After a meeting with the Museum’s landlord in Sydney , curator Michael Balderstone is optimistic for the future of the unique tourist attraction. ”He’s a nice guy and he seems keen for the Museum to continue. He’s going to come to Nimbin for the first time, in the next couple of weeks during the school holidays, and he sounds prepared to spend the money on CCTV cameras, securing the building and a fence around the backyard etc, which is what the police are asking for.”

“He wants to keep the Museum going as a tourist attraction but bring us hippies into the ‘civilized new age’, my words, but you know what I mean, wipeable surfaces ‘n stuff like that!”

“He still hasn’t seen the place but reckons maybe we have only a front and back entrance open, both covered by cameras, and fire doors that only open out as emergency exits on the other doors. Cameras in the backyard as well…and a fence around the block. Charge a proper entry fee instead of hippie donations and get with it. He actually made a lot of sense as a business man, and it would be good for the displays in the Museum, but I can’t help feeling like we’re being sterilized. Homogenized and pasteurized as well probably!”
“One of the polices conditions is that I’m kicked out and just today young Grace found my ‘NOTICE TO QUIT’ letter, lost under the front Kombie in the Museum. So clearly some could say we need more order in the place, but actually I’m just trying to compensate for all the control freaks trying to kill the few little specks of free expression left in the village.”
“No doubt a lot of people will be happy to see the Museum tamed but they may not realize what they are losing until it’s gone. Already this week some shopkeepers are complaining that business is down and the streets are quiet due to the adverse police media about Nimbin. Many people think the Museum is already closed. Let’s hope they don’t throw all the babies out with the bathwater.”

“And no one is facing up to the reality of how to deal with the inevitability of ongoing cannabis supply in the village. It seems obvious that the police have targeted the two establishments lobbying for debate on this issue. Both the Museum and the Hemp Bar, and anyone volunteering in those places have been lined up by undercovers who must have walked past offers on the street in order to try and buy deals on premises they wish to close down. It’s a clumsy and expensive way to operate I reckon, not to mention the zero ‘community consultation’. And will it make any difference to the amount of dealing in the village? It may well push it back onto the street more, the very opposite of what the police say they want.”

Almost artist in residence Elspeth Jones is prepared to sign a new lease to ensure continuity of the Museum, but clearly we are in for big changes.
Elspeth has been the most consistent artist in the Museum since it opened and in many ways it’s her magic paintbrush that has made the place so special. She’s put her heart and soul into it more than anyone.

There is a Comment Book in the café at the Museum for anyone to write their thoughts on the matter, and everyone is encouraged to walk the Rainbow Serpents path thru Nimbins history, while they still can.

Performers and storytellers interested in contributing to a daily show in the Museums Mingle Park should get in touch with Elspeth.

Proposals for the reopening of the HEMP Bar kiosk are welcome, call the Embassy or drop in.

Museum 0266891123…HEMP Embassy 0266891842….afterhours 0266897525

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