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We have a new PEER Rangers Lead

After a massive effort of more than five years, LadySparkles has stepped out of the role of PEER Rangers Team Lead. As the new PEER Ranger Team Leader, I'm incredibly glad that LadySparkles has stepped into a new role overseeing site safety, so her accumulated wisdom is not too far away.

Wonka is one of these early Red Earth Rangers, and he supplied this bit of Ranger history:

When we first floated the notion of some kind of psychological response wing of Rangers, we (the Ranger leads) looked to Black Rock (Burning Man) for inspiration. There, they have what are called the "Green Dots" - who are rangers that have taken extra training to be a first response unit to such issues. LadySparkles joined in the discussion, and offered her real-world expertise in actual trauma care. She realised how important this team would be for the paddock and soon took full reign.

Very quickly, it became apparent that what she was building was something far more specialised than even Black Rock had put together. Her insistence on having the crew be qualified practitioners in the real world was something I initially disagreed with, due to skepticism about sufficient numbers of people (and in looking to Black Rock Green Dots as inspiration). I was quickly proven wrong, as she assembled an amazing team which grew significantly over a period of three years.

Her training was incredibly thorough and offered vital methods of dealing with difficult situations. As a result, LadySparkles has built a team unparalleled in the rest of the Burning world in regards to psychological care. We should be so very thankful for the foundations she's built, and work to carry on her creation.

If you don't know who the PEER Rangers are, we're a specialist team of rangers who are Psychological & Emotional Emergency Responders. Outside of responding to emergencies, we develop ways to make Burning Seed a safer space. You might have seen our posters stuck to the inside of portaloo doors in previous years, or grabbed one of our badges depicting consent, safety and looking after one another.

This is what we do - we inform and educate participants of Burning Seed and the wider community. If you think this sounds like a team you'd like to be part of, head over to the Crew Wranglers page & let them know you're interested - we will be in touch!

This also means that we need a new 2iC for the PEER Rangers!  This will be someone who has got some experience with psychological & emotional crises, on-paddock or in the default world. The role involves working with me & the rest of the Ranger Council in the months leading up to the burn, which would involve writing policy, designing comms and planning training, amongst other things.

On the paddock they will assist with supporting the rest of the PEER Rangers & overseeing any critical events that occur. And after the event- there's a great sense of achievement & writing up reports on the whole experience. I did it last year & enjoyed it so much I've stepped into LadySparkle's glittery shoes! Here's the Crew Wrangler page where you register your interest.

Thanks again to LadySparkles for the hard work and dedication she has shown over the years. Her work will be a legacy of Burning Seed.

James aka Rakkar

 

 

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Ticket Date Announced!

Holy Cow! This is no time to be sheepish. Tickets for Burning Seed 2019 : Zoophemism will be on sale soon. They won’t be selling at a snail's pace so make sure you read on for all the juicy details. This years burn will be a hoot!

All the ticket info:

  • Tickets go on sale Friday 17th May at 7pm AEST

  • If you have purchased a ticket in the last few years you will already have a Burner Profile but will need to update it before buying your ticket this year

  • If you don’t have a Burner Profile you’ll need to create one before buying your ticket

  • The name on your Burner Profile & Ticket MUST match your photo ID

  • Burner Profiles can be created/updated now at http://qkt.io/seed19

  • No changes to the prices for 2019 - Adult: $195 / Youth (16+17 yo) $145 / Kids (under 16) $10

  • Youth ticket holders will need a Burner Profile and must attend Burning Seed with their legal parent or guardian

  • You can purchase a maximum of 2 adult tickets (and both people will need a Burner Profile)

  • A small percentage of tickets are held back for critical event crew as well as returning theme camps to reduce any risk to the core event infrastructure

  • There is a cap on the number of tickets, having a Burner Profile does not guarantee you a ticket

  • No free tickets, everyone pays

Ticket Prices

A number of factors go into determining the ticket price each year. The entire Burning Seed organisation continues to work to keep our costs low so that the burn continues to be accessible for as many people as possible. In saying that we continue to see cost pressures, especially in the areas of safety and regulatory services. This includes the costs of medics, security, ambulances and police. We also see the price of insurance continue to rise. Full details on how your ticket money was spent in 2018 will be published very soon.

The ticket price has only seen a small increase in the last few years ($185 in 2016 to $195 in 2017 and 2018) and serious consideration was given this year as to whether an increase was necessary to ensure the event was sustainable. After much deliberation the decision was made to keep the adult ticket price at $195 for 2019. Everyone at Burning Seed HQ* will therefore need to ensure a tight rein is kept on spending so that we don’t go over budget. We are all prepared for this and can assure you it won’t reduce the safety or quality of the burn.

A final note is that we feel it is highly likely that a small increase will be necessary next year. We won’t know this for sure until our finance team see how things end up after this year’s event and budgets are put together for 2020.

*Note: there is no actual HQ. We think it would be a fun place if there was.

Selling your ticket

Some people may purchase a ticket and end up, unfortunately, not being able to attend. If this happens to you and you have a friend or family member who wants to purchase your ticket then you can sort out the financials between yourselves and then transfer the ticket directly through Quicket. The person purchasing the ticket will need to have created a Burner Profile. Once the transfer occurs your original ticket is cancelled and a new one is issued to the purchaser. Do not sell your ticket above face value.

If you don’t know anyone who wants to purchase your ticket then please wait until tickets sell out, at which time we’ll launch our Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP). It is an automated online system that matches people with unwanted tickets with those desperate to attend. Full details will be released closer to the launch.

Kids Tickets

We love our junior Burners and Kids tickets, for those under 16, are $10 (plus fees). There is no need for kids to have a Burner Profile as their tickets are linked to the profile of their parent or guardian. There is no cap on kids tickets and they can be purchased right up to and during the event. Kids tickets must be purchased online, there are no gate sales.

Welcome to the Jungle

From 7pm AEST on the 17th May you can get the monkey off your back by purchasing your ticket to Burning Seed 2019 : Zoophemism. Make sure you have your Burner Profile ready to go and bookmark the ticket purchasing page http://qkt.io/seed19 If you have any questions about tickets please email ticketing@burningseed.com and if you have any problems with your Quicket login contact support@quicket.com.au

For more information and a link to our FAQ's - check out the ticketing page on our website. http://burningseed.com/tickets/ 

 

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Theme Camp Applications: Now Open!

Theme Camp Applications Now Open

The Theme camp team is happy to announce that theme camp applications are now open for Burning Seed 2019. The application window will be open for three months and close on the 31st of May. Theme camps are the interactive core of Burning Seed and we are excited to see what the camps  will bring this year.

Becoming a registered theme camp at Burning Seed provides your group with a number of great benefits:

  • Your camp will have an allocated space on the paddock. This means you will be placed in an area that best fits the needs and theme of your camp.
  • Your camp will be listed on our site map and in our What Where When guide along with any events you want to run. The site map and WWW guide will be handed out to all participants at the event.
  • Your camp will be able to share information on Burning Seed’s social media sites.
  • Your camp may also be eligible for grants to help offset some of your expenditure.

So You Want To Be A Theme Camp?

All information required to apply to be an official theme camp for 2019 can be found at: http://burningseed.com/themecamps/

At the bottom of the page you will find a downloadable application pack which contains all necessary forms to complete and guides to help you in that process.

Important: You will not be able to complete the online application without uploading completed Memorandum of Understanding, Risk Assessment and LNT Plan forms. When the forms have been completed, you are ready to move onto the online application.

The link to the online application is found at the bottom of the theme camp web page. Once submitted a member of the Theme Camp Team may contact you for any clarification we may need and you will be able to edit your online form at anytime. Once completed you will hear from us in June on whether you have been accepted as an official theme camp for 2019.

Burning Seed can only offer placement to a limited number of theme camps.  In 2019 we will be offering placement to 60 camps. The number is limited based on the size of the site and to ensure a good ratio of camps.  Successful camps will be selected by the Theme Camp Team based on the following criteria:

  1. Previous performance at Burning Seed – Did your camp turn up? Did you do what you said you were going to do in your previous application? Were you just generally awesome? Did you MOOP or did you Leave No Trace?
  2. Variety – One of the best things about a burn is heading off on an adventure and not knowing what you’re going to find. Our aim is to provide a wide range experiences for everyone that make the journey to Burning Seed.  Offer something unique and you’re almost guaranteed a spot.
  3. Aesthetics – Will your camp look visually spectacular? Will you be a shining beacon in the night?
  4. Inclusivity – Are you open to everybody or catering for a select few?
  5. Safety – Safety First not third.
  6. Run Times – Are you open for business 24/7 or planning to only run 1-2 short events? We acknowledge running a camp is hard work and everyone needs some time off, if you’re only running a couple of events we suggest you think about if your camp can provide an open or shared space when you’re off partying.  We highly recommend sound camps limit themselves to 3-4 events.

The theme camp team is truly excited for 2019 and look forward to receiving your applications. We are always available to answer any questions or offer guidance and can be contacted by email at themecamps@burningseed.com. Get excited, get busy and make the magic happen. Burning Seed is just around the corner.

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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.

 

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Zoophemism Theme Design – Enter Now!

Hey Burners - it's that time again! With Burning Seed on the horizon, we are now launching the Burning Seed 2019 Event Theme Design. Whether you are a professional or amateur graphic designer, an artist or a cat-person - if you have a design in mind, we'd love to see it!


What is the Theme Design process all about?

Every year we select a unique theme to inspire the art, costumes and events you experience at Burning Seed, and with the theme in 2019 being Zoophemism - it should be an interesting one!

We then call out to YOU the community to show us your design skills and create the face of the design.


What does this actually mean?

We want you to interpret the theme of Zoophemism and design a poster based on this interpretation. After entries close, the winning theme design will be voted on by Burning Seed Facilitators and Team Leads.

The winning design will then be magically transformed (not actual magic) into all of our event collateral including our WWW Guide, Survival Guide, wristbands, tickets, stickers (returning for 2019!), website banners, Facebook images, promotional materials/posters and more!

Wait, so I have to design all of those things?

 

Nup! We only need you to design the poster. If yours is the winning design, our Design Team Lead will apply your design to all of the things, and work with you to ensure the design is able to be adjusted as necessary.


Me, me, me! How about the rules?

There are no rules! Apart from the specs of the submission, the rest is completely up to you. You are free to interpret the theme in whichever way you wish so let your imagination run wild. We have had some amazing submissions in the past and we really want to see what Zoophemism means to you!

The Theme Design & Submission Process

The theme design is now open and you have just over 5 weeks to submit your design - but don't leave it to the last minute and miss out! We will be giving you a couple of reminders along the way. You can also submit more than one design if you wish - just use a separate application for each.

Here are the key dates you need to know:

  1. 31st January (thats today!) - Theme Design Opens
  2. 15th March - Theme Design Closes
  3. 22nd March - Winning Theme Design Announced 

What’s next?

Head on over to the Event Theme page of the Burning Seed website. There you will find some general info on the theme as well as design specs, FAQ's and instructions for the theme design submissions process.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Burn Bright!

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Required: A SuperStar Secretary

Oh hey, wasn’t it your new years commitment to GET MORE INVOLVED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY?

Could you be Burning Seed’s next SECRETARY?

If….

  • you’re organised, you’re reliable, you have great attention to detail and excellent time management
  • you type quickly and you’re familiar with computers
  • you’re a strong communicator, particularly in an online environment, and
  • you want to be involved in Burning Seed with a relatively low time commitment

… you could be our new secretary!

The Burning Seed secretary pushes the paper, does the organising and creates the scaffolding on which the dreamers, artists and planners build Burning Seed. It’s a crucial role in our organisation, scheduling and taking minutes at all high-level meetings, and delivering those meetings to all appropriate parties afterward. In short, you would be the grease in everyone’s wheels. The time commitment is about 10 hours a month throughout the year.

If this sounds like something you’d be keen to do, pop on over to the community crew page below, fill out the form and select ‘Secretary’ from the roles listed.

http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

 

 

 

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Calling for members of the new not-for-profit!

Remember that one time we decided to redesign our beloved Seed from the ground up?  Look no further if you need a quick reference. Born of blood, sweat and tears, the Restructure Committee has begun to use the findings of this recently produced report to design a new entity, including a shiny new membership model.

As part of this, we want to understand who is actually interested in becoming a member, because, you know, that’s kinda important.  Admittedly, while conscription would have been much less logistical overhead, this probably wouldn’t have represented the community that well!  So once again, we’re excited to see that classic burner enthusiasm translate into cold, hard expressions of interest.

We need to find the members before we do anything else – basically, the feedback from the consultation was that you lovely folk feel that it should be members who choose the directors. So we need to work out who the members are before we can do anything else.

In keeping with that whole freedom of choice thing, this expression of interest in no way constitutes an obligation – how much effort you want to put in from this point on is entirely up to you.  We’re looking to gauge community interest so our magical Seed elves (which I will now be seasonally referring to the Restructure Committee as until I’m told it’s getting old) can start cranking out the shiny new toys.

For now, those who want to be a member will be asked to decide on who the directors are. After that, the directors and members will need to agree on the privileges and obligations of members – but that’s a task for later.

If you are interested, please just email futureofseed@burningseed.com, before February 25th 2019, saying that you would like to be a member. It’s that simple.

 

Until then jazz cats and jellyfish, stay frosty (the snowman). As always, please direct any questions, queries or comments to futureofseed@burningseed.com.

 

*suggested blog listening, “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow” by Vaughn Monroe (as originally heard in Die Hard)

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In Memory of Brian Jones

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Brian Jones (Jonesy) - a beloved member of our community. Please read on for some context on who this great man was.

You'll see hyperlinks throughout this blog which you can click on to read testimonials and anecdotes about Brian, which have been written by a number of members of the community who were close with him.

Brian was the third generation of his family to farm the land around Matong. He new the district intimately, and was deeply knowledgeable about it’s social, industrial and ecological history. He grew up in a close knit community that resisted the mechanisation of farming, maintaining literal horsepower until the 1980’s and coming together to help harvest and build haystacks by hand. 

One of the things that Brian loved about Burning was reconnecting to the energy of his childhood. To the joy and exponential possibility of focused collective action.

As a young man Brian left the farm for a time and pursued his love of music, managing and recording bands such as The Sunnyboys and getting involved in putting on parties. Brian was often seen guitar in hand, encouraging others to join in the singing.

Whilst the isolation of rural communities can foster eccentricity, there aren’t so many opportunities to let your freak flag fly. To most folk, Brian looked like your regular farmer. But his straight exterior belied a radical, progressive thinker. A dreamer with the practical acumen to turn thought into physical reality.

Jonesy loved to let his hair down and was energised by the fresh social opportunities that Seed dropped on his doorstep. He was a great host and relished the opportunity to extend his hospitality. He was a skilled, thoughtful conversationalist and a deep listener. He opened his home and land to the Burning Seed community, welcoming visitors for a night or to work alongside him for weeks. ‘Cactus’ has been a home base for Seed from the very beginning.

Brian has been there from the very beginning. One of the first locals to dip their toe in the Kool Aid dam. It wasn’t just the physical support that he gave that was so valuable to us in getting Seed set up and running, although that was immense and he was a bloody hard worker. It was his deep social connections within the district. In conversation with neighbours, at the local pub or down the Main street, Brian always presented Burning Seed as a positive and desirable addition to the local community. He championed the creative potential of the event and tempered rumour with his own experience and an invitation to ‘come and check it out for yourself’. Jonesy’s efforts to normalise and integrate our presence in the community smoothed the way for many productive friendships and partnerships and helped us to understand issues form a local perspective. Here’s Brian at this year’s Seed, talking us up yet again, for local news outlets.

Brian felt deeply connected to the natural world. The seasonal rhythms of the farms and the native ecosystems that fringe them. He was an avid bird watcher and passionate environmentalist, often stopping mid-work to talk about the cycles we were witnessing around us.

Brian generously offered his land as a site for Red Earth Ecology’s biodiversity plantings and was involved in every project over the years - donating watering trucks, preparing sites, clearing weeds and providing an unwavering enthusiasm which kept morale high.

In late 2014 Brian fell ill with Guillain-Barre syndrome, which devastated his body and he had to relearn how to walk. He moved steadily towards regaining health but Jonesy never recovered 100% of his strength and stamina and the process of recovery led him to points of despair and deep depression. He emerged from this time having made some decisions about changes that he wanted to make in his lifestyle and priorities. He significantly reduced his workload and refocused on finding his way back to a place of creative fire and optimism.

2018 was a breakthrough year for Jonesy at Seed. The year that the work became play and he joined the Forest Rising crew to co-create the Friday night Burn. It was such a joy to see Brian in his element, allowing his Seed family to fully embrace him. He was so happy, satisfied and proud of what we had achieved together at Red Earth City.

Jonesy, we used to laugh at the Burner joke “Seed was better last year” and with your loss the words have never felt so poignant. Burning Seed won’t be the same. Then I think about the solid foundation that you helped to lay for Seed. The practical skills that you passed on via your demonstration to DPI and the event’s build culture. The positive influence you’ve had on those who knew your warm, frank openness, humility and adventurous spirit. I know we’ll be seeing you round the paddock for many years to come.

by Jo Roberts

 

 

Brian at his farm, 'Cactus'

 

Brian chilling atop his art car at Seed 2018

 

At a Red Earth Ecology weekend, monitoring a cold Burn of the paddock, which is an Indigenous land management technique.