STAFF of Binna Burra Lodge received some good news today when an historic item was retrieved intact from the ashes of the burned-out building.
Infrastructure and Development minister Cameron Dick and Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen joined Binna Burra chairman of the board Steve Noakes at the burn site and found the bell amongst all the rubble.
"The bell was used on the locomotive that transported logs from Pine Creek to Canungra," Mr Noakes said.
"Since 1934 the bell was used at the lodge to notify guests of mealtimes."
Binna Burra staff who were having a meeting at the old school house, were delighted to be reunited with the important part of Binna Burra heritage.
Minister Dick was touring the fire zone after earlier promising a taskforce to provide Binna Burra Lodge with assistance.
He said the taskforce would focus on supporting displaced staff.
"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," he 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.
"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."