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Kirra Hill lookout renovation

Click to enlargeKirra Hill lookout renovation perspective. Credit: 8LA Landscape Architecture 2020

Credit: 8LA Landscape
Architecture 2020

Commencing: March 2021
Completion: June 2021

R T Peak Memorial Park located on Kirra Hill contains multiple assets which are at their end of useful life. Kirra Hill is currently dominated by a carpark cul-de-sac which limits the recreation value of an area that has spectacular views of the World Surfing Reserve Kirra Point, hinterland and the City Skyline.

Project information

The City of Gold Coast is undertaking a renovation that will provide a level of embellishment that significantly improves this important lookout area. The project is co-funded by the COVID Works for Queensland Grant Program, which forms part of the Queensland Government’s economic recovery strategy – to support local jobs and local governments with funding for building productive infrastructure.

The proposed works include a new lookout platform, footpaths, balustrade, elevated lawn, seating, large custom shelter, picnic settings, BBQ, hot water tap, new stairs and shade trees.

Sea Eagle sculpture removal

The Sea Eagle (locally known as ‘Kirra Eagle’ or the ‘Rusty Chook’) is a public artwork by local artist Craig Medson (1960–2015). The sculpture was installed on Kirra Hill in October 1983.

Consulting experts have determined that the sculpture can no longer be safely displayed in the open air public domain due to the gradual decay of the structure.

Given the historical significance to the local area and the community, the City of Gold Coast proposes to undertake a procurement process to identify an experienced steel restoration company to renew the Sea Eagle sculpture to ensure the sculpture can remain suitable for display in the public domain without an exclusion zone for a minimum of 10 years.

Removal of the Sea Eagle sculpture will occur when construction commences on the Kirra Hill renovation works. A request for Expressions of Interest (EOI) will be publicly advertised in the coming months for the sculpture renewal.

If the restoration of the Sea Eagle is feasible and also proves to be value for money, restoration works will be undertaken, and reinstallation of the sculpture on Kirra Hill will occur in 2022.


During construction pedestrian and vehicle access to the parkland will be limited to the Kirra Hill Community and Cultural Centre. All other areas will be closed for the safety of the contractor and community.

At stages during construction there will be traffic control on Garrick Street and Marine Parade to manage large deliveries to site and roadside works.

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