Nimbin's sign of the times

“Somebody’s got to wear the resident red-neck’s tag tonight don’t they?” Cr Neil Marks said, speaking to his motion for Council to put signs advocating a drug-free Nimbin at the entrance to the historic village.

“Nimbin’s a wonderful place, no-one’s going to argue about that...They work really well as a community, we’ve seen that in recent times, with the skate park. There’s the alternative lifestyle, permaculture, music, art, alternate energy, the food is fantastic, but that alternate lifestyle for some wants to include drugs.

“How many times do you get out of the car in Nimbin and you’re asked if you want to buy some drugs? We need to show support that the community of Lismore supports the drug-free tourists who go there, and we want a drug-free community.”

Cr Ray Houston said he thought it was one of the most ill-directed motions he’d ever heard.

“Why stop in Nimbin? Why not any street? In any street in any community somebody is using drugs,” Cr Houston said. “Why not ask people to take those messy dreadlocks out of their hair? This is targeting people. What an insult to a community, to put signage up that targets them out as a drug capital. We don’t need to put signs up, I just think this is a ludicrous suggestion and entirely insulting to the community.”

Cr Simon Clough said if signs stopped people from using drugs, we’d all be drug free.

“Apart from the humour of the competition to see who could graffiti them the quickest, it wouldn’t last overnight, and certain councillors would be mentioned with honour on the signs.”

Council agreed and voted 6-4 (Crs Marks, Peter Graham, John Chant, Graham Meineke for) not to put up the signs.


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