4th SEPTEMBER 2021

Hello from your President Kerry Benson

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The future is still wait and see for club gatherings which are currently paused but after Monday 13th Sept. some of us may be able to arrange “non club” personal gatherings of less than 5 people (NB. not 5 vehicles!) See below.


Published: 26 Aug 2021  Released by: The Premier, Deputy Premier

People across NSW who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed more freedoms next month after NSW hit the target of six million jabs.

This is the first step in the roadmap and further freedoms will follow for those who have had the jab when the state hits new vaccination targets of 70 and 80 per cent. 

Following consultation with Dr Kerry Chant and her team, as well as the NSW Chief Psychiatrist Dr Murray Wright, the following individual freedoms will be allowed for adults who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

From 12.01am, Monday, 13 September:

  • For those who live outside the LGAs of concern, outdoor gatherings of up to five people (including children) will be allowed in a person’s LGA or within 5km of home.
  • For those who live in the LGAs of concern, households with all adults vaccinated will be able to gather outdoors for recreation (including picnics) within the existing rules (for one hour only, outside curfew hours and within 5km of home). This is in addition to the one hour allowed for exercise. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian thanked the millions of people across NSW who came forward to receive their vaccine, helping hit the six million doses target.

“We are so grateful for every person who comes forward to get vaccinated because the more jabs we get into arms, the sooner we can lift restrictions,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We appreciate the community’s patience in the lead up to 13 September, this additional time will allow the recent surge of vaccines to take effect.”

As part of the roadmap when the following targets are hit, freedoms will be as follows:

  • 70 per cent full vaccination: a range of family, industry, community and economic restrictions to be lifted for those who are vaccinated.
  • 80 per cent full vaccination: further easing of restrictions on industry, community and the economy.

The government is also investigating trials of certain industries in coming months, as a proof-of-concept measure to prepare the businesses to open up and operate in a COVID-safe way.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said this roadmap is our path to freedom and is our biggest incentive yet to get vaccinated so we can return to a level of normality. 

“The roadmap announced today outlines a clear pathway forward in which a range of family, industry, community and economic restrictions will be lifted for those that are fully vaccinated when NSW hits 70 per cent,” Mr Barilaro said. 

“Having a meal with loved ones, or having a drink with friends is just around the corner, but to get there, we need to keep up momentum in the vaccination rollout.” 

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said two doses of the vaccine not only helps protect people from hospitalisation and death, but also helps reduce transmission.

“Two vaccine doses leads to around a 90 per cent overall reduction in transmission of the virus,” Mr Hazzard said.

If you are not booked in for a COVID-19 vaccine, please book an appointment as soon possible.

There are several options to receive your ‘proof of COVID-19 vaccination’:

  • Download your COVID-19 digital certificate via the Express Plus Medicare mobile app or your Medicare online account through myGov. 
    • You can add your COVID-19 digital certificate to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay.
    • Instructions are available on the Services Australia website.
  • ​​​​If you can’t get proof online, your vaccination provider can print your immunisation history statement for you.
  • Call the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 (Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm) and ask for your statement to be sent to you. It can take up to 14 days to arrive in the post.
  • If you’re not eligible for Medicare you can call the Australian Immunisation Register and request your certificate be mailed to you or add your COVID-19 certificate to your digital wallet using the Individual Healthcare Identifiers service (IHI service) through myGov.



At present without club activities, I am forced to write about myself so this could be short. The garden has never looked better with tulips, daffodils, and annuals in flower – ideal for photos and my wife, Sue, sitting in the sun watching them grow.  


I am also attempting to resolve some of the jobs from “the too hard basket” which is overflowing in my garage. We live in Darley St., Mona Vale where there are many excellent tradesmen who can help us motoring enthusiasts with our repairs. The 1925 genuine Klaxon horn in my old Sunbeam fell off its perch (literally) a few months ago when the supporting bracket broke and left it dangling by the wires. Since the lockdown, I have had the bracket welded and then got carried away – sandblasted the horn, painted it in 2 pack black by Mona Vale Smash Repairs and polished the brass nameplate and brass screws before refitting.  It looks better than new now and might just inspire me to paint the engine block which literally has not been touched for 50 years – truly.  

I discovered that it is a good time to get work done as many trade people are restricted in what they can do. With less traffic on the roads and therefore fewer crashes, the panel beaters are starving and there will be a rush later before Xmas and when lockdown might end.

Another such case from the too hard basket is refitting the soft top frame and fabric to the E type which has been off for years and I have been using the hardtop for that time. The old soft top fabric was leaky, so I took it off and had the frame sandblasted and powder coated. Then we moved from Ballina to Mona Vale in 2014 and the frame sat on the shelf and got a little distorted, so it went into “that basket” for years. However, with Covid idleness, I have sorted the problem which was simpler than anticipated and I am in the process of refitting the frame and a creamy coloured fabric which will hopefully be cooler in summer than the two black tops before. This will be the 3rd fabric top since new in November 1967. Without aircon, it gets very sweaty in summer with the top up, but nice with it down if you don’t mind a little sunburn and that windswept look. I love open air motoring – you can smell the salt air on the coast, and in the country, near dusk you can smell fresh cut hay and the damp air by the wheat crops and in the rain, at speed you don’t even get wet - until you stop!

STAY TUNED  many thanks to Andrew Willoughby for the latest issue of the PMEA magazine.....Click HERE to view and or download it,

YouTube is available on your computer, smart tv, smart phone, iPad etc. and has some great motoring presentations (and some poor ones) for all to see. Just type in your search for a vehicle or event of choice like motor shows of the decade of choice and be amazed at the amount of information and entertainment that is available to fill in those idle Covid hours. If you find an item of interest which may be suitable for our magazine, please contact editor Andrew Willoughby.

 The website does have a section called MARKETPLACE ....Click HERE to see what your fellow PMEA members have on offer. If you’d like to put something on the MARKETPLACE site, please let Graeme Smith know.

Welfare of members and families is a priority as the isolation affects us all in different ways.

Thanks to all those who have phoned, texted, or emailed with amusing stuff – all appreciated – I am missing your company and urge all to communicate with others – we are very social creatures and love to associate with other club members. If you need any contacts, just ask a committee member and we can arrange it for you without infringing privacy. Don’t forget to use your logbooks and get your vehicle out for Covid approved use.

Happy motoring

Kind Regards,

Kerry Benson


Events Update from your Vice President David Cawthorn

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 Don’t Forget

New PMEA windscreen banners have been procured, these are available for $25 each, please log-in to the Members section of the website and go to Club Shop where you will find a picture and instructions on how to order. Should you have any difficulties, please contact me directly.

The Michael Andrews Memorial Trophy (MAT) has concluded for another year. Points are recorded for attendance at every General Meeting and all Events. I will be presenting the MAT Trophy to the winner at an upcoming General Meeting, after the AGM, with a new date to be announced. Please do coming along to this meeting when PMEA present this and our other club awards for 2020/2021 and congratulate the winners.

Keep those wheels turning

David Cawthorn

Vice President & Events.