Nimbin Neighbourhood &
Information Centre

"In the Heart of the Community"

 

   

 

Address: 71 Cullen Street Nimbin 2480 (PO Box 20168)

Phone :   02 6689 1692     Fax:   02 6689 1492

 

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Website: http://www.nnic.org.au/

 

Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre Incorporated (NNIC)

 

ABN18 607 837 325

 

Commenced 1978, incorporated in 1986

                                   

Management Skills/experience      

30 years of managing community projects, comprehensive OH&S; teaching and training qualifications and experience, client case management, networking, legal experience and qualifications, various degree qualifications including nursing and legal.

 

Target groups

The general community for general services including access to technologies, information assistance and support and in relation to community development initiatives and projects.

 

Welfare and support services target disadvantaged groups including Aboriginal people, unemployed, domestic violence, women, disability, mental health, drug and alcohol clients, the homeless and the children and families of all of the above.

 

Region

Nimbin and environs crosses three LGAs – Kyogle, Lismore and Tweed (to Barkers Vale/Byrill Creek in North and Kyogle in South west). It is formally part of the Lismore LGA. The catchment area is approx 25-30 kms with a catchment population of around 10,000.

 

Budget

$300,000.00

 

Government or externally sourced funding

NSW Family and Community Services, Cth Department of Social Services (DSS), Cth Department of Human Services– Centrelink, NSW Dept of Health (Northern Rivers Local District), Cth Department of Health, NSW Department of Education and Training (DET), NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), NSW Trade and Investment, Lismore City Council.

 

Diversity of service delivery

Technology centre, Emergency Relief, crisis counselling, accommodation brokerage, case management, mental health/drug and alcohol information and support, mental health/drug and alcohol support groups, anti-violence project, domestic violence committee, outlet agency for Brighter Futures Far North Coast, child protection site, accommodation of outreach services including Job Service Agencies, Financial Counseling, Probation and Parole, Legal Aid. Nimbin also runs a soup kitchen, drop- in services, community self-help reference library, access to newspapers.  Unemployed services; Centrelink agency, work for the dole/mutual obligations etc placements, community service order placements, Work Development Orders, Vacation Care program, support of local youth events, “Nearly Normal Parenting” publication for parents with young children, “Respect” publication for young people, community info website.

 

Community Development Projects:  NNIC has thestewardship role in relation to the Sustainable Nimbin Community Plan, which was first developed by the community in 2008, revised in 2011 and comprises 9 Key Areas of work, with the priorities being Transport, Energy, Housing and Food Security. Outcomes of the plan to date include the 45kW Nimbin Community Solar Farm (owned and operated by NNIC since 2011), a Community Grain Mill, a Community Post-Harvest Processing Food Equipment Library, two Farmers’ Markets, Sustainability Alley at the Nimbin Agricultural Show, the Nimbin Murals Sustainability project, the Nimbin Murals Sustainability project and many other local and community driven projects.

 

Progress against the aims of the Sustainable Nimbin Community Plan is periodically measured by NNIC via community surveys in particular.

 

NNIC is committed to working with the community to develop the capacity of the community to respond to the energy and peak oil crises, economic down turn and climate change, and to facilitate a sustainable community.

 

In 2013 NNIC won the Green Globe Award for Community Sustainability, and was the joint winner of the overall Premier’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

 

Volunteer pool

Each day at least 2 volunteers are required to manage the busy desk/reception area. In addition the voluntary Management Committee currently comprises of 7 members. There are a further 30 volunteers involved in our Sustainability projects. In total around 60 volunteers contribute to the effective operation of NNIC. This represents a base level input of around 1000 hrs per year.

 

Staff skills and expertise

Staff and volunteers have a range of qualifications ranging from tertiary degrees in Law, Education and Psychology, Certificate IV/Diploma level welfare and community development, Trainer and Assessor, food safety and preparation, permaculture, carbon farming, sports coaching, IT and education.

 

Skills include project development and management, policy development, mediation and conflict resolution, counselling, client and community engagement, working with diverse clients, graphics, media, website development and management and IT.

 

Izzi the NNIC cat is skilled in rat catching, staff and client relations/conflict resolution, and social networking.

 

 

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