Leadership In Turbulent Times

The Board of Binna Burra Lodge announces the appointment of Jonathan Fisher as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The appointment takes effect from 01 June 2020.

‘Jonathan is an experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of working in purpose-driven organisations’ said Steve Noakes, Chair of the Board at Binna Burra Lodge. ‘We are absolutely delighted he will be joining us as our senior executive as we prepare the foundations for the next 100 years of Binna Burra providing access and enjoyment to the world heritage listed Lamington National Park here in south-east Queensland.’

‘At Binna Burra we have been closed since the devasting bushfires in September last year and now we all have to deal with COVID-19 impacts, so we need a special type of senior management leader in these turbulent times as we reset, reimagine and recreate the spirit of Binna Burra. And that’s what we have secured with Jonathan’s appointment’ said Noakes.

Fisher is departing 12 years of service at National Trust Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and over the last six years as CEO of the National Trust of Australia (Qld). The Board of the Trust has recognised the many achievements during this time and has wished Jonathan every success in his new role as CEO of Binna Burra Lodge.

Founded in 1933, Binna Burra's cultural landscape is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register as a place significant to our understanding of the wider pattern and evolution of Queensland’s history and heritage.

The iconic Australian based eco-lodge is still recovering from the devasting bushfires that swept through the Gold Coast hinterland regions of Beechmont and Binna Burra community in September last year.

‘It’s been a tough past seven months since the bushfires we experienced at the beginning of what became an extended and terrible bushfire season which impacted many communities right across Australia’ said Noakes.  ‘Due to ongoing road access issues, we have not yet been able to get the necessary heavy equipment in to do the demolition work. And now, of course, we all have to deal with COVID-19’ he said.

‘Binna Burra started during the Great Depression of the early 1930s, we got through the turmoil years of WW2, we’ll emerge from the bushfire damage last year and the whole planet will eventually get through COVID-19 – but that could some time yet. We’re in it for the long-term and Jonathan’s leadership as CEO will be a pivotal part of the recovery, rebuild and re-emergence of the spirit of Binna Burra’ said Noakes

Jonathan Fisher said: ‘It’s such a big challenge, and an honour to be offered the opportunity to contribute to the new era of this iconic Australian ecolodge which is significant in terms of Queensland’s cultural heritage.’

“After the bushfires last year and now the impacts of COVID-19, Binna Burra has ongoing challenges as well as many opportunities, to re-open the site, restart the business and seek the necessary funds to replace buildings destroyed in the bushfires last year. That includes the exciting new adventure activity, Via Ferrata, which is already approved and funded to create a protected climbing route across spectacular cliff faces. This will set a new standard of ecotourism experience through well managed sensitive flora and fauna in Australia.’

‘Out of disaster will come opportunity, and the Binna Burra team is committed to the rebuild and reopening of this heritage site. COVID-19 is a serious issue to now factor in, but one day it will pass, and here at Binna Burra we will be part of the process to rebuild employment and economic opportunities in our scenic rim part of the hinterland of the Gold Coast’ concluded Fisher.


Media enquiries:

Steve Noakes              0418774295   steve@binnaburralodge.com.au

Jonathan Fisher           0414698183    fisherjj62@gmail.com

About Jonathan Fisher

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the heritage, cultural and tourism sectors. Skilled in Negotiation, Coaching, Government, Retail, and Hospitality Industry. A strong business development professional with a Master of Arts (M.A.) focused in Marketing/Marketing Management, General from Lancaster University (Dissertation 'Sustainable Tourism), B. Science, Land Management (University of Reading, UK), Fellow, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK) (1983 – 1986), Post Graduate Diploma Building Conservation (1990), History of Architecture, Landscape Design, Conservation of Historic Landscapes. College of Estate Management.  Jonathan has served as a Board member of various industry and professional organisations, including the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and Destination Gold Coast.

About Binna Burra Lodge:

Founded in 1933, Binna Burra Lodge is an authentic heritage listed property offering a genuine Australian experience in nature. Sadly, on 8 September 2019, major bushfires destroyed many of the core heritage-listed buildings. However, not all was lost! The camp-ground, the Tea-House near many of the trailheads to Lamington National Park, Groom's Cottage, The Barn, the Pottery shed, one Lodge cabin and most of our Skylodges remain on offer at Binna Burra Lodge. The iconic property within the world heritage listed Lamington National Park hopes to do a partial reopening in the second half of 2020 (subject to COVID-19).  www.binnaburralodge.com.au

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