A visiting friend expressed a desire to see Nimbin so off we went. We had lunch, browsed the shops, bought some colourful clothing and laughed at the chickens.
My friend commented on the friendly atmosphere but just then I noticed a band of what appeared to be thugs approaching. As they drew near I realised that they were in fact members of the police, six of them all walking in that way they do with their arms held away from their sides and a swagger and a mean look to strike fear into the hearts of the tourists.
I thought we were short of police so I fail to see why six of the finest are deployed to harass tourists. I often read about alcohol-related violence but have yet to read about someone crazed on pot going off to injure persons or property. Surely there are more important things for the police to do?
I won’t be in a hurry to go back to Nimbin. I’ll bring my visitors to other parts of our beautiful northern rivers and let them spend their dollars there.
Maureen McDermott, Alstonville