Trip report for Anzac Day 25th April The meet up time was 3:00am for a 3:30am departure from McDonalds Bribie Island Road. We arrived at 3:24am for a 3:30am departure, if there was a sergeant of arms that would have been fine number 1. There were 5 cars in total with 2 being visitors Bruce and Narelle, and Kym. Off we go to Bribie Island, parked and on for a coffee before the service. The weather was very favourable not cold for the time of day, it was lovely, however I think Tiny should have been fined to flicking water on Leighanne. I have never attended a dawn service in my adult life so it was very moving especially when listening to the information delivered by the various speakers. As I listened to the service I realised that our Australian nation was only 126 years young at the time of WW1 and we were only 151 years young at the start of WW2. When I listened to the statistics on the Battle of Tobruk I realised that of the 9,000 plus Australian lives lost and 18,000 plus Australian people wounded the majority of the European people who either lost their lives or were injured were most likely born in another land but yet they fought and died for this new land. Then there were the New Zealanders who’s numbers were 2,000 plus lives lost and 4,000 plus wounded. No matter how we look at the statistics the fact is Australia was a very young country when you consider the time of European and Western World settlement, society and culture established in Australia. During the battle of Tobruk the Turks lost a formidable 86,000 plus lives and had amassed an amazing 118,000 plus injured. The courage it must have taken for all soldiers in battle especially in a place like Tobruk is incredible and I understood then why we should honour the lives of all people who not only face battle but also those who help restore injured soldiers. And we must not forget the indigenous presence also in both wars fighting for a land they were losing within. Once the dawn service was over we meandered back to our vehicles and headed to a lovely park at Woorim Beach for a BBQ brekky. Ben decided not to christen the new club BBQ so we used the park facilities. So the new club BBQ is still very new. Even though the temperature was mild it was a very overcast sky above and the sunrise was not as spectacular as was hoped with the sun fighting to shine through the clouds. We had brekky and Tiny and Leighanne left us to continue and our visitor Kym left his car and jumped in with us. We headed to the inland track and had a look at the Gallagher’s Point and Poverty Creek camp grounds before heading to the beach. Along the track not far from the Ocean Beach day use area Ben’s holy tyre finally gave way and he ended up with a huge slit in his tread. Fine for Ben. Out with the trusty kangaroo jack and off with the old on with the spare and off we go again. We checked out the Ocean Beach day use area and then finally hit the beach. We looked at the remnants of the buildings left from war time and then headed off down the beach. We pulled into a couple of the lagoons but didn’t stay, we kept moving and drove off the beach to air up at 12 noon. The weather had improved by the time we reached the other end and it had been a lovely day out once again. Thank you to all who attended especially Ben for leading the trip. Debbie
Happy Easter, Another month down! What a busy month it has been with ,Clean-up Australia Day, Glasshouse Mountains, Mount Mee Night Run, Amamoor Creek, and those who went to Brisbane 4x4 show. With Wild Horse Mountain trip cancelled again due to the weather a few of the members got together and did a reckie up to Bellthorpe. We apologize for a late magazine, we are still coordinating the electronic version and the loss of some paperwork which had all the emails on it that we still have not located . Lorraine has soldiered on and produced a brilliant magazine as she always does. If anyone has found a list of emails for our members please return the next meeting . It also has been brought to the committees attention that the website has not been updated lately this has been a over site which we are now rectifying, our apologies . Please remember as a member of this club you have the right to contact the committee if you are not happy with the way we are running things but also please take into accounts committee positions are voluntary and I say thank you to everyone of you who work tirelessly to keep this club running. Keep the shiny side up and have a safe Easter! Tiny Grimstone President, Moreton Districts Off Road Club
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