Mundi Mundi Bash Raises $130,000 for RFDS, but Organizer Wants Improved Road Access

The first Mundi Mundi Bash music festival has ended amid concerns over local ticket sales and safer access to the festival site for future events.

Around 9,500 people attended the three-day festival, which ended on Saturday and featured artists including Paul Kelly, Ian Moss, Kate Ceberano and The Radiators.

Organizer Greg Donovan said he was pleased with how the event went and there was an overwhelmingly positive response from festival-goers.

But he said locals-only ticket sales for Broken Hill and Silverton were low, with just under 70 residents picking them up.

“Everyone else here has come a long way to come and experience it.”

The festival took place at Belmont Station, about 10 kilometers north of Silverton, with early access to the site hampered by rainfall across the region.

Mr Donovan said he would like to see improvements made to Wilangee Road – the dirt road that leads to the station – for future events.

“Once you leave the [bitumen] road, before entering the property, there are miles of dirt road, which is the state government road. So we would like to work with them and see if they can put some grit on that,” he said.

Fundraising for RFDS

Annette Ohlsen says the funding will help RFDS serve 19 sites in Broken Hill.(ABC Broken Hill: Callum Marshall)

The festival also saw a number of events take place to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service with around $130,000 raised in total.

One such event, the Mundi Undi Run, saw around 700 people strip naked and run a one-kilometre course to raise around $14,000 for the organization.

Annette Ohlsen, who works in community engagement for RFDS Broken Hill, said the money would help staff continue to provide care to those in need.

“We have 19 locations that we serve in Broken Hill, which helps provide service to a small community that may not have one.”

A world record attempt for the biggest Nutbush dance also raised an additional $40,000 for the RFDS during the festival, as well as $75,000 in merchandise sales.

“An expensive lesson” for a group of eight

A crowd watches a stage at night at the Mundi Mundi Bash music festival.
Barrier police say the majority of festival-goers behaved well.(ABC Broken Hill: Jonathon Poulson)

Barrier Police District Crime Officer Inspector Tom Aylett said 99% of festival-goers behaved well.

He said the only incident dealt with by police was a group of eight campers who partied too hard on Wednesday night and ignored safety warnings.

“They were evacuated from the site the next day, so Thursday around noon,” he said.

“It was an expensive lesson for them – I think in total they told us their site fee between the four sites was $7,000.”