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An Update on Ticket Refunds – December 5, 2016

Thank you so much for being patient while our insurance company processes our claim. This process has involved reviewing many hundreds of transactions, and has taken many hours of work from our finance and legal teams to ensure we get it right.

We have received some promising news from the insurance assessor today, who has now completed the assessment of our claim and is recommending that it be accepted. We hope to have formal confirmation from the underwriters any day now and we will let you know the minute we hear back.

We know you’ll still have questions around your tickets and refunds, including what the process is for ticket holders who had their ticket transferred to them via Quicket. We will be able to answer those in the coming weeks as we begin to know what our next steps should be.

Thanks again for your patience and understanding. We’ll continue to update you via email, our blog and on Facebook in the following weeks when we know what’s next.

 

Burn Bright  )’(

Burning Seed

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Update: 17 October 2016

An update on refunds

It’s been a couple of weeks now since the unfortunate cancellation of Burning Seed and we wanted to give you an update on the refunds process. Our claim is progressing with the insurance company and as directed by them, we are now collating all of our financial reports and out of pocket expenses as evidence. The insurance company will then need to process the documentation before they finalise our claim - this will most likely take some time. While it would be wrong of us to estimate when this may be, please be assured that we are moving the process along as quickly as possible.

What if I bought my ticket via the ticket transfer process?

We’ve had a number of questions on this and we are finalising the process for ticket transfer refunds. We will give you further information on this once we are in the position to process the refunds.

Can I roll over my ticket cost to next year?

There have been a number of comments where people have asked if they can roll over their ticket cost to next year. Unfortunately this would be quite complicated to administer and it’s easier for us to refund everyone and start fresh for Burning Seed 2017.

Thank You

We wanted to once again thank you the community, for your continued support, understanding and positivity. We have been amazed at how you have pulled together over the last few weeks - some of you have attended side burns while others have organised local get togethers and meet-ups - whatever you have done, it’s great to see you all burn in your own way.

We will update you further as we have more information.

Burn Bright  )’(

Burning Seed

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A word on side burns…

It's truly remarkable what a can-do crew can actually do when tested by adversity.

We've been blown away by the display of radical can-do happening throughout the community that would have been getting very wet and miserable by now had the gates been able to open for Seed this year. 

We've been hearing about a number of 'sideburns', 'plan Bs' and 'overflow' events being organised in line with the Ten Principles of Burning Man by local crews and theme camps, small events but still incredibly tough to pull together in such a short time - it's a fantastic testament to the resilience, capability and imagination of this wonderful community.

The crew at Seed wants to thank everyone - local organisers, theme camps and participants - for creating and organising these splinter events - it means more than you know to see something so magical happening after the situation we faced less than two weeks ago.

We need to make it clear that while many of these splinter events - these Scatterings of Seed -  draw on the amazing skills and talents of many people involved in Seed, none of them are officially organised or endorsed by Burning Seed.

Maybe this was meant to happen - who knows - perhaps Deep Space was all about the universe telling us it was time for our community to go back to where it started, small gatherings, like the first Seed in Bellingen in 2010, where everyone has to play their integral part in making the event happen. 

One thing is for certain - for many splinter event organisers it will be more than a mini burn - it will be a baptism of fire - but for Seed it means a solid base of skills and leadership experience we might draw on in the future.

Whatever your plans for this weekend, we wish you well. Take care of yourselves and each other. 

Burn bright!

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The view at Matong this week 🙁

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Update: 21 September 2016

So… the team is really mindful of the need to keep you informed about the work going on behind the scenes following last week’s devastating news about the cancellation...

Sorry

First of all we want to say sorry to anyone who may have received an email in error from our ticket partner (Quicket) today. We’ve let them know about the cancellation of course, but somehow a number of people may have today received an automated 'event reminder' email. We hope that it hasn’t upset anyone or confused an already difficult situation. 

Thank you

We’ve been blown away by the level of understanding and compassion you’ve shown for this difficult situation and particularly your messages for our legendary DPI crew who are still on site dealing with a difficult extraction. It’s a really unbelievably amazing response and one which demonstrates the strength and beauty of this extraordinary community of people. Thank you, thank you, thank you. As we’ve said all along - Burning Seed is a participatory experience. We now know the truth of that statement stands whether Seed happens or not. We could not do this without you. We cannot thank you enough.

Updates

We’ll check in with posts as often as we have something meaningful to say. This is a new challenge for Seed. We’re not sure how long it will take fully to resolve. So if you don’t hear anything from us for a week or two please don’t think we’re not at full tilt working as quickly as we can to get things straightened out. If you have questions (and we know you do!) check our FAQ first. If you can’t find the answer drop us a line at feedback@burningseed.com. We’ll aim to capture all your questions and our responses on the FAQ as we move forward.

Tickets
We're still going through the process of making a claim with the insurance underwriters and we're really grateful for your patience while we let that process run its course. We’ll aim to move as quickly as possible and keep you up to date by email to the address you provided when you bought the ticket.

DPI

Those DPI legends are still on site and have managed to cart the first loads out today after a complete wash out yesterday. The crew are looking at an awkward departure because they have to move everything by 4WD and there is another day of rain predicted. They’ve also had a termite infestation in two of their containers which will force them to destroy any wooden structures they might have kept for next year. A small group of DPI may be stuck on site until they are able to get a truck on site to pick up the Telehandler and the left over lumber for storage. They’re hopeful of leaving site by this weekend but they might be forced to tow crews cars out on a trailer. 

Please also spare a thought for the locals in and around Matong - they've have had another 25ml of rain today and more to come next week. Check our earlier post for details on how you can support the local SES.

Artists
All artists have been contacted by the ARTery - if you were a registered or grant artists and have not had any emails from us please check your spam/junk folder or email artery@burningseed.com. If you can, please send us photos of you and your crew working on your project and picture or two of the finished piece - we want to put together a blog to showcase all your amazing efforts. We've loved hearing that many installations and projects will be showcased at various side events happening in the next few weeks, and we're glad that you can still share your art!

Community Crew

We had record interest in Community Crew this year - such a shame we couldn’t put everyone to work! The Crew Wranglers are keen to make sure every current and potential crew member has been contacted directly about the event cancellation with a "thank you" for putting their hand up. The good news is that we have record numbers of confirmed crew in the database that we'd love to stay in contact with for next year. 

Sincerely, everyone, from the depths of our hearts - from all on the crew - thank you again for your patience and compassion during this really tough time. 

Burn Bright  )’(

Burning Seed

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Roadworks...

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Deep Space? More like Waterworld...

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Rivers running deep...

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A very damp Paddock...

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A Message from Burning Man on Seed’s Cancellation

We're incredibly lucky to be part of global network of Burners who can no only share their fiery spirits when times are good, but also their support and strength when times get tough. Upon learning of Seed's cancellation, Ra$pa shared this message with the Burning Seed Community, on behalf of the Burning Man Org:
 
Dear Burning Seed Team and Australia Burner Community Members,
 
It is with sadness that we learned that Burning Seed needed to be cancelled due to the record rainfall and resulting serious safety issues. I wish to share with you Burning Man’s full support of your team and this difficult but unavoidable decision. We send our gratitude, love and support. Burning Seed is a shining light in the constellation of Burner events around the world and we are grateful to the team that valiantly sought to do all they could to overcome the obstacles at hand in the hope that the weather and flooding would subside.
 
When a vision cannot be fully realized it is, of course, normal that there will be sadness and frustration. So much energy goes into creating such an extraordinary community gathering that when it can’t actually happen as planned it is understandably heartbreaking. Be extra kind to one another and to yourselves, be patient and take the long view. This is clearly a case of Nature calling the shots. But is has also been our experience over 30 years that extreme weather tends to engender real community bonds and meaningful relationships in the long run. There may even be opportunities that arise from this cancellation. You may find opportunities to place art that was intended for Seed in public places before Burning Seed next year. You may find opportunities to bring something you love about Seed to your own home and neighborhood. Welcome that as a challenge. Welcome it as an inevitability and challenge yourselves during the time you would have gathered for Burning Seed and throughout the next year, to know you are all still together in the world and to be gloriously yourselves in your public streets and neighborhoods! You have planted a seed together for years. Each of you carry that seed within you and this year’s theme just became “Spill Over and Flood the Default World!”   ; )
 
Once again, we fully support your team and community of amazing and inspiring Burners. We share this moment with you as a seminal moment in your history and we are 1000% confident that the next Burning Seed will be all the more meaningful, resilient and amazing as a result! We stand with you in the world—wet or dry!
 
With Our Love, Support, and Encouragement to Take Pause…then Pick Yourselves Up and Burn all the More Radiantly.

 

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Our Most Difficult Post Ever

It is with deep regret and sadness that we must announce Burning Seed 2016 has been cancelled. This is the toughest message we've ever had to deliver in the history of our event.

Safety First (not Third)

We have seen severe and prolonged flooding at our beloved Matong State Forest site (this winter has delivered the most rain since records began). Our infrastructure crew (DPI) have been on the Paddock since early September to find a way to do the necessary works to set up a safe event, but the continued rains have made their work impossible.

Representatives from the Forestry Corporation of NSW made a site visit yesterday (15 September) and they’ve confirmed our worst fears; Forestry will not allow the event to proceed for reasons of public safety. Participant safety is paramount. There's no way we can safely or legally run Burning Seed this year. We can't get even one truck on site, let alone an ambulance, let alone 2000 cars. Read the Forestry direction here.

No Alternative

We've been actively exploring alternatives:

  • Matong and Surrounds: This year’s unusual rainfall means most sites within a reasonable distance of Matong are also flooded.
  • Further afield: Dry sites further afield present two insurmountable challenges: the strain on our crew of conducting a long-distance relocation, and our inability to procure a council permit in time. We exhausted the options of alternative sites, including reaching out to the Down to Earth Collective to discuss using their site at Moulemain. Unfortunately, they too have suffered flooding on their site that we determined would prohibit us from holding a safe event there.
  • Thinking laterally: We've explored ideas like pumping water from the site but it's just not gonna work. The whole region is flooded and there is nowhere to pump the water to.

We're so, so sorry. We realise this is difficult and challenging for participants, for theme camps, for artists, for all the amazing volunteer crew who gift their time so freely throughout the year and also for the local community. They love Burning Seed, they love this community, they love welcoming us home - and they’re still facing the challenges of the continued flooding and clean up efforts. If you want to support SES’s efforts for the Narrandera region local to Matong State Forest please see below for details.

What's next?

We're working super hard now to make the best of this situation. We can't predict the weather, but we did have the foresight to secure cancellation insurance. Making an insurance claim is not a simple process and it may take some time. We will keep you in the loop on progress with our insurer and with the status of ticket refunds via email to the email address you provided when you purchased your ticket - we appreciate your compassion and patience as we do everything we can to get this resolved as quickly as possible.

We know you will have questions and we've tried to answer as many of these as we can anticipate in this Frequently Asked Questions document. We'll keep adding to this over the coming days and weeks so please check the FAQ first before you contact us. 

Thank You

Everyone involved in organising Burning Seed is a volunteer. It's a fantastic privilege, and especially at times like this when we've faced and feared the worst, and then seen our community respond at its best. We've been blown away by your support. We’re confident that, as a community, we will emerge from this stronger and more resilient than ever before.  

It will be better next year.

Burn Bright  )’(

Burning Seed

 

 

SUPPORT THE SES

If you would like to support the SES who provide disaster assistance to the Murrumbidgee Region you can do so in two ways:

Support the local Narrandera Unit (closest to Matong State Forest) and make a direct donation by setting up a bank transfer to:

Account Name: SES Narrandera

BSB: 032-001 / Account Number:176469 / Reference: Burning Seed

Support the NSW Volunteer SES Team by purchasing raffle tickets (and you can add on a donation) go to https://sesvaraffle.com.au/ > select No as the answer to question 1) Are you validating pre-ordered tickets? > select the number of tickets you wish to purchase (minimum 3 tickets for $15) and follow the rest of the instructions. Note that this supports all SES volunteers across NSW.  

More information on the SES can be found here: http://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/about/gipa/Agency-Information-Guide

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IMPORTANT NEWS: SITE CONDITIONS

14 September 2016

A Statement from Burning Seed

Folks, we’re mindful we need to keep you fully in the loop on site conditions. DPI have been on site for a week or so and it’s not looking great. We’re seeing severe flooding right across the Paddock and the DPI crew report major delays to the infrastructure build. Matong has seen record floods in recent weeks and most of the site is currently waterlogged - from Centre Camp to the north east of the site and from the Stockade to quiet camping. Check out this video for more.

We're hopeful that conditions will improve but need to stay alert to the situation and will be posting updates over the next few days. We realise this may be challenging and disconcerting but please bear with us - we hope to have more clarity on the situation in the next few days.

At this stage the event is still in prospect. We’re looking at this Friday evening, 16 September as a tipping point for some tough decisions. We want to provide you with as much information as we can, when we can, so we’ve put this FAQ document together - we’ll keep updating this as new questions come.

We’re sure you’ll have more questions but please bear with us over the next few days...

 

 

 

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Harassment on The Paddock – It’s Not Ok

Burning Seed is an open and radically expressive event where you will encounter people pushing their own personal boundaries. Everyone deserves to feel safe at Burning Seed regardless of their gender, and we want to foster a safe environment for everyone to express themselves, therefore harassment at Seed is not tolerated. Examples of harassment include vulgar gestures, comments about someone’s sexual orientation, sexually explicit comments, leering, whistling, barking, kissing noises, following someone, flashing someone or exposing oneself, blocking someone’s path and sexual touching or grabbing. 
 
Here are 6 tips to also help you address harassment if it occurs:
 
  1. Use strong body language. Look the harasser in the eyes; speak in a strong, clear voice. Using your voice, facial expressions, and body language together, without mixed signals, show assertiveness and strength.
  2. Project confidence and calm. Even if you do not feel that way, it is important to appear calm, serious, and confident. 
  3. Do not apologise, make an excuse, or ask a question. You do not need to say sorry for how you feel or what you want. Be firm.
  4. You do not need to respond to diversions, questions, threats, blaming, or guilt-tripping. Stay on your own agenda. Stick to your point. Repeat your statement or leave.
  5. While it's important to be assertive, try not lose your temper: This type of reaction is the most likely to lead to anger and violence from the perpetrator. 
  6. Decide when you’re done. Success is how you define it. If you said what you needed to say and you’re ready to leave, do so.

If you still feel like someone is harassing you, you can call for the assistance of a Ranger to help you. 

Stay tuned for another instalment next week from the PEER Rangers, on some tips of what to say to someone who is harassing another Burner.

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Gumboots and Goosebumps: August Site Visit…

By Squeaky Queen (aka Lara Warren)

(check out the PDF for a full version of this site update with all the pix from the weekend)

Zellers, Squeaky Queen, Tech Support and Jesse James arrived Saturday 13th August at approx. 2pm. It has been a very wet few months, already exceeding the average yearly rainfall by 63mm. We were expecting it to be very wet. It had been dry for 10 days when we arrived. It was sunny and a very pleasant 16 degrees.

I felt excited to be returning Home, and what a beautiful place it is. Wide open spaces, all very green at the moment (the upside of the rain), birds everywhere and the smell of forest breezing through the air.

Gate

The area around the entry gate remains a bit of a puddle, but is easily passable as it has some road base and will hopefully dry out.The entry road is looking mighty fine after being widened. If it rains, this area is known to become slippery and 4WD only, but for now, it’s OK. It’s going to be graded again before the event.

The area around Gate has been widened to allow Gate to be on the same side as the incoming traffic to make for better flow. The road is now able to handle four lanes of traffic. Three inward lanes, and one exit/service entry.

Please remember to slow down as you enter the site, follow all instructions and have your ticket ready. Our aim is to get everyone into Seed safely and sometimes this can take time.

Please be patient at Gate and enjoy being in the forest, roll down your window and take a deep breath. There will be a toilet located along the entry road which will be signposted. If you enter the site out of Gate hours, please park/camp in the allocated out of hours/overflow area, which will also be signposted.

Dam and Stockade

The view towards the Dam from where the Orphanage was last year, just near Mint Country Club. There’s frogs galore! It’s not very deep out there, but you’ll be wanting wellies to get about.

The front of The Stockade is also a pond. Hopefully with some more sunny days this will recede enough for us to use the South Road, but at this stage you need to navigate around the edge of the pond, through the stockade, to get to Telekinetic Chair Repair.

Putting some banks on the dam side of this road and some road base would make the road far more useable, as even when the lake recedes the ground stays very sloppy underneath.

Something to think about, especially as The Stockade gets bigger, accommodating for more crew will become a struggle without a good access road. This year is already going to be a bit of a struggle to get our marquees and containers into The Stockade, but she’ll be right mate! DPI got this!

Kids Camp and the Brewery

Down towards Kids camp, across from the Brewery, it’s green and boggy. Bridges across the eastern end of the paddock will again be necessary.

Past the Y intersection on the eastern end, the road is wet in the gutters. It remains a 4WD track at this stage, but is easily passable, just don’t go off the road!

Talking about going off road……

Please be very careful when driving on any roads other than the loop around the paddock as it doesn’t take much and this happens… We snatched this car out of the bog with minimal trouble, but then got into more trouble when both of our cars slid off the track and into this…

We tried all the tricks to get outta here, but as dusk fell we started losing hope. Phone reception can be sketchy on site with Optus getting the best signal. But never rely on being able to call for help. Always bring all the necessary things to survive. Unfortunately, it was about now, we realised we’d run out of beer.

We called a local for help and he came out with his Ute. After many attempts, we managed to get the Hilux out and then got the rescue ute bogged! We called it a night.

Local support

Jesse James, Tech Support and Zellers headed back to Melbourne to avoid missing a day of work, while Squeaky Queen stayed the night on a couch in Matong. It was decided that nothing short of a 4WD Tractor could save us.

Without the help of the locals, we would have been stuck, waiting for drier conditions to be able to leave. Never underestimate the ground out here. Even after a few days of sun, the topsoil dries up, but it remains slush underneath. I’m talking like melted chocolate ice cream consistency!

The next day we headed back out to the forest to retrieve the stuck vehicles. We came armed with chains, snatch straps, gumboots, gloves, shovels, chainsaws and a 4WD tractor. Nothing short of this would get us out. The tractor nearly got bogged too! But out we did get, and back to Melbourne I headed.

Not long now...

What an adventure! I’m so excited to be heading back out in a few short weeks to start build. It will be a challenge, but that’s what i’m here for. I don’t do DPI cause it’s easy, i do it because it’s tough, challenging and i’m always pushing myself. I’ve learned so much in the last few years, i look forward to continuing this journey.

Can’t wait to see you all on the Paddock!

Squeaky Queen Out.

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Jesse James, Zellers and Tech Support: Drinking Again!

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Glad to be Home...

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Take care at the Gate mate

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Frogs galore at the Dam near the Orphanage...

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Green and boggy near Kids Camp...

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Off Road...

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Introducing… Sanctuary

For many participants in this crazy and amazing experiment in community that we call Burning Seed, the experience - both for new arrivals (Burgins) or veterans - can sometimes be seriously overwhelming. The contents of a challenging workshop, an intense conversation, an inebriate evening or the sheer over-stimulation of the environment can each bring their own challenges. 

There are things you can do to prepare for having a GREAT experience: reading the Survival Guide; planning your party; having a good crew to support each other; and a sense of community and civic responsibility - all these things can all make the difference if you want to get the most out of your Burn.

Things don’t always go to plan though; and for those times where you can’t find your flow - you’re tired, partied out, anxious and overwhelmed or you’re partying a bit too hard - there is a brand new crew on the Paddock - Sanctuary.

Helping You Find Your Burn

Girlface is Team Lead for Seed’s inaugural Sanctuary. She says the idea is to create a space where people can come to receive support and guidance if they’re feeling challenged.

“It may be surprising but it’s common for people to feel disconnected at a Burn, not feel like they fit in - they might look around and feel like everyone else is having a great time and that can amplify anxieties or other feelings - it’s OK to feel that - it’s a real and normal human response.

“We’re creating Sanctuary to help people deal with this and get back on their feet through helping them draw on their inner strengths and encouraging them to find their own unique way to Burn.

“The idea of consent and intention stretches beyond sexual intimacy -we want to encourage people to pop by Sanctuary and learn about strategies for safer ways to party and enjoy the enhanced environment at Seed.

“We are an open and inclusive community and people need to feel cool about expressing themselves in the safe and non judgemental environment we collectively create,” Girlface says.

Making Connections

“I was working with the amazing PEER Rangers last year and we supported quite a few first time Burners who were not really familiar with the experience of how it all works at a Burn.

“They saw people getting into the whole radical expression thing and felt kind of disconnected - we talked them through it, let them know that there’s no judgement, that their Burn experience is all about what they want to make it.

“It was so great to see those same Burners the next day with massive smiles on their faces - they made it through the issues, put their anxieties aside and were having a wonderful, magical time - that’s so rewarding for me.

“Sanctuary will be working alongside the broader amazing Seed community to assist those who might be feeling disconnected," Girlface says.

Partying Safe

Girlface says the Sanctuary crew also have a role to educate and advise people in advance of the event to help them avoid finding themselves in the situation where they need Sanctuary.

“If there’s one thing to remember when hitting the Paddock it’s to know when to Slow down, stop, support each other & seek help:

  1. SLOW down, pace yourself, take it easy
  2. If you feel like you’re losing some control or going too far, then STOP
  3. Give SUPPORT to your mates & the rest of the community if you can see others struggling
  4. SEEK HELP - that’s where Sanctuary comes in (alongside Rangers, PEERS & Medics)

“As soon as anyone comes into Sanctuary - night or day - there will be someone to greet them and let them know what kind of support is available,” says Girlface

“We welcome anyone at Sanctuary but we would prefer it if you don’t need to come see us!”

To help make this happen...

  1. Be prepared - if you’re out to party make sure you have food, water and all you need
  2. Be aware of your personal limitations - know your boundaries
  3. Don’t be afraid to say NO - if you’re offered something you don’t have to take it
  4. Look out for your mates & the wider community - take care of them if they’re partying too hard
  5. Familiarise yourself with Theme Camp spaces where you can take it easy

Round the Clock Support

Girlface says Sanctuary will operate around the clock during Seed to provide support to participants who are feeling overwhelmed, challenged and disconnected.

“This is a new social experiment for most new arrivals and the Sanctuary crew will be working alongside Rangers, Peer and Medics to support people through that experience.

“If you are not feeling safe, if you’re feeling anxious, disconnected, confused and in need of support. If you’re friend is a bit too intoxicated or emotional and you’re not comfortable leaving them alone at camp, then please don’t, bring them down to the Sanctuary space.”

Sanctuary needs YOU

“We’re participants like anyone else with a caring and empathetic way of looking at the world and we need more people to help us crew during the event,” says Girlface.

“If people are keen to contribute in any way we really want to hear from them - you don’t need professional skills or any experience as such - just to be empathetic, caring, non-judgemental and passionate about providing support for people in times of need.

“We’re planning to provide some pre-event training, potentially tying up with Ranger training events in in Melbourne, hopefully Sydney and onsite.

“Shifts on-site will be around the clock and between 4-6 hours each and crewed by a shift lead together with between 2-4 crew depending on how busy it is - the Team Lead and 2iCs will be on call throughout.

If you want to sign up to join the Sanctuary crew visit the website and let them know. As well as filling in your crew application form, if you have any questions please shoot them an email at sanctuary@burningseed.com.

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Sanctuary: A new crew on the Paddock

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love

There's support all around you but if you need Sanctuary it's there

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jayman

That first Burn can be pretty overwhelming