Photo: Binna Burra Chairperson, Steve Noakes presenting RGSQ member Ron Owen with his first prize of an overnight stay at the Binna Burra Sky Lodges.
Binna Burra now counts the Royal Geographic Society of Queensland (RGSQ) as one of its PALs (Partnerships. Alliances. Linkages.) in the ongoing recovery process from the devastation of the 2019 bushfires
‘There’s a lot of historical linkage and common interest of RGSQ members and Binna Burra’ said Steve Noakes, Chairperson of Binna Burra Lodge. ‘The Society conducts scientific investigations by scientists into the geography, especially the geomorphology, flora and fauna in locations in Queensland and Australia.’
In it’s original form, the Royal Geographic Society of Queensland (RGSQ) was established in Brisbane in 1885. One of the founders of the national parks system in Queensland, in 1896, Robert Martin Collins became RGSQ President. Impressed by accounts of the Yellowstone National Park on his visit to America, from the 1880s he campaigned for the reservation of the McPherson Range south of his home. Although only partly successful he awakened public interest in the concept of national parks and had persuaded the government to legislate for such reservations. The Act was passed in 1906. Collins passed away in 1913, handing the baton to lobby for the proclamation of the Lamington National Park in 1915 to Romeo Lahey, the future co-founder of Binna Burra Lodge.
This year, Binna Burra has been a sponsor of the RGSQ photographic competition, won by long term RGSQ member, RGSQ member Ron Owen. The winning photos can be seen at https://rgsq.org.au/
The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland promotes the study and science of Geography and encourages a greater understanding and enjoyment of the world around us. The Society is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation that brings together and welcomes people from all walks of life who share an interest in places, geography and the environment. Geography and the Society offer pathways towards an understanding of our complex world. As a nation Australia faces major challenges of environmental, economic and demographic sustainability, cultural diversity and the advancement of technology, while maintaining a role as a significant player in global affairs. Geography integrates the study of earth’s landscapes, people, places and environments. Our discipline bridges the natural and social sciences. Geography has embraced the new age of instant communications and rapid advances in technology which affect the way we live, work and play. Satellites transmit remotely-sensed data to computers, ipads and smart phones, making possible accurate and timely analysis and decision-making in fields of national, local and personal importance. Digital mapping techniques developed by geographers have given the world the basis for every GPS in public use today. Geographic insights and literacy are crucial in addressing environmental, geopolitical, economic and national security issues.