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Your Rangers on the Paddock – Everything you need to know!

The Red Earth Rangers, FART Rangers and PEER Rangers will be pounding the Paddock in Deeper Space, helping the citizens of Red Earth City stay safe and sound in our biggest year yet!

What do the Rangers do? Essentially, they keep the people running smoothly. They are there to support anyone that needs a sober, calm and capable human when Radical Self-Reliance isn’t quite enough to resolve a challenge. They also provide a vital communication and observation link across the event. Rangers “Listen To Their Fucking Radios” at all times so if anything happens, Ranger HQ (aka Red 5) can alert the Event Manager, Site Manager, crew leads, security, medics and the whole shift of rangers to it…and we can all get on with having a good time.

When Burning Seed Deep Space 2016 was cancelled 40% of ticket holders were first-timers, or Burgins. There are so far 180 Red Earth Rangers watching out for us this year, with a hope of more signing up by the time the event begins (that means YOU! It's not too late!).
With so many people attending for the first time, who are new to the Principles, these capable and caring volunteers will need all of us to be Civically Responsible even when we are having stupid amounts of fun! If you see something wrong; tell someone and do something.

The six key instructions at Ranger training are

  1. You are never alone:
    Rangers always have a partner on duty with them, and work with several other pairs per shift.
  2. Do nothing:
    Sounds a bit counter-intuitive at first, but rangers are volunteers who observe the event and assist people in resolving their own situations. They can call for assistance on your behalf, will be kind to you in a negative situation, and can provide guidance towards a solution. But they are not security/police/your parent.
  3. Listen to your radio:
    At a busy event with patchy communication we can’t be radically self reliant all the time so the Rangers are essentially the keepers of the site comms. On a shift they need to be able to quickly manage things that could escalate to a real problem, like a lost child last seen near the dam, so listening is vital.
  4. Listen to your f*&!ing radio:
    Rangers also use their radios and tell each other where the best food is being gifted. 
  5. Keep Calm:
    Burning is hard to do and participants can (and do) get overwhelmed from time to time. Little things can feel big and it’s a great thing to have the cool and calm Red Earth Rangers cruising past; they don’t even have to say anything, they just ooze calm, and it’s contagious. But seriously it is a really special skill to just stay even-keeled while stuff gets sorted out.
  6. Rangers love DPI:
    DPI act all big and tough and badass and give Rangers a hard time for being all goody goody; but being goody goodies mean they just loooooove DPI anyway. “Stay hydrated DPi!!”

Beyond Rangers: FART & PEER Rangers

At Burning Seed there are two special divisions of Rangers: FART and PEER.

FART, the Fire Art Response Team are the flame masters. Every fire at Burning Seed needs a permit…every one. Yes, it’s a burn: No you can’t just burn stuff whenever or wherever you like. Rangers carry a map of permitted burn barrels and will follow the smoke signals to extinguish anything that is not on that map; If you burn somethign without a permit, you will probably get a sarcasm laden lecture and sideways stink eye for the rest of the event, and maybe for eternity. Don’t do it. You can burn your bad feelings about authority and oppression in the Temple on Sunday if you have a problem with this rule.

The PEER (Psychological Emotional Emergency Response) team has specialists Rangers for incidents that involve emotional distress. PEER Rangers are there to help restore emotional balance if things have gotten out of hand for a participant, but they are not security or the police. If something happens to you, like an assault of any kind or if you witness something you find distressing, PEER will bring their skills to help return you safely back into the event. If the situation is serious and you require the assistance of security or the Police, then a PEER Ranger can help support you. Remember to ASK before touching anyone.

We have an incredible security company on site this year to handle anything a bit too real. Rangers call in to Red 5, Red 5 calls the Site Manager and they call Security. No vigilantes required!

Wear your wristbands! 

DON’T FORGET! We all need to make sure we keep our Deeper Space bracelets on. Rangers scan for naked wrists and it is a waste of your Paddock time to be stopped and escorted home to put it on. You are allowed to be naked any time you like (except at Kids’ Camp if you are over 10) but wear that pretty bracelet or you’ll be frogmarched to Gate and nobody wants to meet the wrath of Gate over a poor outfit choice*. We ALL pay to play, even those that work for the whole event, and that bracelet is your passport, no exceptions.
(*Stylist tip; trimming the tails stops them from tightening and causing unsightly bulging and catastrophic circulation loss to the hand).

Sanctuary at Seed:

Another AMAZING new feature at Seed this year is the Sanctuary; a safe place for anyone who goes a bit too deep into space. Some otherwise good experiences can lead to scary times so these legends have volunteered to de-escalate difficulties, like talking spiders in your flight suit for example, and to make sure you don’t go for lift off once your flight suit is cleared of poetic vermin. Try not to end up there, it’s not a day spa as the name suggests. Nor is it a drunk tank, that is called the sofa at Trash Mansion.

Want to help out at Sanctuary this year?? Sign up here!

By Madeline Fountain

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A Message from your PEER Rangers: Don’t stand by, stand up!

At Burning Seed, you will experience a range of sights, sounds, smells (patchouli infused bacon anyone?) and touch. Some of these will be familiar to you and some may be challenging to you or push your boundaries.

Burning Seed encourages radical respectful interactions at all times. We also believe that everyone should be looking out for everyone's safety to ensure that Burning Seed is a safe event for everyone to radically express themselves. If you see something that you believe is not okay, you can say something. Calling this behaviour out in a simple way, can prevent something more serious from happening. It can also make it easier for other people to call this behaviour out in the future.

The P.E.E.R Rangers have compiled a list of six tips for anyone at Seed who notices that something or someone is not okay. It could be someone being catcalled while walking past a theme camp, or that creepy burner who is dancing too close to that unicorn on the dance floor. We can look out for each-others safety on the paddock. Intervening may give the person you’re concerned about, a chance to get to a safe place and leave the situation. You don't need any special training to help someone out of a difficult situation and by doing so, you could have an impact on the situation and potentially change the outcome.

Here’s how: 

Tip 1: The Fake Friend

An effective and safe way of intervening in any harassment situation is to become a ‘fake friend’. However, make sure you ‘check in’ with your friend before you intervene, to make sure if your friend actually needs assistance. You may ask your ‘friend’ if they need a drink, or remind them that they needed to meet your other ‘friend’ back at camp. If you are unsure if they need assistance, do not leave them alone.

Tip 2: Call out the harasser

Most people stop once their behaviour has been acknowledged and scrutinized. Use these three simple “I” statements to call out perpetrators -

1) State your feelings: This is making me uncomfortable.

2) Name the behaviour: The way you’re talking to this person doesn’t seem ok to me.

3) State how you want the person to respond: Could you please change how you’re behaving?

Remember to focus on your feelings rather than criticising the other person.

Tip 3: Make Your Presence Felt

Let the harasser know that you can see, recognise and condemn their behaviour. Remember, you don’t have to speak to communicate. Sometimes a disapproving look or stare can be far more powerful than words. Also spilling your kool aid in front of the harasser, asking them for directions to a theme camp can work wonders in letting them know you’re aware of how they’re behaving.

Tip 4: Check In With The Target

One question alone can deter a harasser who believes no one will intervene. By doing this, the target then knows you have their back, creating a safer environment.

Some questions you can ask are:

  • “Are you okay?”
  • “Do you need any help?”
  • “Is that person bothering you?”  

Tip 5: For Bystanders

Become the distraction! Use humour if you can, as humour reduces the tension of an intervention and makes it easier for the person to hear you. Try intervening between the target and the harasser, or create some form of commotion to allow the target to leave the situation. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own - enlist the help of other burners around you.

There is safety and power in numbers - group intervention!

Tip 6: Be A Role Model

This  is the most effective tip to end harassment. If you treat others with radical respect and look out for fellow beings, this will start the motion of a positive cycle set for your burner family and paddock friends.

In cases where you have tried all of the above, or if the situation has become too dangerous to intervene - you can always call for a Ranger to help. You can do this by asking another bystander to find a ranger on duty (they will be roaming in pairs wearing orange vests with radios), or for more serious cases of harassment or sexual assault, the victim can seek the emotional support of our P.E.E.R Rangers (wearing purple armbands and trained to deal with distressing situations). Rangers are available 24 hours every day of the event.

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Step Up to Support Our Community & Safety Services

With reports of the tragic event at Burning Man coming in, it highlights for us at Burning Seed how important our support services are to us as organisers and, more importantly, as community members. Throughout the year we create and update safety policies and procedures, to help us to best serve our community and ensure we all enjoy a safe event.

But we really can’t do this without you.

Currently we are looking for approximately 100 people to step up and participate in four key community safety and support crews. They are:

 

PEER Rangers

PEER Rangers provide support on the Paddock for participants who are having an emotional, mental or psychological crisis that goes beyond the capacity of their local Burner community and Red Earth City Rangers to manage, but that does not yet need medical services.

They provide immediate emotional, psychological and peer support to participants of all ages, who may require a safe space to process their experiences and to regain a more balanced outlook.

A more detailed role description can be found here.

 

Sanctuary

Sanctuary exists to provide participants a chill out space for when they are having difficulty adjusting to the stimuli at Seed. Some participants may need to take time out from their immediate environment in order to be reintegrated back into the event safely.

We are seeking volunteers who are empathetic, compassionate listeners, and who can remain calm under pressure, to help run Sanctuary as Sitters.

A more detailed role description can be found here.

 

Rangers

The Red Earth City Rangers are our on-the-ground team of experienced Burners who roam the site making sure that all is well. Rangers are usually the first to attend to an emergency on site, and work in close collaboration with the Medical, Fire Safety and Security teams. They also help manage safety during key Seed events like the Effigy and Temple burns, so a sharp focus, cool head and the ability to respond appropriately to a developing situation is required.

Ranger operations run for the duration of the event and operate 24-hours. No experience is necessary and full training will be provided for first timers.

A more detailed role description can be found here.

 

RedMV

During the event, REDMV works shifts to ensure the safe operation of mutant vehicles and prevents use of unlicensed vehicles during the event.

A more detailed role description can be found here.

If you can commit to 1 shift or 5, we would love to welcome you to the Burning Seed crew. Together we can create a safe (and Fun!) environment for everyone.

To join the Burning Seed crew, please follow this link to the Burning Seed Crew Registration form to register.

Keen to join one of these crews, but don’t have a ticket? We *may* be able to help you with that. Complete the Burning Seed Crew Registration form linked above and we will be in touch.

 

If you or anyone you know needs help:

Lifeline on 13 11 14

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978

Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36

Headspace on 1800 650 890

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Traffic Rovers Ahoy! We need you for traffic & placement

There's a brand new team on the Paddock this year, and they need some helping hands! You can be part of the first team (and create the first memories) for Traffic Rovers - read on to learn more. 

So what does a traffic rover do?

Traffic Rovers are all about making sure traffic flows smoothly and safely, while helping people find the best camping spots. They're also about making sure people don't camp where they're not supposed to.

What are the perks?
It's a brilliant team to be part of.  Being a pilot team, the shift requirements will be minimal - just one or two shifts at 3-4 hours max.  You get a license to rove and will meet heaps of fascinating people as they enter the event, while helping participants at the beginning of their Seed journey. You'll also get a radio and a vest and will look all official  😉 
 
It's a great way to contribute to the event without making a huge investment.  Just rock-up, help a few people out, have some good chats and you're done. You also get early entry!
 
Keen to become a Traffic Rover? Check out the role description and register here.

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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.

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Jesse James, Zellers and Tech Support: Drinking Again!

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Glad to be Home...

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Take care at the Gate mate

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Frogs galore at the Dam near the Orphanage...

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Green and boggy near Kids Camp...

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Off Road...