While Queensland definitely was the worst affected, parts of Victoria are also underwater or recovering from serious floods over the weekend and last week. One of the worst affected areas was the town of Beaufort, where Rainbow Serpent Festival is set to go down from Friday this week (full details are here). Word from the organisers is that all is fine and well on site, and they are now undergoing to busy task of rebuilding the access road in so the festival can start as planned on Friday. They have requested that all non-essential personal stay off site until Friday at 8am, to ensure they can get all the work done needed before the crowd starts to roll in and have also asked everyone does their bit to donate to the floods. I’m sure such a community-oriented event like this will have no problems dealing with a few delays and we at Open Records (along with the organisers) are confident all will go ahead as planned!
From Rainbow Serpent Organisers //
The weekend has thankfully been kind weather wise and we have seen the site slowly beginning to drain and dry out.
We are still in the process of repairing access and are confident that another few days of sunny weather should see the ground stabilise and allow for the re-introduction of heavy machinery to bring in the stages and other equipment.
This still leaves us considerably behind schedule with only a matter of days to construct all the stages, repair the roads, bring in the market stalls and a host of other work.
While we are very hopeful that Rainbow can commence on Friday as timetabled we need every minute of every remaining day to ensure safety on site and to catch up with construction as much as possible.
Consequently we have decided on the following:
• Gates will now open Friday 21st January at 8am. There is no public access to the site at any time prior to this. If you are travelling long distances please investigate other places to stay in the area. Please be respectful of the fact that a lot of the Pyrenees Shire has been adversely affected by flooding when you are choosing where to stay.
• There will be a donation point at the info tent raising funds for Queensland and the surrounding flood affected communities. Please visit and be generous, this is our opportunity to show our extended community how much we care.
• If you are a volunteer or worker due on the site in the coming week, please check with your coordinator or relevant director BEFORE leaving for the site.
Once again we appreciate your patience and understanding and we will continue to provide you updates throughout the week as necessary.