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Australia's next Mega Event launch.Next Thursday , 16 th December at 8 pm, will see the launch of Australia's next exciting mega event. The Committee consists of 5 teams representing 3 states .It has 10 adults and 12 kids as assistants.

We have worked hard in recent times and lifted the bar to another level.All components of the Mega are booked. The name, Committee, accommodation, meals, stages, lighting, sound , two semi trailers with fixed toilets and showers on top and some entertainment are all booked.In fact , every part is complete. The event is an exciting logistical event and we have scoured the country and found the best location that will dazzle all geocachers.[/size] The release document next Thursday night has 1184 words of information. There are 19 pictures and 5 websites included. Much thought and detail has gone into this and together with sponsors ,we have worked with 3 tourism departments, 3 councils and 2 Mayors for a great geocaching package.

The event is not in Wagga Wagga. The Committee are all under secrecy until release next Thursday night. The only clue we will give is that the much anticipated event is all booked and located in either Canberra, NSW, Victoria or South Australia.

The Committee is proud to present the full glossy package next Thursday night and are looking forward to the indicative intents from all teams to the great event planned.

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Presented By TheOZ MEGA ADVENTURE COMMITTEE

Welcome to Australia’s first ever exciting 4 day progressive Mega Geocaching Adventure.

The event commences on Good Friday 6th April, 2012 till Easter Monday 9th April, 2012.

Starting date for the adventure will be on Good Friday 6th April at the Gundagai Showgrounds , Southern NSW,to set up camp . The campground will be a sea of colour on arrival with banners and balloons, plus as you enter the gates, an Australian Flag will be placed on your car aerial for the 4 days. Registrations will feature at the designated Registration Centre only on Friday and early Saturday morning.

The Registration Fee will include your “Registration Pack “ full of surprises and the main “Oz Mega Adventure “ game with a minimum $5,000 in prizes. Entries will have all day to complete day one around Gundagai of the 3 day game visiting many historical spots including rare permission from the Police to visit Captain Moonlights cell

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Please visit Geocaching Australia for more details

http://forum.geocaching.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=15449

This will require a different log in to post reply as they are a different site.

 

• The Committee now welcomes all your exciting posts of indicative interests. We request your 1/ State travelling from 2/ Probable people attending. We understand their will be many questions ,but at this stage getting to a large indicative tally first is more important to progress to the next stage.

 

• Please place your intents on this page. Thank you.

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Look like it’ll be good although a bit disappointed it’s in the same state as this years.

Would be nice to see the mega event move around the country.

There's no official 'MEGA' committee. Anyone can attempt to list one!

 

It will only move if some other group gets together and runs one.

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Just a bump to help keep this one near the top of thge page. Please remember to post your possible intentions.

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Thanks Greg for the heads-up.

 

We enjoyed last years event so much and are eagerly anticipating the next one.

 

Both Ozjeepers plan to attend, travelling from Sydney NSW.

 

Now we can't wait until the 16th to see what the committee will unfold.

 

Happy caching

Helen & Ray

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it sounds really cool, hopefully we can all manage to attend...although it is a little bit of a hike for us.

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Just a bump to help keep this one near the top of thge page. Please remember to post your possible intentions.

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Look like it’ll be good although a bit disappointed it’s in the same state as this years.

Would be nice to see the mega event move around the country.

There's no official 'MEGA' committee. Anyone can attempt to list one!

 

It will only move if some other group gets together and runs one.

 

As CraigRat stated. Anyone can list a mega or attempt too. :) If you live in Perth i can tell your chances of a mega every being in Perth are slim. :huh: This is the reason why...

 

Australia has a 22 million population base. A small percentage are geocachers. Not everyone is interested in Mega's. The majority of the population base is between Brisbane to Sydney to Melbourne. :)

 

Next, there is only one possible weekend to stage it and that is at Easter. The reason for this is as follows... if it were held on a 2 day weekend or even a 3 day weekend it makes the long driving distances not worth it for only 2 days etc. Other times like school holidays dont work, because states are different and doesn't mean the parents have time off.Xmas is a nightmare with too many committements for families. So it just has to be Easter to gain the 4 days of value. :)

Keeping that in mind you can see how difficult it would be to stage it in WA or even SA or NT or far north QLD. it has to be placed in a Eastern seaboard region.

The chances of Perth ever staging one would only be if incredible prizes and entertainment were offered . :)

 

So, Tartansnake . although we can understand you being disappointed its not moved to say Sydney or Victoria , no one has put up their hand to even be interested.We are also interested in conducting one every two years with the same Committee for the next one and moving it around.

In some other forums it was stated ,that some people were disappointed the next one was was within 200km's of Wagga. Cant see their reasons.Its about the fun and comradery of the event .This must be how it is seen , as the United States conducts about 7 mega's per year. Each one is in a small town , no capital cities involved and get this...each one is staged at the same location each year.No one complains and every one gets bigger each year. :) One about 8 years in a row. :) :)

 

So, just getting everyone to a mega in Australia is not easy. You have to offer the best weekend, good entertainment and activities to suit all ages.But , America started off with one and has progressed big leaps and bounds. Australia should progress forward too, with caches going out at a frantic rate now, more teams getting into it, and the luxury of having Geoacaching Australia for all info. :) :)

 

So, Tartansnake that is a bit of an insight to the workings of a mega. please understand they are not easy events to stage.There are no paid positions and sponsors have to be sourced.

Hopefully , we will see you at the next one in 2012. There are about to be some huge updates in the next few weeks.Will keep everyone posted.

Thankfully,

Greg

President. :) :) :)

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We have about 250 intents so far which is very pleasing for the Committee after only 36 days.

So just a little bump and hopefully some more will post there intetrest in the event.

This makes it about half way well done guys.

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Look like it’ll be good although a bit disappointed it’s in the same state as this years.

Would be nice to see the mega event move around the country.

There's no official 'MEGA' committee. Anyone can attempt to list one!

 

It will only move if some other group gets together and runs one.

 

As CraigRat stated. Anyone can list a mega or attempt too. :) If you live in Perth i can tell your chances of a mega every being in Perth are slim. :huh: This is the reason why...

 

Australia has a 22 million population base. A small percentage are geocachers. Not everyone is interested in Mega's. The majority of the population base is between Brisbane to Sydney to Melbourne. :)

 

Next, there is only one possible weekend to stage it and that is at Easter. The reason for this is as follows... if it were held on a 2 day weekend or even a 3 day weekend it makes the long driving distances not worth it for only 2 days etc. Other times like school holidays dont work, because states are different and doesn't mean the parents have time off.Xmas is a nightmare with too many committements for families. So it just has to be Easter to gain the 4 days of value. :)

Keeping that in mind you can see how difficult it would be to stage it in WA or even SA or NT or far north QLD. it has to be placed in a Eastern seaboard region.

The chances of Perth ever staging one would only be if incredible prizes and entertainment were offered . :)

 

So, Tartansnake . although we can understand you being disappointed its not moved to say Sydney or Victoria , no one has put up their hand to even be interested.We are also interested in conducting one every two years with the same Committee for the next one and moving it around.

In some other forums it was stated ,that some people were disappointed the next one was was within 200km's of Wagga. Cant see their reasons.Its about the fun and comradery of the event .This must be how it is seen , as the United States conducts about 7 mega's per year. Each one is in a small town , no capital cities involved and get this...each one is staged at the same location each year.No one complains and every one gets bigger each year. :) One about 8 years in a row. :) :)

 

So, just getting everyone to a mega in Australia is not easy. You have to offer the best weekend, good entertainment and activities to suit all ages.But , America started off with one and has progressed big leaps and bounds. Australia should progress forward too, with caches going out at a frantic rate now, more teams getting into it, and the luxury of having Geoacaching Australia for all info. :) :)

 

So, Tartansnake that is a bit of an insight to the workings of a mega. please understand they are not easy events to stage.There are no paid positions and sponsors have to be sourced.

Hopefully , we will see you at the next one in 2012. There are about to be some huge updates in the next few weeks.Will keep everyone posted.

Thankfully,

Greg

President. :) :) :)

 

Don’t know why I was singled out for a comment many have made? :huh:

I actually missed this post but was directed to it by anther cacher.

 

I live in W.A. but would be happy to travel for a mega event. There are many places over east that could hold a mega and I agree Perth’s chances are very slim. Although I never mentioned anything about Perth hosting the event. :unsure:

 

I’ve been involved with many events in the past (non-geocaching) and know how much work gets put in by many people for no financial gain. So my hat goes off to everyone who organising the Wagga Wagga event and this one too.

 

Unfortunately we’ll be unable to attend this even due to other commitments but I hope the event goes well and everyone has a good time.

 

Happy Caching

:)

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BIG BREAKING NEWS.

 

Re: Launching Australia's "OZ MEGA ADVENTURE"The advantage of planning a mega event 18 months plus in advance , is that , it gives great scope to adjust major factors early in the plans.

 

The Oz Mega Committee has had various reasons for not progressing with the Tumbarumba leg of the planned event.

So, we decided it was early days and an ideal time to adjust. We decided to completely move the event to one location.

We scouted wide to find a location that would fit all the required ingredients for a mega, that would suit more geocachers . We spent many hours of meetings, phone calls and enquiries and came up with a location that fits all the criteria.

 

The next location will host the event for all days at one location. Meals will be conducted by a mixture workforce from many rotary clubs. Geodogs are permitted. There are 74 powered sites and space for 2,000 tents. Registration will be cheaper and camping and meal prices will be at very family friendly prices.Plenty of caches about with over 100 within 13km's.We have had great assistance with a geocaching team who works at the mega site.

The tourism centre is involved as is the council and local Mayor. We will be placing the new details on a new topic for all indicative intents to attend next Tuesday night , 15 th March at 8pm.

 

The Committee thanks you for your patience and looks forward to all the intents from far and wide.

Edited by JABs

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