GOVERNMENT INDICATORS PROMOTE FOREST RECREATION MANAGEMENT

Following last weeks discussions with officers from both Forestry Plantations Queensland (FPQ) and Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service (QPWS) regarding the development of walking tracks on land under their control, it has become refreshingly evident that the past policy of locking up State Forests and National Parks, and discouraging public access, particularly in the Jimna area, is undergoing review. Focus was concentrated on the walking tracks recently initiated by the Jimna Fire Tower Action Group (JFTAG), where it was noted that temporary track markers be attached to plantation pine trees by tape or similar means, and that the track routes would need to be approved by the relevant department so as to gain official designation and subsequent sign posting as a tourist facility. This development, while not in any way reflecting the future of the proposal to establish the Jimna Fire Tower as a tourist attraction, does however give (JFTAG) added confidence that the massive public support and popularity of the tower may have influenced our decision and policy makers.

BIG WALK FOR JIMNA FIRE TOWER. The campaign to increase public awareness continues unabated this Sunday coming, with the ongoing promotion of Jimna’s walking tracks. For those wishing to camp over night, bookings can be made by accessing the QPWS link on the JFTAG website www.jimna.bravehost.com , while day trippers are welcome to use the day use picnic facilities provided at the Peach Trees Camping Grounds. Whatever the choice, visitors are guaranteed of a great day in the fresh air and beauty of the bush. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the Jimna walking track or passive family off road maps at the Jimna Tourist Information Centre, and while there enjoy a fund raising SAUSAGE SIZZLE from 10am till 2pm.

KILCOY DISTRICT WINERIES RAFFLE. Tickets are now on sale at “Kilcoy Eatery” and the Jimna Tourist Information Centre, to be in the draw for FOUR gift packs of superb local wines generously sponsored by Hunting Lodge Estate, Nirvana Estate, Winya Wines and Woongooroo Estate, award winning wineries located in the Somerset Valley Wine Region.

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