Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Gold Coast to activate 148-hectare eco-parkland site

The Gold Coast is set to become home to one of Australia’s largest eco-parklands, with plans unveiled to develop land in the heart of Currumbin.

The 148-hectatre site will feature new hiking trails, picnic areas and a location for wildlife rehabilitation.

Queensland Minister for State Development and Infrastructure, Grace Grace released the project’s Activation Plan today, backed by a $31 million investment over three years.

“Through the site’s development, we’re ensuring the strong ecological values of this site are upheld while opening a world of new eco-adventure tourism for the region,” said Minister Grace.

“Importantly, we have worked closely with the traditional owners, local community groups like Friends of Currumbin, environmental and sporting groups, the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and the City of Gold Coast Council Council to deliver this vision.

“We are committed to preserving our natural areas and environmental heritage, particularly close to major population centres.

“This is a terrific result for the Gold Coast community as well as visitors to the city.”

The Plan’s release follows extensive community consultation and a full ecological study of the site, with the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary having already establishing a koala fodder plantation as part of the parkland.

Alongside the plantation, the eco-parkland will include the Wildlife Sanctuary’s new koala facility – a small-scale vet unit and fodder eucalypt plantation, while other areas have been identified for wetland restoration.

View the activation plan here.

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