The State Government has announced the establishment of a taskforce to help support the historic Binna Burra Lodge, gutted by the devastating bushfires in the Hinterland.
The historic lodge and cabins were completely destroyed while its contemporary-style building, Sky Lodge, suffered extensive damage.
The devastated owners have vowed to rebuild.
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The Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP) will form the taskforce to provide Binna Burra Lodge with assistance as it recovers.
In particular, the taskforce will focus on supporting displaced staff.
State Development Minister Cameron Dick says he’s been in touch with Binna Burra Lodge to offer their assistance.
“We appreciate this is a very difficult time for everyone affected and we want them to know our government is here to support them with their recovery,” Mr Dick said.
“DSDMIP will work with support providers and the business community to do whatever we can to keep people employed and minimise disruption to people’s lives.
Staff will be given access to financial assistance, information and support, training and career information, help with bills and access to mental health services.
“Rebuilding and restoration is a crucial part of the overall recovery process, and we appreciate the love both locals and visitors hold for Binna Burra and the lodge itself,” he said.
“We will work with lodge owners and local government agencies to ensure any required approvals are fast-tracked so that rebuilding is not delayed.”
Binna Burra Lodge Chairman Steve Noakes welcomed the offer of help.
“We look forward to working with the whole community to get Binna Burra back on its feet,” Mr Noakes said.
“While this has been an incredibly difficult time for the business, my staff and family, it’s been gratifying to see so much love and support from the whole community.”