Every Australia day when I'm drinking VB cans with mates at the beach, I always make sure I wear my local clubs footy shorts. I just think its important that people know what club I play for when I'm passed out in my own vomit before Triple J have reached their top 40.
We wanted to give all our BHR followers some context to Brendan's video yesterday regarding Australia Day awards titled "Listen Please".
Yesterday was a very intense day behind the scenes at BHR & if we are honest with ourselves we probably underestimated things a little going into the day.
It started earlier with a number of media outlets contacting us for interviews with Brendan. We didn't think to much of it as the intent was to do a piece on how Brendan was spending Australia Day & also promote the upcoming Hay Run. The first article was published at around 11.00 by one of the main news groups & the article was great. Some of you probably even read it. Lots commented that Brendan should be the real Australian of the Year. It's started going viral & this was the start...
By lunch time we were getting flooded with private messaging via our page & emails asking why Brendan wasn't recognised. (Great question but why are you asking us?) Brendan's phone was running flat out for all the wrong reasons. The media question quickly turned from "How are you spending Australia Day Brendan?" to "How do you feel about not getting recognised?" Brendan was getting asked to comment about petitions that were getting created to protest him not getting an award and his thoughts on certain comments people had made about certain people getting awards over him. (These we not nice comments & our BHR brand was caught up in it). Just to be fully transparent we don't have a large social media team or media liaison group. Brendan does it all helped by one other, me. (That's two of us who read all the messages & dealing with media) We don't have time to answer calls about awards not received or searching online to try find said petitions & comments and shut them down. The number one focus for Brendan at the moment is the next Hay Run.
A few keys points that Brendan wants to get across: - No one in BHR does what we do for recognition. BHR exists to help Aussie Farmers in need. - Everyone recognised in Australia Day ceremonies deserve their awards. Let's be proud of what they do to make our country so great. Instead of negative comments let's celebrate their achievements even if we don't fully agree. That's what makes Australia so great.
We appreciate the passion of all our followers & we know social media is a real beast of a thing at times. Everyone is obviously welcome to an opinion and we always encourage people to contact us if you have concerns or questions. We do however ask people to respect those that were given an award & not say Brendan deserves it more. No petitions, no more negative comments towards others in the name of supporting BHR. Instead let's celebrate their achievements & more importantly let's encourage our children to go out & follow in these people's foot steps.
Hopefully this helps put some context to the 'Listen please' rant. (If Brendan reads this far he will probably kill me for saying rant but I'm banking on him not reading this far - let's see). Things at times are intense behind the scenes as we plan the next hay run. Brendan wears his heart on his sleeve. What he thinks he often says & sometimes he videos it for the world to see & he doesn't sugar coat it. That's what makes him so great...he's 100% real.
Thanks as always for your support we really appreciate all our followers & we know when you say Brendan should have got Australia of the year that it comes from a good place. We just ask to show respect to the real winners they have all achieved amazing things. Let's not forget this Drought hasn't gone away and our Aussie Farmers need our help. (The PA)
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First and foremost we want to once again extend our condolences to the Langford family on the passing of Jacob at Rainbow 2017.
There is no question his family and friends all are experiencing a lot of grief and raw emotion at this time and we ask that everyone show respect and compassion towards them. We appreciate our fans defending the festival online- thank you- but are disappointed in some of the comments we are reading. Blaming anyone in this instance is wrong; it only feeds the media’s love of conflict and division. Jacob was a part of our community and therefore so is his family. We need to pull together as a community in times like these and extend our love and understanding without condition.
His family and friends are raising money to help cover the costs of his medical expenses and funeral costs and we ask for those of us that are able to contribute in assisting his family at this time. You can do this here…
At this time we also feel it’s necessary to publicly defend the behaviour of the majority of our patrons attending our 20th anniversary festival and express our disappointment in police media statements deeming the event as high risk.
To put it bluntly, we find the police response frustrating and hypocritical.
The Melbourne Cup had nine arrests, five rushed to hospital and 78 people evicted in one day. Roadside operations after the AFL Grand Final in 2015 detected one in three drivers in some suburbs with illicit substances in their system. Yet in these instances police praise the crowds for their good behaviour..
Rainbow Serpent Festival runs for six days and this year we had close to 20,000 exceptionally well-behaved people attend. However, like every other community of 20,000 people, a small minority participate in risk taking behaviour.
Statistics obtained after last year’s festival show the targeted three-day police roadside operation outside the 2016 event recorded a drug driving rate below the state average. Last year one in 20 drivers outside Rainbow tested positive compared to the annual state average of one in 15 and while we believe one positive test is too many, it’s been made abundantly clear that music festivals are easy headlines for senior police officers with political agendas.
The statistics used by police so far this year are preliminary and based on a targeted sample of 100 drivers to make the worst inference possible when the reality is around 7,000 vehicles travelled safely, legally and responsibly to and from the event. Additionally, police are well aware that a large percentage of positive, preliminary roadside tests will return negative when analysed by the laboratory.
Police are making statements with full knowledge the small sample size of targeted, rather than random, selections is not based on statistical evidence and nor is it a fair or accurate reflection of their overall results.
We have received feedback from expert toxicologist Dr. David Caldicott, an emergency medicine specialist from Calvery Hospital in Canberra, who has has publically stated that “Hands down, Rainbow provides the safest event environment in the Southern Hemisphere.”
Those who attended Rainbow this year will already know in addition to best practice medical services, our event works hard to be pioneering with regard to harm reduction strategies. Free drinking water is available in multiple places, including the campgrounds and around the festival site.
If interested, you can read our full press release defending the behavior of our awesome crowd and safety planning, including David Caldicott’s opinion, on our website here.
While we do everything we can to encourage patrons to make safe, healthy lifestyle choices individuals must also accept some responsibility for their personal wellbeing.
While our festival and community have experienced a tragedy, it’s not all doom and gloom. Most at Rainbow 2017 had positive experiences, made new friendships, participated in workshops, danced to great music and came home feeling refreshed and ready to tackle 2017.
We truly appreciate the incredible level of support we have received in recent days especially from the Pyrenees Council and mayor Ron Eason.
Our love goes out to all of our extended family; patrons, staff, volunteers, emergency services, the local community and especially Jacob’s family.
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