Alan Calvert is on board as the Muster groundsman this year to settle any camping disputes.
Alan Calvert is on board as the Muster groundsman this year to settle any camping disputes. Craig Warhurst

Chillin' on the hill

COUNTRY music fans love a party and that what's on the agenda for the next four weeks at the Muster site.

Muster die-hards and a few early Muster virgins arrived in the Amamoor Crk State Forest on Saturday to stake their claim for the best pieces of Muster real estate.

Slim Dusty Drive is the Park Lane of Muster property.

It's close to the main gate and surrounded by the forest and Amamoor Crk.

Muster organisers have halved the amount of space in Slim Dusty Drive this year to accommodate workers but Dianne Dimitrove and Rye McGinn were some of the lucky ones who secured a camping spot close to the amenities.

They said they loved the Muster, not just because of the great country music, but the atmosphere in the camp sites.

"We all love it here and we meet up every year," Mrs McGinn said.

The pair has already started their party roster with nights at Swill Hill, the Kandanga Hotel and the bowls club pencilled into their Muster diary.

They say they wouldn't want to be anywhere else this time of year.

Alan Calvert is a new recruit to the Muster this year. He's been to the Muster before but has a new role as head groundsman.

His job is to settle any disputes between campers who are staking claims.

He said all the new arrivals have been well behaved.

"So far so good," Mr Calvert said.

"I'm here to make sure nobody takes the wrong spot."

He said if there was a dispute he urged people to talk it out amongst themselves.

"If it goes any further that's when I have to make a decision about who's right and wrong.

"Most of the time they sort it out.

"I love the Muster, I couldn't go without it," he said.

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