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DSMRA 2017 AGM

This year the DSMRA AGM was held in Murrayville Victoria!

About 30 members from across Australia (ACT, NSW, QLD, SA & VIC) converged on Murrayville for a big weekend of sand-riding and, ride tales, comradery, and shenanigans. Most arrived on Thursday/Friday with a few hardcore sand-lovers staying on for a few days either side. The adventure-riders took a scenic route, spending roughly a week either side getting to the AGM and back home.

Check out the photo album on the DSMRA National Facebook Page

 

This year the AGM voted in a number of new and familiar faces to the DSMRA National Committee:

  • President: Tim Clarke (NSW)
  • Vice President: Steve Donkers (NSW)
  • Secretary: Andrew Stacey (ACT)
  • Treasurer: Peter Wenderoth (ACT)
  • Ordinary Member 1: Ian Hookway (SA)
  • Ordinary Member 2: Wayne Smith (QLD)
  • Ordinary Member 3: Mark Zorzi (ACT)

The National Committee would like to thank the following outgoing members for all their hard work over the past 12 months: 

  • Adrian Whittaker (outgoing President)
  • Shaun Lonergan (outgoing Secretary)
  • David Bush (outgoing Ordinary Member)

The AGM extensively discussed important topics such as our membership woes, website challenges, the Draft Constitution, and social media. 

Available here: 2017 AGM Minutes

 

Tony Kirby Annual Memorial Rides

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In 2011 a few Tony Kirby's friends and followers celebrated his life with a ride to one of his favourite places, South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, where a rock cairn was constructed and his ashes spread. This became the inaugural TK Memorial Ride.

Other rides have followed each year since:

  • 2011 – Flinders Ranges SA
  • 2012 – Walcha NSW
  • 2013 – Kenilworth Qld
  • 2014 – Bridge to Bridge – Sydney Harbour Bridge to Brisbane’s Story Bridge
  • 2015 - Cooma NSW
  • 2016 - Flinders Ranges SA

2017 Memorial Ride

The 2017 ride will be to and about Emmaville NSW on the weekend of 21/22 October. We’ll congregate at Emmaville’s Club Hotel; http://clubhotelemmaville.com/index.html  Saturday night to commemorate TK’s contribution to our adventure riding lifestyle.

We have a block booking at the Club Hotel for those wishing to stay there. Please go online and make your own arrangements, making sure you mention you are a TK Ride participant. About 3-4 weeks prior, the Pub will take a booking from anyone, so make your plans early if wishing to stay at the Pub. Camping is also available nearby for those that prefer to do it harder.

There’ll be an ‘unorganised’ day ride out of Emmaville on Saturday for those who arrive in time. Getting  to Emmaville and return is up to the individual, however there will be a ride out of southern NSW leaving the previous weekend that riders could join in as they wished, and likewise for a return. There may also be rides loosely arranged from southern Queensland and south west NSW, to be confirmed.

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DSMRA Acquires Radio Licence

The DSMRA is proud to note that we have now acquired a specific radio licence - so our riders can use their own unique frequency on the UHF Frequency. The DSMRA recommends the usage of the Icom 41W handheld radio with microphone or the new version the Icom 41 Pro. Both of these can be programmed for these channels.

The details can be found below.

Link to the frequency

 

Read more: DSMRA Acquires Radio Licence

Looking for Expressions of Interest From Riders

EOI 1 - MOTOGP in October 2017

In what seems to be a growing annual pilgrimage – the Canberra branch is now taking an expression of interest for 2017 for those interested in riding to and enjoying the MotoGP.

The plan is to Depart on Wednesday (18 October 2017) stay at the pub at Bairnsdale then stay on Phillip Island for a return ride on Monday (waiting for the crowd and not feeling rushed on the Sunday is much worthwhile). As a number of members work as track marshalls/ volunteers etc they have a few passes (not enough) which can reduce entry costs.

Read more: Looking for Expressions of Interest From Riders