Music Muster camper Nick Daly gets set for a cracking good time at the Optus Music Muster yesterday.
Music Muster camper Nick Daly gets set for a cracking good time at the Optus Music Muster yesterday. Craig Warhurst

Cracking good Muster ahead

IT’S a cracker 2010 Muster.

With campers and music lovers flowing steadily through the Optus National Music Muster gates yesterday, the tone was set for a rip-roaring weekend.

Muster chairman Carl Green said there had been a “nice steady flow” of patrons and Apex volunteers had braced themselves for the huge mass of people that were moving in.

At the main camping information booth, Darryl Wright said people were “starting to pour in”.

And Mr Green said the new separated gates for pre-paid tickets and sales were working well.

“It’s going to be a big Muster,” he said.

With Optus taking over naming rights to this year’s Muster after Toyota pulled their sponsorship, Apex crews have redone the main stage with a striking yellow theme.

From painting to signage, the new main stage took about three weeks to re-do with painter Lynton Fevre putting the final touches of yellow paint on the platform yesterday, ahead of today’s entertainment.

McAlister Kemp kicks off the main stage talent, followed by Jasmine Rae, the McClymonts and James Reyne tonight.

“WE’VE got the best entertainment in ten years,” Mr Green said.

Explaining the gratitude that he had for Optus taking on sponsorship this year, Mr Green simply said when they offered we said “Yes Optus”.

Apex volunteer and State Member for Gympie David Gibson said when Optus came on board as sponsors it was a big weight of Apex’s shoulders, but the show would have gone on regardless.

“In these uncertain political times with a hung parliament and protest votes there’s one thing certain – one thing that people can trust - you’re always going to have a good time at the Muster no matter if it’s raining, below zero, there’s a wind chill factor or it’s a stinking hot day,” he said.

“The Muster’s a great iconic event, not just for Gympie and Queensland, but for Australia and deserves the support of both State and Federal governments to continue to invest in both infrastructure and promotion. There’s nothing like this anywhere else.”

Unlike Splendour in the Grass the Muster isn’t run for profit, Mr Gibson said.

“Everything about it from the time people are giving up, be it leave or good will from their employers there’s a huge level of investment from the community.”

Mr Gibson said the family event was not only good for the community but something families could bond over. Muster patrons were in good sprits yesterday Brisbane man Nick Davy, was just happy to relax with the family at his camp and crack his new stock whip.

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