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Chamber Chats April


David Hyett

April has been a busy and productive month for the Nimbin Chamber of Commerce. We have been working closely with Lismore Council, The Chamber is pleased to report that the Council has resumed responsibility for the "Visit Nimbin" website and the popular events calendar.

We believe this change will lead to a more effective promotion of our town's unique attractions and events. Anyone in the community staging events are encouraged to utilize the visit Nimbin events calendar to maximum exposure for their events.

We are pleased to report that the Council has been meeting with Chamber members in the following week after every Chamber meeting. This close collaboration between the Council and the Chamber is essential in building  a relationship that engenders the best possible outcomes for our community.

Chamber executives arranged a walk around the Nimbin Village with the new General Manager of the Lismore City Council, Jon Gibbons, to increase Jon's familiarity with Nimbin focusing on upgrading and providing maintenance of Nimbin's council amenities. We are confident that this and future engagements will lead to more effective communication and collaboration between the Council and the Nimbin community.

The hoop signs on each side of the village have been removed due to their poor condition and graffiti. These will be replaced with new "Welcome to Nimbin" signs over the coming weeks. These hoops may also be utilized for the Aquarius Festival prior to being replaced permanently with "Welcome to Nimbin" signs.

May is going to be a busy month for the village with two major events occurring, Mardi grass commencing on Friday May 5 to Sunday May 7 an annual  protest against prohibition of Marijuana and a celebration of  the advances made in the field of medical marijuana, Aquarius50 celebrations commence 12 may finishing 10 days later on Sunday 21 May.

An excellent program of events honouring the traditional custodians of the land, the original Aquarius festivals impact on society in the Northern Rivers whilst taking a look into future possibilities in keeping with festivals roots. Organised curated by a small band of energetic volunteers it will be a hot bed of ideas, forums, group discussions and entertainment. Nimbin will again take centre stage for all the right reasons much of the content will be beamed out to the world.   

The Chamber has secured funding from Lismore Council to repeat last year's huge success and well-supported Illuminate Nimbin event. More information about this exciting event will be provided in next month's Chamber Chat.

We are proud to announce that the Chamber's membership has increased by three during the month, taking us to seventy members, the highest in the history of the Nimbin Chamber of Commerce! We are grateful for the ongoing support of our members, and we encourage everyone to get involved in Chamber events and activities.

It has been an absolute pleasure working with the new executive committee who are a very diverse representation of Nimbin's businesses. Their innovation and new energy has revitalized the Chamber, and we are excited about the opportunities ahead.

As always, we encourage all members to participate in Chamber events and meetings, and to provide feedback and suggestions to help us better serve our community. Thank you for your continued support.

Nimbin Chamber of Commerce, with our member’s support, are working towards building a better, stronger and more vibrant future for our children and the community as a whole.

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