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Linking the Binna Burra story to the 1885 origins of the RGSQ

  • 1 Mar 2022
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • online only via Zoom
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RGSQ Lecture Series

Steve Noakes, Binna Burra Lodge Chairperson, Board of Directors

Steve Noakes coming out of the bushfire devastation at Binna Burra Lodge in September 2019.

The Binna Burra story goes back to 1885 and the beginning of the Royal Geographic Society of Queensland (RGSC) and its President in 1896, Robert Martin Collins (1843 - 1913), one of the founders of the National Park system in Queensland.  Collins’s fought a 20 year battle to conserve the McPherson Ranges, being joined in 1911 by the then young Romeo Lahey who energetically lobbied and petitioned for a national park. Two years after Collins died the 19,035 ha Lamington National Park was declared in July 1915 – Queensland’s ninth national park. In 1930 the National Parks Association of Queensland (NPAQ) was formed with Romeo Lahey (1887-1968) as the inaugural President (from 1930 to 1968) and Arthur Groom (1904-1953) the foundation Secretary of NPAQ. In 1933 Romeo Lahey and Arthur Groom led the formation of Binna Burra Lodge (initially the company was called Queensland Holiday Resorts). Fast-forward to 2019 and at the beginning of the Australian ‘Black Summer Bushfires’ the central lodge and pioneer cabins at Binna Burra were destroyed.  Steve’s address will link the Binna Burra story to the origins of the RGSQ, the development and management of Queensland’s national parks and the 2019 impact of the Black Summer bushfires on the legacy of early conservationists such as Collins, Lahey and Groom.

BRIEF BIO: Steve Noakes has been involved in the tourism sector for over 40 years - acknowledged as a leading advocate for sustainable tourism practices across the Asia Pacific region. He is founder of the international project management company, Pacific Asia Tourism, Chairperson of the Board of Binna Burra Lodge in Lamington National Park, Vice President of the National Parks Association of Queensland and part owner/Director of Ecolodges Indonesia.

Over the past 25 years he has been Team Leader or a senior technical expert on a range of international sustainable tourism projects with current projects in Timor and Indonesia. Steve is described as ‘the father’ for Asia Pacific in the development of the United Nations endorsed Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). He has been an Adjunct or Visiting Professor in sustainable tourism and adventure tourism at Universities in Australia, Norway and Finland.

Please note: This will be a virtual lecture delivered via Zoom. The lecture link will be emailed to all registrants closer to the lecture date. The lecture may be recorded, if you have any questions, please email us at

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