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CRITICAL VACANCIES: SEED 2017

Hey gang - it may seem like early days, and we still have many loose ends to tie on last year's waterlogged non-event (rest assured we're still working crazy hard to finalise the insurance and get the refunds process underway) but the annual march to Seed goes on and we need NOW to recruit for some critical vacancies - you keen?

You all make Burning Seed what it is - Seed is 100% participant driven and our collective effort and expression creates that magical few days in the forest that we know will be twice as good in 2017 right!? But it doesn't happen overnight - dozens of volunteers dedicate thousands of hours year round on the infrastructure that supports Seed - everything from finance, to training, to comms, to ticketing to making sure participants have a decent place to poop.

We're recruiting now urgently for some critical roles to ensure we get back to that Paddock in 2017 - please check out the role outlines below and consider joining one of our Seed Teams to help build and maintain the city and services we need!

There's more information on the website and there are team lead briefings happening soon including one this week in Melbourne on Thursday night if you want to talk to a face to find out more.

Rangers Leads

We are looking for veteran Rangers to step up and take on some extra responsibility to help lead the Rangers team this year. Have you been a Dirt Ranger for a few years but never taken the next step? Get in touch with us, we'd love to hear from you. We've got perks and a heap of support to help you on your way! We'll have a position description handy shortly, but in the meantime feel free to get in touch to express interest.

Finance officer

Are you a numbers nerd? The Finance Officer oversees the financial operations of the organisation and ensures timely and accurate financial reports and practices. You will have the support and mentorship of the existing Finance Officer to transition into the role smoothly. Check out the position description to see if this role is for you! We’re also looking for general numbers people/helpers so if you’ve got the skills let us know!

Ticketing co-lead

Want to contribute year round, then have no responsibility during the event so you can let your hair down? Then the Ticketing 2ic role might be for you! You will work closely with the current Ticketing lead to work through the Ticketing process. Check out the position description and if it works for you, register!

PEER 2IC

Psychological and Emotional Emergency Response (PEER) Rangers are a specialist arm of the Red Earth Ranger Team. PEERs aim to respond to and manage situations during the event that may require a specialised person with specialist skills and training. The PEER Rangers Lead is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced 2IC for this important team. Check out the role description on the website and register if you've got the skills and the will!

Leave No Trace 2IC

The Leave No Trace team returns the Paddock to its former glory and keeps a record of how well each theme camp upholds the LNT principle. They are passionate about educating our community on how we can leave no trace of our activities and festivities at Matong State Forest. In doing so the Leave No Trace team supports participants to practice self-reliance and civic responsibility.  We are looking for a Leave No Trace (LNT) 2iC to support the LNT lead in 2017. Position description will be up soon, holla if you think you’re right for the role!

Sanitation co-lead

The Sanitation Lead is seeking a Partner in Poo to help ensure our 80+ executive thrones around the Paddock are functional, full of water, clean and stocked with paper twice a day. Check out the role description on the website before assuming anything about this role - there are serious perks for Sanitation crew and you'll be the King/Queen of them all! 

 

Have you got the skills and drive to take on one of these roles? We need you! Fill out a registration form which can be found on the Burning Seed website here, and our Crew Wranglers will get in touch!

Not sure if a team lead role is right for you, but you’re interested to find out more? Come along to one of our Team Lead Information Sessions! We're running a Melbourne session on:

THURSDAY 19 JANUARY from 7-8pm at Brunswick Green, 313 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Victoria

and Sydney and Canberra sessions are being organized soon. Come along and meet current team leads to hear more about these critical roles.

See you there! Burn Bright x

 

 

Yes - it's the same graphic we use year after year after year... if you hate that, and you're a graphic designer, JOIN THE CREW!

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Some questions on refunds – Jan 7, 2017

Hey Burners, 

As promised, we've answered some of the questions brought to our attention in regards to your ticket refunds. We hope this helps address your concerns, and we hope that we can update you again soon with good news. 

 


Why do we still not have our ticket money refunded?

Some have expressed their feelings that the process has taken quite a while, however it’s moved as fast as we expected it to.

As the event was cancelled so close to its start date, submitting our claim became quite complex. Our underwriters have had to review over one thousand expenses across 80 categories individually, and they have had to remain in constant contact with our finance and legal teams since the event’s cancellation. As mentioned in our previous update, reviewing these expenses has now been completed and we are waiting on our underwriters to confirm the agreed amount.

 

Some people have also asked if Burning Seed can refund the tickets now while waiting for the claim to be settled.

This has never been an option for us. Approximately half our budget (and a large portion of ticket sales) had been spent by the time we cancelled, on expenses that needed to be secured well in advance. The safety net of funds that Burning Seed has built up over the last few years is also not enough to secure refunds for all ticket holders, hence why taking out cancellation insurance was the most appropriate option.

 

Why haven't we received more solid info and more constant updates?

Working with an insurance company on a claim like this is really tricky, and we’ve had to be extremely careful with what we say. It means that until we are given updates in writing from our underwriters, we can't give any specific information on the status of the claim and we certainly can’t speculate on the outcome. Legally, we can only provide the confirmed details we are provided, or it could jeopardise our claim and your refunds. We’re sorry we haven’t been able to provide more information, but we have to play by the rules and this is just the nature of this kind of work.

 

When can we expect to have an answer?

While we've heard from our underwriters that our prospects are positive, we're still unsure on when exactly we'll know the status of this claim. We can confirm we’ve requested they give us a specific timeframe for this to be finalised so that we can forward on that information to the community.

We want our money back in our pockets as much as you do, and this process has been given our fullest attention. We're sorry that we can't speed up this process anymore.

 

What if I transferred my ticket to someone?

We've put together some info to help those of you who purchased tickets via the Quicket transfer system. We'll release this as soon as we know that refunds are certain.

 

Burn Bright )*(

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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...