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Discussion: Kooyoora Spurs

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Jun 13, 2016 10:33 PM # 
I think that is what it's called. Jim ran a Sat event there a few years ago.Are we able to use that area again? I thought it was lovely.
Jun 13, 2016 10:45 PM # 
Uncle JiM:
Alex said on the weekend that the spur is the second best area of Kooyoora
Jun 13, 2016 11:15 PM # 
Kooyoora Spur. We can run an event there, but not a large one. The paddock is no longer accessible for parking. It may be the second best area at Kooyoora, but its not as good as Korong Spur. The assembly area is a good distance from the interesting country, making it hard to create interesting short hard courses. By comparison, the assembly at Korong that we now use is also only suitable for small events, but the granite starts next door.
Jun 13, 2016 11:21 PM # 
There's a block of land currently for sale on the side of Mt Korong.
Maybe Jim could run another Sat event on Kooyoora Spur.......just hoping.
Jun 13, 2016 11:41 PM # 
That would probably be one of the green subdivision blocks. Back in the last days of the 2000-2006 rural land price bubble, Neville White (wool producer and all round good guy in regards to allowing orienteering access to his land) sold his least productive blocks (full of lovely granite) to a green developer. Developer cut up the blocks (north and east of Korong) and tried to sell them with conservation covenants to dreamy idealists with more money than sense. He got caught by the end of the bubble. I suspect this the last blocks left unsold, or is someone who has come to their senses and is trying to get out.!p...
We did have plans to map the rest of the granite area on private land around Korong, but this subdivision put an end to that.
Re the more money that sense comment- there is no reliable access to many of the properties (just the Mt Korong access road). There are strict covenants on development that limit the area to be cleared. Any development faces fire risk. No services to speak of from the shire. Its the wrong sort of rural subdivision in my opinion.
Jun 14, 2016 12:21 AM # 
Well, that clears that up. The one on Real (Kurting) (sorry, can't paste) is much worse than that. It is all bushland.
I'm guessing you're not pursuing a career as a real estate salesman then.
Jun 14, 2016 5:44 AM # 
My cynicism is confirmed. It looks like one of the first properties originally sold by Australian Environmental Heritage. Probably where we had the assembly area for the Oz Middle Champs. The price has come down a fair bit as well. I think they were closer to $200k than $100k when first sold. Much better value now. Buy your own orienteering map.
Jun 14, 2016 6:01 AM # 
Set up a charitable donation page through the Australian Sports Foundation and see how many people will donate towards Bendigo Orienteers being able to buy it?
Jun 14, 2016 9:12 AM # 
Uncle JiM:

This one? Yes, 1 of the original, but no real Granite
Jun 14, 2016 9:47 AM # 
Imagine a nice stone or rammed earth self contained house in that lovely bush.
Jun 14, 2016 9:52 AM # 
Uncle JiM:
Just need to find someone thing about retirement....
Jun 15, 2016 2:46 AM # 
Back in the early 1990s the landowner wrote to Orienteering ACT enquiring whether we were interested in buying the privately owned part of Sunset Mountain (for around $120K if I recall correctly). His need to raise some cash quickly became apparent a few days later when he was in the news for flying a banner over the crowd at the Melbourne Cup pleading for his wife to come back.
Jun 15, 2016 5:48 AM # 
Orienteering: breaking up marriages for 20 years
Jun 15, 2016 6:20 AM # 
The wife at the Melbourne Cup almost certainly wouldn't want to be living in the bush on the side of a mountain.
Jun 15, 2016 8:49 AM # 
Maybe he should have advertised in Scandinavia, given how well those Swedes liked the map and the mapper.

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