21st Century ‘treasure hunters’ scour region

There will be plenty of treasure being sought at a “mega event” planned for Millicent next month.

Geocaching South Australia will host their GeoVenture2020 megaevent in Millicent from October 1-4.

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a global positioning system receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.

Geocaching South Australia secretary Heather Walker said the Millicent event had been postponed twice, after initially being scheduled for the Easter long weekend and October long weekend last year.

“It is just the time we are living in at the moment,” Mrs Walker said.

“We were originally planning to have around 800 people, but it will probably be around 200 so a quarter of what we were expecting but we will still have a great time.

“It is unrealistic to put the event off again so we will just have it and hope that people will attend.”

The group’s president Sandi Spunk said the megaevent is set to include a Welcome to Country by Local Boandik Elder Aunty Michelle, a CITO (Cache in Trash Out) and a youth session.

“The CITO is a community event which helps the environment so for this megaevent we are going to plant trees at the Greenrise Recreational Reserve in Penola,” she said.

“The youth session will take place at 10-11pm on Friday, October 1 giving beginners an opportunity to learn guidelines, etiquette, and tips and tricks for geocaching.”

Mrs Spunk said Geocaching South Australia was lucky to have such supportive sponsors, including Wattle Range Council. Infigen Energy, Mac Land Rover, South East Property Sales & Management, Hollick Estates, the Millicent Showgrounds, Kimberly-Clark Australia Millicent Mill, the Somerset Hotel and a range of Millicent businesses who donated prizes.

“We were also lucky enough to win an Active Clubs Program Grant which was great,” Mrs Walker said.

“The local service clubs are helping us out with the food which includes the Lions Club of Wattle Range, the Rotary Club and the South End Community.

“We have tried our best to keep it within the Wattle Range Council by using the service clubs and businesses as much as we can.”

For more information download the Geocaching app, visit the South Australia Geocaching website or the Wattle Range Council page.

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