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Gate Keepers Looking for Gate Helpers!

YOU SHALL NOT PASS!... unless we get enough crew for the gate.

First impressions last. You CAN get in with those shoes! Use your power for good and stick your hand up to be the first face seen by burners exiting the default world and entering Burning Seed. You’ll join an amazing crew who collectively work their sexy arses off to make sure everyone is happy and (mostly) behaving while entering. You’ll meet huge numbers of people super excited to be arriving and you’ll bathe in their collective excitement. Time flies when you’re holding a scanning gun.

No experience necessary, all training provided. Please fill in the online form to express your interest for Gate Keepers RIGHT HERE.

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Burning Seed Centre Camp – get to know your crew!

Welcome to Centre Camp! But what exactly is Centre Camp (CC)? It’s the central hub of Burning Seed, a space to connect that also hosts lots of events and workshops. Everyone and anyone is encouraged to be involved - individuals to theme camps. Simply register an event or join our awesome crew to help keep things running smoothly. Many hands make it sparkle!

Event and crew registrations are now open at: burningseed.com/centre-camp

 

EIKE

How many burns have you attended?

So far I only attend one burn, Burning Seed 2015. It was the most amazing festival experience I have had so far. Hopefully, there will be many more to come.

What was your "wow I'm actually burning!!" moment?

Running around the burning effigy covered in fairy lights at Burning Seed 2015.

When did you join CC?

February this year.

What are you hoping to bring to CC this year?

I'm looking forward to create a place full of fun events to expand everyone's perspective. It also will be amazing connect more of the Seed community with Centre Camp and make it a central hub, where lots festival joy can be exchanged.

If you could have a food fight, what would be your ingredient of choice?

Ice cream on a hot summer's day would be pretty amazing.

 

KEVALA

How many burns have you attended?

This year’s Burning Seed will be my 10th burn. I was lucky enough to be introduced to the burner world by going to Kiwiburn with my mum, dad and sister back in 2009 and proceeded to question them as to why they had not encouraged me to go earlier. Turns out they had for years but I was too much of a straight-ace rebel.

What was your "wow I'm actually burning!!" moment?

I stumbled into this glowing tent to then be immersed into a giant puddle of cushions surrounded by friends (some I had literally just met) and glowing things, I remember just laughing so hard and looking around knowing I was home and so, so happy!

When did you join CC?

Jumped on board earlier this year along with Eike.

What are you hoping to bring to CC this year?

Laughter and lots of it! I want to get people excited about Centre Camp and all the events we will have on offer. It’s a space for the community to get together and have fun, learn something, meet someone, create things and be happy!

If you could have a food fight, what would be your ingredient of choice?

Watermelon. Legit yo (don't worry I will remove the rind).

 

 

HUSSY

How many burns have you attended?

Burning Man USA in 2014 and 2016, and about to head off on the Eclipse/BM-wagon for a third time lucky! Also backed up the big burn with Burning Seed in 2014. A year to remember.

What was your "wow I'm actually burning!!" moment?

The very first night-time at the big burn I experienced didn’t come close to anything I’d ever seen or heard about before. People can try to tell you but not until you’re on the pitch black playa lit only by art cars, installations, bicycles and burners do you actually see the magnitude of it all… it is simply breathtaking.

When did you join CC?

I’m the noob, only just came on board!

What are you hoping to bring to CC this year?

I’m hoping my background in performance, producing and management will serve useful in making Centre Camp a space that all burners can enjoy in their own way, be it chilling out after a hard night’s partying or sharing a special skill with others through performance or workshops. Burning Man USA has shown me what Centre Camp can become, so I’m excited to be a part of its growth on my home turf.

If you could have a food fight, what would be your ingredient of choice?

Something I could wash out of my dreads… definitely not old tomatoes (La Tomatina - NOT on my bucket list).

 

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Burning Seed Fluffers Need You!

By Rhys Jaconly 

Oh hai there. I didn't see you there, separated as you are by your screen through distance and time. And how could I, really? But this introduction is a useful frame to induce a tone of warmth and intimacy, which you are no doubt feeling in gooey waves right now.

I'd like to introduce myself - I'm one of burning seeds first-ever Fluffers!

What is a Fluffer you ask? Loosely conceptualised as the bastard half-child of Rangers and Greeters, a Fluffer is the very first sparkle that people will see as they prepare to enter the cascade of figurative fireworks that is Burning Seed. We are active on Wednesday and Thursday, and are explicitly focussed on the lines of people in their cars all eagerly waiting to get in. 2015 saw people waiting in line for as long as 3 HOURS. We'll keep them company, providing support to gate crew for speedy ticket processing and giving entrants a heads up about what they are getting themselves into.

So what does a Fluffer do, exactly?
Fluffers are about fun, education and safety, in that order. While Greeters already do a stellar job of indoctrinating *ahem* I mean enculturating participants into the 10 principles + associated  expectations (consent, people) we can help them do an even better job by getting all up amongst the captive audience that is the entry line. If your spidey-senses are tingling at the incongruity of the words 'consent' and 'captive audience' – congratulations! You may just have the nuanced appreciation for principled behaviour that Fluffer's will soon be known for.

As a secondary role, we will be monitoring line length, prepping people for entry (IDs, tickets ready etc) and catching potentially tricky situations before they eventuate so that the gate crew have as smooth and speedy a process as is possible, taking into account all the scheduled beatings that are currently a feature of Gate disciplinary practice.

Basically, you get to dress up in whatever attire you want and embody whatever character pleases you, and we will love you for it.

You get to be part of that monumental moment when people have *finally*arrived at Burning Seed, and will likely to be extremely happy to see you.  You also get to offer some alleviation to that moment when they realize there’s a 3 hour wait.

You can sing, dance, or bring whatever skills and performances you’ve always wanted to bring to the world, for people who actually can’t get away and must appreciate you.

And um, BOOK NOW BECAUSE SPACES ARE LIMITED!!!!!!!!

What say you?

Check out the Fluffer role on our community page and fill out the Volunteer Registration Form. We would love to have you on our team!

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We want you for Team Finance!

Keen to get involved with Seed without getting your hands too dirty? Our fabulous finance team is looking to fill one of the most important roles in the organisation - Finance Officer. This role oversees the financial operations of the organisation and is responsible for maintaining financial records. This is a critical role and we need to fill it asap so the current Finance Officer can train you up! 

If you're interested, check out the position description right here, and read on to hear more about the role from our current finance officer, Caroline.

- How did you join find your way to joining the Burning Seed Leadership crew?
I accidentally fell into my first burning seed without really realising it... totally down the rabbit hole?! My outlook was completely changed and when I got back I put my hand up to help with some of the finances - I had seen the call out before I went to Seed but I was too scared. Afterwards I had the confidence and the drive to help out.
 
- What do you do in real life?
For my sins, I am an accountant, but I recently left my long term finance role at a non-profit to set up my own accounting and tax business for creatives and non-profits. 
 
- What did your Burning Seed role entail?
The finance team manages all the finances working with Team Leads, Facilitators and Town Council, from budgeting to reporting, paying invoices, herding cats 😉 and everything in between.  
 
 
- How many hours per week (on average) did you put in?
This is hard to estimate! I'd say with a solid rounded team (as we are building now) the finance role should be done in a couple of hours per week per person - many hands make light work. If it's left to one or two people it can be a bit overwhelming. 
 
- What projects did you champion?
Well - it's finance so it's not sexy, but Brian (Finance 2ic) and I have worked hard to get all teams familiar with Xero and trained to do some of the invoice and expense functions - some of our crew probably never thought they would know how to code invoices and calculate GST and I'm proud of them! 🙂 Everyone learns new skills volunteering for Seed, such as learning how to manage their budget and invoicing. 
 
- Which projects are you most proud of and why?
As is often in life, the most challenging times are some times the most rewarding, and dealing with the insurance claim, the insurers and proving our numbers to them was tough, but I'm proud that I did it and contributed towards us getting the best outcome. 
 
- What has been the most challenging aspect of performing your role?
When you volunteer in a Finance role, you can be working alone quite a lot in front of your screen, so you have to remember to get out to the events and in the community to be able to reap the rewards of the amazing project that you are working on. 
 
- What has been the most rewarding aspect/s of performing your role?
Contributing towards putting on such an amazing and transformational event. 
 
- What does the future hold for you?
I have bought a van, which I'll be bringing to Seed and straight after I'll be travelling the length and breadth of the country, working, surfing, connecting with the land and being a Nomad Finance Nerd. I can't wait!

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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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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.

Site visit August

Jesse James, Zellers and Tech Support: Drinking Again!

Site visit August

Glad to be Home...

Site visit August

Take care at the Gate mate

Site visit August

Frogs galore at the Dam near the Orphanage...

Site visit August

Green and boggy near Kids Camp...

Site visit August

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

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Need To Know: Gate Crew at Seed

by ZUUL

Gate… the final frontier....

Well actually the Gate Keepers are the first people you’ll see when arriving at Burning Seed. We’re the crew of sarcastic, sometimes rude (but always fun) burners who are wearing pink hi-vis and ensure your safe entry into the Burn. Definitely the best crew on the Paddock, you should get involved.

Better this year

2016 sees Gate continue to improve on what was a pretty tight operation last year. Thanks to our friends at DPI the road around the Gate House has been widened so we can process vehicles more quickly and get you on your way.

We’ll also be using smartphones to scan your tickets which is one of the many benefits of our new ticketing system. In addition to checking tickets and IDs we also make sure that you are being Radically Self Reliant and have sufficient water for your time on the Paddock.

Finally we take a look through your car searching for a cold beer (plus stowaways, guns and fireworks - don’t bring those, just the beer). While we’re doing all this please just sit in your car. We don’t hug people at Gate so there’s no need for you to get out. You can do that round the corner when you get to Greeters.

Help Gate Help You

To make things easy for the Gate crew PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE have your ticket and ID ready when you arrive at the Gate House!! You’ve probably had hundreds of kilometres to get it sorted out and there is nothing worse than holding up a long queue because your ticket is in your other pants, which are packed under your esky, behind the tent.

Whilst we don’t require you to print your ticket this year we still strongly encourage you to do so as we see many cases of people’s phones dying or having no reception so they can’t access their ticket online. Just print it out.

Opening Hours and Pass Outs

Gate opens at midday on Wednesday 28th September. Don’t arrive before then, you’ll be turned away. Our full opening hours are available on the Burning Seed website. If you accidentally turn up when we’re closed then you’ll need to find yourself somewhere else to camp for the night until we open again in the morning.

One of our other tasks is handling pass-outs which were first introduced last year. We firmly believe that you get the best experience at a burn by fully immersing yourself in the experience and not popping out to the nearest town for a packet of ciggies, some extra food or the always tempting shower.

Once again be Self Reliant and bring everything you need with you when you arrive - if you do run out of something then ask your neighbours first before jumping in the car. If you do absolutely need to leave the site then we’ll take $20 from you for the privilege which goes to the great team at Red Earth Ecology.

Be nice to the Gate crew when you arrive. We don’t promise to be nice in return but you’ll certainly enjoy the ride.

 

GATE LIFE

Gate House: The beatings WILL continue until morale improves...

Queues: Improvements expected this year...

Queues: Improvements expected this year...

Not evil: Gate Lead Zuul and 2iC Psy

Not evil: Gate Lead Zuul and 2iC Psy

 

 

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New Members for Burning Seed Town Council!!

Recently we announced vacancies for the Burning Seed Town Council (BSTC).  The BSTC is in place as an interim group to support the Burning Seed event Team Leads and facilitate the process for a new stand-alone Burning Seed legal entity.  

It’s important to note that the BSTC plays a complementary role alongside the Team Leads and we consider all the volunteers involved in making Burning Seed happen as playing an equally important role in producing an extraordinary event for all of us.

We were all very pleased with the response from the community and the high calibre of the five candidates who nominated themselves.  

The process involved the applicants submitting their nomination with background and experience, interviews with the candidates and then a final assessment of the candidates by the existing BSTC members.

After careful consideration of all the candidates, we are pleased to announce two new Town Councillors who are proposed to join the BSTC.

Ali Mohammad Shams Ahmadi is a founding member of the Middle Eastern Mafia theme camp at Burning Seed since 2013 and an active member of the Melbourne burner community.

Rennie Sinclair-Kydd, who might be known to many people through involvement with the Alien Welcoming Committee (AWC) theme camp since the early beginnings of Burning Seed in Matong and is also an active member of the Wagga Wagga and Canberra burner communities.

In addition to the BSTC roles that were available, we have also offered Susanne Parris the opportunity to support the BSTC with essential administration activities such as minutes, scheduling meetings, tracking agreed actions and facilitating comms with Team Leads through a Secretariat role.  

Suzanne is an active member of the Sydney burner community and has also been a passionate participant at Seed since 2014.

Our congratulations to Susanne, Ali and Rennie and we look forward to working with all the other candidates in the future.  

We will be on-boarding the new BSTC members over the coming weeks.  We are very excited to have their new energy and particularly look forward to having three of the seven current BSTC members actively involved in representing theme camps at Burning Seed.

Burn Bright!

Victoria, Shaye, Neil, Phil and Jayman - Burning Seed Town Councillors

Ali Mohammad Shams Ahmadi

Ali Mohammad Shams Ahmadi

Rennie Sinclair-Kydd

Rennie Sinclair-Kydd

Susanne Parris

Susanne Parris

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Acknowledging Country

by Niki and Pete (Wiradjuri mob)

I would like to acknowledge the Wiradjuri people who are the traditional custodians of this land. I would also like to pay respect to the elders past and present of the Wiradjuri nation and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people present.

The Matong State Forest is Wiradjuri country, and here at Burning Seed we recognize the privilege of  being able to build our experimental community each year on this beautiful site. We feel we should not ignore the existence and ownership of this land by Aboriginal people before European settlement and acknowledge the history within the ritual of 'Welcome to Country', the ceremony performed each year at Red Earth City to formally launch the event.

Welcome to Country & Acknowledgement of Country

‘Welcome to Country’ is an important ceremony by Aboriginal people and it helps non-Indigenous people recognize Aboriginal culture and history and make connections with country. With Welcome to Country, Elders pay respect to custodians past and present as well as Elders past and present.

Before European settlement, despite the absence of fences or visible borders, Aboriginal groups had clear boundaries separating their country from that of other groups. Crossing into another group’s country required a request for permission to enter. When that permission was granted the hosting group would welcome the visitors, offering them safe passage

Spiritually, this is showing respect for the country and the custodians who are responsible for taking care of the country where we live… So what our custodians are doing is trying to give respect back into the country.

Respecting Tradition

It was the tradition of Aboriginals that when strangers came into their particular country to hunt or to gather, or to just pass through on their way to other places, that the host Aboriginals would go out to welcome them. When they met, there would be the formalities of greeting. Part of the ceremony of welcome would be the men sitting around and talking men’s business (share knowledge and lore) whilst the host women would take the visiting women and children to a women’s site to talk women’s business.

When this was completed, the two groups would join again and the men would trade and hunt for kangaroo, goannas or bush turkey - and the women would prepare an area for eating and would gather firewood and berries, fruit, nuts and lily roots for a meal.

Dancing, Singing, Leaving No Trace (sound familiar!?)

Then the ceremonies, the corroborees dancing would commence, the singing songs around the fire could well go on, not only all night, but sometimes for many nights in a row. Each with a message within their own stories. Men, women and children all taking part. Whilst during the day, the visiting tribe would be taken and shown the sites of significance and be told the stories of the spirit of the land they would be passing.

In this way, the hosts believed that by the end of formalities, when the strangers were ready to move on they would not be considered not strangers but friends who now had the spirit of the country in their heart. They believed that once the spirit of the land was in their hearts, then those people would never damage the land they would love it and care for it like those whose home country it was…

History

A Welcome to Country is about Aboriginal people acknowledging the past, and looking to the future. It is often delivered by an Aboriginal person who has themselves been the victim of government policies.

Our Elders do the Welcome to Country as an act of generosity. These are the same people who have had their children taken away, or been removed themselves. They’re the same people who had their wages stolen by successive governments. They’re the same people who had their ancestors’ remains raided by grave robbers. They’re the same people who were disposed from their lands and forced on to missions and reserves.

And yet despite all of these terrible events and the horrendous treatment by so many parliaments, these very same people are still prepared to say ‘welcome’ to the very people who in some cases have presided over the oppression.

We encourage everyone to come along and join in to the ceremonies, to be welcomed, feel loved and pay our respects to Country. Still today we all have Knowledge to share for a better future.

Niki and Pete 

Pete tending the Sacred Fire at Welcome to Country in 2015

Pete tending the Sacred Fire at Welcome to Country in 2015 (photo: Ryan McRobb)

Yindyamarra Circle near First Camp at Seed 2015

Yindyamarra Circle near First Camp at Seed 2015

The Sacred Fire (photo: Ryan McRobb)

The Sacred Fire (photo: Ryan McRobb)