The Ecovillage at Currumbin was first conceptualised by John Mongard Landscape Architects (JMLA) in 1999. The concept plan, planning precincts and building/landscape codes were prepared as part of the development approval plans by JMLA in collaboration with others in 2002.
The Ecovillage has become a model for sustainable development in Australia, having won over 30 National and International awards, including the 2008 United Nations Association of Australia Building Commission Award for Best Sustainable Residential Development.
The Ecovillage has transformed the notion of a suburb, with minimal fencing, productive trees on streets, overland storm water and lake harvesting and onsite water and waste. The building and landscape codes have created highly sustainable homes with low carbon footprints.