Mr Obama has lots of supporters in Nimbin, with locals backing a call for the US President to visit the tiny town during his Australian tour.
Mr Obama has lots of supporters in Nimbin, with locals backing a call for the US President to visit the tiny town during his Australian tour.

Obama for Nimbin gains momentum

NIMBIN Mardi Grass organiser, Heathen Lovechild, has raised the stakes in the ‘Obama for Nimbin’ campaign by declaring adequate security is already in place for a safe Presidential visit.

“It wouldn’t cost the taxpayer anything,” he said.

“We’ve already got the Riot Squad, the Dog Squad and Polair helicopter surveillance in Nimbin, so all the security boxes are ticked.

“There would be no extra expense beyond the millions already spent on Mardi Grass by the NSW Police.”

Mr Lovechild was responding to yesterday’s report in The Northern Star where Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell, businessman Dick Smith and Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone spoke out supporting the inclusion of Nimbin on President Obama’s Australian itinerary.

Their comments followed suggestions from Tweed Tourism general manager Phil Villiers last week that it ‘would not be a good idea’.

But after Dick Smith proposed the Presidential jumbo should land at Ballina so he could chopper the entourage to Nimbin, Mr Villiers came on board.

Mr Lovechild said the Mardi Grass committee was now considering a Barack Obama look-a-like contest for this year’s festival.

“Everyone’s welcome to enter regardless of the colour of your skin or the drugs you take,” he said.

Nimbin police Sergeant Peter Bryant was confident Nimbin’s finest would be up to the task of protecting an American president.

Richmond Local Area Command investigations manager Detective Sergeant Matt Kehoe said local police would do their best, but they’d probably ‘need a few extra officers’.

Meanwhile, US expatriate and 2007 Democrat candidate for Richmond, Scott Sledge, has written directly to President Obama extending an invitation.

“I know you will have many offers, but please consider Nimbin,” he wrote.

Mr Sledge suggested President Obama come to check out the sustainability options, including avisit to the Rainbow Power Company.

“A breath of fresh air will do you good,” he wrote.

“We are one of Australia’s most vibrant eco-systems. Perhaps a glimpse at an alternative to global commercialism will be refreshing for you.”

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