Position Vacant - 21 hrs a week - based at NNIC. Are you qualified (University level qualifications or higher) in Counselling, Mental Health Nursing, Social Work or Psychology and interested to join the fabulous team at Nimbin Neighbourhood and Info Centre?
If so.. great job going via the Buttery - a part time Clinical Lead leading a team to provide AOD focused person-centred care and trauma informed support to participants. Based mainly at NNIC and managing a small team of four staff comprising new Clinician and Peer worker roles and two established Community Development Officers (CDOs) in the Community Drug Action Teams (CDAT) program. Application closing date has been extended but not for long. For the Selection Criteria (in the job ad) and Position Description follow this link.
Sustainable Nimbin Community Plan (SNCP) Doing it For Ourselves - The Future of Nimbin is in Our Hands! it is time to finally revise and update the SNCP.
This is your opportunity to have your say and contribute to our community's vision for the future. There will be several workshops throughout 2024, themed around different key focus areas. The first workshops focus on Housing and the built environment as well as Health and Well-being. These are open, round table discussions, and all members of the Nimbin community (within 30km radius of the village) are welcome. Let's not just put our 2 cents worth on Face Book, complain about 'them' not 'doing something' but be part of a truly local consultation process. Most importantly, let your contributions be practical, things we can do for ourselves and think about how you might see those ideas actualised.
Many thanks to the Northern Rivers Community Foundation for funding support to enable us to undertake the work, pay for venues, materials and catering etc.
For more info on the SNCP see the Sustainability - Intro tab on this website.
Nimbin Women’s Dinner 7th March 2024 at Nimbin Town Hall. UPDATE: ELLEN BRIGGS now performing - profuse apologies from Mandy Nolan - accidental double booking (oops)- but YEY to Ellen for joining us instead!
Celebrating International Women’s Day in 2024. After a break for the last 4 years due to COVID and then the floods, the Nimbin Women’s Dinner is back up and running! Tix and table bookings via NNIC during our opening hours (call us or drop in) or online via Humantix - see this link. Dinner = Asian Fusion, All Gluten Free*, Choice of vegan/vego and chicken dishes. (*Marinades and sauces may incude soy products or traces of nuts.) Be sure to being CASH money for tea/coffee/cakes/bar - no card etc facilities.
Annual Community Xmas Lunch Friday 22nd December 23 Nimbin Town Hall – thanks to everyone who made this event happen, especially Gail, Heidi, Vince, Paul, Rachel, Bev, Janene, Jane, Sue, Chris, Saskia and Darren. Many thanks to Megan for the lovely harp music, and to the CWA for help with the cooking, to the Nimbin Bakery for the bread and to the Nimbin RFS for Santa’s Sleigh. And to Santa of course, for fitting us into his very busy schedule. Around 180 people came and enjoyed a Xmas lunch and Santa gave out gifts to 73 kids.
Hampers Galore! In December 2023 we gave out 40 Xmas hampers to families and individuals in need of some support. Many thanks to the CWA and Rain and our other generous donors and to our Xmas fairies who put the hampers together.
Need mental health support? The Nimbin Collaborative Providing a wide range of mental health and psycho-social supports in Nimbin every week. Based at Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre, 71 Cullen Street, Nimbin. Click here for more info.
Nimbin Disaster Resilience Project This project, which was generously funded by the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) ended in October 2023. The funding has been invaluable in enabling us to revise and consult around the Nimbin Community Disaster Plan, purchase emergency evacuation equipment and supplies, shore up the Emergency radio network, and build the Community Care Team. Many thanks to NRCF and also to Virginia Waters, our Project Officer, who carried this project forward so expertly and competently.
NNIC Solar system to be upgraded! Thanks to funding provided by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), NNIC will soon be upgrading our solar array and installing battery storage to enable us to keep operations going at NNIC in the event of a power failure occurring, especially in a disaster situation. Thank you FRRR!
Prepare for Bushfire Season now is the time for us all to get our homes and properties ready for the upcoming Spring and Summer, by keeping gutters and house surrounds free of flammable debris, cleaning and reducing fuel loads on our land, securing water infrastructure and tanks, conserving water as much as possible and ensuring that fire trucks can access your property by clearing overhanging branches and anything that will obstruct their access.
For tips and templates on how to to prepare your Bushfire Plan see the RFS/Fire and Rescue website. Our Recovery Support Service team can also help you with this task if you need it (see above contact info).
Preparation is key to our resilience and we owe it to ourselves and to our fellow community members, especially our dedicated local Fire Brigade volunteers, to do everything we can to ensure all of our safety as we head into the warmer months.
Heatwaves Hot weather can affect everyone, but older people, babies and young children, pregnant women, people with existing medical conditions, outdoor workers, socially isolated people and people who are homeless are at greater risk. Climate change is resulting in more hot days and more intense heatwaves. Now more than ever, it is important to know the risks of heat, who is at risk, how to prepare, and how to protect ourselves and others. Check out the NSW Beat the Heat website for more info.
7 Sibley St and the adjacent basketball court area Unfortunately we lost the battle for the boundary adjustment between 7 Sibley Street and the adjacent basketball court area at the July meeting of Lismore City Council. The decision made by Council in 2020 to progress the boundary adjustment has now been overturned. This is very disappointing because it means we were unable to bring that area of land back into community ownership, but we will continue to negotiate with Council to try and find alternate solutions to the access issues at 7 Sibley Street so that the Project can progress. Council has indicated an interest in building on the basketball court site, with a permanent library for Nimbin and a Visitors Centre being two of the possible options under consideration. 164 people responded to our survey about the revised plans for 7 Sibley Street and the adjacent area of land. In that survey we floated the idea of a library being built there and there was some interest from the respondents (about 28%) in further exploring that idea. Overall though, according to those survey results, there was not a lot of appetite for building anything on the basketball court site at this stage.
For some time, the NAG (Nimbin Advisory Group) has recommended to Council that a Master Plan be developed for the whole of the village, including Peace Park, which includes the area of land involved in the now defunct boundary adjustment proposal. There is support for that idea in Council and it would provide the opportunity for the whole community to consider what we all want for our village into the future, as well as to involve new residents and our younger people in the ongoing community building process for which Nimbin is so highly regarded, and in relation to which we have a long and proud history.
NNIC looks forward to the ongoing negotiations with Council regarding 7 Sibley Street and also to any community consultations regarding a Master Plan for Nimbin, when/if they occur.
You can find the Summary of the Survey conducted in June 2023 in relation to this issue, plus our Report to the July meeting of Counncil, in the surveys section of this website, here.
Take Home Naloxone – Available for FREE at NNIC (also available at the NSP and the Pharmacy), by appointment. Naloxone is a lifesaving drug which temporarily reverses the effects of an opiate overdose. Anyone who may become exposed to opiates, whether by prescription or otherwise, is at risk of accidental overdose. Naloxone buys valuable time for an ambulance to arrive. It is available for FREE at NNIC to people who are at risk of an opioid overdose or adverse reaction, their carers, friends and family members and any other people who may become first responders. Naloxone can be administered by injection or delivered through a nasal spray. To get some for your first aid kit, make an appointment with Nat or Nicole.
Nimbin Community-owned Cooling Plate the cooling plate is now available for hire to Nimbin community members. (The fee varies according to capacity to pay). The cooling plate is for use in the context of home deaths, and is placed under the deceased loved one in order to have more time to grieve, for family and friends to say their final farewells and to allow time to make the necessary arrangements. Contact Nat at NNIC for more info or if you think you may be needing the Cooling Plate in the near future.
Community Care Team (CCT) and Emergency Radio Network Go to the Disasters page on this website for more info plus an Expression of Interest form to join the CCT. We are still looking for CCT members across the catchment.:
Recovery Support Service (RSS) How are you going with your flood recovery journey? If you are still struggling you are not alone. Recovery Support Services are available to support you across the Northern Rivers region.
Nimbin, Keerrong Valley, Goolmangar, Jiggi, Georgica, Larnook, Cawongla, the Channon and Dunoon.
Plus Cawongla, Wadeville, Barkers Vale and Lillian Rock in the Kyogle LGA
Plus Mt Burrell, Midginbil, Kunghur, Doon and Commissioners Creek in the Tweed LGA.
People living or working around any of those areas are welcome to sign on with us at NNIC and our RSS team will assist you through the complex journey of disaster recovery including support with grant applications and administration, linking with key services, suppliers and expert advice and housing support/solutions. If travelling to Nimbin is a challenge we can meet you halfway or closer to your home. Given the impacts in our catchment area, we have a strong focus on landslip issues, impacts on homes, internal roads and infrastructure, plus we have a specialist understanding of Rural Land sharing Communities aka MOs.
NNIC is OPEN 10am-4pm Mon-Friday at 71 Cullen St Nimbin (next to the park), 66891692
We can help with lots of support and info: e.g. food support (including dog/cat food/supplies), hot meals, frozen meals, drinking water, mental health support, assistance with mobile phones/devices, printing, copying, internet access and help with navigating the myriad of disaster relief payments and grants.
COVID-19: Mask-wearing inside especially in confined spaces is recommended. Good ventilation and hand hygiene practices remain crucial. If you need NNIC services and support but you currently have COVID OR are Feeling unwell, OR are Feeling nervous and wanting to maintain social isolation, then YOU CAN CALL us on 6689 1692 and we can arrange a telephone appointment for you so you do not have to come in personally.
Need CLOTHING? Nimbin CWA may be able to assist.
For more info and assistance come into the Neighbourhood Centre.
For more helpline numbers see our Health page.
LOCAL BUS INFO
Northern Rivers Buslines for buses travelling between Nimbin and Lismore.
Gosels Bus Service for buses travelling between Nimbin and Murwillumbah.
Quinn’s Bus Services local school bus routes.
Check the relevant Bus Company's website for timetable updates.
WILDLIFE RESCUE SERVICES
WIRES 1300 094 737
NRWC 6628 1866
Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers 6672 4789
Friends of the Koala 6622 1233
7 Sibley Street - Nimbin's Sustainable Living Hub - what happening there?
A large variety of workshops happen to provide skills share opportunities and social connections between people.
The Nimbin Community Tools and Equipment Library is opebn to members for borrowing os useful things.
7 Sibley Street also operates as a satellite hub of NNIC, providing a soft entry point into our services and referrals into programs.
It functions as a key composting and recycling hub in the community.
It operates as a promotional hub for local producers to enhance our local economy and job opportunities.
See the Sibley St website for all the latest info and updates
Progress against the goals of the SNCP can be found via the Sustainability tab above under each key Focus Area's own page.