Chamber Chats July
David Hyatt - President
Networking opportunities in the village of Nimbin are alive and well. During the past month many members of the Nimbin community have generously given their time and energy to participate in various meetings both in the arena of community services and business.
The focus of the meetings has been on generating beneficial outcomes for our community whilst maintaining values which we collectively hold close to our hearts. A good number of new participants in many of the organisations that exist in the village bring to the table new skills and a great level of enthusiasm. Thanks to you all.
For those new to Nimbin, once you’ve unpacked and settled into your new home, there is no better way than to participate in community to reward your spirit, and make new friends who can assist in supporting you in your journey.
Highlights of the Month
Nimbin Women in Business group, an initiative supported by the Chamber of Commerce met for the first time at the Nimbin Bush Theatre. 23 women gathered to share ideas, aspirations, and dreams in a safe and supportive environment. For those of you who were not able to attend and are interested in finding out about future activities, please check out their Women in Business Facebook page where you can apply to join.
The Tourism Strategy Meeting, a Lismore City Council initiative, was well attended by over 20 stakeholders from Nimbin business and community. Information was provided by all participants and recorded for future strategic planning. It was evident from suggestions made by stakeholders that the unique flavour of Nimbin is embraced by the community and should be fundamental to our marketing efforts going forward. Much work is to be done to recover the inflow of tourist dollars that help support our local economy. A comprehensive report will be provided to the Nimbin community after the content of the meeting is disseminated and packaged for our review.
Huge congratulations go out to Nick and Nicole Lindner, owners and creators of Contained in Nimbin, a new accommodation business which recently won 3 prestigious North Coast Tourism awards. The big one, “Business of the Year”, as well as two other categories, “Outstanding Tourism Start-up” and “Outstanding Accommodation Experience”. What an amazing effort and well deserved. Thank you both for doing yourselves and Nimbin proud.
Council have replaced the much used and worn-out barbeque in Allsopp Park with a brand new shiny one. Jungle Patrol will be making sure it is kept sparkling - please everyone, give it some love after using it.
Plans are also afoot to gurney the footpaths of Cullen Street in the business precinct on the first 3 Tuesdays of August - 1St, 8th, and 15th. Any action we can take to support Council and improve the cleanliness of the village during August would be beneficial to all.
Memberships of the Chamber have been growing steadily in the past months as business owners are acknowledging the results of work that the current committee members are doing to stimulate business in the area.
New applicants for memberships are.
Pooh Solutions - Waste water consultancy, compost toilet sales, installations and servicing.
Arcadia Nimbin- Agri-tourism off grid short-term accommodation and dining experiences.
Fashionating - Much loved gift store.
Design for Small Business - Cartoonist.
Nomadic Catering - Pop-up catering business.
My Home Services - Digital services, social media, management graphics and web design.
Black Dog Honey - Local honey producer, bees wax and bees wax products.
Pan’s Ancestral Craft - Handmade felt hats, vests, needle felting, sculpture & felting kits.
Bamboo Botanica – Boutique day spa & beauty treatments.
Your Business Web Design – Website creation and redesign, photographic and video.
Ecstatic Dance Nimbin – Rotating live DJs - alcohol, drug, mobile phone and word free.
A full list and further details of Chamber members’ businesses is available here: Chamber member's directory
Together we are stronger! If you own or run a business in the Nimbin area, please consider joining the Chamber and adding your voice to support outcomes that are good for the village we love.