‘Bushfires across the nation burned more than 12.6 million hectares (an area slightly bigger
than Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands combined), emitted about 430 tonnes of carbon
dioxide into the atmosphere (about three-quarters of the country's total annual carbon dioxide
emissions), directly caused at least 33 deaths and over one billion animals were killed.’
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One bench at a time.
Three Reflection Benches.
A building company with a team of Trades people and Artisans at its management core and on the job.
Bespoke, up cycle, visionary, green, real.
The local Beech Mountain builders.
A fine team. The creative builders from Oak & Iron, Beech Mountain.
‘Mixed species of Australian hardwoods.
All where structural members of buildings in Brisbane,
some were part of a roof structure over a water tower
in Tarragindi (Bris suburb).
I built my whole house structure using these same
They are all at least 70 years old since originally being
We purchased them from Alf Finch at Eden Seeds.’
Clyde Watts, Oak & Iron Construction
‘A little extra trivia on them would be that they most
likely were felled in our region before being used in
Creating the Binna Burra
“Reflection must be reserved
for solitary hours; whenever
she was alone, she gave way
to it as the greatest relief;
and not a day went by
without a solitary walk, in
which she might indulge in
all the delight of unpleasant
― Jane Austen
One year anniversary of the bushfire impact @
Binna Burra Lodge on Sunday 8 September 2019.
A new chapter in the Binna Burra journey.
Tuesday 8 September 2020
“We must take this opportunity to reflect on the
heartache, loss and trauma experienced by the close-
knit Binna Burra Lodge Board, staff, volunteers and
loyal guests and our broader Scenic Rim community,
and we will never forget that time,”
Greg Christensen, Mayor, Scenic Rim Regional Council.
“But today, one year on from the bushfire which
devastated Binna Burra Lodge, we also look to the
future with hope and optimism as we carry on the
legacy of its co-founders, Arthur Groom and Romeo
Lahey’s shared vision of creating a place where people
could stay and experience the beauty of the Lamington
National Park rainforest. Once again, sharing the
wonder of nature with people who visit the Scenic
A final reflection …
“If you think the economy is more important than the environment,
try holding your breath while counting your money.”
Prof. Guy McPherson, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona.
"One of the things people don't anticipate with fires is that it's not just about the heat — there is extraordinary
sound, smell, unpredictability, and an inability to breathe."
These factors make bushfires an unusual psychological stressor, says Sandy McFarlane, trauma recovery expert
and psychiatrist at the University of Adelaide's Centre of Traumatic Stress Studies.
"It's an overwhelming assault on the senses".
It's not uncommon for people who have been through a major weather event to experience increased anxiety
when the next season comes along (Neuropsychologist Jane Nursey).