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August 13, 2013 12:48 in News by Nea :: Article Rating

Australian Government invests in Eco Basecamp at Mt Barney Lodge

Mt Barney Lodge has been successful in gaining assistance from the Australian Government to build a new multipurpose function room, office and interpretive complex they have named Eco Basecamp.

This project is co-funded by the Australian Government under the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF) Grants Program and required dollar for dollar commitment for up to $250 000. Mt Barney Lodge applied for and received the maximum amount to build Eco Basecamp. Innes Larkin, owner of Mt Barney Lodge and now project manager of the Eco Basecamp build said “I am extremely proud of the Mt Barney Lodge team that each contributed towards the successful application. It just goes to show that a small business within the Scenic Rim region is able to compete on the national stage to gain this level of funding.”

The Eco Basecamp project is designed to take advantage of the spectacular location at Mt Barney Lodge with near 360° views of Mt Barney, Mt Maroon and Mt Gillies, all part of the World Heritage listed Mt Barney National Park.

“What is really cool about this new building is we have included an interpretive area within the reception where we will be able to educate our guests about the World Heritage values of our region, the high number of rare and endangered plants and animals nearby, including the Glossy Black Cockatoo which is the inspiration for the building design.” says Innes Larkin.

In line with Mt Barney Lodge’s Advanced Ecotourism certification the design and materials for the building are going to be of the highest sustainable level. With recycled construction materials, minimal digging, natural ventilation and lighting as well as capturing water and solar energy the building will extend the sustainability of Mt Barney Lodge.

Dm2architecture, the award winning designers of Binna Burra’s Sky Lodges, have been commissioned to design the building. Tracey Larkin explains “Innes and I were staying at the Sky Lodge’s when we did our annual business plan review, which highlighted clearly the need for an upgrade of our function room, kitchen and office facilities. The inspiring architecture and ecofriendly design was the catalyst for us to pursue our own dreams of Eco Basecamp”

Eco Basecamp will feature a 100 person seminar room which can be split in to two separate working rooms, a foyer/dining room, commercial kitchen and small bar along with large outdoor patio area so people can really appreciate the views of the surrounding mountains. Ceiling to floor glass in the main function room will ensure that spectacular views will be seen from any aspect. There will be an office, reception and interpretive foyer on the ground level

With tourism growing in the Scenic Rim the combination of a signature piece of architecture and spectacular views will provide one more reason for tourists to enjoy the region.

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Congratulations Appreciate your dedication hard work and vision Should be an asset in highlighting to a wider audience the beauty and importance of an area we value and love

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:31 AM

Congratulations on a new chapter in what seems quite a success story!

Friday, September 27, 2013 11:26 AM

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