Happy to be setting up at the Muster site after the delay yesterday is Leonie Clark.
Happy to be setting up at the Muster site after the delay yesterday is Leonie Clark. Renee Pilcher

Muster rules for stalwarts

“DESPERATION. Utter devastation.”

That’s how Lenore Clark described how she felt when she learnt the Muster’s prime camping area along Slim Dusty Dve, was temporarily closed.

The January floods devastated roads leading in and out of the Muster site.

Amamoor Creek Rd is now re-opened and council officials advise that minor inconvenience might still be expected on Monday, July 4.

“I knew we would get here eventually; it was a matter of time,” Mrs Clark said.

And her optimism was rewarded when she drove into the site about midday Wednesday.

“As soon as we heard the area was being opened we had the van packed and waited on a booking.”

Mrs Clark said some of her camping neighbours had arrived throughout the night, some as late as midnight.

"They cordoned off or set up a tent to secure their site and headed home again.

“A lot of people turned up after dark because they were working and they had to go back to work. Some people from Mackay got a friend who lives locally to set up for them.”

Mrs Clark, from Elimbah, has been coming to the Muster for about 27 years.

“It’s the pre camp I love – the month or two of socialising when everybody brings a camp oven of food.”

She describes herself as having a “Muster addiction”.

“The whole year revolves around this.

“My niece got married in early July so she could be back from her honeymoon in time for the Muster.

“I’ve got a nephew who was only three or four days old when he came to his first Muster.

“He’s still coming and is about 19 or 20 now.”

Had the camping area not been temporarily closed, the Clark’s would have arrived on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Mrs Clark will make a few trips back home for work but will be at the site every chance she gets.

Along track 33, Childers couple Deb and Chip Clarris were staking their site. They have been coming to the Muster since 2000 and have friends at Imbil where they stayed the night before heading home today.

Gympie Times


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