Disasters

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.

To find out how you can help with the implementation of the actions in the Disaster Plan, or to join or contact the Nimbin Disaster Resilience Group, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Emergency Numbers

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

Useful Links

For up to date information about disasters in the Lismore Local Government Area visit the Disaster Dashboard

Fires Near Me NSW

Satellite Hot Spots  (Note: NOT to be relied upon in life threatening situations)

Floods Near Me NSW

Local Road Closures

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)

Food Relief, Material aid, volunteering - NNIC - THIS WEBSITE

For More Local Info

ABC Radio North Coast  94.5 FM

NimFM Radio  102.3 FM

Facebook Groups:

Nimbin Hook Ups

Nimbin Rural Fire Brigade

Northern Rivers NSW SES

Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre

Nimbin CSI

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

Get Ready Survival Kit Items

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.

Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) - connects rural people to mental health supports. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Welcome to Nimbin Kit

The Welcome to Nimbin was developed for people moving into Nimbin as new residents and aims to link them into Nimbin's activities and culture. A new page has been added to the Kit with general info about disasters. A copy of that new page can be viewed or downloaded here. For more info about, or for hard copies of the Welcome to Nimbin Kit, contact NNIC on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.