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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 (MIF) capital works projects delivered through the Marine Infrastructure Capital and Maintenance Program (MICMP) from 1 July 2015 – listing current at 18 August 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 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 December 2015.
View a photo of the new facility.
Cairns, Tingira Street, new floating walkway Jul 2014 Mid 2016 Project completed. Opened to the public on 6 June 2016.
View a photo of the new floating walkway.
Clump Point, Mission Beach, boat ramp widening from 2 to 3 lanes and install floating walkway Dec 2013 Late 2016 Preparation of a development plan for Clump Point – joint project with TMR and the Department of State Development (DSD). TMR staff have attended five community reference group meetings at Mission Beach through to 18 August 2016. The study will take planning to date and feedback from the community and develop both commercial and recreational user options for the Clump Point Development Plan.
Bellenden Ker, Russell River (south of Cairns) upgrade boat ramp and add lane Mar 2016 Early 2017 Design continuing.
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 Detailed design completed July 2016. Car-trailer parking area concept finalisation and consultation with Cairns Regional Council scheduled for August 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 Transport and Main Roads component August 2015 Joint project between Townsville City Council (TCC) and Transport and Main Roads.
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 will occur in 2016-17.
View a photo of the Townsville Recreational Boating Park.
Burdekin, Ocean Creek, boat ramp upgrade Jan 2015 Late 2016 Construction commenced July 2016 with the boat ramp expected to be closed for 3 months.
Bushland Beach, Marina Drive, Stony Creek (north of Townsville), new floating walkway Dec 2013 Completed Project completed March 2016.
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 Entrance widening and internal channel dredging completed June 2016. Beacon re-installation expected to be completed November 2016.
View a photo of the dredging.
Bowen, Horseshoe Bay Road rebuild boat ramp plus new floating walkway  Jun 2016 Mid-2017 Rebuild the boat ramp to current standard with an additional lane to install a new floating walkway. Detailed design continuing.
Mackay, Port Binnli, new floating walkway Mar 2016 2016-17 Concept design completed July 2016. Owners’ consent approvals process commenced July 2016. Comments and consultation with port stakeholders scheduled for August 2016 to finalise the project development plan.
St Helens Beach, Carpet Snake Point (north of Mackay) upgrade boat ramp
Jun 2016  Mid-2017
Detailed design continued through July 2016. Mackay Regional Council submitted development approval application in July 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 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 Final concept plan forwarded to Rockhampton Regional Council for comments in July 2016.
Wide Bay/Burnett
Burrum Heads, new two-lane boat ramp plus new floating walkway Dec 2012 Late 2016 Construction continuing.
Burnett Heads, partial re-build of boat ramp Oct 2015 Late 2016 Contract awarded July 2016 with construction scheduled to commence August 2016 to take 14 weeks to complete. The 4-lane ramp will be closed 2-lanes at a time to allow use throughout the re-build.
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 Completed Project completed July 2016. Sunshine Coast Regional Council (SCRC) managed this project through a deed of agreement arrangement with Transport and Main Roads.
View a photo of the new boat ramp and floating walkway.
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. Detailed design commenced August 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 Project completed June 2016.
View a photo of the upgraded boat ramp.
Colmslie (Brisbane), upgrade facility Jul 2014 Late 2016 Construction commenced July 2016 with the boat ramp expected to be closed until mid-September 2016.
Kedron Brook floodway (Nudgee), add additional lane to existing boat ramp plus new floating walkway Jul 2014 Mid 2016 Project completed June 2016.
Macleay Island, new boat ramp Prior to 2011 Late 2017 Redland City Council (RCC) is managing the project. Delivery scheduled for completion late 2017.

Capital grant projects funded through the MIF or MICMP from 1 July 2015 – listing current at 18 August 2016

Project Announced Planned completion Status
Mackay/Whitsunday
Whisper Bay, Cannonvale (Whitsunday Coast) new breakwater and floating walkway at boat ramp Aug 2015 Completed Project completed December 2015. $3 million Transport and Main Roads grant to Whitsunday Regional Council.
View a photo of the new breakwater and floating walkway.
Metro
William Street, Cleveland two new floating walkways Mar 2014 Completed Project completed 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 MIF or MICMP from 1 July 2015 – listing current at 26 July 2016

Project Announced Planned completion Status
Statewide
Update to the Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study N/A December 2016 Consultation phase currently on track with consultant GHD Pty Ltd and TMR representatives meeting face-to-face with councils and port authorities with more than 5 facilities. Final report scheduled for completion December 2016 with a late 2017 update to incorporate the 2016 Census data.
Boat ramp toe protection design trials  N/A
Late 2016  Design trial aimed at preventing propeller wash taking away the loose rock at the end of the boat ramp. The trial is to use a concrete plank with a flexible connection extending from the bottom of the ramp and possibly a flexible matting connected to this. The trials at Amity Point and North Stradbroke Island have been a success. The hinged toe protection concrete planks and flexible matting are now part of the standard drawings for all new and upgraded boat ramps.
Far North
Rocky Point (Dayman Point, Daintree area) breakwater repair N/A Completed Project completed May 2016.
Palm Cove (north of Cairns) boat ramp removal Oct 2015 Completed Demolition completed July 2016.
Green Island (Cairns) jetty repairs N/A Late 2016 Ports North is managing the project with funding contribution from Transport and Main Roads.
North West
Burketown jetty fender piles replacement (Truganini Landing) N/A Completed Project completed December 2015.
View a photo of the new jetty fender piles.
Normanton jetty fender piles replacement N/A Completed Project completed December 2015.
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 the ingress of mud. Contract awarded July 2016 with the timing of works scheduled for mid-September 2016.
Mackay/Whitsunday
Brampton Island jetty decommissioning N/A Mid 2016 Project completed May 2016.
Molongle Creek survey and modelling feasibility study  N/A  Sep 2016  Feasibility study of options for Molongle Creek entrance channel. Study scheduled to be completed late 2016. 
Fitzroy
Emu Park social and economic benefits and impacts study for proposed boat ramp Jan 2015 Mid 2016 Social and economic benefits impact study commenced April 2016 with a community information day and an on line survey which closed in June 2016 with over 1,000 responses received. On-line survey fact sheet released to the public July 2016.GHD draft report review to be finalised August 2016.
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 continuing.
View the Environmental Management Plan.
Wide Bay/Burnett
Burnett Heads Boat Harbour bed levelling N/A Oct 2016 TMR has completed bed levelling works to improve navigational conditions in the harbour. Quotes have been gained for some additional sediment removal beside the boat ramp to improve navigational access. TMR is waiting on approval from Gladstone Ports Authority for placement of the material in their facility.
Woodgate boat ramp repairs  N/A  Completed  Repairs of the beach ramp at Woodgate completed June 2016. 
North Coast
Scarborough boat harbour, maintenance dredging N/A Completed Project completed September 2015.
Mooloolaba Harbour entrance maintenance dredging  N/A  Sep 2016  Clearing of entrance shoal. Works being undertaken by Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Dredging continuing. 
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

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

In assessing and prioritising projects for inclusion into the MICMP, TMR considers the following:

  • community consultation – web-based (Transport and Main Roads)
  • the latest state-wide demand forecasting study incorporating: 
    • demographic forecasts 
    • boating catchment vessel registration analysis
    • community and agency consultation (led by project consultant)
  • maximising benefits for the boating public
  • state-wide equity considerations within the scope of available funding
  • submissions from councils and port authorities
  • agreement from land-side partners (councils and port authorities) who are willing to commit resources/funding, based on their budget priorities.
  • site suitability including: 
    • land availability
    • detailed engineering feasibility
    • detailed environmental feasibility and constraints (eg marine parks, fish habitat areas, and other protected areas).

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.                        

Responses received up to 30 April 2016 were used to assist determination of the 2017-18 works program. The website is scheduled to remain open until approximately mid-September 2016. Responses received from 1 May 2016 will assist with the Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study 2016, and allow Transport and Main Roads to plan and prioritise projects for inclusion into the MICMP for 2018-19 and beyond.  

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

Last updated
19 August 2016