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Boat harbours

What is a TMR State-managed boat harbour?

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) owns and manages 8 State-managed boat harbours along the Queensland coast. These harbours provide safe all tide access for recreational and commercial vessels. The harbours accommodate a range of commercial and non-commercial land use outcomes to meet the needs of marine users, in addition they also provide public marine facilities such as boat ramps and car-trailing parking at no cost to the public. TMR also undertakes dredging and maintenance of navigational aids in public access channels.

TMR leases areas in the harbours to provide opportunities for lease holders to invest in marine infrastructure to deliver facilities and services that meet the needs of harbour users and looks at ways these leases can complement public spaces and improve accessibility to and enjoyment of the water.

Bowen Boat Harbour – Marine Servicing Development Opportunity

The department sought offers from parties interested in delivering and operating marine servicing facilities and supporting uses at the Bowen Boat Harbour. 

Whitsunday Regional Council (WRC) submitted a proposal for development, which included their proposed Marine Centre of Excellence and Superyacht Service Facility. 

Following a detailed evaluation of the proposal TMR has provided WRC with feedback on aspects of the submission, with both parties now agreeing to a 6-month exclusivity period whereby WRC will refine their proposal for the development in the harbour and resubmit to TMR for consideration.

Over the next 6 months, WRC will formally seek the appropriate partners and address a range of aspects associated with a large development like what has been proposed, including undertaking further site due diligence, considering approval requirements and funding/investment of a staged development.

Scarborough Barge

The Queensland Government has committed to invest $ 4 million towards infrastructure to enable a barge service to establish between the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Scarborough Boat Harbour on the Redcliffe Peninsular and Moreton Island.

The department is undertaking the preliminary planning to design and deliver a road and breakwater, necessary to provide access and safe waters for a barge to land at Scarborough and is seeking interest from the private sector to deliver the balance works required for a barge landing (such as a barge ramp and dredging), and to operate a regular service to Moreton Island.

An Expression of Interest (EOI) was released to the market in July 2018, and the department is currently considering the outcome of that process to inform the next steps in the procurement process.

The department is working in partnership with the Department of Environment and Science’s Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service who manage Moreton Island, to progress this opportunity.

Establishing a barge service from Scarborough has the potential to provide improved accessibility for visitors wanting to travel to Moreton Island, from the northern side of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. The project supports opportunities for growth in tourism, and the department anticipates the establishment of a barge service at Scarborough has the potential to deliver employment and increased economic activity to the local community as the number of visitors to the area increases.

Last updated
09 October 2018