Jindalee bushfire sparks fears over access

Peter Walpole’s picture of the frontend loader removing limestone boulders.
Peter Walpole’s picture of the frontend loader removing limestone boulders.

FIREFIGHTERS put out another bushland blaze near homes in Jindalee over the holidays amid a resident’s concern over emergency access.

Jindalee resident Peter Walpole said the January 4 fire was not as severe as fires in 2012 and 2014 but claimed in each case emergency services were hindered by blocked access points.

The site is part of Estate Development Company’s Jindee estate and the company rejected Mr Walpole’s claim.

“They have blocked all access points either with gates, sea containers, fences or massive limestone boulders,” Mr Walpole said.

“Fortunately this time the water bombers were able to bring it under control, but a Department of Parks and Wildlife frontend loader had to be brought in to shift three limestone boulders from the only access point, which took about 45 minutes.”

Jindee project director Jimmy Tharpe said the estate had a comprehensive fire management plan.

“Jindee has multiple access points and the fire brigade has permission to cut the fence if required,” Mr Tharpe said.

He said “the access point” in Mr Walpole’s photograph sent to the Weekender was not one of the “multiple access points”.