Rock treasure hunt discovered in Katamatite

By Morgan Dyer

With COVID-19 causing events to be cancelled across Moira Shire, many locals are running out of ideas to entertain themselves and their families.

But never fear, because here is an idea for you.

Sparked from several Facebook pages, it involves painting a rock and placing it in a local park or playground for others to find and re-hide.

These creative treasures have popped up in Katamatite's C.R. Wood Park.

Mum of three Amanda Mancini often ventures out to the park with children Sebastian, 6, Talia, 4, and Frankie, 2, and on their latest visit they struck gold.

“We'd seen the rocks maybe a year-and-a-half ago in Tocumwal and the kids were really excited,” Mrs Mancini said.

“Then recently we found them at the Katty park and they loved it.

“As soon as they found one they said, `Mum, we have to go home and paint some'.

“They've been painting more rocks to hide so other kids can find them.”

Mrs Mancini said it was a fun activity to get the young family out of the house and a colourful way to give back during these crazy times.

The rock treasure hunt has taken off across the world with hundreds of Facebook pages created for people to share their rock findings.

Moongala Women's Community House member Jude Rang created the Vic Rocks Facebook page three years ago and it now has a following of more than 38,000 people, including some from Moira Shire.

“I saw the idea when I was in New Zealand and I thought it was a really nice community activity to start which can involve people of all ages,” Ms Rang said.

“People paint a rock with their postcode on it, hide it and then take a photo of the area they left the rock and post it on a Facebook page for others to find.

“It’s a bit like a large game of hide and go seek but with rocks, I suppose.”

A number of locals have posted pictures on the Vic Rocks Facebook page, showing they have found a rock or have left a rock for others to find in parks within the region.

Ms Rang said the idea was all about having fun and connecting with your community and nature.

“It spreads kindness and gives people a bit of joy when they do find them,” she said.

“It also teaches children to let go of things, because the aim is to re-hide the rock in a new place.”

People have gone to great lengths to decorate rocks but Ms Rang said if people put their postcode on the back of the rock, hunters would be able to trace how far the rock had travelled.

For more information check out the Vic Rocks Facebook page or similar pages on Facebook.

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