Nimbin Museum founder Michael Balderstone, who says the sale will not signal the end for the museum.
Nimbin Museum founder Michael Balderstone, who says the sale will not signal the end for the museum.

Piece of Nimbin history for sale

By ADAM HICKS

A PIECE of Nimbin's history is up for sale.

The building which houses the Nimbin Museum has gone on the market as part of a four-shop lot that includes Rainbow Lane.

Nimbin Lifestyle Real Estate salesman John Wilcox said it was a great opportunity for a buyer to snap up a big part of town.

With an asking price of $750,000, Mr Wilcox said a buyer could expect about a 6 per cent return.

"It's a terrific piece of real estate, a huge piece in a prime position," Mr Wilcox said.

Nimbin Museum curator Michael Balderstone said the sale would not signal the end for the museum, but coincide with a change in the operation.

He said the museum had been run by the same people since it started and was in need of some fresh blood.

"We're at a turning point at the museum. We've had the same few people looking after and creating it for 12 years and we're all a bit tired and looking for a break," Mr Balderstone said.

"It has become this great, amazing artwork, but what do we do with it now?

The community has to ask itself 'do we want to keep it?'.

"It's one of the biggest tourist attractions in the town. We pay large rent and put in a lot of hard work, but don't make any money.

"We need help. We're not retiring, we're just worn a bit thin and need broader community support to keep it moving forward."

Mr Balderstone said the museum was privately owned but he was looking to sign it over and turn it into a community-based operation.

He said a group of local women had already shown keen interest, along with Nimbin Central School, which wanted to do some projects with the museum.



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