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Nimbin Mardigrass

Nimbin Mardigrass

Mission
End Cannabis Prohibition. Annual Australian Cannabis law reform rally and gathering on the first weekend of May.

General Information
For those who came in late…
“In March 1993, after a decade of raids and arrests, and a particularly intensive recent period of random street searches, arrests and rough treatment, a spontaneous demonstration erupted, and marched to the police station, pelting it with eggs and toilet paper. Negative newspaper reports followed.

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Nimbin Hemp Embassy (formerly “Nimbin Hemp”) members decided to hold a peaceful protest in a non-confrontational atmosphere, that ordinary people could comfortably attend, on May 1, 1993.
That was the first MardiGrass. (The spelling is that officially used by the MardiGrass Organising Body) The MOB was formed to manage the event and consists entirely of volunteers. The intention is to hold a MardiGrass every year until prohibition ends.” www.nimbinmardigrass.com

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Nimbin Goodtimes

Nimbin Goodtimes Newspaper

Nimbin Good Times is a free monthly newspaper for the vibrant Nimbin community and the Northern Rivers of NSW, Australia. With over 100 contributors, the content highlights the issues and interests of a creative, alternative culture.

THE NIMBIN GOODTIMES STORY
The founding editor was Bob Hopkins, a prolific writer with a belief that an informed community meant a stronger community, that an open public discussion of issues meant a more thinking and considered group of people that will inevitably cause the community to get beyond the cliches and slogans that permeate and dominate the ‘alternative’ way.

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Bob Hopkins was succeeded in 1999 by Peter Atkinson, and in 2004 by Bob Dooley, assisted by Sue Stock, drawing together a collection of regular contributors and layout, proofing, support and distribution people. Under this team, the paper has grown from 8 pages with 1400 copies, to a 36-page, 16,000 copy full-colour monster, with distribution throughout the Rainbow Region, from Tweed to Woodenbong, including Lismore, Byron, Kyogle, Casino and Murwillumbah.

The paper grows and evolves. The involvement of new people brings fresh approaches, interesting ideas and new ways of doing things, and the topic of future directions is always open for discussion. As long as we keep the Good Times rolling…

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SacredGroup

The Mullum ‘Standing Stones’

Hi – My name is Narada. www.Sacred.Group is directed to this page I have set up on my site ByronNow.com. Its purpose is to to provide an easy to remember domain name for a central hub of information about the Mullumbimby Standing Stones site.

We would like to acknowledge that there are some Elders who believe that the site, and even information about it, should remain secret. It is widely believed to have been a gathering place visited by representatives from tribes all around the continent.

There has been a lot of community interest in the ‘Standing Stones’ site in early 2018, partly because of an article in the Echo newspaper saying that the whole area was included in a rezoning proposal that would make it ‘residential’ and open to development. This information now seems to have been inaccurate, and we are hoping that the rezoning will not conflict with protecting the site.

A community meeting was advertised in the Mullum Civic Hall on the 12th Dec 2017 to discuss the matter, but had to be cancelled due to a rude statement against the gathering being published on the Byron Council website. The councillor and the mayor who were responsible for this notice did not bother to contact the organisers (Steven Strong, friends, and Original Elders) to tell them that they were about to do this. The follow on was that a few weeks later another gathering was organised, this time by a local First Nation Elder Lois Cook, at Durrumbul Hall. This was attended by about 80 people. There was a great atmosphere and every person who spoke was applauded for the information they shared and their commitment to protecting this significant sacred site.

 

A Little Bit of History
In 1939 there were articles in papers around Australia about the bulldozing of a sacred Original People’s site in Mullumbimby, by the farmer who ‘owned the land’. The site was widely described as ‘Australia’s Stonehenge’. However, the site was all but forgotten about after its stones were bulldozed and world war 2 started.

The recent rediscovery of the site is due to the work of many people. In the 1930s local school teacher Fred Fordham recorded a lot of information about it and made maps and diagrams of the site. He corresponded with the head of the Australian Archaeological Society Fredric Slater who translated many of the inscriptions on the stones using a dictionary that was shared with him by a woman who had been taught by a local elder. He believed these inscriptions were written in the oldest language on Earth!

More Recently

These papers were lost until a few years ago, when they were rediscovered by Richard Patterson in an unmarked folder in the local historical society. The cause was then taken up by Steven Strong and his son Evan, who have done tremendous work educating the public about the ancient origins of the Original Australians.
Both Richard Patterson’s and the Strong’s websites contain a huge amount of information about the site, and I invite you to check them out using these links.

Richard Patterson’s
www.AustraliaStonehenge.weebly.com 

Steven Strong’s
 www.ForgottenOrigin.com

 


This is an artists impression of the original stone arrangement, based on Fordham’s 1930s diagrams.

The information below is being pulled in from the Australia’s Stonehenge Facebook Group.  If you are interested to keep up with developments please join the group.

The Forgotten Origin FB Group is also worth joining, and you can see the Forgotten Origin  ByronNow page here

The videos below are from various Youtube channels.

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Divine Nature Sanctuary

Divine Nature Sanctuary ~

Divine Nature Sanctuary is a sacred retreat centre in Byron hinterland, where devotion meets the forest. With rainforest, a stream with three swimming holes, sweet gardens, a yurt temple space and healing room. Divine Nature is naturally nourished by the land and all that is on offer.

The centre provides a nourishing environment for the journey towards profound physical and spiritual wellbeing. Its mission is to serve the community and mother earths ascension by offering a range of programs to aid in the exploration of each individual’s full potential.

 

From ancient times the cultures of the world have turned to the transformational and healing effects of sacred music and dance, spiritual practices and natural medicines, in the search for health, happiness, and fulfillment. Upholding that tradition, Divine Nature is pleased to offer the community around us the opportunity to make that contact with Divine through our various programs:

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Northern Rivers Lets

Northern Rivers Lets

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Byron Shire Community Exchange (BSCE) is a community based ‘energy trading’ group who use an online alternative money system. We are a growing network of individuals and businesses who exchange or trade products and skills using a LETS unit (Local Energy Trading System) that we call the ‘Eco’ (E).

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Echo Newspaper

Echo Newspaper

Echonetdaily is your independent source of local news on the NSW north coast. Echonetdaily covers the northern rivers including the Tweed Shire, Byron Shire, Lismore City and Ballina Shire.

With over 27 years experience producing the iconic Byron Shire Echo and other publications, The Echo is the best place to get your local news, national news, world news, informative articles, thought-provoking columns, entertainment news, the most comprehensive gig guide on the north coast, and entertaining and compelling local videos.

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Drawing from the Byron Echo we also have restaurant reviews in The Good Life, service directory, classified ads and real estate advertising.

From Byron Bay to Murwillumbah, Nimbin to Lennox Head, Kingscliff to Mullumbimby, Tweed Heads to Bangalow, Ballina to Coolangatta, Lismore and beyond, Echonetdaily has you covered!

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Ngara Institute

Ngara Institute – the Activists Think Tank

The Ngara Institute is a not-for- profit activist think tank which puts people, communities and the planet before increasingly predatory capitalism. We offer an intellectual and engaging space to critically reflect on how we can achieve a more just, peaceful and sustainable world based on the common good rather than private interest.

Politics in the Pub

Ngara Institute organised in 2016 a monthly ‘Politics in the Pub’ gathering in the Courthouse Pub Mullumbimby.  Each month a new guest speaker is invited. Around 180 people attend and it has become one of the Byron Shires most active regular political events. Visit the Ngara website for the upcoming program.

The Purpose of the institute is to:

  • provide a counter narrative to the views and opinions of Australian neoliberal think tanks;
  • foster critical thinking about local, national, and international issues such as peace, globalisation, diminishing democracy, climate change, financial greed and growing inequality;
  • work alongside other peace and justice organisations for a more equitable, non-violent and compassionate future based on social justice and human rights and pursuit of the common good;
  • assert and support values and practices that enhance the life of all species and ecosystems;
  • learn and apply indigenous world views to all areas of life;
  • articulate and encourage post-carbon- growth scenarios;
  • revitalise local-democratic civic cultures, neighbourliness and cooperative systems of production;
  • inspire and promote viable and workable solutions to the complex challenges we all face.



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Starseed Gardens

Starseed Gardens

Company Overview: Starseed Garden is the home of plant-human culture and relationships. StarSeeds’ EarthSchool is a dynamic residential eco-social cultural program. Food, shelter, fibre, fuel, medicine, wisdom and beauty are some of the gifts and qualities that nurtures our deep relationship with the living realm. We gather wisdom, friends, seeds and tools, we seek objects of beauty and endless collaborative design opportunities, we relish foods that are super, and teas sublime for all to share.


Mission: The Starseed Mission is to create abundant systems of perpetual renewal, build community, teach and model productive living systems and share knowledge with the world.Starseed Lotus and Bamboo Nursery and other edible landscapes plants (permaculture).Appointment Only – Please Call Dan on 0403390448

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