Regionals Network


Australian & NZ Burning Man Regional Contacts

The following regional contacts have been appointed by the The Burning Man Organisation to cover the Australian & NZ footprint for the Burning Man region as of the 7th Novemebr 2019.

Name Playa Name City State Contact
   Richard Martin
King Richard Cairns QLD Contact
   Phil Smart Sherpa Brisbane QLD Contact
   Leanna Pugliese  Momma/Mumma Newcastle NSW Contact
   Erin Killion   Newcastle NSW Contact
   Ale Mac   Sydney NSW Contact
   Ariane Blanch Shiny Sydney NSW Contact
   Jessica Fairbairn   Canberra ACT Contact
   Rodney Fitzsimmons Psy OfSurge Canberra  ACT Contact
   Jodi York Rivert Melbourne  VIC Contact
   Justin Mcghee The Captain Melbourne  VIC Contact
   David Cake Strange Dave Perth  WA Contact
   Pete Wyatt  Lumos    NZ Contact
   Shelly Watson     NZ Contact




  • Carol McHugh (CC) - Brisbane (QLD)
  • Chris Holt - Brisbane (QLD)
  • David Wright (Monkey) - Adelaide (SA)
  • Frank Mitchell (Knuckles) - Perth (WA)
  • Jarred Taylor (Jayman) - Sydney (NSW)
  • Mark Von Behrens (Bear) - Canberra (ACT)
  • Neil Power (Neillo) - Sydney (NSW) 
  • Robin Macpherson (AHuman) - Cairns (QLD) 

New Zealand

  • Mark Stirling (Yonderman) - New Zealand


New Zealand

  • Tim Valentine (Hippy Tim) - New Zealand

About the Regional Network

The Burning Man Regional Network is the year-round embodiment of the Burning Man experience, supporting it as a global cultural movement. In cities around the world, the Burning Man Organisation has established Regional Contacts whose role is to help local Burners connect with each other, while bringing Burning Man principles and culture into their local communities.

As they are the local representatives of the Burning Man Organisation, Regional Contacts are carefully screened, interviewed, and selected by members of the organisation's staff. Further, they are bound by a Letter of Understanding that expresses their agreement to assume the responsibilities of the role, as well as their commitment to Burning Man’s Ten Principles, which represent the core values that define the Burning Man culture.

Regional groups produce a variety of events and activities throughout the year for their Burner community, which are listed on each group’s Regionals Calendar. From simple mixers to multi-day camp outs and everything in between, these events are intended to create an immediacy of experience and personal connection, encouraging relationships and collaborations that enable people to act more powerfully than individuals alone could dream — especially in the face of the daunting social realities of the “default world”.

Regionals leverage technology to facilitate regular communications, including announcement and/or discussion email lists. Through these, co-located (if not physically proximate) Burners can keep the flame alive through dialog, collaboration, and inspiration.

Not everybody has the opportunity to get to Black Rock City. But with the Regional Network growing steadily year after year, more and more people around the world will have the opportunity to experience Burning Man culture. And, perhaps, it will change their lives too.

Get involved … participate … find and get in touch with your closest Regional Contact today.