VIDEO: Gympie Muster fun for everyone
MEMBERS of the Muster Surf Club have been bringing in 2.5 cubic metres of sand to the Gympie Muster for the past three years, but this year, they've gone further.
"We started with a half container in 2013, but this year, we've got our 'cara-stage'," a caravan sourced online and retro fitted and refurbished to look like a surf lifesaving clubhouse, complete with a stage.
But the stand-out is the fantastic, huge red shade tent, which not only makes a statement, but offers "members" and their guests a comfortable, cool spot to pass the day and night.
Corey and Gab Passlow, from Bribie, who are "foundation members" said the cara-stage even has a couple of bunk beds; their "sick bay", just in case someone needs to ... well you know ... rest awhile and recover.
But the Muster Surf Club has a serious side too. All members are passionate supporters of Hannah's Foundation, an organisation set up to raise awareness about child drownings, not so much in the surf, but in swimming pools, rivers, dams and other waterways.
"Children can often swim well, but there can be so many other dangers which can lead to drownings," Gab said.
The Muster Surf Club has a special area for children and an inflatable VW Kombi van has beach balls inside for kids to play with.
"It's a safe place for children to play while they're here at the Muster," Gab said.
The stage has already been put to good use too, with buskers entertaining guests - after making a donation to the Hannah Foundation of course.
The life saving signs, memorabilia, "The Hoff" on his tower, Pamela Anderson standing near the "clubhouse" entrance, the sand, and the many other extras, have cost the dedicated members about $15,000 so far - and counting.
"Next year, we hope to come back bigger and better," Gab said. (The sand is left behind and Gab says the cows love rolling in it, until it all eventually disappears.)
The Muster Surf Club arrived on Saturday, and after two days of setting up, they have been enjoying the ambience which is part and parcel of the Gympie Music Muster.
"Hannah's Foundation is not the sole purpose we're here. We're here to have a good time too," Corey said.