Bushfires 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 bushfires were devastating. Not only did they burn forests, farms, buildings to the greatest extent ever recounted, but they also took the life of 34 people and more than a billion animals (CDP, 2020). In Queensland specifically, more than half of the Gondwana world heritage rainforests were burned, including the iconic Binna Burra Lodge.

Our multidisciplinary research project is contributing to bushfire recovery and resilience and is jointly funded under the Commonwealth/State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2020.

This project acknowledges the people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Land and pays respect to the Elders, past and present, and extends that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.


The project aims to build community resilience to disasters by gathering and sharing first-hand experiences of the community responses to the 2019-2020 bushfires that impacted natural heritage sites. Storytelling pavilions will be built on two impacted sites to collect and share memories, increasing awareness, fostering discussion and building collective learning.


Were you directly or indirectly impacted by the 2019-2020 bushfires? Please leave here your story.

Several questions will pop up to help you retrace your memories; you can either answer them or entirely write your own way. By submitting your story, you consent that your story may be displayed in the “Fire Memories” exhibition.

Do you prefer to contact us directly or be recorded? Please email the project leader at k.dupre@griffith.edu.au

Bushfire stories

Bushfire affected communities shared their stories with us. Get a glimpse into their personal experiences.


This section presents any media release, events and publications related to our project.


The Griffith University multidisciplinary team is composed of experts in sustainable tourism, design and environment. Binna Burra Lodge, Mount Barney Lodge and Scenic Rim Regional Council are our partners for this project, funded by the Commonwealth/State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2020.

We would like to acknowledge the research assistance provided by Dr Sera Vada, Miss Sasha Wales, Mr Sahel Dupre-Virtamo, Mr Julien Bonneau-Figuereo and all the persons who are assisting us in this project.

Engineering and Construction Team Members: A/Prof Benoit Gilbert, Dr Ian Underhill, James Webster, Chuen Yiu Lo, Juergen Zier, Josh Jardine.

Timber collaborations: Forest Product Innovations, Salisbury Research Facility, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries; Austral Plywood, Big River Group, Wesbeam.


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