Firefighters to be recognised as Governor General David Hurley unveils Binna Burra Lodge sculpture next week

AUSTRALIA'S Governor General will visit Binna Burra lodge next week to unveil a sculpture saluting local heroes from the 2019 bushfires.

UNIQUE: The sculpture has three sides. One is of a civilian helping a koala. Photo: supplied

UNIQUE: The sculpture has three sides. One is of a civilian helping a koala. Photo: supplied

David Hurley and his wife Linda will travel to the tourist spot at Lamington National Park next Tuesday afternoon, having made the trip in October 2019 after bushfires ripped through the lodge.

The Local Heroes sculpture, which was created by Edinburgh-born Gold Coast artist Ian Haggerty, recognises the firefighters who battled the intense blazes and features a civilian helping a koala.

Binna Burra Lodge chair Steve Noakes said he was impressed by the sculpture, which also has light and sound effects.

"We are going to have a tap-and-go donation facility there so you can wave your phone over it and make a $5 donation for the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital," he said.

"It is about recognising the work of our local rural firefighting volunteers and raising funds to support the hospital.

"One side has a volunteer comforting a koala, the other side has an image of two firefighters with a hose, and the third one is an image of a helicopter water bombing."

ARTWORK: The Binna Burra Local Heroes sculpture is a nod to the firefighters who battled blazes in 2019. Photo: supplied

ARTWORK: The Binna Burra Local Heroes sculpture is a nod to the firefighters who battled blazes in 2019. Photo: supplied

Mr Haggerty, whose artwork features at Bond University and other parts of the Gold Coast, said the sculpture took about four weeks to put together.

"The actual sculpture itself was the easy part, it was about getting it laser cut," he said.

"Mastercut Technologies at Burleigh did the lighting and sound effects for nothing, which was very kind.

"The reason for the three sides is to recognise the firies and SES in one."

Mr Noakes said the lodge was going strong over the weekends, much like other Scenic Rim businesses.

"We are headed towards the end of our first financial year of trading and we are trending the right way," he said.

"We have got reduced infrastructure, because the fire took out the heart of the lodge and the cabins.

"With our remaining infrastructure ... they're very popular, especially on the weekends.

"Because of COVID restrictions and no international travel, there is a lot of demand for the offerings of the Scenic Rim in the south-east Queensland market.

"We have all got space probably Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but come Friday, Saturday and Sunday we are all pretty busy."

The Governor General is expected to unveil the sculpture about 2pm on Tuesday.

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