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Marine Infrastructure Fund—recreational boating infrastructure projects

Many residents and visitors enjoy boating in Queensland. This number is growing every year and adding to the pressure on the capacity of facilities such as boat ramps, pontoons and jetties. Transport and Main Roads works in partnership with local government, port authorities and private enterprise to provide new and improved recreational boating facilities throughout Queensland.

Under these longstanding arrangements Transport and Main Roads builds the in-water components of a facility and local governments and port authorities provide the land-based components, and then manage the whole facility when completed.

The Queensland Government has committed to a $30 million 2-year extension of the Marine Infrastructure Fund commencing from July 2016 to provide additional facilities and upgrade existing facilities.

For more information on development of the Marine Infrastructure Fund and the joint funding arrangement with local government and port authorities please visit the Recreational boating infrastructure page on the Maritime Safety Queensland website.

Marine Infrastructure Fund capital works projects delivered through the Marine Infrastructure Capital and Maintenance Program from 1 July 2015 – listing current at 13 May 2016

Project Announced Planned completion Status
Far North
Rocky Point (Dayman Point - Daintree area), boat ramp upgrade Jul 2014 Completed Project completed. Opened to the public on 19 December 2015.
View a photo of the upgraded boat ramp.
Weipa, Evans Landing, relocate boat launching facility Jul 2014 Completed Project completed. Opened to the public on 19 December 2015.
View a photo of the new facility.
Cairns, Tingira Street, new floating walkway Jul 2014 Mid 2016 Construction continuing.
Clump Point, Mission Beach, boat ramp widening from 2 to 3 lanes and install floating walkway Dec 2013 Late 2016 Marine Park approvals for in-water works received by Department of State Development (DSD) April 2016. Tenders were called for the in-water works during May 2016. DSD is organising a design workshop for stakeholders for the breakwater and commercial facilities in mid-May 2016.
Bellenden Ker, Russell River (south of Cairns) upgrade boat ramp and add lane Mar 2016 Early 2017 Design scheduled to commence late May 2016.
Packers Camp, Mackey's Creek, Redbank Rd (south of Cairns) rebuild existing boat ramp to four-lanes plus install a floating walkway Mar 2016 Early 2017 Design scheduled for May 2016.
Northern
Townsville Recreational Boating Park (TRBP), Ross River, Stage 1, two new 4-lane boat ramps each with a floating walkway, plus a single pontoon. Stage 2 - two new 4-lane boat ramps each with a floating walkway plus a single Disability Discrimination Act 1992 compliant pontoon Dec 2012 Completed for TMR component August 2015 Joint project between Townsville City Council (TCC) and TMR.
Stage 1: works completed in March 2015. Facility officially opened on 17 April 2015.
Stage 2: in-water works completed in August 2015. Associated car parking by TCC delayed until 2016-17. Temporary access to ramp C and 30m pontoon completed by TCC in September 2015.
View a photo of the Townsville Recreational Boating Park.
Burdekin, Ocean Creek, boat ramp upgrade Jan 2015 Late 2016 Additional consultation has resulted in concept and scope changes. The upgraded ramp will now be 3 lanes and realigned downstream. Tenders were called 28 April 2016 and will close 27 May 2016.
Bushland Beach, Marina Drive, Stony Creek (north of Townsville), new floating walkway Dec 2013 Completed Project completed.
View a photo of the new floating walkway.
Saunders Beach (north of Townsville), new floating walkway Dec 2013 Completed Project completed March 2016.
View a photo of the new floating walkway.
Mackay/Whitsunday
Abel Point Marina (Whitsunday Coast), pontoon upgrade Dec 2013 Completed Project completed April 2016.
View a photo of the new pontoon.
Bowen Boat Harbour, entrance widening, beacon installation and internal channel dredging Jan 2016 Mid 2016 Dredging continuing. Beacon installation expected to be completed late July 2016.
View a photo of the dredging.
Mackay, Port Binnli, new floating walkway Mar 2016 2016-17 Hydrographic survey field work conducted in April 2016 with results expected to be available May 2016. Consultation with Mackay Regional Council occurred early May 2016.
Fitzroy
Gladstone, Hanson Rd, widen boat ramp for the provision of a new floating walkway Dec 2013 Completed Project completed December 2015.
View a photo of the new floating walkway.
Nerimbera, Fitzroy River, boat ramp widening from 2 to 4 lanes Jan 2015 Completed Project completed October 2015.
View a photo of the Nerimbera boat ramp upgrade.
Coorooman Creek (south Capricorn Coast), widen existing boat ramp from two to four lanes Jan 2015 Completed Project completed. Opened to the public in February 2016.
View a photo of the opening of the new boat ramp.
Rockhampton, Ski Gardens (Huet St, Wandal) rebuild boat ramp Mar 2016 Early 2017 Planning continuing during May 2016 with survey field work completed April 2016.
Wide Bay/Burnett
Burrum Heads, new two-lane boat ramp plus new floating walkway Dec 2012 Late 2016 Construction commenced early May 2016.
Burnett Heads, partial re-build of boat ramp Oct 2015 Late 2016 Design continuing throughout May 2016.
North Coast
Toorbul, Freeman Rd, new floating walkway Dec 2013 Completed Project completed September 2015.
View a photo of the new floating walkway.
Twin Waters, Nojoor Rd (Maroochy River), new 2-lane boat ramp plus floating walkway Jan 2015 Mid 2016 Construction commenced April 2016. Sunshine Coast Regional Council is managing this project through a deed of agreement arrangement with TMR.
Bellara, Bribie Island add additional lane to existing boat ramp Mar 2016 Mid 2017 Addition of a new lane to the south side of the boat ramp to compensate the lane lost for the floating walkway. Planning continuing throughout May 2016.
Metro
Manly Boat Harbour northern breakwater raising and extension plus raising of the southern breakwater. Jul 2014 Completed Project completed. Northern breakwater raising and extension completed December 2014. Southern breakwater works completed July 2015.
View a photo of the new Manly northern breakwater.
View a photo of the new Manly southern breakwater.
Relocation of Manly Boat Harbour navigation leads Jul 2014 Completed Project completed July 2015.
View a photo of the new Manly front lead.
View a photo of the new Manly rear lead.
Manly Boat Harbour northern breakwater lighting Jul 2014 Completed Project completed March 2016.
View a photo of the new Manly northern breakwall flood lighting.
Bald Hills, Barungwarra Reserve, new single lane boat ramp Dec 2015 Mid 2016 Construction commenced April 2016.
Colmslie (Brisbane), upgrade facility Jul 2014 Late 2016 Contract awarded May 2016. Construction is expected to commence mid-July 2016.
Kedron Brook floodway (Nudgee), add additional lane to existing boat ramp plus new floating walkway Jul 2014 Mid 2016 Construction continuing.
Macleay Island, new boat ramp Prior to 2011 Late 2017 Redland City Council (RCC) is managing delivery on behalf of TMR. Design finalised April 2016 with RCC waiting on development approvals. Tenders are expected to be called May 2016 dependent on approvals.

Capital grant projects funded through the Marine Infrastructure Fund or Marine Infrastructure Capital and Maintenance Program from 1 July 2015 – listing current at 13 May 2016

Project Announced Planned completion Status
Mackay/Whitsunday
Whisper Bay, Cannonvale (Whitsunday Coast) new breakwater and floating walkway at boat ramp Aug 2015 Completed Works completed and opened to the public in December 2015. Commissioning ceremony held 4 March 2016.
View a photo of the new breakwater and floating walkway.
Metro
William Street, Cleveland two new floating walkways Mar 2014 Completed Floating walkways completed. Opened to the public in December 2015.
View a photo of the new north-eastern floating walkway.
View a photo of the new south-western floating walkway.
William Street, Cleveland access channel and basin dredging Jun 2015 Mid 2017 Dredging approvals stage (TMR action). Project jointly funded by TMR and Redland City Council (RCC). Project delivery by RCC.
William Street, Cleveland breakwater extension Jun 2015 Mid 2018 Planning stage. Project jointly funded by TMR and Redland City Council (RCC). Project delivery including approvals to be by RCC.

Significant maintenance and other works delivered through the Marine Infrastructure Fund or Marine Infrastructure Capital and Maintenance Program from 1 July 2015 – listing current at 13 May 2016

Project Announced Planned completion Status
Far North
Rocky Point (Dayman Point, Daintree area) breakwater repair N/A Mid 2016 Project identified by condition assessment. On-site works to commence May 2016.
Palm Cove (north of Cairns) boat ramp removal Oct 2015 Mid 2016 Demolition of the single lane piled ramp. Contract awarded March 2016 with works scheduled to commence July 2016 to coincide with suitable tides.
Green Island (Cairns) jetty repairs N/A Late 2016 Ports North is managing the project with funding contribution from TMR.
North West
Burketown jetty fender piles replacement (Truganini Landing) N/A Completed Project completed December 2016.
View a photo of the new jetty fender piles.
Normanton jetty fender piles replacement N/A Completed Project completed December 2016.
View a photo of the new jetty fender piles.
Northern
Burdekin, Wallace Landing, Peake Road boat ramp reconstruction Sep 2015 Completed Project completed December 2015.
View a photo of the boat ramp reconstruction.
Townsville Recreational Boating Park Ramps A and B mud removal N/A May 2016 Mud removal to below the level of ramps A and B. This is required to mitigate further ingress of mud. New tender with redrafted specification and works methodology to be advertised mid-May 2016.
Mackay/Whitsunday
Brampton Island jetty decommissioning N/A Mid 2016 Marine park permit and approval of the environmental management plan obtained from GBRMPA February 2016. Coral relocation completed April 2016. Demolition works commenced early May 2016 and are expected to be completed late May 2016.
Fitzroy
Emu Park social and economic benefits and impacts study for proposed boat ramp Jan 2015 Mid 2016 The community information day in April 2016 was well attended by over 600 people. A four week consultation period follows where the community is providing feedback through an online survey. There have been over 1200 survey submissions. The survey closes Monday 16 May.
View the terms of reference.
Find more information about the Emu Park recreational boating study.
Rosslyn Bay Boat Harbour maintenance dredging Ongoing Sep 2016 Dredging expected to commence late May 2016.
View the Environmental Management Plan.
Wide Bay/Burnett
Burnett Heads Boat Harbour bed levelling N/A Mid 2016 Change of scope of works to bed levelling. Depending on the depths achieved, targeted rock removal may be required. Contract awarded April 2016 with bed levelling to commence mid-May 2016 and scheduled for completion late May 2016.
North Coast
Scarborough boat harbour, maintenance dredging N/A Completed Project completed September 2015.
Metro
Victoria Point jetty stem re-decking and bolt replacement N/A Completed Project completed October 2015.
Cabbage Tree Creek (Sandgate) maintenance dredging N/A Completed Dredging completed May 2016.

Get aboard and have your say

Boaties from across the state are invited to have their say on Queensland's recreational boating infrastructure.

With the popularity of recreational boating in Queensland increasing as the population grows, it's important to ensure demand is met.

In July 2015, the Queensland Government announced an additional $30 million under the Marine Infrastructure Fund to continue the construction of new or upgraded facilities over the next 2 financial years.

Projects for the 2016–17 financial year have been prioritised with many of these projects now in the planning phase.

Feedback gained will assist the Recreational Boating Demand Forecast Study 2016 in identifying and prioritising projects for the 2018-19 financial year and beyond. The data received up to 30 April 2016 is being analysed to assist with determining 2017-18 projects.

Stakeholder and community input into this program of works is a vital part of the process and is important to ensure our boating infrastructure is meeting the needs of those who use it most.

Everyone is encouraged to have their say and provide feedback by accessing www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au.

For more information on recreational boating infrastructure or to comment, please email boatinginfrastructure@tmr.qld.gov.au.

Last updated
13 May 2016