refer to the materials distributed by Penny Kazla from the CFS during her recent Social meeting presentation.

Special thanks for the support of the Committee and particularly acting President Steve Pearson during our Club winter trip and Secretary Simon Forrest as I attended my Dad as he recovered from surgery.

23rd Oct Social meeting
The presentation by SAPOL on electronic fraud has been postponed until early 2019.

A reminder of our Special General Meeting  –  details will be found as you read further.

For those wanting to replenish their wine stores, a tasting and order session will be conducted with wines available at the November Social meeting.

A reminder to book in to the upcoming Annual Mitsubishi 4WD Club of SA Christmas Party to be held at the Mannum Caravan Park, Friday November 30th to Saturday 1st December 2018.

The Management Committee is interested in members with a 1st Aid qualification.   Please send an email to our Secretary, Simon Forrest.

Possible new off-road hybrid vehicle to be built in Australia.
“Key specifications Red (Automotive Technologies) has targeted include a 200km-plus electric-only range, a 1200km-plus range with a range extender petrol or diesel engine, 0-100km/h acceleration in less than four seconds, a top speed of 250km/h, ride height adjustable suspension with 375mm of ground clearance and 450mm of wheel travel, and a 3500kg braked towing capacity. The company claims it can deliver off-road performance that can leave “the gnarliest Jeep or LandCruiser way behind.”


Des Leach

Ps.  The way to Love anything is to realize that it might be lost. – G.K Chesterton

















President’s Report – September 2018

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Lyn and I are happy to return to our usual routines having completed the Club Karijini – Millstream Chichester – Litchfield and Darwin trip totalling 13,000kms over 10 weeks.


We are privileged to be able to experience these journeys, which many can only dream of.



Trip participants :
Gillian and John Schache, Jo and Greg Lamey (visitors) and Murray Dent.

Our September Social meeting will be addressed by Damian Bishop, who will discuss Cave Diving.   This activity requires meticulous planning and adherence to safety protocols.

Notice is hereby provided for a Special General Meeting in our October Social meeting – details will be found as you read further.

The Management Committee is interested in members with a 1st Aid qualification. Please send an email to our Secretary, Simon Forrest.

Des Leach

Ps. Personality opens doors – character keeps them open.

















President’s Report – August 2018

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I write this report as Adelaide shivers through one of the coldest weekends for a long while, with heavy rain and hail falling today.   I can’t help but be a bit jealous of those who are still up in the warm climate of the north enjoying their long trips.

I was lucky enough to get away for a few days just recently to do the Border Track between Pinnaroo and Bordertown.    It has been around 20 years since I last did the track, and really enjoyed travelling along the sandy tracks and dragging the swag out each night.    It was also the first trip in my new Pajero Sport which did a great job.     I can’t wait to get it down to the sand dunes at Peake next month.
By the way, there is still plenty of room for camping and driving, so if you would like to come down, please see the flyer elsewhere in the magazine.

For those of you coming along to the social meeting – 28th August, the guest speaker is CFS Community Engagement Officer – Penny Kazla Mob.  0457 101 696.     Penny returns to discuss the upcoming change of season and the challenge the warmer weather brings along with the CFS Apps. and bushfire strategies should we be confronted by one.

I must submit my apologies for the August social meeting.    I find myself missing the second of the three social meetings I was supposed to chair while Des is away due to overseas travel.

The one good thing about this is that it will be summer in Japan, with temperatures in the mid 30’s, so, although I missed getting up to northern Australia this year, I have got up ‘north’ a couple of times to thaw out.

Ps. A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

Steve Pearson – Acting President














President’s Report – July 2018

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July  2018


Hi everyone, I hope you are keeping well whether in cold Adelaide or travelling north to escape the winter. Many of our members are travelling far and wide at this time of the year. Those I have heard from are safe and well, enjoying their trips.

Despite many absences, the committee managed to assemble a quorum and held our meeting at our new committee/long trips venue, the Royal Coach Hotel, 24 Dequetteville Terrace Kent Town. Thank you to those stand in committee members who gave up their time to allow us to hold our meeting. To those who plan to attend future long trips meeting, please remember the new venue.


This month’s social meeting 24th July is designated a Chatfest (No guest speaker)  Suggested talk topics – Do you have an item which is indispensable when travelling/camping?  –  please bring it along and tell us why?

Elsewhere in Catchat, you can read about Lance Boagey’s unfortunate experience with his 2 year old Toyo Open Country tyres fitted to his NW Pajero. Lance was lucky to find the failing tyres just prior to a long trip interstate trip. An interesting discussion transpired between Lance who has 45 years of 4wding experience, and the Toyo Tyres representative, who claimed that it was Lance’s choice of vehicles and tyre pressures when off road which contributed to the failure. Please have a read of Lance’s story. Given the wide variety of terrains we all travel on, and the various tyre pressures we use, it would be wise to read the Toyo reply, consider their tyre pressure recommendations and check the condition of your tyres, (inside side wall) particularly if you drive a Pajero with independent rear suspension and drop your tyre pressures regularly, regardless of tyre brand.


Finally, the club has recently made two purchases which will be made available for loan shortly. The first is a Reich Caravan and Vehicle scale, useful to check the weight of your vehicle or caravan. The second is a defibrillator, a must to pack on any club trip. We will arrange a demonstration of each at an upcoming social meeting, then allow members to borrow them. Keep a look out in a future magazine where we will publish the club property list and how you can request to borrow club equipment.


Ps. There’s a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.


Steve Pearson – Acting President














President’s Report – June 2018

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I thank Steve Pearson who will acting as the Club president and also the various volunteers attending Committee meetings over the winter period.

I’m also very pleased to welcome our new members, Helen and Andy Read (983).

The guest speaker for the Tuesday June 26th Social meeting will be Timothy Quinn Mob 0466 425 613, Border Watch Coordinator (SA) | Border Watch Engagement.   Border Watch is our single collection point for community and industry information about suspicious or illegal immigration, customs or border-related activities.

The Management committee has recently voted to allow all members to choose a CB radio call sign including the word ‘cat’.    Previously this was limited to Pajero owners.

The Club will be purchasing a Defibrillator for use on trips – more on this and the associated training, shortly.

Mitsi member, Derek Mikolaj has recently been voted into the position of President of 4WDSA – congratulations Derek.

Have you ever wondered about the specific restrictions on what you can carry when

travelling over state borders – this publication will answer your questions :

Australian Quarantine booklet for interstate travellers.

An interesting article on the potential future of Diesel vehicles in the UK.

See you soon,
Des Leach

Ps. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.