Sunshine Coast Tourism supports Jimna Fire Tower

The recent publication titled Queensland’s Parks and Forests, which was produced by the Environmental Protection Agency, has linked the Conondale National Park and Jimna State Forest with the Fraser and Sunshine Coast tourism areas. When studying this extremely graphic and beautiful presentation, with its strong emphasis on the protection of our Cultural Heritage, the Jimna Fire Tower Action Group (JFTAG) remains hopeful that the government departments involved will see fit to recognise the Heritage Listed Jimna Fire Tower as a worthy contributor to Queensland Cultural Heritage.

With this added confidence on board, a JFTAG deputation travelled to Caloundra on Tuesday 14/11/06, to attend a series of meetings aimed at testing support and discussing solutions for the campaign to redevelop the Jimna Fire Tower into a Tourist Destination. First stop was a reciprocal visit to the Caloundra Lighthouse, where a comprehensive Lighthouse redevelopment overview was presented, along with words of support from a Caloundra Shire Council representative. Member for Caloundra, Mark Mcardle MP., then hosted a meeting where the significance of the Jimna Fire Tower and its potential as a major Tourist Destination in South East Queensland was enthusiastically endorsed in principal. After promotional stops at several Tourist Information Centres, the JFTAG party headed home contented with a day well spent, and encouraged by the warm reception and interest encountered at Caloundra.

Endeavours to generate wider media coverage is steadily reaping rewards, with several outlets showing interest and visitor levels to Jimna on the rise. As we continue to wait patiently for news from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the proposed engineering review, JFTAG urges currently registered supporters to promote the campaign to save the Jimna Fire Tower at the workplace, office and among friends.

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