Innes has just joined the Board of Directors for Ecotourism Australia.
When Mt Barney Lodge was audited by Ecotourism Australia this year, it was mentioned that it would be good to have some Queensland reps on the Board. Innes put his hand up. As always, he is keen to try something new and lend his experience and skills to a good cause and represent Ecotourism from a small business perspective.
After the AGM in Brisbane (handy that the head office is so close to home!), Innes traveled to Hobart in November to attend a series of Board meetings and for the first day of the www.globaleco.com.au Global Ecotourism Conference.
You may have noticed from Facebook that he attempted to climb Mt Field close by – and while Brisbane had 38 degree temps, he was turned back by snow, sleet and complete white out conditions at 2 degrees!
You can brush up on Innes CV here:
Innes Larkin has been active in the outdoors from an early age and remembers climbing Mt Barney for the first time at age 11. A trained teacher with a Masters of Arts in Outdoor Education, Innes has taught in London, Brisbane and at an outdoor education centre at Maroon Dam. In 2003 Innes and his wife Tracey managed Mt Barney Lodge, then purchased the property in 2006 and have grown the business 900% since then.
During his time at the Lodge Innes has been involved in many rescues including once getting winched from a helicopter to rescue four climbers, stuck on the cliffs of Mt Lindesay. His skills and knowledge and position give him the unique ability to interact with emergency services to effect rescues in a timely and cost effective manner. Innes sees this community service as a way of giving back to the mountains that sustain his business.
In 2011 a local newspaper reported on a proposed coal mine in Mt Barney region and Innes became involved in the community group “Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic”. Community meetings, information sessions, database mail outs, speeches, government deputations, meetings and finally a 10-day Blockade in January 2012 where he was arrested for his beliefs, created the impetus for stopping all forms of coal and CSG mining in the Scenic Rim. This experience has led Innes to utilise the Mt Barney Lodge business brand to simply get the balance right - firstly in his region of the Scenic Rim but also now in the greater regions of Qld and Australia.
A current member of the community advisory committee (and for the last 4 years) for the Gondwanan Rainforests of Australia World Heritage property, Innes is passionate about sustainable tourism and the lasting legacies that a ecotourism industry can bring to a region.
Learn more about the other Board members here.