What does it take to make a good site for Rowany Festival?
- Location – within 30 minutes of public transport, and shopping facilities, within a reasonable drive of Sydney
- Site – at least 8.1 ha, and legally able to accommodate 800-1200 people
- Amenities – showers, toilet, power, water, fire, on-site storage, or the cost of providing amenties if not on site
- Activities – accomadating for war, archery, drinking, other activities
- Access – of the site from Monday before Easter to Wednesday after Easter and tenure for at least 5 years.
- Management – Emergency plan, minimal site prep, a large space for car parking
- Value for money – less than $25K for the site fee, exclusive of amenities and equipment.
Benefits from previous Festival sites
- Wilton: Privacy and exclusive use, close to shops, ability to improve site, temperate climate, seclusion for campsites
- Tara: seclusion for campites, scenic, some infrastructure, green with reasonable drainage, some accommodation
- Crossroads: Aligned with our interests, dry camping ground, cool climate, ability to improve site, privacy/exclusivity
- Glenworth Valley: Visual appeal, River to swim in, reasonably close to public transport, on-site storage
Problems with previous Festival sites
- Wilton: Legality, lack of infrastructure, significant site prep required, horses through site at night
- Tara: Tenure, customizability, some boggy areas, distance of battlefield site, security problems with car vandalisation.
- Crossroads: Fire issues, dust, lack of completion on promised facilities, truck compression noise, further from northern groups, further from Sydney, lack of storage, steep site, high potential for asthma.
- Glenworth Valley: Humidity, damp, floods, leeches, Kayakers & Quad Bikes, lack of facilities, road access to the site, further from southern groups, high potential for bacillis infection, recurrent termite issues.