1.        What is the 7 Sibley St Sustainable Living Hub Project?

This is a social enterprise project which will:

Promote Affordable and Sustainable Housing by:

  • Helping home builders to access every thing they need all in one place to build or modify a sustainable home
  • Demonstrating/proving sustainable building design and technologies
  • Proving opportunities to share and develop sustainable building and living skills
  • Provide access to tools and equipment

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Create Jobs by:

  • Providing activities and products for visitors to Nimbin
  • Providing a marketing platform and showroom for local sustainable enterprises
  • Providing opportunities to share and develop skills and industry
Promote Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by:
  • Demonstrating energy efficient building design and technologies and how to live without air conditioners
  • Influencing local building to become energy efficient and sustainable
  • Demonstrating renewable energy technologies and innovations

Enhance Local Food Security by:

  • Providing teaching and learning space and commercial kitchen capacity
  • Providing a Local Food Hub in the village
  • Expanding the Nimbin Food Equipment library

2.     Why the 7 Sibley St project?

Because There is No Planet B.

Current housing trends are not helping the planet OR people who need affordable places to live.

The idea for a Sustainability Hub emerged from the Sustainable Nimbin Community Planning (SNCP) process.

Sibley St will use a variety of sustainably sourced materials and good design to demonstrate how to make a zero-carbon building.

The old house will be relocated to the front of the site to add to Nimbin’s heritage street frontage, and a new building constructed behind it.

That buildings will showcase old and new technologies and ideas that can be harnessed by everyday people so they too can make their lives more sustainable.

3.      So once you have finished the building/s what will happen there?

The plan is for a double storey building.

What that building will be used for is the subject of ongoing community discussions and will be further refined as we go along, but IN A NUTSHELL:

Upstairs will be an affordable local housing resource hub.

Also upstairs will be a local business incubation centre and showroom space for the purpose of marketing local sustainable businesses and products including items produced in the work spaces downstairs.

Downstairs will be small scale production workspaces including the ‘people’s shed,’ and a community kitchen.

The people’s shed idea is a ‘mash-up’ of the Mens’ Shed, Maker Faire and hackerspace concepts and will include a tools library.

4.      And in the meantime?…

In the meantime we want to get the old house moved and renovated so we can set up the tools library straight away. We also want to move our Food Equipment Library from Blue Knob to Sibley St to make it accessible to more people.

5.       Why are you asking for donations and what will you do with my money?

We are currently raising funds for Stage One of the project – to relocate and restore the old house. We need about $70,000 for this.

Any funds raised beyond that will be used to buy tools for the new tools library.

And then any funds raised will go towards the costs of Stage Two of the project.

6.       Are my donations tax deductible?

No. Even though Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre is a tax deductible charity, building a sustainable living centre does not come under the Australian Tax Office’s definition of a charitable purpose. (Drats!)

7.      What have you done so far?

  • We bought the perfect site, with a fabulous Northerly aspect. Right next door to Nimbin Skate Park
  • We fundraised over $150,000 to pay off the loan


  • We’ve held community forums and a Design-In
  • We’ve launched a Master Concept Plan and held a workshop for the community response 
  • We held workshops with 68 local young people about the project
  • We’ve developed the logo and the branding (and we love it)
  • We’ve talked a lot with our local Council (and have their in principle support)
  • We’ve run building workshops on site
  • We’ve painted the house (using enviro paints) to protect the old timbers until we get the $$ to rescue it
  • We’ve installed shipping container on site so we can securely store salvaged and collected building materials.

8.       Who ARE you people anyway?

We are the Nimbin community and the two project partner organisations: Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre and Nimbin Community Centre. We both have long track records in community development and project management.

The two organisations jointly own the land and the Neighbourhood Centre is primarily responsible for fundraising, developing and implementing the project.

Working behind this project are the staff of these organisations and many, many volunteers who work tirelessly for the community. When we say ‘we’ we also mean all of these people. And the cat.

9.       How can I get involved?

You can join one of our working bees, help with promotions and fundraising, or just drop by for a bit of casual gardening.

Right now we have a big patch of cow cane which needs tackling.

To find out more or sign up to become involved, contact us at admin@nnic.org.au.