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The MOOP Map for Seed 2018 is Here!

Our Moop Map for Burning Seed 2018 is now live! Please read below for some important information on why MOOP prevention is so important, why we release a map and what the different status assigned to camps and areas mean (and what this means for those camps at Seed 2019).

So what's the big deal with MOOP

We call Matong State Forest home for a week (or more) - however it is home to numerous plants and animals all year round. Leave No Trace is one of the 10 principles of Burning Seed and ensures that we leave Matong in the same (or better) condition than when we arrived. MOOP (matter our of place) is anything that we leave behind at Matong State Forest that should not be there.

Who is responsible for MOOP

Every. Single. Person. That's right - if you go to Seed, you are responsible for MOOP. This means taking everything away with you, educating others if you see them leaving trash behind and generally being a good burner 🙂 We educate the community on MOOP throughout the year via Facebook posts, blog posts and have sections about MOOP in both our Survival Guide and What, Where, When Guide.

You can read more about Leave No Trace and MOOP at http://burningseed.com/leave-no-trace/

MOOP at Burning Seed 2018 - Some Stats

The team spent 4 days MOOPing. This consisted of 15 people on the Wednesday, 5 on Thursday, 2 on Friday and 2 on Saturday. Here is just some of what they found:

  • 8 large garbage bags of poop - yep poop
  • 8 bicycles
  • 2 pallet loads of lost property
  • 1 tent with all the trimmings
  • 3 star pickets
  • 2 boxes full of rubbish
  • 1 car battery
  • 1,000,000 vomits, cigarette butts, sequins, tent pegs, food scraps, cable/zip ties (not actually a million but A LOT)

What is the MOOP map?

Every year our MOOP teams scour the Burning Seed side at the end of the event. They chat with camps, educate people and ensure that all MOOP is taken care of. After everyone leaves they do a thorough sweep of the whole site, and record any MOOP that has been found (including taking photos). Theme Camps and general camping areas then receive a green, yellow, red or black status.

What do the different status' mean?

  • Green - bestowed with the honorary title 'MOOP Angels', a green status means your area contained no MOOP at all!
  • Yellow - means your area contained up to a tea cups worth of MOOP.
  • Orange - your area contained more than a tea-cups worth, but less than 1/2 buckets worth of MOOP.
  • Red - bestowed with the title 'MOOP POOS', a red status is given if your area contained a buckets worth of MOOP, or if there were any fire hot spots (not allowed at Seed) or glaring piles of cigarette butts.
  • Black - a significant amount of MOOP was found.

Across 67 Theme Camps, the ratings awarded are as follows:

  • 1 Black
  • 3 Red
  • 7 Orange
  • 17 Yellow
  • 39 Green

What happens if I received a yellow, orange or red status?

Camps who received a yellow status will receive a point against them, carried over into 2019. Camps with an orange status may not receive 1/2 their grant for 2019. Camps with a red status may not receive any theme camp grants 2019.

How about black status?

The infamous black status is given to a camp that left a considerable amount of MOOP behind or destruction of the theme camp area. Theme Camps who receive a black status will not be invited to bring their camp back to Seed 2019. You will also be shown as black on the MOOP Map.

What are the interaction symbols all about?

This year, our MOOP crew have added an interaction rating to each of the Theme Camps within the map. After the event ends and during pack down, the LNT Team do a preliminary sweep of the site. Each of the theme camps are required to make an appointment with LNT before leaving site, where LNT will point out if MOOPing is going well, say needs to be improved and suggest anything else to consider.

Some Theme Camps welcome LNT with open arms - and others do not. Therefore LNT have rated their experience with the camp from amazing to rude! If a Theme Camp didn't make an appointment and LNT didn't get to talk to them, then the interaction is simply 'No Show'. We feel the ratings are really important for the following reasons:

  • A camp could have left no MOOP and achieved a green status - and yet been rude or unhelpful, or taken a lot of work to get there.
  • Equally, a camp could have received. yellow, orange or red status - and yet been very polite and super helpful.

How do I use the map?

The map is at the bottom of this post in a small frame along with the icon key.

  1. To view the list of theme camps and camping areas, click on this button.
  2. If you want to view the map full screen and launch in a separate window, click on this button.

Click on a theme camp or area, either using the map itself or the list, to see photos of any applicable MOOP (orange, red and black) and an icon showing the rating for the interaction with this camp. Some camps may have multiple photos attached.

Can we see the MOOP Map already?

Ummmm.... its right below.

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In Search of a Ticketing Lead

Do you want to help make a difference to the thousands of people who attend Burning Seed? Got some ideas for improving the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP)? Want to get involved in Burner Profiles and make the ticketing of the event run smoothly? Want to volunteer in a role, but not put in any hours on site? Well, we may have just the ticket! (oh dear).

We're looking for a new Ticketing Team Lead to start with Burning Seed as soon as possible. This is a role that is year round (just 1-2 hours a week and more in the lead up to Seed), but that doesn't involve any commitment on site at the event. As well as managing the ticketing process, the Ticketing Team Lead responds to all ticket enquiries from participants, and communicates with ticket holders in the lead up to the event.

If you're a good communicator, organised and have ideas about how we can take our ticketing to the next level, we'd love to hear from you. Previous experience with ticketing is desirable but not essential.

To read more on what the role involves and how to apply, click here for the position description.

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Theme Camps Update for 2019

Happy new year everyone from the theme camp team! We hope that you are as excited as we are for Burning Seed 2019. Theme camps always have and always will be a major source for creativity, interactivity, community and good times out there on the paddock. We cannot wait to see what you will bring and we will assist you in making the theme camp experience for everyone involved better than ever.

First some important points:

  • Theme Camp Applications open 1st of March and close 31st of May.
  • Memorandum of Understanding, LNT Plan and risk assessment or Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) paperwork must be completed and submitted as part of your initial camp application.

Team Update

There have been several changes to the Theme Camp Team this year. First off we would like to thank Nty for his many years in the Theme Camp Team Lead position. Nty has spent many hours behind and in front of the scenes supporting Burning Seed and he continues to do so with oversight and guidance as the Curation Arts & Culture (CAC) Co-Facilitator. For that we thank him and look forward to collaborating with him this year.

To fill his shoes, Aidan McCarthy and Sam Clemens are the new co-leads of Theme Camps . We have tried to pull together the best team possible to move theme camps forward this year. We have Shane Kilcullen filling the 2IC role, Lisa Dyer-Randall as the Early Entry Coordinator and Rowan Kos returning as the Placements Coordinator. We are immensely grateful to have such an experienced and passionate group of people available to assist all theme camps getting to Burning Seed this year.

Theme Camp Applications

After each Burning Seed, the Theme Camp Team looks at what they can do as a team to improve the experience for everyone involved. In 2018 we saw delays in submissions of important and necessary documentation from participating theme camps. This resulted in several issues including town planning delays, map availability and increased workload chasing up camps.

In 2019 we're aiming to alleviate this by moving the opening and closing dates for theme camp registration forward one month. Theme camp registrations will officially open on 1st March and close on 31st May. Moving the theme camp registration dates forward a month will allow us to have more time to identify and solve any issues that may arise before the event, and give us more time to place and assist theme camps in being the best they can be.

To make the theme camp registration process as smooth as possible, we’re also making changes to the due date for the necessary paperwork required. Crews wishing to apply as a theme camp in 2019 will be required to submit a completed Memorandum of Understanding, risk assessment or Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) and LNT plan as part of their initial theme camp application. Only once we have received the required documents will the theme camp application be considered. The Theme Camp Team are available and happy to assist in the application process to those who request advice or information. We are here to help!

Grants

Theme camps are a central part of the experiences made at Burning Seed. We will always make the case for continued and greater support from the Burning Seed Organisation. To reflect this, Theme Camp Grants will be receiving a greater proportion of revenue in 2019. As a result in addition to the regular returning theme camp grant, we will introduce larger grants to theme camps or villages that apply for them.

These grants aim to encourage the talented people involved in theme camps to generate art, encourage interactivity, increase cooperation and to enable the growth of new camps. This new funding model was created through community feedback to create a funding model that reflects community and Seed Org goals into the future. We look forward to giving you more information in future blogs once a grants framework has been put in place and we have a clearer picture of the funding available.

The whole team is excited to see what this year will bring. If you wish to contact us, feel free to email themecamps@burningseed.com and make sure to join the Burning Seed Theme Camps Facebook page, to keep up to date on information or to access the amazing group of people who are part of Burning Seed Theme Camps.