Game rock­ing all over re­gion

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By De­clan Martin

A new craze has rocked into Greater Shep­par­ton and it’s all about paint­ing, hid­ing and find­ing rocks.

The trea­sure hunt-style game has been pop­ping up around the globe and found its way to Greater Shep­par­ton dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

Tatura mother Vanessa Tartaglia and her friend Ellen Grieve saw cov­er­age of the game on the news and de­cided to start up a Face­book group spe­cific to the area, GV Shepp Rocks, which now has more than 400 mem­bers.

‘‘We’ve seen what they have done on WA Rocks Face­book page, which has close to 12 000 mem­bers, and the Vic­to­ria Rocks page, but wanted to make it more lo­cal to the area,’’ Ms Tartaglia said.

Ms Tartaglia said they wanted to get be­hind the move­ment be­cause it was get­ting chil­dren out of the house dur­ing the school hol­i­days and away from iPads and screens.

‘‘It’s a good fam­ily time ac­tiv­ity, we’ve found close to 10 rocks on week­end trips to Mac­tier Park in Tatura,’’ she said.

The premise of the game is to dec­o­rate a sturdy gar­den rock, take a photo be­fore hid­ing it, up­load the pic­ture to the GV Shepp Rocks page and leave a clue as to where it is in the park.

When you find a rock, you are asked to take a photo and up­load it back onto the group Face­book page.

‘‘When you find one the idea is to re-hide the rock at the same park or hide it at an­other park, although if chil­dren re­ally like the rocks and want to keep it they can,’’ Ms Tartaglia said.

‘‘In re­turn it’s sug­gested you dec­o­rate and add three more rocks to a park to re­place it.

‘‘We have some sug­ges­tions on how to do it on our web­site, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber not to leave rocks on lawn or grass ar­eas.’’

Ms Tartaglia said her fiveyear-old son, Se­bas­tian, was ec­static when a lady vis­it­ing from Ger­many said she would take back one of his dec­o­rated rocks back home and place it in a park there. An­other one of their cre­ations was found in a new hid­ing place in Bendigo.

‘‘The best part of it is find­ing the rocks be­cause they look cool,’’ Se­bas­tian said.

Se­bas­tian, who was a big fan of Poke­mon Go, said his favourite rock find so far was one painted like one of the char­ac­ters from the game, Pikachu.

‘‘Peo­ple can be cre­ative with their de­signs, some are just colours, oth­ers have kind or in­spi­ra­tional words writ­ten on them,’’ Ms Tartaglia said.

‘‘We ask peo­ple to write on the back of their rocks GV Shepp Rocks or Vic Rocks and to please re-hide.’’

Fun game: Se­bas­tian Tartaglia with a rock he re­cently found.

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