ScoMo chopper circles Binna Burra to see message on climate change

MESSAGE: The 30-metre Greenpeace banner was placed among the ruins so the PM would not miss the message as he circled the fire zone today. Photo: Greenpeace/ Michaela Skovranova
MESSAGE: The 30-metre Greenpeace banner was placed among the ruins so the PM would not miss the message as he circled the fire zone today. Photo: Greenpeace/ Michaela Skovranova

Greenpeace activists today deployed a 30-metre "climate emergency" banner at the site of the iconic former Binna Burra Lodge, as a message to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who arrived to survey the damage caused by bushfires.

Tony and Lisa Groom, father and granddaughter of the founder of the destroyed heritage-listed building were onsite with Greenpeace in support of the action.

"My home has just been destroyed by climate change," said Mr Groom

"When I walked up the drive today and saw the ruins for the first time I felt totally devastated.

"This place means everything to me. I was born here. It's my whole life and now it's gone"

"Scott Morrison must declare a climate emergency and act on it," said Ms Groom.

"This building represents four generations of love and care for the environment, and my entire family history, from my grandfather to my own children.

"This is an example of how climate change can ruin many people's livelihoods from the tour guides who take people through the Gondwana rainforest to the chefs in the kitchen.

"It has been a week of absolute hell. We lost Binna Burra , we lost our family home just down the hill and eight houses in our street were lost.

"I think for me, having the Prime Minister see our message was a win after a week of losses."

QFES officer Mary Devitt with ScoMo at the incident response centre at Canungra.

QFES officer Mary Devitt with ScoMo at the incident response centre at Canungra.

Greenpeace campaigner, Alix Foster Vander Elst said the bushfires were the latest in an extraordinary series of climate impacts that Australians were enduring all over the country on a daily basis.

"A parliamentary climate emergency motion was released this week as these fires were raging.

"The Prime Minister must make a choice - will he stand with Australians on the frontline of the climate emergency, or will he continue leading a government that refuses to take credible action?" she said.

When confronted with the question on whether a climate emergency should be declared, Scott Morrison said he would not accept the suggestion that the government was doing nothing.

"The government does take action on climate change," he said.

"We have already responded and will continue to respond on climate change."

The PM said Australia was one of the only countries set to surpass Kyoto 2020 targets on carbon emissions.