One Nation throws support behind heritage building

12th March 2017 1:43 PM
Jimna locals are taking a stand for the future of its prized heritage listed fire tower. STANDING UP: Jimna locals are taking a stand for the future of its prized heritage listed fire tower. Contributed

DAVID Wright was once arrested for protesting at the Jimna Fire Tower, but he's coming back for round two - and this time he's got back up.

The 40-year-old heritage-listed structure has become a controversial pillar of Queensland history as the state government threatens to tear it down.

The tower, which was built using three wooden support beams by Arthur Leis, was closed to the public in 2006 after severe structural damage rendered it unsafe.

The Department of Agriculture (DAF) has recently closed a feedback period where it asked the public to help decide the tower's fate.

The Jimna Fire Tower Action Group is calling for supporters to join them in camping at Peach Trees camping ground, Jimna, on March 24-26.

"Let's let the government understand people do care about this icon as a valuable self-funded tourist destination for future generations to enjoy forever,” Mr Wright said.

"This is the tallest and grandest fire tower in the southern hemisphere, it's one and a half hours from Brisbane and you can see the Moreton Bay sand bars from the top on a good day.

"This is a part of our history and it needs to be retained.”

DAF put forward three options and how much they'd cost: restore the tower as is ($560,000), restore the tower for public use ($800,000) or dismantle the tower while keeping the top cabin intact ($200,000).

The outcomes from the feedback period are currently being considered, but DAF could not give a time-frame for the final decision.

Queensland One Nation party leader Steve Dickson said he has fond memories of visiting the tower as a young boy and will make an appearance on Saturday, March 25.

"If it is the only one of its kind in this part of the world like David says, then from a heritage perspective we have to look at it,” he said.

"I need to understand what public opinion is, if they have a lot of support then I'll support it.”

Local singer-songwriter Keith Gall has written a song about architect Arthur Leis, 89, who will be at the camp out along with other festivities.

Book a spot at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au or Phone 13 74 68.