Qld govt to set up taskforce to help fire razed rainforest-based Binna Burra to recover

As devastating bushfires continue to burn across Queensland, the Queensland government has announced a taskforce will be set-up to support the heritage-listed Binna Burra Lodge.

CLASSIC SITE: The view from the old Binna Burra before it was burned down in bushfires on the weekend.

CLASSIC SITE: The view from the old Binna Burra before it was burned down in bushfires on the weekend.

The 86-year-old tourism destination was destroyed over the weekend by bushfires raging across the Scenic Rim, however, owners of the property have stated their intention to rebuild the facility.

State Development Minister Cameron Dick said the department would set up the taskforce to provide Binna Burra Lodge with assistance.

In particular, the taskforce will focus on supporting displaced staff.

"We've been in contact this morning with chairman of Binna Burra Lodge Steve Noakes to extend our hand and offer our assistance to staff," Mr Dick said.

"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.

"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.

"If required, our Worker Transition Program can help with access to financial assistance, information and support for job seekers, training and career information, help with debt and 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."

Mr Noakes said he and staff appreciated the government's offer of assistance.

"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."