Sustainability in Nimbin

Many projects start with a champion: someone who believes enough in an idea to take those perilous early risks. In our community that was Natalie Meyer. She was the team leader and able to draw on the resources of the Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre (NNIC), a membership-based not-for-profit organisation that does a lot of community work at all levels.

Community services typically focus on crisis relief, counselling, referrals and other support. The NNIC wanted to expand the scope of that work to include capacity building.

The idea is that if we have a resilient community that is self‑determined, self‑supporting and highly connected we are all going to have a better life now, and be less likely to need those emergency social services when things get tough; we will be supported more organically through our strong community networks. Refocusing