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Learn More About Red Earth Ecology

by Jo Roberts

Photo Credit: Jo Roberts

Silver, Goldust and Varnish Wattle seed

As we begin 2016, it’s a great time to pause and reflect on the past year for Red Earth Ecology with an overview of 2015’s planting, recent activity, and plans for this year’s regeneration.

Red Earth Ecology is a specialised crew which nestles cosily in the embrace of Burning Seed’s Leave No Trace Team. We provide a forum to gather and share information about the ecology of Red Earth City and the local Riverina area as well as specific plant groupings and animal associations.

We visit our beautiful forest playground throughout the year, documenting all the changes to the site’s flora and fauna, and creating reference libraries to monitor these changes over time.

In the lead up to Burning Seed we have an important role in educating Burners about how to tread more softly on the land that we all share for that wonderful week of the year, and we also run regular, and popular bush walks during the event to help give participants the opportunity to connect with the land and environment which supports Burning Seed..

Photo Credit: Jo Roberts

RJ and Narelle working in the propagation nursery

Each year, in Autumn, Red Earth Ecology works with local farmers on bush regeneration projects to increase flora biodiversity and also to provide specific types of habitat for several local bird species that are in decline.

This regeneration effort is largely driven by recognition that part of our Civic Responsibility to the community involves off-setting the biodiversity loss to the ecosystem at Red Earth City that is inevitably caused each year by the impact of us few thousand souls who participate in Burning Seed each year.

In late 2014 Red Earth Ecology began a regeneration partnership in Matong with a local farmer and Burner family David, Sonya, Rosie and Digby Spencer­ -Currie, and in May 2015, about 30 volunteers spent a weekend working

Photo Credit: Madeline Fountain

Plants ready to go into the earth..

together, planting about 2,500 seedlings of 40 varieties. Check out some of the photos from that awesome weekend.

The crew gathered were like a brains trust of diverse and fascinating knowledge. It was a great opportunity to teach each other more about the plants, animals, changing ecosystems and social history of the local area. In the evenings, we feasted, laughed, loosened, relaxed. Thank-you so much to our hosts, to those Burners who travelled up to 8 hours to be there, to the locals and the Wiradjuri community for their gracious hospitality and participation.

About half of the plants we source each year are grown at cost, in the Brucedale Community Nursery and Seed Bank outside Wagga Wagga, managed by me, Jo Roberts, and my father Keith. In the late Spring following Burning Seed last year we spent time seed collecting, focusing on Acacias and other hard seeded local natives, and battling hoards of ants for the nutrient rich booty, which we then planted during a small working bee in December.

This year we are continuing to plant on the same land, extending last years plantings, and beginning on some new goals for 2016 and beyond.

We’ll be holding another bush regeneration planting weekend on 22-24 April 2016. If you want to get involved sign up on the event page on Facebook.

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Building a Stronger Sydney Burner Community

by Jarred Taylor (Jayman)

Sydney Burners

Community Design event: Sydney Burners Inc.

The Sydney Burner community continues to evolve with phenomenal support and growth over recent years.

We had our biggest year ever in 2015 with Theme Camp fundraisers, crowd funding campaigns, civic activation and regular events, in particular the fabulous local crews running regular beach and park sessions.

Now, following a lead from our Melbourne Burner crew who established their own incorporated entity in 2015, Melburners Inc., the Sydney Burner community is working towards creating a new membership-based not-for-profit legal entity. In November last year we held a Community Design Session which helped to kickstart the conversation about setting up the entity – check out the presentation from that session.

You can get involved in Sydney Burners Inc. in four main ways:

Why create a legal entity for the Sydney Burning Man community?

  • Enable us to enter into contracts (e.g. property leases for an event space / maker space / art space / club house)
  • Promote and support creating more art and large art for local and regional events
  • Obtain relevant insurances for events and other needs without the liability falling on named individuals
  • Limits liability to individuals and members
  • Further support community projects (e.g. Beneficent Burners)
  • Operate more (and bigger!) events and fund raising
  • Develop vision and leadership
  • Encourage personal growth and professional self-development opportunities (e.g. Committee member, Project leads)
  • Opens options for local licences and permits (e.g. Liquor Licence)
  • Continued financial transparency and regulation by NSW Department of Fair Trading.

Currently there are a range of roles available for interested crew including website content management, member administration, board administration, legal and finance.

To find out more and to find out how you can get involved, visit the new website.

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Wanna be part of the Seed Crew? The Wranglers need a 2iC!!!!

Photo Credit: Onur Karaozbek DSvision.netA BIG THANK YOU to the just over 8 per cent of participants at Seed last year – around 280 souls – who supported the 2015 event as Community Crew. The good news? We’re gonna do it all again in 2016!!!

Every year, as the event grows, so does the need for more Community Crew to get involved and gift their time and skills. For many on Crew it’s a fantastic opportunity to learn something, make new friends and contribute to the community.

You know what’s holding Seed’s growth back? Crew. Crew. Crew. Too few people are signing up which has left us kinda understaffed over the last couple of years – remember the cap on tickets last year? Yep that’s cos we got too few people signing up for Crew…

[YOUR NAME HERE ], 2iC, Crew Wranglers = SWEEEEET!!

So we start the new year with a call-out for one of the key Crew leadership roles that helps to make it all happen – that’s right! There’s a Crew Wrangling leadership role available and it has YOUR name on it!

We’re seeking a 2iC (second in charge) Crew Wrangler to work with all Seed teams to help identify and fill crewing needs in 2016 and beyond. Check out the role description like now!

What IS Crew Wrangling??!

2016 Crew Wrangling Co-Lead Carly says Crew Wrangling is a hugely important, varied and rewarding role with Seed….

“The 2iC Crew Wrangler is really vital to the overall success of the event – both in terms of recruiting enough people, matching them to the right roles and making sure the whole thing is a win-win-win – for Seed, for the Team and for the individual. No pressure!”

“We need crew pre-event, on-site and post-event, who can commit to anything from a few hours a day to dozens of hours during the year, and with skillsets ranging from finance to construction, medical to catering. But it doesn’t stop there – we’re keen to talk to anyone who wants to contribute!!!

“People love the opportunity to crew – we did a crewing survey last year and the satisfaction rates were through the roof – people said they really loved the experience and that they’d not only come back next time but also recommend it to their friends.”

Curious? Up for the challenge? Get into it!

The 2iC Crew Wrangler will work with the Crew Wrangler Team Co-Leads to reach out into the community and act as magical crewing matchmakers, linking individual skills, interests and capabilities with Seed’s crewing needs.

C’mon… you’re curious right? So check out the 2iC role description, get busy with your email to the Wranglers to register your interest and to find out more. If you interested in something that’s not this Crew Wrangling opportunity take a gander at the other Crew roles on the website and/or register your interest in crewing with the Crew Wranglers.