Muster flood gates open
EVERY man and his dog were heading to the Optus Muster yesterday according to Apex Muster chairman Carl Green, but things are about to get even busier as people from all over Australia load up their campers and head to the Amamoor Creek State Forest.
Mr Green said ticket sales were continuing to grow as excitement built for the 2010 event.
“Everything is going well and preparations for the event are on schedule,” he said.
The Muster opened the gates to the event yesterday with Amamoor Primary School manning the ticketing boxes.
They will be selling tickets for 24 hours a day for the next 10 days.
Donna Elliot, from the ticketing office, said they had a lot of campers arrive at the site on Thursday and more and more campers rolled in on Friday.
Brooweena State School was busy delivering fire wood to the campsites. Two bags cost $15 with a fire ring.
Kev Rogers was busy cutting the wood to supply the hundreds of camp kitchens and fires on site.
“Last year we had a fire ban and we didn't make much money,” Kev said.
“Hopefully this year we won't have a total fire ban,” he said.
Muster chairman Carl Green said there was a fire ban at the Muster between 9am and 5pm.
He said he didn't think there would be a need for a total fire ban this year because of recent rain.
“There is no thought of a total fire ban at this stage,” he said.
The Muster will open two gates from today to cope with the predicted rush of campers heading to the site.
A green gate will be for people with pre-paid tickets while a red gate positioned further away from the site will cater for eftpos and cash ticket sales.
Mary Street will be full of Pre-Muster party action this morning while the Gympie Turf Club is gearing up for its biggest race day of the year, the Muster Cup.
The Barry Gill-trained Nevada Gambler will be defending his Muster Cup crown this year.