Queensland has recorded no new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, with just six cases still considered active in the state.
Today’s figure marks 44 days without any community transmission of COVID-19 in Queensland.
It comes as the Labor Government today promised to deliver “one of Australia’s largest eco parks” right here on the Gold Coast, if re-elected this month.
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The State Government made the announcement on Saturday, revealing plans to transform 148 hectares of land in Currumbin Valley.
Features of the new parkland would include recreational facilities for families, sporting clubs and schools, protections for local koala habitats, eco-tourism facilities to support more tourism jobs and nature based recreational trails through 46ha of blackbutt forest.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the proposed new parkland would provide a big boost for southern Gold Coast tourism, while also protecting the gateway to the Currumbin Valley for future generations.
“My Government wants to protect the Currumbin Valley environment so that both local residents and tourists can enjoy it well into the future,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“There’s no doubt the southern Gold Coast has a unique character that places a premium on sustainability and conservation.
“This is also a big win for the local tourism industry on the southern Gold Coast, which is already benefitting from the World Surfing reserve.”
If re-elected, Labor said it will partner with the Gold Coast City Council on the project and negotiate with the current owners to purchase the site at a fair market price.
A re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government will deliver one of Australia’s largest eco parks right here in the Currumbin Valley. 🌳 🐨
We’ll buy 148 hectares of land earmarked for development to conserve more than 70 football fields of parkland. pic.twitter.com/lWpFOUcOP1
— Kate Jones (@katejonesqld) October 24, 2020