Protester grounded by police
DAVE Wright’s two-day protest at the top of the 47-metre Jimna fire tower ended with a heated standoff with police Wednesday morning. He came down around 9.30am after being convinced he had received good exposure for his campaign to save the tower, south-west of Gympie.
Mr Wright has been a passionate advocate for the maintenance of the fire tower for the past six years, the 68-year-old began planning his protest three weeks ago after the state government reneged on a decision to spend $60,000 on re-stabilising the tower, which was built in 1977 and considered the highest fire tower of its type in the southern hemisphere.
“I started thinking, enough is enough, we must do something that has an impact,” he said. Mr Wright was fined $200 for trespassing but no conviction was recorded.