Dave Wright Jimna Fire Tower Rally postponed until May 20 on 101.5 2017-03-27

Dave Wright spoke to 101.5 FM to announce that The Jimna Fire Rally has been postponed until May 20 

The “HELP SAVE OUR AUSSIE HERITAGE RALLY” set down for last weekend was postponed due to the inclement weather and the unfavourable forecast. An early call by organisers, the Jimna Forest Action Group (JFAGI) was justified in the circumstances, which allowed supporters who had pre booked camp sites at Peach Trees Camping Grounds to make an informed decision whether to cancel, transfer or continue with their booking.

For general public information, camp site bookings at all Queensland Parks and Wildlife camp sites throughout Queensland, can be “modified” in unforeseen circumstances, provided that notice is given “before the booking period commences”.

As it turned out, conditions for camping were quite favourable, with many campers enjoying the cool overcast conditions.

The rally organisers took the opportunity to call a public meeting,  to set an alternate date, and to discuss local council permit conditions of use, parking matters, police permits,  and in particular insurance issues that were causing some confusion.

New “ HELP SAVE OUR AUSSIE HERITAGE RALLY” Date Saturday 20th May 2017.

VENUE…..Within the confines of the “ JIMNA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE” at  4 Currawong St. Jimna.

Here is the Change.Org link:- https://www.change.org/p/help-save-the-heritage-listed-jimna-fire-tower     

Below is a poem written by Woodford resident and local poet Lance Reason  on the Jimna Tower spoken by Dave Wright

2 comments on “Dave Wright Jimna Fire Tower Rally postponed until May 20 on 101.5 2017-03-27”

  1. Marcus Richardson Reply

    Dave Wright

    I was a random visitor to your Jimna centre, a year or two ago, and you took me on a trip to the Hoop Pines plantations and to the Black Butt forest. I subsequently gave you some joke reports on conserving the Fire Tower, and on establishing the Arthur Leis’ Day of Leisure in the Queensland Forest estate; some of which became an election pledge with the Brisbane Greens, who were elected in my electorate of Maiwar.

    What I’m writing about, is that a decade ago I started to map the Aboriginal trails to the Bunya Mountains for the big three-year festival, and I’ve come around to thinking that, on the day we went for a drive, we intersected with one of these principal trails. Remember? It was on the top of an intersecting ridge, before we reached the old homestead station, and I was all excited about the quartz artefacts that lay all around.
    I’m seeking to link the north coastal districts with the Bunya Mountains, as per Petrie’s 1860s histories, and I’ve decided that Jimna is front and centre in the trails network that Aboriginals used for the past 40,000 years or so. Next weekend I’ll fill in some of the gaps, along Monsildale Creek and Cooyar Creek, but I’m fairly certain that I’ll find a continuity of cultural sites that fit with what I’ve already seen closer to the Bunya Mountains west of Maidenwell.

    What I wanted to ask, was, what was the name of the road we took? Google maps can fill in the rest. I’m seeking an easy, level ridgeline through Eucalypt country, with creek systems not far away; that connects the country east of the Jimna Range to the country west of the range, which I think will be between Monsildale Creek/Middle Creek and Yabba Creek.

    If it proves true, your Jimna region acquires a further distinction, being the place where Aboriginals, for 40,000 to 60,000 years, crossed into the Brisbane River watershed on their way to the Bunya Festivals. Something, perhaps, to celebrate in your history.

    Lat me know, if you can, where we went that day; and I’ll keep you in the loop with what I find. I’ve already found Aboriginal stone artefacts three metres deep in the Darling Downs and in the Clarence, which is confounding the experts; I’d like to pursue the Bunya Mountains connection as well, which will establish at least 40,000 years of continued human use within your district, which cannot but add to your historical attractions.


    Marcus Richardson

    (formerly a strong defender of the Jimna Fire Tower in a previous incarnation as an officer of the Department of Environment and Heritage)

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