News

Hope for renewal after Nimbin fire remains

LUCKY: Kara Forsyth, owner of Daizy clothing. Her shop neighbours Bringabong and was saved from destruction by a brick fire wall built in 1927.
LUCKY: Kara Forsyth, owner of Daizy clothing. Her shop neighbours Bringabong and was saved from destruction by a brick fire wall built in 1927. Doug Eaton

IN PLACE of the iconic Rainbow Cafe and the Nimbin Museum now stands a hazardous waste site, but life in Nimbin goes on.

Yesterday the wreckage was covered in thick plastic and sprayed with PV glue to prevent dangerous asbestos fibres from becoming airborne.

Security guards patrolled the fenced-off area while an asbestos removal crew wearing disposal protection suits and masks worked on the site.

But outside the fences, Nimbin has quickly returned to its old self - despite losing its "front teeth", as long-time local Alan Salt put it.

SUPPORT NIMBIN

THERE'S still plenty to do in Nimbin despite the town losing a couple of iconic attractions.

Franca Wolfe, from the Nimbin Visitor Information Centre, said "the street and the colour and the culture" remained in full effect. Here's a list of five key attractions worth checking out:

  • The Djanbung Permaculture Gardens
  • The Nimbin Arts Gallery and Nimbin Craft Gallery
  • The Candle Factory and Bush Theatre
  • The Rainbow Power Company
  • The Hemp Embassy

"Anyone who was here for the Aquarius Festival will miss these buildings," Mr Salt said.

"It's a bit like you've had a chunk of your past washed away.

"We're all used to it, but we're going to miss it because we can't go there anymore," he said of the museum.

Other locals were generally philosophical about the loss, and looking forward to the new chapter beckoning the town's history.

Nimbin identity, Trevor, said while the town would never exactly return to its old self, that wasn't necessarily a bad thing.

"It won't return to normal. But change happens, and you just get on," he said.

"I don't live here for the architecture; I live here for the people.

"Something else will happen here.

"There's mountains you could do.

"No one died. No one will starve, even though some people will struggle."

Local businesswoman Kara Forsyth's shop Daisy, next door to the now blackened Bringabong was spared the inferno by a brick fire wall built in 1927, soon after the last fire that burnt through the town.

"I'm suffering what's called survivor guilt," she said.

"We're all really good mates along here.

"I was just devastated for them.

"But I don't think it will ruin Nimbin.

"The rest of the place is still standing.

"The other thing that's lucky is it's a quiet time of year. The alternative movement goes on."

Having just returned from a trip to Bali, she declared that Nimbin was more famous overseas than Byron Bay.

"They've heard of Nimbin before they've heard of Byron. It's internationally famous."

Topics:  fire, nimbin, recovery




Ballina sports space sold to developer for hefty sum

FOR SALE: The State Government is selling a large block of land at Quays Dr, West Ballina.Photo Graham Broadhead / Ballina Shire Advocate

Rare open green space sold to property developer

Northern Rivers blueberry grower wins national award

Natalie Bell and father Ridley Bell from Mountain Blue Farms were excited to receive a major award from Coles.

Blueberry grower triumps with new juicy, flavoursome fruit variety.

Ten things to do this week

CRAFY OCCASION: Co-ordinator of the Alstonville-Wollongbar Quota Club's Arts, Craft and Garden Fair, Susan French (left) with club president Diana Cooper holding a decorated boot which is part of a campaign in support of an organisation lobbyng for more service for those with depression.

Music, craft, rugby, theatre and more

Latest deals and offers

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

Opinion: Is streaming the way to go?

Online CD and digital music are starting to decrease

Branson "amazed" he's still alive after cycling crash

Branson saw "his life flash before my eyes" during a bike crash

John Krasinski has better sex now he's in good shape

John Krasinski says there's at least one good reason to get jacked

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m