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Temporary Changes to NNIC's operating hours - effective as of Monday 6th April: NNIC will be open as follows:
Monday 6.4.20 to Thursday 9.4.20: NNIC OPEN from 10am - 3pm, Services Australia/Centrelink Agency open 10am - 2.30pm.
Friday 10th April: NNIC and Centrelink CLOSED for Easter break
Monday 13th April:NNIC and Centrelink CLOSED for Easter break
Tuesday 14th April - Thursday 16th April: NNIC OPEN from 10am - 3pm, Services Australia/Centrelink Agency open 10am - 2.30pm.
Week commencing 20th April: NNIC OPEN from 10am - 3pm, Services Australia/Centrelink Agency open 10am - 2.30pm.
NOTE: we are closed for face to face appointments and drop-ins on FRIDAYS until further notice. Please also note that Vacation Care/Holiday Club Autumn program has been suspended and hopefully we will be back in July for the winter round.
To make a telephone appointment with a Community Worker, call 66891692.
To make an appointment with Genevieve (NIS - AOD/Mental Health), call 6689 1497.
Important Announcement - Covid 19 - Nimbin Community Responses and Info HERE is the 2nd Community Info Update. This will be updated as things change. Sorry for length but a lot of info to pack in.The idea of doing these updates is so all the key info is all in one place and easy to locate.
Nimbin Covid 19 Community Information - Update #2: 30.3.20
Self-isolation - you MUST self-isolate at home for 14 days if
· You have cold or flu symptoms; or
· You have returned from overseas in the last 14 days; or
· You have been in contact with someone who has the virus; or
· You are otherwise instructed or recommended to by Health personnel.
It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you self-isolate if you are aged 70 years or over – for your own protection.
Call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 with questions regarding prevention and the spread of Covid 19.
Testing At the present time testing for the virus is only available to people who have been in contact with someone who is known to be infected.
Healthdirect Help If you think you may require testing, or to speak to a registered nurse who can provide advice when you’re not sure what to do — whether you should see a local GP, manage the condition at home, go to an emergency department, or call an ambulance, call healthdirect helpline on 1800 022 222 available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Social Distancing and hygiene it is essential that everyone cooperates and maintains a distance of at least 1.5metres from each other and washes hands frequently and properly, sneeze and cough into your elbow and generally avoid close contact with people other than immediate household members as much as possible. Shopping for necessities and carrying out other necessary activities can be maintained as long as safe social distancing is respected at all times. You should avoid non-essential activities which involve being out and about in the community as much as you can.
If you need assistance navigating the process, come into the Services Australia/Centrelink Agency at Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre at 71 Cullen St 10am -2.30pm weekdays. As we all know the MyGov system and also the helplines are overloaded and we anticipate delays and issues may continue but we will do what we can to help.
Local Services and Support Available in Nimbin
Nimbin Medical Centre (GP Clinic) is operating Mon-Friday 9am-5pm with strict hygiene and social distancing measures in place.
Telephone consultations are available to high risk patients (children aged under 1 year and people aged over 70 years) Call 6689 1410 for an appointment. Please call ahead if you need to see a Doctor, rather than just dropping in.
Nimbin Hospital is also operating as usual however if you have cold or flu symptoms or are concerned you may have Covid 19 please call the National helpline on 1800 022 222 for advice.
For all other patients seeking assistance with general health issues, please call the hospital on 6689 1400 before presenting, if possible.
Please also call before planning a visit to the aged care residents.
Nimbin Optical is OPEN Monday and Thursday 10am - 4pm with after hours appointments available by request. Call 66890081 or 0403263692.
Nimbin Aged Care and Respite Service (NACRS) provides weekly home support for eligible people 65+ (50+ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders) and is undertaking regular telephone welfare checks of all clients. NACRS is liaising with the Emporium to arrange grocery shopping and deliveries to isolated older people.
NACRS can do telephone assessments and intake for those older community members who are not already on the existing client list. Capacity is limited but they will do what they can to help. Phone 6689 1709
Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre is continuing to operate.
New operating hours: 10am to 3pm Monday- Thursdays.
Due to social distancing protocols the number of people inside the building at any one time is limited, and some services and activities e.g. Weekly Soup Kitchen and food parcels and Vacation Care, have been temporarily suspended. NNIC is working to protect the health and safety of staff, volunteers and clients and customers, so your patience appreciated.
Telephone appointments are preferred to face to face where possible. To make an appointment or for general inquiries, help, support with anything at all call 6689 1692.
· Mental Health/AOD clinical support and counselling (Genevieve) – Monday-Wednesdays. Phone 6689 1497 for appointments.
· Community worker (Peter) – general support, information and referrals, material aid, electricity and telephone vouchers for eligible clients, advocacy and liaison with e.g. external service providers Wednesday-Fridays. Phone 6689 1692 for appointments.
· Information and referrals and material aid ph 6689 1692.
· Time-limited PC and copier access (max 15 minutes).
· Food relief – some food and meals available for people in high need (see below re Food Bank).
· Services Australia (Centrelink) Agency weekdays 10am-2.30pm – info and assistance, access to telephones and MyGov and supporting technologies – demand is high so plan for a short waiting time.
Domestic and family violence and child safety risks Please keep your eyes and ears alert everyone around you. Now is the time to make sure everyone is safe, including women and children from abuse and violence. Never have the risks been higher to victims of abuse and violence trapped behind closed doors. If you have any concerns or worries for yourself or anyone else, call us on 66891692 for support and guidance.
7 Sibley Street Steph is working hard to develop some on line resources and workshops she can deliver via ZOOM. Keep watch on our 7 Sibley St facebook page for updates. Unfortunately the Sibley St website is down at the moment and we are working to restore it.
Deliveries of Groceries and other essential items for Self-Isolated Community members
As the virus continues to spread it is possible that increasing numbers of community members will be forced to self-isolate for 14 days. The following measures are in place to support those people:
On line orders and home deliveries are currently available from: The Emporium, Pharmacy, Apothecary, Happy Highs Herb Shop, Nimbin Building Materials and Rainbow Power Company.
Emporium: Deliveries are happening Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. groceries can be ordered and paid for on line and Duuvy Jester is doing home deliveries to residents living within 15 kms of Nimbin. Delivery charge is $11 inc GST.
or call 6689 1448, and Apothecary www.nimbinapothecary.com.au
6689 1529 by calling/emailing them and paying for your goods over the phone or on line. Those goods can be included in Emporium deliveries so you should place all your orders on the same day and at least 3 business days prior to delivery date.
You can also order from Rainbow Power Co on line www.rpc.com.au/
to be included in the delivery services.
Note that additional delivery costs may be negotiated for large, heavy or bulky items from e.g. Rainbow Power Co or the Nimbin Building Materials
Deliveries of essential items to a distance greater than 15kms away, email Duuvy with your request to see if he can accommodate you.
You will need your debit/credit card and telephone contact details when you place your orders. You will also need to provide phone numbers, your address and any specifics about where to find you, or mud maps.
When your goods are delivered Duuvy will call out to check you are okay and will be required to wait until he sees you collecting your goods for safety and security reasons. For this reason when you place your order please also include the following info:
· Phone number/s for your next of kin or person to contact if you do not respond when Duuvy calls out – if you do not respond and he has no number to call and check on you he will call 000
The capacity of this service will be limited so please use it wisely and reserve it for those who really need it most. The community home delivery service is a moving feast as the logistics are ironed out along the way. For the latest updates see Duuvys facebook page: www.facebook.com/drtraytrucking
Nimbin Aged Care and Respite Service is managing groceries and deliveries to vulnerable older people who are their clients.
Other vulnerable people in need
Donations: Nimbin Food Bank NNIC is restocking the Food Bank in anticipation of growing numbers of people in need.
Donations of non-perishable food items which are NOT PAST their due date gratefully accepted at NNIC.
Donations of cash can be made into the NNIC Gift Fund account, Summerland Credit Union BSB 728728, account name Nimbin Neighbourhood and Info Centre - Gift Fund, A/C no 22205341: Please cite your last name (unless you prefer anonymity) plus use the letters ‘COV’ in any references so donations made for this purpose can easily be identified.
Donations will be used to support Covid 19 community responses including purchasing food and other essential items for people in need, covering volunteer fuel costs, volunteer screening checks and other related costs.
Local cafes and take-aways:
Most cafes are now closed but some are still doing phone orders and take aways.
Waste and Garbage
The Nimbin Waste Transfer station is closed. The Lismore WTS is also closed but keep an eye on the Council website for updates.
This community information sheet will be regularly updated as things change and will be circulated via:
Nimbin Hook Ups face book page
Nimbin CSI face book page
NNIC face book page
It will also be posted around the village.
Tune into NIM FM on 102.3 FM for more regular local info.
Make sure you keep an eye for updates and keep people you know who may not be on line or have access to regular info, informed as much as possible.
We all need to work together and support one another as much as possible. Please keep an eye on people you know who may be especially vulnerable and call NNIC on 6689 1692 10am-4pm weekdays with any concerns.
For emergencies requiring ambulance, police or fire response Call 000
Newstart 132 850
DSP 132 717
Aged pension 132 300
Families 136 150
Youth Allowance 132 490
17th Annual Nimbin Women's Dinner and Comedy Gala Thursday 5th March 2020 Many thanks to all the volunteers who made the 2020 Nimbin Womens' Dinner happen...another great night of hilarity and delicious food.
Kath, Heidi, Gail, Margi, Mandi, Doug, Ron and Ryder, Lynda and Helga for helping with all the organising and set up, tix sales, the door, the bar, the floor, the coffee and cakes and the raffle
Karen Youl for all the dishwashing..what a mammoth effort by Karen!
Pauline for the banners and Jane for the table decorations
Head chef Betty plus Ron, Kath and Al for the food
Kath and Al for the organic salad greens
Cake makers Bev, Judy, Heidi, Chris, Ashoka and Yolande.
Town Hall crew for general help with stuff plus the loan of the Blue Moon Cabaret tablecloths
Disco Sista for the sound and lights
All the great performers who entertained us: Triny Roe, Odette Nettleton, Lisa Sharpe, Ting Lim and Ellen Briggs.
Sorry about there being too much Nat, who had to do a fair amount of time filling to allow for a no-show by the SuperHero and one act getting stuck in traffic.
And lastly but not leastly thanks to all of you for coming! xxx
Wants Wants and More Wants...
Bushfires and Birds - How You Can Help
See the info sheet in the Natural Environment section under the Sustainability tab here.