Qld Government acquires 148ha for massive Currumbin eco-park

Almost 150 hectares on the southern Gold Coast will be transformed into one of the largest eco-parklands in the country after the State Government today confirmed it had secured the land.

The acquisition of the land, known locally as Martha’s Farm, is being described as a win for the local community, who have been fighting off development threats for over three decades.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said the government undertook commercial negotiations with the landowners to purchase the site along Piggabeen Road at Currumbin.


However, when an agreement could not be reached, the land was “compulsorily acquired”.

“The community’s message was clear, they asked us to protect and preserve this beautiful property and its unique, natural features and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” Mr Miles said.

“We can now work with the community to deliver one of the largest eco-parklands in Australia and protect koala habitat and local flora and fauna.

“This is not just about protecting land but improving it… We now have an enormous opportunity to create something special.”

Mr Miles said the eco-parklands could be enhanced for recreation such as hiking, bushwalking and mountain biking, picnics or rehabilitation of both native wildlife and bushland.

It’s understood community consultation on the future of the site will get underway in the next few months.

“The next steps will be seeking initial community views on the site and how it should be used to ensure that the project will deliver on community needs,” Mr Miles said.

President of the ‘Friends of Currumbin’ group, Peter Kershaw, said he was “delighted” the Queensland Government had announced the acquisition of the land.

“For more than three decades, Friends of Currumbin have fought to stop urban development on this iconic land parcel,” Mr Kershaw said.

“It is comforting to know that the 46 hectares of endangered blackbutt forest that forms part of this land will be preserved for future generations.

“Friends of Currumbin now look forward to working closely with the government and other major stakeholders to bring about the best environmental, recreational, cultural, and eco-tourism opportunities on this site for the benefit of our local and wider communities.”