Vale Lesly Howard The NNIC team was very sad to learn of the sudden passing of our longest serving staff member, Lesly, in July. Lesly has been a community worker at NNIC for 18 years, and in that time has assisted countless people though times of hardship. Our sympathies and condolences go out to her family and friends. RIP Lesly, you will be missed.
Position Vacant at NNIC - Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre Inc (NNIC) – Casual Relief Community Worker. NNIC seeks a suitably qualified and experienced person to become our Casual Relief Community Worker. This is a casual position, to provide relief for our permanent staff when on leave. SCHCADS Level 3.
Applicants MUST address the selection criteria in the Job Kit, available from Nimbin Neighbourhood and Info Centre at 71 Cullen St, Nimbin, (02) 6689 1692 from 10-00 am til 4-00 pm Monday to Friday, or here.
Applications close: Friday 16th SEPTEMBER 2016. NNIC is an EEO employer. ATSI applicants are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants may be required to undergo the Working with Children and relevant Police checks.
Sibley Street Fundraiser October 2016 - Turn Your Pre-loved Art into Re-loved Art and help us to Raise the funds to Save the House at 7 Sibley Street!
Do you have a work of art or craft that is in a cupboard rather than on your wall?
Is there a piece that you once loved but is no longer to your taste?
Have you been given something as a gift that doesn't suit your space?
Have you bought art over the years and don't have the space?If so, please contact Mandie.
Nimbin Country Show – Best Shop Display competition. We can’t wait to see what our local main street businesses come up with this year for the 2016 Show-Themed Shop Display competition. Displays must be up by at least 2 weeks before the Show, for judging. Be in the running to take out the coveted Perpetual Pumpkin trophy! A great opportunity to promote your business and dress up the town in celebration of local annual country show. Last year’s winner was the Tourist Information Centre with its fabulous diaramas.
Nimbin Country Show – Local Film Bytes Short Film Competition. films must be local (i.e. shot within a 30kms radius around the village), max of 10mins long and have a sustainability theme. Prizes and accolades on offer. Entry forms available here.
Sustainable House Day Northern Rivers - 2016 Design Competition NOW OPEN!! The Design Comp for 2016 is now open - the categories are Professional: Design a Tiny Neighbourhood, Community: Design a Tiny Home, Young people: Design a teeny tiny home. Details including entry forms here.
Lismore City Council Elections Many thanks to the outgoing Councillors for all their hard work during their terms of office. A special thanks to Mayor Jenny Dowell whose commitment and ability to get to multiple events and activities across the whole of the LGA in a single day has amazed us all.
Remember to vote in the upcoming Council elections. There is an opportunity this year to vote for a local Nimbinite, which would help ensure that our community has a voice on Council to represent us.
Life Beyond the Feed In Tariff -
The session was a great success with nearly 100 people attending. Watch this space for links to articles and some of the recordings. You can also check out the Infographic we handed out on the day.
Smart Meter Signal Strength - There was info given on the day regarding the strength of the smart meter signals. It has been pointed out to us that the information given is not supported by the research undertaken in Victoria, which indicates that smart meters have a similar power output to mobile phones, only transmitting every 4 hours instead of every 30 seconds, and much further away from the human body. The radiation is less than that produced by many other household appliances and less than some current analogue meters.See http://www.smartmeters.vic.gov.au/about-smart-meters/reports-and-consultations/ami-meter-em-field-survey-report
Nonetheless, we understand that people have concerns about any radiation and the aggregated effect of more and more devices coming on line.
Gross meter re-wires - Since the 24th July we have been able to confirm that the rewiring of existing meters to make them into (non-smart) net meters will indeed be possible (for most meters) and Essential Energy will be releasing information about this soon. As soon as we have this to hand we will let you know.
At the info session we provided a Handout from the Report on “Life After FiTs” by the Alternative Technology Association commissioned by the Total Environment Centre. The full report is available on the Solar Citizens website plus a 1 minute video: http://www.solarcitizens.org.au/life_after_fits
There will be a roadshow coming around the region in relation to the findings of this report very soon. Watch the usual places for updates.
Volunteering positions available at NNIC - Are you looking for a way to contribute to the community? Maybe you are retired and want to keep using your skills, or maybe you are a young person looking to gain some new skills. Or perhaps you need to do work for the dole or fulfil a mutual obligation, for Centrelink? We have quite a few volunteer positions available:
Position 1: Sibley Street Fundraising Coordinator: we are looking for someone to help us raise the $70,000 needed to rescue the old house.
Position 2: Sibley Street gardener: we are looking for someone to garden at Sibley street at least once a month to conquer the evil weeds and start beautifying the site with some flower gardens.
NNIC Management Committee: a couple of our MCers are off on holidays for a few months and so we are looking for some new members to help us keep NNIC running smoothly. NNIC is a vibrant organisation doing lots of interesting stuff and behind it all is the Management Committee. This involves a commitment of 3 hours a month for the regular meetings which are usually on a Wednesday at 5.30pm. Plus there is plenty to do depending on your interest, availability and choice.
If you are interested in any of the above positions contact Nat or Guy at NNIC.
Sustainable Nimbin Community Plan 2016-2021 - NNIC is VERY pleased to announce that the new and revised SNCP, plus the Report on Achievements from 2009 to 2015 are NOW AVAILABLE here. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the revised SNCP and also to all of you who are out there working on the various strategies that have been identified to progress Nimbin's aims towards sustainability.
Nimbin CDAT Community Drug Survey Report - The full Report on the survey is now available here on this website. Check it out.
We are open to new CDAT members to help us progress the recommendations arising for the survey findings. Apply to Nat at NNIC.
Did you know that seniors are the fastest-growing age group in Australia (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-18/fastest-growing-age-group-is-65-and-over-abs-says/5164202)? Over 14 per cent of our population is aged 65 or older, and that rate is expected to continue to grow over the next several years. Here are some excellent health links for seniors and carers -
Healthy Eating Over 60
Be Active: A Physical Activity Guide for Older Australians
Ageing-in-Place Guide for Australian Baby Boomers
Activities for Seniors: 10 Best Hobby Websites
12 Tips to Prepare the Elderly for Disasters
Connections Matter: Helping Older People Stay Socially Active
Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors
Dementia and Driving
Tips for Avoiding Caregiver Burnout
Bioenergy Social License Report - The Report on the findings of the Social License surveys, workshops andconsultations is NOW AVAILABLE here. Thanks to everyone who participated in this research.
Help with electricity bills and other material aid NNIC now has electricity vouchers (NEW!! Yippee!) for people on benefits experiencing electricity bill stress. We can also assist folks on low incomes with Emergency Relief vouchers, food parcels, and right now we have a lot of donated baby gear including nappies and clothing. To find out if you are eligible for assistance, make an appointment with one of our Community Workers.
Struggling with unpaid fines? NNIC is a Work Development Sponsor which means that you may be able to work off your unpaid fines by volunteering for us. Make an appointment to find out if you are eligible.
TELSTRA Mobile Phone Tower: the proposed location has been announced - Lot 2, Falls Rd Nimbin -see pic below provided by Aurecon. Here is the link to the info.
Latest NBN Info: the NBN is now operatonal in Nimbin. click here to find out whether you will get coverage.
Click here to access pdf file: "Preparing for Fixed Wireless NBN".
For all the other info previously provided/gathered re the NBN in Nimbin go to our Jobs and Skills page.
For info on comps and other stuff for youth, go to our youth page. Latest info on youth activities in Nimbin.
Sibley Street – there’s stuff happening! Many thanks to Lismore City Council for granting us some funds towards enable the purchase a shipping container for the site to use for secure storage of tools and materials. Funds were also provided to enable us to consult with some local school kids about the project.
Thanks also to Bunnings Lismore for donating a $200 voucher and to Rob Fisher for donating some second hand guttering.
Council also recently did some renos on the old skate park and there has been lots of action on the new basketball hoop.
Fundraising update: the first major fundraising milestone has been achieved and the loan paid off. We are gearing up to start fundraising for Stage One of the project. Watch this space.
To see what we need for Stage One and what you can do to help or get involved see the website.
NEW Bank account for STAGE ONE of the Sibley St project: Stage One is to relocate and renovate/upcycle the old house on the site. The estimated cost and the fundraising target is $70,000. We already have about $1,000.00 These funds will be used specifically for Stage One and NOT for any site management overheads and usual outgoings such as the Council rates. To donate to Stage One you can make a direct deposit or else donate any branch of Summerland Credit Union to the following account details. remember to give yur name unless you want to be anonymous, so we can acknowledge your donation.
Bank: Summerland Credit Union
Account Name: NNIC – Sibley St Fundraising account
Account Number: 2230 4372
BSB : 728-728
Key three letters for the target account: NIM
Consultations: the full hisory of community consultations in relation to the project, inlcuding all the Outcomes Reports, are available on the project website.
The old house - Stage One of the project is to relocate and retrofit the old house currently standing on the site, with the following aims:
Fundraising - If there is something that you are willing to do or contribute to the fundraising mission. please contact us at NNIC. To donate go to our project website.
Rainbow Dreaming - Tales From the Age of Aquarius - buy this great book to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Aquarius festival - all profits go to 7 Sibley St. Click here to buy the book. If you pledged funds as part of the Rainbow Dreaming Pozible campaign, you can make your pledge good (ie cough up the cash!) by going to the link above.
For more info about the project including how to donate TO STAGE ONE see the project's website
Progress against the goals of the SNCP can be found via the Sustainability tab above under each key Focus Area's own page. Here is some of the very latest news:
Energy - the NSW North Coast Bio-Energy Scoping Study Report is NOW AVAILABLE here. The report was commissioned by Sustain Northern Rivers Energy Working Group.
Energy - Renewable energy supplied a record 13.14 per cent of Australia’s electricity in 2012, according to new figures released by the Clean Energy Council today. Clean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green said the 2012 Clean Energy Australia Report showed that energy efficiency and renewable energy such as wind, solar and bioenergy were starting to make a major difference to the way we produce and consume electricity.
“The clean energy industry contributed $4.2 billion in investment and approximately 24,300 jobs to the Australian economy in 2012,” Mr Green said. Click here to go to the full report.
Health and Wellbeing - We have set up an online list of all health and health-related services and practitioners in Nimbin as part of this website. (See the Health tab). To become listed, please download this form and either email it back to us or drop it back into NNIC. You can also get the form at NNIC.
Murals Restoration Project: click here for more info.