MEDIA ARTICLES EXPLAIN DEMOLITION THREAT TO AND PRESERVATION HOPE FOR JIMNA FIRE TOWER

September 1st, 2008
1..FIRE TOWER FUN….Brisbane Courier Mail…Village Green Editorial…13/9/08……Quote..” The Jimna Fire Tower Action Group is soldiering on in it’s efforts to protect it’s Queensland Heritage Council-Listed fire tower that the State Government wants to bulldoze because of maintenance costs. The group’s latest angle is to plug for the tower, inland from the Sunshine Coast, to be used like the Gloucester Tree in WA. Not a bad idea but the trouble is the Gloucester Tree does not need painting. It just sheds it’s bark every year” unquote.
 
JFTAG COMMENT:- Redevelopment of the Jimna Fire Tower into a self funded tourist attraction/destination would pay for ongoing maintenance, including a paint job.

2..WHITE-ANT DEMOLITION……Brisbane Courier Mail…Village Green Editorial…13/9/08….. Quote..”TERRIFIC to see Heritage Minister Andrew McNamara forcing the owner of heritage-listed Keating House at Indooroopilly to secure the building so it is not damaged by weather and vandals. That issue aside, we’ve heard developers joke about so-called demolition by white ants where buildings in Brisbane City Council character precincts are left to rot to the point an engineer’s report recommends their removal”… Unquote.

JFTAG COMMENT:- The Queensland Heritage Act has failed to protect the Heritage Listed Jimna Fire Tower and is in urgent need of review.    

3..TIMBER COST FURY GROWS…..Brisbane Courier Mail…Page 9….22/9/08……Quote in main points…”Forestry Plantations Queensland is accused of increasing prices of it’s plantation logs to unsustainable levels”……..Timber Queensland chief executive Rod McInnes said yesterday the logs were already the most expensive in Australia”……..”It appeared the Government was struggling for revenue and had pressed forestry to get as high a return as possible”……..”We’re being price gouged by a monopoly supplier-the Queensland Government”. Unquote.
 
STOP PRESS :- Somerset Regional Council has invited JFTAG to make a presentation on behalf of the Jimna Fire Tower
at Council meeting Kilcoy 8/10/08 .
 
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.
THE SAVE JIMNA FIRE TOWER CAMPAIGN NEEDS YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

SOMERSET REGIONAL COUNCIL FAMILY TOUR BRINGS TOURISM FOCUS TO JIMNA

August 1st, 2008

Thirty one people representing visitor information centres throughout Somerset Regional Council (SRC) recently participated in a Famil bus Tour of the northern area of the Somerset Region. After a browse through the Photo Gallery and Historical Museum at the Jimna Visitor Information Centre and morning tea, the party set off on a guided tour of the former timber town, followed by an on site inspection of the Jimna Fire Tower and an invigorating walk through the Peach Trees Camping Grounds. Feed back from the visit has been extremely positive with participants highly supportive of the tourism potential of the region and in particular the magnificent Jimna Fire Tower. The Jimna Fire Tower Action Group (JFTAG) remains optimistic that the ever increasing public call for a tourism attraction/destination feasibility study, to be carried out on the tower, may inspire one of our Government bodies or Tourism agencies into taking the driver’s seat on this issue.

In preparation for promised consultation with current owners, Forestry Plantation Queensland (FPQ), regarding future ownership of the Tower, JFTAG has requested Somerset Regional Council to facilitate a meeting with JFTAG for the purpose of putting relevant information and material before councillors and council officers. JFTAG is of the opinion that the viability of preserving this Heritage Listed Australian Icon not only deserves to be thoroughly investigated, but that it’s evaluation needs to be driven by Local Government.

FOUR TON LIMIT ON PEACH TREES BRIDGE:- Advice has been received from Qld Parks and Wildlife that new signage is soon to be erected complimenting the present 4 Ton limit sign located at the Yabba Creek bridge entrance to Peach Trees camping grounds. The new signs will direct vehicles over 4 Ton to the nearby Peach Trees Overflow camping area.
REVISED WALKING TRACK  AND OFF ROAD MAPS:- With visitation numbers on the increase to the Jimna area, there is a growing demand for walking and off road maps to cater for all requirements from passive to extreme. Welcome aboard FANTASTIC REPRODUCTIONS Map, Printing and Copy specialists of King St Caboolture PH 5495 7491, proud sponsors of Jimna Forest Recreation Maps
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.

FIRE LOOKOUT TREE CLIMBS PROVIDE POPULAR TOURISM ACTIVITY IN WEST AUSTRALIA

July 1st, 2008
The Jimna Fire Tower Action Group (JFTAG) invites our decision makers within Local Regional, Queensland State and Australian Federal levels of Government, who hold the future of the Heritage Listed Jimna Fire Tower in their hands, to take a close look at how the Department of Conservation And Land Management( CALM) in West Australia has successfully integrated the management of commercial, environmental and public use of State Forests and National Parks into a highly lucrative tourism venture. The question begs of course is ……… WHY can’t we do these things in the smart state of Queensland? ………… This kind of inspirational and innovative management of our National Treasures and nature based assets, only magnifies JFTAG’s determination to continue the campaign to ensure that our adopted mission statement
“To ensure that all structural and public safety matters are assessed and costed for the purpose of evaluating the feasibility of redeveloping the Jimna Fire Tower into a self funded tourist attraction/destination” is carried out.  
 
MEMBERSHIP FUNDING APPEAL REMINDER …. JFTAG sincerely thanks those who have responded to the Friend of the Jimna Fire Tower Membership Appeal and can do no more than appeal to those who have not, to take a minute from their busy lives and return or request the membership application form. MORAL SUPPORT is comforting but unfortunately does not pay the bills, FINANCIAL SUPPORT is not only support of substance but imperative for a successful outcome.     
 
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.

SOMERSET COUNCIL TOURISM ACTION PROMOTES NEW OPTIMISM FOR JIMNA FIRE TOWER

June 1st, 2008
Since the March 08 amalgamation of the former Esk and Kilcoy shires there has been unprecedented focus on tourism in the Kilcoy and Jimna areas, with particular  regard to upgrading the administration of the relevant tourist information centres. Recent events such as the presentation to tourism volunteers function at Yowie Park Kilcoy followed by the volunteer training workshop at Fernvale Futures Centre, was not only thoroughly appreciated by all who attended, but sends a strong message that the new Somerset Regional Council SRC is serious about promoting tourism throughout the entire Somerset Region. The Jimna Fire Tower Action Group JFTAG has for some time been calling for all levels of government to be more proactive in the promotion of regional tourism, and after several recent visits to the Jimna area by SRC tourism officers, JFTAG extend’s deep appreciation for the sharing of information, assistance offered, and the expert advice and encouragement. JFTAG remains hopeful that these events are signs of increasing recognition for nature based tourism and forest recreation in the Jimna Ranges and adjacent Conondale National Park, which helps to create a positive platform for imminent discussions with SRC regarding future ownership of the Jimna Fire Tower.
 
MEMBERSHIP FUNDING APPEAL REMINDER
By the time this news update is released, each and every one of the Jimna Fire Tower email supporters would have received their personal invitation to subscribe to the Friend of the Jimna Fire Tower Membership Funding Appeal. JFTAG sincerely thanks those who have responded and can do no more than appeal to those who have not, to take a minute from their busy lives and ask this Question. 
Q…. IS THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE JIMNA FIRE TOWER WORTH THE PRICE OF A SIX PACK OF STUBBIES ???? 
If your answer is YES then please spend a minute and return your membership application form.  
 
FRIENDS OF JIMNA FIRE TOWER MEMBERSHIP FUNDING APPEAL: For membership application forms please utilise any of the contact options below.

HELP PRESERVE JIMNA FIRE TOWER MEMBERSHIP FUNDING APPEAL

May 1st, 2008
To:-…. ALL WHO VALUE THEIR COUNTRY’S HERITAGE. ….. Visit www.jimna.bravehost.com  to view the Historical significance of Australia’s only Heritage listed Fire Tower and all previous news updates concerning the public campaign to preserve it. In brief, much has been achieved since initially halting demolition threats, culminating in negotiating the current Queensland State Government moratorium, which includes an offer from Forestry Plantations Queensland (FPQ), to transfer the ownership of the Tower to the recently elected Somerset Regional Council (SRC). To enable the Jimna Fire Tower Action Group (JFTAG) to present a compelling case to SRC, it is imperative that JFTAG’s submission is supported by the financial capacity to obtain professional assessments of vital public safety and structural issues required to achieve our ultimate aim of redeveloping the tower into a self funding tourist attraction/destination. The submission must also demonstrate overwhelming public support for this membership funding appeal, so as to deliver a strong and rock solid message, while also vindicating JFTAG’s long held belief that
“PEOPLE POWER WILL SAVE THE TOWER”.
 
To;-…. ALL SUPPORTERS AND THEIR FAMILIES ……. May the many thousands of families who have experienced the exhilaration of climbing this Heritage listed icon do so again, and their children, who’s lives will be enriched by the inspirational sacrifice of our Forestry pioneers such as the legendary Arthur Leis who, with his son Gary, built this wonderful example of human endeavour without the aid of modern day equipment. May your patriotism afford a multitude of future visitors and tourists with the opportunity of admiring the panorama from the tower cabin, while providing the ongoing operational funding, that will preserve the Tower for perpetuity. May the Jimna Fire Tower stand as a future symbol of our respect for Australian Heritage and our willingness to preserve it. May you and your friends add your shoulders to the campaign wheel, by promptly responding to this impassioned plea to become a
FRIEND OF JIMNA FIRE TOWER.
 
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS:- …Please request membership details/aims/entitlements and application form

JUDGMENT TIME FOR JIMNA FIRE TOWER PUBLIC COMMITMENT HAS ARRIVED

April 1st, 2008

MEMBERSHIP FUNDING APPEAL:- It has now been two years since the formation of the Jimna Fire Tower Action Group (JFTAG) when the public campaign to preserve this Heritage Listed Tourist Icon began, during which time tremendous public sympathy has been generated. However sympathy alone will neither finance the ongoing campaign costs nor will it provide JFTAG with the means to engage expert advice, necessitating the need for that sympathy to be converted into a meaningful act of substance by having the Tower’s public supporters become a financial member of  FRIENDS OF JIMNA FIRE TOWER , a group which is incorporated within the parent body the Jimna Hall Historical Association Inc.

As JFTAG has resolved to make a formal submission to the new Somerset Regional Council for the purpose of having council consider taking ownership, it is imperative that JFTAG’s submission is supported by the financial capacity to obtain professional assessments of vital public safety and structural issues required to redevelop the tower into a self funding tourist destination. The submission must also demonstrate overwhelming public support for this membership funding appeal, so as to deliver a strong and rock solid message, while also vindicating JFTAG’s long held belief that “PEOPLE POWER WILL SAVE THE TOWER”.

MEMBERSHIP AIMS AND GOALS:

1…To build a strong and committed public supporter base..

2…To demonstrate that support to government at all levels.

3…To preserve the Jimna Fire Tower by redeveloping the Tower into a valuable and viable tourist attraction/destination. 

MEMBERSHIP ENTITLEMENTS:

1…Members become full members of the Jimna Fire Tower Action Group (JFTAG).

2…Members may attend JFTAG meetings.

3…Members will vote and determine major future Jimna Fire Tower decisions.

4…Email and Postal members will receive monthly and Bi-Monthly Tower news updates respectively.

MEMBERSHIP FEES:-  .. $10 Single… $15 Double .. $20 Business .. per year from the date of joining … (Please Note.. add $5 per membership category for postal members).

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS:-  To make processing as orderly and as easy as possible, all supporters will soon be sent a personal appeal message which will contain a membership application section. To apply for membership by email simply….

1.. Reply to sender …. 

2.. Complete details in the spaces provided…. and then 

3..Send….. When fee payment is confirmed the same email will be returned to each member with 

1…A receipt number….and…

2..A membership number     This final email return may then be kept for both JFTAG accounting and members records….(Please Note.. Postal applicants please use mailing address below).

MEMBERSHIP FEE PAYMENT OPTIONS:-  …1…Bank Transfer .. 2…Cheque via Post…3… Money Order by Post…or..  4….Cash at Jimna Info Centre

THE JFTAG COMMITTEE EXPRESSES SINCERE THANKS IN ANTICIPATION OF STRONG PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THIS VITAL FUNDING APPEAL

FRIENDS OF JIMNA FIRE TOWER MEMBERSHIP DRIVE LAUNCH

March 1st, 2008
As everybody knows yours truly has been engrossed in a Somerset Regional Council election campaign, which unfortunately was unsuccessful, however a great deal of exposure has been achieved with the entire new council area well aware of where Jimna is and the plight of the tower, especially the newly elected councillors upon whom the tower’s future is now largely resting. Please be advised that the Jimna Fire Tower Action Group (JFTAG) has decided to launch the Join Friends of Jimna Fire Tower Membership Drive on Sunday 30th March 2008 at our Annual General Meeting which will commence at 12 noon. This initiative, which embraces present Jimna Hall Historical Association members, is vital to the continuation of our campaign to cover ongoing costs, as well as to demonstrate to our new Somerset Regional Council and the State Government that the public have a strong commitment to give the tower every possible opportunity to be preserved by being financially viable. Annual fees are $10 Single…$15 Double and $20 Business…… Membership forms will be available on the day and will be sent out via email with our next JFTAG News Update 31/03/08 and posted on our web site.
 
PLEASE NOTE;- If you are planning a day or camping trip to Jimna please consider dropping in at the Jimna Visitor Information Centre on Sunday March 30th to enjoy a good time for a good cause. …
DETAILS BELOW
SAFE AND HAPPY EASTER TO ALL. 
 
JIMNA HALL HISTORICAL ASSN. INC. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
 
Sunday 30th March 2008 12 noon at 4 Currawong St Jimna.
 
BYO BBQ/PICNIC LUNCH/GROG …SING-ALONG WITH BRUCE AND THELMA MCCALLUM
 
HELP SAVE JIMNA FIRE TOWER MEMBERSHIP LAUNCH….ALL WELCOME
                                            
HOT/COLD DRINKS AVAILABLE …. HOT PLATE and HOT WATER supplied….. 
Enquiries….. Dave Wright… JFTAG Sec. 5497 3174.
 
 
THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO PRESERVE THIS HERITAGE LISTED AND HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT  AUSTRALIAN ICON THE JIMNA FIRE TOWER

TOWER REDEVELOPMENT WELL RECEIVED BY NEW SOMERSET ELECTORATE

February 1st, 2008
With the new local council election campaign in full swing and the State Government moratorium regarding any demolition threat to the Jimna Fire Tower in place until the new Somerset Regional Council has had the opportunity to take ownership, public support steadily increases. While local awareness has been the focus for the Jimna Fire Tower Action Group (JFTAG) it has been extremely important to deliver the message that the proposed redevelopment of this Heritage listed tourist icon will not impact on local council rates, but will be funded by State and Federal Government grants.
 
JIMNA TOWER STANDS ABOVE THE CATCHMENT HEADWATERS and commands a panoramic view of the Somerset and Wivenhoe dams, which emphasises the significance of the Jimna area as a major contributor to the protection and supply of clean water for the future population of South East Queensland. Just as Jimna was a major contributor to the economy of Queensland through massive timber production in the past, Jimna is now set to be recognised for it’s production of clean water and air in our environmentally sensitive future.
 
PROTECTION OF PRISTINE AREAS AND FOREST  RECREATION are now vital issues that will command intense consultation between local council and state government departments and agencies so as to formulate policies which can effectively accommodate commercial and public use of these magnificent forests while at the same time ensure that they are maintained in their natural condition. JFTAG is confident that modern technology associated with a growing desire to work together in search of the correct balance, will showcase the Jimna area onto the world stage.

JIMNA FIRE TOWER ACTION GROUP REVIEWS ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE

January 1st, 2008

Compliments of the season to one and all and a big welcome to the ever growing legion of new readers and supporters right throughout the Brisbane Valley who have and are taking an interest in preserving our tower. The Jimna Fire Tower Action Group (JFTAG) hopes that this news update will bring everybody up to speed with achievements to date and many thanks to the valleys print media, who have sought stories and are exposing this issue to the public,

 1.. JFTAG has successfully prevented demolition of the Heritage Listed, iconic, Jimna Fire Tower, due to the massive support received from the general public, the business houses and the tourism stakeholders throughout south east Queensland over the past eighteen months.

 2….JFTAG, despite numerous high profile news events saturating the media, has managed to create wide spread public awareness through both print and electronic media and that interest in campaign progress is being maintained and is on the rise from new local media outlets. 

 3….Most importantly the Jimna Fire Tower issue is now well known throughout all Queensland State Government Departments and commands much respect and a genuine desire amongst departmental staff, policy advisors and ministers to have the tower’s tourism viability assessed through a professional and independent process. 

 4…The “engine room” at the Jimna Visitor Information Centre has been an integral ingredient in promoting the campaign, providing a hands on point of public contact, registration of support centre and a briefing venue for visiting government representatives and community officials..

 4…. Current owners, Forestry Plantation Queensland (FPQ), has recently spent many thousands of dollars on security (chain gates) and landscaping (perimeter logs) on the tower site to contain vandalism, as well as providing ongoing site maintenance (mowing).

 5….Recent State Government policy changes embracing the management of commercial and public use of State Forests and National Parks by FPQ, as well as the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), has taken place since the campaign to preserve the Jimna Fire Tower began in early 2006.

 6….JFTAG has negotiated the existing moratorium granted by FPQ, which is currently in place until the new Somerset Regional Council (SRC) has had the opportunity to consider ownership, which would then allow grant funding to be accessed so that the towers’ viability as a tourism destination can be professionally evaluated.

 7….With the tower’s future clearly now in the hands of the new SRC,  JFTAG has focused it’s recent public awareness campaign throughout the new Somerset Regional Council Electorate, which has resulted in fantastic interest from the general public, local business houses, Brisbane Valley Tourism and most importantly Esk Shire Councillors.

In conclusion, JFTAG is gaining international recognition by being a member of the Forest Fire Lookouts Association in America. Our new web site which will feature the join “Friends of Jimna Fire Tower” membership fund raising initiative is under construction, and we look forward to a positive relationship with our decision makers at all levels of government whoever they may be during the year ahead, for the purpose of negotiating a positive outcome. To register your support email davbar41@bigpond.com .

ESK SHIRE RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS HOUSES EMBRACE JIMNA FIRE TOWER

December 3rd, 2007
As the Jimna Fire Tower Action Group(JFTAG) campaign to save this Heritage listed tourist icon, moves south throughout the Esk Shire, overwhelming support from community groups, business houses and the general public alike has been strongly evident. The pending inclusion of the Jimna Range/Conondale National Park areas into the new “Somerset Regional Council”, has generated a genuine desire for residents to visit or revisit the area, as a timely reminder of the valuable nature based recreational pursuits on offer and to see first hand the potential of this historically significant local landmark the Jimna Fire Tower. The need to attract higher visitation numbers and to create added business opportunity, demands that persons intending to nominate for the March 15th 2008 Local Council Elections, are prepared to be actively concerned about every avenue of possible business potential, wherever it may be located throughout the entire Somerset Shire, from Jimna to Minden and including all outlying rural areas.
 
The current State Government moratorium, which effectively postpones any threat to the tower until after the new Somerset Regional Council has had the opportunity to establish a forum of stakeholders “to evaluate all alternative options to demolition”, has effectively placed the future of the tower firmly in the hands of the electorate. JFTAG now clearly has the task of encouraging would be future councillors to demonstrate their commitment to the preservation of our Australian Heritage, by publicly declaring their support or otherwise for the fore mentioned highlighted goal. As such JFTAG extends a personal invitation to intending councillors, to visit Jimna for the purpose of becoming aware of the facts while allaying persistent negative, ill-informed and destructive rumours, circulated by those who chose to expeditiously evade responsibility, or have the simplistic out of view out of mind attitude.
 
As this will be the final news update for year 2007, JFTAG wishes to extend sincere thanks for the multitude of support and encouragement extended by so many from all sections of the general community over the past 18 months, it has truly been a rewarding journey, which hopefully will take us by gods grace to our ultimate destination, that being the successful redevelopment of the Jimna Fire Tower into a “self funding, must visit, tourism destination” for our future generations. Wishing one and all a very MERRY XMAS and a happy and safe NEW YEAR.
 
Please treat your family and friends to a camping or off road experience or maybe a day trip to the high country over the holiday period
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