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

Insight into Lyme disease on SBS

Paralysis tick

Insight will look at the controversy over Lyme disease in Australia

Guilty plea to hidden hydro weed operation

epa03462089 (FILE) A file photo dated 31 August 2010 shows a worker tending to cannabis plants at a growing facility for the Tikun Olam company near the northern Israeli town of Safed, Israel. Reports on 07 November 2012 state that Colorado and Washington became the first US states to legalize cannabis for recreational use, while medical marijuana initiatives were on the ballot in Massachusetts, Montana and Arkansas.  EPA/ABIR SULTAN ISRAEL OUT

Operation employed a gang of "trimmers" to cut and package cannabis

WATCH: As Knitting Nannas arrest 'Kevin Hogan'

The Knitting Nannas at Kevin Hogan's office in Molesworth St and, below left, Knitting Nanna Dororthy Moller with an 'arrest warrant for Kevin Hogan.

Group storms office in brazen stunt

Local Partners

Craft beer comes to Beef Town in new festival

TONY Hennessy explains how the Northern Rivers Craft Beer and Cider Festival came about.

The Living End are coming to Byron Bay

The Living End

The Living End are going on the road in 2017 for a regional tour

November will be a big month for NORPA

ARTS: NORPA has added new shows to the Dreamland season from November 23 to December 10.

Peter Garrett, Dreamland and the 2017 Season Launch, among others

The Superjesus: Back with Love and Violence

DOWN AGAIN: The Superjesus are Paul Berryman on drums, Sarah McLeod on lead vocals and Stuart Rudd on bass guitar.

The Superjesus are back after 13 years

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Bindi Irwin named in MAXIM HOT 100 list

Wildlife Warrior named among Australia's most beautiful women

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.