FPQ RENEGS ON JIMNA FIRE TOWER STABILISATION PLANS

October 30th, 2009

In a major setback for the campaign to save the Jimna Fire Tower from demolition, Forestry Plantations Queensland (FPQ), has reneged on an understanding that the tower would be stabilised with sway wires. After assurances made at a meeting held 2nd Dec.08, “that ongoing dialogue with JFTAG would take place”, nearly twelve months have seen three Hoop Plantations Managerial changes, a series of unanswered phone calls and emails, culminating in confirmation that stabilisation plans were never funded.

It is evident that past and present practices of procrastination and deceit, propagated by the faceless heirachy within FPQ have triumphed again, destroying any semblance of trust that has been built up during this now four year campaign. It is sad to report that Queensland Government policies administered by their commercial arm of Queensland Forestry FPQ, has wasted copious amounts of public money (enough to stabilise the Jimna Fire Tower many times over) in achieving so little.

The legacy of this wasteful Queensland government instrumentality FPQ, is here for all to see, besides their involvement in an obvious conspiracy to destroy the heritage listed Jimna Fire Tower, FPQ have managed to turn a blind eye to the decimation of dozens of tourism beauty spots, the closure of and the withdrawal of maintenance to many vital fire access roads, the dismantling of public education of forest management, allowing noxious weeds and lantana to run rampant, and to the discouragement of many forms of forest recreation. All of this in direct conflict with what Premier Bligh is currently advocating in regard to guaranteeing public forest access.

Given FPQ’s track record of secrecy, it’s inability to work with other forest interest parties, and it’s neglect of the environment, it will be interesting to see how Premier Bligh and the Treasury Department’s Commercial Transactions Team can convince a new buyer to purchase our Hoop Pine Estate with it’s current management as part of the deal.

FRIENDS OF JIMNA FIRE TOWER MEMBERSHIP:- . Please access application enquiries and forms by utilizing any of the contact options below. Membership Fees are :-.. $10 Single …. $15 Double …….$20 Business ….and/or…. $….Donation………………….JIMNA FIRE TOWER NEEDS YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

CONTACT US :- … via …… PH/FAX .07.. 5497 3174 ….. POSTAL ADDRESS ….. Secretary … Jimna Fire Tower Action Group … 4 Currawong St. … Jimna … Queensland … Australia … 4515.      EMAIL   davbar41@westnet.com.au ………   WEB    www.jimna.bravehost.com

Next JFTAG news update November 2009, Next JFTAG meeting Friday 27/11/09 2pm at Stanley Hotel Mary St. Kilcoy. All Welcome. Dave Wright Sec. JFTAG.

ELVIS ROCKS AT WOODFORD FOR JIMNA FIRE TOWER FUND RAISER

June 1st, 2009

ELVIS ON FIRE FOR JIMNA FIRE TOWER :- Elvis Parsley, renowned Elvis Presley impersonator, will be performing at 10-30am, outside his famous Grapeland’s Fruit Shop at Woodford, during the Woodford Lions market day Sunday 19th July 09, in support of the Jimna Fire Tower fund raising appeal. Legendary Fire Tower builder Arthur Leis and his son Gary, will also be in attendance at Tile Mobile, from 9am till 1pm, to help promote and to conduct the major raffle draw at 12 noon. Of all 27 fire towers built by Arthur during a thirty five year career in the former Queensland Forestry Department, the Heritage Listed Jimna Fire Tower remains his crowning glory, “being the greatest, the tallest and most imposing fire tower ever built in Queensland ” (Excerpt DPI Silent Sentinels). Arthur will be only too happy to meet with the media and supporters of the campaign to redevelop this Australian icon into a self funded tourism destination.

WOODFORD LIONS MARKET DAY SUNDAY 19TH JULY :- SITE ENQUIRIES PH. 54 330 633 ——- HUGE VARIETY OF STALLS ——- LION’S BBQ ——- BUSKERS ——- PRIZES ——- GIVE AWAYS ——- SOMETHING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY ——- IOI.5 FM OUTSIDE BROADCAST ——-TILE MOBILE GRAND OPENING.

FINAL SPONSOR THANK YOU :- Heartfelt thanks to WOODFORD LIONS—— RADIO 101.5 FM—–TILE MOBILE—– KILCOY FARMSTAY—– HUNTING LODGE ESTATE WINERY—– KILCOY’S TOWN CENTRE EATERY—– KILCOY VALLEY REALTY—– ELVIS PARSLEY—- and —- WOODFORD BUSINESS HOUSES.

BUTT RETURN REMINDER :- To ensure your tickets get in the draw, please return butts and proceeds by 17/7/09……… a “BIG THANK YOU” to all participants.

FRIENDS OF JIMNA FIRE TOWER MEMBERSHIP FUNDING APPEAL:- . Please access application enquiries and forms by utilising any of the contact options below. Membership Fees are :-.. $10 Single …. $15 Double …….$20 Business ….and/or…. $….Donation…. JIMNA FIRE TOWER NEEDS YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT

WOODFORD LIONS AND RADIO 101.5FM SUPPORT TOWER FUND RAISER

May 1st, 2009

Having successfully prevented the demolition of the Jimna Fire Tower in the short term, the Jimna Fire Tower Action Group JFTAG is now focusing on the original long term goal of having this iconic landmark redeveloped into a self funded tourist destination. To make this happen JFTAG calls on each and every supporter to add their shoulder to the wheel by purchasing a ticket in our recently launched fund raising appeal raffle. Notices have been sent out and we hope that a good response will refuel the capacity to maintain and to invigorate the confidence to continue a strong campaign.

FABULOUS SPONSORSHIP IN PLACE :- Heartfelt thanks to the following sponsors who have generously supported this Jimna Fire Tower fund raiser.

To :- WOODFORD LIONS who have welcomed JFTAG to conduct the raffle draw as part of the Woodford Lions Market Day Sunday July 19th 09.
To :- RADIO 101.5FM Caboolture for adding to the market day’s carnival atmosphere, by providing an outside radio broadcast, and valuable lead up advertising.

To :- TILE MOBILE for providing the major prize of $1000 value of tiles, and who will be celebrating the official opening of their Woodford Display Centre.

Also to :-
KILCOY FARMSTAY- HUNTING LODGE ESTATE WINERY-
KILCOY’S TOWN CENTRE EATERY and 
KILCOY VALLEY REALTY 
for the wonderful prizes and support. 

CAMPAIGN UPDATE IN BRIEF :-
Owners, Forestry Plantations Queensland (FPQ), to spend $60,000 on “Tower Stabilization”….
FPQ to liase with JFTAG regarding “Stabilization Plans”…
Queensland Heritage Council to clarify tower “Maintenance Schedule”…
National Trust Queensland to confirm interest in “Brokering a Solution”. 

 

FRIENDS OF JIMNA FIRE TOWER MEMBERSHIP FUNDING APPEAL:- . 
Please access application enquiries and forms by utilising any of the contact options below.
Membership Fees are :-.. $10 Single …. $15 Double …….$20 Business ….and/or…. $….Donation….
JIMNA FIRE TOWER NEEDS YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

JIMNA FIRE TOWER RAFFLE

April 1st, 2009

PERMIT NO 26948

1st Prize:…$1000 Value….Tiles courtesy TILE MOBILE WOODFORD 

2nd Prize:…$180 Value………Double o/nite stay at Kilcoy  Farmstay  3rd Prize:…$150 Value…Double o/nite stay at Hunting Lodge Estate                                                   

TICKETS  $2  each    Drawn 12noon 19th July 2009….Book Return by Friday 17th July 2009  c/o Secretary JFTAG 4 Currawong St. Jimna Q 4515   Winners notified and advertised in Kilcoy Community News 23/7/09  

Dear Jimna Fire Tower Supporter,   So as to maintain the campaign to preserve the Jimna Fire Tower, JFTAG is in need of funds.  We trust that your response shall justify the project at hand, the effort that our dedicated committee is undertaking, and will also vindicate the wonderful prizes offered by our generous sponsors as above. 

To help simply PRESS REPLY to this email, complete the FOUR (4) STEP process below and SEND. 
Your tickets and a stamped return envelope with payment and receipt details will be posted asap.

STEP (1) I wish to order a $10 book of five (5) tickets or a $20 book of ten (10) tickets (delete which ever is not applicable). Please type details after the following prompts !!

STEP (2) My Surname is ….!!   

STEP (3) My Christian Name is ….!!

STEP (4) My Postal Address is ….!!
 

JIMNA FIRE TOWER ACTION GROUP IS GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT

THANK YOU

JFTAG TO ASSIST REFORMATION OF KILCOY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

March 1st, 2009

After several State Government Agencies have indicated their interest in the future of the Jimna Fire Tower, the Jimna Fire Tower Action Group JFTAG has resolved to assist the reformation of the Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce Inc., for the purpose of gaining the support of a local broad based, widely representative and nationally cognisedorganisation.

JFTAG has decided to seek acceptance as a sub committee of the Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce, which would provide greater support and professionalism in driving the project forward towards the original and ultimate goal of redeveloping the Jimna Fire Tower into a self funded tourist attraction / destination”. Other issues seriously restricting commerce derived from forest recreational activity in South East Queensland, like the “future commercial and public use” and “management policies” of State Forests and National Parks, can then be pursued from a stronger and more cohesive platform.   

MAJOR FUND RAISING RAFFLE LAUNCH :- Many thanks to the following sponsors who have made available the wonderful prizes listed for our major fund raising raffle to be conducted over the next three months. Details and format as follows :

1st prize $1000 value tiles of winners choice from Tiles Mobile Woodford PH M 0466 377 634.

2nd prize $180 value o/nite stay for two at Kilcoy Farmstay overlooking beautiful Somerset Dam PH 07 5497 2488.

3rd prize $150 value o/nite stay for two at  Hunting Lodge Estate Winery and Safari Lodges set in the scenic hills of Mt Kilcoy PH 07 5498 1243.

Many thanks also to Woodford Lions who have welcomed JFTAG to conduct the rafffe draw and a sausage sizzle, to coincide with the official opening of Tile Mobile at 3/92 Archer St. Woodford, on Woodford Lions Market Day Sunday 19th July 2009.

Tickets are now on sale at $2 each, 5 ticket books at $10 each, or 10 ticket books at $20 each, and can be ordered by simply replying to this email, or by accessing any of the contact options below. Please include your postal mailing details and ticket order so that a stamped return envelope can be forwarded. (min. $10 book by post). JFTAG is sincerely grateful in anticipation of your support which is vital to maintaining our campaign to preserve Jimna Fire Tower..      

CHANGE OF MEETING TIME ;-  So as to coincide with Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce Interim Committee meetings please note time and venue changes as below.

FRIENDS OF JIMNA FIRE TOWER MEMBERSHIP FUNDING APPEAL:- . Please access application enquiries and forms by utilising any of the contact options below. Membership Fees are :-.. $10 Single …. $15 Double …….$20 Business ….and/or…. $….Donation….

JIMNA FIRE TOWER NEEDS YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

EARLY QUEENSLAND ELECTION POSTPONES “GREAT DEBATE”

February 1st, 2009

At a meeting held Friday 27th Feb. 09 it was resolved that due to the Queensland State Election being called early, just three days after the ‘Great Land Use Debate”, proposed for Wednesday 18th March 09, that the function be postponed until a date to be decided. The well attended meeting, after considering the unavailability of several V.I.P.and Key Note speakers, and the fact that focus on the issues would be lost in the final week of the election, was unanimous in the decision to postpone. In retrospect JFTAG believes, that the major issue of the future “management of state lands” should be “supported and driven” by a broader based community organisation, and has resolved to pursue that objective. JFTAG sincerely thanks those who committed to the event and advises that all pre paid dinner bookings will be refunded.   

NATIONAL TRUST ATTENDS :- Executive Officer of National Trust Queensland Mr Stewart Armstrong brought news regarding the possibility of the National Trust brokering a solution for the future of the tower. JFTAG welcomes involvement from the trust which may result in tourism redevelopment options being evaluated.    

GOLLANS TILES MOBILE FUND RAISER :- JFTAG wishes to acknowledge the genorosity of Jeff and Pam Gollan, proprietors of Tiles Mobile Woodford, who have donated a wonderful prize of a $1,000  (trade price) of Tiles of the winners choice, to be raffled in the near future. More Info on this Fund Raiser soon.  

JIMNA FIRE TOWER ACTION GROUP A.G.M. :- Thinking about a trip to the high country? Why not consider a camping trip to Peach Trees for the weekend 28th and 29th of March 09, or maybe a day trip on the Sunday. While your there, call into the Jimna Photo Gallery/Museum and meet and greet fellow friends of the Jimna Fire Tower (JFTAG). Quick Annual General Meeting at 12 noon, followed by B.Y.O. Barbecue/Picnic and walk up artists. Picnic facilities tea/coffee and kiosk on site.     

FRIENDS OF JIMNA FIRE TOWER MEMBERSHIP FUNDING APPEAL:- . Please access application enquiries and forms by utilising any of the contact options below. Membership Fees are :-.. $10 Single …. $15 Double …….$20 Business ….and/or…. $….Donation….

JIMNA FIRE TOWER NEEDS YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

JIMNA FIRE TOWER STATE FOREST USE “GREAT DEBATE” FUND RAISING DINNER

January 1st, 2009

Help celebrate Jimna Fire Tower achievements to date…Listen to V.I.P. and keynote speakers…Demonstrate support for the management and promotion of State Forest use…Speak out for your forest use interest…Help the campaign to redevelop the Jimna Fire Tower into a self funded tourist attraction/destination…..Please book early… limited seating.

 V.I.P. AND KEY NOTE SPEAKERS :- Representatives of all political parties, local council and relevant government departments have been invited to address this important forum as V.I.P.  speakers, along with individuals and members of forest use groups as Key Note speakers. Pre advised nominations are invited as Key Note speakers, who will be given the opportunity to address the forum on behalf of their particular forest use subject of interest.   

FOREST USE FORUM FORMAT :- V.I.P. speakers will be seated at the head of the forum…Guests will be seated at tables of eight according to their pre advised forest subject of interest…(7-30pm)…JFTAG welcome and subject preview, introduction of V.I.P. speakers and forest use KEY NOTE speakers, hand over to forum MC…preview of forum format…KEY NOTE speakers deliver their message (five min. max)…V.I.P. speakers address (five min. max)…Responses from the floor…Forum summary, resolutions and follow up action…JFTAG closing address….(10pm)….Post Forum mingling…(11pm) close.       

WELCOME and DINNER DETAILS :- Early arrivals are invited to enjoy the Kilcoy R.S.L. facilities at the same venue, mine host John Robertson Phone 54 22 0564. Forum arrival from 6pm for 7pm dinner… Dress smart casual… Licensed bar from 6pm… Pre dinner appetizers from 6pm… Main two course meal includes choice of three meats or vegetarian dish, salads, sweets and  bottomless tea/coffee.  

DINNER BOOKING PROCEDURE :- If you have not already done so, simply “reply to this message” with your Name, Phone number and forest use of interest, and a dinner reservation form will be returned. Alternatively you can support this
” MUCH NEEDED FUND RAISER”

JIMNA FIRE TOWER STATE FOREST USE GREAT DEBATE SPECIAL AND IMPORTANT NOTICE

December 1st, 2008

TOGETHER WE HAVE SAVED THE JIMNA FIRE TOWER FROM DEMOLITION BUT IT’S PRESERVATION IS BY NO MEANS ASSURED. TO PRESERVE THE TOWER FOR POSTERITY IT MUST BE REDEVELOPED INTO A SELF FUNDED TOURIST ATTRACTION / DESTINATION.

FOR THAT TO HAPPEN THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO CHANGE OR CLARIFY FUTURE FOREST USE POLICIES WHICH HAVE BEEN DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEMOLITION THREAT TO THE JIMNA FIRE TOWER.

THE PUBLIC USE OF STATE CONTROLLED LAND NEEDS TO BE OPENLY MANAGED NOT DECEITFULLY DISCOURAGED. TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE SHOULD BE IMPROVED NOT REMOVED. 

FLORA AND FAUNA NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED BUT NOT BY THE CURRENT PRACTICE OF NEGLECTING AND LOCKING UP STATE FORESTS. ACCESS ROADS ARE VITAL FOR CONTROL OF DESTRUCTIVE WILD FIRES.

ALL STAKEHOLDERS IN THE FUTURE COMMERCIAL AND PUBLIC USE OF QUEENSLAND STATE FORESTS AND NATIONAL PARKS ARE REQUESTED TO REGISTER THEIR INTEREST IN THIS IMPORTANT DEBATE (SEE BELOW).

THIS IS A STATE GOVERNMENT POLITICAL PROBLEM WHICH REQUIRES A STATE GOVERNMENT POLITICAL SOLUTION.

 If you, your group, or your business has an interest in the future “COMMERCIAL or PUBLIC USE OF JIMNA STATE FOREST or CONONDALE NATIONAL PARK” in South East Queensland … whether it be …”INDIGENOUS CONNECTION”… or    “CONSERVATION AND WILD FIRE CONTROL”  .. like…land care ….. weed and pest control ….. flora and fauna protection……water management etc….or…”NATURE BASED RECREATION”  like…bird watching ….bush walking ….camping…orienteering… etc….or….”FOREST ACTIVITIES”  like ….mountain biking…. horse riding…….off-roading…dirt biking…car rallying….hunting….fossicking…etc….or….

…..”TOURISM VENTURES” like  ….reality experiences…tour buses…caravanning……day trippers….accommodation…..tourist drives/services…off road motor and bike excursions.. etc…or….”COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY” …like…mining ….timber….grazing….honey production….etc……THEN SIMPLY “REPLY” TO THIS EMAIL AND GIVE YOUR NAME,  PHONE NUMBER….AND YOUR FOREST SUBJECT OF INTEREST…. JFTAG INTENDS TO MOBILISE STAKEHOLDERS AND CREATE A FORUM TO DEBATE THIS ISSUE DURING THE LEAD UP TO THE FORTHCOMING QUEENSLAND STATE ELECTION ….. OR TO STRENGTHEN OUR LOBBYING CAPACITY WITH OUR NEWLY ELECTED QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT….  

DETAILS OF THE PLANNED STATE FOREST USE “GREAT DEBATE” TO BE HELD AT A JIMNA FIRE TOWER FUND RAISING DINNER, ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 18TH 2009 AT KILCOY, WILL BE ADVISED …….
ALL ENQUIRIES OR REGISTER EARLY  BY PHONE 5497 3174 ANYTIME.

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
SEPARATED WE WILL SURELY FAIL
Kind Regards Dave Wright Secretary JFTAG.

SHORT TERM FUTURE FOR JIMNA FIRE TOWER TO BE SECURED

November 1st, 2008
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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SOMERSET REGIONAL COUNCIL CONFIRMS JIMNA FIRE TOWER A QUEENSLAND STATE RESPONSIBILITY

October 1st, 2008

After consideration of the recent Forestry Plantations Queensland (FPQ) offer for Somerset Regional Council (SRC) to take ownership of the Jimna Fire Tower, SRC have predictably declined, confirming the long held Jimna Fire Tower Action Group (JFTAG) belief, that responsibility for this Heritage Listed Icon lies with the Queensland State Government. It is JFTAG’s view that it is grossly unreasonable to expect local council to take ownership in the absence of any management plan, funding sources, or at the very least some effort on the part of FPQ to present an acceptable takeover package. It is patently clear that the Queensland State Government should intervene in this wasteful, procrastinating exercise in buck passing, and lift the veil of secrecy, manipulation and deceit that has camouflaged the core issue of the “PUBLIC AND COMMERCIAL USE OF STATE FORESTS AND NATIONAL PARKS,” which continues to confuse and restrict forest recreation and threaten the Jimna Fire Tower. 

FPQ TO INITIATE NEW HERITAGE PROVISIONS:- Recent changes to the Queensland Heritage Act, has actioned FPQ to secure the Jimna Fire Tower, by installing guyed supports and fencing. The reviewed provisions places much greater emphasis on owners to protect Heritage Listed Places, including measures to prevent damage by fire, weather or vandalism. JFTAG welcomes this development and is pleased to advise that FPQ  have undertaken to proceed with stabilisation plans in early 2009.  

RELEVANT EXCERPT FROM LETTER SENT TO FPQ  Item 2….You advise that quote ” a suitably qualified expert has been engaged to develop design specifications that would enable the tower to be stabilised using guy wires, and exclude public access through a suitable fencing structure” unquote.

JFTAG..Q2….Would JFTAG nominated engineers/architects be invited to participate in the planning process so as to avoid further conflict of interest, duplication and therefore waste of resources in respect to.

A….Ensuring that the proposed guy wires and associated attachment mechanisms at ground and tower levels, are not only designed to create a compliant future work place, but that they are compatible with JFTAG’s expert advice already documented, thereby avoiding duplication.              

 B….Ensuring that the proposed security fencing is designed to be compliant with a safe and adequate work area, in conjunction with  meeting your public security requirements, again avoiding duplication.

C….Ensuring that when designing the security fence that adequate site space is allowed for off road parking and public viewing from ground level. It now remains to be seen whether FPQ is prepared to invite stakeholders to the planning table to create long term solutions or continue with authoritarian muddling.

FRIENDS OF JIMNA FIRE TOWER MEMBERSHIP FUNDING APPEAL:-Please access application enquiries and forms by utilising any of the contact options below. Membership Fees are :-.. $10 Single …. $15 Double …….$20 Business ….and/or…. $….Donation…. JIMNA FIRE TOWER NEEDS YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

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