Nimbin resident Tarang Bates created the hook ups.
Nimbin resident Tarang Bates created the hook ups.

Facebook handles hippie hook ups

“DOES anyone know an accordion player who plays French songs?”

That was just one of the questions asked this week on Nimbin Hook-Ups, a Facebook page which hastaken electronic communication in the Northern Rivers’ hippie capital to a new level.

Nimbin Hook-Ups started in March after a Nimbin resident lamented on her Facebook page how it would be great if there was a place village residents could trade and swap goods.

The next day Nimbin resident Tarang Bates got the ball rolling and Nimbin Hook-Ups was born.

However, the 280-member strong group has turned out to be much more than a trading post.

Ms Bates said she was surprised by how quickly the community embraced the page.

Part of the reason may be that many people in Nimbin live in isolated rural locations, Ms Bates said.

“It’s fantastic for mums who may be home with children and who want to be active,” she said.

Each day dozens of its members get online and respond to everything from a request for a lift to Lismore to offering their opinion about whether a development application for Zorbing Park is a good idea.

The page is also being used as a community noticeboard to let people know what is going on in the village – like a talk by town GP Dr Serrallach on gluten and dairy to be held on Wednesday, July 13, at Birth and Beyond, or the screening of a documentary and talk on chemtrails.

The website has also been used to rally community support to raise funds to support locals in need of a helping hand, such as a Nimbin mother who lost everything when her house burned down last month.

The Facebook page was used to make people aware of a bankaccount which had been set up to help pay the cost of re-establishing a home for the woman and herchildren.

Incidentally, within 12 hours, the person who asked the question about the accordion player gotseven responses and the names of three Nimbin musicians with a penchant for French tunes.



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