Nimbin Community Disaster Plan
The Nimbin Disaster Plan was officially launched at the Nimbin Town Hall at 10am on Saturday 24th April 2021.
The launch included a sobering but very useful overview from Robert Kooyman, well-known botanist and ecologist, of the values of the World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and an update on the forests and rainforests of the Nightcap and Border Ranges region. He also updated us on the continuing post-fire research and discussed the implications of those findings for the future of the local forests, local landholders and residents.You can view or download the slides here.
Irene Dawson from the Red Cross talked about the CRT model, showed us an example Survival Kit and some pillow cases made by children on which they had listed or drawn the items they should put into their pillow case suvival kits, as an example child- focused educational activity. To see what was in the Survival Kit she showed us, click here.
The Nimbin Community Disaster Plan was developed in 2021 by the Nimbin Disaster Resilience Group, in partnership with Lismore City Council and with assistance from Locale Consulting. The project was made possible with funding provided through the joint Commonewealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements and specifically the Bushfire Community Reslience and Economic Recovery Fund Phase 1.
The Plan is a practical and community-driven approach to mitigate our risks to natural disasters in the future and to guide our community in becoming more resilient.The Plan aims to understand the needs of our community and sets out an action plan to build our resilience.
This Plan acknowledges the extensive impact of the 2019/2020 bushfire season and that our community needs continued support to navigate the long, personal journey of recovery. Before the bushfires, the Sustainable Nimbin Community Plan 2016-2021 identified the need to prepare this Plan.
To view or download a PDF version of the Nimbin Disaster Plan click here.
On 9 February 2021, an education event was held at the Nimbin Town Hall on the role of emergency management agencies and the community during natural disasters. The event was funded by the Bushfire Community Resilience & Economic Recovery Fund – Phase 1 which was made available to Lismore City Council after the 2019 bushfires. Presentations from speakers representing the SES, RFS, Resilience NSW and Red Cross were recorded and are now available for the community to view. The links to each presentation video are available on the Lismore City Council website here.
IN THE EVENT of a DISASTER
Ambulance 000 Fire 000 Police 000
If you have a speech or hearing impaiment call 106
SES 132 500
Fire permits/report fires - Northern Rivers Fire Control Centre 6663 0000
Nimbin Police 6689 1244 (NOTE: in an emergency ALWAYS call 000)
Nimbin Hospital 6689 1400
Nimbin GP Clinic 6689 1410
Health Direct 1800 022 222 (24 hours help line for general health advice)
Nimbin Village Pharmacy 6689 1448
Essential Energy - power outages 13 20 80
For up to date information about disasters in the Lismore Local Government Area visit the Disaster Dashboard
Satellite Hot Spots (Note: NOT to be relied upon in life threatening situations)
Food Relief, Material aid, volunteering - NNIC - THIS WEBSITE
For More Local Info
ABC Radio North Coast 94.5 FM
NimFM Radio 102.3 FM
Nimbin Hook Ups
Nimbin Rural Fire Brigade
Northern Rivers NSW SES
Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre
Not on Social Media?
In the event of a severe emergency event NNIC will publish regular updates including local info taken from social media on this website.
In ongoing emergency situations, such as the 2019 bushfire event, posters containing up-to-date information will be posted around the village including outside of the Neighbourhood Centre, the Community Centre and the Nimbin Town Hall.
Planning for Disasters
To check if your property is in a bushfire prone area go to the RFS website here.
To check if your property is on flood prone land got to SES here.
For information and tips on how to make a Bushfire Survival Plan
For information and tips from the SES on making a Floods/Storms Emergency Plan
For information and tips from Resilience NSW on preparing emergecy surival and emergency evacuation kits click here
For more information and tips from the Red Cross on preparing an Emergency Survival kit
Preparing for Heatwaves: Beat the Heat
Important Message from SES to Northern Rivers Residents: Be prepared for a predicted season of heavy weather. More info and helpful tips here.
Mental Health and Other Support
For generalist information and referrals call Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre (NNIC), weekdays 10am to 4pm 6689 1692, or drop in at 71 Cullen Street, Nimbin.
For crisis support, material aid and support with financial distress book an appointment with our NNIC Community Worker (Wed-Fridays 10am-4pm) 6689 1692.
For appointments with our NIS Nurse Practitioner who specialises in mental health and/or drug and alcohol issues, call 6689 1497.
For a list of local health practitioners, HELPLINE services and phone numbers, see the Health section of this website.
Nmbin Centrelink/Services Australia Agency: Located at NNIC. open 10am-2.30pm Mon-Thursday, 10am-2pm Fridays. Some of the key Centrelink numbers are:
Newstart 132 850
DSP 132 717
Aged pension 132 300
Families 136 150
Youth Allowance 132 490
Wildlife Information, Advice and rescues
WIRES 1300 094 737
NRWC 6628 1866
Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers 6672 4789
Friends of the Koala 6622 1233
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