Esme Street was named after Esme Lahey who was a member of the prestigious Lahey family. Her brother, Romeo, was an environmental campaigner and was largely responsible for the preservation and protection of Lamington National Park, while her sister, Vida, was a well known artist.
Esme, too, was an avid environmentalist and talented artist. Later in her life she lived for about 15 years at the eastern end of Licuala Drive. The street was named after her when the subdivision in that area occurred in the 1980s. As required in all subdivisions, a section of land was set aside for community use, hence the formation of Esme Street Environmental Reserve. This is an area of natural sclerophyll forest with a rainforest understorey and follows the creek draining the area.
Over the years the Reserve or Park became infested with weeds, mainly Morning Glory and Lantana. Most years volunteers such as the Scouts, Weedbusters and others worked at clearing the weeds but without regular follow-up the weeds kept coming back.
By 1999, members of the Tamborine Mountain Progress Association (TMPA) were becoming concerned about the spread of environmental weeds on TM and expressed their concern to Beaudesert Shire Council. Council agreed to take action provided the community assisted on a long term basis.
Hence on 10 Dec 1999 an on-site meeting was called at 'Esme Street' by TMPA and attended by Cr Vanessa Bull and Weeds Officer, Mein Niemeyer, at which it was agreed to form a community working group. Council agreed to initially spray the worst of the outbreaks of Morning Glory.
On 8 January 2000 the first working bee was held and attended by a large number of enthusiastic local residents under coordinator, Annette Schnack. Later John Bestevaar took over as coordinator.
Subsequently regular working bees were held twice monthly. The weeds were soon under control and regular working bees have maintained the weed-free status of the Park since.
In December 2001 local resident, Alan Sweet, proposed and mapped a system of walking tracks suitable for wheelchair access through the Park. TMPA successfully applied for a grant and the tracks were constructed and later named the Valerie Sweet Walkway after Alan's wife, who herself was restricted to a wheelchair.
In January 2003 TM Landcare (TML) was formed from the Steering Committee of the TM Escarpment Management Strategy Project and 'Esme Street' (plus all other projects on Council land) was taken over by TML.
In January 2004 TML received a Natural Resource Awareness Activity grant of $2,500 for installation of interpretive signage and production of an explanatory booklet.
In May 2004 the Interpretive Trail, designed and constructed by Brian Davison and John Bestevaar, was opened and has given pleasure and inspiration to many locals, tourists and school students.