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Hope arising from among the ashes of Nimbin fire

THE site is secured, the clean-up is under way, and resilient Nimbin locals are already talking about rebuilding.

RPF Building supervisorJacob Toole, who is managing the museum and Tribal Magic sites, said security guards were stationed at the front and rear of the site yesterday afternoon as tradesmen got to work.

"The asbestos removal crew are isolating the rubbish to each individual site, and then spraying it all down with a PVA glue-type substance to bond it all, to prevent any asbestos becoming airborne," he said.

"Then rubbish on each individual block will be covered with asbestos-grade plastic today."

While test results confirming asbestos hadn't returned yet, Mr Toole said the site was being treated as if it contained the cancerous substance.

"With a bit of luck the asbestos-removal crew can start the demolition tomorrow on the Rainbow Cafe, and, as soon as we have the approval, we will be doing the same on the museum and Tribal Magic."

The Sydney-based owner of the premises housing the museum, Tribal Magic and BringaBong had the building listed for sale with Nimbin Lifestyle Real Estate for $1.2 million.

Yesterday morning, as locals and tourists clambered over the charred ruins taking photos, Nimbin Museum founder Michael Balderstone got to work.

"I thought I would get in and salvage a few bits; there are quite a few pioneering bits that survived."

A pile of rusty, charred relics quickly developed, as Mr Balderstone sifted through the remains, determined to resurrect one of the town's most popular attractions.

"I do think Nimbin needs a real museum for all the people who come here that really shows hippie values andvisions."

While the tragedy has brought the Nimbin community together, Mr Balderstone said it could take some time for people to deal with the loss.

The Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre has an account for donations toward the rebuild. It's Nimbin Fire Appeal, Southern Cross Credit Union, BSB: 728-728, A/c No: 22301986.

Topics:  fire, nimbin




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