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West & Sharpes Tuntable Falls Sawmill supplied timber to all parts of the North Coast of NSW, Gold Coast and Brisbane for thirty years. Eric Bazzana, during the last five or six years, transported many loads of timber and building materials back to Tuntable Falls to enable homes to be built.
West & Sharpes Mill closed in about 1970, and although the smaller sawmills still operated locally and in Lismore, some of the new settlers on the Tuntable Community chose to source their timber from the Casino-Kyogle-Grevillia areas, so as not to cut down local trees. This suited Nimbin Transport Service - the further afield we went the higher the freight charges!
One of the people who did not do this, was a girl called Caroline, who used for the foundations of her home (one of the first houses to be built in the Tuntable Community at Hilltop) poles from their own forest transported to her building site by one of our Blitz trucks, driven by myself. A crew of young people helped load the poles, then stand them into prepared holes, straight off the back of the truck. I remember her young helpers being rewarded with a piece of rich boiled fruit cake which Caroline had received from her mother that day and shared with us all.
Another girl whose stamina and determination I greatly admired was a slightly built girl, Julie Baigent, who built a stone house above the cliffs on the southern side of the Tuntable waterfall. To achieve her ambition, she had a "flying fox" built (a miniature ski-lift type structure, with an engine at the top) and hauled all the building materials to her home site in this manner.
She collected washed stone from the creekbed below to an old West & Sharpe Sawmill site. Nimbin Transport delivered all the sand, gravel, cement, timber and galvanized iron, etc, to the bottom base of the flying fox.
Julie is also a talented artist. The Nimbin and District Pool Fundraising Committee commissioned her to do a pencil drawing of the Nimbin Rocks, which I was privileged to present to the late Mr Ken Booth, the State Minister for Sport and Recreation at the time, as his memento for officially opening the Nimbin Pool in 1978.
During the past three decades, I have had many loyal customers from Tuntable and other Multiple Occupancy communities in the Nimbin District. Many of these are now sincere friends.