Amaroo: Gripes, Tips, Good Times

First the gripes…

In spite of the best planning and intentions, systems don’t always work as they should. Enthusiasm and best intentions aren’t always perceived in that light. Over at the Amaroo Facebook page someone wrote…
“So the fear of “don’t miss out on this” advertising is needed to support these Events? Who is guiding this sort of direction? What’s next, Coca Cola sponsorship …..? ( and how do the poorest followers of Prem , or the aspirants in jails, view the enticingly pompous ” Glamping” accommodation etc. !
Seems like there’s should be a simple invitation to all those who can make it. Not, an “invite” to the wealthier, the better types, will be more welcome!”
‘Amaroo’ replied…
“Reading the comments here I see we need to clarify a few things. Firstly please go to the Registration Link here http://amaroo.org/registration/ and read this page carefully. Special circumstances and financial hardship are both covered. As well the Swagman Campground offers a very reasonable package for the week.The post is here to alert people that the generous early bird pricing finishes on June 21st. There is no other intent.”

I wasn’t impressed with the seemingly excessive cost of registration this year until I discovered that “the cost calculation for each guest at Amaroo is about $AU 450 (based on last year’s numbers). This covers provision of clean toilets, fresh water, security, medical, shuttles and all basic services for a simple guest walking in. Last year’s discount price of $AU180 did not cover the cost … and actually made a loss.” And…”There are a couple of reasons for the different fees for onsite and offsite guests. Onsite guests are supporting Amaroo with the cost of their accommodation, so their entry fee is lower, whereas offsite guests are only paying the entry fee. Also, we are keen to encourage people to stay onsite, as the logistics are difficult with more people staying offsite.”

To my great surprise I heard recently that some folk who were quite well off had scammed their way into previous Amaroo events with a minimal contribution or none at all. This year, “Other people may be in difficult or even dire circumstances but not be eligible for the Newstart allowance and may even be dependent on charitable support. Once again these cases will be referred to the Board of Directors for a decision.
Please send your request directly to the General Enquiries Helpdesk for a discounted entry fee if you receive another allowance outside of those stated here or are in difficult financial circumstances and not on welfare or student payments.”
So, entry does not depend on anyone’s bank balance. Keep in mind that a venue of this quality is not cheap to continually upgrade and maintain.
Some people have had issues registering on-line, for example. That happened to me last year due to the loss of my smart card. Eventually I got it sorted. Hang in there.

Tips

1. For those folk planning a trip down under in September, don’t book your departure flight any earlier than late afternoon on the day after the event.  On the day following the event you can guarantee that there will be a high demand for those early morning buses. Don’t risk a morning flight. Shuttle buses are supposed to start running at 4AM the day following the event and in the evening until 8PM from an hour after the event ends.

2. ‘The Swag’ has always been my favourite option, but if you are taking your own tent, please remember to take a blow up mattress or something to insulate your sleeping bag from the ground. A ground sheet won’t do the job. I can tell you that from personal experience. The ground gets pretty cold at night.

Good times
Guaranteed in my experience. This video says it all without words.

That reminded me of the 1970s, but much better. I suddenly feel terribly old.

Down on the farm ~ the vegies, the chooks, the piglets, the wallabies…

This is the promotional film clip for the farm. It had its World Premiere on Sunday.It will show on the Peak Organics website and on the Peak Organics Face Book page.

Posted by Amaroo on Tuesday, April 7, 2015