Issue 04/14

The weekly e-newsletter of

Bendigo Orienteers Inc.

Issue 04/14: 5 February, 2014

Contact (for this publication): Peter J. Creely: (Ph. 5443 1975)

Web site:

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Possible CANCELLATION of Breakfast event again!

We cancelled the Breakfast event for the 2 Feb and rescheduled it for the 9th February, same time and place. Note that a Day of Total Fire Ban in the Northern Country Region will again cancel the event, and as I write this the forecast isn’t looking very good for that weekend. Please check the weather forecast closer to the time. Depending on how much notice we get I will try and get a bulletin out.

 From the VOA e-News: Silva have launched a new compass. “The new compasses’ characteristics include increased transparency, a better thumb grip and a smaller capsule that reduces the risk of bubbles. One of the models also has turnable housing, something that Silva identified as being desired by the target group. Silva is also launching an updated magnifier that is compatible with both left-hand and right-hand models.”

 From Jim: 4: In the minutes, there is a discussion about Permanent courses. There are 2 currently around Bendigo. If anyone wants to help in their up keep, please let us know. We would also like ideas from you if we should have another permanent course, maybe a MOBO format, or Hittaut type from Sweden.

 Inov-8’s (O shoes) are currently being stocked in Bendigo by Sports Co, you will get a discount if you mention the Club. They don’t stock Talon 212’s, but will get them in for you. Saying, that, there is a pair of 212’s there at the moment, too small for me, but they may fit you.

 A request: From our Secretary: ‘Ben Goonan, one of our members, has received this request concerning pine trees on Mount Alexander and has asked me to forward it to all our members. Mount Alexander is an area that we have orienteered on for many years and was also the site of Day 2 of Easter in 2013.Please think about his request and get in touch with him if you may be able to help or if you would like more details.

Ben’s email is

 I have been asked by the Landcare facilitator for the Mount Alexander shire if any Bendigo Orienteers would be interested in volunteering some time to help map Pine trees on Mt Alexander. The shire has a project removing Pine trees and need some more information about where they are. They held an event last year that 60 people attended for a weekend cutting out Pine trees. The organiser thought of asking orienteers because we are fit (some of us! Ed.) and can navigate? They have offered a free barbeque lunch as an incentive. Dates and other details are yet to be finalised but possibly some time in March so this is a call for expressions on interest. Anybody interested, or who wants to know more, can contact me.

From Ben Goonan

 AGM: the AGM, will now be held on Tuesday 4 March at Latrobe University Bendigo Athletic Centre (LUBAC), Retreat Road Flora Hill. More details later.

 Easter 2014. From Orienteering Australia e-News. The Easter Carnival happens in NSW this year, taking place from 18 April to 26 April, taking in the best of Lithgow terrain, including the beautiful area ‘Gardens of Stone’. As well as top quality competition there are also other challenges to undertaken – the Hist’o’ry O challenge, the Selfies Challenge and for M21AS, the return of ‘The Sledge’.

Easter Carnival 2014 – Standard entries open to 14th March

Coming Events.Sunday 9 February, 2014. Chicken and Champagne Breakfast event.

Map: Kangaroo Gully
Start times: Assembly at 7.00 am for a 7.30 mass start

Course Setter: Chris Creely
Comments: This will be a one hour Score format. The terrain is spur/gully with erosion and old mining, and a good track network. I have been assured that the course will not be too technical so come out and enjoy Bendigo bush on what is sure to be a beautiful summer morning (let’s hope not too warm!). Anyone coming along will have to visit at least three controls to be eligible for breakfast! There will be plenty of orange juice and water as well as champagne.

Bring a chair for the meeting.

Entry: On the day.
Directions from Bendigo: travel out Carpenter Street and swing left onto Spring Gully Rd. just past the cemetery. Continue for about 1 km and turn right into Burns Street. Continue to where Burns St. tee intersects with Diamond Hill Road and turn left. Continue on DH Rd. to the tee intersection with Kangaroo Gully Road and turn left. Look for start after approx. 400 metres. We have used this start area a lot; it’s got good parking and easy to get to.

 Preliminary notice

2014 BendiGo “Getting into Autumn” ToDay
Dates: Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February
Format: Saturday, Sprint,
Map: Latrobe Uni – Bendigo
Scale: 1:4,000, 5m contours
Start times: 6.30pm-7.00pm, 1 min start interval
Courses close 7.30pm

Format: Sunday, Hagaby,
Map: One Tree Hill (Uses same assembly area as Saturday)
Scale: 1:10,000, 5m contours
Start time: 8.00am, mass start
Courses close 10.00am
More Info:
Enter Online: Use Eventor Both Days
Normal Entries close, 12th Feb, 2014
Course 1 & 2, Saturday only, $8, Sunday only, $10, both days $16
Course 3, Saturday only, $6, Sunday only, $8, both days $12

Directions: From the centre of Bendigo (Shamrock Hotel) travel south east on Williamson Street. You will go through one set of traffic lights, cross the railway line, cross the creek and come to a large roundabout. Continue roughly SE and follow signs towards Strathfieldsaye. Approx. a kilometre on from the roundabout you will come to the Edwards Rd. traffic lights (Strath Village and signs to Latrobe Uni). Turn right into Edwards Road and continue to Latrobe University. Go through the roundabout and look for O signs on the right. From Melbourne/Castlemaine travel to Bendigo and then as above.


 Next Bulletin 12 February

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