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The Anaiwan and Kamilaroi people are the traditional owners of the country that encompasses current day Armidale and Uralla, and the local Indigenous population is still more than double that of the Australian average. The Anaiwan people settled the New England Ranges around Uralla and Armidale whilst the Kamilaroi headed west to the Inverell region.
Welcome to the land of The Granite Belt which runs along the Great Dividing Range crossing state borders. The Granite belt has played host to many State and National Championship events. This year is no exception as competitors will be treated to 3 Championship races on a brand new area with magical granite and fast, friendly vegetation. With the 7 events of this Championship carnival based in and around Armidale and Uralla, there is a large range of tourist activities as well as cultural activities to experience in the rest days.
This carnival is supported by a grant of $15,000 from the Moira Whiteside Bequest through Orienteering Australia. Orienteering is the beneficiary of a magnificent bequest by Moira Whiteside of Garingal Orienteers in NSW.
A great many orienteers from NSW will have many great memories of Moira who was a very active orienteer. A valued Garingal member, Moira through her work in sports education, travelled the state extensively. She valued the work of volunteers in orienteering.
Moira’s wishes were that our largest national events, the Australian Orienteering Championships, benefit from her estate.