Rainbow Road is a dream long in the making. A partnership between the Nimbin Chamber of Commerce, Nimbin Community Centre Inc., Lismore City Council and various government agencies, the vision is for construction of a high standard and regionally significant walking track. Stage 1 of Rainbow Road is a 1.1 km walking track to be built to Australian Walking Track Standards. Its outcomes aim to bolster community resilience in the wake of future disasters by facilitating increased tourism, longer stays and higher revenue opportunities for local businesses. It will provide recreational facilities for local residents while simultaneously delivering a high-quality, nature-based tourism product for the tens-of-thousands of tourists who visit Nimbin each year.
For the past 13 years, Rainbow Road has enjoyed the full support of the community. In February 2021 11a Alternative Way, which surrounds a section of Rainbow Road, was purchased by a consortium of Nimbin community organisations, in partnership with Rainbow Power Company. The community’s vision to create a community park (Aquarius Park) at 11a Alternative Way, a park that will surround part of the Rainbow Road, is set to become a reality. The park will serve as a retreat and experience for visitors and locals alike, adding depth to the walking track experience.
The aftermath of the Black Summer fires (November 2019) has presented grant opportunities that may contribute to the realisation of Rainbow Road. The Chamber is eagerly awaiting the outcome of a grant submitted to the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund in January 2021.