Sydney and Melbourne have kicked off regular Town Hall meetings, with the first Sydney one held on November 12 and Melbourne meeting on November 13. Both cities plan to hold these meetings quarterly.
The Town Halls and our exploration of online tools are part of an ongoing dedication to providing more opportunities for a little more conversation and a lot more action within the community! These platforms are not just aimed at the Burning Seed event, but are a springboard for moving beyond the Paddock, building our local communities and creating other Burner initiatives.
Sydney Town Hall
The two regional contacts Jayman and Neilo led the Town Hall with three main objectives:
- Demystify and create clarity between a Burning Man local community and events such as Burning Seed/Blazing Swan.
- Explain how the proposed changes to the Australian original legal entity are seeking to align with this.
- Discuss how to own your Sydney Burning Man community.
You can read the notes here Sydney Burning Man Community Town Hall. [bra_divider height=’10’]Melbourne Town Hall
Rather than setting an agenda, the two Regional Contact hosts, Jodi York and Justin Mcghee, came to the meeting with cards and markers so that participants could write down topics they wished to discuss. Some of these were specifically related to Burning Seed, but efforts were made to ground the discussion in the Melbourne community. Discussion topics included:
- cultivating a consent and LNT culture at our events — our culture is very precious to us, and protecting it is *everyone’s* responsibility
- the relationship between Melbourne Burner Community, Burning Seed, Red Earth City pty ltd, and Burning Man Australia (which remains confusing to many participants)
- identifying financial priorities of the Melbourne community, including possible local art grants and collaborating with like-minded events like Figment
- creating space for new projects like Burners without Borders and other innovations —get in touch with your RC or with Burning Man Australia, put in a proposal for things you’d like to see, and we’ll see how we can support you!
- supporting our friends in Tasmania (who now have a dedicated FB page!)
- sourcing information on and participating in the ongoing conversation about the future of Burning Man in Australia.