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Fire-ravaged Binna Burra Lodge might reopen by Christmas

Lodge chairman Steve Noakes said staff and guests had been the focus of recovery efforts so far, but he hoped the grounds would be partially open to campers by December.

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“We’re going to build a foundation based on all the traditional and heritage values of the past, but a new era which includes a bigger focus on adventure tourism experiences,” he said.

“From disaster comes opportunity.”

Abseiling experts have also been brought in to help move unstable rocks and boulders on the cliff face above the access road into Binna Burra, in a bid to reopen the road to cars.

Investigations into what caused the fires in the Binna Burra area was ongoing, with Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll confirming this month they were not ruling out arson.

A fundraising campaign has raised more than $86,000 for the treasured Gold Coast lodge.

Dangerous conditions stopped firefighters getting close to the blaze.

Dangerous conditions stopped firefighters getting close to the blaze.Credit:Binna Burra Lodge

The fundraiser, organised by Friends of Binna Burra, has taken donations to restore heritage assets, collect memorabilia that has been donated, re-establish native gardens and restore the children’s adventure playground.

– with AAP

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