A GROUP of concerned businesses across the Scenic Rim are joining forces to create change and have extended an open invitation for like-minded companies to join them at a meeting on October 10 at 10am.
Those who have already answered the call and signed on to attend the meeting at The Centre Beaudesert include Innes Larkin from Mount Barney Lodge, Nat Overell from Worendo Cottages, Lisa Groom from Binna Burra and International Park Tours, Robyn Fortescue from Wallaby Ridge Retreat and Farmer Gregie from 4Real Milk.
The group is called Business 4 Climate Action and spokesman Innes Larkin said they hoped to drive change and present a proposal to Scenic Rim Regional Council to declare a climate emergency.
"Our local businesses are working hard to counteract the effects that climate change is having on them," he said. "They are being innovative, they are tightening their belts, they are adapting and doing everything in their power to keep their businesses viable. This meeting is about getting our local, state and federal governments to do the same."
Mr Larkin said climate change in the Scenic Rim was already being experienced as year-on-year drought, water shortages and longer, dryer and hotter summers leading to bushfires, fire bans and extended national park closures.
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When Scott Morrison flew over Binna Burra in the wake of last month's bushfire he was greeted by a "Climate Emergency" banner placed in the dusty ashes of the incinerated main lodge- a message from Lisa Groom, grand-daughter of one of the founders.
"The reason I placed this banner was to remind all levels of government that we are facing a climate emergency and it must now be acted on now," Ms Groom said.
Businesses can find out more about the event on Facebook @Business4ClimateAction.