Fire destroys Mullumbimby Community Garden Office

FIRE: Principal Coordinator of Mullumbimby Community Gardens Jeanette Martin surveys the damage after fire destroyed the office.
FIRE: Principal Coordinator of Mullumbimby Community Gardens Jeanette Martin surveys the damage after fire destroyed the office. Christian Morrow

The main office of the the Mullumbimby Community gardens was destroyed by fire in the early hours of Friday morning, just one week after the group won an Environment Day Award.

The blaze in the free standing shed unit obliterated the group's historical records, membership information, computers, printers and catering equipment.

Principal coordinator, Jeannette Martin said the damage would cost the group around $30,000.

She was woken by the Fire Brigade around 1.30 am on Friday 13 to be told the building was well alight.

"Police have since told me the fire looks suspicious," said Ms Martin.

"There was a window broken and it looks as though who ever did this had tried to set fire to other structures in the gardens.

"There is damage to one of our shade houses and our main rotunda.

"It's a lot of our history gone; you can replace things but can't get those memories back."

Ms Martin was among 11 locals who last week won Byron Shire Council World Environment Day Awards.

The building was not insured so the group is appealing to the community to help them get back on their feet.

Tax deductible donations can be made at: or by calling 0412 322 355.

Topics:  fire fundraiser

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Hemp industry set to explode

GROWTH INDUSTRY: Paul Benhaim believes 2017 will be a watershed year for the hemp industry.

Bangalow producer has many reasons to be cheerful

Byron Labor opposes 60% rate rise proposal

Byron Shire Council headquarters at Mullumbimby

"This massive rate rise is a lazy and unimaginative response"

SOAP BOX: Was it greyhounds or party games that bit Baird?

GONE: NSW Premier Mike Baird announced on Thursday that it was time to hand over the reins to a new premier for the state.

Now that he's gone, restore Sydney to what it was

Local Partners

Jennifer Aniston wants to return to TV

Jennifer Aniston is desperate to make a return to TV

Madonna hopes for election unity

Madonna hopes Donald Trump's election will "bring people together"

JK Rowling rules out Cursed Child trilogy

JK Rowling has ruled out a 'Cursed Child' movie trilogy

Buckley's chance in psychological thriller

James McAvoy and Betty Buckley in a scene from the movie Split.

Broadway veteran back on big screen with James McAvoy

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Lisa Marie Woodham will be giving readings in Gladstone until Saturday January 21.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Pat Rafter's $18m Coast home proves hot property

PAT'S PAD: The Sunshine Beach home of tennis ace Pat rafter is on the market for a record price.

"It's a record for our company and for the Sunshine Coast.''

INTERACTIVE MAP: Which Northern Rivers towns boomed in 2016?

BOOM TOWNS: While Ballina properties continued to attract top dollar in 2016, it was areas to the south that experienced price hikes, including Wardell, Evans Head and Woodburn.

Click on our map to find the median sale price in your town

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!