The Club held the annual welcome to the New year Dinner on Saturday Night. It was well attended with everyone enjoying the chance to catch up after the Christmas Break. The Club President took the opportunity to outline some of the events that would be happening throughout the year.
Newcastle & Districts Four Wheel Drive Club has had another busy year with local and extended trips as well as social and community events. Club members participated in a Clean Up Australia Day event at Stockrington Conservation Area and volunteered as Marshallers in the Port to Port Mountain Bike Race. Throughout the year the Club has also taken part in fund raising events such as a Drive for Life High Country Trip, an Auction to raise funds for Camp Quality and a Farm Stay weekend with donations made for drought relief. Next year will hopefully be as busy and enjoyable!!!!!!. Wishing everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.
The final event for the year, the Clubs Annual Breakfast was held last Sunday at Bluegum Hills Park Minmi. It was well attended with members and visitors enjoying the feast of bacon,eggs,tomatoes and mushrooms that was provided. After breakfast the traditional Camp Quality Auction of goods donated by sponsors and club members was held. It was great fun as usual. This year the perpetual recovery trophy was awarded to one of our members for his sterling work in rescuing travellers on the Canning Stock Route.
THis year the Clubs Annual Christmas Party was Held at Cardiff Bowling Club. It was well attended by members and visitors keen to join in the afternoons Barefoot Bowls. There was a great deal of jovial competition amongst the mainly inexperienced bowlers keen to win first prize Many thanks to the Bowling Club for their help in organising the event and to the Chef for providing a delicious Christmas Dinner.
Winners of the Bowls Competition
The Club spent a great weekend “Escaping to the Country” on a Cattle and Horse Riding property. Though we didn’t ride any horses we were kept very busy relaxing, checking out the animals and going for scenic property drives.
Like a lot of farming areas the property has been badly affected by the drought. Even with the recent rain making things a little greener, the owners were still having to hand feed their stock every day..
I think the Club helped out a little by being there and paying for our camping and firewood.
Many past and present members were present for a very enjoyable weekend at Clarencetown to help celebrate Newcastle & Districts Four Wheel Drive Club celebrate its’ 40th Anniversary.
A group of eleven club members plus visitors met in Canberra prior to heading across Kosciuszko and the NSW High Country then down to the Snowy River area , before finishing off in Marlo, Victoria. Along the way they encountered challenging driving territory , variable weather conditions , herds of wild Brumbies and opportunistic, fearless possums.
The Group at Blue Waterholes
Crossing The Swampy Plains River
Suggan Buggan School House