Greenheart Master Plan

Greenheart is a new parkland for our growing city

Located in Merrimac and Robina, Greenheart will be the largest parkland on the Gold Coast. Covering 257 hectares, it will be 6 times the size of Broadwater Parklands.

Greenheart sits within the Merrimac–Carrara (Gurangunbah) floodplain. It is unsuitable for residential housing and development is restricted under our City Plan. Transforming this area will provide high quality parks, sports fields and community spaces as well as improved environmental outcomes.

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This information presents the potential provision and use of features delivered with the Greenheart site. The assets and areas are indicative only and subject to funding and budget approvals, agreements between various stakeholders and timing of works. Features will be delivered over multiple stages.

Sports Precinct

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The Sports Precinct consists of new sports fields, multi-use courts and facilities for sports training and competitions. It will be able to host local, regional and national sports events.

Legend

  1. Queensland railway corridor
  2. Car parking
  3. Playground
  4. Sports use building
  5. Retained European heritage drain
  6. Picnic and barbecue facilities
  7. Sports fields

Features

  • 11 sports fields for soccer, rugby league and rugby union
  • 2 oval sports fields for AFL and cricket
  • 6 multi-purpose hard courts
  • Building facilities including amenities, change rooms and flexible space for community use
  • Playground, picnic and barbecue areas and car parking

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Event Quarter

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The Event Quarter will feature a large event lawn that will enable the city to host up to 50,000 people for multi-stage festivals and international concerts.

Legend

  1. New planting
  2. Celebration lawn
  3. Event Quarter buildings
  4. The Green Avenue
  5. Social gathering space

Features

  • Space for multi-stage festivals and international concerts
  • Smaller event lawns for community gatherings including markets and movie nights
  • Buildings including options for café, roof top restaurant, conferences/functions and amenities
  • Playground, picnic and barbecue areas and car parking

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Discovery Hub

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The Discovery Hub will have a discovery centre as well as recreation and sport facilities.

Legend

  1. Discovery Centre
  2. Picnic and barbecue facilities
  3. Accessible water sport pontoon launch
  4. Playground
  5. Observation tower
  6. Restored creek edge vegetation

Features

  • Discovery Centre building including visitor information and amenities
  • Spaces for school excursions, community and office use and a café
  • Playground, picnic and barbecue areas, car parking, lookouts, boardwalks, pedestrian and cycle paths
  • Accessible water sport pontoon launch
  • 2 oval sports fields for AFL and cricket
  • 2 multi-purpose hard courts
  • Sports building facilities including amenities, change rooms and flexible space for community use

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Community Park

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The new Community Park will provide an arrival point from Ghilgai Road into Greenheart. The area will provide valuable open space for the surrounding community and an access point to the rest of the parklands.

Legend

  1. Multi-purpose hard court
  2. Playground
  3. Barbecue and picnic shelters
  4. Community lawn

Features

  • Playground
  • Picnic and barbecue areas
  • Multi-purpose hard court
  • BMX track
  • Kick about spaces that could also be used for community gatherings and events

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Renewed Wetlands

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The Renewed Wetlands will provide important habitat and feeding grounds for birds and other wildlife. Visitors will be able to understand the importance of the wetland in the city's natural systems.

Legend

  1. New planting and wildlife habitat
  2. Bird hide and viewing tower
  3. Big and Little Woody Hill
  4. Outdoor education opportunities

Features

  • Network of boardwalks
  • Wayfinding and directional signage
  • Bird hides
  • Seating areas

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Mudgeeraba Creek

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Mudgeeraba Creek is a picturesque and tranquil setting to the south eastern edge of the site. Naturalising the banks of Mudgeeraba Creek will improve habitat and water quality as well as help establish creek side vegetation.

Legend

  1. Bird hide
  2. Pedestrian bridge
  3. New creek island habitat
  4. Outdoor education opportunities
  5. Shared pedestrian and cycle path

Features

  • Water sport pontoon launch
  • Continuous pedestrian path and boardwalk network along the creek edge
  • Viewing platforms
  • Picnic and barbecue areas
  • Bird hides

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Big and Little Woody Hills

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Sitting above the Greenheart's mostly flat landscape are two elevated landforms – Big and Little Woody Hills. They contain protected vegetation communities and Indigenous cultural heritage values. They will be retained, protected and celebrated.

Legend

  1. Existing vegetation to be retained and protected
  2. Opportunities for signage and interpretation
  3. New tree planting
  4. Outdoor education and interpretation opportunities
  5. Pedestrian path/trail

Features

  • Walking trails
  • Wayfinding and directional signage
  • Seating areas

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Wildlife Corridor

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Creating a new dense woodland area will connect and regenerate remanent vegetation communities which will support the movement of wildlife through Greenheart.

Legend

  1. Opportunities for signage and interpretation
  2. News mass tree planting areas to create new habitat
  3. Bike and pedestrian tracks
  4. Seating area

Features

  • Walking and bike trails
  • Wayfinding and directional signage
  • Seating areas

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Other features

  • A continuous tree-lined Green Avenue that will provide an accessible shared pedestrian and cycle link from Robina Parkway to the Sports Precinct, connecting with all other precincts.
  • A 27-kilometre network of paths and trails that will provide active transport links to the primary and secondary precincts and connect to the Green Avenue.
  • A series of shared pedestrian and cycle bridges and creek crossings to provide access across Mudgeeraba Creek to Greenheart Stage 1 and Stadium Drive.

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Project video

Discover what's planned by taking a tour of the future parkland.


Respecting and valuing our historic and Indigenous cultural heritage

Collaborating and sharing knowledge between Traditional Owners and land managers is essential to successful land restoration and conservation. Greenheart provides an opportunity to integrate cultural heritage meanings, land management goals and the protection of existing environmental values. In this way, the natural and cultural values of Greenheart will be retained and the Indigenous community's cultural connections and knowledge associated with the area will remain intact. Consultation and engagement with Traditional Owners will help us understand the sensitivities of the site and learn from the Indigenous community about how the site might be treated and experienced by others.


Looking after our environment

Greenheart has the potential to enhance the ecology and environmental value of the Gold Coast for future generations. As part of the development of the site, over 100 hectares of habitat and feeding grounds for birds and other wildlife will be renewed, new areas of woodland will be created, and riparian corridors will be naturalised.

The Greenheart vision is underpinned by a commitment to sustainable design practices and the protection of our environment, recognising the critical importance healthy natural environments play in shaping a strong and sustainable future.

 

Indicative project timeline

Greenheart will be delivered in phases over the next 10 to 15 years.

Phase Activity/milestone Timeline
Phase 1 Greenheart Master Plan
Endorsed by Council in June 2022
Completed
Phase 2 Technical site assessments
Undertake detailed on-site flora and fauna studies
Ongoing
Phase 3 Community engagement
Have Your Say activities to seek community feedback
Consider contributions and prepare recommendations for concept design
31 May to 1 July 2024
Phase 4 Concept design
Prepare concept designs for each precinct
Expected to start mid-2025
Phase 5 Final design
Prepare detailed designs for each precinct
Expected to start mid-2026
Phase 6 Construction starts
Start staged construction of precincts
Expected to start mid-2027