Muster cleans up after flooding devastated site

Apex members Scott Parkinson, Gene Visini and Peter Bazzan help repair damage at the Muster site from flooding.
Apex members Scott Parkinson, Gene Visini and Peter Bazzan help repair damage at the Muster site from flooding. Contributed

GYMPIE Apex Club hosted a community clean-up day last Saturday at the Amamoor Creek State Forest Park to continue the clean-up after the 2013 floods.

The work completed included re-building the boundary fence around the lagoons at either side of Main Stage, cleaning out flooded storage containers, removing flood debris from fences and toilet blocks and revegetating eroded creek banks.

After a generous donation from Palmwoods Revegetation, more than 90 trees and shrubs were planted along the lagoon to protect the bank in future flooding events.

Volunteers were treated to snacks and barbecue lunch, as well as an afternoon party hosted by Swill Hill.

Apex president Scott Swift said it was all about having fun and being able to give a valuable contribution back to the event.

More than 45 members of the Muster family came together to give back to the event which has meant so much to the Gympie region community.

The community groups represented included the Apex Club of Gympie, Woolooga State School P and C Association, Gympie Cooloola Rotary Club, Cooloola BMX, Australian Institute of Country Music, Golden City Soccer Club and the Chatsworth School P and C Association.

Volunteers were treated to a camp over party hosted by Swill Hill after the work was done, featuring the great band Good Oak, which will be part of the 2013 Gympie Muster line-up.

Recovering from the flood damage will be an ongoing process until the gates open on a blistering 2013 line-up in August, and the Muster team is confident that with more working bees engaging the community, the site will be looking better than ever before.

The Muster team and Apex were very grateful for the many sponsors that supported the clean-up day, including Budget Steel, Gympie Cooloola Foods, Panini's Cafe Bakery and Juice Bar, Drake's IGA, Stirling Homes, Coca-Cola, SkillCentred, Campbell's Truck and Bobcat Services and Palmwoods Revegetation.

Mr Swift said the generosity of the local sponsors and people wanting to help out had made the recovery process much more achievable.