We are in the bush and so there are a few things to take into consideration for your safety, comfort and mother earth.
RUBBISH + RECYCLING
We are a ZERO WASTE SITE – Take out what you bring in. Help us look after our site and the future of the festival. Be vigilant about rubbish items and recycling items. We provide waste stations clearly marked with what goes in which bin to make it easy for you.
Every year we are commended on the cleanliness of the event, it's something we pride ourselves on and are continually working on. However not many people notice that generally around 2 garbage bags of rubbish are collected from the dancefloors just before the sun rises to prepare for beautiful clean dance floor mornings. We would really like to see an improvement on this matter at our future gatherings and need your assistance in a higher awareness and participation such as placing waste or rubbihs that you might find on the ground in an appropriate bin (come grab a rubber glove from info!), or pointing out to a litterer where they can dispose of their waste matter. Bring a rubbish bag for camp and keep your rubbish in it and take it home.
At the 2015 gathering we noticed an increase in cigarette butts littering the ground (mainly dancefloors), this may be because we doubled in capacity however does not excuse butts ending up on the ground. This must improve at the next gathering or we will be breaching our site contract. Because we doubled our audience numbers and and to improve our festival experience for all we will be increasing the options for environmentally friendly disposal of cigarette butts and would appreciate full use of these amenaties. Your participation will ensure we meet our site contractual agreements and eco friendly festival vision.
On this note of caring for our environment and creating a safe festival site it has come to our attention that some festivals in Australia have become more pollution devastating than awareness creating, so it seems. There tends to be a large following and practice of hypocritical belief and or too drunk to care attitudes that leads to ugly aspects of festivals. We intend to eradicate this from Fractangular Gathering's but can only do it with the help of you. So PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH (and if you preach carelessness for mother earth do not attend this event), bring no glass, and take home what you brought in, leave no trace except for your stomp patch. Please!
SHOES are great for getting around our festival site in. Some areas can be rocky and have bush debris however we also understand the freedom of the barefoot at Fractangular, please take care of your feet they are a lifelong asset!
SNAKES live around our site, we have come across the odd tiger or copperhead snake here and there. Please be vigilant throughout the festival site during your stay. Tiger and Copperhead snakes are venomous and fatal if bitten by one. They are easily identified by their black back and head and red or yellow belly. You should seek medical assistance immediately if bitten.
SPIDERS live in abundance here, most notably the Wolf Spider which is venomous but only causes a mild illness in humans. We have not seen red back or white tip spiders which are fatal (seek medical assistance immediately if suspect bitten by one), however this does not mean they don’t exist at our site. Be mindful of these creatures and their habitat that we are invading for a short period of time!
JACK JUMPERS are our all-time non-favourite ant that just loves to nest in Buckland. Although we have spent many times removing these little jumpers from within the festival site they still find their way back in even during the festival. Their sting is a nasty little hurter and can cause inflammation around the immediate affected area. If bitten grab some young bracken fern and break the stem mushing it to produce a milk sap which you rub into the sting to dull the pain, or vist our first aid for some stingoes.
There is a creek onsite, well fenced off (using barbed wire) from the site and runs right along the camping grounds. We do not permit people accessing the creek however in the past it has been used as refuge by punters from hot days during the festival. If patrons are to access the creek they are doing so at their own risk. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Cattle and wildlife frequent the creek and so we do not want to create disturbance to its habitants or stir up the creek.