A week to go until gates open at Burning Seed 2015, and the onsite crew has sent some updates about water levels and what to expect when you rock up to make Red Earth City your own.
Waters have receded since the heavy rains hit the site at the end of August. However, our city planning and preparation have needed to be fluid (get it get it?) as we waited to see whether areas would dry out in time for building infrastructure, art and theme camps and to allow camping in some areas.
The result? Our city is a little more compressed this year, with about 30 per cent of useable Paddock lost to water. We needed to move Temple from its traditional spot and this year’s greater number of art pieces are sharing a decreased amount of space.
Things are looking up up up, but gum boots, mosquito repellent and rubber duckies will still be the accessories du jour. Make sure you pack them all.
From Shane Kilcullen, DPI crew member and general know-it-all:
“We haven’t had any rain recently so it is beginning to dry out. The areas without any standing water are now very dry and good for camping on. The areas with standing water are slow to drain off and dry out, so there is a lot of standing water on the open Paddock.
The western edge of the Paddock – “sunset strip” – is partially water logged. We’ve opened up a lot more camping on the south west of that strip. That water is gradually receding, but the water probably won’t recede back as far as the fence line by the time the event starts, so some people will be camped right on the waters edge. This area has a lot of mosquitoes. The roads are fine as they have been reinforced, but if you’re going off-road, walk it first to make sure the ground is firm.”
And if you have seen the Facebook pictures of dark swarming mossie masses and limbs with great big red welts, remember: Burners love to yank your chain.
The view of the Paddock from last year’s medic’s area towards the stockade.
The view of Paddock from Mint Country Club’s old home.