MOGO MAZE At Gold Rush Colony In Mogo South Coast NSW
3 Dec 2012
Update (3rd December 2012)
The maze is finally open. Thank you to the NSW Government for the financial support through Destinations NSW 2011/2012 Regional Tourism Product Development Program and a big thank you to the South Coast Regional Tourism office for the support given over the last 12 months.
Mayor Lindsay Brown of Eurobodalla Shire Council, officiated to cut the gold ribbon, assisted by Gold Rush Colony owners, June Lotzof and Maureen Nathan.
The official date of December 3rd was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the Eureka Stockade/Rebellion. The morning program commenced with a welcome by Manager Georgina Jackson, who thanked all the staff and businesses who worked so hard to make the dream come true.
Mogo Public School students Bill and Talya presented Welcome to Country in Durgah and English. Corey Peterson raised the Eureka flag, followed by a short speech by Maureen. Mayor Lindsay Brown's speech covered the international flavour of the event, with the various nationalities present on the morning representing the multicultural events at Eureka all those years ago.
Mogo Public School students were then given the privilege of being the first to Run The Maze, before everyone adjourned to the Tavern for "Tea and Scones."
The Mogo Maze is all but complete. Warren has successfully installed the door systems. Corey and his team are barrowing in the gravel so that the maze is not going to be limited by having clay mud underfoot in wet weather.
The Eurobodalla Woodies have been busy making frames for the puzzle panels Maureen has been creating, which will add to the maze experience.
Teachers who have visited with school excursions over the last few months, have agreed that the maze should include an Australian Eureka Experience. The Eureka Rebellion was on the 3rd December, so we hope to have our official opening on that day.
Update (24th August 2012)
Corey and his team have spent the winter months erecting the palisade timber inside the maze. We are awaiting signage, and the erection of the doors which will make the maze look like a fort. There have been suggestions that we fly the Eureka flag, as the maze does look alot like a stockade.
Update (15th May 2012)
Lorrie Modde CEO of South Coast Tourism NSW came for an onsite inspection of the ground breaking for the Maze. We are all very excited to finally have a break in the weather to allow the heavy machinery to level the area for the maze. Timber has been delivered from local suppliers Camerons Hardware in Batemans Bay and the boys are busy working.
The theme of the maze is firming up and ideas are flowing to provide an amazing maze (AMAZE?) experience.
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Original Story (19th Jan 2012)
The Original Gold Rush Colony is thrilled to announce the receipt of a $25,000 NSW State Tourism Grant for the construction of a palisade timber maze on the South Coast Eurobodalla property. The maze was inspired by Bill and Tom Jackson, the sons of manager Georgina Jackson.
Timber will be locally sourced and milled to create over a kilometre of fencing. Over time, vines and shrubs will add to the obscurity of the maze.
Mazes are a cheap fun activity for all ages - kids and adults. The maze will inculde a thematic storyline consistent with the 1850's gold rush experience. Planning and construction of the maze will commence after the 2011/2012 summer school holiday period.
Andrew Constance, Member for Bega, announced that 6 local tourism projects received funding for Local Tourism projects and businesses as part of a wider package of of $250,000 to develop tourism across the NSW South Coast, as part of the Destination Funding Program.
Chairman of NSW South Coast Tourism, and Eurobodalla Councillor Rob Pollock stated that this tourism development funding will revive existing attractions and result in some new experiences for visitors coming to the South Coast of New South Wales Australia.