Currumbin Eco-Parkland

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The Queensland Government has honoured its 2020 election promise to the community to acquire 148 hectares of land on the Southern Gold Coast, now known as Currumbin Eco-Parkland. The project will ensure the land in Currumbin will remain protected for generations to come and create one of the largest eco-parklands in Australia.

The site was acquired on 30 November 2021 and a community engagement process began on 22 December 2021 seeking community feedback with respect to the site. Economic Development Queensland will lead delivery, given the proposed involvement of other State agencies and Council.

The site presents opportunities for the

The Queensland Government has honoured its 2020 election promise to the community to acquire 148 hectares of land on the Southern Gold Coast, now known as Currumbin Eco-Parkland. The project will ensure the land in Currumbin will remain protected for generations to come and create one of the largest eco-parklands in Australia.

The site was acquired on 30 November 2021 and a community engagement process began on 22 December 2021 seeking community feedback with respect to the site. Economic Development Queensland will lead delivery, given the proposed involvement of other State agencies and Council.

The site presents opportunities for the preservation and rehabilitation of the natural environment including flood plain storage and endangered ecosystems.

The Currumbin Eco-Parkland project comprises 148 hectares of land within the Currumbin Valley. Concept planning for the parkland has commenced and once completed will include:

  • Sporting and recreational elements for family and community enjoyment
  • Protections for local koala habitats, including fodder eucalypt plantation
  • Nature based recreational trails; and
  • Opportunities for rehabilitation and appreciation of the natural environment through eco-tourism.

Community consultation

EDQ is engaging with the community to gather feedback on the options plan for the Currumbin Eco-Parkland to help inform development of a master plan.

Engagement to date:

  • 23 March 2022 – face-to-face meeting held with groups who have environmental interests. Meeting notes available under the Library tab
  • 27 April 2022 – meeting held with community members who have sporting and recreational interests. Presentations and meeting notes are available under the Library tab.
  • 2 June 2022 - meeting held with those who registered an Expression of Interest to participate in a session and members of the general community. Meeting notes from the session will be available under the Library tab shortly.

Please note there will be ongoing opportunities to participate in engagement activities. Read the ministerial statement: https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/94176(External link).

How to get involved

Please take a moment to complete a What are your thoughts? survey to let us know what you think!

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    When will development of the facilities in the eco parkland start?

    Patrick asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The delivery of the Currumbin Eco-Parkland is a long term undertaking.  

    Economic Development Queensland is currently conducting a consultation process gathering feedback from the community on an options plan for the site.

    The feedback gathered from this community consultation process will inform the design of the final master plan for the site.

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    Is it still possible to get involved in this project and make suggestions for the master plan? If yes, how? I also would like further details about the meeting on the 27 April. If it is possible to still, register attendance, Thank you.

    HubertusMaximusIII asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your email and your interest in the Currumbin Eco-Parkland. Please email your suggestions for the options plan to edqengagement@dsdti.qld.gov.au

    Our next session, scheduled for Wednesday 27 April 2022, will focus on the sport and recreational interests in the site. Details for how sporting groups, clubs and recreationalists can register to attend this session will be available closer to the date on our Have Your Say page. 

    To stay informed about the project and future community engagement activities, please register on our Have Your Say page.  

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    I’m a wildlife carer in this area And we need an area for large aviaries for prerelease birds in rehab. Most of these birds come to us through Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. Would there be room near or within the Koala Rehab area please . 🤗

    Shapow asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    We have received a number of responses via our Have Your Say survey and comments pinned to the options plan. The feedback and ideas from these two consultation tools will now be considered and will inform the preparation of the master plan for the site. 

    We are entering the next phase of our community and stakeholder engagement consultation activities. These activities will be scheduled throughout late March and April, avoiding public and school holidays. Further details about these activities will be available on our Have Your Say page.

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    As the Neumann family are exceptionally committed to the environment and have contributed an exceptional amount of money and time trying to help in these areas. They were committed to the development of an environmentally and echo friendly area in which we can all enjoy. Oh, did I mention that they were paying forit, not tax payers.

    Spudley15 asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments.

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    What was the final cost of acquisition for the precinct? I am highly supportive and extremely happy about the purchase no matter the cost, as it avoids the inevitable slaughter of Koala's and destruction of their habitat similar to what's taken place in the neighboring Kobaki area destruction.

    Ivan Anderson asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your comments.

    We are collating all comments and they will be considered during the preparation of the master plan for the site. Transformation of the site will occur over time, with community input.

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    What Authority is to control and manage the property during and after completion of the intended purpose for the site ?

    Jimmy asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your query.

    At this time, Economic Development Queensland is responsible for the delivery of the Currumbin Eco-Parkland. The ongoing management of the parkland will be reviewed as the master plan is developed and specific uses for the site are determined. 

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    Has a survey of the fauna and flora existing on site been or intended to be carried out ?

    Jimmy asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your query.

    Broad site assessments have been conducted however, until recently, access to the site has been restricted.  Now that the site has been acquired, further assessments can be carried out by the Queensland Government.  

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    Have likely interested organisations e.g. Bushwalking Clubs, Mountain Bikers, Wildlife Associations, Restoration Groupes and like been approached to make submissions ?

    Jimmy asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your query.

    The Queensland Government is committed to delivering the Currumbin Eco-Parkland project to the community of Queensland.

    Interested organisations are encouraged to take the opportunity to have their say on the future of Currumbin Eco-Parkland. A series of community engagement meetings are proposed following a review of registrations by interested organisations.   

    Please register for updates to be kept informed on future community consultation by visiting https://haveyoursay.dsdilgp.qld.gov.au/currumbin-eco-parkland

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    Why is Lot 3 RP82364 not part of the acquisition ?

    Jimmy asked 6 months ago

    The election commitment provided that the new 148-hectare parkland would be one of the largest eco-parks in Australia and could feature:

    • sporting and recreational elements for family and community enjoyment
    • protections for local koala habitats, including fodder eucalypt plantation
    • opportunities for rehabilitation and appreciation of the natural environment through eco-tourism
    • nature based recreational trails through 46ha of blackbutt forest.


    The land acquired is expected to achieve these commitments.  

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    Land needs to be protected from the market, from developers developing land where they're not required to circularise wildlife diversity to an at least net zero wildlife lost space. Presently as the system stands, where developers choose to throw immense amounts of capital at any particular reserve space such as this one, they're all too often able to develop the space without being required to be accountable to the diversity that exists in that space, such that they would achieve an net zero wildlife diversity loss. How can transparency be provided for this nature space to address this issue? How is this project approaching this market driven flaw?

    beagliers_rock asked 6 months ago

    The election commitment provided that the new 148-hectare parkland would be one of the largest eco-parks in Australia and could feature: 

    • sporting and recreational elements for family and community enjoyment
    • protections for local koala habitats, including fodder eucalypt plantation 
    • opportunities for rehabilitation and appreciation of the natural environment through eco-tourism
    • nature based recreational trails through 46ha of blackbutt forest. 

    The community will be invited to provide ideas and input into the development of the parkland in the near future. 

    Please register your interest on our Have Your Say page, if you have not done so already which can be found at: https://haveyoursay.dsdilgp.qld.gov.au/currumbin-eco-parkland to keep updated on future consultation opportunities.

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