Welcome to our new Committee ...
The Aboriginal Cultural Centre: Last year Mahlie Bayles took over coordinating the Aboriginal Cultural Centre. He, Leroy Vaz (Old School Concreting) and Francis O'Brien have been working hard, since the beginning of the year, to landscape and improve access to the front of the cultural centre, as part of the Creative Koori, Waibal Art Grant. On the 15th of March they made a major milestone in the project with a cement pour. They had a wonderful volunteer turnout. Many thanks to all those who turned up on the morning. The Nimbin Community Centre are proud to auspice the grant for the cultural centre and support its re-opening as an Indigenous Cultural Hub in the village.
Bark Hut Garage and Aquarius 50th Organisers: Last month we lost our lovely new tenant Sally Flannery and her slow fashion shop 'Worn Better' due to a family emergency. Thanks to Sally for the interior makeover of the space - it is really warm, colourful and fresh. We wish her the best of luck and hope she will be able to return to the village in the future.
We are excited to announce that the space will now be occupied by the Aquarius 50th anniversary organisers until the end of May. Aquarius veteran Graham Dunstan, one of the directors of the original 1973 festival funded by the Australian Union of Students, will be managing the space. It will be an organising hub and workshop space in the lead up to the event and a contact hub during the celebrations.
Since joining the antiwar movement in the 60's, Graham has become a lifelong political activist. He is creating flags and lanterns for the 50th Anniversary celebrations and would love to attract some craft minded individuals who can help in the lead up to the May event. You can contact him on 0407 951 688 if you are interested in getting involved.
Our Volunteers: At the heart of the Nimbin Community Centre, our volunteers are a vital part of managing and maintaining the Centre and its grounds. Volunteers are involved at many different levels of the organisation, headed up by the management committee. This committee is made up people who are passionate about contributing to their community and caretaking precious community assets for the present and into the future. While dedicated to this role most members either work fulltime or are committed to other community organisations that also benefit the Nimbin community.
Heading up the current committee as president is Dr. Wil Polson, our youngest and newest committee member. Wil was born and raised in Nimbin where he developed close connections and learned the value of contributing to community.
After completing his PhD in media and communications at RMIT he returned to Nimbin with his partner Baden in 2020 and joined the NCCI committee in 2021. In Wil's words "joining the committee has been a great way to find out what's going on and how to best contribute to the community I know and love. It provides an opportunity to help shape this wonderful community asset for future generations to enjoy". Wil is actively seeking other young people to join the committee so, if you're interested, please contact him.
Occasionally we get an office volunteer who supports the coordinator in the office, but usually our volunteers want to work outside. We currently have a wonderful crew who work closely with our maintenance and grounds staff to ensure the centre is kept clean, tidy, and cared for. They are a dedicated team that bring a passion for gardens and community spaces into the Community Centre and their input is highly valued.