4476

Revised MOOP map released

MOOPdaddy has released a revised MOOP map after follow-up site visits by community members and the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.  A few areas have been re-categorised as red or green-faded-to-yellow – and we have no doubt that these changes will raise some eyebrows and stir some debate.

But that’s ultimately a good thing. Burning Seed is growing fast and we need to put MOOP on the map by putting it on everyone’s radar. So, let’s turn once more to MOOPdaddy as he outlines the most recent changes:

“This year, Burning Seed welcomed its first troupe and map dedicated to monitoring and highlighting the MOOP issue. This has been a positive step forward for the event. 

However, I unfortunately released the MOOP map before all the evidence was in, which has been a resounding lesson in process for me as Leave No Trace (LNT) Lead.

So, now that all the facts are in, checked and discussed, we are releasing this revised map and an updated spreadsheet so that a more accurate and fairer result can go out to the Burning Seed community. 

The reason for this revision is rooted in the principle of accountability, which is the whole point of the map. If the map does not reflect the real situation on the ground according to the standards we have set, then the map needs to change – so change it has.

Several Green statuses are switching to red. Another camp goes from green to green-faded-to-yellow. And, perhaps surprisingly, a number of Burning Seed organisation sites are involved. 

There are also a number of new MOOP hazards noted, thanks to follow-up site visits by community members and DPI. Check out the new map to find out what this all means.

Next year, let’s all strive to truly leave NO trace.

Burn on,
MOOPdaddy

 

 

  • Download the revised map here. (To read details, open in acrobat and right-click on sticky notes.)
  • See the revised map spreadsheet here
  • Read MOOPdaddy’s procedural summary here
  • Compare the first map here

 

 

 

 

 

4425

X marks the MOOP spot

MOOP Daddy has put YOU on the map!

Yup, this year our crack team of super MOOP troupers and their whose-your-daddy Team Lead, Maddock, have scoured the frontiers of our Paddock pleasure palace, looking for and mapping our MOOP. And there are a few surprises in store.

For those still wondering what this cow-sounding acronym is about, MOOP stands for Matter Out of Place aka your crap/rubbish/things that weren’t there to begin with and should definitely not be left behind when you go. This is all part of Burning Seed’s Leave No Trace principle.

To see the colour of your camp, click on the MOOP map below to zoom in. To see a ‘sticky-notes’ version with more info, download the MOOP map, open it in Adobe or preview and double click on the post-its. There is also a more detailed spreadsheet here for each Theme Camp.

MOOP MAP (annotated) - for final review - v2 - Copy

This is what MOOP Daddy had to report for the overall site:

“For the number of people we had this year I was actually pretty impressed. The places where we found stuff in concentration were just pockets, usually in casual camping areas.

Theme camps generally did extremely well, given the amount of traffic they had. The area of casual camping to the west of the main site was sparsely scattered with miscellaneous tiny things – glitter, tent pegs, those stick-on bindi rhinestone things were *everywhere*, and the usual bottle caps, water container seals and can stubs.

The area of woods to the south was peppered with baby wipes; the woods to the north were reportedly a hotbed of steaming turds; and quiet(er) camping to the east was garnished with small slices of try-harder. All in all, a pretty good job from this year’s Burner tribe, and I came away happy even though we have LOTS of things to bring up before next year’s Burn!”

And with 626 cigarette butts found littered across the site, there’s no butts about  – there’s definitely more work to be done there!

This was the MOOP map’s first year, and it has focused primarily on raising awareness. However, there will be further discussion about what should happen with this information and the consequences of a red or yellow grading.

What do you think should happen?