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Current and announced projects

The Department of Transport and Main Roads owns and maintains over 430 pieces of marine infrastructure valued at about $153 million. These include assets such as state boat harbours, boat ramps, jetties, pontoons, floating walkways, channels, and breakwaters/rock groynes.

The Queensland Government has committed to a $30 million 2-year extension of the Marine Infrastructure Fund (MIF) running from July 2018 to June 2020 to provide new and upgraded recreational boating facilities. Projects to be delivered under the MIF from July 2018 to June 2020 were announced by the Labor Government during the 2017 election campaign. The projects were identified through the 2017 Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study.

The MIF is the capital component of the Marine Infrastructure Investment Program (MIIP). The MIF and MIIP fund:

  • public recreational boating facilities for launching and retrieving recreational trailer boats
  • maintaining depths in state boat harbours and selected high-use channels to ensure access to the busiest recreational boating facilities
  • pontoons and jetties for deeper-draught vessels such as yachts and powerboats, for pick-up and set-down of passengers and supplies, and limited commercial use.
Location/facility State electorate Scope of works Funding source Status
Far North
Rosehill dinghy harbour Cook Maintenance dredging MIIP TMR investigations continuing.
Newell Beach Cook New 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Draft environmental and modelling investigations report submitted in May 2019. Finalise environmental and modelling report and organise consultation material June 2019.
Yorkeys Knob new boat ramp Barron River Single 6-lane boat ramp with 2 floating walkways MIF Environmental and modelling reports and golf course report finalised. Concept plans for CTU parking area completed May 2019. Advertise detailed design tender June 2019.
Bramston Beach, Joyce Creek Mulgrave Relocate boat ramp MIF Contract awarded May 2019. Pre-start meeting held onsite 20 May 2019. Design for raised walkway to be submitted for approval. Fabrication of pre-cast planks commenced early June and works onsite planned to commence end June 2019.
Mission Beach Clump Point Hill Widen boat ramp, additional floating walkway, upgrade breakwater, new detached breakwater, jetty, and pontoons DSD/MIIP Element 1 works continued with 30000t of rock delivered to site and new ramp planks casting completed by end May 2019. 50% of rock brought to site with base layer extent of detached breakwater complete June 2019.
Element 2 contract awarded, and prestart meeting held. Element 2 preliminaries and design commencing mid-June.
Green Island jetty upgrade Cairns Repair/replacement of sections of concrete deck and piles treatment/replacement of corroded reinforcement bars, repairs to abutment MIIP Reached commercially acceptable agreement with preferred contractor May 2019. Contract to be awarded June 2019.
Mackay / Whitsunday
Molongle Beach Road, Molongle Creek Burdekin Entrance channel deepening MIIP Disposal site design tender advertised May 2019, expected to be awarded in June 2019.
Midge Point Whitsunday New boat ramp MIF Finalise the concept with VMR boat turning circle allowed for May 2019. Amend concept to maximise tidal availability and obtain pre-lodgement advice from approval agencies June 2019.
Dingo Beach, Cape Gloucester Whitsunday Upgraded boat ramp MIF Approval applications submitted in May 2019. Complete tender documentation for publication once approvals are received, expected late June 2019.
Shute Harbour Whitsunday Scope to be determined MIF Initial wave study on the effects of the WRC pontoon completed May 2019. Results of wave study to be provided to Whitsunday Regional Council for agreement by late June 2019. Develop tender package July 2019
Banksia Road, Stanage Bay Mirani Upgrade existing boat ramp and install breakwater and floating walkway MIF Construction continued through May 2019. Practical completion planned for September 2019.
Port Alma Mirani Feasibility study to relocate and upgrade facility MIIP Geotech field work planned for June 2019. Propose to finalise tri-party (TMR/RRC/GPC) deed during June 2019.
Thompson Point Keppel New 2-lane boat ramp plus floating walkway MIF Geotech completed and detailed design continued through May 2019. Ecological mapping and meeting with DAF regarding relocation of barge ramp. Finalise detailed design June 2019.
Corbetts Landing Keppel New 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Detailed design underway. Consultant engaged to undertake environmental assessment of project site May 2019.  Receive results of geotechnical analysis then complete detailed design June 2019.
Wide Bay / Burnett
March Street, Maryborough Maryborough Replacement of the existing jetty with a new 30m pontoon MIIP Grant funding for demolition of March Street landing and replacement with 30 metre aluminium pontoon. On-site works commenced May 2019. Piling work progressing in June 2019.
Ross Street, Burrum Heads  Maryborough Installation of pontoon MIIP  Approvals expected to be granted late June 2019. Tender preparation to commence late June 2019.
North Coast
Dohles Rocks Road, Griffin Murrumba Installation of floating walkway MIF Development application submitted.
Uhlmann Road, Burpengary East Bancroft Installation of new floating walkway MIF Contract awarded in May 2019. Construction planning and precast works to commence June 2019.
Manly Boat Harbour Lytton Entrance channel deepening and maintenance dredging MIF
Dredging works continued through May 2019.  Works planned for completion by end June 2019, subject to weather.
Lamb Island Redlands Feasibility study for new boat ramp MIIP Tina Avenue site identified. Hydrographic survey received. Joint RCC/TMR feasibility study to progress during 2019, projected for completion by December 2019. Council and TMR representatives briefed Lamb Island Residents Association March 2019.
William St, Cleveland Point Oodgeroo Extend breakwater MIIP Jointly funded breakwater extension project between Redland City Council and TMR. Works scheduled for completion late 2019.
Cabbage Tree Creek Sandgate Upgrade boat launching facility MIF Cultural heritage assessment continuing. Design to progress June 2019.
South Coast
Riedel Road, Carbrook Macalister New 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Detail design commenced in May 2019. Detailed design to be finalised June 2019.

In assessing and prioritising projects for inclusion into the program, Transport and Main Roads 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).

For more information on recreational boating infrastructure please visit the Recreational boating infrastructure page on the Maritime Safety Queensland website, or to comment, please email:

Last updated
19 June 2019