17.6 C
Byron Shire
June 4, 2023

Local radio station lauded for exposing the war on drugs

Latest News

Why are white Australians even being asked to vote on the Voice?

The fast-approaching Voice referendum is a complete clusterf**k for all Australians. It stinks of failure at each and every...

Other News

Speak Stan

The scribe is human. The scribe holds onto hope, love, and peace. These ingredients are essential for survival and...

Waste to energy?

I was delighted to see community opposition to waste-to-energy proposals on the north coast. On a lecture tour to Japan...

Backlash Stan Grant

Extraordinary negative and callous statements regarding Stan Grant in the recent edition’s Backlash section. Grant was a terrible host?...

Will NSW Labor pay on-call emergency service volunteers?

The newly elected NSW Labor government have stopped short of committing to paying volunteers who attend emergencies such as fires and floods, but say there is investment and initiatives underway to support those who volunteer as emergency service members.

Byron Council compliance staff bolstered

Are the van campers of Brunswick Heads thoughtless travellers with no respect for the town and its inhabitants, or are many in fact local homeless folk looking for a safe space with toilets and running water?

Fake gov

For those interested in a reality check, particularly those deluded apologists for the fake corporate puppets and weapons manufacturers...

The NimFM team that produced the radio series ‘Exposing the War on Drugs’: Peter Miller (asst producer/narrator), Holly Tutin (narrator), Phil Bromley (producer), Phoenix Tutin (moral
support), Mim Handley (narrator).

Paul Bibby

For years Nimbin radio producer Phil Bromley watched in growing frustration as his town was subjected to a media-driven police crackdown on recreational drug use.

First came the constant police patrols, then the tough sentences for juvenile drug dealers, and then the near-constant presence of Roadside Drug Testing (RDT) units on the main roads into and out of town.

‘They’re prosecuting people with minute traces of THC in their systems – people are losing their jobs over it,’ Bromley says of the RDT operations in and around the town.

Finally, Bromley and his mates from Nimbin’s community radio station 2NimFM decided it was time to speak up.

The result was an eight-part radio documentary series entitled ‘Exposing the War on Drugs’.

Funded by a grant from the Community Broadcasting Foundation, the series explores some of the key drug-related issues facing the Northern Rivers and the country more broadly, including drug prohibition, medicinal cannabis and addiction.

‘The key idea was ‘how do we change people’s mindsets?’,’ Bromley says.

‘We get so badly portrayed by the mainstream media that the sad reality is the town has a reputation as a bunch of lazy stoners.’

‘We just thought maybe we can do something ourselves.’

Not only did Bromley and his four colleagues succeed in getting the the series on the air, they have now received three nominations for the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s annual awards to be held on the Gold Coast on November 10.

The president of NimFM, Bob Tissot, said he was proud of the team and ‘happy to put them up in a nearly-swish hotel for the evening’.

‘It just goes to show that you don’t have to be working professional to produce a professional result. It’s a great example of the diversity and quality of community broadcasting.’

The series is about to receive its third airing on NimFM and is available in a four-CD set thanks to funding support from the Nimbin Hemp Embassy.

For more info or to stream the series go here.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Congratulations to Nimbin Community Broadcasters there are so many great things about the town that are never exposed in the media. Well done.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Congratulations to Chris Minns for bringing in the new regulations about so-called VIP rooms in clubs and pubs. It’s only a small step in...

To Mandy 

I love reading Mandy’s Soapbox, she reflects what I’m thinking, and many like me. In the 17 May column titled ‘A crown is just a...

Getting Real About The Voice

Responding to Ian Pratt in an attempt to ‘get real about the Voice’. The proposal does not challenge the historical fact of conquest i.e....

Police compassion

Mandy, you said (Echo, 17 May)]: ‘There’s not many 95-year-olds I wouldn’t be able to overpower if necessary’ and ‘to disarm a 95-year-old with...