Muster repairs wait for 'sign'
OPTUS Music Muster organisers are waiting on a sign from the heavens before finally setting a date for the major post-flood clean-up and reconstruction job ahead of them.
Muster icons like the Windmill Bar no longer exist, after metres of flood water swept across the site, almost dislodging the steel windmill itself and reducing the bar structure to creek-side flotsam.
The metre or so of water that ran over the stage undermined and shifted even the concrete anchors that normally hold stage lighting steady.
And the causeway across to Slim Dusty Dr is gouged out knee-deep and will need tonnes of fill to fix it.
Twisted sheets of corrugated iron, rotting plant material along fences and missing infrastructure contrast with the lush green of well-watered pasture and the more orderly and functional areas where forest rangers have already been hard at work, getting toilets back in action and jungle turned back into lawn.
But many hands make light work, according to CEO James Dein, who this week put out the call for volunteers to help.
"We're waiting on the weather before we set a date, because we need a dry site for safety reasons," he said.
The Muster's volunteering traditions mean a $300,000 to $400,000 job can be done for $100,000, he said.
"That's the way it's always been with the Muster, it's always been a community effort," Muster volunteer and Gympie Apex member Wayne Dean said.
Mr Dean and Muster worker Meeki Crotty had a look around the site yesterday.
"There's a lot of rebuilding and a lot of fences to replace," Ms Crotty said.
"The tracks back from Poulsen Paddock are gone, as are a lot of roadways.
"We'll also be looking to a lot of skilled help, through our sponsor Skill Centred Queensland, including to rebuild the Windmill Bar."