AT A LOSS: Despite being next door to the police station, Nimbin’s St Vincent De Paul store is suffering due to graffiti attacks and illegal dumping.
AT A LOSS: Despite being next door to the police station, Nimbin’s St Vincent De Paul store is suffering due to graffiti attacks and illegal dumping. Rodney Stevens

Low act: Vandals' repeated attacks on Nimbin Vinnies

NIMBIN'S only op-shop, Vinnies, is struggling following a spate of vandalism and rubbish dumping that is part of a current police investigation.

This is despite the organisation being located next door to the Nimbin Police Station.

St Vincent De-Paul Society Lismore retail operations manager Kim Boyd said volunteers had been upset by the recent graffiti attacks.

"While support from the majority of the local Nimbin community is strong, unfortunately there is a small minority who is making things quite difficult for us at the moment," she said.

"On many occasions, after spending the whole day sorting through a large bin full of donations, our volunteers will find that they are unable to salvage even just one item that is re-saleable.

"Vinnies would like to continue to provide services and support to the Nimbin community however it becomes increasingly difficult for our volunteers to continue their great work when they have to face offensive graffiti, destruction of property and the dumping of rubbish."

If the attacks and dumping continue, Ms Boyd said she was worried essential volunteers would quit.

"We are extremely lucky to have such a dedicated and hard-working team who runs our Vinnies shop in Nimbin but we are at risk of losing them if the damage and disrespect continues," she said.

The costs of the repeated vandalism and dumping continue to mount.

"Taking rubbish to the tip, removing graffiti and fixing damaged property can cost Vinnies thousands of dollars each month - money that could instead be spent on helping people in the local community who are experiencing severe disadvantage," Ms Boyd said.

"We are reaching out to the Nimbin community with this message: please be considerate and donate quality items to our shop - this will in turn help us to assist people in need."

Anyone with information about the graffiti attacks or dumping should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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