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Rough Tracks The magazine of the AUSTRALIAN EX -MILITARY VEHICLE COLLECTORS SOCIETY INC

April 2012

Monthly Meetings are HELD at ASHFIELD RSL, 374 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield , ON THE 2nd WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH (except January); at 2000 hrs

COROWA - 2012Kindly attributed to jennysoldcars flickr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/jennysoldcars/ (Jenny Fawbert)

NSW Lancers MuseumInternational Heritage Day Event Sunday 29th April 2012Bring your military vehicles

For more information, turn to Page 19or contact Steve Dietmann on 0427 067305 Email; [email protected] 1

MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEETING OF THE A.M.V.C.S. HELD AT ASHFIELD R.S.L. ON WEDNESDAY 11th APRIL 2012General Meeting Opened at: 20.08 Apologies: Keith Adam, Max Mann, Geoff Giles, Fred Reeves, Kevin Burne, John Oldenmenger, Les Bell, Bill Sjoblom, Ken Whyte. Visitors: Brian Healey Minutes of Previous Meeting: No minutes were taken of prior meeting Correspondence In: Was passed around Presidents report: No report as President absent. Vice Presidents report: Position vacant. Treasurers report: Bank figures were $3,004.53 in the main (cheque account) and $6,332.40 in the deposit account. Accounts for payment: Reimburse David Goodman for the cost of post office rent of $93 paid to Australia Post; ratified payment to Ken Whyte for magazine costs for months of November, December and January/February totalling $1,279.01; ratified payment to Council of Motor Clubs of $240 for 20 tickets to Eastern Creek display day. Proposed accepted by Laurie Winney, seconded Gary Beers - members voted in favour. Public relations report: (1) Blacktown swap-meet on 1/7/2012 to be held at Fairfield Showground. If attending let Glen Cairncross know as the organisers insist on knowing numbers. If you want to trade, a site cost $20. (2) Easter Show display day is 16/4/2012 and 13 vehicles are attending. (3) North Head searchlight light-up and display day/night to be held on 26/5/2012. C.M.C. report: Affiliation vote was held on Land Rover Enthusiasts Club (LREC) which has 55 members and whose affiliation is supported by the Landrover Club. Proposed: Gary Beers, seconded: Alan Lark-members voted in favour. Gary advised the 39th General Motors Day will be held on 22/4/2012 at Penrith Panthers and that the National Heritage Motoring Day will be on 20/5/2012. Club Plate report: nil General Business: Tom Rolfe reported on his trip to Corowa via Tumut in the Chev; Phil Rider thanked club members for assisting with his daughters wedding, Paul Tiberti and Mick Jericevich drove the groomsmen in their jeeps, in uniform, Andy McFarland drove the wedding party in his heritage Roller down to the Rocks; Jan Thompson advised members of the death of Hugh Daviss son, Hugh is a member of the SA club and the AMVCS extends it sympathy to Hugh and his family; Gary Beers reported on his trip to Corowa, the long way via the coast and up over Mount Hotham, and also the day trip to Finley and the visit to the old log cabin; Jan Thompson reported on Corowa and referred members to KVE news for a complete run down, the weather was relatively good with the only issue being the inability to use the airport for camping or activities due to flooding however the showground was an excellent alternative for the display and swap meet. Jan also reported that the river was low as the water was being held at the Hume Reservoir to prevent flooding at Mulwala downstream. It was noted that the Albion Park air show is on 6th May, 2012. Dennis Taylor advised that Ian Williams had picked up a military item on the way home from Corowa, if anyone has lost something of value let Ian know what it is and if correct it will be returned. Dennis also reported on a proposed activity at Newington Armoury that was being considered, possibly for October. Dennis is meeting Armoury representatives to explore options and will report back. Dennis also reminded all members that even if they dont want to receive the magazine by email they should provide a contact email address so that important but short notice NEWS can be rapidly disseminated to members. Members cant expect to be updated by phone as there to many members to phone. If a member doesnt have their own email address they should use the address of their son, daughter, sister, brother etc and ask them to forward important email messages. Searchlight Light up- Alan Lark reported at length about the searchlight light up and display at North Head on 26 May, 2012. One of the lights, now restored to operation is 150 centimetres and should be spectacular when powered up. Overnight camping on the Saturday night is allowed, toilets are available, no showers, room is available for tents. To make the night worthwhile, to increase the spectacle, and encourage adoption as an annual event we need to get as many military vehicles along as possible. A BBQ will be provided so numbers must be known in advance for catering purposes. The site is near the old museum located towards the lookout end at North Head, not the old parade ground area. Members are asked to bring military vehicles as there is minimal parking available for civilian vehicles and NPWS charges parking fees outside the gate. If attending let club member Alan Lark know on 95224815 or 0428461621 so that catering can be planned. Meeting closed at 21.40 Page 2

After floods in areas around the Murray River and in many parts of NSW, people were concerned that the 33 rd Annual GPA Swim-In and Ex-Military Vehicle Gathering would be cancelled. Our event means a lot to the Corowa Shire so no matter what happened with the weather the Swim-In would still continue. We ended up having 22 theme vehicles and a total of 165 vehicles attend the event. We were informed by the Corowa Shire that they were one of the many Local Government Areas across NSW and Victoria that had been significantly affected by recent heavy rainfall and flooding. As a result they were declared as a National Disaster area. People travelling to the area had to be aware of road closures predominantly in the state of NSW. KVE received notification a few days prior that camping, the photo shoot and swap meet would not be able to proceed at the Corowa Airport. The Council had suggested Bindaree Caravan Park as an alternative for camping and they matched the price for camping. The KVE committee tried to inform people of the changes as we only had a few days up our sleeve. Unfortunately there were people who were unable to attend due to floods and there were many people who had to use alternate roads to get to Corowa. Upon arrival in Corowa on Saturday 10th March, the weather was superb and fortunately the only rain we had started on Thursday evening and continued on Friday and had stopped early Saturday morning. Corowa managed to get less rain than some of the surrounding areas. The Wangaratta Rod and Custom Club Bi-annual Rod Run was held over the Victorian Long weekend. On the Saturday night they had a Cruise Night and Sanger St was closed off to traffic. On Sunday they had a Show and Shine at Bangerang Park. Just under 100 cars participated in the event. The event has been held at Wangaratta since 1981 but the club has been lured to the Murray River town by a support package from the Corowa Council. KVE was fortunate to receive a Corowa Shire Tourism Grant. We submitted our application and late in December we were told we had been successful. This included the use of the Site Office at Ball Park Caravan Park, use of the Cherrypicker for our Saturday photo shoot, printing of our Daily Despatches newspaper, Corowa Shire folders and voucher books for the pre-registered participant packs, 280 caps and cups for promotional use and 500 stickers. We encouraged people to pre-register even if they werent bringing a vehicle so they could be part of this. Our local member Neville Smith also contacted other businesses in the Corowa Shire. Brian Healey and Richard Farrant put out a daily newspaper from Wednesday to Saturday with the assistance of Kendall Reid from the Corowa Shire. These were available from the Site Office and also were handed out to people staying in the caravan park. This was the first time we had done this type of thing and special thanks to Brian and Richard for taking on this role. The response from participants to these newspapers was encouraging. The participant packs also included a metal badge, a glossy KVE newsletter with important details on the event, a Voting Form and an Entry Form for 2013. Corowa Shire is a rural community centrally located between Sydney and Melbourne on the Murray River in New South Wales. Covering an area of 2,407.97km2, Corowa Shire has a population of around 11,000 people. Corowa Shire includes the towns of Corowa, Howlong, and Mulwala, and the villages of Balldale, Coreen, BurajaLowesdale, Daysdale, Rennie, and Savernake. The Shire has a strong and diverse economy that supports a base of 650 enterprises, and a labour force of 5,768 workers. Corowa Shire is home to a wide array of small to medium sized enterprises ranging from tourism and hospitality to manufacturing and agriculture. The major industries include a piggery feedlot and abattoir, agriculture machinery sales and services, food processors, munitions factory, many freight transport companies and thriving tourism, retail and trade businesses. The region is steeped in history, playing a significant role in the 1901 Federation of Australia. The Municipality of Corowa was gazetted on 19 June 1903 and the Shire of Coreen was gazetted on the 16th of May 1906. The Shire of Coreen included the township of Mulwala and the surrounding districts of Balldale, Buraja, Coreen, Daysdale, Lowesdale, Hopefield, Rennie, Savernake and Warragoon. Corowa Shire, formed under the Local Government Act, was gazetted on the 10th of June 1955, with the amalgamation of the NSW Municipality of Corowa and the Shire of Coreen. One of the great