BRING BACK BINNA BURRA
Queensland's treasured Binna Burra Lodge in the Gold Coast hinterland will make a comeback in finer form than it was before it was largely gutted by bushfire.
That was the vow lodge chairman Steve Noakes made in the grassy courtyard of Queensland's parliament on Wednesday.
"As of today we start looking to the future," he declared.
"From disaster comes opportunity."
He has had to lay off dozens of staff ahead of the long process to return the historic site to its former glory.
They have also had to cancel 15 weddings scheduled before Christmas and contact thousands of booked guests.
The lodge was the area's biggest employer before it burnt down last week as fires ravaged the state in the worst start to the bushfire season in 130 years of records.
Mr Noakes said staff and guests have been the focus of recovery efforts so far, but his mind will soon turn to building.
"We're going to build a foundation based on all the traditional and heritage values of the past, but a new era which includes a bigger focus on adventure tourism experiences," he said.
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