Past Events

President’s Report – June 2017

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Our 27th June Social meeting will have a guest speaker from St John Ambulance to discuss and demonstrate the use of a Defibrillator.    Henry Cowell will provide a demonstration of a defibrillator unit on a mannequin, followed by a question and answer session.

The Management Committee would like some feedback from members on a couple of items.

Firstly, some members are keen to receive a ‘hardcopy’ of our Cat Chat newsletter whilst most are happy with the electronic version.     When we researched other Mitsubishi clubs we discovered that Queensland charge an additional $50 per year for a hard copy of their magazine ‘Diamond Torque’. Should hardcopies be charged for separately or should the costs be absorbed into the overall renewal fees?

The second item relates to advertising in Cat Chat.
No Commercial advertising appears in Cat Chat, however the committee has been approached to see if members could advertise some of their services outside of 4WD activities.     Perhaps members could advertise in the ‘Discounts’ section of Cat Chat – what are your thoughts?     Please pass on your ideas to a Committee member ‘yellow member badges’ or send an email to my address.

Have you ever thought of advising that you want to be an organ donor via your driver’s license –

Reminder- Pedders at Keswick ph 82979022 are offering a free suspension/brake checks for Club members, normally $28.

Des Leach







President’s Report – May 2017

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In a week or so, it’ll be Winter – our low early morning temperatures being a very good reminder.

This means that many members will soon be packing their shorts, T shirts and thongs and heading north.   We wish them all a safe and relaxing journey and look forward to stories about places many of us haven’t yet visited.

This leaves some gaps in our various Committees, if you are asked to ‘lend a hand’, please do your best to help.

Our annual Polish Hill event was held over Easter and was very well attended with 24 vans over several days.   It’s great to have time to sit back drink some water (well it started as water plus some sugar, yeast and barley etc.) and have time to let topics of conversation flow.
Many thanks to Lance and Jill and their hard working band of helpers.

Congratulations to ‘Mitsi’ member, Derek Mikolaj recently appointed as the Training Officer for the Driver Training Unit within 4WDSA.   We look forward to hearing about future training strategies for those members who want more intensive instruction/assessment.

Our 23rd May Social meeting will have a guest speaker from the Environmental Health Team within Unley Council.   Angela Sorger will be sharing important information on the storage and transporting of food.   Whether our trips are over a weekend or several weeks in the remote outback – if we become ill the remainder of the trip is very difficult – there’s not always a convenient tree to duck behind.

SAPOL has recently issued some information on the use of Quad bikes – these seem to be overrepresented in accidents resulting in severe injury and death.

The gas stove at the Sporting Car Club is still unavailable due to extensive repairs/replacement.
In the meantime we’ll keep heating pies and pizza in the oven – there may even be some soup.

Des Leach

If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed- Mark Twain






President’s Report – April 2017

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April 2017

I welcome the elected Committee for 2017/18 – Lee Nicolle, Brian Cosh, Col Price, Naomi and Kevin Jolly, Fiona Davis, John O’Daly, Alain Lioret and Steve Pearson.

Congratulations to Bob Bolto (and Heather) for becoming the 4th Life Member of our Club at our recent AGM.

I look forward to chatting to those in appointed roles – we thank them all for volunteering their time.

Due to winter trips our various Committee’s ranks will be thinned – I encourage members to come forward and offer assistance.

I’m very pleased to welcome our newest members:- Darren Zanker (960) with Liana and Robert Parvin with Monica (961).  Please make them feel welcome as they try the different activities offered by the Club.

Many thanks to John O’Daly for his series of videos presented at our recent Long Trips meetings. Please contact Peter Sandercock ( if you have some photos or video from a trip – 4wd or otherwise.


A number of members have been awaiting the release of the Pajero Polymer ARB Frontier Diesel Fuel Tanks. They are now available and replace the original fuel tank with an extra 60 litres for older and 40 litres for newer models.

Long Range Tanks


The latest from the Dept of Planning Transport and Infrastructure:-


Are you confident you know the Road Rules, here’s a quick quiz:-


At the time of reading this, we will have gathered have some stories of fun and camaraderie from the Polish Hill event – watch this space.


Des Leach


  1. It’s now been proven that a stone in a hiking boot migrates to the point of maximum pressure









President’s Report – March 2017

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I thank all those working for the Club during the year- Elected, Appointed and general helpers – your
efforts are invaluable when creating the opportunities for all members to share in great camaraderie and fun.

I’m very pleased to welcome our newest members – Liesl Shipard with Ricky (958) and Charles Holland with Dee (959) – please make them feel welcome.

At the AGM during the 28th March 2017 Social meeting, all Committee positions will be called and
a nomination for Life membership will be voted on.

We do need some extra assistance to help Brian our Treasurer due to his work requirements and also in the Environment role for the next 9-12 months.

We’ll also enjoy some wine tasting and there’ll be a silent auction of a rubbish carrier for the rear of a vehicle.

Membership renewals have been due since January and should have been completed by the end of February with the annual fee of $80, BSB 035047 Account 255297 – please include your Mitsi number.

The Committee has authorized a series of new ‘shorter’ Club email addresses – they should start appearing in this CatChat.

Some news from SAPOL –

– Bicycles with engines outlawed

– Five top distractions when driving

– Road signs and their meanings

– 10 tips if you break down

– Diabetics – Hypos when driving

A reminder of the upcoming Polish Hill event (12th to 19th April 2017) which focuses on meeting members, socialising and maybe some 4wd activity for those (like me) who can’t help themselves.

Des Leach – President

ps.I was driving this morning when I pulled up next to an RAA van. The driver was sobbing uncontrollably and looked very miserable. I thought to myself – ‘that guy’s heading for a breakdown’.











President’s Report – February 2017

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Have just returned from the Caravan and Camping Show and we were the only 4WD Club present.  I was thrilled at the opportunity to chat with other 4wdrivers and to encourage some possible candidates as members. We offer thanks to Lance who organised the event and the many members who attended our stall.

New members – Don Eime with Chris 956, Heinz-Dieter Froehlingsdorf with Christine 957 and the rejoining of Tony Tamlin with Julia 278 – please make them all feel welcome.

Our 28th February Social meeting has taken a major change as the large downstairs room at the Sporting Car Club has been withdrawn and replaced by the smaller upstairs ‘red room’.  We’ve deferred our guest speaker and will concentrate on planning the upcoming AGM in March. If you have ideas regarding the operation of the Club or wish to join the Committee this would be an excellent meeting to attend.

At the AGM during the 28th March 2017 Social meeting all Committee positions will be called and a nomination for Life membership will be voted on. We do need some extra assistance to help Brian our Treasurer due to his work requirements and the committee is also looking for help in the Environment role.

Membership renewals have been due since January and need to be completed by the end of February with the annual fee of $80, BSB 035047 Account 255297 – please include your Mitsi number.

For those with some spare time and feeling energetic the Ngarkat “Border Track” Annual Working Bee will be conducted on March 25 & 26 – 2017.

Welcome back to those attending the Limestone coast trip I understand you had plenty of practice retrieving bogged vehicles.

The latest news from SAPOL  –

I look forward to meeting many members and wandering around the Clare Valley at the Polish Hill event -Wednesday 12th April to Wednesday 19th April 2017 (Easter Included).

Des Leach








MEMBER UPDATE : New Additions to Members Area . .

i Feb 7th No Comments by
  • Books & DVD’s available through the Club’s extensive Library resources are now listed in the Members Area (Library folder)
  • Details of the many people who have supported the Club in both Elected & Appointed capacities over the past 30 years, (as acknowledged at last years 30th Anniversary celebration) is also available (Club Management folder)

CHECK it Out ! . . .

Pocket Guide to First Aid and CPR

i Feb 3rd No Comments by

A link to the FREE Australian Red Cross FIRST AID “app” FYI :  . . . putting valuable and Potentially life saving information at your finger tips – Check it Out !
MEMBERS : ALSO added to permanent list of Useful Links on the “Downloads” Page

President’s Report – January 2017

i Jan 22nd No Comments by


Welcome to the first CatChat for 2017.

Lyn and I have just returned from the Club trip to the Victorian Alps, which tested our powers of concentration and car handling as we tackled fast flowing creek crossings and steep broken tracks. Many thanks to Lance and Jill Boagey for 20 years of leadership with these Alps trips.

We welcome new members Gregory and Lynette NORTH (955) and wish them well as they engage in the various Club activities.

The Club will conduct a Social meeting on the 24th January 2017 with a Chatfest in place of a guest speaker. Our 28th February Social meeting will have a guest speaker from the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Volunteers are still required for the Caravan & Camping Show for half day shifts either AM or PM over the period Wed 15th to Sun 19th FEB 2017. Please email if you can assist and if you have any queries please contact him on 0409 765 144.

If you have an interest in organising and promoting Environmental activities within the Club please contact Alan Pettigrew on 0417 262 000.

Our Mechanical Interest Group is looking for assistance.   Please contact Kevin Jolly 0419 419 255 if you could spare some time to help with ideas and organising speakers.

Every two years HEMA release a new version in their Navigator series and the new model the HEMA HX-1 has just appeared replacing the HN7.   Previously upgraded models have offered improved electronics and larger screens.   The HX-1 has a totally new platform and is a locked Android tablet and with a brighter screen; faster processing and a longer battery life than the HN7.   The HX-1 doesn’t use Oziexplorer mapping software requiring all maps to be sourced from the ‘HEMA Cloud’, similar to Apple and iTunes.   For those who like to source or create their own maps, this is a major change.  Here is a review you may find useful-

I’m looking forward to meeting as many members as is possible in an event filled 2017.

Des Leach








2017 Membership RENEWAL Due : January 1

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Renewal Form can be downloaded from Members Area “Download” page . . . EARLY payment will Greatly Assist your Hard Working Membership Officer and Treasurer !!           Thanks, and have a GREAT 2017 with the Club !

MEMBER UPDATE : Monthly Sunday Day Trips coming BACK in 2017 !

i Dec 18th No Comments by

John, our new Trips Coordinator has been busy planning the return of regular Club Day Trips / Social events for Members in 2017 . . . proposed to be held on the Last Sunday of Most months . . . for full details refer to Cat Chat Magazine in Members Section, to keep an eye on what’s coming up.

PS : If YOU have any suggestions for such events in the future . . . Contact John and support this initiative.