Stay home and go to the SA Sprint Champs?
Jenny, rather than just rant on AP maybe try to understand the reasons why they just 'vanished' off Eventor first. Access issues are a major problem impacting our sport and are only going to get worse, any support from the orienteering community in tackling these is always much appreciated.
I have sympathies on both sides here - obviously access issues are something that can't be avoided, but at the same time, when an event gets cancelled at relatively short notice, people who have spent significant amounts of money on travel arrangements for it can be forgiven for being upset about it. (I almost suffered the same fate with the ACT Championships last year). I assume there is a reason why NSW didn't try to find alternative venues on the same dates?
Regardless of difficulties with a particular venue, given that the double-header weekend had previously been advertised as the finale of the Sydney Sprint Series, I had no reason to anticipate that the date of the NSW sprint champs would be moved to November.
More generally though, I don't think we (OA) are doing a great job of getting information from the states about their championship fixtures, which are theoretically meant to be notified to OA by June of the previous year...this timeline isn't practical, I'll grant you, but the goal is to avoid clashes between championships in neighbouring states where possible. I guess SA & NSW don't count as neighbouring states for this purpose (figured I knew Adelaide Uni too well when that was originally the proposed venue for SA sprint champs, and we normally go to Sydney to see the in-laws early March anyway).
I guess this isn't a trend in other states but in WA we don't even put events on Eventor until permissions are granted. This doesn't necessarily prevent the permission from being taken away at a later date but this is a rarity and last time I recall it happening (for MTBO), we switched it with another MTBO event at a different venue (and managed to get the original one at a different date).
I guess we can be thankful though being so far from the other states that we typically don't even have our calendar organised until Feb/Mar of the relevant year (so we don't even bother informing OA of our champs events since no-one cares about clashes with WA).
ACT MTBO champs also got canned with less than a week's notice last year but thankfully I'd already been talked into doing a local event on the same weekend so didn't book flights!