Join in a treasure hunt adventure

Ready to roll: Film director Brad Pickford, Mid Murray OPAL project support officer Diem Luong, Mid Murray council deputy mayor Kevin Myers, Murray Bridge council mayor Allan Arbon and Coorong council mayor Roger Strother launched the Geocaching in the Murraylands film last week.
Ready to roll: Film director Brad Pickford, Mid Murray OPAL project support officer Diem Luong, Mid Murray council deputy mayor Kevin Myers, Murray Bridge council mayor Allan Arbon and Coorong council mayor Roger Strother launched the Geocaching in the Murraylands film last week.

OPAL'S newest venture to get children into nature is off to a great start after the Murray Bridge launch of a short film about geocaching.

The film, which features families from the area, gives a description of what is involved with geocaching and shows how much fun the high-tech treasure hunting could be.

Mid Murray Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL) project support officer Diem Luong said the Mid Murray, Murray Bridge and Coorong OPAL groups have worked together on the joint initiative.

"We had around 70 people at the launch - we had people representing many organisations and all three councils involved," she said.

"Across all three sites, we've purchased GPS units between us that we're donating to local libraries.

"Essentially, you use your smart phone for geocaching, but we've got these for people without a smart phone or are in areas without phone coverage."

She said because of its growing popularity, geocaching was a good fit for locals.

"We've got workshops and we want to get people involved - we're using the video to engage people," Ms Luong said. Geocaching 101 sessions will be held in the three council areas and will run for about an hour with infromation onhow to get started, terminology, etiquette and how to geocache safely.

"We will also go and find a hidden cache very close to the venue as a teaser too," Ms Luong said.

The Oz Mega event is a national geocaching event to be held in Murray Bridge over the Easter long weekend and is expected to draw over 1000 people to the town.

- Details: To watch the film, visit https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=dje3_8hvXqg. For information visit www.geocaching.com or contact your local OPAL group.

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