Nimbin is “alive and well” after fire and high-profile raid

THE Nimbin fire and police raid appear to have taken a toll on the number of tourists coming to town but local businesses are confident they'll bounce back.

Tribal Magic owner Peter Laurence, whose business was "wiped out completely" by the fire, said the number of tourists in town was noticeably less.

"We gauge by the amount of people on tourist buses and usually the tourist buses are at 70% capacity," he said. "At the moment they'd be running at 40% capacity so there's a definite drop.

"It's very hard to gauge here in Nimbin. But we're just coming into the verge of what we would regard as the tourist season."

Mr Laurence said he was "rebuilding" his business in another shop space further down the main street.

The new Tribal Magic would be a "hybrid" between a gallery and shop for graphic designs, clothing, jewellery and general Nimbin memorabilia.

"Nimbin is alive and well, we've just got a few bruises," he said.

"I think there's a lot of positive thought going around the place, some transition that's going to make Nimbin better."

Nimbin Backpackers owner Yvette Marincowits said there was a noticeable decline in all the businesses post-fire and the police raids also deterred a lot of tourists.

"I think it did decline a little bit and also it was the time of the year, but it does seem to be picking up a bit now," she said.

"Most businesses destroyed in the fire are making plans to reopen."

Clothing, music and smoking accessory store BringaBong, which was completely destroyed in the fire, is close to reopening at the new Bush Theatre site on Blue Knob Road.

The new business Phoenix Rising Cafe will be "bigger and better" than before with the inclusion of a café, outside area, car parking and the old Theatre for movies and gigs.

The official opening, with live music, acrobatics, hip hop dancers and more is Saturday, October 11.



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