Rates to fundNimbin cameras
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
SECURITY cameras will be installed around Nimbin in a bid to fight escalating violent crime.
The decision was made by business owners in a meeting with Lismore City Council staff to decide how rates should be spent.
Council general manager Paul O'Sullivan said the decision was deliberately left up to the business community.
Nimbin Chamber of Commerce president Andrew Kavasilas said residents need not be worried about being 'watched'.
"There won't be anyone monitoring the cameras 24 hours a day," he said.
"But if there is an incident in town, the footage can be used and will be helpful to victims."
Hemp Embassy spokesman Michael Balderstone said he thought the cameras marked the demise of the 'hippy village'.
"The war on drugs is hotting up ? I think it's the end of hippies and the baby could be thrown out with the bath water," he said.
"Nimbin has a magic in its rebelliousness and it would be a shame to lose that."
The exact cost of the cameras is still being cal- culated but Mr O'Sullivan said it would be in the vicinity of $10,000.
A date for the installa- tion has not been set.
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