SHORT TERM FUTURE FOR JIMNA FIRE TOWER TO BE SECURED

At a meeting held on Tuesday 2/12/08 between Forestry Plantations Queensland (FPQ) and the Jimna Fire Tower Action Group (JFTAG), it was confirmed that FPQ will proceed immediately with design planning necessary to install stabilizing guy wires to the Jimna Fire Tower, also to erect security fencing around the tower site, and has agreed to maintain the tower grounds to the same standard as the FPQ Jimna administration area. An understanding was also reached that FPQ would be happy to consult with a nominated JFTAG engineer during the specification development process, as soon as relevant FPQ reports are at hand, to ensure that the outcome of the completed work creates a tower site workplace, compliant with “workplace health and safety regulations.” To this end JFTAG has been invited to submit draft sketches for inclusion in the planning process.
 
The issue of remedial and preventative treatment to the existing wood components, in conjunction with an ongoing weatherproofing maintenance schedule, will be resolved in consultation with JFTAG, and further discussed upon clarification of the requirements of the new maintenance provisions of the Queensland Heritage Act.
 
To finalise a very productive meeting conducted in a congenial “spirit of co-operation”, FPQ has undertaken to liase with both JFTAG and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) in regard to the erection of public access signage to the recently opened Donkey Falls Road, which links Peach Trees Camping Area to the Jimna Fire Tower. FPQ has agreed to discuss with QPWS the status of walking tracks which provide connections from the “Maleny Great Walk to Jimna Fire Tower” and from “Jimna Township to Peach Trees Camping Area” via Yabba Creek.
 
PEOPLE POWER HAS SAVED THE TOWER FROM DEMOLITION:- What a great result to end year 2008!!! Heartfelt thanks to our growing legion of supporters and especially to those who have donated much needed funds, JFTAG also recognises the pivotal role played by the Queensland Heritage Council. However to achieve our original strategic goal “To redevelop the Jimna Fire Tower into a self funded tourist attraction/destination” there is now a need to lobby our candidates for the forthcoming Queensland State Election regarding their policies concerning the “future commercial and public use of State Forests and National Parks”. These policies will be crucial to the future management of nature based recreation/tourism, which in turn will determine the “long term future of the Jimna Fire Tower”. 
     
HOPE TO SEE AS MANY AS POSSIBLE VISIT JIMNA FIRE TOWER OVER THE FESTIVE SEASON…
MERRY  XMAS  AND  A  HAPPY  NEW  YEAR  TO  ALL. 
 
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