In 1911 Romeo Lahey raised his concerns with the Queensland Government about the waste of timber cleared and burnt on Beech Mountain (In 1930 Lahey was co-founder of the National Parks Association of Queensland and in 1933, he was co-founder of Binna Burra Lodge).
‘He emphasised the need for a pleasure resort, bird and mammal protection areas, for the scrub (rainforest) which covered much of the proposed reserve, perhaps in conjunction with a reafforestation project.’ … ‘Failing the closing of the opened blocks, if the terms of selection could be altered to unconditional, he would coax some friends to apply for selection and deed them over to the public. This was the tactic he was to use in the 1920s on the west slope of Ship’s Stern, the end result being a surrender by him in 1930 of a block conditional on it being added to Lamington National Park.’
So that is why guests staying at Binna Burra’s Tiny Wild Houses have views out to the protected area of Ship’s Stern, part of Woonoongoora (Lamington National Park) – because of the long term biodiversity conservation vision of Romeo Watkins Lahey M.B.E. (1887 – 1968).
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Reference: Jarrott, K. (1990) History of Lamington National Park, J.K. Jarrott and the National Parks Association of Queensland (pp 30).